Castles, cakes and my hand op… (and Liz Earle – buy now!)


Another amazingly busy week this last week – see pictures below of my trip to the castle where I ate cake, a very handsome man and the operation on my wrist (part one – the carpel tunnel op is early November), plus sneaky peeks of the week ahead. But first, newsflash – here is the early bird link for Sunday’s (22nd) Liz Earle Today’s Special Value – a six-piece Complete Face & Body Botanical Beauty set with gift bag. You can buy it now instead of waiting till Sunday. Hundreds have already gone, so don’t miss out! How on earth do you get this much product for around £50 and on Easy Pay?! That’s two or three Christmas presents sorted out, right there, surely? By more than one and you save on postage too.


Castles and Cake

Last week before I went to Exeter for my operation on my wrist, I was treated to a trip around one of the local landmarks with my lovely friend Wendy. She’s my neighbour down in Sheepwash, and cooks all the meals for our guests. This is a truly historic building, a proper castle, and one oozing with history. Now if you know me, you will know I love history! So I spent quite a time reading all the display boards in the little museum/shop.

They said that the family tree was very important back in the day, whenever lineage was in question, since this is how they proved who should inherit a title. It is still a family home and we had a very interesting look around inside, where you cannot take photographs. But outside, I took a little video. What a lovely location and a great day out.

To see the video I put on my Facebook page click here, and do ‘like’ the page in order to see all my updates as I post them! Then afterwards Wendy and I had a nice lunch in the cafe in the grounds of the castle. I do like sightseeing and being a tourist – on the rare moments I get time off!

Mally sneaky peek! 

I bought some Christmas presents whilst we were there, too. But I must say there are some brilliant gift ideas coming up soon on QVC. For instance, the Mally Christmas nine-piece (well, 12 including the three bags!) make-up set for gifting, on air next Thursday (26th.) This is a superb purchase, as for a little over £12 per gift, you can give three. Give someone three eyeliners, or three mascaras, or three eyeshadows, all in delightful little bags. Looking forward to being on with Mally – if it lasts – at 10 o’clock on Thursday 26th October!


Can you see the little bump at the bottom of where my thumb joins my wrist? It used to be much bigger, and showed up very much when I was doing bracelets on QVC! Now it has nearly gone. Why? Because I had my ganglion operated on. Eek! Actually it was a local anesthetic, and I watched the whole thing on ultrasound. But I won’t put the gory pictures on here, I am only going to put them on my own website blog about my operation. Have a read and then come back and tell me if you have ever had anything similar done and did it stay away?

Saturday Night Fever – ish! 

This week I actually managed to go out on Saturday night! Met up with my lovely daughter Lauren and handsome son Bradley, both featured in this photograph, for a catch up. Then went off to big family do, for Heather who got married recently. It was a packed hall in North Cheam – did not stop my niece Jodi throwing some shapes on the dance floor ha ha ha. Don’t get too excited though, I did have an early night… Slept in my niece Izzy’s bed, which is about four feet off the ground and has the most tiny stepladder, I could hardly fit my bum through the gap at the top 🙂 because Lauren and Nick were sleeping in my bed. Felt like Goldilocks!

P.S. Hot off the press, brother Glenn maybe moving house further towards Sanderstead, assuming it all comes off. I will say goodbye to the little Annex then and hopefully have a bedroom in the main house 🙂 or else I will be bringing a sleeping bag in my car each week… Just joking. 🙂

Seafood Meal 

Had some amazing food this week, courtesy of Wendy! I must admit my favourite meal was this one, a delicious fish stew including muscles, cod, and salmon. I did sneak a bit of the vegetarians’ lentil Dahl too however ha ha! But what did they used to eat in wartime? This? Or other more quirky fare? I write about 1940s Farmhouse Fare on my website, have a read and then come back and let me know the most unusual thing you’ve ever eaten!

Orange Flower Dessert   

And what about this for dessert? This looks good enough to eat! Because you CAN, ha ha. Our garden is full of these, so we thought we would put them to good use in a homemade chocolate pudding. 🙂

Book of the Week

One of the biggest blockbuster authors is back! Origin, the new Dan Brown is what I’m currently listening to on audio book and I can already see it in my mind, appearing on the big screen. There is a fascinating premise to the plot, which is already gripping me and making me want to read on. As usual I can’t guess what it is – can you? More on my Book of the Week blog on my website.

This weekend on QVC 

What an exciting weekend ahead of us! Today is be a beauty gift bonanza, featuring the Magnitone facial cleansing brush, around £39.96 (+P&P) and is a great idea if someone really wants to care about their skin.

I will also be with Patrick from Quacker Factory at 2pm, do join us! Here are some stocking filler ideas you can get right now with a Christmas theme meanwhile. Then a superb bargain! The Amazon fire set of two 7″ tablets featuring Alexa, with extras, for an outstanding price, may sort all the kids out immediately! Or fab for a couple who need to upgrade their tablet. You don’t have to wait till Saturday, (when I will be on the 10pm show with me and my telly hubby Lee Hohbein), you can buy it now!

Sunday as above – the Liz Earle six-piece set, here’s a reminder of the link

Next week

Monday has Millie ankle boot from Vionic

…and over on the QVC Beauty channel the Big Deal of the Week is the three-piece complexion connection from Studio 10.

Tuesday has a comfy swing top from anybody. Wednesday will sort out your Christmas lighting needs, with Home Reflections, 250 lights and around £20! Thursday as above is the Mally set, and Friday is the long-awaited Lola Rose infinity scarf. It’s all go for Christmas this year that’s for sure. Plus as usual, a whole day of Christmas events on Wednesday the 25th, don’t forget, including the lovely Alison Cork and her amazing home-made decorations. Shop here
Finally on Thursday at 11pm I get to be on here at last with my man Antthony and his fashion designs. Looking forward to it, meanwhile shop his wonderful fashions here including some incredible reductions!

Next week – I take a rare day off to go to see my friend Carolyn in Cambridge and hopefully start breaking the back of my novel. I am going to try to finish it in November as part of National Novel Writing Month – NaNoWriMo.

Are you taking part?

Have a great week!



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  1. Sally October 20, 2017 at 3:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Deb not being technical minded I thought I’d say here I have actually had both surgeries you mention and after at least 10+ years I’ve had no further trouble. All the best

  2. Tina Cameron October 20, 2017 at 5:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie, i had the same on my hand , it went away on it’s own. although now i have some form of arthritis in the same place, i think. just had xray so will see x

  3. Jill DowdingWalker October 21, 2017 at 12:28 am -  Reply

    I did NaNoWriMo last year, but this November is shaping up to be exceedingly busy, so I am likely to miss it this year. It is great fun – have you done it before?
    Great blog!

  4. Alli rapley October 21, 2017 at 1:06 am -  Reply

    Have had carpal tunnel done 2times in one wrist and 3on the other,good luck

  5. Marie October 21, 2017 at 7:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie, I don’t know how you fit everything you do into a normal persons week!!
    When you next see Lee, would you ask him if there are any plans to offer the 10″ tablet from Amazon before Christmas? It would make a fab pressie.

    Thanks Marie

  6. Josephine Jennings October 22, 2017 at 9:36 am -  Reply

    Best wishes Deb for the operation on your hand. Looking forward towards the week on QVC.

  7. Alison October 22, 2017 at 12:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Deb’s. I have a ganglion on both wrists but my Drs Won’t do anything unless ihey get bigger !! My brother in law had one on the back of his hand, had an op after trying the old fashioned way of hitting it hard with a bible~~~
    anyway it hasn’t come back.
    Alison xx

  8. Karen October 22, 2017 at 1:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie.., Another full and very interesting blog! I especially loved hearing about your Castle visit – the UK is a wonderful place and full of history! I just love Castles too & plenty up here in Scotland!
    I have purchased the Fab Liz Earle Kit – amazing value!
    All the best with your wee Op and catch up with you soon!

    Karen xx

  9. Debbie Flint October 26, 2017 at 12:16 am -  Reply

    Hey all! Thanks so much for your kind feedback – and reassurances that nearly all the ops you mention have gone well. It makes me feel optimistic that i’ll be able to type more intensively and get that pigging novel done! lol!!!
    And yes I hope NaNoWriMo will help me!
    hugs all

  10. Christine November 9, 2017 at 9:41 am -  Reply

    I had carpal tunnel release surgery in June this year on my left wrist (I am right handed). It is much better than it was, although still improving (I can now touch type – which I could no longer do prior to surgery). Don’t expect too much too soon!

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