Hide and seek


I'm not coming outAs I sit writing my blog this morning, we are awaiting delivery of a new washing machine. We inherited the current machine with the house when we moved in four months ago and, although it has been okay, the spin cycle leaves the clothes quite wet meaning they take longer to dry.

This is a real problem when the weather is not nice enough to hang the clothes out as Daniel needs his Crystal Palace gear every day for work and he only has two sets. I finally got around to ordering a new machine on Wednesday and this morning Chris had a mild panic as the door to the cupboard under the stairs, where the machine lives, is narrower than both the current machine and the new one. Fortunately I realised that the depth of the machine was less than the opening so it just needs rotating 90 degrees and it should be fine … fingers crossed!

Wilfy's Google searchThe moment the door was off the cupboard Wilfie decided to play 'Hide and Seek', burying himself in the furthest corner. He has already been a real rascal this morning trying to lose his harness under our bed and doing a Google search on my computer … unsurprisingly Google couldn't help, but I wonder what the 'devil' he was searching for???

Wilfy on the laptopHe then decided to lie across my computer to stop me writing my blog, so I went outside to take some photos of the plants in the garden and the moment he heard the kitchen door he was out there with me. It is his new love, so long as he is not wearing his harness and so long as we don't shut him out!




The lilies from last year's competition HoneysuckleI'm really impressed with my lilies from last year's Presenter lily-growing competition … if you bought them I hope yours are doing well too. I've managed to get out in the garden a couple of days this week while the weather has been nice. We are very lucky to have inherited such thoughtful planting from previous owners. This honeysuckle smells divine, and although the arch it is scrambling over is a bit dilapidated we will rebuild it once the garden room is done.

Pieris RhododendronsYes, we got the planning permission for our garden room so in about a month I will be able to move all the pieces of gym equipment I own, which are currently scattered through various rooms in the house, to one dedicated space … I can't wait. At the moment the only equipment I have set up permanently is my Pilates machine, everything else requires furniture to be cleared out of the way, apart from the Bodyblade, which I can use more or less anywhere.

I had a one-hour show with Bruce yesterday and I must say I had forgotten just how effective it is at working muscles … even my Chris is going to give it a go, and he hates exercise! If you bought it let me know how you get on with it … Debs Flint is already a big fan saying it's perfect if you are short of time.

Although I've been away from QVC for a few days, I have been as busy as ever. Last Saturday I went to my friend Natalie's house-warming party and then on Sunday I went to watch Palace v Man City (the less said about that the better!) Monday I managed to finish another couple of chapters of my novel, I'm on about 65,000 words now and hoping to have it finished by the end of this month.

On Wednesday I went to Windsor for the first time in my life. It is now my closest big shopping centre and I will definitely go again as it has real character. When my daughter was studying at Royal Holloway University, which I now pass every time I come in to QVC, she had a part-time job in Windsor and she always said she thought I would love it. She knows her mother well! I particularly liked seeing the castle although I don't think the Queen was at home, least ways I didn't see her. I did, however, bump into Andrew Bagley going into a restaurant for his lunch. I suppose it's not too surprising as Gatineau's UK headquarters are in Windsor, but strange that we should be in exactly the same place at the same time … small world!

I can't believe it is May already. I put a message on twitter the other day, 'pinch, punch, first of the month' followed by a row of white rabbits. I had a couple of responses saying that their routine was different on the first of each month … I wonder what yours is?

Washing machineOkay so the washing machine is delivered and plumbed in but won't go in the cupboard the other one came out of!!! Poor old Chris will have to sort it out as I need to leave for work … can't be late for Bethlehem Lights at 3pm and really looking forward to seeing Jaynie for Slim 'n' Lift at 5pm. Incidentally, if you liked the top I was wearing for the Vionic show yesterday it's a new range called Fashion by Amita Naithani that Chloe will be launching tomorrow night at 8pm.

Enjoy your weekend and Bank Holiday Monday!

Much love, Julia xx


  1. Jean Pugh May 2, 2014 at 8:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julie,
    I hope you get your washing machine fitted in okay.
    Sounds as if Wilfie is giving you the run around, they love exploring don’t they, I know our cats do, leave open a cupboard or draw and in they go. I expect he was Googling for some pot Pourri. He laid on your computer because he wanted your attention and wanted the next adventure. I expect he loves the garden. Your plants look so healthy, especially the Lillies, is that Honeysuckle, I love that. It is lovely to have colour in the garden. My husband is terrible when he mows the lawn, if there are any shrubs overhanging the lawn, they get mowed, I make sure I never have anything green on when he has the mower out.
    It will be nice when you get all your gym equipment all together, somewhere else for Wilfie to get up to mischief.
    Sounds as if your days off we’re really busy, you have been busy writing. Do you find it relaxing.
    Anyway enjoy the weekend, good luck with the washing machine, and keeping Wilfie under control.
    Love Jean xx

  2. Diane gilbank May 4, 2014 at 10:00 am -  Reply

    Gosh that was A very busy week you had julia! But love the tales and photos of Wilfy! They do love a keyboard for some reason. Elsa lays across my I pad and is hard to move off!
    Lovely pics of the beautiful garden plants you have got, it must smell lovely. Your garden room sounds interesting and I am sure will be lovely for you on many levels. I watched you on the body blade show and am full of envy and admiration at your arms!!
    The washing machine saga doesn’t sound too promising at the moment but good luck with it. Looking forward to your book very much, won’t be too long now by the sounds of it..
    I am still in bed and into my 5th week which isn’t too much fun but at least I get to watch even more qvc shows!!
    Much love diane xx

  3. julia roberts May 6, 2014 at 3:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jean
    Well the good news is that Chris managed to get the washing machine into the cupboard – he had to take off a piece of wood and then re-attach it but it is all working now and is much more efficient than the old one. I love the idea that Wilfie was googling for pot pourri – that made me chuckle! You were probably more accurate that he was seeking attention.
    Yes it is honeysuckle – I love it and have bought some different varieties for the front of the house to grow up a trellis separating us from our neighbours – just love the perfume and was very disappointed when L’Occitane stopped doing their Bonne Mare soaps. You made me laugh again when you mentioned not wearing anything green when your husband is mowing the lawn – it always used to be my job at our old house but Chris has volunteered a couple of times this year so I have just left him to it.
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  4. julia roberts May 6, 2014 at 3:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi again Diane
    I have just replied to you on my previous blog – sorry for being so tardy but you are right I have had a lot going on.
    Good news on the washing machine front – Chris is a dab hand at DIY and with a few minor adjustments to the cupboard he completed the installation … phew!
    I’ll put some pictures of the garden room up once it is finished … actually I’ll put up a picture of the hideous garage it’s replacing before that gets demolished next week.
    It will be good to have somewhere to have all the fitness gear set up again – amazingly I actually got Chris started on the Bodyblade to try and strengthen his core a little so just hoping he will keep it up.
    I am starting to get quite excited about the book now that it is nearing completion … it is a bit of a tear-jerker in places … I was actually crying while writing one of the chapters the other day, but then I am a bit of a softie!
    Please look after yourself and keep cuddling Elsa
    Julia x

  5. TINA S. May 6, 2014 at 11:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Looking at your photo’s of your mischievious Poppy really reminds me how much I miss my naughty little Chloe. We had to have her put to sleep 13 years ago. I’d taken her to the vet’s for her annual check-up and injections when the vet found a lump. I was heartbroken. She was my “baby”! I’ve always had pet’s when I was growing up but she was different and I still miss her to this day.I will see about getting another cat one day when we live somewhere quieter.
    We went for our usual treat today so I was extra good tonight and had salad for supper. It was lovely and sunny but still very windy. We did’nt sit there for too long as it was quite cold.My face is like a tomato , so I had to plaster on the Aloe Vera.(Don’t tell Alison Young!)
    I used to try and put sun-block on my cat as the vet advised it because she had pink tipped ears. Have you ever tried putting sun-block on a cat? When I eventually put it on she would of course lick it off. So I would get an old umbrella and put it over her. Yet again this was not very successful, so I gave up.
    There’s an idea for someone to come up with- sun protection for our pet’s!!LOL.
    Well I’m off to put some more Aloe Vera on and read in bed.
    Best Wishes,
    Tina S. (S.Wales- looking like a lobster)

  6. Annette Roberts May 7, 2014 at 8:03 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Good Luck with your blood tests tomorrow, hope things improve even more for you.
    How weird, I also have bloods tomorrow morning, Thursday, they have to check the liver count with the cholesterol medication, then see the Dr in the afternoon, with a few side effects, which I won’t say too much other than, plenty of fruit, veg and exercise isn’t helping things, if you get my dift lol!!
    You garden plants look lovely and once the summer get underway and your sitting out with your new garden furniture (If I remember rightly, you said you had ordered some) and also the new garden room with all your exercise equipment in it, will be heaven…can see it now exercising then sitting out afterwards.
    Well done to your Chris for installing your washing machine, there would have been a few expletives if my Chris had to do something like that, he starts off OK then gets frustrated if things don’t fit.
    What about Wilfy, the little tinker, stopping you writing…pets are so funny when you are doing things and they want attention. Bobby sits there licking his lips very loudly, followed by scratching his collar so his tag rattles.
    Went to the hairdresser again and there is new growth, but she did say that the last time she was frightened to do too much to it because she was constantly taking the hair out of the sink when she washed it and she showed me what came out this time and said it wasn’t half as much…I’ve had it cut into a shorter bob now to give it more body.
    It was nice to see you on with Jaynie from Slim ‘n’ Lift, was that the first time you had seen her since she got married? Every time I see you together the picture of you on the glass floor of the CN Tower comes to mind, holding on for dear life…eek!
    Annette x

  7. Beth Morton May 8, 2014 at 11:06 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    I think from one of your tweets, the washing machine is now in its’ place thanks to Chris and his DIY skills!
    Can I ask to be Wilfie’s catsitter if Daniel is ever in need of one when he gets his own place??!!! How adorable is he to sit on your keyboard? He’s telling you to have a rest methinks!! My parents’ Burmese cat Jack used to do the same when my Mum was trying to type up my Dad’s work reports – cats know how to get our attention don’t they?!
    Your garden is looking delightful – honeysuckle is one of my favourite’s. We don’t have it in our current garden but I did grow it in my last place as well as Jasmine and I loved its’ scent and I was in need of a lot of coverage as we had trellis to add onto a low wall.
    Good to hear that the garden room is now ready to be placed – bet you can’t wait!
    I’m looking forward to hearing about the leukaemia and lymphoma help that me and fellow viewers may be able to do…
    Last but not least, glad to hear the writing is coming along in spite of Wilfie’s “help” and I look forward to the finished product.
    Lots of love,
    Beth XXX.

  8. Sandra Gregory May 8, 2014 at 10:12 pm -  Reply

    My goodness, you have had a very busy week. Hope you get your washing machine sorted out quickly or should I Chris gets itv sorted lol. Great pic of your lovely cat. Take care xx

  9. Julia roberts May 14, 2014 at 8:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Tina
    I didn’t tell Ali Young about your lobster escapade!!! Hope your skin is better now?
    It wasn’t Poppy being naughty it was of course little Wilfie, although in fairness he is not so little now! It’s horrible to have a pet put to sleep but sometimes it s the kindest thing. I was reading today that the average age for a cat to reach is 16 so Poppy has already exceeded that by three years. She looks quite frail now but se can still play fisticuffs with Wilfie when required!
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  10. Julia roberts May 14, 2014 at 9:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    My appointment with the Prof went well – my bloods were pretty consistent with last time and he decided to do a bcr/abl again as they had taken 2 phials of blood, so I will get the results of that in about a week. It’s funny cos he is a Man City fan so we spent half the appointment chatting football! I am lucky to have such a good rapport with my Prof cos it puts me at ease.
    Hope your results were good and really pleased that your hair condition is improving – a shorter style will help I’m sure.
    I think it is the first time I have seen Jaynie since she got married. I was supposed to go to her wedding in Vegas but in the end Chris and I decided it would be better for me to have a restful break so if you remember we went to Corsica. She lives in Canada now so we are hoping to go and visit sometime soon.
    Hope you got your other ‘problem’ sorted out
    Julia x

  11. Julia roberts May 14, 2014 at 10:49 pm -  Reply

    Hello Beth
    Yes clever Chris managed to get the washing machine in position while I was at work so if there was any bad language I didn’t hear it!
    Haha how are you fixed in June for cat sitting Wilfie? Only joking as our neighbour is going to feed them both – that will be challenging but at least it’s only a few days.
    I managed to get another couple of chapters of the book written on Monday even with Wilfie ‘helping’ and I’m away next week so hoping to get it more or less finished. Then I’ll have o read through to make sure I’m happy with it.
    The men arrive tomorrow to knock the old garage down and the garden room should be up in two weeks time – very excited!
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  12. Julia roberts May 14, 2014 at 10:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Sandra
    They all seem to be busy weeks at the moment but I shouldn’t complain it’s nice to have plenty to do!
    Chris got the washing machine sorted ok and it has already been well used as you can imagine!
    Wilfie is a very handsome boy isn’t he 🙂

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