A lot to tell you about this week, so I've kept each bit brief!
- Rocker Nigel and me on a wonderful getaway to Center Parcs
- The Rise calling – Peter Andre's backing group talk behind the scenes
- And little niece Issy turns two…
Well if you've followed my blog long enough you'll know that Center Parcs is one of my favourite holidays in the world – and right on our own doorstep! Hence my first week away with my wonderful new man Rocker Nigel at the lovely woodland sanctuary near Thetford.
We cycled everywhere, he cooked me some (more!) amazing meals and did his Doctor Doolittle thing with the animals – he's quite a nature lover is Nige – bless him! Fab time in the pool, the subtropical paradise – with its rapids and lazy river and water chutes. Then we relaxed in the Aqua Sana spa – even had a fish pedicure again! Lol.
One of my favourite activities was playing American Pool – the Rhodes way!
We also had breakfast on the final day up in the revolving restaurant – and finished our last night with a lovely meal in the Italian restaurant on site – before it was time to pack up and come home again – but not before we'd taken a quick spin to the Tiptree tea rooms near where I used to live.
Considering how full-on I can be sometimes – apparently – (Bradley my son has just told me this…) we survived the week happily, and came out of it with Rocker Nigel and I talking about when we can go away again, which can only be a good sign right?! Lol. No seriously, it's very good fun going out with him, and we're having a lovely time. It's so nice that we've known each other for so long too – 30 years ago, those drama classes were. And we've got so many little things in common too.
So without getting too in-depth or soppy, suffice it to say I'm having a very nice time dating this good looking guy who's one of the nicest, funniest, easy-going-est people I've ever met. He's proved a big hit with the family that have met him so far, too. Including Lauren and some siblings, but not including Brad or my mum yet! But am sure they'll love him too… So there you go – finally, your update on the new romance! Here's a pic of Nigel doing his 'more tea vicar?!' in the Lakeview restaurant, where we watched wakeboarders trying to do their stuff in the lake, whilst we indulged in a full English!
Very relaxing I must say. Roll on the next holiday… Where do you suggest we go next?
On The Rise
I was chuffed to bits to be one of the lucky presenters interviewing Peter Andre recently when he was on to perform his single last week – (still available through QVC – called Perfect Night). Behind him, you may have noticed the two guys in the background – they are The Rise – and look like being rising stars – literally – so I thought I'd have a quick chat with them just before my interview with Pete. Did you see it? Hope you enjoyed it! And good luck to the boys. You can follow them on Twitter too, like I have!
She is always a delight to behold and so funny – as is sister Lara. Without my two kids around much – Lauren's just finishing uni and Brad was on a London-Brighton bike ride for the weekend (!) – it's always fun to be reminded of the younger years by visiting the nieces.
'Visiting' being the operative word though I have to say! It's nice to see them, and nice to know I'm done with the formative years – with my two lovely kids aged now 24 and nearly 22, they're fully 'formed' – kind of! This is Bojana, Issy's mum and my lovely sister-in-law (pic above left), unable to resist getting in the kids' ball pool too!
Couple of lovely trips to look forward to in the next few weeks – it's going to be busy. Take That concert, plus off to the RNA conference next weekend, where I have my first ever one-to-one with an actual editor from the publishers I've been writing for. Eek!
Then the weekend after, it's a boot-camp trip as a treat for niece Becky as a thank you for looking after the dogs for me earlier in the year. Then the Friday after that, it's off to Bath for Lauren's graduation. July will whizz by and before you know it, it'll be August and closer to next Christmas than last! Whoops – the C word! Better stick with C for Center Parcs for now, and one last lovely memory from my fab hol with a fun guy. Have you ever had these special 'visitors' inside YOUR villa there?