A little catch up..


On the beach with BarneyHello everyone

Much of my time lately has been taken up with planning for my new fashion show on Wednesdays, and that has been reflected in my most recent postings of this blog, so I thought I'd take a moment to fill you in on my last few weekends – they have been as busy as my time at work.

Arundel CastleWe have been away for the past three weekends – for a night in Arundel in West Sussex, to visit my brother in the Lake District and then we dusted the cobwebs off our motorhome for our first outing of the year to celebrate my birthday in Dorset on what must have been the coldest, wettest March weekend in years if not decades!

We have been making the most of the time before Billy returns home from his adventure in Canada. He is back this week, having gained his Level 2 snowboarding qualification after a four day exam last week. It's a great achievement for a 17 year old – he was too young to celebrate with all the others on the course as, being underage, he isn't allowed into any of the The Lakesbars in the town! He is really looking forward to coming home and I can't wait to see him again, although I know it won't be long until he has itchy feet again. I expect he will have grown up a lot in the three months he's been away.

Arundel is a town I had never been to, and we arrived in the dark for a discounted Friday night booking in a hotel on the main street. We wandered around and found many interesting shop windows to look into and several restaurants to choose between for dinner, but it was in the morning that I realised just what a lovely place it is. At the bottom of the High Street is the River Arun and within a few minutes walk from the hotel we were walking Barney along the towpath into the countryside, with the majestic Arundel Castle above us. Later, we were took the short drive to the coast to allow Barney to indulge in his favourite pastime, chasing waves. Only a night away, but a real recharging of batteries.

Andrew, Bex and Pete at the top!The following weekend we made the journey north with my youngest brother, Andrew, to another of my brothers, Pete, who had persuaded Andrew and our daughter Bex to enter a Lake District fell run, which is what he spends most weekends doing. Unfortunately the race was cancelled but they all wanted to go for a run anyway, and decided to run to the top of the Old Man of Coniston mountain (as you do, if you're mad!) This was Bex's first experience of fell running, but she absolutely loved it.  Pete took some photos to show us just how mad they are! (There was a foot of snow at the top…)

I really enjoy the space, the air and the sky in the Lake District – I'm happy to walk rather than run, but just get such a sense Andrew and Bexof freedom and getting away from it all when I'm there that I always vow to not leave it so long again until my next visit.

And then, to my birthday weekend. My last two birthdays have been celebrated in Dorset and Cornwall in gloriously warm spring sunshine. As we returned to Dorset we knew it would be different, but my word, how the rain came down! We were lucky to miss the snow, but it was SOO cold! Our motorhome, however, was cosy and we proved how we won't just be fair weather travellers!

We enjoyed a tasty fireside meal in the Thimble pub in Piddlehinton, got blown along the beaches at West Bay and Andrew and Barney in 'Broadchurch'Charmouth and enjoyed the shops and galleries in Lyme Regis where Olley bought me my present – a stunning bronze sculpture of a mad March hare with huge personality (and rather large ears, too!) We both enjoy exploring and the slightly nomadic lifestyle travelling with your own bed can offer, and we're now busy planning a trip to France for the summertime. Hopefully, the sun will have made an appearance by then – as we shiver towards Easter, we could all do with some warmth and brightness.

But I live in hope of a scorching summer – the last two springs have been warm and early, followed by summers not worth writing home about. The cold spell now surely bodes well for a good My Birthday Haresummer, and the crows are nesting high. This, according to folklore, is a sign predicting a fine summer.

Let's hope so!

Have a good week, and take care.



Love Kathy x


  1. susan March 27, 2013 at 3:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy what a wonderful blog! I really enjoyed it. You leaf such a varied and interesting life. Some of your trips sound idyllic. Shows you you don’t need to travel far to find peace and beauty. Lake disrict and Cornwall are on my to do list. Happy belatd birthday btw! Love Susan x PS olley And barney look fab as do you x

  2. Denise March 27, 2013 at 7:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy, Wow your blog sounds like you’ve had a wonderful time on your travels
    and lovely pics too. I’ve never been to Arundel but it sounds like somewhere I’d like to try so must put it on my list. I also love the Lakes although I have only been once a couple of years ago I long to go back and go back I shall! Do you remember on an earlier blog about your Paris trip I said my son and his girlfriend were off there to celebrate 5 years together? Well yes my instincts were right and they came back engaged!! She loved the Lakes and that is where they went the wedding to be – how exciting is that?!! The wedding is June next year so now the planning is starting big time!
    How lovely that Billy will soon be home. I’m sure you will see a big change in him – treasure the time he’s back with you.
    Like you I so long for sunnier days – I am sick of wearing jumpers,boots,big coats etc so I hope your prediction of a nice summer comes to fruition. I see the forecast said it won’t get warmer till the middle of April so a bit longer to wait. We’ve booked a short break to Spain in a couple of weeks time and you can bet your bottom dollar that it will be then that the weather changes for the better here!It always happens to us that way ha ha.
    Well Kathy I hope you and your family have a lovely Easter
    Denise x

  3. jayne day March 28, 2013 at 10:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy, I love your new fashion show. I have what is called severe jophur deformity which means the tops of my legs look like i am wearing them. Can you and the team think of anything i could wear which would not acentuate them so much. I also have a large bottom which does not help and finding nice trousers to wear is impossible for me. Keep up the good work and love QVC. Jayne, Ipswich.

  4. Cindy Corrigan March 30, 2013 at 10:15 pm -  Reply

    Well you certainly get about little pet, hope you had a lovely birthday and like you I hope for better, warmer weather.

  5. mary ahearne April 17, 2013 at 11:02 am -  Reply

    hi katy love your fashion show. glen had a book today 17.4.13. could yoy please let us know the name. thankyou keep up the good work.

  6. kathy April 21, 2013 at 9:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susan
    Belated thanks for your comments – i”ll get around to my next blog very soon…!
    Best wishes
    Kathy x

  7. kathy April 21, 2013 at 9:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Denise
    If you’re back from your break in Spain, I hope you had a fab time and thank you for bringing some better weather back with you! What a lovely weekend we’ve just had – I even managed some gardening!
    Billy is back home and chasing a variety of jobs – hopefully he’ll have something concrete very soon. It’s really good to have him back, but there’s been a little adjusting needed on both sides – I’ve had three months of no towels on the floor, and he has been in a hotel for three months – if you get what I mean?!!
    That is wonderful news about your son’s wedding next year – what a wonderful event to look forward to. Will you be involved in the planning? We’re a way off that happening with any our three – I think – but the way time goes, you never know!
    Best wishes to you,
    Kathy x

  8. kathy April 21, 2013 at 10:11 pm -  Reply

    Hello Jayne
    I’m glad you enjoy Morning Style. My suggestion to you would be to look for some of the loose kaftan style tops which are long enough to cover your hips and thighs, or maybe a maxi skirt in a plain fabric with a fancy top to keep the interest above the waist. But I’m not the fashion expert -I’ll ask Charlotte, our stylist, to have a think about it. If you wouldn’t mind emailing me at morningstyle@qvc.com she can reply directly to you. Also, we are planning another show around the theme of dressing for your body shape, and will feature styles to suit a pear shape which may give you some ideas. Keep an eye out for it!
    Take care
    Kathy x

  9. kathy April 21, 2013 at 10:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Cindy
    I had a lovely birthday, thank you, and I’m finally enjoying the warmer weather. Hope you are too!
    Take care
    Kathy x

  10. kathy April 21, 2013 at 10:23 pm -  Reply

    Hello Mary
    The book that Glen showed you was called The Sartorialist, by Scott Schuman. It’s available on Amazon for about £12. Also, he has a blog/website on http://www.thesartorialist.com which you might like to take a look at.
    I’m so glad you enjoy Morning Style – thanks for letting me know!
    Best wishes
    Kathy x

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