Oh snow!! – not again!


Julia and her snowman Well they warned us it was on the way and boy did they get the predictions right this time! I know lots of you in the North East have had a week of this already and whilst it's great if you don't have to be anywhere in particular, it's not such fun when you are trying to get to work / school / hospital etc.

In my part of Surrey, we escaped until just after I got in on Monday night and then silently it began to turn my world white. Sophie had an early start on Tuesday morning so we texted to make sure she had got into work OK. She had, but even at 7am problems were starting to build on the roads into London. By midday I was starting to get concerned about my journey into QVC.

Although I wasn't due 'on air' until 7pm, I decided to leave early as I couldn't possibly miss the last Butler and Wilson show of 2010 (hope you enjoyed it by the way?).

Julia's snowy garden Chris said he would drive me in as we had no way of knowing how bad it would be later in the day and I didn't finish until 11pm. When we left home at 2.45, the snow was already 13cm deep and causing havoc on the roads. No grit on a main dual carriageway into London from the M25!

Chris had rung the council earlier to query the lack of grit and their response was "the gritting lorries would be going out later depending on the weather conditions!!"… honestly, I'm not joking.

Well after two and a half hours for a 45 minute journey, we arrived at QVC unscathed, and considering the worsening weather the journey home wasn't too bad, apart from the final 2 miles. The penalty for living in a rural environment without a four wheel drive I guess.

Lots of snow! It snowed on and off all day yesterday and again today which is why I am sitting writing this at home rather than launching the TSV with Ralph Rossini from Honora Pearls. Fortunately Charlie's part of Surrey is not as badly hit as mine – latest measurement here is 32cm!!!!!!!

I haven't wasted my day though. Apart from baking the second Christmas cake for the guys and gals backstage, Danny and I decided to build a snowman to cheer Sophie up who isn't feeling too well. We made him just outside the French doors so he's been smiling in on us all evening! His arms are icicles!

Any suggestons for a name before he melts away?? I thought Byron was quite cute?

Hopefully I'll see you for fashion on Friday,
Keep safe and warm,
Julia x

P.S. Did you recognise the 'Jolly Green Giant' jacket? – don't tell Glen Campbell!!!!


  1. Una December 3, 2010 at 10:50 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    How cute do you both look?!! I think Byron suits him perfectly!!!
    We have had snow since last Saturday. By Wednesday there was 17 INCHES, and its snowed almost constantly since then. Its the cold thats horrible. MINUS 9 last night and still snowing as we speak. It looks beautiful, but scary.
    You just stay cosy, safety first. having said that, Im so glad you did make it in for Simons show. He is just hilarious isnt he. Very naughty. Thank goodness you know him so well LOL!! I LOVED the outfit you wore. Sophie and Chris were right, I hope you managed to buy it.
    Weather permitting, will be watching you and Keeley on Sunday???!!!!!! SOOOOOOO excited! I will be almost hyperventilating by midnight!!
    Hope Sophie is feeling better.
    Love Una x

  2. gill hunt December 3, 2010 at 1:50 pm -  Reply

    hi julia your snowman looks as if he needs to go on your diet chef diet, hope you are coping ok with the snow and that sophie is feeling better.My daughter lives in retford and has had to walk a couple of miles to the doctors as she has a throat infection and my son and his family have been snowed in at centerparcs. They are 29 and 32 and i never stop worrying about them, anyway keep warm and well speak soon, gill, sheffield.

  3. maria December 3, 2010 at 3:49 pm -  Reply

    Dear Julia,Read your November blog re Pilaates. Congratulations on your amazing weight loss – you look great. Quick question – I have re started using my Pilates machine ad wondered if you knew which exercises would help me strengthen my legs- I have great difficulty getting down onto machine as well as into the bath!!!!hence the constant showers. I am sure it is the thighs that need strengthening? Keep up your good work. best wishes maria

  4. Caroline Jones December 3, 2010 at 11:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Loved your show with Simon and thank you for reading my text out! We’ve had a lot of snow up here in Staffordshire and I was actually snowed in last Weds….I don’t ever remember this much snow up here before in all the 27 years I’ve lived here! You’ll be glad to hear I didn’t waste the day – I watched QVC all day and managed to bag a Bobbi Brown special offer so was chuffed with that, and am now waiting for delivery of some of my Christmas shopping from yourselves.
    I’m one of Debbie Flint’s friends on Facebook and she’s seen the snow photos that I took on Weds, so if you have an email address I can send you a link to them so that you can see what it’s like up here on the edge of the Peak District. Your snowman is great and Byron would be a great name for him. Hope Sophie’s feeling better now and you’re all keeping safe and warm. Take care and travel safely. Looking forward to your next shows. Lots of love,
    Caroline xx

  5. mrs jenny beresford December 4, 2010 at 12:26 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia, well after reading your blog I consider myself lucky,it seems we live in the only area that has not been hit hard by the snow (St Helens).weve just had a covering of snow but it’s been mighty cold.Sorry to hear that Sophie is poorly. Hope she gets better soon.
    Well Iv’e been considering names for your snowman,What do you think of Sydney the snowman?He looks like a sydney to me.If it keeps on snowing you will have to make him a wife. Lots of love Jen x

  6. Una December 5, 2010 at 11:35 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Elemis TSV….. ARRRGHHHHH, AMAZING!!! what more can I say.
    I was almost hyperventilating by midnight, (again) Santa is bringing me 2 TSVs, thank you to Keeley, QVC and my lovely hubby.
    Thanks again Julia
    Una xxx

  7. Mrs Angela Murray December 5, 2010 at 12:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Your snowman is ace hope Sophie’s feeling better I’m sure your snowman cheered her up. We have had it pretty bad in Edinburgh also. Samantha had a event on Tuesday to meet Lewis Hamilton at Milton Keynes so we left Edinburgh at 5am to go down to Milton Keynes by train it was a total disaster we were an hour an a half late for the event and she only saw Lewis for 10 minutes but she said dispite the travelling trauma it was well worth it. He is the loveliest guy and so down to earth she has ever met. We had missed Simon and both of us were so fed up so I treated her to some stunning Butler & Wilson jewellery. We didn’t arrive home until 11.30pm that night the train broke down on the track and we thought we were going to have to spend the night on the train. However all is well back home now and the snow is still as bad, but so glad we have got QVC to do all our Christmas shopping. Take care
    P.S. You really are looking amazing, absolutely stunning keep up all your keep fit work as you have an fantastic figure and so well tonned.
    Luv Angela & Samantha

  8. Magda Chetty December 5, 2010 at 7:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Hope by the time you read this the snow and cold weather get better. Watching it all on TV, I thought of you saying to me about moving back to England and the weather, you are sooooo right. It has been cold here, but nothing like the UK. Went out yesterday and the very top of the hills had a bit of snow, but today the sun is out and it is about 15 deg. Iam thinking of you all and hope it gets better soon. I felt guilty when my brother called from Stockholm ( where he lives) and said that it was -18. By the way loved the B&W shows. Hope Sophie gets better soon. Have a great Christmas.
    Much love.

  9. julia roberts December 6, 2010 at 12:32 am -  Reply

    Hello Una
    There’s not a lot left of Byron now – slightly milder temperatures and sunshine have reduced him to a small mound!! We are due sub zero temperatures tonight but no more talk of snow at the moment.
    Did you just love the Elemis TSV?? – what an amazing day with Keeley.
    Sophie is feeling a lot better now, but still a bit fragile – she has an early shift in the morning so has to be in by 6.15 …. eek!! ( not my preferred end of the day )
    hope the weather is letting up a bit with you??
    Julia x

  10. julia roberts December 6, 2010 at 12:37 am -  Reply

    Hi Gill
    I hope your daughter’s throat is a bit better now? Is Retford Nottinghamshire? I seem to remember a dancing teacher there called Julie Birch ……… ever heard of her?
    You are right we never stop worrying about our offspring no matter what age they are – I now understand what my Mum has been saying to me all these years!
    Sheffield was all over the news with your terrible weather so hope it’s improving??
    Julia x

  11. julia roberts December 6, 2010 at 12:47 am -  Reply

    Hello Maria
    Thanks for the compliment and pleased to hear you have got back on your Pilates machine.
    I am not a qualified Pilates Instructor BUT I can tell you which exercises have really strengthened my legs, in particular my thighs. The whole of the leg series, lying on your back with your feet on the bar in the various different foot positions. If your legs are quite weak start on 2 or 3 resistance cords and eventually build up to 4.
    You didn’t mention whether or not you have the cardio board but IF you do have your machine set on 3 chords for the jumping. The jumps will be smaller and not so effective on your tummy muscles, but it will help strengthen your legs.
    As with all exercise start slowly and build up in terms of time and repetitions and check with your doctor if you are at all unsure about a particular method of exercise.
    Hope this helps – let me know how you get on
    Julia x

  12. Una December 6, 2010 at 12:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I DID love it. Watched ALL the shows, AMAZING. Keeley was a bit frazzled by the end of the day, not surprisingly!! I think she gets even funnier by the end of the day. Im wondering if Kaia got his choocolate chip cookie!!! Probably not!!
    Weather improved briefly yesterday, was a bit of a thaw, and the icicles from the roof started to fall off. We were really worried to go out the door, as they must have been at least a metre long, and made quite a racket when they fell, very scary and dangerous. Got up this morning, and looks like it snowed all night. I got up at 7, and its snowed non stop since then, with no sign it might stop any time soon.
    Oh well, not much we can do about it eh!
    Glad to hear Sophie is on the mend, dont envy that early start though, poor wee thing.
    Love to you all Julia
    Una xx

  13. gill hunt December 6, 2010 at 4:56 pm -  Reply

    hi again julia yes retford is in notts, my daughter sarah had to move over there 7 years ago, shes a staff nurse at rampton hospital, sorry to say we have no knowledge of anyone named julie birch.I am envious to hear of your tropical temperatures, this morning at 8 oclock my car showed -12 and the snow is very much in evidence. glad to hear sophie is feeling better,sarah still has a sore throat though not as bad as it was.cant wait for friday the weather forecast says milder weather is on the cards 3 degrees is forecast for us, look after yourself speak soon gill.

  14. Sylvia December 8, 2010 at 12:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I hope you and your family all have A very Happy Christmas. Please can you say what has ever happened to Sara Griffiths—Since she has had her baby I have never heard about her.Does she still work for QVC?

  15. julia roberts December 8, 2010 at 1:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi caroline
    Pleased to hear you didn’t waste your day when you were ‘trapped’ by the snow – has it stopped now? We haven’t had any since last Friday but it is still freezing cold and the side roads ( ungritted ) are treacherous! ( Byron is a blob now! )
    So pleased I managed to get in for Simon’s show – if it had been the day later i wouldn’t have made it.
    Sophie is on the mend but still a bit fragile.
    Sorry I don’t do facebook – you know what a technophobe I am!
    Am in tomorrow evening ( Thursday )
    speak soon
    Julia x

  16. julia roberts December 8, 2010 at 1:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jen
    I wonder if you have had more snow now? My sister lives in SW Scotland and they have managed to avoid the worst of it so far, only a couple of inches.
    Sydney / Byron has almost disappeared …….. quite sad really, he was the best snowman we ever made. He took ages, so it’s just as well it stopped snowing as a Mrs snowman would have been another couple of hours work!
    Julia x

  17. julia roberts December 8, 2010 at 1:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Angela and Samantha
    What a shame the weather almost ruined your day with Lewis Hamilton. At least you got there in the end and thank goodness you didn’t get stranded on the train – the would have been the final straw!
    Thanks for the comments about my figure – it has been hard work, but the maintenance isn’t too bad just an hour twice a week ( definitely worth the effort ).
    Have a lovely Christmas you two
    Julia x

  18. julia roberts December 8, 2010 at 2:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Magda
    Seems like this is going to be an annual event so best to stay in warmer climes if possible ……. maybe QVC could start up QVC Espania??? LOL
    It is not so snowy now but very very cold although a bit of watery winter sunshine is just shining in my window now.
    Julia x

  19. julia roberts December 8, 2010 at 2:19 pm -  Reply

    Hu Una
    I certainly hope Kaya did get his choc chunk cookie – Omar promised he would save it for him!!!
    My nephew is stranded in Glasgow at the moment – my sister needs him home to feed the animals on her farm as she was planning to head down to Nottingham with Mum’s Christmas pressies this weekend …………. not sure if that is going to happen on any level! Speaking of which Mum’s heating is on the blink – great timing.
    much love
    Julia x

  20. julia roberts December 8, 2010 at 2:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Gill
    3 degrees egh? – positively tropical. Hope it materialises and it’s not just the forecasters being kind.
    Hope your daughter is well soon
    Julia x

  21. Kathryn sheehan December 8, 2010 at 3:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia just to let you know…. no i didn’t win the Euromillions had both star numbers on one line but nothing to go with it, oh well keep trying.Snow has all gone now in Dorset. My jeans have arrived, a little bit snugger fit than the last pair,same size, (oops), they’l stretch. I did see your dress on your show the other day, they are sale price now hope you got it at the cheaper price. My local Karen Millan in Bournemouth has plenty, and of the style i like, with just a bit of embelishment on one shoulder strap. I’m thinking about it as ther’s £50 off.Let you know if i get it. Take care.
    Love Kathy x

  22. julia roberts December 8, 2010 at 5:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy
    Better luck next time on the Euromillions, and if you feel the need to share ………………………..
    Hoping I will be able to bag some bargains in the sale
    Julia x

  23. steve December 8, 2010 at 8:36 pm -  Reply

    Great snowman Julia! I’am giving you 9 out 10! Brilliant arms well done!!! work is crazy at the moment trying to deal with all the problems with the big freeze! Hope your mum can get sorted if not let me know. It is all work at the moment then the gym, looking forward to some time out at xmas.
    Have a great week, and keep safe. Steve x

  24. Caroline Jones December 9, 2010 at 6:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Yes it did finally stop snowing and like you, we found the side streets and pavements were lethal. Its been freezing hard all week but when I came out of work tonight my car was completely snow free and I almost didn’t recognise it lol. Its actually raining at the moment, so hope it doesn’t freeze overnight! Glad to hear Sophie’s recovering and hope she’ll soon be back to 100%. Have got QVC on now so will look out for your shows and if I get chance will text in again. Take care and keep safe and warm.
    Much love
    Caroline x

  25. julia roberts December 9, 2010 at 7:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steve
    What was missing for maximum points?? LOL
    They already came out to Mum’s heating once but it has broken down again – she has insurance, but if they can’t sort it you’ll have to be her knight in shining armour!
    Interestingly I have lost another 1lb in weight this week and I’m really not trying to …….oh well at least some leeway for Christmas pud and mince pies!!
    speak soon
    Julia x

  26. Caroline Jones December 9, 2010 at 10:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi again Julia,
    I’ve been watching your shows tonight and really enjoying them :o) Managed to get the Lola Rose TSV in blue so am pleased about that and can’t wait for it to arrive! Still deciding whether to share it with my friend or keep them all for myself lol. Have a great Friday and enjoy your weekend.
    Caroline xx

  27. Wendie Gregg December 10, 2010 at 8:07 pm -  Reply

    Hey Julia
    watchin u on the Diamond spectacular ur arms r betta than Michelle Obama, I think ur dancers body is aaamaazzing is it all pilates? I’m in my 30,s how can I get ur definition?
    Wendie n Ireland

  28. steve December 10, 2010 at 8:43 pm -  Reply

    I would never give a 10 Julia! although you are pretty close!!! and for your snowman! A pipe and scarf would have scored you 9.5 lol.
    Yes the weight loss is interesting! It can be caused by cold conditions! The body uses more engery/calories to keep warm, proberly lost it while building your snowman lol. If you remember ask Dan to score your body fat percentage, this will tell you if it is fat you are losing! If this is the case then great, if it’s muscle then not so good! But if you are resistance training which i know you are, it’s proberly fat loss. so yes room for christmas indulgences. You have worked hard Julia this year you deserve it!
    If your mum is still having problems contact me! Have a great weekend, Steve x

  29. Rebecca Robinson December 11, 2010 at 11:02 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia. I just wanted to say to you and all the presenter to have a Happy Christmas. Also to say a big thankyou for keeping me company over the last few months. My mum died in October (from a sudden heart attack)and she used to watch QVC aswell. We used to have it on when were were talking on the phone everyday(with the sound off)sometimes. It was great fun. We often use to buy beauty items and split them. I think i got her into bad spending habits actually but she loved the shows. I have found you all great company and you have all made me me smile form time to time. I find the radio too anoying sometimes but you presenters and QVC are never like that. I feel it’s like my girly time watching some of the shows, especially the makeup and jewellery. My mum especially liked you as you are so natural and down to earth and like a giggle. I know alot of the presenter do too. I was really touched by your blog about your dad. I know just how you feel. This Chrismas is going to be hard for us (me, dad and my husband).
    I don’t know why, but i just wanted to tell you anyway and to say thankyou to you all for making me smile and for making me feel not so on my own.
    Love Rebecca.

  30. Kathryn sheehan December 14, 2010 at 10:22 am -  Reply

    Hi , after being out for the evening, i turned on the tv to see the TSV the other night and there you are wearing my dress!!!!! the grey one with embelishment,and a couple of nights ago the purple ruffle neck top from pur una, hope you got a bargin price on the grey one like i did and, havn’t we both got good taste in clothes.Lol.
    Take care.
    Kathy x

  31. julia roberts December 15, 2010 at 3:34 pm -  Reply

    Hello Sylvia
    So sorry I missed your post last week – sometimes they appear in a funny order and I think I’m upto date and then find one I haven’t replied to!
    The situation with Sara still isn’t clear. I think she had every intention of coming back after the birth of her baby but as her boyfriend is based in Switzerland it is proving more difficult in reality. There was talk of her just doing a few days a month but I haven’t heard anything definitive – sorry I can’t be more help
    Julia x

  32. julia roberts December 15, 2010 at 3:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Caroline
    Pleased you got the Lola Rose set in blue, my favourite – did I mention it on air?????? I would be tempted to keep them all, then you can wear them as a set when the mood takes you, or wear them individually.
    Hope you had a good weekend
    Julia x

  33. julia roberts December 15, 2010 at 3:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steve
    You are a cheeky one! Not much left of Byron now as it is raining this afternoon – I have a dreadful feeling that could turn to snow again when the temperature drops.
    I think my muscle mass is ok – Pilates helps with that side of things of course. Daniel did say he doesn’t think I should lose any more off my arms, and I’m inclined to agree!
    Mum’s heating is fixed now but it’s good to know you are waiting in the wings!!
    Julia x

  34. julia roberts December 15, 2010 at 3:48 pm -  Reply

    Hello Rebecca
    I wish I could give you a big hug but instead I just wanted to say that the first Christmas was hard. We did our best to look after Mum but I think she was still in a state of disbelief and it all just seemed to wash over her. We found the best way to cope was to let her ‘disappear’ to her room from time to time, even though we knew she would be crying. It has got easier but it has taken time.
    Love to all of you ….. look after your Dad
    much love
    Julia x

  35. julia roberts December 15, 2010 at 3:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy
    How funny is that – we obviously have very similar taste in clothes. By the way I am now the proud owner of a second pair of the Karen Millen skinny jeans – I was emailed to say they were back in stock in my size. Thanks for the tip re shopping on line – I would never have thought of it!
    Julia x

  36. julia roberts December 15, 2010 at 3:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Wendy
    Thanks for the lovely compliments – I think the dress I was wearing helped the look of my arms too, the halter neck showing bare shoulders seems to suit me.
    The definition in my arms is mostly down to Pilates, but I also wear wrist weights when I am walking on the treadmill and I swim a lot in the summer. If you have the Pilates machine the ‘hug a tree’ exercise is good, overhead presses, bicep curl combo and of course the ‘hundred’.
    Marjolein is back on 7th, 8th and 9th January if you wanted to catch the next lot of shows
    Julia x

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