Edwina Bartholomew reveals why she can’t wait to return to Sunrise after maternity leave

‘It’s been a weird time’: Edwina Bartholomew reveals the REAL reason she’s excited to return to Sunrise six months after welcoming baby Molly

Sunrise’s Edwina Bartholomew will return to the Channel Seven breakfast show on Monday morning, just six months after welcoming daughter Molly. 

The 36-year-old has revealed she’s excited to be back on television screens so she can ‘contribute to telling breaking news stories’ to Australians every day. 

‘It’s been a weird time being an observer and sitting on the couch,’ the journalist and television presenter told News Corp Australia on Sunday. 

She’s back! Sunrise’s Edwina Bartholomew, 36, (pictured) will return to the Channel Seven breakfast show on Monday morning, just six months after welcoming daughter Molly

Edwina continued: ‘It was particularly hard during the bushfires, to think I couldn’t contribute to telling those stories.’

However, she said that she’s thankful to have been self-isolating at home with baby Molly on maternity leave throughout the coronavirus pandemic. 

‘The timing in that respect has been great,’ added Edwina.  

News just in! The presenter has revealed she's excited to be back on television screens so she can 'contribute to telling [breaking news] stories' to Australians

News just in! The presenter has revealed she’s excited to be back on television screens so she can ‘contribute to telling [breaking news] stories’ to Australians

'It's been a weird time being an observer and sitting on the couch':The mother-of-one said she's also excited to 'speak to other humans again' once she's back in Sunrise's Martin Place, Sydney studios from Monday morning

‘It’s been a weird time being an observer and sitting on the couch’:The mother-of-one said she’s also excited to ‘speak to other humans again’ once she’s back in Sunrise’s Martin Place, Sydney studios from Monday morning

The mother-of-one said she’s also excited to ‘speak to other humans again’ once she’s back in Sunrise’s Martin Place, Sydney studios from Monday morning. 

Last week, the Sunrise presenter shared a sweet Instagram post of daughter Molly befriending a picture of another baby on a packet of nappies.

Her baby gazed lovingly at the photo, clearly feeling she had made a new pal.

'Timing in that respect has been great': However, she said that she's thankful to have been self-isolating at home with baby Molly on maternity leave throughout the coronavirus pandemic

‘Timing in that respect has been great’: However, she said that she’s thankful to have been self-isolating at home with baby Molly on maternity leave throughout the coronavirus pandemic 

Edwina captioned the adorable photograph: ‘Makes friends easily’.   

Earlier this year, the journalist reflected on how motherhood had strengthened her marriage to husband Neil Varcoe.  

‘Neil has been so amazing,’ Edwina told The Herald Sun at the time. 

‘They say you fall in love with your husband again after you have a baby. And that was definitely the case for me,’ she cooed. 

'That was the case for me': Earlier this year, Edwina reflected on how motherhood has strengthened her marriage to Neil Varcoe (right) and made her 'fall in love with him again'

 ‘That was the case for me’: Earlier this year, Edwina reflected on how motherhood has strengthened her marriage to Neil Varcoe (right) and made her ‘fall in love with him again’ 

Liz Jones’s Diary: In which an old flame is reignited 

He was rich, funny… but I’d decided against him as he was shorter than me

Bad news. Bad news. Odd news. Slightly nice news. I finally plucked up the courage to read the text from Australia. It wasn’t from the Hunk, but from my nephew, about my sister, who is in a care home outside Sydney.

The second bit of bad news came while I was scrolling through my Twitter feed, and someone had posted about my email to the Hunk, when I’d asked after him and said I’d love to see him and indeed actually love him: ‘You are deranged. You haven’t seen the man for ten years. How can you possibly be in love with him? And can you imagine how upset David must be to read that?’

She’s right, I suppose. She added, ‘If he was interested, he would be following your column, listening to your podcast and secretly following you on Twitter.’ Not quite so sure about this as a) he is a busy man and b) he’s not David. And c) he’s not a woman.

I have to pull her up on one point, though. If David is upset, it’s his own fault. He never smartened himself up. He never engaged in meaningful conversation with me.

I texted him the other day, to ask if he’s been watching Grayson Perry’s Art Club on TV (David went to the RCA*, so I am trying to engage in his interests), and he replied with a stilted, formal, ‘It was very interesting and highlighted what a wealth of talent is out there.’ Not even a ‘How are you? How’s Swirly?’ or even an ‘Ouch.’ So that was the ‘odd’ bit, and now here is the slightly nice bit.

An email, out of the blue.

‘Lovely Liz…’

You see? David only ever called me ‘Sweetie’, which is what he called every woman in his life and used in case he forgot the name of the new one.

‘I’m sorry this isn’t the Hunk. We met once at Claridge’s; you wrote about me in your memoir: “He was nice but when he stood up I couldn’t tell if he was still sitting down.” [Ouch.] We got on well enough to meet for a drink at Canary Wharf. After that, life [David?] got in the way. My father owns [huge luxury brand here] and I live in Westcliff in Essex. I don’t know if you remember me.’

I do remember him. He was funny. But I think after our second drink, when I had seen him pull up in a new Porsche, I decided against him as he was shorter than me. (Oh, those were the days when I could turn men down!)

He continued: ‘When it’s possible after lockdown, I have friends in Yorkshire I must visit. It would be lovely if I could buy you lunch while I am up there. I know your one-woman show reaches Westcliff on 1 November. It would be great to see you then if you would like. I hope I hear from you but, above all, I hope you are as well and happy as possible. Kindest regards, P.’

Shall we analyse this missive? First, he shows interest in my work, having looked up the dates of my tour. He offers to buy lunch. He is polite. Brave. I show his email to Nic, my assistant.

‘He sounds rich,’ she says.

‘But why isn’t he married?’ I ask reasonably. ‘I think he has a holiday home in France.’

‘Maybe he’s too in luuurve with you.’

‘I doubt that. I was horrible to him. I wrote about his height.’

I draft my reply…

‘Hello! How lovely to hear from you, and of course I remember you fondly. You were so kind to me, and I repaid that kindness by writing about your shortcomings [!]. I can’t think why you aren’t married. David and I got engaged, twice, but it didn’t work out. Mainly as I wrote about him, which he found hard. But he also refused to make any effort. Men! It would be lovely to have lunch and catch up. Liz x’

So now I’m waiting for his reply… Why am I always waiting, like a character in a Jane Austen novel? Why?

* Rochdale College of Art

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Beauty: Skin, meet your new best friend 

Dior Capture Totale Cell Energy Super Potent Serum (£59.50 for 30ml, dior.com )

Looking for the ultimate complexion boost? This is the one I’m plumping for right now  

We all seem to be a bit more obsessed with skincare at the moment, and according to the beauty destination Space NK, in the skincare category alone it is seeing a 163 per cent rise in sales on last year. Within that, serums in particular are up 143 per cent as, it tells me, we also appear to be more open to both trying new things and investing in luxury purchases.

Which brings me to this little number, which ticks all the above boxes: Dior Capture Totale Cell Energy Super Potent Serum (£59.50 for 30ml, dior.com). It’s part of a new and complete skincare range (moisturiser, eye cream, essence) but it’s the serum that’s the real power player (this, of course, is usually the case as serum formulations are more potent).

And this one delivers a serious moisture hit – dehydration is certainly one of my main concerns and I’ll latch on to anything that helps. In this case it’s thanks to some hyaluronic acid. So far, so expected you could say. But this is a newer version of HA – official name sodium acetylated hyaluronate – which has a greater capacity to hold water than your average HA and can also get deeper into the skin than other versions of an equivalent molecular size.

It is, says Edouard Mauvais-Jarvis, Dior’s international scientific communications director, ‘more penetrating and resistant, to offer more intense and durable results’. So essentially this is better at providing some extra plumping and helping your skin stay hydrated for longer.

Of course, as I always say, there is no magic bullet for making us look 20 years younger. But I’ve been trialling this and my skin does feel plumper – I’d even say fresher – and definitely more hydrated. The texture is incredibly lightweight (almost milky), which I love. And there’s only the slightest bit of tackiness post-application.

Of course, moisturiser on top is good to seal in all those hydrating benefits but I’ve found this is also a great base for a good tinted moisturiser or foundation.

A serene way to lighten up

A wonderful new candle brand this way comes. Meet 7 Over 7, thus named because it’s all about creating fragrant blends that align the body’s seven chakras. So these candles can be used to aid meditation – or just to make your home smell incredible. They are made from natural wax with cotton wicks, and mine has burned evenly and smells wonderful. The blend was Neroli Madurai, a refreshing mix including sweet orange, jasmine and its namesake neroli. Other blends include Grounding Woods (charred silver birch, oakmoss and patchouli) and Rose Bohemia, which includes Egyptian geranium, aldehydes and amber. I’m a big fan of the packaging, too. Each candle comes in a handmade ceramic pot, complete with a lid, and could be put to myriad uses once the candle has burned its last. Alternatively, 7 Over 7 offers a refill service and will send you the necessary packaging to safely return your pot, then refill it and get it back to you. £65 or £45 for a refill, live7over7.com.

Having trouble sleeping?   

I have found of late that I need a bit more of a routine around going to bed in order to switch off and get some decent shut eye

I have found of late that I need a bit more of a routine around going to bed in order to switch off and get some decent shut eye

I have found of late that I need a bit more of a routine around going to bed in order to switch off and get some decent shut eye. This will begin with tearing myself away from the telly – and other screens – and resting my eye/brain stimulation. The new Rituals The Ritual of Jing collection is all about sleep. Although the bath salts are great, I really love the Peaceful Sleep Shower Oil (£8.50, rituals.com), which emulsifies into a light creamy wash and smells of woody lavender. I have also tried applying this to dry skin then getting into a bath, a process that equally works wonders and leaves my skin feeling smooth. Also on the bath front are two favourites. I always find that a generous dose of Mauli Rituals Himalayan Healing Salts (£42, maulirituals.com), with their blend of therapeutic oils, is super-soothing. And Land & Water Bath Salts, containing Himalayan, Epsom and sea salts (£17, land-and-water.co.uk), are like a lullaby in powdered form: finely milled (you don’t always want larger lumps slowly – and sometimes never – dissolving beneath you) and lavender and linden scented.

The Tisserand Pulse Point Roller Ball is equally effective – there is a wide range of them, including some for energy and focus – and the Sleep Better blend (£6.75, tisserand.com) includes jasmine, sandalwood and lavender essential oils. Simply apply to pulse points before bedtime and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by the results. I’ve given this to lots of my friends and even the most cynical of them have become dedicated customers.

Also new is the Sanctuary Spa Wellness range, which includes a Sleep Mist (£12, boots.com). This smells rather different to most sleep blends as it’s more of an exotic floral fragrance and includes bergamot, jasmine, rose, sweet pea and patchouli. Although it does contain lavender, I can’t really detect it, and perhaps for this reason I was somewhat sceptical, but I’ve had some of the soundest nights’ sleep whenever I use it.

And if you don’t like the smell of lavender – apparently 30 per cent of people hate it – then the Neom Bedtime Hero collection, which launched in March, could be for you. It’s a soothing concoction of camomile, ylang-ylang and cedarwood. The range includes a candle, pillow mist, bath foam and an oil blend, but I’m most partial to the Magnesium Body Butter (£36, neomorganics.com) for some added bedtime indulgence.


The delicious way to beat diabetes with Phil Vickery

The delicious way to beat diabetes with Phil Vickery

A staggering third of people who have died of coronavirus also had diabetes, so now is the time to beat it – TV chef Phil Vickery’s fabulous recipes will make it easy

For Phil’s jerk-seasoned fish tacos, see here

Easy, tasty, healthy 

It’s a grim new statistic: official figures reveal that a third of those who’ve died from coronavirus this year also had diabetes. As Phil Vickery reveals here, fighting, beating and managing it is more crucial than ever 

Phil Vickery

Phil Vickery 

More people than ever have diabetes – it affects more of us than all cancers and dementia combined. It is not always the easiest of conditions to understand, and not enough people appreciate the damage it can do. Symptoms include being unusually thirsty, feeling tired all the time and needing to pee more than usual.

By spotting symptoms early, taking prescribed medications and making healthy changes to diet and lifestyle, you can reduce your chances of developing diabetes complications.

The list of ingredients that you can eat if you have diabetes is very varied, but when you are building balanced, nutritional recipes, you need to be extremely careful – and it takes a huge amount of time and effort to get things right. You have to be strict not only when developing or cooking the recipes, but also to ensure you give the correct advice. Research is being published all the time and there have been significant changes even in the three years since the publication of my book Phil Vickery’s Ultimate Diabetes Cookbook.

For my latest book, Diabetes Meal Planner, I have tried to write easy, colourful and tasty recipes that will inspire you to get involved and cook. We have also taken into consideration shopping, so have kept ingredients to a minimum. Some recipes are very simple. We make no excuse for that – as a wise chef once said to me, ‘The fewer ingredients, the less you can hide.’ The overriding factor is the need to eat a nutritionally well-balanced diet, keeping an eye on calorie intake if you’re managing your weight [the nutritional values listed under each recipe are per portion]. But it also goes without saying that keeping active is crucial. I’m no doctor, but my brother is, so we often chat about diets, and he stresses the need for a combination of moderate exercise and a balanced diet.

People with diabetes spend around three hours with a healthcare professional every year; for the remaining 8,757 hours they must manage their diabetes themselves. An important part of this self-care is eating healthy, balanced meals. There isn’t a special plan for diabetics to follow; dietary guidelines are similar to those recommended for everyone. Making healthier food choices is good for everybody. This means including more whole grains, fruit, vegetables – especially green leafy varieties – and pulses such as beans and lentils. Also incorporate healthy fats: for example, oily fish, avocado and nuts. And eat less refined grains and processed meats, as well as sugary food and drinks. Lower your salt and saturated fat intake. Eat less red meat – maybe once or twice a week – and choose better quality produce, if possible.

Diabetes Meal Planner by Phil Vickery

Diabetes Meal Planner by Phil Vickery

Before making any changes to your diet it is best to check with your healthcare team, especially if the diet is restrictive and/or you’re on medication. Unless advised, it’s best to eat a variety of healthy foods rather than take vitamin and mineral supplements to get the essential nutrients and manage your diabetes.


Diabetes Meal Planner by Phil Vickery will be published by Kyle Books on 8 June, price £22. To order a copy for £11 until 14 June, go to whsmith.co.uk and enter the code YOUVICKERY at the checkout. Book number: 9780857837783. For terms and conditions see www.whsmith.co.uk/terms


HOROSCOPES: Learn from disagreements this week, Gemini

HOROSCOPES: Learn from disagreements this week, Gemini

Gemini 22 MAY-21 JUNE Partners and colleagues will disagree with whatever you say this week and vice versa. It’s not necessarily a recipe for disaster – disagreements can be healthy as long as you’re prepared to learn from each other. That may be easier said than done. CALL 0904 470 1163*

Cancer 22 JUNE-23 JULY Don’t worry if you find it a struggle to stay on top of things this week as the approaching Lunar Eclipse is disrupting everyone’s plans. What matters is that you keep your long-term goals in mind and don’t lose heart even though you may lose a little ground. CALL 0904 470 1164* 

Leo 24 JULY-23 AUG Solar and lunar activity in two of the most creative areas of your chart invite you to dream the impossible this week – then make it come true. Not everyone will share your optimism but not everyone is you. Ignore them and get on with it. CALL 0904 470 1165*

Virgo 24 AUG-23 SEPT If your rational and intuitive minds tell you different things, you’ll know which to believe. With this week’s eclipse disrupting so much you may decide it’s best to do nothing at all. But where there is disruption there’s also opportunity, as you’re about to find out. CALL 0904 470 1166*

Libra 24 SEPT-23 OCT If you make any hasty decisions you may have to backtrack next week when you realise how foolish you’ve been. What seems such a good idea one minute will seem the height of stupidity the next, so take your time and leave yourself a way out. CALL 0904 470 1167*

Scorpio 24 OCT-22 NOV Act confident even if your knees are knocking and you feel out of your depth. Maybe you are not the only one to feel that way. Don’t believe that your opponents are better than you: they’re not. Your mental strength will see you through. CALL 0904 470 1168* 

Sagittarius 23 NOV-21 DEC This week’s powerful Lunar Eclipse in your sign means you may be emotional and any minor grudges could lead to major disputes if you are not careful. Don’t make any drastic moves. Give yourself time to calm down. CALL 0904 470 1169*

Capricorn 22 DEC-20 JAN You may have to revise a plan in light of new information but you’re nothing if not practical and will make the necessary changes. Life is full of surprises – good and bad – and you may surprise yourself this week by how readily you adapt to changing circumstances. CALL 0904 470 1170*

Aquarius 21 JAN-19 FEB You will want to try something new this week, something that hasn’t been done before. You won’t care if others approve or not but you will care that your efforts are taken seriously. For that reason alone you must stay within the rules – well, almost. CALL 0904 470 1171*

Pisces 20 FEB-20 MARCH Expect big disruptions this week as the Lunar Eclipse cuts across important areas of your chart. You may not be able to control what happens but you can control the way you react to it. Think of yourself as a beacon of calm in an ocean of panic. CALL 0904 470 1172*

Aries 21 MARCH-20 APRIL Problems will only arise this week if you speak out of turn or reveal your suspicions to someone who cannot be trusted to keep quiet. Or maybe you’re about to learn a secret you want to share with the world. The world may not appreciate it. CALL 0904 470 1161*

Taurus 21 APRIL-21 MAY You can scream and shout this week but it won’t change a thing. With a Lunar Eclipse cutting across the financial angles of your chart, you’d be wise to keep your opinions to yourself, especially if they are the kind of opinions that could cost you dearly. CALL 0904 470 1162*

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