Set to celebrate 10 years at QVC!


Ali when she first started Hi there,

Is it really September already?!!! Where has the year gone? We don't seem to have been in 2010 that long – well it's taken me up until now to remember to write the year correctly in my cheque book! 

Of course, the year 2000 was pretty monumental for me – being 40 and starting at QVC :) Now at 50, Kathy, Debbie and I are all set to celebrate our 10 years affiliation with this wonderful place of work. Not sure if there will be a tea party, or presentation of a Diamonique watch, but I promise you I'll let you know what they're planning. 

When you turn 50…

Of course being 50 has its advantages. You get cheaper car insurance with some companies and you're also sent a personal invite from the NHS to have a mammogram and a cervical smear… I have to say I applaud our Health Service for being so strict about this. Neither procedure is particularly pleasant, but SO important, and if your memory is as bad as mine you've probably forgotten when you last had either done. 

You don't need me on my soap box rattling on about the obvious reasons for getting yourself checked, and as we move closer to our Breast Cancer Care fundraising night, I'm constantly being reminded of those who mercifully DID make the appointment, and are now being treated. 

The same thing for the cervical smear test, but wouldn't it be nice if there was some other less invasive way of being checked?? I do remember a packed doctor's surgery waiting room, which I was navigating my way through, having just seen the doctor, when the low rumble of conversation was interrupted by our somewhat shrill and completely indiscreet receptionist who bellowed out, "Mrs. Keenan, don't forget to book your smear!" in her rich Welsh accent. One of those tumbleweed moments followed… 

I did also hear a story (which may well be apocryphal) about the lady who, whilst rushing to make her appointment time, grabbed a pair of undies from the ironing basket, which her little daughter had spilt glitter into. The doctor thanked his patient for having made an extra special effort! :) 

It's not just the instruction 'ankles together, knees apart' which fills me with dread, but also the headband with a light on it. Is that really necessary? It's a bit like a Davy Lamp, and always makes me think there'll be a canary along in a moment.

They've taken to using disposable speculums now which mean at least there isn't that awful scrawnching noise when they adjust the screws to open it. Never sure how they know which size to reach for though… enough!!! I hear you cry, but don't let this put you off making your appointment. I've made mine, but won't be sharing my experience, you'll be relieved to hear! πŸ™‚

What is the most unusual item you have ever taken on holiday?

Something that I did think was funny though was written by Gail on my blog last week. She was asking me for any advice I could give to her son and his girlfriend for their imminent holiday in Kefalonia. She meant the do's and don'ts, but also the 'what to take' too, mentioning casually that she'd taken a breadmaker with her on holiday once!!! Gail, I have to ask you now, WHY?

I do remember once staying at Butlins holiday camp with all the children, and watching some hapless lady struggling along with her suitcases and an ironing board! I know, I know, it's important you look your best on holiday too, but surely a travel iron and the duvet as a board works just as well? 

So I thought I'd ask you what is the most unusual thing you have ever taken – or seen someone else taking – on holiday? I'll have a good think too, and we can compare notes next week :) Have a good week, and I'll look forward to hearing from you.

Love Ali xx


  1. Magda Chetty September 7, 2010 at 8:30 pm -  Reply

    Wow Ali another great blog, 10 years at QVC, it sure went by so fast, sometimes Ican”t believe that I”ve been shopping with QVC for over 16 years now.
    I know what you mean about having a mammogram, the Spanish health service is also vey good they make an appointment for you and ring you the day before to make sure that you will attened, they are also good as they carry out all these tests by a female doctor, so that we feel more comfortable.
    About the most unusual item to take on Holiday, in 1995 we went on holiday to the Seychelles with friends and their 2 children, and our friends took with them 10 cans of coke and 10 fanta for the kids.
    Enjoy your celebration of 10 years at QVC, by the way I love this photo of yours, you look fab. Keep up the good work, you make shopping at QVC for us much more fun, bless you.
    Much love.

  2. Deborah Stubbs September 7, 2010 at 11:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali i agree cervical smears are not very nice but i go for all mine and make sure i dont miss one. My sister was diagnosed with cervical cancer around the same time as Jade Goody, she was 32 (no age is it) she was diagnosed stage 2 she had her lymph nodes removed which left her with six small holes in her stomach,she had chemo, she lost her lovely long blond hair but fast forward on 2 years she is all clear, all the radio and chemo she had has left her ammune system not good and she has to walk permanently with the aid of a stick but she is alive, oh and her hair has grown back curly, so my family and i support all cancer charities now.
    On a lighter note i enjoyed my holiday in fuertuventura that i mentioned to you in one of your other posts, very hot and i came back to the house and it was still standing
    You are looking good for 50 you must let me know your beauty secrets.
    I did’nt take anything unusual on hols with me but i did do something very unusual for me i did’nt wear any makeup, but now i am back in England the make up is back on, you just dont know who you are going to bump into.
    Take care
    Debi x

  3. Mrs Janet Jones September 8, 2010 at 11:09 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali,looking at the photo of you, you look younger now than you did 10 years ago, what is your secret?As we approach Breast Cancer Care month I have mixed feelings, it is fantastic that QVC and other organisations raise awarenss and money, but for me only finishing my treatment this year it brings it all back. But well done to QVC and I will be watching the fundraising night as usual.
    On a lighter note, I used to work for a lovely doctor and to try and lighten the mood at a staff meeting he said his approach to a nervous female patient coming in for a cervical smear was to, don a hard hat, put on his goggles and marigolds and say ‘I’m coming in Mrs Jones!! Of course he didn’t really do that, but he did make us laugh!
    I don’t think I take anything unusual on holiday, but I always take a hankie to put under my pillow, as my mum always put one under our pillow when we were at home, it just feels very reassuring. Congratulations on 10 years at QVC and I look forward to hearing how you are going to celebrate it. Take care,love Janet xx

  4. Gail September 8, 2010 at 11:09 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, how sweet of you to remember my previous blog re the bread maker. I will get to that in a minute. First I want to say congratulations to you and the girls for 10 years on QVC. Hope the bosses appreciate all your good work and reward you all accordingly (forever the optimist!).
    Well done for bringing important, female issues to your blog and our attention. It’s incredible that as soon as the doctor says ankles together and drop your knees, you suddenly realise that your knees have somehow been superglued together and they won’t budge. When you do finally get the knees to budge they then turn on a gestapo type light and you are left wondering whether they actually want to do a smear or interrogate your private regions. It annoys me when they ask you if you are alright – surely the scrunched up face speaks volumes. We have to do it though because, as we all know, it is very, very important and we women are a hardy species who can tolerate most things. As for the mammogram, I’m afraid I’m naughty. I am 53 but haven’t yet been. Funny how when my breasts were pert and firm nobody wanted to see them; now that everything has gone South I am actually invited to ‘get them out’. Before breasts are examined these days I have to say, “Wait a minute while I throw one over this shoulder and one over the other.”
    Right, back to the breadmaker. I’ll try to keep it nice and short but, basically, I have multiple life threatening food allergies and so I even have to make my own bread, even on holiday. Luckily we always holiday in this country, self catering, due to the food issue and also because we like to take our dog. Our car is like Mary Poppin’s bag when we reach our destination. Goodness knows what people think when they see our almost endless supply of all sorts of goodies being transported from car to chalet/caravan. They either think we are very eccentric or very rich and are staying for a very, very long time. We also holiday in this country because I am terrified of flying, but that’s another story for another day. I was even left at the airport once because I wouldn’t get on the plane but, like I say, perhaps you’d like to hear that story another day. Take care,
    Gail xx

  5. Rhona Fenton September 8, 2010 at 11:53 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison, Congratulations on your 10 years with QVC and I still think your fibbing about being 50 you look amazing:) to add about smears I alway’s try and look on it as no different to a car going into the garage for it’s MOT they see one they seen them all:) Holiday’s don’t think I have taken anything unusual I never leave without my iron but unlike the other lady don’t take the board just use a towel on the table or counter whatever is handy and I never have to pack the kitchen sink I find there is always one where am going:)if your on with suzi next week as for the first time I will miss her as away on my holidays with my iron:) have lots of fun for her 16th anniversary, Rebecca will have her laptop so you never know I might still get to join you, told suzi all about the fun we are having and also about your shoes or are they my shoes:) will try and get some holiday pics sent to you when we are back:) have a lovely weekend and love to colin and the family lot’s of love Rhona xx

  6. Dorothy September 8, 2010 at 5:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    ANOTHER good blog you should write a book (short story’s) it would be a best seller. I went for my mammagram a few weeks ago Davy was off so he took me, when i came out he said that was quick did it hurt, all i said was would you like your bits clamped enough said. Next week i have to go and have smear what lovely days out.Congratulations on your 10years here’s to the next 10. Love your hair on this photo you should go back short.
    have good weekend love to all family.
    love best wishes
    Dorothy xxxx

  7. Carmel knight September 9, 2010 at 4:04 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I can’t believe you have been at QVC for ten years! Where does the time go?! Gosh i still remember you when you used to step in on the This Morning Show!!!
    Here’s to another ten years for you!!
    With Love
    Carmel x ps…loved your hair back then!

  8. Julie September 9, 2010 at 4:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Thanks for reminding me my smears due in a few months time! I had one a few years ago when one of the Nurses just barged in saying “don’t mind me”-to be honest I did as she was in school with me!Didn’t think it was protocol either-suffice to say I’ve since moved to a different village and different surgery!
    As for taking things on hols -I take everything I can with me-I’m fed up of getting a sticker on my case with Heavy on!
    Only 10 wks to go until the “big event” Ali!!(will keep you informed,as you know it’ll be on the front page of every newspaper!)
    Hope all’s well with you and yours
    Take care
    Julie xx
    Just an after thought-what’s wrong with the welsh accent(you know I’m pulling your leg!!)

  9. Judy September 9, 2010 at 5:21 pm -  Reply

    First of all you look lovely in that photo, maybe it’s your sense of humour which keeps you looking good.
    I for one don’t mind you talking about smears and mammograms. They are so important. Tomorrow my 32 year old daughter has to go for a colcoscopy after 2 dodgy smear results. She only told me yesterday, didn’t want me to worry !!!!!!!!!!!!! She has just come back from Spain and the last time she was there suffered an ovarian ectopic pregnancy. I’m not letting her go there again. Seriously we must all make sure we and our daughters have all their female parts checked every time the appointments come through, I for one am glad that my “nagging” has made both mine go for regular smears. Can I keep my fingers crossed until the results come through, I will if I have to.xx

  10. alison keenan September 9, 2010 at 11:11 pm -  Reply

    Magda, it will be a miracle if this works as I have been having a nightmare with my broadband connection and have lost at least 6 attempts to reply!! thank you for writing, and thanks too for all your lovely comments. Am going to check if this sends…. Ali x

  11. alison keenan September 9, 2010 at 11:15 pm -  Reply

    Magda Result!!! I am so glad that the Spanish Health Authority are as vigilant as our own, and glad too that you are able to keep up with your checks. I had to laugh at your Seychelles story…. possibly one of the more unusual things to take to an exotic location… but I’m sure the children were delighted πŸ™‚ Lovely as always to hear from you, and thank you for your kind words re my 10 years… here’s to the next 10. Love Ali xx

  12. alison keenan September 9, 2010 at 11:29 pm -  Reply

    Debi, Firstly so sorry to hear about all your poor sister had to go through… but so relieved to hear that in spite of all she had to go through she’s made a grand recovery…. straight or curly, I’m sure her hair looks lovely πŸ™‚ I had a breast lump removed 11 years ago that was a Grade 2. I was lucky and didnt need any further treatment, but understand how traumatic it can be for all those involved with a family where one of you of you is involved in chemo or radiotherapy. I’m sure you were ready for your holiday in Futurventura and am glad the house was still standing when you returned!! I am sure with your natural sun kissed skin (minus) you were the belle of the beach.. Keep writing, and love to you and your family, Ali xx

  13. alison keenan September 9, 2010 at 11:50 pm -  Reply

    Janet I think you are very brave and I completely understand how any mention of this will bring it all back to you. But how wonderful that you have survived such a dreadful disease and are getting stronger every day, and taking time out to tell us all of your positivity. You did make me laugh with your recounting of the doctor’s strategy for a smear test!!! Thank heavens it was for staff room ears only πŸ™‚ ……and I think a hankie under the pillow says it all….Your mum I’m sure would be very proud of you and all you’ve achieved. Thank you for writing, Love Ali xx

  14. alison keenan September 9, 2010 at 11:59 pm -  Reply

    Gail – I have never thought of superglue being used in this way, but when you start to describe it, I’m there!! Your description of the Gestapo type light, and the questioning ‘Are you alright??’ bit like the dentist, when you’re having root canal work – “comfortable Alison????”… I couldn’t possibly print my reply. On a serious note Gail, promise me you will have a mammogram. 53 is the kind of age when you should be checked out.. Don’t leave it, it’s too much of a risk….Sounds like you’re having to work hard with the food issues at present, and now I do understand why you took a breadmaker on holiday…We WILL address the fear of flying in the future… I promise. Go book that appointment, Love Ali xxx

  15. alison keenan September 10, 2010 at 12:06 am -  Reply

    Hi there Rhona, lovely to hear from you, and you did make me laugh with your MoT analogy…so true πŸ™‚ I too tend to take a holiday iron with me, and then use the duvet or a towel on the bed as a board. Excellent results too! Sadly won’t be with Suzi next week as mum in hospital following surgery…. little too close to home to talk at present, but hopefully all will be well. Take care, and rest assured your shoes are being cared for. Love Ali xx

  16. alison keenan September 10, 2010 at 12:11 am -  Reply

    Dorothy, all that said, it’s a means to an end, although I have to be honest and admit to asking the breast nurse which of us were easier to scan – larger or smaller breasted women? She said both posed their problems!!! I think you should arrange to have a pub lunch or something similar after your other ‘day out’, and then sit safely for the next three years πŸ™‚ I still can’t believe it’s been 10 years since I first worked here – I remember standing next to Kathy Tayler in the canteen and feeling nervous as I’d seen her on the Holiday programme!!! Will let you know how we celebrate. Love to you and Davy, Ali xx

  17. alison keenan September 10, 2010 at 12:13 am -  Reply

    Crikey Carmel you do have a good memory! Thanks for your kind compliments about my hair.. a dilemma now! So many of you have said they think my hair looks good short I’m torn. Think I may need to borrow wigs and ask for a general concencus πŸ™‚ Lovely to hear from you, love Ali xx

  18. alison keenan September 10, 2010 at 12:17 am -  Reply

    By the way Janet and Rhona, I meant to say that there aren’t really any secrets as to what I use on my skin. I seriously think its because I now have a fixed routine, and using some of the best skincare we sell – on a day to day basis – my skin has improved dramatically. I do also think that hairstyles make a huge difference to the age you look…. Really feeling the need for a poll….. wigs at the ready – blonde v brunette, and long v short!! You decide! πŸ™‚ Love me xx

  19. Rosalyn Claydon September 10, 2010 at 9:57 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, Just wanted to write and say Congratulations on your ten years at QVC. I remember you starting and telling me all you had to do and learn. You are so good at what you do and working odd hours and shifts myself I know what a toll it can take as we struggle to support our families with all their needs, run a home and at the beginning of each shift put on a smile and off we go again. I think the blog is such a good idea, you get the feed back from everybody and know what you do and the way you do it makes a difference. It is amazing where we get our strength from but just when you feel low something comes along and reminds us why we keep going. so my dear keep smiling that lovely smile, the one that makes us feel special and of course keep laughing that very infectious laugh. love from Rosalyn

  20. Mrs Janet Jones September 10, 2010 at 4:21 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, as regards your hair, it really suits you just how you wear it now, but whatever you decide you’ll look fab.Wishing your mum all the very best,take care love Janet xx

  21. Rhona Fenton September 11, 2010 at 9:13 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison on my way out the door for my holiday who am I kidding not even got the case packed yet won’t take me long! your poll…. for you Blonde and you really look beautiful with that extra length in your hair plus Rebecca said you have to keep your Blonde too hope this helps:) thought I would reply before I left:)I will email when I get back Alison but hope all goes well with with mum and my thoughts are with you both, love as always Rhona xx

  22. Hilary Patterson September 12, 2010 at 8:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Congratulations on your forthcoming 10th Anniversary with QVC ( I am sure they will have something special lined up for you ) it is amazing where the years go to on Tues `14th Sept I will be celebrating (if you could call it that )at my place of work 16 years- dont laugh its an estate agents my it has changed over the years, mind it is nice when people come back and say we bought the house off you could you find another one for us which we always have managed to do – so I suppose its times like that when it seems worth while. Hilary

  23. Lynn Hind September 13, 2010 at 1:16 am -  Reply

    hi Ali as always you bring a light to what can be/is to alot of us ladies …important! yes, its a little embarassing when a dr or nurse says “open wide” or a radiographer says “am just going to give you abit of a squash” i had both done in the space of 2weeks lol i felt id been totally over alled lol and apart from having a sore “pair” it was well worth the peace it brings when the letters come saying your ok.
    it gave me other things to think about as my son dan(19)is off to scarborough uni in a fortnight,hes my only child and ali im so going to so miss him…and worry he will look after things!!hes such good company and a really sweet lad 6ft6″ am 5ft+a couple of peanuts lol just kitted him up ready to go,it felt very odd+i was abit sad i dont know why as hell be home with washing etc lol, i know your sweet boy is starting on his road too isnt he, its hard i know when theyve been “special” and gone through alot+beat the odds to be here mine too he was 6wks prem and has had gut issues all his life never known “what to feel full” is has to eat 2meals to benefit from 1! but hes grown into a fine young man and like very proud, makes you humble how brave and resilient they can be, i wish your son every success+ hes got a lovely mum to keep him upbeat so enjoy your anniversary and you stay on qvc making us smile lady! lol love Lynn x

  24. Lynn Hind September 13, 2010 at 1:41 am -  Reply

    p.s ali i do think the photo is ace…i do think ladies “of a certain age” really suit short “choppy” styles, look at Lulu!! really long hair looks….dated+so..not right! fine on 30 somethings but not on 50 somethings lol i love yours short makes you look very classy+really attractive(not that you arent already chris is a lucky bloke lol):) love Lynn xx

  25. Susan September 13, 2010 at 3:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Just thought I’d add to the debate on short vs long hair! I’ve said before I think the blonde suits you so much & your personality. I think either short or longer suits you though. You look stunning with your hair up and I love it as it is at the moment just lose also. Having said that the choppy Lulu look is so classy too! Up to you…ie. unhelpful you say!!
    I just wanted to say I hope your lovely Mum is recovering after surgery. I didn’t realise until I read your response to someone there. You take care of yourselves.
    Love Susan x

  26. alison keenan September 13, 2010 at 7:03 pm -  Reply

    Julie, lovely to hear from you, and you did make me laugh with your recounting the nurse and her “don’t mind me”…. someone broke wind in a lift once and said that…..However, as you pointed out I DID! πŸ™‚ I once had a sticker that said HEAVY on it for my suitcase – so was the Β£70 fine I had for being 5kgs over! Only 10 weeks til the big day – Sooooo exciting. Look after each, and keep in touch, Love Ali xx

  27. alison keenan September 13, 2010 at 7:07 pm -  Reply

    Firstly Judy, I very much hope all went well with your daughter on Friday, and that the results will be positive – keeping my fingers crossed for you too. Well done you for making sure your girls keep up with their checks. Lucy hasn’t quite reached that age yet, but will no doubt get her ‘invitation’ next birthday! Thanks for your compliments and I seriously believe a sense of humour makes a world of difference – always makes me feel loads better after a good laugh πŸ™‚ Take care, and all the very best to your girly, Love Ali xx

  28. alison keenan September 13, 2010 at 7:13 pm -  Reply

    Ros, you always say such lovely things πŸ™‚ You certainly know better than most the toll working shifts can take on you, and worse still when the hours you work are as stressful as I know sometimes yours are…. As we’ve always said, a step at a time, and keep smiling…. not always that easy, but far less hard when you compare it to what some have to contend with. And that’s probably why I enjoy writing and responding to this blog so much.. a great chance to really appreciate how different our lives might be, but how fundamentallly we all value the same things….friendship being one of the most important πŸ™‚ Thank you for making me feel special, love Ali xxxx

  29. alison keenan September 13, 2010 at 7:17 pm -  Reply

    Janet, that’s very kind of you. Mum says thanks too for your good wishes, she’s out of hospital now, and so we’ve got some time together while she gets better πŸ™‚ She reckons keep my hair long as when it’s up it looks short, but you know it’s long…. does that make sense??!!I hope that your hair is continuing to grow back well, and you are getting stronger by the day πŸ™‚ Love Ali xx

  30. alison keenan September 13, 2010 at 7:20 pm -  Reply

    Rhona, I hope you have a wonderful holiday, and thank you for taking time out in between packing to write to me re the blonde issue! Thank Alison too….blonde it will remain for the meantime…length I’m still not sure about. Mum says thanks for your best wishes, and she’s recovering well. Look forward to hearing how your break has gone, Love Ali xxx

  31. alison keenan September 13, 2010 at 9:18 pm -  Reply

    Well Hilary congratulations on 16 years employment in the same business! How interesting to see the rise and fall of house prices, and better yet to meet up with those whom you’ve done a great job for in the past and come to you to help them move on. You should feel proud as finding the right home is not an easy thing, and finding someone who can guide you through the process is priceless. Thank you for writing to me – it’s always lovely to get an insight into other people’s careers πŸ™‚ Love Ali xx

  32. alison keenan September 13, 2010 at 9:30 pm -  Reply

    Dear Lynn, thank you so much for writing to me, and it would seem that we’re both facing the same challenge – watching our lovely boys grow up and leave us…harder for you as he is your only child, but I am certain all the years you’ve been together – particularly the early ones when it was such a struggle for him – will have forged a bond that will last a lifetime. And you’re right about being humbled… I don’t think I would have dealt with all Sam has had to with the same courage or positivity. Some say our children are only on loan, and then others that they will ALWAYS be our children…. I feel another blog coming on πŸ™‚ Trust me your Dan will always want to come home to see you – even if it is only to have his washing done because he will miss you and you are a lovely mum. Love Ali xx

  33. alison keenan September 13, 2010 at 9:35 pm -  Reply

    Oh and Lynn thanks too for your opinion re my hair! Have to let you into a secret – I actually carried a picture of Lulu around in my wallet to show to my stylist so I could have my hair the same as hers! At the moment I like keeping it long so I can get the ‘short’ look but also have the option of wearing it down! Oh, and I should say that Chris is my friend Ros’s husband…. My man is called Colin!!! πŸ™‚ Love Ali xx

  34. Susan September 14, 2010 at 10:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi again Ali,
    That did make me chuckle when you wrote in your reply above to Lynn that your man was Colin, not Chris! Wonderful! Anyway, just wanted to ask you the same as I asked Julia – I was wanting to ask Ali Young a few questions about my skin & am having trouble with her blog. Not the same as your guys ones! If she has a work email address would it be possible for me to send an email? Or even to you & you can pass it on? I’d be very grateful. I know she is very busy.
    I am really glad to hear your lovely Mum is out of hospital now & that she is recovering well. Love to her.
    Take care,

  35. alison keenan September 15, 2010 at 1:08 pm -  Reply

    Susan, far from unhelpful, your thoughts on my hair length and colour are very gratefully received! Being a typical Piscean though I seem to be torn in two directions at one time about it, and seriously think a couple of photos taken with various coloured and lengths of wigs or hair pieces would help sway me πŸ™‚ Mum doing well and thank you very much for your good wishes. Look forward to hearing from you again, Love Ali xx

  36. alison keenan September 15, 2010 at 1:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susan, gosh didn’t expect to hear from you again so soon! But lovely all the same πŸ™‚ Yes, Ros had a laugh about Chris too – perhaps I should tell Colin ?! As far as Ali Young is concerned, she has SO many requests for advice that I think she is run off her feet answering. You could always write to her at QVC, Queenstown Road, London SW8 or if you want an immediate response to your question call her during any one of her beauty shows – 0800 544434 (our studio line) and ask her then. She’s a mine of information and knows all there is to know – she’s helped me in so many ways with my beauty routine – and she’s a great friend too πŸ™‚ Have a good week, Love Ali xx

  37. Linda Amato September 15, 2010 at 1:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    With regard to someone taking something strange on their holiday we met a couple when going to Menorca, when we boarded the coach I asked them what was in her quality street tin ? when see opened it it contained a dozen eggs! and she even had with her a cooked chicken for their evening meal when they arrived at the apartment – of course customs wouldn’t allow that now.
    Linda x

  38. Kathryn sheehan September 15, 2010 at 4:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, just a quickie, i think your hair is lovely as it is. It always looks so shiney and soft. Mine is a similar style to yours but maybe a couple of shades darker in colour.As a previous lady said, “Ladies of a certain age” (laugh) do suit a shorter, choppy style, so your style is perfect.
    All the Best

  39. Susan September 16, 2010 at 7:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    Thanks for your response. Yes I imagine she is busy. I’ve texted a few times but never make it on!! Never mind. I’ll maybe drop her a line then & see what happens. You try & take her advice as you listen but it’s difficult with sooo many products!! Hope you have a good week & glad to hear you’re Mum’s doing well. I hope Sam is too.
    Take care,

  40. Susan September 16, 2010 at 7:48 pm -  Reply

    Oh & PS. Sorry to be a pest! Susan

  41. alison keenan September 18, 2010 at 2:18 pm -  Reply

    Susan a pest you most certainly are not! πŸ™‚ It’s always lovely to hear from you. Love Ali xx

  42. alison keenan September 18, 2010 at 2:21 pm -  Reply

    Sorry Susan, reading these back to front! I’ll give you the full postal address: Marco Polo House, 346 Queenstown Road, London SW8 4NQ, and hope it gets to her. That way she could tailor her advice to suit your skin. Good Luck ! Love Ali x

  43. alison keenan September 18, 2010 at 2:24 pm -  Reply

    Thank you Kathryn! I rather like ‘ladies of a certain age’ Even more delighted to be considered a Lady!! πŸ™‚ I’m currently using Philip Kingsley’s fine hair range and it does leave my hair very soft, plus his Elasticiser which is fab. I think I’ll leave my hair as is at present, but am seriously considering a Ken Pave wig for a bit of a change πŸ™‚ Love Ali xx thanks for writing

  44. alison keenan September 18, 2010 at 2:27 pm -  Reply

    Linda I do think a cooked chicken and a dozen eggs is a truly unusual thing to take on holiday! I’m wondering whether the chicken laid the eggs prior to be roasted?? You’re right, there’s no way Customs would allow that through these days, which is a shame for the traveller, but saves on eating in the canteen for the staff πŸ™‚ Lovely to hear from you, and thanks for taking time to comment. Love Ali xx

  45. MADELINE SMALLMAN September 18, 2010 at 11:24 pm -  Reply

    hi Ali, ref smear tests – i had hysterictomy after going for smear test and having a recall – cancer cells present, still had to go for smear tests though. this happened when i was 40, last test i went for, nurse asked me about medical record said i had had the op, she then told me that usually they didnot carry on doing the smear test after 5 years, I was then 62——–all those uncomfortable tests for nothing, congrats on your 10th anniversery, keep up the good work. love your hair blonde long or short, both suit you, TAKE CARE MADDIE

  46. Susan September 21, 2010 at 9:24 pm -  Reply

    Thanks very much Ali for that address. Very kind. I’m doing as you’re doing – reading your blogs back to front lol so sorry for all the posts but you & Debbie do make me laugh – so had to leave one there!

  47. September 28, 2010 at 7:18 pm -  Reply

    HI Alison I can,t believe that you have been at QVC for 10 years that is gone so quick. I love watching qvc all the time from Geraldine in Wandsworth

  48. ELAINE DOBSON September 28, 2010 at 8:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,to answer your question about unusual items taken on holiday.Well i went to Corfu a few week’s ago,what did i take as a little extra,an extension lead.Not,i may hasten to add.A wind up one about30 feet long,just 6 feet with a double plug.Well as i pointed out to my hubby,the socket’s are never in the right place for hair dryer’s iron’s etc.:)

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