As feared, we couldn’t make it to Wales last weekend because of cat-sitting problems but we did make it halfway there on Sunday. I had promised Daniel that we would go and watch his Swansea City U11’s in a tournament in Bath, so on Sunday morning, Chris’s birthday, we got up at 6am and headed west on the M4. We arrived in Bath in time to catch their second match of the day.
To digress for a moment, I had thoroughly enjoyed watching my team, Crystal Palace, as the featured game on the real Match of the Day the previous evening, after beating Chelsea 2 -1 at Stamford Bridge. This is indeed a rare occurrence. The last time it happened in the league was in 1982, so it was worth the lack of sleep to witness it.
Anyway, back to the Bath International tournament. On the Saturday, Swansea City had won all their games, putting them in the Champions League half of the draw as opposed to the Europa Cup. Their good form had continued in the first game of the morning and we watched them win their second, which saw them topping the leader board.
A really tough game against Everton, which they only drew courtesy of a brilliant free kick in the dying seconds, seem to drain them and unfortunately they lost their final two games to finish fourth.
Nevertheless, Dan was pleased with his lads, only losing two games out of the ten they played. He is somewhere in the middle of this huddle giving them a pep talk. After Wales’ victory in Cyprus yesterday, he tweeted that maybe he was coaching some of their International stars of the future – maybe he is.
The weather had turned really cold and wet but we still went into the centre of Bath for a bite of lunch and a look around. I had an ulterior motive as well. Part of the action in the sequel to ‘Life’s a Beach and Then…’ takes place in Bath, so I was doing a little research. I’m now past 50,000 words, just over halfway there, on ‘If He Really Loved Me’, so for those of you asking, it should be out in November.
We eventually arrived home a little after 5pm for some card and present opening. I asked Chris what his favourite four things are (excluding family and holidays). He predictably said; coffee, red wine, cheese (a migraine waiting to happen for most people) and Birkenstocks. I know my other half very well.
His main gift, from Daniel, Sophie and I, was a Krups Nespresso machine. There had been one in the villa we rented in Portugal in June and Chris had raved about it, so we knew we were onto a winner. I treated him to a new pair of Arizona style Birkenstocks (who else thinks Wilfie is rather too big for the box) and a ‘nice’ bottle of Merlot, and the cats ‘bought’ him some cheese. He was a very happy bunny!
Talking of cats, I thought I would share this video of Wilfie ‘tapping’ one of my Peony flower arrangements…
I have no idea why he does this, but how cute!
I was with Julie Bates from Peony yesterday for a busy show and we are together again on Saturday afternoon at 3 pm as we continue to celebrate their fifth anniversary with us. Some of you spotted the little friendship bracelet I was wearing during the show. It is a PAL bracelet (Protect African Lions) and if you would like to know more about it follow this link
This Sunday is Beauty Day on QVC. It’s called Beauty for You and is focussed on treating yourself before the gift-purchasing season begins in earnest. It is a bareMinerals Today’s Special Value and I’m really looking forward to doing a show with Lee and SJ as I haven’t seen them for ages. As well as on-air offers there are over 500 Easy Pay deals on our website to check out.
P.S: Is it really a year since we lost the wonderful Joan Rivers? This has to be my happiest memory of her from the live QVC show from Atlantis in the Bahamas. One in a million.