Kew Gardens

Feeling ready for Christmas


I’ve definitely been getting into the Christmas spirit this week, and not just by wearing sparkly tops and Christmas-themed outfits on air for the Christmas Morning Show… After work one day, Olley and I visited the beautiful display of lights at ‘Christmas at Kew Gardens’. This is a trail that takes you around the stunning grounds with many of the mature trees lit up with magical displays. There are moonlit woods and laser gardens, a festive flotilla of glowing boats that create shimmering reflections in the lake and over a million tiny pea lights twinkling in the darkness. The finale is a magnificent Disneyesque music and light display at the iconic Palm House.

Kew Gardens

The illuminations are stunning in themselves, but they also help you see the heritage trees that they festoon in a different light (no pun intended!) –  the beautiful bark and the majestic shapes and detail of the trees are highlighted in a way that daylight can’t.

Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens is close to QVC, only about a half hour’s walk, but I’ve never been there before. Now that I’ve seen how beautiful it is in darkness I have resolved to visit in every season over the coming year in daylight, to enjoy what I’m sure will be amazing botanical displays of planting and nature.

Kew Gardens

There were more lights to admire over the weekend when we visited Bath to enjoy lunch with friends and visit our son Billy and his girlfriend Mel, who live nearby. The famous Christmas Market was in full swing and absolutely packed – it’s full of festive atmosphere which is helped by the classic architecture of Bath Abbey and the Roman Baths.




In the past when I have been to this market, I have bought a variety of things from the stalls like Christmas decorations and food such as local cheeses and handmade chocolates. I resisted this year, though, because I’ve already bought all I need from QVC – our Home and Kitchen department has developed so much in the past year or two. It’s worth having a look, I’ve solved several of my ‘what to buy for so-and-so’ problems with our Snowdonia cheese gift box, and the classy and affordable Baton Library from Hotel Chocolat.


Inspired by our outings to see the lights, Olley and I have decorated our home over the weekend too. Pretty much everything has come from QVC over the years, and I’ve treated myself to a couple of new items this year too. I love almost all the classy decorations by Alison Cork, one of my favourites being the set of clip on birds which are still available for just £12. And I’ve bought a set of lights and also the explosion LED lights from Home Reflections – there are some great price reductions so have a look on our website if your home has a dark corner you’d like to brighten up.


Alison Cork


Kathy Tayler's house

Christmas is going to be a little different for me this year. I’ll tell you my plans for the day itself in my next blog, but in the meantime, I hope all is calm and relaxed in your household with lists written and most of it planned if not completed! Good luck!!

Best wishes to you, and take care

Love Kathy x


  1. Susan December 18, 2018 at 5:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy,
    Happy Christmas to you and all the family. Hope you have a lovely one with baby Zoe and bex. I’m sure you’re very excited. Thank you for all your blogs and photos this year. Love susan x

  2. Kristina Simmons December 19, 2018 at 12:14 am -  Reply

    Kathy had a beautiful blue cal neck lured jumper on the other day. Where is this from please?

  3. Sue Gibbons December 19, 2018 at 9:21 am -  Reply

    Your home looks beautiful with lovely lights. I shall differently be visiting Kew Gardens next Christmas. Hope both you and your family have a lovely christmas

  4. Jan December 23, 2018 at 9:07 am -  Reply

    Just caught up on QVC Sunday 23 Dec and cannot believe how much weight you’ve dropped – what is your secret – are you dieting if so which plan as you look great

  5. Norma Dolby December 24, 2018 at 12:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy, a message nothing to do with any of the shows, just to say how amazing you look, I am impressed with how you look and your obvious weight loss. Please share your secret:😀😀

  6. Zoe Goode December 28, 2018 at 10:03 am -  Reply

    Hi Kathy, I have only just caught up with presenters blogs and as always your blogs are always interesting and lovely to see. I must echo what previous reviews state and that is you look amazing!!!! Can I please ask how you have lost all your weight and what exercise you do? I feel you are a real inspiration. I hope you had a great Xmas and best wishes for 2019. Xx

  7. Eileen Mahoney January 1, 2019 at 2:18 pm -  Reply

    You never said how Christmas will be different for you this year! How so and how was it?!?! A very happy new year to you!

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