Moonwalking, writing and reclining!


Hello again!

So we are now officially in British Summer Time – it’s a shame nobody’s told the weather, eh? My training for the Moonwalk (the through-the-night, power-walking marathon I’m doing with a team from QVC in May) has been slightly less pleasant this week, as I battle through 10 and 12 mile treks against the wind and rain! However, I shall persevere. I listen to audiobooks on my iPod as I walk, which helps – I’m currently working my way through the series of crime novels by Peter James, which I’m thoroughly enjoying.

Our Moonwalk team includes fellow presenters Kathy Tayler, Debbie Flint and Alison Keenan, as well as some of our lovely off-screen colleagues, and Ultrasun guest Abi Cleeve. We are just starting to raise sponsorship money, so if anybody out there would like to donate, even if it’s just a pound, we would be so, so grateful. Our aim is to raise £1,000 and it all goes to support breast cancer charities, a cause very close to all of our hearts. Here is the link to our sponsorship page, and thank you so much to those who’ve donated so far!

Unwin's mophead hydrangeaThank you also to everyone who’s been asking about the progress of my wrist after my little pre-Christmas accident/surgery incident. I’m currently having physio twice a week because, frustratingly, I have developed a complication called CRPS (Complex Regional Pain Syndrome) which can occur in 10 to 25 percent of people who have the sort of fracture that I did. It’s a bit of an umbrella term, but for me it means that while my wrist is doing well and movement is coming back steadily, my hand is now affected quite badly. It stiffens up so much every night that I can barely move it in the morning, and the fingers aren’t doing what they should do. I’m working hard on it though, and my physiotherapy team are fabulous, but if my right hand looks a bit odd on air and I drop things and am even more clumsy than normal, you’ll know why!

It hasn’t stopped me typing though, and the first draft of my second novel is well underway, with the launch date for book one, my debut novel, now set for October. I had a meeting with my publisher last week where we discussed the final plans for the cover and so on… I am BEYOND EXCITED to share more with you all, and will do so as soon as I can!

I’ve also been getting out in the garden and getting it sorted for summer. I love this time of year, and can’t wait for some of the gorgeous new plants and flowers I’ve put in to start blooming and bringing back some much needed colour. Meanwhile, I’ve recently bought one of Unwins’ incredible mophead hydrangeas which is currently in a pot in the conservatory. The flower is so enormous, almost human head size, and I love it so much that I find myself sitting there chatting to it on a regular basis… oh dear.

Speaking of gardening, I will be launching our Today’s Special Value offer for Good Friday, and it’s a fantastic garden chair. This lounger has been designed for ultimate comfort with multiple reclining positions, a detachable and adjustable head rest, a canopy for sun protection (because of course we are going to have an AMAZING summer, right?) and an attachable drinks holder (my favourite bit!). It comes in four colour options, Brown Tweed, Blue, Taupe and new colour Black, and it collapses down so is compact for storing. It is really lightweight and portable so great for camping or taking to the beach as well as for using in the garden. It even comes with a carry bag. Snap one up on Good Friday!

Multi Position Outdoor Recliner Chair with Canopy, Drinks Holder & Bag 2

Thanks also to everyone who got in touch to say they’ve been enjoying my series of backstage videos and made suggestions for more. I will be doing some more very soon – watch this space!

I hope you all enjoy Easter if you celebrate it, or have a wonderful weekend if you don’t. As always, you can get in touch with me by leaving a comment under this blog or on Twitter (I’m @jackiekabler). Bye for now!


Jackie xx


  1. Jean April 2, 2015 at 8:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie,
    Wow 10 to 12 mile treks, you must be fit, you are all doing this for such a good cause, and good luck to you all.

    Sorry to hear you are still having trouble with your hand, that is the only trouble when you have an injury like that, and I expect your typing is aggravating it.

    You have been doing well with your novels.

    Yes it is nice to be able to go out in the garden, I did mange to do some yesterday with the help of my young Golden Retriever, she loves being out there with me, trouble is she chases all the birds.

    Yes I saw the hydrangeas like you have, they are lovely. I have just had a lot of plants from QVC so have had to pot them on.

    The garden chair, I got two from QVC last year they are similar to this one, they are so comfortable.

    Have a great Easter and look after that hand.

    Love Jean XX

    • Jackie Kabler April 8, 2015 at 3:06 pm -  Reply

      Hi Jean,
      Glad you have been getting out in the garden too…and now we have a bit of sunshine finally, it’s even better! Hope you had a lovely Easter.
      Love Jx

  2. twinkle April 5, 2015 at 7:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi hun

    so so proud of all of u doing the moon walk and admire u all for training despite the rubbish weather u are all stars and I will continue to share the link and help u smash your target xxx

    cannot wait for your book xx so proud of you sweetie. U are fabulous xx

    bless u about your hand 🙁 mi e goes like that some times its annoying isnt it?
    U keep up with your pysio and I hope it gets better soon

    lots of love and hugs xxx

    • Jackie Kabler April 8, 2015 at 3:07 pm -  Reply

      Hi Twinkle,
      We so appreciate your support lovely lady, thank you so much! I’m working on the stupid hand, I’ll get there!
      Love Jx

  3. Susan April 6, 2015 at 7:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie,
    That’s so frustrating and I imagine painful re your wrist? I really sympathise as you have damaged your dominant hand. Are you able to get physio on the NHS or is the list too long?
    Hope you have a lovely Easter too.
    Susan x

    • Jackie Kabler April 8, 2015 at 3:08 pm -  Reply

      Hi Susan,
      A bit painful yes but mostly frustrating. I’m going to a local physio and they are brilliant so I’m hoping it won’t take too long to resolve. Hope you had a fab Easter!
      Love Jx

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