Missing Kim!

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As most of you will know, it is the Kim & Co 20th anniversary and I was due to be presenting two of her shows. We have had some laughs over the years and I’ve even met her mum – lovely lady!

I booked my flights to come home from Spain on Tuesday to give me a day to settle before being back at work yesterday, but the French air traffic controllers and the airline we booked with had other ideas! You know how they are supposed to text you if there is a problem with your flight? Well they did, but only when we had been waiting in an enormous queue at Alicante airport for over an hour, after learning from the departures board that our flight was cancelled.

It was pretty shambolic, to be honest, and we could hear people in front of us being told that the next flights to Gatwick with available space were not until the 18th October. While the thought of staying in sunny Spain for an extra week was quite appealing, I needed to get home for Butler & Wilson this weekend. I took matters in to my own hands and managed to get the first available flight from Valencia today with a different airline – let’s just say I’m flying the flag!

It was exasperating, and we were very fortunate to be able to return to our rented villa for an extra three days. I do feel very sorry for the people whose holidays have been ruined because their flights out to Spain were cancelled. I’m also genuinely sad to have missed Kim – we’ll have to celebrate next time she’s over.

I mentioned ‘sunny’ Spain and – actually – the weather has been incredible for October, but we did have one day of rain. I took this rather moody-looking photograph just before the heavens opened!

We still had lunch cooked on the barbecue but ate it inside – at least it meant I got a bit of writing done. I also managed to finish the book I mentioned last week and am just finishing Camino Island by John Grisham – brilliant, as usual.

The other thing about our unexpected holiday extension, is that I had been looking forward to seeing Wilfie (and Chris of course – he went home early for some gigs last weekend). Fortunately, as Chris is at home, we’ve been having daily updates of Wilfie – I thought this one was particularly cute.

A couple of fellow presenter blogs to mention now. Simon Biagi has a competition on his blog with the prize aimed at men – a rare occurrence so do check it out.

You should also have a look at Craig Rowe’s blog this week. You may not know that Craig was selected by QVC viewers to be the new presenter. We held a countrywide competition called Search for a Presenter (or SFAP as it was affectionately called by those who were involved) ten years ago.

I was thrilled to be asked to be part of the judging panel along with our then Presenter Manager, Mark, and Presenter Scheduler, Barbara. We held open auditions in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow, and thousands of people turned up. It was a bit like being an X Factor judge.

We also did live weekly live shows with myself and Mark and a different celebrity judge each week; I remember Vanessa Feltz and Anne Diamond in particular. If you have a look at Craig’s blog there is a video of Dale hosting the final show where we announced the winner – quite emotional really. You may also spot the lovely Alison Pyne, now a guest for Heavenly Sleepwear and Cuddle Duds, as she was a finalist.

So, keeping everything crossed, I should be back in the UK to present a two hour Butler & Wilson show tomorrow night at 9pm. Here’s a few of their new glittering pieces.

Oriental Bird necklace | Three Strand Bead necklace | Mother of Pearl Eye Pendant

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It’s my first evening show in almost two years, so I’m hoping I will be able to stay awake. I mostly do times during the day now because of the leukaemia medication I take, but I have been on a drugs break so this is kind of an experiment. It will be fun to get all glammed up, although I’m pretty sure Simon will moan about my tan!

Right, well I’d better go and pack (for the second time in three days). See you tomorrow hopefully, but I’ll keep you updated on Twitter @JuliaRobertsTV and Instagram @juliagroberts. You can also follow my Facebook page for book news JuliaRobertsTV

Much love,

Julia xx

10 Comments

  1. martin forbes October 14, 2017 at 1:17 pm -  Reply

    hi julia hope you had agood holiday hope you and daniel chris sophie aere well how is sophie getting on with her new flat .your team crystal palace not doing well at the moment not written fo rabout 7 weeks old computer broke down new one working well

    • Julia Roberts October 19, 2017 at 11:26 am -  Reply

      Hi Martin,
      I’ve just replied to you on last week’s blog comments. Hoping for another Crystal Palace victory this weekend
      Love
      Julia x

  2. Josephine Jennings October 14, 2017 at 2:39 pm -  Reply

    Looking forward towards your show with Simon. Hopefully the experiment with your medication will work out.

    • Julia Roberts October 19, 2017 at 11:27 am -  Reply

      Hi Josephine
      I hope you enjoyed the show with Simon – I certainly did.
      Just on the way to hospital now to get my results so fingers crossed
      Love
      Julia x

  3. Lorraine gray October 15, 2017 at 12:01 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia, so glad you got back home ok and got to do the butler and Wilson show. Watched the whole two hours, loved your beautiful green top with your tan. You looked so well and your holiday has done you the world of good.Simon looked good too! Gorgeous jewellery as always.
    The photo of Wilfie is so cute, he is very photogenic. How old is he now?
    Lots of love, Lorraine Gray XX.

    • Julia Roberts October 19, 2017 at 11:29 am -  Reply

      Hi Lorraine,
      So pleased you enjoyed our Butler & Wilson show. It was so nice to be able to ‘glam’ up a bit for an evening show.
      I agree, Wilfie is a very handsome cat – he has just turned 4.
      Love
      Julia x

  4. Kiran October 16, 2017 at 10:35 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    You looked stunning in the black dress in the pic and also loving your recent gold coloured dress/top, very uplifting and flattering. Always glued when you are on- love your shows x

    • Julia Roberts October 19, 2017 at 11:30 am -  Reply

      Thanks Kiran, always nice to receive compliments
      Love
      Julia x

  5. Kathy October 16, 2017 at 11:33 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Just read your blog about your flight being cancelled in Alicante, how anoying, but i think i would have stayed till 18th., and lucky you coul go back to the villa.. ! I do hope you will be compensated for all delay. … We are in Southern Cyprus at the moment another week to go as i write, we have also had glorous weather a good match with the Sun Tan’s, but i don’t get on with Ultrsun !. We visited our friends back in June who have a holiday home in Denia, they are now moving to Spain permanantly, we viewed a property with them early one morning near to Javea, a lovely view, but too many other Villa’s around, so not private enough. They are not in a hurry so their ideal home will turn up.
    I remember well when Craige was chosen to be a presenter can’t beleive it was 10 years ago though. Mind you we have celebrated our 5th Wedding Anniversary in Sept, as we were coming to Cyprus in Oct we took the doggies to Salcome in South Devon for a few days, really love it down there, lots of coastal walks and naughty cream teas. !
    Havn’t really watched much QVC over the last few months, but i do need some Emu boots, Stingers are my favourite. must order some.
    Hope your keeping well and the break from you meds will be ok

    Kathy. x

    • Julia Roberts October 19, 2017 at 11:35 am -  Reply

      Hi Kathy,
      Really nice to hear from you. I hope it has stayed sunny in Cyprus for the remainder of your holiday and congratulations on your wedding anniversary.
      Unfortunately, I couldn’t stay on in Spain as I had QVC commitments and it wouldn’t have been fair to expect the other Presenters to cover while I was lounging around. I’m trying for compensation & expenses but I’ll have to see what happens.
      Shame you missed the Emu TSV last Sunday, really good price and a nice fit
      Love
      Julia x

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