BEFORE I GO…..

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By the time you read this, Colin and I will hopefully be heading up the M23 towards Gatwick, but I didn’t want to leave without saying cheerio, and thanking you for all the lovely Anniversary wishes you sent for my man and I. Thanks also for all the comments on the last blog.

I so enjoy catching up with you, hearing about your families, where you’ve visited, and what you’re looking forward to.  I also appreciate that it’s not been the easiest year for everyone, but it’s so good to know that with the network of friends who support this blog, we can all support each other.

Colin and I had a really delicious meal out in Cote – a French restaurant on the river in Windsor.  It’s one of our favourites, and the food was fabulous.  As we were seated by the window we could see the water, and it was reminiscent of our Wedding reception at Monkey Island in Bray, just a few miles up river.

Lucy sent this photograph of me holding Honey on the day, which is a stark reminder of just how much changes in the life of a child over two years!  Made me quite teary to think how quickly she’s growing, but happy at the same time  🙂

I’d spent the previous weekend with them when they’d joined me at my mum’s in Bishops Waltham.  Mum hadn’t seen Honey for a very long while, and so it was great to have some time together. Mum and Joe were amazed at how chatty and bright Honey was, talking us through her puzzles and sticker collection! We played in the garden, had a lovely lunch as always, but sadly missed our photo opportunity for all four of us together! I did get this one of Honey with her drinking cup in mum’s garden though.

The following day we’d gone into Windsor to see the Castle and the Jubilee fountain, which was just what was need to provide some welcome relief from the heat of the day – for both Honey and I! Because of my holiday, I’d also arranged to pop up to Swindon last Saturday where I spent most of the afternoon grinning like a Cheshire cat.

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Lucy had bought tickets for us to go to the circus!  It had been years since I’d sat ringside –  almost twenty –  when I took Lucy, Sam and Jack to see a small show on the green in Leighton Buzzard.  This was a much grander affair, but as before, no animals involved, just some incredibly talented gymnasts, a lot of spandex and sparkle, three bike riders and two clowns! We loved it!

Honey sat and watched for the first half, but was more interested in her popcorn for the last twenty minutes, while Lucy and I gasped and shrieked at the jaw droppingly scary stunts the three motor cross riders performed.  I often wonder about the life these incredibly talented folk have – three shows a day – and travelling all over the globe to perform.  Literally a different world, but great to experience some good old fashioned showmanship.   It was quite difficult to say goodbye to my girls, knowing I wouldn’t see them for a fortnight or so, but thanks to FaceTime we’ll be able to keep in touch.

From adrenaline pumping to completely relaxed, which is how I felt when I went to visit Roz in the middle of our heatwave.  You may remember the pictures I took when Colin and I last visited when the weather was changeable to say the least! Well Wednesday was a corker in Dorset, and we had a lovely morning on the beach at Studland Bay and then drove past Corfe Castle to take a leisurely stroll around Swanage.

So nice just to have time together to sit by the water and enjoy the warmth – and to catch up of course!  Quite poignant for me too, as the last time I’d been there was with Colin in 2011 when we holidayed around the British coastline to celebrate my finishing my chemotherapy.  We’re hoping that Roz and Chris can come to us before the summer’s over so we can maybe take them out on a boat up the River Thames from Windsor – another water themed day out!

In between all my socialising I’ve had some lovely shows at the Q, including an hour with Julien Macdonald, my favourite shape wear from the Italian brand Vercella Vita and last night, Diamonique and Easiyo.  I love my job!  And I’m sure the next few weeks will fly by and before you know it I’ll be back with you on Tuesday the 11th July at 8pm with the regular Diamonique show and then a TSV from one of our newer fashion brands – Joe Browns – a tunic in a fabulous print.

I’ve also had confirmation that I’m going to be filming a new Diamonique promo for the 8pm show with some of my favourite people!  Watch this space. I’ll be checking the blog while I’m away, and posting some pics on Twitter too – @alikqvc – if you’d like to keep in touch.

Stay well, and I’ll write soon,

With my love, Ali xx

36 Comments

  1. lynn tervit June 29, 2017 at 1:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, love reading your blog, it’s as if iam with you wherever you go.
    pictures are lovely too, Honey gets more like you every day.
    Have a lovely holiday, well deserved break for you and Colin

    lots of love Lynn

    • Alison Keenan July 13, 2017 at 6:16 am -  Reply

      Thanks so much Lynn. Really glad you enjoy reading them and it’s good do you to comment! More photos to come in the new blog at the end of the week. Love Ali x

  2. Josephine Jennings June 29, 2017 at 1:10 pm -  Reply

    Honey is a beautiful child, grandchildren give such innocent love. Wonderful chuckles. Enjoy your holiday.

    • Alison Keenan July 13, 2017 at 6:17 am -  Reply

      Dear Josephine, you’re so right. Honey is a constant source of joy to me, and she is beautiful inside and out. Take care, love Ali x

  3. Teresa Karasavvas June 29, 2017 at 1:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali a lovely blog as always. Have a wonderful trip. My first ever trip abroad was Malta. Enjoy your time together.

    • Alison Keenan July 13, 2017 at 6:17 am -  Reply

      Hi Teresa, did you ever return to Malta? We loved it, and Gozo was just delightful. Thanks for writing, love Ali x

  4. Jilly June 29, 2017 at 8:38 pm -  Reply

    Good evening Ali, how wonderful to be going on your jolly this evening. You will both have a wonderful break with lots of su shine etc. My lovely hubby was heading south today but that was to go to Goodwood with his mates- a trip they look forward to each year. The weather is wet and horrid so I hope it clears up for them.
    I have spent a lovely time catching up again on all your family news. Hard to believe your second anniversary has been and gone. I remember the picture of you and Honey from the day and it is as special now as it was then. How she has grown into such a wonderful little darling for all of you.
    All change in our neck of the woods. The family decided they were missing me too much while they are living in the Lakes and we are quite a distance away with not simple transport. . So I went for a new job at a law firm ten minutes from our lakes home and delighted to say got the job. I am now working my five weeks notice at the firm I am with and thinking of what I need to take with me while our house here is put on the market. My kitchen aid is a must and the Dyson hand held another must. Annie was beyond thrilled when we told her so we will be counting down the days till the big move-or not quite that big until the house sells. Watch this space I have said…… enjoy your holiday Ali and looking forward to seeing and hearing your updates on it. Love Jilly and Annie xx

    • Alison Keenan July 13, 2017 at 6:23 am -  Reply

      Dear Jilly, so glad to know that you’re going to be able to spend more time with Annie and the family. It did sound as though there was a lot of travelling involved and time for you, away from your husband. Well done on securing the job – interviews can be nerve wracking! I hope all goes well with the sale of your property and that you don’t have too long to wait before your Lakes Home becomes a permanent one for you. Change is as good as a rest they say! I hope your husband enjoyed Goodwood. It sounds as tho the weather changed from that day forwards, so I hope you, like I, enjoyed the sunshine, albeit in different countries. I’m writing this while I wait for Honey to wake up. It was so good to see her last night, and I’d missed her and Lucy very much. Love to you and Annie, and thanks for the update. Love Ali xx

  5. Christine June 29, 2017 at 9:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali I remember your beautiful wedding can’t believe two years. Never been to circus Honey looks as if she enjoining it. I had bad couple weeks I lost my sister in law she was ill in hospital for three months. Then lost next door neighbour as well. I don’t want anymore deaths.
    Enjoy your holiday. We go away September but we don’t go abroad I get prickly heat. We take our dog with us to lovely cottages.

    Take Care X

    • Alison Keenan July 13, 2017 at 6:26 am -  Reply

      My dear Christine, I am so sorry to hear about your loss… especially after things have been so hard for you already this year. I do hope you have support and people around you you can lean on… I’m glad too, that you have a holiday to look forward to in September, and hope that the weather will be kind to you. I’m sure your cottage will be a home from home. Take care and do keep in touch, love Ali xxx

  6. Carol June 29, 2017 at 10:44 pm -  Reply

    Have a really great break you deserve it.
    Best wishes Carol

    • Alison Keenan July 13, 2017 at 6:26 am -  Reply

      Very many thanks Carol, we did have a lovely time. Photos to follow! Love Ali xx

  7. Joanna Downey June 30, 2017 at 7:24 am -  Reply

    Have a wonderful holiday. Love from Jo

    • Alison Keenan July 13, 2017 at 6:27 am -  Reply

      Thanks Jo, it was a very relaxing time away. I do hope all is well with you and yours and that your retirement do goes well! Not long now! Take care, love Ali xx

  8. Vivien Gore June 30, 2017 at 8:00 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali have a great holiday we will miss you. You deserve a good break after all you’ve been through. Just to update u lm having laser treatment soon hopefully to stop me going blind. Just another saga in my health. Can’t believe the things that’s happening with the cancer and now this. Hofuly all will be well just glad they found it before it was to late. Enough of my woes you have enough to put up with. Looking forward to a holiday just waiting for my reconstruction which I’ve not heard about but hopefully soon now. You have a fab holiday you both look so happy. Bye for now Vivien xxx

    • Alison Keenan July 13, 2017 at 6:31 am -  Reply

      My dear Viv, so sorry to hear about the problems you are having with your sight. Fingers crossed the laser will help hugely – I’ve heard great things about it! It sounds as though you definiteky need a break, and I hope your up and coming holiday is all all you hope it do be. The may even be a date for reconstruction when you get back – I hope so. Colin and I thoroughly enjoyed Malta, and Gozo wa fab! Thanks for writing, love Ali xx

  9. Judith Lennon June 30, 2017 at 1:04 pm -  Reply

    Happy holiday Ali and Colin. Hope you have a lovely time and plenty of relaxation. Loved the last blog and catching up with you. The photos are super and my how Honey has grown up. Enjoy every moment of her she’s one one little poppet. Still trying to come down to earth after my holidays and even though I’ve been home nearly a month I’m not really back into any sort of routine. Oh what the heck! I’m off now to my sewing room to finish a sun dress for my youngest for her holiday. I’m having the time of my life and once I get going there’s no stopping me…. take care and love and hugs as always. Judith xx

    • Alison Keenan July 18, 2017 at 11:04 am -  Reply

      Hi there Judith, it’s a shame you don’t live closer to me, as I bought a pattern to make a sundress for Honey, and don’t know where to begin! So glad you had a good break, and that you’re cracking on with life. Very pleased too that you enjoyed the blog and the photos. New one being posted later today, and photos of our lovely holiday. Love Ali xx

  10. Elizabeth keenan June 30, 2017 at 6:00 pm -  Reply

    Hiya Ali have a lovely holiday a nice break for you and Colin, cannot believe its been two years since your wedding, time is really flying. Honey is gorgeous.
    Much love
    Elizabeth 💚

    • Alison Keenan July 18, 2017 at 11:05 am -  Reply

      Thanks very much Elizabeth, we did indeed have a great holiday, and so glad you enjoyed the photos. More to come in the next blog! Love Ali x

  11. Denise hales July 3, 2017 at 6:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, so pleased you had a lovely anniversary. Thank you for posting the photos I said at the time and I’ll say again how much I loved your dress it’s beautiful. I’m glad you’ve spent time with little Honey she sounds great company.
    In my reply to the last blog regarding our stay in Pisa I forgot to mention when we arrived at our hotel I was unpacking my toiletries in the bathroom hubby was checking out what TV channels we could get when he called me through. He’d found QVC Italy! They were showing some very nice embroidered jeans which I told him I wish they sold them on our QVC!
    I’ve just had a wonderful weekend. I went to see ELO in concert on Saturday and they were amazing. I think it’s the best show I’ve seen. The light show,lasers and fireworks were out of this world and of course everyone was up joining in and dancing song after song. Truly fantastic. After looking forward to that for a while I’m pleased I have a good week planned for is week. Tomorrow I’m going to London meeting my friend and we’re staying for 3 days. On Wednesday we’re off to Wimbledon as she was lucky enough to get tickets in the ballot. Not just any old tickets though they are centre court …. Eek! Can’t wait. I hope we get to see Andy Murray. Then on Thusday I think we will finish off with some shopping and lunch before heading home.
    I think I’ll plan a quiet weekend for next weekend I’ll certainly need it.
    Well Alison I hope you are enjoying Malta and it lives up to expectations. Look forward to hearing all about it on your return.
    Love Denise xx

    • Alison Keenan July 18, 2017 at 11:06 am -  Reply

      Wow Denise, how fantastic for you to see ELO! I remember listening to Mr Blue Skies years ago when I had a ‘transistor radio’! The years fly by. How was Wimbledon?? Which match did you see on Centre Court? Great they had the weather for it. I hope you rested this last weekend, and are enjoying the sunshine again this week. With love, Ali xx

  12. Christine Auchterlonie July 4, 2017 at 12:53 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali and Colin hope you are having a lovely holiday together …can’t believe how the time flies …. Another interesting blog about family and friends and lovely Honey …. Yes you will miss her while you are away… I’m sure she will miss you too…Fiona and a friend of hers Wendy and I had a day out to Whitby on Saturday it was quite warm… We had the fish and chip lunch which is a must if you go to Whitby … Had a good old look round the shops down the cobbled lanes … And then we went on the boat trip… It was fine until we when out into the open sea …. A bit choppy …that said we enjoyed it…and then an ice cream before we made for home… Look forward to seeing you soon … Enjoy your time together… With love Chris x

    • Alison Keenan July 18, 2017 at 11:08 am -  Reply

      Hi there Chris, great to hear from you and I’m loving the sound of the fish and chip lunch in Whitby! Never been there, but along with so many other wonderful places in the UK, hoepfully Colin and I can plan a trip. Your boat trip sounds fun too – probably a little different to ours in Gozo, but we didn’t get any ice cream with ours 🙂 We had a lovely break, and all the photos will be in the next blog. Love Ali xxx

  13. Julie McGreevy July 4, 2017 at 5:11 pm -  Reply

    I love reading your blog and all the lovely replies from your lovely friends. Have a lovely holiday and be seeing you soon on QVC.

    • Alison Keenan July 18, 2017 at 11:09 am -  Reply

      Hi there Julie, thanks for taking the time out to write to me, and delighted you enjoy reading the blog and all the responses. It always cheers me when I check, and there’s more news for me to catch up on 🙂 See you tonight at 8pm for Diamonique Love Ali x

  14. martin forbes July 10, 2017 at 4:10 pm -  Reply

    Hope you and colin had agood holiday happy 2nd wedding anniversary iam not bad hope you are you and your sons and duaghter are well also your granddaughter must be 2 now is she getting bigger by the day

    • Alison Keenan July 18, 2017 at 11:10 am -  Reply

      Hi there Martin, thank you Colin and I did have a great holiday, and would love to return to Gozo! Thanks for the anniversary wishes too, and you’re correct, Honey is two now, although the way she talks and counts you’d think she was nearer three! Take care, Love Ali x

  15. Teresa L July 11, 2017 at 11:02 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali sorry for not being in touch for a while as we have been in the USA for our great niece and nephews graduations from college and high school.
    I did try to send you something from there but I kept loosing what I was writing for some reason.
    We had a fabulous time there with temperatures in the 90s most of the time. We were so proud of the kids and it was such an honour too be there to watch them get there certificate etc.
    We had a lovely party for them with there friends and the food was fabulous as we had catering for the hot food and we did the rest.
    Glad that you had a fabulous Anniversary and that you got spoilt you deserve it. Also that you had a good holiday.
    Looking forward to hearing all about it in your next blog.
    Paul and I have just had a great weekend with friends from Southampton would you believe our first long stay visitors since we moved in last September.
    Had some fabulous walks along the beach and out in the new forest as the weather was just gorgeous.
    My brother in law has had some treatment for his cancer and touch wood he is doing ok at the moment will keep you up to date with his progress.
    Think that is all the news for now take care lots of love Teresa xx

    • Alison Keenan July 20, 2017 at 9:12 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Teresa, lovely to hear from you and great to know that you enjoyed your time in the USA. How nice for your neice and nephews to have you there for their graduations! Sounds like you’ve been busy since you returned though – I’m sure your friends from Southampton loved your house and enjoyed the walks too! I am very relieved to know that your brother in law is responding well to his cancer treatment – please do keep me up to date. Thanks for writing, and I hope you enjoy the new blog with my holiday pics in it!

  16. Jill July 11, 2017 at 4:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali and Colin Happy Anniversary and much love to you both. The pic of your last evening in Gozo looks stunning. Many more happy years of marriage to you both. You deserve it such a loving couple. JillyX

    • Alison Keenan July 20, 2017 at 9:13 pm -  Reply

      Hi Jilly, and thank you very much for your kind wishes – I’ve passed them onto Colin 🙂 Enjoy the summer and please do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  17. Paula July 13, 2017 at 4:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali. Happy anniversary to you both. Just looking at your wedding photos. ( you both look very happy). Didn’t realise you got marriage on monkey island. There was a lovely film shot there called ” hope and glory” in 1987, so a while ago. About a little boy’s reminiscenses of the Second World War. Shows a lovely summerhouse on the island. Didn’t see it in your photos. It maybe not there anymore as i know the hotel has been restored since then. Hope u had a great holiday and look forward to seeing your shows on air.

    • Alison Keenan July 20, 2017 at 9:16 pm -  Reply

      Hello there Paula, thanks so much for the insight into Monkey Island! It was Olley, Kathy Tayler’s husband who told us about it, as he knew it was used for photo shoots, but I’ll have to dig the film out now and watch it. There was a summerhouse there, but it was closer to the main hotel if I remember rightly. great to hear from you, and I hope you enjoy my next blog with the holiday pics. Love Ali xx

  18. Paula July 13, 2017 at 6:43 pm -  Reply

    hi Ali happy anniversary to you both. Hope you had a really good holiday too. Just looking at your wedding photos. ( which are lovely by the way). Realise you married on monkey island. There was a film made in 1987 called hope and glory. Towards the end of the film the famil have to leave London and go to live with parents in a summerhouse on the island. It looks lovely. Don’t know if it is still there as I know renovation work has taken place since then. The film is recollections of a boy during the Second World War. It’s very interesting and based on fact. Anyway, thought you may be interested.
    Always enjoy watching your diamonique shows and always buy too much! X

  19. shirley osborne July 14, 2017 at 9:41 am -  Reply

    Hi ally nice to see you back on qvc after your lovely holiday. I have a question for you where do you buy or get all of your nice shoes you ware on qvc ? I often admire what,s on your feet as you are a very well dressed lady and very trendy for a your age . Any way thank you and hope you will reply to my question ?

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