Really chuffed


It’s difficult to describe how thrilled I felt when this picture appeared on Facebook earlier in the week. These are not my legs and feet, it’s not my holiday but that is my book and Alana, who writes on here sometimes, has taken it to Turkey with her!! Jackie Kabler, whose first book is out in October, Debbie Flint and I all agree that part of the pleasure of writing a book is when you see someone else reading it. I have more exciting book news later but first I thought I would tell you what I’ve been doing with my time off so far.

I’ve been quite lucky with the weather so I’ve been able to get out and do some much needed garden sprucing up. Although the previous owners of my house have planted some beautiful trees and shrubs, I noticed last summer that it was a bit lacking in colour through July and August so I’m starting to rectify it.

I love purple (as most of you know) and it goes beautifully with silver grey so I have planted a fragrant deep purple buddleia, also known as the butterfly bush, and three shades of clematis in the area at the bottom of my garden, outside the gym. I already have lavender planted in that area so I’m continuing the theme.

I bought some bright blue delphiniums to plant under the tree palm that I pictured on here last week, and an apricot-coloured begonia to replace the one my mum bought me for my birthday last year. I also took inspiration from Simon Wilson’s garden and planted up two beautiful cala lilies in pots either side of a garden chair.

Talking of lilies, do any of you remember the lily growing competition we presenters had two years ago? Dale’s were judged to be the best so I hope his have flourished as mine have this year. Last year mine were attacked by lily beetle but Richard Jackson advised a spray for me to use to combat that and they are fabulous, as are Anna Cookson’s. I took Anna’s home to look after as she had no outside space and have nurtured them for her until she wants them back!

Richard really is a mine of gardening information and I would highly recommend having a look at his new website As well as advice from Richard, there are articles from a host of other experts, including James Wong, the ethnobotanist that Liz Earle now works with …. I am sooo disappointed to be missing the Liz Earle Today’s Special Value  launching at midnight tonight!

Liz Earle TSV

I haven’t only been buying new plants for my garden, I’ve also been moving a few around. We planted out a tree peony that had been housed in a pot for four years, it is already looking much happier, and we moved some hydrangeas as there were quite a few clustered together and they weren’t doing particularly well.

They are all coming into flower now and I could kick myself for not waiting to see the colour of the blooms first. I’ve separated this gorgeous blue hydrangea from a red one. I hadn’t realised I had my own little patch of Crystal Palace although I think the intention was to be patriotic as I have white ones too. I planted these terracota pots in red, white and blue and have been feeding them with Richard’s Flower Power so they are coming along nicely.


I have also been making use of the stretch hose I bought earlier in the year. It is brilliant, easily the best hose we have ever owned and it wraps up so neatly. I can highly recommend it so far.

Speaking of Crystal Palace, they are back in pre-season training now and have already been making new signings, most notably Yohan Cabaye, who lots of other Premiership clubs were after, and it looks like we are keeping Scott Dann as well as James McArthur, which is great news. It seems impossible that the first game of the new season is only a few weeks away – time flies!

Radio Berkshire

I haven’t been permanently camped out in the garden though. On Monday I drove over to Caversham, near Reading, to appear  on Anne Diamond’s radio show on BBC Berkshire. Do any of you remember when Anne was a guest judge on QVC’s Search for a Presenter back in 2007? It was a lovely chat and you can listen to it on their website if you would like.

Chapter One bookshop

On the way home we called into a well-known local bookshop, Chapter One in Woodley, who are stocking my book. They have had lots of well-known people do book signings there and they asked me if I would like to do one … Yes please!!! It’s organised for next Saturday, July 18th, at 11am so please drop by and say hello if you’re in the area or it could be quite lonely.

Again, can I thank those of you who have left reviews on Amazon, including Alison Keenan who interrupted her honeymoon in Italy to leave hers. I am so thrilled it has been so well received and so many of you want to know what happens next … I’ve been working on that too this week with about 5,000 words written.

The other big news about my book is that QVC are going to be selling signed copies on the website. It won’t be until August so if you’re on holiday before that you may want to get it elsewhere, but it is coming and you will be helping me raise money for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research from each book sold.

I hope you will enjoy Fashion on Friday today – I think it’s with lovely Kathy Taylor, who also left me a five-star book review. And, talking of fashion, don’t miss Clearance Day all day Monday on QVC Style – we all love a bargain.

I’m back to my nursing duties now but hope to catch Andy Murray at Wimbledon later on … Come On, Andy!!

Much love,

Julia xx

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  1. Joanna Downey July 11, 2015 at 5:08 pm -  Reply

    Hello Julia, Happy gardening, I am a keen, albeit amateur, gardener and I am always interested to see what others do. I too love purple and have buddleia, thalictrum, viburnum and violas throughout my garden – the combination of purple and yellow is my absolute favourite and I can remember Ellie coming back from school and announcing that she had “told” her teacher that the colour wheel was correct because her mummy always put these two together… she was 5. I am also growing calla lillies – first time venture for me as I bought the rhizomes at the Chelsea Flower Show this year and have yet to see results. I have one more week at school then lots of gardening 🙂 and decorating :/ catching up to do during the holidays. Love from Jo.

    • Julia roberts July 17, 2015 at 6:26 pm -  Reply

      Hi Jo
      Not too much time for gardening this week I’m afraid – just watering and feeding with RJ’s flower power.
      I love purple and yellow together. I seem to remember my mum had a floral dress with that colour combo when I was a little girl – funny the things you remember!
      Enjoy the school holidays
      Julia x

  2. linda Dunn July 14, 2015 at 1:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, hope you are enjoying your time off from Qvc, thought I would let you know couldn’t get your book in time for my hols, so order as soon as I got back .Never had a lot of time for reading when I was at work, only on holiday so was always careful to get something I knew would be to my taste,I love too get into the story as soon as possible. Now retired and Having lots more time and holidays reading more.Started your book at the weekend,within a few pages I was hooked couldn’t put it down, now I don’t want to finish it too soon as I don’t want it to end.Fantasic read , you must be very proud of yourself.Can’t wait for the next. Love Linda Dunnx

    • Julia roberts July 17, 2015 at 6:31 pm -  Reply

      Hello Linda
      Thank you so much for your wonderful feedback on my book.
      Every author will tell you that we are full of self doubt for our creations so it means the world to me to hear that you are enjoying it. I wonder if you have finished it now?
      Next one hopefully available in November – I’ve really been pleased with the chapters I’ve managed to write this week …. Sshhh can’t possibly share.
      Again thanks for your feedback
      Julia x

  3. Christine July 14, 2015 at 9:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,

    I just thought I would let you know that my husband is cycling 102 miles on the 25th July is aid of Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research,
    The ride is called the Wiggle Epic Mega Meon.
    Our best friend was diagnosed with Leukaemia at the beginning of April. Only two weeks prior we had been cycling with him and is wife in the beautiful Peak District. He has just completed his Chemo. So fingers crossed. Enjoy your gardening and your time off with your family.

    • Julia roberts July 17, 2015 at 6:33 pm -  Reply

      Hi Christine
      I wish your husband the very best of luck with his fundraising bike ride. When things happen close to home we suddenly open our eyes to the need to help.
      I hope your friend is coping with the chemo ok and may soon reach remission
      Julia x

  4. Jean Pugh July 15, 2015 at 11:07 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia,

    Your garden is looking lovely, lots of lovely shrubs, and the lilies wow, gorgeous colour. My lilies I got from QVC have grown really tall and have loads of buds, thanks to Flower Power but don’t seem to want to come out, hope they do.

    My favourite colour is purple. I have just got the French Lavendar Plants from QVC, they are so healthy.

    Have not got your book yet, hope to get one when you launch it in August at QVC.

    Take Care and don’t work to hard.

    Love Jean xx

    • Julia roberts July 20, 2015 at 11:18 am -  Reply

      Hello Jean
      Yes the lilies are such a pretty colour – hope yours are showing signs of opening? The red lilies that the presenters all had a couple of years ago for our ‘growers’ competition have been full of flowers this year too.
      Not long to wait until my book is on the QVC website – about three weeks I think. Still having some lovely reviews on Amazon, forty-four 5⭐️ ‘s last time I looked so I hope you will enjoy it.
      I’m always busy doing something – just a personality trait I guess.
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  5. Alana July 15, 2015 at 12:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    Wow, lovely surprise to see my pic on your blog. I have finished your book and all I can say is….LOVED IT! I loved your description of the characters and their personal journeys. I was gripped from the start to finish and didn’t want it to end, even shedding a tear at a particular point in the book (won’t spoil it for others who have yet to read it) but I’m sure you can guess which part. Also liked the B&W referrance. Can’t wait for the next book and will keep my eye out for book signing dates. I’ve left a review on Amazon – 5 ⭐️

    • Julia roberts July 20, 2015 at 11:26 am -  Reply

      Hi Alana
      Your feet are now famous! – hope you didn’t mind but I was genuinely thrilled when you posted the picture.
      Thank you so much for the 5 ⭐️ Review on Amazon – I am so grateful that people have taken the trouble to write reviews as it really does help others decide whether to open the first few pages or not. I was a snivelling wreck writing ‘that bit’ in the story so I am pleased it touched you emotionally.
      I am busy with book 2 but it won’t be ready until November.
      Will keep you posted with any further book signing dates on here.
      Julia x

  6. Tina S July 15, 2015 at 2:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    I’m still finding my way around “Face-book”. I haven’t come across my best friend from school yet but I have been in touch with someone who I was in the Infant school with and my junior school! I still have the school photograph of our Infant school class where we must have only been 5 or 6 years old. Its amazing! Also been in touch with a couple of the girls I trained with back in 1973 and hope to meet up with them soon.
    You’ve been busy with your garden and book I can see. We had lovely Clematis when we lived at our previous house but the soil must be lacking something here as we haven’t had so many flowers on certain plants.
    If you had arranged to do your book signing I would have gone there to meet you but its a bit far for me to travel to Woodly ( not that I know where it is) .
    Well hope your ” patient” is on the mend. I know quite a few nurses if you want to hire one, LOL, including me!!
    All the best, Tina S.

  7. Carole cooper July 16, 2015 at 7:45 pm -  Reply

    Your garden looks lovely and I have got your book on kindle going to start reading it over weekend. I saw the lady from the elemis shows on the train last week and I thought is it her, so I said to her are you the lady who does the elemis shows, don’t know her name but she’s a lovely girl, she only comes on every so often. Carole wigan

    • Julia roberts July 17, 2015 at 4:20 pm -  Reply

      Hi Carole
      Thanks for ordering my book I hope you will enjoy it.
      Do you mean Emer? She’s lovely as is Keeley who is over next week for the Elemis TSV
      Julia x

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