Music and memories


Bose mini sound dock (2)Hi everyone,

If you’re a regular viewer or reader of my blog you will know I’ve been redesigning, remodelling and renovating a house which is to become the Chez Huntley residence in a few weeks time. Whilst spending many hours on my own at the house doing the dogsbody work I have kept myself company with music courtesy of my Bose sound link mini.

I have actually found it very therapeutic listening to old tunes. It got me wondering if any of you have a particular song which is especially significant to you? I’d love to hear your stories so please feel free to comment below.

My tune of the moment is by Crosby, Stills & Nash…you’ve probably guessed it already if you know me! It’s called “Our House”. The lyrics say ‘our house is a very very very fine house, with two cats in the yard, life used to be so hard. Now everything is easy cause of you…’ And I just beam when I hear it. It makes me think of how lovely it will be to have our very own home at last with our two cats playing in the garden. Although we have been living there amidst the chaos it is still far from feeling like ‘home’. This tune keeps me motivated.

Another very special song for me is “Pal of my cradle days”. This is a very old song but it’s one which resonated with me as a 14 year old girl. It’s about the relationship between a parent and child from the child’s point of view. My mum still had the card which I wrote the lyrics into and dedicated to her!

My son is a singer and songwriter and, of course, his songs are favourites of mine. He won’t let me put them on here until he’s recorded his debut album (soon) but I can’t wait to share them with you!

Please get in touch and tell me about some of your faves!

Lots of love,

Catherine x


  1. Marnie August 3, 2015 at 12:46 pm -  Reply

    dear catherine, lovely to read you will soon be moving in, wishing wonderful and happy times in your new abode. My fav songs at the moment and cannot stop playing are the weakness in me – joan armastrading and wildest moments – jessie ware, my daughter gave me her old iPod and i bought the bose speaker so as they say i am good to go!

  2. Marilyn Cameron August 3, 2015 at 1:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine my memorablesong was stevie wonder Is int she lovely the day my daughter was born..

    Best wishes with Chez Huntley

    Marilyn. X

  3. Jean ellis August 3, 2015 at 6:32 pm -  Reply

    I thought pal of my cradle days was about friends from childhood days, funny how we all see things in a different way and vive la difference.

  4. Susan grant August 3, 2015 at 9:38 pm -  Reply

    Saturday night at the movies is my all time favourite song. I remember dancing to it when I was sixteen and it still fills dance floors now at weddings etc. it was recorded by The Drifters. When I am feeling low I put this song on my car cd and feel better within minutes.

  5. Linda August 5, 2015 at 11:01 pm -  Reply

    Dear Catherine,
    I am so pleased to hear that you are coming to the end of the road with the renovation of your house. You have worked so hard. My hat goes off to you, it is not many women would have taken this on herself, you should be very proud,
    My favourite song is The Rose by Bett Midler. I just love this song,but the song that makes me cry is Queen who wants to live for ever, My sister always said she wanted it played in church when she passed away. We never thought that it would be so soon, but when she passed away suddenly in April,we had it played in the crematorium after the service. She always had a wicked sense of humour.
    Best of luck with the rest of the house.
    Love Linda

  6. Fiona Brackenridge August 6, 2015 at 12:33 pm -  Reply

    One of my most favourite songs from my teenage years was Chestnut Mare the Byrds. At the time I was horse mad and spent every waking moment at the local riding school. Happy days. I can’t hear a Nat King Cole song without thinking about my Mum sadly she is gone now and we didn’t have a good relationship but it reminds me of Sunday afternoons spent watching old black and white movies particularly musicals and happier times. Music is so evocative and now I am in my 60th year I decided to invest in a Bose Wave system which I got on the super bargain price and looking forward to getting next week. I recently sorted through a lot of my music and found albums I forgot I had looking forward to getting reacquainted. Bring the past into my present and future.

  7. KK August 7, 2015 at 2:02 am -  Reply

    Hi Catherine I bet you cannot wait for your home to be finished. I noticed that you had cat footprints in the cement. I too had them , lifted each print and along with my daughter turned them into arty things. They now hang on the wall an blend in to.
    I look nosing in the home magazines and would love to see what you have done with before and afters. Can we have a look at your new home when it is finished?

  8. ann cain August 14, 2015 at 4:00 pm -  Reply

    I used to sing in the clubs in the west midlands and always sang Pal of my cradle days,Icould never get away from singing it,but the words mean so much to me,hope you will soon be settled in your new home.x

  9. Catherine Huntley August 18, 2015 at 7:15 am -  Reply

    Hello everyone,

    Thank you so much for all of your wonderful replies. I have read each one and they are touching, sweet, lovely and some are sad, too.

    I apologise for not writing individual replies at this time but my mum has been very ill and I’m currently caring for her so not finding too many spare moments. She’s doing well (and I will be updating with a blog very soon) but I really wanted to thank you for writing in.

    Sending you all lots of love & looking forward to being back at The Q this weekend.

    Love Catherine xxxxxxxxxxx

  10. JOHN RENNIE September 6, 2015 at 2:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Catherine, you’re so popular a TV Presenter on QVC. What happened on your Facebook page? Hardly anyone on here?? A beautiful young woman like yourself shouldn’t be sitting there all alone using facebook… Where’s all your fans from QVC Shopping Channel. And what about fellow presenters, don’t Julie Roberts and Debbie Flint get in touch with you online at all? Hope you’re well and have a nice weekend. John from Glasgow x x

  11. JOHN RENNIE September 10, 2015 at 10:56 am -  Reply

    Recently I sent you a message about your Facebook page, but then I realised after I sent it, you probably don’t know about it as it’s done by one of your many fans as it’s listed as ( The official fan page for Catherine Huntley, TV Presenter ), on Facebook. Don’t you have an actual page yourself? If not then sorry to have bothered you Catherine! Kind regards, John Rennie, Glasgow.

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