Down Under – Part 2, Tasmania


Ali with Colin, Robyn and Phil at Cradle MountainWell I am glad that you've enjoyed the first installment of my Antipodean trip, and as always thank you for your lovely comments :) I'm glad that the photos particularly have brought back some happy memories of your own holidays half way around the world.

As promised, I thought we'd venture off to Tasmania this week – roughly an hour and a half's flight from Sydney, and not in New Zealand, as I'm ashamed to say I first thought!

I had also imagined our mode of transport to be a little bi plane with propellors, window boxes and an outside toilet, but no, it was all mod cons, and Colin and I slept most of the way, having been up at the crack of dawn to get to the airport!

Paradise with blue skiesWe flew into Launceston, which is to the north of the island, and as the plane banked around and the clouds parted, we saw the most beautiful countryside with wide open plains and mountains in the background. It was a balmy 25 degrees as we stepped off the plane – far warmer than Sydney – and we were met the other side of the barrier by Colin's brother Phil.  

Phil's lived in Tasmania for well over 20 years – he and his wife visited for a holiday and never came home! He is a fascinating man who has travelled to many countries, but is a mine of information about Tasmania and the people who live there.

Rather than heading home – which is in a little village called Kimberley – Phil drove us to the Woolmers Estate which is a beautiful stately home owned by the Archer Family. Their outstanding work with the Australian Convict system has made this beautiful building and its grounds a World Heritage Site. The sun beat down as we were transported back in time inside the cool exterior of a house that has been home to six generations.  

ParadiseThe extraordinary thing about this building was that nearly all the furniture and fixtures, paintings, china, even wallpaper and carpets, had been there and just added to over the years since 1819.

It was fascinating and the rose garden, Wool Shed, Coach House, garage (with some of the original cars still in it!), Blacksmith's shed and many other outbuildings, were testatment to a family who wanted very much to keep their home within their family.  All the sons were called Thomas, and it was only because the last born Thomas never married or had children that the house has been opened to the public.
From there we drove for several hours through the most amazing countryside. Very similar to the Lake District I felt, although the trees were pretty exotic but so many familiar place names! Exeter, Beaconsfield, Bangor and Bridgenorth were just a few that we came across, and we visited Sheffield – the town of Murals – where just over 1,000 people live, and farm cattle, sheep and emus!!!  

Ferry across the MerseyMost walls of the buildings in the main street are covered in fabulous paintings, each illustrating the history of the area itself. We also chanced upon Paradise and Nowhere Else – both real places en route :) Then we stopped in Devonport, which was beautiful – right by the sea with a large river running through it. In fact here's a question for you: "What's the connection between the photo of the river and Gerry Marsden?"… I'll look forward to your answers :)
We got to Phil's around 6pm and were met there by his lovely wife Robyn, who works as a nurse in Hobart and had just got home. Their daughter Carly and her boyfriend Daniel also spent the evening with us and after a delicious meal of barbequed chicken and wine from Phil's vineyard, we were more than ready for bed!
Phil's vineyardPhil works for Barrington's vineyard – their grapes make award-winning champagne! – but he also has his own vineyard 'White Rock', and the grapes from there make the most delicious Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. He'd very kindly free'd himself up to take us around Tasmania and the next few days were packed with adventures.  

We had a wonderful day at Cradle Mountain – a dramatic backdrop to the beautiful Lake St Clair that has a 6km walk around it. Luckily I had several layers on, because the weather was constantly changing from cold to warm to hot to wet and then windy! I hadn't bothered with my wig that day, which was lucky as I'm pretty sure I'd have lost it the number of times I was pulling clothes on and off over my head!  

Ali with a wombatPhil had packed us a lovely lunch and we sat and watched the still, deep black water whilst munching on huge ham and cheese rolls! We had dinner that evening in a lovely little place called Deloraine and after eating my entire body weight in tuna, we headed home for another good night's sleep.  

Most days were sunny and warm and it made all the difference when we arrived at Mole Creek's Tasmanian Devil Sanctuary to see the animals. I held a giant wombat, petted several kangaroos, and watched a collection of Tasmanian Devils devour a dead wallaby..! I know, but they have to eat… :/  

We crammed in a visit to a honey farm where there must have been no less than 100 different flavours of honey! You were able to taste them too, and having tried Stringy Bark, Leatherwood, Teatree and Gum Honey, I had to walk away from the Scratchy Box option!! I don't think my fillings would have coped with more sugar :)  

The Tasmanian DevilWe got back and stole an hour in the garden, sitting with our backs to grapevines, and our faces to the sun, with a glass of home grown Pinot Noir – heaven. 

To round off the visit, Phil had offered to drive us to Hobart which is the opposite end of the island and a good three hour drive. That day the weather was grotty and by the time we got to the hotel we could barely see Constitution Dock or the Jam Factory which houses some fabulous restaurants.

We had supper that night with Phil's other daughter Emma who is at University there, and having eaten goat fillet (I thought it was lamb!) washed down with a bottle of Moo Brew (local beer), the floor was cleared for the strangest musical entertainment I have ever heard… one man in the middle of a floor with a synthesiser that seemed jammed on the one note… the only variance was in the volume, which had people rushing out of the pub clutching their ears! Seriously! It was horrendous, and so we called it a night.  

Salamanca Market beckoned the next morning and was fabulous. What seems to be almost half a mile of incredible stalls crammed full of jewellery, art, pottery, wooden crafts and food – it reminded me a little of the market in Barcelona. The rain eased off a tad and after a lovely lunch, Phil drove us to the Museum of Old and New Art, which is built into and under the rock on the coast.

Four floors of some of the most extraordinary things I have ever seen, or would indeed call art..! From carved car tyres to a wooden cement mixer and even a room that showed you the workings of our digestive system, complete with the natural outcome… the smell was appalling!
So it was with open windows that we headed to the airport and rather sadly said goodbye to Phil who had been such an incredible host and guide over the five days. Hopefully he'll be coming to England with Robyn in the next few years and then we can look after them! Our plane landed in Sydney where Peter and Sarah were there to meet us, and we headed home for our final day together…

Tasmania sceneryI think I'll leave it there until next week or you'll get eye strain from reading all this! I promise I'll let you know about our two days in Dubai and the return home, oh and of course post up a few more photos.

Looking forward to your answers to my question about Gerry Marsden and keep your eyes peeled for Jason Donovan – I'm talking to him about his brand new Big Band Album, and he'll be singing at least two songs from it for us! Keeping it Australian see?!! :)

Have a great week, 
Love Ali xxx


  1. Julie March 7, 2012 at 7:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    What a great blog again. How on earth did you fit it all in? You must have been exhausted but what an experience. I think I would have been like Phil & his wife and not come home!Amazing photo’s as usual.
    Hope you and the family are keeping well and Sam is enjoying SA.
    Love the hair by the way and the colour is fab. It’s really curly but suits you.
    Hope you had the photo’s!!
    Take care as always
    Speak soon
    Julie xx Lily xxxxxx

  2. Joanna Downey March 7, 2012 at 7:30 pm -  Reply

    Thank you for another fabulous installment in the “All New Adventures Of Ali” complete with glorious photos. To answer your question I assume the river in Devonport is called the Mersey and that must be a ferry on it, I’ve just guaranteed that song being in my head -an earworm- for the rest of the week! I’ve caught glimpses of you on a couple of shows this week and you looked wonderful with your holiday glow and golden locks; just right for Spring, which is definitely on the way with green shoots and blossom all over my garden. Like most people I long for the end of the Winter, even though it hasn’t been a harsh one this year, particularly as we’ve had a tense few months with Ellie, our younger daughter. She’s found the transition from Uni student to teacher difficult to say the least. I don’t want to risk it but she seems much happier so I don’t have to cross my fingers every time she comes home and be ready with tissues and the ever-shrinking situations vacant section of the local paper. We heard this week that her marvellous Art teacher from school has died aged 59, only five months away from retirement, which just serves as a reminder to always “Live, Laugh and Love”. Looking forward to Dubai. Love from Jo x

  3. K.Salisbury March 7, 2012 at 8:28 pm -  Reply

    Wonderful again Ali-wombats are soooooooo cute BUT I’ve always had a fear of Tasmanian devils which is now more realistic after the ‘devouring’ part of this episode.Don’t like them!!!!!!!Gerry Marsden link must be about the Mersey or pacemakers???? Have I made the name up? Doesn’t sound right!!!!Your hair is growing so quickly now and so lovely and thick. How are you feeling now Ali? You look amazingly well.Thanks again for the travel diary.Love K.XXX

  4. Lindalou March 7, 2012 at 8:37 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, So glad you had a fab holiday. Once again your blogg so enjoyable and interesting to read,but glab to see you home and back on qv. Waiting for the next instalment. Love as always Linda xxxxxxxxxx

  5. SUE RADFORD March 7, 2012 at 10:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    No, No Ali, I wasn’t getting eye strain – I really loved reading every minute of your exciting adventure. I didn’t know you were visiting Colin’s brother too – must have missed that bit of info you posted in your earlier blog. What an interesting trip you’ve had!. You really have a great nack for keeping readers interested (as others have already mentioned – you should write a book what a good book it would be if you could partner it with Debz and Ainsley’s adventures too LOL). Dubai is the next place I’d like to visit, so I’m looking forward to reading about your adventures there! Sounds as if you were looked after really well – you can get to see so much more when you have the assistance of someone who knows the area so well can’t you? By the sounds of it you had wonderful company, which makes it all the more enjoyable. So glad you’re enjoying life Ali – no one deserves an extra dose of happiness more than you! Ali’s army are so proud of you!! Sorry your appointment at the hospital was cancelled and you have to wait a few weeks longer, but I’m sure once the next few months are out of the way life will be a lot easier for you.
    Like you, I wasn’t keen on a Cruise holiday, but as it is a great way to see many different places at once, and places I wouldn’t particularly like to stay for any length of time, it’s an ideal holiday. We visited 9 different islands – islands I would never have considered visiting otherwise, but so glad I did. It made it all the more enjoyable as we had my 6yr old granddaughter Jasmine and 9yr old grandson Joe with us, who I can proudly say were so well behaved, so much so that we had several people comment on how well behaved they were. We had three separate sailing days spread out throughout the 15 days, and to be honest after being on the boat for one day I was more than ready to get off it, despite it being a luxurious ship with excellent staff and fabulous food. I would do it again though, just for the simple reason I want to visit different Caribbean islands again in the future, but don’t want to spend a fortnight in any one of them. (Sorry I’ve rambled on – I’ve got carried away again LOL)!
    Look forward to reading about Dubai Ali.
    Love from Sue Radford xx

  6. Tricia March 7, 2012 at 10:44 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    Welcome home – and back again to QVC.
    I cannot tell just how fantastic it has just been – reading all about “stage two” of your amazing holiday in Oz.
    I wrote to you while you were away and said then -how marvellous it is reading just everything that you write – and mentioned that you should write a book, well now I am convinced. Its quite amazing after all you have been through that you are coping so well so soon, I really do admire you. I am so pleased to have had my first year mamogram clear, actually it was done at the end part of January, I had radiotherapy – but didnt have to go through the horrid chemo thank goodness.
    I also love your hair – but I did also love how you used to have it – so I’m not a lot of help am I!
    Take care,
    Love x Tricia

  7. Eileen P. March 7, 2012 at 11:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, what a fantastic journey yourself & Colin have had, and to see so many wonderful sights. My imagination is running riot at the thought of the Woolmers Estate house, its sounds so interesting. The photos are really beautiful in both your last blog of Australia and now Tasmania. My son is really enjoying Sydney, he has been water-boarding and hopes to learn to surf. He did say in his last email that he will be going back and hoping to find work there. He is due home mid May. Take care. Love Eileen P. xxx

  8. Phil Dolan March 8, 2012 at 1:59 am -  Reply

    What a great revue of Tassie. It really was a pleasure having you both here for those few days. And I can imagine after more read this, we’ll be inundated with visitors. The secret is out.
    Phil & Robin

  9. Mrs Janet Jones March 8, 2012 at 10:48 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali,I did enjoy reading the second instalment of your holiday,
    it sounds like you had a fantastic time. How lovely for Colin to catch up with his brother and it sounds like he was a good host,and as you say you can return the favour one day. We still haven’t booked our anniversary holiday yet, we think we definitely, maybe, possibly know which Italian lake we are going to(lol), hopefully next time you blog we will have booked something!!! Hope Sam is enjoying his travels and it has lifted his spirits, as I know how much you worry about him. Sorry to hear your appt has been delayed at the hospital, was this for your reconstruction? I know how hard it is to wait as you just want to get it over with and get back to ‘normal’ whatever that is! So hears hoping you don’t have to wait too long. I too think you could write a book Ali and I for one would buy it.
    Well must write off now kitchen still not quite finished and we are about to have our little patio done outside our new kitchen door! Oh good more mess and noise, hey ho it will be worth it when it’s finished!! Take good care Ali and it’s lovely to see you back on our screens. Speak soon love Janet xx

  10. Susan March 8, 2012 at 12:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    What a fabulous blog again. I am fascinated by your writing and by your life let’s face it! You sound like you had a wonderful time and how amazing to see a real Tasmanian Devil lol! I have to say again how wonderful you and Colin look together. That photo is just gorgeous. You always look so at ease and happy with each other. Just as it’s meant to be! So glad you made the trip and got to see Colin and your brothers. Look forward to Dubai. Why would we ever need to go ourselves when you bring them alive?!
    Susan x

  11. sue bayley March 8, 2012 at 6:24 pm -  Reply

    Thanks Ali for bringing back Tassie memories! Our new grandson has just been born in Hobart – name…Tasman! If I had to choose where to live in Oz, it would be Perth or Tassie. We went to Paradise!! Our friend had a piece of land near there. Did you go up Bust-a-gut Hill?????
    Many people think Tasmania is in New Zealand!
    So glad you enjoyed the ‘Apple State’!
    Love Sue xx

  12. Mrs. Christine M. Hindle. March 9, 2012 at 12:51 pm -  Reply

    Ali; lovely Ali; Great to read your escapade in Tasmania how super the pictures are shame about the changing weather. Looking forward to reading about Dubai and so so glad you are safely home again and back on QVC. You look well and happy once more. Take care, much love. Avid viewer and been with QVC l8 yrs. Keep informing us of your travels. My daughter and her husband went on a Cruise on the Caribbean Princess last May to Bermuda; Virgin Islands;Cacos and New York and home. Try it sometime my daughter has never recovered from the wonderful trip. Christine Hindle Mrs. Oswaldtwistle.

  13. Alpa March 9, 2012 at 12:56 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    I read your blog and was transported to Tasmania! I have added it to my ‘places to visit’ and Australia has always been there! Thank you so much for sharing it with us and for the stunning photos. The wide open spaces remind me very much of SA and home. If you and Colin ever plan on going to Southern Africa at some point, please let me know :)
    I had no idea the Tasmanian Devil was a such a character. My only experience is the Tasmanian Devil from the Looney Tunes cartoons, who is one of my favourite characters!
    I saw my doctor yesterday and still don’t know what happened. If my brain had been working at the time, I could have called for an ambulance and been examined properly at the hospital. Blood pressure still high, although not high enough for meds and I was told that the after effects, including impaired speech will settle down in time. I am on the hunt for a new doctor!
    There was no eye strain involed in reading your fab blog! I’m looking forward to the Dubai instalment. My parents were there for five days (when they were in India a few years ago) My Mum said she thoroughly enjoyed it and I hope you and Colin did as well.
    A book from you and one from Debz about Ainzely’s Antics would be most welcome. Ali’s Army would be at the front of the queue for that (forming an orderly queue of course!)
    Una, thinking of you and sending you my love and support x
    Love to all in Ali’s Army x
    Ali, I hope all goes well with your appointment on the 21st. You are such an inspiration to us :)
    Take care,
    Lots of Love, Alpa xx

  14. Liz, Morecambe, Lancs March 9, 2012 at 5:40 pm -  Reply

    Another wonderful travelog Ali. Still don’t know how you managed to pack so much in to such a short time! Adore the photo of you and the wombat – it looks so cute. The other pics of you and family aren’t bad either! Will eagerly await part 3.
    Crossing everything, my surgery should be going ahead next Thursday after 2 cancellations because of the problems at the hospital that are finally being sorted. Don’t think I’ll believe it til I’m at home afterwards!! Am very excited. Before then I have a funeral of a wonderful friend I met through the BCC forum. She has passed away far too young and with so much left to give but I will always feel privileged to have known her and met her on a few occasions that were full of laughter and fun. It will be a trying week next week but will soon pass.
    On a much happier note, I’m still doing my little bit of Nordic walking and enjoying it even though the weather hasn’t been brill up here. Definitely my fitness thing!
    Message for Magda as well – I have booked 10 days in Palma at the start of May. Partner and I are staying in our ‘usual’ hotel on Palma seafront. Perhaps we could meet over a coffee in town somewhere if there is any way I can get more of my info to you??
    Anyway,loved the blog Ali. With hugs and love to you and all your army,
    Liz x

  15. denise March 9, 2012 at 7:35 pm -  Reply

    A wonderful blog as always Alison – thank you so much. You certainly have an ability to bring these things to life for us. It sounds like one amazing trip and look forward to the next intalment.
    Lovely to have you back on screen,
    Love Denise

  16. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen March 9, 2012 at 7:52 pm -  Reply

    another excellentb blog alison and i think your youngest son will have a lovely time in south africa from ylour last you will miss the weay what was your time difference in sydney 9 hours

  17. Mrs Margaret Mason March 10, 2012 at 7:41 am -  Reply

    So pleased you had such a wonderful, thoroughly deserved holiday.
    I have been following your blog for some time now but never had the courage to comment before.
    “Ferry cross the Mersey” Tasmanian style is my guess about the Gerry Marsden connection.
    Looking forward to Part 3.
    Take care

  18. TINA S. March 10, 2012 at 10:23 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    I was really surprised to see you back on screen so soon as it seems to have gone by so quickly. I wish I had the energy to take such a fantastic trip.
    You pictures look stunning. It must be such a fantastic place to visit.
    You looked radiant when I watched you back on QVC. Your hair looks really thick and lusterous. I agree with one of the other ladies who says you should write a book about your experiences.
    I’m sure it would be of great help to others would have gone through such traumatic times. You truely are a shining role model for us all.
    Regards and best wishes,
    Tina (from South Wales)
    P.S. I am a staunch Welsh rugby supporter and would just like to wish our boys all the best for the match today against Italy.
    You can do it boys -the grand slam is in the bag!!!

  19. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen March 10, 2012 at 4:56 pm -  Reply

    another brilliant blog and photos alison

  20. mary morphy March 11, 2012 at 8:53 am -  Reply

    Good morning Alison, thank you for the holiday blog part 2. I read it on my phone last night and felt I had travelled every mile with you; a fabulous account with some magnificant pictures as well….you are better than Judith Chalmers!!
    It’ been a bit of a week for me; had an untimely meeting with another car in the car park of Kent College last Sunday after my daughter finished her kent cricket training. It was pouring with rain so after all the palavor of the event we were soaked. No one was hurt and my car had minimal damage rearly but needs to have a new wing and bumper and currently has brown tape over the nearside corner which looks like a big band aid sticking plaster.
    However, in my efforts to make sure the family had their Sunday roast which was now a little delayed, I burnt the sprouts and forgot the yorkshires….thank goodness for Aunt Bessie, as they were popped in the oven quick and served a few mins later with enough time for them to soak up the gravy! I did redeem myself though with a Toad in the hole on Wednesday that Delia Smith would have been proud of….I bought a new non stick tin and it turned out onto my cutting board beautifully rather than me scraping it off the bottom of my old tin! I had a mouthful but now i have finally got back into my diet the 4stone loss is only a few pounds away and I would like to be there by my birthday at the end of March.
    Anyway, as I felt I needed cheering up I ordered the Lola Rose TSV which I have to say looked fab ( you looked amazing on the show and demonstrated the mechanism of the bracelets superbly may I add). I ordered the pink coral as It will look lovely with the Ronni Nicole maxi dress I have bought for the two weddings I have in the summer. I have ordered the Black dress with the pink and coral gerbera type daisy on the bottom. I have ordered the 14 which actually fits my body now although I do intend to get at least another stone off by then. However, I was not last in the queue when bosoms were handed out and at the moment, if I dont get any poundage of my baps then the person sitting opposite me may very well get more than they bargained for! If all else fails I will have to strap them down with heavy duty bandage! I wanted to order the matching necklace but it sold out really quickly so I am keeping my eye on the stock incase it comes back.
    Have a lovely week Alison, lotsa love Mary (Westgate)xxx

  21. Margaret Upton March 12, 2012 at 12:04 pm -  Reply

    Wonderful photographs and stories sounds a once in a lifetime trip. I just wanted to say how lovely your new short blonde hairstyle is you’ve gone back to the Alison of 10years ago which is when I first got freeview and so found QVC! I always admired yours and Pipa’s hair!Lovely to have you back and to read your blog too!

  22. Margaret Upton March 12, 2012 at 12:09 pm -  Reply

    Just wondering if my message was sent correctly or not!? Trying again just incase. Loved reading your blog on the trip to Australia and Tasmania, wonderful photos and a memorable time for you.
    I wanted to tell you that I love your new blonde short style it takes me back 10 years to when I got freeview and so QVC, I always admired yours and Pipa’s hair!
    Lovely to have you back.

  23. Debz March 12, 2012 at 4:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Boy do you pack a lot into a holiday. I am exhausted just reading about it!! Tasmania looks lovely. Thank you for the wombat picture as I love wombats and as for the Tasmanian Devil, he did have a look of Ainzley about him I thought. All calm and cute but with the ability to go off on on e at any given minute!!
    Sorry I haven’t been in touch as much as I’d like but have been struggling a bit and haven’t been feeling very positive. There is a possibility that my other half could lose his job which means we lose the house and honestly, if that happens I don’t know what I’ll do. We just have his income and that’s it, no saving no equity in the house nothing. I know it’s a worrying time for everyone at the moment way but I can cope with almost anything except losing my home.
    I’m really sorry I haven’t blogged more and I will try to rectify things from now on!
    Alpa, I’m so sorry to hear that you are still having problems with that awful doctor of yours and the problems with your speech must be truly terrible for you. I do so hope that this eases soon and that you do look for another doctor as you deserve someone to look after you properly. I’m glad that you and the lovely Helen are in touch often and hopefully you can lift each others spirits.
    Liz I am keeping everything crossed that your operation goes ahead this time my lovely.
    To all you other brave soldiers in Ali’s army I hope you have a good week and that the weather is good for you. It always seems better when the sun is out I think.
    Lots of love and licks

  24. Susan March 13, 2012 at 5:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Just saw a clip of you on the TSV launch – you looked stunning! That green top was absolutely gorgeous! I do love your new hair too. Really looks like ‘the old’ Ali. Great! I also can’t wait for your Dubai blog – busy mad week so will be nice dreaming of sun!
    Susan x

  25. JACKIE March 14, 2012 at 7:47 am -  Reply

    HI Ali what a fab time you have had lovelly to see you back on QVC you look well and happy love the new hair do.I said in my last blog that i would love to go to Aus dont think i will but you never no reading your blog made me want to go even more.I wish you all the best and hope your health continues to improve.LOVE JACKIE x x x

  26. Patricia Kurton March 14, 2012 at 9:42 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison, Just wanted to say thankyou for a lovely blog. I feel like I know a lot more about ‘down under’ now, including that Tasmania belongs to Australia. Like many others I also thought it belonged to New Zealand. Description and photos are lovely. You should write a travel book, you are very good at describing everything, really interesing. As a born and bred Merseysider I suspect that the River in your photo is probably called The River Mersey, maybe something to do with the fact that many thousands of people were shipped to that part of the World from Liverpool years ago. Anyway, that’s my guess. I hope you are fully rested after your long journey and have many lovely memories from your trip. Once again, I wish you well with your forthcoming surgery. You certainly look great.
    Take Care, Luv Anne x

  27. helen March 14, 2012 at 11:08 am -  Reply

    Hia debz, I do sooo know how you feel. My other half was in the same position as yours last summer and indeed was a very worrying time, and I’m sure, even though I’m never well, the stress made things completely worse. Hang on in there my lovely and I’m always here to compare notes. It is an awful uncertain time. I’m a true ‘calender planner’ as my hubby calls me and when things go out of sinc thats me done for.
    Take care now and keep in touch, we are all here for each other.
    Luv and lots of hugs
    Helen s XXX

  28. helen March 14, 2012 at 11:15 am -  Reply

    Hia Ali, saw you on tv last night and omg your hair is growling so quickly, you looked fab, as always!!!! A busy week for me last week with my little girls 9th birthday party. She decided not to have a big ‘do’ like last year with the whole class at a bowling party. She had a new bike instead and some friends to the house for food and a bit of a disco. My head is still thumping, does’nt take much.
    Got a dentist check up today with madam after school but having a quiet day as I’m tired. I’m amazed at your energy, please share with us all your secret?
    Love and hugs as always, take care
    Helen s XXX

  29. Alpa March 14, 2012 at 2:05 pm -  Reply

    Dear Debz,
    I’m so sorry that you are going through such a worrying time. I hope you know that we are always here for you.
    Thank you for your kind and thoughtful message. Sending you a big hug and a special stroke for Ainzley from his Auntie Alpa.
    Take care,
    Lots of Love, Alpa xx

  30. Alpa March 14, 2012 at 2:38 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    I caught you on the TSV launch and you looked fab. It always makes me smile to see you :)
    I’m ok, rather tired and waiting to hear back from my neurologist as he said he wanted to see me if there were any changes.
    Please do share the secret of your energy with us!
    Take care,
    Lots of Love, Alpa xx

  31. alison keenan March 14, 2012 at 9:03 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Julie and Lily, and thank you for the photos! Glad you liked mine and they gave you a flavour of Tasmania :) Yes, my hair is very curly, but i’m getting quite good at straightening it! Think I’d like a tad more blonde in it if I’m honest, so may well sort that out in the next month. Sam is getting on well in South Africa and has been horse riding as well as managing to play volley ball! Take care and have a wonderful mother’s day. Love Ali xx

  32. alison keenan March 14, 2012 at 9:09 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jo, You are correct – it was Ferry Cross the Mersey – and when they set the little boat service up, Gerry Marsden came across to launch it! I’m sorry Ellie has been finding her new job stressful… Poor Lucy is often exhausted with it all, and I know the first few years weren’t any easier. It’s having a job that ‘makes a diffference’ – and your daughter will certainly do that :) So sorry to hear about her art teacher… far too young – so sad for his family… I hope that you are well and happy, and I’m pretty sure judging by the ‘frisky’ ducks in my garden that spring is well on its way :) with my love, Ali xx

  33. alison keenan March 14, 2012 at 9:14 pm -  Reply

    It’s funny K but when you write it down like that, it’s hard to think the band were called Gerry and the Pacemakers!! But you are correct, and the little Ferry is on the river that runs through Tassie – The Mersey. The wombat was lovely but VERY heavy, and the Tasmanian Devils were quite sweet too – well the tame one was! Yes my hair is definitely thicker than it was and I’m not feeling too bad these days thank you. Fingers still numb and lymphodoema a bit of a pain, but getting there :) Thank you for asking and also for writing, love Ali xx

  34. alison keenan March 14, 2012 at 9:19 pm -  Reply

    Linda, we did indeed have a fabulous holiday, and I’m very glad that you enjoyed reading about it… Dubai left to document, and some lovely photos of that part of the world too. Do hope you have a good weekend, love Ali xx

  35. alison keenan March 14, 2012 at 9:24 pm -  Reply

    Sue, you have definitely whet my appetite for a cruise holiday! I love the idea of visiting that many places in one hit, although I think like you, the sailing bit may not agree with me that well! How delightful to have your grandchildren with you, and for them to behave so beautifully. Nice too that people commented! You must have been very proud :) Our trip was definitely a success and you’re right, having people who live there to show you around, is definitely the best way to do it! Very sweet of you to say about Ali’s Army too… I’ll keep you in touch with what the surgeons decide next week… Will be glad to have a date in the diary, although a little apprehensive about it all in truth. You take care and have a great weekend … oh and I’m liking the idea of a book – possibly written with Debz – all about Ainzley’s adventures!! :) Love Ali x

  36. alison keenan March 14, 2012 at 9:29 pm -  Reply

    Tricia that is excellent news that you had the all clear! Full steam ahead I say :) As far as coping well, I have been so lucky to have all the support and kindness from family and you my friends, that I feel I have reached a new kind of ‘normal’ and it’s a good place to be…. Think I may lighten my hair a little as the spring moves on, but getting used to all the curls – so much better than being bald, I was freezing this time last year! :) Love to you, ali xx

  37. alison keenan March 14, 2012 at 9:31 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Eileen, I’m not surprised to hear that your son is planning to return to Oz, but i’m very glad that he will be coming home in the interim…. time for you to do special things together before he’s away again eh? :) Woolmers House was beautiful, and if you Google it, you’ll no doubt find plenty more photographs of it… fascinating family history too. Hope life is good for you, love Ali xx

  38. alison keenan March 14, 2012 at 9:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Phil and Robin – I imagine you will be innundated!!! Good job I didn’t give away your address otherwise you may have been playing host to all my friends :) Hope that the sun is still shining, the grapes ripening and the wine is still tasting good – love to you all, Ali and Colin xxx

  39. alison keenan March 14, 2012 at 9:58 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Janet I hope your kitchen is pretty well finished by now, and that a decision has finally (possibly/maybe) been made about your italian lake holiday :) I have spoken to Sam several times, and he is enjoying his time and trying all kinds of new things…. a change was what he needed :) It was his birthday last Saturday, but hopefully next year he’ll be home. Good luck with the Patio and enjoy your weekend, love Ali xx

  40. alison keenan March 14, 2012 at 10:03 pm -  Reply

    Susan, you say the nicest things :) I have loved writing up about the holidays, and it’s been great sharing the memories… a good way for me to remember all that we did too! Here’s to Dubai next week – have a great weekend, love Ali xx

  41. alison keenan March 14, 2012 at 10:08 pm -  Reply

    Sue, congratulations!!! A new grandchild for you and born in Hobart! Certainly a different name, like so many of the names there :) No we didn’t venture up Bust a Gut hill – but plan to next visit! I hope you will have the chance to visit your new grandson soon, and that you have a lovely Mother’s Day, ali xxx

  42. alison keenan March 14, 2012 at 10:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Christine, and bless you for your kind words :) good to be home, but lovely to have so many fabulous memories to relive. It sounds as though your daughter had a wonderful time away – the cruise idea is really appealing to me! I hope maybe you have a holiday planned this year that will take you somewhere wonderful – – and great to know that you’ve been with us for 18 years!! Here’s to the next 18 eh? love Ali x

  43. alison keenan March 14, 2012 at 10:17 pm -  Reply

    My dear Alpa, so sorry to hear you have been feeling dreadful again! PLEASE do think about looking elsewhere for medical advice… it sounds as though you desperately need it. I’m glad you enjoyed the blog and the photos. I too thought that the Tasmanian Devil was purely the product of some cartoonist’s imagination, so it was great to see these creatures, although I am glad they were behind a large fence! I have never been to South Africa, but Sam is currently out there and enjoying the beautiful scenery and beaches. My late father visited several times, and he too thought it was a wondeful place to spend time. Have you ever had the chance to return? Please do look after yourself, and make certain you get a second opinion and further medical advice won’t you? Lots of love, ali xx

  44. alison keenan March 14, 2012 at 10:22 pm -  Reply

    Oh Liz, I am so sorry to have only just picked your comment up and to learn of your friends’ passing.. I am sure the week has been a difficult one for you, but I am sure that spending time with her friends and family will have helped. I hope too that perhaps you’ll get the chance to find this before your surgery tomorrow (Thursday). Know that I’m thinking of you and am excited for you too :) I’m sure it will all go very well, and I shall look forward to hearing from you once you’re home again. Take it easy and let those who love you look after you. So glad that you and Magda are going to be able to get together, so just focus on that sea front cafe and all will be well, with my love, Ali xx

  45. alison keenan March 14, 2012 at 10:24 pm -  Reply

    Denise it’s been great to be back, and was just long enough to be away without getting nervous about coming back on air!! So nice to have such a positive response to the blog and I’m glad you’ve enjoyed reading it. I hope to post part three next Monday. Have a good weekend, love Ali x

  46. alison keenan March 14, 2012 at 10:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Martin – time difference in Sydney when we were there was 11 hours ahead of the UK. It’s actually Sam my middle son who is in South Africa and enjoying his time very much. Jack, my youngest, is on the last stretch of his foundation course at college, and thank you for asking after them both. Yes I do miss Sam, but I know this break was just what he needed. I hope all is well with you, love Ali xx

  47. alison keenan March 14, 2012 at 10:29 pm -  Reply

    Margaret, I am so chuffed that you’ve plucked up the courage to comment for the first time – I hope it’s not the last time, as it was lovely to hear from you! You’re spot on with the Ferry Cross the Mersey answer too :) I hope to complete my travelog of Dubai by next Monday, so keep your eyes peeled and have a lovely weekend, Ali xx

  48. alison keenan March 14, 2012 at 10:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Tina – I’m ashamed to say i don’t know what the result was in the Rugby at the weekend, but I hope you enjoyed the game :) Yes the weeks did seem to pass quite quickly, although on the way to Dubai it felt as though we had been away from the children for quite a while… thank you so much for your positive comments about my writing.. I am infact to make another speech for Breast Cancer Care on the 11th April, and am quietly thinking about a way to document the last year in a readable form… I would love to help if I could. I hope that life is good for you, and thank you for writing to me, love Ali xx

  49. alison keenan March 14, 2012 at 10:41 pm -  Reply

    Mary you have such determination and self control! How you could make a toad in the hole and manage to avoid it bar one mouthful is beyond my remit – and to lose 4 stone is incredible – well done you! Good luck, with losing the last stone. I know the Ronni Nicole dress you mean and think you will look wonderful at the weddings, especially with the Lola Rose jewellery. I wore the coral with a navy Ronni Nicole dress and it looked lovely :) I’m sorry to hear about the car – I have a dint in my bumper which I really must get around to fixing, but need to have a few days where I don’t need the car! I hope you have a very happy birthday, and will allow yourself at least a mouthful of cake on the day! My friend Jo made me THE most gorgeous carrot cake for my birthday which I had early when I saw her yesterday. Impossible just to have one mouthful I have to say.! Take care and do keep in touch – it’s always good to hear from you, love Ali xx

  50. alison keenan March 14, 2012 at 10:43 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Maggie. Glad to hear you enjoyed reading the blog and seeing the photographs. It certainly was a once in a lifetime trip and we have some amazing memories to share – it’s been fun sharing them with you! Re my hair – I found some early photos of me at QVC, and it was infact shorter than it is now! I plan to have it coloured a little blonder next week – in readiness for the spring/summer :) Have a good weekend, and thanks for writing, love Ali x

  51. alison keenan March 14, 2012 at 10:49 pm -  Reply

    My dear Debz, I am sorry to hear how difficult things have been for you, and very much hope that the fear of your husband’s job loss isn’t going to be realised, and that all will be well… perhaps a different job may be out there if nothing else, and I am sure he will fight to keep your home. Please don’t be sorry about not blogging.. you’re never far from our thoughts even if we don’t hear from you, and you know that Ali’s Army are here for you whenever… the road is rarely straight or bump free, and I know that when you have a number of things to deal with, it’s hard to keep going… But it will get easier I’m sure and we are moving into a more positive time of the year with the spring, so chin up and keep your face to the sun… Sending you my love, Ali xxx

  52. alison keenan March 14, 2012 at 10:51 pm -  Reply

    Susan I do hope you’ve had chance to draw breath during your ‘busy mad week’!! That green top was actually a fab dress from Yong Kim, and I loved it too :) soooo comfortable and very feminine. I am out working tomorrow night, out on Friday and at a wedding on Saturday, but hope to write my blog on Sunday or monday. You take care, love Ali xx

  53. alison keenan March 14, 2012 at 10:53 pm -  Reply

    Jackie, never say never! Australia is a long way off, but you may be lucky like us, and have the chance to bid for a trip or even win one!! Nothing is impossible they say :) Thanks for the kind comments about my hair… getting more used to taming it, but it’s sooooo curly when I wash it I look as though I’ve had my fingers in an electric socket! :D All the best to you too, love Ali xx

  54. alison keenan March 14, 2012 at 10:58 pm -  Reply

    Dear Anne, you are spot on in your answer to my question. The river is indeed The Mersey, and the little ferry photographed crossing on it, provides a daily service to the people of Devonport. Gerry Marsden actually visited Tasmania and officially launched the service which was great! I think you’re right about the names of the places as it wasn’t just people from Liverpool, but all over England who made lives in Australia and Tasmania. Thank you for your good wishes re the surgery… hopefully this time next month it will be behind me. Have a good weekend, love Ali xx

  55. alison keenan March 14, 2012 at 11:01 pm -  Reply

    Helen please say hi to your daughter for me and I hope she had a lovely birthday… friends, music and a bit of a party – sounds like the best way to spend your special day! I hope the dentist’s visit was only for a check up and that you will have had a lazy evening… I have to admit to feeling very tired myself today as not sleeping so well, but being at work gives me energy – it’s just the drive home afterwards that’s exhausting!! Take care and I’m sending you a hug and some energy, love Ali xx

  56. alison keenan March 14, 2012 at 11:04 pm -  Reply

    Alpa, good to hear from you again, and I do hope your neurologist doesn’t leave you waiting too long. I hope also that he is understanding and kind and takes time to sort things for you. The neurologist I saw re: the neuropathy I have in my fingers and toes was great and explained things very well. so much easier when you understand WHY something is happening. I’m glad you enjoyed the launch – the first I’ve done in well over a year! The birds were actually singing outside when I left the building at 2.30am can you believe :) Look after yourself and stay strong, love Ali xx

  57. Susan March 15, 2012 at 8:28 pm -  Reply

    Hehe Ali yes I had a couple of hours this afternoon between work and uni – ‘mature’ student so they say! The sun came out for a blink so I hoofed it up to the park and then the rain came on lol! Lovely all the same to get fresh air and greenery! Looking forward to a breather at Easter I must say. Love to get away but maybe get somewhere in the summer. It seems so far away but it’s not good to wish the time away!! I hope you have a wonderful weekend at the wedding and that the sun shines. I was really interested to know your lovely top was in fact Young Kim dress! Thanks! And must add that your stunning navy lace dress you have on with Keeley tonight is equally gorgeous! You’re always so elegant!
    Take care
    Susan x

  58. Alpa March 16, 2012 at 12:26 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    Thank you for writing and your kind words, which are always appreciated. I do hope you are safely at home by now. You looked stunning on the 2hr Elemis show in your navy dress and it was lovely to see you.
    Wishing you a very Happy Birthday and I hope you enjoy your day and are doing something special to celebrate. Just think, another year younger :)
    Have a good weekend and take care. I will write properly in a few days!
    Lots of Love,
    Alpa xx

  59. Julie March 16, 2012 at 3:28 pm -  Reply

    Happy Birthday Ali,hope you have a lovely day and you decided what to wear to the Wedding.
    Hope you have a lovely Mother’s Day too.
    Take care, speak soon
    Julie xxx Lily xxxxxxxx

  60. Liz, Morecambe, Lancs March 17, 2012 at 8:28 pm -  Reply

    Here I am back catching up after a difficult week. Had normal treatment Monday, then friend’s funeral service of celebration on Tues, hospital Weds for surgery Thurs afternoon. My wonderful surgeon apologised profusely for my op being cancelled twice but said that he had been furious but it was out of his control. I came home yesterday afternoon, still with a drain in but feeling absolutely fine and am pain-free and haven’t needed even a paracetamol since the op!! District nurse came today to check the dressing and drain and will do daily til it’s out. Scar looks amazing and there’s no sign of any trauma in the area. I am so very pleased with the result and feel more balanced up already even though it means I am flat chested unless I wear prosthesis but no-one will really know!!! Check up in 2 weeks. I really hope you can get some joy from your appointment this week Ali.
    My friend’s funeral service was actually a celebration of her life and was a lovely service even though it was a real tear-jerker. Her husband and son both spoke – cue tissues all round. Her husband also said how appropriate it was to have the service on a Tuesday as it was her ‘chat’ night with her secondaries friends on the BCC forum and how much fun and laughter and support we shared. The three of us that were there from our little group promptly shed some more silent tears, we were so touched.
    Anyway, nice to be back catching up with Ali and her army. See you on screen very soon Ali and thanks for the good wishes from all you lovely girls.
    Love and hugs, Liz xx

  61. Gail March 18, 2012 at 3:22 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, have been reading all your blogs and wonderful stories of your hols with great interest and, I must confess, a little jealousy re the holding of the wonderful Wombats and Tassie Devils. I am so glad you both had a lovely time; sorry the weather wasn’t too good though. The flying time seems horrendous to me (I’m the one who doesn’t like flying); good job you like flying considering the length of the journey.
    How wonderful that Sam has taken himself off to South Africa. Hope he is and continues to be in a ‘good place’. It must be great for you to see him coping so well, although I know you must miss him. Glad also that Jack and Lucy are okay.
    I was very shocked and upset to hear of Una’s loss. Lots of love Una; please know that I am thinking of you xx
    How lovely to hear that you have Ducks in your garden again.
    Salamanca Market sounds right up my street. I love markets and in the summer Boot Sales are my passion. My mum and dad use to have a stall in Camden Market (many years ago now), but it’s in my blood.
    Love to all the ladies; I know some are not too well at the moment. Lol to Debz, Alpa, Helen S, Una, Magda and dear Marg (hope you are well Marg, haven’t heard from you for a while). Love to all xx
    Ali, as a so called ‘friend’ (hope you don’t mind me calling you that), I must say that I thought you looked tired recently. Please take it easy and don’t overdo things; you have had such a rough, rough old time. It takes time to recover, take it easy. Your hair does look wonderful though. Take care of yourself and sending you lots of love.
    Gail xx

  62. SUE RADFORD March 19, 2012 at 9:19 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Just found out from reading Alpa’s blog that it’s your birthday. WISHING YOU A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY ALI, AND I HOPE YOU’LL HAVE A LOVELY DAY!!
    Love from Sue Radford xx

  63. Gail March 19, 2012 at 11:14 am -  Reply

    Oh Happy Birthday Ali and many, many, many more to come. Sending you lots of love, Gail xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx Have a wonderful day; the weather looks okay xx

  64. Susan March 19, 2012 at 1:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Liz and Ali,
    I just wanted to say Liz I am so pleased your op went well and that you are pain free. I really admire you after your loss of your dear friend also. You speak so wonderfully. You are a star. The service sounded beautiful.
    I also want to wish you a happy belated birthday Ali! You kept that quiet! Hope you enjoyed your Friday night out and your Saturday wedding!! Busy lady as usual!
    Take care both
    Susan x

  65. alison keenan March 19, 2012 at 3:16 pm -  Reply

    Crikey Susan, taking a degree as well – don’t know where you find the time!! I have to say that time passes rather too quickly for me at the moment, and I can’t believe that the long awaited surgery is just around the corner… Still, as you say, when the sun shines the world is a grand place to be :) I’m wondering if maybe the green top you were referring to was the one I wore to launch Silver Day, in which case it is a dress from Oasis I bought several years ago! Sorry to confuse you. Yes, the lacy blue dress is Phase Eight, and one of my favourites – very little in solid navy blue, but it’s a lovely dress to wear, and was a very enjoyable two hours with Keely too :) You take it easy, and I hope you had a relaxing weekend. Love Ali xx

  66. alison keenan March 19, 2012 at 3:21 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Alpa, good to hear from you and yes I did have a lovely birthday which I spent with Colin in London for the day. We had a really nice lunch, and then mooched around the city before heading to the Apollo Hammersmith to meet up with some of Colin’s friends and watch a ‘Genesis’ covers band in action! It was an education! :) Another year younger – I like that – and I hope that you had a good weekend too, love Ali xx

  67. alison keenan March 19, 2012 at 3:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Julie and Lily, and thanks for your birthday wishes. Yes I decided on the purple/green/black Sara Campbell dress from QVC which has a lovely wide collar and dug out my purple shoes to go with it! Everyone was wearing bright colours so it worked well :) I hope you had a great mother’s day, and that Lily spoiled her Nanny :) Love to you both, ali xx

  68. alison keenan March 19, 2012 at 3:36 pm -  Reply

    Liz, I’m really touched that you’ve taken time out to write to me and the girls, bearing in mind the week that you’ve had, bless you. Firstly, I’m delighted that your operation went well, and that your surgeon was so understanding – glad too that you’re healing so well… drain’s a bloomin’ nuisance, but hopefully you can have that out soon. I’m glad you’re happier with your new shape, and as you say, no-one will know ‘what lies beneath’ when you wear your prosthesis :) Your sensitive yet positive account of your friend’s funeral made me cry… You live with what I fear, and yet you are always upbeat, brave and strong, and you make the very best of what life puts your way. I am sure that the three friends you were with at the funeral are helped hugely by this. I hope that the sun is shining for you today, that you continue to heal, and that your next lot of treatment doesn’t tire you too much. My love to you, Ali xx

  69. alison keenan March 19, 2012 at 3:45 pm -  Reply

    Gail, I most certainly do consider you ‘a friend’ and have taken on board your comment. Yes I am sometimes pretty tired, but I have to put most of it down to waking up at least three times every night with my ‘tropical moments’! It’s also trying to ‘get back to normal’… as if the last year hasn’t happened, which is daft really. We’re trying to work around this by changing my hours about at work, but I feel alright otherwise :) You are very thoughtful, and I have tried to schedule less in over the last few weeks, to avoid getting overtired. How fabulous for you to have had a mum and dad with a market stall in Camden. What did they sell? You WOULD have loved Salamanca Market, butI fully appreciate with your fear of flying, it maybe unlikely you ever get to Tasmania, so I’m glad you could at least read about it :) I do miss Sam very much, but know that this is the right thing for him right now, and just look forward to him coming home later in the year. I saw Lucy and Jack on Mother’s Day and they are coming for supper tomorrow which will be lovely. I hope you had a good weekend, and have some sunshine today – very warm here. Love, Ali xx

  70. alison keenan March 19, 2012 at 3:47 pm -  Reply

    Sue, thank you !!! I did have a lovely day, and a great weekend, so another year ‘younger’ but no wiser :) I do hope all is good with you, love Ali xx

  71. Debz March 19, 2012 at 3:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    First of all, Happy Birthday!! Not sure what day it was/is but I hope you had a good one!
    I would also like to wish you well for 21st. I know I keep saying it but you have come so far in 12 months and this is another step towards you becoming better forever. We will all be with you in spirit. We’d all like to come with you to offer our support but I don’t think the consulting room would be big enough!!!
    My new motto, which I am trying to believe, is “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!”
    Liz, I am so glad that your operation went ahead and that all is well. My condolences for the loss of your dear friend. XXX
    Alpa, I hope you are well and hopefully your neurologist will soon have you on the road to recovery or at least feeling better than you have been. Ainzley sends a very special lick just for you. XXX
    Una, stay strong my lovely. We miss you and are all thinking of you. XXX
    Thanks to Helen, Gail and everyone else who has been kind to me. My worries seem so small compared to some of you and I am humbled by your concern.
    Ainzley has his check up this Friday so details to follow!!
    Lots of love and licks

  72. Mrs Norma Smithson March 19, 2012 at 9:31 pm -  Reply

    Wow Ali you paint such wonerful pictures with your words, just amazing, reading it I was transported to the other side of the world just walking along side you. I am sure some of your experiences will stay with you for the rest of your life, like the other people can’t wait for Dubai. Lovely to see you back on the screen, like your blog it seems to come so easy to you and yet I know there’s a lot of planning and swotting to achieve the proffessionalism. By the way you looked great Love Norma x

  73. Susan March 20, 2012 at 6:15 pm -  Reply

    Hehe Ali well whichever top/dress it was it was right up my street! As was your Phase Eight dress. I only caught a snippet as I say of your Elemis show but it was great from what I saw. Glad you got a lovely pamper recently.
    Chat soon
    Susan x
    PS Glad you had a fun night out for your birthday! Sounds great!

  74. Liz, Morecambe, Lancs March 22, 2012 at 9:32 pm -  Reply

    Hello everybody,
    A quick message from me on this blog to say thank you so much for all your good wishes for my recovery and the condolences on the loss of my friend. Going to post on Ali’s Travelog Part 3 in a mo.
    Liz xx

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