Well this blog has been a long time coming…perhaps it's due, in part, to the year we've had so far. It really has been all go as a nation, as a company (QVC) and as a family for us Huntleys.
The biggest blow was April Fools Day when we had a septic tank flood (the last straw in a long line of landlord negligence – sadly I loved their house more than they did and they failed to correctly maintain it) in a house we'd rented for a matter of months and had planned to stay in for a few years. We were then effectively homeless for around 2 and a half months.
We stayed in hotels and friends' houses until we knew we had to find a new place. It was an extremely hard time but it's all worked out for the best because we now live in a wonderful, much smaller but hassle-free, home. Sometimes you have to go through bad times to get to the greater good waiting for you. I'm actually glad it happened now as we are much happier and our letting agents are probably the best in the land! They even bought me a bottle of champagne for my birthday!
The Queen's Diamond Jubilee was a highlight of 2012. I love the way people came together as a nation to celebrate. Even QVC's gardening department paid tribute to her Majesty and Prince Phillip with these giant terracotta pots which received masses of attention, from passers by to national media alike (above left)!
Then came QVC's move from Battersea to Chiswick, West London. Wow, the end of an era in many ways. I felt privileged to be one of the last to broadcast from our beloved Marco Polo House (left). It was the end of an era for me in another way too. It was also goodbye to my thirties as it was my 40th birthday. A fond farewell to memories past yet a warm welcome to all that's yet to come.
Chiswick Park has been an incredible new home. It's very modern, a lovely place to work. QVC even hosted a welcome party/mini summer festival called 'QFest' for its employees.
We had live music, outdoor games, a barbeque and even festie wristbands (left)! Took my back to my Glastonbury days but with better sanitary provisions! Alison Keenan and I decided to go together dressed in patriotic colours in honour of the 2012 Olympics (see the picture right at the top). We had a ball dancing the night away. We love you, QVC!
The Olympics were really something special. I'm not in to sports at all but couldn't help getting caught up in the fact this will probably be a 'once in my lifetime' experience. I didn't watch a great deal of the events but I did watch the opening and closing ceremonies. Wow, British eccentricity at its best! My favourite was the opening ceremony and didn't our Queen do us proud? What a good sport.
Many of my colleagues volunteered at the games in addition to working long hours at QVC. I'm so proud of them. My lovely friend and floor manager, Mike (left), is probably going to get withdrawl symptoms once the Paralympics are over (he's volunteering there too). He was on TV presenting a gold medal on a tray in all his finery. He was even featured in the Metro, a London newspaper, doing a gleeful handstand at the end of the games! What a hard-working, wonderful soul. An inspiration to other young folk in this country looking for meaning and purpose.
Well, I mentioned my 40th birthday was back in June. My daughter's 18th was in July. What a year! We postponed our celebrations to this month and had a joint party to remember. That deserves a blog of its own so come back soon to see some familiar on air faces in full party mode!
Hope your 2012 is a magical one so far too.
Lots of love,