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I think I need to start this blog with an apology! So sorry that I confused many of you by saying that we had seen the final episode of Poldark! I do hope that you read Pat’s comment– as I did – and realised my mistake.  The writers didn’t let us down, and I thought the ending was supreme leaving us with many twists and turns still to come, and the burning question of who the father to Elizabeth’s baby was!  Pray heavens Demelza stays strong!

Thanks as always for all your comments, and for bringing me up to date with all your news.  It sounds as though a great many of you are far more organized this year than I am when it comes to buying your Christmas presents, although we’ve not been short on ideas at QVC.

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Infact I have the most fabulous piece of Diamonique jewellery to give to you as a prize in a competition this week – details will be towards the end of the blog.  Did you manage to get your Elemis TSV?  I actually bought two of the new White Lotus and Lime, and they arrived yesterday.  I treated myself to one, but the other one will be a Christmas present, although I’m not sure for whom just yet! This Saturday will see another of our major beauty brand takeover as Decleor take centre stage with their Christmas TSV – a six piece anti ageing skincare collection, including a brand new Aromessance and eye cream in one of the two choices!

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I had a lovely couple of days with mum the week before last, and we were incredibly lucky with the weather, which was fabulous.  She took me to Porchester Castle, which I’d never visited before, and we had an enjoyable afternoon sitting in the sunshine eating our sandwiches and sausage rolls and looking across the water to Hilsea and Portsmouth. Perfect!

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Talking of food, I decided to make an Asian inspired meal for our friends Martin and Jean who are vegetarian.  My niece, Emily gave me her recipe for Lentil Dahl and I created my own Sag Aloo with home grown potatoes and fried onions. I also rustled up a Thai Green vegetable curry to go with it.  The little pots in the photo were apple, passion fruit and raspberry crumbles, and luckily everyone wolfed it down!  I so enjoy cooking, but with just Colin and I at home, and the weird and wonderful hours I work, we rarely sit down together to eat, so this was really nice.  Incidentally if you have a favourite recipe, vegetarian or not, please do share it here, and then I could try it and let you know how I got on!

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Fireworks night this year was fab with Lucy, Simon, his parents and the children all coming to celebrate with us.  Sam and his mate Edd also joined in, and although Honey was a little unsure of the louder fireworks, like me, she loved the Roman Candles and the sparklers!

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Talking of all things sparkly, I am back on Thursday at 7pm for an hour long Diamonique Gift ideas show.  Included in our line up are this stunning pair of freshwater pink pearl and Diamonique earrings.  A new design incentive is the pave set ball element on the stud that really adds personality and class to them – I hope you like them!  I also have four colour choices in this beautiful tennis bracelet, so you can choose between black and white rhodium, rose or yellow gold.  The stones are a lot larger than usual, which give the bracelet a really glamorous finish, and there are three  different lengths to choose from.

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Wait til you see the prize! It’s almost as impressive as the simulated diamonds – almost!  Something else that pleased me was to be told that in January 2017 we will see a return of our regular once weekly shows, but they will be on a Tuesday at 8pm!  I’m looking forward to that very much, and so I thought I’d run a competition to celebrate which if you enter and are the winner I will be sending you the Rhodium plated Diamonique Tennis bracelet worth £39.96, as the prize!  Here’s the question:

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Rhodium is classified as a member of the platinum group of metals.  Which of the following is also part of that group?

  1. palladium
  2. copper
  3. silver

Just post your answer in the comments below and make sure to leave an email address (don’t worry, this won’t be made public). The competition closes at noon on Wednesday 23rd November and a winner will be drawn at random from all the correct entries. Full terms and conditions can be found here Good luck! I will announce the winner in my next blog at the end of the month.

If you are a fan of the Diamonique range then a definite date for the diary is December 8th, when I will have a whole hour with Tova Borgnine and her exquisite and very personal collection of jewellery.  There are a few things I plan to order, so as soon as I can give you details I will – probably on Twitter (@alikqvc).   You only have to wait until this Sunday the 20th November though to treat yourself to something from the world of Butler and Wilson fashion jewellery.  Simon Wilson will be joining me at 9pm, and I know that we’ll have some fun along with some great gift ideas.

In between all that I will be cramming in some more time with Honey, and have already seen Emily and little James.  Today I visited Rae, Danny and Calla and I am always thankful that today’s smartphones have such amazing cameras built into them!  I have an ever-increasing collection of photographs of them all, which are tied in with some very special memories.

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I’ll be making memories of a different kind next Tuesday though when I accompany my sister Jenny and her class of pupils to the Science Museum and also the Planetarium!  I haven’t been there since the summer of 1975, when I wasn’t much older than the children I will be looking after!  She tells me that the children are very excited to meet me, and I am delighted to have been asked.  I’m already planning what to take for our packed lunch, and will tell you all about it in the next blog – not just the lunch but the visit!!

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I’ve just started my next lot of adjuvant cancer treatment, and am trialling it for three months.  I already have osteoporosis in my spine and hips and degenerative disc disease, and we need to make sure it’s not going to compromise my bones.  That said, it should marginally lessen the chances of a recurrence of the cancer, so I guess I’d be daft not to give it a go.   No spread of disease currently so I thank the Lord for that.  Besides I need to be fit to keep up with all the young ones in the family!

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I do hope that you are well, and thank you as always for keeping me up to date with your lives, house moves, Christmas gift purchases, family news and holidays.  Reading them makes my day.

Good luck with the competition, and I’ll look forward to hearing from you.

With my love,

Ali xx

 

299 Comments

  1. Barbara Purvis November 16, 2016 at 11:01 am -  Reply

    Hello, the answer is palladium.

  2. Elaine Farley November 16, 2016 at 11:36 am -  Reply

    Hi, the answer to the diamonique competition is Palladium.

  3. Lorraine McAllister November 16, 2016 at 11:51 am -  Reply

    Answer is palladium

  4. Susan Dickenson November 16, 2016 at 11:53 am -  Reply

    The answer is silver.

  5. pamela blackwood November 16, 2016 at 12:44 pm -  Reply

    The answer is PALLADIUM

  6. Anne Whitehead November 16, 2016 at 12:52 pm -  Reply

    I think the answer is Palladium

  7. Laney November 16, 2016 at 1:09 pm -  Reply

    Palladium,

  8. valerie blake November 16, 2016 at 1:42 pm -  Reply

    the answer i hope is palladium,great blog as usual
    thankyou

  9. Jill November 16, 2016 at 1:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    What another great positive blog from you, I admire you so much for the things you face each day. Good luck and God Bless as you face the next phase of your treatment, you are so strong and I’m convinced this is partly how you thrive. I take on this positivity from your blogs and thank you for that.
    I, like you ordered 2 of the Elemis Lime sets, one for me one for a gift for my daughter’s birthday which is close to Christmas. I want to make it a special day for her. Great easy pay options allow you to do this.
    Love the Indian food ideas as the weather gets colder!
    Your grand-children are adorable, loving the pics too. Take care Alison, lots of love.
    I would love to win the bracelet you mention in your blog too!
    Answer: Palladium.

    • Alison Keenan November 21, 2016 at 1:05 pm -  Reply

      Hello there Jill, and lovely to hear from you. Thanks for taking part in the competition, and I’ll keep my fingers crossed for the prize! Wish we had enough to treat everyone 🙂 I’m sure your daughter will love the Elemis Lime, but I’m glad you treated yourself too! So pleased you’re enjoying the blog and the photos of the children. It would be lovely to have them all together at one stage..maybe this Christmas. Take care, and keep in touch, love Ali xx

  10. Ann Davidson November 16, 2016 at 2:02 pm -  Reply

    Palladium.

    Always love your blog Alison and look forward to the next one xx

  11. fiona carne November 16, 2016 at 2:10 pm -  Reply

    The answer is palladium,the little ones are so cute let’s hope you stay healthy

  12. Nadia Ansary Clark November 16, 2016 at 2:24 pm -  Reply

    Answer is palladium

  13. Maureen Davis November 16, 2016 at 2:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison Palladium is part of the platinum group of metals. My address is
    5B march Road Wimblington PE15 0RN
    if I am lucky enough to win the bracelet,

  14. Hester Tulloch November 16, 2016 at 2:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali enjoyed your blog as usual tha babies are gorgeous, I think the answer is Silver.

  15. carol williams November 16, 2016 at 2:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali love the pictures of your grandchildren, Please enter me in the competition to win the tennis bracelet. The answer is palladium

  16. Jill Leam November 16, 2016 at 2:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, great blog and photos as usual. You are a busy lady. The answer to your question is Palladium.

    • Lo November 21, 2016 at 1:08 am -  Reply

      Palladium. Best wishes

  17. Elaine Dooley November 16, 2016 at 3:00 pm -  Reply

    The answer is: palladium.

  18. carol Gamble November 16, 2016 at 3:06 pm -  Reply

    The answer is palladium. I would love to be entered into the competition. thank you.

  19. Angela Lindsay November 16, 2016 at 3:34 pm -  Reply

    Answer is Palladium

  20. David Fieldsend November 16, 2016 at 3:42 pm -  Reply

    Palladium is the answer. Would like to win this gift for my girlfriend who is a big QVC fan.

  21. Lyn Cobley November 16, 2016 at 3:48 pm -  Reply

    Palladium is the answer. Enjoy reading about life and lovely family. Keep up all the positive thinking. We are all behind you and wishing you the best.

  22. Laura Clipson November 16, 2016 at 3:50 pm -  Reply

    Palladium. Lovely gift, if I win this I have a special friend in mind to give it to.

  23. Julie Tomkins November 16, 2016 at 3:53 pm -  Reply

    Palladium is the answer. I love this bracelet and would like it as a gift to myself but I would probably give it to my Mum as a surprise.

  24. Deborah Cowell November 16, 2016 at 3:58 pm -  Reply

    Palladium is also part of the platinum group of metals

  25. barbara michael November 16, 2016 at 5:20 pm -  Reply

    Answer is Palladium.

  26. Elizabeth Keenan November 16, 2016 at 5:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali

    Stunning pictures of all the girls, you must be having a ball with all of them around you.
    Your food looks amazing no wonder everyone wolfed it down.
    Best of luck with new medicine it sounds really good and if it helps fantastic.
    I also ordered two elemis tsv they arrived this morning.
    Think answer to your question is palladium.
    Take care
    Much love
    Elizabeth X

    • Alison Keenan November 21, 2016 at 1:06 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Elizabeth – I’m planning a Moroccan night next time! Always very gratifying when folk enjoy what you’ve made – we’ve just had a whole weekend of being cooked for which was lovely! I hope your week is going well, and thanks for taking part in the competition. Be lucky! Love Ali xx

  27. jean November 16, 2016 at 5:57 pm -  Reply

    Palladium is the answer my wedding ring is made of this hard wearing and beautiful

  28. Jean mullen November 16, 2016 at 6:04 pm -  Reply

    Palladium is the answer

  29. margaret November 16, 2016 at 6:10 pm -  Reply

    palladium is the aanswer
    lovely pictures of your grandchildren

  30. Cheryl Minton November 16, 2016 at 6:20 pm -  Reply

    Palladium is the answer, would give it to my hairdresser as a gift.

  31. Mona November 16, 2016 at 6:22 pm -  Reply

    Palladium is also part of the Platinum metal group.

  32. Stephanie November 16, 2016 at 6:22 pm -  Reply

    palladium is the answer fingers crossed

  33. Elaine Pinchen November 16, 2016 at 6:38 pm -  Reply

    The answer is Palladium

  34. Elizabeth Wood November 16, 2016 at 6:39 pm -  Reply

    Palladium. Lovely bracelet

  35. Jeanetta Lumsden November 16, 2016 at 6:40 pm -  Reply

    Palladium is the answer what a lovely bracelet

  36. Annette Donnelly November 16, 2016 at 6:42 pm -  Reply

    Palladium is the answer. Lovely photos of family x

  37. anne bell November 16, 2016 at 6:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi it is Palladium.

  38. Susan Hunter November 16, 2016 at 6:44 pm -  Reply

    Palladium is the answer. Beautiful bracelet would love to win it.

  39. Karen November 16, 2016 at 6:46 pm -  Reply

    Palladium is also part of the platinum group of metals, Beautiful bracelet. x

  40. Linda Williams November 16, 2016 at 6:48 pm -  Reply

    The answer is Palladium. I know someone who would love this bracelet. Good luck and fingers crossed with the new treatment!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  41. PATRICIA A BUTLER November 16, 2016 at 6:49 pm -  Reply

    PALLADIUM is the correct answer,hope I am lucky.

  42. Judith Lennon November 16, 2016 at 6:56 pm -  Reply

    Hello again Ali
    Another week has flown by and I know I haven’t stopped but couldn’t tell you what I have achieved! Love love the latest family photos. What a delight they are. Do you remember me telling you about baking a cake for my daughters 40th birthday? Well two days before my daughter in laws 40th my son asked me would I make one for her party. I had two days… And one of them was being spent with my sewing girlfriends. I came home from a lovely day with them and started. It came out of the oven just great. Next morning I was up early for me and set to decorating it. Finally finished it was safely delivered to the venue. We had another brilliant night celebrating and the cake was a huge success. I don’t want to see or make another celebration cake for sometime. It’s hard work and the bakers in the bake off programme have my sympathies with their stress levels I know how they feel!!!! I am chuffed my son asked me as he doesn’t request favours often. Your meal for your friends looked amazing and I’m sure you all enjoyed it. The spent with your mum sounds lovely. She looked happy and well. Will close for another week. The competition is a good one and my answer is Palladium. Love and hugs always and keep well. You always appear positive and I admire you for that. Love Judith xx

    • Alison Keenan November 21, 2016 at 1:13 pm -  Reply

      Judith clearly your son was impressed with your baking skills, and that’s why he asked you. Bit of a tall order with just two days though! Well done you for rising to the challenge, and I’m so glad you had another great night with the family, and that your cake was truly appreciated. It’s lovely when your family ask for something special from you, and even better when they let you know how much it means to them. I hope your week goes well, and thank you for your sweet and kind words. Fingers crossed for the competition! Love Ali xx

  43. Sheila knights November 16, 2016 at 7:06 pm -  Reply

    Palladium is the answer. It would be a beautiful gift for my daughter to wear on her wedding day next summer.

    • Alison Keenan November 21, 2016 at 1:14 pm -  Reply

      Sheila – keeping everything crossed, and I hope the wedding plans are coming along well. Exciting times ahead 🙂 x

  44. Tracy Cooke November 16, 2016 at 7:06 pm -  Reply

    Palladium is the answer. Loving the bracelet,

  45. Rebecca Walker November 16, 2016 at 7:28 pm -  Reply

    Palladium is the answer. The babies are beautiful.

  46. Sue Hopkins November 16, 2016 at 7:39 pm -  Reply

    Palladium is part of the platinum group, love your post Alison.x

  47. Susan Pringle November 16, 2016 at 7:41 pm -  Reply

    Palladium is the answer. Love reading your blog Ali. Stay positive. Our thoughts are with you.xx

  48. Fiona November 16, 2016 at 7:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi the answer is palladium. Good luck with your treatment x

  49. Karen Williams November 16, 2016 at 7:51 pm -  Reply

    Palladium – gorgeous bracelet, fingers crossed.

  50. Linda Finch,, November 16, 2016 at 7:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali , first and foremost I must apologise for not getting in touch for a while, we have been busy with a few late holidays, we have been to Eastbourne and Brighton, then only back home for 3 days just long enough to wash and get the caravan ready and on the road again to a surprise 50th birthday party for my friend ,which I must say was a wonderful time. She had no idea we were coming from Yorkshire to weston super mare ,which was a bit tricky at the beginning because we arrived 3 days before the party and because the campsite was quite near my friends house we had to be very careful when out and about so we didn’t bump into her ,but all went well ,and she was really surprised too when we told her we had come for 10 days. The weather was really good to us too ,nice sunny days even though a little chilly ,but nice and cosy in the caravan at night . While in these lovely places I did my christmas shopping which ment I could leave all their presents in Weston Super Mare saving a fortune on not having to post them . So glad to see you being able to spend some precious time with your Mum what I wouldn’t give to do the same .All your grandchildren are so beautiful and little Honey is so like you ,glad to see you haven’t lost your touch on the feeding front ( ha ha ) , I really hope everything goes well with your next lot of treatment, as you say you have nothing to loose ,give it a go ,your family will spure you on .I think the answer to your competition is palladium ,fingers crossed . Well I think that’s all my news for now love to you and Colin xxx☺☺from Linda F xx

    • Alison Keenan November 21, 2016 at 1:20 pm -  Reply

      Dear Linda it’s sounds as though you’ve been having a busy but very enjoyable time over the last few weeks! Well done for keeping yourselves hidden away from your friends for that first three days before the party – not sure I would have managed that too well! It’s always nice when the weather comes up trumps too, and a little bit of sunshine during the day makes the world of difference – so wet and grey here today. It’s always good to go shopping in different places and even better when you can physically hand presents over to your family and friends rather than having to post them. I’m sure they will all be delighted with their gifts. My family are definitely 100% behind me with this next phase of treatment, and so I’m hoping very much it will be something I can tolerate ok. Love to you and yours, and thanks for entering the competition. Ali xx

  51. debbie fullard November 16, 2016 at 7:58 pm -  Reply

    the answer is palladium

  52. SheMag November 16, 2016 at 8:07 pm -  Reply

    Palladium! And I just LOVE Baby Goth in the final photo on your lovely blog!

  53. carole forster November 16, 2016 at 8:10 pm -  Reply

    Palladium is the answer to the question

  54. Mandyajennings November 16, 2016 at 8:13 pm -  Reply

    The answer is palladium I would love this prize

  55. SONIA Price November 16, 2016 at 8:15 pm -  Reply

    palladium is the answer, thanks

  56. janice reeves November 16, 2016 at 8:19 pm -  Reply

    the answer is palladium xx

  57. Jacqui Hand November 16, 2016 at 8:40 pm -  Reply

    palladium Is the answer.
    Would love to win this gorgeous bracelet. Xxx

  58. Helen Grant November 16, 2016 at 8:42 pm -  Reply

    Palladium is the answer to the competition. Thankyou for sharing all your news with us I do look forward to reading your blogs. Your grandchildren are beautiful you must be very proud of all your family.

    • Alison Keenan November 21, 2016 at 1:22 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Helen, yes I am very proud of all of them, and feel incredibly lucky to have them all in my life. Good luck with the competition. Love Ali xx

  59. Terisi Grayson November 16, 2016 at 8:49 pm -  Reply

    palladium is part of the platinum group of precious metals.

  60. Helen Heywood November 16, 2016 at 8:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, the answer is palladium. Xx

  61. Lynda Moore November 16, 2016 at 9:28 pm -  Reply

    Palladium is the answer. Love the bracelet

  62. Sam Davis November 16, 2016 at 9:34 pm -  Reply

    palladium is the answer

  63. keryn murphy November 16, 2016 at 9:36 pm -  Reply

    Palladium is the answer ..lovely blog as usual beautiful babies both of them x

  64. Elaine sallis November 16, 2016 at 9:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi All what lovely pictures of your mum and the grandchildren. We are still soldering on. Can’t believe what a knock to my confidence this year has been. I hope the treatment does not make you feel unwell. The answer is palladium. Love Elaine x

    • Alison Keenan November 21, 2016 at 1:23 pm -  Reply

      Elaine, I think of you often and very much hope that things in time will get easier for you. I appreciate how difficult it all is, and hope that you have people around you who will support and care for you too. Glad you liked the photos, love Ali xx

  65. Ghazala Ahmed November 16, 2016 at 9:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi palladium belongs to that group of metals.
    Would love to win this prize as huge fan of Diamonique.
    Love seeing pics of ur beautiful grandchildren. My baby is due on 23 rd Nov can’t wait now.

    • Alison Keenan November 21, 2016 at 1:24 pm -  Reply

      How exciting Ghazala! Any day now literally 🙂 Sending you lots of love and best wishes. Do let me know how you get on, from Ali xxx

  66. Mary Biondi November 16, 2016 at 10:11 pm -  Reply

    Palladium is the answer this would make lovely gift.

  67. Jean Harris November 16, 2016 at 10:17 pm -  Reply

    Palladium is so he answer…I think!

  68. Phyllis November 16, 2016 at 10:39 pm -  Reply

    Palladium is the answer and as I already have this bracelet in rose gold which I wear every day, this would look lovely alongside it.
    Also Ali, as you suggested I will try to keep in touch and I just wanted to wish you all the best with your round of treatment. Keep well and I look forward to seeing you on air particularly with the elegant Tova next month ( you both compliment each other).

    • Alison Keenan November 21, 2016 at 1:26 pm -  Reply

      Dear Phyllis, thanks very much for your sweet comment. So glad that you already have the tennis bracelet. It is a lovely piece of jewellery, and my sister got the gold one for her birthday last week! She’s very chuffed too. Yes, I too am looking forward to my time with Tova next month. I could listen to her voice all day long – she’s great company. Stay warm, and do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  69. Phyllis November 16, 2016 at 10:43 pm -  Reply

    By the way, beautiful grandchildren you are so blessed to have and what heads of hair!!xx

  70. Margaret Harty November 16, 2016 at 11:18 pm -  Reply

    Palladian is the answer .

  71. Karen November 16, 2016 at 11:20 pm -  Reply

    Palladium is the answer. Good luck with your treatment, my cousin also has the problem with degenerative discs after her treatment for breast cancer. Seems so cruel to get another problem to cure another.

    • Alison Keenan November 21, 2016 at 1:27 pm -  Reply

      Karen, I am sorry to hear about your cousin. I very much hope that they are able to treat her spinal problems and that she is well on the way to recovery following her breast cancer. As you say, rotten to have to deal with one problem in the attempt to cure another. Good luck in the competition, love Ali xx

  72. Fiona Maclagan November 16, 2016 at 11:29 pm -  Reply

    Palladium is part of the platinum group of metals.

  73. Daniela B November 16, 2016 at 11:30 pm -  Reply

    The answer is Palladium. You are looking radiant Ali and the children are adorable wishing you all the best .xx

  74. Morag Cade November 16, 2016 at 11:36 pm -  Reply

    Palladium is the answer.
    Best wishes
    Morag xx

  75. Anne Lewis November 16, 2016 at 11:52 pm -  Reply

    Palladium is the answer. Lovely photos Alison!

  76. Linda November 16, 2016 at 11:57 pm -  Reply

    Answer is : Palladium

  77. bobbysgirl November 17, 2016 at 12:58 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, Palladium is the answer. I would give it to my granddaughter – she is my Princess. I hope the new treatment goes well for you. I get my scan results on Monday. I am very nervous but hope for good news. Take care. x

    • Alison Keenan November 21, 2016 at 1:28 pm -  Reply

      Hello there, I am thinking of you today, and have everything crossed for you – please let me know how you get on. Your grandaughter sounds like my little Honey and Calla too – both little princesses. keep in touch, love Ali x

  78. Pat November 17, 2016 at 4:03 am -  Reply

    Palladium is the answer and I would give the bracelet as a gift to me, me, me.

    • Alison Keenan November 21, 2016 at 1:29 pm -  Reply

      Pat, loving your comment! And rightly so 🙂 Love Ali x

  79. Mary Morphy November 17, 2016 at 4:55 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali..its 4.41am and i am awake listenibg to Olly snoring by my side on his back with all 4 legs in the air!! I was also dreaming about sock penguins. ..funny how the mind works although last night i put together the kits needed to make them for the kids at school..sock snowman kits tonight.
    Oh before i forget the answer to the competition is paladium.
    Your grandchildren are gorgeous..loving the photos..they grow up so fast!
    The weather has been fabulous here by the sea but its raining hard now and i fear the cold snap has returned which i love but without the rain. Olly has his 3rd injection next week so we can finally take him out ..i am sure he will love the beach and a ‘sausage’ treat at the cafe on a Saturday morning. He loves my sisters two English Bull Terriers Erik and Phoebe.
    I also bought the lime Elemis tsv…for me! I also bought the molten brown pink pepper shower gel and body scrub duo for myself from my mum in law for xmas as i love the pink pepper..the scent lingers for ages in the bathroom.
    Can you believe its our Milton Keynes Xmas shopping trip next weekend..that has come around quick! This is our 19th anniversary of ‘Christmas Shopping ‘weekend. I have been getting bits and pieces and have a space in my wardrobe crammed with gifts but i am doing hamoers for my three bedt ftiends this year so i have all sorts of bargains stashed away..i plan to get the baskets made and wrapped in cellophane on Saturdsy and i am doing a biot fayre on Sunday.
    Mums results are not back yet but she is still not herself…we will keep our fingers crossed. I am off to see a specialist about my Disco knee…sustained at my 50th back in march..as i have been limping and in a lot of pain…christmas shopping will be at a slower pace for me this year.
    How wonderful that you and your mum had some time together..sounds like a lovely place..oh and enjoy the school trip..the kids will love you.
    Well i an going to attempt to shift Olly to a non snoring position and grab a bit more sleep until alarm goes off at 6.30..have a great week. Lotsa love Mary. Xx

    • Alison Keenan November 21, 2016 at 1:34 pm -  Reply

      Dear Mary, so good to catch up with all your news, although you had me laughing out loud initially as I thought your husband was called Olly, and was a little alarmed to know that he had four legs!! 🙂 It sounds as though Olly is very much part of the family now, and great that your sister’s English Bull Terriers get on with him too! So glad that you can finally take him out onto the beach – he won’t know himself. How lovely to have had the sunshine. It’s trying its hardest here today, but failing dismally. Not as cold as the weekend, but very autumnal. Just a few leaves left on the old oak tree… I am sorry that your mum still isn’t right.. I will pray that the results will give you an answer and a way forward. You must take care of yourself though, and that Disco knee (!) sounds rotten. Maybe an MRI is needed. They can do some great things with keyhole surgery these days which would be good if it stopped your pain. Your 19th anniversary of Christmas shopping with your family is definitely something to celebrate. I am away this weekend with my village girlfriends – our 20th anniversary! Where did all the years go? I do hope you managed to get back to sleep, and I’ll let you know how the school trip went – nervous! Have a good week Mary, love Ali xx

  80. Joanna Downey November 17, 2016 at 5:43 am -  Reply

    Hello Ali, I was delighted to read the good news about your health. I know how nerve wracking my sister finds it when they’re waiting for Gary’s test results and you both show such positivity even if at times it must have to be mined from a very deep pit. Lovely photos of the children and yes they do keep us younger and on our toes. You obviously had a super time with your mum, Colin was in that area last month having a taster session on a tall ship which was one of his bucket list items, he’s glad he did it but definitely prefers his fell racing and climbing to a life on the ocean wave. Christmas – I love it and shop all year, writing my first list of definites at the beginning of September and aiming to have all the gifts bought by half term in October. I’ve done this for more years than I care to remember and before online shopping it was the only way to guarantee getting the things that sold out quickly, it’s a tad daft to keep doing this but I can’t break the habit, sorry tradition! We went to Shrewsbury last Saturday, Col had a race and I had a few hours meandering before we met for lunch. It’s a really nice place to shop with a good blend of high street stores and independent “little” shops and the restaurant we found was a gem. I’ve been veggie for over 40 years, only eating meat when I was expecting Bex, what a craving for a non-meat eater… Col doesn’t eat meat but loves fish, however, he’s happy with most veggie stuff and we both thought this place was one of the best we’ve ever visited. He wanted a pud and had a chocolate and beetroot ganache cake with Greek yogurt, it was divine and I’ve got to make one. On the food theme you asked about favourite dishes, one of mine is mushroom lasagne which I’ve adapted from an Ina Garten recipe. I also do a fish pie for everyone except Ellie and me. Baking is one of things I do to relax but it also means having naughty stuff in the house and I don’t want my clothes to have to be relaxed as well so I wait until I know we’ll have a house full before getting out tins and muffin cases. Phew, a bit of an epic one from me, my last reply was too late and so I thought I’d get in early. Finally my answer to your competition is palladium. Look forward to seeing you later, love from Jo x

    • Alison Keenan November 21, 2016 at 1:38 pm -  Reply

      Jo so good to hear from you, and I do hope you picked my reply to you on the last blog? I was rather behind last week, but am trying to be more up to speed this time! Loving to hear about your Christmas shopping experience. I am totally in awe of folk like yourself and my daughter who also shops in advance and seems incredibly organised even though she has a young family to look after! I do start buying randomly, but then often can’t remember what it is I bought and so I duplicate things! It was nice to read of your visit to Shrewsbury. We of course lived in Telford for a long time come on mother lift in Shrewsbury and we would often visit Ironbridge where there was a lovely vegetarian restaurant called Olivers. I’m not sure if you’ve ever been there, but I would highly recommend it if you haven’t. That said chocolate and beetroot good Nash cake sounds wicked! I’m pretty sure that Nigella Lawson make something similar. We had a lovely evening out on Saturday, and my friend Joe’s sister-in-law made a beautiful fish pie, which Colin really enjoyed and he doesn’t normally eat fish. I liked you rarely bake when there’s no one in the house, but always make mince pies Christmas. I hope you enjoy your week, and thank you for taking the time out to write. Fingers crossed the competition! With my love, Ali xx

  81. Liz de young November 17, 2016 at 5:48 am -  Reply

    Palladium is the answer. What a lovely gift this would be.

  82. Elaine Martin November 17, 2016 at 6:09 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison, the answer to the competition is Palladium.
    I had some very good news last week. I’d found a lump in my breast and although it seemed to have disappeared it had ‘left behind’ a change in the tissue. So I duly went to see my Gp who promptly referred me to the local breast clinic (very nice with amazing staff). I turned up wearing every piece of your “I hope” range of jewellery & this year’s BCC pin in rhodium (I got the rose gold version last year). Several of the nurses commented on how lovely they thought the range was ~ especially when I told them the story behind it. Well the good news is that everything is fine and nothing to worry about and it’s amazing how wearing a few pieces of beautiful, symbolic jewellery helped me feel more confident on the day. So thank you very much Alison on designing such fabulous pieces and helping me to deal with my appointment.
    I would also like to remind those who read your blog to remember to check themselves regularly (I find it easiest to do in the shower as I cleanse my face & décolletage. The added ‘slip’ from my Decleor or Elemis cleanser seem to make it easier) and overcome any embarrassment they may feel to see their Dr.
    I do hope that I don’t cause any upset or ‘pointing out the obvious’, that wasn’t my intention, I just wanted to thank you for your inspiration and the help you gave me through sharing your story and wearing your jewellery. I’m sorry to have rambled on. Best wishes, Elaine x

    • Alison Keenan November 21, 2016 at 1:44 pm -  Reply

      Elaine firstly I am so incredibly relieved to hear that your examination proved that there was nothing sinister in the breast tissue and that you are fit and well. And secondly it is a very timely reminder from you to get other women to check themselves and your advice to do this when showering or applying moisturiser is perfect. Pointing out the obvious is a good thing. I remember two years ago after our BCC fund raising evening a lovely lady blogged me and told me that following our self check chart, she had indeed found a lump and was now receiving treatment. She would not have found it if she hadn’t have heard the self check advice. Bless you for buying and wearing all the jewellery. I am so glad that my reasons behind designing it and the symbolism gave you confidence on the day. It’s very good of you to take the time to tell me 🙂 Enjoy your week, and stay well. Love Ali xx

  83. Lisa Wolf November 17, 2016 at 7:04 am -  Reply

    palladium

    have a great day – lots of love and best wishes – hoping that the next treatment goes well

  84. Felicia November 17, 2016 at 7:48 am -  Reply

    Palladium is the answer. A gorgeous prize .

  85. Carol Morris November 17, 2016 at 7:52 am -  Reply

    Palladium is the answer.

  86. Deborah Stapleton November 17, 2016 at 8:00 am -  Reply

    Palladium looks lovely xx

  87. Ros November 17, 2016 at 8:25 am -  Reply

    Palladium is the answer. Loving diamonique

  88. Patricia Bird November 17, 2016 at 8:35 am -  Reply

    Palladian is hopefully correct answer x

  89. Julie Williams November 17, 2016 at 10:02 am -  Reply

    The answer is palladium- when the draw is made I will be sunning myself (hopefully) in the canaries as an early Christmas treat to myself

  90. Mandy November 17, 2016 at 10:03 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    The answer is Palladium & the bracelet is GORGE! I will keep my fingers & toes crossed as it is beautiful & I do love having jewellery as a gift as I am very much like you Ali, if I see something I like, I order it!
    Good luck with your treatment Lovely, you are my inspiration at the moment so sending you lots of love & hugs.
    Love from Mandy xx

    • Alison Keenan November 23, 2016 at 1:17 pm -  Reply

      Mandy thanks for taking the time out to write, and for your kind words. So glad you like the bracelet – I wish I had enough to gift to everyone! Be lucky, love Ali xx

  91. AMANDA PORTER November 17, 2016 at 10:15 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, this is a beautiful bracelet, I have always wanted a tennis bracelet and this would be a great christmas pressie for me!
    The answer is Palladium. Fingers crossed xx

  92. Elaine Mynott November 17, 2016 at 10:36 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, glad all is well with you and yours.
    Answer to your question is: PALLADIUM

  93. Lorraine November 17, 2016 at 10:37 am -  Reply

    Wow love the bracelet Palladium is the answer x

  94. Juliet Pearse November 17, 2016 at 10:39 am -  Reply

    The answer is palladium.

  95. christine November 17, 2016 at 10:41 am -  Reply

    palladian is the correct answer

  96. Lucy Little November 17, 2016 at 10:46 am -  Reply

    The answer is palladium.

  97. Barbara Andrews November 17, 2016 at 10:50 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali!
    So sorry to have missed you at Portchester Castle. I seem to spend half my life there. I live just up the road and attend St Mary’s Church (in the Castle grounds), singing in the choir. It would have been lovely to meet you! Missing DMQ on Thursday evenings when I get back from choir practice. Keep well. Barbara.

    • Alison Keenan November 23, 2016 at 1:19 pm -  Reply

      Oh Barbara, what a wonderful place to live! It is quite beautiful, and mum and I hadn’t realized there was a tea room there, otherwise we would have had tea and scones rather than our sausage rolls! Keep up with the choir practice – it must be great to sing in such a beautiful church. Keep your eyes peeled for the diamonique shows – there are quite a few between now and Christmas! Love Ali xx

  98. Linda Dunn November 17, 2016 at 11:45 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, hope all goes well with your new treatment.The answer is Palladian.Linda Dunn.

  99. Amanda Williamson November 17, 2016 at 11:46 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali Great blog as always with fab pictures. The answer is palladium. Good luck everybody.
    Hugs
    Amanda
    xxx

  100. Sharron Reed November 17, 2016 at 12:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali the answer is Palladium it’s a lovely Bracelet. Hope all goes well for you with new treatment x

  101. Hazel November 17, 2016 at 1:15 pm -  Reply

    Palladium is the answer to your competition. Wish you well with your treatment Ali, Love the pics.xx

  102. Bridget November 17, 2016 at 1:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali – the answer is palladium. I always read your blog and marvel at how you always look so wonderful – you are an inspiration and often bring a tear to my eye.

  103. Sharon Windram November 17, 2016 at 1:33 pm -  Reply

    Love your blogs Ali & your family are just beautiful, gorgeous pictures. Much love and hugs dear friend (i think of all the QVC family as our friends) hope your treatment goes brilliantly and the answer to the question is Palladium. Take care my darling Love Sharon xx

  104. Tricia coulsonwood November 17, 2016 at 1:56 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali & all the girls and boys who are in contact with you.
    I read all the blogs even though I dont comment on every one.
    Its great to hear what’s going on abiet a few lines or a few paragraphs..
    I must say your granddaughters are so gorgeous, I had grandsons but my youngest is fostering a little girl just now so Ive got that delight of spoiling a girl for a change.
    I wonder if you could elaborate about your adjuvant cancer treatment .Is it specific to breast cancer follow up treatment.?
    As you know my daughter Jan was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and treated with chemotherapy 28months ago now. I am very interested in any preventative methods of recurrence , as many many others will be.
    I hope you and all your family have a wonderful Xmas and new year and I wish all of your readers the same.
    Nb..when is your much awaited book out?.love, Tricia .x

    • Alison Keenan November 23, 2016 at 1:51 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Tricia, good to hear from you, and I’m delighted that you now have a a little girl to spoil as well as all your grandsons. With regards the adjuvent treatment that I’m now on, basically, adjuvent is a hormonal therapy, also known as endocrine therapy, and it’s basically additional cancer treatment given after the primary treatment (ie chemo) to hopefully lower the risk of the cancer recurring. if you are in a higher risk category this will always be recommended. I would imagine your daughter Jo could find out about this through her oncologist or GP or Macmillan. Good luck Tricia and let me know how you get on. ps hoping for publication of the book sometime middle of next year. Love Ali xx

  105. Teresa Karasavvas November 17, 2016 at 2:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali a great blog as always. Honey is getting so big. The answer is Palladium.

  106. Adrianne Clarke November 17, 2016 at 2:21 pm -  Reply

    The answer is palladium. What gorgeous little ones. x

  107. Vanessa Slatford November 17, 2016 at 2:27 pm -  Reply

    I really enjoyed your blog and you have many blessings in having grandchildren, they are beautiful. I am still waiting for a grandchild, fingers crossed for 2017. The bracelets look great and I’ll have to record your show on Tuesdays at 8pm as I never miss your Thursday show at 9pm when it’s on. The answer is Palladium.
    Hope you are well , happy and prepared for Christmas. Vanessa xxx

    • Alison Keenan November 24, 2016 at 11:40 am -  Reply

      Dear Vanessa thanks for your kind words about the blog and the regular shows. I’m so glad we’ve got the regular show returning in the New Year, and thank you for your ongoing loyalty! Just about the write my new blog and announce the winner – make sure you check it out! Good luck! I hope all is good with you, and that your Christmas plans are coming together, love Ali x

  108. Joanne Peate November 17, 2016 at 2:42 pm -  Reply

    Love your blog’s.answer is palladium.Jo x

  109. Hilary Schofield November 17, 2016 at 3:01 pm -  Reply

    Answer is Palladium. Lovely prize by the way.

  110. Paula dolan November 17, 2016 at 3:25 pm -  Reply

    Lovely blog the answer is palladium xx

  111. Lesley Elmes November 17, 2016 at 3:49 pm -  Reply

    Answer is palladium.

  112. Dorothy Watson November 17, 2016 at 4:04 pm -  Reply

    The answer is palladium.

  113. Brenda salter November 17, 2016 at 4:10 pm -  Reply

    The answer is palladium.
    Good luck everyone

  114. Merche November 17, 2016 at 4:16 pm -  Reply

    Palladium is the answer. Love the photo’s of your grandchildren Alison

  115. Marie Menzies November 17, 2016 at 5:08 pm -  Reply

    Palladium is the answer.Lovely prize.x

  116. Teresa L November 17, 2016 at 5:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali great to read yet another lovely blog from you, you are so kind to share all your family and Q news with us all.
    The meal you cooked for your friends looked delicious, I have to admit I am very parsusal to a good curry. Trouble is I like very hot and Paul prefers mild so I have to be very careful.
    We have still been very busy getting our new home sorted all the boxes from the removers have been returned not to say that we have finished as some of the boxes were just emptied into plastic boxes and stored in the garage so we can go through them at our own pace.
    We have found all the Christmas decorations, so can’t wait to start decorating, just hope the tree we got from Q last year fits our new home!
    Looks like you had a lovely time with your Mum, I must admit I really do miss times like this with my Mum. As she had altzimer for so long it seems like a long long time ago now.
    So glad that your cancer is staying away and good luck with the new treatment, please keep Paul and I informed of how things are going. Are you still working out on your Pilates machine? is it still helping your back? Mine is now all unpacked and I am looking forward to being able to use it very soon.
    Any news on the book?
    My my how the family is growing up it seems like yesterday that we saw the first pictures of them. Have a great time with your Sister and the school children in London what fun they are going to have, makes me wish I was small again and could visit on the fabulous places for the first all over.
    Well dear Ali must go as it is time to start getting our supper ready, we are having a very simple one tonight but one we love which is great for cold wet winter nights. Mince beef, onions, mushrooms, baked beans all cooked in tomato soup served over mush potatoes, sounds odd but taste fabulous.
    Much love
    Teresa xxxx

    • Alison Keenan November 24, 2016 at 11:45 am -  Reply

      Hi there Teresa, and so glad to hear that you’re settled in your new home, and are taking it easy when it comes to finding new places for everything. I do hope the Christmas tree fits wherever you choose to set it, and that this first festive holiday in your new home. Thanks for your tip re the minced beef – I’m loving it! sounds like my cottage pie but upside down 🙂 It was nice to spend time with mum. I do try to visit her when I can, but what with Honey and work, it’s not as often as I should. I’m sorry your mum was lost to you for so many years – Alzheimers is a very cruel disease. Re the book. I’m hoping to have good news towards the end of this year, but am looking at it being published mid -end of next year. It’s all written though, and the few members of the family I’ve sent it to have really enjoyed it, so fingers crossed! Keep in touch, and thanks for writing, love Ali xx

  117. Beverley Williams November 17, 2016 at 5:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison the answer is Palladium .Wishing you all the best you truly are an inspirational lady God bless xx

  118. Meryle November 17, 2016 at 5:40 pm -  Reply

    Palladium is a metal part of the platinum range this is the answer to Alison’s Diamonique competition question thank you

  119. Janet Turner November 17, 2016 at 5:44 pm -  Reply

    The answer is Palladium.Lovely blog.

  120. Christine November 17, 2016 at 5:46 pm -  Reply

    Answer Palladium. Your family are beautiful . Good luck Alison with treatment. Your are a trooper. God Bless.
    Take care x

  121. Kim November 17, 2016 at 6:05 pm -  Reply

    The answer is Palladium.

  122. JENNY RUSCOE November 17, 2016 at 6:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, the answer to your competition is palladium, xx

  123. Michelle Evans November 17, 2016 at 6:37 pm -  Reply

    LOVE LOVE LOVE this bracelet. The answer is Palladium. Great blog and pictures as usual x

  124. Denise Young November 17, 2016 at 6:52 pm -  Reply

    The answer is Palladium.
    Best wishes for your continued good health.

  125. L Marshall November 17, 2016 at 6:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi! The answer to comp is PALLADIUM

  126. Sue S November 17, 2016 at 7:00 pm -  Reply

    Answer Palladium. Luv luv luv this bracelet. Fingers Xx

  127. Sheila Jones November 17, 2016 at 7:01 pm -  Reply

    The answer is palladium. Good luck with your treatment.

  128. John Draper November 17, 2016 at 7:02 pm -  Reply

    The answer is Palladium – I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed!

  129. Helen November 17, 2016 at 7:04 pm -  Reply

    The answer to diamonique competition is Palladium

  130. Melissa Richardson November 17, 2016 at 7:04 pm -  Reply

    Palladium is the answer, fingers crossed

  131. Bea November 17, 2016 at 7:05 pm -  Reply

    Answer is palladium ! It would be so wonderful to win this in time for Christmas. Fingers and toes crossed!.

  132. Jane Evans November 17, 2016 at 7:06 pm -  Reply

    Palladium is the family member. x

  133. Teresa Nicholas November 17, 2016 at 7:06 pm -  Reply

    Hello the answer is Palladian.

  134. Ellie November 17, 2016 at 7:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, Palladium is a member of the Platinum group of metals.
    J X

  135. Liz Gueth November 17, 2016 at 7:08 pm -  Reply

    This is of course, palladium!! And one of those bracelets would be just Yummy!!

  136. Kay jones November 17, 2016 at 7:10 pm -  Reply

    The answer is palladium, the bracelet is such a beautiful, timeless classic…….fingers crossed.

  137. Judith Draper November 17, 2016 at 7:11 pm -  Reply

    The answer is palladium

  138. Maria Richards November 17, 2016 at 7:11 pm -  Reply

    The answer is Palladium.

  139. Brenda Whelan November 17, 2016 at 7:11 pm -  Reply

    The answer is palladium love your blogs Alison x

  140. Amy November 17, 2016 at 7:12 pm -  Reply

    Hello Alison! I’m just watching your gifts programme. Absolutely beautiful items and thank you for showcasing them so well. I would love to win this tennis bracelet. The answer is palladium. X

  141. Jan Webster November 17, 2016 at 7:12 pm -  Reply

    Palladium is the answer to your question. If I win I will give this to my Mum who is 100 years old and the best mum ever. She loves her jewellery so this would be a lovely gift for her.

    • Alison Keenan November 24, 2016 at 11:46 am -  Reply

      Wow Jan! 100 years old! That’s amazing and wonderful for you to still have her in your life. I will keep everything crossed and will be announcing the winner in the next few days! Love Ali xx

  142. Jean Clinton November 17, 2016 at 7:13 pm -  Reply

    Palladium. Gorgeous bracelet just love Diamonique . Stunning jewellery

  143. Jean Clinton November 17, 2016 at 7:15 pm -  Reply

    Palladium. Stunning bracelet just love Diamonique

  144. Wendy Pell November 17, 2016 at 7:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    The answer is palladium. Your grandchildren are adorable! I’m glad to hear that things are okay and you are keeping well at present. All the very best to you and yours. God bless. Wendy xx

  145. Jean fawcett November 17, 2016 at 7:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,the answer is palladium.So pleased to here your well,always family keep you going x

  146. Maureen November 17, 2016 at 7:27 pm -  Reply

    Answer: Palladium. Lovely blog as usual.

  147. Michelle Zinzan November 17, 2016 at 7:28 pm -  Reply

    Loving the posts and pictures x also loving the show tonight x the answer to the question is Palladium xx

  148. paula bethell November 17, 2016 at 7:28 pm -  Reply

    palladium is the answer love your blog.

  149. Pat Daly November 17, 2016 at 7:30 pm -  Reply

    Answer Palladium. Fabulous Prize.

  150. Yvonne November 17, 2016 at 7:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison. Great blog and lovely photos as always. Watching you on screen tonight and love your hair and make-up. The answer to the competition is Palladium. Keep well and take care x

    • Alison Keenan November 24, 2016 at 11:47 am -  Reply

      Thanks Yvonne – little secret tho’ – we now have professional make up artists who do our make up every day, and will sort our hair out too if we ask them too! All very luxurious! Good luck with the competition. Love Ali x

  151. jewels November 17, 2016 at 7:32 pm -  Reply

    The answer is Palladium. Thank you Ali for a great competition prize. I have long admired this bracelet.

  152. Sue Ryall November 17, 2016 at 7:34 pm -  Reply

    The answer to the question is Palladium. Thanks for entering me into the competition for the stunning bracelet. It’s beautiful.

  153. Fiona Findlay November 17, 2016 at 7:34 pm -  Reply

    Palladium is the answer

  154. Karen Duckworth November 17, 2016 at 7:34 pm -  Reply

    palladium is part of the platinum metal group. Loving the shows. X

  155. Christine Westwood November 17, 2016 at 7:40 pm -  Reply

    Palladium is the answer. Beautiful bracelet.

  156. Brenda Watson November 17, 2016 at 7:45 pm -  Reply

    Palladium is thr answer xx

  157. Sandra catherwood November 17, 2016 at 7:45 pm -  Reply

    answer is palladium.

  158. Anne Wilson November 17, 2016 at 7:57 pm -  Reply

    Palladium is the answer.

  159. Kathleen harrison November 17, 2016 at 7:58 pm -  Reply

    Palladium lové to see looking so well love watching your shows gréât présenter

  160. Belinda Ives November 17, 2016 at 8:01 pm -  Reply

    hi ali the answer is palladium
    I’m so blessed to see oiking so well and for you to share your time with your beautiful family with us all

    hi the answer is palladium
    hi its great to see u looking so fit and well and for sharing with us your beautiful family.your so blessed . I will continue to pray for you. god bless x

    • Alison Keenan November 24, 2016 at 11:48 am -  Reply

      Belinda, bless you for your prayers, and thank you for writing to me. Love ALi x

  161. lynne white November 17, 2016 at 8:22 pm -  Reply

    Palladium is the answer

  162. Sian November 17, 2016 at 8:33 pm -  Reply

    The answer is palladium. Good luck with your treatment. Beautiful photos as is the bracelet!

  163. Marlene Eccleston November 17, 2016 at 8:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison. The answer is Palladium.

  164. katie Stewart November 17, 2016 at 8:39 pm -  Reply

    The answer to your competiton is Palladium. I love to read your blog.

  165. Hilary Littlefield November 17, 2016 at 8:45 pm -  Reply

    Palladium is the answer. Love reading your blog Ali and the photographs are just amazing……two very special little people! Love Hilary x

  166. Alisonboswell November 17, 2016 at 9:35 pm -  Reply

    My answer is palladium.

  167. Sam November 17, 2016 at 9:45 pm -  Reply

    The answer is Palladian. Got my fingers crossed!!

  168. Gill lister November 17, 2016 at 9:49 pm -  Reply

    Palladium would love to win as dimonique is just beautiful and the bracelet is no exception

  169. Jelena November 17, 2016 at 9:52 pm -  Reply

    Answer is: Palladium

  170. Pamela Barker November 17, 2016 at 9:57 pm -  Reply

    Good Evening.
    Answer Palladium

  171. Tanya McMean November 17, 2016 at 10:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, my answer is Pallidium

  172. sue lee November 17, 2016 at 10:23 pm -  Reply

    Palladium is the answer. Love the baby pics.xx

  173. Carol sibbit November 17, 2016 at 10:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali the answer is palladium. Xx

  174. Susan Kennedy November 17, 2016 at 10:49 pm -  Reply

    The answer is Palladium.

  175. Pauline tilmouth November 17, 2016 at 11:14 pm -  Reply

    Palladium is the answer for the fab tennis bracelet

  176. Judith Dunster November 17, 2016 at 11:19 pm -  Reply

    The answer is palladium take care X

  177. Emma Adem November 17, 2016 at 11:22 pm -  Reply

    Palladium my dear

  178. Pauline Smith November 17, 2016 at 11:30 pm -  Reply

    Palladium is the answer

  179. adel taylor November 17, 2016 at 11:32 pm -  Reply

    What a beautiful blog Ali, such adorable pictures and awesome family, you are a true gem and such a wonderful lady!!
    Love the Diamonique Tennis bracelet and “palladium” would be my answer!!
    Big Hugs XOXO

  180. Mrs ingrid mason November 17, 2016 at 11:32 pm -  Reply

    The answer is Palladium

  181. Hayley Pearce November 17, 2016 at 11:36 pm -  Reply

    The answer is Palladium. Hope everything goes well when you start your new treatment x

  182. Barbara Finemore November 17, 2016 at 11:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    PALLADIAN is the answer to the Diamonique tennis bracelet competition. It is beautiful. xx

  183. Susan strain November 17, 2016 at 11:41 pm -  Reply

    The answer is palladium. Would love to win this bracelet. Love reading your blogs…keep them coming. Best wishes to you and your family

  184. Lisa Coughlan November 17, 2016 at 11:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, The answer is Palladium, Love all your photos and your grandchildren are so sweet and adorable. XX

  185. Jill DowdingWalker November 18, 2016 at 12:01 am -  Reply

    Ah Alison – your beautiful grand babies are so adorable!

    So glad to hear you are taking the next step in cancer treatment. I’m sure you’ll do well and I hope it won’t make you feel unwell as these strong medicines often can. I admire your positivity and bravery!

    The answer for your competition is:
    palladium!

    I seriously like the yellow gold colour bracelet!

    Take care sweet friend,

    Jill (& Nesta Canine Partner) x x x

    • Alison Keenan November 24, 2016 at 11:50 am -  Reply

      Jill, your concern is very kind, and you’re right, I hadn’t really wanted to go on with further treatment, but my oncologist has always given me the best advice, and so I am giving it a go. Good luck in the competition, and my love to you and Nesta xxx

  186. Janine Hammond November 18, 2016 at 12:03 am -  Reply

    Hi, the answer is Palladium.
    Hope all is well with you and your health continues to go from strength to strength.

  187. Pat Crozier November 18, 2016 at 2:36 am -  Reply

    Palladium is the answer. Diamonique is lovely and so realistic. Loving your pics of the grandchildren, growing up fast. Glad all us well with you. Yes Poldark did leave unanswered questions. Long wait for next series.

    • Alison Keenan November 24, 2016 at 11:50 am -  Reply

      Too long a wait Pat! Just hoping that Call the Midwife and maybe Last Tango in Halifax will be returning 🙂 Love Ali xx

  188. Linda Marshall November 18, 2016 at 6:28 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, Love the photo’s of your grandchildren, they all look so beautiful. I am very pleased that your health is good, and your new treatment will hopefully work and keep you fighting fit and smiling as you deserve.
    love as always Linda xx

    • Alison Keenan November 24, 2016 at 11:51 am -  Reply

      LInda, that’s very kind of you to comment, and I agree, I am truly blessed with all my grandchildren, and so proud of their parents who are doing a wonderful job of bringing them up. Fingers crossed for the treatment. I hope that life is good for you and yours, love Ali x

  189. joanne November 18, 2016 at 7:16 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali the answer is palladium.

  190. Brenda Scullion November 18, 2016 at 7:28 am -  Reply

    Palladium is the answer for this one, beautiful prize. Wish you all the best for your future treatment, good luck. x

  191. Lyn Nurdin November 18, 2016 at 8:25 am -  Reply

    Palladium is the answer.

  192. karen williamson November 18, 2016 at 8:55 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali

    The answer is palladium.

    The bracelet looks stunning, so fingers crossed.

    Regards

    Karen Williamson

  193. Susan walker November 18, 2016 at 10:05 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, the answer in palladium. Can I also say you are looking very well. Your grand children are beautiful. I think it’s Calla, I have never seen hair so dark, gorgeous. Take care. Sue. X

    • Alison Keenan November 24, 2016 at 11:53 am -  Reply

      Sue, I agree, Calla’s hair is beautiful, and so curly! Her mum is actually a blonde, and Danny has dark blonde hair too, but Calla is a real cutie 🙂 Love Ali xx

  194. Vanessa Foster November 18, 2016 at 10:08 am -  Reply

    Answer is a: Palladium – Calla looks beautiful,so chiic!

  195. Jill November 18, 2016 at 10:46 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali the answer is palladium.
    Love your diamonique shows.

  196. Valerie Crane November 18, 2016 at 10:52 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali Answer is Palladium. Your girls are so cute takes me back to when mine were
    small.

  197. Deborah Thompson November 18, 2016 at 11:05 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali the answer is palladium , thanks for the competition and good luck with your new treatment.

  198. Lyn Hopkinson November 18, 2016 at 11:14 am -  Reply

    THD answer to your competition question is palladium

  199. karen somerville November 18, 2016 at 12:24 pm -  Reply

    answer palladium ! love your thursday shows cannot wait to return .i just want to say thankyou alison for being so postive .my dad has termial cancer .we were told a couple of months ago .i never knew how much it affects the family .i have my moments of total cant believe it .what i am going to do but listening to people and reading your blog has helped me greatly .also the nurses of marie curie are amazing .good luck on your treatment .

    • Alison Keenan November 24, 2016 at 11:56 am -  Reply

      My dear Karen, I was so sorry to read about your dad. Just a terribly difficult time for you all, and as you say, unreal in so many ways. There is very little anyone can say that will be of comfort, but my only advice would be to spend as much time together that you can, reliving old memories, and telling him how you feel. I am so very glad that the Marie Curie nurses are doing such a wonderful job – I don’t know where we’d be with this wonderful support from all the palliative teams. Please keep in touch, stay strong, and spend time with those you love and lean on them. With my love, Ali x

  200. chris howells November 18, 2016 at 2:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali the answer is Palladium. Good luck with your treatment. X

  201. Jane Franklin November 18, 2016 at 4:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison. The answer is palladium.

  202. Hilary Power November 18, 2016 at 5:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi, the answer is Palladium.

  203. Janet November 18, 2016 at 5:11 pm -  Reply

    Lovely photos, the answer is Palladium

  204. Sarah November 18, 2016 at 6:45 pm -  Reply

    Answer is Palladium! x

  205. Sue Kendall November 18, 2016 at 8:10 pm -  Reply

    What lovely photos. The answer is Palladium.

  206. Sally Greenway November 18, 2016 at 11:26 pm -  Reply

    Hello, the answer is palladium x

  207. Christine Auchterlonie November 18, 2016 at 11:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali… Lovely family photos of the children and a lovely couple of days out with your Mum … The meal you prepared looked very colourful and appetising …. I do like an Indian or Chinese meal the photo made me feel I should be going out for an evening meal… Having said that I have been out this week for a nice festive afternoon tea ,a very nice Italian meal with a friend and a couple of Christmas shopping events one at Wynyard Hall … The grounds there are beautiful and at this time of the year the colours of the autumn leaves are quite stunning…. You asked about Simons web site Church Green Studios… Yes he took all of the photographs and travels quite a lot to the Lake District and the Northumberland coast he works with a friend who is a photographer They do local workshops…. This is aside from his full time job ..he has taken some beautiful shots of his two girls Jessica and Katy he is a very busy lad! I have missed a couple of your shows this week but looking forward to Simon on Sunday and Tova I love her shows and her perfume…nice!!! How are you getting on with the new treatment …. I hope you are keeping well please let us know how things go…I know you are looking forward to the trip to the Science Museum with your sister hope you have a good day…. Look forward to your next blog …till then take care of you and yours ….Love Chris x

    • Alison Keenan November 24, 2016 at 12:20 pm -  Reply

      Hello there Chris, lovely to hear from you this week, and great know that you’ve been busy enjoying yourself! Afternoon tea, and then an Italian meal – sounds delicious. I’ve never been to Wynyard Hall, but do have fond memories of last December staying away in Bath for a weekend with Roz and Chris and spending time looking around their Christmas markets. Your son Simon is such an amazing photographer! I am sure his workshops are very well attended 🙂 The new treatment is making me a little more tired than usual and also a tad achey in the mornings, but once I’m up and about it tends to wear off. I’ll be fine – I can get used to most things 🙂 enjoy the rest of the week and I’ll be posting the new blog in the next few days. love Ali xx

  208. Anne Till November 18, 2016 at 11:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, lovely as always to read your blog. The answer is palladium.

  209. Lynda carter November 19, 2016 at 8:03 am -  Reply

    The answer is palladium.

  210. Christine Cairns November 19, 2016 at 9:12 am -  Reply

    Answer: Palladium

    Alison your grandchildren are adorable – Honey looks very much like you.
    I think you are looking much more like your ‘old’ self and I wish you continued good health.

    • Alison Keenan November 24, 2016 at 12:22 pm -  Reply

      Christine that is a lovely to thing to say – infact both your comments are much appreciated. Funnily enough I have a photograph of myself just outside my dressing room door that was taken just a month before my diagnosis… I think you’re right. I wish you good health too and thanks for writing, love Ali xx

  211. Vickie Grant November 19, 2016 at 1:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali. The answer is palladium. X X

  212. Sheila Margrett November 19, 2016 at 2:10 pm -  Reply

    The answer is palladium. Many thanks (I love the colour of your hair)

  213. Lesley knowlson November 19, 2016 at 4:45 pm -  Reply

    Palladium is the answer

  214. Margaret Rees November 19, 2016 at 5:25 pm -  Reply

    The answer is Palladium

  215. Chris N November 19, 2016 at 5:47 pm -  Reply

    Answer – Palladium. Lovely prize just in time for Christmas.

  216. Valerie Boal November 19, 2016 at 6:33 pm -  Reply

    Answer is Palladian. Love to read all your news.

  217. Claire November 19, 2016 at 6:40 pm -  Reply

    The answer is: palladium

  218. elizabeth mclean November 19, 2016 at 7:41 pm -  Reply

    The answer is ; Palladium, god bless you,beautiful Ali,youre strength is an inspiration.

  219. Jane Spilsbury November 19, 2016 at 8:22 pm -  Reply

    The answer is palladium

  220. Bernadette frodsham November 19, 2016 at 10:28 pm -  Reply

    The answer is palladium .

  221. Paula hickman November 19, 2016 at 11:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Allison, the answer for the competition is palladium. HOpe things go well for you. Lovely pics as usual of all the family, and that’s what counts. Yes it was in the 70s I went to the planetarium from school and I can still remember how I felt looking up into the skies, and that voice I was completely overwhelmed. Xxx

    • Alison Keenan November 24, 2016 at 12:23 pm -  Reply

      Paula we must be a similar age, although I visited it with my first boyfriend in the summer of 1975. It was incredible, as was my trip on Tuesday, but I’ll tell all in the blog 🙂 Good luck with the competition, love Ali xx

  222. Denise Lamb November 20, 2016 at 1:53 am -  Reply

    Palladium, love that this bracelet comes in small size for us skinny wrist women. Good luck with your treatment.

  223. Beverley Lewington November 20, 2016 at 3:47 am -  Reply

    Answer is Palladium please enter me.

  224. Susan Tubby November 20, 2016 at 8:09 am -  Reply

    Hello Ali
    What stunning photos, you must be so proud, The answer is Palladium, Hope all goes well with your treatments. x

  225. susan kramer November 20, 2016 at 12:46 pm -  Reply

    the answer is palladium. all the best xxxx

  226. Nazma Leyson November 20, 2016 at 2:46 pm -  Reply

    Answer is A) Palladium

  227. ELAINE GREEN November 20, 2016 at 5:38 pm -  Reply

    Answer is palladium

  228. Julie Chapman November 20, 2016 at 6:25 pm -  Reply

    The answer is Palladium. Lovely pictures Ali.

  229. Lynn Kelly November 20, 2016 at 8:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi the answer is palladium

  230. mrs p blain November 20, 2016 at 9:04 pm -  Reply

    The answer is palladium

  231. Hazel Pilott November 20, 2016 at 11:59 pm -  Reply

    Palladium is the answer. Keep smiling Alison you are an inspiration!

  232. Lynn campbell November 21, 2016 at 8:12 am -  Reply

    Answer is palladium x

  233. Mrs Jackie Evans November 21, 2016 at 11:14 am -  Reply

    The answer is Palladium Happy Christmas everyone.

  234. jackie homer November 21, 2016 at 5:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali the answer is palladium the blogs fab and the children are beautifull. Always love watchinew u and you were the first person on here to tweet me back and like my tweets and Debbie was the second one lots of love to u and all at qvc XXXX

    • Alison Keenan November 24, 2016 at 12:24 pm -  Reply

      Well very many thanks to you Jackie for following me on Twitter! I love getting ahead of the game with shows and products, and it’s nice to get your comments too! Love to you too! Ali xx

  235. Helen Davies November 21, 2016 at 5:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,

    I have never replied to a Blog before, but your’s is inspiring.

    The answer to your question is of course (a) Palladium

    Hope you and you family are keeping well and the treatment is doing you some good, take care of yourself and have a lovely Christmas with your fab family

    Cheers

    Helen

    • Alison Keenan November 24, 2016 at 12:27 pm -  Reply

      Helen, I’m so glad that you enjoy the blog and thanks for your kind comment. Delighted too that mine is the first one you’ve added to 🙂 I’m keeping everything crossed with the treatment, and I wish you and your family a truly happy Christmas, love Ali xx

  236. Nicki November 21, 2016 at 5:28 pm -  Reply

    The answer is Palladium

  237. mrs p blain November 21, 2016 at 6:13 pm -  Reply

    The answer is a palladium

  238. Mandy Matthews November 21, 2016 at 6:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali. The answer is palladium. They look beautiful and I look forward to seeing them on Qvc. I would love a tennis bracelet i have admired them for years. I hint to family and friends every birthday and Xmas but nobody has taken the hint yet. Now I might just have to buy one myself.

  239. Marie Rodgers November 21, 2016 at 7:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali the answer is Palladium the bracelet is beautiful and would compliment my outfit for son’s wedding

  240. Lisa Creighton November 21, 2016 at 7:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison the answer is palladium.
    Lovely blog as always & good luck & best wishes with the next stage of your treatment.
    Huge hug. Xx

  241. christine November 21, 2016 at 7:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi

    The answer is Palladium . May I wish you and your family a very happy Christmas and healthy 2017.

  242. sylvia irwin November 21, 2016 at 7:54 pm -  Reply

    palladium is the answer.

  243. Upeksha Perera November 21, 2016 at 9:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, the answer is Palladium. Your beauty, courage and positive outlook is inspiring to us all. Good luck with your next round of treatment. x

  244. Jenny Smith November 21, 2016 at 10:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi, the answer is Palladium.
    The bracelet is beautiful, I am going to order it for my Mum for Christmas, I just have to work out which colour.
    Good luck with the new treatment.

  245. JOYCE MULDOON November 22, 2016 at 1:12 am -  Reply

    THE ANSWER IS PALLADIUM . Wishing you continued health and happiness xxx

  246. maxine conroy November 22, 2016 at 1:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, the answer is palladium. So enjoy reading your blog hope you and your family have a lovely Christmas!

  247. Clare knight November 22, 2016 at 2:23 pm -  Reply

    I think it’s palladium x

  248. Clare knight November 22, 2016 at 2:24 pm -  Reply

    I think the answer is palladium x

  249. Tricia coulsonwood November 22, 2016 at 5:09 pm -  Reply

    Forgot to I’ve my answer.
    Palladium.

  250. Wenna Clark November 22, 2016 at 7:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi, the answer is pilladium x

  251. Shirley kerr November 22, 2016 at 8:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali the answer is palladium xx

  252. Linda Richards November 22, 2016 at 10:17 pm -  Reply

    I think the answer is PALLADIUM.

  253. Janice Owen November 23, 2016 at 8:44 am -  Reply

    Palladium Very photogenic grandchildren

  254. Maria Collett November 23, 2016 at 1:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, the answer is palladium. Your grandchildren are gorgeous. X

  255. adele November 23, 2016 at 2:51 pm -  Reply

    Answer is Palladium,
    Thank you for the chance

  256. Mags November 23, 2016 at 2:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Allison, the answer is palladium. What beautiful children. Just want to say you are an inspiration to us all. Keep well.

    • Alison Keenan November 24, 2016 at 12:28 pm -  Reply

      Mags that’s very sweet of you to say – so much to be grateful for, and my grandchildren are a very big part of that. Thanks for writing, love Ali xx

  257. Angie Quinton November 23, 2016 at 3:20 pm -  Reply

    The answer is palladium. Love reading your blog Alison. The curry looks absolutely mouthwatering!!!

  258. Vivien Gore November 23, 2016 at 4:03 pm -  Reply

    The answer is palladium. Good blog as usual Ali. Look forward to your shows on Tuesdays at 8 pm xxx

  259. Stephanie November 23, 2016 at 8:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison! The answer is Palladium. Lovely photos!! 🙂

  260. Linda Watkins November 24, 2016 at 8:23 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison, the answer is palladium.x

  261. Sue Reilly November 24, 2016 at 10:48 am -  Reply

    The answer is Palladium.

  262. Vivien Gore November 24, 2016 at 9:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali the answer is palladium. I think l already have that bracelet it’s lovely. Anyway hope to see you next week on diamonique miss seeing it on a Thursday. You granddaughters are adorable. Clearly you love them dearly. Hope your still enjoying good health as l am at the present time. Bye for now love Viv x

  263. Dawn Tindle November 24, 2016 at 11:36 pm -  Reply

    Rhodium is classified as a member of the platinum group of metals.
    Which of the following is also part of that group?

    Answer: Palladium

    Great blog Alison. Good luck with the treatment. You are an inspiration to us all.
    I love the rose gold; always have from my great grand parents days.

  264. Sue Jackson February 8, 2017 at 7:48 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison Just scrolling through presenters’ blogs and came across the beautiful photo of your granddaughter in her gorgeous little black outfit and black tights. Reminded me of trying to buy black tights for my daughter when she was a baby – I ended up with lots of white pairs and a large container of black dye!! She’ll be 46 next week ………….

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