Sunset in Gran Canaria

Sun, sand and soft lights!

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How lovely are you? So many kind suggestions and comments as to my Cloudberry and daffodil dilemma that I have been busily mapping out where to move my bulbs to! So very much appreciated, and rather than have a tree naming ceremony, Colin and I have bought a much larger pot which we feel befits our Cloud Box/Privet Tree : )

Thanks also to all of you who carried me through the Diamonique Finale with your lovely tweets of encouragement! If you weren’t able to spend that Thursday night with Dale and I then perhaps I should explain that I was giving a very good impression of an old boiler while trying not to hack and cough all over Dale! The cold I’d had all week had worsened, and I was virtually voiceless. That said we did have a laugh, and you loved the jewellery not surprisingly – in fact the entire day was a stonking success, so thank you for that.

Diamonique earringsI will of course be back with my regular Diamonique show this Thursday at 9pm when my pick of the hour is this fabulous pair of 9 carat gold Fluid Drop earrings that feature a cleverly cut stone that give such a clean, organic and luxurious look for under £100 (pictured above left). If you did manage to last the distance with Dale and I you will have seen another stunning pair of earrings that featured the Atlantis cut!

three colour band ring Inspired by the Atlantic Ocean, which I have seen so recently, this design has 78 facets with curve and roll to emulate the waves of the sea – stunning (pictured above right)! And if it’s all about colour for you, how about this three colour band ring, complete with the subtle sparkle one has come to expect from Diamonique. I’ll look forward to your company on Thursday night at 9pm.

With tissues, Lempsip and Strepsils at the ready, Colin and I flew out to Gran Canaria the following day, leaving a very cold and wet England to arrive four hours later in the warm sunshine where we were treated to impressive temperatures of 25 degrees – mid 70’s to you and me! : )

I’d never been to this particular island before, although I had visited Fuerteventura years before, and Colin and I had spent our first holiday together in Tenerife, so I wasn’t a complete stranger to the Canary Islands.

We were staying near Maspolomas in the South of the island, not least because of the massive four mile beach there which we thought would be great to walk along. It separated our resort and another popular area, Playa des Ingles, which was where Colin’s daughter Vicky and her man Lewis were staying. We had only found out a week before that we would all be out there together at the same time, and so we made the best of our time with them.

Gran Canaria

Colin and I with Vicki and LewisThe weather initially was stunning – clear blue skies and very little wind, but as the week wore on, there was a fair bit more cloud and it was distinctly breezy! Not that I’m complaining as I find it harder to tolerate the heat these days, and so it’s nice to have little bit of an updraft! Colin and I decided that we’d head off on our beach walk and having liberally applied our Ultrasun, we strode off in the general direction of the Dunas de Maspolomas.

Gran Canaria

Gran Canaria

Unbeknown to us, this sensational stretch of sand is a popular choice for naturists, although there is nothing to alert you to the fact that you’re about to be surrounded by folk who are baring all! The human body is a remarkable thing, but there are certain parts of it I feel should possibly not be exposed to direct sunlight! Fair play though to those who were brave enough to wade into the chilly waters of the Atlantic without a stitch on – not something I would have done, even in a wet suit!

Me freezing on return from holsWe arrived home – having been told how beautiful it had been while we were away – to bitingly cold winds and pouring rain – I was not best pleased! Of course the lawn was once again like a meadow, and having planned to mow it in readiness for Honey and Lucy staying over, I was more than a tad frustrated to find the lawnmower incapable of doing anything other than gather dust!

Sam, bless him, has said he will come to us this weekend and mend it, and so Lucy, Honey and I had to have our ‘messy play’ in the garden in and amongst the long grass and the daisies! We made sure the water was warm for her to sit in too!

Messy play with HoneyTalking of flowers, I will be with the lovely Linda Magistris this Thursday night when we bring you a fabulous faux floral TSV! This arrangement is from our Home Reflections range, and features five gorgeous Hydrangeas, that are subtly highlighted with tiny LED lights (and a timer!).

Home Reflections TSVYou can choose between three different shades: lilac, ivory, or beautiful blush – as shown here. The crackle glass vase is included too, and all for under £30! How wonderful to have something as realistic as this in bloom, all year round, and illuminated too! I hope you’ll be able to join Linda and myself at midnight on Thursday.

I’ve written over 50,000 words of my book now, and am hoping to be a little closer to knowing if and when it can be published so will keep you in the loop. You’re all in there, as without your support during those difficult days, I doubt I would have got through it all as well – bless you. Colin’s song “I Know She’s Mine” has now reached No 12 in the Country Music Chart, and he reliably informs me that I will be able to feature it in my next blog – sorry to make you wait, but it’ll be worth it I promise! : )

 

Honey kissing ArielWith Honey’s first birthday just around the corner, any spare time I have is going to be taken up with designing and making her cake. Lucy brought ‘Ariel’ with her, and I now have to create a seascape for her to perch on top of!

Considering how much she means to Honey (pictured left), I will have to pull out all the stops. Do you remember your favourite birthday cake?? Flavour or design, do let me know and we can compare notes.

Have a great week, and I’ll look forward to your company on Thursday night.

With my love,

Ali xxx

42 Comments

  1. lynn terry April 27, 2016 at 3:25 pm -  Reply

    hi Ali, love your shows and love reading your blogs,Honey is beautiful just like her gran,hope your feeling better. Your absolutely amazing look forward to tomorrow night.

    take care love as alway lynnxxx

    • Alison Keenan May 3, 2016 at 9:20 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Lynne, and thank you for taking the time out to read the blog. So glad you enjoyed the photographs of Honey and thank you for your compliments! I’m feeling much better than I was thank you and I hope you enjoyed last night’s show. Love Ali x

  2. sally April 28, 2016 at 2:28 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali
    We need at bit of warm weather here in blighty had enough of the cold now.LOL.
    My daughter made a lovely birthday cake for her daughter she wrapped a dolls bottom half in cling film and inserted into the middles of the cake then with another cake she made a round shape and covered it with icing for the dress smoothed it all and put flowers etc on looked very affective. You could do something along those lines but make the fish tail effect with icing maybe.
    On the lawn front we tried some Richard Jackson Lawn Magic as our new grass we laid last year died off or had something wrong with it we complained to company even wrote to Richard but alas there is nothing out there to protect you from a failing lawn or such like, anyway even after the first application OMG it has grown like billy O and much thicker so glad we bought it and very pleased.
    Glad you had a nice break Ali all good wishes to you.
    Love Sally x

    • Alison Keenan May 3, 2016 at 9:21 pm -  Reply

      Dear Sally, thank you so much for your suggestion of the cake, I may well put it to the test! I do remember making an identical one to this with my friend Jo when her daughter Phoebe was six! It took us all night! How incredibly gratifying to know that Lawn Magic has worked so well for you – I know that Richard would really appreciate a review online if you felt able? Either way I will make sure he knows of this, thanks for keeping in touch and have a great week, love Ali xx

  3. Sandra Gregory April 28, 2016 at 8:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, love your shows and this blog. Your grand daughter is such a little beauty xxx

    • Alison Keenan May 3, 2016 at 9:22 pm -  Reply

      Do you Sandra very sweet of you to write, and I have passed your kind words onto Lucy! I will agree that Honey is absolutely beautiful (not that I’m biased!), and I’m very much looking forward to her first birthday party this Saturday. I hope you have a good week and weekend, with love, Ali

  4. Denise April 28, 2016 at 9:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, lovely blog as usual thanks for keeping us up to date. Gran Canaria looks lovely. I haven’t been but have a good friend who’s been a couple of times also to Maspolomas. I had to chuckle at stumbling upon the naturist beach. Thats happened to us too when we were in Majorca a few years back. We look back with amusement now as our hire car got stuck in the sand on the parking area and several people of various nationalities all rallied round to push and pull the car! Hubby said it really was like International rescue!! I must add they were clothed thankfully. I can imagine it must have been a shock to your system getting home to this horrible cold spell.
    I can’t believe it’s nearly Honeys 1st Birthday where did that year go. Good luck with the cake. The cake I enjoyed doing was a Little Mermaid cake for my friends daughter as my son just always wanted a football cake and how challenging was that!! I’m watching you on the Diamonique show as I’m typing this and loving the jewellery.
    At the moment I’m busy getting ready for our holiday to Spain next week. One minute you have plenty of time then it’s here before you know and so much still to do! I have my clothes sorted but we still need to buy a new case, get beauty appointments done. Also before I go away I’m going to see Vincent and Flavias show The Last Tango in Leeds which I’m looking forward to immensely.
    I hope Honey has a wonderful Birthday and a day to remember for you all.
    Love Denise xx

    • Alison Keenan May 3, 2016 at 9:25 pm -  Reply

      Denese you had me laughing out loud with your story of the higher car getting stuck in the sand – I’m glad you clarified that the folk who helped you to push it were indeed clothed!! It was grim to come back to the cold, but it has warmed up a lot in the last few days and I’ve managed to get out of the garden and do a fair bit of work. I am so envious of you going to see Vincent and Flavia in the Last Tango – I’m sure it will be an immense evening! Have a great time in Spain, and bring the sunshine back with you won’t you?, With love, Ali XX

  5. Irene April 28, 2016 at 9:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    Pleased you are well again after suffering that nasty cough on your last Dianonique show and looking forward to your show on Thursday night. Your Grandaughter Honey is beautiful just like you and cannot believe she will be one next week they grow up so quickly My Grandchildren are eight and four and it only seems like yesterday that they were babies . Enjoyed seeing your photos of your holiday to Gran Canaria I have been there many times and looking forward to returning there at Christmas
    Take care Love Irene x

    • Alison Keenan May 3, 2016 at 9:26 pm -  Reply

      Hello there Irene, and thank you for your kind words. I am feeling much better than I did two weeks ago, and I’m glad to be in good health for Connie’s first birthday. I’m sure you remember all of your grandchildren’s birthdays, but as you say it seems like only yesterday that they were babies. How wonderful for you to be returning to Gran Canaria this Christmas. Do write and tell me how you get on. With love, Ali XX

  6. Kathleen Hogan April 28, 2016 at 10:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, love watching the Diamonique jewellery show. You always look lovely and love hearing about your family. My granddaughter is 2 next week, they are such a joy aren’t they? Glad you enjoyed your holiday and hope you didn’t feel too bad with your cold. Look forward to next week’s show, take care, love Kathleen xx

    • Alison Keenan May 3, 2016 at 9:27 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Kathleen – my mum’s name sake – so glad you’re enjoying the Diamonique shows, we have lots of exciting things coming over next few months and special guests as well! How lovely to have a birthday to look forward to with your granddaughter, and two years old at that! Yes grand daughter’s are an absolute joy :) I will look forward to your company next week, with love, Ali XX

  7. TINA S April 29, 2016 at 12:30 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Thank you so much for sending me the extra link for my diamonique watch. It was so lovely of you and such a surprise to receive it this morning. I have written a thank you card which will be posted tomorrow.
    Glad to see you looking better after your terrible coughing. It’s really miserable when you get a cough like that as I get terrible coughs after a cold . I have lost my voice many times after continuously coughing. I end up having to sleep downstairs as it’s always worse at night.
    I would have tried so see if I could have spoken to you this evening during your diamonique hour but
    I couldn’t miss the final part of The Line of Duty! I’ve been watching every week so sorry but I just had to see the end part, LOL.
    Anyway , thanks again, I really appreciate it.
    Take care, Tina S (S. Wales) x

    • Alison Keenan May 3, 2016 at 9:29 pm -  Reply

      Dear Tina, I am so glad the link arrive safely, just sorry I was so late in sending it! Yes I’m feeling much better after my cold and cough, and you’re right it is always worse at night! I haven’t seen any of The Line Of Duty – it may well be one of those TV series we need to watch on catch up! Have a great week, love Ali X

  8. Teresa L April 29, 2016 at 7:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, what a lovely blog as usual full of fun and great story’s.
    Paul and I went to Maspolomas after he had had is major operation some 12 years ago. We found it vert windy like you and Colin, we also had a shock when we walked the dunes but hay that’s life each to there own.
    Have not been in touch for a while as we have been busy trying to sell the bungalow which I am very pleased to say that we now have a buyer so Dorset coast here we come. Long walks on the beach and in the Forest.
    I cannot believe that it is coming up to Honeys first birthday it only seems like yesterday that you were telling us about her being born.
    You will be having a lot of fun sorting out here cake. Look forward to seeing a picture of said cake in the future.
    Glad to hear that the book is going well, look forward to reading when finished. At this rate my iPad will be full of QVC presenter’s books lol.
    Think that is all our news for now have a great week take care
    Love Teresa and Paul xxxxx

    • Alison Keenan May 3, 2016 at 9:31 pm -  Reply

      Dear Teresa that is such great news! I know how much it meant to you to be able to move to Dorset, and I am certain you will very much enjoy the long walks on the beach and also the Forest. Every time I visit Roz, I feel it is one of those places that always feels like home. I wish you luck with the packing and hope that you will get there to enjoy the best of the summer. I’ll definitely be posting pics of Honey from her party, and will keep you in touch with the book – haven’t managed much writing in the last few weeks, so need to crack on! Have a good week, Love Ali x

  9. Linda Finch April 29, 2016 at 7:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali , glad you had a good holiday and Honey looks amazing as ever sorry to say missed you’re diamonequ night last night but in bed with a dredded virus so say the doctor will write a better blog next time much love Linda F xx

    • Alison Keenan May 3, 2016 at 9:32 pm -  Reply

      Bless you Linda, I very much hope you’re feeling better now, as I know this virus Knox asked for six! There’s always this Thursday is Diamonique show! We’ve got some lovely pieces of jewellery for you, and thank you for the sweet words about Honey. I still find it hard to believe she has been in my life for nearly a year. :) Love Ali xx

  10. Gwen April 30, 2016 at 7:50 am -  Reply

    Hello Dear Ali,

    So lovely to read your blog as always. The holiday photos are gorgeous, and what a lovely tan you came home with, it is so good to se you looking to well and happy. Once again little Honey Bea takes centre stage, she is a real little Honey isn’t she? and as I am always saying she is so like you Ali.

    I read Micael’s blog the other day and saw that you had been to see Funny Girl, well Ali my lovely son is taking me to see it in June, he got tickets for my Christmas present and at the time it seemed such a long time to wait, but now it is nearly here and I am getting so excited especially as Micael was so impressed, we will have to compare notes.

    Please keep well and happy.

    Love to you and Colin.

    Gwen.X

    • Alison Keenan May 3, 2016 at 9:35 pm -  Reply

      When you will absolutely love funny girl, and how kind of your son to have bought the tickets for you. I ordered mine way back in October so it seemed like an eternity until we were actually there in the theatre. We both knew all the words, and Miceal is such great company it was evening to treasure. Sheridan Smith is quite remarkable considering she’s only in her early 30’s – I believe she has many Oscar winning performances still to come! Have a great week, and do let me know what you think of the show, love Ali xx

  11. Joanna Downey April 30, 2016 at 10:12 am -  Reply

    Good Morning Ali, My first comment has to be about “I Know She’s Mine” because I loved it; started crying halfway through the first time I watched it then from the beginning the second time… All I can say is that you two were meant for each other. Lovely picture of Honey in the daisies, she’s such a pretty girl. I’m pleased to hear you sounding so much better than you did on your last show before going away, your holiday must have recharged your batteries. I know that April can be a month of changeable, if not challenging, weather but this year it’s been downright bizarre; on Tuesday we had all four seasons several times over during the day and cuboid hailstones at 9pm just as Colin and I were putting out the bins – oh the glamour of everyday life. We went to see Bex and Tallulah yesterday and took a princess play tent and sticker book for her; both were a great success even if she did prefer climbing out through the windows rather than the door. The sight of this dare devil toddler, her hair made static by the tent material, looking like someone from a fast moving action film was hysterical. She’s very independent and her most used expression is “Don’t help me” as she attempts everything from trying to put on her socks to moving furniture; her baby brother will be marshalled by her as soon as he comes home, I’m really looking forward to seeing them together. The Honora and Diamonique earrings I bought on Diamonique Day are beautiful and fast becoming my favourites – I have lots of earrings so that’s high praise and I bought the hydrangea arrangement in white so looking forward to that arriving. I love cake and truly believe that it makes life better, Mr Kipling stole my expression! My mum was an outstanding cook and baker, with such a talent she would definitely have been a Bake Off contestant. One year she made me an allotment cake complete with fondant beans growing up cocktail stick wigwams, rows of lettuces and pots full of herbs, it was glorious. However, my favourite was a chocolate fudge cake she made for my ninth birthday, it was surrounded by chocolate finger biscuits and an arrangement of daisies made from chocolate buttons covering the top and everyone loved it, she was a wonderful lady and is much missed. I’ll sign off now, we emptied the attic last weekend and dumped everything in the garage so it’s sort out Saturday, what joy. Love from Jo x

    • Alison Keenan May 3, 2016 at 9:40 pm -  Reply

      My dear Jo you are such a sweetie to have actually gone online and listened to the song! And I am in complete agreement, and was incredibly moved the first time Colin sang it to me. The best news I have, is to tell you is that it is currently at number one in the Country Music UK chart, and number nine in the International Country Music chart! Most of the competition on both Charles is from America, so this really is quite extraordinary. I will keep you in the loop and definite for the link in my next blog. I loved your description of the weather – we have had exactly the same here, and this is possibly the first evening we have not had the log fire lit! Your tales of Tallulah are magical – I can’t wait until Honey is talking and able to do more, although we have great fun right now! Your mum’s cakes sound beautiful! How incredibly talented and how wonderful to have made such special memories. I hope my mermaid cake will live up to expectations! I’m rather late in replying to you, so I hope that your sort out Saturday left you with some time to enjoy the sunshine! It was beautiful here. Take care and thank you as always for keeping in touch, Love Ali xx

  12. Clare K April 30, 2016 at 11:25 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, This is my first time on your blog, sorry to here you have been poorly, there have been some awful bugs about, but hope you are well recovered. I have had it twice this year and it really dragged me down, but thankfully all better now. I watched the Kelly Hoppen show Friday teatime which you presented. You looked beautiful as always and I loved the little drop earrings you were wearing, so feminine and delicate, please could you tell me where they are from, I guess QVC of course, as I have been looking for a pair for ages.
    I am off to a little party this afternoon for my gorgeous Granddaughters 2nd Birthday which was on the 25th, we had family celebrations last weekend and this time it is for her little friends. Your Granddaughter is gorgeous, they grow so fast, you wait till she is two they are so funny, drinking in everything around them. Like Honey is to you Maizy is a constant joy to us and I simply couldn’t imagine life without her. She is also like a little whirlwind but so delightful. Anyway time for the party, have a wonderful 1st Birthday with Honey, take care Love Clare x

    • Alison Keenan May 3, 2016 at 9:58 pm -  Reply

      Hello there Clare, and thank you so much for making is the first block you comment on. I was sorry to hear you also had this horrid bug, but I’m very pleased to know that you are better now. The earrings I was wearing on the Kelly Hoppen show where in fact a pair of Diamonique year jacket earrings – so you can wear them in a number of different ways. They are to be my pick on this Thursday night’s show at 9pm. The price is £19.92p and item number 306245 – hope you like them! Your little granddaughter Maizy (beautiful name) sounds delightful, and your words how exactly those are use when describing honey – a constant joy to me. I do hope that her second birthday was fun, and I will be posting photographs of Honey’s 1st birthday party, next week. Take care, and thanks for writing to me, love Ali xx

  13. Judith Lennon April 30, 2016 at 3:23 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali
    What has happened to our weather? In the space of 40 minutes today we had blue skies, dark clouds, lashing rain, hail and snow. Now it’s cracking the flags. I’ve just come in from work and am wrapped up in my Slanket having my lunch. It has been invaluable. I’m really pleased you had a lovely holiday. We have been to Gran Caneria a couple of times and really enjoyed it. It made me smile about the nudists. We did not get there even though we were staying not that far away. Each to their own I suppose but not for me!!! I am expecting my two grandchildren soon for a sleep over. Both sets of parents are off to a 50th party tonight so we are looking after them and the dog is coming too. Busy times ahead but I love it. On Thursday my husband and I were at our local theatre to see Russell Watson. What a show and what a voice. He had the audience on their feet singing along to Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory and Abide with me. It was incredible. I was fortunate enough to see him at the same theatre last year and it was brilliant too. All different songs this time and such a talented man. Loved your holiday photos. You looked relaxed and happy so the holiday must have worked it’s magic. Hopefully your germs will stay away now. Can’t wait to see the photos of Honeys cake. I know you will all have a fantastic time. Over and out for now from a very cold Whitley Bay. Love and hugs as always. Judith xx

    • Alison Keenan May 3, 2016 at 10:03 pm -  Reply

      My dear Judith, the minute I read the words Whitley Bay, I was envious! I’ve only been there once but I absolutely loved it. Sounds as though you have been busy with the sleepover and also your night out to see Russell Watson. I agree completely, he has the most amazing voice. I will never forget talking with him about his ill health, just before I was diagnosed myself… When I saw him two years later he was so sweet to me. I very much hope the weather has improved for you, and that it wasn’t too exhausting having the little folk with you!! Take care, thank you for writing to me, and have a good week, love Ali x

  14. ann quinn April 30, 2016 at 7:47 pm -  Reply

    Alison. hope you don’t mind but enjoying your blogg. can I ask I really fancy Morocco and I know dominance you have been would it be nice for a little break in June McCann. quinn

    • Alison Keenan May 3, 2016 at 10:05 pm -  Reply

      Hello there Ann, and yes, Colin and I have been several times during the month of March, when to be honest it was fairly chilly! I would imagine it’s a lot warmer in June, and if so the beaches in Agadir are beautiful. Love Ali x

  15. Loraine Plumb May 1, 2016 at 7:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison thank you for your good wishes for Clare baby doing well putting some weight on gradually glad your holiday was nice we have been to tenerife and lanzarote before Perhaps we will try gran canaria someday oh well getting things out ready for the suitcase we are staying at a hotel in Gatwick on friday night got an early flight on saturday to Italy will miss not seeing willa this weekend looking at honeys pictures you realise how quickly they grow up but looking forward to some sunshine i must say, weather here is warming up though this week hoorah best wishes to you all love Loraine x

    • Alison Keenan May 3, 2016 at 10:07 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Lorraine, so glad that Clare’s baby is doing well and I’m sure you will miss her when you are away. That said Italy will be stunning at this time of the year, and what a good idea to stay at a hotel as you have an early flight! However warm and sunny it is here, I’m sure you will have a fabulous time away. Take care yourself and let me know how you get on, love Ali xx

  16. Christine Auchterlonie May 2, 2016 at 12:56 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali…enjoyed reading your recent blog and pleased you enjoyed your holiday sounded ideal .. Especially the weather, I’m so looking forward to some warmer weather here in the north east rain,rain and more rain it seems relentless.
    Good news about Colin’s song for you ….look forward to the next blog ….and of course the progress of your book I hope I get to read it one day ! How are you getting on with the birthday cake ?I remember when my Grandaughters were small we were always looking for ideas for cakes… We had all shapes and sizes .. But they have been today with a cake they have made for their grandpa …. A lovely lemon drizzle cake for his birthday..delicious.
    You were asking about Bradley Gardens it is at Wylam just outside of Gatehead … I can recommend it….Fiona is due to do the Winderemere swim in June so we drove to Ellerton Lake near Richmond last week so she could get in some open water swimming before the big day ….Then on Monday last week we went to do a bit of shopping in Newcastle before going to Marco Pierre Whites in Hotel Indigo for a lovely meal …Tomorrow a friend of Fiona’s is getting married …. It’s an Indian Wedding …. she tells me there are 400 guests!!!! Wowza I will give you an update next time! I hope all goes well with the birthday cake and that Honey has a lovely day for her 1st birthday…. I hope all is well with you and yours…. Till next time take care Chris x

    • Alison Keenan May 3, 2016 at 10:11 pm -  Reply

      Hey Chris, how lovely to catch up on all your news! The lemon drizzle cake sounds delicious, and I will certainly post the photograph of Honey’s birthday cake – however it turns out! Thank you for letting me know about Bradley Gardens – I would love to visit there. I think your Fiona is incredibly brave to be swimming in open water at this time of year! In fact at any time of year in this country, the water must be freezing! I’m glad that you have time with her though to do some shopping and eat out. 400 guests at the wedding is amazing always you say Wowza! I’ll look forward to hearing all about that too. Have a great week, and I very much hope the warmer weather will head north east for you. I’ve slowed a little with the book this past few weeks, but know what I need to write, it’s just a case of making the time! (or finding it!) Keep in touch, love Ali x

  17. martin forbes May 3, 2016 at 5:31 pm -  Reply

    hi alison hope you and family are well i am not bad

    • Alison Keenan May 7, 2016 at 11:20 pm -  Reply

      Hello there Martin, good to hear from you – I’m fine thanks and have just enjoyed Honey’s birthday with the family. Take care, love Ali xx

  18. Sue Huskisson May 3, 2016 at 10:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali. The photos of your holiday were lovely and how well you looked when you came back. It probably did you the world of good after that awful virus you had.
    My husband John’s 70th birthday cake was my favourite although I didn’t make it. He is a season ticket holder at Derby County and one of the teachers where he works as a lollipop man made him a huge cake depicting the Derby Ram. It was huge and the whole family really enjoyed it! I must tweet you a photo of it.
    I can’t believe little Honey is almost a year old. Time goes so quickly doesn’t it? I’m sure any cake her nanny makes will be much appreciated and well received by your Lucy.
    I had to smile about you stumbling across the nudist beach. That happened to us years ago in France. It’s difficult to know where to look haha!
    Anyway bye for now. Can’t wait to hear Colin’s song and to read your book! Love Sue xx

    • Alison Keenan May 7, 2016 at 11:23 pm -  Reply

      Dear Sue, thanks for keeping in touch. I would love to see a photo of your husband’s Derby County Cake – sounds most imaginative! I’ve made quite a few quirky cakes in my time including a BBQ, a Black and Decker work station and an allotment! All were well received as was Honey’s first birthday cake today – I will post a photo in the next blog. I’ll put the link for Colin’s song into the next blog, and wait to hear what you think of it. I hope you have enjoyed the weekend, love Ali xx

  19. Chris Page May 5, 2016 at 4:48 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali – I’ve not been around these parts in some considerable time, but I thought I’d check in and see how you are. There’s no mistaking whose grandchild Honey is – you can see it in the eyes! I’m 12 days from my 48th birthday – aaaargh! The only good news on the horizon is the forthcoming marriage of my younger brother in France in August. My nephew threatened to write to the CBBC programme “Marrying Mum And Dad” in order to get them hitched, so Glen proposed before he got the chance.

    My nephew’s going to be lucky to see his tenth birthday at this rate….

    Chris xx

    • Alison Keenan May 7, 2016 at 11:26 pm -  Reply

      Hello Chris!! So good to hear from you after such a long while, and happy birthday for the 17th May! Delighted to hear about the family nuptials, and how lovely to be travelling across the Channel to celebrate! I watched the CBBC programme too, and felt very sorry for the couple who had to abseil and white water canoe just to get married – love shouldn’t be quite so challenging I feel! :) Good luck to your nephew :) Do keep in touch – Ali’s Army needs you! :) Love Ali xx

  20. Mary Morphy May 6, 2016 at 6:31 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison, a great blog with your wonderful humour..i totally agree with you on human bodyparts!! I went to Gran Canaria many many years ago with my first boyfriend who burnt his feet on the sand….considering how he treated me during our relationship it served him right!!
    So life has become busier..i am officially Knackered!! Hubby’s first day in the Alehouse went brilliantly and he has been well supported. He opened at 12 noon on BH Monday and walked in the door at 11pm..exhausted. its going to be very diffetent from his office job but despite the fact that he is finding his feet and getting into some sort of routine he is enjoying it. He will be closed on Mondays ..except BH which he plans to keep completely free once he is settled in his routine. Currently i see him for an hour in the morning then nit again until he gets in anytime from 9pm onwards, depending on how busy he is. The Alehouse is a micropub so he is flexible with evening closing times but while punters are supping he stays open. He has a barmade to help on Friday evening and my nephew is helping out on Saturdays as is our son Jack, but he is nearing exams and sometimes caddying at the weekends. Daughter Chloe starts her GCSE’s in 2 weeks so is studying hard. I am still working full time and caring for mum, kids and now helping out my sister Denise who had her achilles tendon sewn back together two weeks ago. Mum needs more care which is proving a challenge and she is being reassessed so we can have an idea of how we can manage it..its a very emotioanl time as mum feels she only sees us at times when we have to cook for her, do her washing; there is no popping in for a cuppa visits anymore, purely social visits and she hates that. My relationship with my mum has definately changed but i love her and will do whatever i can to keep her at home..after her assessment i am writing to my boss to ask if i can go to 4 days..i cannot manage at the mo and with bookkeeping duties for the Alehouse and the cricket season starting for Chlo i feel i need an 8 day week! My sister is on crutches for 12 weeks and is able to go and see my mum daily on her mobility scooter which she bought as she cannot drive to help her walk her dogs, Erik and Phoebe..the older of her two,Phoebe, sits on the footplate and the younger one Erik, trots along beside her..its genious!!
    I am sure Honey’s cake will look amazing..coloured sugar paste is a wonderful thing!! The first birthday cake i can remember was a Rupert Bear cake which me and my twin got on our 4th birthday!!
    By the way..loved your dress you wore for the TSV Tignanello launch.
    So its Friday morning and as the sun is out and i am awake early i am going to put some washing in..so very rock and roll!!
    Have a great weekend. Love Mary xx

    • Alison Keenan May 7, 2016 at 11:34 pm -  Reply

      My dear Mary, it sounds as though you’ve really got your work cut out for your, and I am very sorry to hear about your mum..It must be hard for your all when the relationship changes sides and the carer needs caring for.. Comfortable and impromptu visits are curtailed when practicalities take over, and I hope you will find the balance settles soon. You definitely need to look at the work balance ratio, and try not to take on too much of your sister’s stuff – she may well be a buffer while your mum is being assessed, and clearly has more time on her hands although she may not be as mobile as you! Thank you for the compliment re the Tignanello launch dress – it was Tiana B – one of two colours in that particular maxi – but I love orange and black, so it was a winner! I do hope things continue to got well for your husband and that you get the green light for a four day week. Thanks for always taking time to talk to me – I know we all love to hear from you. Take care, love Ali xx

  21. Susan May 6, 2016 at 9:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    What lovely photos and a lovely blog. So looking forward to honey’s birthday photos! 1 already! I’m sure lkucy can’t believe it. How are they all? You have such as great family. X

    • Alison Keenan May 9, 2016 at 6:35 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Susan, all good here and with the family. Sam wasn’t able to make it to the party as his bloomin’ car gave up the ghost on the motorway, but Jack got there, plus all Simon’s family and Lucy’s dad’s family. I will be posting the new photos at the end of the week – I hope you enjoyed the sunshine at the weekend! Love Ali xx

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