Nice surprises


I’m sure we all like nice surprises and I had one when I arrived home from work last Thursday, QVC’s 22nd birthday. I had written my blog a day earlier than usual, as I knew our social media team would be really busy getting ready for the Breast Cancer Care show on Friday, so couldn’t show you these beautiful flowers that my family had treated me to in celebration of my 22 years on air at QVC – anyone would think I like purple! I also had a card and some yummy dark chocolate truffles. I know my family are as grateful as me for the opportunity I was given to be one of the launch presenters on QVC and, trust me, none of us ever take it for granted.


It was my second surprise of the day as I had arrived at work to find that there was some of the birthday cake left that had been cut in the morning show – very tasty it was too. Thanks to Jo in our prep kitchen who bakes most of the birthday/anniversary cakes that we have on air.

Chloe, Miceal and Jackie

Speaking of The BCC show, thanks so much to those of you who helped us to raise so much money again for such a worthy cause. I snapped Jackie, Chloe and Miceal pre make-up and smart clothes – I’m sure you’ll agree they all scrub up well. It was my first time taking calls on the donation line. Apologies to those of you who got me on the other end of your call – I was a bit slow I think – but I really enjoyed chatting to you all.

Football group

Well, last week I mentioned that I had done a charity photo shoot at Crystal Palace to help raise awareness of Post Polio Syndrome. At the time of writing I didn’t have the photos but thought you might like to see the ‘red and blue’ dress. I am flanked in the picture by Palace keeper, Julian Speroni, and former player and now 1st team coach, John Salako. In front of us is Anne Wafula Strike.

I have met Anne many times now at British Polio events. She contracted polio as a child in Africa but wouldn’t let it defeat her. She is a Paralympian, representing the UK many times, and, like me, an ambassador for the charity. She has also been out to Africa as part of Rotary International’s End Polio Now campaign. There is also a video which I shall put a link to on here next week, just prior to our half-time appearance at the Palace v West Ham game – I hope the weather will be kind to us!

Speaking of the weather, I was looking forward to my nine days off work, to recharge my batteries after being so busy writing and doing my four days a week at QVC, until I saw the weather forecast! Unlike the preceding week of bright sunshine it was all rain and cloud, not my ideal way to relax. So, rather than sitting indoors feeling miserable I booked a last minute holiday. Even by my standards this was very last minute!

Holiday pic

I booked it in between my shows on air on Monday afternoon, had confirmation on Tuesday and was on a plane to Dubai on Wednesday morning. We’re not actually staying in Dubai itself. We are in the smallest United Arab Emirate called Ajman. It’s really lovely but just one thing – the sea, although clear, has a brown tinge. I don’t think it is pollution cos it’s not cloudy … any ideas? I knew I’d picked the right hotel when I found Elemis in the bathroom!


As you can imagine, Tuesday was a bit hectic. I had used some of the apples off our tree to make an apple crumble on Sunday, but I didn’t want to waste the rest so, in between packing and sending emails about the cover for my new book ( I’ll put it on here next week), I peeled cored and part cooked the remainder of the apples and froze them. I’ve never done this before so I hope it works!


Just before I finish can I just apologise to those of you who wanted to come to the cream tea/ book signing event at Morgan’s in Swansea. There weren’t enough people who could make it on the 23rd October but I hate to disappoint so, perhaps we can re-organise for November if you let me know suitable dates … it could tie in with the publication of ‘If He Really Loved Me’ maybe?

Incidentally, if you ordered ‘Life’s a Beach and Then…‘ on advance order from QVC, I signed and packed those last Sunday so you should be getting your copy next week – I hope you enjoy it.

Have a great weekend (lots of Christmas on QVC I think) and I’ll see you on Thursday.

Much love,

Julia xx


  1. Denise October 9, 2015 at 9:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, what beautiful flowers they are. I can confirm that apples do indeed freeze well once cooked. I have a flapjack recipe using cooked apples that is a firm favourite in my house. To save time I often cook and freeze the fruit first to save time and then it’s just an assembly job.
    How exciting to have a last minute holiday it looks lovely. I’m very envious as we too we’re going to book something but my hubby has had a bit of a health scare this week. Thankfully he’s okay now but we may have to wait a couple of weeks for him to fully recover.
    Enjoy your hols.

    • Julia Roberts October 16, 2015 at 10:54 am -  Reply

      Hi Denise
      Firstly I hope your husband is okay now? A holiday will do you both good I suspect – it certainly was for Chris and I.
      Thanks for the confirmation that it’s okay to freeze the apples – would you like to share your flapjack recipe on here?
      Hope you manage to get something booked soon
      Julia x

  2. Pauline Johnson October 10, 2015 at 10:09 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia just thought I let you know I fell over in garden yesterday dislocated and fractured my arm had to be pulled back into position before,not something I would wish on anyone,now they are insisting the social have got to visit,they say because it’s my right hand will need help with David don’t think he will like it,feeling sorry for myself at moment,family and friends have been great just wish I could sleep enough of my moans there is a lot worse off then me hope you and family are well speak soon .xxx

    • Julia Roberts October 16, 2015 at 10:59 am -  Reply

      Hello Pauline
      So sorry to hear about your fall and resulting damage to your arm. I’ve watched them relocating dislocated shoulders on footballers and it looks excruciatingly painful. I hope you’ve got plenty of painkillers and that you’ve been able to get some sleep.
      I also hope that you’ve had some help to look after David – please send him my love as always.
      Look after yourself Pauline
      Julia x

  3. TINA S October 11, 2015 at 3:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    How lovely for you to have jetted off for your holiday. It looks so lovely, just the thing to unwind I’m sure. We were so lucky with the weather in September. I wish I’d booked some days away now. I love it at this time of year as I can’t cope when its too hot. I get enough of my own tropical heat moments!! It’s especially nice I think this time of year as there aren’t so many people about.
    It would be great if we could all meet up in November . Personally I could meet any time . I’ll be keeping an eye out to see what you decide.
    We are just about getting over the disappointing game yesterday against Australia. We will be playing next weekend in the 1/4 finals against South Africa. More nail biting watching Wales face their toughest game yet !!
    Well I hope you will be feeling all relaxed and rejuevenated after you holidays.
    All the best, take care- Tina x

    • Julia Roberts October 16, 2015 at 11:05 am -  Reply

      Hi Tina
      I had a really enjoyable, mostly relaxing, holiday. I have been to the area twice before but in May and June and I must say the temperature this time was much more manageable – low 30’s and only one humid day, the rest of the time there was a lovely warm breeze.
      I will look at my diary for November and we’ll get something sorted for Morgan’s, even if it’s just you and me!
      Good luck with the rugby. I think it’s a shame that England didn’t make it through to the group stages really as a lot of the initial interest and excitement surrounding having the Rugby World Cup here has died down.
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  4. Pat F October 11, 2015 at 7:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia your holiday pic looks fab. I too am sitting by the pool in very sunny Mexico. The sea here is also brown because of all the seaweed. It seems to be a big problem.
    Being away has not stopped me ordering from QVC. My poor neighbour.
    Have read your book on my iPad. Cant wait for the next one. X

    • Julia Roberts October 16, 2015 at 11:11 am -  Reply

      Hi Pat
      I hope you’re having/ have had a lovely time in Mexico. We were looking at going to Tullum but we couldn’t get flights for the day we needed to travel, plus it’s a long way to go for a week with jet lag etc. would you recommend it?
      Thanks so much for reading Life’s a Beach and Then… and I’m so pleased you enjoyed it. About to start the final editing for the sequel, If He Really Loved Me… , which is still on course to be out the end of next month. I’m putting the cover on my blog this week – let me know what you think.
      Julia x

  5. Linda October 13, 2015 at 8:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, hope you had a good rest on your holiday and are gearing up for Christmas ,I too have been busy with apples from my son simon garden I have made pies,crumbles and apple sauce.l would love to do an apple cake but don’t have a recipe ,have looked in loads of books, one day will find one then no stopping me ha ha much love linda f xx

    • Julia Roberts October 16, 2015 at 11:16 am -  Reply

      Hi Linda,
      I did a lot of lazing around on holiday but also got in some swimming, reading and a bit of work plotting the storyline of the third book in the Liberty Sands trilogy.
      I have a lovely recipe for Dorset Apple Cake – I have put it on my blog previously so you may be able to find it in archived blogs. If not, let me know and I’ll post it again.
      Julia x

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