Joe turned 14 and it is lovely to watch him growing and maturing, he seems to be the shock at the moment for all who see him, the classic line of “Oh my goodness is that really Joe, goodness he’s changed, he’s taller, more handsome” (insert any adjective of choice!) He has grown so much that a new and bigger bed was the order of the day, though the couple of hours it took Maddie and I to set up all the slats meant it almost was given up on, but no, we persevered and the bed was made.
We have just enjoyed a treat of an inset day from school, having three children and three different schools means to have all three off on a Friday together, plus no work for me , meant a seize the day moment so off we tootled to Centre Parcs for my most favourite of things… Family Time. Time outdoors, cycling everywhere, swimming and archery with all my troupe makes me my most happy and content.
Ankle update is good… I swam and cycled with no issues, though quite shocking to see the changes in one’s body after no and I mean no exercise since early July. That said viewing the the variety of bodies at the pool meant that old phrase, everyone is different was certainly flying around in my head! There were all sorts of shapes and sizes and plenty with much adornment (each to their own) we were trying to explain to Tom that to stand behind someone counting their tattoos whilst peering as closely as he could to see them was not quite the done thing!!! He is funny as his filters are not in place lets just say…!!! so far we have suffered no ill effects from his observations, but there’s always a first time.
Anyway back to bodies…. I need to work on mine, it’s gutting as I was in pretty good shape before my ankle injury, pretty fit and sort of toned..ish. Now sadly I cannot claim either …swimming is going to have to be the way to go, but do you know the old hair washing malarky I just can’t bear the thought of having to deal with that and the chlorine, and the getting undressed to swim in chilly weather ooo mutter mutter moan moan!! You’d never know I swam competitively back in my youth would you? Perhaps it was the endless training sessions in the cold pool at Rochdale with just a packet of salt ’n’ shake crisps as a reward from the machine that has seriously lessened my excitement at the thought!
So as Autumn envelops us, beautiful colours emerge and these sun-filled days we’ve been having are quite delightful, albeit a trifle chilly…..I really feel the chill and am constantly asking the kids if they need another layer when we leave the house and cannot understand when they say no!!
This time of year has meant appointments galore with Tom, so I’m pleased to report all is well health-wise and we have started the next steps re his future after school. Hard to believe as it seems only a moment ago that he was starting school …. still I shall appreciate all that is to come this year as things are a changing no doubt at all, and to write the word PROM in the diary is a little scary I can tell you.
Autumn means fab new dramas which I’ve been loving on TV and both Poldark and Victoria have had me hooked, in fact I’m a bit bereft that Victoria is over but I have rather a long list of films I have to see. Girl on the Train being the absolute top of the list. I completely loved the audio book which made my car journeys a breeze. I realised how important it is to lose oneself in a book, something I did constantly when I was younger and I was often found curled up in a cupboard with a book, devouring the pages ferociously. A transference of a book to a film though can often leave me wanting. Something recently I saw was Still Alice, now the book had a profound effect upon me, at the time of reading it two of my closest girlfriends were each coping with the loss of a parent, I say loss because before the physical loss of their beloved mum and dad they were living with the loss of them as a person and as a parent.. It was so hard to see and so very very painful for each of them.
I sat with some girlfriends to watch the Oscar award winner Julianne Moore in Still Alice, yes it was fantastic, yes it provoked much discussion and conversations that reached far into the next days and weeks … but, I didn’t shed a tear and I sobbed throughout the book. How can that be? The power of words are indeed just that …powerful… I am hoping The Girl on the Train lives up to my expectations. I wonder have any of you seen it yet?
Autumn means a newness at QVC too, with our QVC Find On Facebook live at 7 pm each evening as of now! One of the presenters will be showing you a special piece of jewellery which you can of course buy but also comment upon, we hope you love it. Also on QVC Style at 4pm each weekday for 10 weeks we shall have “live” hours bringing you favourite fashion and inspirational and helpful shows to assist you with feeling fashionably fabulous…my first for both is on Friday the 14th.
Talking of newness….I though a little heads up for my Pilgrim show on Sunday 23rd at 3pm wouldn’t go amiss. I wore one of the watches from this gorgeous brand some months ago and had so many questions about it so I thought I would give you a proper look ahead of the show this time AND I have the loveliest choker as a prize for you to win just by answering a simple question (more about that below).
Pilgrim is such a lovely brand with its minimalistic classy Scandinavian design. Creators Annette and Thomas have brilliantly captured their unique and innovative energy into a very special range of jewellery providing an unusual look that I for one am always searching for.
Now due to the huge success of the previous Pilgrim watch, a new version has been designed. Why choose it? Well, not only is it beautiful and especially designed for QVC, the Jewellery team have chosen it as October’s icon piece which shows its importance in the world of fashion and current jewellery trends.
But I think we should start a campaign to wear watches again! In this world of phones being attached to our persons, let’s extricate ourselves from them and actually look at our wrist to tell the time instead of a quick glance at the phone which turns into whilst I’m here I’ll just see if anyone has messaged me, ooo I’ll just have a quick peek at what’s going on in the world of twitter and whilst I’m here , who’s doing/saying what on facebook, instagram, snapchat or any of the other social media hooks.
Whilst I don’t have half of those things in my life it’s a constant battle to get the children to put down their phones. I want them to put them down, I want more for them than social media can offer, I want them and us to simply look at the wrist to tell the time and that way there’s one less “hit” on social media each time… so, who’s with me?????? !!!
OK rant over. The other reason is, well look at it ..it’s simply gorgeous! Skinny strapped and a large face and adjustability too, which unlike the building of Joe’s new bed requires no instruction or links to be removed!! So you can get a perfect and bespoke fit, oh and did I mention the crystal addition? You all know I love a sparkle or two!! Plus it has a simple slim line design so it doesn’t catch on cuffs and clothes, practical as well as beautiful.
The total value is £40 and all you need do to be in with a chance of winning is to answer the following question:
What’s my most favourite of things?
The answer is in this blog, and without a doubt is a familiar phrase used in most of my blogs!
Just post your answer in the comments below and make sure to leave an email address (don’t worry, this won’t be made public). The competition closes at noon on Friday 21st October and a winner will be drawn at random from all the correct entries. That winner will also be announced live on my 3pm show on Sunday 23rd, so all that’s left is for you to enter!!!
Full terms and conditions can be found here.
I wish you all lots of luck and I hope that you will join me on Sunday at 3pm for more special jewellery from Pilgrim.