A fantastic night at Debbie’s!


Ali with Claire I'll be honest I didn't know whether or not Debbie Greenwood's birthday/anniversary party was common knowledge until I read both hers and Julia's blogs, so as to not to appear churlish – and in response to your lovely comments this last week – here are a few more photographs of a fantastic night!

It's best to look at them in time order… less dishevelled, earlier on… and also to see those who clearly were not up for a late or energetic night! To be honest the fact that any of us could even move after sampling so many fabulous Thai dishes was a miracle!

But we polished Debbie's parquet flooring up a treat, and although there is no photographic evidence, I do remember belting out "I will survive" through a microphone (a la karaoke stylee) to all those who couldn't run and hide. Pippa – as you can see – did her best, but even she wasn't safe. 

Claire, Julia and Anthony Actually to go back to the parquet flooring, if I may, I personally feel this – and this alone – made possible Julia's extraordinarily energetic version of the splits, where she literally threw herself to the ground in an incredible scissor movement at a rate of knotts seldom seen indoors, with the exception maybe of hurling events!

There was a nanno second when I was concerned for her health, but she sprang up in no time (with no carpet burns thanks to the flooring) and carried on with our conga! Amazing Woman :) 

Ali, Claire and Debbie Of course I wasn't the only person making photographic memories of the night. Debbie's husband Paul spent several hours trying to separate his zoom from his image stabiliser (as seen here) and Claire's Dan and Colin spent some time trying to decide who should tell him to take the lens cap off first. Of course, he only had to ask Anthony! 

It's sad but true that because of our shifts at QVC Towers, we rarely get together socially, and although quite a number were unable to make it on the night, it was an absolute treat for those who could – as I think the rest of the photos show :) I'd love a caption for the finger pointing photo please… can't quite remember what was going on there!!! Roll on Christmas I say! Everyone round to mine!!

Delphinum plants Actually if they do come, I doubt by then this somewhat unseasonal occurance will still be standing in my garden, but I beg the question… when did you last see a Delphinium blooming in November?? Richard Jackson's Flower Power is truly magical!  Oh, and whilst on a horticultural theme, anyone know when I should trim my clematis? Answers below please :)

Have a cracking weekend, and do join me and Tova on Saturday if you can, and again on Sunday! It's going to be an fabulously fragrant and festive I'm sure.

Lots of love,
Ali xxx

Debbie Debbie's husband Paul Colin and Dan Pipa


  1. julie October 30, 2009 at 6:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Looks like everyone had a fantastic night. The pictures are great, thanks for sharing.
    Loving all the Christmas goodies on qvc this week. Will be watching you and Tova.
    Can’t say i have seen a delphinium at this time of year, but last year i still had some of my summer flowers flowering at Christmas. I don’t think the birds know what is happening with the weather as we have baby birds in our garden. Saying that we have a few baby frogs about too. Hope they are all ok.
    Love Julie

  2. lol November 1, 2009 at 1:27 am -  Reply

    finger pointing – possibly indicatative of dancing to ‘walk like an egyptian’ ;) x

  3. alison keenan November 2, 2009 at 9:37 am -  Reply

    Hi Julie, my pleasure in sharing :) Hope you enjoyed Tova’s hours. I was really spoiled as I had the three hours with her, and it was lovely to have so many of her fragrances in the hours. I LOVED that body balm, and as soon as I’d finished last night I rushed off and bought it, so expect to see me glowing in the future! Baby birds and frogs…. the seasons really are upside down aren’t they. I’ve got one pink rose left hanging on for dear life, inspite of the incredibly high winds we had on Saturday night, and the delphinium is still standing tall… think I may pick it and bring indoors before it’s blown away :) You take care, and keep in touch, as it’s always lovely to hear from you Love Ali xx

  4. Margaret November 2, 2009 at 10:14 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison, finger pointing – possibly who out of the three of you will be the lead singer doing the Three Degrees . Its great to have a party and hope you all enjoy your Christmas together with you as hostess Im sure you all will, hope your Sam is doing well bet your Christmas will be a hoot this year go for it girl you deserve it , God Bless Margaretxx

  5. alison keenan November 2, 2009 at 2:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi there LOL! Your name makes me smile :) Good suggestion, but a hazy memory makes me think it’s “who do you think you are?” although I can’t for the life of me remember who sings it! Thanks for getting in touch and have a good week. Love Ali xx

  6. alison keenan November 3, 2009 at 12:03 pm -  Reply

    So lovely to hear from you Margaret :) Yes, that would be a good one…the Three Degrees! I always remember them singing When Will I see you Again, and how fanatical Prince Charles was about them…awesome voices they had. My Sam is doing really well and has just started back to college for the pre Christmas term, although he’s planning a Fireworks Party here on Friday…! I will be away with my girlfriends in Hay on Wye so that gives him all weekend to get over it, and empty the bins! :) Take good care and God bless you too. Ali xx

  7. lucie November 4, 2009 at 11:39 am -  Reply

    Hi there Alison
    I knew you wouldn’t disappoint, i actually laughed out loud when i was reading it,drew quite a few sideways glances, as i was sat at my desk pretending to work, note to self….close office door when reading Ali’s blog!!!!!. Re: the pic i think the girls are saying “it’s your turn to do the morning show tomorrow we want a lie in”!!!!.
    Thanks for obliging and telling ….can’t help with the gardening info as i know very little myself other than to water and use Flower Power!!!! Much love Lucie xxxx

  8. alison keenan November 10, 2009 at 1:21 pm -  Reply

    Lucie, my great pleasure – and so glad I gave you reason to guffaw at work! I thought your suggestion was very funny too, and I’m sure the girls would agree with it :) Definitely make sure you shut the door next time you read – nothing worse than making the boss think you enjoy your job! Hope all’s well with you and yours and lovely to hear from you again. Love Ali xxx

  9. June Evans November 20, 2014 at 8:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi, where is Debbie Greenwood now? miss her a lot on QVC.

  10. June Evans November 20, 2014 at 8:33 pm -  Reply

    why isn’t Debbie greenwood on QVC

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