A trip to Tuscany with Craig


Ginetta, Craig and DebbieSomeone said when we got back, 'I can't imagine what 37 degrees C is like!'. I replied , 'Try opening an oven door…'  🙂

Genuinely, this weekend I was in the hottest temperatures I've ever been in! Four showers a day some days, and a retreat into the cool of the air-con on a regular basis.

Yes, my pal Craigy and I went off on our long-planned trip to see Ginetta (Veronese Gold) and her family in picturesque, medieval Arezzo, via Pisa Airport and Florence train station. It was an amazing weekend – so very very relaxed and fun – Craig is a great laugh. I think you only see a tiny fraction of him on air, honestly! He wasn't quite the jester in the pointy hat, (banquet night, April blog) but he certainly kept us all amused!

Debbie, Emma, Craig, Ginetta and Gerrard at a church in ArezzoLots to see – Arezzo is the site of some spectacular medieval re-enactments as well as buildings which go back easily to the twelfth century. Don't you just love that about Europe!

This church in the background (photo to the left) is where Ginetta and her husband got married. Here we all are including her lovely other half, German Gerrard, and pretty daughter Emma too.

But one of my favourite pics has to be this one – of us below, in front of the gorgeous views which you can see from the park at the top of the hill by the Duomo (big dome) – that's where Craig sunbathed for a few hours and I read my Julie Cohen book, 'Summer of Living Dangerously', on my Kindle app in the shade! Loved it!
Craig and Debbie pose in front of the rolling Tuscan scenery
We had lots of lovely meals – see below, and lots of touring and visiting and sightseeing – well, as much as we could stand in the heat! Went home via Florence.

This is the famous Ponte Vecchio – still full of little shops the way London Bridge was once. So much to show you but I'm still allowed only five pics, so hopefully you've had a little flavour of the place from what's here!

Here's one final flavour – Craigy being Craigy – in Arezzo town centre late on Friday night – soooo busy! Debbie at the Ponte Vecchio in Florence


Thanks for a fun time my friend, and hope for lots more to come! Having to use up my remaining annual leave, so I'm off to write this weekend, and will be back on Wednesday next week – so, yes, another break for Debbie!

I went to the RNA writing conference last year, if you recall, regulars. So if that's where I end up again I won't report back on it. Suffice it to say it's time I finally finish that romance novel! Have laptop will travel…

Where are you going on your hols this year? And what's the hottest place you've ever been? Can you top my 37C? Leave me a comment below and let me know!

– Don't forget to enter the competition to win over a £100 value consultation with Marlene Watson-Tara, health and diet consultant, plus her £10 book 'Macrobiotics for All Seasons' – packed with advice, info and easy recipes! How our ancestors would have eaten. See last week's blog and leave a comment at the bottom (see here to find out how to leave one if you never have!)

– Stop press! Marlene may be able to come down south from Scotland (she's based in Glasgow) for a special QVC evening talk. If I could help arrange it, (I know me and Craig and Goody are all interested and would come), would you be able to come too? If I can get about 30 people, it'd be doable! Let me know below.

Baloo the puppy – Loved this pic of my daughter's little puppy, Baloo, when I visited her in Bath last week. I saw son Brad too, and always enjoy catching up with my kids. This puppy tho, is just to die for! If you're a Facebook friend of mine, you'll have already seen it – that and more! I think I'll be a cocker spaniel convert after this one…

WATCH – been so busy I haven't had time to watch much on the small or big screens, so this week, can't resist – here's a second clip to entertain you! Another taster of our little holiday!

Now we're planning the next one. Where do you think we should go? We're thinking about going to Italy to learn the language – what do you think? Any recommendations?


Craig and Ginetta enjoy pizza while Debbie has a healthy saladEAT – managed to stay pretty true to macrobiotic eating – even if the others didn't! lol!

QVC – this week I are been mostly using – Ultrasun of course! Factor 50 kept me completely covered even in the extreme heat and even tho' Mr Rowe loves sunning himself in it, I was happiest staying out of the sun and reading in the shade. Or in the cool air con of the Coffee O'Clock café in the Corsa.

I'm away for a few days, so do check out the QVC TV Guide to find out what's in store – lots of bargain clothes amongst other things, with several outlet shows in the pipeline.

I'm back on air on Wednesday including with a 5pm 'Customer Beauty Awards Nominees' show – should be a good one as all the products will be customer favourites! Plus, Diane Gilman returns with fab jeans the weekend after – put it in the diary!

What have YOU mostly been using lately? Your turn to give a fe w recommendations – Skincare? Beauty? Gadget? Household? Let me know! I'll get cracking on finishing my novel and you can add a few comments below!

Best wishes for a lovely week and I look forward to hearing from you!



  1. jan rigby July 13, 2012 at 4:20 pm -  Reply

    The hottest place for me was Brisbane in Oz it was 44 degrees C in the city and it was just way too much for this northern girl, and I have been using Liz Earle, Balance and Brighten, Mally and Ingenue this week. Would really recommend Ingenue they are beautiful clothes pricey but very good quality and beautiful colours. Have a nice break Debs not getting away myself this year but maybe next year jxx

  2. Nigel July 13, 2012 at 11:57 pm -  Reply

    Debs – Fab that you’ve already lost about a stone since beginning the ‘macro’ regime although it might be ‘micro’ if you lose too much and subsequently disappear from view !lol
    Have lost 8lbs since cutting out additional sugar intake (thks to u) but did have a G&B 70% Espresso bar the other day – your right,very moreish – but figured dark choc is meant to be good for you !
    Now the strange background noises(air-con,squeaks etc)have gone at Chiswick – thought the place was haunted – wot about one of your ‘Tour with Debs’ vids behind the scenes like u did when u came back to Battersea.
    Good luck polishing off the novel – put ‘Fifty’ in the title and you’re onto a winner! Bfn Nige:))

  3. Jill July 15, 2012 at 2:11 am -  Reply

    Great blog! Thank you for sharing photos of your Italian adventure! It is almost like being there (except for the temperatures…)
    Hottest place for me? Perth, Western Australia, when I lived there as a child! Once it hit 110 degrees Fahrenheit in the shade – which is about 44 degrees Celsius – and it is unbelievable how sapping that heat is to your body! At least I had grown acclimatized to pretty hot weather over the 5 years living there, but you being plunged into Italian heat after our dismal British’summer’ must have been quite a sudden shock!
    I’ve been on my exotic summer holidays – 3 nights in Scarborough!!! I keep begging hubby can we get away to the sun abroad, since we have had hardly any sun in England to speak of!
    I took your recommendation to get the gel nail system. I am fairly experienced and careful doing nails, so I managed application with no difficulty and they actually looked GREAT! They still do almost 2 weeks later! My nails feel so strong and supported! Can’t wait to try more colours!!!
    Hope you have managed to complete all your writing goals in your break? I am reviewing my grammar skills over the Summer, prior to starting my Open University degree in October, (eeek!!!) in preparation to begin writing myself. Better late than never I suppose now I am 52!!! Any tips appreciated!
    Anyway I will look forward to your return. Mind you, Pipa and Tanya had me laughing almost as much as you do last Saturday night (14th)! Ask either of them about it! The jewellery did not get much mention, but they chatted and reminisced about everything else, with Pipa throwing in a few impressions of adverts! A hoot!!!
    Take care!
    Much love, Jill x x x

  4. debs flint July 18, 2012 at 2:10 am -  Reply

    Jan – OMG – 44!! Good product choices hon – altho am not that familiar with ingenue. got most of some of al the other brands tho! lol.
    ta so much for commenting – always lovely to hear from you guys!

  5. debs flint July 18, 2012 at 2:13 am -  Reply

    Nige – 8lb – and cutting out sugar – well done you! Is that completely? (apart from the occasional dark choc! lol – have you tried ‘with a touch of sea salt?’ My one guilty choc pleasure!)
    Hmm – yes good idea about a tour – was wondering what i should do this week’s blog about!
    And my book’s already raunchy enough as it is! heheh! Just got to put the finishing touches and find a publisher now! ha!
    Hope yo’uve been able to do some gardens , given all this rain!

  6. debs flint July 18, 2012 at 2:15 am -  Reply

    Jill – yours is 44 degress too eh, also Australia? Wonder if anyone else can beat it!
    Good luck with the OU – the key to writing is just – do it! Or so i’m told. After all , it’s all very well editing, but you can’t edit a blank page!
    And have just re-done my Red Carpet Manicure – very imppressed – it lasted 3 weeks nearly , notwithstanding growth gap.Ready for back on air again! yay!
    big hugs

  7. Joy Padley July 18, 2012 at 7:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs, Normally comment on your FB page but if you were able to hold Marlene’s session near your neck of the woods I’d be very interested as you are not too far away from me. I need a kick start to do something and this could be it!!
    Glad you enjoyed Tuscany it is one of the best and beautiful places to visit in Italy.
    Hope to see you in print soon.
    Joy xx

  8. lys July 19, 2012 at 2:49 pm -  Reply

    hottest place was Egypt, Valley of the Kings, well worth the heat 44+ oC, would go back in a heartbeat x

  9. Jillian Jones July 19, 2012 at 2:52 pm -  Reply

    The casting shop at ‘Merrell Castings’ Warstone Lane Hockley Birmingham :))

  10. Jillian Jones July 19, 2012 at 2:54 pm -  Reply

    also …The Blue Lagoon at Bluestone Resorts Pembrokeshire lol x

  11. Tess Fishwick July 19, 2012 at 2:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie,
    49c in Palm Springs, California…that was hot !

  12. Jane Dunkley July 19, 2012 at 2:59 pm -  Reply

    When I was in the Nubian Desert in Eygypt it was 45C.

  13. Denise Mattison July 19, 2012 at 3:00 pm -  Reply

    39 and 40 in zante back end of june, was bouncing over this temp for a few days, thank god for air con lol

  14. carolann hartshorne July 19, 2012 at 5:09 pm -  Reply

    debbie you asked about the hottest places we have been… As a holiday rep I enjoyed many places I think the hottest was in August 1998 Kusadasi Turkey. We had at one point 58 degrees – the swimming pools were hot to get into, people were in hospital with heat related problems and we had massive eartquakes… Wow it was one HOT summer..
    Carolann Hartshorne.

  15. Claire Stevens July 19, 2012 at 7:28 pm -  Reply

    Just come back from Turkey Debs and it was hot hot hot 55 degress xxxx

  16. debs flint July 20, 2012 at 2:16 pm -  Reply

    Joy – how sweet, thank you hon! Would love to be in print, but maybe I’ll just be in e-book! (Joy’s talking about my romance novel I’m writing which I will mention in my next blog – as i did on facebook. nb if you’re not a facebook friend yet, ping me a request, my daughter does her best to keep up with them for me).
    Yes Joy i will pass your message on to marlene too as she’s seriously looking at running an evening class or a weekend cookery course down south somewhere.
    thanks for commenting hon!

  17. debs flint July 20, 2012 at 2:21 pm -  Reply

    Lys – OMG – 44 degrees C in Valley of the kings! Now I’d love to go to egypt – still never ever been – but – big BUT – wonder if they do a portable air con unit you can wear like a space suit! lol. I was bad enough in 37C in Tuscany! Was it humid in Egypt tho I wonder – I imagine it to be quite dry.
    Can’t wait to go , one day… Have to be able to retreat to an air conditioned boat tho, on a Nile cruise maybe.. 🙂

  18. debs flint July 20, 2012 at 2:23 pm -  Reply

    Jillian – am guessing theyre in-jokes hon! lol. What’s the blue lagoon then – some indoor entertainment centre perhaps? Nice of you to leave me a comment – always appreciated!

  19. debs flint July 20, 2012 at 2:24 pm -  Reply

    Tess, Palm Springs gets that hot eh? How fascinating all these comments are – many places i’ve never been to. And with that sort of heat, am unlikely to! lol
    appreciate your comment hon – thank you!

  20. debs flint July 20, 2012 at 2:28 pm -  Reply

    Jane – yes a lot of people commented about Egypt , on my facebook page too – but what were you doing in the Nubian Desert? and where is it? Were you just passing thru? Staying at a wadi? Hob-nobbing with a Sheik? Oh ok, I guess i’ve been reading too many Mills and Boon Romances… hehe!
    ps thank you for leaving me a comment!

  21. debs flint July 20, 2012 at 2:30 pm -  Reply

    Denise – my thoughts exactly! Oh man (as Mr Back of my Tandem says (!), ) where would i be without air con in those hot temps! I put mine on in the car in the UK let alone in over 40 degree temps! Xante a greek island, yes? They’re having another heat wave over there now, I believe!
    Hope you enjoyed your hol anyway tho!

  22. debs flint July 20, 2012 at 2:36 pm -  Reply

    Carolann – oh my good god! 58 degrees!! 58!!!! Turkey sounds like one of the hottest places from all the comments I’ve read – and what stories I bet you can tell eh, from your time as a rep!
    Not just known for being an avid kipling collector eh! ta for commenting!

  23. debs flint July 20, 2012 at 2:38 pm -  Reply

    Claire – 55 in turkey just recently too! Wow there’s certainly something going on with this weather isn’t there, for sure! Ta so much for contributing to the worldwide weather survey! lol!
    Gosh I’m only just back from my travels but all this talk is making me yearn to book my next hol! lol
    best wishes

  24. Val Holliday July 23, 2012 at 5:16 pm -  Reply

    45 in Egypt just able to float in pool or beach. Even had to get minibus back from beach 100 yards as so hot.

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