Firstly, I hope you all had an enjoyable Easter and apologies for not doing a blog last week. Because we work Bank Holidays I had completely forgotten that the office staff who post our blogs don’t … I didn’t realise until Friday morning, by which time it was too late! And then I think there was a problem over the weekend with you not being able to view our blogs … sorry about that, but all sorted now. So let’s get up to date.
Poppy’s trip to the vet went well. She weighed in at just under 3kg but that’s fine for her as she is a little cat. She had her flu’ booster, and everything else is fine, including her remaining teeth and her ‘purrfect’ claws (according to the vet). Poppy was a happy cat, but not so Wilfie.
My friend Denise, who is a Feng Shui aficionado, had tweeted that we should throw away all dried flowers and pot pourri from our homes as they are bad Feng Shui. I did as she suggested but Wilfie was not impressed as he used to like taking pieces out of the bowl and playing with them. I tried to appease him with a little ‘cat nip’ sack but he was a bit moody for a while!
Isn’t it strange how siblings can have different temperaments even in the cat world. His brother Milo, one of my daughter Sophie’s cats, is soooooo placid. She came over for the day on Easter Monday and we decided to take Milo for a walk down our lane on his harness and lead. He had never been outside before, apart from en route to the car to go to the vet, but he loved it.
He was a little unsure on the tarmac of the road but as soon as we got to the woods at the end of the lane he behaved just like a little puppy. It was so funny seeing people’s reaction to him and it certainly raised a few smiles from folk walking their dogs. My only regret was that none of us had a phone with us so we didn’t get any photos.
I made lasagne for dinner, a special request from Sophie as she had given up pasta for Lent. For lunch we had finished off the asparagus and leek quiche I had made using the Bamix TSV two days earlier. It was absolutely delicious so, if you bought the Bamix, check it out – it’s in the recipe book.
I also made a whisked sponge cake using the basic recipe from my Bero cookery book. I filled it with whipped double cream mixed with mandarin oranges. It’s a cake I used to make when I was in my early teens so it brought back some lovely memories and tasted just as good as I had remembered.
I also used the Bamix to blend my tomato soup – the one I posted the recipe for a couple of weeks ago. I was able to blend the soup in the saucepan, much safer than pouring hot liquid into a blender! If you bought it let me know what you think … I was very impressed!
On Tuesday I popped down to an infant school in Virginia Water to ‘help’ some four and five-year-old-children plant some flower seeds as part of British Polio’s ‘Sowing the Seeds of Hope’ campaign, to celebrate their 75th Anniversary. The idea was for the children to learn about the disease that had affected so many children of their age or younger, but also for them to learn about plants and, very importantly, the job the bees do.
It was so cute hearing them saying things like ‘yummy pollen’ while they were posing for their photos, mini rakes and trowels in hand. It is hard to believe my son, now a strapping 6ft 4ins, was ever that little! After the planting I was asked to do a radio interview for BBC Radio Sussex – I happily obliged as it is so important to raise awareness particularly of Post Polio Syndrome, which up to 80% of former sufferers of paralytic polio will develop in later life.
I cannot finish without mentioning my football team, Crystal Palace, who, after beating West Ham Utd last Saturday, secured their place for a second season in the Premier League for the first time ever. I cannot tell you how proud of them I am. As a club, Palace doesn’t have the money to offer players hundreds of thousands of pounds a week so we have had to rely on hard work, passionate fans, belief and team work, all master-minded by the fantastic Tony Pulis. I know Brendan Rodgers from Liverpool will probably win Manager of the Year but for me it is no contest … Tony Pulis, hands down.
It’s also been a busy few days at QVC so I am looking forward to my weekend off but not before Fashion on Friday, which today is Dreamkeeper, and two hours of Butler & Wilson. Unfortunately Simon won’t be in as he is recovering from a hernia operation but I’m looking forward to seeing Nikki Akhtar tonight at 7pm … I do hope you will join us … and remember, this Sunday is Beauty Day.