Phew, what a busy couple of weeks! Over the Bank Holiday weekend hubby and I had some friends to stay, including my presenter pal Chloe Everton and Clare, one of our producers. They brought their adorable dogs with them, which added to the fun… look at these gorgeous creatures!
Lots of you will recognise Chloe’s dog Teddy of course (if you follow Chloe on Twitter, you’ll have seen ENDLESS photos of him…) and the cute little Boston Terrier is Clare’s dog Stanley, who just looks SO tiny next to my very tall husband!
We had a fantastic couple of days – I’m very lucky to work with such great people who are not just colleagues but friends too.
Then midweek I headed over to Dublin for just one night for a family event. My niece Ellen was graduating from university, so we all got together for a celebration night out. My sister Deborah, who died five years ago, had three daughters, and Ellen is the middle one. We are all so incredibly proud of her (so proud of all three of Deborah’s children in fact – her oldest, Corinne, is currently working for a charity in Guatemala and her youngest, Holly, will be six years old later this year and is already a little superstar at school).
It means that family occasions like this are always full of emotion – we have a wonderful time and are so grateful to all be together and well and happy, but at the same time it’s always so desperately sad that Deborah is not here to see how fabulous her girls are and to share all of this with us. We miss her so much. Here’s a picture of my clever niece at her graduation ceremony, and with her proud auntie at the meal we had that evening!
In other news, last week it was exactly eight months since I had my skating accident and smashed up my right arm and I am STILL having big problems with it! This attractive little number is the latest attempt to try to move my wrist back into the correct position as I still can’t turn it fully. I’m supposed to wear the splint for about twenty minutes three times a day, and I do think it’s working.
I still can’t move my fingers properly either or grip small objects but I’m persevering, with the help of my brilliant and very patient physiotherapist. I try not to let these issues be too obvious on air but I’m particularly conscious of it in jewellery shows where my hand is often in big close up. So if you’re a new viewer, and were wondering why I have a wonky hand, that’s the explanation… and no, I will NOT be going ice skating this winter, or ever again!
I hope you are all well and looking forward to the new season. I always love to hear from you – you can get in touch by leaving a comment under this blog, tweeting me (@jackiekabler) or by popping by my author page on Facebook