After a very hectic few months, I finally had a day of total relaxation on Sunday. I’d finished the edits of my new novel, ‘Alice in Theatreland’, on Saturday and sent them to my formatter in San Diego – more on Alice later!
So, Sunday started with my favourite breakfast of poached eggs, cherry tomatoes, vegetarian tempeh rashers and a slice of buttered toast – yummy!
It was a beautiful sunny day, so we invited our daughter, Sophie, over for an al fresco salad lunch – washed down with a decadent glass or two of prosecco. After the meal, we sat in the garden enjoying the sunshine all afternoon, suitably protected by Ultrasun and Decleor… it was bliss.
Monday was rather busier. At midday, the van arrived to take our son’s bed and other belongings down to his new home in Bristol. After loading up our end, we hit the M4 (it’s becoming a familiar journey), arrived, and just about finished unloading by the time Dan got home from work.
We went for an Italian meal in the evening to celebrate, all the while keeping one eye on a very important scoreline from Selhurst Park. All I will say is: Crystal Palace – 3 (yes, 3), Arsenal – 0… who would have thought it prior to kick off?!
On Tuesday, we welcomed Chris’ niece, Tina, and her family from Australia for lunch.
It was meant to be a cup of tea before they headed off to Stonehenge, but I think the girls – 6 year-old Aliana and 4 year-old Amelia – were enjoying themselves rather too much with Sophie and playing with our cat Wilfie and next doors’ cats, Jenny and Wispa, too. I rustled together an impromptu lunch and the girls were very keen to help me lay the table. I love this selfie of Sophie with them – posers, all three!
As well as sending my manuscript to the formatter, I had also sent it to Sophie for proofreading.
She went away for a few days’ holiday today (Thursday) so she wanted to get it finished before she went. Well, she had me in stitches with the Whatsapp messages she was sending me. I won’t share all of them, because it would spoil the story if you want to read it, but this message had me crying with laughter:
‘No Alice!!!!! Richard is a slime ball… don’t fall for it!!!!! A hotel suite??? Open your eyes woman!!!!!!’
All of those exclamation marks were in her message. She called me at 4pm: ‘Stop writing books I can’t put down,’ she said, ‘I’m still in my pyjamas and I need to get some last minute toiletries and foreign exchange.’
What a lovely response to my new book – she is the first to read it, apart from my copy editor. Fortunately, I was able to help her out with some euros! The Kindle edition of the book will be on pre-order this weekend and is out on 27th April – check www.juliarobertsauthor.com for more details, and also a competition to win one of only two paperbacks of ‘Life’s a Beach… and Then’ printed with a gloss cover, so I guess you could call it limited edition.
Well, if you haven’t got much planned this Easter weekend, I hope you will join me on QVC – I’m in across the whole of Easter. Here are my scheduled hours:
3pm Lola Rose
5pm Fashion by Together
5pm Hi-Tech Toys – including Today’s Special Value and Samsung curved smart TV on 4 Easy Pay
2pm Tools for Home & Garden
4pm Richard Jackson’s Easter Garden
6pm Richard Jackson’s Easter Garden – including the Today’s Special Value slug & snail repellent and pest & ant control
3pm Peony flowers
5pm Household Helpers – with Shark and their Today’s Special Value
I hope you are able to enjoy some time with your family over Easter and that the skies stay blue! Enjoy your chocolate eggs too.