Easter already


Oh my goodness, where is this year going? I can’t believe it’s already April and Easter this weekend. The way my schedule has fallen means I will be with you for the whole of the weekend and Monday…at least it will keep me away from the chocolate Easter eggs!

I have been down in Swansea with Daniel for the past few days although I haven’t seen much of him really as I arrived late afternoon Saturday and he has been working of course, including a trip to London on Tuesday to play the Arsenal academy boys, meaning he didn’t get home until almost ten.

I don’t mind though as I have plenty to do still for my book that is coming out next month and writing for the sequel. I didn’t get as much writing done as I should have, only about 3,000 words, but I am not someone who can force the writing – I have to feel in the mood. I’ve a few months yet before I need to start worrying too much about the sequel.

Yellow scrub and shore

So today was Daniel’s day off and I suggested going to find Rhossilli Bay, which is supposed to be the ninth-most beautiful beach in the world. I’m so glad we went – it certainly lives up to its billing. The weather wasn’t fantastic but at least the high winds and driving rain from earlier in the week had abated and it was actually fairly warm with an occasional patch of blue sky.



We had lunch first at the Bay Bistro. The food was delicious with lots of veggie options – I think I will try a lava-bread burger next time – and then we walked along the path on top of the cliffs. We had intended to go down onto the beach but we couldn’t see the path until that is we were almost back at the car park. There was a great big sign on the road that said BEACH / TRE ATH! Oh well, at least we will know for next time (and there will definitely be a next time) AND I’ve learnt another Welsh word.

Daniel is settling in very well in Swansea and I was able to bring him a little gift for his flat this time, courtesy of Julie Bates from Peony Flowers. She had kindly sent me a couple of  phalenopsis orchids, which are featuring on our show together at 7pm Easter Monday.

Peony plant

I opened the boxes and Sophie immediately commandeered one for the new flat she is yet to find! I thought it was only fair to bring the other one for Daniel and I think it looks great on the console table in his hallway. Hold on a minute… didn’t Julie send them for me?!?!

Well, I need to hit the road shortly if I’m going to be back in time for dinner… I wonder what Sophie is planning to cook for me? Actually she has been really poorly with the flu this week so it might be me making dinner.

I hope you can join me tomorrow at 5pm and 6pm, and then Saturday for Yankee Candles, Veronese and Molton Brown at 1pm, 3pm and 4pm respectively. I have Practical Ideas and Kipling on Sunday and then Monday is Founders Day… twenty-two years since QVC UK was incorporated as a company. As I said at the beginning of my blog, where does the time go?

Welsh chocolate

I hope you all have a lovely weekend and indulge yourselves a little. I might have to try some of this… who needs an Easter egg!?!

Much love

Julia xx


  1. Jean April 2, 2015 at 7:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julie,
    Glad you had a great time in Swansea, the beach looks lovely.

    It sounds as if Daniel has settled in, and is doing well. And you did well with your writing.

    Sorry to hear Sophie has not been well, hope she is on the mend. The Orchids look lovely they are so real like, I have one in my bathroom and it is hard to tell it is not real. The chocolate looks good as well, enjoy.

    There are some great shows on QVC over Easter, might have to sit on my hands.

    Mr. Selfridge was good last week, shame it has come to end of series.

    Have a great Easter, enjoy your chocolate.

    Love Jean XX

    • Julia Roberts April 10, 2015 at 1:28 pm -  Reply

      Hi Jean
      I really am enjoying exploring the beaches near Swansea – can’t wait for the summer to arrive so that I can actually sit on them! I’ll know the Gower Peninsula like the back of my hand if Daniel stays in Swansea for any length of time.
      You know Jean I was slightly disappointed with the last episode of Mr.Selfridge – it felt like they were trying to tie up too many loose ends. Still hope there is another series though!
      Sophie is feeling much better now, it’s me who has been a bit under the weather this week and NOT as a result of too much chocolate. I left one of the bars with Dan and we all shared the other, and I only had one Easter egg (Lindt Excellence yum yum) which lasted me until last night.
      Hope you had a good Easter
      Julia x

  2. Lorraine April 2, 2015 at 11:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia , love the peony range, but to my disappointment , they don’t deliver to Northern Ireland

    • Julia Roberts April 10, 2015 at 1:30 pm -  Reply

      Hi Lorraine
      We addressed this on air and Julie Bates suggested that the situation may change in the near future. No promises but fingers crossed.
      Julia x

  3. PaulineJohnson April 3, 2015 at 12:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia thank for message hope you are enjoying your break in Wales,my youngest son live in Newport with his family,Wales is a lovely country have been there many times to visit them also had coach holiday’s there,sadly can only go by train now so don’t go so often.but no worries happy with what we’ve got so nice to get your messages
    Love Paulune xx

    • Julia Roberts April 10, 2015 at 1:31 pm -  Reply

      Hi Pauline
      Always good to hear from you too and to have updates on Dave. I hope you will manage to get down and see your son in Newport at some point during the summer.
      Love to you both
      Julia x

  4. Julia Jenkins April 3, 2015 at 1:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    You certainly seem to be making the most of your visits to Swansea and have managed to see a lot of the beautiful sights on offer. I live just 10 miles or so from Swansea and probably like many others living close by take places like the Gower and Mumbles for granted and don’t visit nearly often enough. Reading your blogs and seeing your photos has reminded me of what we are missing so I think a visit should be planned soon.
    I hope you enjoy the lava bread burger if you try it. Lava bread is an acquired taste and even though I have tried it in various form it is not for me. I know lots of people who love it though. I am a big chocolate fan though and nomnom looks like something I need to try. I hope you have a lovely Easter, even though you seem to be working for most of it.
    Love Julia x

    • Julia Roberts April 10, 2015 at 1:39 pm -  Reply

      Hi Julia
      I think it is the same for everyone – when you live close to a place you simply don’t visit. I have never been to Nottingham Castle although I may have popped into ‘The Old Trip to Jerusalem’ pub a few times!!
      I have no idea what the lava bread burger will taste like but I’m prepared to give it a go and report back. The nom nom chocolate was very tasty although I’m really more of a fan of dark chocolate than milk.
      If I manage to organise a book signing in Swansea for my novel you’ll have to come and see me.
      Julia x

  5. David April 3, 2015 at 5:25 pm -  Reply

    Rhossili, near my home, lovely to see as I live so far away now.
    Thanks for sharing this.

    • Julia Roberts April 10, 2015 at 1:33 pm -  Reply

      Hi David
      How could you move away from somewhere sooo beautiful. I’ll keep posting pictures and hope I won’t make you too homesick.
      Julia x

  6. TINA S April 7, 2015 at 12:22 am -  Reply

    Shwmae ( hello) Julia,
    I thought I would give you another word for you to learn in Welsh. I ‘m ashamed to admit though that I do not speak Welsh myself but am trying to learn a bit myself. It is a very difficult language to learn. Unfortunately I was not brought up in a Welsh speaking household.I did Welsh in school but not enough to become fluent in it.
    Anyway I’m glad you enjoyed your visit to Rhossili even if the weather was somewhat blustery! It is a very beautiful part of Gower. They make lovely chocolate in Tenby as well. It is actually made on Caldey Island by the monks. It is another beautiful place to visit if ever you venture toward Pembrokeshire.
    Traeth is pronounced Treth by the way. I try and pick up some Welsh by watching one of our popular “soaps” called “Pobwl y Cwm” or in English means People of the Valley.
    The Ospreys are one of my local teams and Neath. I sometimes watch the games if I catch them on TV but I am more into watching the International Matches.
    I was going to mention Larva Bread as it is a very good source of Iron. I must say though the look of has put me off from trying it although my husband says it is very nice if you fry it.
    Talking of the Welsh languge reminds me of something my sister said. While out for the day she noticed the signs saying ” Gwesty” along the roads. She turned and said ” there are a lot of hotels around here called Gwesty” not realising that Gwesty is actually Welsh for Hotel!!
    Well I hope the weather is better on your next visit and perhaps you will get to visit Porthcawl as well.
    Hwyl am y tro / goodbye for now, ( I bought a Welsh conversation book on my last visit to Porthcawl so I’m practising and giving you a few extra words of Welsh LOL) . Take care, Tina S . X

    • Julia Roberts April 10, 2015 at 1:55 pm -  Reply

      Shwmae Tina
      Gosh my autocorrect did not want to allow me to type that!
      Maybe I should have tried the Larva bread burger as my haemoglobin levels are a bit low on the medication I’m on – next time. Dark chocolate is also a good source of iron, at least that’s what I tell myself when I indulge!
      I’m not sure I’ll remember how to say hello in Welsh but I’ll definitely remember the word for hotel after your funny story! I get a little confused when the vowels are missing in words. Thanks for the pronunciation and spelling correction on Treath, might come in handy.
      I’ll bet you’ve been in Porthcawl this week as I think you’ve had even better weather than us … gotta love the sunshine!
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  7. Christine April 19, 2015 at 9:47 pm -  Reply

    Hiya Julia. I’ve heard you mention your visits to Swansea several times on QVC and was wondering what brings you there! Firstly I thought that it could be the footie, but as us Jacks were not playing Crystal Palace at that time, I ruled it out. Now I see that your son is working /living in Swansea. What is he doing , is it something in the football world? Your team are doing well now and I think that Swans v Palace is our last game this season. We live in the South Wales Valleys but follow the Swans and spend a lot of time in Swansea and The Mumbles etc . It is indeed a beautiful coastline. Look forward to hearing you’ve picked up a few more Welsh words to add to ‘traeth’ and ‘araf’. Love QVC, avid fan, especially the jewellery shows, Kipling and fashion.

    Take care.

    Christine. xx

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