If you’re a Facebook fan you’ll know about the timeline, where you post photographs from this day way back when, and it made me think back 22 years, to when I was heavily pregnant with Jack.
I was taking daily walks with my son Sam in the hope that my waters would break and my third child would arrive! I had been in for a scan at 38 weeks when I was told he was already between eight and a half and nine pounds in weight, but that they’d leave nature to take its course… which it didn’t!
Jack was more than happy where he was, and it took medical intervention and a cesarean section before he was delivered at five minutes to midnight on the 2nd February 1993… absolutely perfect and weighing a whopping great 10lbs 2 and half ounces : ) I know, I’ve probably bored you with this story before, but I’m sure I’m not the only mum reading this who doesn’t mentally return to the delivery suite every time their child has a birthday?
I’m sure once Lucy is in labour I’ll go through it all again, although I still have a few months to wait for that though! Talking of my lovely girl, she thought you may like to see the latest scan of her baby… such a sweetie eh? : )
Thanks so much for writing to me this month – I’ve loved hearing all your news, and keeping up to date with up and coming events! It wasn’t just the blog that brought me up to speed, but also this year’s Beauty Bash, which I attended last Wednesday. Unlike our special jewellery and homestyle days that we’ve held at QVC in Chiswick, with possibly 100 or so folk attending, this took place in London at Old Billingsgate Market, and involved over 2000 guests!
I was up at 5.30am, and travelled in with the oh-so svelte and gorgeous Catherine Huntley, and we were joined by Christianne Wolff, the author of the Body Rescue Plan that has been such a help to Catherine. We clambered out of the car and were joined by Sara Griffiths, Ali Young and Deb Flint who were also there for the day. It was unbelievably busy, but I really enjoyed meeting so many of you, and hearing about your lives, your families – oh and your favourite beauty products!
It was also very humbling to hear how difficult life has been for many of you – coping alone after losing someone, or living with debilitating illness, as Nicky and her twin sister Natalie do (pictured below). I felt truly inspired and as always, lucky, to be where I am now, rather than where I was four years ago.
It was also uplifting to see some of my favourite guests there, but almost impossible to spend time with each one! However, I was delighted to see Lulu with her Time Bomb range and having managed to claw my way through the crowds, we were snapped laughing out loud after her stylist had said we looked like Charlie’s Angels : ) I also met the delightful Eve Pearl – five time Emmy Award winner for cosmetic services to the stars! Can you believe she let me pose with one of her awards?! It took all my self-control not to make a speech – unlike Ali Young who didn’t hold back on Sunday when she presented the premiere show – hilarious! : )
Actually Ali Young seriously deserves an award for services to the QVC Customer. She spent the entire day at the head of a never-ending queue of people who were hoping for a consultation with her. Always smiling, always professional, tirelessly giving out advice and support, and never fading, although her feet must have been killing her! I took this photo of Ali with an incredibly brave young lady who had travelled to London on her own in a wheelchair, all the way from Liverpool. As I said earlier, a very humbling day in many respects.
Something else that was an education but also very moving was the Stephen Hawking film ‘The Theory of Everything’. I would highly recommend it, and Eddie Redmayne who plays Stephen, is just incredible. The film charts the love affair and consequent marriage between Stephen and Jane, who is played brilliantly by Felicity Jones. Luckily Colin and I enjoy the same kind of films, and both cry unashamedly when something moves us. This did, as it will do you I’m certain.
Since we were given Apple TV as a Christmas present, Colin and I have signed up to Now TV and we watched ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ on Saturday night with my friend Jo, who came to stay overnight. Starring the ever-young Ralph Fiennes it has an incredible cast, and is beautifully shot. Not quite the ‘Best Exotic Marigold Hotel’, but equally entertaining, albeit filmed in the frozen forests of Budapest as opposed to the beautiful, if boiling hot, backdrop of Jaipur.
Psst, I have to let you into a secret…
Richard Gere is in talks about the forthcoming sequel to Best Exotic, and may well be joining Maggie Smith, Bill Nighy, Judi Dench and the all the other auspicious actors! How exciting is that?! Or was it just me who at 19 years old, drove through the night to find a cinema that was still showing American Gigolo? : ) What’s your favourite film or actor? Go on, I bet you have one. Just jot it down here, and we can compare notes : )
I hope you enjoyed Diamonique Week – I loved my hour with Mark Clark, and am hoping he’ll be back again soon – but do join me for my regular show at 9pm this Thursday. Oh and if you’re a Yankee Candle fan, I highly recommend you buy their wick trimmer – just look at this very strange occurrence when I forgot to trim mine!
Jilly, I very much hope Annie and her husband are doing well, that Alfie is thriving Janet, and that Debz, you’re feeling better than you did prior to Christmas. Do let us know how things are, and enjoy the rest of January. I promise I’ll have a competition for you in February.
Take care, stay warm, and keep in touch.
With my love, Ali