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“If music be the food of love play on” – words I believe Shakespeare wrote in his wonderful work Twelfth Night, and I have loved surrounding myself with your suggestions of suitable hymns and special songs for our wedding day. It’s been a real trip down memory lane with a great many of them, but thank you also for introducing me to some beautiful new hymns and artists – I’ve loved listening to them all.  Colin also passes on his thanks and we have decided on a short list, but are still struggling to make a final decision!! As I think I wrote in one of my comments, at this rate we’ll be spending the day in the church singing before we even get to the reception!   It was lovely to hear about all of your wedding days and the songs you’d chosen, and I hope we do you proud on the 26th June : )

Ali and Colin

The wedding arrangements generally seem to be gathering momentum and I had my first dress fitting on Friday!  Ros came up from Dorset to be with me, and had very sweetly rung ahead of time to tell them about my changed shape, as extra scaffolding and padding will now be needed on the day. Rachel runs the business and is absolutely delightful, she has said that she can stitch one of my pocketed bras into place within the dress, so all will be well.  She’s also made allowances for my arm (so large I couldn’t get it into the sleeve on Friday!) and will leave as much fabric as necessary so that Ros’s husband Chris (who is a tailor) will stitch me into it on the morning of the wedding – Simples! : ) I think my biggest problem is going to be finding shoes, but my friend Jo is already on the case, and we reckon a day in London is on the cards! : )

The Beach

I realise that I am writing this blog back to front, as I have my holiday pics and memories to share with you, but having returned to work within 24 hours of landing at Gatwick I don’t seem to have drawn breath! That said, the weather we’ve been having ever since I returned is reminiscent if not better than the weather we had in Morocco! On arrival the sky was grey and Aaron, our lovely rep, told us that Agadir had just had four of their annual six days rainfall!  To be fair it did clear and we had blue skies and sunshine for the next few days, but with an incredibly strong wind which was chilly as it blew in directly from the Atlantic.

The Beach 2

I’d brought my running shoes with me so I could continue training for The Moonwalk and as I have a pacer thing on my phone, I know that the distance to Agadir Marina and back is 5k.  I just love walking along the beach and when you see these photos you’ll know why : ) Soft sand for as far as the eye can see, and wonderful clear water to paddle in.

We’d returned to the hotel we stayed in for our March break back in 2013, and met up with Adam and Jo whom we’d made friends with last year in Morocco.  They are a delightful couple, and great company, sharing many interests with us and generally enjoying the chance to relax.  They’d not stayed in this hotel before but loved it as much as we did, with its fabulous food and great entertainment.   It was here that Colin and I found our inspiration for the ‘I Hope’ pendant.

Collage

This is one of the beautiful lanterns that gave us the idea for the teardrop shape, but we’d need a house three times as big and a hallway of monumental proportions to do this credit at home! Of course being British and terribly stoic, even when the temperature dropped to around 10 degrees that weekend and it was blowing a hooley, we continued to sit out by the pool.  A large glass of sangria kept us grounded while umbrellas and mattresses flew around us and the beautiful gardens, but eventually even we gave up, and made our way back to hotel. I was very pleased I’d brought this lovely dress and bolero from Antthony Designs (pictured above) as it was still pretty chilly in the evening!  However, calm did indeed follow the storm although not until around midday, and so Colin and I headed off to the Souk in the centre of Agadir.

The Souk 2

Luckily we remembered our way there from previous years, as the word ‘Souk’ just means shop, and there are plenty of those around, so being pointed in the right direction can be difficult! The Souk el Ahad is a huge contained marketplace, where they sell everything from fruit and vegetables, clothes, souvenirs, even furniture and white goods! We loved the vibrancy and bustle and colour of the place, and although we didn’t buy anything it was a fun morning.

Ali with Ultrasun

The next few days were glorious though, and I do have to thank Abbi and Ultrasun for keeping Colin and I from burning in our somewhat desperate desire to get a tan!  He used the Sports Factor 20 and I had the Glimmer 20, but was addicted to the Tinted Face 30 – As you can see I took them with me wherever I went, and this was a day on the beach which I thoroughly enjoyed.  Our last few days could have been spoiled with the very heavy and cold sea fog that rolled in off the Atlantic and stubbornly stayed put until the morning we left, but we found that the Marina seemed to be outside the cloud and so we headed there and had a fabulous meal at a beachside restaurant.

Ali at restaurant

You can see the bank of cloud behind me in this picture, which all those who stayed at the hotel had to contend with! Meanwhile we roasted in the sunshine and enjoyed what was meant to be a light lunch!  The menu included some fascinating mezze with descriptions like ‘wrinkled potatoes with mojo’, but it was delicious, although our footprints were definitely deeper in the sand on the way back : )

Food

All good things come to an end though, and we flew home on the Thursday afternoon, arriving at a somewhat chilly Gatwick airport that evening.  I had to laugh at a couple of signs I spotted as the plane taxied towards the terminal though – “Caution! Give way to Aircraft” – as if you’d have a choice?!  : )

I was back at work on Good Friday, and if you joined me then, or for any of my shows since, you may have heard me mention something very exciting that I am due to be working on prior to the wedding.  I’m absolutely thrilled to have been asked by the Diamonique team to design my own wedding jewellery!! How exciting is that?!  I will be speaking with them later this week, but have already been giving a lot of thought to the style and colour of stones I’d like… manna from heaven for me : ) Watch this space, as I promise to keep you in touch with the design process.

Of course it’s been glorious here since our return, and I’ve spent several very enjoyable days in the garden, mowing, pruning, planting and feeding.  In fact it was here that I got the idea for my April ‘Seasonal Sound’ competition!  Guess what this sound is, and you could win last Sunday’s Elemis TSV!

 

Elemis TSV

£138 worth of skin radiance products including full sizes and award winners! Jot your answer in the comments section down below, and we will draw a winner on Friday 24th April.  Be lucky!

 

Well that’s it from me – I’m heading off now to prep for my three hour Diamonique Day Finale with the lovely Charlie Brook : )  Perfect end to a sunny day.  You take care, and I will look forward as always to hearing all about your week and reading your guesses below!

With my love

Ali xx

 

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356 Comments

  1. Jilly April 15, 2015 at 3:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ally, so glad you and Colin had such a fantastic holiday. I was lovely to share all your lovely holiday snaps, you look so well. Enjoyed the Dimonique day very much, such a special range, I’m looking forward to seeing your special designs for your upcoming wedding. My eldest daughter is getting married at the end of the year so I will watch with interest, and maybe pick up on your ideas!
    hope i’m lucky
    My guess for your competition is gate being opened and latched.

    • Alison Butchers April 22, 2015 at 10:57 am -  Reply

      Garden gate being opened

    • FIona Marschall April 22, 2015 at 11:00 pm -  Reply

      Starting up lawnmower.

  2. JANE SANDERSON April 15, 2015 at 3:13 pm -  Reply

    Someone typing on an old-fashioned typewriter

  3. John Tingay April 15, 2015 at 4:01 pm -  Reply

    Removing the padlock from the garden shed.

  4. kath wright April 15, 2015 at 4:09 pm -  Reply

    Potting the plants

  5. Michelle Best April 15, 2015 at 4:14 pm -  Reply

    unwinding a garden hose

  6. Darren Abbott April 15, 2015 at 4:19 pm -  Reply

    Opening a shed door

  7. Tina Hewitt April 15, 2015 at 4:20 pm -  Reply

    I think it’s unlocking the shed

  8. Be ku April 15, 2015 at 4:24 pm -  Reply

    Unlocking your garden shed?

  9. Lisa M April 15, 2015 at 4:32 pm -  Reply

    I think you’re trying to start the lawn mower.

  10. Tam April 15, 2015 at 4:36 pm -  Reply

    Is it the sound of a lawnmower being emptied?! I hope so!

  11. Mary Heald April 15, 2015 at 4:36 pm -  Reply

    Starting the mower

  12. Liz Slade April 15, 2015 at 4:39 pm -  Reply

    Trying to start the lawnmower

  13. philippa davey April 15, 2015 at 4:41 pm -  Reply

    Starting the lawnmower x

  14. Louise Smith April 15, 2015 at 4:46 pm -  Reply

    Setting the garden table for the picnic/barbecue

    • Carol Collins April 17, 2015 at 7:57 am -  Reply

      I think the noise being made is from a till being opened

  15. BRIGITTE Leprince April 15, 2015 at 4:47 pm -  Reply

    Chain being unlocked

  16. Margaret Martin April 15, 2015 at 4:49 pm -  Reply

    I think it’s locking the shed and using a padlock on it

  17. collette tate April 15, 2015 at 4:57 pm -  Reply

    opening the shed door x

  18. Andy W April 15, 2015 at 5:10 pm -  Reply

    Taking a padlock off the garden shed

  19. Joanne Mapp April 15, 2015 at 5:16 pm -  Reply

    Opening a padlock on the garden shed

  20. margaret guest April 15, 2015 at 5:20 pm -  Reply

    potting new plants/flower

  21. Lorraine Partyn April 15, 2015 at 5:25 pm -  Reply

    Setting up the BBQ

  22. Tracy Nixon April 15, 2015 at 5:42 pm -  Reply

    Unwinding a garden hose?

  23. Gillian Anderson April 15, 2015 at 6:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali – it’s you opening and closing holiday bedroom door!

  24. June Munday April 15, 2015 at 6:08 pm -  Reply

    A key turning in a lock?

  25. Clare Wood April 15, 2015 at 6:12 pm -  Reply

    Opening the lock of your shed

  26. Chey Dakota April 15, 2015 at 6:15 pm -  Reply

    shed door opening

  27. Hayley Bannister April 15, 2015 at 6:27 pm -  Reply

    The birds tweeting and singing

  28. FionaLynne Edwards April 15, 2015 at 6:34 pm -  Reply

    Taking the padlock off the garden shed

  29. Susie M April 15, 2015 at 6:40 pm -  Reply

    Oh, Morocco looks so lovely – I really want to be on holiday now! To me, the sound of the month sounds like starting up the lawn mower.

  30. Loraine April 15, 2015 at 7:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi alison just a quick email to say I’m pleased to say you are getting married on my birthday so will definitely be thinking of you .So glad you had a good time in agadir I think I said before I have been there .My family and I spent a lovely few days in cornwall at Easter a nice time was had by all will be doing a similar thing later in the year meanwhile need to think of somewhere for Les and I to go in June probably the Cotswolds and then maybe in August we might try Italy hopefully.Nice to see you back happy shoe shopping in london love Loraine xx

  31. Jim Milligan April 15, 2015 at 7:10 pm -  Reply

    It is most certainly a lawn mower having it’s first attempted start up of the season.

  32. Jennifer Gilbert April 15, 2015 at 7:15 pm -  Reply

    All the wonderful sounds of the birds and bees

  33. Emma Nixon April 15, 2015 at 7:36 pm -  Reply

    Moving plant pots

  34. Kate D April 15, 2015 at 7:42 pm -  Reply

    Starting the lawn mower?

  35. Chris O April 15, 2015 at 7:49 pm -  Reply

    At first I thought you were unbolting your gate or shed, then I heard the seagulls which are plaguing us & decided you had the same problem and were loading your rifle to sort them out!!!

  36. Louise OCarroll April 15, 2015 at 8:00 pm -  Reply

    Opening a shed door?

  37. sue Byrne April 15, 2015 at 8:07 pm -  Reply

    sounds like starting up the lawnmower . Glad you had a good holiday . Best wishes for the wedding

  38. Lesley Radford April 15, 2015 at 8:08 pm -  Reply

    I think it’s pull starting a petrol lawn mower.

  39. Marion Williams April 15, 2015 at 8:08 pm -  Reply

    Loved it all , my answer is MOWING THE FIRST CUT. xx

  40. maddalena dalton April 15, 2015 at 8:22 pm -  Reply

    Pulling Lawn mower starter cord

  41. Laura S April 15, 2015 at 8:25 pm -  Reply

    Setting up the barbecue?

  42. Christine Johnson April 15, 2015 at 8:31 pm -  Reply

    Hedge trimming

  43. cecelia Allen April 15, 2015 at 8:35 pm -  Reply

    Pulling the starter cord on a petrol mower

  44. Karen Lloyd April 15, 2015 at 8:51 pm -  Reply

    Puling the starter cord on a mower.

  45. sally elvish April 15, 2015 at 8:58 pm -  Reply

    I hppe you heard the sound of early spring bees.

  46. PAMELA HUTCHINSON April 15, 2015 at 9:03 pm -  Reply

    Pulling the starter cord on a mower

  47. Clare Kendick April 15, 2015 at 9:10 pm -  Reply

    Lawnmower pull cord

  48. Ruth Lurring April 15, 2015 at 9:14 pm -  Reply

    Sounds to me like when I’m trying to wrestle the lawn mower out of the shed :)

  49. Angela Wilcox April 15, 2015 at 9:18 pm -  Reply

    pulling the starter cord on a lawn mower

  50. Rebecca Boucher April 15, 2015 at 9:27 pm -  Reply

    Starting a lawn mower

  51. cheryl edwards April 15, 2015 at 9:28 pm -  Reply

    Lawn mower start up

  52. Francesca April 15, 2015 at 9:29 pm -  Reply

    I think opening a door

  53. Dale Arnold April 15, 2015 at 9:30 pm -  Reply

    pulling the starter cord on a mower

  54. Francesca April 15, 2015 at 9:32 pm -  Reply

    Your pictures look great, it was nice to see you in your bikini, I have had reconstruction they used my tummy did a flap and I have to have top ups done as my body absorbs the fat taken (free tummy tuck) seeing you maybe I can be brave and sit on a beach, thanks keep well xxxx francesca

  55. clare davies April 15, 2015 at 9:34 pm -  Reply

    starting a lawnmower ?

  56. Victoria N April 15, 2015 at 9:34 pm -  Reply

    Starting a lawn mower

  57. M Smith April 15, 2015 at 9:35 pm -  Reply

    lawn mower start up

  58. christine jones April 15, 2015 at 9:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    you are such a blessing and so blessed too… What a lovely holiday which will charge upyour batteries for the months to come and how exciting to design your wedding jewellery!!!! Bet it s gorgeous..

    I think your spring sound is the sound of opening the shed or summer house…
    I ve just opened mine and given it a fresh coat of painr and a clean.. we sat outside in it last night til about 11 pm listening to the birds singing their repertoire and with my candles lit and a lovely pot of tea, it was perfect to reflect on God s wonderful creation and blessings… Priceless…X x

    Lots and lots of love Ali avnd Colin bless you both

    Christine xxxxx

  59. Rebecca Hawkins April 15, 2015 at 9:36 pm -  Reply

    lawn mower starting

  60. Marycarol April 15, 2015 at 9:37 pm -  Reply

    Starting lawnmower

  61. paul martin April 15, 2015 at 9:45 pm -  Reply

    Unlocking the garden shed

  62. Margaret Kelso April 15, 2015 at 9:52 pm -  Reply

    Soind of cutlery! !!!

  63. Margaret Kelso April 15, 2015 at 9:53 pm -  Reply

    Sound of cutlery! !!

  64. Linda Bilson April 15, 2015 at 9:59 pm -  Reply

    Starting up a petrol mower

  65. Shannon Craig April 15, 2015 at 10:05 pm -  Reply

    i think it is the sound of a lawn mower being started up..bring on the summar days! Photos look fab!

  66. mary morphy April 15, 2015 at 10:07 pm -  Reply

    Welcome home Ali..currently watching a very tanned you on QVC with Bethlehem lights on Wednesday You have just mentioned that your mum is brilliant at flower arranging; my mum is a trained florist and made we made all the button holes for my wedding the night before. My best friend came over with pink champagne and a huge box of choccies and the three of us made 80 button holes. Great memories, mum also made my headress out of roses and diamonties.
    The holiday certainly has left you glowing and just shows you can tan well and be safe..i like the f20 sports..its good for the kids too. So the beaches in Agadir ( so tempting to write Agadoo!!) look beautiful..mind you the beach at westgate looked magnificent today and the North Sea even looked turquoise! It was 23 degrees in my back garden and i had a few hours off decorating to enjoy the sunshine and potter in the garden.
    May i just also say how fabulous you look in your bikini.
    So wedding plans are coming together and you sound super organised..defin-ately agree with a shopping trip for shoes..how much choice is there now. I remember when I got married it was difficult to get anything more than a strappy high heel or court shoe. I found mine in the shop where i bought my dress but would have loved shoes with a bit of sparkle. In our vilage in Westgate we have a bridal shop and the shoes…well i love them all but would have struggled for choice..happy shoe hunting!
    So the Easter hols are almost over and i have veen pretty much falling into bed totally knackered at the end of the day. My kitchen is now painted..no more floor to ceiling bottle green tiles but after a thorough clean, two coats of primer and two coats of kitchen paint in ‘Contempory’ it looks fab. I have also created a feature stripe in a sage green to compliment the work surface with skillfull placing of frog tape and it really has given the kitchen new life and it looks so much bigger. I am tiling the area behind the hob tomorrow..never tiled but if i can make a wedding cake and a two tier frozen themed caked complete with snowflakes on wires that ‘boing’ i am sure i can slap a few tiles up! I also ordered new slats for my vertical blinds in a pattern in colours to compliment the new scheme…they arrived today and i cant wait to put them up..have lots of work to do with the sealant tube. Only had one mishap..i opened a bottle of diet coke having given the ceiling its second coat of paint and it exploded..the lid narrowly missing my eye and coke completely covering the ceiling and dripping all over the floor..not a happy bunny and re paint of ceiling done the next day!
    So i am hoping to get all the cleaning, tiling etc done by Sunday so i cn move the kitchen stuff back..its currently all over the dining room table.
    Well i am sleepy so will finish. Lots of love Mary xx

  67. Hassina Begum April 15, 2015 at 10:07 pm -  Reply

    Lawn mower start up

  68. CJ Smith April 15, 2015 at 10:08 pm -  Reply

    The sound of a garden shed opening :)

  69. LuckyBluie April 15, 2015 at 10:09 pm -  Reply

    I think that it is the sound of potting plants!

  70. Rebecca England April 15, 2015 at 10:10 pm -  Reply

    I think it’s the first attempt to fire up a petrol lawnmower.

  71. David J April 15, 2015 at 10:11 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like a lawn mower starting up to me :)

  72. Jan Beal April 15, 2015 at 10:21 pm -  Reply

    Opening the latch on the garden shed or gate

  73. Alica April 15, 2015 at 10:39 pm -  Reply

    Trying to start a petrol lawnmower :)

  74. madeline connolly April 15, 2015 at 10:42 pm -  Reply

    a door been lock

  75. Marguarite Davison April 15, 2015 at 10:51 pm -  Reply

    Sound competition
    Starting a lawn mower

  76. David April 15, 2015 at 10:54 pm -  Reply

    Stable door unlocked / locked

  77. Bev Cordle April 15, 2015 at 10:58 pm -  Reply

    lawn mower starting up

  78. Freya Knudsen April 15, 2015 at 11:00 pm -  Reply

    Lawn mower start up

  79. Julia Gray April 15, 2015 at 11:26 pm -  Reply

    A lock on a shed being opened?

  80. Lisa McNally April 15, 2015 at 11:35 pm -  Reply

    Maybe starting up a lawn mower? Fingers crossed =)!

  81. Alpa April 16, 2015 at 12:33 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali,

    So pleased you had an enjoyable time away and met up with the same friends from last year. You look stunning and younger each time I see you :) Made me smile to think of you sitting around the pool, with umbrellas and mattresses flying around! Glad that both Beryl and your arm are one less thing to worry about when it comes to your wedding dress and that Chris will stich you into it on the day of the wedding ;)Congratulations on being asked to design your own wedding jewellery. How fabulous!

    No changes here I’m afraid :( This April is 20 years since my diagnosis and it is worse than anything I could have imagined. There is no way a serious physical illness can be ‘managed’ without proper medical treatment. The idea is ludicrous! Can you imagine the outrage if people with any other serious illness were told to ‘manage’ and did not even have the option of medical treatment?! This is a multi-system disease that affects every organ in the body. I can see that the illness is getting progressively worse and there is nothing I can do about it.

    I’m still waiting for the council to cancel my care package and collect the loan equipment. This was meant to be done at least 6 weeks ago and despite asking them repeatedly to do it, it has still not been done! The anti-social behaviour where I live is still on going. The firm I instructed to deal with it has done nothing which means making a formal complaint. I also have to write to the Housing Ombudsman. There is a service charge where I live for maintenance/cleaning inside and outside the building and nothing is being done. I have a massive tree in front of my living room which has never been cut back properly and blocks out all natural daylight. The most the landlord has done is cut away a few branches coming through the open windows and ignored two complaints!

    I don’t think my brain can cope at present! These issues have been on going for years and I am getting nowhere. I am very limited in what I can do let alone with making complaints because people can not be bothered to do what they’re meant to do. I have no choice though as these are things that can not be ignored.

    I did write at the end of your last blog and not sure if you’ve seen it. May I ask who/where you get your hair done please as it always looks fab :)

    Love to Debz, Una, Jilly, Jo, Janet, Sue and all in Ali’s Army x

    Take care Ali,
    Lots of Love, Alpa xxx

  82. Sarah Fawcett April 16, 2015 at 6:28 am -  Reply

    Unlocking a door

  83. Fiona K April 16, 2015 at 6:44 am -  Reply

    Starting up a lawn mower

  84. elaine forster April 16, 2015 at 8:37 am -  Reply

    It’s a blind being lowered.

  85. jodie crossley April 16, 2015 at 8:43 am -  Reply

    Trying to start a lawnmower!

  86. Bren April 16, 2015 at 8:48 am -  Reply

    I think the sound is a lawnmower trying to be started.

  87. Juliet McArdle April 16, 2015 at 8:51 am -  Reply

    Starting up the lawnmower for the first time in months

  88. Stephanie Whitehouse April 16, 2015 at 8:51 am -  Reply

    unlocking the shed after winter

  89. Ann April 16, 2015 at 9:10 am -  Reply

    I think that it is either trying to start a lawn mower or putting up a wind up parasol .

  90. Val Swift April 16, 2015 at 9:17 am -  Reply

    Opening a shed door

  91. Lucy Little April 16, 2015 at 9:31 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, love your blog. I think you are putting up a deckchair

  92. Michelle Ptak April 16, 2015 at 9:34 am -  Reply

    Love the pics, thanks for sharing … my guess would be starting a lawnmower.

  93. Liz Graham April 16, 2015 at 9:41 am -  Reply

    Trying to start the mower up for the first cut of the year!!

  94. Ellie Bromilow April 16, 2015 at 9:52 am -  Reply

    ahhh thats difficult! I think I will go for starting up a mower

  95. Suzy April 16, 2015 at 10:11 am -  Reply

    Trying to start a lawnmower

  96. Jeanette lumsden April 16, 2015 at 10:15 am -  Reply

    opening a mortise lock

  97. Jane Knowles April 16, 2015 at 10:19 am -  Reply

    I believe it is somebody starting up a lawn mower , (Hope im right so love Elemis xx

  98. Jean Taylor April 16, 2015 at 10:21 am -  Reply

    Starting up the lawnmower

  99. Tom Baines April 16, 2015 at 11:00 am -  Reply

    sounds like a key opening a lock

  100. Nazima Mankoda April 16, 2015 at 11:21 am -  Reply

    Pushing the lawnmower and starting it up :)

  101. GWEN April 16, 2015 at 11:30 am -  Reply

    Hello Dear Ali,

    Lovely to hear from you again and what a marvellously entertaining blog it is, so much to read and enjoy. The holiday sounds such good fun, the pictures say it all and the food looks so tempting, who could blame you if your footprints were a little deeper, after all that is what holidays are all about isn’t it? I love to hear about your arrangements for your wedding, I really do feel that I am reading about a friend and already I am getting excited for you and Colin, and looking forward to seeing the “Wedding Jewellery”. Super to see you back at work and looking so well, wish I could enter the competition but have to say I really don’t have a clue!!!!!!!!

    Keep well Ali,

    Lots of love,
    Gwen
    XXX

  102. Chris Yatesh April 16, 2015 at 11:32 am -  Reply

    Starting up a petrol lawn mower

  103. Michelle H April 16, 2015 at 11:56 am -  Reply

    It is the sound of someone trying to start a lawnmower.

  104. Sandra Byrne April 16, 2015 at 11:57 am -  Reply

    Pulling the start cord of a petrol lawnmower x Loved reading all about your holiday :)

  105. sian April 16, 2015 at 12:36 pm -  Reply

    unlocking the shed

  106. Janet Jones April 16, 2015 at 12:38 pm -  Reply

    Starting up the lawnmower.

    Dear Ali, so glad you had a lovely relaxing holiday with Colin, you certainly look well with your tan. Agadir looks like a lovely place, beautiful beach,but I have a very delicate stomach and not sure the food would agree with me, what do you think?
    We had Alfie over the weekend and took him to Clarkes to have his feet measured for some summer Doodles, I remember buying them for my son when he was little, and then we took him to look at the disney store and he loved looking around,and was quite happy to leave when we asked him. Oh Ali your turn is so close now and be prepared for what your grandchild will do to your heart, wonderful. I hope all is well
    with Lucy. Happy to hear that any problems with your dress fitting has been sorted out but ones things for sure you will make a beautiful bride. It really is going to be yours and Colins year and well deserved to.
    I am still looking for employment, but not having much luck as I only want part time and this seems to be more difficult to come by, fingers crossed something will turn up. In the meantime I have been very busy in my garden , spring cleaning and Cancer Research UK, so I am never bored.
    We are hoping to have a weekend in The Lakes soon, my little piece of Heaven and I know Jilly likes to go there too.
    Well I must go and put my washing on the line and do a bit more gardening,
    Love to Jilly, Alpa and all Ali’s Army,
    Speak soon,Love Janet (aka Mamar) xx

  107. julie Feathers April 16, 2015 at 12:41 pm -  Reply

    opening a garden shed

  108. wendy gordon April 16, 2015 at 1:14 pm -  Reply

    I think its attempting to start up a lawn mower. Love Elemis so crossing my my fingers.

  109. lyn April 16, 2015 at 1:27 pm -  Reply

    Starting the Lawn mower up

  110. mark April 16, 2015 at 1:30 pm -  Reply

    starting up the lawnmower

  111. IRENE BOLTON April 16, 2015 at 1:55 pm -  Reply

    Unlocking the garden shed.

  112. Pauline Jollands April 16, 2015 at 2:07 pm -  Reply

    I tink it”s someone trying to get a lawn-mower to start.

  113. Penny Ford April 16, 2015 at 2:47 pm -  Reply

    Getting the wheelbarrow out of the shed.

  114. Diane Bussey April 16, 2015 at 2:56 pm -  Reply

    Setting out the garden furniture and popping a cork (or two) in celebration.

  115. Jay Wood April 16, 2015 at 3:21 pm -  Reply

    Starting the mower for the first cut of the season?

  116. Sheila Foscote April 16, 2015 at 3:24 pm -  Reply

    Watering can?

  117. james April 16, 2015 at 4:04 pm -  Reply

    Starting up the Strimmer.

  118. Kasia Lewandowska April 16, 2015 at 4:09 pm -  Reply

    pulling the starter cord on a mower

  119. Sue Radford April 16, 2015 at 4:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,

    Glad you had a lovely time with friends you met last year in Agadir. We’ve met several nice couples over the years, but never kept in touch, so what a great idea it is to meet up again. The Souk you visited is the one we visited two years ago. I enjoyed that day so much, as I just couldn’t believe the wide and various goods on offer, and I can still remember the gorgeous smell of the spice stalls.

    Oh, how excited you must be to have nearly finalised all the preparations for your forthcoming wedding. We were married on 21st June 1975, and it was a hot glorious day, and as this summer is forecasted to be a hot one, I’m sure you’ll have fantastic weather too!

    Hope Lucy is keeping well – she must be nearing her date by now.

    Best wishes to all of Ali’s Army. Alpa – I really hope things will soon Improve for you, as you have suffered enough – please try and keep strong.

    Ali, I think the sound is you opening the garden shed. Enjoy this great weather!

    Love Sue Radford xx

  120. Milly Y April 16, 2015 at 4:35 pm -  Reply

    A lawnmower being started?

  121. julie howell April 16, 2015 at 5:01 pm -  Reply

    pulling the starter cord on a mower

  122. Gilla Abrahams April 16, 2015 at 5:27 pm -  Reply

    Lawn mower start up

  123. CAROL PATTRICK April 16, 2015 at 5:56 pm -  Reply

    It sounds like either attaching or detaching the grass cutting box off the lawnmower

  124. Jan Blount April 16, 2015 at 6:00 pm -  Reply

    Starting up of a petrol lawnmower

  125. tamalyn roberts April 16, 2015 at 6:34 pm -  Reply

    opening a padlocked shed door

  126. D Modley April 16, 2015 at 6:47 pm -  Reply

    opening a old shed door ? xxxxx

  127. Sheila tarn April 16, 2015 at 7:09 pm -  Reply

    It sounds like bolting a door

  128. Samantha Lea April 16, 2015 at 7:11 pm -  Reply

    Starting up the lawnmower

  129. lorraine April 16, 2015 at 7:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali! is it opening your shed door? x

  130. Jean Cairns April 16, 2015 at 8:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali

    You look amazing , love your tan , we love watching your shows
    Wishing yourself & Husband to be all the best in your forthcoming Wedding .
    I think the sound is your lawnmower starting up
    Best Wishes Ali xxxx

  131. Rita King April 16, 2015 at 8:08 pm -  Reply

    Tricky one but it sounds like a latch on a gate being opened, hopefully!!!

  132. Judith Scales April 16, 2015 at 8:29 pm -  Reply

    Opening a pair of secateurs?

  133. kelly brown April 16, 2015 at 8:30 pm -  Reply

    Keys turning in a upvc door lock

  134. Karen Dobson April 16, 2015 at 8:33 pm -  Reply

    Starting up a lawn mower xx

  135. Naomi Harrison April 16, 2015 at 8:38 pm -  Reply

    Unlocking the shed.

  136. Caroline Cowles April 16, 2015 at 8:40 pm -  Reply

    Starting or plugging in a lawn mower?

  137. Carol L April 16, 2015 at 8:50 pm -  Reply

    April Sound.
    The buzzing of the early busy bees in the spring flowers. x

  138. Susan April 16, 2015 at 9:48 pm -  Reply

    I think it’s starting the lawnmower xx

  139. Lynn Parry April 16, 2015 at 10:05 pm -  Reply

    Openinglegs erecting garden table/chairs xx

  140. Ann April 16, 2015 at 10:17 pm -  Reply

    Unlocking the shed door ?

  141. Teresa Lee April 16, 2015 at 10:32 pm -  Reply

    Starting a lawnmower

  142. Chris Fish April 16, 2015 at 10:38 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like trying to start a lawn mower? Oh well worth a try!!
    Nice to see you back again and have to say you look stunning, as always, and with a fabulous tan too! Go girl! Best wishes for your wedding, health and happiness to you both xxx

  143. Julie Davies April 16, 2015 at 10:57 pm -  Reply

    unlocking the shed

  144. Maureen April 16, 2015 at 11:14 pm -  Reply

    Starting a petrol lawnmower.

  145. Deirdre Costello April 16, 2015 at 11:49 pm -  Reply

    Is it a latch on gate or door

  146. Lisa April 17, 2015 at 12:09 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, it sounds to me like you are trying to start a petrol powered lawn mower. Kindest regards, Lisa.

  147. Amanda Austin April 17, 2015 at 2:47 am -  Reply

    Fab blog… As always x competition: trying to start up a lawnmower

  148. Angela Austin April 17, 2015 at 2:49 am -  Reply

    Trying to start the lawnmower

  149. Tricia Coulsonwood April 17, 2015 at 7:45 am -  Reply

    OMG Ali, its happened to you again..guests saying something outrageous!!. Anthony’s faux par was almost innocent in the way he said it, quite funny.. Last night the guest said something to make us curl up and duck under the covers!! .how you handle a revelation like that is remarkable, managing such faux pars show your super professional abilities to the full. I would still be stuttering..
    Thinking of you as you await the birth of your new grandchild..
    I guessed a girl..well see.
    Lovely that you have your wedding dress sorted out.. There’s no doubt that you will look beautiful.
    My daughter Liz who marries in Oct has decided on her style.
    I now have two mother of the bride dress and jackets..
    I have never been so indecisive in my whole life..I have one in aqua and one in cream so far!!.
    Lovely that Jilly has one of her daughters getting married later this year, hope you make more positive choices than me.
    I will enter the enemies competition as I purchased my daughter Jan lots of else is from qvc when she was going through her chemotherapy, it was her special {healing} in her mind luxury item.
    I think the noise is the lawn mower starting up.

    Love to All. Tricia.

  150. Kate Davis April 17, 2015 at 7:56 am -  Reply

    Opening a pair of aluminium steps

  151. joanne thomas April 17, 2015 at 8:19 am -  Reply

    pulling the starting cord on a lawnmower or strimmer

  152. AMANDA PORTER April 17, 2015 at 10:31 am -  Reply

    HI Alison, lovely to see you back. Beautiful pics and what a gorgeous beach, agree with you about Ultrasun, couldn’t be without it. Or Elemis come to that.
    I think the sound is you opening a bottle of drink.
    Regards, Amanda x

  153. Keeley iles April 17, 2015 at 10:48 am -  Reply

    It’s locking or unlocking the gate or shed door x

  154. linda dunn April 17, 2015 at 10:51 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,Think its trying too start a lawn mower. Hope you both have wonderful wedding day. lindaxx

  155. Nazma Leyson April 17, 2015 at 12:27 pm -  Reply

    I think it’s the sound of unlocking the garden shed. Glad you had a fabulous time Morocco Alison. Enjoy designing your wedding jewellery can’t wait to see it on air.

  156. angela thompson April 17, 2015 at 2:42 pm -  Reply

    Trying to start the lawn mower?

  157. Doe Brown April 17, 2015 at 2:44 pm -  Reply

    I think it is the lawnmower being wheeled out of the shed X

  158. Joanna Downey April 17, 2015 at 2:45 pm -  Reply

    Hello Miss K, You look all golden and well rested after your holiday – well done you for finding every ray of sunshine. I have made the most of the lovely weather we have enjoyed recently and revamped the middle part of our garden, however, I now feel my age and find it takes me longer to recover from all the effort which meant that I spent the evening of Easter Sunday with an arm that felt as though I was still digging..! Even though I read every word you wrote during those dark days four years ago I am always shaken and then humbled when you tell us about the ripple effect you have to deal with and I thank you for your honesty and for allowing us to share in something so personal. How exclusive to be sewn into your wedding dress, I am sure I read that Olivia Newton-John was sewn into THOSE trousers in “Grease”… I listened to your Seasonal Sound competition several times and thought it sounded like a petrol lawn mower being started or a BBQ being prepared or metal garden furniture (patio set) being set up and decided on the metal garden furniture option. Finally, a big thank you to Jilly for your kind words, I have read about the difficult times you and your family have faced and you sound so lovely and truly “glass half full”. To Alpa I send love and positivity; fighting one battle is difficult, fighting so many sounds exhausting and I wish I could do something to help you, keep as strong as possible. Love to you Ali, you may be Nanny Ali the next time you write – exciting times. Jo x

  159. Carol Gamble April 17, 2015 at 5:09 pm -  Reply

    Trying to start the lawnmower.

  160. Janet martins April 17, 2015 at 5:13 pm -  Reply

    Starting lawn mower

  161. Judith Lennon April 17, 2015 at 6:39 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali
    I tuned in to watch the Diamonique show with you and Charlie the other evening. What a pair you two are. Such great banter between you both!!! Ali you looked absolutely radiant with your tanned skin and so refreshed and relaxed. Your holiday photos proved this to be the case also. What a beautiful photo of you and Colin. Such a lovely couple. I loved the bikini also and hats off to you for wearing it!!! The colours in the market place were so lovely and made everything look so appealing and attractive. It’s all getting very exciting now your wedding is approaching. I am sure you will look stunning in your dress. Having a shoe shopping day with your friend sounds fun – enjoy. Well this time next week I will be on my way to Mexico. All my clothes are in piles on the bed in the spare bedroom and ready to pack, including my Ultra Sun. I would not go near the sun without it. Regarding the competition. Well I torn between starting the mower and the BBQ.I am going for sorting the BBQ out – fingers crossed. Until next time take care and big hugs and love from me. Judith xx

  162. Col April 17, 2015 at 6:39 pm -  Reply

    Unlocking the shed and getting ready to for the gardening jobs

  163. Susan April 17, 2015 at 7:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    What lovely photos from Morocco! Thank you for sharing. I totally take my hat off to you as well for posting your bikini shot. As if that isn’t a hard enough photo to post for a woman! You’re a perfect example to us girls baring all no matter what way we were born or have been through. It really doesn’t matter!
    Now onto Lucy! How is all in their household? Getting excited and nervous?! I hope all goes well. We take it for granted that all will be OK so I pray it will be.
    Enjoy your designing meantime! Look forward to your next news xx

  164. Lesley April 17, 2015 at 8:20 pm -  Reply

    Starting the lawnmower :)

  165. Elaine Clabby April 17, 2015 at 9:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ally what beautiful holiday pictures! I think that the sound is the door of the garden shed being unlatched.

  166. fozia Akhtar April 17, 2015 at 10:30 pm -  Reply

    Door being locked and unlocked

  167. Sarah Denny April 17, 2015 at 10:35 pm -  Reply

    Trying to get the lawnmower started

  168. shendy April 18, 2015 at 1:42 am -  Reply

    Hi all.
    I think it’s a latch door being opened and shut.
    Xxxxxxx

  169. LondonREC April 18, 2015 at 4:13 am -  Reply

    Sounds like a lawnmower about to be started up to me!

  170. mary morphy April 18, 2015 at 7:36 am -  Reply

    HI Ali..forgot to give you my guess the sound idea…pulling the chord to start a petrol lawn mower??? Have a great Saturday. Mary x

  171. Isabell Stewart April 18, 2015 at 7:59 am -  Reply

    Starting a lawn mower up.

  172. Susan Ellins April 18, 2015 at 9:42 am -  Reply

    Starting the lawn mower

  173. Charlotte Ingham April 18, 2015 at 10:21 am -  Reply

    Undoing the lock on the garden shed

  174. Christine Constable April 18, 2015 at 10:53 am -  Reply

    Unlocking a shed door

  175. Angela Walker April 18, 2015 at 11:14 am -  Reply

    Starting the lawn mower motor

  176. Ruby Homawala April 18, 2015 at 11:57 am -  Reply

    Getting the Lawn mower out of the shed

  177. Lucy Taylor April 18, 2015 at 12:36 pm -  Reply

    Pulling the starter cord on a petrol lawn mower, exactly what I will be doing today!

  178. Mandy Mitchell April 18, 2015 at 1:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I think your seasonal sound is starting up your lawn mower!
    I hope that you are ok & that your Colin is getting better.Your holiday photos are lovely, I used to print photos & love to capture memories I can bring home with me which is what you have done.I bet you were smug enjoying your lunch in the sunshine whilst those dark clouds were looming in the background.The lantern is stunning & I can see why it inspired you both in the design of your lovely Hope pendant.So chuffed for you that your dress is going to be altered to fit you like a glove & its lovely that everyone is doing their bit to make your day a perfect one!I managed to see you on the Diamonique finale & your face was a picture when Margaret called & said what a lovely couple you made!Poor Charlie, bless him!The highlight of the week for me was your reaction to David from Hayloft with his Polyanthus lare night story.It was hilarious & all I could think of was lots of female QVC customers sitting in their gardens having a “When Harry met Sally” moment.Its also quite interesting that they are now on waitlist!!! You are TV Gold at handling funny moments & I love your witty humour especially when you said”This could be your best summer yet”Priceless!How exciting about you designing your own wedding jewellery which is interesting because I was talking about you to my hubby & said I thought that Diamonique should design you a tiara for your wedding day seeing as you are “The Queen of Diamonique”Can’t wait to see your designs, really jealous as I would love to design something of my own.I hope your lanterns arrived in time for your Baby Shower, mine arrived on Friday & I love it!Have a lovely weekend & enjoy the weather.
    Love & hugs
    from
    Mandy xxx
    p.s I did order some plants but not the Polyanthus ha ha x

  179. Louise Dawson April 18, 2015 at 2:18 pm -  Reply

    Unlocking the garden shed.

  180. Tricia coulsonwood April 18, 2015 at 2:47 pm -  Reply

    I am sure I wrote ELEMIS twice not enemies!!.& else is?.must double check predicted text!!.
    Just got some results that show I have pernicious anaemia…my eldest Jan was also diagnosed several years ago. I started my first injection of cytamen yesterday . I have another five over ten days then three monthly..same as my daughter.I hope I will then get some of my old self back.it would be lovely to feel better for my youngest daughters wedding..love to everyone. Tricia.

  181. Jane Keeley April 18, 2015 at 2:53 pm -  Reply

    I think It’s a lawn mower being started up, Ali.

  182. Pam April 18, 2015 at 4:21 pm -  Reply

    Opening a bolt.

  183. Pam April 18, 2015 at 4:22 pm -  Reply

    Opening a bolt

  184. Jacqui Hand April 18, 2015 at 4:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I think the sound is putting up the garden parasol and furniture.
    Glad you enjoyed your holiday, your looking lovely, great tan and you look really well.
    Still putting on the lippy and smiling, just like me.
    Take Care
    Love Jacqui XXXXXX

  185. Debbie Jayne McLean April 18, 2015 at 9:48 pm -  Reply

    I saw this competion after reading Ali,s great story and there were no answers and straight away I thought gate latch being opened or old fashioned type writer where you type and push the end to start again I’m sure it’s that and only one other person out of 151 at the minute thinks so like me so hope we are right with. Old fashioned typewriter is my answer. Love love elemis as I have said before I’m on lots medication like so many others and spend most of my time in bed and I use loads of elemis products to help me feel nice and breathing in the oils to help relax me. Just adore the bliss capsules use every day am and pm and in between sometimes!!! Fabulous prize to win would be great fingers crossed. Goodluck everybody.
    Glad your happy Ali and bet your so excited about your wedding you deserve all the happiness that your having with your holidays and breaks and special days with the love of your life and family.

  186. Wendy payne April 18, 2015 at 10:06 pm -  Reply

    A large gate being unlocked and unlatched

  187. Caroline Clarke April 19, 2015 at 7:43 am -  Reply

    A door shutting and locking.

  188. Mrs Sarah Southall April 19, 2015 at 8:27 am -  Reply

    Firing up the lawnmower?!x

  189. Christine fraser April 19, 2015 at 9:10 am -  Reply

    Unlocking and removing a padlock

  190. Anita Outram April 19, 2015 at 10:06 am -  Reply

    Someone mowing the lawn.

  191. barbara michael April 19, 2015 at 10:08 am -  Reply

    Think it sounds like trying to start a lawn mower – lovely to read your blog hope you both have a wonderful wedding day – my husband and i got married on 25th June 1977 nearly 38 years ago (doesn’t seem that long ago!!) I’m sure you’ll both look fab – enjoy the dayx

  192. Brenda hughes April 19, 2015 at 11:08 am -  Reply

    pushing a manual lawnmower.

  193. Pm liu April 19, 2015 at 12:47 pm -  Reply

    Locking or unlocking of door

  194. Stacey collyer April 19, 2015 at 12:51 pm -  Reply

    Your pictures are absolutely beautiful and you look great. I think its the sound of you open and shutting you front door after a long journey. Enjoy the weather and make most of it while itnis fine

  195. karim khimji April 19, 2015 at 1:02 pm -  Reply

    door being locked/unlocked

  196. Jane Harrison April 19, 2015 at 1:47 pm -  Reply

    I think it’s someone starting a lawnmower… which reminds me I’d better do the same myself! Love your photos, especially the bikini one, you are beautiful and an inspiration.

  197. Laura Kilby April 19, 2015 at 2:55 pm -  Reply

    Starting up the lawnmower

  198. Debbie Gillespie April 19, 2015 at 3:48 pm -  Reply

    Starting the lawnmower

  199. Catherine Amaro April 19, 2015 at 4:29 pm -  Reply

    Lawn mower start up

  200. Paula Durant April 19, 2015 at 5:50 pm -  Reply

    Birds singing

  201. Jill Beattie April 19, 2015 at 5:52 pm -  Reply

    Trying to start petrol mower for first grass cut of the season

  202. Chris April 19, 2015 at 8:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison. I believe it’s a lawn mower being started

  203. Margaret Naughton April 19, 2015 at 9:04 pm -  Reply

    Starting up the lawnmower.

  204. Faye Reed April 19, 2015 at 10:00 pm -  Reply

    I think it’s unlocking and then opening the shed door x

  205. Penny Harper April 19, 2015 at 10:30 pm -  Reply

    I think you’re getting out the Barbecue tools and putting them on the little metal shelf beside the grill.

  206. Alison Keenan April 19, 2015 at 11:41 pm -  Reply

    How lovely to get all these answers – I will answer all of you as soon as I can, and thanks in advance for your guesses!! I just wanted to say to those last eight or so folk who wrote on the previous blog, I did find your comments and have replied :) Many thanks, love Ali xx

  207. Alison Keenan April 19, 2015 at 11:43 pm -  Reply

    Hello Jilly, how exciting for you to have a wedding to look forward to as well! I hope your daughter is cracking on with her plans. Yes, we are hoping to have a themed Diamonique show prior to the wedding, but I may have to keep my designs secret as I don’t want Colin to have any idea of what I’ll be wearing on the day :) That said, I plan to give more than a few hints each Thursday at 9pm leading up to the day itself! So glad you enjoyed Diamonique – so did Charlie and I :) Love, Ali xx

  208. Alison Keenan April 19, 2015 at 11:45 pm -  Reply

    Dear Loraine, how lovely that we will be sharing our wedding day with your birthday! I remember you telling me that you’d also been to Agadir, and am glad that you had a break over Easter in Cornwall. My nieces were both there and had a great time. As far as you and Les visiting the cotswolds – you can’t go wrong with a break there in my opinion. Colin took me there for my birthday some years back – had a ball. I’ll let you know how I get on with my shoe shopping! Have a great week, love Ali xx

  209. Yvonne stokes April 20, 2015 at 9:58 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I’ve not written on your blog before but have followed your stories avidly ever since I heard you had breast cancer. I was diagnosed with it in 2009 – just weeks before getting married for the second time. In fact we had to bring our wedding forward by three weeks so that I didn’t lose my hair from the chemo for the wedding photos! Unlike you I decided against reconstruction because I didn’t want to face such a long op although I feel sad sometimes because I love clothes shopping and have to always consider the lowness (if that’s a word!) of a top or dress so that the dip or hollow on my chest doesn’t show
    We’ve just moved house and we have a beautiful garden and your mystery noise sounds like my husband starting up our new petrol mower.
    Best wishes and I look forward to your next amusing blog x Yvonne

  210. Sheila Reeves April 20, 2015 at 12:46 pm -  Reply

    I think the sound is starting a lawnmower

  211. Deborah Dartnell April 20, 2015 at 1:16 pm -  Reply

    Unlocking the door to the shed – sounds like a padlock and chain!

  212. Juliet Dean April 20, 2015 at 1:28 pm -  Reply

    Opening a stiff garden shed door for the first time in ages

  213. William Wright April 20, 2015 at 1:43 pm -  Reply

    Lawn mower start up

  214. Cath Rudd April 20, 2015 at 1:47 pm -  Reply

    Putting fruit into juicer

  215. leanne weir April 20, 2015 at 3:57 pm -  Reply

    Potting the plants

  216. Sarah Franks April 20, 2015 at 4:00 pm -  Reply

    That sounds like a padlock being opened and removed from your garden shed to me.

  217. judith sowden April 20, 2015 at 4:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I think its the sound of you opening your lock on greenhouse/garden shed

  218. Elizabeth MacDonald April 20, 2015 at 7:13 pm -  Reply

    Opening the garden shed

  219. kirsty bush April 20, 2015 at 8:48 pm -  Reply

    Pulling the starter cord on a lawn mower

  220. Jackie ONeill April 20, 2015 at 8:58 pm -  Reply

    starting up the lawn mower I think

  221. Kathy Powell April 21, 2015 at 12:38 am -  Reply

    Trying to start a lawnmower

  222. Joanne Schofield April 21, 2015 at 7:53 am -  Reply

    Starting the lawn mower (I think!!)

  223. Nadia Ansary Clark April 21, 2015 at 8:21 am -  Reply

    Hi – Opening and locking the garden shed

  224. Mrs J I Peacock April 21, 2015 at 10:15 am -  Reply

    Using key to unlock door.

  225. Karen Ship April 21, 2015 at 11:08 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison, congratulations on your pending nuptials. you are a true inspiration to all of us, whether we have had trials or not, your love of life is infectious.
    I think the sounds on your video reminds me of starting the lawn mower.
    Take care and enjoy the preparations for the big day, love to you both.

  226. Julie Gee April 21, 2015 at 1:18 pm -  Reply

    sliding the bolt open on a gate.

  227. Chris N April 21, 2015 at 1:19 pm -  Reply

    Starting up the lawn mower.

  228. Fiona S April 21, 2015 at 2:03 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like starting a mower

  229. Loraine April 21, 2015 at 2:30 pm -  Reply

    Just read you are down my way today it is lovely hope you enjoyed it must have passed my house in ringwood on your way did you go in the cafe on the beach love Loraine xxx

  230. Debz April 21, 2015 at 2:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali

    Looks like you had a fab holiday despite the fog, wind and rain! You looked truly stunning in your bikini and so brave of you to be Beryl less!! Not sure I’d be brave enough even to wear the bikini!!

    The picture of you and Colin is just lovely. Not long now until the big day! Plus, you’ll soon be a Grandma to boot! What a lot to look forward to. It’s going to be quite a year!

    Can I put in a late bid for Love Divine as a wedding hymn? Neal’s Mom and Dad had it at their wedding and it was also one of the hymns sang at his Mom’s funeral when we so sadly lost her 18 months ago.

    Ainzley’s health has deteriorated, although no one has told him! The vet has told us that his heart is failing and he’s now on a form of digitalis to control his heart rate but once that no longer works then there’s nothing else they can do for him. Apart from him losing weight you’d never know there was anything wrong with him. He’s a bit slower and has to have a rest when climbing the stairs but so do I if I’m honest!!

    I am having to liquidise his food at the moment as his appetite is quite poor and he just won’t eat anything and would much rather lick at stuff so, luckily we have an old blender that we can use for the job. Not my favourite job first thing in the morning but if it means he eats then I’m willing to do it. So far it seems to be doing the trick. Fingers crossed.

    Alpa my lovely, you do seem to have so many battles to fight and no one to help you. I’m so sorry that such a lovely person has to face so much hardship and I hope that one day you will find someone who is willing to pick up your fight and relieve you of at least some of your burdens. Stay strong and we are all here for you. Although we can’t support you in a practical way we can be a sounding board for you.

    Finally, the sound is, I think, a padlock being taken off a garden shed door.

    Love to all in Ali’s Army.

    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=) XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  231. Susan Young April 21, 2015 at 4:20 pm -  Reply

    Opening/closing garden gate

  232. Sharon Wallace Parmenter April 21, 2015 at 4:56 pm -  Reply

    Welcome back from your super Hols
    Please enter me into this competition for fab Elemis products…..
    I think the sound is that of opening or closing your shed door with a bolt lock mechanism. hope I win, luv Shazzababes xxx

  233. Sue Kirk April 21, 2015 at 6:56 pm -  Reply

    Starting the lawnmower.

  234. Muna Golmohamad April 21, 2015 at 7:34 pm -  Reply

    Unlocking and opening your front door on your return from your hols?

  235. Rebekah Smith April 21, 2015 at 8:16 pm -  Reply

    Starting a lawn mower

  236. Fiona carne April 22, 2015 at 9:58 am -  Reply

    I think it might be opening a shed , isn’t the weather beautiful at the moment makes a change not to use tumble dryer. Fiona in Exeter.

  237. Andrew Hindley April 22, 2015 at 1:00 pm -  Reply

    Lawn mower start up

  238. Karen Patchett April 22, 2015 at 2:12 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like a padlock being opened and removed :)

  239. Victoria Cunniff April 22, 2015 at 3:07 pm -  Reply

    Unlocking the garden gate/ shed door??

  240. James Tinkler April 22, 2015 at 5:28 pm -  Reply

    Starting a lawn mower

  241. Alison Keenan April 22, 2015 at 6:18 pm -  Reply

    Well this sound has certainly sparked your imaginations! Thanks so much to the following for your guesses – Jane, John, Kath, Michelle, Darren, Tina, Be Ku, Lisa M, Tam, Mary, Liz, Philippa, Louise, Carol, Brigitte, Margaret, Collette, Andy W, Joanne, Margaret, Lorraine, Tracy, Gillian, June and Clare. All correct answers will go into a hat and the winner drawn out on Friday! Love Ali xx

  242. Alison Keenan April 22, 2015 at 6:19 pm -  Reply

    Chey Dakota – what a great name! Thanks to you, Hayley, Fionalynne, Susie M, Jim, Jennifer, Emma, Kate and Louise. Nice ideas and lovely of you to take the time to enter. Only a couple more days to wait until we announce the winner! Love Ali xx

  243. Alison Keenan April 22, 2015 at 6:21 pm -  Reply

    Dear Chris, You had me laughing out loud – more pigeons than seagulls around here, but disgusting amount of mess to clear up – I wonder what on earth they are eating and if I can introduce Immodium into their diet!!! :) Thanks for your truly original guess, love Ali x

  244. Alison Keenan April 22, 2015 at 6:22 pm -  Reply

    Sue, thank you for your good wishes and your guess! Make sure you check the blog on Friday to see if you were right! Love Ali xx

  245. Alison Keenan April 22, 2015 at 6:24 pm -  Reply

    And there’s more!! Thanks to Marion, Maddalena, Laura, Christine, Cecelia, Karen, Sally, Pamela, Clare, Ruth, Angela, Rebecca, Cheryl, Francesca, Dale, Clare and Victoria. Some great ideas, so I hope one of you will be lucky!! love Ali xx

  246. Alison Keenan April 22, 2015 at 6:26 pm -  Reply

    Dear Francesca, thank you for your kind comments, and I’m glad you enjoyed the blog. I have to be honest and say it took a fair bit of nerve to go out with my bikini on, and I was definitely more comfortable on the beach away from folk than round the pool where it was busy. But you know it’s funny, the first time is the hardest, in truth people don’t notice, and it is what it is… I am sorry that you too have been through this, but I’m sure you look great and if you’re with someone who bolsters you up that first time, it’ll be fine. Take care, love Ali xx

  247. Alison Keenan April 22, 2015 at 6:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Christine, So nice to hear from you, and thank you for your sweet comments. I do indeed feel blessed, and the holiday was a lovely break made even better by the fabulous weather we’ve had since coming home! How funny that you and I have both been painting our summer houses – it looks so much nicer now and I treated myself to the Bethlehem Lights lanterns with the flameless candles in to hang from the roof – they look lovely! You’re right, a great deal of birdsong at this time of the year and a sense of peace – much to be grateful for. Take care and enjoy the rest of the week, love Ali xx

  248. Alison Keenan April 22, 2015 at 6:32 pm -  Reply

    Well, I think we’re on a roll now, but there have been some quite random guesses too! Many thanks to all of you for taking part, particularly, M Smith, Rebecca, MaryCarol, Paul, Margaret, Linda, Shannon, Hassina and CJ Smith. Lucky Bluie also and Rebecca England. All correct guesses will go into the draw and we will announce a winner this Friday, Love Ali xx

  249. Alison Keenan April 22, 2015 at 7:07 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Mary, and thanks as always for keeping in touch. So glad you liked the blog and the Bethleham lights show – my lanterns arrived yesterday and very pretty they look hanging in front of the summer house :) Your mum sounds like an angel, and how nice to get to do the buttonholes together before the day itself. Your headress sounds stunning too – I may have a few flowers in my hair, but they will be at the back! Soooo glad to hear that you made the best of the 23 degree heat to potter if not sit, and enjoy the garden. I was at Hengisbury Head just yesterday, and honestly, we’d never travel abroad if you could guarantee the sunshine – it was stunning. Is there no end to your talents Mary? Painter, domestic decorator, cake maker and decorator extraordinaire (such a shame you can’t post your photo of the ‘Frozen’ themed cake here on the blog – it was incredible!) Good to know that the paint you put over your tiles has worked – they must have improved it in the last 10 years as when I last tried it, it was terribly tacky and showed all the brush strokes. Had to get new tiles in the end! Good luck with tiling behind the hob – you’ve probably finished that already! Thank heavens the coke bottle wasn’t pointing at your face – whole different story if it had have been! Hateful though having to clear it all up – I can go one worse tho, as the aftermath following an exploding tin of boiled condensed milk is like glue! :) As always, lovely to catch up with you Mary, and I hope your week isn’t too exhausting! With love, Ali xx

  250. cheryl lovell April 22, 2015 at 8:18 pm -  Reply

    lawn mower starting up

  251. Steph Eddleston April 22, 2015 at 9:00 pm -  Reply

    Unlocking a door with a key

  252. Graham King April 22, 2015 at 9:03 pm -  Reply

    Starting a lawnmower up

  253. Ms Barton April 22, 2015 at 9:05 pm -  Reply

    Starting the petrol lawn mower for the first cut of spring.

  254. Ms Barton April 22, 2015 at 9:06 pm -  Reply

    starting a petrol lawn mower for the first cut of spring.

  255. Frances Grasby April 22, 2015 at 9:44 pm -  Reply

    sounds like you are starting up a lawn mower

  256. Jean April 23, 2015 at 5:00 am -  Reply

    Garden gate latch being opened and closed.

  257. Linda April 23, 2015 at 6:44 am -  Reply

    Sounds like you’re unlocking the garden shed…xx

  258. Andrea Miles April 23, 2015 at 7:32 am -  Reply

    pulling back a bolt

  259. Michelle Williams April 23, 2015 at 8:11 am -  Reply

    Lawn mower start up

  260. LIANE MCCREANOR April 23, 2015 at 8:46 am -  Reply

    LAWN MOWER START UP

  261. Kristy Brown April 23, 2015 at 10:02 am -  Reply

    Starting a petrol lawn mower

  262. Lucy Walker April 23, 2015 at 10:57 am -  Reply

    Starting up a lawnmower? :) x

  263. sarah mills April 23, 2015 at 10:59 am -  Reply

    Garden gate being opened

  264. Suzanne McC April 23, 2015 at 11:12 am -  Reply

    Agree with quite a few of the others – starting a petrol lawnmower

  265. Mrs Bowers April 23, 2015 at 1:18 pm -  Reply

    Starting up a lawn mower

  266. Kelly Hooper April 23, 2015 at 1:32 pm -  Reply

    Lawn mower start up

  267. Shirley giles April 23, 2015 at 2:22 pm -  Reply

    Starting a lawnmower

  268. Shazz April 23, 2015 at 3:13 pm -  Reply

    switching on the lawnmower

  269. claire wilkinson April 23, 2015 at 5:16 pm -  Reply

    lawnmower starting

  270. Caroline byass April 23, 2015 at 5:18 pm -  Reply

    a lawnmower trying to start up?? Cx

  271. Kerry Sullivan April 23, 2015 at 5:35 pm -  Reply

    You love your gardening Ally so I’m guessing its your lawn mower starting up.

  272. Louise Chambers April 23, 2015 at 5:50 pm -  Reply

    It sounds like the pull cord on a petrol lawn mower.

  273. Jane Adair April 23, 2015 at 6:15 pm -  Reply

    I’m going with attempting to start up a lawnmower.

  274. Norma McGill April 23, 2015 at 7:11 pm -  Reply

    A key unlocking a padlock

  275. mel crumpton April 23, 2015 at 7:38 pm -  Reply

    unlocking the padlock

  276. Linda April 23, 2015 at 7:38 pm -  Reply

    Im a private person (but unlocking a gate sounds good) The BIGGEST NOISE i could hear in a weeks time is the shriek of my scan being a good one. So much luv to you Ali xxxx

  277. sandra April 23, 2015 at 7:46 pm -  Reply

    Trying to start the lawn mower

  278. Alison Wynne April 23, 2015 at 7:47 pm -  Reply

    Opening/closing a latch on garden shed or gate xx

  279. Jacqueline Fawcett April 23, 2015 at 7:57 pm -  Reply

    Starting the lawn mower :)

  280. Elizabeth Spinks April 23, 2015 at 8:00 pm -  Reply

    putting coins in a parking/ticket machine.

  281. Sarah McArthur April 23, 2015 at 8:02 pm -  Reply

    Unlocking the garden shed

  282. Sue Dorking April 23, 2015 at 8:36 pm -  Reply

    Starting the lawn mower

  283. julia woods April 23, 2015 at 9:06 pm -  Reply

    opening the garden shed

  284. Sandr April 23, 2015 at 9:32 pm -  Reply

    turning of a key to unlock a door

  285. Sandra April 23, 2015 at 9:33 pm -  Reply

    turning of a key to unlock a door

  286. Claudine Garley April 23, 2015 at 9:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I think that it is a key in a padlock which is attached to a gate which has opened & then closed. x

  287. Jenny April 23, 2015 at 10:04 pm -  Reply

    I think you’re unlocking the shed door to get the mower out and trim that grass!

  288. margaret harman April 23, 2015 at 10:06 pm -  Reply

    setting up your garden furniture

  289. Steve April 23, 2015 at 10:08 pm -  Reply

    A door security chain being put on

  290. Kim Newsome April 23, 2015 at 10:08 pm -  Reply

    Starting up a lawnmower

  291. janice pearson April 23, 2015 at 10:08 pm -  Reply

    I think its a clay pigeon machine putting the play thing in then it being released. Alison you looked fabulous on you hols. X

  292. Diane Richards April 23, 2015 at 10:09 pm -  Reply

    I think it is the shed being opened, love Diane x

  293. Julie April 23, 2015 at 10:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, fab blog, really enjoyed reading it! My guess for the sound is ‘opening the shed door’ xx

  294. Lindsey Sweet April 23, 2015 at 10:16 pm -  Reply

    Sound competition: unlocking a door with a key

  295. Valerie Warren April 23, 2015 at 10:20 pm -  Reply

    Putting a key into something metal and opening it.

  296. jun mo April 23, 2015 at 10:26 pm -  Reply

    Starting a lawn mower

  297. Christine bradford April 23, 2015 at 10:27 pm -  Reply

    I think the sound is early morning birdsong x

  298. Fiona court April 23, 2015 at 10:36 pm -  Reply

    You are looking and sounding great Ali. Glad to see that you enjoyed a well deserved holiday. Sounds like a cord being pulled on a petrol lawnmower.

  299. Rebecca Duffy April 23, 2015 at 10:38 pm -  Reply

    Hello, I think you’re trying to get the lawn mower going!

  300. Anita Whorley April 23, 2015 at 10:38 pm -  Reply

    pulling the cord to start the lawn mower x

  301. Pauline April 23, 2015 at 10:44 pm -  Reply

    someone opening a window with shutters knocking in wind

  302. sofie April 23, 2015 at 10:46 pm -  Reply

    shed being unlocked

  303. Shelley Jessup April 23, 2015 at 10:49 pm -  Reply

    The whole household has been listening & we think it’s a shed/gate door with a padlock

  304. Jessica L April 23, 2015 at 11:11 pm -  Reply

    I think it sounds like you unlocking or opening something – probably the garden shed?

  305. Beth Bowdler April 23, 2015 at 11:38 pm -  Reply

    Opening the garden shed

  306. Margaret Miller April 23, 2015 at 11:41 pm -  Reply

    I think it’s someone trying to start up a lawnmower……

  307. Linda sweeney April 23, 2015 at 11:52 pm -  Reply

    The sound of opening the shed door

  308. Linda Mihkelson April 24, 2015 at 12:00 am -  Reply

    an outside door being shut and locked

  309. Sue Harrison April 24, 2015 at 12:13 am -  Reply

    Tricky.. I’ll go with trying to start the lawnmower

  310. Ruth Hedges April 24, 2015 at 12:20 am -  Reply

    Starting up the lawnmower

  311. Alexandra Jane April 24, 2015 at 12:29 am -  Reply

    Sounds like my husband in the cutlery drawer… Especially as it wasn’t closed afterwards!

  312. Sam Furniss April 24, 2015 at 2:59 am -  Reply

    It’s sounds to me like locking a garden gate

  313. Christine Laycock April 24, 2015 at 3:15 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison, I think the answer is: Starting up a petrol mower.

  314. Marie Bell April 24, 2015 at 6:19 am -  Reply

    The starting up of a lawnmower I believe

  315. Sarah Lewis April 24, 2015 at 8:16 am -  Reply

    Lawn mower being started up

  316. Jackie Kisby April 24, 2015 at 8:24 am -  Reply

    Trying to start the lawn mower.

  317. Alexandra McGahey April 24, 2015 at 9:58 am -  Reply

    I think the sound is of you trying to start your lawnmower up.

  318. A Benson April 24, 2015 at 10:37 am -  Reply

    Starting up the lawnmower – which I wish mine would do, think it’s decided to retire!

  319. Pauline Appleton April 24, 2015 at 10:40 am -  Reply

    Starting up the lawn mower

  320. ELISABETH BARNWELL April 24, 2015 at 10:49 am -  Reply

    Pulling the starter cord on a mower

  321. Suk Wai Lee April 24, 2015 at 11:29 am -  Reply

    Starting up the lawn mower

  322. Kathy April 24, 2015 at 11:53 am -  Reply

    Starting the lawnmower

  323. Kirsty April 24, 2015 at 11:54 am -  Reply

    It sounds like a lock being opened!

  324. Linda Jordan April 24, 2015 at 12:17 pm -  Reply

    I think its someone opening and closing a garden gate? Good Luck everybody x

  325. Chris Calvert April 24, 2015 at 12:24 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like a key opening a lock

  326. Debbie Bird April 24, 2015 at 12:40 pm -  Reply

    Starting the lawnmower

  327. angela sandhu April 24, 2015 at 1:54 pm -  Reply

    starting a lawn-mower

  328. Helen Allan April 24, 2015 at 2:30 pm -  Reply

    Starting a lawn mower?

  329. Allison Sherwood April 24, 2015 at 4:01 pm -  Reply

    Lawn mower start up

  330. chirag patel April 24, 2015 at 4:01 pm -  Reply

    starting a petrol lawn mower

  331. Rennene Hartland April 24, 2015 at 4:14 pm -  Reply

    Lawn mower start up

  332. clare davies April 24, 2015 at 4:37 pm -  Reply

    starting the lawmower

  333. Lindy Hine April 24, 2015 at 4:53 pm -  Reply

    Wheeling a wheelbarrow?

  334. Rachel B April 24, 2015 at 4:53 pm -  Reply

    I think it’s a door/gate being unlocked and opened

  335. elisa wright April 24, 2015 at 5:32 pm -  Reply

    opening a padlock?

  336. Su Brett April 24, 2015 at 10:12 pm -  Reply

    Starting the mower

  337. Eliza Wilder April 24, 2015 at 10:14 pm -  Reply

    Since you spent time in the garden mowing – am guessing this is the sound of your lawnmower starting up! :-)

  338. Susan Fraser April 24, 2015 at 11:49 pm -  Reply

    Shed door opening/closing

  339. rosie D April 25, 2015 at 4:19 pm -  Reply

    starting the lawnmower

  340. Jilly April 25, 2015 at 10:47 pm -  Reply

    Happy Saturday Evening everyone – I have just had a laugh that there are two Jilly’s here – and I thought I bet some of you might think I have two daughters. I only have one darling daughter, my Annie, but I am very sure the other Jilly will be busy arranging or helping to arrange her daughter’s wedding – just like you Tricia with your Liz. We still have Annie’s wedding dress hanging up. It is very beautiful even after 12 years and was hand made for her by an Italian tailor so I am sure your wedding dress will be perfect Ali and more so that you will be able to have your sleeve fitted for you on the day. How great is that to have your own personal tailer to hand!! and wonderful to have such friends to help you.
    You looked completely and utterly stunning on the Diamonique show – I was about to send a quick blog to say so but Bertie (large springer spaniel) decided at that very moment that he wanted to go out – and needs must for a spaniel!! So although the time has passed here I am saying your tan and dress and your hair were the best and I thought if that is how you look at “work” what are you going to look like on your wedding day – perfection indeed!!
    Loved the piccies and update on your holiday. I also think you seem to be getting younger and younger and it is wonderful to see that even after all you have been through you can look so great. Super meeting up with friends and fancy having a training ground like the one you had. Humm now can you match that??
    Annie has a provisional date for her final reconstruction which will be sometime near the end of May and she is counting the days but sorting out a lot of bits before hand as she will not be able to do lifting etc for a while. Her hubby is doing not too badly and hopefully in a few weeks will be off the horrid steroids. We can just take one step at at time for him and hopefully get there in the end. My lovely hubby took them all to the Lakes for a week (I could not take the time off work) and they came back full of a wonderful time and lots of lovely piccies. You are so right Janet, we just love the Lakes.
    How very sweet to get some sandles for little Alfie and so lovely you had him to yourselves. Like you I also know that Ali will be beside herself when the little one arrives and cannot wait to hear what the baby will be. Very exciting times to come. Not long to wait now!!! :-)
    Tricia, I do hope that you have found your dress – I always think that the mother of the bride is the second important person at the wedding – or maybe that was just me thinking it when I was mother of the bride. My hat was spray painted to match my outfit (hand made by the same Italian tailor) – with car spray paint – yes, really it was and turned out perfect. I love wearing hats and have a few in boxes which I try on now and again just to remember how much I like them.
    Alpa, I am horrified that your problems are just not getting any better. I am sure we are all just gutted for you and we feel so helpless that we cannot do anything to make your life easier. Just sending you big huge hugs and to let you know that we are thinking of you and hope that somehow there will be help and understanding round the corner. It is just so horrid for you.
    My Elemis order came today so I have had a special facial tonight and hope I look ten years younger tomorrow – I will let you know!!!!
    Fingers crossed we don’t have long to wait to hear your special news Ali – we will keep watching and waiting and sending lots of love to you all. I am sure Lucy will be counting the days and be very thankful that she can for a little while put her feet up – and just think Simon’s boys will both be big brothers soon rather than just one being a big brother. Looking forward to more updates, Love Jilly XX

  341. Liz Forrest April 25, 2015 at 11:16 pm -  Reply

    I think they answer us unlocking a gate, love your tan, you look so healthy x

  342. Joanne drake April 26, 2015 at 4:06 pm -  Reply

    Starting a lawn mower! X

  343. alison keenan April 29, 2015 at 8:30 pm -  Reply

    My dear Debz, so sorry I missed this earlier – that’s the trouble with writing two blogs so close together!!! Still, it was really good to catch up on all your news, although I was sorry to hear about Ainzley. Great that he has a mummy as caring as you are :) Bless you for your kind comments about my photos – Beryl stayed in her bag for most of the holiday except in the evening, although a great many of my summer clothes just don’t work without a prosthesis! Thank you so much for your hymn suggestions – I can’ believe it’s been 18 months since Neal’s mum passed… so glad you have each other to lean on. You take care, and thanks again for keeping in touch, with love Ali xx

  344. alison keenan April 29, 2015 at 8:32 pm -  Reply

    Crikey, I turned away for a few days and so many more of you have entered the competition – suffice to say all the correct ones were entered into the draw and I will be announcing the winner in my new blog next week. In the meantime, many thanks to Susan, Sharon, Sue, Muna, Rebekah, Fiona, Andrew, Karen, Victoria, James, Cheryl, Steph, Graham, Ms Barton, Frances, Jean, Linda, Andrea, Michelle, Liane, Kristy, Sarah, Suzanne MCC, Mrs. Bowers and Kelly Hooper! Love Ali xx

  345. Alison keenan April 29, 2015 at 8:35 pm -  Reply

    Thanks also to Shirley, Shazz, Claire, Caroline, Kerry, Louise, Jane, Norma, Mel, Sandra, Alison Wynne, Jacqueline, Elizabeth, Sarah, Sue, Julia, Sandra, Claudine, Jenny, Margaret, Steve, Kim, Janice, Diane and Julie – so glad you enjoy reading the blog and here’s hoping you’ll be lucky!! love Ali xx

  346. Alison keenan April 29, 2015 at 8:38 pm -  Reply

    And just so you know that I read ALL my replies :) , many thanks to Lindsey, Valerie, Jun Mo, Christine, Fiona, Rebecca, Anita, Pauline, Sofie, Shelley, Jessica L, Beth Bowdler, Margaret, Linda and Linda Mihkelson. love Ali xx

  347. Alison keenan April 29, 2015 at 8:39 pm -  Reply

    Dear Linda, I found your comment in and amongst all the others, but wanted to say that I SOOOO hope your scan results will come back with the results you need. Stay strong, love Ali xx

    • Linda Banfield May 1, 2015 at 8:25 pm -  Reply

      Thank you so very much Ali. You are a massive inspiration and great proof that there is cure and a great life that follows sadness. Much love to you and all xxxx

  348. Alison keenan April 29, 2015 at 8:40 pm -  Reply

    Gosh, this is certainly a popular prize! Thanks also to Sue, Ruth, Alexandra, Sam, Christine, Marie, Sarah, Jackie, Alexandra, A Benson, Pauline, Elisabeth, Suk Wai Lee, Kathy, Kirsty, Linda, Chris, Debbie and Angela. I will announce the winner in my next blog after the Bank Holiday Weekend! love Ali xx

  349. Alison keenan April 29, 2015 at 8:54 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jilly, am guessing from you reply that I have replied to a different Jilly, attributing your news to hers! Do forgive me – both of you! Loved your comment though and all your news, and hearing about your Annie’s Italian made wedding dress – and your outfit too. Although I have to admit being somewhat taken aback by the use of car spray paint, but it may well be where I head for my shoes -although I reckon the chaps at Halfords may be a little surprised!! :) How lovely that Annie and her dad had time away at The Lakes – just sorry that you were too busy to go! I think I must have missed Janet’s comment as I have no recollection of her buying sandals for Alfie – I can’t wait for the arrival of my grandchild so that I can start to spoil him/her immediately! Loving also your note about George and Henry both being big brothers now – Henry will like that :) You take care and I will of course keep you in touch with all that is about to happen! Apparently if Lucy gives birth on the same as The Duchess of Cambridge then she gets a Royal memento! Fingers crossed! With Love, Ali xx

  350. Alison keenan April 29, 2015 at 8:56 pm -  Reply

    And finally….. I think! Very many thanks to Liz, Joanne, Helen, Allison, Chirag, Rennene, Clare, Lindy, Rachel B, Elisa Wright, Sue, Eliza Wilder, Susan and Rosie D – a shame there’s only one prize and one winner, but I hope that those of you with the right answer will check out the blog next week, and find out if you’ve been lucky, and won all those Elemis goodies! Love Ali xx

  351. Linda Banfield May 1, 2015 at 8:05 pm -  Reply

    Just got letter from Doc’s who has asked me to see them. Hoping that all is ok.. Lots of love to you xx

  352. cat h May 23, 2015 at 5:25 pm -  Reply

    sounds like trying to start the lawnmower…unsucessfully

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