Any recipes for sore throats, colds or laryngitis?


Hi there! How's your week been? I've loved hearing about your Christmases and lovely presents, and reading them has cheered me when worrying - that along with my sagging jawline, failing eyesight and baggy knees, my hearing is now impaired! 

Sitting comfortably and enjoying Jamie's 30 minute meals on TV, I could have sworn I heard him ask if I knew how to Brenda a duck?? I asked Lucy who was sitting next to me for clarification, and before answering she rolled her eyes to heaven… "Render mum!" Well call me stupid, but I thought that was the domain of plasterers rather than chefs, but hey, Jamie can do no wrong in my book – or his come to that! 

And yes, I too have heard all the criticism heaped on his 30 minute recipes, with those arguing that it takes a lot more time than that to actually create these mouthwatering delights. Do we really care and who actually times themselves? If you're going to get pernickity, then you could add in the time it takes to read the recipe, write the shopping list, go to the shops… enough already!! 

The only time I've ever worked to a time plan was in readiness for my Domestic Science O' level. It still smarts that Sarah Fields (surname changed to protect the guilty) got an A when we all knew she hid her blender - unwashed – in the cupboard under the sink!

I'm poorly again 🙁

But before I move off the subject altogether, any recipes for sore throats, colds, laryngitis? Yes, I've been struck down again! Can you believe it? Well, for those of you who struggled to hear what I was saying in our Awaken Sterling Silver show on Friday, it was a forgone conclusion. I sounded more like a green amphibian than a human, and actually I looked quite similar with eyes bulging whilst coughing 🙂

Lucy told me that in a book she'd read on The Great Plague of London, they made all sorts of lotions and potions to cure things; herbs, spices, elixers, things that we wouldn't dare try nowadays! I didn't like to point out – infact I wouldn't have been able to - that clearly none of them worked, bearing in mind the large number of fatalities, but fortunately she only made me try a homemade lemon and honey drink!  

Actually calling QVC to tell them I couldn't work because I had no voice was pretty funny too, time consuming but funny. Not so funny was what my sister called me when I tried to speak with her over the phone – think Dudley Moore in the film 10, after he'd had a tooth out! Never mind not believing we're related, I don't think she thought I was of this earth!!
Ali's necklace 
Hopefully I shall have a good voice for Lulu on Wednesday night, but I didn't want to wait that long to give you the information you wanted about the necklace Lucy gave me for Christmas – I've attached a picture for you to see. 

I've had so many comments not just on the blog, but also from everyone who's seen me wearing it, so thought you should know it was made by a lady called Corrina Smith. She can be found on a website called Etsy, and if you want more than three fingerprints, she does bracelets as well. 

As you all agreed, I was spoiled, but did any of you get something really you really didn't like? Thermal underwear? A truss? Once I gave my mum a hot cross bun that I'd kept in a Tupperware box for seven days, and it was a lovely shade of green… that was for Mother's Day, but what's the worst gift you've ever been given, and did you take it back or write a thank you letter for it?!

Have a great week, and I look forward VERY much to hearing from you, Much love, Ali xx


  1. Susan January 10, 2011 at 5:00 pm -  Reply

    Oh Ali, Ali!! Your poor immune system must be so run down! You need to take proper time out and rest that voice if you’re to get properly better! I feel so bad for you. There is a never ending supply of germs out there though at the minute that’s for sure. Please if you haven’t already tried this do give Manuka honey a go. Make sure it’s a UMF of 15 or higher as it has more antibacterial properties the higher the number. Pop a teaspoonful into boiling water or take it off the spoon like a lolly. I swear by it and I’ve suffered for years from bad throats. Let me know what you think if you give it a whirl! I adore your necklace. Soo pretty. And baggy knees and jawline…I think not! The most pretty and elegant of presenters on QVC!!
    Take good care,
    Susan x

  2. Babs January 10, 2011 at 8:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali Goodness me when will all these infections stop.You should go to the Medical Centre as i don’t think any potion will cure your sore throat, try gargleing and take pain killers. My family keep getting all these bugs that are going round, my granddaughter has tonsilitis and is very poorly, she has 3 children to look after, 6yrs 4yrs and a 3yr old. Her mum took her to the Medical Centre (her partener was on duty, he is a fireman)the doctor there gave her anti-bacs.For my birthday last year i was given a set of three bracelets, i know they were’nt cheap but i really don’t like them, i’ve considered throwing them away, i feel awful just saying that never mind doing it but i’ll never wear them.Thankyou for the picture and information of the necklace Lucy bought you i’m hoping to buy one maybe more. Hope you are soon well and back to good health. Love to you and your family. Babs xxxx

  3. morag January 10, 2011 at 10:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    Not sure if its too late, as I find this remedy just as much a prevention as a cure, but I have actually also found that it seems to stop cold symptoms in their tracks before they get worse, so it may be worth a try. I just take a high dose crunchy Vitamin C tablet (some of them are quite a nice orange flavour), followed by a dose of Echinacea tincture mixed with a little water. I do this 3 times a day if I feel symptoms coming on, and once a day during the winter season. Hope this helps and wishing you well very soon. Love Morag xx

  4. Annie January 10, 2011 at 11:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison. so sorry to hear about throat. I recommend the following, at least 500mg of Vit c daily, several doses of Echinacea tincture daily (I take it neat I think its best) on a spoon about 15 drops, its a bit powerful but needs must! Ignore that it says take in water (trust me -I’m a nurse and homeopath) also if it doesnt subside soon, add in high dose of Pantothenic acid (its one of the b vits) once daily and also Zinc is very good for boosting your immune system. Hope this helps. Love reading your blogs, keep it up – some of the others are slackers I see!! Mind you I havent read any for about 4 months so I’ve NO room to talk. Luv Annie

  5. Lynn January 11, 2011 at 1:29 am -  Reply

    Oh dear my dear Ali, you certainly are going through the mill arent you!! This virus that is going about is the total pain in the rear, just when you think your making headway it comes in the back door and bites you again!! i think alot of us have been struggling with it, i know i have!!
    i have found that a hot toddy of whisky or in my case (hate the stuff) opted for brandy hahaha with lemonade, hot water and a good dollop of honey really soothed the raw throat from coughing+honey is a natural expecterant and breaks up the mucus,as after 2 courses of antiobiotics i really didnt want to head down that road! also, up your vit c by supplements and arnica from holland and barratt and a good multi vit will boost your immune system,and my gran used to swear on sucking barley sugar sweets as they soothe a raw throat..i tried them recently and strangely it did! and, the best thing is to rest,take your time and give your body chance to recover,as when your low you open yourself up to re-infections….thats the nurse that i am talking ha take some time out ali from work itll wait for a week and head back when your better! you take care and get well soon ok love Lynn xx

  6. Martin forbes January 11, 2011 at 11:38 am -  Reply

    happy new yera to you alison

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

    Hi Ali,
    Just had to say I would totally agree with the comments on high dose Vit C and echinacea also. I do that along with manuka honey in water. A good multivit or zinc would also maybe be not a bad idea for you at the mo as you are clearly under your normal high power!
    Take good care,
    Susan x

  8. Joy January 11, 2011 at 2:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I too like everyone else have had this chesty cough bug. For me the best treatment was a good old fashion ‘steam’ under a towel with Menthol & Eucalyptus (Boots sell this but you have to ask as it is not on the counter) and Covonia cough sweets. I lost my voice which I’m sure pleased many people. I like the fact that you take time to do a regular blog (like Julia) as although we do not know you personally you feel like good friends. Get well soon Joy xx

  9. Dorothy January 11, 2011 at 8:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    Sorry you are still not well,Iwas watching you and could see you trying to not cough which makes it worse. Think you should have another week off you are coming back to soon, (YOU NEED REST). Davy went back to work on monday after the xmas holls, got a phone call he broke his foot so had to go and pick him up from hospital, back there this morning to get plaster on,so off for 6weeks. He has got me round the bend now soooo god help me.
    Anyway GET WELL SOON hope you have settled in your house.
    love best wishes
    Dorothy xxxxxx

  10. julie perry January 12, 2011 at 3:46 pm -  Reply

    hello Ali,
    so sorry to hear you are under the weather,have to go along with every one else,vitamin c,honey,and echinacea. have you tried juicing,just a thought,i have a teenage son who has a suppressed immune system,due to glandular fever a few years ago,a good friend gave me a book on natural immune boasters,and it recommended juicing,with nothing to lose,bought a juicer,from qvc of course,and i think helped no end,some good recipes can be found on the webb.quick question if you do not mind me being so cheeky !!!! you are looking amazing,i have recently lost quite a bit of weight,but the down fall is i have lost the contours to my face,very jowly,not a good look…look like one of those Shar Pei dogs,did i hear you say you had been using defi lift and a facial toning machines,would you mind sharing you secret please…
    i hope you are feeling better,and back on our screens soon,i think you are such a good presenter,and really enjoy your shows
    take care,and look after yourself, Julie x

  11. mary morphy January 12, 2011 at 4:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison you have my full sympathy with the laryngitis, this came befor my bout of bronchitus befor Xmas and I had it for two weeks. I work in a school with a group of kids with emotional and behaviour difficulties and they found it hilarious and just ignored me completely!! I had a Xmas shopping trip to Milton Keynes ( regular trip done for last 12 years to get all shopping done and have time out with my identical twin sister; time for me just to be me and recharge my batteries without worrying about husband, kids and work!) and to my sister’s delight I was unabe to sing in the car. My voice is not great but I am sure it is not as bad as she makes out. She tries to play songs that I don’t know to put me off but I just make up my own words!!! No quick cure I am afraid and not speaking will rest your voice. A lovely soothing drink is hot water, lemon juice and a large nip of brandy, whiskey or both! Not really a medical cure but really helps you sleep espacially if you have a ‘large one’ befor bed! Really hope you get well soon as its really gets you down with illness followed by another but it is important to rest to five your body a chance to repair. Ramsgate at new year was great although I don’t think the fireworks were quite up to the ones in London but we enjoyed them and had champagne sitting on the harbour wall.Take care of yourself lots of love Mary.

  12. alison keenan January 12, 2011 at 6:04 pm -  Reply

    Susan, you are a sweetheart 🙂 Although elegant is not the word one would attribute to my appearance currently! pyjamas, emu boots, trespass fleece and my specs! Lovely 🙂 Thanks so much though for the advice about the honey… you were the first there, but as you’ll see, lots of our friends have suggested the same! I hope to be able to venture out tomorrow, so will head for the health store in the local village. I have some bog standard honey in the meantime, and a tot of whisky, so will be blending that in my kitchen later! Have a good week, and thank you as always for writing, love Ali xx

  13. alison keenan January 12, 2011 at 11:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Babs, so sorry to hear about your grandaughter. Bad enough feeling poorly when you’re on your own, but so much worse when you have little ones to look after. I hope that she will feel better soon. Sam took me to our local medical centre which is where I was treated for the chest infection. They do great work, especially out of hours. Sorry that your bracelet collection wasn’t your kind of thing, but hang on to it, and I’m certain that you’ll be able to fulfil the circle of giving without offending anyone 🙂 No point in hanging on to something you never wear! Wishing you and your family good health and a happy new year. Thanks for writing, love Ali xx

  14. alison keenan January 12, 2011 at 11:20 pm -  Reply

    Dear Morag, thanks so much for the advice. I have funnily enough just started taking echinacea in tablet form, along with slow release vitamin C. Simon Biagi’s wife recommended this for Sam last year when he was poorly, but being a typical boy he didn’t take them, so I’m making the best of my supply now…. I feel probably a tad too late, bearing in mind the colds etc. I’ve had since December, but better late than never. Feeling quite a lot better already, so thanks for your suggestions – never seen echinacea in a tincture form…? Will look out for it. I wish you good health 🙂 Love Ali x

  15. alison keenan January 13, 2011 at 9:07 am -  Reply

    Martin, A very Happy New Year to you too. May it be your best yet 🙂 Love Ali xx

  16. alison keenan January 13, 2011 at 9:13 am -  Reply

    Crikey Susan the old Manuka honey is a must, and I hope you and others have shares in the business!! May have to travel further than Tesco Express to find it tho 🙂 Interesting tip about the zinc…I’ve only ever taken that when my nails continually broke – it did help. Feeling better by the day, and hope to be back with you all tomorrow…if Nurse Lynn, my mum, sister, Ros, Jo and some others will allow!! 🙂 Talk soon, love Ali xx

  17. alison keenan January 13, 2011 at 9:21 am -  Reply

    Joy, so sorry to hear that you too have been hacking and coughing with this lousy germ. Liking the idea of a good old steam! I used to have a facial steamer which you could put various oils in, but I gave it to Jack for his to unblock his pores….soap and water works as well I find, but you know these teenagers! I have though a bowl and large towel, so may well try and get some of the oil today. Feeling a lot better now though, as it seems to be loosening up. The old Covonia cough sweets took me back – I used to love Army and Navy tablets, although I’m not sure they make those any more! You take care of yourself, and thank you for taking time to write, Love Ali xx

  18. alison keenan January 13, 2011 at 9:27 am -  Reply

    Dorothy, just think only four more weeks to go!!! Poor Davy, but you do have my sympathy, not the easiest to be running around after someone however much you love them 🙂 Pretty much on the mend now, and so hopefully back soon. Yes, I’m very well settled here in the cottage, although it was weird having the Christmas decs up and then having to take them away when they looked so at home with all the beams and old plaster etc. Still, got it straight now, and it’s never been cleaner with me being here all the time, and not a lot else to do in between snoozing! Hope Davy is a good patient for you, and thanks for writing. Happy New Year to you both and Laura, love Ali x

  19. Susan January 13, 2011 at 11:09 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I think Emus, PJs, fleece and specs is a beautiful combo…what are you talking about?! It’s a must for us all! I really hope you try the Manuka honey. It’s a special form which has so many antibacterial properties in it. I do take it every night in some boiling water – add a bit of lemon if you fancy. I think you’ll have to get Sam to get it for you if you can’t get out as I’m pretty sure it’s just health stores that do it. I should have shares in it I know!! I am in the field though and I enjoy it. I also take echinacea tincture too – much easier I think than tabs. Never too late as you say though. I completely agree! I do hope you don’t go back to work too early though. You get no thanks for it! And just wear yourself down quicker again. You really deserve better times to come. You’re my fav. Just such a genuine and funny lady.
    Take care,
    Susan x

  20. alison keenan January 13, 2011 at 1:33 pm -  Reply

    Nurse Lynn, you are a star! Lovely to hear from you at the start of a new year, and so true, all your comments about this blasted lurgy. Soooo many people suffering with it, and of course when you work in an air conditioned building, the germs are continually circulated! I rather like your hot toddy which reads more like a popular drink in a west end bar! We’ll have to agree to differ on our favourite spirit, but yes, the hot toddy not only soothes my throat, but also helps me to sleep. Am trying to hold back on them until bedtime, otherwise slightly wobbly by teatime 🙂 I didn’t know that honey was a natural expectorant, but my cough has certainly loosened, and that’s probably why. I know you’re right about not going back to work too soon, but I do miss the old place and my pals, and am bored rigid of my own company….still I will take your advice seriously, and thanks so much again for writing and caring 🙂 Love Ali xx

  21. alison keenan January 13, 2011 at 1:44 pm -  Reply

    Mary, you sound like my kind of girl!! Singing in the car – absolutely! Making up your own words, essential! Mind you I’m usually alone, with all the windows shut! Well done you for carrying on with your work inspite of the lurgy, although I can imagine the kids did think it was funny. Don’t think it would have gone down so well in my hours at QVC Towers 🙂 Milton Keynes is not a million miles away from me, and I too went there to get my last few presents – on the day of the HUGE snow! Nightmare getting back on the A5. I am thinking that the new cocktail for 2011 should be the hot toddy – whether brandy or whiskey it’s a winner! 🙂 So glad you enjoyed the fireworks in Ramsgate. My friend Jo and I sent our little fire lanterns up to the heavens and watched the fireworks on the TV and yes they were impressive. Lovely to hear from you at the beginning of the year Mary, and look forward to catching up again, love Ali xx

  22. alison keenan January 13, 2011 at 3:47 pm -  Reply

    Susan, I feel this is cutting edge! Not only have we decided on THE drink of the year, but are also creating a ‘new look’ in fashion circles – not sure Glen Campbell would agree, but hey 🙂 Thanks for making me smile, and altho I very much hope to be back on Friday, I will err on the side of caution. Have found local supplier for Manuka, so will soon have a jar in my cupboard! Love Ali xx

  23. alison keenan January 13, 2011 at 4:01 pm -  Reply

    Dear Julie, I cannot imagine for one moment that you look anything like a Shar Pei dog – mainly because I can’t imagine what one looks like!! But that aside, I have definitely found the Gatineau Defi lift 3D a godsend 🙂 (Thank you for your compliments too) Alison Young recommended it to me a year or so back, and it’s certainly made a difference to me. I also use the serum, and also the 60 second neck and facial toner that we sell at QVC. It’s about £20 and well worth it. There is a slightly more expensive version called T’ua Viso which is far more specific and targetted. Thanks by the way for your timely not about reduced immunity to germs that your poor son has following glandular fever. Poor Sam has been suffering with a cold, sore throat blocked nose, for over a month and although I’ve given him multi vits and Vit C he really needs to change his diet to include more fruit and veg. I did have a juicer, but it got lost in the move along with my roasting tins! My favourite drink was green apple, broccolli and root ginger – yum! Perhaps I should invest in a Jack La Lane! Lovely to hear from you, and let me know how you get on with Gatineau should you choose to try it, Love Ali xx

  24. Mrs Janet Jones January 13, 2011 at 4:06 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,I am so feeling left out as you haven’t replied to my last 2 blogs,I will be getting a complex!!! Hope you are feeling much better, look after yourself love Janet xx

  25. alison keenan January 13, 2011 at 4:07 pm -  Reply

    Nurse Annie, Many thanks for the advice – a good mix I think being a nurse and a homeopath, my friend Ros is the same. Excellent advice, and although I’m currently taking echinacea tabs, may well seek out the old tincture to continue with. Delighted that you’re up to speed with the blogs now, and I forgive you your lapse 🙂 Do keep in touch, and thanks again for taking the time, love Ali xx

  26. Gail January 13, 2011 at 10:00 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, stop it right now. Sagging jawline, failing eyesight and baggy knees are all signs of ageing which is wonderful as the alternative is ………………….. You are a lovely lady and signs of ageing are exactly that. Grow old gratefully as many are denied the privilege. I remember hearing that somewhere and have never forgotten it. It is one of my favourite sayings and I will remember it forever. My eyesight must also be failing as I don’t see any signs of ageing when watching you. I think you’re lovely so there.
    As for Lucy’s necklace, how beautiful and unusual is that? I can’t wait to see you wearing it. A really different, very personal and beautiful gift which I know you will treasure for ever. Hope you wear it often so that we may see it close up.
    Sorry you have been feeling unwell again. You are definitely run down and I think you have been for some time. Stress has been a very large contributing factor I think, but feel free to tell me to mind my own business. Apart from gargling with dispersible aspirin, the real medicine you need is REST. The body must have rest in order to do its job of healing and fighting all those bugs. Although sometimes this isn’t always possible, you must look after yourself. The body is capable of healing, but it must have rest in order to do this.
    Another of my favourite sayings is “When going through hell, keep going.” I think this was one of Churchill’s sayings.
    Better sign off as I know I have a tendency to waffle on. Hope to see you on screen soon wearing that gorgeous necklace.
    Lots of love, chin up.
    Gail xxxxxxxxx

  27. Susan January 14, 2011 at 10:59 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Really loved your comment about Glen and our new ‘style’! Very glad you’re feeling a bit better and will be looking forward to seeing you on the telly again soon. We do miss you greatly! I do love that you are never ever preachy which I do get a tad annoyed about when a couple of your coleagues do so! Each to their own though! Glad you’ve found your fav tipple and got a supplier for Manuka. Let’s hope it’s a help to you too. Take care and don’t rush back!
    Susan x

  28. elaine sallis January 14, 2011 at 2:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    So sorry you are ill again. I havent got any more advise than you have had. Just lots of whisky I think!!! At least you will be happy whilst suffering! Poor little Poppy had the flu and now is waiting to see a hospital consultant as she has been unwell for a while. I work in a school and am now on my fifth week of a sore throat coming and going. You would have thought that all the cold weather would have killed off all these bugs. Hope you are feeling better soon, think the time may have come to look after yourself as well as you seem to look after everyone else. Take care of yourself. Elaine

  29. Corrina Smith January 14, 2011 at 6:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, thank you so much for mentioning my necklace. It was such a pleasure to make such a beautiful and personal piece for you and working with you daughter was a delight. I really smiled when she told me that all the prints would be of ‘big’ kids.
    Thank you and look after that voice now!
    @ GreenRiverStudio

  30. Kim January 15, 2011 at 12:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    So sorry to hear you have been struck down again. Miss seeing your chirpy self on TV, but you must take time to rest and get well. All the best to you and your family for the New Year.
    Hugs, Kim x

  31. Liz January 15, 2011 at 1:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I read an article about sore throats which said scientists had discovered that red wine is good as it has a certain chemical in which kills off the streptococcal bacteria which is usually the main culprit of sore throats. Worth a try and if it doesn’t work you can enjoy yourself getting tipsy which is bound to dull the pain!

  32. Joanna Downey January 15, 2011 at 1:26 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison, poor you, what an awful few weeks you’ve had. I can’t add my own “wonder” cure but I do agree that manuka honey is amazing – the higher the number the better it is. The only consolation is that when you finally recover you will bounce back and really enjoy having energy again. Just don’t do too much too soon and, if you want the best pick me up, drink champagne but not with any cold cures! Love Jo in Stourbridge.

  33. Alana January 15, 2011 at 5:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, sorry to hear you’re not feeling well!I also suffer a lot from sore throats and find that apart from the usual medication that a warm drink like warm vimpto helps to ease the pain!
    I like to watch Jamie’s 30 minute meals too, he does make cooking new recipes look easy.
    Happy New Year and hope you’re feeling better soon.

  34. Rhona Fenton January 16, 2011 at 7:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, soooooo sorry to hear you have been under the weather again I do hope your feeling beter soon:) hope you were still able to enjoy your evening on saturday with suzi? I have sent you an email hope it will cheer you up a bit:) love to you and yours Rhona xx

  35. alison keenan January 17, 2011 at 6:21 pm -  Reply

    My dear Janet, went and had a look back and am so sorry I somehow missed posting the reply to your Christmas reply. I’m having trouble with the internet here, so have replied to your last one, and think it’s lovely that you have your birthday in February, and your son just 6 days after! My Sam’s birthday is 6 days BEFORE mine in March – how funny is that! Will have a look back to see if I can find your first blog, but rest assured, it’s purely a blip that’s stopped me from replying. I love hearing from you, and truly appreciate you taking the time. Take care, and look forward to your next comment, love Ali x

  36. alison keenan January 17, 2011 at 6:32 pm -  Reply

    Gail, I’d never tell you to mind your own business, and I think you’re right – this has been a particularly stressful month, made far harder cos I’ve been poorly (altogether now….ahhhhhhhhhhhh):) Resting, yes I have been, sleeping, no not that well – but hey, you can’t have it all 🙂 Your lovely and complimentary comments though have cheered me, as have all the thought and time everyone’s put into trying to find a cure for my lurgy – it is TRULY appreciated. As are your quotes – one my sister gave me was “Worry is like a rocking horse – it uses up a lot of energy, but gets you nowhere”… very true. Should be back to work on Wednesday night with the big man himself, Dennis Basso…. a feel a new raincoat coming on, or into my wardrobe more like! Gail, take care, keep in touch, and thank you again for your lovely words, love Ali xx

  37. alison keenan January 17, 2011 at 6:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susan, should hopefully be working with Glen on Wednesday, so I can ask the question on air as to his feeling about our new trend 🙂 Still have a slight cough, but much improved, and thank you for your kind words and comment. Have a good week, and keep in touch, hope all well with you, love Ali x

  38. alison keenan January 17, 2011 at 6:38 pm -  Reply

    Elaine, so sorry to hear that Poppy hasn’t been well. so worrying when they’re small and they can’t tell you what’s hurting. Hope very much that she’ll be better soon. I’m sorry to hear about your throat too. My sister also works in a school, and invariably picks up all the germs that are going…hope you too will be better soon. A wee dram may help you too! Have a good week, and thanks for writing, love Ali xx

  39. alison keenan January 17, 2011 at 6:40 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Rhona, sadly I couldn’t see Suzi on Saturday, or work either as I had no voice!! We have been in touch through e mails though, and hopefully when she’s back in March we can have a celebration. Thanks for your mail, will mail once I’m into work and can access it! Hopefully Wednesday with Denis Basso 🙂 Have a good week, love Ali xx

  40. alison keenan January 17, 2011 at 6:43 pm -  Reply

    Alana, what a beautiful name! Does anyone shorten it to Ali? Warm Vimto – there’s a thought. I remember the first time I ever tasted Vimto, in a pub when I was 18 and in the Midlands. I loved it. Sam really enjoys it still, so perhaps I should gather myself up a bottle and try it. Do hope you aren’t suffering presently with a bad throat, and thank you for taking time out to write. Hope to hear from you again, love Ali xx

  41. alison keenan January 17, 2011 at 6:45 pm -  Reply

    Joanna, loving your advice. Did infact drink a few glasses of champagne at the weekend, when another of our number celebrated the big 50… will write about it in my next blog. Not working again until Wednesday, so resting up at the moment, and loving reading all the comments you send through. Thank you for them, love Ali xx

  42. alison keenan January 17, 2011 at 6:47 pm -  Reply

    You know Liz, red wine seems to be something well worth drinking! Good for the blood, circulation and now for the throat! I have to admit to preferring it over white wine – always have – so your advice is one I am planning to take this evening 🙂 Thank you for it. Have a good week, love Ali xx

  43. alison keenan January 17, 2011 at 6:50 pm -  Reply

    Hug to you too Kim, and I hope that you and your family have managed to avoid the lurgy, and will have a very happy and Healthy new year! Lovely to hear from you, love Ali xx

  44. alison keenan January 17, 2011 at 6:53 pm -  Reply

    Corinna thank you! Yes, they don’t come much bigger than my children! Sam now almost 6’3″ and Jack not far behind! Lucy the star who put it all together with your help. Thank you so much for your expertise. Continued success in 2011. Ali x

  45. Susan January 18, 2011 at 11:08 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali and Corrina,
    Just had to say a big HI to Corrina and that her work will be something I will be looking at in the future! If your necklace is anything to go by it must be a beautiful range. Hope you don’t mind me adding another comment to someone else!!? How rude!? Thanks though. Oh and I can’t wait to hear Glenn’s response to our little gang’s outfits!!
    Susan x

  46. Alana January 18, 2011 at 6:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, thank’s for the compliment about my name. No I’ve never been called Ali but people often call me Lana or Lani!Thankfully I’m not suffering from a sore throat, I managed to finally shift the sore throat I had after christmas. Hope you’re feeling much better now.
    Look forward to seeing you when you’re next on QVC.

  47. Mrs.Tina Shaddick January 20, 2011 at 11:58 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison, I just have to say that since I started taking Vit.C and Echinaea I have not suffered from colds or sore throats.I started taking effervescent vitamin c (1000mg) and effervescent echinacea (500 to 1000mg) as I needed to boost my immune system because of a dental problem.I used to suffer with a cold once or twice a year and would then have a horrendous cough which would last for 3 weeks or so . I’d cough so much my voice would go for 2 weeks! But I’ve been great since taking the vit. c and echinacea.(I’m also a registered nurse so have some knowledge on these matters.) I wish I’d taken them years before instead of buying bottle after bottle of cough medicines which do not help at all!!!

  48. Susan January 21, 2011 at 10:46 am -  Reply

    Hi Tina,
    Really interesting to hear your comments on the high dose vit C and echinacea..thank you! I for one will take note and maybe start the high dose vit C for the rest of winter myself. Sorry Ali for being rude and gatecrashing your page!
    Take care,
    Susan x

  49. alison keenan January 21, 2011 at 3:35 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Tina, nice to hear from you, and thanks for your advice. I realise now that this echinacea and vitamin route is one I should stay on, and hopefully in time I may be able to wave goodbye to sore throats and chest infections 🙂 Sounds like you’ve been through the mill though with your cough! Crikey three weeks! I did once crack a rib through coughing so much, but that was just the once 🙂 You’re not the first person either to tell me that cough medicine doesn’t do much good…. I just happen to love the Meltus one! Reminds me of something called Owbridges that mum used to give us with hot water when we were children… lovely 🙂 Keep in touch, love Ali xx

  50. alison keenan January 21, 2011 at 3:37 pm -  Reply

    Alana or can I call you Lani? 🙂 Sorry that your suffered over Christmas with your throat but glad that you’re all better now. Am taking a wee break from work to get completely sorted, but will be back as soon as, so keep watching, and I’ll be in touch, love Ali xx

  51. alison keenan January 21, 2011 at 3:41 pm -  Reply

    Susan not rude at all! It was such a lovely necklace I’m delighted to be able to share Corrinna’s contact with you. Sadly didn’t get to see Glen but I KNOW he reads these blogs so is probably shying away from our style challenge 🙂 Hope you have a lovely weekend, and I’ll be in touch soon, love Alixxx

  52. Susan January 21, 2011 at 4:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Just had to add ANOTHER comment – I cannot believe you have ANOTHER Emu TSV coming up next week! My word, they just seem to be on all the time!! I haven’t got any though as they are expensive and I can’t justify it but they do look snuggly! Anyways, hope you’re feeling a bit more like your young self again and can’t wait for your next blog!
    Have a nice weekend,
    Susan x

  53. Alana January 22, 2011 at 12:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, of course you can call me Lani or Alana whichever you prefer. Hope to see you back on QVC soon, take care and make sure you get some rest!

  54. Jeanette cuff October 9, 2011 at 12:05 pm -  Reply

    Hiya Alison you are a very brave lady…I have just watched your video regarding your illness and had no idea that is why we had not seen you for a long time…i am an avid QVC shopper and you have been missed…carry on fighting and we hope you will be back presenting on the show again soon…take care xxx Jeanette

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