Looking out of the window from where I sit to write to you, I can see I need to replenish my bird table with Richard Jackson’s bird food! The sun is shining and the sky is clear and this little blue tit is making short work of the remainder of the meal worms. Mind you he’s had to fit in around the robins, starlings and wrens who were also vying for position. Good morning! What a difference the sunshine makes eh?
Lovely Glen Campbell whom I worked with yesterday night told me it was snowing in Yorkshire, and on Twitter (@alikqvc) Susannah Haigh sent me a short film of Huddersfield which was hidden under a layer of snow! Always looks so pretty but I know it can be treacherous if you’ve got to venture out.
I hope you managed to get a few of the Clearance Price coats from Centigrade. I think one of the best buys was the Coatigan, which I’ve bought for myself in the beige multi. Kathy Tayler treated herself to two I believe! If it was a super warm coat you were looking for try this one – it’s got a zip out faux fur lining and is under £43!
Yesterday was cold here, but lovely for a couple of hours, and so I went out for my walk and spotted these bouncy beasts! You need to watch it all the way through to work out what they are :).
Thanks so much for all the comments on my previous blog. Relieved to know that those of you who had been struggling with various lurgies are on the mend, and that you’d got through Christmas and out the other side. I had a lovely time with Roz and Chris, and Roz very kindly drove us to Studland Bay as I love the sea. We’d looked at the forecast and it said the sun would shine in the afternoon, but it stayed very cold and grey. That said, it didn’t stop us from walking along the beach and across the headland, and we found these beautiful snowdrops poking through the leaves, so they’d obviously had the same forecast we’d had! 🙂
We had delicious fish pie for supper that night, and sat in front of the log fire putting the world to rights. My journey there and back was simple now they’ve removed the 50 mile an hour section on the M3, and the road was clear past Stonehenge which is nothing short of a miracle!
Actually I was lucky to get to QVC Towers last night as my usually trusty car refused to start and I had to get an Uber into work. Colin’s car is at the garage having a new gearbox and clutch fitted (!) so my son Jack saved the day by driving all the way over so Colin could jumpstart the battery and then drive to pick me up at midnight when I finished – bless them both.
A treat for a Downton fan
I’m keeping everything crossed that the problem’s fixed as I’m heading down to Hampshire to accompany my sister Jenny when she takes her class to Highclere Castle tomorrow. Much as I’d love to have a nose around the Castle itself as I’m an avid Downton fan, and that’s where the series was filmed, we are spending the day looking around the Egyptian Exhibition which is on display within the cellars of the Castle.
The Castle was home to the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, who in 1922, with his friend Howard Carter, famously discovered the tomb of the Egyptian Boy Pharaoh, Tutankhamun. You may have been lucky enough to have seen the collection when it was first displayed at the British Museum in 1972, that is if you were prepared to queue alongside the 1.7 million other people who were desperate to see the outstanding treasures!
Sadly, I wasn’t one of those, but at 12 years old, I couldn’t have got there unless it was on a school trip! I missed it again in 2007 when it relocated to the O2, so I am truly excited to be seeing the treasures from the tomb of Tutankhamun. If I’m allowed to take photos I will, and then I can share them with you here.
Talking of treasures, you’re in for a treat this weekend, as we have a very special two day event entitled The Secret of Diamonique. Although it’s my favourite range of jewellery I won’t be working that weekend, but I can tell you that our buyers have worked flat out to bring you a series that will showcase the very best of Diamonique and its unparalleled quality.
You’ll find some truly original designs: a pave set Teddy Bear pendant and chain in rose gold, or how about pineapple drop earrings! There are many intricate mixed cut designs, some simply stunning solitaires, and all carry the hallmark of fabulous finishing and fine high end designs. A true testament to the very DNA of Diamonique – the look of real diamonds, set in precious metals, but at a fraction of the cost. Enjoy!
Psst…. staying with secrets, I thought I’d give you a head’s up on our Diamonique Design for February. This angel wing pendant is just stunning, but as with every one of these chosen pieces of jewellery there is a distinct point of difference. When you open the angel wings you will find a gorgeous heart with the word ‘love’ inscribed on it. Genius and perfect for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, birthdays, or just ‘I love you’ days….
I thoroughly enjoyed my Eat, Taste, Love show last night – those pies from The Real Pie Company are delicious, as was the lamb and beef and Forman smoked salmon. I’ve got another hour in the kitchen next Tuesday at 10pm, so make sure you join me as Pat and Michael from Green Seasons are definitely back then, and we’ve got a few sweet treats too.
I hope you enjoy the photos and little bit of film, and I will look forward, as always, to hearing from you.
With my love,