Happy Valentine’s Day


Valentine's CardsWell although I'm away for a few days, I couldn't miss wishing you a Happy Valentine's Day.

I feel kind of guilty mentioning that it is a beautiful sunny morning here in Javea, Spain, particularly with all the dreadful rain we've been experiencing in the UK. Our new house is only five minutes drive away from the devastating floods in Egham and my heart goes out to you if you've been affected.

Writing on holidaySpeaking of hearts, Chris and I exchanged cards this morning…he never signs his with his name…does your other half? He also gave me little chocolate teddy and some chocolate hearts, which we'll share later if they haven't melted.

It has been lovely to relax and enjoy sitting outside in the late evening, sipping a cappuccino and listening the waves albeit wrapped up in my quilted Centigrade coat! I have also managed to do some more writing for my novel – three chapters yesterday when the weather was a bit mixed. And I have had a couple more ideas for books – amazing how creative you can be when you have the time.

Thanks for your messages on last week's blog…I will do all my replies when I'm back in the UK on Monday…did I see snow forecast for next week?? Brrrrrrrr!

See you on Thursday for my first show back which just happens to be Pilates … yay!

Keep safe and dry if you can.

Much love,

Julia xx


  1. Heather Stapleton February 14, 2014 at 5:38 pm -  Reply

    So pleased you are having a much deserved rest, enjoy the sun (seem too remember that) hope the ideas keep coming for the book’s, take care & have fun xxx

  2. Steven February 14, 2014 at 7:50 pm -  Reply

    Happy valentines day Julia. Enjoy your break x

  3. Pauline Johnson February 15, 2014 at 2:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia think you are in the best place we are also on flood Alert in Stanwell Moor ,but so far so good ,have had a dose of shingles this past week so not feeling that wonderful ,David is trying to look after me in his own way so again we are living on ready meals it is one thing after another but sure we will get there in the end hope you are in good health look after yourself.
    Love Pauline xxx

  4. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen watching via sky tv February 15, 2014 at 3:04 pm -  Reply

    hope your enjoying your holiday in spain julia iam now on a 2week holiday from work being lazy doing nothing

  5. Jean Pugh February 15, 2014 at 9:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    It sounds as if the weather is great where you are.When you come back home can you please bring back some sunshine with you. Glad you enjoyed Valentines day. You have been busy with your novel, do you find that writing is relaxing. Glad you are feeling better now, as you were feeling rather poorly before you went away.
    Anyway you enjoy your break and don’t forget the sunshine.
    Love Jean XX.

  6. TINA S February 15, 2014 at 11:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    You are so lucky to escape the terrible weather. We are fortunate here in my neck of the woods (South Wales) as we’ve not had much flooding . It was rather windy yesterday. We were on our way to Porthcawl but decided to turn back as it was so windy. On the way home we narrowly missed the path of a fallen tree! The wind was that strong . It was frightening- if we had been a few minutes sooner going home who knows what would have happened. I feel so sorry for people who have had their homes flooded. Hopefully it can’t go on for much longer. Spring should hopefully be around the corner.
    Best wishes, especially to those going through such hardships . It has seemed never ending!
    From Tina S. ( The Rugby Nut!!)

  7. Yvie G February 17, 2014 at 10:16 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia, I’m glad you got to escape this awful weather and fly off to Spain, hope you had a good rest. We live in a village on the Thames,which is very flooded at the moment,and we are now famous and on the BBC news!!!! Luckily our house is on a steep hill above the village, but I can see all the flooding all the way to Maidenhead. I think Boulters lock resturant is now under water!! Some of the streets that are not even close to the main river are flooded as the water is just coming out of the ground below, even Enid Blytons old thatch cottage, under water and ruined, such a shame.I usually food shop on line ‘man with a van’ but we have been cut off by the floods, all roads are now lakes!! Lets hope this all ends soon, or I will have to invest in a small boat. Love Yvie xx

  8. Beth February 18, 2014 at 4:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    It sounds wonderful falling asleep to the sound of the waves! I am glad you both had a wonderful time. I am fascinated by water and most of my best holidays have been either by the ocean, sea, lakes or waterfalls – you name it, if there’s water I’m there!
    How romantic to be away on Valentine’s – the day came and went but my Birthday is shortly after so Ian spoilt me then!
    You take care and glad to hear the writing is coming along,
    Beth XX.

  9. donnatocher February 18, 2014 at 9:43 pm -  Reply

    hi Julia keep on noticing your gorgeous whatch you have been wearing . just wondered if you would share with me where you bought it from and the make .thanks donna

  10. Julia roberts February 19, 2014 at 11:51 am -  Reply

    Hi Heather
    Yes we both needed a rest after the rush of finding a house before our tenancy ran out!! We were lucky with the weather …. never a given in Spain in February. And I managed to get some writing done and swim too – all in all a perfect 5 day break.
    Julia x

  11. Julia roberts February 19, 2014 at 11:52 am -  Reply

    Thanks Steven we had a lovely time
    Julia x

  12. Julia roberts February 19, 2014 at 11:56 am -  Reply

    Hi Pauline
    It sounds like you could do with a few days break yourself. My mum is still suffering the after effects of the shingles – really nasty virus. Hope Dave is ok and that you are feeling better soon.
    I’m feeling well at the moment …. so different from this time last year.
    Julia x

  13. Julia roberts February 19, 2014 at 11:59 am -  Reply

    Hello Martin
    We had a lovely few days thank you ….. time to think and breathe in copious amounts of warm Spanish air. I hope you enjoy your two weeks off
    Julia x

  14. Julia roberts February 19, 2014 at 12:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Tina
    Sounds like you had a very lucky escape. We expected to come home to some trees down as our son said it had been very windy.
    You might be interested to know that Andrew Bagley (Gatineau) is taking part in a charity rugby match on Friday at the Stoop …. I’ll try and put the link to his Just Giving page on my blog this week.
    Keep safe
    Julia x

  15. Julia roberts February 19, 2014 at 12:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Yvie
    Sorry to hear you have been cut off by the floods but at least you are on slightly higher ground. I’ve always made a point of living in houses on a hill but with the recent heavy rain the ground is so totally sodden that no-one is safe.
    My friend Denise will be very upset to hear about Boulter’s Lock restaurant being flooded …. it is her favourite.
    I’m liking living in a Royal borough so far btw.
    Good to hear from you
    Julia x

  16. Julia roberts February 19, 2014 at 12:18 pm -  Reply

    Hello Beth
    Happy belated Birthday and glad to hear Ian spoilt you!
    It was lovely falling asleep to the sound of the waves although someone did comment on twitter that they thought I was insensitive for mentioning it. That obviously wasn’t my intention …. sometimes it feels like you can’t say anything without upsetting somebody. I also love water although rivers scare me a little. When I was a small child I used to open my bedroom window during a heavy downpour and let the rain drench my hands and arms ….. yes, I’ve always been a bit weird!
    Julia x

  17. Linda February 20, 2014 at 7:26 am -  Reply

    Hello Julia, have just read that Wilfy has had his operation well my Charlie had his yesterday, it was more complicated as one of his “bits” was retained but thankfully not as bad as it could have been he has one stitch but he was so glad to be home, and this morning is back to his normal self and eating well making up for the last day or so

  18. Beth February 20, 2014 at 10:04 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    I don’t think you’re weird at all! I’m eccentric and proud of it!
    I have to say I worried about my earlier reply re the water comments – I am a born worrier – but we can only mention things as we see them. Every time I see footage of people with their homes ruined, I am sure you are like me and can only sympathise and wish those people the help and strength from others to get through their ordeal. *But how others can break into the flooded homes and then steal is beyond my comprehension*
    You take care and keep being you, Beth XX.

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