I don’t bake cakes very often these days but over the past week I have baked three, two Christmas cakes and a birthday cake! As I mentioned on last week’s blog, Daniel drove back to our house on the evening of his birthday after he finished training in Swansea. Unfortunately there was an accident on the motorway which resulted in him getting back rather later than expected, 10.15pm to be precise! He hadn’t eaten dinner, so by the time Sophie and I had sung Happy Birthday to him we were eating cake after 11pm!! Looking at the picture I think maybe I should have taken one before Daniel blew the candles out!
On Saturday, I was on air at QVC with gorgeous Butler & Wilson jewellery while Daniel and Sophie were watching Crystal Palace put five goals past Newcastle United at Selhurst Park. My producer, Pete, is also a Palace fan so was giving me occasional updates via talkback. It was very difficult to keep smiling when we went a goal down and then almost impossible to keep the chesire cat grin off my face when we went into half-time 3 – 1 up. It’s a good job I wasn’t on air during the second half as it would have been difficult to resist punching the air!Apologies to Newcastle fans but it is very rare for Palace to score so many goals in a game!
Daniel and Sophie arrived home at around the same time as me and while Chris went to fetch our curry takeaway (a rare treat in our house) I mixed the Christmas cake. Just prior to sitting down to dinner we all had a stir and made a wish – I wonder if that is a tradition in your house? On Sunday morning, before heading into QVC for the Butler & Wilson Couture show, I laced the cake with brandy, wrapped it in tin foil and stored it in the cupboard where it will stay until 23rd December when it comes out to be covered in marzipan and then iced on Christmas Eve. This was last year’s effort.
I had to repeat the cake-making process on Tuesday, my day off, for the cake I make for backstage – at least this year I’m working Boxing Day so they will get their cake in closer proximity to Christmas. Craig and I also volunteered to do the gifts for our colleagues backstage this year so there has been a few emails flying around sourcing the best places to buy ‘alcoholic ‘treats’!
By the way, if you love Butler & Wilson the last two shows of the year are this weekend – check our new QVC TV guide for times – unfortunately it’s my weekend off so I will miss them as I am heading down to Swansea for the first book signing of ‘If He Really Loved Me…’ at Morgan’s Hotel on Sunday from 2.30 – 5pm. Please drop in if you’re in the area. The paperback was only published yesterday so you would be one of the first to buy it and of course it would be signed. If you don’t live nearby but would like a signed copy, head over to my webpage www.juliarobertsbooks.co.uk for information on how to order through Chapter One, an independent book shop. In the mean time, do remember to tune in for Butler and Wilson and watch out for this Christmas Tree brooch – I love it!
Lots of you will recognise the lovely QVC guest Lorna Ko in this picture but what was making her look so shocked?
Lorna interviewed me for Chiswick Buzz TV on Monday, I’ll put a link to the interview on here next week, and I told her that the start of book three was in the back of book two… it is a little ‘dark’! If you live in Chiswick my book is on the shelves in Waterstones – very exciting.
Lorna has now read the book and kept messaging me on twitter with comments like ‘I didn’t see that coming!’ Tova bought copies so that she has something to read on her trip back to the States – she read book one so she wanted to know what happens next, as did Michele Hope and Imogen Connelly who messaged to say she liked it ‘even’ better than the first book. It is very gratifying getting such positive feedback as you’re never sure if people will enjoy your work.
Have any of you been watching ‘I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here’? I was really surprised that Susannah, from Trinny and Susannah, was the first to be voted out. I thought she did really well and was like a mother figure to so many of the younger ones. I think Vicky is my favourite although I’m warming to Ferne after the snakes challenge… I could NEVER do that!
So I’m off for the next few days but we have some amazing Christmas shopping again this weekend with Today’s Special Values from L’Occitane tomorrow and Links of London on Sunday. I’ll be back on Thursday and looking forward to seeing Ralph from Honora for his final visit before Christmas. If you are on the lookout for beauty Christmas presents we have a whole day of beauty next weekend on the main channel, starring a bareMinerals Today’s Special Value offer (13th December). I’m also looking forward to presenting an hour of Molton Brown as I haven’t done a show with Jemma Forte for months!
Have a fabulous weekend and see you in Swansea on Sunday if you’re around.