Normal service is resumed


I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels like I’m living in a bit of a bubble over the Christmas and New Year period, and normality only returns when the Christmas decorations come down. Usually I wait until Twelfth Night and then feel a bit sad when the tree has gone, along with all the twinkling lights, but this year I was a bit naughty and packed everything away on Monday… it just felt right at the start of a new week. And for once the house didn’t look bare with the decorations gone, as it was our first real opportunity to appreciate the new furniture without a Christmas tree vying for space in the lounge.

The Christmas cards have now been replaced with Sophie’s birthday cards, including this one from Milo (above) which was a lucky find in a local shop. She was twenty-seven yesterday and I still wonder where all those years have gone. Chris and I always start the children’s birthdays by saying, ‘this time xx years ago’ … I wonder if you do the same? It’s funny how we forget so many things that happen, but those two momentous events in my life are as clear today as when they happened – thankfully without the pain though!

It’s always difficult thinking of presents for Sophie so soon after Christmas but this year I thought I had it covered – that is, until a very well-known retailer let me down with the coat I had ordered for her. Never mind, I was able to show her the email from them and maybe she will choose something for a similar value that she will prefer.

photo12We also bought her a new dressing gown with rabbits on it (she is the year of the rabbit in Chinese astrology), a couple of funny signs (one for her office and one for her new home – when she finds one), and a beautiful scented candle which I almost kept for myself! Her brother wrapped up a catalogue from one of her favoured clothing brands and a note promising her ‘gifts to the value of’ for her to choose herself.

They were both working yesterday so we didn’t get around to card and present opening until after dinner and chocolate birthday cake which was around 9.30pm, but hopefully it was worth the wait. Actually, I say Sophie was working, but her day was rather lovely as her manager treated her and her work colleagues to lunch and champagne in Selfridges… I must mention it to my boss at QVC!!!

My week so far has been spent speaking to estate agents, and not for Chris and I this time you’ll be pleased to hear. As you know Sophie is flat-hunting (one or two ‘possibles’ but nothing she really ‘loves’ yet), but I am also helping Daniel.

He made a momentous decision on New Year’s Eve to hand in his notice at Crystal Palace and accept a job offer from another Premiership club. Not only was this a difficult decision for him because he bleeds red and blue (Crystal Palace colours for those of you who don’t know) but also because they gave him his first opportunity in the professional game, and it is really difficult to break into football unless you are a former player. He is leaving to gain experience at another club to progress his career but only after much soul-searching. I’m sure he has made the right decision but it has now presented the problem of having to rent out his flat and find somewhere to live near his new club. Fortunately I have three weeks off work from next Monday, so instead of going away there may be several trips down the M4… I’ll keep you posted.

I still haven’t set my goals for 2015; I haven’t had time to think about it yet with all that is going on, but thanks for sharing some of your plans on last week’s blog.

123981.v.008Today’s Fashion on Friday is an outlet show – always helpful to save a few pounds in the aftermath of Christmas, and then an hour of EMU at 7pm … the TSV (pictured) is on free P&P so a perfect opportunity to try the new fit.

We have some exciting new shows coming up on QVC this year including a new jewellery show that I am shooting a little advert for on Monday – tell you more soon!

Hopefully you have caught some of the Elemis series this week? Sadly I’m not on with Keeley but I’ll get to see her for a natter before her 8pm show tonight with Debs Flint.

Have a great weekend

Much love

Julia xx


  1. TINA S January 9, 2015 at 11:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    I must admit that I always take our Christmas dec’s down before 12th night. Once Christmas Day has gone it just does’nt feel Christmasy any more and I can’t wait to take them down and get everything back to normal. It was just as well that I did however as my sister has not been very well and I’ve been helping her out with various things. It’s awful when you feel you can’t get out to do things. Hopefully she’s over the worse as she has to take my nephew for Dialysis 3 times a week.
    It always seems flat after Christmas but I’ve got my Wedding Anniversary on Monday to look forward to. It’s our Pearl Anniversary. Like you,I cannot believe how fast the time has flown by. It only seems like yesterday when we were setting out, (in the snow), to get married, 30 years ago. It’s incredible! We were hoping to spend a couple of nights away if the weather improves. If not we’ll probably go out for a meal anyway. We had snow on our 25th Anniversary so could’nt go anywhere then. It just seems the winter weather is always worse ’round about the time of our Anniversary. My step-mother did not like it as we had chosen the winter to get married but as I said at the time with our inclement weather what is the best time of year to get married anyway (unless you go abroad!) At least we had a lovely crisp, sunny day for it. I remember going in the car with my father thinking I’ve got to remember this moment and cherish it. As it was, that summer that’s all it did was rain.
    Well I must get ready for bed as time has slipped by again.
    All the best, Tina S.

    • Julia Roberts January 15, 2015 at 11:36 pm -  Reply

      Hi Tina
      I hope you enjoyed your Pearl Wedding anniversary on Monday? I guess you escaped the snow which was forecast for Tuesday night in Wales. That is the problem with Winter weddings there is more possibility of bad weather.
      I hope your sister is feeling a bit better now? Sounds like she has her hands full with your nephew too.
      Julia x

  2. Joanna Downey January 10, 2015 at 9:04 am -  Reply

    Happy New Year Julia, I totally agree with your thoughts about Christmas and being in a bubble, I work in a school and the two weeks + that we are at home cocoon me from reality. I can also remember, with alarming clarity, the births of our two daughters even if I did look at the clock when Rebecca was born and thought that my colleagues were now opening the post..! Finding the perfect item and then being let down is such a disappointment and I can say that the Q and Lakeland Ltd are the only two who have never done this to me. There is one well-known retailer that has free store deliveries, sends an email saying “It is in transit” and follows this swiftly with another stating that it is sold out which is ridiculous. Enjoy your time away from work even if it is spent house-hunting. Love from Jo x

    • Julia Roberts January 15, 2015 at 11:43 pm -  Reply

      Hi Jo
      I’m glad I’m not the only one who feels one step removed from reality over Christmas – weird isn’t it!
      Well I have had three days off so far and all have been spent house-hunting for the kids including a day trip to Swansea yesterday where we viewed eleven properties!! We were both pretty punch drunk when we got home!
      I do intend to get a bit of ‘me’ time in too!
      Julia x

  3. Pearl Emery January 12, 2015 at 5:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,could you please tell me why Pilates don’t do the Cardio board separate to the Performer,as i have a 4 cord Performer and would like to get the Cardio board ,but i can not afford to buy another performer just to get the Cardio board ,also i wouldn’t have the space for another performer.
    I thought they did do it separate,but when i asked Liverpool on Sunday they said it is not sold separate.
    Could you please ask Marjolein the next time she is over could they do a separate Cardio Board.
    Thank you Pearl.

    • Julia Roberts January 15, 2015 at 11:47 pm -  Reply

      Hi Pearl
      We do sell the cardio board separately on QVC in fact we had it available for the early part of New Years Day but it sold out quite quickly. I’m sorry you were given misinformation by our call centre in Liverpool.
      Julia x

  4. Jean Pugh January 13, 2015 at 8:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    We are funny aren’t we, cannot wait to get decorations and tree up, and then cannot wait to take them down. I have just noticed one small decoration still up, it is up too high for me to reach and keep forgetting to ask hubby to reach it, as he is nice and tall. If it is still there for next Christmas it will show I have not done my spring cleaning.

    It’s sounds as if Sophie had a nice birthday, and some nice presents, like the dressing gown. And lunch in Selfridges, lucky girl. Come to think of it that is back on soon isn’t it.

    Sounds as if you are going to be busy with the house hunting for both Sophie and Daniel. Does pussycat go as well or will he come back to you?

    Enjoy your time off. How is Poppy now much better I hope.

    Take care. Love Jean xx

  5. Julia Roberts January 15, 2015 at 11:53 pm -  Reply

    Hello Jean
    I’m sure I read somewhere that you should always leave one Christmas decoration out from year to year for good luck so maybe it will bring you good fortune.
    I think Mr. Selfridge is back at the end of this month – hooray!!! I’m really enjoying Broadchurch again… great telly!
    We are busy with the two lots of house-hunting and regarding Wilfie we’re not sure. It is difficult to get landlords to accept pets but fingers crossed although of course I wouldn’t mind having him with us, I just think Daniel would miss him terribly.
    Poppy is good thanks
    Speak soon
    Julia x

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