Dorking’s Dickens night and story off to Mills & Boon


Debbie in her Christmas hatThis week…
– Seeing Christmas through children's eyes, despite the storms!
- I've finally sent off my story to Mills & Boon – now fingers crossed!
- And making Flint history – Debbie does Christmas cakes!

Dickens in Dorking
Dickens Night flyerDon't you just love it when you get exactly the Christmas pressies that you want?! One way to guarantee it is to be there when it's being bought for you! Last week, I spent a lovely evening in Dorking at the annual Gala Christmas shopping night, with my brother Glenn and the two rugrats Lara and Izzy.

Amongst other things, I bought a couple of pressies for them, and they bought me this soft-as-bunny's-ears hat from Fat Face (see the pic at the top of this post). No Stilt walkermore cold ears for me when I'm walking the dogs! Will look forward to wearing it – although I know it's not exactly flattering!

Thing is, it's not like I'll be doing a Davina McCall anytime soon – she met her hubby on a dog walk apparently! I rarely see anyone (just as well, but at least my head will be toasty warm!) lol.

It would have been a lovely night but for the blooming awful weather! Stormy or what! Bit dodgy when you're stilt-walking!Lara loved the cake! The gale force winds didn't stop the entertainers coming out in force, and the kids loved it! Lara was particularly impressed with her snack in Costa Coffee – she luuuuurve de cake! 🙂

And – drum roll, fanfare – my novel story has finally been submitted to Mills & Boon! My lovely editor lady Anna whom I met at the Romantic Novelists' Association conference in the summer is now the recipient of my final draft for chapters 1,2 and 3 (the raunchy one! Lol) plus synopsis and covering letter.

Sadie in MonacoIt's only taken me two years or so to get there! And the reply process is not a speedy one either. It often takes aaaaages!! Four months at least, according to a writer friend of mine. Wish me luck and fingers crossed! To give you a flavour of the book, this is an image I photographed when I went away with my good mate Goody (the QVC model) recently, mimicking the scene where my heroine Sadie is looking out over the quay in Monaco, waiting for her important business meeting, just before she meets up with the hero, billionaire playboy Mac!

Making baking history
Big developments in the Flint kitchen this week! As it happens, I made history by making my first ever Christmas cake! If you only knew how big a deal it is for me to actually cook from scratch! I always used to say I was a good 'compiler' – packet of this, can of that! Lol.

Next week I'll bring you the update on the cake – suffice it to say that I was so keen to get it right I took aaages! I'd listened to the whole of a Michael Buble CD before I'd even turned on my cook's essentials duck egg blue stand mixer (till now it's been a nice fruit bowl! Hehe!). Too much messing around making sure I made the perfect zest – not much pith apparently – news to me! Lol.

And why I stopped to wipe clean the fridge and clear out a cupboard during the actual making of it I'm not quite sure! Procrastination again – I'm getting very good at that! Putting off the moment I end up burning it. Or did I?!! Come back next blog to see the finished article!

Debbie Molloy's pic– Thanks to viewer and Facebook friend Debbie Molloy, who posted this pic – she'd used Laura Geller and looked so nice I asked her if I could post it on here! If anyone else is particularly happy with the results of one of our make-up or hair products, let me know!

Anyone us e the Babyliss Big Hair styler, and love it as much as I do?! Tell me on here, and if you have pics you can email them to and hopefully the kind team will pass them on for my blog!

Craig and Debbie– Thanks to you all for the lovely cards that have been arriving! I'll have my work cut out for sure! This is one of the shots on the card QVC produced to send to suppliers – it's the end product of that shoot we did a few months ago – remember my blog about the fake snow getting everywhere!?

Anyway, I'll be sending back one of my own cards to everyone who puts their address inside the one you send me! (Hah more procrastination when I should be finishing my final draft of the rest of the chapters of my novel! Told you I was getting good at it!)

- Oh and while you're here on our website, take a little look at the chat about men's skincare between my lovely pal Craig and our Will Gowing – especially if you're a guy – do you do what they do? Let me know by leaving a comment below! And watch out for Craig's regular features on skincare on his blog and on the QVC Beauty channel – very interesting!

– BTW, if you're stuck for something to buy a guy or couple, I'd really recommend the Greg Davies DVD of his stand up show, 'Throwing Cheeseballs at a Dog'. Went to see it live at the weekend, in Dorking, with pal Rocker Nige, and a lovely lady I met on Facebook, called Sally Harrison.

Sally Harrison and DebbieTalk about last minute bacon-saving, as I had two unexpected spare tickets and she could come! We had a good old chat about Greg – whom she'd worked with once at the BBC, and also about her performing herself earlier this year in Dorking Halls - Sally's an opera singer! Never let it be said I don't have some cultured friends!

Anyway, Greg himself used to be a teacher for 13 years, so his routine is clever observation and sheer slapstick, all about some of the kids and his crazy parents, as well as wry comment about life. Loved it – such a laugh! So did everyone I went with. This is me with Sally at the show. A good night was had by all!

Funny– Lastly – saw this funny pic online and thought I'd share it with you – see if it 'raises' a smile! Hehe!

WATCH: this week it has to be 'Hugo', on at the cinema now. It's a big budget family epic, set in 1931 in France, and focuses on the story of a young boy and his fight to get a message from his late father from a clockwork robot, whilst hiding from the authorities and the scary 'Papa Georges' (Ben Kingsley).

I have to say I was a little disappointed but once I got used to the pace, I found it mesmerising. It's slow, and somewhat ponderous at times, but verges on being intense, so Scorsese gets away with it. Yes I said Scorsese. It's his first family film – more family than a kids' film tho' 'cos it's not very action-packed most of the time – so I wouldn't rely on it for entertaining small children – (go see 'Puss in Boots II' instead)!

Martin Scorsese found 3D more interesting 'because the actors were more upfront emotionally. Their slightest move, their slightest intention is picked up precisely.' Fascinating! Albeit you have to wear those blinking glasses! Find out more about it on their fabbo looking website.

'Hugo' already comes highly recommended – amongst many accolades it was named Best Film by the National Board of Review in the US (no, me neither!). So being the film buff that I am, I had to see it, of course! Ben Kingsley is excellent and so is Sacha Baron Cohen – a good funny turn in his role as the station master whose nemesis is the little orphan who winds the clocks.

Watch out also for some other big names – maybe even a cameo from a certain Johnny Depp? What's so fascinating and clever is that it focuses on several early famous silent movies, and you get a glimpse of what it would have been like on set in the early days of film. Worth seeing, on DVD especially, if anything just because it's a Scorsese. It got a 7 and a bit out of ten from me. Not sure how big a 'bit' – still thinking about it! What do you think, if you've seen it? 🙂

Funnily enough have just finished watching 'The Holiday' also starring Jude Law (my favourite role of his actually) – one of my annual Christmas movies! See it if you feel like a bit of romance, especially if like me, you're a Jack Black fan!

Debbie and Lee HohbeinEAT: another week, another daily deal voucher! And this time, very close to home – The Power Station authentic Greek restaurant with my lovely mate, computer guest Lee Hohbein. I'd never realised it was even there, despite the fact that it's just a few doors down from the QVC 'local', the Masons Arms.

I had the most amazing kleftiko, and Lee had moussaka. YUM! Service fab, food EXCELLENT, and menu prices not too dear – again, a good place to go to if you're ever in the area. Have you tried any daily deal vouchers yet by the way? Let me know below. Incidentally, the coat I'm wearing was the incredible Dennis Basso Today's Special Value last week – OMG it's soooo soft! Like a Charlie Bear! Lol.

P.S. I also wanted to mention my favourite supermarket takeaway as a dish I had last week was so mouthwatering, it deserves a recommendation all on its own! Have you ever had the Marks & Spencer Sweet and Sour Chicken Fillets in Batter? OMG – 10 out of 10!! Lol. The chap I was sharing the meal with chose crispy duck too so we shared – I was in heaven!

QVC: It's last-minute shopping all the way till the 20th – and weather permitting, QVC will deliver in time for Christmas! Watch out for Jill Franks and me with a two hour Last Minute Gifts special on Saturday night (17th) – lots of pressie fodder!

QVC Cares logoThen on Tuesday 20th, QVC Cares is back. It's our special event where our suppliers choose their favourite charities and they and QVC help raise funds via on-air sales. Royalty-and-celebrity hairdresser Richard Ward will be back with a new bundle of products, and he'll be bringing you a special TSV – join me at midnight on Monday 19th to see what he does to my hair – he's styling it around 9pm!

Richard WardHis chosen charity is the Teenage Cancer Trust. There's a link to the QVC Cares page on our website, too – it's nice to get involved in things like this at any time of year, but specially at Christmas.

Anyway have a lovely week ahead – big family thing coming up on Sunday! Glad I got the tree up already! And the decs! Just got a ton of cards to write now! Hope you're coping with the countdown to Christmas! Till next time…

Charlie Bears Santa's Helper BearP.S. This week I are been mostly using – that lovely, lovely coat from Dennis Basso as above! It's just like the softest cutest bears that Will and Charlie make in our Charlie Bears range! When I was on last week they were so lovely I just had to buy the Santa's Helper ones and they've just arrived! I should really find an excuse to buy them for myself, like a birthday, but hey, they're collectables, and for life, not just for Christmas…! Hehe!


  1. Debbie Molloy December 16, 2011 at 4:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Deb, thanks for posting my photo and the kind comment! It was taken at my son’s wedding 2 weeks ago and my dear old Dad is with me, he is 90 and amazing. The gorgeous boy in his Marines uniform is my 5 year old Grandson Sonny, he was dressed the same as his Daddy, my son Terry and played the part of ring bearer so beautifully. Your blogs are always soooo interesting and flow as though you were talking to us personally, I love reading them. The Basso coat looks fab…………wish I had been able to buy one, need a rich man in my life! I quite often buy the M and S meals but have to eat them alone on 2 nights running! Come and share one with me sometime. I am just off to the Pub now…………..only left there an hour ago, no I am not an alki I just work there!!! Bye for now, Debbie xxxxx

  2. Lindalou December 17, 2011 at 10:04 pm -  Reply

    Well done for cooking your first Christmas cake,I hope it turns out well for you. Ive made only two this year,as my husband did’nt want one as He is’nt satisfied until its all gone.I made one for my brother inlaw,and one for my nephew inlaw,as I do every year.Both decorated one with a Christmas tree and parcels at its foot. Then the second one with a snow man with hat and a carrot shape for a nose. I really enjoy making cakes I’ve made three wedding cakes for my nieces. That may be your next effort you never now.

  3. Gail December 19, 2011 at 12:02 am -  Reply

    Dear Debs, love yer to bits but by the time I’ve read your blog, I’m too tired to comment, ha ha. Trying to wish my favs a wonderful Christmas and healthy happy New Year. This time of night is the only time I’ve got time, if you know what I mean. Look forward to reading your blogs, have a lovely Christmas.
    Gail xx

  4. debs f December 19, 2011 at 1:04 pm -  Reply

    Debbie M – funny! At least you are close enough to be able to go home for an hour in between shifts! lol. My journey is average 50 mins in car door to door from Dorking – thank goodness for A3 tho otherwise it’d be even longer!
    Anyway – always a pleasure to do blogs – cos it’s for people like yourself! I like hearing from you guys too!
    best wishes for a happy xmas! Back to the card-writing!

  5. debs f December 19, 2011 at 1:08 pm -  Reply

    Lindalou! OMG – I do hope I ‘do know’! Wouldnt want to be having to think about wedding cakes anytime soon! lol! Actually I wouldnt dare attempt that one – in this life anyway – but I’d love to see Brad’s face if I did suggest their wedding cake was made by me! Would be very funny! Brad and Kari’s big day will not be till 2013 so weddings are a long way off for me yet – unless Lauren’s not telling me something! hehe. Or I meet a man… haha! Thanks for writing hon – yours sound absolutely lovely I have to say! And I admire you and anyone else who diligently makes them each year – such skill!

  6. debs f December 19, 2011 at 1:09 pm -  Reply

    Gail – I’m with you on the timing thing! I was on computer the other night – or should I say morning – and there was a message on facebook from Tony Blackburn (my old colleague here) saying he was just on his way TO work! hehe! Still I’d rather be a night owl and get stuff done when the world is quiet eh!

  7. Linda, Glasgow December 19, 2011 at 1:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs
    Your a busy busy lady as usualxx I just wanted to wish you a really happy Christmas and a 2012 that has more highs than lowsxx I’m so excited for you re you submitting your novel to Mills and Boon – hopefully there will be good news in the new yearx I loved the beauty day yesterday – i snapped up the Mally TSV and OTO on the 11pm show, i’m really looking forward to receiving them – i also had a bit of a spend up on last weeks Nails inc TSV day but my excuse is “Its Christmas”. Look after yourself Debs and have a lovely timexx Love Linda,Glasgowxx

  8. Michelle Roberts December 19, 2011 at 3:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs
    I want that hat!!! a must for us dog walkers.
    Very well done on the Christmas cake, don’t tell me most of the time that beautiful machine just collects dust I love my machine and it’s gets hammered, I used Mary berry’s recipes too the traditional one for hubby and the lighter version for my Auntie if I lived closer I would make you a Christmas cake and mince pies every year love baking but funny enough I’m not keen on general cooking, only spent three years at catering college to realize this LOl hey no packet stuff here Ms Flint !!!
    Talking of meeting men on dog walks made me laugh I meet loads of men on my dog walks but the youngest one of them must be at least 70 !!! You could take up horse riding Debs,I first saw my hubby on horse back when he was a wee young boy although saying that he’s a fat blob now! no don’t bother with that idea he he
    Charlie bears just wanted to sat my mother loves them but only the bigger ones she has a collection of 12 now and they are doted all around the house we even have one sat at the kitchen table every night (don’t ask)the dogs go mad for them!!
    Hope you get through this busy week ok, big hugs to you and the pogs
    Michelle x x

  9. Patrick December 19, 2011 at 4:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debs,
    Great blog as always. You look really cute in your Christmas hat – I think I’m in love….
    Hope you have a great Christmas and a fun New Year x

  10. Martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen December 19, 2011 at 6:50 pm -  Reply

    merry xmas and happy new when it comes debs

  11. Alison December 19, 2011 at 9:59 pm -  Reply

    Hey-happy Christmas and a very happy 2012 to you and all your family!I’m looking forward to finishing work this Friday-and won’t be back until Thursday 5th Jan ’12-yippee!!!
    I’m also baking this year courtesy of Mary Berry but I’m trying the spiced cupcakes-I still need to borrow a bun tray before getting stuck into mixing etc.
    Good luck with your book-it must be so exciting submitting your own work for publication.

  12. michelle December 20, 2011 at 9:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie
    Just want to wish you a very happy Christmas. I hope the cards and calendars got to you safe and securely, and that they were okay. Best wsihes to everyone at QVC and I’ve been following Alsion Keenan’s progress on her chemo. Pleased she is on the road to recovery – mine is only just beginning!
    Michelle XXXXXX

  13. Cheryl December 20, 2011 at 11:30 pm -  Reply

    Nice picture of you and Lee……. Is there something you’re not telling us Debbie?

  14. debs f December 22, 2011 at 3:15 am -  Reply

    Linda – sounds like you got yourself a few bargains eh! hope you enjoy them and happy xmas hon! love to you and yours!
    thanks for commenting!

  15. debs f December 22, 2011 at 3:19 am -  Reply

    michelle – ta for your card – you didnt leave me your address inside hon, so yours is still sitting here! make sure you give it to me via comment or, ok! Better late than never!
    yes i loved the hat – looking fwd to wearing it! Not that it’s particularly cold at the mo (thank goodness! Think what it was like this time last year!)
    Re Charlie Bears – you should have seen Daisy and Gracie’s faces when i took out the ‘leopard and tiger’ bears that arrived recently – and turned their heads slowly round to look at the dogs – they thought they were real! Well it amused me! hehe!
    have a lovely xmas and thanks for all your comments this year!

  16. debs f December 22, 2011 at 3:20 am -  Reply

    Patrick and Martin – happy xmas to both of you and thanks for leaving a comment!
    best wishes
    : – )

  17. debs f December 22, 2011 at 3:21 am -  Reply

    Alison – wow what a lovely long break for you! Mine’s not too bad – just did last shift ( Wed 21st) and back on 27th at midnight with a new craft TSV – will probably do some more writing in my time off. Thanks for commenting – hope you will do so more in 2012! Best wishes and happy christmas!

  18. Liz, Lesley & Lynne December 22, 2011 at 4:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie
    Hope your xmas cake turned out alright and you didn’t burn it like King Alfred! lol!
    Loved the Charity Day at QVC on Tuesday – could hardly see through the tears when Kathy Kangas, Patch & co were all on – spent a fortune on Prai – well it was for Nowzad – any excuse to spend! I’d never heard of this charity before but had wondered about all the wee doggies etc in these places – now I know!
    Myself and ‘ma wee mammy’ (she’ll kill me for calling her that), have broad feet and would back you totally to get a range of shoes for wider feet on QVC – I did say any excuse to spend money!
    Have a Merry(?!) Christmas and a great 2012!
    Keep taking the Omega 3 from Dr Tom!!
    Lesley, Liz and Lynne (the weggies!)

  19. debs f December 22, 2011 at 5:42 pm -  Reply

    Liz, Lesley and lin – have a fab xmas yourselves too! Will add your comments to my list of wider foot requests for when i see buyers in new year! Glad you loved the prai – it’s all good stuff!
    Anything about dogs gets me – for obvious reasons – am sitting here typing right now with Patch pawing at my foot for attention!
    anyway have fun!
    best wishes

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