I’m writing this to you while snuggled up in my Carole Hochman fleecy two piece. It’s not that I’m too mean to put the heating on, it’s just that funny shivery feeling which I’m hoping will wear off if I distract myself :)
I have though been out for a long walk today, in my walking boots, hoping that I will be fit enough for the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge the week after next…. But that’s looking ahead, and it would be rude of me not to fill you in on all that’s been happening since Easter!
Thanks, as always, for keeping me up to date with your egg hunts and family lunches – sounds like we all did our best to get together over the long weekend. I think though, as Mary wrote, the weather (apart from in Scotland – thanks for that Rhona! ) was pretty shabby, and bloomin’ cold in truth. Easter Egg hunts were carried out in hats and scarves with mittens making it difficult to peel the silver paper off the eggs once discovered!
We had been invited to my sister’s for Easter Sunday, as Mum and Joe were going to be joining them too, and as we had Sam staying with us, it was a little like my birthday revisited :) Except, of course, my birthday was on a stonkingly hot day without a cloud in the sky, and we had our lunch outdoors.
In an effort to recapture that heady heat my sister had lit her log burner (as you do) and Linda had made sandwiches the Mary Berry way … I know, I wasn’t sure there was a professional way to make sandwiches, but let me tell you, by cutting off the crusts, covering with a damp tissue or tea towel, and then sealing with cling film, the myriad of majestic fillings in brown and white bread were as fresh on the Sunday, as they had been when made on Saturday night!
So we motored our way through those, and then started on the Simnel cakes – mum and Jenny had both made a marzipan covered delight, but there were also chocolate cakes with little eggs on them for those who didn’t like my all-time favourite almond flavoured confection.
Having sunk several cups of Earl Grey, we settled down in front of the log burner and watched 'Frozen' which is a delightful Disney film, followed by the 1966 version of 'The Great St. Trinians Train Robbery' with Frankie Howard, Dora Bryan and George Cole to name but a few. It was hilarious!
A while back I bought a significant number of the 'I Hope' pendants from QVC to give to The Haven, which is a Sanctuary in Fulham, set up for anyone with breast cancer. They offer all those with a diagnosis of the disease a safe, friendly and caring environment in which to heal and come to terms with the changes in their lives.
They are a charity and their ethos is that no-one should have to face breast cancer alone. They were incredibly kind to me and to dear Amica, and so I wanted to give back a little something for all the wonderful complementary therapies and advice I was given, as everyone who visits them will be.
If you want to find out a little more about them, then here is the link to their website www.thehaven.org.uk ; It didn’t take long for the three of us to put the pendants into the boxes, and afterwards we left the relative calm of this beautiful building and had a hamburger on the Fulham Road
Hard to believe it’s been two months since I got engaged, but we’re starting to plan ahead, and hopefully will be married next June :) Our lovely friends, Ros and Chris, have offered to make the wedding cake, and so to give us both inspiration she’d got tickets for Cake International – an exhibition featuring the most incredible collection of edible art I’ve ever seen.
I met Ros and her friend Bee at Excel, and we were all staggered by the sights we saw. What do you think of these?? And the extraordinary floral arrangement at the top of this post was made entirely from sugar paste! Incredible! Suffice to say Colin and I won’t be needing a cake that is anywhere near these in size, but I am certain that Ros and Chris’ creation will surpass anything we saw on the day
As Excel is an incredibly long drive for me, I opted to travel by train, and as I pegged it down the escalator to get the Jubilee Line I happened to see this poster. Who would have thought Dale Franklin would feature on the book jacket of such an illustrious writer as Jeffrey Archer?! And I’ve got my suspicions as to who the fabulous female is too… Your suggestions below please
Well, I think that’s pretty much all my news, except to add that I very much hope you enjoyed our Gem Day, especially the Premiere Show I had at 9pm with the beautiful Donna Air and her impressive range of Gold and gemset jewellery. I’ll be back on Thursday at 9pm too for the regular Diamonique show, which is doing very well - thanks to all those of you who tune in
Have a great week, and I look forward to hearing all your news when you have a moment to write.
With my love,