You’ve obviously missed seeing pictures of Wilfie, as I had some lovely feedback on last week’s blog, so here’s another one for you. I’d just taken our son Dan’s towels out of the tumble dryer and turned my back for a moment to do something before taking them upstairs… look who snuck into the washing basket. They don’t miss a trick, do they, and always find the warmest place.
Actually, Wilfie had a trip to the vet this week as he’s been sick after eating quite a lot lately and I wanted to make sure it was nothing sinister. According to the vet, he is the perfect weight for a cat of his size, 5 kilos, has a lovely shiny coat and bright eyes. She just thinks he may have an intolerance to an ingredient on the ‘posher’ wet food we had been buying him as a treat. He’s now back on the one he used to have, along with the hard food, which he doesn’t have a problem with but doesn’t seem to enjoy as much, and so far so good.
Like most things nowadays, the experience at the vet’s was a bit different from normal. Owners had to wait outside while the vet collected our pets. Fortunately, it was a beautiful sunny day, just as it is today, but there was a definite nip in the air if you moved out of the sunshine.
Autumn is here and one of my favourite things is the change in the colours of the leaves. We have two Acers in our garden and watching their leaves turn from verdant green to yellow, orange and then deep red, is a reminder of just how incredible nature is.
Of course, following autumn days we have autumn nights and cosying up with the heating on, candles lit, and a hot chocolate makes them more bearable. We treated ourselves to a Hotel Chocolat Velvetiser last year as a wedding gift and paid considerably more than the fabulous Today’s Special Value price offered at the moment. It is tomorrow’s Today’s Special Value, but already on presell and the offer is amazing at just under £85, which includes the two drinking pods and a variety box of different flavoured hot chocolates, as well as a box of coffee lattes.
I love the fact that you can get great results using other milks… we use almond milk and it is equally as smooth and delicious. Last night, I had chocolate mint and Dan had chocolate orange and both were yummy. There are three colour options to choose from, and in case you’re wondering, the Yankee Candle I’m currently burning in the lounge is Shea Butter.
I love beautiful aromas, so was delighted to be able to try the new limited edition Bourbon Vanilla & Clove Bud in Sunday’s Liz Earle Today’s Special Value, also already on presell. Oh, my goodness! It is utterly gorgeous and my husband, Chris, definitely agrees it is unisex. Put another way, that means he will be using it if I don’t hide it!
There are three products in this gorgeous fragrance, Cleanse & Polish, Body Wash and Body Cream, plus the fab three of Original Cleanse & Polish, Instant Boost Skin Tonic and your choice of Skin Repair Moisturiser. It’s fabulous value at less than half price and comes with two gift boxes if you can bear to part with any of it. My advice? Order two, because I’m fairly sure you are going to LOVE the new limited-edition fragrance!
So, I’m delighted to report that I handed in the line edit of my next book on time on Monday, and even more delighted with my editor’s reaction a few hours later… ‘This is just fantastic.’ Phew! I think she liked it. I’ve given myself a week off from actual writing, but I have been thinking about the structure for book 9… I’ll say that again, book 9! It’s hard to believe I’m about to embark on writing my ninth novel when the first one was only published just over five years ago – that’s a lot of words.
I’ll be reading the start of my fourth novel, Alice in Theatreland, at 8 p.m. tonight on my JuliaRobertsTV Facebook page and Instagram Live, juliagroberts, if you’re wondering where to find me. And if you’re wondering whose legs these are, they are Ruth Langsford’s – she sent me the photo when she was reading the book on holiday a couple of years ago. I don’t work with Ruth that often as she does most of her shows with Jackie, but I’m pleased to say I have a show with her a week on Sunday.
Alice in Theatreland is set in the 1970s and is about a girl dancer from Nottingham… sound familiar? Yes, it’s loosely based on some of my experiences as a dancer in that period and while I was looking through some photos for throwback Thursday to put on Instagram, I came across this.
Look at that posture and how young I look – well, it was forty-five years ago! That Austin Healey Sprite started my passion for soft top cars, and I’ve had many since. By the way, her name was Flossie – do you give your car a name?
One comment asked if I could still do that pose… it doesn’t look quite as good, but I’m pretty chuffed I can still get my leg up there and without the benefit of platform soles.
Well, I must dash. I’m off until next Thursday, but as well as the Today’s Special Values I’ve mentioned this weekend, don’t miss the Neom one on Tuesday – I’m currently using their sleep pillow spray and it really does help me to switch off when my mind is racing from the latest book ideas.
Have a great weekend.