Exploring the great British Isles


Hello there,

There’s lots going on at QVC at the moment, with Fashion Day (well, Fashion two days!) on Thursday and Friday, lots of gardening over the weekend and our Beauty Month of June featuring hundreds of your and my favourites with just £1.95 to pay for postage and packaging.

But more on all that later. First, I’d like to explain why I wasn’t on air last week. The way my shift pattern works means that I can take a couple of days off as annual leave and it gives me over a week to spend with my husband Olley, who is retired.

We love to get away in our motorhome and this time we headed north to explore the West Highlands of Scotland. We visit the Lake District frequently as one of my brothers lives there, but the extra few hours driving took us to mountains of a completely different dimension. The scenery is majestic and magnificent, even in the mist and rain that so often obscured the full glory of the mountains but would also sometimes add some moody mystery to the view.

We use our motor scooter to get around when the van is parked up, as it allows us to venture down much smaller and quieter roads and tracks than would be sensible in the motorhome, but we never felt overcrowded – there is so much space there really is room for everyone. We also took a boat ride to the small isles, including the Isle of Muck. I’d love to have my own island, but Lady Muck? Moi? I don’t think so!

It was lovely though, with a walk across to the other side of the island to see a seal colony and then a cup of tea to wash down a squat lobster (which is more of a prawny crab really but a local delicacy) sandwich in surely one of the most remote tea shops in Britain.

We saw so much more than I can tell you here, and far too many photos to choose between. But from watching the Harry Potter Hogwarts Express steam through the countryside to witnessing World Cup Mountain Bike competitors career at breakneck speeds down Ben Nevis, it was a week full of spectacle and gorgeous views. The copious amounts of rain helps everything to grow – I loved the bright green of unfurling bracken, the yellow wild flag irises and the stunning wild rhododendrons which bring splashes of bright pink to almost anywhere you look.

If you love flowers you might be thinking of buying a ticket for the BBC Gardener’s World Live Show at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham, running 13-16 June. If so, make sure you use the special link here and quote the code QVC when you order to get 25% off tickets (terms and conditions apply*).

*Offer ends 16.06.19. Discount valid on adult/over 65s standard, any-day and 2-day entry tickets only. Excludes Saturday. Not valid Standard plus Premium Theatre, VIP packages, Gift Vouchers or with any other offer. £2.95 admin fee per advance order. Not all experts appear on all days. Details correct at time of print. Calls cost 7p/minute plus phone company charges. The Gardeners’ World logo is a trademark of the BBC. © BBC. Organised and presented by River Street Events.

Thinking of the garden, I hope you can join me on QVC for part of the first three hours of Sunday morning. From 9am, Michael Perry and I will be enjoying some time with a host of gardening guests, bringing you plants and tools and also some finishing touches for your garden.

Imagine how opulent (if a slight fire risk!) it would be to have flaming torches to bring light and atmosphere to your outside space as you’re sitting outside on a balmy summer evening. Well, on Sunday we will be offering a pair of battery-powered flame effect torches (for a flaming good price!) and I think they look amazing. I took this short video of them to give you an idea of how authentic they look.

With a manual switch and remote control and timer to operate them, and four options to choose from: cylinder or tulip in shape and either matte black or matte anthracite grey in colour, I’d really like you to see them on Sunday because I think you’ll be surprised how convincing they are. You could almost warm your hands on them.

Earlier I mentioned our latest fashion event, so let me tell you a title more about some of the highlights. Running on Friday and Saturday, this 48 hour event will bring you the best of QVC’s high summer fashion – perfect outfits and accessories for the season. Whether you know exactly what you want or perhaps would like to try something new, we’ll have our designers and fashion experts to give you styling hints and tips help you choose.

There will be loads of great reduced prices and we’ll be offering everything you see on air at just £1.95 P&P, with more listed on line. In fact, take a look at our fashion department now as they’re already listed, and the lower P&P is available on line until June 14th.

We’ll have a gorgeous bracelet from Lola Rose as Friday’s TSV and a sleeveless midi dress by MarlaWynne on Saturday. Saturday will also bring two brand new high street names to QVC – the premiere FitFlop show will be with Pipa at 10am, while Jackie will be at the helm for the first ever show featuring Monsoon fashion, at reduced prices and all available now with NO CHARGE for P&P! I’ve already made my order – have a look for yourself as it might be hard to resist.

I did mention Beauty Month at the beginning of this blog, but I’ve written enough for now – it’s late, I’m on the Morning Show tomorrow and it’s past my bedtime! There are great savings and reduced P&P across all our best brands – have a look now and I’ll tell you my favourites in next week’s blog. Maybe I’ll see you in the morning, but please make a date to join me in Michael Perry’s Garden on Sunday morning, 9am-midday, if you can.

See you soon!

Until then, take care.

Best wishes

Kathy xx

1 Comment

  1. Susan June 6, 2019 at 5:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy,
    You’ve taken beautiful photos as always. Always such an interesting blog. You lead a fabulously active life!x

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