Fab film Shape of Water and first babysitting


First, did you know it’s sleep month? OMG what an amazing amount of products we have to help you sleep better. My first recommendation is to get a better mattress! We had a lady staying with us this week who said she usually wakes up with the small of her back troubling her, but not when she slept on the mattress we have in our Room 2 – it’s a fabulous Sealy Posturepedic 1400 mattress the one that I sleep on in Devon. It’s not always in stock but it’s a bit like the Sealy Posturepedic 660 that we have  – and I know what she means. My brother moved house this week (see below) and it meant sleeping temporarily on an old futon – see next week for the difference in my sleep according to my Sleepcycle app – shocking! But my own single bed was delivered to brother’s new house, for me to stay when I’m working at QVC, so I’m happy again – and so is my body!

This weekend’s deals
Early bird order links
As you may know, Renee is back with a new jersey top at a great one-day price, all day today whilst stocks last. Final airing with Julia at 5 PM, see it and buy it here.

Plus Saturday Today’s Special Value – Richard Jackson returns with his even more powerful plant food. Here is a photo of some of my Phalaenopsis at the retreat down in Devon, they love the windowsill but they also love flower power. Most of these were not growing and were just a few green leaves. Now look at them! Get yours here, right now!

Sunday sees the return of Bareminerals – the four-piece Original Heroes Collection.

First Babysitting!

Well last weekend I was asked to do my first babysitting stint and was very happy to spend time with little Blake Katherine Carter the first! My first grandchild, and very lovely it was too. I found myself wandering back into her room every five minutes waiting for her to wake up and ended up writing a newsletter and having a bath! But eventually she awoke and we spent some time staring at the lights, and gazing all around, you know, the usual baby stuff aged four weeks. She’s a lovely little thing though, and getting a real character! I write about her over on my website blog more than ever I do on Social Media, and also on here. Whilst I was in Fulham I went to a fab café where they do the most amazing American Pumpernickel bread – yumm!

I was waiting for car to have brakes done at the nearby garage, where there is a very helpful guy called Casey who answered my initial call.
‘Casey – as in Jones?’ I asked.
Blank look.
‘A-steamin’ and a rollin’?’ said I.
Polite humour-me smile.
How old am I?!! I thought to myself, referencing a black and white TV show from yonks ago! Going to grand-daughter-sit, that’s how old!! It comes to all of us doesn’t it! So I posted on Facebook about ‘I’m so old I remember this’ – see link below – and had some great responses! Add yours below…

Moving Bedroom…
This week my brother and family where I stay when I’m in London, moved house to South Croydon, nearer the girls’ schools. Happily all I had to move was my bedroom though, into a new room which was not an outside annexe but a single bedroom indoors – yay, I get to be inside the house! Lol. Now I have the challenge to be reaaaally quiet when I come in late at night! And I’ll be coming home to a new Sealy single mattress – it duly arrived promptly (what great service they offer!) and I’m looking forward to being in my lovely new room! I like waking up in a house where there are family and kids – like the old days. Specially when I know I can escape again for half the week to Devon! Lol.

It was the end of an era since they’ve been in the house for 13 years. Lara is now 11 and Izzy is 8, and very excited about their new rooms. So after the big removal van arrival and whilst awaiting the unpacking of the boxes I could help with, I collected the girls from school and went for a bite to eat and to get some new rugs and things for their new rooms. I do like their company and happy to say they like mine!

Vintage collection

As you’ll know if you’re a regular, I have not only published four books now, I’m an avid reader, and collector of vintage children’s books. Izzy, Lara and I were discussing reading material and I remembered once when I was a kid I had read every single book in the house. We used to get all the Christmas annuals, and sadly I never managed to keep many of those. But I’ve started a vintage kid’s book collection in the studio at the house in Devon. I do love them. Pride of place is a Felix book from the 20s – which is worth about £80 apparently according to an expert collector. I initially bought it because the era my current book is set in is the 1920s – based around the early years after women first got the vote. I have to finish it by early April – wish me luck!

Book of the week
Staying with books, guess what?! I realised that one of Alexa’s new skills is that she can read your non-audiobooks from Kindle! Yahoooo! So all those books that are not yet in audiobook can be listened to – a damn sight better to hear than the original robotic voices that were available on the original Kindles too! Watch out for a new Amazon deal coming soon. Anyway I’m very much enjoying the work of Sarah Pinborough at the moment – her original ‘Behind her Eyes’ was my book of the year last year. Now on my book review on my website I feature the second in the trilogy I recently began listening to – this one is called ‘The Shadow of the Soul’ and it is so cleverly crafted – just like the first one, A Matter of Blood. Her talent, for me, is to interweave personal relationship tension with an intricate plot featuring a touch of police procedural and supernatural. And the welcome retribution at the end! Check her out if you like a book that’s more demanding but rewarding too.

Ask for Angela

Whilst at lunch with my lovely Devon pal Alix this week, I noticed in the loo of the George in Hatherleigh that there was a clever poster on the wall – have you heard of ‘Ask for Angela?’ This is the info and I’m sure that many a young – or older – woman, is going to benefit from this service at some point. Just thought I’d mention it in case you are ever caught short when out on a ‘date.’

Garlic cauliflower

I’m just putting together the new newsletter for my writing retreat and we always feature a recipe. Well this week, Wendy excelled herself – garlic baked cauliflower! Yummy! With a touch of paprika for colour, a spoonful of drizzled oil, and baked in the oven for half an hour – simples! And so delicious. We had a couple of ladies who are on lower carb diets, so they were thrilled not to have potatoes etc., and enjoyed this instead! Have you got any alternatives to create with everyday veg?

Facebook discussions of the week
Well it was all about the old days on Facebook this week (follow me on social media as below and ‘like’ my Debbie Flint QVC Chat page on Facebook to see my regular updates) – and as above, thinking ‘I’m so old I remember this…’ Some of the things brought up were nostalgic to say the least! Here are just a few!-

I’m so old I remember…
– Using log books instead of a calculator to do long multiplication!
– Putting 2ps into a phone box and making a call to a number I found in a big old local area directory
– Eating a Jubbly ice pop which was triangular and left your tongue orange
– Spending a threepenny bit and getting a big bag of sweets at the local sweetshop, which was only open till 5.30, and closed half day Wednesday and all day Sunday!
– Watching Andy Pandy and the Woodentops on Watch with Mother and the test card being the only thing on telly for big chunks of the day
What can you add to the list?

The Shape of Water. OMG OMG OMG what an amazing film. So good I want to see it again straight away. Now you might know I like quirky – and this certainly is! It’s a 1950s cold-war sci-fi thriller romance… sort of! And Sally Hawkins is genius. So well directed, I’m not surprised it’s up for so many awards. The subject of a fish-man-god in captivity and finding ‘love’ with a mute cleaner at a top secret facility might not be the first thing you’d think of as a must-watch – but it is. 9/10 for me – and that’s high! Google the trailer, but go and see it if you can! Next week – hoping to see Finding your Feet – a British pensioner feel-good movie starring Imelda Staunton and Celia Imrie – two of my faves – and Joanna Lumley! Priceless!

This week on QVC:
Along with the weekend offers, above:

MondayMarlaWynne returns with another Flatter Fit offer, this time the straight leg cross dyed trousers. I love her trousers, and the fabric is generally so forgiving. Great for curves!

Tuesday – it’s the Lola Rose Bella semi-precious necklace – another winner from lovely Nikki. The choices will include a rose mix or amethyst mix, wonderful blues, a fabulous white, and a tiger’s eye/gold sandstone combo – you will have seen me wearing it no doubt!

Wednesday– slightly more unusual one – Marc Fisher shoes with a new laser-cut, peep-toed sandal, fingers crossed for some warmer weather soon.

Thursday – The Amazon Echo Show with Alexa is back with lovely Lee Hohbein. I love my Alexa, so much I now have three, all in different places of course. Looking forward to showing you this – unusually for me, it’ll be mid-afternoon on Thursday at 4pm.

Also watch out around Thursday for an early bird order link for a candle special offer.

And also on an early bird link is Friday’s (2nd March) Today’s Special Value. KitchenAid are back with their wonderful Artisan Stand Mixer, which will be available from around Wednesday on our Social Media – do check out mine as below.

Next week
Settling in to the new house and more about sleeeeeeep – the most restorative of all actions we can take! Add yoga and walking to that and a bit of Bodyblade, enough water and good food for gut bacteria and I’m pretty much ok most of the time! Have a great week!
Best wishes
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  1. Linda February 23, 2018 at 4:25 pm -  Reply

    She looks gorgeous I bet you are over the moon to have a granddaughter

  2. Hester Tulloch February 23, 2018 at 11:35 pm -  Reply

    I remember going to the Saturday matinee cowboy films and spending food coupons to get a sweetie .
    Also never saw tv until I was 16 only black & white not a lot to see it closed down in the middle of the day and at 11pm at night they played God save the Queen
    . I am old xx

  3. Jewels February 24, 2018 at 10:15 am -  Reply

    Hi Debz. Great blog as usual. Your Granddaughter is gorgeous and having had a new grandchild myself last year, know you are in for soooo much fun and happy times. Can you remember The Singing Ringing Tree from way back when? It was an unusual series and scared the life out of me as a child.

  4. Josephine Jennings February 24, 2018 at 4:50 pm -  Reply

    What a wonderful photo of you and baby Blake Katherine. Your first baby sitting with her, a first you will always remember. Happy days. My memories from my childhood in the 1950’s are of sugar!! An orange would quartered and sugar sprinkled over them,or a banana would be mashed with sugar sprinkled over. Then made into sandwiches.

  5. Kathryn Brennan February 25, 2018 at 5:06 pm -  Reply

    Great post Debs! Granddaughter is sooooo cute x

  6. Jacqueline Bostock February 26, 2018 at 7:22 am -  Reply

    I always search to read your blogs first. I find your writing inspirational, interesting and positive.
    Living near Belatone and having met your friend Alix I was delighted she knew you and spoke so highly of you.

  7. jo tometzki February 26, 2018 at 3:32 pm -  Reply

    What a BEAUTIFUL baby. you must all be over the moon. Many congratulations to your family:) Jo xx

  8. Debs f February 26, 2018 at 11:18 pm -  Reply

    Thank you so much honey, and glad you like Belstone. I visit Alex there regularly and go into the tearooms in the church! X

  9. Debs f February 26, 2018 at 11:19 pm -  Reply

    Katherine, Linda
    I am indeed over the moon thank you very much for your kind comments girls. It still feels unreal tho, you know what I mean? X

  10. Debs f February 26, 2018 at 11:20 pm -  Reply

    Actually my dad used to make sugar sandwiches! My God if only they knew then what we know now 🙂 X

  11. Debs f February 26, 2018 at 11:20 pm -  Reply

    Great comment, thank you honey. I know what you mean 🙂 X

  12. Debs f February 26, 2018 at 11:21 pm -  Reply

    I kind of do. I have a great memory for children’s programs, but I will probably have to see that one again to remind myself or hear the theme tune. Lots of TV programmes scared the life out of us didn’t they? But now if you watch them they look so fake 🙂 X

  13. Jill DowdingWalker February 27, 2018 at 12:23 am -  Reply

    Wonderful blog Debbie! Haha, little Blake looks gorgeous and bright as a button. My word, she is the spitting image of her dad! You are looking fab too! Yes, good quality sleep is imperative.
    Love… Jill x x x

  14. Stella February 27, 2018 at 5:08 am -  Reply

    I remember returning the Corona bottles to the shop & getting money back & hearing the Rag & Bone man coming down street on his horse drawn cart shouting ” Any old iron” also watching as a child the Chimney Sweep clean the chimney & then us kids running outside excitdly waiting for their brush to pop out the top of the chimney, i wouldn’t swap those years for any thing. Your Granddaughter is a stunner Debs enjoy her Regards Stella.

  15. ADELE March 1, 2018 at 3:05 pm -  Reply

    Aww she is so cute!! Congratulations lovely and so special to have time with her for cuddles!! XOXO Great Blog and sleep well XOXO

  16. Lynn March 13, 2018 at 8:40 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations Debbie – welcome to the Nanny club – cant believe we are both grandmas – we were 16 when we first met as friends in Hastings!

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