What do you think about this time of year? Many people are not happy straight after Christmas and I don’t blame them. So I have decided to book a holiday for February next year, already! Then I know I will be looking forward to it right the way through the whole Christmas period and beyond.
Mum, sister and I have decided to go to New Orleans, Mexico, and Grand Cayman on a wonderful cruise with the Royal Caribbean on Vision of the Seas, next year. It includes a Mayan ruins excursion and a trip on one of those special boats to a crocodile swamp! So that’s us sorted!
This year will be the year I travel. Any recommendations on where to go? What’s the best place you’ve ever been?
As usual here are your links to Today’s Special Value, the Diamonique Ultimate Glamour Circle Pendant and Necklace, and also here is the early bird order link for tomorrow’s deal, click here to see it – the powerful Alpha-H Liquid Gold Complexion Renewal Trilogy. I use this on a regular basis as you don’t have to use it very often, for smooth skin the next morning.
Then on Sunday it’s a special Calypso Summer Flowers Collection with four planters from Plants2Gardens in a super Richard Jackson day. With garden stuff right the way up until 3pm and again at 5pm and 8pm. Doesn’t it cheer you up when you start seeing the flowers coming through? Quite a few daffodils where we are down in Devon already!
Peas in a pod?
Had a lovely get-together at weekend with two family events, and hooked up again with my lovely mum and sister; had an afternoon in the pub in Walton-on-Thames when everyone was watching the rugby.
Christina and David’s baby shower
Plus had a nice time at my niece and nephew’s baby shower – this will be mum’s 6th great-grandchild! Good luck to Croc and Kris! Out of five children, 16 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren, only one descendant line will carry forward the Flint name – this one, as Crockett is my brother’s son, and they know they are having a boy. What are the odds?! In case you wondered, Croc is as in Davey Crockett, he is another David, there are five in our family in total they all have a nickname!
I am in the middle of a two-week visit from my lovely daughter Lauren and her husband Nick. They brought their adorable spaniels with them. And they are fire dogs – they absolutely adore sitting in front of the warmth. Mine get too hot. Thought this picture was lovely and the nearest I will get to posting anything for Valentine’s Day ha, ha. But that’s okay and if you are doing something I hope you have a nice one.
I will be posting on my Facebook page (see link at the bottom of the page) a full video of the work that is getting done – lots of fixing and repairing, but also a few renovations as well :-). Running a place like mine it is a bit like painting the Fourth Bridge or the Severn Bridge or whatever it is… But it’s lovely seeing the old 1600s place being brought back up to scratch. And believe me it’s a big scratch!
Gabi the Baddie
As you may have read on Craig’s blog, he and I had a lovely time, along with Rebecca Perfect one of our high-tech guests, when we all went to see Gabby Bradshaw in her annual charity panto in Honor Oak Park. Do go here to read more from Craig. I do admire anyone who does panto. Oh yes I do…!! It’s one of those things I would have done in another life, along with performing on a cruise liner, and being a red coat :-). Oh well, I had kids at 24 and became a children’s BBC presenter so that will do. Search ‘Debbie Flint Children’s BBC‘ on YouTube and you will see some of the links!
Book of the Week:
Sarah Pinborough – A Matter of Blood. Last year, my book of the year was ‘Behind her Eyes’, so I was keen to get the author’s next audiobook. It is a crime procedural that has a dash of the unexpected – as you would expect – ha, ha – with Sarah Pinborough. It is my book of the week review on my website and highly recommended.
I know there are tons of blockbuster films to watch at the moment at the cinema, and I want to see all of them! Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri is my top recommendation for this week, again highly nominated for awards and contains some powerful performances on a meaty topic, but has humour as well. I think Frances will definitely pick up one or two awards for her performance. (search YouTube for trailer)
But also watch out for an interesting documentary about planning on the greenbelt. I think it is on iPlayer, The New Builds are Coming: Planning on the Green Belt, looks at a huge development in Oxfordshire. Part two is from the planners’ point of view. Given the situation with the UK need for housing, and the dispute going on in my local village in Devon about just 26 new houses, in a village that only has 100 houses, this programme about the development of over 2000 near Oxford is a compelling watch.
Tweet of the Week
@theJeremyVine Tweeted this week: “A colleague of mine is 23. She is bright, single and fears: “I will never in my life own property.” She asks if I could mention that she would like to meet a guy with a house. If you are interested, please could you send a photo of the house”.
This week on QVC:
Monday is the Grace batwing chiffon overlay tunic top at a really good price, and up to size 32.
Tuesday is Ecoegg cleaning kit for hard surfaces; every home should have one for that spring clean.
Wednesday it’s the superb SBC three-piece Bath & Body Favourites Collection.
Thursday brighten up your home with some magnificent Peony faux flowers with wisteria in a gift bag.
And I am looking forward to Thursday at midnight when I launch the Laura Geller four-piece Balance and Diamond Dust Collection. This will be amazing. It’s a smaller set but has a very clever illuminator in it, which will make a massive difference to older-looking skin. Throughout Friday as well while stocks last.
And a sneaky peak of next week’s Friday night at midnight launch, which I am also doing — the latest Lakeland Dry:Soon three tier heated airer with cover and accessories. This has made a massive difference in the way I dry things at home. A guest house has many sets of bedding, pillowcases et cetera, as you can imagine. And using high thread count cotton means it’s best to hang them to dry before ironing, rather than tumble-drying. This fab airer saves money as well as tidying up the look of the house. Watch out for more info next week from me but it launches Friday (16th) at midnight so do join us if you can. This will be one of the best deals going for this product this year. So well worth a 30 day trial!
Also on Friday next week there will be an early bird link for the latest beauty offer coming soon.
On next week’s blog – a video look around the 1600s house post-renovations! And for more walks in the countryside, do go and check out my social media below as I post regular vlog several times each week