Honey's Naming Day cake

Honey’s Naming Day plus my competition winner!

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664765 NavyHello,

What a terrific response to our Anne Klein competition – although I’m not surprised as it is a beautiful watch, and one I know somebody is going to be more than happy to own! I only wish we had one for all of you, but our winner this time around is Elaine Patterson!  : )  She, along with most of you guessed correctly that the answer was 1868 – congratulations Elaine! As it’s Christmas, I’m going to squeeze in one more competition before Christmas, and the prize will be a fabulous floral arrangement from Peony. Worth over £100 it is the same as the stunning table decorations Julie Bates and Peony designed for our wedding reception, and it’s a wonderful cream and white collection.  If you want to be in with a chance, make sure you watch this space!

In my borrowed hatThanks so much for your lovely comments and tweets this last week.  I am sorry that so many of you have fallen foul of the latest round of heavy colds and flu. I had a flu jab this year – first time ever although apparently I should have been having them regularly – so am keeping everything crossed that I will be able to avoid it. I hope that for those of you who have been struggling will by now be feeling much better and relieved to know you’ll hopefully be in fine fettle for Christmas.

Thanks also for all your sweet compliments about my new hairstyle! I had reached a bit of an impasse with the styling and the length, and it didn’t seem to hold any shape at all. Those of you have been watching me for number of years will know that prior to my chemo, I had always had my hair fairly short anyway. It was just that when it grew back, I found it very difficult to ever get it cut… Sounds daft, but I guess it’s just one of those things. When Beverley C was at QVC recently with the Babyliss TSV, I chatted to her, and she suggested I come to see her at her salon in Kensington and she would cut it for me. Not only did she do a cracking job of the cut, but also arranged for her colourist Adam to warm the colour up slightly too, and so now I feel like a new woman! Let’s just hope Colin doesn’t!

Toilet twinning!Talking of my man, he and I had a lovely, if rather soggy day at the Christmas market in Bath. We were joined by our friends Roz and Chris and also Mitch and Ali, and after a very damp but successful morning’s shopping, we spent the afternoon drinking mulled wine while Michael Buble serenaded us with Christmas songs – perfect!

What do you think of the hat (pictured above)? I hadn’t remembered to bring my Centigrade hooded coat and looked like a drowned rat having been caught in the rain, so Roz lent me her lovely hat. I didn’t take it off until bedtime!

I think I’m probably two thirds of the way through my Christmas shopping list, but still have a way to go. We also have five birthdays between Christmas Eve and New Year’s day, so my powers of present purchasing are definitely being put to the test!

 

 

Jenny and I and Granddad Joe photobombingA lovely distraction from ticking names off my Christmas list was Honey’s Naming Ceremony last Sunday. Lucy and Simon had booked a local church hall for the event, and it was just the right size to fit us all in.

The kitchen was very well equipped, as was the hall itself, and they had also arranged for an inflatable play area including a ball pit for the children.

One thing that caught me by surprise was this photo (pictured above left) in the toilets there… I’m sure you’ve heard of towns being twinned with places in the world that have a similar number of inhabitants and businesses? Well, this is all about toilet twinning!!! I don’t believe it has anything to do with similarity between the facilities, but is a rather novel idea of raising money to provide sanitary facilities in poorer areas of the globe!

Lucy and Simon had decided on the date way back in the summer, and ironically it was to have fallen on my niece Emily’s due date! Of course she had baby James a month early, and although Em, Paul and James weren’t able to make it, my sister Jenny did, with Grandad Joe (pictured above), which was lovely. James has really grown since I last posted a photo of him, so I thought you may like an update!

Baby James - awww

My mum had been planning to come also as she’s only seen Honey twice, but she wasn’t feeling too bright, and so we will have time with her on Boxing Day instead. My son Sam (pictured below left)  had flown back early from a weekend in Dublin to be with us, and although Jack sadly wasn’t able to make it, he was mentioned in despatches and will hopefully get to see Honey before Christmas. For those of you who may not have been to a ‘naming ceremony’ before, it is much the same as a Christening, but with no one from the Church officiating. Lucy and Simon both stood up and spoke, and I was really chuffed that they chose the poem I had found for Honey to read to us all: it is on a little cushion I bought for her when she was first born.

With SamRoz and Chris

“My wish for you is that you will smile the biggest brightest smile, be happy most of the time, feel brave, feel strong, be healthy and live long, run along windy beaches, climb trees to far off reaches, feel the sun and smell the rain, pick blackberries on a country lane.  I wish you love and laughter and lots of fun, I wish your life and dreams to be full of sun…” Says it all really doesn’t it?

With Colin on Honey's day

Roz and Chris (pictured above right) drove the distance from Dorset to join us, along with Lucy’s dad and all his family, Simon’s folks too and many of their friends. The more the merrier I always say, and it was certainly a very happy occasion : ) Everyone brought food, and most of it was homemade so some real treats, particularly when it came to cakes and biscuits. I had promised I would make a cake for Honey’s special day, and having spoken with Lucy about what she would like, a ‘bee’ theme was agreed.

My original idea of a giant bee was scrubbed in favour of a classic cake, topped with a bee hive and lots of little bees on and around it.  Colin actually made the bees out of sugar paste, and engineered a special container for the wires on our ‘flying bees’ to go into. It took us about six hours in total, 14 eggs and a whole lot of ready to roll icing, but I will admit to being pleased with the finished article – as were Lucy and Simon : )

Honey's Naming Day cake

Honey as always was a delight, and considering how many people were there, and the general level of noise and excitement she coped remarkably well. She even managed two naps in her pushchair!  I’m actually back up to see her today as her brother Henry is the narrator in his Christmas play, and I wouldn’t want to miss that : )

Honey's Day

Honora Birth Flower earrings - 663971I will though be with you on Thursday for two hours of Honora Pearls from 6pm. Ralph Rossini will be with me, and I know that we have some fabulous designs and amazing prices! Incredibly original idea for these button pearl earrings that are carved into the shape of the flower that represents each month of the year! And I think I should mention that they are a Christmas Surprise! A surprise to me as I know how difficult it is to carve something as fragile as a pearl!

We are thrilled to have two new colours in time for Christmas of these oh so popular 7mm pearl earrings – 3 pairs for under £35! Last minute gifts anyone?!

Honora 7mm Set of 3 Cultured Pearl Drop Earrings Sterling Silver - 664300

It would be lovely if you could join us. We don’t have our regular Diamonique slot at 9pm as Jilly will be bringing you an hour of Gifts for the Gourmet which will no doubt be a treat for all of you foodies!

Take care, keep in touch, and if you get the chance to write to me, I will always write back.

With my love,

Ali xx

 

36 Comments

  1. Susan December 8, 2015 at 7:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I’m again so impressed with your fabulous cake for Honey! It’s beautiful! I lived Lucy’s 30th cake too. You are a fab Baker. I loved pipa’s cake for Myles too. Fab horsey cake! Glad all went well and I’m sure you’ll all have a brilliant Christmas! X

  2. Helena Wilson December 8, 2015 at 8:24 pm -  Reply

    Ali, I really enjoy reading your stories. It’s so nice to see you so happy with your lovely family and you have had a certain glow since little Honey was born.Glad you are doing so well. Take care. Love from Helena x

  3. Joanna Downey December 8, 2015 at 9:40 pm -  Reply

    Evening Ali, Babies and bees, I love both of them! What a treat to have another blog so soon from you and yes, I think your new style is fabulous – very you. We enjoy the Bath Christmas market and go every year: I have always loved the city, even more since Bex and Ant got married there, and the market makes for a super day out. We also go to the Christmas Fayre in Much Wenlock, it takes place on the first Saturday in December and is one of the friendliest events I have ever attended. I wrote in a previous reply that I always finish my Christmas shopping by the end of October, the only problem being that I carry on spending and both these markets have seen me bring home lots of lovely but unnecessary “bits”. However, life is short and having heard of the death of a neighbour last week just three months after her husband died and attended a thanksgiving service for a colleague’s husband who had battled a brain tumour for 17 months I’m not going to make a fuss about buying a few extra gifts. The photograph of James is delightful and he’s obviously enjoying a wonderful dream. Honey looks more lovely every time you post a picture, she is a very pretty baby with the most stunning eyes and your face sums up your feelings for her. I love her cushion poem and I will look for one for my baby box – next June I will become a double granny and Tallulah will become a sister :) She was two on Saturday and there’s a touch of the diva in her; she calls me Jo and I’m fine with that even if her daddy isn’t and I was flavour of the day at her party on Sunday with “my Jo” being her constant comment. Looking forward to Honora Pearls with you and Ralph, lovely jewellery and a super guest not to mention the presenter..! Love from Jo x

  4. Christine Auchterlonie December 8, 2015 at 11:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali … Another very interesting account of your very full and busy life…. I agree with others in that the new hair style does look good… I read with great Interest your account of Honey’s naming ceremony and it sounds as if you have had a lovely day with your family and friends and the poem was so beautiful and full of lovely sentiments … I loved it. I like you are still busy with Christmas shopping and trying very hard to purchase gifts for the people in my life which I hope they will love and would probably not purchase for themselves… It gets harder every year as there is so much to choose from… I would love to buy it all.. And inevitably buy more than is required.. But if it brings pleasure to my family I’m pleased .Im looking forward to watching you hosting the Honora show with the lovely Ralph. I hope that you have avoided the awful weather of late and feel for the people in and around Cumbria who have lost possessions and have had their homes devastated in the floods … I hope you are well and looking forward to the coming season with your friends and family … Till next time stay warm… With love Chris x

  5. Julie December 9, 2015 at 11:42 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    A lovely blog and photo’s as usual. I was right Honey was her usual happy, smiley self. Have to say James seems very happy too. The cake looks brilliant but did I expect anything else? It’s a shame your Mum nor Jack could make it but I’m sure they’ll make up for it.
    I have to say I do prefer your hair shorter and the colour I know you won’t mind me saying that. That’s where I’m off this afternoon to have mine done and coloured I’m afraid! Old age doesn’t come by itself does it???
    I was in Bath recently too but staying away now as far too busy for my liking.
    Hope you and your family have a lovely Xmas.
    Will keep in touch and informed.
    Speak soon and take care as always. Julie xx The Girls xxxxx

    • Alison Keenan December 17, 2015 at 10:46 am -  Reply

      Hi Julie, lovely to hear from you. How did you get on with your hair? Yes,the babies are growing really quickly – I will have absolute up to date photos of them both for my end of year blog, so watch this space. Merry Christmas and I hope the new year will be a happier one for you, love Ali xx

  6. Teresa December 9, 2015 at 3:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ail a lovely blog as always, it great that you share all your family news with us all. It sounds as if you all had a good time at Honey’s naming ceremony and the cake looked fab, what star Colin was making those beautiful bees. Honey looked gorgeous as well she seems to be such a jolly little girl.
    I am please to say that I have finished my Christmas shopping as only having a small family not many presents to get, and with most important family in the USA we only transfer money over for them to get what they want need.
    Most of our food shopping is also done thanks to QVC looking forward to it all arriving.
    I am off to London this week for a Christmas lunch with some former colleagues that I worked with for over 40 years so very excited about seeing them all again as most of them I have not seen for a year.
    Really looking forward to the return of Ralph as I just love Honora and don’t think there has been a time when I have not orders at least one piece. Hubby has brought me the Ming Pearl and Dimond necklace for Christmas that Ralph had on his last visit.
    Take care Ali with all the nasty colds etc. that have been doing the rounds. Just in case you do not have the time for another blog I would like to wish you and Colin a very happy Christmas will try and tweet on Christmas Eve.
    Love Teresa xx

  7. Marie December 9, 2015 at 3:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison I just love your new hair style and colour I am in a similar situation with my hair I had a style similar to your old one for a long time and looking at you perhaps its time to be brave and have a new style and colour and seeing your new style has inspired me.
    Your blog as always is lovely I am waiting for that novel from you as you have a great writing style.
    The cake for Honey looked wonderful she is a lucky little girl to have such a wonderful nanny.
    Love Marie x

    • Alison Keenan December 17, 2015 at 10:57 am -  Reply

      Hi there Marie, great to hear from you, and my advice regarding your hair would be go for it! As we know, it will always grow, and sometimes a change is as good as a rest! Let me know how you get on :) Thank you for your encouragement re my book – I’ve written just over 21,000 words to date, and am hoping to have it completed in time for Breast Cancer Awareness Month next October. I hope that you feel ready for Christmas, and that you will be spending it with those you love. Happy new year to you, and thanks for your support throughout this one. Love Ali xx

  8. Merche December 9, 2015 at 7:29 pm -  Reply

    Love the cake Alison, you certainly done Honey Bea proud! I went to a naming service 6 years ago, I think they are more personnel and relaxing for the child and the parents.

    • Alison Keenan December 17, 2015 at 10:55 am -  Reply

      Dear Merche, so glad you liked the cake! There wasn’t much left of it after the day, but I think the fact I added baking powder helped the sponges to rise! I too enjoyed the naming ceremony, but have also enjoyed many a christening over the years too. Happy Christmas to you and yours and hope to hear from you in the New Year, love Ali XX

  9. ann cain December 10, 2015 at 2:55 pm -  Reply

    Two beautiful little ones don’t they just make your heart pound with love.Ali I am so pleased you are doing so well and your hair is lovely. I don’t no how to enter your composition.So Ali you and your family have a wonderful Christmas.xx

    • Alison Keenan December 17, 2015 at 10:54 am -  Reply

      Hi Ann and yes you’re right having the two little ones in the family is a constant source of joy for all of us, especially as both Lucy and Emily have both taken to motherhood so well. I’m sorry you weren’t able to enter the competition, but I’m hoping to set another one before the end of the year, and basically you will just need to write you answer in the same place you posted your comment to me – ie under the blog! I hope you and your family have a truly happy Christmas, love Ali XX

  10. Linda December 10, 2015 at 10:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi ,Ali,, just watching you with all the goodies Thorntons chocs and toffee and popcorn oh oh I do wish I was there to try them all .So glad you had a good weekend and Honeys naming ceremony went well,she will soon be on the move and into everything (the time we wish we could hang things from the ceiling) it will be such fun for you at Christmas . So far we have not had the cold and flu bug just hope it doesn’t make a visit at Christmas ,after Christmas my hubby is due to go in hospital for his ankle pining, he should only be in overnight but will be in pot for 6 weeks so no driving just lots of sitting about ,I know he will be a terable patient he’s not very good at doing nothing so trying times ahead .All my Christmas presents are wrapped and stowed away ,just baking and choc cheesecake and a baileys cheesecake to make on Christmas eve ready to take to Simon for lunch .I have just been asked by Simon if Harry and Ellie can come to sleep on the Wednesday before Christmas eve because both him and michelle are working early on Christmas eve and the kids won’t have to get up early ,so that will be nice. Much love and will speak to you soon Linda F xxx

    • Alison Keenan December 17, 2015 at 10:54 am -  Reply

      Hello Linda, yes definitely perks of the job having the chance to try all the goodies in our kitchen here at QVC! I have to admit to being a savoury girl, but the the sweet things are always lovely to nibble on! So glad to hear you’ve managed to avoid the colds and flu this season – unfortunately I have yet again fallen foul of it and am hoping my voice will hold for tonight. You sound very well organised and how lovely for you to have your grandchildren with you on Christmas Eve! They will be beyond excited :) I wish your husband the best way of luck with his op in the spring, and with you both a very happy Christmas. Love Ali xxx

  11. Pauline Wilson December 11, 2015 at 3:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali just wanted to comment on your new hairstyle love it and it really suits you. Sending you good wishes for Christmas and a happy and healthy New Year.x

    • Alison Keenan December 17, 2015 at 10:52 am -  Reply

      Pauline, I thank you! I’m finding it so much easier to style now, and will no doubt need a trim soon! Thanks so much for writing to me and supporting the blog. Happy Christmas! Love Ali xxX

  12. Judith Lennon December 13, 2015 at 8:50 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali
    You never cease to amaze me! What a beautiful cake and very apt for Honey’s naming day. These are some of the milestones you will remember as she grows. I’m sure you all had a lovely time and I loved the poem very much. Today I put up my Christmas tree which has to be up before for birthday on the 19th. It looks lovely and can’t wait to see my youngest granddaughters reaction. I hope the new bits I have made for it will stay intact! I also have a lovely tree skirt around it with appliqué snow families around the edge. It took me hours and hours to make a few years ago and my eldest grandchild loves it. I hope Rosie likes it as much. The cards are posted and the presents are next on my agenda to wrap. Gradually the list to do is getting shorter and nothing appears to have been added to the bottom which makes a change. I love your new hair style by the way it really suits you. All that’s left to do in case I forget is to wish you and Colin and your family a lovely happy Christmas and a healthy and very happy New Year. Take care as always and love and hugs. Judith xx

    • Alison Keenan December 17, 2015 at 10:51 am -  Reply

      Dear Judith, it sounds as though you are also very much more organised than I this year, and I am certain Rosie will love the tree and its skirt just as much as her sister does! We used to sell skirts at QVC and I have lived to regret the fact I didn’t buy one then. Yours sounds beautiful and how lovely that you did the needlework yourself. I’ve wrapped virtually all the presents, and sent my cards yesterday but I don’t think we’ll be able to put the tree up until Monday. Colin has been working tirelessly to get the fire place built and the log burner in, but it’s a long and messy job! Rather nice that we haven’t got to cook this Christmas altho we do have all the children over on Christmas Eve! I hope that you and your family have a lovely time over the festive break, and thank you for your constant support on the blog. With love, Ali X

  13. Alison Keenan December 13, 2015 at 11:11 pm -  Reply

    Evening all! I just wanted to apologise for not having replied and responded to your previous comments in the blog last week. I have rectify that now, and if you wrote to me last time, my answer is now there! Looking forward to reading these comments above now! Love Ali xx

  14. Alison Keenan December 13, 2015 at 11:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Susan, thank if your kind comments about Hanners naming cake! I must omit I have felt very lucky that the sponges rose as well as they did, and there was plenty to go around. I will check out Pipa’s cake too, as I’m sure that was beautiful. I hope you also have a brilliant Christmas with your family, love Ali xx

  15. Alison Keenan December 13, 2015 at 11:43 pm -  Reply

    Helena, Honey is a constant source of joy to me, and all those grandparents wrote to me on the blog, to tell me that I would feel a love unlike any other, were absolutely right. Thank you for your kind words, and I hope you have a very happy Christmas, love Ali XX

  16. Alison Keenan December 13, 2015 at 11:49 pm -  Reply

    Dear Joe, so good to hear from you again, and I really appreciate that you take time out to write to me on each of my blogs. I remember Much Wenlock from when I lived in Shropshire. It was a beautiful place altho I never made it to the Christmas Fayre. I was sorry go to read about your friends and they’re sad news. Life is such a mix isn’t it? It really makes me realise how lucky we are as a family, especially with new life, and the two babies this year. You’re right little James is gorgeous, and Honey an absolute beauty. Her eyes are just like her mother’s were when she was tiny. I’m sure she’ll grow up to be as beautiful as Lucy :) I found the cushion on the website not on the High Street, and I believe they still have them. Good luck with that! How exciting that you are going to become a granny again and Tallulah will become a sister! She sounds absolutely delightful and I love the way she talked about you as “my Jo” :) I very much hope you and your entire family have a very happy Christmas, and all the very best to you in the New Year. With my love, Ali xx

  17. Alison Keenan December 13, 2015 at 11:53 pm -  Reply

    Dear Christine, I’m sure you was disappointed as I was not to be able to work with Ralph last week. Poor Jilly was poorly, and so we had to change the schedule around, but I’m hoping to see him in the spring for more shows then. I thought he got on very well with Jackie though, and I was laughing out loud in my dressing room while watching the show. I completely agree with you about the problems we face when trying to find presents for people that they would genuinely like. I think I have covered most bases, but there are still quite a few to buy. I had a successful shopping trip today with my son Jack, and we bought all his presents, and wrapped them before he went home. I very much hope that you and your family have a wonderful Christmas, and every happiness for the new New Year. With my love, Ali xx

  18. TINA S December 15, 2015 at 12:12 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I’m so chuffed you liked the Christmas card. There’s a lovely shop where we go each week , where they sell all Welsh things.
    The poem was so moving, brought a lump to my throat. What beautiful photo’s of Honey Bea. She really is adorable.
    My husband gets a flu injection every winter as he is diabetic. He’s been pretty good in avoiding colds since he’s been having the jabs, that is until now! He started moaning a couple of days ago. You know what men are like. Instead of taking something straight away before it gets a hold. He thinks that because I used to be a nurse that I’m his personal nurse now.
    Hope you’ve got your Christmas shopping done. I ‘ve just got the fresh food to buy more or less which I will get at my local shops. There is no way I’ll be going near town next week!
    Well, have a wonderful Christmas. You never know I may pluck up the courage and phone in when you are on Christmas Eve!!
    All the best Tina x

    • Alison Keenan December 17, 2015 at 10:49 am -  Reply

      Hi Tina, I like your husband had a flu jab this year, but am feeling more than a little rough with yet another cold! I am just hoping my voice will hold and my nose will stop running so I can be with you at 9pm! I hope your husband’s bugs aren’t passed on to you and that you have a lovely Christmas ahead of you! Do phone in on Christmas Eve! I’m with Richard Jackson for the first hour and we always have fun :) Happy new year to you both and thank you as always for keeping in touch. Love Ali xxxX

  19. Alison Keenan December 16, 2015 at 9:30 am -  Reply

    Jo so sorry my spell check wrote Joe! Xx

  20. Jill December 16, 2015 at 3:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, thank you for sharing once again, may I wish you and your family all the love to share for the season ahead and for 2016.

  21. Hazel December 16, 2015 at 11:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison once again I enjoyed your blog and the pictures of youre beautiful granddaughter you’re family and friends .well done to both you and Colin for the fabulous birthday cake you made for honey. Have a lovely Christmas with you’re lovely hubby and family and I wish you all a great 2016 xxxx

  22. Mary Morphy December 17, 2015 at 2:00 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali…great blog as ever and thanks for sharing Honey with us all….her smile lights up the screen. This is only a short blog.. It’s 2am and I cannot sleep for coughing but went back to work Monday..only to be sent home because my doctors certificate stated I was not allowed back until Tuesday!! Anyhow returned Tuesday to be told that as I am new I am only getting half pay for when I was off sick.. Not good news as I have list a week’s pay and so have had no choice but to go back. Still no voice and I am due to do a solo chorus today as staff sing to the students during Christmas dinner. Thankfully for them its probably best that I do not have a voice!!! The kids were so please to see me back and I missed them all. Only 2 days of term left so not long to go. We then move to our new build straight after Xmas.. Very exciting for us but lots of removal work to be done when we return from the Xmas break. Its been a long term!. Hope the fireplace is finished so you can put up your tree..I bet it looks spectacular. Have a great week. Lots of love. Mary xx

  23. Alison Keenan December 17, 2015 at 6:41 am -  Reply

    Hi there Julie lovely to hear from you as always, thanks for your kind words about not only the blog but also my hairdo! Hope you’re equally pleased with yours. It’s very simple to get good photographs of Honey and James as they are both beautiful little people. I know you’re generally very organised, so I do hope the Christmas for you will be peaceful and happy With love, Ali x

  24. Denise December 17, 2015 at 10:54 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison, I had typed a message out a few days ago but doesn’t seem to have got through – not sure if it’s our internet connection or me pressing the wrong button. I hadn’t even had a sherry then either! Anyway just to say I loved reading the blog and am so pleased you enjoyed about Honeys naming day. What a clever girl you are doing the cake it’s amazing. I also love the photo of you with Sam my boy is a Sam too and am looking forward to spending time with him and my daughter in law over the holidays.
    I really like your new hairstyle it suits you. I’m always scared to have a change when I get mine done!
    Well I’m almost ready for the big day. Just need to get a couple more things but I know what they will be so that’s half the battle. Last night my daughter in law and I went to see a production of The Snowman which was with. Live orchestra it was beautiful and the young girl who sang the iconic Walking in the Air was only 11. She was fabulous with a superb voice and poise and a local girl apparently. It certainly got us feeling festive. Then today I am off to the panto ….. oh yes I am! It’s Snow White with Canon and Ball and Joe McEldery it’s had great reviews so should be good. My friend and I go every year we don’t see why we should miss out just because we’re adults!! Tomorrow I have meal out with members from my gym, Monday a Christmas party at the hotel for us members of the gym and then I’m done until the Carol service Christmas Eve … Phew! It’s all good fun though isn’t it? I’m sure you must feel the same as I know you’re a busy lady.
    Well I’d better get off and start getting ready for my afternoon out. If I don’t get chance to chat again I wish you and your family a very,very Happy Christmas and a healthy,happy New Year.
    Love Denise xx

  25. Gwen December 17, 2015 at 10:55 am -  Reply

    Hello Dear Ali,

    Just a few words to wish you and your lovely Colin, and your equally lovely family a wonderful Christmas and a very very Happy New Year, and to thank you for all the lovely and heart warming blogs, they are such a joy to read, lots of laughter and not a few tears I have to say. Little Honey Bea truly is a treasure and her Naming Day looked such a gorgeous family event, more wonderful memories for you all, and I love the pictures of her, she has such a lovely happy little face and such a very direct look.

    Once again Ali, happy Christmas and New Year, looking forward to more news.

    Lots of love,
    Gwen.X

  26. Sue Huskisson December 18, 2015 at 11:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali. Wow what a fantastic cake for Honey’s naming day! You should be on ” The Great British Bake Off”. It looks really professional! So pleased you had a lovely day. They are such happy occasions aren’t they? Honey looked gorgeous as usual. She seems such a happy and contented baby! My niece Lisa’s baby Charlie is to be christened on Jan 31st, two days after his first birthday! Where did that year go? Seems like only yesterday I was writing to tell you he’d been born!! Anyway Ali I’d better go and continue preparations for Christmas. I wish you the happiest Christmas, the first with your gorgeous granddaughter and the first as Colin’s wife. Love Sue xxx

  27. Gail December 24, 2015 at 1:06 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Ali

    I was a bit afraid to write in as it’s been so long, but I hope you’ll forgive me.

    What a wonderful year you’ve had and long may they continue. I’ve followed you all year and must confess to always ‘well up’ when reading your blogs. Your beautiful wedding and beautiful granddaughter must, must have made this year so, so special. A beautiful, beautiful wedding, enjoyed reading every single thing about it, plus all the wonderful photos.

    Sorry I seem in a hurry, but didn’t want the year to go without saying hi xx

    I wish you continued good health and happiness, always.

    Lovely to see Sam.

    God bless

    Gail xxxxxx

  28. Gail December 24, 2015 at 1:22 pm -  Reply

    Oh no, how rude am I. Forgot to wish you and yours a wonderful Christmas and very happy, healthy 2016 xx
    I’m trying to multi task Ali, you know what it’s like this time of year!! Just sat down with a nice cup of tea and cake, watching you and the wonderful Elf. I must say he makes a wonderful Elf.

    Lots of love and continued good elf, oops health xx

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