Here come the girls!


Ali, Lulu and the girlsMy word, what a white world we live in!! Do hope that wherever you are, you're warm, cosy, and have enough food and drink in the house to keep you going until the thaw!

I was impressed with the little man on the TV who used his blue plastic ruler to show there'd been 3" of snow fallen in Kent – that was until Una blogged me and said she'd got 17"! I have asked for her address, believing it to be a great deal closer to the North Pole than Kent is, but have yet to receive a reply :)

We knew it was coming didn't we – it'd been heralded with almost as much excitement as the Royal wedding – but as usual has caused chaos, and the promise of it caused much consternation for me and the girls, when we headed on up to Birmingham for our 'Here Come the Girls' night out. 

Debbie did the driving, and the five of us were wedged into her Renault – wedged because we had so many layers of clothes, snow shoes, blankets, spades and a portaloo, there was precious room to move!  We had to head into Warwick where Julie lives, to get changed, knock back a glass of mulled wine and chomp on a mince pie before the taxi came to take us to the station. 

Last November I saw Lulu, Anastacia and Chaka Khan in London, but we'd chosen Birmingham this time, and of course Heather Small had taken Chaka's place in the trio. Julie had planned our journey meticulously, and had even booked us seats on the train… unfortunately the digital displays above the seats weren't working, so we had to stand.

We did give a small thought to asking the world weary commuters whose bottoms were warming our chosen places of rest to get up and give them back, but soothed by the mulled wine, we thought better of it! Sophie – our very friendly ticket inspector – confirmed that yes, we did have seats, but no she didn't want to ask folk to move either!! To be fair it was a relatively short journey, and we arrived in plenty of time to take our seats for our pre-show dinner – fab! 

We'd got our tickets ages before but Lulu, being the lovely lady that she is, had arranged for us to be closer to the stage – so close we could see the hairs up the guitarist's nose! (worrying as she was female…) but that said, it was brilliant. The girls LOVED it, and I have to say that Heather Small was superb too. 

Seriously, if you want a corking night out, you can't go wrong with this show. Lulu was her spectacular self, and as before, I found it astounding that such a mighty voice can come from such a tiny person :)  She looked awesome in her skin-tight outfit, and at 62 years old, can shake her booty along with the best of them. 

Never mind shaking our booty, all six of us were 'giving it large' in the third row, and I have to make a somewhat tardy apology to the lady in front whose hair I kept catching my fingers in, when really rocking!!! :) 

The fact that we all got to meet Lulu at the end of the show was the icing on the cake, and I thought you'd like to see this picture she had taken with us (top left). The feather boa effect around my neck is in fact my scarf which was part of the many layers I had on!! 

Now for some more news…

It was a great night out, and followed a pretty difficult couple of weeks, where I've been worried about Sam – his health and his future. You've all been so kind with your advice and thoughts which have mirrored my own, and played a large part in my conversation with Sam when he told me he had decided to leave Uni. 

Having been poorly almost since day one, struggled with the constant walking to and from lectures and back to halls, and felt too far from home, he's packed his things and come back. Some may feel it's too soon to make such a decision, but Sam's association with being ill, is with being very ill, and in hospital, and so to have to try and get on with it, when I've always been there to help in the past, is too much is too much I feel…

Life is too short to be unhappy, and I feel he's been through so much in the last three years I just want to see him settled. He's moved in with Ruth his girlfriend, and they're only a short drive from me, so I don't miss him as much…

But the missing him, and Jack and Lucy, had led me to make another decision, and that was to sell my house. A couple who desperately wanted to move into the village had contacted me a year ago, and so after Sam had gone, I got in touch and set things in motion. I've been rattling around in it like a pea in a drum since they went, not dealing really well with my empty nest, and so when the snow fell on Tuesday, I was packing my life up in a van and heading off to a tiny cottage just a mile or so away…

I can see sheep through my bedroom window – well they're a bit camouflaged at present cos of the snow – but when I get past the boxes and muddle I'll write again and let you know how I'm getting on. I've not been 100% certain it was going to happen which is why I've not said anything until now, but that's why I've been a tad addled over the last month! Moving is never easy, but sometimes change is a good thing, don't you think? :) 

Take care, and keep warm and in touch, as it would be good to hear from you,
Love Ali xx


  1. Susan December 3, 2010 at 12:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I am really pleased to hear that Sam has made the decision to leave uni I have to say. I think sometimes we are fighting a losing battle and our health suffers. I have mentioned I am going through something similar and I am coming to a conclusion myself. I don’t know how things are going to pad out and am nervous about that but something has got to give. I am also really pleased that you have moved and are settled with that decision also. I wish you much happiness and health in your new pad!
    Take good care and be safe.
    Susan x

  2. Julie December 3, 2010 at 1:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    So sorry things haven’t been so good for you again. I can imagine it’s been very worrying esp with Sam but I think he’s made the right decision. Life is too short to be unhappy and one’s health is paramount.Uni isn’t for everyone-and you don’t always get a better job at the end of it-only heartache when you have to pay back the fees-speaking as a Mother you understand!!(and Grandmother now!!)
    I’ve moved house loads of times for various reasons so know what you’re going through. I always say “never again” but who knows? but with my job situation as it is it probably will be my last!!
    We’ve had snow and it’s hanging around-and you know what they say!I’m so glad that Baby decided to make an entrance a week early or we could have had problems. Will send photos when you’re settled.
    Hope everyone else in your family are well
    Speak soon,take care
    Julie xx

  3. Jenny Longworth December 3, 2010 at 2:43 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison!
    I was so sorry to hear about Sam’s illness and his decision to leave Uni. My son went to Warwick Uni in October and I’ve been so sad it’s unbelieveable. I told my son about Sam and he said that he fully understood his despair at walking back and forward to Lectures, Seminars and The Halls ( I’d explained about Sam’s accident and illness)and to not feel well, on top of studying, must have been unbearable for him. I’m so pleased that he’s moved in with his girlfriend and that they’ll be very happy together. It’s good that he’s close to you now. I wish I weren’t so far from Son, ( I live in East Sussex which is quite a distance from Warwick). Although, I’m immensly proud of him and that he’s at an excellent Uni, I still wish he were at home with me. I know that sounds incredibly selfish but nothing prepared me for how I would feel, so empty and lost. He’s coming home for Christmas soon and I can’t wait!
    Your cottage sounds lovely, Alison. I so wish I had your courage and independence to change things. I’m sure when you unpack all your boxes it will feel more like home. How lovely to see sheep outside of your window. Anyway, I do hope that Sam, you and your family have a marvelous Christmas and I wish you all the very best for the New Year! Lots of love, Jenny xxx

  4. Dorothy December 3, 2010 at 5:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    Really sorry to hear about Sam, but you can understand what he has been through. As i have always said (HEATLH AND HAPPINESS IS MORE IMPORTANT)Please give him my best wishes im sure something will come his way. I can sympathize with you the house feels empty, Laura phones everyday but its not the same as waiting for them to come in.And as you had three leave well what can one say.
    Hope you will be happy in your new house,a new start.At least you have good friend’s you can rely on.
    As for the snow been stuck in for a week now,going to walk down to mams tomorrow (OR SLIDE DOWN HATE WALKING WHEN ITS ICEY) sick of it now. Walked to the shops Thursday morn as it had stopped snowing by the time i came out of the shops you could not see it was a blizzard i was like a snowman by the time i got home.
    Anyway take care and as the saying goes things things can only get better (FINGERS CROSSED).
    Love best wishes.
    Dorothy xxxxxx
    Dorothy xxxxxx

  5. Una December 4, 2010 at 11:22 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Replied to your previous blog, re my North Pole like habitat!!
    Latest update. 3p.m Friday, 20 inches, and MINUS 14 last night. I DONT LIKE IT!!!
    Ali, Im so glad Sam has made his decision. As you say, life is way too short. Hes had enough unhappiness and pain in his short life, and doesnt need any more. Ive always said to my 2. If you are in a situation thats bad for you, if you arent happy, and can change it, then do it. Lovely that hes closer to you, for both of you.
    Awe, your little cottage sounds idyllic. Can I come stay at yours, cos you dont have so much snow?!!! Im only little, and housetrained LOL!!!!!
    Your night out sound amazing. Heather Small has a wonderful voice doesnt she.
    Very wise I feel, not to antagonise the commuters!! I know when I travelled, i used to hate if i had been waiting hours for a train or bus, then had to listen to happy going out people, it drove me to distraction! Im sure i sat growling and scowling for the entire journey. I remember one time. I had taken 3 hours to get to work (usually 1 hour trip), had to work all day, then more delays to get home. I stood waiting for a train, only to be told eventually, that it was in fact cancelled. had to walk for half an hour to get to a bus stop. Then waited another hour for a bus, in freezing cold wind and sleet. When i did actually get on the bus, I had to stand for the whole journey, (2 hours) as a lady wouldnt lift her small child onto her lap, so that i could sit down. Ar one point, I did actually say “would she mind if i sit down” and she completely ignored me. Very rude, especially as she hadnt paid for the child in the first place, and I spent a fortune every month for my ticket!!! I have never felt so miserable, and burst into tears the minute I got into my lovely cosy house. Grrrrr, dont get me started on public transport!!!!
    Anyway Ali, enough of the ranting! Stay warm and safe. Please give our love to Sam.
    Lots of love
    Una xx

  6. debi stubbs December 4, 2010 at 11:41 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, i am glad Sam is back near you, and i am glad he has moved in with his girlfriend.
    My son has had a tough time this year, he hasn’t been ill but he has struggled with his sexuality and the enevitable happened.
    When he told us we were fine, he is 18 and has been struggling with this since he was 13 years old, he has a heart of gold he’s my son and i will always love him
    When he’s down he always talks to me, i’m a good listener, he was worried about telling the whole family but everyone took it in their stride and we will all support him no matter what.
    Here in Hertfordshire we did not get that much snow a few inches on tuesday and that was it i was hoping for the schools to close as i work at a school and run an afterschool club but no such luck.
    Well i hope i haven’t offended anyone on the forums talking about such a delicate subject if so i apologise.
    I hope you are settling well in your new home and if we don’t chat before i hope you have a fab christmas and an even happier new year.
    Take Care
    Debi x

  7. Gail December 4, 2010 at 4:36 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, life happens to all of us, if we are lucky. Good times, bad times, both of which make us what we are. You have to eat and digest life in order to grow. Sam’s health is paramount and if to maintain that it meant leaving Uni, then so be it. I definitely think the right decision was made. Leaving Uni isn’t life threatening; need I say more. You have obviously gone through a lot yourself over the last few years and I feel that perhaps the stress of everything is finally catching up with you. You’ve done a wonderful job with your children and I’m sure they love and appreciate you very much, but wouldn’t it be nice to be told every now and again. Perhaps it is your time for a bit of pampering (hope you are reading this kids). I agree with Jenny about your courage and independence and the cottage sounds lovely. I do get the feeling that you are down at the moment, but that’s okay. We are all up and down if we admit it, some more than others I admit but I also believe the saying ‘What doesn’t kill us makes us stronger’. I came out of Sainsburys today and stopped at the book counter. I saw a book of Gloria Hunniford with her grandchildren on the cover. Straight away tears came to my eyes thinking of the loss of her beautiful daughter. Puts so many things into perspective.
    I wish I was brave enough to move house; I’ve been in the same house for 34 years but desperately need a change now. I read that Julia Roberts moved recently too. Wish you both love and happiness in your new homes. You take care and I hope you make it to Cornwall. I think you might be lucky with the weather.
    I personally think you need a bit of pampering at the moment. Keep smiling and will speak soon.
    Gail xx

  8. Una December 5, 2010 at 11:32 am -  Reply

    Me again, sorry!
    SOOOOOO excited. Elemis TSV, what can I say?! AMAZING. My 2 will be under my xmas tree. Im going to be smelling lovely for the whole of next year! My lovely husband got me both Loccitane TVSs and now 2 Elemis as well. Then he said, “You wont have any surprises, I wont be able to get any more for you” What more do I need, silly man!!!!!!!!! I cant wait. How many sleeps till Santa gets here?!!!!!!!!!!!
    Hope you are well Ali, and getting settled in your lovely wee cottage.
    Love Una (again) xxxxx

  9. Joanna Downey December 5, 2010 at 8:31 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison, I think that Sam has made a very mature decision, he’s a young man whose adult life has only just started and he will probably change direction many times over the coming years. I also think you’re amazing to just “up sticks” and move, I wish I had such independence of spirit. We live in my family home, having bought it from my Parents after my Father had his first heart attack and they wanted somewhere smaller and easier to maintain. I love this house as a member of the family and close my ears when the old man talks about retiring to York… I feel that I’m a snail and that she’s my shell which I suppose would make me a slug if I lived anywhere else! However, I agree with you that change is refreshing and you sound upbeat about your new home, let us know how the cats are coping with the upheaval. Love Jo from an icy and messy looking Stourbridge

  10. Lynn December 6, 2010 at 2:44 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali..i have to say am “with” the other ladies on your situation+with Sam,things that happen in life always happen for a reason,am a firm believer in will be where your meant to be at a given time,sams leaving uni is down to his own feelings+what he feels is right for him, and not for him or anyone else to make either you or himself be seen/feel as a failure,it takes guts to stand up and say this isnt for me,i know from what daniel says,be it hes enjoying it, uni is very intensive were the workload is concerned,sam sadly has had a very rough ride of it from what youve said,you can never say never ali,roads are for journeys and not destinations,sams will be made clear when the time is right.i know sadly, from the last year or so after been given the blow that i have a chronic rare incurable disease scleroderma(systemic sclerosis)my life span is undecided/and the quality of it too,my motto is to never miss/do/say anything tommorrow,just live and enjoy the day+keep my smile on,i do hope you enjoy your new home…a new make new wonderful memories with those you love,and put your own stamp on it,i know it will be filled with your own special brand of warmth..priceless, merry christmas+a happy new year to you and yours Ali love as per Lynn xx

  11. Rhona Fenton December 6, 2010 at 8:36 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison sorry to hear sam has not been keeping well maybe now that he has decided to come out off uni things might help and start to pick up again and am sure Ruth with take good care off him and with mum not that far, please give sam all our love and hope things will get better for him soon thanks:)Rebecca decided to come out off collage too like sam alot off different reasons and she herself has been through the mill and as you say life is to short to be unhappy! I will email you Alison so look out for that but happy to hear about your move hope you have seatled in well:) and you say you have sheep outside your window, my view from my kitchen is off Highland cows looking rather white at the moment:)I will write soon Alison, glad you girls all had a great time out:) love to you and the family Rhona xx

  12. Una December 6, 2010 at 11:52 am -  Reply

    Hi Debi
    Please please dont apologise for ANYTHING, I cant speak for everyone, but I am certainly not offended.
    Your son sounds like a lovely, and very brave young man. Its just a shame that he has had such a difficult time this year. As we say often, life is too short. I hope that now, he can live his life and be happy.
    It sounds like he has a strong and supportive family around him, and Im sure that now, any problems that arise, can be dealt with more easily. A problem shared etc.
    My best wishes to all your family, especially your son.
    Lots of love Una xx
    Ps. Ali, I hope you dont think I hijacked your blog, but just wanted to leave a wee message for Debi.
    Hiya to Sam, hope you are feeling better. x

  13. Susan December 6, 2010 at 12:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    On a happier note I have just read Debbie G’s blog and it as usual is fab! You girlies look absolutely stunning and clearly a good night was had by all at the Lola Rose 10th party!! You ladies do love your parties! Good for you spreading the joy! Hope you had a great night at the QVC Christmas party – hope it wasn’t cancelled!
    Take care,
    Susan x

  14. Cindy Corrigan December 6, 2010 at 12:37 pm -  Reply

    My dearest sweetpea, you do seem to have had your fair share of dark times happening to you of late. Well done to Sam for making a brave decision, I am sure it will all work out, with a lovely Mum like you how can it fail. I so hope you will be happy in your cottage, it is always difficult to make the first step, but I am sure you will be fine. We are retiring this year and downsizng and moving to a new area, most daunting, but needs to be done – must look on it as a great adventure!
    I hope you will be happy Ali, and that all your children will be safe and well. You seem to be a very caring and special person and I am sure all your kindness and caring cannot go unrewarded.

  15. Elaine Sallis December 6, 2010 at 12:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Firstly can I thank you for the lovely card you sent re the birth of Poppy. I was delighted and didnt expect a reply, thank you for taking time in what has been a hard few weeks for you. I have two grown up children and have always tried to be there 100% even if that means leaving words very firmly in my head!!!
    The most important thing is that our children are as happy as they can be in life and that in our hearts we know we have done everything we can to make that possible.
    It must have been a very hard decision for Sam to make and even harder for you.
    I wish you both all the best and hope life starts to get easier for you all.
    All the best in your new house and carry on being you as you are so lovely to us all.

  16. Debz December 6, 2010 at 3:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    So sorry to hear about your Sam and his ill health. It must have been a hard decision to make to leave uni but he had the courage to do it I’m sure because he knew his mom would understand and accept his decision with a smile and a hug.
    Good for you for moving house. Sometimes it’s hard to let go of the past and move on and leaving a house full of memories must have been hard for you but you can make new, happy memories in your little cottage. I love sheep and am so jealous that you have them to look at.
    Anyway, you take care Ali and have a wonderful Christmas. Ainzley and I are sending you a big hug!!

  17. alison keenan December 6, 2010 at 10:24 pm -  Reply

    Susan, thank you for your kind words, and I only hope that your situation improves as soon as possible. As I once told, there are no WRONG decisions – it’s what is right at the time. Far better to do something than nothing. Let me know how you get on, and do take care, Love Ali xx

  18. alison keenan December 6, 2010 at 11:34 pm -  Reply

    Julia, not sure if my original reply posted – having to rely on my dongle for internet, heaven forbid!! You’re right about it being a tricky time, but Sam is definitely happier, and currently looking for work, so I’m sure within a month or more he’ll be completely settled. Thanks for your empathy with the moving – it’s trying to find everything that’s so difficult – especially with a memory like mine :) Sorry the snow’s still hanging around for you… Virtually gone here, but I would love to see photos of the baby as soon as you can send them. My love to you and yours, and thanks for writing, love Ali xx

  19. alison keenan December 6, 2010 at 11:40 pm -  Reply

    Jenny, thank you so much for your kind reply, I’m just sorry that you, like I, have found it so difficult to be without your boy. I think our children define us, create a role, and a side to our personality that nothing can replace. Without them actually in our lives on a daily basis, we feel at a loss…. I’m sure your son feels the same without you, but he may not feel able to tell you for a while yet…. :) so glad he’ll be home with you at Christmas so you can have some quality time together…. Remember to plan things for yourself to do once he’s gone back though, so there’s something to look forward to. Do take care, and know that you are not alone in feeling this way, but trust that it will get easier :) Love Ali xx

  20. alison keenan December 6, 2010 at 11:46 pm -  Reply

    Dorothy do take it easy on the way to your Mam’s.. have you got any of those ice grip things that we sell? You just put them over your shoes and they stop you from slipping on the snow. Just a thought… I know you understand, and although I’ve done this three times, I#m sure it must be harder if you just have the one child….I’m sure Laura can’t wait to come home for Christmas….I sure you and her Dad will make it a cracker! Oh, and you’re right about my friends…. few of them had any idea about things, but were completely supportive, and have continued to be so. I think for most of us, our world would be empty without our friends :) Take care Dorothy, especially if you’re out in the snow, Love Ali xx

  21. alison keenan December 6, 2010 at 11:53 pm -  Reply

    Una, I can’t think of anything nicer than having large glass of mulled wine with you in front of my log burner, listening to the sheep in the field… happy days :) I an certainly assure you of a much warmer climate than your current habitat!! It sounds horrendous! I don’t think I’d ever want to get out of bed! And I loved your public transport story….when it works it is sooooooooooo much better than being stuck in a car, but standing for hours is pergatory! I used to commute from Colchester to Liverpool Street, an I reckon 75% of my journeys were made with me standing up… nightmare! I will go and find your previous reply, as I’m still intruiged as to where you live! Love ali xxxx

  22. alison keenan December 7, 2010 at 12:02 am -  Reply

    Gail, you are a very intuitive lady, with a kind heart, and I have passed on yours, and everyone’s comments to Sam… He is definitely on the mend, and getting settled into his new home with Ruth. To be fair, all the children have been very positive, and I’ve had quite a bit of help from them all – Lucy being the most organised – and am a great deal more settled in the little cottage. It is idyllic, and very quiet …..just owls hooting at night… I think you could probably fit this place into Julia’s about three times, but then she does have her entire family with her. Sometimes making a move is only possible if you just go for it, without thinking too much about the future…. it’s always there, waiting around the corner for us :)Take care, and thankyou so much for taking time out to write – I really appreciate it. Love Ali xx

  23. alison keenan December 7, 2010 at 12:12 am -  Reply

    Debi, I can’t imagine anyone reading this would be offended in any way shape or form. All the support and encouragement Sam’s had, would no doubt have been sent your way if you’d have asked :)I’m so glad that you are close to your son, and he felt able to tell you…. So many far older men and women I have known who have married, had children, and THEN admitted that things weren’t right, because they’d worried about how the news would be received. It’s much harder for them and their families then. There’s someone for everyone in the world…and although the journey to that point may not be as straightforward for some, ultimately it’s whoever makes you happy that’s important. I’m glad for your son that he has a mum who loves and accepts him whichever path he chooses to take, love Ali xx

  24. alison keenan December 7, 2010 at 12:15 am -  Reply

    Una I make it 18 sleeps before Santa gets here, although he may have a little trouble with the chimney here as there’s a log burner in one of the fireplaces, and the other one has this clever thing called a chimney pillow up it to stop the draught!! He may have to knock on the door :) I completely missed the Elemis TSV much to my mortification, but so glad you got yours. Take care, love Ali xx

  25. alison keenan December 7, 2010 at 12:21 am -  Reply

    Jo, I’m pretty sure you’re right about the direction in which Sam will take his life…. there are so many anomalies right now, and the prospect of more surgery, that it could be a completely different story this time next year. It is very comforting though to read that so many of you agree with his decision. I love your analogy of your home being your shell…. it would be understandably very hard for you to move on whatever the reason… maybe there’s some kind of a compromise to be had :) Do hope so… Thanks for writing though and enjoy the Christmas season…Love Ali xx

  26. Jeannie December 7, 2010 at 12:25 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali!
    Sorry to hear Sam is not feeling too well – my son had glandular fever in his late teens and even now, 15 years later, each time he catches a cold, he is just ‘floored’ and has to sleep it off for 2 or 3 days. Your cottage sounds beautiful (has Colin moved with you?). Very best wishes in your new home and I hope 2011 is much better for you all.

  27. alison keenan December 7, 2010 at 12:27 am -  Reply

    Lynn how absolutely dreadful to be given that kind of news, and yet how positive and kind are you to take time out to give words of encouragement. I love your analogy that roads are for journeys not for destinations…. none of us know when there might be a diversion set up! Things are moving on all the time in the world of medicine, and as you point out, never say never… we Never know what kind of discoveries they may well make in the medical world, and so I will keep everything crossed that you will find a form of treatment, that will give you something really positive to work with. In the meantime, you take good care of yourself, and make sure that there is someone there who can make you feel special – you deserve it. My love to you Lynn, Ali xxx

  28. alison keenan December 7, 2010 at 12:32 am -  Reply

    Gosh Rhona, judging by the weather forcast earlier this evening, the view from your window must indeed be VERY white!! Do hope you’re safe and not snowed in. Thanks for letting me know about Rebecca – I remember when we first looked round the Uni, the chap saying that 25% of the students leave within the first quarter – didn’t know then it would be Sam, but he is so much happier now, it clearly was the right decision. Take care and stay warm, and thanks as always for writing.Love Ali xx

  29. Lynn December 7, 2010 at 1:28 am -  Reply

    Ali, i hope you dont mind but would like to post this for Debi who posted earlier,it touched me.
    Debi, please dont apologise for your situation with your son,yes, its a delicate subject..but we now live in the 21st century and sexuality is “open” now, it must of taken, like sam a different issue i admit, but no less important and must of taken a great deal of courage for him to say mum im tired of fighting what i feel/am,i cant live this way anymore,sadly,you hear of people living in denial with the fear of reprocusions and ending up in a very bad place,you sound a lovely mum and am sure your son will find his way/happiness in his own time with the love and support of his family..never apologise for accepting/loving/supporting your child,as a parent we do it,its part “of the deal” it took courage for you to write the post too remember! a happy 2011 to you and your family regards Lynn x

  30. Sarah December 7, 2010 at 9:49 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison, Can I asked what size shoe you take as I am working on a project regarding QVC and will fill you in via your blog when finished.
    You always dress so nice. Can I ask where you shop from the most.

  31. Susan December 7, 2010 at 2:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Thank you for your kind message to me too. I just wanted to say that I also agree with Lynn about the ‘roads’ we take. My Mum says I am just taking the B road and not the motorway! I do have to keep telling myself that. I also hope Sam finds work soon. I know how hard it is to keep on going and keep positive when you keep getting knock back after knock back. Goodness knows it has to get better soon!
    Take care and your cottage sounds just perfect to me!!
    Susan x

  32. alison keenan December 8, 2010 at 5:59 am -  Reply

    Lynn absolutely nothing to apologise for, and I’m sure that Debi will very much appreciate the support you have given her. It’s lovely that this blog give us all a chance to help each other out :) Ali x

  33. alison keenan December 8, 2010 at 6:07 am -  Reply

    Hello Jeannie, and thanks for writing. Your poor son – that’s pretty young to get glandular fever. I remember when my brother had at 17 years old, he often had bouts of it again, and would be completely poleaxed. The cottage is idyllic and only four miles or so away from the children so perfect. Hope you have a very happy 2011 and love to all your family too, Ali xx

  34. alison keenan December 8, 2010 at 6:19 am -  Reply

    Susan, I will make a point of looking at Deb’s blog – I love the way she writes, it’s exactly the way she is! Yes, it was a fab night out and very kind of Nicky Gerwitz to have invited us to the celebration. The QVC party did go ahead, but only three of us made it there – Debbie, Craig and I – that said, we had a lovely time, and had chance to catch up with loads of other folk from QVC Towers who we don’t normally see…. may have some photos to post next time :) Love Ali xx

  35. alison keenan December 8, 2010 at 11:13 am -  Reply

    Cindy your kind words are much appreciated, and as I have woken this morning with a chesty cough and ghastly throat, I’m lucky to have Sam to come round and look after me! The little cottage is very pretty and also warm – heating on constantly at present – and once I feel better I can get the christmas decorations up. I wish you the very best of luck with your downsizing… it can be quite cathartic to go through everything and just keep what you truly need! An adventure very much so, I’d say. Thank you for writing to me, and take good care of yourself, Love Ali xx

  36. alison keenan December 8, 2010 at 11:19 am -  Reply

    Debz you’re right about it being difficult to let go of the past, but moving forwards is the only way. I think Ainzley would love the sheep… they don’t do much though, except eat hay once a day :) Oh, and bleat occasionally…. all very tranquil. I can see them from my sick bed this morning…. had a raging temperature in the night and now have a chesty cough and aches and pains… should have been with Tova this morning! The troops have rallied though bless them, and hopefully I’ll be back by Friday. Take care and thanks for writing, Love Ali xxx

  37. alison keenan December 8, 2010 at 11:24 am -  Reply

    Dear Elaine, you are very kind to be thanking me, bearing in mind the delay before I sent the card! I do appreciate you words re Sam and yes although it’s never easy accepting change for yourself, or that brought about by others, I’ve learned over the years to go with it, rather than fight it or resent it…Sitting in bed propped up with pillows waiting for Sam to arrive with the medi for my rotten chesty cough and sore throat…A hot toddy would go down a storm in truth. Thank YOU for all your kindness and caring, and for making it such a pleasure to catch up on your life, as it is with everyone who takes the time out to write. Love Alison xx

  38. alison keenan December 8, 2010 at 11:29 am -  Reply

    Sarah, I am intruiged!!! My shoe size is 5, and I don’t truthfully have any one place I shop in more than others. I tend to look for out of the way boutiques otherwise I think all the female presenters would end up wearing much the same things! I’ll look forward to hearing what your project was about, Love Ali xx

  39. alison keenan December 8, 2010 at 11:31 am -  Reply

    Susan, I’m sure you’re right, and that 2011 will be a better year :) Enjoy the rest of the week, and I hope you manage to avoid all the coughs and colds that are around! Love Ali xxx

  40. Susan December 8, 2010 at 1:21 pm -  Reply

    Ali you were up early this morning judging by your blog times! It would be lovely to see the photos from your Christmas party. The 3 hard core folks made it!! The 2 Debbie’s are fun filled gals it seems to me! Hope you keep enjoying your little cottage. I’m sure it’s cosy unlike our old house which is a nightmare to heat!
    Take care,
    Susan x

  41. Gail December 8, 2010 at 7:07 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, sorry if I came across as negative re your lovely clan, but only really wanted to relay the fact that I thought mum needed a bit of pampering. I too love reading all the comments, all of us sharing and caring, how lovely is that? A diverse lot we are, shaped no doubt by our individual life’s journey. Sorry you are not feeling too good at present, but glad that you are all cosy in your lovely cottage. When I move!! I would love a woodburner. Let’s see what 2011 brings. Chin up and hope I am wrong re (C). As different as we all are, we all have one very, very special blessing that we all share, and that is we all woke up this morning. Always a good start me thinks. You take care. Gail xxxxxxxxx

  42. Mrs Janet Jones December 9, 2010 at 10:29 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali,I hope you are being well looked after by Sam it sounds like you need some tlc at the moment.Sounds to me like Sam has made the right decision re uni, health is everything and I should know.Now he is living with his girlfriend and not too far away from you he will hopefully start to pick up and feel more positive. My son is in his second year at uni and seems to be struggling, so not sure how that will pan out, I will wait and see.
    Your cottage sounds idyllic, we have recently had a wood burning stove installed(no gas in the sticks!)it makes the house feel sooo cosy, i’am sure you would agree.
    With my son living away from home I have considered downsizing, but just don’t have the energy at the moment, but will keep an eye on the market.Will hopefully put our Christmas tree up this weekend and look forward so much to having my son home for Christmas.Hope you are soon feeling better Ali, and I know you will make your new home very cosy for your family to enjoy with you at Christmas, take good care speak soon Love Janet xx

  43. debi stubbs December 9, 2010 at 10:53 am -  Reply

    Ali hope you feel better soon and to everyone with their kind thoughts and wishes Thank you.
    Letter through the post yesterday really cheered me up, it was from Qvc inviting me and a friend to the beauty bash in January.
    Thanks again everyone and have a fab Christmas and New Year
    Take Care
    Debi x

  44. alison keenan December 9, 2010 at 8:25 pm -  Reply

    Susan, you’re mum’s right about the B roads – best thing is they’re rarely shut unlike the motorway! :) Keep on keeping on sweetie, and do keep me in touch with all that’s going on…. this week’s comments have kept me going :) Love Ali xx

  45. alison keenan December 9, 2010 at 8:30 pm -  Reply

    Oh and Susan, I have no idea what this is going to do the old bank balance keeping this heated as it’s oil fired, and has been on consistently since I moved in!! Log burner in the front room yet to be properly appreciated, and have moved bed from under the window to stop ice forming on my forehead :) xxx

  46. alison keenan December 9, 2010 at 8:43 pm -  Reply

    Gail you weren’t at all negative re my clan :) I thought your words were very honest and certainly struck a chord with me. YOu’ll be pleased to know that Sam bought me all my medicine and stayed with me until Lucy arrived about 5pm. she then worked tirelessly until we’d ordered nearly all of my Christmas presents online! I had only got one present prior to this – from QVC – and had a shockingly long list of family still to buy for. Now that list has ticks virtually all the way down it, and I even have cards to write on the train on the way down to Cornwall for our taster weekend for the wedding…Happy days. Will let you know how it all goes :) Love Ali xx

  47. alison keenan December 9, 2010 at 8:52 pm -  Reply

    yes Susan, not quite used to sleeping in a different room as yet! Have to agree with you re the two Debs – they’re great fun, and I’m looking forwards to having our special lunch with Debs Flint if I have a voice tomorrow :) xxx

  48. Susan December 10, 2010 at 12:55 pm -  Reply

    Very glad to hear you’re on the mend Ali and Ireally appreciate your lovely messages too, as I’m sure we all do. It made me laugh about you moving your bed from under the window! Good idea!! I hope your heating bill isn’t too enormous but we have to keep ourselves warm!!
    Take care,
    Susan x

  49. Joan June 21, 2011 at 11:46 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali – I haven’t been watching any TV at all over the last 6 months as I have had a nervous breakdown – and I am still recovering- some days are bad- some are a bit better.
    I am just starting to watch QVC again after all this time – and I kept wondering “where is Alison Keenan ?”. So tonight here I am on my PC reading all about you. I am so sorry you are ill – but you will recover – it all takes time – do not be impatient with time – I know this is hard to do – but you will get better I know it. I am thinking about you and you are in my prayers-keep going girl .
    God Bless you
    Love from Joan xxx

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