Maybe it was because my sister was with me, and she, in her own words, is a thwarted sprinter (at least that's what I think she said..?!) We watched enthralled as Britain won Gold after Gold medal. And what lovely down to earth people these winners were… not too proud to shed a tear on the podium, or to hug John Inverdale, inspite of his occasionally negative comments!!
As a family it was our brother Peter who really made inroads when it came to sport. He was a great sprinter, triple jumper and tennis player. Infact in tennis, he beat everyone, including the staff!!
Jenny and I were pretty good sprinters (although at Junior School I didn't put much effort in unless it was for kiss chase), and for a short while I represented our house in hurdles… until the girl next to me fell over her hurdle, and I stopped to make sure she was ok!
Had she have been on my team, it probably wouldn't have been such a faux pas!! (oops!) but needless to say my hurdling future was then over.
I played Centre in the Netball Team for a while and wasn't too bad at Hockey, until I was thwacked so hard on the ankle during the 'bullying off' stage that I had to have my leg swathed in crepe bandage and stay at home for a fortnight unable to walk!
It's a National Trust property built in 1874 by Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild to display his outstanding collection of art treasure – oh, and to throw a party or two! Impressive isn't it?! As well as the old artefacts (that'd be Colin and I), they also had on show an exhibition of Contemporary Sculpture – all sorts of things from beautiful birds created from plants to wrought iron Tea pots!
This sculpture though (photos above) is one you may recognise. It's by a chap called Robert Indiana and was made in 1966. I first saw it when I was in New York with Lucy in 2006 and of course it is featured on the cover of one of my favourite romantic novels, 'Love Story' by Erich Segal.
Love was definitely in the air the previous weekend when Colin and I spent the day with his family celebrating the marriage of Stacey (Colin's neice) to Stephen. Again, I was able to recycle an outfit I'd worn before (to Ros's wedding two years previously) and borrow my sister's hat! I also have to thank our very own Anna Cookson for lending me her jacket as it went perfectly with the dress and hat!
The sun shone, the church was beautiful and the couple very much in love – another perfect day.
Thanks, by the way to all of you who wrote to me last week, as it's been particularly entertaining catching up on your news, and hearing about your weddings and holiday – oh and cricket matches Mary!! The search for a new home continues, and although I know it's out there somewhere, it is hard to think of moving out of my little cottage.
I have become close friends with my landlord and his mum who live in the cottage next door, as they have been a constant through what has been at times, a difficult year… nothing to say we can't keep in touch though eh?
And I very much hope that you'll be able to keep in touch with me at midnight tonight, as it's my first TSV launch in heaven knows how long! I have a visit to the oncologist and then the dentist before I head towards Chiswick Park.
But the excitement of being the first to introduce you to Diamonique Day will keep the energy levels up, as will the unveiling of the beautiful piece of jewellery that has been chosen as our Today's Special Value… it has very much caught my imagination, and is something I am so inspired by, I've bought two already!!
Do hope you'll be able to join me and maybe call in – how grand would that be to put a voice to the name?!
Have a wonderful week, and may the sun shine on you
With my love, Ali xx