On my last blog I showed you the demolition of the hideous old ramshackle concrete garage at the bottom of my garden … was that really only two weeks ago, because at the bottom of my garden now is the new log cabin which is going to be my gym.
The lorry arrived bright and early on Tuesday morning and unloaded all the timber on to our driveway, and then the guys had to carry it round to the back garden manually. As you can see from the picture, there were timbers lying everywhere! By the late afternoon the first stage of the build, the base up to window height, was complete ready for the electrician to do his first fix the next morning, so they had an ‘early bath’ as it had started to rain!
I wonder if that was what Wilfie was thinking as he watched them through the window? When I left for work at midday yesterday they were just starting to put the roof on and I doubted that they would meet their three-day construction deadline, but apparently they drafted in three extra pairs of hands and got the job finished as they were moving onto something else today – busy boys!
Before they left, they moved the treadmill from the house for us as it is really heavy and so my gym is starting to take shape! Once all the equipment is in there I will have no excuses not to use it and hopefully I will get back into shape again. The electrician is back on Monday to connect everything up and then the painter is due in a couple of weeks to paint the outside … hope we got the colour right!
All of this was so soon after getting back from my holiday with my friend Denise on Saturday afternoon. We had gone away to celebrate her birthday on the 18th and it was her choice to go to Dubai again. I must admit I was dreading the thought of the ‘sweaty’ heat that we had last year but I was really pleasantly surprised.
We were an hour and half out of Dubai City on the coast and it was lovely and breezy. The hotel was on a large sheltered cove and I was enjoying going in the sea until the jelly fish started washing in on the tide. I don’t think anyone got stung but it did put me off a bit, particularly these big blue ones. People may not have been stung by jelly fish but I can honestly say I have never seen so many sunburnt people … Alison Young and Abi Cleeve would have gone mad!!!
I was delighted with the way my Ultrasun 50 protected me from the 40 degree temperatures and yet still allowed me to tan. I don’t sit out in the sun much these days, preferring to read under the shade of a parasol, but I enjoyed walking along the beach, swimming, playing table tennis and paddling in the sea – until the jelly fish came – and I didn’t go even slightly pink.
The hotel knew it was Denise’s birthday and organised a birthday cake for her and decorated her room with balloons, petals and a towelling elephant. They also made towelling animals for Chris and I … the elephant was cool but the hanging monkey was more than a little scary, putting me in mind of the Hartlepool United mascot (if you know your football stories). Before I went away on holiday I made a recording of the Butler & Wilson Jewellery Icon of the month for June and here is your first glimpse of it ahead of time.
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Simon was excited about it when I spoke to him a couple of weeks ago and it’s a really good price for a necklace with such a chunky feel. I have a two-hour show with Simon next Thursday at 5pm and he is looking forward to being back at QVC after his enforced absence following his operation. He also has a show with Debs Flint next Friday night at 10pm.
I also have a show next week with Keeley from Elemis. I haven’t had a show with her since March so I can’t wait, particularly as I am loving the results from the Pro Intense Lift Effect night cream I have been using for the last few months. I need to go and get glammed-up now as this afternoon I am on with the ‘queen of glamour’ Joan Collins after Fashion on Friday, which today is Kipling. Hope to see you there.