Last weekend we had a lovely time, continuing my son Bradley’s 32nd birthday celebrations, and my daughter Lauren came down with baby Phoebe, hubby Nick, and we all went for dinner in a pub up Wimbledon Common. It’s always nice when the babies get together, but I haven’t got a picture as they prefer not to put them on social media, which is understandable. But it was a first time trip to a pub for dinner, with both little babies in tow!
Blake Catherine is now 14 months old, nearly. And little baby Phoebe is just five months old. Blake is now walking around properly – tentatively, but still walking around – and she took a shine to the many dogs in the pub on Wimbledon Common. She absolutely loves the hounds, which is handy for when she comes to visit me in Devon one day, what with my Daisy and Gracie here! Little baby Phoebe has a proper ginger halo of beautiful hair, the biggest brightest blue eyes, and really rosy cheeks. She is, after all, teething heavily at the moment. I was delighted to see her, and Lauren and Nick. They came down from Wales for the whole weekend, including the baby shower for a cousin – see below. It was a full weekend of activity and believe me I was worn out – nice to go to work for a rest, finally, on Saturday night and Sunday night! LOL.
I had stayed over on Friday night to look after Blake to give Brad and his lovely wife Carry a rest when she woke up on Saturday morning. I thought if I let her have a longer bath, go to sleep a bit later, maybe she would settle down and wake up a bit later. But no, she woke up at 7am the same as normal. I did enjoy being with her all day, however. But I won’t rush to watch ‘Bing’ on CBeebies at 7:15am on a Saturday morning any time soon… It makes me wonder how we did it back then. I suppose being 32 years younger helped!
I do love time being with my family. I’m looking forward to this weekend as well, because Lauren and Nick are coming back down to Devon on Sunday, as when I’m doing my next London week they will look after the place. Nick is going to repeat his excellent work in completing the second en-suite bedroom for my place, which I’m sure guests will love, as he makes the new additions look like they have always been there. Clever lad. Plus – very, very much looking forward to seeing baby Phoebe again. Lauren put a picture of her on my Alexa screen in my kitchen! It was a nice surprise, and now I get to see her little smiling face every time I go in to make a cup of tea! Babies are wonderful, aren’t they!?
Amanda Holden’s BundleBerry nestable rope baskets are Today’s Special Value today (Friday 8th), in a set of three. Great for stylish organisation. Go here to see and buy.
Go here now too, to see and buy tomorrow’s (Saturday 9th) excellent deal on a five-piece Molton Brown luxurious gift collection.
It’s a big Jewellery Day on Sunday all day and many premium items are on six interest-free instalments – go here to see all of our jewellery offers atm. TSV will be a fab Lola Rose pendant.
Plus – it’s Sleep Soundly month – I love audiobooks, so I’m glad about the new pillow with Bluetooth, fabulous to help drift off to dreamland whilst listening to something relaxing. Watch out for it on the Tune in for The Big Sleep show, three hours on Saturday from 8pm with Charlie.
Big deals ending Sunday
Laura Geller nine-piece Make-Up Collection and Train Case, Aimee Kestenberg Bali Hobo bag and a Sealy Posturepedic Geltex set of two firm support pillows. Go here to shop and buy them all now.
See below for more about next week’s sneaky peaks.
Cousins’ Baby Shower
It was a big family get together at brother’s place in Kent on Sunday, when Phoebe took a starring role, being the youngest great granddaughter… But not for long. She will be replaced in about six weeks’ time, by my niece Libby’s new little baby boy when he pops into the world. Out of 16 grandchildren, only one of mum’s is currently a boy carrying forward the Flint name. My brother Derek had all girls, but the next generation in his family seem like they will be changing the bias to male – both his daughter Libby and his eldest daughter Jodie are having boys. Jodie’s follows in May…
After last week’s picture, I was very pleased to see dozens of daffodils blooming away In my courtyard when I returned on Sunday after three weeks away. When I went to the market on Tuesday to see Alex, and put the world to rights, again for the first time in three weeks, I bought several new plants to add some more colour. There are many just peeping out from below the soil at the moment – it won’t be long and there will be a riot of different hues for my guests to enjoy! I do love this time of year.
Me n My Mate Mary
My lovely friend Mary from up the road, came in to see me when I went back to work in the Sheepwash shop this week on Tuesday after a long time away. I really enjoy seeing my friends, including lovely senior Eileen, and they pop in for a cup of tea while I mind the till. Mary and I share some wonderful conversations, putting the world to rights, talking about philosophy, health and various other subjects. I love Tuesdays in Sheepwash!
Facebook Vlog of the Week
What did Daisy the dog do when I got back after three weeks away? Do watch my video blog (vlog) and make sure you follow me on social media to see all the updates in between these weekly posts on QVC‘s website. Facebook is a great way to keep in touch as you don’t have to join or be a member but you can still see the public posts – click this link to find out!
The Aftermath. Keira Knightley is really rather good in this one, focusing on what happened after World War II, in a massive German city which was razed to the ground. How the resentment still built amongst some of the residents, and the friction with the British Army who tried to control things in a disaster zone. Amongst them, a Colonel and his wife (Kiera) who have their own frictions with a German family whose house they commandeer, find that getting back to normal is far from easy, having suffered their own loss. Very good. 8/10.
Watch 2 – (another mini film fest this week!)
Green Book. Saw this with the lovely Sheena after a nice supper in Okehampton on Wednesday. What an amazing film. Viggo Mortensen is absolutely amazing, and you can see why it won best supporting actor for Mahershala Ali. Guess what – it’s another film based on a true story!
Dr Don Shirley is a world-class African-American pianist, who is about to embark on a concert tour in the Deep South in 1962. In need of a driver and protection, Shirley recruits Tony Lip, a tough-talking bouncer from an Italian-American neighbourhood in the Bronx. Despite their differences, the two men soon develop an unexpected bond while confronting racism and danger in an era of segregation. A shocking reminder of how life used to be and makes you glad to be alive nowadays with the quality. Brilliant period piece however and very well worth seeing. 8.5/ 10
This Week on QVC
Monday – looking forward to the final Skinsense hour at 10pm with Abi, including the five-piece Heroes Collection Today Special Value – I hope!
Tuesday – Shark are back with a duo clean cordless upright, this one with the powered lift away Truepet and it goes on sale early.
Wednesday – Hotel Chocolat return with a set of 12 Indulgent selection.
Thursday – the amazing designer brand Lulu Guinness bring us the Anabel chain strap bag.
Friday – join me for the launch on Thursday at midnight in a Beauty Loves hour, featuring the new Today’s Special Value – a Stop anti-ageing device – the skin device for face, neck and hands. From a brand called Tripollar, New to me. I am looking forward to it, especially because we offer you a good money back guarantee to see how well it works for you.
Next week on the blog
A rare weekend in Devon! Fingers crossed for some good weather.