Claire's son Tom

The Mystery of the Missing Card


No it’s not the title of the new book I have started writing; we have finally discovered what happened to the Mother’s Day card that Daniel posted to me last Thursday that never arrived. Today the postman put a card through our door saying that they couldn’t deliver a ‘package’ until the excess postage was paid. Daniel had bought me a lovely big card and put a first class stamp on it not realising that bigger letters now require big letter stamps regardless of weight. At least it solves the puzzle and it is the thought that counts (and the lovely message he had written inside).

Mother's Day card

Talking of messages written inside the cards, I thought you would enjoy this one written by Sophie on behalf of the cats…it made me giggle! I had four cards in total even though I only have two children. The one from the cats and also one from Chris as I am ‘the mother of his children’. We always used to disagree as to whether or not we should send each other Mother and Father’s Day cards and after 37 years together he finally sees it my way – I guess it’s because my dad always bought a card for my mum.

Mother's Day card on mantlepiece

I sent my mum some lovely Liz Earle goodies and reminded her to watch the 19th anniversary shows that were on Monday and Tuesday. I really enjoyed the hour Liz and I had together and if you missed the clips of the last nineteen years at QVC you can link to it from last week’s blog. We had a good laugh at the hairstyles but there is no denying the products have stood the test of time even though the packaging is so much prettier now.

Julia floral dress

Before the show Liz tweeted this picture of me from the 10th Anniversary party for her brand, so ten years ago. Claire Sutton and I were invited from QVC to the ‘do’ in London’s West End. I wonder how many of you remember the thread-through earrings I am wearing (which I still have and still occasionally wear) and also the gold football boot pendant… I must have a look for that!

Liz Earle

Hopefully you enjoyed some of the special deals that our buyers and Liz’s team had put together for the occasion… I was given one of the notebooks but I’m not sure Liz got one! She also signed a copy of her new juice book for me which was phenomenally popular, selling out of the initial stock and all the advanced orders… hopefully we managed to secure some more AO’s for Charlie’s show later.

Anyway, back to Mother’s Day. Sophie had wanted to take me out to lunch to The Belvedere Arms, which I really like because of the selection of vegetarian options on the menu, but they had apparently been fully booked for weeks. So, undaunted, she and Chris bought some of the goodies that I would have ordered there, for example baked Camembert, and we had our own Belvedere Arms-style celebration chez nous.

Wine, cheese and celery


It was all delicious and washed down by a glass of Santa Julia malbec. Mind you I had earned it as Sophie and I had a Mother and daughter gym session prior to lunch. It was a shame that Daniel couldn’t be with us but his Swansea team were playing Stoke … a very long round trip for them all.

Today I have Fashion on Friday with Together and then the penultimate Spotlight on Jewellery show featuring Lola Rose. Spotlight on Jewellery has been so popular that it is coming back for another series in the summer – watch this space for more information nearer the time. I then have three days off as I’m still using up this year’s holiday entitlement. It’s such a shame that I will be missing the L’Occitane TSV tomorrow particularly as I am currently a HUGE fan of the ‘Divine’ range, especially the cream and the eye serum.


However I needed to take the day off work as I have been invited to be the Guest of Honour at the British Polio Fellowship indoor games annual gala dinner. As an ambassador for the charity I was delighted to be asked to give a short speech and present the medals to the participants – I’ll post some pictures next week.

Finally, how disappointing was the solar eclipse if you live in the London area?! It just went very dark and quiet for a couple of hours but we couldn’t see anything because of the clouds. Last night I asked Sophie if she could remember where we were when the last eclipse took place. She replied, ‘On a beach somewhere.’… now that is a good title for a book!

Have a great weekend

Much love,

Julia xx


  1. Pauline Wilson March 20, 2015 at 9:17 pm -  Reply

    Julia has your first novel been published? Wait until it has before progressing with your next one.

    • Julia roberts March 26, 2015 at 11:09 am -  Reply

      Hi Pauline
      Thanks so much for your suggestion.
      As I am self-publishing I will be in control of when my next book, the sequel to this one, is published and I have decided on September/October so I have quite a bit of writing to do between now and then. Besides I love writing, it’s a kind of escapism.
      Julia x

  2. Val March 21, 2015 at 7:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia I had the same problem with the card from my son Richard
    (Age 45) despite the fact he had addressed it to “my mummy” !!!
    Such a shame the post office have to be so picky at special times,particularly as the fee was only 11p short on postage and £1 handling charge ….what a joke.
    Best regards
    ps I also had a card from Alfie my Shih Tzu and box of chocs

    • Julia roberts March 26, 2015 at 11:12 am -  Reply

      Hi Val
      You did make me laugh… “My mummy” – brilliant! Yes it was a bit churlish of the Post Office to hang onto it for over a week before notifying me of the excess charge particularly when they could clearly see it was a card – procedure I guess. I think postage s going up again in April so we had better advise our respective sons to stock up ahead of time.
      Julia x

  3. TINA S March 22, 2015 at 3:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Reading about your card that went missing reminded me of a parcel from QVC that went missing a while back. I looked on line to see the status of my parcel to see that it had been signed for but the courier hadn’t put a card through my door. I went all around my neighbours asking if they had taken in a parcel in but got no joy. Anyway to cut a long story short about a week later someone from the next street came with my parcel saying she had had it for over a week!! In the mean time I had declared the parcel lost and had had a refund from QVC so had to ring and explain all this to customer services!
    Well what a thrilling day of rugby we had Saturday . Wales played their best game ever scoring 61:20 Italy. We had 8 tries which is unheard of. But we were somewhat crestfallen though as it was not enough to win the Championship. It went to Ireland. Still we have the World Cup to look forward to. Italy scored a late Try putting us back to 3rd position. Nevermind, we had the most exciting game ever. Let’s hope Wales can keep it up.
    We were really disappointed by the offer on our house. They did put another slightly higher offer in after but still not enough as far as we are concerned.
    Next time you come down to South Wales you should try and visit Porthcawl. There are plenty of lovely Coffee Shop’s along the Promenade with scrummy cakes on offer. Speaking of cakes I saw a Tea towell in a Welsh Shop that had the recipe for Welsh cakes. I thought of you as you are so into cake making. There are some loveley recipes for Welsh cakes such as Tishan Lap and Bara Bryth. To make Welsh cakes though you would need a Bake Stone as they are made on the top of the cooker.
    Well I don’t know what we are going to do now as the rugby is over for a while. I’ll have to find another interest until the World Cup starts!
    Best wishes, Tina S . x

    • Julia roberts March 26, 2015 at 11:19 am -  Reply

      Hi Tina
      Wow how exciting was the last day of the six nations and I’m not even in to rugby. It was a fantastic result from Wales to start the day and once Ireland had bettered it I think the pressure was too great for England. My team won on Saturday so we are now 11th in the Premiership which s a fantastic achievement for us – maybe you’d like to support Crystal Palace for the rest of the season?
      Sorry you didn’t get an offer you could accept on your house but keep believing and it will happen.
      I’ve seen the Welsh cakes in the supermarkets in Swansea and if I remember correctly there is a recipe in my old Bero book – I’ll have to give them a try.
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  4. Annette Roberts March 22, 2015 at 3:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Very disappointed with the eclipse on Friday, although it wasn’t too cloudy here, didn’t see much apart from it going, well, not dark but dusk like and all the little birds twittering like mad. Anyhow, what a wonderful weekend its been weather wise, lovely sunshine and happy faces everywhere, brings out the best in people and lots of Vitamin D to boot!! Laura Geller Spackle with SPF is brilliant.

    So glad that Daniel’s card turned up eventually, the new postage system is a pain and I very often forget when making cards, send them off then think, have I put enough postage on them. Your lunch looks just as scrummy as it would had you gone out for it and just as nice no doubt.

    Thought of you the other day and you’ve reminded me again mentioning the British Polio Fellowship Gala Dinner (look forward to the pics). A few weeks ago I recorded Elvis By The Presleys and have only just got round to watching it. The one thing I didn’t know was that at the end of every year Elvis chose 50 charities, one of which they mentioned was Polio…I though that was really nice and wondered if you knew that about him.

    Bought loads of fruit this weekend and have just finished washing and slicing strawberries for freezing, already done some bananas, come in very handy for your healthy drinks.

    Forgot to mention, but my last bloods weren’t brilliant, cholesterol still very high and Dr wants to put me on more medication to try, but neither I nor Chris are happy because I downloaded some photos taken last year over the space of 8 months. I went from looking normal/healthy, to really ill, which is when my hair started falling out, when I started on the meds…it has quite shocked Chris, because I kept telling him I felt ill at the time, but its not until he’s seen the photos together in a row, that it has sunk in how ILL I did look. So I’m going to take them to the Drs with me, because they see you every so often and many more people in between, so for them to remember how you look from one visit to the next etc.

    Hope you have a brill weekend in this sunshine and get loads of writing done.
    Annette x

    • Julia roberts March 26, 2015 at 11:29 am -  Reply

      Hi Annette
      No I didn’t know that Elvis Presley had supported a polio charity in America – well done to him, it was such a devastating disease with a high death toll that seems to have been all but forgotten since the vaccine, but there are still countries in the world where it hasn’t been wiped out. I’ll write a bit about my evening on this week’s blog.
      Re cholestrol, I noticed on my pack of chia seeds that they are supposed to be good for lowering cholesterol – have you tried them? Also post menopausal women have higher cholesterol levels anyway which I assume your doctor will be aware of. Good luck with trying to get the levels down.
      No writing done last weekend as I’m working on the stuff I need to do before Life’s A Beach and Then… comes out in May. I’m getting excited and nervous in equal measure!
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  5. linda dunn March 24, 2015 at 11:11 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia, sounds as though you have been very busy as usual, had to write and tell you what a coincidence you mentioning the Belvedere Arms we were in there for lunch on Saturday, very enjoyable .It was a quick weekend break round Ascot Windsor and having a lovely walk round Virgina waters, forgotten what a beautiful area it is.We did manage too see the eclipse In Harrogate before we set off Friday morning , very pleased about that.Take care and good luck with the book.x Linda Dunn

    • Julia roberts March 26, 2015 at 12:21 pm -  Reply

      Hi Linda
      How funny that you had lunch in The Belvedere Arms – I feel another visit coming on. I didn’t know this area at all until we moved here nearly fifteen months ago. I love going for walks at Virginia Water, so peaceful.
      Thanks for the good wishes for my book, t’s starting to feel very real now as my manuscript has gone to be formatted and the cover designer is working on the cover. I have a provisional publication date of May 18th if I can get everything sorted by then. Debbie Flint has been very generous with her contacts or I wouldn’t have known where to start.
      Julia x

  6. Linda April 22, 2015 at 3:45 pm -  Reply

    i had the same problem with a card for mothers’ day from my son
    …ie large stamp reqd . I was upset all day as it wasn’t delivered and this year all posted in time and in order and still no card on”the” day, it took 4 dys from Kent to nth Yorkshire.
    Thanks for sharing with us, keep smiling
    Linda x

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