Nearly there!

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When I woke up this morning, and peeped out from under my Cozee Home duvet cover (it’s saving us a fortune on heating in the bedroom) I could see that it was snowing! Such a rarity I felt I needed video evidence, so I managed to film this for you, completely unaware that the entire nation had already been informed of Storm Caroline!

Clearly I live my life under a rock, as I hadn’t realized that we are now naming all extreme weather fronts! This cold snap is set to last until Monday apparently, although it’s not stopped some of the more hardy of us making the best of the high winds to surf off the coast of West Sussex! Seriously? Incredible, eh? but I’m sure you can remember temperatures far lower than this not too many years back. When QVC was set up in Battersea, I once left work at 2am and it was -13 according to the temperature gauge in my car! Of course none of this guarantees a white Christmas, but I’d lay odds on it being more likely this year than last.

Now I’m sitting in blinding sunlight writing to you, and the sun feels lovely on my face. If I close my eyes it could be the middle of the summer… and because we still haven’t put any Christmas decorations up, even when I open my eyes I could be fooled. Colin’s almost finished the major tree work in the garden, and now the chimney is cleared we will wait until the New Year to put the little log burner in the dining room. At least my Green Seasons Xmas Hamper has arrived, and we’re getting the tree tomorrow, so my last blog of the year before that very special day will include a picture of the decorations! Oh, and look how well my Christmas Rose has done this year thanks to Richard Jackson’s Flower Power. It was half this size last Christmas.

Thanks so much for writing to me last week to tell me all about your Christmas plans and your lovely trees. Faux trees have definitely got a place in many homes, and I’ve been wracking my brains to try and remember if the faux tree we had when I was a child was silver or green! It was lugged out of the loft for many years, although I do remember we had a real one some years too, because we were still vacuuming needles out of the carpet in the summer! I also remember the year my father came home with some rather large plastic tree lights that he spent hours winding around the branches, only to find out from a public announcement on Radio 4 that they were a fire hazard! The smell of melted plastic always reminds of that Christmas and my dad.

With just over two weeks to go we’re doing everything we can here at QVC to make the whole process of buying the right present for someone you love that little bit easier. I have a beautiful new designer handbag as a Today’s Special Value on Tuesday! It’s a large Bobbi style shoulder bag from Lulu Guinness that comes with a gorgeous bag charm. I’ll have four different colours to show you, including Peacock Blue, Porcelain, Black and Coral. It’s available with free easy payments, so if you’re thinking of treating someone to a little bit of luxury this Christmas, it’ll be £96.66 plus p&p this month.

In fact, if Lulu is your designer of choice, our TSV on Thursday the 14th December has her unique branding and style incorporated into a fab Retro Radio! It looks terrific and sounds great too.

It wouldn’t be Christmas without a Yankee Candle collection, and you don’t even have to wait until Monday to buy this one. This 28 Piece Your Favourites Collection is gorgeous and features a choice of nine classic festive scents that are available now! Choose between Midnight Jasmine, Clean Cotton, Black Cherry, Peony, Lemon Lavender, Red Apple Wreath, Cinnamon Stick, Vanilla Lime and Vanilla Cupcake! With four easy payments you need only spend £9.99 now, plus p&p. There’s been a bit of a debate on Twitter between the presenters to find out which is the most popular scent. I’m not sure whether it’s black cherry or Lemon Lavender in the lead but you can let me know your suggestions @alikqvc.

We had a lovely night out to celebrate Colin’s son Joe’s 30th birthday this week. Most of the family managed to get together and had a fabulous curry that was particularly welcome on a freezing night! I’d managed to hide the cake from Joe the whole time, but when we gave the staff the nod to bring it in all lit up with candles, Joe disappeared to the loo! I’ve not seen Honey for a week or more because of work and Lucy’s commitments but she told me about this little conversation with their cat, Ebel:

Honey: “Do you love me Elbel? Say yes Honey”
Lucy: “She does love you, but cats can’t talk poppet”
Honey: “I know, but she could say ‘meow meow’ to me though mummy”

Bless her little heart!

On that note I will leave you, but hope very much to see you later tonight for Laura Geller at 8pm, Lola Rose at 10pm and finishing off the week with Peony at 11pm.

Thanks for keeping in touch here on the blog and I’ll write back to you as always.

With my love,

Ali xx

36 Comments

  1. ANNETTE BRAY December 9, 2017 at 11:17 am -  Reply

    Alison, thank you for your snow video, I have played it 6 times, I love it, as .it reminds me of my childhood in Surrey, I now live in Cornwall on the coast and we don’t get snow very often. It is lovely to see you back on QVC I love the new hair style. Have a very happy christmas with your lovely family.

    • Alison Keenan December 20, 2017 at 9:56 am -  Reply

      Dear Annette, you’re so welcome! Of course if I’d have left it a couple of days it would have been even more impressive! 🙂 I too was brought up in Surrey, but am very envious of you living in Cornwall. My time in Fowey with Jo this summer was sublime. Thanks for the compliment and the good wishes – I hope that you and your family enjoy Christmas too! Love Ali xx

  2. sally December 9, 2017 at 11:26 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Love the Christmas rose. 2010 was the year we had all that snow seeing the satellite picture the weather people should on the telly it looked quite spooky seeing the whole country covered in snow. Our youngest daughter lived on base at RAF Benson Oxford at the time it was -22 there, brrrr. She did venture down to us in west sussex and I did tell her off as they nearly got stranded with our grand daughter of 2 months old. I said how did you think you would of been rescued as all the emergency units would of been in the same situation. Yankee candles are lovely I have a few dotted around the house along with several peony arrangements. We had real trees as children but the seventies hailed imitation ones I do like the real thing but the pine needles when they dry out are a nightmare and you have to watch with pets they don’t get into their paws. Plans for Christmas are watch grandchildren open their presents, eat Xmas dinner then sleep……heaven.
    Present to self Ted Baker pink bag I have had my eye on and ear plugs. Hubby present to self electric guitar (can’t play).
    all good wishes
    Sally

    • Alison Keenan December 20, 2017 at 10:39 am -  Reply

      Dear Sally, you’ve made me laugh out loud with your present list! I think the earplugs will be essential! I remember the snow in 2010 – I had moved into a tiny cottage up a tiny lane, and we had huge snow. The cottage looked idyllic but it was a nightmare getting anywhere for a least two days. My son Sam drives a Landrover, and so he was safe! I think your Christmas plans this year sound close to mine so I wish you a very happy and restful time. With love, Ali xx

  3. Christine Auchterlonie December 9, 2017 at 12:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali yes Christmas just round the corner glad to hear you are progressing with the Christmas decorations and the Christmas roses are fab I have one in the garden but no signs of any flowers I’m disappointed…but I usually buy a couple in pots to place on the steps of the front door along with the wreath…it won’t be the same this time around without Derek so I just have to try and make the best of the days with the family…Simon is putting his tree up today with the girls …Fiona is going to a wedding at the Hancock Museum in Newcastle today hope she gets there and back before the snow arrives its forecast for the weekend!!!!Well Ali most of the shopping I needed for gifts is at an end really and I’m pleased it hasn’t been easy…but I hope the things I have purchased will please!I had to laugh at Honey’s conversation with the cat…grandchildren bring so much pleasure. QVC have had some very nice things especially in the beauty and cosmetic line of which I have bought a few and as people say I decided to keep some of them for myself…Oh dear 😂 I look forward to viewing your Christmas tree and hope you are coping ok at this very busy time for everyone ..with my love to you until next time stay happy and warm! Chris x

    • Alison Keenan December 20, 2017 at 10:47 am -  Reply

      Dear Chris, strange you say you have no flowers on your Christmas Rose, the second one I own has no roses either. Thats been fed with Richard Jacksons flower Power too, so I’m guessing maybe they have a year off to rest? I am sorry that this Christmas is going to be so tough for you. Chris, you’ve done so well this year since losing your Derek, and I know that your family are trying their hardest to look out for you. I hope very much that this time next year your memories will bring you some source of comfort rather than sadness. Sending you a big hug, and well done for getting all your gift purchasing done and glad to know that QVC have unable to help. Our tree is up, most of the presents are wrapped, still a few left to buy, and my last day of work today! Thank you so much for all your support and comments this year. I hope that you’ll keep in touch in 2018 too. Love Ali xx

  4. Mary Morphy December 9, 2017 at 2:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali..I hope you are not snowed in yet!! It was freezing on the beach this morning, a bitter wind so Olly was rocking his orange coat. H looks very smart by not keen on the elastic straps round his back legs to stop the back flapping in the wind!! It’s lovely to see you back on our screen and your new hair is gorgeous.
    Trials and tribulations here, mum now in rehab but progress is very slow and our expectations of what mum can do if and when she goes home are sadly meaning that she will not be as able. We have a very distressing meeting with Social Services, I am somewhat horrified that if she does go home she won’t be able to transfer drinks and snacks that she makes for herself into the sitting room. .she probably won’t be able to make herself a drink…we are seriously having to be honest and consider if mum will ever be able to go back home. Mum also has cellulitis in her the keg that she had her operation on so that has been very painful. However she is enjoying chatting to the other folk and the company. Not sure what will happen yet though or when she is going home.
    Jack arrives home from Ghana on 16th, a week today. Cannot wait to hug him although we have talked on the phone often and have a family WhatsApp group to keep in touch with important things like golf and football!! I have all my decoration s up, both trees up. Both artificial. And the outside lights, blossom trees and icicles around the canopy were finished this morning.
    I started wrapping yesterday.. according to my Christmas shopping app I have 65 presents to wrap although some are my mum in laws.
    I have finally succumbed to the annual chest infection and cough.. usually my voice goes shortly after so husband is hopeful it will be a quiet Xmas!! He is busy at the pub and school is back bonkers but I live the business and excited expectations of the kids. Chloe, my soon to be 18 year old was putting some pressies under the tree this afternoon and is beside herself with excitement..she will no doubt be awake at 4.30 am Xmas morning and I will be on the Bailey’s by 5am!!
    Hope you have a great weekend..happy tree decorating. Much love Mary xx

    • Alison Keenan December 20, 2017 at 10:52 am -  Reply

      My dear Mary, reading your comment makes me realise how long back it was you wrote to me! I am sorry it’s taken me this long to reply but delighted to know that your Jack arrived safely home from Ghana, and thank you for the beautiful photograph. I think it was a wonderful thing that he did, and I have he feels far more positive about life generally having spent the time out there. so sorry that you’ve succumbed to the lurgy again! I think you’re probably run down with all the worry about your mum, and I completely understand your frustration and worry. I hope that perhaps she will improve sufficiently over Christmas for you to maybe consider other options. Your house sounds stunning with all the decorations up, and well done for having outside lights too. We had them one year, and they looked lovely, but were cut by mistake when the trees were trimmed! I had 48 presents to wrap, and then four birthday presents too! Colin helped for a while this year which was nice 🙂 Bless Chloe – I hope she never grows out of the excitement. Thank you so much for all your support this year, and I hope that 2018 brings you all that makes you happy. Love Ali xx

  5. Merche December 10, 2017 at 4:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, your Christmas roses, really brighten up a dull day. We still have a clematis in bloom! It’s bloomed all summer I think it is making up for lost time, as it did not bloom for about 4 years. We have had snow today here in Suffolk. Love Merchexx

    • Alison Keenan December 20, 2017 at 10:56 am -  Reply

      Wow Merche, that’s quite something! I did see a single rose just the other day and the berries this year on the Cotoneaster have been spectacular. Just need some holly! I hope you have a fabulous Christmas and thank you for keeping in touch with me here, love Ali xx

  6. lorraine t December 10, 2017 at 8:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali hope you are feeling better-just remembering everyone that has passed in my life and saw a pic of beautiful Amica and Beulah and a tear came to my eye-such lovely people returned to heaven x Live each day Ali please x

    • Alison Keenan December 20, 2017 at 10:57 am -  Reply

      Bless you Lorraine… I too thought of them both just yesterday as I was working on Diamonique and the tree of life bracelet. Amica had one painted on the wall in her kitchen… Both beautiful women who will always be missed. Love to you and stay well, Ali x

  7. theresa December 11, 2017 at 10:57 pm -  Reply

    Yesterday we went sledging in the park Ellice my granddaughter who is now 13 after going down the hill a few times said “sit behind me Grandma it’s not fast going down”, so with my son egging me on I did then and it brought back memories of me doing it with her dad. What a lovely story of Honey asking the cat if he loved her and just wanted a meow back. Hope you enjoy the run up and the preparation to christmas, look forward to your next blog till then take care Theresa x

    • Alison Keenan December 20, 2017 at 11:00 am -  Reply

      Wow Theresa what a brave granny you are!!! And what a great memory for you to have. Colin and I drove back from our charity do through Richmond Park and I remember sledging there with my dad when I was about seven years old! He laid on the sledge on his tummy and all three of us sat on his back! Poor Man! So missed… Little Honey will no doubt make Christmas for us all this year and it’ll be great to have both her uncles with us too! New blog will be posted before the end of the week I promise! thanks for all your lovely comments this year, every happiness to you, love Ali x

  8. Linda Harvey December 12, 2017 at 9:22 am -  Reply

    I love watching you on the TV you are one of my favourite presenters – I love the tunic that you had on on the Lulu Guiness TSV programme last night – would it be a QVC product – I really hope so you looked great in it (as you always do!)

    • Alison Keenan December 20, 2017 at 11:01 am -  Reply

      Dear Linda, Thank you for your kind words – very sweet of you.
      Yes the tunic was indeed from QVC – Joe Browns – but I know that it’s sold out! I’m trying to update my wardrobe, so hopefully some new, in stock items in the New Year. Thanks for your ongoing support. Love Ali xx

  9. Christine December 12, 2017 at 7:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali that’s beautiful Christmas rose Richard Jackson is the best ever. Have got all the presents wrap.
    Just wishing you and your family lovely Christmas Good Heath for 2018.

    Take Care X

    • Alison Keenan December 20, 2017 at 11:04 am -  Reply

      Well done for getting all your wrapping done! Yup Richard Jackson’s my hero! 🙂 Lovely man too. Wishing you and yours a truly happy Christmas too, and good health in 2018, love Ali xx

  10. Teresa L December 12, 2017 at 8:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali we have not had any snow in Dorset, it did try to sleet on Saturday morning but did not last long. We had very strong winds and it was bitterly cold.
    Your Christmas rose is beautiful I think we may have to invest in some for our garden. At long last we have finished digging and clearing so that after the holidays we can start planning our new layout.
    Our Christmas trees are up and all our lovely Christmas ornaments many of which we have got from Q over the last 20 odd years I do love this time of the year.
    We went for a drive this morning across the New Forest and with all the frost on the trees and on the ground it was just beautiful a bit icy in places but well worth the trip.
    Well I think that’s all the news for now look forward to your next blog as always
    Love Teresa L xx

    • Alison Keenan December 20, 2017 at 11:06 am -  Reply

      So nice to know you’re enjoying your life in Dorset Teresa. I’d definitely invest in some Christmas Roses – they’re evergreen and look great all year round. How nice that you’ve been collecting ornaments all these years – I’m sure your tree looks great. We saw Roz and Chris on Monday to swap presents and she was sad you’d not had any snow in that part of the world! Who knows, never say never! Sit back and enjoy Christmas and thanks for all your support this year. Love Ali xx

  11. Emma December 12, 2017 at 8:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    Was wondering if u can ask the diamonique buyers for the heart angel wing ring please to go with the others like item number
    690438
    Diamonique 0.5ct tw Angel Wing Heart Leverback Earrings Sterling Silver
    Please and thank you in advance and Merry Christmas to u n all your family ☺☺

    • Alison Keenan December 20, 2017 at 11:08 am -  Reply

      Dear Emma, I’ve made a note of Angel Wing earrings number and will let the buyers know that you’d like a ring to go with them! We had a new design for earrings just yesterday so I’m sure there will be space for it! Many thanks for keeping in touch here on the blog, and a very happy 2018 to you! Love Ali xx

  12. Betty Smith December 12, 2017 at 10:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali great blog as usual. Keeping my fingers crossed for snow at Xmas . Just had my lounge decorated and worked real!y hard putting everything back. It looked really nice so I decided to put the tree up on stepping back to admire my hard work I fell over the glass coffee table crashing it to the floor luckily I was unhurt landing on the settee but there was broken glass everywhere it took ages to clear up and two days later I am still finding glass .What am I like !! Love the view from your window Merry Xmas to you and your lovely family xx

    • Alison Keenan December 20, 2017 at 11:10 am -  Reply

      Oh Betty! Thank heavens you weren’t hurt! Glass is a nightmare to pick or clean up… the tiny little bits are the worst, but I do hope it’s all gone now. Maybe you’ll find a new coffee table in the sales in January?! Do hope so. Yes we’re lucky that the guy who owns the field to the side of us lopped all his trees and made a driveway so it’s a much better view than it used to be! Happy Christmas to you and yours and enjoy your new lounge. Love Ali xx

  13. Joanna Downey December 14, 2017 at 5:56 am -  Reply

    Morning Ali, Christmas has many fragrances but I never thought melted plastic would be one of them… When the weather people said that they were giving names to the winter storms one man said it was so that people could identify with the one that had flooded their homes, as if that would make things better. I loved Honey’s cat conversation, she really is so lovely & this Christmas will be a magical one for her. I’m writing this while getting ready for my last day at school & it seems so strange to think that I’m retiring. The past week has seemed quite surreal with more snow than I’ve seen for years closing the school for two days so I had a very long weekend & a combination of events ranging from glorious to tragic. My sister & I went on our annual December visit to York she’s great company & the city is our favourite place. It was bitterly cold but the sky was a stunning blue & I spent far more than was good for me. The other lovely happening was yesterday when Ellie had her 20 week scan, all is fine & their baby has a beautiful profile, they don’t want to know what they’re having but my money’s on a boy. The saddest news was that Bex’s gorgeous cat, Enzo, was killed last weekend, everyone is devastated & Tallulah has lost her tiger. Fortunately it was instant & the people who witnessed the accident took him to the vets so much kindness was shown to him. Life with all its ups & downs. As always you’re looking very stylish & your hairstyle really suits you. Take care, love from Jo x

    • Alison Keenan December 20, 2017 at 11:16 am -  Reply

      Lol Jo! I had no idea that was the reason they named the storms!!! I would have thought the date would be more traditional.. Oh well, we’ll just have to wait for storms Alison and Jo! I know it’s been a couple of days since you retired, and apologies for not getting back to you sooner, but I do hope that inspite of the sadness in your family following Enzo’s death, your new path in life is one you’re looking forward to. I hope also that inspite of the school being closed you had a proper send off after all your hard work over the years. I visited York years ago when I was married to Lucy’s dad… fond memories but also bitterly cold. I can’t wait for Honey to get here on Christmas day and then we can enjoy it as we used to years ago when mine were small. All a bit of a mad rush up until then, but then it usually is! Thanks again for all your support and kindness over the year – it’s lovely keeping in touch with you and your life and your family. Take care and stay well and most importantly, enjoy your retirement. With my love to you for a happy 2018, Ali xx

  14. Mandy December 15, 2017 at 7:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali! Hope you are well & enjoying the run up to Christmas! I have just done my last day at work today so off for a good rest until next year- hooray. Your Christmas rose is beautiful, I always think they are very nostalgic & romantic (probably because my late Nan used to grow them) I had a lovely night with my friend on Tuesday- went to listen to a local choir at a local church singing carols & occasionally joining in when prompted! It was beautiful & quite moving actually. There was a harpist which was the cherry on the cake for me as I have always loved harps for some reason so it really did sound like angels singing! Had a glass of wine & mince pie whilst sitting in a pew which felt very wrong but, hey, it’s Christmas! You did make me laugh the other night- I saw you with Judith Williams asking her if the photo on a box was her husband- hilarious, you do make me giggle 🙂 Going to Edinburgh next week with hubby for our anniversary so looking forward to quality time together in beautiful surroundings & maybe a gin bar or two. LOVE Honey’s meow conversation- that is priceless & a lovely story to tell her when she is older. We’ve had quite a bit of snow which we both love, unlike my friends & work colleagues so taking your advice tonight & having a curry. Have a lovely week Ali & keep warm.
    Love & Hugs

    Mandy xxx

    • Alison Keenan December 20, 2017 at 11:24 am -  Reply

      Hi Mandy, I’m a few days behind you as far as work is concerned, and if you saw the state of the house, I’m probably a few weeks behind most when it comes to being tidy and ready! That said, we do have the tree and the decs up, and I’ll post the photos of them in my new blog! Loving the sound of your local choir and the harpist. I agree, there is something so heavenly and light about the sound of a harp, and definitely Christmasy 🙂 Judith Williams is a star – and her husband is lovely too – but my memory is so bad I genuinely thought it was him pictured on the box! Many congratulations on your wedding anniversary and I hope you both enjoy Edinburgh. Colin and I visited some years back and a had a fabulous time. Thanks so much for keeping in touch this year, and I hope that 2018 will be a happy one for you and yours, love Ali xx

  15. Linda Finch,, December 15, 2017 at 7:35 pm -  Reply

    .Hi Ali ,hope your all ready for Christmas are you spending time with little Honey if you are it will be truly wonderful now she’s a bit older, I think the littleis are so entertaining at that age, we are spending the day with SiMon and crew and their new puppy Charlie who is a chocolate labrador, he is only 14 weeks old but he is so laid back it’s unreal, from the first night he has slept all night not a peep out of him and he is almost toilet trained, just the od accident ,we had a labrador for 14 years before she died a few years ago and now seaing Charlie has made both me and John thinking about getting another puppy ,I will let you know if we do .well I hope you and Colin have a very lovely Christmas and a Happy New year ,lots of love Linda F xxx🎄🎄🎄🎄

    • Alison Keenan December 20, 2017 at 11:30 am -  Reply

      Oooh Linda loving the sound of your Christmas! A 14 week old chocolate labrador – how beautiful – and great that he’s laid back and toilet trained – win win! How nice that you and John may decide to get a puppy too after spending time with Charlie – do let me know. Great that you have the day all planned and I hope you get to rest for some of it. After the last two years of having Christmas Day sorted for us, we’re doing the entertaining this year and very much looking forward to it. And yes, Honey will no doubt be the star 🙂 She’s my little star anyway. Have a very happy time and here’s to a healthy and successful 2018, love Ali xx

  16. Tricia coulsonwood December 16, 2017 at 8:13 am -  Reply

    Happy Christmas and new year Ali & Colin little bee, all your family and supporters..x

    • Alison Keenan December 20, 2017 at 11:34 am -  Reply

      Dear Tricia, and the same to you! Thank you so much for keeping in touch this year and for all your support. Love Ali xx

  17. Jean Daly December 19, 2017 at 9:17 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I hope you & yours are all keeping well & all set for the big day – I’m sure the little ones are getting very excited. Just a quick email to ask if you would share any tips on how you cook your Christmas gammon. I know you are a very busy lady but would appreciate it very much.

    Hope you have a wonderful Christmas,
    Love Jean xx

    • Alison Keenan December 20, 2017 at 11:50 am -  Reply

      Dear Jean, I would love to say I was all set for the big day that would be a fib! All a little manic here although the tree is up and most of the presents wrapped so that’s something. Consultant’s appointment this afternoon to try and sort my shoulder and then final night of work tonight. More than happy to share my tips on cooking gammon. I use the slow cooker and put 300g of muscavado sugar in the bottom. I then put my smoked gammon joint onto the top of that and place the final 100g of sugar on the top of it. Place the lid on firmly and cook on high for 6 hours (you could put it in the oven on gas mark 3 covered in silver foil for the same time and it will work). The gammon is delicious and easy to carve and the muscavado sugar sauce a firm favourite in our house! I hope you have a very happy and relaxing Christmas and thank you for you keeping in touch. Here’s to a happy 2018, love Ali xx

  18. Joanna B December 19, 2017 at 10:15 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali

    Just a quick line to wish you a very merry Christmas and a happy + healthy 2018 : )

    I so enjoy reading your blogs.

    Big hugs Joanna xx

    • Alison Keenan December 20, 2017 at 11:51 am -  Reply

      Joanna, thank you so much! I hope you will continue to read them next year too, and do keep in touch here. Happy Christmas to you and yours, and every good wish for 2018. Love Ali xx

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