Polruan

A Cornish break and Diamonique Day news

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Hi there, and thanks so much for the lovely comments on my last blog – so pleased you enjoyed the photos. Thanks also for your often hilarious descriptions of driver’s licence photographs! In case you weren’t a party to last week’s blog, I’d been reminded to update my driver’s licence, and was mightily relieved to be able to change the ghastly photograph of myself there. Very efficient service I have to say, as it arrived just five days later! I am now in the market for changing my car – a slightly lengthier and more time-consuming process – but I think my somewhat sporty model needs to be replaced with something a tad more suited to my creaking joints! Any suggestions please post below : )

Polruan from Fowey

[Polruan from Fowey]

Luckily it was my friend Jo who drove us in her very comfortable car all the way to Polruan in Cornwall last Wednesday. I hadn’t visited this beautiful county since 2011 when we stayed just past the Devon border. It was a fair bit further this time, but luckily Jo has a sat nav, so once we were off the motorway we didn’t get lost.

A bit of a funny story there as Jo’s had her car for years, and a while back when we drove together to collect her daughter from Bath Uni, she put the sat nav on to guide us into the city. Imagine my surprise when I heard my own voice on it! I had recorded it for Alpine literally years ago and had never heard it ‘stitched’ together before. What was most surprising though was that Jo – whom I’ve known since we were 11 – hadn’t realised it was me! : ) Repeating phrases and directions kept us laughing all the way from Launceston.

Jo and her family spent all their childhood holidays in Polruan or Fowey, and when Jo married and had children of her own, they too came here. As I mentioned we’ve been friends forever, and this was very much a trip down memory lane for her. We were staying with her friend Dan, whom she met when she was 12 and he was just two. She’d broken her arm that summer so she couldn’t go swimming or waterskiing, and so she spent the entire holiday looking after Dan. His family lived in Polruan, next door to the cottage Jo’s family were renting.

Dan and his boat

Dan now has his own boat and manages a tour that takes you downriver, past the church were Demelza and Ross were married in Poldark (pictured below), and through a wonderful reedy area that was inspiration to Kenneth Grahame when he wrote Wind in the Willows!

The church that featured in Poldark

[The church that featured in Poldark the TV series – where Ross and Demelza were married]

With superb and very entertaining commentary he guided us from Polruan through Lerryn, Lostwithiel and through to Polperro where we all had fish and chips out of the paper – perfect! I took this shot as we wound our way back, arriving in Polruan around 9pm. Highly recommended and very reasonable too!

Polruan at night on our return

[Polruan at night on our return]

We were SO lucky with the weather and spent the next two days walking along the coastal paths.  This fabulous view is Lantic Bay, and this is as close to it as we were able to get as it was incredibly steep and Jo’s had three knee surgeries! We kept our eyes peeled for Ross Poldark on his horse, but were sadly disappointed : (

Lantic Bay

[Lantic Bay]

Up hill, and down dale we hiked, and the sun shone constantly. Friday was stunning and Dan took us across from Polruan to Fowey in his boat and having bought some huge sandwiches we headed off past Readymoney Cove and up onto the coast path towards Pridmouth. It’s a lovely walk and we were rewarded with a beautiful beach to sit on. It’s a good job we did all that walking because between us, we must have eaten our body weight in pasties, Cornish ice-cream and cider – bought from The Lugger pub right on the harbour in Polruan. I thought I knew most things about Jo and her life, but it was really special to spend this time with her and to relive some of her memories, and to make some new ones together too. : )

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I was back to work on Sunday when I spent an hour in the kitchen, and then two hours with Richard Jackson and friends in the garden – literally!  It was lovely to be outside for some of the time, although pretty hot with the lights as well as the sunshine! Did you see the Original Garden Broom?  It’s been a top seller for ages, and will be perfect for me to sweep around my pots! I was also really pleased to have disguised a rather ugly oil storage tank with the Garden Reflections Living Wall. Faux leaves and berries making up eight panels and providing incredible coverage! It was the TSV but I know there’s more stock available on our website – red or yellow berries!

Lots to look forward to here at QVC over the coming weeks, not least Diamonique Day on Tuesday 5th September. Charlie is launching the day and the TSV – which is a stunning and stylish watch PLUS a Diamonique tennis bracelet!  You may have seen me wearing the rose gold option last week, but there are three different colours and the styling is spot on.Diamonique 4.6ct tw Tennis Bracelet & Watch Set Subtle yet chic, practical but pretty, and when you hear the price which includes the tennis bracelet, you may well want to buy more than one! There’s lots to look forward to, among them these fabulous designs…

Diamonique 6ct tw Simulated Brazilian Paraiba Tourmaline Ring Sterling Silver 315267

[This simulated tourmaline design is a showstopper of a ring!]

Diamonique 8ct tw 3 Row Friendship Bracelet Sterling Silver 312544

[This beautiful friendship bracelet also has a modern box chain and a popular slider fastening]

I’m lucky enough to be with Charlie for our three hour finale, which if it’s anything like the last one we presented together, will be a riot! : ) Such a special day which is the culmination of months of work from our buying team, and never disappoints with stunning designs, fabulous choice and high-end finishing. I still find it impossible to see a difference between our Diamonique stones and real diamonds… what do you think?  Join us at 9pm on the 5th and be part of the party.

Something else I must mention is a brand new beauty product that makes up part of the Gatineau TSV on the 10th September.  If you love their DefiLift range then you will definitely want to try their new body oil. Used in conjunction with a body brush (that’s included) you’ll find that it really boosts the circulation, smoothing and firming the skin. Great for ageing skin (that’ll be me then!) it smells absolutely delicious, and is immensely hydrating. The DefiLift cream, Eye Contour Lift and firming Throat Gel are also part of the TSV, and you can find out more online.

Well that’s it from me for now, but I very much hope to have a competition for you next time, with a rather special prize. Please do keep in touch, and I’ll look forward to hearing about your holidays and maybe new car suggestions for me!  Until next time…

With my love,

Ali xxx

 

32 Comments

  1. Elaine sallis August 30, 2017 at 5:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali lovely blog as usual. Stunning photos. I hope you are ok. I read the blogs although don’t comment as much. Geoff struggling with his hip, hopefully having a new hip early September. Hope all well in your world and that gorgeous little Honey is ok. Love Elaine

    • Alison Keenan September 1, 2017 at 11:21 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Elaine, lovely to hear from you, and so glad that you enjoyed the blog. I’m sorry though that Geoff is still struggling with his hip and hope that his appointment for a new one will come soon this September. All’s good with results clear for the next six months. Seeing gorgeous Honey on Friday. Love to you, Ali xx

  2. Linda Finch,, August 30, 2017 at 10:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali , just watching you with the lovely Julian macdonald such lovely stuff, so glad you had a lovely holiday and a nice break in Cornwall, Simon and crew have just returned from 2 weeks in Cornwall with their caravan they were based near Helston but have been to ,Coverack, kynance cove ,Porthcurno Beach,and kennack sands beach where Harry spent the day making 54 sculptures out of the many sized pebbles on the beach surfice to say that they had a good time, we have just booked to have a weeks holiday with them in October in the new forest somewhere we haven’t been for a few years, hopefully now that John has recovered from his knee op and my knee should be fine then we will have some nice walks ,at least it will be fun if the weather is good to us ,love for now Linda F xx

    • Alison Keenan September 1, 2017 at 11:26 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Linda, Gosh I’ve not ben to Kennack Sands for yonks. I hope you took photos of the sculptures that Harry made? So glad that you have a holiday booked with then for October and because John and you will be struggling less with your knees it should be a wonderful time away. Am hoping that we can get something in the diary with Honey and Lucy for that time too – ties in with Lucy’s birthday, so that would be good. Fingers crossed for the weather eh?! Love Ali X

  3. Mary Morphy August 31, 2017 at 4:18 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison, seems ages since i wrote..15th Aug i think, which i hope you caught although it was at the end of a long list!! I have been keeping in touch with your busy life and so enjoy your writing..makes me giggle. Cannot believe that on Monday i am back to work..where has 6 weeks gone?? I have crammed it full of ‘to do’ lists and have only one job left to do which will have to wait as this week is nearly over and have simply run out of time!! I must say though that having decorated the lounge diner with daughter Chloe as my apprentice..she did a great job..it now looks fabulous and worth the extremely had work. We even hung paper on two chimney breasts..a first as my sister normally helps..and we did a great job..cannot see the join..even hubby was impressed!! We used paper that you actually dont paste, you paste the wall instead..what a revelation that it..so much easier to not have a long piece of soggy wallpaper trapped around the ladder!!
    I do feel though that i am going back to work for a rest but i have to use holiday time to get jobs done as during the working week time seems to vanish!! Still only 8 weeks until Half term and i am going away with my twin as Jack will be in Ghana, Chloe will be yomping in the Brecon Beacons for her proper D of E Gold expedition and John will be at the pub so me and the dog ate going with my sister and her dog to a little caravan park overlooking the Solent for a few days.
    Cornwall looked beautiful, such gorgeous little ports and stunning views. I loved reading about it.
    So now to finding you a car..i have been an owner of a ‘crossover’ type car for some years now..started off with a renault scenic as it was so much kinder to the back when getting kids in and out with car seats etc. I currently have a renault Captur but if i could afford it i would go for an Audi Q5, a Mercedes or a range rover..the Evoke model!! All nice and high, great vision, good for the back and perfect for grandchildren!!
    Its getting so dark now..my favourite season is approaching, Autumn. I am writing this at 4.15am..cannot sleep and its very dark..not long ago the sun was rising!!
    Looking forward to DDay..i purchased a gorgeous DMQ friendship bracelet from a sale show ladt week..it has three stones on a bar which move..its stunning and was half price so my mum has bought it for me for Christmas..it will be on my wrist Christmas day..well i need to try and get back to sleep..busy day ahead. Good luck with the car hunting. Lots of love. Mary x

    • Alison Keenan September 1, 2017 at 11:34 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Mary, I did get your comment on the last blog, and thank you for it. Bless you for your kind words and it makes me happy to know that you enjoy reading the blog and seeing the photos. It’s quite difficult sometimes to decide on what to add and what to leave out, but I’m glad you think I get the balance right 🙂 Crikey, you’ve certainly packed a huge amount into the last six weeks! Please let me know what make the wallpaper is where you paste the wall and not the paper! I fancy doing a bit of papering but fell foul of the paste and board routine when trying to cope with particularly long drop!! How lovely that you are going away with your twin while the children and hubby are otherwise occupied. Bless you for your suggestions re cars. I had a little drive in the Range Rover Evoke and loved it – rather like the idea of a Lexus saloon too! Clare Sutton drives a Q5, but I think it may be a tad large for me! I did think of a Mini but it was far too bumpy! 🙂 I’ll let you know how I go. Take care, and I hope that the return to work is more of a rest than the last six weeks have been. Love Ali x

  4. Loraine Plumb August 31, 2017 at 7:02 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison glad you had a great time with your friend Jo the scenery is lovely in Cornwall isn’t it a relaxing time for you to spend quality time . Not much going on here this week we looked after Willa last week for three days she kept us on our toes we thoroughly enjoyed it though they Clare and Geoff were at a wedding abroad . On the 8th sept we have been invited to Les,s sisters for a long weekend back on the Sunday night then from Tuesday that week we are of to a hotel near Windsor for a few days which I I told you about (always repeating myself I think ) still heaving hard for Florida next year. I finally have a doctor’s appointment on Monday about the swelling on my ankle I want to see if physio would help get it moving here’s hoping .Anyway hope Honey is well and the rest of your brood take care love Loraine x Oh by the way did you watch the BBC documentary on princess Diana There was a snippet of you when you were on this morning xx

    • Alison Keenan September 1, 2017 at 11:39 pm -  Reply

      Dear Loraine, Thanks for keeping in touch, and yes, I was contacted by the programme makers of the BBC documentary a while ago… couldn’t believe how much younger I looked, but then realised how many years it had been… Sounds like you had a wonderful time with Willa – bet she did keep you on your toes. I can’t believe I ever coped with three small children and work all at the same time! Cornwall was delightful – so glad you enjoyed the blog! Do let me know how you get on with your doctor’s appointment regarding your ankle? So frustrating when things stop you from doing what you want to do. Take care, and do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  5. Christine August 31, 2017 at 9:39 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali what a lovely blog never been there before it looks beautiful. What lovely country we live in . We go away next weekend for week hope weather is ok. Hope you are well you look good.

    Take care x

    • Alison Keenan September 1, 2017 at 11:41 pm -  Reply

      Dear Christine, so glad you enjoyed the blog. Cornwall is just stunning! I think I need to make the journey there a little more often 🙂 Fingers crossed your weekend away has fabulous weather. Love Ali xx

  6. Mandy August 31, 2017 at 2:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali! Hope you are well & settling back into work after your break. Thanks for the lovely photos, they are gorgeous & so glad you enjoyed your fish and chips. They do taste so much better in paper by the sea. I must admit we have started holidaying much more now in the UK as well as abroad. It got to the point where we knew our way around Greece more than our own country so we try & alternate now each year between home & away & have found some lovely places. Cornwall will always have a special place in my heart as it is where we used to have family holidays together. Mum & Dad used to take us to Looe & Polperro & so I have lovely memories. It is special when people share their memories with you & I am sure you were delighted to see Jos face light up as she gave you a tour of her special places. I have found another special place this year; the Isle of Wight! We finally took the plunge & went & both thoroughly enjoyed it & will definitely be returning to such a beautiful place. We were very lucky as the sun shone for us all week & it was lovely to wear shorts every day & feel the wind in my hair. They do have a lovely store called the Isle of Wight Pearl which you would love. There is beautiful jewellery to suit everyone’s pocket so I treated myself to a pretty friendship bracelet as a souvenir. They also have a replica of Princess Diana’s Elvis dress which was stunning! did catch a clip of you on Sunday night on BBC whilst watching Diana 7 days which actually brought back the emotional memories of that sad day so when I saw your face it did cheer em up! I have come home with stunning photos & lovely memories so can’t wait to return. I am looking forward to Diamonique day & love watching you & Charlie together. You are hilarious! Just to say I have the everyday tennis bracelet & wear it most days. I noticed one day that there was a stone missing!! After a phone call with a lovely chap I sent it off for repair & it has been returned as good as new so very very happy! It’s funny you mentioned Jo’s sat nav actually as my hubby commented when we were driving around the island about you being “the voice” of many sat navs & wondered if you were directing your friends & family & they were totally oblivious to the fact it was you! Have a lovely week & hope you received my card.
    Love & Hugs

    Mandy xxx

    • Alison Keenan September 1, 2017 at 11:54 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Mandy, I’m glad you enjoyed the photos and good to know that you also are enjoying holidaying more around the UK as well as abroad. You clearly are a women after my own heart, as I have so enjoyed all the holidays I’ve had in Greece too -the islands are just a joy! My mum has a secret hankering to return to the Isle of Wight, and so I’d like to make that happen for her if not this year, then the beginning of next. I too am very much looking forward to Diamonique Day with Charlie. Three hours is a long haul for any presenter, but it is always a breeze with Charlie. Not sure we can top Biscuitgate! Great to know that your tennis bracelet was repaired – customer service is excellent if I say so myself! How lovely that your hubby picked up on the sat nav. A lovely thought.. thank you for it. I will check and make sure I have received your card when I’m back at work. Thanks in advance, love Ali xx

  7. Joanna Downey August 31, 2017 at 2:19 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali, I always feel that I fold up summer on 31st August & so your Cornish blog was an absolute treat. The photos were stunning & I just love the name Readymoney Cove, & I know there’s a house overlooking it where Daphne du Maurier lived during the war so you’ve now got me dithering whether to read Rebecca or Frenchman’s Creek. The friendship you share with Jo is obviously a golden one & your sat nav story was very funny. I added a extra response in your last blog to say that you appeared, wearing your ‘This Morning’ hat, in a Diana documentary. I see that Loraine has also mentioned seeing you, as I’m a climbing widow at present the only one to share this fact with was Sox – he was impressed! I’ve got a similar broom & thoroughly recommend it; mine’s called a corn broom & it’s from the States, when I use it I feel like I’m Fizzy from Bugsy Malone & sometimes even sing his song. I’m back at school on Monday & it feels exciting to think that this won’t just be my last term but the end of going to work. Having had Colin away up his mountains for two of the six weeks & being able to do lots of catch up I know that I’ve made the right decision & that I’ll have enough to do with my time. My car recommendations are Volvo XC60 or BMW X5, totally different recommendation is Yankee’s Warm Cashmere – sublime & is perfect for the transition from summer’s floral to autumn’s spice. Love from Jo x

    • Alison Keenan September 6, 2017 at 12:50 pm -  Reply

      Dear Jo, lovely as always to hear from you, and apologies for missing your comment on the last blog. I found that by being away and turning my Ipad off I was really behind with everything when I returned – took days to catch up! I think I am in agreement with you regarding the folder of summer. That said, Friday and Saturday were extremely warm and I spent all of it in the garden. I like the sound of your Corn broom, but I don’t remember Fizzy from Bugsy Malone. The only character I remember is Alfalfa, As Sam was dressed up in character for something at school and looked amazing! The broom is brilliant for sweeping around my pots, and has been the butt of a few good jokes at work too! I’m sorry you’ve been separated from your Colin for that length of time, but it sounds as though you’ve filled your days. I guess that is always the question before considering retirement.. would I have enough to fill my days with? Clearly you do, and I think I probably would do to, but I’m still enjoying my work too much to contemplate that for a few years. Here’s to a very happy retirement to you – I am sure you will be missed. Thanks for the car recommendations – I really must pull my finger out and get mine online! I’ll have a look at the Volvo – I had a few BMW’s in the past, and I found the seats weren’t good for my back, but the 4×4 may well be different as mine were sports models. I’ll let you know how I get on, and may well order the Warm Cashmere – still burning the Clean Cotton that Colin bought for our 2nd anniversary. With love, Ali xx

  8. helen August 31, 2017 at 2:40 pm -  Reply

    Hia my lovely, such a lovely blog as usual. Pretty busy here as always. We’ve been to Menorca and out and about since we’ve been back. School starts back next week so Olivia is out with the girls making the most of the last days of freedom.

    I’ve just got in from shopping and about to make a chilli for tea, a family favourite. My daughter and I are both vegetarians so it’s a quorn special and hubby doesn’t seem to mind.

    I just can’t believe how quick time is going, summer (what we’ve had of it) is creeping slowly into Autumn as the nights are now a little chilly. I love the school holidays and forever dread the early morning ritual of the school run. I think I’m in the minority as I’ve always loved Olivia being home and a house full of her friends. Although, she is growing up quickly too. I’ve always told her that we’ve given her roots to grow and wings to fly, which she is certainly going to do next April when she goes to Florida with the school. I will miss her like crazy but I know she can’t wait.

    Your little Honey is so gorgeous, and your photos of her are such a treat. I do hope all is well with you and yours and to all the other ‘Army’ ladies. As I’ve always said, you are an inspiration to us all and many times when I’m feeling tired or overwhelmed, I think how strong you have been and my Mum, and on I go.

    Will promise to keep in touch more often, I’m neglecting my duties!!!

    Luv and hugs as always and……..keep dancing!
    Helen s

    • Alison Keenan September 6, 2017 at 12:55 pm -  Reply

      Helen bless you – my Jack bought me a plaque for the wall that has your lovely sentiment on it – I read it when I’m in need of inspiration. You are kind to say I’ve helped, and it makes me happy, as it does to read all about your lives here on the blog. I’m sure you are wondering where the years have gone since Olivia was Honey’s age – I like treasured summer holidays with a house full. It was more the boys and their mates as Lucy was out shopping or at other folk’s houses! Florida will be a treat though, and it’s always lovely when they get home again – favourite meals made and all that… I had a vegetable chilli last night before my 3 hour Diamonique show with Charlie – it was delicious! So glad you feel able to keep in touch a little more – we’ve missed you :0 Love Ali xx

  9. Valerie Kelly August 31, 2017 at 8:09 pm -  Reply

    Thanks for a really lovely blog Alison. Your holiday in Cornwall sounded really sublime. Took me back to when I last visited, a long time ago. It was 1995 and my Dad had passed away earlier in the year – it was one of those wonderful breaks that you always remember. My father was in my thoughts all the time and we played Vaughan William’s The Lark Ascending as we travelled round the Cornish countryside.
    Am really looking forward to Diamonique day next week. I have so many pieces – it’s really addictive !
    love from
    Val x

    • Alison Keenan September 6, 2017 at 12:57 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Val, thank you so much for sharing the memories of your Dad with us, and the special time you had in Cornwall. Jo lost her mum, dad and her 44 year old brother within three years, and so our trip away was very much a time to reflect and remember too. So glad you liked the photos and I hope that one day you may be able to go back there and enjoy. Talking of enjoying, nice to know that you were with Charlie and I last night for our Diamonique Finale. We did have fun – as always – and I thought the range of jewellery was magnificent. Addictive it most certainly is – I can’t imagine how many pieces from the range I know own! Love Ali xx

  10. Marilyn Jones August 31, 2017 at 8:14 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali
    So pleased you enjoyed Cornwall
    I am a Cornish maid
    Born in Falmouth and living In Truro for the last 30years
    Will be no doubt purchasing the watch/braclet and Gatineau tsvs
    God bless x

    • Alison Keenan September 6, 2017 at 12:59 pm -  Reply

      Dear Marilyn, how wonderful for you to live so close to the sea, and to have stayed there all that time. From the age of 20 I seem to have travelled around quite a lot, although we really enjoy living in Berkshire at present. I do hope you enjoyed our Diamonique Day and will also treat yourself to the Gatineau TSV – the oil is sublime! Love Ali x

  11. Susan September 1, 2017 at 5:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    What beautiful photos of Cornwall and you and jo are such elegant ladies! Lovely photo of jo at her old house. Glad you enjoyed good weather. It seems the SE had the best again. Better than Europe! Is lucy back to school now? Did they get away in the summer or holiday at home with honey?x

    • Alison Keenan September 6, 2017 at 1:02 pm -  Reply

      So glad you liked the photos Susan, and thank you for the compliments! I will pass them on to Jo. We did have a great time, and were definitely blessed with the weather. It sounds as though things have changed quite dramatically in Europe following the heatwave – sorry if you got caught up in that. Lucy went back to school last Friday, and yes she and Honey went away several times with friends, and her Dad and other family in the Midlands. She did though stay here with us too on several occasions which was lovely. We’ve decided on a break together in half term, as she’s less tied with other commitments then. Thanks for writing to me, love Ali x

  12. Jennifer Gray September 2, 2017 at 3:53 pm -  Reply

    I am also a Cornish maid through and through. I would like to recommend the Nissan Quashcai, it is my favourite car.

    • Alison Keenan September 6, 2017 at 1:03 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Jennifer! Lovely to know you hail from such a lovely part of the world! You’re not the first person to recommend the Nissan – it’s on my list! Thank you so much, love Ali xx

  13. Christine Auchterlonie September 4, 2017 at 12:44 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali…. Lovely photos of your break away with your friend….we had a holiday in Cornwall many years ago and I remember well some of the lovely places we visited including Fowey …such a long drive from the North East … We also visited The Eden Project and the Lost Gardens of Heligan….. Great memories….Simon and the girls are back from Canada having had the most fab time…Vancouver…Alberta and then on to Toronto some great photos from Horse riding…canoeing …to Kicking Horse Mountain … up a glacier…some lovely restaurants and fab food they have had a great time….Fiona completed the Loch Lomond swim in just over an hour they had a great weekend too …well I think the summer is over the trees in the garden are beginning to shed their leaves and the nights are closing in …. thank goodness for QVC 😂😂looking forward to diamonique on Tuesday and I see you and Charlie are together again….Whoopee… always entertaining …I hope you and yours are keeping well …till next time …with love Chris x

    • Alison Keenan September 6, 2017 at 1:06 pm -  Reply

      Gosh Chris, that is one heck of a long drive from the North East to Fowey. It was nearly five hours to get home to Berkshire from Polruan! So glad Simon and the girls are back, and have managed to visit you and share their memories. It sounds as though they had a wonderful time. My late father who travelled extensively, said it was his all time favourite place to visit. Tell well Fiona well done from me for her swim – I’m glad they had a good weekend together. My friend’s neice swam the channel last Thursday which I though was awesome! I hope you enjoyed the Diamonique Finale with Charlie and I? We did have a hoot as always. We’re keeping well this end, and glad to know you are too. Take care Chris, love Ali xx

  14. Karen Jenkins September 4, 2017 at 12:46 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, been catching up with your blogs, feel so pleased for you reading them you sound genuinely happy and contented, it cheers me up no end. That little Honey is such a gem, her little face just makes me smile.
    At the moment I am in limbo as my oncologist has decided to stop my chemo because it had been making me rather ill the last few cycles and, being palliative, it should give me quality of life not take it away. I have 6 weeks off to see if it will make a difference and to give my body time to recover, then a scan and then a review. it has been 3 weeks now and I must say that I am feeling better in myself physically but it is a bit of a strain mentally as the chemo has been my crutch for over 2 years and now it has stopped I am feeling rather lost, apprehensive and a little bit frightened to be honest. After having the main tumour removed from my spine 16 months ago the remaining cancer has been stable so without the chemo who knows ? all I can do is hope, as your ‘ I hope ‘ ring on my finger keeps reminding me to do, and try to stay as positive as possible. Until I get the results of the scan I really don’t know what the next step will be so cross your fingers for me, I will keep you posted.
    I am looking forward to seeing your new jewellery designs and to your diamonique show with Charlie. I just watched the Kipling show and really wanted the fab kipling bag & matching pouches for breast cancer, would love them as I am a huge kipling fan but a bit out of my range at the moment as I would also like the diamonique bracelet that you mentioned . It is absolutely fantastic how qvc contribute so much to breast cancer care, can’t thank them enough.
    Well I think you must have had enough of me rabbiting on now so I will finish by wishing you the best of everything and to thank you for thinking about me Ali, you are one of the special people that keep me going. Take care, will be in touch soon. Love as always, Karen xx

    • Alison Keenan September 6, 2017 at 1:13 pm -  Reply

      My dear Karen, you’ve been in my thoughts since the last time you wrote, and I am sorry to know that you’ve been struggling with the treatment. I have to say that I am humbled by your bravery and know that in your position I would probably feel the same. It is all about the quality of life, and feeling well enough to do what you would choose to do. I also understand in some ways your apprehension about not being on chemo… Sounds daft probably to those who’ve not been there, but it is most definitely a crutch. You are within a system, you are supported and constantly monitored, and although the side effects are often difficult, you know it is working against the cancer. I have everything crossed for you and am hoping that you won’t have to wait long for your results and that they will be positive. The best thing is that you are feeling better in yourself physically but perhaps contact BCC and talk to a counsellor about your anxiety. You know they will understand. So glad the “I Hope” ring is helping… You know that I am hoping against hope that things will get easier for you… I think we will be releasing the new I HOPE pendant in October in time for the beginning of the month, but I’ll be previewing it here first. We have over the years raised millions of pounds for Breast Cancer Care with the customers help, and I have always been a staunch supporter- way before I was ever diagnosed. I will keep you in my thoughts, and thank you so much for staying in touch even though things have obviously been difficult for you. Lean on those who love you and stay strong – sending you a hug and my love, Ali xx

  15. Denise September 4, 2017 at 7:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I was so envious reading about your break in Cornwall it sounds like you had a wonderful time. It seems to be such a different world down there you almost feel like you are in a different country. The boat trip sounds amazing and I’d love to do that.
    I’m looking forward to Diamonique Day and I especially like the look of those friendship bracelets so I’ll look out for those. I was also interested in the Gatineau TSV. It’s a range I haven’t tried but the body brush and firming lotion caught my attention as I’ve been body brushing for about 18 months now and can certainly tell a difference I even take it away with me.
    We had a great time on our break to Liverpool so much so that we have decided to return for my special Birthday at the end of the month along with son,daughter in law and baby. The day after we come back I am going to a 70s night with the friends I go to Zumba with and also my sister in law and daughter in law. Then the following week another very good friend is taking me for a Champagne Afternoon tea at a lovely local hotel so I have an exciting time ahead. After that we are looking to book a holiday somewhere warm to relax and recharge our
    batteries – can’t wait!
    Love Denise xx

    • Alison Keenan September 6, 2017 at 1:16 pm -  Reply

      Crikey Denise, it sounds as though you are going to be caught up in a social whirl of some magnitude this birthday! Good on you! 🙂 Great to be taking your son and family back to Liverpool next time – I loved my time there on The Dock for This Morning. Enjoy the festivities and many happy returns of your special day. I hope you enjoyed Diamonique Day too – Charlie and I had a giggle as we always do. I’ll see you when I present the TSV from Gatineau, and will be interested to know what you think of their body oil if you try it. The smell is sublime! Enjoy your week, love Ali xx

  16. Judith lennon September 5, 2017 at 8:17 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali
    I’ve had a busy old day today working from home and trying to,get up to date before my holidays. I am gradually backing out of our business as I feel it’s time for some one else to take over. Hopefully by the end of September I will be retired! My grand children keep me busy so I won’t be twiddling my fingers. I loved the photos of Cornwall. We spent many happy holidays there with the children when they were little and would love to go back one day. The grandchildren are back in their routines with their various activities and guess who is back to school pickup tomorrow? Katie loves coming home with us for tea and Rosie our youngest spends Mondays with us. She is like a battery on overcharge as she never stops talking and expecting us to be the same!!!!! Happy days. I wouldn’t change them for anything. Well Ali I’m off for a nice soak in the bath and an early night. Until next time take care and love and hugs as always. Judith xx

    • Alison Keenan September 6, 2017 at 1:20 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Judith, So glad you enjoyed the photos of Cornwall – I think it should be first on your list of places to visit once you retire. It sounds as though you will definitely be able to fill your time and in the nicest way possible for your grandchildren and yourself. School pick ups are always a treat when it’s nanny driving, and I’m sure Katie loves her time with you. Great that you have Rosie on a Monday too – I wish I lived a little nearer to Lucy but will be with her and Honey tomorrow night and then all day Friday. I may be able to do a little more once she’s older which would be nice. You take care, and thank you for keeping in touch, love Ali x

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