The Pink Party!

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Julia with Dickie Thanks for all the good wishes for my Pink Party which went off without a hitch despite the worst efforts of the weather!!

Saturday was very hectic as you can imagine after a week spent buying prizes for the Lucky Dip and Tombola, food (most of which needed preparing on Saturday) and lots of pink drinks – Pink Cava, Cosmo Fizz from M&S (which was a big hit!), rose wine and soft drinks including cherry 7 Up, which turned out not to be pink at all!!! And of course selling raffle tickets!


  Julia with her old pal Graham Cole and his wife Cherry
The food preparation actually started on Thursday evening when I got home from work. I made some pastry for a quiche, jam tarts and coconut tarts (to be baked on Saturday morning) and then baked two batches of plain cup cakes and a batch of chocolate ones.

Friday evening after work was dedicated to dipping strawberries in melted dark chocolate so that they could set overnight in the fridge – and blowing up 50 pink balloons!

Checking raffle numbers So Saturday dawned and it was all hands to the pump for all members of the family. I got on with cooking pizzas and more cakes whilst Chris went to 'borrow' the glasses and Dan and Sophie decorated the house with balloons and lanterns, chopped up vegetables for crudites for the various dips, put ice in big tubs in the garden for the beers and generally helped out.

The party was due to start at 6pm and at 4.45pm I was still whipping cream for the Eton Mess and we hadn't even started on the sandwiches and the basil, cherry tomato and mozzarella ball skewers!! I was sent to shower and get ready at 5pm and by the time our first guest arrived we were ready to go.

Will, Kaz and Steve Everyone really made the effort to wear something pink – I won't say who, but someone insisted on showing me the waistband of their pink 'pants'!!!

Once everyone arrived and had something to eat and drink we started with the Lucky Dip. I had wrapped loads of 'little' pink related prizes in pink tissue paper, some really useful like a pink stapler and pink diary, and others not so like a packet of fruity chews!!

Everyone congregating to play Pass the Parcel Then it was time to get everyone out in the garden for 'Pass the Parcel'… when did you last play that??? All the layers of paper were pink and there were some little prizes in some of the layers and a cuddly pink poodle in the middle. I'd forgotten to organise the 'outdoor' music so we improvised with me singing until Daniel saved the day with his iPod!

Tombola was next followed by the 'biggie' – the raffle draw! It was quite funny as Daniel was drawing the raffle and managed to pull out my landlord's tickets four times in a draw for ten prizes!! One of the prizes was a beautiful pink hearts B & W necklace won by our own Ali Young – very appropriate cos she loves B & W.

Jilly, Vanessa, Aliza, Dickie and Josh 'performing' Kelly Clarkson Then the real fun started with the Karaoke… I hope most of the neighbours were out!!! We were going to award a pink toilet paper roll to the worst performer but it was too close to call (I think I was in the reckoning!) – although Gavin and Owen's performance of 'In for the Kill', by La Rue, sung in a female key almost clinched it!

So all in all a fabulous evening, but what you really want to know is how much did we raise? Well the target was £1000 and I'm delighted to report that we actually raised £1155 to be split between BCC and Macmillan Nurses.

Phew - the end of the party Big thanks to everyone who came and all who contributed,
Speak soon,
Julia xx 

48 Comments

  1. Steven July 21, 2011 at 2:49 pm -  Reply

    Fantastic effort Julia and 2 great causes there. Some great pics too. You look great as always in your pink top. Great to read that your family helped you out so much. You guys sound like a close knit bunch. Being an only ‘child’ – I’m 27 but still at home! – I’m close to my Mum n Dad too.
    Are you back at work for a rest now ????

  2. Helen Magowan July 21, 2011 at 6:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, well done you! You’ve been a very busy girl! Certainly looks like all the hard work paid off judging by your great pics! & you’re still looking good in your “phew – the end of the party!” pic! lol! I wonder would your Landlord mind if I rubbed shoulders with him? lol! 4 draws out of 10 – wow!! Congrats on surpassing your target – what a great way to help charity. Well done all! So when’s the next party? love Helenx

  3. Magda Chetty July 21, 2011 at 7:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    WELL DONE YOU. What a great thing to do, from me and everyone who has cancer big thank you, with more people like you may be one day we can find a cure for cancer.
    Glad you had so much fun doing it, the photos look fab, but any way like Steve always says you always look fab.
    Sorry I did not write for a while, I have been a bit down as one of my friends daughter who has cancer was told that they can do no more for her and she is only 45. As my husband cook a great curry, he spent all day cooking as much as he can, and we got all the people we know to come and buy it (as a take away) and donate as much as they can, we managed to get enough money to pay for her to have a holiday of a life time and help her forget about the cancer for a while, she was so happy and called us today on her way to the Airport for her trip to Bali.
    Iam ok now, started my treatment and is going fine, a few side effect but nothing big thank God. when all my doctors appoitments are finish I hope to come to London for a few days, and may be be lucky again to come to QVC and see you.
    Love Love the photo of you with the pink balloons.
    Much love.
    Magda.

  4. caroline July 21, 2011 at 10:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,great to hear your pink party went off without a hitch,it was a great gesture by you, we are out here in Afghan, but we mange to see QVC now and again ,this evening e and a few of the girls were watching your show with Alison, and your legs were getting the occasional complimentary comments from a few of the lads, that were letting on not to be watching, the acid test of how many of the lads were listening was when Alison suggested something about her having a image of you walking around the house with only your rubber gloves on, well the hall erupted with wolf whistles and cheering from about id say 70-80 of the lads for a good 5 minutes, and we thought they were playing cards etc,enjoy the weekend
    Caroline

  5. Annette Roberts July 21, 2011 at 10:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Well done you, you must have been exhausted after all that preparation, partying, then tidying up afterwards…phew!
    Fantastic to have raised more than you were hoping for and for two very worthy charities too.
    Just caught the end of your show with Ali and was interested to hear about stress and the effect it has on hair and nails. My nails have really gone to pot lately and thought it must be my age…didn’t even think about stress and worry and I’ve had plenty of that…no wonder! You looked really happy and relaxed today.
    love
    Annette x
    P.S. Loved the picture with the pink balloons and the pink top you were wearing…I can imagine the firemen will have another photo to pin on their wall now LOL!

  6. Shauna July 22, 2011 at 8:31 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Havn’t been in touch for a while, so here we go!
    Well done you! Macmillan Nurses looked after my dear Dad and I had the all clear from BC a year ago, so both very close to my heart.
    I watched your show last night with Ali Young and didn’t want it to end…. it was a hoot!
    You looked lovely, really lovely. Physically you and I are complete opposites (I’m tall, blue eyes and fair skin,very straight blonde hair and a couple of years older, but like you not frightened of age but embracing it) anyway, sitting listening to you and seeing the products you chose, I found myself saying “Oh yes, me too and I agree” to lots of things on the show.
    And the ‘doogle’ thing, Julia, I too was completely taken in by the lovely Ali and have been calling it that for the last 16 years will it be? I also have special gloves for overnight handcream treatments, so there!!!
    You take care.
    Much love
    Shauna x

  7. julia roberts July 22, 2011 at 11:22 am -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    Loved your last comment – ‘back at work for a rest’!!! Actually no resting last night, had to be on my toes with Ali Young! I thought she was really nice to me …… anything to do with winning the B & W necklace in the raffle do we think??LOL!!!
    Yes we are a close family unit – Chris and the children have been incredible over the last few months during a very difficult time for me ……….. I love them to bits!
    Good luck with the footie
    Julia x

  8. julia roberts July 22, 2011 at 11:28 am -  Reply

    Hi Helen
    Well it’s 5 years since I last hosted a party so you might have a bit of a wait!! There is a queue forming to rub shoulders with my landlord – even he wished he’d done the lottery that night!
    Funny story ….. at the start of the party I’d introduced my landlord and said so ‘don’t trash the house’! After his 3rd ticket was drawn out in the raffle one of the girls shouted out ( in jest ) ‘TRASH THE HOUSE’!!!!!! Quote of the night – we are thinking of having T shirts made LOL!!
    love
    Julia x

  9. Linda, Glasgow July 22, 2011 at 11:30 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    At last i get a look at Dickie – i’ve heard you all mention him behind the scenes many times but have never actually seen him. I had an image of a military(the name i think) type person but am pleasantly surprised to see he’s much younger and trendier(is this a word!!) than i had imagined. The pink party looks as if it was a great success – your cooking marathon sounds very delicious and you were a generous host to supply so much food and desert to everyone as well as some lovely drinks too. I hope you got time to enjoy your own party. Julia with food in mind can you recommend a good vegetarian cook book(s)/website(s) – i do eat meat(less and less though) but like the idea of eating a little healthier and giving my digestion a bit of a rest, but i dont know were to start. I’m so used to getting my protein source from meat,fish and cheese and am confident with recipies including these foods but am lost when it comes to cooking vegetarian – any help will be appreciatedX.I enjoyed your “desert island” show last night,we have very similar skincare routines so i picked up a few things for the stockpile/pressie drawer. Both you and Ali had a ball and it was obvious you have a great friendship(the type that comes with knowing each other for ages) – a really good hour. Congrats(again) for having the pink party and raising some funds for a great and very relevant charity and for giving everyone such a great time. Lovely to speak to you againX. Look after yourselfX. Love Linda Glasgow

  10. julia roberts July 22, 2011 at 11:34 am -  Reply

    Hi Magda
    It’s good to hear from you and so sorry to hear about your friends daughter – that was a lovely idea for you to raise the money for her to go to Bali – well done your hubbie! If you feel like sending me a great vegetarian curry recipe please do – I do one at the moment with chick peas and spinach but could do with some new ideas.
    I’m glad your treatment is going OK – Ali came in to QVC yesterday and it was really good to see her and she looks incredibly well when you consider what her body is going through.
    Let me know if you are coming to London again later in the year
    love
    Julia x

  11. julia roberts July 22, 2011 at 11:41 am -  Reply

    Hello Caroline
    It’s good to know that even when you are that far away you can still hook up with ‘home’ for a bit of light entertainment – we are very proud of you guys and wish you a safe return.
    OK – lets set the record straight …… it wasn’t rubber gloves, it was white cotton gloves! Maybe the lads just heard what they wanted to?? LOL
    Thanks for the compliments about my legs – must have been the camera angle
    Wishing you all loads of love and keep up the good work
    Julia x

  12. julia roberts July 22, 2011 at 11:52 am -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    I’m really pleased with the amount we raised – everyone was very generous, including people who could not make it to the party.
    You know the tidying up wasn’t too bad ….. as I was on early the next morning we decided to do a bit of a blitz before bed.
    I put some frozen chips in the oven ( none of us had much to eat as we were busy with our guests ) so we did a 20 minute clear up. Sophie and Dan collected glasses , I loaded the dishwasher with them. Sophie burst the balloons, Chris went round with the rubbish bag for plates etc. and Dan and Soph collected bottles and bagged them up for the bottle bank. Moved a bit of furniture around and then all sat down to a plate of chips -better than coming down to carnage at 7 a.m.!!
    Try the OPI Nail Envy on your nails it’s helping mine and the Elasticizer for your hair ….. age is definitely playing its part too though I think!
    love
    Julia x

  13. julia roberts July 22, 2011 at 12:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Shauna
    They are 2 very good charities and I’m just so pleased we could help them a little bit in this difficult time – and we had fun too!
    I loved doing the show with Ali – I couldn’t believe how quickly it was over and how nice she was with me – even when talking about sunbathing!! I wish we could do more shows together like we used to! I’m so glad you got taken in by the ‘doogle’ thing too ………… body mop is such a boring name, it will always be a ‘doogle’ to me!
    I will tell her about the gloves too!
    Thanks for the compliments too
    love
    Julia x

  14. Jean July 22, 2011 at 2:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Wow, you did make good money, I bet you were pleased especially after all your hard work. You were certainly busy cooking, and put on a good spread. Good thing you had Dan and Sophie there to help.
    I was not impressed with the final of the Apprentice, the Irish one certainly loves himself, lots of talk and ideas but when it comes to the crunch he knew very little, and the interviews certainly did not phase him, he just felt he was perfect. Susie, well she did her best. Helen certainly let herself down at the most important time, I think she got to confident and did not give her plan enough thought, she seemed to think she was going to win whatever. Are we going to see the curved nail file that the winner designed on QVC?
    I loved the beauty programme with you and Alison, you both certainly gave us all some laughs. I found it very interesting and helpful. Your skin does look radiant. I love the Elemis neck and bust treatment as well.
    Speak to you soon, well done once again on your fund raising event.
    Love Jean XX

  15. Marian Bolton July 22, 2011 at 7:42 pm -  Reply

    Hey Julia, that Dickie’s a bit of alright isn’t he?! (Don’t tell Dale that I said that though!) OMG, if my Chris ever reads these blogs, I’m in such trouble!!!! Seriously though, I can see why Ali has such a twinkle in her eye now every time she talks about Dickie. More flashes of Dickie I say!
    Sounds like a great party and you must feel like all the hard work was worth it given how much you raised for two great causes. Great photos, the last one is just fabulous of you. x

  16. Susan July 22, 2011 at 8:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Great to hear that you raised a great amount for charity. As I said on your last blog it does make you feel good to do something practical for charity doesn’t it? I think everyone is super stressed these days so I’m glad you have a good family around too. We’re lucky about that. I hope your sister is doing ok by the way? I often wonder.
    I also had to ask…do you never get bored with all the comments on your ‘chest’!? Gosh I only saw half of your show last night and my how many tongue in cheek moments there were!!! I just wondered as I never hear comments really about Pip’s chest and she is blessed!! It was quite a different show to Pip and Ali’s I must say lol! I do love Pip. Glad you enjoyed yourself though. Take care,
    Susan x

  17. gloria July 22, 2011 at 9:38 pm -  Reply

    Julia! who cares whether they are cotton gloves or rubber gloves,! when you have 80 or so young squaddies wolf whistling at you, you must be doing something right! enjoys the shows always

  18. adrienne July 23, 2011 at 9:38 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia love reading your blogs.But I have a bit of a question – I was a huge fan of models prefer/ybf cosmetics as it didn’t cause my sensitive skin any problems.I have tried many other QVC ranges since ybf was discontinued on QVC but haven’t found any that compares.I am unable to buy it anywhere else in the uk-other people on other sites upset at the same problem.And I was wondering if in future QVC would stock a small selection of the basics? foundation,yellow powder are the things I’m most desperate for.
    QVC stocks amazing beauty products but with sensitive skin,that is dry and showing signs of aging and fine lines I’m starting to struggle.I have already tried B.E,Laura g and smashbox.
    I know you are not a buyer ,but if you can help or give me advice on other products I would be very happy.Thanks.Adrienne

  19. Hefina Mitchell July 23, 2011 at 4:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi, Julia,you are looking really well its hard to belive you are the same person in that ad.telling us to use q cut,loosing that weight makes you look ten years younger,I know you have been told before ,but you really are a beautifull lady inside and out you really do deserve all the luck in the world a programe with your beauty tips with Alison would be nice or better stil write a beauty book.
    love HEFINA XXX

  20. Kathryn Sheehan July 23, 2011 at 8:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,saw some of the Desert island show i love the dress you were wearing in fact i love it so much,i have it hanging up in my wardrobe lol. Couldn’t fathom out why you looked a bit “coy” when Alison said sometimes you wear Tan Bare Esentials instead of medium Tan, i know you are looking more tanned than usual and you havn’t been away, maybe that was it.I to use Decleor Solair and system core,those are the only Decleor products i use, love the smell of that body lotion.Still waiting for the call to sign final documents for the house, we have heard it will be in the next few weeks though.Nearly forgot about the holiday back to Egypt in Oct, we booked that last year when we came back home.Hopefully the house in spain will have paying guests during the 3 weeks we are away lol. Are you still going to sell your property in spain,? it’s nice to have but i also like to go to other places.
    All the best.
    Kathy x

  21. Kathryn Sheehan July 23, 2011 at 8:37 pm -  Reply

    Sorry forgot to say well done for the money that was raised for cancer care. A very worthy cause.
    Kathy x

  22. Annette Roberts July 24, 2011 at 10:32 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    A woman to my own heart…I would have to tidy up too, wouldn’t be able to bear the thought of facing things in the morning. Very often Chris will say, I’ll do the dishes after tea (no dishwasher, I’m afraid) and before you know it it’s nearly bedtime and they’re still there with everything dried on, yuk! I usually pop in the kitchen and do them quietly, can’t bear things hanging around til later.
    Nice to hear you still enjoy the odd frozen chip, they do come in very handy sometimes LOL!
    I do have one of the tiny OPI Nail Envy, but it’s near the bottom and I’m struggling to get the last drop out, can’t bear waste…I even cut the top off tubes and then seal again with selotape, until I get the very last drop! I also have the 1ltr size Elasticizer, hadn’t used it since using Liz Earle shampoo and conditioner until this morning…looked lovely with a blue freezer bag on my head, very fetching!
    Have a well deserved break.
    love
    Annette x

  23. Alana July 25, 2011 at 10:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, looks like your Pink Party was a HUGE hit!! So glad to hear that you raised more than your target! The pics look great and I have to agree with other posts that Dickie does look very nice!!lol.
    Turkey was lovely and very hot – 48 degrees most days! I was very safe in the sun using my Ultrasun to make sure that I didn’t burn.
    Nice to hear that Chris, Dan and Sophie helped out with party, you all seem like such a close and loving family. I’d be lost without mine especially during the tough times.
    Off to watch some of the Beauty Day shows I recored.
    Take care.
    ax

  24. julia roberts July 26, 2011 at 1:00 pm -  Reply

    Hello Linda
    Isn’t it funny how we form a visual image of people from their name or voice … I often do that with Radio Presenters and then when you see them they are not what you expected at all!
    I really enjoyed having people round for my party – it was a lot of preparation but I must admit I had lots of help from the family.
    Glad you enjoyed the Desert Island Beauty show with Ali – you are right, we have a great rapport and a lot of ‘banter’ flies around because we know each other so well.
    With regard to veggie cook books ….. I have loads but there isn’t just one I could recommend as I use recipes from all of them and sometimes adapt if I don’t like particular ingredients.
    I started off with the Cranks Recipe Book, then a Sainsbury’s one ( very good ), then Linda MacCartney, Delia Smith – you name it iI’ve probably got it!
    The internet is also a great source for individual recipes ( apparently – so my kids tell me!!!!LOL )
    love
    Julia x

  25. julia roberts July 26, 2011 at 3:22 pm -  Reply

    Hello Jean
    I was delighted with the amount raised for charity – everyone was very generous with their hard-earned!
    I totally agree with you about the final of The Apprentice – I was so looking forward to it, and it was disappointing to say the least! I’m not a Tom fan, but in the final he was the best of a less than impressive bunch!
    So pleased you enjoyed the Desert Island Beauty show with Ali – I don’t know what my neck would be looking like without Elemis neck and bust!!!!
    love
    Julia x

  26. julia roberts July 26, 2011 at 3:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Marian
    I won’t tell your Chris if you don’t!!!LOL Dickie is lovely – funny enough I went to Pink’s concert with him and some of the rest of the backstage team ….. maybe that is where the idea for the ‘Pink Party’ originated?! You are right, all the hard work was definitely worth it.
    Thanks for the lovely compliment
    love
    Julia x

  27. julia roberts July 26, 2011 at 3:31 pm -  Reply

    Hello Susan
    Very pleased with the amount raised for charity – as already mentioned the hard work was worth it and everyone was very generous!
    Ali Young and I have known each other for nearly 18 years, I guess that is why we have so much ‘banter’
    speak soon
    Julia x

  28. julia roberts July 26, 2011 at 3:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Gloria
    Glad to hear you enjoy my shows …… I think rubber gloves are more useful than cotton ones when doing the washing up LOL!!
    Very flattered at the squadies attentions ……….
    love
    Julia x

  29. julia roberts July 26, 2011 at 3:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Adrienne
    I know a lot of people were disappointed when the YBF range disappeared from QVC. I don’t know of anywhere you can buy it in the UK . I know the range was on HSN in the States – you could maybe have a look at their website and see if there are any European links?
    I’m suprised you did not get on with Bare Escentuals – it works a treat on my sensitive skin. That’s why it is so difficult to give advice as we are all so different.
    Sorry I could not be more helpful
    love
    Julia x

  30. julia roberts July 26, 2011 at 3:46 pm -  Reply

    Hello Hefina
    Thanks for your lovely post. I truly feel like a different person since losing the 2 stone, and the good habits learnt from Diet Chef along with my Pilates have helped keep the weight off.
    Funny you should mention writing a book ……..
    love
    Julia x

  31. julia roberts July 26, 2011 at 3:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kathy
    It doesn’t suprise me you have that dress too – we have similar taste. I haven’t been in to Karen Millen for ages but thought I would have a nosey around the sale – glad I did!
    No I don’t ever use Tan Bare Escentuals foundation – I just didn’t want to contradict Ali, you never know how she would get me back! I find the Medium Tan is dark enough for me even with a tan, and when I’m pale I use Medium Beige. I love Systeme Corps – have you tried both versions? – I flip flop between the 2.
    Good luck with the Spanish house – your day at the Notary will be ‘an experience’!!
    love
    Julia x

  32. julia roberts July 26, 2011 at 3:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    Got to have the odd treat don’t you think? I used to really like frozen wedges but Daniel makes them now and they are much nicer dipped in garlic mayonnaise.
    Treat yourself to Twice the Envy while it’s still on offer during Beauty Month – it’s really helping me.
    Don’t know how I would manage now without a dishwasher – mind you it won’t be so bad when it is just the two of us if Dan and Sophie decide to move out …… not rushing them!
    love
    Julia x

  33. julia roberts July 26, 2011 at 4:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alana
    EEK!!! – 48 degrees, way too hot for me! Good to hear you were using your Ultrasun – Ms Young would approve!
    Dickie is adorable!
    Hope you enjoyed your ‘Beauty Day Fest’!!
    It is very good to have such a caring family – my career is important to me, but my family has always come first.
    love
    Julia x

  34. Martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen July 26, 2011 at 6:14 pm -  Reply

    some good pictures julia i am sure you were good at singing at the karaoke .hope you are well.
    i am not bad

  35. Linda, Glasgow July 26, 2011 at 9:58 pm -  Reply

    Thanks Julia,
    Just wanted to say thanks for the info re all things veggie – i’m going into town this week so will pay a visit to Waterstones.I already shop at Sainsburys so will make enquires re their cookbook.I’m like you with the internet – its a great tool but i get embarrassed when my five year old godson knows more than me and gives me advice!!Now how to shop on the internet-thats different-i’m an expert!! I already eat pulses,seeds,wholegrain and nuts as a good part of my diet so just have to take that final step and completely cut out meat,animal fats etc, i’ll let you know how i am getting on via your blog. I hope your feeling better – you did have a deeper than usual voice on Saturday night, i actually said to David that you were coming down with something -typical guy looked up from his book and said “what?”,”who?”!! When Debs Flint mentioned that Catherine was covering your hours on Sunday night it didnt surprise me but you were missedXX – take care,get well and i look forward to seeing you back on my screen soon tempting me with something else fashion or beauty.Speak on your next blog Love Linda Glasgow

  36. Carole cooper July 27, 2011 at 10:59 am -  Reply

    Hello again Julia I enjoyed the show you did with Alison I laughed through it she put you on the spot a couple of times lol she’s a great presenter I love it when she burst out laughing, you should do it more often with the presenters enjoyed it x carole wigan

  37. julia roberts July 27, 2011 at 11:10 am -  Reply

    Hi Martin
    You are very kind, but I must admit I wasn’t great on the Karaoke and the words were a little small for me to read ( wasn’t going to put my glasses on at a party was I?!? ) Sophie stole the show but then she has been in a couple of bands! I have a bad throat at the moment ( nothing to do with the Karaoke ) – glad to hear you are well though
    love
    Julia x

  38. julia roberts July 27, 2011 at 11:18 am -  Reply

    Hi Linda
    I hope Sainsbury’s still do cookbooks – I’ve had my first one 25 years! – but Waterstones or W H Smiths should have a great selection. Sounds like you already have a lot of nuts and legumes in your diet anyway so you probably won’t notice too much difference. On a very very old blog I put up a recipe for Lasagne thet I do with spinach, walnuts and cottage cheese – have a look and see if it’s still there. If not I’ll post it again – it’s a real favourite, in fact I made it for dinner last night before going into work.
    Still struggling with my throat – only just got through my 2 hours at midnight….. not sure if I should keep pushing it.
    love
    Julia x

  39. angela white July 27, 2011 at 2:30 pm -  Reply

    hello julia, well done for raising money for the cancer charitys. i was diagnosed with bc 3 years ago and the hospital give you a folder of stuff and the bcc booklets were very helpful and helped me enormously in the months that followed im fine now only have to go once a year now and my last mammagram was clear-phew! i support bcc now and sent my sister in law flowers off them and they were beautiful plus im doing good as well! hope you and your family are well take care, sending love and hugs! x

  40. Carole cooper July 27, 2011 at 4:59 pm -  Reply

    Hello Julia I enjoyed your beauty show with Ali young I sat for a hour amused she had you going a couple of times lol, you should do it more often I enjoy the shows with Simon butler and Wilson can’t wait for them carole Wigan x

  41. Julia Roberts July 27, 2011 at 7:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Carole
    So glad you enjoyed the show Ali and I did together – we enjoyed it too and despite all the fun I hope we still managed to be informative? I agree we the Presenters should do more shows with Ali ………. let’s hope the ‘powers that be’ read my blog LOL!!!
    love
    Julia x

  42. Julia Roberts July 27, 2011 at 7:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Angela
    I’m so pleased to hear you are doing well now – I remember what a big thing it was for my mum to go for her annual check up and to come away with the all clear. BCC offer a great support mechanism particularly when people don’t necessarily want to talk to members of their family.
    Continued good health
    love
    Julia x

  43. Annette Roberts July 29, 2011 at 12:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Ooooh potato wedges, scrummy! Lucky you, having Daniel make them for you, mind you, Chris does make (when he puts his mind to it) some mean cheesey jacket potato halves…not had them for a while though, must give him a nudge!
    I see B&W are on today with you, can you please thank Simon very much, if he’s on, because I have just received the sequined Westie top that is on the web firsts…it’s just like Bobby! You were absolutely right when you said I would find something else when I returned the peacock top. Also, the sequins are no longer stitched into the shoulder seams and although overlocked on the inside, they popped through and weren’t half scratchy…they now fall about 1cm short of the seam, brilliant! Well done Simon!
    Hope you have a great show.
    love
    Annette x

  44. Diane Smith July 31, 2011 at 8:21 pm -  Reply

    HI Julia Just looking at your lovely photos, to grate charties especially since we have just found out my husband has cancer in both kidneys we are devistated,i can,t explain how we feel,he has only just retired, oh well these things are sent to try us.
    Still trying to get on with my pilates,but i am not having much luck at the moment to much on my mind. hope you are well you look very well in your photos, love the colour of your top.
    love Di. x

  45. julia roberts August 4, 2011 at 1:25 am -  Reply

    Hi annette
    As you probably saw Simon wasn’t in for the B & w sale show as he and Nicky were both away. I had an email from him earlier to say he is back in the country.
    He has the Anniversary shows all next weekend ( 13th onwards ) so maybe you can ring in to talk to him?
    love
    Julia x

  46. julia roberts August 4, 2011 at 1:29 am -  Reply

    Hello Di
    I am so sorry to hear the awful news about your husband. It doesn’t seem fair when someone has worked all their life and are looking forward to their retirement to be dealt such a devastating blow – my heart goes out to you both.
    You’ll know when it feels right for you to get back on your Pilates – it actually helps me in times of great stress.
    much love to you both
    Julia x

  47. lynne chorley August 9, 2011 at 1:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, So pleased you had a successful night and the amount you raised was amazing. I lost my darling husband to acute myeloid leukemia he was diagnosed july 2010 after celebrating our first wedding anniversary and after finally finding my soul mate life was perfect we crammed so much into the last 6 months we thought we had everything it was second time round for us both lets hope that they find a cure for all cancers. Life is very very lonely for me now I miss my husband so much he was perfect it is warming to know that people like yourself do their bit, Keep going. Regards Lynne x

  48. julia roberts August 11, 2011 at 3:05 pm -  Reply

    Dear Lynne,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss – life does seem so cruel sometimes doesn’t it? You will need to focus on the great times you had together, and it will help eventually.
    I am always heartened to hear of the generosity of other people giving to a worthwhile cause.
    Like you, I hope that a cure for all cancers is not too far away.
    Thinking of you and hoping things will start to improve soon
    much love
    Julia xx

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