Lightening never strikes the same place twice…


Fuses blown… at least that is what I am hoping! I mentioned in last week's blog that I was away for a few days to continue writing my book, at least that was the plan!

I arrived at the house in Spain to find I had no electricity so presumed a fuse had blown. I knew the fuse box was in the kitchen so I went in there and flicked all the switches off and then put the main switches back on – nothing, or should that be 'nada'?

I wondered if maybe the whole street was having a power cut so I went round to my neighbours, where I discovered that the week before the area had been hit by a massive electrical storm resulting in a huge bang and many houses experiencing loss of power. At least I then knew what the problem was.

With the help of my neighbour, we tried the fuse box again but still nothing. Then I remembered that the downstairs of the house had a seperate fuse box and when we flicked that master switch, the power came on downstairs.

I only speak a little Spanish so communicating with my non-English speaking electrician was a little tricky! But bless him, he came to the house late Saturday afternoon and discovered that, such was the severity of the lightening strike, it had actually blown two huge fuses out on the street, which was why my upstairs fuse box wasn't working. 

It was an uncomfortable couple of days in the semi darkness as the motorised blinds were stuck down as a result of the strike, and I had no telephone, internet or television . Fortunately I had my writing to keep me occupied and my mobile phone for communication, although the signal is always a bit patchy.

Monday morning dawned and I turned on my mobile to make the necessary calls to tradespeople… nothing happened! My touchscreen had ceased to function!! My neighbours came to my rescue again by letting me use their phone. Talk about it never rains but it pours, and it did that afternoon!!

I have to say everyone was so kind and helpful and efficient. The electrician came back Monday to check the damage and managed to raise a couple of the blinds so that I had light. He even spoke to the insurance company for me to explain the severity of the strike. The telephone man arrived to fix the phone and the internet on Monday afternoon and gave me his mobile number in case it went off again.

Even the sun managed to put in an appearance on Tuesday and Wednesday!So it was not quite the few days I had planned but it all turned out alright in the end!

See you later, Julia x  


  1. Susan November 11, 2011 at 8:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Spain again!? You do get about girlie. What a funny story though. Fuses are a nightmare aren’t they. Still at least you got a few days abroad and some sun. I loved seeing gorgeous Ali K back this week. Much missed. Have a nice weekend. Take care,
    Susan x

  2. Rebecca Brown November 12, 2011 at 10:22 pm -  Reply

    Ah bless Julia what a pain in the backside. Missed you on the pilates shows.Maybe you got chance to hop on your machine in the semi darkness.

  3. Carole cooper November 13, 2011 at 7:42 pm -  Reply

    There’s nothing worse Julia when the electric goes off, how could we manage without it. I have started Xmas shoping and qvc have some good buys, can’t wait for the elimis tsv even though I am a decleor girl. Might try the revitalise lash next my eye lashes are thining as I get older 49 next birthday so that might be my next buy. Thanks for answering my last blogg to you Carole Wigan xx

  4. Annette Roberts November 14, 2011 at 8:56 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    As you said on your previous blog…how weird is that! Can’t believe that we have both had electricity problems and like yourself, but not as long, I didn’t have computer or phone, apart from my mobile which was down to the last bars. It is amazing how kind people are. One of our neighbours, Marj, came down the road after she saw the lorry incident and stood with me until the police arrived, which was really nice, she said she didn’t like to see me standing there all on my own.
    You were really brave being there for two days in the dark before Chris arrived, no doubt you were pleased to put your Tiffany lights back on again…glad to hear you have some over there, I thought 29 was alot for one house, unless its a mansion of course LOL!
    Unfortunately, my Chris wasn’t very chuffed because our house is black and white, he now has to touch up the paintwork after the cable was ripped out and now re-attached.
    Lets hope that’s the last of our dramas for a while, hope you had a good weekend!
    Annette x

  5. Jean Pugh November 14, 2011 at 9:09 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    As the saying goes it never rains but it pours. Wow you certainly had some bad luck in Spain, but you seemed to cope well with it all and I am glad you got it all sorted. It was nice to have such good neighbours. Hope you managed to carry on with your writing.
    I have purchased the camera on Todays’s special value, it looked really good and it is so compact. What I like is the fact that you will be able to put it in your handbag and it has so many really good features, I went for the Purple. Look out David Bailey here I come. Hope your Mum,s gorgeous little Tabitha is okay. Take care.
    Love Jean XX

  6. Mrs Angela Murray November 14, 2011 at 10:11 am -  Reply

    Oh Julia what a shame there’s nothing worse when the power goes down and its always when you need it most. Sounds like your neighbours are lovely and its good to know when your having a crisis you can count on friendly neighbours. I am so excited about your book and can’t wait for it to go on sale think i will need to purchase quite a few copies. Do hope your doing a signing? Must add how amazing you are looking I really love when you do the fashion on QVC because you are so good at remembering to tell us about the sizes and you always let us know the size you are wearing and if you have had to go down a size that is so helpful when ordering because it means we order the correct size. Keep us posted about the book? Love to Sophie
    Luv Angela (Samantha says Hi)

  7. Marian Bolton November 14, 2011 at 10:12 am -  Reply

    Wot a nightmare Julia, and it sounds like you were on your own too! I hate it when anything like that happens and Chris is not around. Bad as seeing a spider when he’s out!!! I’m coming back to QVC Towers for the Elemis workshop on Friday. I see you’re presenting your usual 5pm Friday show so I do hope I get to meet you. x

  8. Marian Bolton November 14, 2011 at 12:57 pm -  Reply

    Carole in Wigan, I can highly recommend Revitalash. I’ve always been complemented on my lashes so was devastated when they started thinning and I kept having a patch fall out on the bottom lashes of my left eye. I’m 48 and I noticed these issues about two years ago. I have been using Revitalash for about three months now and have seen a huge difference. I feel like I have my old long thick lashes back and haven’t lost ‘that patch’ since I started using it. Go for it, you won’t regret it. x

  9. Magda Chetty November 14, 2011 at 1:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    You poor thing, thank God you manage to sort it all out. And hope you finish your book soon, we are all looking forward to it.
    We had the same storm in Mallorca, we got up to find the pool over filled with water, as we had heavy rain all night. And like you we got up to find that we had no power, but that was all around our area, we got the power back 3 hours later, the thing here is everything is run by electricity, to get our water we use a pump to get it from the main tank to the house, so when there is no power, there is no water,no heating no nothing. Eventhough I speak very good Spanish, I always get told that This Is the Joy of Living in Spain, just take it easy and wait never worry, we got used to it now. Mind you this week we had great sun and warm all week, so we can not complain.
    Much love.

  10. Carole cooper November 14, 2011 at 5:54 pm -  Reply

    Marian than you so much for letting me know bout your lashes I am going get it now I know bout your results thanks very much for letting me know Carole wigan

  11. julia roberts November 16, 2011 at 9:53 am -  Reply

    Hi Susan
    I’m not sure I would have used the word ‘funny’ at the time, but at least I can laugh about it now!
    It’s wonderful to see Ali K back
    speak soon
    Julia x

  12. julia roberts November 16, 2011 at 9:57 am -  Reply

    Hi Rebecca,
    I was really sad to miss Marjolein and the 13th Anniversary of the Pilates shows – it has been such a huge part of my life for the last 12 years, so I am eternally grateful QVC helped me discover it.
    Actually Pilates is about the only pleasurable thing I could do in the semi – darkness on my own. It was like living in a cave LOL!!!! Hope you enjoyed the shows anyway
    Julia x

  13. julia roberts November 16, 2011 at 10:05 am -  Reply

    Hi Carole
    It’s amazing how much we take things like electricity, telephones and the Internet for granted …… even a technophobe like me! Still it’s all fixed now but I think my insurance premium will go up next year as a result of this particular ‘act of God’ as they call it!
    I saw Marion’s reply to you regarding the revitalash – sounds like you should give it a go.
    The Elemis TSV is LOVELY! – it has the new handcream in it which has the most amazing smell and is a great price – I’m on with Keeley at 6p.m. and really looking forward to seeing her.
    Julia x

  14. julia roberts November 16, 2011 at 10:10 am -  Reply

    Hi Annette
    Good neighbours are really important especially in this day and age – well done Marj!!
    When we downsize when the children move out of home ( or should that be IF ) I’m wondering what I will do with some of my Tiffany Style Lights – not sure they are the childrens cup of tea!
    Tell chris good luck with the painting
    speak soon
    Julia x

  15. julia roberts November 16, 2011 at 10:27 am -  Reply

    Hi Jean
    My neighbours were great and I have now given them a key as they have offered to keep an eye on things for me.
    I did get some more writing done, although that wasn’t without drama. I spent the whole of Sunday, six hours, writing a particular chapter that I had been putting off as I knew it was quite a complicted tale. I saved it in the normal way and carried on writing a shorter chapter. When I had finished that I saved it and wanted to reread the previous one. It wasn’t there!! I looked and looked but couldn’t see it stored in 100 lengths, the name of the file. Panicstricken I reached Sophie on the mobile and she told me to look under my computer ….. Chapter 75 was sitting there laughing at me!!!! What a relief!
    I’m going to be seeing Tabitha ( and Mum of course ) next Monday, can’t wait.
    speak soon
    Julia x

  16. julia roberts November 16, 2011 at 10:34 am -  Reply

    Hi Angela
    I have promised myself that I will finish the book by the end of the year and I’m hoping it will be on sale early next year. I want to be able to give my Mum the first copy for Mothers Day.
    I would love to do a book signing but I guess it depends on whether their would be enough people interested. Simon Wilson has suggested doing it at his shop so i might hold him to that.
    Again apologies I still haven’t written to you – I guess every bit of spare time at the moment is spent on my book – but I will.
    Love to Samantha
    speak soon
    Julia x

  17. julia roberts November 16, 2011 at 10:36 am -  Reply

    Hi Marian
    Thanks for your post to Carole – really kind of you to take the time. I will be in on Friday from about 3p.m. – what time is the Elemis workshop? I’m sure I’ll be able to come and find you
    Julia x

  18. julia roberts November 16, 2011 at 10:45 am -  Reply

    Hi Magda
    Hope you are feeling well? The Balearics are just east of Javea ( the most easterly point of Spain ) so I think the weather is very similar. I must say they were very efficient at getting everything fixed, but perhaps that is because they are used to it?
    I am determined to finish my book by the end of 2011 – I think we all need to work to deadlines occasionally – I hope everyone who has expressed an interest in it will like it. It’s almost like ‘giving birth’ to my little baby! Thank goodness I have the house in Spain to escape to and concentrate on writing without all the distractions of day to day life.
    Julia x

  19. Marian Bolton November 16, 2011 at 3:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi again Julia. The Elemis workshop is 2-4.30pm. It will be fab to meet you. How great did you look in those wigs last night! I didn’t think it was possible for you to look any younger!! I don’t reckon you’ll be getting your hair cut any time soon though ……. and neither would I with those gorgeous locks. x

  20. julia roberts November 17, 2011 at 12:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Marion
    I will come and find you at 4.30 before my Fashion at Five show. I was gobsmacked with the Ken Paves short wig. Ali K had one on yesterday too and it looked fab on her.
    You are right, I think I’ll hang on to my long hair for a bit longer.
    see you tomorrow
    Julia x

  21. Susan November 17, 2011 at 7:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Just wanted to echo suited the short funky wig!! And that colour too. You should get that style when you get your hair cut short. It’ll suit you. Ali has that lovely funky style and can carry off any style can’t she!! Even looks stunning with her new hair growth – reminds me of Kylie,
    Susan x

  22. julia roberts November 23, 2011 at 7:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susan
    I thought the wig was a great shape and looked fantastic on Ali K. Not sure I would go for the blonde colour for me though. Wigs are so handy – means i don’t have to have my real hair cut off if I fancy a change.
    Speak soon
    Julia x

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