Digging for treasure!


Digging holes in the gardenHello!

I give in, I've spent what feels like hours looking for the hole in the lawn to put the rotary washing line into! I can't find it! It's got to be there somewhere as it's metal and the line just drops into it – I'm thinking about getting a metal detector.

The puppies on the other hand are providing me with plenty of holes – it's just that none of them will take the washing line! They're constantly digging – what for, I've no idea? The holes are about the size of a large tin of soup and there are 7 or 8 of them across the lawn… anyone for a game of golf?!

Exquisite amethystIt's been a busy few days back at QVC. We're all excited about Gem Day this coming Wednesday 24th April. I have a number of exciting shows in the evening including Exotic Gems at 7pm!

The day before, on Tuesday 23rd, I've Destination Gems at 8pm. Wow, what a line up. It's in no way overshadowed by Gem Day. In fact, we'll be previewing a few pieces from Gem Day and I've had some really exciting news confirmed by our gem buyers.

In my show on Tuesday, for the first time, I'll be bringing you a brand new variety of Tanzanite! I saw some of the loose stones a few weeks back. It really is out of this world.


I was recently on the Isle of Wight visiting Dad. He's in a pretty bad way with chronic back pain. I took down a netbook to him, which we no longer use, and he's now online using Facebook, sending emails and even reading my blog (Hello Dad!) he's loving it and really getting to grips with the technology.

Imperial topazGems really are a passion of mine and whilst on the island I visited a fabulous shop in Shanklin called Jurassic Jim. The store is full of wonderful artefacts, gems and fossils including the exquisite amethyst (pictured above) which I couldn't resist treating myself to. My sister was with me and she picked up a stunning example of fossilised ammonite.

Right, I'm going to dash as its time for one more attempt to find the washing line hole… Wish me luck!

See you soon

Charlie x

Ps. we have our new Destination Gems competition up and running. The prize is a beautiful piece of Imperial Topaz (pictured above). To enter, simply tweet me a picture of you in your favourite piece of QVC jewellery! I'm @mecharliebrook. Full terms and conditions can be found here. It's a bit of fun! I hope you enter x


  1. Sue Jones April 17, 2013 at 1:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Charlie,
    Just love hearing your stories about Misty and Bramble, It appears they have now entered the serious digging phase, bye bye garden!. We are now on our third cairn terrier, her name is Tilly, she is 12 years old but is now very poorly, not sure how much longer she will be with us, so reading your blogs cheer me up. I hope you are having as much pleasure from your two as we have from ours.
    Kindest regards

  2. Karen Stevenson April 17, 2013 at 7:15 pm -  Reply

    Hola Charlie
    Lola and Rosie just wanted me to tell you that we have just received special medical collars like Misty and Bramble had and its working a treat for Lola at the moment paws and fingers crossed it continues.
    Best wishes

  3. Jean Pugh April 17, 2013 at 7:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Charlie,
    I shall be joining you soon looking for the hole in our lawn for the rotary line. It is funny isnt it you take the line down and say to yourself that you will remember where it is.
    Love your dogs, they sound as if they are great fun and also little mishiefs at the same time.We have several labradors and they are used as gundogs and we work them in working tests retrieving dummies. Our oldest is twelve years old, and the youngest is two brothers, five and a half months old. They like pulling up the lawn, Idont know what it is with puppies but they love digging and running around with lumps of mud in their mouths.
    Looking forward to seeing thr Tanzanite, I have some lovely pieces of Tanzanite jewellery which I purchased from QVC, not the really expensive pieces.
    Anyway hope you find the hole for the rotary line, I am going to keep looking for mine.
    Enjoy those gorgeous puppies, I expect you will find them hanging off the washing once it is out.
    Regards Jean.

  4. jan April 17, 2013 at 9:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Charlie
    Nice to see you back.
    When you visited your dad I do hope you took him some sbc arnica gell for his bad back,it’s amazing I never use anything else, and use it every day,if it’s one thing I thank qvc for its that, it’s the only thing that gives me pain relieve,it’s always in the car with me,and smells beautifull,
    I recomend it to my friends,and they are impressed too.
    JAN XX

  5. Hazel April 19, 2013 at 1:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Charlie! They are probably practising digging for rats (not suggesting you have any – it’s just what terriers, esp Cairns, do… they are excellent ratters!). Once our old boy, Dougal, was worrying around the shed for several hours, then quick as a flash he shot across the garden, caught the rat by it’s tail, flicked his head to dispatch the rat (broken neck) – job done! All completely performed on instinct! I so enjoy reading about your 2 – they are delightful! Hazel

  6. Debby Slauenwhite April 21, 2013 at 10:48 am -  Reply

    Hi Charlie.
    I think our letter’s crossed in the post. Glad you enjoyed the photo’s, of Bella she has every one in stitches some times with her antics.
    I often wonder what Bella would do if she met up with Misty and Brambles—- I think she’s be a little shy at first [ she likes to check out other dogs first] before running around. We used to meet up with a Jack Russel and he was quiet boisterous and she wasn’t too keen on him. The only dog’s she not too keen on are Greyhounds [ believe it or not]. Hope you [ and your daughter] enjoy the new photo’s.
    Hope now the warmer weather is here your dad’s feeling a little better, all the best to him.
    Take care.
    Love Debby and a BIG Whoof from Bella.x

  7. jackie grice April 23, 2013 at 4:58 pm -  Reply

    hello charlie
    the washing line is making me smile we had to replace ours with a line across the garden as our cairn alfie used to grab the washing and swing it around until his feet left the ground,so be warned and use plenty of pegs.!!!!

  8. Charlie brook April 24, 2013 at 9:04 am -  Reply

    Hello Sue, I’m sorry to hear how poorly Tilly is. Our warmest wishes are with you and her. I love Cairns and thank you for enjoying my blogs (I wonder sometimes if go on about them a little too much!) they become such magical members of the family.
    Take care

  9. Charlie brook April 25, 2013 at 1:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Karen, so glad the collars are working out for you! Best of luck and do keep me posted.
    Kind regards

  10. Charlie brook April 25, 2013 at 1:28 pm -  Reply

    Hello Jean, thanks for your reply. Labradors are fabulous dogs and it sounds like yours are well trained. I don’t think we’ll be entering crufts just yet, but training is going well! You’re right, they love digging and seem to enjoy the taste of soil!
    I’m so glad to hear you love your tanzanite.
    Best wishes

  11. Charlie brook April 25, 2013 at 1:33 pm -  Reply

    Hello Debby and a whoof to Bella, of course!
    Thanks for the latest pictures you sent me. We all love them and really made us smile. Our two puppies love meeting new dogs, big or small. There doesn’t appear to be a breed they’re wary of but I can tell you that they’re not keen on wheely bins!
    Kind regards

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