Liz Earle prize collection

Sunshine, social events and Liz Earle competition

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Claire and AliHello and thanks for all of your lovely comments about the third leg of our American tour.

Glad to know that some of you have also been away exploring the far flung reaches of the globe and that (in and amongst weddings, birthdays, and sporting events) we’ve had a few new members of the family too – exciting times! :)

It’s five weeks today since we returned from the States and I think it’s been our busiest summer yet!

Isn’t it a joy though when you can rely on the weather, so that days to the seaside, BBQs, birthdays, and weddings all go according to plan, with no need to bring an umbrella or cardigan?!

My mum’s birthday was on the 3rd July and so we drove over to see her and take her out for dinner. There is a fabulous little Italian restaurant local to her, and we motored our way through some delicious pasta with a glass of chianti!

I bought her the cook’s essentials Soup Maker as she and Joe have an allotment. Last year, she was almost buried under a mountain of courgettes and green beans so I thought this might ease her soup-making burden. :)

Henri's 5th BirthdayA couple of days later we drove up to Swindon as Lucy’s stepson Henry had his 5th birthday. She’d made him this terrific Spiderman cake, which he loved, and it was delicious!

It was great to be a part of the celebrations and gave Colin and I a chance to spend some time with Simon’s mum, dad, and his sister’s family too.

 

Jack and the LegoMy Jack made it up there in spite of his crazily busy work schedule, and the boys shared their technical skills to create this out of Lego!

The fabulous weather has meant I’ve spent a lot more time in the garden and I’m really proud of my pots this year. Of course, Richard Jackson’s Flower Power is mainly responsible for this display.

For the first time in years, I am also growing vegetables in the trug Colin built for me :). I have potatoes, courgettes, and tomatoes. Oh, and the fig tree mum bought me for Christmas has 12 figs on it, I’m thrilled!

Alison Flower Pots Turtle garden pic

Fire Pit

We also took delivery of a fire pit. We’d had several cracking evenings in America gathered around these open fires.

So Colin ordered one online and, although the delivery man muttered something under his breath about hernias, we’ve had nothing but pleasure from it. Oh, and a slightly singed lawn :).

We inherited a massive BBQ when we bought this house, and it’s really come into its own this year. Mitch and Ali spent an evening with us and their lamb koftas were the talk of the village – probably because of the the orange glow in the sky – they were a little flammable! :)

Infact, we decided to try out more local produce when Ros and Chris came to stay – the joys of living in a rural environment eh?! :)

BBQ fire Colin and Chris

Sam, Edd and Rob I stuck to a roast turkey dinner when Sam and his school friends, Edd and Rob, came to us prior to their Canadian and American road trip.

Rob (on the right) was one of the first friends Sam made when we moved from the Midlands in 1995. They still live in the same village – well Rob is away at Uni and about to begin a PhD – but the reason for the trip is because of Edd.

He is representing Great Britain in the World Unicycling Championships in Montreal.

A little unusual I know, but he is really is quite incredible on just the one tyre! They will stay there for a fortnight, then drive into America, and continue their trip across four States. It’s the longest time Sam has been away and he has been struggling just recently with his leg, but he was determined to go, so I will keep you in touch with his progress.

As you can see, we have certainly had our fair share of BBQs and birthdays, but there was also a very special wedding that we attended just last week.

Pipa and Brian weddingMost of you will have celebrated, along with the rest of us, when Pipa Gordon announced her engagement in June to her soul mate Brian.

Colin and I had met him a while ago, and it was obvious how happy they made each other. They were married just over a week ago at a beautiful old church in Straford-upon-Avon. The sun shone, the bells rang, the children played, and we all had the best of times.

 

Pipa and BrianIt wouldn’t really have mattered if the rain had fallen, as predicted, but it was an absolute bonus that it didn’t! I have to say it made both Colin and I even more excited about our forthcoming nuptials, and we think we may well have found the perfect venue too! Watch this space – I’ll let you know as soon as I do.

Talking of watching, I thought you might like to see this little bit of an introduction to my August Jewellery Pick – yes of course it’s Diamonique, and a truly, stylish yet simple design. Based around the ever popular linear look, its clean lines make it really easy to wear – so I hope you’ll like it as much as I do.


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Finally, as promised, I have been working on a new competition – Ali’s Audio – which if successful, will hopefully become a regular feature on the blog.

Liz Earle prizeI have secured a fab prize – the Liz Earle, 7 Piece Radiant Face and Body Collection, worth over £120!

All you have to do is guess what this ‘seasonal sound’ is and leave a comment below.

The competition closes at midnight on the 15th August – find the terms and conditions here.

A little clue to help you… the noise is linked to an insect, seen at this time of the year! I will look forward very much to reading your guesses :).

I hope you have a great week and will have a few moments to let me know how you’re getting on.

With my love, Ali xx

 

627 Comments

  1. Denise Thomas August 5, 2014 at 6:12 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison, I would love to win this Liz Earle competition, as her products are always enjoyed. I think the sound is water, either rain or a water fountain. My other half believes that the sound was sizzling sausages! He is far more imaginative than me!

  2. Julie August 5, 2014 at 7:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    A lovely and informative blog as usual.
    I can’t wait to hear about your Wedding plans-don’t leave us waiting too long!!
    Hope Sam is ok too.
    Have some lovely photo’s of “the girls” so will send you some. They look so alike especially when Lily was a baby.
    I was going to enter the competition but didn’t want to make a fool of myself with an answer! You know I’m LE’s biggest fan! Even converted Rebecca too as unfortunately she’s suffering with her skin at the moment.
    Take care as always, love to the family
    Julie xx The Girls xxxxxxxxx

  3. Kerry August 5, 2014 at 8:37 pm -  Reply

    I think its a water feature, hope im right x

  4. Ruby Homawala August 6, 2014 at 8:44 am -  Reply

    This sounds like the rain going pitter patter.

  5. loraine plumb August 6, 2014 at 9:22 am -  Reply

    Hi alison how nice to spend some quality time with your sons they look really nice lads my son Gary and his girlfriend have just come back from a few days in london and also jersey which they liked very much.my daughter and husband are of to Italy in a few weeks .Les and I have booked a holiday to fuengerola in 2weeks from bournemouth saves driving all the way to gatwick we went to costa do sol a few years ago but further down the island at puerto banus quite honestly we left it so late to book there was not a lot at availability left especially if you wanted earlier flight times anyway can’t wait now.What nice photos of pipa and her husband what a lovely day you must have had she seems a lovely person I wondered if any other presenters went well must go now,off to work take care love Loraine xxx

  6. Sue Lee August 6, 2014 at 11:21 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison I think the sound is sizzling sausages on your mighty barbie!!!!!

  7. Linda Dunn August 6, 2014 at 4:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, it sounds like the water fountain in your garden, fantastic blog by the way.x linda dunn

  8. clair downham August 6, 2014 at 5:23 pm -  Reply

    some sort of water rountain trickling

  9. Sharon jones August 6, 2014 at 6:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi alison is it a bbq

  10. susan August 6, 2014 at 6:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I had a good chuckle at that mature, well hung sign!!! You’re hilarious! I am so glad you have all had such great days and evenings over the summer. What a busy time of it as always! Has Lucy tied the knot with Simon? Henry is gorgeous!! Sorry sam is having a hard time with his leg. To be expected I guess but no less difficult I hope he gets to enjoy the road trip. Wasn’t pipa a doll at her wedding! Beautiful. I hope you and Colin have as great a time. Btw you and Claire were stunning too. Chat soon x

  11. karen latif August 6, 2014 at 6:11 pm -  Reply

    sounds like a fountain

  12. Frances Wood August 6, 2014 at 6:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison – that’s definitely the sound of something delicious cooking on the barbecue!

  13. Megan August 6, 2014 at 6:33 pm -  Reply

    It sounds like a campfire crackling.

  14. michelle August 6, 2014 at 6:38 pm -  Reply

    sausages on the barbie

  15. Julie August 6, 2014 at 6:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi again Ali
    I will enter the competition as could do with more LE!! I think it’s sizzling sausages or at least a BBQ.
    Speak soon
    Julie xx The Girls xxxxxx

  16. Pauline Simpson August 6, 2014 at 6:58 pm -  Reply

    Got to be a fountain!!

  17. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen watching via sky tv August 6, 2014 at 7:12 pm -  Reply

    hi ali hope you and your family are well
    idid enjoy xmas in july

  18. Anneka Hulse August 6, 2014 at 8:25 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  19. Paul Mellor August 6, 2014 at 8:28 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like rain

  20. Kathycakebread August 6, 2014 at 8:35 pm -  Reply

    a water feature

  21. Georgina Jacobs August 6, 2014 at 8:41 pm -  Reply

    It sounds like sausages cooking on a bbq to me! I’m hungry now you’ve made my tummy rumble. They’re so delicious especially with Heinz brown sauce. thanks x

  22. michelle banks August 6, 2014 at 9:02 pm -  Reply

    i think it sounds like sizzling sausages in a pan!

  23. Bern August 6, 2014 at 9:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Lovely blog as usual!
    I think it might be a garden water feature

  24. Dave Fallows August 6, 2014 at 9:32 pm -  Reply

    It’s a barbie! (yum, yum)

  25. jenny wise August 6, 2014 at 9:34 pm -  Reply

    It sounds like a water feature trickling

  26. Ali Marshall August 6, 2014 at 9:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    To me the sound is of summer rain dripping off the end of the gutters. My senses as a result of this sound have been set alight so much I am looking through my box of Yankee melts to burn somethin appropriate……maybe……water garden…yup!! Thats the one…..
    From one Ali to another:-)

  27. Emily August 6, 2014 at 9:41 pm -  Reply

    What a wonderful prize, I really love Liz Earle products. To me, the mystery sound really sounds like a trickling water feature. It reminds me of summer days spent relaxing in the garden :)

  28. Emily Carter-Dunn August 6, 2014 at 9:50 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like sausages or another meat on the barbeque to me!

  29. hayley Green August 6, 2014 at 9:54 pm -  Reply

    The rain, so calming :)

  30. claire little August 6, 2014 at 9:56 pm -  Reply

    cooking of some sort

  31. Neil Firth August 6, 2014 at 10:05 pm -  Reply

    Rain falling

  32. Kerry August 6, 2014 at 10:27 pm -  Reply

    is it the crackling of a fire?

  33. Mary Baldwin August 6, 2014 at 11:31 pm -  Reply

    As I can’t anything, I’ll guess it’s the sound of Pimms being poured over ice in a glass.

  34. MANDY DOHERTY August 6, 2014 at 11:32 pm -  Reply

    Something sizzling on the bbq

  35. Kym Robson August 7, 2014 at 12:13 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    Sounds like sausages cooking on a BBQ

  36. Laura August 7, 2014 at 1:49 am -  Reply

    This sounds like the refreshing sound of Rain.

  37. helen lord August 7, 2014 at 5:14 am -  Reply

    Rain

  38. Isabell Stewart August 7, 2014 at 6:20 am -  Reply

    I think it’s rain

  39. NickyMB August 7, 2014 at 6:41 am -  Reply

    Rain

  40. Susan Crosswaite August 7, 2014 at 6:44 am -  Reply

    Rain (I think!)

  41. Fiona K August 7, 2014 at 6:46 am -  Reply

    I am guessing rain

  42. Helen-Marie August 7, 2014 at 6:51 am -  Reply

    Rain :) xxx

  43. MARY HEALD August 7, 2014 at 6:52 am -  Reply

    Pitter Patter of raindrops

  44. Amy Halliday August 7, 2014 at 7:09 am -  Reply

    Rain xx

  45. winnie August 7, 2014 at 7:10 am -  Reply

    I guess its the rain :)

  46. Joanne Lyles August 7, 2014 at 7:16 am -  Reply

    Rain

  47. Tracey Belcher August 7, 2014 at 7:19 am -  Reply

    Good Morning Alison – Thank you for the blog and lovely competition. I think the noise must be some kind of water such as a water feature/garden fountain. Thank you for the fun

  48. Stuart Edwards August 7, 2014 at 7:22 am -  Reply

    The sound of Rain :)

  49. Fiona R-P August 7, 2014 at 7:23 am -  Reply

    Sounds like rain :) Fabulous prize.

  50. Mrs Rachel Heap August 7, 2014 at 7:26 am -  Reply

    Rain

  51. Claire Smith August 7, 2014 at 7:28 am -  Reply

    Rain

  52. Leanne Newsome August 7, 2014 at 7:33 am -  Reply

    Rain

  53. liane mccreanor August 7, 2014 at 7:37 am -  Reply

    RAIN :-)

  54. Elaine Savage August 7, 2014 at 8:04 am -  Reply

    rain

  55. Sue Matejtschuk August 7, 2014 at 8:07 am -  Reply

    This is a clever idea for a competition, but even with my speakers all up on maximum, I can barely hear anything! What I can hear sounds like a water feature or rain falling.

  56. Kerry Gray August 7, 2014 at 8:09 am -  Reply

    Rain

  57. sharon mead August 7, 2014 at 8:11 am -  Reply

    I think it sounds like rain, not sure though…..

  58. jacqui Fleming August 7, 2014 at 8:12 am -  Reply

    Rain :)

  59. S.Richards August 7, 2014 at 8:16 am -  Reply

    Rain

  60. Moira Round August 7, 2014 at 8:20 am -  Reply

    Hi,Alison.
    I think it sounds like something cooking on your BBQ.

  61. Michelle H. August 7, 2014 at 8:23 am -  Reply

    Someone watering the garden with a hose.

  62. Alice Matthews August 7, 2014 at 8:23 am -  Reply

    Not BBQ weather! It is the sound of rain.

  63. D INGRAM August 7, 2014 at 8:24 am -  Reply

    rain

  64. ollieamelia August 7, 2014 at 8:27 am -  Reply

    The rain

  65. Sandra Stitchell August 7, 2014 at 8:32 am -  Reply

    Rain, I hope.

  66. MAUREEN NORTON August 7, 2014 at 8:33 am -  Reply

    I think it’s rain.

  67. Michelle Austin August 7, 2014 at 8:36 am -  Reply

    rain

  68. Laura Jeffs August 7, 2014 at 8:38 am -  Reply

    Rain :-)

  69. Kirsty Hall August 7, 2014 at 8:40 am -  Reply

    Rain :)

  70. Julie Bissett August 7, 2014 at 8:49 am -  Reply

    It sounds like rain.

  71. angela edmonds August 7, 2014 at 8:50 am -  Reply

    i think it sounds like rainfall!!!!!

  72. Kathryn Davies August 7, 2014 at 8:52 am -  Reply

    rain

  73. Angela Walker August 7, 2014 at 8:56 am -  Reply

    Rain

  74. christine August 7, 2014 at 8:58 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison lovely blog. Is the sound rain

  75. sue hodges August 7, 2014 at 8:59 am -  Reply

    rain

  76. Mrs P August 7, 2014 at 9:03 am -  Reply

    Rain

  77. karen keywood August 7, 2014 at 9:03 am -  Reply

    rain

  78. Dawn Taverner August 7, 2014 at 9:04 am -  Reply

    rain

  79. Katie L August 7, 2014 at 9:05 am -  Reply

    Rain

  80. Mark August 7, 2014 at 9:05 am -  Reply

    Angels tears

  81. Rachel Arnup August 7, 2014 at 9:05 am -  Reply

    Rain.

  82. claire August 7, 2014 at 9:06 am -  Reply

    it sounds like it could be raindrops?
    looks like you’re having a great summer anyway :)

  83. andrea Miles August 7, 2014 at 9:07 am -  Reply

    water feature

  84. Kelly Glen August 7, 2014 at 9:13 am -  Reply

    Rain

  85. claire nutman August 7, 2014 at 9:13 am -  Reply

    Rain my darling…………x

  86. liz denial August 7, 2014 at 9:16 am -  Reply

    it sounds like rain

  87. CHARMAINE HAMMOND August 7, 2014 at 9:19 am -  Reply

    Rain

  88. JOAN COLLIER August 7, 2014 at 9:23 am -  Reply

    RAIN

  89. Val Swift August 7, 2014 at 9:23 am -  Reply

    Rain

  90. catherine August 7, 2014 at 9:24 am -  Reply

    Rain. Which is apparently very good for washing the face. Not as good as let products though!!

  91. Suzanne Sendell August 7, 2014 at 9:25 am -  Reply

    Rain

  92. steven young August 7, 2014 at 9:26 am -  Reply

    Sounds like Rainfall to me

  93. Hassni August 7, 2014 at 9:26 am -  Reply

    Sounds like rain.

  94. patrick newell August 7, 2014 at 9:26 am -  Reply

    Rain

  95. Penny H August 7, 2014 at 9:26 am -  Reply

    I think it is rain on your patio

  96. ELISABETH BARNWELL August 7, 2014 at 9:32 am -  Reply

    I THINK ITS RAIN

  97. Zoe G August 7, 2014 at 9:32 am -  Reply

    Rain

  98. Jan Kirkcaldy August 7, 2014 at 9:34 am -  Reply

    RAIN

  99. Rachael Simmons August 7, 2014 at 9:35 am -  Reply

    Sounds like rain :)

  100. Rebecca bickerton August 7, 2014 at 9:38 am -  Reply

    Rain, rain go away, come again another day :)

  101. Miserable_Me1 August 7, 2014 at 9:38 am -  Reply

    sounds liked rain to me

  102. David Prince August 7, 2014 at 9:42 am -  Reply

    Rain

  103. Kasia Lewandowska August 7, 2014 at 9:43 am -  Reply

    Rain

  104. Stephanie Tsang August 7, 2014 at 9:45 am -  Reply

    Hi, I think it’s rain.

  105. Zoe Hope August 7, 2014 at 9:47 am -  Reply

    Rain

  106. sarah goodman August 7, 2014 at 9:48 am -  Reply

    Rain

  107. Claire Chapman August 7, 2014 at 9:49 am -  Reply

    Rain!

  108. tompob August 7, 2014 at 9:54 am -  Reply

    RAIN

  109. sue masterson August 7, 2014 at 9:55 am -  Reply

    rain

  110. Carys Jones August 7, 2014 at 9:56 am -  Reply

    It sounds like rain to me

  111. Danielle Goddard August 7, 2014 at 9:59 am -  Reply

    got to be RAIN!

  112. Janet King August 7, 2014 at 10:00 am -  Reply

    Rain

  113. Adam August 7, 2014 at 10:01 am -  Reply

    Rain

  114. donna August 7, 2014 at 10:07 am -  Reply

    Sounds like some refreshing rain falling, just what you need to help them lovely veggies grow

  115. Susannah Loudon August 7, 2014 at 10:07 am -  Reply

    The obvious answer would be raindrops but I actually think it is a cat drinking water out of a bowl :)

  116. Julie Feathers August 7, 2014 at 10:08 am -  Reply

    Rain

  117. Christine Dodd August 7, 2014 at 10:13 am -  Reply

    Raindrops

  118. CAROLINE PRITCHARD August 7, 2014 at 10:25 am -  Reply

    Rain

  119. Justine Hughes August 7, 2014 at 10:34 am -  Reply

    Rain, love the sound.

  120. Alexa Cesaretto August 7, 2014 at 10:36 am -  Reply

    Rain

  121. Gillian Holmes August 7, 2014 at 10:36 am -  Reply

    Rain

  122. Lisa Collins August 7, 2014 at 10:47 am -  Reply

    Rain

  123. Joanne Mapp August 7, 2014 at 10:51 am -  Reply

    Rain

  124. T Spratt August 7, 2014 at 10:52 am -  Reply

    Beautiful raindrops falling – well it sounds like that to me anyway, what a fabulous competition! Thank you.

  125. catherine plant August 7, 2014 at 10:56 am -  Reply

    rain

  126. Elaine August 7, 2014 at 10:58 am -  Reply

    Rain

  127. Linda Bilson August 7, 2014 at 11:06 am -  Reply

    I think it sounds like rain

  128. terence raymond lewis August 7, 2014 at 11:07 am -  Reply

    Rain

  129. Sheila McLean August 7, 2014 at 11:08 am -  Reply

    Raining again!

  130. Lucy Walker August 7, 2014 at 11:08 am -  Reply

    Falling rain

  131. Carol August 7, 2014 at 11:16 am -  Reply

    Rain

  132. Rosie August 7, 2014 at 11:24 am -  Reply

    Rain

  133. Sally Lea August 7, 2014 at 11:31 am -  Reply

    It’s the rain.

  134. Hazel Wright August 7, 2014 at 11:36 am -  Reply

    Rain, a sound I’m very familiar with since it happens so often here in the hills!

  135. nicci cowdell-murray August 7, 2014 at 11:47 am -  Reply

    rain

  136. jo Dunthorne August 7, 2014 at 11:48 am -  Reply

    Rain!

  137. Janice Cox August 7, 2014 at 11:50 am -  Reply

    Rain is my guess

  138. Margaret Dunlop August 7, 2014 at 11:53 am -  Reply

    A water feature

  139. Maine Blue August 7, 2014 at 11:53 am -  Reply

    Oh well, as much as I’d like to say something different I have to agree it’s rain also

  140. Cairlin August 7, 2014 at 11:57 am -  Reply

    Rain

  141. Lesley August 7, 2014 at 12:04 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  142. Kathryn PROTO August 7, 2014 at 12:05 pm -  Reply

    Rain x

  143. Debbie Timms August 7, 2014 at 12:06 pm -  Reply

    I think it must be rain! x

  144. kerry August 7, 2014 at 12:09 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  145. Kathleen marsden August 7, 2014 at 12:09 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  146. Jan Beal August 7, 2014 at 12:11 pm -  Reply

    I think the sound is summer rain

  147. claire August 7, 2014 at 12:22 pm -  Reply

    rain

  148. Brigitte Leprince August 7, 2014 at 12:32 pm -  Reply

    Answer: Rain

  149. Paula August 7, 2014 at 12:32 pm -  Reply

    I think its rain

  150. Janet Meikle August 7, 2014 at 12:42 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like a garden water feature – perhaps a statue of a little boy having a wee!

  151. IRENE BOLTON August 7, 2014 at 12:53 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  152. Claire Jeffreys August 7, 2014 at 12:54 pm -  Reply

    rain

  153. Leanne Easdown August 7, 2014 at 12:55 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  154. Christina Field August 7, 2014 at 12:56 pm -  Reply

    Rain.Love Liz Earl.been using for 10 years.

  155. verity August 7, 2014 at 1:00 pm -  Reply

    rain

  156. Ellie Fletcher August 7, 2014 at 1:05 pm -  Reply

    Rain x

  157. Jo Young August 7, 2014 at 1:15 pm -  Reply

    I think it’s rain or a type of water feature

  158. Susie M August 7, 2014 at 1:17 pm -  Reply

    Burgers on the BBQ!

  159. amelia August 7, 2014 at 1:18 pm -  Reply

    THE ANSWER is –
    RAIN! x

  160. adele August 7, 2014 at 1:22 pm -  Reply

    Rain. :)

  161. EMMA PIKE August 7, 2014 at 1:24 pm -  Reply

    RAIN

  162. Elaine Hodgkinson August 7, 2014 at 1:40 pm -  Reply

    Rainfall

  163. trish August 7, 2014 at 1:42 pm -  Reply

    I think its rain

  164. sandra b August 7, 2014 at 1:56 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  165. Mary August 7, 2014 at 1:59 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like rain

  166. Bel August 7, 2014 at 2:11 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  167. Julie Henderson August 7, 2014 at 2:13 pm -  Reply

    i think RAIN

  168. Rebecca Muncaster August 7, 2014 at 2:15 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like Rain

  169. Clare White August 7, 2014 at 2:15 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  170. Alison August 7, 2014 at 2:28 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  171. Velma Stokes August 7, 2014 at 2:37 pm -  Reply

    I think it sounds like rain

  172. lorna kennedy August 7, 2014 at 2:45 pm -  Reply

    the sound of rain x

  173. Louise Dawson August 7, 2014 at 2:58 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  174. karen delaney August 7, 2014 at 3:07 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like rain.

  175. miss emma louise hogan August 7, 2014 at 3:15 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  176. Kelly Curtis August 7, 2014 at 3:24 pm -  Reply

    rain

  177. Claire Sims August 7, 2014 at 3:32 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  178. Heather T August 7, 2014 at 3:35 pm -  Reply

    A garden sprinkler

  179. Gilly L August 7, 2014 at 3:37 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  180. Laura August 7, 2014 at 3:41 pm -  Reply

    Rain!

  181. Helen Swales August 7, 2014 at 3:51 pm -  Reply

    It’s the sound of rainfall.

  182. Amy PJ August 7, 2014 at 4:00 pm -  Reply

    I was going to say chips in a deep fat fryer until the “plop” sound! Maybe something sizzling on a BBQ!

  183. Vicky S August 7, 2014 at 4:03 pm -  Reply

    Rain!

  184. Vakhida August 7, 2014 at 4:12 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  185. Benita Sefton August 7, 2014 at 4:54 pm -  Reply

    That sounds like the Great British Summer rainfall to me!

  186. Steph Cater August 7, 2014 at 5:05 pm -  Reply

    My first instinct was to go with dripping water, perhaps a sprinkler? Then I wondered if it was meat sizzling on the BBQ? Or tap-dancing crickets?…

  187. Rebecca I August 7, 2014 at 5:05 pm -  Reply

    I come from Lincoln so this is a familiar sound – the rain

  188. Liz August 7, 2014 at 5:22 pm -  Reply

    a fountain

  189. lynn lewer August 7, 2014 at 5:27 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  190. Naomi Harrison August 7, 2014 at 5:36 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like rain to me.

  191. P J Bates August 7, 2014 at 6:11 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  192. Rachel Bartlett August 7, 2014 at 6:30 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  193. Julie August 7, 2014 at 6:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I’ve already entered once but did not see my name so will try again.
    I think it’s sausages or something on a BBQ.
    Take Care
    Julie xx The Girls xxxx

  194. Sarah-Jane Laycock August 7, 2014 at 6:43 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like RAIN to me! x

  195. Laura Ste August 7, 2014 at 6:49 pm -  Reply

    I think it’s rain.
    Laura x

  196. janet e August 7, 2014 at 7:23 pm -  Reply

    RAIN ”

  197. Helen Lloyd August 7, 2014 at 7:29 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  198. Helen Lloyd August 7, 2014 at 7:30 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  199. Danika Lloyd August 7, 2014 at 7:39 pm -  Reply

    Hail stones?

  200. Miss Tracy Hanson August 7, 2014 at 7:45 pm -  Reply

    My extremely vague answer is water (of some kind), although Dad said it was frying bacon (I have no idea why). A great blog and a fantastic give away.

  201. Alan Chung August 7, 2014 at 7:52 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  202. Jacki Hamer August 7, 2014 at 7:59 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  203. Corrin Davies August 7, 2014 at 8:10 pm -  Reply

    oh i hope its rain, please please please be rain!

  204. Linda Matthews August 7, 2014 at 8:11 pm -  Reply

    I think it is someone filling up a paddling pool

  205. Rachel M August 7, 2014 at 8:13 pm -  Reply

    Rain.

  206. Charlotte T August 7, 2014 at 8:23 pm -  Reply

    My guess is rain :) x

  207. Alix Johnson August 7, 2014 at 8:26 pm -  Reply

    Water of some description.

  208. Rich Tyler August 7, 2014 at 8:38 pm -  Reply

    Answer: RAIN :)

  209. Jane Lethbridge August 7, 2014 at 8:39 pm -  Reply

    I think it is rain

  210. Pam Whitham August 7, 2014 at 8:45 pm -  Reply

    It sounds like rain

  211. Cher W August 7, 2014 at 8:47 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  212. Nigel Hollingsworth August 7, 2014 at 8:48 pm -  Reply

    Twinkly little stars coming down from the sky and pinging off the windows :)

  213. Anna Macey August 7, 2014 at 8:49 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  214. K Beer August 7, 2014 at 9:12 pm -  Reply

    I hear ‘Rain’

  215. Luisa Lauren August 7, 2014 at 9:13 pm -  Reply

    sounds like Rain to me

  216. Sarah Donaldson August 7, 2014 at 9:23 pm -  Reply

    I think rain :)

  217. Emma Jeffery August 7, 2014 at 9:23 pm -  Reply

    I think it sounds like rain!

  218. Samantha Lea August 7, 2014 at 9:24 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  219. annette August 7, 2014 at 9:34 pm -  Reply

    BBQ cooking

  220. sharon buchalter August 7, 2014 at 9:42 pm -  Reply

    it sounds like rain to me

  221. Daxterpink August 7, 2014 at 9:49 pm -  Reply

    rain

  222. Danielle Vedmore August 7, 2014 at 9:50 pm -  Reply

    Rain?

  223. Katie Prentice August 7, 2014 at 9:55 pm -  Reply

    ♥ ♥ My guess is a water feature, as we have one and it is that same lovely calming trickling sound! Great blog and thanks for a wonderful comp! ♥ ♥ ♥

  224. Suzanne Brown August 7, 2014 at 10:00 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  225. Gillian August 7, 2014 at 10:00 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  226. angela sandhu August 7, 2014 at 10:03 pm -  Reply

    rainfall

  227. Sarah Morris August 7, 2014 at 10:10 pm -  Reply

    Is it rain perhaps?

  228. Suzanne Cooke August 7, 2014 at 10:17 pm -  Reply

    I think its rain.

  229. Rachael G August 7, 2014 at 10:18 pm -  Reply

    I think it’s rain.

  230. susan L August 7, 2014 at 10:27 pm -  Reply

    Gentle Rain

  231. Vivien Baird August 7, 2014 at 10:28 pm -  Reply

    It sounds like Rain.

  232. Elodie Ladlow August 7, 2014 at 10:57 pm -  Reply

    rain :)

  233. Andrew Taylor August 7, 2014 at 10:58 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  234. Tara Clover August 7, 2014 at 11:22 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  235. John Tingay August 7, 2014 at 11:25 pm -  Reply

    Bacon frying on a camping stove (is your mouth watering yet?)

  236. Pauline August 7, 2014 at 11:29 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali,
    Your blog again was full of lovely things, I laughed at the photo of Colin are you bragging?.
    The answer to the competition is rain
    Keep well,
    Pauline. X

  237. Jemma Beynon August 7, 2014 at 11:54 pm -  Reply

    rain……………

  238. lucy winter August 8, 2014 at 12:36 am -  Reply

    Hello Ali
    Love Liz Earle’s products. Excellent prize for the competition.
    it sounds a real heavy rainy day.

  239. Jacqueline Fawcett August 8, 2014 at 12:52 am -  Reply

    Rain :)

  240. kathleen kerr August 8, 2014 at 1:09 am -  Reply

    i think the answer is rain?!

  241. alison keenan August 8, 2014 at 7:12 am -  Reply

    Morning Denise, and thanks for the guesses – yours and your other half’s! All correct answers will go into the drawer and I’ll announce the winner next Friday! Enjoy the weekend :) Love Ali x

  242. alison keenan August 8, 2014 at 7:14 am -  Reply

    Dear Julie, So glad you enjoyed the blog and the photos. Colin and I are just trying to sort suitable dates before we can book the venue. With four teachers in the family we’d like to make it easier and choose a holiday time, so I think that will probably determine it. You really should enter the competition – the braver the guess the better! It is a ‘seasonal’ sound, so something you’d only really hear at this time of the year… if that’s a bit of a clue! :) Keep in touch, and I’ll look forward to seeing the photos, love Ali x

  243. alison keenan August 8, 2014 at 7:15 am -  Reply

    Kerry I’m liking your way of thinking… but you’ll have to wait a little longer to see if you’re correct! Have a great weekend, love Ali x

  244. alison keenan August 8, 2014 at 7:16 am -  Reply

    Ruby thanks for your guess – keep checking in as I’ll announce the winner next week :) Love Ali xx

  245. alison keenan August 8, 2014 at 7:18 am -  Reply

    Hi Loraine and thanks for writing to me. I wish I could lay claim to all three lads in the photo, but Sam on the left is my son, Edd and Rob belong to other folk! :) Glad your son Gary and his lady have enjoyed their hols and that you too will soon be jetting off to Fuengerola – I am sure you’ll have a lovely time :) Yes Pipa’s wedding was a really happy day, and as it was a really small family affair, it was just Claire, me and Beverley Cressman (one of our guests) who went. Enjoy your weekend, and don’t forget to have a guess at the competition! Love Ali xx

  246. alison keenan August 8, 2014 at 7:19 am -  Reply

    Sue you made me laugh out loud with your suggestion – indeed it is a mighty BBQ and will be put to good use this weekend when we have all Colin’s children over and a few friends too! Check next week to see if you’ve won the goodies :) Love Ali x

  247. alison keenan August 8, 2014 at 7:22 am -  Reply

    Hi Mandy, and thanks for your guess. You’re thinking along the right lines as this is a ‘seasonal’ sound, and not one you’d necessarily hear at any other time of the year… ! Winner to be announced next week! Love Ali x

  248. alison keenan August 8, 2014 at 7:23 am -  Reply

    Kym, like Mandy, you’ve made a good guess! See if it’s correct next week and thanks for taking the time. Enjoy the weekend, Love Ali x

  249. alison keenan August 8, 2014 at 7:23 am -  Reply

    Hi Laura, refreshing rain! We’ve had a fair bit of it here over the last few days, but promises to be another warm sunny one again today. Thanks for your guess, and I will be announcing the winner next week – enjoy the weekend, love Ali xx

  250. alison keenan August 8, 2014 at 7:27 am -  Reply

    Good Morning to Helen Lord, Isabell Steward, NickyMB, Susan Crosswaite, Fiona K, Helen-Marie and Mary Heald. Thanks for your guesses! All the correct answers will be put into a hat and the winner drawn out at the end of next week! Do check to see if you’re right! Love Ali xx

  251. alison keenan August 8, 2014 at 7:28 am -  Reply

    Hello there Amy Halliday (any relation to our Jilly??)Winnie, Joanne Lyles, Stewart Edwards and Fiona R-P – All correct guesses will go into the drawer! Hope you’ve not had TOO much rain over the last week and will enjoy the weekend, Love Ali xx

  252. alison keenan August 8, 2014 at 7:29 am -  Reply

    Dear Tracey, so glad you enjoyed the blog and the photos, and I am pleased that you think the competition idea is a good one! Seems to be picking up speed as the week wears on which is nice :) A good guess and thank you for it – enjoy your weekend, love Ali xx

  253. alison keenan August 8, 2014 at 7:31 am -  Reply

    Clearly you’re all Liz Earle fans and don’t want to miss out on the prize so thanks for your guesses – Mrs. Rachel Heap, Claire Smith, Leanne Newsome, Liane McCreanor and Elaine Savage :) Watch this space for the winner next week! Love Ali xx

  254. alison keenan August 8, 2014 at 7:32 am -  Reply

    Hello there Sue and thanks for your guess, although I’m sorry you struggled to hear the sound. I will speak to the lovely Amirah and see if there’s anything she can do to tweak it. A good guess though that ties in with the ‘seasonal’ clue, and I will announce the winner at the end of next week. Love Ali xx

  255. alison keenan August 8, 2014 at 7:34 am -  Reply

    Well this answer seems to be popular :) the clue though is that it’s ‘seasonal’…. Thanks to Kerry Grey, Sharon Mead (if you’re not sure you can always take a second guess :) Jacqui Fleming, S. Richards, Alice Matthews and D Ingram. Love Ali x

  256. alison keenan August 8, 2014 at 7:35 am -  Reply

    Hi there Moira, well there will be plenty of cooking this weekend on our BBQ as we have Colin’s children coming round and a few friends :) Thanks for your guess, and I’ll be drawing out a winner at the end of next week, love Ali xx

  257. alison keenan August 8, 2014 at 7:36 am -  Reply

    Nice original guess Michelle! And thank you for it. Enjoy the weekend, love Ali x

  258. alison keenan August 8, 2014 at 7:37 am -  Reply

    Thanks to Ollieamelia, Sandra Stitchell, Maureen Norton, Michelle Austin, Laura Jeffs, Kirsty Hall, Julie Bissett, and Angela Edmonds – all singing from the same hymn sheet! Fingers crossed girls, and watch this space for the winner, love Ali xx

  259. alison keenan August 8, 2014 at 7:40 am -  Reply

    Good Morning to Kathryn Davies and Angela Walker and thanks both for your guesses…. Incase you’ve missed the previous comments a little bit of a clue… It’s a ‘seasonal’ sound, so not something you’d probably hear as we move into the winter…. So… without wishing to give the game away, you, and anyone else, are MORE than welcome to take a second guess… But only if you want to! :) Love Ali xx

  260. Mary Judge August 8, 2014 at 8:28 am -  Reply

    Rain

  261. Jan Mooney August 8, 2014 at 8:54 am -  Reply

    Rain

  262. Karen Slight August 8, 2014 at 9:21 am -  Reply

    rain

  263. Laura C. Martin August 8, 2014 at 9:38 am -  Reply

    Rain

  264. kazza ham August 8, 2014 at 10:01 am -  Reply

    sounds like rain to me

  265. anna warner August 8, 2014 at 10:48 am -  Reply

    English weather I’m guessing!

  266. Jo Carroll August 8, 2014 at 11:43 am -  Reply

    Here comes the rain again, Falling on my head like a memory. (The Eurythmics) ;)

  267. Emma Heath August 8, 2014 at 12:50 pm -  Reply

    Rain :)

  268. Julie August 8, 2014 at 1:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I’m trying again to enter the competition. I’ve tried 3 times now but my name doesn’t seem to appear.
    I think it’s sausages or a BBQ at least.
    Speak soon
    Julie xx The Girls xxxxx

  269. Debbie Davis August 8, 2014 at 1:12 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  270. pauline hill August 8, 2014 at 1:59 pm -  Reply

    rain

  271. Jim Milligan August 8, 2014 at 2:05 pm -  Reply

    Rain on a BBQ

  272. Lauren August 8, 2014 at 2:41 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  273. Jessica Wilde August 8, 2014 at 2:50 pm -  Reply

    Rain… Or maybe a hosepipe…

  274. C Kennedy August 8, 2014 at 4:38 pm -  Reply

    It sounds like rain to me!

  275. Angela August 8, 2014 at 5:24 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  276. christine szlobodnik August 8, 2014 at 6:15 pm -  Reply

    Rain?

  277. loraine plumb August 8, 2014 at 6:57 pm -  Reply

    The answer is rain I hope love Loraine

  278. Rebecca Boucher August 8, 2014 at 7:29 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  279. Sheri Darby August 8, 2014 at 7:32 pm -  Reply

    Food cooking on the barbecue

  280. mary chez August 8, 2014 at 7:41 pm -  Reply

    I think its rain

  281. Tracy Newton August 8, 2014 at 9:05 pm -  Reply

    It sounds like rain

  282. lyn burgess August 9, 2014 at 12:00 am -  Reply

    think it’s rain

  283. Lynn Brown August 9, 2014 at 8:07 am -  Reply

    Seasonal rain!

  284. Christina M August 9, 2014 at 8:58 am -  Reply

    Rain

  285. Fiona Noblet August 9, 2014 at 9:15 am -  Reply

    RAIN

  286. Nuj August 9, 2014 at 9:46 am -  Reply

    Sausages sizzling (on a bbq?)

  287. Linda Dunn August 9, 2014 at 10:06 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, great blog as usual, I think it might be your water feature.

  288. Jeane Houston August 9, 2014 at 10:39 am -  Reply

    Sound like rain

  289. Janet Thornton August 9, 2014 at 10:44 am -  Reply

    Rain

  290. Janet Thornton August 9, 2014 at 10:46 am -  Reply

    A paddling pool being filled.

  291. Katrina Wakelin August 9, 2014 at 1:03 pm -  Reply

    I think it’s rain.

  292. pat cochrane August 9, 2014 at 1:42 pm -  Reply

    It does sound a bit like rain lapping against the windows but as your clue mentions insects I am going to guess CRICKET/S. It is a complete guess as I am a townie and know nothing much about nature. Its worth a guess for this great Liz Earle prize. Good one Alison.

  293. Helen G August 9, 2014 at 2:03 pm -  Reply

    Rain :)

  294. christine burton August 9, 2014 at 2:25 pm -  Reply

    it is rain

  295. amy clarke August 9, 2014 at 5:10 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  296. Vikki Sanderson August 9, 2014 at 5:10 pm -  Reply

    A spider eating a fly?

  297. June Munday August 9, 2014 at 5:45 pm -  Reply

    Rain.

  298. Victoria N August 9, 2014 at 6:38 pm -  Reply

    Splishy splashy rain!

  299. Chris Garty August 9, 2014 at 6:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    I have been following your progress over the last few years since you were diagnosed with breast cancer and you look fantastic now, truly glowing. Little did I know that I too would walk the same path (or similar) when diagnosed in May 2013. It was a great comfort to me to be able to see your progress to spur me on through my treatments. I am nearing the end of Herceptin and then I have the reconstruction to go through. I had the pleasure of doing a photoshoot for Breast Cancer Care in June and I was brave enough to do it without the wig (my first outing au natural). I had a blast mixing with the other ladies and sharing stories, tips and advice. Here is a link to the video on their website. I would really appreciate if you would have a look and let me know what you think.
    http://www.breastcancercare.org.uk/news/vita-magazine/my-story
    I am at the bottom Christine Story.
    It is thanks to you and QVC that I was aware of BCC and they are a huge support to us. So thank you for making me aware of them.
    I wish you all the very best for your upcoming nuptials and I continue to smile every time I see you on QVC.
    With much love, Chris xxx
    PS I am wearing a lot of purchases from QVC can you spot them?

  300. Sue Wilson August 9, 2014 at 7:20 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like butterfly wings to me!

  301. Louise Mcnicol August 9, 2014 at 7:36 pm -  Reply

    I think it’s the rain and it probably is quite seasonal for the UK!

  302. maureen findley August 9, 2014 at 8:46 pm -  Reply

    rain

  303. janet rutherford August 9, 2014 at 8:51 pm -  Reply

    Just hit my 40s so starting to look at skin care so this would be a great start. The answer is rain.

  304. Emma B August 9, 2014 at 8:59 pm -  Reply

    Rain :)

  305. Emma Baker August 9, 2014 at 9:03 pm -  Reply

    i’d say it be rain!

  306. Sue Dyer August 9, 2014 at 9:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, thanks for the great competition and brilliant prize. I think the sound is of food cooking on the BBQ. So glad you and Colin were able to attend Pipa’s wedding. She looked beautiful and so very happy. Excited to hear about your wedding plans and venue etc. You will look very beautiful too on your special day with Colin xx

  307. Kathryn Rowe August 9, 2014 at 9:20 pm -  Reply

    Argh, this is driving me mad! Ha ha After listening loads and reading the comments I’m going for wood crackling on a fire pit. Hope I’m right, cant wait for it to be revealed!

  308. Catherine August 9, 2014 at 9:29 pm -  Reply

    Sizzling Sausages on the barbie.

  309. Julie Ward August 9, 2014 at 9:52 pm -  Reply

    A garden sprinkler

  310. AIMEE SWIFT August 9, 2014 at 10:42 pm -  Reply

    rain

  311. Zoe August 9, 2014 at 10:45 pm -  Reply

    you’ve set a hard comp ali, hmm, I think fountain but not confident because of the clue.

  312. MONICA JACKSON August 9, 2014 at 10:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali I think you are watering the garden.

  313. denise jennians August 9, 2014 at 10:51 pm -  Reply

    could it be a Dragonfly?

  314. Marilyn Jones August 9, 2014 at 11:07 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    l think the insect is a fly which rhythms with fry ,so it is a frying pan on a camping stove as the camping season is upon us .God bless
    Marilyn Jones

  315. Jay August 9, 2014 at 11:09 pm -  Reply

    A garden sprinkler???

  316. Jackie Owen August 9, 2014 at 11:35 pm -  Reply

    At first I thought it was rain,but that’s not seasonal.I am guessing sausages on your Barbie.Hope I am right as Liz Earle is my favourite,and judging by how many people have entered she,s theirs as well.

  317. ROSIE EVANS August 10, 2014 at 12:23 am -  Reply

    rain

  318. joanne torrance August 10, 2014 at 12:25 am -  Reply

    rain

  319. sandra catherwood August 10, 2014 at 10:59 am -  Reply

    Think the sound is food cooking. BEST WISHES TO YOU ALL.

  320. Jacqui K August 10, 2014 at 11:40 am -  Reply

    Rain

  321. Laura Pinnell August 10, 2014 at 12:03 pm -  Reply

    Rain :)

  322. Rachel Sorrentino August 10, 2014 at 12:12 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  323. Emma Kerrigan August 10, 2014 at 12:45 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  324. Donna Iles August 10, 2014 at 3:06 pm -  Reply

    I think the sound is rain .

  325. Anonymous August 10, 2014 at 3:06 pm -  Reply

    rain l think

  326. Stacy August 10, 2014 at 4:03 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like rain

  327. Christine Clarke August 10, 2014 at 4:13 pm -  Reply

    It sounds like rain to me x

  328. FionaLynne Edwards August 10, 2014 at 4:14 pm -  Reply

    It sounds like Rain

  329. carole eaves August 10, 2014 at 5:25 pm -  Reply

    i’ll guess the bumble bee
    fab prize Ali, and lovely photos.
    hope to win as i love cleanse and polish…

  330. sophia kearney August 10, 2014 at 5:43 pm -  Reply

    rain

  331. ANN NOON August 10, 2014 at 6:10 pm -  Reply

    Thinking of beautiful Amica and Beulah today.I can’t believe it is one year.Miss them on QVC.Love to you Ali you remain a huge inspiration to me.Ann
    xx

  332. CAROL PATTRICK August 10, 2014 at 6:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali – Enjoying your blog. I think the sound is food cooking on the BBQ

  333. Louise Smith August 10, 2014 at 6:35 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  334. Ann Mckenna August 10, 2014 at 6:57 pm -  Reply

    It sounds like rain!

  335. Louise August 10, 2014 at 7:16 pm -  Reply

    rain

  336. Jacqui Hand August 10, 2014 at 7:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Is it a Bee gathering nectar.
    So glad you enjoyed your break, you look well rested with a wonderful tan.
    Love Jacqui

  337. Pat Daly August 10, 2014 at 8:08 pm -  Reply

    After listening 6 times sounds like water flowing on pebbles. a relaxing sound. reminds me of a home water feature I bought a good few years ago when they were all the range.
    unusual compeition though 10 out 10 for that.
    Patricia

  338. Mary Collister August 10, 2014 at 8:13 pm -  Reply

    Rain.

  339. Jill Hensher August 10, 2014 at 8:21 pm -  Reply

    Please enter me in your competition.

  340. Teresa Lee August 10, 2014 at 8:23 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like rain

  341. Catharine Amaro August 10, 2014 at 9:05 pm -  Reply

    rain

  342. Kerry Vallance August 10, 2014 at 11:00 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  343. miss natalie wallace August 10, 2014 at 11:40 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  344. Tammy Tudor August 10, 2014 at 11:42 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  345. Jane Knowles August 11, 2014 at 1:45 am -  Reply

    To me it sounds like something sizzling on the barbecue yummy xx

  346. Mary Morphy August 11, 2014 at 7:07 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali…firstly I think the noise is a bee collecting pollen..or a butterfly so..I am a little late with my responses and again typing on phone so please excuse typo’s. Its coming to the end of Bonkers Season for me but unfortunately mum is unwell and has been in hospital since 5 am Friday..she deteriorated from Wednesday night to Thursday no longer being able to walk with her stick and becoming weak. she had back and stomach pain too so I phoned the doc Thursday and was advised to call him Friday if no change. I stayed with her Thursday..not quite ready to sleep in what was my dad’s room so was sitting in my mum’s chair listening for mum. To cut to the chase two ambulances and a rapid response vehicle in 4 hours due to mum falling from her bed finally resulted in an admission. Needlesss to say nothing much happens over the weekend; the promised visit by the stroke team, physio and occupational therapy have not happened neither has a supposedly urgent scan which is needed as her pancreas and liver are enlarged and may be the cause of an infection in her blood. and due to visiting restrictions we haven’t seen a doc so I’m going up with my sister hoping to see her consultant at 8.30 this morning. mum made no improvement and as you can imagine is very confused. we have completed a leaflet called All About Me designed by the Alzheimers society so information about the patient can be accessed by all members of her care team. A great idea. Don’t get me wrong the staff are brilluant butt there just aren’t enough of them and its skeleton staff at the weekend.and that’s just the way it is.
    Pipas wedding looked beautiful and perfect as did Pipa and her family..you and Clare looked great too..nice frocks. your wedding will come round very quickly. its my 18th wedding anniversary on 24th August! Jack had a great cricket tour in great Yarmouth and when I collected him one of the older players that went came over to me and said he was an absolute pleasure to take and what a lovely polite lad he was..how proud was I!! We are awaiting his gcse results on 21st August..he’s dreading it but ive ssid what’s dome is done and whatever happens he’s done his best and it will all workoout. Hes 17 on 5 Sept so I’ve arranged the start of his driving lessons for that afternoon especially as it will be his first day back at school. He will be on the roads in Westgate at 4.30pm!! Chloe’s county cricket festival in Malvern went brilliantly and they won all their games very convincingly and she got a few wickets too. Thankfully the sun is shining this morning after yesterday’s stormy weather and heavy rain we were more than a little relieved when our Sunday ladies cricket match was cancelled..it was 2.5 hour drive for us in Hertfordshire!! Have a great week..oh and your garden looks great. Flower Power is fab..my geranium and ivy pots are all from last year and survived one of my epic cut backs and the winter..They are positively magnificent and my white agapanthas with blue tips on the flowers are bigger than my daughters head. and thats big!! well i must get ready for the hospital so i will end now and again apologise for any spelling issues. lotsa love Mary

  347. Jen Schofield August 11, 2014 at 7:16 am -  Reply

    Rain

  348. Jackie August 11, 2014 at 10:04 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    Is it the sound of a bee?

  349. Jackie August 11, 2014 at 10:05 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    I think it’s a butterfly – so hope I’m right:)

  350. Caitlin williams August 11, 2014 at 11:08 am -  Reply

    Perhaps a cricket? I’m not very good at these things! Your BBQ looks incredible though, we’re also suffering from too many courgettes so the cooks soup maker may have to be purchased!

  351. Angela Mountain August 11, 2014 at 12:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    I think it is the sound of a cricket

  352. Lucia Jefferson August 11, 2014 at 12:33 pm -  Reply

    rain

  353. Joanne Drake August 11, 2014 at 1:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, I think it’s sausages on the BBQ or in a pan, many thanks,

  354. Rachel Checkley August 11, 2014 at 1:51 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  355. Julie Cook August 11, 2014 at 2:10 pm -  Reply

    A cricket

  356. Rebecca Jackson-Makin August 11, 2014 at 2:15 pm -  Reply

    I’d say Rain

  357. Shona Fleming August 11, 2014 at 2:25 pm -  Reply

    I think its rain

  358. Lynn Hathaway August 11, 2014 at 2:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, I love Liz Earle products and love watching the QVC Beauty shows… have learned an awful lot from them!
    I think the answer is a water feature/fountain in the garden :-)

  359. Nikki Hayes August 11, 2014 at 2:31 pm -  Reply

    Crickets ;o)

  360. wendy gordon August 11, 2014 at 2:32 pm -  Reply

    a wasp eating wood

  361. Hannah Ingham August 11, 2014 at 3:45 pm -  Reply

    Is it the sound of bees in a beehive?

  362. Barbara Michael August 11, 2014 at 5:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, sounds like rain to me.

  363. Kirsten Stewart August 11, 2014 at 6:43 pm -  Reply

    sounds like rain!

  364. Jane Rawe August 11, 2014 at 6:45 pm -  Reply

    Hello Alison
    I’m hoping it’s a butterfly emerging from its chrysalis?!
    :)
    Really hoping I’m the first one to guess!

  365. stephen holman August 11, 2014 at 6:56 pm -  Reply

    Rain – heard plenty of that recently!!! :)

  366. Vas August 11, 2014 at 7:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    Rain.

  367. Jean Cairns August 11, 2014 at 8:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    I don’t seem to be able to get the sound to your comp , but I’m going by your wee clue about the insect noise and probably I ‘m way out but I’ll take a guess and say a Grasshopper it’s worth a try as I love Liz Earle
    Can’t wait to find out more about your forthcoming event you look so happy Alison xxxxxx

  368. Elaine Taylor August 11, 2014 at 8:50 pm -  Reply

    rain

  369. Helen Gilbert August 11, 2014 at 8:54 pm -  Reply

    A shower of rain

  370. debbie hutchinson August 11, 2014 at 9:14 pm -  Reply

    bubble bee

  371. shell August 11, 2014 at 9:42 pm -  Reply

    I think it is rain

  372. Nikki August 11, 2014 at 9:58 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like rain

  373. Frances Grasby August 11, 2014 at 10:15 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like rain to me

  374. Julie Davies August 11, 2014 at 11:11 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like rain to me :-)

  375. Yasmin Mat August 12, 2014 at 12:33 am -  Reply

    I think it’s a BBQ :)

  376. Yasmin Mat August 12, 2014 at 12:34 am -  Reply

    Sorry definitely RAIN XX

  377. Jane wilson August 12, 2014 at 7:46 am -  Reply

    Sounds like it’s raining

  378. Deborah B August 12, 2014 at 8:17 am -  Reply

    Cooking on the BBQ

  379. Angela Mountain August 12, 2014 at 8:29 am -  Reply

    I think it is a cricket

  380. christy beckett August 12, 2014 at 9:32 am -  Reply

    Rain x

  381. Tina Holmes August 12, 2014 at 9:57 am -  Reply

    It does sound like Rain, pretty relaxing too

  382. JAN COX August 12, 2014 at 10:39 am -  Reply

    bumble bee

  383. Sarah Flanagan August 12, 2014 at 10:59 am -  Reply

    Rain :)

  384. kristin burdsall August 12, 2014 at 11:48 am -  Reply

    Sounds like running water and if we are talking seasonal then it has to be rain. Wouldn’t be summer in Manchester without rain!

  385. Laura smith August 12, 2014 at 12:09 pm -  Reply

    Bees

  386. Jane Knowles August 12, 2014 at 1:09 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like succulent sizzling sausages or simply something yummy cooking on a summer barbecue xx

  387. Kathryn Morris August 12, 2014 at 1:16 pm -  Reply

    rain

  388. Jackie Elliott August 12, 2014 at 1:42 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like rain :)

  389. elaine stokes August 12, 2014 at 1:52 pm -  Reply

    sounds like rain

  390. Robert Price August 12, 2014 at 2:48 pm -  Reply

    Rain or a water feature

  391. Kerry Pool August 12, 2014 at 3:51 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like rain :)

  392. P Boardman August 12, 2014 at 4:00 pm -  Reply

    The drip drip drip of water…:)

  393. Sheila Sloan August 12, 2014 at 4:01 pm -  Reply

    rain

  394. leanne williams August 12, 2014 at 4:12 pm -  Reply

    rain

  395. Carole Forster August 12, 2014 at 5:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi answer is Bumble bee.
    I am an ardent fan of Liz Earle use all her products and love them all.x

  396. Tiffany Oconnell August 12, 2014 at 5:16 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  397. Aimee Rayn August 12, 2014 at 5:29 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like rain!

  398. Barbara Handley August 12, 2014 at 5:55 pm -  Reply

    Rain.

  399. julie booth August 12, 2014 at 6:39 pm -  Reply

    i think it is rain.

  400. Juno August 12, 2014 at 7:45 pm -  Reply

    going to say rain as thats linked to crickets and there are plenty of them about at the moment

  401. Claire Tucker August 12, 2014 at 7:51 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  402. Norma McGill August 12, 2014 at 7:55 pm -  Reply

    I think it sounds like rain

  403. lucy vassallo August 12, 2014 at 9:02 pm -  Reply

    I think the noise could be a (BEE) EXTRACTING THE pollen

  404. TeriJ August 12, 2014 at 9:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi, I think that it’s a BBQ

  405. Susan Hoggett August 12, 2014 at 9:18 pm -  Reply

    RAIN

  406. jodie harvey August 12, 2014 at 9:24 pm -  Reply

    Rain :D

  407. Suzanne Hill August 12, 2014 at 9:55 pm -  Reply

    I think its rain

  408. Nicola Holland August 12, 2014 at 9:55 pm -  Reply

    A water fall or fountain :) Lovely and cool on a hot summery day in the garden or park…

  409. Victoria Savill August 12, 2014 at 10:14 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  410. Rachel Butterworth August 12, 2014 at 10:17 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like rain trickling through trees and leaves.

  411. Summer Davidson August 12, 2014 at 11:11 pm -  Reply

    RAIN :D

  412. Pauline August 12, 2014 at 11:39 pm -  Reply

    Sausages cooking on BBQ.

  413. karen August 12, 2014 at 11:43 pm -  Reply

    crickets

  414. Lucy E C August 13, 2014 at 2:56 am -  Reply

    Hello Alison,
    Great blog as always!
    My rather ‘wild guess’ at the competition noise is …… BEES! Possibly honey bees swarming in a hive or pollinating a flower. :-)

  415. Carol D August 13, 2014 at 6:47 am -  Reply

    I think it sounds like rain

  416. Kirsty Woods August 13, 2014 at 8:39 am -  Reply

    Melting butter – butterfly

  417. Kerry Lethbridge August 13, 2014 at 9:04 am -  Reply

    I think it’s crickets

  418. Lauren Old August 13, 2014 at 9:18 am -  Reply

    Is it a slug eating some lettuce?

  419. Wendy August 13, 2014 at 9:42 am -  Reply

    rain

  420. Rebecca Gransden August 13, 2014 at 10:42 am -  Reply

    A babbling water feature

  421. Alison keenan August 13, 2014 at 11:09 am -  Reply

    Dear Chris,thank you very much for taking the time out to write to me, and for the video link. I am sorry that you too have had to deal with all that this wretched disease brings, but very pleased that you have reached the end of your treatment. I wish you all the very best with your reconstruction and I’m sure it’ll make all the difference to you. I would have loved to watch the video but am in Wales a the moment and my iPad won’t let me! I promise to watch it tho once I’m home :). You take care, and thank you for your kind words – so glad we were able to help even if only in a small way, love Ali xx

  422. Georgia McAllister August 13, 2014 at 11:26 am -  Reply

    Rain

  423. Elizabeth Marshall August 13, 2014 at 11:54 am -  Reply

    Seasonal sound…
    I’m going with WIND, RAIN and THUNDER.
    It may be summer but we’ve had plenty of that! ;D

  424. Lindsey Kent August 13, 2014 at 12:07 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  425. Sharon Fordham August 13, 2014 at 12:27 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  426. Denise Jones August 13, 2014 at 12:35 pm -  Reply

    Food on a BBQ – I think!
    Not sure if my speakers are dodgy, could well be my ears – lol – but fun to guess!

  427. jo liddement August 13, 2014 at 12:36 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like sausages sizzling on a barbecue

  428. TONY WESTON August 13, 2014 at 12:41 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  429. Hilary Schofield August 13, 2014 at 12:45 pm -  Reply

    Love to enter comp but unfortunately as someone else said even with sound turned up fully can’t hear a thing so sound of silence.

  430. Ruth Liddle-Howden August 13, 2014 at 12:49 pm -  Reply

    a water feature

  431. LeeAnn Palmer August 13, 2014 at 1:06 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like rain :)

  432. Angela Allen August 13, 2014 at 1:51 pm -  Reply

    sounds like crickets rubbing their little legs very quietly xx

  433. Angela Allen August 13, 2014 at 1:53 pm -  Reply

    sounds like crickets rubbing their little legs together very quietly xx

  434. Pauline Wilson August 13, 2014 at 2:01 pm -  Reply

    A sprinkler watering the garden

  435. Valerie Thorpe August 13, 2014 at 2:08 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like rain? Not sure about the insect clue.

  436. Saran Benjamin August 13, 2014 at 2:20 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like rain

  437. JANE ROBINSON August 13, 2014 at 2:51 pm -  Reply

    RAIN

  438. Helen Allan August 13, 2014 at 3:42 pm -  Reply

    Rain.

  439. Lorraine Bradford August 13, 2014 at 3:51 pm -  Reply

    I think it is a caterpillar eating a plant

  440. vanessa humphries August 13, 2014 at 4:12 pm -  Reply

    Is it rain?

  441. Donna D August 13, 2014 at 4:18 pm -  Reply

    It sounds like rain trickling,.. Or maybe a fountain?

  442. reza rezai August 13, 2014 at 4:45 pm -  Reply

    It is the sound of rain.

  443. Jean T August 13, 2014 at 4:58 pm -  Reply

    I think it is sausages cooking on a barbecue.

  444. sue taylor August 13, 2014 at 5:24 pm -  Reply

    it sounds like rain but if the clue is insects then all i can think of is locusts as in the type that come out when you put sausages on the BBQ!!

  445. David Paterson August 13, 2014 at 5:31 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  446. Andrea Williams August 13, 2014 at 6:10 pm -  Reply

    Is it a cricket?

  447. Stevie Fairbairn August 13, 2014 at 6:16 pm -  Reply

    I think it’s something growing, a plant. I need to pick one one so my answer is rhubarb growing. Gosh this is hard.

  448. angela gordon August 13, 2014 at 6:35 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like a Grasshopper

  449. Anne KIAZ Brookes August 13, 2014 at 7:26 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  450. Rebecca Powell August 13, 2014 at 7:43 pm -  Reply

    It sounds like a water fountain

  451. madeline connolly August 13, 2014 at 7:45 pm -  Reply

    RAIN

  452. Abby may August 13, 2014 at 7:52 pm -  Reply

    Rain xx

  453. Sara Owen August 13, 2014 at 7:58 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  454. Chris Fletcher August 13, 2014 at 8:26 pm -  Reply

    Got to be sausages sizzling on the bbq

  455. Lyndsey Beckford August 13, 2014 at 8:41 pm -  Reply

    It sounds like running water to me

  456. Jackie ONeill August 13, 2014 at 9:15 pm -  Reply

    rain

  457. Ruth Wollerton August 13, 2014 at 9:40 pm -  Reply

    Rain or a water feature

  458. leemc August 13, 2014 at 10:13 pm -  Reply

    I think its fire as in ‘firefly’

  459. Carole Collins August 13, 2014 at 10:24 pm -  Reply

    Cricket! Love reading your blogs, looking forward to hearing where the wedding venue will be.

  460. Lynda Sanderson August 13, 2014 at 10:40 pm -  Reply

    sounds like rain

  461. Sarah Ballantyne August 13, 2014 at 10:46 pm -  Reply

    A summer shower xx

  462. Sue Harrison August 13, 2014 at 10:50 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like summer rain to me

  463. Michelle Wiley August 13, 2014 at 10:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    is it a water fountain.
    I would love to have Liz Earle products for a luxury treat for myself as it my 25th Wedding Anniversary on 26th August 2014.
    We were married at 3pm on the 26th August 1989. I can still remember the day so clear.
    Thanks Ali
    Michelle x

  464. Kim Lam August 13, 2014 at 11:28 pm -  Reply

    It sounds like rain to me

  465. mark ELSON August 13, 2014 at 11:33 pm -  Reply

    the sound of silence

  466. Brenda Wilkes August 14, 2014 at 1:08 am -  Reply

    Think it’s rain!

  467. Jane Gorton August 14, 2014 at 1:08 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Great update, I guess a fountain (one of Richard’ water features??)
    Kind regards.
    Jane.

  468. Laura Murray August 14, 2014 at 1:52 am -  Reply

    Sounds like a babbling brook x

  469. Jean Stewart August 14, 2014 at 5:32 am -  Reply

    Could it be the sound of cicadas

  470. Deborah Wheeler August 14, 2014 at 6:05 am -  Reply

    sounds like rain

  471. Sylvia Gill August 14, 2014 at 6:08 am -  Reply

    Rain Rain … home a win comes my way

  472. Cathryn bowen August 14, 2014 at 6:09 am -  Reply

    Rain

  473. nicolanikki August 14, 2014 at 6:19 am -  Reply

    Rain

  474. Marie Bell August 14, 2014 at 6:23 am -  Reply

    Sounds like rain to me

  475. Linda Hughes August 14, 2014 at 6:44 am -  Reply

    Rain

  476. Claire Stepton August 14, 2014 at 7:03 am -  Reply

    Rain

  477. Valerie Handley J H August 14, 2014 at 9:36 am -  Reply

    sounds like a dragonfly to me

  478. Jay Hill August 14, 2014 at 9:57 am -  Reply

    Rain

  479. steph lovatt August 14, 2014 at 10:13 am -  Reply

    I think the answer is Rain

  480. Zoe August 14, 2014 at 10:38 am -  Reply

    I now guess a barbeque

  481. carol boffey August 14, 2014 at 11:09 am -  Reply

    rain

  482. Alison Turner August 14, 2014 at 11:49 am -  Reply

    Is it bees in a hive making the honeycombs.

  483. Angela Spicer August 14, 2014 at 11:50 am -  Reply

    I think it’s rain

  484. miss emma louise hogan August 14, 2014 at 11:59 am -  Reply

    A grasshopper

  485. Tahira August 14, 2014 at 12:13 pm -  Reply

    I think it’s rain

  486. Laura Caraher August 14, 2014 at 12:19 pm -  Reply

    Lovely blog post again with great pictures :) I was torn between rain but as you mentioned it is linked to an insect I’m going to go with dragonfly as I’ve been seeing lots of them about the last few weeks :)

  487. Jessica Newman August 14, 2014 at 12:22 pm -  Reply

    rain

  488. Lucy Harris August 14, 2014 at 12:41 pm -  Reply

    Rain :)

  489. Kelly Brooks August 14, 2014 at 12:43 pm -  Reply

    rain

  490. Andrea Stevens August 14, 2014 at 1:05 pm -  Reply

    I think this is the sound of a cricket.

  491. JACQUELINE ROBERTS August 14, 2014 at 1:48 pm -  Reply

    A Caterpillar munching?

  492. Keshia Esgate August 14, 2014 at 1:51 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  493. Lindy Hine August 14, 2014 at 1:56 pm -  Reply

    I have no idea! :) Sounds like water but if it’s linked to an insect found at this time of year I’ll just say wasp!

  494. Michelle Wild August 14, 2014 at 2:11 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  495. Elizabeth Ferguson August 14, 2014 at 2:13 pm -  Reply

    Water feature .. it is raining here.

  496. Kirsty August 14, 2014 at 2:47 pm -  Reply

    Linked to an insect? I think a buzzy busy bee! I hope so! Remember to help those poor bees out! They love lavender plants ;)

  497. ANGELA LONG August 14, 2014 at 2:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    A pure guess to your seasonal sound is perhaps a water feature in your garden, trickling slowly?

  498. Heidi Brown August 14, 2014 at 2:55 pm -  Reply

    i think it sounds like rain!

  499. Andrea August 14, 2014 at 2:58 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  500. rachael jones August 14, 2014 at 3:00 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  501. Alison keenan August 14, 2014 at 3:11 pm -  Reply

    Dear Mary, thanks so much for your guess and all your news. Firstly I am so sorry to hear about your mum, and as I’m rather late in replying I very much hope that things have improved for her by now. Alzheimers is such a cruel disease, and when you are unable to communicate with someone properly it makes diagnosing a problem so much harder. Please keep me in touch. How was Jack’s birthday and his driving lesson? I’m sure he will have done well in his GCSE’s too! Happy wedding anniversary for the 24th – I hope you will be truly spoiled

  502. LYNNE SCOTT August 14, 2014 at 3:12 pm -  Reply

    WATER FEATURE

  503. Tamara Foster August 14, 2014 at 3:30 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  504. J Wallace August 14, 2014 at 3:53 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  505. Kerry L August 14, 2014 at 4:02 pm -  Reply

    I think it is the sound of a butterfly!! Very delicate and quiet!!

  506. K McGuinness August 14, 2014 at 4:04 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  507. alison barker August 14, 2014 at 4:17 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  508. melissa manning August 14, 2014 at 4:29 pm -  Reply

    It’s rain ^________^

  509. Lol August 14, 2014 at 4:38 pm -  Reply

    BBQ

  510. chirag patel August 14, 2014 at 4:39 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  511. Avs August 14, 2014 at 4:39 pm -  Reply

    BBQ

  512. Julie Guy August 14, 2014 at 4:50 pm -  Reply

    I think it’s rain.

  513. lyn west August 14, 2014 at 5:21 pm -  Reply

    rain

  514. Charmian Filewood August 14, 2014 at 5:33 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like water, probably rain :P

  515. helen August 14, 2014 at 5:33 pm -  Reply

    Hia Ali, remember my saying….
    Don’t wait for the storm to pass, learn to dance in the RAIN.
    Is rain the answer? Will write soon, so busy at the moment. Hope you are ok?
    Luv as always
    Helen s xxx

  516. Florence Cross August 14, 2014 at 5:39 pm -  Reply

    I’m thinking it’s rain, and I’ve heard enough in the last week :)

  517. Sarah Bates August 14, 2014 at 6:24 pm -  Reply

    The rain!!

  518. kathleen hooper August 14, 2014 at 6:33 pm -  Reply

    RAIN??

  519. Sara H August 14, 2014 at 6:40 pm -  Reply

    Complete guess as I can’t access link!
    A cricket!

  520. Fiona Mallard August 14, 2014 at 6:41 pm -  Reply

    I think it’s rain

  521. pauline black August 14, 2014 at 6:58 pm -  Reply

    sounds like a water feature of some sort!

  522. Jo Booth August 14, 2014 at 7:09 pm -  Reply

    A barbecue :-)

  523. Lila B Taylor August 14, 2014 at 7:30 pm -  Reply

    I think its a BBQ crackling x

  524. Jade Scott August 14, 2014 at 7:39 pm -  Reply

    I think it sounds like rain.

  525. lisa dolatowski August 14, 2014 at 7:44 pm -  Reply

    I think it could be a bee….!!

  526. Diana August 14, 2014 at 7:45 pm -  Reply

    Rain :)

  527. cecelia allen August 14, 2014 at 7:46 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like rain to me.

  528. kate knight August 14, 2014 at 7:48 pm -  Reply

    rain

  529. Kirsty Norton August 14, 2014 at 7:54 pm -  Reply

    Rain!

  530. Michelle Ring August 14, 2014 at 7:54 pm -  Reply

    Hmm… I’m racking my brains here trying to guess.
    If it’s linked to an insect, could it be the sound of food cooking on a Bee Bee Q? ;) (It’s a stretch, I know, but I’ll take whatever inspiration I can get! *grins*)
    Having said that, I can’t make up my mind whether it’s that or the sound of rain falling on the yummy food cooking on the Bee Bee Q! ;)

  531. Leigh Larkin August 14, 2014 at 7:55 pm -  Reply

    I think it’s rain….

  532. san August 14, 2014 at 7:58 pm -  Reply

    rain landing on my parched flowers

  533. Rachael Marsden August 14, 2014 at 8:02 pm -  Reply

    rain

  534. Sarah Parker August 14, 2014 at 8:14 pm -  Reply

    rain :)

  535. Annaloa Hilmarsdottir August 14, 2014 at 8:16 pm -  Reply

    It sounds rather like a fountain, or it could be rain gushing out of your drainpipe.

  536. Barrie Phillips August 14, 2014 at 8:16 pm -  Reply

    Rain falling

  537. Paul Witney August 14, 2014 at 8:40 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  538. Laura Vitty August 14, 2014 at 8:42 pm -  Reply

    Is it water moving, rain? Or a mosquito?

  539. Emily August 14, 2014 at 8:51 pm -  Reply

    It sounds like wood crackling on the fire pit ….. which means the insect might be a ‘fire’fly? ;)

  540. Julia Wulff August 14, 2014 at 8:54 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  541. claire fawkner August 14, 2014 at 9:08 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  542. antonia richardson August 14, 2014 at 9:26 pm -  Reply

    bbq

  543. Emma H August 14, 2014 at 9:29 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  544. Kristy Brown August 14, 2014 at 9:40 pm -  Reply

    Is it Rain?

  545. Victoria August 14, 2014 at 9:44 pm -  Reply

    Rain, methinks :)

  546. Caroline Toner August 14, 2014 at 9:51 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  547. pandorasbox August 14, 2014 at 9:54 pm -  Reply

    summer rain

  548. Solange August 14, 2014 at 9:57 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  549. Kerry Chaston August 14, 2014 at 9:59 pm -  Reply

    Rain x

  550. Rachel B August 14, 2014 at 9:59 pm -  Reply

    it’s the rain

  551. Linda Matthews August 14, 2014 at 10:04 pm -  Reply

    I think this is the sound of a garden hose trickling into a paddling pool

  552. Wendy Payne August 14, 2014 at 10:04 pm -  Reply

    Its a snail or slug. Fingers crossed xx

  553. colin faulkner August 14, 2014 at 10:11 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  554. Rebecca Ruff August 14, 2014 at 10:13 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  555. Dorothy Maloney August 14, 2014 at 10:17 pm -  Reply

    is it the sound of the dreaded…….mosquito’s???????????

  556. Deanne Harrison August 14, 2014 at 10:20 pm -  Reply

    its got to be the lovely sound of rain falling xx

  557. Emily Fraser August 14, 2014 at 10:43 pm -  Reply

    Rain :)

  558. Gul August 14, 2014 at 10:43 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like a tap running outside

  559. Susan Smith August 14, 2014 at 10:46 pm -  Reply

    I’m guessing the sound is the Barrie being used
    Glad you look so well Alison

  560. Susan Smith August 14, 2014 at 10:47 pm -  Reply

    I’m guessing the sound is food being cooked on the Barbie in your garden, glad you are looking so well Alison

  561. Beth Bowdler August 14, 2014 at 10:55 pm -  Reply

    I think it’s rain

  562. DELL SANDERS August 14, 2014 at 10:57 pm -  Reply

    Since I enjoy food, I would say its the BBQ. Perfect to enjoy in this weather

  563. Amanda Rose August 14, 2014 at 11:10 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  564. Joanna Sawka August 14, 2014 at 11:12 pm -  Reply

    rain

  565. Vanessa F August 14, 2014 at 11:13 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like rain to me.

  566. Lani Nash August 14, 2014 at 11:20 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  567. Beth August 14, 2014 at 11:23 pm -  Reply

    I think it’s the sound of our summer….RAIN

  568. Felicity Kelly August 14, 2014 at 11:31 pm -  Reply

    I think it’s rain, fingers crossed

  569. natalie holland August 14, 2014 at 11:31 pm -  Reply

    Rain??

  570. Tracy August 14, 2014 at 11:35 pm -  Reply

    If it’s a seasonal sound I’m guessing it’s rain? It sounds a bit ‘thick’ to be rain but maybe it’s running out of a drainpipe!

  571. JAMES HOLYLAND August 14, 2014 at 11:49 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  572. Jasmina K. August 14, 2014 at 11:57 pm -  Reply

    cicadas

  573. Allan August 14, 2014 at 11:57 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  574. Kimberley Howes August 15, 2014 at 12:03 am -  Reply

    Rain

  575. Vid Ram August 15, 2014 at 12:10 am -  Reply

    Rain

  576. Karina Braekkan August 15, 2014 at 12:14 am -  Reply

    Rain

  577. Keeley August 15, 2014 at 12:18 am -  Reply

    Rain

  578. julia woods August 15, 2014 at 12:19 am -  Reply

    sounds like being outside in the rain

  579. Jane Middleton August 15, 2014 at 12:22 am -  Reply

    rain

  580. H. Detre August 15, 2014 at 12:31 am -  Reply

    WOW this is tough….I am going to guess that it’s a moth/butterfly flapping near a light or a termite gnawing away at some wood??

  581. DANIELLE FROWDE August 15, 2014 at 1:18 am -  Reply

    It’s rain drops on roses (or whiskers on kittens).These are a few of my favourite things

  582. Alison August 15, 2014 at 6:08 am -  Reply

    Rain

  583. Shirley Giles August 15, 2014 at 6:27 am -  Reply

    Answer : Rain

  584. emma willcock August 15, 2014 at 8:30 am -  Reply

    Rain :)

  585. A Benson August 15, 2014 at 8:47 am -  Reply

    Rain

  586. Sarah Lewis August 15, 2014 at 8:49 am -  Reply

    Rain

  587. Tony Allan August 15, 2014 at 9:19 am -  Reply

    Rain

  588. Sue Kirk August 15, 2014 at 9:41 am -  Reply

    I think it is water coming from a watering can

  589. Meryl Rees August 15, 2014 at 9:49 am -  Reply

    It sounds like rain but how is that linked to an insect?

  590. Sabita August 15, 2014 at 9:54 am -  Reply

    It sounds like something I love a lot…Rain!

  591. GILL CORBITT August 15, 2014 at 10:09 am -  Reply

    Spunds to me like rain!

  592. Mary Martin August 15, 2014 at 10:15 am -  Reply

    Rain

  593. ann ryan August 15, 2014 at 10:16 am -  Reply

    Lovely blog, and a difficult competition think the sound is an insect walking and eating something- could it be a cricket perhaps?or an ant as they seem to be every where at this time of year!

  594. Joanne Baldwin August 15, 2014 at 10:20 am -  Reply

    Sounds like rain to me!

  595. Jane Sanderson August 15, 2014 at 11:03 am -  Reply

    Bees buzzing in the garden

  596. Marilyn Jones August 15, 2014 at 11:06 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali, wrote my comments days ago but can’t see them so I am re submitting .fly the summer insect rhymes with fry.So I think it is a sizzling frying pan on a camping stove or barbecue,both seasonal activities

  597. Kerry Hedges August 15, 2014 at 11:53 am -  Reply

    Sounds like rain :)

  598. m.heath August 15, 2014 at 11:58 am -  Reply

    is it a fountain?

  599. Zoe Flynn August 15, 2014 at 12:58 pm -  Reply

    I think its rain :)

  600. Heather Jenkinson August 15, 2014 at 1:25 pm -  Reply

    The answer is Rain.

  601. Sam Furniss August 15, 2014 at 2:12 pm -  Reply

    I sounds like a fountain or rain.

  602. Loretta Cerioli August 15, 2014 at 2:29 pm -  Reply

    Summer rain falling off house guttering.

  603. Shelley Jessup August 15, 2014 at 3:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi there,
    I am saying RAIN!
    Have a super weekend x

  604. Michelle Edmonds August 15, 2014 at 3:58 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  605. George Worboys Wright August 15, 2014 at 4:06 pm -  Reply

    I think it’s an insect eating!

  606. Trish Ormerod August 15, 2014 at 4:40 pm -  Reply

    I think it’s the sign of the great British summer – rain!

  607. Faye Reed August 15, 2014 at 4:57 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  608. Eleanor Barley August 15, 2014 at 5:19 pm -  Reply

    I think it might be rain? Definitely getting a lot of it recently!

  609. Susan Carruthers August 15, 2014 at 6:36 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  610. Carl Mitchell August 15, 2014 at 7:37 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  611. Denise S August 15, 2014 at 8:41 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  612. Susan Willshee August 15, 2014 at 8:44 pm -  Reply

    I’m probably completely off here because I can’t even hear the sound! I’ve got my volume turned up to max but it just sounds like silence to me.
    Going purely by your clue of an insect heard this time of year I’m going with a grasshopper.
    If I’m right that will be the luckiest guess ever :-)

  613. Susie Betts August 15, 2014 at 9:05 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  614. Cathy Porteus August 15, 2014 at 9:09 pm -  Reply

    It sounds like rain falling

  615. Alisa Moore August 15, 2014 at 9:13 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  616. Paula Phillips August 15, 2014 at 9:22 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  617. Christine Constable August 15, 2014 at 9:43 pm -  Reply

    Rain

  618. Caroline August 15, 2014 at 10:11 pm -  Reply

    The British summer. (Rain)

  619. Jan Leonard August 15, 2014 at 10:20 pm -  Reply

    grasshoppers or cricket insects

  620. Kathryn S August 15, 2014 at 10:23 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like rain to me

  621. Charlotte August 15, 2014 at 10:47 pm -  Reply

    My guess is a mosquito x

  622. Portia Mattinson August 15, 2014 at 11:06 pm -  Reply

    Rain ☔️

  623. Elaine Paton August 15, 2014 at 11:22 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like crickets to me!

  624. Rebecca Gokmen August 15, 2014 at 11:42 pm -  Reply

    We think it’s a dragonfly/butterfly coming out of its cocoon.

  625. jan leonard August 16, 2014 at 3:03 pm -  Reply

    crickets or a grasshopper,

  626. Chris Turner August 18, 2014 at 4:21 pm -  Reply

    Cricket(s)

  627. Chris Turner August 18, 2014 at 4:22 pm -  Reply

    OOPS!
    late to the party as ever, I have just realised that this competition is now closed.
    Sorry!!

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