After going our separate ways for the past 41 years, last night I met up with my old dancing school duet partner, Teresa Randall (nee Walsh).
She has lived in Canada for 35 of those years and has carved out a fantastic career for herself at Canada’s National Ballet School, where she teaches. Teresa is also an international examiner for the Royal Academy of Dancing so gets to travel the world. She was over in the UK visiting her mum for Easter, so we arranged to meet at QVC for a studio tour, before going for dinner at Villa di Geggiano, the restaurant where I held my book launch party last June.
Having not seen each other nor been in contact at all until last month – such a lengthy period of time – there were no guarantees that our evening wouldn’t be spent with gaps in the conversation and awkward silences. We needn’t have worried.
Teresa hasn’t changed at all and the years just fell away. It was a lovely evening of reminiscing about our duets – The Clown and the Tightrope Walker, Ol’ Man River and Miriam and the Pharoah’s Daughter, to name but three – but also to catch up with each others’ lives.
She is still married to Frank (a former classmate of mine from West Bridgford Grammar School), they have two children and they are both vegetarians… a couple of coincidences there.
We will definitely stay in touch, now that we have found each other again, and I’m hoping maybe her other half can help me find my school friend Annie Middlemiss. They are both from a village called Bingham so they used to ride the school bus together on a daily basis. If anyone reading this knows Annie, please message me.
Well it’s not quite 41 years since Liz Earle came to QVC, but it is 20 years and it was lovely to be part of the shows to celebrate the anniversary.
I spotted this beautiful ‘living’ backdrop created from lavender and roses before the Easter weekend, but I was very good and didn’t spoil the impact by putting it on here last week.
It’s always a pleasure to work with Caroline Archer and yesterday I had the added bonus of having my make-up tweaked by Kerry September, Liz and Caroline’s make-up artist. Kerry actually also did my make-up for the front cover of my first book, One Hundred Lengths of the Pool.
How was your Easter? It seems ages ago now. I was able to spend some quality time with my family.
We dodged the rain showers to go out for a nice long walk in the sunshine and then settled down to watch Spectre. I’ve been looking forward to it for ages but, must confess, I was slightly disappointed. However I’ve found I prefer all of the James Bond films with Daniel Craig on the second and subsequent viewings. My favourite is still Casino Royale – which is yours?
I did get my Lindt Excellence Easter egg and a mini Lindt Easter bunny too, so I didn’t go too mad with the chocolate. Obviously the cats weren’t allowed to have any but Milo joined in the ‘eggstravaganza’ by squeezing himself into the Easter egg box. He absolutely loves boxes of any size, but this was really funny as he was virtually wearing it.
Both of the cats had a shock this week when they went up onto the first floor landing to discover that the metal spiral staircase they liked to play on had disappeared – hooray!
It was amusing to watch them go into the different bedrooms looking for it! There was just a big hole in the ceiling with no way up to the loft room until the new staircase arrived yesterday – I can’t wait to get started with properly sorting our house out.
Over Easter, my friend Denise, from our Price is Right days, tweeted this photograph from last weekend’s Daily Mail magazine. Take a look at the date of the original show broadcast – 24th March 1984! Denise is the one on the far left – do you know which one I am? I loved those suits with the tulip hemline skirts – very flattering for my ‘dancer’s’ calves. You could almost get away with those suits now, apart from the 80s’ shoulder pads!
Talking of fashion, today’s Focus on Fashion is on Absolutely Famous Knitwear, which I am presenting tomorrow at 4pm.
Do you remember the Christmas jumpers we were all wearing on air? They were by the same brand and I was wondering what sort of designs would be in their spring collection. There is lots of open weave and some fringing. I’ve picked out a few styles I particularly like from the collection.:
I have a busy few days on QVC so hopefully you can join me for some of my hours – please remember that they are subject to change in unforeseen circumstances:
3pm Prai beauty
5pm Fashion on Friday with Vionics (a change to the schedule)
6pm Bare Minerals
3pm Yankee Candles
4pm Absolutely Famous Knitwear
11am Laura Gellar – the Today’s Special Value is fab
2pm Laura Gellar
4pm Household Helpers featuring Miele (best dishwasher I have ever had was by Miele)
5pm Clever Cleaning featuring Shark
You can also follow me on Twitter @Julia RobertsQVC and for info on my books it’s www.juliarobertsbooks.co.uk – there is a link on there this week to a blog piece I was asked to write for the Romantic Novelists Association, if you fancy a read.
I hope you don’t get April Fooled.