A moving tale


I don't know if I truly believed that the three most stressful situations in life are Death, Divorce and Moving House, but having moved house last week, after 16 years in our family home, I have now revised my opinion. How on earth do four people collect so much 'stuff''??

Funny thing is, we thought we were really organised, sorting through wardrobes and drawers and sending things to the charity shops or the rubbish tip weeks in advance of our move date. I even sorted through the filing cabinet shredding obselete paperwork for hours on end… a difficult task with a shredder that overheated every 100 sheets or so!

We had boxes piled up everywhere, but when the removal lorry pulled up outside our house on 26th October it suddenly dawned on me what a mammoth upheaval moving house really is. All the last minute things like crockery and pans took an age to wrap and box even with three of us doing it (Chris was busy dismantling Daniel's bed and unplugging the computer and associated machines).

The removal firm were very efficient but couldn't get all our furniture onto the size of lorry that had been sent to move us, so we set off to the new house with a quarter of our belongings still at the old house. We had only had three hours sleep the night before and by the time the lorry was unloaded it was starting to get dark, so it was decided that the rest would have to be collected before midday the next day.

We went back to our old house to give it a thorough clean and to fetch our cat Poppy. She had been kept in the attic room all day to minimise trauma as she's very timid. We got back to the new house at about 8pm and after a takeaway dinner (the humans not Poppy, who wouldn't or couldn't eat a thing), collapsed into bed.

Another early start meant the move was completed by midday but then came the mighty task of unpacking and finding 'a home' for everything. Needless to say, over a week later we still have some boxes that have not been attacked yet and some things that have gone straight into the garage for storage.

The good news is that Poppy has finally calmed down and started eating again and that after nine days I have the internet back. It's amazing how even a technophobe like me was starting to feel very isolated without access to my email, and I herewith apologise to those of you who have been blogging and not receiving replies – I tried to get as many done at QVC as time allowed.

Speaking of time, whatever you do don't miss out on the Gossip watch Today's Special Value today… in fact by the time you read this, I hope there will still be some available as it's an absolute cracker. And if you are a Decleor or Emu fan you have a great weekend ahead of you.

Speak soon,
much love,
Julia xx


  1. Jeannie November 5, 2010 at 1:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia!
    I totally agree with you – moving house IS the most stressful thing I have endured! Because of ill health, it was necessary for me move from my 3 Bed House to a two Bed Flat! Like you, I thought I was organised (had to get rid of loads of furniture as well as bags and bags to Charity Shops, as I was moving to a much smaller property)and despite help from family and friends, I was surrounded by boxes for ages! May I add, all this took place only 2 days after finishing 8 months of chemotherapy! All that was 4 years ago and am pleased to say I was given the ‘all clear’ on QVC’s Breast Cancer Care day – hurrah!
    Best wishes.

  2. Susanne Fitzpatrick November 5, 2010 at 1:24 pm -  Reply

    Julia – I can’t find a blog to get in touch with Alison Young, but would you please let her know how stunning she looked last night presenting the Mally Beauty segment? Her hair and make-up -and particularly her eyes – looked absolutely breathtaking: I’ve never seen her looking so stunning.
    Whatever Mally did for her, she should definitely keep it up – WOW! If I looked half as good as she did, I’d be made up (literally!).
    Kind regards to you all.

  3. Yvonne Beattie November 5, 2010 at 5:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Hope your move went well and wishing you lots of luck and happiness in your new home!
    Just wanted to say you’re looking amazing- the blue Kim and Co dress looked stunning on you on Friday! You’ve inspired me to exercise more and eat healthily again – but – you’re to blame for my multi purchase Ronni Nicole dresses!! lol I have oodles of compliments when I wear them.
    Well done – the hard work has certainly paid off Julia – you look fantastic!
    Any helpful tips to stay trim and toned ?
    best wishes,

  4. Caroline Jones November 5, 2010 at 6:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    I’ve only moved house once -that was when I left home, and certainly don’t fancy doing it again! What I really wanted to say was that I really enjoyed the show you did with Gossip watches last night. Ive got the white/rose gold tone one with interchangeable bezels and I love it. I’ve had so many comments about it and wear it all the time. I did like the TSV though, especially in the pink/midnight blue option. Just missed you with Kim but will look out for you later with EMU – I have 2 pairs and they’re fab!
    Caroline xx

  5. Susan November 5, 2010 at 6:17 pm -  Reply

    Jeannie, you’re amazing! Just had to write & say that. How you coped with moving (downsizing to add to that!) & straight after all that chemo. You’re an inspiration! Julia, I just left a message on your last blog to say glad Poppy is well again. One of the most stressful things as you say, even for our little pets! Oh I also meant to ask is Sophie away to the Caribbean yet? Hope she has a lovely time – how could you not though so I’m sure she will! Amazing..I’d love to go there sometime.
    Have a nice weekend.
    Susan x
    Oh PPS. Is it me or did you not JUST have an Emu TSV?!

  6. Magda Chetty November 5, 2010 at 7:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Hope you are all happy in your new home, and things started to get back to normal. I do agree it is very stressful, 10 years ago as you know we did not only move house but also moved to another country, it took us so long to open all the boxes, that we found a long while later that some staff did not even make it to Mallorca, and we couldn”t claim it on the insurance as time has ran out.
    And believe it or not we are going to do it again, the house in Mallorca is too big a lot of hard work, so it is on the market, part of me wants to go to a small house or a flat in mallorca, but a Big part wants to move back to England, so will just wait and see.
    All the best and hope you”ll be very happy in your new home.
    Much love.

  7. Kathryn sheehan November 5, 2010 at 7:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, i’m back from my lovely holiday in Egypt, everything about it was wonderfull….. Hotel, Food, Weather 38- 40 dgs. etc etc. And as we only live 15 mins from Bournemouth Airport we were home in no time even if it was 3.am. The airport are stopping a lot of flights to europe so Alicante area is off the house hunt list. Going to focus on malaga area in the spring time. Glad the move went ok, i moved to my late mothers 4 bed older style house in Feb this year and i still have boxes in the loft, so don’t worry to much. I didn’t know you live in surry, we have a friend in Wollington,(by the Duck Pond), and several friends in Wouldingham, in fact they are moving house next summer i think, thats the plan anyway. My daughter in laws neice lives somewhere in Epsom. Where do you live now.? Is it further to drive to work. Hope you get sorted soon.I’m sure you will
    Kathy x

  8. Dawn November 6, 2010 at 10:45 am -  Reply

    congrats on the move, we keep thinking about it but its the packing up that puts us off lol! glad poppy was ok, when we moved last we only had one cat but now have four so not sure how well that would go either!

  9. Liz Vickress November 6, 2010 at 11:53 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia – we moved in June and we still have the odd box of something hanging around!!! The worst thing is that you can’t find certain things – my daughter can’t find her netbook charger, I lost a favourite pair of trainers, they finally came to light the other day! On a lighter note all our animals have settled in and our three cats have found new favourite places to snooze! Good Luck in the new home x

  10. Mrs Angela Murray November 6, 2010 at 11:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I bet your so glad the move is now over and you can now settle into your new house which I am sure is gorgeous. Must ask you when you were on with Simon you dropped a little hint of a band that is coming to QVC begining with W. Please say it is WESTLIFE? As we are so excited and can’t wait if it is. My daughter Samantha is a massive Westlife fan she first saw them when she went to see Boyzone. Westlife were supporting them she was only 10 at the time they were called Westside she came home and said “mummy I have just seen the most amazin boy band” and I said yeh Boyzone she said no Westside can we go and see them please please please. And so it began she is now 22 and still loves the guys and still goes to see them. We would travel to Glasgow to see them 4 nights a week seeing the same concert over and over but GOD was it worth it. Everytime they came to Edinburgh or Glasgow for signings we would camp out overnight just to meet them and they were adoreable. As she was only 10 they were so kind to the younger kids as loads of screeming teenagers trying to get to them which was at times quite scarey. So we will be watching and waiting hoping QVC makes the announcement that it is WESTLIFE in order that we can buy the album via QVC. How great are QVC just now with all the artists appearing so fab we love it.
    Best wishes
    Angela & Samantha

  11. Una November 7, 2010 at 9:41 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Just wondered if you had any news from Alexis yet?
    Hows your Mum keeping, any improvement?
    Jeannie, so pleased to hear your good news.
    Annette, hope you are feeling better, even if you arent managing to salsa or tango around the house yet!!!!!!!!!!
    Love Una x

  12. Anne Bertenshaw November 7, 2010 at 3:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia having moved five weeks ago I can’t believe how stressful it all was & still is.We moved to a completely new area so have to get new doctors dentists etc. We have the most beautiful bungalow now so we are happy & as time goes by it will be worth the stress.Good luck in yor new home

  13. Steven November 7, 2010 at 7:52 pm -  Reply

    Glad you have got your email back Julia and hope you are settling in well. Im lucky that I have never had the upheaval of a move. Sounds like a nightmare!
    You looked fab in that blue dress on Saturday night too I may add. Colour really suits you and definitely meets with my approval ha ha!

  14. Eileen November 8, 2010 at 12:47 pm -  Reply

    I just have to ask – how could you have upped and moved house after spending all those hours, days, weeks, months redecorating your house last year!??! It would have killed me to to spend all that time and hard work only to have someone else reap the benefits. Or, was it part of the plan to get it ready to sell? I was just very surprised that you had done so.

  15. Jenny Longworth November 8, 2010 at 1:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia!
    I too have moved a few times and it’s amazing how much stuff you collect over the years – Phew! Have you you moved far and do you miss your home of 16 years. I hadn’t realised that Daniel still lives at home with you, as I know your daughter is at Uni. My Son has just gone to Uni and it’s so hard not having him in the house all the time – although he’s visiting now for the week – yay! Normality in my life again. Anyway, I hope that you all enjoy living in your new home and some of those boxes get unpacked or put in the loft. Take care, love Jenny xx

  16. Caroline Jones November 8, 2010 at 2:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Enjoyed the Emu show last night…loved the TSV especially in pink and thought your outfit was fab. Didn’t get chance to send a text cos mobile’s acting up! Watched it again this morning while i was getting ready for work lol. Am hoping that the Presenters Calendar that I ordered will arrive today cos I can’t wait to see it!
    Speak soon
    Caroline X

  17. Helen Magowan November 8, 2010 at 6:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, I see you moved on my birthday – 26th Oct & guess what? – I’m now the same age as you! Hey we’re just a couple of young things, sure age is only a number anyway! Think I’m right in saying we are both little ‘monkeys’? lol! Funny thing is your taste/choice of colour in things is similar to mine so makes for easy ordering and boy do I do a lot of that! I left my last abode after 15 years & sat on the floor & cried when removal men arrived! Been through all those stressful situations so fully understand. I wish you and your family all the very best for a wonderful future in your lovely new home. Much Love, HELENxx

  18. Claire Upton November 8, 2010 at 9:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    So glad the move went ok, although stressful, are you liking your new home? Has Poppy settled down now, funny things aren’t they mine don’t even like me moving furniture let along house, by the way Aztec and Inca are well, being monkey’s as normal, but spending more time in now as it is getting colder so I am getting lots of cuddles, and no washing, thankfully!
    I have just signed up to do a 1/2 marathon in March next year, and going to choice a BCC charity to jog for as my Mum and friend have been diagosned within 8 weeks of each other in July this year and currently going through treatment, it is a big thing for me, and not easy, not a natural jogger, but my training is nothing compared to what they have and are going through in their treatment. I’ll keep you updated on the training.
    Take Care and hope the unpacking is over soon.
    Claire x

  19. Cindy November 9, 2010 at 7:21 am -  Reply

    Oh Julia, your missive fills me with dread, we going to move next year after 23 years in our house. We are also moving to a flat from a house and the flat is much smaller and with no garden. We have skadoolings of garden equipment, BBQ, Bikes etc to either get rid of or find homes for. We already have a storage unit rented, and we have decided that anything that is in there one year after the move will have to go! The worrying thing is that there are only two of us, and we have so much ‘stuff’, so I can only begin to imagine how much you have with four of you. Good Luck in your new home Julia, I hope you will not have to move again and will settle and make this a permanent home. I hope our move will go smoothly when it is our turn. Love Cindy xx

  20. Pauline Johnson November 9, 2010 at 7:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia we moved 10 years ago after living in one house for 30 odd years, never again, even worse when you go from a 3 bed house to a 2 bed bungalow.went to the Isle of Wight last week for a early bird xmas had a great time met up with old friends also a number of people who asked if I shopped at QVC,due to the fact that most of my clothes were from QVC also my lock and lock picnic bag,speak soon.
    Love Pauline XXX

  21. Irene Hatton November 10, 2010 at 1:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I agree with you it is stressful moving home.Nine years ago I moved house as I left my husband to get divorced and I had also lost my 15 year old son in a motorbike accident so I experienced all three
    at once. Have come through all the trauma and have managed to move on and have met a lovely new man.
    I love watching QVC and it got me through hours of loneliness when I first moved you are actually my favourite presenter.
    Enjoy your new home with your family
    Love Irene xx

  22. Susan November 10, 2010 at 2:00 pm -  Reply

    Hey Julia,
    Sorry to drop you another little note before you’ve had a chance to reply to the last! Just flicked on for a second before I start the books again but fab little product – grips for your shoes in the ice. Also had to say I have NO idea how you always wear these little tiny dresses in the winter!! You were standing beside a mammoth block of ice in a sleeveless dress! Wow! Brave woman! I am very much a snuggle down in winter dresses gal but fair play! Enjoy your upcoming weekend & hope Sophie is enjoying the Caribbean if she’s away.
    Take care,

  23. julia roberts November 10, 2010 at 4:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jeannie
    So pleased to hear you have had the ‘all clear’ – kind of puts all our little moans and groans intp perspective doesn’t it! Our next move will be a downsize but not possible at the moment with both Daniel and Sophie still living at home. It’s so difficult for youngsters these days isn’t it. Hope you stay well
    much love

  24. julia roberts November 10, 2010 at 4:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Suzanne
    I totally agree with you re Ali Young’s make-up as done by Mally. I was in for the launch of the Gossip watches TSV and said exactly the same thing to her!! I will verbally pass on your compliment – she’s not a fan of email!!
    Julia x

  25. julia roberts November 10, 2010 at 5:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Yvonne
    Thanks for the good wishes for our new home and also the compliments ……….. I thought the Kim and Co dress was a great shape and loved the colour too!!!
    I am still watching what I am eating although not dieting and have set up my Pilates machine as a priority at the new house and been on it a couple of times despite boxes still waiting to be unpacked! I also go on my treadmill 2 or 3 times a week or go for a lovely long walk.
    Julia x

  26. julia roberts November 10, 2010 at 5:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Caroline
    I think the white /rose option of the Gossip watch was the most popular when I showed it the other day – very stylish!
    Did you see the Emu slippers TSV? They were so comfy and warm.
    speak soon
    Julia x

  27. julia roberts November 10, 2010 at 5:15 pm -  Reply

    Hello Susan
    Yes we did have an Emu TSV last month but that was boots and this one was gorgeous slippers! I wonder if you saw them?
    Sophie went away yesterday – she has worked so hard and done lots of overtime to save up for it. I had a text to say she got there safely BUT it’s pouring with rain!!!! – tailend of the hurricane in Haiti probably.
    Let’s hope it improves for her
    Julia x

  28. julia roberts November 10, 2010 at 5:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Magda
    Good to hear from you! It must be even more stressful moving to another country – I can’t believe you are considering leaving Mallorca, you will find a big difference in the pace of day to day life and precious little comparison in the weather!
    We have unpacked most of the boxes and the only thing I seem to be missing so far is all the bath mats??!!??
    speak soon
    Julia x

  29. julia roberts November 10, 2010 at 5:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy
    Sounds like you had a great time in Egypt ……… Wow that is hot, don’t know if I could cope with that now. 20 years ago I wouldn’t have batted an eyelid. It’s handy living close to an airport isn’t it. We have just moved from Woldingham and that was a 20 minute drive to Gatwick. We are quite close to both Epsom and Wallington and about 10 minutes drive closer to QVC at Chelsea Bridge – much appreciated at 3a.m.!
    Julia x

  30. julia roberts November 10, 2010 at 5:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Dawn
    I’m really pleased we did it, packing up and all. I was ready for a change and a different outlook from the kitchen window!
    Poppy is so ‘ at home’ now and we’ve only been in 2 weeks! It would probably be better with your 4 cats as they’d be company for each other. One day you’ll do it ………… maybe.
    Julia x

  31. julia roberts November 10, 2010 at 5:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Liz
    I know exactly what you mean! Daniel was putting the Tony Wrighton CD’s onto my iTouch for me to listen to and we couldn’t find the cable! Fortunately he had his own so it wasn’t a problem but mine will probably come to light next time we move. And after 2 weeks of searching I finally found Chris’s nail clippers.
    Poppy has 2 fave p[lace already – behind the sofa in the Family room and under Daniel’s bed if she is quick enough to dash in his door before he shuts it!
    Hope you are enjoying your new home
    Julia x

  32. julia roberts November 10, 2010 at 6:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Angela and Samantha
    Glad you’re enjoying the music on QVC recently. I couldn’t possibly comment on forthcoming artists !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    As you know I am a big Westlife fan but I’m also quite pleased that Take That are back as a 5 – do you like them??
    Simon Wilson is in next weekend with a TSV – I’ve just seen it, you’re gonna love it. Choice of 4 colours and I may just wear it ahead of time – naughty me!
    speak soon
    Julia x

  33. julia roberts November 10, 2010 at 6:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Una
    Alexis had a little girl ……. so pleased for her, I bet her big brothers will spoil her rotten!
    Mum’s improving, she has been back doing a little bit of dancing teaching, but she’s still not quite right.
    Thanks for asking
    Julia x

  34. julia roberts November 10, 2010 at 6:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anne
    It is tricky moving area isn’t it. We still have our dentist from before we moved last time!!!! It’s a bit of a trek to get there but worth it as he is very good.
    Glad you’re happy in your new home
    Julia x

  35. julia roberts November 10, 2010 at 6:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    Amazing how someone as computer illiterate as me could really miss email! I had a few nice compliments about the Kim and Co dress – maybe I should treat myself?
    Julia x

  36. julia roberts November 10, 2010 at 6:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Eileen
    It was a bit of both. I think I was ready to move but couldn’t face the thought of it. We decorated to see if we had just got bored with the decor but it became obvious that a change of location was needed. It would have been a shame if we hadn’t had any time to enjoy it, but we had about 18 months of pleasure from our efforts. We would probably have needed to start again in a couple of years ( a bit like the Forth Road Bridge!)
    Julia x

  37. julia roberts November 10, 2010 at 6:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jenny
    We are not too far from where we were – about 20 minutes by car. It’s helpful for Daniel as most of his fitness work is in that area. Sophie finished Uni in July 2009 and now works as a Production Assistant here at QVC so she is at home too. It will probably be the last home we all live together in, then it will be time to downsize and move to the coast.
    Enjoy having your son at home and remember the Christmas holidays aren’t that far away!
    Julia x

  38. julia roberts November 10, 2010 at 6:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Caroline
    Didn’t realise you’d posted again about the Emu slippers. It was quite tricky choosing an outfit to wear with slippers that wasn’t pyjamas LOL.
    I’ll look out for a text next time I’m on – are you a Liz Earle fan?? I’m doing the finale of her mini series on Friday
    speak soon
    Julia x

  39. jenn lewis November 10, 2010 at 6:33 pm -  Reply

    hi julia,
    although not about the move i wanted to drop you a line and thought this might be the best way. i saw you on air with the wintertrax and you said you thought about getting them for your mum and hope my experience with them might help. although in my early thirties i have had arthritis for nearly 25 years and i am terrified of snow and ice and slush. i bought the previous version of the wintertrax (called the yaktrax) last winter and i felt so secure walking in the snow that it didn’t stop me doing anything at all last winter. i did buy two sets of the wintertrax today, one for me and one for a gift for my aunt and uncle and am sure that the new version with the strap across the foot will be even better. worth every penny in peace of mind. great qvc value, i have seen them for double the price of the set per pair. hope it helps.
    much love
    jenn xx

  40. julia roberts November 10, 2010 at 6:37 pm -  Reply

    Hello Helen
    Welcome to the 54 club ……… it’s really not so bad, and yes we are little monkeys!
    I thought I was going to be really upset leaving the house because I cried when we left the previous house but I was OK. In fact the only tears I shed were about leaving my cats Dylan and Daisy buried in the garden – I found that very upsetting. But I still have my lovely Poppy and she has really settled in to the new house.
    Julia x

  41. julia roberts November 10, 2010 at 6:43 pm -  Reply

    Hello Claire
    I’m so sorry to hear about your Mum and your friend – I hope they are coping with their treatment OK? Much love to them both. Well done you on signing up for a half marathon. Although I am fairly fit I can’t run at all ( not even jog ) so I feel for you. Will power will get you though and I hope you raise lots of money.
    Poppy spent the first day hiding in the filing cabinet before we put the drawers in it but has now found herself some great spots to enjoy the new house.
    We are all loving it actually – definitely a good move.
    Julia x

  42. julia roberts November 10, 2010 at 6:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Cindy
    It won’t be too bad I’m sure. Because you won’t have a garden you know that you need to get rid of all your garden stuff. Our problem was because we were moving into a similar sized house we kept saying ‘we might need it’ or ‘we might use it’. I like your idea of the storage unit – if you haven’t needed it in a year you are unlikely to use it again.
    This won’t be our last move but I think we will enjoy this house.
    Good luck when it’s your turn
    Julia x

  43. julia roberts November 10, 2010 at 6:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pauline
    What is it James Bond said, ‘never say never’! I know we will move again but at least we will be even more organised than this time as some things won’t have been unpacked from this move.
    Great to hear you are such a loyal QVC customer – did you go to the Liz Earle shop on the Isle of Wight??
    Julia x

  44. Una November 11, 2010 at 9:52 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    That is FANTASTIC news about Alexis. How lovely, a wee girl after her 2 “little Monkeys” Im sure when shes older she will m get them sorted out!!
    Please pass on my best wishes if you go for a little visit. I bet you cant wait to have a cuddle. (with the baby, not Alexis)!!
    So pleased to hear your Mum is feeling a bit better too, thats grand.
    Have just received my Emu slippers. Oh my word, how utterly luxurious are they. I got the charcoal, and they are just stunning. My son got them for me for xmas, but I SO dont want to hand them over till Dec 25th!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Looking forward to Simons TSV, hope you 2 are on together for a few of the shows. Remind the producers they may need a lie down in a darkened room at some point during the proceedings LOL!!!!!
    Love Una xx

  45. julia roberts November 11, 2010 at 12:59 pm -  Reply

    Hello Irene
    I have as my status on Windows Messenger ‘That which does not kill you makes you stronger’ ………….. I firmly believe this and you must be incredibly strong and reslient to have bounced back from losing your son. I have had to cope with a lot of adversity in my life but I think that the death of either of my children would destroy me.
    I am so pleased that you are happy and settled with your new man and thankyou for your kind words about me. On dark days you have no idea how important the messages from you guys at home can be.
    Today is one of those days for me and you have made me feel loved.
    Thankyou and continued happiness
    Julia x

  46. julia roberts November 11, 2010 at 1:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susan
    Our posts must have crossed last night – I’m hoping the weather has improved for Sophie.
    I do like to be warm in the winter but in a television studios it is VERY warm under the studio lights, even when you are stood next to a block of ice, and particularly when you are at a ‘warm’ time of your life if you get my drift?
    I need to order the Wintertrax – one pair for my mum and the other for me as my polio has left me very unstable in icy conditions.
    Hope you have a good weekend too
    Julia x

  47. julia roberts November 11, 2010 at 1:10 pm -  Reply

    Hello Jenn
    I was thinking about getting the Wintertrax but you have made up my mind for me. Like you I am unstable in the snow and ice because of my polio ( I once had to crawl across the crescent we lived on because I didn’t dare move my feet for fear of falling ) so I know exactly what you mean. I think one pair for me and one for my mum.
    Thanks for the advice
    Julia x

  48. julia roberts November 12, 2010 at 11:54 am -  Reply

    Hi Una
    I am hoping that Alexis will bring her in soon – you’re right can’t wait for a cuddle and I think a hug for Alexis would be appropriate too!!
    Hands off those slippers ’til Christmas, it will give you something to look forward to. I missed ordering them on the day cos by the time I had surfaced they had gone in my size and colour BUT just went on the website and managed to get Chestnut size 4 ( obviously a cancelled order ) so lucky me. Like you they are a Christmas pressie so I will have to wait too!
    Yes I am on with Simon for the TSV launch and a couple of hours during the day. I might be naughty and start wearing the necklace this weekend – perhaps on Beauty Day.
    Julia x

  49. Irene November 12, 2010 at 3:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Thankyou for your kind words about the loss of my son,people think you are strong and yes I am
    and I do miss him and often wonder what he would be like now at 25, but you have to be their for
    your other children.The reason I have written to you again is that if any of your other contacts
    are going through the same experience to say that time is a great healer and although the grief
    never really goes away it gets better as the years go on and that you never forget but learn to
    On a happier note I hope you are well and have settled in your new home
    Love Irene x

  50. Susan November 12, 2010 at 5:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Yes posts must have crossed as you say! Isn’t it just tragic what the people in Haiti have had to endure over the last year? It does not bear thinking about. Such an awful situation. We can just do what we can to help I suppose. Hope Sophie is getting better weather now as you say. I am pinning all my hopes on getting away next summer! Let’s hope but in comparison to what is happening in some other countries a few years without sun is nothing!! Hope you get your Wintertrax ordered. The weather has been awful recently & the gritters out! Winter is here!
    Take care
    Susan x

  51. Una November 13, 2010 at 10:46 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Ok, ok, I handed the slippers over!!!!!! I did HAVE to try them though, just to make sure…….!!! So glad you managed to get a pair too. I wear my Birkinstocks to death, I use them in the house constantly, but we have wooden floors and tiled floors, and they are a bit chilly in this weather. We seem to have had the central heating on all year! The last week has been dreadful, we have had gales, torrential rain, and thick frost already, so I am DREADING the coming months. My feet will be cosy though, so thats good!!
    Please give Alexis our best wishes, and a wee hug from me too. Seems like theres a baby boom at QVC at the moment, they are popping out everywhere LOL!! I havent seen the lovely Emma for a few weeks, I hope she is keeping well. She is such a lovely girl. QVC have some really stunning models, and they come across as very professional, but also friendly. Tanya and Amika have been there forever havent they, and also Debbie, shes lovely too.
    Ive seen a lot of your shows recently Julia, and you are looking stunning. Glad to hear your not trying to lose any more weight, we love you just the way you are.
    Looking forward to beauty day, as always!! Will pay attention to your neckline!!!!!!!
    Have a nice weekend Julia
    Love Una x

  52. julia roberts November 16, 2010 at 4:39 pm -  Reply

    Hello Irene
    Thankyou so much for posting your message – there will be people who have had a similar tragedy occur in their lives and to hear from you that time indeed is a great healer will have offered them hope.
    I am so pleased we have moved – I know it was the right time and it is the right place for now.
    You may relate to this. I had not dreamt of my Dad at all since he passed away almost 3 years ago. A week after we moved in I had the most vivid dream about him. He was wearing a blue sweater and I was wrapping my arms around him and we were laughing. I was totally disorientated when I woke up and realised I had only been dreaming. It was almost like he was stamping his approval if you know what I mean?
    much love
    Julia x

  53. julia roberts November 16, 2010 at 4:43 pm -  Reply

    Hello Susan
    I share your thoughts about Haiti – in fact all the parts of the world where such tragedies seem an everyday occurence. We sometimes don’t appreciate our good fortune do we?
    I didn’t manage to get the Wintertrax before they sold out, but I have gone on Waitlist for them so fingers crossed.
    Hope you manage a holiday soon
    Julia x

  54. julia roberts November 16, 2010 at 4:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Una
    My Emu slippers arrived this morning along with my steam mop – 2 working days, VERY impressive! Like you I handed them over until Christmas ( the slippers not the steam mop )!
    We do have some lovely models ……. wouldn’t dare name any here just in case I miss someone out!! I think Emma’s baby is due in January so not sure if she will be doing the Elemis TSV in December.
    Hope enjoyed Beauty Day – I didn’t wear the B & W TSV ( Debs Flint beat me to it! ) but I have been sporting the skeleton watch and have lots of enquiries about it already!
    speak soon
    Julia x

  55. Susan November 17, 2010 at 10:32 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    I know there are just far too many worldwide tragedies & yes we must always thank our lucky stars mustn’t we? I always enjoy watching Children in Need & Comic Relief & do my bit – even though it is often hard viewing. I always feel though it’s really not our little bits that help – it’s the celebs with lots of £ that can make a big difference. Won’t stop me though! Oh & I know what you mean about the dreams. I have frequent vivid dreams & it can be very disturbing sometimes. I always think they’re all watching over us though. Hope you get your Wintertrax for your Mum before it gets much colder by the way! She’ll appreciate them I’m sure!
    Take care,
    Susan x

  56. julia roberts November 17, 2010 at 4:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susan
    I think every little bit helps no matter how small. I think a lot of celebrities do privately give to charity they just don’t broadcast it. Perhaps if some of the people who are granted huge bonuses gave a percentage of that to charity they wouldn’t be quite so villified? – just a thought.
    Fingers crossed for the Wintertrax
    Julia x

  57. Susan November 18, 2010 at 5:49 pm -  Reply

    I hope our little contributions help..I like to think so. I’m sure the celebs do give but it always crosses my mind that they still have tens of millions of £ or $ sitting there. Just know I couldn’t do that. And totally agree about the mahussive bonuses which some people get! Hope your Mum is ok in this cold & blustery weather.
    Take care
    Susan x

  58. julia roberts November 22, 2010 at 12:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susan
    I do know what you mean, but I guess if it’s ‘their’ money they have a right to spend it how they see fit! Don’t even get me started on the huge wages paid to footballers! ………. and I’m a footie fan!
    But the smaller contibutions really do help – look how much you guys help QVC raise in just 3 hours for Breast Cancer Care this year ………. nearly £450,000. That was fantastic and proves that EVERY penny helps!
    Mum doesn’t go out much when it’s cold and windy as she gets neuralgia in her face. Luckily she has kind neighbours to keep her topped up with the essentials
    Julia x

  59. Susan November 24, 2010 at 11:01 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Yes I’m really glad all our contributions add up to big sums. I also agree on the pay that these footballers get & I’ve seem many a ‘discussion’ on the issue! I know it annoys lots of us who are struggling doing worthwhile work for miserable wages & for those who are really well qualified & who cannot for the life of them get jobs – many of my friends & family included. I am proud though that we all still contribute though. It’s just such a topical issue (still) & you wonder when it will all pick up! Well must get going & keep on trucking as they say!
    Have a lovely weekend & hope Sophie has had a safe trip home.
    Susan x
    PS I’m not surprised your Mum doesn’t go out much if she suffers with that. That’s lovely she has great neighbours though. Makes all the difference.

  60. julia roberts November 27, 2010 at 4:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susan
    Sophie is safely home – the weather wasn’t actually that brilliant but at least she got to spend some time with her boyfriend – I don’t think they will see each other now until Christmas.
    Mum rang today to say they have had some snow. We didn’t get any yet, just a very hard frost, but it’s only a matter of time I guess!
    Julia x

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