2012 – A year to remember!


Alison Keenan and Catherine HuntleyHi everyone,

Well this blog has been a long time coming…perhaps it's due, in part, to the year we've had so far. It really has been all go as a nation, as a company (QVC) and as a family for us Huntleys.

The biggest blow was April Fools Day when we had a septic tank flood (the last straw in a long line of landlord negligence – sadly I loved their house more than they did and they failed to correctly maintain it) in a house we'd rented for a matter of months and had planned to stay in for a few years. We were then effectively homeless for around 2 and a half months.

Queen's Jubillee tribute from QVC GardeningWe stayed in hotels and friends' houses until we knew we had to find a new place. It was an extremely hard time but it's all worked out for the best because we now live in a wonderful, much smaller but hassle-free, home. Sometimes you have to go through bad times to get to the greater good waiting for you. I'm actually glad it happened now as we are much happier and our letting agents are probably the best in the land! They even bought me a bottle of champagne for my birthday!

The Queen's Diamond Jubilee was a highlight of 2012. I love the way people came together as a nation to celebrate. Even QVC's gardening department paid tribute to her Majesty and Prince Phillip with these giant terracotta pots which received masses of attention, from passers by to national media alike (above left)!

Marco Polo HouseThen came QVC's move from Battersea to Chiswick, West London. Wow, the end of an era in many ways. I felt privileged to be one of the last to broadcast from our beloved Marco Polo House (left). It was the end of an era for me in another way too. It was also goodbye to my thirties as it was my 40th birthday. A fond farewell to memories past yet a warm welcome to all that's yet to come.

Chiswick Park has been an incredible new home. It's very modern, a lovely place to work. QVC even hosted a welcome party/mini summer festival called 'QFest' for its employees.

QFest wristbandWe had live music, outdoor games, a barbeque and even festie wristbands (left)! Took my back to my Glastonbury days but with better sanitary provisions! Alison Keenan and I decided to go together dressed in patriotic colours in honour of the 2012 Olympics (see the picture right at the top). We had a ball dancing the night away. We love you, QVC!

The Olympics were really something special. I'm not in to sports at all but couldn't help getting caught up in the fact this will probably be a 'once in my lifetime' experience. I didn't watch a great deal of the events but I did watch the opening and closing ceremonies. Wow, British eccentricity at its best! My favourite was the opening ceremony and didn't our Queen do us proud? What a good sport.

Mike with the Olympic torchMany of my colleagues volunteered at the games in addition to working long hours at QVC. I'm so proud of them. My lovely friend and floor manager, Mike (left), is probably going to get withdrawl symptoms once the Paralympics are over (he's volunteering there too). He was on TV presenting a gold medal on a tray in all his finery. He was even featured in the Metro, a London newspaper, doing a gleeful handstand at the end of the games! What a hard-working, wonderful soul. An inspiration to other young folk in this country looking for meaning and purpose.

Well, I mentioned my 40th birthday was back in June. My daughter's 18th was in July. What a year! We postponed our celebrations to this month and had a joint party to remember. That deserves a blog of its own so come back soon to see some familiar on air faces in full party mode!

Hope your 2012 is a magical one so far too.

Lots of love,

Catherine x


  1. debs flint August 31, 2012 at 1:57 am -  Reply

    Hey missus! Glad you’re going to add some pics of your lovely birthday boat bash soon! many of my blog commenters have been asking about them – so I added one of you and chrissie and ali K! big hugs and thanks again for a lovely night!

  2. Susan August 31, 2012 at 6:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine!
    Happy belated 40th and 18th lol! You and Chrissie looked stunning! It’s on Debs F’s blog. I think you’re wonderful to cope with all you have had to deal with. And I don’t think it’s been an easy time for you personally either! I hope it gets/is better now. I have you say you and Ali above look so beautiful and truly elegant btw. I should have said that already. And also good on Mike. My wonderful Mum volunteered fo the Olympics and is there again for the Paras too.
    Enjoy your weekend,

  3. Chris Page September 1, 2012 at 10:37 pm -  Reply

    Dear Catherine
    Sounds like your 40th was more successful than mine. I went to see Iron Man at the cinema with a friend, which was good, but the next day I was in hospital with kidney stones! That was four years ago, but the memories are still vivid. Nice to hear your friends are working at the Paralympics. 25 years ago, I was at the National Disabled Student Games (I did Javelin and Discus back then), where I met a young Welsh girl who is now Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson. I didn’t follow her into full-time athletics, but I followed her exploits with an almost religious zeal. I’m actually a Paralympics geek! I really regret not applying to join the presenting team (they did a national search), but they all look ridiculously good-looking, so I’d have stuck out like a sore thumb.
    I’m glad “Casa Huntley” is working out for you, and the new hair colour really suits you!
    Lots of Love,
    Chris x

  4. D Morris September 9, 2012 at 6:26 pm -  Reply

    Hello Catherine,
    Have followed your house problems on twitter and am glad you are now settled in a new lovely home. They do say life begins at 40 and i’m sure you will find that yours is no exception in so many different ways. Mine had to wait till i was 54!! (sssh, say it quietly). Certainly liking the new hair colour and saw you on the morning shows this sunday 9th Sept. looking stunning in that yellow dress. Hope the rest of your year goes well both at home & on qvc.
    Sadly 2012 won’t be that magical for me as my Mum lost her battle with Parkinsons in July and it has hit the family hard. I’m making good progress following my breakdown last November and hope to be referred to the gender clinic in London very shortly. Family are being supportive as have friends who know.
    Look after those legs (and nails) and hope to chat again soon.
    p.s. Yes, i have lots of stuff from qvc!!

  5. Catherine Huntley September 12, 2012 at 4:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs!
    Just looked at your blog, what a lovely pic! Thank you. Id love to see more of your photos from the night. It was such a lovely gathering xxx

  6. Catherine Huntley September 12, 2012 at 4:07 pm -  Reply

    Dear Susan,
    Thank you for your kind comments. Here’s to a peaceful 2013!
    Well done to your lovely mum for all her hard work during the Olympics and Paralympics. Super amazing people to be very proud of, those volunteers.
    Lots of love to you and yours,
    Catherine xxx

  7. Catherine Huntley September 12, 2012 at 4:12 pm -  Reply

    Dear Chris,
    Thank you so much for sharing your Paralympics experiences. What fabulous memories you must have! Part of history. This years events must have brought it all back.
    Gosh, your 40th sounds like it was one to remember for all the wrong reasons! You poor thing! Still, I guess it’s certainly ‘memorable’. Maybe the next milestone will be stone free!
    Much love,
    Catherine x

  8. Catherine Huntley September 16, 2012 at 8:34 am -  Reply

    Dearest David/Davina,
    I am so sorry. I had no idea your mother had passed. My sincere condolences to you and your family. The pain of loss never leaves but, with time, it eases and you can think back to happier times together and smile.
    I also had no idea you had been through so much with regard to gender identity. I’m really pleased to hear that those around you are being supportive. You are a very kind and generous person and I’m sure you have lots of like minded and kind hearted friends to keep supporting you.
    I wish you much love, strength and courage with all that you’re facing just now. Stay strong, hold your head high and be who you are meant to be. See you on twitter, DD! I think that’s my new nickname for you instead of writing out David/Davina every time…’DD’.
    Love Catherine x

  9. Susan September 19, 2012 at 6:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine,
    Thanks for your nice message too. Yes she’s very special and I’m very proud of her.
    Love Susan x

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