Spring has sprung, a cheeky chum and chips by mum

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Here we are, another week older but hopefully not colder! The beautiful flowers are trying to convince us it’s spring. I love it when the pretty, pale pink blossoms fill the trees and air with confetti-like petals. Daffodils have always been my favourite flower and I’m delighted to see them almost everywhere. I like to get out and do lots of walking year round but it’s especially nice just now. What a wonderful time of the year!

I’ve spent many a changing season at QVC. In September I’ll be celebrating my 15th anniversary! The time has flown by and yet it’s been crammed full of memories. There’s a lovely closeness that we are all a part of. I know many of you feel the same from the interactions we’ve had together over the years and that makes me so happy.

Teresa, one of our directors, has been at the Q since the very beginning so I’ve known her throughout all my time at the channel. We share a similar sense of humour. Several years ago, before one of my shows, Teresa looked me up and down, looked at her watch and said “Catherine, are you going to get changed? It’s almost time to go on air. You’re not going on like that, are you?”. She was joking and it made me laugh as she said it with such dead pan seriousness that others weren’t sure if she was just being a bit rude. Well, it’s now become a tradition that has spanned many years. Now shortened to “you going to get changed?”, she says it before every show and we still giggle like buffoons. I do a hand signal back to her which prompts the reply, “twice? You going to get changed twice?”. It’s very silly and childish but that’s what we love about it.

It’s very rare for us to get a spare moment at work but, when I do, I often like to take a few minutes to ‘decorate’ Teresa’s desk when she’s not around. A few (maybe 15-20) post it notes on her computer screen with cheeky little notes written on them, works of art made from bits and bobs found on her desk or even a lovely tower of plastic glasses, as you can see in these photos.

She shows her appreciation by sneaking into my dressing room when I’m not in and returning the aforementioned post it notes to me, ensuring I don’t miss them by sticking them to my mirror. One day she was very subtle and just unpaired my shoes. I actually didn’t notice straight away, it was only when I went to put in a pair of heels I realised it had been separated from its mate!

It’s a game of tit for tat. Her latest tit for my most recent tat was creating shoemageddon in my room! Shoes everywhere! I laughed my socks off when I saw it.

I share a dressing room with lovely, kind (and tolerant) Anne Dawson. There have been a few times when her bemused expression has triggered more giggles from me followed by an explanation. Nowadays she doesn’t even have to ask. Just a knowing look as if to say “Teresa”. She is so good humoured and always finds it amusing, too. Thankfully! I’m so lucky to have Anne as a roomie, I just wish we got to see a bit more of each other. Our shifts don’t often crossover but it’s always nice when they do.

Hands up who likes chips! Meeeeeeee! Now I know I try to be healthy most of the time but I do enjoy some good, old fashioned stodge from time to time. I was working over the Easter weekend but I was able to squeeze a few hours in with Mum before work on Sunday. Now that I’m eating vegan, Easter lamb is off the menu for me. My mum said she would make something vegan for us but I said I’d bring something over so she wouldn’t have to cook.

I took some hearty pies filled with mushrooms, vegetables and a red wine and onion sauce. Sadly not The Real Pie Company, not a patch on them so I won’t name the brand. I’d LOVE to develop a range of vegan pies with them. Hmmm, that gives me an idea! Anyhoo, back to the meal… mum had a lot of potatoes and suggested we use some up by making chips! Hurrah! My mum’s chips transport me back to childhood. Sometimes they were part of a meal but other times it was just for the sheer decadence of having a plate of chips. I’m sure everyone feels their mum’s chips were the best but my mum’s really were, ha ha!

So, not the most traditional Easter meal but a lovely, soul nourishing, comforting plate of my mum’s chips will do me any day of the week. Here she is, a master of chippery, at work. Please excuse my ‘singing’ and my mum’s forgetfulness of lyrics and focus on the chips of wonder.

I hope you’ve had a lovely Easter break. I’ll be with you for lots of shows this week but I’m especially looking forward to Friday’s summer catwalk collection at 8pm. We will be treated to a catwalk style fashion show, complete with choreographed moves from our models, and a chance to see the latest, high style acquisitions to our fashion department. I shall have my iPad at the ready to order some exciting new clobber. I’ve noticed that a lot of what we bring for these catwalk shows sells out quickly and doesn’t return so it’ll be case of buy it now or, possibly, regret it later! Hope you can join me.

Have a great week. Lots of love,

Catherine xx

10 Comments

  1. Kay April 4, 2018 at 11:56 am -  Reply

    Lovely Mum and daughter.
    Enjoy watching your shows Catherine, your loving personality always makes me smile. God bless . xx

    • Catherine Huntley April 6, 2018 at 11:57 am -  Reply

      Thank you, Kay! You’re very kind xx

  2. Liz April 5, 2018 at 12:51 am -  Reply

    Hi Catherine,

    I am also a Vegetarian/ Vegan and love Chips!! Your Mum’s chips look delicious!

    I can see where you get your lovely smile from!

    The spring weather is on its way at last!!

    Liz x

    • Catherine Huntley April 6, 2018 at 12:04 pm -  Reply

      Hi Liz,

      Lovely to hear from you. Can’t beat a good old, honest chip and I can confirm my ma’s chips are as good as they look.

      I hope you’re enjoying the spring weather, it’s lovely here today!

      Catherine xx

  3. Anna greene April 5, 2018 at 9:46 am -  Reply

    Hi Catherine, you are so lucky and blessed to still have your lovely Mum——-and homemade chips!!!!! Am so jealous. Much love x

    • Catherine Huntley April 6, 2018 at 12:50 pm -  Reply

      Hi Anna, thank you for your comments. I wish I could share my chips and mum. Sending you the biggest hug ever.

      Love Catherine x

  4. Karen B April 6, 2018 at 7:59 am -  Reply

    Ahhh it brought a lump to my throat watching you with your mum. How lucky you are to have such a lovely mum and such lovely chips! Really lovely.

    • Catherine Huntley April 6, 2018 at 12:50 pm -  Reply

      Karen, you’re very kind. Thank you xxxx

  5. Helen capstick April 8, 2018 at 10:49 pm -  Reply

    Your the best presenter by far love watching you, and I like that you say the wrong things sometimes always make me smile 😝

    • Catherine Huntley April 9, 2018 at 12:15 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Helen! What a very nice thing to say 🙂 xxx

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