A bit of a ‘do’- or two; away-stay and food hospital ‘Aha’s


Me on stepping stonesThis week

– Stepping stones in Ashwell, Herts – soooo quaint– on a whistlestop weekend away in Sibal

– Family get togethers and the Food Hospital – fab telly and some really useful info to help get yourself better

– Plus – The Bletchley Circle – another ripping period piece!

Sibal lodge and me

Been off much of the week, which was nice, considering the pleasant weather! Stayed in our lovely motorhome, called ‘sibal lodge’ (from mine and my brother Glenn, Boki, Lara and Issy’s first two letters of our names!) and after our family bash’s on both Saturday and Sunday, we ended up in a picturesque English village called Ashwell in Herts.

Me and sibal lodgeIt’s home to some of the original Knights Templar, 14th century timber bedecked buildings, scenic stepping stones, (see above) and an ancient church, which was completed after the Black Death in the 1300’s. Very relaxing in the motorhome – just what I needed after such a big family weekend!

A bit of a 'do' or two…

Had a busy weekend full of family do’s. One I CAN talk about, and one I can’t (the new family I met are quite private! Surprise! Not everyone wants to lay themselves bare like I tend to! Haha!). The one I CAN discuss is when about 20 of my siblings and their families got together for my brother Derek’s birthday. Always a pleasure to see them all, if not a rather loud occasion!

Family Flints


Hot topic of conversation for the day was the latest info I’ve dug up on Ancestry co.uk – including a 1911 census showing that my great granddad Charles Henry Flint was a ‘portmanteau maker’s Porter’ – what’s a one of them when he’s at home?!

And they lived in ’78 Weymouth Bldgs, Sayer St, SE London.’ Wish I knew what stood there now. Such fun, this research!

Food hospital – the science bit.

Something I often mention on air when doing SLS free products like Liz Earle’s orange body wash, is my daughter Lauren’s eczema. All her childhood she had the itches, dry scaly skin – we tried everything – I mean everything.

Turns out she was allergic to SLS, so stopped using it and switched to Liz’s wash a decade ago and her skin got better, plus now she also keeps it under control by taking high dose (1000mg a day) EPA fish oils. BUT I just wish I’d known that all those years ago. She was ok with dairy, but turns out the little lad in this week’s Food Hospital wasn’t.

In fact, it was cows milk making him so itchy he was totally scaly over most of his little body, bless him. Gosh what an eye-opener this show is! If it can only alert one person to bypass the sort of awful childhood he narrowly avoided, then it’s worth passing it on so do tell friends to watch it. On ch 4 weekly. Catch his eczema story online, as well as a feature on the other topic – bowel movements and the importance of fibre. Go here to find out more including how your stools compare! I was gonna post the pic but then thought better of it! Hehe!

Holly dog feeling poorlySnippets

 POORLY POGGY – poor elder statesman Holly Dog had to have a tooth op this week and some x-rays of her weak back legs. She needed some TLC – one of the reasons I didn’t get to the cinema midweek in the end. She was very brave, bless her. Dodgy (or should that be ‘dog’dgy’ – haha!) tooth all removed ok, but they can’t see anything causing her back legs to be weak so I’ve got another appt at the vets next week to discuss the next step.

She just can’t seem to jump or turn as well on her back legs anymore. Will keep you informed! And thanks to everyone on my facebook (see link) who wished her well. And just for those who ask, here’s a little clip of Holly when she felt a bit better, playing with my daughter’s pog Baloo when they came to visit – so sweet!


Group shot in atriumThanks so much to Joey Johnston on my facebook this week – who posted this old shot of a cool achievement – in circa 1999, in our old Battersea atrium, and featuring quite a few of the old gang!

Spot the familiar faces, and see if you can post a comment below if you recall the faces who’ve left QVC!




Antthony at his deskDesigner Antthony posted this cool shot this week – at his desk in LA – what a lovely place to work! No wonder one of our fave designers comes up with such inspired prints and sketches! Catch Antthony on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/#!/antthony

He’s back on QVC Uk end Nov – can’t wait! He says he may send me a few of the new items before that – if I get any sneaky previews I will definitely let you in on an advanced peak!


Not cool dudeFacebook funny – another funny pic doing the rounds on facebook this week – ‘not cool dude’ – couldn’t resist this one – such a cutie!


WATCH – Well the old Autumn line up is back! Downton – fab once more, just love the new twists so far – plus X Factor and Strictly. Hey, you know winter is coming when..! Actually to help combat it, we will be running a new two hour gifting show on Saturday nights from this weekend – Dale and I taking turns to host it, with some unusual bargains and cool competitions and facts about QVC. 

Anyway, considering my love for all things from decades gone by – this week’s ‘watch’ has got to be ITV’s period drama ‘The Bletchley Circle’, set post-war when four code-breaking pals set about using their wartime skills to solve murders. Miss Marple eat your heart out! You can still catch the three eps on ITV player, so don’t miss it and let me know what you think!


QVC – This Week I Are Mostly Been Using… my new Trespass Gilet! Fab for the cooler evenings coming on nowadays! Highlights over the coming week include Saturday night gifts With… Dale this week – do join him if you can! It’s me the Saturday after! Plus Clever Cooking ideas on Tuesday. Find the TV guide on our home page for all the info going 4 weeks in advance – to make sure you don’t miss a thing!

Have a great week!

Best wishes Debs x


  1. Susan September 20, 2012 at 5:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs,
    Lovely weekend was had then. Very nice! Lovely pics. I spotted you Jilly and Julia certainly in the photo by the way. You haven’t changed! I have to say it’s a tricky old time again and I enjoy watching you but won’t be buying too much!
    ‘See’ you soon,
    Susan x

  2. Jill September 20, 2012 at 10:31 pm -  Reply

    Marvellous blog, as usual Debbie!
    Glad you had such a pleasant break.
    Sorry to hear about Holly’s trouble. My 19½ year old kitty hurt her paw this week and I was very anxious about her, but she is recovering nicely now. Poor little Dumbo though, lol!
    Love keeping up with your exploits!
    Hope you have a brilliant week too!
    Jill x

  3. Ann Hyde September 21, 2012 at 9:58 am -  Reply

    Have just caught the end of the repeated midnight show and wonder if the beige cardigan you had on is available from QVC.?

  4. Tracy September 21, 2012 at 10:04 am -  Reply

    Hi Debs
    Has the vet recommended any hydrotherapy for Holly Dog? – Cali my little Pomeranian started limping on her front leg which came and went – after x-rays and expensive injections with no improvement the vet referred me to an animal rehabilitation centre – she had a few sessions of hydrotherapy and must say that it improved her flexibility and loosened up her stiff shoulder. Now anyone who knows poms know that pomeranians and water don’t normally mix and mine walks around puddles lol – but once she got over the initial introduction of the water she coped really well 🙂 That along with some exercises and the massage she had after her hydrotherapy did the trick. Just like with humans the fact that they are in water takes all the pressure off the joints. Its certainly worth a try. x

  5. debs f September 21, 2012 at 11:59 pm -  Reply

    ann! Hope u see this reply early Monday – the beige cardi is indeed qvc – it’s monday’s TSV, i’m launching it sunday at midnight – Susan Graver – comes with a nice long vest top. Fingers crossed! xx

  6. Nigel September 22, 2012 at 12:43 am -  Reply

    Debs – Nothing interesting to say this week (unlike u ) as busy trying to figure out a new android tablet but the fact that ‘going for a number 2’ should now read ‘4 or 5 on a good day with a following wind’ (lol) must either be due to inflation or Gillian McKeith has a lot to answer for !! Ever met her ?
    BTW as one of the latest TV trends is for foodies to take their campervans on tour perhaps the ‘Flintmobile’ is destined to do a ‘macro meals on wheels’ tour with you spreading the word of Marlene !!
    All the best for the new Sat show, Nige :))

  7. brenda field September 23, 2012 at 10:46 pm -  Reply

    my mum was born in ashwell its so nice there she met my dad in 1926 he was a scout and was camping ,they wed in 1929.

  8. Cathy Holmes September 24, 2012 at 1:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie, I have also tracing my family tree. A portemanteau in the English context is suitcase (in french its coat hanger), so your ancestor was a porter to someone who made suitcases. This is a really useful site for old occupations:
    Oh and I know Ashwell fairly well as I use to live near there. I am in the South of France now, so if you ever fancy visiting the beautiful Gorges du Verdon in the campervan, look me up and I will show you around!

  9. Pat Bowie September 24, 2012 at 2:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie
    I can name Paul Lavers, Robb Locke, Dave Bradford, Dale Franklin, Julian Ballantyne, Jilly Halliday, Julia Roberts, Anne Dawson (I think) and yourself. I am missing three. Can you help me out please. Been watching QVC from day one and still enjoy it.
    Kind regards

  10. Marie Cairns September 24, 2012 at 7:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie your photo of the presenters is great. I recognise Paul Lavers who was great entertainment always had a laugh when he was on, much like yourself.

  11. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen September 25, 2012 at 7:05 pm -  Reply

    agood old photo there debs from 1999 i saw katy john dave bradford rob locke who are now left also jilly and and julia and julian dont know othe r 3 paul lavers he was brilliant on qvc . irmember you and him doing alive show you and him were so funny do you see paul dave rob or katy atall. is till, have all your signed photos debs hope your son is sellted in hios new flat and hope you and your daughter are well. you will get your xmas card as always.

  12. Debs f October 2, 2012 at 1:52 am -  Reply

    Susan – ta for your regular comments – I do like it seeing the regular names!
    Yes Jilly looks virtually the same! Lol good times! Xx

  13. Debs f October 2, 2012 at 1:53 am -  Reply

    Jill – ahhh poor kitty. Hope she’s better. Poor Holly’s got a trapped nerve – she’s going in for an op next Monday. More info in next weeks blog! X
    Thanks for commenting hon! Xx

  14. Debs f October 2, 2012 at 1:56 am -  Reply

    Tracy – hi hon. Yes I was taking Gracie ( the choccie lab with hip dysphasia) to the hydro centre in Guildford, and holly often came – holly loves water so much she won’t get out! Will prob give her some rehabilitation after her forthcoming op. glad your little Pom is loving it. 🙂

  15. Debs f October 2, 2012 at 2:03 am -  Reply

    Nigel –
    Ta as usual!
    Yes the Saturday show went well, lots of fun!
    Never met Gillian mcKeith but she was way ahead of her time with the foodie stuff for sure.
    Am trying to arrange a macro light weekend – mini nutrition and cooking course. Maybe December. Shall I put you down for a place?! 🙂 x
    Lol x

  16. Debs f October 2, 2012 at 2:04 am -  Reply

    Brenda – how interesting! Wonder if the field is still there?! Love Ashwell. So many pretty villages like that around there.
    And I guess your dad must have married young? Or else was he an old scout?! 🙂

  17. Debs f October 2, 2012 at 2:08 am -  Reply

    Carhy – thank you for that site! It’s fascinating tracing your ancestors isn’t it! My favourite part is looking at the old censuses.
    Also that site just told me the occupation of my grandad’s dad. Charles Henry Flint, in 1901 and 1911 was a
    Carter/Cartman Driver of (horse-drawn) vehicles for transporting goods. Carmen were often employed by railway companies for local deliveries and collections of goods and parcels. Modern day van driver. A Carter typically drove a light two wheeled carriage. Also sometimes someone who drove horse-drawn trams was called a Carman.
    Fascinating! My ancestor was basically a white van man! Lolol x

  18. Debs f October 2, 2012 at 2:10 am -  Reply

    Pat – well Done! Nearly right! It’s not Anne , it was Katy John. And the three at the front were the viewers. Fab days, they were! X

  19. Debs f October 2, 2012 at 2:12 am -  Reply

    Marie – yes Paul and the others listed by Pat below – great times eh!
    Glad you enjoyed the fun too! It’s what we do it for! Xx

  20. Debs f October 2, 2012 at 2:14 am -  Reply

    Martin – well done. Yes all well ta.
    Ps I see or am in touch with everyone except Katy – in the days before Facebook so lost touch!
    Glad you enjoy qvc

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