A small confession, VAX and a new Jewellery Icon!


ScrewHello, hope you had a lovely Easter break. It went so quickly and now my children are back at school 🙁

Well done if you identified last week's 'just for fun' guess the picture… it was a screw. Another at the end of this blog.

I was reminiscing over Easter and as a result I have a small confession to make to my sisters. It's over 25 years since I carried out the deed but I'm always reminded come Easter time!

I love Kinder Eggs! The chocolate, the surprise and they taste delicious!

Kinder EggWell, all those years ago (age 12..ish!) I spent my pocket money on Kinder Eggs for my two sisters. The eggs came in a box of three, which meant one for each of my two older sisters and a spare Kinder for me… perfect!

Well, I thought, how do I decide to choose which egg has the best surprise? It was a dilemma for a boy who hadn't even reached his teens yet. A plan was hatched. I very carefully unwrapped the eggs and prised open the chocolate to inspect each of the prizes. I chose my favourite, ate the chocolate and wrapped the other two back up! Well, I don't know about you but it's really tricky to re-wrap an egg in its foil wrapper without it looking like it's been unwrapped before! I failed miserably! They looked somewhat dishevelled! I think my sisters twigged but nothing was mentioned… I did spend my pocket money after all! But for what it's worth… sorry! Having written this I now really desire some chocolate… vending machine here I come!

A new month is almost upon us and here's a taster of our May Jewellery Icon before it goes to air. It will be available to order from 1st May. Veronese is a beautiful range of jewellery and simply whisks you away to Italy in a heartbeat. This bracelet is particularly clever with its concealed magnetic fastener making it so easy to pop on and take off. Gorgeous.


Kunzite TSVOn the subject of jewellery… I'm thrilled to be launching the breathtaking Galileia kunzite and diamond ring TSV this Monday 28th at midnight, ready for Gem Day on Tuesday. Wow, we have the most beautiful line for you throughout the day including the finale with me at 10pm. We're really excited and hats off again to our buying team for collating such exquisite collections.

I'm also launching our Vax TSV the day before, this Sunday 27th at midnight. Well, I was given a sample to try. I went one step further than just clean our cream carpet… I got a little creative with some chocolate mouse!


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Guess the picIn the meantime, here's this week's 'just for fun' guess the picture.

I would love to hear from you on Twitter. It's especially fun when you tweet me a picture of your pet. Cats, mice, horses and gerbils! All are welcome. I'm @mecharliebrook.

Take care,

Charlie x


  1. Georgina Murphy April 24, 2014 at 9:07 am -  Reply

    Hi Charlie, the just for fun pic is a coconut.

  2. Carolyne Fletcher April 24, 2014 at 6:43 pm -  Reply

    It is a Kiwi fruit, yummmmmy!

  3. Liz April 24, 2014 at 9:30 pm -  Reply

    Looking forward to the Veronese bangle – very tempting! Have you ever thought or been asked to do a ring to match the diamond heart pendant you designed? Not necessarily a heart but perhaps a round and/or square choice too.

  4. janet groves April 24, 2014 at 11:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Charlie,
    it’s a Kiwi fruit.

  5. Christine Shine April 25, 2014 at 12:22 am -  Reply

    Hi Charlie. I think the just for fun pic is a kiwi fruit.

  6. Yvonne April 25, 2014 at 10:37 am -  Reply

    Hi charlie, our son can beat your naughtness. One xmas he eat all chocolates on the tree and carefully placed wrappers still in shape of contents back on the tree, much to husbands surprise. Clever but naughty.

  7. B Ward April 25, 2014 at 12:46 pm -  Reply

    probably completely wrong on the above but I am eating a kiwi fruit and it looks like a kiwi to me.
    Also, you were very good giving your sister the chocolate, my
    brother would have eaten the lot and not bothered with me!!

  8. Debby Slauenwhite April 25, 2014 at 1:13 pm -  Reply

    After-noon Charlie.
    I may have to watch the T.S.V [ Vax cleaner]I need to clean the carpets. You don’t know how dirty they get until you move some furniture and then you think [AH disgusting]. Been doing some late spring cleaning and saw how dirty parts of the carpet is.
    Next week mum is having a new boiler fitted [ not looking forward to that] and I’ll have to repaint the kitchen.
    I think the fun pic is a Kiwi, one of my fav: fruits, along with passion fruit. My cousin in OZ: grows passion fruit and Mango’s in her garden. I used to make a tropical fruit salad of Kiwi,Passion fruit, Mango, Pineapple and strawberry’s. YUM.
    Hope all’s well.
    Take care.
    Love. Debby and a BIG Whoof from Bella

  9. Marie April 25, 2014 at 4:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Charlie
    the pic is a kiwi fruit.

  10. gillian hunt April 25, 2014 at 6:28 pm -  Reply

    hi Charlie think the picture may be a kiwi fruit, hope you are well gill xxxxx

  11. Susan Pringle April 25, 2014 at 8:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Charlie
    Did you get that Easiyo recipe from Jilly for the chocolate mousse as I really want to try it?
    I think the fun picture is a kiwi fruit.
    Kind Regards

  12. jean April 26, 2014 at 7:45 am -  Reply

    Hi I think it,s a kiwi fruit

  13. Nikki April 26, 2014 at 2:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Charlie, I think the just for fun pic is a kiwi fruit. Best wishes, Nikki.

  14. charlie brook April 26, 2014 at 5:02 pm -  Reply

    Hello Georgina! Thanks for getting in touch… But… It isn’t a coconut!
    Kind regards

  15. May April 27, 2014 at 10:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Charlie,
    I think the just for fun pic is a kiwi 🙂

  16. Charlie Brook April 29, 2014 at 9:17 am -  Reply

    Hello and well done to everyone here who guessed correctly! Carolyne, Janet, Christine, B, Marie, Gill, Sue, Jean, Nikki, May and everyone else – Yes, it’s a kiwi fruit! Ok, the challenge is on, I will make next weeks more difficult!
    Charlie x

  17. Charlie Brook April 29, 2014 at 9:18 am -  Reply

    Hi Sue and thanks for getting in touch. The recipe will be on my next blog. I’ve made some and it’s delicious and sooooo easy!
    Kind regards

  18. Charlie Brook April 29, 2014 at 9:21 am -  Reply

    Hello Debby and a big whoof to Bella.
    The tropical fruit salad sounds divine! Good luck with the new boiler and then the decorating. Don’t let Bella run off with the roller 😉
    Kind regards

  19. Charlie Brook April 29, 2014 at 9:22 am -  Reply

    Hello Yvonne,
    Now that is a very funny story! Naughty but funny. I’ll have to remember that for next year when visiting friends LOL!
    Kind regards

  20. Charlie Brook April 29, 2014 at 9:23 am -  Reply

    Hi Liz. I’m so pleased you like the Veronese bracelet, we are looking at more designs and a ring is possibly in the equation! Fingers crossed!
    Take care

  21. Charlie Brook April 29, 2014 at 9:24 am -  Reply

    Hello B… I’ll be honest, I nearly didn’t give them the chocolate!
    Tee hee!
    Kind regards

  22. Angela Gunton May 1, 2014 at 8:01 am -  Reply

    Hi Charlie
    This is a kiwi fruit, I think!!

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