Twinnies strike again! And better skin and feet…


We’ve done it again! Catherine and I both arrived at work in almost identical outfits once again. We keep doing this 🙂 (see the blog a couple of weeks ago), and it turns out that great minds think alike even more – we were both about to go swimming. So we went together over to the gym across the other side of Chiswick Park – Just right for one of the hot days! x

This weekend on QVC:

Today Thursday (2nd August) sees the return of SBC, with the fab four-piece Supersize Collagen Skincare Heroes Collection. Do stock up, it’s superb value go here to see it.

Friday, Sketches are back with a suede boot – think ahead to the winter! The photo fur lining may come in handy (photo if possible)

On Saturday the LAB Life + Beauty girls are back with a very affordable teeth Platinum-Pro Tooth Whitening System. Go here to buy it now.

And then Laura Geller returns on Sunday – with the brand-new filter first foundation in a three-piece collection – here is the early bird order link to go and buy it, and see it now. It has had great feedback from Geller fans in Laura’s Get Geller gorgeous group, so try it!

I am back on the telly on Sunday including an hour of Dyson at 7pm – join me. And I’m looking forward to my Margaret Dabbs pedicure on Monday – she is here for the Today’s Special Value which I will be getting two or three of as presents, it is such a fantastic set. On the 6th of August – don’t miss it!

Here are this weekend’s Big Deals, our regular super-bargains that last for one week, but end Sunday at midnight, usually featured on our sister channels. Get smooth skin with the epilator from Epilady, travel in style with the trio of lightweight cases from Antler or if you need a wardrobe update, see the Nina Leonard shirt sleeve V-neckline top.

See below for next week’s highlights.

Bonus – August Diamonique Design of the Month launches – very pleased to see these fab starburst earrings this month go here. Alison O’Reilly our lovey guest says the black version are very edgy. And Ali Keenan my fellow presenter and Diamonique expert says she thinks they will sell really well as they are so pretty so get in early!

SNIPPETS – bit of a garden theme this week!

Big One

Gosh what a big one! I cleared some weeds from round the back of my runner bean allotment and look what was hiding underneath all the leaves! It was a bit stringy I must admit, but it looks really impressive! We had a lovely chicken dinner this week with some super runner beans. Fresh from the garden – yummy!

Bloom of the week

This beautiful Lily is perfect – so perfect, peonies would be proud. 🙂 It appeared in my back garden, in one of my pots. Just a solitary flower on its own, and it was so beautiful it deserves a solo spot this week!


There are many hedgerows in Devon where I walk the dogs near my house. It looks like the blackberries will be abundant this year! If this little branch is anything to go by, anyway. Maybe I will get back to making blackberry jam – I made lots of it at one point a few years ago I guess it will go down well on the retreat 🙂


Down in Devon the weekly vintage tearooms day is going well, but I’d like to make the room look more period. What do you think I should do? We have got a few quaint tea tins and teapots, and the flags, but what else could I add to help the atmosphere? It needs to be easy to take down again as it’s just one day a week at the moment – perhaps I should scour around some second hand shops and see what I can find from the 1940s era, what do you think?

Facebook Vlog of the Week

A tour around Chiswick Park last Thursday on my Facebook page here – click to see the fun we had on site during the hot weather. And do follow the page to see the updates including early bird links that appear after my blog is published. Other social media links below.

Blooper of the week

Katy having fun in the gardening shows – she is so funny! I must admit being on with Richard is one of my favourite things to do at the weekend, and you learn so much! Catch him again on Sunday mornings and many Saturdays too!


Book of the Week

Julie Cohen’s paperback of ‘Together’ has been hitting the heights of the Amazon charts and is still riding high from being a Richard and Judy Book of the Month. So I thoroughly recommend it, if you need a nice summer read and want to be enthralled! Clever plot – see if you guess the ending…


Mission: Impossible – Fallout.

Well I went along to see this film with my sis-in-law Boki last Saturday and had a lovely time! First a meal in Oxted, then the cinema. It has a bar and restaurant, comfy armchair seats and you can get served drinks at your seat! The film itself was predictable as ever with lots of chases, but I always enjoy Tom Cruise films. A surprise moment with one of his side too – I won’t give it away. 7.75/10.

This week’s highlights on QVC

Monday 6th – as mentioned, get your feet back to beautiful with Margaret Dabbs new Today’s Special Value featuring the foot hygiene balm, and a huge hygiene cream, it’s a bargain!

Tuesday – Taya are here with a three-piece Inner Core Collection.

I’m here Wednesday – when Kipling return with the Amiren Premium small cross body bag

Thursday is the day that Prime Fifty Fighting Fatigue supplements is on! A superb opportunity to stock up on a 120 days’ supply of my favourite skin supplements with a four month try out period! I like this brand so much.

Next week – a trip to Margaret Dabbs’ Guildford salon, and spending a day with my cute six month old granddaughter. Plus a Taxco jewellery competition! Have a lovely week.

Have a lovely week!

Best wishes



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  1. Mary R Weir August 2, 2018 at 3:12 pm -  Reply

    Mmmmm unsure about the flags

  2. Ruth August 2, 2018 at 6:23 pm -  Reply

    Fab blog as ever Deb. For the tearoom, it’s a bit plain for vintage, especially 1940s. Maybe paint at least one of the tall cabinets with a pastel colour paint and distress a bit. I don’t think they had that sort of stripped pine around much back then, and definitely not that amount anyway. Some floral patterns are needed too, so a bit of wallpaper somewhere. Overall make it more mismatched with random old pictures on the wall, some old cake stands, some vintage advert posters or tin pictures for stuff like Bovril and Cadbury’s etc.

  3. Debs f August 3, 2018 at 10:37 pm -  Reply

    Ruth- fabulous ideas! I will do it the next time my daughter comes down! (Anyone know how to put wallpaper on lime plaster…?!)

  4. Debs f August 3, 2018 at 10:38 pm -  Reply

    Mary – why not liking the flags? Are they too dark? It’s all about that old Blighty wartime spirit so they match that theme. Do tell x

  5. Tania E August 4, 2018 at 7:27 am -  Reply

    Hi Deb

    You’re granddaighter is SIX MONTHS OLD ALREADY! Oh my days time is flying!!!

    Love the pic of you and Catherine together.


  6. Chris August 4, 2018 at 1:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi, for the tea room I’d suggest crisp white tablecloths with coral square diagonally- partly to save having to constantly change the white ones… the 40s people didn’t have much but still showed off their ‘best’!

    The floral china you have will look fantastic against the white

  7. Mrs Seiler August 5, 2018 at 6:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Deb
    Always love your blog.
    Regarding the tea room, I always think it’s good to stick to a theam. Small rose bud tablecloths and pink cushions, cake stands and 1940’s music, quietly in the back ground.

  8. Irene Delamere August 12, 2018 at 11:41 pm -  Reply

    Enjoyed your blog
    Paint all that pine white have flowery tablecloths and big China chickens and basket of dried flowers on top x

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