The great escape…from the UK “springtime”


Huntleys in LanzaroteHi everyone,

I've been back a couple of weeks now after returning from a very rare week in the sunshine and it seems an age ago now! I packed myself and the kids off to Lanzarote. Now that they are twenty and eighteen I felt this might be the last time, for a while, that we'll go away for a whole week together just the three of us.

Icy planeBearing in mind this was the last week in March it was a little surprising to me that, after boarding, we had to sit and wait our turn for the plane to be de-iced before we could fly! The snow was rapidly falling and the delay was increasingly growing. I began to wonder if we would ever see the sun again!

Luckily, we eventually got going and had a really smooth flight. The sun was awaiting us in Lanzarote…temporarily. It began to rain almost as soon as we disembarked! Were we cursed? Was the bad weather following us? Luckily no. The rest of the week was glorious!

Lanzarote tabby Lanzarote black cat

We rented a really lovely villa, which allowed us to feel we were in a 'home from home' rather than more restrictive, separate hotel rooms. We had fresh fish often and met many of the local cats who also appreciate the local seafood! It was just so relaxing not having to watch the clocks at all.

Breakfast at the villa Fun in the pool

Our villa had its own pool so we were very silly and bought lilos and a boat! Just seemed like fun and something we wouldn't have been able to do in a shared pool.

All in all a great holiday where we didn't do all that much except hang out together, enjoy the sunshine and feast on some gorgeous cuisine.

Welcome home partyIt was lovely to come home as I had a friend house-sitting for me who also looked after Tedward Fotherington-Smythe and Bert, the children's little teds I recently gifted them. For more about Ted & Bert please look at my previous blog. You can see they were delighted to have us back home again! Another of my friends bought the welcome home card you can see in the background! They are Steiff bears too, hee hee! Adorable.

Although it is always nice to get away, it's always great to come home and I'm also now really at home when back in touch with all of you on screen, on the blog and on twitter!

I hope sunnier times are now reaching you. We're finally getting some brighter days here in the south so let's hope there'll be no more snow until winter!

Much love,

Catherine xx


  1. Chris Page April 22, 2013 at 5:11 pm -  Reply

    Looks like you’ve had a lovely time, Catherine. Are you sure you stayed in during the evenings? I was imagining your children dragging you kicking and screaming out of a club, just so they could go to bed! I’ve been in the wars a little recently. I’ve got bad Cellulitis in one of my legs, and I’m about to embark on the third week of antibiotics. I’m also having my leg dressed by the District Nurse (an ex-soldier named Darren) on a daily basis. The infection is better, but my leg looks just like I’ve got severe sunburn that’s blistered. I’m on the mend, but I lost loads of weight the first week, because I couldn’t eat much when I started the drugs. I’m down to 13 St 7, and I need to feed myself up.
    Chris xx

  2. Kiran April 25, 2013 at 1:03 am -  Reply

    Hi Catherine
    Holiday looks really nice and relaxing. Must say you and your daughter look stunning almost like sisters! Although I can imagine many of the youngsters consider you quite the milf lol! Anyway hope you had a fab time look forward to seeing you back on our screens.
    Kiran x

  3. Eleanor Moore April 28, 2013 at 2:07 pm -  Reply

    I love Lanzarote ..Glad you and the family has some quality time together ..I’m off to lanzarote in five weeks can’t wait

  4. Catherine Huntley May 22, 2013 at 5:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Chris,
    I’m so sorry to hear you’re going through the wars. You seem to be very positive and upbeat despite it all. Sorry it took me so long to reply! Hopefully you’re feeling a lot better now.
    Catherine xx

  5. Catherine Huntley May 22, 2013 at 5:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kiran,
    Apologies for taking so long to reply! Thank you for the compliments. My daughter and I are actually like best friends/sisters so you’re not wrong in that respect.
    Hope you’re well & thanks for writing in!
    Catherine x

  6. Catherine Huntley May 22, 2013 at 5:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Eleanor,
    Well your Lanzarote break must be just around the corner now! Lucky you, escaping the wintry May were having. Have a fantastic time and enjoy every minute of that beautiful weather.
    Thanks for writing,
    Catherine x

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