I was sorry to be away last week as I missed our annual Christmas in July event, but I was busy enjoying summer in Scotland instead!
I was there to be proud mum and cheer on my son Charlie, who was competing for England in the Under 16 Home Nations hockey tournament.
We had a marvellous time, staying in the quaint seaside town of Largs, on the west coast. We found a wonderful place called the Woodhouse Hotel, whose owners Willie and Lilian made us feel like old friends.
We were very well looked after, with amazing Scottish breakfasts that made the very thought of lunch redundant, and hospitality in the bar until the end of the day (or even the start of the next!).
We had the morning free to roam before heading to the National Sports Centre for Charlie's matches, and we took a ferry to Great Cumbrae island, where Barney the dog ran and ran on the beach at Millport, and we climbed through spectacular fields of wild flowers to the top of the ridge that overlooks Largs, to enjoy the most amazing views across to the Isle of Arran, the Mull of Kintyre and beyond.
And for even more indulgence, we tasted surely the best ice cream in the world which is served in the art noveau style Nardini's cafe on the sea front.
Cheering on Charlie
The hockey was good, too. Charlie's team won every game for a grand slam and a gold medal. Charlie has earned three caps for his national team, and that can be a little nugget of pride and self-confidence that he can carry within him for years to come. I'm so proud of him as he has worked so hard, along with taking his GCSEs as well, and deserves all his success.
The medal he was awarded wasn't the biggest, as you can see from the photo, but it will certainly be well looked after!
Picking up bargains in the QVC Sale
Then it was back to the excitement of our Great Summer Sale here at QVC. I hope you found a few bargains – I bought three pieces of fashion, a cook's essentials blender, and a Northern Nights feather bed and pillow for Bex to take to uni when she heads off in September. Happy days!