Another incredible morning here in Berkshire – the sun is shining and the sky is blue, the leaves are turning and the blackberries are ripe (pictured below)! Thought I’d pick a few of these to go with my EasiYo! Thank you so much for all your lovely comments on the blog following the conclusion of my honeymoon travels! So many of you have already visited the places Colin and I went to, but it seems as though the photographs have given some others of you few food for thought when it comes to future holidays.
So glad you liked the pictures of little Honey – I have a few more to show you this week – she is growing up so quickly!! I really enjoyed reading about your families, your life generally and holidays too – seems like we’ve all been pretty busy. : )
In fact while still on the subject, it seemed as though I’d barely unpacked our suitcases before Colin told me that his long intended visit to North Carolina was imminent! Just to put you in the picture, he has been working for some time now on his second album for The Sonny Walters Band, and as with most musicians and artists, if you’re trying to promote your work through the various media platforms, then it’s pretty essential to back it up with a film!
I had taken the talented Mat Trim’s advice and bought Colin a rather lovely camera for Christmas, which is capable of taking not just still shots but high quality film too. We had talked about returning to Nashville and North Carolina after our trip there last year, as the scenery was stunning. Well, on top of organizing our fab honeymoon, he had set in place, a 10-day filming schedule. Pathetic as it might sound – bearing in mind we have been together for nine years now – I knew I was really going to miss him but decided to fill my time not just at work, but with my family and friends, and of course Lucy and little Honey : )
Nowadays with all this incredible technology, it’s so much easier to keep in touch with someone wherever they are in the world, and so we were able to FaceTime each other most days – time difference allowing – and that really helped. Colin had an incredible time, and had shot some amazing footage involving actors and some pretty dramatic landscapes! He’d also written another song for me which is just beautiful : ) His flight home was due in at 11am on Thursday morning, and I was all set and ready to pick him up from Heathrow after a lovely day spent with Lucy and then my niece Emily. Unfortunately just as I was reaching across the table for my cup of Horlicks my back completely went into spasm.
I’d had something similar happen once before, after my surgery last October, and not only is it excruciating but renders you pretty much immobile! It took me 15 minutes to crawl upstairs where I had strong painkillers in my bedside drawer so wouldn’t have to reach up for them. After an hour or so, I felt worse, so I knew I’d have to get help. It made me realise just how difficult it must be for those of you who live on your own to deal with things like this. I managed to get the phone and call for an ambulance (the first time for me in 55 years!), and had left the door on the latch just incase… the paramedics were able to let themselves in and they could not have been kinder or gentler with me. After a fair bit of Entinox, and a lot of patience on their part, they got me to A & E, where the morphine they gave me helped to sleep a little before I had a back X-ray.
To be honest I’ve had back issues for many years now – degenerative disc disease apparently – and I had to have a spinal injection just before my wedding for lower back pain. That had worked brilliantly, and the other niggles were manageable. The problem is that since my breast cancer diagnosis, knowing that the disease can and does sometimes spread to the bones; I was frightened that this had happened. I refuse to allow these thoughts to come into my head very often, but lying there on my own, it’s all I could think of… It’s the result of ‘living with cancer’, which I have been doing for the last four years, as do the sadly large number who go on to have secondary cancers, that will eventually take their lives… I consider myself lucky, as my oncologist arranged for an MRI scan last week, and there was no cancer spread, just further disc degeneration. To say I was relieved is an understatement… So many wonderful things have happened this year, I could not bear the thought that something out of my control could change all that….
I only say this because we are rapidly approaching October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this Friday we will have our three-hour Breast Cancer Care fundraiser, beginning at 6pm. Jackie and Miceal will be hosting this year, and Chloe looking after the donations, but I’ll be joining them as we have more of the ‘I Hope’ pendant and rings for you which I know you were asking about : ) As always, the mighty machine that is QVC is working all out to make this our biggest night ever and we wondered if you’d be happy to help promote the event?
We would love you to create and post your own pictures and videos showing BCC’s helpline number – 0808 800 6000! Our campaign this year is help raise awareness of this amazing Support Line that Breast Cancer Care provide. Baby Honey thought you might like this as an example : )
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You can make your pictures and videos as individual as you like – and there is a prize too! One of our favourite British beauty brands, Elemis, will give you a massage at their House of Elemis spa! How fabulous would that be?! You can start posting now and right up to the end of the night, when we’ll randomly pick a winner. We have a hashtag #QVCBCC which you should use when you post your pics so that we can easily find them! You can post on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Can’t wait to see what you come up with! : ) Here’s another set of pictures from my friend and her dog Avicci!
My back is much better now, but I am going to make a few changes to my diet and my lifestyle – my beautiful car will have to go as it’s a very bumpy ride and not good for my old bones any more! Calcium tabs daily and high heels only for on-air, high days and holidays, and I’m also working fewer days for the moment. However, I’ll be back with you this Thursday 1st October when it’s our 22nd Birthday! We have many special shows for you, and this stunning TSV on the day from Links of London!
My 9pm Diamonique show will be back the following Thursday when I will have amongst other things a brand new Jewellery Icon – A beautifully crafted sterling silver Ear Cuff featuring our fabulous clear Diamonique stones. Ear cuffs are proving to be such a popular way of wearing jewels in your lobes and these are a mere £16 a pair!
And staying with jewellery, the delightful Italian designer Roberto is back with his beautiful RFM range of designs this Friday at 11pm after our BCC event. He premiered back in June with sell-out shows, and this incredible bangle is just one example of his high-end styling, but minimal price tags! It’s going to be a Bueno Serra!
I do hope you’ve been blessed with the sunshine this week, and that all is well in your world. Do let me know how things are, and thank you in advance for helping us support our chosen charity. It means a lot to me…
With love, Ali xxx