Thanks as always for your comments – as some of you have noticed I managed to infect myself somehow with a very nasty and (at the time of writing) unidentified gastric nasty! I am very much on the mend and appeared back on-air yesterday (Thursday). I've been told at work that I haven't yet got that sparkle back in my eye (whatever that means) but I am feeling 300% better than at the same time last week.
As I write, (Thursday evening) the snow is falling heavily outside (well heavy for the Home Counties!). When it snows in Surrey it brings the child out in almost everyone, myself included, and as Michael MckIntyre so accurately said, 'You open the curtains in the morning and shout "Narnia"!!'
It's only frozen rain, so what's the big deal? But it's so much more than frozen rain – it's quite magical, well at least it is at the beginning! After the initial 'Narnia' moment it can get a little annoying, as we try to get to work or get the kids to school or do the weekly shop. I'm also aware that Surrey isn't exactly the Arctic and for many reading this in more northerly counties, snow to them may not be so romantic and can cause real problems in their day to day lives – if you are one of those I speak of I hope you are all safe and warm.
Toby of course loves the cold, and with a coat like his why wouldn't he? As he's a of a breed of sheepdogs from originally from Scotland I can only assume that the snow up there is of the 'wetter' variety. Here's why – the snow that fell at home last weekend and is falling right now seems to be 'wetter'.
The 'dryer' powder snow we had last year gathers in hundreds of balls of compacted ice under his feet and hangs off his legs until he literally can't move – I've included this photo of this from last year, in which my daughter Ali and her friends came to his recue – together with a contrasting photo from last weekend (at the top of this post) – although clearly not as deep, I think you can see which type of snow he's most comfortable in. If my theory is wrong and Scottish snow tends to be 'dryer' then Beardies wouldn't have been very quick herding the sheep!
At midnight this Sunday (into Monday) I'll be metaphorically taking us on a voyage away from the icy wastes of Britain to the warm inviting islands of the South Seas, and in particular Tahiti! Join our lovely luxury gems expert Laurie Wickwire and the Old Silver Fox and discover an unbelievable Tahitian Pearl necklace Today's Special Value – when you see it I'm sure you'll think it's going to be at least twice it's asking price – well that's honestly what I thought when our senior gems buyer asked my opinion this week!
We are offering this 45cm string of 9-10mm baroque Tahitian pearls with a choice of white or yellow 14 carat gold clasps – and at an unbelievable price! One of our suppliers had some excess stock from an American customer and our buyers were quick to spot the amazing opportunity for our own customers – therefore once the stock has gone – it's gone! I'm glad I can give followers of the BOTF an early head's up – if you love the natural beauty of Tahitian pearls, don't miss midnight Sunday!
Until next time,