I’ve just come across the screen shot I took of the long distance weather forecast last month. It’s ‘Michael Fish-like’ in its misguided predictions, and leads me to believe that perhaps the only accurate way to forecast the weather is to look out of the window! Greetings! : ) Now let’s not get bogged down with the weather – it’s a bit like stating the obvious – although the delightful Glen Campell with whom I shared an hour of Isaac Mizrahi Live! Fashion, reliably informed me that it was stonkingly hot in Cornwall! Perhaps we should have all headed down there.
Suffice to say you’ve brought more than a little sunshine into my life with your lovely comments on the blog, and the enormous number of entries for the competition. So many of you came up with the correct answer which was UVA rays, although I fully appreciate as some of you pointed out, UVB rays also penetrate the atmosphere and can cause premature skin ageing too. Definitely better to be safe than sorry, and so I am delighted to tell you that Christina Cook will be receiving the £103 worth of Ultrasun products to protect your skin. Congratulations! Hopefully I’ll have another competition for you soon.
With my Ultrasun back in my beach bag, I’ve been relying on Decleor’s Gradual Glow to maintain my tan, but I have to tell you of the fantastic results I’ve had from James Read‘s new product the Coconut Melting Tanning Balm! It’s currently on our website and comes with the Sleep Mask Tan Face which I’ve been using for ages now. The coconut balm is made from 100% coconut oil and is just delicious to use and gives a really moisturised glow to the skin and an even tan which lasts ages! You will need to stir the product before using it, so just make sure you don’t spill any of the oil on anything you can’t wash as it really does work well at creating a colour! Luckily I can cover my Magniflex mattress with a sheet!
We had a lovely weekend with my sister Jenny and her partner Linda, culminating in a visit on Sunday to Henley-on-Thames. Although we only live about 10 miles from there, Colin and I had never been, and so we booked lunch at The Angel on The Bridge, and having stuffed ourselves full of a fab roast dinner, we had a mooch around the town. It’s such a pretty place, and there are a huge number of interesting shops, a few art galleries and a rare book emporium!
We didn’t buy much, but it was fun just exploring. I was equally impressed when I visited Shere in Surrey on Friday. I’d not been there for over thirty years, but had a great day out with my friend Jo which included lunch in the pub opposite the church. It’s the same pub that featured in that marvellous romantic movie “The Holiday” with Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslett, Jude Law and Jack Black. Sadly no celebrities were sighted, but I spent some time in the stocks for dropping an anchovy into Jo’s handbag! : )
I know I wasn’t going to mention the weather again, but there are benefits to come from all this rain, most noticeably in the garden! I’m a staunch supporter of Richard Jackson’s Flower Power, and along with Root Booster which I added to most of my pots way back in March, these are my Calla Lilies! They stand almost four feet high, and I couldn’t resist picking a few to have on display indoors.
It’s not just flowers that I’ve grown this year but fruit and veg too, and I had a fair few strawberries this year along with a bumper crop of potatoes! I actually gave a few of my potato plants to Lucy and Honey and we had great fun digging them up : ) I have two shows with Richard Jackson towards the end of August which is when I believe he’s bringing us another Today’s Special Value offer! Have you tried his new Liquid Flower Power yet? Not sure what the TSV is yet, but that may be a clue… watch this space.
We’re still trying to get enough days in the diary to film the new promotional film for my regular Tuesday Diamonique show, but having missed last week because of Christmas in July, I do hope you were able to join me and Alison O’Reilly for the Finale of our Festival of Diamonique on Sunday night. Isn’t the new packaging beautiful? I was really pleased to see that we’d gone all out on the branding, and I think it adds kudos to this stunning range of jewellery when you can gift it to someone and present it in such a wonderful way. If you missed seeing it, I’ll make sure I have a few boxes on set to show you on Tuesday at 8pm.
I have all my children with me this Monday and little Honey too, so am planning to cook a roast turkey. A bit like Christmas dinner with all the trimmings. It always cheers me to see them together, and it’s good for them to spend time together. Their lives and jobs mean they don’t always manage to catch up, so this will be lovely for all of us.
I think that’s pretty much all my news for now, but thanks as always for continually supporting the blog and for keeping me in touch with your lives. I’m hoping Debz, that all’s okay with you and also Una? I’ll see you on Tuesday night at 8pm, and if you want to drop me a line, I’ll always reply.
With my love,