I think I need to start this blog with an apology! So sorry that I confused many of you by saying that we had seen the final episode of Poldark! I do hope that you read Pat’s comment– as I did – and realised my mistake. The writers didn’t let us down, and I thought the ending was supreme leaving us with many twists and turns still to come, and the burning question of who the father to Elizabeth’s baby was! Pray heavens Demelza stays strong!
Thanks as always for all your comments, and for bringing me up to date with all your news. It sounds as though a great many of you are far more organized this year than I am when it comes to buying your Christmas presents, although we’ve not been short on ideas at QVC.
Infact I have the most fabulous piece of Diamonique jewellery to give to you as a prize in a competition this week – details will be towards the end of the blog. Did you manage to get your Elemis TSV? I actually bought two of the new White Lotus and Lime, and they arrived yesterday. I treated myself to one, but the other one will be a Christmas present, although I’m not sure for whom just yet! This Saturday will see another of our major beauty brand takeover as Decleor take centre stage with their Christmas TSV – a six piece anti ageing skincare collection, including a brand new Aromessance and eye cream in one of the two choices!
I had a lovely couple of days with mum the week before last, and we were incredibly lucky with the weather, which was fabulous. She took me to Porchester Castle, which I’d never visited before, and we had an enjoyable afternoon sitting in the sunshine eating our sandwiches and sausage rolls and looking across the water to Hilsea and Portsmouth. Perfect!
Talking of food, I decided to make an Asian inspired meal for our friends Martin and Jean who are vegetarian. My niece, Emily gave me her recipe for Lentil Dahl and I created my own Sag Aloo with home grown potatoes and fried onions. I also rustled up a Thai Green vegetable curry to go with it. The little pots in the photo were apple, passion fruit and raspberry crumbles, and luckily everyone wolfed it down! I so enjoy cooking, but with just Colin and I at home, and the weird and wonderful hours I work, we rarely sit down together to eat, so this was really nice. Incidentally if you have a favourite recipe, vegetarian or not, please do share it here, and then I could try it and let you know how I got on!
Fireworks night this year was fab with Lucy, Simon, his parents and the children all coming to celebrate with us. Sam and his mate Edd also joined in, and although Honey was a little unsure of the louder fireworks, like me, she loved the Roman Candles and the sparklers!
Talking of all things sparkly, I am back on Thursday at 7pm for an hour long Diamonique Gift ideas show. Included in our line up are this stunning pair of freshwater pink pearl and Diamonique earrings. A new design incentive is the pave set ball element on the stud that really adds personality and class to them – I hope you like them! I also have four colour choices in this beautiful tennis bracelet, so you can choose between black and white rhodium, rose or yellow gold. The stones are a lot larger than usual, which give the bracelet a really glamorous finish, and there are three different lengths to choose from.
Wait til you see the prize! It’s almost as impressive as the simulated diamonds – almost! Something else that pleased me was to be told that in January 2017 we will see a return of our regular once weekly shows, but they will be on a Tuesday at 8pm! I’m looking forward to that very much, and so I thought I’d run a competition to celebrate which if you enter and are the winner I will be sending you the Rhodium plated Diamonique Tennis bracelet worth £39.96, as the prize! Here’s the question:
Rhodium is classified as a member of the platinum group of metals. Which of the following is also part of that group?
Just post your answer in the comments below and make sure to leave an email address (don’t worry, this won’t be made public). The competition closes at noon on Wednesday 23rd November and a winner will be drawn at random from all the correct entries. Full terms and conditions can be found here Good luck! I will announce the winner in my next blog at the end of the month.
If you are a fan of the Diamonique range then a definite date for the diary is December 8th, when I will have a whole hour with Tova Borgnine and her exquisite and very personal collection of jewellery. There are a few things I plan to order, so as soon as I can give you details I will – probably on Twitter (@alikqvc). You only have to wait until this Sunday the 20th November though to treat yourself to something from the world of Butler and Wilson fashion jewellery. Simon Wilson will be joining me at 9pm, and I know that we’ll have some fun along with some great gift ideas.
In between all that I will be cramming in some more time with Honey, and have already seen Emily and little James. Today I visited Rae, Danny and Calla and I am always thankful that today’s smartphones have such amazing cameras built into them! I have an ever-increasing collection of photographs of them all, which are tied in with some very special memories.
I’ll be making memories of a different kind next Tuesday though when I accompany my sister Jenny and her class of pupils to the Science Museum and also the Planetarium! I haven’t been there since the summer of 1975, when I wasn’t much older than the children I will be looking after! She tells me that the children are very excited to meet me, and I am delighted to have been asked. I’m already planning what to take for our packed lunch, and will tell you all about it in the next blog – not just the lunch but the visit!!
I’ve just started my next lot of adjuvant cancer treatment, and am trialling it for three months. I already have osteoporosis in my spine and hips and degenerative disc disease, and we need to make sure it’s not going to compromise my bones. That said, it should marginally lessen the chances of a recurrence of the cancer, so I guess I’d be daft not to give it a go. No spread of disease currently so I thank the Lord for that. Besides I need to be fit to keep up with all the young ones in the family!
I do hope that you are well, and thank you as always for keeping me up to date with your lives, house moves, Christmas gift purchases, family news and holidays. Reading them makes my day.
Good luck with the competition, and I’ll look forward to hearing from you.
With my love,