One of ‘those’ days


We all get them, don’t we? A day where nothing seems to go right!

Wednesday was like that for me – a day filled with minor irritations, mostly to do with late deliveries; none of them from QVC, I might add. Actually, I don’t know if you’ve heard, but QVC has just been voted number one for customer service by beating many household names in to the top spot – quite an accolade.

The first cancelled delivery was for the dishwasher I’d ordered to replace the one that broke down last week. I wouldn’t have bothered, as we are going to be fitting a new kitchen in the spring, but I had promised our old one to Sophie – that, and I hate washing up!

Two hours after that, I had an email about the wood stain I had ordered for the new internal doors – delayed until the following day for no apparent reason.

Actually, on the subject of doors, our new front door is being fitted as I write. It’s not exactly the perfect day to not have a front door as it just snowed… brrrr! I’ll put a picture of it on here next week.

To make things worse, my elderly cat Poppy was refusing to eat and I still wasn’t quite right after my bout of gastroenteritis (that’s what my ‘dodgy’ tummy turned out to be, but thankfully I am feeling a lot better now).

Talking of fictional characters, I can now finally reveal the cover of my 20,000 word novella, Christmas at Carol’s, which is out next week.

It’s been quite fun to write as it is more lighthearted, and I’ve written it in the first person so I had to become Carol every time I sat down at the computer – a bit of escapism never hurt anyone. It will only be an eBook, but I’m already planning a sequel for next Christmas and maybe then I’ll bring it out with both stories as a paperback.

I haven’t got any decorations up yet because of the ongoing building work (thankfully the blue wall has now been plastered over), but I did make the Christmas cake on Sunday. Funnily enough, that was almost a disaster too – maybe Mercury is retrograde or something!

I mixed the cake and the family all had their good luck stir, then I popped it in the oven. I noticed there wasn’t the usual spicy baking aroma but I didn’t think too much of it however, when I checked after two hours it was virtually raw. I mentioned the thermostat knob falling off above so perhaps it was just loose on Sunday and didn’t set the oven to the right temperature. I think I’ve rescued it, but it is the least confident I’ve felt about my Christmas cake for thirty years!

On the subject of spicy aromas, one of the options in Monday’s Yankee Candle Today’s Special Value is Cinnamon Stick, and available online now. There are nine fragrances to choose from in total, the others being: Midnight Jasmine, Clean Cotton, Black Cherry (definitely not for me), Peony, Lemon Lavender, Red Apple Wreath, Vanilla Lime and Vanilla Cupcake.

I can’t make my mind up, as there are three of my favourites in there; Midnight Jasmine, Vanilla Lime and Lemon Lavender… decisions, decisions. You may want to order on our website early, as their last single fragrance Today’s Special Value sold out fast.

Before that, we have a fabulous Christmas shopping weekend on QVC. I’m looking forward to the final Butler & Wilson show of 2017 with Simon from 3pm – 5pm tomorrow, and also catching up with Lulu as it’s her Timebomb Today’s Special Value – sadly I’m not on with her though. Then on Sunday, watch out for the launch of Ophia watches, a brand only available at QVC. There’s a really eclectic mix of styles which you can check out in advance on our website.

If you’ve been following my blog over the past few months, you’ll know that we’ve been doing a huge amount of work on our house, which means a lot of dust and mess.

A couple of months ago I was presented with a sample of the forthcoming Dyson V8 Today’s Special Value to try out and have I been putting it through its paces!

As you can see from the pictures, it’s been used on tile floors, carpets, awkward-to-clean stairs, and even to dust the walls before painting. I have thoroughly road-tested it and, if you are looking to replace your heavy old upright with a cordless that packs a punch, I can highly recommend it. It is so easy to store too and we’ve built a shelf in the cupboard for all the extra tools the QVC offer comes with. As well as the pictures, I’ve done a couple of little videos which I will try and put on here next week.

Right, I must dash – have a great (if cold) weekend,
Much love,
Julia xx


  1. Andrea May December 10, 2017 at 3:26 pm -  Reply

    Julia I feel for you, I’ve had a whole week like that. I’m dreading Christmas this year as lost my mum recently(exactly 3 months on Xmas day) but I love watching your shows and even though pennies are tight, you always cheer me up even if I don’t actually make a purchase.
    Hope you have a very merry Christmas

    • Julia Roberts December 19, 2017 at 3:09 pm -  Reply

      Hi Andrea
      I’m so sorry to hear you lost your mum recently – the first Chistmas without your loved one is always the worst.
      I’m glad we are able to cheer you up on QVC and I pleased you don’t feel pressurised to buy.
      I hope your Christmas is as good as it can be
      Julia x

  2. Donna bramley December 10, 2017 at 4:58 pm -  Reply

    Julia your house looks beautiful but I’m horrified to see short curtains in your home you should never ever have short curtains even on a small window it’s not allowed as you can tell I’m a curtain maker get the fabric get in touch and il make them for you xx

    • Julia Roberts December 19, 2017 at 3:11 pm -  Reply

      Hi Donna
      You did make me smile – I would fall over long curtains in our bedroom as the bed is positioned quite close to the window – thanks for the offer though.
      We are almost finished with the house but the rest will have to wait until Spring.
      Julia x

  3. Elizabeth keenan December 10, 2017 at 6:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Not surprised QVC voted best customer service, they are all lovely and everything arrives no bother either. Cake looks OK Julia.
    Midnight jasmine my favourite Yankee candle love it.
    Much love
    Elizabeth x

    • Julia Roberts December 19, 2017 at 3:13 pm -  Reply

      Hi Elizabeth
      I’m glad you agree with the award – customer service is so important in my opinion.
      Hmmmmm – not sure about the cake, I have everything crossed!
      I bought the Vanilla Lime TSV & come to think of it, it hasn’t arrived yet – I’d better follow that up
      Julia x

  4. Josephine Jennings December 11, 2017 at 12:19 am -  Reply

    Happy to read your tummy is getting better Julia. I also hate washing up, a dishwasher is on my wish list.

    • Julia Roberts December 19, 2017 at 3:16 pm -  Reply

      Hi Josephine
      The dishwasher is up and running although I must say I don’t like the layout of the new one as much as the old one – but at least I don’t have to do it by hand!
      Glad that I got rid of the stomach flu before Christmas.
      Julia x

  5. Christine December 12, 2017 at 7:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi have days like that also. Just made saltana cake to day. All presents are wrapped bits and bobs to do.
    Like to wish you and your family Merry Christmas.

    Take Care X

    • Julia Roberts December 19, 2017 at 3:19 pm -  Reply

      Hi Christine
      It sounds like you are very organised – I am the opposite, particularly this year with all the decorating and the new book coming out. I haven’t wrapped a single present yet – eeeeek!
      Merry Christmas to you too
      Julia x

  6. Louise April 8, 2018 at 9:03 am -  Reply

    Your home looks lovely. I was dithering about patterned grey tiles on the floor and dark grey for the bathroom but you converted me. Hope you are enjoying your lovely Homs and thank you for always being such a joy to watch and so honest. X

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