Going, going, gone!


The old garage Photo1The day has finally arrived for the demolition of the old garage and greenhouse at the bottom of my garden. Here's the funny thing, the space at the side of my house is not wide enough to drive a car through so why have a garage, complete with inspection pit, where you can't get to it? Most peculiar!

Anyway, its days are numbered as the builders and skip have arrived so it will soon be carted off and just be a distant memory to be replaced with the garden room in a couple of weeks' time – very exciting!

On Tuesday I took Daniel with me to double-check on the paint colour I have chosen for the new structure, a pale pearl grey with darker grey around the windows and on the doors. He approved of my choice so fingers crossed it will look good when it's done.

Yesterday I was very brave. This has nothing to do with endless blood tests and worse that I have endured over the past couple of years, but rather a little cosmetic procedure called 'threading'. My daughter Sophie has this done regularly and she kept encouraging me to go for it as I can no longer see that well to pluck my eyebrows and it's a job that sets my teeth on edge.

Bearded Austrian ladySo I took the plunge and, although it did hurt a bit, I am really impressed with the result. It has lifted my eye area, so before you ask no, I haven't had an eye lift! I'm going to start with Revitabrow now to strengthen and thicken the growth where I want it. The therapist remarked about my eyelashes while she was doing my brows – she thought I'd had a curling treatment done on them! Good old Revitalash!

Talking of facial hair … did you watch the Eurovision?? I don't know (or care) if Conchita's beard was a publicity stunt, I really liked the song and thought it was a deserved winner.

I also thought it was very amusing when the female jury spokesperson for Austria awarded their points sporting a very similar looking beard to Conchita's, clearly having a bit of fun!

My other two favourites were Sweden and Hungary, third and fifth respectively I think, so I'm not sure what that says about my musical taste!?!?! Sophie and her flatmate Gilly came over for our Eurovision 'party' … maybe we should make it bigger next year.

Aimee Kestenberg bag - 122027Tonight at midnight sees the launch of our two-day 'Get Gorgeous' event with Jill Franks and a Yong Kim TSV. Unfortunately, as it is one of my favourite fashion ranges on QVC, I'm not on with it but I will probably be buying it nonetheless. I had though it might be my Fashion on Friday show but instead I have the premiere show of a new accessories range by Aimee Kestenberg.

Kathy had a couple of her bags on the Morning Style show yesterday and apparently they were very popular so I'm looking forward to showing you some more designs with our guest Carla Lazlo. Prior to that I have an hour of Liz Earle with the lovely Caroline Archer, and after those two shows I'm off work until 26th May, Bank Holiday Monday.

I'm going away with my friend Denise who I first met thirty years ago when we worked on 'The Price is Right' together. It is her birthday on Sunday so we'll be celebrating but I also need to get my book finished … almost there!

Make the most of this beautiful sunshine!

Much love,

Julia xx

P.S. Almost forgot to mention that Crystal Palace's manager, Tony Pulis, won the LMA Premiership Manager of the Year …. Hooray!!!


  1. Nicola Jane Rippon May 15, 2014 at 5:33 pm -  Reply

    I ‘discovered’ threading about five years ago when my local, brand-spanking new shopping mall introduced a professional threading service to one of its stands. The first time I had it done it hurt so much I thought they had made a mistake and removed the whole lot! However, they had not and my brows looked great – I had the eyelift effect too! I go regularly and, once you know what to expect (and realise they are not removing your entire brow) it doesn’t hurt nearly as much! And I still find it hurts a lot less than tweezing, and causes far less irritation than waxing.

  2. TINA S. May 16, 2014 at 12:01 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    The house I previously lived at also had a garage that I could not use as the drive-way was too narrow at the bottom. I think I only ever used the garage once the whole time we lived there. On one occassion I asked my husband to watch while I reversed out of the garage and in doing so scraped my wing mirror! I should add that he does’nt drive, so when I asked him to watch me that is precisely what he did!! The drive was wide at the top but tapered in towards the bottom. So it was a complete waste and we blocked off the drive by putting in a fence.
    I am one of those who over-plucked their eyebrows when I was a teen. I remember when we had someone giving us a lesson on personal grooming etc. in senior school. She said that some people pluck their eyebrows too much, at which everyone turned and looked at me! You would think that as I had two elder sister’s they might have said something. Especially as no-one tells you that they don’t grow back.LOL!!! So you see I don’t have problems plucking my eyebrows ’cause they never grew back.You have to laugh about it.
    Well it’s almost time for the Yong Kim T.S.V.
    I’m still waiting for the roofers to get back to me after promising it would be fixed this week. Luckily its been fine the past few days but they’ve given rain from Sunday so I’m hoping they will get in touch tomorrow. That’s the problem when you have a property, the maintainance etc.
    Anyway, I should’nt moan….I’m off for my weekly breath of sea air tomorrow which helps soothe the frazzled nerves.
    All the best, Tina (S.Wales)

  3. Annette Roberts May 16, 2014 at 4:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Perhaps the previous owner installed the garage, then realised they couldn’t drive down to it, now that would have been funny! Strange thing to do though, build a garage without access.
    Glad Daniel approved of your colour choice, should look nice amongst all the greenery.
    You asked about the Beetroot on your last blog. Must confess I had to look it up having never cooked it before and found a brilliant website lovebeetroot.co.uk. They suggested 40-45 mins on the stove, but I would say slightly less if you want it a bit crunchier. There are lots of lovely recipes with beetroot…I’ve got another bunch ready for boiling, so maybe I’ll give one a go and let you know…chocolate and beetroot sounds interesting!
    Chris has very kindly passed his sore throat on to me and I’ve cancelled my scale and polish at the Dentist tomorrow. Couldn’t be doing with all that messing about in my mouth with the water spray going everywhere, I nearly choke as it is, without the sore throat!
    Sounds like it’s going to be a lovely hot weekend, plenty of SPF’s, although I’m stuck for one for the face, used to love the Elemis one, but struggling to find one that doesn’t bring me out in spots, ultra sensitive skin. Do you use Decleor SPF?
    Have a wonderful weekend, catching some rays when you can.
    Annette x

  4. Jean Pugh May 16, 2014 at 5:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    It will be great for you when you get your garden room done, somewhere else for Wilfie to get up to mischief.
    Is Daniel going to help you with the painting, or is it all down to you.
    Yes just had to watch Yong Kim, did not go for TSV which looks great, but did buy two other items. I love her designs, they are so comfortable to wear. Yes the handbags are lovely, in fact you are on at the moment with them, they look lovely and soft.
    Hope you have a great time with your friend and also get the book finished.
    Take care.
    Love Jean XX

  5. Beth May 17, 2014 at 3:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    By the time you’ve read this, I hope you’ve had a fantastic holiday with your friend. Looking forward to hearing all about it!
    I always forget to comment on football in my replies but I did see Tony Pulis in a segment on the Saturday show on BBC1 – sorry, can’t remember the name but my Ian always watches it. Anyway, I was very impressed with how he came across in the interview.
    I did see the Eurovision for the first time in a few years and like you, I enjoyed it. It seemed more brief, less waffle and apart from a few songs, I thought the standard was very high. Conchita’s beard IS real – I thought it was a good song and no one could doubt how much it meant to her to win. However, Ian’s and my favourite was the Swedish one – Sanna, who came 3rd. Hmm, only thing is that Ian now has a crush on her(!) and he’s been playing her song several times now via the Eurovision website!
    I did look at YouTube to see you with First Generation(?) – you looked great, so happy and yes, the green suited you!
    Last but not least, I saw you on screen this week and I thought you looked really well and your hair is fab.
    Lots of love,
    Beth XXX.

  6. Diane gilbank May 18, 2014 at 1:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi julia, great to see you back on screen and loved the handbag show on Friday at 5pm! Just need somewhere posh to go to use one!! That maybe a while at the moment but I can hope. I treated myself to Carole h tsv and it arrived yesterday and I put it straight on! Makes me feel alittle bit dressed when been in bed so long. I am enjoying the lovely sunny weather and have a wonderful garden room cum bedroom which keeps me cool when the temp rises.
    It’s my dads 87th birthday today and all the family have gone to my sisters for lunch outside, so feeling a bit sorry for myself I admit not being able to go!!
    Anyway, less of that. I hope you have a lovely few days with Denise this week and see you back next Monday.
    Much love diane xx

  7. Linda May 18, 2014 at 10:13 pm -  Reply

    Hello Julia, I have some sad news to tell you I wrote to you when you were talking about wilfy and his antics and I said my kitten Charlie was the same and a black cat, well he was not well last week we just thought he was off his food and he was getting worse so we took him to the vets who put him on a drip did bloods and urine tests and he seemed to perk up but on friday last week he rang me to say Charlie had suddenly gone downhill and passed away, he was poisoned with anti-freeze I am heartbroken he was only 9months old and didnt go far from home, cant believe it its still sinking in. Linda

  8. Yvie G May 21, 2014 at 10:19 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia, I’m glad you are well and settling into your new home. I think your garden must have been bigger at some point, if you have a newer building near that side of your house, then maybe whoever owned your house before sold a bit of land????OR.. like my husband, has an engineering workshop to make Steam Engines!!!!No big access required, but a very understanding wife.. ME !!!I’m thinking you have gone away to escape the garden mess, don’t blame you, can’t stand mess and dust!! Have a good break. love and best wishes Yvie xx

  9. rose gould May 25, 2014 at 9:08 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Hope you are keeping well and things are all going smoothly health wise!
    Well done Tony i thought he would win it he has done an amazing job with the club and i am so pleased with where we ended up in the league too!!!highest so far with the most points yay!!!
    How funny having a garage you can’t drive to lol!!
    We have just spent a few weeks laying 4 tonnes of pea gravel 14 bags of bark and countless bags of compost and planters,not forgetting demolishing a shed before the new one arrived!!!oh how easy we thought that would be and how wrong we were!!!!
    Just hoping the weather improves again soon to go outside and enjoy the fruits of our labour ha ha!!
    speak soon
    take care and keep well
    lots of love
    Rose xxxxxx

  10. Grace Belton May 25, 2014 at 9:58 pm -  Reply

    Just to say take care if you are painting. I saw a programme recently about people having a skin reaction, similar to eczema, from a chemical abbreviated to M.I. which is a preservative (also used in some makeup products). It was in a lot of different paint manufacturer’s products but not Dulux. The last thing you want is another problem as I know you have sensitive skin. Grey seems to be the “in” colour, I’ve just painted my revamped bathroom 2 shades of grey and have grey tiles with contrast mosaics of sludgy green/jade/grey stone. Goes well with chrome trims to. Grey will blend well with all the colours in your garden.
    Please can I recommend a holiday read for you, my cousin has self published a great book based on a true story from the past in Glasgow, “The Murder Tree” by Alan Veale. It’s available on Amazon to download. I know you are a prolofic reader and now an established writer. Good look with your latest book. best wishes Grace

  11. Julia roberts May 26, 2014 at 4:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Nicola
    It’s good to know that threading won’t hurt so much next time round …. I will definitely go again as I really liked the tidy result. Not sure I would have it done in a Shopping Mall though! Started using Revitabrow too now – really going for good looking brows.
    Julia x

  12. Julia roberts May 26, 2014 at 4:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Tina
    I never knew that eyebrows didn’t grow back if you over plucked them until I worked with Stacey from YBF – hers are only about 2 inches long! Thank goodness there are really good brow products these days to fill in the gaps.
    I hope you got your roof fixed as I think there has been some torrential rain while I’ve been away? It’s been pretty miserable here this Bank Holiday Monday – hope it dries up tomorrow as they are starting to erect the garden room.
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  13. Julia roberts May 26, 2014 at 5:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    I was wondering whether maybe cars were narrower when the garage was built?
    Sorry to hear that Chris passed on his sore throat – I’m sure he didn’t do it deliberately!? – and hope you are both better now?
    Thanks for the tip on cooking the beetroot – I love beetroot but not sure about it with chocolate.
    I always used to use Decleor but since I’ve been on medication my skin is very sun sensitive in terms of burning so I’ve started to use Ultrasun 50+ and although the temperatures in Dubai were around 40 every day I tanned without even going vaguely pink ( Ali Young would be happy’ish with me) … didn’t sit out in it much but just shows you don’t need to to get a tan.
    Julia x

  14. Julia roberts May 26, 2014 at 5:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jean
    Wilfie will be banned from the garden room!!! We are having the outside professionally painted so that it will last better in the weather but Chris and I will do the inside ourselves.
    We had a lovely holiday with my friend Denise thanks …. I wrote another six chapters but still not quite finished. I’m not going to rush it as I’m not really up against a deadline although it will be good to finish and read it through to see if it all makes sense.
    Hope you are enjoying the Bank Holiday
    Julia x

  15. Julia roberts May 27, 2014 at 9:44 am -  Reply

    Hi Beth
    I’m back from my hols – Chris and I had a lovely time with my friends Dense and Steve ….. Table tennis & Connect 4 tournaments galore plus a few cheeky Piña Coladas! I think I was the only person on the beach who didn’t go pink thanks to Ultrasun 50+ but still a nice colour.
    Gosh Eurovision seems ages ago but it’s only a couple of weeks … can’t believe we are almost in June.
    The group I was with in the Song for Europe was called The Main Event ….. we weren’t !
    I think you must have seen me after I had been to Aveda to have my hair coloured and blow-dried, wish I could do it that well myself.
    Hope Ian has got over his crush on Sanna?
    Julia x

  16. Julia roberts May 27, 2014 at 9:52 am -  Reply

    Hi Diane
    Hope your dad had a lovely birthday celebration last week …. my mum will be 88 in August! It’s a shame you couldn’t go but better to take things really slowly and he will have known you were there in spirit.
    We had a lovely holiday with my friends Denise and Steve – her birthday was on the 18th and the hotel decorated her room with balloons and petals, and the restaurant presented her with a cake and sang Happy Birthday! I was fearful that Dubai was going to be too hot and sweaty but actually it was breezy where we were so I enjoyed it far more than expected.
    Our garden room has just been delivered onto the driveway so in three days it should be up …. thank goodness it has stopped raining.
    Think of you lots and wishing you better
    Julia x

  17. Julia roberts May 27, 2014 at 9:57 am -  Reply

    Hello Linda
    I am so so sorry to hear about your kitten Charlie – I know how devastated I would feel. Poor little fella … what a horrible thing to have happened. I’m sending you big hugs
    Julia x

  18. Julia roberts May 27, 2014 at 10:04 am -  Reply

    Hi Yvie
    No the house next door to us is actually older than ours and I don’t think the border has changed…. as I said in an earlier reply, maybe cars were narrower a few years back?
    I haven’t escaped the mess and noise of the garden room being built it just got delivered this morning ….. it will all be worth it in the end and at least the rain has stopped for now! I’ll take some pictures of the progress for this week’s blog.
    After all the searching I think we made the right decision with this house … for now anyway

  19. Julia roberts May 28, 2014 at 9:27 am -  Reply

    Hi Rose
    Well you were absolutely right about Tony Pulis he has done a fantastic job for Palace although mention must also go to Keith Millen who steadied the ship when Ian Holloway went.
    Sounds like you have been busy in your garden …. once the garden room is built we will have some work to do organising a little seating area in front of it. I was going to have a water feature but according to my friend Denise, who loves her Feng Shui, it is not the right place direction-wise so will have to have a re-think on that.
    Hope we all have a good summer …. will you be watching the World Cup?
    Julia x

  20. Julia roberts May 28, 2014 at 9:34 am -  Reply

    Hi Grace
    Thanks for the warning about the paint ….. I think we will stick to Dulux! I never used to like grey as it can be a dull, draining colour but there are so many different shades to choose from now and it can be quite calming.
    I will have a look for your cousin’s book …. self-publishing really has allowed so much more talent to shine. My book is almost there but I don’t want to rush the ending for the sake of a deadline.
    Julia x

  21. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen watching via sky tv May 28, 2014 at 5:07 pm -  Reply

    hi julia hope daniel and sophie and your husband are well iam nae bad off on hols on sunday for 2 weeks to tenerife, october the 1st qvc s 21st bdAY maybe paul lavers returing katy john for the day mabe even kara tritton.

  22. rose gould May 30, 2014 at 8:22 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Oh yes i will be watching the world cup around going to work lol!!!!!
    I have got to be honest i am not too hopeful but hey i hope i am wrong!
    Hope you get your garden room done to enjoy in the summer.
    Hope you keep well.
    lots of love
    Rose xxxxx

  23. Julia roberts June 2, 2014 at 12:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Martin
    Hope you have a lovely holiday in Tenerife. Sophie is a bout to start a new job and next week Dan takes some of his Crystal Palace boys on a tour of Sweden.
    Not sure if QVC have any plans for our 21st birthday
    Julia x

  24. Julia roberts June 2, 2014 at 5:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Rose
    Did you watch the friendly against Peru the other night? I was only half watching cos it was so dull but thought the scoreline flattered us somewhat!
    I think I have made a booboo cos I haven’t booked June 14th off …. bet I’ll be on air during England’s opener!
    Electrician has been in today to connect up all the lights and sockets so just the painting, air con and flooring to go now
    Speak soon
    Julia x

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