As I sit writing my blog this morning, we are awaiting delivery of a new washing machine. We inherited the current machine with the house when we moved in four months ago and, although it has been okay, the spin cycle leaves the clothes quite wet meaning they take longer to dry.
This is a real problem when the weather is not nice enough to hang the clothes out as Daniel needs his Crystal Palace gear every day for work and he only has two sets. I finally got around to ordering a new machine on Wednesday and this morning Chris had a mild panic as the door to the cupboard under the stairs, where the machine lives, is narrower than both the current machine and the new one. Fortunately I realised that the depth of the machine was less than the opening so it just needs rotating 90 degrees and it should be fine … fingers crossed!
The moment the door was off the cupboard Wilfie decided to play 'Hide and Seek', burying himself in the furthest corner. He has already been a real rascal this morning trying to lose his harness under our bed and doing a Google search on my computer … unsurprisingly Google couldn't help, but I wonder what the 'devil' he was searching for???
He then decided to lie across my computer to stop me writing my blog, so I went outside to take some photos of the plants in the garden and the moment he heard the kitchen door he was out there with me. It is his new love, so long as he is not wearing his harness and so long as we don't shut him out!
I'm really impressed with my lilies from last year's Presenter lily-growing competition … if you bought them I hope yours are doing well too. I've managed to get out in the garden a couple of days this week while the weather has been nice. We are very lucky to have inherited such thoughtful planting from previous owners. This honeysuckle smells divine, and although the arch it is scrambling over is a bit dilapidated we will rebuild it once the garden room is done.
Yes, we got the planning permission for our garden room so in about a month I will be able to move all the pieces of gym equipment I own, which are currently scattered through various rooms in the house, to one dedicated space … I can't wait. At the moment the only equipment I have set up permanently is my Pilates machine, everything else requires furniture to be cleared out of the way, apart from the Bodyblade, which I can use more or less anywhere.
I had a one-hour show with Bruce yesterday and I must say I had forgotten just how effective it is at working muscles … even my Chris is going to give it a go, and he hates exercise! If you bought it let me know how you get on with it … Debs Flint is already a big fan saying it's perfect if you are short of time.
Although I've been away from QVC for a few days, I have been as busy as ever. Last Saturday I went to my friend Natalie's house-warming party and then on Sunday I went to watch Palace v Man City (the less said about that the better!) Monday I managed to finish another couple of chapters of my novel, I'm on about 65,000 words now and hoping to have it finished by the end of this month.
On Wednesday I went to Windsor for the first time in my life. It is now my closest big shopping centre and I will definitely go again as it has real character. When my daughter was studying at Royal Holloway University, which I now pass every time I come in to QVC, she had a part-time job in Windsor and she always said she thought I would love it. She knows her mother well! I particularly liked seeing the castle although I don't think the Queen was at home, least ways I didn't see her. I did, however, bump into Andrew Bagley going into a restaurant for his lunch. I suppose it's not too surprising as Gatineau's UK headquarters are in Windsor, but strange that we should be in exactly the same place at the same time … small world!
I can't believe it is May already. I put a message on twitter the other day, 'pinch, punch, first of the month' followed by a row of white rabbits. I had a couple of responses saying that their routine was different on the first of each month … I wonder what yours is?
Okay so the washing machine is delivered and plumbed in but won't go in the cupboard the other one came out of!!! Poor old Chris will have to sort it out as I need to leave for work … can't be late for Bethlehem Lights at 3pm and really looking forward to seeing Jaynie for Slim 'n' Lift at 5pm. Incidentally, if you liked the top I was wearing for the Vionic show yesterday it's a new range called Fashion by Amita Naithani that Chloe will be launching tomorrow night at 8pm.
Enjoy your weekend and Bank Holiday Monday!
Much love, Julia xx