I normally start my blog with a big thank you for keeping in touch, but this week the thanks have to be from Colin first. He has been really touched by your incredibly kind and supportive messages, and is really pleased that you love his song “I Know She’s Mine” as much as I do. I wish there was an album for you to buy, but it’s not completed yet, although I promise I will let you know as soon as it is!
I had a lovely moment with Mally just before our show together on Sunday: knowing that she and her husband Phil are avid Country Music fans I played the song to her and her PA Teeny. They were both in tears, which I took as a huge compliment, considering it had been such a corkingly successful and happy day for them with their TSV selling out at 11am! I know I’m biased, but I have listened to a great deal of country music over the last few years or more, and it is the storytelling that makes those songs memorable, and that’s what I believe Colin does so well.
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Right! My turn now! Thanks so much for writing to me – it sounds as though you’ve been incredibly busy with holidays, house moves and life generally! So glad to hear from Debz that she has two new feline friends in her life – I’m sure Ainzley would approve : ) It’s nice to know that you appreciated the photographs of Honey and thank you for your kind words about the cake I made for her. Such a lovely response to not just the blog but also the live shows too, particularly Diamonique on Thursday at 9pm. You’re clearly more perceptive than I, as you managed to buy the entire stock of the full eternity ring in 9 carat gold which I’d set my heart on, but clearly hadn’t got my act together sufficiently to order it prior to the show! I’m hoping it may come back, as I’d really like one to go with my wedding ring prior to my first anniversary on 26th June, fingers crossed!
Something I’m sure you’ll want to celebrate with me is the Liz Earle TSV this Friday night! As the price of the TSV is a gift in itself, the lovely Caroline Archer suggested I come up with MY top five Liz Earle products, and then they would gift those on to you. I’ll be honest, it was difficult to think of just five, but those of you who watch me regularly will know what I love, and I hope will be happy to win what works out to be £104.74 worth of products! I went for Cleanse and Polish – obviously – but also the gentle Face Exfoliator, the sheer lip gloss in Mallow (perfect!) the Superskin Concentrate rollerball which is super easy to use, and as an absolute spoiler, the Botanical Essence No 20 which is my ALL TIME favourite fragrance from Liz Earle… Basically it’s the absolute essence of all I’ve ever wanted to be thought of as a woman. There’s a simple multiple choice question at the end of the blog with details of how to enter.
Of course May has been our dedicated Jewellery Month, and I’m so pleased to be able to tell you that Tova will be joining me this Thursday at 9pm with some of her stunning Diamonique designs.Most of the collection is designed around her own extensive jewellery collection and includes some incredibly beautiful pieces. What she has for us this trip is no exception – I’ve already ordered the Art Deco ring! I do so enjoy my time with Tova – although it’s never long enough – and admire her hugely for her elegance, personality, warmth and grace. Not many folk can boast all of those attributes, but she most definitely does! : )
She’s also incredibly kind, and has been a constant source of support to me behind the scenes following my diagnosis all those years ago… Although she won’t be with me for the entire hour, she will be bringing a number of her beautiful designs including my pick for the hour – the huggie earrings that were pictured in the last blog…. We couldn’t get them in time for the show last week but have them now! Do make sure you can join us at 9pm otherwise you’ll miss out!
Staying with the jewellery theme, I knew you’d be pleased to know that Roberto Farone Manella – the enigmatic Italian designer – is making an appearance at the very end of jewellery month! He has been making fine and phenomenally expensive jewellery since the year dot, which he creates and sells on the island of Capri, and also in his beautiful bijou boutique in Knightsbridge. Having recently designed an affordable but equally fabulous line of fashion jewellery for QVC, he will be just one of the talented designers joining us for our “Got to Have It” event on May 30th. Look out for an infinity necklace available in rose gold, yellow gold and silver tone, it’s 90cm long – 35″ to those of us still on old money! Better yet, there are a pair of stud earrings included in the price of £34, which complement the beautiful infinity link! Having waxed lyrical on my last blog about the need for a longer length of necklace, I’ve managed to get in early and order this in yellow gold – a touch of summer I feel : )
Something else I must mention – as I had so many tweets asking about it – is this beautiful watch from Pilgrim. Designed by two Danes – Annemette and Thomas – this range encapsulates the designers’ love of music, spontaneity and art. We know you loved the previous silicone strap watch, and so this time we’ve added a tad more glamour and pizazz to the original sports design. What do you think? It’s available in five different colours – Navy and Mint with a silver bezel, Grey and Blush with a rose bezel, and Black with a yellow gold finish – for £37 I think it’s a steal!
I found this little Smiths leather strap watch that my parents bought me for my ninth birthday, and it still fits! I had my birthday party at the Burford Bridge Hotel in Dorking, and we were allowed to race around in the ballroom there! It was just magical, I’ll never forget it.
I’m hoping to recreate some of that magic with Debbie Flint on June 12th when she’ll be hosting a fundraiser in aid of the Medical Detection dogs at a charity afternoon fete near Dorking. Tom from Alpha H will be there along with Abi Cleeve, Adele from SBC, Emma from Imedeen and Gill Gauntlett – to name but a few! In the evening the endlessly energetic Patrick Hoy from Quacker factory is hosting a supper quiz, which you can purchase tickets for, and Deb and I may well be providing some surprise entertainment!! It should be fun : )
In fact I’m lucky enough to have a fair few special days to look forward to with Colin’s birthday on 30th May and all the family coming to us the day before! I have just started to collate the food shop online, and have been washing and drying bedlinen in the sunshine in readiness for those who will stay over. At the moment I have ALL of Colin’s children coming, but also Lucy and Simon, Honey, and George and Henry, Sam and Abbie, Jack and his girlfriend Fran with her son Oscar.
Only another six weeks to go before baby Elsworth hopefully makes an appearance… Danny and Rae know they’re having a daughter and have already named her Cala Lily – how pretty! I was bought these Cala Lily bulbs for my birthday in March, and am thrilled that they have already flowered… stunning, as I’m sure she will be : )
I really hope you can join me for some of the shows I have over the next few weeks, but wouldn’t want you to miss the TSV from Liz Earle this Friday at midnight 27th May. To win the Liz Earle goodies that I chose for my top five, all you have to do is answer this question:
Which Bay on the Isle of Wight is famous for its coloured sands?
A. Marmatinto Bay
B. Alum Bay
C. Chine Sands
To enter, leave your answer as a comment below this blog. You’ll have to give your email address but don’t worry, it won’t be published. The competition closes on Sunday 5th June, when a winner will be randomly selected, emailed and also announced on this blog. For our standard terms and conditions click here.
Years ago, members of the public were actually allowed to dig away at the sand and take it home in glass phials. I treasured it, although sadly no longer have it, so please do have a go at my competition and share any memories you have… Including possibly those ghastly knitted bathing costumes!!! My Nanny Timms knitted me one, and it grew in sea water to at least three times my height ! It was incredibly itchy too! : ) Thank heavens for Viscose!
Have a great week and weekend,