Today is my son Daniel’s 29th birthday and on Wednesday it was kindle publication day for my new novel, so it has been a week of celebration … more on both of those topics later… and not forgetting its Black Friday today. If you prefer to do your Black Friday shopping online rather than braving the crowds check our website for special deals.
Well once again it has been a packed week, starting with a trip down to Swansea to see Daniel. We weren’t going to be seeing Daniel on his birthday (or so we thought) because we are all working, so Sophie drove the two of us down on Saturday morning and I booked a train ticket to come back on Tuesday morning as Chris’ sister, Linda, from Australia, who has been staying with his mum, was going home first thing Wednesday so it was my only chance to see her.
Sophie had bought herself a new jumper for the trip and was really pleased with herself as it looked great and had only cost her a few pounds. By the time we arrived in Swansea, two and a half hours later, her new jumper had ‘shed’ all over her seatbelt, car seat and her black jeans. Not only that, she said it was making her skin feel itchy. We dumped our stuff at Daniel’s flat and headed to a nearby shopping centre where she managed to find a couple of jumpers she liked. They were more expensive BUT… you get what you pay for! She also bought a lint roller to tidy up her jeans and car seat.
After lunch we walked to the Liberty Stadium to watch my first match there, Swansea City versus Bournemouth. It wasn’t a very promising start with Swansea going two goals behind but they clawed it back to earn a draw. It was a bit weird to be at a match and not know any of the fan songs. I did know the first two lines of the French national anthem though which was played before the game as a mark of respect and support for the events in Paris.
We had more football on Sunday morning as Daniel’s U11s were playing West Brom at the Swansea training ground. We were very lucky with the weather. Although it was cold, it stayed sunny for virtually the whole match and the lads won 8-4 on aggregate over the four 20 minute periods that they played. The plan was to have a pub lunch afterwards. Slight problem, we hadn’t booked anything and the pub we were hoping to eat at was packed to the rafters. Plan B was implemented. Sophie and I headed for the Bay Bistro cafe at Rhossilli, where Dan and I have eaten before – they have lots of lovely veggie options – and phoned him to meet us there. After paying for the parking, we walked up to the entrance only to find it was closed for a private function! It was third time lucky, as we managed to book a last-minute table at the Oxwich Bay Hotel. Maybe it was meant to be as that is one of the locations in my new book.
Sophie drove home on Sunday night, a horrible four-hour journey because of the traffic, and I didn’t fare much better with the train on Tuesday morning as there had been an incident in Ealing so all the trains were backed up before Reading, meaning I missed my connection. I then got on the wrong train and nearly ended up at Gatwick Airport!!
So Wednesday was Kindle publication day for my new book, ‘If He Really Loved Me…’. We were going out to celebrate in the evening so I had booked an appointment at Aveda to get my hair cut. What a good job I did. It turns out my lovely stylist, Lienne, leaves the High Holborn salon today to take up her new role within the company when they open in a couple of weeks in Dubai! It’s a long way to go for a hair cut but I’m game!! Also pictured is my colourist, Alwynn, who I’ve been going to for almost twenty years – Jill Franks now goes to him too. He had given his sister a copy of my first novel and she had asked him ‘if Robert had read Rosemary’s letter to him.’ It actually made me alter the final chapter of the new book slightly – great feedback, thanks Gill!
Chris, Sophie and I went out for dinner in the evening to celebrate the new arrival and polished off a couple of bottles of bubbly when we got home… don’t worry they were only the small bottles! Some of you have been asking if we are selling the new book on QVC UK. The answer is no, but check my webpage www.juliarobertsbooks.co.uk for more information on how to get your copy – we are working on a way to be able to do signed copies too. Speaking of which, QVC UK ordered an extra quantity of signed copies of ‘Life’s a Beach and Then…’ for our website in the run up to Christmas. There are only a hundred and it really is first come first served as there will be no more – item number 705211.
Speaking of our website, there are plenty of Black Friday offers which will extend over the weekend. I’ve already succumbed, ordering myself the Lenovo Flex laptop to replace my one with the dodgy ‘E’ key. We also have two great Today Special Value offers this weekend. Launching tonight (28th November) at midnight it’s an Apple iPad mini (I LOVE my iPad – bet you never thought you’d hear a technophobe say that) and then Gatineau on Sunday – perfect for more mature skin.
I also have two Butler & Wilson shows this weekend – Saturday at 3pm and then a Couture show Sunday at 4pm – I can’t wait! And yet more sparkles in our three-hour Diamonique Spectacular on Wednesday from 2pm.
I mentioned earlier in my blog that we weren’t meant to be seeing Daniel on his birthday. On Wednesday he texted to say his training had been cancelled on Saturday morning so he was thinking of driving home Friday night after training if I could get tickets for the Palace game on Saturday. So pleased we will be seeing him after all, but it did mean I had to quickly bake a birthday cake yesterday morning before work and I must dash now as I need to ice it. I’m still working on the football tickets but I think that was just an excuse – it’s the cake he’s after!
See you on QVC at 4pm today!
Have a fabulous weekend