Chilli fest!!


Catherine and friend at the chilli festival

I am a lover of hot food. I adore chillies so what better way to spend a Sunday than attending a chilli festival with great friends?

It took place in the beautiful grounds of West Dean College, Chichester. There was salsa music and dancing, wonderful belly dancers, arts and crafts, chilli everything and some blooming marvellous bloody Mary’s with generous helpings of chilli mixed in! We came home with bags of chilli yumminess. I even tried some chilli fudge. Mmmm! Even the weather was on our side – glorious sunshine all day long.

I do have a very embarrassing admission to make, though. I went to the Pimms tent as it was certainly Pimms o’clock in my book and I thought I was queuing up behind a couple of people in front of me.

I waited for them to be served and placed my order. Whilst I was being served and paying a booming loud voice suddenly sprang up and said something about ‘some of us have had to queue’ and informed me that the queue was going all the way around the corner and I had pushed in… I honestly wouldn’t ever have done that on purpose and felt entirely mortified!

By then I’d paid my money and was ready to walk away so the damage had been done. I apologised profusely but the guy was still (I think jokingly) pulling my leg about it. I’m just so glad I had sunglasses on because then I got a huge lump in my throat and started to cry! I think it was a bit of a hormonal moment… glad I can laugh at it now, what a silly girlie!

Catherine, Steve and friends at the chilli festival Well giggles were the order of the rest of the day as we squeezed ourselves into a photo booth at the train station only to find it was out of order so I decided to take a photo using my camera. Came out nice, don’t ya think?

Huge thanks to Steve, Mel, Danny and the chillies for a fab Sunday! Anyone else love their chillies?

Love Catherine x


  1. Nicola Rippon August 13, 2009 at 4:29 pm -  Reply

    Catherine – you are not alone in getting a bit hormonal/emotional when someone loudly makes you feel a complete idiot! I was once shouted at in an airport departure lounge by a lady who found some offence in something I had said – I had actually been sharing jokes with my travelling companions about our passport photos – so I’m still not sure what she found so abhorrent! Anyway, for whatever reason she just began shouting at me and calling me names and so on and about three hundred people in the lounge turned around and stared at me! Of course they had been so far away that they thought that she must have a point and I was utterly mortified when I realised this. I went as red as a lobster, I was hot and could feel tears beginning to sting my eyes. I think if I’d been on my own I’d’ve refused to get on the plane and only just managed to hold on to my tears until we got aboard. I did feel a little better when we got to the end of our journey and the same lady had found another target to embarrass. Of course none of the people who’d seen my humiliation were anywhere to be seen – so they doubtless went home thinking I was a terrible person!
    Thank you for sharing your experience – it’s nice to realise I am not alone in my reactions!

  2. Paula Pegler August 17, 2009 at 2:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine, just wanted to say that your nails look absolutely beautiful you must be so proud of them. Do you mind me asking what that gorgeous see through glossy colour is that you are wearing on them at the moment. Many thanks. Paula.

  3. Nadia Malik August 18, 2009 at 1:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine
    I know this is totally unrelated to your most recent post, but I am curious to know if your grey cat (featured in your blog post from June 19) is a chatreux. My sis has a grey cat that looks identical to yours. I really wanted to paste a pic of him with this comment, but am not able to for some reason.
    I have four babies (cats) – two female tortoiseshells (Gobbolina and Rosie) and 2 male gingers (Garfield and Odie) and they are a real handful!
    Your pics from the Chilli fest are both great – I am so loving your pink skirt!
    All the best Catherine,
    God bless

  4. Catherine Huntley August 19, 2009 at 9:08 am -  Reply

    Aww Nicola!
    Bless you and thanks for sharing your story, too. Good job we can have a good laugh about it after the event, eh? It does sound horrible though. I always try to find excuses for people who behave badly or criticise unneccesarily like maybe they’ve just lost someone close to them or perhaps they have an illness and they’re just having a bad day.
    I get so many lovely cards and letters from people who watch QVC but I must admit I had a particularly nasty email once and, more recently a letter harshly (not constructively) criticising myself and a couple of the other presenters. It really does knock you sideways to think how far out of their way a person will go to deliberately hurt someone else’s feelings. I’d prefer to think people are essentially good & kind in heart and that they’d just had a hard time and did something like that ‘out of character’ rather than to think they are always that way.
    I think the reason we can be fragile in those situations is because we care. We care about people and don’t want to offend or have people getting the wrong impression about us.
    There is a saying I keep close to my heart about this ‘Those who care not for the faultfinders or the praisegivers shall have tranquility in their heart’ – anon.
    Keep well & happy, Nicola.
    Lots of love Catherine x

  5. Catherine Huntley August 19, 2009 at 9:13 am -  Reply

    Hi Paula,
    Thanks for the kind compliments on my nails. I swear by my Nail Envy. My nails have never looked this good in my life! I tried to get my mum using it but it wasn’t the right one for her so I got her a ProStrong set and her nails are growing like there’s no tomorrow! Great to be able to try until you find what’s best for you, isn’t it? Fab old QVC!
    The colour I’ve been wearing most (and that I have just painted on now) is Leighton Denny’s ‘Starkers’. Have a look through the kits online as I’m sure it’s in a few kits. I find it very camouflaging for slight imperfections..a bit like stockings are for the legs. I use 2-3 coats and then Seche Vite or Leighton’s crystal finish on top.
    Hope that helps!
    Love Catherine x

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