I do try each week to make a note of things I want to tell you about, but even if I remember to write them down, I never seem to be able to find the piece of paper I wrote them on! I did try for a while to record them onto my phone. It has a voice record button and has things stored on it like Colin snoring… (ok, so I'm a little odd, but he doesn't believe he does, so I needed proof!!) Oh, and any suggestions you may have for rectifying the racket would be much appreciated!
My attempts to get to sleep…
Of course the snoring may be why I'm not sleeping very well, but you know what it's like when you're mind is busy…. too many things to think about and not enough time in the day to sort them! My Mum had two very good suggestions to determine how serious the problem was or not… if it's bad enough that the thought of getting up and doing the ironing is preferable to lying there awake, then it's bad.
So, having finished my ironing by 5.13am, I decided to go back to bed and try her tried and tested method of getting back to sleep. Think of a journey you take regularly and try to get from A to B in your mind. You're not allowed to cheat and you have to think of all the junctions, and road signs, and pubs/shops/motorways along the way.
Of course you have to keep going back to start – or I did – because in my mind I'd forgotten to bring my phone, then I couldn't remember the code to pay the Congestion Charge, oh, and did I need a wee… you're getting the picture? Needless to say I'd sorted the kitchen cupboards as well as done the ironing by 7am! ANY tips on a better nights sleep would be grand – just post them below!
Did you catch our premeiere jewellery show Tomasz Donocik on Designer Day at 9pm last Friday?? What a talent. This Austrian lad is only 27 and has won more jewellery design awards in the last four years than you could shake a stick at. Not surprisingly a great many of his gorgous gemset jewellery sold out but I'm hoping he'll bring plenty more next year.
A musical talent
Another remarkable talent – is the singer and performer Corinne Bailey Rae. I'm sure you will have heard her hit song 'Put Your Records On' and then maybe as I did, go on to buy both her hit albums. She lost her husband in March last year and disappeared from public life while trying to cope with her grief.
Well, on Monday night we went to see her perform some new songs she's written. It was a tiny venue – The Tabernacle – somewhere near Notting Hill, which was literally like a chuch hall. Standing room only and pretty well packed, but she was awesome. What a voice! I would highly recommend you listen out for her new album – particularly a track called 'Fishing for Hearts'… brought me to tears. From head girl at her school in Yorkshire to that… I guess none of us really knows where life will take us…
And on that note I have to fly, as Sam's back in hospital today. Hopefully it will be the last operation needed to make walking less painful for him. Thank you for your good luck messages for him, and the cards you sent, I will of course let you know how he gets on.
Batten down the hatches, and try to stay dry in this ghastly weather.
Love Ali xx