Seeing in the New Year in Dublin (with Jedward!)


Hi everyone,

Well here we are plodding through January, desperately trying to get back into the swing of things, with Christmas becoming a far and distant memory.

I hope you all had a great time over Christmas and I hope the new year brings you good health and lots of fun and laughter. I do think we need a little cheering up in January, it is a bit of a doom and gloom month after all, so I think we should give ourselves permission for a little treat or three.

I had a lovely family Christmas and then after a few days at QVC, went to Dublin for New Year to see Jedward in pantomime (oh yes I did!). We had a fantastic time and I loved Dublin, it's a great city. The kids thought Jedward were amazing and Hubby loved the Guinness so everyone was happy.

Unfortunately the new year started with a few car problems. Firstly someone backed into me in the supermarket car park leaving some lovely scrapes of bright blue paint on the front of my car. Then, earlier this week, on my way home from QVC at 3am, my car broke down! Luckily I was on the phone to Debbie Flint at the time who kept me company for a while whilst I waited for the breakdown service to arrive. I eventually got home at 5am on the back of a tow truck.

What a glamorous life I lead!

Much love,



  1. simon January 20, 2011 at 11:34 pm -  Reply

    Love your hair! your amazing. i wish i had long hair like yours!!
    Give us some tips

  2. Susan January 23, 2011 at 6:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jilly,
    Poor you! What a time to break down! I’d have been a tad scared!! Amazing you had the lovely Debs for company though..what a star she is…and at that time too! Dublin’s fab..we’re from Ireland..maybe biased! Expensive though lol! Glad you’d a great time. Hope you’d a nice weekend.
    Susan x

  3. Diana M January 25, 2011 at 1:39 am -  Reply

    Was I imagining things, or did you really say during the Fire Opal show earlier tonight (OK, yesterday, as its gone midnight now) that you were actually thinking about getting your ears pierced, but hadn’t made up your mind yet?
    If I wasn’t imagining it, then I say go for it – You’ll never regret it!!

  4. Gail February 2, 2011 at 7:17 am -  Reply

    Hi Jilly, it is so nice to get to talk to you at last. I love to read all the presenters’ blogs but, unfortunately, the time factor means I don’t get a chance to answer everyone. First of all, Happy New Year to you and the family. Your trip to Dublin must have been a very welcome one but, JEDWARD, not my cup of tea I’m afraid but I’m sure they are lovely kids.
    I am sorry to hear about your car ‘mishaps'; so annoying, but I’m glad you mentioned about going home in the early hours of the morning. I did mention to Ali Keenan about you girls going home on your own after the TSV launches. I was sure you must all get a lift home, but Ali assures me you don’t. I personally think it isn’t safe for you girls to be travelling home alone at that time of night, or should that be morning, not nowadays.
    I think QVC should supply transport to and from QVC when you girls are doing the late show. No, I’m not sexist you QVC boys. I know you all by now to know that you will know exactly what I mean. (Seems a lot of knows in there!!). I WORRY FOR ALL YOU GIRLS. A beautiful photo by the way of you and your lovely daughter a few blogs back. Anyway, lovely to talk to you at last and take care when travelling home so early in the morning.
    Gail xxxxxxx

  5. Susan February 20, 2011 at 3:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jilly,
    Just had to post a little comment to tell you how fabulous I thought you looked last night! Stunner in your gorgeous pink top! You and Simon looked like you got on great and had a ball.
    You take care
    Susan x

  6. marie mckelvie March 9, 2011 at 9:28 pm -  Reply

    hi jilly i look forward to seeing you on evening shows,you looked lovely in pink the other night.i come from north of ireland now live in coventry still hate ut.take care marie x

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