So we are now officially in British Summer Time – it’s a shame nobody’s told the weather, eh? My training for the Moonwalk (the through-the-night, power-walking marathon I’m doing with a team from QVC in May) has been slightly less pleasant this week, as I battle through 10 and 12 mile treks against the wind and rain! However, I shall persevere. I listen to audiobooks on my iPod as I walk, which helps – I’m currently working my way through the series of crime novels by Peter James, which I’m thoroughly enjoying.
Our Moonwalk team includes fellow presenters Kathy Tayler, Debbie Flint and Alison Keenan, as well as some of our lovely off-screen colleagues, and Ultrasun guest Abi Cleeve. We are just starting to raise sponsorship money, so if anybody out there would like to donate, even if it’s just a pound, we would be so, so grateful. Our aim is to raise £1,000 and it all goes to support breast cancer charities, a cause very close to all of our hearts. Here is the link to our sponsorship page, and thank you so much to those who’ve donated so far!
Thank you also to everyone who’s been asking about the progress of my wrist after my little pre-Christmas accident/surgery incident. I’m currently having physio twice a week because, frustratingly, I have developed a complication called CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) which can occur in 10 to 25 percent of people who have the sort of fracture that I did. It’s a bit of an umbrella term, but for me it means that while my wrist is doing well and movement is coming back steadily, my hand is now affected quite badly. It stiffens up so much every night that I can barely move it in the morning, and the fingers aren’t doing what they should do. I’m working hard on it though, and my physiotherapy team are fabulous, but if my right hand looks a bit odd on air and I drop things and am even more clumsy than normal, you’ll know why!
It hasn’t stopped me typing though, and the first draft of my second novel is well underway, with the launch date for book one, my debut novel, now set for October. I had a meeting with my publisher last week where we discussed the final plans for the cover and so on… I am BEYOND EXCITED to share more with you all, and will do so as soon as I can!
I’ve also been getting out in the garden and getting it sorted for summer. I love this time of year, and can’t wait for some of the gorgeous new plants and flowers I’ve put in to start blooming and bringing back some much needed colour. Meanwhile, I’ve recently bought one of Unwins’ incredible mophead hydrangeas which is currently in a pot in the conservatory. The flower is so enormous, almost human head size, and I love it so much that I find myself sitting there chatting to it on a regular basis… oh dear.
Speaking of gardening, I will be launching our Today’s Special Value offer for Good Friday, and it’s a fantastic garden chair. This lounger has been designed for ultimate comfort with multiple reclining positions, a detachable and adjustable head rest, a canopy for sun protection (because of course we are going to have an AMAZING summer, right?) and an attachable drinks holder (my favourite bit!). It comes in four colour options, Brown Tweed, Blue, Taupe and new colour Black, and it collapses down so is compact for storing. It is really lightweight and portable so great for camping or taking to the beach as well as for using in the garden. It even comes with a carry bag. Snap one up on Good Friday!
Thanks also to everyone who got in touch to say they’ve been enjoying my series of backstage videos and made suggestions for more. I will be doing some more very soon – watch this space!
I hope you all enjoy Easter if you celebrate it, or have a wonderful weekend if you don’t. As always, you can get in touch with me by leaving a comment under this blog or on Twitter (I’m @jackiekabler). Bye for now!