Today is International Women’s Day, which we are celebrating on air by featuring some of our top ‘brands by women’, including the TSV from Bundleberry by Amanda Holden. As I’m officially on annual leave, I thought I would just do a quick blog to join in the recognition of how different our lives as women are these days, compared with even fifty years ago! I believe a lot of that progress is to do with the way we approach things and overcoming obstacles, which may have floored the majority of our female ancestors. We are very fortunate to be living in an era where we can choose to be and do what we want to. Overcoming our fears, whatever they may be, is a step in the right direction and I certainly had to do that when this photo of me was taken eight years ago.
I don’t have a head for heights, so had to be persuaded to go up the CN Tower while on a visit to Toronto. Once up there, I further overcame my fear of heights by standing on the glass floor with a view down to the ground below! I’m not saying I wasn’t afraid – I was – but it was a sense of achievement that I managed to do it. As it turned out, this was put into perspective when I was diagnosed with CML (chronis myeloid leukaemia) less than a year later, but maybe that attitude of facing up to my fears gave me the strength to deal with what lay ahead. I know things can sometimes feel overwhelming but a positive mental attitude can make a real difference I believe – it certainly has for me.
While we are talking about celebrations, Easter is very late this year, which is why Shrove Tuesday was this week rather than in February, like it is most years. We always make pancakes, served the traditional way with lemon and sugar, and this year I followed Andi Peters recipe.
It’s very simple: 300ml milk, 2 eggs, 100g plain flour – mix together, leave to stand for ten minutes and then fry ladles full in hot oil. I used almond milk and I must say it worked a treat and they were very tasty! Well done Andi.
Wednesday was Chris’s Mum, Audrey’s birthday. I can hardly believe it is five years since we organised her surprise 80th birthday party. Pictured is one of her great granddaughters from Australia who was helping her great-nana to cut her birthday cake… time flies!
As I mentioned at the beginning, I am currently on annual leave but rather than going away, I have been tied to my computer working on the ‘line edit’ for my first book with Bookouture. I’m not going to lie, I had no idea there were so many levels of editing when you are working with a publisher. With my self-published books, there were a couple of rounds with my copy editor and then it was available to buy. It has been a lot of extra work, which I’m pleased to say is now finished (until the copy edit) and I’m really happy with how it is reading – I’m so looking forward to sharing the story with you.
Because I’ve finished my line edit, I’m allowing myself a day off from book-related stuff to go to a Crystal Palace game tomorrow. It’s Palace v Brighton (our arch enemies) and it will be my first visit to Selhurst Park this season! I’m hoping for a Wilf Zaha hat-trick with a couple of assists from Aaron Wan Bissaka – fingers crossed.
While I’m at the game, you may well be watching the Molton Brown TSV on QVC or maybe you’ve already ordered yours as it is on pre-order. There are two options, Fresh or Floral, and I’m torn between the two, as the Floral has my favourite Rhubarb & Rose Hand Wash in it, and the Fresh has my favourite Coco & Sandalwood Body Wash. Decisions, decisions. I could maybe get both and make up collections for my mum and Chris’s mum for Mother’s Day, minus the bits I want to keep – a good plan I think.
I’m also missing Jewellery Day on Sunday. Lots of you spotted the Butler & Wilson necklace I was wearing last weekend on air.
I’ve also been sporting the Butler & Wilson shoe earrings in various different colours, as well as the Diamonique angel wing earrings, which are a match for the Diamonique ‘Design of the Month’ pendant.
Of course, there are many more stunning pieces of jewellery to watch out for, and you’ll be pleased to hear that some of our more expensive pieces are on six interest-free installments, as I recently flagged on here with the tanzanite ring.
I’ll be back on QVC next Thursday on the Style Channel at 5 and 6pm, but in the interim I have to get back to writing book 2 in the series… I need another 20,000 words before then! Wish me luck.
Have a great weekend, whatever you are up to.