Center parcs fun, Rosemary’s Let’s Dance secrets! and Lee’s legs

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Hot tubThis week –

– Fun in the hot tub! And the water dome… and the bowling lanes…Center Parcs time!

- Lee’s legs make an appearance – our IT guest in shorts! Playing Xbox with Charlie.

– Rosemary Shrager’s secret confessions about performing on Comic Relief’s Let’s Dance

- And just how DO you get to be on the customer panel?

Well the week in Elvedon Forest with the family has been marvellous – I know I’ve not long returned from Oscar season in LA but that was last minute! This has been planned for a year! Ever since I was there and rode on a certain tandem… Anyway, read on for full info. Plus some fab sneaky peeks and clips to watch below!

View whilst writingCENTER PARCS WIND-DOWN ZONE

You know every so often you just have to take time out to get away from it all? Well this week was it – at one of my fave places – Center Parcs!

This time I went with my kids and their partners plus my sis and her man joined us too. Not as good weather this March – well we are in the coldest March on UK records aren’t we?! But still lots to do and tons of R&R.

Including having time to myself writing – revising my novel in the Starbucks on the lakeside – lovely restful views to inspire me whilst putting the finishing touches to Hawaiian Affair! (see below for the latest news on my first novel!)

 

Woodland lodgeThere was lots of activity too tho’! Since we needed 4 bedrooms we shared a fabulous executive woodland lodge which had its own steam room, sauna and hot tub! And en suites in each bedroom! And a games room with Xbox and pool table! No wonder it needed to be this big! Ever been there?

So that’s how we ended up in the hot tub in the pic above – and we were in it quite a lot I can tell you! Including at night – so magical to be out under the stars amongst the pine trees, in hot bubbles!

 

BowlingAlso got our fair share of badminton too – and scrabble! Hehe.

And bowling – this is our gang on the night we hit the ten pin lanes, and no I didn’t win! Far from it – am a bit rubbish at bowling!

But I also had a TiFFT*at the indoor water paradise – my first ride on their new Cyclone chute – a huge waterslide that is a bit like being on a cross between Mr Burp’s Bubble Works at Chessington, and the log flume at Alton Towers!

Hehe! If you’ve been on it, tell me what you thought!

 

CyclonePlus lots of bike riding, watched a couple of DVD’s, and cooked some lovely meals in the big kitchen.

A good time was had by all. Over too soon – always the way, huh?!

Anyway that’s it for now – until next spring – just had to book again for another trip!

 

 

 

LEE’S LEGS – A KIND OF A BLOOPER

  Since last week’s blooper was such a stonker (go here if you want to see my exploding tube of cream episode! Click here) this week’s is more of a highlight! Almost every single Anything Goes has given us some funnies, and last week’s was no exception!

Charlie was on fine form and invited Lee – in shorts! – and Phil Parker to join him and Clare from Xbox for virtual bowling! Who you think did it best?! Couldn’t resist the chance to bring you a sight you’ve never seen before – our Lee is usually all suited and booted (on air at least)! Good calves, that man!

 

 

This weekend coming (23rd) it’s Dale and Anne on the penultimate show at 8pm Saturday. Then I’m back the weekend after, and it’s the last Anything Goes in this run (Jan till March). Julia may well be back from her hols and will be on with her autobiographical book. What have you enjoyed most about Anything Goes on Saturday nights? Any suggestions for future runs? Leave me a comment below!

 

ROSEMARY’S SECRETS!

Talking of books, another highlight from Anything Goes last week was Rosemary Shrager – TV chef (Ladettes to Ladies) who was on to discuss her new cookery book (which is jam packed full of step by step photo guides on basic dishes btw! 701793).

Well anyway, I promised you when we ran out of time that I’d go record a quick chat with her for some behind the scenes confessions about when she appeared on Let’s Dance for Comic Relief, and here it is! (Click here) Good luck to her with her cookery school. And all I can say is, well done ladies, it truly looked like fun! And for such a good cause too! So here is the actual dance – watch out for that bit where they nearly dropped her! And with none other than Kim Woodburn – you’d hardly recognise them! (Click here)

 

READ IT, WRITE IT, SELL IT!

Ok so thank you to ‘Tania’ who last week left me a comment with a suggestion that inspired the above title of this little segment of my blog – which will be devoted to all things writing, reading, studying and publishing.


TweetBook of the week
– Thanks to RHW for this week’s twitter recommendation – an interesting book I read ten years ago.

It was actually a tweet from Rosie Huntington-Whiteley (@RHW) which reminded me how many people are still discovering classic books from many years ago.

Her tweet showed a pic of 'water: for Health, for Healing, for Life- not sick but Thirsty' – and she wrote 'a brilliant book I'm reading. We always knew water was good for us. Now discover why'. Good for you girl!

There’s a lot more science about hydration, ever since the classic ‘Your Body’s Many Cries for Water’ by Dr. Batmanghelidj in ’99 (click here) and this version Rosie’s got is from 2003. It may be helpful to you or someone you know, to explore the info out there about how hydration plays a role in good health – and the reviews on the books can help add a balanced view!

Any other books along these lines you’d like to recommend, or indeed swear by? Nothing like a bit of education to broaden your horizons! That’s my excuse as to why my horizons are so broad! Hehe!

Writing Course Spotlight – last week I mentioned that Robert McKee is coming back to London mid April – well I’ll have more space next week for a full feature on his amazing scriptwriting course so don’t miss it! Meanwhile for anyone serious about all types of writing, you’ll probably know already about Arvon.

For those of you that don’t, it’s a charity foundation that runs rural writing houses where you can attend courses dedicated to almost every genre of the craft – from poetry to scripts to biographies to fiction, and they run residential courses year-round, country-wide.

Two years ago I went to their August writers’ retreat in Inverness, made some great friends, cooked our own meals each night, had an amazing time and wrote 15000 words in five days!

Go explore their website where there’s a seven minute inspiring video too, but apply early – their courses sell out fast each year! Grants available. Twitter – @arvonfoundation or click here for more info – http://www.arvonfoundation.org/

 

 

 

Post-script – My Novel – latest update – my lovely ladies on my Facebook group have helped me identify some areas for improvement on my first romance novel, which I’ve been doing at Center Parcs. Plus – so many of you have said you’d like to read it when it comes out, I know I’ll lose track – so I’ll soon be announcing a yahoo group for those of you on email who would like to be kept informed. It’s likely to be on Amazon for Kindle E-book soonest!

Hawaiian sunsetMeanwhile here’s an amazing Hawaii pic which one of my ladies sent me!

To get you in the mood for Hawaiian Affair when it comes out! It’s currently my screensaver on my mobile!

 

 

 

 

SNIPPETS

- How’s this for a coincidence? Sometimes the most magical things happen when you least expect them! When you watch this clip of last week’s Inside QVC, where we tell you all about how things work here, keep an eye out for the moment I go to the Beauty Channel tease – look what happens. Couldn’t have planned it! And we didn’t! lol. (click here)

 

Sharents– Are you one of these? Must say there were a lot of kids at Center Parcs this week – and I found myself reminiscing about when my two were small.

I do have to admit, if Facebook and Twitter were around back then, I’d have probably been a ‘sharent’ too! Are you?

 

 

 

 

 

- How to get on Customer Panel. As promised on air, here’s the email address to write to with any off-air questions about QVC and how it works etc. I’m often asked corporate questions and if I don’t know the answer, Lorraine and the team in customercare_uk@qvc.com have told me that’s what they are there for! Including asking about customer panel, beauty bash etc. (nb the latter is ‘randomly chosen from our regular customers’ for that category!) Good luck!

 

Hedgehog- Facebook Cutie- omg how cute is this baby hedgehog?! Maybe it'll help remind the Spring that winter should be over!! 

 

 

 

 

 

FOOTNOTES

 

WATCH – FILM REVIEWS – making up for last week’s lack of film reviews, here’s a couple of stinkers and a stonker for you this week – out on DVD – Hit, Miss or Meh?!

 

First a couple of misses – In The Loop – started watching the DVD at Center Parcs with the gang, had high hopes ‘cos it came highly recommended by brother Glenn (a political animal and a Doctor of International Relations.) Too wordy, everyone got restless and had to abandon it! Sorry Glenn! Lol. (click here for trailer). Maybe I will finish it another time when on my own, but right now, it scores a low 3 out of ten. Hard to watch and far too much dialogue and swearing! Hate the main performer too – called Malcolm! Eurgh!

 

Secondly not much higher a score for The Campaign – some pretty decent actors in cameos but sadly Will Ferrell never floats my boat. His film about a sneaky tricks political campaign to be the next Congressman is just too far-fetched and unfunny. For me. Lauren laughed a bit and at least we finished it, so 4 out of ten. (click here for full trailer)

 

So finally on to We Bought A Zoo! With Matt Damon and Scarlett Johannsen you would think it would be a cut above, but the title put me off watching it for ages! Then daughter Lauren and Nick fancied watching it with me – on Sky this month – and I was pleasantly surprised! Then I found out it was based on a true story and I forgave the title. Predictable, bit OTT, and unchallenging, plus has about five ‘endings’, but quite a pleasant 6.75 out of ten to enjoy with the kids… of all ages!

 

 

 

801583QVC – SNEAKY PEEK! – has to be a glimpse at the upcoming Kitchen Aid Today’s Special Value – due on air Sunday week…

 

 

 

 

 

 

SuitcasePLUS – SNEAKY PEEK 2 – watch out for the new luggage I’ve been trialling – on soon on QVC! Hard cases, and divides into two packing sections, plus fantastically mobile wheels, and there are four of them! Great! 

Next week’s sneaky peek – the new Product of the Month from Decleor for April!

 

 

 

 

 

QVC – THE WEEK AHEAD – Some exciting midnight launches – worth knowing if you’re a night owl like me! – Saturday night/Sunday’s is the supersize set from Gatineau, and Sunday night at midnight join my lovely pal Craigy with another Kelly Hoppen bed set – this time 700 thread count luxury!

 

BabylissTwenty four hours later and Charlie’s here on Monday night at midnight for Ralph’s new Honora TSV and the smashing leather and pearl bangle we’ve all been wearing (for pic see last week’s blog!)

- I’ll see you back on air Tuesday night including the midnight launch of a clever new hair styling tool the Babyliss pro secret style curler

 

 

 

 

- QVC- Trinny & Susannah (Portrait) And on Wednesday night it’s the return of the awesome twosome Trinny and Susannah with their magic knickers twin pack!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NEXT WEEK’S BLOG – I’ll be telling you amongst other things about the fab scriptwriting course happening soon in London. Plus – what happens when I go to the Woman And Home photo shoot with Lauren – for their June issue!

Join me next week – and by the way can I ask you something? My comments on last week’s blog were quite low in number – so do feel free to add your suggestions below for this week! Eg tell me about your favourite bits of Anything Goes etc! Plus – note Twitter and Facebook contacts below! Have a great week! See you on air Tuesday night!

Best wishes Debs X

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23 Comments

  1. Susan Warwick March 22, 2013 at 6:09 pm -  Reply

    I always look forward to reading your blogs … so many interesting stories, useful snippets of information and funny tales plus the sneaky peeks of forthcoming TSVs … I love it! I’d really like to read your novel so I’m going to take a look at your Facebook page. You recently mentioned an interview in Surrey Life but when I went to visit my daughter at Guildford Uni at that time, I couldn’t find it – perhaps you could let me know if there is a link anywhere online. Thanks for keeping me smiling.

  2. Susan March 22, 2013 at 7:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs,
    I’d love to do Centre Parks one day! It seems so much fun and truly nature on your doorstep! I have to admit I haven’t got past that section of your blog. Just too long for me sometimes but I will get round to it all at some point.
    Have a nice indoor weekend!
    Susan x

  3. SHARON HARVEY March 22, 2013 at 9:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie,
    Thanks for another fantastic blog and sharing your holiday with us! How fantastic to be in a hot tub under the stars! That would suit me down to the ground right about now!! I hope you managed to get lots of rest and fun with the family, it does look beautiful there. Your lodge sounds amazing – wow real luxury ( that you deserve)
    Been enjoying the Anything Goes series on QVC,its great for a Saturday night as its fun, fast and informative!! Been lots of giggles – you must have great fun presenting on there.
    Writing courses sound fantastic,having dabbled in the at home courses due to having a family, i would one day like to try an away course. I have had some poetry published in a past life and a few short storys, but i do believe there is a novel in all of us as long as you are willing to work for it!!! You most certainly are and your Hawaiian Affair will be amazing!!!
    Thanks for the word ” sharent” that most certainly explains who i am lol!!! I think its fantastic that we can share the wonderful words of wisdom from our kids with others as it happens, like my 5 year old said last week ” God & Santa made the world mummy” and with wisdom like that, i had to share it lol…
    Glad you are back and had a wonderful time and look forward to seeing you on the tele xx

  4. Michelle Roberts March 23, 2013 at 1:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie, Elvedon Forest looked brilliant, so pleased you had a nice time, did your Mr back of the Tanderm join you Debs ? Sorry being a bit nosey !!
    I absolutely loved that photo of Hawaii, my favourite place on earth, but you knew that!! I’m hoping to visit next year again, if I can save hard enough.
    Found the information on ‘Hydration ‘ very interesting my mum has always nagged me about drinking lots of water, informing me that’s why my joints were so stiff.
    Really liking the look of sneaky peek number 2 the luggage, will definitely look out for that, also the TSV’s curling tool and knickers, could be another expensive week, OH…….. No…………… I’ll never get back to Hawaii at this rate.
    Finally my new TIFFT for April will be a beginners ”SWING” dance ‘ workshop a two hours beginners class followed by dancing to a live band the same evening , think I will start increasing the vitamins now, and I must say my new treatment for my arthritis is just amazing, it’s probably a horrid cocktail of all sorts of chemicals but I’m pain free, all for one little injection every week, but my motto is live for today and if it’s pain free it’s all the better.
    Fabulous blog as always Debbie, had a real laugh reading it, cheered a miserable snowy day in Wales up.
    Warm wishes you to my dear
    Michelle x x x x x

  5. Susanne Fitzpatrick March 23, 2013 at 8:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie
    Well, this Tifft-ing is pretty exhausting, I can tell you! My Tifft for March is to make my own bread, something I did years ago but Life just sort of took over ……
    I bought the ’00’ flour (rye is my fave) and off I went – and an obsession is born!!! It’s DIVINE and the start of chef Paul Hollywood’s ‘Bread’ series only added fuel to the fire. I can’t tell you how therapeutic it is to knead the warm mass (sorry if that sounds like a quote from ‘Fifty Shades’!!) and the smell of bread baking in the oven has to be sniffed to be believed …..
    I also discovered supermarket bread-making packet mixes (at 59p, cheaper than any loaf) for the very nervous baker – whichever method you plump for, you won’t be disappointed.
    ……… and then I bought the recent Cook’s Essentials oven/rotisserie/BREAD MAKER – it was like a ‘sign’ and what a fab piece of kit it is.
    So I urge you, Debbie, and any of your followers to give bread-making a go: rise to the occasion (ha ha) and you’ll be the better for it, promise.

  6. Nigel March 24, 2013 at 2:36 pm -  Reply

    In case u don’t know already Debs, FYI
    Kelly Hoppen is joining Dragons Den,
    Liz Earle’s Beauty Boost Bar recipe is on youtube,
    Think these might melt under the studio lights !
    http://www.saffire-chocolates.co.uk/chocolate-shoe
    Life can be rich without the riches of life,
    Take care, Nige:))

  7. martin forbes March 24, 2013 at 8:34 pm -  Reply

    hi Debbie I liked trhe show every week john barrowman he is so funny.i think qvc should have him on as apresenter.when is anything goes returning again.is it the same slot 8 to 1opm

  8. Debs flint – Qvc presenter March 25, 2013 at 10:59 am -  Reply

    Oo three Susan’s/Suzanne’s amongst my first responders to this weeks blog!
    Thanks so much!
    Susan W –
    So glad u like it! What’s your daughter doing at Guildford uni? Mine did music (at Bath Spa).
    Not sure about Surrey life – it was Justine Balmer I think?
    If I find out I will let u know!
    Ta for commenting hon. Do keep it up! Haha!
    D
    X

  9. Debs flint – Qvc presenter March 25, 2013 at 11:00 am -  Reply

    Susan – oo u miss some of the best bits hon! Lol. Just skip to snippets if top bit’s too long!
    Ta so much for regularly commenting tho – I do appreciate hearing back from u guys!
    What do u like reading most?
    X

  10. Debs flint – Qvc presenter March 25, 2013 at 11:03 am -  Reply

    Sharon –
    Oh u should soooo do a writing course! If u can timeit right, so u feel ok, do a residential one. I love those! Am doing a Julie Cohen one for advanced novel writing in … Er,.. October I think. Will be for novel 2 – which I will definitely get finished this year!!
    Chat soon!
    And thanks for all your help on my Facebook readers group!
    Hugs
    Xx

  11. Debs flint – Qvc presenter March 25, 2013 at 11:08 am -  Reply

    Michelle –
    Good to see u back on here too hon! I think you and Susan and Nigel and Martin have got to be most regular regulars! Perhaps we should have a bloggers tea party at Chiswick park wine bar at Xmas this year! Lol.
    Hey get u with all the dancing! Am so full of admiration – really! I can’t even jive! Lol
    Ps no mr Back of my Tandem did not join us this time. Too busy in LA – films to write, places to go, blah blah! Lol. Flying solo at the mo!
    Hugs
    X

  12. Debs flint – Qvc presenter March 25, 2013 at 11:10 am -  Reply

    Nige –
    Very impressive – as usual. I like the sayings – as you’ll know if you’re on twitter (are u? If not, u should be!) lol
    Have u made liz’s beauty bar then? In need of a little help in the beauty dept are u…?Tee hee
    D
    X

  13. Debs flint – Qvc presenter March 25, 2013 at 11:12 am -  Reply

    Martin –
    A new sat night show will be on in September and it’d be lovely to have John on again. As for him being a presenter, I guess Qvc could never afford him! Lol
    D
    :-)

  14. Francesca Richman March 26, 2013 at 4:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie
    I just wanted to say how fab your blog is.
    It is very informative in telling us what’s happening QVC wise
    but also lets us see what you’ve been up to as well which I think is
    really nice. Just confirms how lovely you are on and off screen!
    Keep up the good work -Francesca xx

  15. Susan March 26, 2013 at 5:10 pm -  Reply

    Hehe I just need to take it in chunks Debs! I love reading about your antics the most!! Need you ask?! You’re a hoot. I love the way you, Debs G, Anne and Ali write!! How have you gotten on in the snow? It’s been awful. Have the winter tyres been a help?
    PS Nigel, love that saying..life can be rich without the riches of life. I think we get far too caught up in the ‘riches’ sometimes!
    Love Susan x

  16. Maureen March 26, 2013 at 8:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs, like yourself we love Center Parcs, once a year we go with all our family to Whinfell Forest as it’s not too far from where we live.
    Will you be getting any more Jessica Holbrook or Dialogue back? I used to love the twin sets that had polo neck jumpers with short sleeves and matching long line cardigans, also the boiled wool long line cardigan,i managed to get the charcoal grey but couldn’t get the brown as they sold out and no more came in.

  17. Cath Purple March 26, 2013 at 10:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie,
    Just about ready to scream as my first blog was lost because I was timed out of the session!
    What I think I said was: I love the links you give in your blog. I missed Rosemary’s dance, but using your link I had a good laugh watching it!
    I also liked the look of your luxury accommodation at Centre Parcs. My family often take their children to Centre Parcs, but they don’t think it’s suitable for me as I have mobility problems. However, I wouldn’t need to walk anywhere with a place lke that!
    I like the idea of beta reading for your friend, not sure how it works, but willing to give it a try! I’ve not mastered Facebook yet – I need to work out the privacy issues. At the moment I’m so private I’m non existent!
    X

  18. Debs flint – Qvc presenter March 27, 2013 at 12:20 pm -  Reply

    Susan – yes we do! You’re absolutely right!
    Nigel comes out with some corners sometimes doesn’t he! Lol
    Ta for your latest ‘chunk’ lol.
    Yes snow no prob here hon – am high up so still the odd drift but nowt on roads. Just flipping coooool! X

  19. Debs flint – Qvc presenter March 27, 2013 at 12:23 pm -  Reply

    Susanne F –
    Warm mass!! Hahaha! And ‘rise to the occasion…’! Very good, very good!
    I bought one of qvc’s first bread makers in the early days and soon learned u need precise measurements as first ever one come out like Madeira! Haha! Lovely hobby tho – good for u! My daughters bf makes his own delicious bread – and I will find a spelt recipe at some stage cos of avoiding normal wheat.
    Good TiFFT!
    X

  20. Debs flint – Qvc presenter March 27, 2013 at 12:25 pm -  Reply

    Maureen –
    Never been to whinfell forest. But I’d blooming LIVE at Center Parcs if I could – hah!
    X
    Ps will see what I can find out about your fashion question. Check back here in case of an update! Xx

  21. Tania March 27, 2013 at 10:45 pm -  Reply

    Hey Debs
    So glad u liked my name suggestions and thank u for wanting to send me summat. Will send in my address via a comment!!
    Maybe if u write a book about psychpaths i can read through that lol!!!
    Mi iz gonna read ya blog in a bit so take care x

  22. Tania March 27, 2013 at 11:13 pm -  Reply

    I watched the series for We Brought a Zoo on tv and it was brill. Was called Bens Zoo and was very moving with sad parts too. Cant help but admire what he did. He saved those beautiful animals!!!!!
    Went to Elveden CP years ago and was good apart from army aircraft flying over all the while!
    Lol x

  23. debs f March 28, 2013 at 5:03 am -  Reply

    Cath purple –
    nice to hear from you!
    it’d be lovely to pass you on to the readers’ group for suspense novels with my little group of writing friends! Can you kindly re-email us, and leave your email you’d like me to pass on to my pal Carolyn pls hon?
    also – if you find you’re timed out, just copy all the text, refresh the page, and then paste it in again hon.
    And yes, center parcs is amazing huh! Would love to live there! hehe!
    best wishes
    d
    xx

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