I remember, back in October, the weather forecasters predicting a really cold winter with four months of snow. Really?
I know some parts of the country have been harder hit than others but I would have said it’s been a pretty mild, albeit wet, winter, which is a blessing for us as we still haven’t sorted out what we are going to do about our pretty, but single-glazed, windows. We think we may now have found a small, independent window company who are prepared to try and replicate the intricate pattern but in a double-glazed version. I’ll keep you posted.
We are also going to have to replace our boiler, which is ancient, and some of the radiators plus, finally, we are having a new staircase made to replace the metal spiral one that currently leads up to our loft room. I’m hoping the work will start at the end of the month, so I can envisage a few trips to Wales for peace and quiet to get on with my writing. Poor old Chris will have to cope with all the mess! I told you last week, he is a bit of an angel!
Speaking of Wales, I was down there last weekend and, without planning it, had managed to be there for St. David’s Day for the second year running. In celebration, I tried Welsh cakes for the first time – I might have to have a go at making them. I think they would be lovely made with spelt flour.
I had a really productive few days of writing, managing 7,000 words rather than the 10,000 I had been hoping for, but I also did some editing of previous chapters so I was happy with what I achieved. It had rained for most of St. David’s Day but on Wednesday morning I woke up to sleety/snow – not ideal conditions for the drive back.
I squeezed in a quick trip to the dentist, just a check-up thankfully, and then wrote another 1,000 words. By the way, I’ve been asked to let you know that my first book, ‘Life’s a Beach and Then…’ has sold out completely on our QVC website and no more will be available.
If you did want personally signed copies of either of my novels please check my webpage www.juliarobertsbooks.co.uk for information on how to order through Chapter One bookshop, where I did my book signing last year. They have been nominated for an award for Best Independent Book Shop so fingers crossed for Mary and John as they are always trying new initiatives to encourage people to read. They had a very successful book signing there yesterday – 350 people queued up to get Mary Berry’s signature on her new book, a perfect Mother’s Day present.
Unfortunately, I am working this Mother’s Day so won’t be able to go and visit my mum in Nottingham. I will, however, be spending the day with my daughter, Sophie, as she is coming in to QVC to be one of the model’s for the bareMinerals TSV, during my 5pm show.
She is a big fan of bareMinerals so it seemed appropriate that she should come on. I think SJ’s mum is appearing on one of the shows as well to keep the theme of mother and daughter. I’ll list the rest of my shows below although please remember these are subject to change.
So, I’ve left Focus on Fashion to last as both of the shows I want to draw attention to are later today. Fashion on Friday at 5pm is only the second show of FDJ Jeans after a hugely popular first show. There are three basic styles: Suzanne is a high rise slim leg, Olivia is a straight leg with a regular fit on the legs, and Peggy is designed for a pear shape, with more room around the bottom and the thighs.
The feedback from customers so far is that they are fairly generous so you may want to order down a size. They come in two lengths, 30 and 33 inches, and there is a new colour this time called Delight, which is a mid-denim. Sadly the guest is unwell so I hope you’ll join me to keep me company!
Later this evening, at 8pm, there is also a second show of a newer brand for us. I had the pleasure of presenting the first Nick Verreos show and this is the new Spring/Summer collection. If the recent runway shows are any indication of popularity you may want to get in early as all the featured styles sold out.
I’m on today at 4pm with Lola Rose (including the TSV wrap) so I’d better make tracks. Happy Mother’s Day (or Mothering Sunday) to Mums everywhere.
My hours this week:-
4pm Lola Rose
5pm FDJ Jeans (Fashion on Friday)
3pm three-hour Diamonique Spectacular with Alison O’Reilly
3pm Bibi Bijoux
5pm Beauty Loves ( including bareMinerals TSV)