It’s Snow Joke


The view from my sun loungerWell I'm back from my holiday and feeling relaxed and rested, but it was touch and go whether the plane actually took off on March 11th for our holiday flight to Mauritius.

It had been an unusual start to the journey anyway with Chris and I making our way to the airport separately as I had been at BBC Radio London doing an interview about my book with Joanne Good, who some of you may have seen guesting on QVC.

It was always going to be a bit tight as my interview was at 4pm and my flight was at 8.30pm but I was fairly confidant the Gatwick Express would get me there on time. There was a moment at the station when I thought my confidence was misplaced as there had been delays on the line all day but despite the snow I arrived with plenty of time to spare.

Sugar Beach ResortOur flight was delayed for an hour or so whilst we waited for some passengers to arrive from Paris who were booked on our flight, during which time the weather conditions were deteriorating. Once we were all on board the de-icing process began.

It went on for well over an hour and it was a bit disconcerting that the flight engineer kept peering out of the window with his torch to make sure the engines were okay. We finally left almost three hours late but better to be safe than sorry. So not the best start to our holiday, but what followed more than made up for it.

The View from TidesI have never been to Mauritius before but it has always been on my 'wish list'. The problem with that is sometimes things don't match your expectations but this was certainly not the case. We had booked to stay at the Sugar Beach, a plantation style resort on the west of the island at Flic en Flac.

As we walked into the double height reception with the view through the gardens and out to the sea beyond, and were greeted by the friendly staff and a welcome cocktail, I could positively feel myself relaxing.

Our room had a view across the gardens to the beach and sea beyond, and that first evening we were treated to the most perfect sunset. You will be very pleased to hear, as will Alison Young, that both Chris and I used very high SPF… Chris courtesy of Ultrasun, and I used my favourite Decleor – factor 50 on my face and 30 on my body… and we kept in the shade for a large part of the time unless we were walking along the beach, swimming in the sea or heading to lunch at Tides restaurant. Have you ever seen a Greek salad more beautifully presented? And it tasted delicious too!

Greek SaladI also did lots of swimming but could not manage a hundred lengths of the pool as it was huge. Instead I did a hundred widths, which were about equivalent to lengths in my old pool, most days. We didn't have wall to wall sunshine, in fact it rained a couple of days but the rain was warm and left everywhere smelling so fresh.

It also caused some of the exotic flowers to fall from the trees including the stunning and fragrant Frangipani, as used in Elemis's Frangipani Monoi body oil and the flowers from the Barantonnia tree which reminded me of fibre optic lights… I wonder if that is where someone got the idea from?!

The plan was to totally relax but I must have forgotten to tell my brain! On the first morning sat on the beach under the parasol, I had an idea for a novel and spent the rest of the holiday scribbling copious notes about the plot and the characters… all I need now is the time to write it!

Frangipani Flower Barantonnia Flower

Extinct Volcano Perfect Sunset

Speaking of books, I will be back on air on 'Anything Goes' at 8pm this Saturday with 'One Hundred Lengths of the Pool', which is now back in stock. We had the book launch party, hosted by Simon Wilson at his shop on Fulham Road, last night and thank you to everyone who came and made it a really memorable occasion which I will tell you all about in next week's blog.

Still beautiful in the rainAfter our ten day break we arrived back in the UK early Saturday morning to freezing temperatures and yet more snow.

I know we haven't had it so bad in the south of England so my thoughts are with those of you who have been snowed in with no electricity… let's hope it warms up soon.

Much love Julia xx


  1. sally peacock March 27, 2013 at 5:04 pm -  Reply

    Julia. Lovely to see your pics of Mauritius. My husband and I went there 13 years ago, where he proposed to me and bought me a fantastic ring there, so whenever I look at it it reminds me of the Island. We still talk of the restaurants and beautiful food we had there. The long flight is so daunting, although would love to go back one day !!! thanks for the memories ………..

  2. Judith Lennon March 27, 2013 at 6:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    So glad you had a lovely holiday and it was all you expected it to be. Trying to relax when you are used to a busy working life is very difficult but it’s also nice to know your are “away” from all that and you can eventually chill. Seeing all those flowers must have been wonderful. My husband and I visited the Orchid Garden in Singapore some years ago and I didn’t realise how many different flowers there are as listed as Orchids. You and Chris will have happy memories of your holiday and they will help you when life seems hard to cope with. Take care and keep warm with your drastic climate change!
    Love and hugs, Judith x

  3. markyorkshire March 27, 2013 at 6:12 pm -  Reply

    vert nice photos profesional quality love the flower pictures beautiful.

  4. Pauline Johnson March 27, 2013 at 6:16 pm -  Reply

    Julia Mauritius looks fantastic just wish we had longer to talk at the B&W bash but you had so many people to talk to, look after yourself.
    Love Pauline (Heathrow)

  5. Annette Roberts March 28, 2013 at 9:12 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    So glad you and Chris had a great time, what a lovely resort and just the ticket for your both to relax and re-charge those batteries! You’ve taken some lovely photos, the flowers are gorgeous, you could even have them blown up and put onto canvas as a reminder and on those miserable dark days loose yourself in them.
    You were so right about Simon (B&W) being a true friend to you, you don’t get many of those these days…what a lovely cake and party he threw. I watched the video on QGossip, which was very emotional when you were speaking about your friendship. I nearly burnt my Almond Tart which was in the oven at the time, but just saved it. Diet, what diet?
    Looking forward to seeing you later, hope you like the new graphics, afraid I don’t. I did write my thoughts on the QGossip blog about them, but I don’t think my negativity was appreciated as it hasn’t been posted…ooops!
    I do think that the new rolling bar on the right side isn’t necessary, because all the information about the QVC apps, QVC Community is already scrolling in the much larger bottom bar. It is also a distraction and detracts from not only the item, but also the guests and presenters, which lets face it, we all want to see.
    I did switch off after 10 minutes of Honora Pearls the first day and then tuned in for Laura Gellar, only to see the model and camera struggling to find their position on the split screen (before and after) shots, when the bar popped up on the right side again! It also makes the viewing area much smaller in the middle of the TV screen and the close up shot of an item is worst, because when the bar pops up it takes out half the product!
    Sorry Julia, but it’s just my perspective as a customer and maybe you will resort not to print the above, as some customers may indeed like it.
    Hope you have a great show in the meantime and thank you for sharing your lovely holiday and photos.
    Annette x

  6. Alana Hughes March 28, 2013 at 1:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    The photos look lovely and I am so jealous as I’ve never been to Mauritius. Glad to hear that you had time to relax albeit thinking about a novel at the same time :-). Speaking of books, I am about a quarter of a way through 100 lengths of the pool, which I am throughly enjoying! Still can’t believe I won a copy! Wish I lived closer and could have attended the launch night at B&W shop, please put some pictures up if you can. Seems a long time since both yourself and Simon was on air together, hopefully soon! Have a cracking Easter!!

  7. Jean Pugh March 28, 2013 at 4:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    So glad you and Chris had a lovely holiday. It looks so beautiful and relaxing where you stayed. It sounds as if you had a lovely time. Yes what a beautiful salad, not like we get over here.
    Love the photographs, the flowers, and the sunset is beautiful. The one with you on the beach, what were you thinking while you were standing there, maybe you should ask for us to put in a caption, and you choose the most appropriate one.
    Yes you can always rely on our weather, if it is not raining it is cold and dull. Cannot say roll on the Spring as it is suppose to be here.
    Hope you are feeling okay, looking forward to seeing you back on air. Must get down to reading your book, looking forward to it.
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Love Jean XX

  8. Steven March 28, 2013 at 4:36 pm -  Reply

    Bet it was a bit of a shock coming back to this freezing place Julia! You want to try coming up to Scotland – its been blinking freezing up here for weeks on end now!
    Love your holiday pics and sounds like you had a fab time. You will hopefully feel a lot better for it now.
    Rangers could win the 3rd division Title soon. It could even be this weekend if results go our way. Not a massive thing to celebrate with the squad that we have assembled it was really expected but it is the first step back on the long road. We have dropped a few disappointing points lately which have been a bit embarrassing o we will need to strnghthen once our transfer embargo is over. We can sign bosmans for September but the actual transfer ban lasts til January Do you think Palace will stay in the play off hunt? Automatic promotion could still be acheivable of course too. I think you guys are on the TV tomorrow against Birmingham…. will you be heading to that or are you back to the famous Q?
    Take care and looking forward to seeing you back on the shows
    Love Steven xx

  9. Joy padley March 28, 2013 at 6:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    WOW what a beautiful place and I hope you and Chris had a great time with plenty of r&r.
    I can see why you had inspiration for a novel the setting is perfect! I have been beta reading for Debbie’s novel and this has pushed me to do something I’ve wanted to do since school. So I’m starting an 8 week Creative Writing course. I am really excited but apprehensive as I so want to be able to write something, well we shall see!
    I have finished your book and left a review which you can read under my stage name lol Melly. The chapters I could relate to were Pilates (of course), your Psoraisis as I have a mild breakout thankfully and luckily not on my face like you did. Titania Hardie book out of print but did buy a small numbers book as I was born on 4th so my numbers are 4&8 fascinating.
    Glad to see you back and looking forward to YBF TSV what a tonic Stacey is!
    Love Joy xx

  10. tracey weeds March 28, 2013 at 8:53 pm -  Reply

    dear Julia glad to hear you had a good holiday you deserved a good time after everything,just wanted to agree with Annette above on the nee graphics they are terrible hopefully you have influence and can tell the powers that be to put them back how they were, there was nothing wrong with them , people seem to change for change sake. hopefully if enough of us say something they might take notice ,sorry moan over !!! good to have you back you have been missed love traceyxxxx

  11. Diane gilbank March 28, 2013 at 10:28 pm -  Reply

    What a beautiful blog about your holiday Julia. Something that was well deserved and needed for you and chris. The photos are stunning and I am glad it lived up to the expectations.
    Congratulations on your book launch, waiting for delivery of mine anytime soon and looking forward to reading it. You looked fab tonight on with trinny and Susanne, keep as well as poss. Much love Diane xx

  12. janice reeves March 28, 2013 at 10:56 pm -  Reply

    Hello Julia, So glad you finally got off the ground and then after some hours landed somewhere so beautifuL I am so happy you had a good time, the photos are lovely and I never knew the Frangipani looked like that, you are so brave I am not a fan of flying 2 hours and a bit to Spain or elsewhere in Europe thats about it, I live in Spain so visits to family and friends in Uk have got me used to it now, one day I will crack it and hope to visit Japan, glad you are back and looking forward to YBF Love from Janice

  13. GINNY PAARZ March 29, 2013 at 12:53 pm -  Reply

    HI JULIA, your holiday sounds like you and Chris had a great time!!! Your photos were beautiful and I am glad you got away from the SNOW!! Oh help me it has not been great weather up north in the States and everyday both Jeff and I say how lucky we were last summer to have found our lovely beach homes here in Naples, FL missing all that snow and cold. We have had a few cooool mornings but it always hits at least 70 degrees and most days 80 plus wall to wall sunshine along with GORGOIS sunsets! Wish I could share of them taken with my IPHONE for all of you to see!! Unbelievable!! Easter is upon us so we all must look ahead to the new!! Jeff is dealing with the first round of his radar and CYMO pretty well with some side effects but managing! Bless him it is a long road but we go day by day. On Easter Monday we will be meeting with is DR to line up how we will proceed for the next months. Onward and upward!!!!! it sounds like you are doing well and I am so happy if your meds are working. My shoulders are feeling the weight but I keep happy and going. You are in my prayers many times a day. Now you and Chris will HAVE to PLAN a Naples, FL trip for the NEXT TRIP and that way I can get my book!!!!!!!!!!! method in my madness!! HAVE YOU GUYS HEARD about our CINDRELLA basket ball team here in FORT MYERS!! The EAGLES from FGCU. Florida Gulf COAST UNIVERSITY!!!! March Madneess is going on and they were ranked but low in the standings and they are AMAZING beating some of the well rank UNIVERSITIES!!!! They play tomorrow night in TEXAS against the GATORS a well rank FLORIDA team and they might get another WIN!!!! WE R all so excited down here in SW FLORIDA!!! We have an Ameican Idol guy from Naples, Lazaro, from Naples doing well who worked in a ice cream shop!! They are all keeping us going!! Will update YOU!! U might hear me yelling and jumping up and down across the pond!! LUV to you and your family!! XXXXX

  14. Yvie Gillman March 29, 2013 at 1:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, Mauritius looks great and you did have a fab time there!!I just caught the end of your show with pippa, you were talking about rude lillies, I know the ones you mean!Antheriums, I wont tell you on here what we florists call them, but I think you know!! My favourite flowers of all time are freesias, my husband buys huge bunches of them for me at Christmas, Valentines and my birthday, I LOVE them!!!!!They all go in one big crystal vase,and look and smell fab. I have read most of your book and really enjoying the read, although my sister keeps telling me to hurry and finish it as she wants to read it. You reminded me of the time I met Leslie Crowther, it was way back in the early seventies, he was filming a margarine advert in our local Woolworths store , ( you know the one I mean, ‘tastes better than butter NOT!!!) he was surrounded by lots of women, so I went upstairs to buy something and as I walked down the stairs this lonely figure came towards me, and it was HIM!! He came over to me ,said hello with a very cheeky grin, winked at me and disappeared through a doorway !!!Anyway I’d better and go finish your book or I will be in trouble,again !!!! Take Care, love Yvie xx

  15. Anita Belding March 29, 2013 at 9:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Glad you had a wonderful holiday , I am halfway through your book and am really enjoying it. Hope you are feeling better and have enjoyed some sun (what sun !!!) always enjoy you presenting shows
    Take care , love Anita x Keep up with the writing X

  16. annie caine March 30, 2013 at 10:19 am -  Reply

    Julia just seen you on qvc and you look amazing,i am so pleased you enjoyed your holiday,x

  17. Parimal Barot March 30, 2013 at 6:09 pm -  Reply

    Dear Julia
    I have been waiting for the Mauritius snaps to come through and was very pleased with them !
    Look forward to seeing you back on QVC.!

  18. Babs Dyson. Litherland, Liverpool March 30, 2013 at 10:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, Glad you both had a great holiday and chilled. I saw a quick view of you 2nite on Anything Goes on QVC, you look FAB considering all you have been through. Just want to say your Book is a very good and interesting read.
    Take care
    Babs. Litherland

  19. Caroline Stewart March 31, 2013 at 2:23 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia, firstly i just wanted to say that i dont think i was quick enough tweeting Will tonight so you didn’t know about it & only got my tweets ( under carramaniac – thanks to nephew setting up my twitter a/c for me) about taking safety pins to lashes & asking after the lovely Amika, i just wanted you to know that having seen the lovely pics of you that you showed in your book i still think you look even better now (more than a tad jealous!) its lovely to see that its not only men that get better with age! Nearly fell of my perch laughing with shock when you read that “daft funny” tweet about ybf helping you look “under 60” Oh to look as good as you & i’m ONLY 47! Your shows last night & today cheered me no end & by the way your revitalash has done its job, i couldnt take my eyes off your lashes at times- they’re fabulous ( thanks to revitalash by lashes are Back to their normal v long selves- v greatful as boosts confidence!
    Your pictures from your hols are beautiful, i’m so glad that you & Chris were able to go to such a beautiful place to have some together time & inspite of your “author brain” i hope you both felt the benefit of it! Tell Chris he “done good” with the pic on the back of your book as well- stunning! I have always wanted to go there so i’m living vicariously through your pics, the sunset was amazing – although i must say that my mum & dad do get sunsets to rival it at their home on the lovely island of Arran ( however they are just glad to have power & heat back on after none for 7 days…….brrrr!)
    I’m selfishly glad to have you back with us & wish you better health & any treatment your getting to do everything it it possibly can for you & keep you safe & well & for only good positive things happen for you, Chris & your family ( yikes, getting weepy again, sorry! P.s for the 2nd time ( this time with the elegant Janetta from veronese ( sorry if name mis-spelt) you hinted at a ring you really liked that would be great for a wedding ring- is this at last a hint that you are going to make Chris a very happy man & marry him ( pls)? (Just wondering!)
    Take care of yourselves & be happy
    Love Carrie x

  20. martin forbes March 31, 2013 at 8:10 pm -  Reply

    glad you enjoyed your holiday in mauritious happy easter up yo page 240 in your book very good read indeed I liked all the pictures of your cars you had as well.

  21. Tania April 1, 2013 at 12:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia glad u had a great hol. The sunset picture is BREATHTAKING. Wud love that as a canvas for my bedroom! ØMW!!!!!!
    Looking fwd to u revealing what ur novel is about when u r ready. All the best with it.
    Take care xxx

  22. GINNY PAARZ April 2, 2013 at 3:32 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia, Sounds and looks like you had a beautiful holiday. It is SOO nice that you and Chris had a special time together in such a beautiful place. I LUV seeing your photos!! next time maybe you guys can turn the plane in the other other direction and have a Naples, Barefoot Beach Holiday!! THEN maybe I can have a book!!!! At least I sorta get the jist of it reading about it on your BLOG!!!
    Jeff is doing okay but he has a long road ahead of him. He has just finished the 28 weeks of Radar and CYMO! now a break for two weeks before he has another of CYMO to keep things from spreading any more. No surgery as yet since they feel it would not help and at least the tumor has shrunk a great deal in the colon so that is something. We just go day to day doing all we can and I am keeping strong for him.
    I wanted to share with you that I finally got my clarisonic pro last week and it really is SOOO nice to use both on my face and body! Purity made simple or any of my other cleansers from all our favorites work well. I am also saving up for a new pilates as mine is ancient from the 90’s and I left it at our Lake house in Vermont that we used in the summer. Do not know when or IF we will ever get back there after all our big jobs we did both in the kitchen, AGA COMPANION STOVE and new Granite along with a much need new roof!! OH WELL we LUV it here so there we are!! SURE miss seeing you and SIMON but as you said one of these days when we are not running here and there to DR’S I will try and catch you on JEFF’S MAC PRO!! My last nice Prezzie for him!! Julia, I never stop saying my prayers for you and your family and I am SOO blessed that a long time ago we found each other through earrings, HEE, and baseball caps!!!!! XXXXXXX

  23. Caroline Stewart April 3, 2013 at 4:01 am -  Reply

    Last photo caption – “Surely I have been posing looking out to sea long enough to prove that you don’t have to run along the beach to be a Baywatch Babe! Can we have cocktails now pls?”

  24. PAULA JOY WILLIAMS April 3, 2013 at 5:18 pm -  Reply

    looks gorgeous that’s somewhere I would love to go as is Australia as we have relatives there but you know us we have to plan our holidays around football season Jonathan being UNITED and also school holidays which can be a pain and expensive. Love yo all your gang

  25. Marian Bolton April 4, 2013 at 7:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jools!
    Your holiday looks and sounds idyllic. Just what the doctor ordered eh!
    The pictures are great. I especially like that last one, and I love Caroline’s caption take on it. You’ll be pleased to hear that I’m not going to go there though! You see, I’ve been in bother with the blog police while you’ve been away over a caption I wrote on Dale’s blog! Nuff said!!
    No, I think you’re actually doing your ‘Bond girl’ impression again in that photo. How long did you stand there before you realised that Daniel Craig was just NOT going to come out of the sea?!!
    Just wanted to say again how much I loved your book. Without giving too much away (cos then no-one would need to buy it) a couple of my favourite funny bits were the title of the book Chris bought you on Feng Shui, and the guy that let you have free go’s on his trampoline!!!LOL!!
    As I tweeted, I did have to skip the bit about ‘Sixth Sense’. I agree it was a great film especially with that phenomenal twist at the end. But, I could never watch it again. I daren’t go to the loo in the middle of the night for months after watching it!! I also love ‘Love Actually’. In fact I like most films with Emma Thompson in. A particular favourite of mine is ‘Nanny McPhee’. I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve watched it!
    I do envy you your ‘showbiz’ life. If only!! I wanted to be a model in my late teens. I know I didn’t have what it takes to be a super model or anything like that. I entered a couple of ‘Miss local paper’ competitions and managed to get my picture published. But then I took a job with the local council to earn enough to pay for a modelling course. Here I am 33 years later …… still at the Council!! Ah well, I can think of worse things to do than serving my local people.
    Bye for now

  26. Julia roberts April 4, 2013 at 10:01 pm -  Reply

    Hello Sally
    How romantic to be proposed to in Mauritius! So glad I could bring back some happy memories for you. I will definitely go back – 12 hour flight is almost forgotten already. Hope you get back there one day too
    Julia x

  27. Julia roberts April 4, 2013 at 10:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Judith
    We did manage to relax even though my creative juices were in full flow! It was so lovely to casually stroll to breakfast, sit and read on the beach, (in the shade of course) swim and watch the sunsets …… but it seems months ago now. I don’t think this freezing weather helps ….. it was actually snowing today in central London!
    Brrrrrrr – hope it warms up soon
    Julia x

  28. Julia roberts April 4, 2013 at 10:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Mark
    Glad you liked the pictures, all taken with the Christmas present the family bought me following advice from Matt Trim
    Julia x

  29. Julia roberts April 4, 2013 at 10:30 pm -  Reply

    Hello Pauline
    Thanks so much for coming to the ‘do’ and yes it was a shame that there wasn’t time for longer chats with everyone ….. Simon was so funny ‘hurrying me up’ wasn’t he? I hope you had a lovely time though
    Julia x

  30. Julia roberts April 4, 2013 at 10:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    What a lovely idea to turn some of my holiday snaps into wall decorations – the joy of having a decent camera!
    I thought the piece Will shot at the B&W party was lovely – I’ll put a link to it on this week’s blog and some photos. Really looking forward to the Couture show on Sunday as there are some beautiful pieces.
    So, the new graphics. To be honest I think we notice it less when we’re on air than you do at home. If you feel strongly you should write (snail mail) to the Chief Executive and express your opinion. QVC have always been really concerned about customer satisfaction and if it is spoiling your experience you need to let someone much more senior in the company than me know about it.
    I hope you will still watch?
    Julia x

  31. Julia roberts April 4, 2013 at 11:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alana
    I am so pleased you are enjoying the book and hope you have got a bit further with it now? I will be writing about the B&W party on this week’s blog and putting some pictures up.
    Simon and I are on together on the Couture show this Sunday at 6pm, hope you will be watching.
    Julia x

  32. Julia roberts April 4, 2013 at 11:14 pm -  Reply

    Hello Jean
    I tweeted your idea about a caption competition for the last photo but only had a couple of responses … I thought it was a good idea! What would you have had me saying I wonder?
    I wonder if you have started reading my book yet? – I look forward to your feedback – maybe you will write a review when you have finished it?
    Sincerely hoping the wether is going to warm up soon – it was snowing today in central London …… it’s April for goodness sake,
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  33. Julia roberts April 4, 2013 at 11:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    Well I think congratulations are in order as despite dropping points you have now been crowned Third Division champions – Palace on the other hand are dropping points and are lucky to still be in the play off places. The Birmingham game on TV on Good Friday was actually quite embarrassing as well as disappointing. We also lost on Easter Monday to 10 man Blackpool but fortunately a lot of other results have gone our way so we are till in the promotion hunt. I’ll be at the Barnsley game with my son Dan on Saturday so hoping I can be their lucky charm.
    Holiday seems a long time ago now particularly with this awful weather – ready for another one!
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  34. Julia roberts April 4, 2013 at 11:33 pm -  Reply

    Hello Joy
    Hope you enjoyed the YBF shows with Stacey last weekend – she was on great form, particularly on the 10pm Saturday show.
    Thanks for leaving a review on my book and so pleased you enjoyed it. Can’t believe it inspired you to buy a book on numerology. Good luck with your writing course – you just need to believe in yourself. Debbie’s book should be finished soon – she is just doing some re writes.
    Julia x

  35. Julia roberts April 7, 2013 at 11:40 am -  Reply

    Hi Tracey
    Sorry to hear that you too are not keen on the new graphics, again I would urge you to voice your opinion in a letter to our CEO ….. I know all letters are read and if there are enough negative comments things might get ‘adapted’!
    Thanks for welcoming me back on screen – holiday seems months ago already.
    Julia x

  36. Julia roberts April 7, 2013 at 11:48 am -  Reply

    Hi Diane
    Sorry it’s taken me a while to respond to the posts from last week’s blog – there always seems so much to catch up on after a holiday. We did have a fabulous holiday, an escape from real life even if it’s only temporary.
    I hope you have received your book by now and have started reading it? Did you turn straight to the index to find your name? Do let me know what you think of it and maybe even leave a review.
    Hope you and your growing family are well ……. that’s another chapter in my life that hopefully lies ahead
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  37. Julia roberts April 7, 2013 at 11:57 am -  Reply

    Hi Janice
    Hope you enjoyed the YBF shows last weekend. Believe it or not I am not really a fan of flying either. I particularly dislike it when the plane has to be de-iced but I now have the attitude that if my number’s up it’s up!
    The long flights are the worst but one day I would like to visit Australia so, like you with your dream of visiting Japan, if we want to go we have to get there somehow and flying is the only real option.
    Say hello to Spain for me I will miss my trips there
    Julia x

  38. Julia roberts April 7, 2013 at 12:08 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ginny
    How did the doctor’s appointment go on Easter Monday? – I hope Jeff had some encouraging news? I had my latest blood tests on Thursday and my professor was satisfied with all my levels although I am now slightly more anaemic. Next meaningful tests are in five weeks so I will keep you posted.
    How did your Eagles get on? Mine have crash landed a bit at the moment! We lost three consecutive games and only managed a draw yesterday and yet amazingly we are still fourth in our division so in with a chance of promotion. My son, ever the optimist, says last time we lost three on the bounce we then went on an unbeaten run of fourteen games …… I’m hoping history will repeat itself!
    The sun is shining here in Surrey this morning but ‘m sure it’s a whole lot warmer where you are
    Julia x

  39. Steven April 7, 2013 at 4:30 pm -  Reply

    Thank you Julia. We were always going to win it but its still nice to wrap it up. We won 4-1 today and played some good football so hopefully we’ll see more of our kids starting to come into the team in the final few weeks. Did you enjoy the Palace game? Not such a good result really is it but with only 5 games remaining a play off place looks fairly secure although one point from 12 isn’t great at this time of year. Fingers crossed the Eagles can keep up there and maybe pick up form for the play offs. It could work in your favour that things havent been so good lately if you hit a good run at just the right time. That happens a lot in the race for the Premiership. Have you got more holidays planned? Hows your pilates going? Theres not been many shows on for the Pilates lately on the Q. Is there more soon do you know?
    Take care
    Love Steven xx

  40. Julia roberts April 7, 2013 at 11:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Yvie
    Was it a Stork commercial that Lesley Crowther did?? I had forgotten that.
    I LOVE freesias too ……. the smell is exquisite, particularly the white ones. Mind you I love peonies and roses and many other fragrant blooms too.
    I’m so pleased you have been enjoying reading my book and I hope your sister likes it too
    Julia x

  41. Julia roberts April 7, 2013 at 11:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Anita
    We had a lovely holiday but it does seem ages ago now – we had mostly sunny days but even the couple of rainy days weren’t cold.
    So pleased you are enjoying my book. I have made a start writing my novel but a long way to go and I could do with a few more hours in the day!
    Julia x

  42. Julia roberts April 7, 2013 at 11:50 pm -  Reply

    Hello Annie
    Thanks for the compliment – I’m feeling pretty good at he moment too
    Julia x

  43. Julia roberts April 7, 2013 at 11:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Parimal
    So pleased you approved of my photographs of Mauritius – very easy when the subject was so beautiful!
    Julia x

  44. Julia roberts April 7, 2013 at 11:57 pm -  Reply

    Hello Babs
    Thanks so much for your kind compliment about the Anything Goes show appearance and I’m so pleased you found my book an enjoyable read
    Julia x

  45. Julia roberts April 8, 2013 at 4:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Carrie
    I think you have to take tweets with a pinch of salt (well most of them anyway) and I’m glad it made you smile!
    Thanks for the really lovely compliments – I think age is quickly catching up on me but I suppose I have had a rather traumatic 12 months and the medication doesn’t help.
    I love sunsets anywhere in the world but it’s great to enjoy them outside without shivering – pleased your mum and dad have got their heating back now.
    I’ll tell Chris you approved of the back cover of the book and his photography skills although in truth it was down to Matt Trim who set the camera up for us in ‘raw’ mode so Chris just had to compose the picture.
    Thanks for all your good wishes for my family and I …. I worry about them so much as I think the impact is sometimes underestimated on our nearest and dearest. As for wedding bells …… you never know ……. maybe a sunset beach wedding in Mauritius is in my future LOL!
    Don’t worry about me I’m doing well
    Julia x

  46. Julia roberts April 8, 2013 at 4:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Martin
    So pleased you are getting on well with my book and glad you liked the car pictures too. We both loved Mauritius but it seems like a long time ago now
    Julia x

  47. Julia roberts April 8, 2013 at 4:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Tania
    It was a beautiful sunset and I took a series of pictures until the sun dipped over the horizon …… maybe I could put a series of three onto canvas …. what do you think?
    I need to get down to some serious writing while the idea is still fresh and new in my head, but Chris thought it was a very good story ….. let’s just hope a publisher will agree!
    Julia x

  48. Julia roberts April 8, 2013 at 4:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ginny
    If you do get a new Pilates machine get the four cord one with the wide platform, cardio board and pull up bar. Although I am not on it as much as I used to be, the anaemia does make me a bit weary, it is at least a form of exercise I can do along with swimming of course.
    When is the best time of year for the Gulf Coast? We visited Captiva in April I think and that was pretty good, not too humid!
    I still can hardly believe your tweet from yesterday …. fancy a copy of my book turning up at an Aveda salon in Florida ….. incredible. You should have asked her if you could borrow it LOL. Will get one to you somehow.
    Love to Jeff and speak soon
    Julia x

  49. Julia roberts April 8, 2013 at 4:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Carrie
    Just seen your second post with an idea for a caption …… liking it, although I should point out that I only had one cocktail on holiday and it was a ‘virgin’ one at that! I’m such a lightweight when it comes to alcohol.
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  50. Julia roberts April 8, 2013 at 4:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Paula
    Maybe you could combine the two …… a week in Mauritius to break up the long haul flight to Australia. While we were on holiday there was an Australian lady who stopped for only a couple of days en route to South Africa. Australia is on my bucket list too particularly as my daughter Sophie has already been …. she beat me to Niagara Falls too!
    Start putting your loose change in a big money box and who knows
    Julia x

  51. Julia roberts April 8, 2013 at 4:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Marian
    You’ll get me in trouble with Chris if you keep suggesting I’ve got a ‘thing’ for Daniel Craig …… As if!!!!!
    I’m so pleased you’ve mentioned a couple of the funny bits in the book ….. I keep trying to tell everybody it’s not all gloom and doom re my health, that’s only a couple of chapters. I honestly never realised at the time why I used to get free goes on the trampoline …. talk about naive!
    I wonder what you made of my own potential horror story on my drive down to Barcelona through Spain? Can you believe I did that? Good job my mum didn’t know at the time she would have been worried sick!
    You could easily have been a photographic model, you’ve certainly got the looks, but showbiz’s loss is your local community’s gain ….. and I mean that.
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  52. Julia roberts April 8, 2013 at 4:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    Well my presence at the game on Saturday halted the run of defeats but I can’t pretend it was a particularly good performance. Daniel tells me that last time we lost three on the bounce we went on a run of 14 games unbeaten which would be very handy for the play offs.
    I’m next on with Pilates on the 27th April …. looking forward to seeing Marjolein as always – are you still going to the gym?
    Speak soon
    Julia x

  53. Steven April 9, 2013 at 6:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Thanks for your reply. AS I said before I think Palace should be sfae enough for a play off spot and the play offs are like a lottery so fingers crossed.
    Yes i still go to my gym on a Tues and Thurs. I’m impressed at you remembering that one
    Take care
    Steven x

  54. GINNY PAARZ April 11, 2013 at 7:26 pm -  Reply

    Julia, I had to find you on TWITTER cause that was too much not to share with you!!! It still blows my mind and the fact that I am really no good on STUFF like twittwer but I DID MANAGE to do it!! At least if anything else happens like that I can get to you Quick Like!!!
    Jeff had his Easter Monday follow up really was nothing special except he will start a different round of CYMO on the 15th of April which will be more intense targeting the lungs and liver. From the sound of things the DR said there were more spots on his lungs that he first saw on the SCANS. Who knows how this will go BUT I KEEP on GOING and with my GOD given ( ADOPTED/ IRISH/ SCOTTISH ) sense of humor we will get Jeff to feel like we will make it. Sometimes the stress in the very early AM does find me but UP I GO to the Beach and walk/ Jog it off!!! This next CYMO is on for a few days and off for two weeks!!! GOD BLESS him his insides are very tender from the treatment and I am afraid it will not get easier for him. I am sure glad that your treatment is going so well and you will be fine OR ELSE!!! I will come over there and beat up all the DR’S!!!
    Do want the 4 corded pIlates along with the wider platform. My very old original one had the four cords. It will be nice to have and good to use with all this stress.
    When I use to travel over from the UK for all the years I lived there to Naples I would come the months of May and April!! It is really lovely then just like summer and the GULF is really nice and warm! Having said that it is really nice here most of the time and well, HUMID, at least in the States is everywhere in the SUMMER!! Last summer in Vermont we had our share of it and in New England AIR CON just is not on the MENU!! One just melts!!, OR uses fans!! At lot of Europeans are here in this neck of the woods in the summer! you can them speaking all sorts of languages in the shops and on the beach!.
    I am still laughing about the Lady from Brighton in MY AVEDA SALON!!!!!, Too funny!! LUV you and keep going and SOO will I!!!! XXXXX

  55. Hilary Mcgarry August 11, 2013 at 2:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I read your book on holiday and found it so interesting with all the things you have achieved through out your life. I could not put it down!
    I hope that everything is going well for you health wise I was so sad to read about that.
    With very best wishes

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