Had a lovely time with the grandbabies last week, as you can see below. Took some annual leave in order to spend the weekend Blake-sitting, and grandbaby Phoebe came along with her mummy as well. Lauren and I stayed at Brad’s and had outings such as visiting family, including my sister Linda.
Little 16-month-old Blake was fascinated by the fish in the nearby pond, and by Dave the cat, who duly obliged and followed us around, but stayed just out of her reach, ha ha. We had three nights together in total. It was lovely waking up and taking a drink of milk to the bigger one in her cot and getting cuddles, then getting to see baby Phoebe, aged 9 months, soon afterwards. The girls played very well, it was a joy to watch. Hopefully in years to come they will visit me in Devon together.
Devon or Cornwall scones?
When I got back home, after a long journey (see below), it was time to take my lovely friends and helpers off for an afternoon champagne cream tea. I had a voucher and treated them, and what lovely views we had. High Bullen Hotel near Barnstaple is a golf club and has a Laura Ashley tea room. The food was outstanding, and Sheila, Linda, Wendy, Sheena, and I enjoyed the afternoon very much. I really need to stop eating cake though… 🙂 One of the things they served was a Devon cream tea with clotted cream in a little pot. Sheila always has hers with cream first and the jam on top. Most of the rest of us have it the other way round. One is Devon, one is Cornwall*. Can you guess which? I’ve always put the cream first myself…
This weekend’s offers
Friday (26th July) – The Denim & Co. comfy denim jacket sold out very quickly. So here is a link to all of the denim jackets on our website if you just search that phrase. We do several and most of them have stretch 🙂
Saturday (27th July) – it is Beauty Day! I will be launching the Shay & Blue Today’s Special Value. As reported last week there are four wonderful mini fragrances from their heroes range. Get the auto-delivery for another set of four later in the year. These are superb stocking fillers from a prestigious brand and they are really good value in this set. Look out for some other amazing beauty deals as well on Saturday.
Sunday (28th July) – we will have a set of two Amazon Fire HD 8 tablets on offer! These tablets come with a lot of in-built storage and even feature the Alexa voice-controlled personal assistant! A great way to get an early Christmas present on an excellent deal!
Big Deals old and new
This week’s Big Deals – ending Sunday
Kim & Co printed Brazil jersey crossover tulip sleeve jumpsuit with pockets, Regular and Petite
Yankee Candle set of two white scent plugs with ten refills
My Perfect Cosmetics Perfect Facial with ten treatments
Spotlight one hour Express teeth whitening strips, pack of 28 with whitening toothpaste
Next week’s Big Deals – starting Sunday/Monday at midnight
SBC three-piece Green Caviar skincare collection
Morphy Richards 1.5 bar Saturn Steam Iron with Intellitemp
Frank Usher crystal detail poncho top
Wetbrush Detangle three-piece brush set
Also for more sneaky peeks of next week’s deals, see below to check them out, so you know what to expect 🙂
On the hottest day of the year so far, Carla and I took a stroll outside QVC in between our Denim & Co. shows. My goodness it was balmy even though it was 9:45 at night 🙂 go here to have a little look round the Chiswick Business Park and to follow my social media (the whole list is at the bottom of this blog.)
If you are a regular you will know that I am not a fan of the sun. Thank goodness for air-conditioning! While I enjoyed the brightness, as it makes people cheerful, it did make me take shelter inside where it is air conditioned. 38C is too hot for me!
Beans means chili?
The garden loves the sun though, as long as you water it properly, obviously. One new thing I grew this year was broad beans. These have proliferated quite well. The broad flat beans are inside these pods, and they are quite long, I may even have enough for one meal 🙂
We have had lovely lettuce, some broccoli, and some courgettes though. And occasionally a few strawberries. I have high hopes for next year… Richard Jackson’s products are doing really well, however. I have used Flower Power and it has made the garden lovely.
Can you see the size of the lilies in the background? The courtyard is looking, and smelling, amazing at the moment. One morning last week I even had a breakfast outside. This is what life is all about. I thought about one day when I eventually retire (if that ever happens!), this is the sort of thing I would love to do. 🙂 Just have to get someone to come and wait on me ha ha.
Look at this dashboard – 10 hours driving in one day. That was when I took Lauren and the baby back to Wales before ending up in Devon. Oh my goodness did I need to do some stretching that night 🙂 it goes down on record as the longest journey in one day, apart from when I went to the Edinburgh festival once when I was a student, in my dad’s new red cleaning van. We must have been so uncomfortable but my friends and I loved it. This time, at least, I got to have a good chat and a heart-to-heart with my daughter. We stopped a lot obviously for baby Phoebe as well. Not sure I want to do that again though any time soon 🙂
Kinky Boots in Cardiff
At least it meant I was able to stop off at Kinky Boots in Cardiff on the way home. My niece Becky is there at the moment doing the wigs and make up for this fabulous musical on tour. I saw the end of the show and we had supper afterwards. What a full day that was 🙂 then went back to Devon. Just my luck I got caught behind a police car making everyone drive at 8 miles an hour for a little while on the M5 at 2am… which contributed to how long I spent in the car. But it was worth the diversion and it was nice to see Becky. It’s a great show if you get the chance to see it, do go.
Book of the week – Somebody Else’s Baby by Ruby Speechley
Here’s a writer worth looking at: “Young surrogate mother Charlotte discovers that the new parents are not who they seem. When they disappear without trace, Charlotte is plunged into a frantic search for the babies she carried – before it’s too late…”
If you enjoyed Dear Thing, by Julie Cohen, as I did, this one may be a good novel to add to your TBR list (to be read!) Out on yesterday on eBook! I met Ruby at Joanna Cannon’s book launch for ‘The Trouble With Goats and Sheep’ a couple of years ago, so I’m very proud of her for finally finishing the novel she was writing at that time. I wish I could say the same about my French or Dutch! One day…
It has to be The Lion King remake at the cinema. James Earl Jones is one of the famous voices bringing the creatures in the jungle alive in this new version. I would say live action version but while it is not a cartoon, it is still animation and digital effects. But it looks very realistic – obviously very well done and it stars Beyoncé’s voice! What more could children want this summer holiday! Cinemas are full of it with many airings, fingers crossed I can find one to fit in. In a few years who knows, maybe I will be taking the grandchildren along!
Next week on QVC
Monday get your feet looking and feeling great with the Margaret Dabbs three-piece Refresh Your Feet collection.
On Tuesday, we will have the gorgeous Diane Gilman comfort waist pull on skinny jeans, in Petite, Regular, and Tall!
Wednesday sees the Alpha-H two-piece Supersize Beauty Heroes collection, featuring two of their iconic products in a large size.
Have a look on Thursday at the ABC three-piece Skinwash collection, perfect for stocking up your bathroom!
Friday will see the Ashwood Emily double compartment cross-body bag at a really reasonable price for a real leather handbag!
Next week – Hopefully I get to see ‘The Current War’ at the cinema, and I spend a week in London for a change. Have a lovely week, speak soon. Social media is below.
PS – *Devon cream tea is where you put the cream on first with the jam on top. The Cornwall way of doing it is to put the jam first and the cream afterwards. I add butter on it as well, and as my mum used to say, it all looks the same when it goes down 🙂