You remember the old Elton John track 'I'm Still Standing', which incidentally I used to use years ago when I taught Body Conditioning classes? Well I've changed it slightly to 'It's Still Standing', referring to our Christmas tree!!!
It was with more than a little trepidation that I agreed that Sophie and her flatmate, Gilly, could bring their cats, Oskar and Milo, for a two-day stay over Christmas. We had managed to keep Wilfy off the tree with the help of an occasional spritz of water but we thought maybe with the three of them chasing around, lights and baubles would be flying everywhere.
They barely touched the tree, apart from the occasional passing swipe at a bauble, they were much more interested in playing games with each other. We had a few manic moments but most of the time they were very well behaved.
Oskar had a Christmas jumper, which I didn't manage to get a picture of, and Milo had a Santa suit which Wilfy borrowed to pose for this picture.
He was less impressed with the leg warmers and Santa hat that Sophie bought for him to wear and wouldn't let us put them on him.
We played the name game, even funnier than usual, before watching a film and cutting into the Christmas cake…Sophie's favourite food of the day! It was a simple Christmas and I feel very blessed to have spent it in the company of people I love.
I was back at work Boxing Day, after my team had squeezed a 1 – 0 victory over Aston Villa in injury time, which was the icing on the cake. Speaking of which I have just iced the second Christmas cake I make each year to take into work for the backstage staff at QVC. I'm on this afternoon at 4pm with Winter Solutions and then Fashion on Friday featuring Lulu Guiness – hope you'll join me.
My last day on air this year is tomorrow – I will be launching the Pilates TSV with Marjolein Brugman at midnight. I mentioned at the top of this blog that I used to teach fitness classes so I have always been very concious about the importance of exercise in our lives, particularly as most of us have a more sedentary lifestyle these days.
I absolutely swear by my Aeropilates machine, especially since the addition of the cardio board and the pull-up bar. If your New Year's resolution for 2014 is to get fit then this could be the way to get you started…it has been fabulous for me in what has been a very challenging eighteen months, health-wise.
Thanks for all the interaction and support on here over the past twelve months and apologies that I am a bit behind with my replies at the moment. I'll let you know the results fo last week's just-for-fun competition next week as well.
Wishing you all a Happy and Healthy 2014!