Well what a busy week I’ve had starting with the trip up to Nottingham last Saturday for my brother’s wedding celebration.
As I mentioned on last week’s blog, he and his new wife Remy were married in Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago but what I didn’t know was that it was in a helicopter flying down the strip!!! All I could think of as I was watching the video was the film ‘Con Air’ starring Nicolas Cage … if you haven’t seen it, they crash land a plane full of convicts on the ‘strip’. Fortunately Richard’s helicopter stayed airborne for the round trip and it has certainly given them a wonderful memory to cherish.
It was so lovely to see my mum, my sister Lynda with two of her daughters, my nieces Rachel and Becky, and Rachel’s son Sam who I was fortunate enough to be sat opposite during lunch at the Langar Hall Hotel. If you live near Nottingham I would definitely recommend it for any kind of celebratory ‘do’ – lovely location and delicious food. It was a shame that Daniel was unable to go as when you work in professional football your weekends are not your own but Sophie was with us and she enjoyed catching up with her cousins.
Richard turned sixty three weeks after my Chris so in the evening he was having a belated birthday bash. Unfortunately we couldn’t stay for that as we had to get home to give Poppy her medication and coax her to eat. Thank you so much for all your good wishes for her on last week’s blog – she must sense you are all rooting for her as there has been an incredible improvement this week, despite another trip to the vet on Monday with the sniffles, which I was afraid might develop into something else as her immune system was so compromised. She is almost back to normal – amazing what lots of love and the right medication can do.
On Sunday I was going to a small gathering at my friend Nat’s house. Nat was responsible for filming and editing ‘Blurred Lanes’, the video of the charity swimming gala I organised last year, and also for the 21st birthday clips of my time at QVC which I’ll give you a link to later in my blog.
I was really looking forward to it as we’ve been trying to get together for months. As it was a beautiful day I decided to whip the sheets off our bed and run them through the wash so that they could dry naturally and have that lovely line-fresh smell. One slight problem … my four month-old washing machine from a well-known German brand stopped working during the detergent cycle!
Two hours later and after a singularly irritating and unhelpful phone call to the company concerned, we managed to drain the machine and release the door manually to remove the superking-size duvet cover and sheets, which I then had to rinse and wring by hand. Not the start to the day I had been planning, however the get-together was lovely, so nice to see QVC friends out of the workplace.
On Monday I rang the washing machine people again to see if I could get an earlier date for the repair man to visit as it is such a new machine and was lucky enough to get a cancellation for the Tuesday. Great news as the washing was starting to pile up, the only problem being that the engineer couldn’t fix it and said he needed to order the parts from Germany, which would take a week to ten days! What? This multi million pound company don’t keep spare parts in the UK? You’ve got to be joking.
After a few more phone calls when I was supposed to be getting ready for an evening out with my family I finally spoke to an incredibly helpful Customer Services representative from Currys who we had the machine from. He organised for me to have a replacement machine, actually a slight upgrade, to be delivered on Thursday … thank you Kieran, my knight in shining armour!
So to my night out. If you read my blog regularly you will know that my birthday present was to go and see the stage show of Les Miserables as I had enjoyed the film so much. Chris and I met up with Daniel and Sophie for dinner before the show and then sat captivated by the performance. If I’m honest I personally preferred Ann Hathaway’s softer, more victim-like, characterisation of Fantine but overall it was a wonderful show with my favourite character once again being Eponine and of course reducing me to tears.
I’m sure it can’t have escaped your notice that it was QVC’s 21st birthday on Wednesday. Clearly many of you are delighted to see Molton Brown back as the TSV sold out early. I enjoyed my shows with Adele from SBC and Lulu Guinness and, in case you missed it, here is the montage of my twenty-one years at QVC that was played out instead of show openers for my two hours. It was lovely to see the clips but my goodness I looked so young in the early ones!
Not as young as I was when I was dancing on the cruise ships though. If you saw the Imagine Cruising show yesterday afternoon you probably realised that for me it was a bit of a trip down memory lane. It prompted me to do a bit of research into the whereabouts of the ship I was a dancer on, the SS Doric, in 1975/76.
She was only 26,000 tons, a medium sized vessel back then but tiny by today’s super liner standards. She stayed with Homelines, the company I worked for, until 1980 and then moved around to different companies until she sank on the way to the breaker’s yard … quite sad really.
So my week has been hectic so far and I have a busy weekend ahead. Today’s Fashion on Friday is a Winter Edit show with stylist Wendy Elsmore. I love the edit shows as we can give you a flavour of different outfits across favourite QVC brands. I’m with Kim (Kim & Co) at 7pm but probably without the TSV, which has been selling very well.
Tomorrow I have Leighton Denny at 9pm and I’m launching the bareMinerals TSV – it includes the ready eyeshadow compact in some beautiful colours and they are the eyeshadows I use every day on air because they don’t cause me irritation with my sensitive skin.
Sunday I have more bareMinerals and Kim & Co and then I’m off for ten days … I’ll tell you all about it on my next blog.
Have a fab weekend and thanks again for all the kindness you have shown towards Poppy.