My eyelashes, being somewhat depleted at present, have meant that I now have to sport a rather large pair of sunglasses on my walks, which makes me a tad self conscious, especially as it was raining this morning…
Greetings!! Nothing like a bit of a whinge to start with eh? But it stops there, as I've got some lovely things to tell you about that have kept me occupied and smiling over this last month. Firstly was a complete spoiley in the shape of an invitation from Lulu herself to join her and the lovely Gill (who looks after Lu and the Time Bomb range) to see the diminutive but delightful Ms Kylie Minogue at the 02 Arena!
We were VIP guests, so we met up with Danni Minogue in the Green Room prior to the concert, and also chatted with Matt Cardle (X Factor winner) before being seated with them, and next to David Walliams!
I didn't know where to look until the show started and then all eyes were on the stage, which was filled with Roman Chariots, winged Gods, fountains of water, fireworks, scantily clad men and women, and of course, Ms Minogue… all set against a backdrop of The Acropolis! Amazing! It was a great night, with a wonderful ending when Lulu and I shared our taxi back and she sang to me… just the best time
I actually got to wear my brand new real hair wig for the occasion, which made me feel quite glamorous although the jury's still out on whether it should be a tad shorter. I've become quite adept at tying my scarves, thanks to Breast Cancer Care's brilliant little film you can access on their website, so that's given me more options too.
To be honest, one of the worst things about having no hair is the cold! My head is freezing at night, and so I've experimented with scarves, hats and even a balaclava… frightened myself to death when I got up in the night for a wee though!! :)
The days more recently have been glorious haven't they? All the sunshine we could wish for, and warm enough for several BBQs which is what I had on Easter Sunday when all the children came over. BBQs are great for me because Sam always does the cooking! He's incredibly patient (which is where I always fail) and with the exception of the asparagus ("What do you want me to do with this??") which was left to 'cook' until it resembled sticks of charcoal, the rest of the food was fab!
We all just lolled about, ate too much, and enjoyed being together. Richard had set all the chairs and the table up, and Lucy and Ruth cleared it all away too which was kind. And then I had some amazing news on the Tuesday when Ruth texted me to say that she was watching Sam play badminton!! Can you believe it?! He hasn't been able to run at all since his accident, but with his new leg, his range of movement is far greater and has made this possible.
He can also now ride a bike, and was even talking about taking part in a 50 mile bike ride! I have to admit to having a little cry, but was absolutely thrilled… he has come such a long way
A finding in my garden
I'm still doing my daily walk, and have also had time to work a little on the garden, and it was while I was clearing some weeds that I startled a duck – actually I don't know who was more startled in truth!! She flew out of the bush at incredibly high speed, but left behind her a nest complete with 13 eggs!!
I was soooo excited, and immediately spoke to my neighbour, as her duck eggs had hatched only days before. Well my little duck has been patiently sitting now for weeks, but I'm told that she mustn't be there for longer than 28 days, and I am somewhat troubled as I don't know how she'll know when the time's up! I give her special duck food every day and also water and she seems happy enough, so I will let you know what happens… exciting eh?!
The Royal Wedding
But in truth not as exciting as the Royal Wedding was – for me anyway. I LOVED it! Not only did Kate look stunning, but it was clear that both she and William have eyes only for each other, unlike the rest of the male population who's eyes seemed to be glued on Kate's sister Pippa! And didn't she look gorgeous too?! A male friend told me he'd Sky Plus'd her walk up the very long aisle, so he could watch it back at his leisure…
I was watching with a group of girlfriends, and the burning question was 'no underwear, or Slim and Lift from the bust downwards?' Quite frankly it was good to be distracted from the vast array of, in some instances, quite ludicrous hats! Many resembled satellite dishes, one looked like a canoe, but Princess Beatrice's got first prize for looking least like a hat…
I always wish I could lip read on these occasions, although the tabloids did a great job of deciphering William, Harry and Kate's whispers :) I did think that the startled look on Prince Philip's face when he entered the Abbey may well have been followed by a comment along the lines of "By jingo, I hadn't realised how run down the old place has become! There are actual trees growing indoors!"
But for me the funniest moment was when Prince Charles, having handed his pristine white gloves over, squeezed his nostrils between finger and thumb, and then shook hands with some dignatory standing next to him!! Perhaps as it's royal bogey it's ok, but I wouldn't have been best pleased
Catching up with friends
In between royal occasions and family barbeques, I've been to see Claire and her fab house and incredible garden that Dan is working so hard to complete :) I've also had a visit from Claudia and baby Noah and little Blake too.
I've stayed over with Debbie Greenwood and mown my way through an enormous amount of chocolate, had lunch with dear Kathy, caught up with the lovely Mr. Biagi, and spent ages on the phone talking to Charlie who cheered me up no end on one of my not so good days
Pipa ordered me some of the new eyelash conditioner, Anne, Catherine and Jilly texted me and I briefly saw Julia, Ali, Craig, Jill and Debbie Flint when I visited QVC Towers. All of them, plus all of you, keep me strong and make me laugh, and continually remind me that there is a light at the end of the tunnel… I do see it most days, and I thank you for it.
Until next time, with my love,