I'm working my way through my favourite cocktails day-by-day until I'm gone, says Deborah James | The Sun

DAME Deborah James has been making the most of the summer sun by sipping cocktails in the garden.

The Sun writer has been living at her parents' home in Woking after being moved to palliative care last month.


It's from there that she has posted numerous updates, with many being in the stunning garden.

And to make the most of that, she has been indulging in classic cocktails with her family and friends.

Posting to Instagram last night, the 40-year-old revealed her 'sundowner treat of choice'.

"Sex on the beach. Maybe I should just call this working my way through all old school cocktails day-by-day before I'm gone," she said.

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In the photo, there are bottles of Arches and Smirnoff vodka displayed next to the delicious tipples.

Debs added: "Yes that is Archers! And yes I did grow up as archers and lemonade being a stable college social drink."

Earlier this week the mum-of-two was able to enjoy a cocktail with her brother.

The campaigner filmed her brother Benjamin James making Bloody Marys.

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Posting a picture of the finished result, she said: "It's the pickle juice that does it for me! Feels like a salad in a cocktail."

Debs has been enjoying the high temperatures seen across the UK over the last few days and even managed to pop out for a margarita last week.

In a visit to Beaverbrook country estate, Surrey, she said she was feeling grateful to be able to enjoy another moment of sunshine on her face and food that makes her smile.

"Just trying to find the diamond moments in the rough – but when you look hard enough you realise they can still be there," she added.

Some of those special moments have been realised through her collaboration with In The Style.

Founder of the company Adam Frisby said he was 'so proud' to have been able to work with Debs on her fashion collection and t-shirts – which have raised close to £1million.

He added: "Having the privilege of working with someone like Debs and seeing how happy this has made her in such incredibly difficult circumstances makes all the hard work so worthwhile.

  • To pre-order Deborah’s book visit Amazon
  • Her t-shirt is available through In the Style in sizes 6-28
  • The Dame Deborah James rose, Bare Root, is available at World of Roses

The signs of bowel cancer you need to know – remember BOWEL

  1. B:Bleeding

There are several possible causes of bleeding from your bottom, of blood in your poo.

Bright red blood could come from swollen blood vessels, haemorrhoids or piles, in your back passage.

Dark red or black blood could come from your bowel or stomach.

Blood in your stools is one of the key signs of bowel cancer, so it’s important to mention it to your doctor so they can investigate.

2. O: Obvious change in loo habits

It’s important to tell your GP if you have noticed any changes in your bowel habits, that lasts three weeks or longer.

It’s especially important if you have also noticed signs of blood in your poo.

You might notice you need to go to the loo more often, you might have looser stools or feel like you’re not going enough or fully emptying your bowels.

Don’t be embarrassed, your GP will have heard a lot worse! Speak up and get it checked.

3. W: Weight loss

This is less common than the other symptoms, but an important one to be aware of. If you’ve lost weight and don’t really know why, it’s worth mentioning to your GP.

You may not feel like eating, feel sick, bloated and not hungry.

4. E: Extreme tiredness

Bowel cancer that causes bleeding can cause a lack of iron in the body – anaemia. If you develop anaemia you’re likely to feel tired and your skin might look pale.

5. L: Lump or pain

As with lots of other forms of cancer, a lump or pain can be a sign of bowel cancer.

It’s most likely you’ll notice a pain or lump in your stomach or back passage

"Ultimately though, we wouldn't have raised anything if it wasn't for you guys supporting us, so I thank you so much for that."

Deborah yesterday revealed her next fundraising venture with In The Style would be a limited edition run of tops for men.

She said: "Anyone interested in a 'men's' or whoever wants to wear it version – navy and white – very limited edition.

"Last colour offering I promise! I just want to get to £1million."

Debs then went on to ask her followers what sort of fit people would like and gave options such as over-sized, regular or slim and more stretched.

The mum-of-two, who has incurable bowel cancer, last week said she is taking life “day-by-day” and at a much slower pace.

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She is still tirelessly campaigning and virtually cheered those on who are taking part in the Race for Life.

Over the weekend, Debs got dressed up with her husband  Sebastien Bowen to watch La bohème at the venue in East Sussex.

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