This is the last of several weeks that I have looked after my gorgeous almost 14 month old granddaughter Zoe for two days, while her Mum is at work – Zoe starts at nursery next week.
I know every grandparent out there could have told me, but nothing beats having the experience yourself. In fact, until it happens I think you can have no real idea just how intense the love you feel for this little being will be. It’s a totally free love – one without the weight and worries of the responsibilities that being a parent brings. Other than being responsible for her care, of course, I am free to devote myself to giving Zoe the best time, having fun with her and making her smile. And I don’t have to think or worry about anything else while I’m with her. She has helped hugely with healing the pain that losing both my parents last year has left me with – just looking at her fills my heart with warmth and happiness. And when she holds her arms out to me for a cuddle, and smiles her special smile just for me, my warmed heart melts.
I won’t be posting photos of Zoe as Bex and Dan have asked that she doesn’t have a profile on social media, but suffice to say she is the most beautiful child in the world! (And I know you’ll believe me…)
I’m writing this while Zoe is peacefully enjoying her morning sleep – but for how long?! Hopefully long enough for me to tell you a little about the active weekend I’ve just enjoyed and also about a couple of the Today’s Special Value opportunities we’ll have for you on QVC later this week.
You may know that I enrolled at a Learn to Row scheme at Marlow Rowing Club last year, just up the River Thames from where I live. It is a far harder and more technical sport than I had considered before I tried it, but I’ve stuck at it and absolutely love it now. It’s a brilliant and balanced form of exercise and to be able to do it on the river in such beautiful surroundings is a complete bonus. It’s also added an extra dimension to my social life – up to now the sport I’ve done has been largely individual but although I’ve passed the safety test to allow me to row (or to be correct, scull, as I have two oars) on my own, generally I’m in a boat with three others.
On Saturday, instead of the usual training session, eight of us decided to head up river and through two locks to moor up on the riverbank close to a lovely country pub for a pint (well, half a pint for me!) and a sandwich. It was a twelve mile expedition in total, along a stunning stretch of the river between Marlow and Henley.
We saw cormorants and a heron, the geese and moor hens had their armies of youngsters swimming in their wake and swans were taking off and landing in dramatic style, running along the water as they flap their huge wings, right beside us. I wanted to take photos but both hands have to stay firmly on the oars when you’re rowing, so I’ve imprinted the images on my memory. I was weary at the end of the trip, the longest I’ve rowed, but it was a tiredness that meant I slept well – exercise in the fresh air is the best!
It was good that I did sleep well, because I’d also signed up to compete in a regatta on Sunday. Called the ‘Splash and Dash’, it was a series of races over 500 metres. I was in a team with Anna, Lily and Dave, and we were lucky enough to have the expertise of our coach David as cox, to steer and encourage us towards hopeful victory. We were perhaps a little surprised but completely delighted that we won all of our races to end the day as overall winners – and we each received a trophy! A little one mind, but a trophy all the same – my first in rowing, but hopefully not my last… Another welcome good night’s sleep, needed for an early start to head to London for my granny duties!
And it will be early starts for me all week, with some fabulous shows lined up at QVC. Wednesday is our ‘Got to Have It’ day, when instead of featuring just one brand each hour, every hour of the day will be filled with a mixture of all our favourites so there’ll be something for everyone.
I’m so pleased that our TSV will be from Marc Fisher, (176578) the first for over a year and only the second ever from this brand. Marc Fisher footwear is always made to the highest level of workmanship – these are quality sandals. They are classy, stylish and built to last, with a fashionable but comfortably practical stacked heel and strappy leather uppers.
Chic and sophisticated, these are a versatile style that will look great with jeans or leggings but will also work beautifully with more dressy or formal outfits. They will be available in full and half sizes and five trendy colours. I didn’t have a sample of the tan option to photograph – they would go with just about anything in your wardrobe – but you can see the silver (with white leather straps), the gold (with cream leather) and also the mustard leather and the on-trend Leopard. Talk about ‘Got to Have It’!
You might feel the same about our Today’s Special Value for Thursday too, especially if you’re a connoisseur of all things from our beauty department, and you’re ready to take the next step beyond using great skincare products.
Talika is a brand specialising in portable beauty devices and focussing particularly on the eye area. The LED Genius Light Mask (402572) that we will feature on Thursday brings us a revolutionary beauty ritual that is ultra-targeted, fast and simple and the first ever mask to combine light therapy and electro-stimulation. It’s impressively effective and we’ll be showing you the results of a variety of clinical studies with photos to illustrate the anti-ageing benefits.
There’s are a number of programmes so you can select to target the appearance of your wrinkles, dark spots or pigmentation, redness, irritation, blemishes, sagging skin – or all of the above!! All but one of the programmes is four minutes or less, and you can see through the space-age style mask while you’re treating your skin, so you can carry on doing things while it’s working. The device emits light therapy of different wavelengths to tailor the treatments for different concerns and also uses electro-stimulation (which you can turn off if you prefer) so it’s not suitable if you suffer from epilepsy, have a pacemaker or are pregnant.
The price is going to be a major saving from the regular price, but only for Thursday of course. There will also, of course, be a money back guarantee so that you can test it for yourself to see how amazing the results are for you. Obviously, these will vary between individuals so this will be a fantastic opportunity to find out how it works for you. If you’d like to know more about the technical side of it, how it works and how to get the best from it, make sure you join us at midnight on Thursday or on the Morning Show at 9am with myself and Chloe. We’ll be back with it on the Lunchtime Show at 1pm too. Hope you catch us to find out about this amazing looking mask!
I can hear Zoe stirring so I must go and give her a hug. But I hope you can join me through the week, I’ll be on air Wednesday through to Friday.