Champagne boat trip in Paris

A very special birthday and more from backstage


90th birthdayHi everyone!

Isn’t it lovely to see a hint of spring finally creeping into our days? That gradual lengthening of daylight hours, that touch of warmth in the air… fabulous! I had the delight of enjoying a taste of springtime in Paris since my last blog, when we took my father-in-law Joe there to celebrate his 90th birthday.

He’s an incredible man – he is Hungarian, but has lived in the UK for decades, and still drives, plays golf, speaks four languages and enjoys life to the full. My husband had organised a fantastic two days for his dad (my sister-in-law and her partner also joined us) – highlights were a Champagne boat trip on the Seine (pictured below left) and lunch in the restaurant halfway up the Eiffel Tower. Joe thoroughly enjoyed it… wonder what we’ll do for his 100th?


Champagne boat tripWorkwise, Richard Jackson our gardening expert and I, along with Will Gowing our social media presenter, are going to make history later this month (on Monday 23rd March) with a very special gardening show. I’m not going to say any more right now but all will be revealed in my next blog later this week…stand by!

Now, here is number three in my little series of behind the scenes videos. Today I’m fulfilling a few requests – some of you asked to see the outside of the building, our reception area and where the guests hang out between shows, so that’s what I’ve done. I had an unexpected visitor sneaking into my last blog video in the shape of my naughty presenter friend Chloe Everton, so let’s hope she’s stayed out of this one…

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That’s it for now. Get in touch as always by leaving a comment under this blog or by saying hello on Twitter (I’m @jackiekabler). I try my best to answer every comment. Enjoy your week!
Love Jackie x


  1. Roanne March 18, 2015 at 12:23 pm -  Reply

    Thank you Jackie for the behind the scenes blogs, its great to see how it all happens.

    • Jackie Kabler March 21, 2015 at 9:26 am -  Reply

      Hi Roanne,
      Glad you’re enjoying them, more through the year!

  2. LORRAINE March 18, 2015 at 1:51 pm -  Reply


    • Jackie Kabler March 21, 2015 at 9:26 am -  Reply

      Hi Lorraine,
      I can certainly ask her if she will let us in with a camera….it certainly is a sight to see!

  3. Melissa Lane March 18, 2015 at 2:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie. Loved this blog as always. Love the behind the scenes mini series. You are great at presenting, I think you should get a job on the telly! Love Chloe’s bit too. Never a dull moment with her around. Looking forward to seeing the rest of your behind the scenes blogs.

    Lots of love,

    Melissa xxx

    • Jackie Kabler March 21, 2015 at 9:27 am -  Reply

      Hi Melissa,
      Thank you! Yes, that naughty Chloe gets around, the minx!

  4. Jean March 19, 2015 at 10:43 am -  Reply

    Hi Jackie,
    Sounds as if you had a great time in Paris, Wow your father-in-law looks so fit in the photograph, it is great to think he is doing so much at the age of 90, and they say life begins at forty. I expect he enjoyed his birthday.

    Enjoyed your behind the scenes tour, it is interesting to see what goes on. I also see that Chloe has been up to her tricks again in your dressing room, and you had it so tidy. No doubt you will be getting your own back on her.

    Take care.
    Jean x

    • Jackie Kabler March 21, 2015 at 9:28 am -  Reply

      Hi Jean,
      Yes Paris was great and my father in law is amazing! And yes, there may be some revenge taken on Chloe, watch this space!

  5. twinkle March 19, 2015 at 11:09 am -  Reply

    Aww jackie how lovely is your father in law :) so pleasedyou got to spend some fabulous days celebrating with him xx
    Belated happy birthday wishes being sent xx

    love all the videos you do they are fabulous and cant wsit to find out what you will be getting up yo on monday

    lots of love hygs and glitter xxxx

    • Jackie Kabler March 21, 2015 at 9:29 am -  Reply

      Hi Twinkle,
      Yes family time is very special, especially as people get older. Thanks for the glitter, as always!

  6. AMANDA PORTER March 19, 2015 at 11:33 am -  Reply

    Hi Jackie, brilliant behind the scenes video. And Chloe’s secret filming of your dressing room was hilarious. What a lovely place to work. Congratulations to your father-in-law on his 90th, he’s looking very good.
    Amanda x

    • Jackie Kabler March 21, 2015 at 9:30 am -  Reply

      Hi Amanda,
      Glad you liked the video, more to come! My father in law is indeed pretty incredible, I will pass on your kind comments, he will be chuffed!

  7. Karen March 19, 2015 at 3:10 pm -  Reply

    Thank you really enjoyed that . You are going to have to watch
    that Chloe!

    • Jackie Kabler March 21, 2015 at 9:31 am -  Reply

      Hi Karen,
      Thank you….and yes, she does indeed need watching!

  8. Susanne March 21, 2015 at 4:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie – I’d like to see:

    – Ali Young’s dressing room (if you can get inside!!!)
    – Inside the Gallery while a show is live on air
    – The person who types the text for the ‘L’ on screen (Item No, description, price etc)
    – Inside the Presenters’ Lounge
    – QVC Presenters arriving on shift early in a morning – or after their shift at 2am

    Thank you

    • Jackie Kabler March 23, 2015 at 10:01 am -  Reply

      Hi Susanne,
      Well I certainly should be able to do some of those! Watch this space.

  9. Barbara April 7, 2015 at 1:26 pm -  Reply

    It is a brilliant idea for this “behind the scenes” makes it all come alive. Look forward to seeing more.

  10. Karen September 21, 2015 at 10:50 am -  Reply

    The pair of you need to act your age and grow up, is it not enough that Chloe Everton is an absolutely awful presenter, she has to be an immature one too? Jackie Kabler gives of the aurora of being embarrassed to be seen on Tv, giggling and getting things wrong, but Chloe Everton? how on earth she’s still employed is the eighth wonder of the world………..indeed.

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