The Perfect Day…

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Lucy dancing with RichardAlmost a year to the day since Richard proposed to Lucy, the long awaited Wedding Weekend had finally arrived, and with our car packed to the gunnels, we set off with Ros and Chris to the tiny village of St. Neot in Cornwall.
  
I thought I'd start with that bit so the madness of packing, wrapping, remembering and forgetting wouldn't take centre stage, as I couldn't believe how much stuff we had to take!!

My hat box was about the size of a baby seat, and then my wig on its stand had to be balanced carefully so as not to damage the beautiful 'up do'.  

As Sam and Jack were heading down separately I had Jack's suit and shoes as well as all ours, and then what with the presents and Ros and Chris' bags, you'd think we were moving house rather than spending two nights away… but we made good time on the journey and only had to stop twice.  


I have to admit to feeling somewhat victimised by a large poster on the back of the loo door that read 'Phew, made it!”'followed by 'It isn't normal to plan your journey around toilet stops!' …says who?? It's always worked for me! Our sat nav took us over the Bodmin moor and having negotiated the ponies and the cattle grids, we heard it tell us 'You have reached your destination!'

Arriving at the venue

Ali with her mum and sisterThe venue for the wedding was a large collection of converted barns with an adjacent farmhouse where dinner on the Friday night was served. The wedding was to take place in the largest of these barns, and the view across the moors was beautiful – I could feel the fizz of excitement as soon as I got out of the car!

I hadn't mentioned before,  but a couple of months ago, Richard asked Colin to be his best man, so from 2pm on Friday Colin was involved in meeting the registrar and running through the schedule for the next day… all very exciting.  

My mum and sister arrived not long after us, followed closely by Lucy's dad's family whom I've only seen a couple of times in the last twenty odd years, but it was such a happy occasion to all be together that the intervening years just melted away. Dinner that evening gave us all a chance to catch up, and although Sam and Jack had a little engine trouble, with Colin's help they arrived safely albeit a little late!

Ali with Jack and SamLucy had breakfast in her room on Saturday morning, but the rest of bundled into the farmhouse again and were treated to a magnificent fry up. I breathed a sigh of relief that my outfit was in a stretch material as sausage and mash the night before had lain rather heavily on my waistline!!  

As Lucy had her best friend Mel with her and Colin was with Richard talking about manly things and responsitilities, I wasn't needed until around midday. So I went for a long walk in the sunshine with my sister, Linda, Ros, Jo, and Chris. Once back though, it was time to get changed!  

The girls hadn't seen my outfit, but they said all the right things, and apart from a shaky moment involving glue and false eyelashes I was ready.  

Ali with LucyWalking across to Lucy's barn I looked up over the moors, and remembered watching the clouds move across the sky on the day she was born.

I will never forget her being handed to me; this tiny bundle with dark hair and blue eyes. Her little fingernails were like shells and she was perfect… 'my Sweetpea' I called her. And now here she was – 26 years later, with a degree, a head of department teaching job, about to be married to dear Richard.

The day I had been focusing on throughout this year, had finally arrived…

The wedding

Lucy and JackLucy looked simply beautiful. The dress, shoes, her hair, the special button and lace bouquet and headdress were perfect, and as she walked towards us with her Dad I thought my heart would burst with happiness :-)  

Richard, too, looked very dapper in his suit, and the smile he gave her when she stood beside him lit up the room. Their service wasn't made up of the traditional vows and readings. Instead Jo the registrar talked of love, and families and strength and happiness and there wasn't a dry eye in the house!
 
Hannah, Lucy's sister, read a piece from one of my children's favourites books 'The Velveteen Rabbit' which reduced Sam and Jack to tears, and then I had to gather myself to read the verse Lucy had chosen for me 'I will be Here'… something I have prayed for so often over the last nine months. The rings were exchanged, the register signed and my little girl had become Richard's wife!
 
Ali with RichardThe rest of the day passed in a whirl. The food was fantastic, champagne flowed, and everyone got on famously. We even had dancing at the end of the night, by which time I had removed my fabulous hat.

As Colin and I whirled around the floor, I was unprepared for the final 'dip' and as he expertly dropped me backwards, my wig flew off!!! Laugh?? We were all in hysterics!! A fitting end to the best of days…

I hope that you enjoy the photographs, and thank you all SO much for your good wishes, love and prayers for both Lucy and Richard and me too.

As the registrar said, to love and be loved is all that really matters… and so I send my love to you, until next time, Ali xxxx
Ali and Lucy Ali and Colin share a cheeky kiss

228 Comments

  1. Tracy King October 27, 2011 at 11:27 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I’ve been checking your blog everyday this week to see when you would get round to putting your great day up, and here it is! Nearly got through it dry eyed until the bit about your speech, I will be here! How many of us have prayed and urged you on just to get thru the year to ‘Be There’!! It sounds nd looks like you had a fantastic time, one question – was there a baffie box? haha.
    It will now be the quiet time after a wedding when all the preparations and excitement are over and you think what’s next? It’s time for you to concentrate on building yourself up and getting back to work (that’s just for us mind you) come back when you’re good and ready. It’l be christmas next and then it’ll be a year since you got your diagnosis! how quick has that been, where has the year gone and yet so much has happened! Sometimes i want to shout ‘Stop the bus, I want to get off’ haha,maybe it should just be hold the bus so I can catch up with myself!!
    I’m rambling, I should be making a scrapbook birthday card for tomorrow! better get a shift on! Next time I check back no doubt there will be comments running into the hundreds so hello ladies!
    Take care and look after yourself, hope to see you soon, I forgot I’m still looking for a photo of me and mum to send you for your wall. I will get round to it when the bus slows down a bit!!
    Take care, luv n hugz n stuff
    Tracy (Fronk) and Cath (by proxy)
    Ps (sorry) I’ve been asked to do 2 weddings next year so Fronk lives on (with 2 clipboards) haha cya Tx
    xxx

  2. Linda, Glasgow October 27, 2011 at 12:21 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Ali
    You’ve done it again girl!! – i had difficulty reading your blog through all the happy tearsx Thank you so much for letting us all see some of the wedding photographs – they are absolutely beautiful – i love the profile photograph of you and Lucy(she is your image)and the photograph of you,your mum and sister is very special too – they are all specialxx As usual your blogs make me cry and laugh in equal measures and when you shared with us about you dancing with Colin and your wig falling off,i nearly choked with laughter – your one of the craziest,bravest and absolutely beautiful(inside and out) woman i knowxx Well as i said in my last comment Ali – we’ve made Lucy and Richard’s wedding – now next target is a telegram(may be text these days!!) from the Queen,now,with us both being in our thirties(my nose is growing!!)we’ve got at least seventy years of great memories to make – here’s to receiving that telegram,text or whatever(we’ll all be living on the moon by them(will QVC still deliver?). Many Thanks for sharing such a private family occasion with us all Ali – i’ve loved reading about the day and viewing the wonderful photographs – every one looked beautiful(i loved Lucy’s bouquet – so unusual)and you looked absolutely fantastic,your outfit,hat and wig were fantastic and your makeup looked so natural and beautiful – you looked years younger and belied your age and especially your medical condition at the moment. Looking forward to your next blog – look after yourself and remember to “pace” yourselfx Love to everyonex Love Linda,Glasgowxx

  3. Joanna Downey October 27, 2011 at 1:05 pm -  Reply

    Alison, I couldn’t post my reply and wondered why, it then looked as if it had been posted without me checking it so it may read as total rubbish. I’m blaming it on the virus that hit me just as the half term holiday started, others would just say it just was me! Jo x

  4. Tricia Dewey October 27, 2011 at 1:48 pm -  Reply

    How incredibally happy for you all I was reading and seeing the photos of you all on Lucy’s special day.
    Infact I had tears rolling down my cheeks – reading all about everything.
    Lucy looked beautiful, and you all looked wonderfully wonderfully happy.
    Loved Lucy,s dress so much, and oh what an amazing outfit and hat you wore Ali – you looked “a million dollars”
    Much Love,luck & happiness to you all,
    Triciax

  5. helen s October 27, 2011 at 2:24 pm -  Reply

    Oh Ali, what a lovely saying ‘to love and be loved is all that really matters’. It’s just made be realise what I’ve got, not material things, but my family, my special mum and dad, my dear sister who has personally been through so much, my darling niece, my beautiful daughter and my hubby, who has stuck by my side through all my illness, never once blamed me for not being able to go away on holidays or having a social life. I’ve really stopped in my tracks and realised, despite of my moans and groans and ailments, what a lucky girl I am.
    Your daughter looked so beautiful, I can almost feel all the emotion of the day through the fantastic pictures, you have a lovely, lovely familiy, your sons and new son in law are very smart as is Colin of course. You look so well Ali, your skin is glowing, what a brave cookie you are, I’m so, so proud of you.
    Have a rest now and take care of yourself. I’m glad that you had our photo although Olivia has grown a great deal since last year and has a few teeth missing now, and I too have always calleded my girlie sweatpea.
    This blog has made me quite emotional, in a good way, and can only imagine what it must be like to see your little girl all grown up and married……
    Luv and hugs Ali, I’m holding your hand tightly with pride.
    Helen s xxxxx

  6. Sylvia Bourne October 27, 2011 at 3:10 pm -  Reply

    Ali, I’ve never left a message before because reading your blog as always made me sad, but i just want to say i think you are a wonderful lady and i’m glad you had a wonderful day. Your daughter looked beautiful by the way and so did you.Take care.
    Love Sylvia. Stoke-On-Trent

  7. Debz & Ainzley October 27, 2011 at 3:12 pm -  Reply

    Oh Ali what a happy blog and with such beautiful photo’s. Kind of makes the last nine months fade away for a while doesn’t it?
    My word you looked fantastic, so, so beautiful and looking like you hadn’t got a care in the world. Hold on to those feelings my lovely and I so hope that you have many more days where you feel on top of the world to replace the ones where you have been at rock bottom.
    Lucy looked radiant and I can only imagine how proud of her you must be. Sam and Jack looked very handsome as they stood protectively either side of you. How is Sam now? Is he bearing up OK?
    I’m so glad that it all went so well for you and even your wig making a break for freedom didn’t faze you at all. The lovely Colin must have given it some welly to do that eh? God bless “our” Colin for his strength and the ability to make you laugh no matter what. I am looking forward to the pinny photo!
    I am also looking forward to having you back on screen soon as I can see my beautiful friend back where she belongs. Look forward with hope Ali, you have come through a hell of a battle and now it’s time to shine.
    Ainzley is currently asleep on my new slanket, I haven’t had chance to use it myself yet, but is sending you a very fishy kiss!
    Lots of love and fishy licks
    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=)XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  8. Denise October 27, 2011 at 3:19 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, Thanks for a fantastic blog as always thats left me with a little tear in my eye. What can I say? Lucy is such a beautiful bride and the rest of you aren’t so bad either! You my dear also look amazing.I adore the hat! Last year I worked for a while in a local hat shop and many mums used to come in looking for a special “wow” hat – one that said Mother of the Bride and my word yours certainly was Mother of the Bride.I’m so pleased that it all went so well and I wish them both a long and Happy life together.
    Thanks for keeping us informed how life is treating you and I wish you all the very best in your recovery.
    When you was on the BCC night you mentioned you may be back on screen in November – is there any news on that? I can’t wait to see you back on screen.
    Sending much love
    Denise xx

  9. Julie October 27, 2011 at 3:42 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali
    You all looked fab-knew you would!So glad it all went well for you and lovely weather from what I remember-not like 48 hours later!Loved your outfit-and the shoes were worth the wait!
    Look after yourself now as waiting for you to return to our screens.
    Will speak soon if not before Lily’s 1st B’day – I’ll send you photo’s of the day.
    Love to you my lovely
    From Julie xx Lily xxx

  10. Jackie Hamilton October 27, 2011 at 4:01 pm -  Reply

    Looks like fun was had by all, best wishes to Lucy and Richard they looked beautiful. Of course Ali you look wonderful. Best wishes. xx

  11. angela white October 27, 2011 at 4:02 pm -  Reply

    hi ali! you alright!what a fabulous day you had! thank you for sharing your special day with us! im so happy it all went well ithink all of ali”s army were with you on saturday.hope your feeling well and not overdoing it! im still trying to find a decent photo to send you for the rogues gallery! well im another year older on monday so i have got my broomstick ready for its mot,got my yankee candle witches brew ready to burn so im all set!! going for a meal on saturday with partner steve and my bezzie mate and her hubby and on monday going for a pub lunch again with my bezzie mate! take care ali love to you and family and ladies who blog xxx

  12. Mrs Janet Jones October 27, 2011 at 4:20 pm -  Reply

    Oh Ali, your blog did make me cry, with happy tears! I am sooo glad everything went well and you were able to enjoy your daughters wedding. Lucy looked beautiful and I love the photo of the two of you looking at each other with such love. You looked absolutely stunning in your outfit, no one would know by looking at you what you have been through this year.Your wig flying off when you were dancing with Colin was funny and it’s good that you could laugh about it. Soon you won’t need to wear it. I remember the first thing I used to do when I came home was to take my wig off,because it used to feel quite tight and uncomfortable.
    I saw my oncologist 2 day ago and he couldn’t believe how much my hair has grown. He seems quite pleased with me and I will see him again in 3 months. So long may it continue (everything crossed!)
    So glad to hear you will be back on air in November, do let us know what date and time so we can all be there to support you.
    A quick update about my kitchen,I actually don’t have one at the moment as it has all been stripped out, and the walls have been plastered over the last couple of days. Hopefully the kitchen will start to get fitted this Monday, my house is a total mess and I don’t want to see another ready made meal again!! But hey ho I am told it will be worth it when it’s all finished, I will let you know(lol). Get plenty of rest before you come back to work and I will definitely be holding your hand your first time back on air! Take care Ali love Janet xx
    p.s I look forward to seeing the picture of Colin in his pinny!!

  13. Lillian Davies October 27, 2011 at 4:27 pm -  Reply

    WOW!!!!! Ali you looked stuninng!! i loved the colour on you, every thing looked out of this world!! i have a Grandaughters wedding to go to next Oct, think ill have to ask for some tips?? Im SO glad you are feeling better, you are an insperation to us all, im hoping you are thinking of coming back to Qvc?? as everyone misses you. Anyway you take care.Love to you & your family. XXX Lillian..from West Wales.XXXX

  14. lorraine October 27, 2011 at 4:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, What wonderful Photos and you looked so well (I know you have the rest of the journey to do but I am so pleased you enjoyed the day). Take care Lorraine x

  15. Gaye Denyer October 27, 2011 at 4:32 pm -  Reply

    Gorgeous!Love the hat Alison and the pearlsX

  16. Sharon Ewen October 27, 2011 at 4:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    What a wonderful blog!! Thankyou so much for sharing such a special family day with us. May I wish Lucy and Richard a lifetime of love and happiness xx

  17. Marilyn Roberts October 27, 2011 at 4:39 pm -  Reply

    Ali your daughter looks stunning and you look radient. So glad you had a good time. XX

  18. zara hughes October 27, 2011 at 4:49 pm -  Reply

    simply beautiful ali. yoiu divine and so did the bride and all. so glad it all went well, and yoiu had a giggle xxxxxxx

  19. Ann MacDonald October 27, 2011 at 4:55 pm -  Reply

    Oh Ali, my eyes are full of tears – of happiness for you all. What a wonderful day, thank you for sharing it with us all, you bring us all along just over your shoulder with your descriptions, and as for your final ‘dip’ with Colin – v v funny, sorry to laugh, but you did too!
    Wishing you all many more happy, happy days like this as well as a few quiet ones along the way ‘to smell the roses’, we know you always appreciate the small things too.
    Much love
    Ann xxx

  20. Nicola Rippon October 27, 2011 at 5:02 pm -  Reply

    Oh Ali, what a lovely blog and what wonderful photographs. Goodness me your family don’t half have the ‘good-looking’ genes! Silver really is your colour! Those kind of family occasions are always so wonderful, so enjoyable, aren’t they? Even though in our case (because we are a little estranged from some of our family) many of those are with our friends (the family we choose for ourselves, as they say). But when you can surround yourself with people you love and who love you back, who ever they are, you can pretty much handle anything! See what you did? You got me all sentimental! Think I’d better go and open a bottle of wine to share with my loved ones …

  21. Christine Webb October 27, 2011 at 5:03 pm -  Reply

    I read this through my tears…of joy for you all.
    You all had the perfect day you needed. Much love Ali and continued good luck
    with your recovery. Everybody looked beautiful.
    Best wishes to you & your family. Looking forward to seeing you, back on QVC once you are all better.

  22. Debbie Molloy October 27, 2011 at 5:05 pm -  Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing your day with us Ali…………I have to say it brought a tear to my eye, a happy one of course. You ALL looked amazing, just loved your hat and your outfit, you did Lucy proud. My son is getting married on December 3rd…….he is due back from Afghanistan tomorrow and the wedding is to be in full dress uniform on Plymouth Ho. If I look half as good as you did I will be a happy Mum. Bless you dear Ali, I know we all miss you on QVC. Keep up your wonderful positivity, you are an inspiration. Love from Debbie Molloy xxxx

  23. Kim October 27, 2011 at 5:07 pm -  Reply

    Oh my what a lovely wedding and you looked lovely….but was a little shocked to find out you were only down the road form me!!!!! I have worked in ~St Neot and we still have staff that do such a lovely place we are in Liskeard…..well take care and rest up after your daughters wedding and look forward to hearing more your a very brave lady God Bless you and yours….Kim xxxx

  24. Jane Dunkley October 27, 2011 at 5:08 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations to you all, my daughter was married on Saturday too!

  25. Ann MacDonald October 27, 2011 at 5:10 pm -  Reply

    Sorry to pop back so soon, but I’ve just found your reply from this morning and it’d be rude not to say anything… And I am sitting here in my Kelly Hoppen BCC tshirt as I type, how funny! I’d be happy to share them Ali, but you have a much daintier than I do so you’d lost inside them!!
    Love and hugs to all the girls and boys
    Ann xxx

  26. sandra October 27, 2011 at 5:20 pm -  Reply

    You lots beautiful in your outfit, and its was so lovely of you to share your felling and happiness you had on the day, As for your wig falling of that made me laugh and cry but as you said it was a fitting end to the day, god belss you hope to see you on qvc again soon
    sandra xxx

  27. Gail October 27, 2011 at 5:30 pm -  Reply

    My dear, dear Ali, I have been clicking on your blog at least twice a day waiting for this very special blog. What beautiful pictures of you all and how gorgeous and happy you all look. You look very well Ali so hopefully you were feeling well on the day. You really do all look very beautiful/handsome, especially Lucy. It also looks like the weather wasn’t too bad either, which always helps. Your outfit is very elegant Ali which is exactly what I would have expected from you; you always have such lovely dress sense. I can imagine what a lovely day it was for you all, all being together witnessing Lucy and Richard’s big day. How many hankies/tissues did you use Ali!! I have enjoyed seeing the photographs very much, thank you for sharing xx Every good wish sent to Lucy and Richard for a happy, healthy future and lots of love sent to you too Ali xx I wish I were a fly on the wall when your wig flew off; how funny. Good job you could laugh about it xx You have a lovely family which means you’re a very, very lucky lady. I just can’t believe a whole year has flown by just like that; scary ……… Lots of love sent to you too Ali and, hopefully, we will see you back at QVC soon. Take care, xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  28. Julie C October 27, 2011 at 5:38 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali
    I’m so thrilled for you all, it certainly looks and sounds like you all had “the perfect day”. In this world of greed and nonchalance towards fellow human beings it truly is uplifting to hear talk of love being the most important thing as if we strip back all the superficial things in life it truly is all that matters. Lucy looked stunning as of course did you Ali, the story of your wig on the dancefloor is just priceless and no doubt indicitive of the fun you had on your Cornish wedding weekend. I live very close to the Devon/Cornish border and was thinking of you all last weekend. Hope to see you back on QVC very soon, I will keep you updated on my journey (still waiting for Oncolgy appointment at the moment). Your blog has as usual made me smile and also brought a tear to my eye albeit a very happy one! It certainly brightened an otherwise very dull and dingy day. Take good care of yourself.
    Julie C xxx

  29. Ann MacDonald October 27, 2011 at 5:55 pm -  Reply

    …much daintier figure… oops!

  30. Martin forbes October 27, 2011 at 6:06 pm -  Reply

    congratulations to your dayghter lucy alison i hope she will be happily married. you look so happy to

  31. Deborah October 27, 2011 at 6:26 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali and family. Looked liked you had a wonderful day. Your daughter looked beautiful and you did too. Continue getting stronger and stronger. And can’t wit to see you back on QVC where you belong God bless x.

  32. elaine sallis October 27, 2011 at 7:15 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali
    Thank you for sharing your wonderful day. My nose ran as much as it did at Jodies Wedding!!!!! Well I have taken a major step in my ife, I retired last Friday at the age of 55 to look after Poppy and my step grand daughter Cali who is 5. I have worked as a junior school secretary for 20 years. My husband and I talked and decided it was the best step as we want to give our son and his partner the opportunity to better themselves with their careers without worrying about child care. We have just returned from 5 days in Oslo which Geoff booked as a surprise for me to celebrate my retirement. It is a weird feeling that I have no where to be and I have not a paid role in life. But the children are only little once and I am very lucky to be able to spend time with them.
    You looked lovely at the wedding and how wonderful that Colin was asked to be best man. Your turn next maybe!!!!!!! You did make me laugh with your wig story and I bet you still looked beautiful!!!
    Lots of love
    Elaine

  33. kay salisbury October 27, 2011 at 7:24 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali-thank you for sharing that wonderful day so quickly with us all-I really enjoyed reading about your family and seeing them with you-and love the ending—-the wig flying off-hilarious and wonderful-like YOU!!!.You did have a fab day that heralds a new start for you, as well as your daughter. Not long now ’til you are back at work so rest, have fun, and enjoy your time and freedom —-then back to ‘normal’ life-with all its’ good and bad things—–but that is life as we know it.Can’t wait to see you back. Love Kay.XXX

  34. Pauline Johnson October 27, 2011 at 7:35 pm -  Reply

    Alison what are you like (guess the double sided tape is still not working ha ha.My love to one of the most fantastic women I would love to meet one day,did you have any joy with the wig inquiry, my frind is just finishing her treatment but is suffering badly with open sores in boob area,she has not got a laptop so I print off all your blogs for her she loves reading them.
    Hope to hear from you soon love Pauline XXXXXXX

  35. kay salisbury October 27, 2011 at 7:42 pm -  Reply

    P.S-I loved Lucy’s lace bouquet-stunning-I’ve never seen one like it before and one to keep forever rather than watch the flowers fade away-what a lovely idea.Beautiful day and wedding party. Love K-AGAIN.XXXX

  36. SUE RADFORD October 27, 2011 at 8:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    What a lovely account of your day. Your daughter looked so beautiful, and you looked so happy – the style and colour of your outfit suited you so much – you looked so elegant and radiant. The photograph of you and your daughter looking so proudly at each other says it all – you could have just posted the photo’s without words, and that would have been evidence itself that you were the proudest Mum and Lucy was the proudest daughter ever – I told you didn’t I? LOL!! I’m so glad you had such a wonderful time with all your family. Seeing the photographs of your special day was such a treat. Colin and your sons looked so handsome, and your Mum and Sister looked lovely too.
    No one deserved this happy day more than you, and it is the start of better times for you now Ali – just keep as strong as you’ve been so far and before you know it life will be back on an even keel again. You have so much to look forward to now – my grandchildren came into my life when times were very hard for me and the pleasure they’ve given me is worth more than anything else in the world – you have so much to look forward to Ali!
    Hope you received my photo.
    Love Sue Radford xx

  37. dorothy hollingsworth October 27, 2011 at 9:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi ali,
    Just to say you and your daughter looked beautiful,she is so like you,the boys looked very smart to.Glad you all had a great day,you keep well,and hope to see you on qvc when your ready.
    Love and hugs dorothy xx

  38. Shauna October 27, 2011 at 9:30 pm -  Reply

    Oh my word, you lovely girl…you’ve done it again!!!! More tears, most of them happy ones, a few not (you know what I mean).
    But let us get down to the important things…..
    Your Lucy (and Richard) looked absolutely glowing and beautiful on their very special day. I can only imagine the emotions that were going through your mind, but I am sure of one thing, they would have literally smoothed away the last nine months. Your discription of your first “meeting” with Lucy was so lovely and so close to my heart with my two “babies” (currently 35 and 32)..they will always be our babies and especially the 32… home..and needing plasters..but that’s what we are here for as you so rightly know with your Sam.
    You looked aasolutely gorgeous (and your Colin) along with Jack, Sam and your mum and sister. I am so pleeased everything went to plan. I have been popping in and out awaiting your new blog and, well just found it sooooo lovely.
    Quite times now, time to reflect….just on the wedding, like we have said everything else is behind you . Maybe a little time for you and Colin?
    Can’t wait to see you back where you belong and have been so, so, missed my lovely Ali.
    Take care.
    Just a quick hello to the girls…. have’t been in a good place lately, but am sending my love and prayers to you all ..Una, Magda, Debs and Aizley, Alpa, Helen and all the “new recruits”, take care.
    Much love to all.
    Shauna xxxxxxxxx

  39. Shauna October 27, 2011 at 9:58 pm -  Reply

    Eeh, got that wrong Ali…. he’s 33 don’t tell him…sh..
    Anyway he is away at a wedding this weekend, but JOY… we are allowed to have the boys ALL WEEKEND which is brilliant as we have a charity night tomorrow (28th). My neice is doing a bike ride in Kenya next February….Women against Cancer….her Dad and my Mum are not happy.
    Anyway, she needs to raise money to get her there, so a good family and friend shin dig is i n line. We will go (Hubby and I) with our little boys along with our lovely daughter, hubby, 9 years old grandaughter, going on 19 and then her almost eighteen year old son (28th November.. first grandchild and his lovely girlfriend ansd lots of family and friends…..so be thinking of us all and I will let you know how she gets on!
    Once again love and kisses
    Shaunaxxxxxxx

  40. Lesley Mole October 27, 2011 at 10:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    I feel I know you so well after having been a QVC addict for nearly ten years now. I had wondered where you had got to and I must have missed the reference to your diagnosis. My heart aches for you and what you must have already suffered. I know only too well what this intrusive, foul disease can do. I lost my oldest and dearest friend to it in July at the age of 52 years. she was, as you are, truly inspirational to me and it was an honour to have known and loved her for most of my life. To see you on the Breast Cancer evening was so moving, I cried for ages but I was truly inspired by yout positive attitude. I had not realised how much I have missed your gorgeous velvelty tones describing the diamonique! I love your joix de vivre Ali you re a gorgeous gorgeous lady and I pray for a full and speedy recovery for you and a sharp return to our screens. Know that you will be in my prayers and a candle will be lit for you on sunday and it will burn brightly for you and your family whom I am sure are so very very proud of their mum. Your wedding was beautiful as were you. well done Ali and God Bless you xxxxxxxxLesley in Sunderland xxxxx Ps …in honour of all those who fight on, and those who were not so lucky we are having a PINK PARTY tomorrow night in sunderland for all of Christine’s friends and family where OODLES of dosh will be raised for Breast Cancer, I will raise my glass to you xxxxxx

  41. Louise October 27, 2011 at 11:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I’m so pleased the day went off without a hitch for you all – well, apart from the wig event. Bet you had a good laugh at that! I know you were so looking forward to it, but I’m sure all of you – Lucy and Richard included – feel such relief that all of the stress has dissipated. Now I bet you cannot wait until the grandchildren start to come along. Having said that, not everyone wants kids – I didn’t, and my mum would love to be a grandma.
    Thanks for your best wishes – I’m back at work on Wednesday – and it won’t be too much longer till you’re back, too, a couple of weeks?
    Just out of curiosity, didn’t you and your ex husband used to present on This Morning many moons ago?
    You take care, and speak soon.
    Louise.

  42. Sue Jennings October 27, 2011 at 11:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali..You look amazing, Lucy looks beautiful and im sure you are proud to be her mum ..all the boys look sooo handsome in their suits and I love the photo of you with your mum and sister ,,you can have a well deserved rest now after the celebrations..what a roller coaster ride you have been on this year..as I said last time you are truly inspirational..continue to get well my friend and I look forward to sseing you in my living room very soon ..xx
    Sue J xx

  43. Sara October 28, 2011 at 2:18 am -  Reply

    Hooray! You and Lucy look fabulous, and the look of love and happiness between you is even better. Wishing the couple many wonderful years ahead, Sara

  44. Carol Johnson October 28, 2011 at 8:03 am -  Reply

    Ali
    You look beautiful, and sorry to say about your lovely daughter but you did outdo the bride.
    I am so happy that everything went so well and now you have turned the page to the next installment in your life. I wish you all the health and happiness for the future.
    Lots of love and cuddles
    Carol xx

  45. Sue Hickman October 28, 2011 at 9:37 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    What a wonderful day for you all. Very close to my heart as my daughter is getting married next year. I am so glad that you were well enough to really enjoy yourself. Lucy looked beautiful & you as ever were stunning.
    You know you really should consider writing a book. You are so articulate.
    Love & best wishes
    Sue xxxx

  46. SUE RADFORD October 28, 2011 at 10:41 am -  Reply

    Hi (Again) Ali,
    I have just looked back at your previous blog and have found that you’ve received my photo – so please ignore my question in my last blog. I didn’t expect a reply to my last blog. (Gosh it must have taken you “a month of Sundays” to get through all the replies – please don’t think you have to reply to mine each time – I just love to be classed as one of Ali’s Army, and hope the support will encourage you to keep your spirit up to get fit and well). What a lovely bunch of people these bloggers are – and my best wishes to those who are also suffering from this dreadful disease!
    Also in this blog, I mentioned that everyone looked lovely/handsome, but forgot to include the most important man there, Richard, who looked so handsome and happy – it is so wonderful that she has met someone you like and respect so much (what more could we want for our daughters!)
    I also mentioned grandchildren (if Lucy reads my last blog, I can imagine her saying “hang on a minute, I’ve only just got married”! LOL), but I meant it as looking more to the future for you and what blissful times you will have ahead now that you are nearing the end of that very bumpy and rocky road.
    So glad you have the love and support of Colin – the last photograph says it all!
    Love Sue Radford xx
    (sorry, this was meant to be a short note, but I just got carried away)

  47. mary morphy October 28, 2011 at 10:46 am -  Reply

    Alison, what can I say except another emotional moment for me reading your blog..you looked simply divine and your daughter looked radiant I am so glasd that day was all that was anticipated and MORE, the light at the end of the tunnel…your blog made me cry, I remembered how I felt on my wedding day and as I was still emotional from see Les Miserables yesterday (Sobbing, lots of tears and very near to the front so I fear Alfie Boe could see the snot running down my nose) maybe I should have read it at a later time!!
    However, it was lovely to see the pictures and such a detailed account of the day and that it was celebrated in the best of spirits between all members of the family.
    Yorkshire is beautiful, we went a few years ago and drove through Bodmin Moor on the way to Whitby where The Mermaid does the best fish and chips in the whole universe. It was a crisp sunny day but when we got to Bodmin the clouds came quicker than Christmas each year and it was almost freezing!!
    Looking forward to seeing you on our screens soon and hoping that you take a well deserved rest after a very hectic few weeks. lots of love, Mary xx

  48. alison keenan October 28, 2011 at 11:49 am -  Reply

    Well Tracy (Fronk) :) I hope you know just how much your urging and praying helped get me to this really special day, and it was so worth it all. I should be quiet but this week has been pretty hectic and tonight is Lucy and Rich’s wedding party – 80 people coming – those who weren’t at the ceremony last week… glad rags and killer boots on tonight!! It’s amazing as you point out that in a month or two it will have been a year since my diagnosis… that I find almost impossible to believe.. I do hope your scrapbook birthday worked out well and that your mum Kathy is well… oh and Colin said to tell you that Fronk is one of his all time favourite movie characters :) Thanks for writing, love Ali xx

  49. alison keenan October 28, 2011 at 11:53 am -  Reply

    Linda it has been my absolute pleasure sharing the photographs with you all – it feels as tho you were all there with me on the build up so only right I should share with you day itself – as far as I was able! I too love the profile picture of Looby and me… such a happy day. Here’s to making so many more memories as you say… so much to look forward to and another party tonight!! I do hope all is well with you and thank you again for all the lovely compliments and for taking the time to write, love Ali xx

  50. alison keenan October 28, 2011 at 11:55 am -  Reply

    Joanna I seem to remember it read perfectly to me and I do hope you read my reply as I was very grateful for the lovely photos… the numbers of friendly faces are growing, and soon I shall have my gallery :) Keep in touch, love Ali xx

  51. alison keenan October 28, 2011 at 11:56 am -  Reply

    Tricia bless you :) Yes happy we all were, and I’m so glad you liked the blog… so much more I could have written, but I hope it gave an essence of what really was a perfect day. I do hope all is well with you, and thank you for writing, love Ali xx

  52. alison keenan October 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm -  Reply

    My dear Helen, your lovely family have stood by you because you are a very special lady, and they all love you… the little insights into your life that you’ve shared with all of us on this blog show this, and I only hope that one day the medical geniuses will come up with something that will make you better and more able to enjoy life… as there is so much to enjoy eh? And one day it will be your Olivia in the same position as my Lucy and you will feel what I felt… and it’s the best feeling in the world. Take care, love Ali xx

  53. alison keenan October 28, 2011 at 12:01 pm -  Reply

    Well Sylvia I thank you for making an exception today and writing to me, and I’m glad that you saw how happy the day was – emotional but happy. You take care too, love Ali x

  54. alison keenan October 28, 2011 at 12:09 pm -  Reply

    My dear Debz as always your comment was lovely, and you’re right I am so very much looking forward to being back on QVC ‘Where I belong’ :) Lucy did look gorgeous didn’t she, and everything she worked so hard with in preparation for the wedding worked perfectly. Colin was a star and a wonderful best man to Richard, but I may have to forgo the wig altogether tonight for their wedding reception party otherwise history may repeat itself – the double sided tape isn’t so good now my hair’s growing!! Sam’s not too bad – another appointment with the orthopod last Wedneday – but hopefully one more operation may resolve the problem… It’ll be good to see him and Jack tonight too. I think you should order yourself another slanket as Ainzley has adopted yours – doesn’t sound like he’d enjoy sharing it much :) Love to you, ali xx

  55. alison keenan October 28, 2011 at 12:11 pm -  Reply

    Denise thank you!! I have to say I was very pleased with the hat too and the best thing was I managed to buy it from the same shop I found the outfit in, so I didn’t have to search around. I’ve got a few more photos I’ll post another time so you can see it up close, but I plan to keep it in its enormous hat box for the next special occasion – whatever that might be! As far as me coming back to work, I’m very much hoping it will be the week beginning 8th November – but watch this space. Love Ali xx

  56. alison keenan October 28, 2011 at 12:13 pm -  Reply

    Julie I can’t believe it’s been a year since Lily was born!! What a year eh? :) so glad you thought the outfit worked… the shoes were perfect to look at but very uncomfortable.. I think I shall be using them when I sit for the fashion hours and don’t have to walk anywhere. It’s a beautiful sunny day here today, and I hope it is with you too, love Ali xx

  57. alison keenan October 28, 2011 at 12:15 pm -  Reply

    Jackie we ALL had the best of times… Wonderful when families get together and it just works – a rareity! As Richard is an only child it was just him and his mum and dad but many new friends were made by the end of the weekend. I hope life is good for you, love Ali xx

  58. Teresa Karasavvas October 28, 2011 at 12:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Just read your blog – you all look fantastic and as if you had a very special time.
    Floods of tears by the end but they were happy ones for all of you.
    Teresa

  59. alison keenan October 28, 2011 at 12:23 pm -  Reply

    Crikey Angela your celebrations almost put mine in the dark!! :) I hope you have a very happy birthday, and thank you for all your support and encouragement over the months prior to Lucy’s wedding. A photo of you before you have too many glasses of champagne would be good for the gallery – but hide your broomstick!!! :) (only joking of course!) Let me know how you get on, and have a fab weekend, love Ali xx

  60. alison keenan October 28, 2011 at 12:27 pm -  Reply

    Janet it’s lovely to catch up with all your news, and thank you for all your compliments about the wedding day – I will make sure Lucy reads the responses :) Delighted to hear that all is going well for you and that your oncologist is happy… as you say, long may it last. I actually quite enjoy wearing my wig, but it’s keeping it there if I’m moving around a lot is the worry!! double sided just doesn’t cut the mustard any more so I may see about having those tiny clips fitted. That said, Colin likes me with my new hair – rather too much grey for my liking – but hey I can dye it!! Do let me know how your kitchen units look once they’re fitted – I’m sure it’s been hell, but will be so worth it – I speak from experience! Love to you and have a great weekend, love Ali xx

  61. alison keenan October 28, 2011 at 12:29 pm -  Reply

    Dear Lillian Thank you!!! Tips for your grandaughters’ wedding I am more than happy to give – first one would be buy the shoes first!!! :) Seriously anything you feel you look good in and is comfortable will work, and the occasion will no doubt be fabulous. I’m to be back on air mid November so will look forward to ‘seeing’ you then :) Love Ali xx

  62. alison keenan October 28, 2011 at 12:32 pm -  Reply

    Dear Lorraine, Gaye and Sharon, thank you ALL for your lovely compliments and good wishes for Lucy and Richard. Glad you liked the hat – me too! – and the pearls were Honora :) It’s my greatest pleasure to share the day with you, and thank you for taking the time to write, Love Ali xx

  63. alison keenan October 28, 2011 at 12:33 pm -  Reply

    Marilyn and Zara, do hope you don’t mind a joint reply but thank you both for your comments and kind words. I will pass them on to Richard and Lucy. It was a perfect day :) Love Ali xx

  64. Anna October 28, 2011 at 1:15 pm -  Reply

    Loved reading about the lovely wedding, you looked lovely as always.
    That is a goal you have reached Ali, look towards and forward to the next, the lovely Christmas, and then there is the fireworks of the new year, then there is the first crocus that you see, peeping out of the snow, the first leaf on the tree that you can see outside your bedroom window, the springy grass under your feet in summer……year after year, after year ..hugs.
    Take care and God Bless.

  65. Susan October 28, 2011 at 3:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Well what can I say!? Your photos of Lucy’s special day are beautiful just like the 2 of you. Such admiration and love for each other in those eyes. Gosh you must be so proud of your Lucy. I cannot believe she is the Head of her Dapartment at such a young age! She must be a wonderful teacher. I think you can tell that even from her brief appearance on QVC. What a gal. Her hubby looks pretty dishy too! All your boys and your Mum and Sis looked wonderful too. A truly elegant family if ever I saw one. Pure class. I’m sure it is strange not only having completed your treatment now but also having completed your task of ‘The Wedding’. There will be many other events that come your way though I am sure of that! You are a social butterfly just like the Debbie girls etc. Hope you are feeling ok though no doubt exhaustion is hitting you now!? You take care and chat soon.
    Thank you for sharing your family photos.
    Love Susan x

  66. christine carr October 28, 2011 at 4:53 pm -  Reply

    What a wonderful day you must have had you look so happy and radient like any mother for the bride should do and the dress was perfect for you wonderful figure and my what a hat your courage and determination are amazing and such a role for women all over the country,look in the mirrow every morning and say to yourself you are a sexy delicious and so much a real woman. Good luck for the future and all my best wishes
    hugs and loves
    Christine xx

  67. Joanna Downey October 28, 2011 at 6:33 pm -  Reply

    Hello Alison, This is as near a repeat of my response to your wedding blog as I can remember because my previously well behaved netbook had obviously had a “moment” and lost everything. You all looked wonderful and it was obviously ‘A Perfect Day’ just as it should have been. Lucy was a radiant bride and I love button bouquets, such a lovely permanent reminder of a special time. Your outfit was outstanding and very very you! Love the killer heels, your glorious black pearls and that sensational hat. We all know how important Lucy’s wedding was for you and that it was a constant light through this dark year. It was also obvious how much you were looking forward to it especially as your treatment would be over and a new chapter could then begin. However, the best thing of all is that you’re her mum and glowed with pride and happiness. As you wrote you looked at a 26 year old woman with all her career success but could also see her as that beautiful baby, it’s a complicated business being a mum..! Final point, reading your last blog I was delighted to see you writing about car concerns which sounds awful I know but it’s the regular and boring things in life I feel we miss the most when fate tips everything wrong way about so welcome back to them. Love as always, Jo x

  68. diane burgess October 28, 2011 at 7:42 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison, I have to say these wonderful pictures moved me to tears, you all look amazing. And after the year you have had it does the heart good to see such happiness. have read your blogs since i got a computer from qvc five years ago, and you are by far the best and funniest story teller. Cant wait to see you back on air, I do hope thats the plan as you have been greatly missed. love to you and yours xx

  69. Kristina Moore October 28, 2011 at 8:10 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali, brilliant blog about a brilliant day! I am so glad everything went so well and that there wasn’t any snow that weekend. Good luck Lucy and Richard on the rest of your lives and enjoy all of it – whatever comes your way you can deal with it.
    I love the photographs. Magic.
    Hugs to you all
    Tina X0X0X0X0X0X0 etc

  70. Magda Chetty October 28, 2011 at 8:20 pm -  Reply

    My Dear Ali
    You made me so happy reading your blog, thank you for sharing your perfect day with us. You looked fantastic and Lucy looked so gorgeous. How I prayed for you to get better and be ready for this day, you have been a great insperation to me, and I feel better now and will never forget how you and Ali”s army kept me going during my treatment and the last few month.
    Reading your blog had me in tears, but happy tears this time, keep getting better and look after yourself. I will keep praying for you and of course for Sam, and hope that 2012 will be a better year for all of us.
    Wish Lucy and Richard all the best in there new life together, and stay happy.Can”t wait to see you back on QVC.
    I”ll be in London this Christmas and will visit QVC and hope to see you then.
    Much love.
    Magda.

  71. Pam Richardson October 28, 2011 at 8:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali had to write and say how gorgeous you looked in your mother of the bride outfit. Lucy looked beautiful and your sons looked very handsome. As the mother of 3 girls I can imagine how proud and emotional you must have felt seeing Lucy get married, both my eldest daughters have long time serious boyfriends but no sign of wedding bells yet.
    It is so wonderful to see you looking so well and enjoying
    yourself. Have a wonderful time at the party. Dance until your feet hurt and have fun,fun,fun, you deserve it.
    Love Pam

  72. Maureen Harrison October 28, 2011 at 10:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, thoroughly enjoyed your photographs and glad you all had such a lovely day. You looked absolutely stunning, as you always do anyway. Best wishes to you and all of your family, and hope it will not be to much longer before you are back on screen.
    Love from Maureen xxx

  73. Cheryl October 28, 2011 at 10:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    You’ve done it again with your blog brought me to tears again!!
    What a wonderful day for you all to enjoy. What a proud and happy mummy you must have been to see your baby marry the man she loves. Please wish the happy couple all the best for a long happy and healthy life together. It Will be Granny Ali next!!!
    You and Lucy looked gorgeous.
    You did make me laugh with losing your wig!! But you look gorgeous with or without it.
    Keep fighting Ali and looking forward to seeing you back on our screens soon
    Lots of Love Cheryl
    xoxox

  74. Sue Gammack October 29, 2011 at 11:23 am -  Reply

    Just read your blog.I am glad the wedding was all you’d hoped for,you
    all looked fantastic.Lots of love to Richard and Lucy,she looked radiant.Your final dip with Colin was very funny.
    Looking forward to seeing you back on QVC.
    Lots of love
    Sue in Penkridgexxxxxx

  75. Gill Barnsley October 29, 2011 at 4:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, this is the first time I have blogged you but felt the time is now right. What a wonderful day you must have all shared. Lucy looked amazing! and what a “Corker” you were. I am not surprised to see you looking so glamorous, you couldn’t look any other. Thank you so much for sharing this family moment with us. Just a thought to leave you with Ali, “Keep your face to the sun and the shadows will always fall behind you”. God bless you lovely lady and come back soon! Wishing you and your family all good wishes for the future.
    Gill Barnsleyxxx

  76. Mrs Maria Johnson October 29, 2011 at 5:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, like everyone I read your fab blog with tears of happiness running down my face! You looked absolutely fantastic, as did everyone in your pics! Well girl, you made a beautiful picture in your amazing outfit and not a trace of the traumatic time you have endured. Onwards and upwards now. Its a privilege to have been allowed to journey via your blog along the very bumpy road you have travelled this past year. You are such an inspiration to us all and I am truly grateful to have been allowed to be a very tiny participent. With all the outpourings of love, encouragement and good wishes being sent your way from us all you cannot fail to regain your full strength. All my love & prayers are winging your way with all the fervour I can muster. Maria J.

  77. Kathleen Donnelly October 29, 2011 at 6:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    So glad you had such a great time at your daughters wedding. Lovely to read your story, Take Care.
    Love Kathleen x

  78. Roanne Bell October 30, 2011 at 12:32 am -  Reply

    I have been checking every day to see if you had posted your blog. After your wonderful speech on the breast cancer day, I thought about you and your family on the 22nd and couldnt wait to hear how the day had gone.
    I have been a mother of the bride to my wonderful daughter and can understand the emotions of that day. But nothing will compare to the emotions you must have been feeling. For all that you and your family have been through I am so glad that you had this wonderful day. You all looked lovely and I wish your daughter and hubby everlasting love and happiness, as I do to you. You are an inspiration to all of us and a wonderful role model for the poor ladies who are going through the same. Be happy and healthy always.
    Love
    Roanne Bell xxx

  79. Mrs Norma Smithson October 30, 2011 at 5:19 am -  Reply

    Ali What wonderful photographs, you really did look gorgeous, as did your Mum and Sister. The venue Lucy and Richard had chosen sounds wonderful, and they both looked smashing on their big day. Youv’e achieved what was a big milestone for you, and all your friends who watch you on QVC are waiting for the news that you are coming back,healthy, happy and much loved. Norma Yorkshire xx

  80. wendy wotherspoon October 30, 2011 at 6:00 am -  Reply

    lovely photos alison,you all look so happy.i’m so sorry to hear what you have been going through,haven’t been watching qvc as much this past year,used to be my daily diet lol so never knew.Had my own tragedy last october when my two year old grand-daughter died after a fall,think life seems to stand still until you realise other people are going through tough times too.I truly hope you get through this,wishing you and your family every happiness for the future xx

  81. Pauline Drake October 30, 2011 at 6:41 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, this is the first time I have posted a comment to any presenter. You look so lovely in your beautiful outfit, as does all your family. I don’t live too far from St Neot and know what a lovely village it, especially for such a special event. So glad all went well for everyone, you look so happy. Looking forward to seeing you on TV very soon.
    Take care, best wishes Pauline

  82. Gwen Tugwell. October 30, 2011 at 10:29 am -  Reply

    Hello Ali,
    Just to say how lovely I think you are to share everything with
    us, you always reduce me to tears but I am just so happy for you.
    I am so happy that Lucy’s special day was such a very special and
    memorable one for all of you, everyone looked wonderful and I’m
    sure it was all worth the hard work.
    Looking forward to seeing you QVC soon,
    Lots ofLove and very Best Wishes.
    Gwen in Bighton.

  83. alison keenan October 30, 2011 at 7:15 pm -  Reply

    Ann please don’t be sorry for laughing – it was a very funny moment, and to be honest nothing could have spoiled the day for me… it was lovely. And you know me very well…. I truly do appreciate the small things and although the roses are over for this year, I collected and dried all the petals from my summer roses for Lucy’s wedding and she has saved some for her album… autumn leaves are possibly easier to collect now and just as beautiful :) Thank you for writing to me, love Ali xx

  84. alison keenan October 30, 2011 at 7:17 pm -  Reply

    Nicola I hope you enjoyed your bottle of wine, and thank you for sharing your lovely thoughts with me…. I was lucky and had my best friends as well as my family with me, so the best of both worlds. More photos to follow, but I hope you had a good weekend, love Ali xx

  85. alison keenan October 30, 2011 at 7:20 pm -  Reply

    Dear christine, you know I don’t think how much the weekend would mean to me… the end of what sometimes seemed like an endless programme of things I didn’t want to do or have done to me… The fact that the day went as well as it did was an absolute bonus and to see my daughter and Richard so happy was just perfect. Thank you for writing to me and my very best wishes to you and your family too. Love Ali xx

  86. alison keenan October 30, 2011 at 7:25 pm -  Reply

    Debbie my thoughts will be with you on December 3rd. What an incredible day it’s going to be… Not only are you undoubtedly proud of your son for serving his Country (and I think you’re incredibly brave to watch him go out there) but his wedding day will no doubt fill you a different kind of pride… your boy all grown up :) I’m sure you’ll look gorgeous on the day, and I hope that it brings you as much happiness as my Lucy’s wedding did. Thank you for your kindness and lovely words – I’ll be back hopefully in the next week or so. Love Ali xx

  87. alison keenan October 30, 2011 at 7:28 pm -  Reply

    Kim how envious am I that you live in such a beautiful part of the country! We had a lovely morning in Looe before the wedding too, and enjoyed an ice cream on the beach in the sunshine :) Had the after wedding party on Friday night which was fun but have had a restful weekend, and I hope you have too. Take care, love Ali xx

  88. alison keenan October 30, 2011 at 7:30 pm -  Reply

    Jane congratulations on your daughter’s wedding. I very much hope you had a fabulous day, and unless you were in Devon or Cornwall the sun was probably shining!! Thanks for writing, ,love Ali xx

  89. alison keenan October 30, 2011 at 7:35 pm -  Reply

    A much daintier what eh Ann?!! :) Bless you though.. I think I should invest in a T shirt of my own!! Love and hugs to you too, Ali xx

  90. alison keenan October 30, 2011 at 7:39 pm -  Reply

    Dear Sandra, thank you so much for writing to me and your kind words. Yes even my wig coming off couldn’t have spoiled the day! :) I hope to be back to work the week after next so will look forward to ‘seeing’ you then :) love Ali xx

  91. alison keenan October 30, 2011 at 7:47 pm -  Reply

    Gail how lovely to hear from you as always, and thank you for all the compliments. I have to tell you that Lucy and her best friend Mel helped me choose my outfit and it was the first one I tried on!! Many followed but I went back for it as it was just right :) The hat too! the weather in truth was awful in the afternoon – very cold grey and windy, but hey! who cares!! :O I too can’t believe a whole year has passed – and what a year – but now it’s just moving forwards, and that’s the best thing.. See you soon! love Ali xx

  92. alison keenan October 30, 2011 at 7:55 pm -  Reply

    My dear Julie, I do hope you don’t have to wait too much longer for your oncology appointment, and that your treatment will be short :) How lovely to live on the Devon/Cornish border, and I’m really glad you enjoyed the blog. I loved sharing my memories of the day with you :) Take care, stay well and keep in touch, love Ali xx

  93. alison keenan October 30, 2011 at 7:56 pm -  Reply

    Ah, thank you Anne!!!!! :) LOL xxx

  94. alison keenan October 30, 2011 at 8:02 pm -  Reply

    Martin thank you! Lucy did look gorgeous didn’t she, and thank you for my compliment too :) And as for being happy? Yes I am, very :) Thank you Martin, love Ali xx

  95. alison keenan October 30, 2011 at 8:20 pm -  Reply

    Do you know Elaine if I didn’t have QVC I would give my eye teeth to look after little ones for the rest of my life – babies particularly :) I think it’s an admirable decision and one if I was your son I would be forever grateful for. I had to rely on paid help with my children, and it is something I will always regret – not that they weren’t lovely most of them, but they weren’t family…Lovely too that Geoff is 100% behind you too…. lovely man. It was wonderful that Colin was best man and thank you for your projection….. watch this space :) Love to you xxxx

  96. alison keenan October 30, 2011 at 8:24 pm -  Reply

    Kay, loving your words ‘heralding a new start’ – here’s to that start! Yes work week after next hopefully and then life as was… god willing :) Life as we know it couldn’t be better, love Ali xx

  97. alison keenan October 30, 2011 at 8:32 pm -  Reply

    Pauline I hope very much to meet you one day :) So sorry to hear about your friend. Please tell her to contact BCC or Macmillan or her oncologist.. She really shouldn’t be struggling like that – I do wish her better as soon as…. Very glad that the she’s enjoying the blogs, and thank you for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  98. alison keenan October 30, 2011 at 8:34 pm -  Reply

    Kay I’ll post a close up picture of the bouquet soon – it really was exquisite! she ordered it from an american website and the bridesmaids had smaller ones too… she is keeping it which is lovely. Ali xx

  99. alison keenan October 30, 2011 at 8:39 pm -  Reply

    Sue I did indeed receive your lovely photo and I can see your smiling face as I read your lovely words. It was just the best of days and when I hear other accounts of weddings and little stresses or worries I realise how lucky we were. Yes the boys and Colin all looked fab didn’t they and I was really chuffed with my outfit too.. Lucy’s help I have to admit!! Onwards and upwards as you say, and I’m glad that the difficult time you had has now passed and your grandchildren have made the difference for you…. so much to look forward to… I am hoping to look a long way ahead :) Love to you, Ali xxxx

  100. alison keenan October 30, 2011 at 8:51 pm -  Reply

    Dorothy, thank you !! I will be passing all your lovely comments on to Lucy and Rich, and it’s very kind of you to have written. The boys didn’t look bad either I agree :) I’m hoping to be back the week after next so will look forward to ‘seeing’ you then :) Love Alixxxx

  101. alison keenan October 30, 2011 at 9:00 pm -  Reply

    Shauna my love so sorry to hear that you’ve been under par recently and I very much hope that all things will improve for you soon….sometimes it just takes time… :) I hope your 32 year old’s need for plasters is lessening although I’m sure TLC is always available :) A little quiet time hasn’t really been on the card with hospital appointments for Sam, but this next week has nothing very much planned although I am popping into work to try and sort out my return for the week after :) Back to where I belong… and so happy to be :) Take care and stay strong, love Ali xxx

  102. alison keenan October 30, 2011 at 9:03 pm -  Reply

    Shauna please write in with your home address and my editor will grab it as I’d like to sponsor your neice… good luck with the fundraising – and well done to your neice = make sure she has mosquito spray!! Love and kisses Ali xx

  103. Gail October 31, 2011 at 9:38 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali, am I going mad or is the first picture posted different from the original one? I’m sure it was a different one or have I been taking too many pain killers!!!! Sorry that the weather wasn’t too good but I haven’t heard you say it was raining, so hopefully it stayed dry. I was so glad to read that you were going to post photos of Lucy’s bouquet because I really can’t imagine what it was like. I remember you talking about it on a previous blog but I’m afraid my imagination couldn’t stretch that far. It looked lovely in the photo, but really need a close up to see it in detail (can’t wait). Hope the party went well. Lovely to hear that your lovely hair is growing back now xx Take care and can’t wait for more photos. By the way, mine is on the way, promise. Lots of love, Gail xx

  104. Mrs Janet Jones October 31, 2011 at 10:44 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, could you let me know the address that I can send my photo to for your rogues gallery! I hope you are resting before your return to QVC (that’s me putting my foot down with a firm hand!lol)Looking forward to seeing you back on our screens soon.
    Hope Sam’s hospital appt goes well, and I will ‘see’ you soon.
    Speak soon love Janet xx

  105. Una October 31, 2011 at 11:05 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, and my Alis Army girlies.
    Have read your blog Ali and Im so glad you enjoyed your day. It sounds just AMAZING. You all look stunning. Lucy is just a picture, and your outfit is beautiful and suits you so well.
    I havent managed to read all the comments as yet, but will get round to it.
    I,ve been AWOL im afraid. We had to go to the U.S. Thought after all we had been through this year, that we would be able to limp through to the end of 2011 quietly. Unfortunately, that wasnt to be. I now have my daughter and granddaughter at home. Thank goodness for 4 year old laughter in the house, shes keeping us going right now.
    I hope you are all keeping well.
    Lots of love Una xxxx

  106. Julie Thorogood October 31, 2011 at 1:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Thank you so much for sharing your special day with us. You looked absolutely lovely, as did your daughter. What a fantastic day you all had. It is so great to see you looking well again. Long may it last. We are nowlooking forward to your return to our screens (we are extremely selfish)! Continue to recuperate and take care of yourself. Much love. Julie xx

  107. Diane Smith October 31, 2011 at 4:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,just heard Debs Flint say you are back at QVC next tuesday evening, may I wish you avery happy return and hope you will continue getting stronger,you look lovely on your photo,s and you are an inspiration to me and my husband who has just retired and been diagnosed with cancer in both his kidneys,but think positive, and that is what were doing,and when I see you I am sure he will be ok,fingers crossed,he is going into hospital for his next operation in a couple of weeks,I hav,nt written to your blog but I have passed my good wishes to you to Julia when I have been writing to her,I hope you and your family stay well and you have alovely christmas.
    Love Di

  108. Alpa October 31, 2011 at 9:13 pm -  Reply

    My dear Ali,
    Thank you for sharing, ‘A Perfect Day’ :) The joy and happiness and love of SUCH a special day is so clear to see in your photos. Lucy is so beautiful and radiant and I do love her very unique bouquet. Ali, you are stunning in your outfit, so very classy and elegant. Richard, your boys and Colin are all most handsome in their suits.
    Please tell me that the first photo last week on your blog was of your Lucy and you have now changed it to the gorgeous couple dancing? Either that or I am seeing things!
    I hope you have been taking it easy over the weekend after the wedding party, which sounds fab. A photo of you in your gladrags with THOSE over the knee boots, please and also by popular demand, a photo of Colin in his pinny :)
    I hope all goes well with Sam’s appointment.
    Helen, I hope you are doing as well as can be x Marj, thank you for thinking of me and sharing your lovely poem with us x Lovely Debz, hope you are feeling a little better now and Ainzley, please share the slanket! x Shauna, you are in my thoughts and may better days be on the way for you. A big well done to your niece and I would also like to sponsor her, if there is a way that can be arranged x Una, sending you lots of love xx
    Love to all in Ali’s Army x
    Ali, thank you so much for mentioning my mention in your last blog (being awol from the tv at the time!) I was very touched that you thought of me, bless you. So looking forward to ‘seeing’ you next week, big YAY!! :)
    Take care,
    Lots of love, Alpa xxxx

  109. Pam October 31, 2011 at 10:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Just caught up with your blog.How happy you all look,it was almost tangible from the photos.Handsome men,beautiful bride and what about her mother! Stunning was the only word!
    Best wishes to Lucy and Richard ,may all their problems be little ones! ( you know what I mean).That’ll be something to look forward to Ali!
    Hope your return to QVC will be before Christmas, things will seem back to normal for you then.
    I was thinking you could do with something exciting to plan for next year and after looking at the last photo,well you do know it’s Leap Year don’t you? I know, naughty of me, forgive me!
    Anyway ,so pleased the day was a resounding success,
    lots of love , Pam x

  110. Eileen P. November 1, 2011 at 12:32 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, Glad you had a lovely day, you look stunning in the photos, as does the family. It sounds a lovely place for a wedding. I had a giggle at your wig falling off but as usual you took it in your stride. You have done so much to remove the taboo and worry or stress surrounding the treatments, and side effects of Chemo and Radiotherapy. I really admire your courage and determination. Look forward to seeing you back on screen soon. Take care. Love. Eileen. xx

  111. alison keenan November 1, 2011 at 8:06 am -  Reply

    Dear Lesley, your comment made me cry… I am so sorry to hear that Christine lost her battle to breast cancer and you lost your best friend… I can’t begin to imagine how I’d cope if I lost mine…All I do know is that the support and love you will have always shown her will have been her greatest comfort, and I very much hope that your Pink Party last Friday gave you, her family and other friends a chance to celebrate her life. Thank you for your kind and inspirational words, and I am happy to tell you I will be back at QVC next Tuesday at 7pm with Charlie for two hours of Diamonique… a real treat… in so many ways. Thank you too for your prayers – I never underestimate the power of prayer – and I send my love to you, Ali xx

  112. Linda Marshall November 1, 2011 at 8:08 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, Just to say you looked amazing in you outfit.Your daughter looked beautiful on her special day you must be so proud. I am so pleased it all went well for you. Looking forward to you being back at qvc. love Linda xxx

  113. alison keenan November 1, 2011 at 8:09 am -  Reply

    Louise, we certainly did have a good laugh at the flying wig, and I spent the rest of the evening without it, which was a bloomin’ sight cooler!! :) I think Lucy may wait a wee while before she becomes a mum, but I’ll be the happiest grandma as and when! Yes I did used to present This Morning with my ex husband, and you’re right, it was many moons ago, but a fabulous show to present, and I have some corking memories of my time there. But I’m delighted to tell you that I’ll be back at QVC a week today – Tuesday 8th at 7pm for two hours of Diamonique with Charlie :) I hope I’ll ‘see’ you then, love Ali xx Thanks for writing

  114. alison keenan November 1, 2011 at 8:13 am -  Reply

    Sue thank you!! :) Yes Lucy did look beautiful and the boys scrubbed up well too! I think Richard looked fab , and mum and Jenny did us proud too. You’re right, the stress of the last nine months melted away for those few days, and it was all I’d ever hoped it would be for everyone – myself included! I’ll see you in your living room next Tuesday at 7pm – can’t wait :) Love Ali xx

  115. alison keenan November 1, 2011 at 8:14 am -  Reply

    Sara, I was so proud of my girl and her lovely husband – and that is one of my favourite photos :) Thank you for writing, with love, Ali xx

  116. Martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen November 1, 2011 at 9:11 am -  Reply

    good to know you are back on qvc alison will you be felling nervous after 1 year. i will be watching .and you will get your xmas card in the post as always shortly.and merry xmas and happy new year 2012 toyour self and your family .hope it is agood year for you .

  117. alison keenan November 1, 2011 at 10:43 am -  Reply

    Carol thank you for writing, although I definitely think Lucy stole the show completely :) The next page is well and truly turned, and I am back on air next Tuesday at 7pm with Charlie – onwards and upwards most definitely! Love Ali x

  118. alison keenan November 1, 2011 at 10:52 am -  Reply

    Sue you always make me smile, and the photograph of you is exactly the way I expected you to look – gorgeous! And a fab smile too :) I’m glad you mentioned Richard again as I should add that only is he a wonderful lad, kind and caring, but he’s a wicked drummer and last Friday at their after wedding party, he drummed up a storm much to the approval and appreciation of all gathered there! A man of many talents and I’m delighted he’s part of the family now along with his mum and dad Katie and Roger. Have a good week, and I’ll ‘see’ you next week – Tuesday at 7pm with Charlie… just like the old days eh? Love Ali xx

  119. alison keenan November 1, 2011 at 10:55 am -  Reply

    Crikey Mary I’m surprised you could even see to type after watching the spectacle that is Les Mis!! I remember warning Kathy to take plenty of tissues with her, and she needed all of them!! I have to say several of the comments here have had me reaching for the hankies, but in a good way :) I’m so glad you enjoyed the blog though and were able to share in my special day – Heaven knows you’ve all helped me get there! Next week work as normal!! Back on at 7pm with Charlie. See you then, love Ali xxxx

  120. alison keenan November 1, 2011 at 10:57 am -  Reply

    Teresa I have to say there were more than a few tears shed on the day too! :) So glad you enjoyed reading the blog, and thank you for taking the time out to write to me. It was indeed a very special time, LOve Ali xx

  121. alison keenan November 1, 2011 at 10:58 am -  Reply

    Anna your words have moved me…. year after year after year is what I am so hoping for… Thank you for writing, Love Ali xx

  122. alison keenan November 1, 2011 at 11:03 am -  Reply

    Hi Susan, it’s been lovely to share the photos with you, and I’ve loved reading all the comments too. I’ll make sure your compliments get back to Lucy, Rich, the boys mum and Jenny – not a bad bunch eh? :) You’re right about having those goals to reach… the wedding was definitely my winning tape at the end of the marathon… Next big thing is coming back to work! Next Tuesday at 7pm! I’ll take it slowly to start with, but am very much looking forward to it. Take care and thank you for writing, Love ali xx

  123. alison keenan November 1, 2011 at 11:04 am -  Reply

    Christine you are sweet :) I shall try and make your words my new mantra – will just have to make sure no one’s listening!!! Thank you for all your compliments and so glad you liked the hat – I can’t wait to have another reason to wear it! I hope life is good for you, and thank you for writing and making me smile, love Ali xx

  124. alison keenan November 1, 2011 at 11:10 am -  Reply

    Jo I love reading your comments as your words always ring true… I worried as my treatment dragged on that I wouldn’t have the time to find an outfit, and wouldn’t look right in anything now that my shape’s changed, but I was so pleased that it looked fine on the day. You’re right too about the ordinary things in life – car trouble, leaving the washing out when it rains – normal things to get stressed over – and such a relief :) It’s nice that I can see your face when I write, and thank you again for the photograph…the gallery is growing. Lots of love, Ali xx

  125. alison keenan November 1, 2011 at 11:13 am -  Reply

    Diane, being back on air is most definitely the plan! Infact I’ll be back with you next Tuesday at 7pm :) Hopefully regularly from this point forwards, although I’ll take it slowly to begin with… Yes the wedding was always my goal, but I still find it hard to believe that nine months has passed just like that…Here’s to a healthier year eh? Love Ali xx

  126. alison keenan November 1, 2011 at 11:15 am -  Reply

    Tina, funny you should mention the snow! I did for a short while think we would have a truly white wedding!! It was a wonderful day though inspite of the rather chill wind, and I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. Thank you for writing, love Ali xx

  127. alison keenan November 1, 2011 at 11:19 am -  Reply

    My dear Magda, so lovely to hear from you and thank you for all the lovely things you’ve written about the wedding. I am so glad that through this blog ALL of Ali’s Army have been able to help and support you through what I know has been a very difficult time. It’s wonderful to hear you being so positive, and I very much hope that as you say next year will be a better one for us both, Amica and anyone affected by this wretched disease. Sam is doing well although I feel more surgery is on the cards… still trying to give him his best chance really.. Do let me know when you are over in December and hopefully I may see you this time, love Ali xx

  128. alison keenan November 1, 2011 at 11:21 am -  Reply

    Pam not only did I dance until my feet hurt, but I broke the heel on my new boots!! :( Hey ho, it was a cracking night none the less. Wow three daughters – all those weddings to look forward to and all those mother of the bride outfits! :) Glad you enjoyed the photos and thanks for taking the time to tell me, love Ali xx

  129. alison keenan November 1, 2011 at 11:23 am -  Reply

    Hello Maureen, the good news is I’ll be back with you next week on Tuesday at 7pm… hopefully the first of many Diamonique shows :) Thank you for your good wishes, and I will pass them on to the family. Take care, love Ali xx

  130. alison keenan November 1, 2011 at 11:26 am -  Reply

    Granny Ali!! What a great thought! Strange thing is as I wrote, it seems like only yesterday when Lucy herself was born…. where do the years go eh? Lucy did look gorgeous didn’t she, and the service was so romantic and meaningful… perfect. I am delighted to tell you that I’ll be back with you next Tuesday at 7pm! Can’t wait. Have a good week, Love Ali xx

  131. helen s November 1, 2011 at 1:32 pm -  Reply

    Hia Ali, glad to hear that your doing ok, but please take a little time for yourself before heading back to work, says she who’s been ‘trying’ to keep up with my daughter. Fancy dress to school yesterday then trick or treating last night and tonight, a halloween disco at school!!!! I’m usually in my pj’s by 7, not tonight I fear!!!!! Or I could wear them to the disco, it is fancy dress, ha!
    Alpa, how are you doing. Well, after a truly awful weekend of not sleeping and waking up at stupid o’clock like 3 in the morning and not being able to get back to sleep, I feel a LITTLE better today because I had a lie in, I woke at 5 instead, woo hoo! I thought that I might have been turning a corner on friday but on Saturday a felt as though I’d run into a brick wall again, aaarrrghh, so annoying dont you think?
    Una, I do hope all is well with your daughter? How is your sister doing with her M.E.?
    Shauna, Gail, Magda and Susan, I do hope that life is being kind to you, always here for you ladies.
    Off to make a chilli now as I won’t be here when hubby gets home from work, disco diva duty awaits, oh my, the things you do for love.
    Take care all and keep holding hands. Remeber the saying Ali, ‘Dont wait for the strom to pass, learn to dance in the rain’. Keep dancing girlies!
    Luv and tired hugs as always
    Helen s xxxx

  132. LORRAINE LESLIE November 1, 2011 at 1:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    How fantastic you looked on Lucy & Ricahrd’s Wedding Day, so stunning and it lifts my spirits as I will be “in your shoes” come February 2011. My son gets married and the reception follows in a country house on the banks of River Dee. Its a day I thought I may never see and I will (like you) enjoy and cherish every moment. Snap , my outfit is charcoal/silver and covers the underlying imperfections which are a trophy of my journey against BC and I have a BIG hat, fortunately my hair has grown back and with the help of Ken Paves extensions I should be fine. I do hope to see you back on screen before too long , you certainly wont be short of viewer calls, wishing you well.
    Much love to you and yours ,and thank you for sharing your Perfect Day !!
    LORR x

  133. Debz & Ainzley November 1, 2011 at 2:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    It’s fantastic news that you will be back on our screens next Tuesday evening. I am so excited and the fact that I am willingly forgoing my beloved Holby City to watch you is quite something I can tell you!! Seriously, I can’t wait to see you back in your rightful place. Charlie will be on hand too so that will give you a bit of support, not that you’ll need it I’m sure. It will be just like riding a bike!
    Alpa, it’s so good to hear from you my friend. I was beginning to worry about you and the your blog entry appeared. I have told Ainzley that his Auntie Alpa says that he must share the slanket so we will see how that turns out! I hope that you are feeling a little stronger my lovely but I’m sending you a hug anyway. XXX
    Helen, I hope that you too are feeling a little better. This time of year can be very draining in itself with the darker nights. I am sending you a hug too. Please remember that people love you for who you are, not what you are able to do. Try to stay positive my lovely. XXX
    Una, I’m so sorry that, yet again, life has chucked you something else to deal with. I’m sure you will deal with it with the same humour and strength that you have shown with this year’s other worries. Stay strong and know that we are all here for you. XXX
    Magda, it was so lovely to here from you as always. You are never far from our thoughts. Take care.XXX
    Shauna, I’m sorry that you too are not having a good time at the moment. As I have said to Una, we are all here for you and are only ever a blog away. Sending you a big hug. XXX
    Marg, thank you so much for sharing your poem with us. Truly beautiful words. XXX
    Gail, I hope you are doing OK and that things are getting a bit easier for you. XXX
    Lots of love and licks to Ali and everyone in her unstoppable army!
    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=)XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  134. Gail November 1, 2011 at 6:06 pm -  Reply

    I’ll definitely be watching next Tuesday Ali to welcome you back as I know so many of us will be doing. Diamomique is one of my favourite shows too, so a double delight. Hope you are feeling well; take care. Sent with love from Gail xxx

  135. JACKIE SANDERSON November 2, 2011 at 7:03 am -  Reply

    HI ALI after drying my eyes i just had to add my congratulations i have never wrote on your blog or any other blog before but have followed yours and shed many a tear and many laughs reading all yours.I wish you and your family the very best wishes and am looking forward to your return to QVC lots of love jackie x x x x

  136. Rhona Fenton November 2, 2011 at 12:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison welcome to my world now, like me you are now a mother in law:) and both in the same year:)checked every day for the pictures then I turn my back for a minute and there they are, Rebecca was back in hospital for more surgery reason for my late reply sorry, but all is good this end just a follow up from last year, but back to the wedding WOW Lucy was sooooo Beautiful well worth the wait eh:) and what a handsome chap Richard was also in fact everyone was, you must have been so proud off all your handsome men in your life that day, Sam and Jack also:) and as for you miss Alison you were so stunning I loved loved loved your outfit WOW you looked amazing but then I knew you would as you are so beautiful anyway:) and I did laugh with your little miss hap at the end off the day with your wig but hey what an end to a perfect day eh? the whole wedding just sounded like it couldn’t have been more perfect I am so happy for you all to have enjoyed such a fantastic day:) and so proud off your colin you kep’t that to yourself eh Bestman and I bet he did a grand job and made you all proud:)please pass on our congratulations to Lucy and Richard on there wedding and we wish them all the very best for the future:) hope you are keeping well Alison we miss you and need to see you back on air:) thank you again for sharing your lovely Lucy’s wedding with us:) now what are we going to talk about both Daughters weddings are past now, and I’v not forgotten about the other wedding pictures try and send them soon, but for now love to everyone, keep strong lot’s of love as always Rhona xx

  137. Babs Dyson November 2, 2011 at 12:08 pm -  Reply

    Alison, Great blog. Cried tears of joy throughout. You looked fabulous and you must be so proud. So glad all went well and eveyone looked great too. Take Care now and look foward to seeing on QVC screen when you are ready. (Hope you recd the BCC Tickled Pink photos taken recently and my card). Much Love to you.
    Babs Dyson
    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  138. angela white November 2, 2011 at 12:31 pm -  Reply

    hi ali, you alright!? im looking forward to seeing you back on tele next week im sure all of ali”s army will be too. i hope your taking it easy and resting,dont try to do to much you have been through the mill! ok lecture over! well i had a nice birhday loads of cards and presents even had a card off the cat (thomas) funny his writing is just like steves!lol!!! we are still waiting to hear about extension plans were denied (architects fault) so have been submitted again-heyho! can you believe christmas is just around the corner? the year has gone so fast! deny yourself nothing this xmas ali we went mad in 2008 when my treatment ended we were both so happy still to be here!!!! take care and love to you,family and ladies who blog xxx

  139. Susan November 2, 2011 at 3:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    You’re not a bad bunch indeed!! You’re so right. I am soo looking forward to having you back on the telly and in our living rooms once more! It has NOT been the same without you. You’re a star if ever there was one. I can’t believe you said to Jo above that you were relieved you looked ‘fine’ on the day – ‘fine’ does not even begin to cover it Ali! You were and are a stunner!!! A true beauty queen. Never forget that!! Lots of love and support for Tuesday. I’ll be watching! Take care
    Susan x
    Oh PS. Have lovely Richard and Lucy gone on their honeymoon yet?

  140. helen s November 2, 2011 at 4:35 pm -  Reply

    Dear Debz, thank you for your kind words, I do hope that life is treating you ok? I don’t really like this time of year, its dark and gloomy already and according to the news, the cold weather is on its way!!
    I hope that you are feeling better these days, we are all here for you and each other, quite a special little ‘army’ will have ourselves.
    Take care my lovely and keep in touch
    Luv and hugs as always
    Helen s xxx

  141. Dorothy November 2, 2011 at 9:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    Lucy and Richard look soooooooo happy, and your smile says it all, proud as punch. You looked stunning, your outfit is gorgeous and the hat really suits you.The boys scrub up well too Ali..(but dont tell them) you must be so proud of them all. Nice to see your mum looking so well, hope things are ok with her now.
    Looking forward to seeing you back..TAKE CARE.
    love best wishes
    Dorothy xxxx

  142. alison keenan November 3, 2011 at 11:07 am -  Reply

    Hello there Sue, and thanks so much for writing… the dip was even funnier in the flesh I can tell you…. Good job he’s a strong man otherwise it might have been more than just my wig that went flying! Have a good week, love Ali xx

  143. alison keenan November 3, 2011 at 11:10 am -  Reply

    Gill thank you so much for deciding to blog for the first time – hope it’s the first of many times!! Loving your thought re my face to the sun…. those warm rays always make me feel that much better :) Will be back ‘with’ you next Tuesday, love Ali xx

  144. alison keenan November 3, 2011 at 11:12 am -  Reply

    maria Bless you!! For all your prayers and good wishes, and the lovely things you wrote about lucy’s wedding….and you’re right, I can’t help but gain strength from the wonderful amount of support I’ve received through this blog – long may we all keep in touch! Love Ali xx

  145. alison keenan November 3, 2011 at 11:13 am -  Reply

    Thank you Kathleen, and I’m glad that you enjoyed reading the blog. The memories of Lucy and Rich’s perfect day will stay with me always, and are guaranteed to make me smile every time. Do hope all is good with you, love Ali xx

  146. alison keenan November 3, 2011 at 11:16 am -  Reply

    Roanne, so glad to hear that you too had a wonderful time at your daughter’s wedding, and it’s only when I stop to think about the last nine months that yes I do remember thinking at times, it would be a miracle if I made it… But I did and it was everything we could have hoped for. I thank you for your kind words, and know that all the inspirational words that have been written to me over the months have helped me enormously, so it would be lovely to think we’ve all helped each other, love Ali xx

  147. alison keenan November 3, 2011 at 11:18 am -  Reply

    Norma, you need wait no longer!! I will be back ‘with you’ next Tuesday at 7pm. Two hours with Charlie and Diamonique… manna from heaven for me :) Just hoping the hot flushes and my bloomin’ arm behave themselves! Thank you for writing, and the lovely things you said about Lucy’s wedding – I shall pass them on to her and Rich, love Ali xx

  148. alison keenan November 3, 2011 at 11:24 am -  Reply

    Hello Pauline, how lovely for you to live that close to St. Neot! A truly lovely part of the world. Thank you for the compliments and I shall pass your good wishes on to Lucy and Rich. I’ll be back ‘with you’ next Tuesday at 7pm Love Ali xx

  149. alison keenan November 3, 2011 at 11:26 am -  Reply

    Hello there Gwen, and I do hope that you’ve still got this relatively warm weather in Brighton. It is my absolute pleasure to share my news, ‘cos everyone shares theirs back!! :) Thank you for joining in with us, love Ali xx

  150. alison keenan November 3, 2011 at 11:31 am -  Reply

    Hello Gail, you’re not going mad no, Lucy asked me to change the photo as she preferred this one :) I will make sure I post a photo of the bouquet soon as it really is exquisite. I’m hoping with my hair that come Christmastime I may be able to go without a wig…. just have to decide to colour it a little though – rather too much salt than pepper for my liking :) I’ll look forward to receiving your photo when I’m back at work next week, and thank you for it, love Ali xx

  151. alison keenan November 3, 2011 at 11:33 am -  Reply

    Hello there Janet, yes of course! The address to send the photo to me would be QVC, Marco Polo House, 346 Queenstown Road, London SW8 4NQ. I shall look forward very much to receiving it! Love Ali xx

  152. alison keenan November 3, 2011 at 11:35 am -  Reply

    Una, reading between the lines it sounds as though you are really going through it at the moment. I am glad that your grandaughter is a ray of sunshine though, and I hope the clouds will clear soon and things will get easier. Yes the wedding was all we’d hoped it would – and more! Can’t quite believe it’s been and gone to be honest :) Still, returning to work next week, and then it’s Christmas… so lot’s to look forward to. Do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  153. alison keenan November 3, 2011 at 11:39 am -  Reply

    Julie, I’m pretty sure my return to work next week will help me recuperate, as it’s the return to ‘normality’ I’ve wanted for such a long time :) Thank you for all your kind words about the wedding – I will pass them on to Lucy and Rich, love to you, Ali xx

  154. alison keenan November 3, 2011 at 11:41 am -  Reply

    Dear Di, I am sending you and your husband all the very best of love and luck and hope more than anything that when I return next week, he will be through his operation and on the mend :) Thank you for being in touch, and I would love to hear how things are for you over the next few week, with love Ali x x

  155. Liz November 3, 2011 at 8:29 pm -  Reply

    Thanks for all the wonderful photos of your daughter’s wedding day. She looked radiant and so happy, while you looked fantastic in that elegant outfit. What a strong person you are, a real inspiration you are to everyone.Now I hear you are making a comeback on QVC next week. Every person will be tuned in to see you and Charlie have a ball and perhaps sell some jewellery! Good luck.

  156. Alpa November 4, 2011 at 1:21 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I do hope that ou are taking it easy this week :) So pleased that you danced your feet off at the party last weekend and sorry about the heel on your boot. How dare it break on you?!
    Helen, lovely to hear from you. I did start to feel a little stronger, although after two appointments over the last 10 days or so, trying to sort out things at home inbetween and still getting to sleep at stupid o’clock in the early hours of the morning, I am feeling very tired at present. You are so right, it is most annoying especially when you think you have turned a corner! Hope Olivia is well and that disco diva duty was not too tiring for you! x
    Debz, thank you for always thinking of me. Sorry to have been late in writing on Ali’s blog, I did not mean to make you worry. I was feeling a little stronger and then the tiredness caught up with me. I probably would have typed gibberish if I had tried to write! Thank you very much for the hug, it came at just the right time. I am sending you a big hug, my lovely and a stroke for Ainzley from his Auntie Alpa (and thank you for adopting me Ainzley!)
    I really don’t like this time of the year at all, with the darkness and now the cold on the way, yuck! Never mind, we will get each other through it x
    Una, so sorry that you are facing something else at present. I hope your daughter and granddaughter are ok. How is your sister doing? I do hope she is feeling a little better and not too ME’ish x
    Magda, so pleased that you are feeling stronger. Sending my love to you x
    Love to Shauna, Gail, Susan, Marj and everyone in Ali’s Army x
    Ali, holding your hand tightly. Take very good care,
    Lots of love, Alpa xxxx

  157. Mrs Janet Jones November 4, 2011 at 10:40 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali, thank you for the address, I will try to send a photo as soon as I can find a decent one(that will be a job in itself!!).Update re the Chez Jones kitchen:I now have a working sink and dishwasher, the cupboards are going in, still quite a bit to be done, but I can finally see a plan coming together. It still looks a bit like a building site and my food is still in the hall on bookshelves a bit too handy for when my son visits when he does his own shopping from our bookshelves!!!(kids hey lol!)
    So glad to hear you will be back on our screens on Tuesday with Charlie, what a nice way to ease you back in, as I am sure Charlie will look after you. I will be watching and holding your hand tightly, but I know you will be absolutely fine. As for the hot flushes to quote my oncologist’ have a fire extinguisher standing by!!!’ Take care Ali and I will ‘see’ you on Tuesday. Love and hugs Janet xx

  158. alison keenan November 4, 2011 at 1:31 pm -  Reply

    My dear Alpa,
    Firstly no you’re not seeing things :) Lucy asked me to change the photograph from the classic pose to the dancing one which is also lovely. Thank you for all the kind and complimentary comments about the boys and Colin and my outfit – we scrubbed up pretty well in the end didn’t we?! :) I’m not sure if there’s a photo of me in my killer boots – but the heel came off at the end of the evening so I’ve had to send them back!! Very much hoping they’ll send me a replacement pair. In the meantime, I very much hope all is good with you Alpa, and I’ll look forward to ‘seeing’ you next Tuesday at 7pm when I’ll be with Charlie presenting our Diamonique Spectacular :)….. it’s been a long time coming, but it will be lovely. Take care, Big hug, love Ali xx

  159. alison keenan November 4, 2011 at 1:36 pm -  Reply

    Pam you have made me smile :) I didn’t realise it was a leap year, but have made a note…. ! So glad you enjoyed the photographs – it was an incredibly happy day, and I will pass your good wishes on to Lucy and Richard….They’ve just booked their honeymoon for next year :) They’re coming round for fireworks at the weekend, so I’ll know more then – very exciting! Also exciting is that I’ll be back at work next week at 7pm with Charlie – can’t wait… just hope my hand and arm will behave, and that he will be adept with a fan for the hot flushes :) Seriously though, it will be wonderful to have that element of normality back in my life. Thank you for writing Pam and have a lovely weekend, Ali xxx

  160. alison keenan November 4, 2011 at 1:49 pm -  Reply

    Lovely to hear from you Eileen, and I’m glad you enjoyed the blog and the photos. Thank you for your kind comments too – being positive and trying to see the funny side when things are tricky is my best coping strategy… thinking too long and hard about it all frightens me so I don’t tend to do that. Best of all, I’m back at work from next Tuesday at 7pm so will have plenty of other things to be thinking about now :) Have a good weekend, love Ali xx

  161. alison keenan November 4, 2011 at 1:51 pm -  Reply

    Linda, thank you! And yes I agree Lucy did look gorgeous, and it was wonderful to see both her and Richard so happy. Enjoy your weekend, love Ali xx

  162. alison keenan November 4, 2011 at 1:52 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Martin, thanking you in advance for my card, and for always remembering me :) Yes I will be feeling more than a little nervous in truth, but I’m hoping it’s a bit like riding a bicycle – I’ll be fine once I’m up there. Take care, Love Ali xx

  163. alison keenan November 4, 2011 at 1:57 pm -  Reply

    Helen, I hope your pyjamas were appreciated at the disco!! You poor thing, that defeating exhaustion is a nightmare, and on top of you feeling low generally, no doubt brings you down. I’m so glad though that you Olivia as a constant reminder of all the good things in life, and we’re all here for you too!! :) I will always remember your beautiful words and plan to have them engraved in wood or stone or something to have as a constant reminder… Thank you, and I hope this weekend will be a good one for you, love Ali xx

  164. alison keenan November 4, 2011 at 2:00 pm -  Reply

    Lorr, thank you for sharing that news with us all. I will be thinking of you on the buildup to the big day, and I’m delighted you already have your outfit, and a BIG hat – a MUST! I feel :) I know exactly how you’re feeling, and I can tell you the overwhelming relief and joy on the day itself will be wonderful for you – for ALL the family, and I’m absolutely certain – particualarly for your son… I’m back at QVC from next Tuesday and will be presenting a Ken Paves show in the not too distant – wigs though not hair extensions just yet :) Take care, love Ali xx

  165. alison keenan November 4, 2011 at 2:09 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Debz, I am flattered beyond flattered to be chosen above Holby City – I will have to inform Charlie!! :O so funny you say it’ll be like riding a bike as I’ve just written a reply previously saying I hoped it would be! I love reading all your updates on the other members of Ali’s Army, and how wonderful that you’re all there for each other – and for me!! Long, long may it last :) My collection of photos is growing but far slower than I’d like – would be good to have some to show on Tuesday then you can all see what the other looks like :) I hope you’ll be able to stay cosy this weekend, and that Ainzley has done the decent thing and at least loaned you the arm of the slanket if nothing else! Take care, love Ali xx

  166. alison keenan November 4, 2011 at 2:12 pm -  Reply

    Gail, it will be lovely to know you’re the other side of the camera :) I’m not too bad although back pain is a bloomin’ nuisance but apparantly a follow on from chemo, radiotheraphy and now the Tamoxifen so I’m sure it will ease. Hoping to have a new sleeve arrive next Monday as the previous ones were too tight to get on!! All that said, nothing can lessen my joy of being back on the schedule again. have a great weekend, love Ali xx

  167. alison keenan November 4, 2011 at 2:13 pm -  Reply

    Jackie, I am very flattered that you’ve not only taken the time to write to me, but have also read through the blogs too. So glad that you enjoyed them and although I know this is the first time you’ve written to me, I hope it won’t be the last :) Sending you and your family the very best of health and happiness, Ali xx

  168. Alpa November 4, 2011 at 2:58 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    I think this has been posted before but I thought I would share it again :) It’s the serenity prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr :
    God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change,
    Courage to change the things I can,
    And wisdom to know the difference.
    Lots of love, Alpa xx

  169. Ellis Mitchell November 5, 2011 at 10:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Aly would you post your reading, I will be here that you read
    for your daughters wedding. Your speach for brest cancer care
    was very moving

  170. SUE RADFORD November 6, 2011 at 11:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Just a short note to say that I think the Diamonique will shine and sparkle brighter than ever on Tuesday. “Why” I hear you ask – because you will be there of course!! IT WILL BE GREAT TO SEE YOU BACK!!!
    Love – Sue Radford xx

  171. helen s November 7, 2011 at 12:43 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, just a quickie, all the very best for your show, you will be just grand. Got Olivia home with a heavy head cold and I think my dearest daughter has shared her germs too well as I fear I feel a little bunged up also. When my sweetpea is off her food, she must be poorly. She hasn’t been ill for such a long time bless, and I think her allergy to coats has something to do with it!!!!!
    To all my buddies, hope you are all ok? Una, how are things, Alpa how are you my lovely and Debz too.
    Going to try to persuade my babe with a little food, not used to this, she usually eats for Wales, ha.
    Love as always to you all
    Helen sxx

  172. Liz November 7, 2011 at 5:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali and the army,
    So wonderful to hear about the wedding and see some fantastic photos. It’s looks like the very memorable day I’m sure we were all hoping you would have. It may sound cruel to some people but I laughed so much at your wig episode and the visions of it flying off. It’s things like that that keep us going through the darker days!! Probably one of the reasons I never had a wig too (plus the fact that I live by the sea and it gets very, very windy here!)
    Sorry for a late posting but I have had a break in Palma – may have passed Magda in the street, who knows?? The weather was very mixed but at least the rain was warm and it was a lazy time for me and my partner as we’ve had a bit of a year, mind you everyone has those don’t they??
    Can’t wait to see you back on the screens again – a diamonique show is so appropriate for the return of such a sparkling lady. If I’m brave enough I’ll ring in but I probably won’t be!!! One day perhaps…..Enjoy being back with all your work friends and colleagues but TAKE IT EASY and try to run before you can walk and do too much.
    Lots of love, Liz xx

  173. alison keenan November 7, 2011 at 6:00 pm -  Reply

    Rhona – mother in law! Always brings those wonderful Les Dawson jokes to mind :) Thank you for writing, and I wish Rebecca well, and hope she’s fully recovered now. Thank you for all the lovely things you’ve written about the wedding, and I shall pass your good wishes on to Lucy. Like you, it was one of those days I’ll always remember, and everything Lucy had planned worked out beautifully. Yes Colin being bestman was a lovely surprise to us too – only a couple of months before the wedding, but he was excellent, and great with Richard who was a tad nervous on the morning :) I’m back on air tomorrow (Tuesday) at 7pm and then back on the schedule for a couple of days a week to start with… just working out what to wear! It’ll be lovely to be back again though. Do keep in touch, love Ali xxxx

  174. alison keenan November 7, 2011 at 6:06 pm -  Reply

    My dear Babs I did indeed receive your card and the photos and have added you to my gallery! Thank you for thinking of me and for all the amazing work you do fundraising :) So glad you liked the wedding photos and the blog – some wonderful memories there for us all. Take care, love Ali xx

  175. alison keenan November 7, 2011 at 6:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Angela I’m keeping everything crossed that you and Steve get your planning permission through ok this time… bloomin’ nuisance eh, but you’ve got to go thru the right channels otherwise it could all go horribly wrong! So glad you had a good birthday, and very kind of Thomas to go to the trouble of sending you a card – clearly Steve has taught him how to write :) Delighted too that it’s been three years since you went through your treatment, and that life is good for you :) Do stay in touch, and here’s to Christmas and a healthier New Year! love Ali xx

  176. alison keenan November 7, 2011 at 6:16 pm -  Reply

    Susan, bless you!!! I am blushing from your compliments :) Lovely to know you’ll be the other side of the camera at 7pm – been talking to Charlie and Kathy and Claire about what to wear, make up etc. and general things – all very exciting :) Lucy and Rich stayed down in Cornwall until the Thursday but my shared wedding present to them is their honeymoon next year to The States…. They’ll go when Lucy’s on school holidays in the summer. She told me about it yesterday when they came round for their fireworks, and it sounds awesome! Love to you and yours, Ali xx

  177. alison keenan November 7, 2011 at 6:30 pm -  Reply

    Hello Dorothy, lovely to hear from you, and yes mum is doing very well thank you and passed her first year assessment with flying colours in September. She thoroughly enjoyed the wedding as we all did, and thank you for your kind words. I do hope all is well with you Davy and Laura, love Ali xx

  178. alison keenan November 7, 2011 at 6:32 pm -  Reply

    Liz thank you! Yes I was pleased with the outfit too – particularly the hat! :) I’m getting more lovely photos from other people at the wedding and Lucy is going to put the less formal ones into an album of memories which is great :) Yes, back with Charlie tomorrow and two hours of some of my favourite jewellery – may have to buy something myself to mark the occasion! Keep in touch, love Ali xx

  179. alison keenan November 7, 2011 at 6:35 pm -  Reply

    Alpa, jury’s still out on the boot heel – I’m hoping to get a replacement pair of boots once the company have scrutinised the ones I’ve sent back!! :) I’m sorry you’re feeling tired at the moment – the early evenings don’t help I find, but I hope that perhaps once this cold grey spell is over, some winter sunshine will cheer you. Holding your hand too, and sending you my love, Ali x

  180. alison keenan November 7, 2011 at 6:40 pm -  Reply

    Janet I didn’t have much luck in finding a fire extinguisher, so will have to make do with a fan at the ready!!! :) Glad your kitchen is all coming together and that the most important piece of kit – the dishwasher is in! I’m sure though that your son will no doubt miss the food laden bookcase LOL! thank you for continually keeping in touch, and I would very much like that photo when you find one :) Take care, love Ali xx

  181. alison keenan November 7, 2011 at 6:42 pm -  Reply

    ……oh and thank you Alpa for reminding me of the Serenity Prayer – it is beautiful… and very wise. A xxx

  182. alison keenan November 7, 2011 at 6:47 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ellis, Here is the reading – I hope you like it :)
    I WILL BE HERE…..
    If in the morning when you wake,
    If the sun does not appear,
    I will be here
    If in the dark we lose sight of love,
    Hold my hand and have no fear,
    I will be here
    I will be here
    When you feel like being quiet,
    When you need to speak your mind I will listen,
    Through the winning, losing and trying we’ll be together,
    and I will be here
    If in the morning when you wake,
    The future is unclear,
    I will be here
    As sure as seasons were made for change,
    Our lifetimes were made for years,
    I will be here.
    I will be here
    And you can cry on my shoulder,
    When the mirror tells us we’re older,
    I will hold you, to watch you grow in beauty,
    And tell you all the things you are to me.
    We’ll be together, and I will be here.
    I will be true to the promises I’ve made to you,
    And I will be here.
    I hope you liked it…. made me cry again just typing it! Have a good week, love Ali xx

  183. alison keenan November 7, 2011 at 6:48 pm -  Reply

    Sue – thank you! I will have my buffing cloth to hand just incase though :) Lovely to know you’ll be the other side of the camera… it’s been a very long time, love Ali xxx

  184. Jill Dowding-Walker November 8, 2011 at 1:16 am -  Reply

    Oh wow Ali – you painted a wonderful portrait of the day, especially from a Mother’s perpective – we do adore our daughters, don’t we?
    I first saw my girl in an emergency internal scan at 7 weeks gestation and have called her Cashew ever since!
    I know how hard you and many others have prayed for you, including me and my family, so your reading of “I will be here…” was particularly apt and heartfelt!
    The pictures are beautiful and you looked wonderful! With your usual good humour I am glad you saw the funny side of the flying wig! I am so glad to hear you had fun and it was a fantastically emotional, satisfying and proud day for you – just as that should be! Your daughter looked stunning too and everyone looked so relaxed and happy! I am so thankful you generously shared this event!
    So having reduced me to tears again, I just wanted to drop a note to say thank you for that brilliant account of the day.
    Also to hear you are back on our QVC screens later today made me want to jump up and squeal in happiness and excitement! (I can’t cos I am disabled – but I WANTED to, LOL!!!) Wishing it all goes well. I’ll be watching and cheering you on! Jill x

  185. Ann MacDonald November 8, 2011 at 8:36 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, like so many others I can’t wait to see you back on telly tonight, I think it’ll be a Lola Rose BCC t-shirt night in your honour and that of the other members of Ali’s Army.
    By the way, Alpa thank you for posting the serenity prayer, it’s just what we need on good days as well as less good ones.
    Here’s to 7pm!
    Cheers

  186. Susan November 8, 2011 at 11:36 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Fished my way through ALL the comments to get to the end page AGAIN! Man there’s a lot! I hope you are well on your way to having a good old spot of lunch in prep for your show tonight!! It’s very exciting for US never mind YOU! I’m so pleased Lucy and Rich are getting to fly off to the USA next summer – that’s the bind of teachers’ hols isn’t it. I’m glad they got a few days on their own though in Cornwall too. Hope your fireworks were good!? You really do give us a lot to look forward to Ali – so I can’t imagine what you mean to your family and friends. Keep safe and love to Charlie.
    Love Susan x

  187. Christine Myles ( Mrs.) November 8, 2011 at 3:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,It is a magic day when you see your daughter getting married. Our daughter got married 11 years ago and we now have 3 fantastic grandchildren so you will have that to look forward to.
    Take care of yourself.This is the first time I have left a message. Love Christine.

  188. Sue Howard November 8, 2011 at 7:42 pm -  Reply

    Loved reading your latest blog ,It must have been an amazing day,
    You look beautiful Ali.
    I am watching you and Charlie on QVC presenting the lovely Diamonique at the moment,welcome back it so good to see you ,you look Stunning. Love From Sue H xxx

  189. Julie November 8, 2011 at 7:48 pm -  Reply

    Ali am writing this whilst watching your return to our screens. You look amazing,it’s like you’ve never been away.I too like the colour of your nail varnish-thats my colour.
    Will send you photo’s of a little girls party next week. Unfortunately she fell over yesterday and took a chunk out of her gum but as ever a little trooper.
    Look after yourself,speak soon
    Julie xx Byee from Lily xxx

  190. Lisa November 8, 2011 at 9:18 pm -  Reply

    Oh Ali, what a moving blog, I couldn’t help but shed a tear reading your account of your beautiful baby girl’s wedding day. “To love and be loved is all that really matters” how very true. It was my great pleasure to have a quick chat on air with you and Charlie tonight, as you made your long awaited return to QVC for the Diamonique show. I do not exaggerate when I say QVC has not been the same without you this year. I am a loyal viewer but there has always been a magic ingredient missing in your absence – like many thousands of other viewers I am so thrilled to see you back, as warm, fabulous, sparkling, elegant, funny, glamorous, gorgeous and self deprecating as ever! You are a very special lady (and that rare thing, a real girl’s girl!) Take very good care of yourself, stay strong and well, with much love, Lisa. PS Forgive me being a bore – I mentioned on air I loved your nail varnish tonight, you said it was OPI but you weren’t sure which one. I would love to know as it looked amazing on you and I’d love to wear it at Christmas! Thank you Ali. X

  191. SUE RADFORD November 9, 2011 at 12:55 am -  Reply

    Oh Ali,
    It was so nice to see you “on air” tonight – for someone who’s gone through so much – you still look great, and have not lost your lovely sense of humour. To coin your often used phrase – you really are “as rare as hen’s teeth” LOL! I know you still have a few bridges to cross but the worst is over now. Onwards and upwards we all march together.
    Love – Sue Radford xx

  192. Alpa November 9, 2011 at 2:05 am -  Reply

    Lovely Ali,
    Thank you for replying, you are a star:) And thank you for sharing the reading from Lucy’s wedding, such beautiful words which made me cry.
    The 2 hour diamonique spectacular last night was very special :) You looked so beautiful in your lace dress and you were radiant. Truly Ali, you are a beautiful girl and your inner beauty shines through. Fab nails as well and the colour of your nail varnish is one of my favourite :)
    I sent a text through last night, don’t think it got through, never mind! I was so chuffed to read all the lovely messages for you and Charlie, of course. I saw Charlie in a new light with you, a very kind and and caring man and I am so pleased that you were on with your giggling partner :)
    I have missed you so much on the Q, there is no one who comes close to you, Ali. It was a lovely 2 hours that passed all too quickly and I am very much looking forward to seeing you again.
    Helen, sorry to hear that Olivia is not well. I do hope she has been able to eat a little, poor thing. I hope that you are not too germified at present. Take care x
    Debz, did Ainzley at least share an arm of the slanket with you?! Sending you a hug and a stroke for Ainzley x
    Una, thinking of you my lovely and sending my love x
    Shauna, I do hope that things are a little better for you x
    Love to you all and to Susan, Gail, Magda, Marj and Angela x
    Ali, take care,
    Lots of love, Alpa xxxx

  193. angela white November 9, 2011 at 11:56 am -  Reply

    hi ali,you alright!? well what can isay u looked blooming lovely last night! so great to see you back on our screens i sent a text last night but think gremlins got to it or must have been so many wasnt time to show them all! so glad your back and so much to look forward to now i started my xmas shopping on monday and so relieved i have made a start! its so exciting isnt it!? i hope all of ali”s army are well. take care lovely ali im still trying to find a half decent photo! oh yes your right about doing things by the book for extension 1 mistake and it can be stopped until sorted we will just bide our time! yes thomas is truely a remarkable cat maybe he and ainsley should get together!!! love to you your family and ladies who blog xxx

  194. alison keenan November 9, 2011 at 12:07 pm -  Reply

    Jill thank you so much for your lovely comment – I called Jack ‘broadbean’ while I was carrying him for the very same reason :) You sound like one very brave and positive lady, and I am really touched by your response to the blog. So glad you liked the photos and it was my pleasure to share… I have to say typing the poem out made me cry too!! :) Please look after yourself, and thank you too for your prayers.. clearly they’ve worked :) Love Ali xxx

  195. alison keenan November 9, 2011 at 12:08 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Ann I hope you were comfy in your Lola Rose T shirt last night – I was just the right temperature thanks to Wendy behind the scenes working wonders with a fan!! Only one hot flush towards the end, so feel very relieved :) Have a great week, and thanks for writing, love Ali xx

  196. alison keenan November 9, 2011 at 12:23 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Susan, lovely to hear from you. Yes fireworks were fun and my hot dogs and chilli were devoured in record time! I’m very excited for Lucy and Richard too for their honeymoon – she and I had such a great time in New York when she was 21 I’m sure it’ll be brilliant :) Last night was great fun, and lovely to know that you were watching. Do keep in touch.. I’ll be posting a new blog at the end of the week, so you won’t have to wade so far! Love Ali xx

  197. alison keenan November 9, 2011 at 12:26 pm -  Reply

    Christine, I am very touched that you’ve chosen my blog to write to, and delighted that following your daughter’s wedding you now have three gorgeous grandchildren. I hope you get the chance to spend plenty of time with them all, and will have a wonderful Christmas. Do keep in touch, Love Ali xx

  198. alison keenan November 9, 2011 at 12:28 pm -  Reply

    Thank you Sue! Charlie chose the dress – I had a couple and couldn’t make my mind up, but I think he made the right choice :) Thanks too for all your kind comments about the wedding – it was, as I wrote, the perfect day. Have a good week, love Ali xx

  199. alison keenan November 9, 2011 at 12:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Julie, so sorry to hear that Lily had a fall, and I hope she’s over the worst now… so much blood from gums isn’t there! :/
    Glad you liked the show, it did feel as though I’d never been away in truth, and lovely to be with Charlie. Glad you liked the nail colour – amazing the job Colette did to cover the purple/black/green nails that lurk beneath :) Have a good week, love Ali x

  200. alison keenan November 9, 2011 at 12:44 pm -  Reply

    Lisa it was lovely to talk to you last night, and thank you very much for calling in :) The nail varnish is from OPI’s 8 piece Circus Diva collection but I’m going to pop up to our beauty department tomorrow to see if it comes singly for you. It’s got fab coverage as my nails underneath are still wonderful shades of purple/green and black! I hope you have a great week, and do keep in touch, love ali xx

  201. alison keenan November 9, 2011 at 12:45 pm -  Reply

    Wasn’t that funny that Charlie reminded me of that phrase! I don’t think I’ve used it since I was last at work! Thank you though for your context, and thanks too for keeping in touch – it’s always lovely to hear from you Sue. Enjoy the week and stay warm, love Ali x

  202. alison keenan November 9, 2011 at 12:49 pm -  Reply

    Alpa, thank you for writing, and also for your text. We actually had over 300 texts coming in and Gavin very kindly printed them all off for me so I had yours and Debz’s and Sue’s and so many others too – bless you. I did enjoy the two hours and I’m glad that you too saw the other side to the incredibly professional Mr. Brooke – he is a dear :) Lovely that you’re keeping up to date with all the girls, and continuing to make Ali’s Army a force to be reckoned with :) Much love, Ali xx

  203. Margaret rubery November 9, 2011 at 12:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,I’m so sorry you.v had such a crap year,I did.nt know,and have missed you on qvc,your speech was inspirational,and I’m sure helped a lot of people,your daughters wedding was lovely,and you looked beautiful,very pleased it all went well,look forward to seeing you on qvc,again,stay well,god bless ,and a very merry Christmas,and happy new year love marg xxxx

  204. Linda, Glasgow November 9, 2011 at 2:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    It was so lovely seeing you “on air” presenting the diamonique two hour show with Charlie B last night – i bought the tennis bracelet TSV and will always associate it with your first show back at QVCxx You looked effortlessly classy and beautiful,your hair,nails and makeup were perfect(please share with me the nail polish you were wearing – maybe LD Best Seller? – it was beautifully shimmery and a lovely shade of red). Looking forward to your next blog Ali – onwards and upwards ehxx Love Linda,Glasgowxx

  205. Mrs Janet Jones November 9, 2011 at 4:19 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, you did so well last night on your return to QVC. As you say it was like you had never been away what a pro!You looked absolutely stunning. I did send in a text but it didn’t get through, it was just to let you know I was holding your hand tightly on your ‘début’I did order the tsv diamonique tennis bracelet it looked like real diamonds, so looking forward to that arriving.You didn’t look like you needed a fire extinguisher last night for the hot flushes(lol).Hope you are having a rest day today ready for Thursday.
    Well must dash, I have a kitchen to finish!!!
    Sooo good to see you back, take good care Ali, speak soon love Janet xx

  206. Debz & Ainzley November 9, 2011 at 5:22 pm -  Reply

    Ali,
    You looked radiant last night with Charlie. It was worth missing Holby City to see you looking so happy and laughing again.
    The diamonique couldn’t possibly have sparkled any more than you did. Like Alpa, I tried to text but without success but enough people managed to get through to let you know how much you’d been missed and how beautiful you looked so I didn’t mind.
    Onwards and upwards now Ali and leave the last nine months behind. I am looking forward to “Deck The Halls” tomorrow. Rest assured Ainzley and I will be just the other side of the screen!
    Alpa, Ainzley must have listened to his new Auntie Alpa as he has finally let me use my own slanket! I’ve had to sacrifice my dressing gown mind you but, hey, it’s a start! I hope you are well my lovely. Sending you a hug and a special purr from Ainzley.
    Helen, sorry to hear your little one isn’t well. I do hope she gets well soon. Take care of yourself. A gentle hug coming your way my lovely.
    Love to Gail, Magda, Shauna, Marg and all the other Ali’s Army girls.
    Lots of love and licks
    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=) XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  207. Debz & Ainzley November 9, 2011 at 5:25 pm -  Reply

    Una my friend, I do hope that you are coping with all life seems to be throwing at you at the moment.
    You are in my thoughts my lovely and I am sending positive thoughts to you. We are all here for you and holding your hand.
    Take care lovely lady.
    Lots of extra love and licks
    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=)XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  208. alison keenan November 9, 2011 at 7:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Linda so glad you were with Charlie and I last night and that you also bought the TSV tennis bracelet, and that is a lovely association – thank you :) I managed to order mine for Lucy when I got home although I missed out on one for myself! Never mind eh :) The nail varnish is actually OPI’s ‘A Ruby for Rudolph’ – which means I may have misinformed Lisa! – and you’re right it’s a fab shade of red. Thank you for writing, and please do keep in touch, love ali xx

  209. alison keenan November 9, 2011 at 7:04 pm -  Reply

    Lisa, having advised you that the nail polish is part of the 8 piece Circus Diva range I’m a little unsure if that’s right, so I hope it helps to know that the colour is called “A ruby for Rudolph” – I hope you can find it :) Ali xx

  210. alison keenan November 9, 2011 at 7:08 pm -  Reply

    Oh thank you Janet, and I’m so glad you’ve ordered the bracelet it really is beautiful and look exactly like mine. I was very pleased to be able to get my order in for Lucy’s before it sold out! I’m hoping the fire extinguisher can be kept at bay as some of the studio’s are pretty cool, and the guys backstage are brilliant and very kind – they wouldn’t let me struggle I know :) So glad the kitchen’s coming along so well – it’ll be completed soon and then you can start putting all the things back! I did get your text last night as Gavin printed all 300 or so off for me, but I am just sorry I didn’t get to read it out on air… thank you though… I knew you were there :) Take care, and I’m hoping for the photo soon, love Ali xx

  211. Debbie Lyttle November 9, 2011 at 9:39 pm -  Reply

    My but you look stunning,i have prayed for your health to improve so you could really enjoy your daughters wedding, this i will continue to do.It was great to see you back on tuesday with charlie for the two hour show and look forward to seeing you during the next few weeks. YOU have inspired a lot of women and should be very proud of yourself .

  212. Eileen P. November 9, 2011 at 11:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, you looked fantastic last night, really enjoyed the show, as always yourself and Charlie work well together. I tried to text in last night just to say welcome back and comment on the show but my text didnt get through, never mind though you had some lovely messages and thats what counts. I typed a similar message for your blog last night but it shot off into cyberspace never to be seen again. That was most likely my fault I’m famous for doing two or three things at once so I may have pressed the wrong button. Will be looking out for you on Thursday. Take care and dont overdo things. Love. Eileen P .

  213. Jutta November 9, 2011 at 11:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi dear Ali, I must at long last comment again (only did so at the very beginning to wish you well) as I am SO VERY pleased and grateful that you are back at QVC – grateful mainly for YOUR sake. I missed you dearly; you’re my favourite QVC presenter and it was so good yesterday to see and hear you again as if you had never been away. I had followed your blogs; this last one is of course a delight to read – thank you for sharing this precious time with us out here.
    Keep up the good work, God bless. With love, Jutta xx

  214. Louise November 9, 2011 at 11:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I’ve got to admit, I’m not a diamonique girl, but I had to tune in to the hour last evening for your long awaited return to our screens. You were style personified; after all you have endured and you still looked beautiful and so well! Perhaps you felt a little tired after the show, but you certainly didn’t look it! I did send a text, but it didn’t get read out. I know you will be feeling so much better, and more confident don’t you think, for being back at work. I know I do. Not that we would do the jobs for nothing though! I was tempted by the tsv but, my wrists are so tiny, even the smaller length would be too large. Hope you got one for Lucy. Another range I have considered is the veronese line. I sometimes think I may be a bit of a jewellery snob, cos I do like my solid gold.
    Well, looking forward to your next time on air so, whatever the show I’ll be tuning in to watch you. Ali, be so proud of yourself and all you have achieved; it would have been such an easy option not to return to work, and we would all have understood if that is what you had chosen to do.
    Take care, and speak again soon.
    Louise.
    x.

  215. Pam Harrison November 10, 2011 at 12:50 am -  Reply

    What a wonderful day for you and your family :)
    I’m full of admiration for the courageous way you have fought this, and I’m sure your positive attitude has made a huge difference. You are truly inspirational, and I’m so happy for you that your treatment has gone so well,
    Pam xx

  216. helen s November 10, 2011 at 10:17 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali, fab to see you back and I loved your top. You look radiant, what do you use on your skin, your always glowing my lovely. Olivia has bounced back from her head cold and is back in school. We’ve spent the last few days making an igloo out of a rectangular box!! Mmm, square peg in a round hole springs to mind. After several attempts a somewhat ‘unique’ shaped igloo was formed and decorated, the inside is still work in progress!!!! I have to go and get twigs out of the garden later and make a pretend fire, of my the things you do for love. Of all the hudreds of pounds worth of toys, games and general plastic rubbish, this awesome igloo has provided much joy, i’m still trying to get rid of the glitter!
    Hope all my buddies are ok? Una, you alright? Debz I do hope that life is treating you ok and that all the friends that you have on Ali’s blog have made a difference, we really all do care about you and each other. Magda, Susan,Gail and of course my chum Alpa, hope you are coping?
    Right, never mind my ironing, or the floors need washing to rid them of their final shimmer of glitter, or 2 poppies to glitter (Olivia has taken a shine to the sparkly ones that the celebrities are wearing and ‘NEEDS’ glittery ones to wear to school tomorrow) or the fact that I forgot to defrost the meat to make a beef dinner with later, or the washing etc, etc, I MUST GO TWIG HUNTING.
    Ali, we are sooo lucky to have your blog, I hope that you don’t mind us all keeping in touch.
    Luv and hugs as always
    Helen s xxxx

  217. Pam November 10, 2011 at 3:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Just a quick line to say how brilliant you looked and well you did on your return shows.Saw the Xmas show,just as if you’d never been away!Xmas can commence now and we can reduce the amount of Kleenex and mascara used when reading your blogs!!I didn’t have chance to see all the Diamonique show but dipped in to check you were ok.I felt like mother hen!!Should have known you would be fine with Charlie as he’s a hoot.
    Loved your boots too!
    I know you love this time of year, it’s my favourite too.
    I guess this Christmas will be extra special for you,so lots of love and best wishes from me and my family to you and yours. Pam xx

  218. mrs chris burns November 10, 2011 at 11:46 pm -  Reply

    I have just read about your daughters wedding. I know how important it was for you to be there. Its not often that prayers get answered, but you have had a lot of us from the QVC family rooting for you, it just had to happen.
    It has been great to have you back on air, I have always enjoyed any show that you have presented.
    So what is your next goal?

  219. julie November 11, 2011 at 7:26 pm -  Reply

    Just perfect and so special.

  220. alison keenan November 11, 2011 at 10:02 pm -  Reply

    Debbie that is a lovely thing to say and I thank you for it and for your prayers. I hope that you continue to keep in touch :) Love Ali xx

  221. alison keenan November 11, 2011 at 10:04 pm -  Reply

    Oh Eileen I do thank you for having made the effort to text and to type a comment, and understand your frustruation at losing the latter! I did get your text – it was printed out for me – I’m only sorry we didn’t have time to read it out on air, but it made a great deal. I’m glad you enjoyed the show with Charlie and I – I certainly did :) Have a good week, love Ali x

  222. alison keenan November 11, 2011 at 10:08 pm -  Reply

    dear Jutta it’s been my absolute pleasure to keep in touch with you over these last nine months, and I am glad that you’ve enjoyed reading the blogs :) It is lovely to be back at work, and it feels very much like I’ve not been away – exactly as you say. Thank you for writing, love Ali x

  223. alison keenan November 11, 2011 at 10:17 pm -  Reply

    Hello Louise, thank you for your text and I’m only sorry I didn’t have time to read it out – I did however get a printout of ALL the texts and so thank you very much. Yes I did manage to order Lucy’s bracelet, and according to my e mail message it should be arriving tomorrow! I’m sorry that even the 19cms was too big for you – what lovely dainty hands and wrists you must have. thank you for the kind comments too – I did feel very tired by the time I got home, but I think it was more to do with the long drive than work! Being with Charlie was an absolute pleasure and the gentlest way to ease myself back into the swing of things.. he is a lovely man :) I hope you caught the Veronese show on Thursday – I don’t think you’re a snob at all with your love of solid gold. I love it too, just can’t afford it!! :) Have a great week, love Ali x

  224. alison keenan November 11, 2011 at 10:19 pm -  Reply

    Pam it was a wonderful day and thank you for taking the time out to write to me and for your kind words. I’m just so glad to be on the home run now, and being back at work is helping hugely too. I do hope all is good with you and yours, love Ali xx

  225. alison keenan November 11, 2011 at 10:31 pm -  Reply

    Helen bless you, I am DELIGHTED that you enjoy the blog and that we can all keep in touch with each other. Delighted too that Olivia is better and I envy you the time you are spending together building your Igloo :) I found photographs of Jack and I building a heffalump trap in the woods some 10 years ago… such fab memories :) My top was actually a rather lovely short dress – glad you liked it. My skin was glowing thanks to Bare Escentuals and also a hot flush, but thanks for the compliments :)! Love and hugs to you too my love, ali xx

  226. alison keenan November 11, 2011 at 10:38 pm -  Reply

    Bless you for your ‘mother hen’ concern Pam – it is much appreciated :) So glad you liked my boots – the company sent me a new pair after the heel came off the last one! Delighted! You’re right about Christmas this year – special every year, but this year definitely more so. I wish you and your family the best of times this Christmas, and thank you for writing and keeping in touch. With my love, Ali xx

  227. alison keenan November 11, 2011 at 10:43 pm -  Reply

    Chris thank you for yours and everyone else’s prayers – they have most definitely been answered Lucy’s wedding was spectacular and coming back to work, the icing on the cake. My next goal? The BCC Carol Concert on the 5th December, next week’s shows and Christmas. I hope you and yours are well, love Ali xx

  228. alison keenan November 11, 2011 at 10:54 pm -  Reply

    Angela Y’am awright?? :) I did have your text and thank you for it, just didn’t get a chance to read it out, but I had a print out so read it once the show was finished – bless you :) Bide your time with the extension I’m sure they’ll come to a decision prior to Christmas :) I think thomas and Ainzley would get on famously!!! I hope you and your Steve have a lovely Christmas too, love Ali xx

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