Firstly, apologies for my blog not posting on Friday, a couple of us faced technical problems with a glitch on our blog platform. So here you go for a change, here is my blog on a Tuesday. Do you prefer it on a Friday and did you miss me? He, he.
Daisy and Gracie have loved being out in the sunshine this week – wouldn’t you? It arrived, then disappeared, then arrived again, and I’m told the temperatures are going to be very promising over the next week so fingers crossed! I hope so as I’m down at my place all next week, back on Sunday! Nice to have a few days longer to enjoy the countryside and fresh air, don’t you agree? These two mutts certainly do!
Plus this week:
Attending a fabulous book launch party in London, and catching up with my descendants – all three of them! Also – the usual sneaky peeks of the week ahead on QVC…
Today on QVC:
Tuesday – JPE Fitover sunglasses are here – showing it’s nearly summer – or at least some nice spring weather! Lol. This pair are a vintage design though – nice!
See below for the rest of this week’s deals and a special edition for next weekend’s Today’s Special Value deals too.
By the way if you can, go see my Facebook page, where I will put all the new links for early bird links as they happen it’s a public page so you don’t have to be on Facebook to read it – but if you are, ‘like’ the page (it’s not my main one, it’s specifically for all things QVC so it’s called Debbie Flint QVC Chat!)
At a brilliant Book Launch
I was delighted to attend the book launch of a lovely writing pal of mine – AJ Pearce. Her first novel – Dear Mrs Bird – has just launched and you may well read about her or hear her on the radio over the next few weeks. It is all about the friendships and danger during the Blitz, when an aspiring war correspondent takes a job as a fake agony aunt in a woman’s magazine publishers, and all sorts of mayhem ensues. Amidst the bombings and craters, loyalty and love win through. It’s very funny, as is AJ and she thoroughly deserves all the success in the world. It was my book of the week when I first read it and I’m delighted to say I’m about to listen to the audiobook version – and I cannot wait!
So AJ has inspired me. So has lovely mentor, Julie Cohen, who was also at the launch. I’m so proud of Julie – her book ‘Together’ has just been announced as a Richard and Judy pick! And now having chatted to lots of other author pals of AJ’s at the book launch last night, I’m all geared up to get cracking on my fifth novel – French or Dutch. It’s in final stages now, and I’m heading towards finalising draft one. Wish me luck! It’s been a packed three years or so since I first started it however, and in that time there have been house moves, weddings, and a whole new life and business down in Devon, as well as being an ambassador for Medical Detection Dogs. Plus becoming a grandmother! Whoohoo! So a kick up the proverbial was needed – and AJ’s launch, and some sterling words from Julie, has done just that. I handed in version one this week, with more to follow. Watch this space…
What do you do with a fluffy puppy or cat?
I don’t know about you but my two Labradors have a really fluffy undercoat! They love to splash in the water if I let them near the river down in the Sheepwash meadow, but afterwards for some reason it’s ten times worse. So I thought I’d try these fab gloves which have little nodules on them. They are good for catching all the loose fur, as you stroke the dog – genius! Good for cats too – do try them. Mine are loving the warmer weather and the gentle walks down the country lanes. To see one such walk, go to my Facebook Vlog of the week – talking about the weather on Friday – isn’t it lovely? (You don’t have to be on Facebook to see it).
Here’s our range of pet products (http://www.qvcuk.com/garden-&-leisure/pet-care/_/N-lfpr/c.html) – from food bowls to coats and clever brushes, anti-itch shampoos and fabulous food, there’s a lot to choose from.
Caught up with my baby granddaughter Blake at the weekend, here she is with my kids Brad, her dad, and Lovely Lauren, who is four months preggers – so technically I have four progenies! Little Blake giggled properly for the first time this week – ahhhhh! And lovely Lauren keeps asking me questions about her pregnancy – it’s so nice to be involved. I only write about the baby on this blog and the one on my website, I don’t do tons of social media about them, so sign up for the newsletters (link top right). More soon. Didn’t really get enough time for cuddles this visit as my brother’s family all wanted a hold. Oh well, next time I hope! And Brad keeps me updated with lots of clips and pics. PS I do think we should have put glasses on the baby as a joke in this pic too though!
A gong time
Had a yoga week this week – with two classes every day! Was so relaaaaaxed at the end of it! Jennie the local yoga lady has also trained to do ‘sound bath relaxation’ and OMG was it relaxing – with joss sticks, and resounding thronging gong chimes I drifted off to neverland. So. ‘sleepwatch’ – as mentioned last week – I did get a full eight hours twice this week. Can do better though… When Jennie does more of these for us later in the year, I must ask her to include this therapy again – it’s sooooooo good! Actually ‘Tibetan bowls’ on YouTube gives you an idea what it sounded like. There must be something scientific about the way it works on the body I’m sure – don’t you find?
Me and Linda in garden
Mind you, nothing relaxed me more than getting a few rays this week in the back courtyard. It’s a bit of a sun trap for most of the first part of the day, so my lovely neighbour Linda and I had a cuppa and a chillax and I felt myself letting go of the tension in my body and closing my eyes – it was finally warm enough! Yay! Fingers crossed for more…
Book of the Week
I have found a new series! It’s set in Canada, near Quebec, and the hero is an inspector who talks English with a Cambridge accent – very handy when it’s an audio book! It’s the first of 11, which is always handy – means you get used to the characters and don’t have to begin again each time. Book One, Still Life had lots of atmospheric descriptions of the lovely countryside, and some really good characterisation. Good narrator too, so I was glad to write about it on my Book review blog this week. Off to get Book two now!
Tweet of the Week
From comedian Brad Williams @funnybrad – and I can so empathize with this one…!
“When I was young, I wanted to live in a castle with a chocolate milk moat. Now I just want to spell words close enough that autocorrect can figure out what I’m saying”
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Society – it’s not in cinemas yet, but considering how much I love the war period and books, this had to make an early appearance – doesn’t it look great from the trailers?! (I just searched the title on YouTube to see it – we’re not allowed to link to outside sites now.) It seems intriguing, and has some amazing actors including Lily James and Penelope Wilton – always a sure bet. Can’t wait to see it in the cinema!
The rest of this week’s highlights
Wednesday – Tan Luxe are back – ditto about the sunshine! It’s a three-piece Essential Tanning Collection and great value as you add it in to other body creams! Buy it here now.
Thursday – Coco Bianco bring us a ring-detail short sleeve tunic – beginning to see a sunshine theme here?!
Friday – And on Friday a tasty Real Pie company 12-piece best sellers and new spring pie collection – and even this has a 30-day money back guarantee! Lol.
This weekend – special edition!
Saturday – Today’s Special Value is the Return of the fabulous Amazon Fire HD10, a 10″ tablet with music and Caseable voucher included!
– and on Sunday it is the Molton Brown seven-piece spring collection for beauty day. Looking forward to another brilliant beauty day!
Next week’s blog
Lots of sightseeing and a trip to the beach – maybe even to famous Clovelly village with my fabulous mates Sara and Christina who are coming down to Devon for the week – can’t wait!
Have a lovely week!