I was more than a little surprised to find out that we’ve only got another four weeks until Christmas, in fact mildly panicked is probably more accurate! I’m working through my Christmas list, but Colin’s list of jobs to do around the house is far longer. He’s spent most of the last few days on our roof trying to dislodge something in the chimney we thought to be a bird’s nest.
We’ve hired this enormous cherry picker that mercifully Colin’s very proficient at handling, and he hopes to do all the other jobs on the roof and in the garden that would be almost impossible with just a ladder. The fireplace in the dining room has had to come out, and he’s also had to smash the chimney breast in the bedroom to find the problem, which was an almost solid lump that turned out to be as large as a beaver’s lodge (technical name for their homes made out of mud and branches!). Heaven alone knows what kind of bird made its home in there, but judging by the amount of soil and twigs it was possibly an emu!
My son Sam came to help Colin, and I heard the news that they had ‘broken through’ almost at the same time I heard Prince Harry had popped the question to Ms. Markle! A very exciting day all round really! So, now we have a Royal Wedding to look forward to in spring 2018, and of course my niece Clare’s nuptials on the 21st April 2018.
I’m wondering if it will all coincide, and we won’t be home when it happens, but the excitement is already building for the big day in Sydney. I have to admit to not being any closer to knowing which other countries we plan to visit en route to Oz, but Colin and I hope to have a brainstorming session before the end of the year.
Of course that’s all a fair way off as indeed my return to work seemed to be, but it felt like I’d never been away when I returned to the Q last Tuesday for my Diamonique show at 8pm. I’d managed to get into work far earlier than usual just in case I had a problem with my shoulder, but to be honest apart from my delayed recovery ruining my darts game, my right shoulder and arm is definitely getting stronger. I did have to call on the lovely floor staff though to get my mic pack and talkback attached to my tights (!) as I couldn’t reach behind my back, but other than that it all went swimmingly.
Because we have so much going on at home with the chimney and roof, we are nowhere near even thinking about Christmas decorations, so it was lovely to be in the studio with the trees all sparkly and festive. Do you have your tree up already? Is there a rule of thumb I’m missing maybe? And do you choose real over faux? I have to say the quality of the faux trees we have for sale at QVC could well tempt a devout spruce lover, so keep checking our website QVCUK.com for the next delivery!
As I can drive again I spent the end of last week with Lucy and Honey which was a treat, and we decided to visit a local garden centre where they have an aquarium. Honey has been fascinated by the fish since she was a baby, and she rushed around showing me all the different varieties, telling me what colour each one was, and giving them all names. When we got home she put her pants on top of her clothes saying it was a bathing costume as she wanted to go swimming!
She’s a real chatterbox and incredibly articulate, plus, like me, she loves books! I get to read to her at bedtime, although this time I forgot to bring my glasses so I had to make the story up as I went along! I remember reading to my three at night, and when I was particularly tired I’d try to skip through the pages, but they always noticed, “You’ve missed a bit mum!”… Happy memories!
I am definitely going to buy Honey a special book to go with her main Christmas present, but there’s so much choice, I think it’ll take a while to look through them all. I’ve asked for the new Nigella Lawson cookery book as my present. I’m also keeping my fingers crossed for a new Bernini fountain from all of the children. If you’re still a bit stuck for ideas, see if you can join me next Saturday the 2nd at 6pm as I have a whole hour of Arran Sense of Scotland. If you’re not familiar with the brand, they make a wonderful collection of fragranced products for the body and home, all inspired by the beautiful Scottish Isle of Arran. Their perfume ‘After the Rain’ was one of the first fragrances I fell in love with many years ago and it still brings back many special memories.
Speaking of rain, at 8pm on Saturday I have an hour of Rino and Pelle outerwear with some fabulous feather and down coats, faux fur, full size shawls and everything in between! All very classy and well priced. Lucy told me that we may well have snow in December, so you’ll be prepared!
My shoulder is about to give up the ghost so I’ll finish here, but I thought you may like to see a photo of one of the fabulous sunsets we’ve had recently. Just beautiful.
Thank you for all of your lovely comments on the last blog and I’ll look forward to hearing about your Christmas plans and tree decorations next time! You can keep up with me on Twitter too @alikqvc. Keep cosy and well.
With my love,