All change


Catherine celebrating the JubileeWell, I don't quite know where to begin filling you in since my last blog!

Those of you who are in touch with me on twitter (I'm @TheHuntley) will know I've had some major dramas with my home which have resulted in my being temporarily homeless since the 1st of April (if only it had all been some elaborate April Fools prank!).

I'm delighted to say that I have found a new Chez Huntley to call home and we move on Thursday! Having to live out of suitcases with all of our belongings in storage has been rather challenging but the Huntleys have risen to the challenge and are looking forward to a fresh new start in the new place.

Chiswick Park welcome packThe move overlaps with the major move from QVC's original home in Battersea to our new place in Chiswick, West London! It's been all systems go for quite a while. Finally, we are settling in nicely and we're so happy that so many of you have given us great feedback on the look of our lovely new studios. Thank you.

I was rather delighted with my welcome pack (pictured left)…full of great goodies. I now share a dressing room with fabulous Anne Dawson. We have a great room with a window overlooking Chiswick Park. We're looking forward to being roomies together although our shifts mean that we don't actually cross paths all that often. Hopefully we'll get some time for a nice cuppa together soon.

Catherine's birthday mugAmidst all this moving malarkey I had another major milestone in my life. On June 6th I turned 40! This coincided with QVC's final day of broadcasting from Marco Polo House in Battersea. I was actually really glad to be working on that day. Very symbolic waving goodbye to the past which had served us so well (and which we'll always have countless memories of) and looking forward to the beginning of a new era. It applied both to moving premises and to waving a fond farewell to my 30s. It will be exciting to see what the future brings in both cases!

QVC's Jubilee tributeIn the same week I turned 40 we were also treated to the Queen's Diamond Jubilee! What a year for change and celebration this is. The road to QVC was closed to cars but we saw masses of crowds, union jacks flying, filtering through on the Sunday to watch the river pageant. They also stopped to take photos of QVC and, especially, our garden tribute to Her Majesty and Prince Phillip (pictured left)! We were even mentioned on the BBC's coverage of the event due to the attention they were receiving!

It was so special to be right there amidst the action. Had we moved to Chiswick a few days earlier than we did, we'd have missed out on that spectacular atmosphere of being right at the heart of it all.

I have postponed my 40th celebrations until later in the year; it's all a bit too hectic to be planning a big party just now. My daughter turns 18 next month, though, and has asked for us to have a joint 18th/40th do, which I am over the moon about. We are looking at August so I'll have to make a start on planning for it pretty soon. Can't quite get my head around the fact that it's June already as the weather has led me to believe otherwise!! Maybe we'll get a heat wave for Christmas?

Those of you who caught James Duigan, author of the 'Clean and Lean' book series and personal fitness guru to the stars, bringing his yummy cookbook to QVC will have another chance to see him and his wife, Christiane, on Tuesday 3rd July. I'm telling you in plenty of time as his book sold out in under eight minutes last time! I've been reading it and plan to implement his advice to create a cleaner, leaner me! Let me know if you've tried it and how you've got on.

See you soon!

Lots of love,



  1. sharon spary June 12, 2012 at 3:34 pm -  Reply

    hi catherine,
    watching your show with claire this afternoon gem fest, really enjoying it,
    luv luv luv your dress, would luv one, rang to see if it was from qvc, was told it isnt, what a shame, it looks gorgeous on u, am i allowed to ask where its from….
    have qvc on most of day, luv the shows…. lol sharon

  2. jon June 12, 2012 at 6:06 pm -  Reply

    hi cathrine
    how are you? just want to say you are fit and sexy, you should be doing bikini modeling. take care and bye for now…cheerio

  3. Sara June 14, 2012 at 5:24 am -  Reply

    Hi Catherine,
    Don’t think I’ve commented before but just saw about all your house traumas, how horrible. Landlords can really be terrible in maintaining things, I hope you manage to take appropriate action but at the same time, try not to get too consumed by it as you move on – you’ve already had to put up more than enough! At least it has meant you are out of there. Hope you get to pamper yourself in the new place and recover from the shock, all the best,

  4. sharon spary June 14, 2012 at 3:31 pm -  Reply

    hi catherine, watched your programe this week with claire gem fest, really enjoyde the show, absoultley luv your pink dress, thought it was a qvc one but rang up to see if it was, unfortunatley it wasnt, would luv to know where its from, luv the stlye and coulours of it,
    u always look so glamerous,
    lol sharon xxx

  5. Julie June 15, 2012 at 7:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine
    Happy belated Birthday for 6th.
    Glad you’ve found a new house- with houses and cars you’ll never have any money and they’re alot of worry.
    Haven’t written on your blog for a while but hope all’s well.
    Since my last message have become a Grandmother (19 months now) and I absolutely love it. She’s gorgeous albeit cheeky but wouldn’t want it any other way.(people mistake me for her Mum!!)
    I can only guess you’re not learning welsh anymore?? Is your son still at uni there?
    Couldn’t agree more about the year flying by but the weather is awful for summer!!
    Take care
    Julie xxx

  6. c weston July 4, 2012 at 2:54 pm -  Reply

    hi Catherine. Watched you today presenting Very Vollbracht fashion. Unfortunately couldn’t order while you were presenting as you did not give out any measurements!! We all know you love the clothes but not all of us get to try them on in the studio like you and as much as we love you it is so annoying that you seem to forget you are selling the clothes to us viewers and it is not all about you !!

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