Snowy deja vu!


Julia's Crystal Palace snowman Hi there,

I think we all thought that February's snow was a once-in-ten-year event, but we were so wrong! Last Thursday evening the weather forecast predicted snow to start falling at around 6pm in the south east – their timing was a little out, but by the time I left QVC at 10pm and driven to my village in Surrey less than 20 miles away, a good three to four inches of snow had already settled.

I only just made it up the hill to my house with maximum revs and a lot of sideways sliding, so luckily I didn't require my 'knight in a shiny four-wheel drive', although he was out and about helping others less fortunate than I.

I was working on Friday so decided to let the train take the strain as more snow was predicted. During the afternoon I rang home to check on the weather conditions and was told that Daniel was outside building a snowman.

I stayed in London on Friday night as I was on air again at 9am on Saturday morning, but when I eventually got home I went to check out the masterpiece – it bore no resemblance to a snowman at all! It was more of a pyramid really – apparently it was the wrong kind of snow for snowman making!

The snow hit us again on Monday afternoon and undaunted by his previous attempt, out went Daniel again, this time aided by Sophie, to have another go. What do you think to their efforts? I must admit to being pretty impressed, and I especially like the natty Palace scarf – a nice touch! Daniel wanted to call him Stan, Sophie preferred Dave, but I think he looks a bit of a Brian – what would you call him?

Incidentally, thank goodness for my Emu boots, which have kept my feet cosy and dry and helped prevent me from slipping over in this icy weather. I've only had them for a month and I've hardly had them off my feet! If you don't own a pair yet then watch out for their TSV on Monday 28th December. I'll be buying them too as, having tried mine on, Sophie has asked for a pair for her birthday on January 8th – perfect timing!

I'll be back on the TV on Boxing Day, but until then I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and hope that the snow doesn't spoil your travel plans!

Keep warm,
Julia. xx.


  1. Steven December 23, 2009 at 10:16 pm -  Reply

    Brilliant! Love the Palace scarf 😀
    Have a lovely Christmas Julia and hopefully speak to you on here soon. Take care and avoid the snow if you can! Its particularly bad up here. BOO!!!!! Slipping and sliding all the way to work but one bonus – I’m off til next tuesday!

  2. Jane Barber December 23, 2009 at 11:37 pm -  Reply

    hI Julia I love the snowman he is great, just wanted to wish you a really happy Christmas, hope you get something really nice, I am a lucky girl as my partner has bought me that lovely violet B Macowsky, handbag with the two pockets on the front, that was at the aniversary price, do you remember it? i am over the moon, I will look out for those Emu boots you said you have, are they wide fitting ? hope you are keeping nice and warm and cosy love from Jane xxxxx

  3. Lorraine December 29, 2009 at 8:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    I was watching the Beauty Tools and Acc. on Tuesday 29th December at 8pm and I LOVED LOVED LOVED your dress. Is it QVC?
    Happy and Healthy New Year to you and your family
    Lorraine x

  4. julia roberts December 31, 2009 at 12:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steven,
    Thought you might comment on the Palace scarf – it is lying forlornly on the grass now that the snow around it has melted …….. although the body of ‘Brian’ is still there! My sister only managed to go and fetch her box of pressies from their local town on Tuesday, they have been snowed in! Apparently we have more on the way – grrrreat!
    Keep warm
    Julia x

  5. julia roberts December 31, 2009 at 12:56 pm -  Reply

    Hello Jane
    Hope you are enjoying your B Makowsky purple bag?? – lucky girl! Did you get the Emu TSV – I waited up to order Sophie’s in chestnut – just as well I did, they sold out early again – and in answer to your question, yes they are good on a wide foot!
    Happy and Healthy 2010
    Julia x

  6. julia roberts December 31, 2009 at 12:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Lorraine
    Yes it is QVC – it is my latest find from the Ronnie Nichol range – I think it sold out in the show on the 16th, but hopefully they will get it back in stock as I’ve had lots of enquiries about it already, and I’ve only worn it twice.
    Happy 2010
    Julia x

  7. Steven January 4, 2010 at 1:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Happy New Year to you. The weather has been awful up here. I’ll be glad when it’s away but its meant to last another couple of weeks yet! Brrrrrr lol Hope you are having a good start to the year
    Steven x

  8. Delyth Jones January 6, 2010 at 10:00 pm -  Reply

    Julia, Hi and Happy New Year. In your advert for Que cut, you have the most fantastic lamps behind you, any hints as to where you got these?

  9. julia roberts January 7, 2010 at 10:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    The weather here is pretty dreadful too ………. lots of snow and more on the way on Sunday apparently!! Just spoke to my sister – they live on a remote farm and have been more or less snowed in since before Christmas!! (she was very relieved by the Old Firm score!).
    Not a great start to the new year for me I’m afraid as I’m not too well. Hope things are better with you
    Julia x

  10. julia roberts January 7, 2010 at 10:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Delyth,
    I’m afraid I can’t help as the advert was not shot in my house – we use location houses for our ‘promos’ most of the time ……….. although we did use my house for the Mothers Day promo with my daughter Sophie a couple of years ago – I wonder if you remember it?
    sorry I can’t help about the lamps
    Julia x

  11. Steven January 8, 2010 at 6:36 pm -  Reply

    Awww poor you! Hope you get better soon Julia. I had to go to the dentist and get a couple of fillings and I’m getting more work next week so not too great for me either if thats any consolation! I was pleased with the OF score because we were pretty much 2nd best throughout. It keeps our lead in tact for now. Hopefully it gets warmer soon and the pair os us get better too
    Take care gorgeous – a wee compliment will put a smile on your face 🙂

  12. elaine sallis January 9, 2010 at 9:03 pm -  Reply

    hi julia
    sorry to hear you are not well. You are very much missed. Hope you are better soon.

  13. Julie January 12, 2010 at 8:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Sorry to hear your not feeling very well. You have been missed on air hope you will soon be feeling better and look forward to seeing you soon.
    Julie x

  14. Marg January 12, 2010 at 9:58 pm -  Reply

    Hope you are improving Julia, you are really missed on the box.I know you are sensible enough to do the right thing and only come back when you are completley recovered, I’m sure lots of veiwers like myself wish you a speedy recovery and want to see you back at your vivacious best.
    All Best Wishes,

  15. julia roberts January 14, 2010 at 5:16 pm -  Reply

    Hello Elaine
    Thanks for the good wishes thought I was well enough to come into QVC last night, but ended up having a bit of a coughing fit ……… will try again tomorrow!
    much love
    Julia x

  16. julia roberts January 14, 2010 at 5:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    Hope your teeth are ok now? and your fingernails after the Cup game at the weekend??
    Still not quite better, but will try QVC again tomorrow and hope not to end up coughing!!
    Thanks for the compliment – always gratefully received
    Julia x

  17. julia roberts January 14, 2010 at 5:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julie,
    Thanks for your get well wishes – I had a go at coming into work last night but maybe it was a bit too soon – will try again tomorrow …….. I miss you guys too!
    Julia x

  18. julia roberts January 14, 2010 at 5:25 pm -  Reply

    Hello Marg
    I wish I’d read your post before attempting to work last night!! – seems I’m not so sensible after all. Actually I was feeling quite a lot better but I guess talking for 2 hours when I hadn’t been in for 2 weeks was a bit too much. Have decided to stay home today, but will try again tomorrow.
    Thanks for being so caring
    Julia x

  19. Magda Chetty January 14, 2010 at 7:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Glad to hear that your feeling better, hope you”ll be back to your normal self soon. I also had a very bad cold for 3 weeks, and could not test much of my Christmas dinner, I do feel better now but still have the cough. Iam off to Egypt tomorrow, may be a bit on sun will help.
    Hope you have a good break from the 18th, enjoy it what ever you do.
    Imay stay in Egypt for an extra week, so hope to see you in London at QVC after the 4th of FEB. By the way how do I contact you before my visit to QVC I do not want to put you out too much,but I”ll keep an eye on your blog while in Egypt.
    Hope so much to able to see you in Feb. All the best and keep warm.
    much love.

  20. Mrs Margaret Ngyou January 14, 2010 at 10:08 pm -  Reply

    hi julia,
    just love the long earrings you wear on air sometimes – the long silver ones with a heart in them, are they QVC
    if not where did you get them from – has my heart sent on them – love xxxxMargaret

  21. Steven January 15, 2010 at 4:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia hope you are fully recovered soon. I am fine now. Back next week for a bit of tidying up. I hope your team win and put a smile on your face. We play Hamilton again tomorrow in the League and again in the Cup replay at Ibrox on Tuesday! Sick of the sight of them!
    Take care and get well soon xx

  22. julia roberts January 17, 2010 at 4:50 pm -  Reply

    Hello Magda
    I hope you are enjoying Egypt?? We can keep in touch here – just let me know when you’re coming to London and we’ll organise something.
    Glad you’re feeling better – because I am rarely ill I had forgotten just how much we take our health for granted.
    Enjoy the sunshine and see you soon
    Julia xx

  23. julia roberts January 17, 2010 at 4:53 pm -  Reply

    Hello Margaret
    I love those earrings too – unfortunately I can’t tell you where I got them from because they were a present – so sorry I couldn’t help.
    Just had a thought – maybe I should suggest a similar style to our buyers?
    watch this space
    Julia xx

  24. julia roberts January 17, 2010 at 4:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    Nearly back to normal now. I have a couple of weeks off QVC from today so the rest will do be good and I’ll ready for anything from Feb 4th.
    My team did the business with a win at Plymouth, although I fear that might be the final appearance of Victor Moses in a Palace shirt – just hope we can avoid Administration.
    I think my sister is writing this season off for Celtic – good luck in the cup on Tuesday. We have Wolves in the next round of the FA cup on Saturday – fingers crossed.
    speak soon
    Julia xx

  25. Steven January 18, 2010 at 5:03 pm -  Reply

    Fingers crossed for the cup tie against Wolves Julia. I’m not counting my chickens yet you can tell your sister! We are in a good position now and it has all changed in the last 2 months – it could swing back the other way.
    Hope you enjoy your wee break and come back refreshed and beautiful as always

  26. julia roberts January 18, 2010 at 11:11 pm -  Reply

    Thanks Steven XX

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