There is nothing like some sunshine to lift the spirits!
Having suffered from the horrible flu that is going around, and been left with a hacking cough that is exhausting and makes it hard to work, I must admit to not feeling my best at the moment. But sitting, bathed in warm sunshine through the window, looking out at a garden that is showing signs of awakening as spring approaches, is a better pick-me-up than any tonic you could buy at the chemist.
I love this time of year, not least for the activity of the birds in the garden. Invigorated by the lengthening days and, I’m sure, the nutrition provided by Richard Jackson’s Bird Food, the small birds are flying here and there, feeding to build up their strength for the breeding season.
I’ve been watching some of our smaller garden birds from an incredibly close up position – just a few feet away with only a window between me and the feeding bird. I’ve been doing this courtesy of one of my most recent QVC purchases, a wonderful feeder, and it works so well I’ve just ordered another to give to Mum.
It’s a clear teardrop-shaped chamber into which you put bird food, and use suckers to attach it to the outside of your window. This enables you to closely observe the birds through the window which is really rather wonderful. I’ve wasted so much time waiting, watching, and taking photos. Well, really, NOT wasted. It makes me feel calm and content, an easy way to relieve the stress that I can sometimes feel. A lovely way to pass some time, even if I’m short of time to spare.
I have a regular stream of visitors to the feeder hanging above our patio, and it only took a couple of days for some of those visitors – blue tits, coal tits and robins – to pluck up courage to eat from the window feeder. We have squirrels galore in the garden too, and it was funny to watch one of them on the windowsill, front feet stretching high trying to reach the food, his little mind trying to figure out how to scale the glass to help himself to the seeds. He didn’t manage it, of course, but I had fun watching him try.
I’ve also enjoyed wandering around the garden on a sunny morning spotting the signs of spring on its way – snowdrops, cascades of golden catkins on the bare twigs of the hazel trees and wild crocus pushing through the moss at the base of our beech trees. I hope you like my photos!
And QVC brings us another welcome hint of spring with our wonderful L’Occitane Today’s Special Value this Wednesday. There’s a choice of the fresh citrus scents of lime and verbena or the floral notes of rose and lavender, and each piece contains shea, which soothes and conditions your skin. This four-piece collection is brilliant value for all f these hand and body favourites. You’ll receive full sizes of the fabulous body shower oil; the award-winning nourishing shea butter hand cream in either rose or lime; an eco refill of the shea extract liquid soap in either verbena or lavender and a 50g quality shea butter soap in either verbena or extra gentle milk.
The item number is 234977, but if you use item number 235897 you have the opportunity to repeat the exceptional value with a second delivery two months later, exchanging the hand cream for a half litre of shower gel in either verbena or floral fragrance.
If you love L’Occitane I’m sure you’ve already planned to buy at least one of the options, but if you’ve never tried the range, can I suggest that Wednesday might be a good day to give it a go? I think you might be pleased if you do…
I’ll be with Alexis Murdoch, our L’Occitane guest, in the Morning Show at 9am and again for the Lunchtime Show at 1pm. Between those shows, don’t forget Morning Style at 10am – this week we’ll be featuring clothes from Yong Kim, Nina Leonard, H by Halston, Isaac Mizrahi and Kim & Co. Also, a lovely rain mac from Centigrade. Great for those days when spring seems a little further away!
Best wishes to you all. Take care.