Perhaps we’re all a lot stronger than we know

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BOO!  Happy Halloween! I hope if you’ve got little ones or even slightly older folk who like celebrating this rather ghoulish time of the year, that you have fun!  It’s decades since mine were small, and Lucy used to spend ages making up games and then decorating not just the house but both her brothers for the occasion!

Honey is still too small to join in with George and Henry, but she did enjoy a little bit of pumpkin carving earlier on in the week! This pumpkin is nearly as big as her head!

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I managed to get up to see Lucy and Honey for a day, and we went shopping in the town centre.  Honey fell in love with these rather unusual plastic sheep, and I snapped this photos as she bid her new friends goodbye… bless her!

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As it was half term last week, they came to stay with me.  It was great to make the cot up again with some Cozee Home sheets that I’d cut and sewn so they fitted. Honey loved them! Although the weather wasn’t all that great, we went out in our wellingtons and found enough leaves and conkers to make a nature table – gorgeous colours this year eh?

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This last fortnight has just raced by, and it sounds as though you’ve all been busy with all sorts too!   I did want to say a huge thank you though for all the incredibly compassionate and kind comments you posted about Sam’s film.  I made sure he had the link to the blog, and both he and Edd were very touched and grateful to read them.  I now know what many of you had been forced to contend with in your lives, and it is always humbling and yet inspiring to know how well you’ve coped under such extraordinary pressure.  Thank you for sharing them…. Perhaps we’re all a lot stronger than we know.

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Colin and I got all dressed up the weekend before last to attend a very special fundraising evening for not only Medical Detection Dogs, but also Breast Cancer Care.

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Debbie Flint is patron of MDD and is very involved with helping this incredible charity, and she was there with her sister Linda and also Linda Majistris – our guest from the Home Reflections range.   I’ve never been to a masked ball before, but it was great fun to wear our finery and have our photos taken.

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The food was excellent, the company even better, and we won four prizes in the raffle!  Three of them I passed on to lovely folk who weren’t as lucky as me, but I kept the little compact mirror as I’d broken mine in the summer.  Colin chose our masks, and I’m now hoping for another opportunity to wear mine as I thought it was beautiful!  It went perfectly with all my Diamonique jewellery.

Talking of which, thanks so much to all of you who joined myself and Alison O’Reilly last Thursday for our three hour Christmas Spectacular – some beautiful jewellery, and some brilliant tweets and photos from all of you too!  This Friday is Jewellery Day, and I’ll be with you for Lola Rose at 7pm, and then Ralph Rossini is joining me at 8pm with some stunning Honora Pearls.  It’s going to be a busy day, and if you want to get a heads up on what we’ll have for you, check out our website qvcuk.com and also Twitter – @alikqvc – as we’ll have extra info nearer the time!

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It’s hard to believe that  our granddaughter  Calla is four and a half months old now, and sleeping through the night.  Look how she’s grown!  She is such a happy little soul, and I’d been cuddling her for ages before we tried to take a photo and she decided to have a little cry. I’ll have more family photos next time as James, my niece Emily’s little boy, is one year old on the 5th November!  The last time we were all together was for his christening six months ago – he’s quite the little man now.

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Keep your eyes peeled for more autumn/winter fashion.  I had a very funny hour with Dennis Basso and his fabulous coats, and will be bringing you some Christmas Surprises from Yong Kim and Marla Wynn in the next fortnight too.  Oh, and we have some special beauty gift ideas coming up on Sunday the 6th November with your favourite brands at event prices, so don’t miss it.

Something I rather wish I had have missed, was the final episode of Poldark!  I have been an avid fan of Ross Poldark ever since it began last year, but was very disappointed with the writer’s decision to finish this series by having him cheat on his lovely wife!  The final episode of the new series of Cold Feet however was excellent, and I am delighted that we have a second series to look forward to next year.

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What do you like to watch on TV?  Colin and I tend to choose dramas, and this year has had some corkers including Versailles, Victoria and War and Peace.  We’ve just started to watch Tutankhamen and so far it’s very promising!

My thanks to you again for taking the time out to write to me last week, and I hope you like the photos this time around.  Keep in touch, and I’ll see you on Jewellery day!

With my love,

Ali xx

 

35 Comments

  1. Una October 31, 2016 at 5:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, and all my Army friends.
    Firstly Ali, Sam’s film is so inspiring. Sometimes a word that I feel nowadays is said too often. On this occasion however, it’s very deserved. You are lucky to have such a lovely family, they are a credit to you.
    Been ages since I have had a chance to sit down and write to you. I think last time may have been when Meli was just starting back at school.
    She’s had her heart surgery, a couple of months ago now, and is AMAZING. As you can imagine, the 4 hours she was actually theatre, were horrifying. After the last time, I was an absolute wreck. I couldn’t even breathe at one point.
    All went well though and they are delighted with her progress. She will probably need another operation when she is in her teens, but hopefully that will be the final one.
    Her speech is coming on a treat and she only goes for speech therapy once a week now. She still needs to use her walker, she may always need that, we just don’t know. If that’s all she is left with, I will be thankful for that.
    She still only goes to school 3 afternoons a week, and only for 2 hours. She tires very easily, but we feel it’s good for her to see her friends and do little bits and pieces of maths and English. Considering the amount of school she’s missed, she’s only 2 books behind the top group, so im chuffed to bits with that. Her teacher is just lovely. After her operation she was worried about her work. I bumped into her teacher in the supermarket and we started chatting. She popped round the next day and spent an hour of her own time, just doing little bits of reading and maths. She did that for weeks and it gave Meli confidence when she went back ithe class. I am so grateful to her doing that for us as she really didn’t need to.
    She’s away to her Halloween party just now. I wasn’t ALLOWED to go, she “needs her space” apparently!!! Lol. Little Miss Independent! Her favourite movie is The Book of Life. So her theme is “the day of the dead” her face is covered in little crystals and sparkles! Hoping it all comes off easily or she’s off to school like that tomorrow! We decorated her walker last night, its got little plastic ,glow in the dark pumpkins and ghosts hanging from it, with some rice lights wrapped around it. They certainly won’t lose her!!!
    Your little Honey and Cala are just adorable. I can imagine how difficult it is not to just hug them, constantly! They are delightful.
    Well Ali, I am still in contact with my lovely man. He’s still abroad, but starting to wind everything down, ready to come back to the UK permanently. Business is sold and the new people start working with him as off tomorrow. He’s agreed to stay on as a consultant until Xmas. He’s more than happy to do that, as he started the company, it’s his baby, so hes keen to make sure he’s leaving it in good hands.
    Time will tell how it goes when he gets back. Meli is super excited about him living close by too, so that makes it so much easier.
    I better go get my little glowing person and hear all her news. The mind boggles!!!!!
    Sending all my love to everyone. I hope you are all well. Alpa, Debs and all you other lovely people.
    Lots of love Una xx

    • Alison Keenan November 8, 2016 at 11:39 am -  Reply

      My dear Una, as always so good to hear from you, and even better to know that Meli is doing so well. I know exactly how you would have felt when she was in theatre, and you were having to wait, particularly as she is so young, yet clearly so resilient. I will never forget the times of waiting for Sam, up to 14 hours once. . Of course you know that her recovery has more than anything to do with your love and support, and your belief in her. Loving the sparkly walker and her positive attitude. Such a relief also to know that if she does need further surgery, it won’t be for a few years yet. I was equally thrilled to know that you are still in touch with your lovely man, and I feel confident that once he’s home permanently your life will change… for the better. Great that Meli is excited about him living close by too. Thank you so much for your kind words about Sam. I saw him and Edd (the chap who made the film) this weekend, and they were still both talking about how much the positive feedback meant to them. You of all people understand the adage about the difficult times making you stronger. Take care, and please do keep in touch, I know it’s not just me, but everyone in The Army who loves to hear from you. With love, Ali xx

  2. Christine October 31, 2016 at 7:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali you two look lovely in your masks. Was looking forward to the breast cancer care with QVC but nothing this year. Round about your time with BC. My husband found spot on his shoulder it was cancer. They took have his shoulder off. The doctors are wonderful .He has been clear since touch wood.
    Take care x

    • Alison Keenan November 8, 2016 at 11:51 am -  Reply

      Hi there Christine, thank you for your kind comments. I was so sorry to hear about your husband, but absolutely delighted that things are okay now. You are right, this year QVC decided to create a range of jewellery that would independently raise money for Breast Cancer Care. I’m not sure what will happen next year, but I know we raised a very large sum from the Jewellery alone including the I Hope collection. Do you and your husband all the very best, and a healthy happy Christmas. Love Ali xx

  3. Loraine Plumb October 31, 2016 at 7:24 pm -  Reply

    hi Alison a bit late wanted to let you know I did watch the video your son was so brave I supposeyou thank your lucky stars could have been alot worse must have been a tough time for you . We have been busy decorating before our son Gary and girlfriend come back here to live for a while to save more towards the mortgage although her older brother who retires from the metropolitan police next year has said if they show commitment saving he will help them out her parents had her late in life so she has much older siblings and then clare and geoff and baby willa are back living here now so been busy with them too. We are all out for a meal together on Saturday night as it’s Garys birthday on Sunday her will be 28 can’t believe it . Well I have almost finished my xmas shopping wrapped lots of presents I must admit we buy them all lots of gifts and I’ve money too like to spoil them while we can I know they appreciate it and would always help Les and I if we needed it so I’m well and truly organised again this year just need to transport them around to Clare’s on xmas day think we will have to do it in stages . You and Colin looked lovely on your night out very dapper and Honey seems to grow so much each time you post pictures of her willa has two teeth already sits up and eating solid food where did that time go ? Anyway take care best wishes Loraine xx

    • Alison Keenan November 8, 2016 at 11:56 am -  Reply

      Loraine, you’re right there isn’t a day that passes without me thank you my lucky stars that Sam is still with me. As you say it could’ve been so much worse. Thank you for watching the video, and I will pass your comments on to Sam. It sounds as though you’ve been very busy getting the house straight, and I’m sure that your son Gary will appreciate all your hard work! Did you enjoy his birthday on Sunday? Sam will be 28 in March, and I can’t believe where the years have gone either. I take my hat off to you for being so organised with Christmas presents this year. I think I’m running a little late, although I have quite a few stashed away! Thank you for your compliments – Colin and I had such a great night, and Jeffrey hope to wear the mask again. Willa sounds as though she is growing up as quickly as honey! So glad you’re getting a chance to enjoy time with her. Take care, Love Ali xx

  4. Pat Crozier November 1, 2016 at 9:54 am -  Reply

    Hello Alison love reading all your news. You are looking very well. I believe Poldark has not finished yet??

    • Alison Keenan November 8, 2016 at 11:58 am -  Reply

      Dear Pat, I felt such a Muppet when I read your comment! You are of course absolutely right, and what make me feel better I was knowing that I had one more episode to watch! I did that last night, and I’m really pleased with the way it’s finished. That said, no doubt problems ahead with Elizabeth and Ross! Is it just me, or do you agree that the Dwight is a very modern name for a Cornish drama?! 🙂 Thanks for writing, love Ali xx

  5. Una November 1, 2016 at 10:34 am -  Reply

    Meant to say Ali. Still another episode of Poldark to go. Was very impressed with Demelza when she walloped him and gave him A well deserved black eye. Not that I condone violence in any form, but if she hadn’t done it, I might have lol !!
    Meli had a fantastic time at her party last night. I did manage to get the make up of, but even after using my Elemis cream cleanser and micellar water, she’s still a bit sparkly hehehehehehe!!! She won first prize for best dressed walker. She still doesn’t realise she had the only walker, but was delighted with her goody bag full of gooey eyeballs!!! yeuch,disgusting child!!
    Lots of love Una xx

    • Alison Keenan November 8, 2016 at 12:00 pm -  Reply

      Una thank you, you and Pat were both right and I thoroughly enjoyed watching the final episode last night that Colin had recorded for me. I’ve had every minute of it, I think the writing is superb. Delighted to note is coming back in the New Year. I think Ross almost won us over with his apology…. almost 🙂 I am so glad that Meli had a fantastic time at the party. Don’t know if I like the sound of gooey eyeballs!! 🙂 lovely to hear from you, take care have a great week, Ali xx

  6. Merche November 1, 2016 at 3:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, love the pictures of Honey, how she has grown! Her own little person now. Can also see how much Calla Lily has changed.
    Like you we love Poldark, Victoria and have thoroughly enjoyed seeing Cold Feet, it’s as if they have never been off our screens, certainly looking forward to the next series.

    • Alison Keenan November 8, 2016 at 12:02 pm -  Reply

      Dear Merche, I’m so glad you enjoyed reading the blog and also the photographs of Honey. As you say she is her own little person now. Calla is changing every week, and Rae and Danny very relaxed and happy parents. Are you and Victoria have exactly the same taste in television drama as me. Great to know that both poll dark and Cold Feet will be returning in the New Year. Do check out Tutankhamen, as it has been fabulous. Love Ali xx

  7. Phyllis November 2, 2016 at 1:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, Have never written a blog before so please bear with me.
    I have just watched the film of your son’s accident, what he endured and how he has come out the other end a strong young man whom you, quite rightly, are extremely proud of. As a Mother, I feel for you also as we always feel the pain and suffering which our family go through plus what you yourself have gone through and I have to tell you that I admire your strength which has led you to become the woman you are and the pics of you and your Colin are beautiful and the life you now have with your family, particularly your gorgeous babies.
    I know a little about suffering as I lost my young brother of 25 over 40 years ago when he was killed in his car and our family changed in an instant. However, life has to go on and my husband & I are blessed to have a beautiful little granddaughter of nearly 2 who gives so much pleasure and we are thankful for every day we live.x

    • Alison Keenan November 8, 2016 at 12:09 pm -  Reply

      My dear Phyllis, I am so touched that you have chosen this blog to share what must be a very painful memory for you… your comment about the family changing in that instant is so true. We can never go back, and we can’t alter what has happened, but I am struck by your courage, and so glad that you are enjoying your grandaughter and have the chance to spend time with her. I am very proud of my Sam, but can imagine how devastating it was for your parents to lose their son when he was just 25… I don’t think I would be who I am today if I had lost my boy. Thanks for your kindness in commenting, and I will make sure I forward this on to Sam. Please keep in touch, love Ali xx

  8. Sue Huskisson November 2, 2016 at 2:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali. I’ve just caught up with your last 2 blogs and have just watched the film about your son Sam. What a remarkable young man he is to have come through all that and turned his life around. He was very young at the time of his accident and could quite easily have taken his life in the wrong direction. He must have inherited his courage in the face of adversity from his mother!
    You asked a couple of blogs ago if I could see my brother in our Charlie. Unfortunately Charlie is from my husband’s side of the family. My brother, like me didn’t have any children.
    What lovely photos you’ve shared with us in this blog. The ones of Honey kissing the sheep are adorable and how gorgeous is little Calla Lily? You and Colin looked fabulous in your masks for the ball. What a wonderful time you must have had!
    Looking forward to jewellery day on Friday, been buying already ( don’t tell hubby) !!
    Bye for now Ali love Sue xx

    • Alison Keenan November 9, 2016 at 9:46 am -  Reply

      Dear Sue thank you so much for your positive comments. You’re right Sam was only just 18 we had is accident, and it was incredibly hard for him to cope with adolescence and just generally trying to put his life on track. I was very lucky to be able to look after him for those first three years following the accident, because I think that made a big difference to him – he has always told me it did which was lovely. So glad you liked the photos of Honey, and even though Charlie is from your husband’s side, it’s all about being a family really isn’t it 🙂 I hope you enjoyed jewellery day – I loved the two hours I got to present. Take care and thanks for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  9. Judith Lennon November 2, 2016 at 3:34 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali
    It’s been a lovely sunny day today although the temperature has dropped quite dramatically! I wore my lovely cosy new Sketchers boots today (last TSV). They are really great. You appear to have had lots of fun with your girls. Ironically my two girls collected leaves the other day and we came back and pasted them on to paper and made some lovely pictures. It also passed away a hour or so keeping them occupied. It took me back to doing this with my own children.Leaves also make lovely mug mats if you laminate them so that will be our next task. My daughter turned 40 on 1st November and we had a family tea with a cake which I made for her. She cried!! On Friday she is holding a huge party at the local rugby club for her friends and family. I will be putting on my party clothes and will probably pay for sore feet the next day but we’ll have fun. I loved the photos of you and Colin. The masks were really cool. Hope you had a good time. Well it’s time to do the school run for my eldest grandchild so will close for another week before I get told off. Take care and loads of hugs Judithxxx

    • Alison Keenan November 9, 2016 at 9:49 am -  Reply

      Judith, I was out wearing mine yesterday too and my Centigrade coat – very thankful for both! I’m so glad that you two had been having fun in the autumn leaves with your little ones. Funny how memories made so many years ago are brought back with the new generation. I remember making a clay ashtray having pressed the leaves into the clay when I was at school, and my mum had it until just a few years ago. I’m so glad that your daughter was pleased with her cake – there is nothing nicer than having somebody go to the effort for you. I hope the party for her went well on Friday and your feet have recovered! Thanks for keeping in touch, and I look forward to hearing from you soon Love Ali xx

  10. Mary Morphy November 3, 2016 at 10:14 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali..just a brief one from me..is that a huge sigh of relief i hear!! i have 20 minutes to kill before i take mum to Kings for an urgent mri..she is unwell and we are desperately hoping that her tumour has not returned. Enough said on that as i have done my make up and its all been a rather emotional and tough week.
    My two lived halloween when they were younger and i loved carving the pumpkins. we have PUmpkin Etiquette up our road..if you have a pumkin outside then trick or treaters are welcome..if not you are left alone..with everything going on this week i was a no pumpkin house this year. How lovely to see Honey and Calla Lily..gorgeous girls.
    The new puppy Olly has settled in and i cannot imagine a time without him. we resued him from a puppy farm so he us late having his injections but he is due his second one next week..cannot wait to get him on the beach! i have worn him out this morning so he is sleeping on my lap curled uo like a cat!!
    I had a great few days in London and the trees in the parks were mezmerising..Autumn is my favourite season.
    Well i have to get going. Have a great day. much love Mary

    • Alison Keenan November 9, 2016 at 9:53 am -  Reply

      Dear Mary, I am so sorry to hear about your mum, and am praying that her MRI won’t show any sinister. I know how worrying it is having to wait for the the results too. I had mine the week before last and didn’t sleep too well until I heard it was clear. Please let me know how she is doing. Very wise to have made last week a no pumpkin week… Olly sounds delightful, and it must be fabulous to now have a companion to walk along the sea front with! So glad your trip to London went well – you had some lovely sunshine to enjoy seeing the autumnal leaves too! I’m glad you enjoyed the photos of Calla and Honey… I love posting them! Take care, and do keep in touch. Hoping all will be well, love Ali xx

  11. martin forbes November 3, 2016 at 6:27 pm -  Reply

    Your granddaughter is getting better all the time hope your colin and son sam other son and daughter are well iam well

    • Alison Keenan November 9, 2016 at 9:55 am -  Reply

      Hello there Martin, lovely to hear from you and to know that you are doing well. Yes Honey is such a sweetie, and her talking is coming along really well – not surprisingly coming from a family of chatter boxes! Colin is busy working on a house refurb, and Sam and Jack are both busy with their jobs too. Lucy is back at school teaching and just about managing to balance her three days a week and caring for Honey. Enjoy your week, love Ali xx

  12. Denise November 3, 2016 at 8:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, lovely to catch up on your blogs since being away and then coming back from my holiday with a horrible chesty cold that seems to have taken forever to get rid of. I did see the video which was very touching and inspiring. I love the photos especially of your evenings out and the masks. Honey and Calla are delightful I can see you treasure your time with them.
    Well we thoroughly enjoyed our holiday to Ischia. I can thoroughly recommend it. Its a beautiful island – unspoilt,green, picturesque just a joy. We went to a few other areas by the local bus which was an experience!! I was lucky enough to spend time at one of the thermal spas on the day of my Birthday which was fabulous so good in fact I went back on another day but this time with a lady called Patricia who we sat next to at dinner. We met some lovely people in our hotel and as you had the same table for dinner we
    all got to share our
    experiences of the island. We also got chatting to a lovely young man in one of the local bars which his family owned. As he had worked in England I think used the English customer to practice his English but he was also a good font of knowledge for the island. I think we would defiantly go back again as there is still parts we didn’t get to see.
    I have to admit to feeling a bit flat now it’s over and the dark nights etc. One thing that does help me through the winter is watching Strictly! I also like Poldark,Victoria,War and Peace and I also like things like Bake Off,A Place in the Sun and programmes like Italy Unpacked,Gino’s Hidden Italy, Rick Stein travel programmes in fact anything
    to do with travel.
    I did see you on the show with Dennis Basso – I love
    that jacket you’re wearing on the photo on the blog it really suits you.
    Take care
    Love Denise xx

    • Alison Keenan November 9, 2016 at 9:58 am -  Reply

      Dear Denise, I do hope that your cold and chesty cough has now cleared. It’s a shame you felt mouldy when you got home, as your holiday sounds delightful. You have completely sold me on the idea of visiting Ischia. A good idea to revisit, invariably there are places you have not managed to see, so perhaps next year? It sounds as though we enjoy watching the same type of television programme. I am a huge fan of Gino D’Campo and enjoyed watching the Best of British as well. Years ago when I worked for Granada television are used to present several cookery shows, and they were amongst my favourites. The Dennis Basso coat I’m wearing is one I wear often, infact I had it on yesterday when I visited Kathy Tayler! Lovely to hear from you, and keep in touch, love Ali xx

  13. Christine Auchterlonie November 3, 2016 at 10:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali…. I must say I loved the picture of you and Colin at the masked ball …. Enjoyed reading all of your news and the photos of the children…isn’t Honey growing up so quickly! And Halloween it seems to be more popular now than ever Fiona and her friends certainly made the most of the weekend first to the cottage in Northumberland and then on Monday to Edinburgh with her friends the costumes were fantastic… The weather is getting colder now by the day and the leaves are falling and making the garden look untidy…. Although I do love the colours of autumn my son Simon goes to the Lake District regularly he is a keen photographer you can see some of his work at “ChurchGreenStudios” he loves the autumn colours too! How are you doing with your shopping for Christmas I must say QVC have had some really great offers…. I’m looking forward to the Lola RoseTSV and jewellery day. I saw Miceal with the karaoke item the other night … Hey he has quite a good voice sang a Rick Astley song…even if you don’t buy anything sometimes the entertainment is brilliant … I will be watching on Friday at 7and 8pm with Honora …so until next time take care with love Chris x

    • Alison Keenan November 9, 2016 at 10:06 am -  Reply

      Check Christine, as always lovely to hear from you and delighted to know that Fiona and her friends enjoyed their time in Northumberland. I enjoyed wearing the mask and ballgown, I’m sure she and her friends love their time in costume in Edinburgh. I have just checked out Church Green studios, and am mightily impressed! Are all these photographs taken by your son Simon? Incredibly talented. I hope you enjoyed the Lola rose TSV, and jewellery day generally – especially Honora! You are right about Miceal – he sings like an angel! When he and I went to see Funny Girl we both knew all the words! HOpe the week has gone well for you so far and I’ll see you for the Beauty Day Review at 6pm on Friday, love Ali xx

  14. Joanna Downey November 4, 2016 at 7:30 am -  Reply

    Morning Ali, I think many who follow your blog must feel the same way I do that after reading your news it seems as though you’ve just popped in for a cup of tea and a chat and the day seems brighter after being in your company. I agree with you that the autumnal colours have been glorious this year, I know that adequate summer rain and then a calm autumn helps the trees keep their leaves for longer and that the yellow colours are always there, appearing as the amount of chlorophyll reduces but really it’s magic and Mother Nature at her best. Honey looks such a lovely little girl; it’s so funny how small children get attached to something I can remember Ellie loving a money box for the guide dog charity and we had to make a detour every time we went shopping to talk to the dog, I really thought I’d have to ask the charity if I could buy one to have at home she loved him so much. She’s very happy in her new home and they are planning to decorate all the downstairs rooms before Christmas which sounds exhausting as they both work in schools so only have weekends. I recently made the mistake of painting our downstairs cloakroom blue, I expected it to be the colour of bluebells unfortunately it turned out to be a dull and very dark shade. I only put one coat on one wall but it has taken more than ten coats of primer and white emulsion to cover my error. I loved your masks and I would also want another opportunity to wear them, you are a very attractive couple and as a former colleague of mine used to say you both scrub up well! I’d better sign off, I’m up fairly early on my day off because we’re going to Somerset to see Bex and the children and stay over so that she and Ant can go out. I’m taking down the Elf on the shelf and the props I’ve collected for him, Tallulah will be three at the beginning of December and she is now aware of Christmas which is so exciting and Colin and I can enjoy the magic all over again. Love from Jo x

    • Alison Keenan November 16, 2016 at 8:14 pm -  Reply

      My dear Jo, forgive me for being so slow in getting back to you. I’ve been working on what is hopefully the final draft of the book, and have been a little behind in my correspondence! That said, as always, it’s great to hear from you and an education too! I didn’t realise that it was the summer rain that mean the yellow colours in the leaves are brighter! I loved your story about Ellie and the money box for the guide dogs. I remember those – they were pretty big! I do feel for you with the paintwork – I remember something similar with a pea green shade that should have been far lighter. Took ages and a great deal of paint to cover that too! How was your trip to Somerset? I hope you enjoyed babysitting – I can’t believe your Tallulah is three this Christmas! She will have a wonderful time, and I am so glad that you and your Colin will be there to share in it all. Take care and I’m so glad you enjoyed the blog. the new one was posted today! Love Ali xx

  15. Gwen November 4, 2016 at 10:30 am -  Reply

    Hello again dear Ali,

    Once again you have given us a wonderfully entertaining blog, I just love the photos of dear little Honey and Calla Lilly, what an amazing Christmas you and Colin will have this year and very well deserved I have to say. I also think that you look stunning with your very elegant mask, what a great occasion I am sure you both felt very special and as you say you enjoyed every moment.
    I am trying to get into Christmas shopping mode, and I have to say that QVC are doing their best to help, but it all seems to be coming around so quickly this year, but then we all get there in the end don’t we?

    Oh Ali, I also have to tell you that the last episode of Poldark is this Sunday, but you were not the only one to think it finished with him being horrible to the lovely Demelza, and he also had the cheek to ask her what choice did he have !!!!!

    Well lovely lady keep well and happy.

    Love Gwen.X

    • Alison Keenan November 16, 2016 at 8:19 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Gwen and thanks for taking the time out to reply – I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to you! Thanks also for all your kind words about the photos. It was a very special evening, and lovely to spend that much time together – work has been taking over of late, and so each moment is precious. I’m glad I didn’t confuse you over Poldark, and it sounds as though you are as passionate as I am about the whole thing! As you say, Ross’s comment had me reeling!! Glad it all seemed to end on a happier note, but then I think there are storm clouds ahead… Great drama eh?! I hope all is well in your world, and you don’t feel too overwhelmed with Christmas this close – I can’ quite believe it’s just five weeks away! Take care and do keep in touch love Ali xx

  16. Phyllis November 5, 2016 at 3:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, Just reread my blog and made a mistake – should have read great granddaughter (light of our lives) plus grown grandchildren – how blessed we are, like yourselves.x

    • Alison Keenan November 16, 2016 at 8:20 pm -  Reply

      Phyllis, bless you. An easy mistake to make.. you should see some of my typos when I dictate a comment?! So glad life is good for you, love Ali xx

  17. Irene November 8, 2016 at 12:42 am -  Reply

    Dear Alison
    Just been catching up with your blogs and enjoyed your recent pictures of you and your Granchildren who are absolutely gorgeous. Going through a very sad time at the moment as my partner passed away very suddenly from terminal cancer within 5 weeks of being diagnosed. I feel it is so important to donate to cancer charities so that it helps to research cures for this nasty disease.My motto for the future is to enjoy life as it is
    so short and do my best to help others. Take care . Love Irene xx

    • Una November 15, 2016 at 11:04 am -  Reply

      So sorry for your loss Irene x

  18. Alison Keenan November 16, 2016 at 8:23 pm -  Reply

    My dear Irene, I am so desperately sorry to hear you sad news… Such an incredible shock for you, and so little time for you to have come to terms with the diagnosis before losing your partner. I agree wholeheartedly with you and will continue to do as much as possible to raise funds and awareness so that one day, they will find a cure for this terrible disease. I hope very much that you have those around you who will love you and care for you. Hold tight to your memories, they are yours forever. With my love and prayers, Ali xx

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