It’s hard to believe that 10 years have passed since we lost my lovely Dad on 21st November 2007, just six days before my son’s 21st birthday. He hadn’t been ill, but he had a fall which landed him in hospital, and they kept him in for observation. Two days later he died from a bleed in the brain; apparently he’d had an aneurysm, probably for years, and it had ruptured.
It’s difficult to see the good when something like this happens, but I am just grateful that it hadn’t burst when he was driving. It could have resulted in potentially devastating consequences for others around him. I still think of him frequently, particularly when things aren’t going to plan, and I wish he was still around to talk to. The photos of him on here are, of course, from his younger days, but he never lost that dazzling smile that lit up his entire face. It was good to see the pictures when we visited Mum in Nottingham, on Tuesday, to spend some time with her.
This picture with his name printed underneath was his ‘headshot’ from when he did shows with the Nottingham Operatic Society (he had a lovely singing voice) and the other one at the top, in his RAF uniform, was taken on their wedding day. That reminds me to say, congratulations to Her Majesty and Prince Philip, who this week celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.
While we were at Mum’s, I read her the first couple of chapters of Christmas at Carol’s and she loved it, although she may be slightly biased! I was hoping to show you the cover on here today but, unfortunately, my cover designer has stomach flu so we are running a few days behind. The story itself is one chapter away from being finished and will be heading off to my copy editor on Sunday to be checked – it’s all very exciting.
I also showed Mum some pictures of the work we have been doing on the house. Here is another shot of the bathroom and one of the hallway – I fell in love with those tiles the minute I saw them!
This week, the builders are coming to erect a dividing wall between the lounge and – what will be – our kitchen/family room, and the plans for the extension have been submitted. It feels as though we are in touching distance of having the house the way we want it.
It was difficult coming back to work after Dad died, but I knew I had to get back to some kind of ‘normality’ as quickly as possible. My first show back was Butler & Wilson, and I will never forget Simon’s sensitivity and kindness. Funnily enough, I was with him last Friday (I love this photo of us) and I’ll also be doing his final show of 2017 on 9th December… I hope.
I say that, because we’ve had lots of schedule changes due to presenter sickness over the past few weeks, so nothing is ever cast in stone. That’s why I won’t elaborate on what shows I’m doing this weekend, except to say it should be, Diamonique, Molton Brown and Kipling, among others. In the meantime, I’m definitely on-air at 2pm, 4pm and 5pm today as we get into the full swing of our Black Friday event. I hope you will find some amazing bargains, both on-air and on our website.
I also want to give you a little heads up, as Wednesday’s Nails Inc Today’s Special Value is already available to buy on our website. Some of you may have noticed the gorgeous metallic pink nail colour I was wearing last week or the sparkly gold I have on today. They are just two of the five fab shades in the Today’s Special Value, the others being a metallic teal, metallic mauve-pink, and silver.
You also get the new Lacquer Lock top coat which uses UV technology (without the need for a lamp) to give extended wear. The great thing is that you can use it with any of your existing polishes. Think of parties or presents!