A Productive Week


I have been down in Swansea visiting Daniel this week but it almost didn’t happen… let me explain. After last Friday’s ‘Spotlight on Jewellery’ show I was driving away from QVC and I thought I could hear my car making a funny noise. I wound the window down and sure enough one of my back tyres was as flat as a pancake. I guess it was fortunate that I noticed this before going onto the M4 motorway for my drive home as it would have wrecked the tyre and it may even have caused an accident. I pulled into the petrol station on the Chiswick roundabout (really good priced petrol there if you are ever in the area) and as luck would have it there was a van on the forecourt belonging to one of the breakdown services. Unfortunately it was the one I left a month ago after being with them for twenty years because their renewal premium was too high!

Undeterred, I went in such of the man from the van hoping that he would help a ‘damsel in distress’. I explained about the puncture and asked if he would help me change the tyre. He asked which was my car and when I pointed it out he said that I don’t have a spare tyre …. really??? Apparently I have a pump to inflate the tyre sufficiently to get me home or to the nearest garage. He then asked if I was a member of his breakdown service to which I replied no and he said he couldn’t help me unless I joined it. Whilst I wouldn’t want to get him into trouble, I thought it was a little churlish that he was so reluctant to offer a bit of human kindness. In the end he did come over to my car and show me how to attach and work the pump but somewhat ungraciously. Funnily enough I had a sample of QVC beauty products in my bag which he might have been offered for his other half had he not been so grumpy.

I made it home on the pumped up tyre but by the next morning it was flat again. Luckily we had already planned for Sophie to go to Swansea with me so we went in her car instead and arrived just in time for the kick-off of the Palace v West Ham game on TV …. I’m smiling, so you can guess the result! Sophie hadn’t seen Daniel’s flat before and was well impressed. If only she could find something like it near London at a reasonable price… yes she is still looking. Sophie drove home on Sunday but I stayed to make a start on writing my new book. I won’t bore you with it but without the distractions of everyday life I managed to write out the plot (I already had a good idea where it was going) and write four thousand words, so a very productive few days.


Chris arrived Wednesday bringing with him the Banksy prints Daniel had for his birthday back in November that never made it onto the wall of his own flat. A little bit of ‘home’ for him and I think they look pretty good. Chris also put up the clock that had been sitting on Daniel’s dining table using the screw which had caused my puncture that he just happened to have in his pocket – now that’s what you call recycling!


Then on Thursday we took a trip onto the Gower peninsula to explore the area a bit. It really is beautiful, particularly Oxwich Bay where we stopped for a bite of lunch at the Oxwich Bay Hotel, which was delicious, before venturing onto the beach for a walk. It was a lovely way to round off my visit with Daniel.



So it’s back to reality today with my two regular shows ‘Fashion on Friday’ at 5pm, today we’re with Kim & Co, and ‘Spotlight on Jewellery’ at 6pm featuring Frank Usher. I hope you are enjoying the Spotlight on Jewellery series? I can’t believe we are already over halfway through!

I have a busy weekend with more Kim tomorrow afternoon and also Gatineau at 4pm and then a  three hour ‘Diamonique Spectacular’ at 2pm on Sunday which I would recommend watching if you like Easy Pay and are after something for your Mum for Mother’s Day. Then on Monday at 2pm Molton Brown are back … busy busy busy.

Hope the weather stays fine for you this weekend wherever you are, and that you have a good one.

Much love,

Julia xx


  1. Annette Roberts March 6, 2015 at 5:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Can’t believe you’ve had a puncture too, how spooky is that? A bit of human kindness wouldn’t go amiss these days, I suppose showing you how to attach the pump was it then, unlike the bloke who drove past us laughing…there will come a time, need I say more. You were very lucky the tyre got you home OK.

    Chris and I just couldn’t do that to somebody. We stopped whilst driving up Dinas Mawddwy Pass (not for the feint hearted!), for a lady in the pouring rain, who had a flat tyre and also her children and elderly parents in the car. She was so grateful that we got her going again that she told us to ring and we could have a free couple of nights at her B&B, which was really nice of her and we told her we didn’t want anything for doing it. She only lived a few corners away and when we drove past there last year I think she had gone…hope the flat tyre in the dark didn’t scare her away, it was pretty remote!

    Nice break that you’ve had with Daniel and Sophie too, I love Wales for the beaches, you can walk for miles and miles, today would be a lovely day for that here, sunshine all day, amazing how it lifts the spirit. Must say you look really snuggly in your red coat, if you’re anything like me, you feel the cold a wee bit now. Really good that you were able to do some more writing, peace and quiet eh?

    Currently watching the Kim & Co show and that dress really suits you.
    Annette x

    • Julia Roberts March 12, 2015 at 7:05 pm -  Reply

      Hi Annette
      Glad you liked the dress I was wearing on the Kim & Co show last Friday – I rather liked the Join one I had on today … so many to choose from on QVC!
      I’m looking forward to some warmer weather when we will really be able to enjoy the beaches on the Gower… not necessarily sunbathing but just walking without a nip in the air. It was lovely to have Sophie visit her brother too and funny thing she has been to some of the surfing beaches before with an ex boyfriend.
      Looking forward to my weekend off so that I can get down to some more writing – now that I’ve got the new plot sorted I just want to get on with it … wish I could type faster!
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  2. Jean March 7, 2015 at 6:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julie,
    I can’t believe he did not want to help out with your puncture, poor you. You mentioned he was grumpy, it must be a man thing as the BT Man that eventually arrived to fix our Business line was so grumpy I nearly told him to go away. He was in and out for four hours, when he was up the pole I should have taken the ladder away and left him up there. Anyway glad you managed to get home safely.

    You did really well with your writing. yes it is surprising what you can get done when not disturbed. Four thousand words that is some writing.

    I expect you are happy now that Daniel is settled. Hopefully Sophie will soon find somewhere. It sounds as if you had a lovely time in Swansea, you look snug in your coat and taking a guess your Emu boots.

    Did manage to watch some of Kim and Co, she makes some lovely clothes, such beautiful designs and colours.

    Take care.
    Love Jean XX

    • Julia Roberts March 12, 2015 at 7:10 pm -  Reply

      Hello Jean
      Had a bit of a giggle at the thought of your BT man left stranded up the telegraph pole with his legs dangling!
      I’ve just realised that the only thing I was wearing on the beach at Oxwich when that photo was taken that wasn’t QVC was my underwear! I’m a walking advert

    • Julia Roberts March 12, 2015 at 7:13 pm -  Reply

      Me again Jean,
      Darn thing cut off half of my reply to you! I went on to say that Sophie missed out on another flat this week because she won’t pay more than she thinks something is worth. Hope something turns up soon.
      Julia x

  3. TINA S March 7, 2015 at 11:51 pm -  Reply

    ainHi Julia,
    So glad you made your trip to Swansea after such a terrible start. The Oxwich Bay Hotel is where my sister had her wedding reception. She used to live down Penclawdd which is on the Gower before she moved to near where I live. We used to go to Oxwich on our Sunday School outings. Did you visit the old church which is along the pathway from the beach? It always made me feel quite nervous as it seems quite spooky. Apparently they still hold Sunday services there. We also went camping many years ago down Oxwich with the Sunday school. It absolutely tipped down for almost the whole week we were there. Well at least you did have some fine weather even if it is still a bit chilly.
    Spring is definately on its way. I was watching a pair of robins in my garden. They look as if they are building a nest in the ivy we have growing on the wall opposite my kitchen window. We also have a bird box in a tree at the end of our garden and have been watching a pair of blue tits going in and out of it. So fingers crossed that we will have some birds nesting this year. I could sit and watch the birds all day. The blue tits are so funny. When we are out in the garden they make such a racket as if they are scolding us for stopping them getting at the bird feeders! My favourite though are the Long Tail Tits. They have such cute faces. Luckily there aren’t many cat’s around here.
    I wore my B&W brooch dragon yesterday. It really sparkles in the sun. There weren’t any matches this weekend. We won our match against France. Next weekend we are at home against Ireland. So we are set for another nail biting game as Ireland are a force to be reckoned with!
    We had some people round this morning for a 2nd viewing on our house. It seems to have picked up a bit as we have had a few viewers. So its fingers crossed again.
    Best wishes, Tina S x

    • Julia Roberts March 12, 2015 at 7:16 pm -  Reply

      Hi Tina
      We didn’t visit the church at Oxwich Bay but I did notice it from the beach with all the leaning gravestones – not a bad final resting place though and a beautiful place for a wedding.
      I wonder if you have received an offer on your house? Good luck with that and also for your rugby team this weekend.
      Julia x

  4. louise March 8, 2015 at 3:30 pm -  Reply

    I have the diamonique show on in the background and, when I heard you tell Alison, Sophie calls you Milo’s “old mummy”, I just had to write in. I used to breed boxers and, since Oscar passed in May last year, I have his son, Caspar. I have always been my guys’ “mother”, whilst my mum is called “old mother”, and they sure know who is who.
    Best of luck with the publication of your book.
    Take care.

    • Julia Roberts March 12, 2015 at 7:23 pm -  Reply

      Hi Louise
      Isn’t it funny how nothing is original. People wonder why I don’t get offended when Sophie calls me ‘old’ but to me it is just another term of endearment (I think!) so ‘old mummy’ seemed a natural progression really.
      Thanks for the good wishes for my book – I can’t wait to get it published now. They are like our children really and we just hope that people will like them.
      Julia x

  5. martin forbes March 8, 2015 at 5:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi jullia .
    How are you i am well i have just been on a 2 week lazy holiday from work doing nothing but enjoyed the rest hope daniel is settling in his new job aswansea and his new place to stay hope sophie finds something soon and your chris is doing well.back to work tomorrow monday unfortunately.
    look forward to next holiday.

    • Julia Roberts March 12, 2015 at 7:26 pm -  Reply

      Hi Martin
      I hope you had a decent week back at work – always difficult after a break isn’t it.
      Daniel is really getting his feet under the table now and I think he is enjoying the change of scenery.
      Sophie is still searching for her new home – fingers crossed something will turn up soon.
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  6. Lyn trotman March 11, 2015 at 1:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia hope you don’t mind me asking but I love the coat you are wearing In your latest blog I thought it might be centigrade but checked with customer service and they said it is your own. I’m so pleased Daniel has settled in his new flat Wales is a beautiful place I no I live in Cardiff I’m sure he will be made very welcome. Any chance you could let me no where you bought yor coat xx

    • Julia Roberts March 12, 2015 at 7:33 pm -  Reply

      Hi Lyn
      You were right in your assumption that my red coat is by Centigrade – sorry our customer services team gave you the wrong information – it is a real favourite of mine and very warm. Unfortunately it was from last winter’s collection and no longer in stock.
      Wales is lovely. Prior to Daniel moving to Swansea I had only visited Port Merrion when I filmed Citizen Smith years ago and Cardiff for the Play-off finals so it’s all a lovely new experience for me.
      Julia x

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