Fabulous Poppy


This is a little play on words. I’m sure you’ll agree that this is a stunningly beautiful poppy. Last year we only had one flower on the poppy plant in our garden but after moving it to a sunnier spot and feeding it with Richard Jackson’s Flower Power we have loads of flower buds and it looks like some of them will be in flower on my cat Poppy’s twentieth birthday on June 24th.

Poppy plant


Poppy the cat

Yes, she is truly the ‘fabulous’ Poppy. Twenty human years is apparently equivalent to a hundred cat years and she still looks amazing and seems to be enjoying her life. All this after a health scare around this time last year when I really thought we were going to lose her. Although slightly deaf, she is still alert enough to whack Milo or Wilfie if they step out of line!

Talking of birthdays, it is mine next Wednesday. As I mentioned in last week’s blog I will be fifty-nine, so entering my sixtieth year. I would like to attempt sixty things over the course of the year that I have never tried before and this is where I would welcome some input from you.

Post your suggestions (please be gentle I’m getting old) on here. If you are searching for inspiration it could be things like visiting places I’ve never been and doing things I’ve never done. I will compile a list and tick them off as the year progresses. To kick things off, number 1 will be publishing my first paperback book on June 19th, already available to pre-order on Amazon.

Julia reading her book

The picture of the outer wrapping of the only paperback copy of ‘Life’s a Beach and Then…’ appeared on last week’s blog, but here is the real thing. There are now several more copies, which arrived this morning, in readiness for my book launch party. I should also mention that for the best three suggestions for my ‘Sixtieth Year’ list I will send you a signed copy on launch day, so thinking caps on.

Chiswick Buzz

I took my only copy of the book to an interview I did on Monday with QVC guest presenter, Lorna Ko. She is the features reporter for Chiswick Buzz, a local TV station dedicated to what is happening in the Chiswick area and we filmed a lovely interview at local restaurant, Villa Di Geggiano, which you can watch here if you would like.


You will be pleased to hear that after the slight hiccup of the wardrobe fitters not arriving last Thursday, Sharps (yes, I can name them now that I am pleased with them) arrived promptly on Monday morning and by late Tuesday afternoon I had fitted wardrobes. The fireplace is yet to be fixed in place and we are intending to decorate but I’m really pleased with how it is looking so far – what do you think?

Well I am off from QVC now for a couple of weeks so unfortunately will be missing the Butler & Wilson shows – Simon has already given me the dates for the anniversary shows in August! I wasn’t sure if we would be going away but as it is the only opportunity for Daniel to take holiday (one of the drawbacks of working in professional football) I’ve booked a villa in Portugal.

To be honest I’m really looking forward to it particularly as there will be no last-minute proof reading to do like I had in Cyprus. Speaking of which, Happy 6th Birthday to Keeley from Elemis‘s son, Kaya … Gemini like me.

I may not write a blog next week but I will be keeping an eye out for your suggestions for my ‘Sixtieth Year’ list.


See you in a couple of weeks

much love

Julia xx


  1. Jean beglan June 5, 2015 at 6:21 pm -  Reply

    Julia many congratulations, you look fantastic. I passed the big 60 recently it’s great, hate to tell you though that you are already in your sixtieth year, as soon as you have had your birthday you are then in your sixty first year. We were born at 0 and our first year is up to age one. Sorry……xx

    • Julia roberts June 11, 2015 at 8:23 pm -  Reply

      Hi Jean
      I think maybe you have misunderstood which birthday I have just celebrated. I turned 59 yesterday so I have entered my 60th year.
      Thanks for the compliment though
      Julia x

  2. martin forbes June 5, 2015 at 8:12 pm -  Reply

    julia in the early days of qvc i think 1993 to 1994 i think you and paul lavers did abreakfast hour i think called qvc uk 8am to 9am i think this happened can you replyhappy 6oth you only look 50

    • Julia roberts June 11, 2015 at 8:27 pm -  Reply

      Hi Martin
      You are right in one respect – Paul Lavers and I did the original QVC breakfast/morning show and it was on from 8 – 9am.
      However like Jean you have misunderstood my age. I have entered my 60th year so I have just turned 59. Thanks for saying I only look 50 though!
      Julia x

  3. Angela Mountain June 5, 2015 at 8:39 pm -  Reply

    Hello Julia

    How about a trip on the Orient express?

    • Julia roberts July 9, 2015 at 4:56 pm -  Reply

      Hi Angela
      Apologies for the delay in replying. I love the idea of a trip on the Orient Express but maybe for my 70th year – if I make it that far.
      Thanks for your suggestion
      Julia x

  4. Cindy Corrigan June 5, 2015 at 10:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, you asked for suggestions so here goes.. You could do a wing walk, a parachute jump, bake a different cake each week until the big 60, you could make a record ( do they still do that?) do a duet with Lulu and show it live on QVC. I will think of more as time goes on. Actually darlin’ girl you are not getting old, age is just a number and its man made, if we couldn’t count we would only know the passage of time by the grey hairs and the joint aches! Keep up the blog, you put all of the other presenters to shame!

    Love Cindy xx

    • Julia roberts July 9, 2015 at 5:01 pm -  Reply

      Hi Cindy
      There were some great suggestions there and one or two may well make it to the final list. I LOVE the idea of duetting with Lulu – not sure she would be so keen though … Unless we could do it for charity!!
      I think I’ too heavy to wing walk – years ago, when I worked for a cable TV show they wanted me to go on the ‘crunchie’ plane but I weighed more than eight & a half stone so I couldn’t do it!
      Parachute jump – that is one I am giving serious consideration to – again it would have to be for charity.
      Thanks for your kind words about my blog and apologies for the late reply
      Julia x

  5. Elizabeth Keenan June 5, 2015 at 10:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, wishing you a very Happy Birthday on Wednesday, have a fabulous time.
    Thinking what you could do for one of your 60 things, maybe do a wee abseil down a building or maybe a bridge, bit scary but I know you would be up to it. A wee dare Julia.
    Congrats on your new book, well done you.
    Much Love
    Elizabeth Keenan X

    • Julia roberts July 9, 2015 at 5:04 pm -  Reply

      Hi Elizabeth
      Thanks for your suggestion. I’m not sure I could do it BUT well worth considering.
      Very pleased I finally got my act together and wrote a novel – about a quarter of the way through book two so I need to speed up if it’s going to be ready in November!
      Julia x

  6. Marion hunt June 6, 2015 at 8:18 pm -  Reply

    Visit the Lost garden of Hellegan in Cornwall

  7. Catherine June 7, 2015 at 9:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, I would like to wish you an early happy birthday for Wednesday! I have just finished reading your book which I couldn’t put down and completed reading it in a couple of days! It was a beautiful book and I’m anxiously awaiting the second book! Enjoy your holiday and take care! Catherine xx

  8. Ann Miles June 8, 2015 at 7:24 am -  Reply

    A tiny tattoo somewhere discreet maybe?something that would mean something special just to you????

  9. Sue Kendall June 8, 2015 at 10:29 am -  Reply

    Happy Birthday Julia, How about a trip to the beautiful Isle of Man to watch the TT Races. We live there and they never fail to thrill! Good luck with your book.

  10. Hefina June 8, 2015 at 12:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Just started reading your book so far so good enjoy reading it,will leave a review soon what about a beauty book for your 60 and some recipe ideas.fitness tips etc .come on share your secret .you look amazing.
    Hefina xx

  11. Mary Morphy June 8, 2015 at 10:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia…one for your list..walking on hot coals??? Or wading through a muddy field in bare feet..love the feeling of cold wet thick mud on my feet. Xc

  12. Joanna Downey June 9, 2015 at 6:36 am -  Reply

    Morning Julia, Happy Birthday in advance – you’re looking wonderful and despite my confusion after reading first reply on your blog I agree with you that you’re entering your 60th year. I loved your flowering poppy photo but the one of your beautiful Poppy is gorgeous and she looks every inch a grand dame, i love all animals but black and white cats are my favourites. 60 things to do list and apologies that most of my suggestions are those I have done or would like to achieve. TRAVEL: New England when the leaves are at their best, New York in early December all dressed up for Christmas, St Lucy’s Day in Sweden, Norway to see the Northern Lights, Taormina in the Summer… EVENTS: Chelsea Flower Show, “The Importance of being Earnest” with David Suchet as Lady Bracknell – in London from end of this month, a Ludovico Einaudi concert anywhere because his music is sublime. QVC: Design another piece of jewellery, “ask” Leighton if he would create a polish in your honour, stay on the Q – I don’t need advice on where/how to wear something but I do need the measurements and you always supply them. Phew, just a few… Love Jo x

  13. Annette Roberts June 9, 2015 at 12:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia

    A big ‘HAPPY BIRTHDAY’ tomorrow!

    Sun, sea, sand and pressies with your family, what more could a girl ask for, apart from CAKE!! Have a great day, enjoy every minute and thank you for my birthday wishes too…looks like it’s going to be a sunny one here tomorrow…yay!

    In answer to your question for suggestions, one thing I would and have always wanted to do, is see the Northern Lights, so maybe that and the other thing I think would be to put your recipes in a book, you’ve put a few on your blog, but to have them all in one place for reference would be brill!

    So glad that your wardrobes have been fitted at last and they look great…we may have to use rails in the interim period. Would have written sooner, but had a setback that reduced my to tears last week, which upset Chris cause he’s not used to seeing me like that. We had to take a small mortgage out and having spent the usual 3hrs with the mortgage advisor and already having the decision in principle for much more than we now needed, we didn’t hear anything. Rang our assigned customer care manager and sent emails to no avail, only to receive a call saying it had been declined at their Head Office…Chris phoned to ask what the reason was and was told they do not have to give us a reason!! To cut a long story short, somebody at their HO had mistyped something into the system and had binned the application, which had to be raised again. It’s now sorted, which is a relief…we had visions of putting things in storage and living out of suitcases eek!

    Chill out, have fun on your Birthday and have a fab break!
    Annette x

  14. Susanne Howard June 10, 2015 at 9:41 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia, Happy Birthday to you. I have read your new book i really enjoyed it and thought it was a very good read , love the story line and can’t wait for the next one. How about a balloon ride. Enjoy your holiday. Love Sue. x

  15. Alana June 10, 2015 at 10:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,

    For your list of things to do before you are 60, you could get married? Or see as many of the seven wonders of the world or learn a new language?
    Poppy is gorgeous and looks very well for her age. I love cats and my Charlie is now 1!
    Have a lovely birthday.

  16. Janet skelhorn June 13, 2015 at 3:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, hope you had a lovely birthday. Can’t wait to read your book, hope you can do a signing in the north, it would be great to meet you. Perhaps you could frighten the life out of Chris and propose to him as one of your list of 60 things to do! Or if not feeling that brave! Get a map of Britain and mark 60 towns/cities etc and cook a regional dish from each – you could start with a pan of scouse (as I am from Liverpool! )
    Jan x

  17. Sue Smith June 13, 2015 at 7:26 pm -  Reply

    Happy, Happy Birthday one I am sure you wondered would happen!! But with your wonderful news you shared with us regarding your health, I am sure you will celebrate in typical Julia Roberts fashion with family & loved ones, lots of them.
    For my suggestion for your bucket list of 60 things to do, what about volunteering for a charity for a day- A care home maybe as a visitor or maybe a local day centre, a charity shop, just a few ideas, i am in a wheelchair but that doesn’t stop me, we did meet at QVC
    20th anniversary bash at the Posh Hotel(as you put it) in Mayfair, anyway as I say my husband & I do volunteer driving for a local charity & we take a lovely young man with learning difficulties to a learning centre, also another lad called Jethro who has Down’s we
    both get such a buzz giving something back, & on Friday’s we take a lovely old gentleman called Ed to see his wife who is in care as she has Dementia. So do let me know if you fancy doing a bit of volunteering as it is a lovely thing to do & gives so much satisfaction.

  18. Christine Edgeworth June 14, 2015 at 12:21 pm -  Reply

    I would take some time out with your Mum and take her to a lovely spa. Ask her about her life, you may be surprised to find that you do not know everything about her. I say this because I lost my Mum before I was 60 and wish with all my heart that I had more conversations with her about her life. It is too late when they are no longer here, so cherish the time you have left together it is very special, and after all she gave you your life 60 years ago. x

    I would then think of a place that you have never travelled to and always wanted to visit and make it your goal to achieve this.

    Life is relatively short and we have to do all we can while we can. Enjoy! x

  19. Tina S June 14, 2015 at 3:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Pemblws happus i ti, / Happy Birthday to you (belated wishes sorry). I meant to look for a Welsh birthday card to send you but time ran away with me again. I have had some problems with my lap top again so have not been on line much over the last couple of weeks. I couldn’t get internet access for some reason so had to find someone to sort it out. Modern technology is marvellous when its working!!!
    The photo of you orange poppy is lovely. We have some smaller orange poppies growing in the cracks along our front pathway. The seeds have blown from somewhere because I have never planted them myself.
    I thought I hadn’t seen you on air for a while, hope you have had some nice relaxing time off.
    I’ll have to give some thought to your list of things to do as you’ll be entering your 60th year! I’ll be 59 in October so it will be my 60th year next year as well!!
    I really don’t know where the years have gone to. As I get older the time is just whizzing by. I was talking to my 2 sisters on Monday as they were saying about their ages. I am the youngest and there is a large gap between us. I have always been the baby of the family and here I am, 60 next year!!
    No news on the house-front I’m afraid. We just have to be patient as we hope this is the last move.
    Well enjoy the rest of your time off.
    All the best, Tina S.x

  20. Adam Lee June 15, 2015 at 10:46 am -  Reply

    With any milestone, I look back and try to do the equivalent of years in charitable actions. 60 equates to 5 charitable deeds a month and makes the year a little more celebratory and meaningful. It can be donating clothing, volunteering, or purchasing from a charity.

  21. Mrs Rita Beecroft June 15, 2015 at 10:15 pm -  Reply

    Hello Julia, I’ve just started reading your book. I am up to chapter 7 and am really enjoying it. I am now 71 and the two things I wanted to do was 1) ride a horse and 2) go on the back of a motor-bike, both of which I did when I was very young. I have achieved the first, and thoroughly enjoyed going hacking on horseback in Devon whilst on holiday, but I haven’t managed to do the second yet. Whatever you choose, have a lovely time, you still look wonderful, make the most of your day. Love Rita xx

  22. Geraldine Carron June 15, 2015 at 11:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia a very happy belated birthday I saw the Bulter and Wilson shop on Saturday in Fulham road please could tell Simon Wilson his shop window looks really nice up there I was going to buy something from there but I couldn’t, make my mind up what to buy

  23. Karen Crowder June 17, 2015 at 5:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia. I became a Granny in my 60 yr best thing ever. And traveled all South America. So travel as much as you can and keep them fingers crossed for Grandchildren. Xx

  24. Yvie G June 18, 2015 at 6:26 pm -  Reply

    Hello Julia, glad to hear your health has improved it must be such a weight off you and your families mind. I had my 60th last april, can’t quite believe i’m that old but yes I am!!!! Just had a lovely lunch out with family and friends which is all I wanted really. I work part time at the local primary school and at lunchtime the headmaster got all the kids to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to me, and had some nice flowers too!!! So Sweet. Just love your old cat, such a little darling, my old ginger tom cat is now 18, but he is still out there making sure all other cats stay out of HIS garden! love him to bits. I once went up in a hot air balloon and it was wonderful, so maybe that would be a good thing to do this year!! ( we went up on a very hot day, we drifted over an RAF base where some staff decided to do some sunbathing on top of a building, let’s just say that they were not expecting to see us as they were not wearing much, in fact nothing at all! nice tans though!!) best wishes, Yvie xx

  25. Christine Laycock June 19, 2015 at 2:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia – How about a visit to the fabulous Las Vegas! I would love to go again as there is so much to see! x

  26. Pauline Wilson June 19, 2015 at 9:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia I too turned 60 in February and I thank god that I am still here each day as I am recovering from a serious liver condition which only effects 1 in 1000 people like you with your Leukaemia. Suggestions for your 60 things to do this year I agree with Adam Lee if you really want to do something do some charitable deeds each month. Like you I have also travelled extensively so I don’t think adding travelling to places you haven’t been to would now be a challenge. Most importantly though is keep well, be happy and enjoy life as it comes without having to seek more challenges.x

  27. Pauline Wilson June 19, 2015 at 9:34 pm -  Reply

    Julia apologies for my previous post it should have said that I turn 60 in February 2016 not that I turned 60 in February this year. Bad enough being 59 without adding an extra year to my age lol!x

  28. Alana June 20, 2015 at 9:29 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    I’ve thought of a few more things you could do before you turn 60. How about, wing-walking, sky-diving, flying a helicopter or going on a hot air balloon ride?

  29. Di Brown June 24, 2015 at 9:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia what about a Duxford experience fly a spitfire xxDi

  30. martin forbes June 30, 2015 at 6:27 pm -  Reply

    thanks for replying back julia how many years did you and paul did the 8am to 9am show it was monday to friday it was not on saturday and sunday was it dod you see paul nowadays if you do give him my regards

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