Colin and I on our anniversary trip

Celebrations all round!

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I’m actually writing this on board a Boeing 737 returning to Gatwick from the Costa del Sol! Colin and I snuck away in search of the sun for our anniversary, and were lucky to have a couple of corkers in between some unseasonal storms – hot sunny days I mean!

Actually, we had a bit of a moment at the airport when, having very carefully decanted all my favourite beauty products into small bottles for my hand luggage, it was made very clear to me that I was only allowed one plastic bag full, and it had to be the same size as the tiny bags they give you!

Being made to choose between my Elemis, Decleor, Gatineau and Philip Kingsley (never mind all my make-up brands) was purgatory… but then I remembered the sunshine!

Colin and I on holiday

It was very last minute and a complete spoiley, particularly as on Saturday as I’d had to dodge hailstones at home as big as bullets!

Thank you so much for all the anniversary cards, tweets and Facebook messages you sent and posted. They meant a great deal and reminded us both just how lucky we are to have such a large number of lovely friends and family!

Anniversary cards

In fact, this last couple of weeks have been all about our family as, in between working, I’ve managed to cram in my mum’s belated 80th birthday celebrations, our wedding anniversary, Rae’s baby shower, and Honey’s first steps!

I’ve written 32 chapters of my book and have been taken on by an editor, so I feel like it’s really going to happen now – although, I still have quite a bit of writing to do.

Also, I’ve got a fair few holiday destinations to pick from thanks to all of your thoughtful suggestions! Seems a bit cheeky talking of going away again when I’m just on my way back from our brief sojourn to the sun, but after a lot of thought, we’ve have decided, and I’ll tell where you in a moment.

There were no snap decisions either when my sister Jenny and I decided to plan the special two day treat for mum’s big birthday. She was actually 80 last July, but as Colin and I were away on our honeymoon at the time we weren’t able to celebrate with her properly.

Jenny and I took her to Venice ten years ago, but she’s not able to travel that far now so we decided we’d arrange something closer to home. We had initially considered the Isle of Wight, but logistically it was a bit tricky and so, after much deliberation, this is what we came up with to fill our two and half days together…

We began with dinner on Tuesday at an Italian restaurant I found in Bray. Owned by the Caldesi family, who are originally from the Amalfi Coast, their menu includes not just traditional Italian fare but their own family recipes.

They also run Italian cookery courses, so it was no surprise to find out the food was delicious, and they even had photos of Venice on the walls, which brought back some lovely memories for us all. Mum was thrilled to be presented with her pudding on a personally decorated plate.

Mum at the restaurantThe following morning, the sun came out just long enough for us to truly enjoy our short riverboat trip along the Thames in Windsor. Mum was born and brought up in Chalfont St Peter and had made many trips there when she was a child, so she really appreciated the sentiment.

Boat trip in Windsor

After a light lunch at home Colin very kindly drove us into London, where we enjoyed a fabulous cream tea at The Wolsely on Piccadilly.

Afternoon tea

Tea at the WolseleyIt was a good job it had been a light lunch, as this is what we were presented with!

I was relieved I wore my Onjenu London dress with the ruching across the tummy as (having eaten my entire body weight in carbohydrates, cream and cake) I could barely move!

The three of us ambled down Piccadilly and made a visit to Fortnum and Mason before hailing a cab to take us to King’s Cross Station. We weren’t travelling anywhere, this was our final destination, as Jenny had booked theatre tickets for The Railway Children!

As children, we’d watched the film with mum, and felt sure that it was something she’d love. The production company have very cleverly staged the show at the back of the station and the entire play takes part on two platforms with a track running between them.

At one point a real full-size steam train puffs its way into the theatre, and is just one of the many very clever scene stealers that make it such a memorable show.

We all equally enjoyed it and even cried at the end; just as we had done all those years ago watching Jenny Agutter as she sees her father through the mist.

Colin then drove back into town to pick us up, which was great as we were all exhausted!

As I had to work the following evening, we’d decided to take mum to Waddesden Manor during the day. It’s an incredibly beautiful country house built by the Baron Ferdinand de Rothschild to display his outstanding collection of artwork. It’s about an hours drive away from where I live and I’d been there with Jenny, Linda and Colin some years before, but mum hadn’t ever seen it.

Jenny kindly did the driving and, amazingly, we had sunshine pretty much all day – which was definitely a Billy-bonus! I was sorry to see them go but I have all these wonderful memories, and we’re hoping to get together again once Jenny breaks up from school in the summer.

I’ve enjoyed a fair few fashion hours over the last fortnight, including Kim & Co, Atthony Designs, Yong Kim and Nina Leonard. In fact these labels were just some of the clothes I chose to bring with me on this holiday, including my Skechers – which I wouldn’t be without. So comfortable! I’ve got an entire collection of them at home and a whole hour with some new designs this Sunday at 3pm – do join me!

My daughter-in-law Rae has replaced her five inch heels for Skechers, as being pregnant she can’t risk teetering around in them. She told me she can’t even see her feet any more! She’d actually decided against a baby shower but her sister Lily said she thought we girls should do something for her to celebrate the imminent arrival and so, along with Vicky and Lucy who came down for the day, we all went for a cream tea! Yes another one!

It was such a laugh, and so exciting to think that within a few weeks I will be able to hold my second granddaughter in my arms… I feel truly blessed.

Talking of blessings, little Honey is doing so well, and actually walked a few steps the other day! I went with her and Lucy to Messy Monkeys which was great fun. I know there’s been an enormous uptake of colouring books for adults, but quite frankly rolling around in porridge oats, walking in wet paint, and sifting through straw is far more fun! I’m sure it would catch on!

Honey playing

Elemis Beauty Pick of the MonthMy regular Diamonique show is taking a break tonight as Ali Young will be spoiling you all with a three-hour beauty extravaganza from 9pm tonight. She’s bound to be featuring our Beauty Product of the Month for the final time, and if you haven’t already got it, I’d highly recommend you do.

Elemis’ Super Food Facial Oil, is literally a feast for the skin, and you can use it with any other brand of skincare too. I use it at night with Gatineau’s Aromessence Iris Super Serum.

I’m going to be with Judith Williams the hour before, and then have something really special for you at midnight…. Here’s a clue…

A special Today's Special Value

I loved reading about all your holidays, and thank you for sharing some truly moving memories. I know how hard it must be to no longer have someone to spend your free time with or if the memories of being with them are still too raw for you to want to travel. It made me realise even more keenly just how lucky I am to be able to have Colin with me, and how fortunate we both are to get away as often as we do.

It was really difficult to choose but it was actually the lovely Keeley Aydin from Elemis who swayed me, and so we are heading to North Cyprus in August and staying not far from where she lives. She has offered to show us around some of the beautiful sights there, which is really kind, and it’ll be great to have time with her when we’re not working!

Well, the Captain’s just told the crew to prepare for landing, so I’ve got to shut my iPad down, but I’ll look forward – as always – to hearing all your news and will write back to you as soon as I can.

I look forward to your company whenever you can make it,

With love,
Ali x

35 Comments

  1. PATRICIA MELLOR June 30, 2016 at 7:28 pm -  Reply

    Enjoyed reading your blog and the film The Railway Children is a brilliant film. Nearer the end of the film if i remember rightly there’s two little girls sat on a wall. One is my sister in law and her sister when they were only a few years old!! The film was filmed near to where we live. Take care.

    • Alison Keenan July 4, 2016 at 7:20 am -  Reply

      Hello there Patricia – what a claim to fame!!! I do remember the end of the film incredibly well, and what a lovely thing to be involved in. Did either of them go on to become actors? What a beautiful part of the country for you to live in. Have a great week, and thanks for writing, love Ali xx

  2. Loraine Plumb June 30, 2016 at 8:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison hope your break was nice did you stay in marbella Puerto banus area we did a couple of years ago very nice also had a long weekend near benalmedina area . Yes baby Willa is doing great she’s watching everything now and more interesting in august Clare and geoff are taking her to skiathos where they got married a Greek man they know owns a small hotel there and he gave them free accommodation for a wedding present so they are finally going to use it 3 years later . Elton John was good albeit the weather was terrible we were all wet through outdoor concert but nevertheless we enjoyed it some people were annoyed because he got whisked away in a private helicopter afterwards and they had to queue in cars to get out so silly he’s hardly going to line up with everyone else is he the support act was good too an Irish artist called foy Vance he did a prince tribute and also his own material so all in all a brilliant night. Anyway lots to look forward to we have a week of end of July having some outside work done and new carpets upstairs then our holiday to lake garda end of august and our son Gary and his girlfriend are coming with us to see Motown the musical in September he is like me really like the music it’s at the Shaftesbury theatre unfortunately Clare and geoff can’t make it oh well I think that’s it for now like you said sometimes it’s easy to forget how fortunate we are just wish my mum was around to share it all like yours she looks really well best wishes to you and Colin and your family love Loraine xx

    • Alison Keenan July 4, 2016 at 7:24 am -  Reply

      Hi there Loraine, we actually stayed in Estapone which was lovely, but promised ourselves we’d return another time for longer and then visit Peurto Banus – sounds very swish! I’m glad that Willa is doing so well – it’s incredible how quickly they grow isn’t it?! Lucky Clare and Geogg – Skiathos is stunning. I stayed there years ago and the weather was stunning. How kind of their friend to offer them free accommodation. So sorry you had appalling weather for Elton John, but I agree with you the choice of a helicopter of queuing in a car when you are minted, isn’t exactly a difficult one! :) Sounds like you have a busy summer ahead but all positive. Nice to crack on with the house, and I always think new carpet makes a room. Enjoy Lake Garda, and I know you’ll love the musical. I took Colin to see it for his birthday just last week. The music and two lead actors are incredible. Take care, and thanks as always for keeping in touch. Love Ali xx

  3. Margaret Upton July 1, 2016 at 11:19 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    I thought you were looking nicely tanned yesterday evening, congratulations on your Anniversary, the holiday in Spain looked so nice and I loved your orange top, great colour to set off a tan and such a pretty style.
    The trip to see The Railway Children sounds really special and realistic.
    We used to go to Northern Cyprus every June, we stayed in a place called Oscars not far from Kyrenia , there was a main hotel and a selection of small self catering apartments near a pool, which is where we stayed, a couple of years ago the apartments were changed, they took out the little kitchens and fridges so any water or drinks would have to be bought in the hotel, we always eat out in the evening but like a home from home during the day.
    Does Keeley live near Kyrenia or is it nearer Famagusta, it is very beautiful there.
    We now go to Turkey staying around the Calish Beach area, which isn’t far from Oludenez (spelling?) where you stayed I think?
    Enjoy your Cyprus holiday it’s a lovely Island.

    Love Maggie
    xx

    • alison keenan July 6, 2016 at 8:51 pm -  Reply

      Hello Maggie, and thanks for getting in touch. The orange top is one that Lucy bought for me and enables me to go flat chested on one side as the frill hides my uneveness! She chose the leggings for me too! She’s always had a great eye though. Nice to know that you recommend the part of Cyprus we will be staying in. The hotel we’ve booked has recently had a refurb and Keely said that she and the family have eaten there and it’s good food! She’s closer to Kyrenia I believe, and says it’s very beautiful. We’re both looking forward very much to it. You will really enjoy your Turkish holiday – make sure you take a boat trip! They are such fun and give you a really good look at the coastline. Let me know how you get on, love Ali xx

  4. Pauline Wilson July 1, 2016 at 2:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali Northern Cyprus is a beautiful place been there a couple of times stayed in Catalkoy and Bellapais and we hired a car for a few days and found it easy to travel around Kyrenia was also lovely to wander around the little cobbled streets shopping. I’m sure you and Colin will thoroughly enjoy it especially if you have someone to show you around incidentally we stayed at The Malpas hotel in Catalkoy the same one Julia Roberts stayed in a couple of years ago it was beautiful but a little out of the way. August temperatures get very hot so you should be in for some fantastic weather enjoy and I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the place when you return. Oh and good luck with the rest of your book.

    • alison keenan July 6, 2016 at 8:54 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Pauline, and thanks for the insider info on Catalkoy and Bellapais. I think Colin and I will definitely hire a car too, and we love exploring new places so thanks for the heads up. Keely has warned us that the temperatures will be in the 40’s, which will certainly be a contrast to the weather here, although today has been pretty warm! I finished another chapter of my book on Monday, but have now got a virus in my computer, so I’m a little loathe to use it until that’s fixed. I have saved everything on an external memory stick though, so hopefully all is well. Do hope you’ve seen the sunshine today, Love Ali xx

  5. Susan July 1, 2016 at 3:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Well I’ve never read a blog written in a Boeing before! What a treat to go away for a few days like that. Lovely to do to celebrate your anniversary. I’m sure you can’t believe it’s been a year since your big day! And how honey has grown. Is Lucy back to work now? It’s lovely you have another baby on the way too. Busy in your family! Anne is having a fun busy time too isn’t she! I love you two. I’m not sure I’m feeling more settled about Brexit btw but it is what it is and we have to hope someone has a plan to make it work. It can cause such divides all this political stuff so we have to accept and respect our differences I think. Let’s hope we all do that! Enjoy your weekend xx

    • alison keenan July 6, 2016 at 8:58 pm -  Reply

      Susan, it seems impossible a year has passed since our wedding, but then I felt much the same about Honey’s first birthday! I’ve never written a blog in a Boeing before, but it was a relatively short journey, and I can never get to sleep on a plane! I saw Anne just the other day, and although we rarely have time together, we always get on like a house on fire. Do hope all is well in your world, and that you maybe have something nice planned for the summer? Thanks for writing to me, love Ali x

  6. Susan July 1, 2016 at 3:55 pm -  Reply

    Ps doesn’t your mum look so pretty in the photos above! Happy birthday!

    • alison keenan July 6, 2016 at 8:58 pm -  Reply

      … She does indeed, and hard to believe that she’s 81 now! X

  7. Irene July 1, 2016 at 5:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    Congratulations on your first Wedding Anniversary and I cannot believe it is a year ago since your special day, I thought how well you looked when I saw you on QVC last night and a break and some lovely warm sunshine does everyone the world of good which is more than we are having here at the moment it never seems to stop raining down here on the south coast and where has our summer gone ? You mention Bray quite a few times and I remember you having had your Wedding at monkey island which brought back very fond memories of my courting days as my husband and me used to visit Bray and monkey island they are both as you will know in a lovely area It’s wonderful your Grandaughter has taken her first steps and also waiting for your next grandchild to be born such special times in our life and I hope all goes well. Lovely family pictures of your family Colin and you look so happy and you seem to have a very special husband who adores you. Take care and keep well Love Irene xx

    • alison keenan July 6, 2016 at 9:02 pm -  Reply

      Dear Irene, so lovely to hear about your memories of Bray, and how romantic your times were there. Monkey Island closed at the end of last year, and we weren’t at all sure what was to happen to it, but Colin spotted a notice in our village saying that they have planning permission to refurb it. I’m so glad as there’s a lot of history there, and it’s such a beautiful spot. You’re right about my relationship with the sun… it always makes me feel good to have had some time in the warm, and I love having a tan, and am very thank ful we have so many self-tanning products to choose from here at QVC! I’m hoping that wherever you live on the South Coast that you will be blessed with some sunshine this summer – it’ll be all the better for the wait I’m sure. Take care and stay well too, love Ali xx

  8. Julie Griffiths July 1, 2016 at 6:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I’ve never posted a blog to u before but always read all your blogs. Your truly amazing. Enjoy life as much as possible is my motto. I know your man is in a band, well my hubby & I go to as many concerts of our favourite bands as possible. Well we’ve just seen 3 bands in a week. We went to Birmingham first to see ‘Rainbow’ with Richie Blackmore. Then over to Manchester to see Don Henley from The Eagles. We’ve followed them for years & seen them about 8 times live in concert. We were saddened at the recent death of Glen Frey their lead singer. When we found out Don was doing a solo gig well it was a must. Amazing is all I can say. Then last night we saw Heart back in Manchester. So it’s been a blast from the past. Enjoy your hols in Cyprus. And keep ROCKIN!!! Love from Julie……The Rock Chick!!!!!!!xxxxxx

    • alison keenan July 6, 2016 at 9:08 pm -  Reply

      Dear Julie, I am so chuffed that you’ve chosen this blog as your first to respond to, and with such great news of your ‘gig’ list! I would love to have seen Don Henley from the Eagles as I have always been a fan of their music. I’m sure he was just as good as a solo artist too. Colin and I went to see Motown the Musical recently, but Corinne Bailey Rae is on our wish list.. her new album came out in May, but I’m not sure if she’s touring yet. I hope you have a great summer, hear many more fabulous bands, and keep on rockin!!! Love Ali xx

  9. Judith Lennon July 2, 2016 at 8:33 am -  Reply

    Morning Ali
    Soo enjoyed your blog and was pleased you managed to get away for your anniversary. Where does the time go? Your mum looks really happy to be with her girls and it was obvious she was enjoying herself. The photos of little Honey bring back so many memories of my two little ones. I love playing messy games with them and so what if they get dirty. There is always the bath to clean them up! I do hope you book up your next holiday for Cyprus. Although I have never visited the north my husband and I love the rest of the island and have visited many times. I am sure you will love it. The people are lovely and you have the best of green spaces and beaches to visit. I have been busy this week recovering the cushions of my sun loungers. Don’t laugh I haven’t used them this year but hopefully the summer will eventually appear. They are so comfortable I didn’t want to dispose of them. As replacements couldn’t be found I set to with the sewing machine. Talk about wrestle with them. A bit like changing the duvet covers on the bed. However I am well pleased with the result. Now the sun has to make an appearance. Well I’ve twittered on long enough so will close for now. Take care as always. Love and hugs. Judith xx

    • alison keenan July 6, 2016 at 9:10 pm -  Reply

      My dear Judith, how good to hear from you, and I’m so glad you enjoyed reading the blog – it was fun to write, and got us back from the sun to soggy Gatwick! My dad’s last holiday ever was to South Cyprus, and he loved it, and so I am glad to hear that you too have fond memories of holidays past there. I take my hat off to you for recovering your sun loungers. I won’t laugh, as I know how expensive the new ones are, and I’m sure you’ve done a corking job with them. Long may the sun last for you to relax on them! Love Ali xx

  10. Mary Morphy July 3, 2016 at 6:37 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison..i nipped my last blog in lust before you wrote this so hope you have managed to read it. I love reading all about your family; they are so important and especially our mums! Funjily enough my suster and i took my mum out yesterday morning as the sun was sort of shining in between very fluffy grey clouds!! Sge can only walk a very short distance but there is a cafe she likes on the Manston Airfield site so off we went and sge was delighted when the offer of a crispy bacon roll was mentioned. A busy week again but topped with my daughter’s prom on Friday evening..i cried, she looked stunning as did all the girls ..they have all grown up so quickly where has 16 years gone? She has her charity haircut tomorrow, i am so proud of her as although she is only having 10 inches off its a massive thing for Chlo but at a sponsorship total of £900 she will be able to get at least two wigs weaved and her hair will be put into three wigs. She will send me the filmed chop off as i am at school. She is then off to Andalucia on Tuesday with her bestie Jess as Hess’ grandparents live out there. A great relax for them after their GCSE exams. Meanwhile i have two bedrooms to decorate; Jack has agreed to swap bedrooms with Chloe as his is bigger..she has so much stuff! I am also running a sweet stall at the school fayre on 15th July so ordered Calici Cottage fudge by the dozen..ordered from them direct as not in stock at Q at the mo. I gave made a dew up i had in the cupboard and bagged them up and made cocinut ice yesterday. Well the sun is out which neans cricket today will not be cancelled. I am helping with the tea but hoping to snatch some sun! Excuse the typing..my eyes wont open properly this morning.
    Have a gtreat week. Mary xx

    • alison keenan July 6, 2016 at 9:14 pm -  Reply

      HI there Mary, yes, I saw it and have replied to you too. I hope that things have quietened down just a little for you and that your sister is getting her mobility back. To be honest I’d walk over hot coals for a crispy bacon roll! Thank you so much for sending me the photographs of your Chloe… she looks so grown up, and it was a very brave thing that she did. I have finally got my new bank card back having had my old one ‘scammed’ last Saturday while in London. I normally keep it in my purse with my RFID protectors, but took it out to use The Tube, and kept it in my pocket! Anyways, I will now be able to sponsor her. Coconut Ice! Wow! it’s been years since I ate any of that let alone made it. Peppermint creams were a firm favourite too! I hope that you’ll be able to have a few days rest before you tackle both of the bedrooms – buy up a supply of sweets at your school fayre, so that you can save them when you require much needed energy! I hope you too have a great week, and thanks as always for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  11. TINA S July 3, 2016 at 6:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Many congratulations on your first wedding anniversary. Time really flies by the older we get! Hope you had a wonderful time on your hol’s. We went to Marbella some years back. We missed out on seeing Richard Geer as he had been there the week before at some big car lauch. I must say though these days I prefer going to Pembrokeshire. Hope to go somewhere in September.
    Hope you are all well. Lovely to see your photos.
    All the best, Tina S. (S. Wales) x

    • alison keenan July 6, 2016 at 9:17 pm -  Reply

      Tina, thank you! We had a lovely couple of days and it felt like a proper break. We didn’t get to see Marbella, but if Richard Gere had been there I would have insisted!!! I had a huge crush on him when he was in Yanks all those years ago.. I am sure Pembrokeshire looks lovely at this time of the year, and I hope that you will get to spend some time there in September maybe? Hope all is well with you and yours,
      Love Ali xx

  12. Alison Stott July 3, 2016 at 6:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, Enjoy reading your Blogs, I was introduced to QVC many years ago by my mum, she loved qvc and also at the outlet shop in warrington, she has got me and my sisters into lots of different products over the years, Sadly she passed away last week she had been battling cancer and of course we are all devastated, but Ali you were her favorite presenter (and mine) she thought you were wonderful, enjoy life to the full make lots of memories, family is everything xxx

    • Alison Keenan July 5, 2016 at 10:47 pm -  Reply

      My dear Alison, thank you so much for taking time out at this very sad time to write to me. I am so sorry to her of your mum’s passing and can only begin to imagine how difficult things are for you and your sisters. I am so flattered to think that she enjoyed the hours she spent with me, and I would like to send you all my love, and hope that the great memories and good times you mention will keep you strong when everything else seems such a struggle. Please do keep in touch, with love, Ali xxx

  13. Joanna Downey July 4, 2016 at 6:32 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali, How lovely to have an anniversary break in the middle of all those cream teas! Your photo with your mum and Jenny is gorgeous. I’m not going to do my usual War & Peace reply; life hasn’t been particularly rosy lately with the latest disaster being the news that Ellie and Dave’s house move has stalled due to the selfish actions of someone higher up the chain. Because they don’t want to start all over again they have decided to still sell their house which makes them homeless from the end of this week. Having written all that self pity I would just like to send my sympathy and best wishes to Alison who wrote about her mum – hold on to the happy memories and the support of those who love you. Blue skies and sunshine to all. Love from Jo xx

    • alison keenan July 12, 2016 at 8:18 pm -  Reply

      Jo I am sorry to hear about Ellie and Dave’s spoiled plans. Hopefully they will find another property they like just as much if not more, and if they are renting in the interim, then to be a cash buyer is a very good thing. I’m sure Alison will see your kind wishes and words… life can be very hard at times for any number of different reasons, and as you say, we must try to hold on to the happy memories. Take care Jo, and I look forward to hearing from you on my next blog. Love Ali xx

  14. Denise July 4, 2016 at 9:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, so jealous of your trip to Costa del Sol! It looks fab and great to squeeze in a last minute trip. You have been a busy lady recently how do you find time to write 32 chapters?!! It sounds like you had a wonderful time with your mum for her Birthday with some lovely surprises. I especially like the sound of the Afternoon tea and The Railway Children. I adored the film and I’ve been wondering whether my nephew would be interested in going to see it I know for certain his mother (my sis in law) would as they live in an old Victorian railway cottage overlooking a railway line!
    I was in London myself last week as I was lucky enough to get tickets for Wimbledon. I’ve never been before so it was a dream come true and was so excited. Sadly on the day we were hit by the rain and saw less than an hours action but we had a fabulous day and I definitely hope to go again next year. I was a big fan of tennis before but now I’ve been I’m even more addicted to it and can’t drag myself away from the action on TV. I think Andy Murray is in with a good chance of winning now – I certainly hope so.
    Messy Monkeys sounds great fun It must be great to act like a child again and I’m sure Honey has a ball.
    Love Denise xx

    • alison keenan July 12, 2016 at 8:24 pm -  Reply

      Dear Denise, lovely to hear from you and your Wimbledon prediction came true! Well done to you and Mr Murray! :) I’m so sorry though that you – like me five years ago – were caught out by the miserable weather. That said, I think you get to see even more with the incredible TV coverage! Hopefully you’ll get the chance to go again next year. And talking of trips, I’m sure your sister in law and her son would love to see The Railway Children. Most of us some kind of connection with the story, and it really is brilliantly executed. I’m trying to write whenever I can, and weirdly these blogs have been really helpful in reminding me of the timeline! There’s a fair bit I’d forgotten thanks to chemo brain, but it’s all coming together nicely. My editor is working on the first draft, so I think there’ll be a fair bit of work to be done when she returns it. I am enjoying it, although sometimes it’s a little difficult reliving certain episodes from those years. I do hope you have a holiday to look forward to, or maybe a few day trips? Let’s pray the weather improves for the rest of this month – I needed my wellingtons to walk across the lawn today! Love Ali xx

  15. Jean Daly July 6, 2016 at 12:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    I hope you had a lovely short break, you certainly look very well. Is the Ingenue dress you are wearing in the photograph with your mum & sister still available at QVC? It is a lovely photo of the three of you. Take care & best wishes Jean xx

    • alison keenan July 12, 2016 at 8:25 pm -  Reply

      Dear Jean, Thank you for taking the time out to write. I’ve had a look for you, but I’m sorry to say the Ingenue dress I’m wearing in this photo is no longer available! They do have many other prints though in the same style and fabric, so maybe have a quick look on our website? Good luck! Love Ali xx

  16. Christine Auchterlonie July 7, 2016 at 12:53 am -  Reply

    Hello Ali…. Another very interesting blog full of lovely pictures and happy days…. Cute pictures of lovely Honey … She has beautiful eyes… And lovely anniversary pictures of your time away with Colin …lucky you…. I’m still awaiting the summer weather here in the North East a few days of lovely sunshine would be very welcome.It was Fiona’s birthday last week she is 35 I can’t believe it sometimes … We had a lovely meal out to celebrate dodging the rain of course and then on Saturday she completed the Salford Quays swim in Manchester …two swims down and one to go…Loch Lomond in August .Next week she is going to France on her holidays for two weeks …no doubt you will be looking forward to your hols in August …I’m just watching you with Glen trying on the ballet shoes… Thinking my grandaughter would love them…I was watching her on Saturday in her ballet and tap competitions she did very well ..just wait till Honey starts dancing ! I hope the weather improves soon in the meantime I hope all is well with you and yours….until next time with love Chris x

  17. alison keenan July 12, 2016 at 8:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Chris, lovely to hear all your news, and I am glad that you enjoyed the blog! Yes, Colin and I had a lovely time and the sunshine was most welcome – we’ve certainly seen precious little of it except in the evenings here in the South! Your Fiona is an inspiration! Salford Quays must have been exhausting, and I just hope that it will be warmer by August for her Loch Lomond challenge! The little ballet shoes we were selling were beautiful – I’m sure your daughter would love them if we have any left. I seem to remember they were on last clicks! We had Honey to stay on Saturday and she did indeed do some dance which I’ve filmed! I’m going to see if I can get it onto my next blog. Wishing you sunshine in the North East, and happy days ahead, love Ali xxx

  18. Lynn July 15, 2016 at 3:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali congratulations on your first wedding Anniversary I cannot believe it’s a year time seems to go so quickly. Hope you had a lovely holiday.
    Love Lynn x

  19. Dorothy Young August 13, 2016 at 12:23 am -  Reply

    Hi alison pleased to hear all your news about your family celebrations, when you mentioned that your mum was born in chalfont st Peter it reminded me that my cousin’s husband was born there and lived in a house called the retreat where a Tesco has now been built apparently. His family had the first hackney cabs many moons ago. My cousin was considerably older than me may I add lol. Enjoy your holiday to north Cyprus look forward to your blog. Safe travelling xxxx

  20. chris kent September 7, 2016 at 7:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison i saw you in windsor last year before your wedding and told you how lovely you look and still do i saw one of your repeat sketchers shows this morning you had a stunning greyish mauvey plain dress on you looked great could you please tell me what qvc dress it is please i love it thank you xx

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