First breath, first steps, first lambs of spring
Wow – I think this week I've had one of the most amazing experiences ever! Talk about 'Try it For the First Time'! This week, townie Flint here watched two little lambs being brought into the world.
What an amazing sight – seeing them emerge, then open their eyes for the first time, then try to stand – all I can say is 'wow'! By the way, if you click on the video, be warned as it's a little gory – 'goal end alert'! Hehe!
Now I grew up a city girl, but have been loving living in the country for much of the last decade or so, but not until this week did I have my first true farmhand experience of that sight – one of the ubiquitous signs of spring.
And I have Luke – the chap who runs the farm – to thank, as he kindly let me follow him across the field and watch his skilful handling of, what is for him, is an everyday occurrence right now. He comes back after a couple of hours to collect the new-borns and ewes, and take them in overnight for tagging, treating etc. In fact, in the back of his van he had a curious sheep looking out the window at Luke holding up its two hour old lamb for me to meet. He even let me pet him around the ears – it was loooooovely! Just sat there and looked at me! Bless! Thank you Luke!
Meanwhile the newborns were taking their first steps and it was equally adorable. Even though it was practically the first of the month, I doubt I'll find another TiFFT to top it! Have you grown up around farm animals? What's your favourite memory?
The truth is in your blood!
Secondly my other main news this week was that I went to see another fascinating sight – my own live blood under the microscope, as part of a brilliant nutritionist's current analysis of my body. It was another daily deal, (Groupon or Living Social) but well worth the money I paid.
Shirah is a lovely mum of two who runs a small business helping people get healthier and eat better, analysing their nutrition and deficiencies and she spoke such sense! Turns out we're both graduates of the Tony Robbins' Life Mastery in Hawaii, 2000 and '01, where I first had it done 12 years ago. She spends an hour asking lots of questions, then takes a pin prick of blood to look at under the microscope.
It turns out, after my Christmas and New Year chocolate setback (I blame my new mixer and Simon Brown's concoctions in kitchen hours! Hehe!), it's a bit sluggish, and has a bit too much acidity. She suspected as much from her one hour chat with me, and the blood test is done at the end to confirm her diagnosis. Well this will definitely give me a boost to get back to healthy eating in the run up to my forthcoming macrobiotic holiday. Can't hurt to eat more fresh veg and stuff eh? Which was the basic recommendation – and I need to do a bit to help my liver detox considering all the wubbish I've been shovelling down me throat over the past few months!
So I came away with a lot of info, some recommendations for supplements and so on, and am a happy bunny! I love learning new stuff, and this was fascinating. For a little info pack, she said you can just email her on firstname.lastname@example.org. Her clinics are in West Norwood, south east London, and in Lewes on the south coast. Here's what my blood looked like under the microscope – fascinating stuff!
To find out more just search 'live blood microscopy' on YouTube – listen to the commentary on some of them, it's just fascinating. And you know me – I'm a sponge when it comes to learning about something new!
Here's the pic I promised on air! Last weekend I had a fab show with the lovely and talented Jemma Kidd who was in for an hour of her superb cosmetics – including the incredibly good value Artist's Pro Palette (NB – it's in stock now – having only been on advance orders previously – go for it – 26 different examples of her products – all you add is foundation and mascara!).
Anyway, talking backstage, she had this delightful little hound which had kept so still on her lap I didn't realise he was there! Sooo sweet! Lovely lady too and really good quality cosmetics. Have you tried them?
Mine were four knackered pogs earlier this week after one particularly energetic dog walk in the still-sunny weather! Mind you, I managed to wear myself out in the process, too! I left them languishing in the shade whilst I got on with some gardening. I have to take Holly in to the vets soon 'cos she seems to be struggling to climb through things like a stile, or out of the stream, so although her back legs got a clean bill of health for flexibility a month ago (not dysplasic yet it seems), I'd better go get her checked out. Will keep you informed.
And I was delighted to see the first of the beautiful peony tulips which I planted over Christmas, springing up outside – yay! I grew something right! Am a proper grown up… well, a little bit anyway! Veg planting coming soon too – potatoes are in so far. Strawbs doing well (but then you can't really kill them)! What are you growing this year?
Finally in Snippets this week, and following on from a topic I've been discussing a fair bit with friends and family, and still on the theme of nutrition, another piece from one of my heroes of health, Dr Robert Lustig and others. Do find the time- if you can – to watch this short video mentioned on AOL this week – the USA '60 Minutes' programme investigating some stunning new information about sugar.
If you needed any help with avoiding it, this might do the job! I've mentioned the YouTube sensation 'Sugar the Bitter Truth' before. Well this latest prog brings even more ground-breaking studies to light. If you're not a science geek, don't bother! But if you like it, and find it interesting, let me know and I'll keep on sharing things like this! Otherwise wait till after Easter, what with all those eggs – be rude for you not to! Lol.
'Solo Cougar's Survival Kit' – #16 of 20 – Now to bat those eyelashes! Girls – if you need longer lashes, whatever the mascara you use, RevitaLash (the 2ml Advanced Conditioner, or the bargain Eye Impact Collection) could do the trick! I know I've raved about it before, but this week I was so impressed with what I saw in the mirror, having recently got on the ball again with my nightly applications.
It's an overnight treatment – like an eyeliner – and I saw big results within the first two and half weeks. Longer lashes, and more of them, and easier to coat with mascara! This latest pic shows how great they are now – and I believe it's all down to RevitaLash. The advanced formula suits my eyes better, and if I keep using it, the results continue! Fab! Even Mr 'Back of My Tandem' (see last week's blog!) commented too! Lol.
HAHA! Loved these two teasers from Facebook this week – first, create your own 'Japanese name' by using the syllables as below – then leave me a comment below and tell me what is yours! Debbie becomes 'TeKu-TuTu-KiKu'! Just click on the pic to the left to expand it.
Not so much a blooper, but a little light hearted moment this week, on the Dennis Basso show – when Dennis insisted I go over and be a model! At 5'4" it'll never happen – but it was fun 'playing' with the grown ups! Lol!
WATCH - didn't get to see 'Mirror Mirror' this week, one of the two Snow White blockbusters hitting the big screen this year. So instead, here's a BBC iPlayer recommendation, 'Woolly Mammoths – Secrets From the Ice', available for the next few weeks on iPlayer. Find out about the most amazing research that's been carried out on woolly mammoth remains.
I'm a total archaeology/history geek, as you may know, so no surprises one of my favourite presenters, scientist Alice Roberts, makes it to this week's 'Watch' strand. Have a gander if you get the chance – it's amazing what they can discover from a few strands of woolly mammoth hair. Real woolly mammoths, that lived thousands of years ago! Wow!
Thought it'd make a change if you're sick of me banging on about restaurant food every week! Lol! Since I'm now going to begin my summer health kick, in the countdown to my macrobiotic health food holiday in Scotland at the end of April, it seems a slightly more health conscious choice to make (otherwise go for Green & Black's Organic Dark Chocolate with Espresso! Lol!)
QVC - an interesting Saturday night slot for you to put in your TV diary if you're in – this week, Miceal and I will be co-presenting a lovely hour together at 9pm – it's always nice to share a show with a fellow host, so tune in to a QVC Selection – aka 'Love QVC' – if you can!
Then later that night I'm launching the new excellent hair removal Today's Special Value at midnight! Let me know if you've had great results using the No! No! before! Plus a bonus Tiana B show on Sunday 11pm.
This week, it's also a big welcome – or welcome back I'm told! – to our lovely new craft guest. As you may have seen from the promos, you can now join our new main craft host Stephanie Weightman – crafter extraordinaire and Craft Personality of the Year four years running – watch out for her next show at 10am on Wednesday 11th April.
Next week… watch out also for a new show which will be a highlight of the week for me as a viewer – Ali Keenan presenting the new Titanic Jewellery Collection at 6pm on Tuesday 10th April – how exciting! I'm in later that night, with Centigrade Coats amongst other things, but will definitely go have a peek at the trolley – if there's anything not sold out by the time I get in!
Loads more online – don't forget you can check out our schedules on the main home page – just click on QVC TV Guide for the week ahead and all your favourite presenters listed show by show!
FINALLY, This Week I Are Been Mostly Using… the famous S20 laundry sheets! Partly because I had so many visitors all needing new bedding, and also partly because there's a current single wash promotion being sent out in some of the many QVC parcels dispatched from Liverpool, whereby Akos, the guest from the US, wants anyone who gets one to let him know what they think next time he's over.
I really like them – if I just have a normal soiled load they do the job fine, especially in conjunction with my Ecoegg to just give the washing a bit more oomph! If you've used one of these clever sheets to good effect, do leave a comment below – especially if you've got any other uses for it. I cleaned my white trainers once!
Anyway have a fabulous week ahead and enjoy Easter! I'm off Good Friday and seeing son Brad on Easter Monday, so it'll be lovely to have a nice break and hopefully enjoy some sunshine! You never know, miracles might happen! No chocolate eggs for me this year – natch! But will no doubt find some alternative way of treating myself!
Have a great week!
P.S. the answer to Spot the Mistake is… how do you spell mistake?!