Julia Roberts and her family

Family, friends and birthday celebrations


Well what a busy week I’ve had starting with the trip up to Nottingham last Saturday for my brother’s wedding celebration.

The happy couple

As I mentioned on last week’s blog, he and his new wife Remy were married in Las Vegas a couple of weeks ago but what I didn’t know was that it was in a helicopter flying down the strip!!! All I could think of as I was watching the video was the film ‘Con Air’ starring Nicolas Cage … if you haven’t seen it, they crash land a plane full of convicts on the ‘strip’. Fortunately Richard’s helicopter stayed airborne for the round trip and it has certainly given them a wonderful memory to cherish.

SamJulia and her daughter

It was so lovely to see my mum, my sister Lynda with two of her daughters, my nieces Rachel and Becky, and Rachel’s son Sam who I was fortunate enough to be sat opposite during lunch at the Langar Hall Hotel. If you live near Nottingham I would definitely recommend it for any kind of celebratory ‘do’ – lovely location and delicious food. It was a shame that Daniel was unable to go as when you work in professional football your weekends are not your own but Sophie was with us and she enjoyed catching up with her cousins.

Richard turned sixty three weeks after my Chris so in the evening he was having a belated birthday bash. Unfortunately we couldn’t stay for that as we had to get home to give Poppy her medication and coax her to eat. Thank you so much for all your good wishes for her on last week’s blog – she must sense you are all rooting for her as there has been an incredible improvement this week, despite another trip to the vet on Monday with the sniffles, which I was afraid might develop into something else as her immune system was so compromised. She is almost back to normal – amazing what lots of love and the right medication can do.

On Sunday I was going to a small gathering at my friend Nat’s house. Nat was responsible for filming and editing ‘Blurred Lanes’, the video of the charity swimming gala I organised last year, and also for the 21st birthday clips of my time at QVC which I’ll give you a link to later in my blog.

I was really looking forward to it as we’ve been trying to get together for months. As it was a beautiful day I decided to whip the sheets off our bed and run them through the wash so that they could dry naturally and have that lovely line-fresh smell. One slight problem … my four month-old washing machine from a well-known German brand stopped working during the detergent cycle!

Two hours later and after a singularly irritating and unhelpful phone call to the company concerned, we managed to drain the machine and release the door manually to remove the superking-size duvet cover and sheets, which I then had to rinse and wring by hand. Not the start to the day I had been planning, however the get-together was lovely, so nice to see QVC friends out of the workplace.

On Monday I rang the washing machine people again to see if I could get an earlier date for the repair man to visit as it is such a new machine and was lucky enough to get a cancellation for the Tuesday. Great news as the washing was starting to pile up, the only problem being that the engineer couldn’t fix it and said he needed to order the parts from Germany, which would take a week to ten days! What? This multi million pound company don’t keep spare parts in the UK? You’ve got to be joking.

After a few more phone calls when I was supposed to be getting ready for an evening out with my family I finally spoke to an incredibly helpful Customer Services representative from Currys who we had the machine from. He organised for me to have a replacement machine, actually a slight upgrade, to be delivered on Thursday … thank you Kieran, my knight in shining armour!

Julia and her family at Les Miserables

So to my night out. If you read my blog regularly you will know that my birthday present was to go and see the stage show of Les Miserables as I had enjoyed the film so much. Chris and I met up with Daniel and Sophie for dinner before the show and then sat captivated by the performance. If I’m honest I personally preferred Ann Hathaway’s softer, more victim-like, characterisation of Fantine but overall it was a wonderful show with my favourite character once again being Eponine and of course reducing me to tears.

I’m sure it can’t have escaped your notice that it was QVC’s 21st birthday on Wednesday. Clearly many of you are delighted to see Molton Brown back as the TSV sold out early. I enjoyed my shows with Adele from SBC and Lulu Guinness and, in case you missed it, here is the montage of my twenty-one years at QVC that was played out instead of show openers for my two hours. It was lovely to see the clips but my goodness I looked so young in the early ones!

Not as young as I was when I was dancing on the cruise ships though. If you saw the Imagine Cruising show yesterday afternoon you probably realised that for me it was a bit of a trip down memory lane. It prompted me to do a bit of research into the whereabouts of the ship I was a dancer on, the SS Doric, in 1975/76.

SS Doric

She was only 26,000 tons, a medium sized vessel back then but tiny by today’s super liner standards. She stayed with Homelines, the company I worked for, until 1980 and then moved around to different companies until she sank on the way to the breaker’s yard … quite sad really.

So my week has been hectic so far and I have a busy weekend ahead. Today’s Fashion on Friday is a Winter Edit show with stylist Wendy Elsmore. I love the edit shows as we can give you a flavour of different outfits across favourite QVC brands. I’m with Kim (Kim & Co) at 7pm but probably without the TSV, which has been selling very well.

Tomorrow I have Leighton Denny at 9pm and I’m launching the bareMinerals TSV – it includes the ready eyeshadow compact in some beautiful colours and they are the eyeshadows I use every day on air because they don’t cause me irritation with my sensitive skin.

bareMinerals collection

Sunday I have more bareMinerals and Kim & Co and then I’m off for ten days … I’ll tell you all about it on my next blog.

Have a fab weekend and thanks again for all the kindness you have shown towards Poppy.

Much love,

Julia xx


  1. Jane Duff October 3, 2014 at 10:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia

    Always enjoy your blog, I wanted to say that this week I enjoyed the 21st birthday celebrations and you look younger now than when you were 21! Really, I am not just saying that, you look FAB!

    Glad to hear that Poppy is on the mend it is such a worry when our beloved animals are ill and can’t tell us how they feel!

    Les Mis always make me cry too! Once saw it live in Manchester and cried so much it was embarrassing.

    Enjoy your holiday, sorry to hear that Kirks Folly are retiring, I hope that Dreamkeeper will continue, I just love their clothes, they are so versatile and unique.

    Kind regards

    • Julia roberts October 17, 2014 at 9:59 am -  Reply

      Hi Jane
      Apologies for the delay in replying but I decided to give myself a total break from work whilst on my hols – more of that on this week’s blog.
      Thanks for the comment about looking younger now – I think it’s the hair in the picture when I was twenty-one!
      Poppy is almost back to normal and is no longer on her tablets – we almost cancelled our holiday but Sophie was here to look after her so she was in good hands.
      It is a shame to lose Kirk’s Folly after all these years, I still have the talking mirror that Jennifer gave me about fifteen years ago! I don’t think there are any plans to retire Dreamkeeper but of course these decisions don’t lie with the presenters.
      Glad you enjoy my blogs
      Julia x

  2. Tina S. October 4, 2014 at 10:27 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Lovely to see your photo’s of your brother’s wedding celebrations and of your night out at the theatre.
    It is amazing when we look at ourselves in old photo’s. Funnily enough I received one of myself from a friend the other day.She had put it in my birthday card.(My birthday is soon, Oct. 7th). It was when I attended a wedding of a friend. I think it must have been the early 80’s. I was wearing a dress with one of those frilly neck’s like Princess Diana used to wear!! I looked so young . I wish people wrote the dates on the back of photo’s and where they were taken though. I have been looking througjh old family snap’s and trying to fathom out where they were taken.
    I did add to my reply on your previous blog. In case you have not seen it it was just to say I was watching Yankie Candles when you mentioned my name! I ran upstairs to tell hubby. Fame at last. Now that’s all I need is for someone to view my house so I can tempt them with the aroma of those candles.
    Well I must make a move.
    Take care, love Tina. (Hope Poppy is still improving)

    • Julia roberts October 17, 2014 at 10:05 am -  Reply

      Hi Tina
      Happy belated Birthday … sorry I missed it but we were away on holiday and this time we decided it should be a work free zone so I didn’t look at blog replies. Hope you had a lovely time.
      It’s funny with photos – we always assume we will remember moments with clarity but as the years pass there are more moments to remember and everything becomes a bit more fuzzy!
      Hopefully you’ve had some viewings now … hope you had the Yankee Candles lit

  3. ann October 4, 2014 at 4:14 pm -  Reply

    I remember the first day that qvc was aired and Julia you have not changed,still as lovely.x

    • Julia roberts October 17, 2014 at 10:07 am -  Reply

      Thanks so much for your kind comment Ann and also for still watching after all these years. Hopefully there will be any more
      Julia x

  4. Jean October 4, 2014 at 8:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Lovely photo of your brother and his bride, also of you and Sophie, she has beautiful hair like Mum’s.
    It must have been nice to see your Mum and all your other relatives.
    Do hope Poppy continues to improve, bless her.
    Wow your Chris is tall, exactly how tall is he?
    Did you enjoy the stage show of Les Miserables.
    And what a shame about your Washing Machine, so glad you got it sorted. That is the trouble with things these days when they are not manufactured in the UK spare parts are never stocked over here
    You have had a busy week and must be glad of a rest, so put your feet up and take it easy.
    Take care.
    Love Jean XX. And a X and a big hug for Poppy.

    • Julia roberts October 17, 2014 at 10:16 am -  Reply

      Hello Jean
      I certainly have had my feet up as you will see from one of the pictures on my new blog later today! I was really ready for a break after all the trials and tribulations of the last few months.
      It was really lovely to see my sister and two of my nieces from Scotland and of course gorgeous Sam who is the image of his dad! We hadn’t seen Mum for a couple of months either and I took her a present – the manuscript of my new book. I told her to take it steady but she had finished it in five days …. she really liked it but then she is my mum! I’ve been working on the synopsis to send out to agents this week which is almost as tricky as writing the book just not as long.
      The photo at the theatre was of me, Sophie and Daniel – he is 6ft 4 which makes me look even smaller than I am!
      Poppy is almost back to herself now
      Julia x

  5. Jill October 6, 2014 at 12:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    What lovely photos of you and your family. Are you off on holiday again……………….lol. Have a lovely time whatever you are doing.
    I was admiring your dress on the bareMinerals TSV launch, is it one of QVCs?

    Take care,
    love Jill xx

    • Julia roberts October 17, 2014 at 10:22 am -  Reply

      Hi Jill
      Yes I have been on holiday …. again. This was not a planned holiday as we weren’t supposed to be going until next year but when I asked Chris what he wanted for his 60th birthday he said a holiday … nice of him to take me

  6. martin forbes October 6, 2014 at 5:03 pm -  Reply

    happy 21st julia qvc also enjoyed hope you chris daniel and sophie enjoyed les miserable i seen it in london i think in the 2000’s with my aunt mum and dad enjoyed it very much iam on holiday from work for 1week 5 weeks on friday doing nothing but being last weeks holiday from 14th november enyoyed your youtube video clips from over the years

    • Julia roberts October 17, 2014 at 10:25 am -  Reply

      Hi Martin
      Glad you enjoyed watching the QVC clips from the past twenty-one years … time flies!
      We really enjoyed Les Mis – if enjoyed is the right word.
      It is nice that you have a week off work to look forward to – it refreshes the mind and body doesn’t it.
      Hope you are well
      Julia x

  7. Beth October 8, 2014 at 10:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    It’s a lovely photo of your brother and his wife. Glad to hear you all had a great time having a family celebration of their recent wedding. I went to Las Vegas about 14 years ago and I loved it! Not sure if I’m keen on the helicopter bit they did (I went in a helicopter once on hols in Norway but not sure I’d repeat it!) but what a great place to tie the knot – I wish them many years of happiness.
    Delighted to hear that Poppy is doing well – you’re right, love and TLC can really help. Long may her recovery continue..
    You look stunning in all the video clips!! Not that I should be surprised, you have beautiful skin and really ’embrace’ your colouring.
    I hope you’ve had a good rest,
    Beth XXX.

    • Julia roberts October 17, 2014 at 10:32 am -  Reply

      Hello Beth
      I’ve never been in a helicopter so maybe I should add that to my ‘bucket’ list – not sure I would get married in one though! Thanks for the good wishes for my brother and his new wife.
      We have had a really good rest on holiday thanks – more about it on this week’s blog.
      Thanks for your comments about the 21st birthday clips … it was such a surprise I saw it for the first time, I can’t even remember half of the different ‘looks’!
      Poppy is eating well now and just needs to gain a bit of weight – she still feels a bit bony bless her.
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  8. michelle (javea) October 14, 2014 at 11:50 pm -  Reply

    hi julia hope you and your family are all well. i hope poppy is better and eating again. lovely to see all your lovely family photos from the wedding and london.hope you have had a great time off and i hope you did something nice.take care love michlle xx

    • Julia roberts October 17, 2014 at 10:37 am -  Reply

      Hi Michelle
      Chris and I had a lovely week in Porto Santo – his 60th birthday present and more about it on this week’s blog. Not long until your holiday in Thailand if I remember correctly?
      Fortunately Sophie was at home to look after Poppy who was a bit finicky with her food but otherwise ok – she is off the tablets now.
      Speak soon
      Julia x

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