Rain, wind, sunshine and showers!


Stormy skiesHello, hope you've had a great week. Are you working off all those calories from all the Easter eggs? I'm not!

Our changeable climate really can't seem to make up its mind right now! I was lucky to capture a snap of this dramatic sky a few days ago with blazing sunshine in the foreground.

It created the most unusual atmosphere. Then, a few minutes later, huge hail stones began to fall, much to the excitement of my daughter who'd never seen them before!

Speaking of family, I'm dedicating this week's blog to my Dad! He's in surgery in a few days time for an operation on his lower spine. I won't go into too much detail but let's just say he'll be leaving hospital with titanium screws in his lower back! Good luck Dad!

He assures me he'll be back home shortly and it won't be long before he makes me fresh fruit salad (my favourite) and his delicious homemade fruit cake, for which I must get the recipe to share with you. However, I can't promise, Dad may claim it's a family secret, under lock and key! I don't think it is though; it probably came off the back of a cereal packet!

Ostroblue topazThere's a day coming up which I'm really looking forward to, here at QVC – Gem Day. If you've tuned into my shows over the years, you'll know that jewellery is a real passion of mine.

It's this Tuesday 24th April. I'm on-air fairly early in the day and I'm looking after three hours. I start at 11am with The Moonstone collection. This stone is particularly special to me as it's my Mums favourite. Mum wears her favourite pear-cut necklace time and time again, and I think I may have found the perfect earrings to match!

Ostroblue Topaz & Diamond Accent Oval PendantMy next hour is midday when we bring you a premier show with a truly special and utterly breathtaking stone -Topaz by Ostro (pictured above and left). In the show we feature the ostroblue topaz which is incredibly rare. In fact, only a fraction of the top 1% of the world's topaz qualifies for this collection! I met with our senior gem buyer who showed me some of the designs; the stone is out of this world. I can't wait!

Then, I'm back at 2pm with Nepalese Kyanite, another of our favourites, here at QVC. The colour of which is the deepest of midnight blues… wonderful!

I'll see you soon! In the meantime I'm off to the fridge… I'm sure I saw some remaining Easter egg there earlier!

Take care,


Ps. This week's fact – It takes 8 minutes and 22 seconds for light to reach us from the sun!



  1. Marg April 24, 2012 at 1:05 am -  Reply

    Hi Charlie, can I send my good wishes for a speedy recovery to your Dad, I hope he will be up and about soon.
    I love your picture, this weird weather must be great for camera buffs,did you hear the American forcast on sunday? They are expecting a repeat of that severe storm they had last October, I remember Ralph speaking of the snow, imagine 15’of snow, its is taking the same course up the East Coast, really odd.
    Well I was invited to the gem event but I couldnt make it, hope you enjoy gem day.

  2. Jan Jarvis April 24, 2012 at 11:44 am -  Reply

    Hello Charlie,
    Watching your Moonstone show as we speak. Pity you missed the earrings for your Mum – shame on you!! Will be staying tuned for all your Gem Day hours.
    Do hope your Dad recovers well from his op and that he will feel much better afterwards.
    Take care.
    Love from Jan

  3. Charlie brook May 3, 2012 at 11:26 am -  Reply

    Hello Marg, thanks for your reply. Dad is doing really well I’m pleased to say. So sorry you missed the gem event. 15′ of snow…. Now there’s a thought!
    Take care

  4. Charlie brook May 3, 2012 at 11:28 am -  Reply

    Hello Jan…. Thanks for getting in touch. I hope you enjoyed gem day. I can’t believe I didn’t get the earings for Mum… You would have thought I’d have learnt after all these years at QVC!
    Take care

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