Oh my gosh…it’s the eve of August and I haven’t caught up with you! Well, I have been off air for the past nine days filling my time with family and catching up with wonderful, old friends, so I hope you will allow me this delayed chatter. Would you believe the sun has decided to reemerge now I shall be back at QVC… outrageous! The rain has been a trifle (understatement) dull, but let’s hope it all perks up – onward and upward. Onward and… all change is certainly the current feel in my house.
I guess this feeling is compounded by the celebrations as Maddie has completed primary school, the last of my three, and whilst I didn’t think I would feel too emotional I was knocked sideways by the reminiscing of the staff, in particular the wonderful school secretary who was my very first friendly face I met when I anxiously looked around all those years ago. Now the boys are at secondary school I realise how much Carol and Nancy and all the staff supported and cared about my children individually and us as a family – I shall really miss them.
Maddie on the other hand has sailed so happily through her wonderful heady last weeks of school, loving the confidence that year six brings, let alone the new found freedom. I’ve just said goodbye to her as she’s trotted off to meet her ‘gang’, gaily calling out “Love you, I’ll be back whenever… keep in touch!” as she swung out of the door. Hmmmmmmm, cheeky minx!
I thought you may like to share in a few of her lovely pictures with me. The first came about the other week as she was due to have braces fitted and I suddenly thought I would like to capture her just as she is, totally natural and unspoilt (as these days the layer of mascara and a tinted lip balm seem all too frequently secretly applied). So, after a super quick hair wash (she is a total Wen girl as has very similar hair to mine and loves how it feels when she has cleansed with Wen) we drove to my super talented friend Lindsey’s house, letting her hair dry naturally in the breeze. The resulting pictures are just what I wanted.
Lindsey and I remarked that she was easy to photograph as all too soon the pouty poses will come into play that the children all do on their Instagram accounts, so we had captured her just in time.
Lindsey and I used to dance together and she is now a super successful wedding photographer and I am lucky enough to have her shots of the children dotted around the house, which is pay back for the shoots I assist her on!
The second of the pictures is Maddie on her party night, the leavers disco (or as they all had been calling it the ‘prom’). The turnaround was speedy as the tradition is to have a water fight on the field after school, the ice cream van arrives in the playground and then the ‘get ready’ has to be done at speed, which is easier said than done, however the trusty Babyliss perfect curl was indeed my secret weapon and I even wove my treasured Honora Pearl floating necklace (that I wore on my wedding day) through the plait she had requested. Get me, hairdresser extraordinaire, not to mention kind Mummy.
She looked super and as we all congregated and photographed them all en masse, I remembered how grown up I thought Tom was when he was leaving, yet how quickly he grew and changed. Joe still looks as he did last year really, taller but still as slender. I wonder how quickly my baby girl will change again.
These next couple of pictures were taken a day apart, the first as she played the role of young Cossette in Les Miserables and as she sang her solo ‘Castle on a Cloud’ I felt a hand reach out and hold mine. Mummy had come to see her and Joe in the show and I think was as surprised as me that she was as good as she was (that sounds awful but she wouldn’t practice at home so to hear her voice was the most beautiful surprise) yes, I had a tear or two!
The next was taken the following day as she played Dorothy in her end of term school production, a very witty adaptation of ‘The Wizard of Oz’, she is waiting for her cue, looking like a true professional.
Both performances were truly fantastic and very emotional and left me wondering what she will do next. The answer came quickly as she successfully auditioned that weekend for Pantomime, so that’s our Christmas well and truly sorted (oh no it isn’t…oh yes it is….). Oh my goodness I cannot believe I just wrote that – sorry!
So as we have indulged in some Mummy and children time we have enjoyed the lack of time restraints and just chilled together and taken this opportunity to see friends who live too far to see regularly. I have just waved off our last house guests and realised this life of chatter, food and drink is super lovely and aren’t I lucky that my working life is really rather similar. I chatter, eat and drink all in the name of work most days!
My garden is looking truly inviting – my visitors are full of praise for Dan’s work, as you know I can claim none of that. His busyness continues at work, so aside from the transference of the pizza oven from one side of the garden to the new outside kitchen (still in process of being built) the platform of the tree house still remains a platform (I have high hopes that he will work his magic and the children dreams will come true). In the meantime the children are going to enjoy their chocolate trees sent to them by a client of Dan’s with this beautiful note…
“Thank you for loaning your Daddy to us to build our tree house, we hope you enjoy these sweet trees whilst you are waiting for yours.”
How gorgeous and thoughtful.
I must on that lovely note say bye bye for now so this can be posted up for you, I shall be seeing you over these next few days and looking forward to some lovely shows including Richard Jackson’s 2 hour special on the 1st at 9am and the premier show of Coco Bianco which I shall be presenting on Sunday 2nd which looks full of gorgeous prints and lovely handle, super fabrics, which I always appreciate.
So, look forward to seeing you all then and keeping up with you all here,