It’s taken me at least five minutes of scrubbing to get the grime off my hands from gardening! Note to self – wear gloves! Still, I now have well fed pots and a nicely trimmed terrace! What more could a girl want? 🙂 Colin’s been out there with me, but he’s doing all the heavy jobs like re-building fences and digging out old paving slabs!
We borrowed these mighty machines to help him and although I felt I should learn to operate at least one of them, it was Colin’s 96 year old mother Kathleen who actually had a go! I know what you’re thinking! I was at work that day, otherwise of course I would have insisted she wore a hard hat! 🙂 She is an incredible woman, and thought it was great fun – never too old eh?
Well the last time I wrote, I was asking for your help, and as always you did me proud 🙂 My collection of ‘ I Hope’ jewellery, designed to raise funds for the charity Breast Cancer Care, has continued to sell and is virtually limited stock, so if you’ve not had chance to make a purchase yet, there may not be much time remaining.
As promised I can now update you and let you know that I’ve been asked to design a new collection of jewellery, staying within the ‘I Hope’ theme, but incorporating our Diamonique range. I’m really excited and have been jotting ideas down, so will keep you in the loop. I may need your assistance in deciding what I should present to the buyers! 🙂
Of course it’s this time of the year that sees a great many staunch supporters of BCC out running or walking to raise money, and in the case of our intrepid team from QVC, peddling their way across London in the Pink Ribbon tour to raise much needed financial support for this fabulous charity.
I’m not sure how they did, but I know they will have given it their all, and will probably need a good rub down with something warming! They were all wearing their ‘pop bands’ which are these colourful bracelets created by BCC and currently available on our website in packs of four for just £9!
You can wear them in your hair or on your wrist, and they symbolise hope, strength and unity for all those of us affected by breast cancer (item no 167072). At least 60% of the proceeds of these will be paid to Breast Cancer Care. So many folk, coming together to make a difference… makes me feel truly humbled.
The last couple of weeks have been very much family orientated as we saw Colin’s mum, celebrated Colin’s birthday, I spent a day with Jack, and made a trip to see my mum and sister Jenny. I even managed a day with Honey and Lucy last week too – well it would have been rude not too, especially as Lucy had booked me in for a fabulous Aromatherapy Massage. It was absolute heaven, and I think I slept through most of it I was so relaxed, but bless my girl for her thoughtfulness.
We were lucky with the weather for Colin’s BBQ birthday, but were sadly short on numbers. That said, I thought I’d bought too much food, but all we were left with was a pot of humous and a rather disastrous Tzatziki that I’d made – the yoghurt was fat free and very thin! I didn’t take any photos this year, mainly because I was cooking and also misplaced my phone, but I can tell you the cake was the same as last year! A Victoria Sandwich with fresh cream and strawberries in it, which was wolfed down during a round of board games later that night.
It was games of a different sort with Honey in the kitchen the following morning, when we were rolling out play dough by 8.30am and counting how many Shreddies there were in her bowl! Her speech and ability to count are quite incredible for a child her age, and I am inordinately proud of her. When asked what she’d like in her salad she said “Matoes and Cubunger”! A girl after my own heart!
Food of a different sort when I went to visit mum and Joe. We had ice cream in the afternoon which Joe kindly treated us too, and then a pizza in the evening with Jenny and Linda. Both mum and I were wearing our Skechers and convinced Jenny that she needs to introduce this amazing range of footwear into her life. I’m on with Vonda Barnes next Friday at 11pm celebrating their seven year anniversary with QVC so I’ve promised to let Jenny know if I spot something she’d like. I spotted a great deal I liked at the West Meon Summer Fete on Saturday, when the sun shone, the Pimms flowed, and my sister and I picked up many a bargain!
Talking of which, plenty of bargains to be had this Saturday the 17th June when it will be Day Two of our ‘Summer Together’ feature at QVC. I’ll be working with June Poster from Frank Usher who have some fabulous jewellery, and then sharing the 10pm hour with Ouida Oliver from Ronni Nicole. I will hopefully look the part wearing designs from both ranges!
A couple of weeks back I mentioned the Maidenhead Tuneless Choir – a group of like minded, and in truth very tuneful individuals – who meet once a week to sing their hearts out. Last weekend saw their first birthday, and Tabitha Beaven the founder of the project had organised a picnic and a singsong on the village green at Cookham Dean. Colin brought his guitar along and we had great fun singing in the sunshine for an hour or so.
Here I am sporting my Kipling bag (TSV 24th June) which contained not only our picnic, but my fan, money, umbrella (never too sure it won’t rain), and a microfibre towel to sit on! I loved the colour too – it’s just one of many, so I hope you’ll join Marie-Francoise and I on that Saturday morning when we tell you all about it.
Another date for my own diary is this Sunday June 18th. It’s Father’s Day, which I know is going to be a little difficult for my children this year, and for all those of us who no longer have our Dad’s with us. We plan to make it a day of celebration though, and Colin’s Country Band, The Sonny Walters Band will be performing live at The Horns in Watford that afternoon. It’s been almost a year since his last gig, and he’ll be including many of the new songs that he’s written and recorded for his second album. Luckily most of the children can make it, including Sam and Jack, and if you’re anywhere in the vicinity, please do join us. They’ll be on stage from 4.30pm and it’s promising to be a very entertaining afternoon!
More reasons to celebrate on Monday the 26th June. Hard to believe it’s been two years since I walked down the aisle and became Mrs Elsworth, but it was one of the happiest days of my life, and I hope very much we have many more ahead of us. I am working that day but will be finished on air by 7pm so am meeting Colin in Chiswick where we plan to have a celebratory supper somewhere.
That’s only two days before my long awaited birthday treat to hear Tony Bennett sing at The Albert Hall. It will be the perfect precursor to our Maltese holiday, as we fly out the following afternoon. I’ve set my TV to record Poldark on Sunday though – after such a corking beginning to Series Three we don’t want to miss it!
In the meantime, along with my other shows, I’ll be with you every Tuesday at 8pm for our regular Diamonique rendezvous where I promise to spoil you with an amazing collection of simulated diamond jewellery. Aspirational but affordable – it’s what we love about it! 🙂
Take care, enjoy your week, and I look forward as always to hearing from you.
With my love,