A Gem of a Discovery!


Gems collectionHello!

How is your new year so far? Are you sticking to those New Year's resolutions? I am, mainly because I didn't make any!

Last week's mystery picture was an apple stem, did you get it?

If you've followed my blog over the years you'll know that I'm one for tidying and clearing out on a regular basis. Just when I think we've got everything straight I seem to find another box of bits and pieces to go through. We have a kitchen drawer which is struggling to open as it's jammed full of 'stuff'. I'm not entirely sure what is in there but probably an old mobile phone charger and a TV remote from 1987!

When sorting out a box under the stairs I came across this little gem of a discovery. I'd forgotten I had it to be honest. I think Mum picked it up from a car boot sale over 25 years ago. I love it and am really pleased I hung onto it. You can see the Rose Quartz, Amethyst and Rock Crystal. Little did I know back then, gems would become an integral part of my career and passion of mine. It's funny; you never quite know what the future holds?

I also came across a couple of cassette tapes of radio shows I presented at various stations around the UK, including where it all began, in 1991, Isle of Wight Radio and Plymouth Sound FM. I was desperate to have a listen… but we don't have a cassette player! Doh!

I lived in Plymouth for a number of years. It's where my telly career began by reading out the birthday cards on Westcountry TV. If you live in that part of the UK you may remember Gus Hunnybun (the fluffy rabbit) who once had the job as well!

I love looking to the future but I do enjoy a good trip down memory lane from time to time. Especially the escapades that filled me with horror, at the time, but now put a smile on my face. Rather like the time I took a radio station off air for a couple of hours (it wasn't my fault, honest) and the morning when I accidentally erased a whole stack of radio commercials… oops!

Then there was the very difficult time when I lost my job at the local radio station. We'd been taken over and my evening show was replaced by the network feed, so I was no longer needed. I was devastated, my dream job whisked away from me in a heart beat. I managed to persuade the station to let me have a Saturday evening slot (just the one hour though) to keep my hand in. In the meantime, I went and worked for my Dad in home and garden maintenance for the next 18 months. As time passed I made my way back on to the airwaves on a more regular basis. Then I had a really lucky break to work for a production company in London which introduced me to Radio 1 where I worked on Pete Tong's show and the UK Top 40 producing the trailers and jingle indents. I loved it.

There were times when working for Dad I thought I'd never get back into my dream job. Well I pushed and pushed and persevered. It's also a very special thanks to a dear friend and colleague, Bill and also Mark Goodier for showing their faith and belief in me. The rest, as they say, is history!

So, back to my gem collection. It leads rather nicely into telling you about a beautiful Premier Tanzanite Today's Special Value I'm launching this Monday 13th Jan at midnight. It's a gorgeous design and hats off to our buying team for creating this piece. I do hope you can join me.

I'm also really looking forward to an hour of Bamix this coming Wednesday 15th at 5pm. I love my Bamix and use it every day, from preparing eggs to scramble, mixing protein shakes – and as you can see here, making delicious shortbread! Mmmm!


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Guess the pictureI'd like to say a big hello and welcome to new followers on Twitter – I'm @mecharliebrook. If you're following me, did you like the picture of the poppadom!?

Here's this week's just for fun 'guess the picture'

Take care,

Charlie x


  1. Debby Slauenwhite January 8, 2014 at 2:23 pm -  Reply

    Morning Charlie.
    Yes ” Tiddlywinks” has settled in well with her relations [ha ha].
    I had a quick count and I have 15 [ or should I say Bella and I].
    I also have collected over twenty different gem stones [ some are uncut] such as ruby, Sapphire, Period even Rubelite and Rhodolite] and several other gem stones.They were given to me many years ago. Mum say’s I’m like a magpie [I’m attracted to shinny things so I have to collect them].
    Funny thing is though I don’t have a lot of Diamonique [ only a few items]. If there was more Ruby I think I’d buy more.
    Is the mystery picture a poppadom ???
    Take care.
    Debby. Bella says Whoof.x

  2. diane burgess January 10, 2014 at 10:35 pm -  Reply

    Happy New Year lets all hope 2014 is a great one I think your quiz is a kernel of cooked popcorn but could be wrong it has been know will read your blog next week to find out.

  3. anne January 13, 2014 at 3:25 pm -  Reply

    hi charlie i rember gus hunnybun had to listern every day ,i think your pic is of pop corn .wishing you a very happy new year and keep up the good work ,love your dogs

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