Well…. How lucky am I to have you in my life… so very many thanks for your kind caring and supportive words that have genuinely helped not just me but the children too, through this last week or more.
Although quite tough at times to read about the difficult and lonely times so many of you are also going through, it was lovely to be able to write back and hopefully offer you the same support you have given to me. It’s what the blog is all about, and you’re what makes it so special to so many of us. Thank you.
It was such a relief to feel well enough to be back at work on Tuesday, and even more gratifying to have so many of you with me at 8pm for the regular Diamonique show.
I am keeping my fingers crossed that either Lucy or the boys will buy me the Omega single stone necklace for my birthday! (308862). I’m definitely going to push for more of the champagne coloured stones too – it is one of my all time favourite colours in either the smaller or large stones.
I thought this ring though was absolutely stunning just incase you missed it. (665544) Hard to choose I appreciate, but do you have a favourite colour you’d like to see featured in more designs? Do let me know and I’ll pass it on to our buyers.
Talking of beautiful things, did you hear about the ancient gold jewellery that was found in Staffordshire a few days ago? – http://fxn.ws/2mG7Q2v
Mark Hambleton and his friend Joe Kania found the three necklaces and a bracelet while they were doing a bit of metal detecting. Realising they’d dug up something pretty special they had the foresight to take the pieces to the Portable Antiquities Scheme (who knew?!) It turned out the jewellery dated back to the Iron Age -around 400-250 BC and is thought to be the oldest gold work ever discovered in Britain.
It was quite incredible to see these amazing Torc designs, made from solid gold and almost unmarked in spite of being buried for so many years under the soil. I felt quite inspired when digging the garden earlier today, but my momentary flush of excitement uncovered not gold but a rather grubby old toy car! I don’t think this Corgi Ford Consul would fetch much at auction!
I can’t say I remember that particular model of car, but my first car was a Triumph Herald convertible. She cost £245 and was white with a black vinyl roof. I’d only had her a week or more when my dad came to see us, and I took him out for a spin.
I’ll never be sure whether it was the strange noise every time I changed gear that worried him or the weird wheel wobble, but he said that he’d like to take it to his garage and have it looked over. It turned out that I’d been sold a pup. Rusted at all four points of the chassis, and the steering column in such a bad way that if I’d have hit a bump at 30 mph it would have sheared off!
Dad got my money back and the vehicle trader’s licence suspended, and my mum came with me when I bought my next car which was a Volkswagen Beetle – ERD 537D – and I had her for five fabulous years. She only had a six volt battery so the lights were always dim, if it was frosty there was ice on the inside of the glass as well as outside, and she sounded like a Singer Sewing Machine when I turned the engine over. But for all that, I loved her, and was really sorry to see her go, especially as I had to rely on a moped to get me to work for the next year! Do you remember your first car? Maybe you still have it? I’d love to know – maybe you too had a VW Beetle.
Of course when it comes to cars there’s no one more switched on than my Sam. He’s always loved anything with an engine and has an unbelievable knowledge of all things from spark plugs to ceramic brakes and now makes his living working for a very successful company, where his job is mapping engines. He recently celebrated his 1st year at his company, hence the cake 🙂 Not exactly my area of expertise, but I believe it enables him to boost the power and fuel economy of most cars.
It’s his birthday on the 10th March, and I find it hard to believe that he will be 28 years old and I remember so clearly the day he was born, and what a dear little toddler he was.
He had his own collection of Hot Wheels cars, and used to run around the shoe shop to see which pair of trainers were the fastest… Over the years he’s proved to himself, that in spite of all that life has thrown at him, it is possible to be happy and successful, and I’m really proud of him for all that he has achieved. Sam was born just six days before my own birthday, and this year I’ve got the day off!
That said, I’m delighted to be presenting an hour of Joe Brown’s fashion on the 15th March at 7pm. I know many of you have loved the range and it’s a label I wear regularly. Check out item numbers 165813, 165809, and 165818 which I’ve just ordered!
Something I can promise you is that the prices are definitely within range of most wallets, unlike this rather unlikely collection of clothing…. I spotted this while reading a magazine at the hospital, and when I added up the cost of each garment, it came to £8,956!
The good news following my appointment is that my bloods are all stable, no change. I’m going to take a month’s break from my new meds though as they’re causing problems with joint pain, so there are a couple of other drugs I can try which is good.
Before I go, a date for the diary is March the 26th when I will be launching the Decleor four piece Skin in Bloom TSV. Not only is the value exceptional, but the collection of products are perfect for the spring. I’ll have more information on that in my next blog so watch this space!
Well, all that remains for me to do is to send you my love as always, and hope that you have a fabulous weekend. Colin and I are babysitting Honey, Henry and George while Lucy and Simon have a night away – I promise to take lots of photos!
With my love,