What makes it seem like Christmas for you?


What’s your first sign of Christmas? See below for some of yours, as mentioned on Facebook when I posted a pic of festive shaped treats this week! Also see below for some super sneaky peeks of the upcoming bargains, first though, this weekend’s offers – not to be missed!

This weekend…

Today (Friday 16th) Yankee candle five-piece Classics Collection with gift boxes – two large, two medium and one small along with boxes to give them as presents! See them and buy now here.

Saturday – The huge Christmas shopping weekend begins, including an IT Cosmetics five-piece collection as Today’s Special Value, including hopefully with me at 5pm. And just before that, a whole tech hour at 4pm – wonderful top tech gifts including with my fabulous telly hubby Lee Hohbein! Join us! See it here when it goes live tonight at midnight.

Sunday it’s the turn of Decleor and the five-piece Sleep Tight Wake Bright Skincare Collection, amazing prices as usual. Have a read of Chloe’s blog to find out more.

Also do join me on Sunday night for the launch at midnight of the new MarlaWynne stipple jacquard coatigan with pockets, very well priced for a piece of Marla outerwear, and just right for this time of year.

These great offers only last a week and are shown on our sister channels – but don’t delay, the offers end at midnight on Sunday 18th November. Enjoy a restful sleep with a three-piece supersize set from This Works, embrace some Boho Betty style with a set of three beaded bracelet, or why not give your home a quick clean whenever you need to with this Shark cordless handheld vacuum cleaner. See and buy them all here now.

Plus see below for more from the next seven days.

It’s beginning to look a little like Christmas

Now we are half way through November, we are definitely allowed to start buying presents, but what about playing Christmas music?! I’ve been playing it down in Devon since the start of October – every so often anyway. And what about putting up decorations? I was delighted this week when my wonderful pal Alix came back from her trip down under and we restarted our regular Tuesday catch ups in Hatherleigh. Where to our delight, they served us… Christmas Tree shortbreads! It’s certainly starting to be ‘that most wonderful time of the year!’ So what makes it that time for you? What signs definitely make you feel in festive mood?

I asked that on Facebook this week – go here to see the vlog where I discuss it whilst on one of my regular walks through pretty Devon countryside. And these are some of the replies – which resonate with you?

  • Kelly Rees and Julie Ford said the big Christmas TV Ads
  • Jayne Wentworth said when the Christmas party menu arrives – actually we are awaiting news of when our own presenter lunches will happen! Exciting!
  • Sandra Jarrett said The Fairy tale of New York playing on the radio
  • David Hannah said massive mountains of chocolates appearing (I used to pick open the sticky tape on the tin when I was a kid, and steal the best ones, pink fudge, purple caramel nut, and round toffee – then stick it back down again! We always had the orange creams left in our house – what about you?)
  • Maria Bird and Lynn Walker said when the cola lorry comes on the telly
  • Barbara Bennett said when shops on the high street start selling mince pies
  • Jane Wood said seeing Christmas cake recipes in her weekly magazine
  • And Lynn Dunford said it used to be going to Woolworths with her mum once they had the bedecked Christmas trees on display in the windows – ahhh yes we recall those halcyon days!

What about you?

These drawstring cosmetics bags arrived this week – amazing last minute gifts for yuletide!

I love this time of year, don’t you? Time to start watching Christmas films and wrapping pressies, methinks – including in the wonderfully easy Giftmate wrap set I just bought – get it here!


Brilliant Brownie

Lovely Nicola was my right-hand girl this week down in Devon as we needed some tasty vegan treats for our writer guests – seven of them! And Nic made this amazing brownie for dessert one night – made with avocado and dates! It was – delicious! I’m still off dairy, as much as I can, and this was perfect, I had it with non-dairy ice cream. Only half though – I saved this other half for later. In actual fact, I’m more into savoury stuff atm. Got to get back in shape for the big cruise next February!

Meeting Margaret

Lovely Margaret and her pal Barbara came all the way from Liverpool as part of Margaret’s 70th birthday celebrations, so I was happy to show them round the retreat, even though the tea room is closed till spring, and met them for a tasty tea in the pub opposite. Margaret was top to toe in QVC stuff – and smelled of Tova fragrance too – what a trooper! Happy 70th my lovely and well done to your daughter Lisa for arranging it.

Me n sis n Family Fun

My lovely sister Linda was a bit poorly again this week but came out of hospital after a good dose of medicine and was ok for the Sunday get together – a regular meal to commemorate the ‘Derek Flint Cup’ – an annual golf comp in memory of my old dad. It was lovely to see all her clan, and my mum and her partner, and my little great niece Skye – who is now 14 months and says ‘want more’ at dinner! Bless! They are all growing so fast! The big family ‘cousin’s bash’ in December will be a massive do! And Blake and Phoebe, my little granddaughters, will meet some of them for the first time!

An unusual TiFFT!

Tongs in the toilets! Put in a pound, and you get three minutes of straighteners! Curled my fringe back to bouncy good ‘n’ proper in the loos of the pub! Courtesy of Holsworthy Mayor and new district councillor, Jon Hutchings – he got them online and put them in his pub!! Lol!

Blooper – hehe – trust Charlie! Poor Dale!


Going to see Widows at the cinema this week – I hope! Based on the novel that gave rise to the original TV series that was a smash hit in 1983 in the UK. I adored that series, so can’t wait for this one!

However, the big ‘watch’ recommendation this week has to be the most amazingly restored old World War One footage – it went out in some cinemas but also on Sunday night on the BBC – and is available to see on catch up now. ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ is Peter Jackson’s transformation of archive footage more than a century old. He takes ancient black and white footage, recolours it, cleans it up and adds sound, bringing to life the people who can best tell the story of the Great War – the men who were there. See it on catch up soon as poss.

Book of the week 

Wasn’t Jack Reacher’s latest outing fantastic!! You betcha it was. It’s the first book in ages where I’ve continued listening to it to see what happens, even when I got indoors. Finished it in record time. Next on my list is The Doll House by Phoebe Morgan who is coming to give a talk in Sheepwash next March about how to get a publishing deal as she’s a commissioning editor as well. Her new one is out before too long, so this will set me up to enjoy it!

Next week on QVC

MondayMarlaWynne coatigan as above.

TuesdaySkechers on the Gowalk Joy lace-up trainer boots.

WednesdayJM Home by Julien Macdonald lamp with black silk shade. After the success last week of the lovely lamp from Amanda Holden’s range, BundleBerry (see the whole range here) this one should go well!

Thursday – a big tech #TSV and Panasonic return with a super 18mp bridge camera with a 60x ultra zoom and 4k video – what a great, substantial gift for someone special.

– the Smile Box tooth whitening treatment that lasts for up to 5 months.

Next week – well it’s the week of the big op! I’m having it on Wednesday – it’s just a little keyhole surgery to tidy up my torn meniscus (did it years ago and aggravated it playing netball last summer – as you do! So I’ll be off for a bit. Wish me luck! Plus whilst I’m down there, more refurbishments – the start of the hard-fought en suites in two bedrooms, and more electrical works being done. Phew! Busy times!

Big hugs



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  1. Diane November 16, 2018 at 1:22 pm -  Reply

    No stranger to hospitals, I want to wish you luck and hope all goes well for you. Love your blogs Debbie, all the sneaky peeks, book reviews as well as the funny bits. Hopefully you will be back to wellness ASAP. X

  2. Karen Wright November 16, 2018 at 1:33 pm -  Reply

    A great blog as always, love the sneaky peaks for upcoming TSV. Good luck with the Op.

  3. Sandy Hill November 16, 2018 at 1:47 pm -  Reply

    Good luck with your op Debbie, xxx

  4. Ellen Pitt November 16, 2018 at 2:33 pm -  Reply

    Emergency GHD’s, absolute genius.
    How many times would that have salvaged a moisture/humidity induced frizz attack on a night out.

  5. Jan November 16, 2018 at 2:35 pm -  Reply

    Good luck with your op Debbie. Take time to get over it then we can all enjoy you being back on QVC x

  6. Lyn shortman November 16, 2018 at 4:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie i hope your key hole surgery goes well next Wednesday.i enjoy reading your blogs about what you do a way from qvc. down in Devon in the tea shop and with your lovely family and your 2 lovely gran children’s your two lovely chocolate labradors.we had a lovely black Labrador and golden retriever.they were best friends plus 3 cats.we now a rescue cat a grey tabby called Pip.take care Debbie best wishes Lyn xxx

  7. Anne Lewis November 16, 2018 at 5:23 pm -  Reply

    Good luck for the op!

  8. Maggie Shankster November 16, 2018 at 6:32 pm -  Reply

    Wishing you a speedy recovery from your operation,take it easy and make sure you rest.

  9. Antoinette Browne November 16, 2018 at 7:59 pm -  Reply

    Hello Debbie. Wishing all the best for your up coming op. You will be miss. God bless you. Antoinette x

  10. Nikki November 16, 2018 at 10:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie,

    Thanks for the always entertaining blog. Good luck for the operation, I hope you are up and around again as soon as possible.

    Nikki x

  11. SheMag November 16, 2018 at 11:09 pm -  Reply

    Oh yes, They Shall Not Grow Old was magnificent. Books wise have you tried the Logan McRae series by Stuart MacBride? They’re not new, but I’ve only just discovered them. Complicated crime novels and who doesn’t love a detective with a desperate need for sweeties?! Recommended for while you’re convalescing!

  12. Jane Greene November 17, 2018 at 8:59 am -  Reply

    Can we have the recipe for the vegan brownie please

  13. Kay Stapleton November 18, 2018 at 9:24 am -  Reply

    Love your blogs and vlogs not seen many lately don’t know why fantastic offers and ideas for c word sorry but I’m not a big Xmas person hope you’re op goes well and you recover well take care xx

  14. Annie November 18, 2018 at 9:43 am -  Reply

    HI Debbie, Another amazing, interesting and informative Blog from you.
    I wish you well for you op and a speedy recovery.
    Looking forward to hearing about your cruise as it’s something i have always wanted to do but feel very nervous about doing. Is this your first one.
    Love and best wishes

  15. Janet November 18, 2018 at 2:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Debbie love reading your blogs. I saw a picture of you on Facebook the other week wearing glasses, they really suit you, where did you get them from and will you wear be wearing them on air soon ?


  16. Denise Wilkinson November 18, 2018 at 5:40 pm -  Reply

    Good luck for the op. Hope all goes well, perhaps in spring I’ll have a visit to Sheepwash, only live in Launceston. Happy Christmas to you and yours. Lots of love. Denise xx

  17. Linda November 18, 2018 at 5:53 pm -  Reply

    Good luck Debbie hope goes well for you look forward when you return to Qvc

  18. Theresa Hanlon November 18, 2018 at 9:18 pm -  Reply

    Love reading your blogs and wstching your vlogs. Good luck with your knee procedure, hope you recover quickly as I guess you dont like not being busy, take care x

  19. Jillian Mason November 19, 2018 at 9:45 am -  Reply

    Good luck on your op bab,ive had it done…just do what they say and u will be fine xx

  20. Elizabeth Holmes November 19, 2018 at 12:34 pm -  Reply

    Good luck with your surgery Debbie. I hope all goes well for you. I Always enjoy reading your great blogs every week. Take care x

  21. Karen Whenman November 20, 2018 at 10:11 am -  Reply

    Good luck with the op, I too have had it done plus an artheroscopy and then two days later fell down the stairs with the knee bent double underneath me……trust me it hurt like crazy…..so go very careful!! xx

  22. martin forbes November 20, 2018 at 2:19 pm -  Reply

    hi debbie congratulations on your new grandchild .Hope you are well iam not bad.

  23. Angela Watson November 20, 2018 at 6:10 pm -  Reply

    Love your posts, and good luck for your knee procedure, hope it all goes well, and a quick thank you , you are an inspiration , thank you you dont know it but you have really helped me recently

  24. Debs f November 22, 2018 at 8:42 pm -  Reply

    Angela – how lovely to know that. Would love to know how? Do contact me on my social media or via my website where you will see my email address x

  25. Debs f November 22, 2018 at 8:47 pm -  Reply

    Karen, jillian – hope your ops recovered ok. Mine’s going v well i think – so far! X

  26. Debs f November 22, 2018 at 8:48 pm -  Reply

    Hey all. Thanks so much for your best wishes – everything seems to be going well with the recuperation, so far! See you back on TV on the 30th! X

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