What a wonderful start to October!


We’ve had some lovely weather here in the South, and I hope it’s been the same for you.  Apologies for being so slow in responding to those of you who wrote to me on the last blog.  We had so many entries to the competition, it took me a while to read through them all! I’m delighted to announce that Brenda Watson won the beautiful Lola Rose TSV bracelet and also the necklace, as her name was drawn out of all the other correct guesses in naming the necklace. It was indeed Hannah, as that is Nikki’s middle name, and her team felt it fitting to continue with the theme.


I’m hoping to have something suitably spectacular for a Christmas competition in December, so watch this space!

Of course it’s officially Christmas from now on at QVC, and I have to say I think this years Christmas trees and colours are some of my favourite.  I did rather miss the cosy set by the fireplace when I was with Stephen from Yankee Candles last week.

I had a wonderful surprise when my dear friends Roz and Chris told me that I was to be accompanying them to the 30 Year Anniversary performance of Phantom of the Opera at Her Majesty’s Theatre on the Haymarket in London.


You may not be aware that Chris makes the theatrical curtains and drapes for most of the London theatres, including all of the Cameron Macintosh productions like Phantom, Miss Saigon, Mary Poppins and Half a Sixpence to name but a few!  He works alongside a lovely lady called Rosalind who very kindly asked me to come along as her plus one.



She is an avid QVC fan, and so we had a fair bit to talk about outside of hers and Chris’s amazing achievements – I felt so proud of them both, as did Roz.  It was great fun to get dressed up in our finery and sparkles – Chris included! and after a fabulous meal in a lovely restaurant, we found our seats and sat back to watch this incredible Opera.  I have to admit to seeing it over 20 years ago, but the bonus of now having such an appalling memory is that I didn’t remember anything!  It was like watching it for the first time, and the cast were simply outstanding.


After a standing ovation, not only did Cameron Macintosh appear on stage but so did Andrew Lloyd Webber, Michael Ball, Michael Crawford, and a whole host of previous leading men and women from the show.  They all entertained us with the history of the show, some stunning singing accompanied by Andrew Lloyd Webber on the piano, and a fair bit of fooling around which was hilarious.   There was an after show party too at the Prince of Wales theatre and we drank champagne, ate more fabulous food, and danced the night away. I even got to meet the delightful Mr Macintosh!


It was just the best of times, and I felt very lucky to have been asked to share such a special night with such lovely friends.


Chris and Roz

I’ve managed to squeeze in a few visits to Lucy and Honey, and stayed over on both Wednesday nights, which was lovely as last week was Lucy’s birthday and so I was with her for that.  An added bonus was that Simon’s boys George and Henry were also there.


I got up early and made breakfast for them all before school and had forgotten just how much there is to do, even though the boys are extremely good at sorting themselves out! Honey joined in as you can see here, and I had a hilarious conversation with Henry who was telling me about his mum’s new puppy. “How big is he?” “Almost as big as my friend Adam Jute from school.” ‘Ah.  And what colour is he?” “White.” “All over?” “Adam? Yes, white all over.”  Love him!


Being with them all reminds me of how much I enjoyed those days with my own children, their company, their conversations, their unquestioning love and loyalty, not just to each other, but to me too.

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Life hasn’t always been that easy for any of them, and like most families we’ve had our fair share of ups and downs.  Those of you who have been with me for the last eight years or more will know about my son Sam’s motorbike accident in 2007 when as a result of his injuries he lost his right leg.  He was just 18 at the time, and it changed the course of his life forever. Sam lived with Colin and I for the first three years, and had just moved out and started University when I was diagnosed.

In June this year Sam’s friend Edd Hawkes made a film about Sam’s journey over the last nine years. Edd had been studying film at college and this was his final project. He and Sam started junior school together, and he described it as ‘humbling’ to put into film, all that Sam’s been through.  He was awarded an HND at distinction level when he graduated.

I wanted to share this film with you:

I saw this film for the first time in August, when Edd posted it on his Facebook page.  I had no idea that it had been made, and it had a profound effect on me.  Although I feel I have lived Sam’s journey with him, there are things here I have never heard him say, and as his mother, they will stay with me always. I am beyond proud of my boy.  For never giving up, for facing his fears, for finding the strength to accept his situation, and for finally believing in himself as I have always believed in him.

I hope that for those of you currently struggling with life it will get easier, and remember that between us, Ali’s Army provides an incredible support network.  Do keep in touch with me, and I will always get back to you.

Time stands still for no man, and I must crack on with my day.  I’ve got Toni Brattin’s terrific range of hair pieces and wigs on Thursday the 20th  at 6pm – can’t wait to have a play with those!  Join me and see which one I wear.  Of course there’s the Diamonique Spectacular on Thursday the 27th October – a three hour event I am soooo looking forward to bringing to you, and a very special Honora Pearls hour with Ralph on Friday the 4th November which is Jewellery Day!  So much to look forward to.

I thought I’d leave you with the latest photo of Calla Lily – how gorgeous is she?!


Enjoy your week, and I will look forward very much to hearing from you as always,

With my love,

Ali xxxx


  1. Susan walker October 18, 2016 at 1:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, hope you are well and as always I love to read your blogs. I have seen the film before about your son, Keeley from Elemis put it on her Facebook page. I cried when i first saw it, just watched it again and more tears. Gosh Ali what you have had in your life and always a smile. God bless you and your son and I am so very happy you have both found happiness. I sometimes wonder where you get your energy from as you are here there and everywhere, but you have to make the best off your life and enjoy every minute. Much love and keep smiling.
    Sue Walker xx

  2. Karen Gower October 18, 2016 at 2:35 pm -  Reply

    A very moving film, well done Sam for turning your life around after such a terrible accident

  3. Elaine Mynott October 18, 2016 at 2:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, are QVC doing their Cancer Care show this year as I can’t see it listed in the TV schedule?

  4. adele taylor October 18, 2016 at 2:42 pm -  Reply

    Oh Ali what an Inspiring and Beautiful blog!! XOXO

  5. Ruth October 18, 2016 at 2:51 pm -  Reply

    Wow you fit so much in. The pictures of your grandchildren are so so beautiful. And it’s Christmas now on QVC – I love it – my favourite time of year. The last time I replied to your blog commenting on your I hope jewellery, I had just been diagnosed with pre-cancerous cells and had a mastectomy. That was 3 weeks ago. I am healing well but still a little sore and numb. When they removed the breast and tested the ‘cancer’ they found invasive cancer too which was HER2 positive and stage 2 amongst other things and I now have to have chemotherapy, radiotherapy and tamoxifen. Not sure how/what dose/or if the chemo will be administered because I have MS, osteoporosis, sickle cell trait as well as other health conditions.
    In spite of all of this I feel well and am happy. I feel incredibly blessed to be honest with you. I’ve done the majority of my christmas shopping and have just decided to look on the QVC website with a view to treating myself to some nails inc!

    Thanks for listening and thanks for your support.

    Much much love and blessings xx

  6. Debz October 18, 2016 at 2:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali

    Have just watched the film and wow! Your Sam certainly went through it didn’t he?

    It must have been so awful for you to watch him go through all that and knowing that, although you can advise him, only Sam could ultimately make the decision to turn his life around. I’m so glad he did and finally managed to find his place in the world and to be content with that place.

    Sometimes in order to find peace of mind, we need to accept what we have, what we can and cannot do and what we can change.

    Watching your Sam smiling as he drove along lifted my spirits as I’m sure it did yours. I can see why you are so proud of him. What a truly inspirational young man.

    Lots of love to you and all in Ali’s Army.

    Debz XXX

  7. lisa jorgeson October 18, 2016 at 4:52 pm -  Reply

    What a true inspiration to others your son’s story is. He is an incredible young man and I understand how proud you must feel as his mother. Life can deal us all a difficult hand and its at times like that you are forced to face reality whether you want to or not. Sam has done this and come out the other side stronger and more determined than ever. Thank you to you both for sharing his story and to his friend for making a wonderful film expressing the ups and downs along the way. I wish sam every success with his future and to continue achieving all that he wants to do with his life,x

  8. Kath Butcher October 18, 2016 at 4:58 pm -  Reply

    What a very ,human humbling film Alison ,no wonder you are proud of your boy ,he has had to deal with much more than most in his short life ,but hopefully has the strength to come through it all ,wishing him all the best for his future ,what an honest boy he is ,credit to you xxxxx

  9. Hazel October 18, 2016 at 5:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison what a brave an d courageous wonderful son you have to have gone through all he has had to endure and be brave enough to seek help and come out the other side is I’m sure is the best thing that’s happened for you and you’re family .to see him happy and settled and enjoying life again.take care luv hazelxxx

  10. Diane October 18, 2016 at 5:11 pm -  Reply

    Wow Ali what an amazing film thank you for sharing it, your son is remarkable.
    Life can be extremely difficult at times I can relate to this but what I can also relate to is the wonderful comfort family brings in the tough times and the knowledge that there are also special times to enjoy.
    Going through such adversity brings into sharp focus of what is important.
    I wish you and your family all the best
    Diane x

  11. Joanna Downey October 18, 2016 at 6:05 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Ali, The only word I can write after watching the film about Sam is humbled. This is not the time to do my usual 3000 word essay. Love from Jo x

  12. marilyn jones October 18, 2016 at 11:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    l watched your son’s resonated to a very deep level
    40yrs ago, I was a pillion passenger 2mins from home age 19
    lt was September. I was placed in hospital 70 miles away, lost my lower right
    leg in November,came home for a short break from hospital in the
    folowing Summer prior to a lot more surgery to reconstruct a stump
    via plastic surgery and a bone graft amongst multiple injuries
    We all have different coping mechanisms ,goals and pathways
    The reason I am writing this Ali is simply to say that 40yrs on
    l have made a few bad choices like everyone does in life
    However I discovered who I really was and what I wanted from life,
    My strenghs and weaknesses and whether each challenge was appropiate
    for me , far sooner than others my age
    As a result I have had the most amazing life so far, living by the motto
    To thine own self me true.Big celebrations for my 60th next year
    Your Sam is so strong.l am sure that when he reflects upon his life in decades to come
    he too will not have been defined by his injury and he will realise that throughout his life he held a very special wisdom which accompanied facing the adversity he had to deal with .
    You must be so proud of his honesty and love
    God bless x
    How proud you must be of his honesty and love .

  13. Janine Hammond October 18, 2016 at 11:59 pm -  Reply

    Sam’s film was very poignant . Thanks for sharing Ali.

  14. Jill October 19, 2016 at 10:24 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    What a lovely blog. You have had an amazing few weeks, what a thrill to be invited to the theatre and meet all those amazing people. Talking of Amazing your son Sam is such a strong boy, I was truly moved by the short film.
    A moment in time and his life changed forever.
    I was so glad to see what a strong young man he is and how much love he has from you and his fantastic family. You must be so proud of him.
    Many family’s have there ups and downs and it’s just great to see that you can come out the other side. As Sam said ” There is a way to be happy and move forward”
    a great mantra for us all I think.
    Lots of love Ali
    Thank you for sharing XX

  15. Pearl Emery October 19, 2016 at 11:41 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali,What a fantastic film,it goes to prove that if you are prepared to get your life together no matter what life throws at you,you can do anything you have to believe, and that can be the hardest thing of all.As i know at the moment my daughter Jo has been diagnosed with P.T.S.D. And has just had her first counselling session which sounds as if it is going to be very hard for her,as they are taking her back to when her sister died, but i think that if she can cope with this she will be so much better in the end,as i don’t believe that she grieved for her sister at all,which is why we have ended up where we are now.But also you then get everything else that life likes to throw at you. Honey is growing up fast and she takes such good photos,take care love Pearl xx

  16. Sandra October 19, 2016 at 12:34 pm -  Reply

    Wow Ali what a wonderful ,open and moving film. It will give inspiration to so many people. No wonder you are so proud of Sam .
    love and hugs Sandra xxx

  17. Marie October 19, 2016 at 1:46 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali thank you for sharing the film with your lovely son in. I am sure it will help a lot of people. You are an amazing lady who deals with such huge problems but still spreads happiness with your lovely sunny personality. I am looking forward to your book!
    I was talking to a neighbour last week and she was telling me about her love of Diamonique and watching only you present it so p!ease don’t stop if only for her sake!!

  18. Carol Clarke October 19, 2016 at 2:17 pm -  Reply

    Just watched the film about sam,you have an amazing son Ali, and your an amazing mum.
    Lots of love to you sam and all your family. xx
    ps. Thanks for sharing.

  19. sue lee October 19, 2016 at 7:05 pm -  Reply

    You have every right to be so proud of your son, I’m proud of him & I don’t even know him!!!!!!! What a brave & strong young man. Whenever I see you on QVC I always marvel how you have gone thru so much yet you look incredible & my God you are so amazingly chipper, positive, funny & thoughtful! !! I do realise you have days that are not all bells & whistles but you make alot of people feel life is better with you on QVC & answering their comments with such kindness & so caring about them. Hugs Sue xx

  20. Merche October 19, 2016 at 7:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, I always enjoy your stories of life, I also have a son who is disabled, through an accident, when the discs collapsed in his spine and left him in a wheelchair. He then went through a tough time and eventually he ended up being paralysed in his left leg and arm, he spent a year with having his food liquidised because he couldn’t swallow, and ended up in an electric wheelchair, in that time he’s marriage fell apart also, this happened in 2008, he lost his confidence and he had also lost his job. In 2011 he met his new wife, and after a number of interviews he got a job in 2015, which he has now been at for nearly a year, it has made so much difference to his life and we like you we are very proud of him.

  21. Elizabeth Keenan October 19, 2016 at 8:26 pm -  Reply

    Oh Ali, what a tear jerking video and you had your own problem to deal with around the same time. You are both very strong characters thank goodness and Sam is so lovely and has addressed all that happened to him as well, he is well on the mend now Ali which is so good, he is so happy now and putting it all behind him which cannot be very easy, speaking about it is the best way forward I always think though never can be an easy thing to do, you both are stars.
    Honey and Calla Lily are beautiful, lovely pictures of them.
    Take care Ali
    Much love
    Elizabeth X

  22. Gillian Woods October 19, 2016 at 10:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi, just watched the film of your son and wanted to let you know how much it has moved me. No wonder you are so proud of him. I am certain that his honesty will be a strength to others and he will continue to get stronger. Thanks for sharing xxxx

  23. Fran Whitehead October 20, 2016 at 12:32 am -  Reply

    HI Ali, what a fantastic night to see Phantom again. I watched the live stream on Facebook of the pre show arrivals and the performances after the show. I do love Michael Ball so his performance was a lovely surprise and hilarious. Lovely photos.
    Best wishes Fran x

  24. Teresa Karasavvas October 20, 2016 at 9:57 am -  Reply

    Ali what a lovely son you have. An extremely brave man and I wish him all the very best for his future. Dreadful things happen in life but Sam is living proof that life goes on and I hope he continues to live it to the full. You are no doubt extremely proud of him and rightly so.

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