My birthday celebrations and Colin plays The O2

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The family in the gardenI think it was Mae West who said ‘You’re only as old as the man you feel’, and luckily Colin is two years younger than me! :) If you’re wondering what relevance this quote could possibly have, I celebrated my 54th birthday last Sunday, in the garden, with my family and friends, while the sun shone and we basked in a balmy 20 degrees. I could never have predicted such a perfect day, but it did tiptoe in, close on the heels of Saturday at the O2, which was fantastic in every respect.

Hello there, I do hope you ALL had a touch of summer this last weekend, because I would hate to think the incredible warmth and clear blue sky was purely for those of us in the Southern Counties!

Thank you for all my beautiful birthday cards and messages you posted here, on Twitter and Facebook – truly appreciated! I am so sorry that we got into a muddle legally with the competition I set last time, meaning we would be unable to recreate your favourite piece of jewellery, but I think the beautifully descriptive messages you posted more than made up for it. All your lovely comments and more importantly the sweet stories about your jewellery; who gave it to you, why you bought it, who it reminded you of –  quite moving a lot of them, and I thank you for them.


The Sonny Walters Band in full flowBut as promised, here’s what happened at the weekend. As those of you who read this blog regularly will know, my fiancee, Colin (had to put that in :), fronts The Sonny Walters Band – a Country Music band who have over the last year picked up quite a following not just through live gigs, but also on the worldwide Country Music Chart.

When they were asked to play on one of the pop-up stages at the O2, as part of the annual Country to Country weekend, they were delighted! As were all their fans and family and so the liaising began to try and get as many of us there as possible.

Photo of Sonny courtesy of Sheila SouthamOn the day, my Jack was working so couldn’t make it, Sam was carless due to the garage letting him down, and Vicky was at a wedding, but … everyone else got there! Lucy arrived with Simon’s four-year-old Henry, and the three of us headed off to Greenwich.  It was lovely to be chauffered, and she’s a great driver, but unfortunately her heating is stuck on high and so it was like being in the Caribbean whenever I got a hot flush! :)

Being Saturday it was busy but, that said, we had took a truly scenic route, and were able to show little Henry all the sights: Harrods, Hyde Park Corner, The Mall, Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, The London Eye, Houses of Parliament, Tower of London, The Shard and the Gherkin, and eventually the O2! He was agog with it all, and rang his Daddy (who was visiting Birmingam with Henry’s brother) to tell him all about it. 

Crowd watching The Sonny Walters BandWe had arranged to meet my dear friends Ros and Chris at the O2, and they were waiting in the main entrance so we all headed off to find the stage that Colin would be playing on. Great location, loads of people and best of all, they stayed for the duration. The band played eight songs – one of which you can listen to below – and as you can see (left) they drew an incredible crowd. 

 

 

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Henry and ColinEveryone was smiling, tapping, clapping and joining in – not much more you could ask for, really. Henry thought it was amazing and, having borrowed Colin’s hat, said he was now the King of the cowboys … His first question when we got to the stage tho’ … “If these are cowboys, where are their horses?” :)

It was one of those days that will stay in my memory, and I am really proud of my man and all that he and the band have achieved, and even if he doesn’t ever land that record deal, he has definitely made his mark :)

Sam was waiting for us when we got home, and so we spent the rest of the evening catching up and then headed to bed exhausted. Sunday dawned with warm sunshine and bright blue skies, and I was barely out of the shower before Ros and Chris arrived, bearing gifts, Bucks Fizz and cupcakes that spelt out Happy Birthday!

P1011155Apart from a dear little book with 100s of recipes for scones in it, my presents were themed around a rather special event that I have decided to take part in with Chris in May – The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge – so I now have my kitbag, Nordic Poles, walking socks, mat to sit on, and Kendall Mint Cake! I’ve bought my special boots, and have begun training – wish me luck, I’m going to need it!

Having quaffed our Bucks Fizz and bacon sarnies, we sat outside until they had to leave and my sister Jenny, Linda, Mum and Joe all arrived. The sun continued to shine and so Colin and Sam set the table up in the garden and we had lunch outside – bliss!

I was spoiled rotten with presents including  beautiful things to wear, bathe in and eat! Mum had even made me a Mary Berry ginger cake – my favourite! My neice Emily and her husband Paul popped in too, which was a complete surprise but made the day even better!

Alison and JackIt was a shame that Lucy and Jack weren’t with us, but lovely that Sam could make it, as he hasn’t really seen much of the family since Mum’s birthday last summer. I did see Jack on Monday – we went into Windsor and did a little shopping and had a lovely lunch together, and so here are a few photos of us all, which I hope you enjoy :)

I think I’ve mentioned to a few of you that Colin and I are heading off to Morocco for a short break, and so I will have to go and finish my ironing and packing.

Do take care, and those of you who are struggling at present, stay strong and keep in touch with each other as I will with you all. 

With my love,

Ali xx

31 Comments

  1. Julie March 20, 2014 at 7:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Glad you had a good time at the O2 and also had a lovely birthday. The sun really did shine on that day-I think the best day we’ve had in ages but unfortunately it didn’t last-Good old GB!!
    Little ones do come up with some sayings. Lily found her guinea pig dead last week. It was explained to her that she had gone to Heaven to which Lily asked me “how does she get there, you can’t throw her up!” I could write a book with the things she comes out with!!!
    Hope you have a lovely holiday.
    Will be in touch when you return. Did you look at the photo’s??
    Speak soon and take care as always
    Julie x Lily xxx

  2. linda richards March 20, 2014 at 8:17 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    Happy Birthday. Great blog as usual. Have a great holiday and have a good rest.
    Love Lyn
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  3. Jilly March 20, 2014 at 11:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali – so you have a toy boy – that is why you always look so good!!!! Fab blog and so lovely to get your catch up again. I looked at the picture and thought that I love the outfit – then looked again and saw it was you wearing it!!!
    Brilliant to also get the Saturday catch up. We all love to hear what you and your family have got up to. You are so kind sharing the special moments – and not so special but you know what I mean.
    Thank you so much for your kind words about my card. I am delighted that you liked the words in it.
    How great to do the Three Peaks Challenge – Yorkshire is God’s Own Country – and mine – although we don’t live there now my heart is still there (and Cumbria!). So proud that you are going to do the challenge though. My husband always says “your Yorkshire” if anything is on tv about it. We will be watching your progress and cheering you on.
    Have a wonderful holiday – oh my do you deserve it after the last few months but as usual you have bounced back and look super stunning. Just get the case packed and finish the ironing.
    Annie and I are away this weekend with some girlie friends (one will be 80 on the Saturday). We will be looking at sewing and crafting things and Annie is so excited. My hubby will be keeping things ticking over here so we know all will be in safe hands and we can just go off and enjoy ourselves.
    Hope everyone else is keeping good and we will be looking forward to updates and hearing how everyone is doing. It is so good to “keep in touch” this way and so nice that we can share the highs and also the lows and just be there for each other.
    We will wait for a holiday update Ali but enjoy and chill, chill, chill Love Jilly X

  4. Mary March 21, 2014 at 5:05 am -  Reply

    Firstly, I hope your flight to Morroco was safe and the weather is warm…its 4.23am in West gate and the rain is lashing down outside and the noise from the rain and the leaky guttering reminds me of yet another job that needs doing!!! Plus, a kindly year 10 boy has shared his germs and I am full of cold and coughing and wheezing…here we go again. I’m having lung function and spirometer tests done on 22nd April…let’s hope they are back to full working order by then. My breathing sounds like that of an unwanted phone call from a strange man if you get my drift..luckily I don’t work Fridays but Jack has a new bed coming today so need to remove his mattress this morning from his bedroom..old pine bed dismantled yesterday to reveal a plethora of stuff that A. Had gone missing. B. Couldn’t be recognised and C. Shouldn’t have been there. Stern words where exchanged!!!
    I am so glad Colin’s O2 gig was a success..sounded great on the link…and what amazing support…he certainly looks incredibly handsome in his stetson. That record deal will come and you will be hanging gold discs in the downstairs loo like all the best music stars do!
    So, Mr Blue sky certainly made a welcomed appearence on Sunday..in celebration of that I hung out a full line of washing before I took Chloe to Folkestone for cricket practice Sunday morning and left it billowing like sails on a ship to dry..yes I am easily pleased but I love to see washing blowing on a proper line. Mine stretches the length of my garden and is hoisted high by two metal poles. I always make sure my underwater is at the lower ends where it can’t be seen by the neighbours and my daughters little short type knickers and pretty bras are in the middle!!! It was gorgeous in Folkestone so I dropped Chloe off to the sports hall…training indoors.. she wasnt not happy and they were incredibly hot when I picked her up…and took myself off for a walk along the cliffs. Beautiful!
    So, you’re three peaking….blimey you certainly don’t take life easy do you…can we sponsor you. I have only been half way up Ben Nevis and that was to try and cure the meanest of hangovers!! What an inspiration you are…sounds like you are well kitted out and I hope the training goes well. The scenery will be incredible.
    How lovely to have lunch in the garden on your birthday..sounds like you had a great day of celebration with family and friends after a busy day on Saturday. Glad you were spoilt. Mine is on Wednesday… four maths lessons to support students in plus 1-1 maths intervention with one of my year 11 boys. In case you’re thinking its maths overload..I am a specialist T A and I support the year 10 and 11 ASD students in maths..my name is Mary and I love maths…there I said it but I am not a geek!! When we have a team meeting on Wednesday I bake a cake to take in…carrot cake last week and this Wednesday I took in Mary Berry’s lemon cake made with blended boiled whole lemons… it went down a storm although I only had a crumb as I weigh in on Wednesday evening so no treat until after…one stone one pound off so far..three stone to go…you must try it..I made one for the family last week, they loved it. I am not baking next Wednesday.. it’s my 48th birthday so I am buying from Tesco on my way to work. I have asked for money as my twin and I want to go to Westfield at Stratford..you know how I like my shopping..my twin, Denise, is moving so she wants me to delay her gift til she moves. My children though have bought her a Charlie Bear to add to her collection. She is very kind and buys their cricket spikes and pimple trainers and provides new bats so she’s a very thoughtful and generous Aunty. I ordered the SBC collagen gel beauty pick of the month in February for me from my mum. I love it. I come hone from work, remove all my makeup then slap on a thick layer…
    Well its still pouring down…and I must get some sleep. Enjoy Morrocco and have a fabulous rest. Much love Mary xxx

  5. susan March 21, 2014 at 9:13 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, lovely photos, stunning tree and happy birthday! Random mix of comments lol. Well done Colin as you say. Have a lovely holiday. I don’t know how you QVC presenters do it but you always seem to be away on hols! I could do with a job there lol. I’m very much flagging. Weather wise yes I think it’s always you southeners who get the best! We have had a few nicedays yes but notquite your 20c! See you soon. X PS. 3 peaks!? Amazing!

  6. Elaine sallis March 21, 2014 at 10:55 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    So glad Colin’s gig went well and that you had a lovely birthday. I spent my birthday in Cheltenham with Geoff Jodie and Molly . Had a great day spending! In the evening Adam and his family came round so I was lucky to see both my children and my three lovely granddaughters on the day. Hope you have a lovely break. I am in awe that you are doing the three peaks challenge I have said it before but I will say it again you really are a truly amazing woman.
    Love Elaine

  7. Annette Roberts March 21, 2014 at 1:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Belated Birthday Wishes to you, what a lucky girl, not only lots of pressies but a glorious day with your family in the garden, bliss!
    I’ll be 54 on the same day as Julia, funny that’s how I started blogging, when I realised we shared the same surname and birthday!
    Wow, Colin did well at the 02, must show Chris later. I remember many years ago (frightening!) when I worked at Pontins, they had a Country and Western week and the Reception and Admin wore all the gear and I can remember stitching white fringing on my denim shirt to go with my white boots and white cowboy hat, of course I didn’t just wear that, I wore jeans too! We all looked the part, it was a fab week! The best was when you were driving along and all of a sudden you’d see a cowboy or indian walking along the road, so funny…brought back happy memories!
    Had a funny couple of weeks, felt awful, not sleeping, awake every hour, my mouth was very dry, ached all over, then my scalp went very lumpy, bumpy and my hair started falling out, literally! I have fine hair, but alot of it anyway, it’s really strange, I’ve never seen it so fine almost translucent and my poor fringe is getting thinner and thinner eeek! Had bloods done to check thyroid, hormone and vitamin deficiency and seen the Dr this morning. Bloods OK, so thinks its menopausal, so HRT, statin for cholesterol, liquid tonic for bumps and shampoo to calm scalp, she thinks its sebbacious eczema, lets hope it all works! I’ve been doing a bit of Zentangle, Yoga for the Mind as they say, to try and stop worrying about it, it does help funny enough!
    Have yourself a lovely holiday and see you when you get back!
    love
    Annette x

  8. Jan March 22, 2014 at 4:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Glad you enjoyed your birthday and the weather gods were kind. Up here in the North East of England it has been fine but definitely not cracking the pavements! You must be bursting with pride for your wonderful man and hope you are both enjoying your break in Morroco. I did the 3 Yorkshire 3 Peaks about 15 years ago and it is no mean feat to complete it. We did thetraditional thing of getting a card stamped at the start and finish in the lovely Pen Y Ghent cafe in Horton. I can highly recommend the pint mug of hot chocolate when you finish as a reward to yourself – you will have earned it!
    Love Jan xxx

  9. Carol S. March 24, 2014 at 11:19 pm -  Reply

    Love reading your blogs.wishing you a belated happy birthday and hope you have a great holiday. Lots of love .carol

  10. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen watching via sky tv March 25, 2014 at 7:06 pm -  Reply

    hi alison hope you and family are well iam naot bad by the way congratulations to you and colin for your engagement

  11. Tricia Dewey. March 25, 2014 at 11:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    How great to read all about your fantastic Birthday weekend, and delighted Colin had such success at the O2,
    They really are so good, and have such lovely harmony together.
    Really nice to see the family photos, and by the way your Mother looked so smart in her navy outfit, and such a sweet face I thought.
    I too had a lovely birthday, although somewhat spread out – actually spread out can be lovely, when everything seems to happen on”the day” it’s all over – it’s a bit – that was my birthday that was ! !
    We met friends on the day, down by the river, lovely sunny day, lot’s of chatter and laughter, good food, and a glass or two of nice red.
    The next day we met a close girl friend of mine and had a nice coffee overlooking the sea, more chat and laughter, but it was rather windy to eat out, so we moved on to a restaurant close by to be indoors.
    The following weekend was the family get together, they were with us for the whole weekend, Laughter, chaos, ect, and me completely loving family being with us and having the flushed cheeks and getting everyone’s name mixed up as usual!
    Do hope you had a lovely break way, I am sure you did.
    With love,
    Tricia “D” xx

  12. Tricia Dewey. March 25, 2014 at 11:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    How great to read all about your fantastic Birthday weekend, and delighted Colin had such success at the O2,
    They really are so good, and have such lovely harmony together.
    Really nice to see the family photos, and by the way your Mother looked so smart in her navy outfit, and such a sweet face I thought.
    I too had a lovely birthday, although somewhat spread out – actually spread out can be lovely, when everything seems to happen on”the day” it’s all over – it’s a bit – that was my birthday that was ! !
    We met friends on the day, down by the river, lovely sunny day, lot’s of chatter and laughter, good food, and a glass or two of nice red.
    The next day we met a close girl friend of mine and had a nice coffee overlooking the sea, more chat and laughter, but it was rather windy to eat out, so we moved on to a restaurant close by to be indoors.
    The following weekend was the family get together, they were with us for the whole weekend, Laughter, chaos, ect, and me completely loving family being with us and having the flushed cheeks and getting everyone’s name mixed up as usual!
    Do hope you had a lovely break way, I am sure you did.
    With love,
    Tricia “D” xx

  13. Judith Lennon March 29, 2014 at 5:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I’m busy watching you on air with the diamond show and must say how great you look. The holiday has given you a real glow and you are looking refreshed and tanned.
    Firstly let me wish you a huge belated birthday hug. Due to illness which I explained in my last blog to you lasted five weeks. I felt really poorly and after visiting my GP three times in a week I finally got some pain relief. Having said that I was taking so much that I was totally “zonked out” and barely able to keep my eyes open. My husband says it was very quiet!!!! Anyway glad to report I am now fit again. During my illness my husband booked us a holiday to Gran Canaria in May so that is something to look forward to. I’m glad Colin’s show was a success and how proud you must have felt knowing one of the people on stage belonged to you.
    I hope his success goes from strength to strength. Your family must also feel very proud and well deserved.
    Until next time take care and lots of hugs.
    Judith xx

  14. alison keenan March 30, 2014 at 5:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Julie and Lily, and thank you for your lovely response to the blog – here’s hoping that you enjoyed more sunshine yesterday – it was lovely here! Bless Lily and her guinea pig comment – you really should write all these delightful sayings down – I bet she’d love to read them when she’s older :) The holiday was great, and I will update you with photographs this week. Hope you enjoyed Mother’s Day, love Ali xx

  15. alison keenan March 30, 2014 at 5:11 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Lyn, we had a lovely holiday thank you – the weather even warmer than this time last year which was a bonus :) I hope you’ve enjoyed the sunshine this weekend, and I will have a new blog for you later in the week. Love Ali xx

  16. alison keenan March 30, 2014 at 5:14 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jilly, how wonderful to know that you come from Yorkshire – a lovely part of this country, and somewhere I have visited many times, but too many years ago! Colin has never been, so it will be good to revisit this year :) I have to be honest and say I’m a tad worried about the Challenge, having found that my new walking boots already rubbed a blister in just 3 miles! I do hope you and Annie had a lovely weekend away with your sewing and crafting friends. As promised there will be a blog with photos a little later this week, and so I’ll look forward to catching up with you again then – needless to say though we definitely chilled :) Love Ali xx

  17. alison keenan March 30, 2014 at 5:21 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Mary, and thanks as always for the lovely diarised comment you left here for us all to enjoy. I am sorry though that you have yet again fallen foul of a the lurgy, and hope that when you read this, you will be on the mend. Is that why you have been sleeping so badly, and are up at the crack of dawn? – maybe the clock change will help for a while – hope so! I also hope that you had a wonderful birthday and were spoiled? Hopefully a day when you’ve got out and enjoyed the countryside, rather than a day spent driving from venue to venue! :) What with your baking, your sports prowess it was no surprise to me to find that you’re a star at maths too!! I am personally hopeless, although running my own company for a number of years meant I had to gen up a little on VAT and invoicing – nightmare! Again, I hope that you have recovered from your cold, and will be fit and well to enjoy the Easter break. I’ll write and let you know all about Morocco later this week, with love, Ali xx

  18. alison keenan March 30, 2014 at 5:23 pm -  Reply

    Dear Susan, so glad you liked the photos, and that I managed to get a picture of my tree before the frost got it – as it seems to every year! You’re right about me being away rather a lot – I only work three days a week anyway, but I think it’s the time I’ve had off for various operations that makes it seem more! :) Mmmm I may have bitten off more than I can chew with the 3 Peaks – am having to change my walking boots as they are causing blisters in just 5k so a tad worried! Keep in touch, and thanks as always for taking the time to write, love Ali xx

  19. alison keenan March 30, 2014 at 5:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Elaine, and I do hope you enjoyed the link to Colin’s 02 performance? He’s had a large number of hits on YouTube thanks to this blog, and the subsequent interested raised in Maverick Magazine – a Country journal. How lovely to spend your birthday in Cheltenham with Geoff Jodie and Molly, and then to see Adam in the evening with your other grandchildren. I am sure they thoroughly enjoyed sharing the day with you too :) Funny how so many of us were born in the month of March! Keep in touch, and thanks as always for writing, love Ali xx

  20. alison keenan March 30, 2014 at 5:31 pm -  Reply

    Good to hear from you Annette, and I do hope that the HRT, statins, Tonic and special shampoo have all helped your various problems… You poor thing it all sounded miserable, but at least treatable! I know it’s a little way ahead, but here’s hoping you will have an enjoyable 54th birthday :) I loved the story of your time at Pontins, and the special Country and Western week – I bet you looked great in all the gear. I did wear my cowboy boots – bought them in Nashville – and they looked the part too :) No hat though – I leave that to Sonny! I hope that Chris enjoys the YouTube clip when you get the chance to show him, and I will let you know about our recent trip to Morocco in the next blog. Have a great week, love Ali xx

  21. alison keenan March 30, 2014 at 5:35 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jan, that’s a great way to describe it ‘bursting with pride’ as I definitely was on the day and still am. We had a fab time in Morocco, and he’s already penned two more songs, so will start work on those now we’re back :) I take my hat off to you for completing the Yorkshire 3 Peaks…. as you may have seen I am a tad concerned as to whether I’ll be up to it, and definitely to sort my boots out or I won ‘t even make it up the first mountain! I may just go and enjoy the hot chocolate :) I hope all is well with you and that the weather in the North East is now a tad warmer than it was when you wrote. It was lovely yesterday but a tad cloudy today – back into work now, but will write about Morocco later this week. Take care, love Ali xx

  22. alison keenan March 30, 2014 at 5:36 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Carole, so glad you enjoy the blogs and thank you for my birthday wishes! Yes Colin and I did have a lovely break and I will post a new blog with photos later this week. I hope you’ve enjoyed the weekend, love Ali xx

  23. alison keenan March 30, 2014 at 5:36 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Martin, and thank you for your kind congratulations :) Family are all well, and I hope you are too. Love ALi xx

  24. alison keenan March 30, 2014 at 5:40 pm -  Reply

    Gosh Tricia another March baby :) How lovely to know, and I agree it’s good to be able to spin the celebrations out over a couple of days or a week! Loving the sound of a sunny day by the river, and even more so the sea, but like Morocco, the chill wind can often make it too cold to sit there, so I’m glad you found a restaurant close by :) I’m glad you liked my family photos and completely agree with you about mum – she always dresses smartly, and has a beautiful face :) In spite of the chilly Atlantic wind, Colin and I did have a nice break, and I’ll be writing about it later on this week. Thanks for taking the time write, and for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  25. alison keenan March 30, 2014 at 5:41 pm -  Reply

    Alpa, I just wanted to thank you for my birthday card and the engagement card you send – both very much appreciated. With love Ali xx

  26. alison keenan March 30, 2014 at 5:42 pm -  Reply

    Dear Janet, was lovely to hear from you on Twitter and I do hope that little Alfie is doing OK? Una, thinking of you, and Liz… seems a while since you wrote – do hope you’re feeling well. Keep in touch, love Ali xx

  27. dorothy hollingsworth March 30, 2014 at 7:54 pm -  Reply

    Congrats Ali and Colin fantastic news.Glad you had as great birthday,and I enjoyed listening to Colin’s band on you blog.Have a great time in morracco, see you on qvc when you return.xx
    Love dorothy xx

  28. Jilly March 30, 2014 at 10:28 pm -  Reply

    What a lovely surprise I had just a few minutes ago Ali – I tuned in and there you were looking tanned and lovely with Leighton. You look wonderful with your hair, tan and dress and your arm looks perfect now. What a difference some time makes.
    Hope your Mother’s Day was not all work. We had a super one here with brunch followed by a walk and then afternoon tea. I baked a few cakes yesterday and made sure we had cups and saucers instead of the usual mugs for the tea. All added to the fun of the afternoon and all four generations and two dogs enjoyed it.
    Looking forward to some piccies and and update on your holiday Ali. It just looks as if it has done you the world of good and you are back fighting fit once again and can put your op and recovery right behind you. Hopefully this was the final op and you are now happy with the result etc. Annie goes for the first part of her reconstruction and reduction on 1st May and although she is very excited I shall be dreading it. The reduction is for the good breast to be made smaller to match the false. I have said before she has never liked the size so to be able to pick what she would like is she feels a bonus – or one she is seeing as a bonus after all this. She will have the liposuction to fill in the breast and this is because some of the skin is very thin with having the radio. Then in four months she will go back to have more (if necessary) and the final implant put in. The lipo bit is the one I am not looking forward to her having but….. if the end result is something she is very happy with it will be worth it. Annie’s husband is doing very well and just building himself up from finishing his chemo.
    Looking forward to getting everyone’s catch up soon and hope that you all have enjoyed today as we have here and once again so lovely to have you back Ali – Love Jilly XX

  29. alison keenan April 2, 2014 at 8:35 pm -  Reply

    Dear Judith, I am so relieved to hear that you are feeling better and out of pain – five weeks is a horribly long time to be struggling, and so I am sure the holiday that has been booked for you, will have come just at the right time :) I was indeed very proud of Colin, and knowing how far he’s come in a relatively short period of time – I too hope his success continues and recognition for his talent grows. Glad you enjoyed the diamond show – so many beautiful pieces of jewellery! Loved the Diamonique the following day too, and I always feel happy when I have a tan :) You stay well, and I hope you enjoy the week, love Ali xxx

  30. alison keenan April 2, 2014 at 8:38 pm -  Reply

    Dorothy very glad you enjoyed hearing The Sonny Walters Band on the blog – he’s had a really big number of hits online since the 02, and so we’re hoping there will be more gigs this summer. The holiday was lovely thank you and I should have a new blog posted later today :) Love Ali xx

  31. alison keenan April 2, 2014 at 8:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Jilly, glad you caught Leighton Denny show, and I’m glad you liked the dress – it was the one Colin bought me for Christmas and I was wearing when he proposed to me! :) My arm is a little better nearer the wrist, and I think the tan makes it look slimmer – bless you for noticing :) I completely understand why you are concerned for Annie, and although my experience of the fat transfer wasn’t good, it has worked well on the radiotherapy damaged side. It’s great that she is looking forward to it because it’s her chance to get something back having lost so much…and particularly if she can get the two to match in size, which will make bra buying so much simpler :) Very glad that her husband is doing well, and has finished his chemo… he will hopefully be feeling much stronger as we move into summer, and both he and Annie will be able to enjoy the warmer months without feeling poorly. You take care Jilly, and I should be hopefully posting my blog later today. Love Ali xx

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