Genuinely, this weekend I was in the hottest temperatures I've ever been in! Four showers a day some days, and a retreat into the cool of the air-con on a regular basis.
Yes, my pal Craigy and I went off on our long-planned trip to see Ginetta (Veronese Gold) and her family in picturesque, medieval Arezzo, via Pisa Airport and Florence train station. It was an amazing weekend – so very very relaxed and fun – Craig is a great laugh. I think you only see a tiny fraction of him on air, honestly! He wasn't quite the jester in the pointy hat, (banquet night, April blog) but he certainly kept us all amused!
This church in the background (photo to the left) is where Ginetta and her husband got married. Here we all are including her lovely other half, German Gerrard, and pretty daughter Emma too.
But one of my favourite pics has to be this one – of us below, in front of the gorgeous views which you can see from the park at the top of the hill by the Duomo (big dome) – that's where Craig sunbathed for a few hours and I read my Julie Cohen book, 'Summer of Living Dangerously', on my Kindle app in the shade! Loved it!
We had lots of lovely meals – see below, and lots of touring and visiting and sightseeing – well, as much as we could stand in the heat! Went home via Florence.
This is the famous Ponte Vecchio – still full of little shops the way London Bridge was once. So much to show you but I'm still allowed only five pics, so hopefully you've had a little flavour of the place from what's here!
Thanks for a fun time my friend, and hope for lots more to come! Having to use up my remaining annual leave, so I'm off to write this weekend, and will be back on Wednesday next week – so, yes, another break for Debbie!
I went to the RNA writing conference last year, if you recall, regulars. So if that's where I end up again I won't report back on it. Suffice it to say it's time I finally finish that romance novel! Have laptop will travel…
Where are you going on your hols this year? And what's the hottest place you've ever been? Can you top my 37C? Leave me a comment below and let me know!
– Don't forget to enter the competition to win over a £100 value consultation with Marlene Watson-Tara, health and diet consultant, plus her £10 book 'Macrobiotics for All Seasons' – packed with advice, info and easy recipes! How our ancestors would have eaten. See last week's blog and leave a comment at the bottom (see here to find out how to leave one if you never have!)
– Stop press! Marlene may be able to come down south from Scotland (she's based in Glasgow) for a special QVC evening talk. If I could help arrange it, (I know me and Craig and Goody are all interested and would come), would you be able to come too? If I can get about 30 people, it'd be doable! Let me know below.
– Loved this pic of my daughter's little puppy, Baloo, when I visited her in Bath last week. I saw son Brad too, and always enjoy catching up with my kids. This puppy tho, is just to die for! If you're a Facebook friend of mine, you'll have already seen it – that and more! I think I'll be a cocker spaniel convert after this one…
WATCH – been so busy I haven't had time to watch much on the small or big screens, so this week, can't resist – here's a second clip to entertain you! Another taster of our little holiday!
Now we're planning the next one. Where do you think we should go? We're thinking about going to Italy to learn the language – what do you think? Any recommendations?
QVC – this week I are been mostly using – Ultrasun of course! Factor 50 kept me completely covered even in the extreme heat and even tho' Mr Rowe loves sunning himself in it, I was happiest staying out of the sun and reading in the shade. Or in the cool air con of the Coffee O'Clock café in the Corsa.
I'm away for a few days, so do check out the QVC TV Guide to find out what's in store – lots of bargain clothes amongst other things, with several outlet shows in the pipeline.
I'm back on air on Wednesday including with a 5pm 'Customer Beauty Awards Nominees' show – should be a good one as all the products will be customer favourites! Plus, Diane Gilman returns with fab jeans the weekend after – put it in the diary!
What have YOU mostly been using lately? Your turn to give a fe w recommendations – Skincare? Beauty? Gadget? Household? Let me know! I'll get cracking on finishing my novel and you can add a few comments below!
Best wishes for a lovely week and I look forward to hearing from you!