I think we would all agree it has been a pretty momentous week for the country as a whole but for me personally I have achieved another dream, which I shall talk about later in this blog. Funnily enough, I think the weather on Tuesday certainly reflected the turbulent nature of the last few weeks.
We had gone up to Nottingham to see my mum on my only day off this week as she had been feeling really poorly and didn’t seem to be getting much help or advice from the professionals. ‘Make yourself a cup of tea and watch some television,’ didn’t seem very caring to me!
Chris and I arrived armed with Lucozade to get some much needed simple glucose into her body but more importantly we were able to give her lots of hugs – possibly the best medicine. The drive up had been mostly sunny but very windy, the drive back, however, was peppered with squally showers. We arrived home to find our apple tree lying prone across the garden and a branch of next door’s white lilac in a similar position!
We managed to salvage the apple tree and support it with an iron stake, sadly nothing could be done for the lilac. The funny thing is I had been commenting to Chris over the weekend about the mass of blossom on both the apple and cherry trees and was really looking forward to a larger crop than the solitary apple we had last year… oh well, there is always next year!
The garden really is starting to flourish. I’m really pleased with the Ceanothus we planted last year and the rhododendrons, which were already a fixture when we moved in.
The majority of my week though has been focused on the final preparations for the release of my first novel. Up until last weekend Sophie had not read my book at all but as the deadline drew nearer she offered to spend her weekend giving it a final proof read. My daughter is not easy to impress so the text I received on Sunday when I got off air at QVC meant the world to me.
‘Finished the book old! (that’s her nickname for me) Have to say I am genuinely impressed! It really is like a proper book!’
Daniel was also home last weekend as his young Swans were involved in a football tournament and, in front of me, asked, ‘Is it any good?’ and once again she confirmed that is is, in her opinion – praise indeed.
As those of you who watch technology shows on QVC will know, I am not very computer savvy and the thought of being responsible for pressing the upload to Amazon button on Wednesday night filled me with terror. Sophie was on hand but I still rang Debbie Flint at 10.30pm just to make sure I had done everything properly.
She has been so helpful to me throughout this whole self-publishing journey in a way only a true friend would be – thanks Debs! So the big moment arrived and in the end it was Sophie who pressed the button. It was actually really emotional because I’ve worked so hard on it for two years.
So it is now available to pre-order as an ebook over on Amazon.
As promised here is an excerpt – I thought you might like this one as it has a reference to Butler & Wilson in it:-
At that moment Rosemary saw her, said something to the two men and they turned and watched as she walked the final few steps towards them.
‘Holly you look beautiful,’ Rosemary said as she pulled her into a warm embrace. ‘There are so few people who can wear yellow, but it really suits you.’
Holly had dressed for the occasion in her favourite shift dress and twisted her dark curls into the bejewelled Butler & Wilson hair clip that Harry had bought her for Christmas. It was the name which had attracted him to it, a little private joke for the two of them to share, but Holly had fallen in love with the clip the moment she opened the shocking pink box and wore it whenever she needed an extra boost of confidence. A light application of make-up completed her look.
‘Thank you,’ she said, blushing slightly. ‘So do you.’
Rosemary wore a full-length floral dress in pink, which fell away from her body beneath the bust disguising her thinness. Her golden wavy hair gathered softly on her shoulders and her smile lit up her startlingly blue eyes.
‘This is Philippe,’ said Rosemary, gesturing to the man in the linen suit.
Philippe took Holly’s hand and raised it briefly to his lips. ‘Enchanté,’ he murmured.
Holly hardly noticed what he said. This was the horseman from the beach the previous morning, the one who had reminded her of Brad Pitt.
To give you more of an overview as to what the story is about here is a piece I recorded with two of my colleagues (and friends) at QVC, Mark Cain and Natalie Gray:
I will be with you this afternoon at 4pm for some amazing silver jewellery, then Fashion on Friday at 5pm is Kim & Co followed by Beauty at 7pm. I then have the weekend off, which is just as well as I have hurt my back so plenty of rest, Nurofen and the Back Magic will be the order of my next few days.
Have a great weekend.