Heavenly Scent

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I’m being a little cryptic with the title of my blog today, as later on you will have the chance to win not only one of the QVC teddy bears I mentioned on last week’s blog, but also a gorgeous Merchant of Venice fragrance with it, each worth at least £63 on our website. However, the heavenly scent I am referring to is Sweet Peas, my dad’s favourite flowers, which were in abundance at Debbie Flint’s writer’s retreat, where I spent the early part of this week.

Debs has been there almost two years now and she has been asking me to go for a visit throughout that time and I really wanted to see her new home – now I finally have. Set in the heart of the village of Sheepwash, it is a 16th century thatched cottage which has in previous lives been a pub and the village shop. She has done an amazing amount of work on it already, but there is still some to do. I think she is incredible taking on this project on her own.

As we didn’t arrive until midnight on Sunday, my first inkling that she may have a flower-filled garden was the vase of sweet peas and lavender on the window sill of my bedroom – very welcoming – but the next morning I was amazed by the amount and variety of flowers she has growing in containers around her courtyard garden. She is also growing a variety of vegetables including runner beans which, as you can see from this picture, are doing rather well! There is a lawned area too, so she has plenty of outdoor space for her two labradors, Gracie and Daisy.

Of course I wanted to see Deb’s home and spend some time with her as we have known each other since 1990 – that’s twenty-eight years – but I also needed to get on with some writing. Over the course of the three days, I wrote 10,000 words of my latest novel, which starts with a five-year-old girl going missing from her home overnight, so I am now not far off finishing it, the writing that is – the process of editing starts after that.

I was also trying to encourage Debbie to write, but she has such a busy life down there, including a yoga class that she dragged me along to. I’ve never done a yoga class before, although I do know some of the movements, and I really enjoyed it. I got my own back the following evening, by making her watch the Colombia v England game in the World Cup. Well, I say she watched it; she was actually making two flat-packed chairs throughout the 90 minutes and extra time. When it came to the penalties she couldn’t stand the tension and went outside to water the garden, which I had done for her the previous night. How nerve-wracking was that penalty shoot out? It’s a wonder I’ve got any fingernails left, but I was mindful that we have Jewellery Day coming up tomorrow.

I can’t tell you how unspeakably proud I am to call Gareth Southgate a friend. He could possibly be the most popular man in this country right now after the picture of him consoling one of the Colombian players who missed a penalty made it on to social media. Could we really win the whole tournament? I don’t see why not – the team have the talent and the management seem to have them thinking like winners!

After another few hours at my writing desk, I had a break for lunch and went through to meet some of the customers in Debbie’s tea room. It was mostly people from the village, but I must admit to being relieved that I had put some blusher and mascara on, Bad Gal Bang of course, when these two lovely QVC viewers, Sheila and Bernadette, came in. Apparently, Sheila has been watching from near the beginning of QVC and I was the first presenter she saw – we had a lovely chat about the old days… 2005/06 is coming up later in this blog, but first I wanted to share a little bit about rubies, the birthstone for July.

You probably already know that as well as being this month’s birthstone, it is also the stone for the 40th wedding anniversary. How appropriate, as it is meant to be a symbol of love and passion. It is part of the corundum family – all other colours of corundum are sapphires, either in the traditional blue or all the other shades which are referred to as ‘fancy’. It takes its name from the Latin word for red, Rubens. I will be wearing a few ruby pieces on air during July, but I’ve picked out a couple that I particularly like. The first is a classic three stone look with a central ruby weighing 2 carats, flanked by 2 diamonds each weighing 10 points (a tenth of a carat).

It would make a lovely engagement ring if you’re not a fan of all white stones (and no, still no actual wedding plans made!) The second piece I selected is this beautiful heart pendant, featuring ruby, rhodolite garnet and framed with white topaz. There are many more styles on our website and I’m sure there will be some on-air on Jewellery Day tomorrow, when the TSV is the Lola Rose Joelle bracelet, which I hope to be showing you during my 11am show.

So, as mentioned above, it’s time to look back to 2005/06. In the November of 2005, we did an outside broadcast from a fabulous old manor house not far from High Wycombe. It had been dressed with a huge Christmas tree next to the sweeping staircase leading down to the room we were filming in, where we were set up in front of an inglenook fireplace, not dissimilar to the one debs Flint has in Devon. I’m not sure if they were intending to light the fire, but by the time we got to the evening two-hour Butler & Wilson show they had to because it was absolutely freezing! We had goosebumps on our goosebumps!! Even with the fire lit, it was a relief when the show sold out early so we could put our winter woollies back on!

The following June, it was my 50th birthday and not only did we have a huge party at my house to celebrate, attended by almost all of my QVC presenter colleagues, we also had a 50th birthday show on air the previous evening. I was allowed to choose lots of my favourite products like Pilates, Butler & Wilson and of course, loads of beauty goodies. I think that was the show where Alison Young asked my son, who had demonstrated the Pilates machine on air, for secrets about me and he told her about the time I had stopped behind a parked row of taxis on the way back from a Palace match, thinking it was stationary traffic.

Funnily enough, England’s World Cup campaign that year kicked off against Paraguay on my birthday and we won. I think I’m right in saying that was the last time we progressed beyond the group stages. I’m excited and nervous in equal measure for tomorrow’s quarter final against Sweden. In August, we held a Gold Day Preview event at Harrods. I used to love these events, as it gave us the opportunity to meet you guys, our customers.

I hosted that two-day event with Charlie, but I had changed partner for the Gem Event the following month, also held at Harrods. I’m sure you all recognise the very debonair Glen Campbell. He has been a fabulous guest presenter for fashion over the years and I absolutely love doing shows with him.

In the picture you can see the goody bags we used to hand out, which leads me nicely into the competition. I mentioned last week that I have doubles of some of the QVC year bears who are looking for new homes. Well, I’ve paired them up with different fragrances from the Merchant of Venice range and all you need to do is choose which bear or fragrance you would prefer and then simply name the bear in a comment, saying whether you are naming A, B or C bear, on this blog. There will be three winners and it will simply be which names we like best. We’ll keep this open for the next two weeks, so you have to enter before midnight on the 19th July. Here are your options:

Bear A comes with Flower Fusion:

Bear B comes with Gran Teatro La Fenice:

Bear C comes with Rosa Moceniga:

I wonder if you will choose which one to name by the fragrance or the cute bear? Good luck.

So, just before I finish, a little prompt that we have an Elemis TSV this Sunday and it is already available to pre-order here.

I’ll see you with Keeley at 11am and 1pm, hopefully in a fabulous mood after the footie on Saturday.

Much love,
Julia xx

252 Comments

  1. fiona brackenridge July 6, 2018 at 3:33 pm -  Reply

    I would love Bear A as he reminds me of my little dog Oscar who has his problems being a puppy farm and SSPCA rescue dog. He has rickets, dislocating back legs, tummy, ear and eye problems and an overshot jaw which gives him a toothy grin. But he is as cute as a button and my constant companion. The resemblance is uncanny he even has a jumper (Christmas one!!!)

  2. Joy Lambe July 6, 2018 at 3:40 pm -  Reply

    Bear competition
    Bear A
    I would name him BOURBON

  3. Yvonne Lumsden July 6, 2018 at 3:41 pm -  Reply

    Bear B please and I would call him Neville or Nev after my late father xxxx

  4. AMANDA PORTER July 6, 2018 at 3:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, lovely blog, as always. Looks like you had a lovely time with Debbie, the place sounds wonderful, I could do with a lovely retreat!
    Please enter me into the draw for bear A, I would call him Tumble, as he looks like he gets into a lot of rough and tumble!!
    Thank you x

  5. Karen Lewis July 6, 2018 at 3:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I think bear A that comes with the flower fusion perfume should be called Sweet Pea as they are a flower fusion and the bear is so sweet and as it is was your dads favorite and it’s your competition, I think it’s very apt

  6. Eva Williams July 6, 2018 at 4:08 pm -  Reply

    I name little bear *A*…. FW FW because he is so
    very much like my teddy bear named FIFI who is 85 yeArs old bless him..and he would love a tiny companion in his old age.

    she would love a tiny companion

  7. Carole Lesley webster July 6, 2018 at 4:17 pm -  Reply

    Bear a name
    Precious sweet pea

  8. Carole webster July 6, 2018 at 4:18 pm -  Reply

    Bear a precious sweet pea

  9. June Baker July 6, 2018 at 4:19 pm -  Reply

    Bear A) Scruffy Bear

  10. Carole webster July 6, 2018 at 4:24 pm -  Reply

    I love your blogs Julia taking us back in ime I was in Devon a few weeks ago but unfortunately I never got to visit Debbie I was busy the first few days then Debbie had to go back o qvc so hopefully I’ll get to visit later in the year my family all live in Bideford looking forward to your next blog take care God bless x

  11. Alyson Walker July 6, 2018 at 4:30 pm -  Reply

    Bear A should be called Squiggles, he just looks so squiggly xxx

  12. Maureen Lee July 6, 2018 at 4:32 pm -  Reply

    Bear B please xx

  13. Marie Rodgers July 6, 2018 at 4:42 pm -  Reply

    (C) Rosa traditional name for traditional bear

  14. Linda Watkins July 6, 2018 at 4:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia I would name bear A as Petal it looks more female in that cute jumper, love your blog! Linda xx

  15. Margaret Hewlett July 6, 2018 at 5:03 pm -  Reply

    Bear A Summer

  16. Linda Watkins July 6, 2018 at 5:13 pm -  Reply

    Bear A petal to match flower fusion xx

  17. Gillian Hunt July 6, 2018 at 5:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia all of the bears are delightful but I think my favourite is bear A. He looks vintage just how I would imagine an old well loved bear to look. Debbie’s home looks lovely and peaceful bet you had a great time while you were there. Please enter me in the competition to win bear A and the flower fusion fragrance as I love floral scents. Have a good week Gill.

  18. Kim July 6, 2018 at 5:33 pm -  Reply

    I Name bear A
    Tootsie

  19. Kim vernon July 6, 2018 at 5:37 pm -  Reply

    I Name Bear A tootsie

  20. Rita Millar July 6, 2018 at 5:38 pm -  Reply

    Bear B please

  21. Ann Marie Connolly July 6, 2018 at 5:40 pm -  Reply

    I would love to name Bear C ‘Marzo’.
    Marzo is Italian for March (link to Merchant of Venice). Tradition dictates that Venice was founded on 25th March (my birthday is 25th March and Venice is my absolute favourite destination to visit). Thank you. 🙂

  22. Angela Dunne July 6, 2018 at 5:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, I really enjoy reading your blogs and as usual it’s very interesting.Also ,looking forward to your new book,the basis of the story sounds great.

    I like the look of bear C ,so cute and would call her Tiger-Lily ,after my poor cat who went to kitty heaven aged only 4.The perfume would be a lovely bonus ?
    Regards Angela x

  23. Cherry July 6, 2018 at 6:12 pm -  Reply

    I would name bear B Gordon – he has a look about him of the long-lost Gordon the Gopher, who used to be in the broom cupboard with Philip Scofield many years ago! Perhaps he’s a long-lost relative?
    Your photo of Deb’s thatched cottage is gorgeous, glad you enjoyed your break there.

  24. Deborah Robinson July 6, 2018 at 6:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia lovely blog as usual,I’d like to name bear C,Gareth…with feet that size what a footballer!…his namesake is filling our boys with positive vibes and it’s lovely to see…come on England Xx

  25. fiona brackenridge July 6, 2018 at 6:39 pm -  Reply

    I think Bear A looks like my little rescue dog Oscar so I think that would be a good name for him

  26. Lynne leader July 6, 2018 at 6:40 pm -  Reply

    B = grandad teato bear

  27. Kelly Halliday July 6, 2018 at 6:41 pm -  Reply

    I think Snuffles is a nice name for Bear A

  28. Tracey July 6, 2018 at 6:43 pm -  Reply

    Awww Bear A is calling to me, I think he looks like a “sqwiffles” ~ So Sqwiffles is the name I will go for. Flower fusion fragrance sounds devine <3 Here's to hoping to be lucky 🙂

  29. Julie Fowler July 6, 2018 at 6:43 pm -  Reply

    Bear A Flower Fusion

    Sherlock

  30. Mae Torrance July 6, 2018 at 6:43 pm -  Reply

    Bear B should be called Parker because he’s just as cute and cuddly as my lovely little Cavapoo Granddog who has the same name.

  31. Cheryl Chandler July 6, 2018 at 6:43 pm -  Reply

    I would like to name bear A – CRUMBLE.

  32. Margaret July 6, 2018 at 6:44 pm -  Reply

    I would name bear A: Sweat Pea I have just picked a bunch today and the perfume is uplifting.

  33. KAREN WHENMAN July 6, 2018 at 6:45 pm -  Reply

    Bear A – Flora, thank you x

  34. Christine Hanfrey July 6, 2018 at 6:47 pm -  Reply

    I would like to name Bear A: Beau Bear

  35. jill turner July 6, 2018 at 6:49 pm -  Reply

    Hello Julia I would like to name bear A sweet pea. I think as it comes with flower fusion fragrance this would be very apt. Thanks for the chance to win a bear love jillx

  36. ALYSON MACNAMARA July 6, 2018 at 6:53 pm -  Reply

    BEAR B Name him THEO Means “Gods Gift” how apt! Thankyou Julia for this lovely competition XX

  37. ANGELA WACKER July 6, 2018 at 6:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi – how could cute little bear C be named anything but ‘Portia’ (from The Merchant of Venice)?!

  38. Helen Roser July 6, 2018 at 7:21 pm -  Reply

    Bear A : Fleur

  39. Joyce July 6, 2018 at 7:24 pm -  Reply

    Bear A. Name Bonzo

  40. Judith Wellings July 6, 2018 at 7:39 pm -  Reply

    Bear B, Barnaby

  41. Ann Marie Connolly July 6, 2018 at 7:48 pm -  Reply

    Bear C – I would love to call him Marzo, Italian for March (link to Merchant of Venice). Legand has it Venice was founded on 25th March, my birthday is also 25th March and Venice is absolutely my favourite place to visit. Thank you.

  42. Carol Gamble July 6, 2018 at 8:02 pm -  Reply

    Bear A I would call Petal.

  43. Katherine Corson July 6, 2018 at 8:07 pm -  Reply

    Bear A is definately a Dale.

  44. Diana Etheridge July 6, 2018 at 8:18 pm -  Reply

    Bear B is ‘Murphy’

  45. Helen McAuley July 6, 2018 at 8:33 pm -  Reply

    I would like to name bear A Meadow because the name of the fragrance is Flower Fusion and wild flower meadows are so pretty.
    Best Wishes to Julia and all at QVC.
    From Helen.

  46. Julie bourne July 6, 2018 at 8:40 pm -  Reply

    I would call bear a daisy as I think she is cute as a button great competition

  47. Lyn Cobley July 6, 2018 at 8:46 pm -  Reply

    Bear A. My name for the bear is Fleur. Thanks. Xx

  48. Elaine sallis July 6, 2018 at 9:08 pm -  Reply

    Hope you are ok. I would like to win bear c Elaine elaine

  49. Paula jefferys July 6, 2018 at 9:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia I would like to name bear A Portia .

  50. Susan Watson July 6, 2018 at 9:31 pm -  Reply

    I have chosen Bear B and I named him ‘Bernardo’.

  51. Adele July 6, 2018 at 9:40 pm -  Reply

    Bear c I would call him James bear

  52. Lynda Moore July 6, 2018 at 9:53 pm -  Reply

    Bear C. Claude

  53. Brenda Watson July 6, 2018 at 10:02 pm -  Reply

    Bear A I would like to name it Arthur after my grandson that I love to bits x

  54. rebecca walker July 6, 2018 at 10:03 pm -  Reply

    It has to be Bear C Name – Rosa Bloom

  55. Bernice Farish July 6, 2018 at 10:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,I would love bear A and she should be called snow drop xx

  56. Nikki July 6, 2018 at 10:26 pm -  Reply

    Bear B – Bertie

  57. Janet Smith July 6, 2018 at 10:32 pm -  Reply

    I would like Bear C

  58. Mary Biondi July 6, 2018 at 10:38 pm -  Reply

    Bear (A) Looks like a Violetta.

  59. Breda Breen July 6, 2018 at 10:44 pm -  Reply

    I would name bear a cheeky charlie bear b charming Craig and bear C posh paul (lavers)

  60. T Barson July 6, 2018 at 11:19 pm -  Reply

    Bear C – Reuben

  61. Lynn Ellis July 6, 2018 at 11:20 pm -  Reply

    Bear A I think the little bear should be called Valerie.

  62. Jackie Day July 7, 2018 at 4:09 am -  Reply

    Bear A
    Falicity

  63. Gillian July 7, 2018 at 6:10 am -  Reply

    Bear A Sweet Pea

  64. julie wakerley July 7, 2018 at 6:51 am -  Reply

    Bear A is named Jasmine.

  65. Maria E July 7, 2018 at 8:25 am -  Reply

    Bear C Rosa Moceniga

  66. Patricia Killeen July 7, 2018 at 8:50 am -  Reply

    I would like to name bear A) Sweet Pea

  67. Jenny Bell July 7, 2018 at 9:52 am -  Reply

    I would call him “QT”

  68. Linda Spevick July 7, 2018 at 10:03 am -  Reply

    Bear C..,scentsibility.

  69. Anne Cannon July 7, 2018 at 11:02 am -  Reply

    I name bear C. LOLA. I am an absolute qvc addict. My favourite elemis product being super food oil

  70. Debby Slauenwhite July 7, 2018 at 11:24 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia. I also remember the customer events [ shame the powers to be stopped them ]. I’ve been to a few and have met you at a gem event at the old Battersea studio afew years ago now. I’d love to receive A bear so he could sit with my others I.think he should be named Harod [ after Harrods]. Love to photo of yourself and Charlie. Congratulations on your engagement. Debby

  71. Gerri Stanley July 7, 2018 at 12:10 pm -  Reply

    Bear B PUDS

  72. Gerri Stanley July 7, 2018 at 12:11 pm -  Reply

    Bear A SCRAPPY

  73. Gerri Stanley July 7, 2018 at 12:12 pm -  Reply

    Bear C BOOTSY

  74. Margaret Wright July 7, 2018 at 12:35 pm -  Reply

    I love the cute bear A. he is gorgeous and would have a lovely home life with me and my other teddy’s mostly Charlie bears, I have been a customer of QVC from the start and would love a QVC bear, I would really appreciate him and love him, I would like to name the A. Teddy, Freddy the Teddy 🙂

  75. caroline knight July 7, 2018 at 1:17 pm -  Reply

    Bear B,Tino Teddio.Well its got to be an Italian bear!!

  76. Fiona Brackenridge July 7, 2018 at 1:24 pm -  Reply

    I think Bear A looks like my little rescue dog Oscar so think that would be a good name for it

  77. Maya July 7, 2018 at 1:26 pm -  Reply

    Bear C- Honey xx

  78. Lynne Allison July 7, 2018 at 1:29 pm -  Reply

    Bear A. I will call it Poppy. It’s with the flower fusion fragrance.

  79. christl July 7, 2018 at 1:59 pm -  Reply

    bear b name veniczo

  80. Asiya ali July 7, 2018 at 2:11 pm -  Reply

    C bear: Luigi

  81. Anne Foley July 7, 2018 at 2:19 pm -  Reply

    Bear A:
    Nathalie Anne
    In honour of my French friend and our 40 years of friendship – ruby presents for us this year!

  82. Lisa French July 7, 2018 at 2:42 pm -  Reply

    I name Bear A – Flora

  83. Sally July 7, 2018 at 2:56 pm -  Reply

    Bear A
    Name Peony

    Full name Peony De Fushion (could be a Character in a book lol)

  84. Amanda Callaway July 7, 2018 at 3:02 pm -  Reply

    My son has always wanted a Charlie Bear with the same name as him, so I would like to name Bear B – Morgan

  85. MOIRA CLELAND July 7, 2018 at 3:35 pm -  Reply

    I think bear (b) looks like a definite Byron ?

  86. Annette Donnelly July 7, 2018 at 3:52 pm -  Reply

    I think a great name for Bear B is Giovanni xx

  87. Fiona carne July 7, 2018 at 6:28 pm -  Reply

    I would love to win b,I would name it Oscar blue after my beautiful four month old grandson so cute.

  88. Jacqueline Johnstone July 7, 2018 at 7:37 pm -  Reply

    B Winston
    Could go all World Cup but too obvious?

  89. Christine Di francescomarino July 7, 2018 at 7:59 pm -  Reply

    Bear A : Queenie Cuddles

  90. Vanessa July 7, 2018 at 8:21 pm -  Reply

    A. Tilly
    Although Tilly looks sweet she also has a knowing and wise expression. I can imagine her sitting in her floral garden with her straw hat on and listening to her bear friends woes and giving them advice and a big hug xxx

  91. Margaret Green July 7, 2018 at 8:50 pm -  Reply

    I’m naming bear (B )Hunter Wolfgang he looks like a little hunter ( named after my 1st grandson born on the 5th of July 2018

  92. joyce overton July 7, 2018 at 9:19 pm -  Reply

    I would call bear 1 meadow thinking of the flowers and the floral fragrance

    apologies as my capital key is not working at the moment

  93. Mary Biondi July 7, 2018 at 10:47 pm -  Reply

    Bear (A) Violetta.

  94. Kimsin July 7, 2018 at 10:54 pm -  Reply

    B for Bertie the bear.

  95. Dee Gill July 7, 2018 at 11:17 pm -  Reply

    I would like to name Bear A and call her Portia (she is so cute!)

  96. Lynne July 8, 2018 at 12:30 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia, I would name Bear A, LYRA after my adorable 2yrold granddaughter who is the light of my life. She had to go through an endoscopy and biopsies taken, under anesthetic, fri 7th july, and I went to look after her in the evening and she was running around naked in the garden as happy as a sandboy and as if nothing had happened at all. She tickles herself to sleep with her teddys, she is so so cute.

    Come on England.

    Bye Lynne X

  97. Carol C July 8, 2018 at 12:34 am -  Reply

    I’m naming Bear A: Poppy Petals!

  98. HAZEL edington July 8, 2018 at 6:01 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia, I am naming bear A Jordan becase he looks the smallest but with big paws . Just like Englands goaly and he is from just up the road from me . I hope the bear is comming home just like the football 😉 x

  99. Kathryn Wrench July 8, 2018 at 8:57 am -  Reply

    Bear c Quinton Vinscent Churchill

  100. Sue Kendall July 8, 2018 at 9:51 am -  Reply

    Debbie’s retreat looks idyllic. Bear A has to be Sweet Pea.

  101. Ildiko Csetfalvi July 8, 2018 at 9:58 am -  Reply

    I like bear B,

  102. Sarah Corbett July 8, 2018 at 10:02 am -  Reply

    Bear A = Bertie

  103. Carole cooper July 8, 2018 at 10:43 am -  Reply

    I would prefer bear b and would name him Gareth

  104. juliette morrison July 8, 2018 at 11:20 am -  Reply

    Bear A – Fleur

  105. Diane July 8, 2018 at 11:29 am -  Reply

    I think bear A should be called FLORA. would suit so well and my favourite perfume are ones with floral notes. Here’s keeping my fingers crossed x

  106. Mary Ryan July 8, 2018 at 1:08 pm -  Reply

    I love Bear A with Flower Fusion and would call him Enzo.

  107. Emma Rutherford July 8, 2018 at 1:28 pm -  Reply

    I would name Bear A Daisy Do after my very cute 2 year old niece. Her Dad has been singing the nursery rhyme Daisy Daisy to her since she was born and now , when you ask her what her name is, she says Daisy Do!

  108. A Tayor July 8, 2018 at 2:28 pm -  Reply

    Fleece is my name for Bear A !!

  109. Carole Snell July 8, 2018 at 2:34 pm -  Reply

    I would like to name Bear A Flora to go with such a fabulous floral fragrance.
    She would also be a perfect companion for the mascot (Florrie) of my local hospice, Florence Nightingale which is based on the site of Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

  110. Debbie July 8, 2018 at 3:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I would like to name
    BEAR A. FIORE
    which is Italian for flower

  111. Angela Nimmo July 8, 2018 at 4:06 pm -  Reply

    Competition naming Bear C after my daughter ‘Ella Rose’

  112. Jamie Fall July 8, 2018 at 4:08 pm -  Reply

    Bear Competition naming Bear A – after my daughter Sophie Jean

  113. Angela Nimmo July 8, 2018 at 4:27 pm -  Reply

    Competition naming Bear C – naming bear after my gorgeous little girl ‘Ella Rose’

  114. Catherine Thompson July 8, 2018 at 5:04 pm -  Reply

    I am naming Bear B Antonio.

  115. susan middleton July 8, 2018 at 5:09 pm -  Reply

    Bear A with Flower Fusion.

    Bear’s name – ‘fluff’

  116. SANDRA CATHERWOOD July 8, 2018 at 5:23 pm -  Reply

    Bear A will be called Roger

  117. Kathy Judge July 8, 2018 at 6:35 pm -  Reply

    Bears B Mocharosa

  118. SheMag July 8, 2018 at 7:22 pm -  Reply

    Don’t know why, but as soon as I clapped eyes on bear A I knew he’s called Mr Midget Gem, or Midge for short. What a cutie!

  119. kim barclay July 8, 2018 at 8:12 pm -  Reply

    Bear A Poppy

  120. Maureen July 8, 2018 at 8:13 pm -  Reply

    ‘A’ Snowdrop’ Bear.

  121. Karen July 8, 2018 at 8:34 pm -  Reply

    The name I would chose for cute bear C would be Yeti because he has lovely big feet, just like me

  122. jill turner July 8, 2018 at 8:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia I would like to name bear A sweet pea . As he comes with the flower fusion perfume I think this would be very apt. Thanks for the chance to win a Qvc bear luv jill

  123. Darryl Marley July 8, 2018 at 10:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, great blog this week, loving the photos, it sounds so tranquil at Debbies’ retreat. We like the look of Bear B and the name we like is BURDOCK.

  124. Robert Ford July 9, 2018 at 7:30 am -  Reply

    Naming bear A) Teeny Tiny

  125. Sheila Allott July 9, 2018 at 9:43 am -  Reply

    Bear B looks like an Arnold.

  126. Jane Willis July 9, 2018 at 9:46 am -  Reply

    I would name bear B – his name would be Bassanio

  127. Christine milnes July 9, 2018 at 10:01 am -  Reply

    Hi Julie would love bear B and call him Teddy love your blogs love reading them.xx

  128. Josephine Lynne Jennings July 9, 2018 at 11:32 am -  Reply

    Bear A i would name baby Jack, for a little lad who hasn’t met a teddy he doesn’t hug .

  129. Paula hickman July 9, 2018 at 11:40 am -  Reply

    Bear A, Sweet William, need I say more? Xx

  130. M slater July 9, 2018 at 12:00 pm -  Reply

    Bear (c). I would name her bella rose ,after my granddaughter.it matches the perfume rosa .

  131. Jeremy James Hulme July 9, 2018 at 12:12 pm -  Reply

    I would call Bear C; Ragamuffin. Muffin for short.

  132. Carrie Anderson July 9, 2018 at 12:49 pm -  Reply

    I would name Bear B…Phoenix

  133. Mary Harris July 9, 2018 at 1:49 pm -  Reply

    Bear A – BOSIE as he reminds me of my Cavachon.

  134. Linda Collings July 9, 2018 at 2:01 pm -  Reply

    I would like bear B to be named Barry ,

  135. Jennifer Gray July 9, 2018 at 2:45 pm -  Reply

    I would name bear A Kernow after Cornwall which is home for me.

  136. Jeanetta lumsden July 9, 2018 at 3:03 pm -  Reply

    Bear A looks lovely and cute and I like the name Annie

  137. cathy July 9, 2018 at 3:12 pm -  Reply

    A SWEET PEA

  138. Elizabeth Wood July 9, 2018 at 4:52 pm -  Reply

    C Bear. I would call him William after my late father

  139. Cindy Calverley July 9, 2018 at 5:37 pm -  Reply

    BEAR A – Bronte

  140. Jeremy James Hulme July 9, 2018 at 5:55 pm -  Reply

    I woukd like to call Bear C; Ragamuffin. Muffin for short

  141. Pauline Bell July 9, 2018 at 5:58 pm -  Reply

    BEAR A – SUMMER TO GO WITH THE PRETTY FLORAL FRAGRENCE

  142. Pauline Bell July 9, 2018 at 6:01 pm -  Reply

    BEAR A , I WOULD NAME SUMMER TO GO WITH THE PRETTY FRAGRENCE

  143. Melanie Trafford Lawson July 9, 2018 at 6:22 pm -  Reply

    I would call Bear A) “Hugo” , he has a rather traditional and slightly aristocratic appearance and love the look of his hand-knitted jumper too . The accompanying perfume looks beautiful as well . Lovely blog Julia, congratulations on your engagement ( how did it take him 40 years to ask you ?!! ) and your ring is stunning ! Much Love x x x

  144. Keryn murphy July 9, 2018 at 6:35 pm -  Reply

    I would call bear B .Rialto

  145. marilyn jones July 9, 2018 at 6:40 pm -  Reply

    Bear A is very endering
    l would call her Florence ,thank you

  146. Margaret B July 9, 2018 at 7:35 pm -  Reply

    I would call bear C Dinky Do because he is a Dinky Do.

  147. Denise Thomson July 9, 2018 at 7:45 pm -  Reply

    I think bear A should be called Rosie Posy

  148. Denise Thomson July 9, 2018 at 7:52 pm -  Reply

    I would call bear A Rosie Posy

  149. Elaine Dagley July 9, 2018 at 7:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi bear c I would blame her Bayleigh after my beautiful granddaughter xx

  150. Sue S July 9, 2018 at 8:13 pm -  Reply

    Bear A. Lily

  151. Sue S July 9, 2018 at 8:16 pm -  Reply

    Bear B. Bruno

  152. Sue S July 9, 2018 at 8:21 pm -  Reply

    Bear C. Redmond

  153. Sue S July 9, 2018 at 8:22 pm -  Reply

    Bear B Bruno

  154. Sue S July 9, 2018 at 8:24 pm -  Reply

    Bear. A. Lily

  155. Sue S July 9, 2018 at 8:25 pm -  Reply

    Bear. B. Bruno

  156. tanya July 9, 2018 at 10:03 pm -  Reply

    I WOULD CHOOSE THE CUTE BEAR “A” I LOVE FLOWERY FRAGRANCE PERFUME . I WOULD CALL BEAR A “PETAL”

  157. Julie Brookes July 9, 2018 at 10:46 pm -  Reply

    They are all so cute but I love C and he should be called Luca long legs. That’s what I call my my weimaraner Luca ??X

  158. Carole Rice July 9, 2018 at 11:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi, Julia,
    I would name bearA Devon; meaning poet. The most recent literary connection being yourself and Debbie and previously Ted Hughes- it may be the sweater. In truth,it is because of the patchouli note in the perfume (my favourite):which means green; which of course Devon is.

  159. Michele Hewitt July 10, 2018 at 1:57 am -  Reply

    Bear A (Cookie) so cute I could eat him lol.

  160. Michele July 10, 2018 at 1:59 am -  Reply

    Bear A (Cookie) because he is so cute I could eat him lol.

  161. Pat Nichols July 10, 2018 at 7:14 am -  Reply

    I adore Bear B and for me with his dark curls he would definitely be Captain Ross (Poldark) – who I also adore!

  162. Jan July 10, 2018 at 10:00 am -  Reply

    Bear a Gracie

  163. Jan morton July 10, 2018 at 10:03 am -  Reply

    Bear a Gracie

  164. Jayne July 10, 2018 at 12:36 pm -  Reply

    They are sooooo cute I named them all !! ?I have never seen these bears before or tried the perfume …..

    Bear A. Daisybelle
    Bear B. Norman
    Bear C. Jeremy

  165. Teresa Karasavvas July 10, 2018 at 1:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia Glad you had a good time with Debbie and managed to get some writing done.

    I would call Bear C – Rubens as his tee shirt has a ruby colour with the QVC logo.

    My Birthday was the 7th July so I am hoping I might be a lucky winner.

  166. Kim July 10, 2018 at 2:17 pm -  Reply

    Bear A) would be my choice. Harry-Jordan McGuire x

  167. Kim July 10, 2018 at 3:42 pm -  Reply

    I would name bear C) OH-SO,because I’d like to give him a home oh so very much.

  168. Elizabeth Keenan July 10, 2018 at 4:43 pm -  Reply

    Hiya Julia
    Debbie’s home looks gorgeous and a lovely place to spend a few days, seemed to have helped you with your book as well, fantastic cannot wait to read it.
    Would love to win bear B and I would call him Alexandro. after our tour guide in Italy.
    Much love
    Elizabeth ❤️

  169. Katie Douglass July 10, 2018 at 5:19 pm -  Reply

    I will name Bear B – Jules (after the giant of football Jules Rimet)
    Hopefully it will be ‘coming home’ to me!

  170. Denise Thomson July 10, 2018 at 6:20 pm -  Reply

    I think bear A is called Rosie Posy

  171. David Jones July 10, 2018 at 9:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia i d love bear A and call her “tussie mussie” that s a small bouquet posy of flowers . It’s a flower fusion!!! I can smell that lovely scent in the garden just now..
    Thanks for. Being you and your generosity…
    Love Christine xx

  172. Elizabeth Keenan July 10, 2018 at 9:40 pm -  Reply

    Hiya Julia
    You had a nice time at Debbie’s home it looked gorgeous and you managed to get on with your book, cannot wait to read it.
    Love bear 2 and I call him Alejandro .
    Love Elizabeth ❤️

  173. Elizabeth Keenan July 10, 2018 at 9:43 pm -  Reply

    Hiya Julia
    You had a lovely time at Debbie’s lovely home and managed to get some of your book done, cannot wait to read it. Love B bear and I call him Alejandro.
    Elizabeth ❤️

  174. Elizabeth Keenan July 10, 2018 at 9:46 pm -  Reply

    Hiya Julia
    You had a lovely time at Debbie’s her home looks gorgeous and you managed to get some of your book done. Love bear B and I call him Alejandro.

  175. Matthew Walter July 10, 2018 at 10:28 pm -  Reply

    Bear A – Balzarina

  176. Diane Pickering July 10, 2018 at 10:35 pm -  Reply

    Bear A I would name Alfie after my son who who has autism and adores teddies

  177. Keryn murphy July 10, 2018 at 11:36 pm -  Reply

    I would name bear B. Rialto

  178. Janine Hammond July 11, 2018 at 12:10 am -  Reply

    I’d call Bear A Florrie. So cute and it goes with the fragrance.

  179. Beverley Lewington July 11, 2018 at 12:55 am -  Reply

    Bear ? B I would call Truffles, he has snout for sniffing them out ??

  180. Michele July 11, 2018 at 2:20 am -  Reply

    Bear A (COOKIE) because its so cute I could eat it lol.

  181. Helen Armstrong July 11, 2018 at 8:34 am -  Reply

    Bear B, called Squishy as his face looks a little squashed! 🙂

  182. Jean Fawcett July 11, 2018 at 9:17 am -  Reply

    Bear A, sweetpea as i call my granddaughter that.

  183. christine July 11, 2018 at 4:18 pm -  Reply

    Bear C. I would call him Lorenzo (the ‘lucky guy’ in Merchant of Venice)

  184. Karen M July 11, 2018 at 10:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia , All the bears are so cute but I would like to name Bear A , Venetia .
    The name Venetia is an Italian name. In Italian the meaning of the name Venetia is from Venice .

  185. Vanessa Roberts July 12, 2018 at 2:15 pm -  Reply

    Bear B and I would call him Revel, because his nose reminds me of a Galaxy Counter and his eyes are like the chocolate raisins, both found in a bag if Revels! Xxx

  186. Vanessa Roberts July 12, 2018 at 2:34 pm -  Reply

    Bear B who i would name Revel as his nose looks like a chocolate counter and his eyes like the chocolate covered raisins in said chocolate assortment! Lol x

  187. Vanessa Roberts July 12, 2018 at 2:39 pm -  Reply

    Bear B whom I would name Revel as his eyes remind me of chocolate covered raisins and his nose the chocolate counters in said chocolate assortment! Not that my life revolves around chocolate, lol x

  188. Vanessa Roberts July 12, 2018 at 2:42 pm -  Reply

    Bear b and I would call him Revel! His eyes remind me of chocolate covered raisins and his nose the chocolate counters in said chocolate assortment! Ummm wonder what I have on my mind! Lol xxxx

  189. Vanessa Roberts July 12, 2018 at 2:45 pm -  Reply

    Bear b whom I’d name revel. Simply because his eyes remind me of chocolate covered raisins and his nose of the chocolate counters in said chocolate assortment! He’s yummy!! Xxx

  190. Sue July 12, 2018 at 3:02 pm -  Reply

    Bear (A) – and I would call her Betty!

  191. Julie Wheeler July 12, 2018 at 10:29 pm -  Reply

    Bear A I’d call Fernando. Bear B I’d call Grosjean and Bear C I’d call Ricciardio. Can u tell I’m an F1 fan! Lol x

  192. Susan Trimble July 12, 2018 at 10:44 pm -  Reply

    Bear B and I’d name him Digby

  193. Susan Trimble July 12, 2018 at 10:49 pm -  Reply

    Bear B I’d name him Digby

  194. Susan Trimble July 12, 2018 at 10:56 pm -  Reply

    Bear A I’d name him Trevor

  195. Susan Trimble July 12, 2018 at 10:57 pm -  Reply

    Bear C I’d name her Molly Moo

  196. Diane July 12, 2018 at 11:41 pm -  Reply

    Hello

    Bear A for me, he is gorgeous….I would call him Freddy x x

    Diane

  197. Carol July 13, 2018 at 10:26 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Bear B and would call him Butler xx

  198. Karen Williamson July 13, 2018 at 11:30 am -  Reply

    Dear Julia
    I would name bear B – Sidney after my dad.
    All of the bears are lovely but there is just something about bear B that is calling to me.

    Thank you

    Karen xx

  199. Audrey Saurin July 13, 2018 at 3:41 pm -  Reply

    I would name bear A – Peanuts after my shit zhu as he looks just a mischievous as he his and he is 14 years old

    Thank yu

    Audrey XXX

  200. Audrey Saurin July 13, 2018 at 3:45 pm -  Reply

    I would call bear A Peanuts after my Shit Zhu who has just gone 14 years old and just as mischevious as he is

  201. Eileen July 13, 2018 at 3:46 pm -  Reply

    It’s Friday the 13th and I am entering your competition with the name for bear A as Hazel someone has to win but Friday 13th does limit my chances

  202. Sharon Morrow July 13, 2018 at 3:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi, I would choose bear B and call him Big T. A play on the perfume name and a reminder of a teddy from the 1970s Playschool!

  203. Kay jones July 13, 2018 at 3:52 pm -  Reply

    Bear b would like to be named Ruth after my mum who sadly passed away in January.

  204. Jackie July 13, 2018 at 4:28 pm -  Reply

    Would like bear A and would call her hettie

  205. Elaine sallis July 13, 2018 at 5:38 pm -  Reply

    I name bear b Teabag Elaine

  206. Alison Piff July 13, 2018 at 8:20 pm -  Reply

    Bear B. He is such a cutie and i would name him Gareth after the England manager. He did us proud and so did the players.

  207. christine July 13, 2018 at 8:29 pm -  Reply

    Dear Julia.
    I would name bear A – Nikki-noo

  208. Sarah Wise July 13, 2018 at 8:52 pm -  Reply

    Dear Julia
    I was lucky enough to get bear C on a customer visit to QVC many years ago. However, my cat Cho took a fancy to him when she was a kitten and he now belongs to her. She carries him around still, and I often find him outside my bedroom door when I get up in the morning. He’s lost his jumper, been sewn up a few times, looks very scruffy, and sometimes goes through a delicate wash! I would love to have a new one for myself, and would call him Gareth of course…. X

  209. Beryl Anderson July 13, 2018 at 9:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Bear A (Meghan)

  210. Sarah furness July 13, 2018 at 10:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, Aww has to be Bear A for me. I’m thinking a cool name I’d choose is ‘ Harry ‘ take care xx

  211. Alana July 13, 2018 at 10:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    I would name bear A – Boris, as his colouring and style resembles a certain political person we all know ? xx

  212. Helen July 13, 2018 at 10:53 pm -  Reply

    Bear B, I would name him “Danny” boy (I’m from Ireland!). He is dark, mysterious and ever so cute. And, of course, Danny is short for ‘Daniel’…now isn’t that a lovely name!!?x

  213. Debbie McLean July 13, 2018 at 10:55 pm -  Reply

    Love ? baby bear ? C who comes with Rosa!!
    Bear C I would call Rosie Julia, after the perfume Rose and also because he,she first belonged to Julia!!
    Bear C = Rosie Julia.!!!!
    ?????????

  214. Julie July 13, 2018 at 10:57 pm -  Reply

    Love all the bears but I think my favourite is Bear C and I’d call him Little Legs! x

  215. Judith Purdy July 14, 2018 at 3:44 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia Bear B please, I choose the name Muffin.

  216. Maria July 14, 2018 at 7:10 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia

    I would name bear C- ‘al fresco’!

  217. Eirwen Jones July 14, 2018 at 9:12 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia, bear A. is my choice, I would name him ANEIRIN To Celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the NHS caring for patients day in day out..
    LoLove xxx

  218. Suzanne July 14, 2018 at 10:04 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I like bear c and would call her DASH
    Its my birthday on the 19th July so maybe a lucky day for me
    Thank you

  219. Lynn July 14, 2018 at 1:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, I can’t make my mind up as all would make friends with my other bears. I think bear A and I would call her Wilma. She’s so cute. I have names for the two if you need them! Take care Lynn X

  220. Yvonnemary July 14, 2018 at 3:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, l would love bear A she looks very much like a little girl and l would love to name her Flo !

  221. yvonne July 14, 2018 at 3:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, l would love bear A she looks very much like a little girl and l would love to name her Flo !

  222. Jean Tallan July 14, 2018 at 3:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, I would name BEAR A Rascal as he looks a mischievous little character

  223. Jean Tallan July 14, 2018 at 3:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, I would like name Bear A Rascal,as he looks a mischievous little charater

  224. Jean Tallan July 14, 2018 at 3:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia I would like to name Bear A Rascal as he looks a mischievous little character

  225. Jean Tallan July 14, 2018 at 4:45 pm -  Reply

    HI Julia, I would name Bear A RASCAL as he looks like a mischievous little character

  226. Marlene July 14, 2018 at 6:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia

    Bear A : I would name her Violetta

    Thank you x

  227. Kay Livingstone July 14, 2018 at 7:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, I’d love to call Bear A – PORTIA from the Merchant of Venice. I always remember having to learn her soliloquy: ‘The quality of mercy is not strained…’ best wishes. Kay

  228. Julie Rogerson July 14, 2018 at 7:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi, Julia Always enjoy reading your blog. Would call bear(A) Queen B as she reminds me of you, Queen B of QVC. Take care love Julie x

  229. Pam Mullins July 14, 2018 at 8:41 pm -  Reply

    Bear B please and I would call him Mr. Grumpy!

  230. Hilary Schofield July 14, 2018 at 10:33 pm -  Reply

    Bear C would my choice and I would choose the name Joshua after my beautiful, funny little Grandson x

  231. Susan July 15, 2018 at 5:33 am -  Reply

    bear B please to be named simply “J” after the lovely Julia x

  232. Helen Wilkinson July 15, 2018 at 10:15 am -  Reply

    I would call Bear C “Big Foot” as his feet look absolutely huge in the photo. So perhaps it should really be “Big Feet”!

  233. Rita Millar July 15, 2018 at 1:26 pm -  Reply

    Bear B would be Harley

  234. Jan Lawrence July 15, 2018 at 5:43 pm -  Reply

    I would name bear A: Ascenti

  235. JanetLawrence July 15, 2018 at 5:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi
    I would name bear B: Beefy

  236. J Lawrence July 15, 2018 at 5:47 pm -  Reply

    Hello
    I would name bear C: Venice

  237. Linda Dickson July 15, 2018 at 5:59 pm -  Reply

    I would all bear C Amber after my ginger cat……also known as
    ‘The Diva’ xx

  238. Linda Dickson July 15, 2018 at 6:10 pm -  Reply

    Bear C I would call Amber after my ginger cat, also know as……’The Diva’ Love her to bits

  239. Angela Bamber July 15, 2018 at 8:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia. Love reading your blog and as usual its very interesting. I particularly enjoyed the reminiscing over the years at QVC and love all the picture images which remind me of watching with my mum. I was absolutely blown away , as I was scrolling down your blog to find a photo of myself (the blond lady with the ponytail) with your good self and Charlie at the Gold day at Harrods a few years ago now!!! How time flies. I enjoyed the day immensely, my husband took me to London especially for the event. It was wonderful to meet you and Charlie and the gorgeous models, Tiffany and Sharon on the day. I think Sharon has now left, I do so miss her modelling. I’m still watching Julia and following your progress with great interest. xxx

  240. Angela Lindsay July 16, 2018 at 1:57 pm -  Reply

    I would call bear C Sidney as I think it suits him

  241. Vas July 16, 2018 at 9:39 pm -  Reply

    Bear A – I would name them Squidgy.

  242. Pauline Hughson July 17, 2018 at 4:21 pm -  Reply

    I would choose Bear A and name her Fable after a retired guide dog we owned who I miss so much

  243. Carol Pattrick July 17, 2018 at 10:43 pm -  Reply

    Bear C – I would call him Theodore. He comes with the “Rosa“ Moceniga fragrance and I think it’s a lovely name – it suits him and teddy bears were actually named after President Theodore Roosevelt who was nicknamed Teddy

  244. June Green July 17, 2018 at 11:17 pm -  Reply

    Bear B named Aletta.
    My reasoning being that there is a phoenix on the perfume logo. The Italian meaning of Aletta is “winged”

  245. bobbysgirl July 17, 2018 at 11:18 pm -  Reply

    Bear A- I would call Bardot – after Brigitte- with her tousled blonde hair. I love following your blogs – always interesting.

  246. Romy July 18, 2018 at 3:22 pm -  Reply

    Bear B Looks a beauty. My name for him would be Ash.

  247. Karen Reading July 18, 2018 at 10:50 pm -  Reply

    Bear A Sooooooo cute he’s definitely my little Peanut.x

  248. Christine Di francescomarino July 19, 2018 at 10:24 am -  Reply

    Bear A
    Queenie Values Cuddles
    (QVC)

  249. Claire Upton July 19, 2018 at 10:26 am -  Reply

    Bear A should be called Violet

  250. karen somerville July 19, 2018 at 1:10 pm -  Reply

    bear a .womble

  251. rebeccca somerville July 19, 2018 at 1:11 pm -  Reply

    bear a winston

  252. Christine July 19, 2018 at 4:36 pm -  Reply

    Love the little bear C and would call her Rosa. So like CandleRosa – looks coy but full of mischief just like Rosa. Very good interesting blog Julia.

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