I’ve always been a bit spontaneous (some may call it last minute) when it comes to booking holidays, and last week was no exception. I had booked the time off work several weeks ago, but hadn’t got around to organising anything. As it turned out, it was just as well as I had the funeral to go to last Wednesday and then Crystal Palace played Reading in the quarter finals of the FA Cup on Friday – more on that later!
By Thursday of last week, I still had nothing organised.
‘I know’, I said to my long-suffering other half, ‘Let’s go to Javea for a few days.’
We used to own a house in Javea, so know the area well, and I thought it would be nice to just relax, write and revisit some of our favourite restaurants. The flights to Alicante were horribly expensive but fortunately Javea is located slap bang between Alicante and Valencia airports, and when I checked Valencia, the flights were half the price.
While Chris visited the dentist (his turn to have a crown stuck back on) I booked the flights, hired a car and emailed a chap whose villa we had holidayed in two summers ago.
By Friday lunchtime it was all sorted!
We flew out first thing Sunday morning and arrived in beautiful sunshine, but we knew from past experience that the weather can be changeable at this time of year and the nights are quite cold.
Fortunately, the villa had a log burner in the lounge and reverse air-conditioning units in the bedroom so, despite the weather not being great, we were plenty warm enough.
As I mentioned, one of the reasons for going was to get some writing done and this was the view from my writing desk – very inspiring. Another reason was to get a few new photos of my books in ‘beachy’ locations.
Fortunately, Wednesday was really warm and sunny so we went down to a little pebbly bay called Portixol to take some photos. For fun, I tried to re-create the cover of ‘If He Really Loved Me…’ but I’m not sure how successful I was? I didn’t know Chris had taken this photo of me taking photos – notice the Birkenstock Eva flip flops!
It was a really creative but also relaxing three day break and I would highly recommend Javea if you are looking for a slightly less commercialised Spanish holiday.
So, I mentioned the FA Cup quarter final game against Reading last Friday.
I picked Sophie up from our local station and we headed off to Reading, which is normally only a 25 minute drive from us. The traffic was dreadful and when we got there we couldn’t find anywhere to park.I was on the point of heading home, at least we would be able to watch the second half on TV, when we spotted a chap holding a sign for a private car park.
We only missed the first ten minutes of the game and, with Palace struggling to break the deadlock until the 85th minute, we hadn’t missed much. Considering our current league form, I’m delighted that we have made it through to the semi-finals at Wembley next month against Watford. I’m hoping for a repeat of the scoreline from the play-off final against them a couple of seasons ago – but I’m not holding my breath!
We have Leicester in the league this weekend who are currently riding high at the top of the Premier League table. I hope they win the title, but not before we take three points off them.
This week’s Focus on Fashion is a bit of a last minute heads up about a new range, Sigrid Olsen Studio, featuring on Fashion on Friday at 5pm. It launched this morning at 9am, so I’m hoping there will be plenty of stock available for those of you who missed it.
Sigrid is well known for creating her own prints and she originally started by cutting designs out of potatoes. Do you remember doing that at school in art class? I do.
They are doing a print trouser Today’s Special Value for the first time ever and are offering five designs for you to choose from.
My favourite is the one that looks like Spanish or Moroccan tiles, which we’re calling Multi Geo (pictured below). They will be perfect for holidays, or summery days here in the UK, and there are a couple of co-ordinating pieces to help you create a whole outfit for under £100. One is a plain sleeveless tulip-hem top, in a choice of six shades – including Sunflower and Orchid (below) – and the other is a long sleeve, pleat back cardigan in five colours (Turkey Sea below).
Well, I have a very busy week ahead on QVC. Here are my hours and some shows to watch out for:
3pm Bronzo Italia
5pm Sigrid Olsen Studio
2pm QVC Selection
3pm L’Occitane – quick update, I’m still using and getting great results from their Divine Cream
5pm Household Helpers with the H20 steam mop – LOVE mine
2pm Bose (Today’s Special Value)
4pm Georgina by G Scott – a new jewellery range
4pm Nina Leonard
6pm Honora (Today’s Special Value)
5pm Northern Nights
6pm Nina Leonard
3pm Diane Gilman Outlet
4pm Yankee Candles (Today’s Special Value)
6pm Tarte – 2nd Anniversary – a lot of my make-up these days is Tarte!
So a hectic few days, hope you can join me for some of them,