Celebrations, crazy cats, and Clogau


What a lovely sunny day it is here in London! At last, the sun has re-appeared and the daffodils are out and smiling. Such an encouraging time of year, I think. I’m not the biggest fan of the cold weather and delight in seeing signs of warmer times ahead. I do hope you’re getting some sun where you are, too.

If you’re a regular to my blog you will know that I came very close to losing my mum last year. She has bounced back like I never could have imagined! She is truly amazing. I’m very happy to report she celebrated her 81st birthday this month. We spent the day together, a couple of hours of tea and cake with her friends and neighbours, and then a few more hours just relaxing together while watching a bit of telly… before polishing off a bit more cake and generally laughing a lot.

Mum birthday 2

This included us trying to do ‘selfie pouts’. I find them a bit silly and so it was funny to try out our best faces although the phrase “bulldog chewing a wasp” came to mind as we chuckled at our gurning. Daft old birds, the pair of us!

Mum birthday 1

Cat lovers, I know you like to hear about Pixie & Popsie. I love hearing about your pets, too, so please let me about them in the comments below! I’m still in the process of finishing our home renovations but it always surprises me how the girls find themselves a comfy place to nestle down regardless of the chat which surrounds us. Here they are under the dining table giving my red chairs a lovely thick coating of white fur. Thank goodness for my Dyson! I’d be lost (and looking like the abominable snowman with their hairs all over me) without it.

Cats on chairs edit

My cats are quite big headed, it’s the breed. They are British Shorthairs. Pixie is the runt of the litter but Popsie has the typical features, including the large bonce! Sometimes I think it even gets a little heavy for her to hold up when she sleeps (here she is face planted’ in the chair!). I just find them adorable. They make me laugh.

Popsie face plant edit

My mum isn’t the only one celebrating this month. My beloved Clogau are marking 19 years on QVC this weekend! Clogau is a second generation family business based in Wales, and last year they celebrated their 25th anniversary (although their royal heritage and cultural legacy spans the last century). Their background, families, relationships and emotions are all important elements that make up their heritage and these remain of the utmost importance to Clogau and their customers. Every piece they create contains rare Welsh gold, the same gold as used by royalty for over 100 years.

We have lots of new designs, special pricing and guests of honour. Clogau ambassador (and all round lovely gent) Graham Stock will be with us, of course. Also joining Alison Keenan in Saturday’s 1pm show will be Ben Roberts, managing director of Clogau. It remains a family business to this day with Ben being MD and his sister, Sam, the designer.

We will also be welcoming Editor of Retail Jeweller magazine, Ruth Faulkner. Under Ruth’s stewardship the title has gone from strength to strength and is now recognised as the most-respected industry publication in its field. At almost 90 years old, Retail Jeweller is the oldest jewellery industry trade magazine in the UK. We all celebrated with Clogau last year as they won Bridal Collection of the Year and the highly coveted Brand of the Year at the Retail Jeweller UK Jewellery Awards.

I’m thrilled to be unveiling some new designs I’ve been working on. One is an adaptation of the Preseli bluestone ring, which we have also previously created in a pendant. This time it’s a pair of gorgeous earrings. I must admit to having my favourite, though.

Daff ring edit

This is a matching ring to the very necklace I worked on with Sam (read the story here). Here’s a little photo – I’ve bought mine already!

Daff ring 2 edit

I’ve recently been throwing myself into learning the Welsh language. It’s something I’ve intended to do for years but only ever learned a few phrases. I find Wales, its heritage and language rather magical and, seeing as so many people have referred to me as being an ‘honorary Welsh’ woman due to my passion for the nation, it seems a natural desire for me. Thanks for bearing with me if I get it wrong sometimes but maybe you can call in to my shows at 8pm and 11pm on Saturday so we can have a little natter in Welsh? English speakers, of course, welcome also!

I just hope you can join us. If you can’t then I wish you a lovely weekend whatever you’re up to!

Lots of love,

Catherine xxx


  1. Pam February 25, 2016 at 3:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine your cats are beautiful. I have had 2 British Shorthairs and although sadly not with me still I miss them terribly. They really are a wonderful breed of cat. I now have 2 Bengal cats that are both 6 years old (brother & sister) and they are so vocal, I never realised that they would make so much noise! Glad to hear that your mum is doing so well.

  2. Catherine Huntley February 26, 2016 at 7:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pam,

    Lovely to hear from you. I’m so sorry your little British Shorthair kitties are only here in your memories now but I’m also so happy that they made such an impact of love upon you. They are such special cats, they really are.

    I hadn’t realised Bengal cats were vocal. I’ve never seen one in person but they look fairly large from the videos I’ve seen of them. Very beautiful, too.

    Thanks for your kind words about my mum. I know she reads the blogs and has been very touched by how many people, like yourself, have been so generous in taking time to write and ask after her.

    Give those kitties a hug from me,

    Love Catherine xxx

  3. Julie February 27, 2016 at 1:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine
    I always love reading your blogs. Have just read your previous one. How kind of that lady.
    Am struggling myself at the moment so it was nice to read something nice.
    Glad you’re learning the Welsh language. It must be hard for you not being Welsh. In Wales it is compulsory to learn it in school to a certain age-well it was when I was in school many moons ago! Did you watch the rugby last night? Another win!!!! I know you went a few years ago.
    I am watching Clogau at the moment with Ali K and your ring is on-lovely.
    Take care
    Julie x

  4. Jean Pugh February 27, 2016 at 9:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine,
    Wow your Mum looks well bless her as she went through such much recently. I expect she enjoyed her birthday, lovely cake, looks good enough to eat.

    Oh your Cat’s I do love them, lovely photo of them together under the dining table.

    The comments you made in your last blog to me where I mentioned about the dogs I had lost in the last year were very touching thank you. You are always such a caring sweet person.

    Love the Clogau jewellery, so delicate and pretty, will have to look out for that show. Looking forward to seeing your designs, love the pendant.

    Glad the house is coming along,you have worked so hard on that.

    Take Care.

    Love Jean XX

  5. Marverine COle February 28, 2016 at 10:21 am -  Reply

    Lovely to see your gorgeous Mum, Catherine. She looks really well! My Mum and yours are a year apart; my Mum was 80 a few weeks ago. And great to hear about your involvement again with Clogau – you’re so clever learning Welsh! Lots of love and see you soon xxx

  6. Anita March 6, 2016 at 11:39 pm -  Reply

    Thank you for remembering those who have lost their mums.

  7. Catherine Huntley March 7, 2016 at 3:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julie,

    Nice to hear from you. I’m still cracking on with the Welsh. I actually did watch the rugby! Well, when I say watch I had it on with subtitles as practice to help me familiarise myself with Welsh when it’s spoken quickly. Even I got caught up in the excitement near the end, though!

    I’m sorry to hear you are struggling just now. I do hope things are getting better for you and I’m sending you a virtual hug.

    Love Catherine x

  8. Catherine Huntley March 7, 2016 at 3:08 pm -  Reply

    Hello Jean,

    Lovely to hear from you again. My mum is doing so well. I swear she’s going backwards in age instead of forwards! She’s lost a lot of weight and is so much healthier (despite the choccy cake).

    Love to you from me and the kitties,

    Catherine x

  9. Catherine Huntley March 7, 2016 at 3:11 pm -  Reply

    Sweet Marv,

    Thanks for taking the time to come visit me on my blog! Happy belated 80th birthday wishes to your mum. I hope she enjoyed her milestone birthday. Shame we don’t live closer or we could have set them up on a pensioner play date! Haha! 🙂

    Lovely to see you around at work but our shifts do mean we are like ships passing in the night!! Hope to see you soon, marvellous Marv!

    Love Catherine x

  10. Catherine Huntley March 7, 2016 at 3:12 pm -  Reply

    Dear Anita,

    I appreciate it must be a very bittersweet time. I hope you have lovely memories to remind you of happy times.

    Love and hugs,

    Catherine x

  11. David Dighton March 9, 2016 at 10:09 am -  Reply

    Hi Catherine …Awww your Cats look so beautiful are they fussy eaters ? i have a couple of cats peppa And Daisy 2 sisters got they from Peterborough cat rescue had them about a year and they love sleeping and eating in that order lol but also love lots of fuss ..Wishing you good luck hopefully spring is not far away ! best Wishes David x

Leave a reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Never miss a post!

Sign up to our QGossip feed to get the latest posts in your mailbox.

QVC uses first and third party cookies to enhance your use of this website and provide you with a personalised browsing experience. We do so in accordance with our Privacy Statement and our Cookie Policy. To learn more and change your preferences click here. By actively continuing to use this website, closing this banner or clicking the OK button below, you consent to our use of cookies.

The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.