What a lovely time I had last week with my old friend Antthony, the fashionista. His range is incredible and I bought three things. This is my favourite, so this is my top of the week, I wore it in the final show in black. Fab. Plus a lovely white viscose cheesecloth-style fabric, in a loose kimono jacket, also with pretty embroidery. Check out his range on our website here, including several deals that are really low prices in clearance.
Antthony and I had a lovely catch up in the canteen, it’s been ages since I’ve seen him so we had a lot to discuss!
He is always very flamboyantly dressed on the telly, well this is what he looks like in his civvies!! E.g. while we were having a nice cup of tea :-). Don’t forget to check out those deals online especially if you are off on holiday like me. I go on Thursday 20th to my wonderful writing retreat that I frequently visit, on the banks of the Dordogne near Bordeaux. Chez Castillon is a wonderful place and reminds me of home :-). Can’t wait! And if it is sunny, my lovely white cheesecloth jacket will keep the sun off me :-).
My psychic friend
I had lots of cups of tea this week with friends, and on one of the days I had had some sad news and I needed to go and have a little bit of comfort food in the tea rooms near my friend Alix in Belstone. I wasn’t going to ring her as I had so much to do, but in the end mid-afternoon, I needed to go out, so sent her a text. “Shall I pop over for a cup of tea in the tea room?” I said. While I was typing it I was sitting directly opposite the auction rooms at the bottom of Hatherleigh High Street.
Well, I immediately got a phone call. “I can’t believe it,” she said, “I was literally picking up the phone to call you to ask you if you wanted to come here to go out for a cup of tea, and I had just come down from having had a little nap. What a weird dream I had,” she said, “I dreamed that you were at Chagford at the auction rooms only it wasn’t in Chagford it was somewhere else… “
She could not believe it when I told her I was sitting outside Pyles auction rooms! I told her we are connected at a quantum level on the unified field. You can imagine her face. But what a coincidence… Have you ever had anything like that happen?
Nieces’ day trip
And finally, another day, another cup of tea! I ended up taking the nieces out last Sunday for a shop, where we had a delicious dinner. They had too many meatballs so I shared some! Then we went trawling around looking for bits and pieces, lamps and a couple of domed cloche stands for the cakes in the Devon tearooms.
Needless to say they got tired, and when I went to look for Izzy, guess where she was! How funny. But it was a great afternoon.
Two things, firstly my lovely Daisy dog, pictured here, is on her own now as we lost her sister Gracie this week. Very sudden, very sad, and she was very happy the day before. So Gracie has gone for her own big sleep over the rainbow bridge to be with Holly and Patch, my original two black labradors from years ago. Regulars will remember them! Daisy seems okay as she was with her sister for a few hours, so realised things have changed. But I’m giving her lots of love and comfort.
Here’s a little nostalgia – the day I got the two lovely puppies in 2010. It has always been a pleasure to look back at this little video and know I had nine wonderful years with one of them, and hopefully lots more years with the other.
I won’t be getting another one for the time being, but I will be working out how to give Daisy company when I’m not in Devon. Lots of people have volunteered to come and see her, be with her, take her for the weekend, invite her into the garden to play with their dogs, I think with she will be very entertained. Daisy certainly sleeps well now we can go for longer walks too.
This weekend’s highlights
Today (14 June), go here to see and buy the super Skechers Go Walk Sparkle Crochet Slip Ons.
Join me at midnight for the launch of a fabulous new Today’s Special Value: the latest Sealy bed/mattress offer. My Sealy mattresses have literally changed the way I sleep. I’m so comfortable each night that I wake up in exactly the same position I went to sleep in. I have a single when I stay with my brother and his family in Croydon, and I have a big king-size in my room in Devon. I just love the way they are constructed because my body feels so supported with no gaps. This one is the Posturepedic Gel 1500 Springs Quantum Edge Pillow Top Mattress with a choice of divan.
Watch out for it here and join me at midnight for the full demonstration. It’s on throughout Sunday and hopefully will be available for my 10pm show.
Sunday – Shark is back this time with a DuoClean Flexology TruePet Cordless Vacuum Cleaner!
Big Deals old and new
This week’s Big Deals – ending Sunday
Celebrity Slim meal replacement programme – 28 day supply
Ultrasun four-piece Flawless Skin kit
Frank Usher sparkle stud shoulder top
Next week’s Big Deals – starting Sunday/Monday at midnight
H by Halston printed jet set jersey crop wide leg jumpsuit, in Regular and Petite lengths
Attitudes by Renee sleeveless printed Como jersey godet dress, in Regular and Petite lengths
Prai Ageless Throat and Decolletage Day and Night Crème with Retinol duo
For more sneaky peeks of next week’s deals, see below.
I’ve never grown raspberries before but I bought a couple of young plants recently and put them in the garden. This week I noticed that I had one! Yay. And a few strawberries. We just need some sunshine now to bring them on 🙂
How wonderful to be reminded of what I was doing three years ago by Facebook this week. It was just before I found out I was going to be moving, again! It was the second year running I had put on a summer fete in aid of my doggie charity, and Patrick Hoy, lovely Ali Keenan and co, all came. Linda Magistris put on the most amazing supper and we sang. A good time was had by all! I’ve been asked if I want to go and do another singing concert with my friend Barry down here in Devon. And my answer must be – only if we practice… a lot! I will keep you informed.
This week’s Facebook vlog of the week is this quick one, mentioning my recommendation for what to watch this week.
It has to be, ‘Big Little Lies’, series two. I just loved series one. It was amazing. Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, and others made it so, so watchable. About what lies beneath the surface in the lives of ordinary housewives (okay, they are nowhere near ordinary but you know what I mean.) Series two picks up where we left off, with the addition of… Meryl Streep! None other than one of the most famous award-winning actresses ever, has joined as a prickly mother. Do watch it if you can 🙂
Ten Year Anniversary
This week there was a super get-together for everyone who has worked at QVC for 10 years, a couple of dozen of us were invited to an evening bash together with a presentation, photographs, and a little present. I did not make it back from Devon for it after all because of the shock news about Gracie, but a good time was had by all. The 15 year people were also there, and across Knowsley, Chiswick and our outlet stores we have 51 people celebrating their 10th anniversary with us and 73 celebrating their 15th anniversary this year. Amazing!
The last 10 years have absolutely whizzed by. I have now been back for four years longer than I was actually here the first time round. And longer than I was away. So in total I have been at QVC 16 out of the last 25 years. Congratulations to me! And to all my lovely colleagues in this photo!
Book of the week – I’ve been sent a couple of new books for our guests’ gallery, books written by people who stayed at my place in Devon. I mentioned Julia’s book last week and she kindly gave me a copy. 🙂 Now I have also been sent this super book, A Walk in Wildflower Park, by lovely Bella Osborne. Jilted Anna gets a new start in lovely surroundings, but focusing on her career is interrupted by a text from a mystery man…
Looks fab. Hope it’s going to be on audiobook.
Next week on QVC
Monday – H by Halston printed Jet Set jersey wide leg jumpsuit in choice of lengths
Tuesday – Lock and Lock return with another bumper set featuring 20 pieces of this amazing storage system for the kitchen et cetera.
Wednesday – it’s all about tanning, with Isle of Paradise. It’s a four-piece Ultimate Glow Tan collection. Very reasonably priced as well.
Thursday – Kipling are back, with Marie-Francoise still on her maternity leave , so Lucy Piper is filling in, bringing us the Basic Renur multi compartment medium cross-body bag with pouch.
Finally on Friday, Bareminerals return, with a five-piece set as Today’s Special Value, including Complexion Rescue. This is one of my favourite daytime primer/concealer creams, and is a super base for my Laura Geller Balance and Brighten. Should go well 🙂
Next week I will be all geared up for my holiday, with a few photos from the first day there, can’t wait. It could not have come at a better time, and I really am going to finish my fifth novel whilst I am there 🙂