Alison Keenan wearing a cowboy hat

Looking forward to the Breast Cancer Care show…

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Having lost last week’s blog on my computer at home, I have realised that not only is it time for me to get a new laptop/desktop, but I might be temporarily better served using the huge computerised system here at QVC Towers! An iMac beckons – my children have convinced me that, as I use an iPhone and iPad already, it would be the easiest operating system for me to move to – I could then stream all my photos, documents and music etc. Well, they say I could stream all these things, personally I think I’d need at least a full day’s tuition with the delightful Lee Hohbein to make that happen! :)

Thanks as always for all your comments and positive feedback on the blog. So glad you liked the photos, and that you’re as excited as I am about the jewellery designs and our Breast Cancer Care fundraiser on Monday October 13th.

I found out just last week, that I have been invited to the BCC Fashion Show on the 1st October in the afternoon. I haven’t actually been to The Show since 2012, when I was on the catwalk myself, so it will be quite emotional to watch yet another group of survivors making memories … Sad too, as the second of my fellow models with secondary breast cancer died last Monday … She was just 40, and leaves a huge hole in so many people’s lives.

As one of our number commented “It just reminds you that none of us are ever clear of this – we live with the fear that it will one day take us as it has taken Claire and Issy…”.  I try really hard not to think that way, as I feel it would taint every day, every occasion, and every special moment … Selfishly,  I prefer to believe that I could live to be 90 as my grandmother did, and will continue to look and move forwards.

In fact, I’m seeing my oncologist on Tuesday when I will hopefully receive another clean bill of health for the next six months,  which will take me through to my 55th birthday, and only three months before our wedding!!!

Yes!!! Colin and I have fixed the date in June, and found the venue, and I have even chosen the dress! It all happened so quickly, and I’m not sure which  – if any of the above – I can divulge to you right now, but suffice to say we are both very excited and now moving onto flowers, table arrangements and guest lists – woo hoo!! :)

As you’ll have gathered it’s been a really busy couple of weeks what with all those arrangements etc, so I thought I’d bring you up to speed with what’s been occurring!

At the beginning of the month I had a fabulous day out at Syon Park for the annual Salon Prive event, which is organised by Andrew Bagley from Gatineau and features the most incredible collection of Super and Classic Cars.  Names you can barely pronounce and engine sizes that would make even the most obsessed petrol heads swoon!

Alison Keenan and Debbie Flint at the Salon Prive event

I met up with my lovely mate, Debbie Flint, and we enjoyed Champagne (well, I did, Debbie had a Pimms) and tucked into lobster whilst admiring the sleek, colourful, sexy sights – and that was just the men!! :) I was also treated to the most amazing shoulder and neck massage from Nicola while I was there, and she is one of the Gatineau therapists. I know that sounds a little odd, but Gatineau had their own special area on the day, as did many other jewellery, fashion and leather brands, so you could shop as well as marvel at the motors! :)

We also found Alexis Murdoch (she of L’Occitane fame) with her delightful husband who took this rather nice picture of the three of us. This is the third year I’ve been lucky enough to visit the event, and am I’m very much hoping to do the same next year.

On the Friday night, Colin and I headed up to Swindon to meet with Lucy and Simon, and his two delightful boys, George and Henry. They had booked us into a Brazilian restaurant, which served up the most incredible fare on huge skewers that the waiters brought to the table. They then carved huge chunks of either beef, pork or lamb for you! Marvellous! Colin had bought Henry a cowboy hat for his birthday in June, and as he had dressed for the occasion and was wearing it, we all took turns – what do you think of the picture at the top of this post?

Indoor crazy golf with the family

Colin and I  stayed overnight with the family and, although I was due to work on Saturday and Sunday at QVC, we managed to cram in a game of Crazy Golf before heading home on the M4. It’s the first time I’ve played crazy golf indoors, but it was a really inventive course, using old pieces of machinery, which you had to get your ball up, over and through … and yes, in spite of our best efforts, Colin won!! Annoying but fair!

Large roseBefore we left, Lucy gave me the roses she’d picked and put in our bedroom, which grow in her front garden. Aren’t they stunning? I’m hoping, though, that you may possibly know the name of these amazing and fragrant blooms? I saw Julie from Peony Flowers a couple of days later and showed her this photo, and she was so enchanted with it that she asked me to mail it to her, and is planning to talk to David Austen of Austen Roses to see if he can identify it…

Seriously, it’s one of those you’d be hard pushed to know whether it was faux or real … the scent is intoxicating and the size of the blooms: incredible – at least five inches across! If you think you know which rose it is, PLEASE do let me know, and I’ll pass it on to Julie and buy one for our garden too!

Talking of gardens, we drove to my mum’s and had a picnic in hers the other week, which was lovely. They have a beautiful garden which they both keep in extremely good order, and even had an open day one year when other people in the village could come and look round it.

Joe has an allotment too, but had decided to move plots to a slightly smaller one and so Colin was able to help him shift the slabs etc. My tomatoes continue to fruit, but they’re not really ripening, so mum suggested putting  them in a brown paper bag with a banana!  I’ll let you know how they get on!

Potato plant fruits

Something else I thought I’d share with you is a photo of these rather odd  little fruits that my potato plants have hanging from them?!! Is this normal?? And can I eat them?

Well, I think I’d better crack on with the Sunday roast, but I will have photos and no doubt plenty to write about following the BCC Fashion Show on the 1st October.  Do keep in touch, and I will look forward as always, to hearing all your news too.

With my love,

Ali xx

34 Comments

  1. jULIE September 25, 2014 at 5:53 pm -  Reply

    HI Ali
    I can’t believe where all the year’s are going and October is here again. It only seems like yesterday we had last years Breast Cancer event. I hope you had good news when you saw the Oncologist even though you originally turned up on the wrong day!! Please don’t feel selfish I don’t think you or anybody has reason to think that and I mean anybody.
    Our dog is still a mystery health wise. We’ve travelled loads of miles and spent loads of money trying to find out but to no avail.
    The girls are fine and the baby can now roll over-yet again where has the time gone??
    I’m still having the same problems as before so yet another visit to Dr next week-on top of which I came down with a bug-just my luck eh?
    Hope you got my photo’s although not sure if you’ve had problems with your pc’s etc.
    Take care as always
    Julie x The Girls xxx

  2. loraine September 25, 2014 at 8:02 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali so glad your wedding plans are coming along nicely it will be here before you can blink the way time goes my husband Les and I are of to spain next Friday again he has a few,days to use up it was cheaper than doing something in this country we have all inclusive nice hotel there was nothing b&b here for the same price then we have an exciting party to go to my cousins 50th wedding anniversary lots of people I haven’t seen for years so looking forward to that also .How right you are not to dwell on things too much my sister in law also is recovering from mouth cancer she thought it was only a small mouth ulcer she went through major surgery and was quite ill for a while she definitely looks at life differently now it’s put trivial things into perspective now so sorry about the two other ladies you knew. What some nice photos again you look good in the hat hope you enjoy the fashion show and its not too sad . I listened to the interview with Colin on the radio I wondered if you still saw Debbie Greenwood and her family it seemed sudden when she left qvc .Keep up the good blogs they are always nice to read love Loraine x

  3. Mary Morphy September 25, 2014 at 10:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison..I am to struggling with computer trouble so have to type this on my Samsung Galaxy S3..takes some doing and its only typing three or four words to a line which is slightly worrying. Apologies in advance for peculiar spelling aa I don’t think it will be possible to check what I’ve written. Your blog made me giggle..I’m a bit shattered..nothing new there I know..but I thought you’d typed that Lucy took you both for a brazilian! I skipped the nextfew words then chuckled out loud…a brazilian meal sounds much more appealing and sounded wonderful. Lucy looks very happy with her new family and you look great in a cowboy hat..a good job too! I can remember how excited I was planning my wedding and how quickly the time flies by. I started my cake a year in advance as I had so many flowers to make but it was worth it..I hope all your plans run smoothly and you and Colin have the wedding you deserve. I love Gatineau..I love Andrew Bagley lucky you being pampered. I sadly didn’t indulge in the recent tsv as things a bit tight at the mo but I always get the Xnas tsv so looking forward to that.
    I’ve been making Spaniakos tonight..at least Itjithink that’s what the greek name is..spinach feta and ricotta cheese filo parcels. Its International day of languages at school tomorrow and I offered to bake for my House even though I don’t work Fridays. They are yummy. Made a Greek salad too with plenty of garlic..lots of smelly breath tomorrow at school!! Cricket calming down a bit so have done bumper cleaning sessions at weekends as the house has been neglected but I’m now getting ready for Christmas!! Can’t believe Milton Keynes trip is only 8 weeks away. Hubby and Jack will be glued to the TV this weekend as it’s the Ryder Cup (golf comp..Europe v USA) so the lounge and tv will be out of bounds to Strictly, X Factor and more importantly Downton Abbey..perfect to sit and watch after a Sunday roast. Im so sorry to hear another friend has been lost to Bteast Cancer. I do agree that it must be like a shadow over you but love your outlook..a good ethos for us all. ..Well I’ve nearly lost this blog twice so firstly I hope the BCC fashion show goes well..I know it will be fab and I showed my mum the rose..she’s a trained florist..she thinks it’s a floribunda variety. have a great week. love Mary xx

  4. Kim September 26, 2014 at 4:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali! This is the first time I have actually written to you, but you’re by far and away my favourite QVC presenter, with your warm, friendly personality. I am a wheelchair-user, but you even make a programme on shoes interesting!! My sister-in-law is currently going through secondary cancer, and I often tell her how you have so bravely gone through things, yet still remain so positive. I intend to buy her your ‘I Hope! necklace for Christmas and explain its significance. Thanks Ali, best wishes Kim

  5. Penelope Scott-Rowley September 27, 2014 at 1:34 am -  Reply

    Hello Ali, I always follow your blog – so interesting and amusing – I also am on the Breast Cancer roundabout – as you say always at the back of your mind but to the rest of the world all smiles and positive thinking. Congratulations on setting the day. lots of exciting things to plan and think about – wouldn’t it be nice to have some of those gorgeous rose blooms in your bouquet / corsage ? I don’t know what they are, look like an old variety, the ones with the wonderful scent usually has the “tea” scent – try looking at the species roses – Rr damascena or the bourbon roses, many of these have this full bloom and lovely scent. My Mum would know, alas she did not survive the Breast Cancer treatment ….. Please do NOT eat the green fruits on your potato plants – they are very toxic, Potatoes and Tomatoes are in the same family – Solanum – but you cannot eat the potato fruit, only their tubers. You will have to train those delightful boys to only eat what you give them and not to just pick anything out of the garden, very little is absolutely lethal, but quite a lot of plants will induce a nasty dose of the “collywobbles”. That’s quite enough from the Horticultural Lecturer LOL ! Best wishes for your Hospital visit, and also for Breast Cancer Care on QVC, I will be watching [can you hear the Bank Manager groan?], love Penelope.

  6. Tina S. September 27, 2014 at 3:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Many congratulations on naming the day.My husband and I got married pretty quickly but we had known each other for quite a few years through work. I was a nurse and he was a porter. We started going out in the July of 1985. We got engaged in October, on my birthday , and got married the following January. All in the space of 6 months! We will be celerbrating our 30th Anniversary next January. I remember when we had got back to work after getting married (we could’nt go away as we had had heavy snow that year), a new member of staff had started on my ward. She said to someone, “Tina’s very friendly with that porter and she’s only just got married!”. So I took her to one side and explained that he was in fact my husband!! She was so embarassed. LOL. So as you can see we did’nt hang around when we got married. My father had not even met him. So I had to tell my father that I was seeing someone then say we were getting engaged on my birthday and married on January 12th. I had left home by then so it was rather a lot for my father to take in.
    We have had our fair share of up’s and down’s but I would do it all over again in a heart beat.
    All the very best, especially with you forthcoming health check. I’m sure you will be fine.
    From Tina S (S. Wales) x

  7. Louise Shepherd September 27, 2014 at 5:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali

    Glad to see you’re in fine fettle – and fingers crossed for the visit to the oncologist. It never really gets easier – that seed of doubt never leaves once it’s planted, does it? The opposite side of the coin to losing the ability to take anything for granted – you appreciate everything so much!
    So very sobering to hear of others losing their lives to this horrible disease, but as you say, if you are always fearing the worst you aren’t doing the most important thing: living.
    You have a picture of a potato “apple”. It’s the fruit of the potato and is very poisonous, so please don’t eat them!! They look like tomatoes (not surprising as they are part of the same family), but contain a compound called solanine. I first read about them in a Dorothy L Sayers short story many years ago. The solanine is the reason they always advise you to not eat green potatoes.

    Have a wonderful day at the BCC event. Looking forward to hearing about it.

  8. jennifer cann September 27, 2014 at 7:11 pm -  Reply

    hi alison, you cannot eat the fruits from your potatos and you could try watering your tomatoes with epson salts that is what we do and they start to ripen quickly hope that helps.

  9. Mary September 27, 2014 at 7:40 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    I haven’t posted before but I have been following your journey and wanted to thank you for your generosity in sharing the good and bad times with all of us.

    I also want to thank you for creating the lovely “I hope” pendant. When it became available last year I bought 4 as a very special friend had been diagnosed with aggressive cancer in July2013. The pendants were for my friend Jacqueline and her sister, one for my own sister who is very much part of their family and one for me. When I send the pendants to Jacqueline and her sister I had an opportunity to write about how I felt and what “I hoped” – sadly we lost Jacqueline on 7th September last and we were all glad that her battle was over, even though coping with missing her is a journey that we will be on for a long time.

    The beautiful pendant allowed me to put into words what I wanted to say and express feelings that were important to all of us – thank you for helping me to find words that I know helped us all.

    Regards, Mary

  10. Sue Radford September 28, 2014 at 10:49 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,

    So pleased to hear most of the arrangements are in place for your wedding – exciting times ahead! I’m so very happy for you! Enjoyed listening to Colin’s interview. I hope Debbie Greenwood is keeping well – she has been missed and so has Julian Ballentine! Best wishes to all of Ali’s army, especially those who are facing challenging times.

    Love from Sue Radford

  11. Alison Keenan September 29, 2014 at 11:52 am -  Reply

    Hello there Julie, completely in agreement with you when it comes to the speed with which the year has passed – lovely that we have had the Indian summer that has been forever promised :) x. I mixed up my hospital dates so am seeing my oncologist prior to the BCC Show in Wednesday. I do hope your dog will improve as it’s very frustrating when even the professionals can’t make sense of it. Can’t believe Isla is already rolling over – they grow so quickly don’t they :) I hope you we over your bug, and feeling fitter this week. Will check for the photos, take care and thanks for writing – competition later in the week you may well want to enter! Love Ali xx

  12. Alison keenan September 29, 2014 at 11:59 am -  Reply

    Hi Loraine, how exciting for you and Les to be heading off to the sun this Friday. I completely agree about the incredible value you can get with foreign holidays, but a lot of these last minute deals in the UK are good too! And you’ve got a 50th wedding annivsary party too – exciting times! Your poor sister in law sounds like she’s been thru the mill – very much hope she’s over the worst now. Glad you were able to hear the interview – Jo is a lovely lady, and very supportive to QVC, Colin and BCC. Yes I do still see Deb – we celebrated her birthday recently, and she’s doing really well. I will tell her you asked after her. I am glad you enjoy the blog and thanks for your comments, love Ali xx

  13. Alison keenan September 29, 2014 at 1:08 pm -  Reply

    Mary you’ve got me laughing out loud thinking that Lucy took me for a Brazilian! She would be mortified to even think of it but it was funny :) I have to compliment you on your typing! My friend has a galaxy and being a phone it’s not the largest of keyboards A you’ve done brilliantly! I remember you telling me that you made your own cake which is fab, but Ros and Chris are going to be making ours, and I can tell you now it will have three tiers! As you can tell we love cake! I liked the sound of your Spaniakos! And I wouldn’t to say that to every girl :) they are delicious and we had them when we were in Corfu. They were kathy’s son’s favourite but we called them cheese pies! Your love sounds no less busy than it was even during the cricket season, but I hope you managed to record Strictly and Downton – I was working so didn’t see either, but am a huge fan of both! Do thank your mum for her suggestion of the rose name – I’ll wait and see if Julie from Peony has any other ideas! Take care Mary, and I do hope you sort out your computer issues, love Ali xx

  14. Alison keenan September 29, 2014 at 1:48 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Kim and thank you for your kind words, and I’m really chuffed that you have chosen to write to me here :) Glad too that although you’re not as mobile as I’m sure you’d like to be, you still have a truly positive outlook on life. I am sure you are supportive of your sister in law, and please do pass on my very best to her.. She is very brave, and yes the I Hope pendant is still available for you to give to her… I hope it will help even if in a small way. I hope this won’t be the last time you write, as it would be good to keep in touch, love Ali xx

  15. Rhona Fenton September 29, 2014 at 3:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison so sorry I have not been in touch for some time lets just say I have had a time of it lately with my health probs so the past few months have not been good, but hope to get back up on my feet again soon, so please forgive me for not being in touch sooner have caught your shows a few times to which as always you look amazing :) I saw you last on with the Christmas shows and you were on with Abby who I have to say looks so well please pass on my congratulations to her on the exciting news as she waits on the birth of her first baby :) and tell her I hope she will be back soon because of her I have to buy the Christmas wrap set every year so I expect to see her back next year with he 2015 collection ha ha! everything has changed since I last wrote to you as in this new blog site how long have I been away for? loved reading your page as always and ever one looks amazing and Lucy looks so happy with her new family am so happy for you all :) finally you and Colin have set a date woo hoo cant wait to see all the pictures one thing for sure you will be beautiful Bride next to your handsome Groom :) its so exciting!! and my moneys on Suzi & Adam joining you both for your special day I wouldn’t think they would miss this for the world! as always I will be tuned in next month with you all as I never miss it and as always I will have the hankies at the ready a there is always tears of joy and sadness on these events with the chance to raise loads off money so here’s to that!! I have not forgotten about my email I am sending you Alison just not been up to it lately but hope to get it sent to you very soon for a good catch up with all the news! but for now keep well and sending my love to you, Colin and all the family lots of love Rhona xx

  16. Alison Keenan September 29, 2014 at 9:20 pm -  Reply

    Dear Penelope, I am so flattered that this is the first time you’ve ever written inspite of the fact you’ve been reading the blogs for a while :) I was so very sorry to hear that your mum had lost her battle with breast cancer, and that you too are – as you so beautifully put it – on the Breast Cancer roundabout. You sound like me – strong outer, soft inner! Well done for remaining positive when many of us would have given up.. Thank you SO much for your suggestion of having those stunning roses in my bouquet – the scent of them would be perfect! They also bloom at pretty much the right time too – I will speak to Lucy :) Staying in the garden, I promise I will not eat the fruits of the potatoe plant, but will take photos of my own new potatoes! :) so glad you will be able to join me in the 13th – I will try to give you a wave! With love,
    Ali xx

  17. Alison Keenan September 29, 2014 at 9:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Tina, and thank you for your kind words, and wow you put me in the shade when it comes to the speed of your marriage! Six months that’s fabulous and clearly the right decision as you are about to celebrate your 30th anniversary next January! I’ve always been a firm believer in love at first sight, and unless there is that ‘chemistry’ from the off, it doesn’t work for me. Your Dad must have been a bit amazed, but I’m sure knowing you as he did he would have been confident that you had made the right choice :) Thanks for your best wishes – I’ll let you know how I get on with my check up – this Wednesday and bless you for your concern. Keep in touch! Love Ali x

  18. Alison Keenan September 29, 2014 at 9:40 pm -  Reply

    Louise you are so intuitive.. That’s exactly how it is.. But I am very lucky to have so many things to feel positive about, and they take my kind off other things. Thanks for your heads up on the potato apples – as Penelope said I must steer well clear and will definitely do this! (May well check out the Dorothy L Sayers story) I think I may also have to make some green tomato chutney as the banana In the brown paper bag isn’t working! So glad you will be joining us for the BCC night on the 13th! Got my dress today… Feel really great in it :) xxx love to you, Ali

  19. Alison Keenan September 29, 2014 at 9:41 pm -  Reply

    Ooh Jennifer, that’s a corking tip! I have Epsom salts and will water first thing in the morning! Thank you for your suggestion! Keep in touch, love Ali x

  20. alison keenanb September 29, 2014 at 9:54 pm -  Reply

    Dear Louise, thanks so much for writing and for your prophetic words… absolutely spot on with the realisation following such a diagnosis that you will never again take anything for granted, but that by fearing the worst you aren’t doing the most important thing, which is living… Here’s to you! Thanks so much for joining with a number of other bloggers in pointing out to me that the tomato is a member of the potato family hence the fruit! Solanine is now a substance I will be forever wary of! I will be posting photos and stories in my next blog re this Wednesday’s BCC Fashion Show, and will look forward to your comments. Take care, love Ali xx

  21. alison keenan September 29, 2014 at 9:56 pm -  Reply

    Jennifer your advice is something I am definitely going to take, and will let you know how I get on with the ripening process! Much appreciated, love Ali xx

  22. alison keenan September 29, 2014 at 10:07 pm -  Reply

    My dear Mary, I am so very touched by your comments, and to hear how the ‘I Hope’ pendant has enabled you to tell those special members of your family exactly how you felt. I’m sure the fact you lost Jacqueline is devastating, but I hope you believe that I do, that you you never truly lose someone, they are there, just within reach any more…. but I am so glad that the pendant helped you …. Take care and thank you for writing, with love Ali xx

    • Mary October 14, 2014 at 11:06 pm -  Reply

      Dear Ali, Yesterday was planned around the breast cancer care show so that I could buy your “I hope” ring. My hope is that a cure for breast cancer is on the horizon and not something that is at sometime in the future. Your generosity and willingness to tell all viewers about the difficulties faced by you and the stories of the models really touched my heart! I was very sorry to hear that you were facing further tests, you are in the thoughts and prayers of many. You and yours will be in my thoughts when I put on my “I hope” ring. I hope life is kind to you as you face the rest of what will be a difficult week. Love, Mary

  23. Alpa September 30, 2014 at 12:37 am -  Reply

    My Dear Ali,

    You do look very fetching in Henry’s cowboy hat :) I hope your oncology appointment last week was ok.

    I’m sure the BCC Fashion Show will be emotional and it is sad another of your fellow models is no longer here. Like you, I believe if you allow fear of what could happen to dominate your life, it would taint every moment. One thing that is clear is your appreciation and love of life and making every moment count. I don’t think you have a selfish bone in your body!

    Thanks to Mary for making me laugh when she thought you wrote, Lucy had taken both you and Colin for a Brazilian! The meal itself sounds fabulous and it’s such a lovely family photo you shared with us. How exciting to hear that the wedding plans are well and truly full steam ahead :)

    Jilly, I hope you enjoyed your party on Saturday and the midnight walk. Thank you for your support and kindness. I honestly don’t know what I would have done without Ali’s Army over the last few years. I prefer not to think of the people I know. I’m so weary of people treating my life like a joke and being expected to understand. There’s just no excuse for it. One lives and learns as they say! Love to you and Annie x

    Love to Una and Meli, Debz, Janet, Sue, Elaine and all in Ali’s Army x

    Take care Ali,
    Lots of love, Alpa xxx

  24. Janet Jones September 30, 2014 at 6:00 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, how exciting that you have found your wedding dress and the venue. We were married in June 32 years ago, were has the time gone !! We did go to Florence for a few days, what a fabulous city, so much to see and do. we did visit the Uffizi and Accademia galleries which were breath taking. I have never seen so much gorgeous jewellery in one place, along the Ponte Vecchio, such drooling was not becoming of a woman of my age lol. Last weekend we saw The Jersey Boys , superb, there were a few songs I hadn’t realised were theirs. After a matinee performance we went to collect, our little family, they stayed saturday and all day sunday. I had Alfie in with us , he was up most of the night as he has a horrible cough and cold, but I didn’t mind getting up to him as they could have a good sleep. On sunday we went to our local pub for a roast dinner, delicious! Before we knew it we were dropping them off home again. Hopefully we will see them again in the next couple of weeks.
    I didn’t realise you needed more reconstruction, I thought all your surgeries were over. Hopefully this will be your last one, and I Hope your oncology appt went well.
    Jilly I Hope all is well with Annie and her husband and you enjoyed your midnight walk.
    Alpa I am glad Ali’s Army is a help to you and you are feeling a little better. Liz we haven’t heard from you in a while hope all okay with you, and everyone else in Ali’s army.
    Well I must write off now, a man is coming to sort my hedges out, as we are trying to make our garden a bit less high maintenance. Take care Ali and I look forward to your blog for BCC Fashion Show.

  25. Alpa October 1, 2014 at 4:20 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,

    You look stunning in your lace dress. Enjoy the BCC show! :) x

    Janet, thank you for thinking of me. So pleased that you had a fabulous time in Florence and enjoyed Jersey boys. Sorry baby Alfie has a horrible cough and cold.

    Unfortunately, living with an untreated physical illness means that it is getting worse. There is no way around that. Hope baby Alfie is better soon. Take care x

  26. Janet Jones October 1, 2014 at 5:50 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, I forgot to say that the picture of you and your family is lovely. I’m not sure if I have missed something,is Lucy pregnant , or is it a trick of the light? Hope you don’t mind me asking,enjoy the BCC Fashion Show, hope you have plenty of tissues!!! Love Janet xx

  27. Alison Keenan October 1, 2014 at 8:58 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alpa, I tried to post to you yesterday evening but we have just changed over all our technical things at QVC and it wouldn’t allow me, so I thought I’d try again tonight… X

  28. Alison Keenan October 1, 2014 at 9:01 pm -  Reply

    And it worked! Marvellous. Thank you for your kind words and I too laughed out loud at Mary’s misunderstanding! Lucy would be mortified! The children are so delightful I love our time with them. I am sorry things don’t get any easier for you, but am very glad that you have the support of all of us here. Take care,and I will let you know all about the fashion show later in the week! Join me at 9pm tomorrow for Diamoniqe xxxx love Ali

  29. Debz October 2, 2014 at 2:27 pm -  Reply

    Howdy Ali!!

    Wow, you looked fab in that cowboy hat I have to say! How about a cowboy themed wedding?? Bet Colin would love it!

    I saw the picture of you in your beautiful lace dress that you tweeted from the BCC event and you looked stunning as always.

    Am at a bit of a low ebb myself at the moment so am finding the most simple of things a bit hard going so apologies if this is short and sweet. Just wanted to check in and let you know that I do read your blog and am still here!

    Love to Alpa, Una and all in Ali’s Army.

    Lots of love and licks

    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=) XXXXXXXX

  30. alison keenan October 3, 2014 at 11:50 am -  Reply

    Dear Janet, congratulations on your 32nd wedding anniversary! That’s fabulous :) I’m so glad you made it to Florence, and visited the Uffizi and Accademia Galleries, which I agree are amazing. The Ponte Vecchio too is any jewellery lovers delight, and drooling and sighing are all allowed :) Isn’t the Jersey Boys great? Colin and I loved it, and he really isn’t a lover of musical theatre. We think we may get tickets to the Country Musical ‘Once’ which has rave reviews and I’m sure he’d enjoy. So sorry to hear that baby Alfie has been poorly. You are such a Godsend to your son and his girly by looking after Alfie so that they could sleep… that kind of support must be worth it’s weight in gold. No, you haven’t missed anything with Lucy – THAT kind of news would be banner heading here most definitely :) Oncology appointment went well, and I have two scans booked over the next fortnight just to check things out, and it is literally the last stage of my reconstruction and will only require day surgery and a short while to recuperate – fingers crossed.

    Janet, thank you for your enquiry about Liz…. I am so terribly sorry to be the one to have to tell you – and all those here who cared about her – that Liz lost her battle to cancer at the end of July. I honestly didn’t feel it was my news to share at that time, but am hoping that her family and friends won’t be upset by me letting you know now. I found the last comment she posted in May, and she wrote as she always has done, with energy, positivity generosity and humour…. she even praised me for my 3 Peaks Challenge…If I am lucky enough to have half her courage, tenacity and spirit, then my life will be blessed. I know how much she meant to all of us in The Army, and as one of the originals I feel her spirit is very much what this supportive network is based on. Again I am sorry Janet to be the one to have to tell you, and I will mention it again in my next blog, just incase there are others who miss this. Please take care, and look after your family – sending you a hug, Love Ali xxx

  31. Janet Jones October 3, 2014 at 3:46 pm -  Reply

    Oh Ali, I have just read your reply, the tears are tripping me as I write my reply. I agree with everything you said about Liz, she got on with things, and got in quite a bit of travelling, despite her illness, a very brave lady, who made every day count. I think any of us affected by this horrible disease realise this isn’t a rehearsal, and were I would have put things off before I no longer do so, you just have to go for it and make the best of each day. I think that’s why Alfie is so extra special to me as going through the treatment, I wondered if I would survive that, never mind see a Grandson born. Family is all and I send my condolences to Liz’s family ,and to say that Ali’s army will miss her. Take care Ali, sending you a hug Love Janet xx

  32. alison keenan October 5, 2014 at 6:50 pm -  Reply

    My dear Debz, it was so good to get your comment, although I am sorry to know that you are struggling at present… I very much hope that this new week will find you in better health, and feeling stronger. I remember you writing before when things have been tough, and I know how difficult you find it not being able to crack on with things. Sometimes though it’s your body’s way of telling you to slow down, so I do hope you’ve been able to have a relaxing weekend, and enjoy some of the warm autumn sunshine. Thanks for the compliments – not sure a Cowboy themed wedding is on the cards though – although it’s an original thought! :) So glad you liked the dress – it’s one of ours from the Montique range, and I was amazed to see one of the models on the catwalk in the very same dress! I hope that Ainzley is behaving himself, and that Neil is well. Sending you a big hug, and love too, Ali xx

  33. Jenny October 5, 2014 at 7:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, regarding the funny little fruits don’t eat them. The potato plant is a member of the tomato family and these fruits may look like baby tomatoes, but you definitely can’t eat them. Hope this helps.

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