I’m sure we all like nice surprises and I had one when I arrived home from work last Thursday, QVC’s 22nd birthday. I had written my blog a day earlier than usual, as I knew our social media team would be really busy getting ready for the Breast Cancer Care show on Friday, so couldn’t show you these beautiful flowers that my family had treated me to in celebration of my 22 years on air at QVC – anyone would think I like purple! I also had a card and some yummy dark chocolate truffles. I know my family are as grateful as me for the opportunity I was given to be one of the launch presenters on QVC and, trust me, none of us ever take it for granted.
It was my second surprise of the day as I had arrived at work to find that there was some of the birthday cake left that had been cut in the morning show – very tasty it was too. Thanks to Jo in our prep kitchen who bakes most of the birthday/anniversary cakes that we have on air.
Speaking of The BCC show, thanks so much to those of you who helped us to raise so much money again for such a worthy cause. I snapped Jackie, Chloe and Miceal pre make-up and smart clothes – I’m sure you’ll agree they all scrub up well. It was my first time taking calls on the donation line. Apologies to those of you who got me on the other end of your call – I was a bit slow I think – but I really enjoyed chatting to you all.
Well, last week I mentioned that I had done a charity photo shoot at Crystal Palace to help raise awareness of Post Polio Syndrome. At the time of writing I didn’t have the photos but thought you might like to see the ‘red and blue’ dress. I am flanked in the picture by Palace keeper, Julian Speroni, and former player and now 1st team coach, John Salako. In front of us is Anne Wafula Strike.
I have met Anne many times now at British Polio events. She contracted polio as a child in Africa but wouldn’t let it defeat her. She is a Paralympian, representing the UK many times, and, like me, an ambassador for the charity. She has also been out to Africa as part of Rotary International’s End Polio Now campaign. There is also a video which I shall put a link to on here next week, just prior to our half-time appearance at the Palace v West Ham game – I hope the weather will be kind to us!
Speaking of the weather, I was looking forward to my nine days off work, to recharge my batteries after being so busy writing and doing my four days a week at QVC, until I saw the weather forecast! Unlike the preceding week of bright sunshine it was all rain and cloud, not my ideal way to relax. So, rather than sitting indoors feeling miserable I booked a last minute holiday. Even by my standards this was very last minute!
I booked it in between my shows on air on Monday afternoon, had confirmation on Tuesday and was on a plane to Dubai on Wednesday morning. We’re not actually staying in Dubai itself. We are in the smallest United Arab Emirate called Ajman. It’s really lovely but just one thing – the sea, although clear, has a brown tinge. I don’t think it is pollution cos it’s not cloudy … any ideas? I knew I’d picked the right hotel when I found Elemis in the bathroom!
As you can imagine, Tuesday was a bit hectic. I had used some of the apples off our tree to make an apple crumble on Sunday, but I didn’t want to waste the rest so, in between packing and sending emails about the cover for my new book ( I’ll put it on here next week), I peeled cored and part cooked the remainder of the apples and froze them. I’ve never done this before so I hope it works!
Just before I finish can I just apologise to those of you who wanted to come to the cream tea/ book signing event at Morgan’s in Swansea. There weren’t enough people who could make it on the 23rd October but I hate to disappoint so, perhaps we can re-organise for November if you let me know suitable dates … it could tie in with the publication of ‘If He Really Loved Me’ maybe?
Incidentally, if you ordered ‘Life’s a Beach and Then…‘ on advance order from QVC, I signed and packed those last Sunday so you should be getting your copy next week – I hope you enjoy it.
Have a great weekend (lots of Christmas on QVC I think) and I’ll see you on Thursday.