Well what a wonderful response to Lucy's news! Thank you so much for all your lovely comments and kind words – it's been a treat to read them, and to also share in some of your memories of your special day.
As with most plans, they are made to be changed, and not only have they changed their choice of venue, but they have opted for October as THE month to be married in! Cripes – only 11 months away!
She and Richard are completely set on this beautiful collection of stone barns and cottages to house us all, and set the scene for the ceremony. That's, of course, the lovely thing about being able to be married anywhere really isn't it?
Lucy, her friend Mel and I all head off to Cornwall for a taster weekend in December, and I can't wait! We get to sample the selection of Cornish delights from the menu, explore the beautiful buildings and bounce on the beds – enough said!! I've had a look at it online and I know EXACTLY why they've chosen it, so will take a few snapshots to share with you – if allowed!
Before that though, we've got the engagement party, which will be in a little village hall close to us here. Lucy and I are in control of the catering, and Richard's band is providing the music, so a good time should be had by all :) Not sure how many are coming as yet, so can't count out the cocktail sticks for the cheese and pineapple, but will be better prepared nearer the time!!
Celebrating 10 years at QVC!
I still can't quite believe that I've worked here for that long, or that Kathy Tayler – who joined just a week before me in the year 2000 – still copes with sharing a dressing room with me! :) I think she's got used to my rinsed-out tights draped over the air conditioning vents, but must get rather tired of my tatty toothbrush adorning the sink :)
We both got our invitations to the very smart Mayfair Hotel in town, and as she'd worked that day, Colin and I met her and her husband Olley at QVC Towers. We could have taken a taxi but Olley very kindly offered to drive us there, and then had the nightmare of finding a parking space! Kathy and I left the boys to it as we wafted into the fabulous foyer and were then waved in the general direction of the DO…
Sadly neither Kathy nor I quite got the gist of the gesture, and ended up peering into a number of small rooms set out for meetings and not merriment! Laughing quietly at our ineptitude, we finally spotted a couple of other people we knew and were suddenly being plyed with pink champagne and posing for photographs :)
The boys arrived not long after that, and we spent a really lovely evening with all those others, who like us, have been a part of QVC for 10 years. As Kathy had to work the next morning, she and Olley headed off, which meant that Colin and I would have needed a taxi were it not for the kindness of Wendy (floor manager extraordinaire) and her man Andrew, who offered us a lift.
Now, can I just say that the Mini is designed for comfort, speed and style, but NOT for cramming three somewhat jolly women and two grown men into! Colin's knees were up by his ears, which was difficult as I was meant to have been sitting on his lap, and my skintight satin dress did not leave much room for manouevre, but suffice to say we got there in one piece, and I now know Wendy a great deal better than I did before!
Back with a houseful…
Luckily I wasn't too 'tired' on Friday as poor old Sam came home from University running a temperature and generally feeling very rough. We got him a doctor's appointment, and the doctor has advised us that he has Glandular Fever poor soul. He will need to stay home for at least another week or so, and because it's viral there is no treatment. You've just got to see it through.
We think it may have begun with the dreadful throat just prior to him going to Uni as he's not really been well since then, but obviously it's a great worry for him re. work, although I've spoken with the Uni and they are very supportive. His girlfriend's with us too at present as she's lost her flat so I'm happily planning meals and washing and ironing for England :) So good to have a houseful again…
Must dash but hope you like the photos and are having a good week. Let me know if you think the dress would be right for the party.
Love Ali xxx