A slight change of plan


After a very busy Easter working at QVC – which included me ordering this Karcher Pressure Washer at a brilliant price – Chris and I had planned to go away for a few days for a bit of rest and relaxation. We had checked out the flights to Spain and the price of renting the villa where we have stayed previously, but hadn’t actually booked anything. Well, for once, me being a ‘last minute Lulu’ worked in our favour, as our plans had to do a complete about turn.

On my way home from QVC on Wednesday evening, Chris called on my car phone with the dreadful news that his mum had had a stroke and was in hospital. QVC, very kindly, allowed me the day off yesterday to travel up to Boston with Chris.

We were both very anxious, as he lost his dad to a stroke seventeen years ago, so it was a huge relief to find Audrey propped up in bed, talking and moving. Apparently they had caught it in the very early stages, before too much permanent damage had been done. With the new treatments now available, they are fairly confident of a good recovery.

Thank goodness for the speedy actions of her friend, Jane, in calling an ambulance and a huge thank you to the staff at Pilgrim Hospital for the care they are giving her. It truly makes me appreciate just how lucky we are to have an NHS staffed by people who care about their patients.

As an aside, while we were waiting in the relative’s area, I was recognised by a nurse (a big Kipling fan – I have a show next Thursday at 2pm if your shift allows) and also by Deborah, whose husband has been in the hospital for several months following a massive stroke. It made me feel very special to brighten Deborah’s day at such a traumatic time for her.

Prior to leaving, we had a quick consultation with Audrey’s doctor and she also recognised my face from QVC – how amazing is that? Three people recognising me in the space of a couple of hours and I was totally make-up free.

At least the impromptu visit gave us another opportunity to catch up with Chris’s relatives from Australia. We called in to give them an update on Audrey’s condition on our way back to London.

I have an apology to make. On last week’s blog, I misspelt Emilia’s name – she was very magnanimous for a four-year-old!

Both the girls are very good at drawing and, when I explained to Aliana that I am not, she ‘helped’ me by drawing an outline to this water-lily in dots so that all I had to do was connect them.

I can’t even lay claim to the colouring-in, Aliana did that too!

I’m sure Richard Jackson would approve of all the flowers the girls drew, did I mention I also got my hands on Richard Jackson’s Today’s Special Value from last weekend? I love shopping as much as you guys do.

Speaking of shopping, just a reminder that the Dyson hairdryer I mentioned on here a couple of weeks ago is now in stock and has its first presentation on the QVC Beauty Channel today. I have it in some live shows on the main channel next Friday.

I was drying my hair in my dressing room when Jackie Kabler called through to ask if I was using the Dyson. I presume she meant the hairdryer – I do enough vacuuming at home!

Well, the week has finally arrived of Alice in Theatreland’s eBook publication and, to celebrate, we are going to attempt to hold a Facebook Live launch party. Those of you who know me well will know that I panic when it comes to technology, but I’m sure my daughter will have it all under control.

Apparently there will be competitions and prizes – keep an eye on my Facebook page Julia Roberts TV in the early part of next week for more information. The party will start when I get home from QVC – I can’t miss the Attitudes by Renee Today’s Special Value by taking the day off!

I must dash as I’m on air today at 3pm with Bibi Bijoux and 5pm Fashion on Friday.

Have a great weekend,
Julia x


  1. barbara April 21, 2017 at 4:44 pm -  Reply

    hi Julia sorry to hear about chris’s mum I hope she makes a speedy recovery. can not wait to read alice in theatreland role on next week.. take care of yourselves

    • Julia Roberts April 28, 2017 at 1:22 pm -  Reply

      Hi Barbara
      Audrey came out of hospital on Sunday & seems to be making a good recovery. So excited to get feedback on Alice in Theatreland – I hope you will enjoy it
      Julia xx

  2. Christine April 21, 2017 at 5:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia sorry to hear about Chris mother. I agree NHS do wonderful work. All you hear are bad things NHS my sister in law has been in hospital seven weeks she is getting there. Can’t praise the nurses and doctors enough. X

    • Julia Roberts April 28, 2017 at 1:24 pm -  Reply

      Hi Christine
      I totally agree. Everyone we came into contact with at the hospital was fab. She’s home now and doing really well.
      Wishing your sister well
      Julia x

  3. Elaine sallis April 22, 2017 at 9:33 am -  Reply

    Julia such a shock for you all. Glad things do not look too bad. My husband had a heart attack a year ago this week. He has recovered well but the worry is always there. He was only 60 when it happened and had just retired from 30yrs in the fire service. Good luck with the book. Elaine

    • Julia Roberts April 28, 2017 at 1:28 pm -  Reply

      Hi Elaine
      Thankfully they treated Audrey promptly & she is responding really well. I hope your hubbie is doing well
      Thanks for the good wishes for my new book – great response so far
      Julia x

  4. Clare April 22, 2017 at 3:57 pm -  Reply

    HI Julia

    Sorry to hear that Audrey has taken ill & wishing her a speedy recovery.

    Your shows are th best because you are honest, don’t gush, & give helpful information.xxxx

    • Julia Roberts April 28, 2017 at 1:29 pm -  Reply

      Hi Clare
      Thanks so much for your lovely compliments and also for your good wishes for Audrey. She is home now and doing really well
      Julia x

  5. Gillian hunt April 23, 2017 at 11:10 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia so sorry to hear about Chris’s mum but sounds as though it was caught early. My mum is 95 and in the final stages of alzheimers so I can sympathise what a stressful time it can be. On a lighter note your breakfast on your previous blog looked yummy can you let me know where you get your tempeh rashers from. I’ve been using quorn sausage patties recently which are nice even hubby whose not a veggie eats them. Hope you have a good week . Thanks Gill.

    • Julia Roberts April 28, 2017 at 1:32 pm -  Reply

      Hi Gillian
      Yes, they caught things really early so Audrey has responded well. Sorry to hear about your mum – it’s such a worry as they get older.
      I get my tempeh rashers from The Natural Grocery Store – check them out online – I usually speak to a lovely lady called Jo.
      Thanks for the heads up on the Quorn sausage patties, will have to give them a try
      Julia x

  6. Marilyn Cameron April 23, 2017 at 12:56 pm -  Reply

    Oh no hope your mum is recovering well..i bought on too…not used it yet…hope its easy peasy to use..

    Take care.


    • Julia Roberts April 28, 2017 at 1:34 pm -  Reply

      Hi Marilyn
      It’s my order half’s mum who us not well but thanks for the good wishes anyway.
      My Karcher is still in the box as I’ve had a busy week but looking forward to trying it out
      Julia x

  7. Denise April 24, 2017 at 3:23 pm -  Reply

    So sorry to hear about Chris’s mum. I do hope she will make a very speedy recovery.
    Much love
    Denise xx

    • Julia Roberts April 28, 2017 at 1:35 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Denise. She came out of hospital on Sunday and is doing really well love
      Julia x

  8. Kathleen April 24, 2017 at 5:12 pm -  Reply

    Hello Julia,
    My fav presenter.. so professional.. you always bring a smile to ‘fashion on a friday ‘ and a knowledge of the garments…I know it would have been a shock for you and your family when you heard of the stroke…with Chris’s Mam….. Like many families we have had the same thing.. My husband is recovering in Hospital at the moment.. 3 months now.. everything is turned upside down.. its a shock.. some one fit and healthy one minute and then this… On a lighter note we can see some light at the end of the tunnel… The family have been great.. More money should be spent on research in brain injuries, not spending less as they want to do… it’s shocking really…Not enough nurses to cope with the demand.. its hard work.. and they do a wonderful job.. with the limitations they have.. A worrying time for all….Its a crazy world when you see what the Gov waste money on… But I will get off my soap box.. and I wish you and your family well and a full recovery for Audrey… Take care.. xx

    • Julia Roberts May 2, 2017 at 11:03 am -  Reply

      Hi Kathleen
      I’m sorry to hear about your husband but pleased that eventually you are beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel – I hope the improvement continues. Audrey has had a lot of health issues to deal with but she is made of stern stuff. She is back at home and doing well.
      Thanks for your kind comments. I love Fashion on Friday and fashion on QVC in general – I used to make all my own clothes and for a short time I made clothes for a boutique so I understand cut and fabric etc.
      Much love to your husband
      Julia x

  9. Gina April 25, 2017 at 1:52 pm -  Reply

    I am sorry to hear about Chris’ Mum but glad she is ok, and it is always nice to hear positive stories about the NHS. On another note, you are looking very beautiful Julia. I’ve tried QVC’s skin products but my face and cleavage never seems as nice as yours…maybe all this writing is making you look younger than your years.

    Take care.


    • Julia Roberts May 2, 2017 at 11:07 am -  Reply

      Hello Gina
      I have nothing but praise for the way the nurses and doctors looked after Chris’s mum.
      Thanks for your kind compliments re my skin. In honesty, I think it is a combination of good genes and having looked after my skin from a very early age – no soap near my face since I was fourteen. However I do love the Elemis superfood oil and the L’Occitane Divine Cream – both work really well for me (amongst other things!)
      Julia x

  10. Kathy April 25, 2017 at 2:11 pm -  Reply

    Julia, we are on the coast of Southern Cyprus , in between Larnaca and Paphos weather is beautiful at the moment, don’t want to come home. ! Back out later in the year.

    Kathy x

    • Julia Roberts May 2, 2017 at 11:09 am -  Reply

      Hi Kathy
      I’ve only ever visited the north Coast in Turkish Cyprus when I went to see Keeley (Elemis) last year. It seems to be a beautiful island wherever you are. Enjoy the sunshine, although it is sunny here today
      Julia x

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