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Ok it's a bit late but just wanted to wish you all a happy Chinese New Year! The new year started last Thursday, February 3rd, and we have moved into the Year of the Rabbit from the Year of the Tiger. We celebrated by cooking stir fry and I even bought Dan a bottle of Chinese beer.

My daughter Sophie is a rabbit and I'm hoping this will be a good year for her. In Chinese Astrology, each animal's own birth year is a favourable time for people born under that guiding sign, so fingers crossed. The animal signs work in a twelve year cycle, but the animal sign is also affected by the elements of metal, water, wood, fire or earth. This means for example that you will only get a repeat of the exact same sign every 60 years.

Sophie is a Fire Rabbit, (interestingly I am a Fire Monkey and Daniel is a Fire Tiger so lots of strong opinions in our household… poor Chris!) and I thought I would share some of their characteristics with you… actually very accurate:-)

Outgoing, enthusiastic and bold, they have a tendency to get up and go and have a strongly adventurous streak, which added to Rabbit skills in diplomacy often leads to success in life. They can however be unexpectedly fiery and temperamental in their emotions – oh dear! They are usually good at hiding their emotions under a veneer of real charm but when they choose, can be outspoken in expressing their feelings and preferences. They love fun and good humoured relationships and are very sociable and artistic.

Famous Rabbits include Orson Welles, jazz singer Billie Holiday and playwright Arthur Miller who suprised a lot of people when he married Marilyn Monroe. If you don't mind sharing your date of birth on my blog, I will look up your Chinese sign for you.

Quite a few of you have been asking about my trip to LA for QVC. We are going over there to film in Tinsel Town in the run up to the Oscars so we can get everyone in the UK involved, particularly as there is a big Brit presence in this year's nominations.

We will be sending reports back for the weekend of Red Carpet shows and I will tell you more in next week's blog. I'm going to try and do a video diary for you from LA, which should be interesting with my lack of technological ability!!!!!!!!
Watch this space,
Julia x


  1. Carole cooper February 9, 2011 at 4:58 pm -  Reply

    Hello Julia my year of birth is 1963 I wonder what sigh I am xCarole from wigan

  2. yvonne gillman February 9, 2011 at 5:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, I would love to know what signs my daughter and I are. We both had a really terrible 2010,a lot of stress and so much sadness, this year has to be better!!!I was born April 19th 1955,my daughter july 26th 1982.Ive got a feeling I’m a Goat cos Im already a Ram!! I will wait and see. thanks Best wishes Yvie x

  3. Gina February 9, 2011 at 6:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi julia, my DOB is 24.8.67, i think im a sheep, but how do you know if your a fire, earth, water, etc, love Gina xx

  4. sarah prescott February 9, 2011 at 7:06 pm -  Reply

    hi julia lucky you going to LA !!! my date of birth is 21/4/1970 many thnaks sarah prescott

  5. janet matthews( jan ) February 9, 2011 at 8:11 pm -  Reply

    hi hope you and your family are well ok love to what animal i am as i not clue what sign i am everyone got diff ideas 23/7/63 many thanks take care

  6. gill hunt February 9, 2011 at 8:28 pm -  Reply

    hi julia, thats so nice of you to look up our chinese signs for us,i wonder if i could be cheeky and ask you to include my family also, here goes, i’m 10.05.1958, my hubby is 14.06.1958, my son is 20.06.1978 and my daughter is 13.09.1981. I know how busy you are so please don’t hurry, enjoy LA will speak soon and thankyou gill x

  7. jennie February 9, 2011 at 10:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia I always read your blog and think your looking extra fab with the weight loss well done! My date of birth is 27-01-1947 and wonder what chinese sign I am thanks Julia

  8. Linda February 10, 2011 at 1:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia – I’m so jealous(but in a good way) of your trip to the Oscars,it sounds so exciting, a video diary will be great(like you i’m no techie so,i understand, good luckXX) I hope you have a great time. I’m, in chinese year terms,a rat(Scorpio on the cusp of Libra born in October). Do you know anything about the characteristics of the rat? if so can you share? Thanks and Love LindaXX

  9. Anne Wraight February 10, 2011 at 1:47 pm -  Reply

    Enjoy LA. DOB 23/05/54
    Many thanks
    Anne x

  10. pat bird February 10, 2011 at 3:36 pm -  Reply

    hi julie my birthdate is 05 05 1949 tha nks so much x

  11. christine February 10, 2011 at 3:39 pm -  Reply

    THANKS DOB 15/12/52

  12. Connie Dellamura February 10, 2011 at 5:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia enjoy LA When are you going for QVC.
    I was born om March 15th 1966 can you tell me which animal I am in the chinese calendar.
    I just want to tell you Julia that you are my favourite presenter on QVC and when you are presenting anything it is really enjoyable but it is absolutely brilliant when you are presenting with Simon Wilson the two of you are Hilarious.
    Enjoy your trip safe journey.
    Best wishes
    Connie x

  13. Joy padley February 10, 2011 at 7:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia I too always read your blog & Ali’s. My dob is 04 12 1954. I have always been interested in astrology and alternative therapies. Enjoy LA it should be great fun and I look forward to reading your news. Many thanks. Joy xx

  14. Susan February 10, 2011 at 7:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Bet you wish you’d never asked for D.O.B lol!!! I hope you enjoy LA. Sounds interesting. Someone else said they hope a co-presenter is going to – are they? I have been super super busy and still will be for the next 10 days so haven’t seen any QVC and heard the hype about the trip. I have to say I wasn’t fussed on LA itself but I loved some of the other cities and towns in California – don’t know if you’ll have the chance to tour about a bit? Long journey so sit back and relax!
    Take care
    Susan x

  15. Susan February 10, 2011 at 8:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Just me again. I have just read Ali’s latest blog and learnt the awful news that she has breast cancer. I am so sad to hear this. I had an awful feeling as I said to her that something was just not right and sad to hear that’s right. I just wanted to say I am so glad she has such a wonderful family around her but to please pass on all our love and thoughts if and when you see her yourself. It’s awful that we can’t tell her directly other than on the blog. Hear’s hoping that she recovers well and is back on our screens in no time. She will leave a big hole while she is gone. Thanks.
    Susan x

  16. Alana February 10, 2011 at 8:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I think I’m a wood rat from the Chinese zodiac, not sure when the year of the rat will be coming round though. I tried the peanut butter crispie cakes and they were very nice with that little extra nutty flavour. Not tried the soup yet but do have a slow cooker so may have to try it in that.
    Can’t wait for B&W next weekend, I’m away though visiting friends so will have to record the shows. If there’s any chance you can wear the TSV or put a pic on your blog before 20th that would be great, then can make sure I get my order in as don’t think I’ll get time to see any shows on the day.

  17. Dorothy February 10, 2011 at 8:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Hope you have good trip and save journey. my DOB 31 12 56
    DAVY 1 3 53 LAURA 5 12 82 MANY THANKS
    Love best wishes
    Dorothy xxx

  18. maureen green February 10, 2011 at 8:36 pm -  Reply

    Enjoy la Julia.
    dob 12/01/46
    Thank you
    maureen x

  19. Steven February 10, 2011 at 9:14 pm -  Reply

    I was born in 1984 Julia so apparently that is the year of the pig.
    Hope you enjoy LA too – lucky Lady. I remmember you talking about your technical expertees in the past so good luck with the diaries. Im sure you’ll be fine! Hope you arent missing a Palace game lol

  20. Annette Roberts February 10, 2011 at 10:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Apparently, Chris and I don’t match, he’s a horse and I’m a rat…well that’s 16 years together on 18th out the window eh? LOL!! It is very interesting, when you start to read up about your chinese zodiac sign…everything about the both of us is totally true…spooky!
    Update on the Aero Pilates machine. It arrived Tuesday (speedy delivery) and Chris’ face was a picture again when he saw the size of it. Anyway, he took it upstairs yesterday and because he’s out and about, we put it together last night and it has pride of place right next to the bed. I had the first go this morning, although if you had seen me trying to get down to floor level to get on it, it was hysterical!
    Sooo glad we ordered one, took it very slowly, did both the heels and used the rebounder in a walking motion, then also did some upper body workouts too (similar to total gym).
    It’s amazing how quickly your fitness goes…I actually weighed myself for the first time since the accident and I nearly fell in a ruck…I’ve put on nearly a stone again, not a happy bunny!
    It’s given me my determination back again!!!
    Thank you so much for your kind words and advice over the past weeks, it is very much appreciated.
    Annette x

  21. mrs jenny beresford February 10, 2011 at 11:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi julia, Well 2010 was an awful year for me. Hope this year is better.I was born 16.7.47. I don’t know what sign I am but I am a cancerian in the usual charts and true to type.I hope you can spare the time to look my sign up.I would be very interested to know and thank you for doing so as it looks as if you are going to be busy with all the blogs you got on the subject.Thanks Jenny xxx

  22. Mrs Angela Murray February 11, 2011 at 11:58 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Can’t wait to hear about your trip in LA I bet you will be fab, I think you should be on the Red Carpet as the real Julia Roberts as you look stunning.
    My date of birth is 25/07/60 and my daughter Samantha is 29/07/88 look forward to hearing what we are thanks.
    Angela & Samantha

  23. Marie Rodgers February 11, 2011 at 1:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia D.O.B. 14.01.60

  24. Ginny February 11, 2011 at 3:18 pm -  Reply

    Hello Julia,
    I looked on the web and I am a Horse , Fire, south, and summer! Husband is Rat,Water,Winter and North! I printed it off for him for his Valentine as he is sooo busy that he does not know what day it is!!! The Internet has lots of places for all of us to look up this stuff and most are free!!
    Have a lovely time in LA LA LAND and I shall be listening for all the gossip! Three cheers for my adopted country for so many awards! Yeah Colin!!!! Safe journey, XX Ginny Do give Sophie an extra good hug and hope this is a great year for her!!

  25. Michelle Roberts February 11, 2011 at 4:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia Great blog, LA sounds great only ever visited for a few hours before getting on a cruise ship.MY DATE OF BIRTH IS 15/7/66 many thanks
    Michelle Roberts North Wales

  26. Brenda Maconachie February 11, 2011 at 10:39 pm -  Reply

    Thanks Julia for doing this, you will be busy, have a wonderful time in L.A. my date of birth is 8 March 1958. Brenda maconachie

  27. Una February 12, 2011 at 9:40 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    just a quick word to wish you a safe journey to LA. Cant wait to hear all the gossip!
    SO sorry to hear Alis news. I felt the same as Susan, 6th sense or whatever. Its so weird as obviously we dont know you guys personally, friendship through computer maybe? If you see her soon, please give her a heartfelt hug from all of us.
    We all know that advances in medicine are made every week, but its just the initial shock of someone looking directly at you and telling you that you have it. You dont think about all the good things being done, its just total and utter fear. My heart goes out to Ali, and also to Magda as she is still waiting for news, thats probably even scarier, and no matter how many people are around you, and telling you it will be fine, the fear is just overwhelming.
    Sometimes we forget about the families who are waiting for the news too, they are just as scared and alone. So, to Jack, Sam and Lucy. We are all thinking of you too. Your Mum will be fine, Im sure.
    Lots of love
    Una x
    P.s Julia, I hope your Mum is keeping well, I havent heard you say for a wee while xxx

  28. Sarah Wise February 12, 2011 at 12:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    It’s looks like you’re going to have have to create a list of all the years with their animals! I find Chinese Astrology fascinating, and more revealing than our Western version. I know I am a Metal Rabbit, born therefore almost 60 years ago… scarey birthday coming up, but hopefully a really good year! I do hope you have great trip to LA, and look forward to seeing the results.
    Lots of love
    Sarah X

  29. Michelle Roberts February 12, 2011 at 1:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, Justed wanted to add that i really enjoyed your gold show Thursday evening, so sorry to hear about Alison will keep my fingers crossed for her that her treatment goes well, such a lovely and positive person.
    All for now Michelle N Wales.

  30. julia roberts February 13, 2011 at 10:51 am -  Reply

    Hello Carole
    If you were born after the 25th January you are a Water Rabbit … if you were born before the 25th you are a Water Tiger. If you are a Rabbit this is your year so it should be a good one for you
    Julia x

  31. julia roberts February 13, 2011 at 11:02 am -  Reply

    Dear Yvie
    I am so sorry to hear that you had a terrible 2010 and I hope this year will be better for you whatever your Chinese sign is. Speaking of which, you are a Wood Sheep ( I think they sometimes refer to it as the Goat ) and your daughter is a Water Dog. According to my book it is a positive year for both your signs – the Sheep making steady progress and the Dog making changes and new starts which prove successful. I sincerely hope my book is right
    Julia x

  32. julia roberts February 13, 2011 at 11:08 am -  Reply

    Hello Gins
    You are a sheep – you are a Fire Sheep which means unlike other Sheep folk you have the ability to make your own way in life away from the ‘flock’. As I said to Yvie the Year of the Rabbit should be a good one for you
    Julia x

  33. julia roberts February 13, 2011 at 11:12 am -  Reply

    Hi Sarah
    I do feel lucky to be heading off to LA, even with the hectic shooting schedule it should be a good trip. You are a Metal Dog and the Year of the Rabbit is a good one for Dogs starting new things or making changes
    Julia x

  34. julia roberts February 13, 2011 at 11:19 am -  Reply

    Hello Janet
    You are a Water Rabbit …. the water element makes you sensitive and amenable so be careful not to let others take advantage of you. This is the Year of the Rabbit so should be a good one for you.
    Julia x

  35. julia roberts February 13, 2011 at 11:29 am -  Reply

    Hi Gill
    You and your hubby are both the same Chinese sign as it goes by years not months ( you can break it down further by knowing someones time of birth ) – you are both Earth Dogs. Your son is an Earth Horse and your daughter is a Metal Rooster. My book has a parent / child relationship rating and yours both have 3 ticks which means easy bonding.
    Will try and keep in touch from LA
    Julia x

  36. julia roberts February 13, 2011 at 11:35 am -  Reply

    Hello Jenny
    Thanks for the lovely compliment. The Chinese New Year started on 22nd January in 1947 so you are a Fire Pig/Boar ( whichever you prefer to be called ). You didn’t say if last year was a good year for you, but according to my book it may not have been great and this year things should be looking up.
    Julia x

  37. julia roberts February 13, 2011 at 12:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Linda
    I will do my best with a video diary in LA but no promises! You didn’t tell me what year you were born so can’t be specific about your element BUT I can tell you Scorpio Rats are the strong silent type driven by their emotions and Libran Rats are sophisticated, elegant and refined ……. either of those sound familiar??
    The Year of the Rabbit is not the best for Rats as they can finds the slow pace a little frustrating.
    Julia x

  38. julia roberts February 13, 2011 at 12:09 pm -  Reply

    Hello Anne
    I will try to enjoy LA …… not hard I wouldn’t have thought!
    You are a Wood Horse, the same as my partner Chris
    Julia x

  39. julia roberts February 13, 2011 at 12:12 pm -  Reply

    Hello Pat
    You are an Earth Ox – It may not have been the best of years for you last year but this year should be better particularly in relationships
    Julia x

  40. julia roberts February 13, 2011 at 12:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Christine
    You are a Water Dragon – next year will be the Year of the Dragon so this year is about recuperating from last and preparing for next
    Julia x

  41. julia roberts February 13, 2011 at 12:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Connie
    I’m off to LA next Sunday ( 20th ) – the day of the Butler and Wilson TSV …….. bad planning or what??
    Thanks for your lovely comments – I love working with Simon so disappointed not to be with him next Sunday.
    You are a Fire Horse ………….. volatile, flamboyant and passionate!!! Apparently there is a strong wild streak in this type of horse that makes you live life on the edge!!!!!!!!!!!
    Julia x

  42. Sandy Gyles February 13, 2011 at 2:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jules….
    Have a great time in LA. I think I am also a monkey but am not sure my birth date is 24.5.1944. Many thanks.
    Sandy x

  43. Susan February 13, 2011 at 4:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, Enjoy your forthcoming trip to LA. I am sure you will look stunning and will be a brilliant representative of not only QVC the company, but all of us too. I love it when you are presenting and you and Alison Keenan and Alison Young are my very favourite presenters because you are all so very knowledgable and so professional at what you do. So very saddened to hear about Ali K and hope that she will make a good recovery and that she will return to present on QVC as soon as possible. Please pass on our thoughts and best wishes to her in there anxious times. Can’t wait for the Butler and Wilson TSV and I just love his shows and all his products and particularly when you are presenting with him. You are brilliant together!!! Birth date is 03/01/51. Love Sue xx

  44. Hefina Mitchell February 13, 2011 at 4:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia you are looking good, I like you lost 25lb, but Imust admit Iam strugeling to stick to a diet how do you manage your weight now,Iwalk for two hours nearly every day with my staffie,by the way d.o.b 4 6 47 love Hefina

  45. Caroline Jones February 13, 2011 at 8:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Have a fab time in LA….have you got room for me in your suitcase lol…can’t wait to hear all about it, and will look forward to your video diary too. Much love, Caz J xxxx

  46. julia roberts February 14, 2011 at 12:35 am -  Reply

    Hello Joy
    Glad to hear you follow the blogs. You are a Wood Horse, same as my Chris …… not a fantastic year for you ahead – more a steady one!
    Julia x

  47. julia roberts February 14, 2011 at 12:43 am -  Reply

    Hi Susan
    No I don’t regret the offer of looking up people’s Chinese signs – I wouldn’t have offered if I hadn’t meant it. Only me going to LA – quite a tough filming schedule so won’t really have much time for sightseeing.
    I saw Ali just before her op and have spoken and texted since – hoping to see her this week when I get back from my visit ‘up North’ so will pass on your regards
    Julia x

  48. julia roberts February 14, 2011 at 12:48 am -  Reply

    Hi Alana
    Glad you liked the peanut butter addition to the rice krispie cakes.
    I travelling to LA on the day of the B & W TSV so won’t get to see Simon much either ……. the TSV is a choice of brooches, cats, sausage dog or turtle – they are all really cute!
    Julia x

  49. julia roberts February 14, 2011 at 12:52 am -  Reply

    Hello Dorothy
    You are a Fire Monkey, the same as me!! Davy is a Water Snake and Laura is a Water Dog.
    I will try and keep in touch from LA
    Julia x

  50. julia roberts February 14, 2011 at 12:55 am -  Reply

    Hello Maureen
    You are a Wood Rooster as the Chinese New Year did not start until February 2nd in 1946.
    Julia x

  51. julia roberts February 14, 2011 at 1:02 am -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    I’m trying to remember when your birthday was??? Wasn’t it recent? If it was upto 1st February 1984 you would be a Water Pig but if it was from February 2nd onwards in 1984 you would be a Wood Rat.
    I’ll do my best witht the video diaries!
    Palace lost yesterday but fortunately so did most of the teams around us so not too big a disaster!
    Julia x

  52. julia roberts February 14, 2011 at 1:08 am -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    Is your Chris the same year as mine 1954?? If so he is a Wood Horse. Not sure which year you are either but if it is 1960 you are a Metal Rat.
    Wow that was speedy delivery on the Aero Pilates! I’m so glad you got on it straight away …… you’ll soon shift that stone you have put on once you get active again!
    Let me know how you progress with it
    Julia x

  53. julia roberts February 14, 2011 at 1:13 am -  Reply

    Hello Jenny
    You are a Fire Pig. I have just checked and Pigs do not fair well in the Year of the Tiger which has just ended particularly in money and personal relationships. The Year of the Rabbit is better for you ………things are looking up!!
    Julia x

  54. julia roberts February 14, 2011 at 1:18 am -  Reply

    Hi Angela and Samantha
    Thanks for the lovely comments ……… I’m way too self concious to walk down the red carpet!!!!!
    Angela you are a Metal Rat and Samantha you are an Earth Dragon – it is the Year of the Dragon next year!
    Julia x

  55. julia roberts February 14, 2011 at 1:21 am -  Reply

    Hello Marie
    You are an Earth Pig as the Chinese New Year did not start until 28th January in 1960
    Julia x

  56. julia roberts February 14, 2011 at 1:27 am -  Reply

    Hi Ginny
    You saved me the trouble of looking you up BUT I wouldn’t have minded!
    I’m away with Sophie at the moment in the North East ( Saltburn to be precise ), then we are off to Manchester for a couple of days before calling in to see Keeley from Elemis on our way home – I have given her LOTS of big hugs lately!!
    I see Colin Firth got the Bafta last night – it would be great if he got the Oscar too!!
    I’ll say Hi to LaLa land for you
    Julia x

  57. julia roberts February 14, 2011 at 1:31 am -  Reply

    Hello Michelle
    I wonder where you were cruising off to??
    You are a Fire Horse – it should be an OK year for you this year but keep a fairly low profile!
    Julia x

  58. Linda February 14, 2011 at 12:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    My date of birth is 27 October 1960. Sorry for not including it in my last commentxx Can you give me an idea of my rat? characteristics? Now i recognise “Driven by my emotions” but “strong silent”( strong maybe but never silent) and the other lovely things(style etc) i dont recognise(i wish i did, but i do try hardx) This is a lovely blog Julia. Thanks for taking the time to answer them all – it is much appreciatedxx You’ll be fine in LA(you lucky girl) enjoy. I missed you on yesterday’s beauty day but when looking at the QVC schedule i guess your saving yourself for Ronni Nicole/Butler and Wilson(the lovely Simonxx)next weekend – i’m looking forward to Simon’s TSV(always do) and will be watching your wrist,hands and neck for any clues!! Look after yourself and keep healthy Love Lindaxxx

  59. Annette Roberts February 14, 2011 at 3:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Yes, you are right 1960 and I’m a Metal Rat? Chris’ birthday 2 April 1966 and before you say it….not only a horse, but a toy boy to boot!
    Will keep you informed of my progress on the pilates machine, but can feel a difference already around the middle and tummy area and have been working my ankle every day so far. I see pilates is back on 1 March, will you be there, if so I may just muster up the courage to phone in with my progress.
    Hope you have a fantastic time in LA
    Annette x

  60. Steven February 14, 2011 at 4:38 pm -  Reply

    My Birthday is on Saturday Julia. Rangers play Celtic at Parkhead on the Sunday so could be a mad couple of days for me! A let off I think is how best to describe Palace at the weekend. I’ve not got much choice have I – Im either a wee rat or a pig lol
    Hope you had a nice Valentines day and could get out your front door for all the cards you would get!
    Love Steven

  61. Susan February 14, 2011 at 6:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Just had to write a quick msg to say I hope you weren’t annoyed at me saying about I bet you’ll regret the offer of star signs? You sounded it in your reply!! It wasn’t meant it to be rude. Glad you saw Ali before her op – I’m sure she appreciated it. Have a nice time away at the minute and then in LA.

  62. jean mullen February 14, 2011 at 6:40 pm -  Reply

    HI Julia
    My birthday is 17th june 1949..

  63. Michelle Roberts February 15, 2011 at 11:50 am -  Reply

    HI Julia, Thank you for finding out that i was a fire horse all my life i have been involved with horses until i went poorly with Rheumotoid arthritis.
    I was a very lucky girl i visited L A on my way to board the Coral Princess and we saw mexico ,panama canal,Aruba and finished up in Miami we had 17 days it was out of this world!
    Have great time in LA

  64. claire baglow February 15, 2011 at 4:29 pm -  Reply

    my dob is 13.04.76, think I am an aries (fire sign) fire dragon… I think

  65. julia roberts February 15, 2011 at 5:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Brenda
    I’m sure LA will be tough but good.
    You are an Earth Dog – the Year of the Rabbit is good for new beginnings for Dogs
    Julia x

  66. julia roberts February 15, 2011 at 5:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Una
    It’s funny isn’t it how we all feel like a big family on the blogs. It has been a terrible time for Ali with all the waiting that’s involved …… I have seen her and constantly in touch by phone and she does feel heartened by everyones reassuring comments. I had no idea about Magda until I saw her post on Ali’s blog …. everything crossed for her.
    Julia x

  67. julia roberts February 15, 2011 at 5:58 pm -  Reply

    Hello Sarah
    Should be a good year for you and Happy 60th for whenever it is during the year. I will try and keep everyone in touch with the LA trip …. if I can manage to work the internet!!!
    Julia x

  68. julia roberts February 15, 2011 at 6:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Michelle
    It was really lovely to work with Jan Springer again – I hadn’t seen her in ages. Glad you enjoyed the show. I will pass all your good wishes onto Ali
    Julia x

  69. julia roberts February 15, 2011 at 6:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Sandy
    Yes you are a Monkey, but you are a Wood Monkey whereas I am a Fire Monkey. Apparently a much better year for us than last year and also quite a good year for moving home
    Julia x

  70. julia roberts February 15, 2011 at 6:15 pm -  Reply

    Hello Sue
    Thanks for your lovely comments ….. think I am going to miss most of Simons TSV this weekend but I am hoping they will let me do the launch ….. I am flying to LA on the Sunday but would still really love to show you all the TSV options – we’ll see.
    I will pass on Your good wishes to Ali – it’s been a shock for all of us …. she is being fantastic!
    You are a Metal Tiger as the Chinese new year in 1951 didn’t start until 6th February – it was your year last year, so hope it was good??
    Julia x

  71. julia roberts February 15, 2011 at 6:25 pm -  Reply

    Hello Hefina
    Well done on the weightloss – I agree it is difficult to maintain the weightloss, but I’m just more aware of eating smaller portions and only having occassional treats rather than every day. I’m finding my exercise routine helps keep my weight stable ….. Pilates, treadmill 3 or 4 times a week.
    I have just spent the last 3 days in Saltburn walking a gorgeous staffie called Sasha on the beach there …. surely that must help keep the wait off??
    Your Chinese sign is the Fire Pig
    Julia x

  72. julia roberts February 15, 2011 at 6:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Caz
    Sadly I don’t think I will have room for you in my suitcase – I will need a lot of changes of clothes for all the filming we are doing. I will try and send pics and video clips – fingers crossed!
    Julia x

  73. Alana February 15, 2011 at 6:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Thanks for letting me know about the B&W TSV. Think I will have to get the cat brooch to go with my other two B&W cat brooches!lol! That’s a shame you won’t get to see Simon either, the shows won’t be the same without you!
    LA sounds exciting, if you can make a viseo diary that would be great to watch.
    Please will you pass on my wishes to Ali Keenan.
    Take Care,

  74. julia roberts February 15, 2011 at 6:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Linda
    I was really disappointed to miss Beauty Day but I had booked a few days off with my daughter without realising. Actually, Catherine was ill over the weekend and I had a call from out Presenter Manager asking if I could come in ……. not really, I was on Redcar beach!!
    OK you are a Metal Rat – the strongest and most purposeful of the Rats. They like to be in charge, can act single-mindedly or even selfishly to achieve what they want and can be stubborn. Also intensely idealistic. They usually feel very strongly about their homes and enjoy decorating them in their impressive good taste.
    I’m launching the Ronnie TSV but may not be able to do Simon’s as I travel on the 20th …. boohoo
    Julia x

  75. julia roberts February 15, 2011 at 6:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    TOY BOY EGH???????? – so your Chris is a Fire Horse.
    I will be back from LA by 1st but not scheduled to be on air unfortunately so will miss Marjolein this time. Do keep me posted on your progress
    Julia x

  76. julia roberts February 15, 2011 at 6:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susan
    No I wasn’t annoyed I just didn’t want anyone else to think they were imposing on me after I offered.
    I’m glad I managed to see Ali before the op and looking forward to my next visit with her
    Julia x

  77. Jess February 16, 2011 at 12:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Have a lovely time in L.A. Can’t wait to hear (and see?) all about it.
    Oh No! Have just read you won’t be back for the Pilates shows….It won’t be the same without you!
    Take care,
    Jess x

  78. Kathryn sheehan February 16, 2011 at 2:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, just a quickie, i did leave a msg on page 2 of your Beauty Bash Blog, re jeans and footie, perhaps you missed it.
    Kathy x

  79. Susan February 16, 2011 at 3:14 pm -  Reply

    That’s good Julia…it just came across as annoyed without! That’s the trouble with texts and emails…you can misinterpret how and what people mean. It was said in joke and I doubt anyone would have thought you didn’t mean it anyway. As I say I hope you enjoyed your time off this week and enjoy LA. I cannot wait for the weekend as I am really running on empty. I am glad Ali is doing well and I always think of her.
    Take care

  80. Mary Dunnett February 17, 2011 at 4:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Thanks for doing this my birthday is 15th August,1951 yeh the big 60 this year. Have a great time in LA Luv’n’Hugs Mary, Glasgow xx

  81. steve February 17, 2011 at 11:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Wow you have been very busy with all the replys on your blog! I’am jan 20 1970 but no need to look me up, just have a great time over in LA
    Try not to work to hard, enjoy your self! speak when you get back, Steve X

  82. Christine Harman February 18, 2011 at 6:22 am -  Reply

    Hi, Julia my date of birth is 31/1/1951 many thanks Christine.

  83. julia roberts February 18, 2011 at 12:10 pm -  Reply

    Hello Jean
    You are an Earth Ox – my book says last year may have been a bit turbulent for you? The good news is this should be a much calmer year and lucky in love??
    Julia x

  84. julia roberts February 18, 2011 at 12:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Michelle
    I really fancy going on a cruise ….. years ago I used to work on a ship cruising round the Caribbean as a dancer so I’ve visited Aruba with its Divi Divi trees!!
    Now Anthony’s on the ships maybe I can get ‘mates rates’??
    Julia x

  85. julia roberts February 18, 2011 at 12:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire
    You are right, you are a Fire Dragon. I looked up your Aries Dragon and apparently you tend to attract good fortune? They cram as much as possible into their day, are upwardly mobile and always get what they want!!??!!
    Julia x

  86. julia roberts February 18, 2011 at 12:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alana
    I’m sure you will still enjoy the B & W shows without me. All the brooches are cute BUT take a look at the turtle before you decide!
    I spoke to Ali yesterday – she is in good spirits despite everything and is very grateful for all the fantastic support she is receiving from her QVC family. She is going to keep in touch via her blog and on the BCC forum.
    Julia x

  87. julia roberts February 18, 2011 at 12:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jess
    Yes I’m really sad to be missing Pilates too – you know how much I love working with Marjolein ………. next time hopefully!
    I will try and send video back …. maybe?!
    Julia x

  88. julia roberts February 18, 2011 at 12:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathryn
    Yes I did miss your post – i have been away and only able to access the internet periodically – will reply in a minute!
    Julia x

  89. julia roberts February 18, 2011 at 12:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susan
    I agree – that’s why I prefer to pick up the phone at work to deal with issues as email can be misunderstood
    Ali will try and keep in touch through her blog and on the BCC forum.
    Julia x

  90. julia roberts February 18, 2011 at 12:38 pm -  Reply

    Hello Mary
    No problem – I offered! You are a Metal Rabbit so this should definitely be a good year for you as it’s the Year of the Rabbit! Rabbits can be quite timid but the Metal Rabbit has more of a presence, more resilience and more tenacity!
    Happy 60th when it comes round
    Julia x

  91. julia roberts February 18, 2011 at 12:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steve
    I looked you up anyway – you are an Earth Rooster! Hope you had a Happy Birthday. I will try to enjoy LA LOL!!!!!!
    Julia x

  92. julia roberts February 18, 2011 at 12:45 pm -  Reply

    Hello Christine
    You are a Metal Tiger – the Chinese new year was on 6th February in 1951. It was your year last year so hope it was a good one however things you started last year will continue to bring dividends!
    Julia x

  93. SADIE GOWER February 22, 2011 at 3:57 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia- you are such an inspiration to me. So I have watched and waited wondering when the Rabbit would put in an appearance. How do you know what element you are? I know I am a rabbit. DOB 13.8.51. I listened to your Pearls of the Orient guest for years and thought – surely it is rabbit time – still it’s only every twelve years. Thanks ever so much for your info on rabbits – I like what it said, so it must be true!
    Safe journey to LA, have a fantastic time and I look forward to watching you on QVC, both in LA and when you return home.

  94. julia roberts February 23, 2011 at 1:32 am -  Reply

    Hello Sadie
    Thanks for your kind compliment – you have the same birthday as my Mum, 13th August. I am in LA so don’t have my book with me BUT you are the same year as Mary so I know you are a Metal Rabbit – more tenacious, resilient and more presence than most Rabbits. This is the Year of the Rabbit so should be good for you.
    Happy 60th birthday when August comes around!
    Julia x

  95. Sophie Jackson February 24, 2011 at 8:11 pm -  Reply

    Hello Julia!!! I was wondering if you could send some pictures of L.A on your next blog??? I have just turned 11 today 24/02/11!! I love QVC and always watch it with my mummy.
    Sophie Jackson (aged 11 today!!) – England

  96. julia roberts March 7, 2011 at 12:19 am -  Reply

    Hello Sophie
    Happy belated birthday for the 24th February – I thought you might be interested to know you are a Metal Dragon – your year next year, so this year is all about getting prepared for next!
    I hope you were able to find all my blogs and pictures from LA??
    So good to hear that you enjoy watching us on QVC
    much love
    Julia x

  97. Mrs jean fields April 2, 2011 at 9:27 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    After paging down the list I feel guilty that I am adding another
    if you would be so kind My DOB 14/08/40. Pretty certain that I am a Dragon any more than that I dont know. I am also interested in feng shui, would love to have my cottage feng shui..ed if you understand what I mean. Always like to watch you and Ros when she is over here. Have not seen you on air recently hope you are alright. Drifting back to Chinese birthsigns, wonder if I am fire as I am Leo in our birthsigns.

  98. patricia A. April 5, 2011 at 9:16 pm -  Reply

    Hey Julia
    DOB-29/6/57. I think I may be the Rooster,but dont know what elements affect me. Can you also please tell me the characteristics.
    Many Thanks.
    East London.

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