February has been a month full of firsts. I got my first cold of the winter. Drat. I really and truly thought I’d managed to avoid catching one this year. With so many friends and colleagues going down with the cold, some of them more than once, in the last few months I genuinely thought that I must be immune to it this year! Oh they do say that pride cometh before a fall and it was the common cold that felled me this last week. It started with a little tingling in the nose that caused it to twitch like Tabatha the Witch, and quickly escalated from there to streaming eyes and nose, spluttering and coughing and generally feeling a bit rotten.
I have spent five days straight indoors recuperating (yes, I was behaving like I had man-flu, lol. Well that’s what we men do when we have a simple cold). Unfortunately, my hibernating like the world was coming to an end and acting like I would never be well again meant that I missed out on another first this month. The first time the mercury has risen above 21 degrees in February since records began. Wow.
Where did those temperatures come from? I honestly haven’t really been out in them at all, apart from one afternoon where I got my milky white ankles out for the first time this year, another first! Apart from that I was more or less confined to my bed but it certainly looked like summer was in full swing, especially when I would look outside and see people in shorts and flip flops everywhere! I wanted to shout, “It’s still only February!” but who was I to spoil everyone’s fun. I do get grumpy when I’m unwell!
Did you manage to enjoy the sunshine? It does make me worry a little about the state of the world’s climate generally and more specifically about what kind of summer we are likely to have, as last summer was scorching hot. I’ve already started thinking about whether I should get blackout blinds and/or air conditioning in my apartment before Easter, as at this rate, the temperatures will be in the thirties by then! (Hopefully not though).
One glorious benefit of the warm weather has been the fact that my tulips are starting to come through. I say ‘my’ tulips, but all credit for them must go to Kathy Taylor, who potted them up back in January and presented them to me as a gift. The first shoots have started to poke their way through the soil and gravel and that gives me great joy. I only hope such an early arrival doesn’t have a detrimental effect on them. I’ll need to ask Michael Perry and Richard Jackson for their advice, like should I be feeding them Flower Power as they are already coming up? I’m not the best with plants, but I have to say that my Amaryllis from Christmas is back in leaf again and a Phalaenopsis orchid I was given last summer whilst recuperating has just sprouted a fresh stem with small buds on it! I’d like to say it’s all down to my care and attention but honestly, I’d be lying to you if I did say that! It has made me think, though, that I really need to get my balcony sorted out. I had great plans for it last summer to put in some small potted trees and some containers and boxes but unfortunately last summer didn’t really allow me the opportunity to do much other than lie in bed! This year will be different though. I still have my Garden Reflections Indoor/Outdoor Contemporary Water Feature with Lights, so that shall be the first on my list to get planted up, as I have the planter option. It is currently on our website on three interest-free instalments if you fancy it. The sound of flowing water in the heat of summer is a welcome relief and it looks great too.
Also this month, we have had a first that we have never had in the entire history of QVC UK. We have had a couple of items available on six Easy Pay interest-free instalments for the first time ever! If you have heard all the positive chatter about the Dyson Supersonic both on QVC and in the press, we now have it on six interest-free instalments, which is a brilliant way to get it for yourself and see what all the fuss is about!
The Dyson Supersonic isn’t the only item on those six Easy Pay instalments either! For those of you who fancy a bit of sparkle in your life, either because you want to mark a special or occasion or simply because you know you’re worth it, we have a diamond princess ring also on those six interest-free instalments.
That’s a lot of firsts for the second month of the year, methinks. Here’s hoping the rest of the year continues with each month bringing lots of firsts with them. In fact, I may make it a running theme through my blogs as we progress through the months. What have been your ‘firsts’ this month?
There are only a couple of days left of the month before I have to find another first! So I’m off to try and figure out what that might be.
Until next time,
Miceal’s Must Have
This is also another first. I’ve never had a ‘Miceal’s Must Have’ before but this first one I am bringing you is something I was on air with and loved the quality and the price so much I just had to tell you about it. Drum roll please…
I think a Hobo style bag is a great look generally, but this one from Ashwood has more structure than your average run-of-the-mill hobo bag, so lends itself really well to informal daytime use and smarter evening use as well. It’s beautifully crafted, comes in an array of gorgeous colours to suit all tastes and is made from quality leather. The orange or the oat or even the gold will see you all through spring and summer and even into the autumn and winter as well. This is a bag you will never tire of. Best of all, it’s under £75 at the moment and is available on three interest-free instalments. This is too good to be missed out on and it will not be around for long.