I was so sad to hear about the passing of Her Majesty the Queen. She was on the throne when I came to England nearly 50 years ago and she has been there all throughout my career and time in this country.
I celebrated my 70th year in July as she celebrated 70 years on the throne. She was very special to me. Rest in peace.
My 70th birthday celebrations continued long after I returned home from France – well, you are only 70 once, so you might as well make the most of it!
My friends who were unable to join me in France treated me when I returned to Winchester by taking me to all my favourite restaurants.
The Pig hotel founders Robin and Judy Hutson treated me to dinner and an overnight stay at their newest Pig set in the rolling hills of the South Downs National Park.
Judy has designed it as she has all the other Pigs; it feels like a beautiful home with fabulous paintings and cosy fabrics. There is a wonderful two-acre kitchen garden, an apple orchard and its own vineyard – a first for the Pig group! I’m looking forward to trying their own wine when the first harvest comes in.
I go back a long way with Robin and Judy to the days when Robin started the Hotel du Vin group, and they are incredibly busy, so it was very nice that they were able to find time to spend with me for my birthday.
I also revisited The Chesil Rectory in Winchester – another favourite of mine in a beautiful old building and serving delicious, seasonal food.
The only trouble with all this fine dining is that I need to start looking after my waistline, so I’ve booked into a health spa in Spain this month, where I will learn to cook good, clean food that will not only taste delicious, but will be good for me, too!
It’s been a busy start to the season – I’ve been going up and down to London for lots of fashion shoots, including a look at the enduring style of Princess Diana 25 years after her death, which was wonderful to be a part of.
Autumn is also busy in the salon, and we’re seeing a lot of people wanting to know how they can get their hair back in good condition after our long, hot summer.
Too much sun and swimming has taken its toll, so it’s time to give our hair the love it needs as we go into autumn and winter.
There are things you can do to restore your hair’s natural, glossy shine and keep it in good condition.
First, make sure you use a good shampoo and conditioner, and use a proper treatment once a week.
Then use a hair mask for deeper conditioning. Wash and condition the hair as usual, apply the mask and sit with your hair wrapped in a hot towel for ten minutes.
This allows the cuticles to open and the conditioner to penetrate into the hair shafts. You can also have intense treatments in the salon, which are tailored to each person.