Wakeboarding, birthdays and fab dining out


Debs prepares for wakeboarding First can I say 'owwwww! Argh… eeek… Ouch, ow, ow, owwwww!' NEVER have I ached as much after so little time doing something so energetic! But overall – wakeboarding rocks!!

Second, several birthdays to celebrate this week, including my lovely girlie Lauren, whom I went to see in Bath.

Third, some fab recommendations for dining out if you're in London… including bringing the outside inside, dining al fresco with Craig.

Wakeboarding – OMG – what a great choice of voucher that was! It was another 'daily deal' as they call them (see recent blog for list of places to sign up to, if you'd like to get daily emails about discounted events and special adventures too).

And it was partly for my mate Nigel's birthday, so he came along too. Now as you'll see from the clip below – I managed to stay up some of the time, even though I did swallow or inhale half the lake! I think it's the first time I've ever had a nasal douche! Lol.

Now I've never wakeboarded before, and no, I've never waterskied, nor skateboarded. Not properly. Yes, I've skied, but that's a bit different – you don't get wet!

Debbie wakeboarding Now before anyone says anything, no it's not a rubber suit, it's neoprene! You can imagine some of the strange comments I had on Facebook about this outfit!! Lol. After several passes being pulled along on the cablebit like a ski lift, I managed to actually stay up on my feet for a whole length – once the cable guy told me to bend my front leg as well as push my hips forward a bit. But on the fifth attempt, everything was starting to give way…!


Nige was ace, he used to wakeboard and is a skateboarder (natch!!) and it was absolutely scintillating fun, but so sooooooooooo tiring!

We were virtually wobbling all the way home, and four days later, my under arms and lats and shoulders are killing me!! I'd recommend it though, and if anyone wants to find out more, Google 'quayside wakeboarding' along the M3 at Mychett.

Happy birthday Lolly
Lauren and her birthday cake Second major event of the week was my lovely daughter's 22nd birthday. She's now a hotel receptionist and living in Bath with her nice postman boyfriend Nick, who took good care of her with lots of surprises and a home made cake! The outside coating was meringue, not buttercream – very innovative!

It was lovely to go see her, give her her new bridge camera (the 30x zoom Fuji one that was a TSV) which she loved and a silver ring with butterflies on (that was an OTO!) and take her and Nick to lunch at Patisserie Valerie in Bath. Wonderful to catch up and have a lovely Lolly-hug!
Linda, Del and Debbie
And I have to say a happy birthday to my policeman bruvva Del Boy too – pictured here with my sis Linda recently at The Weir near Walton. Another highly recommended eating place! And very picturesque right next to the Thames. Try it!

Bringing the outside in…
The culinary delights continued when I went to sample the fayre at the Cross Keys pub in Chelsea with my lovely mate, fellow presenter Craig – HIS TREAT! He is lovely.

Craig enjoys his scallops at the Cross Keys I think we may have a first here, 'cos he was videoing me videoing him videoing the restaurant and he will also blog about it! Lol. Basically a meal for two was a fraction of the cost (yes you’ve guessed it, another voucher!) for instance, the mouth-watering scallops – usually £9.50.

Gorgeous main courses – I had bream, and Craig had steak, plus a – well – nouvelleLemon torte at the Cross Keys  cuisine (!) dessert of lemon torte with crunchy bits and flowers in it! Hehe. But best of all was the outside coming in, with the retractable roof! Very unusual and definitely this month's TiFFT – along with wakeboarding of course!


Back in time
Finally this week, it was fabulous to watch a film I loved at the cinema – 'Source Code' – which is one of the best scripts I've seen, as well as a superb performance from Jake Gyllenhall. Do rent it if you can – see the official trailer below. I just love any films about time travel or altered reality like this – have you got any other recommendations for me?


I also caught up with a lovely old pal whom I had a huge crush on years ago – but before you ask, there's no romance going on right n ow – too soon after Mr N for that! Just a lovely catch up dinner. No pics of that one this time! Once we've navigated our way safely back to higher ground maybe then I'll start worrying about seeing someone new.

In fact, if you can, do go back to last week's blog and read some really funny comments from a fellow single girl called Lisa about dating and about her amazing granny!

And lastly, referring back to last week's blog about classic cars, another old colleague from QVC contacted me via Linked In, updating me out-of-the-blue on what he now does – running a classic car company! So I'm going to see if I can go see some of them. I know I've just replaced my current car with an up to date one, but I've always wanted a classic car, as you may know. Maybe he'll even let me have a drive in one! Or at least sit in one. We'll see…


Debs in her Ken Paves hairpiece P.S. This weekend, including Friday night at 10pm, also watch out for the return of Ken Paves and his fabulous hairpieces – including some I've been wearing this week on air!

P.P.S. And if you have ever read an interesting author called John O'Connell, let me know – I'm currently reading an interesting and funny book called 'The Midlife Manual'! Am considering reviewing his new book about a Sherlock Holmes consipiracy… And the countdown is on till I bring you a clip of famous author Lee Childs talking about what makes a best seller! We'll be selling his newest book 'The Affair' on QVC at the end of September – how exciting!


  1. Susan September 10, 2011 at 4:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs,
    Brilliant blog!! My how fun and adventureous you are!! You’re kids must love having you as a Mum! You look super svelte in your wetsuit I must say. Suits you! Brave woman…my brother got such badly blistered hands after wakeboarding…sore! Hope you didn’t? And moving on to Mr Next…no letting the grass grow!? Enjoy your weekend,
    Susan x

  2. Michelle Roberts September 11, 2011 at 8:49 pm -  Reply

    Wow Debs, what a busy week!!!!
    Loved the clip of you wakeboarding, my goodness that looked hard work on the arms and legs.You can learn so much from your blogs, every week you get up to something interesting, how you manage to fit it all in between working I don’t know, I would imagine QVC can be a demanding job, so well done to you, you make me feel very lazy, I feel worn out just walking the dogs on the beach and reading your blog ha,ha.
    It’s funny your brother is a policeman and you call him Del Boy, my brother is bobby too and the current Mr Roberts as you know is Del Boy, so many of them!!
    Glad you had a lovely time with Craig, he looks like great fun to be with.
    I had some great comments about my Ronni Nicole Shutter dress, which I wore over the weekend,mainly we didn’t know you had a pair of legs, always in jeans normally, well cleaning out cats and dog walking don!t require a dress!,
    Have a great week Debs, look forward to the next Blog.
    Big hug
    Michelle x x

  3. debs f September 12, 2011 at 12:20 pm -  Reply

    Susan – no, hands weren’t a problem – just my underarm and side muscles! Still ache a bit now, a week later! lol. I did enjoy it tho – would like to go again. Sometime!

  4. debs f September 12, 2011 at 12:22 pm -  Reply

    Michelle – glad the shutter dress went down well! I do like wearing mine too – usually with leggings tho! lol. This week I’m off to stonehenge so am just trying to get this week’s blog done early before i go! Loved it so much last year, my pal gill wanted to go so i thought I’d go with her!
    hugs to the pets! Mine are sitting in the gales with their ears blowing – they must like it! lol

  5. louise September 12, 2011 at 6:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi debs
    unusually 4 me, quick post; is lulu guinness bringing a mobile phone case 2 qvc?
    Thanks, debs, keep well.
    P.s. Hope the gang are all well.

  6. Gail Turner September 12, 2011 at 10:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie, you make me feel tired just reading what you pack into your life. I have just been watching you on Papercraft and have noticed recently how well and slim you look, are you doing anything in particular to lose weight? Love watching you as you always have fun but still give all the relevant info.

  7. Jean Pugh September 13, 2011 at 9:55 am -  Reply

    Hi Debbie,
    Glad you enjoyed your wakeboarding, it sounds and looks great fun, you certainly have a go at everything thrown at you dont you. Lots of birthdays as well, you have been busy, you and Craig had a good time at the restaurant by the sound of it. You mention your passion for classic cars, we rent out our commercial unit we had built to a chap who restores classic cars, you should see some of the cars that have been restored, and also the cars that people bring into him for some maintenance, they are fantastic, some are worth as much as a huge house, they had one in the other day that reminded me of Bonnie and Clyde,( great story that) this morning Tim was driving around in a customers little Austin Seven, they are so small they make me laugh, you certainly would not have any trouble parking it, I guess it has a reverse gear. Maybe one day you will be the proud owner of a lovely old car. I must admit I do like them as well. How are the dogs, all well I hope and behaving. I had to have one of our labradors put to sleep a few weeks ago he was fourteen and a half, he was fine up until lunch time, bombing around like a two year old, went down to see him about 5.30 in the evening with his food and he had had a stroke, we miss him so much, still have seven labradors and the border collie. Speak to you soon.
    P.S. If any of the classic cars come up for sale I will let you know.
    Love Jean XX

  8. Beryl Inward September 13, 2011 at 2:00 pm -  Reply

    You looked simply lovely this morning and you were wearing a top with cut out sleeve which I have been looking for for ages.
    Can you tell me where you purchased it?

  9. Nigel September 13, 2011 at 9:10 pm -  Reply

    Debs,with Gracies new love of water perhaps you should get her into a wetsuit and give those Youtube ‘dogs on skateboards’ a run for their money !
    How did you get anywork done with that lovely view from your Scottish writing table? I was lucky enough to buy a house five years ago with far reaching views on three sides and I never get any jobs done due to staring at the scenery.
    Runners,courgettes and toms on their last legs now but all have done well this year.Any luck with your veg?
    Have fun at Stonehenge, Nige :)

  10. Patrick September 13, 2011 at 9:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie,
    Great blog, and what exciting week. Can I just say you look fab in that wetsuit…. think a career as an all-action Bond babe beckons! :)

  11. debs f September 13, 2011 at 11:02 pm -  Reply

    Louise – hi hon = I’ve no idea about lulu guinness – when i see buyer next i will try to remember to task, but we’re asked to get you guys to post your questions on qvc’s facebook page – there’s a whole team there who are set up to respond so rather than wait for slow old me, do feel free to ask Charlie and the team on Facebook (not presenter Charlie, another one!) – you can contact them at: social_media_team@qvc.com
    Hope you’re well too Louise! I do love Lulu stuff – I have her shows on a reminder and I’m on my fourth bag now! :-)

  12. debs f September 13, 2011 at 11:06 pm -  Reply

    Gail – thank you honey! black always works eh! :-)
    1. more walking and specific bum and tum exercises!
    2. healthy eating – smaller portions and fewer carbs – lots of salad blah blah! Biscuits make me put on weight so I try to avoid them. I ‘mostly’ don’t eat sugar (watch ‘sugar:the bitter truth’, a US uni lecture which is fascinating about how the body metabolises sugars and helps you choose not to eat them) – since last October actually! that’s made a big difference, specially to my energy!
    3, and, er… spanx!! lol
    Thanks for asking hon!
    ps and diet chef meals specially at work – pea and ham soup – yum!!

  13. carole adcock September 13, 2011 at 11:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie. You had a lovely red flower skirt and top on the other day that looked like dress but wasn’t. It was bright red and looked lovely. Do you remember who it was by because I have a job interview coming up and thought that this would be perfect. Thanks so much. Carole xx

  14. debs f September 18, 2011 at 12:55 am -  Reply

    Hi Carole – thanks for liking the red rose outfit! It’s actually a Kim and Co – i think it’s called ‘luminous roses’ – hope there’s some left on the website!
    cheers hon!!

  15. debs f September 18, 2011 at 1:14 am -  Reply

    Jean – shame I can’t pop around and see Tim’s classic cars – I’ve yet to sit in one I must say. Keep me informed!
    And sorry to hear about your labrador. Holly my oldest is actually getting a bit batty now – but a pal of mine might take her in for me, to give her a bit more of an indoor doggy life with a constant companion – she’d love it! Will keep you informed and love to you and yours!

  16. debs f September 18, 2011 at 1:17 am -  Reply

    Beryl – thank you so much! I love that top too! It’s a Star by Julian MacDonald for Debenhams – bought a while back now, but good luck hon! I mostly wear our QVC gear, but for craft a nice black background looks good, and this top is very easy to wear. Glad you liked it!

  17. debs f September 18, 2011 at 1:20 am -  Reply

    Nige – Gracie skateboarding – haha funny!
    glad your garden’s been productive – mine not so much this year, but see next blog!
    What do your three sides overlook, fields or what?
    Best wishes
    : – )

  18. debs f September 18, 2011 at 1:31 am -  Reply

    Patrick – haha! Bond girl – don’t think so somehow! It just had a spanx effect I think! lol
    : – )

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