When I woke up this morning, and peeped out from under my Cozee Home duvet cover (it’s saving us a fortune on heating in the bedroom) I could see that it was snowing! Such a rarity I felt I needed video evidence, so I managed to film this for you, completely unaware that the entire nation had already been informed of Storm Caroline!
Clearly I live my life under a rock, as I hadn’t realized that we are now naming all extreme weather fronts! This cold snap is set to last until Monday apparently, although it’s not stopped some of the more hardy of us making the best of the high winds to surf off the coast of West Sussex! Seriously? Incredible, eh? but I’m sure you can remember temperatures far lower than this not too many years back. When QVC was set up in Battersea, I once left work at 2am and it was -13 according to the temperature gauge in my car! Of course none of this guarantees a white Christmas, but I’d lay odds on it being more likely this year than last.
Now I’m sitting in blinding sunlight writing to you, and the sun feels lovely on my face. If I close my eyes it could be the middle of the summer… and because we still haven’t put any Christmas decorations up, even when I open my eyes I could be fooled. Colin’s almost finished the major tree work in the garden, and now the chimney is cleared we will wait until the New Year to put the little log burner in the dining room. At least my Green Seasons Xmas Hamper has arrived, and we’re getting the tree tomorrow, so my last blog of the year before that very special day will include a picture of the decorations! Oh, and look how well my Christmas Rose has done this year thanks to Richard Jackson’s Flower Power. It was half this size last Christmas.
Thanks so much for writing to me last week to tell me all about your Christmas plans and your lovely trees. Faux trees have definitely got a place in many homes, and I’ve been wracking my brains to try and remember if the faux tree we had when I was a child was silver or green! It was lugged out of the loft for many years, although I do remember we had a real one some years too, because we were still vacuuming needles out of the carpet in the summer! I also remember the year my father came home with some rather large plastic tree lights that he spent hours winding around the branches, only to find out from a public announcement on Radio 4 that they were a fire hazard! The smell of melted plastic always reminds of that Christmas and my dad.
With just over two weeks to go we’re doing everything we can here at QVC to make the whole process of buying the right present for someone you love that little bit easier. I have a beautiful new designer handbag as a Today’s Special Value on Tuesday! It’s a large Bobbi style shoulder bag from Lulu Guinness that comes with a gorgeous bag charm. I’ll have four different colours to show you, including Peacock Blue, Porcelain, Black and Coral. It’s available with free easy payments, so if you’re thinking of treating someone to a little bit of luxury this Christmas, it’ll be £96.66 plus p&p this month.
In fact, if Lulu is your designer of choice, our TSV on Thursday the 14th December has her unique branding and style incorporated into a fab Retro Radio! It looks terrific and sounds great too.
It wouldn’t be Christmas without a Yankee Candle collection, and you don’t even have to wait until Monday to buy this one. This 28 Piece Your Favourites Collection is gorgeous and features a choice of nine classic festive scents that are available now! Choose between Midnight Jasmine, Clean Cotton, Black Cherry, Peony, Lemon Lavender, Red Apple Wreath, Cinnamon Stick, Vanilla Lime and Vanilla Cupcake! With four easy payments you need only spend £9.99 now, plus p&p. There’s been a bit of a debate on Twitter between the presenters to find out which is the most popular scent. I’m not sure whether it’s black cherry or Lemon Lavender in the lead but you can let me know your suggestions @alikqvc.
We had a lovely night out to celebrate Colin’s son Joe’s 30th birthday this week. Most of the family managed to get together and had a fabulous curry that was particularly welcome on a freezing night! I’d managed to hide the cake from Joe the whole time, but when we gave the staff the nod to bring it in all lit up with candles, Joe disappeared to the loo! I’ve not seen Honey for a week or more because of work and Lucy’s commitments but she told me about this little conversation with their cat, Ebel:
Honey: “Do you love me Elbel? Say yes Honey”
Lucy: “She does love you, but cats can’t talk poppet”
Honey: “I know, but she could say ‘meow meow’ to me though mummy”
Bless her little heart!
Thanks for keeping in touch here on the blog and I’ll write back to you as always.
With my love,