Sending Sam to Uni…


Ali with Sam By crikey this week's rushed by hasn't it? I barely had time to iron Sam's last T-shirt before we were loading up the car and van to take him to Uni! 

In spite of my advanced driving skills, it was decided that Sam would drive us up there, with Colin following in the van, and then I'd get the train back as Colin had a gig. Incredible to think I'd had at least a month since we were told his place was guaranteed, and yet I didn't feel at all ready. 

In all honesty, just the week before, Sam and I had ended up in A & E on the Friday, and I genuinely wondered if he'd make it there at all! He had been suffering with a sore throat in the morning but was determined to go out with his mates that night for a farewell do. He returned in a sorry state around 11pm – and not through drink I hasten to add. 

Sam when he was little An emergency before he left…

As his throat became more swollen, his breathing got worse, and so it was an ambulance that delivered us to A & E in the wee small hours. We finally got home at 5am, armed with penacillin and a diagnosis of tonsalitis. We were both exhausted, but I was so relieved it had happened while he was still with me, rather than at Uni… because you never stop worrrying about them really do you?  

Even when you've bought everything but the kitchen sink for him to set up home in halls, you still worry! I did manage to convince him that an ironing board was possibly above and beyond, mainly to save his frustration when he came to set it up and wouldn't know how to!!! Ok, I did buy him an iron though… no doubt it'll still be boxed at the end of the year :) 

Ali and her sons together Actually his room was larger than I'd thought and he is on the ground floor, so we didn't have too far to lug all the luggage. He got a welcome pack which included bedding and kitchen things, but Northern Nights and cook's essentials have been added to that to make it more homely :) 

Saying goodbye

In what seemed no time we were all unpacked and it was time for Sam to take me to the station… five miles isn't very far and doesn't give you time enough to think of how to say goodbye, so I opted out, choosing instead to hold on to him rather tightly and awkwardly from a sitting position in the car. "I'll be alright Mum," he said… "I'm only a phone call away…". I kissed him and then gave him my best smile, before climbing out of the car…

Ali with young Sam Memories are funny things aren't they, and my mind's been full of them this week, so I hope you won't a little bit of self indulgent reminiscing :) For those who don't know, Sam is my second child, and was born on 10th March 1989, which  was officially 'Red Nose Day'. I remember the ambulance driver asking me to wear a red nose whilst I was puffing and blowing my way through a contraction!! I don't think he heard my muffled reply mercifully :) 

Sam growing up

Sam was a really easy baby, and grew into a happy, affectionate and smiley little soul. His nursery teacher Mrs Nicholls – whom he called Mrs. Nibbles! – loved him and even when he moved to lower school, it stated in his report that he was 'a joy to teach and to have in the classroom'. The friends he made during those early years are still his best mates now, and I think that says a lot :) 

Ali's children Of course while they're all at school, your life runs parallel to theirs, trying to fit everything in, be there for them, and in my case, work as well. It's always busy but very rewarding and best of all, you're needed.  When they hit the teenage years, it's as busy, but in a different way, and you hope you're getting it right, although they'd have you believe otherwise :) 

Most 18 year olds – including my own! – seem to have very little to do with their parents, preferring obviously to be out with their mates, and doing their own thing. Sam was exactly the same. His life revolved around college, his motorbike, and his mates… until his accident a few months after his 18th birthday. Suddenly I was needed in a way I hadn't been for years, and although it wasn't always easy – sometimes incredibly hard – I gained strength from being able to help. 

Ali with her son in the sea Of course it was difficult and worrying for Lucy and Jack too, but they were so good and adapted to how things changed, and how much less time – initially – I had for them. I guess it's when you think you may lose your child, your whole universe tilts… just slightly…

During the past three years there have been numerous appointments to make and keep, forms to fill in, specialists to visit, and in Sam's case, further surgery, that have meant long periods of complete immobility. But it's all meant time together – something as I've said you don't normally get when they're this age.

Ali and her sons skiing So to see him now, and to realise all he is about to achieve, having worked so damned hard to get here, I feel immensely proud… but a little lost. He has texted and called, and his room doesn't really look that much emptier in truth! He's coming home on Friday for the weekend, and so between my hours at QVC Towers and doing his washing, we should get a little time together :) 

I know I'm not the only one to be feeling this way, because of the lovely comments you've written to me over the last few months, so do let me know how you're getting on, and how your children have settled in, and I'll look forward to hearing from you… it makes all the difference :)

Love Ali xx


  1. Jean Ellison September 27, 2010 at 5:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I know exactly how you are feeling at the moment – I remember these days myself! I was a single Mum and both my sons went off to Uni. However, although that seems like yesterday, both are now married and I am the proud gran of 4 – 3 girls (identical twins age 6 and their sister who is 10) and my adorable grandson who is 17 months. The girls live close by, but my younger son, his wife and their little one, live in Hampshire and I don’t see them often enough! Hey ho! I have always believed that we just have our children ‘on loan’ and so long as they are all well and happy, then I am too! You must be very proud of Sam, considering all he has come through.
    All best wishes to you all.

  2. Julie September 27, 2010 at 6:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I’m sure Sam will be fine,we as Parents worry far more than them. I remember when Rebecca went off to Uni I was so excited(as was she) as afterall 18 year olds know more and more streetwise than us! It was only a couple of weeks later I was at home thinking “what do I do now?” I’ve no washing/tidying up/cleaning etc to do for her. I can honestly say I felt redundant as a Mum-which was upsetting!
    Look now though-only 8wks left. I’ve got my mobile on 24/7-but you now me worried as ever and making myself ill-oh yes!! Will keep you informed.
    Hope the family are well??
    Speak soon,take care
    Julie xx

  3. Una September 28, 2010 at 11:13 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Been there, done that, got the T shirt, twice!!! Reading your blog has brought it all back, and I have a huge lump in my throat remembering how it felt to turn and walk away. (nothing to do with tonsilitis, poor Sam)
    I dont even remember the drive home, I sobbed all the way. I just got in, put the kettle on and had the hugest cup of tea, and sobbed some more, maybe for a week or so!!!!!!!!
    My daughter was always so shy, and i really worried for her. The day we dropped her off, we had to actually walk her from the halls, to the bus stop she would be using, just so she knew where to go, and wouldnt have to ask anyone for directions!
    4 years later, she announced she was going to work in the Amazon for 6 months!! I kid you not Ali, i thought she was going to work in some new bar I hadnt heard of! But, no, off she went, on her own, to the blooming jungle. She was teaching the locals to speak English, and she had an absolute ball. She got up at 3 a.m. to go with the guides to see the monkeys waking up in the morning. They had to climb into a watch tower that sat higher than the canopy, and she saw them all waking and stretching. How amazing.
    Shes worked in many countries now, and is now settled in USA.
    My son, though more of a home bird, has done brilliantly too. He decided that his first holiday abroad on his own should be to Korea!!! Not just a quick jaunt on a plane to Ibiza for my boy, oh no, Korea, to visit his sister!! He had a fabulous time there, he did try to impress the locals by asking for his dinner in korean, and ended up with some sort of fish, with little dumplings in a stew, and a fried banana on the top!!!! He had to eat it, because the staff were all hovering around watching, they seemed to think it was something that westerners ate frequently, he thinks it might be on the menu now!!!!
    Im sure Sam will be absolutely grand, and will have the time of his life. Not sure if he will get much work done in the first year though, but heyho, thats life!!!!!!
    Lots of love
    Una x

  4. Susan September 28, 2010 at 1:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I can well imagine how you’re feeling at the moment – and probably have been for a while! Life is full of ups & downs isn’t it and it can be so mentally draining as well as physically draining. So I do hope you are looking after yourself as well as your brood! I hope you have a wonderful weekend with Sam – short but sweet. Relax & try not to be too domesticated! It’s only a short time you have so indulge.
    Take care,
    Susan x

  5. Rhona Fenton September 28, 2010 at 2:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison I have tears in my eyes as I read your page as everything you say is spot on where do the years go I always thought I would jump for joy when it came to no more school, boy was I wrong I cryed and cryed for days when Rebecca finished the only joy I had that day was I got to take her to school and pick her up on her last day just like her very first day I was there for her:) as my colin said to me it was a big chunk out off my life as I had been doing the school run for the past 20 years and he was right I had been:) I feel your pain about sam its so hard when they leave but don’t worry they always come home more so when the food cupboard is bare:) you should have sent for me I can tell tonsalitis a mile away as my Alison had it about every four months when she was little trust me we know where all the hospitals are on holiday she finally had them out and now we laugh if she has a sore throat we say is it ‘itas’ because you don’t have tonsals:) hope sam is feeling beter soon and am sure friday is not coming fast enough for you:) loved all your family pictures lovely to see:) hope colins Gig went well? and enjoy the weekend having sam home, love to all Rhona xx

  6. Lynn September 29, 2010 at 2:20 pm -  Reply

    oh ali and all the other mums who have posted on this blog, a big thanks….im so glad its not just me that has gone through the experience. its the most awful feeling in the world leaving your child/young man in a place he doesnt know with nothing familiar around them, i dropped dan off this last sunday,was in organised mum mode and kept myself in check for his sake, but on the hour drive home,i quietly went through every stage of his growing up and had a tear or two. but, the worst thing was when we arrived home hed left a pair of battered trainers and a jacket on his chair were he just always left them and me on auto pilot went to the bottom of the stairs shouted up as per “hi were back” no answer, so up i went to his room opened the door and lo it was dark and was if no trace of him was there and it all just came to me what the day had been about, i stood and sobbed my heart out!! dan and i have been on the phone,hes fine throwing himself into freshers week, they are so resiliant and adaptable arent they, am sure sam will be the same lol its all us mums who feel the changes more acutely, but, im sure when they have their children they will know what it feels like to have to let go+let them continue on the road theyve chosen, keep us informed how sam gets on at least you were there when he was poorly+sent him off sorted out lots of love Lynn xx

  7. Dorothy September 29, 2010 at 3:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    My heart went out to you reading this i know how you felt. Its awfull the first time they leave home, we would think we were never going to see them again. Its funny you cry when there born, cry on the first day at school, cry when you go and see them in school plays should i go on. When we went to Laura’s graduation Davy say (hankies at the ready) i just laughed and said N0 i am not going to show her up.WELL as soon as we walked
    through the door and saw her in the cap and gown that was it (hankies out)i will never change. So hopefully that will be the next time you shed a tear. What Sam has gone through these last few years im sure he will be fine and do well. GOOD LUCK SAM AND ENJOY.
    Love best wishes
    Dorothy xxxxx

  8. alison keenan September 29, 2010 at 7:49 pm -  Reply

    Julie, I think you’ve picked exactly the right word, although it’s clear to me from your lovely comments that your daughter needs you just as much today as she ever did. Soooooooo exciting, and you watch, those 8 weeks will fly by :) What a wonderful end to the year for you all. Thanks for writing as always, and apart from Lucy with a cold, we’re all well. Love ali xxx

  9. alison keenan September 29, 2010 at 7:52 pm -  Reply

    Jeannie how very proud you must be, and also you’ve clearly done a wonderful job of bringing them up and loving them, as you have maintained a close relationship with them now they’re grown. It isn’t easy when they live a distance away, but I’m certain that your closeness with each of their wives helps and it must be great fun when you’re all together. Thank you for writing, and for your kind comments… definitely an achievement on Sam’s part :) Love Ali xx

  10. Gail September 29, 2010 at 8:37 pm -  Reply

    Dear dear Ali, the way you are feeling is definitely reflected in your writing and every mother can understand completely. As parents we will never stop worrying or missing and that’s how it should be. Sam will be fine and I know he will be missing you just as much as you are missing him.
    Bringing up a child/children is very, very hard work and you have obviously done a wonderful job with your three, so have a glass or two of whatever tickles your fancy and give yourself a great big pat on the back.
    Your paragraph ‘Saying Goodbye’ did bring a tear to my eye and I absolutely hated that you made the journey home alone. Goodness knows how you must have been feeling; your emotions must have been all over the place. Me and, I’m sure, your loyal bloggers would definitely have made the journey to wherever you were to accompany you home – you had only to ask.
    Thanks for sharing the wonderful photos and stories re the family. The one where a very young Sam is cuddling around your neck is beautiful; he really was a lovely little chap, and now he’s a lovely big chap. How lovely and original that he was born on Red Nose Day. Trust you, whilst most of us were content with oxygen masks when in labour, you had to go one better and opt for a Red Nose – love it, love it, love it. I wish I’d been a fly on the wall of that ambulance; I bet the air was as blue as the flashing light.
    If it’s the extra ironing you’re missing, please feel free to contact me for mine.
    Like Sam said, he is only a phone call away.
    “Sam, if you’re reading this, phone your mother.”
    Lots of love, Gail xx

  11. Jeannie September 30, 2010 at 12:12 am -  Reply


  12. alison keenan September 30, 2010 at 2:59 am -  Reply

    Una I loved reading your lovely comment – such a worry when you have a shy child (not that any of my three are!) but obviously Uni was the right choice for your daughter and how terrific that she has done so much with her life. I’m sorry for you that she isn’t living in the same country, but nowadays the world is a smaller place and I’m sure you manage to see each other every now and then. I take my hat off to your son for eating what was placed in front of him – was he sure they were dumplings???? :) You’re right about them getting on perfectly well without us – Lucy did so well at Uni and continues to amaze me with her achievements as a teacher. No doubt Sam – once he gets over the cheapness of a pint – will get on with the studying too :) Lovely to hear from you Una, and thanks for taking the time, love Ali xx

  13. alison keenan September 30, 2010 at 3:04 am -  Reply

    You’re right Susan, the feeling is one that builds up over time, and probably wouldn’t have been as pronounced had Jack have been spending more time with me, but the house really is empty now, and I don’t tend to go into any of their bedrooms unless I need to. Thank you for your kind concern though – I’m doing OK, and work keeps me busy :) Met up with Jilly, Charlie, Kathy, Simon and Dale yesterday so that was nice. I’m going to make a lasagne for Sam, and will make the very best of the time we have- thank you for writing, it’s much appreciated, love Ali xx

  14. alison keenan September 30, 2010 at 3:10 am -  Reply

    Hi there Rhona, it sounds as though we are very much kindred spirits :) I wasn’t too good when Jack started ‘big school’ either! I spent the whole day crying onto my sewing machine as I ran up a new duvet set plus pillowcases – and I don’t normally sew!! It is as your Colin rightfully pointed out, the end of a routine that has become part of your life. You know you should be happy for them, and excited for their prospects, but you feel sad inside knowing that they won’t need you in that way anymore. Your poor Alison has my sympathy for her past tonsilitis. Jack was plagued with it through his early teens, and had his tonsils out earlier this year. It’s a very painful infection and I’m hoping Sam will have it just the once!
    Yes, Colin’s gig went very well thank you – think the bride and groom danced the night away very happily :) Love to you and yours too, Ali x

  15. alison keenan September 30, 2010 at 3:15 am -  Reply

    I’ve been thinking of you Lynn and am very glad that you’ve written as I was wondering how your Dan got on. I do feel for you….. It is such a wrench, and although you know THEY’ll be fine, you wonder how you’ll cope!! :) I did the same thing almost, just a day or two after Sam had gone, one of the cats rushed through the house and caught the door, and I called out ‘Sam?’ before I’d realised. I just expected him to be there in the doorway… You’re right though… and it’s probably best they don’t know how it feels from a parents’ perspective. Just so long as you can talk to him if you’re worried, and he knows you’re always there if he needs you, things will balance out pretty quickly I’m sure. Take care, and do keep in touch, it’s always good to hear from you, Love Ali xx

  16. alison keenan September 30, 2010 at 3:22 am -  Reply

    Bless you Dorothy. I feel I know you, Laura and Davy so well having been in touch with you this last year. Graduation such a huge occasion isn’t it? With Lucy, it reminded me of that line from the Neil Diamond song ‘September Morn’…. “look at you at what you’ve done, why you’ve become a grown up girl” …. but to me she’ll always be my little Looma with her brown curly hair, and huge blue eyes – such a big smile too :) Happy days…And as for Sam, I have no doubt that he too will achieve all he sets out to. Thank you for reminding me to be grateful for what I have Dorothy. Love Ali xx

  17. Gail September 30, 2010 at 7:25 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, forgot to mention that my son has just come back from Kefalonia and your advice re the mosquitos came in very handy. His bites were quite nasty even though I took your advice and sent him off with lots of bite cream. Hope you are feeling a bit better and have a lovely weekend with Sam. See what I mean? You never stop worrying about your children; my son is 33 and I’m still looking after his welfare. Once a mother, always a mother. Hope you realised that my previous reply which started, Dear dear Ali, was meant as a term of endearment and not as a Dear dear as in ‘tut tut’ Ali. Reading it back I hoped you would read it in the way it was intended. The other sounds so rude and I was worried you might read it like that. We women always find something to worry over, don’t we? Love Gail x

  18. alison keenan October 1, 2010 at 5:16 pm -  Reply

    Gail, you are an absolute tonic :) Thank you so much for your lovely words, empathy and understanding. Your kindness too – had I have known where you were I would have loved to share the train journey home with you :) The ticket collector took one look at my tear splashed Dennis Basso Mac and didn’t even bother to ask for my rather soggy single! So glad you liked the photos too… the one of Sam cuddling me when he was 2 yrs old is one of my favourites, and takes me way back to such a lovely time…As for the ironing, that’s a given :0 One of my favourite ways to relax – seriously! Oh, and I know I’ve got a photo of me about to get into the ambulance when I was in labour with Sam – his dad’s sister thought it would be a good memory….! Keep on writing, and keeping in touch, I always look forward to finding these lovely messages, love Ali xx

  19. alison keenan October 1, 2010 at 5:20 pm -  Reply

    Gail, how alike we are!! I read the dear dear exactly as you’d meant it, but if I’d have written it I probably would have thought twice too :) So glad your son got back safely although that’s a nuisance about the bites. Next time try one of the plug in mosquito vapour things…sounds vague, but there’s a little bottle of liquid and a cord that heats up inside the bottle and gives of a vapour that mozzy’s hate…. Confused??? So am I reading that back, but they sell them in Boots :) You’re right, I guess we never stop worrying or fussing. Have a fab weekend, and I’m waiting for Sam to arrive as I tap this out. :) Love Ali x

  20. alison keenan October 1, 2010 at 5:21 pm -  Reply

    And Hi to you too Jeannie! Have a great weekend, Love Ali x

  21. Susan October 1, 2010 at 7:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I’m really glad you love receiving these little messages & glad you’re doing OK as you say. That was lovely you met up with the QVC lot! I’m sure that will have perked you up! The guys you mentioned are just such lovely people – as if I know – but they always seem so kind. I saw Kathy & Debbie with their hair wavy the other night & both looked so elegant – please pass on for me. It’s a shame Kathy doesn’t do her blog much now because I loved reading hers & she’s missing out on all the compliments! But I’m sure she like all of you has her hands full too.
    Hope the lasagne goes down a treat! Enjoy & can’t wait to hear all after the visit.
    Susan x

  22. Lynn October 2, 2010 at 1:00 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, thanks for you kind words/thoughts, im a typical pisces..daft as a brush! been a mums been/is the hardest job ive ever done, but i wouldnt change a single minute of any of it..we are all blessed with great children.
    p.s has the thought ever crossed your mind to meet up with your regular bloggers? perhaps to meet and enjoy an imformal lunch/natter, all girlies together? i would love to if you did+im sure the others would too!!
    p.s sorry if im been to forward
    love as per
    Lynn x

  23. Barbara Cowen October 2, 2010 at 3:23 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali
    I remember the day my son left for uni, it was the same time my other son left to join the army, I thought my heart would break, boths sons ling at the same time. My youngest son Alex was a shy lad and I worried about him leaving home but 4 years later with a B( eng) a Masters degree and a very much changed young man, he now works in Dubai as an Areo space Engineer and I am immensley proud of the young man he has become. My eldest son has done 2 tours of Afghanistan and my anxiety levels were at an all time high, but he has returned home to the UK safe and well and again I am the proudest mum in the world. It takes time to realise your children grown up and make a life for themselves but it is reassuring for me to know when anything does go wrong it is mum they call, so I understand reading your blog just how you are feeling. Take care

  24. Tina October 2, 2010 at 9:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali – I have not written to you before but after reading the above I was practically reduced to tears as I can so relate to all you say. When my sons left home on both occasions I wept my socks off. I could not even go into their rooms for fear of shedding tears. I think it is because we think that these beautiful sons we have washed, cleaned and cooked for all those years cannot do without us and fear as to what will happen when we are not there. They are of course quite resilient and will manage perfectly, even now when my sons go home (both live with flat mates) I cook lots of lovely cakes, meals for when they come home for work. They think I am MAD but it is my natural instinct to do this. I think it is different for girls because girls seem to by more organised. I do not have a daughter so I could be wrong here. Even now when I hear certain songs on the radio I have a few tears. Silly I know!!! There are some good points when you have nothing to do you can find time with your partner with no distractions. I felt guilty at first but now I know I have done my very best for my sons whilst they have been at home. Take care Ali – Tina x

  25. Martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen October 4, 2010 at 2:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi alison.
    Still loving your blogs.
    How are you doing .
    i am not bad.
    just returned from 2 weeks lazy holidays in alicante spain.
    i am sure your son sam will settle in to iniversity no time at all.
    Happy birthday 17 years to qvc where does the tim ego .
    i remember watching on aberdeen cable julia and jon briggs in them days 2pm to 12 midnight i think it was .
    look after youself

  26. alison keenan October 5, 2010 at 9:54 pm -  Reply

    Susan, I really do mean it when I say how good it is to hear from you all. Particularly in this instance when I realise I’m not different to any other mum who’s son or daughter has left home :) Yes it’s always good to meet up with my friends from work – we always have a laugh in spite of the ‘work’ element in this instance. And kind, they most definitely are. Always there when you need them, and prepared to help too. I missed seeing Kathy and Debbie with curly hair as I was still sleeping having done the launch, but they’re both corkers to look at, so I’m sure the style will have suited them :O You’re right about Kathy’s life being busy, and if I had to get up at 5am four mornings a week I think I’d have forgotten how to use a computer!! Take care, Love Ali xx

  27. alison keenan October 5, 2010 at 9:57 pm -  Reply

    Lynn I think it’s a great idea – just not sure how logistically we’d plan it! I do know though that looking forwards, more events are being planned where hopefully many more of us can meet many more of you. I will speak to our marketing about it though, and no I don’t think you’re being forward at all :) Have a good week, Love Ali xxx

  28. alison keenan October 5, 2010 at 10:05 pm -  Reply

    Barbara, I’m not surprised you are proud!!! I would be too! What extraordinary achievements, and clearly possible because you gave them both the self belief and confidence that they needed to find their way in life. I hope your son in Dubai comes home to see you often, and am so relieved for you that your other son is now back from Afghanistan. I am ashamed to admit that I told both my sons that I would hide them away if ever there was a war, so that they couldn’t sign up…. that was of course when they were too young to argue or to have views of their own :) It takes courage on both the soldiers part and his family to make a decision to go, and equally to let go…. I hope I, like you will always be the one they call when they need to. Thank you for writing to me Barbara, it was lovely to hear about your life and your sons. Love Ali xx

  29. alison keenan October 5, 2010 at 10:12 pm -  Reply

    Oh Tina, how alike we are…. and you’re right about the worry of them not coping without us, but I also know for me it is the little feeling deep inside, that actually they WILL cope without us that is also hard – if you know what I mean :) It’s a valid point you make about girls though. Lucy has ALWAYS been organised, and very much a homemaker, and what’s so lovely is to see the things that she obviously she enjoyed about home that she has copied in her own home :) The songs are a killer though aren’t they?! I’ve sat at traffic lights in my car, with tears streaming down my face, while listening to some song that takes me way back. I’m glad to hear that you are now getting used to having more time for yourself and your partner, because I’m sure that’s what your boys would want :) Thank you for taking the plunge and writing to me. I hope it’s not the last time, love Ali xx

  30. alison keenan October 5, 2010 at 10:15 pm -  Reply

    Martin, lovely to hear from you again, and very glad that you’ve haed a good holiday. I’m off to Spain for a long weekend – Barcelona – never been before, but hoping to catch the last of the autumn sunshine :) You certainly are a loyal viewer! 17 years – Julia remembers it as if it were yesterday too :) Love Ali x

  31. Susan October 6, 2010 at 4:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I’m so glad you like hearing form us all! You’ll have to get the girls to do their hair for you on another one of your nights out! They looked great! Debbie is so funny in her blogs just like you. I hope you have a fab fab time in Barcelona!! I spent a few hours there on a quick visit but would love to go back! Spent most of it trudging round shops after the group in the cold with a throat infection! Not fun lol. Memories still!
    Take care,
    Susan x

  32. alison keenan October 12, 2010 at 10:28 am -  Reply

    Susan, that’s a great idea about the hair – another night out has been too long a time coming! We’re hoping very much to get another one sorted asap. You’re right about Debbie’s blogs. They are hilarious and very well written – and I have to say she’s just as witty and as much fun in person too :) Barcelona was fascinating and we were very lucky with the weather…. photos to follow. Great to hear from you, Love Ali xx

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