Two trips away and so many questions – please help!


Alison in Dorset I seem to have travelled the length and breadth of the country over the last week, and found out many weird and wonderful things about this fair isle, some that I need your help with.

Let's start with my trip to Dorset. Such a beautiful part of the country and thanks to the M3 not that difficult to reach. But why when you're only a couple of hours from London are the phone boxes yellow and the police cars navy blue?? Should there not be countrywide uniformity? It's like the chip and pin machines – why can't they make one size that fits all cards… the same way!! 

Moaning aside, I have to say our day in Shaftesbury was fabulous! You may recognise the street in the photo (above) as it was the same one used for the Hovis advert. I'm telling you the chap with the bike would have needed to have got that right the first time, 'cos too many takes and it would have taken more than a loaf of bread to resuscitate him! 

Stonehenge Luckily there is a cafe at the top of the hill and a pub alongside it, so feigning an attack of the vapours I insisted on finding a table so we could enjoy the view – oh and the refreshment. 

In the space of two days we visited Bournemouth, Poole and also Stonehenge (right)… all very different!  However, something we felt, having paid to learn about one of our most famous heritage sites, was that you were none the wiser at the end of the tour!  It's all conjecture and supposition with a bit of witchcraft thrown in, but the bottom line is NOBODY knows how the stones got there! Any ideas?? Still a very impressive landmark none the less. 

A view of Herefordshire I then headed the other way up the motorway with five of my girlfriends for one of our 'weekends away'. Six women, with 17 children between us, and only one supermarket in Hay on Wye…. the staff there thought it was the Christmas rush come early (we don't bring the children with us you understand!) 

We try to take two breaks a year, and just spend the days talking, eating, drinking and laughing our socks off… oh and while they're off I often treat them all to a pedicure! We've learned to save the long walk until the day after as the old feet take quite a bashing, but the scenery in Herefordshire is stunning. This photo (left) is of the view from the window of the house we rented… another world! 

I must fly as I have a busy couple of days coming up with beauty shows tomorrow and then a Kim & Co launch on Thursday night – you wait till you see the FAB print she's come up with, and of course she has promised us more dresses this visit, so do join us at midnight won't you!  

Oh and any suggestions on Stonehenge are gratefully received… the most popular theory was that the stones were always there and the land just wore away around them… it's a thought! 

Have a great week!

Alison x


  1. Debbie April 21, 2009 at 7:26 pm -  Reply

    Lady K
    No wonder I never get to see you as you wander around the country!
    You are so right about those credit card machines. I always feel a right divvy in shops as I get it wrong every time, and as the queue builds up behind me I get all flustered and hot under the collar. The assistant always says helpfully “Chip side up/down/sideways, madam” but which bit exactly is the chip anyway and how would you see it without your glasses?
    The other thing is, why can’t car manufacturers choose a side for the petrol tank and stick to it?
    Yours irrately
    Lady Greenwood

  2. alison keenan April 23, 2009 at 9:24 am -  Reply

    That is a very good question…. I usually end up parking several feet from the pump, pulling the hose as far as it will reach – which isn’t far enough – and then have to sheepishly return to my car to wait until a right hand pump is available. Occasionally I’m tempted through tiredness or lack of intelligence, momentarily forgetting not only my own shortcomings, but those of the petroleum provider, until I hear a voice over the tannoy demanding I “Step away from the pump’. I think I shall buy a horse.
    Yours equally irritated,
    Lady K xxxxxxx

  3. julie April 24, 2009 at 4:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    I too often wonder why things are so different up and down the country.
    Here’s a better one, a few yards down the road from me is a different council area, but the bin men have to go through mine to get to theirs, but our bins get done on a different day and they also have different recycling rules. Answer me that one, crazy isn’t it.
    My husband is in the fire brigade and there any several fire brigades up and down the country and each dones things very differently, you would think it would al lbe done the same with the same outifts too.
    Anyway, i love watching you on qvc.
    Love Jules

  4. alison keenan April 25, 2009 at 11:46 am -  Reply

    Wish I could answer you Julie! I’d also like to know how they think a family of five can cope with only having domestic waste removed once a fortnight…. but i’d need my soapbox if you got me started on that one! I guess it’s nice to have certain things that are special to us, but it sure makes life complicated on occasions! Oh, don’t know if you noticed but that little street in my photo is now on the Morrisons ad too! Hope you and your husband have a great weekend and that he’s not on shift.
    Thanks for writing – lovely to hear from you.
    Ali x

  5. Angela T April 29, 2009 at 2:37 pm -  Reply

    Hello ladies!
    Regarding petrol caps Lady Greenwood – the petrol cap is on the opposite side to the exhaust pipe but why exhaust pipes aren’t all on the same side I don’t know and what do they do with cars that have two exhaust pipes (greedy!) one on either side? At our local petrol station they say that the pipes are long enough to reach right over the car to the other side so you don’t have to queue for a pump but I never risk it!!!
    Don’t even get me started on recycling/refuse collection Alison – I could rant on forever on that subject!
    Best wishes.
    Angela x

  6. alison keenan April 30, 2009 at 10:52 pm -  Reply

    Angela, I am abashed nay ashamed to admit that I have two exhaust pipes on my bike/automobile…! and still I can’t work out which side to park! Thank you though for the insight! And as far as recycling is concerned, I did a launch at QVC and forgot to put out the bins til the morning -in somewhat of a rush – and was then told that unless I emptied my rubbish out of the plastic bags into the bin they wouldn’t take it! As if anyone can notice when it’s in the crusher!! I long for other viewers’ comments. Thank you so much for taking the time out to let me know how you feel, and look forward to hearing more from you. Ali x

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