It’s raining! Not normally something I’d be shouting about, but by crikey my lawn needs it. Mind you, I’m praying it’ll be gone by tomorrow; I’m not ready for the summer to be over just yet 🙂
Thank you SO much for all the hilarious caption suggestions you sent me for the two photographs I put in last week’s blog. I have been literally laughing out loud reading them. I actually woke Colin up at 2am with my cackling, after I got back from our ‘Christmas in July’ launch, and found a few new ones on my iPad – thank you!
Because they were ALL so funny, I decided it would be fairer to do a draw for a winner. I put your names in a hat and am delighted to say that I’ll be sending a large jar Pink Sands Yankee Candle to Fiona Carne. Congratulations Fiona, I’ll ask my copy editor to get in touch with you so I can get it posted. I hope you enjoy the fabulous fragrance – all 150 hours of it! 🙂
I was in Dorset for a whirlwind visit to see Roz and Chris last week, before their holiday in Ireland. I had a great drive down there, with barely any traffic, but there was a short hold-up on the way home when a rather large coach tried to reverse out of the road by Stonehenge. Mind you it afforded me a great photo opportunity while we were stationary. Have you ever been to Stonehenge? Did you take the audio tour where you’re given umpteen suggestions as to the history behind this amazing prehistoric monument, yet no answers?! Yes, we did too! So frustrating! That said, it’s well worth a visit even if you do end up creating your own theory.
I visited a few of the girls from the village I used to live in on Saturday, and had a great evening catching up. Having stayed overnight, we all decided on a six mile walk around the village the following morning, where I saw plenty of evidence of this incredibly hot and dry summer we’re having. I found these beautiful blue flowers in one of the fields too, and although they look very like a pink plant that grows here in Berkshire I can’t for the life of me remember their name. I’m certain my mum will know but if you have any ideas, please do add them in the comments box at the bottom of the blog.
Colin’s 97-year-old mum came for lunch on Sunday and although it was cloudy and very humid that day, she was more than happy to sit outside. I made sure she had some Ultrasun on, and then Colin found her one of his hats and I lent her my sunglasses! Cheers Kathleen! I can’t imagine I’d look this good or even if I’ll make it to 97!
We had a lovely day with Lucy and Honey – the hottest day of the year so far – and so it was a huge relief to be able to spend most of it submerged in cool water. Honey loved the little boat, and I was more than happy to pull her about in it while Lucy relaxed in the shade. We’d made sure Honey was covered from head to toe with Ultrasun’s new 50+ protection for sensitive skins, and although she was in the pool for the most part she didn’t burn at all! An excellent product.
Talking of which, we have some excellent products coming up over the next few weeks, and some surprises too. DuJour is one of our newest fashion labels and as well as a beautiful maxi dress that takes centre stage as our TSV on Wednesday, this range has playsuits, crushed velvet leggings, a fabulous culotte-style jumpsuit and an off the shoulder printed midi dress! Incredible prices and very well made.
Kim Mendelson, who heads up her own company Kim & Co., is back on Thursday morning too with her deliciously soft brushed Venechia fabric in a hi-lo hem tunic. And if you’re into our fashion, keep your eyes peeled for Michele Hope, Cuddl Duds and Peter Kaiser as they will all be making an appearance over the next week.
My obsession with the moon continues, although I was more than a little disappointed not to see the blood moon on Friday. A big thank you to Chris Auchterlonie though who messaged me this beautiful photograph of it in Sharm El Sheikh – just incredible.
It was the stripey bit I was trying to capture and it turns out it has a name all its own – Cirrostratus. Sounds like a character from a Harry Potter novel!
I’ll sign off now, and will look forward to hearing from you. I can’t believe it’ll be August when I write to you again. Keep in touch here, on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook and I’ll always get back to you.
With my love,