A moving centenary and firework lamps


I’m writing this on the evening of the centenary of the end of the First World War. I’m also half-watching the Strictly Come Dancing results show on TV which is a little light relief after an emotional day. I always find Remembrance Sunday a poignant day but there has been so much in the press about the 100 year anniversary that I felt even more tuned into the day than usual. Often I have been on air at QVC and have led into and/or out of the two minute silence, hard to do with respect and reverence but without letting my voice catch with emotion.

Today, though, my husband Olley and I could join with our local community to honour those who gave their lives to secure our freedom. It was a moving ceremony. As we walked down Marlow High Street to the memorial cross the Town Band were playing Abide With Me, which immediately brought tears to my eyes and a lump in my throat, and that continued most of the morning!

Also moving is the tribute of 146 white crosses on our local village green, pictured at the top of this post. Each cross represents a life lost by a member of our village in either WWI or WWII. Many of the soldiers who died were younger than my two boys, Charlie and Billy, and several families lost more than one of their loved ones.

It’s hard to imagine the anguish those parents, sisters, brothers, sons and daughters felt when they heard the news – pain that has been felt by too many more families since those those wars too. And of course, we must not forget the suffering of those whose lives have not ended but have been permanently altered in seen and unseen ways by their experience of conflict. We remember them all.

BundleBerry lamp

On a lighter note (pardon the pun…!) let me tell you, or rather show you, what our Today’s Special Value on Wednesday will be. From Amanda Holden’s stunning BundleBerry range, it’s a stylish, contemporary light. It has a special firework effect in the oversized lamp, which is full of long lasting LED bulbs, and a trio of legs, hence the name ‘Firework lightbulb tripod lamp’! It’s actually available to buy here right now. You might recognise the three infinity glass spheres at the feet of the lamp in one of my photos – a TSV this time last year they are still available in three colours at a discounted price.

BundleBerry lamp

I have to admit to being a bit of a sucker for Amanda’s range – I also have her concrete lamp which is now down in price from £87 to under £32 and her mugs. I’ve given the top rated baskets, 26 out of 27 reviews are five star, to Bex to help keep baby Zoe’s things tidy – they combine practicality with beauty – rather like Amanda herself! She will be with Craig at midnight on Wednesday to launch the new TSV and then with Simon and myself on the Morning Show at 9am and for BundleBerry hours at 1pm and 8pm. If you fancy decorating your home BundleBerry style this Christmas, I do hope you can join us.

Take care, and best wishes to you.
Kathy x


  1. Susan November 13, 2018 at 4:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy,
    That’s nice you could join the Remembrance Day parade. Yes can’t imagine there’s a family not touched by war. It’s so sad there’s so much conflict around the world still, and within the UK. It’s sad that politics, religion and land often lead to nastiness and in the worst case war.
    On a lighter note as you say I’m glad you have Zoe to keep you amused now! Lucky granny. What did you think of strictly this week? Ashley was gorgeous. To be honest that’s another thing I think is always blown out of proportion! If we didn’t have people previously exposed to dance then it might be the same show! Yet always that argument comes up about unfair advantage. I also would rather graham be in the show than Danny. And Danny did make a mistake in the dance off. Regardless of the media coverage! I don’t know why people feel they can be so rude about others these days. Social media sadly to blame. Say it among your friends, not on a platform! It’s not a pro dance show anyway, it’s an all round dance and entertainment show. We all have different favs! Take care x

  2. Christine jones November 15, 2018 at 7:48 pm -  Reply

    Aw Kathy, such a lovely blog and I can feel your emotion on this very special remembrance day. We too had a special weekend that had started with my grandsons doing project at schoo l about WW1 and they did a beautiful display about the importance of letters sent home and abroad by soldiers etc. Always full of love and hope.. Our great uncle was in the kings own Scottish borderers and served in france, belgium, Turkey and then Egypt where he was killed in action aged 19.. All his !ette rs and some from people who d written to my great grandma incl a nurse who was nursing him from French fever..

    I was asked to speak about him at the church which he attended as a boy and his name is engraved in the tablet on the wall.. It was an honour and I was deeply privileged to do that. They had a perspex silhouette of soldiers with their names on in the less called Here but not here… So moving Kathy.. His photo was there too. Later the Scottish pipes and band played.. And the sun shone….

    My. Great grandma had written on the family gravestone this epitaph. “Oh my God while I stray far from home along lives way. Oh teach me from my heart to say Thy Will be done…” She sent 4
    Sons to war and my gt uncle never returned . He s buried in Palestine.. Never forgotten.. X
    Just wanted to share that with you as we remember their sacrifice..

    Well Kathy, enjoy your first Christmas with your Zoe such a treasured gift of love just for you.. The best!!! X

    Lots of love and thanks for your presenting which cheers is all up especially on cold wintry days!! Christine xxx

  3. Kathy November 21, 2018 at 9:43 pm -  Reply

    Hello Christine, what a beautiful tribute to your Great Uncle that must have been. My Granny’s brothers fought and two were lost. It’s so important that we realise and remember that our lives today are as they are thanks to their sacrifice. It must have been an emotional but very special day for you.
    You’re right, Zoe will add extra love for us at Christmas this year, and from now on. She’s at that gorgeous giggling stage now and warms my heart!
    Best wishes to you
    Kathy x

  4. Kathy November 21, 2018 at 9:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susan! Good to hear from you, hope all is good for you. You’re right about the state of the world at the moment – I think becoming a Granny has made me despair about the future even more keenly. We seem to be close to hitting the self destruct button… Let’s hope we all see sense in good time.
    There’s still plenty to enjoy, though, including Strictly on Saturday evenings! I find all the rather forced ‘fun’ videos a bit annoying and parts of the show irritatingly formulaic but the way the contestants learn to dance is nothing short of extraordinary. They obviously put in a huge amount of time, commitment and hard work to get to the standard they do in such a short time. I wonder who will win this year?! I don’t mind, I just love watching the dances.
    Take care, love Kathy x

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