Honey Beatrice

She’s here! Welcome to the world Honey Beatrice!

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I know that some of you have been on tenterhooks over the last week, waiting to hear about Lucy’s baby, and although I was able to announce it on-air last Thursday, I couldn’t publish any photos as Lucy’s dad hadn’t seen her! So, here she is – born at 14.41pm on Wednesday 6th May and weighing 7lbs 5.5ozs,  a huge welcome to Honey Beatrice – or Honey Bea as I’m sure she’ll come to be known as : ) The first photo with Honey wrapped in the pink blanket, was taken just after she was born, but the next batch were taken when Colin and I zoomed up to see them all on Thursday.

Honey just after she was born

 

With Honey Bea

I had been on pins for the two days previously, when Lucy had called to say she was in hospital and had started her labour… I had then carried my phone tucked inside my vest just in case she called or texted! One of our lovely floor managers here at QVC, called Wendy, had asked me how it felt, knowing my daughter would soon be having her own child… I said I wish I could do it for her, and I meant it. But Lucy hadn’t been worried, she was just excited to see the little person she had been carrying so carefully for the last nine months – and so were we!

Sleeping Honey

Simon kept me in touch with Lucy’s progress, but unable to sleep or concentrate, Colin and I decided to go shopping for our wedding rings on Wednesday morning, to try and keep busy! I am delighted to say that we both found beautiful rings – his traditional in platinum, mine very different in yellow gold with tiny diamonds – and having had the slight alteration in size arranged, we headed home.

Although thrilled with our purchases, I couldn’t stop my tummy from turning somersaults, and the thought of eating anything was an impossibility. Instead I watered all my pots in the garden, sorted out the drawer under the oven (not before time I might add – very embarrassing!) and had just started to tackle the cupboard under the stairs when my phone rang… It was Simon, who said “Hello Nanny Ali, your granddaughter is here!” Still makes me cry now when I think back – the overwhelming feeling of relief, and happiness, and joy that all was well, and my brave and beautiful daughter had safely brought into the world someone else for us to love and live for… Little Honey Beatrice.

Lucy and Honey

 

The latest pic of Simon and Honey

Colin heard me shout out and came haring down the stairs, and after congratulating Simon and sending our love to Lucy I finally put the phone on the table rather than having it glued next to me… I don’t know how long I stood in Colin’s arms for, but I finally felt I could breathe again, and as it had been nearly 30 years ago when I’d given birth to Lucy, the waiting was over, and now the best of times could begin.

Simon and Honey

 

Honey

We had a lovely afternoon yesterday with Simon’s parents Edwin and Angela, Simon, Lucy, Honey, Henry and George, and took more photos – as you do! So lovely to be together, and so proud of how well mum, dad and baby are doing – remembering how incredibly tiring it all is the early days! Lucy wanted me to thank all those of you who have sent your love and best wishes either on text, Twitter or here.  You are such a lovely group of people, and it makes me really happy to share our joy with you.

Honey Beatrice

It’s been difficult to concentrate on anything much else this last week, but I have been keeping up with the training for our 26.2 mile London Moonwalk this Saturday, and just wanted to say a huge thank you to all of you for helping us to smash our fundraising target! Just in case you hadn’t been able to contribute but would like to, here is the link…. I’ve been trying to up the ante with the distances I’ve been walking but am sticking with the adage that less is more, so shorter walks but lots of them is where I’m at.

By way of a complete contrast, Kathy Tayler walked 28 miles last Sunday, over hill and dale, and apart from a few blisters, was fighting fit! That woman is my hero! I just hope she’s strong enough to give me a piggy back when my knees give out half way round : ) Seriously though, it is of course for a good cause, and one which I am very chuffed to have been invited to speak about next week at a BMI Conference in London. Their aim is to try and alleviate the mystery and fear that surrounds breast cancer, and as medical professionals, to know what women like me and millions of others will need, when faced with this kind of diagnosis. I’ll let you know how I get on.

With only six weeks to go until the wedding, I am just drafting the Order of Service to be printed, but as soon as I have I will let you know which hymns we chose, and the music that will accompany us on our special day : ) Thanks for all your help with this. Someone else who has been a great help, and came up with a fabulous idea, is an old school friend of mine Mitchell. You may remember he put together my web site ali-k-productions.com. As a wedding gift to Colin and I, he and his colleague Katie are creating a special wedding website, where all the information, and photos of the day itself will be available for EVERYONE to see… I would have loved to have you all with us on the day, but sadly that’s not a possibility, so I hope that through this site, you will at least get to share as much of it with us as possible.

Well, I’ve been up and awake since 5am, as I wanted you to see these photos as soon as possible, and I will look forward to hearing all your news, oh, and what you think of my beautiful granddaughter too : )  Join me if you can with Ralph Rossini at 5pm tonight for the last of his 16th anniversary Honora Pearl shows – we have a few surprises!

Take care and enjoy your week,

With my love, Ali xx

183 Comments

  1. kelly brown May 12, 2015 at 1:46 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations to you all she is beautiful

  2. Loraine May 12, 2015 at 1:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison just a quick note to say what lovely photos of you all with your new grandaughter congratulations to you all love loraine xx

  3. Amy Wall May 12, 2015 at 2:00 pm -  Reply

    Such a lovely blog Ali sharing all your precious moments with us. Honey Bea is adorable and will bring you all so much happiness. Glad mum and dad are settling into parenthood, looking so proud in the photos. What a wonderful idea to share your wedding day with us. Can’t wait to see the pics but goes without saying that you will look beautiful with handsome Colin by your side. Six weeks will soon pass for you I’m sure.

    Wishing you and everyone taking part in the moonwalk on Saturday every success and hope you all complete it safely.

    Will be tuned in to see you with dear Ralph later (just in case he has brought the Peacock necklace that I’m desperate to get my hands on). Take care Nanny Ali xxx

  4. Veronica May 12, 2015 at 2:49 pm -  Reply

    What a honey Bea is absolutely gorgeous.

  5. Alison Stott May 12, 2015 at 2:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I know just how you are feeling about your new Baby, last August my daughter gave birth to Ruby, I was with her and her partner it was , like watching a miracle, We all still look at her even after 8 months and say I can’t believe she’s here, she has brought such joy to ur lives and her great grandparents (my parents) they have something to look forward to and want to see her at every oppertunity ( once a week) what a wonderful feeling having a grandchild we are so lucky and blessed, we all have great times to come and It’s all about building memories!!!! love Ali xxx

  6. Alison Stott May 12, 2015 at 2:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali ,Forgot to say she looks sooooo cute !!!!! xxxxxx

  7. mary morphy May 12, 2015 at 3:16 pm -  Reply

    CONGRATULATIONSagain granny Ali and Grandpa Colin..your blog made me watery eted as i remember every second of both my childrens births..both incredbly difficult and Jack was very poorly but the overwhelming tidal wave of love for them is all consuming forever and i remember my mum weeping and even my dad shed a tear or two especially when their only grandaughter was born..despite her having a head of titian red hair! I am sure she will be treaured, loved and cherished every moment of everyday.
    I am no glad you are having a wedding site..how thoughtful and kind of you to share your day with all of us. I shall wear my black, white and Lime green edgeb wedding hat whilst watching!! Been off work for a couple of days with a nasty asthma attack but on the mend and have put watching Q to use. Bought the Pecksniff mens treasure chest of 6 miniature fragrances. They will make fab mens gifts for my Christmas Crackers which i am making myself this year. I bought loccitane mini handcreams for the ladies. Oh i also cleared out my pan and cutlery drawers last week as the last clean of the kitchen before floor arrived..ummm how do they get so messy! Lots of love Mary

  8. Susan Newbery May 12, 2015 at 3:19 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations Ali, on becoming Grandmother, my Daughter had our new little Granddaughter 8 weeks ago, although she is my 4thi love her as much as though she was our first. My Eldest Grandson is 18 in 7 weeks time, he is a Sweetheart, he will celebrate his 18th in Tanzania, where he will be doing Charity work, helping to paint a School and also teach English to the Children. I am so proud of each and everyone of them, but make the most of each time you see Honey as they change so quickly. God Bless you my Love and Enjoy your Big Day. Xxxx

  9. mary morphy May 12, 2015 at 3:25 pm -  Reply

    HI again Ali..just donated and wish you all the luck for the whole team and your feet for Saturday. Mary xx

  10. Sandra May 12, 2015 at 3:37 pm -  Reply

    Hello All, I’m so pleased for you and the wonderful news of the safe arrival of Honey and of course as a nanny myself you worry about your own daughter being well and safe. Wonderful news after all you have been through Ali there’s nothing more special or to lift your spirits than the safe arrival of a precious one.
    Keep well, be safe and most of all enjoy your precious granddaughter .
    Love sandra xx

  11. Sue Radford May 12, 2015 at 3:54 pm -  Reply

    HI NANNY ALI!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I’ve just arrived home from a week’s holiday to hear that your beautiful little bundle of joy Honey Bea has arrived. You must be walking on air Ali! The words you used to describe how you felt brought all those feelings rushing back for me too, when my Grandddaughter and Two Grandsons were born – it really is overwhelming isn’t it? She will bring you such joy. I’m so thrilled for you. Best wishes to you all.

    Love from Sue Radford xx and an extra special cuddle and big kiss for baby Honey Bea X.

  12. Teresa Lane May 12, 2015 at 4:20 pm -  Reply

    Oh Ali she is beautiful. You and Colin look so proud holding your little Honey Bea. Really pleased that the proud parents are settling into parent hood. I am sure they will have a magical time with their little princess.
    Your wedding ring sounds lovely, and the website for your wedding sounds very exciting and look forward to seeing it. The next six weeks will just fly now.
    Look forward to seeing you with Ralph this afternoon your show on Sunday was so much fun. You said you are going to wear pearls on your wedding day will they be by Ralph?
    Good luck with your walk at the weekend and please give luck to all the other people joining from QVC. I wish I could do the walk but at present my back will not let me walk to far, working on it with hopes for next year.
    Take care Nanny Ali xxx

  13. NICOLA RIPPON May 12, 2015 at 5:36 pm -  Reply

    What lovely news, gorgeous photos and beautiful names! My Grandma was named Beatrice and it’s a name I’ve always loved. Heartfelt congratulations to all of you and thank you all for sharing your news and photos with us!

  14. Pauline Wilson May 12, 2015 at 5:47 pm -  Reply

    oMG congratulations Ali on the birth of your beautiful granddaughter she is adorable and your life will be so much brighter for having her in it a gift of a grandchild in my opinion is the greatest gift of all. Good wishes are sent to you and Colin for your forthcoming wedding and I look so forward to following your big day and thank you so much for allowing those of us who follow you but whom you have never met be part of your celebrations from a distance what a truly kind and lovely caring person you are and may I also say if anyone deserves such happiness then that most definitely goes to you for such strength and determination through what undoubtably must have been some very tough times over the last few years. God bless and be happy always.x

  15. Judith Lennon May 12, 2015 at 5:59 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Ali – Huge congratulations on the birth of Honey Beatrice!
    The photos are beautiful and and you all look so,proud as you should be. Now you will know that feeling of special love that we grandmothers have been trying to describe to you. It’s the most wonderful feeling in the world isn’t it? Not long now to the wedding. It will be so nice to share your day with you via the web. I’m sure you will make a beautiful bride. You seem to be doing really well with your training for Saturday. Good luck and well done. Well my holiday has been and gone. We had a lovely time although both my husband and I were ill!! I got a nasty allergic reation to mosquito bites and my leg swelled. A visit to the doctor was called for and after a thorough examination he found my blood pressure was through the roof and I had a heart murmer!!!! I was prescribed medication and told to rest, not to have any tea, coffee etc and no alchoholl!!!! great eh!! Although I don’t drink a lot you do like to participate on holiday don’t you. However I have been to see my GP and am going for further tests this week. Needless to say I am quite het up over it all but won’t rest until I’ve been. Apart from that our holiday was great. We had a hour of one to one time swimming with the Dolphins and learnt so much about them. It will be a day I shall never forget. We had done something similar in Egypt but this outshon everything. I have had my first day back at work Today (although it is a family business) I so did not want to be there….
    Well back to reality with a bang so I will try a prepare some dinner for us. Until next time take care and lots of love and hugs. Judith xxx

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  16. Judith Lennon May 12, 2015 at 6:00 pm -  Reply

    Ps don’t know how the last bit got on the message – just ignore it! Judith xx

  17. Sue Bryant May 12, 2015 at 6:04 pm -  Reply

    She’s beautiful. Congratulations to you all xxx

  18. Susan May 12, 2015 at 6:08 pm -  Reply

    Nanny Ali!!! Many many congratulations and happy years ahead with your new family member! She is an absolute beauty. Such gorgeous photos of you all. Congratulations to mum and dad and hope Lucy is doing OK? How traumatic to go through especially first time. I really look forward to all your happy photos ahead!! Love Susan x

  19. Jelena Novakovic May 12, 2015 at 6:09 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations to you all on the wonderful news of a healthy, happy baby!
    And good luck with the moonwalk!
    :)

  20. Sandra Gregory May 12, 2015 at 6:11 pm -  Reply

    Ali your Grand-Daughter is absolutely beautiful. You, Colin, Lucy and Simon must be so thrilled, I know Honey Beatrice will bring so much happiness, joy and love to you all. My congratulations and love to you all. Xxx

  21. Francesca May 12, 2015 at 6:13 pm -  Reply

    A new life in the world!! May Honey’s life be as sweet as her name promises, and may she be blessed with many gifts (‘beata’ meaning blessed in Italian, from which the name Beatrice). Beautiful photos of you all, thank you for sharing these precious moments of happiness. Made me a touch emotional too! Good luck and love to everyone, Francesca

  22. Elaine Grant May 12, 2015 at 6:18 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations Alison, your little Granddaughter is as beautiful as you xx

  23. Joanna Downey May 12, 2015 at 6:23 pm -  Reply

    Many congratulations Ali, she is absolutely beautiful and you look delighted. Lucy looks pretty good after her experience and daddy is obviously very proud and wearing that “she’s my girl” expression. This is your time so I won’t fill it with anything about me just to say that you will enjoy this new chapter with all your heart and you deserve every second of the joy and fun you will share with her. Lots of love, Jo x

  24. jane Bloomberg May 12, 2015 at 6:48 pm -  Reply

    Many congratulations. I to became a grandma 11 months ago and the feeling
    of joy is never ending. We to have a little girl called Frankie and she is so happy
    she melts our hearts, so enjoy all the cuddles and smiles and being a grandma x

  25. martin forbes May 12, 2015 at 6:55 pm -  Reply

    congratulations alison and not long to your wedding i hope you and colin have agood day hope the waether on your weding day will be good all the best for being agrandmother is it your first grandchild i am sure you and your 2 sons and colin will spoil her rotten iam not bad 3weeks on friday iam taking aweeks holiday doing nothing but being lazy

  26. Jill D W May 12, 2015 at 6:57 pm -  Reply

    So happy to share your joy Ali. Honey is adorable. Well done to Lucy – clever girl that she is! Enjoy the countdown to your wedding and I will be wishing you all the best and enjoying the website! You are glowing with excitement through the telly at me! (My daughter is Amy Lydia!) x x x

  27. Elaine sallis May 12, 2015 at 7:09 pm -  Reply

    What a beautiful baby. Congratulations to you all. Grandchildren are so special. As you know I have four granddaughters and they are all so precious.

    Love Elaine

  28. Denise May 12, 2015 at 7:36 pm -  Reply

    Thank you Ali for a great blog and for sharing with us the photos of your beautiful granddaughter – she is gorgeous. I can tell how proud you are of her and Lucy too and rightly so.
    With your wedding only 6 weeks away I can imagine you are having a very busy time right now. It will be lovely to see the photos on the website so I’m looking forward to that.
    Good luck with the Moonwalk on Saturday. A girl who goes to my Zumba class is also doing it- I think she’s quite nervous about it but am sure she will be fine.
    Love Denise xx

  29. christel osmann May 12, 2015 at 8:02 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations to you all and what a beautiful baby Honey Bea is.Thank you so much for sharing the photographs,I particularly like the one where you are holding Honey almost under your chin and close to your heart.The look of pure love on your face moved me to tears.I am thrilled for you all.

    With Love,
    Christel

  30. Margaret Vanns May 12, 2015 at 8:34 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations to everyone. Honey is beautiful, love from Margaret x

  31. Rhona Fenton May 12, 2015 at 8:43 pm -  Reply

    MAGICAL!! I am drying the tears from my eyes as I write to you after reading and looking at these magical and beautiful pictures of you all :) Lucy you are such a clever Girl and look amazing well done to you and a Big congratulations to you and Simon on the Birth of your Beautiful Baby Girl Honey Beatrice ( I had a feeling you were having a little girl :) ) and to the three boys on the birth of there little sister :) and to you Alison and Colin on the Birth off your beautiful little Granddaughter so glad she is here at long last and Lucy and Honey are both well :) thank you so much for sharing all these amazing pictures off you all on this wonderful happy time and sending you all our love :) was also really excited to read about the fact we can also share with you both your up and coming wedding that will be so amazing the fact thanks to your dear friends this will allow us to do so, please pass on a big thank you to them from me Alison for them doing this :) I will go for now as am sure your head is still buzzing with all the excitement off your new Granddaughter :) a big congratulations to you all again and thank you for sharing with us your long awaited pictures :) lots of love to you all Rhona , Colin & the Girls xx

  32. Patrina May 12, 2015 at 8:48 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations Alison on the birth of yr granddaughter,I have never wrote on here be for , but always read yr blog’s, but just wanted to say what a wonderful pleasure it must feel to have this new little life for u all to love and cherish,

  33. margaret mills May 12, 2015 at 9:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi ali your grandaughter is beautiful just like her nan , so pleased for you all and so happy for you ali after all you you have gone through , and now to look forward to your wedding I wish you all the luck in the world love Margaretxxxxx

  34. charlotte May 12, 2015 at 10:00 pm -  Reply

    congratulations to you all. She is lovely. xx

  35. pauline May 12, 2015 at 10:19 pm -  Reply

    Many congratulations to you all.Ali you thoroughly deserve happiness and Im sure that Honey Beatrice will share that with you in abundance! Also such exciting times ahead with your wedding also & good luck with your walk.Every happiness for the future.The pictures are wonderful & bring warmth & smiles to me also.

  36. Jan May 12, 2015 at 10:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Heartfelt congratulations to you & your family & thank you for sharing those precious moments. Lucy goes radiant & she & Simon look every bit the proud parents. I’m sure Honey Beatrice will bring such joy into all your lives just as my grandson has enriched mine.
    What a wonderfully original idea to have a wedding website & I’m so looking forward to seeing photos from your big day – tissues will be at the ready!
    Good luck to everyone taking part in the Moonwalk, you are all amazing!
    Take care, lots of love
    Jan xxx

  37. Jean May 13, 2015 at 12:17 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali just seen your blog it had me in tears she is so beautiful grandchildren are a gift I so love my two grandsons would love a granddaughter but don’t think that will happen. I look forward to seeing all your wedding pictures I know you will look stunning. All the very best to you and your family and a big well done to Lucy. Jean xx

  38. Wendy Cameron May 13, 2015 at 1:58 am -  Reply

    Congratulations Nanny Ali,

    I read your blog with tears running down my cheeks feeling the utter pride bursting out in your words. Your Granddaughter is beautiful & I am sure she will be cherished by all.

    My very best wishes to you & your newly increased family.

    Wendy xx

  39. Lyn May 13, 2015 at 6:15 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali congratulation to you and your family on the birth of your beautiful grandaughter call honeybeau love to you Colin and all your family and friend’s xxxxxxxx

  40. Glenda May 13, 2015 at 8:05 am -  Reply

    Congratulations I have 6 beautiful grandchildren and I love and enjoy all of them.x
    All the very best on your wedding day x

  41. linda dunn May 13, 2015 at 9:16 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, What a little treasure Honey bee is just perfect .Congratulations to you all.Good luck with the moonwalk, Linda Dunn.x

  42. Sharon Windram May 13, 2015 at 11:47 am -  Reply

    She is absolutely beautiful Alison, just like her mummy & nanny. I have 3 grandchildren all under the age of 5, quite a handful but such joy. 2 boys and the latest arrival 10 weeks old today a little granddaughter. They are so sweet, innocent & funny & make life worth living. Congratulations to you all and best wishes for your future wedding.
    Much love Sharon.xx

  43. sylvia gross May 13, 2015 at 1:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali your new grandaughter is gorgeous congratulations to all. Much love Sylvia. Xx

  44. Carol s May 13, 2015 at 2:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi ya alison, loved the photo’s of you all with the baby. She is gorgeous . I bet everybody is fighting to hold her. Look forward to your next blog and hopefully more photo’s. Good luck with the walk at the weekend. Love Carol. Xx

  45. linda May 13, 2015 at 3:16 pm -  Reply

    So pleased for you and all the family on the birth of your beautiful granddaughter . You must all be so very proud. She looks as lovely as her nanny.
    Love and best wish to all your family at this special time.
    love to all
    Love from Linda.

  46. Pearl Emery May 13, 2015 at 3:47 pm -  Reply

    Ali, you have a beautiful granddaughter,as well as a beautiful daughter.
    Love and congratulations to the whole family.
    Wishing them all the best for the future.
    Love Pearl xx plus one for Honey Beatrice x

  47. Janet Jones May 13, 2015 at 4:41 pm -  Reply

    CONGRATULATIONS GRANDMA ALI, I have just seen your twitter feed( I am not on twitter!!) You now have another sweet pea how wonderful. I haven’t stopped smiling since Alfie was born and he’s now 2 !! Enjoy her my friend she will fill a hole in your life you didn’t even know you had. ‘See’ you tonight Grandma lots of love Janet aka Mamar xxx

  48. Mrs Susan Huskisson May 13, 2015 at 5:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Nanny Ali. Many congratulations to you and all your family ( especially Lucy) on the birth of your beautiful granddaughter Honey Beatrice. She looks absolutely scrummy!! You were very generous with your congratulations to me when my lovely niece Lisa ( surrogate daughter) gave birth to Charlie back in January. It won’t be long now until the next big day in your wonderful year! You so deserve it! Can’t wait to see your website and share in what I’m sure will be a fantastic day for you, Colin and both your families. What a brilliant wedding gift by the way! It will be all the more special now you have your gorgeous baby granddaughter. Anyway Ali, all the very best, bye for now. Love Sue xx. ( forgive me if you get this message twice. I don’t think it was posted properly the first time) xx

  49. Liz May 13, 2015 at 6:29 pm -  Reply

    Many congratulations to the proud grandparents Alison and Colin and to you all. Honey Beatrice is absolutely gorgeous as is her beautiful mum, your lovely daughter Lucy. Lovely to see Honey with her adoring dad Simon too. You all deserve so much joy and happiness, with lots more to come in future years. I am so looking forward to seeing your wedding pics in six weeks time. How kind and lovely of you both to allow us all to share in your joyful and very special day via your website. Thank you for that and the fantastic baby pictures. Lots of good luck with the Moonwalk. I look forward to hearing all about it. Love Liz x

  50. Gill Graham May 13, 2015 at 7:39 pm -  Reply

    Wonderful news Nanny Ali !!!! many Congratulations to Lucy and Simon and welcome to Honey Beatrice/ Being a grandparent ( I’m a Grandma) is wonderful you get to watch listen and love without worrying whether you’ve got it right. Enjoy this next journey xxxxxx

  51. Liz Lowe May 14, 2015 at 12:01 am -  Reply

    Congratulations Alison, Colin, Lucy and Simon there is nothing better than a new arrival in the family to add a spring in your step. Baby Honey Beatrice is simply beautiful. Such an exciting time for you, becoming a grandparent and your wedding so close together, so much to do and so much to look forward to. Enjoy these exciting happy times, you so deserve them. Good luck to you all, will look forward to seeing the wedding pics…Liz…xx

  52. Jill Cope May 14, 2015 at 12:42 am -  Reply

    Congratulations to you & your family.

    I don’t have children, however I have always shared my sisters daughter & son, now my sister has become a nanny. Its just the best time we have so much fun with Charlie who is 20 months old. Lyn (my sister) has recently got a puppy bulldog so when I visit I can be sure of a welcome. You will have so much fun with your wonderful Honey Beatrice.

    What a great year you are having, I will think about you & everyone else doing the moonwalk, hope it stays dry. I’m sure your wedding day will be everything you have hoped & planned for.

    Xx

  53. Elizabeth Keenan May 14, 2015 at 1:34 am -  Reply

    Hi Granny Ali, congratulations on your beautiful granddaughter she is gorgeous all your pictures are lovely. What a special year you are having with you and Colin getting married soon. Thank you for sharing all your lovely news with us, I think we were all with you waiting for news of Honey Beatrice waiting for the birth of a grandchild fairly gets us cleaning to keep our minds off things for a wee while. Take care Ali and good luck with the moonwalk I am sure you will be just grand.
    Much Love
    Elizabeth
    XXX

  54. Lynn Hitchen May 14, 2015 at 9:47 am -  Reply

    Congratulations on the birth of your granddaughter she is absolutely beautiful and will bring you much joy over the coming years I too have two granddaughters aged 4 an 8 and they keep you young and bring a lot of pleasure.

  55. patricia May 14, 2015 at 1:36 pm -  Reply

    Beautiful photos so happy for you and your family. Good luck for your wedding you deserve some good times God bless you all x

  56. Tricia coulsonwood May 14, 2015 at 2:10 pm -  Reply

    A few quick words of congratulations. Your photos with Honey are so lovely to see..shes gorgeous, I was right to say I thought Lucy would give birth to a girl!.My daughter Liz is 7th May..same birth sign, wonderful, kind, caring and beautiful children..
    I’m really happy for you all. Tricia xx

  57. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 2:32 pm -  Reply

    Kelly – thank you for your congratulations! She is indeed a beautiful child :) Love Ali xx

  58. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 2:32 pm -  Reply

    Loraine – so glad you enjoyed them! I’ve just managed to reply to your previous blog comment – thank you for it! Love Ali x

  59. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 2:35 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Amy, and thanks very much for your lovely comment. Glad you like the idea of the website – I just feel I’ll be limited to how many photos etc. I can place here, so there will be another point of reference for you all :) We’ve got a great photographer too, but you’re right, Colin always looks gorgeous :) Thanks for wishing us luck on the Moonwalk.. the anticipation is awful – I’ll be glad to just start walking!! I hope you have a good weekend ahead, love Ali xx

  60. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 2:35 pm -  Reply

    What a Honey indeed :) thanks Veronica – have a great weekend, love Ali x

  61. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 2:37 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison, I think the name Ruby is beautiful too! Gosh you were there when she was born I would have been if I was needed, but Simon did a great job with Lucy, and Honey is a very contented baby :) You’re so right when you say it’s all about building memories, and we have many more happy occasions when we can make plenty more. Thanks for writing to me, love ali xx

  62. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 2:38 pm -  Reply

    … Oh, and Alison, yes she is very cute!!! xx

  63. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 2:39 pm -  Reply

    Well that’s a first!!!! The computer just put a notice up saying ‘SLOW DOWN YOU ARE POSTING YOUR COMMENTS TOO QUICKLY!’ :) Keep up with the programme I say! x

  64. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 2:43 pm -  Reply

    Dear Mary, lovely as always to hear from you, and thanks for sharing your memories too. Particularly special in your family to have a daughter too – and as you say – all children are so very much loved, treasured and loved. I was hoping you’d like the idea of the wedding website – I too am loving the idea of you wearing your wedding hat to look through it! :) Is there no end to your talents?! Homemade Christmas crackers – and it’s only May?? Gadzooks!! :) I hope your week hasn’t been too exhausting and that you’ve been sleeping a little better now it’s cooler. Do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  65. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 2:46 pm -  Reply

    Gosh Susan, how lovely to have your grandchildren so varied in age.. it just keeps the special times coming. You must be very proud of your eldest grandson – I hope he has a lovely 18th birthday and certainly deserves to for all the good works he is involved in. I will definitely make the most of each time I see Honey and make sure I take plenty of photos too.. she has changed even in this first week of her life! :) Thank you for writing to me, and I hope you have a good weekend, love Ali xx

  66. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 2:48 pm -  Reply

    Mary thanks so much for your donation – and that’s from all of us! Very kind of you – I will wear an extra compeed plaster for you! :) XXXX

  67. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 2:49 pm -  Reply

    Dear Sandra, I think it just goes with the territory – having children and grandchildren, and never really not worrying! But you’re right about Honey’s birth lifting my spirits – I really feel as though we have turned a huge corner, and life is on the up :) With love Ali xx

  68. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 2:51 pm -  Reply

    Dear Sue, How was the holiday?? Do hope you enjoyed it. Thank you so much for your good and kind wishes. Overwhelming is a very good way to describe my feelings when I saw Honey for the first time. So proud of my girly – not the easiest of deliveries, but she’s doing a great job of being a mum and Honey is very content. Take care, and do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  69. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 2:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Teresa – I’m glad you caught the Honora shows – my jewellery on my wedding day does include pearls but I’ve designed it myself with help from the Diamonique buyers, so although CFW pearls, they won’t be Ralph’s! The wedding ring is lovely, and I can’t wait to wear it. I’ve already started work on the website, and it should be up and running in the next week or so. Not sure if photos of the hen do or stag weekend should be included, but watch this space! :) Thank you for your good wishes for our Moonwalk – I hope your back continues to improve so that maybe you can do this next year. I’ll let you know how we all get on. With love, Ali xx

  70. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 2:54 pm -  Reply

    Dear Nicola, it’s lovely to hear how many others have the name Beatrice in the family, but I’ve yet to come across someone with a Honey! The two go so well together though don’t they? :) I’m very glad you enjoyed the photos, love Ali xx

  71. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 2:56 pm -  Reply

    Pauline your lovely words have made me well up.. so true, the ups and downs over the last few years, but as I wrote earlier, I feel we have moved into a new phase and life will continue to just get better and better. Delighted you like the idea of the website and I hope you will enjoy all that we post there. With love, Ali xx

  72. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 3:01 pm -  Reply

    Judith, you are absolutely correct – it wasn’t until I saw Honey for the first time that I truly understood the special love you grandmothers have been describing to me.. twofold really, because of the bond that Lucy and I already have :) I am glad you had your holiday, but so sorry to hear that you were both poorly. That said, it’s a positive thing that you were properly checked over, otherwise your heart murmur may have been missed. I wish you well with your tests and am sure they will prescribe something to make things better. The swimming with dolphins sounds amazing! I bet it was grim to go back to work though – I hope you have something nice planned for the weekend. Take care, love Ali xx

  73. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 3:01 pm -  Reply

    Sue, thanks so much – glad you like the photos, love Ali xx

  74. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 3:08 pm -  Reply

    Dear Susan, yes Lucy is recovering well, although obviously very tired. That said, Simon is being a star and helping with everything, and Honey is a very content baby :) She is such a beautiful little thing, and very good at being held by everyone. I am very much looking forward to seeing her again on Monday. More photos to follow, love Ali xx

  75. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 3:09 pm -  Reply

    Jelena thank you! There will no doubt be plenty of photos of the Moonwalk and little Honey in the next blog! Love Ali xx

  76. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 3:10 pm -  Reply

    Sandra your kind words and best wishes are much appreciated – thank you very much for taking the time out to write to me. I will pass on your good wishes to Lucy and Simon :) Love Ali xx

  77. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 3:17 pm -  Reply

    Dear Francesca I love your words – may Honey’s life be as sweet as her name – I hope so too, and I didn’t realise that beata means blessed in Italian either! A great choice of name all round :) Thank you for taking the time to write to us – I will pass your wishes on with love Ali xx

  78. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 3:18 pm -  Reply

    Bless you Elaine!! I wish I had her youth :) Take care and thanks for writing, love Ali xx

  79. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 3:19 pm -  Reply

    Jo you’re so right about that lovely photo of Lucy – there was a very similar one of me with Lucy as a tiny baby – I’ll see if I can slip that into the next blog! I hope you’ve had a good week – I replied to your last comment – finally had time today! With love Ali xx

  80. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 3:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Jane, I’m a huge fan of boys names used for girls, and Frankie is a great example. I hope that you all have a wonderful time celebrating her first birthday. Thank you for writing to me, and yes, I will definitely enjoy all the cuddles and smiles :) Love ali xx

  81. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 3:25 pm -  Reply

    Dear Martin, lovely to hear from you, and yes this is my first grandchild! She is such a little poppet too, we feel very blessed. Sam went to see Honey yesterday, and Jack is hoping to get away from work and visit very soon. I am glad you have a holiday to look forward to, and being lazy is what holiday’s are all about! Take care, love Ali xx

  82. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 3:26 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jill, I’m delighted to share the joy and the photos! Only six weeks until the wedding too – how much excitement can a girl take! I think the Moonwalk may slow me down for a few days, but back to see little Honey on Monday. Thanks for writing, with love Ali xx

  83. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 3:33 pm -  Reply

    Dear Elaine I remember very well when your granddaughters arrived! All very exciting, and precious as you say. Thank you for writing to me, and do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  84. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 3:53 pm -  Reply

    Dear Denise your friend at the Zumba class isn’t the only one who’s nervous about Saturday’s Moonwalk! I think it’s more the thought of being part of a massive crowd that unnerves me, rather more than the distance! We’ll be fine though I’m sure :) I’m so glad you enjoyed the photos – watch this space there will be plenty more to come. I’ll let Mitch know how popular his idea is, and we should have a link set up to it very soon. We actually went to the wedding venue today to discuss the final details, and it’s all coming together really well :) Thanks for writing to me, love Ali x

  85. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 3:57 pm -  Reply

    Dear Christel – yours is a lovely name too! So glad you liked the photos – we already have so many I want to get a few printed out to put in a frame as Honey is changing almost every day. Thank you very much for writing to me – I do hope you have a great weekend, and please do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  86. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 4:01 pm -  Reply

    Margaret, thank you for your congratulatory message – I will pass on your love sand best wishes. Take care, Love Ali xx

  87. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 4:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Rhona and thanks so much for your lovely message. Your good wishes and love have been duly passed on – infact Lucy has I know looked through the blog and was really thrilled. I do hope you go your mention on Tuesday night, and I will let Mitchell know that his idea of a website has been really well received. We’ve already provided some of the info, but of course the majority will be available after the day itself! I am indeed still buzzing, and don’t think my feet have touched the ground since she arrived, and there is so much still to look forward to. Love to you all, and thanks as always for keeping in touch, Ali xx

  88. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 4:14 pm -  Reply

    Dear Patrina, I am really pleased that you have chosen to make a comment on the blog for the first time, and I hope it won’t be the last! It certainly is a pleasure having a new member of the family, and she is such a cute little soul and has a gentle temperament. Keep in touch, love Ali xx

  89. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 4:16 pm -  Reply

    Margaret you’re too kind :) Thank you for your sweet words, and yes I am very happy and excited by all that is yet to come too – we have definitely turned a large corner, and things are looking good. With love, Ali xx

  90. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 4:16 pm -  Reply

    Charlotte, many thanks, I will pass your congratulations on to Lucy and Simon :) Love Ali xx

  91. Caz May 14, 2015 at 4:17 pm -  Reply

    Many congratulations on the birth of your beautiful Grandaughter. She will bring you much joy, love and happiness. The pictures are lovely, and you have a gorgeous little bundle of joy to treasure. Many congratulations to you, Colin and your lovely family. Xx

  92. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 4:18 pm -  Reply

    Dear Pauline, I am so glad you liked the photos and they made you smile. As I wrote just a little earlier, we are already gathering such a large number of them I need to print some out and put them in a frame! I will try and date them too as some of the photos I have of my three are difficult to place time wise. I hope all is well in your world, love Ali xx

  93. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 4:25 pm -  Reply

    Jan thank you so for your heartfelt congratulations, and it is my pleasure to share these photos with you. Lucy and Simon are doing a grand job of looking after little Honey, and she is already putting weight on!I am so glad that you too have experienced the joy of a grandchild and hope that you manage to see your grandson whenever possible. Yes the wedding website will be great, and is already taking shape – Mitch is a clever chap! :) I’ll pass on your good wishes to the other girls walking with me on Saturday, and will let you know how we got on. I hope you have a great weekend, Love Ali xx

  94. Elaine Baillie May 14, 2015 at 4:55 pm -  Reply

    congratulations to you and your family I know how exciting and wonderful a new life is as my first granddaughter was born on Sunday the 10 th of may she was 11 days early and weighted 7lb 9oz her name is Anna I have waited a long time to buy pink as I have 3 boys and 3 grandsons so I am over the moon enjoy every precious moments with honey xxx

  95. pauline May 14, 2015 at 5:12 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations to you all you are a very lucky grandma hope honey bea brings you such happiness you deserve it ,wishing you well for your up and coming wedding also good luck xxx

  96. Pauline May 14, 2015 at 5:17 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations on becoming grandparents it’s the best job in the world nothing compares the best jewel around your neck are. The arms of your grandchild .ihave a 6 yr old grandson and. 4 yr old granddaughter and they bring so. Much joy into our lives.Enjoy every minute spent with your granddaughter a beautiful early wedding present xxx

  97. Jo May 14, 2015 at 5:26 pm -  Reply

    Beautiful photos of you all. Congratulations Nanny bet you can’t wait to hear Honey say Nanny. x

  98. natalie hollern May 14, 2015 at 5:45 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations to you all. Honey Beatrice is beautiful. What a lovely time for your family with your little granddaughter and your upcoming wedding. Best wishes to you all xxx

  99. Mary King May 14, 2015 at 5:49 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations to you Alison and family, beautiful little princess xx

  100. Tina S May 14, 2015 at 6:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I would like to add my congratulations to the many you’ve already received. She looks an absolute angel. I’m sure your feet haven’t touched the ground since becoming a granny. I was watching you when you were on the other day with Honora pearls, suggesting girl names. One of the one’s you suggested was Betty which was my dear mother’s name . Unfortunately we were unable to have children. If we had been blessed I would have called her after my mum, either Betty or Beth. If we had had a boy I would have called him Thomas after my Dad. He was and always be my hero.
    It’s strange to see how one little Princess born just a week or so ago will be born into such a privileged world but I know that your little Honey Bea will be every inch a little princess to you all and will want for nothing I am sure and most importantly be loved.
    All my very best wishes are sent to you all and every wish for a happy and healthy life for your little princess.
    Love, Tina S (South Wales) x

  101. Tina S May 14, 2015 at 6:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I would like to add my good wishes to the many you’ve already received. She looks an absolute angel. I’m sure your feet haven’t touched the ground since becoming a granny. I was watching you when you were on the other day with Honora pearls, suggesting girl names. One of the one’s you suggested was Betty which was my dear mother’s name . Unfortunately we were unable to have children. If we had been blessed I would have called her after my mum, either Betty or Beth. If we had had a boy I would have called him Thomas after my Dad. He was and always be my hero.
    It’s strange to see how one little Princess born just a week or so ago will be born into such a privileged world but I know that your little Honey Bea will be every inch a little princess to you all and will want for nothing I am sure and most importantly be loved.
    All my very best wishes are sent to you all and every wish for a happy and healthy life for your little princess.
    Love, Tina S (South Wales) x

  102. jackie cartwright May 14, 2015 at 10:10 pm -  Reply

    Absolutely beautiful photos of your little granddaughter. Congratulations to you all. Welcome to the granny club Alison. I have 6 grandchildren and they bring so much happiness to a family.xxx

  103. Looby May 14, 2015 at 10:22 pm -  Reply

    Many congratulations to you all on the birth of little Honey Beatrice, I’m sure she will bring much happiness and joy to all of your lives xxx

  104. Chris May 15, 2015 at 12:16 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, what beautiful hoots of your granddaughter . Being a grandma is one of the best jobs ever! I was lucky enough to be resent at the birth of both my gradaughter and grandson. They have given me such joy!
    Good luck with the moonwalk . Wishing you every happiness for your forthcoming wedding. You will make a beautiful bride. You’re actually getting married on my daughters birthday . Much love Chris

  105. Rhiannon May 15, 2015 at 1:09 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison fantastic news – your granddaughter is gorgeous xxx

  106. Rhiannon May 15, 2015 at 1:12 am -  Reply

    Fantastic news Honey Beartrice is gorgeous xx

  107. Susan Jones May 15, 2015 at 9:56 am -  Reply

    Huge congratulations Ali. Honey Bea is beautiful. It’s the best feeling in the world being a grandma. Love & best wishes always to you & your lovely family. Xxxx

  108. loraine May 15, 2015 at 1:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi alison just a quick note to say the guitar shop I n ringwood you visited is called oasis and how nice your honeymoon is a surprise I’m going to guess it’s probably mauritius or somewhere similar enjoy your weekend nanny Ali love Loraine x

  109. Linda Marshall May 15, 2015 at 1:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali.
    Congratulations on the birth of your grandaughter. What a beautiful name .
    You must be so proud, it is wonderful being a grandparent, i have two grandsons and they are my whole world. Wishing you and Colin every happiness for your wedding.
    with much love Linda xxx

  110. Gwen May 15, 2015 at 5:17 pm -  Reply

    Hello Lovely Grandma Ali, so many congratulations to you and to Colin and of course the very proud parents, as always with your blogs I have tears but very happy ones as you so deserve this wonderful event, I know you will be an amazing Grandma and you will have so much fun with this dear little girl, also thank you for sharing your wedding plans with us, I can’t wait to watch it all unfold, very good luck with your Moonwalk, take good care of yourself, keep well and happy and I look forward to great anticipation to your next blog.

    Love as always,
    Gwen,XXX

  111. Sue Radford May 15, 2015 at 7:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi again Nanny Ali,

    Thanks for asking about my holiday. We had a lovely time in Cala Galdana, Menorca. There are beautiful secluded bays along the coastline, which we’ve visited before and couldn’t wait to see again. Well worth the couple of miles walk to get to them – truly breathtaking! Sorry to hear Lucy had a difficult time. When my daughter was giving birth for the first time my mother was in intensive care in a ward at the other end of the hospital. My daughter contracted the Strep B virus and was very seriously ill giving birth, so you can imagine the turmoil I was in. I couldn’t believe how she got through it? The doctors said it was a miracle! Thinking she would be put off having another baby, how wrong was I, as three years later I was over the moon when she gave birth (without any problems) to a beautiful baby girl who’s 10 today! And guess what? Your gorgeous Granddaughter, Honey was born a day before my birthday!!

    Good luck with the Moonwalk, but don’t over do it!

    Love Sue Radford xx

  112. Fran Whitehead May 16, 2015 at 2:16 am -  Reply

    Congratulations Ali, Colin and family. Wow how your life is going to change. Welcome to the world of pink and bling :) I had 3 nephews and along came my niece Honor now 5. She loves her kipling, Mally lipgloss (she’s allowed to have them when the’re nearly finished) not forgetting her B&W brooches and Leighton Denny. What joy Honey Bea will bring to your lives.
    p.s. Have you decided on your title yet ?…Nanny, Gran, Grandma or………. x

  113. Gwen May 16, 2015 at 8:20 am -  Reply

    Hello again dear Ali,

    Reading your blog with tears again! but happy ones. What fabulous news I wish you all so many congratulations, Honey Bea looks an absolute darling, how spoilt is she going to be, and rightly so. Thank you Ali for sharing your wonderful news you really deserve the happiness that this little babe will bring, and I can’t wait to see the pictures of the Wedding as they unfold. Take care and keep well.

    Love as always,
    Gwen.
    XX

  114. Kim May 16, 2015 at 9:27 am -  Reply

    Congratulations, Ali, on your Bea-utiful granddaughter! She is gorgeous, unsurprisingly coming from such good stock! She has already been blessed with a l ovely, and strong Nanny Ali, and I’m sure she will carry these qualities with her through life. Hoping your walk goes well; at least the weather looks good so far! Take care, love Kim x

  115. twinkle May 16, 2015 at 2:21 pm -  Reply

    NANNY ALI

    awww this is tje best blog EVER I am over the moon for u darling and as u know I have cried many times whilst u have shared thisnews with me.

    Honey is such a gorgeous little girl and has been born into this BEST family ever. Such a lucky little girl xx

    I love love love all these pics please keep us updated as Honey growsxx

    a wedding puc website?? WOW Ali u havemade me so excited he he can’t wait to see the pucs

    You are so lovely and thank u for sharing all your special moments with us

    love ya lots

    sending hugs to u all xxxxx

  116. Lorraine May 16, 2015 at 4:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison Congratulations on the birth of your Granddaughter Honey Beartrice. She is gorgeous. You are going to enjoy some very special moments as I do with my Grandson.
    Love to you all. xx

  117. Louise May 16, 2015 at 6:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Warmest congratulations to you and especially Lucy and Simon on the arrival of little Honey Beatrice! You all look so happy and proud in the pictures. Good luck to you all.

    I’m sure this latest addition to the family will add an extra fillip of joy in a period of celebration for you and your family – an extra generation already when you and Colin tie the knot.

    I’m sure you’re going to provide a valuable insight into the patient experience at this BMI conference. It is so important for the clinicians to see the human impact of the disease and their own activities, so they see YOU, not “the patient” when giving treatment and good or bad news…

    Good luck to all of you with the Moonwalk. I know it’s particularly poignant for you and also Jackie as the disease has struck particularly close to home. The sense of cameraderie I expect you will find will carry you through with flying colours.

  118. Fran Whitehead May 16, 2015 at 7:05 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations Ali, Colin and family. Wow how your lives are going to change. I have 3 nephews then along came my niece Honor now 5. Welcome to the world of pink and bling. She loves her Leighton Denny, her Kipling bag and B&W brooches. Not forgetting Mally Lip gloss (she gets them when the’re nearly finished) :) What joy Honey Bea is going to bring to your lives.
    p.s. have you decided on your title? Gran, nanny, Grandma or……. :) x

  119. Hester Tulloch May 17, 2015 at 11:12 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali well your little Honey Beatrice is just gorgeous and so tiny, I hope she lives a long and happy life congratulations Grandma. Well done on the moonwalk 2015 you all did very well.

  120. tanya mcmean May 17, 2015 at 5:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, read your blog with tears in my eyes. Your beautiful granddaughter will bring so much love to your lives.
    Also as grandparents we worry more about them all their little niggles, and we just cannot help giving big cuddles and kissing their little faces.
    We have 2 5yr old girls 2boys one 18months one 6 months. Our hearts just melt when the girls visit, run in shouting nanny where’s granddad or vice versa. the boys give big smiles. I always said I could never love a child as much as I love my 3 children but Grandchildren have proved me wrong . Enjoy every minute and your wedding pictures will be extra special with your special little person on them. Exciting times ahead really enjoy reading about your happy family xxxx

  121. Jilly May 17, 2015 at 9:25 pm -  Reply

    oh my dear Ali what a darling little beauty Honey Bea is and such a special name. The photos are fabulous and the wait to see her has been worth it. The photo of you and Colin is as special as Lucy and Simon’s photos. She really is so beautiful and how proud you all will be. Thank you for sharing them with us.
    My ten year old grandson read a lesson in Chapel this morning and four generations were very proud but it does not seem five minutes since the phone call from Annie to say she thought she was in labour!!
    Your rings sound perfect and in particular yours Ali. Now you will always remember which day you went to pick them!! And how extra special is that.
    Six weeks to the wedding-tell me where the time has gone from when we first heard. Love the idea of a web site for us all to share – how brilliant is that.
    Do please give Lucy and Simon our love and thank you again for these special pictures love Jilly and Annie xxx

  122. Carol woods May 18, 2015 at 12:09 am -  Reply

    Congratulations Nanna Ali , beautiful baby, I love the name.
    Carol x

  123. Tricia coulsonwood May 18, 2015 at 12:16 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali & all. Just a quick message, my daughter Jan has commemorated her 2nd anniversary of post op surgery and commencement of her chemotherapy by raising money for the Red Cross.
    She has just completed the 367 ft Abseil on the orbit arcelator at the Olympic park London..
    She’s gone mad, she’s ticked it off her things to do list.
    Ali You wanted some ideas for raising funds, I could see Kathy doing the abseil!!. Tricia.

  124. Carol Woods May 18, 2015 at 12:16 am -  Reply

    Congratulations Nanna Ali on the birth of your lovely Grandaughter. I love her name too. Best wishes Carol x

  125. angela May 18, 2015 at 1:29 pm -  Reply

    hi ali you alright!? many congratulations on the safe arrival of your new baby granddaughter I hope they are all doing well and look forward to many more photos of her! this is certainly YOUR year and you so deserve it!! glad to hear wedding plans are going well. not long now!!! so exciting! take care ali and sending love to you and family and all of the army xxx

  126. alison Keenan May 18, 2015 at 8:00 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jean thanks so much for your lovely comment. I am thrilled for you that you already have two grandsons, and will keep my fingers crossed that one day the longed for granddaughter will arrive :) So glad you enjoyed the photos – there will be more to come in my next blog I promise – love to you and your family and thanks for your best wishes prior to the wedding too! Love Ali xx

  127. alison Keenan May 18, 2015 at 8:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Wendy, and you’re right, I’m really proud of Lucy and dear little Honey Bea, and very grateful to Simon for having done such a cracking job of looking after them both this last two weeks. You’re right the increased family is very much a thing to be cherished – thank you for writing to me, love Ali xx

  128. alison keenan May 18, 2015 at 8:04 pm -  Reply

    Lyn very many thanks for your good wishes. I am visiting Lucy and Honey tomorrow and will pass them on to her. Colin, Simon and all the family too. I hope all is well with you and yours, love Ali xx

  129. Alison Keenan May 18, 2015 at 8:09 pm -  Reply

    Hello Jean, I seem to be having a little moment with my computer so apologies if you get two replies! Thanks so very much though for your lovely comment. I am glad that you already know the joy that grandchildren can bring, and I hope that one day you will have the granddaughter you dream of. I will post more pictures of Honey in my next blog. Have a good week, Love Ali xx

  130. Alison keenan May 18, 2015 at 8:11 pm -  Reply

    Wendy, you’re right, Honey is gorgeous and I am by excited to be visiting again tomorrow. I will make sure I have some new photos for you in the next blog. Love and best wishes to you and your family too! Love Ali xx

  131. Alison Keenan May 18, 2015 at 8:18 pm -  Reply

    Dear Lyn, lovely to read your comment, and thank you so much for your kind words and lovely comment. I will let Lucy and Colin know. Love Ali xx

  132. Tricia coulsonwood May 18, 2015 at 10:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I know I have recently left you a message but, may I just say via you how touched I was with Tina’s message about if she’d had children she would have called them her parents names. My youngest daughter does not have children.. Because her husband to be has had lots of chemo as a very young man and the result is no chance of having children.My youngest daughter makes up for what she yearned for by becoming a foster mum..plus one adopted daughter.a really fulfilling part of her life and ours..love to all, Tricia.

  133. Debz May 19, 2015 at 2:17 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali

    Congratulations on the birth of your beautiful granddaughter Honey B. What a fantastic name! The pictures of you holding her show just how happy and proud you are.

    Love and best wishes to you and your lovely family.

    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=) XXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  134. Alison Keenan May 20, 2015 at 2:23 pm -  Reply

    Dear Glenda – Gosh six grandchildren! How fabulous :) I am sure you do enjoy and love them all, and I’m glad that you have opportunity to see them regularly too. Take care, Love Ali x

  135. alison Keenan May 20, 2015 at 2:25 pm -  Reply

    Dear Linda, she certainly is a little treasure, and so very well behaved! I had lots of cuddles yesterday, and she wasn’t grizzly or grumbly at all :) Thanks for your good wishes for the Moonwalk – it was tough! Love Ali xx

  136. Alison Keenan May 20, 2015 at 2:27 pm -  Reply

    Sharon I couldn’t agree with you more – new life, little ones, older folk and people generally – it’s what makes the world go round, and certainly makes life worth living :) Thank you so much for your kind words and wishes – only 5 weeks now until the wedding! Have a great weekend, love Ali xx

  137. alison Keenan May 20, 2015 at 2:30 pm -  Reply

    Dear Sylvia, thanks so much for your sweet words – yes Honey Bea is gorgeous – an absolute delight, and a very much loved new member of the family, love Ali xx

  138. alison May 20, 2015 at 2:32 pm -  Reply

    Dear Carol, I am thinking perhaps I do need to invest in a camera, rather than just always using my phone, but with a memory like a sieve I’m bound to forget it, whereas I always carry my phone! Yes, I will of course keep you up to date with photos of little Honey – and thanks for keeping in touch too, love Ali xx

  139. Alison Keenan May 20, 2015 at 2:34 pm -  Reply

    Linda, that’s very kind of you to say – little Honey does look a bit like Lucy when she was born, but she is a good mix of both her mum and dad :) I’m going to see if I can dig out an old photo of me as a new born to see if there’s any similarity when I was tiny :) Hope so! Hope also that life is good for you and yours, and thank you for writing, love Ali xx

  140. Alison Keenan May 20, 2015 at 2:35 pm -  Reply

    Dear Pearl – what a beautiful name! – and thank you for taking the time to write to me. Yes, I am very lucky to have such a gorgeous daughter and granddaughter, and I have to say that Lucy is a great deal more competent and calm than I was when she was born!!! Very proud of her, and little Honey (Simon is being an absolute star too). Love Ali xx

  141. Alison Keenan May 20, 2015 at 2:37 pm -  Reply

    Dear Janet, you are kind – and thank you so much for the beautiful card! I like the name Mamar – although I’ve chosen my name I’m happy to be whatever Honey wants to call me :) I know how much joy little Alfie has brought to you, and it will be just the same for me with our sweet little granddaughter. With love to you, Ali xx

  142. alison Keenan May 20, 2015 at 2:45 pm -  Reply

    Dear Susan, I remember your lovely comments very well, and was genuinely thrilled for you on the birth of little Charlie – I’m guessing he’s not quite so little now! I do hope you get to see him and Lisa often, and that the bond is growing. Only five weeks to go now before the wedding, and I have a feeling it is going to really pick up pace now! Just praying I have organised everything?! So glad you like the idea of the website – I think Mitch’s a star, and wouldn’t be surprised if lots of other folk decided to give this idea as a gift! I will make sure his contact details are available. Take care and enjoy the rest of the week and the weekend, love Ali xx

  143. alison Keenan May 20, 2015 at 2:49 pm -  Reply

    Dear Liz, I am so glad you liked the photos – I am so glad we have already begun a collection, and right from when Honey was just 24 hours old. I too love the photos with Simon – particularly where Honey is awake and you can see her eyes – sweet little soul. I am also pleased that you like the idea of the website – I know that Mitchell will do a marvellous job, and while Colin and I are away on our honeymoon, he will get this set up for all to see. Thanks for your good wishes re the Moonwalk – it was pretty tough, and thank you for all the generous donations that helped us smash our target! Pics in next blog, love ali x

  144. Alison Keenan May 20, 2015 at 2:51 pm -  Reply

    Dear Gill, I love that expression ‘watch listen and love, without worrying whether you’ve got it right’… and you are right! I was a bundle of nerves when Lucy was born, and really struggled with knowing how to do the right thing! Lucy is much calmer and in control, and with Simon to help her, they have already got themselves into a lovely little routine. I consider myself very blessed :) I am already enjoying this next part of the journey :) Have a great weekend, love Ali xx

  145. alison Keenan May 20, 2015 at 2:53 pm -  Reply

    Dear Liz, thanks so much for your congratulations! I was with Lucy Simon and Honey yesterday, and mentioned to Lucy to check through the blog, as you have all been so kind. I’ve been inundated with Grandma cards too which have been a real treat :) It is all very exciting, especially as you say, with the wedding so close now. Just have to hope the weather gets a tad warmer or I’ll have to wear a vest! Lovely to hear from you, Ali xx

  146. alison Keenan May 20, 2015 at 3:12 pm -  Reply

    My dear Jill, thank you so much for writing and for passing on your kind congratulations. I remember you writing to me before, and I am glad that you have done again. I am sorry though that you were not blessed with your own children, but am delighted that you have such a close relationship not just with your sister but your niece and nephew. I am sure you are a wonderful aunt, and will now be a fantastic Great Aunt! Blessings all round. And you’re right, this is a wonderful year already, and we still have the wedding to come :) Take care, with love, Ali xx

  147. Chris Page May 21, 2015 at 3:18 pm -  Reply

    Dear Nanny Ali, heartfelt congratulations to Lucy and all of you on the birth of beautiful Honey Bea. I’ve just celebrated my 47th birthday (17th May), my Dad’s 72nd (18th May) and my younger brother’s 40th (20th May), so I’m happy to join you in your happy event. I recently watched my Youtube friends Rose and Rosie’s wedding video, so I’m eager to see yours when the time comes. I’ve also surprised my brother by getting him one of those Supercar Driving Experiences. I figured that he should have a better time after his 40th than I had with mine, which saw me in hospital with kidney stones the next day.

    Love

    Chris xxx

  148. chantel briody May 21, 2015 at 10:52 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations Nanny Ali, an especially Lucy and Simon on the birthday of Honey Beatrice, I hope you are all well. Not long now until your wedding Ali hope the sun shines on you that day. Love and best wishes. Chantel

  149. sally May 22, 2015 at 1:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,

    Many congratulations the beam across your face in one of the photos with colin I can relate to as there is nothing like the feeling of absolute delight. I can say the love you have for grandchildren is special and I personally feel a great protection with them as well. All the best to you and your family and enjoy your new baby granddaughter.
    Sally xxx

    ps looking forward to the wedding pics

  150. helen May 23, 2015 at 4:00 pm -  Reply

    Dear Granma, I did leave a comment on your last blog, but just want to say congratulations if you missed it.
    Love and hugs as always
    Helen s xxx

  151. Alison Keenan May 24, 2015 at 8:51 pm -  Reply

    Dear Elizabeth (same surname as me!) thanks so much for your lovely comment. Yes, I am sure many of us whilst waiting for special news have taken to cleaning and sorting – most therapeutic! Your kind wishes for the Moonwalk were much appreciated too – we beat our target which was very gratifying and altho I didn’t do the whole 26.2 miles it felt good to have been a part of it. Love Ali x

  152. Alison Keenan May 27, 2015 at 7:12 pm -  Reply

    Dear Helen, thank you so much – I went back and replied to all the replies on the last blog, but I have to admit to struggling with trying to keep up at the moment! Do forgive me and thank you so much for your congratulations and kind words, love Ali xx

  153. alison keenan May 27, 2015 at 7:14 pm -  Reply

    Sally, you are so right! It is very much a protective feeling – not just towards Honey but also Lucy, although she is doing so very well! Far better than I did :) Very happy for you that you also have an extended family and enjoy being a grandma! With love, Ali xx

  154. Maggie May 29, 2015 at 12:11 am -  Reply

    I haven’t seen a couple looking so exhilarated as you and your lovely partner Colin do. You are both truly blessed with a beautiful granddaughter to love and cherish. Very best wishes to your daughter and her husband for their wonderful new family addition.

  155. alison keenan May 29, 2015 at 11:30 am -  Reply

    Hi there Lynn, and thank you so much for your kind words. How lovely for you to have two little granddaughters – 4 and 8 years old – I am sure they are wonderful together, and great company for you when you see them. As you say, a lifetime of pleasure and a reason to feel young! Have a great weekend, love Ali xx

  156. alison keenan May 29, 2015 at 11:31 am -  Reply

    Patricia, so exciting to think the Wedding is only four weeks away! The last month has flown past. Mind you I very much hope the weather improves, as I’m writing to you and watching the rain lashing across the garden ! :( Take care, and do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  157. alison keenan May 29, 2015 at 11:33 am -  Reply

    Hi there Tricia, and that’s nice to know that your daughter has a birthday the following day! My sister’s partner Linda has her birthday on the 5th, so I won’t have any problem remembering them both :) I hope all is well with you, and that you have a good weekend, love Ali x

  158. alison keenan May 29, 2015 at 11:35 am -  Reply

    Caz, good to hear from you and so glad you enjoyed the blog – it’s great to have such a wonderful subject to photograph now! :) And you’re right Honey is already bringing us such joy love and happiness. I hope that you have family around you too, and have a great summer ahead, love Ali x

  159. Alison keenan May 29, 2015 at 11:38 am -  Reply

    Elaine, MANY congratulations on becoming a grandma – just four days after me! :) Exciting times eh?! Anna is such a pretty name, and marvellous for you to now have a little granddaughter to love along with your sons and their sons!!! I hope you have ample opportunity to see her, and enjoy your times together, love Ali xx

  160. alison keenan May 29, 2015 at 11:39 am -  Reply

    Dear Pauline, you are right, I do consider myself very lucky, and am very proud of Lucy for safely delivering little Honey to us, and for being such a calm relaxed and caring mummy. Simon is a great dad too, and it will be lovely to have them ALL with us for the wedding – 4 weeks today! Love to you, Ali xx

  161. alison keenan May 29, 2015 at 11:41 am -  Reply

    Gosh another Pauline ! :) Thanks so much for your comment, and I’m delighted to know that you too have the joy of grandchildren. 6 and 4 – great ages and so chatty! I’m glad you liked the photos and am loving that you describe Honey as a beautiful early wedding present – she most certainly is! Have a great weekend, love Ali xx

  162. alison keenan May 29, 2015 at 11:44 am -  Reply

    Dear Jo, You’re right I can’t wait to hear little Honey say nanny – or whatever she chooses to call me! Sometimes they come up with their own way of addressing you don’t they?! Take care love Ali xx

  163. Alison keenan May 29, 2015 at 11:45 am -  Reply

    Dear Natalie, yes, I too think that Honey Beatrice is such a lovely name. It’s also quite unusual! I got a mention for her on Radio 2 with Sarah Cox, and it was staggering how many folk heard it and knew it was Lucy and Simon’s little Honey Bea! :) Thank you for your wedding wishes too :) Love Ali xx

  164. alison keenan May 29, 2015 at 11:46 am -  Reply

    Mary, Honey is indeed my beautiful little princess – her dear little face is changing each time I see her, and she has the most gorgeous blue eyes like her mum. Happy days indeed, and thank you for writing, love Ali xx

  165. alison keenan May 29, 2015 at 11:51 am -  Reply

    Dear Tina, Thank you for your kind and sweet words, especially as you were never blessed with children, but would so obviously have loved to have them. I think naming children after your parents is a lovely thing to do.. I wanted to call my son Sam after my late father, but my brother had pipped me to the post with little James, so I used his middle name for Sam instead :) My dad was my hero too, and I still think about him pretty much every day :) You’re right about little Honey Bea being our little princess.. Her little brothers are marvellous with her, and my boys have spent some quality time holding and feeding her too. I thank you also for your kind wishes for the wedding, and hope that your life is also healthy and happy. Do keep in touch, it’s always lovely to hear from you, Love Ali xx

  166. Alison keenan May 29, 2015 at 11:52 am -  Reply

    Wow Jackie! Six grandchildren – how lovely! I bet they keep you busy :) I am delighted to now be part of the Granny Club. Thanks for writing to me, love Ali xx

  167. alison keenan May 29, 2015 at 11:53 am -  Reply

    He there Looby – I call my Lucy Looby sometimes! – Thank you very much for your good wishes – Honey Bea is already bringing much happiness and joy to our lives. Love Ali x

  168. Alison keenan May 29, 2015 at 11:58 am -  Reply

    Rhiannon – now that’s a beautiful name! Thank you very much for your good wishes, and comments. Do keep in touch, and I will have plenty more photos of Honey in the future. Love Ali xx

  169. alison keenan May 29, 2015 at 12:00 pm -  Reply

    Loraine, thanks for the reminder – Colin actually had remembered the name of the guitar shop, although I had completely forgotten . Mind you I had only finished chemo the week before so blame it on that :) I like my honeymoon being a surprise, but am just hoping I take the right kind of clothes with me – at least I’ve been told it will be warm! Woo Hoo! Pouring with rain here today! Love to you, Ali xx

  170. alison keenan May 29, 2015 at 12:03 pm -  Reply

    Dear Gwen, it was lovely to hear from you, and many thanks for your congratulatory words. I have passed all of these lovely comments on to Lucy, and she regularly checks the blog, so a HUGE thank you to you from her and Simon too. I’m so glad you like the idea of the wedding web page.. I think it will be something we will also enjoy looking back over. The moonwalk was tough, and you can read about it in my most recent blog – rather behind with posting my replies this month – things getting a little hectic! Love to you, Ali xx

  171. alison keenan May 29, 2015 at 12:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Sue, and lovely to hear about your holiday. I have to say looking out at the pouring rain, I wish I was in Cala Galdana right now! It does sound beautiful! I was though sorry to hear how ill your daughter had been, and completely understand what a worry that must have been for you, especially as your mum was also ill and hospitalised! Marvellous to know tho that your girly recovered and has gone on to give you another grandchild – I am sure they bring you great joy – as does Honey – who almost shares your birthday! Love to you and I hope you have a good weekend, Ali xx

  172. alison keenan May 29, 2015 at 12:07 pm -  Reply

    Fran your granddaughter sounds delightful! Welcome to the world of pink and bling – love it! And who can blame her for favouring her Mally lipgloss and Kipling bags! Butler and Wilson too – very classy :) I have all this to look forward to! Yes, I have decided on Nanny Ali, but it will be up to Honey and what she’s able to pronounce in truth. I hope you have a sunny and dry weekend, love Ali xx

  173. Alison keenan May 29, 2015 at 12:10 pm -  Reply

    Hester, thank you for your kind words – I have written about our Moonwalk in my most recent blog, and it was certainly an experience and one that I am proud to have been a part of. Honey Bea is growing well, although at 3 weeks old still seems tiny to me, but she is definitely very precious. Love Ali xx

  174. alison keenan May 29, 2015 at 12:12 pm -  Reply

    Dear Tanya I have to admit to having shed a few happy tears myself since Honey came into our lives – but so much joy she has brought and instantly! The picture you paint of your life with your grandchildren would warm any heart, and as you say, our wedding will be even more wonderful for having Honey Bea there too… the next generation! Definitely exciting times ahead, love Ali xx

  175. Alison keenan May 29, 2015 at 12:15 pm -  Reply

    My dear Jilly, so good to hear from you, and may I thank you here for your gift and card for Lucy, and also my lovely long letter and hand made card – so special. I will reply! How proud you must have felt to have your grandson read a lesson in Chapel – especially as all four generations were there to hear him. As you say though, the memory of when they were born stays as strong for all time I’m sure. How funny, you said exactly what Kathy Tayler said when I called her to tell her Honey was born :) As I’ve been rather slow in responding to you, its now only four weeks until the wedding – let’s hope the weather improves!! Love Ali xx

  176. alison keenan May 29, 2015 at 12:17 pm -  Reply

    My dear Tricia – please pass on my immense congratulations to your daughter Jan – not just on celebrating two years post op and chemotherapy – but also for raising all that money for the Red Cross by doing something as heart stopping as Abseiling 375 feet! good for her to have a things to do list.. I will mention it to Kathy Tayler, but I think she like me would prefer a good old Moonwalk!!! :) Take care, and thanks for letting me know, love Ali xx

  177. alison keenan May 29, 2015 at 12:19 pm -  Reply

    Angela great to hear from you! Y’am awright :) , and as you say, this is certainly my year! So much to look forward to as well, and little Honey having made the biggest and best difference so far :) Only 4 weeks until our next big event, but I will as always keep you posted. Do hope all is well with you, Love Ali xx

  178. alison keenan May 29, 2015 at 12:24 pm -  Reply

    Dear Tricia, I am glad that you flags Tina’s message… it touched me too, and I have replied to her. When you’re younger you take it as read that if you want children, you will just have them – almost a kind of divine right.. So sad when that doesn’t happen.. I completely understand how your youngest daughter must feel, but the fact that she is changing the lives of so many children without parents is incredible and quite humbling… And to have adopted a little girl too makes the kind of difference we would all like to feel we make.. you must be very proud of her. So glad she feels fulfilled, as you do too. Take care, and enjoy the weekend, love ali xx

  179. alison keenan May 29, 2015 at 12:25 pm -  Reply

    Debz, lovely to hear from you – I do think of you Neil and Ainzley and wonder how you all are? Thank you for your congratulations which I will of course pass on to Lucy, and good of you to take the time to write. I hope life is good for you, love Ali xx

  180. alison keenan May 29, 2015 at 12:28 pm -  Reply

    Dear Chris, you like me now have three birthdays in the month of May! And special ones for you this year too – hope you enjoyed yourself :) I’m glad you like the idea of the wedding web page – I am pretty sure there will be some video content on there, but mainly photos. Your brother will love the Supercar Experience.. My son Sam bought me one for my 50th birthday, and I loved taking the Aston Martin round Brands Hatch at breakneck speed! Let’s hope your 50th will be more fun than your 40th?! Wishing you good health and a happy weekend, love Ali xx

  181. alison keenan May 29, 2015 at 12:30 pm -  Reply

    Dear Chantel – another lovely name! – thanks so much for your kind words following the birth of Honey Bea. Lucy is regularly checking up on the blog and is very grateful to you all for your good wishes. You’re right about the wedding. 4 weeks today! Like you, I very much hope the sun shines and we’re not going to be greeted with a grey rainy day like today! :( Love to you too, Ali xx

    • chantel briody June 2, 2015 at 9:33 pm -  Reply

      Hi Ali thankyou very much for your beautiful reply and for saying I had a nice name, mum chose it many years ago, sadly she and my dad are no longer with me. Have a fantastic wedding and many more years to come for you and Colin xxxx

  182. alison keenan May 29, 2015 at 12:32 pm -  Reply

    Dear Maggie, What a lovely thing to say :) Honey Bea is such a dear little addition to our family, and both Colin and I loved her on sight – infact it made us both wish we’d met earlier in our lives and could have had a child of our own! That said, we have 8 between us already, so a big family to love :) Thank you for your good wishes, Love Ali xx

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