Some of you may have caught the Pilates show I did with Caroline Sandry yesterday - I thought she was really informative and I loved having Delia on air with us, who had never been on a Pilates machine before so was able to demonstrate from the point of view of a complete beginner. Watch this space as I am trying to organise having a Pilates machine competition prize at some point during the next couple of months.
Then today I was asked to come in early to meet Alessandra Steinherr, the Beauty Director at Glamour Magazine. She was here to see behind the scenes and also to have a go at being a guest presenter. It was lovely to meet her as she is a big QVC fan and knows a lot of our beauty brands through writing about them.
Firstly, apologies that I haven't written a blog for a couple of weeks - as those of you who read my blog regularly know, I write it on a Friday and for the last two Fridays I've been on a plane ... lame excuse but I'm sticking to it!
Chris and I managed to get away for a week during my time off from work and what a lovely getaway it was. We revisited Barbados, where we celebrated our thirtieth anniversary, as we both love it. It has been a crazy couple of years for us, the second anniversary of my CML diagnosis is looming this month, so we figured we should celebrate that I'm still around.
We stayed at a resort called The Sugar Cane Club and I would highly recommend it if you want a bit of peace and quiet. It's on a hillside with views of the west coast although sadly we didn't see any amazing sunsets while we were there. We did however see monkeys roaming around in the hotel garden on our first morning, along with two cockerels and a family of hens! There were also lots of birds and one in particular had me panicking that we had a mouse in our room ... let me explain.
After such a wet winter and gloomy grey skies isn't it lovely to have a bit of spring sunshine to lift our spirits? It also means the start of the gardening season for me and for the first time in three years I have a garden of my own to tend. It will be exciting to see what the former owner of our cottage has planted as everything comes into bud and leaf.
I am so grateful to have Richard Jackson on hand to offer me advice on adding to the planting and it was such a pleasure to launch our Today's Special Value with him last night. I am definitely buying it as slugs and snails will abound this year after all the rain and I'm all for getting rid of other garden pests in a non-chemical way. I also need the weed-killer as we have moss growing through the stones of our patio, and compost, and container magic, not to mention some of our high quality plants ...
Could be an expensive month but it will be worth it for the pleasure it will bring. I am going to try and grow some vegetables this year too, time permitting, maybe even tomatoes (I know technically they are a fruit) to make Tomato Soup with ..... I have been asked for my recipe and will put it at the bottom of this blog although I am not sure I will be using it so much any-more as I ordered the Vitamix TSV last Saturday so the method will be different from now on.
Forget 'Unchained Melody', this morning I am writing my blog to the accompaniment of a chain-saw or two! The tree men are here trimming back trees that have become overgrown in our new garden and removing others that are simply too big for the space that we have.
Looking out it all looks a bit drastic but I know it's the right thing to do and at the right time of year before everything is fully in leaf. Once I can see how much available space we have for new plants I will be able to take advantage of the great offers in Richard Jackson's Garden...we are launching the TSV together next Thursday midnight!
So the main subject of my blog is the surprise I mentioned in last week's blog for Chris's mum, Audrey, who was eighty yesterday. She had said she didn't want any fuss but we thought it was a pretty big deal especially as five years ago we feared this day would never come after complications following heart surgery.
I am really pleased to be able to bring you the chance to win these Decleor goodies in celebration of the fact that the Decleor Beauty Product of the Month launches on QVC tomorrow and if you love Prolagene Gel watch out for it...hint hint! I asked Fiona Brackenbury, our on-air Decleor guest, to come up with an appropriate question and she immediately said;
"Which big anniversary is Decleor celebrating this year?"
A) 30 years
B) 40 years
C) 50 years
It is as simple as that. Leave your answer in the comments below by midday on Thursday 6th March and we will randomly select a winner and announce it next Friday on my blog...good luck! Be sure to include an email address in the Email field (this won't be made public) so we can get in contact if you win!
Those of you who watch 'Britain's Got Talent' may recognise the title of the catchy little ditty that we were all humming after the show for a few weeks and then completely forgot about. I was reminded of it earlier this week after I had been away in Spain for a few days and simply couldn't remember where I had hidden my keys.
For some reason I always hide them in different places, which is crazy when you think about it because if anyone broke into the house and found them they would have no clue as to whether that was the first time they had been in that location! I looked where I thought I had left them, then I searched through a few drawers, inside shoes and boots, handbags but no sign of them!
I didn't need the car on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday but by Thursday I was starting to panic a bit as I needed to drive in to work. I had a complete mental block - I simply had no idea where I had hidden them. Then I walked into our bedroom and sitting demurely on the chair in the corner was my old teddy that I have had since I was a year old.
I'm not a hundred percent sure that he wasn't smiling when I reached behind him to retrieve my bunch of keys!! I wonder if you still have your old teddy from childhood? The stories they could tell if they could speak...probably just as well that they can't!
I feel kind of guilty mentioning that it is a beautiful sunny morning here in Javea, Spain, particularly with all the dreadful rain we've been experiencing in the UK. Our new house is only five minutes drive away from the devastating floods in Egham and my heart goes out to you if you've been affected.
Some days I really look forward to going in to work and today is one of them. Not only is it Jewellery Day on QVC with everything on three easy pays but Simon Wilson is back for the first Butler & Wilson jewellery shows of the year.
By the time you read this he will have had his afternoon show but please join us for the Couture show at 9pm. I can't wait to hear all his news and find out what he has planned for this year...he has a VERY big birthday in August but I couldn't possibly divulge which one!
I'm also on with the lovely Ralph again and then I have Epiphany Clad Diamonique at 11pm...what a lovely shift to look forward to.
Today is the start of the Chinese New Year moving out of the Year of the Snake into the Year of the Horse...the wooden horse to be precise. If you have read my book you will know from chapter 60 that I am interested in Chinese astrology and that I am a Fire Monkey. My partner Chris is a Wooden Horse though so this is his year and I hope it will bring him everything he desires.
We were talking about Chinese astrology during the Cherry Blossom jewellery show on Wednesday night as we had some stunning gold, diamond and jade pendants depicting the different animals. If you missed the show you can check out the range on our website.
I can't believe it's a week since I wrote my last blog and two weeks since we moved into the cottage... it seems to be true that time moves faster when you are older! We are still a bit disorganised, with a few boxes still to be unpacked and lots of things without a permanent home, but at least we now have a phone, broadband and satellite TV... thanks Sky for excellent customer service, much better than our previous provider and half the price!
This week has been busy sorting out a block paving company to create some parking spaces for us, a gardener to clear the front to make room for the parking spaces, and a tree specialist to do a bit of pruning and trimming.