I really must begin this blog with a huge thank you for your lovely messages to mum, and your kind words. As promised I passed them on when I saw her last week, and they made her smile.
She was moved to the most beautiful rehabilitation centre on the south coast a week or so ago, but she is still unable to move her legs and walk with her walker. We are still not certain why, as otherwise she is in good health, but understandably she is feeling quite low, and less inclined to want to move.
Luckily the nursing home is quite close to mum’s own home so her partner Joe can drive to see her, and it’s not too far from my sister Jenny; the rest of the family are a way off, but we’ve been making the journey to visit which the staff tell us is very beneficial to mum.
The good news is that the physio feels things could well change over the next week, and hopefully once her various medications kick in she may well feel more positive. She wouldn’t be able to manage at home even with modifications to the house she shares with Joe, and I don’t think she’s ready to go into care yet, so it’s very much a waiting game, but we are still holding onto the hope things will improve.
She was really pleased though to see my niece Clare and her husband Cale at the weekend. They drove all the way from their home in London to spend the morning with her. We’d had dinner with them just two nights before, and are now up to speed with their news – they’ve just moved house and are both doing well in their jobs.
Clare and I have a shared love of jewellery, and she admired the pendant I was wearing – my Christmas present from Colin – but she was also very complimentary about my Diamonique design that she’d seen on Instagram… I feel a birthday present coming on 🙂 Hard to believe it’s been over a year since they moved here from Australia, and even harder to accept they’ll be heading back there in nine months time – we hope to make the very best of the remaining months they’re on British soil!
I had another lovely evening out but this time with my friends from the Q. Claire, Miceal, Craig and I all went along to watch Eilidh Nairn star in Escapology – a one hour long play with just three players! She was absolutely superb and incredibly energetic considering her baby is due in less than two months!
It never ceases to amaze me how many other talents my colleagues keep hidden – Miceal is an actor and has a beautiful singing voice, Craig is a fab children’s TV presenter, and not only is Claire a brilliant mum, but she can dance superbly too! It was a real joy for us to have some quality time together. As you can see I was wearing my Luca Vannuci dress again and my Vionic Kirra sandals, and I think Claire’s earrings were One Button jewellery – we fly the flag wherever possible! 🙂
Of course a lot of the things I wear or use from QVC aren’t always visible – like my Decelor Gradual Glow to maintain my tan, and also my IT Cosmetics Tan Full Coverage CC Cream with SPF 50. They are bringing us a supersize for their Beauty Pick of the Month in August, and I can highly recommend it! It contains collagen, hyaluronic acid and many vitamins so not only provides a great coverage, but is good for your skin too.
I don’t really like wearing too much make-up in the summer, but my skin is pretty freckled now and I have dark rings around my eyes as I don’t sleep well, so I always wear a little foundation and some concealer to help with both those things. I have to admit to being more than a little obsessed with Gatineau’s Firming Neck and Décolleté Gel. I swear my neck looks better now than it did a year or so ago, and so I use it day and night.
When it’s as warm as it’s going to be this week, I like to wear less, but I hadn’t realised that the little linen dress I bought in a Portuguese market was completely see through until Lucy pointed it out last week! I’d driven up on Wednesday night for Honey’s special graduation ceremony at school on the Thursday, when she would be moving from nursery to reception class. Because of all the stress with mum, and a few worries of my own which I’ll explain in a mo, I’d forgotten to bring my Coco Bianco dress with me! We had to rush out to her local Walmart the following morning to buy a dress that would save my blushes!
I really couldn’t have cared less what I looked like that morning though as all I could see was Honey’s beautiful little face smiling at us from the stage, and all I could think about was the crazy speed at which time has moved over the last four years. Honey looked so grown up and confident and when the class sang ‘You’ve got a friend in me’ there wasn’t a dry eye in the house. I know how lucky I am to share in these special occasions, and I will be forever grateful to my daughter Lucy for wanting to include me.
Days like that make the difficult days easier to deal with, and I am more than a little fed up to know that I have to go back into hospital for more surgery to my right breast area.
Over the last few months I’ve had a lot of unexplained and deep seated pain there, and my consultant feels it’s best we investigate. I still have spare tissue from the failed implant, and the remainder has adhered to my chest wall, so it may well be that which is causing the discomfort. It’s unlikely that breast cancer will come back in the same place, but we have to make sure. The timing isn’t great though as I won’t be able to drive for a while so visits to mum will be fewer, but hopefully I’ll heal quickly and all will be well. I’ll be away from the 6th August for a couple of weeks, but I will of course keep in touch with you here, and on the usual social media platforms – Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Always nice to hear from you 🙂
On a happier note, we shared another special family occasion when Colin’s granddaughter Calla turned three years old. We’ve not seen that much of her over the years, but since the family moved it’s been much easier, and I offered to make her birthday cake which was as she requested, and featured the cartoon characters PJ Masks.
My KitchenAid did a cracking job of the Victoria Sandwich and I spent a very enjoyable evening decorating it. The look on her face when she saw it was priceless, and made it well worth the effort bless her. She calls me “Granny Granny” – ‘so good she named you twice’ said Colin 🙂
I hope you managed to catch Charlie Brook and I in our three hour Diamonique show on Monday night? It was in celebration of the 25 year anniversary for the brand, and featured some stunning pieces of jewellery. It also featured a great deal of laughter and fun – he is such a hoot to work with.
Have a look online if you want to see some of the special collections, and thanks so much to all those of you who’ve already bought my Diamonque Spinner Pendant which is now officially a bestseller! Do let me know what you plan to have engraved on the back won’t you?
Take care and I hope you get the chance to enjoy the sunny weather we have coming. I hope also that Una, Alpa, Debz, Sue, Helen, Jo, Chris and those we’ve not heard from for a while are ok, and remember if you write to me, I’ll always write back. Thank you so much!
With my love,