RIP

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Firstly apologies that I didn't write a blog last week… around this time last Friday I learned that my friend and work colleague, Stretch, had passed away… it was devastating news. We had become very close as he was being treated for a different type of leukaemia at the same hospital as me and initially by my consultant, and when I needed a shoulder to cry on or a comforting hug whilst at work, he was there for me.

I don't want to say too much here but suffice to say that everyone at QVC who had known and worked alongside him for almost twenty years was shocked and saddened. I will miss him terribly.
 


The one ray of light for me me over the last week has been the new addition to our family in the form of Wilfy the kitten. We had no intention of getting a new kitten as Poppy is quite timid and elderly and doesn't mix well… let me explain.

Wilfy Cheeky Wilfy

On Tuesday evening last week I arranged to treat my family to dinner as a celebration of my 20 years at QVC. It was a week late but the first opportunity we could all meet up due to work commitments. We arranged to meet in Surbiton as Sophie was the only one of us who had been working that day. 

The lovely WilfyAfter dinner Sophie was insistent that we should pop into her flat to see Oskar, her cat, and have a coffee. She disappeared the moment we got back, as did her brother, so I flicked the switch on the kettle and started playing with Ozzie. Minutes later they appeared, each holding a tiny kitten.

To cut a long story sideways, a friend of Sophie's had got a new kitten and Sophie thought that it seemed very young, too young, to be away from its mother. Worried that the rest of the litter might not be found homes she went to see the family and left with two kittens and the promise that she would home the others if necessary.

She had already mentioned them to a cat-loving work colleague, who agreed to take one but the other little baby couldn't be left on his own as Sophie and her flatmate were both working the next day.

The obvious solution was for me to kitten-sit for the day. I was quite surprised when I picked him up at lunchtime to be handed a box containing twelve sachets of kitten food and a tub of kitty milk powder… was he a big eater???? 

Little WilfyHe stayed with us overnight sleeping in his little igloo-shaped kitten bed that had a heated pad in the bottom and slept right through, although I can't say the same for me as I was listening out for his miaows.

The next morning I arranged a visit to my vet to have him checked over. The vet said he was approximately five weeks old but in surprisingly good health for such a little kitten – he also confirmed that it was a boy!

He has been an amazing little chap, feeding from his bowl and using his litter tray and playing with his scratching post and a ball of wool. The plan is that he will be Daniel's cat when he leaves home which is why we let Dan name him… Wilfy, after former Crystal Palace player Wilfred Zaha. So that's the end of the story… well not quite!

I got home from work on Saturday to find Sophie and her friend Sarah had arrived with two more of the kittens, a ginger and another black one. Sophie had decided to keep the ginger one but was hoping I would take the other one.

I didn't think it would be fair on Poppy but there is a little bit of me that is regretting it now that it has gone to a new home! I apologise in advance if you spot any little scratches on my hands during jewellery shows over the next few weeks… blame Wilfy!

It's been difficult leaving him to go into work but it's been a busy week including of course the annual Breast Cancer Care show on Wednesday night hosted by Charlie and Debbie. Thanks to all of you who shopped, donated and bid for the auction prizes to help us raise so much money – currently over £300,000!!!

Undoubtedly the most poignant moment of the evening was the tribute video of our lovely model Amica who we lost to breast cancer two months ago. It was my friend Natalie Gray's idea and helped us all to remember the happy smiling person she was before this terrible illness claimed her. In case you didn't see it on the night, here it is introduced by Charlie, who was very close to her.

 

Wilfy loves QVC tooI'm off this weekend but I hope you all enjoy the Christmas Shopping weekend on QVC.

I've been shopping this week too but it's not a gift for someone else, it's a pressie to myself… if you were watching my Centigrade show on Tuesday you might know what it is but Wilfy has no idea!!!

Much love, Julia xx

47 Comments

  1. Pam Colvin October 18, 2013 at 10:03 pm -  Reply

    Love your story of the kittens, such appealing little souls. My 2 year old cat started off as a kitten we were fostering for our son while he flat hunted but we ended up adopting him and adoring him. What a moving tribute to Amica from Charlie, really heartfelt. It’s strange, I only knew as much as I saw of her on QVC but it was such a shock to hear of her death ; and Beulah, who I did actually meet and exchange a few words with at a QVC fashion show, I was very sad to hear of her passing. It gave me a bit of a jolt because I had a melanoma removed a couple of years ago and really didn’t appreciate how lucky I was to have had it removed in time thanks to my dermatologist.
    I hope you’re feeling as well as you look Julia- you’re my age and I think we’re not bad for our mid fifties. I suppose I identify with you more so than some of the younger presenters. Good luck with your prognosis and may you stay healthy , happy and active.

  2. Linda Ellson October 19, 2013 at 7:22 am -  Reply

    Hello Julia, just looking at your kitten who is lovely, we are in the same predicament a few weeks ago by beautiful boy Toby went out and never came home, we found out a few days later that a black cat with red collar had been run over on the road behind us we looked for him and the council had not picked him up, I miss him so much, I did intend to get a new kitten but a few weeks later anyway, someone got in touch to say they had a black kitten 8weeks old, so I saw him and that was it he is now 10 weeks and a bundle of energy we called him Charlie as was not sure of his sex but defo a boy he makes us laugh and boy can he eat.

  3. Elizabeth Morton October 19, 2013 at 11:51 am -  Reply

    Dear Julia,
    Understandably it sounds like you’ve had a really tough week – I am really sorry to hear about the passing of your friend and colleague Stretch.
    Thank you for adding the video clip of Amica, I didn’t get a chance to watch QVC on BCC night (Sorry) and now having watched it, it was a lovely tribute to a great person.
    I hope you’ve had a nice weekend and that Wilfy continues to bring smiles into your home – animals are great and cats ARE my favourite!
    Best wishes,
    Beth XXX.

  4. Jean October 20, 2013 at 1:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    So sorry to hear about the loss of your friend and colleague, very sad for you especially, and his family and everyone he worked with.
    What a gorgeous little kitten, those appealing eyes and face who could turn him away. Sophie will have her hands full as well. Yes you are right that Poppy would get upset, I think it is harder for an older cat to accept a kitten, as the kitten always wants to be boisterous and the older one want’s to take it easy, and also it has been her home for so long and they are bound to get jealous.
    Yes a great amount of money raised for Breast Cancer Care. Lovely tribute to Amica, she was a lovely bubbly person, and always had that gorgeous smile whatever. It was so sad especially for her family and everone who worked with her.
    Hope you had a great weekend off, did not see you on the Centigrade show. I did do some more of my Christmas Shpping this morning on QVC.
    Anyway take care, and have great fun with that gorgeous kitten, love the photographs especially where he is tucked up in his igloo.
    Love Jean XX

  5. TINA / WEST GLAM. October 20, 2013 at 3:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Just wiping the tears away after watching the tribute video clip of dear Amica. It’s still hard to believe she’s no longer with us. It is so ,so sad.
    The pictures of your new “edition” to your family are really cute. Sadly we lost our cat Chloe a number of years ago. The vet found a lump and it was inoperatable. I was so devastated that I vowed I would never have another cat. But now after 10 years I would consider getting another one. The only problem is we live in a very busy area. We live near a very busy road and a railway line! We are hoping to move soon so will be on the look-out for a little furry minx!
    Very best wishes, Tina (South Wales)

  6. Carole cooper October 20, 2013 at 5:05 pm -  Reply

    I love your kitten wilfy he is really cute. I watch the last 2 hours of breast cancer awareness and was waiting for butler and Wilson it never came I must have mist it or it sold out quick, I was very sad about amica couldent believe that could happen to such a nice person and the tribute qvc did it brought a tear to my eye. My lastest purchase are the flameless candles they are brilliant got all 3 now. Bye bye for now Carole wigan

  7. Una October 20, 2013 at 11:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    So sorry to hear of yet another loss at QVC.
    Una x

  8. Anne Lewis October 21, 2013 at 1:24 am -  Reply

    Very sorry to hear about Amica. She was a lovely lady. I had hoped that she was just on holiday or had moved on to pastures nes, like a few QVC presenters lately. My mother had breast cancer but fortunately was diagnosed quickly at age 65. She died of complications following a fall aged 85 in 2009. It does not get better with time, time just let’s you learn to cope better.
    My best wishes to all her family and friends.
    Anne

  9. Diane gilbank October 21, 2013 at 8:49 am -  Reply

    A lovely blog julia and so heartfelt and moving. You have all been through the wringer recently with the sadness of amica and belua, and now your friend. It just shows how much sadness can go on behind the scenes. It also must be very hard when you have got such an illness as you have. We know there are no guarantees in life, but I suspect you become more and more grateful for every day. The Brest cancer care evening was again a great night and I enjoy it every year. It’s lovely to see so many of the staff at qvc together too.
    Onto your gorgeous addition of Wilfy!! How cute and adorable is he? And full of fun already. I am sure he will
    be a great addition to your family and very well loved of course!
    I hope you have enjoyed your weekend off and have done exactly what makes you content.
    Much love and thoughts julia,
    Diane xxxx

  10. Lin October 21, 2013 at 1:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Was just doing a bit of catching up on the blogs and am so sad to hear about Amica. I had no idea and it’s strange because it was such a shock..she was beautiful inside and out. It’s like losing a friend and I am so sorry for you all and of course, for her family. My friend’s daughter is 30 and is going through treatment now so we are all keeping everything crossed.
    I also did not know about Beulah…I must have had my head in the sand for a few months. I am really sorry.
    On the happier side..love the pics..very cute. And I hope you are well now..you looked great the other night.

  11. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen watching via sky tv October 21, 2013 at 5:37 pm -  Reply

    hi julia hope you and the family are well.iam not bad i week past saturday done my xmas shopping 10 minutes thornstons john lewis just gift vouchers and sweets

  12. Vanessa Spink October 21, 2013 at 5:48 pm -  Reply

    Dear Julia, I’m sorry to see from your blog that you are not very well, yet you carry on and cheer up your QVC viewers! Sending you and your family (&Wilfy) all best wishes, love from Vanessa xx

  13. Ann Claypole October 21, 2013 at 6:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I have just read your blog and would like to express my condolences for the loss of your friend. QVC seems to have had more than its fair share of sadness in the last year or 2. I did not know about Amica and Beulah until recently. I saw Charlie’s tribute to Amica but did not know anything about Beulah. They were both beautiful inside and outside. I thought Beulah had moved on to pastures new as I know she worked on other things as well as QVC. On a more positive note what a lovely kitten! I think Wilfy will be a bundle of fun. Animals can give so much unconditional love and attention.
    Julia please take care. I wish you lots of love and thoughts.
    Ann X

  14. Marian Bolton October 22, 2013 at 8:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    You’ve all had such a sad time at The Q over the last few months. I’m so sorry you’ve lost another friend and colleague. You’re all such true professionals though. We can see it’s taking its toll on many of you, but it doesn’t affect how any of you present to us. Bless you all.
    I love Wilfy …. what a little cutie! They’re such fun at that age … I’m tempted but I don’t think Casper would take kindly to sharing ‘Mommies’ affections!!
    Not too long now to the next Elemis TSV. The bed’s half paid for now so not much longer before I can let rip again!! Still sleeping much better and it’s been worth every penny.
    I thought you’d like to know that we had a ‘Benefits Bake Off’ last week to raise money for charity. I couldn’t enter as I was asked to be a judge ……. awful job but somebody’s got to do it! Chris decided he would enter. How he ever thought he’d manage to bake unbeknown to me is beyond me …especially since he baked a caramelised quiche and a chocolate/hazlenut cake! I’m sure you can fair smell the aroma’s that were wafting all over the house! Needless to say I had to drop out of the judging!! But even worse was that I didn’t get a look in with the quiche. When the judging was over, all the baking was sliced up and sold off for charity. By the time I knew the sale had begun, it had all gone! I tell yer, I was not impressed! Good job there was some choccy cake left or there’d have been hell to pay!! Chris didn’t win by the way, but he should have done!! See, just as well I didn’t judge!!
    Lots of love
    Marian
    xx

  15. Julia Shepherd October 22, 2013 at 9:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, just reading your blog and am sorry to hear that you have lost more friends in the QVC family. I didn’t know that Amica had passed away, kept wondering why I hadn’t seen her recently as I know she used to be on the Gatineau shows regularly. Like others I thought she may have moved on to pastures new. Am so sorry for her family and all of you at QVC who knew her well.
    Glad to hear that you are keeping well, lovely to read of your family meal to celebrate 20 years of QVC and your new addition Wilfy.
    Best wishes Julia

  16. Antoinette Duncan October 23, 2013 at 10:57 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia. First let me say I havnt watched as much of QVC as I used to so all the news about yourself, Beulah and Amica has hit me very like a bolt from the blue.I am feeling very teary as I met Amica at one of the Diamonque days and she was so beautiful inside and out.I had to leave before the ballet was called as I had come over from Belfast for the day so she took my phone number and my ticket andphoned to tell my husband that I had won. She had QVC ring and let me and I picked a lovely braclet.I thought that was so kind of her. I have spoken to you a few times so it feels like I know you all. So sorry again and I hope you keep well. God Bless and love from me. Antoinette Duncan xxx

  17. Vivienne Wallis October 23, 2013 at 12:13 pm -  Reply

    Such a heart rending blog Julia please accept my sincere condolences to you and all of your QVC colleagues. I do hope that all is well with you, I love your style of presenting it is a pleasure to have you in my home (so to speak). I can understand why Wilfy stole your heart he is gorgeous a little bundle of black mischief.

  18. julie pluck October 23, 2013 at 8:34 pm -  Reply

    Thank you Julia for putting the tribute to Amica on your blog. I was out of the country on the Cancer Care night( which I always watch ) so glad I got to see it. I am glad you are keeping well and wish you sincerely Good Health for your 21st year at QVC and always….Jules.

  19. Julia roberts October 23, 2013 at 9:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pam
    I am wondering whether we will end up keeping Wilfy …. my son Dan said the other day maybe he could keep Poppy my old cat as she took less looking after ….. I DON’T think so!! She is still not liking Wilfy.
    Charlie was very close to Amica and her family and it was a lovely and fitting tribute I thought.
    All of us who have been diagnosed with any type of cancer can never become complacent even when treatment is going well – it has certainly reaffirmed the priorities in my life ….. My family and close friends.
    Love
    Julia x

  20. Julia roberts October 23, 2013 at 9:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Linda
    I am so sorry to hear about Toby. We lost two cats to road accidents and it s very distressing.
    I hope Charlie will bring you lots of pleasure. Wilfy is still not eating masses ( only one sachet a day) so we are supplementing with kitten milk and he as a little hard food too. I think he still misses his mummy as he ‘roots’ in my hair ….. he is adorable
    Love
    Julia x

  21. Julia roberts October 23, 2013 at 9:48 pm -  Reply

    Hello Beth
    It has been a tough time … the funeral was yesterday and there was an amazing number of people from QVC all of whom had been blessed to know Stretch …. he was a very special person.
    Wilfy really has been my salvation at times during the last ten days
    Love
    Julia x

  22. Julia roberts October 23, 2013 at 10:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jean
    Things are still a little awkward between Poppy and Wilfy ….. she knows he’s living in the house but she doesn’t want to mix with him – hopefully she will come to terms with it eventually. She lived happily alongside Dylan and then Daisy after Dylan died but she has been on her own for a few years now so has probably forgotten how to share. Wilfy looks so cute in his little igloo.
    Thanks for your comments about Stretch and Amica – what a sad year this has been at QVC.
    I treated myself to a new quilted, belted Centigrade coat which I fell in love with during the show! I’m almost looking forward to the cold weather …. almost!
    Love
    Julia x

  23. Julia roberts October 23, 2013 at 10:39 pm -  Reply

    Hello Tina
    I loved that the tribute to Amica showed her all smiles which is how we want to remember her.
    I hope you will get another cat when you move. My mum waited for nearly four years after my dad died before she got Tabby and now they are inseperable – they are such good company. Let me know if you get one
    Love
    Julia x

  24. Julia roberts October 23, 2013 at 10:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Carole
    Yes you did miss Butler and Wilson, it was on in the first half an hour and sold out very quickly. Then Simon manned the phones with me for a little while. It was a very busy show and raised lots of money for BCC thanks to you guys at home and the vendors who supplied the products to sell.
    Love
    Julia x

  25. Julia roberts October 23, 2013 at 10:48 pm -  Reply

    Thanks Una – I hope all is ok with you?
    Love
    Julia x

  26. Julia roberts October 23, 2013 at 10:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anne
    Yes we lost Amica two months ago … terribly sad after such a brave fight. My mum also had breast cancer and my sister but thankfully both are doing well at the moment.
    Love
    Julia x

  27. Julia roberts October 23, 2013 at 11:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Diane
    It was very emotional at the funeral yesterday – there was a wonderful turn-out of QVC friends and colleagues who have known him for almost twenty years and of course his family and friends from outside work … He was very well liked.
    Wilfy is completely adorable … he is still not eating much but we supplement it with kitty milk as he is so young. He has now learned to go up and down stairs which is not good news for our older cat Poppy! He loves my iPad ( he is trying to help me type at the moment) and even has his own ‘game for cats’ which he is very good at.
    I was a bit zonked on Saturday but I managed to write a couple of chapters of my book on Sunday which made me happy.
    I think of you often
    Love
    Julia x

  28. Julia roberts October 23, 2013 at 11:10 pm -  Reply

    Hello Lin
    Maybe it is because both of these losses came so close together ….. it’s been a dreadful few months particularly for their families.
    I’m doing ok thanks – not quite in remission yet but hoping I might be at my next test in a month’s time – I never take anything for granted though.
    I hope everything goes well for your friend’s daughter
    Love
    Julia x

  29. Julia roberts October 23, 2013 at 11:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Martin
    We are all ok thanks. I remember you like to get your Christmas shopping done early. I hope you will still be watching Christmas in October on Friday?
    Love
    Julia x

  30. Julia roberts October 23, 2013 at 11:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Vanessa
    Thanks for your concern for my health. I have responded very well to treatment so far and hoping I might reach remission after my test at the end of next month … It would be a wonderful Christmas present for my whole family
    Love
    Julia x

  31. Julia roberts October 23, 2013 at 11:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ann
    You are so right – both Beulah and Amica were lovely girls. It still feels strange that we won’t have them gracing our screens again. Cancer is a dreadful illness and to have lost three friends to different forms of it in the last six months has been very upsetting for many of us working at QVC.
    Wilfy is adorable – he is so young that he loves to nuzzle my neck a if I am his mummy …. I don’t mind at all although he does occasionally get carried away and scratch or bite by accident.
    Thanks for your kind wishes – I’m lucky that I have people around me to look after me
    Love
    Julia x

  32. Julia roberts October 24, 2013 at 4:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Marian
    Yes it has been a tough few months losing some truly lovely people and very difficult to carry on at times – my thoughts are always with their nearest and dearest as it is so difficult to resume any kind of normality.
    Chris’s baking efforts sound delicious …. my Chris does not bake although he’s not bad at making dinner! As you say good job you weren’t a judge as I think you may have been biased.
    Wilfy is a little darling … what a lift for the spirits to have to care for something so reliant on you. He loves to cuddle into my neck and chew on my hair …. don’t tell my hairdresser!
    Only three weeks to the Elemis TSV …. I am doing the Sunday morning show I think.
    Glad you are still pleased with the bed
    Love
    Julia x

  33. Julia roberts October 24, 2013 at 4:16 pm -  Reply

    Hello Julia
    It was shocking for us all when we lost Amica so soon after Beulah …. both beautiful people … and now our latest loss. It has been a dreadful few months.
    I wanted to celebrate the 20 years of QVC with my family as it has been a huge part of their lives too.
    I’m still responding really well to treatment and will keep you all updated on here from time to time. I am going to a charity event this evening for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research – maybe one day the scientists will find the cure for all cancers and let’s hope that day is not too far away.
    Wilfy is adorable
    Love
    Julia x

  34. Julia roberts October 24, 2013 at 4:19 pm -  Reply

    Hello Antoinette
    What a lovely story about Amica and in truth one that doesn’t surprise me at all – she was a lovely person, as was Beulah. I’m sorry the news of their passing came as a shock to you.
    I’m doing well on the medication at the moment and hopeful of reaching remission soon.
    Love
    Julia x

  35. Julia roberts October 24, 2013 at 4:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Vivienne
    Thank you for your kind compliments on my presenting style and also for allowing me into your home – I’m always mindful that you are in control of the on/off switch!
    Stretch was a larger than life character and friend to so many of us and will be sorely missed.
    Wilfy is growing by the day although we are still supplementing his food with kitten milk …. he is a bundle of joy as well as mischief!
    Love
    Julia x

  36. Julia roberts October 24, 2013 at 4:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jules
    I wanted people to see the tribute to Amica that Natalie had done as it will help us to remember her as the laughing smiling person she was before cancer claimed her.
    I’m doing well at the moment …. next big test is on 28th November so I should have the results two weeks after that …. I’m keeping everything crossed!
    Love
    Julia x

  37. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen watching via sky tv October 24, 2013 at 6:20 pm -  Reply

    hi julia i will be watching some of xmas in october on friday evening as iam working through the day been busy last 2weeks as it has been schools holidays at work nevermind i have 1o days holidays for winter from 7th november somthing to look forward to and off new year time off 31st december 1stm to 5ht jan as well

  38. Steven October 24, 2013 at 7:41 pm -  Reply

    Sorry to hear of your loss Julia.
    What do you make of Ian Holloway leaving CPFC – bit of a shock to me I have to say. Loved how honest the press conference was though from both IH and Steve Parrish. Tony Pullis next is it? How do you think he will do? Did well with Stoke but also made them pretty boring to watch too
    Hope you are well xx

  39. Julia roberts October 25, 2013 at 11:42 am -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    Thanks, it was a horrible shock but at least his battle with leukaemia is over now.
    I was at the game on Monday night ….. people forget that for the first 30 minutes we were all over Fulham until the wonder goal and still did ok until they scored the 2nd just before half time. The difference between a team that play as a team and a bunch of individuals is trust ….. in the second half they didn’t have the team spirit that won us promotion and IH admitted that is because he signed too many players and ripped the heart out of our team. I think he was sad to be leaving but recognised that he couldn’t ‘manage’ the players he had signed!
    I’m not a fan of Tony Pulis style of football but I do know (inside source) that he doesn’t take any rubbish from the players. Whilst I would prefer Di Matteo for his flair I think Pulis maybe what we need right now. We shall see … going to the Arsenal game tomorrow – at least I expect a thrashing in that one!
    Hope Rangers are still doing ok?
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  40. Julia roberts October 25, 2013 at 11:58 am -  Reply

    Hi Martin
    It’s nice to have holiday to look forward to. I still have lots of annual leave to take before March so I had better get organised. Hope you enjoy whatever you manage to see of Christmas in October … I’m not on until midnight launching the Liz Earle Christmas TSV
    Love
    Julia x

  41. Steven October 26, 2013 at 9:52 am -  Reply

    Arsenal are flying at the moment Julia so probably a tough one. Totally agree with you on Pullis he could be exactly what is needed.
    We are doing well thanks. ten points ahead in the league so its looking like another step back to where we belong. There are still a lot of off field issues but I’m sick of talking about them so I wont go into them with you!
    Hope you have a nice weekend and fingers crossed Palace can sneak something in the Arsenal game. We play East Fife. Im not going though because its at their place. Still got my season ticket for Ibrox though
    Thanks for your reply
    Take care xx

  42. Margaret McVea October 27, 2013 at 9:36 pm -  Reply

    Hello Julia just watched Charlies tribute to Amica I did not know she had died it is very sad she was a beautiful person and used to light up the screen I wish her family all the best and I know she will be with them forever best wishes to you to
    Love Margaret x

  43. Angela Austin November 19, 2013 at 12:21 am -  Reply

    Keep strong Julia… Best presenter on QVC – miss seeing you these days so much. Soo sad when Amica passed away… Just watched the video and have tears rolling. So sad such a beautiful, genuinely nice and caring person… You can just tell. So sad for her family and children. I love QVC. Xx

  44. Julia roberts December 5, 2013 at 10:23 am -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    Was just checking back through old blogs to make sure I hadn’t missed any replies and discovered I had!!!
    So we got Tony Pulis in the end and I think we are already starting to see the effect of his management style. It won’t necessarily be pretty football but if we stay up it will be worth it. It was a massive 3 points against West Ham on Tuesday. Hoping we can build on it with another 3 against Cardiff on Saturday, also at home.
    Did I mention that your keeper Steve Simonsen is a friend of mine??
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  45. Julia roberts December 5, 2013 at 10:25 am -  Reply

    Hello Margaret
    Sorry for the delay in replying – I only just found these posts. Thank you for your kind words about Amica she was beautiful inside and out and is much missed at QVC but as you say she will live forever in our hearts.
    Love
    Julia x

  46. Julia roberts December 5, 2013 at 10:30 am -  Reply

    Hello Angela
    Your intuition is right, Amica really was lovely and much missed.
    Thank you for your kind compliment. We all do fewer on air hours now than we used to as there is so much additional ‘stuff’ we now do, but I do still work four days a week. Maybe you watch a lot of TSV launches – I do fewer of them now as it takes me longer to recover …. that said I’m launching Bibi Bijoux tonight!
    Love
    Julia x

  47. Mary Caroline December 20, 2013 at 8:08 pm -  Reply

    HI
    So sorry to hear of all the recent sadness, I remember both ladies and they seemed so beautiful and full of vitality. what a horrible shock to their friends and family.
    I have been a customer of qvc from years but cannot remember anyone called Stretch, is my memory going? Please accept my condolances for his loss.
    Regards
    Caroline

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