Six Shades of Grey… only another forty-four to go!


It’s all hands to the pump in our house at the moment as we are helping our son sort out his new house. He picked up the keys ten days ago and, since then, we have been trying to help him make decisions about furniture, kitchen units, bathroom stuff etc etc.

We’ve all been involved, including our daughter, Sophie, as she was the one who picked up these paint samples at his request. I’m having a bit of a grey phase at the moment (no funny comments about hair colour please) and suggested it might be ideal for the living room as he has selected a black and silver sofa and chair.

I liked several of Sophie’s choices (wasn’t that a heartbreaking film?) but in the end we opted for Goose Down as it was the lightest. The boys have already painted a bit on one of the walls, after they finished painting the ceiling yesterday, and it will be my turn to help out tomorrow getting the rest of the walls finished before the furniture arrives.

There’s quite a lot to do inside the house but, for the first time, Dan also has a garden to think about. What great timing then that tomorrow’s TSV is a folding garden recliner (549500). I know what I’ll be doing at midnight tonight as I definitely don’t want to be beaten by the sold out sign! By the way, if you’re a fan of our gardening shows on QVC, remember the clocks go forward an hour this weekend, you don’t want to be late for Richard Jackson on Sunday morning.

We went to buy the paint on Tuesday afternoon after I had sent the final chapter of my latest novel over to my copy editor, Justine. I had sent the rest of the manuscript for her to read last weekend and was thrilled by her email on Monday: ‘Great characterisation and evocation of 1970’s London theatre world – hugely enjoyable.’ I was holding back on the last chapter as I had a twist planned and I didn’t want it to be too unbelievable.

After chatting on Tuesday morning, I got the thumbs up on the idea and finished tweaking. Once I’d hit ‘send’ I felt oddly bereft although I haven’t seen the end of the characters by a long way as the editing process is about to begin. For more information about when the book will be available to pre-order check if you are interested.

So, as well as the clocks going forward on Sunday, it is also Mother’s Day or should that be Mothering Sunday? The name seems to have changed since I was a little girl as has what I call my mum – it was always Mummy when I was little.

What do you call your mum? Mum, mummy, mother, mater, madre or something else maybe? My daughter calls me ‘OLD’ – no, I’m not joking! The cards are in the post to mine and Chris’s mums and some goodies, including this tin of Churchill’s biscuits.

What better for a Mother’s Day TSV than this fabulous collection from Decleor? If you have plans for Sunday, you can order the Decleor collection right now.

I’m off this weekend but I will see you later today with Italian Jewellery at 4pm and Fashion on Friday at 5pm, today featuring Rino & Pelle. And, as promised live on the QVC Style channel on Wednesday, here’s a peek at next week’s Look of the Week.

I can’t finish today without mentioning the event that shook our country on Wednesday. My heart goes out to to everyone affected by the Westminster attack, particularly to the families of those who lost their lives or were injured. It is a timely reminder to treasure every day as a gift.

See you next Thursday.


Julia xx


  1. theresa March 24, 2017 at 7:42 pm -  Reply

    Julia l guess like all of us we had in our thoughts those who lost loved ones and those injured on wednesday. My granddaughter 13yr old granddaughter came home from school said how awful it was but if people did not visit places then those who did those things had won. On a lighter note hope all goes well with Danieks new home and with all hands to the deck and you Julia it will be lovely once finished. Have a lovely Mothers Day and I hope you get spoiled, until your next blog take care Theresa x

    • Julia Roberts March 28, 2017 at 10:44 pm -  Reply

      Hi Theresa
      The decorating went very well at Daniel’s on Saturday – pictures on this week’s blog!
      Sunday I was busy editing my new book but we enjoyed yummy homemade lasagne for dinner.
      The Westminster attack has touched us all but your granddaughter is right.
      Julia x

  2. Lynne March 26, 2017 at 6:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, I’ve recently finished the Liberty Sands trilogy and thoroughly enjoyed them. Loved your short story too. Looking forward to your new book. Lx

    • Julia Roberts March 28, 2017 at 10:50 pm -  Reply

      Hi Lynne
      I’m so pleased you enjoyed not only the Liberty Sands trilogy but also Time for a Short Story – it was a bit if an experiment to see if I could write something shorter and I really enjoyed it so will probably do more once Alice in Theatreland is completely finished – hope you will enjoy it.
      Julia x

  3. Cindy Corrigan March 27, 2017 at 6:47 pm -  Reply

    Julia I have 2 grown up children, one calls me Ma and the other calls me Mumski ( no idea why!). Loving the grey paint, I am a bit of a fan of neutrals, my daughter calls my house ‘ Magnolia Mansion’ ! I like to get pops of colour from soft furnishings. Well done with the books. Cheers Cindy x

    • Julia Roberts April 3, 2017 at 10:21 pm -  Reply

      Hi Cindy
      Ma & Mumski!! I like it. I’ve used a paint called spotlight in two of our bedrooms at home – also grey with a slight lilac hint!
      New book is nearly done – hoping to get it up on pre-order this weekend
      Julia x

  4. gayle March 28, 2017 at 12:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia I enjoy your books i hope you had a good mothers day i have watched you from day one. I lost my mum this mothers day she was 9 1. Look forward to your new book take care gayle Roberts

    • Julia Roberts April 3, 2017 at 10:28 pm -  Reply

      Hi Gayle
      I’m sorry to hear you lost your mum recently. My mum will be 91 next birthday and I consider each birthday a blessing.
      So pleased to hear you enjoy my books and hope you will enjoy the new one too.
      Julia x

  5. Linda Finch,, March 30, 2017 at 11:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, hope you had a lovely mothers day, sadly I lost my Mum
    4 years ago but still buy flowers every week and put them by a photo of her in my living room, I had a busy but enjoyable day. my hubby and I have been talking about decorating the stairs and landing, although he enjoys decorating it’s the upset it corses, everywhere seems to be upset,but looks nice when’s been nice to have a few days sunshine let’s hope it continues, looking forward to seeing you on Q .take care love Linda F xx

    • Julia Roberts April 3, 2017 at 10:31 pm -  Reply

      Hi Linda
      I’m sorry to hear you no longer have your mum – it is something I dread.
      I know what you mean about the disruption decorating causes – that’s why we are trying to help our son before he moves in properly.
      The sunshine definitely pus a smile on my face
      Julia x

  6. Susan Hoskins March 31, 2017 at 4:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia. Just wondered if you could let us know what has happened to Ralph Rossini from Honora Pearls? It isn’t the same without him. Thank you and best wishes, Sue

    • Julia Roberts April 3, 2017 at 10:34 pm -  Reply

      Hi Sue
      I don’t know the whole story but I do know that it was not QVC UK’s decision.
      Ralph was a big personality and difficult to replace
      Julia x

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