Breast Cancer Care, Colin’s music and Diamonique treats

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Ali, Jo, Lemar and AndreaTime just seems to have run away with me over the last week, and what with working a few extra days and having a couple of family days too, I see we are nearly at the end of British Summer time!!

Before any more time passes, I really wanted to thank you ALL for making last Wednesday such a fabulous event. Not just the HUGE amount of money that was raised, but also for all your calls and comments throughout the night. Jules and Dale did a brilliant job and Miceal was amazing in the phone room (Clare of course actually taking the calls), while Will and my lovely editor Bry were at the heart of it all, keeping all you avid Facebook and Twitter fans in the loop :)


Ali with editor Bry and Will Lemar in the QVC studios

It was lovely to see Andrea McClean again, and Joe Swash was really sweet too. As for Lemar – what a voice! And such a nice man. I know that Breast Cancer Care were blown away by our total of £380,000, which added to all the money they had raised at the Fashion Show means that the much needed services they provide are safe for at least another year. Thank you all!

Baby Ethan sleepingIn between all that I had a family lunch with my stepdaughter Becky, husband Mark and Ethan again, and Sam and Jack joined us too. Lucy was at a wedding, but Colin managed to sneak away from work for a day, and he and Mark discussed music and played their guitars, while we all entertained little Ethan, who was fighting a dreadful cold, but rallied until tiredness took over – bless!

Thank you all so much for your enquiries about Colin's music. I'm sorry that I didn't include the link in my last blog but wanted to dedicate a decent amount of space to it rather than squeeze it in at the end!

The album is a mix of Country Songs, hence the title 'I Think I've Gone Country' and all the songs are fabulous stories which he wrote the lyrics and music for. The first track on the album is called 'Stone Rolling Home' which he wrote for me – how great is that?! Oh and a love song called 'I'm Easy' – which isn't what it suggests (!) but is lovely :)

He began writing a couple of summers ago now, but with work and life generally, it's taken a while to bring the whole thing together. He worked with a number of other musicians on some of the tracks, but he sings and plays guitar on them all. He is self taught – his mum and dad bought him a guitar when he was about 15 and his love affair with music began.

Infact – and this is a true story – being a Watford boy, he played gigs in and around the town and was approached one night and asked to play bass for a band that were picking up a lot of work. "Who are they?" he enquired…"Wham" they said…."No way am I playing for a band called Wham!" he replied…!! :) There's a video of one of the tracks for you to watch too if you'd like – oh, and guess who the girl is perched on the fence?! :) I hope you enjoy – do let me know what you think. You can find it here on their band website.

Still waiting for news on the house – finally got the survey back and need further investigations, so keeping everything crossed. That said, feeling a little sad as the sheep are back in the field opposite and when I move, I won't see the lambs in the spring, but I guess I can always come back and visit.
Well, I must change out of my Carole Hochman snuggly leisure suit and get dressed for work. Busy day today, but excited already about Friday – Diamonique Day!! I have three hours with you, and have chosen the most beautiful multi strand tennis bracelet as my favourite piece, which believe me was no mean feat when you see what else is coming up on the day.

I hope that you are staying warm in this rather damp cold weather, and can raise a smile – as I did – remembering the full page article, with photos, in the Daily Mail last Thursday, writing of our promised Indian Summer this week with temperatures in the 70s and wall to wall sunshine… journalistic licence I guess, or maybe just wishful thinking! :)

Oh, and one final thing – I thought you might like to read this lovely article which appeared in the Beds On Sunday – I wouldn't want you to think I didn't appreciate you all :)

You take care, and I will look forward – as I always do – to reading about your week! With love, Ali xx

45 Comments

  1. Babs lincsxxx October 24, 2012 at 12:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali What a lovely blog. I know there was some about breast cancer but mostly about family life which said to me your life is getting back to normality, that is great. I love family get togethers, yours sounded lovely and little Ethen just “put the icing on the cake”, what a beautiful baby. I listened to and watched Colin’s video, about 8 times, it’s a great song also he’s a great singer, is the girl on the fence you? Moving home is a nightmare, hope the weather is still snowless when you finally move,i don’t like winter, i’m a summer girl. I reckon i am a SAD person, the winter weather seems to switch me off.As i write this blog the weather is miserable here , cold, dank and wet. I’m going to put christmas presents away now but i will soon be getting them out and wrapping them. Love to you, Colin and your family xxxxx ps I can see why you’ve fallen for Colin, lucky you.x

  2. Babs lincsxxx October 24, 2012 at 12:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali pps Not only lucky you , lucky Colin babs xx

  3. Mrs Janet Jones October 24, 2012 at 6:25 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali you have been a busy girl. The photo of Ethan is adorable, what a little Angel. My grandchild (it still seems strange saying that!)is due February 18th and I am getting more excited by the day!!So far so good for mum and baby and long may that continue.
    I, like you couldn’t watch much of Stand up to Cancer it was too upsetting.So glad they raised so much money, and we are continuing to do so in the shops, can’t wait to hear the final total.Please God we do find the Cure for Cancer a.s.a.p !!!
    What a talented man your Colin is and how lovely he wrote a couple of songs just for you. Sorry to hear there has been a delay in your house move, I will keep my fingers crossed that you will be in before Christmas.I will watch you on diamonique day last time I bought the lovely heart bracelet.
    Well must write off, am sorting the front bedroom out for a special little person and we are off the see Michael McIntyre and hopefully we are going to a firework display at the weekend all 4 of us plus bump.
    Please pass my best wishes onto Amica and you take care Ali, speak soon love Janet xx

  4. Lin Dezulian October 24, 2012 at 8:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Fantastic article, you are as I have said before an inspiration to people who have been diagnosed with cancer.
    Your positivity is infectious lets hope its a epidemic for all, thanks for the inspiration.
    Lin

  5. Joanna Downey October 25, 2012 at 7:03 am -  Reply

    Hello Ali, Loved the Beds on Sunday article, it made me cry and smile; we’re all so proud of you and your indomitable spirit. I thought the BCC fundraising evening was the best ever, I got several Christmas gifts and aim to finish getting the rest next week when we’re on half-term holiday. Like you I can’t believe that it’s almost the end of British Summer time (what Summer?) and it’s been a dreary few days here in the West Mids. Col has been climbing in Scotland and has had “Mediterranean blue skies, golden leaves and air so clear it was like Champagne”, I responded to that text as positively as I could! Looking forward to Diamonique Day, along with many others my first QVC purchase was from this range. In fact you’ve sold me quite a number including one that is size of a small country – your description – and the bezel set ring from your return show last Autumn that I wear every day. I would imagine that Friday will see yet another addition perhaps to compliment the Honora TSV… Ethan looks gorgeous and your Colin sounds pretty good too, fancy giving away the Wham opportunity but that’s life as they say. Final comment – Col’s response when he saw your Biker Chick look “What a girl and what legs”. Love from Jo whose legs don’t get comments like that.x

  6. mary morphy October 25, 2012 at 7:21 am -  Reply

    Good morning Ali from a damp Westgate and thank you once again for a marvellous blog..I do hope you were able to read my last blog as I didnt see a responce however I must thank you for taking the time out of your incredibly busy schedule for allowing us all to share your week and replying personally to our responses. You must have the organisation skills of a sergeant major, when on earth do you find the time!
    Thanks to your last blog I am now visualising Colin in a pair of very skimpy speedos with an orange tan lying by a pool singing Club Tropicana or better still, bouncing around on a well lit stage with a ‘Choose Life’ T-shirt on singing ‘Wake me up before you Go Go’! Oh what could have been!
    How wonderful and Roamantic of him to write some music for you. Truly a special thing but the name of the song did make me chuckle as did you, Miss Ali, bearing your leopard print slim pants (like you need them!) on TV yesterday during an ubderwear show. I loved them..your dress was fab too. However what made me laugh the most was your handling of the red baby doll and thong…you were professional personified with your careful description and who it would be suited for..great viewing and cheered me up as I had come home from work poorly!!
    I hope the weather is cheering up where you are..today the fog has finally lifted after three days and we can now seen the houses opposite. its been awful and plays havoc with my hair!!
    Half term break for us all next week and me, my twin, my two kids, my other sister and her two boys are all off to a Hoseasons Park in Silloth near Carlisle for a week..a long trek from Westgate so we are leaving after the kids finish school tonmorrow and heading for Manchester to stay with a frind then up to Silloth on Saturday. We are forecast an exceptionally cold week with snow showers…fabulous! We are only a hour from Scotland so will be having a day there plus lots of walks in the hills of the Lake District. Mt sisters dog Phoebe, a very soppy, lazy English Bull Terrier is coming so no doubt will be having her stubborn moments when she no longer wants to walk. But it will be great for us all to spendd some quality time together.
    One thing before I get ready for work..QVC WELL DONE. The Breast Cancer Care show was amazing. You all looked incredible. I donated on JUst Giving for you and bought loads..
    Oh and another thing..Ethan is adorable!
    Have a lovely week. Lots of Love xxx

  7. angela white October 25, 2012 at 2:48 pm -  Reply

    hi ali! you alright? what a lovely blog again,you have been a busy girl!i watched the bcc show and thought it was great and hopefully the money raised will help to a end of this dreadful disease read your beds on sunday article it was brilliant especially the end “do as your told!” i think i may have said that to you! your colin is great-what a voice! as for being in wham well never mind! wasnt to be was it? well its another birthday next wednesday it doesnt seem 5 minutes since the last one!! we are going for a meal again with our friends on saturday and steve has next week off so hopefully get some jobs done on extension-mainly kitchen units!!!! my sister is going to see les mis this weekend and she said you had said take plenty of tissues! take care ali, love to you and family x

  8. eda munro October 25, 2012 at 8:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Super aricle and a great track from the CD.Just watched Debbie’s video of her speech at the bcc evening.How fabulous!Not only are you an inspiration to cancer sufferers but to all of us going through hard times.Your positivity is amazing and I always feel tons better after reading your blogs.I shall definitely be buying Colin’s CD.Hope all the tracks are as good as this one.
    Love,
    Ednax

  9. Sue Radford October 26, 2012 at 12:57 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Congratulations on the fund raising!! I wasn’t able to tune in on the night, but you were in my thoughts and so was lovely Amica and all the other women and men.
    Just listened to some of Colin’s tracks – they were fantastic! How nice is that – having a few tracks dedicated to you, and to have featured on one of the tracks too. Country and Western music is a real favourite of mine, not just the music element, but I love listening to the lyrics as they tell such interesting stories, which I find so interesting and fascinating. I must say Colin has a great voice. My late brother’s son is a talented muscian (he’s also self taught). He dedicated a song to my brother, and every time I hear it I can’t help having a little cry as it’s so touching – my brother would have been so proud of him as he loved music so much too.
    Well let’s hope we don’t have a severe winter this year – even though I love all the seasons, I must admit summer (when we have one) is my favourite. I don’t mind any season really, as long as we don’t have continuous rain – that really drives me mad LOL!
    Hope all goes well with your house move – it will be so exciting to move in before Christmas. We are deciding to downsize now that there’s only two of us. We built our house 9yrs ago. It’s a very special house to us as we put so much work into it ourselves – it will be a sad day the day we move out, but it’s only bricks and mortar.
    How cute is little Ethan Ali – really gorgeous – hope he’s recovered from his cold – I hate to see little babies feeling under the weather.
    Rattled on far too long LOL!
    Take care, and carry on enjoying enjoying.
    Love from Sue Radford xx

  10. alison keenan October 26, 2012 at 12:48 pm -  Reply

    My dear mary, I am so sorry that I didn’t reply to your lovely comment last week – I think it just slipped off the radar – and clearly my foolproof method of not missing anyone failed me! I was glad thought that having treated yourself to a few things you have now furnished your husband with a Christmas list, and I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you when it come to the Lulu Guiness bag – I did indeed treat myself to the last TSV! I hope very much that your aunt is now safely settled in the care home, and that your mum was delighted with the Garden Clearance! You have such a busy life, and so I hope very much that this weekend’s trip to the Hoseasons Park in Silloth will be fun! It does sound a long way to travel and I will pray that if it does snow, it won’t settle! I hope too that your family, children and even Phoebe make the very best of being together, and it’s a shame you don’t have Colin’s CD to keep you company on the long drive :) I read your comment out to him last night, and he cracked up at the thought of the speedo’s never mind the orange tan! My house move is now moving full speed ahead so we may be packing boxes in the next couple of weeks – can’t quite believe it, but exciting too. Drive carefully, have a wonderful time and keep in touch :) Love Ali xx

  11. alison keenan October 26, 2012 at 12:55 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Jo, and I’m so glad you liked the article – Judy was a really nice lady, and I enjoyed talking to her. Delighted too that you enjoyed our 3 hour fundraiser and managed to get through and buy a few gifts – the response and the total made us all feel incredibly grateful, so thank you for taking part. Well done for ‘curbing your enthusiasm’ when hearing all about your Colin’s mountain climbing….not sure I would have been as polite, and I think he should definitely throw a few compliments your way as I still have the photo you sent to me, and he’s a lucky man!! :) Just finishing off here before heading into work and it’s nice to know you’ll be the other side of the camera at 5pm. Do call in if you can – it’d be lovely to actually ‘speak’ with you. With love Ali xx

  12. alison keenan October 26, 2012 at 12:57 pm -  Reply

    Lin, thank you very much for taking the time out to write back to me, and as I have mentioned before, writing to you has been very cathartic and I am just delighted that so many people have found the blogs to be a help when in similar situations. Have a wonderful weekend, love Ali xx

  13. alison keenan October 26, 2012 at 1:02 pm -  Reply

    Dear Janet – a February baby! Same month as my Jack – who will be 20 next year can you believe! I am so glad to hear mum is doing well, and that you are already making room in your life and home for the new arrival :) Happy days…. I hope you enjoyed Michael McIntyre and will have a fab fireworks display. Do call in if you get a mo this evening – I’m on at 5pm, 6pm and 8pm. It would be great to actually talk to you! Love Ali xx

  14. alison keenan October 26, 2012 at 1:06 pm -  Reply

    Dear Babs, Lovely to hear from you and I’m so glad you have enjoyed the video and the songs – yes the girl on the fence is me (in my wig!) and I told Colin what you wrote which he thanks you for! We’ve just got the final hiccough sorted re the house, and so the move is on – it may well be the end of November beginning of December, so fingers crossed it won’t be snowing – although it was the day I moved in here almost two years ago… I’m like you – definitely a summer girl, but as long as I stay warm in the winter I quite like the clear frosty mornings too :) I hope you have a great weekend, and thank you again for writing to me, love Ali xx

  15. Rhona Fenton October 26, 2012 at 3:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, yet again what a lovely blog:) it was a fantastic night as always, and well done to everyone who helped make it such an amazing event:) as always you looked stunning and I loved your dress:) I alway’s laugh when someone is on QVC, as she has the same name as my older sister Andrea McLean except she doesnt design Diamonique:( can’t wait to hear colins music will do that later when I have more time but will let you know for sure what I think! Hope you got my email? I finally got a moment to write to you yippee:) and it will answer the reason why it has taken me so long, sorry! hope you, colin and all the family are well? enjoy your extra hour in bed this sunday:) hard to think christmas is just around the corner, my house at the moment is full off Halloween decorations taken me 3 day’s and this is not my holiday it’s the girls, to which our Alison is coming over on sunday to see them all with her friends and there little boy, just finished putting up an 8ft spider the things we do for our kids eh? my holiday is next you should see the house then ha ha!! will let you know about colins music asap:) enjoy the weekend keep strong Alison love to you all Rhona xx

  16. Linda October 27, 2012 at 1:06 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, Amazing lady, once again you stop me in my tracks. When thing don’t seem to be going right, I look at your blogs and think what a strong woman to come through all this in the last eighteen months, always an inspiration, know your family and friends keep you goin too (what would we do without them eh).Watched you on diamonque day you look AB FAB
    Love Linda

  17. Elaine sallis October 29, 2012 at 12:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    What a lovely blog. Ethan is gorgeous. Molly is now six weeks old and is smiling she is a delight.
    I have my first day looking after Molly and Poppy together next Monday so wish me luck. Not sure how colic and the terrible twos mix. Will I have enough hands?
    Hope all is still going well with the house move how lucky are you to be moving in with a man who can serenade you every night!
    Lots of love
    Elaine

  18. Magda Chetty October 29, 2012 at 1:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    You looked amazing on BCC night, and as always you are an inspiration to so many of us. But to me you are much more, first sorry for not writing for awhile, the last few month had so much ups and downs for me I did not want to write about my pains.
    But every time I was down I watched you on QVC and knew that things will get better, and thank God Iam much better now, and for being there I thank you from my heart.
    The good news is last month I went on a cruise with 2 dear girlfriends, who made sure i had the best week of my life.
    And 2 weeks ago I had my 6 month check up and all is ok.
    Stay well, keep happy and remember that you mean the world to us, and iam sure all the army ladies agree with me on that.
    Much love.
    Magda.

  19. Susan October 29, 2012 at 6:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Fabulous blog and photos. Thank you! And really enjoyed your and Amica’s BCC moments. You’re both precious. I just read about Bernie Nolan’s cancer having returned and it is in her liver, lungs and brain. She’s amazing. So positive even though I’m sure behind it it is not so true. You and Lucy looked gorgeous by the way at Dickie’s wedding. Stunning dresses and shoes! As always! Hope the house move goes well. You can let us know!
    Take care for now,
    Susan x

  20. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen October 29, 2012 at 6:27 pm -  Reply

    hi alison hope you are well iam nat bad.
    hope you enjoyed your extra hour on sunday i did

  21. Norma Smithson October 29, 2012 at 8:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali sorry I’m a bit late with our chat, Harold and I have both been ill with lung infections, but thanks to steroids and strong antibiotic’s I’m back on to top form and so is Harold. How peaceful Ethan looks laying asleep, no worries just needs cuddles and lots of love. Can we buy Colin’s cd yet, have listened to it and it’s smashing, the music is excellant but the words Ali, it’s like poetry set to music. So glad that we raised so much money on QVC, it seems to get better each year, and great that the companies join in so generously. I thought about you today when I was buying items for my youngest grandson’s birthday cake which I am making, he’s going to be eight at the weekend and he lights up our lives when he comes to see us, nothing fancy Grandma just one of your smashing choc cakes with all the trimmings, so that’s my job this weekend. I’m sure your free time is hectic Ali, but whatever you are doing take care. Lots of Love Norma xx

  22. alison keenan November 1, 2012 at 12:41 pm -  Reply

    Y’am awright thanks Angela! :) Glad you’ve enjoyed the blog and the Beds on Sunday piece – I enjoyed writing both, and like you was thrilled with the amount raised for BCC. Gosh I can’t believe your birthday has come around again so quickly. Do enjoy your meal out and your time with Steve – fingers crossed the kitchen will occupy him otherwise! I am sure your sister will enjoy Les Mis, but she will definitely need a large hankie or tissues. Just about to leave for work – Kim and time in the Kitchen with the Ninja and Jilly – good times :) Have a lovely weekend, love Ali xx

  23. alison keenan November 1, 2012 at 12:45 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Edna, and thanks so much for listening to Colin’s music – it seems as though you all love it as much as me! :) I will ask my editor to make a list of all those wishing to purchase with your e mail addresses, and get in touch. I’m glad you heard Deb’s speech too – I listened again to it just the other day, and feel very lucky to be able to call her my friend. HAve a great weekend, love Ali xx

  24. alison keenan November 1, 2012 at 12:48 pm -  Reply

    Dear Sue, So good to hear from you and I have told colin how much you like his music and he is thrilled with the response! I was so sorry to hear about your brother but how wonderful to hear that his son is keeping his spirit alive with the music he writes and performs… very touching. It’s always difficult making a move isn’t it, but although i am sure your house is just the way you like it, anywhere can become a home with the right people in it :) Hope the weather picks up for the weekend. Do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  25. alison keenan November 1, 2012 at 12:50 pm -  Reply

    Rhona, thanks for your mail, I just don’t seem to have a moment to reply, but it was great to get all your news. Sadly the extra hour in bed disappeared with the launch, when in reality I didn’t finish til 3am! Still it was fun to do all the Christmasy things :) I do hope your Halloween celebration goes well and that Sunday lunch with Alison and her friends is fun. I know how much you enjoy Christmas, and that is moving ever nearer – so good luck with the decorations this year! I do hope you enjoy Colin’s music, and will look forward to hearing from you, love Ali xx

  26. alison keenan November 1, 2012 at 12:53 pm -  Reply

    Dear Linda, I hope that all the things in your life that are a little tricky for you at the moment will sort themselves out and that your lovely friends will keep you smiling. As you say, what would we do without them eh? Thank you for your kind words… I have a few wobbly days too, but coming into work and being with everyone invariably sorts me out :) Glad you enjoyed Diamonique Day – it was a new dress and VERY comfortable – thanks for the compliment :) HAve a good and hopefully warmish weekend, love Ali xx

  27. alison keenan November 1, 2012 at 12:55 pm -  Reply

    Oh Elaine, how gorgeous for you. Christmas is going to be so special with both Molly and Poppy. I hope it goes well for you on Monday – I’m sure you’ll have a ball! House move still shifting forwards in the right gear so will keep you posted… and yes, we have had some lovely evenings in with Colin and his guitar :) I’m very lucky. Take care, and love to you and yours, Ali xx

  28. alison keenan November 1, 2012 at 12:57 pm -  Reply

    Magda that is just the best news! So wonderful to hear that your recent check up was clear… have lost two friends in the family over the last couple of weeks, and so it was lovely to hear that all is well with you. The cruise sounds great – nothing better than special time with your friends eh? (Well maybe with your husband :)!! You stay well and keep happy too, and thank you as always for keeping in touch with me, love Ali xx

  29. alison keenan November 1, 2012 at 12:59 pm -  Reply

    Dear Susan, I am so glad that you enjoyed the BCC night – Amica and I and also Debbie and Frances (the catwalk models) all were spoiled rotton and it was easy when we were all together and being supported in such a way to be very positive :) Ooooh, not sure who my picture is with at Dickie’s wedding, but it wasn’t my Lucy – she was at another wedding!! I will definitely let you know how the house move goes. Have a great weekend, love Ali xx

  30. alison keenan November 1, 2012 at 1:01 pm -  Reply

    Oh and Susan, I just reread your blog and hadn’t realised about Bernie Nolan…. I remember meeting her last year at the BCC Fashion Show…. how devastating for her and the family… I very much hope and pray the treatment they will be giving her will keep her on the right track….and yes I’m sure she will be worried – Cancer is not just a disease of the body, but of the mind too…. praying for a cure xxx

  31. alison keenan November 1, 2012 at 1:02 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Martin, glad all is good with you. Yes I did indeed enjoy the extra hour especially as I’d been out the night before with Colin’s family and it was a late one! Love Ali x

  32. alison keenan November 1, 2012 at 1:04 pm -  Reply

    Dear Norma just about to rush out and into work, but wanted to say that I hope you have a lovely weekend with your grandson – I am CERTAIN he will love the cake! Chocolate – all boys love a chocolate cake. I will make sure my editor gets your e mail address so that I can get a CD to you asap – Colin was delighted you both enjoyed the music. Take care, Love Ali xx

  33. Susan November 1, 2012 at 9:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    How funny that I thought it was Lucy with you! You’ll have to tell me who it is instead!! I am sorry yu hadn’t heard about Bernie Nolan. Tragic. And so sorry to read about your friends’ of the family. As you say cancer is a disease of the mind too. But then I think any disease affects the mind too. We have illness, job insecurities and the rest as well and yes any of the previous get to you at times. I espcially find it tough when it is so cold and heating is so expensive. It helps if you can get away a couple of times a year but alas no such luck. Times have got to change soon don’t you think?! I pray for that also.
    Enjoy your weekend, and as always you are looking radiant.
    Susan x

  34. Rhona Fenton November 2, 2012 at 1:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, HE IS GOOOOOOOOOD!! wow congratulate Colin on his music for me please, really enjoyed that:) and is the girl on the fence you? thats my guess:) you must be so proud off Colin everytime you hear him sing and play:) I know what I am like watching my son in law Keith, and Rebecca’s boyfriend also who too is in a band we are all teary eyed with our men seeing them sing and play:) thank you for sharing Colins music with us Alison, really did enjoy that, well worth the wait, now all I need is his autograph:) hope everyone is well? and thank you we did have a lovely time at Halloween, and they plan to come back for the next holiday:) my Colin had little Aiden on his motorbike, not going by the way, Aiden was so excited, Colin said he has booked his first lesson for when his big toe can reach the ground, he’s only 5, while to wait yet eh? hope you all have a lovely weekend, and love love love your hair Alison really nice:) love to you and yours from me and mine xx

  35. Sue Jennings November 2, 2012 at 8:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali…what a great blog…the article was fab and don’t worry we all know how much we mean to you and as ive said before I’m proud to be one of ” Ali’s Army” . I’ve just listened to Colin’s track and I love it …also the girl on the fence seemed very familiar xx I want to buy the CD …Have a great weekend ….take care speak soon xx.
    Sue Jennings

  36. Nusrat Jaan November 4, 2012 at 12:22 am -  Reply

    Dear Alison,
    You’re an amazing example of determination, perseverance in the face of adversity; I admire your courage and wish you all the good health and joy in the world. Nusrat Jaan

  37. Sue Jennings November 4, 2012 at 5:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali ….just read the article which was fab and I’m sure we all know how much we mean to you…as I’m sure you know how much you mean to us (think I created a tongue twister then) lol…I’ve also just listened to Colin’s track and I love it and the girl on the fence seems very familiar xx I would like to buy the CD…I hope you are enjoying your extra hours on QVC because I’m loving having you in my living room more (don’t do too much though)… Take care speak again soon sending love and hugs to you and Amica xxx
    Sue Jennings
    Warrington

  38. alison keenan November 5, 2012 at 5:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susan, been thinking of you as the temperatures fall, and hope that you’re keeping warm…. It might sound trite, but I have been living in the Carole Hochman plush fleece top and trousers. Haven’t needed to put the heating on until a lot later cos it’s so warm! As you say, things need to change generally, so let’s hope 2013 will be an easier year all round. Love Ali xx

  39. alison keenan November 6, 2012 at 9:06 am -  Reply

    Dear Susan, I’m still not sure which picture it is of me at Dickie’s wedding!! There was one where I was sitting with Julia Roberts and her man Chris, but quite a few were taken that day :) It was such a lovely wedding! I am thinking of you this morning as it is so frosty, and hoping you are warm. Just seen some kind of app for your phone which will enable you to control the heating when you’re not home if you haven’t got a timer! Clever idea – but then they’ve had to come up with something to try and cheer us having raised the prices so high! :) Yes, I had a lovely weekend, and I hope you did too. Take care, love Ali xx

  40. alison keenan November 6, 2012 at 9:10 am -  Reply

    Dear Rhona, thanks for the swift response! I knew you’d like the music, and I’ve passed your comments onto Colin who is mighty pleased :) If you’d like a CD, just let me know and we can sort it – there are quite a number of you now who are interested which is so gratifying after all the hard work he put into it. Have you had any snow yet? We’ve just had a heck of a frost here this morning, but the sheep opposite are still chewing away on the grass where the sun has melted the ice :) Love to you, Colin, Aiden and the crew! Ali xx

  41. alison keenan November 6, 2012 at 9:11 am -  Reply

    Hello Sue, and I am glad that you had chance to listen to the track and also to read the article – wanted you all to see in print what I have been saying all this time :D And yes, the girl on the fence is me – wearing my old wig. My hair’s getting pretty long now though, but I’m running out of ideas and hairspray, so may need to have a trim! Enjoy your week, love Ali xx

  42. alison keenan November 6, 2012 at 9:13 am -  Reply

    Nusrat, how very kind of you :) You’ve just got to keep on looking forwards, it’s the only way, and much easier when there are things to do, and people to spend the time with – oh and all of you to write to as well!! Have a great week, Love Ali xx

  43. alison keenan November 6, 2012 at 9:15 am -  Reply

    Hi there Sue, Yes it is indeed me on the fence – somewhat precariously balanced – and wearing my wig! We were very lucky with the weather, and he filmed it literally just about 100 yards from where the cottage is – such a pretty location here. Am loving your tongue teaser, and thank you for the sentiment… very much appreciated. I am planning to speak to our editorial team today and try to get a list of those who want to buy the CD as I can them mail you individually and sort out addresses etc. I hope you have a great week, and thank you as always for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  44. alison keenan November 6, 2012 at 9:20 am -  Reply

    Norma just wanted to say I’m relieved you have managed to shift the lung infection. Nasty things, and bad when both you and Harold were ill with it. I hope you’ve both had a flu jab, and will avoid any further nasties :) Take care and have a good week – oh, and I hope the birthday went well. Love Ali xx

  45. Rhona Fenton November 6, 2012 at 7:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, I would love colins CD, I have been on line trying to find where to buy it but no luck:( should have though to ask you silly me, just let me know how to get a hold off the CD would love to hear more off his music:) I was telling my Alison last night as she was here for bonfire night, so told her all about Colins music, so big thank you to you for asking me if I wanted one a BIG yes please!! I have already found myself singing along to his music, you can tell Colin that from me, in fact for most off that day:) yes we did have snow took me a while thought someone was burning something and it was ash passing my window when the penny dropped, then turned to a blizzard, this was a few days before halloween, not funny too early:( but we have just been having frost since but a change on mild again, yeah for how long? hope everyone is well and hear from you soon love Rhona xx

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