– A Mother's Day treat with my lovely son Brad – weird waiter's uniform tho! Lol
– Can you ride tandem? Center Parcs break with a certain visitor
– Plus one of the funniest bloopers from Dale that I've seen in a long while!
Hope you had a lovely Mother's Day on Sunday? Go anywhere nice or unexpected? I did! Very chuffed I was! Then it was off to a fab midweek break to one of my favourite places, with one of my new favourite people… It's all go!
Mother's Day treat with my lovely son Brad
One of the nicest days I've had of late was Mother's Day, where, having spent some time with my own mum, along with several others in my family, I was whisked off to the Windmill near Shere for a fab Sunday roast with my boy. Funny uniform the waiters wear though! Hehe! It has the best far-reaching views.
And although they were rushed off their feet, the grub was nice too – long time since I've had a proper beef roast with all the trimmings – apart from on QVC King's Realm shows of course! Hehe! I really loved spending several hours catching up with my son, including hearing about his recent snowboarding holiday. Made me want to get going on the wakeboarding again this spring! Will have to fit it in around horseriding though!
Earlier in the day I'd popped in to see many of my clan at brother Glenn's, which is always nice – including one of the latest to be subjected to the Flint treatment – brother Derek's girlfriend Amanda! A nice day was had by all, I think! What did you do? Any lovely surprises this year?
Center Parcs break with a certain visitor
Yes, I escaped to Center Parcs again, and had the unique TiFFT experience of riding a tandem! Cool! It was harder than you'd think, but we managed a full lap around the park before being saddle sore overtook the novelty and we swapped it back for our normal bikes! Have you ever ridden a tandem?
I went away, of course, for a break, but mainly to give me time to focus and finish my romance novel which I've been writing for 2 years for submission to Mills & Boon. It'll also go off to this year's RNA New Writers' Scheme again for a full length critique and hopefully this year be put through for a second read! That's the plan. So I was relying on the peace and solitude of Elvedon Forest to get it done. And I am writing right now from the Starbucks next to the lake – how beautiful the weather's been. Doesn't it make you happy when the sun is shining!
So yes, I would have been all on my own – and missed out on a bicycle built for two – but for a certain visitor on one of the days, who fancied his chances playing the putting game. No more info for the time being, guys! But if there's anything more to tell at some stage, I will keep you informed! Lol.
Fab to be away though – I just love the place and have been going since the kids were small. Next hol is a workshop in April to learn about macrobiotic food – you going anywhere nice this year?
There was I, up late (as usual, Skyping (!)) and in the background on QVC came a roar of laughter! When I checked it back, Dale was keeping Carmel suitably amused during an overnight jewellery repeat, including his attempt at being literate – one of the funniest bloopers from Dale that I've seen in a long while!
Reminds me of the Rita Rudner joke about wanting to have her husband share the pain of childbirth, by making him 'at least be on the next bed having his legs waxed'! Haha!
– Have been trying out a new gel coat nail product which is due to launch as a TSV in summer – it's a bit like shellac – dries fast and looks good for ages. Any of you had any good experiences with anything like it? I used the purple from the Nails Inc (Today's Special Value on Wednesday just gone) over the top of it and it even made THAT last ages! My sis has passed an audition to be a guest and she may well be on air for it at end of June!
– Been booking a couple of other daily deals vouchers which are due to expire soon. One of them is an intriguing 'live blood analysis'. The other is a short languages course – not sure which one to choose yet though. Which language would you like to learn and why?
– 'Solo Cougar's Survival Kit' #14? Ultrasun. Hate to say it, as it's something so obvious, but it's well known that being in the sun is ageing to the skin. And as a more mature single lady, wanting to look the best you can, it's never too late to start using a good SPF!
I always use one of our many SPF day creams or SPF primers or foundations. Or Ultrasun! Once a day too – brilliant protection. I have, of course, got photosensitive skin although not a lot of people know that (!). I was often hiding under a deck-chair shelter on hols when I was a kid, when everyone else was in the ocean playing. Am glad now, even though at the time it seemed unfair – it means fewer wrinkles now on my face, especially given the big birthday coming up in May! I even took factor 30 to Center Parcs! OK, it was probably wishful thinking, but you never know! Lol.
– Facebook and Twitter. Another nice saying doing the rounds this week is this one – I do love little sayings like this. It reminds me of the hotel owner in 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' movie, who keeps saying 'it will all be OK at the end, and if it's not OK, it's not the end'! What's your favourite saying?
– And if you have someone very un-technical in your house, do take a look at this funny video – a lot of people are like that I'm sure, but I just hope that no-one's as bad as this guy!
WATCH – have been reading a lot of film scripts over the last few weeks, courtesy of an interesting pal. Some of them are really good – so vivid in my mind, it feels like I've actually watched the film! But the screenplay for one movie I saw recently was actually based on real life events. Which made it all the more difficult to stomach when I watched the new DVD release 'The Devil's Double'.
Whilst there were some absolute genius comic moments from Dominic Cooper, ('Mamma Mia', 'An Education'), playing both lead roles – superbly – the actual subject matter prompted some real cringeworthy violence. Not my normal sort of film, but I was intrigued by the trailer. Will you be? 8 out of ten for me.
READ – well, there's a big fuss about 'The Hunger Games' by Suzanne Collins, about to premiere in cinemas, and I have to say I was tipped the wink (is that the saying?!) when it was highly recommended by Julie Cohen (of my blog fame, couple of weeks back) last year.
She said back then it's going to be the next big thing – and looks like she's right, considering the press the film's been getting. The book is apparently brill – I haven't read it – have you? If so, be my reviewer this week and leave me three or four paragraphs about what you liked about it by filling in the Comments form below!
Also for READ – 'Fifty Shades of Grey' by E.L. James – also recommended by a pal – my friend QVC d irector Lisa – who said it's been getting a bit of a ground swell amongst us girlies and word of mouth is creating a bit of a stir! It's a trilogy, and the first one is what I'm reading here in Center Parcs as we speak – very good it is too – I'm only three or four chapters in, but thought I'd mention it, just in case you're looking to expand your horizons and find out what people are fussing about when you hear it mentioned! Be warned tho' – it's a bit X-rated in places! Lol.
QVC – this week I are mostly been using – SBC collagen cream for body – my new favourite body and hand cream. It's so thick, almost like a really thick jelly mousse, but I don't find it heavy at all, it's just what my skin needs! So lovely to smell too – the perfect remedy to the Center-Parcs-Waterworld-dried-out-skin!
I've just noticed a brilliant pack – it's actually a four-piece set including arnica – amazing value! Collagen face serum is included – on its own it's usually about £21, and it has 61 five star reviews and is only currently on Waitlist, which makes the four-piece set even more appealing. Loving it!
THIS WEEK ON AIR – well, I'm away till Friday, but it'll be all systems go again when I'm back on air at the weekend:
– Saturday includes an hour with Lenny and another fab selection of Nina Leonard outfits at 6pm. The cobalt blue top I was wearing on the Centigrade Show last Sunday night, in fact, was one of his. If you're quick you might be lucky if you saw me in it and wanted it, 'cos it's currently on Clearance online at just £20 or so! Some reviewers don't like it, but it's one of my favourite silhouettes and looks fab on, I think.
– I'm launching the new Susan Graver TSV at midnight Sunday, and will also have another hour with the lovely lady on Monday evening. And then my favourite hair-booster guy is back in town – Ken Paves is here for another visit including with me at 8pm Monday.
His Style a Do is still one of the most useful pieces I've ever owned! You'll see it on me almost any time my hair is in an 'up-do'!
Next week – my lovely girl Lollipop comes to stay for a few days, with Auntie Carol. Mummy Lesley comes to help with the 'Great Clear Out' in my dressing room – she's ruthless, that woman! And maybe 'The Hunger Games' film review – we'll see! Hehe! Have a great week!