I usually write my blog sitting at my desk looking out onto my garden, which because I’ve not had the chance to mow it, is more like a meadow and full of daisies! Instead, I’m sitting at my friend Roz’s desk and looking out onto her garden with a wonderful view of the Dorset countryside beyond.
The last time I was here it was winter and our time together was spent mainly in front of the log burner, but hopefully like you, we were blessed yesterday with bright sunshine and blue skies. Just perfect to get to grips with the gardening, and to catch up on the last few months while we weeded. It’s always like a holiday coming here, and apart from being spoilt rotten with fabulous food, and great company, last night Roz took me with her to the Wiltshire Rock Choir where she gets the chance once a week to sing her heart out with a group of like-minded individuals.
You may remember a few years back ITV produced a documentary called ‘The Choir that Rocks’, which followed Caroline Lusher the founder and her choir members in the build up to their concert at Wembley Arena in 2011. It was a runaway success, and there are now 25,000 members who sing each week in more than 380 towns across the UK. This is Roz’s choir (we’re standing in the midst of them) who are ably led by Emma Webb, and we were barely into our first song – This is Me – from The Greatest Showman, and I was hooked! There is something wonderful about the sound of that many voices singing in harmony and it’s not something I’ve done for a very long time. It is though something I think I’d like to do again, so I may well have to find a group closer to home.
Colin wasn’t able to come with me this time as he was working, and so when I was woken up in the middle of the night by what I thought was the sound of someone in pain, I sat bolt upright in bed and panicked! The sound seemed to be right below my window, and I had visions of someone who’d been attacked trying to make their way to the house. I was on the verge of heading into Roz and Chris’s room to alert them when I realised that it was actually a cow mooing, or a donkey braying, and definitely not a person calling out… sticking with the animal theme, I definitely felt a little sheepish when I told them in the morning 🙂
Today’s a lot cooler, but still a huge contrast to the boiling temperatures we had in the same month last year! “How can you remember that?” I hear you cry, when I openly admit to regularly forgetting most things including why I’ve walked into a room! It’s because on the 6th May last year it was my granddaughter Honey’s 3rd birthday, and we had her party in the garden where folk were fighting over what little shade there was! This year she had a sleepover party indoors with the heating on, and I was very glad of the Phase Eight jumper I was wearing.
Thanks so much for all your interest in the cake I had been asked to make – here’s the finished result. I can lay no claim to Pascal the lizard as Lucy made him, but I was the one who spent an entire afternoon plaiting Rapunzel’s hair! I’d have happily spent the whole day on it for the joy on Honey’s face when she saw it, bless her. The party was a great success, and Rapunzel herself joined the little ones to give them all a makeover and to sing her way through the soundtrack of the Disney film! I can’t believe Honey is now four… it seems like only yesterday that she came into our lives, and changed things forever, in such a wonderful way.
We had two other birthday celebrations to attend – the first was Claire Sutton’s son Tom’s 18th birthday – just look at his cake!
And then my sister’s partner Linda celebrated a few days later and I’d promised to make her a Victoria sandwich cake. We had a fabulous pizza out, and came home for dessert, and although it was a far less adventurous confection, it was equally well received.
Talking of sweet treats, I hope you managed to catch Andi Peter’s Food Fest on Wednesday? Joe and Seph’s popcorn, Churchill’s biscuits and Gower Cottage Brownies all made an appearance along with a whole host of other food brands that I regularly order. In fact there’s a mini food event next Friday 24th May that will feature Snowdonia Cheese with the lovely April Jackson among others. Great to think you still get your 30 day money back guarantee even with food.
But from food to possibly my favourite jewellery brand at QVC and that’s Diamonique. We took a two week break from the regular Tuesday 8pm slot but to make up for that I had a two hour show with Alison O’Reilly last Tuesday! We had a fabulous range of jewellery, and I was thrilled that you enjoyed my special pick – this stunning friendship bracelet that has an incredible 9.1ct weight of marquise and round-cut stones. It’s item number 342171 and would work beautifully with our Diamonique Design of the Month for May.
This pendant has been meticulously made in sterling silver as part of our 25th anniversary celebration, and like the bracelet, features this unusual collection of stones that have been expertly set to create an impactful and dramatic design. Hard to believe it’s under £29 but includes 93 stones!
And from the pretty to the practical, I really felt I must mention the GTech K9 AirRam and Multi System Cordless Vacuum cleaner as it’s our TSV this Sunday (19th May). I fully appreciate we have a whole host of cleaning products here at QVC, but this may be the one for you. I had the chance to try it out at home, and bearing in mind we have stone, wood and carpet flooring downstairs, this did a cracking job on all three surfaces. It’s available in three Easy Pay instalments and comes with an additional accessory kit, so at £297 there’s a big saving to be had. You’ve got your 30 money back guarantee, so watch Russell Bristow put it through its paces this weekend, and then make your decision.
I just wanted to say thank you once again before I sign off to all those of you who have bought my book ‘A New Kind of Normal’ and have then taken the time to write one of the 73 five star reviews I now have on Amazon. I even got a review from Liz Earle in her Wellbeing Magazine which was wonderful. There has even been a whisper about adapting it to a screenplay for a possible TV drama – watch this space!!
As always, I truly appreciate you keeping in touch with me here on the blog, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, and will always respond if you write to me. Enjoy your weekend, and I’ll look forward to catching up on all your news.
With my love,