Christmas markets, dinner cruises and devil dogs!


Christmas cards from QVC fans So, December is nearly upon and no Christmas cards written as yet – I better get a move on! Bet some of you have nearly finished yours! Tell you what, I’ll make you a deal – anyone who leaves me a comment letting me know a card’s on its way with your address in, to QVC towers (London SW84NQ), I’ll send you an actual card back, along with a signed piccie!

I bought a lot of charity cards as well as making my own so I have some left over. And thanks so much to the lovely ladies who already sent my first two cards. Hi to Lesley Anne Fyvie and Sandra Oliver and families.

And as for presents, well, we ended up at the Loseley Christmas market just outside Guildford at the weekend – I absolutely love it! There were tons of homemade items, and I bought the two littlest nieces a handmade padded gilet each – perfect for the coming cold weather!

Lara was most amused by the owls – so tame, and so soft! It's funny because we’d not long seen the latest Harry Potter film, featuring tons of similar owls (film was fab by the way!) Bought several other items for friends and family and me! So it was a great trip out.


As was the dinner cruise on the Thames for a friend’s 50th birthday – I just love those sorts of cruises. Cheesy and kitsch, the cabaret artist didn’t let us down -  they played Tie a Yellow Ribbon, lots of Abba and ended with New York New York! It was very loud too, but if you can decipher the sound on this clip, this’ll give you an idea of what the end of the night was like!


We all thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. And only got a little tiny bit sea sick! At least that’s what we told ourselves it was! Lol.

Winter is finally here…

I was glad to get home that night as it’s getting bitter cold where we are in Dorking. It was minus three that night when I arrived back. What’s it been like where you are? Some of my Facebook friends reported nine inches of snow on top of a wheely bin in Aberdeen! I'm a bit worried about the coming months though – if it’s anything like last year, me and Craig will end up holed up in a nearby hotel on stand-by, filling in for anyone who can’t make it past the end of their drive. And of course I’ll have to step up the plans for the poggies.

They’re all fine at the moment, loving the new beds I’ve bought them and the new heating I’ve put in their little utility room. They stay in there when I’m at work, with access to outside, so they can go out and tell anyone off who dares to walk by the fence.

Daisy - who me Daisy is finding her own amusement -  continuing her campaign to chew up anything she can get her hands on. A welly has become the latest victim, fortunately only the top edge this time, instead of the complete toe like the last pair. And I regularly go into the kitchen and find her innocently looking up at me surrounded by the spoils of her latest bout of Chewmania, as if to say 'who me'?

Not sure when to get the real tree this year, as both my kids are not at home till nearly Christmas week – what is the best time to put up a tree do you think?

And on the topic of Christmas, do check out the presenters’ Christmas wish lists.

Looking forward to the next week or so on air, particularly on Friday (3rd) when the Hairy Bikers will be here in the studio with some Christmas cooking tips!

Take care and keep warm!


P.S. Lo and behold, I woke up this morning (Tuesday) to a dusting of snow – and it's still falling! Puppies were amazed and went scooting round the garden in delight!



  1. Michelle Roberts November 30, 2010 at 11:41 am -  Reply

    Hi Debbie, love reading your blogs they are so funny,gosh you are a busy lady not sure how you manage to find time to work.Love your dog stories i have 4 yorkshire terries who have had great fun in the snow this morning, they are all defrosting now,i run a boarding cattery and the cats hate this weather, at the moment they are all cosy under the heat lamps keeping warm and listening to radio two.
    I was thinking of writing out some christmas cards today so my first one will be sent to you Debbie all my prsents are bought thanks to qvc just waiting for husband to wrap them hate that job!
    I hope you and your family have a lovely Christmas, keep up the good work,great to have you back on QVC.
    Best wishes
    Michelle Roberts from a cold North Wales

  2. lpatricia gardiner November 30, 2010 at 3:13 pm -  Reply

    hi debs great blogs. as usual your puppies are growing fast. my huskie dog trojan is loveing it too .i love markets especialy this time of year i love the atmosphere and all the nice people you get to meet. its going to be fun putting your xmas decerations up with your little ones watching you they will be wondering whats all this abought then. trojan will be opening his advent calender tomorrow his dogy one i will send you a card soon love and best wishes trish and trojan x

  3. nigel November 30, 2010 at 4:32 pm -  Reply

    Great to see the dogs enjoying the snow again.
    Took a look back at your last ‘Pogs in Snow’ video in January and me thinks you’ll miss the lovely open fields and country walks if you ‘retire’ to LA, let alone places like Stonehenge.
    Card on its way and Happy Christmas, Nig

  4. Jean November 30, 2010 at 6:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie,
    Wow how the pups have grown, I love the video of them in the snow. I dont know what it is about snow they just love it. Mine were having great fun at the weekend, chasing each other and waiting for snowballs to be thrown.
    I did answer your question about kennels the other week, I dont know if you have had time to read it yet.
    I did have to have one of my older labradors put to sleep at the weekend, there was nothing I or the vet could do for her in the end, she gave up and it broke my heart. She was thirteen and a half, had her at eight weeks old. Her kennel mate misses her. It is one of the hardest things to do, but you have to let go.
    Enjoy the snow all of you.
    Love Jean. X

  5. Liz de Young November 30, 2010 at 6:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie. Just love the videos of your dogs. We have 1 chocolate lab who is mad and think you are very brave to have so many yourself.
    As we live in Devon we dont get much snow but hope we get just a little so Lady can enjoy at least 1 walk in it.
    Wishing you a Happy Christmas.
    Liz. x

  6. Louise November 30, 2010 at 11:10 pm -  Reply

    It’s amazing, Debs, that you should mention sending a card back to anyone who tells you they have sent one to you. I look forward to our blogs as a means of correspondence with a lady I admire extremely and, consequently, decided that I would like to send you and your family a card, which I have done. Don’t know whether or not you have received it yet. It is to you and your mutts from me and mine! I also make my own cards – sort of – with photos of Cas and Osc, and doggie charity cards.
    Talking about beds you bought for your dogs, mine love the sofas too much to use beds. When the time came to purchase new ones, therefore, I decided it would be throwing good money after bad! May as well buy them something they will use, toys or treats, and they could do with a more fashionable collar and lead!
    What have you bought them for christmas? Haven’t got mine anything yet, but they cerrtainly won’t go without!
    Speak soon and take care.

  7. Martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen December 2, 2010 at 10:34 am -  Reply

    Debbie i will be sending you axmas card with my address in it merry xmas
    all the best for 2011.

  8. tracy December 2, 2010 at 9:32 pm -  Reply


  9. debs flint December 2, 2010 at 11:50 pm -  Reply

    @michelle – cats listening to radio 2! lol! When I’m out I leave Heart or Magic on for my dogs! lol.
    As for wrapping – I love it! Great memories of it being one of my jobs at xmas helping mum. As eldest of 5 there were a lot of pressies to wrap!

  10. debs flint December 2, 2010 at 11:54 pm -  Reply

    Pat – your Trojan sounds lovely! I love the bright blue eyes some huskies have!
    I bought Lauren (my 21 year old!) an advent calendar – without chocolate this year, and she’s not that impressed! lol

  11. debs flint December 2, 2010 at 11:55 pm -  Reply

    Nige – I’d have to come home for the summer! Or the Autumn actually – my fave

  12. debs flint December 2, 2010 at 11:57 pm -  Reply

    Jean – I know! Even funnier today! See my next blog for a new snow clip!
    ps so sorry to hear about your lovely old girl – but you’re right, you have to let go. Hope the snow is amusing the others!
    ps will go look for your other answer – we’re not told when new comments go up on older blogs so sometimes I miss them – will go see!

  13. debs flint December 2, 2010 at 11:58 pm -  Reply

    Liz – Lady is a lovely name for a choc pog. Wouldnt fit Daisy tho – ‘devil’ is more like it for her! lol

  14. debs flint December 3, 2010 at 12:00 am -  Reply

    Louise – what a lovely post! Thank you!
    I’m going to get them each a big bone rather than tons of treats. Plus a couple of new chew toys/squeaky toys – Daisy’s obliterated most of them!

  15. debs flint December 3, 2010 at 12:03 am -  Reply

    ps – no Hairy Bikers on Friday, it’s been postponed, but lots of other fabulous shows so do check them out and join me if you can!
    pps – looking at the above , written just before the snow – if only we’d known it was just around the corner eh!
    What’s your snow story? Have been hearing some amazing ones on facebook!

  16. Pauline December 3, 2010 at 10:17 am -  Reply

    Love watching you on QVC Debbie, you’re such a laugh!
    Will be sending a card.
    All the best

  17. Caroline Jones December 3, 2010 at 11:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie,
    I was wondering what had happened to the Hairy Bikers, but have been enjoying your shows this evening :o) Will send you a Christmas Card with my address in when I start to write mine…..hopefully soon, and I’d like to wish you and all your family a very Happy Christmas.
    Caz J xxx

  18. debs December 4, 2010 at 11:14 pm -  Reply

    Martin – Tracy – will look out for yours!
    hug hug – keep warm!!

  19. debs December 4, 2010 at 11:15 pm -  Reply

    Thank you Pauline! I particularly loved this weekend’s Honora show with Ralph- he was rolling up laughing!
    Good to have fun don’t you think?
    Life’s too short – and too cold! – otherwise!!
    hugs as ever

  20. debs flint December 6, 2010 at 4:32 am -  Reply

    Caz – Hairy Bikers had to get back up to Newcastle – rotten weather!
    hope they’ll be on again in the future – have been enjoying looking at their cook books!
    Hope you enjoyed the hour with me and Jilly Jones anyway!

  21. Susan December 6, 2010 at 12:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie,
    What a lovely fun week you have had! You’ve done amazing to get around so well in this snow and ice! I don’t think I’d have coped on a cold boat at night though!! I have left you a question about the style-a-do on your last blog so I hope you manage to have a look and let me know your thoughts.
    Take care and keep safe.
    Susan x

  22. debs December 7, 2010 at 10:26 am -  Reply

    Thanks Susan – I’ll take a look! Yes I can’t afford to miss work! Once I get the snow tyres it’ll be a bit more peace of mind though! Cousin Gary will help me – he’s a pal!

  23. Susan December 7, 2010 at 2:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie,
    Thanks, I’ll take a look at your reply now. I also hope you get your snow tyres! I was told by a taxi driver the other day that we’re not allowed snow tires because the DOE say they will damage our roads!! Have you heard that?! Or ayone for that matter!? I was shocked! I would love snow tyres as I’m petrified of driving in this weather. That comment put me off though!
    Many thanks.
    Susan x

  24. Caroline Jones December 8, 2010 at 10:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs,
    I did enjoy your show with Jilly Jones yes :o) Thanks for the info re the Hairy Bikers and I hope they’ll be able to come back They seem like a great couple of chaps and I enjoy their tv progs. Take care and travel safely.
    Caz J xxx

  25. debs flint December 13, 2010 at 2:08 am -  Reply

    Caz – yes I hope so!

  26. debs flint December 13, 2010 at 2:11 am -  Reply

    Hi Susan – I think the taxi driver may have meant snow chains? Other than that am sure there’s general advice on the AA website etc for anyone that’s concerned to find out for certain.
    You’re supposed to take off snow chains when not in snow… :-)
    Am thinking that, now that I’ve bought the chains, we won’t have any more snow! But actually that’s fine by me, after getting stuck on a hill and having to abandon car at 230am one night after QVC in the recent snow!
    NB now I’ve said THAT it’ll probably snow again soon! Oh dear!…

  27. Susan December 14, 2010 at 5:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs,
    Thanks for your reply and maybe she did mean that. I’d love to invest in a pair like you though as I just hate driving in snow and ice and am terrible at it!!
    Ta again,
    Susan x

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