Isn’t nature wonderful!


Autumn coloursAlthough I am a huge fan of the warmth of the summer sunshine, I must confess that I love the colours of the autumn even more. Just looking out of my window at home I can see various different shades of green, yellow, orange and red – it is like a triumphant and colourful finale to the summer.

Nature truly is awe inspiring, although I am not quite so enamoured by the dark mornings, early sunsets and general dampness that this time of year brings.

Phalanopsis Orchid In just a couple of weeks most of the beautiful leaves will be lying trodden underfoot and  winter will be well and truly upon us, particularly as the clocks go back this weekend. Next thing we know it will be Christmas and of course the countdown has now started in earnest on QVC.

Talking of nature, I am delighted to report that I have finally managed to nurture a Phalanopsis Orchid to produce a new shoot of flowers after the original one had died away. Not only is one shoot in full flower, there is another one in bud. I was only remarking on a Peony Flowers show a couple of months ago about my lack of success with this particular plant and now it has proved me wrong!


It's not that I am not green fingered, it's just that I am not great with house plants and often forget to water them! The picture of the cyclamen is the exception to the rule.

Julia's house plantThis plant has been in my care since it was gifted to Sophie by her then boyfriend's parents after an operation she had over seven years ago.

Many times I have only noticed it has not been watered when the flowers droop dramatically and yet it produces these pretty pink blooms almost year round!

Must dash now to water the rest of my house plants and to get ready for work tonight. Diamonique Day launches at midnight with a beautiful TSV ring and watch out for a rather lovely watch too.
Have a great weekend,
Much love
Julia xx


  1. Steven October 25, 2012 at 8:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Sorry for this being well and trully off topic and nothing to do with your blog, but what do you make of Mr Freedman’s departure from Palace? You guys have been doing really well lately. Hope they can get in an experienced replacement quickly
    Take care

  2. PAULA joy WILLIAMS October 26, 2012 at 6:05 am -  Reply


  3. Mrs Jean Pugh October 26, 2012 at 10:37 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Yes I love the Autumn colours on the trees, but the leaves are disappearing fast. I cleared them all of our lawn the other day, it took me ages and within a few days it was covered again. My Golden Retriever Puppy loves it on the lawn when the wind is blowing the leaves around, she does not know which ones to chase first.
    You have just reminded me that the clocks change this weekend, yes the mornings are so dark arent they, and when it gets dark at four in the afternoon it is horrible.
    You did well with your Orchid, I imagine they are quite difficult to grow.
    You asked me how my sister-in-law was, she saw a specialist and the cancer has not spread any further, she has it on one of her lungs and not two as previously thought. She is due to start the chemotherapy next week, she is dreading loosing her hair and feeling sick. Not nice for anyone.
    How much was raised at the QVC Breast Cancer night?
    Yes I am getting on fine with my Samsung Tablet, will have to keep it out of reach of my husband, he can keep to his computer.
    How did your football team get on?
    Have a good weekend.
    Love Jean X

  4. Kathryn Sheehan October 27, 2012 at 8:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    It’s over a month now since my partner and i got married (22nd sept),we had such a wonderful day the sun shone and it was quite warm we were so lucky, it rained hard the next day (sunday) when we packed all the flowers and gifts in the car to take home. Everything went well,so many friends and family were there we had the perfect day. We have just returned from our honeymoon in Sharm el Sheikh very hot there 38dgs, 2 day’s were 40dgs. we sunbathed and swam, my husband Ian loves snorkeling it’s the perfect place for that.We were spoilt with champagne and fruit at the hotel and later in the first week they baked us a cake.Back to realality now and the cold weather. Your photo of the trees are lovely just like mine in the back garden,such pretty colours. In fact i am looking for a winter coat in a mustardy colour i’m sure i can find one some where.Hope all is well with you and the house hunting is going well.
    Love Kathy x

  5. Yvie Gillman October 27, 2012 at 9:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, I just love the autumn, its my favorite time of year.I’ve been stuck in the house for two weeks, I did my back in yet again!I felt really fed up so hubby and I went for a drive (I was past caring if I could or could not get in or out of the car , I had my heated seat on full blast, bliss!!,) and off we went.The colours of the trees and countryside views cheered me up no end. As for keeping plants I am useless, they always die, which is quite funny as I worked for years at a garden centre ( hence the back trouble )I was also a florist so I was much better at arranging flowers , than growing or looking after them !! Best wishes Yvie x

  6. julia roberts October 30, 2012 at 12:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    Long time no speak – how are Rangers getting on?
    It was a bit of a shock that Dougie left particularly as we are doing so well on the field but I don’t have the inside info as to what went on. He’s a nice chap so I hope he hasn’t made a big mistake by going to Bolton where the fans don’t have a long term association with him and may not be so forgiving if results aren’t going their way.
    I hear Ian Holloway is in the frame!!!
    speak soon
    Julia x

  7. julia roberts October 30, 2012 at 12:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Paula
    Nothing wrong with a good cry occasionally!!
    No we still haven’t found a new house but fortunately we can stay in our rented one for a little longer …. still looking though, so fingers crossed.
    I’ll pass on your regards to my familylove
    Julia x

  8. julia roberts October 31, 2012 at 2:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jean
    There is a very autumnal feel to the weather today and as it’s windy the leaves are tumbling. Need to head out supermarket shopping in a minute so had better wrap up warm!
    I’m pleased to hear that the news wasn’t quite as bad as you had feared with regard to your sister in law. Give her my love and tell her ginger is supposed to be good for nausea – even ginger biscuits. I don’t know the precise figure raised for BCC but it is in the region of £400,000 – thanks to everyone who contributed.
    My team did well at the weekend, beating the team at the top of the league even though we are currently managerless!!
    speak soon
    Julia xx

  9. julia roberts October 31, 2012 at 2:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy
    Glad to hear everything went so well with the wedding – sounds like you were very lucky with the weather, and spoiled on your honeymoon!! I haven’t been to Egypt but I hear it’s brilliant for diving – as is the Maldives if you are already planning your next hols!
    Good luck with the search for a mustard coat – have you checked our website?? Not sure I’ve seen much mustard around this year, more blues, purples and deep reds.
    speak soon
    Julia x

  10. julia roberts October 31, 2012 at 2:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Yvie
    Sorry to hear you have had problems with your back – I know how debilitating this can be as my partner Chris has been suffering this week too. For him it’s the annoying little things that set it off that drive him crazy, particularly as he has to carry his drum kit around, loading it in and out of the car, with no problem.
    I’m with you on heated seats in the car, I wouldn’t be without!!
    Hope your back is a bit better now?
    Julia x

  11. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen November 1, 2012 at 6:56 pm -  Reply

    hi julia.
    hope you are is daniel getting on with his coaching job what team is he coaching.and how is sophie settling in to her new flat

  12. Steven November 1, 2012 at 7:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Sorry I’ve not posted to you much. I got promotion in my work so got a bit less time now. Rangers are doing OK although we lost 3-0 to ICT in the League Cup lats night. We are winning the League though and we just have to be patient with the young kids. Its going to be a long road back as last night certainly showed.
    I was surprised Bolton went for Dougie to be honest. I know he has done a good job at Palace but I thought they might have went for a more high profile candidate. Ian Holloway would be an excellent choice for Palace. He’s some character and not everyone likes him but I do I have to say.
    Is you’re book finished now?
    Steven xx

  13. Alana November 1, 2012 at 10:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Lovely Autumn picture you’ve put up. Can’t believe we’re already in November!! Not long till Christmas, which means only one thing… Xmas TSVs from some great brands! Looking forward to The Bare Minerals TSV next weekend and of course B&W TSV – any hints?
    As QVC have moved building can you post the new address so that I can send Christmas cards.
    Alana x

  14. Beryl Anderson November 2, 2012 at 11:44 am -  Reply

    Hi, Julia, Love reading your blogs.
    the best moment for me on QVC was a Friday night, a few years ago,
    you were selling a Karaoke machine, I remember you singing the Bangles hit,”Eternal Flame” there were two young men with you
    & the banter,& the singing between you was just pure entertainment, going on your performance, you must have had a complete sell out.
    What was the film of which your photo of a boat at sea, reminded you of,I must have missed your reply somehow. also can you tell me the make of the red nail varnish you were wearing on the Veronese show
    Thursday Nov !st. Beryl

  15. julia roberts November 2, 2012 at 12:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Martin
    Daniel is really enjoying his coaching job at the Crystal Palace Academy – his age group is the u15’s this year.
    Sophie is happy in her flat …. hard to believe she has lived there nearly nine months now! We still see lots of her though as she is only 10 minutes away in the car.
    Hope you are well
    Julia x

  16. julia roberts November 2, 2012 at 12:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    Congratulations on the promotion! And at the end of the season it will be promotion for your team too – the years will fly by and you will be in the top tier again before you know it!
    Looking quite likely that it will be Ian Holloway to take over as Palace Manager – if it is, remember you heard it here first!
    Yes my book is finished. The manuscript is with the Publisher now so I just have to sort out the photos. Should be out in mid February ……….. pretty exciting really!
    speak soon
    Julia x

  17. julia roberts November 2, 2012 at 12:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alana
    I know, November already …… Christmas will be on us before we know it! Think you are going to love Sunday as it is Gift of Beauty Day …… lots of goodies!!!!
    The B & W Jewellery TSV is a watch that looks like a bracelet.It comes in three designs ……. I’m loving the panda – will wear it on air later and over the weekend!
    Our new address is; Building 8, Chiswick Park, 566 Chiswick High Road, London W4 5XU ( I think!!!! )
    Julia x

  18. julia roberts November 2, 2012 at 12:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Beryl
    Haven’t heard from you in a while, hope you are well?
    I used to really love singing along to the karaoke machines on QVC – shame we don’t sell them anymore ( or maybe not! ) I’m thinking of doing an album of all my favourite songs but probably not for sale as I don’t think many people would want to buy it!!!! Maybe ‘Eternal Flame’ should be on it – definitely going to do ‘I Swear’ and a couple of original songs.
    The film was the Truman Show – I miss my lovely view now that we have sold the house in Spain.
    It was Ginetta wearing the red nail varnish so I’m afraid I can’t help you with that one.
    Julia x

  19. Steven November 3, 2012 at 10:17 am -  Reply

    Thanks Julia
    Yes you are right, Away today to watch us play Alloa in the Scottish Cup. The round before the ‘big teams’ enter!!!
    That is very exciting about you’re book – you should be very proud of yourself.
    Are you away to a game today or are you working?
    Have a lovely weekend
    Steven xx

  20. julia roberts November 11, 2012 at 7:44 am -  Reply

    Hi Steven,
    Yes I did go and watch the Palace game last Saturday – I an Holloway’s first game after being appointed manager …. you heard it here first!!! We won that and then won again on Tuesday night to take us top of the Championship – unfortunately I couldn’t go to that one. Won again yesterday but left it VERY late.
    You probably weren’t too happy in the week with Celtic beating Barca but my sister ( and Rod Stewart ) were in seventh heaven!
    Just sorting through photos for the book now in fact that was supposed to be this weeks blog, but I ran out of time to write it. Will do it later today
    Hope you had a good weekend
    Julia x

  21. Steven November 12, 2012 at 7:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia. I was going to ask you if I was seeing right…… Palace top of the Championship :D You guys have been great lately though. We won at the weekend so that was Ok. We are expected to win every week but then thats not much different to how it was in the SPL. Celtic did well to beat Barca but obviously no I wasnt too happy with Mr Messi and Co! Dream come true for the young man that scored Celtic’s 2nd though.
    My Birthday is the 19th Feb – that could be round about the time you’re book is out…
    Hows the pilates going? You looked great last time I saw one of your shows on QVC
    Take care xxx

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