I was determined not to start this blog a la Michael Fish mode, but honestly, the weather has taken over our lives this week hasn’t it?! We’ve fared pretty well so far in Berkshire with just a light snowfall, but I know from your comments on the blog that many of you are coping with arctic conditions. Here’s hoping there’s a thaw soon! Something that warmed me though was watching Ant and Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway and seeing Craig Rowe expertly guide Amanda Holden through a ‘disastrous’ hour set up by the OBE honoured McPartlan and Donnelly! It was priceless! Amanda Holden is actually trusting Craig with her first TSV on the 8th March – a three piece trunk collection from her BundleBerry range – so make sure you tune in for that!
I don’t envy my sister who has taken her school year away on a three day ‘adventure break’ with mainly outdoor activities! I think she’s going to have her work cut out keeping 90 nine and 10 year olds occupied indoors! As she keeps saying, only three more years before she can retire 🙂 She and Linda came to stay last weekend and we had a fabulous long walk by the river close to Cookham. It’s actually a walk that Kathy Tayler and I take whenever we can get some time together, and we had beautiful blue skies. It was great to see them, and I made Jamie Oliver’s Sicilian Squash Stew for supper as they are both vegetarians. I’ve had to give Jenny the recipe! 🙂
Walking is about the only exercise I’m getting at the moment, as my shoulder has made it difficult for me to use my AeroPilates machine, but it’s definitely loosened up over the last few weeks, which is a huge relief. Although we live on a relatively busy road, we’re surrounded by fields, and there are quite a few beautiful walks nearby with lovely views. Mind you, I won’t get much chance to get out and about in the next few weeks though as my son Sam will be coming to stay with me following surgery to his upper jaw.
It’s something he’s needed to have done for a long while, but because of the endless operations he had to go through following his amputation, he’s understandably wanted to avoid any hospital visits! I’m sure he’ll be OK this time around, but I just wanted to make sure that while he won’t be able to chew anything, he’ll have healthy liquidized meals. It does mean though that he’ll be with me for his 29th birthday on the 10th March, and also Mother’s Day on the 11th , which is lovely! Lucy and Honey are going to be staying over too, and fingers crossed Jack will be able to get the day off.
At least Jenny will be able to visit my mum on Mothering Sunday, and knowing that I’d not be with her on the day, Colin and I popped over to see her and Joe last week. We had cup of tea and a catch up and shared a huge slab of bread pudding! It’s hard to believe she’s 82, as her home is always pristine. She still bakes, and there are invariably fresh flowers beautifully displayed too. It’s something she’s always had an innate ability with – even just a few stems in a vase and she can make them look fabulous. As I get older I find I’m learning from her even now.
So many things really that our mums teach us that we sometimes forget, or just don’t have time to pass on. One of the many things she taught me was the name of all the wild flowers and I still know them, and although I didn’t teach my own children what they are, I’m determined to do better on my walks with Honey 🙂 Naming flowers may not be high on Lucy’s list of priorities, but I have to say I am in awe of my daughter and the wonderful relationship she has with her daughter. As you may have surmised, she is now a single mum and juggles childcare, along with her job as a teacher with great skill. It’s not easy when Honey’s poorly, or waking up through the night, but Lucy’s coped admirably. She doesn’t complain, and I am inordinately proud of all she does which is reflected in Honey, who brings such joy to all our lives.
Having mentioned my granddaughter – as I always do – I was talking with my Diamonique buyers about the regular Tuesday show, and we’ve put together a collection of jewellery this Tuesday 6th March that works for us all – grandmother’s through to granddaugthers – so I hope you’ll be able to join me at 8pm.
In fact I thought it would be nice to run our first competition of the year based around Mother’s Day and I have put together a prize I hope you’ll like. This beautiful Diamonique solitaire pendant and earring set, along with the brand new Beauty Product of the Month from Elemis will make a nice gift I think – either for yourself or someone you love! The prize is worth approximately £71 and all you need to do is decide on the right answer to this rather quirky question…
Which 81 year old British actress had the words ‘Carpe Diem’ tattooed on their wrist as a gift from their daughter?
a) Dame Judi Dench
b) Dame Maggie Smith
c) Dame Helen Mirren
A bit of a conundrum – just wish I had the courage to do the same! 🙂 Make your choice and post it at the bottom of the blog. I’ll draw the winner from all the correct answers on Friday 9th March. You’ll have to leave your email address but don’t worry, it won’t be published. Full terms and conditions can be found at here.
Colin and I think we’ve finally cracked our trip to Australia and have decided to get a round the world ticket, which is pretty much the same price as going to and from Heathrow! We’re stopping at Singapore on the way there and then heading the other way round the world via Hawaii, San Francisco and finally Minnesota (where Colin’s sister lives). I’d planned on just going to and from Sydney with a stop off for a couple of days on each leg, but flight times, and cost, have made a round the world trip possible, and as I rapidly approach my 58th birthday I think it may be the last time I’d be prepared to do something like this! It’s still to be confirmed, but as always, any advice on hotels, resorts, places of interest, I’d be really happy to receive.
Before I go I must mention a couple of products that are perfect for this time of year – not remotely connected though! The first is from the Taya Haircare range – an advanced volumizing collection. One thing this colder weather does is make my hair more static and consequently flatter – might be worth a try if yours is the same.
And the second, something that we could have done with yesterday is the Wolf 11-in-1 Ladder! This ladder extends to nearly six feet and would have been perfect for us to check out our broadband connection on the side of the house, although it bends into all kinds of positions so may well be worth a look.
Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter @alikqvc, and I promise I’ll keep you updated with special prices. Thanks for all the lovely comments on the last blog, and I’ll look forward as always to hearing from you this month. Good luck with the competition!
With my love,