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My highlights for the year and a competition!

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WISHING YOU A MERRY CHRISTMAS AND THE HAPPIEST NEW YEAR!

It’s hard to believe there are only a handful more days to go before Christmas, and that for many of us, all those weeks of planning are about to come to fruition! We bought our Christmas tree yesterday, but can’t put it up just yet as we are in the final stages of putting in the log burner! It’s going to all look fabulous though, and I’ll make sure I take some photos of Colin’s handiwork for you. Thanks so much for your comments last week, and for keeping me up to speed with all that’s been happening in your world. Unfortunately I missed being with you at the weekend because what had started as a cold earlier in the week, got onto my chest and left me coughing like a drain and wheezing like an old boiler!!

Having spent the last couple of days in bed, dosed up with Lemsip and turmeric (Claire Sutton told me it’s very good for colds) I am definitely on the mend, and keen to set my final competition of the year as promised. I thought I’d make it a Seasonal Sound, and the clue will be somewhere in this blog. The prize is this amazing floral creation from Peony Flowers which Julie Bates and her team designed to grace the tables at my wedding reception earlier in the year. Worth over £100 it is quite unique, and was made to match the real flowers in my bouquet. If you’d like to be in with a chance of winning this, the details of how to enter will be at the end of the blog!

Peony prize

Having spent so much time asleep this weekend, I woke up early this morning having had a fabulous dream in which I had won Strictly Come Dancing! I don’t recall who my dancing partner was, but for that brief moment when I held the glitter ball aloft, it felt real and absolutely magnificent : )  I make no secret of the fact that to be a contender in this show is right at the top of my bucket list, although it’s about as likely to happen as snow in August, but as a fantasy it’s a corker! Of course in reality this year has seen a great many of my dreams come true, and I thought it might be nice to look back over the last 365 days and to ‘pick out my best bits’,  as they say on that wonderful jungle reality TV show!

It’s rare for me to plan anything very far ahead, but 2015 was a year that had some pretty big events already on the calendar. Colin and I had chosen the month of June for our wedding, had booked the church and found the perfect venue for the reception.  Of course the other eagerly anticipated event was to be the arrival of our first grandchild. My daughter Lucy had announced her pregnancy towards the end of the previous year, and Honey Beatrice was born on 6th May at 2.41pm weighing 7lbs 5.50zs. I will never forget the moment I walked into the room and saw Honey for the first time… so tiny and perfect that my heart melted.

So many of you had written to me on the blog and said that the instant love you felt for your grandchildren was unlike anything else you had experienced, and you were absolutely right. Holding Honey for the first time was quite overwhelming, and made me feel so emotional and literally speechless – new life is such a miracle.  My dad was the same when he came to see me just after Lucy was born. Normally very chatty and jolly, when he held her for the first time he was quiet too… I remember asking him what he thought of her, and he just looked at me and said “She’s perfect”… And bless her she was… Still is in my opinion, and as with everything she’s taken on in her life, she is making a marvellous job of being a mum.

Honey is now over seven months old, and it’s only when I look at these photographs I realise how much she has grown! She has two teeth, can sit up on her own and eats sandwiches!! Colin and I love being grandparents, and Honey is a constant source of joy in our lives – it’s been wonderful to share her with you too.

Newborn Honey 240 x 360Honey newborn 240 x 360Honey Now 240 x 360

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was only seven weeks after Honey’s birth that the next big event of our year took place when Colin and I were married at Bray Church on the 26th June.  The sun shone, we had as many of our family and friends as we could cram onto Monkey Island with us for the day and it couldn’t have been more perfect. The icing on the cake for me was being asked to design my own wedding jewellery, and I was delighted with the finished result and wore the pendant and earrings on the day.

Wedding IIWedding with Honey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know how lucky I am to have found love a third time around, and at 55 years old it’s wonderful to be married again, and to belong to such a large and lovely family. The honeymoon that Colin had planned in secret was an absolute delight and took us from Rome to Venice with all that makes Italy so beautiful in-between. Our final week was in Corfu where he had chartered a yacht for us, and booked us into a fabulous hotel where he’d arranged for all our children and their partners to spend time with us… These photos say it all.

Wedding I

 

 

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Life is of course a mix of light and shade, and for those of you who read the blog regularly you may remember that the year hadn’t started too well for me. Following major surgery in October, I was back in hospital on 6th January to have my failed breast reconstruction sorted out. After all the surgeon’s hard work, my right side had refused to heal because of damage from the radiotherapy, and so I had that implant removed to allow my body to heal. Some women choose not to have reconstruction, but for me to be completely flat on one side was something I had dreaded, and certainly not what I wanted for my wedding day… But it’s true what they say, time heals, and I have become quite attached to ‘Beryl’ my prosthesis, and quite adept to adapting what I wear to accommodate her.

Baby James III felt fabulous on my wedding day in spite of my worries, and do still consider myself very lucky as I know there are many of you who live with secondary cancer, or have lost those you love to this disease. Something I have found very cathartic this year has been to start documenting my experiences since my diagnosis. To date, I have written 21,000 words and my aim is to have a complete book ready to publish prior to Breast Cancer Awareness month next October – watch this space! : )

I am delighted to tell you though that for my mum, it was five years in July since her diagnosis of breast cancer,  and she remains in good health. She has loved becoming a great grandmother, this year, not just once to Honey, but twice, with the arrival of my niece Emily’s son James last month. I thought you may like to see my most recent photograph of him taken just the other day – isn’t he a handsome little man?!  Emily, like Lucy has taken to motherhood like a duck to water and is loving every moment of it.

Baby James

And so to my final piece of news… Colin and I are to be grandparents again! : ) Colin’s eldest son Danny and his partner Rae are expecting their first child in July 2016! We are soooo excited, and can’t wait to welcome baby Elsworth into the world. They are also over the moon – well actually in New York at the moment – but we will be celebrating with them and the rest of the clan on Christmas Eve. Again, every reason to feel truly blessed, and I do, but I also realise that not everyone is as fortunate as I am, and that particularly at this time of the year it’s difficult when you don’t have immediate family or close friends around you. I hope very much though that you won’t be alone, and that there will be somebody looking out for you. Don’t forget you can always keep in touch on the blog, and there is a wonderful support network here.

Danny and Rae

Peony prize 1Before I disappear I must let you hear the Seasonal Sound I recorded recently.  Remember the clue is somewhere in the blog, and I look forward very much to reading your suggestions as to what the sound might be! I must thank Julie Bates from Peony once again for her kindness and generosity in donating this stunning centrepiece which was created with copies of the same flowers I had in my wedding bouquet.  No surprise that these fabulous faux flowers are the only range to be recognised by the Royal Horticultural Society! Check our website for more beautiful collections from Peony.

All you need do to be in with a chance to win is to leave a comment below with your guess (and make sure you include your name and email address).

You will have until midday on 3rd January 2016 to enter, and I will announce the winner in my next blog! Good luck!

Click here for full terms and conditions.

All that remains for me to do is to wish you a very Merry Christmas, spent with those you love, and I hope that the New Year will bring you all that makes you happy. Thank you once again for your phenomenal support and kindness throughout this year, and I look forward to keeping in touch throughout 2016.

With my love,

Ali xx

424 Comments

  1. Linda Mcmanus December 25, 2015 at 6:06 am -  Reply

    It’s Honey Beatrice making some wonderful contented baby noises .

  2. Hilary Starke December 25, 2015 at 7:24 am -  Reply

    Sounds like a baby ‘talking’ in their sleep? Happy Holidays :)

  3. Sue Radford December 25, 2015 at 11:07 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,

    Beautiful blog! You’ve had a wonderful year, and I’m certain next year will be just as wonderful! Baby Honey and baby James are gorgeous, and you have another new grandchild to look forward to!

    I’ve very much enjoyed reading your blogs, and wish you every happiness and more importantly, very good health for the future.

    Merry Christmas & A Very Happy New Year!

    Bye lovely Ali.

    Love Sue Radford xx

    • Alison Keenan January 1, 2016 at 7:32 pm -  Reply

      Dear Sue thanks so much for taking the time out to write to me, and I am really glad you enjoy reading the blogs – I certainly enjoy writing them, and reading all your comments. I very much hope that you enjoyed Christmas and that this New Year will be a happy one for you. Love Ali xx

  4. Lindsay Dawson December 25, 2015 at 12:03 pm -  Reply

    Is it ‘Sneezing’ I’m doing plenty of that right now but it won’t spoil my Christmas – dosed up to the eyeballs with cold medication and can actually smell the turkey cooking yum :)
    Happy Christmas to all xxxx

    • ann cain January 1, 2016 at 12:14 pm -  Reply

      Is it the sound of a baby sleeping,would love to win the flowers as this year isn’t very good start.Happynew year to you and your lovely family.xx

    • Alison Keenan January 1, 2016 at 7:33 pm -  Reply

      Hi Lindsay, I very much hope your cold is now better, and that you enjoyed your Christmas and New Year, love Ali xx

  5. Emily Curtis December 25, 2015 at 12:04 pm -  Reply

    The sound appears to be a cross between a geese a baby and a dog’s squeaky toy it’s lost on me I just wanted to say how lovely you looked on your wedding dress it is stunning as were you every single picture shows love happiness courage and I am so pleased you have found mr right (wish I could too! Lol) the birth of Honey must have been a magical moment for you after all you’ve been through over the last couple of years and I think her name is gorgeous especially having Beatrice as her middle name and having a cool but very pretty nickname in Honey Bee divine!!! I just like to wish you and all of your family a very merry Christmas and a happy new year but most importantly a healthy fun filled loving year spending as much time as possible with each other and making memories for life as well as the not so exciting for some people things like work depending on where you work lol!!! Love ❤ love ❤ the Peony prize your giving away but I’ve no idea what the sound is all I know is its not known to my ears on Christmas day xxxx

    • Alison Keenan January 1, 2016 at 7:35 pm -  Reply

      Dear Emily, thank you for taking time out on Christmas Day to write to me! I loved your guesses for the competition, and will keep my fingers crossed. So good to know that you enjoy the blog, and have kept in touch with my rather busy year! I do hope this New Year will be a good one for you, and that it may even bring you Mr Right! :) Love Ali xx

  6. Janet Fern December 25, 2015 at 12:07 pm -  Reply

    I think it’s the sound of a baby – a very contented one at that I would say
    Happy Christmas xxxx

  7. Susan Crosswaite December 25, 2015 at 2:42 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping baby

  8. CHRIS BARNETT December 25, 2015 at 2:42 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  9. tracy nixon December 25, 2015 at 2:43 pm -  Reply

    My guess – a sleeping baby?

  10. Andy Wedge December 25, 2015 at 2:48 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  11. Janet King December 25, 2015 at 2:50 pm -  Reply

    Answer: Sleeping Baby

  12. Courtney Herbert December 25, 2015 at 2:51 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping baby? :)

  13. IRENE BOLTON December 25, 2015 at 2:56 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping baby.

  14. Laura Morris December 25, 2015 at 2:57 pm -  Reply

    a sleeping baby x

  15. June Munday December 25, 2015 at 3:24 pm -  Reply

    sleeping baby

  16. Wendy Davison December 25, 2015 at 3:25 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  17. Lola Bellouere December 25, 2015 at 3:26 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping baby

  18. Jackie Bayley December 25, 2015 at 3:51 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping baby

  19. Sandra Taylor December 25, 2015 at 3:51 pm -  Reply

    Baby
    James

  20. TRACY MANNING December 25, 2015 at 3:51 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby,

  21. sue lee December 25, 2015 at 3:52 pm -  Reply

    Happy Christmas , I think the sound is a little baby sleeping & dreamingly snoring !!! Hugs Sue Lee xx

  22. caroline walliss December 25, 2015 at 3:59 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby.x

  23. Pamela Salmons December 25, 2015 at 4:06 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  24. Claire Stepton December 25, 2015 at 4:07 pm -  Reply

    sleeping babies

  25. Mary Carol December 25, 2015 at 4:07 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping beauty

  26. Robyn Seviour December 25, 2015 at 4:22 pm -  Reply

    I think they are gorgeous sleepy baby sounds… Merry Christmas to you!

  27. james dimsdale December 25, 2015 at 4:31 pm -  Reply

    sleeping baby

  28. C smith December 25, 2015 at 4:38 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping baby zzzzzzzzz

  29. fozia Akhtar December 25, 2015 at 4:54 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  30. Carol Gates December 25, 2015 at 4:59 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  31. Rebecca Williams December 25, 2015 at 5:00 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping beauty

  32. IRENE BOLTON December 25, 2015 at 5:03 pm -  Reply

    answer Sleeping Baby .

  33. claire blaney December 25, 2015 at 5:06 pm -  Reply

    Answer: Sleeping Baby

  34. Angela Walker December 25, 2015 at 5:15 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  35. Jen Schofield December 25, 2015 at 5:23 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  36. Farhana December 25, 2015 at 5:37 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  37. Julie Johnson December 25, 2015 at 5:46 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  38. Alice Matthews December 25, 2015 at 5:48 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  39. Fiona K December 25, 2015 at 6:22 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  40. kirstie kenton December 25, 2015 at 6:38 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  41. Vicky S December 25, 2015 at 6:41 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping baby

  42. Kerry December 25, 2015 at 6:42 pm -  Reply

    sleeping baby

  43. Nicky Benton December 25, 2015 at 6:50 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping baby

  44. JUDY PARSLOW December 25, 2015 at 6:57 pm -  Reply

    a baby sleeping

  45. Anne Bostwick December 25, 2015 at 7:05 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  46. Rebecca I December 25, 2015 at 7:07 pm -  Reply

    Answer: Sleeping Baby

  47. Karen Watson December 25, 2015 at 7:09 pm -  Reply

    Answer: sleeping baby

  48. Laura Costello December 25, 2015 at 7:24 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  49. Caroline L December 25, 2015 at 8:10 pm -  Reply

    Could it be a snoozing baby?

  50. Christine Shine December 25, 2015 at 8:18 pm -  Reply

    The sound is baby Honey sleeping

  51. Bex allum December 25, 2015 at 8:22 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping baby

  52. Kay Adams December 25, 2015 at 8:23 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping baby

  53. wenna clark December 25, 2015 at 8:24 pm -  Reply

    The sound is a new baby! With love wenna Clark x

  54. ELIZABETH DOODY December 25, 2015 at 9:03 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  55. Keryn Murphy December 25, 2015 at 9:08 pm -  Reply

    A baby I’ve enjoyed very much reading your blogs this year and following your wedding plans and the safe arrival of your first granddaughter x

  56. Sally Carter December 25, 2015 at 9:09 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  57. engwinter December 25, 2015 at 9:19 pm -  Reply

    the beautiful sound of Honey’s delightful laugh

  58. Jo Jones December 25, 2015 at 9:21 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping baby

  59. Karen Davey December 25, 2015 at 9:36 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  60. Lisa Buckley December 25, 2015 at 9:58 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like a sleeping baby

  61. Sheena Little December 25, 2015 at 10:09 pm -  Reply

    The sound is of a contented little child having a lovely dream, maybe it is about Santa coming.

  62. Gillian Lee December 25, 2015 at 10:17 pm -  Reply

    New baby James making himself known

  63. Penny H December 25, 2015 at 10:44 pm -  Reply

    Thank you and a very happy new year to you too . The sound is a baby sleeping I think.

  64. Rebecca Boucher December 25, 2015 at 10:45 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping baby

  65. Emily Clark December 25, 2015 at 11:15 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like a little baby James to me!

  66. Michelle Edmonds December 25, 2015 at 11:16 pm -  Reply

    Answer – Sleeping Baby

  67. CAROLINE PRITCHARD December 25, 2015 at 11:22 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  68. Lorraine Tinsley December 26, 2015 at 12:14 am -  Reply

    A sleeping baby, the best sound in the world!

  69. Heather Haigh December 26, 2015 at 5:19 am -  Reply

    sounds like a contented sleeping baby to me

  70. Heather Knotts December 26, 2015 at 5:26 am -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  71. Dawn Canning December 26, 2015 at 5:32 am -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby.

  72. Andrea Miles December 26, 2015 at 7:17 am -  Reply

    it’s a sleeping baby

  73. Kelly Glen December 26, 2015 at 7:30 am -  Reply

    Answer is a sleeping baby

  74. Pamela Hutchinson December 26, 2015 at 8:11 am -  Reply

    Sleeping baby

  75. carol Gamble December 26, 2015 at 8:13 am -  Reply

    A baby sleeping. Happy New Year to you and your family xx

  76. Sarah Bond December 26, 2015 at 8:35 am -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby xx

  77. Karen Hales December 26, 2015 at 9:07 am -  Reply

    that sounds like a little baby …

  78. Tracey Belcher December 26, 2015 at 9:11 am -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby – thank you for the chance :)

  79. kate philpott December 26, 2015 at 9:23 am -  Reply

    sleeping baby

  80. Jim M December 26, 2015 at 9:30 am -  Reply

    it’s a baby

  81. Nikki Day December 26, 2015 at 9:35 am -  Reply

    Answer: Sleeping Baby

  82. Critchlow Lorraine December 26, 2015 at 9:46 am -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  83. hayley berry December 26, 2015 at 10:26 am -  Reply

    Sleeping baby

  84. jennifer thorpe December 26, 2015 at 10:29 am -  Reply

    the answer is Sleeping Baby

  85. Andrea Shaw December 26, 2015 at 10:42 am -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  86. Claire Tucker December 26, 2015 at 10:48 am -  Reply

    Answer: Sleeping Baby

  87. Kelly Dawe December 26, 2015 at 10:55 am -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  88. Alexa Schoolar December 26, 2015 at 11:23 am -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  89. Adele December 26, 2015 at 11:42 am -  Reply

    A baby sleeping

  90. Suzanne Sendell December 26, 2015 at 11:49 am -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  91. Val Hartley December 26, 2015 at 12:03 pm -  Reply

    Answer: Sleeping Baby

  92. Teresa Karasavvas December 26, 2015 at 12:10 pm -  Reply

    What a year you have had Alison and Happy 2016 to yourself and Colin and of course your extended family.

    I think the noise is a “content baby”

  93. Hazel Christopher December 26, 2015 at 12:18 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  94. christine shelley December 26, 2015 at 12:21 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  95. Lisa T December 26, 2015 at 12:53 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  96. helen tovell December 26, 2015 at 1:02 pm -  Reply

    answer) sleeping baby

  97. Jane Saunders December 26, 2015 at 1:30 pm -  Reply

    its a baby gurgling!?

  98. Jo Carroll December 26, 2015 at 1:43 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  99. Patricia McLeman December 26, 2015 at 2:10 pm -  Reply

    Enjoyed The Latest Blog Very much and think the Christmas sound Competition is of a very contented baby!
    Happy New to
    Everyone, x

  100. Margaret Upton December 26, 2015 at 2:41 pm -  Reply

    could be very wrong and probably am, my guess is a baby!
    Lovely to read through your 2015 and to see all the photographs, what a brave positive outlook you have.
    All the very best of everything for 2016.

    Maggie
    xxxxx

    • Alison Keenan January 1, 2016 at 7:38 pm -  Reply

      Dear Margaret, lovely of you to take the time to comment on the blog, and to enter the competition too. I hope you’ll be able to stay with me through 2016, and I thank you also for your kind words. Happy New Year to you, love Ali xx

  101. noreen December 26, 2015 at 2:48 pm -  Reply

    sounds like baby honey

  102. Ruby Homawala December 26, 2015 at 3:31 pm -  Reply

    It’s the lovely baby gurgling.

    All good wishes for a Very Happy, Healthy New Year.

  103. Karen Gower December 26, 2015 at 3:50 pm -  Reply

    The sound I think is of a new baby murmuring

  104. Pam Segers December 26, 2015 at 3:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali Wishing you and your family all the best for 2016. Although I am not sure it is a “Seasonal Sound” to me it sounds like a baby, possibly sleeping.

  105. sam keeton December 26, 2015 at 4:15 pm -  Reply

    sleeping baby

  106. sharon batchelor December 26, 2015 at 4:20 pm -  Reply

    sleeping baby

  107. Kirsty bush December 26, 2015 at 4:23 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping baby

  108. Angie Hoggett December 26, 2015 at 4:43 pm -  Reply

    Answer: Sleeping Baby

  109. celia przyrembel December 26, 2015 at 4:53 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  110. S Bufton December 26, 2015 at 4:55 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  111. David Prince December 26, 2015 at 5:11 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  112. Sarah Brokenshire December 26, 2015 at 5:38 pm -  Reply

    sleeping baby

  113. Joanna Downey December 26, 2015 at 5:49 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali, I hope that Christmas Day was as wonderful as you knew that it would be and that everyone, especially Honey, had a very merry time. I’m a confirmed yuleoholic, it isn’t just an end of year celebration for me it’s all year round – well maybe not in January because I loathe the month and just get through. However, as soon as the afternoons get longer I begin to plan and buy… It’s a joy and privilege to be allowed into your life and I read your highlights with many an “ahhh” as I remembered all your fabulous moments. My highlight of 2015 happened 4 days ago when our much-loved younger daughter and the love of her life got married. I may take up more space than I should be allowed so apologies to all the rest of Ali’s Army. Their chosen venue, a barn complex near Lichfield, was glorious. The food was delicious and the customer service and care shown to us was outstanding. Ellie is very artistic and they had produced their invitations, table confetti, seating plan and place names. She had also created a kissing ball complete with fairy lights and mistletoe, a bicycle wheel with photos of their parents and grandparents weddings attached, dressed up an old school desk to contain the cards and gifts AND book folded 9 books into numbers for the tables – Dave made “Big Bang Theory” quotes into book titles on jackets for these. The speeches were both amusing and hilarious; Colin said that he was amazed that most of Dave’s friends were called Matt and after asking them to stand up and wave he produce a bag of coasters that he put on all the tables without a guest called Matthew so they didn’t feel left out..! Ellie also spoke and her tribute to us gave me a lump in my throat a large as a grapefruit. On the invitations they asked the guests to name their favourite love song and these were played during the majority of the meal, then a friend sang while we were eating dessert and the rest of the night was a silent disco. I had heard about these but never expected it to be so much fun. They had both prepared a playlist and on the headphones you chose the song you want to dance to; it was hysterical when half were doing something odd to “Baggy Trousers” when the rest of us were in Abba mode with “Dancing Queen”, however, I think “Delilah” got us all dancing together. Finally, the girl herself; she looked so beautiful i could hardly breathe, her hair and make up girls excelled themselves and were so lovely they just started the day off perfectly. Her dress was sublime, elegantly simple and fitted her slender frame, it was as though she was lit by moonlight and her veil and hairclip completed a stunning vision. I knew that she was wearing the tanzanite earrings bequeathed to her by my mum but I didn’t look at them for obvious reasons. I read “The art of marriage” at the start of the ceremony and Tallulah, who was an absolute delight all day, sat between Colin and me kissing me as if to say she knew how emotional it all was. Phew I think I’m still a little bit high on adrenaline. I wish you a Happy New Year and look forward to many blogs in 2016. I also wish Alpa all the best – we miss you lovely please write back to us. Answer to your competition is James snoring gently and having a wonderful dream. Jo x

  114. amy bondoc December 26, 2015 at 5:50 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  115. Jenny ruscoe December 26, 2015 at 5:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, your seasonal sound is baby James sleeping xx

  116. Rachel Mccraith December 26, 2015 at 6:01 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  117. Catherine beynon December 26, 2015 at 6:04 pm -  Reply

    I think the sound is of a very contented Honey Bea asleep & possibly baby snoring, bless her.
    Happy New Year to you. Catherine

  118. KIRSTY MEREDITH December 26, 2015 at 6:05 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  119. Kay Hartigan December 26, 2015 at 6:58 pm -  Reply

    Answer is :: sleeping baby

  120. Susan December 26, 2015 at 6:58 pm -  Reply

    Happy Christmas Ali! It is a joy to read your personal blogs. And I am delighted to hear you are writing a book. I will certainly look forward to reading it. You are very inspirational to us.
    I am also delighted to hear you are becoming a gran again! Wonderful! I hope rae keeps well. She certainly looks glowing in New York! You are a lovely and lucky family indeed.
    I hope you had a great Christmas and enjoy new year.
    Love sdusan x

    • Alison Keenan January 1, 2016 at 7:44 pm -  Reply

      Dear Susan, I do hope you had a good Christmas and that this year will bring you all that makes you happy. It has been a wonderful year for me and my family, and it been lovely to share it all with you. Do keep in touch, and I’m so glad you enjoy the blogs. I have been rather lazy with my writing over Christmas, but hope to crack on with my book again this month. Happy 2016! love Ali xx

  121. Hayley Ashbourne December 26, 2015 at 7:13 pm -  Reply

    That is honey sleeping And congratulations on being a grandma again next year !!!

  122. Bernie Oxley December 26, 2015 at 7:21 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like a very contented Honey : ) Wishing you a very happy and healthy new year

  123. Elaine sallis December 26, 2015 at 7:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali. I hope you had a lovely Christmas. We went to Jodie’s on Christmas Day and had a fabulous day. Very special spending your grand child’s first Christmas with them isn’t it. The family came to us Boxing Day and we really enjoyed that. I think the sound may be baby Honey. Love Elaine

  124. Margaretpeirson December 26, 2015 at 8:15 pm -  Reply

    I think it is a baby cooing and talking . Hope I’m right . Happy new year to you and your family

  125. AIMEE SWIFT December 26, 2015 at 8:17 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  126. Susie M December 26, 2015 at 8:19 pm -  Reply

    A baby sleeping.

  127. Alison December 26, 2015 at 8:20 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  128. Carole December 26, 2015 at 8:42 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping baby

  129. Holly Mills December 26, 2015 at 9:09 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  130. Gail December 26, 2015 at 9:12 pm -  Reply

    It’s the sound of honey sleeping. Beautiful sound

  131. catherine plant December 26, 2015 at 9:34 pm -  Reply

    sleeping baby

  132. Geraldine Shelley December 26, 2015 at 11:01 pm -  Reply

    I am sure the noise is a Lovely Little Baby..xxx

  133. jenna rothen December 26, 2015 at 11:16 pm -  Reply

    sleeping baby

  134. DEBORAH RYALL December 26, 2015 at 11:31 pm -  Reply

    Baby breathing while a sleep. Thank you for being such an inspiration to so many of us. Wishing you and your family joy laughter and love this coming year.

  135. Zoe G December 26, 2015 at 11:56 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  136. Rita Moore December 26, 2015 at 11:57 pm -  Reply

    Alison what a wonderfully moving blog you have given us, really heartfelt, am so pleased you are feeling little better you certainly had enough to contend with over this last year and I so admire your fortitude, but also the obvious love that there is within your whole family must give you the strength which you outwardly appear to have and I pray that continues, I wish you and yours all the very best for 2016. I think the sound is that of Emily’s son James rousing from sleep ready for a feed.

    • Alison Keenan January 1, 2016 at 7:49 pm -  Reply

      Hi Rita, thank you for your kind words, and yes you’re right I feel very fortunate to have such a kind and loving family. Their support has been paramount to my recovery, and continually helps me when times are difficult or worrying. I hope that you also have family and friends around you and that this year will be a good one for you. Thanks for entering the competition, and I will keep my fingers crossed for you! Love Ali xx

  137. Louise Martin December 27, 2015 at 12:02 am -  Reply

    Baby dreaming in their sleep

  138. Sally Anne December 27, 2015 at 12:43 am -  Reply

    Hello Alison. A lovely blog and photos. How cute are those babies, I think Honey Bea looks like you! I think the seasonal sound could be a Honey Bee snoozing (or is that Honey Bea?) X Sally Anne.
    samonaghan77@googlemail.com

    • Alison Keenan January 1, 2016 at 7:52 pm -  Reply

      You’re right Sally Anne they are both gorgeous babies, and I can’t wait to welcome Danny and Rae’s little one to the family in July! Honey Bea’s second name is actually short for Beatrice! Thanks for your guess, love Ali xx

  139. Katherine Gerhardt December 27, 2015 at 6:11 am -  Reply

    A content baby honey dreaming xx

  140. AMANDA PORTER December 27, 2015 at 9:59 am -  Reply

    Lovely blog Alison. You have had a wonderful year and deserve every piece of happiness.
    Best wishes for 2016.
    The seasonal sound is a baby.

    • Alison Keenan January 1, 2016 at 7:52 pm -  Reply

      That’s very kind of you to say Amanda, and I hope that 2016 will bring you all that makes you happy too! love Ali xx

  141. Alison Stott December 27, 2015 at 10:50 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, Is It little James sleeping? (sounds like a new born) xx

  142. shane weir December 27, 2015 at 11:39 am -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  143. Jo December 27, 2015 at 12:24 pm -  Reply

    I think the sound is your gorgeous grand daughter Honey Beatrice making lovely little noises as she sleeps. Hope you are feeling better. Best wishes for 2016

  144. fiona carne December 27, 2015 at 12:25 pm -  Reply

    The sound of your comp sounds like a baby,hope this is right as I would love to win this, my daughter was due to have a little one but unfortunatly things went wrong so upsetting and heartbreaking,but we keep moving forward,hope you had a lovely Christmas and enjoy all the babies lucky thing,

    • Alison Keenan January 1, 2016 at 7:55 pm -  Reply

      My dear Fiona, I was so sorry to hear about your loss…how incredibly sad for your daughter, you and the entire family. I will pray that possibly this year will see the miracle happen for you all. Take care, love Ali xx

  145. Marie Rodgers December 27, 2015 at 12:58 pm -  Reply

    I think the sound is Sweet Baby James

  146. Julie Guy December 27, 2015 at 1:27 pm -  Reply

    Fantastic prize, these flowers are so beautiful.

    My answer is sleeping baby.

    Happy New Year. :)

  147. Sue Dominey December 27, 2015 at 1:55 pm -  Reply

    It
    Think the sound is a baby just settling down for a nap.and keep going Alison you are doing well .lovely photos as well. And hope you had a lovely Christmas with your new husband

  148. Dawn Hull December 27, 2015 at 2:41 pm -  Reply

    Answer: Sleeping Baby.

  149. diane williams December 27, 2015 at 2:45 pm -  Reply

    Fingers Crossed

  150. Geraldine Lowney December 27, 2015 at 2:46 pm -  Reply

    A beautiful Baby !!

  151. Danika Lloyd December 27, 2015 at 3:31 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  152. winnie December 27, 2015 at 3:47 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  153. Allan Smith December 27, 2015 at 4:05 pm -  Reply

    The answer is : Sleeping Baby

  154. Jacqui Hand December 27, 2015 at 4:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Hope you had a lovely Christmas.
    I think the sound is Holding your beautiful Granddaughter Honey for the first time, or holding her on your Wedding day.
    Hope 2016 is a wonderful year for everyone. Love Jacqui XXX

  155. Emma Nixon December 27, 2015 at 4:51 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping beauty

    • Emma Nixon December 27, 2015 at 4:53 pm -  Reply

      Aka. Sleeping baby.

  156. diane burgess December 27, 2015 at 5:03 pm -  Reply

    i think that may just be your little honey bee hope im right happy new year

  157. Marie R December 27, 2015 at 5:36 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  158. Karen Weedon December 27, 2015 at 5:37 pm -  Reply

    Answer: Sleeping Baby

  159. Angie Allen December 27, 2015 at 5:50 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  160. milli December 27, 2015 at 6:29 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  161. Christina cook December 27, 2015 at 8:08 pm -  Reply

    Its a baby crying

  162. simon sims December 27, 2015 at 8:09 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  163. Keshia Esgate December 27, 2015 at 8:13 pm -  Reply

    SLEEPING BABY

  164. A Taylor December 27, 2015 at 8:51 pm -  Reply

    Honey’s beautiful little festive song and what a lovely blog Ali so special and what a marvellous year “You look and are an amazing lady!” XOXO

  165. Helen Fowler December 27, 2015 at 9:00 pm -  Reply

    The lovely sound of a baby sleeping

  166. Jay December 27, 2015 at 9:54 pm -  Reply

    A sleeping baby!

  167. Suzanne Drummond December 27, 2015 at 10:26 pm -  Reply

    my guess is Honey sleeping

  168. Christine Auchterlonie December 27, 2015 at 10:33 pm -  Reply

    HI Ali …. I hope you have had a lovely Christmas time with your family and friends …. It is a lot of hard work and seems to have been going on for such a long time ….since Christmas in July really!!!but it is all worth it when you have a reaction from family and friends when they open their gifts and you know you have pleased them and made the right choices .I read with great interest your resume of 2015 and the lovely pictures …. I particularly like the one of you and Honey taken beside the table near the door ….. It says it all, and your good news that you and Colin are to be grandparents next year … Exciting … We spent Christmas with my son and daughter and my lovely grandchildren Jessica and Katy the loves of my life ….It was tiring but enjoyed every minute of it …. I hope you keep well and my very best wishes to you and yours going into 2016…. With love Chris x

    • Alison Keenan January 1, 2016 at 7:57 pm -  Reply

      Dear Christine, so glad to know that you spent your Christmas with Jessica, Katy and your son and daughter. It sounds perfect! We had a wonderful family day and truly enjoyed being with not just Honey but Simon’s children and his sister’s daughters too! Sending you my very best wishes for 2016. Love Ali xx

  169. christine jones December 27, 2015 at 10:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi ali I think the sound is a new baby in the hospital . Loveley lovely blog as usual. Love the photo of you and Honey on your wedding day. One to frame and treasure… keep well and ke e p dancing!!!!! X

    love and blesseings for a Healthy and peaceful, joyful New Year..

    Christine xxx

    • Alison Keenan January 1, 2016 at 8:03 pm -  Reply

      Do you know Christine I think you’re right about the photo, although Lucy and Simon brought me a lovely print of me holding Honey at her Naming Ceremony. .. But she had also given me a mug with the photo I have included in this blog on it, which I treasure. I hope you had a lovely Christmas – we saw a great many folk, and I actually ended up dancing in our friend’s kitchen just before New Year! My knee is ruined!! Love and blessings to you too, love Ali xx

  170. Kylie Gottsche December 27, 2015 at 10:49 pm -  Reply

    I think it isHoney Bea sleeping.

  171. Abbie Webb December 27, 2015 at 10:53 pm -  Reply

    That sounds like a beautiful baby sleeping/snoring to me, could it be the very cute baby James or gorgeous girl Honey

  172. penny December 27, 2015 at 11:12 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping baby

  173. Teresa December 27, 2015 at 11:13 pm -  Reply

    I think the seasonal sound is a baby. Probably Honey.

  174. Ruth McMahon December 28, 2015 at 12:32 am -  Reply

    Definitely the sound of a baby! Just gorgeous… Thank you for all your blogs, so glad things are going well for you at last! Keeping my fingers crossed, I am getting married in April (at 51!) so the flowers would be just perfect!

    • Alison Keenan January 1, 2016 at 8:04 pm -  Reply

      Dear Ruth, thank you for taking the time to enter the competition, and may I take this opportunity to wish you and your husband to be, every happiness on your wedding day in April. Fingers crossed for you to win the competition. Love Ali xx

  175. Mrs liz price December 28, 2015 at 12:34 am -  Reply

    Hello alison well it happens everytime I read your blog I am in tears you have so many lovely things too share with us and baby honey is so beautiful when you said you had news too share I thought Lucy might be having baby no 2 but alison how lovely it’s Colin son too become a daddy congratulations too them as you know alison I am an avid qvc fan since tce thr very beginning as l still am with this morning cannot wait for your book alison I am sure it will be uplifting inspirational because that’s what you are I just want too say thank you for being part off my world you like a friend too me and I’m picky a bought them alison a very happy peaceful new year too you your Colin and all the family look ford too it all again alison next year 2016 god bless lots of love Mrs liz bernadette price xxxx

    • Alison Keenan January 1, 2016 at 8:11 pm -  Reply

      Dear Liz, Great to hear from you, and I am so glad to know that you have been with us for so many years, and enjoy the shows we present. Thanks also for your support and interest in my book – I am hoping to get back to the writing in the next week or so. I shall give you a wave when I’m back in on the 2nd, and am so glad that you’re a part of our world too! Happy 2016, love Ali xx

  176. Bridget lilley December 28, 2015 at 12:38 am -  Reply

    Baby making gurgling noises

  177. Jill Cope December 28, 2015 at 7:35 am -  Reply

    The sound is of a baby.

  178. emma walters December 28, 2015 at 8:04 am -  Reply

    sleeping baby

  179. claire December 28, 2015 at 8:47 am -  Reply

    all the best for the new year!

    i think it sounds like a sleeping baby

  180. Ellen Sheppard December 28, 2015 at 10:15 am -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby :-)

  181. liz denial December 28, 2015 at 10:31 am -  Reply

    answer – sleeping baby

  182. Marcia December 28, 2015 at 10:46 am -  Reply

    Honey Beatrice

  183. Iva Petrovic December 28, 2015 at 10:48 am -  Reply

    Sleeping baby

  184. Wendy Becker December 28, 2015 at 11:52 am -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  185. Val Swift December 28, 2015 at 2:13 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping baby

  186. Ellen Gordon December 28, 2015 at 2:14 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping baby

  187. Joanne December 28, 2015 at 2:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison I always enjoy reading your blogs, I wish you all the best for 2016 , my husband thinks it’s a baby sleeping .

  188. katie w December 28, 2015 at 2:53 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  189. Chris December 28, 2015 at 4:35 pm -  Reply

    Baby Honey Bee

  190. Christine Edgeworth December 28, 2015 at 4:41 pm -  Reply

    I think the sound is that of a baby’s gurgle.

  191. Christine Edgeworth December 28, 2015 at 4:43 pm -  Reply

    I would love to have this arrangement in my home and think my answer of a baby’s gurgle is very seasonal as we remember the baby Jesus at this time.

  192. Janet martins December 28, 2015 at 5:48 pm -  Reply

    New born baby

  193. Maureen findley December 28, 2015 at 6:00 pm -  Reply

    sleeping baby

  194. Judith Brown December 28, 2015 at 6:00 pm -  Reply

    I think the sound is Honey asleep. Lovely to read your newsy blog. Happy New Year.

  195. Louise M December 28, 2015 at 6:23 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping baby :D

  196. Kathy Wood December 28, 2015 at 6:41 pm -  Reply

    NewbornHoneyBeesoundingverycontent

  197. KAREN December 28, 2015 at 6:47 pm -  Reply

    Not entirely sure …. something like a baby monitor. Best guess I can come up with. Seasons Greetings to you.

  198. Ligita December 28, 2015 at 7:36 pm -  Reply

    it is a baby sound

  199. Gillian ankers December 28, 2015 at 9:08 pm -  Reply

    A lovely little baby sleeping and snoring, how wonderful little life is

  200. Claire singleton December 28, 2015 at 9:09 pm -  Reply

    I think it’s a newbornbaby cry
    What beautiful photos of your babies!xx

  201. Lorraine McGill December 28, 2015 at 9:15 pm -  Reply

    I think it’s the sound of a baby. Merry Christmas to you all xx

  202. mandy jennings December 28, 2015 at 9:28 pm -  Reply

    its a baby i think happy new year xxx

  203. Jill James December 28, 2015 at 9:48 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping baby

  204. Elaine Clabby December 28, 2015 at 10:32 pm -  Reply

    It’s the sound of your beautiful new granddaughter sleeping.

  205. Emily Jones December 28, 2015 at 11:03 pm -  Reply

    I think your seasonal sound is Honey Beatrice being held for the first time by her new grandmother

  206. Kaydee December 28, 2015 at 11:24 pm -  Reply

    Baby Honey!

  207. William December 28, 2015 at 11:26 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like a little James. Happy New Year to you and the extended family :)

  208. Jacqui salt December 28, 2015 at 11:26 pm -  Reply

    I think it’s Honey Beatrice
    Oh Ali this blog has had me in tears, happiness ones!!.l cannot put into words how HAPPY l am for you & Colin. xx

  209. Jacqui salt December 28, 2015 at 11:31 pm -  Reply

    I think it is Honey Beatrice.
    Ali l cannot put into words how HAPPY l feel for you, after all that you have been through. Love to you& Colin. xx

  210. Marion Madden December 28, 2015 at 11:33 pm -  Reply

    A person blowing their nose.

  211. Elaine Cox December 28, 2015 at 11:41 pm -  Reply

    Baby Honey Beatrix asleep

  212. Karen Dobson December 28, 2015 at 11:42 pm -  Reply

    It is Honey sleeping.

  213. Audrey Ancell December 29, 2015 at 12:04 am -  Reply

    Baby honey
    Beatrice
    Sleeping

  214. Audrey Ancell December 29, 2015 at 12:05 am -  Reply

    Baby sleeping

  215. Tracey Yeates December 29, 2015 at 12:25 am -  Reply

    Hi, Ali. Congratulations on your wedding and becoming grandparents. Your dress was stunning and flower arrangements and wedding venue beautiful, pictures of you were just glowing. I think you still are glowing and may you continue to glow and enjoy every moment and continued good health. I think the sound is your daughters baby honey doing sleepy mumblings. The peony arrangement is beautiful and be nice to have and sit with my only peony piece. Best wishes for the coming new year.

    • Alison Keenan January 4, 2016 at 7:41 pm -  Reply

      Dear Tracey thanks so much for entering the competition, and for your sweet words . You’re right, it was perfect day and everything we had planned worked out just the way we’d wanted it too. We were so spoiled with the fabulous Peony arrangements, and I just wish I had enough to give to all those of you taking part in the competition, but I’ll make sure all the correct guesses are in, and will announce the winner towards the end of the week. Please do keep in touch, Love Ali xx

  216. Jelena December 29, 2015 at 12:46 am -  Reply

    Honey Bee! :)

  217. Karen matthews December 29, 2015 at 1:00 am -  Reply

    Beautiful baby noises

  218. Fiona Kay December 29, 2015 at 1:29 am -  Reply

    It’s the baby

  219. Wendy December 29, 2015 at 7:01 am -  Reply

    The beautiful sound of a very contented Honey Beatrice :-)

  220. sue tang December 29, 2015 at 7:07 am -  Reply

    You are fantastic and unselfish! Because you have let us share your health let downs and also the precious joy and happiness of your wedding and becoming grand parents with your hubby, let’s hope the joy and happiness be with you both with the rest of your families and us all forever!

    • Alison Keenan January 4, 2016 at 7:44 pm -  Reply

      Bless your heart Sue for your kind words. It has been a real pleasure for me to be able to share so much of my life with you, and better still to hear back from you about your life and families. I wish the same joy and happiness for you and yours. Happy New Year! Love Ali xx

  221. sue smith December 29, 2015 at 9:13 am -  Reply

    Baby Honey making noises while sleeping ..zzz

  222. RACHEL CHECKLEY December 29, 2015 at 9:46 am -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby.

  223. SandraB December 29, 2015 at 10:11 am -  Reply

    Baby Honey sleeping.

  224. Audrey wheatland December 29, 2015 at 10:31 am -  Reply

    Thinks it Honey Sleeping/Dreaming

  225. Stephanie Whitehouse December 29, 2015 at 10:34 am -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  226. Helen williams December 29, 2015 at 10:41 am -  Reply

    Sleeping baby

  227. Joyce Brown December 29, 2015 at 10:50 am -  Reply

    Sleeping baby!

  228. Julie December 29, 2015 at 10:50 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    A lovely informative blog as usual. Where has the year gone.
    The noise is a baby sleeping.
    I just received an email from QVC asking me to complete a survey on chocolate. They asked which presenter I would like to present the shows I said you every time!!! So if you’re chosen you can blame me.
    Take care
    Julie x The Girls xxx

    • Alison Keenan January 4, 2016 at 7:46 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Julie, It’s a very good question! It flew by didn’t it? :) I do hope you and the girls had a good Christmas, even if you weren’t able to spend as much time together as you would have liked, and I’m hoping that this year for you will definitely be easier. Thanks so much for your positive comments in response to the survey! I will make sure I share the chocs if I get to present the hour :) Love Ali xx

  229. carol downie December 29, 2015 at 10:51 am -  Reply

    BEAUTIFUL SOUND OF A BABY LYING SLEEPING CONTENTED AND LOVED

  230. Teresa December 29, 2015 at 11:31 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali what a fabulous Year you have had and it really could not have happened to a nicer person or one so deserving .
    We had a very quiet Christmas this year just the 2 of us but it was really nice. We spoke to relatives in this country and in the USA which was lovely.
    Our year has been busy this year getting our bungalow sorted following the death of my dear Mum who I cared for for many years as she was house bound and in the end her memory too.
    As I told you earlier in the year we are thinking of moving next year to the beautiful county od Dorset. So it has been full on sorting things out and decorating.
    In answer to the last quiz of the year I think it is a sleeping baby.
    Take care and a vert Happy New Year to you and Colin.
    Much love Teresa xxx

    • Alison Keenan January 4, 2016 at 7:51 pm -  Reply

      Dear Teresa, I am glad that you enjoyed your Christmas, albeit just the two of you, and it must have been good to catch up with your family even it was just over the phone. I spoke to my brother in Australia, and just hearing his voice makes the miles melt away… I was sorry to hear that you lost your mum last year… To have cared for her for so long, and to now be without her is I am sure terribly difficult… I hope that your memories were a comfort to you this Christmas. I am glad to know that you are still thinking of moving to Dorset. I think I may have mentioned that my dear friend Ros lives near Shaftesbury, and it is the most beautiful place to spend any time. Thanks for taking part in the competition, and I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you! Love Ali xx

  231. Bernadette December 29, 2015 at 11:54 am -  Reply

    Honey sleeping …

  232. val stewart December 29, 2015 at 12:06 pm -  Reply

    I guess its a sleeping baby – sweet dreams Honey B

  233. Joanna Downey December 29, 2015 at 12:06 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali, I posted a reply a few days ago but it seems to have disappeared so here is a repeat, well as much as I can remember. Firstly, it’s always a delight to read your blog and a privilege to be allowed into your life. It’s also great to see your highlights of 2015 again. My highlight happened a week ago when our lovely daughter Ellie and her fabulous boy Dave celebrated their Winter Solstice wedding. The venue was a barn complex near to Lichfield and it was fully decorated for Christmas; the food was delicious and the customer service and care shown to us was outstanding. They produced their invitations, table confetti, seating plan and centrepieces and everything looked so professional – Ellie and I don’t do rustic! She even made a kissing ball to decorate the arch where they said their vows. The speeches were funny and moving and Ellie’s tribute to us gave me a lump in my throat the size of a grapefruit. Dave’s dad had made three playlists for them; one that was played during the meal and the other two for a silent disco. I expected this to be good but it was amazing – we were all dancing/singing to different songs and I think it was only “Delilah” that had everyone on the same channel. They also asked a friend to sing during the serving of dessert and coffee and she was sublime. Ellie was perfect; the two girls who did her hair and makeup were super and started our day off so nicely, her flowers were exactly as we hoped and even better and she looked beyond beautiful with a bridal glow that is still evident one week later. Her dress was elegant and simple and she looked as though she was lit by moonlight. Tallulah was so well behaved and sat between Colin and me during the ceremony kissing me as if to say that she knew how emotional it all was. Apologies to all the others writing on here, I know that was a long missive so I must still be in MotB mode. Finally, I wish you a happy and healthy 2016 and look forward to all your news, I also hope that Alpa is fighting the fight and will write soon – we miss you lovely. Competition answer – a newborn baby sleeping and dreaming so probably James. Love from Jo x

    • Alison Keenan January 4, 2016 at 7:55 pm -  Reply

      My dear Jo SOOOOO many congratulations! The wedding sounds absolutely perfect! I know that part of the world pretty well, and it would seem that the wedding planners surpassed all your expectations – how wonderful! The playlists that Dave’s Dad put together sound great. Colin did the same thing – (the night before our wedding!!! ) – and the playlists were perfect for canapés and then the meal. I am sure your girly was stunning.. Her dress and hair sound beautiful, and I am so very glad that the outfit you decided on made you feel happy too. I do indeed remember how wonderful it feels to watch your daughter walk up the aisle, and it is a decided mix of emotions.. I hope you stay in your MotB mode for a while yet :) I too wish Alpa a very happy New Year, Debz too, and also Jilly, whom we don’t seem to have heard from in quite a while… I am hoping that Annie and her husband are well. Thanks for taking part in the competition – winner to be announced towards the end of the week! Happy New year Jo, love Ali xx

  234. Jane Willis December 29, 2015 at 12:44 pm -  Reply

    I don’t think anything can ever quite prepare you for the magical bond you feel with grandchildren, it’s like being admitted to some kind of wonderful club!
    I think the sound is of somebody (you?) blowing their nose. Hope you are feeling better now
    Jane

    • Alison Keenan January 4, 2016 at 7:56 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Jane – am loving your guess!!! Could well be the answer as I spent at least a fortnight doing just that!!! Thanks so much for taking part and also for your prophetic words about being a grandparent. You are so very right. Happy New Year to you, love Ali xx

  235. Doreen Kennedy December 29, 2015 at 12:48 pm -  Reply

    A content baby sleeping could it be your grandaughter?

  236. Carol Bell December 29, 2015 at 12:48 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  237. Chris Bell December 29, 2015 at 12:52 pm -  Reply

    That is a sleeping baby!! Wouldn’t recognise that noise myself! :/

  238. Gill Holmes December 29, 2015 at 12:55 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping baby

  239. Diane Young December 29, 2015 at 1:00 pm -  Reply

    So sweet, breathing sounds of a contented babay. Xx

  240. Janet Turner December 29, 2015 at 1:27 pm -  Reply

    Baby sounds.

  241. Heather lyon December 29, 2015 at 1:31 pm -  Reply

    Baby having a post feed snooze …. Honey bra or baby James… Lovely little snugly sound xx

  242. Tania Dean December 29, 2015 at 1:43 pm -  Reply

    Baby talk so sweet

  243. Karen Edwards December 29, 2015 at 1:52 pm -  Reply

    The beautiful sound of a contented sleeping baby. Honey I would imagine! Love that sound

  244. kellyjo walters December 29, 2015 at 1:52 pm -  Reply

    sleeping baby …

  245. mandy simmons December 29, 2015 at 2:01 pm -  Reply

    its sounded like a contented babyx

  246. looby December 29, 2015 at 2:16 pm -  Reply

    Honey BeatriceX

  247. carol oaten December 29, 2015 at 2:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi ali, I also think the answer is honey beatrice sleeping

  248. Kerry barrett December 29, 2015 at 2:38 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping contented baby.

  249. Bernice December 29, 2015 at 3:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali – lovely blog and what a wonderful year….you deserve it! As it is ‘seasonal’ to me this sounds like a newborn (Jesus) being rocked in his cradle.

    Happy New Year!

  250. KarenMurray December 29, 2015 at 3:15 pm -  Reply

    Sound of contented baby being fed. Congratulations to you all. Xxx

  251. Ann Marshall December 29, 2015 at 3:27 pm -  Reply

    Oh Alison you’re such an inspiration to many women who’ve experienced and shared your ill health and I’m 10years free from 3 x Breast Cancer in both breasts. Following my experience I welcomed each day and embraced every day life. The birth of a new baby melts hearts and is a great focus for Grandparents to share with all of the family. Baby Honey is such a blessing and more exciting news of another Grandchild is wonderful! Wishing you, Colin and family a happy, healthy and prosperous 2016!

    Best regards, Ann

    • Alison Keenan January 4, 2016 at 8:00 pm -  Reply

      My dear Ann, it always cheers my soul to hear from someone like yourself who has battled through and continues to remain positive inspite of so many difficult and frightening times. 10 years free – that is SUCH a good thing to know – I am almost at the five year point.. and keeping everything crossed. I too embrace every day, and feel so lucky to have so many folk in my life to love and lean on. Wishing you and your family a truly happy and healthy 2016 also! Love Ali xx

  252. m knight December 29, 2015 at 3:34 pm -  Reply

    The sound is a baby sleeping. Ahhh Bliss

  253. Jill December 29, 2015 at 3:38 pm -  Reply

    Happy new year Ali, thank you for sharing al your news. Fantastic you will b welcoming another grandchild into the world in 2016. Best wishes and i think the sound is of Honey napping while the baby monitor/scan machine is bepping in the background. Hope i’m lucky I like you love love Peony.

  254. Wanda December 29, 2015 at 4:03 pm -  Reply

    Baby Honey x

  255. Vanessa Roberts December 29, 2015 at 4:23 pm -  Reply

    A very contented sleeping baby xxx

  256. Gill December 29, 2015 at 4:27 pm -  Reply

    It’s a happy Honey!

  257. Rich Tyler December 29, 2015 at 4:31 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  258. Julie lucas December 29, 2015 at 4:32 pm -  Reply

    A baby fast asleep, little snores :) x

  259. caroline knight December 29, 2015 at 4:38 pm -  Reply

    A baby sleeping…possibly a baby bee!XX

  260. Chris Fish December 29, 2015 at 5:29 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like “baby sounds” either baby James or Honey!
    I have so enjoyed reading your blogs and seeing all your beautiful photos, you are so blessed and wish both you and Colin a very Happy New Year xxx

  261. Joanna Downey December 29, 2015 at 5:48 pm -  Reply

    I don’t know if the problem relates to my netbook or me, I’ve just found original reply and I’m convinced it wasn’t there when I looked this morning. Posted a comment about being daft enough to leave a second one and got odd message. This may be the fourth one from me. Sorry, Jo x

    • Alison Keenan January 4, 2016 at 8:01 pm -  Reply

      Only the second I think my love, but we have had Gremlins in the system and it was completely down over the weekend! Your guess though will have been taken into account! Ali xxx

  262. TINA S December 29, 2015 at 5:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Thank you for the Christmas card. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas. I am still full of cold which I caught off my darling husband! Hope you had some nice present’s. I’m using my new Tablet that I had off hubby so I’m getting used to it. It is a lot faster than my laptop!
    Well I just wanted to wish you and your family a Very Happy New year and more importantly a healthy 2016!
    Love and best wishes, Tina S, South Wales x

    • Alison Keenan January 4, 2016 at 8:02 pm -  Reply

      Hi Tina, I’m sorry to hear you have this rotten cold, but hope that it didn’t spoil your Christmas. Sorry you caught it from your husband, but what a lovely present he bought you!! Tablets are so easy to use, and I have a dictating facility on mine, which can make writing e mails etc much easier! Always check back though as some of the misspellings can be a shock!!! :) Happy and Healthy 2016 to you too! love Ali xx

  263. Judith Atkinson December 29, 2015 at 5:58 pm -  Reply

    Baby sleeping,lovelyxxxx

  264. Annette Donnelly December 29, 2015 at 6:40 pm -  Reply

    I think it is the sound of the sleepy baby making lovely contented noises xx

  265. sarah December 29, 2015 at 7:10 pm -  Reply

    a sleeping baby

  266. Paul Marshall December 29, 2015 at 7:11 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping baby

  267. Denise December 29, 2015 at 7:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison. That was a lovely look back on an eventful year without doubt. How nice also to start the New Year with a new baby on the way. The tear has been mixed for us but I feel we’re ending it on a positive and lots to look forward to in 2016.
    Happy new year to you all. The sound is Honey Bea.
    Love Denise x

    • Alison Keenan January 4, 2016 at 8:07 pm -  Reply

      Dear Denise, I wish nothing but positives for you in this New Year, and hope that the difficulties of last year are now behind you. Thanks for taking part in the competition and for continually supporting me and the blog. Take care of yourself, and keep in touch! Love Ali x

  268. Gaynor Wyatt December 29, 2015 at 7:35 pm -  Reply

    Peaceful sleeping baby

  269. Vivienne December 29, 2015 at 7:35 pm -  Reply

    It is the sound of the baby just starting to suckle on her mom’s breast after been a little fussy.
    Congrats on your grans!!! I know you are a very loved Gran. Alison you are one of my favorite Presenters.

  270. Michaela Jennings December 29, 2015 at 7:37 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping baby

  271. Jennifer brammer December 29, 2015 at 8:06 pm -  Reply

    I think it sounds like a wonderfully contented baby sleeping.

  272. ayako clarke December 29, 2015 at 8:40 pm -  Reply

    Answer: Sleeping Baby

  273. Yasmin December 29, 2015 at 9:05 pm -  Reply

    It’s the sound of baby Honey Beatrice x

  274. Anne Scoular December 29, 2015 at 9:25 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like a contented baby sleeping.

  275. Di Brown December 29, 2015 at 9:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi i think it is a cork being pulled from a bottle
    love Di xxx

  276. claire humphrey December 29, 2015 at 9:53 pm -  Reply

    Happy and contented baby

  277. Katy Antoniou December 29, 2015 at 10:05 pm -  Reply

    Honey bee in a deep sweet dream

  278. LindaRichards December 29, 2015 at 10:51 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    Once again such a lovely blog. Hope you had a good Christmas with all your family? The year has gone so quickly. It s a year on the 3rd of December since my sister passed away so for my family this time is bitter sweet. We miss her as much now as we did a year ago it is still so painful and heart braking. I hope You have a lovely New Year with all your family, keep well . Love Linda xxxxx
    I think its a young baby.

    • Alison Keenan January 4, 2016 at 8:10 pm -  Reply

      My dear Linda, I am sure that this last year will not have been easy for you, and that the thought of Christmas would have undoubtedly made you sad, realising that yet again you would be spending it without your sister… I do hope that being with your family though, you were able to share memories, and to bring her back to you if only for a short while… They do say time heals, but I remember that feeling of there being an enormous hole in your life, and the only way to deal with it is to eventually learn to walk around it, rather than tipping into it…. You take care, and love to your family and I hope that 2016 will bring you all reasons to be happy, and good health. Thank you for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  279. r hines December 29, 2015 at 11:19 pm -  Reply

    a sleeping baby

  280. Nasrin December 29, 2015 at 11:31 pm -  Reply

    Aww such a lovely blog. Many congratulations on your wedding and on being a grandmother.
    I think the sound is of new born baby James sleeping peacefully.

  281. Mary moorwe December 29, 2015 at 11:46 pm -  Reply

    Baby feeding

  282. Lynda Dawson December 30, 2015 at 12:10 am -  Reply

    Sleeping baby.

  283. Aileen Miler December 30, 2015 at 12:17 am -  Reply

    A very happy and content baby getting itself ready to nod off!

  284. Jean Cairns December 30, 2015 at 1:31 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Love reading your blog , all your lovely family & friends and yourself all look soooo Happy .
    My answer is that sound is your beautiful Grand – Daughter Honey
    Having a lovely wee dream while sleeping
    All the best Ali to you & your lovely family have a guid 2016 xxxx

  285. Judith Lennon December 30, 2015 at 8:15 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Loved the blog as always. Have been in bed with dreadful cough and bad throat. There is a lot going around at the moment and so many people seem to colds. Wil keep this short this time. I think the sound is one of babies sleeping. Take care and love and hugs as always . Judith xx

    • Alison Keenan January 4, 2016 at 8:11 pm -  Reply

      Dear Judith, I am sorry that you too have succumbed to this horrid cough and cold! I’ve just been to see my son Sam today, and he is struggling with it too! I think mine finally went a couple of days ago! Thanks for taking part in the competition – I will be announcing the winner towards the end of the week! Love Ali xx

  286. Hilary Schofield December 30, 2015 at 8:48 am -  Reply

    Another lovely read of your blog. Like you I too became a Grandmother for the first time in June of this year and the feeling of holding him for the first time will stay with me forever, love him to bits. I think your competition is the sound of your granddaughter “talking ” as she sleeps or as waking up. Happy new year x

    • Alison Keenan January 4, 2016 at 8:13 pm -  Reply

      How wonderful for you Hilary! You had this joy just a month after I became a grandmother to baby Honey… And you are right the feeling of holding them for the first time stays with us for ever. Thank you very much for taking part in the competition, and I hope you will keep in touch on the blog this year. Love Ali xx

  287. Heather Simpson December 30, 2015 at 8:59 am -  Reply

    sleeping baby

  288. Ann Miles December 30, 2015 at 9:05 am -  Reply

    The seasonal sound is baby Honey sleeping

  289. Jane Watson December 30, 2015 at 10:41 am -  Reply

    I think it is definitely a contented sleeping baby.

  290. Gillian Kahler December 30, 2015 at 11:08 am -  Reply

    Answer sleeping baby

  291. Karen M December 30, 2015 at 11:10 am -  Reply

    The seasonal sound is like gorgeous baby Honey being asleep or waking up being very contented . xx

  292. Angela Barron December 30, 2015 at 1:05 pm -  Reply

    Young baby’s sound

  293. Linda Tippelt December 30, 2015 at 1:14 pm -  Reply

    It’s your gorgeous granddaughter Honey making noises whilst she sleeps – lovely!

  294. Barbara Michael December 30, 2015 at 1:42 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like a baby having a lovely sleep.

  295. CAROL LUTHER December 30, 2015 at 2:17 pm -  Reply

    Answer – A baby

  296. MARGARET ARCHER December 30, 2015 at 3:27 pm -  Reply

    The sound of a baby sleeping
    Happy 2016 to you and your family.

  297. Allison Sherwood December 30, 2015 at 3:32 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  298. Christine Matthews December 30, 2015 at 4:01 pm -  Reply

    A sleeping baby.
    Wishing you a happy and healthy 2016

  299. Valerie Crane December 30, 2015 at 4:29 pm -  Reply

    I think it is Honey Bea dreaming in her sleep.

  300. lkinda broadhead December 30, 2015 at 5:51 pm -  Reply

    A Baby asleep dreaming. Lovely Blog Ali xx

  301. linda broadhead December 30, 2015 at 5:52 pm -  Reply

    A baby asleep dreaming. Ali your blog is lovely xx

  302. margaretsapson December 30, 2015 at 6:35 pm -  Reply

    I think it was Honey Bee, thinking about Father Christmas!

  303. Mary Morphy December 30, 2015 at 6:35 pm -  Reply

    Okay firstly before I forget I think the sound is Honey . maybe dreaming????
    Secondly HiAluson I do hope you have got rid of your cough and cold and do not smell too much of lemons and turmeric..never heard of that one either!! What a year it has been and congratulations on your recent grandparent’s to be news…they say things come in three’s although I am hoping this isn’t the case as the oven broke swiftly followed by my husband somehow throwing his phone down the stairs on Xmas Eve..apparently it just fell out of his hand!!!
    So having struggled for most of November with bronchitis and terrible asthma and COPD I avoided a spell in hospital.. Just. Then got laryngitis for three weeks. Voice returned two days before Xmas thank goodness..I was exhausted and totally fed up. I went back to work for the last week of term for the Xmas festivities but my poor year 7 class struggled to make any sence of any noise..but they were all so pleased to see me which was lovely.
    Having had forced time off I was so organised and everything was wrapped and trimmed with organza ribbon bows and for the first time in years I had wrapped all the kids pressies and hidden them away. Normally I am wrapping on Xmas eve when they finally go to bed!
    I had 10 to Xmas dinner which was a giggle as the oven was broken but with initiative we go there and put the recently installed dart board to good use in the cabin with games of Shanghai and a round robin knockout… Much hilarity and no injuries!!
    I seem to have been entertaining for many days but have managed to watch some classic films when the house has been quiet. My favourite is Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and I watched Calamity Jane today. You cannot beat a bit of Doris and Howard!!!
    New year s eve will be spent at home with my sister and my kids. We have posh buffet food and more dart’s and scrabble. Hubby is working, helping out at The Ale House which we hope to buy next year…so a new venture for him which he is itching to get his hands on and on 26th March, which falls on Easter Saturday my twin and me will be 50…party venue booked!! Being 50 does not bother me in the slightest bit I am now in full menopause which I am not ready for. I had s hysterectomy aged 35 and although my ovaries were left in I didn’t expect it to happen before I reached 50!! I am struggling desperately with hot flushes and am taking Red Clover and plant oestrogen supplement s which hopefully will help. I am also determined to lose some weight as the 4 stone I lost 4 years ago has almost all crept back….I have battling with weight issues since adolescents and I must do this for my health and for myself.
    May I thank you for sharing your joys and sorrows and for making the time to blog. I hope 2016 is a happy and healthy one for you and all the family and may your dream of strictly come true…
    Oh and hope the mincemeat was OK?? With love Mary xx

    • Alison Keenan January 4, 2016 at 9:22 pm -  Reply

      My dear Mary, you always seem to live life to the full, and then ill health comes around and knocks the stuffing out of you! I am sorry you had all that to contend with, although in true ‘Mary’ spirit you cracked on anyway, entertained 10 on Xmas Day with no oven, and had a New Years Eve celebration that sounds fabulous fun :) I have to say I think your proposed venture at The Ale House sounds exciting, and I hope that your husband will be able to get his teeth into that, and you can just look lovely behind the bar! :) I am sorry to hear you too struggle with these damned hot flushes, and would highly recommend a ‘Menopause Magnet’. You can buy them from Boots and were it not for the fact that my cancer is a Hormone receptor, I would definitely have one. That, plus Black Cohash or Sage are meant to be excellent as well! You poor thing! Bad enough to have your ovaries out without struggling through all this too! Good luck with the weight loss too. Very difficult for most folk, but even harder when you are such a great cook and baker too…. maybe more of the Nordic Walking along the front?? The mincemeat was delicious although i have saved most of it for our Christmas at the end of January when we will have all the children with us. Take Care Mary, and Happy New Year to you ! I hope 2016 will bring you everything you wish for, and many thanks for constantly keeping in touch with us all here on the blog. Love Ali xxx

  304. Di Ingram December 30, 2015 at 7:08 pm -  Reply

    A contented baby
    All the best Ali

  305. Paula Phillips December 30, 2015 at 7:21 pm -  Reply

    A baby sleeping.

  306. sarah December 30, 2015 at 9:05 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  307. Pat Healy December 30, 2015 at 9:34 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping baby

  308. Sue Harrison December 30, 2015 at 10:41 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like very happy sleepy baby talk

  309. Debra flowers December 30, 2015 at 10:42 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like a baby

  310. Helen l Goodwin December 30, 2015 at 11:40 pm -  Reply

    Baby Honey, just drifted off to sleep! Little baby murmurs in her sleep! Delightful!

  311. Alexandra McGahey December 30, 2015 at 11:53 pm -  Reply

    I think it’s Honey-Beatrice sleeping :)

  312. Lynsey Buchanan December 31, 2015 at 2:48 am -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  313. Kristyn Harris December 31, 2015 at 3:45 am -  Reply

    Baby sleeping :)

  314. tom Baines December 31, 2015 at 10:11 am -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  315. martin forbes December 31, 2015 at 10:22 am -  Reply

    thanks for the xmas card alison hope you got mine.
    hope you had agood family xmas i had anice quiet one with family i am off work now 5 days at new year doing nothing glad the festivities are all over for another day back to normal happy 2016 when it comes congratulations on being a grandmother again you must be so happy

    • Alison Keenan January 4, 2016 at 9:24 pm -  Reply

      Dear Martin, lovely as always to hear from you, and I am glad that you had a good Christmas. Quiet can be lovely!!! Many thanks for your congratulations re becoming a grandma again. We saw Danny and Rae just yesterday and she is blooming. So very excited to welcome another child into our already large family! Happy New year to you too, love Ali xx

  316. P Kippax December 31, 2015 at 11:44 am -  Reply

    Balloons being blown up

  317. Celia West December 31, 2015 at 11:50 am -  Reply

    A sleeping baby

  318. Louise Jayne December 31, 2015 at 12:22 pm -  Reply

    It’s the lovely sound of a baby. All good wishes to you and yours

  319. Amanda December 31, 2015 at 12:49 pm -  Reply

    A sleeping baby

  320. Mr James Holyland December 31, 2015 at 12:51 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping baby

  321. Mrs J Evans December 31, 2015 at 1:56 pm -  Reply

    Your lovelly grandbaby cooing in her sleep.

  322. Ann Pierce December 31, 2015 at 3:04 pm -  Reply

    Bellows for the log burner.

  323. ali thorpe December 31, 2015 at 4:44 pm -  Reply

    A sleeping baby.

  324. Jamie December 31, 2015 at 5:45 pm -  Reply

    Answer: Sleeping Baby

  325. Petra Hora December 31, 2015 at 6:19 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping baby

  326. Emily Knight December 31, 2015 at 6:22 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping baby :D

  327. Annette Oliver December 31, 2015 at 6:43 pm -  Reply

    A sleeping baby

  328. shell December 31, 2015 at 7:21 pm -  Reply

    Answer: Sleeping Baby

  329. Sue Robinson December 31, 2015 at 7:26 pm -  Reply

    It sounds like a sweet baby sleeping…almost makes me broody!

  330. NATALIE BRADLEY December 31, 2015 at 7:36 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  331. Fran H December 31, 2015 at 10:57 pm -  Reply

    Baby snoozing!!

  332. Mrs J I Peacock January 1, 2016 at 7:17 am -  Reply

    It sounds like a very contented sleeping baby.

  333. Jenny Jones January 1, 2016 at 10:11 am -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby :)

  334. Susan B January 1, 2016 at 10:15 am -  Reply

    It is the lovely sound of a baby either sleeping or feeding.

  335. Helen jones January 1, 2016 at 10:31 am -  Reply

    Baby sleeping

  336. Diana January 1, 2016 at 12:01 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  337. Deborah Wheeler January 1, 2016 at 12:25 pm -  Reply

    Ir’s a sleeping baby probably Honey

  338. Kylie Goldsmith January 1, 2016 at 12:44 pm -  Reply

    oh sweet – a sleeping baby :)

  339. Linda Binns January 1, 2016 at 1:22 pm -  Reply

    This sounds to me like your beautiful granddaughter Honey having a dream, probably about having a fun time with her grandmother!

  340. Sandra Mullen January 1, 2016 at 1:56 pm -  Reply

    A baby sleeping.

  341. Pamela Gossage January 1, 2016 at 2:55 pm -  Reply

    Answer: Sleeping Baby

  342. jamie millard January 1, 2016 at 3:56 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  343. Hannah Igoe January 1, 2016 at 4:01 pm -  Reply

    It sounds like a baby

  344. Barbara Handley January 1, 2016 at 5:23 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  345. Kerry Kilmister January 1, 2016 at 5:48 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping baby

  346. jackie January 1, 2016 at 6:13 pm -  Reply

    Honey
    Bee

  347. tracey boswell January 1, 2016 at 6:21 pm -  Reply

    sleeping baby x

  348. Anne Sewell January 1, 2016 at 6:42 pm -  Reply

    It’s the sound of a baby,it’s what Christmas is all about,the birth of baby Jesus.

  349. Jane Knowles January 1, 2016 at 7:12 pm -  Reply

    Sounds just like a little bubba, sleeping baby x

  350. debbie davies January 1, 2016 at 7:23 pm -  Reply

    A sleeping baby xx

  351. Janine C January 1, 2016 at 7:37 pm -  Reply

    to me it sounds like a baby drinking its bottle

  352. Jennifer Stokes January 1, 2016 at 7:43 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping baby

  353. Lindy Hine January 1, 2016 at 8:02 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like the little noises that a sleeping baby makes

  354. Vid Ram January 1, 2016 at 8:05 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  355. Jenny Swann January 1, 2016 at 8:07 pm -  Reply

    sleeping baby

  356. Helen Swales January 1, 2016 at 8:34 pm -  Reply

    A sleeping baby

  357. Christine Oprey January 1, 2016 at 8:40 pm -  Reply

    A Sleeping Baby

  358. Nicola D January 1, 2016 at 8:53 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping Baby

  359. Jan Beal January 1, 2016 at 8:56 pm -  Reply

    I think it is Honey enjoying her feed

  360. Maureen Williams January 1, 2016 at 8:57 pm -  Reply

    A sleeping baby

  361. Christine Hobbs January 1, 2016 at 9:21 pm -  Reply

    Averycontentsleepingbaby

  362. Lisa Wilkinson January 1, 2016 at 9:39 pm -  Reply

    It sounds like a sleeping baby :)

  363. Lynda Sanderson January 1, 2016 at 9:52 pm -  Reply

    sleeping baby

    Happy New Year Everybody

  364. Carrie Talbot Ashby January 1, 2016 at 10:16 pm -  Reply

    Sounds to melike one of my favourite sounds! A contented sleeping baby x ;-)

  365. David Crabb January 1, 2016 at 10:31 pm -  Reply

    We think it’s the sound of a very contended and very happy baby ;)

  366. Joyce Willis January 1, 2016 at 10:36 pm -  Reply

    The little snoring snuffling sounds that your beautiful grand daughter is making in her sleep. They are the sounds you lie awake listening for the first time your grand child is given into your care overnight.

    • Alison Keenan January 4, 2016 at 9:25 pm -  Reply

      Crikey Joyce, I have all this to look forward to! I used to check up on Lucy when she was baby to make sure she was still breathing, and invariably woke her up when she was asleep!!! :) So lovely being a grandmother though. Thank you for your guess, love Ali xx

  367. PAT MCMORRAN January 1, 2016 at 10:40 pm -  Reply

    baby noises

  368. Jayne K January 1, 2016 at 10:51 pm -  Reply

    A sleeping baby

  369. Donna c January 1, 2016 at 11:18 pm -  Reply

    Is that your gorgeous granddaughter snoozing? Aww.

  370. Paula hickman January 1, 2016 at 11:23 pm -  Reply

    Baby Honey dreaming.

  371. Nicole S January 1, 2016 at 11:31 pm -  Reply

    sleeping baby

  372. susan oliver January 2, 2016 at 12:04 am -  Reply

    A sleeping baby x

  373. Megan January 2, 2016 at 12:07 am -  Reply

    It’s the most beautiful sound of a cooing baby – gorgeous.

  374. Nat thomason January 2, 2016 at 12:08 am -  Reply

    Sleeping baby noises the best sound in the world :)

  375. Gilla Abrahams January 2, 2016 at 12:26 am -  Reply

    A sleeping baby.

  376. Lindsey Wells January 2, 2016 at 12:56 am -  Reply

    Sounds like a baby gurgling, so must be your lovely granddaughter Honey. So glad you are well, and have had such an eventful and happy year. I wish you continuing good health.

  377. Theresaparker January 4, 2016 at 11:37 am -  Reply

    Oh crikey! The sound is so cute and believe it or not reminds me of my strange tabby when he is sleeping and dreaming! I will say its a wee contented sleeping baby! Thanks for the chance and happy new year to everyone!

  378. Sue Potter January 4, 2016 at 1:36 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like a baby.
    Happy New Year!
    Sue x

  379. Karen Hunter January 4, 2016 at 2:00 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping baby xxx

  380. Caroline byass January 4, 2016 at 2:08 pm -  Reply

    Babybreathing

  381. jenny Arlott January 4, 2016 at 2:16 pm -  Reply

    Sleeping baby xxx

  382. Stephanie Routledge January 4, 2016 at 2:53 pm -  Reply

    Alison, It is your beautiful grandaughter Honey have the most pleasant dream and making those soft dulcit gurgling tones. x

  383. Liz M January 4, 2016 at 2:57 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like precious Honey sleeping contentedly. Lovely to read about your year and see the beautiful photos. Wishing you and your family a healthy and happy 2016.

  384. Ann Spence January 4, 2016 at 4:53 pm -  Reply

    Happy New Year Ali. The noise is Honey Bea asleep.

  385. Patricia McCracken January 4, 2016 at 5:45 pm -  Reply

    The sound of your beautiful granddaughter Honey in her sleep, dreaming!

  386. Stacey January 4, 2016 at 8:24 pm -  Reply

    Is it beryl moving about glad you are feeling better and looking great by the way. But really one of your beautiful babies snoring.

  387. Alison Keenan January 4, 2016 at 9:28 pm -  Reply

    THANK YOU ALL so much for taking the time to take part in our competition. I can only apologise to those of you who had trouble trying to post an answer, as our system was done almost all weekend. I am glad though that those of you who managed to try again today (Monday) got through! I will be posting a New Year blog towards the end of the week, and will announce the winner then. Happy New Year to you and thanks as always for supporting the blog! 2016 is going to be a brilliant year for all of us I am sure. Love Ali xx

  388. Caroline Lott January 4, 2016 at 9:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, The sound is a baby, happy, gurgling and content just falling of to sleep being cuddled by granny who is smiling down at the baby. Thank you for the lovely blog it had words of comfort for me Ali. I lost my mum just days before Christmas and it was a very difficult sad time for me,I felt so alone without her as we were always together. Your blog was lovely and I wish you a Happy Healthy New Year. XX

  389. Pauline January 5, 2016 at 12:09 am -  Reply

    A baby feeding falling asleep

  390. Debz January 6, 2016 at 1:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali

    Happy New Year!

    Just to let you know that we had to let my beloved Ainzley go on Monday 4 January. His breathing had become quite laboured as he had fluid around his lungs. The vet advised that he could do no more for him so, after an 8 year battle, my boy was finally at peace. The gap he has left in my life is immense and I am beyond heartbroken. I had him for 18 years and could never imagine life without him. Now I’m trying to do just that and it’s so hard as I see him everywhere.

    So, no more love and licks, just love from me.

    Debz. XXXX

  391. Julie Davies January 6, 2016 at 11:43 pm -  Reply

    Great blog and happy new year! I think the seasonal sound is a baby cooing softly in its sleep.

  392. Sally Adaway January 7, 2016 at 9:29 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali

    Answer i think is baby James sleeping.

    I could not get on to enter on the 2nd. January as site was down i did e-mail qvc and ask if i could be entered. Never heard anything but hopefully it wont be too late.

    Lovely write as ever best regards Sally.

  393. Christine January 20, 2016 at 10:33 pm -  Reply

    I think is a baby getting ready to start crying.

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