Well, technically it’s the next book, as it’s publication day for Why She Died today, but more on that later, plus a little video my husband Chris made featuring Dan’s girlfriend, Katie, as the runner in the woods! Today also marks exactly four months since I had my corrective ankle surgery and as I have been unable to see my surgeon since March, we organised to have a zoom consultation this week to check up on how things are going. He is pleased with the progress I’ve made, working on the exercises my physiotherapist gave me in early April, but I need to move on to the next chapter of my recovery so he has recommended a new physiotherapist who will be able to visit my home wearing all the necessary protective gear. This is a huge relief for me as I had begun to worry that my progress was slower than it should be because of not being able to attend my physio sessions. I’d also been approved for hydrotherapy, but of course this was shelved due to the virus. The good news is that I can now try to leave the ankle brace off when I’m on air… the bad news is I have to wear a knee-length compression stocking instead – I might be sticking to trousers and maxi dresses for a while! I’m also now permitted to walk on my treadmill without the brace, which is a huge step forward, pun intended!
I’ve had a very busy few days at QVC with only Tuesday off this week. Instead of relaxing, we had a clear out of one of the garden storage containers as it was broken and discovered a box of baby clothes, birthday cards and a couple of toys including…. Packet. Some of you may well have heard me mention on air that my daughter, Sophie, had a doll when she was very small who she weirdly named Packet. None of us, Sophie included, have any idea why she called it that, but I kept the doll because of the name and thought you might like to see her.
I’d also forgotten just how creative I was when it came to knitting and crocheting for my two when they were small. These are just a few of the outfits I kept – I wonder if I will be passing them on?
In fact, it has inspired me to write a short story for next Friday’s read on my @JuliaRobertsTV Facebook page (if I can find the time).
Tonight at 8 p.m. is my publication day ‘virtual’ party on there and you’re all invited if you’d like to join in. I’ll be talking about my inspiration for some of the characters in the new book, there’ll be signed books to giveaway, we’ll be chatting shots of the alcoholic variety (all will become clear if you read the book) and there will be a short quiz about Reading, where DCI Rachel Hart is based. It also happens to be where Katie is from, so it was quite appropriate that she should feature as the girl running in this little video.
Talking about quizzing, I’ve had some more lovely feedback on the iQVC quiz I’m hosting on my Facebook page on Monday evenings at 8 p.m. I’m not going to lie, it is quite a lot of work, in fact this was a photo of me that Chris took inputting the questions into the Powerpoint presentation, having just got home from working at QVC. Don’t laugh, but I’ve made step by step notes on how to do it, because I’m such a technophobe. Dan has been instructing me – this week he is going to show me how to do the split picture thingy… I hope!
Monday will also be the start of our June Beauty Month. Debs Flint has the two-hour grand opening show from 10 p.m. until midnight. But we are kind of pre-empting that with the fabulous Liz Earle Today’s Special Value launching on air at 9 p.m. tomorrow and then all day Sunday as long as stocks last. I say that, because it has been on pre-sell online this week and over half the stock has already sold. Our buyers are working hard to try and secure advance orders, but you might want to order early, particularly if you would like to set up the Auto Delivery option.
It is a lovely four-piece collection featuring a supersize of the brand new Cleanse & Polish with Neroli, the new Brightening Eye Cream, my Liz Earle favourite Instant Boost Skin Tonic and your choice of Superskin Moisturiser in either Original or Natural Neroli. Not only that, but it’s on four Easy Pay interest-free instalments so you could have it home to try for £11.49 plus P&P.
When I opened my sample at home to try the new products, I left the room for a few moments and when I got back, look who had squeezed himself into the box it comes in… you’re too big, Wilfie, you don’t fit!
I still haven’t been able to film him playing football, but maybe he will be inspired with the Premier League season set to resume in a couple of weeks’ time. Am I the only one who’s not even sure where their team is in the league?
This week I haven’t had time for any baking but I hope those of you who tried my scone recipe and coconut tartlets recipe enjoyed them. Thank goodness I have a good supply of Lock & Locks to store the baking in so that we’re not tempted to eat them all at once! If you don’t, watch out for the Today’s Special Value this coming Wednesday.
Just before I finish, our charity appeal for the National Emergencies Trust ends this weekend, so if you’ve been meaning to donate but other things keep getting in the way, it needs to be before midnight on Sunday. Remember, QVC will double any donation you make to help those who are experiencing extreme difficulty at this time. It’s easy to do, I did mine this morning, and together we really can make a difference to so many people’s lives… no pressure of course, only if you feel you can.
That’s all from me for this week – apologies, I’m a bit behind with my replies but I’ll try and get back to you this afternoon.
Have a good weekend and stay safe,