I’m just sitting here debating whether to put the heating on or not, as from my relaxed position I can still see the sunshine colouring the leaves, although there is a definite nip in the air! Autumn is finally here, but then we’ve been celebrating Christmas since Friday on QVC! : )
Thanks very much as always for your responses to last month’s blog, and also to all those of you who donated so generously to our Breast Cancer Care fundraising evening. As you’re probably aware we made an enormous sum of money for the charity, and I was so pleased to yet again be a part of it. Jackie and Miceal did a sterling job of presenting the main show, and Chloe and Will provided fabulous support on the donation lines and with all the social media. I had the chance to meet some really wonderful and brave women, and we were all in agreement that Breast Cancer Care can, and do make all the difference to people in our situation.
It was also a real treat to see so many of our guests there, and we are indebted to them for their generosity in providing us with so many fabulous products for you to purchase. I was thrilled to know that once again the ‘I Hope’ pendant and ring sold out, so maybe I will have to come up with a new design for next year’s fundraiser?!
And while on the subject of designs, I am delighted to be able to tell you that we finally have a set of the Diamonique wedding jewellery I designed for my special day – earrings and necklace – as a prize for you! I’ve set a simple competition for you at the end of this blog. The value of the set is £142 and I hope that it’s something that would make someone somewhere very happy. : )
I’ve had plenty of reasons to smile over the last few weeks – as my back felt so much better, we were able to enjoy one of our fabulous wedding presents. QVC’s delightful Northern Nights guest Susie Adams, and her husband Richard, treated us to a Champagne Tea at the Wolseley Piccadilly! The Wolseley is such a beautiful old building which began its life as a car showroom for Wolseley Motors, and then as a branch of Barclays Bank between 1927 and 1999. This picture was taken inside the restaurant and the atmosphere was absolutely splendid! I would highly recommend it as a treat : ) Thank you Susie and Richard ❤
We decided to make a night of it, and got last-minute tickets to see the show ‘Sinatra – The Man and His Music’ at the London Palladium afterwards. The Sinatra show was also fabulous too. A really innovative production involving high-tech multi-media screens that placed Frank right there on stage alongside a 24-piece orchestra and a troupe of great dancers. There wasn’t one song I didn’t recognise, and the orchestra were superb. It was as though Ol’ Blue Eyes was truly back with us – in voice, image and spirit if not in person.
We were amongst the last to leave and just as we headed towards the exit, two lovely ladies – Lauren and Melissa – came over to speak to us. They were both avid QVC and Sinatra fans, so we had a lot in common. It’s so nice when I get the chance to meet you, and we can have a chat – a great end to a great night. We did think about stopping for a burger on the way home, but had eaten so many delicious sandwiches, scones and cakes we had no room even for a bag of chips! : )
Whilst on the subject of cake, I spent last Friday putting together a rather large Victoria Sandwich cake for my daughter Lucy, as her man Simon had planned a surprise party for her 30th birthday! Where have the years gone? Now she’s all grown up with a baby of her own, and Honey was joined on this occasion by all Lucy’s friends who have babies much the same age. I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many tiny babies together in one place at one time!
They were all remarkably well behaved and I got plenty of cuddles with as many of them as I could : ). Luckily Jack and Sam were also able to come, along with my sister Jenny and Linda, Ros and Chris, and many more friends and close family. It was a really fabulous afternoon and evening, and there were plenty of us including six-year-old Henry, throwing a few shapes on the dance floor that night!
Of course there have been plenty of reasons to celebrate at work too, as Christmas has officially begun, and we have got some great shows coming up over the next few months. I’m back tonight with Diamonique at 9pm, and in that hour you can see our beautiful Christmas ring set with a stunning simulated sea green diamond, and surrounded in the halo design, with clear stones. It comes in its very own Christmas packaging, and is a steal at under £23.
Then at midnight I will have a terrific TSV from one of your favourite footwear brands, Skechers! Never mind shoes and boots, our TSV is a beautifully constructed comfortable, truly warm and wearable, snuggly pair of slippers! Complete with a soft, knitted outer and faux fur inside, I can’t wait to slip my feet inside them on Thursday – hope you can cosy up with me!
And so to our competition! I am returning to our Seasonal Sound theme, so bear in mind the time of year, and listen carefully, and I will look forward with interest to hearing what you think this noise is! : ) The prize as already mentioned is the Diamonique necklace and earrings (pictured above), but added to that is this T-shirt, designed by Savannah Miller, that I signed and wore to raise funds and awareness for The Haven.
In case you didn’t see last month’s blog, The Haven offer anyone with a diagnosis of breast cancer a sanctuary. Complementary therapies, support, advice and understanding are there for those of us who need it, and they were a huge help to me in the early days. I hope if you win it you’ll wear it with pride.
Just listen to the sound clip below, and then write in the comments what you think it could be! You will have until midday on Thursday 22nd October to enter, and then a winner will be randomly selected. Don’t forget to add your email address in the field below (it won’t be published).
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