Finally Finished!!


What am I referring to? The house renovations – hooray!! While I have been tied to my writing desk, ‘Him Indoors’ (soon to be husband) has been working very hard on the utility room, the final part of our house remodelling, and I’m pleased to say the workmen were in yesterday to tile the floor and it’s finished – apart from moving the washing machine and tumble dryer into position. It looks a lot bigger now that it is properly laid out with a work surface and cupboards rescued from our old kitchen.

We also had them finish off the tiling behind the coffee station area and erect a garden gate.

Do you recognise the ‘faux’ foliage at the side of the gate by any chance? – another fab QVC purchase. They were very efficient and once again, I have to thank Ali Keenan’s husband, Colin, for the contact!

Inside is done, so now our attention turns to the garden. Over the past week or so, preparations have been ongoing for the ‘laying of the turf’ – it’s not a ceremony, just something that is going to take place tomorrow, weather permitting.

Perfect timing, then, that we have a Richard Jackson Lawn Magic TSV on Sunday. I’ve used this product before and also ordered it for my daughter last year, and it really does work. It’s the three litre size with the hose end sprayer, making it easy to apply. The system is really clever, as it pulls the concentrate into the hose end for accurate dilution.

Lawn Magic will be the perfect thing to help my new lawn establish, as it strengthens the grass and also fights fungal diseases. Once the lawn is down, we will look at adding some plants to the garden for year round colour and, with that in mind, I’m going to do a series of blogs taking the recommendations of some of our suppliers in terms of season and positioning. I’ve already been talking to George Clowes from de Jager, who I have a show with on Sunday afternoon at 2pm.

Something I won’t need to buy is a cherry bush. My mum bought this for us a couple of years ago, but it had to be dug up for the building work and the decking. As you can see, it has survived its year in a pot and will be going back in the garden once it has finished flowering. I’ll put some pictures of the finished lawn on next week’s blog.

I wonder if any of you have been watching The Bachelor on Channel 5? It’s not normally my kind of thing but one of the girls was our QVC model, Charlotte. She made it through to the last three, which meant not only did she have a few weeks filming in South Africa, she also went to Antigua for the final. I haven’t seen her since the show aired, but I can’t wait to tell her that Alex, The Bachelor, actually lived in the village of Woldingham in Surrey, where my children grew up, and my daughter Sophie went to his birthday party… in the local scout hut, when he was 11 years old!

My best news this week is that I had my ‘professor’ appointment yesterday, following on from my regular blood tests two weeks ago and… the levels of CML in my blood are stable (in fact fractionally lower) meaning I can stay medication-free for another three months. I don’t know who was more surprised, me or the ‘prof’, but I know who was more pleased – I’m over the moon.

Well, I’ll need to head into QVC shortly for a busy afternoon, including my regular show, Fashion on Friday at 5pm. Watch out for a new regular show in that time slot on Saturdays going forward. It’s a Top Offers show and highlights some of QVC’s best current deals – Katy is presenting tomorrow’s show and you may well find something to redeem your voucher against if you recently earned one.

I’m in at QVC all weekend, hopefully with a smile on my face, if Palace manage to beat Watford in the Quarter Final of the FA Cup – it’s possible, we play better away from home this season!

And then I’m in on Monday, when we have a great TSV offer from Attitudes by Renee – two maxi dresses for a brilliant price. I’ll wear at least one of them over the weekend to give you a sneaky preview.

Have a great weekend,

Much love,

Julia xx


  1. anne graham March 16, 2019 at 9:08 am -  Reply

    glad to hear your blood test results are good Julia, house and garden is coming on a treat

    • Julia Roberts March 18, 2019 at 3:19 pm -  Reply

      Hi Anne
      Thank you – it was such a surprise when the prof gave me another 3 months medication free. Only a few little tweaks on the house now and then some nice additions to the garden
      Julia x

  2. Denise Mulvaney March 16, 2019 at 11:17 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia so glad your house is finished it looks absolutely beautiful ,nice when all the dust and rubbish is finally gone ,nothing worse than living in it at the same time .Fabulous news about still being treatment free you must be so delighted ,Hope I get to that stage one day .Imatinib has just stopped working for me BCR- ABL starting to rise so just started Dasatinib hope that works 🤞🏻fingers crossed.Keep up the good work on QVC and Keep well ,much love Denise.

    • Julia Roberts March 18, 2019 at 3:23 pm -  Reply

      Hi Denise
      I’m sorry to hear Imatinib has stopped working for you but hope you’ll bring your levels under control with Dasatinib. The prof is going to put me on Nilotinib if/when my levels start rising.
      So glad to have a finished home – as you say, horrible when you think back to all the dust and mess
      Fingers crossed for your new treatment
      Julia x

  3. Antoinette Browne March 16, 2019 at 6:44 pm -  Reply

    Hello Julia, thank you for your lovely blogs. I so happy for you the home looks stunning. Enjoy all your hard work. God bless you and good luck for the future

    • Julia Roberts March 18, 2019 at 3:25 pm -  Reply

      Hello Antoinette
      I’m so pleased you enjoy my blogs because I enjoy writing them. I’m delighted with the way the house refurbishment has turned out – I wouldn’t have done anything differently.
      Julia x

  4. Josephine Lynne Jennings March 17, 2019 at 10:56 am -  Reply

    So happy to read you are medication free again. The work you have been doing on your home is fantastic Julia .

    • Julia Roberts March 18, 2019 at 3:27 pm -  Reply

      Hi Josephine
      Thank you – I had a grin from ear to ear when I walked out of the prof’s office.
      The house has been a lot of hard work but it is so worth it
      Julia x

  5. Jean March 17, 2019 at 2:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julie,
    All the work you have done in your house looks lovely. You have great taste. It is great when it all comes together and the builders finish. I know when we had a lot of work done, it was great to get it finished.

    Also your garden is going to look great when you have the lawn done. You said you would be putting in some plants, some gorgeous ones on the de Jager show.

    So pleased your results were good, let’s hope it continues the same.

    Look forward to seeing the lawn finished and your choice of plants.

    Jean xx

    • Julia Roberts March 18, 2019 at 3:31 pm -  Reply

      Hello Jean
      All the house renovations seem to have taken forever but I am so happy with the end result – I wouldn’t have done anything differently, so I think it pays off to do major work like we have over a longer period of time.
      The lawn looks fab and I can’t wait to get some plants to ‘dress it up’ a bit – pictures of the lawn on my next blog.
      So happy with my bloods result!
      Julia x

  6. Andrea Brandwood March 18, 2019 at 6:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia so happy to hear your good news, fingers crossed it continues.

    Renovations look good, well done.

    I did see a few episodes of the Batchelor, I thought Charlotte seemed familiar, thought she reminded me of Jackie Kennedy. She should have gone through to final and even won, did not care for his choice. Enjoy your days off.
    Andrea x

  7. Tina S March 19, 2019 at 12:30 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Am so glad about your blood results. You must be over the moon. My sister-in-law has been diagnosed with AML also and has been having a rough time of late adjusting to the medication. She has to see her consultant soon and is hoping that the medication is having the desired affect.
    I bet you’re also glad the work on your house is over. We’ve been doing a bit of re-decorating. Nothing like you’ve had . Just been re-painting the living. This time we fancied a change from the usual magnolia and chose warm pewter. I must say it’s turned out better than I thought. So to complete the look we’ve had 2 new sofa’s in a dark grey. They were much overdue as our old ones were shocking! Bought some really bright cushion covers to break up the grey as our new carpet is grey also. It certainly took it out of hubby this time round as its been quite some years since painting the living room. We’re not getting any younger! LOL.
    Well I’m saving the best news till last. Am ecstatic about Wales winning the Grand Slam as you can imagine!!! Don’t know what we’re going to do with our weekends now with no rugby to look forward to. We have some ” friendly” matches in August before the world cup series in Japan.
    Anyway – wishing you all the best. ( Onwards and upwards and continued health).
    Love, Tina S. xx

  8. Elizabeth Keenan March 21, 2019 at 8:03 pm -  Reply

    Hiya Julia
    Awe so pleased for you that’s great you are free of medication for a few months, no wonder you are over the moon, so happy for you.
    House is looking beautiful well worth all the work.
    Much love
    Elizabeth ❤️

  9. Kath May 9, 2019 at 5:59 pm -  Reply

    Firstly congratulations to you and Chris love the ring. But I’m confused I thought you were married already, or are you renewing your wedding vows , I married my hubby wen I was 16 and we renewed our vows in Cuba on our 25th we are celebrating 41 yrs in October xxx love kath

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