How lovely are you? So many kind suggestions and comments as to my Cloudberry and daffodil dilemma that I have been busily mapping out where to move my bulbs to! So very much appreciated, and rather than have a tree naming ceremony, Colin and I have bought a much larger pot which we feel befits our Cloud Box/Privet Tree : )
Thanks also to all of you who carried me through the Diamonique Finale with your lovely tweets of encouragement! If you weren’t able to spend that Thursday night with Dale and I then perhaps I should explain that I was giving a very good impression of an old boiler while trying not to hack and cough all over Dale! The cold I’d had all week had worsened, and I was virtually voiceless. That said we did have a laugh, and you loved the jewellery not surprisingly – in fact the entire day was a stonking success, so thank you for that.
I will of course be back with my regular Diamonique show this Thursday at 9pm when my pick of the hour is this fabulous pair of 9 carat gold Fluid Drop earrings that feature a cleverly cut stone that give such a clean, organic and luxurious look for under £100 (pictured above left). If you did manage to last the distance with Dale and I you will have seen another stunning pair of earrings that featured the Atlantis cut!
Inspired by the Atlantic Ocean, which I have seen so recently, this design has 78 facets with curve and roll to emulate the waves of the sea – stunning (pictured above right)! And if it’s all about colour for you, how about this three colour band ring, complete with the subtle sparkle one has come to expect from Diamonique. I’ll look forward to your company on Thursday night at 9pm.
With tissues, Lempsip and Strepsils at the ready, Colin and I flew out to Gran Canaria the following day, leaving a very cold and wet England to arrive four hours later in the warm sunshine where we were treated to impressive temperatures of 25 degrees – mid 70’s to you and me! : )
I’d never been to this particular island before, although I had visited Fuerteventura years before, and Colin and I had spent our first holiday together in Tenerife, so I wasn’t a complete stranger to the Canary Islands.
We were staying near Maspolomas in the South of the island, not least because of the massive four mile beach there which we thought would be great to walk along. It separated our resort and another popular area, Playa des Ingles, which was where Colin’s daughter Vicky and her man Lewis were staying. We had only found out a week before that we would all be out there together at the same time, and so we made the best of our time with them.
The weather initially was stunning – clear blue skies and very little wind, but as the week wore on, there was a fair bit more cloud and it was distinctly breezy! Not that I’m complaining as I find it harder to tolerate the heat these days, and so it’s nice to have little bit of an updraft! Colin and I decided that we’d head off on our beach walk and having liberally applied our Ultrasun, we strode off in the general direction of the Dunas de Maspolomas.
Unbeknown to us, this sensational stretch of sand is a popular choice for naturists, although there is nothing to alert you to the fact that you’re about to be surrounded by folk who are baring all! The human body is a remarkable thing, but there are certain parts of it I feel should possibly not be exposed to direct sunlight! Fair play though to those who were brave enough to wade into the chilly waters of the Atlantic without a stitch on – not something I would have done, even in a wet suit!
We arrived home – having been told how beautiful it had been while we were away – to bitingly cold winds and pouring rain – I was not best pleased! Of course the lawn was once again like a meadow, and having planned to mow it in readiness for Honey and Lucy staying over, I was more than a tad frustrated to find the lawnmower incapable of doing anything other than gather dust!
Sam, bless him, has said he will come to us this weekend and mend it, and so Lucy, Honey and I had to have our ‘messy play’ in the garden in and amongst the long grass and the daisies! We made sure the water was warm for her to sit in too!
Talking of flowers, I will be with the lovely Linda Magistris this Thursday night when we bring you a fabulous faux floral TSV! This arrangement is from our Home Reflections range, and features five gorgeous Hydrangeas, that are subtly highlighted with tiny LED lights (and a timer!).
You can choose between three different shades: lilac, ivory, or beautiful blush – as shown here. The crackle glass vase is included too, and all for under £30! How wonderful to have something as realistic as this in bloom, all year round, and illuminated too! I hope you’ll be able to join Linda and myself at midnight on Thursday.
I’ve written over 50,000 words of my book now, and am hoping to be a little closer to knowing if and when it can be published so will keep you in the loop. You’re all in there, as without your support during those difficult days, I doubt I would have got through it all as well – bless you. Colin’s song “I Know She’s Mine” has now reached No 12 in the Country Music Chart, and he reliably informs me that I will be able to feature it in my next blog – sorry to make you wait, but it’ll be worth it I promise! : )
With Honey’s first birthday just around the corner, any spare time I have is going to be taken up with designing and making her cake. Lucy brought ‘Ariel’ with her, and I now have to create a seascape for her to perch on top of!
Considering how much she means to Honey (pictured left), I will have to pull out all the stops. Do you remember your favourite birthday cake?? Flavour or design, do let me know and we can compare notes.
Have a great week, and I’ll look forward to your company on Thursday night.
With my love,