Having lost last week’s blog on my computer at home, I have realised that not only is it time for me to get a new laptop/desktop, but I might be temporarily better served using the huge computerised system here at QVC Towers! An iMac beckons – my children have convinced me that, as I use an iPhone and iPad already, it would be the easiest operating system for me to move to – I could then stream all my photos, documents and music etc. Well, they say I could stream all these things, personally I think I’d need at least a full day’s tuition with the delightful Lee Hohbein to make that happen!
Thanks as always for all your comments and positive feedback on the blog. So glad you liked the photos, and that you’re as excited as I am about the jewellery designs and our Breast Cancer Care fundraiser on Monday October 13th.
I found out just last week, that I have been invited to the BCC Fashion Show on the 1st October in the afternoon. I haven’t actually been to The Show since 2012, when I was on the catwalk myself, so it will be quite emotional to watch yet another group of survivors making memories … Sad too, as the second of my fellow models with secondary breast cancer died last Monday … She was just 40, and leaves a huge hole in so many people’s lives.
As one of our number commented “It just reminds you that none of us are ever clear of this – we live with the fear that it will one day take us as it has taken Claire and Issy…”. I try really hard not to think that way, as I feel it would taint every day, every occasion, and every special moment … Selfishly, I prefer to believe that I could live to be 90 as my grandmother did, and will continue to look and move forwards.
In fact, I’m seeing my oncologist on Tuesday when I will hopefully receive another clean bill of health for the next six months, which will take me through to my 55th birthday, and only three months before our wedding!!!
Yes!!! Colin and I have fixed the date in June, and found the venue, and I have even chosen the dress! It all happened so quickly, and I’m not sure which – if any of the above – I can divulge to you right now, but suffice to say we are both very excited and now moving onto flowers, table arrangements and guest lists – woo hoo!!
As you’ll have gathered it’s been a really busy couple of weeks what with all those arrangements etc, so I thought I’d bring you up to speed with what’s been occurring!
At the beginning of the month I had a fabulous day out at Syon Park for the annual Salon Prive event, which is organised by Andrew Bagley from Gatineau and features the most incredible collection of Super and Classic Cars. Names you can barely pronounce and engine sizes that would make even the most obsessed petrol heads swoon!
I met up with my lovely mate, Debbie Flint, and we enjoyed Champagne (well, I did, Debbie had a Pimms) and tucked into lobster whilst admiring the sleek, colourful, sexy sights – and that was just the men!! I was also treated to the most amazing shoulder and neck massage from Nicola while I was there, and she is one of the Gatineau therapists. I know that sounds a little odd, but Gatineau had their own special area on the day, as did many other jewellery, fashion and leather brands, so you could shop as well as marvel at the motors!
We also found Alexis Murdoch (she of L’Occitane fame) with her delightful husband who took this rather nice picture of the three of us. This is the third year I’ve been lucky enough to visit the event, and am I’m very much hoping to do the same next year.
On the Friday night, Colin and I headed up to Swindon to meet with Lucy and Simon, and his two delightful boys, George and Henry. They had booked us into a Brazilian restaurant, which served up the most incredible fare on huge skewers that the waiters brought to the table. They then carved huge chunks of either beef, pork or lamb for you! Marvellous! Colin had bought Henry a cowboy hat for his birthday in June, and as he had dressed for the occasion and was wearing it, we all took turns – what do you think of the picture at the top of this post?
Colin and I stayed overnight with the family and, although I was due to work on Saturday and Sunday at QVC, we managed to cram in a game of Crazy Golf before heading home on the M4. It’s the first time I’ve played crazy golf indoors, but it was a really inventive course, using old pieces of machinery, which you had to get your ball up, over and through … and yes, in spite of our best efforts, Colin won!! Annoying but fair!
Before we left, Lucy gave me the roses she’d picked and put in our bedroom, which grow in her front garden. Aren’t they stunning? I’m hoping, though, that you may possibly know the name of these amazing and fragrant blooms? I saw Julie from Peony Flowers a couple of days later and showed her this photo, and she was so enchanted with it that she asked me to mail it to her, and is planning to talk to David Austen of Austen Roses to see if he can identify it…
Seriously, it’s one of those you’d be hard pushed to know whether it was faux or real … the scent is intoxicating and the size of the blooms: incredible – at least five inches across! If you think you know which rose it is, PLEASE do let me know, and I’ll pass it on to Julie and buy one for our garden too!
Talking of gardens, we drove to my mum’s and had a picnic in hers the other week, which was lovely. They have a beautiful garden which they both keep in extremely good order, and even had an open day one year when other people in the village could come and look round it.
Joe has an allotment too, but had decided to move plots to a slightly smaller one and so Colin was able to help him shift the slabs etc. My tomatoes continue to fruit, but they’re not really ripening, so mum suggested putting them in a brown paper bag with a banana! I’ll let you know how they get on!
Something else I thought I’d share with you is a photo of these rather odd little fruits that my potato plants have hanging from them?!! Is this normal?? And can I eat them?
Well, I think I’d better crack on with the Sunday roast, but I will have photos and no doubt plenty to write about following the BCC Fashion Show on the 1st October. Do keep in touch, and I will look forward as always, to hearing all your news too.
With my love,