On the mend and feeling great!

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I’m delighted to report that I no longer sound like a creaking gate when I move, more like a well-oiled creaking gate – and that’s not a reference to alcohol! Thanks so much for all your kind words – I think the sunshine has helped enormously too – and I even managed two hours at the Q standing in four inch heels for my Ronni Nicole and beauty hours too, so things are looking up.

I’d had a bit of a pep talk from Roz too, when she and Chris came to stay last week. It’s always a treat to spend time together, and we had planned to visit Windsor Castle, but the weather was so dreadful we actually lit the log burner and watched ‘Saving Mr. Banks’ on the TV. What a brilliant film – Emma Thompson and Tom Hanks are superb, and it’s an amazing insight into the mind of the genius who created the character Mary Poppins. I have to mention Ruth Wilson too who plays the mother. An amazingly accredited actress – with two Olivier Awards and a Golden Globe to her name – for her role in the hugely successful Sky Atlantic series The Affair, and equally applauded in the BBC series Luther.

She bears an uncanny resemblance to our beautiful Texan model Deborah Anne who was with me last Sunday for the Diamonique Favourites hour! I assumed Ruth to be American, but was very surprised to find she was born in Ashford and grew up in Shepperton, Surrey! She went to the Notre Dame School in Cobham and then Esher College, while I attended Wayneflete Comprehensive, also in Esher – but there the similarity ends.

I make no secret of the fact I would have loved to be an actress, but the closest I ever got to achieving my dream was when I played the part of Wendy in East Molesey Junior Girl’s School’s production of Peter Pan. Working in TV and radio though have more than made up for it, and who knows, never say never! Jim Broadbent was I believe 59 years old when he took on his first acting role 🙂

Luckily the weather improved on Thursday afternoon when I was looking after Honey, as Lucy had to stay on at school for Parent’s Evening. We had a lovely long walk and ended up at the swings which are her favourite. I remember that feeling of flying when I was little. “Higher, higher nanny!” she shouts at me: her speech is coming on so well now. We can pretty much hold a conversation – I remember her mum being much the same. In fact I found this photo of Lucy at her second birthday party, and I think they look remarkably alike!

As Lucy wasn’t working on Friday we went to the local swimming pool (indoor thank Heavens!) and spent a very enjoyable half an hour splashing around in the incredibly warm but very strongly chlorinated water. It was a little unnerving to see that my liberally applied faux tan had faded and that my diamonds were sparkling more brightly than usual! We made sure we all showered as soon as we were out of the water and moisturised well!

I’ll be seeing Honey again this weekend when we have a BBQ for Colin’s birthday. The weather is set to be warm and sunny, which to be fair it has been most years on the 30th May, and so it’s very much a case of open house for those of the children who can make it. Sadly Jack’s working and Sam will be on the Isle of Wight, but I know Colin’s children are hoping to join us. In preparation I’ve ordered all the food online so I don’t have to lug it from the supermarket, and I was out in the garden yesterday weeding my little container garden and feeding all the plants.

I mowed the lawn too, which is mainly daisies rather than grass, and re potted a few things that had got too big for their pots! I have to say that Richard Jackson’s Root Boost has made a big difference to the speed things are growing and all of my roses were in bloom over a week ago!

I made sure I had my Ultrasun SPF 30 too as it was incredibly hot when the sun shone! I think their tinted body range is brilliant and I’ve been using the Tinted Face 30 ever since it came out. Teamed with Decleor’s Gradual Glow and Tan Luxe’s Illuminating Serum Facial Drops (our Supersize of the month) I repaired the damage the chlorinated water had done! I’ve got more beauty products for you at 9pm for Friday Night Beauty including a new range from Dr. Paw Paw! Intrigued? Join me to find out more.

I’ll be heading into Saturday with our TSV from Alpha H and I’m sure you’ll be thrilled to know that they’re introducing a brand new but limited version of their much loved overnight treatment. The three piece Liquid Gold Rose Absolute AntiAgeing Skincare Collection (230743) (get it before it goes live) also includes the Liquid Gold Intensive Night Repair Serum and Liquid Gold 24 Hour Moisture Repair Cream. Described as a ‘unified targeted regime to reduce the appearance of lines, wrinkles and large pores’ it’s under £43 and the clue to the limited edition is in the title. Please do join Michelle Doherty, Tom Ogden and myself – I think it’s going to be a busy hour!

I’ll be back with you on our “Got to Have It” day – Bank Holiday Monday. Every hour is crammed full of your favourite brands, and a vast number of presenters too! Watch out for Joe Browns, Clarks, Bibi Bijoux, Elemis, Peony to name a few, and of course Babyliss who will be introducing their TSV – a Rotating Silicone Hot Brush! I’m sure it will be busy, so have a look on line @QVCUK if you want to get a heads up on some of the products we’ll be featuring.

I know from some of the lovely comments you posted for me last week that you have special things planned for the weekend, and that for many, your long awaited holidays are almost here! Whether it’s California, the Costa Brava, the Lake District, Whitby or Wales, I hope you have a wonderful time. I found this lovely photo of my Dad taken when he was on business in Italy many years ago.

It will be 30 years this Sunday since we lost him, but I always think of him – whether it’s first thing in the morning or sometimes last thing at night. As I’ve always believed, that’s the way to keep those we miss with us always, and as soon as Honey is old enough I will tell her about her Great Grandpa and how much he would have loved her.

As promised in the last blog I’ve now got the details of what we still from my ‘I Hope’ jewellery range.  It sold really well last year as part of the capsule collection of jewellery QVC chose to raise money for our designated charity Breast Cancer Care, but there are just a few of these three designs remaining in stock.

Click here for the Alison Keenan Breast Cancer Care I Hope Large Pendant & Chain Sterling Silver

Click here for the Alison Keenan Breast Cancer Care I Hope Drop Earrings Sterling Silver 

Each piece of jewellery has the words ‘I Hope’ inscribed on them, as i’ve always believed that with hope, anything is possible.  Over the last few years since I designed the first piece , I have had some beautiful comments on this blog, telling me why it was you bought the jewellery and who you bought it for…  I hope the remaining pendants, earrings and rings will carry the same sentiment.

Click here for the Alison Keenan Breast Cancer Care I Hope Bypass Ring Sterling Silver

I hope you have a wonderful weekend, and that the sun shines for you, and as always, I’ll look forward very much to hearing from you.

With my love,
Ali xxx

40 Comments

  1. Susan Tweedale May 26, 2017 at 4:49 pm -  Reply

    Afternoon Ali, a lovely newsy blog as is usual from you, l enjoy reading about your working life and home life. Must say l am glad to hear at last your feeling much better. Hasn’t the weather been marvellous the last few days! Your right, we’ve come to expect it by the middle of May, l usually look like I’ve had a holiday by by my birthday which is mid month! I’m now starting to count backwards haha! I’m not doing anything this BHW not that l mind so long as we have sun part of the time, l can sit on my bench and enjoy my garden! Have a fabulous weekend and Happy Birthday wishes to Colin!
    Take care Love Susan xxx

    • Alison Keenan May 31, 2017 at 6:47 pm -  Reply

      Dear Susan, lovely to hear from you, and I very much hope that the Bank Holiday Weekend afforded you some time to enjoy the garden! So glad you’ve had the warm sunny days that we’ve had here, and fingers crossed there will be more to come. I hope you enjoyed your birthday festivities? We had Colin’s early at the weekend as I was working on Monday and Tuesday, and it was great to have some time with the family. Take care and belated birthday wishes to you too! Love Ali xx

  2. Debz May 26, 2017 at 4:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali

    Sorry it’s been a while but I’m struggling at the moment. I’m at that age now where menopause is imminent, plus I’ve been quite depressed since my beloved Ainzley went over The Rainbow Bridge. I love Harry and Lily to bits but Ainzley was with me for so long and the incredible bond we had meant that it’s taken me so long to accept he’s gone.

    I have read your blogs every week and I’m so sorry you’ve suffered with a lot of ailments. I do so admire your resilience and wish I had half of your positivity! I have tried so many times to write some funny or positive words for you but sadly, they have alluded me. I have been thinking of you though and just thought I’d write a brief note to tell you I’m still here!

    Glad you’re a well oiled gate now and not a creaky one! Wish Colon a Happy Birthday for me.

    Lots of love

    Debz XXX

    • Alison Keenan May 31, 2017 at 6:50 pm -  Reply

      Oh Debz, so good to hear from you, but I am sorry that you are still missing Ainzley so much, and that you’re struggling generally. Please don’t feel you can only write here with witty comments and remarks! I know I don’t! It’s all about keeping in touch and hopefully supporting each other. I’m sure it will be a while before Harry and Lily become the characters that dear old Ainzley was, but give it time – they’re bound to give you plenty to smile about. Something that I hope might also is knowing that Colin’s daughter Lily has been with her Harry for the last four years! Thanks for the birthday wishes – I’ve passed the on to him. Take good care of yourself, and please do keep in touch. We’re all here for you, love Ali xx

  3. Loraine Plumb May 26, 2017 at 9:11 pm -  Reply

    So glad your feeling better lovely photos of your dad my mum has been gone 30 years on the 2nd July and dad is 28 years seems like yesterday Les and I are of to gran canaria next Saturday or 5 days hope you have a nice time in Malta enjoy your weekend were having a barbeque like you this weekend with family best wishes love Loraine xx

    • Alison Keenan May 31, 2017 at 6:52 pm -  Reply

      Dear Loraine, we must have been much the same age when you lost your mum and dad and I lost my Pa. I can’t quite get my head around that vast number of years – almost all of Lucy’s life! You and Les must be packed and ready to head off to Gran Canaria on Saturday – I bet you can’t wait! I have some friends who have just returned and they had a wonderful time – I’m sure you and Les will do too. We had a great time with the family last weekend, and all the food turned out well – my first foray into BBQ food for a while as Sam usually cooks but wasn’t with us sadly. Let me know how you get on and I’ll be in touch before we go to Malta. Love Ali xx

  4. Merche May 27, 2017 at 1:35 pm -  Reply

    Glad to hear you are feeling much better. Sounds as if you had fun with Honey. I hope it stays fine for your barbecue and Colin enjoys the party. My son is having his birthday party tonight complete with disco and sounds from the sixties he will be 50 on the 30th which he will be celebrating with his wife in York.

    • Alison Keenan May 31, 2017 at 6:54 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Merche, I did indeed have fun with Honey and she had fun with all of us on Saturday for the BBQ! Colin really enjoyed it and the silly game playing after the food was very funny 🙂 I hope your son had a great time at his party and that his trip to York will be enjoyable. I hope also that you were able to maybe speak with him over this time too. I remember my 50th birthday very well – only three years til I’m 60! What an incredible couple of years the last few have been 🙂 Thanks for writing, and for your kind words, Love Ali xx

    • Alison Keenan May 31, 2017 at 6:57 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Merche , I did indeed have fun with Honey and she enjoyed her time with all of us at the BBQ too! She is such a little ball of energy, and everyone loved seeing her and hearing her chat. Very proud nanny 🙂 I hope your son enjoyed his birthday party and will have a great time in York – I hope too that you maybe managed to speak with him during his celebrations! Thanks for your kind words, and for keeping in touch, Love Ali x

  5. Jill May 27, 2017 at 5:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alli I’m so sorry to hear you have been unwell, and glad to hear you are feeling a lot better. As you love your garden I’m wondering if you have ever visited Chelsea Flower Show?
    Can I also say that the range of I Hope Jewellery is superb. I have purchased both the ring and pendant and have meant so much as I wear them with pride. Many people have commented on them and this has allowed me to pass on the story so thank you for designing these beautiful pieces.
    Love as always.
    Jilly X

    • Alison Keenan May 31, 2017 at 6:59 pm -  Reply

      Dear Jill, Thanks for writing to me, and for your concern. Yes, I’m feeling much better now, and will be seeing my oncologist re the meds again soon. I have only visited the Chelsea Flower Show once and I was completely in awe of ALL that I saw. I really should go again, and I know this year they had the most beautiful display as well as cracking weather. I am incredibly flattered that you have purchased both the ring and the pendant and that you wear them and pass on my inspiration behind the design. It makes me feel very proud too and through the jewellery we have managed to raise so much money for Breast Cancer Care. Thank you for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  6. Joanna Downey May 28, 2017 at 6:36 am -  Reply

    Happy Sunday Ali & Happy Birthday to Colin, I’m so pleased that you’re feeling better & that seeing your lovely Roz gave you a boost. Before I start wittering I have to say what a handsome man your dad was & how much Sam resembles him, as Honey does Lucy, what a good looking family you have. I totally agree with your feelings about remembering those we have lost; a student said practically the same words when a much–loved teacher died & she said the concept gave her comfort. It’s the morning after my annual visit to the Chelsea show & my feet still feel as though they are pounding the very hot streets of London. I went with my sister this year & we made it a two day trip, going to Covent Garden on Friday & being at the showground for the 8am opening… Some have said it was a fallow year, I thought it was stunning; the sun was shining, the gardens & displays were beautiful & at the end of a harrowing week for our country it was wonderful to meet so many positive people. Every year there is something to inspire & I have fallen in love with Camassias & plan to plant a Hornbeam hedge – the beautiful garden for Maggie’s was encircled by one & the pleated leaves are gorgeous. Have a lovely family party in the sunshine. Love from Jo x

    • Alison Keenan May 31, 2017 at 7:05 pm -  Reply

      My dear Jo, you never witter and it is always lovely to hear from you! That has made me smile to know that you also think my Sam looks like my Dad. He also looks very much like his own father at the same age, so a good mix. And yes, the good looking gene is very much present. It was comforting to know that my ethos is shared by others – it’s the only way I find to deal with loss. Talking about someone and remembering them is keeping them with us. As you’ll see Jill who commented before you asked if I’d ever been to Chelsea and I have to say that having read about your trip to the Flower Show, I am even more determined to visit next year – maybe I should buy the tickets now! I am going to have to Google Camassias and also Hornbeam – although I’m sure my mum will have told me what they both are at some point in my life! Our BBQ went really well, although we didn’t take any photos this year, but Colin enjoyed himself and there was a great deal of laughter and good memories made which was what is was all about. I hope you too have had a chance to enjoy the sunshine. Thanks as always for keeping in touch, and you NEVER witter on 🙂 Love Ali xx

  7. Denise Pilcher May 28, 2017 at 8:00 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali – Im so glad your feeling better. Its awful when you feel like a bit of an old croc! Ive pulled something behind my knee and its driving me mad as I can only walk for about 20 minutes before it goes- very frustrating indeed!
    Well Ive finally broken up from school, and I must say Im relieved! We are moving house in 2 weeks-eekkkk! and I need to sort out 11 years of stuff! eek! I feel a bit like a headless chicken , as I keep wandering from room to room but without doing anything!
    Isnt it amazing how children take a little bit of either personality or looks from us? Honey is so like you and her mum – just gorgeous!
    I love the pictures of your Dad – what a handsome chap! I lost my funny, kind and gorgeous Dad 8 years ago and miss him soooo much- I too think of him first thing in the morning and last thing at night. I often chat to him and my Eve can often be heard telling his photo about her day. This always makes me smile as we have told her that to keep someone alive in our hearts we need to talk about them . She really has taken to this and if she has had a telling off by us you can hear her telling Grandad “its just not fair!” so funny and sweet.
    Right, I best get some packing done!! Wishing you a marvellous Bank Holiday – till next time, much love Denise x

    • Alison Keenan May 31, 2017 at 7:09 pm -  Reply

      My dear Denise, I so enjoyed reading your comment and knowing that little Eve talks to your late father through his photo. Lucy was the only grandchild who ever ‘met’ my dad, but she was just 18 months old when he died. I have told all my children so many stories about him though and I hope that some of it will stick when their own children grow up and want to know about our family. Yes he was very handsome, and I remember when I was seven one of my school friends said he looked like Scott Tracy from Thunderbirds. He roared with laughter when I told him 🙂 I’m sorry you too lost your dad – such a gap in our lives eh? But lovely that for you, he is still there, and for your family too. It sounds as though you have your work cut out for you over the next few weeks with the move, but after 11 years it’ll be exciting to make a new home. Best of luck with it all, and thanks for keeping in touch. Love Ali xx

  8. Christine Auchterlonie May 28, 2017 at 11:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali thanks again for sharing all your news… I think the resemblance between Lucy and Honey and you in the group photo of your family is amazing ….. I’m glad you are feeling better I don’t know how you stand in those 4inch heels for so long…. But heels always look good…. I hope you have a good day for Colin’s BBQ at the weekend… The weather has been good here in the North East for the last few days…. Good gardening weather.Fiona and I were in Morecambe last week… It wasn’t very sunny but dry and warm we had an enjoyable time with my cousin and her husband and visited some garden centres,and of course made a few purchases !!!!We also went to the Midland Hotel ….very Art Deco …and had coffee brought back many memories … Derek had many of his birthdays there …. So it was sad to think he is no longer with us😢. Not long now till the Windermere swim for Fiona and Jessica I hope the weather will be kind to them….Fiona is also helping out at the Swim Safe event in the summer holidays for young people at the coast it’s a great scheme for the kids during the holidays … I think it’s essential that young people can swim and stay safe!!! I don’t have anything lined up for the holiday weekend …. Fiona is working night shift … But I will be going to Newcastle during the week with a friend …it’s time we had some retail therapy…. So until next time stay well and enjoy the lovely weather with love Chris x

    • Alison Keenan May 31, 2017 at 7:15 pm -  Reply

      Dear Chris, I do feel for you… so many memories, and although good to share them and think back, I can understand how painful it still is for you and that missing Derek will make you sad. It sounds though as if your Fiona is doing her best to look out for your and to make sure that the rest of the family support you and spoil you. The Midland Hotel sounds very swish and I’m glad that although it was difficult to relive those times, it’s good that you aren’t hiding from your memories. The thought of swimming in Windermere lake would terrify me – like deep sea swimming which I believe dear Kathy Tayler is planning to try! Me and deep water don’t mix! That said I though that both your granddaughter and daughter are amazing and I hope that they enjoy it – if that’s the right word! The Swim Safe scheme sounds great and a really good idea. Surprising how tricky the sea can sometimes be. Thanks for your kind words about the photos I posted. I hadn’t realised of course that I was also in the group photo so there’s all three generations. I didn’t like smiling with my mouth open then as I think I’d lost my front teeth! You’re right though, a great resemblance. As there is between my sister, her daughter Emily, and her son James! That’s families for you 🙂 I hope you are enjoying the weather too. Love Ali xx

  9. Mandy May 29, 2017 at 10:37 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali, glad to hear you are feeling more comfortable & creaking less. My knees are terrible & I always say that I sound like a reindeer when I walk down the stairs( their joints click which enables them to keep together when trekking through blizzards) I’ve been in the garden again too & it is so nice to see more colour appearing & greener grass especially after the rain. I do have to admit a guilty pleasure after hearing about you & Honey at the swings- I still enjoy it myself! Unfortunately it is not as often as I would like but if I see an empty playground with swings, I do “sneak” in & have a go. It’s fabulous & always makes me laugh which is definitely a good thing. I even did it in Greece last year, I found an old playground by a church. I may have burnt my bottom on the hot seat but it was worth t lol. I must have looked like a pirate with my headscarf on! The photos of your dad are lovely too- I also have a photo with one of the little monkeys from the 70s , I still have it today with an inscription on the back from an Uncle reading “whose the cheekiest monkey”. My hair is growing well according to my hairdresser, I had my colour done last week but didn’t have it cut as I want to grow it a little|( I’m aiming for a hairstyle similar to Lulu’s) so am pleased to feel it slowly creeping down my neck. I have dropped hints to hubby about your earrings- I like the discreet “I Hope” on the back so fingers crossed I will get them. I do hope Colin has a great birthday & the sun shines for his barbeque. It is so much nicer being able to sit & eat outside. I visited Mum & Dad yesterday & their neighbour (who has known me since I was a child) invited me round to their garden for a glass of wine! How lovely & kind was that? I think she wanted to tell me how well I looked etc but it is lovely when people show they care rather than holding back. Thanks for your kind words too Ali |& have a fab week & I look forward to your next blog.
    Love & hugs
    Mandy xxx

    • Alison Keenan May 31, 2017 at 7:21 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Mandy, lovely to hear from you and I have to admit, you had me laughing out loud at your description of the reindeer!!! Is that true? I don’t know why it makes me laugh so much, but I think it maybe why so many of us in the presenter lounge are creaking – so that we stay close! 🙂 Great that your hair is growing back so well. I too had mine coloured as soon as it was long enough, and definitely didn’t want it cut. It grew into the most beautiful thick length with just a small wave in it, and I always felt it was reward for having been bald! It’s gone back to much the same as it had been before, but it’s still nice to have that length and coverage. Great that your mum’s neighbours were so kind. I’m sure they have been a comfort to your mum and dad while you’ve been on treatment and since then… We all need to talk to someone, and I’m glad they have that support. I also hope that your husband buys the earrings for you. They really are beautiful and very well made. I like the weight and look of them. I’ll keep my fingers crossed! We all had a great weekend thank you, and although the sun didn’t stay out for very long, it was enough for me to BBQ the food and for us to eat al fresco which was great. Keep in touch, and so glad to hear you sound so positive and happy. Love Ali xx

  10. theresa May 29, 2017 at 6:44 pm -  Reply

    Pleased to hear your feeling better and your right Honey does look like Lucy at her age. My grandaughter Ellice when she was about five asked me about my mum and dad and asked for a picture of them which she has at the side of her grandad ( my daughter-in-laws dad ) who she knew till she was five. Like you Alison I talk to my parents often on how all the family are doing. If your still going to Malta my son says a place called Venus in Buggiba does lovely food. You take care and look forward to your next news x

    • Alison Keenan June 9, 2017 at 2:50 pm -  Reply

      Dear Theresa, thanks so much for your kind words = very glad you enjoyed the blog and liked the photos 🙂 I’m so glad you like me still talk to your parents even tho you’re not able to be with them. Please thank you r son for his recommendation = yes we are still going to Malta and will see if we can find Venus! Sounds fun 🙂 It’s good of you to keep in touch, thank you, Love Ali xx

  11. Jilly May 29, 2017 at 8:21 pm -  Reply

    Good evening Ali and a Happy Bank Holiday Monday. The weather has not been too good today but the weekend in the Lakes was super. Lovely being with the family. It was only today coming back that the weather changed.
    Read your great blog and your catch up and amazing to see Lucy and Honey looking like peas in a pod. Just incredible how alike they are.
    Hope your BBQ went well for Colin’s birthday. You will have to let us see his cake which I am sure you will have made. We bought a BBQ and had two over the weekend. The first time we have had one for over 35 years!!!! They were enjoyed by all. Now we ask what has taken us so long to have any for all these years!!!!
    I bought the Frank Usher pearl wrap (well bought two-one for a pressie) and have to say how wonderful it is. Warm but not heavy and looks fab. Well worth treating yourself for the holidays.
    Going to order the bra pack so must dash but will catch up soon love Jilly xx

    • Alison Keenan June 10, 2017 at 5:14 pm -  Reply

      Dear Jilly, I’m so sorry it’s taken me so long to reply! I cant believe it’s almost a fortnight since I wrote this blog, and so I’ll have a new one for your to read asap. As there were only eight of us for Colin’s birthday I didn’t actually take any photographs! His cake was the same as the one I made him last year (creature of habit my husband 🙂 and that’s a Victoria Sandwich with fresh cream and strawberries in it. I served it as a pudding after the BBQ and there wasn’t even a crumb remaining! I could have done with the Frank Usher faux pearl wrap that evening though as it got pretty chilly, but am glad to know you’re getting good use out of yours. I hope you’ve also received the bra pack too and will find them equally useful. Take care and as always thanks for keeping in touch Jilly. Love Ali xxx

  12. Christine May 29, 2017 at 9:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali glad you are feeling a bit better. We were invited to BBQ but the weather failed us. I know how you feel about memories of your Dad. I lost my parents when I was 14 still think about them both. We bought a lovely yellow rose the smells divine. It’s my favourite colour in a rose, feed it with RJ feeding.
    We have greenhouse my husband grown Tomatos and summer plants etc. People say how good everything looks, is the feeding.
    Take care X

    • Alison Keenan June 10, 2017 at 5:18 pm -  Reply

      Dear Christine, I am sorry to know that your BBQ was spoiled by the weather.. such a shame as they take a lot of organising! I realise how lucky we were with the weather for Colin’s birthday, although we needed coats to stay out longer than 7pm! So sad to know that you lost both your parents when you were just 14… I can’t even begin to imagine how difficult life must have been for you then, but I very much hope that you have made your way and are surrounded by people who love you. The rose sounds beautiful, and sounds similar to my Charlotte rose I bought two years ago. The perfume is stunning. So glad you too are getting good use out of Richard Jackson’s products! Thanks for writing to me, and I hope you’ve had a good week or so. With love, Ali xx

  13. Joanna Downey May 31, 2017 at 6:37 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Debz, It was so lovely to read your post to our Ali. Of course you miss Ainzley & I wouldn’t dream of minimising your feelings for him but he will always be with you, as are all of us who read about him & could picture the two of you together. Please return on a regular basis because I miss you. Love from Jo xxx

    • Debz June 2, 2017 at 4:13 pm -  Reply

      Thank you for your kind words, Jo. I do miss him so much. He was with me for nearly 19 years and was the light of my life. My 2 rescue cats are a source of comfort to me but Ainzley still has my heart. I will try to keep in touch more. Thank you again for thinking of me. Love Debz xxx

    • Alison Keenan June 10, 2017 at 5:20 pm -  Reply

      Jo, thanks for this – and Debz I wholeheartedly agree. Stay strong, and please do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  14. Linda Finch,, June 1, 2017 at 7:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali , this sadly will have to be short my brain will not compute to write much,after writing to you last Simon had his house broken into whilst they were asleep in bed, the whole family are devastated as are me and his Dad.The police think they were looking for car keys,it’s not what they take its the total carnage they leave behind, it has totally upset Ellie she won’t go to bed on her own and she keeps waking a lot in the night ,sorry Ali I will have to close ,will write soon love Linda F xx

    • Alison Keenan June 10, 2017 at 5:23 pm -  Reply

      My dear Linda who absolutely awful! I am so sorry to hear about the burglary and I very much hope the police are able to find the perpetrators. I know that won’t lessen the family’s distress and I can completely understand why Ellie is very disturbed by it all, but it would be good to know that justice is seen to be done. I don’t think these people ever think about those they steal from, and the effect it can have long term on everyone. I hope things will become a little easier and that the support and back up services that the police offer will be of help to them all. Take care too as I’m sure you’re worried, love Ali xx

  15. Ruth June 3, 2017 at 6:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Thank you for your update. You are so so lovely to let us all in to your life. I’m glad you are feeling better and I hope Colin’s birthday celebrations went well, You must let us see a picture of the cake. I’ve just this minute baked two!!!!
    It’s funny how you say you’ve always wanted to be an actress. I’m sure that’s still achievable for you – you’re a natural in front of the camera! I’ve always dreamed of being a model but at 5ft 0 inches – I have to accept that that is maybe not my path.
    I absolutely adore your ‘I hope’ range. When I finished radiotherapy after my mastectomy I had two cancer care charm symbols made out of rose gold which I wear either side of my MS charm. I have a picture of it but have no idea how to post it for you to see. I’m rubbish with technology! I should be good at it as I taught IT at college and was a primary school teacher. Since I stopped working 8 years ago at the tender age of 40 due to ill health, all knowledge has seeped away from my brain. A quick update – I’m now off Tamoxifen (only lasted 6 months). Side effects were horrible for me. Last week consultant found 4 cysts in my remaining breast and a scan on my neck for persistent pain in my throat showed another MS lesion in the base of my brain!! It’s all good fun and I feel so blessed. It could all be so much worse and my children (although grown up – 23 and 25) bring me so much joy it makes everything worthwhile.
    Enjoy the sun and can’t wait to read your next post.
    God bless and lots of love, Ruth xxxxx

    • Alison Keenan June 10, 2017 at 5:28 pm -  Reply

      My dear Ruth, it certainly sounds as though you are going through it, but managing to remain stoical and positive – no mean feat! Thank heavens you are being regularly scanned and clearly the medical profession are looking out for you. As you say, our children are all the incentive we need to crack on with things – even when those things seem insurmountable. I am delighted that you love the I Hope range – I have had some lovely messages about the designs over the years, and it makes me happy to know that in some small way I’m helping the charity and all those who gain comfort from the message… Thank you for letting me know how you are, and I do hope you’ll keep in touch here on the blog so that I can write back to you 🙂 With my love, Ali xx

  16. Pauline wilson June 4, 2017 at 9:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali lovely to read your blog and you are feeling better. Hope you and Colin enjoy Malta it is a beautiful country and so easy to get around. My hubby Colin and I went there for the first time a couple of years ago and we couldnt believe it had taken us so long to visit. We have just returned home after our first visit to Madeira again a stunningly beautiful island covered in beautiful flowers sure Richard Jackson must have been there and walked on average 10 miles every day for two weeks a challenge some days as the island is extremely hilly. Keep well Ali and enjoy life as I am sure you do as no one knows what’s around the corner as the atrocities that have happened in Manchester and London recently leaves me with sadness but hope.xx

    • Alison Keenan June 10, 2017 at 5:32 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Pauline, how are you? So glad you enjoyed the blog and thanks for telling me about your trip with your Colin to Malta! We still have another three weeks to wait before we go, but I’m looking forward to it very much. Madeira is also another lovely country that I want to visit, and so it is on my list – along with the island of Elba. I admire your challenge of walking 10 miles a day! I’d love the idea of doing that, but I’m not sure that my Colin would be all that impressed 🙂 I’ll pass your comment about the flowers on to Richard Jackson – I’ve noticed a heck of a difference in the number of blooms I have in my pots and the size of the plants too! Root boost has helped also! Please do keep in touch with me and let me know how the rest of your summer goes. With love, Ali xx

  17. Pauline Hanna June 4, 2017 at 11:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, just to say that I was watching your Yankee Candle hour and you and Rosa make a great team – good fun. Both looking well too!

    • Alison Keenan June 10, 2017 at 5:33 pm -  Reply

      Pauline, how very kind of you to take time out to comment on the blog. Rosa and I very much enjoy the hours we are scheduled together. She is great fun and passionate about the candles and their fragrances so it makes for an enjoyable hour! Love Ali xx

  18. Veronica Dennant June 6, 2017 at 10:16 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali It is always lovely to read your blog and catch up on all your news. I am so glad you are feeling better and enjoying great times with Honey, who I must say is the spit of Lucy from the photographs you included. I hope you had a lovely bank holiday weekend at least whilst the sun shone.. not sure what has happened this week as back in socks and boots… not good for June! I love your I Hope range of jewellery . The necklace is a particular favourite and always receives comments when I wear it. A definite “go to” piece of jewellery.. Having seen the earrings they would be a great addition.. I am gearing up to take part in my 13th Race for Life at the end of June. 13 years ago I ran this in memory of my wonderful Gran, Daisy and since then there have been others added to my list including several old school friends, which is such a sobering thought, making you re-evaluate what is important in life.. grabbing life by the scruff of the neck and having a belting good time.. On that note I wish you well. Thank you for your fab blogs.. can’t wait for the next one Take care Veronica x

    • Alison Keenan June 10, 2017 at 5:36 pm -  Reply

      Dear Veronica, how lovely to hear from you, and I am very glad you enjoyed reading the blog, and the photos of Honey and Lucy. I am also truly delighted to know that my I Hope range of jewellery has found a good home and a place in your heart. My gran was also called Daisy, but sadly she lost her life to stomach cancer at the tender age of 90. Well done you for flying the flag each year by running the Race for Life. The last one I ran was when I was on chemo – maybe it’s time I ran another 🙂 You’re right, there are too many who lose their fight and whose lives are taken too early. So much to be grateful for in my life, and thank you for reminding me. Take care, and I’ll look forward to hearing from you again. Love Ali xxx

  19. Susan Huskisson June 8, 2017 at 4:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali. So pleased you are feeling better. You always look great on air and nobody would guess if you’re feeling under the weather.
    What a resemblance between Honey and her mummy Lucy– like peas in a pod!
    We had a lovely time a couple of weeks ago babysitting our Charlie while his mummy was at work. He makes us laugh with what he comes out with. We’d bought him a spade so he could “help” digging the garden. I pointed out the weeds to him and he proudly held up a clump of my beautiful pinks and said ” are these weeds Auntie Sue” He then decided to bury all his little cars etc in the garden. After a while he said “where are my vehicles Auntie Sue” We were absolutely flabbergasted by the word vehicles from a little two year old!
    This coming Sunday (11th) we are going to the brand new RHS Chatsworth flower show. It is normally only half an hour away from us but apparently the traffic is horrendous so we’d better set off early! The weather is rather mixed here at the moment so fingers crossed for an improvement n Sunday. My friend and her husband went yesterday, the first day, and it took them two and a half hours to get there! I’m sure it will be lovely though!
    I’ll say bye for now Ali, take care of yourself and look forward to your next blog. Love Sue xx

    • Alison Keenan June 10, 2017 at 5:40 pm -  Reply

      Hello there Sue – by the time you read this you will have already had your day at the RHS Chatsworth Flower Show! Fingers and toes crossed it will have stayed warm and dry for you and that the traffic won’t be too bad! Loving reading about little Charlie – he sounds such a sweetheart. My sister got her grandson James a little watering can so he can help her in the garden – I just need to teach Honey the difference between weeds and flowers!
      It’s great when they start talking isn’t it? Honey proudly announced when I arrived in time for lunch that she was eating “Matoe and Cubunger” – sounded delicious I thought 🙂 Vehicles is very impressive – do remember to write it all down. It’s lovely to have this as a reference when they’re older. I hope you’ll have more time with Charlie soon, and I’m certain his mummy is thrilled that he enjoys spending time with you so much. Take care and thanks for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

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