There’s nothing quite like a family birthday to make me realise just how quickly time is passing. My niece Emily’s youngest son Noah had his first birthday last week, and I was delighted when she accepted my offer to make his birthday cake. She calls him Noah Bear, and so a cake in the shape of a teddy’s face seemed like a good idea. I have tried 3D animals in the past and failed dismally, and I was hoping this might be more successful. Seriously, my KitchenAid has made such a difference to my cake making, and makes the very best buttercream icing! As I was working on Sunday I didn’t make it to the party, but Emily did send me this lovely photo. Next birthday is Lucy’s on the 12th October, so I’ll have to get my thinking cap on for her cake 🙂
I know that a number of you have been celebrating birthdays or attending weddings, and thank you as always for keeping me in touch with your lives. I love to catch up, and I hope you found the responses that I FINALLY got round to posting! Apologies! It’s been incredibly busy since we got back from Crete, but I think I’m almost on top of it.
Because we’d been away I’d not seen my boys for a while so headed off to Bedfordshire to see Sam and Jack. Sam’s been struggling a little with his leg lately – only temporary I’m glad to say – but Jack and I took Diesel for a walk before going back for lunch with Sam.
The rain held off and the wind had dropped so we visited Rushmere Park in Leighton Buzzard. It’s an incredible place and I couldn’t believe I’d never been there before having lived in the county for best part of 15 years! There are many massive wooden sculptures and also a magical mystery tour for children to explore. Jack and Diesel made the best of it with me trying to keep up, and we vowed to get Honey there before it becomes too cold for her to truly enjoy it.
Colin’s been working flat out ever since we got home, so I headed up to Swindon alone to spend the weekend with Lucy and Honey. Although she missed Granddad she was pleased to see me, and I her – particularly catching up on her new school timetable. We chose a carvery on Saturday night for dinner, and it was great to motor my way through a fab roast that I’d not had to cook! I didn’t have room for pudding, but to be honest the colour of the ice-creams put me right off! Can you imagine the E numbers in there?!
The weather was pretty appalling across the entire country on Saturday and Sunday, and so I had to borrow a jumper and Lucy’s wellingtons when we took Honey to the little petting zoo on Sunday to see the animals. I could have done with the Joules Heathcote Padded coat that we have as our TSV on the 3rd October. Lucy’s wellies were from Joules too – I love that label.
So many other brilliant brands are making an appearance next week when we have a two day Fashion Event starting on Tuesday 2nd October which will include one of our newest acquisitions in the world of shoes: Moda in Pelle. Such beautiful designs and incredible leathers; I’ve been wearing their range for years so I’m delighted we now stock them.
Back to the farm though, and never mind the animals, I’d have been happy spending time indoors with Honey in her owl jumper, but she wanted to see the bunny rabbits and the baby pigs, and was thrilled to get the chance to spend time with them in the specially built enclosure.
We had lunch consisting of the biggest ploughman’s I’ve in seen in a long time, and then I had to head back down the M4 for my Sunday shows at the Q – perfectly timed with the Cozee Home TSV being a huge success!
The ever changing weather has brought about some stunning skylines and bright nights, and I managed to get these two photos the other afternoon and evening. I couldn’t believe it was 24 degrees on Thursday – I allowed myself an hour or so in the sun to top up my tan and my Vitamin D levels too! I’m going to miss it when it’s too cold to sit outside anymore. In fact I’m seriously thinking about investing in a greenhouse so that I can share the space with some tomatoes and other veg, but benefit from the sun through the glass on those cold clear winter days. Maybe I am a tad obsessed, or possibly not alone? 🙂
I was really chuffed to be told at the end of last week that my regular Tuesday night Diamonique Show will be returning on the 9th October at 8pm! Because it’s less than three months until Christmas, the main theme will be gifting, with our Design of the Month taking centre stage. This pretty Art Deco style dress watch is under £50 and available in all three colours and one of my favourites from the hour is a metallic jewellery box for travelling, with two pairs of earrings included – one leverback the other studs, at under £30! (340176). So much more for you to choose between, I hope you’ll be able to join me.
You may remember a while back I told you that I’d finished my book and was hoping to have it published before the end of the year? Well, now that I’m forging ahead with this, based on some of your comments, I thought a few of you may like to have a read through first, and let me know your thoughts? It is very much a labour of love, and you were the inspiration behind it: giving me the impetus to put it all down on paper 🙂
I’ve written a brief synopsis of it on my website which you can find here under ‘My Book ‘ at ali-k-productions.com so if you’d be interested in reading it and letting me know what you think, just add your name in the comments below and I’ll pick a few names at random – please be gentle! It’s hard to describe what this means to me, but I think those of you who’ve been with me over the last eight years or so will understand. The book is called ‘A New Kind of Normal’ – as this is how I live and see my life now.
Well I’d better head off into the kitchen as we have Colin’s mum here for lunch today, and my mum and Joe with Lucy and Honey tomorrow! There’s a fair bit of prep to do. I hope that all is well in your world, and that you’ll find time to keep in touch.
With my love,