Regular readers will know I always like to keep my blogs light hearted, but today is different as this Wednesday I was privileged to be present at a very sad, moving but beautifully set farewell to our lovely Amica, whose recent passing left us so shocked especially following on from the recent passing of lovely Beulah.
For those of you new to QVC, Amica was for many years one of our beautiful models. She was always so elegant, poised and eloquent, often coming to my rescue during a jewellery show, when I'd lost it.
She had a wonderful sense of humour and was always so calm both on and off-air and I, along with many others, will cherish the memories over the 16 years we worked together. My thoughts are with her wonderful family who she was so devoted to and spoke so often to me about. God bless you…
So, to return to more lighthearted matters, early on Monday morning I was awoken by a call from the QVC Gallery to be advised that I had won the "Great QVC Presenter Lily Challenge", a challenge that was masterminded by Michael Perry from the prestigious plant suppliers, Thompson & Morgan. Michael, together with our buyers, came up with a plan to give the presenters a tub, compost, lily bulbs, planting instructions and leave us to do our best! The winner got to name this stunning red variety of Asiatic Lily.
We were asked to send in photos of ourselves with our lilies and a winner was decided. I knew that I was one of six shortlisted and was asked for a name. I had to do this pretty quickly and was asked to include my own name but keep it simple.
As it was fresh in my mind, I did consider a tribute to Amica and Beulah, but decided that this should be done with thought, care and sensitivity, and with the permission of their loved ones, taking into consideration their favourite plants and colours – this would be a lovely idea going forward and perhaps a fitting way to raise funds for their chosen charities – I will suggest to our buyers.
So keep it simple, Dale! I love gemstones and these lilies were a gorgeous Ruby colour and so the "Ruby Dale" came to be.
My thanks to Michael and our buyers for organising this and well done to my colleagues whose efforts were every bit as good as mine – down to the quality of the bulbs, I'm sure.
I must say a huge thank you to my neighbour, Jim, who dutifully watered them through our mini heatwave, whilst I was away and to my pal Richard Jackson for his amazing Flower Power, which I used throughout.
The "Ruby Dale" bulbs sold out during Richard's Show with lovely Claire Sutton, so if you were one of the lucky ones, I'd love to see your photos in due course.
There won't be a fun photo comp this week but I'm back on Tuesday for Jewellery day with the very lovely Lisa Snowdon at 4pm, the Dinny Hall Jewellery Collection at 5pm and Diamonique Special Editions at 6pm – Hope you can join us.
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