I finally succumbed to the lurgy that’s been laying my colleagues low, and spent most of yesterday in bed, and was feeling less worse today until I realised that in five weeks it’ll be Boxing Day! Can you believe it? No, neither can I!
It’s a funny thing, anticipation, looking forward to something and wanting it to happen, and then – almost in a heartbeat – it’s happened and we move on. When I was a child we started building up to the big day with our Advent calendars. No chocolates, Decleor bestsellers or even pork scratchings behind those cardboard doors to tantalise (yes we have them all here at QVC!), nothing but a minute illustrated image of all that encapsulated Christmas in the 60s.
A sprig of holly, or a bunch of mistletoe, maybe a reindeer or possibly a beautifully boxed gift complete with a large red ribbon around it. The pictures definitely helped to build the excitement, but it was the Nativity tableau complete with Mary, Joseph, baby Jesus and a whole host of farm animals that brought it all to a head on the 24th December.
So detailed was this illustration that it took two doors to incorporate everything behind it, but once I’d opened those doors, the following 24 hours took forever to pass. It’d be lovely to hear about your Christmas memories; and I plan to write more about mine next month, but as always I love to receive your comments – maybe we could compare notes?
Of course things change as your children grow up and move away, and so I feel incredibly lucky to find myself going back in time, and reliving those memories whenever I am with my granddaughter Honey. Lucy had parent’s evening so I picked Honey up from school (what a treat :)) and then we went to the shopping centre for a cup of tea and a cake. This one was almost as big as Honey!
Try asking a three year old what they’d like for Christmas and let me know what they tell you. I asked Honey what she wanted Father Christmas to bring her, and her response was a cuddly Peter Rabbit toy, a kitchen roll holder in the shape of a dachshund, and a pair of incredibly sparkly pink ballet shoes. A very eclectic mix I thought and completely doable! 🙂 She also wanted very much to buy a tartan jacket for Sam’s dog Diesel, so I’ve promised her that next time I visit, we will get one and she can wrap it up for him.
I’m still debating whether to buy her a Diamonique necklace this year as she clearly loves jewellery, but it would have to have a unicorn on it! Lucy is hosting Christmas this year and so Colin, the boys and I will be heading to Wiltshire. Can’t wait 🙂
Never mind Black Friday, it’s a pretty murky Thursday here with freezing temperatures, so I’m very grateful for my Cozee Home bedcovers, and my Emu slippers! Mind you this cold snap has brought about some beautiful sunsets, and I managed to get this shot of the moon at dusk. Something sure to warm the cockles of your heart though will be the line up here on QVC for our Black Friday Weekend deals!
Considering the competition out there, we’ve pulled together all your favourite brands and dropped the cost of their products to a value you’re unlikely to find anywhere else! With up to 50% off on names like Bose, Panasonic, Sony and Samsung, we have the latest in phones, cameras and headphones. Have a look at item numbers 515097, 506765 and 517445 – and that’s just the technical side of things!
Priding ourselves in all things beauty, we’ve got Dyson leading the way with their supersonic hairdryer, but don’t forget this week’s Big Deal from Eyeko – a three piece mascara and brow collection and Liz Earle’s top-rated Indulgent Botanical Beauty six piece collection in either the Calming or Uplifting options. There’s fashion, jewellery, toys even footwear, so it’d be well worth your while browsing online to see everything that’s going to be available over the next four days, and also quite a few surprises that won’t be seen on air, but purely online.
So a busy weekend ahead, much the same as last weekend was for us. I managed to squeeze in supper with Kathy Tayler and her husband Olley; my friend Colette whom I’ve not seen in nearly a year came to stay with her husband David, and on Sunday I met Kirsten O’Brien at BBC Radio Berkshire when she talked to me about my book A New Kind of Normal.
She’d lost her mum some years ago, and said she found it a real comfort which was very kind. It’s still holding its own in the Amazon Hot New Memoir releases – currently at number seven – but it’s the 39 five star reviews that bring me most joy. I just want to say thank you… again! I thought you might like to see this little film Lucy made of Honey actually swiping through the Kindle version 🙂 Make sure you have the sound up!
Well that’s all my news for now, and I’m not back in until Tuesday at 8pm for Diamonique with Michelle Mone, by which time I hope to be in fine fettle and not coughing and spluttering like an old boiler! I do hope that you’re well and warm, and will be able to join me then. Thanks for your lovely comments last time, and I’ll look forward to catching up with you again.
With my love,