As most of you will know, it is the Kim & Co 20th anniversary and I was due to be presenting two of her shows. We have had some laughs over the years and I’ve even met her mum – lovely lady!
I booked my flights to come home from Spain on Tuesday to give me a day to settle before being back at work yesterday, but the French air traffic controllers and the airline we booked with had other ideas! You know how they are supposed to text you if there is a problem with your flight? Well they did, but only when we had been waiting in an enormous queue at Alicante airport for over an hour, after learning from the departures board that our flight was cancelled.
It was pretty shambolic, to be honest, and we could hear people in front of us being told that the next flights to Gatwick with available space were not until the 18th October. While the thought of staying in sunny Spain for an extra week was quite appealing, I needed to get home for Butler & Wilson this weekend. I took matters in to my own hands and managed to get the first available flight from Valencia today with a different airline – let’s just say I’m flying the flag!
It was exasperating, and we were very fortunate to be able to return to our rented villa for an extra three days. I do feel very sorry for the people whose holidays have been ruined because their flights out to Spain were cancelled. I’m also genuinely sad to have missed Kim – we’ll have to celebrate next time she’s over.
I mentioned ‘sunny’ Spain and – actually – the weather has been incredible for October, but we did have one day of rain. I took this rather moody-looking photograph just before the heavens opened!
We still had lunch cooked on the barbecue but ate it inside – at least it meant I got a bit of writing done. I also managed to finish the book I mentioned last week and am just finishing Camino Island by John Grisham – brilliant, as usual.
The other thing about our unexpected holiday extension, is that I had been looking forward to seeing Wilfie (and Chris of course – he went home early for some gigs last weekend). Fortunately, as Chris is at home, we’ve been having daily updates of Wilfie – I thought this one was particularly cute.
A couple of fellow presenter blogs to mention now. Simon Biagi has a competition on his blog with the prize aimed at men – a rare occurrence so do check it out.
You should also have a look at Craig Rowe’s blog this week. You may not know that Craig was selected by QVC viewers to be the new presenter. We held a countrywide competition called Search for a Presenter (or SFAP as it was affectionately called by those who were involved) ten years ago.
I was thrilled to be asked to be part of the judging panel along with our then Presenter Manager, Mark, and Presenter Scheduler, Barbara. We held open auditions in London, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow, and thousands of people turned up. It was a bit like being an X Factor judge.
We also did live weekly live shows with myself and Mark and a different celebrity judge each week; I remember Vanessa Feltz and Anne Diamond in particular. If you have a look at Craig’s blog there is a video of Dale hosting the final show where we announced the winner – quite emotional really. You may also spot the lovely Alison Pyne, now a guest for Heavenly Sleepwear and Cuddle Duds, as she was a finalist.
So, keeping everything crossed, I should be back in the UK to present a two hour Butler & Wilson show tomorrow night at 9pm. Here’s a few of their new glittering pieces.
It’s my first evening show in almost two years, so I’m hoping I will be able to stay awake. I mostly do times during the day now because of the leukaemia medication I take, but I have been on a drugs break so this is kind of an experiment. It will be fun to get all glammed up, although I’m pretty sure Simon will moan about my tan!
Right, well I’d better go and pack (for the second time in three days). See you tomorrow hopefully, but I’ll keep you updated on Twitter @JuliaRobertsTV and Instagram @juliagroberts. You can also follow my Facebook page for book news JuliaRobertsTV