When the BBC came to our tea rooms in Sheepwash!


First, here’s the Early Bird order links for Saturday’s Skechers crochet slip ons and Sunday’s Liz Earle Botanical Beauty offer– do get them early it’s going to be busy!

Second, well done to Angela Dunne for winning last week’s competition – they’ll be another one next month.

BBC comes to our Tea Rooms for MDD

Did you see it? The Spotlight team came to the Medical Detection Dogs charity event at the pop up tea rooms we did at Retreats for You last weekend – and it helped raise awareness no end, thanks to Andrea’s fab little report. If you missed it do go see it here.

Then on Sunday Charlie Bears founders and QVC guests, William and Charlotte Morris came down for the superb generous donation of £4000 raised by the sale of little Bones bear/dog.

Plus there’s more to come as we’re now selling some of the remaining stock on the QVC Extra channel airings – go here to see it and to buy yours.

It was a lovely couple of days and the Medical Detection Dogs team came along three-fold, with Polo, Simba and trainee Joan creating havoc with my choccies out in the courtyard and on walks – they had lots of fun! And of course the serious side was also demonstrated during the weekend – with the owners being alerted by their dogs when their blood sugars got dangerously high or low – watch this alert with Carolyn and Simba, her black lab who is trained to bring her blood sugar test kit when he detects she needs to take urgent action.


And what about the actual vintage tea rooms ? Well we managed to have all the usual mis-matched crockery and some delicious cakes including Wendy’s sausage rolls, carrot cake and lemon drizzle, and Linda’s coconut butterfly cakes and Alix’s Devon Apple cake. Also thanks to Alisons’ generally marvellous fayre and the lovely helper Holly – what a team!

It was hard work but a great learning experience and I’ve kept the MDD table out in case visitors want to buy anything and find out more about these amazing canines who can help humans deal with disease (more here.) We aim to do another one around Easter time. Before then put in your diary the 2nd April if you can join myself and Patrick Hoy at Swanbourne where they are having their annual Dogs’ Day Out event – more here.


Vlog from Windy Bude Cliffs Omg watch this! We went on an outing during last week’s retreat and the wind was incredible – part of doris I fear.

RFY guest Kathi and I walked as close as we dare to view the breath-taking scenery on the beach far below whilst the dogs waited patiently in the car. We eventually took them to the beach though and they were zonked all afternoon!

Breaking first bread! A fabulous TiFFT this week (try it for the first time club) when I not only made my own bread (ok, with the help of Wendy’s breadmaker!) but also did dinner on Thursday night – a super marinated chicken stir fry – easy-ish, but for me, everything’s difficult. Next week I’m intending to do a kind of ‘Debbie does dinner’ and invite friends for me to practise on! Lol.

Newsletter Over on this week’s newsletter on my website, there’s a hot topic – firstly less clutter, more joy – having had several clear outs, I’m very pleased to say it works. And right now, my life is all about following the joy. And secondly a painful confession I made in my latest TTFLS book has coincidentally come up again in recent discussions with people at the Retreat in Devon so I’ve written a blog about it just in case anyone else is in a similar position and it helps. If it helps just one person I’ll be happy. More here.

Facebook funny – since I’m into my omega three fish oils big time, thought this was quite funny!


Ali aka trolley dolly! Lol

Watch – Broadchurch is back! I LOVED Broadchurch – big fan of Olivia Coleman. And David Tennant. And the third in the series continues with another case from the seaside town and features Lenny Henry as a suspect. If you can get your head past Lenny in the role, it looks really promising. Here’s the story so far. And here’s a little teaser of the new series starting on ITV this Monday. Super!


This week on QVC –

The weekend kicks off with Peony seasonal bouquet today – here’s the link to get it now. Then tomorrow it’s the Skechers Sort Active crochet slip on, followed by Sunday’s Liz Earle’s beauty botanics collection – early bird order link are at the top of this blog! Do join Caroline and me at 11am on Sunday morning though!

Monday is the Le Creuset signature cast iron 27cm oval chef’s pan; Tuesday is Judith Williams’ Long Life Beauty 5 pc cleanse target and repair collection; Wednesday is the H by Halston comfy French Terry Zip Front Top; Thursday is a new Instyler Curling and Volumising duo and Friday is the long-awaited Bareminerals beauty bootcamp offer! A busy week ahead!

Next week  – I begin nearly two weeks of annual leave, apart from Monday when I’m on air, then I’m back at the end of next week. My first shift serving in the community Sheepwash shop (Tuesday pm!) My son Brad turns 30 and I begin the big clean up of ‘that’ kitchen floor! AND a weekend writing retreat away in Bristol with the talented author Julie Cohen – and Julia Roberts! Have a fab time! And don’t forget to keep in touch via my social media (see below for links) – I do lots of updates especially here on my official Facebook page. And if you’re not on social media, just check out my website where I post links to blogs etc. Tons of ways to keep in touch!



Here’s the latest super testimonials about my new book TTFLS 4.0– More about it all here.

“This book has completely changed how I view food, eating and loosing weight. It’s the door to a lifetime of food prison and freedom beckons me through cant believe the ease I now have around food! I simply eat what I want when I’m hungry and stop when I’m full and the weight is coming off! End of that’s it simple how I wish I found this years ago! Thanks Debs!” from Jan R!

KEEP IN TOUCH – come join Facebook groups and Twitter, links here; follow my official QVC Facebook page here and subscribe to my weekly newsletter here.

MY NOVELS, SHORT STORIES AND WEIGHT LOSS BOOKS – just go to my website for all the info on my writer page – it’s here.

My paperbacksall online


Don’t forget that my new TTFLs book is now out– go here to see it! And stand by for lots of inspirational messages on my Facebook groups too!



  1. Angela Dunne February 24, 2017 at 10:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie, I found out today I have won your competition, thank you , it has made my day.Looking forward to trying Pixi one of the brands not tried before.
    I love your blogs, especially about the Medical Detection dogs as I am an animal lover.
    My daughter also called Lauren is getting married in June 2018 and I am luckily being allowed a bit of Input into the dress, cake and flowers.
    Enjoy your annual leave and thanks again x

  2. Jeremy James Hulme February 26, 2017 at 12:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie, great Omega 3 joke!
    Did you see the ‘Trust me I’m a doctor’ last week on bbc iplayer with Dr.Michael mosley? Very interesting regarding fish oil & supplements. I’ve recently started taking Bare Biology supplements having done some research into DHA & EPA, I’m only a few days in,but i’m hoping for good things. What has been your experience with fish oil supplements? Anyway tc thanks for the blog.

  3. Charlotte February 27, 2017 at 12:54 pm -  Reply

    Love your blogs, Debbie. Always amazed at how busy you are; not sure how you manage to fit it all in! x

  4. debs f March 2, 2017 at 12:02 pm -  Reply

    Angela –
    Congratulations hon! Prize is on its way i’m sure! Good luck with the wedding next year – I’m not ‘allowed input’ save to just give feedback on my Lauren’s choices – she very much knows what she wants – or what she and Nick want, should I say, it’s a joint effort! But I am looking forward to it.
    Ref the MDD – yes it’s very dear to my heart so I’m glad you like reading all about it!
    best wishes

  5. debs f March 2, 2017 at 12:02 pm -  Reply

    Charlotte –
    and thanks to you too for taking the time to leave me a comment! Not as many do, on here, nowadays due to all the social media communications, so I do appreciate it! x

  6. debs f March 2, 2017 at 12:06 pm -  Reply

    Jeremy –
    yes I did – shame as usual they didn’t give the full picture since they only gave how many g’s total, instead of showing which long chain fatty acids are present in the food they were giving examples of. It’s important because lower fatty acids, eg from plants, is not usually as useful to the body as it has to be converted first, to the higher ones, and many if not most, bodies, can’t do this efficiently. EPA is the fish oil that’s needed most, as is DHA especially for the brain, the depressed, kids under 5 and expectant and nursing mothers . My work with Dr Alex Richardson, the Oxford expert who did the original Durham school trials, has enlightened me no en. Her site ‘FABresearch.org’ is the best one for updates on how EPa and DHA help the body – do go look it’s brilliant!
    best wishes
    d x

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