Chums go to Iceland! And Dogs go to Devon – at last!

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Here are the super pics from my Icelandic extravaganza. We had an amazing time, my pal Gill and I, with our three night visit – it’s only three hours or so away and whilst it was cold it was quite mild for the time of year. The thermal spa at the famous Blue Lagoon made it all worthwhile and I’d go back there in a heartbeat – there were lots of hen party groups etc, all swimming around in the 38 degree water and using the face packs of spa mud and swimming up to the poolside bar for a drink or going into the sauna and steam room or under the waterfall.

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It’s huge there and I’ll definitely be going again. I live in hope that one day a nice man might want to take me there as a surprise… You never know what might happen in Devon, it’s a whole new era after all. It didn’t happen in Iceland though – look at this – I captioned it ‘story of my life – non-existent man!’ haha!

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We also saw some amazing sights including a huge double waterfall!

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Watch this perfect timing to tie in with my commentary!

Shopping wasn’t really on the cards as it’s soooo dear there – shockingly so – but we had some nice meals including a very festive American Christmas Buffet for Thanksgiving night. A good time was had by all. No northern lights this time ‘cos of horrible rain, but maybe next time…

Christmas Comes Early at Retreats for You, my new home away from home

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So I had a lovely five days down in Sheepwash, helping to ‘do up’ the 400 year old thatched house where I originally visited as a budding author and now return to help run it! And one of this week’s jobs was to put up my first Xmas tree there! It’s a real one and it’s fab – in the large hallway and giving it a superb warm glow. Go here to find out about part of my move.

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Go here to my new website newsletter blog to read more about how the dogs are settling in. Plus to see videos from the beautiful Devon countryside with more of my ‘vlogs’ which I’ve been doing from my Facebook page (click ‘like’ on this page to access new ones if you’re on Facebook.) There’s a Sheepwash Facebook page too, and I’m going to be holding a special ‘meet and greet’ in two weeks for some of the super ladies there – some of whom I met this week when I went along to a little village hall meeting about a local planning thing. Very nice to put new names to faces!

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SNIPPETS

Book of the Week I had to feature one of my favourite book series – one of my top five ever, actually, from Ben Aaronovitch – it’s the latest in the DCI Peter Grant supernatural London cop series – more here.

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Medical Detection Dogs Winter Scene how fab is this pic? Featuring four of the amazing canines training to help people using their sense of smell. More about MDD here including get your Christmas cards – last chance! And the fab book all about how it all began, called ‘Daisy’s Gift.’

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Winter is when? Did you know this? I didn’t! Well I never. Now if I ever get this question in a pub quiz I’ll know it!

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Femail Feature QVC loved this feature about your fave shopping channel this week in the Daily Mail, thanks to journalist Tessa! And hi to her mum Aileen, who brought her up on a diet of QVC too!

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Uncle, Auntie and Son visit me in Devon of course amidst all the ‘doing up’ of the new place, I also had visitors including my lovely uncle Jeff who is an electrician and did some work for me, and auntie Christine, as well as my boy Brad, who kindly drove a van full of ‘stuff’ down to Sheepwash for me. And the question ‘how much stuff can one girl have’ was never far from anyone’s lips!

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Xmas Sox Advent – week 3 of 6! Had another exciting week of xmas sox – not! Couldn’t remember where I’d packed them all! Finally dug these out. It’s been funny being a nomad as until I did some washing down in Devon, I’d even run out of drawers! Eeek! Ever found yourself wearing old weird ones in desperation? Anyway I eventually managed to do a machine load then promptly embarrassed myself when Mark the Carpenter/plasterer/handyman and fab neighbour came walking through the dining room where I’d spread them all out… doh! Tumble dryer next time methinks!

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Blooper – this one made me smile so much I thought I’d feature it again – funny Charlie Brook!

 

Facebook Funny Jib Jab is all over the place again isn’t it – I’m running a survey of which other four presenters I should include in a xmassy jib jab cartoon face funny dance video – who do you think? Leave me a comment below and I’ll try to do it soon!

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Watch ‘Rillington Place’ on BBC iPlayer. Oooooh! Scary stuff! Based on real events back in the 1940s and 50s – he was one of the most notorious serial killers and this drama is superbly acted and shot. Samantha Morton is simply superb – but then she always is. Part one is on catch up now, and part two is next Tuesday. Even when you know what happens, based on historical events, it’s still worth a watch, if you like dark drama. Given the penchant for crime novels currently on the rise, it won’t surprise anyone how successful this new series has been so far.

 

This week on QVC – Early Bird Order links will be on my website if it’s too early to list them here, QVC tab. But for now, here’s a summary of some of the super deals ahead –

–  Friday’s Today’s Special Value are the  Honora pearl earrings set of 5 earrings, click here to order yours now!

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– Saturday’s offer is a super new Fitbit Charge 2 activity and sleep tracker with additional band and docking charger – don’t miss it!. Order now using this link 

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–  11pm, Saturday look out for a Beauty Day preview show with me, featuring SBC, Prai and their new ambassador Nigel Barker! Oooo!

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–  Sunday Lulu’s Timebomb is back with a brilliant 5pc power collection

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–  Monday – Skechers have a new Today’s Special Value AND I’ll be kicking off my December weekly Gifts under £50 show, Monday’s at 8pm – in lieu of Back to You which won’t return in January, this fab pre-yuletide selection will make Christmas shopping easy!

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– Next week – here’s a selection of the super Today’s Special Value deals on their way to you, from the Amazon Fire tablet to Northern Nights duvet and Liz Earle

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– Sneaky peek – Lulu Guinness’s Paula grainy leather handbag will be on air next Friday too – watch out for the Early Bird link! And of course the big Bareminerals TSV on Sunday 11th.

This weekend it’s the annual Flint family get together, more wedding dress shopping for my daughter, and we are going to see the Tom Hanks’, Hudson River film – then I’m off to help out at my first proper retreat down in Devon. Oh and I must write some Christmas cards! The first 30 people who send me one at Retreats For You, The Court, The Square, Sheepwash, EX215NE I will send you a lovely Medical Detection Dogs card back, don’t forget your address!

Have a great week

Debs

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Here’s another fab post from my Till the Fat Lady Slims book’s support group on Facebook

Tracie W says – “Hi Debbie – my aim for the year was do more regular exercise especially Bodyblade, Leslie Sansone at home walking and outdoor walks to get the daily steps and keep my Fitbit happy lol. i was happy with how my body had shaped up after having already lost 3st 4 and didn’t feel i needed to lose more . i eat what draws me to it these days and rather than needing to be regimented to eat meals as served up at specific times . i listen to my body when it feels like it needs some thing to eat rather than eating for the sake of it . 🙂 with the support and the motivational daily challenges we have on Bodyblade Ohana it has really helped me achieve my aims, I do not feel the need to weigh but am more than happy that i can see and feel the non scale victory of clothes fitting and looking better on so must be doing ok .”

She really sums up the benefits of combining Freedom Eating and Bodyblade, right? I say to anyone who wants to give it a try, to read ‘Till the Fat Lady Slims 2.0 – the ‘When’ Diet’ book first, which is like the one which sold out in signed hardback on QVC last year. Plus book 3.0 with more tips and tales to inspire. The whole picture and links are here on my webpage.

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9 Comments

  1. Teresa Karasavvas December 2, 2016 at 12:23 pm -  Reply

    Hello Debbie, I have just enjoyed reading about your trip to Iceland. My husband treated me to a four night break there for my 50th Birthday four years ago – what a beautiful place. The only thing we did not do was the Blue Lagoon but I have no regrets about that as we saw everything else and were so, so lucky too that we got to see the Northern Lights which are truly magical and made our trip to Iceland for my 50th Birthday even more special. Even though it was expensive there we did do a little bit of shopping – you have too wherever you are there is just simply no excuse not to shop!!! Best wishes to you for Christmas and the New Year.

  2. martin forbes December 2, 2016 at 5:46 pm -  Reply

    Hope you and your brad and your daughter arwe well iam well had bad cough taking plenty of medicine mixture annoying your xmas card was posted on tuesday morning should get it soon

  3. Margaret forrest December 3, 2016 at 10:26 pm -  Reply

    You have lost a lot of weight you look amazing you still doing body blade I do it to and seen amazing results

  4. ruth smith December 4, 2016 at 1:53 pm -  Reply

    Debbie i feel i know you your so down to earth and honest,i love it. QVC would not be the same without you every good wish on your new house move.

    as you can see not very good at this texting. merry xmas ruth

  5. Debbie Flint December 8, 2016 at 6:06 pm -  Reply

    Ruth –
    thanks so much you are too kind! Hope you have a very merry xmas too, and your texting is fine hon! Bless ya! Do keep leaving me comments, I reply to all except on competition weeks! x

  6. Debbie Flint December 8, 2016 at 6:08 pm -  Reply

    Margaret –
    You are a sweetie thank you so much – I’m trying! Running around like a blue-armed fly at Retreats for You also helps I think! Glad you love bodyblade, it’s brilliant – Bruce is back mid January!
    x

  7. Debbie Flint December 8, 2016 at 6:09 pm -  Reply

    Martin – hope you get well soon and enjoy your time off.
    best wishes
    debs and family
    🙂

  8. Debbie Flint December 8, 2016 at 6:10 pm -  Reply

    Teresa –
    You are so so lucky to have seen the lights. I have to console myself that I had the Blue Lagoon which was great. What a lovely trip for your 50th!
    x

  9. Heather Blaber December 9, 2016 at 9:47 am -  Reply

    Hi Debbie

    How lucky were you to see the Northern Lights. I know many of my friends have not been that lucky.

    Great that you are getting everything sorted in Devon. You are busy now, but some 2017, even busier.

    Just what to mention that when I click on your links, especially the early bird ones, I get a big message from McAfee advising me that this is too risky, so I haven’t been able to get the heads up, which is annoying because I’m not on any social media sites.

    Anyway, I hope you are your family, including the furry ones have a wonderful Christmas and a Happy, Healthy 2017.

    Hope we see Diane Gilman jeans back on QVC next year. I really miss them.

    Best wishes

    Heather

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