Update from April 2015

So as I sit here typing, it’s certainly warming up and my garden is beginning to look more like a garden … at last. When the weather changes for the better, it certainly makes filming up and down the country for ‘Escape…’ a lot more pleasurable.

Ricky Wilson - Kaiser Chiefs

Brit Awards 2015 with Ricky Wilson

My first admission is I failed with Lent this year.  I normally wax lyrical around this time, saying I’d given up chocolate, sweets, bread etc, etc but within two weeks of Pancake Day it was all over. I hang my head in shame. Wish me better luck in 2016

A few highlights I’d love to share since my last update.  Had a tremendous night at The Brit Awards as a guest of the sponsors Mastercard.  I was glammed and buffed to the max as this is the music industry’s biggest shindig of the year.  Bumped into the gorgeous Ricky Wilson and spent a fair while swopping judging stories and comparing my Pop Idol days to his experience on The Voice.  We both admitting to lovely ‘the journey…!’  I missed Madge’s fall which is hard to believe as I was seated so close to the stage.  Couldn’t understand the fuss until I saw the footage later than night. Ouch.  What a recovery, a real professional but we knew that didn’t we.  Although my feet said ‘home’ my heart and head took me to the Sony Music Aftershow Party… it didn’t disappoint.  Mark Ronson, Paloma Faith… and other artists far too young for me to recognize.  It’s times like this I miss my time in that industry…

Istanbul

Night time in Istanbul

I’ve had a couple of foreign trips, one for work the other play.  We’re just finishing filming Escape to the Continent and my final show or ‘proposed move’ for my couple was to Malta. Having been there on holiday but overlooked it’s historic past and incredible architecture, it was a delight to go back and see it at it’s best – in the spring with just the locals for company.  Can’t recommend it enough for a break.  Also on the vacation theme, the hubster and I decided to go to Istanbul with two of our closest friends for Easter (don’t mention eggs).  I’d thoroughly recommend going away with friends that are: a) really knowledgeable about a region b) book fantastic restaurants and c) great company.  We held on to their shirt tales and were guided throughout the four days.  Instanbul is a city of two halves, one side European, the other Asian.  In my book you get the best of two worlds… Had a guided tour and dinner at the newly opened Soho House Instanbul – a former US Embassy which has been transformed into the perfect weekend retreat in a bustling city.  It rocks on a Friday night. That’s all I’m saying…

Looking forward to hosting the First Time Buyer Awards later this month for the third year running and gearing up for one of the true highlights of my year, being part of the RHS Chelsea Flower Show team.  Which reminds me, must give the garden some attention…

Lastly, I’m back Escaping to the Country (with and without the thermals) and enjoying touring the UK once again.  May have secured a house sale already… don’t faint.  Interesting couples, some splendid houses and many a mile driven… it’s what my spring and summers are made of!

See you soon, Nicki