July? How did that happen?! June disappeared in the blink of an eye although as always I seemed to cram a lot in. 🙂 Thank you so much for your lovely comments on the previous blog, and for keeping in touch with me on Twitter as well. It’s been a busy month at the Q and at home, but then when isn’t it?!
I’m very grateful too for your kind words about my book. It’s quite a big undertaking to self publish, and there are many things I need to put in place first, but I’m hoping that it will become a reality towards the end of this year. Lucy used my original manuscript and had a single hardback copy of it made for me as she knew how disappointed I’d felt and told me she just wanted to remind me that you that “you can do this”. Bless her heart. I promise I’ll keep you in the loop – after all it’s mainly because of your support I wrote it.
I was able to give a little support back to Lucy last week when she had parent’s evening and I came to stay over and look after Honey. Of course the weather was lovely and we headed out to the park where we spent an hour or more just playing together. It’s all so uncomplicated with little ones, and I never take for granted this chance to have it all again now that my own children are grown up. I made a little film of her chatting away, and she told me that my eyes were “green like cucumbers” whereas hers and mummy’s were “blue like blueberries”. Love it!
Lucy had the following day off and had bought tickets for us to go to Bowood House in Wiltshire, where they were hosting Kirsty Allsopp’s Handmade Fair. I’ve never been to an event like this before, but there were tents and stalls set out in the sunshine, selling a myriad of different things from jam to gin to jewellery, embroidery kits and painting sets. There was also an amazing food market with a huge array of some of the best of British delights to eat and drink. Rhubarb gin, chocolate cheese, and some incredible marinades made with garlic – very fiery – were just a few of the more unusual. We did bring our own picnic, but also sampled the home-made cakes – well it would have rude not to!
The highlight of the visit though was when Kirsty Allsopp herself came into the main tent and started chatting to Honey who was with Lucy. It was really warm in the tent, but she was absolutely charming, and agreed to have this photo taken with us, although it can’t have been that pleasant for her as I was having a major hot flush at the time! A happy day, and some great memories.
I headed back down the M4 that afternoon as I was with at the Q on Friday with our Kipling TSV and the lovely Marie Francoise-Wolff who announced her engagement on air! So delighted for her and Johnny, and she was thrilled with all the tweets and messages that came through for her.
Colin and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary at the weekend, because both of us were working on the Tuesday, and after our very long trip, I don’t have much leave left to take! He has bought me the most beautiful piece of jewellery that I’m going to keep under wraps until I write to you next. Suffice to say it came from QVC and is just stunning. We had a wonderful meal out in a local Italian restaurant which is run by the Caldesi family from the Amalfi Coast in Italy. We thought it was particularly fitting as we’d honeymooned there. I can’t believe it’s been three years since our wedding day in Bray, but we’re both looking forward to many more together.
Colin and I were to have visited my mum and Joe this weekend as it’s mum’s 83rd birthday on the 3rd July, but she finds the heat unbearable so we’ve postponed her lunch out until it’s a tad cooler. I was sorry as we’d been looking forward to having some time together, but my sister has taken mum’s presents for me so she can open them on the day, and it’s something for us to look forward to in the next few weeks.
As you’ve probably gathered I’m the opposite to my mum with the heat and have been spending as much time as possible in the garden. My pots need constant watering and attention, but are thriving with Richard Jackson’s Flower Power. Just look at my beautiful rose ‘Perfect Match’ and my Calla Lilies that have double the number of flowers from last year. Actually, talking of lilies, our TSV on Wednesday 4th July are a collection of Montrose Autumn Colour Burst Asiatic Lily Bulbs that come in their own planter (517447). A great price for 18 bulbs, so do try and join Richard and me at midnight for the launch.
We’ve got another well-timed TSV the following night from Abi Cleeve who has an Ultrasun 5 Piece Holiday Favourites Collection (234644) with an Auto Delivery option so you can keep your skin protected throughout the summer, and if we’re to believe the forecast, it’s going to be hot one.
The clear skies have afforded me so stunning shots of the moon – it fascinates me – look how far it travelled in just 24 hours! Love the pink moon too, so I thought I’d share them with you. The only downside to this amazing weather is the mosquitos! I hope you’re not plagued with them, but I’m keeping myself liberally sprayed with insect repellent just in case, but if you’ve got any tips at keeping at bay, I’d love to know!
Take care, stay cool, and do keep in touch.
With my love, Ali xx