Weddings and a lily competition update!


Jackie with her brother and sistersHello I hope everyone’s well and happy! Since my last blog we’ve celebrated the long awaited occasion of my youngest sister’s wedding. What a fabulous day! It was held in a beautiful old country house in the west of Ireland where my family comes from but as well as the Irish and English contingent there was also a bit of an Aussie invasion.

My sister Sarah lives in Sydney and was marrying an Australian and dozens of them made the long journey over to be with us for the day which was wonderful and – as you can imagine – made for quite a party! It was one of those days when we all switched constantly between laughter and tears – in fact I don’t think I’ve cried so much in a long time – but in a good way!

Our family has been through a lot in the past few years what with losing my gorgeous sister Deborah (I wrote about that in a previous blog) and this was actually the first time we’d had a big family gathering since her funeral which was emotional.

But oh, what a wonderful time we had! At the top of the post is a picture of us remaining four sisters with our mum and long-suffering brother early on in the day, when the heels were still on and our make-up was still vaguely in tact! We certainly didn’t look that good at 2am when we were still boogying on down on the dance floor.

The bride's spectacular wedding shoes!In fact, my right foot is still bruised. Note to self: don’t take your shoes off and then dance next to your sister who still has her massive heels on! And talking of shoes, just LOOK at the incredible heels the bride wore.

My enterprising sis had these handmade in Texas and flown over – they are to DIE FOR! I think that post-wedding they will be sitting on a shelf somewhere in her apartment – they are far too gorgeous to hide away in a cupboard!

In other news, I’m sure by now you’ve heard about the QVC presenters’ lily growing challenge set for us by Thompson & Morgan. We were all given bulbs of a brand new variety of lily a couple of months ago and asked to grow them, with the grower of the winning blooms getting the fabulous honour of having the lily named after them.

The 'Kabler' LilyWell… I was off to a false start because I was away when the bulbs were handed out so ended up planting mine two weeks late! Then for some bizarre reason they started to flower really early, when they were just a few inches tall. Now as the deadline looms, mine still haven’t grown much and all the flowers have gone!

I’m usually very green-fingered so this is a bit of a disaster for me! I’ve seen pictures of some of my colleagues’ entries and they look brilliant. Suffice it to say, I don’t think you’ll be seeing a Kabler Lily in your garden centre any time soon!

That’s it for now, have a fabulous week, and don’t forget you can always get in touch by leaving comments on my blogs (I reply to all of them) or by following me on Twitter! My Twitter name is @jackiekabler.

Love Jackie xx


  1. Sam Ryan August 18, 2013 at 8:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie ,
    You look amazing at your sisters wedding….just love that dress.
    Wow your sisters shoes how fab are they ?
    Its my first time writing on here to you…meant to before now , so apologies.
    Love your presenting Jackie. I remember watching you on GMTV over the years. Wasn’t it just great that Dr Hilary Jones was on aswell ? That was nice for you.
    Enjoy your week and take care.
    Sam (Dublin)xxx

  2. Jean August 19, 2013 at 9:04 am -  Reply

    Hi Jackie,
    Wow you all look stunning in the photograph. I love the brides shoes, yes they are too lovely to hide away.
    You always seem to have fun when you are on with Richard Jackson, you seem to end up having a shower.
    What a shame about the Lillies, I had a lot I grew last year and they were beautiful, this year not one flower. Must be a gremlin hiding in the garden.
    Jean XX

  3. Jackie Kabler August 19, 2013 at 3:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Sam,
    Oh I love Dublin, lived there for four years while I was at Trinity College….two of my sisters live there now so I love visiting too! Thanks so much for the kind words. Yes it was great to see Dr Hilary again. Keep in touch!
    Love Jackie x

  4. Jackie Kabler August 19, 2013 at 6:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jean
    Yes I do love gardening shows! Things usually grow very well for me (I grew a cactus that started off about three inches tall and is now taller than me!!) so I don’t know what happened with my poor lilies. Never mind, I’ll try again next year, that’s what gardening is all about, you win some and you lose some!
    Thanks for getting in touch and watch out for those garden gremlins…
    Love Jackie x

  5. Nureyev Payne August 22, 2013 at 2:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie,
    Wow your sister Sarah is absolutely gorgeous! How creative and innovative she must be to get those shoes handmade! No wonder you can’t take your eyes off her in that picture!
    You look nice too.
    Love Nureyev

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