After the week I’ve had, I definitely need something to make me smile! I haven’t been feeling well for the past 10 days.
I’ve had a nasty tummy bug which has had me feeling achy and lethargic and – despite having had my usual fortnightly five day break – I’m still not over it. I was so poorly last Sunday that I was unable to go up to Nottingham to see my mum for her 91st birthday lunch. Thanks so much to those of you who wished her a happy birthday.
Apparently she had an enjoyable day with my brother and his family. I was so disappointed not to go, I had baked her a chocolate birthday cake on Saturday evening, which stayed in its foil wrapping until I felt well enough to ice it on Tuesday – my family have been enjoying it on Mum’s behalf!
So, I do need a bit of cheering up. Some Butler & Wilson sparkle, in celebration of his 22nd anniversary with us here at QVC, should do the trick. I’m with Simon tomorrow and Sunday at midday for two hour shows, but he also has a show tonight at 8pm and 6pm shows on Saturday and Sunday.
I was hunting for some old pictures of us on-air together – you’d think there would be a few over 22 years, but I could only find this one taken with gorgeous model, Ali, which happens to be one of my favourite pictures of all time.
It was taken outside his shop in South Molton Street which, for those of you who don’t know, closed at the end of June. He still has his fabulous Fulham Road flagship store though, well worth a visit if you’re ever in the area.
As promised on last week’s blog, I’ve had a look through someof the pieces that are going to be in the anniversary shows. Of course there is lots of new (as there always is with someone as prolific as Simon) but also watch out for a reduced price on the iconic Dancing Couple brooch. It’s currently at £67.92 instead of £81 and available in 3 Easy Pay instalments.
There are also some fabulous animal pieces. The bees are back and we have plenty of butterflies, but I particularly like this pig brooch, available in three colours – of which the Gold is my favourite. I also love the fish with the bubbles brooch in Red or Gold.
There are new cat earrings in Purple… I wonder who Simon may have had in mind when he designed those! I like to think it was me.
It hardly seems possible that we have known each other in excess of 22 years, and he has been such a good friend to me. I was particularly touched when he threw me a launch party for my first book, ‘One Hundred Lengths of the Pool’, which we sold on QVC, and when he came to the launch party of my first novel, ‘Life’s a Beach and Then…’ a couple of years later.
It put me in mind of a new picture I acquired from Gill Gauntlett, a QVC guest, when she was having a clear out of her on-air props cupboard.
It says: ‘True Friends are like Diamonds… Precious and Rare!’
I’m sure I bought Simon a birthday card with that saying on it a couple of years ago.
So, do watch out for my anniversary shows with Simon over the weekend and also my Join Clothes show at 3pm tomorrow and Yankee Candle at 3pm on Sunday. I’ve also got fashion from MarlaWynne on Monday, and if you’re a QVC fashion fan check out our Look of the Week below:
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The less said about our first game in the new premiership season the better – well done Huddersfield should suffice.
Have a great weekend,