Have you ever wondered whose responsibility it is to come up with the name for the strong winds and gales that occasionally sweep this country? I can’t say I was too chuffed to hear the name Ali being bandied around last year, and I’m sure that those bearing the name Eric haven’t been too happy either these last few days. That said, I think I found the deep snow in the South West more of a challenge as I’d driven up to Swindon to babysit Honey while Lucy was at a parent’s evening and we all woke up to this!
Honey and I had been planning a shopping trip to buy sparkly shoes, but decided to make snow angels instead – much more fun! This was the first ‘big’ snow that Honey had ever seen, and with her mum’s help had a very good aim when it came to snowballs!
She is such fun to be with, and brings out the child in me – I treasure the memories I am lucky enough to make. The time with all of us together took me back to 1968 when my dad took my brother, sister and me to Richmond Park where we spent an afternoon sledging. We were soaked and frozen but it was worth it, and a cup of boiling hot Bovril when we got home helped hugely. Of course it makes all the difference when you’ve got the right gear on – thanks to my fave Centigrade coat, and my Emu boots! 🙂
How have you been over the last fortnight? Did you see a lot of the snow? I know from reading your comments that some of you are away on holiday, or celebrating a special occasion, so I hope you’re having a wonderful time. 🙂 We’ve had a few reasons of our own to celebrate, and Colin and I were invited to the site of QVC’s old studios in Battersea to join my niece Clare for her 29th birthday. We met up in the centre of the newly refurbed Battersea Power station where there are now an enormous number of fab restaurants. We had a great night, and although it was a little difficult to find a parking space, I’d highly recommend it.
I was back in London the following week for my sister Jenny’s school trip to the British Museum. I decided to travel in by train, and meet them all there, and after a swift bag search where the guard raised an eyebrow at the rather large picnic I was carrying ( I assured him I was sharing it with my sister) he let me through! It’s years since I visited the museum but I managed to find Jenny and the children straight away, and we set off at a rather brisk pace to explore the historic world of all things Egyptian. I still find it difficult to get my head around the fact that most of the artefacts are SO old. The Rosetta Stone – a 2,200year old version of a Berlitz Guide to languages – is just one of the amazing things to see there, along with a 5,000 year old sand dried mummy and sculptures of Ramesses II! I also saw this rather lovely verse written around 1400BC.
It is part of a Harpist’s song and struck a chord with me – literally! There was so much to see we had to time our visit to each room with military precision! I am always in awe of how incredibly well organised my sister is, and how respectful the children are of her. She makes learning fun, and I’m really proud of her. It also reminds me of how incredibly tiring a job teaching is, but she assured me that the mighty feast I’d packed for our lunch gave her the extra energy she needed, bless her. 🙂
I know last time I wrote I mentioned my son Jack was approaching his 26th birthday, so last weekend I made a huge roast lunch which went down very well with those from the family who could make it. It’s been another tough year for my boy and he’s still searching for a job that’s right for him. I’m keeping everything crossed that 2019 will be his year. He’s trying to get healthier though and this year he asked for the Nutri Ninja as his birthday present. I hadn’t realised that the Ninja Ultra Prep Compact 2 in 1 Food and Drink Blender was coming up as a TSV ((808619) so I ordered him the one I have! He was delighted though, and has already made loads of smoothies, but if you’ve never tried one, don’t miss out on our one day only offer today! It’s a really versatile piece of equipment and if you love making soup, you’ll find it very useful for blending too.
Jack didn’t want a traditional birthday cake, so I made him his choice of chocolate brownies in my KitchenAid, and although they were tasty, they lacked that certain something that Gower Cottage manage to include in theirs. Undaunted, I’m going to try again, so if you’ve got a recipe you’d be happy to share I’d be very grateful!
I’m going to stay in the kitchen (metaphorically), as I wanted also to give you a heads up on our Cooks Essential’s Digital Air Fryer that’s a TSV this Thursday (312250) for under £50! I got mine a year or so ago, and I have had so much use out of it. It’s saved me time and money AND cut down on the amount of fat and oil that you cook with. Using hot air and high-speed circulation it’s perfect for meat, fish, bread, even chips! Mine’s a little vintage, so check out the new model and colours at midnight Thursday. There are a number of really special deals coming up over the next couple of week including the essential Decleor Gradual Glow in a Supersize, a Lulu Guinness Valerie Cross-body Bag and a Dyson Supersonic in a Limited Edition presentation case! You can follow me on @alikqvc on Twitter or alikeenan1 on Instagram, and Facebook and I’ll try and keep you up to date with them all!
Colin and I have finally found ourselves a holiday that we’ll be taking at the end of March. I’ll tell you all about it in the next blog, but have to admit to being really pleased when the much travelled Kathy Tayler said it was one of her and her husband Olly’s favourite places to visit! While I dream of the sunshine, I will leave you with these rather lovely photos that hopefully prove spring is on the way even though it can still feel like the deep midwinter!
With this apparently set to be the warmest February on record, I’m in a bit of a quandary as to what to wear? Do I pull out all my summer clothes just yet, or is that a little premature? Either way, it may well be that certain parts of my body that have otherwise been covered are now out there! So, it may well be time to try the Sensilight Mini from Sensica which is Wednesday’s TSV (item no 402445).
Forget heading off to a salon for regular waxing, or expensive laser treatment, you can do this yourself in the privacy of your own home. The Sensilight uses something called RPL – reactive light pulsed technology to generate heat through the hair shaft to the follicle that disables the hair re-growth at the source. It works on facial and body hair and what sets it apart from some others is that it works on pretty much EVERY skin tone. It actually has a built-in skin tone sensor that continuously evaluates the tone and condition of your skin, and if it’s too dark or too tanned, it will be blocked from emitting a flash of light. It’s VERY easy to use, and all that’s required is a little patience as it can take between 3-4 treatments (two weeks apart) before you see the results. With the three interest-free instalments, it’s £33 now and then you have your money back guarantee which gives you ample time to try it!
Keep in touch and watch out for our new voucher campaign that begins this week and can save you up to £35 when you buy your favourite things.
With my love,