Will it be a white Christmas?


A snowy scene I cannot believe we might actually be about to have our first white Christmas since I was 10!! By crikey it's cold though isn't it?! My car is a little unwell at present so I've been travelling into work by train which has been lovely and cosy and everything on time – that was until last nights' blizzard of course. 

Here in London we seem to have avoided the worst of it, although there is a severe weather warning for tonight. And 'severe' is definitely the right word for it. Literally just walking from Battersea Park station to QVC Towers rendered me speechless… not because of the distance I walked, purely because it was so cold my face froze!

I remember this rather strange affliction from when I used to do a paper round. Of course I wasn't aware I'd lost the power of speech until I got home and tried to make conversation with my mMum, to no avail. A rather charming member of staff suggested it was a cheap alternative to botox - but as I pointed out, in a rather laboured way, it wasn't affecting the part of my face that needs attention!  

I do hope wherever you are the roads are clear and you are not having to walk on any treacherous pavements. Stay indoors would be my advice, although as you can see here (photo top left), our village green looks rather lovely with its frosty covering.

Ali's outtake photo Earlier on in the week, we had to get our make-up on and have new photographs taken for our blog pages. About time, I hear your cry… or was that me! The instructions were to wear something pink or red, and to be on time! Timing is not an issue for me, but the colour of outfit was and my rather dark plum dress was given the thumbs down when I arrived in the studio. 

Having worked with Kim Mendelson of Kim and Co the night before I suddenly remembered the Imperial Purple top that she'd been wearing, and having scurried around to find one in my size, it was given the thurmbs up from our photographer. 

Big problem now, of course, was that having worn a dress, once I removed it to replace with said purple top, I had nothing on but a pair of opaque tights.  Richard Jackson (who was having his photos taken at the time) said it didn't bother him, but I felt a little modesty was needed so put my dress on and tied it round my waist! The finished photograph of course doesn't show this, but Julie our photographer took this shot (above) as I was about to disrobe! So now you'll know what was underneath the desk!

Well, my tree's up, half the presents are wrapped and tomorrow afternoon I shall take on the role of Dermot and Bruce for our local gym's X Factor Meets Gymfactor. I went to the dress rehearsal last weekend, and the speed these little souls bounce across the mats left me dizzy! There are 7 acts in total, and three judges I have to work with… wish me luck! I know as much about Gymnastics as Nigella Lawson does about low fat food!

Have a great weekend, and I'll have some pictures of my tree for you next week. Stay warm :) Love Ali xx


  1. Magda Chetty December 18, 2009 at 8:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I had to write and tell you that not only you might have a white Christmas in London, believe it or not we might have it here too IN MALLORCA. It started to snow here last night and it is only 3 degree and so cold, it is just like being back home. But here they are not used to this, everything comes to a stand still.
    Christmas tree is up all presents wrapped and ready ( thank you QVC)you know I ordered a necklace from Butler and Wilson show it got here in 3 days only WOW.
    I got to go now, tomorrow at 1.30pm I have 18 friends for a pre Christmas lunch,wish me luck.
    Have the best Christmas ever, and a very happy new year to you and your family.

  2. barbara quickfall December 18, 2009 at 10:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali I love reading your blogs. I laugh at some of what you say and cry at other things you say. (Your son’s accident)I find you are a lovely very careing person not trying to be above your station just being yourself. Your family are very lucky to have you in their family. I wish you and all your family a very Happy Christmas and A Happy Healthy New Year. Love Babs Q xx

  3. Rhona Fenton December 20, 2009 at 9:57 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison love your winter picture and yeah it’s white up here with us also as long as we get in for our BIG food shop on christmas eve it’s the only time we food shop where we go in when it’s dark and come out in the day light :) hope you are all ready for christmas we are just about there just the odd pressie to wrap yet which hope to get done today will get some pictures for you off my decorations and send them down as you did ask me:) hope you got your card ok? and yes I did put my address in for you along with a letter, you alway’s say I make you laugh so I added a funny story in my letter which I thought you would enjoy, put it this way my lot up here are still laughing at me :) well Alison I hope you, your colin and all the family have a lovely christmas and I wish you all the very best for a very Happy new year when it comes enjoy the Holiday’s and see you and talk to you soon, lot’s of love as alway’s Rhona xx

  4. Gooodnew December 20, 2009 at 10:16 am -  Reply

    it hasnt snow so much not good for whelchairs you have a lovelery chrisemas and 2o10 heatherx

  5. Marg December 20, 2009 at 5:05 pm -  Reply

    Well Allison,I thinkyou are going to get your white Christmas,I had to get in touch after reading your Christmas favourites,I love Nat King Cole, I actually sat in the stalls row 7 in Glasgow Empire( the comedians graveyard)and just listened in a daze, he still sounds the same today,I have still got 78s of his early songs.He and Frank vie for 1st place,depends on the mood. But the really odd thing was The night before I read your preferences I watched ‘Young at Heart’late at night because I couldnt sleep,its one of my favourite videos,not a DVD. This was my first friends date with my husband,we were childhood sweethearts and married as soon as we left university, and we are still Sinatra fans.Well I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas and a happy peaceful 2010, thankyou for jogging the old memory,it was lovely to remember.
    Best Wishes,

  6. dorothy December 20, 2009 at 5:06 pm -  Reply

    hi alison
    It would be lovely if we had snow for christmas but not to much as we have to pick mam and dad up, and laura has about 40 min travel,she was on phone and saying what if we dont get over we said dont worry i will open presents and take photo’s and email them, she did not find it funny.went out in car this morning took 20min to get ice off fingers where dropping off we are getting soft never used to bother us. HOPE YOU ALL HAVE GREAT CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR, HOPE SAM IS KEEPING WELL.

  7. Marg December 20, 2009 at 5:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Allison, I just had to explain I was eight going on nine and was taken to Nats Thursday night show by my mother and older sister,I remember there were two shows on a Thursday and as a treat we went to the early one.It was Unforgettable in every way.
    Happy Christmas,

  8. alison keenan December 21, 2009 at 4:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Magda, How amazing to have a white Christmas in Spain! do hope your special time with all your friends went well and there wasn’t too much clearing up to do afterwards. I hope your tree is in good order. It appears we have bought a duff one, as in spite of watering it, it’s clearly dying! I very much hope the rest of your Christmas goes well and every good wish to you and your family for 2010. I look forward to hearing from you when you have time to tell me about your Christmas. So glad you got your Butler and Wilson necklace so quickly, and hope you enjoy wearing it :) Love Ali x x

  9. alison keenan December 21, 2009 at 4:50 pm -  Reply

    Dear Babs, thanks so much for your lovely words. It means a lot that you take time out to read my blog, and then even more time to write a comment too. Yes, it’s been a bit of a mix this year, but we’ve seen a lot of improvement, particularly with Sam, and some great holidays too, so roll on 2010! You take good care Babs and I wish you a truly happy Christmas, love Ali x

  10. alison keenan December 21, 2009 at 5:04 pm -  Reply

    Dear Rhona, Yes thanks so much for your card – one winging its way to you. You did make me laugh :) Turkey and rubber gloves will always make me smile from now on. I’ve still got quite a few presents to wrap, but am off tomorrow and back on the 23rd. Been a little hectic with the snow playing havoc with the trains, and poor Lucy ill with a particularly bad case of swine flu. Still, she’s much better now and so too is my car so will ‘see’ you on Wednesday. I hope you can enjoy the snow and that ALL your family will have a truly happy time. thanks for all your lovely comments over the year. Big hug, Ali xx

  11. alison keenan December 21, 2009 at 5:08 pm -  Reply

    Heather, you’re right, and a little short sighted for me not to have thought of that! Poor Sam fell over yesterday as he’s still using one crutch and it’s really icy here. You take good care of yourself, and I hope you stay ‘snow free’ over the Christmas time, or don’t have reason to leave your home, and that folk will come to you :) Love ali x

  12. alison keenan December 21, 2009 at 5:16 pm -  Reply

    Hello Marg, it’s funny the way films and songs can take you back, and it sounds as though you, your husband and me all share similar taste in music! How romantic to have married straight after uni having been school sweethearts. I’m sure all Christmases are special to you and yours, and I wish you a peaceful and happy one. Thanks for taking time to write to me, and for reading my blog, and here’s to 2010. Love Ali xx

  13. alison keenan December 21, 2009 at 5:19 pm -  Reply

    Oh Dorothy, nothing worse than cold hands!! Can’t bear it, and my right forefinger and thumb go numb for hours if they get too cold! I don’t think you’re getting soft, I think it’s getting colder! Your sense of humour sounds like mine – and your daughters’ appreciation of it rings a bell too…! If you have to travel anywhere I hope very much the roads will be clear. The gritters have been out in force around here. Have a fab Christmas, and thanks for all your lovely comments over the year. Love ali x

  14. alison keenan December 21, 2009 at 5:21 pm -  Reply

    Marg, I forgot to say how much I envy you for having seen Nat perform live. Incredible he’d have done two shows a day, and a great memory for you. Things like that you never forget :) Love Frank Sinatra too….. one of my favourites is a little played song called ‘Bonita..’ Happy Christmas Ali x

  15. dorothy December 22, 2009 at 4:03 pm -  Reply

    hi alison
    just had to tell you went to supermarket today its was manic would think there was going to be food shortage, ITS MAD so not going back anymore what i dont have now TUFF.You would think we only eat and drink at xmas. hope SAM is ok after his fall thats the last thing he needs roll on 2010 hope its a better year for you.
    love best wishes.
    dorothy xx

  16. Rhona Fenton December 22, 2009 at 7:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison just to say please pass on my best wishes to Lucy I hope she is feeling better now :) look forward to your card arriving thank you so much what a lovely surprise that will be in the mail, will try and catch you on wednesday my Alison will be here doing my hair going back to blonde again the family had a vote they want my blonde back, then Alison and myself are going out to meet up with colin and his christmas work party that should be a hoot:) oh I also have a funny story about grey hair after you finding your 3 new ones but I am not writing it on here ha ha!! well Alison you and yours have a lovely christmas holiday and new year lot’s of love from me and mine:) xx

  17. Julie December 22, 2009 at 7:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Hope Sam and Lucy are both well now. We had an unexpected fall of heavy snow late Sunday night/Monday early hours-everything came to a stand still. Only 4 of us managed to get into work(I didn’t drive)so as you can imagine it was manic! half of our area is still cut off from everything. Now the dreaded freeze-at least you can see the snow-even our 4×4 struggles at times.
    I have to admit I’ll be happier once we pick the Turkey up tomorrow from the Butcher’s then I can relax and try to shake off this cold I have.
    Have a lovely Christmas, I think we both deserve a better 2010!!!
    As always take care
    Julie xx

  18. alison keenan December 22, 2009 at 8:03 pm -  Reply

    Dorothy, you are a brave lady! I think you’re right and it’s not just the food everyone’s going mad for. The lady in front of me bought about 30 12 packs of loo roll!! Scarey :) You’re very kind to ask after Sam. Yes he was fine, although his knee is a bit bruised, but he’s not phased by it. I cleared the drive today and put salt down so incase it freezes tonight he won’t slip. Worked up a real sweat… must be my thermals!!
    You take care, stay in the warm and have a lovely restful Christmas. Love ali x

  19. Margaret December 23, 2009 at 12:01 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison, just to wish you and yours a VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR ,as Bruce would say you are my favourite, Margaretxxx

  20. Margaret December 23, 2009 at 12:06 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison forgot to add we have snow hear in North Staffs and I dont think its been more than -4 all week brrrrrrrr, thank goodness for Dennis Basso and Centigrade coats , Margaretxx

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