Happy New Year to you, let’s hope 2019 will be the best yet! It was great to catch up on all your Christmas news, and thank you so much for your kind words and wishes. I very much hope that all your plans came to fruition and you got to see those that you love; and to those of you who were struggling with difficult news or bad health, may this year be the one to change all that for the better.
Having read back over all that Colin and I had written in the diary to do before we even got to Christmas Day, I’m delighted to say we managed most of it and with a great deal of fun along the way. Our night out with Vicky and Lewis at the O2 to see Chic was fantastic! Nile Rodgers and the band had such amazing stage presence, and we were up and out of our seats and dancing in the aisles, within the first few minutes.
Live music for me is one of the best stress busters, and it took me back to another amazing occasion in 1975 when I see Queen perform live at what was then the Hammersmith Odeon. I had never experienced anything like it in my life before, and from that point forward I was hooked. Of course it helps being married to a musician 🙂
By the time we’d travelled home after a few celebratory drinks it was pretty late, but I was back in Chiswick at lunchtime for the presenter’s lunch which I have to say was an absolute hoot. I laughed so much I cried, and we all agreed to try and make more time in 2019 to see each other. Our meal was delicious, and the perfect amount too, so I was genuinely peckish by the time Colin and I met Clare, Cale, James and Emelia at the Peruvian Restaurant that evening. A very different kind of menu, but equally enjoyable, and it was wonderful to have such a special evening so close to Christmas.
It was all go again on Saturday evening when all of Colin’s children joined Sam, Colin and I for our annual Christmas party. Sadly Jack couldn’t be there as he’d succumbed to a bad cold, and Lucy and Honey were at the theatre, but we raised our glasses to them, and had a great night. It’s wonderful having all the family together, and they’re great to cater for, as they literally hoover everything up! 🙂
Christmas Day was just perfect. We drove to Lucy’s in the morning with Sam and Diesel, and met Jack there. We had our presents, and I’m delighted to say not only were those I gave very well received, but I was spoilt rotten by Colin and the children. He bought me this beautiful gold necklace, and my three bought us tickets to see Strictly Come Dancing The Professionals at the Apollo in May! Beyond excited for that night. 🙂
Lucy also had this banner made for me out of the pages of my book “A New Kind of Normal”… So thoughtful it made me teary. She then presented us with the most fabulous lunch, on a beautifully decorated table, and we spent the rest of the day just enjoying each other’s company. I could remember being a child when my grandparents came and had Christmas lunch with us, and for just a moment it was hard to believe that Honey is now that child, and I am the grandmother. The circle of life…
On the 27th Colin brought his 97-year old mum Kathleen to us for lunch, and I was very chuffed to see that the Joules coat I had got her was a perfect fit.
The 28th December saw my mum and Joe, my sister, Linda, their children and partners, and their grandchildren, plus Lucy and Jack, with us for a buffet lunch and more presents!
My sister Jenny had gone to the trouble of having this amazing memento of the book produced for me – I have made a space for it on the wall above my computer. I had far too many treats to list them all here, but suffice to say they were all very thoughtful and special. All the gifts I gave of Molton Brown, Elemis, Ruth Langsford, Liz Earle, Richard Jackson to name but a few, were very well received. My only regret of the day was that we didn’t have a photograph taken of us all together… the memories though I will keep safe forever.
Colin and I had our first New Year’s Eve together for four years as I’d been working over Christmas, and it was a truly relaxing and peaceful end to what has been a mixed year. We started 2019 in traditional style, with my friend Jo whose birthday is on January 1st. Having known her for almost fifty years, her family are like my own, and we had another wonderful evening.
And so here we are already three days into the New Year, and I’m back to the Q tomorrow. I think last year more than most I benefited hugely from buying most of my gifts online, and have just ordered a new bedcover to match our new bedroom décor. Sometimes we focus more on the linen than the bed itself, and may well have the same mattress we bought eons ago! Of course the cost of a new bed can make it prohibitive for a lot of us, so if that’s the case, then maybe 2019 is the year you change all that.
This Friday night I’m really pleased to be bringing you a TSV from one of the world’s largest bed companies – Sealy. It’s the Sealy premium gel 1800 pocket sprung mattress and divan bed and has been designed exclusively for QVC and is the first TSV ever to be fully constructed of pocket springs. It’s not just for the support but also for the pressure relief and breathability, and it even has smart fibres called Tencel that keep the mattress bug free and hygienic throughout its life.
BUT… the most important thing to mention is that if you were to buy the mattress and divan bed directly from Sealy you’d pay for the Single £1,529, Double £1,849, King £2,099 and Super King £2,299. With our Today’s Special Value price of Single £760, Double £972, King £1,068 and Super King £1,176, you’re SAVING £769 on the Single, £877 on the Double, the King is a saving of £1,031 and Super King, a whopping great £1,123!
On top of that Sealy will take away and recycle your old bed! The item number is 518240 and this bed is already available for you to order ahead of the launch. You’ll find all the other information on our website like dimensions and delivery dates. You can spread the cost in four Easy Pay instalments, there’s zero delivery charge, and the chance to try it for 30 days with Sealy happy to take it away if it’s not right for you. Let me know how you get on if you decide to go for it?
January is always busy, and I’ll see you for regular Diamonique shows at 8pm every Tuesday, plus another two-hour show with the lovely Ruth Langsford on the 16th January. Before that we have Skechers on the 7th, and Laura Geller on the 8th January. I hope you can join me for some of those hours, and I’ll look forward to hearing from you soon.
Love Ali x