‘Grow your own’ summer and reminiscing about my childhood


Debbie's garden Is it ok to eat half a litre of EasiYo in one day? I do hope so, it IS the awesomely tasty lemon drinking yogurt, and it IS supposed to be good for you, isn’t it? It’s absolutely delicious. I'll have to do a bit of extra time on the Wii Fit to make up for it I’m sure!

I'm very much enjoying the 'make your own/grow your own' summer I’m having! Not only have I been enjoying homemade yogurt, but home grown salads too. So far the puppies have left the allotment alone!

This year I discovered that rocket is a perennial – it’s sprung up all over the place and is very peppery. I'm also loving my flourishing lettuces – I'm managing to grow an abundance of them this year (ok, I admit it, the 'Powers That B&Q’ did lend a helping hand), but the strawberries (QVC) are something else.

I'm waiting for the potatoes too (QVC) – they’re looking promising this year, after my abysmal attempts last year. Well, I did plant them under a tree so serves me right. This year I’ve found the right spot – helped along by a paddling pool which Holly scoured a hole in before I replaced it with a Holly-proof hard plastic one from Argos!

Plus, later in the year I’ll have other crops too (hopefully, unless the butterflies, slugs or puppies have other ideas!). I'll be trying to grow beetroot, broccoli, cabbage, cauliflowers, carrots, spring onions, marrows (yummy!), runner beans and tomatoes of course – all helped along by Richard Jackson’s Flower Power. In fact, I just had the most delicious lunch today including the first baby spring onions and three different types of lettuce, plus the rocket! Can’t claim the tuna was from the garden though, lol!

Lilies My lilies are looking lovely too – growing far higher and more abundantly than last year so am very pleased with those. It’s been fabulous being in the garden in the hot weather, enjoying the garden and looking forward to reaping the rewards of all the sowing!

Reminds me of my childhood

60s pic_picnik All this reminds me of when I was a kid. Dad’s allotment was the source of much abundance in our house over the years, handy when you’ve got five growing kids. And the reminiscing continued when I dug out some old pics and slides for the recent TSV scanner for pics, negatives and slides – it’s brilliant! Straight onto an SD card, straight onto my computer! Yay!

There’s a lovely one of us when we were kids, taken on the Isle of Wight – the home of Liz Earle’s skincare range. We went to Pontins, and in this pic you can see my dad, granddad and nan (all now passed on sadly), mum, me, sister Linda and brother David. The other two brothers were still a sparkle… The slide’s come out great though, considering it was gleaned from one of those tiny eye-viewers they used to sell at holiday camps.

Does anyone remember the words of the songs they used to make us sing at Pontins, in the days when everyone took part in every competition and had dinner at the same time? For instance, a song from dinner time? It was something like – ‘Always eat when you are hungry… always drink when you are dry…’ What’s the rest? Something about porridge?!

Presenters in 1995 Actually it’s been fun looking at lots of different old snaps, and also going back to the parts of history you'd never remember without prompting – including some early years pics from QVC. See if you can spot the presenters in the pics below! Ahh how young we all looked! Jilly looks the same I think!

Hope you are enjoying the return of the lovely weather! And that your plants are doing as well as mine!

Best wishes


P.S. quick puppy update for you – see the clip below of the two terrors careering round the house after one of my late shifts. It was 4am, but no-one told the puppies that! 🙂

One of Patch's puppies_picnik And I thought this pic would make you smile - it's a little pup Patchy had in her first litter around 2003 – he was a yellow lab we called Frankie, and he was enormous! Super cute though! He went to one of Lauren’s friends and we saw him grow bigger and bigger and bigger!

My little chocolate girls are definitely of the smaller breed, which is great but they still chew like demons! The latest victims are my lovely comfortable Birkenstocks EVA flip flops! I knew I should have got two pairs – thank goodness Nicky is back in on Wednesday night (21st) and all day Thursday with another Birkies special!


  1. Pauline Johnson July 22, 2010 at 3:41 pm -  Reply

    Debbie its lovely to read your stories you are so down to earth, I love the picture of your house it looks really old worldly, thanks for the tip about easiyo drink will have to try it, how is the diet going have you reached your goal weight ? I have remained at mine for two months so I am well pleased would it reccomend to anyone that has had trouble losing weight.Speak again soon XXX

  2. deb flint July 23, 2010 at 5:50 pm -  Reply

    Pauline – was it Diet Chef alone? Well done you for keeping it off! That’s always the hardest challenge don’t you think? I know different people have different things to say about it, so glad it’s worked so well for you!
    I was pleased to get on the Wii Fit the other day and have it tell me I’ve lost another pound. I’m not diet-obsessing, more just trying to follow a more healthy lifestyle and food choices.
    My goal weight according to the Wii tho, is three and a half stone more! The last time I was that weight I was about 15! Oh well – each to their own, just have to keep doing what feels right!
    Thanks so much for writing!

  3. June Coffey July 24, 2010 at 6:24 pm -  Reply

    We also used to go to Pontins with the children when they were smaller.The song used to go
    Always eat when you are hungry
    Always eat when you are dry.y.y
    Always close your eyes when sleepy
    Dont stop breathing or you’ll die
    Love your beautiful house
    Lots of love June xxxx

  4. Jackie Clarke July 25, 2010 at 7:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs great to see you back on QVC, its been a while, yes i remember them holidays well, when we all use to go with the Wandgas cricket club, to Warners at Hayling Island do you remember? what fun we had, and all the great times we all had when our dads played cricket and the partys after, with Daisey and Arthur at the helm. What fun we all had.

  5. Susan July 26, 2010 at 4:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie,
    Another lovely blog and my my your house is to die for! You are one busy busy lady what with the kids, all those dogs and the mammoth task of the garden and veg!! How do you find time for the Wii fit!? I am impressed that you are not diet obsessed as you say – as a nutritionist I don’t think that’s a good way to be, can lead to a slippery slope and dominate your life. You have to be in the right place and time and do what feels right for your lifestyle. You are obviously active and health conscious anyway so I say stick at it!
    Loved the old pic btw. Jilly is just the same as you say I think! Lovely Kara – how is she? Your eyes and hair were lovely btw! And my what a colourful dress of Julia’s?!
    Have a good evening. Take care,

  6. deb flint July 29, 2010 at 1:41 am -  Reply

    June – how funny! Yes it rings a bell! Someone also told me it was this –
    Always eat when you are hungry
    Always eat when you are dry.y.y
    Always wash your feet in porridge
    Dont stop breathing or you’ll die!
    And wasn’t there another one when all the younger children had to leave the dance hall and go back to the chalets?
    Goodnight children, see you in the morning,
    Goodnight children, when the day is dawning
    La la – can’t remember what the rest was!!!
    Lovely reminiscing!

  7. deb flint July 29, 2010 at 1:44 am -  Reply

    Jackie – as in cousin Jackie? Or Jackie Teddar? !! Get back in touch , it’s about time we had a reunion eh!! Fond memories of Wandgas – and snogging Neil Russell in the hills… and picking blackberries in the autumn… and the smell in the club, and listening to ‘yellow river’ on the record player in the early 70’s – ahhh lovely memories!! It’s all flats now!

  8. deb flint July 29, 2010 at 2:03 am -  Reply

    Hi Susan! Nice to hear your comments! It’s true – I stopped being ‘diet obsessed’ when I followed the Freedom Eating principals which two lovely ladies brought to QVC around 1999 – saved my bacon, I was getting bigger and bigger at that stage! BUT about time I lost some weight! An old colleague texted me this week to say ‘just watched you on the telly – you’ve put some weight on old gal’! Don’t know what I was most offended by – the weight or the ‘old gal’!! lol. Walking the puppies helps of course! It’d all be easier if a little lighter on the scales… hmmm… perhaps I should dig out that old Freedom Eating book again! 
    thanks for your kind comments!
    ps – yes the veg is hard work, but worth it! It’s not perfect by any means (have lost many plants along the way! And the mice and butterflies are helping eat some too). But this week we ate our first home-grown spuds – blooming lovely!! Am just now waiting to plant out the last cabbages – or are they cauliflowers – dunno, guess I’ll find out!! haha – told you I’m not too brilliant – but it is great fun and very satisfying!

  9. Susan July 29, 2010 at 3:48 pm -  Reply

    Lol Debbie what an awful text to receive!! I don’t quite know what to say! I hope it was meant in jest!! You can brush it off though because a) you’re not ‘old’ and b) you’re looking great! I do believe what I said previously. I’ve been around a lot of people who are too dominated by the health/size/real women issue and it isn’t healthy in itself!! Gosh I hate that term ‘real women’! What does it mean?! That small women with naturally slim bodies and no curves are not ‘real women’!? How insulting! We need to be happy with who we are and we all change shape over the many years of our lives. Take care and keep enjoying your kiddies, doggies and gardening! Interested to know whether it was cabbages or lettuces now lol!! Have a great weekend.
    Susan x

  10. Jackie Clarke (nee Cullip) July 30, 2010 at 11:30 am -  Reply

    Hi Debs yes its cousin Jackie here, i have just had a little giggle with your comments, it would be great to catch up when you get a min. But we certainly had soome fun growing up. Take care its great to see you where you belong back on TV. Jackie xx

  11. deb flint August 5, 2010 at 2:24 am -  Reply

    Thank you Susan!
    Jackie – lovely to hear from you! Hope the family are well. Are you on facebook? if so come find me on there and we can get back in touch – it should be Debbie Flint and then dorking or qvc or something!

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