“Good heavens, is it ever going to stop raining?!” I overheard these words as I sloshed through a maze of puddles on the Chiswick High Road, while wearing a large plastic bag over my head emblazoned with the words “Enjoy the Ride”! When I say over my head, I could see out and the words were relevant as I’d just been to a Cycle Shop to buy Colin’s birthday presents I bought him a bike on eBay and felt that he may benefit from a pair of padded cycle shorts – the saddle on the bike looks INCREDIBLY uncomfortable!
What a filthy week it’s been, eh? I do feel for all those of you who’ve been trying to keep the little ones occupied during half term week – so much harder when the weather is grotty, but if we are to believe the incredibly enthusiastic weather experts, the weekend will be better! I do hope so, although selfishly Colin and I will be flying out to Nashville on Sunday to enjoy the Country Music Festival in Nashville, where it’s meant to be a lot warmer
I can’t believe the time has come around so quickly, and so we’ve spent the last few weeks seeing family and friends before we go. Last week we met up with Kathy and Ollie in Windsor for an early supper and enjoyed not just a lovely meal but a fabulous sunset and view from the bridge of the river. We also found this rather strange magnifying glass thing, which I couldn’t resist looking through – quite an improvement, Colin thought
We then drove over to Mum’s on Friday and got there in time for lunch, after which mum and I popped into their village and did a little shopping. She had arranged for Jenny and Linda to join us for supper but I had this picture taken just before they arrived – one for the album I think We all managed to motor our way through rather a lot of pizza before Colin and I had to head home as I had an early start on Saturday.
Those of you who watched on Saturday evening will have noticed my hair is now much blonder and I have also had it cut. That’s where I spent most of Saturday prior to work, and had my nails done at the same time! I felt completely pampered, but I think sadly this time the cut has taken the last of my curl, so I am going to have to resort to heated rollers again, but it has been fabulous these last two years not needing to bother
Everyone at work said how much they liked my hair lighter, but I think it’s my tan that really finishes it off perfectly! Those of you who read this blog regularly will know that I am a huge fan of faux tan, and once I have the beginnings of a colour I maintain it with any one of a number of products that we sell at QVC.
I wouldn’t normally pick just one product to mention, but I have been soooo delighted with Elemis’s new addition to their Sunwise Range that I wanted to give you a heads up before you see it on Tuesday 3rd June.
I know many of you already use their Tan Accelerator, but they now have a Total Glow Bronzing Body Lotion and a separate Moisturiser for the face. The Body lotion is incredibly light and has a very soft, almost talcum powder fragrance, which makes a change, and it’s also really easy to apply evenly so no worries about uneven streaks.
It’s always difficult, unless you only use it on half the body, to see just how well it works BUT … this picture of me with Kimberley from Annalee + Hope was taken on Saturday evening before I applied it, and then THIS picture was taken prior to Sunday’s Liz Earle TSV launch! I was so pleased because it’s not remotely gingery in colour and the Total Glow Moisturiser for the face can be used night or day without any other products, as it contains all you need to keep your skin hydrated! It means that, although I love to be in the sun, I will now keep Factor 30 on my face and use this to match it to the rest of me! Result!
We had a mad Bank Holiday Monday with a houseful of not just Colin’s children and their partners but also a few friends and relatives. Although Colin’s birthday is today (Friday) everyone else would be working and so I roasted a huge joint of pork and we had pork baps with stuffing and apple sauce … my bikini body is now a thing of the past, and certainly wasn’t helped by a Bake Sale organised by Kathy and her daughter Bex for Wednesday! Not a day of work for me, but as Lucy came to see me on Tuesday during her half term, she very kindly made some coffee and walnut cupcakes and I baked a Victoria Sandwich, some black treacle flapjack and Gingerbread, which I took in for Kathy to sell.
Check out Kathy Tayler’s blog to find out what she baked and how well they did, and if you’re interested I can post up my recipes next time. Suffice to say, I’ll be happy to stick to salad for the next few days – even Colin decided he didn’t want a birthday cake this year!!!
Someone else I’d been meaning to see for a while was an old school friend of mine, Mitchell, who had recently set up his own business designing websites. Although I write this blog, I’d never really thought about creating a website, but having spent an evening talking through it with him, I was intruiged to see what he could create for me …
It’s been a long time in the making – my fault not his – because I’ve had to dig way back to find old photographs, press, copy and interviews that take me right back to my first job working for Shell International Petroleum … But, if you want to find out a bit more about where it all began for me as a 16-year-old commuting into London every day, then here it is!
We still have a few adjustments to make, and some more video and voice clips to add, but I’d love to know what you think Oh, and do make sure you click on each photo and video as they are all interlinked! The man’s a genius – and a great friend
So I guess that’s all my news for now, but I promise that while I’m away in the good ol’ US of A I will keep in touch and will look forward, as always, to hearing from you I promise to reply as soon as I’m able.
Take care and stay well,