It can’t be 10 years…?


It’s hard to believe that 10 years have passed since we lost my lovely Dad on 21st November 2007, just six days before my son’s 21st birthday. He hadn’t been ill, but he had a fall which landed him in hospital, and they kept him in for observation. Two days later he died from a bleed in the brain; apparently he’d had an aneurysm, probably for years, and it had ruptured.

It’s difficult to see the good when something like this happens, but I am just grateful that it hadn’t burst when he was driving. It could have resulted in potentially devastating consequences for others around him. I still think of him frequently, particularly when things aren’t going to plan, and I wish he was still around to talk to. The photos of him on here are, of course, from his younger days, but he never lost that dazzling smile that lit up his entire face. It was good to see the pictures when we visited Mum in Nottingham, on Tuesday, to spend some time with her.

This picture with his name printed underneath was his ‘headshot’ from when he did shows with the Nottingham Operatic Society (he had a lovely singing voice) and the other one at the top, in his RAF uniform, was taken on their wedding day. That reminds me to say, congratulations to Her Majesty and Prince Philip, who this week celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary.

While we were at Mum’s, I read her the first couple of chapters of Christmas at Carol’s and she loved it, although she may be slightly biased! I was hoping to show you the cover on here today but, unfortunately, my cover designer has stomach flu so we are running a few days behind. The story itself is one chapter away from being finished and will be heading off to my copy editor on Sunday to be checked – it’s all very exciting.

I also showed Mum some pictures of the work we have been doing on the house. Here is another shot of the bathroom and one of the hallway – I fell in love with those tiles the minute I saw them!

This week, the builders are coming to erect a dividing wall between the lounge and – what will be – our kitchen/family room, and the plans for the extension have been submitted. It feels as though we are in touching distance of having the house the way we want it.

It was difficult coming back to work after Dad died, but I knew I had to get back to some kind of ‘normality’ as quickly as possible. My first show back was Butler & Wilson, and I will never forget Simon’s sensitivity and kindness. Funnily enough, I was with him last Friday (I love this photo of us) and I’ll also be doing his final show of 2017 on 9th December… I hope.

I say that, because we’ve had lots of schedule changes due to presenter sickness over the past few weeks, so nothing is ever cast in stone. That’s why I won’t elaborate on what shows I’m doing this weekend, except to say it should be, Diamonique, Molton Brown and Kipling, among others. In the meantime, I’m definitely on-air at 2pm, 4pm and 5pm today as we get into the full swing of our Black Friday event. I hope you will find some amazing bargains, both on-air and on our website.

I also want to give you a little heads up, as Wednesday’s Nails Inc Today’s Special Value is already available to buy on our website. Some of you may have noticed the gorgeous metallic pink nail colour I was wearing last week or the sparkly gold I have on today. They are just two of the five fab shades in the Today’s Special Value, the others being a metallic teal, metallic mauve-pink, and silver.

You also get the new Lacquer Lock top coat which uses UV technology (without the need for a lamp) to give extended wear. The great thing is that you can use it with any of your existing polishes. Think of parties or presents!

Happy shopping,

Much love,
Julia xx


  1. Janice Parker November 24, 2017 at 5:27 pm -  Reply

    Dear Julia enjoyed reading your blog l recently lost my beloved father in August of this year.It is still so painful and l miss him so much.I was fortunate to be able to care for him as l am a nurse,lt was very difficult returning to work and only the other night was comforting a dying elderly man and found this quite hard emotionally.Thankyou for cheerfulness on screen and all the other presenters you all feel like friends and help when the day is lacking in sunshine .Take care Janice

    • Julia Roberts December 2, 2017 at 5:45 pm -  Reply

      Hi Janice
      I’m so sorry to hear of your recent loss, it must still be so raw. I was with my dad at the end and I actually think that helped.
      So pleased we can bring some sunshine in to your life
      Julia x

  2. valerie blake November 24, 2017 at 6:04 pm -  Reply

    hi julia i cannot beleive i am writing again, but your blog made me. my mum died 9 years ago 21st nov at the grand age of 91.all very quick, but none the less unexpected. she was living with us at the time and we were in devon. having had a very happy and fortunate life ,nothing prepares you. thankyou again for your blog love the nails inc tsv. and from what i can see your bathroom looks great


    • Julia Roberts December 2, 2017 at 5:58 pm -  Reply

      Hi Valerie,
      I suppose we should be thankful that our parents didn’t suffer prolonged ill health but it is so hard to come to terms with when it is so sudden – big hug.
      Very happy with the bathroom and the rest if the house is progressing nicely too
      Julia x

  3. Sandra November 24, 2017 at 6:10 pm -  Reply

    Love your floaty waistcoat worn today presenting cuddl duds.Is it QVC ?

    • Julia Roberts December 2, 2017 at 5:59 pm -  Reply

      Hi Sandra
      It us QVC – it’s Join but from last year so don’t know if it’s still available
      Julia x

  4. Christine November 24, 2017 at 7:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia Your dad looks handsome man. I lost my dad when I was 18 years old. And my mum when I was 14 years old. Bathroom looks lovely.
    Take Care X

    • Julia Roberts December 2, 2017 at 6:02 pm -  Reply

      Hi Christine
      It’s hard to lose someone at any age but I really feel for all the happy moments you couldn’t share because you lost yours so young.
      Very pleased with our bathroom
      Julia x

  5. Lisa November 25, 2017 at 7:18 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia. The time passes so quickly doesn’t it? I lost my mum 13 years ago and sometimes it feels like it was only last year. The void that it leaves in your life is ever present.
    The tiles in your hallway look fantastic. Looooove the cat clock!
    Ok, back to gazing out of the window on this frosty morning to watch the snow!
    Love, Lisa xx

  6. Josephine Jennings November 25, 2017 at 8:58 am -  Reply

    Hello Julia , my father died on the 6th October 1982 and I still think of him most days.
    The photos of the house look beautiful .

  7. Valerie Wilding November 25, 2017 at 10:32 am -  Reply

    My dear husband passed away 29th September that year. So I know just how hard it is.

  8. Georgina Taylor November 25, 2017 at 5:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia reading about the loss of your dad I know exactly how you feel because it was 10 years on the 23rd of November 2007 for the passing of my mam and it would also have been her birthday the day after on the 24th, not one day goes by that I don’t think of both my parents (my dad passed away 24yrs ago in June). Lots of lovely happy and loving memories of both and I hope you always have the same. Fab blog looking forward to purchasing the Nails Inc TSV.

  9. valerie shotton November 25, 2017 at 5:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,, loving the bathroom and hallway. Can I ask where you got the clock with the black cat? My son and daughter in law, have a rescue black cat with big green eyes (well it’s really my daughter in law) she’s named Maui, the cat that is 🙂 I think that clock would be a perfect gift for them. Thank you x

  10. ADELE November 25, 2017 at 5:23 pm -  Reply

    Massive hug Julia and would like to say what awesome blog some lovely pictures and well your father looks an Amazing man and as you talk about him a wonderful father. Thank you for sharing the pictures and heart felt words.House looks beautiful. XOXO

  11. Jan Laverick November 26, 2017 at 3:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, you are so like your dad, especially the signed photograph, – you have his eyes! Your lovely dad puts me in mind of a hero of mine Jim Clark the F1 driver. His smile is dazzling and he looks so happy in those photographs. My dad died in 2013 and I still think of him every day and remember his voice – he loved opera too and I have fond memories of us going together to see many of the famous operas – he was a very strong Geordie miner but wasn’t ashamed to shed a few tears as he was so moved by the music. Did your dad sing around the house? Mine did and made up his own Italian sounding words as he didn’t know the real ones!
    Bye Julia – your house looks fab by the way
    Best wishes

  12. Patricia Daly November 26, 2017 at 4:15 pm -  Reply

    Well Done Julia. Your house is looking very chic. It’s a lot of hard work, and it’s nice to share your achievements with your viewers. I’m always buying home magazines. Nosy.


  13. Lynn Kingston November 26, 2017 at 4:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia

    I lost my grandmother on the same day and it was unexpected too. She had waited 63 years to be reunited with my granddad whose war grave is at the bottom of the sea just off the Normandy beaches. Mum died in 2014 and we took their ashes to France and lowered them on to the ship (SS Amsterdam). We had Vera Lynn playing “You’ll Never Know” and “I’ll being seeing you”. We scattered the sea with the heads of hundreds of daises, (Nan’s name was Daisy), and told Grandad that we were sorry that we could not bring him home so we were returning his wonderful wife and daughter him. Not sure why I have just told you this but your story moved me and when you have been loved and felt love so deeply you miss them every day.

  14. Pam November 26, 2017 at 8:40 pm -  Reply

    I know Julia it is hard to lose someone you really love and look up to. X

  15. Norma P November 27, 2017 at 9:46 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia, it’s strange but it’s 10 years since my mum died on 25th November 2007 and I miss her lovely smiling face every single day. I know she is ok though as she is with my dad now. My heart goes out to you.

  16. Hazel Edington November 29, 2017 at 3:42 pm -  Reply

    Simply sending you a big hug and you have his wonderful smile x.

  17. Elizabeth keenan November 30, 2017 at 12:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, its hard when you lose your parents. When my Dad died he was 91 I felt like an orphan as Mum had died when she was only 60. You are very like your Dad he was very handsome. Your home looks very beautiful. Take care Julia.
    Much love
    Elizabeth ?

  18. Mary Rottierx December 4, 2017 at 10:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia I lost my darling husband nearly 10 years ago on Christmas Day so I no how you must feel.yourChristmas is not the same with out him,your house is looking great it is great to see the pictures . Hope every think goes well with your book good luck, Wish you and your family a Happy Christmas . Maryx

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