The run up to Christmas and all that snow


The view from Ali's bedroom window Well thanks so much for all your advice and tips on creating the best roasties for the great day – beef fat came in just a fraction above goose fat, although having read your descriptions I'm tempted to do half and half! Less than a week to go!!! Woo hoo :)

I'm sitting in bed writing this, looking through my window at the sheep in the snow because as you may have ascertained from some of my replies, I was struck down with another bloomin' ailment – a chronic chest infection.

This, in spite of my best efforts, made it impossible for me to get on air with the irrepresible Dennis Basso last Thursday. However, it left him with the ever capable Dale, who sailed through the hour as though faux sherling was his middle name!!! Bless him :)

More sheep! I managed to get home where Sam and Ruth met me and drove me to a local drop-in health centre. I didn't even know such things existed, but the doctor was very kind (although I would truly have appreciated him warming his stethoscope first) and having listened to my crackling chest, he wrote a prescription for some of the largest tablets I've ever seen! I'll finish taking them on Christmas Eve, so should be thoroughly cleansed of all living germs by then :)

Of course, all this pales into insignificance when it comes to the snow! Poor Lucy and Rich decided at midday on Saturday to abandon their engagement party as it would have been a physical impossibility for ANYONE to have got to the village hall where it was being held. Some of the guests were trying to get down from the Midlands and Northumbria, so we shall have to reorganise it for the Spring. 

So disappointing for them both, and me too if I'm honest, but it was the only option… Of course the venue is one thing, the EXTRAORDINARY amount of perishable food is another… suffice to say with the help of Sam's off road vehicle, we were able to make it over to Lucy and start making inroads into her party pastries!! 

I think I ate my entire body weight in cheese pin wheels, cheese patties and mini quiches!! We're hoping to keep some of it for Christmas, but sadly most will be wasted… Such a disappointment, but not worth the risk having seen the snow on the news!

However, as I did point out to Lucy, who was putting on a very realistic brave face with the help of some mulled wine, it could have been worse… it could have been last weekend!! We wouldn't have had any chance of making it to Cornwall for the taster weekend if the snow had come then. But it didn't, and last Saturday morning saw me getting on a train at Clapham Junction to Pinhoe near Exeter to meet up with Lucy, Rich and Mel who were driving…

As you know I'd been laid up in bed most of the week prior with some flu thing, but was mercifully a lot better by then, and so was somewhat offended when meeting up with the guys to see that the car seats had plastic on them, and there was a loo roll unceremoniously sitting on the parcel shelf!! 

I began to explain to Lucy that incontinence was not one of my symptoms, but it transpired that Rich had taken the car to be valeted and the seats were still damp, and that the loo roll was for Mel who had a streaming nose!! :) Oh how we laughed, well wheezed in my instance, all the way from Exeter to the Barns. Just stupid things really – like trying to play I Spy in the dark!!

When we arrived, I could see even in the night sky why this place had been chosen… it's beautiful. A large collection of completely renovated barns that will sleep up to eight people each, and will cater for the entire wedding party. The barn we were staying in for the night is the one that the actual ceremony will take place in, and the rooms were amazing.

We met up with Rich's parents there, and they were equally enthusiastic about the accommodation and the choice. Having done a tour, we all sat down to a marvellous mix of starters and main courses, so we could all decide on the menu for the day. Talk about spoilt for choice! Overwhelming agreement was for the local specialities and really innovative side dishes, so all was good. Couldn't manage the desserts, but chocolate, fruit and cheese have all been included!

View from Lucy's chosen wedding venue.jpg We all slept fitfully in our exceptionally comfortable beds, and the following morning the sun shone giving us all a perfect opportunity to admire the spectacular views that surround the venue… such a beautiful part of our country :) I promised Lucy that I wouldn't post any photos of the barns, but thought you may like to see what we could see from them… stunning eh?!

Having polished off a bacon and egg breakfast in the vast kitchen, we all piled into our respective cars and headed off down the A30 in bright sunshine. Next time I visit it will be October 2011, and my daughter will be about to become Richards's wife… can't wait :)

I hope so much that you will be feeling well, and that the snow won't have scuppered your plans for Christmas. I send you my love and every happiness, whether you are with those you love, or having to miss being with them… for whatever reason. 

THANK YOU ALL for your lovely comments this year – you make my Blog such fun to write :) Happy Christmas!!

I have to say the thought of a warm summer is quite ludicrous as I sit in my bed looking out of my window at the sheep out on the hill in all this snow. These are the views up my little road – fingers crossed I can make it to work for Tuesday… think I may need skiis!! :) 

Take good care, stay warm and keep in touch.  Much love, Ali xxxx


  1. Susan December 20, 2010 at 3:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    That’s a fabulous blog! I am so sorry to hear that the party was cancelled but think it was a safe decision. I’m sure you’re all gutted as you say though – especially about the food! On the up side I’m really glad you had a fab time in Cornwall and that you all love the venue! Sounds and looks like it will be idyllic. I just love the thought of your cosy cottage I have to say again. Sounds right up my street! I’m soo fed up with all this snow too – we have had the worst in a long time here (not so green Ireland!). Really hope ir goes soon but I think we’re due more on Wed!! Good grief! We could do with Sam’s 4*4!! Have yourself a lovely and cosy little Christmas and I look forward to your usual hilarity in 2011!!
    Susan x

  2. Elaine Sallis December 20, 2010 at 4:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    So sorry to hear you are unwell. You have had a rough few weeks hope things will soon be better. What a lovely wedding you have to look forward to. Adam my son is getting married in May and Jodie my daughter in May 2012 so we have two to look forward to will need to work hard to get in shape after christmas. My husband is a firefighter so is on duty most of christmas, my daughter has just moved into her first house and is cooking dinner on Christmas day. The first time in 31 years of marriage I have not cooked! My husband will be cooking breakfast at a homeless shelter and then we will go to my daughters, after we have seen Poppy for her first Christmas of course. I wish you and your family a very happy Christmas and hope you will be feeling better soon.

  3. Una December 20, 2010 at 6:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    So sorry that you had to abandon the plans for the party. Very wise though, safety first. Much better to wait, and by that time, you will be in full health again, and raring to go.
    The wedding venue sounds amazing. It will be they “big day” in absolutely no time. We will all be waiting to hear about the plans as the year goes on.
    You stay cosy, and hope you get back to full health very soon.
    My love and good wishes to you and your lovely family
    Una xx

  4. Martin forbes December 20, 2010 at 7:23 pm -  Reply

    merry xmas to you alison and happy new year to you and thanks for the xmas card.
    Hope you got mine.

  5. debi stubbs December 20, 2010 at 7:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    So sorry that you had to cancel the party that pesky snow its affecting everything, it seems everywhere i look that people are coughing wheezing and spluttering i thought i’d missed it having had my daughter Katie off for the last week of term, but i have had a tickle in my throat for the last couple of days, it started on Saturday after my Christmas do we went to a restaurant in my home town Baldock called Zeus(Greek), i think everyone in the town goes there at Christmas had a brill night and then last night hubbie and I went to see Simply Red all ican say is WOW what a voice we drove in the end i didn’t trust the trains although simply Red is not hubbie’s thing he even got up and had a little wiggle of a dance, the sights i have never seen Canary walf, hubbie pointed out the Olympic Stadium, he spends a lot of time there, he is a Chief Inspector in the Police Force and he is dealing with security to do with the Olympic.
    I hope you feel better soon.
    I have enjoyed reading your blogs through the year they fill me with such warmth and long may they continue.
    I shall retire to bed now with a lempsip, hope you have a great Christmas and a Happy new year
    Speak soon.
    Debi x

  6. Magda Chetty December 20, 2010 at 7:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Thank you for great blogs all year long, you are a star who always put a simle on my face. Iam reading this also in bed, last Saturday I was rushed to hospital with a mad heart beat, but told that it was due to the fact that I have a very bad case of Reflux, now home but told no Christmas food for me, no Chocolate and so on, I feel a bit better now, but had to cancel the hotel we booked for Christmas as we have been married this week for 25 years. Never mind, like I told Sam the health is more important, and like Lucy will do it later.
    Hope you feel better soon, and have a fab Christmas with your great family. All the best for 2011 and sooooooooo look forward to more of your blogs in the new year.
    By the way Cornwall looks great, Iam coming to visit a friend there next year, so I hope to come to QVC and see you too.
    Much love.

  7. Janice reeves December 20, 2010 at 8:20 pm -  Reply

    Hello Alison, So sorry to hear you are unwell, chest infections are nasty things and you have already had the flu, your blog is always so lovely to read, and you have such a way with words I think you shoould get together with Debbie Flint and write a book,I always like your shows on QVC anyway get well soon, in time for Christmas and hope the roast potatoes turn out well whichever way you decide to cook them, take care of yourself Happy Christmas Janice.

  8. Joanna Downey December 20, 2010 at 11:17 pm -  Reply

    Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays Alison to you and yours, your blogs have been one of the highlights of 2010 for me, you make me laugh and cry and I’m delighted to be one of your band of weekly followers. Because I love this time of year so much I start my Christmas preparations on 1st September and I’ve often bought several gifts already by that date. “See it, get it or you’ll regret it” I was told by an annoying person many years ago, so I do, never thinking I would end up just as irritating! However, this weather has prevented us having a few days in York and may mean our older daughter not travelling home for the holidays as she isn’t the most confident driver and will have to deal with lots of hills before she even reaches the M5. So even the most organised plans can go wrong. With that in mind it must have been a real disappointment to cancel Lucy’s party but your taster weekend sounded glorious and the weddding will be stunning in that lovely county with all her autumal splendour. Love Jo in snowy Stourbridge x

  9. Colette Jones December 21, 2010 at 9:48 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    Firstly, sorry to hear that you are unwell with a chest infection – they are very nasty indeed. I hope that you will make a speedy recovery and be able to enjoy Christmas with your family in your cosy cottage. It has been lovely to read about Lucy and Richard’s engagement, it’s a shame the weather got in the way of this celebration, I know how much everyone was looking forward to it. The venue for the wedding sounds absolutely beautiful and perfect for them, I’m glad you were able to make it to Cornwall. I too am suffering at the moment, I have a very gruff voice, I too sound more male than female. I certainly won’t be singing my head off at the Bootleg Beatles Christmas Concert tonight! Anyway that won’t stop me from getting up and dancing the night away and declaring my undying love for the Bootleg George Harrison. No doubt my two sons Jordan (12) and Ross (9), both Beatles fans on a massive scale, will be cowering in their seats and trying desparately to look as though the mad 42 year old woman is not their Mum! Anyway Ali, I must go, hubby Steve has just woken up, he’s suffering with a dreadful cold, pretty certain he has a chest infection too, so I will drag him of to the doctors for a check-up. I hope that your Christmas is everything you wish for. I send you lots of love and best wishes for 2011.
    Take Care and Lots of Love
    Colette xx
    PS received my QVC Christmas Card – absoultely fab – loved it!!

  10. Sandra Gray December 21, 2010 at 10:28 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Merry Christmas & Happy 2011 , what a lovley lady you are !
    Keep well & God Bless
    Sandra xx

  11. Mrs Janet Jones December 21, 2010 at 1:23 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, sorry to hear you are still not feeling too well,hopefully with the antibiotics you will be feeling much better for Christmas. I must be posting my replys too late as you have missed the last 2, but I totally understand as you have either been very busy or unwell. What a shame Lucy had to cancel the party, but at least you got to Cornwall(which sounds beautiful).I have my son home now until the 29th, so we are hopefully going to enjoy a quiet Christmas together and I will be able to taste my Christmas dinner (chemo robs you of your taste).I will appreciate time with my family more than ever.
    Enjoy your Christmas Ali in your new cottage with your family around you, and look forward to more of your blogs in the New Year.Take care speak sonn Love Janet xx

  12. mary morphy December 21, 2010 at 4:42 pm -  Reply

    Hello again Alison, I hope that you are feeling much better by now and the antibiotics have kicked in. Thankfully I have now finished my 10 day course for bronchitis and am able to breathe reasonably well at the moment. Sorry to hear the party was cancelled but best to be safe than sorry and I am sure all the guests were secretly dreading the journey. I managed my shopping trip to Canterbury but left in the nick of time as due to a sudden heavy downfall of snow all roads out of canterbury were impassable two hours after we left. For our neck of the woods ( I live a couple of miles away from Margate) we had another good frosting of about 6 inches so the kids were delighted. Gary the snowman is just about standing although looks like he has been at the mulled wine and I fear that with all the thawing going on, he will sadly lose his head in the next hour! I hope that now you are feeling better your run up to Xmas is undeterrred. Unfortunately, both my kids are unwell with spew and pooh and I had to cut short a long planned lunch with a very dear friend because of a very descriptive phone call from my daughter sayning Jack (her brother) thought he was dying!! I probably should not have gone but they were both ok ish this morning I feel awful…needless to say my scampi and chips did not have the same appeal and I am now typing tghis with a bowl of home-made leek, potato and ham soup!!!. Wishing you and your family and wonderful festive season and good wishes for an exiting 2011. Love Mary

  13. Dorothy December 21, 2010 at 5:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    Sorry to hear you are feeling under the weather, you have had a rough time of it lately. Hope you get pulled together for the big day only four days to go.You can still make us laugh even from your sick bed,love reading your (BLOGS)will look forward to next years.Hope you have a great christmas and all the best for 2011 hope its better than this year.
    Love best wishes to all the family.
    Love Dorothy xxxx

  14. Steven December 21, 2010 at 6:44 pm -  Reply

    Sorry to hear you are not well Ali. The snow is really getting everyone down. At least Christmas is around the corner. You will just need to have a few sherrys and that will make you feel better!
    Hope you get better soon and you and yours have a wonderful Christmas and best wishes for 2011
    Much Love
    Steven xx

  15. Gail December 21, 2010 at 9:11 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, thank YOU for keeping in touch with us all in your lovely warm manner. It is always nice hearing from you. Your cottage does sound very cosy and in a lovely location. The log burner must be very inviting this time of year. Yep, I think you might be right re wearing skis to work. If I pass a lady skiing down the M1 I’ll give a hoot and a wave as I know it will be you!! Such a shame about having to cancel the engagement party; I can imagine it was very disappointing for you all. Pity you couldn’t have had a little neighbourly housewarming to use up some of the food, or any pastries left I’m sure the birds would love. It costs me a fortune feeding the birds and foxes, but I love every minute of it. I have a colony of sparrows living in what I call a ‘free aviary’, something I made myself, and I can view them through my kitchen window – wonderful. They feed about one foot away from my window; it worries my terribly what will happen to them if I move. I’ve been doing a Del Boy lately, ducking and diving everyone’s coughs and sneezing and so far, so good. The wedding venue sounds and looks fantastic and so glad you all made the journey safely; you only just missed the snow. Imagine being stranded in Cornwall – can’t make up my mind whether that would be a good thing or a bad thing. Don’t worry about the Christmas spuds too much; after a couple of glasses of wine you won’t know, or care what they are cooked in. Hope Sam is feeling a lot better now that all that stress has been lifted; I bet he is.
    Anyway Ali, Happy Christmas to you and your family and may the New Year be a healthy and happy one for all of you. I would also like to wish all the other people who answer your blog a Happy Christmas too.
    Much love, Gail xxx

  16. Gail December 22, 2010 at 5:31 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, thought I must make it clear re my sparrows in case I didn’t, as usual, make myself clear. The sparrows are completely FREE, no cages or anything keeping them in (perish the thought). I grew a big bush up against a wall of honeysuckle and ivy and hung about 10 fat ball containers at random (just outside my kitchen window). The sparrows live in the bush and feed all day. The Robins who are now feeding actually look into my kitchen window, which is lovely. I wanted to make it clear just in case any of the readers thought I was keeping wild sparrows in captivity. No, they are free to leave at any time but they are very clever. Well, would you leave the Savoy if you didn’t have to? They have been with me for about 5 years now. They are very fat and there’s at least 20 of them. Every thing is welcome in my garden. I have a sign over my house saying “Gail’s Cafe” that only animals can see – lovely. Take care and hope you are back on track re your health. Hope you don’t mind me asking Ali, but when you ladies do the Midnight to two o’clock hours do you get driven home? (I’m sure I can hear you laughing at me). Surely you don’t have to make your way home at that time of night, or morning I should say. I think you are driven home courtesy of QVC, but my husband thinks I’m the born optimist. xx

  17. Rhona Fenton December 22, 2010 at 9:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, sorry to hear you have not been feeling well hope you get better soon:) love the pictures but no mater where you look just now it’s white out every window, but it does look lovely where Lucy is having her wedding not long now eh? Alison I have sent you an email with exciting news of our own what did I tell you after Lucy’s engagement just wait till you read our news!!
    Hope you are better soon in time for the holiday’s, have a fantastic time, merry christmas and all the very best for a Happy new year and exciting new year for mother of the brides you read right I said brides, love to you all Rhona xx

  18. alison keenan December 23, 2010 at 9:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Susan, I’m sure you would love the little cottage, although it’s really been pushed to the limits staying warm with only single skin walls!! We still have mighty snow here, so will definitely be having a white christmas this year – hope the kids will make a snow man in my not so small back garden!! I saw Dublin airport on the news and it looked pretty bad there too, so I hope that you won’t have your Christmas plans curtailed, and you weren’t landed with any more snow on Weds, and will enjoy the time together. Happy New YEar!!! Love Ali xx

  19. alison keenan December 23, 2010 at 10:04 pm -  Reply

    Elaine, thank you for your good wishes, and I’m happy to say I feel much better now. It sounds as though you have a very busy Christmas planned, and how nice that you will be cooked for this year! Wonderful too that as a family you share your time – I’m sure all those homeless souls who get a lovely cooked breakfast on Christmas morning will be incredibly grateful. Enjoy your time with Poppy too, and a very happy new year to you all, love Ali xx

  20. alison keenan December 23, 2010 at 10:06 pm -  Reply

    Una, thank you for your kind words and wishes, and for keeping in touch throughout the year, as so many of you have :) I love hearing from you, and hope that you and yours have a wonderful Christmas, packed full of all the things you love, and that 2011 will bring you more of the same, Love Ali xx

  21. alison keenan December 23, 2010 at 10:09 pm -  Reply

    Martin, glad you got the card, and thanks for yours – it is on my windowsill along with several others that were sent to me. I hope you have a very happy Christmas, love Ali xx

  22. alison keenan December 23, 2010 at 10:14 pm -  Reply

    Dear Debi, so glad that the lurgy didn’t strike you down, and render you incapable of your meal out or Simply Red. I used to play their album – Fairground – all the time. So glad you got a guided tour with your hubbie, who clearly knows his way around town :) I hope that Katie is truly better and that your tickle disappears after a lempsip or two. So glad you enjoy the blogs,and thanks for keeping them interesting with your added comments. Have a wonderful Christmas with the family and Happy New YEar, love Ali xx

  23. alison keenan December 23, 2010 at 10:24 pm -  Reply

    Magda I am SO sorry to hear that you’ve been unwell, and that consequently you won’t be able to enjoy Christmas in the usual way. Worse still that you had to abandon your anniversary plans – definitely put that on hold but only for now…. well worth making something of all those years together :) I hope very much that if you are able to make the trip to Cornwall, you will find time to come back to QVC, and that I won’t be working but will be able to meet up with you. Sam is doing well and has been a godsend to me in all this snow, driving me to and from places and shopping for me while I was ill. You take care, and have a lovely Christmas – stay well, and here’s to a healthy 2011 :) Love ali xxx

  24. alison keenan December 23, 2010 at 10:27 pm -  Reply

    Janice, thank you for saying such lovely things :) I had a lovely time with Debbie flint one evening just recently, and we seem to have a fair bit in common, including our love of writing, so watch this space!! We’ve opted for Goose fat after all that, as i couldn’t get the beef dripping!! I hope that you and your family have a wonderful Christmas, and every happiness to you in the New Year, love Ali xx

  25. alison keenan December 23, 2010 at 10:34 pm -  Reply

    Firstly Jo, very many thanks for your kind wishes – I’m feeling much better now. I do so hope that with the promised warmer temperatures, your daughter may feel brave enough to stay on the main roads and get home to your for Christmas. I admire you hugely for being so organised re Christmas – Lucy starts in the summer!! This year was great ordering online, but some companies have had real problems with their deliveries, so I am to date still waiting for the last parcel to arrive… everything crossed. I think Lucy’s got over the party disappointment, and so no doubt we will be pencilling a date for the spring asap. I hope that you will have a lovely time, with all your family around you, and please do keep in touch in the New Year = it’s lovely to have a little insight into your life too, Love Ali xx

  26. alison keenan December 23, 2010 at 10:39 pm -  Reply

    Colette, go girl!!! Sounds like your going to have a ball – I saw the Bootleg Beatles once and they were superb! Have also seen Abba and The Bee Gees sort of look alike bands, and they were great too. I think your sons will be so taken in by it all they won’t notice you bopping away :) Do hope Steve didn’t have a chest infection, and that you’ll all be in good health for Christmas Day. Lovely to hear from you, and Happy New Year, love Ali x

  27. alison keenan December 23, 2010 at 10:40 pm -  Reply

    Oh and glad you liked the card Colette – we had a hoot having the photos taken! A x

  28. alison keenan December 23, 2010 at 10:42 pm -  Reply

    Sandra, thank you so much, and the same to you.. Lovely to hear from you and every happiness for Christmas and the New Year, love Ali xx

  29. alison keenan December 23, 2010 at 10:46 pm -  Reply

    Oh Gosh Janet, I will go back and re-read the blogs, as I hate not to reply. Wonderful that your boy is back home with you, and I hope very much that now your treatment has finished that you will have your sense of taste back, which will make Christmas that much more enjoyable for you. Thank you for your kind words. I do feel much better now, and am all but ready for the big day. Sending you love and hoping that 2011 will see you 100% better, Ali xx

  30. alison keenan December 23, 2010 at 10:53 pm -  Reply

    Mary, you did make me smile with your description of your two, calling you to let you know just how ill they were!! I know that sense of guilt too… I hope though that you can re arrange a nice lunch with your friend soon in the New Year. I thought I’d fared badly with my 7 day course of Horse tablets – clearly not as poorly as you! So glad you’ve shaken off the bronchitis prior to the Big Day, and hope that you are able to breathe and eat in equal proportion :) Happy New Year to you and yours and I look forward to hearing more from you then, Love Ali xx

  31. alison keenan December 23, 2010 at 10:57 pm -  Reply

    Dear Dorothy, thank you as always for writing, and I’m delighted to tell you that I am feeling so much better, and almost ready for Christmas Day. I hope too that 2011 will be a good year for you, Davy and Laura, and that it brings all that makes you happy. Here’s hoping I can still make you laugh next year :) Love Ali xx

  32. alison keenan December 23, 2010 at 11:00 pm -  Reply

    Steven I’m liking your suggestion of a few sherries, and am certain that will help me complete my recovery :) I think you’ve possibly had the worst of the snow where you are, but hope that it won’t stop you from having a fab Christmas. Happy New Year to you, love Ali xx

  33. alison keenan December 23, 2010 at 11:09 pm -  Reply

    Gail, thanks so much for your lovely chatty reply. Haven’t had to resort to the skis yet, but regret not having been able to get out on a sledge :) I LOVE the sound of your aviary, and thanks too for clarifying exactly what it is. No wonder you have so many animals visiting your garden… especially with your welcome sign out there :) Altho Cornwall was lovely, I don’t think I’d have liked being stranded there and away from Sam and Jack – this way we can all be together, but you’re right about it being a beautiful venue, and I know it’s going to be a beautiful wedding :)Sam is in great form, and has been a huge help to me while I’ve not been well, and it’s been great seeing that little bit more of him too. Oh, and that soft chuckle you can hear in my ear is me….. we all drive ourselves home after the late shift, although during the dreadful weather we were all given the option of staying over in a hotel which was kind. Your husband is clearly correct about you being an optimist, which is a far better thing to be than a pessimist, in my book. Gail, I’m so glad that you enjoy the blog, and I have to thank you again for regularly contributing – I think we all know each other a little better now. Here’s to a happy and healthy 2011, love Ali xx

  34. alison keenan December 23, 2010 at 11:10 pm -  Reply

    Oh and Gail, continue to duck and dive, and long may you avoid all the germs!!! Love Ali xx

  35. alison keenan December 23, 2010 at 11:13 pm -  Reply

    Rhona, that has to be the BEST news :) So thrilled for you and your Alison, just a perfect way to end the year. She sounds almost as organised as my Lucy – infact maybe even more so! I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and then you have even less time to wait for the big day. Love to you all, and thanks as always for keeping in touch, Ali xxx

  36. Steven December 24, 2010 at 7:15 pm -  Reply

    Have a lovely Christmas Ali and thanks once again for your reply. The snow is going slowly and you are right it has been a nightmare!
    Much love xxx

  37. Susan December 30, 2010 at 5:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I just wanted to say I hope you all managed to have a lovely Christmas and are much better than you were prior to the big day? I can’t believe how many bugs are around this year. Let’s hope they all scoot soon! Can’t wait for your New Year blog!
    Susan x

  38. alison keenan December 30, 2010 at 6:50 pm -  Reply

    Steven, Christmas was great thank you, but the snow literally has been with us until yesterday. It was very pretty on Christmas day when I didn’t need to go anywhere!! Happy new year to you, and thanks for all your comments this year, love Ali xx

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