Isn’t it funny how sometimes a number seems to crop up in your life repeatedly. For me, that number of late has been 22.
Last Tuesday was the 22nd September and, as you’ll know if you read the week before last’s blog, it was World CML Day. I still don’t have the final figure for the amount we raised with the book on the day, but I will keep you posted. Speaking of which, Michele Hope sent me this picture during the week of her on holiday in Spain – she was halfway through and had just got to the bit about the bareback horse ride on the beach on Helios (for those of you who have read the book), which she was loving as she adores horses! She is back on QVC this Sunday, but sadly I’m not on with her this time.
I mentioned a couple of weeks ago about my apple tree having lots of apples on it. Well, we picked them over the weekend and guess what? Yes, there were exactly 22 apples! I haven’t had chance to do any baking yet, but I’m feeling a Dorset Apple Cake, Apple Crumble and a couple of Apple Pies coming on! Or I could just be healthy and eat them raw or juice them!
Whilst on the subject of my garden, I took some time out of my busy writing schedule to position the Japanese Anemones that Chris had bought from the garden centre. We only managed to get one white and the rest pink but already they are giving some much needed colour and I look forward to them spreading.
Today, as you’ve probably realised, is QVC’s birthday and we are… 22!! It hardly seems possible that this time 22 years ago we were about to go live for the first time. Thanks so much to those of you who have stayed the course with us (it’s been quite a journey) and welcome to those of you who have only just discovered us. I’m on air today at 3pm with Clarks, 5pm with SBC (one of our longest-standing beauty brands) and 6pm with Honora Pearls. I hope they will have saved me some of the birthday cake that they cut in the Morning Show!
Then, on the 22nd October, it is Post Polio Syndrome Day. As an ambassador for British Polio, I will be attending the event in Cardiff and I have also been requested to ask my connections at Crystal Palace football club if they could help us launch a fashion collection. It is designed by a lady called Aleah Leigh and we’ll be using football items (such as boot studs) to help raise awareness of the condition, which affects more people in the UK than Parkinson’s Disease.
Palace have very kindly agreed for us to show the collection at half-time during the home game against West Ham on 17th October. I had asked my friend, Crystal Palace goalkeeper, Julian Speroni, if he would mind posing for some pictures with us which he happily agreed to do yesterday at the training ground. I also managed to grab former player and now first team coach, John Salako.
I know footballers get a lot of bad press but a lot of the ones I’ve come into contact with are just really nice people who happen to be very talented. I don’t have any pictures yet and I don’t want to spoil things by telling you what my dress is like, but I will put it on here next week.
Incidentally, 22nd October is also the release date for Jackie Kabler’s first novel, The Dead Dog Day, which I am really looking forward to reading.
So, it brings me to my major news of the week. On Tuesday evening I finished writing ‘If He Really Loved Me…’ (the sequel to Life’s a Beach and Then…), all 81,000 words, and sent it to my copy editor, so it looks like I am still on course for November publication. Maybe I should choose 22nd November?!
I hope you will join us for the Breast Cancer Care show tomorrow at 6pm on QVC.
Have a great weekend,