A Busy Bank Holiday Weekend!


Although we had a very busy Bank Holiday weekend on QVC, probably due in part to the disappointing weather, I’m actually referring to how busy we were at home, trying to get the kitchen cleared and decorated for the kitchen fitters to start work on Tuesday. We were moving furniture around, priming bare plaster walls, papering some to be painted and directly painting others. It took the whole three days to reach a point where they could start installing the kitchen on Tuesday after it was delivered on Saturday morning. It isn’t finished yet, but I thought I would share a photo of how it is looking so far… it was so worth all the effort!

Even Chris’s birthday yesterday was not exactly relaxing. The builders are still working on the family room, the plumbers were in to do the first fix on the downstairs loo/shower room, the electrician was here, as was the wooden floor fitting man… it was mayhem, and for most of it, I was at work! We also took delivery of the new range cooker and fridge/freezer.

At least I took him out to dinner last night and I had invited some surprise guests to make it more of an occasion. Sophie and her family joined us, along with our friends Steve and Denise.

We love The Tablespoon in nearby Sunningdale and because we are return customers, they did a ‘birthday dessert’ for him, which just happened to be cheesecake, a favourite in our house. We shared that though, as we all came back to ours for our tradition of chocolate birthday cake – the last one to be made in our old cooker.

It seems like Amber, Sophie’s stepdaughter, also has a penchant for baking. She made these cakes and brought them round for us as a birthday treat – we will indulge later. They smell delicious and I’m sure will taste equally as good – a really good effort for a twelve year old.

The update on my knee is that I’m down to just one plaster on the big open wound, although it is healing really well and should be able to be left uncovered from Tuesday. I have already been applying Decleor Prolagene Gel to the bits of the wound I can get to, to help minimise scarring.

So, time to look back to 2013/14 of QVC UK’s history. There were no actual additions to the presenter team, but Katy Pullinger appeared on the channel as a guest for Polti steam cleaners, car cleaning and Grip To Me hangers. Katy has a new show this Saturday at midday called The Weekend Kitchen, which sounds like it is going to be great fun, as Katy loves to cook. That reminds me, I haven’t done a recipe for a while so I’ll try and remember for next week.

In October, Flavia and Vincent from Strictly Come Dancing appeared on the channel to sell their dance video. Vincent very gamely attempted to teach me the rumba live on air – it’s much harder than it looks!

Also, in October, we lost one of my favourite QVC people to a different kind of leukaemia from the one I have. ‘Stretch’ had worked backstage at QVC from almost the beginning and was always smiling. He lived quite near the Crystal Palace football stadium and I dropped in on him a couple of times when he was recuperating before having to go back into hospital. I also saw him at UCLH, as he was originally under the same professor as me. He had attended my charity swimming gala just a few months before he died, despite being so ill, so it was a terrible shock to receive a text message from his girlfriend, my friend Teresa, to say that he had passed away. He was well-loved, as was illustrated by the number of QVC people, past and present, who attended his funeral.

As an aside, I have my next appointment with my professor on Monday. I have been on a drugs break for the past fifteen months but I am expecting to start a new drug which may actually cure my CML rather than just managing it. Keep your fingers crossed for me that the side effects will be minimal.

We’ve had many high profile guests on QVC over the years, but one of the most charming (and beautiful) was Wilnelia Forsyth, wife of the legend Bruce Forsyth, selling her range of handbags and scarves.

This was a note that Sir Bruce gave me when I did my first show with Wilnelia.

At the end of July, Simon Wilson asked me to co-host a fabulous tea party/cocktail party, celebrating forty-five years of Butler & Wilson. It was lovely to meet so many QVC customers and also to sit down to ‘tea’ with some of the ‘big brass’ from QVC – it doesn’t happen often!

Well, I must dash, as I am on air at 3pm with Diamonique as a kind of pre-cursor to Diamonique Day next Tuesday. A little heads-up for you, the new Diamonique Design of the Month launches tomorrow. It’s a fab pendant and is available in four options – here are the original sketches.

Also watch out for two fabulous TSVs this weekend – Bareminerals 6-piece make-up collection and an Acer laptop on Sunday.

Have a great weekend,


  1. Mose weir August 31, 2018 at 5:58 pm -  Reply

    Good luck with your new drug regime . You are an inspiration to those who maybe need to watch you , working , living and enjoying life . You look so well .

    • Julia Roberts September 14, 2018 at 4:21 pm -  Reply

      Hello Mose
      You may have seen on last week’s blog that I have been allowed to stay off drugs for another three months at least – such a relief as I’ve been worrying about possible side effects.
      Thanks you for your kind words
      Julia x

  2. DENISE MULVANEY August 31, 2018 at 7:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia ,love reading your blogs as we are doing the same as you renovating our property ,living in it and renovating is hard work isn’t it ,all the dust !I must say we have very similar taste ,my hall looks a bit like yours ,kitchen units similar but cream,the wicker chair with your beloved cat on which my cat loves sleeping on too and the Tiffany lamp shades in your conservatory I have the exact ones .We have also paved our patio and block paved our drive . I am very interested to hear you have been off your Imatinib for a while ,I have CML too ,I have messaged you before about this don’t know if you remember me.What meds will you be taking next this sounds very hopeful and I hope you don’t have any side effects ,as I know you had when you started on Imatinib.I am just waiting for my 8 month BCR- ABL blood test my last one was 0.79 % so I hope it’s still on the way down ,how I hope one day to have those BIG FAT ZEROS haha .Enjoy your new home ,nearly done now and keep well no more throwing yourself on the ground .Much love ,Denise.

    • Julia Roberts September 14, 2018 at 4:26 pm -  Reply

      Hi Denise
      Almost too many coincidences – particularly the CMLone! You may have read on last week’s blog that I haven’t had to start my new meds yet – my levels of disease are just slightly higher than yours but the prof has said I can stay off drugs until I hit 1.0. I would be trying Nilotinib (a second generationtyrosine kinase inhibitor) which my prof hopes might get me down to zeros and keep me there for a couple of years, then I would be able to come off the drugs for good.
      Hope you have almost finished with your renovations
      Julia x

  3. Elizabeth Keenan August 31, 2018 at 9:24 pm -  Reply

    Hiya Julia
    Good to hear your knee is healing up fine. Kitchen coming along and looking nice, has been a lot to deal with always a right upheaval. Chris’s Birthday cake looked lovely as did Ambers cup cakes scrummy. Best of luck Julia with new drug on Monday hope it helps.
    Much love
    Elizabeth ❤️

  4. Cazz webster September 1, 2018 at 8:30 am -  Reply

    Great blog as always Julia hope all goes well with your cml we lost our nephew 3 years ago to lukimia he was an only child and he was just 21 he when’s to the doctors with what he thought was the flu and within 12 months he was gone I’ll be praying for you God bless caz

  5. Elizabeth Keenan September 3, 2018 at 12:38 am -  Reply

    Hiya Julia, good luck with your new drug on Monday.
    Chris’s cake looked lovely as did Amber’s cup cakes they looked scrummy.
    Nice blog as usual and glad your knee is getting better.
    Much love
    Elizabeth ❤️

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