How was your Valentine's Day? I hope it was a bit better than mine. I was looking forward to it, even though my partner Chris and I were both working. I had treated Chris to a new coat as a joint Anniversary and Valentine's present and he had treated me to a Moschino handbag I had spotted in the sales. I'm not normally a 'designer handbag' type of a girl, but I really liked this one as it had hearts and the word 'LOVE' written all over it.
My day didn't start well as I had developed a dreadful cough the night before which meant I had about an hour's sleep. As the day wore on it became apparent that I would not be able to go into QVC for my 9pm Butler & Wilson show as I couldn't string three words together without coughing. Chris went off to work, I cooked a light dinner of omelette and vegetables and then went to bed.
And there I stayed for two days!!! This is most unlike me but the flu bug had got me good and proper and I just couldn't say awake for more than an hour. Chris is a very attentive 'nurse' but I am an awful patient. I felt so bad I didn't want to talk, much less eat… wasn't it Marlene Dietrich who famously said, "I just vant to be alone". Well I was doing a good impression of Marlene!
By Sunday I had rallied a bit but Chris' constant popping his head round the bedroom door to ask 'how I was' was starting to niggle me, so I very politely asked him if he would mind leaving me alone. He looked a little hurt but disappeared off downstairs and didn't reappear… at all. I had a bath, and by this time it was nearly lunchtime and I hadn't even had any breakfast. I was starting to feel really hungry but still no sign of Chris.
I couldn't call down the stairs because I had a sore throat and no voice, so I sent him a text message (see pic above),"Toast please upstairs"! Fortunately he had his phone on and fortunately he saw the funny side of it as 5 minutes later he arrived with a tray laden with orange juice and buttered toast… I am a lucky girl.
Fortunately I will get another bite of the cherry, as will you if you also missed it, as we have a two hour Fashion on Friday this week looking back on the event with Lesley Ebbetts.
I also have Pilates this Sunday, if I have the strength to get on the machine! I love Pilates so much that it is a chapter in my book, and it is certainly the form of exercise that has kept me as supple and strong as when I was a dancer.
I was toying with the idea of giving you an excerpt from that chapter but decided instead to opt for a piece from chapter 74, the number of Butler & Wilson pieces of jewellery I own. I thought you might find this amusing:
"We had established our friendship before QVC asked Simon if he would fly out to the Bahamas for a live broadcast we were doing from the ‘Atlantis Resort’ on Paradise Island in the Bahamas. He arrived with his assistant, Anna, who still works for him, looking very bronzed. I remarked on his fabulous tan and he simply said,
“ St. Tropez darling.”
I assumed he had been on his holiday before coming out to do the show. I did start to think it was a little odd that Simon had such a great tan and yet I never saw him sitting in the sun, he was always in the shade.
Even stranger was while the rest of us were developing a bronzed glow, Simon seemed to be getting paler and paler. That would be the St. Tropez fake tan gradually fading. He hadn’t been on a holiday to St. Tropez at all!!!!!"
You can still find the book on Advanced Order online before I go on air with it on March 4th. But now time to announce the winner of last week's competition… it's Christine from Hampshire – congrats! I will be sending you your prize at the beginning of March. For everyone else, here's your third chance to win a personally signed copy.
Simply answer the following question: There is an exercise in Pilates which is a number, which chapter in my book does it correspond with?
To enter, email your answer with your full name and address to email@example.com before next Thursday (28th). We won't be able to publish any answers that get posted here or they will give the answer away! I will reveal the winner next Friday in my blog and the winning prizes will all be sent out at the beginning of March when the stock is delivered to our warehouse. Good luck!
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