Discover dazzling Diamonique treasures

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Looking out of the window from where I sit to write to you, I can see I need to replenish my bird table with Richard Jackson’s bird food! The sun is shining and the sky is clear and this little blue tit is making short work of the remainder of the meal worms. Mind you he’s had to fit in around the robins, starlings and wrens who were also vying for position. Good morning! What a difference the sunshine makes eh?

Lovely Glen Campbell whom I worked with yesterday night told me it was snowing in Yorkshire, and on Twitter (@alikqvc) Susannah Haigh sent me a short film of Huddersfield which was hidden under a layer of snow! Always looks so pretty but I know it can be treacherous if you’ve got to venture out.

I hope you managed to get a few of the Clearance Price coats from Centigrade. I think one of the best buys was the Coatigan, which I’ve bought for myself in the beige multi. Kathy Tayler treated herself to two I believe! If it was a super warm coat you were looking for try this one – it’s got a zip out faux fur lining and is under £43!

Yesterday was cold here, but lovely for a couple of hours, and so I went out for my walk and spotted these bouncy beasts! You need to watch it all the way through to work out what they are :).

Thanks so much for all the comments on my previous blog. Relieved to know that those of you who had been struggling with various lurgies are on the mend, and that you’d got through Christmas and out the other side. I had a lovely time with Roz and Chris, and Roz very kindly drove us to Studland Bay as I love the sea. We’d looked at the forecast and it said the sun would shine in the afternoon, but it stayed very cold and grey. That said, it didn’t stop us from walking along the beach and across the headland, and we found these beautiful snowdrops poking through the leaves, so they’d obviously had the same forecast we’d had! 🙂

We had delicious fish pie for supper that night, and sat in front of the log fire putting the world to rights. My journey there and back was simple now they’ve removed the 50 mile an hour section on the M3, and the road was clear past Stonehenge which is nothing short of a miracle!

Actually I was lucky to get to QVC Towers last night as my usually trusty car refused to start and I had to get an Uber into work. Colin’s car is at the garage having a new gearbox and clutch fitted (!) so my son Jack saved the day by driving all the way over so Colin could jumpstart the battery and then drive to pick me up at midnight when I finished – bless them both.

A treat for a Downton fan

I’m keeping everything crossed that the problem’s fixed as I’m heading down to Hampshire to accompany my sister Jenny when she takes her class to Highclere Castle tomorrow. Much as I’d love to have a nose around the Castle itself as I’m an avid Downton fan, and that’s where the series was filmed, we are spending the day looking around the Egyptian Exhibition which is on display within the cellars of the Castle.

The Castle was home to the 5th Earl of Carnarvon, who in 1922, with his friend Howard Carter, famously discovered the tomb of the Egyptian Boy Pharaoh, Tutankhamun. You may have been lucky enough to have seen the collection when it was first displayed at the British Museum in 1972, that is if you were prepared to queue alongside the 1.7 million other people who were desperate to see the outstanding treasures!

Sadly, I wasn’t one of those, but at 12 years old, I couldn’t have got there unless it was on a school trip! I missed it again in 2007 when it relocated to the O2, so I am truly excited to be seeing the treasures from the tomb of Tutankhamun. If I’m allowed to take photos I will, and then I can share them with you here.


Talking of treasures, you’re in for a treat this weekend, as we have a very special two day event entitled The Secret of Diamonique. Although it’s my favourite range of jewellery I won’t be working that weekend, but I can tell you that our buyers have worked flat out to bring you a series that will showcase the very best of Diamonique and its unparalleled quality.

You’ll find some truly original designs: a pave set Teddy Bear pendant and chain in rose gold, or how about pineapple drop earrings! There are many intricate mixed cut designs, some simply stunning solitaires, and all carry the hallmark of fabulous finishing and fine high end designs. A true testament to the very DNA of Diamonique – the look of real diamonds, set in precious metals, but at a fraction of the cost. Enjoy!

Psst…. staying with secrets, I thought I’d give you a head’s up on our Diamonique Design for February. This angel wing pendant is just stunning, but as with every one of these chosen pieces of jewellery there is a distinct point of difference. When you open the angel wings you will find a gorgeous heart with the word ‘love’ inscribed on it. Genius and perfect for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, birthdays, or just ‘I love you’ days….

I thoroughly enjoyed my Eat, Taste, Love show last night – those pies from The Real Pie Company are delicious, as was the lamb and beef and Forman smoked salmon. I’ve got another hour in the kitchen next Tuesday at 10pm, so make sure you join me as Pat and Michael from Green Seasons are definitely back then, and we’ve got a few sweet treats too.

I hope you enjoy the photos and little bit of film, and I will look forward, as always, to hearing from you.

Take care,

With my love,

Ali xxx

21 Comments

  1. Ruth January 20, 2018 at 3:07 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I love reading your posts. You should put them all together and publish them as a book. It works certainly brighten people’s lives. Your posts are always so caring, positive and informative. Just wonderful. Isn’t it cold. You walked along the beach, although I’m sure it was lovely it must have been so cold lol.

    Just a quick update on where I am now. You may rent that I was diagnosed with breast cancer 12 months ago. Treatment plan for recurrence confirmed. Radiotherapy again everyday for 4 weeks, zoladex injection EVERY month at BRI oncology for 5 years and hormone treatment for 10 years. Oncologist is as happy as he can be with plan. Chemotherapy, although preferred, breast care nurse said they didn’t want to kill me!! Other health conditions would have had a huge impact on chemo. No guarantees with any of the treatment but I leave it in God’s hands.
    I’m glad there is a plan in place now …. can now relax – sort of😌.

    I love all things sparkly so shall be in my element during the diamonique events. Sshh – don’t tell n my husband lol.

    Take care and much love

    • Alison Keenan January 22, 2018 at 5:59 pm -  Reply

      Dear Ruth, How very kind of you! I may just do that one day – put all the blogs together – because for me, it’s a kind of diary, and I have such a dreadful memory I’ve forgotten half the things I write about. So glad you enjoy them. I hadn’t forgotten though that you wrote to me about your diagnosis a year ago, and although I am so very sorry you are facing another bout of treatment, I am relieved that your oncologist is happy with what has been planned. It sounds less drastic than chemotherapy, and with your other issues, it would have been difficult for you to contend with. There are not guarantees… I was told that too… but we have to believe that this help will give us our best possible chance. Bless you for your positivity. I do very much hope you can relax now and be supported in the way they have planned. So glad you will have been able to watch the Diamonique event. I too love all things sparkly – I hope you found something to spoil yourself with. You take care too, and thanks for keeping in touch, it’s lovely to catch up. Love Ali xx

  2. Josephine Jennings January 20, 2018 at 2:53 pm -  Reply

    Look forward to the Diamonique shows.

    • Alison Keenan January 22, 2018 at 5:59 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Josephine, so glad you enjoy the jewellery as I do. I hope you found something in the shows that you liked. Love Ali x

  3. ADELE January 20, 2018 at 4:10 pm -  Reply

    Lovely pendant and hope i have a valentine who would think to treat me!! Great blog Ali and love the walk thanks for sharing your lovely pics. Always a Joy to be out and about, even virtually . XOXO

    • Alison Keenan January 22, 2018 at 6:01 pm -  Reply

      Adele, I’m in your camp on that one. Such a pretty pendant – I am sure there’s someone out there who’d love to buy it for you! 🙂 So glad you enjoy the blog – I enjoy my walks and sharing the pictures with you. I took a fab photo of the sun rays through a grey cloud today, but it was a little blurry… I’ll see if I can edit it for next time. Take care and enjoy the warmer weather. Love Ali xx

  4. Susan January 20, 2018 at 6:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, what lovely snowdrops. So lovely to see them coming up in all the gardens! Just got to bear with the rest of winter! It’s a long one this year. Hope you enjoyed your school trip. Lucky clsss!x

    • Alison Keenan January 22, 2018 at 6:02 pm -  Reply

      Dear Susan, You’re right about the snowdrops popping up all over the place. Having spotted those in Studland, I saw a few just around the corner by an apple tree. Really pretty – daffodils too! The school trip was great – I’ll let you know how I got on in the next blog. Love Ali xx

  5. Joanna Downey January 21, 2018 at 9:43 am -  Reply

    Good Morning Ali, Lovely news-filled blog as always, you have obviously been busy & I loved the photo of the snowdrops & your bouncing beasts film. Also interesting to read that the M3 has removed a 50 mile an hour section as these are an absolute pest on the M5 & they serve no apparent purpose. You asked me two questions in your last reply: I didn’t see Tallulah’s live performance as Mary but have seen it on loop – they bought a dvd & one of her most asked questions is: “Would you like to see Max as an angel?” We all know that’s Lula speak for “Shall we watch me?”. Secondly, I think Joanna Lumley is going to talk about her life, acting roles & charities. She could read out the electoral roll & I’d still be hooked. I finally feel that I’m getting over flu & the general exhaustion that follows; it’s been years since I’ve felt so ill & I imposed an exclusion zone so that I wouldn’t pass it on & only Sox was allowed near me. He was good company because he likes nothing better than lying at the bottom of an occupied bed, purring happily, he doesn’t expect any fuss & never becomes a nuisance – such a love. I hope you had a good trip to the exhibition, I find everything about ancient Egypt totally fascinating & was reading that archaeologists believe they may be close to finding the tomb of Tutankhamun’s wife – If they do it’ll be wonderful to see what’s in there & know that everything would be protected, unlike all the treasures that were plundered over the centuries. Finally, I’m delighted that I’m writing to you in 2018 because I remember so well my words to you seven years ago & even though it’s a grim, sleet-filled morning, there are always blue skies behind the grey. Love from Jo x

    • Alison Keenan January 28, 2018 at 2:23 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Jo, I must have pressed send at the wrong moment, as my reply to you has been set below Judith’s comment, and I’ve yet to write to her! Apologies, and I hope you’ve now seen it. Take care, Love Ali xx

  6. Judith Lennon January 22, 2018 at 12:39 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali
    Well yesterday we had quite a downfall of snow but this morning there’s not a trace of it!!! We have no two days the same it seems. It was lovely to see the snowdrops you posted. It always amazes me how they pop their delicate heads through the hard ground. Nature is wonderful. You were brave to take your walk on the beach it has been just too cold here to do that but it can be bracing when we chance it. Rosie my youngest granddaughter is having a picnic lunch of beans on toast after having thrashed me at snap! She takes no prisoners when she plays. I think this afternoon we will take her to soft play to rid her of some excess energy. She is I suppose a typical 4 year old! I wish she could pass it on to me. I loved all the diamonique in the blog it never fails to impress. How lovely for you to get to see Highclere. Is it as grand as I think? By visiting as an adult you don’t have to remember all you have seen to able you to answer the questions the teacher may ask!!!!! There are some positive things about growing up lol.
    Well soft play calls so I will close for now. Sending hugs and love as always. Judith xx

    • Alison Keenan January 28, 2018 at 2:36 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Judith, lovely to hear from you and to know that you too have seen the snowdrops! Daffodils attempting to make an appearance here too! You did make me laugh re Rose and the game of Snap! It’s years since I played that, but I really enjoy it. Honey has a game that’s similar and she’s already able to match things together which I think is really clever 🙂 I’m glad you enjoy the Diamonique range as much as I do – always something new there to show you which is real treat for me. Highclere was fabulous – very grand, and I’ll have the photos on the next blog – just of the outside. I hope you enjoyed Soft play – that and Messy Monkeys are fun even for us older folk! As you say, always a positive to getting older. Take care and thanks for writing. Keep in touch, love Ali xx

  7. Alison Keenan January 22, 2018 at 6:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Jo, so glad you enjoyed the blog and my bouncing beasts! I’ve not seen them since, but they made my morning 🙂 Sorry though to know it’s taken you all this time to feel human again. So glad that you didn’t have the added pressure of feeling you were letting the school down by being off, although it’s a pretty miserable start to your retirement! Sox sounds a sweetheart though, and good to have company when it’s not sensible for other folk to be near you. Thanks for letting me know about Tallulah’s performance. How funny that she suggests you watch it to see her friend, yet she actually means herself 🙂 I’m sure I was the same at that age! Even more envious of you seeing Joanne Lumley now. I agree with you about her dulcet tones – an absolute joy to listen to. The school trip was fabulous – I didn’t know about Tutankhamun’s wife’s body… He was only 12 I think when he married her and sadly their children didn’t survive. I’ll keep my ears open to find out more about the current exploration.

    And one more thing… just a thank you. You were write to tell me about the blue skies behind the grey all those years ago. It was difficult to see them sometimes, but they are always there. I know now. Take care and keep in touch, love Ali xx

  8. Alison Keenan January 22, 2018 at 6:10 pm -  Reply

    … and of course that was ‘right’ not ‘write’.. x

  9. martin forbes January 24, 2018 at 6:42 pm -  Reply

    hope you an dfamily had agood xmas an dnew year lison /i had aquiet familt xmas and new year glad it is all over dont know about you but january is such aslowmonth to pass it takes forever in pasing thank for my xma scard gla dyou got mine too .hiope your sond and daughter and you and colin are well .happy new year to you in 2018.

    • Alison Keenan January 28, 2018 at 2:37 pm -  Reply

      Dear Martin, good to hear from you and to know that you enjoyed your Christmas and New Year. You’re right, January is a very slow month, but we have my son Jack’s 25th birthday on the 2nd February so something to look forward to! I’m glad you got my card and thank you for mine. Lucy and Honey are very well as are Sam and Colin. I hope you are too, and that you’ve managed to avoid the colds and flu. Love Ali x

  10. Christine Auchterlonie January 25, 2018 at 12:58 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali…. Thank you for sharing another interesting blog with us …I love snowdrops! January I think is such an uneventful month…the weather is damp,dull and we have had a downfall of snow but fortunately didn’t last long…The garden is looking a bit sorry for itself and I await the better weather so I can get out and do a bit!! I try to watch your show every Tuesday but have has to sit on my hands 😂some lovely pieces but the Christmas bills to be paid ! I have been to the Metro Centre today with Fiona she had money from Christmas to spend and managed to purchase a couple of nice pairs of trousers albeit not in the sale …we had coffee with a cheese scone each and a good old natter .I hope all is well with you and yours and hope Colin managed to get his car fixed.I know you said you are going to Australia how exciting something to look forward to…Hope your shoulder is improving and that you are keeping well …. Look forward to your next blog and hope to see you soon at the Q with best wishes …love Chris x

    • Alison Keenan January 28, 2018 at 2:43 pm -  Reply

      Dear Chris, I think we’re all feeling much the same as you about the month of January, but it’s almost at an end, and February definitely feels more spring like! So glad you’re enjoying the Tuesday shows, and thank you for joining me on Twitter. I’ve taken a couple of weeks of to use up my leave and to see Lucy, and my mum, but Charlie will be looking after the shows for me, so you’re in for a treat! Cheese scones! Now theyre another treat. I absolutely love them, and my friend Roz bakes her own. Colin’s car is still in the garage but hopefully back on Tuesday, and we’re still trying to work out which way is best to and from Australia with several stop offs. My shoulder is improving though slowly, but other than that all good. I do hope you are ok too, and that the daffodils will join the snowdrops soon in your garden. Lovely to hear from you, and do keep in touch. Love Ali xx

  11. Christine January 27, 2018 at 6:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali Snowdrops are my favourite just love spring flowers. We got married in March and daffodils were out just reminds me of that day. It will be our ruby wedding anniversary in March. Can’t believe how time flies.

    Take care X

  12. Janet Jones February 1, 2018 at 3:33 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, sorry I haven’t replied to your blog for a while, but 2018 has not had the best start. My lovely friend passed away 2 weeks ago from the flu and double pneumonia . Her funeral is in 2 weeks time. One of my best friends was diagnosed with leukaemia, just after Christmas ,she has just had her first round of chemo. Going to visit her at the hospital, brings it all back for me and I know what she has to go through over these next few months.
    We have all had the dreaded lurgy here, which hasn’t quite cleared up yet.
    On a lighter note my family is coming down over the weekend to celebrate my birthday, my sons birthday and my grandsons birthday. I can’t wait to see them this weekend and I will count my lucky stars how blessed I am to have them in my life.

    Take care Ali speak soon love Janet xx

  13. Mairi Macleod March 7, 2018 at 8:59 am -  Reply

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