A milestone to remember



Well, I’ve done it – I’ve made it to my half century!

I still can’t get used to thinking of myself as 50, but it’s just a number after all, and I’m feeling good! And thank you so much to everyone who sent cards and gifts to QVC, messaged me on Twitter and replied to my birthday competition blog – so many lovely wishes and kind comments, you are all so nice and I appreciate each and every one of you so much.

Phase one of my celebrations was a fabulous evening at one of my favourite country hotels, Cowley Manor just outside Cheltenham. It was our friend David’s 50th birthday a few days before mine so we decided to hold a joint dinner with some of our local Gloucestershire friends. It was a beautiful sunny evening, so we were able to have drinks on the terrace overlooking the gorgeous grounds before we sat down to eat, which was glorious.

Beautiful viewHere’s a couple of photos: one of me (in a Biba dress) with hubby and one of me after I’d done my hair with my new Ego curling wand, which I’ve become a bit obsessed with! We had such a wonderful evening – I took some balloons home afterwards to play with (you see, I really haven’t grown up at all, have I?!).

Celebrating in stylePhase two was, of course, my trip to New York. Hubby and I went for just three nights, two full days, but managed to cram so much in. I tend to prefer to go to new places for most holidays, but New York is my favourite city in the world so when I decided to go abroad for my birthday, it was the obvious choice. I used to go there a lot for work during my news reporter days, and over the years I’ve done most of the touristy things, but there’s always something new.

This time, we went to the amazing Intrepid Sea, Air and Space museum, which is based on an aircraft carrier in the river. Being a bit of a space nerd, I was thrilled to see NASA’s first space shuttle, Enterprise, there and to be able to tour a Cold War submarine which had been stationed off Cuba during the missile crisis in 1962, which was utterly fascinating.

We also went to see the stunning musical The King and I on Broadway. I always adored the Yul Brynner film as a child so it was such a thrill to see it on stage. I loved every minute.

The King and I

Back to reality now though, although there is a phase three of my celebrations – it’s sort of my gift to myself! I’m changing some things around at home so I can have a nice spacious dressing room/office. That’s happening this week, so I’ll show you some photos in my next blog, I’m very excited!

See you soon, much love,
Jackie x


  1. Susan walker May 13, 2016 at 10:20 am -  Reply

    You are such a lovely person, I am so happy for you. Sounds like you had an amazing time with your lovely hubby. Many belated birthday wishes. Glad you are back on air.
    Love Sue.

    • Jackie Kabler May 17, 2016 at 10:26 am -  Reply

      Hi Sue, that’s so kind of you, thank you! Yes we had a lovely time.
      Love Jx

  2. ann cain May 13, 2016 at 12:19 pm -  Reply

    Happy birthday Jackie,my hubby was 65 on the 11th May and said he doesn’t feel 65 I must say he doesn’t look it and neither do you ,enjoy your birthday.xx

    • Jackie Kabler May 17, 2016 at 10:28 am -  Reply

      Hi Ann,
      Well happy belated birthday to your husband too! Fifty is the new thirty I’ve decided, so sixty-five must be the new forty-five!
      Love Jx

  3. marilyn May 13, 2016 at 7:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie. You look fab glad you had a lovely birthday..im 55 on the 19th May still cannot believe im in my 50s…xx

    • Jackie Kabler May 17, 2016 at 10:29 am -  Reply

      Hi Marilyn,
      Hope you have a lovely birthday! And yes, I think it will take me a while to get used to being in my fifties too!
      Love Jx

  4. Theresa May 14, 2016 at 1:27 pm -  Reply

    So pleased to hear you celebrated your 50th birthday in style and your right Jackie age is only a number. My family have asked me what I’m doing for my 65th birthday next month and are suprised when I say I’m taking my grandaughter to Liverpool. Hope all goes well with your dresssing room and cant wait to see the pictures, take care x

    • Jackie Kabler May 17, 2016 at 10:30 am -  Reply

      Hi Theresa,
      I hope you have a fab time in Liverpool and happy birthday in advance! Dressing room pictures in my next blog, I’m delighted with it!
      Love Jx

  5. fiona carne May 14, 2016 at 4:05 pm -  Reply

    Happy birthday, you don’t look 50 and what neck cream do you use it looks amazing!!!love the hair!!

    • Jackie Kabler May 17, 2016 at 10:31 am -  Reply

      Hi Fiona,
      Very kind! I actually tend to change my neck cream every few months but I do always use one so I guess that makes a difference. I really like the Prai and Judith Williams ones and have just started the new Elemis one. All are excellent!
      Love Jx

  6. Pat Smith May 14, 2016 at 9:36 pm -  Reply

    Wishing you a belated Happy Birthday Jackie, it sounds like you had a great time. I was amazed you are 50, you certainly don’t look it. I thought late 30’s you look fabulous.

    • Jackie Kabler May 17, 2016 at 10:33 am -  Reply

      Hi Pat,
      So kind of you to say so, thank you! It does seem a long time since my thirties though, although I certainly don’t feel fifty (don’t act like it either, my friends would say!). Never grow up, eh?!
      Love Jx

  7. Leigh Anne Stephens May 15, 2016 at 6:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi,I ordered Richard Jackson compost around the 9th inst today is the 15th.This has gone out of my account. That’s the most annoying, to say the least. When I phoned the customer service today I was informed that it would take another week to receive this order,as it comes directly from Richard Jackson. This was never the problem before.I now have to try and save the bulbs that I had planned to plant!!Richard you always brag how fresh your compost is,please explain !!What’s the answer.I think if you can’t keep to your 3/5 days, how fresh, it is, rather tell your customer’s that it will take 7/10 days for delivery,so that your customer’s can plan for that, or go elsewhere. Sorry for the rude remarks, I am boiling.
    Mrs Stephens

  8. Leigh Anne Stephens May 15, 2016 at 6:21 pm -  Reply

    Please reply.

  9. Karen May 16, 2016 at 9:49 am -  Reply

    Congrats Jackie! Looks like you had a fab Birthday!!
    Love hearing about all your fabulous updates. I have a big one too this year – but it’s only a number, hehe!!
    Catch you on the telly soon…you do make me chuckle!

    Hugs…Karen xx

    • Jackie Kabler May 17, 2016 at 10:34 am -  Reply

      Hi Karen
      Well enjoy your big birthday, and yes it’s definitely only a number! And laughter is definitely the best anti-aging medicine in my book, so I’m glad you get a giggle while you watch!
      Love Jx

    • Jackie Kabler May 24, 2016 at 10:24 pm -  Reply

      Hi Karen,
      It really was so much fun, thank you! And happy birthday in advance!
      Love Jackie x

  10. Georgina Bancroft May 16, 2016 at 5:24 pm -  Reply

    Happy Birthday….apparently 50 is the new 30! You looked amazing in Biba in fact i think you would be able to rock virtually any outfit. X Georgina and the hardcore Joinettes

    • Jackie Kabler May 17, 2016 at 10:36 am -  Reply

      Hi Georgina,
      So kind of you! I love Biba, but yes as you know I’m a hardcore Joinette too. Wearing it right now as I type this actually! Have a fab week.
      Love Jx

  11. Susan May 17, 2016 at 3:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie happy belated birthday. This year meets a few milestones for me. I will be 60 in November, I will have been married for 38 years in June on mid summer’s day and not to forget the most lucky thing of all, my husband received his heart transplant 21 years ago. I don’t by any means feel my age, and cannot believe how long I have been married. It has flown by , I was not lucky enough to have any children but I had the best luck of all when my husband was saved by having a transplant. My life could have been so different. I count my lucky stars every day.

    • Jackie Kabler May 24, 2016 at 10:26 pm -  Reply

      Hi Susan,
      Wow, what a lot of celebrating for you this year! And how wonderful to be able to count your blessings. I try to do that too – you never know what is round the corner and we should be grateful for every day. I hope you have an absolutely wonderful year.
      Love Jackie x

  12. Judith Lennon May 17, 2016 at 10:07 pm -  Reply

    Happy belated birthday! Just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your book. I saved it for my holiday reading and can highly recommend it. Xx

    • Jackie Kabler May 24, 2016 at 10:28 pm -  Reply

      Hi Judith,
      Well that’s so kind of you, thank you! My second book is due for release in October so hopefully you will like that too, I’m getting nervous about it already! So nice of you to get in touch, thank you!
      Love Jackie x

  13. Tricia King May 20, 2016 at 9:48 pm -  Reply

    You are one of my favourite presenters, Jackie. I have only just started reading presenters’ blogs and it was interesting to find out more about your life away from QVC. You look so happy!

    • Jackie Kabler May 24, 2016 at 10:29 pm -  Reply

      Hi Tricia,
      So kind of you to say so, thank you! And thanks for getting in touch, it’s always lovely to hear from people.
      Love Jackie x

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