What a ‘beautiful’ time we’re having!


Hi all!

Apologies for not being around much of late, and also not responding to some of your lovely comments, but I will fill you in on my next blog. The reason I’m saying we’re having such a ‘beautiful’ time, is about that incredible Beauty Day we just had? Amazing! Sadly I was in Italy but I did manage to catch some of it (I don’t, of course, mean I was sad to go to Italy, but you get my drift).

This post is just a quick hello to let you know I’m really looking forward to this Bank Holiday weekend! I have a full four days (Friday to Monday) packed with some great shows.

I’m starting off with the luxurious and increasingly popular M. Asam on Friday at 3pm, I just adore their body scrub – it’s top rated!

Then on Saturday I’ve got nails with Orly at midday, Percy & Reed later in the afternoon at 3pm, followed by a fashion show I actually haven’t done before: Andrew Yu. I bought this beautiful draped asymmetric top online and love it, it comes in two gorgeous colours too.

On Sunday I have an hour of Liz Earle at 7pm (say no more!), and a fantastic Today’s Special Value from pioneering champions Dyson.

This Dawson marathon is finished off with the lovely Laura Geller at 3pm on Monday – an excellent pick n’ mix I’m sure you’ll agree!

So what else is new? I’ve had two trips away recently which I need to fill you in on (and I am using the word “trip” deliberately here!). One was in the run up to Easter in Israel, and the other brief jaunt was the recent few days in Italy.

Israel – as always – was incredible! I’ve been there so many times, but I’m still discovering sites and areas I’ve never been to (more on those adventures in my next blog).

Italy was short and sweet; just checking everything is in order before the hordes start coming over in the summer. Apart from a broken fridge and the oldest car in the world wanting to give up the ghost, we are all good

I’ve had that car out there for years and I really don’t want to part with it. I know I’ll have to eventually, but when the time comes it’ll most certainly be another little second-hand job.

The last place on this earth you want to be driving a shiny new car is Italy, especially southern Italy! Plus, you certainly don’t want to look like a tourist, so with my little bashed up Italian-bought Punto I fit in perfectly! Personally, I believe a few dents are crucial as they do give it the ‘real deal’ effect out there (well that’s my excuse, and I’m sticking to it!).

It all got me thinking back to my first car: a blue mini city. I picked it up after passing my test a year previously. I reckon I screamed all the way home driving it back, especially on the Kingston Bypass!

Can you remember what your first car was?

I’d love to hear from you… stay in touch!
Anne xx


  1. Rhonda April 30, 2017 at 7:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anne, am really enjoying the 7pm Liz Earle show this evening. What colour and brand is the lipstick you are wearing on the show as I really like it? Thanks.

  2. Susan May 1, 2017 at 10:27 am -  Reply

    Hi Anne, eek I’m feeling an accident come on with your talk about trips?! What put you on the Israel path by the way? I’ve never really thought of it as a holiday destination. Though I know you like walking. I totally agree with you about not owning a new car! I don’t get why people spend so much money on them. Even if you can afford it I don’t get it! I’m sure it was lovely to get to Italy again even for a few days. You’re all very lucky with all your trips away. Well hope all is well and I’ll wait for the next full us in blog!x

  3. Clare May 1, 2017 at 11:25 pm -  Reply

    My first car was a fiat panda, total death trap. From the gearstick coming out in my hand, handbrake with rotten cables to the garage paying more in recovery charges than I paid in finance in the first year! 2nd car was & still is my fav had for 15yrs, a wee Ford fiesta who could kill it on the Clyde expressway 🙂

  4. Anne Dawson May 3, 2017 at 1:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Rhonda, I know it’s a Laura Gellar lipgloss but I’m afraid I don’t know which one……..our make up girls used it on me!!
    Really sorry…….glad you enjoyed the Liz Earle show though 🙂 xx

  5. Anne Dawson May 3, 2017 at 1:54 pm -  Reply

    Hey Susan,
    Great to hear from you as always!! I think you’re bang on the money in your Sherlock deductions!!!! I will indeed relay the account in my next blog (which should be next thurs/fri btw)
    I love Israel…….I love the country, the people, the history. It’s not really a holiday as such…….. more an experience!! I am off again there in June…….it’s really unusual for me to be there twice in one year but I’m meeting my Australian girlfriend out there and we are doing a bit of touring just the two of us which will be fun……..normally there’s usually a fairly large group of us.
    Hope you’re well my lovely and catch up soon. xx

  6. Anne Dawson May 3, 2017 at 1:57 pm -  Reply

    Oh Clare,
    You’ve made me literally lol !!
    Did you know that the car for learner drivers in Italy in their motoring schools is a ……wait for it……fiat panda!!!!! Only in Italy eh?!!!
    Then your comment about the fiesta “killing it on the Clyde expressway”……….my mum used to do that in her little mini on a regular!!! Fab to hear from you…….you’ve brought back fond memories……please stay in touch!! Xx

  7. Jill jennings May 4, 2017 at 12:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anne, my first car was a blue mini, l called her daisy blue l really loved that car and was so sad when l had to give her up due to no MOT.

  8. Susan May 5, 2017 at 5:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anne, that’s so interesting that you love Israel so much. I’ve just never really thought about it! You do fascinating trips though. Talking of trips eek..I’ll await! Enjoy your weekend X

  9. Pat new August 26, 2017 at 11:22 am -  Reply

    Where have you goneAnne ! Xxx

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