Second, several birthdays to celebrate this week, including my lovely girlie Lauren, whom I went to see in Bath.
Third, some fab recommendations for dining out if you're in London… including bringing the outside inside, dining al fresco with Craig.
Wakeboarding – OMG – what a great choice of voucher that was! It was another 'daily deal' as they call them (see recent blog for list of places to sign up to, if you'd like to get daily emails about discounted events and special adventures too).
And it was partly for my mate Nigel's birthday, so he came along too. Now as you'll see from the clip below – I managed to stay up some of the time, even though I did swallow or inhale half the lake! I think it's the first time I've ever had a nasal douche! Lol.
Now I've never wakeboarded before, and no, I've never waterskied, nor skateboarded. Not properly. Yes, I've skied, but that's a bit different – you don't get wet!
Now before anyone says anything, no it's not a rubber suit, it's neoprene! You can imagine some of the strange comments I had on Facebook about this outfit!! Lol. After several passes being pulled along on the cablebit like a ski lift, I managed to actually stay up on my feet for a whole length – once the cable guy told me to bend my front leg as well as push my hips forward a bit. But on the fifth attempt, everything was starting to give way…!
Nige was ace, he used to wakeboard and is a skateboarder (natch!!) and it was absolutely scintillating fun, but so sooooooooooo tiring!
We were virtually wobbling all the way home, and four days later, my under arms and lats and shoulders are killing me!! I'd recommend it though, and if anyone wants to find out more, Google 'quayside wakeboarding' along the M3 at Mychett.
Happy birthday Lolly
Second major event of the week was my lovely daughter's 22nd birthday. She's now a hotel receptionist and living in Bath with her nice postman boyfriend Nick, who took good care of her with lots of surprises and a home made cake! The outside coating was meringue, not buttercream – very innovative!
It was lovely to go see her, give her her new bridge camera (the 30x zoom Fuji one that was a TSV) which she loved and a silver ring with butterflies on (that was an OTO!) and take her and Nick to lunch at Patisserie Valerie in Bath. Wonderful to catch up and have a lovely Lolly-hug!
And I have to say a happy birthday to my policeman bruvva Del Boy too – pictured here with my sis Linda recently at The Weir near Walton. Another highly recommended eating place! And very picturesque right next to the Thames. Try it!
Bringing the outside in…
The culinary delights continued when I went to sample the fayre at the Cross Keys pub in Chelsea with my lovely mate, fellow presenter Craig – HIS TREAT! He is lovely.
I think we may have a first here, 'cos he was videoing me videoing him videoing the restaurant and he will also blog about it! Lol. Basically a meal for two was a fraction of the cost (yes you’ve guessed it, another voucher!) for instance, the mouth-watering scallops – usually £9.50.
Gorgeous main courses – I had bream, and Craig had steak, plus a – well – nouvelle cuisine (!) dessert of lemon torte with crunchy bits and flowers in it! Hehe. But best of all was the outside coming in, with the retractable roof! Very unusual and definitely this month's TiFFT – along with wakeboarding of course!
Back in time
Finally this week, it was fabulous to watch a film I loved at the cinema – 'Source Code' – which is one of the best scripts I've seen, as well as a superb performance from Jake Gyllenhall. Do rent it if you can – see the official trailer below. I just love any films about time travel or altered reality like this – have you got any other recommendations for me?
I also caught up with a lovely old pal whom I had a huge crush on years ago – but before you ask, there's no romance going on right n ow – too soon after Mr N for that! Just a lovely catch up dinner. No pics of that one this time! Once we've navigated our way safely back to higher ground maybe then I'll start worrying about seeing someone new.
In fact, if you can, do go back to last week's blog and read some really funny comments from a fellow single girl called Lisa about dating and about her amazing granny!
And lastly, referring back to last week's blog about classic cars, another old colleague from QVC contacted me via Linked In, updating me out-of-the-blue on what he now does – running a classic car company! So I'm going to see if I can go see some of them. I know I've just replaced my current car with an up to date one, but I've always wanted a classic car, as you may know. Maybe he'll even let me have a drive in one! Or at least sit in one. We'll see…
P.P.S. And if you have ever read an interesting author called John O'Connell, let me know – I'm currently reading an interesting and funny book called 'The Midlife Manual'! Am considering reviewing his new book about a Sherlock Holmes consipiracy… And the countdown is on till I bring you a clip of famous author Lee Childs talking about what makes a best seller! We'll be selling his newest book 'The Affair' on QVC at the end of September – how exciting!