Where do the years go?


We begin another new year and I truly hope it will be a happy and healthy one for all of us. As New Year’s Eve is the most lucrative night of the year for gigging musicians, my other half was out working and I stayed home for a relaxing night in after entertaining my friend, Denise and her partner, Steve, on the 30th.

You may have heard me mention previously that Denise and I met when we worked on the first series of The Price is Right in 1983. How funny, then, that we had our get-together on the same day as Channel 4 screened the Alan Carr version of ‘come on down’. It was good to see the slightly older hostesses, but maybe they should have gone the whole hog and had Denise and I back, for old times’ sake. Denise was involved in the show though, as she works for the company that produce it.

In between cooking risotto for dinner and watching Dunkirk on DVD, I put together a photo grid of my nine highlights of the year on Instagram (@juliagroberts if you’d like to follow me) and was surprised at how many there were – as I consider 2017 to be one of my least favourite years.

We had a lovely holiday in Barbados, I published my fourth novel ‘Alice in Theatreland’ at the end of April, my birthday was spent in Javea with the family, and we managed to get all the decorating finished before Christmas. Yes, with the benefit of hindsight, a lot was achieved in 2017 and I’m hoping that my current mood of positivity will continue as my daughter, Sophie, enters a new decade.

That’s the reason for the question I posed in the title. Sophie will be 30 on Monday 8th and I honestly don’t know where the years have gone.

She was only 18 months old in this picture here – it was taken on the beach in Littlehampton, where we used to go quite frequently in the summer months when the children were small. And now she has blossomed into this striking young woman: confident, hardworking, kind, loving and, if I dare say so, beautiful!

She works in the beauty industry and this was her picking up an award in December, shortly after her long flight back from Australia. Oh to be young and not have dark circles the size of bin bags through lack of sleep. We are celebrating with dinner out tomorrow, and I’m guessing I may be called upon to make the traditional chocolate birthday cake… unless she’s grown out of it of course!

I don’t know if you make New Year resolutions, but I have stopped doing it as I always feel such a failure if I break them early in the new year. Instead, I set goals.

This year I intend to write a minimum of 10 hours a week for my blog here, the one on my website, and my novels.

We will get the rest of the building work on the house finished (aiming for before summer).

I’m planning on trying one new thing every month – the flight simulator experience I had for Christmas will definitely fall into that category at some point, but this month’s will be visiting Central Park in New York… I have just booked a holiday to celebrate Chris and my 40th anniversary of living together, but more of that on next week’s blog.

I’m going to have to dash as I am on air in less than two hours with the first Fashion on Friday of the year, followed by Beauty Bioscience at 6pm, but I didn’t want to go without giving you a heads up on the Sealy Today’s Special Value this weekend. If you’ve decided New Year, new bed, you can’t afford to miss our fantastic offer – you’ll kick yourself.

Wishing all football fans good luck for their teams in the third round of the FA Cup this weekend… unless you’re playing Crystal Palace, of course.

Much love,
Julia x


  1. Loraine Plumb January 6, 2018 at 10:15 am -  Reply

    Hello julia good luck with all your goals and I’m sure you will love New York we have been twice the last time we travelled to Niagara falls and Toronto after leaving New York my husband and I have been married 40 years this year and our son will be thirty he has just qualified as a solicitor so as a family with our little granddaughter we are of to Florida in April to celebrate together we are staying in a villa so it will be relaxing at times and also full on we have been many times before when our children were small but son in law and future daughter in law have never been . Hopefully later in the year we will go somewhere on our own probably Italy again which we love . Anyway hope you have a lovely time and the snow over there has gone enjoy watching you on Qvc best wishes Loraine x

    • Julia Roberts January 13, 2018 at 10:00 am -  Reply

      Hi Loraine,
      How funny that you are celebrating 40 years together this year and have a thirty year old ‘child’ – we’re probably not the only ones! I’m looking forward to a time when we can ‘legitimately’ visit the Florida theme parks i.e. with children in tow – happy memories from the year 2000 for us.
      I loved Niagara Falls which we visited from the Canadian side a few years ago but I think it would be a bit cold for the Maid in the Mist at the moment!
      Hope you enjoy all your celebrations later in the year
      Julia x

  2. Josephine Jennings January 6, 2018 at 10:35 am -  Reply

    Happy New Year Julia. Congratulations on your 40 th anniversary with your other half. It takes a lot of love and commitment. We purchased a Sealy mattress from Qvcuk about six years ago . Well worth it!!

    • Julia Roberts January 13, 2018 at 10:02 am -  Reply

      Thanks Josephine
      Some would question how on earth ‘im indoors has put up with me for forty years!
      I was in two minds about the Sealy mattress but couldn’t justify at the moment
      Julia x

  3. Gillian January 6, 2018 at 2:08 pm -  Reply

    Lovely blog Julia, I am very jealous of you going to New York, I hope you and Chris have a fab time though! Congratulations on your anniversary! NY is on my bucket list, one day……
    Yes, our little ones do grow up fast, I loved the time when my two girls were small. They are now Mums and my grandchildren too are all grown up and out in the big wide world. Makes me feel very old, but I was a Nan at the age of 44 (in my 60’s now). We still worry about them don’t we even though they are grown up! I had to smile when you mentioned having to make your daughter a birthday cake, they are NEVER too old!My eldest daughter was born on Christmas Day and every year I HAVE TO get her a cake, complete with candles (no, not 40 odd) otherwise I would be in the doghouse! Old habits die hard and I am sure you will be making a cake for Sophie for many years to come, if anything like me, I can’t see me ever stopping, unless requested!
    I don’t make new year resolutions either, instead I like to set myself goals for the year and things I’d like to do. I watched the Speakmans and felt quite motivated afterwards. I lost my husband when I was 39, he was only 44, through very tragic circumstances and gave my everything to raising the children. Well now everyone is grown up I feel I might do something for me. I have decided to move house (no not back to Nottingham) perhaps to Hampshire where my sister lives, to get a dog so I can enjoy walking again after recent knee surgery and take more holidays. I would love to see The Rockies by train, visit New Zealand, go on The Orient Express, to name just a few ideas for 2018. I will, of course, still watch and buy from QVC and look forward to seeing you on Tv for a few years yet! Am hoping you don’t retire soon? I thought when I saw you on air just before Christmas that you had lost weight and looking good. Not that you needed to, but you always look lovely Julia, very young for your age.
    I wish you and yours all the very best in 2018, good health and happiness. Enjoy New York on your anniversary. Xx

    • Julia Roberts January 14, 2018 at 3:33 pm -  Reply

      Hi Gillian
      Thanks for your lovely post. My sister was a grandma in her forties too but then she did have her first three babies in her teens whereas I was thirty when I had my first. It must have been tough for you losing your husband so young so it’s good to hear that you are planning lots of exciting things in the year ahead. They do say travel broadens the mind & I would have to agree.
      New York will be a first for Chris and our son and will be very different from when I was last there in 1976, I’m sure!
      I had lost weight prior to Christmas (intentionally) and have managed to keep most of it off over the festive period thankfully so thank you for noticing. No plans to retire from QVC just yet not while I still enjoy my job so much.
      I hope you reach your goals in 2018
      Julia x
      PS Sophie enjoyed her birthday cake ?

  4. karen somerville January 6, 2018 at 3:16 pm -  Reply

    happy new year Julia .I will be purchasing this year some of your novels to chill out and less stress !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Julia Roberts January 13, 2018 at 11:08 am -  Reply

      Hi Karen,
      I like that goal!! I really hope you enjoy them – let me know won’t you
      Julia x

  5. Elizabeth keenan January 6, 2018 at 4:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    No I don’t do resolutions either, too easy to fall back on them and you feel disappointed if you fail.
    Happy 30th Birthday to Sophie on Monday she is gorgeous and very like you Julia.
    All the best for 2018 to you all.
    Much love
    Elizabeth ?

    • Julia Roberts January 13, 2018 at 11:10 am -  Reply

      Hi Elizabeth
      Thanks for the birthday wishes for Sophie, as mentioned on my latest blog we all had a really good time.
      Goals or aims – much better than resolutions.
      I have a good feeling for 2018
      Julia x

  6. Christine January 6, 2018 at 8:40 pm -  Reply

    Happy New Year to you and your family. My husband and I celebrate our Ruby anniversary in March. As you say time flies past. I thought it was an age thing, but my nieces say life is quick.
    Take Care X

    • Julia Roberts January 13, 2018 at 11:12 am -  Reply

      Hi Christine
      Happy New Year to you too and hope you have some fab celebrations for your Ruby Anniversary in March
      Julia x

  7. Janet Hood January 8, 2018 at 3:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia. You really do have a beautiful daughter! Got to say your house is looking rather fab too. Wishing you and your family a joyful and peaceful 2018.

    • Julia Roberts January 13, 2018 at 11:15 am -  Reply

      Hi Janet
      I think Sophie is beautiful but I could be a little biased so thank you for your comment.
      It has been tough getting the decorating done on the house but I’m so pleased with the results… so far!
      Best wishes for 2018
      Julia x

  8. samantha January 8, 2018 at 6:14 pm -  Reply

    hi julia happy new year to you and your family and well done to both you and chris, forty years together, hope you both have a fabulous time in new york. my gosh julia i had to do a double take with your daughter sophie, she is the double of stacey solomon , i’m sure she hasn’t grown out of your renowned chocolate cake, does anybody ever tire of chocolate cake-no, perhaps you could post the recipe on here. the last few years have been very difficult for my family but here’s hoping 2018 will be a better year.

    • Julia Roberts January 14, 2018 at 3:18 pm -  Reply

      Hi Samantha
      We’re looking forward to New York – something a bit different for us before a week in the sun.
      Sophie enjoyed her chocolate birthday cake – we all did actually! I have put the recipe on here before but can do again – maybe in time for Valentine’s Day as it’s heart shaped.
      I truly hope 2018 will be a better year for you & your family
      Julia x

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