Battling the Lurgy!


For those of you who regularly tune in to Fashion on Friday, I’m afraid I won’t be there today as I am battling the lurgy. I was feeling a little under the weather on-air on Tuesday, but after a completely sleepless night I had to give in to my body on Wednesday and go to bed with paracetamol and warm drinks for company – not bedfellows I would necessarily recommend! I’m feeling a bit better today but unfortunately I can’t complete a sentence without coughing. Hopefully I will be back to full health on Thursday when I’m next due in.

This time last week, I was as right as rain on-air before driving up to Nottingham after my shift in preparation for the Rotary International Conference, at which I was hosting the Saturday afternoon session, ‘Polio – Nearly There.’ It was a privilege to be asked to do this and to share the stage with fellow Polio survivors – each of us with a story to tell about our own experience of this devastating disease.

It is almost confined to the history books but the key word there is ‘almost’. There have been some cases this year in Pakistan and Afghanistan despite the extensive vaccination programme, in part funded by Rotary International. You may think that those countries are a long way away and that it doesn’t affect us in this country, but all it would take is for one person who is carrying the disease to travel to the UK and come into contact with people who aren’t up to date with their vaccination and this once killer disease could rear its ugly head in this country again. Rotary have done an amazing job so far and I’m committed to help them finish it.

You probably recognise Ade Adepitan, who was one of the speakers, pictured here with me and my son, Dan, who kindly accompanied me to the event. He is currently working with a company who are dedicated to improving the lives of people with dementia – very relevant to mention as this has been ‘Mental Health Awareness Week’.

Dementia is often associated with the elderly, although that’s not always the case, and I feel very fortunate that my ninety-two year old mum still has all her faculties. As the conference was in Nottingham, my home town, Dan decided we should take her out for dinner before we drove back on Saturday evening. We were about to tuck in when my niece, Sam, appeared out of nowhere. There are quite a few pubs in the area surrounding Nottingham so it was quite random that she should be in the same one at the same time! Sam is a paramedic, so she and Dan had a good old chat about treating dementia while Mum and I had a natter about QVC!

Fortunately, I had met my deadline on the second book in the detective thriller series I am writing before I was struck down with the lurgy. I’ve decided to have a two-week break from my writing desk… until the first round of edits arrive! I also realised that tomorrow will be four years to the day since the Kindle version of my first novel, ‘Life’s a Beach and Then…’ was published. Is it really only four years since I became a published novelist? And in that time I’ve written six full-length novels and several shorter books too. I think I may be a workaholic! Check out my Facebook page, Julia Roberts TV, if you’re interested in an anniversary treat.

Speaking of treats, we have some fabulous ones in our Get Gorgeous two day event. You’ve probably already seen the Ben de Lisi TSV today, but did you know that the Benefit trio of mascaras, the TSV tomorrow, is already on pre-order? You get one each of They’re Real, Bad Gal Bang and Rollerlash, in full sizes, for £31.92 instead of £66 direct from Benefit. I’ve tried all three of these mascaras (currently using Rollerlash) and I like them all for different effects – I would highly recommend if you haven’t tried them previously. And if you have, you can set up the Auto Delivery option to reserve the price for two further shipments! Win, win, I’d say.

There are also some other great beauty offers and here are two that I particularly like: the first is from Elemis and is a 30 ml size of day and night cream for £66.96, in your choice of Original, SPF 30, Dynamic Resurfacing or, my preferred choice, Pro Definition.

Also, check out this trio of Alguaromes Bath and Shower Gel from Decleor, infused with lemon and lavender essential oils and seaweed extract, in the 400ml supersize, for just £34.48… now that is a bargain.

Get Gorgeous is not all about beauty – there is jewellery and also fashion, including this maxi dress from Nina Leonard. £31.96 for a maxi dress – you’d struggle to get a top in most brands for that price.

Hopefully by next Thursday when I am next scheduled to be in at QVC, I will have got rid of the lurgy. My first hour is Kipling, which leads me nicely in to mentioning that Marie Francoise, our regular Kipling guest, had her baby last Sunday, a little girl named Mia Fleur Laelia. Check out the photos of this little beauty on her Instagram page: @mariefrancoisewolff. As I’m having a break from my writing desk, maybe I should get the knitting needles or crochet hook out!

Have a lovely weekend, whatever you are up to,
Much love,
Julia xx


  1. ANNETTE ROBERTS May 17, 2019 at 5:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    So sorry to hear you’ve got the lurgy, the weather is so up and down there’s loads of bugs flying around, easy to pick up. No doubt Nurse Chris will be looking after you, hope you’ll be feeling much better soon.

    Glad to hear everything went well with the Rotary International Conference in Nottingham and what a lovely picture of you with Ade and of course young Dan, what a brilliant job he is doing working to improve lives with dementia. My Chris has just completed a 2 day course as he’s the company’s ‘Mental Health Champion’, the more people talk about it the better.
    Recent personal events has certainly changed my way of thinking about things and life in general, you really do need to look after yourself and following my stay in Hospital for pneumonia in January I have invested in an Air Purifier for the bedroom, it certainly works well, as I’m breathing and sleeping better at night with less coughing too!
    Take care and get well soon
    love Annette x

    • Julia Roberts June 5, 2019 at 11:32 am -  Reply

      Hi Annette
      Apologies for not responding sooner- working hard to make my deadline and then getting the lurgy has put me behind with stuff – I’m now head down on structural edits for book 2 which have to be returned next Friday (Publication Day for book 1) and I really need to make a start on book 3…. it really is full-on at the moment.
      I am just on the tale-end of this bug although still slightly blocked in my chest – it always sinks to my chest and that’s what causes problems!
      Maybe I should invest in an air purifier too?
      I think Rotary were really happy with the Polio afternoon – it’s all about keeping Rotarians engaged so they can help inspire their districts to keep on fundraising.
      Stay well
      Julia x

  2. Antoinette Browne May 17, 2019 at 6:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, thank you for your lovely blog. Hope you are feeling much better. Congratulations to Marie on the birth of her beautiful baby daughter. Get better soon
    Antoinette x

    • Julia Roberts June 5, 2019 at 11:34 am -  Reply

      Hi Antoinette,
      I’m working backwards through blog replies! I am feeling much better thanks.
      I’m looking forward to seeing Marie Francoise’s baby – she’s a little stunner!
      Julia x

  3. Gill Davies May 17, 2019 at 6:48 pm -  Reply

    Missed you today. Hope you are feeling better.

    • Julia Roberts June 5, 2019 at 11:36 am -  Reply

      Hello Gill,
      It’s nice to be missed!
      I’m feeling much better now thanks, although still a bit ‘chesty’.
      Julia x

  4. Anne May 18, 2019 at 7:26 pm -  Reply

    Lovely blog as always hope you feel better soon. I have been having a bit of a clear out of my wardrobe and found some South Lodge, Casual and co and Style Inc items that I had from QVC back in the day. All still wearable, what good value!

    • Julia Roberts June 5, 2019 at 11:39 am -  Reply

      Hi Anne
      Glad you enjoyed the blog. Wow! Those fashion brand names truly are ‘blasts from the past’! How amazing that they are still wearable – the V in QVC of course 😊
      Julia x

  5. Elizabeth Keenan May 21, 2019 at 3:42 pm -  Reply

    Hiya Julia
    That’s a shame not feeling good, hope you are feeling better soon. Nice blog as usual, and what a lovely thing for your Dan to be involved with he is a star. I bet you are glad you are well ahead with your book Julia and can take a wee break from it while not feeling too good. Lovely news about Marie Francoise little baby daughter Mia Fleur Laelia.
    Much love
    Elizabeth ❤️

    • Julia Roberts June 5, 2019 at 11:43 am -  Reply

      Hi Elizabeth
      It was a pretty rough lurgy but more or less over it now.
      I’m very proud of the people Dan and Sophie have become – they both have kind hearts ♥️
      After a break from writing, I now have my head down again on structural edits for book 2.
      Great news about Mia – really looking forward to meeting her.
      Julia x

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