Is it really only three more sleeps until we head off to Mauritius for our wedding? How can that be? It seems to have come around so quickly and I still have so much to do, not least three more days as a single lady on air at QVC – when I’m back on September 12th I’ll be a ‘Mrs’ for the first time in my life. Thank you so much to those of you who have sent cards in – it is so appreciated and I will squeeze them into my luggage to open on the day.
My final show before we go is also the last of the Butler & Wilson Anniversary shows… 50 years of Butler & Wilson and 24 years with us on QVC… quite appropriate I think. We had a fun show last night, although I now have a serious complex about my ears. My mum, who had been watching and heard Simon wish her a happy birthday for last Tuesday, rang to reassure me that there is nothing wrong with my ears, but I suppose she would say that, she’s my mum!
Despite all the last minute wedding preparations and all the book stuff (cover reveal later in this blog) we drove up to Nottingham on Tuesday morning to take Mum’s presents and have lunch with her.
This picture was taken at her 90th birthday, three years ago, but she is still looking amazing and in pretty good health. She loved her Liz Earle goodies, she is a massive fan of Superskin, her scented reeds and the notepaper and notebook from her grandchildren to enable her to keep writing to them – she loves to write letters! Both sets featured cats as she is a cat lover like me, and she had a little present from Wilfie. She had rung on Monday evening to ask us if we could get her a new kettle as there were bits coming out of hers… Wilfie bought her a packet of descaler, which my ‘husband to be’ did for her while Mum and I were chatting.
Actually, Mum was showing me something she had received from a dancing teacher friend of hers, Gillian, who used to teach at Nora Morrison’s where I studied. It was two running orders from a couple of dancing competitions that I had taken part in, one from 1967 (my first year of competition) and one from 1969. Gillian had studiously written down every single mark awarded and the positions. I do still have all the medals I won (somewhere) but it was interesting to see and remember the names of the girls I used to dance alongside and compete with. Mum was terribly proud of the 1969 results as apparently I gained the highest mark in the festival for my character dance, The Red Shoes based on the Moira Shearer film for those of you who remember it. It was a lovely trip down memory lane for both of us.
Tuesday was also the day I received the copy edit back of my next book which I can now reveal is called ‘WHAT HE DID’. I don’t have any input into the title or the cover, it is all decided by my publisher, Bookouture, but I have to say I think they have done a fabulous job on both and particular thanks must go to my editor Ruth Tross who I am really enjoying working with. It will be a bit of a scramble to get the copy edit back to them before we leave on Monday, but I’m confident I can do it as I’m already on chapter thirty-four of forty-nine. There is only one more round of the process after this, the proof read stage, which is just as well as it’s out in October and in fact has already gone on pre-order. I’m not going to be doing any writing while we are away in the run up to the wedding but I will be making a start on the third book in this series on our honeymoon – I’m sure my ‘husband’ won’t mind!
We had a slight change of plans for our STEN (stag and hen) do last Saturday as we had been planning a barbecue, but the weather wasn’t nice enough. So, after a lovely day at a spa with my ‘children’, enjoying a fabulous massage, the steam room, icy plunge pool (I stayed in for 30 seconds), Jacuzzi, swimming and lunch with a glass of prosecco, we hastily organised dinner at Piccolino’s in Virginia Water. It was a lovely evening with just the family and my two friends Denise and Steve who unfortunately can’t make it to the wedding. They came armed with champagne and a huge bunch of sunflowers – the only sunshine we had last Saturday!
The massage I had at the spa was wonderfully relaxing – the masseuse spent a long time on my tense shoulders and after he’d finished with the Elemis Frangipani Oil he applied their Cooling Gel over the area. I’m not sure if we still sell that at QVC, but Keeley will be launching some more new Elemis products in her shows on Sunday and Monday to celebrate their 24th Anniversary with us.
And talking of beauty, tonight sees the launch of the SBC four-piece Collagen Collection TSV. I’m a big fan of the SBC shower products with their creamy, moisturising lather and I must say the Collagen range is one of my favourites – great value for money as always too. I’ll be with Adele for the 11am show on Saturday morning.
So, before I sign off for three weeks as I won’t be blogging from Mauritius, but plenty of photos when I get back I promise, I wanted to alert you to the Shop & Save voucher promotion we currently have running until 8th September. The full details are on our website, but basically if you purchase products with a combined value of £100, £150 or £250 you would receive £10, £15 or £25 vouchers respectively to redeem against purchases made between 11th and 22nd September of £30, £40 or £50 ….
I hope that makes sense and that you are able to take advantage of it – I love a reward scheme, particularly with Christmas shopping season just around the corner.
I’ll see you on air today at 3pm with Frank Usher (I got the khaki cover-up), 5pm Fashion on Friday with Ronni Nicole and FOF on Style Channel at 6pm with the lovely Glen Campbell.
Have a fabulous couple of weeks
(Miss) Julia Roberts xxxxxx