Happy May! It's been a busy start to the month for me, but I love being busy so that's all good – I'm not very good at doing nothing. I still do bits and pieces of journalistic and other work outside QVC and I had a couple of voiceover jobs to squeeze in recently – not very interesting in itself, but I thought I'd share a picture with you of a brilliant alternative use for my gorgeous Kelly Hoppen bedspread.
It's a common trick among journalists doing voiceovers in the field – throw a blanket or coat over your head and you get an instant makeshift sound booth! I had to do my voiceovers from home, so I thought I'd try the bedspread, and it worked a treat!
My hubby snapped me mid-flow – the glow is the desk lamp I shoved under there with me so I could read my scripts. I tweeted the picture to Kelly Hoppen and she tweeted back that it was "hilarious". Maybe so, but my voiceovers sounded great. I think I've found her a new selling point for her bedding range…!
I had a few days off in the middle of the week so took the opportunity to make a little family visit. My late sister Deborah had three daughters, and her middle girl Ellen is currently spending a year studying in Valencia to learn Spanish. So I flew to Dublin to pick up my mum, then the two of us zoomed over to Spain for a couple of days to make sure all was well.
It is. Ellen is a wonderful girl and it was fantastic to hear her chatting away in fluent Spanish after less than 12 months. My sis would have been so, SO proud of her. She showed us around her adopted city, which is stunning, and when we came across an empty children's playground near the beach we couldn't resist stopping and having a go. And hence, here is a photo of my 76-year-old mother having her first ever go on a zip wire. What a woman!
Valencia is such an incredible combination of remarkable ancient buildings and the most cutting-edge, modern architecture. Here's mum and I in L'Umbracle, a beautiful landscaped walkway packed with indigenous plant species. And talking of plants – oh dear. Did you see the gardening show in which we featured a beautiful, brand new variety of pinks called Sugar Mouse?
We had a sample plant in the studio with just one perfect flower on it. And what happened while I was gently touching the flower during the show? Yes, it fell off. Of course it did. The ONLY flower we had on our exquisite, exclusive plant.
Here's the clip – if you watch my face carefully just before the camera cuts away from me, you can see the look of horror as I realised what I had just done. Cringe.
Before I go – is anyone out there doing the Pink Ribbon Walk in aid of Breast Cancer Care at Hampton Court on 17th May? I'll be there doing the ten miles with an 18 strong team from QVC. It's a cause very close to our hearts here for so many reasons, as many of you will know.
I lost a friend to breast cancer myself not so long ago, and it's a disease which touches so many of our lives. If any of you are there on the day, come and say hello – maybe we can all walk together!
Have a fabulous week.
Love Jackie x