Knee op update and Orla Kiely sneak peek


Well the torn cartilage op last Wednesday all went well. I’m now recuperating at home and will be back in on around Friday 30th November, all being well. In the meantime, see below for all the usual fun features of this blog – a recommendation for books and film, and super sneaky peeks of the week ahead!

This weekend on QVC:

It’s BLACCCCKKKK FRIDAYYYYYYY!!!! Whoop check out the offers here! Got tons of shopping lately – many, many parcels delivered chez moi! Cool! Hope you didn’t miss the fab Yankee Candle Today’s Special Value set last week – I got several! Great gift ideas. Here are some highlights for this weekend

Friday – today’s (23rd) is the Smile Box way of brightening your teeth – see it and buy it here.

Saturday – early bird order link – is here for you to go get a sneaky peek and early order for tomorrow’s Lenovo 2-in-1 tablet and laptop – so convenient for carrying around without losing any of the functionality. Go here to see it and buy it now!

Sunday – and if you need a cosy new coat, try the Centigrade super soft fill (like down but no animal products) padded coat with a faux fur trim.

See below for Monday onward, and don’t forget Monday also includes lots of Black Friday weekend deals. Do go here to see our web pages filled with special big Black Friday reductions to help get Christmas sorted!

Big Deals

These great offers only last a week and are shown on our sister channels – but don’t delay, the offers end at midnight on Sunday 25th November. Upgrade your mobile phone with the Galaxy Note smartphone, with Easy Pay instalments. Add some colour to your accessories collection with this colourful Lulu Guinness scarf or flutter those lashes with this mascara trio from Eyeko. See and buy them all here now.

Don’t Mention the Meniscus

When I was 16 I played netball and last year I played it again – around 40 years since the last time! No surprise then that I tore a tendon in my knee. Last week, when the doc went in to repair and ‘clean’ it, he found it had not just torn in front like the MRI showed, but also further back as well. So I’m hoping it’ll settle down now the op’s been done. It was a very comfortable room and I was v. happy to finally get a hot cup of tea after fasting and being allowed out of the recovery room. I was so cold though! I had to arrive at 7am and I was very grateful to my lovely friend Sheena for taking me and being a complete star on the day. Then later Linda came in, as did Mary and Barry popped by… I was well looked after even though far from family, down in Devon! Now to get back on my feet. See below for the link to the Facebook vlog where I tell you all about it! More next week…


Girls Christmas day out

Well it’s that time of year again isn’t it!? As I asked last week about what makes you know Christmas is in the air, I have to add that one of my signs is the annual day out with my female family – this time, mum, Linda sis, and sis-in-laws (well, ex sis-in-laws but they still count) Nicky and Alison – to Westfield. We peppered our day with lunch and coffee breaks, but still did around 10,000 steps! Managed to get some lovely clothes for Lauren for breastfeeding and for babies Blake and Phoebe. I’ve seen a super little rocking horse for Blake I’m hoping Brad will approve when we go out soon for his annual shopping trip!

Geller gang go for afternoon tea

What a lovely afternoon tea we had – along with Andie from the Geller team and Susie Adams my QVC pal. So many lovely ladies, all big fans of Geller cosmetics and it was super to put names to faces. The afternoon tea was very nice – albeit a bit dear – but the hotel was a good central choice and I managed to get there and then back to QVC easily! Hugs to everyone I met! The Laura Geller range is superb – check it out here on our website.

I also went to a dinner for business women called ‘Women 2 Win’ last week near Victoria and met Mark Harper the MP for Forest of Dean. I didn’t take any pics as I had to leave early to go to work, but managed to catch up with Alison Cork there before I left.

By the way, her fab Christmas trees are going down well in our retreat – the recent TSV tree in particular. Do try her Christmas selections, see them on QVC here.

Voucher offer

And don’t forget that all of your current purchases, ‘tll 2nd December, will count towards your voucher offer – details here – to get £15 or £25 to spend in the run up to Christmas!

Renovations with a medal winner

As previously mentioned, I am going ahead with the addition of en suite in a couple of the bedrooms down in Devon. Many guests said they would only book if they had their own bathroom, and whilst the writing retreat I run is kind of old school in a charming way and for many it works to have a shared bathroom, it’s a bit of a sticking point for others. Well a local firm found me a couple of days to fit the connections to the plumbing system ready for when my son in law Nick comes back down to Devon again (from Wales – boo) and it turns out that Tom Moys, son of David, founder and long-time Sheepwash resident, just won a national award! Best in England – wow! I was very proud when I found out and looking at his work in the upstairs bedroom so far, I can see why he won – so neat, and knowledgeable. There’s a lot of talk about the state of our apprentices’ systems here in the UK so this was heart warming to read. He told me all about it.

Apprentices were selected by their colleges across England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland and had to compete in regional heats in their countries first, and then the best eight students across the nations would go head to head in the skill plumb national final at the NEC Birmingham. Tom was the only one who made it from England. There were five Scottish lads and two Irish lads in the final as well. They competed for three days with only a working tolerance of +/- 1mm. Overall he was the second youngest competitor and won the bronze medal in an amazingly high standard competition. Well done Tom – Devon is proud of you!

Get Gatineau’d!

Also managed to fit in a trip to Windsor for an amazing facial from Gatineau. Lovely Lucy – their regular trainer who helps Michaela with shows on air too – did my facial this time and OMG my skin was glowing when I got to work that night! They’re launching a brand new Perfection Ultime MASK soon to go with an early December big offer, and I thoroughly enjoyed the pampering! Could have stayed there all day if truth be known! Lol.


Managed to see Widows. Posted a report about it on Facebook – along these lines: I have to say I did enjoy it, although the original Dolly (Ann Mitchell) gave a much, much more commanding performance. Steve McQueen the film director created one too many loooong shots which slowed it down too much, but a good effort – albeit a bit violent. 7.5/10.

This week whilst recovering I’ve decided to watch some Christmas films instead – here’s the vlog on my official Facebook page where I talk about suggestions – and also explain all about the op! The first one I always watch each year is Groundhog Day. Plus Bridget Jones, Trading Places, and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Then White Christmas (and the original, Holiday Inn) and Wonderful Life, of course. The Holiday is a more recent addition as is Love Actually (the Joni Mitchell song scene with Emma Thompson gets me every time.) But I am looking for some new ones. Which Christmas films should I watch do you think? I’ll report back on a vlog.

Don’t forget to follow the regular updates on my social media – links all below! Especially in the run up to Christmas and with so many key deals and early bird links, it’s worth it!

Book of the week

Well, books actually. I must just say a hearty well done to my friend and colleague Julia Roberts here at QVC. She has just managed to get herself a super book deal with an online publisher, Bookcouture. She’s just finished her fifth book which means she’s officially now written more standalone novels than me, although my online presence includes other anthologies and short stories, the girl’s done good! Jules’s new book will be a crime one too, so, just like Jackie, she’s changing genre to something grittier! Well done to my clever colleagues. Meanwhile, for me, back on book five, I’m still persevering and am aiming to get more done during rehab break for my knee!

Next week’s sneaky peeks

Apart from the huge Black Friday weekend 23rd – 26th, we have some super deals lined up next week…

MondayRAC Full HD video dash cams and SD cards duo

TuesdayKelly Hoppen three-piece embroidered bedspread and sham pillows – makes a change from the fab duvet sets. I just ordered one, actually, with hexagons on, in the clearance sale!

Wednesday – another super hair removal system for permanent hair reduction, the Sensica Sensilight PRO

Thursday – watch out for an early bird order link around Tuesday for Nails Inc’s Dreaming of the Disco collection with bag – and auto delivery!

FridayOrla Kiely returns with a printed messenger bag and a large zip-around matching purse.

Next week on the blog

Recovering at home in Devon and top author Julie Cohen returns for her next workshop! I’m really looking forward to not doing very much, basically, whilst the knee recovers! Have a fab week and do look out for the updates on social media whilst I’m away. See you on 30th.

Big hugs



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  1. Jacqueline Donoghue November 23, 2018 at 11:47 am -  Reply

    Hope knee better soon Debbie. I know your itching for full recovery as you have such a full schedule, but try to enjoy the rest while you can before life takes over once again. Thanks for all your wonderful news, simply joyful to read. Get well soon. Xxx

  2. Anne Lewis November 23, 2018 at 4:30 pm -  Reply

    Get well soon! I love “The Bishop’s wife” Christmas film with David Niven. Really lovely.

  3. Gail Mear November 23, 2018 at 8:07 pm -  Reply

    Get well soon Debbie Qvc is not the same with out you. X

  4. Keryn murphy November 23, 2018 at 11:09 pm -  Reply

    Hope you make a speedy recovery , always enjoy your blogs x

  5. Frances Wright November 23, 2018 at 11:32 pm -  Reply

    Get well soon Debbie. Try to have nice rest, you deserve it.

    Best wishes

  6. Karen Lewis November 24, 2018 at 8:21 am -  Reply

    Hi Debbie, just to wish you a speedy recovery hope all goes well with your recovery, we miss you lots when we don’t see you on QVC, take care, lots,of love and get well wishes

  7. Shirley Symonds November 24, 2018 at 11:58 am -  Reply

    Hi Debbie I wish you a speedy recovery and I hope everything mends as it should a great blog again I love reading yours as you are always so informative and very interesting too
    I will miss you on air as you are so helpful regarding sizes of clothing and you always try and help us customers to buy the correct size and the correct item by asking what the models are wearing ect I wish more of the presenters did this it really is helpful again have a nice rest recovering

  8. Antoinette Browne November 24, 2018 at 3:56 pm -  Reply

    Hello Debbie, thank you for your lovely blog again. I am so pleased that you are on the mend. Take it easy. Best wishes and good luck in all that you do. God bless you.Antoinette x

  9. Kay stapleton November 24, 2018 at 9:49 pm -  Reply

    Get well soon hope you’re okay x another well informative blog see you soon xx

  10. Fay November 25, 2018 at 2:43 am -  Reply

    Dear Debbie,
    never written on here before. Just to say I appreciate your blogs (is that the right word?) which inspire me to do more!!! I am 72, living alone since my beloved suddenly ‘passed’ one lovely sunny evening in May 2014.
    I got the Fitbit because of you! Find walking really cheers me up. Even been know to walk up and down the stairs in the Advertisement breaks on television to see how many I can record on the Fitbit. Thanks to you. Been eating healthier thanks to you…. reading more eg discovering about ‘sugar’ etc because of you. Tired Body blade really tired to get it to work but unsuccessful. Perhaps I should have bought it nearer Christmas shopping time and I could have tired again and again since extended beyond 30 days return policy. Maybe next year.
    So delighted that your operation is over and you are resting at home. Wish you speedy recovery. Your are much appreciated in the example of the way you live your life. Be kind to yourself. Fay

  11. Karen November 25, 2018 at 10:11 am -  Reply

    Hope you’re recovering well Debbie from wee Op! Some really fab deals on QVC and my Christmas shopping has truly started!
    Looking forward to seeing you back on the box when you’re fit and ready again!
    Take Care…Hugs Karen xx

  12. Paul November 26, 2018 at 7:44 am -  Reply

    Missing your personality muchly and preying for your a speedy recovery.

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