With Teresa

Reunited

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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.

Liz Earle celebrate 20

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.

With Liz Earle guest Caroline

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.

Milo in a box

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.

Our stairs before and after

 

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!

Daily Mail cutting

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.:

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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:

Today

3pm Prai beauty
5pm Fashion on Friday with Vionics (a change to the schedule)
6pm Bare Minerals

Tomorrow

1pm L’Occitane
3pm Yankee Candles
4pm Absolutely Famous Knitwear

Sunday

11am Laura Gellar – the Today’s Special Value is fab
12pm Kipling
2pm Laura Gellar

Monday

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.

Much love,

Julia xx

15 Comments

  1. Susanne F April 1, 2016 at 2:52 pm -  Reply

    Hello Julia

    Agree with you TOTALLY re: Casino Royale being the best 007 film – it’s the one we watch more than any of the others, although his co-star (Eva Green) is the worst Bond girl ever (mumbles a lot) and ruins the film every time. What did you think of Javier Bardem’s supposedly “terrifying” character in Skyfall? He was hilarious to us – just looks like Javier Bardem with false teeth and a bad blonde wig!

    Bet Daniel Craig does another one.

    • Julia Roberts April 7, 2016 at 10:28 pm -  Reply

      Hi Susanne
      I HOPE Daniel Craig does another one – I think his Bond movies are very different from previous ones. I didn’t like Skyfall at all when I first saw it but, like the others, it has grown on me – I get what you mean about Javier Bardem! I get vertigo just watching the fight scene in the skyscraper in Shanghai.
      Love
      Julia x

  2. Hester Tulloch April 1, 2016 at 6:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia I live in Inverness and spent Easter in Banchory near Aberdeen with my sister and I took Spectre down on DVDs to watch, when it finished I said I think I need to watch that again!!! My favourite so far has been Quantum of solace but I think it will ultimately be Spectre. Love your cats I have a white and black long haired boy and he also likes boxes I think all cats do.

    • Julia Roberts April 7, 2016 at 10:37 pm -  Reply

      Hi Hester
      There are lots of bits of Quantum I like – the bit in Bolivia where Bond says ‘we’re school teachers on sabbatical and we’ve just won the lottery ‘ has me in stitches, but when Mathis is killed I always shed a little tear. Such good films. Hope I grow to love Spectre.
      I think you’re right about most cats loving boxes but I’ve never seen my Poppy in one
      Love
      Julia x

  3. Julie Griffiths April 2, 2016 at 5:47 am -  Reply

    Hi julia
    Thanks for tv hrs again. Great!! I record your hours if I can’t see them so it’s great to catch up.
    Your new staircase looks good. We too would like something similar up to our attic. So you have spurred me on now to look round. Did you get a local builder to adapt it. Bet your pleased with results.
    Just purchased my new iPhone from QVC. Been on wait list so going to sort that out today. All exciting stuff.
    LOVE QVC’!!!!
    Looking forward to your shows today. Thanks again for always putting on air hours down. Appreciate it. Know I’m a pain but do so enjoy your chatty hours. Be in touch .
    Love Julie. Xxx

    • Julia Roberts April 7, 2016 at 10:41 pm -  Reply

      Hi Julie
      D you really record my hours? I’m honoured! I am contemplating getting an iPhone when I next upgrade. I find my iPad easy to use now so hopefully I’d be ok.
      We had an architect draw plans for the staircase as our ceilings are high so we needed extra treads – it came flat-packed and the guy assembled on site.
      Next job is a new boiler & replacing some radiators,
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  4. ann cain April 3, 2016 at 2:30 pm -  Reply

    2nd from the right.

  5. Marian Bolton April 4, 2016 at 5:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Just a quickie this time which makes a change for me!
    Firstly, that is a gorgeous picture of you and Teresa. You’re such a beauty, and I mean that.
    Also LOVE the photo of Milo, bless, how funny!
    I visited a work colleague’s farm yesterday and bottle fed one of their lambs. Too precious! That’s something ticked off my bucket list!
    Bye for now lovely.
    Marian xx

    • Julia Roberts April 7, 2016 at 10:45 pm -  Reply

      Hi Marian
      My friend Nat, at QVC, took that snap on her phone! I like it so much that I might use it as my Twitter avatar – thanks for the compliment!
      I’ve bottle fed a kid (goat that is, rather than child) which I suppose must be similar.
      Looks like Milo will be moving out soon – more on next week’s blog.
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  6. Linda finch April 4, 2016 at 11:25 pm -  Reply

    hi Julia,we had a very quite Easter because my hubby is recovering from an operation on his ankle he has just spent 6 weeks in plaster having to keep his leg elevated when sitting not able to put any weight on it at all so no driving ,not able to do anything . Last Friday April 1he went to have his pot off which was a great relief but a disappointment also because his surgeon told him still another 6week’s of complete rest which he didn’t expect so still no driving, but I must say he hasn’t been too bad at sitting doing nothing. I have kept him supplied with plenty of crosswords ,just keeping fingers crossed that when we go back in 6wks everything will be fine ,and he will be back in his garden cos it’s driving him mad not being able to get at it . Look after your self love Linda Finch xx

    • Julia Roberts April 7, 2016 at 10:49 pm -  Reply

      Hello Linda
      Oh no! Your poor hubbie. Did you think it was an unfunny April Fool’s joke at first? I guess these things take time to heal properly so make sure he obeys instructions – men generally speaking don’t make great patients so it sounds as though yours is the exception to the rule.
      Love to you both
      Julia x

  7. Joanna Downey April 5, 2016 at 8:59 am -  Reply

    Hello Julia, I’m writing this holed up with Sox in our bedroom as the gas men pull my home apart replacing the boiler and pipes, everything is everywhere and Sox looks pained to say the least! There are several boxes up here and like Milo, all cats actually, he loves curling up in one. Your staircase looks very smart – does your house smell of new wood? That’s a lovely photo of the two of you and it’s easy to see that you are dancers, how lovely to catch up and have the years disappear. I love a Bond film and saw Spectre on it’s release day; sitting in the dark of a cinema with that amazing surround sound and watching James save the World is a treat. The Daniel Craig years have have given us darker Bonds but I love them just as much as the “fluffier” ones. Skyfall is my favourite and at the part when M is making all the booby traps my lovely husband whispered “Just like in Home Alone”. Two days until wearing my Kim jumpsuit at Rick Astley concert, hopefully by then Sox will have got over his nervous breakdown. Love from Jo x

    • Julia Roberts April 7, 2016 at 11:00 pm -  Reply

      Hi Jo
      As I write this you will be on your way home from the Rick Astley concert – I hope you enjoyed it & were comfy in your jumpsuit.
      We will be in a similar situation to you & Sox in a couple of weeks when we have our boiler replaced. It will be mayhem unless I go away with the cats for a couple of days.
      I’m very pleased with the new staircase – finally feels like we have a top floor to the house – we’re going to move the office up there as well as a spare bedroom.
      Teresa definitely moves like a dancer – I still have the upper body posture but my dodgy leg is letting me down a bit these days – shouldn’t moan, at least I’m still mobile!
      Skyfall is my least favourite Daniel Craig ‘Bond’ but probably cos I haven’t watched it as many times.
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  8. TINA S April 6, 2016 at 12:09 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    How lovely to have met up with your friend after so many years. I think I mentioned a while back that I met up with an old friend from my student nursing days . We started our training together in
    1976! We met up last year after losing touch for about 40 years. We chatted as if it was yesterday and the years rolled away. We are hoping to go to the hospital reunion planned for September.
    I can’t believe we are into April already and Easter has been and gone. We’ve still got a couple of chocolate Easter bunnies left so we’ve been quite good at not eating too much chocolate.
    We’ve had a few sunny days again but it’s keeping quite chilly. Saying that, we had snow in the April that I started my training! We were down Porthcawl today and I couldn’t believe how many were in flimsy , summery clothes. I sat there with my scarf , coat , gloves and furry hat on. At least it’s better than all that rain.
    Time has run away again so must make tracks.
    All the best, Tina S x

    • Julia Roberts April 7, 2016 at 11:07 pm -  Reply

      Hi Tina
      Yes, I remember you saying about meeting up with your old friend from your student nursing days – funny how the years just roll away. It’s also funny how the two of us remembered different things. I remember Teresa’s brother getting me drunk for the first time in my life when he took us out to celebrate Teresa’s birthday. She remembers my mum cleaning & dressing her badly cut toe after the first aiders on Skegness beach hadn’t done a good job.
      The weather has been really mixed here this week – one minute hailstones the next bright sunshine, not that I’ve been out in it as I’ve got my head down finishing my 3rd novel – nearly there.
      Speak soon
      Julia x

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