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It's here! The brand-new raffle in aid of medical detection dogs is now active on JustGiving. There are some amazing prizes - see the full post here and check out the amazing value of first prize! All you have to do is buy a ticket for 5 pounds and Just Giving will do the rest, as will Sara the lovely lady who always organises these fundraisers. There are some massive prizes this time as you can see, it is on until . The winners will be notified straight after. All the info you need is on the page. Thank you in advance for helping.

We have raised some wonderful money in the past, I do hope we are able to do so again now, especially considering how Dr Claire has been doing the rounds on various TV news interview programs recently following the announcement that the medical detection dogs team will before long be able to help detect Parkinson's disease apparently (see here.) That's on top of their work with the NHS in a trial to detect prostate cancer in urine samples provided by the hospital. Plus maybe even breast cancer one day.

That's half of what they do. The other half is that they provide individual dogs to owners who have illnesses, eg diabetes (type one brittle) plus they even cover the cost of the upkeep and everything for the poor patient. It really is a worthy cause and I do hope you are lucky! Fingers crossed for you!

Raving about Rowan

I have to say I am absolutely raving at the moment about the brilliant Rowan Coleman novel - 'The Summer of Impossible Things.' I finished the audio book this week and it was one of those books that had me entranced – I kept finding myself staring into space because I was thinking about the characters in the story and could not wait to get back to the next bit. It is a genius time travel web of intrigue, and I loved every second. Do read my review here, where you can also find out how to get it for free.

Plus if anyone finds it, this week's My Weekly mag has a story by Julie Cohen my mentor. Julie is doing a tutored workshop at Retreats for You, our guesthouse, on September 25, Monday to Friday, for £600 or so. Full board including wine at dinner, tuition, one-to-one et cetera. If it is still available or if you would like to go on waitlist for the next one, do let us know at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

My QVC blog this week is now up here and has some interesting news, and a picture of Lee Hohbein my telly hubby - and his ripped pants! Ha ha! Do go see if you can. It also has tons of sneaky peaks from next week as usual and the early bird link available now for a cool pair of Skechers ballet pumps, Sunday's TSV. And which high flying daring ride I may go on in the next few weeks... out now, do go look.

On Facebook this week there were several Vlogs that were very different – including this one which was done from inside the 'Filter Through' coffee shop in Holsworthy where I go regularly not only to Waitrose but also to shop or to meet friends. Thing is when I tell them where to meet, I often mistakenly put 'see you in the Follow-Through…' OOps!  Now that would be an interesting shop… Not! Go to my official Facebook page to find out more and see some of the blogs. Do be sure and 'Like' the Facebook page if you would like to get regular updates.

At home in Devon this week, I took a photograph outside in the back courtyard to show the lovely flowers, the dogs came trotting after me and I said to them 'sit!' - as you do. And they did! Like two sentries! Like those lions on either side of a gated entrance. How funny.



Next week look out for a special video on the electric bike that I have now finally got set up and I'm using around the beautiful Devon countryside. It may be going up a very steep Hill pretty easy I must admit :-)

More next week.

 

Have a great week!

Luv

Debs

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ps - RFY gets featured on Queen of Retreats site. Ella from QoR came along in April and gave us the most glowing review! more here.

And we've also made the top ten for writing retreats! A new review blog has listed my lovely guest house in Devon in the Top Ten in an international summary of the best places to go to write. Thing is, you can also come to just chill! Or bodyblade or craft or whatever! Very chuffed I was! Go here to read all the info about it - and do come! 21st Aug is full now, but we've got another special QVC viewers week, 2nd October ! 

- here is the link to the free short story I posted on my website. go here to read 'the Jolly Lodger' - based on a shaggy dog story....

 -  Tickets are Released for my Concert in Devon on September 16thTalking of updates,Go here to read more about the night, and if you can, come down for the weekend. The Plough in Torrington is lovely, and a proper little arts venue with lots of concerts etc. Then the next day, we’ll be opening Retreats for You, my guest house in Sheepwash, for the Sunday afternoon too, for a vintage tea rooms event, so come down and meet us all!

Also -  Fancy a Stay in Devon? Would you like to come down? I’ve got a new date for QVC viewers,  if you are one, and fancy a fab full board stay – you can inspect the new kitchen and decide if Daisy and Gracie have indeed got trimmer! More info here, or just email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  . It’s 2nd October can include yoga/walking and wholesome food – and wine! £90 pppn if you book soon – do come?

- That blog on emotional bullying  is worth reading – click here – it’s now had over 6500 views and am very glad it’s helping so many people when they find out they’re not alone. Do have a read and share it.

 -  check out all my paperbacks together! Very proud. More about how to get your copy is here

 

 

Ps my new Till the Fat Lady Slims book is now out on Amazon here, and there’s such an amazing support system on Facebook on theTTFLS group here - do come join us!

 

for info about my paperbacks and ebooks for sale now, go here 

 

 

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So proud to be an ambassador for this charity. One day it will be one of the biggest charities in the country, mark my words. Well done Dr Claire, again. X #Parkinsons

https://www.facebook.com/DebbieFlintQvc/posts/10159007576825258

 

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First – here’s a fab pic from my hol in Cyprus – it seems these icy cold flannels, distributed by a nice man round the poolside, is a tradition - loooovely! Considering it's about 28 degrees here atm! There are lots more on my Facebook page here, (do ‘like’ it to see the new additions!) and on this week’s QVC blog out Friday 16th here. Loving the sunny weather even though I can’t take the sun for long, it’s nice to have the choice.

Feeling a bit ‘fuge’ tho, as the kids used to say. I know I’m not, but the mirror and bright sunlight are not kind! Even if I can occasionally get the right angle!

Haha! So maybe it’s time to fix it with a dip into Chris James’s new book – more here. Seems a sensible choice, given my body’s dislikes of dairy etc. Book of the Week also includes the short Jack Reacher story from Lee Child. Am enjoying the get away here for writing my own novel too – as soon as I finish these blogs! Lol.

Tickets are Released for my Concert in Devon on September 16th! Talking of updates,Go here to read more about the night, and if you can, come down for the weekend. The Plough in Torrington is lovely, and a proper little arts venue with lots of concerts etc. Then the next day, we’ll be opening Retreats for You, my guest house in Sheepwash, for the Sunday afternoon too, for a vintage tea rooms event, so come down and meet us all!

And Derek’s latest pupdate, is here, along with the latest news about my other sponsor dog from Medical Detection Dogs – Lesley’s is here. Lovely to see them doing so well! If you’d like to name a dog eg after your parents like I did, (hence the Labrador called Derek, fner fner) there’s more info on their site here. So worthwhile, and you get regular newsletters like the ones pictured.

Also this pic went on my Facebook page this week - five step hair treatment! Do you like it? Think it could catch on?! lol. Actually it was a great Hairfix three step clarifying treatment plus elasticizer and a pre wash. Worked tho - came out well after. 

Finally here’s the newest ‘early bird order link’ from QVC this week. I’m putting it here, in the absence of my ability to edit my tab on the website –

Go here to buy the Decleor one tomorrow.

And Go here to buy the Bare Minerals one for today (15th).

Hope you’re enjoying the summer which it seems has finally arrived in the UK – just as I leave – natch! Lol. And if you’re off abroad yourself, have a lovely time!

Much love

Debs

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Ps if you missed last week’s home page update, which didn’t go out in a newsletter, it’s here, featuring the latest kitchen disaster involving the eggsploding egg! Lol… Shame I didn’t think of that title earlier! Hehe x

Also - ps Fancy a Stay in Devon? Would you like to come down? I’ve got a new date for QVC viewers,  if you are one, and fancy a fab full board stay – you can inspect the new kitchen and decide if Daisy and Gracie have indeed got trimmer! More info here, or just email me This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . It’s 21st August and can include yoga/walking and wholesome food – and wine! £90 pppn if you book soon – do come?

 

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That blog on emotional bullying  is worth reading – click here – it’s now had nearly 5700 views and am very glad it’s helping so many people when they find out they’re not alone.

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check out all my paperbacks together! Very proud. More about how to get your copy is here.

 

Ps my new Till the Fat Lady Slims book is now out on Amazon here, and there’s such an amazing support system on Facebook on theTTFLS group here - do come join us!

for info about my paperbacks and ebooks for sale now, go here 

for all my social media and to keep in touch go here

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Check out this latest news about Derek, my first sponsor dog, whom I named by donating £2000 to Medical Detection dogs (more here). He's doing well, isn't he?! He's named after my late dad. Check out Lesley's update too, my second sponsor dog, who's named after my mum!

It's so lovely to know I've helped in some way to provide a canine partner who will dramatically change the lives of the patients who get given these dogs - usually diabetics with brittle type 1. Watch out for ongoing info and news about my work with them too, including the September 16th concert in Torrington, Devon, at The Plough Arts Centre.

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Fancy helping this brilliant charity? With the new puppies coming in, who need  to be looked after until they are around 18 months old, then they will be handed over to be trained up to help diabetic owners with protecting their high or low blood sugar, or even playing a game called spot the urine sample with cancer in… Here's a date in July when you can help. More information on their website medical detection dogs.org.uk 

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Fancy helping this brilliant charity? With the new puppies coming in, who need  to be looked after until they are around 18 months old, then they will be handed over to be trained up to help diabetic owners with protecting their high or low blood sugar, or even playing a game called spot the urine sample with cancer in… Here's a date in July when you can help. More information on their website medical detection dogs.org.uk 

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Molly the cat detective gets an article in the Guardian too! Well done MDD trained-dog Molly and Colin the detective owner!


https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/may/05/experience-my-dog-rescues-cats?CMP=share_btn_fb

 

Also - Dr Claire Guest was top of the alternative rich list for her invaluable work - well deserved!

 

read more here.

 

interveiwed on the BBC again recently talking about one of the latest projects from MDD - to detect malaria - especially important for malaria free countries, ref Zika virus. 

more here on bbc

Finally - another wonderful update about my sponsor dogs, Derek and Lesley (named via my donations , after my mum and dad)

more to follow

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Medical Detection Dogs Day Out near Milton Keynes on April 2nd

a heads up – do join me at the Swanbourne dogs Day Out – with Patrick Hoy – on Sunday 2nd April. It’ll be an excellent way to spend a day and we’ll be on the MDD stand with their tombola – come have a chat! I’m on air in the evening but will be around for much of the day from mid morning! More here.

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MDD on the BBC

MDD on the BBC! How proud was I this week to see the charity I raise funds for, Medical Detection dogs, featured in an extended report on the Victoria Derbyshire show – here’s the link on iplayer and I hope you can see the part when Rob is being interviewed? In the background you can see the two £5000 industrial freezers which were bought from our fundraising! They are needed to store the urine samples in for the cancer detection research, and keep the samples at minus 80! 

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Well what a fabulous weekend we had when we opened the doors at Retreats for You in Sheepwash for two afternoons of vintage teas, in aid of MDD. Three of the partnerships came to stay for the weekend, including trainer Debra church, Gemma and Polo and Claire and Julian, Gemma's parents, plus lovely Carolyn and Simba. All the dogs played well with my two!

video here 

And here's what it's all about - when Simba alerts Carolyn that her blood sugars are at a dangerous level. watch what happened here.

Plus a lady called Eileen and her llittle dog Eddie came by from their home locally in Exmouth, and to be featured on the BBC Spotlight South west report which went out that evening on BBC1, and brought several people anew, on the Sunday. On Sunday we also had Charlie Bears' William and Charlie Morris attend, to present a cheque for £4000 and posed for the Okehampton times photographer. It was raised by sales of the little collectable mohair bear Bones who is now available here on QVC, well what's left of the stock as it's nearly all gone!

Many pics and videos are on the latest QVC blog I did, go here to read it and see them all!

Well done everyone involved. More at Easter, I hope.

more about the amazing charity Medical Detection Dogs here, including how you can donate or name a puppy after a loved one or your organisation, school or town.

best wishes

debs

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