My daughter left the UK on the 30th of January to go travelling in Australia for a month, I contracted shingles and two gorgeous boys have moved in to Chez Huntley!
Ok, so one thing at a time…my eighteen year old, Chrissie, has a best friend living and working over in Australia and when the suggestion was made that Chrissie go over and the two of them take a month out to travel around having the trip of a lifetime I fully encouraged her.
It's the kind of thing you do when you're a mother, isn't it? On the inside your heart drops to your feet and you wonder how you'll ever survive a whole month with your baby so far away. Well, that's what happened to me on the inside but I didn't let it show as it was far outweighed by a sense of pride at her independence, maturity, confidence and ability and I was really very excited for all that she would be experiencing.
Well, she is having the time of her life! She's been to Sydney's opera house, the Steve Irwin zoo, camped out on Fraser Island, cuddled koalas, chatted to kangaroos, met lots of great new friends…in fact, it's hard to keep track of everything she's squeezed into her trip!
All I can say is thank goodness for technology as we've Skyped, phoned and messaged almost every day and it's cost nothing apart from a little credit she spent on a phone card! I've lived her trip vicariously through her. It's sounds absolutely fabulous!
Less than fabulous was waking up a few days after waving Chrissie off at Heathrow to find I had shingles! I felt absolutely dreadful. I very rarely take a tablet for anything let alone book to see the doctor as a matter of urgency but something just wasn't right and I knew it. I'm glad I went as the doc was able to give me anti viral medication and cream nice and early.
Luckily the spots I got were mild compared to horrific images online and stories I've heard – they only affected the right side of my face. Weirdly, my right ear was numb for a few days, too. The pain was awful, as anyone who has had shingles will tell you but the tiredness has been quite overwhelming. About two weeks on I am feeling much better, thankfully. I'm so glad to be back at QVC! I missed it so much!
Now, if you've got this far you're probably still wondering who the guys are who have moved in? Meet Tedward Fotherington-Smythe and Bert! They started life in Germany where they were lovingly handmade in the Steiff factory.
Many years ago my son, Tom, and daughter, Chrissie, were off on a trip to the USA with their dad but without me. I didn't want them to miss me or feel sad being so far away so I bought them each a teddy and told them how I'd squeezed loads of my best hugs into them so if they wanted a cuddle from me whilst they were away then the teddies would freely give them my hugs. Cuddle custodians if you will…well, as Chrissie was planning her trip, I decided she and Tom were a little big to carry baby sized teddies with them whenever they went on a trip. They are 18 and 20 now, after all. So, I chose these little guys to take on the job of the previously retired and much larger teds.
As soon as Chrissie landed she started messaging me on WhatsApp. It's an app that allows you to text and swap pics and videos for free. She had forgotten to take Tedward! Well, it became my mission that she would be kept updated on his adventures on this side of the world. There's been an awful lot of adventuring including wild parties, studio tours at QVC and even them nursing me whilst I was unwell. I will share some more about them in my next blog complete with more photos so watch this space.
I do hope you're keeping warm and happy. I'm personally hoping spring is going to make an appearance soon and maybe we'll even get the summer we missed out on last year! Here's hoping!
Oh and I hope you can join us this Saturday on QVC for our Red Carpet event. Pipa and I are really looking forward to the event as we have some fantastic shows. Plus we'll have updates of the QVC USA Pre-Oscars party from the OK! Showbiz Editor, Chrissy Reeves! Keep an eye on QGossip to see more and I hope you can join us this weekend.