I haven’t been to Selhurst Park as much as I would have liked this season but I made up for it last week with two visits in two days. Sunday was the last game of the season and we were playing Swansea. My son, Daniel, had come up from Swansea on Saturday, after coaching his young Swans, so we were all able to go. I’m delighted to say that Palace clinched a 1 – 0 victory, which meant that we climbed to tenth in the table, the first top-half finish for us in the Premier League.
After the Swansea fans had left the stadium, the team, plus various members of their families, came back onto the pitch for the traditional thank you to the fans… most clubs are very envious of the support that Palace fans give their team. Fortunately we were close to pitch-side so my daughter, Sophie, was able to snap this picture of Jason Puncheon sucking his baby’s dummy!
We may have been close to pitch-side on Sunday but the seats were nowhere near as comfortable as those we had on Tuesday night. Daniel had gone back to Swansea so sadly missed a fantastic evening. We had VIP seats in the Director’s Box as a thank you for co-hosting an evening with Julian Speroni back in January as part of the celebrations for his testimonial year.
So often in professional football we only hear about greed and misbehaviour when it comes to the players but Julian Speroni, Palace’s goalie for more than ten years, is probably the nicest man in football. As proof of this, most of the first team, including Zaha, Bolasie, Puncheon and Ward, had delayed going off on holiday to play the first half of the testimonial game against Dundee, whose line-up included Charlie Adam.
Julian started his career in the UK with Dundee and I must say it was fabulous that so many of their fans made the long journey to make this such a special night for Jules. The second half of the game saw a number of substitutions. It was so good to see the likes of John Salako, Aki Riihilahti and Clinton Morrison back in a Palace shirt. They all played most of the second half along with our current manager, Alan Pardew. Truly a brilliant evening and to top it all Julian is giving all the money raised to charity – well done, Jules!
Once again my days off from QVC have been packed. As well as visiting Palace, doing some gardening and baking, and making the final preparations for the paperback version of my book (more on that later), we have also had to move out of our bedroom temporarily as we are finally having some wardrobes fitted. We have been without wardrobes since Daniel moved out last July, taking his wardrobe that we had been using with him. All mine and Chris’s clothes have been hung on rails – not ideal on a number of levels. I’ve mentioned before that we live in a little Victorian cottage so we are having wardrobes built into the recesses either side of the chimney breast.
While we were at it, we decided to re-instate the fireplace as a focal point and last Friday Chris drove down to Newport in Wales, not far from where Dan is in Swansea actually, to pick up a fireplace we had found on eBay. Everything was going to plan, including the delivery of the wardrobes on Tuesday from a very well-known bedroom furniture supplier who had better remain nameless because of what happened next.
We had to move all our furniture, including standing our bed on end to give the fitters room to work. That was okay as we’re sleeping in Daniel’s old room and he’s not due back for his summer break until Saturday and the fitters were going to be here yesterday and today.
You guessed it – the well-known company in question rang on Wednesday to say they had no fitters available and with no re-scheduled date! Funny how they waited to tell me this until after I had paid a large chunk of the money! After several phone-calls with customer services and a not-very-complimentary shout-out on Twitter, they are supposed to be coming on Monday – fingers crossed!
Speaking of Twitter, if any of you are on it and have been experiencing problems leaving comments on my blog please tweet and let me know – we’ve had a few gremlins in the works, I’m afraid, but we are trying to fix it.
Well, I went back to the osteopath for my second treatment on Wednesday. This time I was fully prepared with my bikini bottoms rather than knickers – typical, this time I only had to take my top off! He did some massage and manipulation and things are starting to feel much better, although not completely back to normal. He did say I was doing all the right things to aid recovery, particularly Pilates.
I was really sad to miss Marjolein last weekend on QVC but at least I had the pleasure of working with Keeley yesterday as Elemis celebrate twenty years of being on QVC. There are more anniversary shows today and tomorrow, which you won’t want to miss as there are some real bargains.
Speaking of tomorrow, I have the finale of Jewellery Month from 6 – 8pm. Where on earth has May gone? I can’t believe it is June on Monday, which means my birthday is looming. I will be entering my 60th year on June 10th and on next week’s blog I will be asking you for suggestions for sixty things for me to do for the first time over the course of the year. There will be a prize for the three best so get your thinking caps on!
While I have been writing this I have been waiting (somewhat nervously) for UPS to turn up with the first proof copy of the paperback of ‘Life’s a Beach and Then…’ Thank you to all of you who have said very complimentary things about it on Twitter and my Facebook page – please feel free to leave reviews on Amazon if you get a moment, there are seven already and they are all four or five stars so I’m a very happy bunny.
If it arrives before I leave for work I will add a picture, if not it will be on next week’s blog (*STOP PRESS* – I had to leave for work but Chris has sent this picture of a recent delivery!). Jackie Kabler is the latest presenter to have finished it while she is away on holiday – I think she may mention it on her next blog. If all is okay with the proof you will be able to order it, if you would like, from bookshops and Amazon prior to publication on June 19th – crikey, that’s only three weeks away!
See you over the weekend.