Lucky for some


Today is Friday the thirteenth and I know that it fills some of you with trepidation but not me. My mum was born on Friday 13th August 1926 and if she hadn’t been I wouldn’t have existed! She is now eighty-eight but doesn’t look it, in part thanks to the Liz Earle skincare she uses, which incidentally is the brand of the Today’s Special Value tomorrow. Mum has always had quite a youthful look – the picture above is her when I was four so she would have been thirty-four. I was quite a chubby little thing, wasn’t I?

Funnily enough Miceal tweeted that his Dad was also born on a Friday 13th so we have more of a connection than simply co-hosts on the Saturday Night Show which, fingers crossed, should be back later in the year.

Julia Dancer

Thirteen has always been quite a lucky number for me. For those of you who read my first book, One Hundred Lengths of the Pool, chapter 13 was about my first ever dancing competition when I was eleven years old. In the ballet section, not my strongest style of dancing, I was number thirteen and I was placed 3rd against girls much older and more advanced than me, as I had only been dancing for two years. Even the tutu I am wearing in this picture was borrowed although it turned into a permanent loan as I still have it!

So I’m not too concerned about misfortune befalling me today (fingers crossed) when I present Fashion on Friday at 5pm, today featuring Bob Mackie, followed by Spotlight on Jewellery at 6pm. The featured brand on tonight’s show is Butler & Wilson but unfortunately he won’t be able to guest the show as he is in a lot of pain with a hernia.

Butler and Wilson

I spoke to him last night and he sends everyone his love and is hoping to be well enough to do the shows later this month. I forgot to ask him what the red carpet is for on this picture of his shop in South Molton Street that was tweeted by ‘his girls’ earlier in the week … I must remember to ask Nikki tonight.

Talking of red carpets I believe the carpet for the premiere of an infamous film last evening was a ‘shade of grey’! I must confess I didn’t even finish the first book of the trilogy and I won’t be going to see the movie but I’m sure millions of people will. However I wouldn’t imagine many people will have a promotional posterboard from the London Premiere which appeared in my living room last night.

50 Shades

Sophie works in Covent Garden and happened to be around Leicester Square just after the stars had gone into the theatre. She asked one of the security guards if she could take a poster and he said yes! I’m not sure how she managed to get it home on the train as it’s quite big and pretty heavy …. good job she has been working out in my gym …. and I’ve no idea what she is planning on doing with it, maybe a wall decoration for her new flat when she finds one – still no joy on that front unfortunately.

Daniel had to pop home briefly yesterday as he had to do a coaching session for his FA ‘A’ licence. Poor thing has been suffering with laryngitis for the last week and has barely been able to speak despite my advice of warm honey and lemon drinks and vocalzone lozenges, which always do the trick for me. I think seeing Wilfie really cheered him up and hopefully it won’t be too long before they’ll be together again.

Cats in a box

Purely selfishly I have enjoyed having my own cuddles with Wilfie, and he and his brother Milo are getting on just fine. This is Milo’s favourite box to sleep in on top of a tall cupboard and he has allowed Wilf to share it with him … cute, egh?

I’m off this weekend but nothing especially planned for Valentine’s Day tomorrow, apart from a rather important football match … Come On You Eagles!

Have a good one

Much love,



  1. Heather Stapleton February 13, 2015 at 5:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    The carrot cake recipie is on your variety is the spice of life blog, if you cannot find it let me know & I will send it again, I’m sure you will love it xx

    • Julia Roberts February 18, 2015 at 10:44 am -  Reply

      Hi Heather
      I found it …. haven’t tried it yet but I will. I knocked together a quick Luscious Lemon cake for Valentine’s Day – deeelish!
      Julia x

  2. TINA S February 13, 2015 at 5:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Your photo of you and your mum brought a smile to my face. I have a photo of me and my mum on my side table by my T.V. and I am wearing a very similar style coat. It is not unusual I suppose seeing that we were born in the same year. You look about the same age as I am in the photo I have. I’m wearing plaid trousers and a wooly hat! We were visiting F ather Christmas in one of our local stores. I am not a happy bunny though as I was crying in the photo. I was a very shy little girl. I guess it must have been quite scarey seeing this strange person in a strange costume.
    Well I was quite disappointed with Wales losing to England in our first match. We’re playing this Sunday against Scotland. We are playing away so I hope it goes better than the last match. Yes, England are playing Italy tomorrow.
    We had a VIP who turned up at Cardiff to watch the rugby. It was none other than Prince Albert of Monacco!!! He also went to watch Swansea City at the Liberty Stadium. He went to the Mumbles as he knows people there and stayed there. It’s a small world!
    The cat’s are so gorgeous.You won’t want to part with Wilfie. You can see who are the bosses in your house.
    Well I ‘m off to watch B&Wnow . So sorry to hear that Simon is unwell and won’t be on the show with you.
    Take care, speak soon- Tina S xx

    • Julia Roberts February 18, 2015 at 10:51 am -  Reply

      Hi Tina
      Hope you enjoyed watching Butler & Wilson even without Simon? – I love Nikki’s laugh, so genuine.
      Daniel was at the game at the Liberty that Prince Albert attended, he didn’t meet him though, he will have to wait until he’s working with the 1st team for things like that I guess.
      Hope your team did better against Scotland? I think England won again but unfortunately Palace lost to Liverpool in the FA Cup – the better team on the day won in truth.
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  3. Pauline Johnson February 13, 2015 at 6:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia long time no speak,Friday 13th was lucky for me had been trying for a baby for 3years,had a car accident on that date not serious that night fell for my eldest son then went on to have 2more glad you and family are all well David sends his love,yours is one face he still remembers on TV xxx

    • Julia Roberts February 18, 2015 at 10:53 am -  Reply

      Hi Pauline
      Lucky that you fell pregnant on the 13th but not so lucky with the car accident – at least it wasn’t serious.
      Give Dave a big hug from me and you can have one too!
      Julia x

  4. Jean Pugh February 13, 2015 at 8:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    I love the photograph of you and your Mum, you can see how much you look like her. You had lovely curly hair when you were little. Also the ballet picture is lovely as well.

    Poor Simon I hope he soon recovers.

    Hope Sophie soon finds her flat. Poor Daniel I imagine laryngitis is not very nice.

    What a super picture of Milo and Wilfie. I had a big box come from QVC the other day with the Pies I had ordered, it did not take long for one of my Cat’s Marmaduke to take over the box.

    Mr. Selfridge is getting exciting, I do enjoy that problem.

    Have a great weekend.

    Love Jean xx

    • Julia Roberts February 18, 2015 at 11:00 am -  Reply

      Hello Jean
      It is a lovely picture with my mum – very evocative of the time. I still have very curly hair when I don’t blow dry it particularly when I have used Philip Kingsley’s Elasticizer – makes it glossy too.
      Daniel’s voice is back now – I googled laryngitis and there really isn’t much a doctor can do unless it persists for three weeks or more and then it’s the dreaded anti-biotics.
      Sophie has seen a couple of places she likes but has been beaten to them – it’s her first home so she wants to get it right.
      LOVE Mr. Selfridge … Hope they are not writing Henri and Agnes out.
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  5. ANGELA HILAIRE February 14, 2015 at 1:02 am -  Reply

    Hi,Julia, Sorry to hear Simon is poorly again please give him my best wishes for a speedy recovery. QVC would not be the same without my regular dose of Simon’s visits . PS I am the one who returned from my holiday in the West Indies early last Summer so I wouldnt miss Simon’s party.



    • Julia Roberts February 18, 2015 at 11:03 am -  Reply

      Hi Angela
      Still can’t believe you came back from your holiday early for the Butler & Wilson tea party …. it was worth it though wasn’t it.
      I’ll pass your good wishes on to Simon – he is hoping to be able to do the shows next Monday and Tuesday.
      Julia x

  6. janice reeves February 14, 2015 at 6:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, Just wanted to say a big thank you for the Liz Earle things I won in the December competitions, as I live in Spain, they would not deliver, so my friend had them sent to her, and she came out for a visit and brought them over for me, I have been using them for about a week, also my son also has 13th February as his birthday, also our daughter his sister was born on the 12th February, they were born two years and a day apart, so lots of cards in our house when they were young and at school, they are 31 and 29 respectively, lots of cake making to be done as well, and today is Valentines Day, so more cards, nice to see you back, lots of love Janice

    • Julia Roberts February 18, 2015 at 11:08 am -  Reply

      Hi Janice
      I’m glad you got your Liz Earle goodies eventually and are enjoying using them.
      My sister always had a similar problem with birthday cards in her house as she is January 5th, her daughter Rachel is January 6th and her daughter Toogie is January 9th! Funny enough Rachel’s son is January 3rd so the trend persists.
      Thanks for the welcome back
      Julia x

  7. Hayley February 15, 2015 at 2:08 am -  Reply

    Thanks for sharing this especially the pic of your cats. I have a half ragdoll rescue cat heis now 10 and I worry about him as I have heard that type of cats don’t live long and I am also moving out of my parents house and my vet said I should leave him where he is and that makes me sad,but I have to do what is best for him.
    Lots of love,

    • Julia Roberts February 18, 2015 at 11:12 am -  Reply

      Hi Hayley
      The cats are cute together aren’t they …. neither of them is actually mine though so eventually I will lose them both. Don’t fret too much about your cat’s age … most moggie’s, like my Poppy, are lucky to make it to sixteen but she will be twenty this year so you may have a few more years yet.
      Julia x

  8. Marian Bolton February 15, 2015 at 6:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia. Sorry to hear that Simon isn’t well and I hope he is feeling better soon. LOVE Sophie’s poster!! I have to confess that I will be going to see the film next week …. just to check that it is as bad as the book you understand! The ‘boys’ look adorable in their box. It always amuses me how cats love to get in boxes, even the smallest ones! Casper gets more than his fill as you can imagine with all the QVC boxes that arrive here, lol!!
    After washing my hair last night (with WEN – absolutely LOVE it) I came downstairs to tea that Chris had cooked. On the table was a glass of red wine on top of a pot of Bliss Capsules! That’s my idea of the perfect coaster! xx

    • Julia Roberts February 18, 2015 at 11:18 am -  Reply

      Hi Marion
      I think Debs Flint preferred the movie to the book … I’m still not going!
      You lucky girl getting your Bliss Capsules AND a glass of red wine AND your dinner cooked for you! We have our Chris’s well trained!
      The funny thing about Milo and Wilf in that box is that Milo let him share … it’s his favourite.
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  9. Beverley Klymkiw February 16, 2015 at 12:45 am -  Reply

    My daughter Sarah was born on Friday 13th, so for me it was one of the luckiest days of my life.

    • Julia Roberts February 18, 2015 at 11:14 am -  Reply

      Hi Beverley
      And the luckiest day for your daughter Sarah too I would say. Hope my mum feels the same way

  10. lynda mitchell February 17, 2015 at 9:36 am -  Reply

    I am surprised that your daughter cannot find anywhere to live.My daughter has found a great place in BATTERSEA a beuatiful flat near the station (she works in Mayfair)

    • Julia Roberts February 18, 2015 at 12:33 pm -  Reply

      Hi Lynda
      I’m sure Sophie would love to live in Battersea, a nice short commute, but a two bedroom flat would be way over her budget as a 1st time buyer. She has seen a couple of places that she liked but unfortunately was out bid. It will be her first home so she wants to get it right as I’m sure you can appreciate.
      Julia x

  11. Carole cooper February 17, 2015 at 1:04 pm -  Reply

    I love the photo of you and your mum and also the cats together in there box, I have loads of picture of me with my parents when I was little, my father died 16 years ago and I have a picture of me and him when I was a baby over 50 years ago. My mum is 82 and has broken her ankle and is in a care home at the minute, we are just hoping it will be ok cause of her age fingers crossed xx

    • Julia Roberts February 18, 2015 at 12:37 pm -  Reply

      Hi Carole
      I’m sorry to hear about your mum’s broken ankle but I hope she is on the mend now.
      I love looking at old photos – even the ones from when my children were babies seem so dated now …. probably the hairstyles! One day, when I have time, I will make some photo albums …. been promising to do it for years.
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  12. Annette Roberts February 18, 2015 at 8:28 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia, I’ve never been overly superstitious and they only thing I do is say is ‘touch wood’ on occasion. My Mum was born on the 13th and our old house was 13-14 and to be honest it has never really bothered me, although looking back…I slipped and broke my leg round the back of that house and we also found out that the previous owner fell off the ladder round the back too, so who knows eh?

    Hope poor Daniel is feeling much better by now and managed to get through his coaching session, nothing worse, having to do something when you feel ill, at least he had a few cuddles from Wilfie. I also hope that Sophie finds a new home soon, it will have to have a wall big enough to accommodate that huge poster.
    What about poor Simon, didn’t he have an operation a while ago, thought that was for a hernia, not very pleasant for him at all…get well soon Simon.

    We went out on Friday afternoon, Chris had an appointment and suggested I went too, then we could drive past a property we were viewing the following day and in order to get there we had to go down a few country lanes covered in water and potholes. After seeing the property and driving back down the lanes I asked Chris if a wheel bearing had gone because of a whirling sound…you’ve guessed it, a flat tyre at nearly 5.00pm and starting to go dark. After a few choice words, Chris jacked the car up and I was ready with the spare and holding my mobile phone light so he could see what he was doing. We had a few people drive past and out of them two very kindly stopped to offer help, as for those who didn’t, one of which found it quite funny…say no more!!! We managed, but I have just realised it was the 13th! Maybe not so lucky then?
    Annette x

    • Julia Roberts February 18, 2015 at 12:44 pm -  Reply

      Hi Annette
      It’s funny how during the course of your post you started to question whether maybe thirteen is not such a lucky number for you after all ! What a nuisance about the puncture – I hope the hose was worth it?
      Daniel is fine now – just like TV presenting, football coaching is almost impossible without a voice! He is already making new friends in Swansea and Wilfie is fine with us for the time being.
      As I replied to Lynda, this will be Sophie’s first home so I think she is right to take her time until the right property ‘speaks’ to her … it surprises me how some estate agents lose sight of what a momentous occasion it is for anyone.
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  13. Tanya McMean February 26, 2015 at 7:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, Just wanted to tell you my granddaughter Skye was born on Friday 13th in 2000. She is a delight to us , her mummy says she is the luckiest person on the planet to have her .
    Sorry to hear Simon is unwell and hope he gets sorted and back to good health very soon.
    Looking forward to hearing wedding bells your way in the future, you will make a beautiful bride.
    Take care Tanya xx

  14. anne March 8, 2015 at 4:27 pm -  Reply

    hi Julia can you tell me what has happened to Julian the presenter who started the beginning of qvc, I noticed he hasn’t been on for a while thank you

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