Gung Hay Fat Choy


Pendant horse optionToday is the start of the Chinese New Year moving out of the Year of the Snake into the Year of the Horse…the wooden horse to be precise. If you have read my book you will know from chapter 60 that I am interested in Chinese astrology and that I am a Fire Monkey. My partner Chris is a Wooden Horse though so this is his year and I hope it will bring him everything he desires.

We were talking about Chinese astrology during the Cherry Blossom jewellery show on Wednesday night as we had some stunning gold, diamond and jade pendants depicting the different animals. If you missed the show you can check out the range on our website.

Julia and DeniseDuring the show I mentioned my friend Denise, who is an aficianado of Feng Shui and who I had met for lunch on Monday. She was amused when one of her work colleagues at Talkback tweeted to say she had been mentioned…Denise thought it may have been about my red purse, but in truth I can’t remember!

And yes you did hear me correctly, I now have a red purse rather than a green one.



Julia's red purseThere are different schools of thought in Feng Shui and Denise believes that a red purse is more auspicious for money security. She treated me to one for my birthday but Chris replaced it at Christmas with the Ted Baker-style purse that I am so fond of…Denise approved and promised to give me some new I Ching coins to put in it.

I had met up with her after my latest visit to the hospital on Monday morning. My WBC and RBC were fine but most importantly my haemoglobin was within normal levels for the first time since my diagnosis so no wonder I am feeling less tired these days. My next big test is in March.

After my shows on Tuesday I caught the train to Selhurst Park to watch Palace play Hull. Chris continued with his ‘lucky mascot’ status as we won 1 – 0 but we weren’t so lucky with the weather. As I mentioned last week our seats are just at the point where the roof stops so although our heads and bodies were ok encased in coats, our legs were getting wet. We happened to have a plastic Waitrose bag with us which I ripped open to put across our legs like a blanket to keep us dry. It did the trick and I’m sure it would have worked with any other brand of supermarket bag!

Yong Kim tunicLast night my daughter Sophie and I went to watch the first airing of a short film called ‘The Journey’ which is about polio and post polio syndrome. There are a few changes that need making but it’s a good idea to raise awareness of PPS in this the 75th anniversary year of the British Polio Fellowship. It was a chance to catch up with some of the lovely people who came to the gala in the summer, and I’m pleased to say I met a few new people who are QVC fans.

Just heading in to work now to film a welcome to QVC video for newcomers to the company before going on air for my regular Fashion on Friday. Today it is Yong Kim and I am absolutely LOVING the TSV, particularly the black/white option…hope you get yours.

I’m off after today until next Thursday, hope to see you then.


Julia x


  1. Magda Chetty January 31, 2014 at 7:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Like you I am interested in Chinese astrology and I am a fire monkey. But as your Chris is a wooden horse which is this new year, Eric my husband is a snake, which is the year that just finished.
    I also believe in Feng Shui and bought my first green purse from QVC over 10 years ago, and then had to get another a year ago as it was looking so old. But after reading your blog, I think I will buy a nice red one in Dubai ( I go next Wednesday).
    Watched fashion on Friday, and love the TSV, but not doing any shopping till I see what I am going to get on holiday.
    Hubby said to tell you that his is happy that Palace won last week, he always check to see how they are doing.
    Glad to hear you had good news from the hospital visit on Monday, and best of luck for March.
    Will write and tell you about my trip when I get back in 2 weeks.
    Much love.

  2. Jean Pugh January 31, 2014 at 9:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I should imagine the Chinese astrology is very interesting. I missed the jewellery show on Wednesday, must look on the website as you suggested.
    Love your red purse. So pleased to hear your results were good, you are certainly looking well. Dare I say radiant. Hope it continues this way.
    Good old Waitrose bag, it came in useful, you will have to put a bin liner in your pocket next time you go.
    You mentioned about polio, I did not realise that Mary Berry had it when she was 13 and she said her dad brought her pony Kerry into see her when she was in isolation to cheer her up. You were really young when you had it.
    Did not get the Yong Kim TSV but did get another of her sleeveless button up waistcoats, in the purple multi. I do love her clothes.
    When I was sat waiting for the software update to be done on my vehicle the other day I was reading some more of your book, I was laughing to myself about your cars you have had, and the names, you should be in the motor trade as you know what you want. Was really enjoying reading as it was so quite, until some Male came and sat opposite me, got out his Mobile Phone and started phoning up people, for all I know they could have been imaginary, he went on and on about himself, and saying you know mate, yes mate. I thought in a minute I will give you mate. I had to give up reading as he was beginning to annoy. Why do I love my animals so much, may be it is because there are people like him ready to annoy and mess up your peaceful day.
    Enjoy your time off, I expect you will find plenty to do. Glad your cats have settled in your new home.
    Love Jean XX

  3. Tanya McMean January 31, 2014 at 10:37 pm -  Reply

    hi Julia, enjoy your few days off albeit forecast a cold week. I am sure you have lots to do in your new home, by the way looks beautiful. We have had an extension built which seems to be on going forever. !!! Hope fully we both will enjoy spring with our new outlook. Keep well look forward to seeing you on qvc soon Tanya xx

  4. Tina S./ South Wales January 31, 2014 at 11:32 pm -  Reply

    Dear Julia,
    Great news about your latest blood results. I’m sure all will be well for you with your next lot of tests in March. I’ll keep everything crossed for you!!
    My husband and I are all keyed up for the rugby tomorrow. We are hoping Wales will score a hat-trick and win the Championship, making it 3 sucessive wins. Its all very nail-biting as rugby is such a game where we could be winning but then someone could score a drop goal,say, in the very last minute and that’s it!!
    As I said previously, it’s VERY tense.
    All the best and your replies are much appreciated,
    From Tina ( The Welsh Rugby Nut!!)

  5. Heather Stapleton February 1, 2014 at 9:47 pm -  Reply

    So very pleased with your news from hospital you are a true inspiration best wishes for march xxxx

  6. Helen February 2, 2014 at 12:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, I always read your blog but cant find any info about how you eventually introduced the new kitten to poppy. I would be interested to know as i have got a rescue kitten and my resident cat also called poppy 13 years old she is fine seeing the kitten (benjee) through a baby gate or in the same room when he is in a crate but when we let them meet out in the open she attacks him. any hints or tips would be greatly appreciated.

  7. Annette Roberts February 3, 2014 at 11:46 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Good news about your bloods, you were a little disappointed before Christmas if I remember rightly, so this result must have given you a real boost.
    Hopefully it will be my Chris’ year too, because he’s a horse just like your Chris.
    Have you made any progress towards your garden gym yet? Bet you’re missing your AeroPilates if you’re not able to use your machine for lack of space, funny how quickly you miss something when you don’t have it.
    We’ve invested in some new furniture which arrives at the end of the week, it will be like moving all over again, because we have to move the old out before the new goes in. One thing we have invested in is a new bed, of the most expensive ‘cloud’ type, if you get what I mean. I know people talk about the heat side of memory foam, but I already have a mattress topper and it’s been fine. We spent quite some time deciding, I knew straight away it was right for me, especially my leg and back areas, Chris however took a bit more time, to the point where I continued looking round the store and the assistant offered to bring Chris tea and toast…he’d been lying there so long!!
    Must go postie at door with, yet another QVC parcel, have a good few days off.
    Annette x

  8. Diane gilbank February 3, 2014 at 4:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi julia, thank you for replying to me regarding Elsa’s scratching the bed! We bought her a post with a ball and a bell at the top and all she did was play with the ball! I have a water spray next to my bed but even that doesn’t seem to deter her at the moment. She is going for her op on wed so will ask Martyn to ask for some advice there.
    Really pleased your levels are good and you have a bit more energy, wish I could have an energy transplant! But interesting you spoke to someone at the beauty bash with m.e. It is common, it’s just the variation of severity. You have had such a lot of health issues to deal with, I truly truly admire you and how you have turned everything to such a positive fund raising effort.
    Glad you won at football despite getting wet! My dad supports hull city.
    Like the look of your red purse,I remember you doing a show and mentioning a green purse which I am now the proud owner of! I love it. I did enjoy the blossom jewelery show some lovely unusual pieces.
    And wanted to tell you how great you looked in the tsv and the red top on Friday. I love the look of yong Kim but feel it is a bit pricey for me at the moment. Enjoy a few days off and see you again on air Friday. Much love and affection diane xxx

  9. Julia roberts February 3, 2014 at 9:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Magda
    I hope you have a great time in Dubai, you deserve it! Try and get a red purse with gold on it if you can.
    Palace couldn’t manage a win away at Arsenal yesterday but they gave it a good go. What is going on with his team Man Utd? I bet he is not too happy.
    Looking forward to hearing all about your hols
    Julia x

  10. Julia roberts February 3, 2014 at 10:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jean
    It must have been really awful and frightening to have polio at a slightly older age … I met a lady called Sandy at the film showing on Thursday who also had it in her arm when she was a little older …. unfortunately she has now developed PPS but is still battling on … very brave.
    I’m glad you managed to read a bit more of my book – sounds like a very annoying young man!
    LOVE my red purse and so pleased that my friend Denise approved.
    Had a busy but boring day today updating companies with my new address …. haven’t even started letting my friends that I don’t see often know yet!
    Thanks for the compliments – I think I am feeling less stressed and maybe that is showing in my appearance.
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  11. Julia roberts February 3, 2014 at 11:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Tanya
    Hope your extension gets finished soon – it is probably all the rain that is holding things up! We managed to get the sand brushed into our new block paving drive today after three sunny bright days … it wasn’t quite dry enough really but there is more rain on the way and we needed to be able to park on it.
    I’m back on air on Thursday at 10 and 11pm but having a proper break after this weekend.
    Julia x

  12. Julia roberts February 3, 2014 at 11:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Tina
    Yes good news again at the hospital – I really am being well looked after.
    I didn’t really watch the England game on Saturday but judging by the groans from the living room I guess they threw it away in the last couple of minutes. I think Wales won?
    Julia x

  13. Julia roberts February 3, 2014 at 11:08 pm -  Reply

    Thanks very much Heather xx

  14. Julia roberts February 3, 2014 at 11:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Helen
    Poppy is quite a timid cat so she has never really attacked Wilfy just run away or ‘boxed’ him a bit if cornered. Our vet suggested getting something called Feliway which is a plug in and is said to calm cats …. it really seemed to work for ours.
    My daughter Sophie had a 1 year old Oskar and he was a bit rough with the new kitten at first but they are best buds now so sometimes I think a bit of assertion is ok (so long as t’s not too rough) but time is the best healer.
    Hope they start to get on better soon … anyone else on here got any ideas?
    Love to Benjee and Poppy
    Julia x

  15. Beth February 4, 2014 at 8:36 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    It’s really good to hear that your hospital test results were good and your haemoglobin is within the normal range. Fantastic news and here’s hoping it all keeps going in the right direction for you.
    I love the photo I can see on the side of your blog with Wilfy enjoying the sun! His coat is really shiny and glossy.
    Glad you had a nice lunch with Denise – you’ve got a lovely expression in the photo, it’s quite cheeky looking!
    Enjoy your time off, you deserve it,
    All the best,
    Beth XXX.

  16. Rose February 4, 2014 at 4:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Fantastic news about your latest blood test results!
    Fingers and everything else crossed all is going in the right direction for you now!
    Sorry you didn’t get a result on sunday at the Emerates,but hang on in your team and Tony are doing so well!
    Still plenty of time yet!!!
    lots of love and best wishes
    Rose xxxxx

  17. Julia roberts February 5, 2014 at 7:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    Good memory – I was hoping to reach remission with my last bcr/abl test – not quite there but so close. Next test is March.
    We have started looking at garden rooms – had a couple of quotes so just need to decide on a style.
    You made me laugh with your comments about your Chris ‘trying out’ the bed in the showroom …. no 30 day money back guarantee!
    Enjoy your new furniture
    Julia x

  18. Julia roberts February 5, 2014 at 8:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Diane
    Hope Elsa’s op went ok today and that the vet was able to offer some better advice than me re the scratching. We need to book Wilfy in to have his ‘bits’ done as he is not far off six months. I remember Oskar walked a bit strangely for a few days when he had his done!!!
    Say sorry to your dad re Palace beating Hull but I think they had a better result than us at the weekend …. very tight in the bottom half of the Premier league.
    I really liked the Yong Kim TSV but couldn’t resist slipping the red top on too – didn’t buy the red top though.
    I’m back on QVC tomorrow at 10pm with the L’Occitane TSV (if there’s any left) which includes a small size of the new formula Divine Cream …… gorgeous.
    The lady I spoke to at the Beauty Bash had suffered very badly with ME – I mentioned it to give you hope that things can improve dramatically.
    Much love
    Julia x

  19. Julia roberts February 5, 2014 at 10:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Beth
    Marverine and I got your letter … your new kitty is really pretty. Wilfy has got a very shiny coat – he is on the Science Plan kitten food that our vet recommended …. we sometimes catch Poppy eating it although she won’t eat the hard food for senior cats!!
    I was really pleased with my latest haemoglobin results – no wonder I’m now feeling less tired.
    I’ve been busy in my five days off, some fun things, some boring and today I did some writing for my new book which I really enjoyed.
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  20. Julia roberts February 5, 2014 at 10:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Rose
    Yes really good news about my blood tests.
    I didn’t really expect anything against Arsenal away but it’s a shame that we couldn’t maintain the first half performance and frustrate them until the final whistle. Good business in the transfer window too.
    What about your boys beating Man Utd!! Great result for you.
    Julia x

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