Look who I found…


Isn’t it funny how good things can come out of sad situations?

I mentioned on last week’s blog that my old dancing teacher, Nora Morrison, had died. One of my dancing school friends, Adrian (who now lives in France), asked me if I would say a few words on his behalf at the funeral as he was unable to make it on Wednesday.

In the course of tracking down the organisers, I managed to acquire the email address of another of my old friends, Teresa, who I used to dance duets with. She has lived in Canada since 1981 so also couldn’t attend the funeral, but she did tell me to watch out for her Mum, Sadie. I missed Sadie at the church but found her at the gathering afterwards, she is amazingly sprightly at 91 years young. I also met the mother of another friend, Susan Townroe, called Lesley. It was so lovely to catch up with them and look at pictures of us all from 40+ years ago!

Strangely enough I had been looking for Teresa on Facebook, but without success, so it was amazing to get back in touch with her. The last time I saw her was in 1975 at her wedding when she married Frank, a classmate of mine from West Bridgford Grammar/Comprehensive School. You can see Sadie throwing the confetti in the photo below- she really hasn’t changed much at all!

Teresa's wedding

In my e-mail to Teresa, I reminded her of the orange and green maxi dress I wore to her special day! It was one of my own creations, awful isn’t it? Now you know why I don’t do a range on QVC! At the wedding in 1975

As an aside, I have also been looking for my best friend from school, Anne Middlemiss. She lived in Bingham and if anyone reading this happens to know of her whereabouts, it would be great to reconnect.

We took my Mum along to the ‘do’ in the afternoon. She had known Nora for around seventy years and they taught at the same school until about five years ago. It was great to see her face light up as former pupils came over to say their hellos. I haven’t seen her smile that much in ages.

We dropped Sadie home and popped in for a cuppa, before taking my Mum home and heading back to London. Teresa is visiting at Easter so we are going to try and meet up then.

It was lovely to see Mum as I missed her on Mother’s Day because I was working. My day had started with a beautiful bunch of flowers with lilacs, cala lilies, and eucalyptus, as well as cards and chocolate truffles too. The children had also bought me a couple of inspirational signs for the wall.

My Mother's Day cards

My Mother's Day presentsI love the sign that says: ‘Dance as though no-one is watching’ – so appropriate. When I was about 12, I would push all of the furniture back in our lounge, put the LP of ‘West Side Story’ on and sing and dance my way through the whole thing!

So technically I’m on annual leave until next Thursday, which means I won’t be in for Fashion on Friday today. It’s just as well really as Crystal Palace meet Reading in the quarter final of the FA Cup, and if I’d been working I wouldn’t have made it to the game. I hope we can progress to the semi-finals, it will – in part – make up for our poor form in the league of late.

I will also be missing Fashion Day next Tuesday (15th), so I thought that should be my Focus on Fashion today.

The Today’s Special Value for the day is from Together and here it is, available in a choice of three prints!

Together TSV preview

Look out for new designs from Andrew Yu, MarlaWynne, and Lulu Guinness throughout Tuesday too, as well as our launch of American brand C Wonder. Hopefully there will be something to whet your appetite.


I’m back on-air next Thursday at 4pm for our Travel Solutions show (featuring our Today’s Special Value; a three piece luggage set) and again at 6pm with Tiana B.

Don’t miss the unveiling of our wonderful new garden set this weekend – it looks so good I wouldn’t mind moving in.

By the way, a bit of bad news re the windows, it seems unlikely we will be able to get them replicated in a double-glazed version, so it’s back to the drawing board!

Well, this turned into a longer blog than intended as I’m supposed to be getting on with writing my third novel. If you want more information about my books, and how to order them, check my web page: www.juliarobertsbooks.co.uk .

Have a great weekend,

Much love,

Julia xx


  1. martin forbes March 12, 2016 at 9:23 am -  Reply

    hi julia hope you enjoyed your time off hope sophie is enjoying her job what does she do hope you dont mind me asking how is dans team hope chris is well.
    by trhe way you look 50 not 60 iam well

    • Julia Roberts March 18, 2016 at 10:24 am -  Reply

      Hi Martin
      My time off seemed to go far too quickly and was packed full of stuff to do. I had the funeral in Nottingham, the Crystal Palace quarter final game ( which we won) & then a few days in Spain to get some writing done.
      Sophie has stayed in the beauty industry but moved out of recruitment – she is enjoying her new job. Dan’s team are doing well – he’s home this weekend – & Chris is well.
      Thanks for the compliment re age.
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  2. Pat Crozier March 12, 2016 at 11:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julie, have just finished reading If he really loved me and I loved it. I read it whilst on holiday in Tenerife. I now have a kindle and a very novice user and have not got all the settings correct. I was keen to get started so did not bother and what a surprise when it ended. No idea I was near the end and so frustrating. Can’t wait for the 3rd one. When do you expect the launch? Congratulations on the success of your books. I love them. Pat x

    • Julia Roberts March 18, 2016 at 10:31 am -  Reply

      Hello Pat
      I’m so pleased you enjoyed If He Really Loved Me… did you read Life’s a Beach and Then… too?
      I’ve written another 10,000 words of the final book in the trilogy while I’ve been off from QVC this past week, so I’m on the home stretch now and still looking for May/June publication – I’ll keep you posted on here.
      Would you mind doing a review for me on Amazon if you have time? I’d be most grateful.
      Hope you had a lovely holiday
      Julia x

  3. TINA S March 14, 2016 at 12:10 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    I so agree with you in saying good things can come from sad. I attended the funeral of the mother of someone l grew up with before Christmas. We’ve known each other since we were about 4, and lived in the same cul de sac. I met others that I hadn’t seen for about 40 years or more! The years just rolled away and we were kids again. True friendship I believe, will last no matter what. I grew up in a lovely place where we all went to school together until we went to different senior schools. But that day was like we had never been apart! There were tears of joy as well as sadness that day.
    Hope all goes well with your next blood test in April.
    Best wishes , Tina S x

    • TINA S March 14, 2016 at 12:17 am -  Reply

      Forgot to say , we had a very disappointing game Saturday! Totally gutted. Still never mind, there’s always next year.
      Tina S.

      • Julia Roberts March 18, 2016 at 10:36 am -  Reply

        Hi Tina
        It is funny how friendships formed in childhood can last a life time – I’m still searching for my friend Annie that I was at West Bridgford Grammar School with – no luck as yet.
        I was doing a bit of writing while the England v Wales game was on, as Sophie & Chris had popped out to the shops. They put the TV on when they got back as they’d been listening to it in the car – turned out to be quite close I the end!
        Speak soon
        Julia x

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