All is to be revealed in Ibiza Uncovered…


Alison wearing giant sunglasses Well, I promised you 'Ibiza Uncovered'… and by crikey did we uncover it! From the moment we landed in 28 degree heat at 3am, I knew I was going to like this island. Three hours later however, having spent two hours trying to check in, I was just desperate for my bed! 

There must have been a faster way of doing it, but at least the receptionist's photocopier broke down so we didn't have to wait for him to photocopy all 15 passports! Yes, we were 15 in number as Rosie and Laura joined Rae and Dan and made us an even more formidable force on the beach and in the bars! 

The teenage holiday I never had!

I have to tell you it was a hoot! It was the teenage holiday I never had, even though I was the oldest in our party they treated me as an equal, and we all got on so well. Days were spent laying in the sun on the beach – we comandeered the south quarter and set our sunbeds in a circle so no interlopers could join our party :) 

Jack wakeboarding The sea was delicious. Cool, clean and clear, and we all – including Sam – went in and enjoyed the sensation of salt water on sun-kissed skin (through our factor 30, of course!). Jack had a go at wakeboarding (see photo right) and did really well.

The rest of us hid our talents under a bushel and chose the Flying Fish or the Rings. Not a restaurant option but the choice of being forced out of the water on a flatbed of yellow plastic or bounced up and down on a ring of rubber! Hilarious and very good for the forearms! 

My first ever Mojito

Father Christmas in Ibiza We took a boat to Calla Bassa Beach and I found that Father Christmas (see photo left) does indeed have a summer job – he drives the boat there and back! It was there that I found the most delightful drink – a Mojito. How could I have lived so many years without tasting one! The boat journey back was so much smoother for it…

Most nights found us by the pool with 6 tables wedged together, enjoying the balmy breezes and the visit from the 'Looky Looky' man – a guy who brought all kinds of weird and wonderful souvenirs (see photo at the top) and fibre optic treats to our table, which we managed to resist for the most part!

Sunset in Ibiza We finished the week with a visit to the Cafe Del Mar in San Antonio where we watched the sun set into the sea (see photo right). It took all of 10 minutes for it to slowly sink into the water, and turn from a rich gold colour to a soft red – stunning. 

And then before we knew it, we were on the plane and heading back to England where the captain informed us, it was a cool 10 degrees! However, we had all worked up a sweat not just from the landing (which was a tad shaky) but from the endless taxiing to the terminal. I thought we'd missed Gatwick and were on the M25! Some thought we had no brakes but we did eventually come to a rolling stop. The pilot's attempt to parallel park the plane confirmed my suspicions!

We then of course had to walk at least a mile to get back to where our baggage was! Any ideas why they can't park nearer? I think the chap with the orange ping pong bats had gone missing or looked at his watch at the wrong time, sending us off in the opposite direction! Any thoughts? I'm sure you know the answer….

Alison with friends and family in Ibiza That aside, the photos say it all. My thanks to all of 'em - dear Danny and Rae, Vic and Kayleigh (Pat and Pat), Laura and Rosie, Ellie and Lily, Richard and Jack, Sam and James, Joe and Colin!

Thanks to them for allowing me to have the holiday I never had when I was their age, and for teaching me in the nicest possible way that there's so much more to House and Garage than the mortgage you usually take out to buy them!

Next year Bognor beckons!

Love Ali xx


  1. Rhona Fenton September 3, 2009 at 10:56 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison, WOW your holiday photos look amazing so glad you all had an amazing time together there’s nothing like spending time with family and friends, well you will be glad to know you didn’t miss much over here weather wise lol, it is so good to have you back, my drink I found in Ibiza was a Tequila Sunrise and I’v never looked back!! when are you coming back up to Glamis, because my youngest daughter now works at the castle and she would just loved to tell me you were in, but we said we were having coffee together next time you are here eh? found your book Thomasina by Paul Gallico, looks like it will be a good read too, thanks for telling me, I am just about finished Dewey by Vicki Myron, I tell you Alison thats such a good book plenty of laughing and tears hard to put it down, and going by the sounds of your holiday in Ibiza just when did you think you were going to have time to fit in reading a book, sounds like it was party time all the way, and love the sunglasses do they come in any other colour will we have to watch QVC for these, glad to have you back home safe and sound and looking brown throw that in my face why don’t you, rascle, talk to you again soon, love Rhona xx

  2. northern_girlie September 3, 2009 at 4:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison.Great blog girl about you holiday in Ibiza.I’ts a fantastic place we went for our hols the last 2 yrs and we stayed in Playa D’En Bossa in a hotel just down the road from the Space nightclub.
    While there we hired a scooter,like you do,and toured round the island in fact one day we went to Calla Bassa Beach on the scooter.It was a lovely beach with the sellers coming round offering you fresh fruit to buy.
    Everyone on the island seem so welcoming and friendly.

  3. dorothy young September 3, 2009 at 6:27 pm -  Reply

    hi alison
    pleased you had good time it looks like you did, you always haue a good tale to tell love reading your blogs
    can you let us know how we can sponser sam would be a pleasure seeing how far he has come on.
    love dorothy

  4. alison keenan September 3, 2009 at 9:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Rhona,
    Lovely to hear from you, and you’re right about reading a book – heaven knowns when I thought I’d find the time! It was a riot though, and I have to own up to never having a Tequila Sunrise although it sounds like one I should try! I used to drink a La Mumba, which was brandy and chocolate milk. I came home the size of a house after two weeks of swilling these! Not that I cared 🙂 and don’t laugh, but you mention glasses, well we don’t have sunglasses, but Joan Rivers will be with me on the 10th for a launch of something that’ll help you sort out the men from the boys!!! Love her, and it’ll be a great show I’m sure. So do join us. Rhona it’s lovely to hear from you always, and I knew you’d enjoy Thomasina. Lots of love, Ali xxx

  5. Rhona Fenton September 4, 2009 at 1:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, so good to hear from you, just wanted to say I will join in the show with yourself and Joan Rivers she’s a hoot, funny funny woman! as for the drink yeah you should try it Alison as it’s gooooooooood!! Alison could you please ask pipa where she got her pink stripe scarf she had on with her pink boots the other day when she was doing fashion I know its her own as I phoned to ask if it would be on air but sadly not, if you don’t mind please, if you don’t get a chance thats ok as I know your all very busy! hope you don’t mind my asking? talk to you again soon you and colin have a lovely weekend, lot’s of love Rhona xx

  6. Kristina Moore September 4, 2009 at 8:56 pm -  Reply

    Hello, glad you all had such a good time Alison. Is there any of Ibiza left? I think it was just what you all needed although if you don’t warn Bognor before the next time they may spend the rest of the year in shock.
    Another man who is amazing and lost both legs in a motor race accident is Alex Zinardi. He returned to racing and says that now, if he has another accident and damages his legs, all he has to do is order a new pair. What with him and the quadraplegic who recently finished sailing around Great Britain and who changed direction by blowing through straws! They both make me realise that my problem of ME/CFS is dealt with fairly easily and that you should never give up as the human spirit is amazing. Give Sam my best wishes – go for it. I am sure this is just the start of his exploits.
    Have a great weekend.
    Hugs (collect bears so everyone gets these)

  7. Steven September 5, 2009 at 2:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison just wanted to say looks like you had a fab holiday amd could put half of those ‘younger’ woman to shame I bet. A woman in my work was in Ibiza recently and had a fab time. Judging by the pics and your stories you did too. I got booked up to go to Bulgaria. Have you ever been there? I am going next August which seems ages away. Keep up the good work on QVC and I look forward to reading more of your fantastic blogs and stories
    Steven xxx

  8. September 5, 2009 at 4:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi alison can I JUST SAY your blogs certainly brighten up the day, you’ve a very witty and entaining way of writing, and a bril sense of humor….i’m glad life is good for you again, Suex

  9. alison keenan September 7, 2009 at 11:09 am -  Reply

    I’ll text Pipa and ask her for you Rhona, but look forward to you being part of the show at midnight on Wednesday! Joan’s always well worth waiting up for. Love Ali xx

  10. alison keenan September 7, 2009 at 11:10 am -  Reply

    Sue, You’re a sweetie 🙂 Love writing them and love even more, reading all your comments. Hope life is good for you too. Love Ali x

  11. alison keenan September 7, 2009 at 11:15 am -  Reply

    Dorothy, how very kind of you! I think if you made a cheque out to the Limbless Association I could put it in with the other monies Sam has raised. Watch this space for the photos of said jump! If the camera shake’s not too bad! Do hope all is well with you and yours. Love Ali x

  12. alison keenan September 7, 2009 at 11:23 am -  Reply

    hi there, northern girlie 🙂 which part of our fair isle to you hail from? Thanks for your message – great to hear from you – and glad that you too, like us, enjoyed Ibiza. It’s probably the same bloke walking up and down beach selling “Ananas, Peenyapple, and coconaaa” phenetic spelling of course! Shame we couldn’t have brought some of the sunshine back with us! If you go back to Calla Bassa beach do get Gerald to make you a Mohito… sooooooooooo lovely. Have a great day, and thanks again for getting in touch. Love Ali xx

  13. alison keenan September 7, 2009 at 11:26 am -  Reply

    Sue, high praise indeed and you’ve brightened my day up for writing to me! I love getting the chance to keep in touch, and unlike having to write an essay at school (all those years ago) so much seems to go on in the space of a week, I’m rarely lost for words…. as my colleagues will tell you 🙂 Enjoy this week, and do keep in touch. It’s very much appreciated. Love Ali x

  14. alison keenan September 7, 2009 at 11:30 am -  Reply

    Steven, bless you! I think you would LOVE Ibiza, although Bulgaria has plenty going on to from what I’ve read. My sister went there years ago with my Dad and I remember her telling me the sea was beautiful. I hope you have a really enjoyable and well earned break. Don’t forget to write and tell me how you got on. Love Ali x

  15. alison keenan September 7, 2009 at 11:38 am -  Reply

    Tina, so lovely to hear from you. I think it’s fair to say we can all find someone who is worse off than ourselves, but living with something like ME, must be extraordinarly testing, so I applaud you for being so positive. I hadn’t heard of Alex Zinardi or the Round the World sailor – extraordinary! And you’re right about the human spirit, it is a mighty strong thing, not easily broken. I know Sam has everything in life to look forward to. Thank you so much for writing, and do keep in touch, Love Ali x

  16. Rhona Fenton September 7, 2009 at 4:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, Thank you so much for doing that for me so kind of you, it is such a beautiful scarf and am thinking a head you know christmas present to me from my darling hubby colin he doesn’t know it yet but all going well and your help he soon will lol, see you and Joan on wednesday take care and thanks again love Rhona xx

  17. lucy September 8, 2009 at 11:17 am -  Reply

    Hi alison what a great blog, i have to say i don’t get much time to sit at the computer for anything other than work but every now and then i love to read what you’ve been up to cos it makes me laugh!!!!Bear with me… good way!!!!!
    You won’t believe this but i actually went to Ibiza for my honeymoon to my first husband,(a few years ago now), i had a fab time, in fact i would go so far as to say it was one of the best hols i ever had, probably because it was my first experience at going “abroad”. For some reason i thought it sounded rather exotic! had no idea where it was or its reputation as a party isle lol!
    No matter! it was fab, unlike my first husband and the second but hey you gotta keep trying till you find the right one!!!!
    p.s had no idea about your sons accident and the outcome, Claire sutton posted a beautiful poem called Holland, i can’t remember who its by, but have a read. I wish him all the vey best. Lotsa luv Lucy xxxx

  18. alison keenan September 8, 2009 at 9:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Lucy, lovely to hear from you and I’m glad I’ve raised a smile – thanks for taking time away from work to write, cos it was lovely to hear from you about your honeymoon! Nice too, that although the marriage didn’t last you still remember it being a great time. I always think it’s sad when at the end of something, some people only remember – or worse still invent – the bad things…Good luck with your search 🙂 They do say third time lucky!! I’ll check out the poem, but know if it’s anything to do with Clare it’ll be beautiful. Take care and do keep in touch love Ali xx

  19. alison keenan September 8, 2009 at 9:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Rhona, here’s your first Christmas present from your hubby! Pipa said the scarf is from Accessorise she thinks so best of luck with finding it. Hope your week’s going well, Ali xxx

  20. Fiona September 8, 2009 at 10:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi there,
    I love the watch you have on in this photo… Can you tell me what make it is and where you got it?
    Fiona x

  21. lucy September 9, 2009 at 12:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, not to bang on about it but the poem i was trying to recall was “welcome to Holland” by Emily Perl Kingsley. You may find some comfort in it and perhaps one day when the time is right you can show it to your lovely son, as i did to mine after he suddenly developed a disability.In the meantime have fun and i can’t wait for your next blog!!!!! Much love, Lucy xxx

  22. Rhona Fenton September 9, 2009 at 1:56 pm -  Reply

    Thanks Alison, can’t find it on line but might be one of those things thats just available in the shop, just have to go shopping it’s a hard life but someone has to do it eh haha :)thanks again for all your help, see you midnight for Joan, love Rhona x

  23. jay September 9, 2009 at 7:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, Good to see you are back,looks as if you had a great holiday and weather better than here. I had a trip to Edinburgh to visit the fringe and the weather was really good, last year it rained the whole time.Regarding your problem with flies and wasps,I’ve been stung three times this year,(I hate wasps) I don’t like using insecticides indoors so I find hair spray very useful for downing the wasps or as you say a rolled-up newspaper.Keep up the excellent presentations.

  24. alison keenan September 13, 2009 at 11:14 am -  Reply

    Hello there Fiona, lovely to hear from you and I have to say I envy you your eyesight!! The watch I’m wearing in the photo is one from our Diamonique range and if you’re interested to get more information on it, it’s item no 688613 and costs £48.96. It’s kept perfect time for me, and there’s an extra link included if your wrist is larger than seven and a quarter inches. Good luck, and thank you again for writing. Keep in touch. Ali x

  25. alison keenan September 13, 2009 at 11:24 am -  Reply

    Hi Lucy, a bit difficult to type this to you as I’ve just read Welcome to Holland and it is everything I thought it would be. Just thinking of Clare and all that she must have been through and how beautifully this poem described it made me cry, and made me also realise that I had so many years with Sam ‘in Italy’ that in spite of the permanent changes brought about 2 years ago, we have so much to be thankful for…..and thank you Lucy for giving me the chance to see this so clearly. Love Ali xx

  26. alison keenan September 13, 2009 at 11:52 am -  Reply

    Hi Jay, thanks for your message, and you’ve made me realise that there’s yet ANOTHER thing I need to get round to doing – go to Edinburgh for the Fringe. Glad the weather was so good for you. I think it really makes a special time even better when the sun shines 🙂 Did you see any good acts? I do enjoy standup – favourites would definitely be Michael Macintyre, Jack Dee and Lee Mack. Not that they had anything to do with the Fringe, just that they make me laugh! Sorry to hear you’ve been stung so many times… Hairspray sounds ingenious and at least the wasp looks well groomed while he breathes his last breath ! Lovely to know you’re watching and do keep in touch. Great to hear from you. Love Ali x

  27. alison keenan September 13, 2009 at 11:54 am -  Reply

    Hi Rhona, Good luck in your search, and don’t forget we often carry scarves in some of our Accessories shows – Dennis Basso and Centigrade had some last year, so we might be able to help that way. Hope you’re having a good weekend. Love Ali x

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