Looking back on a brilliant 2015


Well I hope you are all nearly done and dusted for Christmas.

QVC really does take the hassle out of Christmas shopping, but I still love to potter around the shops feeling Christmassy, getting little bits and bobs and meeting lots if friends for a Christmas coffee. Knowing I have the bulk of my presents already sorted out makes it so much more pleasurable. I’ve also have more time this year as for the first time in years my daughter hasn’t appeared in Panto. I think we have both missed it, although it does take over Christmas. We just thought with her now being a secondary school it was time to concentrate on school work.

Looking back over this year Dance has really featured quite heavily. One of my highlights was certainly meeting Flavia and Vincent. I’ve never been a ballroom dancer – it’s a totally different discipline to the dancing I used to do – but they are just incredible and I admire them so much. It was brilliant to be able to partner Vincent and we danced live on air! Thank goodness he didn’t try to lift me… I think I’d have flattened him!


Another highlight of course was my daughter winning the All England Dance finals (a snapshot from the event above), which was the culmination of two years’ hard work. A little bit of news hot off the press is that she has just qualified for the Dance World Cup competition which takes place next summer in Jersey, so watch this space!

My son doesn’t really like me talking about him too much now; at 15 he is at that age where I’m a total embarrassment and all hugs and kisses are definitely for indoors only.

However I have managed to sneakily film him playing saxophone at his school Christmas concert. I thought it was so lovely I just had to share it with you. He won’t be happy when he finds out!

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Anyway, do have a super Christmas and I hope you enjoy it whatever you’ve chosen to do this year.

Take care and lots of festive hugs,



  1. Susan December 21, 2015 at 10:24 am -  Reply

    Hi jilly,
    Happy Christmas to you and your lovely family. I hope you all get a couple of days off together. It’s so busy but it’s nice to have 48hrs with family! Your kids are very talented and I wish cassidy all the best next year! What dance did you do? I think you Claire Jill and Julia all did similar show style stage dancing did you? And I quite admire you for not talking too much about the kids if I’m honest! I’m sure your son isn’t too happy if you parade his life on here! Hard to believe he is 15!!
    Happy new year jilly x

  2. Jilly January 16, 2016 at 4:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susan thank you. I hope you had a great Christmas and New year. I used to be very involved in musical theatre so very much the same as my daughter and yes I think my son is age that age where I’ve been disowned! Take care, jillyx

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