I give in, I've spent what feels like hours looking for the hole in the lawn to put the rotary washing line into! I can't find it! It's got to be there somewhere as it's metal and the line just drops into it – I'm thinking about getting a metal detector.
The puppies on the other hand are providing me with plenty of holes – it's just that none of them will take the washing line! They're constantly digging – what for, I've no idea? The holes are about the size of a large tin of soup and there are 7 or 8 of them across the lawn… anyone for a game of golf?!
The day before, on Tuesday 23rd, I've Destination Gems at 8pm. Wow, what a line up. It's in no way overshadowed by Gem Day. In fact, we'll be previewing a few pieces from Gem Day and I've had some really exciting news confirmed by our gem buyers.
In my show on Tuesday, for the first time, I'll be bringing you a brand new variety of Tanzanite! I saw some of the loose stones a few weeks back. It really is out of this world.
I was recently on the Isle of Wight visiting Dad. He's in a pretty bad way with chronic back pain. I took down a netbook to him, which we no longer use, and he's now online using Facebook, sending emails and even reading my blog (Hello Dad!) he's loving it and really getting to grips with the technology.
Gems really are a passion of mine and whilst on the island I visited a fabulous shop in Shanklin called Jurassic Jim. The store is full of wonderful artefacts, gems and fossils including the exquisite amethyst (pictured above) which I couldn't resist treating myself to. My sister was with me and she picked up a stunning example of fossilised ammonite.
Right, I'm going to dash as its time for one more attempt to find the washing line hole… Wish me luck!
See you soon
Ps. we have our new Destination Gems competition up and running. The prize is a beautiful piece of Imperial Topaz (pictured above). To enter, simply tweet me a picture of you in your favourite piece of QVC jewellery! I'm @mecharliebrook. Full terms and conditions can be found here. It's a bit of fun! I hope you enter x