Well, it’s been a quiet week for me for no reason other than laryngitis and a head cold! I was really sorry not to have been able to make my Diamonique show on Tuesday, but so many thanks to Dale for covering for me – I’ll be back next Tuesday when I’ll have some really beautiful new designs from this fabulous range of jewellery.
I couldn’t quite believe that I had fallen foul of yet another bug – I think I need my holiday! Thanks so much to you for giving me such a lovely long list of places to visit on Gozo and in Malta. Colin and I always prefer to choose places on recommendation, and I will of course take loads of pictures and let you know how we get on. We’ve a fair few weeks to wait though as it’s not booked until the end of June, but as always, there’s plenty to look forward to between now and then – at the Q and at home too!
More gratitude coming your way for the many birthday wishes you sent for little Honey Bea who turned two last weekend. Lucy and I had plenty of time to talk about what kind of cake we should make, in between the rides and water show at Legoland! The weather was unfortunately foul as predicted, but with our winter coats on and plenty of walking, we didn’t get too cold.
The little train was definitely a highlight – this is Honey just before it started with a look of sheer joy – and I caught her attempting to eat this giant ice cream cone on our way to the aquarium! We had a lovely day and have vowed to go back once the weather’s warmer. I can remember going to that very same site in the late 60’s on a school trip when it was still Windsor Safari Park, and sitting in the sunshine with a picnic, looking out across the incredible views of London in the distance. All those years … where do they go?
I only had a few days to wait before I was back on the M4 heading to Lucy’s to make the cake and help her prepare for Honey’s birthday. I took my Kitchenaid with me, as she doesn’t have a mixer, and not only does it do a great job with cakes, but makes the most fabulous buttercream icing! Chocolate sponge was the order of the day, and the design was decided on, based around Honey’s favourite TV show.
She’s moved on from Peppa Pig (I’m rather sad about that ‘cos I loved the series) and she now loves Paw Patrol – a funny little cartoon series featuring rescue dogs. Sky, Rubble and Marshall are the key characters and rather than us struggle to make them out of ready to roll icing, Lucy had bought them – phew! The cake was basically a chocolate building site, crammed full confectionary, shored up with a large number of kit-kats! The butter cream was so light that we were worried it would slide off the cake, but it set perfectly and Honey was delighted with it which was all that mattered.
It was quite tasty too though and very much enjoyed by adults and children alike at the party which was held at a fabulous soft play place called Jungle Mania. Very different to the places I used to take my three to, this one was really clean and well spaced out, and the children had a ball! They even provided the food so there wasn’t really too much for us to do, except join in 🙂 More wonderful memories made, and another reason to thank our lucky stars for this little person in our lives.
Slightly taller and older person is my son Jack whom I had a really enjoyable Spa day with. He’s doing well in spite of having to cope with a lot, so it was nice to have time together to just relax. Time together is something that seems to be eluding Colin and I, as he is desperately trying to get his second Country Music album finished and produced. I remember how many months the first one took, but this has been very on and off, and it’s wonderful that finally it’s pretty much complete – and it sounds excellent!
I’ll see if I can get a link to it on the blog. The final track is the one he’s been working on, and he decided that it needed a little lift! He asked for help from a delightful bunch of folk called The Tuneless Choir who meet each Wednesday night in Maidenhead. Set up in June 2016 by Tabitha Beaven, it’s an opportunity to join a group of like minded people and “sing like no one is listening” for an hour or more! Colin needed the choir to sing a few lines to make up the chorus for the final track, and they certainly did him proud and were, I felt, in very good tune! In case you live nearby or would just like to pop along and find out more, then here’s the link – firstname.lastname@example.org – I thought it was great fun 🙂
The weather certainly seems to be improving now, and my garden has gone wild with the bit of warm sunshine we had. I spent most of Saturday last week cleaning my patio with the Karcher Pressure Washer, and it looks SO much better now. The lawn though desperately needs mowing, and I have to say I was more than a tad tempted when I saw our TSV for the 20th May. It’s a Greenworks Dual Blade Cordless Battery Mower! I don’t think I’ve ever seen one before, but what a joy if you’ve not got an extension cable or plug socket nearby! It’s 510027, with three EZ pays and I’m hoping Richard will let me have a go with it at 8pm on the Saturday.
I reckon it’ll be a busy weekend as Liz Earle’s Five Piece Superskin Collection is also on three EZ pays and will be revealed by Caroline Archer as our TSV on Sunday the 21st. If there’s any remaining I’ll be talking you through it at 11pm that night.
I think that’s pretty much all my news for now, but as always I’d love to catch up with yours, so do drop me a comment below and I will always reply. Actually just one more thing to mention as I’ve had a few enquiries just recently… my ‘I Hope’ range of jewellery is to soon be promoted for what could possibly be the last time, and the remaining three designs we have left are not very high in stock. I will give you item numbers and availability on the next blog but I know we have earrings, the ring and the longer length chain with the larger pendant left. Maybe I’ll be asked to create some new designs this year? Fingers crossed 🙂
Take care and have a great weekend, and all things being even, I will be back with you next Tuesday at 8pm with the lovely Tova Borgnine for Diamonique!
With my love,