My favourite winter moments


Catherine and Steve Hi everyone, Catherine here,

I’m a real summer lover as I hate being cold, but I love getting wrapped up really warm and watching fireworks with a steaming hot drink in hand. I also love spending time at Steve’s (my partner) family home in Wales. Their house sits on top of a hill overlooking lush green fields and winding roads with no street lights, which means it is pitch black except for the stars on a clear night.

We sit out on the swings with hot chocolate and Cointreau, and stare up at the stars marvelling at the  peace and perfection of it all. We’ve had so many good times there. One year we took the children and their friends to stay and we set light lanterns off into the sky together with positive messages attached to them. Yes, we are such soppy hippies at heart but these little moments make life sweeter.

Steve and Catherine at New Year's I adore the festive period and the lead up to it. My daughter likes to face paint and dress up at New Year’s – you can see her work on our faces here. We run outside just after midnight banging pots and pans – a tradition I picked up in the States. I’m not sure what my neighbours think as I’ve never seen them do it, but we love making as much noise as we can to bring in the New Year like banshees!

I’d love to know how you spend the chillier months.

Love Catherine x


  1. Nicola Rippon October 14, 2008 at 8:30 am -  Reply

    I love winter and relish every moment of wrapping up against the chilly weather. Being a Derbyshire lass one of my favourite winter places is the small town of Bakewell in the Peak District. The scenery around there is so gorgeous and the town itself, while being a tourist hot-spot in the summer months, is still a very “real” place to live in the colder months. I like nothing better than a ride around followed by a stroll along the main street, and down the many little lanes. A leisurely lunch in a local pub warmed by the glow of a wood fire, and perhaps a glass of mulled wine, is always rounded off with a nip in the bakery to take home a famous Bakewell Pudding. Just perfection!

  2. Catherine Huntley October 14, 2008 at 5:55 pm -  Reply

    Nicola, that sounds wonderful! It truly does sound like a perfect way to spend a chilly day. Natural scenery is so soul soothing and that Bakewell pudding and mulled wine sound like a fab winter warmer. I hope you have a fab one this year.
    Love Catherine x

  3. gemprincess deb November 21, 2008 at 3:26 pm -  Reply

    Catherene it sounds like lots of fun banging of pots and pans and dressing up to see the new year in,you are such a bubbly character I enjoy watching you .you are one of my favourites.I watch a lot of QVC as I am bed bound most of the time and you alwaqys cheer me up.I wish you and all the other presenters a happy and healthy New Year -Debbie x

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