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Come to our concert – Songs from Shows – with Barry Parsons and me singing to help raise funds for the village church roof. It’s in Sheepwash on August 22nd – a Wednesday eve at 7pm. Refreshments are at our place in the interval in return for a donation. It’ll be lovely to have a good sing song and song sheets will be handed out too! Email us on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for tickets, get them in the village shop or pay on the night at St Lawrence’s church, Sheepwash.

We were asked to do it after our concert in Torrington last September, by Rod Bridges, the lovely guy who runs the church and we are only too glad to help! Songs will include ‘Bring him Home’, ‘Some Enchanted Evening’,  and others like ‘That Old Devil Love’ – my standard! I do hope we get lots of people along – it’s only £7 per ticket – do pass this message on to anyone who lives down there, it’d be great to see them on the night!

It certainly is a picturesque little village, for sure. and so peaceful. Go here to listen to a vlog I did strolling through the country lanes nearby our lovely retreat in Sheepwash - very unusual! And do 'like' the fbk page if you would like updates ongoing! Other social media is below. I'm doing ever more on instagram nowadays too.

Author writes 25000 words in 4 days at RFY! How proud am I – great write up by Nikki Moore about our writing retreat, author of the ‘Love London’ series of novels. She’s written some awesome books herself and I’m looking forward to her next one being sent to us so we can add it to the shelves of former guests’ books in our dining room! Go here to read what she said about it.

STOP PRESS! We have one more place for Monday 13-17 retreat week in Devon if you're able to come? It's a yoga week - how fab if you've been sitting all day and want a daily stretch session - it's included in the cost, as is full board and wine at dinner and all snacks and hot drinks - just £102.50 pppn. email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

Book of the week Kate Riordan’s period drama, The Stranger – a super summer romantic suspense – go here to read more and find out about writing for therapy if you need help with your emotions it could help.

This week’s QVC blog has a fab competition to win a silver Taxco Designs necklace, worth over £100,  and all about when I went to see an old colleague in theatre in Devon – can you guess which colleague?! It’ll be out on QComm page on Friday.

The play he was in was ‘Gaslight’ – the famous 1930s drama which gave rise to the expression ‘gaslighting’ meaning playing with someone’s mind to make them think they’re going mad, like the bullying character in the play. It’s connected with emotional bullying and narcissistic psychopathic behaviour – worth reading up on if you’re living with a nutcase drama king or queen. Don’t forget I also wrote all about it last year after meeting someone who was being bullied– there are four parts in total and another maybe on its way soon. Scary stuff but you’re not alone and it helps to find out how to deal with them – tons of links on my blogs and I’m so glad it’s helping so many people who thought they were stuck in these awful relationships. Part one has been read more than 11,500 times now so do pass it on to someone you think may be interested. Here’s the full round up on the latest blog about it click here to see ‘How to spot Gaslighting and emotional bullies – the Narcissistic Psychopath exposed.’

It feels good to help people with stuff like this. If you know anyone who fancies coming down to stay at RFY for just a normal retreat or is being bullied and just wants to get away from it all, I’m more than happy to spend some time chatting about it all with them, just ask them to email us for booking info This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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Anyway have a fab week! Don't forget to follow my social media and you'll see the updates first!

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debs

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ps My guest house in North Devon has spaces for non-writers (and writers in July. We are mainly a writing retreat but that doesn't mean we don't occasionally have non-writers. I have two full weeks booked of non writers, actually, including some spaces for July 23rd Mon-Fri (£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, and have a little look here - by the way - we have spaces currently on our yoga week on August 13th if you fancy doing one or two classes each day!

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last week's QVC blog -= Ingrid Tarrant and her three pigs!

This Monday - if you are near Sheepwash in North Devon on Bank Holiday Monday - do come to our vintage tea rooms event for Medical Detection Dogs fundraising, 11-4pm (EX21 5 NE - in the square opposite the Half Moon Inn). This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details. 

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 Margaret dabs deal AND brilliant pics of days gone by

Book of the week - a superb book - here's my review on the latest blog on RiWiSi page on my website - go here - it's called Where the Light Gets In and it's one in a long line of dramas and romances set in the fictional town of Longhampton. I love that many of her books feature regular characters yet brings something new to the table every single time. If you need a new author to read, she has written tons so you will love her!

Baby Udates - pic of Blake and lolly's scan... to come

Link to this Friday's blog from QVC including info about next week's deals.

Finally - follow me on Facebook - details

NExt week - my birthday week, and a vintage bank holiday teas event - I'll be cooking up a storm this weekend in readiness! THeh women's institute would be proud of me!

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Well I missed the worst of the snow last week - did you? But turns out I had a nasty surprise when I got back to Devon on Sunday night - a burst pipe! Eeek! Pics will be on my new QVC blog on Friday but suffice to say it was a lot of work and a collapsed ceiling. Boo. Not as bad as some though so I won't moan. Here's a pic of the lovely snowy scene outside in the square, sent to me by Mary my mate.

In London all was well, basically. I went along to see my lovely son Brad who was 31 last week (no idea how that happened! Where have the years gone!) And have some cuddles with cute little Blake, who is now 6 weeks.

Looking forward to Mother's Day on Sunday as it'll be my first 'grandmother's day' too! And Brad's birthday meal. Yay! Plus I'll get to see Lauren - who is... wait for it ... having a baby in September! Yahoooo! Two grandkiddies by Christmas - aren't I the lucky one!

The other thing I've been discussing this week is Four in a Bed, the Ch 4 series about bed and breakfasts. I was asked to do it but I can't due to my QVC commitments, but it would have been fun! I'd have done it with Sheena, my mate down here in Devon with whom I go on adventures, but never mind. Instead we went to a painting class this week - the first in yonks. 41 yonks in fact! Eeek! It's amazing how everyone's pics differed - here we all are down at the Cranford Inn near Torrington. Not bad for a first effort, but hopefully the next one next month will be better!

Book of the week is actually a couple this week! Well done to my mentor Julie Cohen for winning the best Contemporary Romantic Novel with 'Together' - a truly thought provoking read. Plus Jane Lovering - another one of my top authors - won one of her categories - she had two nominations, and they're both on my book of the week review! If you like recommendations that win awards, try these books. Go here to read my RiWiSi review blog.

RNA Magazine Mention. Retreats for You got a mention too from the RNA in their latest Romance Matters magazine, with a feature on my taking over the retreat and trying to do my own writing here! Thanks to Adrienne Vaughan for the feature. I'll be running a competition later in the year to win a free stay, so do watch out for it. PLUS the latest newsletter for RFY has just gone out - go to the blog post to read it all and find out about the latest retreat offers! Including one place left for the April 9th Yoga week and a tasty cauliflower dish from Wendy's kitchen! click here

Finally, do check on my Facebook page for regular updates and special offers from QVC and Retreats for You - or just email us for more info - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  - maybe we'll have a painting weekend at some stage! We've already got a photography weekend coming up at end April!

Watch out on my new QVC blog coming out Friday for sneaky peeks and lots of nice catch ups. Meanwhile, am on Thursday night (tonight) with Amanda Holden and her lovely Today's Special Value trunks set - the ones that featured on Craigy's wind up show that was on Saturday Night Takeaway with Ant and Dec last weekend!

go here to get them now.

Have a fab week!

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- 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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What a lovely sunny week down in Devon - seems we got sun when some of the country was under cloud, so am very happy to have been there all week, including another netball night (more on my QVC blog , out Friday pm here). And we also had a huge retreat booking. Seven people came to spend the week and it was a huge success. Top of the treats was Wendy's tiramisu - OMG the best yet! And I took lots of pics!

And lots of videos...

you can click here to come on the tour with me. Also ‘like’ the page if you are on Fbk, to get the updates first. (And my early bird order links can be seen here – if you can’t find them elsewhere – including the big one for this Saturday’s Elemis deal – click here to get it.) nb – if it’s still available, join me 6pm on Saturday night!

Plus we went for a walk down a beautiful country lane in Devon with the dogs - want to come? click here.

And here's a link showing a bit of local colour in Holsworthy - the nearest bigger town - on their St Peter's Fete week - it's still on till 8th.

And a happy sight greeted me on my regular dog walk last week - click here

Finally a hilarious autocorrect on Facebook this week - don't forget you don't have to be on Facebook to read them as they are public posts! click here

Hah! Our retreat makes it onto the bbc spotlight prog - funny news clip. Slow news day, methinks! Lol. Spot the south st wall...! X 

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 Latest Retreats for You Newsletter  - with some interesting pics and a recipe! go here

Medical Detection Dogs - Vote Please? Do feel free to click here and go vote for Medical Detection Dogs to get some funding from a good cause - they're doing quite well and every vote counts! Won't take long - will you? Thank you! 

book of the week - Rowan Coleman is one of my top authors and one of her audiobooks made its way onto my audible player this week and it's fab. She has such a quirky turn of phrase, I can always guarantee I'll be drawn into the story very quickly, which is vital as far as I'm concerned. I'm someone who sometimes listen to boring audiobooks in order to go off to sleep! This one is great - more here. Also on that link, what to expect from a writing workshop - if you've ever wanted to write your own story have a look.

 

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debs

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ps - RFY makes 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 !

Early bird order links on my website - http://debbieflint.co.uk/item/643-early-bird-order-links-buy-now including the superb Elemis 6 pc Frangipani set - click here - and I've got to say it's one of the best deals all year! 68% off? join me Saturday evening if it's still available, at 6 & 10. Back on air tonight (Friday 7th). 

- 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 21st August and 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 6100 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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It's finally here - Easter is around the corner and we have another super vintage tea rooms event for you at Retreats For You in Sheepwash Devon - are you near? Can you come? We are open 11-4pm, with delicious sausage rolls (did they have them in the 50s?!) and pasties and clotted cream devon teas plus bone china crockery with refreshing tea and coffees... come to EX215NE and you'll find us in The Court opposite the pub in the village square - can't miss it! Here's the event on Facebook so you can click that you're coming and see more.

My cousin Christina is coming - haven't seen her for years, so am looking forward to it. But isn't Facebook wonderful for keeping in touch with friends and family even though you haven't been face to face for yonks? It's a bit like christmas cards used to be - only now it's all year round - every so often there's a message and it makes you feel like you've kept in touch at least a little, right? Well Christina is an excellent cook and is bringing some of her own homemade cakes - all in aid of my charity for which I''m an ambassador, Medical Detection Dogs. More about them here.

Last time we raised quite a bit of money so I''m hoping the presence of Claire and Pal will do the same job - come see them and have a chat - you may see Pal alert Claire, his owner, to her high or low blood sugars and thereby saving her life and saving call outs to the NHS if she gets dangerously low or high. Such a good cause. and the little dog in the pic is Bones, available on QVC (last of the stock, assuming some left!) from Charlie Bears, also in aid of MDD.

Come to a sing song in Devon on September 16th Yes, we're doing it again! If you are near Torrington or fancy making a weekend of it, we will have a charity evening sing song full of fabulous 40s and 50s type songs, in the super 'the Plough' arts centre theatre and cafe on Saturday 16th September - do put it in your diary. More soon. Tickets will go on sale via their new brochure too, and there will be local kids singing, a mums choir singing accapella and a super band that have appeared at the royal albert hall. hope you can come!

past two weeks newsletters - were delayed - sorry you didn't get one! I had a few issues with logging on, but if you'd like to read them, go here to see new horizons no more shadows and see the back garden of Retreats for you without the trees; and go here to read about the funny chicken video in belstone and see the lovely feature on me in Surrey Life magazine! click here to read it. 

Book of the Week is something different this week - Benefit's lovely Lisa Potter Dixon's 'Makeup Manual' - just out - go here to find out more.

Getting the Message... it's a funny thing, but you know how sometimes topics keep cropping up in your life and it's like someone's trying to give you a message? Well the same issue has kept appearing in my life for a while now. and then I saw the awful situation Mel B found herself in with her abusive controlling husband, only now the truth is out. But so many people suffer in silence don't they. Well here's my take on being with an emotional abuser and you won't believe some of the stories - and if you know anyone you think might be in that situation, or you are someone - go here to read it on my website.

QVC blog  will go live here on Friday afternoon, with a couple of early bird order links, sneaky peeks of the TSvs for the week ahead, and a really funny blooper involving my bust! lol! Click when it's live.

Have a lovely week

#debs

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Ps check out the new pic of all my paperbacks together! 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!

New QVC - featuring sneaky peeks and pics of deals from the next seven days so do go look! NB any Early Bird order links will appear first on my blog page here - do go look on a regular basis!

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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Gosh what a busy week!

Much of my news will be on the QVC blog out Friday, it will be here.

But in this little update I wanted to discuss a topic that cropped up when my son’s big watershed birthday happened – yes, I have a 30 year old son. Yes, this week, Bradley was 30. How on earth does that even happen?! When I still feel 30 myself, to be faced with a boy who has become not only a man but a man who is getting the first signs of distinguished grey at his temples – means I’m reminded how quickly life flies by. And it got me to thinking, about the passage of time, as I watched him be stoooopid at his 30th party in London, happy-tiddly-funny and making everyone laugh. We have to make every day count, don’t we? And how we all leave our mark on the people and places we touch in our passage through this lifetime.

At my Devon retreat* where I now am when I’m not at QVC (see below for how to book to come along – full board £80 per person per night, two places free 13th march if you can come!) I often get to talking with new people about all sorts of situations, life experiences and so forth. Plus meeting new villagers who have their own tales to tell, means it helps keep things in context. One lady was telling  me during my stint volunteering in the village shop this week (it was fun!) that most of her family were all born in this house and that her great great grandfather was the one mentioned on the census I had a picture of – Moses Dufty. He was the landlord of the then ‘White Hart pub’ which was what Retreats for You was during most of the 1800s. She only recalls that it stopped being a pub when the landlord died and it reverted to a home instead. Don’t know why. If you do, let me know? Cynthia doesn’t have pics, sadly, but it makes me happy to hear about those old days.

Turns out if you didn’t buy the house you were in, from the Clinton Estate in the 1930s, it was sold off, you were turfed out and someone else bought it. My next door neighbour Caroline’s hubby Keith’s mum and dad were two such new arrivals, as it happens. Another family called the Jones’s are well known in the village and Brian Jones who is in his 80s now, and lives up the road in East Street, and they must have taken over this house, The Court, when the Dufty family moved up North Street in the early 1940s just before Cynthia was born.

Then I went along to pancake night at the village hall this week and spotted more old pics of Sheepwash on the wall – INCLUDING the back of The Court in the centre of this shot -

One of them shows the back of The Court in the early 1960s – before the new roof was put on what is now the kitchen area but what shows as being an old out building in this photo. And the garden at the back is much bigger too. The old pig farm to the east is still there, of course, that was only made into a new housing development within the last 20 years. And you can still see the little petrol pumps which used to be in the square opposite RFy. Amazing how so much is the same yet so much is different.

All in all, it’s so wonderful to be integrating into a place with so much history now. I’ve never lived in a village so old, and I really appreciate all its foibles and idiosyncrasies.

Hence keeping the kitchen floor – this week my son-in-law-to-be, Handyman Nick, came down with a soda crystal blasting machine, to get the tiles clean, so they can be re-grouted then sealed and then hopefully easier to keep clean longer term. That’s the theory anyway. Pics next week!

Other news –

If you missed my updates from the last couple of weeks, apologies, I had a change to my web set up so here are the links to the new blogs I posted in case you wanted to catch up!

Click here to read about the MDD weekend and see some fab videos and here to read Derek the dog (my little sponsor puppy) latest update about his progress on the way to becoming a medical detection dog for a diabetic owner who is yet to be chosen.

Click here to read ‘Less clutter more joy’, last week’s news update including a link to the little blog ‘escaping the inescapable’ which I did as I hope it might help some people who are suffering from emotional abuse, written after a chat with a lovely lady at one of my retreats.

*Click here to see the latest news about coming down to Retreats for You and booking some me-time away from day-to-day life whether you’re a writer, a carer, or just a busy mum in need of a break!

And click here to read about a brilliant book called The Girl Before – I’m still reading it but it’s going to be a film apparently, by Ron Howard, it’s that good!

Hope you have a good week!

I’m off to a writing retreat of my own in Bristol with ace mentor Julie Cohen this weekend – then back to welcome another batch of writers to Retreats for You here in Sheepwash. Not back on QVC till the week after as I’m using up annual leave. Getting lots done and learning how to do a bit of plastering too! Lol. Loving life at the moment, and to be honest, even though there are things going on that I wish weren’t, it’s all about focussing on what makes you happy and gives you joy – happiness is a choice after all.

Best wishes

Debs

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Ps check out the new pic of all my paperbacks together! More about how to get your copy is here.

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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!

New QVC - featuring sneaky peeks and pics of deals from the next seven days so do go look! NB any Early Bird order links will appear first on my blog page here - do go look on a regular basis!

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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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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Charlie Bears will be coming down to my Vintage Pop Up Tea Rooms in Devon Feb 17,18,19th! How exciting! We are doing a bit of a fundraiser for MDD too that weekend and a couple of the actual dogs themselves will be coming along – am so proud to be involved and it makes me smile knowing our help is contributing to irreplaceable canine companionship which changes lives. More here. Book it in your diary if you live nearby – and come try our homemade cakes and exquisite teas in bone china cups in a vintage setting – can’t wait! Sheepwash is EX215NE if you want to check out how far away you are from Retreats For You.

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So many people have been asking about Retreats for You, here's the latest newsletter to find out more about it.

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maybe I'll see you down there one day!

Christmas and Boxing Day was lovely - here's a little sample of what it's like inside the house, all done up for Xmas - check out the roaring fire! And a look at the new bathroom here! The heating system has also had a little revamp so it's a bit warmer, and there's all new bedding and mattresses.

There are several new exciting plans underway for Spring and Summer. If you fancy full board incl afternoon tea, coffee, cake, and wine with evening meal, for only £80 per person per night own room shared bathroom, in a 1600s thatched house in a sleepy Devon village, with nothing to do except relax by the roaring open fire and read or write, or just stare into space, or you'd like to give a £30 deposit for a four night stay to someone who needs it, just email us This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , details on website retreatsforyou.co.uk/practicalities. It'd be lovely to book some of you in - do bring a pal. Sometimes dogs can come too, with conditions, so do ask. Home cooked meals and no housework - it's not allowed - plus hot water bottles at bedtime. Talk about pampered! And - surprise surprise - I'm really enjoying helping out with the pampering myself. 

Get in touch - you'll love Retreats for You!

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debs

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