Sunset selfie

One of my favourite things to do…


As it says on my QVC publicity card, ‘One of my favourite things to do is watch the sun setting into the ocean at the end of the day,’ and that is exactly what I was able to do every day of my holiday. There is something so therapeutic about observing the very source of energy that supports life on our planet sink over the horizon at the end of the day. When I retire I would love to have a home where I can watch the phenomenon on a daily basis, something I would never tire of.


I was back at work yesterday after a really enjoyable week away doing not much at all apart from walking on the beach, jumping the waves in sea the temperature of a cool bath, swimming, reading and plotting the third book in the Liberty sands trilogy – book cover reveal for the second book coming up later in this blog.


The staff at the Ajman Saray couldn’t have been more helpful and we had a beautiful room with a sea view and a large balcony to enjoy it from. There wasn’t a lot to do in the evenings but that was fine with me as we had taken a pack of cards. Just one slight problem, neither of us could remember any card games. We used to play a lot when the children were small but we hadn’t played for years. Thank goodness for the internet – we Googled card games for two people and were soon expert in Gin Rummy.

Beach at night

Whilst playing we were looking out to lights twinkling in the distance, which we originally thought must be a far shoreline. We were wrong. They are boats queued up waiting to pass through a small channel at the neck of the Arabian Sea apparently.

On the way to the beach on our first morning, we noticed a rack of books at the beach towel collection point that people had left for others to enjoy. I had a couple of copies of ‘Life’s a Beach and Then…‘ with me as we were going to read it in the proper book format – something neither of us has actually done, would you believe. Chris suggested leaving a copy on the rack to see if anyone would pick it up. It remained there throughout Friday and Saturday, but Sunday morning it had gone.


It was a bit of a weird feeling knowing that someone in the resort was reading my book. Chris went for a wander and, sure enough, discovered someone avidly turning the pages. The next lunch time he went over and asked her if she was enjoying it ( I was too scared) and she was. He then explained that his other half was the author and we had our picture taken together.

Book on the beach

Denai is American and excitedly told me exactly where she was up to in the book – Holly and Philippe bareback riding on the beach on Helios, for those of you who’ve read it – and confessed that they were leaving that day and that she was contemplating ‘permanently borrowing’ the book so that she could finish reading it. There was no need as I gave her the other copy we had with us, signed of course.

I hope those of you who ordered on World CML Day have now had your advance order delivered. Please let me know your thoughts on it, maybe even leave a review on our website. There are ten so far and all five star, so thank you so much to all of you who have left reviews. QVC are still taking waitlist orders (item number 705211).


On one of our strolls on the beach I noticed these beautiful patterns. I think it may be crabs laying their eggs – can anyone confirm or correct me?

Divine Cream

All in all it was a lovely relaxing holiday but I didn’t escape QVC completely. This was the first thing I saw as we stepped out of the lift at the airport – Alexis from L’Occitane will be pleased I’m sure!

While we were away, the Buckley poppy friendship bracelets I had ordered from QVC to help raise money for the Royal British Legion, arrived. Sophie didn’t wait for me to get back to open up the parcel as I found out when she posted this picture on her Facebook page. She had loads of comments about it and also her poppy tattoo.

302352 Poppy bracelet

If you want to order a bracelet it’s 302352 but you may want to be quick about it as a lot of the poppy designs are selling out, with a third of the purchase price going to the charity.

I’ve been wearing mine with my PAL bracelet (protect African lions) and together the colours just happen to be those of my football team, Crystal Palace, which leads me very nicely into the video for PPS Day that I promised to share with you. It is on the Premier League website today, which is great publicity for the charity ahead of the half-time appearance at Selhurst Park tomorrow and Post Polio Syndrome Day next Thursday in Cardiff.

One of the ways I have tried to keep my polio-affected leg strong is with Pilates. I have the final AeroPilates show of the mini series tonight at 7pm with Marjolein Brugman and if you have any questions please tweet ahead of time @JuliaRobertsQVC or ring in during the show.

I was really shocked during a Clarks show recently to discover that my left calf is now more than two inches thinner than my right so clearly I am showing some signs of deterioration of the muscles. However I am still able to do my AeroPilates workouts so if you have been considering the machine to help with muscle tone maybe today is the day to give it a go.

I won’t be on air tomorrow because of the Palace v West Ham half-time appearance but I am back on Sunday and Monday with a double helping of Elemis with Keeley, which I am really looking forward to. Remember, anything you are buying now as a Christmas gift is covered by the extended money back guarantee until the 25th January (30 days from Christmas Day). I also have Dennis Basso on Fashion on Friday today at 5pm and don’t tell anyone I told you but I think we have a One Time Only offer!!! SShhhh!

Book cover

So finally, as promised, here is the cover of my new book, ‘If He Really Loved Me…’, due out at the end of next month. I am really pleased with it, particularly the size and the position of the white feather, which was a little tricky to get right.

I was struggling a bit with the tag line though. Funny isn’t it. I have no problem writing 81,000 words but the nine words on the front cover were really troubling me. Thankfully my daughter Sophie came to the rescue. I hope you like it.

For more information on the publication date etc. please check my Julia Roberts TV Facebook page.

Have a great weekend.

Much love,

Julia xx


  1. sue lee October 16, 2015 at 4:53 pm -  Reply

    Will be waiting with baited breathe to read the next book when it comes out. Better be as good as the first one, Julia, or else!!!!!!!!! Sure it will be!! Sue x

    • Julia Roberts October 23, 2015 at 2:42 pm -  Reply

      Hi Sue
      So pleased you like the cover of the new book – I did some editing Tuesday and Wednesday before heading down to Wales. It’s a bit emotional again. I hope you will like it
      Julia x

  2. Alana October 16, 2015 at 5:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,

    Your holidays sounds lovely and relaxing. I love the front cover of your new book, can’t wait to read it when the paperback is out! I will be watching the Pilates shows, I still use mine every week.
    Have a lovely week,

    • Julia Roberts October 23, 2015 at 2:46 pm -  Reply

      Hi Alana
      Our holiday was lovely and relaxing but it seems ages ago now!
      So pleased you like the cover of the new book – looking to publish week of the 23rd November but should be available to pre-order on Amazon in a couple of weeks.
      I got your tweet during my Pilates show – hope we answered it ok. Had dinner with Marjolein afterwards – it was so nice to catch up, haven’t seen her to properly talk to for ages.
      Julia x

  3. martin forbes October 16, 2015 at 6:59 pm -  Reply

    hi julia glad you enjoyed your holiday i enjoyed my 9 lazy days off from work to i more week still to come another week off middle november hope you chris dan and sophie are well.has sophie got news of aflat house yet

    • Julia Roberts October 23, 2015 at 3:18 pm -  Reply

      Hi Martin
      I’m glad you enjoyed your days off from work.
      I am in Swansea at the moment at Daniel’s as I was in Cardiff yesterday for Post Polio Syndrome Day. Keep your fingers crossed for over the next couple of weeks – she had an offer accepted on a flat a while back and has had her mortgage offer so just waiting for the final go ahead from the solicitors.
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  4. Jean Pugh October 16, 2015 at 9:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    It sounds as if you had a lovely holiday, relaxing which is what it is all about.

    Love the poppy bracelet and the tattoo.

    Yes the Pilates machines are great aren’t they,my daughter Heidi has one, keeps saying to me to use it, I must.

    Yes the wording on the book is great, clever Sophie.

    Take care.

    Love Jean xx

    • Julia Roberts October 23, 2015 at 3:22 pm -  Reply

      Hello Jean
      It feels like we’ve been back from holiday for ages – so much going on as always!
      I’m not particularly a fan of tattoos but I do think Sophie’s poppy is beautiful.
      I need to get back into my Pilates routine now I’ve finished writing book two – it makes a huge difference to the way I feel. Love to Heidi
      Julia x

  5. Heather Stapleton October 16, 2015 at 11:03 pm -  Reply

    so looking forward to your new book, love the cover especially the White feather, big believer in them being sent to you, also my favourite thing is watching the sunset, I have a lovely view of it from my kitchen window across the Derbyshire hills, but being a Pisces I love the sea so that is my idea of heaven, take care so nice to see you looking so well xx

    • Julia Roberts October 23, 2015 at 3:25 pm -  Reply

      Hi Heather
      So pleased you are looking forward to my new book – I hope it won’t disappoint – and glad you like the cover. You know my thoughts on white feathers.
      I must admit to feeling slightly envious that you have a view of the sunset from your kitchen window – that will be me one day.
      Despite what Alison Young says I think I look better with a bit of colour in my face and I’m not a fan of fake tan.
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  6. TINA S October 18, 2015 at 11:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    So nice to see your holiday photo’s. It looked so relaxing. Its a shame our nice weather seems to be disappearing now and its certainly turned colder.
    I received my Poppy friendship bracelet a few days ago. I also bought the Poppy Brooch to. I’ll be wearing mine with pride soon. I learnt recently that my father had 2 uncles who died in the 1st world war. I’m hoping to research further as to where they died. My father was named after his uncles, Thomas, Charles. I wish he was still here so that I could find out more about them. I discovered their names on our local War Memorial Gates that lead to a local attraction. I ‘d been going there for years not realising their names were on there.
    Well we had a dissapointing weekend with the rugby as Wales lost in the 1/4 finals against Australia. We have had some terrible injuries throughout the tournament. I was surprised to find out that the ” All Blacks ” and a couple of the other teams had been staying at the Marriot Hotel in Swansea !! We missed out on seeing them as they left Thursday. Apparrently they had been training at the sports grounds nears Swansea University. They were impressed with the location and really enjoyed visits to Gower as well.
    So next weekend we’ll be watching the semi-finals. I think the favourites to win will be the “All Blacks”. Our next games now will be the 6 Nations towards the end of the year I think. I hope our boys will be fully recovered by then.
    Well take care, all the best- Tina x

    • Julia Roberts October 23, 2015 at 3:41 pm -  Reply

      Hi Tina
      Commiserations over the rugby. At least it wasn’t as close as the Scotland game and lost on a dodgy decision!
      The sun was out in Cardiff yesterday morning when we left the St. David’s hotel for the Pierhead building – by the time we arrived it was cloudy! It was a pleasant drive down to Swansea after the British Polio event though. Just staying until Sunday evening as I have some more pages to edit on book two. Daniel mentioned the All Blacks had been staying at the Marriott – seems I’m in good company with my love of the Gower!
      It was Sophie that suggested the poppy friendship bracelets – we’ve both been wearing ours since we got them.
      Speak soon and I’ll let you know when I’m down again so we can perhaps do Morgan’s
      Julia x

  7. Marian Bolton October 20, 2015 at 5:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Lovely photo of the sun setting. Lucky you watching that every evening on holiday. Perfect end to the day. No wonder you looked so good on the Elemis show on Sunday. Seriously, you looked great.
    You’ve mentioned two of my best Qvc finds, Elemis and
    Pilates. Well OK, three then…. LABAT too!! Looking forward to book 2 and if the cover is anything to go by, I will enjoy. Speaking of which, I had a really lovely time at the BCC event. Michael was just lovely as was Emily from Events team. We were thoroughly spoilt!
    Speak soon
    Marian xx

    • Julia Roberts October 23, 2015 at 3:33 pm -  Reply

      Hi Marian
      I’m so pleased Miceal looked after you well at the BCC event. I’m hoping that maybe I will be asked to go again next year – it’s something we all look forward to.
      As I said in a previous reply I think I definitely look better with a bit of colour in my skin, despite what Ali Young says!
      Elemis, Pilates & Labat… I think you have good taste – but I would say that. I had dinner with Marjolein after the show – she eats like a horse!! Maybe she only does it occasionally or how would she stay so slim?
      I’m glad you’re looking forward to book 2 in the trilogy – very excited to share, hoping for week of 23rd November if all goes to plan.
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  8. ann cain October 21, 2015 at 4:45 pm -  Reply

    So pleased you enjoyed your holiday you deserve all the love and luck in the world.Julia I saw you on QVC and you looked really well.

    • Julia Roberts October 23, 2015 at 3:27 pm -  Reply

      Hi Ann
      Thanks for your lovely words. I certainly felt refreshed after my holiday – relaxation does us all good.
      Keep in touch
      Julia x

  9. Alana October 23, 2015 at 10:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    I will definitely be ordering your new book on pre-order.
    Thanks for answering my pilates question on air, I know you are busy whey presenting so it’s appreciated that you make the time to read tweets. I can’t believe that it is the last show until next year, the year just goes so quick.
    Really looking forward to the Elemis TSV and the B&W one.
    A xx

  10. Fiona December 12, 2015 at 4:31 pm -  Reply

    Dear Julia,,
    I have been a long time fan of yours, really since I started watching QVC about 6 years ago. I am a keen swimmer, and bought and have read your book ‘100 lengths of the pool’
    I really enjoyed it.
    I am also a great fan o Elemis, and saw you today looking great.
    I am a Pilates fan too and have a reformer at home, probably I was helped to buy this not inexpensive item after watching several times, but being so influenced by your enthusiasm.
    I would love to meet you at some stage, as I admire you tremendously. I live in South Wales, and wonder if you might be coming to Swansea or anywhere near some time soon. I missed out on the recent book signing, so Id love to know if you are here and willing to meet up.
    I followed your story through your illness too, and am so thrilled for you that you in remission and now well.
    Keep up the great work, you are an amazing lady!
    With best wishes to you and your family for Christmas and a great 2016
    Love Fiona xxxxx

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