Keeping busy in May


My Kelly Hoppen sound boothHello!

Happy May! It's been a busy start to the month for me, but I love being busy so that's all good – I'm not very good at doing nothing. I still do bits and pieces of journalistic and other work outside QVC and I had a couple of voiceover jobs to squeeze in recently – not very interesting in itself, but I thought I'd share a picture with you of a brilliant alternative use for my gorgeous Kelly Hoppen bedspread.

It's a common trick among journalists doing voiceovers in the field – throw a blanket or coat over your head and you get an instant makeshift sound booth! I had to do my voiceovers from home, so I thought I'd try the bedspread, and it worked a treat!

My mother on a zip wireMy hubby snapped me mid-flow – the glow is the desk lamp I shoved under there with me so I could read my scripts. I tweeted the picture to Kelly Hoppen and she tweeted back that it was "hilarious". Maybe so, but my voiceovers sounded great. I think I've found her a new selling point for her bedding range…!

I had a few days off in the middle of the week so took the opportunity to make a little family visit. My late sister Deborah had three daughters, and her middle girl Ellen is currently spending a year studying in Valencia to learn Spanish. So I flew to Dublin to pick up my mum, then the two of us zoomed over to Spain for a couple of days to make sure all was well.


It is. Ellen is a wonderful girl and it was fantastic to hear her chatting away in fluent Spanish after less than 12 months. My sis would have been so, SO proud of her. She showed us around her adopted city, which is stunning, and when we came across an empty children's playground near the beach we couldn't resist stopping and having a go. And hence, here is a photo of my 76-year-old mother having her first ever go on a zip wire. What a woman!

Mum and I in L'UmbracleValencia is such an incredible combination of remarkable ancient buildings and the most cutting-edge, modern architecture. Here's mum and I in L'Umbracle, a beautiful landscaped walkway packed with indigenous plant species. And talking of plants – oh dear. Did you see the gardening show in which we featured a beautiful, brand new variety of pinks called Sugar Mouse

We had a sample plant in the studio with just one perfect flower on it. And what happened while I was gently touching the flower during the show? Yes, it fell off. Of course it did. The ONLY flower we had on our exquisite, exclusive plant.


Here's the clip – if you watch my face carefully just before the camera cuts away from me, you can see the look of horror as I realised what I had just done. Cringe.


Before I go – is anyone out there doing the Pink Ribbon Walk in aid of Breast Cancer Care at Hampton Court on 17th May? I'll be there doing the ten miles with an 18 strong team from QVC. It's a cause very close to our hearts here for so many reasons, as many of you will know.

I lost a friend to breast cancer myself not so long ago, and it's a disease which touches so many of our lives. If any of you are there on the day, come and say hello – maybe we can all walk together!

Have a fabulous week.

Love Jackie x


  1. Jean Pugh May 13, 2014 at 7:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie,
    I guess we will be seeing you demonstrating the bedspread next time Kelly Hoppen is on. Hilarious is right, you never fail to make us laugh.
    Wow your Mum looks to be having great fun. I expect it was really nice for you and your Mum to go and see your niece and to see that she was doing so well.
    Yes I did see what you did to the Pink, I don’t expect you will be aloud to forget that for a while. I expect you wished you had your bedspread nearby to hide under.
    Good luck on the walk, such a great cause.
    Take care, and keep well away from the Pinks.
    Love Jean XX

  2. Jackie Kabler May 15, 2014 at 6:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jean
    Yes it was fabulous to get away with my mum – next time will be August when my sister and I take my mum on the Coronation Street tour we gave her for Mother’s Day, can’t wait! And yes, think I’d better stay away from flowers for a while, eeeeekkkk!
    Love Jackie x

  3. Beth Morton May 17, 2014 at 3:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie,
    Reading your blog came at just the right time as I’d let something really silly annoy me earlier and I’ve had to wipe my eyes with laughter at the clip!! You were so funny as like I would have done, you kept apologising whilst Richard Jackson mercilessly teased you and the wonderful lady kept going as if nothing had happened. I needed that, it was quite endearing and all very amusing!
    The photos of you in Valencia are beautiful and I’m so glad your niece Ellen has grasped this wonderful opportunity. As you say, your late sister would have been very proud of her – rightly so – and how great that you and your Mum went out to see her. I am sure it meant a lot to her.
    I’ve seen on your Twitter feed that you’re doing the Pink Ribbon Walk today – well done to you and all the QVC team. I wish I could sponsor you but it may not be for another week or so as pennies are a bit tight at the mo.
    You take care from a now smiling Beth XXX

  4. Jackie Kabler May 20, 2014 at 10:12 am -  Reply

    Hi Beth,
    Happy to hear the clip made you laugh, I’m still cringing, what a twit I am! That poor plant. The Pink Ribbon Walk was great, I’m hoping to do it again next year, or at least something similar! Have a great week.
    Love Jackie x

  5. susan May 24, 2014 at 5:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie, I expect you won’t get this as it’s late but anyway just wanted to say you are just fabulous! You are a real tonic. So genuine and love that you go on these different trips! I loved your hol blog. Love to go to Valencia but as Beth pennies tight. Poor flower btw lol. Have a nice weekend x

  6. Jackie Kabler May 27, 2014 at 9:39 am -  Reply

    Hi Susan,
    Oh thanks so much!! Lovely of you to say so. And yes, that poor flower. Richard Jackson is scared to let me touch anything now, eeek!
    Love Jackie x

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