Jemma Forte and Julia

Busier than when I’m working!

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So, I’ve taken three weeks off QVC to re-charge my batteries and have a bit of ‘me’ time and so far I’ve been busier than when I go to work!

As I mentioned on last week’s blog, Daniel starts work for a new Premier League football club at the beginning of February, so it doesn’t give him very long to find somewhere to live. He has accepted a role at Swansea City so on Tuesday I spent part of the day on the phone to lettings agents organising appointments to view for the following day, after which we went to view a house for Sophie, which sadly wasn’t suitable. She was already feeling a bit disappointed as we had seen a flat last Saturday that she really liked and put an offer in on but unfortunately someone offered the asking price, which we all thought was too high.

So Wednesday morning we set off for Swansea, which at one point had seemed doubtful as the weather forecast had predicted overnight snow but fortunately it had all cleared by the time we arrived for our first viewing at midday, after a two-and-a-half-hour drive.

Five hours and eleven viewings later we were back in the car for our drive home. There were several possibles but two Dan really liked and his decision hinges on whether one of those will take his cat, Wilfie. If not, Wilfie will come to stay with us and I guess Dan will choose a place close to work.

In some respects it is a shame Dan is leaving Crystal Palace just as new manager Alan Pardew has taken up the reins and got off to a flying start. I hadn’t realised that my shift at QVC last Saturday clashed with Palace v Spurs live on TV. Chris volunteered to record it for me so that I could watch it when I got home so long as no-one had told me the result. It almost worked but just as I was leaving the building one of our lovely security staff said, “Well done, your team are beating Spurs.” So I didn’t watch the whole game as I knew the result but I did catch up with the highlights on Match of the Day.

I had avoided checking Twitter too much during my shows but when I got home I saw one from my friend and work colleague Nat which said, “Glad Mally make-up is waterproof  #don’tcry #spurswinning.” I took great delight in tweeting her back, “You were saying?” I need to be careful what I say about the Palace victory here as my blog copywriter is also a Tottenham Hotspur fan and he may just edit all references to football out!

Natalie outside The Chase studios

Speaking of Natalie, I wonder if any of you are fans of The Chase on ITV? Nat appeared as a contestant on Monday night’s show so a load of us who were working gathered in one of QVC’s meeting rooms for a screening. I thought she did really well getting through to the final chase but sadly they didn’t win any money. Maybe they should do a charity special with QVC presenters for one of our chosen charities … I’d do it as I love that show.

Yesterday I was very pleased to be invited to the launch party for Jemma Forte’s latest novel. Jemma is our Molton Brown guest (next show March I think) but is also a novelist with this being her fourth book. Seeing her behind a pile of books signing away reminded me of the sinking feeling I felt when I walked into a room of 5,000 copies of ‘One Hundred Lengths of the Pool’. I’m looking forward to reading Jemma’s book ‘When I Met You’ during my time off, particularly as Now Magazine said, “The most imaginative romcom we’ve read”. Good luck with it, Jemma.

I’m hoping for a quiet-ish weekend, although we may go out for lunch on Sunday as Monday is Chris and my 37th anniversary of living together (I think – starting to lose track!). I need to have a bit of a rest though as on Tuesday I am co-hosting an event at the Ashcroft Theatre in Croydon called ‘The Gloves Are Off’.

Julian Speroni testimonial

It is the first event to celebrate goalkeeper Julian Speroni’s testimonial year granted to him as he has been with Crystal Palace for ten years … amazing loyalty. I’m really looking forward to a trip down memory lane but even reading the notes through I can’t believe the roller-coaster ride my club has experienced over the last decade!

And then Thursday I will be going to QVC’s Beauty Bash. Although technically I am ‘on holiday’ I didn’t want to miss the opportunity to attend one of my favourite events of the year. If you are going, please come and say hi.

At this time on a Friday I would normally be heading in to QVC for Fashion on Friday, which I believe Chloe is covering today, instead I’ll finish the housework, go in the gym and I may even make a start on writing my new book.

Have a great weekend.

Much love,

Julia xx

22 Comments

  1. martin forbes January 16, 2015 at 6:14 pm -  Reply

    hope you are enjoying your 3week holiday hope dANIEL SETTLES IN AT SWANSEA CITY AND GETS ANEW FLAT OR HOUSE HOPE SOPHIE GETS AFLAT AS WELL HAPPY 37TH ANNIVERSARY TO you and chris

    • Julia roberts January 22, 2015 at 5:08 pm -  Reply

      Hi Martin
      Thanks for the anniversary wishes – we celebrated on Sunday as we went out to lunch with Daniel & Sophie and my friends Denise & Steve.
      We have found a nice flat for Daniel to move into in Swansea but still looking for somewhere for Sophie to buy.
      Hope you are well
      Julia x

  2. Pam January 16, 2015 at 8:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, I was reading your blog about your son eagerly and saw the very words I was looking for – Swansea City! My husband and I and our son have black and white blood! I shall be following his career with great interest.

    • Julia roberts January 22, 2015 at 5:11 pm -  Reply

      Hi Pam
      I think he is looking forward to the new challenge and the opportunity to expand his coaching knowledge. He is very impressed with the facilities.
      I will always be a Palace fan but will now have to watch the Swans results too.
      Love
      Julia x

  3. TINA S January 17, 2015 at 12:19 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    I can’t believe you were in my neck of the woods Tuesday!! Swansea is only a few miles down the road from our home. I could not believe it when you said Daniel was taking up a position with Swansea City and then that you came here Tuesday to look at accomodation for him. You could have come for coffee!! (Actually we were having yet more work done on the house on Tuesday.) I could have shown you around the area (LOL). Anyway I hope you found Wales friendly and welcoming and that Daniel will be very happy here.
    We did’nt go out the day of our anniversary as we had to wait in yet again for someone to give a quote on the work we needed doing. We went out for lunch on the Wednesday instead. The weather was rather windy but as you said ,the snow kept away from this part of Wales. Tell Daniel there are lovely places to visit if he gets a chance. As I’ve probably mentioned, our favourite place that we visit quite often is Porthcawl. We went there today and did have a fair bit of sunshine although it was still a bit windy (this is getting to be like a weather forecast!)
    I love watching the Chase. I think Bradley Walsh is hysterical. I try and watch it when I can.
    Well enjoy your time off. Hope you get a chance to relax. Don’t forget if ever you come back down to Wales I can give you tips on all the places to see!!
    Take care,
    Love and best wishes , Tina x
    P.S. Daniel could go and watch the rugby now that he won’t be far from the Liberty Stadium or Cardiff where we have the internationals starting next month.You never know he could become a rugby convert as it is Wales’ national sport!! LOL .

    • Julia roberts January 22, 2015 at 5:17 pm -  Reply

      Hi Tina
      We were down in Swansea on Wednesday … it was a whistlestop tour with no time for lunch but at least we saw some nice places for Daniel to choose from and he has opted for a place quite close to the Liberty Stadium and the training ground. He is moving down at the end of next week and I will probably stay for a couple of days to keep him company.
      Daniel likes most sport but although he is interested in rugby, football will always be his first love.
      My friend Denise is already planning our summer holiday on the Gower!
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  4. Steven January 17, 2015 at 9:04 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia I must have missed your last blog. Thats a shame Dan is leaving Palace although the job at Swansea sounds good. Another great result against Spurs last wek. Hope you enjoy your time off.

    Take care x

    • Julia roberts January 22, 2015 at 5:23 pm -  Reply

      Hi Steven
      It is a shame that Daniel is leaving Palace as he bleeds red and blue, but it is a great career opportunity and the facilities are impressive with more investment promised to hopefully be awarded Category 1 status. I’m sure he will return to Palace one day – maybe as first team manager.
      We had another good result against Burnley (after a poor first half) but a tough test in the cup on Saturday against Southampton.
      I daren’t mention Rangers….
      Keep in touch
      Julia x

  5. Marian Bolton January 18, 2015 at 6:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Thank you for your lovely ‘welcome back’ message. Of course you sustain me. Being around positive, vibrant people like yourself, even if only in the virtual sense, can only be a good thing.
    I enjoyed the Elemis series but have to say that it didn’t seem the same without you. It was great to hear my ‘Ode to Bliss Capsules’ being read out though, did you hear it? I’m also absolutely ecstatic at being chosen as one of the very lucky customers to try out the Feb TSV! What can I say but WOW!! You’ll love it!! Thank you for your wishes for a year full of positivity and I think it’s started already!
    So sorry I won’t see you at the Beauty Bash on Tuesday but have a lovely time on Thursday. I’m really looking forward to seeing Keeley again and hoping she will say that I don’t look any older!!
    Love
    Marian
    xx

    • Julia roberts January 22, 2015 at 5:27 pm -  Reply

      Hi Marian
      Hope you enjoyed the Beauty Bash on Tuesday – I’m sure you will have done. Today’s event was only in the morning but it was lovely to meet so many viewers who always have such lovely things to say.
      I’m away for the Elemis TSV but once I’m back on Feb 6th I won’t have any other time off before the end of March so hopefully I’ll have Elemis on my schedule somewhere. As I write this Keeley will be on board flying back to Cyprus … She really is a jet setter these days.
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  6. Jean Pugh January 18, 2015 at 6:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    You said you are off for three weeks, with what you have been doing and still have to do I think you will need another three weeks to get some rest and time for yourself.

    Hope Daniel finds a suitable property, he will be quite a way from you won’t he. Let’s hope they will take Wilfie. Hope Sophie soon finds the right property.

    You mentioned The Chase, yes I enjoy that programme, I have watched the Celebrity ones for Charities, and some of them have done really well. Good idea QVC having a team for Charity, if you were to be on the programme which is the Chaser you would most like to go against.

    I did have an invite to the Beauty Bash, but unfortunately cannot make it, I am sure it will be a great day.

    Enjoy your housework. Have a great workout and hopefully you will find some me time which will enable you to do some writing and hopefully relax.

    Take care.
    Love Jean X

    • Julia roberts January 22, 2015 at 5:37 pm -  Reply

      Hello Jean
      I’ve already been off work ten days but it has just been busy busy busy. I’m hoping this next week will be a little less frenetic as I really would like to make a start on my next book and of course get Life’s A Beach and Then… published.
      We have found a really nice flat for Daniel to rent and it has a spare bedroom so I am hoping to be able to visit for a bit of writing time particularly when the weather is nicer so I will be able to go for beach walks too. Fortunately we now live to the west of London so the drive down to Swansea is only about two and a half hours straight down the M4.
      It’s a shame you couldn’t make the Beauty Bash, it was really good to meet so many viewers.
      Re The Chase, I like all of the chasers so I wouldn’t mind.
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  7. norma January 19, 2015 at 9:03 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia I enjoy reading your blogs and can’t believe how much you put in to a day .I used to work but unfortunately found out in Oct I had aggressive cancer and had a major op and now having chemotherapy and so I’m resting up .your book especially the last chapter helped me to realise cancer can come for healthy people too and thank you and to the other presenters the blogs really are important and entertaining, hope tues night goes well ,I hope one day to go to the beauty bash and meet you xx

    • Julia roberts January 22, 2015 at 5:42 pm -  Reply

      Hello Norma
      I’m so sorry to hear of your diagnosis but I hope the chemotherapy is working. Take it easy as I’m sure plenty of rest helps recovery. I almost didn’t add the final chapter to One Hundred Lengths of the Pool but I thought it was important for people to try and recognise symptoms of CML and also to know that these days there are some wonderful drugs to help us fit all types of cancer.
      Tuesday night went really well thanks …. I’ll put a couple of pics on my blog tomorrow. I’m glad you enjoy our blogs and do write again and let me know how you are getting on
      Love
      Julia x

  8. Helen S January 19, 2015 at 12:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, if you need any advice on the location of Dan’s flat, just ask as I have lived in Swansea all my life. As has Tina by the sound of it too.

    You must visit the Gower beaches whilst you’re in our neck of the woods, the beaches are fantastic and the views are to die for.

    Take care
    Helen xxx

    • Julia roberts January 22, 2015 at 5:47 pm -  Reply

      Hi Helen
      Thanks for your offer of help re locations in Swansea for Daniel. We needed to make a decision pretty quickly and fortunately he has found a lovely flat near both the training ground and the Liberty Stadium. Once he has settled down at Swansea City he may start looking for somewhere to buy.
      I’m really looking forward to exploring the beaches on the Gower – I’ve never visited before but I’ve heard great things.
      Speak soon
      Julia x

    • TINA S January 25, 2015 at 12:16 am -  Reply

      Hi Helen,
      Just read your reply and had to say hello to a fellow Welsh buddy! I am actually living in Briton Ferry, just a stones throw from Swansea.Have been here about 13 years and also went to school here.
      Best wishes, Tina S.

  9. Brenda Roseblade January 22, 2015 at 12:14 am -  Reply

    Hello Julia,
    My fave QVC presenter. Wow I’m chuffed your lovely boy Daniel is coming to work for the Swans, as I live a couple of miles away and we are Swansea fans. I hope he finds somewhere nice to live and settles down quickly. Us mum’s worry about our kids no matter how old they are. If you come down to Wales to visit Daniel your welcome to call in and have a cup of whatever? You’ll find us taf’s are nice and friendly.
    Lots of love
    Brenda xxx

    • Julia roberts January 22, 2015 at 5:52 pm -  Reply

      Hi Brenda
      Daniel is looking forward to his new job although obviously a little apprehensive until he gets to know everybody. Swansea City have already invested in their academy and are set to spend more to improve their facilities further. He has found a nice flat near both the training ground and Liberty Stadium which was shown to us by a really pleasant lettings agent who just happened to be a Swans fan!
      I’m planning on visiting frequently in his first few months so I may take you up on a ‘cup of something’!
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  10. Janet Gwynn January 22, 2015 at 9:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, Thank you so much for taking the time to say hello at the beauty bash , it was lovely to chat to you and thankyou for the advice on the pilates machine. Looking forward to seeing you back on QVC . I will use my sarah Chapman roller more often and hopefully will have a jaw line like yourself, although I think that may be wishful thinking on my part . Thank you once again. Janetx

    • Julia Roberts February 13, 2015 at 11:49 am -  Reply

      Hi Janet
      I hadn’t checked on older blogs for replies while I was on holiday so apologies for the delay in getting back to you.
      My pleasure to chat a the Beauty Bash – I love meeting viewers.
      I’ve been really good with my exercise routine of late … at least 3 sessions in my gym every week even with all that has been going on – I’m feeling better for it too.
      How is your jawline?

  11. Anna walsh February 23, 2015 at 1:34 pm -  Reply

    I have downloaded the App – ‘Think Dirty ‘which tells us how safe ( or not) beauty products are. I think it would be advisable to give a proper account of the beauty products you sell on Qvc in the interest of customers health.
    Would like to hear what your view on this matter is

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