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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.