It’s all hands to the pump in our house at the moment as we are helping our son sort out his new house. He picked up the keys ten days ago and, since then, we have been trying to help him make decisions about furniture, kitchen units, bathroom stuff etc etc.
We’ve all been involved, including our daughter, Sophie, as she was the one who picked up these paint samples at his request. I’m having a bit of a grey phase at the moment (no funny comments about hair colour please) and suggested it might be ideal for the living room as he has selected a black and silver sofa and chair.
I liked several of Sophie’s choices (wasn’t that a heartbreaking film?) but in the end we opted for Goose Down as it was the lightest. The boys have already painted a bit on one of the walls, after they finished painting the ceiling yesterday, and it will be my turn to help out tomorrow getting the rest of the walls finished before the furniture arrives.
There’s quite a lot to do inside the house but, for the first time, Dan also has a garden to think about. What great timing then that tomorrow’s TSV is a folding garden recliner (549500). I know what I’ll be doing at midnight tonight as I definitely don’t want to be beaten by the sold out sign! By the way, if you’re a fan of our gardening shows on QVC, remember the clocks go forward an hour this weekend, you don’t want to be late for Richard Jackson on Sunday morning.
We went to buy the paint on Tuesday afternoon after I had sent the final chapter of my latest novel over to my copy editor, Justine. I had sent the rest of the manuscript for her to read last weekend and was thrilled by her email on Monday: ‘Great characterisation and evocation of 1970’s London theatre world – hugely enjoyable.’ I was holding back on the last chapter as I had a twist planned and I didn’t want it to be too unbelievable.
After chatting on Tuesday morning, I got the thumbs up on the idea and finished tweaking. Once I’d hit ‘send’ I felt oddly bereft although I haven’t seen the end of the characters by a long way as the editing process is about to begin. For more information about when the book will be available to pre-order check www.juliarobertsauthor.com if you are interested.
So, as well as the clocks going forward on Sunday, it is also Mother’s Day or should that be Mothering Sunday? The name seems to have changed since I was a little girl as has what I call my mum – it was always Mummy when I was little.
What do you call your mum? Mum, mummy, mother, mater, madre or something else maybe? My daughter calls me ‘OLD’ – no, I’m not joking! The cards are in the post to mine and Chris’s mums and some goodies, including this tin of Churchill’s biscuits.
I’m off this weekend but I will see you later today with Italian Jewellery at 4pm and Fashion on Friday at 5pm, today featuring Rino & Pelle. And, as promised live on the QVC Style channel on Wednesday, here’s a peek at next week’s Look of the Week.
I can’t finish today without mentioning the event that shook our country on Wednesday. My heart goes out to to everyone affected by the Westminster attack, particularly to the families of those who lost their lives or were injured. It is a timely reminder to treasure every day as a gift.
See you next Thursday.