Gardening, Ice Creams and a Two Year anniversary

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It’s taken me at least five minutes of scrubbing to get the grime off my hands from gardening!  Note to self – wear gloves!  Still, I now have well fed pots and a nicely trimmed terrace! What more could a girl want? 🙂  Colin’s been out there with me, but he’s doing all the heavy jobs like re-building fences and digging out old paving slabs!

We borrowed these mighty machines to help him and although I felt I should learn to operate at least one of them, it was Colin’s 96 year old mother Kathleen who actually had a go!  I know what you’re thinking!  I was at work that day, otherwise of course I would have insisted she wore a hard hat! 🙂   She is an incredible woman, and thought it was great fun – never too old eh?

Well the last time I wrote, I was asking for your help, and as always you did me proud 🙂  My collection of ‘ I Hope’ jewellery, designed to raise funds for the charity Breast Cancer Care, has continued to sell and is  virtually limited stock, so if you’ve not had chance to make a purchase yet, there may not be much time remaining.

As promised I can now update you and let you know that I’ve been asked to design a new collection of jewellery, staying within the ‘I Hope’ theme, but incorporating our Diamonique range.  I’m really excited and have been jotting ideas down, so will keep you in the loop.  I may need your assistance in deciding what I should present to the buyers! 🙂

Click here for the Alison Keenan Breast Cancer Care I Hope Large Pendant & Chain Sterling Silver

Click here for the Alison Keenan Breast Cancer Care I Hope Drop Earrings Sterling Silver 

Click here for the Alison Keenan Breast Cancer Care I Hope Bypass Ring Sterling Silver

Of course it’s this time of the year that sees a great many staunch supporters of BCC out running or walking to raise money, and in the case of our intrepid team from QVC, peddling their way across London in the Pink Ribbon tour to raise much needed financial support for this fabulous charity.

I’m not sure how they did, but I know they will have given it their all, and will probably need a good rub down with something warming!  They were all wearing their ‘pop bands’ which are these colourful bracelets created by BCC and currently available on our website in packs of four for just £9!

You can wear them in your hair or on your wrist, and they symbolise hope, strength and unity for all those of us affected by breast cancer (item no 167072). At least 60% of the proceeds of these will be paid to Breast Cancer Care. So many folk, coming together to make a difference… makes me feel truly humbled.

The last couple of weeks have been very much family orientated as we saw Colin’s mum, celebrated Colin’s birthday, I spent a day with Jack, and made a trip to see my mum and sister Jenny.  I even managed a day with Honey and Lucy last week too – well it would have been rude not too, especially as Lucy had booked me in for a fabulous Aromatherapy Massage.  It was absolute heaven, and I think I slept through most of it I was so relaxed, but bless my girl for her thoughtfulness.

We were lucky with the weather for Colin’s BBQ birthday, but were sadly short on numbers.  That said, I thought I’d bought too much food, but all we were left with was a pot of humous and a rather disastrous Tzatziki that I’d made – the yoghurt was fat free and very thin! I didn’t take any photos this year, mainly because I was cooking and also misplaced my phone, but I can tell you the cake was the same as last year! A Victoria Sandwich with fresh cream and strawberries in it, which was wolfed down during a round of board games later that night.

It was games of a different sort with Honey in the kitchen the following morning, when we were rolling out play dough by 8.30am and counting how many Shreddies there were in her bowl!  Her speech and ability to count are quite incredible for a child her age, and I am inordinately proud of her. When asked what she’d like in her salad she said “Matoes and Cubunger”!  A girl after my own heart!

Food of a different sort when I went to visit mum and Joe.  We had ice cream in the afternoon which Joe kindly treated us too, and then a pizza in the evening with Jenny and Linda.  Both mum and I were wearing our Skechers and convinced Jenny that she needs to introduce this amazing range of footwear into her life.  I’m on with Vonda Barnes next Friday at 11pm celebrating their seven year anniversary with QVC so I’ve promised to let Jenny know if I spot something she’d like. I spotted a great deal I liked at the West Meon Summer Fete on Saturday, when the sun shone, the Pimms flowed, and my sister and I picked up many a bargain!

Talking of which, plenty of bargains to be had this Saturday the 17th June when it will be Day Two of our ‘Summer Together’ feature at QVC.  I’ll be working with June Poster from Frank Usher who have some fabulous jewellery, and then sharing the 10pm hour with Ouida Oliver from Ronni Nicole.  I will hopefully look the part wearing designs from both ranges!

A couple of weeks back I mentioned the Maidenhead Tuneless Choir – a group of like minded, and in truth very tuneful individuals – who meet once a week to sing their hearts out.  Last weekend saw their first birthday, and Tabitha Beaven the founder of the project had organised a picnic and a singsong on the village green at Cookham Dean. Colin brought his guitar along and we had great fun singing in the sunshine for an hour or so.

Here I am sporting my Kipling bag (TSV 24th June) which contained not only our picnic, but my fan, money, umbrella (never too sure it won’t rain), and a microfibre towel to sit on!  I loved the colour too – it’s just one of many, so I hope you’ll join Marie-Francoise and I on that Saturday morning when we tell you all about it.

Another date for my own diary is this Sunday June 18th. It’s Father’s Day, which I know is going to be a little difficult for my children this year, and for all those of us who no longer have our Dad’s with us.  We plan to make it a day of celebration though, and Colin’s Country Band, The Sonny Walters Band will be performing live at The Horns in Watford that afternoon.  It’s been almost a year since his last gig, and he’ll be including many of the new songs that he’s written and recorded for his second album.  Luckily most of the children can make it, including Sam and Jack, and if you’re anywhere in the vicinity, please do join us. They’ll be on stage from 4.30pm and it’s promising to be a very entertaining afternoon!

More reasons to celebrate on Monday the 26th June. Hard to believe it’s been two years since I walked down the aisle and became Mrs Elsworth, but it was one of the happiest days of my life, and I hope very much we have many more ahead of us. I am working that day but will be finished on air by 7pm so am meeting Colin in Chiswick where we plan to have a celebratory supper somewhere.

That’s only two days before my long awaited birthday treat to hear Tony Bennett sing at The Albert Hall. It will be the perfect precursor to our Maltese holiday, as we fly out the following afternoon.  I’ve set my TV to record Poldark on Sunday though – after such a corking beginning to Series Three we don’t want to miss it!

In the meantime, along with my other shows, I’ll be with you every Tuesday at 8pm for our regular Diamonique rendezvous where I promise to spoil you with an amazing collection of simulated diamond jewellery. Aspirational but affordable – it’s what we love about it! 🙂

Take care, enjoy your week, and I look forward as always to hearing from you.

With my love,

Ali xxx

46 Comments

  1. Kylie Gottsche June 14, 2017 at 12:20 pm -  Reply

    Very impressive 96 working the tractor!!! Happy 2nd anniversary wishing you many many many more to come! I so look forward to your diamonique shows I have so many amazing realistic pieces.

    • Alison Keenan June 17, 2017 at 9:03 pm -  Reply

      Dear Kylie, I completely agree! Many thanks for your kind anniversary wishes, and the thoughtful comments about the Diamonique shows. So glad you enjoy them, Love Ali xx

  2. Jenny June 14, 2017 at 6:11 pm -  Reply

    When is the TSV for kipling because the TV Guide say the TSV is on 24 June?

    • Alison Keenan June 17, 2017 at 9:08 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Jenny I am so sorry! You are right and the Kipling TSV is on the 24th June and not the 20th as I put in the blog! I will ask my editor Kylie to change it on Monday! I hope you’ll be able to join Marie Francoise and myself that night! It’s a great bag and some beautiful colours too. Love Ali x

  3. martin forbes June 14, 2017 at 6:17 pm -  Reply

    hi alison not wrote for awhile happy 2nd wdding anniverary to you and colin and hope you and rest off family arewell i have just caome back from 2weks holiday from tenerife it was very hot staying at myc ousins appartment i more weeks holiday staying at home in september and that weill be all holidays for this year

    • Alison Keenan June 17, 2017 at 9:09 pm -  Reply

      Hello there Martin, how lovely for you to get away for a fortnight somewhere warm! Although that said, it’s incredibly hot here in the UK at present too. Nice to have September to look forward to as well. Thanks for your kind anniversary wishes – I will pass them on to Colin. Love Ali xx

  4. Susan June 14, 2017 at 8:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, lovely update. Lots going on and fun times. Happy anniversary and birthday for ahead! Enjoy Malta, as if you need any more colour! I’m envious of your relaxation time! Enjoy xx

    • Alison Keenan June 17, 2017 at 9:11 pm -  Reply

      Hi Susan, so glad you enjoyed the blog – I’m just trying to cram as much as I can into each day. Try Decleor’s Gradual Glow and Tan Luxe facial tanning drops – both work really well, although I have had some time in the garden too! Thanks for your anniversary wishes, I will pass them on to Colin. Love Ali xx

  5. Margaret June 14, 2017 at 8:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali I have been trying to order your ring. The one you done for breast cancer I hope and it’s not in stock I was wanting a size. V. Can you let me know if they are coming back in stock please I have the necklace and would like the ring to go with it. By the way it is beautiful .

    • Alison Keenan June 17, 2017 at 9:12 pm -  Reply

      My dear Margaret, I am sorry but the ring is only available now in the smallest sizes J and K. I don’t believe we will be making any more as I have been asked to design a new line. I will try to make sure I include a ring. So glad you like the jewellery, and thank you so much for supporting the charity too. Love Ali xx

  6. joanna Downey June 14, 2017 at 9:07 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali, I started your blog with a giggling fit after reading that you have ‘a nicely trimmed terrace’ & ended it with a ‘mmmmm’ after seeing Colin looking enigmatic on the edge of his rolling acres… In between there was lots of news & proof of how important it is to keep in touch with those we love. I wish you both a Happy Anniversary & a super concert at The Albert Hall, we were there on that very sad Saturday two weeks ago seeing The Piano Guys. I thought the acoustics were incredible & the steep tiers meant that even though we were in the Rousing Circle we had a great view of the stage. That visit to London was my second one during the half term holiday, a week that saw me take the huge decision to apply for my pension one year early early & retire at Christmas. I have dreaded the thought of my sixties since my mum died when she was only 68, but recently that feeling has intensified to one of panic that I am running out of time. Only Colin knew how I felt until I told my sister when we were at Chelsea, I felt awful because she has had to live one day at a time for the past thirteen years but she agreed with him that it was the right moment for me to write a new chapter. I am sure that I will find enough to fill my time, I’m hoping to find an animal sanctuary that wants volunteers & I would love to join a choir, however, it would have to be very tuneless to accept me as a member so it may be a protracted search. One of the the things I am most looking forward to is having more time to devote to our garden – I may even achieve a nicely trimmed terrace… I think Honey’s choice of salad is spot on & I enjoyed my matoes & cubunger very much tonight, bless her she’s such a poppet. Blue skies & sunshine. Love from Jo x

    • Alison Keenan June 17, 2017 at 9:18 pm -  Reply

      My dear Jo, so good to hear from you and I applaud your decision to retire. We have to live each day to the full, and with those we love, so a sense of panic and dread is not conducive to happy days. I completely understand your fears since losing your mum – I shared the same sense of doom after my diagnosis at 50 years old as my dad had died when he was just 54. But not so now. I am very lucky that I manage to keep my work home balance just right, and although I am certain the school will miss you terribly, your decision is the right one. I hope you find a choir and I’m sure an animal sanctuary would be delighted to have your help, but to have more time in the garden will definitely be a bonus. Aim for the nicely trimmed terrace… ! 🙂 I’ll write again before my hols, but so glad to know you are being supported by your sister and Colin. Enjoy the sunshine and blue skies – so warming to the soul I find. Love Ali xx

  7. Judith Lennon June 14, 2017 at 10:01 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali
    I decided to check the blogs tonight having just returned from a lovely night out with my hubby celebrating our 48th wedding anniversary! We have been so blessed during this time and had some challenging and sad times also – just like any family. We retuned from our holiday to the Baltic just over a week ago and I am still buzzing with the wonderful places we visited and the exciting things we did. Who would believe a lady of my age went sledging with huskies in Helsinki! Been in an igloo and had a drink from a cup made of ice. It may have been indoor but I wouldn’t have missed it for anything, and it was all very realistic. My grandchildren are quite jealous. Happy memories… you too as always have been a busy lady. Happy anniversary to you and Colin when it comes round. where has that gone? Honey is beautiful. It’s a lovely age and I am sure your whole family cherish the time spent with her. Your mum must be so proud. Glad your range of jewellery is going well. Every little for this great cause helps. I have heard of several people I know recently who have been diagnosed. This dreadful disease can target anyone as we well know. Well Ali time to kick my high heels off and put the kettle on! Take care and love and hugs as always . Judith xx

    • Alison Keenan June 25, 2017 at 7:29 pm -  Reply

      Ooh Judith, I am loving the sound of your holiday in the Baltic! The fact that you went sledging with the Huskies, and into an Igloo may mean I have to change my vow of a lifetime and that is to only visit warm countries in my 50’s! 🙂 48 years of marriage – that is such a good reason to celebrate with you a fabulous holiday – our is two years tomorrow (26th June) and although I’m working I’ll be finished by 7pm so we are going out for dinner. Honey is such a little poppet isn’t she? Lucy took us to the circus yesterday, and she was just as thrilled as we were by it all. Precious times. I hope you’ve had plenty of restful times with your heels off this weekend, and thanks as always for writing and keeping in touch – apologies for the delay in replying! With love, Ali xx

  8. Tricia coulsonwood June 15, 2017 at 12:39 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali, HAPPY” ANNIVERSARY TO YOU “…and your Colin..xx
    Hope you have a lovely celebratory meal..
    Just got to say little Honey is like a mini Alison..
    I’ve never seen such a likeness since myself and my grandmother.
    I hope everyone is feeling happier now that summer is here .
    Despite all the awful happenings in London these past months..
    We are all affected and I for one wish I could help more by using my nursing skills..But alas I am still getting around on walking sticks with my locked knee refusing to bend..take care all.
    Tricia . X

    • Alison Keenan June 25, 2017 at 7:41 pm -  Reply

      Dear Tricia, lovely to hear from you although I was sorry to know that you are still struggling with your knee… I pray it will sort itself soon! With all that has been happening in our country over the last few weeks, it makes me very glad to know that those with the same skills as yourselves have been making such a difference to the victims and their families. I sure you must be very frustrated not to be able to step in at times like these… Thank you for your kind words about little Honey – you’re not the first to mention that we look alike – although she is an absolute double of her own mummy at the same age. Thanks too for your anniversary wishes – very sweet of you. Take care, love Ali xx

  9. Loraine Plumb June 15, 2017 at 2:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali glad your well lovely blog again you asked me to let you know how gran canaria was it was nice but a tad windy and more cloud than sun but still warm still came back with a tan and it was pleasant in the evenings rather than sticky and too hot but we both decided we definitely prefer Italy so as we are saving for the big holiday to Florida in April with all the family (I think I told you about it ) it will probably be after that we go again to Italy we have time of in august and September but rather reluctant to travel to Gatwick just for a few days away and Bournemouth airport mainly go to Spain be a few others so Les and I are having a few days near Windsor have a room that looks out on the Thames . speaking of Italy our son and girlfriend are of to Naples on Friday and saturday Clare Geoff and baby Willa are going to Majorca so we are on our own with Clare’s dog who unfortunately has cancer he’s a Bernese mountain dog we have to hope the chemotherapy he’s having works but it’s not curable they are devastated as are we but as long as he is not suffering they are giving him a chance sorry to ramble on hope you enjoy your holiday and I will remember your anniversary because I’m of work for my birthday that day and Les birthday is 1st July so we are all celebrating that as well as belated father’s day as they will all be away as I said take care enjoy best wishes Loraine xx

    • Alison Keenan June 25, 2017 at 7:48 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Loraine, Great to catch up and hear about your holiday. We too found Gran Canaria pretty windy and cloudy, but you still tan through the cloud as Abi Cleve is often telling us! I think a little break in Italy would be just the ticket – see what Clare and Geoff thought of Naples? Colin and I didn’t make it there on our Honeymoon but it’s one of those places we’ll definitely return to. You will be within spitting distance of us when you stay in Windsor, and I’m sure you’ll love the town. We’re having our anniversary dinner on the river there tomorrow night – lovely views – and thank you for your good wishes 🙂 I was sorry to hear about Clare’s dog.. I hope the treatment works for him, and stops him from suffering further. Happy birthday for tomorrow (you’ll probably read this on the day itself though) and I hope that you and Les enjoy belated and early celebrations with the family. Thanks for keeping in touch – always good to hear from you, love Ali xx

  10. Liz Holmes June 15, 2017 at 6:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison. I always enjoy reading your blogs and hearing all about your family news and what you’ve been up to. Honey is such a gorgeous little girl and growing up so quickly, as they do, and always leave you wishing you could turn the clock back to recapture past years as they get older. No wonder you’re so proud of her and her achievements. Congratulations to you and Colin on your second wedding anniversary. How quickly the time has passed. I hope you have a wonderful celebration and a great holiday afterwards. I celebrated my seventieth birthday in April this year and my lovely daughter took me for a weeks holiday in Rome together with my youngest grandson Stan who’s 10. The sights were amazing and left me with wonderful, unforgettable memories of the lovely time the three of us spent together. I had never been to Italy before and would love to return to see some more of this wonderful country one day. You also kindly told me about Colin’s dad when I mentioned to you that my dad was mentioned in despatches for his part in the Battle of Monti Cassino serving in the Royal Artillery. Fortunately he survived. It was lovely to see your honeymoon photos of you visiting the cemetery there. Hopefully I might be able to visit there one day. Best wishes. Liz xx

    • Alison Keenan June 25, 2017 at 7:52 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Liz, great to hear from you, and I’m so glad you continue to enjoy the blog and the photos of Honey. She really is growing up and her speech continues to astound me. I love hearing her talk, and as you say, I would love to get the chance to turn the clock back even for just a moment as life moves far too quickly for me of late… What a fabulous time in Rome you had, and what an incredibly kind gift from your daughter. Terrific that Stan was able to accompany you both too – I’m sure it’s something he will remember for the rest of his life too. I like you loved the city, and Colin and I plan to return in the not too distant. I hope you get to visit Monte Cassino – the peace and stillness is magical – and it lays to rest the sadness and bloodshed from the war years. It’s been a while since you posted this, so I apologise for the lateness of my reply – the days all seem to roll into one at the moment! do keep in touch though, and I’ll be posting a short blog before I leave for Malta. Love Ali xx

  11. Merche June 15, 2017 at 8:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I so enjoy your blogs, they always bring a smile to my face, love the photos of Honey, how she’s grown. Happy 2nd Anniversary, how quick the time has flown since your wedding. Enjoy Tony Bennett and most of all, enjoy your holiday in Malta with Colin. Merchexx

    • Alison Keenan June 25, 2017 at 7:54 pm -  Reply

      Dear Merch, thank you so much for your kind comment. It makes me happy to know that Honey cheers you too – she is such a little cutie! I too can’ believe it’s two years since Colin and I were married – similar weather to the day itself! I’m very much looking forward to seeing Tony Bennet on Wednesday and we are out for a celebratory dinner tomorrow (Monday) night for our anniversary. I’ll be with you at 3pm though, so will give you a wave 🙂 Enjoy your week, love Ali xx

  12. Gwen June 16, 2017 at 7:54 am -  Reply

    Hello Dear Ali,

    As always another very lovely and interesting blog, you are always such a busy lady,and what a very lovely family you have, you truly deserve all the good things which are happening for you. I love to see your pictures of dear little Honey, I just can’t believe how quickly she is growing and becoming a real little personality.

    Two years ago my lovely Son took me to see Tony Bennett with Lady Gaga at the Albert Hall and it was a truly unforgettable experience, even Prince Harry was there, I know you will have a wonderful time,he really is a great performer and a true Gentleman.

    Stay well and happy Ali,

    Love Gwen.

    • Alison Keenan June 25, 2017 at 8:11 pm -  Reply

      Ooh Gwen how fabulous to have seen both Tony Bennet and Lady Gaga and how kind of your son! Their rendition “The Lady is a Tramp” is brilliant – but so are all the duets he recorded with various artists – Amy Winehouse possibly my favourite 🙂 I doubt Lady Gaga or Prince Harry will be there on Wednesday, but I’ll keep my eyes peeled. Thank you so much for your kind comments about the blog and my news posts of Honey – sharing my time with her is such fun as everyone really seems to appreciate it. I hope you have had a great weekend, and apologies for taking so long to reply. Love Ali xx

  13. Christine June 17, 2017 at 8:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali Happy anniversary to you both. Can’t believe two years. Honey is getting big and beautiful like her grandmother. You have lovely break. X

    • Alison Keenan June 25, 2017 at 8:12 pm -  Reply

      Thank you Christine! I’m hopefully posting one more blog before I head off to Gozo, but will take plenty of photos. Love Ali xx

  14. Mary June 18, 2017 at 10:55 pm -  Reply

    Hello I’ll Ali, finally time to chat but first..my oh my, your husband is gorgeous..a beautiful handsome photo of him on your blog ..thank you so much for sharing..and Happy Anniversary..I celebrate 21 years this year. So what a very busy time for us both it seems..I live reading about your family gatherings.. so important I think but we have struggled this year as everyone is so busy and I hardly even see my own husband these days.. usually Sunday after 4pm is the end of his week so in the winter we always have a roast but as the cricket season has started I am on taxi duty with Chloe to a cricket match on Sundays. However I have secured the family for a proper English tea party at mine at the end of August with lots of lovely sandwiches, home made cakes, scones and cream horns plus my sister is making a very boozy sherry trifle.
    Mum has a problem with her pancreas and bile duct so she had a CAT scan Tuesday.. hopefully results Will be here soon. Olly celebrated his first birthday today and had his first proper swim in the sea which today, was fantastic, warm and glorious. Jack has accepted his place overseas and has returned all the paperwork..he has an awful lot of work to complete once there helping to develop new ideas for struggling businesses which is all new for him but it’s a challenge he is looking forward too..we find out soon if he is going to Zambia, Ghana, Rwanda or Malawi. Chlo has decided she doesn’t want to go to uni after her A levels next year..she doesn’t know what she wants to do so therefore in her words..why waste three years at uni when I don’t know what I am working for..I see her point but told her she needs to look and plan now..Jack left school without a job and she could do the same. I am a little disappointed that she isn’t going to uni..she is certainly clever enough but I have to let her make her own choices..she got upset talking about it today so I am going to have to let her do her thing and be there for her.
    Anyhow it’s sooo hot..fan on but I need a dyson as mine is blowing warm air everywhere!! Have a great week and enjoy Toni Bennett. Love Mary xx ps using my phone and not wearing glasses so excuse the typos! Oh and I did a cupcake sale at school on Thursday for the Alzheimer’s Society cupcake day..baked my heart out Wednesday with vanilla, strawberry, Chocolate, coffee and walnut and lemon cupcakes and Chocolate brownies. I raised £105.30. x

    • Alison Keenan June 25, 2017 at 8:23 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Mary, and firstly congratulations on your mammoth bakeathon! That is a fabulous sum to raise, and as I lost my dear Edna lost her husband Ian to Alzheimers I know what a dreadful disease this is. It sounds as though you’re not just busy, but also being pulled every which way emotionally. I do hope you’ve heard back about your mum’s CAT scan? Waiting is so difficult…. Good luck to Jack with all his paperwork – this scheme sounds fantastic – I feel he’s going to learn a lot. Let me know which country he ends up going to? I know your husband’s business is important, but I also know when Colin and I spend a lot of time apart because of work, how lonely it can be. I hope that maybe as business improves and he becomes more confident he may be able to hand over the reins every now and then? As for Chlo.. that’s a difficult one. My friend’s daughter did exactly the same thing, took a year out, although she is now at Uni. She knew what course she wanted to take, just decided she’d rather defer it for a year! I see your dilemma from both sides, but as you say, you would have hoped she may have been thinking about her future whilst sitting her A levels… Jobs aren’t that easy to come by, and the days are long with no money and most of her friends away or at Uni… Is there anyone independent careers advisers you could maybe speak with? Perhaps talk through her achievements and fav subjects and see what they come up with? Just a thought, although I don’t want to sound like an interfering old whatsit! When you wrote to me we were still sweating our way through those crazy temperatures. Much cooler here now, and we’ve had some rain too which the garden was very grateful for! Belated happy birthday to Olly and I hope he’ll enjoy his regular swims in the sea. Take care Mary, love Ali xx

  15. Chris Page June 19, 2017 at 11:32 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali,

    On your recommendation, I checked out Colin’s band on Youtube, and I was pleased to see you making a cameo appearance in one, which was obviously written about you. <3

    I have a suggestion for your HOPE jewellery range to tap the male market – maybe a leather cord instead of the silver chain on the pendant, and a woven leather bracelet with the Hope in silver integrated into it? Let me know what you think, as I'd certainly wear something like that.

    Love, Chris

    • Alison Keenan June 25, 2017 at 8:25 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Chris, and thank you so much for your suggested designs! I think they both sound instantly workable. The only problem I have is that the design has to be set with Diamonique stones, and I’m not sure – unless there was just one stone – if it may be a tad sparkly for the guys to wear? I’ll speak with my buyers though and really appreciate it. Glad you checked out the band – you’re right that little cameo appearance was when I had hardly any hair, and was wearing my wig – that’s how long ago it was! Enjoy your week, love Ali x

  16. Denise June 19, 2017 at 8:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, it sounds like you’ve had a busy time in the garden and bravo to Colin’s mum!

    I see I wasn’t the only one to chuckle at the thought of a nicely trimmed terrace! Gardens are such hard work but a delight when they’re all tip top. Ours is badly in need of TLC just now but not he best idea in this heatwave.
    I was shocked to read its your 2nd Wedding Anniversary- wow where did that time go?Congratulations and I hope you and Colin have a wonderful day. I’m not sure what the 2nd is? My son and daughter in law have just celebrated there 3rd which is leather and she was lucky enough to get a new handbag.
    I enjoyed reading about your catch up with family and especially little Honey she really is growing up fast isn’t she? She sounds such a delight and great company.
    I’ve enjoyed spending time with Joseph – he’s such a happy,smiley baby. I was upset recently in that my daughter in law has gone back to work. As its full time I couldn’t really help out so baby is at nursery. I was glad we were away in Italy on his first day so I wasn’t dwelling on it too much. However 2 weeks later he really seem to be thriving and I feel much happier. We do still have him a couple of afternoons but we have to be organised as nursery need 2 weeks notice. Having said that I think D-I-L is having a rethink over her hours and may just go part time.
    We had a wonderful time in Pisa and Florence. The weather was just pleasantly warm, did lots of walking,ate delicious food and especially my favourite gelato! I think I could live on it if I lived there. We stayed in a really nice b&b with a delightful owners. It had a wonderful peaceful garden which made a welcome respite on a couple of afternoons. There were several fruit trees and Paulina was picking plums one day. She went in and washed them and bought out a bowlful for us to enjoy. They were absolutely delicious and full of flavour I don’t think I’ve ever eaten such tasty plums.
    So we’re now back home and got a busy couple of months with various parties,bbqs but am trying to plan another getaway for later in the year. Being a typical indecisive Libran I can’t make my mind up where I’d prefer mmm!
    Well I hope you have a lovely holiday in Malta I’m sure you will love it and I look forward to hearing all about it,Have a great Anniversary too.
    Love Denise xx

    • Alison Keenan June 25, 2017 at 8:34 pm -  Reply

      Dear Denise, as always great to hear from you and to catch up on your news. You’re right, keeping the garden looking good is a lot of hard work, although I found it the perfect excuse to be out in the sunshine for as long as I could be! Second anniversary is cotton, so maybe a hankie?! It’s lovely hearing about the holiday resorts you’ve been too, especially when they’re places I’ve also visited. You can’t go wrong with Italy – much the same as Greece in my book – and Florence is stunning. One of the little boutique hotels we stayed in had a beautiful garden, but no plums sadly – they sounded delicious. Sounds like you’re keeping pretty busy with your social life, but I’ve always rather liked the idea of an autumn getaway. It stays very warm in so many countries when we often have to put up our rather dreary weather. I plan to take many photos while I’m away, and will post them here once we’re back. Hoping to sneak in a short blog before I leave on Thursday, with an anniversary photo – thank you for your good wishes, love Ali xx

  17. Christine Auchterlonie June 20, 2017 at 12:04 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali…aren’t you the lucky one going to see Tony Bennett at the Royal Albert Hall I’m so jealous ….I love all the artists from his era Sinatra,Sammy Davis,Dean Martin and loved Ella Fitzgerald …I look forward to hearing all about it… And on Holiday the following day so much to look forward to and your wedding anniversary how time goes by two years …it feel like only yesterday you were telling us about the arrangements …hope you have a lovely evening.Honey is growing up so quickly too …all time spent with our grandchildren is precious ….Fiona and Jessica completed the Windermere swim last weekend Fiona swam in the morning and then again with Jess on her swim in the afternoon they both completed it in 40minutes they did it this year in honour of Dad and Grandpa I was so proud of them both in their tee shirts and medals …quite emotional for us all! Jessica is singing in her school end of year showcase on Wednesday she is singing “a nightingale sang in Berkeley Square ” Apart from a few afternoons out for coffee I haven’t been far recently life doesn’t seem the same somehow.I seem to spend a lot of time in the garden…we have had some nice weather recently ….. I hope you are keeping well and enjoy everything that you are doing in the next few weeks…with my best wishes to you and Colin …. With love Chris x

    • Alison Keenan June 25, 2017 at 8:46 pm -  Reply

      Dear Chris, lovely to hear from you as always, and to know that Jessica and Fiona completed their Windemere swim last weekend – I hope it was as hot there as it was here! 40 minutes is a mighty achievement and I know that Dad and Grandpa would be very proud, but I can imagine how difficult it was for you. Nothing is ever quite the same without the person you want most to share it with… I think you are being very brave, and I’m sure both Fiona and Jessica appreciate your courage and support as I know they will be sad too. How did Jessica’s rendition of “A Nightingale Sang” go? I bet it was beautiful. You and I share the same taste in music clearly – One of my favourite albums ever is The Rat Pack live from The Sands Hotel. Utterly brilliant and very funny too… Dean Martin is superb. As you know we saw the tribute to Ella Fitzgerald recently and are both very much looking forward to Tony Bennet on Wednesday. I may well add a line into my blog about it, if I can get it organised before I leave on Thursday. Take care of yourself, and I hope you get to spend plenty of time with friends and family while I’m away. I’ll be in touch as soon as I’m back. Sending you a hug and my love, Ali xxx

  18. Susan June 22, 2017 at 6:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, yes I’ve heard you all mention about the tan drops. I’m not into a big tan but I like a glow. I think it can age you and it’s weird when you look orange! Hope you have a lovely holiday in Malta. Look forward to your blog!x

    • Alison Keenan June 27, 2017 at 11:31 am -  Reply

      I think you’re absolutely right about the orange glow! It does look really weird, but that’s why I like all the newer products as they’re much more realistic. Hope you’re having a good week, and thanks for writing! Love Ali xx

  19. Karen Jenkins June 23, 2017 at 4:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, firstly I would like to wish you & Colin a very, very happy 2nd wedding anniversary, many congrats to you both. xx
    Home from our Florida Hols already, how time flies ! We had a wonderful time, despite it raining for most of the first week, and Hallie made it extra magical especially when we visited Disney. She was dressed as Cinderella in a beautiful blue ball gown complete with tiara (and a pair of trainers ?!!) and all the staff there called her ‘ your majesty/highness’ and curtsied or bowed to her, it was amazing ! She actually met Cinderella and when Cinderella asked her what her name was she replied ‘Cinderella’ which made everyone laugh, it was so cute. It was lovely as you said to just lose myself amongst the magic and relax and forget about everything and we made so many special, happy memories……..priceless !! By the way I wore my angel wing pendant & earrings all through the hols and had a huge amount of compliments so thank you again.
    I have only been home 12 days and have already had 2 ct scans, a bone scan, an ultrasound scan, missed a chemo treatment, been admitted to hospital and diagnosed with a virus and to top it all a deep vein thrombosis from the plane so I haven’t had time to think yet. Another thing to add to my ever increasing mountain of medication is now an injection to stab myself with for the next 6 months to keep the clots away. O well back to reality and variety is the spice of life after all and I certainly have plenty to keep me out of mischief until my next holiday I suppose.
    Anyway Ali, glad you are feeling much better and really hope you have a lovely holiday, enjoy every minute. Been lovely reading your Blog as always, look forward to hearing all about your holiday in your next blog, bye Ali, take care, love Karen. xx

    • Alison Keenan June 27, 2017 at 11:35 am -  Reply

      My dear Karen, Such a mix of emotions reading your lovely comment, but I know that the memories you’ve made and reliving them will keep you strong through this next bout of treatment and healing. So glad that Hallie enjoyed herself too, and that by being with her you were able to just forget about everything. Rotten though that you got the DVT and now are back in hospital with yet another virus. The injections are tough too – are they in your tummy? I had them for the first three months of my chemo, and I did get used to them eventually. It must feel to you as though your whole world revolves around the medication and hospital visits, but I pray that with your strength and tenacity, you will get through this time as you have done before. Try to rest and relive that magical time. So glad the jewellery is comforting for you too, take care, with my love, Ali xx

  20. Phyllis June 24, 2017 at 9:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, Just caught up reading blogs and, firstly, how your little Honey is growing fast & such a beautiful little girl. My little great granddaughter is now 2.1/2 and, like you with your Honey, absolutely dote on our little girl – I call her our blessing in life.
    Wishing you and Colin a fantastic holiday where you will obviously be celebrating your 2nd Anniversary and I wish you both as much happiness in the future as my husband and I have had over the years – just celebrated our Diamond Anniversary (60 years) 2 weeks ago with our whole family and close friends ( a weekend I shall never forget) even with all our ups and downs over the years and at 79 & 84 now enjoy each day as it comes.
    I believe you are at the Albert Hall tonight watching the fabulous Tony Bennett who creates a wonderful show & do hope you have had a great evening.
    Safe journey to you both and again wish you a happy and healthy future.x

    • Alison Keenan June 27, 2017 at 11:37 am -  Reply

      Dear Phyllis, a blessing is definitely what Honey is to us all! We dote on her as you do your little grandaughter – we’re clearly both very lucky! Congratulations to you and your husband on your diamond anniversary. A whole weekend with those you love – it must have been fantastic. Life is all about the ups and downs, but I’m glad that you’ve stuck together through them and still enjoy each other’s company. We are actually off to the Albert Hall tomorrow night, as tonight I will be at QVC for my three final shows before the holiday. Thank you for your kind anniversary wishes, and I wish you also a happy and healthy future. Love Ali xx

  21. Linda Finch June 24, 2017 at 9:29 pm -  Reply

    My dear Ali , we are all finally getting back to normal after the break in ,still having a few problems with Ellie but not as many sleepless nights .iam so sorry I haven’t written for a while but things have been a bit hectic, but all is good now. I must agree time really does fly ,2 years since your wedding what do we do with our time ,and little Honey is growing up so fast hope she enjoyed the circus and wasn’t afraid of anything. Hope you enjoy your Tony Bennett concert at the Royal Albert Hall ,he sure is amazing for his age ,then it will be your holybobs with Colin ,you will be able to top up your tan ha ha ,well a bit of good news from this end John had his total knee replacement op 2 weeks ago ,he was in hospital for just 4 days and now is able to get around with just 1 crutch ,which I think he is doing really well, but like most men he is impatient, it’s the not driving that he finds frustrating, but he already feels much better for having it done .well Ali have a brilliant holiday and I will be watching you on Q on Monday ,lots of love to you both Linda F xxx

    • Alison Keenan June 27, 2017 at 11:40 am -  Reply

      Dear Linda that is great news about John’s knee operation – I agree with you! Being able to walk around with just one crutch is excellent. I fully understand the not being able to drive bit – but it will definitely be worth it to be out of pain! We are off to the Albert Hall tomorrow night, but had a lovely meal out for our anniversary after my hours yesterday. Today is my last day of work before our holiday, so I will see you at 8pm with Diamonique. Thanks for keeping in touching and letting me know how you are. Take care of each other, and I’ll blog soon! Love Ali xx

  22. Lisa June 26, 2017 at 7:19 pm -  Reply

    Couldnt operate that at 46 never mind 96. Amazing blog again as always hope you had a great anniversary & enjoy your holidays. Cant wait for the new BCC range from you Xx

  23. Susan Huskisson June 27, 2017 at 4:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison. Lovely to read your blogs and hear about your lovely family. Hope you had a lovely wedding anniversary and I wish you many more! It will be our 37th on the 26th of July and still seems like yesterday! ( What is it they say —-If it was tomorrow I’d cancel) only joking haha, wouldn’t change a thing!
    Matoes and cubunger sounds delicious! You’re right, it is lovely when they start to talk and so important to remember the things they say. We’ve not seen our Charlie for a while as he’s on holiday. Can’t wait to see him when they get back! His mum’s been sending us photos and he’s having a whale of a time in the water. She’s taken him swimming from about 3 months old and she says he’s getting quite confident now.
    Not long to your holiday now. I hope you have a wonderful time and when you go to the Albert Hall to see Tony Bennett. I’ve been there twice both times to see my absolute all time favourite Sir Cliff Richard! I actually went to see him last Thursday (22nd) at a stately home venue near to us. It was really fantastic, we got right to the front up to the stage to watch the whole performance! Couldn’t believe it—-within touching distance!
    Bye for now Ali. Have a safe journey and a wonderful time. Love Sue xx

  24. Susan June 29, 2017 at 5:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, good to know you think the drops are natural looking. I’m not familiar. Thanks. Enjoy your hol!!x

  25. Jill Rycroft July 4, 2017 at 12:28 pm -  Reply

    What a star your mother-in-law is, like her I’d have loved to have a go as well on the digger. Congratulations on your second anniversary, has Colin written you another song? The one he wrote for you before was just so romantic, what a lovely chap.

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