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Looking out of my window this morning I can hardly believe it’s July and, having watched the weather forecast last night, it looks look we have a pretty rough couple of days ahead, weather-wise. Has anyone else noticed a pattern developing?

June is usually hot and sunny but the moment the children break up from school for the summer, the rain starts. It really is a shame, particularly for people holidaying in the UK. My neighbours, whose cats we feed when they are away, are going camping!!! I can’t say I envy them. Still, at least gardens around the country will be grateful for the rain. I’m sure ours is not the only lawn that was starting to look a bit brown in places.

Julia's book signingh

Tomorrow looks to be very different from last Saturday when I had my first-ever book signing in an independent book shop near Reading. A huge thank you to Mary and John from Chapter One who hosted it for me. It was the first time Chris had ventured out of the house since his minor op and I think he was just happy to be doing something. Poor thing was going stir crazy!

Sophie also came to support and a number of people remarked that they could see the family resemblance between the two of us. I posted a few pictures on my Julia Roberts TV page on Facebook if you’d like to have a look. You may also be interested to read a piece I was asked to do for an online magazine called Female First entitled ‘Ten Things You May Not Know About Me‘, although, if you read my memoir, you probably know most of them already!

Female first logo

So, after a break of a couple of weeks, to look after Chris and get some writing done on the sequel to ‘Life’s a Beach and Then…’, I was back at QVC yesterday but I had my latest hospital appointment first. I hadn’t mentioned on here, but my latest results were not quite a row of zeroes, like the previous ones, which was a little disappointing. My professor assured me that I am still technically in remission but then he dropped his own bombshell on me – he is retiring in September. I was really upset.

Professor Goldstone has been with me every step of this journey, from my diagnosis in April 2012, through the hiccup in my treatment that saw elevated numbers and to the joy of finally reaching remission after three years of treatment. I must admit to shedding a tear, despite assurances from him that the consultant he is handing my care over to is one of the top CML experts in the country. I will miss him and our football chats. I am so very grateful to him for the care he has given me.

Elemis bag

Because I had traveled in on the train and was heading straight to work, I needed a lightweight bag to carry all my work stuff in – this was perfect. It’s the bag that you will receive with Sunday’s Elemis TSV. I am so looking forward to showing it to you in my shows at 11am and 2pm, with Keeley.

As well as favourites Pro Collagen Marine Cream ( in your choice of regular or ultra-rich) and Pro Radiance Cleanser, there are seasonal products for sun-sensitised skin in apricot toner, and papaya enzyme peel to keep your tan looking fresh, AND the launch of British Botanical shower cream and body cream. Although we have plenty of stock it might be an idea to order early.

Next week we have two days of clearance on Tuesday and Wednesday so, if you love a bargain, do have a look and, if sparkle is your thing, I have a three-hour Diamonique show next Thursday from 2pm. All that brings us round to next Friday and the return of Spotlight on Jewellery for a new series (more on next week’s blog) and the return of Fashion on Friday. I say return because there is no FOF today as it’s Christmas in July all day – we could have had a Christmas-themed fashion hour … maybe I’ll suggest that for next year!

Have a lovely (if wet) weekend

Julia xx


  1. Heather Stapleton July 24, 2015 at 6:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Sorry you got upset about your professor leaving, I know how much faith you put in them, I did mine & felt safe with him, but I’m sure he has left you in very good hand’s & you will come through the journey, as I did, my love & best wishes to you,xxxxxxx

    • Julia Roberts July 31, 2015 at 3:17 pm -  Reply

      Hi Heather
      Thanks for your understanding – you’ve been there, so you get it! I know he will have passed me on to a safe pair of hands but it is the person I will miss.
      Julia x

  2. martin forbes July 26, 2015 at 2:53 pm -  Reply

    hi julia manged to catch abit of your 7oclock show on friday for about 20 minutes you looked wonderful on the show.hope dan and sophie and your chris are well

    • Julia Roberts July 31, 2015 at 3:19 pm -  Reply

      Hi Martin
      Thanks for the compliment. Just be grateful you missed the karaoke at 3pm although I am putting a clip of it on this week’s blog for a laugh! Chris is on the mend and the rest of us are fine thanks
      Julia x

  3. Julie Kesterton July 27, 2015 at 4:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi julia, sorry to hear that you have had a blip with your numbers. It will only be a blip but it must be a worry. My last number had gone down hoping for.27% at 9 months since diagnosis so I am pretty happy with that. I also understand your feelings about your consultant retiring, I hope you will have as good a relationship with the new one.
    I will be able to start watching a bit of qvc now that my cochlea implant has been switched on I can make out some of the words if not all.
    Regards Julie

    • Julia Roberts August 9, 2015 at 11:42 pm -  Reply

      Hi Julie
      Many apologies for the delay in replying to you. I’m pleased to hear that your numbers are going down – still waiting for my latest results.
      I hope you have been enjoying QVC again now that your cochlea implant has been turned on?
      Keep in touch
      Julia x

  4. Pauline Howells July 28, 2015 at 1:44 pm -  Reply

    Hope all goes well with you Julia and I’m sure you will get on with your new specialist. I am also in remission for my Thrombocythemia and really put all my faith in my specialist for being so. God’s Blessings and love to you and yours x

    • Julia Roberts August 9, 2015 at 11:44 pm -  Reply

      Hello Pauline
      Apologies for the delay in replying – crazy busy I’m afraid.
      I’m sure I will develop a good relationship with my new consultant but he will never be ‘the prof’!
      Let’s hope we both stay in remission for many moons to come.
      Julia x

  5. Joanna Downey July 28, 2015 at 3:51 pm -  Reply

    Hello Julia, We do get told that the gardens “need it” but not so much and certainly not in July..! The last two years were lovely – “proper” English Summers, well they were in this part of the country, and I had expected that to continue this year but I am looking out on a lawn that is in need of a cut and that has a good covering of leaves brought down by the wind that is currently wailing. The grotty weather has meant that we could stay indoors and decorate our bedroom so that’s one task ticked off the holiday list. I was concerned to read about your medical numbers blip and trust that they get sorted. I also hope that you form a good partnership with your new consultant. I know that you had absolutely no control over developing this disease but your upbeat attitude is inspirational. The risotto was delicious and I’ve given the recipe to Ellie, our younger daughter, who also thought it was yummy. Finally Sox says “hello” back to the boys, he’s two years old and was rescued from being drowned when he was a kitten. He was timid when we first had him but has grown into a very affectionate cat and I love him, I would like another one to keep him company but Colin says he’s the last one – we’ll see. Love from Jo x

    • Julia Roberts August 9, 2015 at 11:54 pm -  Reply

      Hello Jo
      Apologies for the delayed response to your post. I have been having all sorts of problems when I try to reply to more than two posts at a time – very frustrating! Then Dan was a bit under the weather so I went off to Swansea last weekend to see him – very wet & windy most of the time but at least he seems a bit better and I got some writing for the new book done.
      Summer seems to have returned this weekend – let’s hope it lasts
      Julia x

  6. Jane Banks July 28, 2015 at 9:52 pm -  Reply

    My mother was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia at the age of 72 in 1998. Her deterioration was so swift she had to be taken to UCH in an air ambulance. But she had the great good fortune to be treated by Professor Goldstone. He saved her life and under his care she made a full recovery so I fully understand how grateful you feel towards him and how you will miss him on his retirement

    • Julia Roberts August 9, 2015 at 11:49 pm -  Reply

      Hello Jane
      There must be many blood cancer patients and their families who, like us, are eternally gratefully to ‘the prof’ – I will miss our meetings even though I’m sure I will be in capable hands.
      I’m glad your mum made a full recovery – what a scare at the time though.
      Julia x

  7. Tina S July 30, 2015 at 12:01 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    It must be the week for gremlins as I’ve been having terrible problems with my laptop! I’ll probably look for a Tablet instead as my sister-in-law says she doesn’t get any problems like I’m getting.
    Had your 2 replies, thanks. I’ve finally got hold of a roofer who promises he will sort out my roof next week, weather permitting. One roofer messed me around for nearly 2 weeks, not answering my calls or getting back to me. So with a bit of luck it should be sorted soon!
    I would definitely come to a book signing if you had one in Swansea as its only a 10 minute drive from my home. I’m going there Friday to meet up with someone I did my training with way back in 1973/4. We got in touch after all this time on Facebook. It will be nice to catch up after so many years. We are hoping to have a Hospital reunion next year. Our old Hospital shut down to make way for a new one but its not a patch on the old one. Its surprising the people I’ve caught up with from the old days of my nursing career, all through Facebook.
    Well I’m off to my bed as its late. We’re off to Porthcawl tomorrow. I hope its not as windy as Monday. It was even on the national news showing how windy it was. Even in all that wind there were still men fishing !!
    Speak soon, Tina S.
    P.S. Glad the “patient” is better.

  8. Glenis Carter August 7, 2015 at 10:04 am -  Reply

    Ruby wedding anniversary is 40 years. Like you I’m a great fan of Butler & Wilson.

    • Julia Roberts August 10, 2015 at 12:04 am -  Reply

      Hi Glenis
      I will make sure you get entered into the draw
      Good luck
      Julia x

  9. Julia Roberts August 10, 2015 at 12:03 am -  Reply

    Hi Tina
    Crikey I hope you got your roof fixed before the wind and heavy rains of last Monday & Tuesday in South Wales. I was down visiting Dan and although the Sunday had been nice ( we went to Mumbles and had Joe’s ice cream) the Monday & Tuesday were awful. Oh well at least it allowed me to get plenty of writing done!
    I popped in to Waterstones in Swansea to enquire about the possibility of doing a book signing there – they are going to look into it so I’ll keep you posted.
    I hope your meeting with your old colleague went well?
    Julia x

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