Blue skies and sunshine


We truly have been blessed with a wonderful October, weather-wise, which kind of makes up for all the rain in the summer.

I don’t know about you, but blue skies and sunshine, even if the temperatures are a bit cooler, lift my spirits and encourage me to go outside. My QVC Garden Pick of the Month, the violas and pansies, arrived last Friday so I was able to plant them out in various containers over the weekend and get out to the garden.



We also went for a walk on nearby Wentworth golf course where I practiced my selfie taking. I’m getting on quite well with my new iPhone – even getting into Whatsapp – but still not great on the selfies… maybe my arms aren’t long enough?


I took the one on the left during my walk to the Science Museum on Wednesday evening and the background is a bit blurred. The one on the right is in front an ice rink after we had enjoyed an early dinner sitting at the pavement tables outside Le Pain Quotidian in South Kensington – it felt like we were in Europe somewhere.

If you look at the photo below closely, you will see the name Swarovski on the Christmas tree – I only mention it as I have a show on Sunday at 6pm called Glamour with Swarovski, so do join me for a bit of sparkle!



I finally managed to complete the ‘Cancer Sucks’ challenge that Dale Franklin had nominated me for. Several of us presenters are doing it to raise awareness and money for Harry Moseley’s charity; sadly Harry lost his battle with cancer five years ago.



If you want to see my video and find out how you can donate, check my Twitter feed. I’ve nominated my daughter, Sophie, Debs Flint, and my friend and former Crystal Palace player, John Salako.

So, why was I on my way to the Science Museum?

I had been invited to participate in the ‘Lates’ event by Rotary of GB & Ireland, to talk about my experience of living with polio in the wake of World Polio Day on Monday.

Their End Polio Now campaign has seen the number of polio-endemic countries fall from 127 in the 1980s to just 3, and there have been only 27 new cases reported this year so far.

It is completely preventable, although not curable, thanks to the vaccine. Rotary and the Bill Gates Foundation have played a major role in getting the vaccine into even the most war torn areas of the world.

It was a pleasure to meet Konnie Huq, an ambassador for the charity, and ‘pinky’ the bear.


If you’d like to read more about the event head to my website under ‘My Charity Work’ after the weekend, when I will also put up a link to buy your own ‘pinky’ and explain why he is called that.

Talking of bears, I need to head in to QVC shortly for my 2-hour Charlie Bears extravaganza at 2pm. Fashion on Friday today is Artscapes, and I also have Absolutely Famous tomorrow at 6pm and the 3rd anniversary of Etoile on Monday at 2pm.

My Focus on Fashion is slightly different today. You may be aware that we have been broadcasting live on the QVC Style Channel at 4pm weekdays for the last couple of weeks. On Monday I will be hosting the show so I hope to see you there, watch this clip with Will for more info.


Watch out for the wonderful Yankee Candle Today’s Special Value launching at midnight tonight. I’m currently burning Vanilla and Lime in the lounge and Snow in Love in the bedroom – what is your favourite?


Have a great weekend,

Julia xx


  1. Isabelle October 28, 2016 at 3:57 pm -  Reply

    Love Charlie bears. Can we please have a Oscar and Layla for my grandchildren

    • Julia Roberts November 3, 2016 at 5:28 pm -  Reply

      Hi Isabelle
      I’ll ask Will for you
      Julia x

  2. Mavis Taylor October 28, 2016 at 6:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia I just love to watch your shows I watched your on Thursday I just loved the dress you had on please can you tell me is it a QVC dress as I would really one it was black and taupe you looked great in it.

    • Julia Roberts November 3, 2016 at 5:29 pm -  Reply

      Hi Mavis
      I’m so pleased you enjoy my shows.
      The dress is Yong Kim but it is from last season so I doubt whether we have any stock – sorry
      Julia x

  3. martin forbes October 30, 2016 at 1:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi julia hope you enjoyed your visit to northern ireland re your last blog hope daniel sophie and chris arewell

    • Julia Roberts November 3, 2016 at 5:31 pm -  Reply

      Hi Martin
      Yes Northern Ireland was really good – I’d like to visit again but for longer next time. Family all good thanks, hope you are too
      Julia x

  4. pamela Richards November 2, 2016 at 4:28 am -  Reply

    Wonderful to see you selfie and all I have also planted up most of my plants but with the weather so wonderful I still got wonderful pelargoniums busy lizzies and a second flush of wonderful of Nesmesia because a I cut it back after flowering 1st time I have done this and it worked on my Loblia as well so viola! even 3 of my hanging baskets are still flowering it must be all the tips I took from Richards blog this year sometimes as we get older (60 this year in June +I got my bus pass free even tho I drive it nice to pop on a bus to Gower so Beautiful) IT NICE TO FRESHEN UP ON new ways ha-ha a long time in your blog you asked about a plant in your Garden the name of the plant is Japanese japonica a beautiful flowering plants in September onwards Perennial this year it flowered in August I think that was due to the bad Summer weather I am going to get a new double I lost mine this year due to water logged so much rain in SOUTH WALES ha-ha or maybe my Husband dug it up being a bit to helpful again. ha-ha

  5. Julia Roberts November 3, 2016 at 5:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pamela
    Richard and our other gardening guests do have some great tips. I still have a hanging basket at the front if our house with begonias & lobelia.
    My Japanese japonica weren’t great – maybe the lack of sunshine – but my lawn certainly fared a lot better with all the rain!
    I haven’t got my bu pass yet but I suppose I’m entitled to it – just not sure I would use it so seems a waste.
    Selfies are improving I think
    Julia x

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