The Eagle Has Landed


Those of you who read my blogs regularly may remember the fabulous eagle I bought about a year ago and the ‘fun’ I had transporting it home in my open top car – driving along in a fifty-mile-an-hour limit at twenty miles an hour with it’s wings ‘flapping’ and a queue of angry motorists behind me!!! Well, it was worth it because I love it, but it has been down at the bottom of the garden while the building work, decking and garden was being finished. Finally, we have moved it to its permanent position and I am so pleased with it. Ironically, it is next to the bird feeder, but fortunately it doesn’t seem to have affected them – obviously the lure of Richard Jackson’s bird food is too strong for a giant statue of a bird of prey to put them off!!

On the picture, you can just about see our lawn, which is now looking pretty good, but that was not the case on Wednesday. For the second part of my blog series on gardening, I was lucky enough to be loaned a sample of Monday’s Gtech lawnmower to ‘road test’. I’m actually in the market for a new lawnmower, having given our old hover mower to my daughter, Sophie. It works okay, but doesn’t leave the nice striped effect that my gardener can achieve with his huge, heavy petrol mower. He does a great job but only comes once a fortnight and in the summer the grass needs doing at least once a week – this first picture was taken after ten days of growth and you can see how long it had got, you can also see we have stepping stones in the lawn and lots of curves on the borders. It really was setting the Gtech a challenge but I felt pretty confident in its ability as I am a massive fan of the vacuum cleaner and its clever technology.

The buyer’s sample arrived with no instructions and no battery charger so I was hoping that I would get the whole lawn finished or that would have been an interesting effect! But who needs instructions when something is as intuitive as this mower is? After setting the level of cut I wanted with a very accessible and obvious lever, I just pressed the button, squeezed the bar towards the handle and I was off!

To say I was impressed is a massive understatement. It coped with the long grass admirably, it didn’t feel like it was running away with me, it was lightweight and easy to manoeuvre, had a generous capacity collection bin, which I only had to empty once mid-mow despite the length of the grass, and there was no petrol smell and no cable to potentially cut through. Job done in less than fifteen minutes and a really professional-looking result. My verdict… I’m ordering one, especially as it is a TSV price of £399.99, which is £100 off Gtech’s own price, and it’s in six interest-free instalments and there’s no P&P to pay.

Sticking with gardens for a moment, my mum often gives me garden vouchers as presents, so I popped along to the garden centre earlier in the week to get a few things. I have been looking for some containers to put either side of the front door for a while and I came away with these, plus a couple of bay trees and some geraniums to plant in them. All we need now are the wrought iron railings and the front entrance will be finished.

Earlier this week, I was very excited to hear from the producer of the audiobook of Little Girl Missing. I thought I would have no input, as it is being done through my publisher, Bookouture, but they actually talked through the ideas of tone and accent for the different characters and asked for my opinion. Actually, they were mostly spot on with what I had imagined in my head and yesterday I received voice samples to approve. It’s really impressive how the actress can create all the different voices and bring the characters to life. It is being recorded over the next four days and I’m really excited to hear the end product as it will be my first audiobook, out on June 14th along with the kindle and the paperback.

The only bad thing about spending so much time writing books is that I have put on a few pounds in weight, just what I don’t need with our wedding only three months away! So, despite not feeling 100%, I was back in our gym this week on the treadmill and the aeropilates machine and next week I plan to incorporate the rowing machine back into my exercise routine. Ideally, I would like to drop a dress size (or two) over the next three months through exercise and portion control and it is something Sunday’s TSV can definitely help with. The Fitbit Versa Lite Smartwatch with Heart Rate Monitor can keep an eye on activity levels and so much more, so if you’ve been thinking of getting one to improve your fitness, even if weight loss is not your goal, Sunday’s TSV is already on pre-order. It comes in five different colours and once again, it’s in interest-free instalments, this time three of them, and there’s no P&P to pay.

Well, I must dash as I am on the QVC Style Channel at 3pm today for some stunning jewellery. Actually, just a quick mention, we have an extra ‘live’ hour on the Style Channel at the weekends at the moment at 1pm and it’s all sale items!! Today’s Fashion on Friday is a Catwalk on Friday show and then Fashion on Friday on the Style Channel at 6pm is with Glen Campbell… smiley face!!

Have a fabulous and hopefully sunny Bank Holiday weekend,
Much love,
Julia xx


  1. Antoinette Browne May 24, 2019 at 5:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia hope you keeping well. I always enjoy reading you blogs. I am having a good giggle. My husband had a good read as well. Thank you so much. I am loving qvc since I discovered it about three years ago. Have a great weekend. God bless you. Antoinette x

    • Julia Roberts June 5, 2019 at 11:14 am -  Reply

      Hi Antoinette
      Just catching up on these replies – sorry, so busy with structural edits on the next book. I’m glad the eagle story gave you a giggle!
      So glad you discovered QVC – we have some great brands and amazing deals too.
      Speak soon
      Julia x

  2. Lorraine May 25, 2019 at 11:57 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia. I don’t have the idea that you do have gained some pounds. You are able to hide it very well. I’m a few years younger than you, but I all goes to my stomach; hard to hide it. How do you do it?

    Have a blessed weekend.

    Lorraine x

    • Julia Roberts June 5, 2019 at 11:18 am -  Reply

      Hi Lorraine
      It’s only a few pounds gained, but like you it has all gone on my tummy – very frustrating as I do my Pilates Performer and floor exercises fairly regularly, but obviously not regularly enough when I’m writing. Good to hear that I’m hiding it well 😉
      Julia x

  3. Christine May 25, 2019 at 8:57 pm -  Reply

    Have to say Julia I think you are the best presenter on QVC u always explain items exactly from fashion to jewellery. You will look beautiful at your wedding. Stay well&happy . Love Cx

    • Julia Roberts June 5, 2019 at 11:21 am -  Reply

      Hello Christine
      Thank you so much for your kind words both re my presentations on QVC & my appearance on our wedding day. I still don’t have a firm idea of the dress or rings, but all other plans are now in hand and I’m determined to drop a few pounds just so that I will feel comfortable.
      Julia x

  4. SheMag May 28, 2019 at 11:29 pm -  Reply

    What a perfect ornament for the garden of a Palace fan! I have a gardenful of magpies but it doesn’t seem to do my team any good…sigh!

    • Julia Roberts June 5, 2019 at 11:23 am -  Reply

      Hi Shemag
      I know! We couldn’t believe it when we saw it in the garden centre!
      We also have magpies in our garden – I like to see two on a match day or I think Palace will lose 😂
      Julia x

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