41 is still as much fun!


QVC flowersWell, last year I turned 40 and had a great shared party with my daughter for her 18th. It was magical. One of the best days of my life!

Turning 40 seemed fun. Many feel trepidation over reaching 'the hill' and the concerns associated with being over said hill. I wasn't bothered at all! 41, however, seemed to jump up and smack me between the eyes a little. Where did that come from? I dealt with turning 40 so surely that's where I'd stay indefinitely? Well, that moment of anxiety soon passed me by as I realised how lucky I am to be here at all. Even luckier to be healthy as well as happy.

So many people I have known and loved have not been as lucky to live to 41 and several very dear people are currently facing the most difficult times of their lives (and their families) through illness. It's a beautiful thing to see how people pull together to do all they can when these times come along. There have been countless fundraising efforts and pooling of resources to help. Most of all there has been a flood of love surrounding those who are most in need right now. People really are amazing and it always warms and humbles me to see the evidence.

41 cupcakesSo, I feel that moaning about being another year older is actually a very silly, and rather ungrateful, thing to do. I really enjoyed my birthday this year. I got up nice and early and had a lovely relaxing bath. Upon returning to my bedroom this beautiful sight awaited me! My daughter had made me lots of little '41' cakes, bought me pressies and flowers and arranged them all on my dressing table for me! What a sweetheart!

My son also treated me to the DVD of a favourite film that the two of us went to see together, and loved, not long ago. The Artist. It's a lovely film. One I would highly recommend for the feel good factor.

I was at work on my birthday and I was surprised by so many lovely cards and messages from colleagues and fellow customers of QVC. Thanks so much!

After work I went for a meal with just a few friends and family and was thoroughly spoilt again. After the meal we went to a local visiting funfair. Only a few of us braved the rides after our big meal..as you can see from the pic I am the biggest kid and was one of the 'brave' (or is that foolish) ones. On the ride!







At the weekend I had a small gathering of friends and family round for a birthday BBQ. Yet again, spoilt! One very creative gift was this beautiful hand painted original artwork of me by one of my best friends, Mel. I was overwhelmed! It's meant to be me with fairly recent new hair colour…obviously artistic license allowed her to give me much longer locks. It's a beautiful piece that I treasure.One final high note was the cake another bestie, Helen, surprised me with! It's a gorgeous chocolate cake with a naked Russell Brand sitting on top! She reckons it turned out more like Barry Gibb of The Bee Gees. Either way it did cause a stir at the BBQ. Hilarious! This pic is the censored version so as not to offend.

Catherine and artIt's been a really busy month for me at QVC. I've had my own little series for June called 'Technology and You' which aims to make tech more accessible for all. It's been on a Sunday for the first 3 weekends of June but changes to a Saturday at 11am for the final two shows (22nd & 29th).

We have some great technology coming up. I've been playing with this from 'Swissvoice'. It's a very sleek, stylish phone complete with answer phone. Very affordable and fits in with any decor. It's very feature packed yet unassuming in appearance and really easy to get to grips with.


Birthday CakeFinally…our Today's Special Value is definitely one NOT to be missed! I've had one to get to grips with and it's perfect! It is a tablet but smaller than my ipad so easy to fit into handbags and less weight to hold whilst reading in bed. I have realised that, although a kindle is great, you can get kindle books on tablets! I never knew! Tune in so we can show you how to do things like that and more with this one from Acer. Best of all, it's on 4 easy payments as well as being under £170!!!

There'll also be a new dual sim Smartphone and more! That's all I'll say for now but do tune in at 11am Saturday for the

SwissVoicepenultimate in the series of 'Technology and You'.

I'm extremely excited that I'll also be presenting an hour of Yong Kim fashion at 1pm with Ingrid Tarrant and then I'll be doing anti ageing yoga live on air with the stunningly ageless Glynis Barber in the 2pm selection show I'm sharing with my roomie, Anne Dawson!

It's going to be a great Saturday so please do join us and join in with tweets, texts and calls.


Iconia Tab TSVKeep well, happy and ever grateful for each glorious day.

Much love,

Catherine xxxx


  1. JENNY SCHERER June 21, 2013 at 9:10 pm -  Reply

    Catherine, I am 40+ too and I started to worry a little about getting and looking older. On my birthday now I think exactly the same as you – that some people will never have the honour of getting older and those that do are lucky beyond words. It is a lovely attitude to life that you have and nice of you to share it with us.

  2. Nigel June 22, 2013 at 8:00 am -  Reply

    I’m a little like you Catherine I turn 40 this year and although I have made it this far I have come to realise that I need to live my life to the full now as I have found out recently that I have a condition called pkd (it’s a form of kidney disease). Now I have got to this age (well in October I will have) I now feel that I have to live the rest of my life in a few year and believe me I intend to. But I have great friends and family around me that are there when I need then and a beautiful partner that I always there for me

  3. FLO June 23, 2013 at 1:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine
    Great blog and great Diamonique Spectacular show on Thursday. Any show with one or other of the C/Katherines cheers me up no end. Both of you together was a bonus while Alison was so informative and interesting. Congratulations to you all.
    A FOR APPLE B FOR BALL etc. What is that? You asked us to respond. The answer came back: phonetic alphabet. I was not happy with that, nor I think, were you. The sounds were not the important thing in this case – it was what the procedure was: figure of speech, device? (Anyway A for apple is NAMING the letter, not sounding it).
    In the middle of the night I awoke with a word in my head (painful!!); MNEMONIC (or MNEUMONIC) – a device described in Wikipedia as any learning technique that helps retain information. Often it is a sentence or even a rhyme and some examples are very well known – eg: RICHARD OF YORK GAVE BATTLE IN VAIN for the colours of the rainbow. It can also be an acronym – you mentioned that. Am I on the right track, I wonder? It is so frustrating when you cannot think of a word.
    I hope this is of interest to you!! Sorry, I do not tweet – hate the things – which is why I am writing this to your blog,
    All the best x
    PS I was an English teacher!

  4. Catherine Huntley June 26, 2013 at 6:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jenny,
    Thanks for writing in. Here’s to the 40 plus club! It’s a pretty good club to belong to, after all! Each day is a blessing and we should be smiling when we greet each one…of course there’ll always be days when that’s harder than others but I think, like you, the positive approach is the healthier choice.
    I hope you have many reasons to smile and laugh, Jenny. You’ve made me smile today! Yay!
    Love Catherine xx

  5. Catherine Huntley June 26, 2013 at 6:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Nigel,
    Wow, what a heartening message. I really appreciate you taking time to write and share your personal situation. I’m very sorry to hear about your health issues but what a great attitude you’re facing them with!
    I’m not at all surprised someone so positive is surrounded by loving friends, family and a great partner. That’s wonderful. I hope you have some amazing years ahead of you, filled to fullest.
    Keep that incredible fight in you and I’m sure you’ll have a whole host of wonderful experiences ahead of you.
    Much love,
    Catherine xxx

  6. Catherine Huntley June 26, 2013 at 6:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Flo,
    Really wonderful to hear from you! I loved your comments! So well researched and so thoughtful of you. Your explanation is perfect.
    Due to frequently moving home and schools I never finished school or took a single exam but I always craved an education. I adore English and listening to those who have great mastery of the language. Vanessa Feltz, Russell Brand and the late John Mortimer are/were tremendous orators. I only wish I could study the art further now.
    Feel free to write in to me anytime and educate me! I really mean it.
    I hope you continue to enjoy the shows.
    Love Catherine xxx

  7. carol August 18, 2013 at 6:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi catherine, i just wanted to say how stunning you and your daughter looked on your fortieth party. May i ask where did you get that dress it was gorgeous. My fortieth is coming up too and my daughter will br fourteen, im thinking of having a joint party too!. Ive been a qvc customer for fifteen years and you are my fav presenter.

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