– Goody and I went on a wine tasting – they should have been warned!
– Plus how many of the 'things to do before you're 11' list can you tick off?
– And as promised – Renee gives her tips for a top 'carry-on luggage only' holiday!
Goody and Debbie do Denbies
How fun it was last week to go with pal Goody, one of our lovely models and one of my best mates, to Denbies in Dorking for a wine tasting. First we watched a lovely little video about the history of Denbies, in 'surround vision'!
Then it was a short hop on the little train that took us slowly down into the cellar to have the actual wine tasting. The very nice lady explained about the different types of grapes in the different areas of the Denbies estate, all represented very nicely on a colourful map – you pass this area on the normal train in to Dorking.
Then it was time to actually taste some of the homegrown wines – by now Goody and I had the devil in us tho' – feeling a little like school kids on a field trip! And whilst the 'grown ups' were gargling and spitting, we were getting up to mischief. Here's just a little example…
Both Goody and I thoroughly enjoyed our little sample of what the adults do and we're already planning our next adventure! A medieval night out with computer guest Lee Hohbein and presenter Craigy – more next week! Any other suggestions as to what we should book up next?!
Fifty things to do before you're 11 – or is it 50?!
You may have seen this week, this cute little list from the National Trust recommending some old-school activities for kids to do instead of computer games and the like (click on the pic left to see the list in a bigger window). Well how many of them have you done? Ever?
It seems quite an archaic list in many ways, but I expect those of us of the pre-iPads/digital watches/ computers and mobiles era will have ticked off quite a few! My total is 41 of them – what's yours? And how many more would you add, from your own childhood?
NB. The list is supposed to be things to do before you're 11 – but why not keep going now! It could be your TiFFT* each month from now on to choose one! Lol!
French & Saunders, part two!
Last week's clip from YouTube of French and Saunders 'doing' QVC was so popular I thought I'd include a second video I found – enjoy!
From the early days of QVC when the movers and shakers in television took great delight in extracting the Michael! Lol! This one, hot on the tails of last week's clip, was taken from their live tour! If you find any others, do let me know!
– Had a lovely time with a brief trip down to see my girl in Bath – it was only a brief visit but we made sure we got some retail therapy in whilst we were there! And had a lovely brunch too!
– Yes I went for my first ever mammogram this week, as the big birthday approaches, I guess that and Saga are not too far away! Lol!
The mammogram truck was in the Tesco car park in Guildford, and a few days later I was meeting my pal Rhys for a coffee in the Tesco's in new Malden, and I took this lovely pic of an amazing rainbow! Wonder what was at both ends!
– Seems rude not to! Lol! Peter Andre's abs – what do you think? They're asking whether we prefer his abs now, or in the early days! Now certainly gets my vote!
– This week's 'science bit' – just had to include this link to some of the studies that were done on the superb bottled water called Penta which I used to drink and helped to distribute in the UK in the early 2000s.
If you're interested in all things health, it's been the top selling half-litre bottled water in USA health food stores and is loved by sports people and celebrities alike.
Why? Well this study done by Jo Bowtell at South Bank Uni, funded by Team Penta, helps show that it actually helps performance. Ahhh the good old days! If only the skeptics online could understand the science! If only we could! Even the scientists can't. Maybe one day all will be revealed.
Till then at least you will be able to say you heard about it here first. Hehe. Can't sell it here any more but I'll write a book about the experience one day. When I finish the actual book I'm currently writing of course! Lol.
- And finally, 'Solo Cougar's Survival Kit' item #18 of 20 – Yankee Candles! Of course – perfect for that flattering dinner party lighting, and ambient atmosphere creating for a bit of canoodling afterwards if you're lucky! Hehe! Or more realistically, just making the room smell nice for curling up on the sofa and enjoying the film alone!
Anyway, as Gill Roberts kindly reminded me on last week's blog comments, here is a suggestion for correcting the tunnelling you sometimes get. Now this is not official advice, and you have to watch the candle, but if you surround the glass jar with silver foil, and keep out of the cold and draughts, you may find that it actually makes the wax molten enough to reach the sides and thereafter it burns OK again! Yay! It's not foolproof and of course like I say, you must watch it so it doesn't get TOO hot, but maybe try it to rescue some full ones you blew out too early! Let me know if you have any other tips!
Facebook fun and Tweet talk
OK, so here's a fabulous selection of moon photos doing the rounds on Pinterest – a new site where you can use it like a Post-it notes/pinboard-type storage place to stick stuff you like! I'm going to start putting all these little sayings and pics there! Lauren showed me it whilst I was up with her in Bath – and my fave was these clever moon pics – what are yours?
And – couldn't resist it – another 'if your dog could text' post from that fab site I mentioned last week. There are new ones all the time so do revisit – this one made me properly LOL (laugh out loud!)
WATCH – no films this week, been too busy!
LISTEN – bit of a country theme this week! Have been getting into the highly successful US group Lady Antebellum – bought three of their albums and one has been played non-stop in my car on all my long journeys of late! It's called 'Own The Night', and includes some lovely harmonies! One of my faves is this one – what's yours?
QVC – I'm away this week, but do look out for our Birkenstock TSV on Monday, and a lovely selection of gems on Tuesday's Gem Day!
Also, here's what our lovely designer Renee said straight after our show together last week – I'd promised on-air that we'd go off and concoct a list of 'carry-on-luggage-items' which mean minimal packing! 'Cos everything folds down so small, with the non-crease fabric, it could even fit into a sizeable carry on case, but would definitely keep your clothes packing to a minimum.
Here are the items along with some suggestions for combining them to keep it all fresh for a week's holiday away!
Trousers – two pairs in black and chocolate – for smart, for sport and for walking – even for sleeping! Easy to wash and wear again next day – as is everything.
Sleeveless top – four in black, pink, coral and chocolate – apart from the obvious uses, layer them (two at once), wear smart with same colour trousers as trouser suit, wear under a lace dress with trousers, and under waterfall jacket or kimono jacket.
Kimono jacket – loose or tied at the front – floral or animal print.
Lace dress – so useful as it has two completely separate pieces, including the underslip (long cami) which can be worn in bed!
Shift dress in black – a little black dress – need we say more! Under so much! Including kimono jacket and lace dress, as a beach cover up as well.
Waterfall jacket in black – one smart jacket which will look great colour blocked with the bright sleeveless tops or lace dress combo underneath.
Then all you need is your underwear and coat! Lol! Great tips – now it's time to actually try it! How would you combine the above? Anything we've missed out?
Finally – This Week I Are Been Mostly Using – my Stoneline bakeware! The roaster we have currently in stock is the nearest thing to my own double-sided one, which I've been using non-stop since I got into eating more veg – did roast sweet potatoes and Mediterranean vegetables in it recently! Had a nice dinner for two (say no more! Lol) of that and some chicken with herbs – fab! And very healthy – so non-stick you hardly need any oil! Highly recommended!
Well, as I've been saying for some time, I'm off on my week's hol to Scotland (near Prestwick) on a macrobiotic workshop – so I'll come back with newfound enthusiasm for eating nuts and seeds! Or else I'll be heading for the nearest Thorntons! Lol!
Have a fab week and see you next time! Am back on air on Saturday 28th!
Next week's blog – a medieval night out with computer guest Lee Hohbein and presenter Craigy and pal Goody – more next week!
*TiFFT – Try it for the First Time – this week I even got to help with a treatment for a Hollywood movie pitch – fab fun! But April's has to be the lambing – see Easter's blog for the cool video!