Yes, it’s a line from the fabulous song performed at the Oscar Wilde classic Lady Windermere’s Fan, which Sheena and I went to see this week – see below.
At least the weekend’s snow was gone by the time I got back on Monday night late, after niece Becky’s send off. I had to go back as I had tickets to go see the show, as well as needing to do my stint in the shop and sort out lots of things at home. And write some more of my next novel French or Dutch. Fortunately it was just a fleeting blizzard this time, even though lots of people were stranded when the A30 near me in Okehampton closed due to snowdrifts on Sunday night! Glad I stayed in London for niece Becky’s send-off ‘do’ – see below. Hope we’re nearly over the cold spells now, but apparently Easter might be frosty too. Hope not – family are coming down, and I do so want to get the planters done. I did get some plug plants delivered this week but despite going to a garden centre with mum for lunch on Monday, I didn’t get them potted up – instead just gave brother the pots! Won’t be long though I hope before the flowers start to bloom. It’s about time! Meanwhile some lovely hot bargains to keep you warm!…
This weekend’s Offers.
Today’s Special Value deal (Friday 23rd) is the lovely Susan Graver water-resistant printed packable raincoat at an incredible price – click here to see it and buy it if any are left!
Join me Saturday night 9pm for three hours of amazing Diamonique with lovely Alison O’Reilly, some brilliant deals and every item on 3 Easy Pay payments.
Saturdays #TSV is the faux laurel leaf privacy trellis to cover up unsightly oil tanks or brick walls etc, looks really good, and very durable, from Garden Reflections.
And on Sunday Leigh is back! Here is the early bird order link for the Tarte Today’s Special Value collection with their new Shape Tape Hydration Foundation, akin to their Shape Tape Concealer but a Foundation. It is bound to go very quickly so give it a go and get in soon – click here to see it and order it now.
Bye Bye Beddeeeeee
So what kept me in London for a day longer this week? My talented make-up artist niece Becky (@rebeccakempton.mua on Instagram – see some of her fab creations) was going off on her travels again – to the Far East and India this time. These nieces, they don’t half get around! Lol. So we had a big send off for her with lots of the cousins and aunties turning up to see her off. Daughter Lolly was there and it was nice to have a catch up – her little tiny bump is 14 weeks now. I’m not seeing little granddaughter Blake atm till I’m completely better – next weekend hopefully. But it was a nice night and we had lots of laughs and hugs and Bek shed a tear or two, bless her. What an adventure though – fabulous. #wellJel.
Back out Walking
Thank goodness my cough has nearly gone! It wasn’t nice having a chest infection and thanks to those who gave me suggestions on how to get rid. In the end, antibiotics and an inhaler did the trick, so sorry for being under the weather last weekend on air too, but normal service will be resumed this week! I’m looking forward to getting out in my Joules wellies too – but it’s Emu’s for now, on my Devon dog walks, too cold otherwise!
The snowy weather did not put me and mum off our expedition to the garden centre though, as I picked her up from her flat in Banstead on Monday, where it was very picturesque. I do love lunch and a pole round a garden centre, don’t you? It has to be one of my most enjoyable things. Problem is nowadays the plants I buy will then have to make the journey down to Devon! So I made do with a colourful Azalea. Am thinking of getting the Garden Pick of the Month though – the Hayloft Plants nine Calliope Geranium Dark Red plants – as it seems they’ll nicely fill some of my baskets once the frost has gone – click here to find out more!
Watch – Lady Windermere’s Fan
Saw this show at the cinema, the live transmission of the theatre production taking place in London whilst we watched in Devon! One of the stars of the Oscar Wilde classic is Jennifer Saunders, and her interval song, written in music hall-style by director and ex ‘Kevin and Perry’ star, Kathy Burke, was the highlight! ‘Take your Hands off my Fan, sir, it doesn’t belong to you!’ was definitely very funny and well performed by Jennifer and members of the ensemble. We were singing it for hours afterwards! Very well done, the whole production was a visual spectacle. Well worth going to see if you can, I’m sure there will be repeats at the cinema, or a smashing night out at the theatre at London. A good 8.75/10. Watch out for An Ideal Husband in June, and the most famous of all – The Importance of Being Ernest, in October. I will try to go to both!
Chocolate Banana Mousse
Last week I posted a super, vegan recipe from the menus I created during my week on my own, doing all the cooking down at the retreat in Devon, as I had several people staying who didn’t eat dairy. Fine by me, as my body doesn’t really like it either. But you can make this with dairy too. Lots asked for the recipe so this is what I did:
- Get some custard made with soya or almond milk (or buy a readymade carton – you can use ordinary custard too) and melt some dark chocolate in a pan or bain-marie, (I used vegan chocolate from the health food store but you can obviously add your choice).
- Then add it to the custard slowly stirring until the mixture turns the brown colour you wish it to be, mine was a subtle colour rather than too much chocolate – but too little and it won’t set.
- Then whisk it up.
- Leave it to cool a bit, then whisk in some mashed bananas.
- Put into bowls, decorate with a couple of slices of banana and sprinkles of chocolate shavings and leave to set in fridge. Obviously you can vary the chocolate you choose, or try adding pineapple instead. Or strawberries etc.
We used to have some super puds at Morden Farm Middle School in Lower Morden, Surrey, when I was a kid. We were reminiscing on Facebook this week about it. What was your favourite dessert? Mine had to be Manchester Tart, a pastry with jam and custard on top, like butterscotch tart. I loved that too! Let me know your faves below. And remember if you’re stuck, you can always just buy some Real Pie Company fruit pies!
We are not allowed to put outside links on here anymore, but if you want a giggle, do search for the term ‘men are like cats and women are like dogs’, a performance from America’s got talent doing the rounds on social media atm. Very funny comedian and well worth a Google.
Jilly having a little slip of the tongue – well that would make for a very interesting show – free doughnuts with every bracelet 🙂
Facebook pic of the week
From my official QVC page (do like the page to see these updates) is this one with Mally behind the scenes in the seconds before we went live on air! Click here to see it on my Facebook page. She doesn’t miss an opportunity, does Mally! Had super sell out shows, go here to see some cray-cray clearance deals from the lovely lady. Do follow my social media below – NB you don’t need to be on Facebook to see those posts though as they are public ones.
Book of the Week
It’s a good one, Anatomy of a Scandal by Sarah Vaughan. If you liked ‘Notes on a Scandal’ or One Tree yard, politics with a bit of an affair thrown in, you’ll like this one. My book review blog over on my website this week focusses on a taught drama, told from various characters’ viewpoints, which makes it all the more intense. And I enjoyed it!
Next week’s Highlights on QVC:
I can’t believe it’s going to be Easter soon.
Monday – it’s Amanda Wakeley and the Campbell tote bag from this super designer brand.
Tuesday – Perricone’s five-piece Ultimate Heroes Collection at an incredible price, for Perricone, this is the best way to stock up and try the brand as it is our most premium price point collection.
Wednesday – a Cuddl Duds cap-sleeved drape-hemline dress – very comfy this brand – ‘athleisure-wear’ dontcha know!
Thursday – a superb indoor or outdoor rug from Home Reflections, the Marrakesh design. There is a runner, and several sizes of actual bag to choose from. So get in early on Thursday. Here’s mine in my new bedroom at brother’s new house in South Croydon – inside the house (cool! For those who didn’t know, I used to ‘live’ in his outside annexe when I work at QVC but I’ve been promoted! Hehe) It’s very durable too – nice for those heavy traffic areas too.
Friday – Lulu’s Timebomb a four-piece Supersize Skincare Collection – really economical sizes to give your skin a boost ready for spring from the lovely singer and clever skincare brand founder Lulu.
Next week – a lovely get together with the Bodyblade Ohana ‘up London’ in Jamie’s Italian – looking forward to it very much! Have a great week.