Cooked in the Air Fryer

My competition winner, theatre, art class and more!



Competition prizeI’m going to start this blog by congratulating Jan Blount for winning the competition I set last week. Jan correctly guessed, along with hundreds of you, that the answer was indeed 753 BC! Amazing to think there’s such a history behind eye makeup!

The Revitalash is on its on its way to you – let me know how you get on with it won’t you? Many thanks to all those of you who took the time out to enter the competition, and I am already on the lookout for something equally tempting as a prize for this month!

This last week has seen me dashing about the place like a mad thing – no change there then! – but also spending a fair amount of time at the computer working on my book. Nearly 30,000 words to date, and feeling quite optimistic about increasing that number : ) I’ve always enjoyed writing, and English was definitely my favourite subject at school, unlike maths and art, both of which I really struggled with.

My friend Jo however, had a natural ability to turn a plain sheet of paper and paint into a masterpiece, and so it was no surprise to me when she set up her own business managing an art class for those who don’t believe they can draw. Having seen some of her pupil’s artwork, it’s clear she’s made a great success of it, and has asked me on many an occasion, if I’d like to pop in and see what it’s all about.

As she’s always been incredibly supportive of anything that I do, I thought it was about time I reciprocated. On this occasion we would be drawing the human face, and so feeling a tad nervous because I can’t even draw a straight line, I concentrated hard on what she was explaining to the class. Those of you that tweet regularly will have seen this picture, which I drew having been instructed on how to carefully measure the distance between the eyes, nose and chin. The end result wasn’t based on anyone at all, but a number of you thought what I’d drawn bore a resemblance to Chloe Everton! Not too sure she would be that pleased with the suggestion, but it cheered me no end, to see that I had drawn something that looked like an attractive human face. We had a go at bodies as well, and this is as far as I got. A couple of stages on from a stick man, but nonetheless intriguing to see how perspective and dimension is worked out.

My sketchMy figure sketch

Having taught me how to master the art of line drawing, Jo then treated me to a night out in town to see one of our favourite comedians, Billy Connolly at the Hammersmith Apollo. We have both been avid fans since the mid 1970s when he had us rolling around with laughter, and although some years back he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease -which he manages incredibly well – he had the entire audience in stitches. Such a talent, such a cruel disease, but so wonderful to see someone doing their best to get on with their life in spite of this illness.

Jo in art classOutside the theatre















It seems as though a great many of you have fallen foul to this awful cough and cold that has taken its stubborn hold, and even poor Honey was laid low with it. That said, she still managed to rally on her previous visit to me, and the following day proved that nothing was going to stop her, with her first attempt at crawling!

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HoneyOf course it means that Lucy has now had to shift everything from floor level to waist level, and is expecting her to start walking soon. Honey also spoke her first words! I was imagining ‘mamma’, or ‘dad dad’ – maybe even ‘Nan’ if I was really lucky – but not a chance! The first word she ever spoke was Elbell which is the name of their cat. I’m sure mamma is not far behind though : )

It’s been busy here at QVC too, and I’ve had some fun shows over the last week or more. I’ve also taken delivery of the Cook’s Essentials Air Fryer. This clever compact machine can actually bake, roast and fry food without any need for oil! Meat, poultry, fish, vegetables and even cakes can be cooked with the minimum of fuss, and maximum saving of calories as well as energy!

I tried something simple to start with – frozen fish fingers – and this is how well cooked they were after just 10 minutes. I then tried one of the recipes from the recipe booklet that comes with it. This is a chicken breast stuffed with cream cheese and wrapped in bacon. I roasted some vegetables as well and the entire meal took just 20 minutes! Colin loved it. It is to be our Today’s Special Value offer on Thursday night, so do make sure you join me at midnight if you want to treat yourself or someone you love to this really clever little device. Tweet me @alikqvc and I’ll let you know the price early!

Fish fingers in the Air Fryer

Cooked in the Air Fryer

I wasn’t working last weekend, and so Colin I went to spend Saturday and Sunday with my sister Jenny and her partner Linda. They live in a beautiful part of Hampshire, and outside of a five mile walk with Jenny, where we put the world to rights, it was have one of the most truly lazy weekends I’ve had in a very long time. Jenny cooked the most amazing vegetable curry with a lentil Dahl and all the trimmings and it was delicious! So by way of a thank you, I treated her to the Algenist Algae Face Brightening Mask and painted her nails for her : ) The mask is this fab shade of green and full of micro and macro algae – it made a distinct difference to her skin, and I’m sure you’ll agree, she looks a lot younger than her 54 years! : )

Wearing the mask


We got home on Sunday in time to see the last episode of the epic BBC dramatisation of War and Peace. Having never read Tolstoy’s tome we were moved, educated and entertained. Great to see Lily James from Downton, and also the leading man from Happy Valley, James Norton, whom I am reliably informed is reappearing in the new series which started on Tuesday night! Of course there’s always Call the Midwife, Lucky Man and The Undateables, so plenty to watch when we get a moment! What do you tend to view outside of QVC of course?! : )

Sending you love – not just for Valentines Day – and looking forward as always, to hearing about your world and your week. Take care,



  1. Joanna Downey February 10, 2016 at 9:18 pm -  Reply

    Evening Ali, You have written a blog of coincidences, my favourite subject was English and I admire anyone with the drive and determination to write a book and I’ll be first in the queue when yours is published. I’d love to be able to draw and coming from an artistic family my lack of talent is obvious to say the least; we have the lot – a crafter, photographer, graphic artist, landscaper and needlewoman extraordinaire. Finally there’s Ellie who dithered between a Fine Art degree and a B Ed, decided on the latter and has a primary school classroom full of the most amazing art displays – she created the bow of a Viking ship that looked as though it was coming through the wall a couple of years ago. Consequently I found the idea of your friend Jo’s Art class fascinating and I can imagine the pleasure she gets from seeing her pupils make progress. Second coincidence was your love of The Big Yin, he was my mum’s favourite and we would sit clutching our ribs, total hysterical watching him on TV or disc and Colin still uses his phrase “Era for sera fee” when he doesn’t know the words to a song. Darling Honey and her mesmerised cat, yes it’s just the beginning of moving things and blocking things and being stunned by the speed that little people can achieve. I loved the way she went back to seated mode; there’s a lovely film called “Baby’s Day Out” with the most gorgeous little boy who crawls around a city while outwitting would be kidnappers and watching him is a delight. Finally, I didn’t watch War & Peace, I’m old enough to have seen the 1972 BBC series – 26 episodes..! I have read the novel because I took Russian O Level and felt it was the thing to do. I’ve almost given up television since Christmas which has allowed me to read eight books and progress with my colouring book, Colin finds this activity mildly amusing and feels that I should wear a shawl while engrossed with my crayons, what a cheek. You’re looking lovely – your hair is a triumph. Love from Jo x

    • Alison Keenan February 13, 2016 at 2:01 pm -  Reply

      Jo, so sorry, but I posted my response to you under Ann’s comment! Hope you have a good week :) A x

  2. ann cain February 11, 2016 at 3:07 pm -  Reply

    Lovely to see Honey crawling she as grown so quickly.We only have one grandchild and the memories we have of him are so precious,he is 22 know.So pleased you are doing well Alision. I had cancer of the kidney and I was so luckey everything went the right way.Good luck in everything that you do.xx

    • Alison Keenan February 13, 2016 at 1:51 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Jo – lovely to hear from you and to learn a little more about your incredibly talented family! It’s strange how certain skills are passed down to some rather than others. With both my father’s parents being incredibly artistic – watercolours, inks, oils, – to create land and seascapes,and a great many urban illustrations too. Dad was far more interested in abstract art, and my brother was an excellent with technical drawings. Ellie clearly has the imagination as well as the talent! I’m glad though that you’re enjoying the colouring – you never know your Colin might find it fun too! What kind of books do you enjoy reading? I worked in book publishing for two years, and used to read at least one book a week on my commute to work. Recollection of A Journey by R.C. Hutchinson was an exceptional story, and had been in floods of tears and unable to get off my train at Waterloo Station! I don’t read anywhere near as much as I’d like to, but hopefully I will get back to it once I’ve finished writing! Russian at O Level – we only had the option to do Spanish French or German – sounds really interesting. It’s funny, but something I noticed with the TV series was that very few actors nowadays speak with an accent – i.e. Russian or French. It makes sense really because if they don’t use the actual language then there’s very little point, but I remember it wasn’t that long ago, they all used accents – some of them pretty badly! :) I hope you have a good week, and thanks as always for keeping in touch. Love Ali xx

    • Alison Keenan February 13, 2016 at 1:56 pm -  Reply

      Hello Ann, and thank you for writing to me. I am so glad to know that in spite of your diagnosis you are well and that everything is OK now. Your grandson is much the same age as my Jack who turned 23 at the beginning of this month – I hope you still see him, although I know once they’re grown up their lives seem so busy. Its a very grey day here, but I’ll be back at work tomorrow so that will fill my day. Colin and I celebrated Valentine’s last night instead :) Take care, love Ali xx

  3. Pearl Emery February 12, 2016 at 3:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali.
    It is so nice to see Honey crawling,now the fun begins,you are looking lovely as usual.
    I don’t know if i told you the result of my Altzhimers Memory walk that you so kindly sponsored me for last year,i raised £573.00.
    This year i am doing a Tandem Sky Dive on the 11th of June for Julia’s House Hospice
    Which is based in Poole Dorset,it is the only one in Dorset that is for families with children with life limiting and terminal life illness,so this year i am going to try and raise £1,000 My cousin has decided that i am off my head,may be i am still it is for a good cause.
    Hope you are keeping well.
    Take care ALI.
    Love Pearl xx

    • Alison Keenan February 18, 2016 at 10:08 am -  Reply

      Dear Pearl, I take my hat off to you!! You are very brave to consider doing this – I remember when my Sam did his and my heart was in my mouth the entire time he was in the plane and then falling from the sky! That said he told me it was one of the best experiences of his entire life, so I would be really grateful if you could send me the link as I would like to sponsor you. I am also very fond of Dorset, and have some lovely memories of Colin and I touring around the coast a week after I finished my chemotherapy. Take care and I look forward to hearing from you, love Ali xx

  4. Linda Finch February 12, 2016 at 9:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali , so lovely to see Honey crawling I love it when baby’s start crawling in their baby grows they always get the legs about 2 foot long .Glad you enjoyed your little break to see your sister (she’s so brave showing everyone her face mask ) I haven’t got into war and peace but I did so enjoy downton, I like most period dramas I also enjoy first dates I can usually sus out who is going on another date they are so hilarious some of the things they say on the first date especially on TV .I have a busy week coming up as my hubs ter is going into hospital for an operation on his ankle, because of athuritis he has to have it pined and screws put in, so he will be in plaster for 6 WEEKS so that means no driving or doing enything which will take some doing as he likes to go for a walk every day ,I will have to get my Florence Nightingale outfit out haha but hey Ho it will soon pass ,I will keep you posted much love Linda F xx

    • Alison Keenan February 18, 2016 at 10:11 am -  Reply

      Hi Linda good to hear from you, and you’re right it is funny when the babies crawl inside their babygros! Lucy however was a very careful crawler and would crawl with straight legs so she didn’t kneel on the hem of her dress! I too really enjoyed Downton, and Colin and I have thoroughly enjoyed several series of First Dates. I also like The Undatables, which always brings a tear to my eye. I do hope your husband’s operation goes to plan, and that you won’t be too worn out working as Florence Nightingale over the next six weeks! Do keep in touch, lovely to hear from you, love Ali x

  5. Gwen February 13, 2016 at 11:06 am -  Reply

    Hello Dear Ali,

    Love your blog as always and especially little Honey crawling, what a little darling she is,she always looks so happy and contented, she is indeed a real little Honey, and always makes me smile. Thank you so much for sharing her with us.

    Not much news from me this week, just looking out of my window at a very soggy Brighton again! surely things will brighten up soon. So lovely to learn that Colin proposed to you here it really can be a very beautiful place but at the moment not the least romantic!!!!!!

    Take good care of yourself Ali,

    Love Gwen.

    • Alison Keenan February 18, 2016 at 10:25 am -  Reply

      It is an absolute pleasure to share the blog with you Gwen, and so glad you like the film of honey. She is a constant source of joy in my life and always makes me smile. It was very soggy here yesterday, but the sun is now out, and although I may not have time to walk before work, I will have to get my food shopping done – busy weekend ahead! I hope you have something nice planned too, and thanks for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  6. Elaine sallis February 13, 2016 at 1:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, lovely to see Honey on the move. Josselin will be 1on Monday and has taken her first few steps this week. Elaine

    • Alison Keenan February 18, 2016 at 10:12 am -  Reply

      Hi Elaine, good to hear from you, and I do hope that little Josselin enjoyed her first birthday on Monday! Unbelievable how quickly the time has passed! Her first steps too – I don’t think Honey is far behind her. Keep in touch, love Ali xx

  7. Judith Lennon February 13, 2016 at 6:15 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali

    I always look forward to reading your blog as there is always something interesting to read. I love your picture and yes I can see a likeness to Chloe. You clever girl. No end to your talents. I’m glad you enjoyed your evening at the theatre. It’s nice to go and see a favourite. My eldest granddaughter (9 yrs), my daughter and daughter in law went as my treat to see the Strictly tour in Newcastle. It was amazing and my granddaughter waved her number 10 and bounced up and down with such excitement. It was a real pleasure to see. I see Pippa enjoyed it also. Wait until you are taking Honey with you to do something nice. It won’t be long now she is crawling. It takes such effort for them but lovely to see and encourage. I too own an air fryer (not the one you have) but also love it. My only grudge is that mine does’t shut off and I have had some bits over cooked. I am glad to say I am feeling much better – 8 weeks of this damned infection can you believe. I just need my hearing back but my GP says this is just a waiting game. No fun I can tell you. I’m waiting on an appointment to have my hearing checked but my GP does not think there is any need to be concerned. My husband has booked us some sunshine in Lanzarote in May. I reminded him he wasn’t going to take me on holiday anymore with my track record of being poorly. His answer to that was that I needed the sunshine. How can I argue with that!!
    Well Ali time to close and send you hugs and love as always. Judith xx

    • Alison Keenan February 18, 2016 at 10:15 am -  Reply

      Dear Judith, I am sorry to know that you are still struggling with the infection and very much hope that you get your hearing back soon. It must be a real struggle. I have to admit to being soooo jealous of you seeing the Strictly Tour in Newcastle! I am obsessed with the series when it’s on and have never been to Newcastle, so it would have been a win win situation for me :) And you’re right, I am already looking forward to taking Honey with me for special days out. Here’s to your holiday in May – I’m just debating whether to fetch the Dyson fan or not – it’s suddenly got cold in the sitting room! We both need the sunshine I think. Take care and do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  8. Christine Auchterlonie February 13, 2016 at 10:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali yet another full and very detailed blog full of interesting events in your life… Loved the video of little Honey and her efforts to crawl…I just love little girls they are so cute and you want to cuddle them all of the time…pleased you and your friend enjoyed the show… Billy Connelly so funny I too get his sense of humour…..he does have a massive following.
    I like the art work! And also looking forward to reading the book…and I must mention the Air Fryer incident it did make me laugh… So funny.
    I haven’t much to report as the weather here in the north east has been very cold and very windy and as I speak it is very bleak outside.. I’m tuned into QVC watching Charlie Bears they are so delicious it is hard to choose one from the other.Outside QVC I do like Call the Midwife and “Vera” because it is mainly filmed here in the North East and I love Happy Valley and have been looking forward to the new series which started this week .
    I hope you are keeping well and have a lovely Valentines Day with Colin .. My daughter Fiona and Son Simon will be coming tomorrow with my two lovely grandchildren Jess and Katy …look forward to your next blog .so till then take care with love Chris.

    • Alison Keenan February 18, 2016 at 10:17 am -  Reply

      Hi there Christine, and I’m glad you enjoyed the blog. I am lucky that Lucy is able to send through these little mementos of Honey growing up and you’re right she is so cute. It was nice because I saw your photograph on my Twitter feed, so now I know what you look like as well! Clearly we have the same sense of humour if you enjoy Billy Connolly to and it was certainly a very memorable evening. Almost as funny as the air fryer incident – Simon Brown is such a perfectionist, and he did very well not to be thrown by this! Colin and I had a lovely Valentine’s Day on the Friday and I hope very much that you enjoyed your time with Fiona Simon Jess and Katie. Take care Love Ali xx

  9. Sue Huskisson February 14, 2016 at 6:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali. Enjoyed your blog as usual. Your art work is really impressive! I’m afraid art is not my forte. The only time I got a decent mark in school was when I did an abstract and no-one knew what it was meant to be haha! The video of Honey crawling was adorable. She’ll be into everything now!
    Our little Charlie’s christening went wonderfully to plan. He looked so handsome in his little ivory satin romper with pale blue jacket ( not very practical admittedly but mummy changed him for the party) so all was well! Mummy has now had to return to work for two and a half days a week so for 1 day he’s going to nursery. Apparently he loves it, doesn’t cry when mummy leaves him but cries at home time! I’m still trying to get to grips with this Twitter lark so I can send you photos but I’ll keep trying. The next exciting event on my calendar is my new kitchen (29th Feb). New floor was laid last week……. love it… So 1st step done!! Anyway bye for now Ali. Already looking forward to your next blog and can’t wait for your book! Love Sue xx

    • Alison Keenan February 18, 2016 at 10:23 am -  Reply

      Hi Sue, you did make me laugh with your comment about the abstract painting – I would’ve been exactly the same! I’m so pleased that Charlie’s christening went to plan, but I’m sorry that mummy has had to go back to work for 2 1/2 days a week. Lucy is currently working one day a week but that will increase to 2 in March. Honey also doesn’t cry when she’s left at nursery but cries when Lucy picks her up. Apparently that is because she only then realises that her mummy has left her! Not long for you to wait for your new kitchen – a very exciting! Great to have the floor down already. Good luck with Twitter, and you can always google how to send photographs. Just as a tip, when writing a Twitter comments look for the grey camera icon which is along the bottom of the screen, press it and it will give you the option to take a photograph. Hope all goes well, love Ali x

  10. Alison Keenan February 18, 2016 at 10:19 am -  Reply

    ps to Christine! Meant to say that Colin and I watched our first Vera from the new series and it was brilliant! I’ve also only just started to catch up with Call the Midwife which was also superb. A x

  11. Debz February 18, 2016 at 11:22 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali

    Just to let you know that we had to have Ainzley put to sleep on 4 January. ( I did put this on the tail end of one of your earlier blogs but you must have missed it) His breathing had become very shallow which we knew was a bad sign.

    The vet said he had fluid around his lungs and he didn’t think that Ainzley would make it through the anaesthetic to treat it. I am devastated as you can imagine as he was my constant companion for nearly 19 years through all that life had thrown at me. My only constant.

    He was feisty to the end but I could see what his fight and feistiness was costing him. He survived for 6 years longer than the vet imagined he would so I was so lucky that I had those extra years with him.

    I still can’t believe he’s gone. The gap he has left is immense. The tears I have shed for my beautiful whiskery friend have been constant and still are 6 weeks down the line.

    Lots of love
    Just me, Debz. XXXX

    • Alison Keenan February 22, 2016 at 1:23 pm -  Reply

      My dear Debz, I had no idea that you had lost Ainzley, and I am devastated for you. I know how much he meant to you, and what a large part of your life he has always been. Thank you so much for sharing so much of the last six years with us here on the blog. It was so easy to see why you loved him, and what an incredibly strong and feisty friend he was. The tales of your visits to the vet with him, will stay in my memory forever and they always make me smile. I hope that in the weeks to come, the tears will lessen, and you will find solace and hopefully happiness with your memories of him. What a wonderful life he had, and what a marvellous mum you were to him. Take care, sending a big hug, love Ali xx

      • Debz February 23, 2016 at 11:14 am -  Reply

        Hi Ali

        Thank you for your kind words. Everyone has been so lovely about him. He was so very special and, I think people liked to hear about his antics. I was forever writing about his latest escapade and, as I don’t get out to do very much myself, he made me interesting. I feel a bit lost now with not much to say.

        He was so very brave and bore all his illnesses with a resigned air of, oh well, at least I get better food now!

        I have his ashes in a little wooded casket with a sleeping cat on top of it. I still talk to him and I know he’s still with me in spirit but I would still give anything to have him back, in good health and on the sofa with me.

        Lots of love
        Debz XXXXX

        • Alison Keenan March 6, 2016 at 7:06 pm -  Reply

          My dear Debz…. your comment made me sad… You are interesting, entertaining, a great raconteur, friend and wife. You were a brilliant mum to Ainzley, and remember most animals learn a great deal of what they know from us… His character was borne out of yours. Stay brave, and keep him in your life whatever way you can. Keep in touch too won’t you? Love Ali xx

  12. theresa February 18, 2016 at 10:05 pm -  Reply

    Just read your blog and the mini clip of Honey crawling put a smile on my face as I remembered my grandaughter Ellice who is nearly 12 when she started crawling and things had to be moved. Your right we all think their first words will be mama or dada and are suprised by what they say, bringing into your life lots of laughter, fun and joy and when you feel low lift your spirits. Like you I love being a grandma grandchildren change your life for the better keep us young. Love reading your blogs, you take care x

    • Alison Keenan February 22, 2016 at 1:25 pm -  Reply

      Dear Theresa, funnily enough I just watched the clip of Honey crawling as I was scrolling down to answer these comments! She is such a cutie, and can now haul herself up on the stair gate – as I say, I think she will be walking within a month :) How lovely for you also to have the joy of grandchildren. They make the world of difference, and bring so much happiness, and definitely keep you young. I have Honey to myself all day tomorrow, so am already looking forward to it very much. Have a great week, and thanks you for writing to me, love Ali xx

  13. Joanna Downey February 20, 2016 at 8:04 am -  Reply

    Dearest Debz, I’m so very sorry to read your news and I can understand how you feel. I always looked forward to reading your wonderful stories about Ainzley; he was a regular on Ali’s blog and I felt I knew him. On 1st March it’ll be one year since I went through the same horrible experience with Bertie, he was slightly younger than Ainzley and he’s much missed. I promise you that it’ll get easier and until then be kind to yourself. Love to you Debz and priceless memories of Ainzley, a characterful cat. Love from Jo x

    • Debz February 23, 2016 at 11:19 am -  Reply

      Thanks Jo.

      Am sorry for the loss of your Bertie. A year is a long time but our furry friends loss never seems to quite go away I’m sure.

      At the moment I still can’t see that far into the future without my precious boy. I usually like the lighter nights but, at the moment, they just remind me that time is moving on and I’m just not ready to yet.

      I’m so glad that you enjoyed hearing about him and so many people have said that they felt they knew him. He would have liked that.

      Thank you again for your lovely words.

      Debz XXXXX

  14. martin forbes February 20, 2016 at 8:49 am -  Reply

    Hi alison hope you and the family are welli am not bad been off work the last 2weeks on holiday being lkazy doing nothing.back on monday what athought.
    look forward to the next one your granddaughter is fairly crawling now how old is she now

    • Alison Keenan February 22, 2016 at 1:27 pm -  Reply

      Hello there Martin, I am glad you’ve enjoyed your time of work, and have been able to relax. We’ve had some pretty nice days too, so I hope you were able to enjoy the sunshine where you were. Honey is nearly 10 months old – I can’t quite believe that as I write it! Hope work is OK for you when you go back, love Ali xx

  15. Elaine sallis February 20, 2016 at 10:06 pm -  Reply

    Debz I am so sorry to hear your news I know exactly how you feel we had our beloved dog Oscar put to sleep two weeks ago. He was fourteen and we miss him so much. Sorry to hijack your blog Ali but I know you will understand. Love Elaine

    • Alison Keenan February 22, 2016 at 1:28 pm -  Reply

      Elaine, bless you, that is exactly what the blog is for. I am sure there are many folk who would like to send their love to Debz right now. Thank you for doing just that. Love Ali xx

    • Alison Keenan February 22, 2016 at 1:29 pm -  Reply

      …..and I am terribly sorry to hear about your Oscar too.. 14 years is a very long time to have loved him. I am sure you do miss him very much. Sending you a big hug xxx

    • Debz February 23, 2016 at 11:26 am -  Reply

      Thank you Elaine.

      I’m so sorry to hear about your boy Oscar. Fourteen years is along time to share with a beloved pet and although time heals all things, we still need time to miss those we loved so much.

      Thinking of you and sending hugs.

      Debz XXX

  16. angela white February 22, 2016 at 10:31 am -  Reply

    dear debz, so sorry to hear about ainzley i know how you feel we lost our toby (choc lab) 8yrs ago and it was awful cos i had been diagnosed with breast cancer and my partner waspoorly so try and think of the happiness he bought you and how lucky you both were to know each other when i think of toby i think of us on holiday in the caravan at bridgnorth when he went and helped himself to the can of spam a fisherman had just opened by the river luckily he thought it was funny! also when we went to penkridge market on a sunny day and a little girl in a pushchair offered toby a lick of her icecream and he wolfed the lot! she laughed and we got her another one! take care debz and we are all here for you, regards angela

    • Debz February 23, 2016 at 11:32 am -  Reply

      Thank you Angela.

      Your memories of Toby have made me smile. He sounded like quite a character. Ainzley would have approved! He once stole a packet of sausage rolls from my neighbours garage, chewed through the packaging and the pastry and ate the sausages! She couldn’t tell me for laughing! I was mortified but luckily she found it hilarious.

      I’m sure that, with time, I will be able to smile about him more and miss him a bit less.

      Debz XXXX

    • Alison Keenan February 23, 2016 at 7:21 pm -  Reply

      Angela you are kind.. I’m sure Debz will appreciate your reply. I loved reading about your Toby – Bridgnorth is very close to where my dad lived in Kemberton, and I have some lovely memories. My mum also took Colin and I there the first time he met her! I’m so glad that 8 years on you’re still well, and that your memories make you smile. Take care, love Ali xx

  17. Mary Morphy February 23, 2016 at 4:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali…cannot believe it has taken me all this time to write but time just went then leg op and before you know it we are at the end of the month!! This will be quick as on way to hospital for leg check after op..very bruised and sore but ok and soaking bandage off tonight and back to work Thursday. Been a very good week to be off..all that fashion on ez pay!! I bought the Together OTO and black tunic with jewelled neckline. Two of my very dear friends who i have known since i was 18 are taking me out on 24th March in the evening..last day of term too! Have no idea where i am going and gonna wear the top with black legnth trousers from QVC and high black suade heels. Hope you are well..sent off your birthday card as i had a ‘need to get organised’ moment!! Ale house progressing..hubby hopes to take over on 1st May..he will be handing in his notice in about three weeks time so we can start telling people as it is still a closely guarded secret!! Ok..arrived at hospital so i will say bye. Loved the blog..lits of great photos. Xxxlove Mary xx

    • Alison Keenan March 6, 2016 at 7:08 pm -  Reply

      Mary so sorry I missed this comment and that you had to go through the op etc. I know that you are recovering, and am sure you’ll be moving far more easily in time for your ‘do’ on the 24th March! The outfit sounds great – the Together top was a really popular choice for many, and I agree the pink and black version would look great with black trousers and killer heels! Thinking of you and hoping you’ve had a bit of a rest over the weekend., love Ali xx

  18. Loraine February 23, 2016 at 4:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison a very quick blog hope your OK and your family care is doing well she had a scan today baby growing well saw her face and eyelashes weighs about 5pounds at the moment she should be around 7Ibs 8ozs to 8Ibs at birth so they said about 5 weeks to go so excited hope you have recovered from he dentist oh and can you recommend good mascara I have very fine eyelashes need some length been using mally but it’s very messy seem to waste a lot best wishes to you love Loraine xx

  19. Loraine February 25, 2016 at 1:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison I wrote to you previously but having checked back for some reason it hasn’t sent anyway glad your OK and the family really busy with work and we are helping Clare and geoff with last minute jobs at their house before baby is born her scan this week shows he is rowing wel and weighs 5 pound at the moment they expect her to be between seven and a half to eight pounds at birth on my about 5 weeks to go now exciting and then early may Les and I go to Italy on holiday looking forward to that also .Hope you don’t mind me asking but can you suggest a good mascara for my eyelashes they are very fine I need something to add some length have tried mally twice but find the wand is very messy and I’m wasting so much I’m sure you must have tried so many any suggestions thank you in advance and keep ell love Loraine xx

    • Alison Keenan February 27, 2016 at 4:36 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Loraine, and thanks for persevering with your comments! Very excited for you, Clare and Geoff – those five weeks will fly by I am sure, and soon you will have your grandson in your arms :) Wonderful too that you have a holiday to look forward to! Re the mascara, I am sorry to hear you’ve not got on with Mally’s mascara – I have used it for years with great results, and it’s included in the TSV today, but if not I would highly recommend the Perricone No mascara mascara… it is fault proof and no clumping or stickiness either! Good luck and let me know how you get on! love Ali xx

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