Honey playing with flour

Love is Honey


Well from high days and holidays to working days and wonderful days! Marvellous to hear from so many of you on last week’s blog. It always cheers me up knowing how much you enjoy sharing news and looking at all the photographs.

I’ve just found out that I can now add little videos to my Twitter comments, having watched a few that Jackie Kabler posted up, so do follow me on @alikqvc and I’ll try to share things with you as and when they happen!

It’s all been happening this end, what with me resurrecting the cot that I’ve had for all three of my children, Honey staying overnight with Colin and I, and sleeping in the very same cot, and of course the excitement building prior to the birth of our second granddaughter!

Squeeze in there a hilarious afternoon spent playing Crazy Golf in an underground golf course just off Brick Lane in London. It’s a wonder I’ve had any time to come to work! That said, thanks so much for all the lovely tweets when I’ve been on air, and for making our Fashion Clearance such a successful event!  I think there are still a few bargains to be had on Last Clicks on our website, but I do hope you’ll be able to join me on Thursday at 9pm as, in place of my usual Diamonique show, we have our first Fashion Day in July and I have both Nina Leonard and Kim & Co hours!

Beauty products, competition prize

On Saturday night we have a fabulous Skechers TSV, and I’ve been in touch with Richard Parker who tells me that we have an incredible price and fair few colours, so I wouldn’t want you to miss that either.

In fact if you like the idea of a treat, do read on, as I will be setting a competition this week, with a collection of QVC products, including these stunning Diamonique earrings (pictured above) and the Pure Grace boxed fragrance and bodycare collection from Philosophy. It costs nothing to enter and the prize is worth over £100!

The 18th July sees the beginning of Diamonique week, so you’ll be spoilt for choice with all your favourite elements from the range including the Platinum Clad Collection, a great deal of colour, and a fair few solid gold designs too. Another date for the diary if you are a Lola Rose fan, is Friday 22nd July when, at midnight, Nicky Gerwitz and I will be bringing you a beautiful necklace which you may well have seen me wearing when I launched our Skechers TSV! It’s called the Rozabell necklace and the colour I’m wearing here is just one of six different options. A great price and a truly original design – I hope you like it!

Ali on air

Of course as you know, jewellery is a passion of mine, as is collecting and keeping all sorts of things for years that realistically I’ll never use again! This is the baby cot that was bought for us just before Lucy was born, which I used for all three of my children. It has moved with me across six different counties, 10 different homes and two marriages, and has been stored in everything from garages, to garden sheds and more recently our summer house.

The men in my life at various times have questioned in no uncertain terms the lunacy of my keeping such an item of furniture for over 30 years, but I can’t tell you how happy it made me to be out in the garden last Thursday, washing the paintwork and rebuilding this lovely little cot.

Deconstructed Cot

So many memories and even little teeth marks still visible on the bars. Actually, to say it made me happy trying to put it together is actually a lie… I am not the best when it comes to self-assembly, and I didn’t realise there was a piece of the framework missing for at least 40 minutes as I was so tangled up in the metal!

Having brought it indoors before the rain fell, I did manage to wedge it against the kitchen cupboards and get three sides of it attached to the base. When Colin arrived home he very cleverly replaced the missing part with a new metal rod, and bingo! It was in one piece. I’d ordered a cot mattress online, which was due to be delivered the next day, and I went shopping with my niece Emily and baby James to buy the bedding.

What do you think? Lucy and Simon arrived with Honey on Saturday morning just before the mattress did, and they were really pleased. We’re lucky enough to have two spare bedrooms so it’ll be fine to keep the cot made up as hopefully Honey will stay over regularly and there’s also James and little Cala Lily once she’s born.

Finished Cot

It was the first time since Honey’s birth that Simon and Lucy had been away without her, and I felt very touched that they trusted Colin and I sufficiently to leave their little girl with us.  Needless to say, we had a ball!  I got some flour, and we had messy play in the garden. I then took Honey for a long walk – well I walked and she slept in the pushchair – and then it was time for a bath, a story and then bed.  She was such a good girl, and was as happy as Larry in the morning when she woke up.

After breakfast of a Farley’s rusk and some cheesy scrambled eggs she was serenaded by Colin and his ukulele!  This priceless piece of film is her dancing to it! Enjoy :) Lucy and Simon had a lovely time away too, but I have to say I felt somewhat bereft when they picked her up later that morning. The house seemed really quiet once they’d gone, and the cot was once again empty, but Lucy Facetimed me with Honey yesterday, so that made me smile.

Smiles all round the previous weekend, when Colin and I met up with his children and my Sam, Abbie and Jack in London for an afternoon of Crazy Golf.  It was a Father’s Day present from the kids for Colin, and Vicky had found this amazing JunkYard Crazy Golf course just off Brick Lane in the heart of London.

“I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many restaurants in one place” I commented on arrival, and then couldn’t understand why they all laughed, not aware that it’s what Brick Lane is famous for! It was a hoot though, and we may well do it again. Of course, Danny’s other half, Rae, didn’t make it as she is due to give birth any day now and, as she said, she couldn’t even see her feet, let alone bend over a putter! I’ll let you know as soon the happy event happens :)

Ali and family at Crazy Golf

Now, as promised, here’s the competition question that could well win you a pair of simulated blue aquamarine earrings and a whole heap of fragranced bath and and body products from Philosophy! Added to that, the brand-new tinted SPF 30 Ultrasun, with a combined value of over £111! Hopefully we’ll have saved you money and you’ll be set for the summer! Here goes: A diamond is given a 10 rating on the Mohs scale, which denotes the hardness of a gemstone. What rating does a Diamonique stone have?

A) 7.8

B) 8.5

C) 7.9

Just post your answer in the comments below and make sure to leave an email address (don’t worry, this won’t be made public). The competition closes at noon on Thursday 28th July and a winner will be drawn at random from all the correct entries. Good luck!

I do hope you can spend a little time with me this evening and then again for Diamonique week and, if you get a moment, I’d love to hear how you’re getting on. Any news from Alpa, Una, Sue or Janet Jones would be good! I think of you all whenever I’m writing and I know there are others who have wondered how life is for you too. Keep up with Ali’s Army so we can keep on marching! :)

With love,

Ali xxxx


  1. Hazel Snowden July 14, 2016 at 5:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    Answer b: 8.5
    Hazel Snowden

  2. Yvonne July 14, 2016 at 7:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison

    Great blog as always. Loved the video of Honey dancing, she is such a wee cutie.

    The answer to your competition is (b) 8.5.

    Look forward to hearing all your news in your next blog.

    Take care.

  3. Teresa L July 14, 2016 at 8:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, lovely blog as always I do so enjoy reading about your time away from QVC .
    The answer to your question is B 8.5.
    I did have to laugh at you and the cot, I found it very funny when I saw it the first in Twitter, how ever it was worth it as it looks lovely now that it is finished and I’m sure who ever sleeps in it will just love it.
    Honey seems to be growing so fast and looks more and more like you every new photo just lovelyxx. The clip of her dancing is just magic Paul and I loved it.
    We are at long last getting near the end of our move and hope it will the end of this month or the beginning of August. I am so looking forward to being in Dorset with long walks on the beach. Not that we will have much time for this when we first get there as we fly to the USA at the beginning of September to see the family.
    Like you I have collected things over the years and could not believe some of the things we found when sorting things out for the move, I have been very brave and got rid of some of then but others I just could not part with no matter what!!!
    The Lola Rose necklace is beautiful and hope I am able to get one when it is on, depending on our move date?
    Well I think that’s all the news for now, please fingers crossed for our move.
    Much love Teresa xxxx

    • alison keenan July 17, 2016 at 8:13 pm -  Reply

      Dear Teresa, lovely to hear from you, and I am so glad that the move is going ahead as planned – I will definintely keep my fingers crossed for you. I’m glad I’m not the only one who collects things, and to be honest if you feel it in your heart don’t part with it! I gave up the doll’s house that my dad had made for me when I was seven…. I still feel sad when I think about it. How exciting to be so close to being in Dorset – I’m heading there tomorrow to see my friend Roz. I’m hoping we may well get to the beach as it’s meant to be sunny :) Yes, little Honey is a constant light in my life – Lucy brought her to me today and we went on a river boat trip from Windsor.. she loved it. I hope you have a successful move and a great time with the family in the US. Thanks as always for keeping in touch with me, love Ali xx

  4. Helen Heywood July 14, 2016 at 8:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, the answer is b) 8.5. Great blog as usual x

  5. Elaine Townend July 14, 2016 at 8:48 pm -  Reply

    The answer is b. 8.5

  6. Sue Wilson July 14, 2016 at 8:59 pm -  Reply

    Answer is B) 8.5

  7. Anne Whitehead July 14, 2016 at 9:11 pm -  Reply

    I think the answer is b) 8.5.

    Honey is lovely, such love and joy X

  8. Michelle James July 14, 2016 at 9:36 pm -  Reply

    Diamonique rating is 8.5

  9. Jenny ruscoe July 14, 2016 at 9:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, always enjoy your blogs. Please enter me in your competition. The answer is (B) 8.5 xx

  10. Annette Donnelly July 14, 2016 at 10:11 pm -  Reply

    The answer is B) 8.5. Please enter me for this fab comp xx

  11. Merche July 14, 2016 at 10:20 pm -  Reply

    The answer is B 8.5

  12. Tracy Stedman July 14, 2016 at 10:32 pm -  Reply

    Answer is b 8.5 xx

  13. Paula hickman July 14, 2016 at 11:11 pm -  Reply

    A diamonique stone is 8.5 on the MOHs scale. WHat a gorgeous little girl, reminds me so much of my daughter when she was that age. Xxx

  14. Maureen July 15, 2016 at 5:58 am -  Reply

    I Enjoyed reading your interesting blog. Every good wish. The answer is (b) 8.5.

  15. Linda Mcmanus July 15, 2016 at 6:28 am -  Reply

    Diamonique rating is B) 8.5

  16. Carol Morris July 15, 2016 at 6:42 am -  Reply

    Answer is B.
    Alison, I love hearing about all your family and your wonderful outings! You sound very much like us and the joy of family. It gives us so much pleasure doing things with and for them. I loved Honeys dancing!! X

  17. Rebecca Gloyne July 15, 2016 at 6:54 am -  Reply

    Competition answer is B) 8.5
    Thanks for your blog, always read it and love seeing the pics you include!

  18. Jennifer Eady July 15, 2016 at 7:06 am -  Reply

    The answer to the competition is B. Love little Honey’s dancing!! Regards,

  19. Hilary Starke July 15, 2016 at 7:20 am -  Reply

    Hi, Alison :)

    The answer is b) 8.5.

    I love the cot!

  20. Lisa Wolf July 15, 2016 at 7:55 am -  Reply

    B) 8.5
    have a great day!

  21. Carol Whitmore July 15, 2016 at 8:11 am -  Reply

    The answer is B. 8.5 keeping fingers crossed

  22. barbara michael July 15, 2016 at 8:29 am -  Reply

    Answer is B] 8.5 – Lovely blog and photos again.

  23. Felicity Winter July 15, 2016 at 8:39 am -  Reply

    Answer B) 8.5

  24. Morag Cade July 15, 2016 at 8:55 am -  Reply

    B) 8.5
    Hope I am lucky this time. Your competitions always have such fantastic prizes.
    Fingers crossed
    Morag x

  25. Cheryl minton July 15, 2016 at 9:58 am -  Reply

    Answer is B) 8.5 thank you.

  26. ruth kear July 15, 2016 at 10:12 am -  Reply

    B8.5 is the answer.I love reading your blog about little honey.

  27. Pamela C Forester July 15, 2016 at 10:14 am -  Reply

    Mohs scale Diamonique stone IS 8.5


  28. Jennifer Cann July 15, 2016 at 10:17 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison the answer is 8.5, love your blogs

  29. ANGELA HAWKES July 15, 2016 at 10:43 am -  Reply

    answer is 8.5
    hi ali
    honey looks a lovely happy little girl,you are lucky!!

  30. Deborah Thompson July 15, 2016 at 10:53 am -  Reply

    Answer b) 8.5
    Thanks for the competition !

  31. Pamela Blackwood July 15, 2016 at 10:53 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    The answer is (b) 8.5

  32. Cathy July 15, 2016 at 11:05 am -  Reply

    answer B) 8,5

  33. Joanne Wilding July 15, 2016 at 11:09 am -  Reply

    The answer is B) 8.5

  34. Tricia Coulsonwood July 15, 2016 at 11:11 am -  Reply

    Such a joy to see the little Honey enjoying the music…I did also..
    I feel blessed that my daughter Liz who has two new 3 & 5 yr olds she’s fostering . The change in them from being thoroughly miserable to being happy within four months is a wonder to see.
    Its a joy for me also as I am a foster care registered baby sitter.
    I can recommend to everyone..Its not easy but the rewards are great..
    My eldest daughter Jan has aquamarine as her birthstone so I will enter your competition.. Regards & love..to everyoneTricia .
    Answer. B)…8.5

    • alison keenan July 17, 2016 at 8:18 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Tricia, and I am glad that you enjoyed the dancing and the playing!! Could be on Britain’s got Talent! :) How wonderful that your daughter fosters children… I had thought that in another life that’s something I would have loved to do. Great that you can then baby sit if Liz want’s a break! I can’t imagine how these little souls cope sometimes, but to have someone to love and care for them will turn it all around. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that you win so that Jan can have the earrings! I wish I had a pair for everyone! :) HAve a great week, Love Ali xx

  35. Valerie Crane July 15, 2016 at 11:15 am -  Reply

    Answer 8.5. I love to watch your clips of Honey she is such a doll.

  36. carol Gamble July 15, 2016 at 11:46 am -  Reply

    B, 8.5. Please enter me into the lovely prize draw, thank you.

  37. AMANDA PORTER July 15, 2016 at 11:48 am -  Reply

    Honey is beautiful, they are so funny at this age.
    Please enter me into the draw, the answer is B) 8.5
    Thank you x

  38. Mair Howell July 15, 2016 at 11:48 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison always enjoy all your news and photos,Honey is growing up so fast,she is lovely.She looks as if she enough being with you and Colin enjoyed her dancing.The answer is B 8.5. Best wishes Mair.xx

  39. Mair Howell July 15, 2016 at 11:57 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison,don’t know happened but it should have said enjoyed not enough,having trouble with my computer last few days every time I am writing anything it seems to put words in that I haven’t even typed,and if I don’t notice it,its not good.Sorry again.Mair.xx

    • Alison Keenan July 20, 2016 at 7:22 pm -  Reply

      Nothing to apologise for Mair it was lovely to hear from you! Thanks for taking the time, love Ali xx

  40. Linda Dunn July 15, 2016 at 12:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,think the answer is 8.5. regards Linda Dunn

  41. Pearl Emery July 15, 2016 at 12:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, a smashing blog as usual,Honey looks so lovely doing her little dance.
    Thought i would let you know that i raised £1,232.47 p for Julia’s House with my Sky Dive .
    Ali a massive thank you for what you did in sponsoring me,mind you that doesn’t include all the gift aid.
    The Sky Dive didn’t break the world record as the other airfield which was north of Nottingham couldn’t put any sky divers in the air that day at all as the weather up there was so bad.
    The one’s i did the jump with managed to put 214 sky divers up that Saturday,and i would do it all over again if it wasn’t so expensive, well that’s all my news for now,take care Ali.
    Love Pearl xxx

    • Alison Keenan July 25, 2016 at 7:24 pm -  Reply

      Hello there Pearl, I thought I had already replied to you, but it seems as though a raft of replies have disappeared into the ether! I did very though want to congratulate you on your amazing achievement! That is a mighty amount of money to have raised, and I think you’re incredibly brave to have been up there and just gone for it.. Not sure I could do the same. So glad I could help even if just in a small way. Love Ali xx

  42. Tanya Walsh July 15, 2016 at 12:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, just adorable. The answer is B. x

  43. joanne July 15, 2016 at 12:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison the answer is B) 8.5. xx

  44. Elaine Pinchen July 15, 2016 at 12:50 pm -  Reply

    (B) 8.5 Hope I’m the lucky one

  45. Sharron wag July 15, 2016 at 12:58 pm -  Reply

    The answer is B) 8.5 thanks x

  46. carol parkes July 15, 2016 at 12:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Allison the answer is b

  47. Gail Chapman July 15, 2016 at 12:59 pm -  Reply

    The answer is B. 8.5

  48. Shirley Symonds July 15, 2016 at 1:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison great blog as usual the answer is 8.5

  49. Sarah Anne July 15, 2016 at 1:02 pm -  Reply

    Answer is B :o)

  50. Lanie July 15, 2016 at 1:04 pm -  Reply

    The answer is b) 8.5
    I really enjoyed yr blog (always do) the video of Hunny was so charming.
    Wishing you all the best.
    Lanie xx

  51. Theresa July 15, 2016 at 1:20 pm -  Reply

    The answer is B 8.5. Happy days

  52. Dorothy Sheppard July 15, 2016 at 1:33 pm -  Reply

    Competition answer is (B) 8.5

  53. Pauline Wilson July 15, 2016 at 1:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali another enjoyable Blog the answer to your competition is B 8.5 fingers crossed I would love to win but if I don’t hope whoever does enjoys your fab prize.

  54. Janet Turner July 15, 2016 at 2:08 pm -  Reply

    The answer is 8.5

  55. val weeks July 15, 2016 at 3:16 pm -  Reply

    answer b 8.5 carot

  56. Sharron Reed July 15, 2016 at 3:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi the answer is B 8.5 love reading your blog x

  57. brenda July 15, 2016 at 4:21 pm -  Reply

    hi the answer is (B) 8.5

  58. Julie Williams July 15, 2016 at 4:46 pm -  Reply

    The answer is B) 8.5 really enjoyed reading your blog today Alison

  59. Irene July 15, 2016 at 5:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    Loved the video of Honey dancing she is so cute and resembles you more the older she gets . Sounds like you have been very busy and a great story about how the cot had been used for your children and now it’s the Granchildrens turn. Have had a busy week I have my Grandaughter Ellie on a Tuesday while my daughter works but next week is the last regular week which I am very sad about as they break up for the school holidays so am not needed but then she is starting school in Sepember but she looks far too little to be going to school. Last night I was watching my 8 year old Grandson singing and dancing on the stage as he attends a local performance theatre once a week and they put on a show which was very good and he just loves theatre . Take care and I look forward to your diamonique show. The answer for the competition is (B) 8.5. Love Irene xx

    • Alison Keenan July 25, 2016 at 7:27 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Irene, and thanks for taking the time to tell me all about your grandchildren. I do feel for you now that your little Ellie is to start school in September. I am sure you will miss her.. I am trying to make the most of Honey and now little Calla Lilly before they are all grown up and busy. Yes, I think Honey has got my love of music alright – she may be doing her own little shows once she’s the same age as your grandson?! You must have felt very proud indeed watching him up there! Thanks for taking part in the competition.. Only a few days to go before we announce the winner! Take care, love Ali xx

  60. Michelle Fogg July 15, 2016 at 5:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi. Answer B 8.5

  61. Maureen Kelly July 15, 2016 at 5:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, Enjoyed the blog as always. The answer is (B) 8.5

  62. sue lee July 15, 2016 at 7:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, answer b) 8.5. X

  63. Cheryl July 15, 2016 at 7:44 pm -  Reply

    B: 8.5

    Alison your granddaughter is absolutely adorable and unless I am very much mistaken that cot is the same one that I purchased for my daughter back in 1989 from Mothercare and it has also taken good care of my 3 children. Glad you are keeping so well. Love and best wishes xx

    • Alison Keenan July 25, 2016 at 7:28 pm -  Reply

      Cheryl, how amazing!! It was indeed from Mothercare, and although we bought it originally for Lucy in 1985, it was used for Sam in 1989 and then again Jack in 2003! So glad that you’ve had good use from yours too. Thank you for taking part in the competition. love Ali xx

  64. debbie hutchinson July 15, 2016 at 8:06 pm -  Reply

    answer is 8.5

  65. Carolyne Williams July 15, 2016 at 8:06 pm -  Reply

    Answer is B 8.5

  66. Lisa July 15, 2016 at 8:20 pm -  Reply

    The answer is b) 8.5…..thanks for a lovely blog take care Lisa x

  67. chris howells July 15, 2016 at 8:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali the answer is B 8.5 XX

  68. CHRIS TAYLOR July 15, 2016 at 8:48 pm -  Reply

    The answer is 8.5. Here’s hoping!!!

  69. Ellen Brown July 15, 2016 at 9:32 pm -  Reply

    Answer B) 8.5

  70. Julie picken July 15, 2016 at 9:56 pm -  Reply

    Competition answer is B, 8.5

  71. Michelle norman July 15, 2016 at 9:56 pm -  Reply

    The answer is b 8.5 love reading your blog’s what a truly lovely life you have but the nice thing about you Allison is you treasure it and the love in your family is amazing x

    • Alison Keenan July 25, 2016 at 7:30 pm -  Reply

      Michelle thank you… There’s not a day passes when I feel so lucky for being here to share this life with my family.. Whatever time any of us has, it is so important to make the best of it, and you’re right, I do treasure it. Love Ali xxXXX

  72. Edna Catlin July 15, 2016 at 10:24 pm -  Reply

    My answer is
    Diamonique stone is 8.5

  73. Edna Catlin July 15, 2016 at 10:24 pm -  Reply

    My Answer is 8.5

  74. Mary Biondi July 15, 2016 at 10:41 pm -  Reply

    Answer (B) 8.5.

  75. Judith Brown July 15, 2016 at 10:59 pm -  Reply

    The answer is b) 8.5.

  76. Keryn Murphy July 15, 2016 at 11:07 pm -  Reply

    Lovely blog as always the answer is 8.5

  77. Jelena July 15, 2016 at 11:27 pm -  Reply

    B) 8.5 :)

  78. terry lello July 15, 2016 at 11:31 pm -  Reply

    the answer is b) 8.5

  79. Jacqui Hand July 15, 2016 at 11:38 pm -  Reply

    B) 8.5 is the answer.
    Honey is a lucky girl to be able to sleep in her Mummy’s old cot.
    I bet it’s better then the cots they have on the market at the moment.
    Love Jacqui XXXX

    • Alison Keenan July 25, 2016 at 7:32 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Jacqui, not sure if it’s better, but it’s certainly a tad smaller than most of the cots available now.. as I found out when I ordered the mattress and it was too big!! Had to search hell and high water to find one, but am so pleased that she slept in it so well. Love Ali xx

  80. Gemma white July 16, 2016 at 12:12 am -  Reply

    The answer is B 8.5 xx

  81. Linda July 16, 2016 at 12:27 am -  Reply

    Competition answer is B) 8.5

  82. Lorna Donagh July 16, 2016 at 12:33 am -  Reply

    The answer is 8.5

  83. Debbie McLean July 16, 2016 at 1:28 am -  Reply

    The answer is 8.5
    You are looking fabulous Alison I love reading your news!
    I’m in Madeira at the moment 2weeks of pure bliss then home the weekend of the elemis Tsv great.
    I,m tucked up in bed after a fabulous meal at a restaurant called Chris,s really special and only ten minute walk from Pestana Grand hotel where we are staying which is a beautiful hotel with stunning gardens.
    Madeira I think is so special very beautiful and hot with lovely people and you feel so so safe even in the early hours I could walk about on my own and feel safe if I wanted to stroll down to the gorgeous gardens and see and hear the sea and feel the cool air.
    You see no trouble or crime it’s a true fabulous place for a really chilled out holiday I really could stay 6 weeks easy.
    If you haven’t been Alison you should come here we adore it and everybody we speak to are either here for the first time and love it or coming year after year because they love it.
    I must go to sleep now or soon be time for breakfast I know people will think I’m mad checking qvc while I’m on holiday but I like to just update my self each night and make sure I’m not missing any bargains. I’m so looking forward to ordering several sets of the elemis tsv as I return to hopefully sunny England next weekend. The tan always drops off me as I land at Manchester,might get the false tan out at home I have the Decleor and Elemis.The elemis tsv is just a must have too great to miss so glad I’m home in time although my neighbour is saving the ultra sun sets I ordered just as we came away the great tsv again and good job too as we have gone through lots of ultra sun products here and all been fabulous I can’t believe my husband loves the glimmer cream!! I thought they were mine and no way would he want any but it’s such a nice cream gel sort of and easily absorbed giving a lovely shine without looking fake and my husband thinks it’s really good and we really like and are using all ultra sun and also cannot be with out Gatineau lip cream for both of us here and also everyday at home. I love qvc it’s great.
    You keep smiling Ali and keep well and glad you have your family and lovely Honey especially and Colin to keep you happy and proud.Take care xx

    • Alison Keenan July 25, 2016 at 7:35 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Debbie, Well you’ve done a cracking job of selling Madeira to me! It sounds fabulous! What with that and Croatia, and so many other amazing places that lovely people have taken the time out to tell me of, I feel I need more holidays each year! I am sure you got the TSV from Elemis, and am glad you will have come home to such corking weather! The faux tans are great though aren’t they? I keep mine topped up with Elemis, Decleor and Vita Liberata which is fab! I have the Ultrasun glimmer 20 too, although Colin once used it in place of the Sports and couldn’t fathom out why he was sparkly! :) Take care and thank you for taking the time out to write, love Ali xx

  84. Jill Cope July 16, 2016 at 2:09 am -  Reply

    The answer is b 8.5

    I really enjoy reading your blog, especially photos & tales of Honeys escapades.
    I’ve never had children so I share my sisters 3 grandchildren who are a joy.
    I’ve just returned from an Italian meal with all my family celebrating my 60 th birthday. Charlie 3, Lucy 5 weeks (my Neices children) & Florence 6 months (my Nephews little one) were as good as gold & of course the Italian staff are very good with them, Charlie is always treated like a little prince when we go.
    Honey is very lucky to have a grandpa who can sing @ play for her.
    Whenever I see photos of you & Colin I always think you look made for each other, so happy & contented.


    • Alison Keenan July 25, 2016 at 7:38 pm -  Reply

      Hello there Jill, how lovely to hear about your family, and belated birthday wishes for your 60th! I am glad you were able to get together with your niece and nephew and enjoy their little ones – it’s great when restaurants are amenable to having little ones there – although the Italian hosts are always great with children. I hope you took plenty of photographs – my phone and computer are filled with pics of Honey and now little Calla Lilly who was born last week. Take care, and thanks for taking part in the competition, love Ali xx

  85. Fran Whitehead July 16, 2016 at 2:40 am -  Reply

    The answer is 8.5.

  86. elizabeth wilcock July 16, 2016 at 7:35 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison the answer is 8.5 loved your blog and honeybun adorable

  87. Margaretpeirson July 16, 2016 at 8:13 am -  Reply

    Diamonique rating is 8.5 you write such lovely blogs . Wishing you all the best

  88. marilyn jones July 16, 2016 at 8:47 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    the answer is 8.5 B
    perhaps colin might be invited to the local playgroup
    when Honey is a little older to work his musical magic
    what a lovely session that would be

  89. Tracey Davies July 16, 2016 at 8:51 am -  Reply

    The answer is b) 8.5. Thanks

  90. h porter July 16, 2016 at 8:59 am -  Reply

    B) 8.5 – Great blog, lovely memories

  91. Elizabeth Wood July 16, 2016 at 9:17 am -  Reply

    Hello, the answer is B . 8.5

  92. Elaine Adams July 16, 2016 at 9:36 am -  Reply

    The answer is B) 8.5

  93. Elaine Wilcock July 16, 2016 at 10:54 am -  Reply

    Diamonique has a rating of B) 8.5

  94. Eunice July 16, 2016 at 1:25 pm -  Reply

    Answer is b x

  95. Judith Lennon July 16, 2016 at 1:32 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali
    Wow little Honey is so like you! Such a lovely little girl and Ioved her dancing. It’s so lovely when you can pass your own or family members baby items down to others in the family. I know how much pleasure you had doing the cot as I have done this with my family. I have a push along dog on wheels which is 37 years old, washed, passed to first grandchild, washed again and then the second one inherited it. So many memories of each of them enjoying themselves. My youngest grandchild is sleeping in her cousins cot and like yours has the teeth marks on the rails. You made me laugh about the amount of restaurants in one place. Just the sort of comment I would make.! Glad to know all is well with you and yours. Take care and love and hugs as always. Judith xx
    Ps the answer to the competition is 8.5

    • Alison Keenan July 25, 2016 at 7:41 pm -  Reply

      So glad to know I’m not the only one who recycles things this way! I can imagine exactly what your push along dog with wheels looks like – I seem to remember one when I was little that was stuffed with sawdust! So nice that you too get to spend time with your lovely family, and that it continues to grow. I hope that you and yours are well and happy and will be able to enjoy the warmer weather. With love, Ali xx

  96. Shenagh Webster July 16, 2016 at 2:27 pm -  Reply

    The answer is 8.5 Best Wishes

  97. Doe Brown July 16, 2016 at 3:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison the answer is

    B. 8.5

    little Honey is so adorable, Doe X

  98. Sandra catherwood July 16, 2016 at 3:06 pm -  Reply

    Answer B 8.5

  99. Zuzi July 16, 2016 at 3:27 pm -  Reply

    The answer is B – 8.5 . Have a lovely day x

  100. Maureen July 16, 2016 at 3:43 pm -  Reply

    The answer is b. 8.5. Lovely blog as usual. Fingers crossed I’m lucky with your very generous prize.

  101. Gillian Burnett July 16, 2016 at 4:54 pm -  Reply

    The answer is B) 8.5 Tk u x

  102. Anne Marie Mason July 16, 2016 at 4:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi, thanks for the competition. I think the answer is B) 8.5. x

  103. ADELE TAYLOR July 16, 2016 at 5:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, the answer is b) 8.5.
    Great blog as usual XOXOX

  104. Viv strange July 16, 2016 at 5:33 pm -  Reply

    Please enter me in the competition my answer is 8.5 xx

  105. Diane Scanlon July 16, 2016 at 5:35 pm -  Reply

    The answer is 8.5.

  106. val stewart July 16, 2016 at 7:19 pm -  Reply

    Its 8.5. Love to watch the diamonique shows and have a few pieces. x

  107. Maureen July 16, 2016 at 7:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, the answer is (b) 8.5.

  108. carol williams July 16, 2016 at 7:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    The answer is 8.5. I would love to win those gorgeous earrings

  109. Rosemary Irwin July 16, 2016 at 9:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, the answer is B) 8.5. Love your blogs.

  110. Barbara July 16, 2016 at 10:15 pm -  Reply

    The answer is b) 8.5.
    Enjoyed your blog Alison.

  111. Anne B July 16, 2016 at 11:22 pm -  Reply

    Answer is b) 8.5

  112. Helen Flanagan July 16, 2016 at 11:29 pm -  Reply

    B) 8.5
    Thank you!

  113. Bridget lilley July 17, 2016 at 2:29 am -  Reply

    The answer is b 8-5

  114. Janet Harman July 17, 2016 at 8:24 am -  Reply

    The answer is B – 8.5

    Great blog as usual

  115. Maureen Holmes July 17, 2016 at 9:16 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali , really enjoyed your blog especially the video of Holly dancing. The answer is B 8.5. Thanks.

  116. Di Ingram July 17, 2016 at 10:24 am -  Reply

    Great blog as always. The answer is B. 8.5

  117. Shirley kerr July 17, 2016 at 10:53 am -  Reply

    hi Ali the answer is B 8.5 xx

  118. Margaret Sampson July 17, 2016 at 1:57 pm -  Reply

    The answer is B, 8.5. Lovely blog written by a lovely lady.

  119. Denise Thomson July 17, 2016 at 4:08 pm -  Reply

    Answer is b) 8.5. Loved the clip of Honey dancing!

  120. Diane Ackers July 17, 2016 at 4:34 pm -  Reply

    Answer: B) 8.5

  121. Michelle Gill July 17, 2016 at 4:45 pm -  Reply

    8.5 is the answer, please enter me into the competition.

  122. Wenna Clark July 17, 2016 at 5:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi, answer is b, 8-5

  123. Susan Pringle July 17, 2016 at 6:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali. The answer is b) 8.5 Great blog as usual. I would love to win the prizes as it is my 43rd wedding anniversary on 28th July. xxx

    • Alison Keenan July 25, 2016 at 7:42 pm -  Reply

      Happy 43rd Wedding Anniversary! I hope you have a wonderful time and are truly treated! Love Ali x

  124. Diane July 17, 2016 at 6:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison love reading your blog the answer is b 8.5

  125. ELAINE GREEN July 17, 2016 at 6:55 pm -  Reply

    answer is b 8.5

  126. Hilary Patterson July 17, 2016 at 6:56 pm -  Reply

    The answer is B 8.5

  127. Tony Pattetson July 17, 2016 at 6:59 pm -  Reply

    The answer to the competition is B. 8.5

  128. Angela McQuaid July 17, 2016 at 7:33 pm -  Reply

    Answer; 8.5

  129. mandy matthews July 17, 2016 at 8:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali the answer is B 8.5. I love the earrings and have several pairs that I’ve purchased over the years they look like the real thing. I adore anything philiosophy but have never tried this fragrance so if I won it would be something new to me. I’ve never tried ultrasun either and would love to.

  130. Ann Davidson July 17, 2016 at 9:04 pm -  Reply

    B): 8.5
    Little Honey is so cute, love you blogs Ali.

  131. Jodi Bodell July 17, 2016 at 9:04 pm -  Reply

    The answer is B

  132. Pat Crozier July 17, 2016 at 9:09 pm -  Reply

    8.5 is the answer. Love your blogs, I feel as though I know you now. You are looking so well now. Good xx

  133. Rose Edgar July 17, 2016 at 9:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi the answer is b 8.5

  134. Lynda wilson July 17, 2016 at 9:20 pm -  Reply

    The answer is (b)8.5 for the hardness of diamonique.

  135. Debbie July 17, 2016 at 9:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali the answer is b 8.5 and i would love to wun this prize at i have a big birthday (40th) on Tuesday xx

  136. Julie Mason July 17, 2016 at 10:13 pm -  Reply

    What an amazing prize, and another great blog!
    The answer is b) 8.5

  137. Christine Auchterlonie July 17, 2016 at 10:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali… Thanks for sharing your very interesting life and the events in it …how do you find time to go to work!!! I often wondered how I did it for so many years … I was pleased you managed to get the cot up and running for Honey… And the video of her dancing … So cute I loved it and it made me smile …Fiona has gone to France with her friends… She sent me a video of their home for two weeks … A beautiful house with a working water mill and a river running by with two small boats moored up close by it looks idyllic and the weather is very warm…we have her dog to look after whilst she is away!!! Derek doesn’t have great mobility so guess I will be doing to walking … So hope the weather stays fine…I’m just watching you with Yong Kim you really suit that style of clothing and I really like Ingrid you do get a laugh with her…I was lucky enough to a Lulu Guiness one time only the other day ..looking forward to getting it and then finding somewhere nice to go and show it off… How sad is that!!!! I hope all is well in your world and you enjoy the lovely weather we are due to have next week… Till next time… Take care love Chris x

    • Alison Keenan July 25, 2016 at 8:05 pm -  Reply

      Hello Chris, it’s funny when we look back at life in the fast lane, and wonder how we did it! Lucky Fiona, her home in France for the fortnight sounds idyllic – I hope she gets the weather to match! That’s kind of you to look after her dog – I hope you have good weather to enjoy walking with him/her. Ingrid Tarrant is an absolute hoot, and we get on exceptionally well. Always a laugh, and yes I too really like Yong Kim clothing – very elegant and well made. So pleased you managed to get the Lulu Guiness OTO, and i’m sure you’ll find somewhere lovely to take it. Enjoy the sunshine and thank you for keeping in touch – it’s always good to hear from you, love Ali xx

  138. Sandra Jobson July 17, 2016 at 10:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison the answer is b 8.5

  139. Val clements July 17, 2016 at 10:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali the answer is b 8.5 ,fab blog as always xx

  140. Shirley Proctor July 17, 2016 at 10:41 pm -  Reply

    The answer is B 8.5 xx

  141. Eilish Duggan July 17, 2016 at 10:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali what a great comp.the answer is B 8.5

  142. Sue Potter July 17, 2016 at 10:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, lovely pics!
    Answer to your competition is b) 8.5

  143. Teresa Nicholas July 17, 2016 at 11:03 pm -  Reply

    Hello, what a lovely video of your beautiful granddaughter. The answer to your question is 8.5 thank you.

  144. Kathleen Colgan July 17, 2016 at 11:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison answer is B 8-5

  145. Donella Matheson July 17, 2016 at 11:09 pm -  Reply

    The answer is B) 8.5

  146. Chris N July 17, 2016 at 11:16 pm -  Reply

    B) Diamonique measures 8.5 on the Mohs scale.

  147. Una July 17, 2016 at 11:18 pm -  Reply

    My dear Alison and all of Ali’s army. I’ve been away so long, I don’t even know where to begin. I’ve popped in from time to time but just didn’t have it in me to chat.
    First of all darling Ali, many many congratulations to you and Colin on your marriage. Yes, it’s been that long. Happy anniversary too. I saw your photos and stunning doesn’t even start to cover it. You looked beautiful. Your wee Honey Bee. What can I say. As a granny, you just”know” she’s just a delight. No other words, just delightful.
    My absence, OK. I have to be very careful what I say, for legal reasons.
    My beautiful, amazing, wonderful little Meli has been to hell and back. She was born with a heart defect that required surgery when she was only 3 days old, and we knew it would need further surgery at a later date. I noticed she was getting tired easily and was just not her usual wee self. Spoke to her GP and consultant, and it was decided that sooner rather than later was the way to go.
    Surgery did not go well, and that’s really all I can say as far as that goes. She was in an induced coma for 3 weeks and I spent that entire time with her. 3 times they had to bring her back and she was in ITU for 5 weeks. All in all she was in hospital for almost 8 months. We’ve had to teach her to talk again (she won’t shut up now!” Her motor skills are improving every day. She loves her physiotherapist and works so hard. She’s using what she calls her “zoomer” it’s like a mini walking frame, which she will probably need for a bit longer. We still have no idea what is to come in the future, but I am just so grateful she is still here. There were a few times at the start, when I thought it was selfish of me to want her to stay. They told me she may be in coma for the rest of her life, or need 24 hour care with everything done for her. It all seems a bit surreal sometimes.
    Meli being her stubborn wee self, has decided she’s going back to school after summer. From where we were a few months ago, I honestly didn’t think that would be an option. Time will tell. I think it’s too soon, but she’s having none of it and wants to go to look for black patent school shoes with a bow on top!!!!!
    I’m having to be very careful what I say here, but I think you get the gist.
    Once again Ali, my apologies for late congratulations . Please give that gorgeous little Honey an extra hug next time you see her, from Meli and I .
    My love to all. I hope you are all doing well.
    Una and Meli xxxxx

    • Alison Keenan July 25, 2016 at 8:17 pm -  Reply

      My dear dear Una, what an incredible relief and joy to hear from you, although I am so terribly saddened to hear of all that you and Meli have had to go through…. As if you hadn’t both been through so much already. Your story is testament to the incredible love and bond that you share, and I am so relieved that you have been there for Meli every step of the way, and are clearly her driving force in life. She sounds remarkably resilient and with your love and support I am certain she will return to school in September. It sounds as though you are definitely moving in the right direction, but I feel I know just how deeply this will have affected you… you have lost so much already that Meli’s importance in your universe is paramount. I pray that she will continue to get better and stronger, and that after all the terrifying time when she was lost to you, you will now have all the time in the world to make up for that. Take good care, and thank you so much for letting me and The Army know how you are. You have been in my thoughts constantly. With my love Ali xx

  148. Lisa Dudley July 17, 2016 at 11:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi, answer is B =8.5.

  149. Carol Crosbie July 17, 2016 at 11:41 pm -  Reply

    Answer is b 8.5 thanks

  150. Kathryn July 17, 2016 at 11:45 pm -  Reply

    My answer is B) 8.5

  151. Annie July 17, 2016 at 11:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi, I think the answer is B) 8.5

  152. theresa July 18, 2016 at 12:24 am -  Reply

    Answer is B 8.5. Love reading your blogs all about your family. Like you the cot that was in our family for sixty years has been used by my two younger sisters, five neices and nephews mu son and grandaughter who is now twelve. Loved the video of Honey dancing, I think grandchildren bring a new lease of life seeing diffetent things through their eyes. I guess you will be counting the days for the birth of your new grandaughter, bet you and Colin cant wait. Look forward to reading your next blog so untill then take care x

    • Alison Keenan July 25, 2016 at 8:24 pm -  Reply

      Wow Theresa 60 years that’s incredible! So many children in your family who have slept and dreamt in yours.. marvellous! Maybe Honey will take mine for her little ones as and when she has babies of her own – what an amazing thought. You’re right about grandchildren.. it’s wonderful being given a second chance to enjoy our time with little folk. Calla was born last Tuesday, and she is stunning too… feeling very blessed. Thanks so much for keeping in touch, Love Ali x

  153. Jane Spilsbury July 18, 2016 at 8:29 am -  Reply

    The answer is B 8.5

  154. Sian July 18, 2016 at 9:00 am -  Reply

    It’s 8.5 Ali. I won the diamonique tennis bracelet competition Sarah held recently so fingers crossed I’ll be lucky once again! X

  155. Jill July 18, 2016 at 9:16 am -  Reply

    Hi Ally Love the QVC competitions. answer B: 8.5 hope i’m lucky this time!

  156. margaret July 18, 2016 at 10:17 am -  Reply

    the answer is b 8.5

  157. Elaine Hewitt July 18, 2016 at 10:30 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, answer is B). 8.5. xx

  158. Carol Luther July 18, 2016 at 11:55 am -  Reply

    The answer is B…8.5 x

  159. Helen williams July 18, 2016 at 12:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali the answe is b ) 8.5 always enjoy reading your blogs xx

  160. Lucy Little July 18, 2016 at 1:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, the answer is B) 8.5 – love the film of Honey dancing xx

  161. Anne Derwin July 18, 2016 at 1:10 pm -  Reply

    the answer is 8.5 i love reading about your wonderful family

  162. Alison Wigley July 18, 2016 at 1:30 pm -  Reply

    Answer is 8.5. Lovely prize. X

  163. Nicola Adams July 18, 2016 at 1:36 pm -  Reply

    The answer is B) 8.5

  164. Catherine Arnott July 18, 2016 at 3:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,

    The answer is B) 8.5

    Catherine x

  165. Stephanie July 18, 2016 at 3:11 pm -  Reply

    Answer. 8.5 thanks Alison once again a fantastic prize fingers crossed thanks for the chance

  166. Jeannette Wiltshire July 18, 2016 at 3:12 pm -  Reply

    The answer is B 8.5
    have a good summer everyone x

  167. Vanessa Roberts July 18, 2016 at 4:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, competition answer is B) 8.5
    What a fabulous family you have and growing all the time
    Much love

  168. Natalia July 18, 2016 at 4:12 pm -  Reply

    Answer 8.5

  169. Lindsay Blunstone July 18, 2016 at 4:15 pm -  Reply

    Answer: B 8.5

  170. Angela Foreman July 18, 2016 at 4:25 pm -  Reply

    the answer is B – 8.5

  171. Juliet Pearse July 18, 2016 at 4:41 pm -  Reply

    Answer is b 8.5

  172. Andy July 18, 2016 at 5:12 pm -  Reply

    8.5 thank you x

  173. Valerie Beattie July 18, 2016 at 5:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali. Answer is B) 8.5. Fingers crossed!! X

  174. Beryl edwards July 18, 2016 at 6:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison The answer is b 8.5

  175. Ashley Ramsay July 18, 2016 at 6:19 pm -  Reply

    Answer 8.5 – would love to win this

  176. Violet Hills July 18, 2016 at 7:02 pm -  Reply

    Answer is b 8.5

  177. Tanya McMean July 18, 2016 at 9:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, Love reading about your ever extending family, exciting time for you all again welcoming another little girl to bring you all much love & you all to spoil her..
    The answer to your competition is 8:5

    • Alison Keenan July 25, 2016 at 8:26 pm -  Reply

      Absolutely Tanya! Calla Lily is so sweet and everyone so happy to have another new member of the family. Love Ali xx

  178. Jill wright July 18, 2016 at 10:32 pm -  Reply

    B) 8.5 great prize! X

  179. Ann July 18, 2016 at 11:51 pm -  Reply

    The answer is B) 8.5

  180. Carole July 19, 2016 at 2:34 am -  Reply

    The answer is (B) 8.5. Please enter me in your competition.

  181. Sue Cadman July 19, 2016 at 8:25 am -  Reply

    Diaminique is 8.5
    Beautiful giveaway Alison

  182. Katie Douglass July 19, 2016 at 1:49 pm -  Reply

    The answer is B) 8.5

  183. Laura Flahive July 19, 2016 at 3:10 pm -  Reply

    The answer is 8.5

  184. Sharon July 19, 2016 at 3:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi QVC THE ANSWER IS B 8.5, love you guys keep up the good work

  185. Elizabeth Rose July 19, 2016 at 3:17 pm -  Reply

    Answer is: B) 8.5

  186. Faye July 19, 2016 at 3:27 pm -  Reply

    Please enter me in the competition. Answer is B. Enjoyed the blog :)

  187. Joy Hughes July 19, 2016 at 3:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, The answer to your competition is B) 8.5

  188. Lauren McCulloch July 19, 2016 at 3:44 pm -  Reply

    Answer is – (B) 8.5

  189. Jenny Lawton July 19, 2016 at 4:28 pm -  Reply

    The answer is b) 8.5, a wondeful giveaway.

  190. Aileen Howells July 19, 2016 at 4:29 pm -  Reply

    b) 8.5. Enjoyed your blog today. Grandchildren are a most precious gift. I love mine to bits. They really do brighten my day and say such sweet things. Big hug to you Alison x

    • Alison Keenan July 25, 2016 at 8:27 pm -  Reply

      Aileen I can’t wait for Honey to start talking properly. She says “Cheers” and Mama and Dad and granddad, but not nanny yet.. I can wait :) Big hug to you too, Ali xx

  191. Sam Davis July 19, 2016 at 4:47 pm -  Reply

    answer B) 8.5

  192. Catherine Higham July 19, 2016 at 4:48 pm -  Reply

    Hello Alison, the answer is b) 8.5
    It was lovely to see the film of Honey dancing , it brought back many happy memories of my own. Thank you.

  193. Elaine Fitzpatrick July 19, 2016 at 6:16 pm -  Reply

    Lovely to see your cot restored to former glory.
    Answer B) 8.5

  194. miss Emma j craig July 19, 2016 at 6:38 pm -  Reply

    The answer is: B 8.5

  195. Jane B July 19, 2016 at 6:45 pm -  Reply

    B 8.5
    Great competition. Fingers crossed never tried Falling in Love.

  196. Joanna Downey July 19, 2016 at 7:07 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali from a sizzling West Midlands, I can’t believe how we’ve just been flung into these incredible temperatures; the students are all flagging and Ellie and Dave’s kitten, who’s residing in our conservatory, isn’t coping much better. We’ve had him with us since the middle of May and Ellie since the start of July because of their protracted house sale. She spends a couple of nights with Dave at his parents and he comes to us at weekends. Hopefully this will all be resolved during the summer holidays and they can get back to normality. I loved your opening words and especially loved Honey’s dancing, she’s so sweet and has wonderful rhythm and I was very impressed that she kept hold of teddy throughout her performance. Well done you for keeping hold of your cot because the continuity of our newest babies sleeping where our first ones did is precious and it looked very smart when dressed ready for Honey. I hope your daughter in law doesn’t have to deal with Mediterranean heat when she gives birth but how wonderful to welcome another baby into your family. Your comment about the number of restaurants in Brick Lane made me smile – I’d have said the same thing. Well it’s end of term for me on Thursday and usually the prospect of the long holiday fills me with joy, sadly this year will be different as my super brother in law is facing 36 consecutive radiotherapy treatments for a tumour on his spine starting on 25th july. He will be zapped from top of head to lumbar region and because his cancer is so rare the doctors have said they are learning as they go. I have found it really hard to be positive this time, he’s had two brain tumours before this latest horror, but on Sunday I was doing the ironing and I told myself off and shouted to the kitchen wall that his story wasn’t over. As I wrote those words a small blue butterfly landed on the hedge in front of me so I’m taking that as a good sign. Enjoy the sunshine. Love from Jo x

    • Alison Keenan July 25, 2016 at 8:33 pm -  Reply

      My dear Jo I always love hearing from you, but am so sorry to learn that your brother in law is once again facing treatment for cancer, and I pray that although this is a rare condition and that the doctors are learning as they go, that they will be definitely be giving him his best chance. Treatment is tough, but my oncologist told me that radiotherapy is the most effective targeted treatment there is.. I believe her. The butterfly was definitely a sign.. and I completely understand your despair and sadness but what you wrote is correct.. His story isn’t over. I do hope that Ellie and Dave’s issue with the house will be resolved soon so that they can live a more normal life, although I’m sure you enjoy having them with you at the weekends. Gosh it has been hot hasn’t it?! Poor Rae gave birth in 40 degrees as there was only one tiny window and no fan in the room! I have photographs of their beautiful daughter though, and will be posting them on the next blog. Stay strong my friend, and try to enjoy the time off that you have. I’m sure you sister and brother in law will appreciate your company and kindness. With love, Ali x

  197. Karen Hunter July 19, 2016 at 7:09 pm -  Reply

    Answer is b) 8.5 xxx

  198. Pauline Fisher July 19, 2016 at 7:27 pm -  Reply

    The Is answer is B. 8.5

  199. Stephanie July 19, 2016 at 8:04 pm -  Reply

    Answer is B 8.5

  200. Karen French July 19, 2016 at 8:08 pm -  Reply

    Answer is B) 8.5

  201. Ann Coleman July 19, 2016 at 10:40 pm -  Reply

    Hello Dear Alison, The answer to your competition is 8.5
    Lovely to hear about and see pictures of your Family, especially the little ones. Little Honey is gorgeous.
    Lots of love

  202. Kathleen Anderson July 19, 2016 at 10:54 pm -  Reply

    The competition answer is (b) 8.5

  203. Sarh July 20, 2016 at 6:49 am -  Reply

    Answer b/8.5 hope I win xx

  204. Julie roden July 20, 2016 at 10:55 am -  Reply

    Answer 8.5
    Love philosophy but haven’t tried diamonique yet so fingers crossed xxx

  205. Jody Wood July 20, 2016 at 12:22 pm -  Reply

    B) 8.5

    Really hoping to win this competition I adore the falling in love scent so much! Thanks for the competition Alison hope your doing well Xx

  206. Anna Bratley July 20, 2016 at 1:36 pm -  Reply

    Answer b. 8.5

  207. Rebekah Maxwell July 20, 2016 at 2:55 pm -  Reply

    The answer is B) 8.5,

  208. Claire July 20, 2016 at 3:17 pm -  Reply

    My answer is B xx

  209. Debbie July 20, 2016 at 4:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali the answer is b,8.5….I enjoyed reading your blog again,you have a gorgeous family,I’m incredibly jealous of all the babies,there’s nothing like a cuddle! Take care xx

  210. Julie Ellis July 20, 2016 at 4:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, the answer is B. 8.5.

  211. Susan July 20, 2016 at 9:58 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations on your new granddaughter Ali! She’s gorgeous! Such a lot of dark hair!x

  212. Hilary Schofield July 20, 2016 at 10:25 pm -  Reply

    Answer is (b) 8.5

  213. Chris Calvert July 21, 2016 at 2:49 am -  Reply

    The answer is 8.5 fantastic blog I always enjoy reading ur updates and so glad to hear that Honey is doing so well

  214. Margaret Calvert July 21, 2016 at 2:50 am -  Reply

    B – 8.5 thank you for this opportunity I have been in and out of hospital this year and would love some good news

  215. John C July 21, 2016 at 2:55 am -  Reply

    Answer is B 8.5

  216. Mary Morphy July 21, 2016 at 6:05 am -  Reply

    Hi abd a happy sunny and invredibly warm Thursday morning from Westgate on Sea..its 5.30am and the dawn chorus woke me up from a much needed sleep..more later…so i have painted my nails and now writing my blog! Thankyou again for sharing your family life with us..the film of Honey warmed my heart..i temember both of mine dancing on the floor.
    The indoor crazy golf sounds fab..i have a three day break in London in the October half term with my twin and daughter..gonna investigate and hopefully go.
    So a busy week..last week of term abd we seem to be winding up rather than winding down!! Me and another TA have just hot a new job role within the school to set up a unit for 8 students who cannot access the standard curriculum..we are starting in September and at the moment our designated room in full of furniture cast offs, we are still on full timetable and it needscto be emptied and re designed..an exciting venture AND i am so happy to say that i will be dping 4 days from September with Friday as my non working day.
    Chloe has raised £980 for her charity which is phenominal abd we are so thankful to EVERYONE for their donations..and thank you, extremely kind and a nig hig and kiss to you from Chloe. She finished her GCSE exams and went with her best friend to Andalucia for 2 weeks to stay with her best friends grandparents. We were on the ‘pick up’ airport run..we left at Midnight on Tuesday for Gatwick..hit a horrendous traffic jam on the m25..yes even at that time of the day..and aerived at Gatwick finding their flight had been delayed! The girls landed atound 2.30am and it was so lovely to hug them both. I have missed Chloe terribly. We got home around 4.45..i grabbed about an hour of sleep before work and to ve honest was in a state of wierdness all day..struggling to string a sentece together but as usual had a hectic day and errands to do after work..got in at 7pm and made millionaires shortbread for Chloe as it is her favourite. I crawled into bed at 10.30pm shattered but feel fine today..if a little hot!!
    Chloe has used ger charms to persuade her brother to move bedrooms..i tried to decorate Chlies new room but was forever running out if time..plus it is like a sauna in there abd not good conditions for the paint to dry so hoping to finish the painting at the weekend..cricket on Sunday so a trip tound the m25 again!!
    The micro pub is dping really well..John is busy and we barely see eachother but he is gappy and enjoying it and seems to be well liked by customers old and new.
    Well thats all from me..a cool shower beckons.
    Answer for competition is 8.5.
    Much love Mary.

    • Alison Keenan July 25, 2016 at 8:38 pm -  Reply

      Mary loving your comment and am guessing you wrote it on your iPad?? :) Thank Chloe for her ‘nig hig and a kiss’ and tell her well done from me!! That’s a mighty amount to have raised, and I am happy to have helped. So glad that she had a great time, but is back safely with you. I remember driving my mum home from Stanstead at midnight and we hit an horrendous traffic jam which was exhausting! Luckily I didn’t have to work the next day, but was really tired. Do try and have a bit of a rest before you tackle the new bedrooms! It’s always more exhausting in the heat, although you know me, I’m not complaining. Can’t have too much sunshine in my opinion! Sending you my love and I’m thrilled for John, but hopefully you can have an evening together soon to catch up :) With love, Ali xx

  217. lorna July 21, 2016 at 10:25 am -  Reply

    B. 8.5 this is the answer.

  218. lorna July 21, 2016 at 10:26 am -  Reply

    b.8.5 this is the answer

  219. michelle cassie July 21, 2016 at 12:23 pm -  Reply

    B) 8.5. Your grandaughter is so cute

  220. fiona carne July 21, 2016 at 1:08 pm -  Reply

    The answer is b ,little honey is so cute

  221. Carol Singleton July 21, 2016 at 3:18 pm -  Reply

    Answer is b, 8.5

  222. Sue Radford July 21, 2016 at 7:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,

    Lovely blog, as usual. I can’t get over how much Honey looks like you. She’s so gorgeous!

    Una, it’s so lovely to hear from you after all this time. Like Ali, I have been thinking of you often, along with Alpa and others we haven’t heard from for quite some time. However, words can’t express how sad I felt to read what your beautiful granddaughter, Meli has been through. It must have been horrendous for you too. I hope and pray she will get stronger and stronger every day. Bless her for wanting to go back to school so much. Una, it’s so lovely that she has you in her life, as you are such a loving and caring grandmother. Take care.

    Love Sue Radford xx

    • Una July 22, 2016 at 3:31 pm -  Reply

      Hi Sue.
      I hope you are well.
      It’s been a really long and very difficult year, and It has been like being on the worst rollercoaster ever. We are getting there, slowly but surely.
      It’s shown me how kind people can be too. My landlord is actually a friend of many years. He has modified the house while we were in hospital. He’s made life so much easier for us, and we had no idea he was doing anything. I wouldn’t have been able to take Melissa out in her chair and although she is very little, getting her in and out of the bath would have been challenging too.
      He and his wife also organised some fundraising events to get a top of the range wheelchair. I will be eternally grateful for all their help, and keep thanking them. They both say all the thanks they need is to see a cheeky smiley face. I don’t think they mean mine lol!
      Thank you for thinking of us.
      Una and Meli xx

  223. Susan July 21, 2016 at 9:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi the answer is b 8.5

  224. John Draper July 21, 2016 at 9:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison. The answer is B 8.5

  225. Liz Hine July 21, 2016 at 9:47 pm -  Reply

    Answer B 8.5. Just for fun, never win anything!

  226. Una Moorehead July 21, 2016 at 10:09 pm -  Reply

    Diamonique is 8.5 on the mohs scale. Congratulations on the birth of Cala Lily (my favourite flower). Just celebrated my birthday yesterday (20 July) & love diamonique jewellery. I have countless pieces but since my husband’s passing 3 years ago I don’t get to wear some of the fancier items, as I’m not going out.

    • Alison Keenan July 25, 2016 at 8:41 pm -  Reply

      Dear Una, thank you for your kind words and congratulations on the birth of Calla Lily. Belated happy birthday to you, and I very much hope that you were able to spend it those who love you. I was so sorry to hear of your husband’s passing, and I know how difficult it can be to try and get life back to some kind of normality, but I hope that your memories of him keep you strong. Perhaps some time in the sunshine this summer will help you. Take care, and please do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  227. Dawn Gould July 21, 2016 at 10:13 pm -  Reply

    Answer is B) 8.5

  228. karen kennedy July 21, 2016 at 10:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison the answer is B 8.5 absolutely gorgeous grand children your very blessed love and best wishes to you xxxxx

  229. sue powell July 21, 2016 at 11:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali. Answer is b. 8.5

  230. Karen Docherty July 22, 2016 at 12:57 am -  Reply

    B. 8.5 answer :)

  231. katie Stewart July 22, 2016 at 6:00 am -  Reply

    The answer is 8.5

  232. Fiona McHardy July 22, 2016 at 8:39 am -  Reply

    The answer is b) 8.5

  233. Diane Bach July 22, 2016 at 8:59 am -  Reply

    The answer is B) 8.5

  234. Paulette Roberts July 22, 2016 at 9:54 am -  Reply

    The answer is b) 8.5

  235. Lisa Roberts July 22, 2016 at 9:56 am -  Reply

    The answer is b) 8.5

  236. Laura Clipson July 22, 2016 at 10:30 am -  Reply

    B). 8.5 is the answer. Look forward to a chance of winning. Thanks.

  237. David Fieldsend July 22, 2016 at 10:32 am -  Reply

    B) 8.5. This is the answer. Would love to win this for my lovely girlfriend who is a big fan of jewellery and beauty products, she watches QVC every minute she can.

  238. Julie Tomkins July 22, 2016 at 10:34 am -  Reply

    b. 8.5. Thanks for another great competition prize, hoping to win. X

  239. Fiona Challen July 22, 2016 at 11:38 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison the answer is B,8.5

  240. Hefina July 22, 2016 at 2:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali 8.5

  241. SHIRLEY ANNE JONES July 22, 2016 at 3:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    I loved reading your blog and what a great competition! The answer is B) 8.5.
    Your lovely little Sunny Honey made my day with her dancing. Love and Best Wishes.

  242. Jeanetta Lumsden July 22, 2016 at 6:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison the answer is B, 8.5 X

  243. JACQUI jAMES July 22, 2016 at 7:54 pm -  Reply

    The answer is 8.5. Great Blog

  244. martin forbes July 23, 2016 at 12:04 pm -  Reply

    hi ali hope you and family are well iam fine

  245. karen somerville July 23, 2016 at 12:12 pm -  Reply


  246. Linda July 23, 2016 at 1:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, the answer to your competition question is 8.5.
    Love reading your blogs, take care.

  247. Philippa Ivory July 24, 2016 at 9:29 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali , love your blog . The answer is b) 8.5,

  248. Elizabeth Keenan July 24, 2016 at 11:55 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Honey is so cute watching the video was lovely she is fairly coming on she is really beautiful. Congratulations Ali on the birth of Cala Lily your second granddaughter, you and Colin are going to be kept really busy now with the baby sitting (MAGIC).
    We are off to Italy again in September cannot keep away we love it so much, we are now counting down the weeks and days till we go. Take care Ali and keep well, you are looking great.
    The answer is (b) 8.5
    Much love
    Elizabeth X

    • Alison Keenan July 25, 2016 at 8:46 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Elizabeth, lovely to hear from you, and to know that you are heading back to Italy in September! Kathy Tayler is out there at the moment, and the photographs look fabulous! Yes, Colin and I are truly blessed and little Calla is a treasure. Can’t wait to be asked to babysit the pair of them. Had Lucy and Honey to stay this weekend and it was great fun! Take care, love Ali xx

  249. Julie Power July 24, 2016 at 1:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi, the answer is B. 8.5. Thanks

  250. Andrew Green July 24, 2016 at 1:45 pm -  Reply

    The answer if B) 8.5

  251. Gill Shell July 24, 2016 at 4:43 pm -  Reply

    Answer is B) 8.5 thanks

  252. Geraldine Peveller July 24, 2016 at 5:19 pm -  Reply

    The answer is 8.5 on the hardness scale

  253. Ashley July 24, 2016 at 11:21 pm -  Reply

    Answer is B 8.5

  254. Lynn campbell July 25, 2016 at 12:38 pm -  Reply

    Answer b – 8.5

  255. Janet July 25, 2016 at 2:28 pm -  Reply

    B). 8.5 good luck to everyone,I don’t usually win anything, but as my mum always says . You can’t win if you don’t enter.

  256. Sue Radford July 25, 2016 at 4:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Una,

    It was lovely to hear from you. It was also lovely to hear of the kindness shown by your landlord to make things easier for Meli – that news has really made my day. Take care and keep strong.

    Love Sue Radford xx

  257. Elaine sallis July 26, 2016 at 6:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali congratulations on your new grandchild. Una how lovely to hear from you again. Stay strong my thoughts are with you. Not up to chatting much at moment but still reading the blog regularly.
    Elaine x

  258. Lesley Elmes July 27, 2016 at 11:10 am -  Reply

    Answer B – 8.5.

  259. Yvonne smith July 27, 2016 at 10:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,so glad to see you all happy and healthy. The answer is B 8.5

  260. Claire Jones July 27, 2016 at 10:34 pm -  Reply

    The answer is b) 8.5

  261. Sarah Warner July 27, 2016 at 10:54 pm -  Reply

    B. 8.5
    Bless that Honey !! Xxxx

  262. emma July 27, 2016 at 11:34 pm -  Reply

    answer is (B) 8.5

  263. Julie July 28, 2016 at 1:36 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, please enter me in your fab competition, answer is B) 8.5
    Love reading your blogs. Lots of love Julie xx

  264. Elaine Martin July 28, 2016 at 6:32 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison the answer is B} 8.5

  265. Karen millar July 28, 2016 at 7:00 am -  Reply

    Answer B 8.5

  266. Cheryl Hanks July 28, 2016 at 8:09 am -  Reply

    Hi Ally, Loving summer on QVC. The answer to question is B; 8.5. Thankyou.

  267. Sue Bedford July 28, 2016 at 8:09 am -  Reply

    Loved the video of Honey dancing.
    The answer is B – 8.5

  268. Maria Collett July 28, 2016 at 8:38 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali the answer is B-8.5

  269. Carol Luther July 28, 2016 at 8:40 am -  Reply

    Answer. B) 8.5

  270. Sandra July 28, 2016 at 4:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali the answer is B) 8.5.

    A lovely blog and little Honey is just adorable. I think it’s fab that you still had the cot and now Honey can make use of it. It’s very special indeed.Glad to see you looking radiant and happy :) xxx

  271. Julia Ellis July 28, 2016 at 8:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    The answer is B 8.5
    Love reading your lovely blog x

  272. CHRIS TAYLOR July 30, 2016 at 8:40 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali. Answer is B. 8.5. Fingers crossed!!!

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