Even busier than usual…phew!


As you will know if you read my blogs regularly, I am always trying to pack a lot into each day but this week has been manic, even by my standards. It all started last Friday when I was asked to cover an extra hour on our Fashion Day as poor Ali Keenan has hurt her back. Three hours straight is always a bit of a challenge but we all cover for each other so I was glad to help.

Saturday I managed to write a couple of chapters of the new book before heading in to QVC. I was doing an evening shift, which I haven’t done since my increased medication back in January, so was pleased to get through it relatively unscathed, if a little tired.

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Sunday I managed to squeeze a Pilates workout in before work – Marjolein is back in mid October by the way – before listening to the Palace game on the way in to work. Unfortunately we lost, but at least we progressed through to the next round of the Capital One Cup on Wednesday.

On Monday I was asked to do another three-hour straight shift, this time to cover for Charlie who, strangely enough, was also suffering with his back. I can empathise with both Charlie and Ali as, after a lifetime of no back problems, I had my own issues back in June and it is so debilitating as I’m sure you know if you are a sufferer. My problem was exacerbated by an ageing mattress (and body!!) so I ordered the Magniflex mattress TSV last Thursday and it arrived Tuesday.


Stefano always says on air to give the mattress a week to get used to and I must confess that I had a bit of difficulty getting to sleep on Tuesday night. Not so Wednesday or Thursday – I slept like a baby, a little bit like Wilfie here … I so want to come back as a cat and laze around in the sunshine all day!

Tuesday was also World CML Day. Thank you so much to all of you who bought ‘Life’s a Beach and Then…‘ on the day. With QVC sales (including the extra Advanced Orders I managed to organise) and Kindle sales, we raised over £500 for Bloodwise in just one day. I think it was showing as Waitlist on our website but there are actually a dozen or so available on Advanced Orders and I will still give £1 per copy to the charity as it was our mistake in not having the stock loaded. I am still donating a percentage to the charity for every book sold going forward.

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On Wednesday, I met up with my former roomie, Anna Cookson, her boyfriend and my daughter Sophie for lunch, before getting my hair cut and then heading into QVC for my Decleor show with Fiona. I hope you all enjoyed the mini series – I am really pleased with the results I’m seeing after using the Aurabsolu Eye product!

Yesterday was my hospital appointment and my first meeting with my new professor. I always have my blood tested on each visit but I wasn’t expecting them to take six phials of the red stuff – the nurse assured me I had plenty more! While I was there I overheard the man I had shared the lift with talking to his nurse about the side effects of the chemo course he was undergoing.

He was painfully thin, with sparse hair and bandaged fingers. He was describing not being able to sleep because of the pain and yet he was still positive. It was very humbling and made me so grateful that my CML was discovered so early – it really underlined the importance of Tuesday… not just fundraising but raising awareness too.


So from the hospital I went into work where it is Countdown to Christmas. My first on air product was the Slanket. I could have stayed snuggled up in it all show if I’d been allowed. We have them at home and, in my opinion, they are just brilliant. Plus, if you’ve been thinking about getting one they are at a reduced price at the moment.

I have more Practical Present ideas for you at 3pm today followed by a fragrant Yankee Candle show at 4pm and then I have the weekend off. I will be heading to the garden centre for some Japanese Anemones (thanks for all your replies last week) and finishing the last couple of chapters of the new book before reading it through and getting it off to my copy editor by Tuesday.


Everything gets busy again after that with a photo shoot at the Crystal Palace training ground on Wednesday for British Polio – I’ll tell you more about that in a couple of weeks – followed by QVC’s 22nd birthday on Thursday (thanks for the fabulous card, Iris) and of course our Breast Cancer Care show next Friday from 6pm until 9pm, this year presented by Miceal, Jackie and Chloe. I’ll be helping to man the phones after Fashion on Friday so I may even speak to you.

Wishing you all a happy (and hopefully sunny) weekend.

Much love,
Julia xx


  1. sue lee September 25, 2015 at 7:00 pm -  Reply

    Julia, you can get all sorts of shades of pink Japanese Anemones, some purple & some blueish, of course white ones. If you tpye in Japanese Anemones & look at pics you’ll be amazed at the variety. Xx

    • Julia Roberts October 2, 2015 at 11:20 am -  Reply

      Hi Sue
      Thanks for the info re the Japanese Anemones. My local garden centre only had pale pink or white so that will do for now
      Julia x

  2. Jean Pugh September 25, 2015 at 7:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Gosh you have been busy through the week.

    Yes I really enjoyed the Decleor shows, I love their products.

    Yes backache is not nice, I suffer quite a lot with mine, all the falls I had when I use to ride a lot, get a lot of pain through my back, and up to my neck and that sets of headaches, I have to go to my osteopath once a fortnight for treatment. But then I always think there are people much worse off than me, that poor man for instance that you mentioned who has cancer.

    You certainly look cosy in your slanket. They look really warm.

    Wilfie looks relaxed, I had to have one of my cats put to sleep this week, it was his heart, I still have another cat Guinness, but Marmaduke was always sat in my filing basket in my office, or playing with the pens and pencils, I really miss him, and what with losing three of my dogs this year with cancer I am not having much luck.

    You raised a good amount for Bloodwise. Great story so far, hope to get back to reading some more over the weekend.

    You take care, and try and put your feet up.

    Love Jean xx

    • Julia Roberts October 2, 2015 at 11:26 am -  Reply

      Hello Jean
      I’m so sorry to hear that you had to have Marmaduke put to sleep last week – heartbreaking when they’ve been part of our lives so long. We watch Poppy very carefully now to make sure she is not suffering. She is deaf as a post and can’t clean herself too well but she still seems to be happy when we brush or stroke her, although she is even more picky with her food now.
      I got the final figure for the money we raised on World CML Day – £564, but of course that will be added to with the normal percentage donation so hopefully we can nudge close to £1000.
      Hope you managed to read a bit more of the book? So pleased to have the sequel at the copy editor’s – it gives me a bit of breathing space.
      Julia x

  3. Anne Marie Mason September 25, 2015 at 9:36 pm -  Reply

    You’re so brave with all you go through. Silly question but I do often wonder, how do you get a loo break if you really needed it? x

    • Julia Roberts October 2, 2015 at 11:28 am -  Reply

      Hi Anne Marie
      Thanks for your kind comment – nowhere near as brave as some people, I would say.
      I’ve never needed a loo break during a 3 hour show but I guess if we did they would just have to play out a few promos to facilitate it – can’t stop nature!
      Julia x

  4. Tina S September 26, 2015 at 3:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Gosh I don’t know where the time has gone this past week. I missed your last blog. I have the Japanese Anenmone’s too! Seems like everyone has them in their gardens.
    I saw a little of Yankie Candle hour. I have been on the look out for the Lilac Candle for my sister. Our gran used to have a lovely Lilac tree at the bottom of her garden and the smell reminds me so much of our time spent there as a child.
    As you will no doubt know the Rugby World Cup started last week. Wales has its 2nd match tonight against England!!! I have watched quite a few of the games so far. Japan surprised everyone by beating South Africa. It was a really exciting game. I only hope Wales plays as well tonight.
    I hope everything went ok with your last hospital visit. It is humbling when you see what other people are going through. My nephew has to go for dialysis 3 times a week. He never complains bless him and already has so much on his plate as he is deaf and blind. I truly count my blessings.
    Well I’m off to relax before tonight’s big match. Have you any idea yet about the function at Morgans Hotel in October?
    All the best, take care – Tina x

    • Julia Roberts October 2, 2015 at 11:33 am -  Reply

      Hi Tina
      You must be well chuffed with the Wales result against England in the rugby last Saturday. Sophie made me watch it and although I don’t understand the rules at all, it looked to me like Wales were more organised and showed more desire. The ‘kickers’ (if that is what they are called) had me in hysterics!
      My team won in the football on Sunday so we both had a good sporting weekend.
      I’m not sure about the event at Morgan’s – I need to have thirty people really and so far I don’t have enough. I’ll keep you posted – maybe it will have to be another date.
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  5. martin forbes September 26, 2015 at 6:04 pm -  Reply

    hi julia hope you and chris are well
    how is daniels football team doing what are they called and how is he getting on living in swansea any luch in your daughter sophie getting a house ofr flat yet.
    iam on i weeks holiday from next thursday for 9 days which iam looking forward enjoyed your friday 3pm show .haapy 22nd birthday fro next thursday i still have on skyplus from 2years ago the 2oth birthday .thanks again for that mention for wearing the blue coat the original one from day one do you still have it .do you ever hear from jon briggs how long did he work on qvc for .

    • Julia Roberts October 2, 2015 at 11:36 am -  Reply

      Hello Martin
      Thanks for the 22nd birthday wishes for QVC.
      Daniel’s team are Swansea under11’s – they have been doing well this season.
      Sophie has put an offer in on a flat but we are just waiting for the valuation from the mortgage company, so fingers crossed.
      Hope you have a lovely holiday – I’m off from QVC myself from next Tuesday for 9 days, so really looking forward to that.
      Julia x

  6. Marian Bolton September 27, 2015 at 7:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Just a quickie but I had to tell you again how much I enjoyed ‘Life’s a Beach’. Having read ‘100 Lengths’ and many of your blogs and listening to you on air so many times, I can recognise so much of you in that book. Can’t wait for the second (and third). You truly are an inspiration in every way.
    I’m thrilled to tell you that I won a couple of tickets for the Breast Cancer Care event in London on 7th October – the afternoon show. It would be the icing on the cake to see you there!! Are you going?
    Love the beautiful picture of Wilfy. We’ve recently started Casper on raw food! I know …. YUK!! But he seems to like it and seems to have more energy. We buy it in small packets and store it in the freezer, then defrost before we feed him.
    Take care

    • Julia Roberts October 2, 2015 at 11:41 am -  Reply

      Hi Marion
      I’m so chuffed you enjoyed Life’s a Beach and Then… And thank you for the lovely review on our website and Amazon. Book two in the trilogy was sent to the copy editor on Tuesday evening so I’m expecting her initial thoughts on Monday – not so much of me in book two … more from Harry, Holly’s son, so I hope you liked him?!
      I wasn’t invited to the Breast Cancer Care event unfortunately, so I won’t see you there but I hope you have a great time.
      I will make no comment about giving Casper raw food except – UGH!
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  7. Sue Cope September 28, 2015 at 1:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, what a busy week you have had make sure you get time to relax as well. Your book came today and I am looking forward to reading it Very nice that you were donating some of the money. Glad to hear you are keeping well. Take a hint from your lovely cat Wilfie and relax and unwind. I think if I had to choose an animal to be it would definitely be a cat .Have a good week and take care Sue xx

    • Julia Roberts October 2, 2015 at 11:45 am -  Reply

      Hello Sue
      I wonder if you have started reading my book yet? – I do hope you will like it. The £1 donation per book was just for World CML Day but ongoing I’m donating a percentage of my profit from every book sold both paperback and kindle version.
      Now I’ve finished writing book two a rest is definitely on the cards – I have a week off from next Tuesday so may try and get away for a holiday.
      Julia x

  8. Carole cooper September 30, 2015 at 4:51 pm -  Reply

    Dear Julia just to let you know I got a slanket and I love it, I have bought a lot lately cause there has been some good bargains, got the opi tsv got Yankee candles 3 wick candle on Christmas special 3 pay £8.35. Love my slanket xx Carole cooper Wigan

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