And relax…


After a very hectic few months, I finally had a day of total relaxation on Sunday. I’d finished the edits of my new novel, ‘Alice in Theatreland’, on Saturday and sent them to my formatter in San Diego – more on Alice later!

So, Sunday started with my favourite breakfast of poached eggs, cherry tomatoes, vegetarian tempeh rashers and a slice of buttered toast – yummy!

It was a beautiful sunny day, so we invited our daughter, Sophie, over for an al fresco salad lunch – washed down with a decadent glass or two of prosecco. After the meal, we sat in the garden enjoying the sunshine all afternoon, suitably protected by Ultrasun and Decleor… it was bliss.

Monday was rather busier. At midday, the van arrived to take our son’s bed and other belongings down to his new home in Bristol. After loading up our end, we hit the M4 (it’s becoming a familiar journey), arrived, and just about finished unloading by the time Dan got home from work.

We went for an Italian meal in the evening to celebrate, all the while keeping one eye on a very important scoreline from Selhurst Park. All I will say is: Crystal Palace – 3 (yes, 3), Arsenal – 0… who would have thought it prior to kick off?!

On Tuesday, we welcomed Chris’ niece, Tina, and her family from Australia for lunch.

It was meant to be a cup of tea before they headed off to Stonehenge, but I think the girls – 6 year-old Aliana and 4 year-old Amelia – were enjoying themselves rather too much with Sophie and playing with our cat Wilfie and next doors’ cats, Jenny and Wispa, too. I rustled together an impromptu lunch and the girls were very keen to help me lay the table. I love this selfie of Sophie with them – posers, all three!

As well as sending my manuscript to the formatter, I had also sent it to Sophie for proofreading.

She went away for a few days’ holiday today (Thursday) so she wanted to get it finished before she went. Well, she had me in stitches with the Whatsapp messages she was sending me. I won’t share all of them, because it would spoil the story if you want to read it, but this message had me crying with laughter:

‘No Alice!!!!! Richard is a slime ball… don’t fall for it!!!!! A hotel suite??? Open your eyes woman!!!!!!’

All of those exclamation marks were in her message. She called me at 4pm: ‘Stop writing books I can’t put down,’ she said, ‘I’m still in my pyjamas and I need to get some last minute toiletries and foreign exchange.’

What a lovely response to my new book – she is the first to read it, apart from my copy editor. Fortunately, I was able to help her out with some euros! The Kindle edition of the book will be on pre-order this weekend and is out on 27th April – check for more details, and also a competition to win one of only two paperbacks of ‘Life’s a Beach… and Then’ printed with a gloss cover, so I guess you could call it limited edition.

Well, if you haven’t got much planned this Easter weekend, I hope you will join me on QVC – I’m in across the whole of Easter. Here are my scheduled hours:

Good Friday 

3pm Lola Rose

5pm Fashion by Together


5pm Hi-Tech Toys – including Today’s Special Value and Samsung curved smart TV on 4 Easy Pay

Easter Sunday

2pm Tools for Home & Garden

4pm Richard Jackson’s Easter Garden

6pm Richard Jackson’s Easter Garden – including the Today’s Special Value slug & snail repellent and pest & ant control

Easter Monday

2pm Kipling

3pm Peony flowers

5pm Household Helpers – with Shark and their Today’s Special Value

I hope you are able to enjoy some time with your family over Easter and that the skies stay blue! Enjoy your chocolate eggs too.

Much love,
Julia x


  1. Tanya mansfield April 13, 2017 at 5:36 pm -  Reply

    Dear Julia, so excited about your new book especially as its a thriller can’t wait to get it. Can’t decide whether to get it for hols or your trilogy? Religiously using the elasticizer and I love it. Finally at the age of 53 learning to live with my curls – no more straightening. How is the detox going – you look great but then again goodness always shines from within. Take care – Tanya (also a veggie for 34 yes!)

    • Julia Roberts April 23, 2017 at 11:19 pm -  Reply

      Hi Tanya
      I am so pleased you are interested in my books – I guess it’s just down to personal choice for your holiday reading. I totally agree about Elasticizer – I honestly couldn’t be without it now.
      So the detox is long over but I’m trying to be fairly good with healthy eating – definitely helps being veggie, apart from cheese!
      Enjoy your holiday
      Julia x

  2. Denise April 13, 2017 at 8:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, so glad you have some relaxation now after finishing your book. As a big fan of the theatre I’m looking forward to reading it. I was lucky enough to indulge myself in a theatre trip yesterday when I went to see Carousel with Alfie Boe and Katherine Jenkins. It was amazing – the dancing, the vocals it was just a joy. I’ve been reading various reviews which all tell a mixed and different story but all I can say is the audience absolutely loved it.
    How lovely that Aliana and Amelia preferred to spend time with you – precious times I’m sure.
    You have a busy Easter weekend at the Q but I hope you get to enjoy the weekend.
    Best wishes
    Denise x

    • Julia Roberts April 23, 2017 at 11:23 pm -  Reply

      Hi Denise,
      I hope you will enjoy Alice in Theatreland. How funny that you should mention Carousel. I was in AVEDA the other day and my stylist mentioned that he cuts Alfie Boe’s hair! – small world. It was also the first show that I saw my mum & dad perform in for the Nottingham Operatic Society – I was about five! I must go and see it.
      Easter was busy at the Q but I did manage a bit of family time thanks.
      Julia x

  3. Eileen Mahoney April 13, 2017 at 10:24 pm -  Reply

    no mention of Poppy Julia? I am hoping she was up sleeping away from all of the excitement?

    • Julia Roberts April 23, 2017 at 11:25 pm -  Reply

      Hi Eileen,
      Poppy was curled up asleep under one of our kitchen units. She is now stone deaf so was undisturbed by all the noise! Can’t believe she will be twenty-two in June.
      Julia x

  4. Kathy April 14, 2017 at 10:49 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia, just a quickie, We just got back from our 2 weeks away in Barbados, we stayed at Bourgainvillea Beach Resort, so not far from your Hotel. Beautiful Hotel and we relaxed for the whole time except for one morning when we did a short trip out around the coast. Weather was glorious just a light shower one evening…… Spent a lot of time on the beach and yes we will be going back one day . Didn’t see any of your books i’m afraid. ! Back to reality now then off to Cyprus to get the house ready for visitors…and to make a huge fuss with our little doggies who we missed so much..
    Speak soon enjoy Easter Break and hope your are keeping well.
    Kathy x

    • Julia Roberts April 23, 2017 at 11:29 pm -  Reply

      Hi Kathy
      I’m pleased you enjoyed your holiday on Barbados’s south coast too. My books were only left at our hotel so I’m not surprised you didn’t see them.
      I can’t recall, are you Greek or Turkish Cyprus? I guess the season starts next month.
      I was working all of Easter but managed a bit of family time thanks
      Julia x

  5. Sharon Shaw April 15, 2017 at 3:42 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia, Wow, how do you do it all!! Glad you are still on our screens, and love your tenacity, you still have it Julia!! but miss you presenting the Butler & Wilson shows!! Love to you and your family Sharon. xx

    • Julia Roberts April 23, 2017 at 11:32 pm -  Reply

      Hi Sharon
      I ask myself the same question sometimes! I like being busy though.
      I miss the Butler & Wilson shows too but most of them are in the evening and I don’t work later than 7pm because of my medication. I still chat to Simon fairly regularly though
      Thanks for your kind compliment
      Julia x

  6. Wendy Gilbert April 16, 2017 at 6:19 pm -  Reply

    Dear Julia. Please would you ask Richard if I can use the ant product on a red ants nest which is situated in a large pot housing a lemon tree. Thank you.

    • Julia Roberts April 23, 2017 at 11:34 pm -  Reply

      Hi Wendy
      I believe your question has been passed on to Richard but if you don’t get an answer let me know and I’ll ask him next time I see him
      Julia x

  7. martin forbes April 17, 2017 at 11:36 am -  Reply

    discoved in the jewellery department blog ialso have the qvc single which had 6 other cds which tonybalackburn presented hope you chris and daniel sophie are well iam not bad

  8. martin forbes April 17, 2017 at 11:48 am -  Reply

    julia how many series did you do of price is right first episode is on you tube did you get to speak on screen

    • Julia Roberts April 23, 2017 at 11:36 pm -  Reply

      Hi Martin
      You are right about the CDs (previous comment). I only did the first two series of the Price is Right before I fell pregnant with Daniel. We occasionally got to say a entente or two – a bit different from QVC!
      We’re all good thanks
      Julia x

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