The winter lurgy


I suppose it was inevitable that I would get the winter, lurgy living in such close proximity to someone who came down with it two weeks ago.

Last week I managed to last until Monday, in the hope that a day in bed on Tuesday would sort me out, but unfortunately it wasn’t enough.

Big thanks to Kathy, Simon and Catherine who each took on extra hours to cover for my illness. I’m still not a hundred percent, but I didn’t want to miss Honora’s Ralph Rossini with his fabulous Today’s Special Value earring set, and also the first of the Catwalk on Friday shows at 5pm – more on that later.


After work on Monday, despite feeling pretty poorly, I popped across the lake at Chiswick Park to the leaving do for one of our longest serving producers, Clare (pictured at the top). She had been at QVC for twenty-one years so I simply couldn’t let her leave without saying goodbye. I only managed an hour but I believe one or two of my colleagues had a rather late night and apparently Clare discovered a liking for jaeger bombs – I wonder if she was quite so keen on them the following morning!?

One good thing about being confined to the sofa for three days, is that I could make full use of my new Slanket. I treated myself to the navy one with white spots this year and it’s very snuggly.


Another bonus was watching some TV programmes I had missed, by learning how to access catch-up TV.

We bought our Samsung curve screen smart TV from QVC around this time last year and it’s taken me this long to work it out – I told you I’m a technophobe!

It meant I could watch a programme on the BBC iPlayer called ‘Fair Isle – Living on the Edge’, which followed the day to day lives of the 55 inhabitants including my nephew Deryk, his wife, Hollie, and their four children.

ref-fair-isleDeryk and Hollie used to run the bird observatory, but now have several jobs each as do most of the islanders.

Apparently 266 hours were filmed and then edited to make two hour-long episodes – the second is on BBC Scotland at 9pm on Monday.

Quite a lot of coverage was given to Deryk and his family as they are about to wave goodbye to the youngest of their children, eleven-year-old Ythan, as he heads off to join two of his siblings for a High School education on Shetland – it was quite traumatic viewing.

So, hopefully you can join me today on QVC for the first Catwalk on Friday show.

The format is similar to our other ‘catwalk’ shows, with eight different ‘looks’ – each having featured items heading the look, but the details of all other items used to style also appearing on screen.

Amongst other brands, today we will feature an easy-wear look from Antthony Designs, some Andrew Yu combined with Michele Hope and later in the show with Nick Verreos and some Cuddl Duds, a brand that is really comfy to lounge around at home in. I’ve picked out a couple of things you may like:

An edge to edge Helene Berman 67% wool coat, available in Charcoal or Grey…


… and this Onjenu London dress, available in three print/colour options.

Onjenu-London-dress-162869 onjenu-london-dress-print-162869 onjenu-london-purple-dress-162869

On the subject of fashion, do remember to check out the Look of the Week which is on the QVC Style Channel live shows each weekday at 4pm – I’m loving the Lulu Guinness clutch featured this week.

There is a different Lulu on QVC this weekend. The lovely Scottish songstress has the Today’s Special Value for this Sunday’s Beauty Day with Lulu’s Time Bomb. I will be with her at 11am for some Beauty Gift Ideas. Somewhat belatedly, Happy St.Andrew’s Day to all my Scottish readers.


My next newsletter is due out on Monday so check my website for details on how to sign up for it and how to get a free short story.

I hope those of you who made my Christmas cake featured on last week’s blog will enjoy it – I’ll be doing ours this weekend now that I feel a bit better.

Much love,
Julia xx


  1. martin forbes December 2, 2016 at 5:36 pm -  Reply

    hope you are feleling better with the winter lurgie how is sophie getting on with her job and flat hope daniels team in wales are doing nopt bad hope chris is well have had the cough since 3weesk ago annotingtaking mixture for it i sent your card in the post on tuesdAY morning gone

    • Julia Roberts December 7, 2016 at 3:34 pm -  Reply

      Hi Martin
      Still not over the lurgy but a lot better than I was thanks. Sophie is enjoying both her job and her flat although she is staying at ours over Christmas.
      Dan left Swansea in the summer he is with Bristol City now.
      Thanks for sending a card and hope your cough is soon better
      Julia x

  2. Christine December 3, 2016 at 12:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia my husband and I been poorly we have asthma had trip to the doctors. I will try the Christmas cake nest year.

    Take care. X

    • Julia Roberts December 7, 2016 at 3:37 pm -  Reply

      Hi Christine
      Sorry to hear that you and your hubby have not been well – my sister has asthma and she is really poorly if she gets a cold.
      The recipe will keep until next year
      Julia x

  3. anne bell December 3, 2016 at 1:00 pm -  Reply

    Hello Julia I watched that programme Julia I found it upsetting for the parents. But I think that Ythan siblings will look after him.

    • Julia Roberts December 7, 2016 at 3:40 pm -  Reply

      Hi Anne
      So pleased to hear you watched the programme about FairIsle – I haven’t caught up with the second part yet. I hear from the family that Ythan has adjusted well – they were all home last weekend helping on the farm.
      Julia x

  4. marilyn December 3, 2016 at 8:19 pm -  Reply

    Get well soon…i had 2 weeks ago it was dreadful
    Take care… marilyn xx

    • Julia Roberts December 7, 2016 at 3:41 pm -  Reply

      Hi Marilyn
      Are you over the lurgy now? If so, it gives me hope that mine will be gone soon. I just hate being bunged up
      Julia x

  5. Caroline Horne December 3, 2016 at 11:08 pm -  Reply

    So hope you are better soon I have had mine for 4 weeks now and thought I was getting better, sore throat has come back with a vengeance. Keep warm. xxx

    • Julia Roberts December 7, 2016 at 3:44 pm -  Reply

      Hi Caroline
      I’m feeling much better than I was – last week was a write-off really. Sorry to hear yours has dragged on for four weeks – am hoping mine doesn’t as it will be Christmas.
      I have been cuddled up on the sofa in my slanket every evening with lots of warm drinks – seems to be working.
      Get well soon
      Julia x

  6. Gillian December 8, 2016 at 11:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia, so sorry to read you have been unwell so just a short “get well soon” message. I hope you are soon on the mend and fit and well in time for Chrismas. Take care, Gillian x (the lady from West Bridgford)

  7. Linda Finch,, December 9, 2016 at 12:04 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia, hope your feeling much better, but as you say it did give you the time to catch up with tv programmes. We have just had a few busy days firstly it was my birthday on the 30th of November which was spent in up in Skipton and as it was market day a good time to finish christmas shopping ,that is now all finished and waiting to be delivered. Then last Sunday the 4 December was our ruby wedding anniversary, doesn’t seem so long at all ,we had a lovely day with our son Simon &his wife and our 2 grandchildren, then in the evening we were joined by friends for a lovely meal at a country pub not far away which we all thouraly enjoyed ,as a surprise my son had bought us an afternoon tea a stately home which I will tell you about later ,hopefully I will not surcome to all the bug’s that are around as my granddaughter has been today and think she was starting with it as she came from school .hope you are ready for Christmas love Linda Finch xx

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