This week – the winner of the Julie Cohen novel competition, plus…
– Gardening season begins! Richard Jackson's ranunculus gets special treatment…(!)
– The Wotton Hunt spectacular – 21st century style
– Debbie Does Dating – the saga continues
– And Happy Mother's Day to my lovely mum
– Plus, QVC bloopers – Andrew from Gatineau comes over all unecessary, and Catherine the model's howler on Pearls by Diamonique show!
Now if you're a regular to my blogs, you'll know that just sometimes I surprise myself with my ability to grow some stuff. And not kill it. So the words 'perennial' and 'hardy' have a special place in my heart!
So Wednesday night's show with Richard Jackson our gardening expert prompted me to firstly buy some fab One Time Only dianthus (can't kill 'em, the man said!), and also to hear all about some clever tips for dealing with slugs, and how the plant food has been a runaway success. I've started using it on my meagre tubs and borders but the plan is this year to have a very pretty garden. What's your plan?
Richard also wanted to point out that firstly his weekly blog page is packed full of info about the gardening year with lots of how to's and advice, including, in his latest blog, all about his ranunculus (ooer missus! Lol). And also that on Friday (16th) he's got two very special shows – Garden Re-Leaf – in aid of a charity dear to his heart. So do join him at 3pm and 11pm if you can!
Wotton Hunt spectacular
OMG, one of the highlights of my week was all of a sudden, when my pal Jo and I were walking the dogs, we heard a horn blow, and sensed a change in the atmosphere. It became charged – more electric – I can't explain it – except to say that it was one of the most amazing sights I've ever beheld, and so unexpected deep within the woods in Wotton.
Their pack was so well behaved, the horses were splendid, the outfits were stunning,and the whole thing is so much more than I'd ever expected from anything I'd ever seen on the telly. And I didn't even have to get on my high horse (excuse the pun!) about chasing foxes 'cos they don't do that any more, as you well know. So all in all, a superb experience and it makes me so grateful to live in the country! It may well count as my TiFFT for March! We'll see if I can find anything to beat it!
Debbie does dating update-ish!
OK, so I'm not discussing any of the latest developments in depth – suffice it to say there have been some! In fact, one date took me right back, due to a certain joke about where he would take me on the first date – he said this particular restaurant, thinking it was funny, so I made him take me there!
Luckily enough there's one in Dorking High Street (see EAT below). You can see his hands in the pic below, but I'm keeping him to myself for now – I promised I wouldn't tempt fate, if you recall, by sharing any news too soon – and until there's a retraction, it'll stay that way! Hehe! Let me know also if you have any developments your end!
And Happy Mother's Day…
…to all mums out there, but particularly my mummy Lesley. Here's a cool 'bunch of flowers' – cupcake style – for all of you hard-working mothers out there, and a special big hug and a kiss to my own mum, who seems to get younger every year!
See what I mean! It wasn't even taken that long ago!
Have a lovely relaxing Sunday – if you can! I'm off to Center Parcs for a few days to unwind, and I'm hoping to get some more writing done. Enjoy your weekend however you spend it! Back on air on Saturday 24th.
1) Andrew from Gatineau made us laugh on my last show with him when he began talking about not getting away enough – enjoy this little leg pull!
Serve him right for trying on a sob story! Lol. Love him to bits!
2) And Catherine the model stole the show on my Pearls by Diamonique show late last Friday – a great way to begin my four days off, and a real laugh we had! Thanks for all your compliments on Facebook and on here – if you saw it, let me know what you thought by leaving me a comment below! Hope we can do it again sometime – she's fab! Here's a taster as to what everyone was liking!
– Well done to Leo Robertson, the winner of the book competition to receive a signed copy of Julie Cohen's 'The Summer of Living Dangerously'! And thanks to the 40 or so people who entered – I've left some replies on the relevant blog! Another author interview coming next month.
– Just had to mention this week that my bezzie pal Craigy met his 'little brother' when Marcus Collins from the X Factor came in on Monday to promote his album and talk to Jilly. Craig was made up! You can see it in his face, bless him! Lovely guy, Marcus apparently.
– Went to have an Elemis facial in Guildford – and a back rub with some amazingly relaxing hot stones – corrr what a treat! You know me, I love any type of pampering, and this was very memorable indeed! Even though the therapist had asbestos hands as some of the stones were very hot!
– On Saturday I went to my first writing group on the invitation of Chris from the Arvon writing retreat I went to in Inverness last August. If you recall the blog, he played the 'hero' of my novel when it was my turn to read it out!
His London pals meet every few months, and it was great to revisit some of my work, which they kindly critiqued and seemed to like – roll on next week and I'll get stuck into finishing my first novel once and for all!
– Here's a little teaser I found in our local freebie Gazette – thought it was quite interesting, so I've included it here! See if you can guess the correct answer before looking at my P.S. below for the solution! Then leave me a comment below to tell me what your guess was! Did you get it first time?!
– How would you fancy having this view from the restaurant of your workplace!? Well it’s not far off that from our new dressing room area in the new studio complex! I went on the Grand Tour this week – and very nice it is too! More nearer the time we move for good (June).
– And finally, the 'Solo Cougar's Survival kit' #13 – Skype! What a great way to get to know someone, without even having to step foot outside! Especially handy when you finally get to see someone face-to-face, having spoken for hours on the phone, or PM'd (private messaged) on Facebook about 1200 times! Or both… 😉 What are your dating stories – has Skype come in handy? Or do you always recommend meeting face-to-face straight away?
And also thought it'd be nice to include this saying too – since it's Mental Health Awareness Week – or was – following up from my little piece on Marian Keyes' article, a few blogs back, I had some fabulous responses and shares on Facebook, and my thoughts are again with anyone going through it. You are indeed, not alone.
WATCH – best film this week – 'Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close' – Hanks, B ullock and a new child star Thomas Horn give a heart-wrenching tale of hope following loss – so good, I can't tell you any more, other than please see it even if only for the breathtaking scene somewhere in the middle where the healing power of self-discovery leaves you suitably 'up', so it's worth all those tissue moments to get there – do take a box tho'! Excellent performances and an unpredictable plot made this a good 8.75 out of ten for me! What did you think?
A couple of other films I watched this week – 'The Ghost' (Brosnan, Kim Cattrell and Ewan McGregor – all with awful accents) and a couple of plot holes – 4 out of ten – lowest for a long time. Followed by 'Year One' – I love Jack Black but had to 'abort' (something I rarely ever do, but life's too short to watch 'eating poo' scenes, even if it was set in the Stone Age!), as I just wasn't in the mood to give them the leeway to wait for it to get better. A mildly amusing romp if you've got teenage kids I'm sure, but 4.5 out of ten. Let me know if you disagreed tho' – I'm always interested.
EAT – OK, so as mentioned above, it was a Wimpy meal this week that takes centre stage for my EAT section of the blog! So it was a nostalgia trip all the way, but what can I say?! It had to be done, and to be honest, the chicken and chips and salad meal was actually very nice! Retro dining, courtesy of a British fast food original!
QVC – a couple of things to look out for this week:
– Diamonique Veronese Today's Special value – you'll have seen us all wearing it? Well watch on Sunday night and through Monday for this pretty floral piece.
– Nails Inc TSV from midnight on Tuesday 20th and through Wednesday – one of the nicest sets of colours I've seen in ages on a nails pack – including the amazing metallic purple I've been wearing on my fingers and the snazzy metallic bronze on my toes! Plus magnetics – cool!
This week I are been mostly using – my Grip To Me Hangers! I love the cascading ones – it allows me to do my 'Great Sort Out' with ease – and this pack is really brilliant value – you get 60 mixed ones – and they have the little hooks with which you can save space too. So whilst I'm still sorting out my wardrobe, my 'floor-drobe' has become a 'door-drobe'! Ace!
Next week – an update on my Center Parcs break – will my 'date' pop down to see me?… And an interesting Friday night seminar in London all about how eating raw foods can help your body stay healthy – have a great week and speak soon!
P.S. The answer to the 'How Many F's' teaser was 6! The brain doesn't usually see the 'F' in 'of'!! How did you get on? Let me know below!