Is it just me or do you find this time of year passes far more quickly than the spring or summer? I can’t believe we are in the second week of November already, although to be fair with the exception of the recent storms it has been unseasonably mild! I was out for a walk the other weekend, and saw this blackberry bush in flower! I’m not sure if it will actually get the chance to fruit, but rather lovely all the same. And just this morning -10th November – I found these three beautiful roses in my garden! Can’t make my mind up whether to pick them or leave them! Thanks for sharing your lovely Autumn memories with me on the blog. I really enjoyed reading through them, but felt quite nostalgic – there really is something very retrospective about this season…
It seems to have been a good year for sloes and damsons too, although I’ve not made any sloe gin this year, but I did stew quite a few damsons which I have since frozen. How about you? Have you been stewing, pickling or preserving?! : ) Actually it’s all about edible treats this Friday when we have a Thorntons chocolate TSV, and several hours dedicated to our many fine food brands. I will be in the kitchen at 4pm with Brett and Christine from the Real Pie Company – I’m not planning on eating any lunch that day, so I can make the most of their fabulous fare! Then to wash those down, I will be sampling some classic beverages with Octavia from Whittard of Chelsea at 6pm. I thought I’d go back to the kitchen at 7pm, where I have a fabulous collection of all kinds of edible treats, so do tweet me @alikqvc or call in so you can be a part of the shows. In fact something very exciting will be happening in our QVC Kitchen on the 17th November, but more on that later!!
It’s been a while since I saw you, as I had a number of different dates in the diary, including my 15 Year Anniversary with QVC, and a weekend away with some girlfriends. Another date though, that we believed to be some distance off, was the arrival of my niece Emily’s first child. The baby was due on 6th December, but arrived last Wednesday weighing 6lbs 3ozs! It all happened rather quickly, but husband Paul was able to be with Emily to support her, and they are now the perfect little family, with their beautiful baby boy home with them.
They have named him James after my dad, which is such a lovely tribute to a man Emily sadly never met, as my sister was just six months pregnant with her when my father died… So another new life in our family, and just two days before little Honey had her six month anniversary!! I can’t believe it’s been that long since Lucy gave birth, and now my gorgeous granddaughter is sitting up on her own, eating solid food and has just learned to say Mama! : )
We had a lovely weekend with Lucy, Simon and Honey, with plenty of time for hugging and holding her on the Sunday while her mum and dad went to explore Windsor. She fell asleep in my arms after bouncing around on Colin’s knee for a while – priceless eh?
More great memories were made last Thursday night, when those of us who have been employed by QVC for the last 15 years, were invited to a celebratory dinner in a fabulous restaurant off Grosvenor Square. The room was beautiful, the food delicious, and it was a wonderful opportunity to catch up with our colleagues. My only sadness was that fellow presenter and friend Kathy Tayler, who started her career at QVC on the same day as me, had a rotten cold and cough, and couldn’t make the evening. We raised our glasses to her though, and shared some great memories, and I’m hoping that once she’s better, we will definitely get to see each other.
Apologies, I do seem to be jumping around a bit in this blog and meant to tell you about the weekend away with my girlfriends! I missed the last gathering in March, so haven’t seen the girls since my wedding, when there were so many folk there, we barely had a moment! Suffice to say, it was great to get together, and to catch up on everything that’s happened in the last 12 months. The weather could not have been worse though, so we were more than happy to light the fire, get into our PJ’s, enjoy a bit of pampering and put the world to rights over a few cosmopolitans!
This pampering included trialling the Elemis TSV which you will get the chance to get your hands on this Sunday 15th November. It comes in a choice of fragrances, the girls were definitely Team Orchid.. just saying! Following on from foot filing and hand massages, we drank more of our rather delicious pink drink, which led us to believe that sticking false nails on with super glue was a good idea!! I was however, sober enough to realise I didn’t want to risk spoiling my fingernails because of my job, but I encouraged Deb to stick the nails on my toes instead!!! Suffice to say, after a 12k walk the following morning, eight of the false nails fell off, but I still have them glued VERY securely to both my big toes!! Any suggestions as to how to remove them would be very gratefully received!
Hopefully I won’t have had to resort to peeptoe sandals by next Tuesday, because that’s when I will be in the QVC kitchen once again, but this time with an incredible KitchenAid K45 Mixer as our TSV. Not only does it come with a coloured ceramic bowl, but we are also including a five piece KitchenAid gadget set too! The value is exceptional, so if you’re thinking of treating yourself or someone very special this Christmas, don’t forget we’ve extended our money back guarantee until 25 January 2016. If you loved the Great British Bake Off, you’ll know that this piece of equipment is paramount in working towards those magnificent masterpieces. It’s what swayed my son Sam and I when we got ours! : ) Actually, talking of TV shows, have you seen The Great Pottery Throw Down? Colin and I are hooked, and if you’ve missed it, it’s definitely worth finding on Catchup.
Well, I’d better sign off now, but I will look forward very much to seeing you at 9pm with our regular Diamonique show which is crammed full of wonderful gift ideas like this stunning solitaire ring! Just £79 it has a fabulous faux diamond in this really high end 9 carat gold setting.
Take care, stay warm and well, and do keep in touch. I’ll look forward to hearing from you as always,
Love Ali xx