Guess what holiday I’ve booked for next year?!

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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?

Weekend TSVs

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!

SNIPPETS

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!

Valentines dogs


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.

Watch:
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

Best wishes

Debbie

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17 Comments

  1. Christine Shine February 9, 2018 at 3:46 pm -  Reply

    Hello Debbie. A place to visit for a holiday is Israel, as I think Anne Dawson will tell you. We stay in Tel Aviv, it has lovely beaches and promonarde and you can walk along the front to Old Jaffa. You could visit Jerusalem and also the Dead Sea. There are all different types of restaurants, everybody is helpful and friendly and it is safe.

  2. Carole GOURLAY February 9, 2018 at 4:24 pm -  Reply

    I think Dubai and India are still ne of my favourites. I’m off to japan in November

  3. Arthur February 9, 2018 at 5:11 pm -  Reply

    A holiday after Christmas and new year is a must in my opinion. Have sailed with Royal Caribbean many many times. The American cruises are great as every one is on vacation frame of mind. You will love your trip and they are great value

  4. Cherry February 9, 2018 at 6:14 pm -  Reply

    Canada was an amazing place to visit – Niagara was breathtaking. But I also love Menorca, which is a lovely less-than-two-hour flight. Thinking about Madeira this year. Enjoy looking forward to your holiday, Debbie – it sounds great.

  5. Karen February 9, 2018 at 6:45 pm -  Reply

    If you want a ‘Wow’ experience go to Petra. Wonderful.

  6. Kay Stapleton February 9, 2018 at 8:58 pm -  Reply

    My most magical amazing never forget holiday in Canada Toronto but the icing on the cake Niagra falls day and night wow xx

  7. Rachelle Hughes February 9, 2018 at 9:48 pm -  Reply

    Deb I have wanted to do that cruise pleeeeeese let me come lol. Hope you have a freat time. Congratulations on new baby xxx

  8. Caroline February 10, 2018 at 7:41 am -  Reply

    What a fantastic idea booking a cruise for next February! A great way to not be tied to visiting one country. The best destination I can recommend is Australia. I went for the first time last year and was awestruck by the beauty of the landscape, the indigenous animals (I got to hug a koala) and the lovely people. The photo of you, your mum and sister BTW is lovely. Such beautiful ladies and it is hard to believe your mum is a great grandmother!!

  9. Chris February 10, 2018 at 3:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie, I am always interested in your book recommendations and I too have read ‘Behind Her Eyes’…It was an amazing book and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Right now I am reading ‘The Woman in the Window’ by A J Flynn….an homage to Alfred Hitchcock and his wonderful film ‘Rear Window’…what a classic film that was…I have watched it several times. I can highly recommend ‘Behind Closed Doors’ by C A Paris. Her third novel is due out this year and is on my wish list to buy….awaiting me on my bookshelf is ‘The Perfect Neighbours’ by Rachel Sargeant….cannot wait to get started on that one once I have finished my current book!! 🙂
    Keep up the wonderfully informative blogs Debbie.

    Chris

  10. Susie February 10, 2018 at 4:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie, for a holiday recommendation, I’ve just returned from the most amazing trip to Lapland. Husky safari, reindeer sledging, visit to the Ice Hotel, etc. Even met Santa Claus enjoying his holiday break. Cold yes, but I enjoyed it much more than any cruise I’ve been on. Can’t wait for a return visit next year.

  11. Julie February 11, 2018 at 1:22 pm -  Reply

    Travel tip, The Galapagos Islands, just amazing…

  12. Sandra Sheppard February 11, 2018 at 2:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie not done this before , but have a go to Northern Cyprus it is a beautiful part of the island easy to get around very cheap when you get there , look it up you can fly from Stansted which is ok for you takes forever for me living in Lincolnshire, but it’s worth it. Another wonderful trip would be the Golden Triangle of India do it all with your private driver much better, I cried when I saw the Tag Mahal magical ! I never would have thought that I would have seen such wonders. Ecuador is another exiting holiday, I could go and on but I wont as you must get hundreds to plough through but good luck,
    Cheers

  13. martin forbes February 11, 2018 at 3:40 pm -  Reply

    happy new debbie congratulations on your first grandchild
    iam now on a 2week holiday from work dpoing nithing but klazy watching the winter olympics for next 2weeks watching from 6am most days .

  14. Karen Hunt February 11, 2018 at 10:53 pm -  Reply

    If you like dramatic scenery try a cruise to the Norwegian fjords. Absolutely stunning. Off to Alaska this year. this is also going to be my year for travel 😀

  15. sue Byrne February 13, 2018 at 1:27 pm -  Reply

    I went to Las Vegas , last yr .I think you would like it there .It is like an adult disney land . There are lots of shows on all over the place .
    We did the bus tour and saw all the chapels .We also did the stratosphere restaurant that turns around to give you views all over vegas , and while you eat there are jumpers [they pay for that experience!!] going past the window , every now and then .
    We stayed at the Bellagio hotel with the dancing fountains in front very impressive and down the rd there is a man made volcano that erupts and has music playing .We saw the flamingoes at the flamingo hotel .The venetian hotel has gondolas inside the hotel going along a water way with singers .

  16. Keryn murphy February 13, 2018 at 10:07 pm -  Reply

    My two favorite places i have been to visit are niagra falls which was breathtaking & venice i have been there six times & it still amazes me .. we as a family are hoping to go on an alaskan cruise next summer… your cruise sounds lovely something to look forward to xx

  17. Al February 14, 2018 at 11:05 pm -  Reply

    Vrissaki beach hotel Protaras Cyprus, right on the beach

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