What I’ve been up to
HEATWAAAAAAAAVE!!! Woweeeeee it’s been hot hasn’t it? It’s wonderful but boy it does make everything slow going doesn’t it?! As I am writing this I am getting geared up to drive to the furnace that is London, thank goodness I won’t be on the train or tube as I hear it’s torture, it’s going to be 38 degrees. Thankfully I have had a lovely few days enjoying the weather and it wasn’t unbearably hot.
One of my best friends, Leanne, who I have known since I was in primary school was back in the country to visit with her husband Rob and daughter Phoenix, who is also my God Daughter. They live in Dubai so for them they were actually coming here to cool down! I only get to see them perhaps once a year when they are over as we haven’t managed to make it over to Dubai. They will be moving to Miami, Florida soon though so it looks like we may make a plan to get over there instead.
We made the absolute most of the few days we spent with them in the New Forest. They hired a house there and I took Tilda and Ivy to stay. Fred unfortunately was working away so couldn’t be with us. On our first day together we took three very excited little girls to Furzey Gardens to look for fairies. It’s a fantastic place for kids and is set in beautiful gardens with a trail to find the fairy doors hidden in the trees.
Their delight at finding the doors and sneaking up so not to scare the fairies is the best thing ever and their imaginations can run wild. Tilda and Ivy loved being the big girls and showing Phoenix the doors. There is a lovely tea room and shop and it’s definitely worth adding to your list of things to do if you are in the area with kids. Actually it’s lovely even if you aren’t going with kids and the tea room is free to enter if you aren’t going into the gardens.
On the way to our next stop for dinner we stopped in the New Forest to see the wild ponies. The New Forest is completely magical and the wild ponies make it very special. You’ll even see wild pigs roaming around too although we didn’t see any that day. You obviously have to be very careful and respectful around the horses as they are wild but many of them will come to you for a stroke on the nose.
All of our girls love to watch an animated show called Spirit about a wild horse that is tamed by a little girl called Lucky. Spirit is tan with a black mane and tail and we spotted one just like him which the girls loved.
The next day we all went to Mudeford to go crabbing which as you may have seen in previous blogs my girls love to do. Phoenix had never done it before though and it was so sweet to see her delight and excitement for the first time. After that we headed to the Cat and Fiddle PYO farm to go fruit picking.
It was absolutely sweltering but the kids didn’t care, they ran up and down the strawberry field and raspberry bushes on a mission to find the best red and fattest fruit. It’s such a fun thing to do with the kids and great for them to understand where their food comes from, not to mention it’s pretty cheap particularly considering that you are taking something home. I’ll share what we did with our fruit later in the blog.
It was a fantastic few days with Leanne and her family and I hope that one of these days we will make that trip to Miami!
What I’ve been wearing – Phase Eight Shirt Dress with Tie Detail
In this weather it can be really hard to find something to wear that is cool but also suitable for something a little smart or even for work. So this week I have picked a fab Linen dress from Phase Eight. It’s a shirt dress which gives it a casual edge and can be tweaked by swapping the belt if you wanted to.
It’s got that safari style colour which I think looks very chic in this weather. I am wearing the size 12 and it’s perfect on the body, my only criticism is that the pre-rolled up sleeves were one roll too tight for my forearm so I loosened them but it was very easy to do that. I think you could get away with this dress well into autumn too with the addition of a chunky knit cardigan.
What’s coming up – Shay & Blue on Beauty Day
All you fragrance fans are in for a treat on Beauty Day as we have a beautiful Summer collection for you from boutique perfumier Shay & Blue as our Today’s Special Value. The collection includes four stunning scents which are, White Peaches, Blood Orange, Cherry Blossom and Dandelion and Fig. A gorgeous mix of sweet and sophisticated fragrances to swap each day depending on your mood.
My personal favourite is the Dandelion and Fig as it is a spicier and deep fragrance, perfect for a summer evening. I have been wearing the sweeter fragrances like the White Peaches during the day, I even let Tilda try that one and she loved it. Each 10ml bottle is perfect for your handbag. The extra exciting thing is that it is the first time that we have been able to offer an additional winter delivery if you would like it. This will include the brand new Blackberry Woods, Framboise Noir and hero fragrances Bella Atropadonna and Black Tulip.
On Beauty Day we also have an exciting Twitter competition for you for your chance to win over £800 worth of beauty products which includes the iconic Dyson Supersonic Hairdryer. It actually starts on the launch of the Shay & Blue Today’s Special Value on Friday so you need to set the reminders as you have to make sure to get the secret hashtags that will be released throughout the event. So if you don’t have a Twitter account yet it may be worth setting one up just for this. It’s very easy to do.
The hashtags will be released on the following shows
You will have to Tweet @qvcuk with each separate hashtag in order throughout the event for a chance to win the full beauty bundle. Good luck everyone.
In the kitchen – milkshakes and refreshing fruit infused water
We had to do something with all the strawberries and raspberries that we picked at the farm and the kids had only one thing on their minds when they were picking the fruit. Strawberry milkshakes! This is the easiest thing to make and even though they are having a treat they are at least getting a portion of fruit too! Ivy even helped to make them. She carefully cut off the green leaves and popped the strawberries into our Smeg blender. Followed by a good slug of milk and then a couple of scoops of Vanilla Ice Cream and then blitz it! Ivy insisted on there being an extra dollop of Ice Cream on the top of each glass plus sprinkles!
For me I wanted something really refreshing so I took all the raspberries (we picked half a punnet) and a few strawberries and popped them in the blender (rinsed out from the ice cream!) I then squeezed the juice of a whole lemon in on it. Next I dissolved a few teaspoons of sugar in some hot water and poured that in with a jug of cold water. Blitz until blended. I poured this into a big glass jug and added even more water.
This is not a smoothie but more of a refreshing flavoured water, you can play around with how much water you want in it. Pour over lots of ice and enjoy. You could absolutely add gin or vodka if you wanted it to be an alcoholic drink for a BBQ or party. I split the drink into Lock & Lock liquid canisters, which I got in the 22-piece assorted container set, and put them into the freezer so we have some for another day and then I put a jug in the fridge.
This is a really nice alternative way to stay hydrated and to get some fruit in your diet too. If you are being really good then skip the spoons of sugar altogether. The seeds do fall to the bottom which is fine as they then don’t end up in your glass. Let me know if you try it!
That’s all from me this week. We are heading off to Ireland next week for 10 days but I will still try and post a blog so keep up with me on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter so you don’t miss anything.
Stay cool everyone!
Lots of love