I am exhausted. After my Mum's mammoth (and very successful!!) house move, it's been my turn this week. Austen has come down from Birmingham to help me move out of my teeny tiny place, clean it up and get everything into the new place. There are a lot of DIY jobs to do, so I'm eternally thankful for my amazing hubby being a dabhand at this sort of stuff. Without him, I'd be at sea. Pictures of the new place soon. But here's the cubby hole I left.
In the melee of trying to get this all sorted, we did manage to fit in some fun treats. Austen and I are huge fans of the BBC's 'reboot' of Sherlock. So we went to media industry event discussing how it became such a big international success. On the panel were the co-writers Mark Gatiss (who also plays Mycroft) and Steven Moffat (Dr Who writer), the producer Sue Vertue, actress Amanda Abbington (who played Watson's wife, Mary in the latest series) and Ben Stephenson, the BBC commissioner. It was a night of insight and interest where they shared their favourite clips from the show, took questions from the audience and explained everything from the journey, from pitching it to the buzz on social media. Austen is also a screenwriter so he took the opportunity to have a chat with Mark & Amanda.
We also got invited to an amazing Beer, Whiskey & Food matching dinner by a lovely brewery friend of mine, Logan Plant, who founded Beavertown Brewery in Hackney in London. It's an independent microbrewery, brewing small batches of tasty beers with attitude. Served at a restaurant called Duke's Brew & Cue (Duke's Joint), which is an American-style rib shack – ribs, pulled pork and burgers are the order of the day. It was an incredible evening: the celebration of a collaboration with Jameson's Irish Whiskey, the launch of a new stout (called Geronimo) they've brewed and then let mature for another 2 months after brewing in casks that had previous held Jameson's oldest whiskey. The result: a thick, black, smooth, sweet, milk-chocolate of a beer with delicious vanilla notes dancing all over it. The beer is named after the delightful Ger Buckley, Jameson's Number One Master Cooper in Cork, who's the 5th generation of coopers in the business. A lovely man with a fun spirit and a gracious and self-deprecating manner. He told me he felt honoured to be part of such an historic connection. We had 3 courses of stunning food including the signature Duke's 17oz beef rib!!!! What landed on my plate was the most succulent beef EVER and could have easily been a meal for three people.
Logan himself is a Midlander, and is ultra-proud of his roots, so whenever I see him we love to wax lyrical about local beers we love like Bathams Best Bitter and missing home. He's a true star; he's got an extraordinary team around him including James, fellow brewer (from Shropshire), Hannah, originally from Wolverhampton (who manages front of house at Duke's), and Nick who designs all the amazing bottle labels. Have a guess – by Logan's surname – who his super-famous internationally-renowed Grammy winning musical father might be! His Dad put in an appearance at last night's dinner too! You can watch a video and read more about my first ever visit to Duke's here. If you're a beef, pork and burger fan YOU MUST GO!
Kim Mendelson is back at QVC tomorrow and Saturday with her superb Kim & Co range. After our fun TSV launch a few weeks back, I'm excited to be doing not one, but TWO shows with her so look out for them: Friday 7th at 11am and Saturday 8th at 4pm. Tune in and pick up some new pieces for your Spring wardrobe.
Where you'll find me this week..
Fri 7th March
9am – The Morning Show (with Craig Rowe)
11am – Kim & Co
Sat 8th March
4pm – Kim & Co
5pm – Vitamix: More Than a Blender
Tuesday 11th March
1pm – Annalee & Hope Outlet
3pm – Attitudes by Renee Outlet
Thurs 13th March
1pm – Jewellery Outlet
3pm – Heavenly Sleepwear by Carole Hochman
Don't forget that when I'm not on-air at QVC, you can find me on Twitter or on my Facebook page. I always love to hear from you about the brands you like on QVC, what you've bought from us or anything you want to tell me, so come over and say HELLO anytime!!