This time last week, instead of sitting in my dressing gown writing my blog, I was at Regent’s Park for the Rotary Purple4Polio final crocus planting session. Unlike today, which is grey and miserable, we were blessed with bright sunshine, which was totally eclipsed by Ade Adepitan’s smile!
It was a pleasure to meet him for the first time as we were unveiled as new ambassadors for the campaign, whose purpose is to raise awareness and money for the worldwide eradication of polio.
If you would like to read more about it you can go to Rotary’s website or, alternatively, I will be writing a piece for my website over this coming weekend – do sign up for my newsletter if you want to be kept up to date with all the things I can’t manage to squeeze into my weekly QVC blog.
Ade and Anne Wafula Strike, also announced as an ambassador, are both former paralympic athletes and we are all committed to helping consign polio to the history books.
Continuing with the purple theme, the December picture on one of my calendars has purple baubles and a ginger cat, not dissimilar to my daughter’s cat, Milo.
He came to stay with us last weekend, as she had a couple of social engagements she wanted to attend which meant staying away from home. He and my old cat, Poppy, don’t get on too well usually, but they weren’t too bad this time with Pops bopping him on the head if he got too close to her.
She has been quite a bit braver recently, even venturing to the lounge and settling down on the sofa, when normally she retreats under a kitchen unit to hide away from the world.
She is 21 and a half now and I can’t help wondering how many more Christmases she will see. It was kind of a dress rehearsal, as she will be staying at ours over Christmas.
My other half, Chris, has now finished the attic bedroom and I must say it looks fab – she won’t want to leave. I’ll put some pics on here next week.
I’ve had a busy run of days at the Q but, instead of taking it easy on my day off, on Wednesday I had not one, but two social engagements.
It started with Christmas lunch with the Reading (as in the place) chapter of the Romantic Novelists’ Association. I had met some of the authors at the RNA parties, but it was lovely to have a sit-down lunch and a natter to get to know them better.
The lady sat across the table from me was also new to the group. Rachael Featherstone (on the left in this photo to the side) has her debut novel, called ‘Puzzle Girl’, coming out in March and I liked the sound of the plot. She was lovely, but made me feel really old when she mentioned her husband has recently celebrated his 30th birthday – the same as my son!
In the evening, I had arranged to meet up with a couple of pals from my old dancing school in Nottingham.
Adrian and Linda both left Nora Morrison’s to go to the Royal Ballet School and, subsequently, join the Royal Ballet Company while my dancing career went in a different direction with cabaret and theatre shows around the world.
It’s amazing how much we could all remember from our days at Nora’s, over 45 years ago, including sneaking into a derelict house across the road from the studios during down time between classes – highly dangerous, but we all lived to tell the tale!
Linda still teaches ballet for a prestigious school in Central London, but Adrian lives mainly in the South of France these days with his French wife – lucky boy.
I have two more social events to look forward to before Christmas. Tonight there is a get together at Ali Keenan’s house and then the presenter’s lunch next Monday – I’ll post pictures on next week’s blog.
The Catwalk on Friday’s show on QVC today at 5pm is a goody.
We are featuring loads of our brands again, including Label Lab, Kim & Co, H by Halston and C Wonder – I have a whole hour of C Wonder on Monday at 6pm. Here are a couple of pieces from today’s show that I thought might interest you:
- This Pia Rossini Amberley wrap is available in 4 Easy Payments – a great Christmas present idea, as it is one size fits most
- I have these Assets RHL by Spanx leggings in black and they are brilliant for smoothing lumps and bumps, particularly around the tummy area. They are on 3 Easy Pay at the moment and with free P&P!
- For a touch of luxury, how about this edge-to-edge cardigan from In Cashmere? It is 100% cashmere, but washable, and comes in a good choice of colours and sizes and is also available in 3 Easy Payments
I’m not on this weekend at QVC (the final Christmas shopping weekend before the big day) which is a shame, as I will be missing the debonair Andrew Bagley and the Gatineau Today’s Special Value. It launches tonight at midnight and is not yet live on our website, but try later this evening if you want to get in early.
I have now written a few cards, but still no tree – better get on to with it this weekend!