Ali’s Army marches on


After a great hour with Antthony Fashion Designs, the man himself and his delightful TSV, I just couldn’t sleep when I got home.  Consequently the morning seems to have run away from me altogether, but I really wanted to thank you for your amazing support and your comments on the last blog.  I can tell you now that the ‘I Hope’ range of jewellery is selling very well indeed, which in turn is supporting Breast Cancer Care.


Taking into account how many of you wrote to me about your feelings of loss, or how you’re coping with cancer yourself, or caring for someone who’s ill makes it even more relevant. Presenting the jewellery on QVC, and then reading your comments, spurred me on to  finally finish my book – well I say finished – the first draft has been edited, which means there’s a way to go, and a bit more to change and add in, but I was particularly pleased when my editor wrote to say she was ‘thrilled’ with what she’d seen.  Watch this space, and thank you again for giving me the incentive to write it .


Since I last wrote to you, I’ve had the best news, and that is my brother Peter is coming over to the UK for a week from this Thursday!  The last time we saw him was four years ago, when Colin and I travelled to Sydney, six months after I finished chemo. We had such a lovely time, and I honestly didn’t think I’d see him again unless we could get back to Australia. Although he and his wife Sarah are coming primarily to see her elderly parents, they are planning to see mum, Jenny and me too.  Can’t wait!  It’s been 11 years for mum and 14 years since Jenny saw them, and so it’s going to be pretty emotional… I’ll take lots of pics and post them next time, but this is my most recent photo of them both, taken earlier this year.


I had a very happy day with Honey on the 6th September – she was 16 months old exactly – and is now mad about Peppa Pig. Her speech is coming on really well, and she is such a smiley soul. I bought her this book featuring her heroine, and as you can see she loved it.  She can say Peppa, but she tends to just snort, like a little piggy – very funny! Lucy visited me at the end of the week, and we all went to see Rae and baby Calla. Honey loved Calla, and we all agreed that our second little treasure is just perfect.

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On what was reportedly the hottest day of the summer, I had planned a visit to see Roz and Chris in Dorset.  As I headed down the M3 the sun was high in a bright blue sky, but by the time I passed Stonehenge the clouds rolled in, and when I finally got to Roz, it was absolutely lashing down!  Still, who needs the sunshine when you’ve got months of gossip to catch up on! Roz keeps chickens now, and so eggs were on the menu.

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The rain did eventually stop and so we were able to spend some time in the garden – look at this fabulous sunrise.  It’s incredibly quiet there, and these cows are the only traffic that pass her front gate on their way to be milked!  I had a lovely time, was spoilt rotten, and was quite sorry to leave, but we’ve put another date in the diary for October, so that’s not too far away.


Something even closer is our 9pm Diamonique show this Thursday, and having run through everything that’s coming up, I am sure you’ll be as pleased as I am with the choices.  Knowing how quickly the simulated opal jewellery always sells, you may like a heads up on this pretty little boulder opal ring.  It’s a brand new design and under £25! Item no 307668 – plenty more to choose from, so I hope to see you at 9pm.


A little later in the week – Sunday to be precise – the beauty brand Gatineau will be taking centre stage with an incredible TSV.  I was lucky enough to have a fabulous facial from Miceala Taylor, their National Trainer, using all three of the products in the TSV.  Without giving too much away, we’re talking about potent serums, that can be slotted very simply into your beauty routine, whether you currently use Gatineau or not.  I can probably give you a heads up on Twitter @alikqvc nearer the day, as the price is superb, and as you’ll see here, my skin really benefitted from it.

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Colin’s been busy rehearsing for the new Sonny Walters Band gig list. They have several new members, and as it’s been almost a year since they last performed live, we’re feeling major anticipation! On a rare evening together, Colin and decided to go and see the new movie Bridget Jones’s Baby.  Although I wasn’t sure Colin would truly enjoy it, I’ve been a fan ever since I interviewed Helen Fielding years ago with the original book.  Seriously, this new movie is a corker!  So funny, brilliantly acted, and Renee Zellweger is superb, and Colin Firth along with Patrick Dempsey.  Colin said it was the funniest film he’d seen in years, and we’d highly recommend it.


If you prefer reading, do have a look at JoJo Moyes sequel to You Before Me, entitled After You. Her writing is sublime, and the characters are so real… she is definitely right up there in my top five authors.  Not that I have much time to read at the moment, but I always love a recommendation… Oh, and it’s not long before Jackie Kabler’s new novel is out!  That’s definitely worth a read – I loved the first one.

Well, that’s it for now, but once again, thank you so much for keeping in touch with not just me but each other.  Ali’s Army marches on!  Stay well and happy,

With my love,

Ali xx


  1. Irene September 20, 2016 at 9:50 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison
    Lovely reading your blog and hearing all your news and how busy you have been and seeing pictures of your Grandchildren who are just so adorable. My Grandaughter Ellie loves Peppa pig and was lucky enough to go to Peppa pig world in Hampshire and my daughter said it is well worth a visit I am sure Honey would love it. Been a traumatic couple of weeks my daughter fainted and cut her head which needed stitches and we have just been informed by the GP that she is starting with an early Menopause and why she felt unwell but I am not surprised as I was a similar age of 39 when I started. More drama it never rains but it pours as my partner has just been for investigations of an endoscopy and CT scans and been diagnosed with cancer and awaiting to see if anything can be done for him but it does not look to be a very positive outcome so I am keeping everything
    crossed at the moments that something can be done . As I mentioned to you recently in previous blogs about my losses and my nursing life
    but I never thought that I
    would have to deal personally with this that I had dealt with so many times when I was a nurse but I am trying to stay positive for my
    partner who is going through this illness. Really looking forward to reading your book when published. Take care and look after yourself Love Irene xx

    • Alison Keenan September 25, 2016 at 9:31 pm -  Reply

      Dear Irene, Thank you for taking the time out to write when clearly you are having a difficult time of it… So dreadfully sorry to hear about your partner.. I am praying that they will find something to ease his symptoms and treat the cancer. Thank heavens he has you with him, as your general kindness and understanding of his illness through all your years of nursing will no doubt to be a comfort to him. Draw on your strengths, but make certain that there are those you can lean on. Caring for somebody who is poorly is difficult, and you need someone to look out for you. It’s sad to hear you say you never thought you would have to deal with this personally.. none of us ever do, but I am sending you love and positive thoughts. I was sorry to hear about your daughter too – she is very young to be going through the menopause… I hope that she can have HRT or something to help her with the symptoms. Your comment had made me even more determined to make the book the best I can.. Please look after yourself, and do keep in touch, with love, Ali xx

  2. Linda Marshall September 21, 2016 at 7:28 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, Lovely to see the photo’s of your two little grandaughters also your brother. I am so very lucky to see my brother every Sunday as he takes me shopping to save me having to carry the heavy stuff. He has done this for 4 years since Bryan died which is today the 21st of September.
    good luck with your writing Love Linda xx

    • Alison Keenan September 25, 2016 at 9:32 pm -  Reply

      Bless you Linda, these anniversaries are never easy. I’m so glad that your brother looks out for you, and that you see him regularly as I’m sure this last four years have been difficult for you. The 21st September is also my father’s birthday… It has been 29 years since he died. Take care of yourself, and be proud that you are coping as well as you are. Thank you for writing to me, With love, Ali

  3. Marie September 21, 2016 at 9:44 am -  Reply

    Ali a lovely blog as ever the babies are beautiful. Can’t wait for your book to be published. My family have been affected by cancer as have most. My step daughter was diagnosed with breast cancer 2 years ago and we are all keeping everything crossed that her operation and treatment ensure it won’t come back but now her beloved dog has been diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer.
    Life can be so cruel. Fortunately we have a lovely Colin in our lives as well.
    Marie xx

    • Alison Keenan September 25, 2016 at 9:34 pm -  Reply

      Marie, life is cruel as you say, and I am keeping everything crossed that two years on from her original diagnosis, your stepdaughter will now be well into her recovery. Desperately sad though her dog is poorly, as I know how much having a pet can mean too many. You never know, they may find something special that he can be treated with. I’m glad you also have a lovely Colin in your life. Take care Marie, and keep in touch, love Ali xx

  4. Merche September 21, 2016 at 4:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, always enjoy seeing pictures of your granddaughters, it doesn’t seem that long ago that Honey was the baby!
    You mention both the JoJo Moyes books, like you I thoroughly enjoyed both of them and have been to see the film Me Before You, cried when I read the book and cried again when I went along with my daughter Heidi and daughter-in-law Lisa to the cinema.

    • Alison Keenan September 25, 2016 at 9:35 pm -  Reply

      Dear Merche nice to hear from you again, and so good that you, like me, are an avid JoJo Moyes reader. I haven’t been brave enough to see the film, but maybe one day I might watch it from home. I would urge you to read the sequel “After Me”… it gives you a reason to smile again. So glad you enjoyed the blog, and yes the babies are growing so quickly! I am thrilled that Lucy will be able to bring Honey to see Peter and Sarah on Tuesday.. I will take lots of photos. With love, Ali xx

  5. Christine September 21, 2016 at 5:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali Your granddaughters are beautiful. Looking forward to the book. I always followed your career. Hope you enjoy your brother coming.
    Take care x

    • Alison Keenan September 25, 2016 at 9:36 pm -  Reply

      Christine, I am very touched that you have followed my career.. It’s been a pretty long road to get to where I now am, but a great deal of fun on the way. I do hope with Peter and my children… Photos to follow :) Love Ali xx

  6. Joanna Downey September 22, 2016 at 10:21 am -  Reply

    Morning Ali, Lovely black and white photo of your girls and a lush, slightly moody one of Mr E… How fantastic that your brother is coming for a visit and yes, I imagine it will be emotional when you all meet up. So Honey loves Peppa Pig as much as Tallulah does! Ant and Bex took her to PP World and had a great time; I declined my invite and have to keep my opinions about the rude porcine creature to myself when we visit them. After two weeks back at school I’m confined at home and have been told to rest by our GP following “episodes” on Saturday and Monday mornings that suggest I’ve got angina. There is a history of heart issues in my dad’s family so I shouldn’t be surprised but the advice that if I experience the same symptoms and they don’t subside after using the spray I’ve been given I must call 999 has disturbed me. I don’t take my health for granted and even though I could do more “organised” activities I’m very active. I’m also a fairly balanced and contented person and I’m not a worrier so I’ve always been of the opinion I’d miss out on any possible heart problems. My sister found the idea of me falling off the cardiology department’s treadmill, a la Ronnie Corbett in “Amarillo”, totally hilarious, that’s family support for you. I’ve spent the week pottering and have caught up with my reading so will follow your recommendation regarding After You. See you at 9pm. Love from Jo x

    • Alison Keenan September 25, 2016 at 9:42 pm -  Reply

      Jo, I was so sorry to read that you are at home and confined to bed following what could be angina. I completely understand how worried you must be, and how disturbing it is to have been given the worst case scenario. If it is any comfort to you at all, my dear friend Ross, had exactly the same symptoms and exactly the same as vice. That was over a year ago, and after one month she was without any symptoms at all. Sometimes your body is just telling you to take it easy, and I hope that the rest will be all you require to feel well again. You do have a very busy life and have been stressed a fair bit over the summer so that may be it. I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you. You’re right about families though, they do have a strange idea about support sometimes! On a happier note, you had me laughing out loud, as clearly your opinions of Peppa’s family, are the same as my Lucy’s! :) she and Simon took Honey to Peppa Pig world at the end of August and they had a fabulous time.. I think I may have enjoyed it myself! You take it easy, sit yourself down and enjoy reading After You. Please do let me know what you think of it. Take care Jo, love from Ali xx

  7. Jill September 22, 2016 at 12:35 pm -  Reply

    As always Ally such a genuine blog, love looking at all your pics too. Good luck with the book when it launches, I for one will be very interested to read the continuing story.
    I was at a book launch yesterday. My pall Maureen Reynolds is in my opinion one of the most talented writers. I was hooked on her first set of stories beginning with Sunday Girls, and the trilogy of Molly McQueen the mystery series. She was born in Dundee and this comes through in a lot of her books. Worth a read if your interested you can easily loose yourself in her words.
    Take care Ally
    Jill X

    • Alison Keenan September 25, 2016 at 9:44 pm -  Reply

      Jill thanks so much for the suggestion of your pal Maureen Reynolds books. I will have a look for them, and recommend them to my mum who loves reading mysteries. It may be a while before I can sit down and read myself, as I have a fair way to go with my editing, but will definitely make a note. Thank you for your kind words about the book… I hope it will be something you enjoy reading. Take care too, and have a good week, Love Ali xx

  8. Denise September 22, 2016 at 3:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, what a wonderful surprise that your brother is to visit soon. You must be over the moon. Both your little granddaughters get more adorable by the day.
    I’m just doing a quick check in here as I’m currently packing and preening myself as we leave for our holiday to Ischia early tomorrow. Is it just me who plans what clothes to take and then last minute throws the kitchen sink in “just in case” lol
    All the best
    Love Denise xx

    • Alison Keenan September 25, 2016 at 9:45 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Denise not sure if you have Wi-Fi in Ischia, but I’m certain you have a fabulous time you’re not the only person who throws in the kitchen sink at the last minute, I’m also one of those! Be wary of the excess baggage charges though! :) I hope you have a wonderful time, and will be in touch when you are home. We are looking forward very much to spending Tuesday with Peter and Sarah, and my children are hoping to join us in the evening. Love Ali xx

  9. Gwen September 22, 2016 at 4:08 pm -  Reply

    Hello Dear Ali,

    What a coincidence ! I have to tell you that I was also in Dorset on what was supposed to be the hottest day of the year visiting a friend. She was very kindly giving me a tour of some of the most amazing beauty spots and we had just come off of the ferry and en route to Corffe Castle when the most amazing electric storm began and in no time the heaviest rain I have ever seen, we took shelter in a lovely tea room on the beach which was soon swamped with both people and rain blowing in through the doors,it really was quite an experience bearing in mind that I had left Brighton basking in the sunshine!!! Still all very lovely.

    Love the pictures of your dear little grand-daughters they really are so gorgeous, what a Christmas you will have this year.

    Lots of luck to Colin and of course to you with your book. Will look forward to reading it.

    Take good care of yourself Ali and more news soon please.

    Very best wishes,


    • Alison Keenan September 25, 2016 at 9:48 pm -  Reply

      Crikey Gwen, that was exactly the same time while I was there. So hard to believe it was blinding sunshine at home! Roz and I had sat outside for lunch but had to leap inside as soon as the heavens opened :) We did have sunshine and it was a lot warmer the following day though. So glad you are enjoying the photos of the grandchildren.. they are growing so quickly aren’t they? Colin’s gig went well on Friday night, the pub was packed and rather a lot of wine was consumed. Good times though :) Thank you for your support re the book.. I can’t quite believe I finished it, but still a few tweaks and edits to go. I hope you have a good week, and I’ll have a new blog for you before the end of the month,. love Ali xx

  10. Loraine Plumb September 22, 2016 at 7:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison just been reading your new blog how nice for you to see your brother years pass by so quickly don’t they we had a great time in lake garda albeit was a bit too hot even 32 at night Clare and geoff are hopefully moving in a couple of weeks willa has just got her two bottom teeth she’s so sweet we are looking forward to looking after her at the weekend . Last Friday we saw the Motown musical I think I mentioned it too you before it was good we wandered around covent garden so we were not too far away from the theatre didnt get back into ringwood till 2.30 the national express left at midnight from Victoria so a very long day on and of the tube which felt very hot and sticky not helpful with the hot flushes as you well know but good time had by all . We are looking another part of Italy again for next spring and then in 2018 all being well we have spoken about Florida as a family haven’t been for a while we went several times when the children were younger so would probably have a villa so we could chill out some days by a pool and do disney close by so food for thought anyway enjoy your family time together best wishes Loraine xx

    • Alison Keenan September 25, 2016 at 9:51 pm -  Reply

      Dear Lorraine, yes it was fabulous to see Peter at the airport, and although he had to rush off to see Sarah’s family, we are spending all day Tuesday with him. I can’t believe it’s been four years since we were all together, but as soon as we were chatting the years fell away. I’m glad you had a good time at Lake Garda, although I can imagine 32 at night is too hot for most folk! Willa sounds beautiful. I love it when they get their teeth :) crikey that was a very long day for you but I’m glad you enjoyed the Motown musical. I would’ve slept on the couch! The hot flashes are purgatory on the tube especially as there never seems to be any air down there at all. I would highly recommend the Amalfi Coast if you go to Italy next year, or Tuscany. Both incredibly beautiful :) Florida with the family sounds fun too, but as long as you’re all together it doesn’t really matter where you are. Have a great week, love Ali xxx

  11. Janet Jones September 22, 2016 at 7:33 pm -  Reply

    September 15, 2016 at 8:01 pm – Reply
    My dear Ali, I am so sorry i haven’t been in touch for quite some time,but I have been following your blog. I lost my best friend to cancer last October it was such a shock it all happened so quickly and I thought like me she was in remission but she died of heart failure due to all the treatments. Even now I still can’t believe she is gone, but I am still in touch with her family and daughter. My beautiful Grandson has had more eye operations and now needs his tonsils removing as they are too big and its becoming a problem when they operate. On a very happy note he was Christened 3 weeks ago and what a happy day that was, all our families together celebrating the fact that we have this beautiful boy in our lives. I know God was looking out for him on his special day as it didn’t rain but the day was very dull and he is is very light sensitive so he could enjoy running outside a special day i will never forget.
    Congratulations to you and Colin on the birth of your second grand daughter how lovely for you more happy times ahead.
    Lots of other things have happened but too much to write on your blog.
    I Hope you are going to let us know when we can buy your book as I like so many other people can so relate to your story and I for one will be buying your book.
    Take care Ali, I look forward to your reply. xx
    p.s I forgot to say I have the original I Hope necklace

    • Alison Keenan September 25, 2016 at 9:56 pm -  Reply

      My dear Janet, I just checked last weeks blog and saw your response which I’d not replied to. I am desperately sorry to hear about your friend. I can’t imagine how terribly difficult it must be for you to be without her. I can’t imagine my life without my close friends, they have been such a tower of strength to me in the darkest of times. I’m glad for all of you though that you are able to keep in touch with her family and her daughter. They must miss her terribly too. Thank you for bringing us up-to-date with little Alfie although I am sorry he’s had to have more eye operations and that his tonsils will need to be taken out. I’m sure they will take extra care with him as he is small. So pleased though that you had a christening three weeks ago and it was a happy time. These are precious memories, and I’m sure as time moves on his eyesight will improve, and he will feel better for having his tonsils removed. I hope that everything else with you is okay? I know you say lots of other things have happened, praying your health is good. I will definitely let you know once the book is available, and where you can buy it from, and I am very happy that you have the I Hope necklace. Sending you a big hug, love Ali xxx

  12. Christine Auchterlonie September 22, 2016 at 9:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali… Thanks for sharing your very busy life with us and the lovely pictures to accompany your blog especially lovely little Honey with her lovely smile…. How exciting to have your brother visit your family coming all those miles …. Emotional no doubt for your Mam after all those years … Hope you and your family enjoy the time together … Time together is so precious! the news of the book and Colin and the band …. exciting.
    It has been a lovely day here in the North East my friend and I have just been to the National Glass centre in Sunderland for our afternoon coffee and cake… Fiona is going up the Northumberland Coast on Saturday with friends to swim with the seals and then camping over night … Good luck with that !!!Simon is back from Montreal he was there for a week working … with his partner Helen he took Derek and I for a lovely meal in Newcastle on his return … Great spending time together getting up to date with all the news …I hope you have a good week I am about to watch the 9pm show … Take care till next time love Chris x

    • Alison Keenan September 25, 2016 at 9:59 pm -  Reply

      Dear Chris thank you for your kind words about the blog. I am so happy to share the photographs and my family times with you. Lovely to have Peter over here, and although he has been very busy seeing mum and Sarah’s parents, it’s nice to know that he is existing under the same sky is me at the moment! We will be together all day Tuesday and my children are coming over to, so that will be a fabulous night. The gig on Friday went well, and rather a lot of wine was consumed! They played brilliantly and the audience really appreciated them which was nice. Your Fiona has a very busy and interesting life doesn’t she? I hope the seals are friendly! So glad you were treated to a meal out, and have had time with your son Simon as well. The National Glass Centre sounds interesting? What do they have there – ornaments or historic glass? I hope you have a great week, and I will be in touch, love Ali xx

  13. Heidi September 23, 2016 at 2:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I love reading your blog and Thursday night Diamonique Shows. I was really quite moved last night when you were talking about and showing your “I hope” collection. Thankfully I’m not going through Cancer but I’m in the process of having tests for a possible diagnosis of M.S. which is also a scary place to be.
    My eldest sons’ girlfriend is a Breast Cancer Survivor so I think I’m going to give her an “I hope” pendant for Christmas.
    Please keep writing your blog and bringing us your weekly Diamonique Shows. You’re like a breath of fresh air and we can all do with some ‘Affordable Bling’ in our lives.
    Take care.

  14. Jilly September 24, 2016 at 8:06 pm -  Reply

    Evening Ali and everyone, so delighted to read your brother and his wife are coming to the U.K. What a wonderful treat for you all. I recall your blog when you last saw him after your treatment so this is perfect that he will soon be with you and in such different circumstances. So much catching up to do for you all. Do enjoy every moment as well as your mum and sister – what a thrill for them too.
    Your little darlings are so beautiful.such a delight and perfect. How they change your life beyond you ever thinking they could. All their highs and lows are your highs and lows. When they have a cold or are not well you feel out of sorts until you know they are feeling better. They are just the best and it is so good your share them with us all here.
    Janet so very sorry to hear about your friend. What an awful time you all must have been having and so tragic. Look for the brightest star in the sky and wave to it as this will be your friend. Watching down on her family and friends. So sorry to also hear little Alfie needs his tonsils out. More worry for you until you know he has come back to the ward. That is what I mean about grand children’s highs and lows are also ours. Delighted on the other hand to read he and you all had such a lovely special day. This is what the memories are all about. Do let us know when he has had the op and all is good. He has been through so much and is a little fighter so will be sitting up demanding food and a toy before you know it.
    I think all Ali’s army are waiting for your book Ali. It feels like yesterday we were reading your blog and knowing the hell you were going through and willing each day to be better for you. How your life has changed since then, married, darling grandchildren and looking so ultra glam. An inspiration to us all. Annie goes for her check up this week. Cannot believe that time has come round again but she feels great and she too is inspiration to those who know her.
    Sure Colin and the band will be as brilliant as they have always been and they will smash their next gig. Send him good luck wishes please.
    It is so dark. Tonight after a day of rain and it is so early really. The nights for sure are drawing in.
    Very disappointed to hear there will be no BC C evening as like others this was something close to the heart and just a super evening. Shame on whoever pulled it is all that I can say.
    Looking forward to your piccies of your reunion with your brother
    . Big hugs till then love Jilly xx

  15. theresa September 25, 2016 at 6:09 pm -  Reply

    Love reading your blogs and how lovely to see pictures of Honey and Cala your beautiful grandchildren. Hope you all enjoy the time previous timr you spend with your brother. Look forward to your next blog until then take care x

  16. Judith Lennon September 26, 2016 at 3:47 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali

    Yet another lovely blog and lots of news and lovely things happening in your life. What a day it will be when you see your brother. I bet your mum is beside herself with excitement. I have just had another beautiful day in the sunshine here in Cyprus. We are having a few days chilling and then hope to go over to the North for a look round.for the day. After all the years we have been coming to Cyprus this is one trip I intend to do this time. We have seen the borderline but never crossed it. It will be interesting to see and compare. Also on my list of nice things to do is a visit to,the spa where they do Elemis treatments! It would be rude not to try them out….I will also ask if they know Keeley. That could be an interesting conversation. I will keep you posted. Just about ready to get changed for dinner so will close for now. Sending lots of love and hugs from sunny Cyprus. Judith xx

  17. Susan September 27, 2016 at 6:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, your brother looks so lovely just like the rest of your family. I hope you have a great time together! It’s been a while!!x

  18. Linda Finch,, September 27, 2016 at 6:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali , your mum must be so excited about seeing her son after so long I can’t imagine how I would feel if I hadn’t seen my boy for so long,as you say there will be many tears but lots of happy days too .Hope he gets to see your gorgeous grandchildren ,but he will be trying to cram so much into the one week it won’t seem long enough for you all .well little Honey is coming on a real treat, I remembered the other day just a couple of things my granddaughter used to say when she was little 1,hometell instead of hotel and clum instead of milk ( we still can’t work that out ) I will let you know when I remember more . Keep well love Linda F xx

  19. Teresa L September 27, 2016 at 8:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, just back from our holiday in the USA with our family. What a great time we had, the weather was very hot the scenery fabulous and the family in fine fetal.
    Now we are rushing around with jet lag getting ready for our move to Highcliffe. We move tomorrow so very excited tonight.
    Will not be able to give you an update until the middle of next month as we will not have broadband until then.
    I am so pleased to hear that your book is finished and under going editing etc, I am really looking forward to reading it. Will it be an ebook on Amazon or are you publishing as a book?
    Well dear Ali as you can imagine bit busy sorry for short note to your lovely blog will tell you all next time.
    Take care love Teresa xx

  20. Elizabeth Keenan September 28, 2016 at 9:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Great blog as usual, just back from Toscalano Lake Garda, washing all done thank goodness, worst thing about coming back from holiday. So pleased you are all meeting up with your brother Peter have a lovely time together. Delighted that your book is nearly there now, cannot wait to read it next year Ali. Lovely pictures of Honey and Calla Lily, gorgeous wee girls, Honey is growing up so quickly. Take care
    Much Love
    Elizabeth X

  21. Mo Royden October 3, 2016 at 3:55 pm -  Reply

    Ali please consider doing a charm ring with the i hope drop as a tiny charm. Thanks xx

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