I have been down in Swansea visiting Daniel this week but it almost didn’t happen… let me explain. After last Friday’s ‘Spotlight on Jewellery’ show I was driving away from QVC and I thought I could hear my car making a funny noise. I wound the window down and sure enough one of my back tyres was as flat as a pancake. I guess it was fortunate that I noticed this before going onto the M4 motorway for my drive home as it would have wrecked the tyre and it may even have caused an accident. I pulled into the petrol station on the Chiswick roundabout (really good priced petrol there if you are ever in the area) and as luck would have it there was a van on the forecourt belonging to one of the breakdown services. Unfortunately it was the one I left a month ago after being with them for twenty years because their renewal premium was too high!
Undeterred, I went in such of the man from the van hoping that he would help a ‘damsel in distress’. I explained about the puncture and asked if he would help me change the tyre. He asked which was my car and when I pointed it out he said that I don’t have a spare tyre …. really??? Apparently I have a pump to inflate the tyre sufficiently to get me home or to the nearest garage. He then asked if I was a member of his breakdown service to which I replied no and he said he couldn’t help me unless I joined it. Whilst I wouldn’t want to get him into trouble, I thought it was a little churlish that he was so reluctant to offer a bit of human kindness. In the end he did come over to my car and show me how to attach and work the pump but somewhat ungraciously. Funnily enough I had a sample of QVC beauty products in my bag which he might have been offered for his other half had he not been so grumpy.
I made it home on the pumped up tyre but by the next morning it was flat again. Luckily we had already planned for Sophie to go to Swansea with me so we went in her car instead and arrived just in time for the kick-off of the Palace v West Ham game on TV …. I’m smiling, so you can guess the result! Sophie hadn’t seen Daniel’s flat before and was well impressed. If only she could find something like it near London at a reasonable price… yes she is still looking. Sophie drove home on Sunday but I stayed to make a start on writing my new book. I won’t bore you with it but without the distractions of everyday life I managed to write out the plot (I already had a good idea where it was going) and write four thousand words, so a very productive few days.
Chris arrived Wednesday bringing with him the Banksy prints Daniel had for his birthday back in November that never made it onto the wall of his own flat. A little bit of ‘home’ for him and I think they look pretty good. Chris also put up the clock that had been sitting on Daniel’s dining table using the screw which had caused my puncture that he just happened to have in his pocket – now that’s what you call recycling!
Then on Thursday we took a trip onto the Gower peninsula to explore the area a bit. It really is beautiful, particularly Oxwich Bay where we stopped for a bite of lunch at the Oxwich Bay Hotel, which was delicious, before venturing onto the beach for a walk. It was a lovely way to round off my visit with Daniel.
So it’s back to reality today with my two regular shows ‘Fashion on Friday’ at 5pm, today we’re with Kim & Co, and ‘Spotlight on Jewellery’ at 6pm featuring Frank Usher. I hope you are enjoying the Spotlight on Jewellery series? I can’t believe we are already over halfway through!
I have a busy weekend with more Kim tomorrow afternoon and also Gatineau at 4pm and then a three hour ‘Diamonique Spectacular’ at 2pm on Sunday which I would recommend watching if you like Easy Pay and are after something for your Mum for Mother’s Day. Then on Monday at 2pm Molton Brown are back … busy busy busy.
Hope the weather stays fine for you this weekend wherever you are, and that you have a good one.