The news you’ve been waiting for..!


Lucy and fiance Richard I know, I know!!! I promised!! But my 'Internet Everywhere' dongle thing was refusing to play ball on Friday, and so it was 'Internet Nowhere'! There was my blog, with the news you've been waiting for, but no way of sending it to my loyal editor! Bloomin' internet… about as useful as a pair of holdups with loose elastic! 

And talking of irritating incidents, I narrowly avoided an equally unattractive happening on Friday night, just prior to my hour with Mr. Glen Campbell. Having removed my rather small pair of drawers, and replaced them with of a pair of opaque tights (reinforced gusset don't you know), I was striding through our presenter lounge area, completely oblivious to the fact that said 'drawers' were delicately looped around the 4" heel on one of my shoes!! 

Had they not have been a rather shocking purple colour, they may have remained unnoticed until I'd have been stood standing there next to Mr. Campbell! Luckily I spotted them and had approximately 30 secs in which to secrete them about my person, in such a way so as not to be noticed. That's why Glen was smirking at the top of the show, and I was a tad flustered :) 

Of course, all that pales into insignificance, when mentioned on the same page as "The News You've All Been Waiting For…."!!! 🙂

The news you've been waiting for…

Lucy got engaged to her lovely man Richard, and the wedding is to be next November!! YAY  🙂 Such wonderful news and so perfect for them both. Not a dry eye in the house when she told me – over the phone from the restaurant where he'd just proposed – and she even sent me a photo of her ring, through her mobile phone! It's a beautiful pear-shaped opal surrounded by diamonds and set in white gold. Her birthstone and it looks just stunning on her finger.  

I have of course seen them both since then, and it's terrific to see them so happy. They've known eachother for almost 18 months, and I liked Richard on sight. He's a professional musician and teaches and plays drums for a living. He plays in a rock band, a jazz band and a covers band, and having been to one of his gigs, I can tell you, he's awesome 🙂 Not just that, but he's kind, considerate, generous, and loves my daughter :) Happy days…

Lucy, being the incredibly well organised girlie that she is, has already chosen/designed her invites, place settings, bouquet and cake, and they have been to check out the venue for the BIG day this weekend. I'm not saying any more than that it's by the sea, and looks like something out of a Rosamunde Pilcher novel :) 

I'd spent an evening with her just a week before, and I know she was unaware that he was planning such a surprise. She was happy then, but now she sort of glows :) Listening to her talking about him and how he proposed, and all that they have planned is so exciting… and yet it's strange to think of my little girl, all grown up, and even talking about having children of her own one day… how amazing will that be?! It's like getting a second chance to have that incredibly special time back again… even if only occasionally 🙂

Now for the dress…

There is of course one other major thing that Lucy hasn't decided on yet, and that's the dress. Well, on Saturday she'd arranged for me and her best friend Mel to go with her to have a look at the kind of styles and designs out there… and let me tell you, the choice is incredible!! Of course it's all well and good looking at some fabulously floaty number on a hanger, but I truly wasn't prepared to see my daughter step out from behind a velvet curtain wearing one.  

For a moment time stood completely still, and as I looked at this vision before me, looking so beautiful in cream taffetta, for a split second I saw her standing in her little sailor dress with her brown hair all curls around her neck, and her little arms reaching up towards me for a cuddle. Mel passed me a tissue bless her, and all was well… what on earth will I be like on the day itself! 

We didn't make a decision about the dress there and then, but have made an appointment to go back in a fortnight, and try on several more… and then there's the bridesmaids' dresses, and my outfit, and of course a hat!!

Fire and ice!

Lucy and I had actually been wearing a lot less than that a few days earlier when I treated her to a 'fire and ice' experience for her birthday at a spa not a million miles away. What a corking night out! From lying on hot stones, to freezing cold showers, then a salt steam room, then a dry heat sauna, then an ice room (where you actually rub ice on yourself – if you feel brave enough) back to a crystal steam room, where the ceiling has tiny lights in so it feels as though you're dying of heat somewhere tropical where there's no light pollution. 

I didn't like the bucket of cold water that can be tipped on you by pulling the chain to the side of it – VERY difficult not to swear out loud at that point, but I LOVED the jet pool, which has a huge number of extremely strong jets of water which pummel away at you, and are strong enough to actually keep you on the surface of the water. 

There was one slightly hysterical moment – in a funny way – when I noticed in one of the steam rooms, a length of pipe attached to the wall, with a notice saying EMERGENCY just above it. I motioned to it, and said to Lucy that it was very sensible to have a way of communicating with the staff incase anyone got a fit of the vapours because of the heat! Lucy looked a little puzzled, and I explained that it was one of those talking tubes that you have on a ship, for when the Captain needs to tell the bosun he's got to pop up on the poop deck or something equally pressing…

Well she fell about laughing, and then showed me that the pipe was actually attached to a tap, so that you could spray cold water on someone if they overheated!! I was glad we were alone in our crystal steam room, laughing like hyenas, until it was time for our pasta supper…

So there you have it – albeit a little later than I intended – excellent news eh?? Perhaps it's made you remember your own engagement, or indeed wedding day… let's share memories 🙂

Hope you have a wonderful week, and I'll look forward very much to hearing from you.

Love Ali xx


  1. Susan October 25, 2010 at 5:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I am so over the moon for you, Colin, Lucy & Richard! What lovely lovely news and I am sure Lucy is glowing just as you say. Lovely age to get engaged too & I am sure her class are nearly as excited as she is! I remember we were when our teaches got engaged & married! Cannot wait for the updates of the big day preparations as they happen over the next year. Needless to say you & Lucy will steal the show!!
    Take care & bask in your great news!
    Susan x

  2. Rhona Fenton October 25, 2010 at 7:42 pm -  Reply

    PLEASE PASS ON A BIG CONGRATULATIONS TO LUCY AND RICHARD on there engagement what wonderful news well I was right Alison my two guesses were yourself and colin or I also thought your lovely Lucy which is kinda scary because my Alison is the same age and she has been with Keith now for just over two years but nothing as yet boo hoo!! that is awesome news about Lucy and Richard and I get what you are saying about your wee Lucy coming a round the curtain and you having a flash back in time, you did it again I couldn’t read for tears what are us mums like eh? hope all goes well with the wedding planning, I remember our wedding like it was yesterday a lot off work for my mum that year, we were married at home as my mum and Dad had a big house at that time and my wedding dress and Bridesmaid dresses were made by my mum in Raw silk beautiful mine was a rich cream and the bridesmades were in rich dark bottle green all the christmas colours and we had about 30 guests of very close family and friends, I chose all my music as I knew what I wanted and the minister came and married us on christmas eve and it was just so perfect and our wedding is still talked about today:) and the family were all still there to celebrate christmas day the next day:) but colin did whisk me off to Paris for our Honeymoon, plus we did spend our wedding night in our own new home:) but you do know I along with many others that have spend the passed few day’s waiting on this happy news will wait to see if I get the other guess right too:) loved reading about your special time with Lucy sounds like you both had a lot off fun together, and I hope that wasn’t my shoes you had your miss hap with only because I don’t think I could walk in 4inch heels:) thank you for sharing your happy news I have been on the edge off my seat all weekend and have to say the wedding sounds like it is going to be out off this world can’t wait Lucy will be such a Beautiful Bride and so will the Bridesmother:)my love to everyone lots of love Rhona xx

  3. Rhona Fenton October 25, 2010 at 7:49 pm -  Reply

    Ment to say Lucy’s engagement ring sounds Beautiful too Alison:)
    love Rhona xx

  4. Magda Chetty October 25, 2010 at 8:58 pm -  Reply

    What a great news about Lucy and Richard, and what a great blog again, I was laughing so much my husband thought I was going mad by my computer laughing to myself, I had to let him read your blog, he said what a great lady.
    By the way I do know what you mean by the inter net I did write to you in the last 2 blogs,and to Julia Roberts but some how they never got to you.
    Now I”ll make you lough about my wedding plans, as you know I used to live in Egypt and had a lot of family there, we had two weddings one in London for all our friends just in a R.OFFICE, and the big church wedding in Egypt. So for the big one I bought a white dress, the big work, then told everyone about the date and so on, and my sister had to book the church, she left it a bit late and was told that we can”t get married there as it is an Egyption church and my husband do not speak Arabic, and they can”t make him understand what to do, and we had to get married in the English church. The date had to be changed, everything went mad, but in the end it was great,even though a lot of the people who came to the wedding did speak English, and smile through out the service, but what made it for me was the fact that in the English church the last wedding held there was when I was only a year old. And all was alright on the night.
    I hope Lucy will be very happy, do wish her my very best.
    Much love.
    Magda .

  5. Mrs Janet Jones October 26, 2010 at 9:47 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali, Congratulations to Lucy and Richard, I wish them every happiness. I can tell from your blog you are bursting with happiness and pride for your daughter and future son-in-law,and what a lucky boy to have you as his mother-in-law.
    Sorry I have’nt been in touch lately but have not been feeling too well and it has made me quite low, but your brilliant blog and good news has cheered me up.I watched the BCC evening you looked lovely and well done to QVC for raising all that money.
    Glad to hear Sam has settled into uni and your mum is well.
    Congratulations again, speak soon, love Janet xx

  6. Joanna Downey October 26, 2010 at 11:12 am -  Reply

    Hello Alison, Many congratulations to everyone, you’re obviously very excited and so you should be! I’m slightly further along the way to being a first-time Mother of the Bride, our daughter is getting married next July, like your Lucy she’s also super organised with only the florist to arrange and shoes for her Bridesmaid to buy. I know EXACTLY how you felt when the curtain was pulled aside and Lucy appeared, when I went through that the first time I couldn’t speak… mind you we did look at over 50 dresses together before finding “the one” so I did learn to hold on to my emotions! Weddings are a huge industry and it’s so easy to get swallowed up, ours seems so simple in comparison but just as special. Having been part of Bex’s plans my advice would be: Get a notebook (with a lovely cover of course) and make it your planning book, go for colours/theme you love but be flexible (Bex has totally changed her mind about her choice of flowers) and there is a wonderful magazine published every month, it’s £2.99 and has “wedding” and “ideas” in the title, it’s well worth buying. Finally, agree a budget and stick to it, that W adds pounds on to the cost of everything. Your blogs are always a ray of sunshine but now they’re going to be even better! Love Jo from Stourbridge.

  7. Una October 26, 2010 at 11:39 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali.
    Thank you for sharing your happy news. BIG CONGRATULATIONS to lucy and Richard. (You do realise we need photos of the ring!)
    They sound like such a lovely couple. Next November will be here in no time. Imagine having done all these preparations already! Clever girl!
    My husband and I have been married for 12 years (2nd time for both of us). We were together for 10 years before that. He asked me about 3 times to marry him, and I was in such a fluster, i just started babbling about nothing, and suggested we go on holiday instead. Then one day, we were out for a Sunday drive, and we passed the most beautiful little church. I glanced over at him, and Out of absolutely nowhere, I asked HIM to marry ME!! He was going round a roundabout at the time, and almost drove over it!! In fact I think we went round the same one 3 times!! Luckily for me, he said yes, so we turned the car around, headed to the nearest town and started to look for an engagement ring!
    We got married 13 months later, and I can remember every single part of the day. It was just fabulous and i wouldnt have changed anything about it. We are just as happy as we were back then. We do have our moments of course, but I wouldnt change him, especially as he treated me to BOTH L,Occitane TSVs on Sunday LOL. Hes a keeper!!!!!
    Congratulations again Lucy and Richard. We cant wait for all the details, so exciting. I do hope these guys dont mind sharing it all with us.
    Lots of love to all.
    Hope Sam is still managing to go to his lectures!!!!!
    Una xx

  8. Rosalyn Claydon October 26, 2010 at 11:50 am -  Reply

    Dearest Alison. Please pass on mine and Chris’s congratulations to Lucy and Richard. We wish them happiness always. How exciting! Having just been through our wedding this summer the memories are still so fresh and I think they may always be. She is a beautiful girls in spirit and looks and I know your little girl will make a beautiful bride, she cannot fail with all that happiness shining through. take care love Rosalyn

  9. Una October 26, 2010 at 11:59 am -  Reply

    hi Ali
    Just read your reply on your other blog.
    The other little cat is doing grand. We think she may have used all her 9 lives in one day, but they are really happy with her progress.
    She is a great patient apparently, and the staff in the vets surgery love her to bits. So much so, that one of the nurses is going to keep her when shes discharged if no one claims her. It may be a few weeks yet. We have made little posters and put them up in all the local shops, and called the police, and informed the other 2 vets in the area, just incase someone claims her. So far there have been no inquiries, so we are just waiting to see what happens. The nurse who wants to keep her told me that she lost her little tabby girl 2 years ago, she had her for 21 years, and she was just a kitten when she got her, and its only now that she feels she can have someone else in her home. Shes a lovely lady, and it would be nice if she takes her.
    My little hero is called Loops. Not very hero like I know, but when we brought him home the first day, he just ran around like a loopy thing for 2 hours, we were all watching him, and laughing at his antics. every so often, one or other of us said, “hes loopy”, so it stuck, now he actually IS “Loopy” He is still a bit loopy, but in a grown up hero type way!!!!!!!!!!
    Lots of love Ali
    una x

  10. Chris Page October 26, 2010 at 3:04 pm -  Reply

    Better start hat shopping, eh, Ali? Congrats to them both, and now you better practice your wedding dancing – not TOO sedate now!
    Chris x

  11. Gail October 26, 2010 at 4:04 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, I’m so glad I’m not the only one who has problems with the computer sometimes, but boy, didn’t I get it wrong. I obviously have a very overactive imagination as I had convinced myself that you had eloped, but then I am forever the romantic. It was worth the wait though just to hear your story re your ‘drawers’. How funny, it had me in hysterics. Fancy lowering the tone of Lucy and Richard’s big announcement, ha ha.
    I was so wrong about your news, but one thing I was sure of was that it was going to be good news but, alas, it’s not, IT’S WONDERFUL NEWS. Congratulations to Lucy and Richard. I wish them every happiness for the future. What a beautiful picture you have posted of them both Ali. Lucy will indeed make a beautiful bride. How very exciting for you all; something wonderful for you all to look forward to and plan and mother and daughter shopping for a wedding dress together must be one of life’s special moments.
    I’m afraid I can’t feel as enthusiastic about the Fire and Ice experience, although the pasta supper after sounded just up my street.
    I’ll only mention my wedding briefly as, after all, this is all about lovely Lucy and Richard.
    I was married in the heatwave of 1976. It was a very, very hot day and I remember standing in the church in what I can only describe as a ‘Star Wars’ setting. What I mean by this is the sun’s rays were beaming through all the lovely glass windows, creating the most beautiful effect. Big rays of light were hitting the floor and everything else in the church. I am not at all religious, but this effect had an almost mesmeric effect and I watched these rays bounce around all through the service. The church had become illuminated by all these natural rays of light; it truly was memorable. Anyway, enough about me.
    Lucy, a little word of advice, even if a little previous. On the day of the wedding please make sure you check your mum’s attire thoroughly, focusing especially around the ankles (if you get my drift!!). After all, we want all eyes on the lovely bride.
    Thanks for sharing Ali, it is wonderful news and I’m very happy for all of you.
    Lots of love, Gail xxxxxxxxxxxxx

  12. Martin forbes October 26, 2010 at 6:27 pm -  Reply

    congratulations alison on your daughter getting engaged to be happy.
    you must be happy.
    how are you .
    i am not bad.
    i di my xma sshopping last saturday all done.

  13. Babs October 26, 2010 at 8:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali You have done it again, made me cry and laugh. You have such a way with words and the things that happen to you, i bet the knicker incident was hilarious.What happy news Lucy and Richard getting engaged, you have a very happy year ahead helping plan their wedding and THE day will be wonderful. Then there will be more to come, oh happy days, the pitter patter of tiny feet. Believe me i enjoyed and still do my two granddaughters and now i am enjoying my two great granddaughters and grandson, they are a great joy, makes my world go round.Please pass congratulations on to Lucy and Richard. Every to you and your family. Babs xxxxxx

  14. Carol October 27, 2010 at 6:39 am -  Reply

    What fabulous new for you and your family!! Thank you for sharing such a special time with us, it really is appreciated. I too had a phone call unexpectedly when my now son-in-law proposed to Kelly my beautiful little girl, well not so little now at 6ft, Henry asked my permission to marry her because her beloved dad is, heartbreakingly no longer with us. There were tears all round! They have been married 5 years this year and I have 2 gorgeous grandsons – bliss!
    Your other experiences are laugh out loud funny and a tonic to read, please keep them coming!!
    Take care Carol

  15. alison keenan October 27, 2010 at 10:41 am -  Reply

    Susan, thank you! Yes I am certainly basking, although I know the year will fly by and there’s a lot to do between now and then! So happy, and as you say, the perfect age 🙂 Thanks for writing,and I will of course keep you in touch with what’s going on, love Ali xx

  16. alison keenan October 27, 2010 at 10:51 am -  Reply

    Rhona, I loved reading about your wedding 🙂 what a gem your mum is! Fancy being able to make all the dresses,and I love the bottle green for the bridesmaids! Christmas Eve too, what a perfect Christmas, and very original. It sounds like a magical day, and lovely that everyone still talks about it. Paris! 🙂 How romantic. Where I went when I married Lucy’s dad all those years ago. I loved it then, and still do now. Happy memories, even if times have changed. No, they were NOT the shoes that have your name on them – the shame!!! But would have been even funnier if I’d have sat down with my legs crossed, and my knickers dangling from one shoe LOL 🙂 So glad to be sharing this good news with you, and as always, thank you for writing, love Ali x

  17. alison keenan October 27, 2010 at 10:53 am -  Reply

    Should read these in advance Rhona, but thank you her engagement ring is stunning. The colours in the Opal, exactly what I talk about when we have fab ones to show you at work!! Love Ali x

  18. alison keenan October 27, 2010 at 10:58 am -  Reply

    Magda, how lovely to hear from you! And I will of course pass on your best wishes to Lucy and Richard 🙂 I am so glad that inspite off ALL that went on prior to your wedding, that you had such a glorious day, in the church, which had clearly been waiting all those years for such a special occasion 🙂 That’s the lovely thing about a wedding, you don’t need to understand exactly what’s being said, the sentiment is always obvious. My brother actually nodded off during his own wedding service, at a particularly lengthy point in the proceedings, and was only woken up by the priest reading his name out VERY loudly 🙂 Have a great week, and I’m glad my news has brought back such lovely memories for you. Thanks Magda, Love Ali xxx

  19. alison keenan October 27, 2010 at 11:02 am -  Reply

    Oh Janet, I am sorry to hear that you’ve been a little low recently, and hope more than anything, that things have improved for you now. I’m sure when you’ve been through all that you have, it’s very difficult to find the strength to deal with things when you feel poorly again. Glad though that you enjoyed our BCC night, and are cheered by Lucy’s news 🙂 We all love a wedding eh? Poor Sam’s not been too well, and was home with me again at the beginning of the week, but I think he’s just generally run down, and not used to it all yet. I loved having him home though 🙂 Please take good care of yourself, and keep in touch. Love to you Janet, Ali xxx

  20. alison keenan October 27, 2010 at 11:07 am -  Reply

    Jo, 50 dresses!!! I don’t think I’d find enough tissues! So excited for you for the big day in July, and thanks for your wise advice. Lucy has been texting me over the last few days with variations on a theme for the venue. Hers too is a simple, and quite informal affair, and not vast numbers of people coming either, but just perfect for who they are as a couple. We have the excitement of the engagement party prior to that, and they will be looking at a December wedding next year! I will invest in a notebook, and can compare notes with Lucy on a regular basis 🙂 Will keep you in touch too, and thanks so much for writing. very best wishes to your Bex too, love ali xxx

  21. alison keenan October 27, 2010 at 11:22 am -  Reply

    Una, thank you so much for sharing your lovely memories with me, and for making me smile too. It’s such a big thing, making the decision, that you want it to be right, and by waiting, when your realised he was who you wanted to be with, everything fell into place. Loved the thought of you driving round the roundabout so many times 🙂 and delighted to hear that all these years on, it’s still got its magic for you – the L’Occitane TSV was definitely worth a few brownie points too!! Yes, Lucy’s delighted that you are all so happy for her, and I will see if I can get a photo of the ring to show you. Have a lovely week, and give my best to your man, love Ali xx Will pass on your best to Sam too, thanks Una

  22. alison keenan October 27, 2010 at 11:26 am -  Reply

    Lovely Ros, bless you, and Chris too. Your wedding day will stay forever fresh in my memory too, and I’m certain that all the magic and happiness that shone through last July will be there for Lucy and Richards big day too. My little girl all grown up eh? 🙂 Hope to see you soon, big love, Ali xxx

  23. alison keenan October 27, 2010 at 11:28 am -  Reply

    Una, you have such a kind soul, to go to all that trouble to try and find a home for the little kitty that Loops saved. I very much hope that the lady you write of, who lost her lovely cat will be able to take this little soul in. Do keep me in touch, I’d hate not to know what happened!! Love Ali xx

  24. alison keenan October 27, 2010 at 11:30 am -  Reply

    Chris, wise advice!! Hair up or down?? Fascinator or top hat?? So many choices, and footwork to concentrate on too!! How will an old girl like myself cope? 🙂 Thanks so much for your best wishes, and for taking time to write, love Ali xx

  25. alison keenan October 27, 2010 at 11:36 am -  Reply

    Gail, you are a hoot!! Perish the thought I should be all kitted out in my best garb with my smalls decorating my shoe – but forewarned is forearmed! Your wedding day sounds stunning, and you paint the picture beautifully of the inside of the church.I love all the stained glass windows, but always tend to find churches a tad chilly. However, I too remember the summer of ’76, and am sure it was incredibly cosy inside on your wedding day. How lovely for all the photos too, to have the sun shining. Lucy and Rich have now decided on December, so who knows, we may even have snow!! Thanks again Gail, and yes the pasta was lovely 🙂 Love Ali xxxx

  26. alison keenan October 27, 2010 at 11:39 am -  Reply

    Martin, I am in awe!!! How incredible that you managed to get all your shopping done – I have one present pre-ordered, but other than that nothing! But obviously at the moment I have other things on my mind, and yes am VERY happy for Lucy and Richard. They are meant to be together, and it’s lovely to have so much to look forward to. Love Ali xx

  27. alison keenan October 27, 2010 at 11:43 am -  Reply

    Babs your family sound wonderful. I’m so glad that for you, the relationship continues, and you get the chance to live it all again with your grandchildren, and now your great grandchildren! Whenever I see a baby or small child I am transported back to that incredible time when they are you world – can’t wait to be a part of that world with Lucy and Richard…. but first things first! so much to look forward to, and thank you for sharing your memories with me. I’ll keep you in touch with all the plans – exciting! Love Ali xx

  28. alison keenan October 27, 2010 at 11:48 am -  Reply

    Carol, what a time of mixed emotions for you.. But how lovely of Harry to have asked you…Even more wonderful that you now have two beautiful grandsons to add to your family and bring back memories of happy times for you too. Lucy was the only grandchild my father ever spent time with – he died when she was just 18 months old, but I have some lovely photos of her with him…and I see traits of him in her too, as I’m sure you do with your grandsons. Families… so important and I’m so delighted to be adding Richard to ours 🙂 Thank you for writing, and have a lovely week, Love Ali xx

  29. Rhona Fenton October 27, 2010 at 7:38 pm -  Reply

    Alison my mum laughed so much when I told her about your knicker miss hap and that was what she said to me can you imagine if she had gone on air crossed her legs to see her knickers hanging from her heel:)you are so funny Alison you do make me laugh:) A December wedding now how exciting:) do you remember me telling you my neice got married in December it will be 2 years this year think that was some off the pictures I sent you it was in Edinburgh and we came out off the Hotel at night to see all the trees full off clear lights and the castle all lit up it was beautiful, and now Lucy and Richard how romantic a December wedding:) Alison did you get my emails I sent? just wondered because if you were having computer trouble you may not have got it and I could email again! thank you for sharing your Happy news about Lucy and Richard it’s exciting eh? have a lovely weekend and love to everyone love as always Rhona xx

  30. Chris Page October 28, 2010 at 1:33 pm -  Reply

    Definitely has to be a hat (I don’t think much to fascinators, personally), maybe a classic wide brim with minimal decoration, and I also think you look best with hair down (and not in the sense that it covers a multitude of sins!). Make sure the shoes don’t cause too many Lambada injuries! And what’s this about “old girl”? You’re only 7-ish years older than me….which makes me wonder A) where my 30s went, and B) if I’ll ever end up being dragged up an aisle. Not looking likely at this late stage of the game.

  31. Dorothy October 28, 2010 at 5:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    What wonderfull news they look so happy,please send my love best wishes to both of them. what a year this is going to be, like you said hankies at the ready we were bad enough when laura was bridesmade, SO GOD HELP YOU i am so pleased for you. As for the knickers it could only happen to you,but we always get a good laugh thanks for keeping going. Laura was doing interview’s last week and needed the loo she was in such a rush she forgot to lock the door, and yes inwalked a pupil dont know who got the biggest shock, buy the rest staff had a good laugh. enough of my waffleing love best wishes to all.
    love Dorothy xxxxx

  32. Mrs Heidi Barnett October 28, 2010 at 10:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison…had to chuckle at your ‘knicker mishap’ but can only think your daughter’s good news made up for it 10 times over, haha!
    I’m so happy for you, Lucy has landed a good one by the sounds of it, I hope they will be very happy together! Look forward to hearing the planning in its stages and I’m sure you & you’re family will have an amazing day next November.
    Such lovely news to hear, bless you, gave me a lump in my throat reading you had a mind’s eye glimpse of her in her sailor dress when a wedding dress. Big hugs & congrats! luv Heidi xx

  33. Janice reeves October 28, 2010 at 10:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, Your blogs are great and always look forward to reading them, and congratulations on the news of the engagement, lots of things to look forward to now ,and all that looking for a wedding dress, and all the things that go along with it, where has Kathys blog got too she was always like you one I looked forward too, please if you see her tell her to try and let us all know what she has been up too, as like you she is one of my favourite presenters.

  34. Una October 29, 2010 at 10:00 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Just a quick update on the little injured cat. She is doing beautifully. The vet is amazed that she is recovering so quickly. He really didnt think she would survive. Shes had 2 ops, and all went well. Shes eating real food again, only little bits, but shes wolfing it down!
    We have still had no response to any of the leaflets etc, and neither have the police. She will probably be discharged next week sometime, and the nurse is VERY eager to take her home with her.
    I popped in yesterday, and they let me go into the ward to see her. She is such a sweet little thing. Even though shes still a bit poorly, she was purring away and nuzzling in for a cuddle. Every time she heard the nurse speaking, she was straining to see where she was. I think they will be very happy together.
    Looks like shes still young, probably just about a year old, thats why shes healing so quickly.
    Her name is going to be……. wait for it……. LOOcie. As a wee slight reference to Loops, her hero!!! Wait till you tell your LUcy that one!!!! She couldnt quite figure out what the female version of Loops would be, so LOOcie it is!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Will keep you updated as and when Ali.
    I hope Sam is feeling a bit better.
    Im sure Lucy is still on cloud nine!!!!
    Was just reading your blog again, and chuckling away at your knicker incident, SO funny. I had a similar incident myself, on a bus one time, but thats a story for another day!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Have a lovely weekend Ali
    Lots of love Una xx

  35. Lucy October 29, 2010 at 5:05 pm -  Reply

    Just read Mum’s blog and felt I should thank you all for your good wishes!
    You’re right – Richard is indeed lucky to be getting such a great mum-in-law! I feel very lucky to have such a lovely Mum; she’s so supportive and keeps listening to my endless droning on about invitation suites and save-the-dates!
    Will try to get a picture of my lovely ring sorted…

  36. Una November 1, 2010 at 10:40 am -  Reply

    Hi Lucy
    Im sure i speak for all of us, we feel like we know you guys so well. Its lovely that you dont mind your Mum sharing all your escapades with us! Having said that, she does seem to get all our secrets out of us too, LOL!!!!!
    I really dont think she will mind, listening to you “droning” on, she is absolutely LOVING IT!!!!
    Una x

  37. alison keenan November 1, 2010 at 4:12 pm -  Reply

    Rhona, so glad that you and your mum are sharing a chuckle over the thought of my smalls being on TV!!! But I’m going to throw a spanner into the works now and tell you that Richard and Lucy have had to move the date forwards to October!! Exciting eh? Less than a year. Yes I do remember you painting that magical picture of your neices wedding and am hoping that it will be just as magical for Lucy and Rich, in Cornwall, in October 🙂 No I didn’t get your mail, so please do send it again. The technological side of my life is failing at present. Haven’t been able to post any of my replies this weekend, as system not accepting them, so they’re in draft for later this morning! Love Alixx

  38. alison keenan November 1, 2010 at 4:13 pm -  Reply

    My dear Chris, never say never!!! A friend of mine married at 48 and is the happiest she’s ever been 🙂 I will take your advice re my hair – although it’s in dire need of a cut and style – and I do agree with you re: the hat. Was very pleased with the one I managed to get for Ros’s wedding in July – although I feel a new one will be required for Lucy’s wedding 🙂 Your 30s were just a rehearsal for your 40s and your 50s will be even better – promise 🙂 Love Ali xxx

  39. alison keenan November 1, 2010 at 4:16 pm -  Reply

    Dorothy you do make me laugh – even at the very end of the day!!! Your poor Laura – how mortifying to have someone loom in on you while you’re seated! Especially a pupil who will no doubt tell all and sundry… I’m sure though, being your daughter, she has a wicked sense of humour and will be able to laugh it off 🙂 You’re right about the hankies – seem to be far too emotional these days – cried at an advert on the TV yesterday! Thanks as always, for writing, and I do hope all’s well with you. Love Ali xx

  40. alison keenan November 1, 2010 at 4:16 pm -  Reply

    Heidi thanks so much for writing to me. It was lovely to read your thoughts and I will pass on your best to Lucy – although she has commented to thank you all personally 🙂 We are already planning a weekend to ‘test’ the wedding venue – which looks fab online – and have another trip to the wedding dress boutique in a fortnight! such an exciting time that I’m loving. I promise I will keep you in touch with it all, and as the wedding itself has now been brought forward to October, no doubt the months will fly by. You’re right about the lump in the throat – got the baby pictures out last night – not good!!!! Love to you, Ali xx

  41. alison keenan November 1, 2010 at 4:17 pm -  Reply

    Dear Janice, lovely to hear from you, and thank you for all your kind words and comments. You’re right. So much to look forward to, and although Lucy is very well organised, we have the engagement party to arrange, and I’m planning to provide the food for that! I spent a lovely night with Kathy on Thursday which I’ll tell you about later this week, and will pass on your kind comment. I know she’s been very caught up with her home life just recently and I don’t envy her the early starts either, but I’m sure she’ll write again when she has time 🙂 Love to you, Ali xx

  42. alison keenan November 1, 2010 at 4:18 pm -  Reply

    Una! Lucy was with me when I read out your comment to her, and as you know she LOVES cats, so was delighted to hear your little patient is to be called LOOCIE – very fitting considering Loop’s role in her rescue. so glad that the nurse is going to be able to give her a home, and how lovely of you to keep popping in and out to see how she is doing. You will now HAVE to tell me your knicker incident on the bus – I insist! I’m sure it’ll have everyone LOL 🙂 Poor Sam still not feeling too good, and as I’ve been working this weekend, I’ve not been able to spend too much time with him, but have him dosed up to go back to Uni in the morning… could be glandular fever, so blood test on the cards, poor soul. Love to you, and thanks as always for keeping in touch, Ali xx

  43. Eileen Archibald November 7, 2010 at 4:19 pm -  Reply

    Alison what a wonderful time in store for you. My daughter finally got married in July (both of them being in their 40s). The decided at the beginning of March so there was just 4 months to prepare, in fact the wedding dress was only bought 3 weeks beforehand… Ed wanted it to be really special so they decided on Bamburgh Castle on the wild Northumbrian coast, he wanted to arrange everything, Elaine kept reminding him it was her day too so I kept well in the background. Unfortunately after booking the castle he lost his job so they had to think twice before spending money, Elaine kept saying it was a wedding on the cheap but it did not show at all. I kept telling myself I had the wedding I wanted so it was their turn, I just paid my money and held my breath. They also wanted their friend’s children involved so four 6-8 year olds designed the invitations. There was also 5 small bridesmaids, 3 pageboys as well as 2 bubble fairies and 3 older bridesmaids as they are a very well loved couple and all the children wanted to be special and a part of their day. The 25 children all sat at their own table complete with their own menu and a 5 tier cupcake stand. I kept saying it was like a circus but I must admit everyone looked lovely and it all came together just grand. As the castle is open during the day they got married at 5pm so had a very upside down wedding. We kicked off at 12.00 and then had lunch at a friends wine bar. After lunch Elaine and the older bridesmaids slipped out and drove up to a hotel near the castle to get changed and the rest of us were bussed up. We had bingo, geordie singsongs, badges and teashirts on the bus – each bus had a groomsman in charge so a good time was had by all. After the wedding in the Great Hall – which was beautiful we wandered round the grounds being plied with champagne and canapes, then back the wine bar where the party went on until 7.00am Sunday!!!. There was only one complaint and that was the day went over far too quick, so enjoy every moment and then look forward to the photos.

  44. alison keenan November 11, 2010 at 3:16 pm -  Reply

    Eileen, I so wish I’d have been there!! It sounds fantastic! How lovely that the children were all involved, and that in spite of the small budget, it was a grand occasion. Sometime all it takes, is a group of people who care about each other to pull together. So glad you were able to, and I’m sure it’s a day you and your family will ALWAYS remember. Thanks so much for writing, love Ali xx

  45. Alison Light December 7, 2010 at 9:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, my elder daughter married in Cornwall this July and if it is the same fabulous place by the sea then you are in for the most wonderful day and experience. I wont name it because of course you would want to keep it a secret but it was so romantic and the photos were exquisite, with best wishes from another Alison.

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