Happy Christmas and new year!


Ali's Christmas tree So, how was it for you?! I'm still struggling to come to terms with how quickly the last week has flown by, but hope very much that you will all have had time to relax, be with those you wanted to be with, eat and drink far more than you would have thought humanly possible, and be in the best of health to enjoy it all! 

A big ask I know as, for some, the weather will have made it difficult, and in some instances impossible for you to have been with your family or friends. Unfortunately, my germs stopped me from seeing mum, as she's been a little vulnerable to all sorts lately, but I did manage to take the presents to my sister and spend time with her prior to the big day which was lovely :)  

Following the cancellation of Lucy and Rich's engagement party, they then had to contend with missing out on a long planned trip to the Christmas markets in Cologne as all the airports were shut…  It's been a bad year for travel what with volcanic ash, flight companies collapsing and now the snow hasn't it?  Let's pray 2011 will be better!

Inspite of everything I have to report that we all had a lovely Christmas together. Jack, Lucy and Rich came over on Christmas Eve and so we watched TV, played games and just relaxed, and then on Christmas morning Sam and Ruth joined us. I have to tell you though that I was woken up at 5am by Lucy who had just opened her stocking and suggested I look for mine! 

I did, and clearly I haven't been too bad this year, as there it was! Complete with satsuma, a Little Miss Splendid book, DVD, photo frames to hang on the tree and a little book that Lucy must have made sure Santa had in advance, in which she'd drawn and written out all the things she wished for me… yes, I cried :)

Infact Lucy, along with Sam and Jack, all bought me beautiful presents. I got Michael Buble's new album, Jamie Oliver's cook book, a hip flask with my favourite whisky in it, plenty of other spoilies, and the most beautiful necklace that has three silver petals, and pressed onto the surface of each petal are Lucy, Jack and Sam's finger prints… yes I cried again :) 

In a good way of course, and quickly followed by laughter as we tried to get our heads around The Logo game, and I attempted to get Christmas lunch on the go, having only realised that morning that my roasting tins and baking trays were lost in the move! Silver foil is so versatile though isn't it?? 

I won the bet (no money involved) that Her Majesty would be wearing three strands of pearls whilst reading her speech, and then we all dozed on and off through Shrek 3 – I thought the end was great!!

Ali in a rickshaw We all stayed together that night and part of Boxing Day, and then I had work, and apart from a rather surreal night out where I ended up pedalling a rikshaw around Old Compton Street, it's been fairly quiet :)

So the snow has gone now, I'm just packed up and ready to head off into QVC Towers for tonight's shows, but couldn't sign off without wishing you health and EVERY happiness in 2011, and thanking you once again for keeping me in touch with your lives, and being a part of mine. 

With much love, Ali xxxx


  1. Julie December 31, 2010 at 1:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Glad you had a good Chritmas. Have to say didn’t think you were a whisky person. I spent the morning with Lily as it was her 1st Christmas-which was priceless,money can’t buy that. We were given a digital photo frame full of photo’s of her-it’s been on ever since! (not a proud Grandmother am I?)
    Love the photo of you too.
    Hope you have a Happy and better 2011-love to your family too.
    Take care as always
    Julie xx

  2. Susan December 31, 2010 at 1:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Really lovely to hear from you prior to the big night! And what lovely Christmas you had and the most beautifully thoughtlful necklace from your lovelies. I’m sure you were so touched. I am just sorry you weren’t able to see your Mum. Better to be safe than sorry though. I’m glad my brother dodged the airport closures but our snow was horrific and burst pipes which you’ll have seen all over the news! Have a fabulous night after your shifts and I look forward to all your wonderful blogs in 2011! By the sounds of David Cameron’s reports we’ll have a struggling year again. Let’s hope it is better for many of us than last year though…always start out hopeful!
    Take care,
    Susan x

  3. mary morphy December 31, 2010 at 2:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, a very belated Merry Xmas and a Happy and Healthy 2011. I am dying to know how your roasties turned out. I did mine in goose fat plus a little beef dripping that came from the joint of beef I had cooked on christmas eve; they were, even if I say so myself, simply outstanding. A good tip also to minimise washing up is to use disposable foil roasting tins for meat, potatoes and parsnips. Great at the end of cooking, just leave to cool and throw away! Both my children were poorly over Xmas but managed to enjoy their pressies and some dinner although my son had not eaten for 3 days, a sure sign that he was reaally poorly!! Happy New Year again, hope you get to celebrate it in style. We are all off to my sisters for a take-away fish and chip supper and then on to Ramsgate to join in the festivities and watch the fireworks, Lets hope it all goes off with a BANG! Love Mary

  4. Jeannie December 31, 2010 at 4:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali!
    I am glad you had a lovely Christmas with all your family in your new home (was Colin able to join you too?). What a thoughtful pressie from your “children” – I have never heard of such a necklace before. Would it be too cheeky to ask where they had it made? I would love one with finger-prints of my 3 beautiful granddaughters! I do hope Sam keeps better health this year and that you ALL have a wonderful 2011! Looking forward to many more of your blogs!
    Best Wishes

  5. Joanna Downey December 31, 2010 at 5:02 pm -  Reply

    Happy New Year Alison, I wish you all the very best for the next twelve months. I also hope that you stay on our screens AND this blog to inform and entertain us AND generally spread your particular brand of sunshine. One final thought, this time next year we’ll both be able to add the title ‘Mother-in-Law’ to the roles we already play… I’ll drink to that. Love Jo in Stourbridge.

  6. Martin forbes December 31, 2010 at 5:48 pm -  Reply

    happy new year alison nice you had agood xmas .
    i had aquiet xmas with the family out to aunts tonight for hogmany supper.

  7. debi stubbs December 31, 2010 at 8:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, we all had a fab Christmas, hubbie bought a record player for me, i have so many vinyls,they were just gathering dust and i really wanted to play them, its a pretty basis one you have to put the needle on and take it off, the kids faces were a picture, also hubbie bought be a large Molton Brown set including the eucalyptus and ginger body scrub,really sad when QVC stopped selling Molton Brown
    The house has not been quiet over Christmas though as Katie got her dream present a drum kit, she has lessons at school and she wants to be a proffessional drummer, we did initially have it set up in the front living room but now it is set up in the conservatory, the garage next i think!
    Well i am glad you had a fab Christmas just watched you on TV i really was tempted with the TSV of the pearl braclets but i am holding out for the TSV’s on Sat and Sun, really in to my beauty
    I will be going to the Beauty Bash on Friday 28th January, i went 2 years ago with my best friend and it was fab.
    Happy New Year and hope all your wishes come true in 2011.
    Take Care
    Speak Soon
    Debi x

  8. Christine December 31, 2010 at 11:21 pm -  Reply

    Hiya Ali,
    Your Christmas sounded so lovely, and what fabulous gifts from your children.
    I hope the New Year brings you much pleasure and your daughter has the most perfect day, when she marries.
    Best wishes for 2011

  9. Magda Chetty January 1, 2011 at 7:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Glad that you had a lovely Christmas with your great family, love the idea of the necklace(i would cry too). We had a nice quite Christmas as my tummy was still not too good, had very little to eat but enjoyed it. Got a great Red storybook knit cardigan from QVC which I loved so much. But the best thing for me was that a friend that I lost touch with, came to see her dad in Mallorca and we spent the day together catching up on Boxing day, that was priceless ( we did not see each other for 11 years).
    Love to Lucy and Sam and hope 2011 will be kind to us all, and Lucy can have a great engagement party, and I pray for Sam and myself to have good health in 2011.
    Keep you great blogs coming, they warm my heart and cheer me up when ever I feel ill, you are such a star for sharing your life with us. All the very best to you in 2011.
    Much Love.

  10. Babs January 1, 2011 at 10:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali Lovely to hear from you at Chritmas. Your Christmas must have been very enjoyable with your family. Sad your mum is’nt feeling too well it must have been one of those years there’s been one bug after another.They say icy cold weather gets rid of germs but it has’nt this year. My Christmas has been very enjoyable,spent with my daughter, son-in-law two grandaughters and one of my grandaughter’s partner three great grandchildren who i adore, lots of pressies, giggles,love and yummy food. Hope 2011 is going to be a healthier year for everyone.I always love reading your blogs, in a strange way [i can’t think of any other way to put it]i feel i know you,you are around the same age as my daughter Janet and i’m the same age as your mum.I’ll say bye for now wishing you and all your lovely family Good Health and Happiness and i wish you all you wish for yourself.Take Care.Love Babs xx

  11. Denise January 1, 2011 at 10:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, Good to hear that you enjoyed the festivities and the thought that obviously went into some of your presents. I was very fortunate too to be spoilt by my husband and son this Christmas – I’m very lucky indeed.
    We did manage to get to travel to relatives after all with all the uncertainty over the weather. Had a thoroughly enjoyable time.
    My son and girlfriend were here for the New Years Eve jollities where we went to a local hotel for buffet and disco. Had a fab time. My son is a big football fan and he was excited to see the Leicester City team were staying there prior to the game here today. Sven (ex England manager) is now there manager and so he was thrilled to get his picture taken with him and shook hands and wished him a Happy New Year! After a celebratory meal this evening they have now departed back home and thats its Christmas New Year all done and dusted for another year.I always wonder when it comes around again what will have gone under the bridge?
    Well Alison I do hope you and your family have a very Happy New Year and that it’s a memorable one for you all.
    Love Denise xx

  12. Jane Duff January 1, 2011 at 10:49 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali
    Happy New Year to you and your lovely family. I always enjoy reading your blogs and think that it is very good of you to share some of your private life with us all in the QVC family.
    In a strange way I feel that I know you even though we have never met. I hope that Lucy’s wedding plans will now progress smoothly without any further hitches and that 2011 will be a truly memorable year for you all.
    In the latter half of 2010 I achieved a weight loss that I had previously only ever dreamed of so my main resolution is to maintain it.
    My other big wish is for QVC to start selling size 2 shoes as I always watch the shoe shows and wish that I could purchase. Maybe the new Lyla range could be extended to include size 2’s as I am sure I am not the only member with small feet. If you too have small feet lets start a campaign in this New Year!
    Finally Ali would you be able to send me a signed photo if I write to you at QVC towers?
    Best Wishes

  13. cheryl January 2, 2011 at 7:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Happy New Year to you and your family may it bring you health and happiness.
    Christmas Day I spent feeling jetlagged as I had worked the night shift Christmas, I’m a midwife in Manchester. I then spent time with my parents in Morecambe – you can’t beat spending time with those you love. Between Christmas and New Year my Nephew and family came up and I was able to see my Great Nephew James for lots of hugs. It is James’ first Christmas as he was born in September.
    Then the 30th came round too soon and it was back to Night duty and work for me!!
    Take care
    Love and Best Wishes
    Cheryl xx

  14. Elaine Sallis January 2, 2011 at 8:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Glad you are feeling better. What wonderful, thoughtful children you have their presents were so personal, I would have cried buckets!!! We had a lovely Christmas day at my daughters house and Poppy loved wrapping paper and boxes and didnt care what was inside!!!!! My very good friend and her husband came over on New Years Eve and my husband cooked a lovely meal. I hope you and all your family have a very happy and healthy New Year.

  15. Pauline Johnson January 3, 2011 at 4:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison glad you had a good xmas,we did as well with my youngest son Simon and his family in Wales,we were lucky went on the Wed before xmas and after all the worry and sleepless nights the M4 was all clear and we had no problems,had a great time did not want to come home but had to be back to look sfter my other 2 grandchildren that live in next village ah the joys of being grandparents !!!!! Happy new year, speak soon XXXXX

  16. mary morphy January 3, 2011 at 4:58 pm -  Reply

    Happy New Year Alison, I hope that it is a joyous and healthy one for you and all your family. I am dying to know how the roast potatoes turned out…I did mine in goose fat with a little beef dripping added from the joint cooked on Xmas eve and, even if I say so myself, they were outstanding with no complaints form the 9 people I fed for Christmas lunch. Another good tip for next Christmas is to buy foils baking dishes. I use these to cook my joints of meat, turkey and roast potatoes in and all you do at the end is cool and sling away; less washing up at Xmas!!! Although the kids were ill with coughs and colds we had a good day with my husbands family and managed a hilarious game of Rapidough ( basically making items out of playdough for your team to guess) which resulted in the girls winning even though the boys cheated! We saw the New Year in at Ransgate watching the fireworks with all the family and hope that you were with yours to celebrate the start of 2011. Love Mary

  17. Lynn January 4, 2011 at 12:00 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali heres wishing you and yours a lovely 2011, and a wedding to look forward to how could it not be!,glad to see the back of the snow lovely to look at but not to get around in,dave had to bike in it for 2wks,how he managed it every morning to bike 5miles to work ill never know at 59 this april i was so in awe of him,a real trooper!,i have had the chest infection too, awful seem to be barking for weeks after the treatment hahaha, glad your on the mend.
    our house has resembled a hotel since daniel came home people coming/going/staying over…never know who im feeding/sleeping from 1 day to the next hahaha, but,come 14th the house will return to sleepy hollow till he “hits” again!! took the decs down today and blitzed the house from top to bottom,good therapy haha look forward to the blogs and talking with you in 2011 ali
    god bless love as per
    Lynn xxx

  18. Mrs Janet Jones January 4, 2011 at 4:26 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, Happy New Year to you and your family. Hoping your mum is feeling better soon and Sam has a better year healthwise. Sounds like you had a lovely Christmas with your family and what a lovely idea the necklace was I definitly would have cried, love to know where they bought it from.
    I had my son home for 10 days over Christmas and a couple of days over new year, and his girlfriend stayed part of that with us.It was a relaxing quiet time we watched telly, ate too much(well I did because I could taste it this year!)and played some board games. Like you I can’t believe how quickly it has gone and my son is back at uni.
    Well I am going to be 50 in february and my son is going to be 21(6days after mine) so we have nice things to look forward to.
    Stay happy in your new home, take care Ali and speak soon. love Janet xx

  19. alison keenan January 5, 2011 at 8:55 am -  Reply

    Hi Julie, and a happy new year to you!! So delighted that you were able to spend it with little Lily and that you now have a permanent reminder of her to look at. Keep the photos updated and you literally watch her grow. Yes, whisky isn’t every woman’s favourite tipple, but I’m my father’s daughter, and it’s certainly warming to have a wee dram on a cold night :) Keep in touch, and let’s make 2011 an even busier blogging year! Love Ali xx

  20. alison keenan January 5, 2011 at 8:55 am -  Reply

    Susan, lovely to hear from you and I’m so glad to hear that your brother made it to you inspite of the airport closures. Not so good to hear about the burst pipes and bitter cold though. Fingers crossed this year won’t see it as bad again. I was lucky that the snow didn’t come down and leave me stranded away from the children – it was lovely to have them all together. I will definitely take a leaf out of your book and start 2011 with a positive stance – I’m sure it will be a good one in many ways for us all, love Ali xx

  21. alison keenan January 5, 2011 at 8:56 am -  Reply

    Dear Mary, my roasties turned out a treat with goose fat in the end as I couldn’t get the beef dripping!! Luckily for me I had alternatives to the roasting tins I lost in the move and so it all turned out well in the end. I think your addition of beef dripping from the night before would have made a good meal even better and am determined to be far better organised next year – or is it this year!! So sorry to hear that your children were far from well – glad though that your son managed a little, and hope very much that they are now well and truly better. How was Ramsgate and the festivities? Haven’t been there for years, but loved it then. Happy New Year to you, and hope to hear plenty more from you in 2011, love Ali xx p.s. thanks for the tip re aluminium roasting tins – made a note on the calendar :)

  22. alison keenan January 5, 2011 at 8:56 am -  Reply

    Hi Jeannie, not at all cheeky to ask where the necklace was from. It’s an american online company called Etsy that Lucy has used many times to create some really original gifts for her. I had a plectrum inscribed with words from one of Colin’s favourite songs once, oh, and this year he spent Christmas with his family. I do hope you’re lucky in having a necklace made up with your grandchildren’s fingerprints…. let me know how you get on :) Happy New Year to you too, and I’ll let you know how Sam gets on with the consultant next week. Love Ali xx

  23. alison keenan January 5, 2011 at 8:56 am -  Reply

    Happy New Year to you too Joanna, and may this one be your best yet, you mother of the bride you!! I will most certainly be continuing to keep in touch with you this year, and hopefully grace your screen for the next 12 months, and thanks for being such a regular – I love hearing about your life too :) Love Ali xxx

  24. alison keenan January 5, 2011 at 8:57 am -  Reply

    Martin, I have never been to a Hogmany supper, but would love to hear about it :) I did once have deep fried Haggis which I think is probably not something Rabbie Burns would have enjoyed….Glad you had a good albeit quiet Christmas, and a happy new year to you and yours, love Ali xx

  25. alison keenan January 5, 2011 at 8:57 am -  Reply

    Debi, what a cracking present from your hubby! I too have many old vinyls – most Donny Osmond, Diana Ross or the Stylistics – and I hope you have a great time listening to them, crackles and all. Crikey how brave of you to buy Katie a drum kit!! Lucy’s fiance Rich is a drummer, but has those silent things that look like rubber frisbees… I think even the garage (unless it’s your neighbour’s) may be too close!! Glad you’re enjoying all the shows and maybe I’ll get to meet you on the 28th at the Beauty Bash. Happy New year to you, love Ali xx

  26. alison keenan January 5, 2011 at 8:57 am -  Reply

    Christine, I was truly spoiled, you’re right. I am so very much looking forward to Lucy’s wedding, and with the dress ordered, and the venue booked, I just have to start thinking about a hat!! (that’s Lucy’s dress not mine of course :) I really do appreciate you keeping in touch, and very much hope that 2011 will be a grand year for you and yours, love Ali xx

  27. alison keenan January 5, 2011 at 8:58 am -  Reply

    Magda, Happy New Year to you! So glad too to hear that your tummy allowed you to eat at least a little on Christmas day, and I hope that you continue to improve, and that as you say 2011 will be a healthier for both you and Sam. Delighted to hear about the Storybook knits jumper. I remember presenting the first show ever with this range and loving it, but I’m certain that your friend visiting after 11 years was no doubt the highlight of the holiday for you. Take good care of yourself, and thank YOU for keeping in touch with me all these months. Here’s to more sharing of news this year, love Ali xx

  28. alison keenan January 5, 2011 at 8:58 am -  Reply

    Dear Babs, so good to hear from you too, and your Christmas sounds delightful :) I loved it with all mine grown up, but nothing beats their little faces and laughter on the big day when they’re small. Priceless memories. How funny that your daughter Janet and I are the same age, and you and mum too…. She is getting better now thank you, and I know this will be a healthier year for her, but thank you for your concern. I hope 2011 is indeed a healthy and happy year for you and all your family too Babs, and thank you for continuing to keep in touch, it means a lot, love Ali xx

  29. alison keenan January 5, 2011 at 8:58 am -  Reply

    Well Denise, you knocked my ‘I sat on the table next to Robson Greene’ story into a tin hat with your New Year Sven experience!! Not surprised your son was delighted, and so glad that you all got to spend it together. Often when they’re older New year is the time they spent with their friends, so that was no doubt a bonus for you. Funny how quickly the week passes though isn’t it?? Here’s to a happy and healthy 2011 for you all, and do keep in touch, it’s lovely :) Ali xx

  30. alison keenan January 5, 2011 at 8:59 am -  Reply

    Dear Jane, Happy New Year to you, and thank you for all the kind things you wrote. It’s actually a huge pleasure to keep in touch with you and thanks for sharing your life with me. CONGRATULATIONS on your weight loss, and I am certain having worked as I hard as I imagine you have to get to your target weight, you WILL keep the weight off :) I have to be honest and say that I don’t think any of our shoe ranges have size 2 – gosh! I had a friend once with size 3 feet, and I know many of our ranges cater for that size, but I will ask our fashion department for you. I think I feel a campaign coming on!! I will of course send you a signed photo if you write to me at QVC Towers – we had new photos taken just prior to Christmas, so it’ll be good to see how they look! Love Ali xx

  31. alison keenan January 5, 2011 at 8:59 am -  Reply

    Oh Cheryl, thank heavens for women like you! I was watching the programme on Christmas eve about all the babies being born, and it’s a wonderful job that you do :) Did you deliver any on the day itself? How lovely to be with your mum and dad in Morecome, and to see Baby James too. My dad was called James and his birthday was the 21st September…. a good month i think :)
    Keep up the good work, and I hope that 2011 is a happy and healthy one for you, love Ali xx

  32. alison keenan January 5, 2011 at 8:59 am -  Reply

    Elaine, how lovely for you to have had Poppy with you for Christmas – I remember Lucy’s first Christmas – she was smaller than the pile of parcels!! And you’re right, they were lovely, personal presents and I loved them. How nice that your husband cooked at New year. I was spoiled too as having finished work, I spent New year with one of my oldest friends Joanne – we’ve known each other since we were 11 – and toasted it with champagne, while dressed in our pyjamas! A good start to a new year :) Love Ali xx

  33. alison keenan January 5, 2011 at 9:00 am -  Reply

    Gosh Pauline, so glad you made it to your sons house safely for Christmas! I’m sure they were delighted to spend it with you too, and no doubt your other two grandchildren will have been very happy to have had you back :) Here’s to a happy and healthy 2011 for you all, many more happy family times together, love Ali xx

  34. alison keenan January 5, 2011 at 9:00 am -  Reply

    Lynn, your Dave must have calves like canoes!! What a hero cycling in all that weather, very glad he didn’t have to contend with the chest infection though! You poor thing – it’s wretched isn’t it? Doesn’t sound like you’ve had much rest either, but I’m sure you’ll miss all the comings and goings once it quietens down :) Half way through taking my decs down – will finish tomorrow. Wish me luck getting the tree out! Happy and healthy new year to you Lynn, and do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  35. Gail January 5, 2011 at 7:09 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali, Happy New Year to you and your lovely family. It sounds like your Christmas went very well with some wonderful, thoughtful presents from the children. Christmas with all the children was just what you needed – purrrrrrrrrrrrfect.
    I so hope you are okay. What a shame about yet another disappointment for Lucy and Rich (first the engagement party and then the visit to Cologne). 2011 will definitely be their year and before you can say ‘QVC’, their wedding day will be here. How exciting for you all.
    Me and the family had a good Christmas, and the WinterTrax I bought were fab. I even got my friend to buy some. I’m singing their praises to everyone. My husband even commented on them, so they must be good!!!
    Have you made any New Years Resolutions? This is mine:
    “I am going to try my hardest to be adopted by Terri Irwin of Australia Zoo fame and be put in charge of all the crocs and the Crocoseum. I also want all the koalas to come live with me.” What do you think my chances are? Very slim; yes I have to agree with you but I’ll still live in hope (forever the optimist).
    Ali, I’m so sad that the lovely Anthony is leaving. He really is one of my favourites and he WILL be missed. I hope everything goes well for him.
    Must sign off as my dinner is ready. Take care,
    Gail xxxxxxxxxxxx

  36. alison keenan January 6, 2011 at 2:54 pm -  Reply

    Dear Gail, Happy New Year to you and yours! I bet you’ve been able to put your Wintertrax to good use already! I think our buying team need to get in another order before the second wave of snow hits us :)Do you know, I haven’t made any New Year’s Resolutions this year, but I love yours! The Koala bears I can unerstand, and having been lucky enough to visit an open zoo in Sydney when I stayed with my brother, I had my photo taken with one – very cute :) The crocodiles though??? Are you mad Gail? Although you do say a crocomuseum, so I am hoping they will be old stuffed ones, not live snappy ones! I too am sad about Anthony leaving, and he’ll be VERY much missed by us all, but am certain he’s going to make a huge success of anything he turns his hand to. Hope you enjoyed your dinner, and thanks as always for keeping in touch. Let’s start as we mean to go on :) Love Ali xx

  37. Caroline Jones January 6, 2011 at 5:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Just wanted to wish you and all your family a very Happy New Year…lets hope it’s a good one for us all. Glad you enjoyed Christmas – we had a fab time and I was very lucky to have been given loads of my favourite QVC goodies – Santa must have been listening after all lol. Off now to make a lovely Illy Coffee in my new machine!
    Take care and much love,
    Caz xxx

  38. mary morphy January 7, 2011 at 11:15 am -  Reply

    Hi again Alison, it’s my day off (Friday) and the weather is miserable so catching up on emails etc befor I take my aunt who has dimentia to the hairdressers and then lunch…an interesting morning will be had as always!!! You mentioned that you visited Ramsgate years ago…probably not as it was now although we have a lovely small marina ( not quite on a par with Poole harbour but close) and the councel have spent a lot of money tidying up the seafront and the bars and cafes look nice ( I have been known to vacate one or two at 3am in the morning and they even look nice at that time!) but the high street in non excistant really thanks to out of town shopping. BUT, for a family new years eve it was great. The fireworks were fabulous even for Ramsgate standards and the champagne was drunk on the harbour wall at midnight. Best wishes Mary x

  39. Mrs Janet Jones January 7, 2011 at 2:08 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, I do hope you haven’t missed my blog again as I will be getting a complex! and I do like to keep in touch! Speak soon love Janet xx

  40. Gail January 7, 2011 at 3:24 pm -  Reply

    Ali, Ali, Ali, have you never heard of Steve Irwin’s famous Crocoseum? You must look it up on the internet. Steve built it (something many said was impossible), an open air construction where the public can view these beautiful reptiles in CLEAR water and learn about them. It was Steve’s pride and joy and it is my most favourite place on earth. It’s a terrible shame that I don’t like flying because it is the one place on earth that I would really like to visit. I absolutely love these magnificent apex predators. I remember you saying that you may visit your brother in February – lucky you, and lucky you for having held a koala. OLD STUFFED ONES, perish the thought.
    Take care, Gail xxxxx

  41. Dorothy January 7, 2011 at 5:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    Happy new year hope its a good one. Pleased you had good christmas with all the family thats what its all about. Laura came on christmas eve, I went to the loo at 4 30 on xmas morn and she was awake all excited, they was NO WAY I WAS GETTING UP THEN, she lasted till 6 then she was like a big kid again it was great we had lovely day. Mam Dad came up and we played on the Will all day great fun. Laura went out new year, new shoes on middle night shoes off and feet in ice bucket she said it was heaven, as we said it was better than last year when she put them in the fish chip bag to keep warm she will never change.
    Wishing you and the family all the best.
    love Dorothy

  42. Una January 8, 2011 at 10:15 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Happy new year. Sounds like you had a lovely time.
    I hope you are feeling better.
    We had a dreadful end to the year (see julias, Santa Claus blog),
    and we are all hoping that this year will be a good one.
    Love Una x

  43. alison keenan January 9, 2011 at 7:40 pm -  Reply

    Caz so glad you got what you wanted :) Those Illy machines are fab aren’t they? I bought one for Ros and Chris for their wedding present.. always a special event going there for a coffee and a chat! Happy New Year to you and yours, and look forward to hearing from you again, love Ali xx

  44. Susan January 11, 2011 at 12:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Just noticed Una’s comment there and hope you don’t mind that I just add in a little few words? Hi Una, just wanted to say I hope you are managing to have a few happy times during this new year so far. You’re al still in our thoughts.
    Take care Ali and Una,
    Susan x

  45. Una January 14, 2011 at 9:06 am -  Reply

    Susan, thank you so much for your very kind words.
    We had a horrible year last year, we actually lost 7 people in one year. This year just HAS to be better, so we are all trying to stay positive.
    Not sure if you read Julias blog about our Birdie song incident!!! I HAVE to laugh out loud every time I think about it, which I think is the desired effect!!!
    Thank you again for taking the time to say a few words Susan, its much appreciated.
    Ali, hope you are feeling better, take care and stay cosy.
    Love Una xx

  46. alison keenan January 17, 2011 at 5:58 pm -  Reply

    Janet, I am soooooo sorry. Have been having a terrible job with the internet connection here at the cottage, and so typing replies up which my lovely editor has to post for me! I think I may have missed yours of the list because of this – forgive me :) So glad that you had such a nice long time with your son home, and that his girlfriend was able to stay for some of it too. It’s nice to see them happy with someone, and better still if you also have time just the two of you as well :) It was lovely for me to have time with Lucy and Rich, and also Sam and Ruth – no doubt it won’t be long before Jack too has someone special in his life: can you believe he’s 18 next month! Thank you so much for continuing to keep in touch, and I will make extra sure I double check everything before sending off my replies to post. I’ll be getting a proper home broadband connection at the end of the month, so hopefully that will help. Sending you my love, and hoping that this year will be your best yet. Ali xx

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