Devon – keep calm, drink tea! Plus upcoming deals!

Love this, last week I was down in Devon on my long week off for the first time in ages. Went to a vintage tearoom in, Rectory Farm, Morwenstowe as my lovely friend Sheila was treating me, Sheila is the lady I mention often during my fashion hours! And boy did I have a busy week!

I had six guests staying, all writers who locked themselves in their rooms on their retreat and I did all the cooking. Was quite proud of some of the meals, see below. Had lots of lovely walks and lots of catch ups with lovely friends including Alix, Barbara, Wendy, Sheila, Jennie, Caitlynne, locals Rod, Edward and Anne, plus my good pals Barry and Tom. The Sun came out when the guys arrived which was lovely as it rained most of the time!

I hadn’t seen most of them for absolutely ages! It was lovely to see everybody, but my feet didn’t touch the ground ha, ha. Did a couple of countryside walks – have a little look on my Facebook page (Search “Debbie Flint QVC, page”). (If you didn’t realise already, I do regular blogs, video blogs which I post there regularly so follow my social media to find out more). It was the hardest work I’ve done in absolutely ages, and I’m glad I’m not doing that many this year for that reason. Although I will take trips down there again. It’s a holiday let mostly, since Covid. Let’s see how it turns out this year 🙂 I’m back for another one in June. I do love it, especially when the sun shines!

Also, last weekend I went to Bath, Dyrham Park to be precise, just outside Bath, to meet up with daughter Lolly, her hubby and my beautiful granddaughter Phoebe aged two. Tons and tons of pictures later, we had an outdoor picnic and fortunately the weather stayed almost dry. Phoebe decided to play with a little three-year-old boy, called Ansel, and after a shy start, they had lots of fun running round around the lawn and throwing themselves on the floor and doing lawn angels ha, ha. It was quite a big deal because Lolly said it’s the first time she’s seen Phoebe play with a youngster, having been apart from most children for much of the last year or so. She went back to nursery this week though so she will enjoy that ultimately.

It’s never enough time is it, but it was better than nothing and I got some belated birthday presents from Lauren and co. I do hope it’s not long before I see them again!

Here is the blog I did when I was with them. What a beautiful place! Someone said it has been used in big new TV series, ‘The pursuit of love!’

SNIPPETS

Went to get some plants to add to my lovely garden, from the market in Hatherleigh on Tuesday. Got some nice Geraniums but it wasn’t how it used to be. Alix and I went to The George for a coffee as usual which was lovely, but the market is a shadow of its former self. Such a shame, given that even in the four years I’ve been down there, it used to be so vibrant and buzzing. It’s now mainly a building site for a couple of hundred new homes and even the last market building is going to be demolished so the market people say they don’t know where they are going to go. A real shame as it used to be what Hatherleigh was all about and I loved going there.

One of my favourite meals that I cooked was two sausage and two mash. The local butcher, Edwards in Hatherleigh, provided me with seven honey roast and seven pork and leek sausages. And I did ordinary mash as well as whole-grain mustard mash! My favourite – it was delicious. I was much better this week doing all the meals on my own and did not feel phased by it, which is a real development because previously I definitely found myself stressing out! But I can pretty much do it all in my stride now, very proud of myself. 🙂

Bake some blue muffins, eat them, and measure the transit time through your body. That’s basically the #bluepoopchallenge – a health challenge being issued by the Covid Zoe app people, looking at how the gut ties into health.

Watch

Davina’s menopause show. Everyone’s talking about it, so they say. So I’ve got it on my list. Apparently some really basic home truths about how menopause affects us all as we get older. Sounds absolutely fascinating and is currently on catch up so don’t miss it. Channel 4, I think. (didn’t have time to watch much else!)

Blooper

Podcast
The latest one is Nurse Jamie listen here

Book
I didn’t have time to think of one this week! Have you got a recommendation for me, for a change? Do you know the kind of thing I like; it really is an eclectic mix! There was lots of talk around the breakfast and lunch and dinner tables with all the writers, obviously. Many of them liked the same sorts of books as me. Leave me a comment below if you recently read a really smashing book and you think I should read it!

 QVC top deals for the next seven days

Friday (today) – go here to see and buy what’s left of The California Innovation set of five foldable insulated market totes.

Saturday – already on sale, one of the best vacuum cleaners I’ve ever tried in my whole life, if not the best. You’ll never need an upright again, just keep it nice and clean. The Dyson V11 Animal, on 5 interest-free instalments, already online go here

Sunday – it’s here! The Korres pure Greek olive oil hydrating six piece collection. Six places! I can’t believe it. So huge and really good value, and just wait to you see the price. Such a good gift idea as the packaging is wonderful. Don’t miss it :-). Then I’m back on air after my break, on Sunday at 9pm and midnight with the new launch from the kitchen brand Kochblume. See below.

Big deals are available on air for usually a week, they may be longer online if stocks last. New ones every Sunday night!

Luxform set of two triple function solar stake lights

Tili metallic make-up organiser two tier vanity case

Marc Fisher Omela leather block heel sandal

Attitudes by Renee Como jersey sleeveless maxi dress and jacket set in regular and petite

Mia Tui set of five packing cubes with laundry bag

Asam four-piece 24 Hour Concentrated Retinol Collection

Skinsense Hydranet five-piece collection with cosmetic bag

M.Asam four-piece 24 Hour Concentrated Retinol Collection

Go here to see and shop them all

And here are the new Big Deals launching on Sunday 23rd at midnight:

Michele Hope 3/4 sleeve printed lace cardigan with jersey V neck camisole

Simple Human sensor mirror trio with touch-control brightness

Home Reflections intricate border indoor and outdoor reversible rug

Multi-function 4m retractable dog lead

Now back to the Today’s Special Value offers for the rest of the week

Monday – launched by me the night before, from kitchen brand Kochblume, is a set of eight extra-absorbent two-tone microfibre cloths. Eight of them! Best value ever! Don’t miss. Plus looking forward a lot to my top tech hour at 8pm on Monday night!

TuesdayFitquest bring us the flex express exercise bike with a special app. If you want to get fit for the summer. There’s also a L’Occitane miniseries every night, Monday Tuesday and Wednesday.

WednesdayK by Kelly Hoppen return with a geometric indoor outdoor reversible rug in different sizes and different prices.

Thursday – I’m really sad to be missing it as I’m not usually on, on Thursdays but Neom bring us a wellbeing home and body four-piece collection which goes on sale early in the week. I will have my eyes peeled as this is one of my absolute favourite brands of the moment!

FridayKim & Co are back once more with a Brazil knit three-quarter sleeve button front shirt, we’ve had loads of these types of shirts, so it will be interesting to see what spin Kim puts on hers. Jennie Blackhurst QVC Fashion don’t look amazing in it!

Friday 9pm – Margaret Dabbs is back, it’s been ages since she was a Today’s Special Value offer, with a super-size three-piece hands and feet collection and I will so be buying some. I use her foot hygiene balm every single night before I go to bed, even taking some to travel with me as I don’t like to be without it – and my feet look like they have been freshly manicured, well, around the heels anyway ha, ha. Great value too, so watch out for it from mid-week.

Next week – back for a few days on air, before I have a big break again at the weekend, looking after little Blake. Can’t wait!

P.S. I was very surprised to see my, Bee Diamonique show has disappeared from the schedule, I’m looking into it so watch out on my social media for more news. Meanwhile, they are indeed back on the website so go here to find the be jewellery in the Diamonique selection, and my Debbie Flint designs. (I chose them as opposed to designed them, but they were very much like the ones that I have worn for a couple of years!)

Best wishes

Debs

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7 Responses

  1. Hi I love your blog look forward to reading it every week. Thank you. Speaking of reading I’ve been following Jackie Kablars book club she had some very good recommendations on there. Last Night, The Book Club and The Black Widows were excellent reads.
    Much love and keep up the good work
    X Janet Cash

  2. Hi Debbie,
    Thank you for your blog. Always very interesting to read and thank you for sharing the TSVs of the coming week.
    Do you know if there will be a Kipling TSV anytime soon ?
    Thank you!
    Valerie

  3. Ooh I miss visits to Devon. Sausage and mash looks good.

    Bought one of the Home Reflections runners this week having seen quality in your garden. Ordered a runner for my hall, arrived and ordered three more in different colours and sizes. They look so good and seem to be cat proof!

  4. Hi Debbie, i have two book suggestions for you that you may like. First is ‘The Authenticity Project’ by Clare Pooley. A wonderfully warm, feel good novel about the power of friendship and connection.

    The second choice is ‘The End of Her’ by one of my favourite thriller writers, Shari Lapena. A simply gripping read from start to finish!!

    Enjoy!!

  5. Have you read Slow Horses by Mick Herron. The first of the Slough House series
    A modern day John Le Carre

  6. Hi Debbie.

    That bangers and mash looked delicious!

    On subject of reading :
    an oldie but nonetheless enjoyable – Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith. A thriller that never dates! My tip is to watch the film first and then read the book. There are many differences but both are enjoyable. The disintegrating carousel at the end of the film is something you would never forget!

    Take care.

    Graham x

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