It can’t be Friday again surely? This week has flown by.
Last Saturday, Sophie and I drove down to Bristol to help her brother with a bit of decorating… I had no idea what a hard task master he was going to be! We didn’t actually start with the paintbrushes and rollers until after lunch, as we had a small job to do first. How hard can putting up a curtain rail be?
Well, pretty tricky as it turned out. None of the three of us had ever done it before, but we were armed with written instructions from Chris. After doing all of the measuring up and making sure everything was level with the aid of a spirit level, I climbed the step ladder – drill in hand!
Having accidentally pressed the button before I was in contact with the wall, the kids took the drill off me and Dan did it. If I’m honest, I was relieved and much happier when it came to hanging the curtains.
Once that was up, we inflated my trusty Aerobed. What a great buy from QVC it has been. It has been used on numerous occasions as a quick put-you-up bed and, as chance would have it, we have an Aerobed Today’s Special Value on Sunday so you can try one out for yourself.
Following a light lunch, courtesy of the biggest Sainsbury’s I have ever been in, we painted solidly for five hours, interrupted only by the arrival of the Green Flag man. The electric window on the driver’s side of my car had jammed half closed and I didn’t relish a draughty drive back up the M4. He managed to almost close it, to within an inch of the top, but Sophie and I still had to have our coats zipped up against the draught and the CD player playing really loudly to cover the noise from the motorway.
We made a bit of noise of our own actually, singing along to Adele, amongst others, as conversation was virtually impossible.
All fixed now thanks to a great local garage, Mac’s Automobile Service, in nearby Windlesham.
So the painting was finished, two coats of the grey on the walls and we also managed to gloss one side of the lounge door – just as well really, as his new suite was due to be delivered on Wednesday. Sophie and I arrived home at half past eleven. I don’t know about her, but I was shattered!
Dan was working on Mother’s Day, as was I. No, I wasn’t at QVC, I started the edits on Alice in Theatreland. It’s a very laborious process, but one that has to be done to make the book the best it can be.
It has been a full-on six days to get it done but it’s almost there. I will put an excerpt on the blog on my website www.juliarobertsauthor.com on Monday if you are interested.
Sophie came round for dinner in the evening – spinach and walnut lasagne – and presented me with these beautiful flowers from the two of them, some Ferrero Rocher chocolates and my cards, which reduced me to tears as always! The flowers not only looked beautiful, they smelled beautiful too as they included my favourite: freesias.
Talking of things smelling lovely, I have been using the divine Sea Lavender and Samphire bath and shower milk from tomorrow’s Elemis Today’s Special Value. It is along the lines of British Botanicals, but less ‘herby’.
The whole Todays’ Special Value is less than the cost of the oxygenating night cream that is in the six piece collection. It is already on pre-order or you could join Keeley and me tomorrow morning at 11, or both!
I have been doing some QVC shopping myself this week… for Dan! I bought the garden loungers Today’s Special Value in grey and while I was at it, I got him some solar lights and garden planters… do you like the colours?!
I’ve also been trying out the new Dyson hairdryer. I have been asking the Dyson team about it for months, as I had heard good reviews. Well, now I have tried it and I must say I am very impressed. It is expensive at around £300 but, if you have thick hair like mine, it really does cut your drying time. Plus it has actual temperature controls and a maximum temperature so your hair won’t be exposed to excessive amounts of heat, which could potentially damage your hair.
My Fashion on Friday today is Together, one of my favourite fashion ranges at QVC. I also have fashion tomorrow with Join at midday and Adesso footwear at 2pm. For those of you who are fans of our fashion here is the link for next week’s Look of the Week.
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Also, if you love Disney, you won’t want to miss the Danielle Nicole show on Sunday at 4pm with me, particularly if you’re a fan of the new Beauty and the Beast film. Here’s the film’s pretty rose bag, semi precious ring, and lovely pendant with ‘beauty is found within’ engraved.
Have a great weekend,