Deciding on how to begin my blog is not normally something I find easy – so much information to include and almost impossible to prioritise – but today it’s easy. I’m going to start with a huge thank you for all of the incredibly kind, heartfelt, thoughtful and empathetic comments you posted on my last blog. I have read every one of them, and they were such a comfort, but do please forgive me for not responding individually as I would do normally. I was very sorry to realise that there are so many of you who no longer have your mum with you, whether it happened recently or many, many years ago. We all know how it feels, and the hole I have in my life right now is one that will never disappear. It’s just one I hope I can learn to walk around the edge of, rather than pitching into the middle…
We were blessed on the day of Mum’s funeral with clear blue skies and bright sunshine, but the biggest blessing of all was that my brother Peter and his wife Sarah came all the way from Australia to be with us. He had written a beautiful eulogy, and Jenny and I put our thoughts together, and I read those out. It’s so hard to condense a lifetime of love into a few minutes, but I hope she would have been pleased. My niece, Emily, read a piece from Winnie the Pooh, and my daughter Lucy had chosen a perfect poem. But just a week before, I’d found a small piece of paper with Mum’s handwriting on it, tucked inside a book she had wanted me to read. The book was ‘Somebody I Used to Know’ by Wendy Mitchell – a very moving memoir written by a 56-year-old woman who has dementia. She had suggested I get in touch with the publisher, as she felt it was similar in writing style to my own book. Mum wasn’t one who believed in self-publicity, so this meant a lot to me. Lucy looked it up, and found the quote to be written by Teresa of Avila, who is the Patron Saint of Writing, and Lucy told me she believed mum had copied it out for me.
May today there be peace within.
May your trust that you are exactly where you are meant to be
May you not forget the infinite possibilities that are born of faith in yourself and others.
May you use the gifts that you received, and pass on the love that has been given to you.
Let this knowledge settle into your bones and allow your soul the freedom to dance, sing, praise and love
It is there for each and every one of us.
I thought it was absolutely beautiful, and the words most definitely resonated with every one of us at the ceremony.
Peter and Sarah flew back to Australia on Friday, and I came back to work on Monday night, which was absolutely the right thing for me to do. After all these years at the Q, there is definitely a sense of belonging, and it did me good to see my friends again and to bring you the fabulous Today’s Special Value from Peony, which I know sold incredibly well. Of course I missed the Elemis TSV, but I am very glad to be back in time to tell you about a four-piece Liz Earle ‘Big Deal’, which is available all this week. It contains the award winning Cleanse & Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser (my cleanser of choice for the last 18 years), the intensely hydrating and beautifully fragranced Orange Flower Body Wash, the Nourishing Botanical Body Cream, and your choice from one of the five signature Liz Earle fragrances! The interest-free instalment deal means you can buy this now for just £18.99, with a total price of just £56.97, when the fragrance alone would be £52! No. 20 is definitely my favourite fragrance, but I have to say that No. 9 with its blackcurrant, bergamot and ginger notes is a close second. What’s yours?
Another one of your favourite beauty brands will be heading up our Christmas event this Saturday with a TSV that gets top marks from me for its festive packaging! Just have a look at this seven-piece collection of bath and bodycare from L’Occitane, available in three different options: Warm, Fresh or Floral scents and with a payment option of four interest-free instalments – basically £12.49 to secure your order with our reduced P&P of £1.95, and then three months interest-free credit to follow on the remaining payments. But the best bit is that you can buy it now, rather than having to wait until Saturday! Go on, treat yourself! 🙂
I must admit, the last few months have run away with me, and I can’t quite believe we are so close to Christmas. I took these photos just a week or so back when I was on a walk.
Stunning colours this autumn, and lots of berries too, which is good news for the birds.
We visited Colin’s son Danny and Rae last Sunday, and spent time with our granddaughter Calla who loved the reindeer.
I know Christmas can be a difficult time for many, for all kinds of reasons, but I hope that whatever you have planned it will be a happy time.
I hope you’ll be able to join me on Sunday at 5pm on our Style Channel when I’ll have an hour of luxury jewellery, before legging it over to the main channel at 7pm to show you how many steps I’ve done according to my Versa 2 from Fitbit! You may have seen me wearing it on air, and I have to say that on those mornings when I’ve not really felt like even getting out of bed, it’s really helped to motivate me.
With my love,