Sitting as I am at the moment I can see a beautiful full moon! It was ever present on my journey back from Lucy’s tonight, and if I’d not been driving, I would have taken a photograph as it was huge! I checked out the symbolism of a full moon, and apparently it is the opportunity to start anew and refresh your dreams and desires.
I know that for some, this month is going to be harder than others, and with that in mind I wanted to mention Debz who’s companion of 19 years ‘Ainzley’ passed in January. I realise how much her stories meant to us all, from the responses she has had on the blog, and I hope that each day gets a little easier for you Debz. I also hope that Jilly and Annie, Alpa, Una, Liz and Sue are all well… we miss you.
I’ve spent the day with Honey, as Lucy and Simon were to have been attending a funeral, but Lucy has been poorly with a sickness bug, so I came to look after Honey and her mum! Honey is nearly 10 months old, and ate her lunch beautifully, and so having made sure Lucy was comfortable, we went out for a long walk – well I walked, and Honey slept! We played and sang once we were home, and after she’d demolished another mummy made dinner, Dad took over and I headed home. She is on the verge of walking, and the picture (above left) is her attempting the stair gate! Lucy and Simon are going to need eyes in the back of their heads!!!
Colin and I seem to be working opposite ends of the day at present, but it’s all in a good cause. I’m excited to tell you that his second Sonny Walters album is due for release very soon, and he has written some great original tracks. There’s more depth to many of the stories, and I felt particularly blessed when he played a special song he had written for me “I Know She’s Mine”. It made me cry the first time I heard it, and I’d love to share it with you, so once it’s completed, I’ll post it up for you.
Because we’ve been like ships that pass in the night, and also because I was due to be working on Valentine’s Day this year, Colin very kindly organised a night out for us on Friday 12th February, and having instructed me to pack an overnight bag, he got back from the studios around 4pm and drove us into London. Hard to believe it’s been two years since he proposed to me on Valentine’s Day, at the Grand Hotel in Brighton!
Well this year he had booked us into a lovely hotel in Victoria – how’s this for a chandelier! (pictured above right), From there we took a taxi to The Wellesley on the edge of Hyde Park Corner. They play jazz there on Friday nights, and we had dinner reservations too – a seven course taster menu which was incredible! There was the option to have a different wine with each course, but as I was wearing a very tight dress and incredibly high heels, I didn’t feel that was an option for me…!
The inevitable visit to the ladies room would take some negotiating around the number of tables in this dimly lit room, and I didn’t want to let myself down! : ) A musical trio provided our entertainment for the night – piano, double bass and a female vocalist – and they were amazing! It couldn’t have been more romantic, and we had a wonderful time.
I had a couple of days off after that, but he was back to the studio, so I put on my walking shoes and headed out. Having lived in Berkshire for the last three years, I am getting a little more familiar with all the bridleways and country lanes, and I had a wonderful 12.18km walk in the sunshine on Monday last week. The trouble I’d been having with my right knee has been almost eliminated thanks to a terrific physio at the Drummond Clinic, and what with my Aeropilates I’m getting stronger each week.
Actually my friend Jo was so inspired by my renewed energy and flexibility that she also bought an Aeropilates and is getting on famously with it! She’s had several knee operations but has found this to be excellent. A very familiar landmark in Berkshire is of course Windsor Castle, and Colin and I set off up the Long Walk through the Great Park last Sunday. We took these photos at the opposite end to the Castle, right up by an amazing Copper statue of King George 3rd sitting astride his horse. Although it was a very grey day, it was incredibly mild, and we managed a good 10km before getting back to the car.
Having enjoyed quite a few days away from work, I will of course be back at 9pm tonight for an hour of Diamonique. I’m also very excited to tell you that we are working on some changes to the show’s format, involving new designs, new cuts, topical events, and a special pick from me each week! If you want to be ahead of the game, keep in touch with me on Twitter @alikqvc as well, as I’m often able to let you know about special offers in advance! Talking of which, this stunning East West Champagne coloured Diamonique ring (above top) is going to be in the show tonight (I’ve already ordered mine!) and there is a beautiful openwork twist ring too (above)!
Along with a stunning dress watch (above top) and a truly original pair of the ever-popular earclimbers (above) we are planning to preview as much as we can prior to the Diamonique TSV with Dale at midnight tonight. Let me know if there’s anything YOU’D like to see on a Thursday, and I’ll do my level best to get it! I’m at the Q on Saturday and Sunday too, and am very much looking forward to working with Mally again – it’s been far too long – see what’s coming up from her this weekend!
Thanks so much for your lovely comments this last week or so – it’s been great to catch up, and I hope you’ll have a few moments for me this week too : ) ! I promise as always, I’ll write back.
Take care, with my love,