– Stepping stones in Ashwell, Herts – soooo quaint– on a whistlestop weekend away in Sibal
- Family get togethers and the Food Hospital – fab telly and some really useful info to help get yourself better
- Plus – The Bletchley Circle – another ripping period piece!
Sibal lodge and me
Been off much of the week, which was nice, considering the pleasant weather! Stayed in our lovely motorhome, called ‘sibal lodge’ (from mine and my brother Glenn, Boki, Lara and Issy’s first two letters of our names!) and after our family bash’s on both Saturday and Sunday, we ended up in a picturesque English village called Ashwell in Herts.
It’s home to some of the original Knights Templar, 14th century timber bedecked buildings, scenic stepping stones, (see above) and an ancient church, which was completed after the Black Death in the 1300’s. Very relaxing in the motorhome – just what I needed after such a big family weekend!
A bit of a 'do' or two…
Had a busy weekend full of family do’s. One I CAN talk about, and one I can’t (the new family I met are quite private! Surprise! Not everyone wants to lay themselves bare like I tend to! Haha!). The one I CAN discuss is when about 20 of my siblings and their families got together for my brother Derek’s birthday. Always a pleasure to see them all, if not a rather loud occasion!
Hot topic of conversation for the day was the latest info I’ve dug up on Ancestry co.uk – including a 1911 census showing that my great granddad Charles Henry Flint was a ‘portmanteau maker’s Porter’ – what’s a one of them when he’s at home?!
And they lived in ’78 Weymouth Bldgs, Sayer St, SE London.’ Wish I knew what stood there now. Such fun, this research!
Food hospital – the science bit.
Something I often mention on air when doing SLS free products like Liz Earle’s orange body wash, is my daughter Lauren’s eczema. All her childhood she had the itches, dry scaly skin – we tried everything – I mean everything.
Turns out she was allergic to SLS, so stopped using it and switched to Liz’s wash a decade ago and her skin got better, plus now she also keeps it under control by taking high dose (1000mg a day) EPA fish oils. BUT I just wish I’d known that all those years ago. She was ok with dairy, but turns out the little lad in this week’s Food Hospital wasn’t.
In fact, it was cows milk making him so itchy he was totally scaly over most of his little body, bless him. Gosh what an eye-opener this show is! If it can only alert one person to bypass the sort of awful childhood he narrowly avoided, then it’s worth passing it on so do tell friends to watch it. On ch 4 weekly. Catch his eczema story online, as well as a feature on the other topic – bowel movements and the importance of fibre. Go here to find out more including how your stools compare! I was gonna post the pic but then thought better of it! Hehe!
POORLY POGGY – poor elder statesman Holly Dog had to have a tooth op this week and some x-rays of her weak back legs. She needed some TLC – one of the reasons I didn’t get to the cinema midweek in the end. She was very brave, bless her. Dodgy (or should that be ‘dog’dgy’ – haha!) tooth all removed ok, but they can’t see anything causing her back legs to be weak so I’ve got another appt at the vets next week to discuss the next step.
She just can’t seem to jump or turn as well on her back legs anymore. Will keep you informed! And thanks to everyone on my facebook (see link) who wished her well. And just for those who ask, here’s a little clip of Holly when she felt a bit better, playing with my daughter’s pog Baloo when they came to visit – so sweet!
Spot the familiar faces, and see if you can post a comment below if you recall the faces who’ve left QVC!
Designer Antthony posted this cool shot this week – at his desk in LA – what a lovely place to work! No wonder one of our fave designers comes up with such inspired prints and sketches! Catch Antthony on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/#!/antthony
He’s back on QVC Uk end Nov – can’t wait! He says he may send me a few of the new items before that – if I get any sneaky previews I will definitely let you in on an advanced peak!
WATCH – Well the old Autumn line up is back! Downton – fab once more, just love the new twists so far – plus X Factor and Strictly. Hey, you know winter is coming when..! Actually to help combat it, we will be running a new two hour gifting show on Saturday nights from this weekend – Dale and I taking turns to host it, with some unusual bargains and cool competitions and facts about QVC.
Anyway, considering my love for all things from decades gone by – this week’s ‘watch’ has got to be ITV’s period drama ‘The Bletchley Circle’, set post-war when four code-breaking pals set about using their wartime skills to solve murders. Miss Marple eat your heart out! You can still catch the three eps on ITV player, so don’t miss it and let me know what you think!
QVC – This Week I Are Mostly Been Using… my new Trespass Gilet! Fab for the cooler evenings coming on nowadays! Highlights over the coming week include Saturday night gifts With… Dale this week – do join him if you can! It’s me the Saturday after! Plus Clever Cooking ideas on Tuesday. Find the TV guide on our home page for all the info going 4 weeks in advance – to make sure you don’t miss a thing!
Have a great week!
Best wishes Debs x