I know that some of you will be very happy that Mother’s Day is over for another year but, I must confess, I didn’t want this one to end. My day started with beautiful cards and flowers, which I think Wilfie the cat was trying to take credit for!
Actually, I had mentioned on air during a Peony flowers show that although I love tulips, mine always start to droop after a day or so. Thanks to the tips received courtesy of Back To You on Facebook, they’ve done a whole lot better than usual. One was to put pins through the stem near the base and the other was to put a 2p coin in the water. I did the latter of the two (it was easier) and it worked!
I had four cards, one from each of my children, one from the cats and one from Chris and while they were all lovely, with thoughtful messages inside, I managed to hold my emotions in check until I opened Chris’s card. It wasn’t the message inside, that just said ‘love Chris x’, it was the words on the front of the card – I hope they are true.
I also had a lovely gift from the kids – Tea for Two at Kew Gardens which Chris and I will enjoy when the weather warms up a bit! After the card opening session, I rang my mum. I had sent her some iced biscuits in the shape of a teapot and cups and saucers because she loves a cuppa! I also printed up and sent the free short story from my website, A Recipe for Love. Chris’s mum had already downloaded and read it and, as they often talk on the phone, I didn’t want her to feel left out. Then it was time for lunch out at The Tablespoon – who I should thank for squeezing us in at the last minute.
Although our beauty expert, Ali Young, would have you believe differently, I don’t often indulge in cocktails, especially at lunchtime, but this one (pictured above) was almost a trip down memory lane. It was Cointreau, prosecco, orange and lemon and it reminded me of the drink I used to have when I first met my other half, Chris, over forty years ago. He was working in the resident band at the Peacock Club in Streatham at the time and I used to go down there after my evening show of the panto I was appearing in in Croydon. My tipple was Cointreau and Tonic – a couple of those would send his bar bill sky-rocketing but I hope he thought I was worth it!
We didn’t have dessert at the restaurant as I had been baking on Saturday and there was the choice of Luscious Lemon Cake or Chocolate Cake waiting at home to be enjoyed with our daughter, Sophie, and her boyfriend and family. It was the first time they had been to our house and it was meant to just be for a couple of hours, but we were all having so much fun playing Heads Up and the board-game Sorry, and consuming pizza and cake, that Sophie had to drag them out around 9pm. That was when I caught up with the final of Dancing on Ice and, in my opinion, the best skater won.
Going back to the cakes for a moment, it’s recipe time on next week’s blog – would you like savoury or sweet?? I’ll go with the majority. I also have to make another Luscious Lemon cake this weekend. Our Presenter Manager, Sean, reminded me that I still haven’t baked for him so I’ll put that right for Monday – got to keep him sweet. I’m not actually on air on Monday but I have an office day at QVC the majority of which will be spent tidying my side of the dressing room I share with Katy Pullinger – it’s long overdue!
Today and tomorrow on QVC is the Spring Style Celebration Event. Today it’s all about fashion with a Nina Leonard TSV – Kate Bandel and I have an hour together for Fashion on Friday at 5pm and I also have a Spring Catwalk show tonight at 8pm with Lesley Ebbetts.
Then tomorrow kicks off with this gorgeous Links of London TSV necklace. Instead of attempting to perfect my ‘lift selfie’ I elected to take a ‘Links selfie’ instead. I’ve already had loads of questions about it so it might be advisable to take advantage of the fact that it’s already available to order on our website. I have a full hour with lovely Coral tomorrow morning at 11am followed by an hour of Butler & Wilson, with Simon.
I also have an early-ish start on Sunday so I’m hoping the predicted snow doesn’t arrive – I’m a bit ‘over’ winter now! It’s a Decleor TSV on Sunday and includes my all-time favourite body moisturiser, Systeme Corps. I do remember the aforementioned Ali Young going through my beauty products some twenty-four years ago and looking with horror at the baby lotion I then used to moisturise my body with… it went straight in the bin! As soon as we started selling Decleor on QVC, she recommended Systeme Corps and I’ve used it as my preferred choice ever since.
In the TSV, there is a choice of the original or the gradual glow option along with Hydra Floral (rich), Aromessence Neroli Amara oil and the brand new Neroli Amara night balm – absolute nourishment for our winter skins. Again it’s already on pre-order on our website if you like the sound of it. Alternatively you can watch the launch at midnight Saturday, or Fiona and my shows at 11am and 2pm on Sunday if you need more help to make your mind up.
So, after Monday I’m off for a few days – using up annual leave. On Tuesday I have a hospital appointment where I should be getting my orthotic insoles and Wednesday will be another day of wall to wall writing for my latest book, as it was last Wednesday – I’m back in the writing groove. Oh, and did I mention that Alice in Theatreland is being made in to an audiobook? It should be out in June but do check my website (there is a link from my Twitter and Instagram profiles) for updates.
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Stay safe and warm if the threatened snow does arrive and remember to reply with your choice of sweet or savoury for the recipe on next week’s blog.