Spring has sprung

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Hi there,

I hope you all enjoyed Mother's Day last weekend? I certainly did, and guess what? I actually had a card this year from Chris to accompany the beautiful flowers which I'm lucky enough to get every year.

I love flowers, especially fragrant ones, and I really enjoy the spring and summer when I can cut them from my own garden and bring them indoors to brighten up the house.


Speaking of gardening, I FINALLY got out there last weekend with my Mum, who is always a great help. She cut back the roses and fuchsias and dug over the flower beds (just with a trowel, before you start imaging her wielding a huge fork or spade!). All that inspired me to trim the privet hedge and the hydrangeas, and to plant up my Babylon Bowls with some primulas.

There's still lots to do so I'll definitely be watching, and hopefully presenting, some shows with Richard Jackson over the coming months, searching for inspiration. I normally just put Busy Lizzies in the various hanging baskets I have, but this year I fancy trying something new… any ideas?

While we were out in the sunshine in the garden we noticed that the blue tits are back, and this year there seems to be two couples nesting in the bird house – perhaps they're setting up a birdy commune!

Look forward to being with you over this weekend with the Elemis Mini Series, Northern Nights and DuWop cosmetics, which I'm looking forward to at 6pm on Saturday evening.

Till then,
Much love,
Julia. xx.

30 Comments

  1. dorothy March 19, 2010 at 6:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Just like to say photo of you and daniel is lovely he has grown up but his feature’s have never changed, the one with shopie they look so cute shame they grow to quick. I had lovely mother’s day laura came over then we went down to mam’s laura always buys her a card and present.
    Then we went shopping laura wanted wardrobe and bed for spare room. Davy told her it was mother’s day not laura’s day but like what i say she might as well have it now she’s going to get it when where gone. As for flowers the fuchsia’s and begoia’s from qvc are fantastic they went on till late november they just kept flowering. The peony’s are lovely but they dont last long real shame.
    love best wishes
    dorothy xxx

  2. Magda Chetty March 19, 2010 at 9:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Yes Spring has sprung at last, after having snow here in Mallorca a few weeks ago and the cold last week, boy was it cold, the lot of us ended up with a bad cold, but thank God now the sun is out and it is warm all day for the last 4 days, I feel much better, and like you can”t wait to work in the garden. And I”ll be watching Richard J for new ideas.
    I can”t wait for the Elemis Mini Series, you make it so much fun so I”ll be watching.
    I”m now booked to come to London May 10th for 10days, Can”t wait to come and see you at QVC.
    Enjoy Spring and your Garden.
    Much Love.
    Magda.

  3. Jennifer Beresford March 20, 2010 at 6:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Glad you had a lovely Mothers Day. My husband treated me to the bare minerals TSV for Mothers Day, arn’t I lucky?.I’m realy writing to thank you for mentioning to Kim (Kim & Co)that there are people like me who would appreciate XS sizes. I hope she took it on board.However it did not stop me from ordering 2 of the falling sleeve tops last night as I find that they fit me ok,but her trousers are always too baggy even the petite size.The dresses are always too big as well.I’m only 5ft 2″ and size 10.Although I wish I was taller.Did you get my request for solar swimwear? I was wandering if they are due to be aired at all this year. Love Jen

  4. Marg March 20, 2010 at 9:16 pm -  Reply

    Hello Julia, I’m afraid we are still fighting the elements up here, but we did have some sunshine this afternoon, so it is getting better-slowly-. I do think that is a great photograph of you with Daniel,I loved that age too with my sons every thing is so new in their eyes, he is still like himself if you know what I mean.
    I wrote to you a few weeks ago about Birkinstock clogs for men,I wasnt even sure they made them,well I managed to find a pair in the city(edinburgh) and Joe is delighted with them as they cover his football mashed up toenails. He has developed mild diabetes so we have to be even more careful now.But I just wanted to thank you for enquiring,it was much appreciated. Well I hope we can get into the garden soon to start the big tidy up,I have clemitis I bought from QVC and I cant plant them yet,it is still too cold at night,they are my favourite flowering plant.We used to have five budlia bushes in a variety of shades of pink and purple,but on one of our few hot days as Joe passed them he was chased by a cloud of butterflies,I had never heard of such a thing before, but that was the end of the Budlia bushes,wonder if anyone else has had that problem.
    I’m looking forward to the elemis series, have a good one,
    God Bless.

  5. ZARAH March 20, 2010 at 11:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, i just want to say how adorable you are. i was watching you and Keely on the Elemis show tonight and i did the tip on papaya peel and enzyme wash. and wow the results are instant for me. Maybe it’s because i do use both and the wash is one of my all time favourite of elemis.
    Glad you got a card and flowers. you deserve and i know you are a brilliant mum and it’s obvious that you love your children to bits just by the way you talk about them so lovingly. What more can a child want. Lots of love.

  6. Rachel Hunter March 21, 2010 at 10:44 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia- so glad you got your card and enjoyed mothers day with your family.
    I was lucky enough to get the honora TSV (blue mosaic) from my wonderful children !
    Gone are the days of unwanted gifts for special days – now my husband just asks me what I would like from QVC , I place the order and everyone is happy!
    Spring is in the air here in the Scottish highlands too – after an awful winter there is light at the end of the tunnel. Lets hope that mother nature decides to compensate us all with a wonderful spring and summer ! I have bought lots of plants and outdoor lights from QVC over the years – and the quality is always great.
    kind regards,
    Rachel

  7. julia roberts March 22, 2010 at 2:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Dorothy
    So pleased you had an enjoyable Laura’s (oops, Mother’s) Day, and thanks for the comment about the photo of Daniel. I agree he really hasn’t changed that much, just a LOT taller of course!
    You know I might try those begonias in my Babylon Bowls – I can’t grow them in the garden as they tend to get eaten, but I think they would be OK off the ground and if I remember rightly they don’t need full sun.
    Thanks for the idea
    love
    Julia x

  8. julia roberts March 22, 2010 at 2:49 pm -  Reply

    Hello Magda
    Snow in Mallorca – almost unheard of isn’t it?? Glad to hear the weather has improved a bit now.
    Hope you are enjoying the Elemis mini series – I am with Keeley tonight and tomorrow so really looking forward to going in to work – she is LOVELY!!!!
    I am around on the dates you are coming to London so we’ll make arrangements nearer the time
    keep well
    love
    Julia x

  9. julia roberts March 22, 2010 at 2:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jen
    Lucky you getting the Bare Escentuals TSV for Mother’s Day!!
    Not only did I mention the xs sizes to Kim, I also asked the buyers so here’s hoping they might try it. I agree that falling sleeve top does come up quite ‘snug’! Have you tried Kim Parrish? I think her small is more of a size 10 than some of the ranges we do.
    Where did you post about the Solar swimwear? I must have missed it, but I will ask the question next time I see the buyers.
    love
    Julia x

  10. julia roberts March 22, 2010 at 3:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Marg
    So pleased you managed to find some Birkenstock clogs for Joe – poor man, now the nation knows he has mashed up toes!!!!
    I’ve never been chased by butteflies, but I have fallen victim to a ladybird swarm in Norfolk, as discussed with Simon from Butler and Wilson on a number of occassions!
    Hope you are enjoying the Elemis mini series …….. part 3 tonight, you should call in!
    love
    Julia x

  11. julia roberts March 22, 2010 at 3:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Zarah
    Didn’t Keeley give out some great tips on Saturday? I haven’t tried your one yet, but I did the Milk Bath and Shower Creme bath yesterday, very enjoyable and skin felt great, and I’m doing the mixing of the Oxygenating Night Cream and the Quartz Lifting Mask as instructed by Keeley – she would know if I hadn’t and would tell me off!!! Hope you will be watching again tonight and thanks for your lovely compliment
    love
    Julia x

  12. julia roberts March 22, 2010 at 3:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Rachel
    Another lucky girl to receive such a beautiful gift for Mother’s Day – I know what you mean about choosing your own things from QVC, although I do quite like the element of suprise too.
    I know it’s been an awful winter in the Highlands as my niece Rachel’s (the one who was married last June) family live there – masses of snow I understand. I just heard a report on TV that we are going to have the hottest summer on record ………. you can just hear the drought warnings now can’t you?!
    Glad you have always been happy with the QVC plants
    love
    Julia x

  13. ZARAH March 22, 2010 at 10:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    yes i did watch again tonight fab show. you and keeley are a great comination on air. I have made notes of her tip and written them down and will be trying them. I will make the tri enzyme wash and papaya peel a once a week routine now. She does know what she’s talking about. And it’s obvious why Elemis employed her to represent the brand on QVC. The values are outstanding and cannot be beaten.Cannot wait for the next TSV in april (see i do listen to what she’s saying LOL). I do love the green cardigan you were wearing tonight. Look after yourself. can we please see Keeley’s baby tomorrow. Please aunty Julia.
    lots of love
    Zarah.

  14. Una Lumsden March 23, 2010 at 11:45 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia.
    I have never written before, but would like to say, I am sooo enjoying watching the Elemis mini series. You and keeley are like a double act, very entertaining, and informative of course!! You are a great advert for any beauty regime, you look absolutely lovely.
    I have tried a couple of Keeleys wee tips, and noticed the difference in my skin immediately. Just amazing. I use Liz earle products mainly, but all my little “boosters” are Elemis.
    I was really lucky, my husband got me 2 of the xmas TSVs, and I love the Lime and Ginger, just beautiful. I am having a bit of an issue with one of the cleansers though. The 1st pack was fine, but when I started to use the 2nd one, the pump was broken.
    I called Customer Services, and was told a replacement would be sent directly from Elemis. Unfortunately, that was over 2 weeks ago, and I was told yesterday it would have to be ordered again. Arrrrrrggghh, I am completely out of cleanser now, and have to go all the way to Edinburgh as there are no other Elemis stockists in my area. However, i will not compromise on my routine.
    All in all. I LOVE QVC. I have been ill for a couple of years, and absolutely EVERY single xmas gift I gave last xmas, was courtesy of QVC. I could not go shopping, and gave all my friends and family either Elemis or Loccitane products. I was very popular for some reason!!!!!!!
    I am looking forward to the show tonight, no doubt there will be some giggles!!! Please pass on my regards to Keeley, I saw some photos of Kaya, he is just adorable. Also to Emma on her impending wedding. She is such a pretty girl, very natural. She is one of my favourites, as well as Amikka and Tanya.
    I seem to have rambled for ages, but its like talking to a dear friend.
    My good wishes
    Una

  15. julia roberts March 23, 2010 at 3:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Zarah,
    I will ask Keeley about bringing the ‘little man’ on air, but I fear it may be past his bedtime! Glad you enjoyed last night’s episode ……… so did I!!!!
    The green cardigan ( which Kaya ‘christened’! ) is from Ted Baker – wait ’til you see the dress I bought in the same colour – gorgeous!
    Enjoy the finale tonight
    love
    ( aunty ) Julia x

  16. julia roberts March 24, 2010 at 12:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Una
    I’m so sorry I didn’t see your post before the show last night – I hope you enjoyed it? Thankyou for your lovely comments and compliments! What a nuisance for you about the cleanser pump – if it doesn’t get resolved, write to me ‘snail mail’ at QVC and I will follow it up for you.
    As you know if you watch QVC regularly (which it sounds like you do) I also use Liz Earle products, Cleanse and Polish and Instant Boost Skin Tonic are my favourites, which are yours?
    I hope you are feeling better now, but I bet you will still be doing your Christmas shopping with QVC and your friends will be hoping so too!
    It was so nice to get your message, I hope you’ll post again if you have time.
    much love
    Julia x

  17. Una March 24, 2010 at 3:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    YES, i did indeed watch the show last night, and WHAT A SHOW. it was just brilliant. Keeley is just so knowledgeable and obviously loves the products.
    Was very funny with the baby spoon, a real laugh out loud moment!!!
    I have shopped with QVC since almost the start, I think only about 2 months in.
    I am wearing my little diamonique studs, which I got in the 2nd ever diamonique show. I LOVE them, and wear them constantly.
    I also have used Liz Earle since the little pink packaging.Same as you, my favourite is the skin tonic, smells gorgeous. My 2 year old gran daughter is staying with us at the moment and when she sees me with the make up “trunk” she stands and screws up her eyes so I can spray it on her too, very cute. I had major skin problems, which have taken a few years to manage, but at 48 I can safely say my skin is the best it has ever been.
    I just love the fact that when buying from QVC, you get ALL the facts and obviously the little “cheats” to help maximize the effects of the products.
    This is the first time I have had any issues regarding deliveries, just unfortunate, but I will let you know how it goes.
    I have just this second received my Northern Nights TSV from the weekend, it feels beautiful. Cant wait to get it on the bed.
    My sister has already dropped a few hints about the Lavender Loccitane being the best present she got this xmas, subtlty is NOT her strong point!!!
    Take care Julia.
    Looking forward to your next show, and cant wait for the Elemis TSV, 25th of April according to Keeley, and just in time for my birthday!!
    Love Una x

  18. Jennifer Beresford March 24, 2010 at 4:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Thanks for replying to my message re Kim & Co XS sizes & Solar Swim wear.You asked me where I posted my last message to re Solar swim wear.I sent it to your ‘Happy Feet’ page. My mistake,wrong page.
    Loved watching you and Keely last night on the Elemis Mini series you are funny together.Didn’t order anything this time as I stocked up in December on my Elemis products as I retired after Christmas and knew I had to start cutting down on my spending.However I will continue to order my Pro Collagen Marine Cream when I run out.Nothing will stop me using this marvelous product. Thanks Again love Jen x

  19. julia roberts March 24, 2010 at 11:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Una
    Keeley was on great form – glad you liked the gag with the spoon LOL! I didn’t realise you have been with us for so long – my goodness you’ve seen some changes ………. mostly for the better?
    I have been having skin issues myself for the last 6 months so I can absolutely empathise with you. Glad to here yours is sorted – mine is getting there!
    Did you put your new bedding on the bed yet? I don’t have the 600 thread count, but I do have 500 TC and that is fab – really silky.
    If we don’t speak before have a great birthday in April – you should ring in as Keeley and I are ‘launching’ the TSV together at midnight.
    much love
    Julia x

  20. julia roberts March 24, 2010 at 11:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jen,
    Just checked ‘Happy Feet’ and saw your post – will probs catch the buyers on Friday so will let you know about Solar.
    Glad you enjoyed the Elemis mini series – I love working with Keeley. She is warm and genuine, knowledgeable and very passionate about Elemis – look out for the kits where the Pro Collagen Marine Cream is a special price to help stretch your budget.
    much love
    Julia x

  21. Rita Stancombe March 25, 2010 at 10:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    I just caught your Silver Jewellery of India show tonight and was very impressed with your recitation! Please tell me what the poem was called and who wrote it, as I didn’t quite catch the name of the author. Thanks, Rita.

  22. Una March 27, 2010 at 9:24 am -  Reply

    Hiya
    Yes, i am in with the bricks as they say!!! I have never shopped with another shopping channel, I dont believe I would get the same service or value anywhere else Julia. As i mentioned before, i havent been able to work for the past 2 years, so money is a bit tight these days, and I know that i cant get better value anywhere. I met a friend in Edinburgh yesterday, and we had a little wander into Harvey Nicks. I was SHOCKED at the Elemis prices, not because I think they arent worth the money, but because I know how much I can get the same products for from QVC, also, the easy pay has been a complete godsend to us. I can only say, thank you to all involved.
    I received the cream cleanser on Thursday, so thank you again.
    Have put my new bedding on this morning. It is just so beautiful. The colour is exactly what I wanted, and they look like silk and feel gorgeous. I wish it was bedtime!!!!!!
    Have ordered my TSV in pink, have lived in my Birkenstocks since this spinal issue put a stop to wearing my 5 inch heels day in and day out!!!
    I will definately be tuning in for the Elemis TSV, I get just as excited as Keeley & yourself when I know its coming up!! I actually have the huge Lindy bowman box in my cupboard, and it is crammed with Elemis and Loccitane and Liz Earle products, I am terrified I might run out of something, and how would I live without them?!!!!
    Look forward to seeing you soon.
    take care Julia
    xx

  23. Teresa Walker March 27, 2010 at 2:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Was watching the show on March 25th you had a fab black dress on – did you buy it from QVC? You always look beautiful in your dresses.
    Also Goody came on wearing a beautiful dress with flowers on it, and you said you had the same on for you Neices wedding – where did you purchase this one from as I think it would be ideal for a wedding I am going to.
    Many thanks for your help
    TERESA

  24. julia roberts March 29, 2010 at 11:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Rita
    I was impressed that I actually remembered it as I haven’t said it in full out loud for about 40 years! The poem is called ‘Imagination’ by G.F.Bradby and was a competition winner for me on more than one occassion.
    Funny thing is I now understand it so much more than I did as a 12 year old!
    If you can’t find it anywhere let me know and I will write it out for you
    much love
    Julia x

  25. julia roberts March 29, 2010 at 11:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Una
    I am so pleased you got the replacement cream cleanser – I trust the pump is working? By now you will have slept in your new sheets – I bet you didn’t want to get up the next morning, and it was the night we lost an hour!!!!
    I thought the pink was lovely in the Birkenstock TSV but also the pale gold.
    All my extra beauty goodies are in a picnic hamper in the bottom of my wardrobe – like you I never want to be without!
    much love
    Julia x

  26. julia roberts March 29, 2010 at 11:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Teresa
    Thanks for the lovely compliment. I’m not sure which dress I was wearing – was it plain black or did it have a paisley pattern on the black background? Either way it will have been a Ronnie Nicholl, as was the dress Goodie was wearing.
    Have a look on the website to see what we have in stock from that range and look out for the 1st Anniversary shows on April 14th – I’m presenting the afternoon show, and I’m very pleased as I love the collection. One tip – order early as most of the designs sell out.
    much love
    Julia x

  27. Una March 30, 2010 at 6:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I ADORE my Northern Nights, absolutely beautiful. I havent been so well the last few days, and was more than happy to receive my visitors in the bedroom, so I could show off my new linen!!!
    The gold Birkenstocks were so lovely too, but I already have some in gold, silver and black, so was looking for something brighter for this summer. If summer ever arrives, we woke up to a white out again this morning!! Oh well, the boots are out again!!!
    Cream cleanser is absolutely grand, thank you for asking, no problems with the other one.
    Love Una xx

  28. julia roberts April 6, 2010 at 1:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Una
    Just replied to your other post so hadn’t read this one – I hope you are better now??
    Be optimistic – Summer is definitely on the way!!
    love
    Julia x

  29. Kim Kemp May 21, 2010 at 3:17 pm -  Reply

    Hello Julia, I want to sau that I just love watching your shows, you are such a beautiful lady to watch and give advice. I heard you mention once on Butler & Wilson show that you do facial exercises, can you give away your secret? I would love to try something like yourself. Keep up with the good work. I have been with you since day 1! many thanks..Kim

  30. julia roberts May 27, 2010 at 1:03 am -  Reply

    Hello Kim
    Thankyou so much for your kind compliments.
    I have a Rosemary Conley facial exerciser, but in truth I haven’t used it much recently. I also have the neck toner that we sell for around £20 (can’t remember exactly how much it is) but again I’m not very committed to it, unlike my Pilates! I also love my Decleor and Elemis firming products – have you tried Aromessence Excellence from Decleor? – I find that very good.
    Thankyou for being such a loyal QVC’er
    keep watching
    love
    Julia x

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