Halfway there


As feared, we couldn’t make it to Wales last weekend because of cat-sitting problems but we did make it halfway there on Sunday. I had promised Daniel that we would go and watch his Swansea City U11’s in a tournament in Bath, so on Sunday morning, Chris’s birthday, we got up at 6am and headed west on the M4. We arrived in Bath in time to catch their second match of the day.

To digress for a moment, I had thoroughly enjoyed watching my team, Crystal Palace, as the featured game on the real Match of the Day the previous evening, after beating Chelsea 2 -1 at Stamford Bridge. This is indeed a rare occurrence. The last time it happened in the league was in 1982, so it was worth the lack of sleep to witness it.

Anyway, back to the Bath International tournament. On the Saturday, Swansea City had won all their games, putting them in the Champions League half of the draw as opposed to the Europa Cup. Their good form had continued in the first game of the morning and we watched them win their second, which saw them topping the leader board.

Football screenshot

A really tough game against Everton, which they only drew courtesy of a brilliant free kick in the dying seconds, seem to drain them and unfortunately they lost their final two games to finish fourth.


Nevertheless, Dan was pleased with his lads, only losing two games out of the ten they played. He is somewhere in the middle of this huddle giving them a pep talk. After Wales’ victory in Cyprus yesterday, he tweeted that maybe he was coaching some of their International stars of the future – maybe he is.

Team huddle

The weather had turned really cold and wet but we still went into the centre of Bath for a bite of lunch and a look around. I had an ulterior motive as well. Part of the action in the sequel to ‘Life’s a Beach and Then…’ takes place in Bath, so I was doing a little research. I’m now past 50,000 words, just over halfway there, on ‘If He Really Loved Me’, so for those of you asking, it should be out in November.

We eventually arrived home a little after 5pm for some card and present opening. I asked Chris what his favourite four things are (excluding family and holidays). He predictably said; coffee, red wine, cheese (a migraine waiting to happen for most people) and Birkenstocks. I know my other half very well.

Wilfie sleeping

His main gift, from Daniel, Sophie and I, was a Krups Nespresso machine. There had been one in the villa we rented in Portugal in June and Chris had raved about it, so we knew we were onto a winner. I treated him to a new pair of Arizona style Birkenstocks (who else thinks Wilfie is rather too big for the box) and a ‘nice’ bottle of Merlot, and the cats ‘bought’ him some cheese. He was a very happy bunny!

Talking of cats, I thought I would share this video of Wilfie ‘tapping’ one of my Peony flower arrangements…

I have no idea why he does this, but how cute!

Julia Roberts

I was with Julie Bates from Peony yesterday for a busy show and we are together again on Saturday afternoon at 3 pm as we continue to celebrate their fifth anniversary with us. Some of you spotted the little friendship bracelet I was wearing during the show. It is a PAL bracelet (Protect African Lions) and if you would like to know more about it follow this link


This Sunday is Beauty Day on QVC. It’s called Beauty for You and is focussed on treating yourself before the gift-purchasing season begins in earnest. It is a bareMinerals Today’s Special Value and I’m really looking forward to doing a show with Lee and SJ as I haven’t seen them for ages. As well as on-air offers there are over 500 Easy Pay deals on our website to check out.

Today is also an event day so no Fashion on Friday. I will be with you at 5pm though for Diamonique Favourites and also the preceding hour for the Epiphany collection. Hope you can join me.

Much love,

Julia xx

P.S: Is it really a year since we lost the wonderful Joan Rivers? This has to be my happiest memory of her from the live QVC show from Atlantis in the Bahamas. One in a million.

Joan Rivers


  1. Tina S September 4, 2015 at 3:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    So glad you enjoyed your time at Bath even though you couldn’t make it to Wales. The weather has been quite good this week. We have had some lovely sunny days even though it has turned quite a lot cooler. It’s so nice to see the sun. The nights are really drawing in now. I’m not looking forward to the dark evenings. No wonder winter seems as if it drags on for ever!
    Oh the photo’s of Wilfie are sooo cute. I could sit and watch cats all day long. They always bring a smile to my face.
    I can’t believe it’s been a year either since we lost Joan Rivers. There will never be another like her that’s for sure. She did some amazing jewellery on QVC. I loved the brooches in particular. She was a gifted lady indeed.
    Well I’m off to make the most of the last b it of sunshine of today.
    Anymore thoughts on your book signing in Swansea?
    Take care, Tina S. x

    • Julia Roberts September 10, 2015 at 11:28 pm -  Reply

      Hi Tina
      Well I’ve finally managed to make it down to Wales again! I arrived in beautiful sunshine on Tuesday, Wednesday a bit grim but today was gorgeous. We made the most of it with beach walks at Port Eynon & Rhossili (the climb back up nearly killed me) lunch at the Bay Bistro & ice cream at Joe’s in Mumbles. More writing tomorrow before heading home in the evening.
      I am still waiting to hear back from Waterstons BUT I have a plan B so watch this space.
      Hope the weather stays nice for you
      Julia x

  2. Gill Wood September 5, 2015 at 8:18 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia I just want to say loved your book! Read on one day!! Chapter 52 first page is that a typing error? Xx

    • Julia Roberts September 10, 2015 at 11:30 pm -  Reply

      Hi Gill
      I’m so pleased you loved my book! Thanks for pointing out the typo – Ali Keenan spotted one too. You wouldn’t believe how many times I went over it with a fine tooth comb – I so wanted it to be error free.
      Hope you will like the sequel too
      Julia x

  3. martin forbes September 6, 2015 at 3:08 pm -  Reply

    cant believe it is one year since joan passed she was so funny on qvc.iusec to watch some of her shows on qvc her laugh was wonderful.hope you enjoyed your trip to bath watching daniels football team. isee you are doing xmas in september 22 years on qvc that is along time.

    • Julia Roberts September 10, 2015 at 11:33 pm -  Reply

      Hi Martin
      Daniel’s lads played really well in the tournament in Bath. I’m with him at the moment in Swansea but home tomorrow.
      22 years is a long time but at least it’s a job I enjoy!
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  4. Elaine Aaron September 7, 2015 at 12:20 am -  Reply

    Hello Julia,
    I think Wilfie is adorable, I have a Black Cat who looks quite similar to Wilfie. I bet he is always up to mischief. Kind Regards Elaine

    • Julia Roberts September 10, 2015 at 11:35 pm -  Reply

      Hello Elaine,
      Wilfie is really my son Daniel’s cat but he is staying with us at the moment – I love the cuddles he gives me…. when he feels like it!
      My cat Poppy is 20 so not quite so mischievous
      Julia x

  5. Marian Bolton September 7, 2015 at 10:39 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I thought I should explain the wacky photos I tweeted you yesterday, just in case you were thinking I had totally lost it! We had a bit of a house party with a few fellow QVC addicts on the Beauty Excellence Awards night. I found some postcards I’d acquired from one of the beauty bashes and decided to have some fun and create a bit of ‘QVC Beauty’ atmosphere. I can be very silly for a 52 year old! It was a really fun night and I intended tweeting the pictures in to Will on the night but he was AWOL! I thought about tweeting them to Ali but I still find Ali a bit scary to be honest! She always gives me that knowing “you used to own a sunbed” look whenever I see her at the beauty bashes!! Love her to bits though and I literally hang off her every word.
    This is my first day of a two week break from work … very well earned as per. We’re not going away as we do our own cat-sitting. Casper turned 18 in May and I won’t leave him. He’s doing ok though. I love the clip of Wilfie and the photo. Casper is exactly the same with boxes and faux flowers although he also likes to chew them … which is not quite so endearing!
    I’m hoping to get round to reading ‘Life’s a Beach …’ whilst I’m off work and will be sure to give you my review.
    Great Beauty Day yesterday. My TSV arrived this morning at 8.30, how’s that for service! I think it must have had my name on it before it was even aired!! Speaking of which, I’m really looking forward to the Elemis TSV next weekend.
    Joan Rivers was a star. A lovely lady and so very amusing although I bet the producers were on tender hooks every time she was on air on QVC! LOL!!
    Bye for now lovely lady.

    • Julia Roberts September 10, 2015 at 11:42 pm -  Reply

      Hi Marion
      Lovely to hear from you – it’s been ages. I hope you enjoy your two weeks off. I took three days off this week so with my shift pattern it gives me a nine day break. I need it as I’m trying to get the sequel of Life’s a beach and Then… finished before the end of this month in order to have it out in November. I hope you will enjoy LABAT – I know you’ll give me an honest opinion!
      Can’t believe you’re scared of Ali – she’s a pussycat really, and you know how we both love our cats!
      Enjoy Elemis weekend – so sad to be missing it
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  6. Pat Crozier September 11, 2015 at 7:10 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia just wanted to say how much I enjoyed your book. A bit of a shock when it ended but so looking forward to the next. I have just been on a very relaxing holiday to Cyprus and the book was never far away from my hand. So much so hubby took a photo of me reading it which was finished in the first week. Kind regards Pat

    • Julia Roberts September 11, 2015 at 1:53 pm -  Reply

      Hi Pat
      I’m so pleased you enjoyed Life’s a Beach and Then… and, by the sounds of it, your holiday! Are you on Facebook or Twiitter? You could send me a pic of you reading it in Cyprus … Life’s a Beach and Then… On Tour!
      The sequel is coming along nicely so not long to wait to find out what is coming next.
      Thanks for the feedback – do leave a review if you would like to
      Julia x

  7. Dot Swann September 18, 2015 at 5:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia those flowers you were asking about are Japanese Anenomies

  8. Jill large October 27, 2015 at 5:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia could you please tell me what the lovely top you have on white with black dots, looks gorgeous on you xx

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