Flushing loo? My dream come true… and the cats of Chez Huntley are back, too!


Hi all! Well, what a wintery June it’s been so far, eh?

Luckily it was gloriously June-like on my birthday last Saturday, though. I had a nice weekend seeing various friends and family who spoilt me rotten. I won’t list everything I was treated to but have to give my children a special mention. Tom bought me tickets to see A Streetcar Named Desire as well as the DVD and another film. He has seen me treading the boards and is convinced I would make an excellent Blanche Dubois – I’d love to play her one day. My daughter, Chrissie, sent me beautiful flowers. As I’m currently living in my building site I don’t have a vase so had to saw through this drinks bottle one of the plasterers left behind!

New looSpeaking of Chez Huntley… it may not sound like much to get excited about but I was finally able to throw the old avocado toilet (that we had to use a bucket of water to flush) on to the skip! I am so pleased to be able to flush the loo properly. It’s a temporary measure as it will have to be uninstalled again so the tiling can be done, but it makes a big difference to quality of life.

My son and I are sharing a room, which we’ve made our home as much as possible. It’s not very big and we are sharing it with our cats while we continue working on the rest of the house. My cats stayed with my mum for the majority of the time since I bought the house and then spent a few weeks in a cat hotel nearby but I was missing them so much and even started having nightmares about them, such was my anxiety at being parted for so long. So, I decided to move in even without hot water, a shower or kitchen, etc. Luckily, I have been blessed with the kindest friends ever and now have a collection of their house keys for us to go shower and wash our clothes! Most importantly, we are happier because we have our cats back and they couldn’t be more content.

With Alessandra SteinherrThe other night I had to chuckle to myself as I was on my knees, in builder dust, boiling a kettle to fill a plastic basin in order to do some washing up when just a couple of hours prior to this I had been on air with the gorgeous Alessandra Steinherr, beauty director of Glamour magazine. We shared the sofa with some beauty giants including the lovely Lulu – a lady with a big voice and even bigger heart. It had all been so glamorous and sparkly but now I was back to Cinderella mode. If only they could see me smiling from ear to ear at the flushing of my loo.

I’m aiming to get the bathrooms to the point where they’re ready for plastering and tiling this week with the help of my amazing builder friend, Steve. More sheets of OSB board and yet more lengths of 4×2 timber. I swear I dream about these things in my sleep (although I am much further on in my dreams!).

Dyson DC35

This weekend I am over the moon to be launching our latest Dyson Today’s Special Value offer. This is Dyson’s original cordless stick vacuum, at a fantastic accessible price for customers who haven’t tried a cordless or a Dyson before. This offer will be well under £200 from QVC but if bought directly from Dyson it would be £250. They’re also including a full 2-year guarantee for parts, labour and transport so if there’s a problem with your Dyson machine, they’ll come to you. Tune in at midnight on Saturday night and then throughout Sunday for more information.

Hope you’re keeping well and happy.

Lots of love,

Catherine x


  1. Norma Fox June 11, 2015 at 12:03 pm -  Reply

    Can understand you missing your cats. They look beautiful and very comfortably at home. Are they both boys?

  2. Margaret Miller June 11, 2015 at 4:08 pm -  Reply

    Catherine, great to read about your house progress. I know what you mean about the “luxury” of having a flushing loo, we have a septic tank and experienced problems recently. So we now don’t take it for granted! Keep the blog updates coming……

  3. Lynn June 12, 2015 at 8:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine.happy belated b/day for last Saturday .i alway’s read your blog.to see how you are getting on with your new home and decorating your cats are beautiful. I have 2 cats both tortoiseshell .one is19year’s old.and the other one is18year’s old.their name’s are molly.maise.and they have the run of the house Catherine you are doing a good job on your new home.and it nice to have good friend’s&family there to help out when you need it take care.lyn.molly.maise.xxxxxx

  4. patriciabird June 13, 2015 at 7:17 pm -  Reply

    Wow you are amazing doing all that hard work and also being so lovely on qvc , two beautiful cats can understand you missing them they ate part of the family

  5. Catherine Huntley June 22, 2015 at 11:15 am -  Reply

    Hi Norma,

    Thanks for writing. They are sisters. I adore them, they keep me sane although they have also kept me awake a LOT since sharing a tiny room with them. They see cats and foxes outside during the night and sometimes screech to warn them off. Quite disconcerting to be woken from a deep sleep in this way.

    Having said that, they are the little furry lights of my life second only to my children so I forgive them anything!

    I hope you are well,

    Love Catherine x

  6. Linda July 11, 2015 at 3:30 pm -  Reply

    Your gawjus cats look like a pedigree, if so, what is it ? I have a brown mackerel tabby called poppy, she is my miniature tiger !!

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