Home Sweet Home


BoxesWell firstly, sorry I didn't do a blog last week but this time a week ago I was up to my neck in packing boxes for our imminent house move.

The removal men had arrived the day before to pack up one lorry (we had to have two smaller lorries because of access at the new house) and had everything on the second lorry by 12.30. I had been on the phone hassling my solicitor and the estate agents since their respective offices had opened that morning, nevertheless the sale still had not completed by 1.45pm when the removal men rang to say they were waiting outside the cottage.

GardenI went to the estate agents and refused to budge until the sale had completed. They were really nice actually and within thirty minutes I was handed the key to our new home! Unfortunately it was impossible to unload both the lorries on Friday because it was quite late by the time they started, but that worked in our favour really as we were able to sort out the first load of 'stuff' with the beds and sofas and have a reasonably sorted weekend before the second lorry came back on Monday!

That's the main problem with downsizing, where to put everything and this is after we had a 'cull' of unnecessary things! We had issues with the heating for the first couple of days as there was no instruction booklet, but Sophie visited on Sunday and managed to work out the programming so now we are as warm as toast. Obviously we still have stacks of boxes everywhere but at least we are in and the Tiffany style lamps I have already unpacked make it feel like home.

Poppy and Wilfy settled inMost importantly both of the cats seem very settled with no repeat of the refusal to eat from Poppy that we had on the last couple of moves. You'll be pleased to hear that we are not planning on going anywhere for a while and I'm really looking forward to making the changes we have got planned to really make the house our home.

In all this house moving chatter I forgot to mention that it was Sophie's birthday on the 8th. As a special treat we were able to go and see the Cirque du Soleil at the Royal Albert Hall, courtesy of a friend of Daniel's whose family own a box there and let us have it at a discounted price. I had never seen the show before and I must say it was truly impressive.

At the Albert HallWe then went for dinner at Signor Sassi's in Knightsbridge as it was quite close and we had celebrated Sophie's 21st birthday there five years ago. I had secretly organised for them to bring out a mini tiramisu and sing Happy Birthday to her, which I'm pleased to say most of the restaurant joined in with.

So, back to work today after nine days off…what's been happening??? I am on at 3pm this afternoon with the TSV Ottaman, and then Fashion at Five features Chelsea Muse followed by Ottaman Silver (nothing to do with the Ottaman TSV!)

Tomorrow I am on early for Mally, with her TSV, at 11am and Honora at 12pm…haven't seen the lovely Ralph Rossini in AGES! And then Sunday I have Elemis at 10pm and Dennis Basso at 11pm.

It will be good to get back to the normality of work as I feel I've been in a weird kind of time bubble for the last week and of course there is the Beauty Bash to look forward to next Thursday – if you are coming please come up and say 'hello'.

Must dash!

Much love, Julia xx


  1. Alana January 17, 2014 at 1:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Glad to see the return of your blog!lol! Bet you’re pleased to have the move all over with and are able get settled in to your new cottage.
    Cirque du Soleil sounds good, may be one to put on my ‘to do’ list.
    Looking forward to seeing Keeley on with Elemis at the weekend, got the last TSV for Christmas. Hope QVC will put some video clips up on the website from the beauty bash?!
    Have a nice weekend

  2. Jean January 17, 2014 at 3:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    I expect you are happy now that you have finally moved. No doubt you still have loads to do, but you will get there. What a lovely window, I guess that looks out onto your garden.
    So glad the two cats have settled, that is always a worry, they seem to be happy together in the photograph, which is lovely.
    A belated happy birthday to Sophie, you certainly had a great time by the sounds of it at the Royal Albert Hall and at the Restaurant.
    Looking forward to Mally, she is always so bubbly and full of life. Also looking forward to Honora, which I must admit I have a lot of.
    Did get an invite to the Beauty Bash, unfortunately cannot make it.
    Anyway Julia don’t push yourself to hard, and enjoy your new home.
    Love Jean XX

  3. Beth January 17, 2014 at 6:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Really glad to hear the move happened and it sounds like you coped well with the last-minute completion issues! I really hope you are happy and settled there – it’s good to have plans for a property too as it makes it “yours” doesn’t it..
    Before I forget, I posted a letter to you about 10 days ago so I have a horrible feeling it may have gone astray? NO probs if it has as I’ll be happy to write to you again.
    The photo of Poppy and Wilfy is adorable!!! So glad they’re ok and being friends too! I love cats, grew up with them and then had 2 rescued cats of my own for 13 years. The great news is that Ian and I are finally adopting a rescue cat tomorrow – I am so excited. If my letter has gone astray, I’ll put a photo of her in with the next letter!
    Sophie looks so happy and I’m glad you all had such a lovely evening together. Everyone seems to really enjoy the Cirque du Soleil and how wonderful to be in a Box to see it.
    Last but not least, I caught a few mins of you on Fashion on Friday today and you’re looking great – fingers crossed the blood test results will be good.
    You take care – all the very best,
    Beth XXX.

  4. Rose January 18, 2014 at 3:25 pm -  Reply

    So pleased you finally got moved in,i have never moved house from the day we got married 34 year’s this time,so i cannot begin to understand what a stressful time it can be!
    Hope you all settle in nicely and you are keeping well
    lots of love
    Rose xxx

  5. Parimal Barot January 19, 2014 at 12:05 am -  Reply

    Dear Julie
    Hope you settle into your new home nice-ly. Caught the end of Ottaman Jewellery it was just breathtaking really enjoyed it. And yes I do notice that bubble as well when your off air – Good to see you back.

  6. shendy bean January 19, 2014 at 5:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia.
    Just a quick question what do have to do to get to go to the beauty bash.
    I buy alot of beauty products nearly every week and would love to go.
    Regards to you.

  7. Pauline Johnson January 20, 2014 at 12:19 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia was invited to beauty bash but had a bad fall and face is a mess so cancelled,would love to have seen you again,I remember when we moved 13 years ago now,also down sizieing took a couple of weeks before everything was sorted out but got there in the end,hope you are still in good health.David sends his love.

  8. Annette Roberts January 20, 2014 at 3:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Cannot believe that we’ve just sold our cottage and you have just bought one, how wierd is that. Your Tiffany lighhts will fit in beautifully, I had two small windows either side the inglenook fire place and had my Tiffany lights in each, you could see the orange glow coming up the road.
    Is it listed or in a conservation area? Ours was a conservation area, not listed, but you had to contact the local Conservation office for everything, even lopping the tops off trees, you had to get permission. If you are ever stuck, they will give you a list of recommended companies, builders etc.
    To date and having left a dozen hanging files with leaflets and instructions for the heating, fridge/freezer, washing machine etc and putting sticky notes on all the switches and sockets relating to them, we’ve had two calls from the estate agents asking questions from the new owners. I can remember, like you, we had to figure everything out for ourselves…I really thought I’d covered everything.
    Glad that Poppy and Wilfy aren’t stressed out, they know that this is their home for good now.
    I noticed a few asking about the Beauty Bash tickets, weren’t they available to purchase through a certain magazine and newspaper…can’t always rely on being lucky enough to be invited or picked from a draw, maybe there are a few tickets left for people to purchase?
    Hope you’re nearly straight now, wish I’d bought the TSV storage boxes.
    Annette x
    Hope Jill finds her doggy ‘Scruncher’ soon…really feel for her!

  9. norma January 20, 2014 at 10:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia glad to hear you’re in your new home but look after yourself and take your time with all the boxes, I got an invite to Beauty Bash but I,m working would of loved to meet you maybe next time. Take care xxx

  10. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen watching via sky tv January 21, 2014 at 5:58 pm -  Reply

    hopefully you will be happy in your new home you wont be moving for awhile belated birthday wishes for sophie hope daniel and chris are well
    ps have not seen claudia sylvester on qvc for awhile.

  11. Julia roberts January 22, 2014 at 5:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alana
    I hope you enjoyed the Elemis shows on Sunday and Monday – poor old Keeley had a bad cough but she soldiered on! Hope she will be ok at the Beauty Bash tomorrow.
    I must admit it has been a pretty exhausting fortnight packing everything up and then trying to find space for it all in the new cottage ….. there will need to be a lot more sorting out over the coming months I think.
    Would definitely recommend Cirque du Soleil – apparently there are loads of different shows around the world.
    I’ll put some pics of the Beauty Bash on this week’s blog
    Julia x

  12. Julia roberts January 22, 2014 at 6:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jean
    The windows are one of the things that attracted me to the cottage – the bad news is they are single glazed! I will try and keep the style if we get replacement double glazed windows. Very lucky that we have Daniel still living with us for the time being as he a been so helpful setting things up in our new home …. he even made kitchen cabinets for the first time this week.
    The cats are really enjoying their new home …. we have seen a lot more of Poppy over the last two weeks, probably making sure we know she’s there in case the move is only temporary ….. she needn’t worry, we’re not going anywhere for a while!
    Really enjoyed my shows with Mally and Ralph on Saturday – hope you did too?
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  13. Julia roberts January 22, 2014 at 6:47 pm -  Reply

    Hello Beth
    I got your letter thanks – I was off for nine days while we moved so I only got it last Friday when I went back. I’m so pleased you enjoyed my book and thank you so much for writing a review on Amazon – it seems such a long time ago that it was published but it’s not even a year yet. Really looking forward to getting back to writing my novel once we have settled in … so many book ideas and not enough time to write them!
    Did you get your rescue cat? I do hope so.
    Seeing my professor on Monday but just for regular blood tests, the next progress test will be in another six weeks or so.
    Send some pictures of your new cat
    Julia x

  14. Julia roberts January 22, 2014 at 6:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Rose
    Wow that’s pretty impressive to stay in the same house for 34 years. I quite like the challenge of making a home but it is pretty tiring.
    Chris and I celebrated 36 years together last Sunday … well I say celebrated, we were both working!
    Sorry about the result last Saturday but I think we deserved it … just!!
    Julia x

  15. Marian Bolton January 22, 2014 at 8:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Glad your move went ok and the pussies have settled in straight away. I remember when we moved here I had to stay up all night with my three (then). They just cried every time I left them in the kitchen so I just got up and unpacked boxes all night!
    We’ve had our planning application granted which is good news (I think!). Now what to do with that extension Julia???? Maybe I’ll read ‘Fifty Shades’ again for some inspiration, lol!!
    I know I’m beginning to sound like a broken record….. but what a travesty that all these ladies on here were invited to the Beauty Bash and can’t go!! And there’s me …… desperate for an invite! I didn’t know they had sold any tickets but, to be honest, I don’t think I would buy any Julia on principle. If I were a ‘fair weather’ Q shopper, well maybe I would buy one but not at the amount I spend with them! I reckon I should so be on the ‘regulars’ list!! Sorry Julia, but you know I have to speak my mind and I’m still a bit miffed over it. Nuff said then! Do let me know how it went. My work colleague is going tomorrow (which is another irony as it was me that introduced her to the wonders of QVC!) (There I go again!!) Anyhow Julia, I’ve told her to say ‘Hello’ from me so I hope she does. Enjoy!!

  16. Carole cooper January 23, 2014 at 6:05 am -  Reply

    Hello just my last two bloggs I sent you didn’t seem to go through it must be me pressing wrong buttons, I am so gutted for Jill franks it must be alful what that girl is going through I put my phone on every day hoping that he had been found when I go on her blog. How are you liking your new house, my house needs a few jobs this year so we are staying at home to ” no holidays ” need a new bathroom well time to go off to work can’t wait for decleor tsv take care Carole Wigan x

  17. Diane gilbank January 23, 2014 at 7:56 am -  Reply

    Hi julia,lovely to read that you are semi settled and can now make this house your home, I think you must be an expert on all things to do with moving house! Very pleased to see the photo of the cats and glad they feel happy. The garden looks very mature and you have space to eat outside judging by the table.
    I always assume it must be cathartic sorting ” stuff” out to move as we collect so much over the years. And downsizing makes you do just that.
    Lovely to see you back on air and with Ralph! Your mally make up did look good on you. Bought her tsv as can’t resist!
    Take care, much love Diane xxx

  18. Julia roberts January 24, 2014 at 3:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Parimal
    Glad you enjoyed the Ottaman silver jewellery show ….. didn’t quite understand the comment about the ‘bubble’ – am I missing something?
    Julia x

  19. Julia roberts January 24, 2014 at 3:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Shendy
    I’m not quite sure how the tickets are allocated. I think being a beauty customer helps but it is fairly random I believe. You could perhaps write to out marketing department and say you would like to attend an event …. worth a try maybe?
    Julia x

  20. Julia roberts January 24, 2014 at 3:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    No the cottage isn’t listed or in a conservation area which is quite good really as not so many restrictions on any changes we may want to make. The Tiffany lights do fit in well although I now have far too many to find homes for so I fear some may end up at the charity shop.
    The Daily Mail ‘You’ magazine were offering tickets for our Beauty Bash back in December …. that event is going on today so it will be interesting to get the feedback from it.
    Poppy and Wilfy are still enjoying their new home …. still no good news for Jill about Scruncher unfortunately.
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  21. Julia roberts January 27, 2014 at 10:43 am -  Reply

    Hi Norma
    What a shame you couldn’t make it to the Beauty Bash – I’ve been to most and I think thanks to the venue this was the best one yet. Maybe next year
    Julia x

  22. Julia roberts January 27, 2014 at 10:48 am -  Reply

    Hi Martin
    We are already feeling very ‘at home’ in he new house. Sophie came for dinner last night (a bit further to drive so I made her favourite lasagne) and I passed on your birthday wishes.
    Claudia hasn’t worked for QVC for several years now but Pipa is back on air today
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  23. Julia roberts January 27, 2014 at 10:55 am -  Reply

    Hi Marion
    I’m sorry you didn’t get to this year’s Beauty Bash but the venue only holds 800 and there were only 4 QVC sessions – the other two, which people purchased tickets for, were more Daily Mail readers than QVC viewers. I did see quite a lot of new faces this time so perhaps our marketing girls were trying to share the tickets out a bit more fairly ….. hope you get one next year! It was an irony that your friend was invited but she didn’t say hi to me from you.
    Maybe you should turn your extension into a storage area for all your beauty products (lol) or perhaps a gym?
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  24. Julia roberts January 27, 2014 at 10:59 am -  Reply

    Hi Carole
    Hope you got your Decleor TSV – amazing value for all those super sizes.
    I saw Jill for the first time since Scruncher disappeared on Saturday night – understandably she is devastated but we are all doing all we can to help her through it.
    Really liking the new house. There are a few jobs that need doing straight away but I think the rest will have to wait as I need a holiday to recover from all the upheaval!
    Julia x

  25. Julia roberts January 27, 2014 at 11:07 am -  Reply

    Hi Diane
    Sorry for the delay in replying but I don’t seem to have had a minute to myself for the sat two weeks ….. hectic!
    Yes the house has a pretty garden – the tree man came last Friday and walked me round telling me what some of the trees and shrubs were that I didn’t recognise. It’s not huge but so much more interesting than a square of grass.
    It was so good to be on air with Ralph again – he will always be special as he flew over to do the final show from Marco Polo House with me ….. seems so long ago now!
    Did you hear me read Sophie’s tweet out during the Mally show? She absolutely loves the Mally mascara and Poreless Face Defender – as do I.
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  26. Julia roberts January 27, 2014 at 3:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Pauline
    It’s a good job I checked that all my replies had been posted because mine to you hadn’t … Must have got lost in the ether!
    So sorry to hear you had a fall – hope you are on the mend now?
    I think it will take us more than a couple of weeks to gt completely sorted as we still have a bit of culling to do.
    Love to Dave
    Speak soon
    Julia x

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