What a lovely week we had down in Longleat Center Parcs to celebrate the week of my actual 60th birthday on the 10th! My two kids, Brad and Lauren, came and brought their little families, including my four grandchildren and we all had great fun. We swam every day in the dome, we walked and cycled. I got one of those little trailers! It was such fun taking the two little four and three-year-olds around! Although I did let someone else have a go up some of the steep hills! Or I got off and walked. Including when we went to see the tallest redwood trees in the UK, in the middle of the Maple area. We had a beautiful day, this is what people love Center Parcs for, isn’t it?!
I also took little Phoebe and Blake to do pottery decorating, and they painted a penguin and a princess and I did a little fairy cake. This was what they looked like pre-firing, but they came out really nicely when we picked them up two days later!
We did bowling one night too. Then, once mum, sister and their partners arrived, we did badminton too, which was great fun – I’m not as unfit as I thought I was, thank goodness, and my 79-year-old mum was also quite stunning in some of her shots! Go Lesley!
The weather was quite amazing except Wednesday when the heavens opened, but it meant we were able to get some lovely outdoor activities done including on the boating lake.
QVC presenter Debbie Flint enjoys the boating lake
On the final day, Lauren and I took to the high ropes ending in a zip wire! Yes, we both did the adventure trail through the treetops, on wobbly rope ladders and walkways, and several small zip wires … before the final big one! Here’s an example! It was great fun and a bit of a bucket list event, I must say. I was very proud of Lauren because she really didn’t want to do it initially but then decided she should be brave and she was!
QVC presenter Debbie Flint tries out a zip wire!
The actual birthday was fab: the family inc my clever Daughter in law Kari and son in law Nick Looked after me – they organised some beautiful decorations, some wonderful presents and a fabulous cake. (Plus See below for the coincidence regarding my main present!)
It was everything I hoped it would be and a good time was had by all. I just wish there were more hours in the day, And more days in the week, could have definitely stay there another three days on my own at the end and just relaxed! LOL. But I’m going back to Devon for a few days before I return to QVC in the middle of next week. Lovely to have had a proper long break to celebrate such a big watershed birthday in such a memorable way. And I’m all stocked up on baby cuddles as well because both my little boys were there, nine-month-old Kaleb who is desperate to crawl and wants to walk around everywhere, holding your hands. And adorable little three-month-old Jasper who goggles and goos and smiles at everybody and he’s just the most chilled-out, wonderful baby. Very proud of my children with their brood. Looking forward to a weekend of peace and quiet though Hahaha. Then back on QVC on Wednesday.
A massive thank you to everybody who wished me happy birthday on my social media, or sent me a nice card via QVC in Chiswick. I know there are some there, for when I get back, it will be a joy to open them. I even managed to do my #ThursdayBantz, albeit a short one because the signal was rubbish!
Listen to this for a coincidence. You know, if you are a regular, that I have been writing my book about Marie Stopes and her birth control caravans, fictionalised version called French or Dutch, for about five years! Well, having put the word out amongst my family that I wanted a solid gold bee design necklace if they all clubbed together, I left them to it. It duly arrived and I opened it at a special birthday lunch on the 10th and it was beautiful. Then I noticed the little card inside which said the designer was Lucy Stopes-Roe. Turns out she is quite a renowned designer of creatures in jewellery.
I thought, I know that name! I emailed her to thank her and enquired if what I thought was true… and she said yes, her great grandmother was Marie Stopes! If that’s not a message from the universe that I have to get my book finished and focus on this famous icon (fictionalised version), I don’t know what it is! Looking forward to my big holiday in the summer when I will definitely get it finished!
Lock & Lock offer coming
We were self catering a lot whilst on holiday, and I must say my Lock & Locks came in handy. Just thought I’d mention that there is a brilliant deal coming soon so watch this space (or check out the Big Deals below)…
Do you know I have not watched anything this week, so I thought I would mention that there are a couple of brilliant programs I want to see. One of them is Hope, the one which Jodie Comer won an award for last week.
And another is her play at the theatre, Prima Facie which is being broadcast live to cinemas in July. I’ve already booked a cinema ticket – although it’s during my month away – in Taunton. At least I’m not far from everything I know in Devon and can take little day trips out when I’m there! Anyway Ali Keenan saw this recently I thought it was amazing. Can’t wait!
Well it’s just a funny, when my fellow presenters Anne Dawson and Dale Franklin were playing silly beggars behind the scenes at work this week! LOL
Does Qvc have a new presenter?!
Last week Will spoke to gardening expert, Michael Perry, aka Mr Plant Geek about sustainability, the latest trends, growing your own food and creative tips for summer garden parties. Next week he’ll be chatting to Craig Rowe about the locations he’s travelled to whilst filming ‘A Place in the Sun’ for Channel 4, his travel essentials, life away from the telly and what he’s looking forward to at QVC this spring/summer. You can listen to all the podcasts here.
I posted several video clips when we were away, whenever I got good signal! Here was one of them!
Jack and the Beanstalk and other stories by BBC audiobooks. Yes you can imagine how I spent my week, half of every day was being with the little ones and they loved listening to some of these audiobooks! I would also recommend ‘One camel called Doug,’ a children’s book which the little girls loved. And I appreciated it as well. Why? Well, consider the week I’ve just had. The theme is one camel who Who wants some company, then meets another one then another one then another one then a whole herd, they have lots of loud camel fun but at the end of the day he appreciates being on his own again. LOL. Looking forward to Joanna cannon’s audiobook next though, on my next long journey to Devon and back! X
QVC top deals for the next seven days
Friday (today) – go here to see and buy what’s left of the Simply Beauty 2 in 1 super smooth face & brows hair remover device – great price!
Saturday – Bell & Howell bring us the 21 Lumen Solar Flame lights in a set of four. Super popular last year, do it with them on a special celebrate your garden day.
Sunday – already online, go check out the Ninja Creami ice cream and dessert maker, looks incredible and if any of the others are anything to go by, this will be spectacular. Andi Peters food fest is also on on Sunday – twice – as we have a summer garden celebration day! Looks wonderful. Some great weather on the way as well, check out our garden range here online, there is so much to choose from 🙂
Big deals are available on air for usually a week, they may be longer online if stocks last. New ones every Sunday night!
Phase Eight Margo Longline Linen Blouse
Amanda Harrington 3- Step Tanning Method Face Set
Supersoft by Cozee Home Seersucker 3 Piece Duvet Set
Bell & Howell Set of 4 Glass Mosaic Design Solar Disk Lights
Radley London Cecil Road Large Phone Crossbody
Skinsense 3 Piece Night Routine
JPE Fitover Juliette Sunglasses
And here are the new Big Deals launching on Sunday 15th at midnight:
White Stuff Rosie Jersey Dress
Laura Geller 4pc Collection
Modern Bedroom MAX Pillow Pair
Lock & Lock 6 Piece Oven Safe Glass Containers
Now back to the Today’s Special Values for the rest of the week:
Monday – a lovely Du Jour fashion offer, a wrap front printed maxi dress in Regular and Petite sizes
Tuesday – tan time, And the return of award-winning faux tan brand Tan Luxe with the two piece super glow hyaluronic tailored tan collection, going on sale very soon.
Wednesday – Cozee Home make a return with a supersoft set for your bed, the embossed spot six piece duvet set
Thursday – Ahuhu help get your hair sorted for the new season with the four piece summer hair collection. I will be back on air after my long break on Wednesday night incl at midnight with this deal! Looking forward to it
Friday – and it’s the turn of Nina Leonard to bring us a coloured button-down dress with tabbed elbow sleeves and pockets – hooray!
Friday 9 pm- A little heads up that we have a very good value Samsung Galaxy tablet, 10.5 inch, 32 GB storage. Will go very well! And looking forward to my 9pm show with Liz Earle, also at midnight with a new Today’s Special Value which is going on sale early in the week. It’s the ultimate daily routine five-piece collection. It is going to be amazing! Also, look out for the Nails Inc seven piece sunshine collection which will be hitting our website mid-week as well. Should be a good one.
Next week – Will this weekend in Devon be relaxing? Or as hectic as the rest of the month has been, with lots planned but many jobs to do at my place. I’ve had a couple of offers but not ones that continue the writing retreat, so I am going to take the opportunity to do a lot of jobs including, possibly, putty replacement in windows! Let’s see… Tune in next week to find out what happened 🙂