My Easter and wedding preparations

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BouquetI’m writing this to you while snuggled up in my Carole Hochman fleecy two piece. It’s not that I’m too mean to put the heating on, it’s just that funny shivery feeling which I’m hoping will wear off if I distract myself :)

I have though been out for a long walk today, in my walking boots, hoping that I will be fit enough for the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge the week after next…. But that’s looking ahead, and it would be rude of me not to fill you in on all that’s been happening since Easter!

Thanks, as always, for keeping me up to date with your egg hunts and family lunches – sounds like we all did our best to get together over the long weekend. I think though, as Mary wrote, the weather (apart from in Scotland – thanks for that Rhona! ) was pretty shabby, and bloomin’ cold in truth. Easter Egg hunts were carried out in hats and scarves with mittens making it difficult to peel the silver paper off the eggs once discovered!


We had been invited to my sister’s for Easter Sunday, as Mum and Joe were going to be joining them too, and as we had Sam staying with us, it was a little like my birthday revisited :) Except, of course, my birthday was on a stonkingly hot day without a cloud in the sky, and we had our lunch outdoors.

In an effort to recapture that heady heat my sister had lit her log burner (as you do) and Linda had made sandwiches the Mary Berry way … I know, I wasn’t sure there was a professional way to make sandwiches, but let me tell you, by cutting off the crusts, covering with a damp tissue or tea towel, and then sealing with cling film, the myriad of majestic fillings in brown and white bread were as fresh on the Sunday, as they had been when made on Saturday night!

So we motored our way through those, and then started on the Simnel cakes – mum and Jenny had both made a marzipan covered delight, but there were also chocolate cakes with little eggs on them for those who didn’t like my all-time favourite almond flavoured confection.

Having sunk several cups of Earl Grey, we settled down in front of the log burner and watched 'Frozen' which is a delightful Disney film, followed by the 1966 version of 'The Great St. Trinians Train Robbery' with Frankie Howard, Dora Bryan and George Cole to name but a few. It was hilarious!

Jack and Amy at the HavenSadly Jack rarely makes it to these family gatherings as he works most weekends, but he and his girlfriend Amy came to see us on Friday, and very kindly helped me with a little job that needed doing.

A while back I bought a significant number of the 'I Hope' pendants from QVC to give to The Haven, which is a Sanctuary in Fulham, set up for anyone with breast cancer. They offer all those with a diagnosis of the disease a safe, friendly and caring environment in which to heal and come to terms with the changes in their lives.

They are a charity and their ethos is that no-one should have to face breast cancer alone. They were incredibly kind to me and to dear Amica, and so I wanted to give back a little something for all the wonderful complementary therapies and advice I was given, as everyone who visits them will be.

If you want to find out a little more about them, then here is the link to their website www.thehaven.org.uk ; It didn’t take long for the three of us to put the pendants into the boxes, and afterwards we left the relative calm of this beautiful building and had a hamburger on the Fulham Road :)

Wedding cake with floral top piece Wedding cake with silhouettes Wedding cakeHard to believe it’s been two months since I got engaged, but we’re starting to plan ahead, and hopefully will be married next June :) Our lovely friends, Ros and Chris, have offered to make the wedding cake, and so to give us both inspiration she’d got tickets for Cake International – an exhibition featuring the most incredible collection of edible art I’ve ever seen.

I met Ros and her friend Bee at Excel, and we were all staggered by the sights we saw. What do you think of these?? And the extraordinary floral arrangement at the top of this post was made entirely from sugar paste! Incredible! Suffice to say Colin and I won’t be needing a cake that is anywhere near these in size, but I am certain that Ros and Chris’ creation will surpass anything we saw on the day :)

 

 

Jeffery Archer book coverAs Excel is an incredibly long drive for me, I opted to travel by train, and as I pegged it down the escalator to get the Jubilee Line I happened to see this poster. Who would have thought Dale Franklin would feature on the book jacket of such an illustrious writer as Jeffrey Archer?! And I’ve got my suspicions as to who the fabulous female is too… Your suggestions below please :)

Well, I think that’s pretty much all my news, except to add that I very much hope you enjoyed our Gem Day, especially the Premiere Show I had at 9pm with the beautiful Donna Air and her impressive range of Gold and gemset jewellery. I’ll be back on Thursday at 9pm too for the regular Diamonique show, which is doing very well - thanks to all those of you who tune in :)

Have a great week, and I look forward to hearing all your news when you have a moment to write.

With my love,
Ali xx

30 Comments

  1. Cath April 30, 2014 at 7:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Those cakes look amazing :) good luck with the wedding plans, am sure you’ll have a fantastic day (and all the planning).
    Dad is now 3 weeks post-stem cell transplant and recovering at home. He is doing ok but has a really dry mouth so not enjoying eating very much. We now go to a post transplant clinic for his appointments which is a lot quicker than the previous one!
    Take care,
    Catherine xx

  2. MRS T MCMEAN May 1, 2014 at 7:37 pm -  Reply

    Hello Alison, I enjoyed reading your inspiring blog, also thinking of the beautiful late Amica.
    The poster made me laugh as the male does look like Dale & female Pippa LOL.
    Cakes today are so artistic and really do look too good to eat.
    When we were married 44&1/2 years ago we had traditional 4 tier cake with silver plastic décor of horse shoes, stilettoes and cupids with blue silk ribbon trims. the almond paste was yummy and icing was hard as rocks, the cake was very rich fruit cake. How trends change. Now the cakes are works of art and plastic décor replaced with crystals etc. I wonder if any of your followers can share trends from their weddings that don’t happen now. Such as my dad always threw change out of taxi window when we drove away from home and neighbours children collected it. !!!! Looking forward to following your wedding plans Alison take care Tanya xxx

  3. Elaine sallis May 2, 2014 at 10:18 am -  Reply

    Hi ali
    What beautiful cakes. People are so clever aren’t they. The cakes you show us pictures of that you have iced are brilliant. The picture does look like dale and I think the woman looks like julia. Saw you in the gardening show last night you looked lovely with your hair up. Hi to all the army. I know some of you are going through hard times at the moment.
    Thinking of you all
    Elaine x

  4. Louise Shepherd May 3, 2014 at 2:47 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Those cakes are majestic! And how staggering that the lovely bouquet of flowers is made of sugar paste. It’s really incredible how dedicated and patient, and artistic, these creations (and the people that make them) are.
    I’m sure the cake your friends will make will be equally wonderful and inspiring. Best of all, it will be made with the love and caring your friends are putting into their creation. I’m sure touches like that will help to make every aspect of your special day meaningful and emotional at the time and when you look back on the memories of it.
    The Haven looks like a wonderful place. I notice one of the trustees is my surgeon, now retired – I was one of his last patients before he fully retired (he was semi-retired at the time). He made a lovely job of it, and I am extremely fortunate as have minimal scarring.
    There are some wonderful resources when you are being treated,and I can’t help thinking that these days for breast cancer in particular, the support and care available has come on in leaps and bounds. It’s such a good thing as sadly there are so many of us having that awful diagnosis and dealing with the life-changing ramifications on an emotional as well as physical level. However well things go, you are changed forever, and it can seem difficult to accept that (and often very difficult for loved ones to accept as well).
    I think Dale has been moonlighting as a book cover model – I’ve definitely seen another book cover with a suspiciously familiar man portrayed on it… Go Dale! He’s not called the Silver Fox for nothing, is he?
    It sounds like you had a wonderful time with your family over Easter, doing lovely things together. It’s always nice to spend time with family, and somehow Easter and Christmas always make you make the extra effort. Must be those bank holidays – they do make it easier for those further afield to have the travelling time.
    Good luck with those wedding preparations, and getting ready for that walk. I’m looking forward to hearing how you are getting on with them.
    All the best
    Louise

  5. Liz May 3, 2014 at 11:38 am -  Reply

    Aarrggghhh!! Posted the other night but went off line in transmission so here’s a brief attempt.
    I have been reading about everyone’s activities and enjoyed hearing about the good things. Sending hope to those struggling.
    Haven’t been posting as had a bit of a crisis health wise at the start of February. The cancer in one of my vertebrae caused it to collapse onto my spinal cord so I needed emergency surgery. Then had radiotherapy. Long saga and was in hospital for 5 weeks. Came out and struggled with side effects of treatment – felt I was going downhill rapidly. Having to learn to walk again and rely on others to help with everything. Very frustrating but the last 3 weeks have been much better. I’ve even has an online shopping spree which my other half says is a sign I must be feeling better!!! Went to see consultant this week and start a new drug next week (monthly jab in the backside – lovely!!). Good news was that although I haven’t had anti-cancer drugs for almost 6 months, there has hardly been any spread.
    Sorry this has been all about me but I wanted to let you know why I haven’t posted. Next time I may confess my purchases, QVC gets most of the blame!!
    Best regards to all,
    Liz

  6. Christine Bean May 3, 2014 at 9:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, Enjoyed reading your brilliant blog. I think about the beautiful late Arnica when I watch the YBF on QVC.
    The silver fox looks good with Sophia Loren in his arms.
    Lovely reading about all your wedding plans for next year.

  7. linda richards May 4, 2014 at 6:38 pm -  Reply

    Ali,
    Once again your blog was a great read. The cakes are fantastic. Some years ago now I went to the cake show in Birmingham. It was great we had such a good time seeing all the demonstrations. I made both my nieces wedding cakes. Both were three tiered. They turned out beautiful or so I was told. My one niece wanted dark red roses with ivy leaves and my other niece wanted pale blue roses and butterflies. I made them all out of flower paste. I hope all your wedding arrangements go smoothly for you.
    Love Lyn.
    xxxxxxxxxxxxx

  8. Alison Keenan May 5, 2014 at 11:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Catherine, and thank you for updating me in your dad’s progress. That is great news indeed! You just be very relieved. Sorry tho to hear about the dry mouth and wanted to recommend GC Dry Mouth Gel which I had for the last month of my chemo when I was struggling with ulcers and dry mouth. I got it thru my dentist – you could probably find it online but it’s great – do hope it will help. I am glad you liked the selection of cake photos – I could have filled a book with them! Take care, and do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  9. Alison Keenan May 5, 2014 at 11:49 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Tanya, and I’m glad the poster made you smile :) I’ll be honest, I thought the female looked far more like Julia, but we all see things differently :) Congratulations on having been married for 44.5 years – how wonderful! Sadly I don’t think I’ll love long enough to ever celebrate that many years, but loved reading about your wedding cake and like you , I love the almond paste :). Can’t say I’ve ever heard of the tradition of throwing change out of a taxi window – I have to scratch mine together to give as a tip! :) would love to hear other people’s traditions and good luck stories, so will keep my eyes peeled for those good enough to post them. Have a great week and thanks for writing in, love Ali xx

  10. Sue Jennings May 6, 2014 at 3:41 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Ali….you certainly did have a busy and exciting Easter with lots of yummy treats…my Eatser was fairly quiet in comparison Brian and I went upto Cumbria for the weekend and on Easter Sunday we visited Keswick in the Lakes where we found a traditional Fish and Chip shop called the Keswickian which had a sit down restaurant above…I must say they were the best I’ve had in many many years well worth a visit if you ever go up there…..the week after I arranged an outing for my Brian, his 2 brothers and his sister to Liverpool where they were born my daughter Claire was chauffeur for the day …I thought it something they should do sooner rather than later taking into consideration my brother-in-laws declining health…they had a real trip down memory lane which they all seemed to enjoy immensely ….Regarding the picture of Dale such a good likeness I think the lady resembles Julia …those cakes are amazing bet the cost a fortune ….I will be following your wedding plans with great interest throughout the coming months it’s soooo exciting …take very good care Ali
    Love always
    Sue Jennings xx

  11. Chris Page May 6, 2014 at 4:50 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali
    My elder brother has tried – and failed – the Three Peaks Challenge 3 times. The last time he was chest deep in a bog and had to be rescued by the Army, who were thankfully in attendance. I can’t say as I’d recommend it, hon.
    PS – my operation has been rescheduled for the 23rd of this month. Fingers crossed it goes ahead this time!
    Chris xxx

  12. Mrs Janet Jones May 6, 2014 at 8:15 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, hope all is well with you and yours.Last week I finally got to visit the Dutch bulb fields and Keukenhof gardens.It was absolutely beautiful and it’s somewhere I have wanted to visit for a very long time and with being ill I wasn’t sure that I could go, but thankfully I could , I love tulips and my garden at home it was a real gardeners treat! The wedding cakes looked absolutely stunning, we were married on June 12th nearly 32 years ago, I am so excited for you, making your plans for yours and Colins big day. Thank you for sending me a hug you were right I was very frightened panicking it was cancer but the CT scan showed a swelling and infection in my bowel. The scary thing is, is that you don’t know when it could happen again, so I don’t mind admitting I am a bit scared about going abroad again for a week!! Hope all is well with your mum and the rest of your family.
    Alfie needs another eye operation this Friday, as the pressure in one of his eyes is still not stable, so we will pray for our beautiful grandson, who stayed with us this weekend, he is an absolute joy to have around and I feel so lucky to have him in my life.
    Jilly and Alpa I also thank you for your hugs. Jilly I hope all is well with Annie and her husband continues to gain his strength after finishing his chemo. Alpa I do you are feeling a little better, try to stay strong, but I know that is easier said than done!!
    You are looking really well Ali and your hair looks fab. Take care and I will speak soon Love Janet xx

  13. Mary May 7, 2014 at 5:27 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, fingers crossed hoping the third attempt of my blog response will work..gremlins in my ststem I think, not nice!
    The wedding cake show looked incredible, right up my street and the sugar paste flower bouquet reminded me of the sugar paste flowers I made for my wedding cake. I had a three tier square cake with a smaller version of the bouquet in your picture on each corner draping down to touch the next tier. Took me months to make; I had lillies, roses, poppies, fresia and smsll blossoms in mine and I was very proud of it. I am more of a traditional wedding cake kind of gal, I recently was asked to make a cake with penguins and rabbits (!) on, I politely declined and gave her the details of a lady who will love doing that, she’s a quirky cake maker. I’m sure your friends will do an incredibly brilliant job…maybe a cowboy boot somewhere too?
    The Haven sounds an incredible place and what a lovely gesture to thamk them for their work by way or your pendant. It seems ludicrous to understand why these places along with so many hospices get no funding from the government when what they do for patients with life threatening illnesses and their families is priceless.
    Hope your Bank Holiday was restful. In was in Birmingham with daughter Chloe for the National county cricket finals replay..abandoned last September when we arrived at the cricjet ground due to an unplayable pitch. A very angry consortium from Kent that day..a very long journey and two day overnight stays for nothing.
    However the organisers, ever fear full of a revolt, pulled the stops out and we were welcomed bumpy Moseley cricket club with a posh club house; the girls enjoyed walking down the steps on to the pitch like the pro’s do! Plus the tea between innings met with great approval from all the girls as pizza and chips were settled naming a banquet of sandwiches, crisps and chocolate cake. Kent did incredibly well beating Warwickshire to get into the final where we lost to Yorkshirebut tgey did themselves and parents proud. We had the travel back after the final as it was a normal working day yesterday but got home in just under 5 hours, incredibly tired. Chloe had a match yesterday (Tuesday) ebpvening at Sandwich..my goodness it was freezing and the wind was whipping up a treat. I was submerged in my Leopard slanket on the phone to my friend talking her through her son’s algebra homework which get was having trouble with and sage could hear the wind down the phone!!! Hope it warms up by Sunday..Chloe has a match in Brighton!
    Hope you are well. I have a touch of anemia so eating green soup of spinach broccoli and watercress….ummm its very green and glows like kryptonite! Had some bloods done for otger issues but its bonkers cricket time new for a couple of months so can’t be I’ll. Much love Mary. Xx

  14. Carol S. May 7, 2014 at 11:10 pm -  Reply

    Hiya Alison.lovely to hear about your wedding plans.What an exciting time for you . I am sure you will have a lovely time organising it. You will make a beautiful bride.My own wedding was in 1967. My dad was a shiftworker in a chemical works. He put money away each week so that on the night of our wedding he paid for every bodies drinks all night. It was in the upstairs room of his local pub. We had a live band and for a long time our family and friends were saying it was the best wedding they had ever been to. Do hope yours will have the same happy memories. Love carol. X xx

  15. alison keenan May 8, 2014 at 12:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Elaine, and thanks for your message – glad you agree on Julia! She was quite chuffed when I suggested it :) Good to know you were able to watch the Gardening Show – I’m constantly amazed by the things David and other guests find for us. I hope that it’s not too soggy where you are – raining cats and dogs here, and Kathy has just told me they are forecasting gales and storms in Yorkshire over the weekend.. good job I have waterproof trousers! :/ Still haven’t decided on a cake design, but will be with Ros this weekend to discuss. Hope you have a good one! Love Ali xx

  16. alison keenan May 8, 2014 at 12:34 pm -  Reply

    Dear Louise, so pleased you liked the photos – the cakes and sugarcraft were really spectacular. They certainly gave us a few ideas, and I’ll be chatting through it with Ros this weekend :) That was interesting to learn that one of the trustees of The Haven is your surgeon, and I am so pleased to know that your surgery went well and you are happy. The perfect person to truly understand what it takes to go through the process.. I do hope that you are now well, and moving on with life, although as you say, things after this are changed forever…Dale loved the bookcover too, and I’ll look out for the other book. I have been gathering my things for the walk this weekend, but am a tad worried about the weather conditions..! Will let you know how I got on next blog :) See you at 9pm for the Diamonique hour. love Ali x

  17. alison keenan May 8, 2014 at 12:56 pm -  Reply

    My dear Liz I am so sorry that you have been struggling with your health and I know that ALL of Ali’s Army will be relieved to hear from you. You are such a fighter Liz and I in awe of the way you keep on keeping on, when the endlessness of it must be so difficult. The great news about there being hardly any spread of the cancer over the last six months though is incredible, and testament to your determination and strength. Keep fighting and please do keep in touch – let us know what you’ve bought too! :) Thinking of you and sending my love and a hug, Ali xx

  18. alison keenan May 8, 2014 at 1:03 pm -  Reply

    Now there’s a thought – Sophia Loren! I think Julia would be very flattered :) I too always think of Amica with YBF and Gatineau too.. infact a lot of the time… I’ll keep you in touch with my wedding plans and please do write again, love Ali xx

  19. alison keenan May 8, 2014 at 1:06 pm -  Reply

    Wow Linda! That sounds amazing – three tiers, butterflies, red roses and ivy – you sound like a truly professional cake maker/decorator :) I’m sure they were pleased – I would have been delighted!! I bet you very much enjoyed the cake show in Birmingham and I think Ros and I may well go back to the London one next year :) Thank you for writing to me, and do keep in touch, Love Ali xx

  20. alison keenan May 8, 2014 at 1:15 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Sue, and lovely to hear about your Cumbrian weekend away with Brian. The fish and chips sounded great as did your visit to Keswick – its good to get away sometimes. I also think the day out to Liverpool that you arranged for Brian was a wonderful idea and I’m certain they did all have a great time – it’s the best way to make memories when they’re shared… Glad you agree about the lady in the photo, and I would imagine if you could buy those cakes they would be hundreds of pounds! I’ll keep you in touch with the next stage of planning – we’re a little slow at the moment, but seeing Ros this weekend, and she’s definitely on it! :) Love to you, Ali xx

  21. alison keenan May 8, 2014 at 1:24 pm -  Reply

    Dear Chris I very much hope that your operation will go ahead on the 23rd.. I’m sure it must be very frustrating for you to have to wait all this time! Regarding the Three Peaks Challenge – I am praying my mum doesn’t read your comment before I head off tomorrow morning! She’s worried about me doing it, and I thought I’d convinced her I’d be OK!!! Add to that the fact it’s meant to be raining with Gales.. Could be a bridge too far! Will take lots of pics and let you know how I do – bogs allowing! Take care and let me know re the op. Have a good weekend, love Ali x

  22. alison keenan May 8, 2014 at 1:32 pm -  Reply

    Dear Janet, I was so pleased to hear that you had managed to make your visit to the Dutch bulb fields and keukenhof Gardens. They sound beautiful, and I’m sure it was a real treat, being the avid gardener you are :) I understand you must be worried that your tummy may play up when you are away but hopefully if your GP is able to give you medication that will treat it, and you know what foods/drink to avoid all will be well. Poor little Alfie having to have another operation, but at least they’re keeping on top of it all, and hopefully there will come a day when he no longer needs medical attention. I pray it will be soon. In the meantime as you say, you get the joy of having him with you and that is priceless :) Thanks for the compliments about my hair. I have been using the Wen product this last week, and it does seem to work well with my hair :) You take care too Janet, and know that we’re all here thinking of you, love Ali xx

  23. alison keenan May 8, 2014 at 1:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Mary, and lovely as always to catch up on your news – does sound like you’ve been burning the candle at both ends tho! Your Chloe must be very glad that you’re such a dedicated mum, driving her hither and thither for the cricket. You though I’m sure are very proud of her achievements. Not surprised that Birmingham made a bit more of an effort this time – food sounds fab, and great that you didn’t have to make your own sandwiches! Sorry you lost to Yorkshire in the end -I fear the Peaks may beat me this weekend too – but glad that you got home safe and sound. Keep drinking that green soup, and let me know you’re ok after your blood test? You really can’t afford to be ill again for yourself, never mind the Cricket! Sending you a hug, and thanks for writing, love Ali xx

  24. alison keenan May 8, 2014 at 1:43 pm -  Reply

    Oh and Mary, completely forgot to mention how incredibly impressed I was with the description of your wedding cake… having seen these sugarcraft flowers up close, I have a rough idea of how complicated they must be to make, but to have made that many small bouquets, I’m not surprised it took you months to make! Bet it looked spectacular though – you should post up a picture of it :) Love Ali xx

  25. alison keenan May 8, 2014 at 1:48 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Carol, and thanks for writing to me about your wedding, it sounds brilliant! How kind of your dad, and great that you had a live band on the day – something we are planning to have – obviously! :) It’s always nice though when your guests truly appreciate your efforts and have as good a time as the bride and groom :) I’m very much looking forward to planning a few more things for the day – a venue would be a start! Have a great weekend, love Ali xx

  26. Rhona Fenton May 12, 2014 at 3:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison it’s so exciting hearing all your wedding news and the cakes look amazing WOW! I myself made colin and my wedding cake 2 tier and I was over the moon with it but lets face it nothing like what you get now!! you say you hope to be married by next June do you have a date yet? or is it something you and colin want to keep to your self for a wee bit longer? either way you must be getting so excited looking at all the wedding things, one thing I do know you will be beautiful on the day and colin will be that Handsome chap on your arm can’t wait to see the pictures:) thank you for the mention at the top off your blog, had a laugh and a funny story for you, glad you had a lovely easter and we to sat down and watched Frozen to which our Alison told us something funny that happened at her work, put you in the picture both girls just now have there hair coloured a rich dark Red/ ginger colour which just so happens to help with this story, Alison loves the film Frozen and knows it word for word, so she was in work one day with her hair tied in 2 pleats, when she heard this little girl sitting at the table waiting to be served saying look mummy there’s Anna to which Alison burst into song Do you want to build a snowman and the smile that came over the little girls face mummy it really is Anna, I said to Alison you really made that little girls day her reply was NO mum she really made my day thinking I was Anna!! thought you might find that funny Alison? I had a laugh myself and a tear in my eye when she told us! talking off children, you were on about your birthday in march, well mine was April and I am due to receive my birthday present from both girls this Saturday so I hope your Sam will be proud off me Alison hoping to get my tattoo Rebecca’s Art work of course :) so this is from them for my birthday, really excited but it’s kinda scary!! will let you know how I get on!! Had a little banter with your colin on FB and told him not to worry if his passport is out off date for Scotland we will let him back in, he is funny! hope you are all keeping well? love to you and yours from me and mine as always Rhona xx

  27. alison keenan May 13, 2014 at 5:41 pm -  Reply

    Rhona, another cake making/decorating talent in our midst! I had no idea you’d made your own wedding cake, but I’m sure it was beautiful. Colin and I of course made Ros and Chris’s but it was pretty simple – the roses completed the decoration, but the real ivy we added I think made it :) You were right the story about your Alison did make me smile, and I’m sure the little girl will always remember the day she me Anna :) I have to ask – where are you having your tattoo?! Sam said his leg was pretty uncomfortable, but Lucy – who also has a few – said the foot was worse! Fingers crossed whereever you choose to have it you will be pain free! We still haven’t decided a date in June, as we’ve not found a venue yet (haven’t been looking that long in truth) but as soon as we do, we’ll tell you… Can’t believe it’s only a year away. Must fly as I have to meet Ralph Rossini before our two hours together at 7pm. So glad that you and yours are well, and thanks as always for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  28. Rhona Fenton May 14, 2014 at 1:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, so good to hear from you as always, you asked about my tattoo, hope to have it done on the outside off my right ankle :) your Lucy is right as our Alison said the one on her foot had to have been the worst for pain :( she now has 7 in total but always looking for more! Rebecca said the one on her Rib was sore but always say’s its going to be sore your getting needles in you, doesn’t stop her she is away to have her 9th tattoo any day soon which she will have to have another as 9 is odd and everything has to be even with her ha ha! Her boyfriend said after its done it just feels like your sunburned well Alison as I have told you in the past that’s ok then lets face it unlike you and my colin with your amazing TAN some off us know what sunburn feels like so I will just keep adding the cream lol. have to say it’s exciting have ordered a new pair off heels to show it off, and if you are finished with your awesome shoes I was getting to borrow just think how amazing my new tattoo would look with them ha ha! will keep you posted how I get on but if you hear any screaming on Saturday it will just be me!! have to tell Rebecca your Lucy has some I didn’t know that, knew about sam as that was a present from you for him! Back to your news can’t wait to hear all about the wedding soooooooo excited for you both you make a lovely couple! have a lovely weekend what ever your plans, love to you all Rhona xx

  29. mrslizprice May 25, 2014 at 1:59 am -  Reply

    Hello Alison congratulations on your engagement what an inspiration you are and been through so much i lost my beautiful sister Eileen nov 2013 too breast cancer i miss her so much she did everything for me I am physically disabled with cerebral palsy and wheelchair bound and so when i remarried on 18/12/2013 one person was missing my Eileen alison keep well god bless lots olove liz xxxi

  30. Sandra Benson May 29, 2014 at 8:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison congratulations to you both. Could I ask you what shampoo you used when your hair came back. I’m recovering from esophageal cancer but tried many products because my hair is so dry since regrowth. I’ve even tried Ojon but it’s still dry. Your hair looks amazing and wondered if you could share your secret! I love those cakes by the way. Hope you are keeping well and busy preparing for your wedding. Take care love Sandra

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