I’m delighted to report that I no longer sound like a creaking gate when I move, more like a well-oiled creaking gate – and that’s not a reference to alcohol! Thanks so much for all your kind words – I think the sunshine has helped enormously too – and I even managed two hours at the Q standing in four inch heels for my Ronni Nicole and beauty hours too, so things are looking up.
I’d had a bit of a pep talk from Roz too, when she and Chris came to stay last week. It’s always a treat to spend time together, and we had planned to visit Windsor Castle, but the weather was so dreadful we actually lit the log burner and watched ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ on the TV. What a brilliant film – Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks are superb, and it’s an amazing insight into the mind of the genius who created the character Mary Poppins. I have to mention Ruth Wilson too who plays the mother. An amazingly accredited actress – with two Olivier Awards and a Golden Globe to her name – for her role in the hugely successful Sky Atlantic series The Affair, and equally applauded in the BBC series Luther.
She bears an uncanny resemblance to our beautiful Texan model Deborah Anne who was with me last Sunday for the Diamonique Favourites hour! I assumed Ruth to be American, but was very surprised to find she was born in Ashford and grew up in Shepperton, Surrey! She went to the Notre Dame School in Cobham and then Esher College, while I attended Wayneflete Comprehensive, also in Esher – but there the similarity ends.
I make no secret of the fact I would have loved to be an actress, but the closest I ever got to achieving my dream was when I played the part of Wendy in East Molesey Junior Girl’s School’s production of Peter Pan. Working in TV and radio though have more than made up for it, and who knows, never say never! Jim Broadbent was I believe 59 years old when he took on his first acting role 🙂
Luckily the weather improved on Thursday afternoon when I was looking after Honey, as Lucy had to stay on at school for Parent’s Evening. We had a lovely long walk and ended up at the swings which are her favourite. I remember that feeling of flying when I was little. “Higher, higher nanny!” she shouts at me: her speech is coming on so well now. We can pretty much hold a conversation – I remember her mum being much the same. In fact I found this photo of Lucy at her second birthday party, and I think they look remarkably alike!
As Lucy wasn’t working on Friday we went to the local swimming pool (indoor thank Heavens!) and spent a very enjoyable half an hour splashing around in the incredibly warm but very strongly chlorinated water. It was a little unnerving to see that my liberally applied faux tan had faded and that my diamonds were sparkling more brightly than usual! We made sure we all showered as soon as we were out of the water and moisturised well!
I’ll be seeing Honey again this weekend when we have a BBQ for Colin’s birthday. The weather is set to be warm and sunny, which to be fair it has been most years on the 30th May, and so it’s very much a case of open house for those of the children who can make it. Sadly Jack’s working and Sam will be on the Isle of Wight, but I know Colin’s children are hoping to join us. In preparation I’ve ordered all the food online so I don’t have to lug it from the supermarket, and I was out in the garden yesterday weeding my little container garden and feeding all the plants.
I mowed the lawn too, which is mainly daisies rather than grass, and re potted a few things that had got too big for their pots! I have to say that Richard Jackson’s Root Boost has made a big difference to the speed things are growing and all of my roses were in bloom over a week ago!
I made sure I had my Ultrasun SPF 30 too as it was incredibly hot when the sun shone! I think their tinted body range is brilliant and I’ve been using the Tinted Face 30 ever since it came out. Teamed with Decleor’s Gradual Glow and Tan Luxe’s Illuminating Serum Facial Drops (our Supersize of the month) I repaired the damage the chlorinated water had done! I’ve got more beauty products for you at 9pm for Friday Night Beauty including a new range from Dr. Paw Paw! Intrigued? Join me to find out more.
I’ll be heading into Saturday with our TSV from Alpha H and I’m sure you’ll be thrilled to know that they’re introducing a brand new but limited version of their much loved overnight treatment. The three piece Liquid Gold Rose Absolute AntiAgeing Skincare Collection (230743) (get it before it goes live) also includes the Liquid Gold Intensive Night Repair Serum and Liquid Gold 24 Hour Moisture Repair Cream. Described as a ‘unified targeted regime to reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles and large pores’ it’s under £43 and the clue to the limited edition is in the title. Please do join Michelle Doherty, Tom Ogden and myself – I think it’s going to be a busy hour!
I’ll be back with you on our “Got to Have It” day – Bank Holiday Monday. Every hour is crammed full of your favourite brands, and a vast number of presenters too! Watch out for Joe Browns, Clarks, Bibi Bijoux, Elemis, Peony to name a few, and of course Babyliss who will be introducing their TSV – a Rotating Silicone Hot Brush! I’m sure it will be busy, so have a look on line @QVCUK if you want to get a heads up on some of the products we’ll be featuring.
I know from some of the lovely comments you posted for me last week that you have special things planned for the weekend, and that for many, your long awaited holidays are almost here! Whether it’s California, the Costa Brava, the Lake District, Whitby or Wales, I hope you have a wonderful time. I found this lovely photo of my Dad taken when he was on business in Italy many years ago.
It will be 30 years this Sunday since we lost him, but I always think of him – whether it’s first thing in the morning or sometimes last thing at night. As I’ve always believed, that’s the way to keep those we miss with us always, and as soon as Honey is old enough I will tell her about her Great Grandpa and how much he would have loved her.
As promised in the last blog I’ve now got the details of what we still from my ‘I Hope’ jewellery range. It sold really well last year as part of the capsule collection of jewellery QVC chose to raise money for our designated charity Breast Cancer Care, but there are just a few of these three designs remaining in stock.
Each piece of jewellery has the words ‘I Hope’ inscribed on them, as i’ve always believed that with hope, anything is possible. Over the last few years since I designed the first piece , I have had some beautiful comments on this blog, telling me why it was you bought the jewellery and who you bought it for… I hope the remaining pendants, earrings and rings will carry the same sentiment.
I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and that the sun shines for you, and as always, I’ll look forward very much to hearing from you.
With my love,