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.
The removal men had arrived the day before to pack up one lorry (we had to have two smaller lorries because of access at the new house) and had everything on the second lorry by 12.30. I had been on the phone hassling my solicitor and the estate agents since their respective offices had opened that morning, nevertheless the sale still had not completed by 1.45pm when the removal men rang to say they were waiting outside the cottage.
This is just a very quick first blog of 2014 as I am up to my eyes in packing boxes for our imminent move...good job I 'Red Carpet Manicured' my nails first!! As 2013 drew to a close, and following the deaths of four of my friends and colleagues to different forms of cancer during the year, I was starting to look forward to seeing the end of what seemed to be a not very good year. Then I took a moment to reflect and realised that along with the sorrow there have been some real high points too.
Was it really only March 2013 that I became a published author with One Hundred Lengths of the Pool? Thanks so much to all of you who bought it and for your lovely comments about it, which meant so much to me.
It's no longer available through QVC but you can get it on Amazon in hard copy or ebook version or order it through Waterstones and other reputable book stores. Their copies are not signed but maybe I could sign at any events during the year that you are invited to - I am at the Beauty Bash on January 23rd. There was also the wonderful launch party that Simon Wilson threw for me at his Fulham road shop .... can't wait to see him when he is back in the UK at the end of this month.
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.