Anyone for lunch?


When the weather in the UK is distinctly autumnal, one of the things I love about being in warmer climes is being able to dine outside. We’ve come to Spain for a few days to relax after all the decorating and renovating we have been doing on our house (lots more still to come over the next few months) and have been blessed with beautiful blue skies and warm temperatures.

It’s not just about getting a sun tan for me – once again, I am being protected by Ultrasun – it’s the feeling of warmth on the skin. I just find it thoroughly helps me to relax and unwind, although, in fairness, I have also been doing a bit of work on the Christmas story I’m writing.

I’m also reading a really good book called The Sister. I also have a back-up by John Grisham and plenty more books on my Kindle. If you don’t own one yet, put it top of your Christmas list – we have some really good deals on them at QVC.

Back to dining al fresco… last night we shared a pizza beachside and enjoyed the full moon peeping through the palm trees, casting its silvery shadow over the sea.

I also had a cocktail! This is quite thing for me as I don’t normally indulge in much alcohol, apart from wine. Still, I really enjoyed my espresso martini, even if Chris did have to finish it!

Lunch today was a delightful mix of ‘tricolore’ (avocado, tomato and mozzarella) with corn and quorn sausages cooked on the BBQ. I sometimes think I should have been born in a Mediterranean country, as I love the outdoors lifestyle.

The only thing that’s not so perfect, is the mosquitoes. Apparently Spain has been plagued with them this year and I can attest to that, with six bites so far despite copious applications of my Australian Bodycare tea tree oil.

So… it’s competition winner time. Thanks to all of you who entered and big congratulations to Beryl Edwards who correctly answered B (168 hours) to the question.

I hope you will enjoy wearing your new watch, Beryl.

Well, it’s about time for me to get into the somewhat chilly pool and swim off my lunch. Before I sign off, well done to my mate Gareth Southgate for successfully steering England through the qualifying games for next year’s football World Cup. Maybe now certain sections of the press will be less critical and start to show him some support… and pigs may fly!

I’ll be back on your screens on Thursday, hope to see you then,

Much love,

Julia xx


  1. barbara October 6, 2017 at 3:13 pm -  Reply

    hi Julia hope you are enjoying your suuny break and away from our bad weather. I was wondering who wrote the sister and I read a lot of john grisham cannot get enough of his books. see you on screen next week

    • Julia Roberts October 19, 2017 at 11:13 am -  Reply

      Hi Barbara,
      The Sister is by Louise Menchen – I’m going to be honest and tell you that I enjoyed 90% of the book but felt the final 10% was a little far-fetched. Only my opinion of course. Camino Island by John Grisham however was a fab read. We enjoyed our holiday even with the disruption of our flight back being cancelled
      Julia x

  2. Denise Hales October 6, 2017 at 6:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, it sounds like you are having a good relaxing break in the sun. Like you I just love that relaxing lifestyle. We have been planning on getting some late summer sun but unfortunately as we were about to start looking it coincided with the unfortunate collapse of Monarch which meant it’s been a bit of a nightmare. We’ve eventually managed to book a week in Ibiza going next week. We’ve been there twice before to the same resort but in a different area so now I can relax and start planning ,packing etc .
    Enjoy the rest of your break.
    Best wishes
    Denise xx

    • Julia Roberts October 19, 2017 at 11:16 am -  Reply

      Hi Denise
      I’m glad you finally managed to book a break away. I think the collapse of Monarch had a knock-on effect when we were trying to get flights back to the UK after our Easyjet flight was cancelled. We flew BA in the end.
      We had a lovely holiday though and I wish you the same
      Julia x

  3. Maureen LEE October 7, 2017 at 4:28 pm -  Reply

    Oh Julia, I so wish I was in sunnier and warmer climes at this moment. The rain is aggravating my arthritis somewhat today.

    I just wanted to congratulate Beryl on winning that fabulous watch. I, for one, wish it had been me! Never mind folks, next time maybe.

    • Julia Roberts October 19, 2017 at 11:18 am -  Reply

      Hi Maureen
      Very kind of you to congratulate Beryl – I hope you have more luck next time I run a competition.
      I know what you mean about arthritis – I am starting to get it in my hands. I can barely move my fingers first thing in the morning – any advice for me?
      Julia x

  4. Josephine Jennings October 8, 2017 at 9:53 am -  Reply

    Enjoy your break Julia, look forward to seeing you on QVC.

    • Julia Roberts October 19, 2017 at 11:19 am -  Reply

      Thanks Josephine, it was just what we needed
      Julia x

  5. martin forbes October 9, 2017 at 7:26 pm -  Reply

    hi julia hope you andchris sophie and daniel are well iam not bad have not wrote for at least amonth old computer was not working new one working well how is sophie settling in to her blat and how are you settling in to your house all thye best your team crstal palacxe not doing well ar t the moment

    • Julia Roberts October 19, 2017 at 11:22 am -  Reply

      Hi Martin,
      Glad you have a new computer sorted.
      We are all fine although our house is total chaos at the moment as we are having some building work done – it will be good when it’s finished!
      Crystal Palace finally won a game and against Chelsea of all people! Maybe we have finally turned a corner now that Wilfie Zaha is back from injury.
      Julia x

  6. Beryl Edwards October 12, 2017 at 1:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia I have just received my furla watch which I was very lucky to win in your competition,it is absolutely beautiful you can tell it is a designer watch I cannot wait to wear it.i also want to thank Maureen for congratulating me ,hope she is lucky in the future.

    • Julia Roberts October 19, 2017 at 11:24 am -  Reply

      Hi Beryl,
      I’m so pleased you like the Furla watch, I hope you get lots of compliments!
      Julia x

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