Spring lambing, Jemma Kidd’s tiny pog and no more chocs for me!


Sheep and two lambsFirst breath, first steps, first lambs of spring
Wow – I think this week I've had one of the most amazing experiences ever! Talk about 'Try it For the First Time'! This week, townie Flint here watched two little lambs being brought into the world.

What an amazing sight – seeing them emerge, then open their eyes for the first time, then try to stand – all I can say is 'wow'! By the way, if you click on the video, be warned as it's a little gory – 'goal end alert'! Hehe!


Now I grew up a city girl, but have been loving living in the country for much of the last decade or so, but not until this week did I have my first true farmhand experience of that sight – one of the ubiquitous signs of spring.

Luke the farmer with a lamb and sheepAnd I have Luke – the chap who runs the farm – to thank, as he kindly let me follow him across the field and watch his skilful handling of, what is for him, is an everyday occurrence right now. He comes back after a couple of hours to collect the new-borns and ewes, and take them in overnight for tagging, treating etc. In fact, in the back of his van he had a curious sheep looking out the window at Luke holding up its two hour old lamb for me to meet. He even let me pet him around the ears – it was loooooovely! Just sat there and looked at me! Bless! Thank you Luke!

Meanwhile the newborns were taking their first steps and it was equally adorable. Even though it was practically the first of the month, I doubt I'll find another TiFFT to top it! Have you grown up around farm animals? What's your favourite memory?

The truth is in your blood!
The truth is in your bloodSecondly my other main news this week was that I went to see another fascinating sight – my own live blood under the microscope, as part of a brilliant nutritionist's current analysis of my body. It was another daily deal, (Groupon or Living Social) but well worth the money I paid.

Shirah is a lovely mum of two who runs a small business helping people get healthier and eat better, analysing their nutrition and deficiencies Woman analysing the bloodand she spoke such sense! Turns out we're both graduates of the Tony Robbins' Life Mastery in Hawaii, 2000 and '01, where I first had it done 12 years ago. She spends an hour asking lots of questions, then takes a pin prick of blood to look at under the microscope.

It turns out, after my Christmas and New Year chocolate setback (I blame my new mixer and Simon Brown's concoctions in kitchen hours! Hehe!), it's a bit sluggish, and has a bit too much acidity. She suspected as much from her one hour chat with me, and the blood test is done at the end to confirm her diagnosis. Well this will definitely give me a boost to get back to healthy eating in the run up to my forthcoming macrobiotic holiday. Can't hurt to eat more fresh veg and stuff eh? Which was the basic recommendation – and I need to do a bit to help my liver detox considering all the wubbish I've been shovelling down me throat over the past few months!

Debbie's blood under the microscopeSo I came away with a lot of info, some recommendations for supplements and so on, and am a happy bunny! I love learning new stuff, and this was fascinating. For a little info pack, she said you can just email her on info@vitalise-nutrition.co.uk. Her clinics are in West Norwood, south east London, and in Lewes on the south coast. Here's what my blood looked like under the microscope – fascinating stuff!

To find out more just search 'live blood microscopy' on YouTube – listen to the commentary on some of them, it's just fascinating. And you know me – I'm a sponge when it comes to learning about something new! 🙂

Jemma Kidd and her cute little dogHere's the pic I promised on air! Last weekend I had a fab show with the lovely and talented Jemma Kidd who was in for an hour of her superb cosmetics – including the incredibly good value Artist's Pro Palette (NB – it's in stock now – having only been on advance orders previously – go for it – 26 different examples of her products – all you add is foundation and mascara!).

Anyway, talking backstage, she had this delightful little hound which had kept so still on her lap I didn't realise he was there! Sooo sweet! Lovely lady too and really good quality cosmetics. Have you tried them?

Mine were four knackered pogs earlier this week after one particularly energetic dog walk in the still-sunny weather! Mind you, I managed to wear myself out in the process, too! I left them languishing in the shade whilst I got on with some gardening. I have to take Holly in to the vets soon 'cos she seems to be struggling to climb through things like a stile, or out of the stream, so although her back legs got a clean bill of health for flexibility a month ago (not dysplasic yet it seems), I'd better go get her checked out. Will keep you informed.

Peony tulipGarden update – the plants are blooming! Funny that! Lol. And I've managed to heed Richard Jackson for a change and keep my fledgling begonias indoors till the chance of frost has passed. So far 8 of the 12 corms from a February Plant of the Month pack have now sprouted – just four more to go!

And I was delighted to see the first of the beautiful peony tulips which I planted over Christmas, springing up outside – yay! I grew something right! Am a proper grown up… well, a little bit anyway! Veg planting coming soon too – potatoes are in so far. Strawbs doing well (but then you can't really kill them)! What are you growing this year?

Robert LustigFinally in Snippets this week, and following on from a topic I've been discussing a fair bit with friends and family, and still on the theme of nutrition, another piece from one of my heroes of health, Dr Robert Lustig and others. Do find the time-  if you can – to watch this short video mentioned on AOL this week – the USA '60 Minutes' programme investigating some stunning new information about sugar.

If you needed any help with avoiding it, this might do the job! I've mentioned the YouTube sensation 'Sugar the Bitter Truth' before. Well this latest prog brings even more ground-breaking studies to light. If you're not a science geek, don't bother! But if you like it, and find it interesting, let me know and I'll keep on sharing things like this! Otherwise wait till after Easter, what with all those eggs – be rude for you not to! Lol.

Debbie's eyelashes after using Revitalash'Solo Cougar's Survival Kit' – #16 of 20 – Now to bat those eyelashes! Girls – if you need longer lashes, whatever the mascara you use, RevitaLash (the 2ml Advanced Conditioner, or the bargain Eye Impact Collection) could do the trick! I know I've raved about it before, but this week I was so impressed with what I saw in the mirror, having recently got on the ball again with my nightly applications.

It's an overnight treatment – like an eyeliner – and I saw big results within the first two and half weeks. Longer lashes, and more of them, and easier to coat with mascara! This latest pic shows how great they are now – and I believe it's all down to RevitaLash. The advanced formula suits my eyes better, and if I keep using it, the results continue! Fab! Even Mr 'Back of My Tandem' (see last week's blog!) commented too! Lol.

Facebook fun
Your Japanese nameHAHA! Loved these two teasers from Facebook this week – first, create your own 'Japanese name' by using the syllables as below – then leave me a comment below and tell me what is yours! Debbie becomes 'TeKu-TuTu-KiKu'! Just click on the pic to the left to expand it.

And next here's another little brain teaser for you – and I have to admit – I didn't immediately spot it! Did you? Answer is at the bottom of this Spot the mistakeblog, for those that just can't work it out!

Not so much a blooper, but a little light hearted moment this week, on the Dennis Basso show – when Dennis insisted I go over and be a model! At 5'4" it'll never happen – but it was fun 'playing' with the grown ups! Lol!

WATCH – didn't get to see 'Mirror Mirror' this week, one of the two Snow White blockbusters hitting the big screen this year. So instead, here's a BBC iPlayer recommendation, 'Woolly Mammoths – Secrets From the Ice', available for the next few weeks on iPlayer. Find out about the most amazing research that's been carried out on woolly mammoth remains.

I'm a total archaeology/history geek, as you may know, so no surprises one of my favourite presenters, scientist Alice Roberts, makes it to this week's 'Watch' strand. Have a gander if you get the chance – it's amazing what they can discover from a few strands of woolly mammoth hair. Real woolly mammoths, that lived thousands of years ago! Wow!
EAT – this week not only am I looking more closely at what I snack on now, but on 'The Apprentice', they had to concoct a new sauce. Funnily enough it featured Tiptree Jam Factory – where I used to live! (in Tiptree, not in the factory! Lol) So, for this section this week, something simple – a Waitrose dip with Spicy Sweet Potato and Carrot – really delicious and worth a try.

Thought it'd make a change if you're sick of me banging on about restaurant food every week! Lol! Since I'm now going to begin my summer health kick, in the countdown to my macrobiotic health food holiday in Scotland at the end of April, it seems a slightly more health conscious choice to make (otherwise go for Green & Black's Organic Dark Chocolate with Espresso! Lol!)

Miceal MurphyQVC – an interesting Saturday night slot for you to put in your TV diary if you're in – this week, Miceal and I will be co-presenting a lovely hour together at 9pm – it's always nice to share a show with a fellow host, so tune in to a QVC Selection – aka 'Love QVC' – if you can!

Then later that night I'm launching the new excellent hair removal Today's Special Value at midnight! Let me know if you've had great results using the No! No! before! Plus a bonus Tiana B show on Sunday 11pm.

Stephanie WeightmanThis week, it's also a big welcome – or welcome back I'm told! – to our lovely new craft guest. As you may have seen from the promos, you can now join our new main craft host Stephanie Weightman – crafter extraordinaire and Craft Personality of the Year four years running – watch out for her next show at 10am on Wednesday 11th April.

Next week… watch out also for a new show which will be a highlight of Titanic Sapphire & Diamond Ornate Ringthe week for me as a viewer – Ali Keenan presenting the new Titanic Jewellery Collection at 6pm on Tuesday 10th April – how exciting! I'm in later that night, with Centigrade Coats amongst other things, but will definitely go have a peek at the trolley – if there's anything not sold out by the time I get in!

Loads more online – don't forget you can check out our schedules on the main home page – just click on QVC TV Guide for the week ahead and all your favourite presenters listed show by show!

S20 laundry sheetsFINALLY, This Week I Are Been Mostly Using… the famous S20 laundry sheets! Partly because I had so many visitors all needing new bedding, and also partly because there's a current single wash promotion being sent out in some of the many QVC parcels dispatched from Liverpool, whereby Akos, the guest from the US, wants anyone who gets one to let him know what they think next time he's over.

I really like them – if I just have a normal soiled load they do the job fine, especially in conjunction with my Ecoegg to just give the washing a bit more oomph! If you've used one of these clever sheets to good effect, do leave a comment below – especially if you've got any other uses for it. I cleaned my white trainers once!

Anyway have a fabulous week ahead and enjoy Easter! I'm off Good Friday and seeing son Brad on Easter Monday, so it'll be lovely to have a nice break and hopefully enjoy some sunshine! You never know, miracles might happen! No chocolate eggs for me this year – natch! But will no doubt find some alternative way of treating myself!

Have a great week!


P.S. the answer to Spot the Mistake is… how do you spell mistake?!


  1. Cynthia Martin April 5, 2012 at 10:32 pm -  Reply

    Debbie watching the lambs being born took me back a few years, also brought tears to my eyes. I’m like you, a townie but my relations are farmers so school holidays I used to stay on the farm and help with lambing and the orphans or the lambs rejected by their mother I used to feed on the bottle and every time I went into the orchard, where they were kept, they would run and jump up at me like a dog would, thats when I became vegetarian that was 61 years ago, how could I eat my little lambs but a great experience for you to see. It’s something you will never forget.

  2. Anita Anderson April 7, 2012 at 12:02 am -  Reply


  3. Julie Quick April 8, 2012 at 8:37 am -  Reply

    Hi Debbie, it’s a great blog as always. I really look forward to my weekly fix of Debbie Flint. I was particularly interested in the article on sugar. I’ve come across something similar on the Christiane Northrup blog at healyourlife.com. I’m not sure if you’ve seen it before and there is a link to another recent article about sugar – scary stuff indeed.
    I’m writing this on my new Archos Tablet received this week from QVC- I’ve not used Android before so I’ve a lot to learn. Having just turned 50 I want to make sure that I don’t turn into an old fuddy duddy and you give me lots of ideas. Please keep it up!
    Julie Q

  4. Julie Hoolie April 8, 2012 at 9:36 am -  Reply

    Hi Debbie
    Great Blog as always. I need your help, as I am in the market for a new watch and want to pick one I can wear all the time. Just one. Any suggestions? Also I am having clothes instead of an Easter egg, is the top you wore to launch the new NONO TSV from QVC? Looks great! Fab bracelets by the way! I look out for your shows but can only watch when home alone (apart from dog), as am told I am collecting too much stuff!
    Happy Easter,
    Julie xx

  5. Michelle Roberts April 8, 2012 at 3:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs Another very interesting blog thank you. I especially enjoyed reading about the new born lambs. My husband was a farmers son, they had a tenant Farm belonging to one of the big estates from around here Cefn Estate. It was a beautiful farm which had sheep and a large milking herd I spent many hours with hubby lambing and then tending to cow and their calves.Also got to learn how to milk cows, what an amazing time!! Unfortunately the estate changed it’s policy and they never renewed the tenancy on the farm something to this day his poor mum finds it hard to accept. Luckily hubby had also trained to be a Civil Engineer so he has a so called normal job now although he still milks for a local farmer the odd weekends.
    Interesting about the blood analysis Debs god knows what they would make of mine!!! I do wonder sometimes if certain foods make my arthritis worse, I think I take far to many medicines but I get really worried if I don’t take them would I completely cease up? Finally I have a date for my wrist operation 9th May something to look forward to lol.
    Thank you for bringing such a variety of subjects to us gosh your blogs really make you think!!!
    Take care
    michelle x x as always big hugs to the pogs x x

  6. Mo Whitelaw April 8, 2012 at 11:39 pm -  Reply

    Hey Debs, just a quick comment to say that I absolutely LOVE you! You and Pips are my fav presenters. I love that you give us a chance to be part of your shows and I love the way you present. I am a Facebook friend and you said my name 4 times tonight 🙂 happy me! Lol Stay Happy and being you 🙂 x

  7. Nigel April 9, 2012 at 5:03 pm -  Reply

    TeKuTuAri – Saw the sugar/poison video having already demolished most of my yummy eggs- oh well – scary the link between glocose and cancer tumors – glad I’ve stopped using it in tea/coffee and on cereal as I commented before.
    So yes, keep sharing that info and teasers! I’m currently trying to work out a SUDOKUBE – god knows why as its doing my head in !!
    Always know its spring when they hold Lambing Day in mid march at the farm down the road – great to watch them bouncing round the fields without a care in the world.
    Bet that alternative to choc eggs was much more healthy(one can only imagine !lol!), Cheers ToKiJiKu :))
    P.S. Liking the current illusion on moillusion :-

  8. Carole cooper April 10, 2012 at 6:24 pm -  Reply

    I am gonna give up chocolate from tomoz and like you am going to start eating more healthy I don’t drink very often and dont smoke, but food is a different matter it takes me a week to get over withdrawal from choc and I am always hungry when on diet, but I must start to loose weight getting to 49 this year and you go bigger with age, I will have to get some fruit. Take care carole Wigan x

  9. debs f April 10, 2012 at 9:34 pm -  Reply

    Cynthia – how lovely to hear from you! How adorable those lambs were eh? I was totally in awe I can tell you, as it was my first time. How lucky you were to grow up around them too – lovely story – thank you! do comment again!

  10. Jill April 11, 2012 at 1:07 pm -  Reply

    Brilliant blog Debbie!
    Love the sciencey stuff – like you my motto is “I love life long learning”! Still working our way through the chocs in our house this week, so will read about sugar at the weekend, lol!
    Love the little lambs – it is a fantastic experience to see them born!
    Haven’t done the Japanese name yet, but will and update you later! x

  11. Jill April 11, 2012 at 1:10 pm -  Reply

    I have been using the Revitalash and after a month of it seemingly not doing anything, my lashes shot away and now they sweep the inside of my glasses!

  12. Debs f April 11, 2012 at 1:25 pm -  Reply

    Anita – LuKaTu!

  13. Debs f April 11, 2012 at 1:28 pm -  Reply

    Julie Q
    LOVE those articles – will check it out.
    Glad you like this stuff! Saw Ali K just after her Titanic jewellery sell out show and she was also very complimentary, bless her. I just love doing them so it’s nice knowing they’re hitting the mark!
    50 when? Mine’s next month! We’re birth year buddies!

  14. Debs f April 11, 2012 at 1:32 pm -  Reply

    Julie H –
    Happy Easter to u too hon!
    Watch-wise, depends on what for but I’m personally a big fan of bangle watches. I love my Joan Rivers one, but am in the market for another cos I banged mine on the car door and knocked a couple of crystals out. Oops.
    Have you seen the Honora pearl bangle one? That’s very classy.
    If you don’t like bangles cos they’re too static, go for a Skagen – I love the ones with mesh straps n just a little crystal decor – pref two tone for me.
    Keep me informed! Xx
    Ps the nono top is from Antthony – he’s back around 19th – am on with him at 2pm. Hugs!

  15. Debs f April 11, 2012 at 1:38 pm -  Reply

    Michelle. Good luck with the wrist op. keep me informed.
    Do foods affect illness? If you’d read what I’ve read, you’d say – ABSOLUTELY THEY DO ! But people have to find it out for themselves.
    If a problem is due to inflammation then it can definitely be helped by stopping foods which cause it – it’s a fascinating topic – all to do with the prostaglandins generated as a result of intake. Supplements can help counter it apparently ( remember what I told u about high dose omega 3 EPA – very high if needed) , but some people have major results varying their diet. Research it, but you have to find out what’s right for you. Let me know hon.
    Ps milking a cow – now THAT would be a TiFFT! Xx

  16. Debs f April 11, 2012 at 2:00 pm -  Reply

    Mo – my absolute pleasure hon! You and the others who join it make my job easier – and much more fun! Always nice to know you guys are there! Hugs xx

  17. Debs f April 11, 2012 at 2:05 pm -  Reply

    Nigel –
    Yes the alternative was a bit more healthy – but not much! Green n Blacks organic 70% w espresso! Lol. Am giving up gradually. But that blood analysis was a wake up call for sure.
    Don’t forget am in the countdown to 50 in may, and to the macroblah blah week, so am gradually adjusting what I eat. Wanna get slimmer for sure!
    What do you do btw?

  18. Debs f April 11, 2012 at 2:09 pm -  Reply

    Carole – I know where you’re at hon!
    have felt the same changes, but I tell u why, last summer/autumn when I cut right down on ALL carbs, it really helped lose the belly fat. I think that’s gonna be my solution. And Freedom Eating – or food freedom as my book called it! Lol. (Have just looked on amazon and there’s a couple of cheaper copies should anyone be interested in Till the Fat Lady Slims – stopped me binge eating ever gain at least!)
    Anyway glad u enjoy the blogged and I love to hear new comments so thank u! X

  19. Debs f April 11, 2012 at 2:11 pm -  Reply

    Jill – yes I can’t help it, am a bit of a geek at heart. It’s finding a way of making it presentable that works eh! Or should I say – palatable!
    Keep me updated!

  20. Debs f April 12, 2012 at 12:48 pm -  Reply

    Jill – love your comment about Revitalash – lovely when products work so well! My eyelashes are still long too! Xx

  21. martin forbes April 14, 2012 at 1:00 pm -  Reply

    hope you had alovely easter debs .

  22. Carole Ayre April 14, 2012 at 3:55 pm -  Reply

    My Japanese name is Mikashimotaku
    Sounds so much more intriguing than Carole lol
    Take care x

  23. debs f April 19, 2012 at 5:52 am -  Reply

    Martin – yes lovely thanks – hope you did too.

  24. debs f April 19, 2012 at 5:53 am -  Reply

    Carole – I like it! Perhaps you could start signing your letters with it! lol!

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