What am I referring to? The house renovations – hooray!! While I have been tied to my writing desk, ‘Him Indoors’ (soon to be husband) has been working very hard on the utility room, the final part of our house remodelling, and I’m pleased to say the workmen were in yesterday to tile the floor and it’s finished – apart from moving the washing machine and tumble dryer into position. It looks a lot bigger now that it is properly laid out with a work surface and cupboards rescued from our old kitchen.
We also had them finish off the tiling behind the coffee station area and erect a garden gate.
Do you recognise the ‘faux’ foliage at the side of the gate by any chance? – another fab QVC purchase. They were very efficient and once again, I have to thank Ali Keenan’s husband, Colin, for the contact!
Inside is done, so now our attention turns to the garden. Over the past week or so, preparations have been ongoing for the ‘laying of the turf’ – it’s not a ceremony, just something that is going to take place tomorrow, weather permitting.
Perfect timing, then, that we have a Richard Jackson Lawn Magic TSV on Sunday. I’ve used this product before and also ordered it for my daughter last year, and it really does work. It’s the three litre size with the hose end sprayer, making it easy to apply. The system is really clever, as it pulls the concentrate into the hose end for accurate dilution.
Lawn Magic will be the perfect thing to help my new lawn establish, as it strengthens the grass and also fights fungal diseases. Once the lawn is down, we will look at adding some plants to the garden for year round colour and, with that in mind, I’m going to do a series of blogs taking the recommendations of some of our suppliers in terms of season and positioning. I’ve already been talking to George Clowes from de Jager, who I have a show with on Sunday afternoon at 2pm.
Something I won’t need to buy is a cherry bush. My mum bought this for us a couple of years ago, but it had to be dug up for the building work and the decking. As you can see, it has survived its year in a pot and will be going back in the garden once it has finished flowering. I’ll put some pictures of the finished lawn on next week’s blog.
I wonder if any of you have been watching The Bachelor on Channel 5? It’s not normally my kind of thing but one of the girls was our QVC model, Charlotte. She made it through to the last three, which meant not only did she have a few weeks filming in South Africa, she also went to Antigua for the final. I haven’t seen her since the show aired, but I can’t wait to tell her that Alex, The Bachelor, actually lived in the village of Woldingham in Surrey, where my children grew up, and my daughter Sophie went to his birthday party… in the local scout hut, when he was 11 years old!
My best news this week is that I had my ‘professor’ appointment yesterday, following on from my regular blood tests two weeks ago and… the levels of CML in my blood are stable (in fact fractionally lower) meaning I can stay medication-free for another three months. I don’t know who was more surprised, me or the ‘prof’, but I know who was more pleased – I’m over the moon.
Well, I’ll need to head into QVC shortly for a busy afternoon, including my regular show, Fashion on Friday at 5pm. Watch out for a new regular show in that time slot on Saturdays going forward. It’s a Top Offers show and highlights some of QVC’s best current deals – Katy is presenting tomorrow’s show and you may well find something to redeem your voucher against if you recently earned one.
I’m in at QVC all weekend, hopefully with a smile on my face, if Palace manage to beat Watford in the Quarter Final of the FA Cup – it’s possible, we play better away from home this season!
And then I’m in on Monday, when we have a great TSV offer from Attitudes by Renee – two maxi dresses for a brilliant price. I’ll wear at least one of them over the weekend to give you a sneaky preview.
Have a great weekend,