We had four family birthdays in the past week, so it’s been a frenzy of card-choosing and present-buying, although that’s not too unusual – when you have an enormous family like I do there are birthdays most weeks!
My parents are Irish, and having lots of children was the norm when they were young…hence my mum is one of eight children and my dad one of eleven. That’s a lot of aunties and uncles! My parents had six of us, one boy and five girls, of whom I am the eldest. My poor brother, surrounded by so many females growing up!
The five of us girls are pictured here at my sister Deborah’s wedding – we have so much fun when we get together. We’ve also counted up all the first cousins and it’s around seventy (I think!!). And although my husband and I DON’T have children, last Christmas we had to buy gifts for twenty-three nieces, nephews and god-children. Crazy, but fun!
Most of my family live in Ireland – my parents met and married in Coventry, where the first five of us were born. But when I was nine they moved back to Ireland, so I finished my primary school, secondary school and university education there and then returned to the UK when I was 22.
It’s resulted in an odd situation where I have an English accent, as by the age of nine my accent was firmly established, but everyone else in my family sounds Irish. My nieces call me “the English auntie”, even though I have an Irish passport…Anglo-Irish is probably the easiest way to describe me! It’s been nice to be working with several Irish people at QVC including one of the producers, a couple of floor managers and of course the lovely Miceal!
Despite living in different countries we are a very close family and see each other as often as we can. In fact later this month my mum, one of my sisters and I are heading off to Devon for a little mini-break. We have the BEST holidays – we never stop laughing, and that’s seen us through some very hard times. I LOVE my family!
Meanwhile, I’ve been shopping again (oh dear!)
My latest QVC purchase is the H2O X5 mop/handheld steamer. My husband steam-cleaned our oven over Easter – oh yes, I have an excellent husband! Did a very good job too (the steamer and the husband!).
Right, amazingly the sun is out and I’ve got a day off, so I’m off to plant some herbs in the garden.
Have a great week!
Love Jackie x