After a pretty hectic five days off, that is exactly what I need to do… breathe. But of course the ‘Breathe’ I am actually referring to is the fabulous film I was invited to a screening of on Monday evening.

Although the subject matter is very close to my heart, for obvious reasons, I think the film will have mass appeal, not least because it has been beautifully filmed by director Andy Serkis, and the acting, from all concerned, is top notch.

I particularly engaged with Claire Foy, who plays Robin Cavendish’s wife – she was superb. Before the screening I was fortunate enough to talk to the film’s producer, Jonathan Cavendish, whose parents formed the basis of the storyline. Although I did reach for my paper tissue a few times, in particular a scene in a German hospital, it wasn’t the ‘sobfest’ I had been expecting. There was plenty of humour and the whole movie left me with a feeling of positivity and making the most of every day we are given. I won’t say too much more, as I don’t want to spoil it for those of you intending to see it, and it’s out on general release from today.

Tuesday was World Polio Day and another busy day for me as we got into a bit of purple crocus planting at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. 50,000 corms were planted on the day, with lots of Rotary volunteers taking on the majority of the work.

Why 50,000, you may ask?

Well, Rotary International have pledged to raise £50 million a year for the next three years to try and eradicate polio for good. If they do, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will give £100 million a year for the next three years. It was lovely to meet up with Ade Adepitan again. I was surprised to discover that he contracted polio at around the same age as me and it was also his left side that was affected. He is a great ambassador for the Purple4Polio campaign, helping to raise awareness – some of you may have seen him on the evening news?

The rest of my days off were spent ordering the final bits for our new bathroom, where work starts on Tuesday. No writing was achieved I’m afraid!

So, back to work. Yesterday we had a brilliant Today’s Special Value from Mally and I have more make-up for you tomorrow evening. At 7pm I have a Becca show and these gorgeous compacts will be featuring. Not only is the make-up beautiful, the packaging really lends itself to Christmas gifts too.

As does the sparkly bag that comes with the Philosophy Today’s Special Value launching on-air at midnight tonight, although it is already available on our website. There are four 480ml shower gels in Amazing, Pure and Baby Grace, and Falling in Love plus your choice of fragrance (boxed separately), all for under £45!

Talking of fragrance, I have a Miller Harris show on Sunday at 4pm. Having sampled a few of the perfumes, I think my favourite is Tea Tonique which we have in a set with bodywash and lotions. It will look very nice in my new bathroom when it’s finished.

If you are going to be doing some of your Christmas shopping with us this weekend, I wanted to let you know about a little promotion we are running. If you spend over £100 (it doesn’t all have to be in one transaction) between now and midnight Monday, you will qualify for a £10 voucher code off your next purchase. Similarly, if you should spend £200 it will be a £20 voucher code. The codes will be emailed out on November 1st and there is a time limit to use them so check the small print for details so that you don’t miss out. Find the full terms and conditions online.

Just one more thing to tell you about, Wednesday at 6pm is the Butler and Wilson Couture show – definitely one not to be missed!

Hope to see plenty of you over the weekend on-air and perhaps for the Gatineau Facebook Live over on our QVC UK page, on Sunday at 5pm.

Much love,
Julia xx


  1. Jannine Birtwistle October 27, 2017 at 5:59 pm -  Reply

    Your polio story is an inspiration to so many Rotarians Julia to ensure we finish the job we started in 1985 to free the world of polio. This wonderful Breathe movie reminds us all why we need to fulfil that promise so no-one ever has to suffer the lifelong devastating effects of polio again.

    • Julia Roberts November 9, 2017 at 8:19 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Jannine – everyone involved in World Polio Day should be commended for giving their time to keep the message in the public conscience – we have the chance to rid the world of polio, we can’t fall at the final hurdle xx

  2. Josephine Jennings October 28, 2017 at 5:46 am -  Reply

    Congratulations on the planting of the purple corks. What an inspirational achievement . I remember in the late fifties, standing with my mom and two brothers to have the polio vaccine,at our local Town Hall.

    • Julia Roberts November 9, 2017 at 8:22 pm -  Reply

      Hi Josephine
      I’m sure many people of sixty plus have similar memories. It is achievable to consign polio to the history books – it’s been a huge commitment by Rotary worldwide but they must succeed now that they have come so far.
      Julia x

  3. Elizabeth keenan October 29, 2017 at 4:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    The purple crocus will look amazing, bless all the people who helped planting them, so many.
    Must try and see breathe sounds good. Declan struggling a bit now with the effects of polio, it sure does come back to bite you Julia.
    Much love
    Elizabeth ???

    • Julia Roberts November 9, 2017 at 8:25 pm -  Reply

      Hi Elizabeth
      I’m sorry to hear Declan is struggling with PPS. I’ve started physiotherapy and am hoping I will be able to regain a little strength in my left leg without overtaxing it – it’s a fine balance. I hope you manage to see Breathe – let me know
      Love to you both
      Julia x

  4. Amanda Watkin October 31, 2017 at 3:44 am -  Reply

    Thank you so much for supporting Rotary and our End Polio Now campaign – you are an inspiration to so many and a vital reminder, as is Robin Cavendish depicted in the film BREATHE, that we need to eradicate this terrible disease once and for all.

    The purple blooms in late February will look amazing 🙂 and it would be a bit remiss of me not to mention Tea Tonique too – a great addition to any bathroom!

    • Julia Roberts November 9, 2017 at 8:29 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Amanda – it’s my pleasure to help when I can. It was a massive undertaking by Rotary but it IS achievable.
      Julia x

  5. Tanya mansfield November 1, 2017 at 4:54 pm -  Reply

    Lovely Julia, just read your last blog & what a shocker. Great news about your results but a shock to read you are on this treatment. Surely not for polio? Please take care of yourself, how do you do all you do when poorly. Caught 2 great shows of yours recently – tanzanite & dyson. Professional as ever. If only & in another life spring to mind! However My oldest son bought me the poppy Kipling bag after I commented on it; I ❤ it. Bought my mother Kim & co jumpsuit (bright blue) & Tova fan earrings for her 74th birthday (her request). Please tell both ladies you can swan around the supermarket wearing these items at this age. She does and gets comments! Once again plse take care & looking great as ever Tanya x

    • Julia Roberts November 9, 2017 at 8:34 pm -  Reply

      Hi Tanya
      The treatment I have been on is for Chronic Myeloid Leukaemia which I was diagnosed with in 2012. I’m very fortunate that there have been such huge advances in the treatment for this type of cancer and hopeful that I can remain drug free for as long as possible.
      Hope your mum enjoyed her 74th birthday – sounds like she is quite a character!
      Thanks for your kind compliments
      Julia x

  6. Hazel Edington November 3, 2017 at 3:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia , just watching you with Yankee Candles . Please could you be so kind as to show us some pics of your cat . He sounds lovely . I lost my Lucky a few years ago and still miss him . Black cats are the best 😉 x

    • Julia Roberts November 9, 2017 at 8:37 pm -  Reply

      Hi Hazel
      I’m sorry to hear you lost Lucky – it’s awful when they leave us. My Poppy is now twenty-two and I am all too aware that we won’t have her for too much longer.
      Wilfie is actually my son’s cat but I adore him. I’ll put a picture on my next blog
      Julia x

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