I know, I know!!! I promised!! But my 'Internet Everywhere' dongle thing was refusing to play ball on Friday, and so it was 'Internet Nowhere'! There was my blog, with the news you've been waiting for, but no way of sending it to my loyal editor! Bloomin' internet… about as useful as a pair of holdups with loose elastic!
And talking of irritating incidents, I narrowly avoided an equally unattractive happening on Friday night, just prior to my hour with Mr. Glen Campbell. Having removed my rather small pair of drawers, and replaced them with of a pair of opaque tights (reinforced gusset don't you know), I was striding through our presenter lounge area, completely oblivious to the fact that said 'drawers' were delicately looped around the 4" heel on one of my shoes!!
Had they not have been a rather shocking purple colour, they may have remained unnoticed until I'd have been stood standing there next to Mr. Campbell! Luckily I spotted them and had approximately 30 secs in which to secrete them about my person, in such a way so as not to be noticed. That's why Glen was smirking at the top of the show, and I was a tad flustered :)
Of course, all that pales into insignificance, when mentioned on the same page as "The News You've All Been Waiting For…."!!!
The news you've been waiting for…
Lucy got engaged to her lovely man Richard, and the wedding is to be next November!! YAY Such wonderful news and so perfect for them both. Not a dry eye in the house when she told me – over the phone from the restaurant where he'd just proposed – and she even sent me a photo of her ring, through her mobile phone! It's a beautiful pear-shaped opal surrounded by diamonds and set in white gold. Her birthstone and it looks just stunning on her finger.
I have of course seen them both since then, and it's terrific to see them so happy. They've known eachother for almost 18 months, and I liked Richard on sight. He's a professional musician and teaches and plays drums for a living. He plays in a rock band, a jazz band and a covers band, and having been to one of his gigs, I can tell you, he's awesome Not just that, but he's kind, considerate, generous, and loves my daughter :) Happy days…
Lucy, being the incredibly well organised girlie that she is, has already chosen/designed her invites, place settings, bouquet and cake, and they have been to check out the venue for the BIG day this weekend. I'm not saying any more than that it's by the sea, and looks like something out of a Rosamunde Pilcher novel :)
I'd spent an evening with her just a week before, and I know she was unaware that he was planning such a surprise. She was happy then, but now she sort of glows :) Listening to her talking about him and how he proposed, and all that they have planned is so exciting… and yet it's strange to think of my little girl, all grown up, and even talking about having children of her own one day… how amazing will that be?! It's like getting a second chance to have that incredibly special time back again… even if only occasionally
Now for the dress…
There is of course one other major thing that Lucy hasn't decided on yet, and that's the dress. Well, on Saturday she'd arranged for me and her best friend Mel to go with her to have a look at the kind of styles and designs out there… and let me tell you, the choice is incredible!! Of course it's all well and good looking at some fabulously floaty number on a hanger, but I truly wasn't prepared to see my daughter step out from behind a velvet curtain wearing one.
For a moment time stood completely still, and as I looked at this vision before me, looking so beautiful in cream taffetta, for a split second I saw her standing in her little sailor dress with her brown hair all curls around her neck, and her little arms reaching up towards me for a cuddle. Mel passed me a tissue bless her, and all was well… what on earth will I be like on the day itself!
We didn't make a decision about the dress there and then, but have made an appointment to go back in a fortnight, and try on several more… and then there's the bridesmaids' dresses, and my outfit, and of course a hat!!
Fire and ice!
Lucy and I had actually been wearing a lot less than that a few days earlier when I treated her to a 'fire and ice' experience for her birthday at a spa not a million miles away. What a corking night out! From lying on hot stones, to freezing cold showers, then a salt steam room, then a dry heat sauna, then an ice room (where you actually rub ice on yourself – if you feel brave enough) back to a crystal steam room, where the ceiling has tiny lights in so it feels as though you're dying of heat somewhere tropical where there's no light pollution.
I didn't like the bucket of cold water that can be tipped on you by pulling the chain to the side of it – VERY difficult not to swear out loud at that point, but I LOVED the jet pool, which has a huge number of extremely strong jets of water which pummel away at you, and are strong enough to actually keep you on the surface of the water.
There was one slightly hysterical moment – in a funny way – when I noticed in one of the steam rooms, a length of pipe attached to the wall, with a notice saying EMERGENCY just above it. I motioned to it, and said to Lucy that it was very sensible to have a way of communicating with the staff incase anyone got a fit of the vapours because of the heat! Lucy looked a little puzzled, and I explained that it was one of those talking tubes that you have on a ship, for when the Captain needs to tell the bosun he's got to pop up on the poop deck or something equally pressing…
Well she fell about laughing, and then showed me that the pipe was actually attached to a tap, so that you could spray cold water on someone if they overheated!! I was glad we were alone in our crystal steam room, laughing like hyenas, until it was time for our pasta supper…
So there you have it – albeit a little later than I intended – excellent news eh?? Perhaps it's made you remember your own engagement, or indeed wedding day… let's share memories
Hope you have a wonderful week, and I'll look forward very much to hearing from you.
Love Ali xx