Well, the secret is out! I’m sure you’ve heard by now that the fabulous Ruth Langsford (This Morning, Loose Women) is joining QVC, and I’m absolutely delighted that I’ll be co-hosting her shows with her.
Our first show will be at 9pm on Thursday 16th February, and will continue every Thursday at 9pm for six weeks. The first series will be Ruth’s picks from our vast fashion collection here at QVC, and she’s a lady of impeccable taste so I hope you’ll love her choices as much as we do!
Then in May, she’ll be back for another series, this time with her very own fashion collection, designed especially for us. I can’t wait for the first show, and really hope you will join us, it’s going to be great fun.
Meanwhile, I’ve just returned from a fabulous week in Brazil. Oh my goodness, what a country! We started off with couple of days in Rio de Janeiro, and although we were tight for time, we managed to see pretty much everything we wanted to – Copacabana and Ipanema beaches (and oh yes, I did drive hubby – and myself – bonkers singing the famous songs related to each!), the incredible Christ the Redeemer statue on the top of the Corcovado mountain overlooking the city, the spectacular cable car ride to the top of the Sugarloaf mountain, the Olympic village…the list continues. The weather was absolutely boiling hot and very humid but we slapped on the factor 50 and enjoyed every second.
I found it utterly fascinating – a tour guide we spent a few hours with one afternoon made it very clear that on the one hand, Brazil is a country that is staunchly Catholic with many strict laws that many of us in Europe would find it difficult to live by, yet on the other is a country struggling with massive corruption, drug-related crime and violence. There’s no doubt that parts of Rio are incredibly dangerous, but I travelled to many dangerous places during my years as a news reporter and try not to get too worried.
There are definitely no-go areas, but one of my favourite parts of the city was Santa Teresa, a hilltop neighbourhood where tourists really don’t go at night but was just lovely by day, all narrow winding streets, 19th century mansions and bohemian cafes and shops. We did take notice of the signs on the lamp posts warning us that we might be attacked by gunmen though (see photo) and kept our wits about us… it was still definitely my favourite area, and well worth the trip.
After Rio we took an internal flight to Santa Catarina, an area of stunning beaches and lush tropical forests, and stayed in a hotel where we had the best of both, a beachside spot on the edge of the rain forest.
There, I experienced my best moment of the whole week. I was chilling out at the end of a long hot day, sitting in the shallows at the edge of the water, when suddenly a capybara appeared and just sat there a few feet away from me, chilling out too! These gorgeous animals are the world’s largest rodents, and look a bit like ENORMOUS guinea pigs (they are about two feet tall!). To see one in the wild like this blew me away. We saw lizards and exotic birds and butterflies too, but bathing with a capybara was just one of my best holiday moments ever.
Now, it’s back to the cold and back to work but all is good! I hope all is well with you. Looking forward to being back on the telly box with you this weekend. As always, I love to hear from you, so leave a message under this blog or say hi on Twitter (I’m @jackiekabler).
Love Jackie xx