Hi there! How's your week been? I've loved hearing about your Christmases and lovely presents, and reading them has cheered me when worrying - that along with my sagging jawline, failing eyesight and baggy knees, my hearing is now impaired!
Sitting comfortably and enjoying Jamie's 30 minute meals on TV, I could have sworn I heard him ask if I knew how to Brenda a duck?? I asked Lucy who was sitting next to me for clarification, and before answering she rolled her eyes to heaven… "Render mum!" Well call me stupid, but I thought that was the domain of plasterers rather than chefs, but hey, Jamie can do no wrong in my book – or his come to that!
And yes, I too have heard all the criticism heaped on his 30 minute recipes, with those arguing that it takes a lot more time than that to actually create these mouthwatering delights. Do we really care and who actually times themselves? If you're going to get pernickity, then you could add in the time it takes to read the recipe, write the shopping list, go to the shops… enough already!!
The only time I've ever worked to a time plan was in readiness for my Domestic Science O' level. It still smarts that Sarah Fields (surname changed to protect the guilty) got an A when we all knew she hid her blender - unwashed – in the cupboard under the sink!
I'm poorly again
But before I move off the subject altogether, any recipes for sore throats, colds, laryngitis? Yes, I've been struck down again! Can you believe it? Well, for those of you who struggled to hear what I was saying in our Awaken Sterling Silver show on Friday, it was a forgone conclusion. I sounded more like a green amphibian than a human, and actually I looked quite similar with eyes bulging whilst coughing
Lucy told me that in a book she'd read on The Great Plague of London, they made all sorts of lotions and potions to cure things; herbs, spices, elixers, things that we wouldn't dare try nowadays! I didn't like to point out – infact I wouldn't have been able to - that clearly none of them worked, bearing in mind the large number of fatalities, but fortunately she only made me try a homemade lemon and honey drink!
Actually calling QVC to tell them I couldn't work because I had no voice was pretty funny too, time consuming but funny. Not so funny was what my sister called me when I tried to speak with her over the phone – think Dudley Moore in the film 10, after he'd had a tooth out! Never mind not believing we're related, I don't think she thought I was of this earth!!
Hopefully I shall have a good voice for Lulu on Wednesday night, but I didn't want to wait that long to give you the information you wanted about the necklace Lucy gave me for Christmas – I've attached a picture for you to see.
I've had so many comments not just on the blog, but also from everyone who's seen me wearing it, so thought you should know it was made by a lady called Corrina Smith. She can be found on a website called Etsy, and if you want more than three fingerprints, she does bracelets as well.
As you all agreed, I was spoiled, but did any of you get something really you really didn't like? Thermal underwear? A truss? Once I gave my mum a hot cross bun that I'd kept in a Tupperware box for seven days, and it was a lovely shade of green… that was for Mother's Day, but what's the worst gift you've ever been given, and did you take it back or write a thank you letter for it?!
Have a great week, and I look forward VERY much to hearing from you, Much love, Ali xx