Where have the last twenty years gone? It seems impossible that over the next couple of days we will be celebrating not one but two 20th Anniversaries with QVC, Butler & Wilson and Tova, and they are both featuring on ‘Spotlight on Jewellery’ this evening at 6pm, along with Lisa Snowdon – glamour all the way!!
There have been many fabulous memories down the years but one of the absolute highlights of working with Simon Wilson has to be the trip to the Bahamas, broadcasting live from the Atlantis Resort on Paradise Island. Thanks to Simon and my colleague Nat Gray we have the proof!
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We did that show the day after I had stubbed my big toe in the swimming pool – I was in agony perched on those stools for two hours! What a fabulous location they found for us though with the view through the trees to the pool and beach beyond. I’m trying to remember if Simon did the ‘Leap of Faith’? I’ll have to ask him tonight. I was banned from doing anything remotely dangerous after the toe incident!
The 20th Anniversary shows are going to be a little different from usual so I hope you will be able to watch not only tonight at 6pm, but also Sunday and Monday at 2pm and 7pm. There are going to be a few trips down memory lane so watch out for the clothes and the hairstyles.
Talking of hairstyles, I thought you may also enjoy this video of some of Tova’s highlights from her twenty years with QVC UK.
Originally Tova brought us her cactine skin care range, which pre-dated both the fragrances and the Diamonique shows. Tova was really kind to my mum, giving her several pots of the balm from her range to help the healing process after my mum had her breast cancer operation and was undergoing radiotherapy. Mum and I have never forgotten her kindness. I’m really looking forward to seeing Tova for our show at 3pm today particularly as I was unable to go to her ‘do’ at The Ritz last night as I was on-air. It looked like a good time was had by all – hope she saved me some champagne and cake!
You’ll be pleased to hear that the chocolate cake I made for my mum’s birthday was very well received. I iced it Friday night after work, before crawling into bed, and it travelled safely in the car up to Nottingham. I posted this picture of my mum holding it, on Facebook, and she had an amazing one hundred plus well-wishing comments. She isn’t on Facebook, but I am going to print them all up for her to see, along with the picture which I think is gorgeous. She looks so well after a rough few years health-wise and nowhere near her 89 years… in my opinion.
She likes to have a little nap in the afternoon which gave me the opportunity to drop a few books into an independent book shop called ‘The Bookcase’, in nearby Lowdham. It’s not an area of Nottingham that I am particularly familiar with, but as we were driving along I recognised the place where mum and dad had bought a caravan from when I was about eleven! It’s amazing the things we remember!
I had also donated a book to West Bridgford library before we went to my mum’s for lunch. It has changed a lot since I was presented with my second prize in a story-writing competition when I was ten. I’m hoping to organise an event there soon so watch this space for more information.
Sunday saw Daniel and I head off to Selhurst Park for Crystal Palace’s first home game of the season. It was being televised but there is nothing like being at the ground. The pitch is looking pretty good and the new signings look promising. It was a good day out despite the loss to Arsenal. We were supposed to be having a barbecue when we got home but the weather wasn’t nice enough to eat outdoors – it was still enjoyable though.
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday have seen me hard at work writing the sequel to ‘Life’s a Beach and Then…’ called, ‘If He Really Loved Me’. My aim this week was for 10,000 words and I’m on 8,500 so far which I’m pretty pleased with. I’m loving the way the story is developing and can’t wait to share it with you. Do remember signed copies of my current book are now on the QVC website, item number 705211, if you’re still looking for a holiday read.
Time is pressing on so I need to finish shortly but not before I mention that today’s ‘Fashion on Friday’ at 5pm, is Biba. Very exciting, particularly if, like me, you remember it from the first time round. I’ll bet Simon Wilson does. Which reminds me, thanks to all of you who entered the Butler & Wilson competition. We had over 750 entries BUT there can only be one winner. Big congratulations to Karen Cockfield whose name was randomly selected by the social media team this morning!