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New Grandbaby arrives! And playing catch up...
20 October 2018

New Grandbaby

So it's happened! And (not so) little Phoebe Deborah Ann , my daughter's first baby, came into the world on October 3rd. Very glad it was all over after a bit of a difficult introduction to the world but she is gorgeous. The kids don't really want to share too much on social media, and that's understandable, same as with little nine month old Blake, my son's first girl. So here's an officially allowed pic, and sorry it's not of her face! But she does look very much like Lolly looked when she was a baby, especially around the mouth - and a tiny bit like I did, at least she does when Phoebe screws up her face! lol. Go here to the QVC blog to see the baby pic of me. (You'll also see the new arrival at my brother's house - the adorable little kitten called Oreo! Just so cute. And fearless too - go here to see him and big cat Morph playing...)

In the last three weeks I've visited baby and Lolly and Nick and his lovely parents Derek and Annie, in Wales, three times. I am trying to fit in the lonnnnng journeys on my way home from Devon, and it's been working well so far. Baby Phoebe has put on a pound and a half in the last few weeks and is really long! she's almost at the top of the percentiles for her age. Well Lolly is 5'10 so am sure Pheebs will be tall too! Lucky girl. I always wanted to be a bit taller when I was a teenager, but hey ho, 5'4 (just under!) will have to do. I love being with little bubba and am unbelievably proud of Lauren and the way she's taken to parenthood - baby is doing very well not on bottle feeding and sits very alert, staring around at the world, and at me. Have had a few smiles out of her too, although I'm not sure they're exactly because of all my 'goo goo ga ga' but I'm doing it anyway! Am seeing little 9 month olf Blake Katherine on Sunday too - yay!

On way home from Wales this time I managed to go to see a pal of mine from Retreats for You, lovely Katy Mitchell who lives in Monmouth in Wales, and stayed there overnight. Turned out she was off to the village hall film night so I went too - to see Phantom Thread. It was very ... intense. A good vehicle for Daniel Day Lewis and has a rather strange ending. 7.25 out of ten I'd say. Another film I saw last week was the Freddie Mercury and Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, which was BRILLIANT. Just loved it, all the music, the nostalgia and seeing what unfolded behind the scenes of the soundtrack to many of our lives. Just love films. This one I would definitely go again, and seven of us went this time - girls night out down in Devon! I'd give this film 8.5 out of ten I think. What did you see recently that you'd recommend?

Also had another fabulous doggy training session with Daisy and Gracie - such fun and they really seem to get a lot out of it. Totally exhausts them afterwards which is great! haha! Me too! I hope to keep doing this going forward - just want to find someone else to take the second dog rather than having to keep swapping! 


Retreats announced

Do go see the latest Retreats for You newsletter which sums up what's happening next year, if you'd like to pop down to a writing retreat at some point. Also there are going to be a couple of non- writers retreats too - check them out here


Plus - if you're able to make it down for two nights - December 10-12, why not come to a Xmas special? a wreath making afternoon class on the Tuesday, followed by the Xmas concert which I will be singing at with my super pal, county councillor Barry Parsons, on Tuesday evening, with mulled wine and mince pies in the interval. AND a final 2018 opening day for our tearooms on the Wednesday, with a Christmas theme. email us for the prices and availability - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Do it fast tho!

find out more here on the post and also on the facebook events page, more to follow soon. Tix on sale from Nov 1st.



Xmas shopping in earnest

Don't know about you but xmas shopping at QVC has well and truly begun! WE put up our trees at the start of October each year and don't look back! Well this weekend (27/28 there are some fantastic offers, and the week ahead too.

- tonight at midnight (rpt till 9am Sunday morn) my telly hubby Lee Hohbein and I will be doing the latest Amazon Echo #tsv launch - it's the little round one with a screen , the Echo Spot. Alexa comes into her own with a spot as you can do so many other things! 

Then see my new QVC blog to see the next week's offers including the annual Price's candles bumper set for around £20, the Tweek'd hair set, and the Kitchen Aid artisan mixer - plus the lovely Alison Cork's really low priced LED Xmas tree next week too.

Go here to see it and see pics of the offers. Along with some funnies from the family.

Book(s) of the week(s)  - playing catch up since the furore about the new grandbaby got in the way of my regular updates - and here are the recent books of the week I've mentioned on my usual QVC blogs - some fabulous new ones!

The Accidental Further Adventures of the Hundred Year Old Man by Jonas Jonasson

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty (author of Big Little Lies)

Lethal White - by Robert Galbraith - book 4 of the Cormoran Strike thrillers by the alter ego of J K Rowling

The Dead Ex - by Jane Corry - award winning Sunday Times bestseller including special interview on the hows and whys of writing this fab book

Plus The Sound of your Soul by Anna Cookson, my lovely ex-colleague and radio and TV presenter. Get it here.

 And of course, our very own Alison Keenan, my lovely pal, is going to be launching her biography, a New Kind of Normal, on Amazon, on pre-order till 30th October. So worth reading about her amazing story of hope and recovery, go here to get it now.


All in all a fabulously busy couple of weeks and a true new era for yours truly!

Hope you're well and best wishes!



ps My guest house in North Devon has spaces for non-writers too. We are mainly a writing retreat but that doesn't mean we don't occasionally have non-writers.i (£95pppn inc full board and wine at dinner!) Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to enquire about dates for 2019, and have a little look here -

- stay in touch with me via my social media - go here to see it all

- find out about all my novels and my own books, some in bookshops, some on amazon - check out all my paperbacks together! Very proud. More about my writing is here


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