Well my annual leave sped by, and as promised last week, here is the second part of the update about time spent with my oldest granddaughter, which I naturally loved!
We did lots of walks and took a trip down to the nearby pond, where three-year-old Blake, my son’s girl, was fascinated by the fish and birds, bless her. When we got back, she also took great joy in helping me do a bit of planting of some vegetable seeds, which will hopefully grow – at least some of them, anyway! And we watched not only Prince Caspian but also Voyage of the Dawn Treader! Hopefully we will watch part four, The Silver Chair, on YouTube, as the BBC dramatisation is the only version around, since they did not ever finish the film. Mind you, Netflix have apparently bought the rights, so watch this space.
Blake finally went home on the Saturday afternoon to their new place, and loved her new room painted pink! Had a nice takeaway with my son and daughter-in-law, then went back and slept for two days, ha ha!
Had a really nice couple of days when the weather turned and it got warm and sunny. Here is this week’s vlog – a meander in the sunshine with my sis. Can’t believe next week is apparently going to be frosty again!
Worked at the vaccine centre again on Tuesday and managed to snaffle a lovely homemade cake that somebody kindly made and dropped off. Lots of lovely treats this week in the staffroom at Epsom grandstand where I volunteer – showing people to their seats and and wiping seats down!
It went quite quickly and, fortunately, even though it was quite hot outside on Tuesday, it wasn’t too warm indoors. Another 640 people got their vaccines, mostly second ones and mostly Pfizer. I also got asked to send some photographs to a reporter, who wanted to do an article (see The Sun on Saturday). He liked the story about my sis and her recruits, called Team Linda! 🙂 Another week, another day of ‘doing my bit!’
I wasn’t off for the whole 11 days, as you may know if you saw me do the extra shift on Monday as sickness cover!
Now the end of the holiday year has been and gone (we all had to use up our remaining leave, or lose it!) and another era begins. Coincides with things opening up a little bit! I hope to see my daughter and her little one in Wales within the next couple of weeks. I sent them a nice big box of goodies to open on Easter weekend. No chocolate, but lots of bunnies and fluffy stuff. 🙂 I hope you have a nice Easter too 🙂 I’m working for most of it!
I got the chance to go and doggy-sit for a little while this week, which was marvelous because Ziggy, my brother’s dog, was over the moon to see me and kept jumping around excitedly! He is cuter than ever!
Mat Trim’s take on Suez
This made me laugh! Funny! (Glad that massive boat that was blocking the Suez Canal got floated away finally!)
On air funny
For a classic bit of QVC, go and look at the banter between June and Chloe on the video currently online for the Frank Usher headband.
PS. I bought two myself when I did it with June recently! Go and look here and click on the video for a bit of a blooper. 🙂
Stine the stylist update
It’s fashion weekend and both Jilly and Anne have worked with our lovely stylist on a shoot. To check it out and see some of our fashions go here, or to see our upcoming fashions go here.
Watch – series 4 of Unforgotten
Very good, compelling, interesting individual characters’ storylines, and some real faces from years gone by. (Liz White, one of the main actresses in this one, was in Life on Mars. I wondered where she had gone!) I won’t issue a spoiler because you may watch it, but suffice to say, I was a little disappointed. When you watch it to the end you will know why. 🙂 There was also too much of a coincidence with one aspect of the murder weapon, in my opinion. But still worth a watch and I hear there will be series 5!
I watched lots of Zoom meetings, and some cool documentaries, plus loads more Grace & Frankie! I know how to live ha ha.
Continuing the Garden Escape series, Will caught up with Plants2Garden founder Ken Evans and Micheal Perry talks about outdoor lights with Sam Field from Auraglow. Next week, there’s more plant chat when Michael Perry talks about plant breeding with Tim Kerley and Peter Van Rijssen. You can listen to all the podcasts here.
Book of the week
It was time for another book group meeting with my friend Shyama and the gang, and the book we were supposed to read was Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman. I have two hours or so left, as it is a short book. One of the girls had recommended it as she loved it, but it’s quite hard to listen to for me. It’s about a fairly neglected kid with a narcissist father, and has a bit of a supernatural twist, which I usually like, that’s a bit too much dark not not enough light I think, so I won’t recommend that one to you. But I’ve got my eye on another one I have just downloaded, which is My Kind of Happy by Cathy Bramley.
“Flowers have always made Fearne smile. She treasures the memories of her beloved grandmother’s floristry and helping her to arrange beautiful blooms that brought such joy to their recipients.
But ever since a family tragedy a year ago, Fearne has been searching for her own contentment. When a chance discovery inspires her to start a happiness list, it seems that Fearne might just have found her answer…”
Seems like a really nice feel-good story! Just what I need after the dark stuff. 🙂
QVC top deals for the next seven days
Friday (today) – and a big weekend of Easter offers! Michael Perry‘s Garden takes over ’til 5pm for Good Friday, and I’m back on air at 7pm with Yankee Candle with lovely Rosa plus OPI at 11pm! Go here to see and buy what’s left of the Wolf 4X4 pressure washer with accessories. Or just to watch Tommy Cross doing it, your choice!
Saturday – and perfect for this week’s crazy weather, the Dyson AMO9 fan returns, which is a heater as well and has a remote control. Looking forward to my tech hour at 10pm.
Sunday – available now, go here to see the new Doll 10 Today’s Special Value, the four-piece This Covers Everything collection, with a really good foundation from Doris’s category that I have been using on air for the last few months. Will be interesting to see what is in this kit.
I also have a tanning hour at 8pm and Ultrasun at 10!
Big Deals are available on air for usually a week, they may be longer online if stocks last. New ones every Sunday night!
Dannii Minogue high waisted pull-on jeans
Bareminerals Complexion Rescue 3 Piece Summer Collection
Monsoon Darella short sleeved print midi dress
The Real Pie Company eight-piece Pies, Pasties and Rolls Discovery Selection
Tili metallic make-up organiser vanity medium case
Naked Pharmacy 60 day bundle
Auraglow indoor LED plant grow light
8Greens Skin Tablets with marine collagen
Go here to see and shop them all
And here are the new Big Deals launching on Sunday 4th at midnight:
Foreo UFO Anti Ageing Smart Mask Device and Skincare Bundle
Yard-X 5 in 1 Garden Multi Tool
Now back to the Today’s Special Values for the rest of the week:
Monday – a massive gardening day for Easter Monday, including the Thompson & Morgan Dahlia offer, and I have a two hour special 8pm ’til 10pm.
This is very unusual, because the TSV launches in the second half of the hour with Jilly, which is the tummy control, prime stretch denim, straight leg trousers with seam detail from Women with Control! …
Tuesday – …which is of course Tuesday’s special deal!
Wednesday – a cotton duvet set with six pieces, in 500 thread count, from K by Kelly Hoppen called the Maddison.
Thursday – and going on sale earlier in the week, the Tan-Luxe Tailor Made Tanning three-piece collection to get a nice colour, even if you don’t go in the sun.
Friday – Skechers time again with the Go Walk arch fit sandal. This will be interesting, makes a change from the usual trainers.
Friday 9pm – and finally look out for Ruth Langsford new offer, the ruched detail midi dress in different lengths, at a really good price. For day two of ‘Fashion Day.’
Plus going on sale mid-week, the Elemis five-piece Pro-Collagen face and body collection, another really good opportunity to stock up at lower prices than ever for this premium brand
Next week, what on earth will we be getting up to at Easter?! And once we can go out and about a bit more, I’m hoping to get together – outside obviously – with some of my close family friends who we haven’t seen for a while, including Alison and Nikki. Gawd, I miss seeing friends!
Thanks for doing your bit Debbie.
I thank and admire all those people who quietly, modestly and selflessly get on with things and “do their bit”
Just seen you on ‘the Sun’ advert for the jab.
Even though your face was covered with a mask, I’d have recognised your lovely eyes anywhere.
Thank you so much for volunteering at the Vaccination Centre. It’s because of people like you, that we’re winning the Covid war.
I’ve been watching you on shopping TV since September 1996 and this is the very first time that I’ve written to any QVC presenter, but just had to thank you. You are such a lovely lady and always so cheerful and for those of us with long term ill health, it’s a great help to us and certainly lifts my mood.
(a vintage QVC customer)
HI DEBBIE, I HAVE NEVER DONE THIS BEFORE,BUT JUST HAD TO SAY THAT I THINK YOU ARE A VERY LOVELY LADY.YOU ARE ALWAYS SO HAPPY AND CHEERY AND I LOVE WATCHING YOU PRESENTING SHOWS YOU HAVE A VERY CALM WATCHABLE SCREEN PRESENCE UNLIKE MANY OF THE OTHER PRESENTERS.TAKE CARE AND KEEP SAFE.
Debs it’s been a very busy weekend for you. Hope all goes well at vaccine centre on Tuesday you are all doing a grand job helping to get us all out of lockdown and back to some kind of normal.