Well it’s been a packed a few days here in New Orleans, and on Saturday (16th) we set off for our one week cruise around the Caribbean.
As you will have seen if you follow me on Facebook, or social media, we have had some very unusual experiences, so far, including the famous Alligator swamp tour and lots of sightseeing for the first few days whilst based in New Orleans near the French Quarter.
One of the trips was to visit a plantation, one of the most famous ones in the area, and I was interested to discover some American history I never knew before – including that Napoleon sold Louisiana to the United States! The Louisiana Purchase involved a document which is held in the historic plantation house, and some genuine original tools, slave houses and furniture were on show, as well as individual slave stories. Tragic tales many of them, but some with happy outcomes and the family owned and ran it till 1910. It’s all recorded in detail at this fabulous historical venue, the Destrehan Plantation.
Later that afternoon we then went off to the alligator swamp tour. It was a wonderful trip, the journey on the little boat down the bayou was beautiful, just the right temperature, gentle breeze, gentle sunshine, funny and informative commentary about how they look after alligators no one else wants, and how the guy has lived with them his whole life. He throws them treats and they come to the boat! We saw lots of turtles, a racoon who loves marshmallows, beautiful birds and of course lots of alligators. I even got to hold his pet one as he explained how gentle they are. One of my favourite trips of the last few years and highly recommended.
We ended up the same night going down a road called Bourbon Street which was all about the bars, the jazz, and the nightlife. Absolutely humming with activity. Well, it was the day before the first Mardi Gras events started taking place about three weeks early! Go to my Facebook page (link below) to see my blog from the street sampling some of the music and sights of this incredible place.
Follow my social media, see links below, as I will be doing my daily vlogs, and posting lots of photographs for the rest of the trip.
Next week – we are off on the one week cruise around the Caribbean via Mexico, including Mayan ruins and Grand Cayman on the way back! Yay.
This weekend’s highlights
Today (Friday) is the Wet & Forget Moss, Mould. Lichen and Algae Remover 5 Litre plus 2 Litre go here to see and buy.
Sunday – Elemis four-piece Pro-Collagen Definition Collection – early bird link here
Big Deals ending Sunday…
Here are the special one week offers, which end this Sunday 17th at midnight.
Taya Coco Water three-piece Hydrating Volume Collection, a Ben de Lisi ripple knit kimono sleeve sweater and a Triforce Everglades python embossed print suitcase set. Go here to see and buy them all now.
See below for next week’s deals
Phoebe Came to Stay
Last weekend, I had time to visit Devon briefly before I set off on my holiday, because my lovely daughter Lauren was going to be there with her hubby Nick doing some work at my house. The en suites are coming along very well and hopefully the guests will appreciate them! Little baby Phoebe came and she is now four months old. I can’t show pictures of her, but this is one of her toys, which makes a chiming sound when she rattles it. She is the funniest little thing, and really alert. I loved my fleeting visit and had another one with baby Blake on Tuesday night after work. Blake made me laugh out loud as she was trying in vain to pick out a leaf from her bathwater. I do love my grandbabies, and my big babies!
Again. And this time, it’s this old shot – if you ever hear me say about my crooked front tooth which I used to have until I got it fixed when I was at children’s BBC, this is it. I got it corrected after I went to visit Biddy Baxter – the closest I ever got to presenting Blue Peter – and the first thing she said to me was ‘well you would have to get that tooth fixed.’ Unfortunately we did not hit it off but I enjoyed my time replacing Philip Schofield in the broom cupboard for children’s BBC in 1986 before I went off to have Bradley!
Did you know we do hats? Last week I had a lovely show with a beautiful Claire Edmondson, who always looks good in everything, but particularly good in the two hats we had on our show. (Just search the word hats on our website here, and you will see our different offerings!). Several people who do not normally give compliments said how good the hat I wore looked on me – you never know it might be a whole new style for me to wear on QVC! What do you think?
Book of the week
Michael Lewis non-fiction.
On the plane I watched an interview with Michael Lewis. He is an economist/behavioural analyst/many other things!, And he wrote the famous book which became one of my favourite films of all time – The Big Short – about some canny analysts who bet against the system and won, during the big crash of 2008. So I watched it again for good measure. If you have not come across his work, he has done several seminal books, and is ground-breaking in the way that he lifts the lid on innovative concepts and background analysis invisible to so many others. Look out also for his other books including Moneyball about the amazing selection procedure in a baseball team – also a movie, featuring Brad Pitt – as does The Big Short!
Plane film fest!
Yes another veritable film fest. On the plane on the way over, I managed to catch two movies I wanted to see at the cinema but missed. ‘The House with a Clock in its Walls’, because Jack Black and Kate Blanchett were in it. It’s a good kids’ movie I guess, but not one of Jack’s strongest. I also saw ‘Sometimes, Always, Never’ – again partly because one of my favourite actors, Bill Nighy is in it. Very touching, funny in places, and powerful emotionally in others. Really enjoyed it, 8.25/10.
And then I saw the other Melissa McCarthy vehicle, co-starring Richard E Grant – can you ever forgive me? About a forger in the book world, but more about her own transformation as she hits hard times and resort to drastic measures. I would not see it again but I’m glad I watched it on the plane. 7.5/10. So with the big short, in total I watched for films in one day! That has to be my record 🙂
Next week on QVC
Monday – Skechers GOwalk Evolution Ultra slip on trainer
Tuesday – MarlaWynne tunic with front pockets
Wednesday – Sensilight Mini IPL 1000 Flashes hair remover
Thursday – SBC five-piece Propolis Skincare Collection
Friday – Cath Kidston printed shoulder bag
Next week on the blog
Looking forward to exploring the big cruise ship vision of the seas, from the Royal Caribbean stable. Two stops in Mexico, including a trip to the ancient Mayan ruins, and lots of fun activities on the boat itself.