It’s my birthday, I’ll eat pie if I want to!


Well what a place to spend your birthday! And what about this after pic of my kitchen, done whilst I was away. Plus funny dog pics and Will from Charlie Bears as you’ve never seen him before. Another eventful week…

Bordeaux Birthday
Well technically Castillon Celebrations, as it’s ninety mins from Bordeaux, but you get the idea. Yes, this week I had great fun on my third trip to Chez Castillion retreat in the South of France. The weather was mostly lovely – I mean lovely – and I felt so relaxed and rested when I returned. Whilst away I got a huge amount of my ‘work in progress’ novel, ‘French or Dutch’, finished (do check out this post on my page if you want to become one of my beta readers) and I celebrated my 55th birthday.

The town house has a lovely pool which I swam in twice, although the cold water did make me scream in a way that doesn’t go down well within the refined courtyard setting (!) but it is May. Previously I’ve visited in June when the water is warmer. But it was still hot enough, including on this day when I did my long ‘vlog’ from the banks of the Dordogne with Rory the resident hound.

Do go to my current newsletter on my website, to see more good news, pics and lots more videos of my holiday in France including VE parade, and the funniest clips of Rory the dog playing with Charlie the cat! And more – all here. (Don’t forget to subscribe to get my regular email updates.)

And here is a montage of other pics from my stay in Castillon –

Otherwise there are tons more on my Facebook updates and website news page, plus Jane Wenham Jones, top writer, is my book of the week this week here – if you want to be an author yourself – go here.

 Great news
Talking of great news, I also got some other brilliant news whilst I was away – talk about ‘about time’ and ‘couldn’t happen to nicer people’! More soon…


Will From Charlie Bears as you’ve never seen him before! Look at Will the Viking – love his updates! Watch out Charlie! Hehe! And don’t forget to get your Bones bear here before he sells out – now at a special price on QVC – and the brand will give £10 to Medical Detection Dogs (see below) for each one sold!

Utan coconut tanning water is back – new TSV! A pretty best kept secret amongst guests and presenters on QVC is Utan’s coconut tanning water – a clear fine mist that really does not smell the way other fake tans do. Well, the long-awaited Today’s Special Value will be here when I go back to work at midnight on Thursday 18th after my two-week break. I’m looking forward to bringing you it and giving myself a super tan in time for summer!


Don’t forget to use your Ultrasun with it though – my favourite kit from our once a day protection brand is this one – the hand protection duo.

Gabi’s Gallery – do go see her artwork! What a talented friend I have! If you are nearby, do go along to see Gabi’s art display. Craigy bought one recently and I must go get one for my new studio in Devon – it’d look great on the big white wall there. Super pics.


Kitchen – before and after Here’s the final look at the new kitchen – I cannot wait to get back and get everything in place, Wendy is looking forward to it too! With the new induction hob and extractor fan, electric oven and dishwasher and TONS of storage space as well as a huge new island just out of shot – we are very excited about it all! That’s the last of the big revamps at my guest house, Retreats for You in Devon – do email me if you’d like info about coming down and you can have a cuppa and a cake in the kitchen with us!

Facebook Funny – you just have to watch the funny little kitten at Chez Castillon – Charlie (as in Charlie Chaplin cos of his funny little black moustache) loves coming into see people – here he is trying to get attention outside my door!

Blooper – Another funny with Ali and Charlie this week!

Watch – a different one for you this week – here’s a look around the French Market in Castillon – it’s my live vlog which I did whilst in France. Lots of people love seeing these, and I do lots when I’m down in Devon too, it’s like having my own little TV channel! Do ‘like’ my Facebook page here, and also subscribe to my newsletters on my website here, in order to catch up on the regular updates and not miss any! Including lots of extra sneaky peeks during the week in between these blogs, with special offers, OTOs etc coming up that night. Worth joining Facebook for, and we all do them so go explore!

Go here to see the live vlog and accompany me round the French Market

Plus – I’m quite liking the look of ‘A Dog’s Purpose at the cinema – naturally, you know me and dogs! Must have another film fest when I get home!


PSMedical Detection Dogs Update – Claire the boss lady had another appearance on the BBC this week, this time talking about how the MDD dogs are being trained to detect Malaria! Incredible eh? The charity for which I’m an ambassador go from strength to strength. Plus, Molly the dog who is a cat detective – more here. Luv it.

This week on QVC As usual a wide range of super deals – I’ll be back on-air at midnight on the 19th May launching Utan’s first ever Today’s Special Value offer!

Tomorrow we’re bringing you a fab Lulu Guinness handbag and then on Sunday Dyson are back with their V6 Absolute vacuum cleaner.

Next week – C. Wonder are bringing us a gorgeous duster cover up on Monday 15th May – more in Pipa’s blog.

Then on Tuesday, Yankee Candle have a summer wax melt collection, which also comes with a cool melt warmer! Then on Wednesday, Margaret Dabbs London have their first ever TSV offer which comes with their top-rated Hydrating Foot Lotion in a huge 600ml salon size, their bestselling Foot Hygiene Cream and Nail & Cuticle Serum.

Next week – getting the kitchen up and running and a free short story for your delight and delectation – one with a difference this time! Have a lovely week. I will – I’m not back on air till Thursday 18th at midnight! Hugs x

Best wishes



This week’s testimonial shows, you can always combine Freedom Eating, from Till the Fat Lady Slims books, with any traditional diet or club – just like star member Anne K has – here’s her latest update from our online support group (more details below)

“I’m combining the Body Rescue Plan with Freedom Eating. This is Week 2, although I did do the 5 day Sugar Detox first. Watch this space – 10 and a bit weeks to go. I managed to eat out today for the second time – carrot and coriander soup. Bob had the bread and butter. And goats cheese penne with salad. I ate about half! I wore the recent Kim &Co maxi … here’s to progress! xx.

By the way, I’m loving being caffeine-free. I’ve found Tea pigs liquorice and peppermint tea. Great for a sweet taste after a meal. And not a sugar cube in sight! Xx”

Anne is coming down to Retreats for You on May 29th – one place left if you’d like to join us!

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  1. janet groves May 12, 2017 at 9:54 am -  Reply

    Hi Debbie,

    Happy Birthday looks lovely in France.

    “Cynthia” after my sister in law Lol!

    Best wishes
    Janet X

  2. Mary griffin May 12, 2017 at 3:27 pm -  Reply

    A dogs purpose is a brilliant film, especially if you are a dog lover. I watched it at the cinema with relatives I stayed with this week in Yorkshire.. Well worth watching..

  3. Sara B May 12, 2017 at 7:22 pm -  Reply

    Love the look of the kitchen. Goes well with the floor.

  4. Janie Smith May 12, 2017 at 10:07 pm -  Reply

    I am caffeine free too now and have been for a couple of months. Achi g joints have disappeared. It is amazing. That flavour t pigs are delishhhhhhhhh.

  5. A Taylor May 16, 2017 at 2:05 am -  Reply

    Happy birthday gorgeous lady!! Looking fab!! XOXO

  6. Lucy May 18, 2017 at 7:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie,great blog again!
    Happy belated birthday.Lucy x

  7. debs f May 19, 2017 at 3:03 am -  Reply

    Janet – thanks hon – great suggestion! x
    Mary – thanks for the recommendation – am hoping to see it with nieces!
    Sara, it does!
    Janie – well done missus. Was it just caffeine? For me it’s blimmin sugar – makes my joints ache too!
    A Taylor – awwww thanks!

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