I was listening to Sara Cox on Radio 2 the other day, as she read out some weird and wonderful family sayings that her listeners had sent in – possibly familiar to a small group of us, but might make no sense to others! I did recognize ‘Looking like the Wreck of the Hesperus’ as it’s one I use, but I suddenly heard my late Nanny Timm’s voice in my head telling me she’d spotted ‘enough blue to make a Dutchman’s trousers!’. She was of course referring to a break in the clouds on an otherwise overcast day, and it made me wonder what she’d make of 18 degrees (well 64 degrees fahrenheit as she’d know it to be) in February!
Apparently it’s the warmest February since records began, and certainly a stark contrast to the snow we were talking about in the last blog! Thanks so much for all your lovely messages – I really enjoy reading and responding to them and catching up with your news – all your fabulous stories of birthdays, holidays and also your kind words of support for my Jack. I know you’re right, it’s just sometimes a little difficult to see light at the end of the tunnel, and also to support him in the way I’d like to, even though he’s a grown man and no longer lives with me. I’ll let you know how he gets on though.
As promised last time, I’m delighted to tell you that this year for our holiday, Colin and I are heading off to Mexico – the Riviera Maya to be precise – which is along the Caribbean coastline. It was Colin’s daughter Vicky and her fiancée Lewis’ suggestion, who visited there last October and they felt it would be the perfect holiday for her dad and I. The very well-travelled Kathy Tayler said that it was right at the top of her list of places to visit, and along with a couple of other people who’ve been lucky enough to spend time there, the feedback is all positive. We’re about half an hour from Tulum, which boasts the best beach in Mexico, and not much further from the Mayan Ruins, and we’ve been told that Chichen Itza is the place to go, so it’s on my list of things to see. We’re leaving on the 24th March, so less than a month to go!
It was of course less than a month ago when I visited the British Museum with my sister, and as it was half term last week, Lucy brought Honey to stay and we decided to head into London and visit the Natural History Museum this time. Honey was too small to remember that we’d been there before, and she loved it!
Along with a taxi ride and a special treat to have tea and cake in Harrods, it was the perfect day. I’m saving a visit to the Tower of London until she’s older, but I’m certain she will share my love of jewellery as she gets older, so the Crown Jewels are a must.
It’s not just Her Majesty who has a spectacular collection of jewellery; our very own Tova Borgnine has collected many stunning pieces over the years, most of which was gifted to her by her late husband, Ernest Borgnine. I’m delighted to tell you that next week will see Tova here at QVC with three hours on air to showcase her beautiful Diamonique Collection. It’s her first visit this year, and if you’ve never had the chance to watch and listen, then treat yourself. She is just the most charming and engaging company and her designs are amongst some of my favourite. I thought you may like to know that she’s also bringing to us her first ever jewellery travel box.
How pretty is this? So beautifully put together and luxuriously finished, it’s hard to believe it’s £24.96! Also included are these sparkly stud earrings, so you won’t be surprised to know I’ve already ordered mine! I’ll be with Tova on Monday 4th at 6pm when we showcase the first hour of her collection, and then she will be joining me for my regular Tuesday night Diamonique show at 8pm on the 5th March. Do please join us.
It’s going to be a busy week for me with the Dyson AM09 Hot and Cool Quiet Bladeless Tower fan with a timer as our TSV on Sunday (804130), followed by a busy day for the shoe brand that is Moda in Pelle on Monday. I was absolutely delighted when QVC started selling their footwear, and know that you will be equally happy when you see their first ever TSV.
Based on their bestselling line, this super soft leather Arcade Moccasin (176842) will be just £59.96 plus P&P, but with the Easy Pay instalments, just £29.98 for the first payment! They’d normally be £81 so it’s a great saving, and in six different colours, including a gold leather which has been made solely for us, you’ll be able to choose from tan, navy, nude, yellow or white. Luxurious leather, fabulous finishing and a great fit, I hope you’ll feel able to treat yourself!
Other things to watch out for are a five-piece Molton Brown Gift Collection (238307) with the lovely Jemma Forte, and we’re welcoming Amanda Holden who’s back with her BundleBerry range, notably a TSV set of nestable rope baskets that sound intriguing! I’d class both of them as inspirational women and in line with International Women’s day on Friday the 8th, we are dedicating a whole day to celebrate the female of the species, so join us any many more guests who have inspired us over the years.
I was very lucky when Colin took me for a night away to celebrate Valentine’s Day. He’d booked a hotel in London and we enjoyed an evening of pizza and live music. We were staying close to Covent Garden, but decided to head into the City of London on the Friday, and had the most fabulous day sightseeing in the sunshine.
My late grandfather who was an artist loved this part of our capital and he painted this many years ago when there was still a great deal of construction work being carried out on the bridge. I thought you might enjoy sharing my memories.
So as we wave goodbye to February, I’m already looking forward to welcoming in March, not least because my son Sam will be 30 on the 10th and it’s my birthday on the 16th :). I feel some cake-making coming on! Take good care and do keep in touch, and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.
With my love,