I did a rare thing, last week – I went out on a mid-week evening! Normally I am safely at home curled up on the sofa with Olley ready for an early night before an early start for the Morning Show next day, or possibly (more likely!) doing chores and, as my Dad used to call it when I was a teenager, 'faffing around' and getting to bed later than I should!
But last week we had tickets to see Flavia and Vincent from Strictly Come Dancing in their stage show Midnight Tango. Olley was away in the end so my friend Alison joined me for a girls' night out. We absolutely loved the show – it was full of amazing energy and incredible dance moves.
It's produced by Arlene Phillips and features some of the best tango dancers in the world alongside Flavia and Vincent, and a world renowned tango band. It just highlighted to me what a dreadful dancer I am – I hope you didn't see me with Flavia and her 'other' dance partner Russell Grant when they were with us a few weeks ago for the launch of their Zalza dance video. I may have been an athlete in my younger days, but it didn't bestow me with any sense of rhythm and I think I have two left feet. Or maybe three! Russell and I were like the naughty children at the back of the class, trying to keep up with Flavia. It was great to see Russell again – he used to come onto my AfterNine show on TVam in the early 1990s, but I haven't seen him since. He's a lovely, kind, warm-hearted man.
If I spend a bit of time with the Zalza Ultimate Dance Fitness DVD I think there may be some hope for my dancing future – the DVD is actually a great way to learn some classic Latin dances, as Flavia takes us through a series of training steps before we try to put it all together to music. She and Russell will be back on QVC putting us through our paces on Monday 20th May, so if you missed their last visit, make sure you have your dancing shoes ready to join in. It's a great way to exercise and have fun, while learning some proper dance steps.
But if there is one form of exercise I can do, it's swimming. I haven't lately because I've had some problems with my elbow but it is slowly mending and I was beginning to feel that it was time to get wet again when Bex asked me to take her to a session to help her prepare for a triathlon event that she has entered for next month. The only issue was that the swimming was in a lake. But hey-ho, why not! So last Sunday morning we were up early and off to the lake. There were wetsuits to hire (I wouldn't have got further than my big toe without) and tea and bacon butties for after. I have to say, I always think that a wetsuit has to be the most unflattering outfit ever invented, but after a while of taking Slim-be my figure is beginning to find itself again – I didn't feel too embarrassed once I'd managed to squeeze into it. We have a Today's Special Value Slim-Be offer next week (Tuesday 14th May) so if you're thinking you'd like to lose a few pounds before the summer really arrives, join me on the Morning Show or at midday on Tuesday – wearing a wetsuit is not compulsory, though!
We decided the only way to get into the water was to leap straight in. The sun came out and, except for the first few minutes when I had to fight the urge to GET OUT because the 12 degree water was SO COLD on my face, I actually rather enjoyed it! And the 'holier than thou' feeling of having done something good lasted all day! Something completely random happened on the way home – we were almost there when we passed a turkey strolling up the hill. How do you explain that?!
Finally, a personal note to Christine, who sadly lost her beloved cavalier spaniel William to heart failure not long ago and to whom I promised a photo of our lovely Barney enjoying an outing in our motorhome. I hope this raises a smile…
With best wishes to you all, take care.