It’s still daylight as I write this, but I have to admit to having the Christmas tree lights on and the log burner lit, in my attempt to squeeze the last drop out of what has been a lovely Christmas! We didn’t get the tree up until the 23rd December, but here we are on twelfth night, with some wonderful memories made over the last month and the New Year to look forward to! (I promise I will take the tree and all the decorations down before midnight though : ) )
Thanks so much for taking part in our competition to win this fabulous centerpiece by Peony. I realise that we had problems with our website over the last weekend and you may have had difficulty in placing your guess, but I hope that by extending the deadline you were able to take part, and here is our winner! Gillian Dimsdale – Congratulations!
The lead up to Christmas was a bit of a scramble with Colin working hard to get the log burner installed, and me trying to get Christmas organised while still struggling with my rotten cold! As you can see though from the photos, what began as a breeze block build onto a flat wall, was completed on 23rd December and now looks like this! I am absolutely thrilled, and very proud of my man for having done such a great job with it. What makes it even nicer is that I unexpectedly received some money from my late Aunt’s estate, and so we bought the log burner with that. Every time we light it, we will think of her : )
Christmas Eve was a hoot working with Phil Parker at QVC in the last show before our Christmas closure. He’s always a master with his demonstrations, but I managed to get a few manners on him before the end of play : )
I hope you managed to order your H2O TSV – I’ve got mine and it’s been a God send! I only had a couple of hours after I got home to get things ready for our traditional Christmas Eve get together with Colin’s and my kids. There were 12 of us in total and we decided to open our presents that evening as with seven staying overnight, it’s always a bit of a rush in the morning! We tried our hand at a game that was new to me – Cards Against Humanity – and although totally unPC , some of the suggestions were very funny : ) We all spoiled each other with some truly thoughtful presents, and I was quite happy to leave the house in a muddle the following morning and head off with Colin to Swindon, as we were spending our Christmas Day with Honey, Lucy, Simon and his entire family.
It’s only the third time in 35 years that I’ve not cooked Christmas lunch, and the first time ever for Colin and I to eat in a hotel restaurant! It was very well organised though, and I loved being with all the family, including Simon’s sister and her two girls. Of course Simon’s three sons were there too, plus Honey, who along with all of them, was a saint. In spite of being full of cold, she sat in her highchair, on various laps, slept in her pushchair and then entertained us all when we went on to Granny and Grandpa’s for tea! I loved the little rocking horse Father Christmas brought for her : )
We went to see my mum and Joe on Boxing Day and she had a fabulous feast of cold meats and pickles awaiting us! As its Joe’s birthday too, we had a double celebration and were joined by my sister and Linda in the afternoon. I had bought mum a pair of Emu boots for Christmas, and she loved them which was nice. She in turn had sourced me some wonderful bakeware, so I can make even better use of my KitchenAid! Jenny and Linda bought Colin all kinds of log burner related gifts that were very well received, and are now in daily use! Equally well received was the mighty sized Elemis Pro Collagen Marine Cream I got for my sister, which she is promising to use night and day, not just on special occasions! I expect her to look even younger by this time next year! : )
I worked the next couple of days and had some lovely shows including Gold Fever with Jan Springer, when I bought myself a beautiful pair of gold threader earrings with some Christmas money. I had to order them while I was on-air as they, along with most other things, sold out!
Between then and New Year we managed to squeeze in a visit to Bournemouth where Colette (who used to do my nails) and her family live. Her birthday is on Christmas Eve and her husband Dave bought her a dachshund puppy called Cookie! How cute is she?!
As she’s only a couple of months old, Colette had to tuck her securely inside her jacket while we went for a somewhat blustery walk along the front! Colin took this photo (below) of the skyline before the heavens opened! After a lovely take-away, we spent the night dancing the calories off with Colette, Dave and the children in their newly extended kitchen/dining room – good times : )
It was only a couple of days later we were celebrating again with my friend Jo, as it’s her birthday on New Years Day. In time-honoured tradition we had a few glasses of fizz before sitting down to an enormous cheese fondue followed by Christmas pud that was fabulous, but rendered us unable to move until Big Ben chimed midnight! Colin’s twins Richard and Lily also have the same birthday, but they understandably had their own plans for New Year, so we caught up with them and the rest of the family on 3rd January.
I’ve managed to visit my son Sam and also Lucy and Honey in the last few days, and am hoping to see Jack again soon too. It’s all been very much about the family, and I hope that however you spent the last fortnight, it was in the company of someone special to you.
I think that’s all my news for now, except to say that Colin very kindly cleared our back bedroom so that I now have a dedicated space for my Aeropilates. I also have a tiny TV on the wall, so I can keep in line with the workouts that Marjolein suggests -it’s going pretty well so far! I’ll be with you tonight at 9pm for the Diamonique show, which as always, features a fabulous collection of the finest simulated diamond jewellery, so please do tweet into the show @alikqvc and be a part of it. I’d love to hear about your Christmas, so feel free to post a comment below, and I promise I’ll get back to you.
With my love,