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I’m somewhat ashamed to admit that I’m still in my pyjamas at 2pm, but then they are Carole Hochman pyjamas and it is Sunday; a very cold and wet one too!

How are you? Did you end up with any snow after all the hype? My son, Sam, has spent this weekend in Yorkshire in his Land Rover, and as you’ll see from these pictures he definitely made the most of the cold snap!

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He took his Halo Bolt with him though (his favourite Christmas present) just incase he or any of his mates got a flat battery! I’ll admit to loving the snow, but only if I don’t have to drive in it.  In 2002 I got caught in the ‘big snow’ and it took me nearly six hours to travel 44 miles… a horrible journey but one that mercifully didn’t require me stopping for a wee!

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I’ve been without my car for the last week as I needed to get the bumper resprayed. Somebody drove into me in a car park, and left me with two large scrapes in the paint but no contact number… My Christmas present from Sam was to have it repaired, which was very kind of him, and being without my wheels has meant I’ve made a pretty good start with my Fitbit! As the whole system is setup through an app, I was sent this via e mail on Friday which I felt wasn’t bad going for six days use!

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I set out on Thursday rather late in the day and just got home by the light of my torch! Fabulous moon that night though, which I managed to get a photo of. Not doing so well today with my steps, but hey, there’s always tomorrow 🙂

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I had a sleepover at Lucy’s last week, and because Honey woke up in the night I brought her in with me so she didn’t wake her mum and dad.  It’s amazing how much room she can take up in the bed when she sleeps, like a little starfish!  Luckily I got her back into her own cot before she woke up properly, hoping that I wouldn’t have put the mockers on her otherwise impeccable sleeping pattern!

We went to Didi Dancing on Friday, and here she is taking a refresher mid-Charleston.  She’s such a happy little soul and full of beans, and I’m really looking forward to spending this Friday with her, Lucy and hopefully Jack too, when we have a day out at the Natural History Museum in London.

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In between times I’ve had some lovely hours at the Q, including last Monday when Richard Jackson and I brought you his new improved bird food.  You may have seen in my last blog that I got a bird table for Christmas from Colin, and I’ve since added a bird feeder, water bowl and seed tray to it.

I counted three robins this morning, and we’ve also seen a chaffinch and several blue tits.  The feeders mean that the smaller birds feel safer when the large birds like magpies and crows can feed from the table. I’m still waiting to see the green woodpecker!

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Thanks for all your lovely tweets during our second Diamonique show of the year.  I can reliably inform you that as of  Valentine’s Day, the 14th February, I will be with you every Tuesday at 9pm with a whole new collection of this stunning jewellery, along with special prices and personal favourites. I’d love it if you were able to join me, and if there’s anything you’re looking for; jewellery for a special occasion maybe, then do let me know either here or on Twitter @alikqvc.

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It all ties in rather nicely with Diamonique Week which is launching on Monday 23rd January. Michelle Mone has worked with our dedicated team to bring you a stunning TSV at an incredible price.  It’s just over four carats in weight, and much more than that I’m not at liberty to say  🙂  You’ll have to tune in at midnight, on the 23rd, to find out!

However, I can tell you that Anne and Julia will be presenting the Grand Opening from 5pm til 7pm on Monday, and the Grand Finale will be on Friday at the same time with Dale and Jill.  Every other evening at 6pm there will be specific shows featuring your favourites, spectacular statement pieces, and obviously some brand new designs too. Luckily I get to present my own show at 9pm on Thursday the 26th, and I have a few surprises up my sleeve for you.

Talking of sleeves, after that show I will be staying with you for our midnight launch from Anybody Loungewear. I’ve not seen this range before, but having had a look online @qvcuk.com I can see it’s right up my strasse! Relaxed designs in luxury fabrics at incredibly low prices, I think you’re going to be equally impressed.

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Hard to believe that this Wednesday is six years to the day since my cancer diagnosis.  I am cracking on with the new medication, and I’m seeing my oncologist at the beginning of February to have a few more blood tests and a general MOT.   I’m still struggling with the hot flushes – more at night than during the day now – but the accompanying drug I take to protect my bones isn’t very pleasant although it is necessary.

Something wonderful though, was hearing from one of the girls I was on the catwalk with for the 2012 Breast Cancer Care Fashion Show.  She has just given birth to her first child, a little boy.  All the chemo she’d had years before had meant she believed she’d never have a baby, so this was just the best news.  The treatment can be tough, but it keeps us here, and for that I will be eternally grateful.

Well that’s all from me for this week, but I look forward as always to hearing from you, and please do let me know your thoughts re the Diamonique jewellery won’t you?  Let me know how you’re doing too, and I’ll get back to you.  Have a great week, and stay warm.

With my love,

Ali xx

44 Comments

  1. Joanna B January 16, 2017 at 8:59 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali

    I have just read your blog and wanted to wish you well. You are always so happy and positive, you really are an inspiration.

    Look forward to joining you for Dominique @ 9pm

    Big hugs, Joanna xx

    • Alison Keenan January 26, 2017 at 10:07 pm -  Reply

      Jo how very kind of you to say. I feel I have a lot to be positive about, but thank you for writing to me. I hope you enjoyed the Diamonique show tonight! Love Ali xx

  2. Ruth January 17, 2017 at 9:42 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, that’s so funny – there is absolutely no need to feel ashamed about being in your pyjamas at 2pm – I’m in mine all day practically. I think my husband has forgotten what I look like dressed. When he gets home from work, I’m usually comfortably snuggled in my dressing gown and pjs.

    We didn’t have much snow here in Bristol, In fact it was a very light snow shower which didn’t stay and lasted all of 5 minutes. I loved seeing the pictures of snow in other areas though.

    Well done you on the Fitbit. I would love to be able to get to the gym again or go for walks but sadly, I’m unable to do that anymore but I do still have a keen interest in exercise – it’s usually my fingers when I use the keypad to purchase something on QVC!!! :).

    Honey is growing so quickly. She is beautiful. I sometimes wish my children could go back to being babies and toddlers – I loved that stage – they were so cuddly. Saying that, they still give me lots of cuddles now at 23 and 25 but they’re not so squidgy.

    6 years since your cancer diagnosis. My my, hasn’t time flown. I’m only 4 months in. Diagnosed in September but slowing on the mend after mastectomy and radiotherapy etc – hopefully. The affects of radiotherapy not nice – very burnt sore skins. There are no guarantees I was told but hey ho, life is to be enjoyed and lived and I do both!!! I too am on tablets for osteoporosis – just recently started at the tender age of 47. Not nice. I take Alendronic Acid, do you know of it? That coupled with cancer medication and Multiple Sclerosis medication doesn’t always make a good combination but it’s all good. These things are for my good.

    I’d love to attend the Breast Cancer Care Fashion show – it looks like sooooo much fun.

    Anyway, it’s time for a cup of tea. I love reading your blogs. They are always so positive and lovely and I wait with baited breath for each one.

    Take care lovey lady and God bless

    xxxx

    • Alison Keenan January 29, 2017 at 12:59 pm -  Reply

      My dear Ruth it certainly sounds as though you’ve had your fair share of difficult times, and I hope so much that you are feeling better after your surgery and subsequent treatment. That’s hard on you particularly bearing in mind your age and I’m sure your children must’ve been very worrying for you too. The sore skin following radiotherapy will heal completely, but it’s a shame that you to have osteoporosis have to take Alendronic acid – same as me –and not so nice for the tummy. But as you say, it’s all about getting better, and this will give us our best chance 🙂 You should write to Breast Cancer Care as it’s around this time they start looking for models! It was a very special event and I felt lucky to have been chose. Take care, and thank you for writing to me, love Ali xx

  3. Jill January 17, 2017 at 5:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali as usual a lovely blog and insight into your world, a real shock when the toddlers have a blip after sleeping so well isn’t it? I remember those days. Looking forward to the Domonique range and Michelle’s TSV, some of my favourite pieces are the blue stone art-deco styles. I purchased a couple of these and wore them to my daughters wedding last year. They were very much admired. And I didn’t let on they were not diamond!
    Congratulations on your 6 year anniversary on beating Cancer, that’s all down to you on the fight and being full of the fight to carry on. About that time I was diagnosed with ME/CFS and although not the devastation you will have had over the years, I feel the fight through the various symptoms requires the same fight. The positivity you have inspires many of us and I want to thank you for that. Each day that dawns I thank my lucky stars for the day ahead no matter what it brings, and if it’s a frustrating day- well there is always tomorrow!
    Best wishes dear Ali and take care of yourself. XX

    • Alison Keenan January 29, 2017 at 1:02 pm -  Reply

      Dear Jill, lovely to hear from you and to know that you like myself are a huge fan of the Diamonique range of jewellery. I know the pieces you’re talking about with the blue stones, and they are stunning! I was sorry to read of your diagnosis, and although yes it is different to mine, for you it is an ongoing battle. Trying to find the strength and courage every day of every week is difficult, and I admire your positivity. Thank you for your kind words and for keeping in touch, and I like you thank my lucky stars for the day ahead no matter what it brings. There is always tomorrow. My best wishes to you and love from Ali xx

  4. Chris Page January 17, 2017 at 5:51 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, I reconciled myself to dressing for comfort over style years ago. And sweatshirts and joggers are easier to put on and pull off when you’re achy anyway. Besides, I don’t have a boss to impress, so I can afford to be a slob! Honey’s an absolute poppet in that Flapper outfit. It reminds me of when my Mum bought my niece a traditional Spanish Flamenco dress when she was that small. She’s now a robust 7 year old, terrorising her Dad with her Recorder playing – and she got a 3/4 size upright piano for Christmas! I’m just grateful it wasn’t a violin, or the RSPCA might be on the doorstep, responding to reports of cat torture in Lower Cambourne….

    Keep taking the tablets! 😉

    Chris xx

    • Alison Keenan January 29, 2017 at 1:05 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Chris, it sounds as though we all in agreement that comfortable clothing is the way forward! I wonder if you saw the TSV from Anybody? As they were four of us off sick my hours have changed for that Thursday, but I have to say I think the range of clothing is excellent. So glad you liked the photo of Honey: I had a doll with a Spanish flamingo dress on, and longed to own one of my own! Your niece sounds brilliant, and I don’t envy her dad the recorder playing! My auntie Edna bought me a sopranino recorder which is much higher pitch than the regular size, and that sounded like an animal in pain sometimes! Nice to hear from you, and do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  5. Ali carr January 17, 2017 at 7:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali can’t believe that’s nearly 6 years since u were diagnosed. Wish u all the very best for the future x

    • Alison Keenan January 29, 2017 at 1:06 pm -  Reply

      Me neither Ali! So many years, and I’m making the most of all of it. I wish you the very best too, and thank you for taking the time to write to me. Love Ali xx

  6. Denise Pilcher January 17, 2017 at 7:13 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Alison- what a joy children are. I work as a nursery nurse in a school and absolutely love my job! I hardly ever have days when i dont want to go to work as each day is different. I keep saying i will have to write a book containing all the funny things they come out with! I feel very blessed as we are a long time working. Little Honey seems like a gorgeous little tot- I love your pictures of her, especially her dancing class. Dont they keep you young? I have an 11 year old called Eve ; she is so full of life she makes my heart soar.
    I wish with all my heart that all goes well with the blood test and MOT. You are truly inspirational and always full of positivity. How lovely for the lady who has just had a baby-she must feel like she has just won the best kind of lottery. I wish her much joy in her new role of mummy.
    I always enjoy your blogs and I would like to thank you for replying- you feel like a much loved friend.
    Take care and i look forward to the next time! Denise x

    • Alison Keenan January 29, 2017 at 1:13 pm -  Reply

      Dear Denise, so nice to hear from you and to have a little insight into how you spend your days! I think if I hadn’t have taken the job on at QVC I may well have chosen to work with little ones: I love my time with Honey and her brothers, and yes, it does make me feel younger, although I wish my joints and energy levels matched! You must keep a record of all the funny things that the children come out with as it would make a fabulous book I’m sure! I’ve started making notes myself, as Honey is an absolute sweetheart. I’ve got a story I’ll be including in my blog next week about just that. I love the name Eve, and I’m glad that she brings you so much joy. And talking of joy, the news of Selena’s son was wonderful, and judging by the photos on Facebook she is loving every minute of being a mum, and rightly so. Is my absolute pleasure to keep in touch with you, and thank you for continuing to support the blog and me! Love Ali xx

  7. Christine January 17, 2017 at 8:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali My husband made bird table similar to yours. We are doing the bird count for RSPB in our garden. Can’t believe 6 years. Just hope your medication works for you. You might not remember my husband had cancer 3 years. He is going for MRI scan on Friday. The cancer is called soft tissue sarcoma. It is very rare. He found a spot on his shoulder. It is second grade. They cut have is shoulder off. After the op he did not chemo etc thank god. He goes every four months check ups.
    I think we all should check out our bodies.
    Take Ali X X

    • Alison Keenan January 29, 2017 at 1:17 pm -  Reply

      Dear Christine, gosh that was very clever of your husband! I can’t say I’ve ever heard of the bird count for the RSBP but it must be a fascinating thing to be involved in. From where I’m sitting writing this I have already seen two robins and a blue tit at the table. I do indeed remember you telling me about your husband, and about his subsequent surgery. I hope very much the MRI scan last Friday was okay? I’m glad he did not have to have chemotherapy, but it’s great that he is checked regularly. As you say it’s something we should all do, as the sooner these things are found the sooner they can start to make us better. I hope this finds you well, and thank you for writing to me. With love, Ali xx

  8. Joanna Downey January 18, 2017 at 6:15 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali, It’s been a dark, dreary day – dreich as the Scots would say so it was lovely to read your blog when I got home. I have to start by saying that the details about your latest medical treatment took me back to that awful day exactly six years ago when I hoped with all my being that you would come through the other side. You truly wear your courage with grace. Lovely photo of the very lovely Honey and also of the Moon, I found out last week that the native Americans called the full Moon in January Wolf Moon. I love her and moonlight is one of my favourite things in life; Colin has always called me Twilight so when the books were published and every girl in school was transfixed he said his choice of name was prophetic, what a cheek! Unlike you I absolutely detest snow, it always falls when I need to do the weekly shop and we’re down to the unpopular flavours of cat food, the potatoes are going soft and the supply of loo roll is dwindling OR I’ve got to go on a course that can’t be avoided having already been rearranged twice. Roll on spring I say. It’s so interesting watching the birds in the garden; I’m always telling Sox not to hurt the birds and that his mummy doesn’t like the thought of him being cruel, needless to say we’ve got very tolerant neighbours. I’m on my own this evening so off to make something tasty to make up for it being solitary. Love from Jo x

    • Alison Keenan January 29, 2017 at 1:43 pm -  Reply

      Dear Jo you write so beautifully, and you kindness and concern have always meant a great deal to me – thank you for always taking the time time to comment on the blog. Your support along with all of Ali’s Army is so appreciated, and I always look forward to reading your comments. I didn’t realise the January moon was called Wolf Moon or that it was something special to you. It is quite magical though, and I remember seeing the SuperMoon last year – absolutely huge! My daughter Lucy loved the Twilight series, although I’m familiar with it, but I think it’s quite a romantic nickname 🙂 I hope you enjoyed your bit of ‘me’ time and made something delicious to eat? Colin is making me a cooked brunch today – bit of a treat – before I head into work. Take care and I hope you have a good week, love Ali xx

  9. Tricia coulsonwood January 18, 2017 at 6:36 pm -  Reply

    Happy new year Ali,Colin and all your family and all who share your fabulous blogs..My idea this year was to get out and about more..Regrettably several days ago I twisted and tore a knee ligament .I am now bed bound for at least another week and I don’t like it..My hubby is so good at looking after me,I couldn’t manage without him..At least we had a great family Xmas with everyone here for Xmas lunch..I always buy Carol hochman PJs,Decleor,Gateneu&lots of Loccitane hand creams to share with all the girls..As for diamonique I have bought my daughters a Michele Mahon ring each and Liz wore qvc diamonique drop earrings when she married 15months ago..Recommend all.
    I have had qvc on my Tv in the bedroom day and night ,it does help in the recovery process Im sure of it..listening to familiar friendly voices..I think I shall buy some emu lo sheepskin boots for when I weight bear as I need all the comfort I can get..Love to all and hope you all have a better New Years start..Tricia .xx

    • Alison Keenan January 29, 2017 at 1:48 pm -  Reply

      Dear Tricia so sorry to hear about your knee! I know that can be incredibly painful and so I hope it is healing well. Very glad tho that your husband is doing such a good job of caring for you. As you say at least you had Christmas with everybody together and I hope you enjoyed your Christmas lunch. Your Christmas gift list sounds a little like mine, and there are so many in our family who now own jewellery, beauty products and some of the more practical things we sell at QVC. It’s lovely to know that you regard us all as friends, and that we keep you company. The Emu lo sheepskin boots would be a very good purchase, and Skechers also, as they have the special memory foam inner which is very supportive too. Keep getting better, and thank you for taking the time out to write to me. I am sorry it’s taken me so long to answer, but I’ve been running around like a headless chicken these last few weeks. Love Ali xx

  10. Pauline Woollard January 18, 2017 at 8:50 pm -  Reply

    Ali you are a true inspiration I love watching you on the show and you are one very special lady
    Take care Pauline

    • Alison Keenan January 29, 2017 at 1:49 pm -  Reply

      Dear Pauline, so glad that you enjoy the shows, and thank you for your kind words. Happy New Year to you, and do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  11. Christine Auchterlonie January 18, 2017 at 9:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali…a very interesting blog always so full of interesting topics ….I must admit I haven’t got a great deal to report since Christmas the weather has been so dowdy,damp and unpleasant so doesn’t give anyone an incentive to venture very far apart from the usual shopping etc., but I am going to the local pantomime on Thursday as Jessica our older grandaughter is in it…I’m looking forward to it..Fiona has signed up for the swims again this year… Roll on the finer weather. Loved the pic of Honey at Didi dancing she so reminds me of Jess and Katy when they were that age…but they grow up so quickly. Looking forward to the diamonique shows even if I’m not tempted to buy I still enjoy watching and always smile and have a laugh ….I see you have your appointment and MOT at the beginning of February ,I know many of your followers will be thinking of you and will be wishing you well …family,friends and people to support us are everything ….. See you soon on the box… With best wishes to you and yours.. With love Chris x

    • Alison Keenan January 29, 2017 at 1:53 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Chris, how was the pantomime? I’m sure Jessica was brilliant in it. The weather here has been much the same, and I’m looking out onto very grey and damp garden. The thought of swimming in cold water is to me terrifying! I take my hat off to your Fiona and hope the weather will improve for her when she takes the plunge! It’s true what you say about the children growing so quickly, I cannot believe that Honey will be two this year, as it seems like only yesterday when she was born. Calla now has two teeth and little James is walking! Thank you for your kind words about my medical appointment. It has been put back now until the beginning of March just to give the new meds a chance to settle. It’s right what you say about family and friends, and their support and I thank you for yours. It does mean everything. See you soon, love Ali xx

  12. Eileen M Nagarkar January 19, 2017 at 2:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison. I know how you feel going through tests etc. I have had breast cancer three times. I started with it when I was 35 which is more than 30 years ago. The last time was 15 years ago and St the time no one thought I would survive. I have had two msstectomies and chemo and radio therapy. None of it a bundle of laughs. I got through I think because I managed to keep on laughing and making the doctors and nurses laugh too and by questioning everything thus taking control. I was very upset for you when you got diagnosed and was thrilled to see you make such a fantastic recovery. However I know it preys on your mind and that does go on. I am sure you will be just fine. You appear to me to have the right attitude and I love your shows and sense if style. My thoughts are with you. God Bless. Love and hugs Eileen xxx

    • Alison Keenan January 29, 2017 at 1:56 pm -  Reply

      Dear Eileen thank you so much for writing to me. You are one incredibly brave woman, who has clearly been through an enormous amount. I can’t begin to imagine what it’s like to be re-diagnosed and as you say it is something that preys on your mind however positive you try to be. He was so young when you were first diagnosed, so it is marvellous to know that 30 years on you are still with us and well. Laughter is definitely the best medicine, and having just finished writing my book, I have found my memories have made me laugh and cry in equal measures. You definitely have the right attitude, and I am complimented to think you see me as someone similar. Take care of yourself, God bless, with my love Ali xx

  13. martin forbes January 20, 2017 at 9:23 am -  Reply

    happy new year to you and family alison hope you had good xmas and new year i had quiet one.glad to get bsack to normal.thanks for the xmas card hope you got mine.
    ifebruary iam taking 2weeks holiday from work doing nothing but being lazy.all the best for 2017

    • Alison Keenan January 29, 2017 at 1:58 pm -  Reply

      Hello there Martin and happy New Year to you and yours. I hope you enjoyed your Christmas even though it was quiet, and I’m glad to know that you are better and don’t have your cough any more. Thank you for your Christmas card. Two weeks holiday sounds good to me, and even better that you’re be spending it being lazy! Thank you for keeping in touch and all the best for 2017 to you too. Love Ali xx

  14. Judith Lennon January 20, 2017 at 12:16 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali
    Just sat down with a cup of coffee before I challenge some more jobs around the house. It’s grey and miserable here and everywhere looks dirty and dull outside. Can’t wait for the better days when everything starts looking so much nicer. I loved your bird feeder and forgot to tell you that that bird box my husband bought me the .Christmas before last has finally captured the attention of the coal tits. They have been in and out endlessly so I now think it’s time for the camera to be fitted. I wait with baited breath for a positive outcome. I’ll keep you updated. Little honey is so lovely. I love doing things with my youngest. Lovely to see little people happy together. As always I enjoyed your blog and hope all went well with your recent MOT etc., stay positive as always. You have certainly been an inspiration to so many ladies coping with the disease. I don’t think you realise just how much you are thought about and loved by all your bloggers. Over the years of being in touch I am really interested in hearing all the news from other bloggers and the things that go on in the lives. Coffee finished so time to battle on with the jobs. Until next time take care and hugs and love as always. Judith xx

    • Alison Keenan January 29, 2017 at 2:03 pm -  Reply

      Hello there Judith, and a happy New Year to you! The weather here is much the same as with you, and I’m looking out onto a grey, wet and miserable garden! That said I have already spotted two robins and a blue tit at my bird table. Exciting to know that you have got a bird box and the coal tits have decided to make it their make it home! Do let me know the outcome when you set the camera up, I am excited for you 🙂 so glad that you enjoyed the photographs of Honey, she is a constant source of joy in my life, and I try to see her as often as I can. Your kind words mean a lot to me Judith. This blog has been a life line to me over the years, and so it makes me particularly happy to know that it has become such a support network for so many. Even if it’s just to catch up with other folk to find out how their lives are, then it’s working 🙂 I hope all your grotty jobs are done now, and that the Sun will shine for you soon. Take care and have a good week, with my love, Ali xx

  15. Linda Finch,, January 20, 2017 at 10:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali ,don’t be ashamed at being in your pj’s so late, I often have a pj day if iam not going out after my shower I put on clean pj’s and have a lovely day doing my jobs in comfort. Firstly today was my hubby’s hospital appointment to check on his ankle ,which they are pleased it’s knitting round the screw nicely, I must say that the x ray’s look a bit scary though but it had to be done ,unbelievable as it is it’s coming up a year since his op .now his ankle is coming along he has to have a ct scan on his right knee ,that should be in about 2/3 weeks then they will decide when to operate, hopefully not too long a wait .I think little Honey looked so cool taking a drink break from her charleston, I bet she loves dancing she will be a natural, hope you enjoyed the dinosaurs on your outing and Honey liked the train. We have been lucky so far up hear in South Yorkshire we haven’t had much snow,but I suppose there’s still time ,iam glad you’re still doing well with your new medication keep on cracking on ,it will come good in the end, much love to you and Colin xxx p’s loved the jumpsuit you had on Q the other night xx

    • Alison Keenan January 29, 2017 at 2:23 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Linda, hope you are well? I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since you wrote to tell me about your husband’s ankle! A real long haul for you both, but great to know that it’s healing nicely and knitting together. Hopefully the CT on his knee won’t show anything untoward, and he won’t need an op. That said, a lot of knee surgery these days is keyhole, so doesn’t appear to take too long to mend! We had a lovely day in London with Honey and Jack, and she very much enjoyed the dinosaurs. I took lots of photos and will have them on the new blog next week. Glad you liked the Charleston pic of Honey – if she enjoys dancing half as much as I do, then I know she’ll be happy 🙂 No snow here either, but I so want to visit Yorkshire – it’s been almost 30 years since I was last there with the exception of my Three Peaks Challenge two years ago. Such a stunning part of the world, you’re lucky to live there 🙂 Take care and stay warm, with love Ali xx

  16. Angela Etna Poppleton January 21, 2017 at 4:48 am -  Reply

    Hi there .. !!

    Little tip … you know the boxes of Atora Suet … ? Shredded beef suet it’s called … get some of that and stick half a box out day … !! You will be amazed what that draws … !
    My Dad has terminal cancer and one of his biggest joys is watching the birds … believe me, you will have every bird around coming for that and the great thing is that you can keep putting it out even through nesting time because if the babies get hold of it, it will just crumble … they can’t choke on it … plus the huge fat content really helps them all when it’s bitter like this … !
    I’m in Yorkshire and I get goldfinches, blue tits, coal tits, waxwings, bullfinches, robins, crows, magpies, owls, dunnocks collared doves, wood pigeons (or battleships as I call them … !!) … ah, I can’t remember them all but they all come and eat (and don’t fight each other either … !) … peace reigns supreme and Pa gets the joy of seeing them too … as long as there is food for them all they will feed happily together, biggies and littlies side by side … !! I also throw out some chopped Red Leicester cheese as a treat but definitely no mealworms from now until May … (they can choke the baby birds, you see) …

    I also just wanted to say Ma is a breast cancer survivor and reading your posts really helped me to understand what she was going through (being a tough Yorkshire woman, she doesn’t let on much … !) but you helped me to understand her more and understand how she was feeling and what she was going through … I shall always be grateful to you for that … !!

    Take care, keep smiling and much love to you and yours … and happy birding … !!

    Angela xxxx

    • Alison Keenan January 29, 2017 at 2:31 pm -  Reply

      My dear Angela how lovely to find your comment on the blog this week. Thanks for your tip about the Atora suet – I used to make dumplings with this, and will give it a try! I am currently using Richard Jacksons bird food and he has included suet in there which the robins love. I am sorry to hear that your dad is poorly but it made me smile to read the very impressive list of birds that entertain him, and that’ll be thanks to you keeping them fed so well! I’ve never heard of a waxwing but will Google it now. Cheese sounds good too, and probably healthier for them than the fat balls you can buy. It sounds as though you’ve had a lot to contend with in your life, caring for your mum too, but I am so glad to know that the blogs helped you to understand your mum’s illness. It helped me to write it down, as I didn’t want to continually talk about to to the children so I understand why she kept quiet and I admire her hugely as it can be quite a burden. So glad that she is better and I am certain you have been and continue to be a huge support to her. Look after yourself too though… caring for your parents is a full time job, and one that you clearly do very well. Do keep in touch, and thanks again for your kind words and for taking the time to write to me, love Ali xx

  17. Angela Etna Poppleton January 21, 2017 at 4:50 am -  Reply

    Ooops … I meant to type “out a day” … sorry … I have Fibromyalgia and sometimes you can get your words mixed up … sorry ’bout that … !!!!

    • Alison Keenan January 29, 2017 at 2:31 pm -  Reply

      ….. Bless you! You should see some of the typos on here if I try to dictate my comments!! Good job I read them through 🙂 xx

  18. Sue Huskisson January 24, 2017 at 7:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, lovely to hear from you as usual. It’s so lovely that you reply to our comments so thankyou very much for that.
    I love my diamonique and have quite a collection now. A lady I met through another friend said ooo I see you like diamonds Sue. I didn’t put her straight!!
    I’ve just had a lovely afternoon babysitting our Charlie while his mum went into work. We had a great time tipping his cars out of his dumper truck and taking them to be repaired in the garage. Kids are wonderful aren’t they? Their imagination knows no bounds!
    Charlie will be 2 next Sunday the 29th and we have been invited to his party. I’m sure it will be great fun and probably chaotic with a house full of children but we are really looking forward to it.
    I love the photo of your little Honey in her Charleston outfit. She really looks the part and I bet she loves to dance!
    It’s hard to believe that it’s 6 years since your diagnosis. You are such a brave lady and please God that you continue to be so. I wish you good luck with your appointment at the beginning of February and sincerely hope that everything is going in the right direction.
    Bye for now Ali love Sue xx

    • Alison Keenan January 29, 2017 at 2:39 pm -  Reply

      Sue, you are a woman after my own heart! I’d keep quiet about the diamonds as well! So glad you love the Diamonique jewellery. I’m looking forward to getting back to having a regular show on Tuesday nights – so many beautiful designs I’m looking forward to sharing with you. Little Charlie sounds delightful. I love all the games you can play with them, and just being able to spend time with them. Takes years off you. Hard to believe he will be two today!! You’re probably at the party now and having a fabulous time. So sorry it’s taken me so long to get back to you – I’ve had a mad couple of weeks, and was without the computer for half of it! Thank you for your kind words – the appointment has been put back until the beginning of March now so that the new meds get a proper chance to settle. I’ll keep you in touch with it all, but your positivity is much appreciated. I am keeping everything crossed! Take care Sue, and thanks for writing, love Ali xx

  19. martin forbes January 25, 2017 at 11:42 am -  Reply

    i wrote you a message on 30th december it seems to have disappeared happy new year alison

    • Alison Keenan January 29, 2017 at 2:41 pm -  Reply

      Hello Martin, not sure where it went, but I did get your recent message and have replied. Do hope you enjoy your two weeks off in February! Love Ali xx

  20. Mary Morphy January 27, 2017 at 5:03 pm -  Reply

    Good afternoon Ali and another fabulous blog..Such a busy lady. I am typing this, you will be pleased to know lying on the sofa with my leg elevated following surgery last week. I am healing well but the bruising has really come out know and it is very stiff today and doing my daily physiology is painful today but I am much more mobile than I was this time last week but not driving for two weeks is hard.. Mum’s taxi service is postponed and the kids are doing their best to get lifts etc. I am still however suffering from a severe chest infection and hacking cough which will not leave me..The coughing is exhausting and wakes up the household..Olly the dog who is usually snuggled so close he is almost sitting on me just gives me a look of disgust! On round three of antibiotics and steroids and hope the Chest x-ray I had Monday will give us some answers.
    Some good news re my mum in law..Her cyst in her colon is pretty cancerous so they are going to operate on Feb 10th and it’s very straight forward. Such a relief for us all. My mum’s results have finally arrived..Not so great. Her tumour has grown slightly and she has more damage from the TIA’s she had. The treatment is surgery and or radiotherapy but she is not fit enough for either so we will just carry on regardless.and see how we go.
    My daughter was 17 yesterday..My goodness her first driving lesson is next week..How did that happen!! Been watching lots of QVC and ordered a few bits..Not good for bank balance though. I ordered my best friend the pink mother of pearl and diamonique huggy earrings..She will love them. Enjoy the weekend and I am thrilled that the diamonique shows with you will continue on Tuesday. Lotsa love Mary x

  21. stefanie January 28, 2017 at 3:05 pm -  Reply

    can I wish you well with both your health and fitness,but don’t push yourself to hard with the fitness as sometimes it sounds like you could be stressing your body by proving to yourself that you can do it(you can but be kind to yourself) love Stefanie

  22. Jilly January 29, 2017 at 10:28 pm -  Reply

    Evening Ali, well we are in stitches watching the Dyson presentation and the Garibaldi -that was so very funny!!!! I was one of the last few to order the Dyson so am delighted. We have the full size one and live it but felt this would be very handy. What a great show though.
    Hope all goes well with your next lot of tests. Who can believe it is six years -so much has happened in that time – horrid things but then wonderful ones with you coming so far and giving so much to other people in your blogs etc. Then the joy of being grandparents and your wedding – so what a time when you look back over these years. Hard to believe you have packed so much into these years and looking wonderful. Thrilled that the person you met has had a baby. What a joy after thinking she may never have a child. That alone must give others hope. It is uplifting.
    Love the picture of Honey with the glittery thing inher hair -and how special to have a sleep over.
    My lot are all doing very well with Annie’s husband having just had good results from his last tests. So onwards and upwards again.
    We put Niger seeds to attract Goldfinches on our bird table. They are so beautiful to see. It took about two weeks of the seeds being in place but worth the wait.
    How wonderful for Sam to be in Yorkshire. My county as well as God’s own country -although it is Cumbria we are destined for nowadays. Fab fun for him by the looks of things.
    I laughted also that you had a mouse!!!!! I went into the kitchen before Christmas and saw one on the bench – a tiny little thing which I felt sorry for. Not seen it again but……….where has it gone I wonder and how did it get in!!!!!!
    Bigs hugs for your appointment and catch up soon love Jilly xx

  23. Jean Daly February 7, 2017 at 9:10 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Hope you and yours are keeping well. You have such a bubbly personality & are a joy to watch on QVC. I have asked you for a couple of your recipes that you have given to me and I must say they have been delicious, I am about to ask you for another – something to serve after your delicious slow cooked gammon. Keep well & thank you.
    Best wishes Jean xx

  24. Dorcas McCall February 13, 2017 at 1:32 pm -  Reply

    I never leave a comment but I have to say I am over the moon for girl who has given birth after all she’s been through I wish her and her darling child a wonderful life.
    Alison you mentioned the unpleasantness taking oral meds to protect your bones, I have tried them all and I know exactly what you mean. May I be so bold to say if you ask your Consultant/Doctor about infusions either 3 monthly or yearly depending on what they think is best for you, it will not cause the problems the oral meds do I can guarantee from experience it will be a lot easier for you. Wish you best with it.
    Just a word about myself I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer on the 15 Dec 2014 and had my first chemo on 22nd Dec no Christmas for us that hear. To date the fight goes on. I am currently on cycle 1 of the 3rd round chemo treatment.
    I wish everyone with diagnosis of cancer nothing but the best and to get the most wonderful news after treatment.

    Love and best wishes to all x

  25. anita mckimm February 13, 2017 at 10:44 pm -  Reply

    hi Alison could you please give me the number of the diamonique full eternity ring you got to go with your wedding ring, as I havnt seen it on qvc since you told us about it on one of your shows, thanks in advance xx

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