Nicer with niece


Debbie models her new Ken Paves look Just a quickie this week (well for me that's probably still a longie!) including an update on how Lara's 5th birthday party went. Lovely to see the youngest with the oldest of the 11 nieces, and one great-niece!

Plus another fab film recommendation, a new look thanks to Ken Paves, and a little YouTube clip of bloopers which has been featuring on air during our fab laptop demonstration…

Ken does it again
As you may know, I live half my life in Ken Paves' 'updo' miracle worker, the Style a Do Hair Wrap and now he's done it again for me with the Bump Up the Volume crown hairpiece.

Having had a fun show with Ken the night before, and been impressed at how easy the hairdo piece was to use, I was wearing it again at Lara's party. Virtually nobody could tell – just had several 'your hair looks nice' comments! Surprised the heck out of the nieces when I lifted off the top of my 'hair', I can tell you!

There are two versions – a shorter one and the one I was wearing, the longer one – mine's in medium brown before you ask! Helps that my hair is highlighted so it's easier to 'blend' – remember it's not supposed to be an exact match. Anyway it means I can get the Cheryl Cole look easily (not the latest one tho – am not at all sure about that one! Too Charlie's Angels for me!) without backcombing and tons of product. Cool!

Lara's after-party party
Debbie and her niece Lara So there I was hairpiece and all, back at my brother Glenn's house on Saturday afternoon, where many of the nieces had congregated to continue Lara's celebrations. I managed to avoid – er, I mean sadly I missed – the Saturday morning session in a hall with an entertainer (Magic Marty, god luv 'im) and 30-odd five year-olds.

That's 30-odd five year-olds, not thirty 'odd' five year-olds! Lol. Anyway I missed the cacophony of noise, the balloon animals, the scrum for 30 party bags, and the need for the occasional sick bag. Shame that! Anyway it was nice to see the nieces again – and other members of my huge family. There's a birthday practically every month, in May there are four – so you can imagine how busy it keeps us all, specially the Matriarch, my mother!

Debbie's mum Lesley, Issy and baby Abi-Grace Here's Mummy/Nana Lesley with little Issy and the latest addition, Abi-Grace the great-niece, now one month old.

Needless to say Abi-Grace got passed around quite a bit – she's already getting used to being 'poggered' – family word! Lol. Sooooo cute watching her being cuddled by little Issy – who at nearly two, is turning into a right little cutie! Specially when she mixes Serbian words with English. Or is might just be 'Issy-ese' I can't tell! Nice afternoon tho!


Never Let Me Go
Finally, another film that's worth a rent – specially if you like the intense performances of our superb actress Cary Mulligan – 'Never Let Me Go'. It's a love story with a spooky psychological undertone which when you find out what it is, makes you shiver!

Watched it at my old pal Kev's last night and had a korma takeaway for the first time in ages! Easy on the poppadoms! I blame the Diet Chef TSV the night before – their korma is blooming lovely too but I had to limit myself to sampling the different dishes or I'd have had a whole day's rations in one show! Lol.

Anyway, Kev was having an Indian takeaway so I had a nibble of his. So to speak. And no, Kev's not the romantic interest I mentioned last week – his name is Nigel and yes the date last Sunday at a pizza restaurant was very nice – we had a good laugh catching up on old times and planning our hol at Center Parcs. No more details tho – for now! Just don't buy your hat yet! Hehe…

Debbie in A Midsummer Night's Dream I've known Kev for about the same time that I've known Nigel – they were both contacts from drama schools back then. Nice reminiscing. Here's a pic of me from about 30 years ago – good god. What I looked like when I first met Nigel and coincidentally was in a play with Kevin at the same time – 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' and the Old Vic with the Young Shakepseare Company – that's a young Kevin on the left.

I'm gripping my 'Lysander's' arm, aka Mark Bannister who's now a project manager in Oxford-way according to Kev!

Anyway have a good week! Oh and before I go, do try to join me for the Elemis TSV on Sunday (29th) – should be amazing, 'specially if you like your suntan to be perfect!

Best wishes,

P.S. Here as promised is that youtube clip of bloopers which my lovely pal Lee Hohbein played a few times on the Superbargain Acer laptop (now THERE'S a bargain and a half if you want a new computer!). Ahh the memories eh! And some of the old faces there too!



  1. Nigel May 26, 2011 at 4:40 pm -  Reply

    Debs, if Pogs = Dogs what does Poggered equal ?
    Got the Fujifilm HS10 for my 50th in Jan so was a bit peeved when I saw you launch its successor the HS20. Like the Queen, I’ll have to have two birthdays this year !!
    Planting/sowing any veg/salad crops this year ? Have just planted out some tumbler Toms in containers for the first time, hoping they’ll do better than the normal ones which always get
    blown over (it’s windy here).
    Take care, Nige (not to be confused with your new squeeze but you never know !)

  2. debs flint May 27, 2011 at 1:11 am -  Reply

    haha! Funny Nige! No not to be confused. And if there is any ‘squeeze’ I’m keeping it to myself! lol. Poggered is being cuddled and kissed to bits! Family word dating back ages!Just short of ‘mauled’…
    Yes lots of plans for the garden this year – have a greenhouse full of runner bean shoots, carrots, lettuce and a couple of beetroot, plus toms. But cheated on the toms – bought already shooting! It’s windy here too – my massive lilies keep being blown over! How the weather changes eh, good old blighty! fingers crossed the sun returns in June!
    I bought the TSV camera on Sunday too – it’s sooooooo good!

  3. debs flint May 27, 2011 at 1:12 am -  Reply

    ps – and potatoes -tons of them! And strawberries! Should be a good crop if i can keep the pigeons away! 🙂

  4. Susan May 27, 2011 at 7:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs,
    I get the feeling you’ve got quite smitten with the new squeeze?! And it sounds like you’ve known him/had a few sneeky dates if you’re already going on hols?! Either way – enjoy! Baby super cute by the way and cannot believe your Mum is capable of being your Mum! She’s waaayyy too young!! I remember her pic from your Las Vegas trip and thought the same thing. And I’ve just realised she’s a great great grandmother!!!
    Enjoy your weekend.
    Susan x
    PS Thanks for the advice on the mat – last blog.

  5. Michelle Roberts May 28, 2011 at 10:36 am -  Reply

    Morning debs, Just watched the clip,i was right remembering Julian and the pink liquid stuff, hey Alison looked well ever so young!!
    Goodness me you have a large family is a good job you work ar QVC for lots of present idea’s.
    Busy weekend for me up to my eyes in cats, My father-in-law is Sixty today(Saturday) with my busy day yesterday still managed to make him a bithday cake and iced it, big party tonight!!
    Hope the romance is going alright, i know it’s private Debs but keep giving us a little bit of info i love a new romance lol!!
    I will try and catch you for the tsv, just paid the vets bill so due some nice pamper products now!!
    Take care
    Love Michelle in a still wet and windy North Wales
    Ps just found out that if you use the edit button to correct spelling mistakes you don’t lose the whole blog, gosh i’m thick sometimes!! back out to the cattery for me.
    Oh forgot to mention love the hair!!

  6. Caz Jones May 28, 2011 at 3:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs,
    Just seen your comment about strawberries. I ordered Richard Jackson’s TSV a few weeks ago – 14 plants and 2 hanging baskets, and they’re doing really well. I haven’t hung them up outside yet though cos of all this rain! Can wait until I get the first crop then I can make strawberries and cream ice cream with my Cooks Essentials ice cream maker, have them with Easiyo Yoghurts, or even dip them in melted chocolate to have with champers lol. Mmmmm my mouth’s watering already! Will post some pics on FB later in the year when they start to flower and produce fruit. Good luck with your fruit and veg :o)
    Caz J XxX

  7. debs flint June 2, 2011 at 1:10 am -  Reply

    Hello guys! First – hi to all my regulars who read the column and add comments!
    Second – can I ask the rest of you a question? Are you one of my silent majority who read it each week but don’t comment? : – )
    Well that’s ok, but let me encourage you to do so if you have anything at all you’d like to share with me…
    It’s always lovely to get feedback, so don’t be shy and feel free to add your name down the bottom of the page – we don’t use your names for anything else, nor publish your email address!
    thanks gang!

  8. debs flint June 2, 2011 at 1:14 am -  Reply

    Susan – yes my mum is a great-nan – and yes it’s hard to believe! Good genes? lol. Also means I’m a great-aunt which sounds kinda ridiculous but there you are… : – )
    ps I knew Nigel 30 years ago – even harder to believe! And had a brief ‘thing’ just before I came back to QVC, so yes I know him quite well! We’re planning our schedule for the week in center parcs at the moment!

  9. debs flint June 2, 2011 at 1:18 am -  Reply

    Michelle – hope the 60th Birthday was ok? Did he like the cake? If I was up to ‘my eyes in cats’ I’d be sneezing my head off! Mind you, my allergy has diminished to about a fifth of what it used to be, since I had a special homeopathic course of treatments early last year.
    Hope you got your pampering done! : – )

  10. debs flint June 2, 2011 at 1:20 am -  Reply

    Caz – keep me informed about the strawberry photos – mine are coming along very well! I’m just seeing the first few reddish ones coming thru – but it is the third year for this particular patch : – )
    Good luck with it! I love your recipe suggestions!

  11. Caroline Jones June 2, 2011 at 1:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs,
    Thanks hun and will do :o) Glad you can see some starting on yours…I have a strawberry plant in a pot standing on gravel which has produced fruit for the last 2 years but there’s more growing in the gravel now that in the pot lol. They’ve flowered and the first fruits are starting and I’ll be hanging my new plants up in their baskets tonight. Can’t wait to start the recipes but home grown are soooo much nicer than shop bought so it’ll be worth the wait! Good luck with yours :o)
    PS will send a pic of my first lot of ice cream or strawberries dipped in chocolate ;o)
    Caz xxx

  12. debs flint June 7, 2011 at 12:15 am -  Reply

    Caz – I’m going to take a pic of my strawberry patch – just had the first three juicy red ones from it – shared with my two kids when i went to see Lauren at the weekend! one each! 🙂
    ps – easiyo hour on thursday 9/6 at 8pm! : – )

  13. Caroline Jones June 7, 2011 at 1:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs and thanks for the tip about Easiyo :o) Will make a note and watch it cos I really want to try the Greek and Coconut new one!
    Hope your strawberries were nice and you all enjoyed – mine that are growing in the gravel had 5 going red so I picked them at the weekend and put them in the kitchen window. They were just ripe enough this morning so am going to have them as a treat tonight when I get home. They smell gorgeous and look really juicy! Might take a pic and put it on FB later.
    Will look forward to seeing your pic of the strawberry patch,
    Caz xxx

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