Hi there, I do hope you enjoyed the rest of October, and I imagine you’re as shocked as I am to hear that there are only seven weeks to go until Christmas! I bought myself an Air Fryer Christmas Recipe magazine that I’ve been poring over this last week and am hoping to make my own mincemeat and Christmas pudding this year – do you make your own or buy them?
Thank you SO much for all the lovely comments and feedback firstly on the blog, but also on the special posts I set up on Instagram and Facebook in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Day – the 20th October. Hard for me to believe it has been 12 years since I was diagnosed with invasive lobular breast cancer, and following chemo, radiotherapy and a double mastectomy I wrote a book about my experience in the hope it would help others who might find themselves in the same situation. ‘A New Kind of Normal’ was published in 2018, and as promised in my posts I have picked two names at random and will be sending a copy of my book to both Jacqueline Edwards and Jill Dowding-Walker – congratulations to both of you! Thanks to you also for sharing the post and the book with your friends, family and colleagues – it is much appreciated.
With all the wedding photos last time, I didn’t have room to put any of the pictures from the fabulous 50th birthday party Colin and I were invited to in celebration of the lovely Jemma Forte. You may know her as the Molton Brown guest at QVC but she’s also carving quite a name for herself as a political pundit!
What a great night it was, and so good to catch up with so many friends and colleagues. Plenty of laughter dancing and drinking, and definitely a bonus when Jeremy Vine got up on stage to play the bongos! I’m sure there are more than just a few recognisable faces in these photos 😊
I realise having read my last blog back that it was incredibly long and so I’m going to try and make them shorter in the future so you don’t have so much to wade through. With all that’s been going on this last month though, I don’t know how I ever found time to work!! My son Jack found a new flat and is now happily settled in Bromsgrove, and I spent a couple of days with him, helping to clear the old flat and then get him sorted in the new one! He’s moved three times since his dad died and he had to leave the old family home, and it’s hard to keep shifting everything, but over time we’ve managed to ‘thin things out’ as my mum would have said, and what wasn’t needed we’ve stowed in the ample loft he has there. Last weekend, we also helped Colin’s daughter Vicky and her partner Will move home, and although it was only 10 minutes from the flat they’d been sharing, we had to make a fair few journeys! We did have additional support though, and it was lovely having so many of the family there to help, and surprising how quickly we got it all shifted – it’s great seeing them all moving on with their lives.
I’ll admit to feeling pretty shattered on the Sunday, but luckily I’d had a really restful week in The New Forest with my godmother Edna. She’s been in my life, all my life, and I was born just 10 days before she married her forever love Ian. They were both incredibly supportive of us all when my mum and dad divorced many years ago, and I stayed in touch when I left home to get married in the 80’s. Sadly Ian died of Alzheimer’s 18 years ago, and having nursed him for the last four years of his life, Edna then had to rebuild hers… Time spent with her is very precious and we get along very well in spite of the 22 years age gap. We’d rented a tiny cottage in the heart of Burley and the countryside that surrounded it was breathtaking. I got up early several mornings while Edna was resting and walked for miles – it was so peaceful with beautiful views as you can see here. We also visited Lymington, Milton on Sea and Ringwood where we found the owl sanctuary that Edna and Ian had visited in the 70’s… It’s all about making memories and these are some of the best.
After trick-or-treating with Honey on Tuesday night, she and Lucy are coming over tomorrow for fireworks, jacket potatoes and hot dogs! Can’t wait! Are you going to a display this year? 😊 I do hope all is well in your world, and thanks for keeping in touch with me here, on Instagram, Facebook and X! Take care, and until next time…
With my love,