Getting the giggles with Ginetta and puppy mayhem!


I’ve been at work a lot this week – people are on holiday and many of us are doing extra days, so apologies if you tire of the same faces! However, it was very entertaining to spend time with Ginetta from Veronese on Wednesday (3rd) as during our 11pm hour she got a fit of the giggles! If you love her, and her usually quite straight style, you must watch this!

Gracy And finally this week, here’s the latest puppy update! Gracy has taken to sunbathing beneath the sunbeds instead of on top of them! And they’re both enjoying playing round and round the garden…and Holly…and the paddling pool! Honestly, no wonder they conk out for a couple of hours straight afterwards.

It’s funny because I spent some time continuing with my Mills and Boon story recently, and found out just how much these pups sleep during the day. They’re sleeping more than they’re awake! That’s babies for you I guess. Oh, and big dogs, seeing how much Holly and Patch also kip. Oh to be a pog. But it was lovely having them keep me company, considering how lonely the life of a writer can be. Well, a would-be writer anyway!

Talking of the book, I asked my Facebook people to help with some names for the yacht which the hero of the book (a millionaire, natch!) whisks the heroine off on.

Here are the choices so far – which do you like best?

  • Flamenco
  • Quelle Surprise
  • Q V Sea (clever but no!)
  • Inception

I rather like Inception but too much like the film? (Which is brilliant by the way. Brad and I gave it at least 8.5 out of ten – that’s high for me!)

What’s your fave or do you have another choice? To help you picture the yacht, it’s supposed to be a Custom Line 124 – the pics online are amazing! Maybe you can come up with something better!

Anyway back to the grindstone. The tidy up continues….

Best wishes


P.S. Can you believe I’ve been here a year next month? How time flies when you’re having fun!


  1. Margaret August 11, 2010 at 1:11 am -  Reply

    Hi Debbie how about calling the yacht ” The Aphrodite ” well she was a beauty of the sea and would fit in with the love theme of your book ,best wishes Margaretx

  2. Louise August 11, 2010 at 9:31 am -  Reply

    I can assure you Debs, and you probably already know this, but it’s not only puppies who can sleep a lot. My boxers seem to do nothing but eat and sleep! Thinking about it, what else do they have to do? Unlike us, they don’t have to go to work to be able to feed themselves. We wouldn’t be without them, though, would we? I’m the same as you, I seem to have been at work non stop for the last fortnight. Still, annual leave coming up. Give it a couple of days and I’ll wish I was back at work!
    Keep well.

  3. Jill Wheeler August 11, 2010 at 5:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs, love reading your blogs;you’re one of the few who do one regularly!!!I think a fitting name for the yacht would be ‘The Lady D’- what else???!!! I’ve always wanted to write a ‘lurve’ book, as my son says! They say there’s a book in all of us-so who knows,maybe one day.Take care, Love, Jill in Purley.

  4. debs August 11, 2010 at 9:45 pm -  Reply

    margaret – love the idea of Aphrodite!!I wonder what others think!! :-)

  5. debs August 11, 2010 at 9:46 pm -  Reply

    Louise – how funny about your boxers – and you know what happens afterwards when they eat a lot! Lol!!
    Enjoy your annual leave – I’m off on leave for much of September – including for my daughter’s 21st – how did THAT happen?!

  6. Susan August 12, 2010 at 8:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie,
    How could we ever tire of your fab fun and giggles?! I love the Aphrodite idea I have to say but your book so you choose! Again love the pogs and their antics. Aren’t they great entertainment!! Who would be without a dog – unless you’re a cat lover! Haven’t seen Inception but keep meaning to go. Will have to make time for a trip.
    Have a great weekend!

  7. Pauline Johnson August 14, 2010 at 1:27 am -  Reply

    Hi Debbie sorry cant think of a suitable name for your yacht how about wishful (wish I had one) took two fo my grandchildren to The Natural History Museum yesterday it was a education but was I worn out when we got home, spent a few minutes on my back magic and I must say it did relieve the tension of the day,when do you think your book will be finished? speak soon XXXXX

  8. nigel August 15, 2010 at 11:09 am -  Reply

    Some ideas :-
    Sun,Sea and (Ship)
    Peace and Plenty
    Do or Die
    Black Velvet
    Delta Dawn
    Athena or Athina
    Good luck with the book, Nigel

  9. Jill Wheeler August 15, 2010 at 1:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs, I have a name for the yacht-‘THE LADY D’-what else???!!!
    I’ve always wanted to write a novel-one day! They say everyone has a book in them, so who knows? Take care, Love Jill, in Purley. xxx

  10. Kathryn August 15, 2010 at 10:40 pm -  Reply

    Debbie, good luck with the book. I had a look at the pics of the yacht…wow….wonder if they do it on 4 easy pays!!!!
    What about calling the yacht ‘Ambition’- very apt for a millionaire….
    Kathryn xx

  11. SUMIRA ABDUL-LATIF August 15, 2010 at 11:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi My name is sumira could you find out if kipling will ever maybe use my name or my little girl’s who name is angel she was born at 24 weeks and has cerbal palsy hempigisa and we both love your kipling bags i think i have 7 maybe more that i gave away to those speacil people in my life many thanks and you look great what a lvly hour glass figure i a glad i have hip like you wow take care

  12. Allison Bennett August 16, 2010 at 9:55 am -  Reply

    What about “Esperanza” for the yacht? Love the name anyway, but I think it’s meaning is also about hope. I can’t get enough of the historical M&Bs, but both those and the jetset, highflier type are out of my frame of reference, so I’ll have to stick to reading them. I’d love to have a crack at writing, but how do you find your “muse” (oooh, good name for a boat! lol)?? On the subject of names, I have a Gracie-May, she’s a russian winter white hamster, although she’s also part pig judging by her voracious appetitite! She’s a little madam too, but adorable. Her sister, Molly-Moo-Moo is my favourite (shhhh) because she likes cuddles – and doesn’t chew big holes in my walls!! Gracie’s discovered that if she wants to get behind my bookcase, it’s easier to chew the plaster off the walls than the wood to make a bigger hole so that she can fit! Cheekly chubby chops!

  13. Mrs. Paula Pegler. August 17, 2010 at 7:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie, I didn’t watch QVC when you were last there but have watched you since you came back and I must say ‘you’re bonkers’ in the nicest possible way! You make me laugh so much and really cheer me up, you’re fast becoming my favourite presenter. Don’t change and keep up the good work.

  14. Louise August 19, 2010 at 4:29 pm -  Reply

    Debs, I really appreciate your replies to my messages – not all presenters do. I’ll miss you being on screen throughout September; as I’ve said before, you have always been my favourite presenter. Hope Lauren has a good one – 21 already, seems like no time since she was on qvc as a kid! Have you kept the film to show her boyfriends? Not that you would want to embarass her, of course! I’m sure it’ll be an expensive month for you as well. Still, isn’t that why we go out to work? Well, my responsibility is my dogs – never wanted kids.
    p.s. Just a query: could you see if qvc will start to mention the weight of the gold pieces they sell? They used to but, for some reason, we don’t get this info now.
    Keep well.

  15. Debbie Barclay August 23, 2010 at 7:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie never posted anything before but as I was watching you present the last Kipling show you said to a few people to contact you about the monkey names. I was wondering if there was a Debbie monkey (or Deborah – at a push) as I would really like to get one. Have several Kipling bags already and would like my namesake to add to the collection.
    What about Rachael or Amy monkeys as my daughters love them too!!

  16. Debbie Flint August 26, 2010 at 9:12 am -  Reply

    Inception is truly brilliant! So is Knight and Day – great movie – Tom Cruise brought back the ‘wow’ factor with a scene-stealing kiss with Cameron Diaz too, so I’ll forgive him for being 5’7 (apparently!) hehe!
    Actually I’d have had a cat too if I’d been able – sadly I’m allergic although I am currently trying homeopathy to help cope with it, following great results for my chiropractor Richard, he says!
    Best wishes

  17. Debbie Flint August 26, 2010 at 9:20 am -  Reply

    I absolutely love love love the Natural History Museum. I was a member when the kids were small. Lauren – who’s nearly 21! – went back recently and came home raving about how big the whale is!! So fun for all ages eh!! Haha. Must take my fossil, Fred, down there at some stage!
    There’s going to be a special QVC presenters product this year which will feature a pic of Fred the Fossil! But I still don’t know what he is. A lovely lady called Jean Bright sent him to me years ago when I was on QVC first time round, and her husband discovered him on a beach near where they live in Suffolk. Glad the back magic is working!
    Best wishes

  18. Debbie Flint August 26, 2010 at 9:21 am -  Reply

    Nigel – some fab ideas thank you! I do like Vivaldi… will have to see! Thanks for taking the time and hope you got to see a pic of the yacht online – it’s huge! How lovely it would be to go on one! At least my characters get to find out! Albeit only in my imagination…

  19. Debbie Flint August 26, 2010 at 9:22 am -  Reply

    Lady D – haha – very funny! There are some great books on Amazon all about novel writing and I can recommend one on romance by a lady called Kate Walker – her ’12 point guide’ is highly praised amongst the Mills and Boon community! Good luck with it!

  20. Debbie Flint August 26, 2010 at 9:23 am -  Reply

    I like the name, and yes wouldn’t it be lovely to own one! Your comment about 4-pay made me laugh out loud – or LOL as they say!

  21. Debbie Flint August 26, 2010 at 9:27 am -  Reply

    Sumira – thanks so much for your kind comments! You can have my hips if only I could take them off – haha! No not really, I’m getting used to them, although it would be nice if they were a bit more streamlined! Will pass on your question about the monkey names, keep watching on here for replies – it’ll be on the ‘main’ comments strand. Thanks for writing! Love to your little girl…

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