Gloria’s mum instilled in her the importance of hard work
1 Family Photos
My home is festooned with family photos and everywhere I look there are smiling faces peering down at me.
I have countless pictures of my daughter Caron, who died of breast cancer in 2004, and also of my sons Michael and Paul.
Then there are my beautiful grandchildren – Stephen and I have 10 between us – and I love spending time with them.
One of my favourite photos is a recent picture of me with my two older grandsons, Caron’s boys Charlie and Gabriel, who are now 24 and 21.
We’re all laughing and the picture radiates such happiness.
2 My mum’s saying
My mother May was a typical Northern Irish mum.
She was fiercely proud and incredibly able, although back then women didn’t work so she focused all her creative energy on the home.
Every week she would bake 14 different varieties of bread and share them with all the neighbours.
She instilled in me the importance of hard work, loyalty and discipline and her funny little sayings are constantly replaying in my mind.
Mum would say things like: “Whatever happens in life, always be sure to have a good pair of shoes and a decent bed.
“If you’re not in one, you’ll probably be in the other.”
Gloria carries many lipsticks around in her bag
The very first thing I do when I get up in the morning is make myself a really strong cup of tea.
I then go on to drink countless cups throughout the day and if I’m on set or in a studio, the production team know I can be quite exacting about how I like to drink it.
I hate the herbal stuff and instead I request good old-fashioned builders’ tea, preferably made with PG Tips.
When I was growing up in Northern Ireland, people used to stew their tea and that’s how I like it now – really hot and very strong.
I don’t think I’ll ever be someone who walks through the door after a long day longing for a glass of wine or a gin and tonic.
The only thing I ever really crave as I’m unwinding is a cup of tea.
It really is the answer to everything.
The very first thing Gloria does in the morning is a strong cup of tea
When I was a presenter on Radio 2, my colleagues used to laugh at me as I was constantly reapplying my lipstick.
They couldn’t understand why it was of such importance as, obviously, none of the listeners could see me.
But that wasn’t the point.
Not only do I hate having dry lips but it was drilled into me from a young age to always look my best.
Gloria could never live without her spaniel
My mother wouldn’t have dreamed of even popping to the corner shop for milk without being fully made-up and presentable and I’m the same.
Once my son Michael was looking for something in my bag and he was amazed by the number of lipsticks I carry around.
But the truth is I like to be prepared.
No matter where I am in the world there are two things I need with me – heated hair tongs and a ready supply of lipstick.
Gloria loves her Cavalier King Charles called Holly
I lost my beloved spaniel Jemma last year and I was devastated but now we have a gorgeous puppy, another Cavalier King Charles called Holly and she is adorable.
She’s a constant source of fun and affection and whenever we have a free day, Stephen and I love getting out into the countryside and taking her for a long, invigorating walk.
Gloria Hunniford is fronting retirement housebuilder McCarthy & Stone’s Inspirational Generation campaign to reward people over 60 for inspiring and helping others.
Visit mccarthyandstone.co.uk/inspirational for more details.