Outside Richard Ward after they worked their magic

An update plus a fab Diamonique competition!

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I have given in and put the heating on, after sitting at my desk in my coat for the last hour, watching the rain lash down, and the wind whip around my snowdrops and hellebore! February really has been a month of extremes hasn’t it?! Luckily the beautiful roses Colin gave to me for Valentines (pictured below) are still looking gorgeous : )

Snowdrops

Valentine's Day roses

Of course I’ve had more time than usual to notice the elements, having been away from you for over a fortnight, but I’m delighted to say that I will be back this Thursday at 9pm with my regular Diamonique show, and have a stunning pair of earrings from the range to give as a prize in my brand new Seasonal Sound competition! More on that later : )

Firstly, and as always, I am SO grateful to you for keeping in touch, cheering me up, supporting me, and making me feel tremendously loved and humbled all at the same time! You’ve also been very kind and thoughtful with your encouraging suggestions of how to move on with things, and I truly appreciate this. I think I’m up to speed with all my replies, but just in case I’ve missed you, or you’ve not had a chance to read through them all, here’s where I am now…

Luckily this time, I’ve healed well, and the incisions below and across my chest are comfortable enough for me to wear my Vercella Vita shapewear again. My surgeon had suggested we try an expander implant but emphasised how important it was for me to allow my body to rest and heal completely. As Lucy’s baby is due at the end of April, and the wedding is at the end of June, and I need to be as well as I can be for both, a timeframe for this procedure was imperative.

I talked it through with Mr. Wilson, and we calculated that if it went according to plan, I’d need a straight 10 weeks allowing for regular hospital visits and recovery time! I want to be able to hold my grandchild and be there for Lucy as a mum should be, and I’d also like to look and feel as good as I can on my wedding day, so there really is no choice… I will have to leave things be for now… Not the easiest decision I’ve ever had to make, but the right one, and thank you so much for being instrumental in helping me to make it : )

It was my mum and my sister Jenny, who came to my rescue when I was floundering over where to buy a prosthesis and what kind I’d need. I had thought I’d be able to get away with padded bras, but as I have nothing there now but my ribs and a dent where the tumour was, normal bras are uncomfortable. Ever since mum had her mastectomy, Jenny has been an enormous help, and is very well versed on the vagaries of a prosthesis!

Having  accompanied mum on countless shopping trips,  she gave me invaluable advice, and we even had a go with mum’s prosthesis to see what it would look like. There were a few tears, but like most things in life, once you take away the mystery, it’s not as scary : ) The NHS provide prostheses to all women who have had a  mastectomy, but my reluctance to look into the whole business, meant I hadn’t allowed enough time before returning to work to order one! So armed with several of my sister’s bras, mum took me to her local supplier. Amazingly the first one I tried was a perfect fit, and I got 20% off! I am now the proud owner of a ‘boob in a box’, and just need to buy the special bras with pockets to put it in. Strange what you can get used to eh?

With mum

I had a lovely stay with mum – she always feeds me up – and this time she made one of my all time favourite meals – smoked haddock with spinach and poached eggs! There’ll be time to spoil her too this year, as it’s five years since she was diagnosed! She has her regular mammogram in March and then a bone scan in May, but apart from her ongoing issues with lymphodema and a rather sore knee, she is in very good health, and looks a great deal younger than her years.  It’s hard to believe she will be 80 in July, which in itself is a monumental milestone, and Jenny and I are planning something suitably celebratory to mark the occasion : ) the pic of us with my mum above, is from a few years ago…

Colin and I spent Sunday with Lucy, Simon, so that we would be there for the 4D scan of their baby. I can’t begin to tell you how incredibly exciting it was to see this dear little soul in such detail, looking just perfect! I was quite overwhelmed.  Simon’s two youngest boys George and Henry came with us, and asked casually if the baby would be born at Easter? They were very relieved to learn it would be later, so they wouldn’t have to share their Easter eggs bless them : ) Lucy is finishing work in the next few weeks, and has asked if she could hold her baby shower here, at our house, in April. As I’ve never been to one, I’m a little clueless as to what’s needed, so am very grateful to her best friend Mel (who’s having her first baby mid March!) for organizing the event. I’ll make sure we have balloons, food and soft drinks and a few glasses of fizz – oh and I’ll take plenty of photos for you – can’t wait! : )

Before I finish the blog with details of our fab competition, I wanted to ask for your help…  My dear friend Bryony has taken on a monumental challenge to raise money for not one, but six hospices!  Bry was my editor on this blog for many years, and she also ran the London marathon the year after I was diagnosed, to raise money for Breast Cancer Care. In two weeks time, over a five day period she will run four marathons and cycle over 120 miles in a circuit that links the six different hospices, and includes Mount Vernon which is my cancer centre. To lesser mortals it would be impossible, but she is superhuman, brave and very determined, and I think what she is doing is quite frankly incredible.  Many of my friends and family who have passed, spent their final days being cared for by the incredible staff who run these havens entirely on charitable donations. Here is the link to her JustGiving page, and anything you could do to help would be so very much appreciated.  http://h2h6.co.uk/

Finally, and as promised, our Seasonal Sound competition! As we are still in February, I’ve recorded something that is particularly pertinent to this month.  I’m not saying you wouldn’t hear it at other times of the year, but I hope you have fun guessing : ) Just listen to it below, and then write in the comments what you think it could be – simples!

Diamonique earrings

You will have until midday on 9th March to enter, and then a winner will be drawn. Don’t forget to add your email address in the field below (it won’t be published). The prize is this gorgeous pair of  heart-shaped Diamonique earrings, which will be featured in the show this Thursday. With an equivalent diamond weight of 4.18 carats, they are at a crazy price of just £31!  Of course the price is irrelevant, because these stones are soooooo realistic, you feel as though you’re wearing the world’s most fabulously flawless diamonds : )

In readiness for my return I’ve had my hair cut and coloured, and can’t wait to ‘see’ you at 9pm and then again at 11pm for Vercella Vita Shapewear. Have a great week, and I’ll look forward as always to hearing from you.

Outside Richard Ward after they worked their magic

With my love,

Ali xx

 

Click here for full competition terms and conditions.

569 Comments

  1. Janice Horton February 25, 2015 at 12:51 pm -  Reply

    Tossing a pancake. Look forward to seeing you on Thursday evening at 9.00 pm xx

    • Susan OBrien February 26, 2015 at 11:22 pm -  Reply

      Tossing a Pancake!

  2. Margaret slater February 25, 2015 at 1:23 pm -  Reply

    I think the Seasonal Sound is flipping a pancake .

  3. Liz February 25, 2015 at 1:25 pm -  Reply

    Cooking pancakes being tossed.

  4. Theresa Scully February 25, 2015 at 2:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi – loved reading this blog – so good to read about a loving family – and with such positive news.

    I think the sound it ‘Pancake flipping’

  5. loraine February 25, 2015 at 3:05 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison all I can say is your really an inspiration as you say the most important thing is your new grandchild and your special day then the other things will follow in due course see you Thursday on qvc best wishes to you love Loraine x

  6. twinkle February 25, 2015 at 3:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi darling

    you continue to astound me with your bravery and im so so proud of you.

    I know its not the descion u wanted to make but its the right one :)

    Getting to spend quality tome with lucy and the baby and your wedding is much more important. Yiu will know when the time is right xx

    you will look beautiful on your wedfing day no mstter what. Your boob in a box will be your new friend :)

    So pleased you have your mum and your sister for support and understanding must be so reasurring and simply amazing to have that. Yiy are all very lucky to have such a special family xx

    Lovely to hear you will ve back at q tomorrow will be lovely to see you il be thete as always to support u through my screen and twitter xx

    just take it easy and don’t over do it. Please xx

    Take care ny special inspirational friend

    sending love and hugs xxxxx

  7. Debbie Creasey February 25, 2015 at 3:36 pm -  Reply

    gorgeous earrings as always, another great product :)

  8. Irene H February 25, 2015 at 4:10 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison
    I was so sorry to hear from your blog that you have been unwell . As a retired nursing sister I can only empathise with what you are going through and I wish you a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing you back on QVC. You seem such a lovely lady and I enjoy watching you presenting your shows. Was pleased to read that you have a supportive partner Colin and family. Wishing you all the best for the future and your upcoming wedding. Love and best wishes Irene H

  9. Mary February 25, 2015 at 4:51 pm -  Reply

    Oh Ali , you’ve been through so much . I had a mastectomy last June and was told not to have reconstruction straight away as I would probably need radiotherapy. Luckily , I didn’t need it , bit am too a proud owner of a boob in a box !! It is true what you said about how easily we get used to things . But I think Cancer makes us more accepting of things that would have been unimaginable pre the C word . We become braver and more patient . But it is still rubbish !! I too will have an expander this year at some point when I’m brave enough to face that one ! I’ll follow your story closely . Take care .

  10. Rhona Fenton February 25, 2015 at 4:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison where do I start with this blog, oh I know yes yes yes you are doing the right thing for just now, you so want to be on form for one holding your new beautiful grandchild when it arrives and two your beautiful wedding to Colin the love of your life this is first on the cards the rest will all just fall in to place when the time is right for you there is no rush you have to make sure that you have recovered well enough and ready for the next step to which you will it will all fit into place when the time is right for you :) the good thing is you have your mum and sister to help you and I am so glad to hear your mum is doing really well :) as for your friend pass on my congratulations to her and all the best for her Runs coming up what an amazing thing to do you must be so proud of her at the moment am lucky if I can walk to the end of my hall never mind running I do wish her well :) love all the pictures you have put up again Alison every one looks amazing :) looking forward to seeing you back, I will try and guess the sound as I have no idea my first thought was frying Bacon and the pop sound was the lid of the tomato ketchup bottle opening on a sunday morning but as you would say you could have that at any time of the year ha ha!! do love the earrings mind you will watch out for them Birthday round the corner April Lucy hold on!! I have a pair like that off Suzi’s which I love Alison but they are Gold finish so there is my excuse for the Diamonique pair ha ha!! thank you for your lovely blog as always :) oh before I go hope you got a chance to see the Oscars amazing as always:) love to you and yours from me and mine as always Rhona xx

  11. JENNY RUSCOE February 25, 2015 at 6:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison. I think your seasonal sound is ice being shoveled off the path or driveway xx

  12. Joanna Downey February 25, 2015 at 7:25 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali from an equally chilly West Midlands, however, the mornings and evenings are getting lighter and I can see the Spring bulbs appearing in our garden. We all know that you are a “glass half full” girl and your positivity is bubbling along nicely, your wisdom is much to be admired and I’m not going to say anything else because I want to think about all your celebrations this year including your mum’s birthday – Lucy’s baby will have a busy social life this Summer… We also have a celebration to plan for just before Christmas when our beautiful daughter and Dave, her super boyfriend, will get married. Dave’s birthday is in early December and her gift to him was a long weekend in London during half term, what she didn’t know was that he’d booked a mini break for them in a tree house near to Bath. Fortunately the two trips were back to back and they had a wonderful time – the tree house is totally luxurious and is in the grounds of the place where a couple of series the GBBO were filmed. Dave had asked Colin’s permission the week before and his opening words were “You know that I’m in love with Ellie”. We are delighted; they are a super couple, we love them to bits and like them as well. It will be lovely to see you back on the Q sparkling among the Diamonique and making life a more fun because we feel we know you. Love from Jo x

  13. Susan February 25, 2015 at 8:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali! Great to hear from you! And I’m glad youe returning well and soon! I can well imagine tears with your ordeal but honestly the amount of women who have to wear prothsesis is amazing. You are not on your own. I hope you can feel confident in your skin and clothes with time. As I’ve said before, there is way too much emphasis placed on women having a big bust and I think it’s ridiculous. You can’t control what youe blessed or otherwise with and we’re all different! So glad you enjoyed the baby scan and can’t wait for the photos! Love Susan x

  14. sarah wardle February 25, 2015 at 9:39 pm -  Reply

    Lovely reading you are living life to the full xx

  15. Marion Madden February 25, 2015 at 10:10 pm -  Reply

    I think it may be the sound of someone tossing a pancake.

  16. Lorraine Boyle February 25, 2015 at 10:32 pm -  Reply

    I think it is the sound of a pancake being flipped. x

  17. Chris Arnott February 25, 2015 at 11:03 pm -  Reply

    Love Diamonique I’ve got loads.

  18. teresa Beaven February 25, 2015 at 11:25 pm -  Reply

    The competition sound is the special time of pancakes being cooked and tossed on Shrove Tuesday. Delicious with sugar and lemon!! Look forward to seeing you back!

  19. Mary Morphy February 25, 2015 at 11:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali. Its nearly midnight and I’ve just got home after a lovely dinner wuth a dear friend and read your blog beforelilights out..its very late for me and beingviut on a school night too but wanted to submit my competition enter before I forgot it then I will blog properly tomorrow. I think the noise is a pancake being tossed in a pan. sweet dreams, more tomorrow. Love Mary xx

  20. Sue Radford February 26, 2015 at 12:16 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,

    I’m so glad you are feeling much better, and taking the time to heal before proceeding further – it will be so worthwhile to wait until you are fully healed Ali, as you’ve had such a rough time of it! You still look exactly the same lovely Ali to all of us, despite the feelings you have. As you said, you’ve got so much to look forward to in the meantime. To see the 4D scan of your beautiful little Granddaughter or Grandson must have been a real tonic for you – how technology has moved on is truly amazing isn’t it? Very happy times ahead for you and your family. Keep positive my dear friend. It’s my 40th Wedding Anniversary June this year – can’t believe where the years have gone!

    Love Sue Radford

  21. Christine shine February 26, 2015 at 12:40 am -  Reply

    Pleased to hear you are on the mend and wishing you well.

    The sound is a pancake being flipped.

  22. Pam Garster February 26, 2015 at 2:12 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison, missing you – could it be a pancake tossed X

  23. Tricia coulsonwood February 26, 2015 at 2:47 am -  Reply

    Hello Ali, couldn’t sleep so I thought I would catch up on your latest blog..So glad that you are returning soon and more than that you are healing.. Lovely also to hear that your mother is doing so well. It’s amazing that its nearly two years on march the twelth my daughter Jans 41 st birthday that she told me it was thought she had ovarian cancer..We are meeting up next month to have a much better 43rd birthday !. So lovely to hear of all the plans.. Your Lucys new baby, which I am guessing will be a girl. Your wedding.. Which brings me onto the sound you have recorded, I know I shall be really wrong but I like to think it is…
    (opening a bottle of fizzy champagne)..
    Love to one and all. Tricia x

  24. Jane Willis February 26, 2015 at 7:31 am -  Reply

    a pancake cooking and being tossed

  25. DIane Parrington February 26, 2015 at 7:47 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison, I think the recording is the sound of a pancake being cooked and tossed.
    All the very best to you and yours. x

  26. barbara michael February 26, 2015 at 8:16 am -  Reply

    sounds like popping a champagne cork or opening a bottle of wine.

  27. Pauline Jollands February 26, 2015 at 8:28 am -  Reply

    Kissing on Valentines day.

  28. pamela graham February 26, 2015 at 8:30 am -  Reply

    Sounds like a drop of rain or snow.

  29. Hilary Bromley February 26, 2015 at 8:32 am -  Reply

    It’s rain!

  30. Debbie Creasey February 26, 2015 at 10:00 am -  Reply

    its a pancake cooking in the pan then being tossed :)

  31. Sheila Brady February 26, 2015 at 10:24 am -  Reply

    It’s a pancake being flipped in the pan

  32. Lesley Collings February 26, 2015 at 10:57 am -  Reply

    Seasonal sound is tossing a pancake xx

  33. Hester Tulloch February 26, 2015 at 11:27 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali looking forward to seeing you back on TV tonight you are quite inspirational and so very brave a real survivor, every new day is a bonus.

  34. Jackie Williams February 26, 2015 at 1:00 pm -  Reply

    Tossing a Pancake

  35. Linda February 26, 2015 at 1:33 pm -  Reply

    glad to hear you are back just been to see my aunt who Is 99!! she Is very up and down at present I was sooooo happy to see her with her eyes open and she knew who I was !!! and telling me off about my nail (they are not to good) the care staff are all so good to her and there has been quite a few tears this last week but…….. she has rallied yet again pouring with rain and cold so I am going to light my fire and I might even watch a bit of qvc before hubby comes home!! take care

  36. Anne Clements February 26, 2015 at 1:42 pm -  Reply

    I would say the sound is of a Pancake being tossed in the pan…Best wishes to you Alison…..Your boobs in a bag will be your best friend!…And you will be gorgeous as always on your wedding day to Colin…And Lucy will have the best Baby Shower!…Will be nice to see you back on Thursday with your favourite Diamonique range….The earrings are lovely!…Stay Strong,Take things easy and do everything the doctors tell you so you are all ready for the two main events coming shortly!…Birth of your grandchild and your Wedding!…You are an Inspiration to all women Alison…And i love all your Blogs!….Hugging you…..Bye for Now..xxx

  37. Janet Jones February 26, 2015 at 2:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali It sounds like a pancake sizzling in the pan then being flipped.
    Love Janet xx

  38. Janet Jones February 26, 2015 at 2:17 pm -  Reply

    My Dear Ali, so glad to hear you will be back on our screens tonight. I feel you have made the right decision, let your body heal, cuddle your new grandchild(when it arrives) and enjoy your wedding day to the lovely Colin.You look fab from the photo of your blog but then I think you always do. Plans for Alfies birthday didn’t go quite to plan. My poor son has the flu and he said it even hurt when he blinked his eyes. He had to take time off from work, something he never does. We did see Alfie for an hour and opened our presents with him, but them we left them so my son could get some rest.My son is now back at work but he still feels very tired.
    The picture of your snowdrops made me smile as they are one of my favourite flowers and over the years I have planted them along the path of our drive and at the moment they are fully out and make my heart sing. So glad you have your mum and sister to help you out. I still miss my mum and she died 21 years ago. It must have been so exciting to see a 4D scan of your grandchild, so in a way you have already met the baby before it is born. So glad the plans for the wedding are steaming ahead and of course you will also have your grandchild at your wedding ,happy days Ali.
    Look forward to ‘seeing’ you tonight love Janet xx

  39. Claire hall February 26, 2015 at 2:20 pm -  Reply

    Is the sound Pancake tossing? X

  40. Esther warren February 26, 2015 at 2:27 pm -  Reply

    Frying and flipping a pancake. Best wishes Alison.

  41. Christine Collins February 26, 2015 at 2:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I think it’s pancake flipping or is it flipping pancake ha ha.
    Look forward to seeing you tonight at 9 pm. Take care. Xx

  42. Susan Huskisson February 26, 2015 at 2:31 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali. So very pleased to hear that you have healed well this time, great news. You made me smile with your description ” boob in a box”, this again is a mark of your wonderful personality and your stoicism. You are doing absolutely the right thing in waiting before having your next procedure. You would have been upset not to be able to hold your grandchild when he or she arrives and as you say, you want to put your energy into that and into your special day. I’m sure you will look stunning when you marry your wonderful partner Colin. Really looking forward to seeing you back on air tonight with lovely diamonique. I think the answer to your competition is ” cooking and tossing a pancake” keeping fingers crossed as closing date is my birthday!! Lots of love Sue xx

  43. Lindsay Blunstone February 26, 2015 at 3:05 pm -  Reply

    A pancake being flipped

  44. maxine conroy February 26, 2015 at 3:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I think it sounds like a pancake being flipped. Have missed you not being on qvc and am looking forward to seeing you back on Thursday. Take care.

  45. ann cain February 26, 2015 at 4:00 pm -  Reply

    So sorry Ali to hear you haven’t been to well again,but you have so much to look forward to,Good luck in what ever you do.x

    • ann cain February 26, 2015 at 4:02 pm -  Reply

      Its a pancake.x

  46. katherine simonson February 26, 2015 at 5:55 pm -  Reply

    you are an inspiration. pancakes being tossed. xxx

  47. Judith lennon February 26, 2015 at 6:31 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali
    So good to know you are feeling much better. It will be lovely so see you on your Diamonique show being your cheery happy self. You have been missed. It’s wonderful all the support you have around you and I hope it continues. As for further surgery, I think you are right in giving your body a good rest before embarking on more. I am sure it will all happen in good time. Not long now to the arrival of Lucy’s baby – all very exciting for you all. It’s wonderful having little ones in the family. They bring such joy. Please take life steady, we want no more setbacks….. Take care lovely lady and as always lots of love and hugs. Judith xx

  48. Judith lennon February 26, 2015 at 6:31 pm -  Reply

    PS could it be pancakes??? Judith xx

  49. Jennifer Smith February 26, 2015 at 7:12 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    I think the sound is “tossing a pancake”
    Big hugs to you.
    Jenny xxx

  50. Jill farmer February 26, 2015 at 8:33 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like the tossing of a pancake. Looking forward to seeing you back. Xx

  51. Sue Lee February 26, 2015 at 8:50 pm -  Reply

    Tossing a pancake! X

  52. Linda Matthews February 26, 2015 at 8:58 pm -  Reply

    Tossing a pancake

  53. Chris Garty February 26, 2015 at 9:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison I’m sorry to hear your news and it is strange how I was drawn to read your blog at this time as I see my surgeon next week & I hope to start the recon. It will be 2yrs in June since my Mx I hope he will be willing to start the process. I have survived on using only a softie because I didn’t want to get too comfy and not proceed with the recon but I use the same lovely Vitella to trap it and stop it escaping. Well my other lovely news is that after tweeting to fellow BC ladies we finally met this month and we had a ball so much so that we are off the the BCC lunch fashion show in October. We are mix of primary & secondary and if I knew how to I would post a photo of us as we all had BIG smiles all day and a few tears too of course. Wishing you all the best with the new baby and your wedding. You do look stunning. Look forward to the photos . Lots of love Chris x

  54. Amy Beetham February 26, 2015 at 9:07 pm -  Reply

    I think the sound is a pancake cooking and then being tossed. Glad to hear your well and great to see you back xx

  55. steph eddleston February 26, 2015 at 9:09 pm -  Reply

    its the sound of rain

  56. Una Moorehead February 26, 2015 at 9:10 pm -  Reply

    I believe the seasonal sound is a pancake cooking in a pan & then being tossed/flipped over. Good to see you back on the show, looking great. Speedy recovery.

  57. carole forster February 26, 2015 at 9:28 pm -  Reply

    Is it a Valentine card being posted through letter box

  58. Karen Donnelly February 26, 2015 at 9:32 pm -  Reply

    Could it be a pancake being flipped on Strove Tuesday ?
    Lovely to see you Ali
    Missed you and sending you much love and light xx

  59. Karen Donnelly February 26, 2015 at 9:32 pm -  Reply

    Could it be a pancake being flipped on Strove Tuesday ?
    Lovely to see you Ali
    Missed you and sending you much love and light xx

  60. Karen Poole February 26, 2015 at 9:38 pm -  Reply

    the flip of a pancake on shrove Tuesday….. or anytime!!

  61. Suzanne Madden February 26, 2015 at 9:42 pm -  Reply

    I say pancakes being tossed, and also these ear-rings are gorgeous, I love this sort of fastening for an ear-ring. Love the show, wish I could win the lottery to buy everything I like :)

  62. Corinne Benson February 26, 2015 at 9:42 pm -  Reply

    It sounds like a pancake being tossed in a frying pan.

  63. Trish Mosby February 26, 2015 at 9:42 pm -  Reply

    Cooking and flpping a pancake (I love dong this lol). Watching you on the Diamonique show and you look great x

  64. karen foster February 26, 2015 at 9:43 pm -  Reply

    Tossing a pancake,

  65. Susan Renicks February 26, 2015 at 9:47 pm -  Reply

    The sound of a sizzling pancake being tossed.

  66. corinne benson February 26, 2015 at 9:48 pm -  Reply

    A pancake being tossed in a frying pan.

  67. Mavis Tillson February 26, 2015 at 9:49 pm -  Reply

    Flipping of a pancake

  68. Helen Pridding February 26, 2015 at 9:50 pm -  Reply

    I think its the sound of flipping a pancake !! x

  69. Dawn February 26, 2015 at 9:54 pm -  Reply

    Putting batter in pan then flipping pancake

    Oh Ali I’m so sorry I don’t keep in touch with you as much as I should & want to. you are such an inspiration to me as like you are to so many others sending you hugs & I will write soon take care lots of love Dawn xxxx

  70. shirley February 26, 2015 at 10:02 pm -  Reply

    The sound is a pancake being tossed ;-)

  71. shirley February 26, 2015 at 10:03 pm -  Reply

    The sound is a pancake being tossed ;)

  72. Jilly February 26, 2015 at 10:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    How lovely to have you back with us on Thursday night.
    You are looking fabulous!
    I think the sound is cooking and flipping a pancake. Keep smiling….. you make us all smile x

  73. denise taylor February 26, 2015 at 10:04 pm -  Reply

    answer for the london links competition is c 1990 my fingers crossed

  74. denise taylor February 26, 2015 at 10:05 pm -  Reply

    i think the sound is ice melting and dropping to the ground fingers crossed

  75. Isabelle James February 26, 2015 at 10:10 pm -  Reply

    Cooking a pancake and flipping it.

  76. Lesley Radford February 26, 2015 at 10:15 pm -  Reply

    Frying and then tossing a pancake

  77. Sinead Dimmer February 26, 2015 at 10:17 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a Pancake

  78. Marie February 26, 2015 at 10:17 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  79. Tamsin W February 26, 2015 at 10:19 pm -  Reply

    flipping a pancake

  80. georgina davies February 26, 2015 at 10:19 pm -  Reply

    flipping a pancake x

  81. laura banks February 26, 2015 at 10:20 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  82. Denise February 26, 2015 at 10:22 pm -  Reply

    Answer – Flipping a pancake

  83. Joanne Griffiths February 26, 2015 at 10:22 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  84. angela sandhu February 26, 2015 at 10:24 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a Pancake

  85. Corinne Harvey February 26, 2015 at 10:25 pm -  Reply

    Answer=Flipping A Pancake

  86. Christine roberts February 26, 2015 at 10:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    I think tossing pancakes so glad to here you are doing well and a little better I always read your blog I had someone close loose there fight against breast cancer and she was only 51 and she was digagnosed only when she had her first mammogram last year I have just had my first one by the way and I am only 48 but I don’t know the results yet
    Take care ally and keep well
    Love to all
    Christine

  87. Lorraine Tinsley February 26, 2015 at 10:26 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  88. Michael Flieger February 26, 2015 at 10:30 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  89. Jane Payne February 26, 2015 at 10:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, I think the sound is a pancake landing in a pan. Sorry to hear that you have been in hospital again. My friend makes soft, knitted cotton breast implants. The charity is called Knitted Knockers UK and they provide this service free. Some people find them lighter and more comfortable to wear. Sending you and your daughter good wishes for the new baby and your wedding.X

  90. Lisa Everaert February 26, 2015 at 10:33 pm -  Reply

    A Pancake being flipped.

  91. Lisa Brunning February 26, 2015 at 10:33 pm -  Reply

    I think it’s a pancake being tossed!

  92. Christina Field February 26, 2015 at 10:36 pm -  Reply

    Answer: Flipping a pancake.

  93. Alica Hopkins February 26, 2015 at 10:38 pm -  Reply

    A pancake being flipped :)

  94. pauline tilmouth February 26, 2015 at 10:39 pm -  Reply

    The seasonal sound is tossing a pancake.

  95. pauline tilmouth February 26, 2015 at 10:40 pm -  Reply

    The seasonal sound is tossing a pancake

  96. Andy Wedge February 26, 2015 at 10:45 pm -  Reply

    Flipping of a Pancake

  97. Carol Greenfield February 26, 2015 at 10:47 pm -  Reply

    Tossing or Flipping A Pancake Thank you for the chance it’s a great prize.

  98. Sue Read February 26, 2015 at 10:49 pm -  Reply

    Diamonique never fails to astound me ! Neither does your bravery Alison, you sparkle & shine just like Diamonique xxx

  99. Natasha February 26, 2015 at 10:49 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  100. kirstie kenton February 26, 2015 at 10:50 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  101. Eng Winter February 26, 2015 at 10:51 pm -  Reply

    Hello Alison, I read your blog most times and am glad to know that you are moving on and please note: you are beautiful no matter what you wear !
    competition answer: tossing pancakes.

  102. Rosalind Sargent February 26, 2015 at 10:54 pm -  Reply

    I think the sound is a pancake being tossed

  103. David Prince February 26, 2015 at 10:58 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  104. Paul Wilson February 26, 2015 at 10:58 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake.

  105. Nigel Hollingsworth February 26, 2015 at 10:59 pm -  Reply

    I believe it is the flipping of a Pancake :)

  106. PAMELA HUTCHINSON February 26, 2015 at 11:12 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a Pancake

  107. mary ferris February 26, 2015 at 11:18 pm -  Reply

    Tossing a pancake. Glad you’re feeling better. Regards to you and yours.

  108. THERESE JARDINE February 26, 2015 at 11:19 pm -  Reply

    flipping and catching a pancake in a pan x

  109. Rebecca Boucher February 26, 2015 at 11:20 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  110. Sharon Wallace Parmenter February 26, 2015 at 11:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Alison, please enter me into this gorgeous Competition. I would love to win these heart earrings – I adore Diamonique!!
    The sound is that of a sizzling pancake being flipped in the pan – perfect!
    Keep strong Alison
    Lots of love
    Shazzababes xxx
    Keep sparkling!!

  111. Lorraine Wilson February 26, 2015 at 11:41 pm -  Reply

    making pancakes and tossing them

  112. Emma Nelson February 26, 2015 at 11:46 pm -  Reply

    Must be flipping a pancake! Yummy!

  113. Emma moss February 26, 2015 at 11:57 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  114. e scott February 27, 2015 at 12:02 am -  Reply

    flipping a pancake x

  115. John Tingay February 27, 2015 at 12:14 am -  Reply

    It sounds like an expert tossing a pancake and catching it!

  116. pm LIU February 27, 2015 at 12:30 am -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  117. Molly Dawson February 27, 2015 at 12:39 am -  Reply

    Hello Alison, I think the noise is a pancake being tossed in a frying pan.

  118. TINA S February 27, 2015 at 12:49 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    It was lovely to see you back tonight on the underwear show (sorry, I can’t think of the name at the moment.) While I was watching it I was thinking how maybe QVC should look into having this type of underwear that also are able to use prosthetics. The bra top’s look so comfortable , I’m surprised that nobody has come up with the idea of some sort of bra top that you could use a prosthetic with. I am sure you made the right decision concerning your further surgery. Your body needs time to recover and you need time to heal and be free from hospital visits for a while I’m sure.
    My sister hasn’t been very well for a while now. It has been getting her down. I feel so helpless seeing her this way- it break’s my heart.She has been in agony with sciatica. She is my eldest sister and quite a bit older than me so it is hard. But I try and do what I can for her along with trying to cheer her up. Her son has been going for kidney dialysis 3 times a week so of course she is anxious about him to.
    The weather has been so changeable. We thought that spring was at last on its way but it felt really cold again here in S. Wales. The daffodils and snow drops are starting to poke through though. I love seeing all the daffodils along the roadsides and on the roundabouts.
    We watched the film about Paul Potts the other night as it was filmed near where we live. We were actually at our nearest beach (Aberavon) when they were filming with James Corden but we didn’t realise. They were filming down one end of the beach while we were up the top end!! Typical, we read about it in our local paper. We always seem to do that. We were passing a local Park Estate one day (Margam Park) and saw that something was going on. When we watched the Welsh news we discovered that Martin Clunes had been there that day opening a horse treking path! We did manage to see Camilla one day on our travels. She was opening a charity shop. It was by chance we saw the Royal Helicopter flying over and jokingly said “I wonder if that’s Prince Charles” as we knew they were in Wales. So we bolted down our fish and chips and just saw Camilla ( Charles was in Cardiff) as she left the charity shop. We felt like the peasants looking on lol !!
    Well time has raced on again- take care and make sure you have a well earned rest .
    Best wishes, Tina S (S.Wales) x

  119. Julie Booth February 27, 2015 at 1:18 am -  Reply

    flipping a pancake

  120. IRENE BOLTON February 27, 2015 at 1:32 am -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  121. debbie lowe February 27, 2015 at 5:47 am -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  122. Elizabeth Doody February 27, 2015 at 6:02 am -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  123. David Sweet February 27, 2015 at 6:10 am -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  124. gig February 27, 2015 at 6:14 am -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  125. janet E February 27, 2015 at 6:14 am -  Reply

    tossing/flipping a pancake :-)

  126. Emilia February 27, 2015 at 6:23 am -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  127. Fiona K February 27, 2015 at 6:32 am -  Reply

    Tossing a pancake

  128. Karen Slight February 27, 2015 at 6:39 am -  Reply

    Pancake being flipped (or Madonna falling on stage)

  129. Claire bodin February 27, 2015 at 6:50 am -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  130. Gemma M February 27, 2015 at 7:20 am -  Reply

    Tossing a pancake

  131. Tracy Nixon February 27, 2015 at 7:20 am -  Reply

    A pancake being tossed!

  132. Amy Halliday February 27, 2015 at 7:25 am -  Reply

    Tossing a pancake

  133. Deborah Wheeler February 27, 2015 at 7:27 am -  Reply

    Sounds like someone tossing a pancake

  134. judy parslow February 27, 2015 at 7:36 am -  Reply

    tossing a pancake

  135. Annette Roberts February 27, 2015 at 7:39 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Absolutely gobsmacked to read your blog, you have certainly been put through the mill again.

    You really are doing the right thing, giving your body time to heal and had I not read your blog I would not have known anything about it. You looked absolutely stunning last night and I love you new colour and haircut, really suits you…nice to have you back again!

    Positive thoughts are with you and give yourself plenty of time. I found Glen Harrold’s heal you body mp3 very good following my ankle surgery…cannot make any claims and say it did the trick, but at night it certainly helped, especially the chakra meditation.
    love
    Annette x

    You sound is: flippin pancakes!

  136. claire blaney February 27, 2015 at 7:42 am -  Reply

    Its Flipping A Pancake

  137. Joanne Mapp February 27, 2015 at 7:57 am -  Reply

    It sounds like somebody flipping a pancake

  138. Helen Belton February 27, 2015 at 8:06 am -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake :)

  139. Ann Tofari February 27, 2015 at 8:07 am -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake (I hope)

  140. Kay Adams February 27, 2015 at 8:09 am -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  141. Angela Walker February 27, 2015 at 8:43 am -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  142. Kathryn morris February 27, 2015 at 8:44 am -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  143. barbara shaw February 27, 2015 at 8:46 am -  Reply

    It sounds like a pancake being flipped. thanks

  144. JANE PROTO February 27, 2015 at 8:46 am -  Reply

    FLIPPING A PANCAKE x

  145. Carol M February 27, 2015 at 8:51 am -  Reply

    Tossing a pancake

  146. Vicky S February 27, 2015 at 8:51 am -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  147. Nikki Stoton February 27, 2015 at 8:52 am -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  148. CAROLINE PRITCHARD February 27, 2015 at 9:02 am -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake.

  149. Jennifer February 27, 2015 at 9:03 am -  Reply

    flipping a pancake

  150. Caroline Clarke February 27, 2015 at 9:12 am -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake? :)

  151. shelly semmens February 27, 2015 at 9:17 am -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  152. Claire Nutman February 27, 2015 at 9:21 am -  Reply

    Think its flipping pancakes x

  153. Ellie B February 27, 2015 at 9:25 am -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake (i dont do that as it always ends in disaster)! haha

  154. Michelle Bamber February 27, 2015 at 9:25 am -  Reply

    Tossing a pancake

  155. Hazel Christopher February 27, 2015 at 9:26 am -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  156. Loren Gorst February 27, 2015 at 9:27 am -  Reply

    Pancake flipping xxx

  157. paul cooper February 27, 2015 at 9:36 am -  Reply

    Tossing a Pancake

  158. Stephanie Whitehouse February 27, 2015 at 9:36 am -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  159. pamela gossage February 27, 2015 at 9:38 am -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  160. Julie Johnson February 27, 2015 at 9:39 am -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  161. Leanne Tobin February 27, 2015 at 9:42 am -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  162. Siobhan Davis February 27, 2015 at 9:47 am -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  163. ValB February 27, 2015 at 9:54 am -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  164. Nicky Benton February 27, 2015 at 10:00 am -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  165. toniq February 27, 2015 at 10:03 am -  Reply

    Tossing a pancake!

  166. karen keywood February 27, 2015 at 10:06 am -  Reply

    flipping a pancake

  167. kimberlea steel February 27, 2015 at 10:06 am -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  168. chris toulson February 27, 2015 at 10:10 am -  Reply

    flipping a pancake

  169. Joanne McDonald February 27, 2015 at 10:15 am -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  170. Suzanne Jackson February 27, 2015 at 10:15 am -  Reply

    flipping a pancake

  171. Sara Macey February 27, 2015 at 10:16 am -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  172. Tracey Woods February 27, 2015 at 10:18 am -  Reply

    tossing a pancake

  173. Samantha Lancaster February 27, 2015 at 10:34 am -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  174. Vicky Carter February 27, 2015 at 10:36 am -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake!

  175. Mrs Rachel Heap February 27, 2015 at 10:37 am -  Reply

    tossing a pancake

  176. Hilary February 27, 2015 at 10:39 am -  Reply

    Tossing a pancake

  177. Stacy February 27, 2015 at 10:43 am -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  178. Alison February 27, 2015 at 10:48 am -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  179. Kelly Koya February 27, 2015 at 10:50 am -  Reply

    flipping a pancake

  180. winnie February 27, 2015 at 10:54 am -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  181. christine shelley February 27, 2015 at 11:02 am -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  182. SUSAN ALLAN February 27, 2015 at 11:09 am -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  183. Elizabeth Hinds February 27, 2015 at 11:20 am -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake. Best wishes. Xx

  184. Ruth Bugg February 27, 2015 at 11:23 am -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake (something I can’t do lol!)

  185. Lynda Raphael February 27, 2015 at 11:27 am -  Reply

    flipping a pancake

  186. helen tovell February 27, 2015 at 11:28 am -  Reply

    answer) Flipping a pancake

  187. valerie rollings February 27, 2015 at 11:29 am -  Reply

    flipping a pancake.

  188. Lucy Walker February 27, 2015 at 11:42 am -  Reply

    I think its the sound of tossing a pancake

  189. julie kenny February 27, 2015 at 11:53 am -  Reply

    Tossing a pancake.

  190. Marycarol February 27, 2015 at 12:17 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  191. lyn February 27, 2015 at 12:32 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  192. angela hawkes February 27, 2015 at 12:38 pm -  Reply

    I think it is a pancake being tossed

    so pleased to hear you are on the mend
    you deserve lots of good luck now.

  193. Sally Lea February 27, 2015 at 12:38 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake.

  194. Joanna Smith February 27, 2015 at 1:02 pm -  Reply

    I think you’re tossing a pancake!

  195. Tom Baines February 27, 2015 at 1:03 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  196. jennifer thorpe February 27, 2015 at 1:17 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  197. Hassina Begum February 27, 2015 at 1:18 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  198. margaret calvert February 27, 2015 at 1:44 pm -  Reply

    Wishing you all the best with your recovery and it sounds like a pancake being flipped.

  199. Allan Smith February 27, 2015 at 1:45 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  200. Gill Corbitt February 27, 2015 at 2:05 pm -  Reply

    tossing a pancake

  201. lynn lewer February 27, 2015 at 2:24 pm -  Reply

    Tossing a pancake

  202. Yvonne February 27, 2015 at 2:31 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  203. dorothy merrett February 27, 2015 at 2:38 pm -  Reply

    flipping a pancake

  204. Laura Boyes February 27, 2015 at 2:43 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake xxx

  205. Jo Jones February 27, 2015 at 2:58 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  206. Fiona McHardy February 27, 2015 at 3:14 pm -  Reply

    The sound of a pancake being cooked, and tossed.

  207. Rhona Fenton February 27, 2015 at 3:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison brace yourself here :) my Colin wants a go at this his guess that he thinks it is the sound off someone taking the foil off a chocolate Easter egg and breaking a bit off, I tell you Alison right or wrong I give him that one what a good guess :) love Rhona xx

  208. tim smith February 27, 2015 at 3:38 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  209. Jenny Moore February 27, 2015 at 4:03 pm -  Reply

    flipping a pancake

  210. Samantha Lea February 27, 2015 at 4:12 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake :)

  211. Deborah Munn February 27, 2015 at 4:15 pm -  Reply

    Tossing a pancake

  212. Athena Winchester Shore February 27, 2015 at 4:54 pm -  Reply

    That’s the sound of a pancake being flipped in a pan.

  213. Steve Curtis February 27, 2015 at 4:55 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  214. Norma McGill February 27, 2015 at 4:56 pm -  Reply

    I think it sounds like a pancake cooking then being tossed.

  215. Jane Harding February 27, 2015 at 5:15 pm -  Reply

    Pancake flipping

  216. samantha c February 27, 2015 at 5:16 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  217. Chris O February 27, 2015 at 5:32 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake!

  218. Claire Kyle February 27, 2015 at 6:13 pm -  Reply

    flipping a pancake

  219. Jill martin February 27, 2015 at 6:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison try nicolajane at Chichester also have shops at London I have used them since 1995 and have found them very helpful and do very pretty bras & a lot more good luck to you and be positive jillx

  220. jason wills February 27, 2015 at 6:24 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  221. Teresa Lee February 27, 2015 at 6:37 pm -  Reply

    Tossing a pancake

  222. Christine Bird February 27, 2015 at 7:01 pm -  Reply

    Tossing a pancake.

  223. Helen Swales February 27, 2015 at 7:03 pm -  Reply

    Tossing a pancake.

  224. simon harris February 27, 2015 at 7:03 pm -  Reply

    flipping a pancake

  225. Dee Gill February 27, 2015 at 8:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, it sounds like a pancake being tossed. Had mine with fresh blueberries, sliced banana and extra thick double cream x 3…yummy!

  226. cecelia Allen February 27, 2015 at 8:18 pm -  Reply

    Tossing a pancake

  227. NickyB February 27, 2015 at 8:22 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  228. Michelle H February 27, 2015 at 8:32 pm -  Reply

    A pancake being flipped.

  229. Jane Lethbridge February 27, 2015 at 8:35 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  230. Claire Stepton February 27, 2015 at 8:38 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  231. Rebecca Hawkins February 27, 2015 at 8:45 pm -  Reply

    flipping a pancake

  232. sharon fox February 27, 2015 at 8:50 pm -  Reply

    tossing a pancake

  233. Lynsey Buchanan February 27, 2015 at 9:01 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  234. Rachel T February 27, 2015 at 9:31 pm -  Reply

    flipping a yummy pancake

  235. hayley berry February 27, 2015 at 9:54 pm -  Reply

    A pancake being flipped

  236. Tammy westrup February 27, 2015 at 10:11 pm -  Reply

    It’s flipping a pancake!

  237. Julie Davies February 27, 2015 at 10:16 pm -  Reply

    A pancake being flipped

  238. lisa February 27, 2015 at 10:52 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  239. terry lello February 27, 2015 at 11:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi! Ali it was good to see you back and looking so well after all you’ve been through you still manage to smile. I think the answer is tossing a pancake

  240. Rosie Lavery February 28, 2015 at 12:06 am -  Reply

    I think its a pancake being tossed.

  241. Rich Tyler February 28, 2015 at 12:50 am -  Reply

    Answer: Flipping A Pancake! :)

  242. karlyn austin February 28, 2015 at 1:03 am -  Reply

    tossing a pancake

  243. Isabell Stewart February 28, 2015 at 6:43 am -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  244. Kate marsden February 28, 2015 at 7:57 am -  Reply

    I think Flipping a Pancake

  245. maureen findley February 28, 2015 at 8:40 am -  Reply

    flipping a pancake

  246. Carol Gamble February 28, 2015 at 8:58 am -  Reply

    I think it is a pancake being flipped and cooked.

  247. Breda February 28, 2015 at 9:08 am -  Reply

    A pancake being flipped!

  248. sharon mead February 28, 2015 at 9:34 am -  Reply

    Flipping/Tossing A Pancake

  249. Kim February 28, 2015 at 9:50 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali! Fantastic blog, as ever; your positivity is such an inspiration – as are you! Looking forward to your return, as you have been very much missed. I think the mystery sound is pancakes being flipped. Take care of your lovely self! Love Kimx

  250. Rebecca I February 28, 2015 at 9:59 am -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  251. liz denial February 28, 2015 at 10:30 am -  Reply

    tossing a pancake

  252. Amanda barber February 28, 2015 at 11:05 am -  Reply

    Definitely tossing a pancake, and lots of love Alison your doing brilliant xx

  253. Amanda barber February 28, 2015 at 11:06 am -  Reply

    Definitely tossing a pancake, lots of love and well done Alison your doing brilliant xxx

  254. Jacqui Hand February 28, 2015 at 12:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Your looking so healthy and happy after everything you’ve been through.
    Your an inspiration to me and all of your QVC family.
    Carry on putting on the lipstick and smiling.
    I think the seasonal sound is a pancake cooking and being tossed.
    Lots of Love
    Jacqui XXXX

  255. Fiona February 28, 2015 at 12:23 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  256. Ann February 28, 2015 at 12:34 pm -  Reply

    It sounds like a pancake being tossed.
    Gorgeous earrings x

  257. Philippa Turner February 28, 2015 at 12:50 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a Pancake

  258. Katharine Rogers February 28, 2015 at 12:53 pm -  Reply

    Tossing a pancake.

  259. Steve Knight February 28, 2015 at 1:18 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  260. Linda Winson February 28, 2015 at 1:43 pm -  Reply

    Oh Alley ……..PANCAKES :-) mmmmm luv them xxx by the way you look stunning even though you have had a rough time, much luv xx

  261. andy burns February 28, 2015 at 2:55 pm -  Reply

    Tossing a pancake

  262. Gillian Boler February 28, 2015 at 3:09 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  263. christle donald February 28, 2015 at 3:10 pm -  Reply

    love qvc addictive

  264. christie February 28, 2015 at 3:13 pm -  Reply

    love qvc very addictive

  265. francesca bumstead February 28, 2015 at 3:29 pm -  Reply

    Tossing a pancake, I had my mastectomy done and the breast was rebuilt from my tummy muscles I go back to have them topped up so I fully understand you feelings and wanting a year with no surgery’s I feel the same roll on that day, but we are on the mend awake each day to see are family and friends. God bless

  266. Pam ashdown February 28, 2015 at 3:32 pm -  Reply

    Tossing a pancake

  267. Pam Whitham February 28, 2015 at 3:41 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a Pancake

  268. Gwen Tugwell February 28, 2015 at 3:45 pm -  Reply

    Hello Dear Ali,

    So lovely to see you back on our screens again, first of all I want to thank you for finding the time to answer my last email to you, especially with everything you were about to face. I am so very pleased that you are feeling brighter and in good spirits, you certainly deserve some magical times and I am sure they are all heading your way! Please keep up the good work and carry on feeling better and better and stronger and stronger , so many people love and care about you.

    Love Gwen,

  269. Sarah Keer February 28, 2015 at 3:59 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  270. Laura Williams February 28, 2015 at 4:14 pm -  Reply

    I think its flipping a pancake! :-D Thank you!!! x

  271. Elaine Taylor February 28, 2015 at 4:37 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  272. Michele February 28, 2015 at 5:23 pm -  Reply

    Sizzling pancakes and then tossing them

  273. Michele February 28, 2015 at 5:28 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali good to see you back on QVC and I so admire your strength with all that you are going through. I bet you can’t wait to meet and cuddle your grand child

  274. Claire Madder February 28, 2015 at 5:36 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  275. kirsty hall February 28, 2015 at 6:36 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  276. Mary Judge February 28, 2015 at 6:46 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  277. Ellie Dwyer February 28, 2015 at 7:15 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  278. Cher Waite February 28, 2015 at 7:28 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake!

  279. carol williams February 28, 2015 at 7:45 pm -  Reply

    The sound is a pancake being cooked and then flipped.
    The earrings look gorgeous

  280. Susan Crosswaite February 28, 2015 at 8:52 pm -  Reply

    flipping a pancake

  281. Lesley Walsh February 28, 2015 at 9:44 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  282. Daniel Grimes February 28, 2015 at 9:51 pm -  Reply

    tossing a pancake

  283. James Mullen February 28, 2015 at 9:56 pm -  Reply

    A pancake being flipped.

  284. Vid Ram February 28, 2015 at 10:27 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  285. Carol s February 28, 2015 at 11:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi ya alison, so glad to hear that your body is healing now and you have decided to wait for further treatment. I think that you have made the right decision. You look amazing everytime I see you on tv. Your roses are looking good. My valentines present was a big piece of apple pie from our favourite coffee shop. How lucky am I . But when you have been married for 48 years I think I am lucky to get that. Can’t imagine what the latest scan of the baby was like as my grandchildrens scans where just the normal ones. With love alison and keep getting better and stronger. Carol . S xx

  286. Mary Morphy March 1, 2015 at 7:11 am -  Reply

    Happy first day of March..dun out but extremely cold and windy so will probably have skin dermabrasion on the beach this morning. .definitely exra layers of face oil and moisturiser today. Well this is not quite the day after blog as promised in my quick first entry. .nit sure where the time went..it just went very quickly. Anyhow how lovely to see you back on Thursday. .looking radiant. I hooe that you are still taking it easy although with a new grandchild soon and a wedding only months away I don’t expect your getting much quiet time..how quickly its all come round but what a fabulous ‘light at the end of the tunnel’ for you, even if you have another small one to go through later, I know with all the support you have everything will work out just fine. It’s been a busy week but caught up with 2 dear friends this week and, as said in quick blig was out on a school night!! Thanks to converting a tecso club card voucher for a Prezzo voucher we had a lovely meal in Broadstairs and caught up with each others busy lives. However it’s a mystery to me that after a large soda and lime abd a white coffee I woke up for work the next morning feeling like I’d given the bacsrdi bottle a bashing!! Friday a few of us wwent to a former team colleague who niw works in a junior school. .I took a homemade strawberry cheesecake. .went down very well. Oh and on the hush hush news, down to the last 48..waiting to hear. I have been forward thinking this week and bought the tsv diamonique earring in rhodium for my friends 50th in July plus the matching pendant and another friends daughter is a ballet dancer and just started on point. .I was looking through the qvc clearance and found an exquisite diamonique ballet shoe pendant in rose gold tone at a very refuced price. I have bought it for her 16th birthday next year, she will love it and it’s breathtakingly beautiful. It’s 7.13am and the sun is streaming in the window..I may do a spot of gardening later..I bought a beautiful hellebore yesterday and it will look magnificent in my cobalt blue pot..mine thrive in pots as my soil is rubbish. Well have a happy Sunday. lots a love Mary xx

  287. Mary Morphy March 1, 2015 at 7:14 am -  Reply

    ooh me again. Apologies for typos but written on my phone minus reading glasses. !! Mary xx

  288. sam nowog March 1, 2015 at 7:42 am -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  289. Christina turner March 1, 2015 at 8:09 am -  Reply

    Pancake tossing?

  290. Karen Barrett March 1, 2015 at 8:31 am -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  291. Jane Knowles March 1, 2015 at 9:41 am -  Reply

    It sounds like a pancake being flipped and flops back in to the pan alison .Lovely prize and wishing you well xx

  292. m knight March 1, 2015 at 11:10 am -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  293. Tammy Tudor March 1, 2015 at 11:10 am -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  294. Frances Saxby March 1, 2015 at 12:01 pm -  Reply

    Cooking and flipping pancakes ,hopefully successfully!

  295. fozia Akhtar March 1, 2015 at 1:15 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  296. Cat Palmer March 1, 2015 at 1:31 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  297. Emma Nixon March 1, 2015 at 2:21 pm -  Reply

    Tossing a pancake

  298. Lynn Corson March 1, 2015 at 2:23 pm -  Reply

    Cooking and the tossing a pancake.
    My love and best wishes to a very brave and courageous lady.
    Stay positive and keep your chin up you have loving people around you.
    xxx

  299. Jan Burnley March 1, 2015 at 3:07 pm -  Reply

    You and your Mum have the same smiley faces! After all you have been through (both of you) I sometimes wonder how you keep smiling. To put on a public face when you’re feeling (perhaps) that you want to shut the world away ,to me is the sign of a true professional. If I wore one, I’d take my hat off to you! My son took me away for a surprise weekend on my eightith birthday last year. We stayed at a hotel in the Yorkshire Dales, beautiful. It was a surprise to him too when the waitresses brought in a birthday cake for me, specially made that day! To have ” Happy birthday …. sung to you by stangers ( including two policemen who there to speak to the Parish council re Neighbourhood Watch, was something I’ll always remember. The cake was big enough to share with the other folk in the bar too.Oh yes!! It’s Flipping pancakes.
    God Bless

    Jan x

  300. julie howell March 1, 2015 at 3:13 pm -  Reply

    flipping a pancake

  301. Sara Hunter March 1, 2015 at 4:40 pm -  Reply

    Tossing or flipping a pancake!!

  302. sandra March 1, 2015 at 4:43 pm -  Reply

    Well done, I know exactly how you feel as I have two of those ‘boxes’ also under my bed. Far too many of us these days. Keep up the great blog. My answer is – flipping A pancake

  303. jo ogden March 1, 2015 at 4:48 pm -  Reply

    flipping a pancake

  304. Jan Beal March 1, 2015 at 5:21 pm -  Reply

    Tossing a pancake

  305. Christine Northrop March 1, 2015 at 5:21 pm -  Reply

    tossed pancakes landing in the pan

  306. Stephanie Green March 1, 2015 at 5:26 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  307. Matt Gee March 1, 2015 at 5:37 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  308. michelle goss March 1, 2015 at 6:30 pm -  Reply

    loved readung your blog youre a real inspiration ali
    pancake tossing

  309. Alison Keenan March 1, 2015 at 7:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Theresa, and I’m so glad you enjoy the blog – good of you to comment, and yes, I am lucky to have a kind and caring family and friends – I’d be lost without them. Thanks for your competition guess too – all the correct answers will go in to a hat at the end of next week :) Hope you had a good weekend, love Ali x

  310. Alison Keenan March 1, 2015 at 7:33 pm -  Reply

    Loraine, thank you for keeping in touch, and for being so positive. It means a lot. I’m glad you were able to join me on Thursday for Diamonique and am hoping you had a good weekend, love Ali x

  311. Alison Keenan March 1, 2015 at 7:35 pm -  Reply

    Hey there Twinkle, lovely to hear from you, and thanks for your kind words of support. You’re absolutely right – spending time with Lucy and the baby, and getting ready for, and enjoying the wedding is what’s important :) I hope you will have had a good weekend, and I look forward to hearing from you on Twitter! Love Ali xx

  312. Alison Keenan March 1, 2015 at 7:40 pm -  Reply

    Dear Irene, How nice to hear from you, and I thank my lucky stars for the likes of you and all the others in the nursing profession. I have always been very well looked after whenever I’ve been in hospital, and this last time, folk were particularly kind. Yes, Colin has been great, and continues to help me see the positive side to all of this, and the fact that hopefully it’s only temporary :) Thank you for your love and best wishes – I send mine to you, Ali xx

  313. Alison Keenan March 1, 2015 at 7:42 pm -  Reply

    My dear Mary, I’m so sorry to learn that you too have had to go down the mastectomy route, but relieved that you didn’t have radiotherapy. I am sure that if you decide to have an expander put in, it should work well for you.. just take your time, and only do it when you’re ready :) I hope you’ve had a good weekend, and thanks for being in touch. Stay well, love Ali x

  314. Kristy Brown March 1, 2015 at 7:55 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  315. Alison Keenan March 1, 2015 at 8:00 pm -  Reply

    Dear Rhona, Loving your guesses for the quiz and for your kind comments. Mum reads through all the replies and will be pleased to see this :) I’ll pass on your best to Bry, and thanks for your donation – it will make a difference to her. What date in April is your birthday? Lucy only has one week left at work – Woo Hoo! Hopefully I’ll be able to see a little more of her once she’s home. I did watch the Oscars, having recorded it earlier. LOVED the dresses and the glamour of it all.. Would give my eyeteeth to be there one year :) (on my bucket list!) Love to you all, from me xxx

  316. Joanne bishop March 1, 2015 at 9:14 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  317. Jayne March 1, 2015 at 9:16 pm -  Reply

    Tossing a pancake

  318. teresa maxwell March 1, 2015 at 9:20 pm -  Reply

    Tossing a pancake!

  319. Julie Richardson March 1, 2015 at 9:32 pm -  Reply

    I think it is a pancake bring tossed

  320. Julie Richardson March 1, 2015 at 9:32 pm -  Reply

    *being tossed!

  321. Nicky B March 1, 2015 at 9:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, bless you, you really have been through the mill. Try and do as your consultant tells you and rest as much as you can or you will not be well enough to hold that new grandchild that is going to be arriving very soon. I do hope you are feeling better about things now, you are a real trooper and very inspirational and supportive to other women going through this dreadful illness.
    Can’t wait to see the photos of the baby shower, how exciting. Isnt it strange hiw all these American traditions are coming over to us now,?no such thing when I had my first nearly 21 years ago.
    Take care Ali, you look stunning as always, chin up.
    Love Nicky xx

  322. Simi Bhogal March 1, 2015 at 10:04 pm -  Reply

    Tossing a pancake :-) x

  323. Alison Keenan March 1, 2015 at 10:20 pm -  Reply

    Jenny liking your thought process!! Thanks for the guess – winner will be announced later in the week! Love Ali x

  324. Alison Keenan March 1, 2015 at 10:24 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jo, So thrilled to hear about the wedding plans in your family. Ellie and Dave sound like the perfect couple, and I LOVE the sound of the tree house!! What a romantic idea and a brilliant place to stay – I intend to Google it! It’s so good when you as the parents have an immediate affinity with your children’s partner, and I know that you are a close family and he is fortunate to be joining you all :) Thanks for all your kind words and I hope you enjoyed the show on Thursday – it’s been busy weekend too, and i’ll be back again on Tuesday, so will see you then. Take care and i hope you enjoyed your weekend, Love Ali xx

  325. andrea k March 1, 2015 at 10:27 pm -  Reply

    flipping a pancake .

  326. Alison Keenan March 1, 2015 at 10:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Susan, and thank you for taking the time to write to me. You are right, of course there are literally thousands of women who wear a prosthesis, and I am getting more used to it, although I find it uncomfortable to wear it for too long at present. Bless you for your kindness, and you’re right, there is a lot of emphasis based on a woman’s shape and size, but my main upset by this setback, is the daily reminder of the cancer – I’d got very used to my implants! That said, I can get used to this too :) Bry whom I wrote about in the blog, has come up with some corking ideas for Lucy’s baby shower party, and so I feel I can contribute a little more now. I hope you have a good week, love Ali xx

  327. Alison Keenan March 1, 2015 at 10:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Mary, nice to know you had a good night out with your friend – lovely to know you’re doing something for you for a change! :) Thanks for the competition entry too, and we’ll have a winner at the end of the week. Take care, and I’ll wait to hear the rest of your news later in the week, love Ali xx

  328. Alison Keenan March 1, 2015 at 10:37 pm -  Reply

    Dear Sue, your sweet words mean a lot, and thank you for taking the time to write to me… I feel much better and more confident since I got back to work, and everyone has been lovely. I only wear the prosthesis when I’m on air, as it’s a little uncomfortable still, but it’s nice I have it for special occasions too! Talking of which VERY many congratulations on your 40th wedding Anniversary – you were married in June too – must be a lucky month :) Yes the scan was incredible, and I am truly thrilled about the baby. Take care, love Ali xx

  329. Alison Keenan March 1, 2015 at 10:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Tricia, good to hear from you although I am sorry you can’t sleep but understandable, considering all that you and your family have been through over these last two years. As you say though, marvellous for you to be able to celebrate with Jan when she has her birthday later this month. Thanks for your guess about Lucy’s baby, and also for the competition!! Be Lucky!! :) Have a great week, and please wish Jan a very happy 43rd birthday from me, love Ali xx

  330. Alison Keenan March 1, 2015 at 10:42 pm -  Reply

    Wonderful to have so many responses to the competition, and many thanks to the following for entering: Janice, Margaret, Liz, Debbie, Jenny, Sarah, Marion, Lorraine, Chris, Teresa, Christine and Pam. We’ll be drawing a winner towards the end of the week. Love Ali xx

  331. Dawn Totton March 2, 2015 at 12:04 am -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake.

  332. Susan Carruthers March 2, 2015 at 4:23 am -  Reply

    I think you have been very brave Alison get well soon and lots of love to you xx
    I think the sound is someone digging a garden!

  333. Jan Treasure March 2, 2015 at 7:22 am -  Reply

    Tossing a pancake.

  334. Sheila Sloan March 2, 2015 at 7:46 am -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  335. leanne weir March 2, 2015 at 8:28 am -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  336. Linda spevick March 2, 2015 at 9:07 am -  Reply

    Tossing a pancake

  337. Allison Sherwood March 2, 2015 at 9:28 am -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  338. caroline johnson March 2, 2015 at 10:53 am -  Reply

    I think the sound is a pancake being cooked and tossed. I would like to say what an inspiration Alison is she always looks stunning and gorgeous and has a lovely personality. I wish you all the best for upcoming events grandchilds birth and wedding.

  339. Jo Carroll March 2, 2015 at 10:55 am -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  340. Keshia Esgate March 2, 2015 at 11:15 am -  Reply

    Flipping a Pancake

  341. EDITH COCKBURN March 2, 2015 at 11:30 am -  Reply

    Turning the pancakes

  342. alison Keenan March 2, 2015 at 11:40 am -  Reply

    Many thanks to all of you for your suggestions – seems we are sticking with the food and drink theme!! Lovely to hear from Jane, Diane, Barbara, Pauline, Pamela, Hilary, Debbie, Sheila, Lesley and Jackie – we’ll put all the correct answers in a hat and draw out a winner at the end of the week. Take care, love Ali xx

  343. alison Keenan March 2, 2015 at 11:41 am -  Reply

    Morning Hester, and thanks so much for taking the time to write to me, and for watching the Diamonique show last Thursday. Your words are very comforting, and I agree, every new day is a bonus. Enjoy your week, love Ali x

  344. alison Keenan March 2, 2015 at 11:44 am -  Reply

    Dear Linda, what incredible news about your aunt. Amazing that at 99 years old she is staying strong, and that you are able to see her and she recognises you. I hope this continues, and am glad to know that she is being so well looked after. Did you find anything you liked on QVC when you got home?! :) Thanks for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  345. alison Keenan March 2, 2015 at 11:46 am -  Reply

    My dear Anne, what a lovely comment, and so kind of you to take the time to write it. I’m thinking of naming my boob, as one of our previous bloggers suggested… how about Beryl? I don’t know why, I just think it has a nice ring to it :) I’m only wearing it when I’m on air at the mo, as it’s a little tender there still, but I am definitely following the surgeons advice, and allowing myself to heal properly. So glad you enjoy the blogs, and love and a hug back to you too, Ali xx

  346. alison Keenan March 2, 2015 at 11:47 am -  Reply

    Hello there Janet, and thanks for your competition entry! Thanks also for the beautiful card you sent to me. It’s always lovely to hear from you, and I your words definitely struck a chord. I will keep the card at work on my dressing room mirror to remind me :) Have a good week, love Ali xx

  347. alison Keenan March 2, 2015 at 11:51 am -  Reply

    Oooh sorry Janet I hadn’t scrolled down, so only just found your second post. So sorry to hear about your son and his flu. I am glad tho that you got to see dear Alfie even if only for a short while, and I’m very much hoping that your son is now feeling a great deal better, and didn’t pass his flu on to anyone! I bet your snowdrops are beautiful, and like you, they cheer me up no end. My most favourite garden flower tho are Lily of the Valley – these are the flowers I hope to have in my wedding bouquet :) I know that in and amongst the good times you often think of your mum – 21 years is a long time to have been without her, but I hope your memories are a comfort to you. I hope you enjoyed the Diamonique show and got your mention? Love Ali xx

  348. alison Keenan March 2, 2015 at 11:53 am -  Reply

    Good morning to you Sue, and thanks for your competition entry! Many happy returns to you too, on Wednesday – I hope you have a very happy birthday :) It’s good to feel I made the right decision as so many of you have said, and it was definitely helped along by all your support and kindness. fingers crossed you’re lucky with the competition, but hopefully you’ll have a few surprises on Wednesday anyway :) Love Ali xx

  349. alison Keenan March 2, 2015 at 11:56 am -  Reply

    Trying to keep up with all the replies, I just want to thank Claire, Esther, Christine, Lindsay, Maxine, Ann, Katherine, Jennifer, Jill, Sue and Linda, Steph, Una, Carole, Karen Donnely and Karen Poole! Pancakes, champagne, valentines cards and rain….! Thanks to you all, and watch this space for the winner :) Love Ali xx

  350. alison Keenan March 2, 2015 at 11:58 am -  Reply

    Dear Judith, Thanks so much for writing to me and for your kind words of support. I certainly missed being at work, and it was good to be back on Thursday and to see all my friends and colleagues :) As you say, I can’t really afford any more setbacks and so this was definitely the right decision. Only another 7 weeks before Lucy’s baby arrives – can’t wait! I hope that life is good for you and yours and that you have sunshine after our grey weekend, love Ali xx

  351. alison Keenan March 2, 2015 at 12:03 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Chris, and thank you for writing to me, and for your kind words. I’m sorry that you too have had to cope with Breast cancer, but I am pretty sure that having had two years coping with a prosthesis, your body will be ready to take on the relatively short surgery to put either an implant or expander in. So glad to hear tho that you managed with the Vercella Vita up until this point. Having benefitted from the amazing support network we’ve set up here through Ali’s Army, I’m delighted to know that you have done the same through Twitter and actually managed to get together for a day. you will all LOVE the BCC Fashion Show in October – who knows, I may see you there :) I’m not sure that you can put a photo on here, but you would be able to on twitter. Take care, and thanks for writing to me, love Ali xx

  352. alison Keenan March 2, 2015 at 12:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Suzanne and thanks for your guess. I agree this fastening on the earring is very comfortable to wear, and particularly good when you have such a large stone – Here’s hoping your win the lottery and can then purchase EVERYTHING you like :) Have a great week, love Ali xx

    • Suzanne Madden March 5, 2015 at 9:57 pm -  Reply

      I hope I win the lotto too Ali. Just been reading your blog properly and it is horrible what you have had to go through, but may I say you are looking incredible and I hope you are keeping well. Loved the show tonight. Take care. xx

  353. alison Keenan March 2, 2015 at 12:15 pm -  Reply

    Lovely that so many of you were watching the Diamonique show on Thursday, and decided to take part in the competition! Thanks to Trish, Karen, Susan, Corinne, Mavis, Helen, Shirley, Denise, Isabelle, Lesley, Sinead, Marie, Tamsin W, Georgina, Laura, Denise, Joanne, Angela and Corinne – Be Lucky! love Ali x

  354. alison Keenan March 2, 2015 at 12:16 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jilly, I hope you have the sunshine where you are, and that Annie is well. Thanks also for tuning in on Thursday night, and for the compliment, plus the competition guess! It was good to be back, and great to have your company. Enjoy your week, love Ali xx

  355. alison Keenan March 2, 2015 at 12:18 pm -  Reply

    My dear Christine, how terribly sorry I am to read of your friend’s passing.. 51 is no age as you say. It is a dreadful disease, and I am glad to know that you have had a mammogram, and will keep everything crossed that all will be well. Please let me know.. Thanks for your competition entry, and I’m glad you enjoy the blog. Do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  356. alison Keenan March 2, 2015 at 12:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jane, and thanks for your guess! Thanks also for telling me about Knitted Knockers UK – I seem to remember seeing a tweet from them, and am hoping I followed them, but will now check out the site, as I’m sure a lighter weight and softer prosthesis would be more comfortable. Thanks you for thinking of me and for your good wishes too – I send mine to you, love Ali x

  357. alison Keenan March 2, 2015 at 12:25 pm -  Reply

    More names to hopefully add to our drawer! Lorraine, Michael, Lisa, Lisa Brunning, Christina, Alica, Pauline, Andy, Carol, Natasha, Kirstie, Rosalind, David, Paul, Nigel, Pamela, Mary, Theresa, Rebecca and Sharon Wallace Parmenter – what a great name!! :) Thank you all, love Ali xx

  358. alison Keenan March 2, 2015 at 12:26 pm -  Reply

    Sue, you’ve made me smile with your sweet words – I love to think I sparkle as brightly as the Diamonique :) Have a great week, Love Ali xx

  359. alison Keenan March 2, 2015 at 12:28 pm -  Reply

    Dear Eng, so glad you read and enjoy the blog, and thank you for your sweet compliment. Thanks also for entering the competition – be lucky! Love Ali xx

  360. alison Keenan March 2, 2015 at 12:33 pm -  Reply

    My dear Tina, it was lovely to hear from you, although I was so sorry to read of your sister’s pain and discomfort… Also her understandable worry for her son. These times can be so trying and I very much hope that some relief will come to her soon. I had excruciating sciatic pain in the first two years I worked at QVC – eventually I was given a spinal injection and it fixed the problem almost automatically – such a relief. Perhaps this could be looked into? I’ll be thinking of you both. How lovely to be able to visualise where you live, as I’ve seen the Paul Potts film, and really enjoyed it. Shame you weren’t able to see James Corden, and you did make me laugh with your other missed celebrity opportunities :) However at least you saw Camilla if not Prince Charles! Keep in touch, and hope to hear from you soon, love Ali xx

  361. alison Keenan March 2, 2015 at 12:36 pm -  Reply

    Working my way through as many responses as possible, and I’d like to thank Lorraine, Emma, Emma Moss, E Scott, John, PM Liu, Molly, Julie, Irene, Debbie, Elizabeth, David, Janet, Emilia, Fiona K, Claire, Gemma M, Tracy Nixon, Amy, Deborah, Judy and finally in this batch Karen Slight – whom I have to thank for suggesting it could be Madonna falling on stage!! I thought she recovered herself with great dignity, but I bet those behind the scenes got a dressing down afterwards! :) Love Ali x

  362. alison Keenan March 2, 2015 at 12:39 pm -  Reply

    Dear Annette, Lovely to hear from you, and I am glad that you feel this was the right decision, and that you like my new hair cut and colour. I loved the previous blonde, but it made my hair very dry. A new colour and cut was just what I needed to give myself a lift, and thank you so much for your kind words and compliments. Thanks too for the recommendation of meditation – I’ll look into it :) Love Ali xx

  363. alison Keenan March 2, 2015 at 12:42 pm -  Reply

    Good news for all who’ve entered and may want a second guess at the competition – or those who have yet to enter… We have extended the deadline to Monday 9th March at midday, so don’t miss your chance. Thanks tho’ to Claire, Jaonne, Helen, Ann, Kay, Kathryn, Barbara, Jane, Carol, Vicky, Nikki, Caroline, Jennifer, Caroline, Shelly Claire, Ellie B, Michelle, Hazel, Loren, Paul, Stephanie, Pamela, Julie, Leanne, Siobhan, Val B, Nicky and Toniq. Love Ali xx

  364. alison Keenan March 2, 2015 at 12:44 pm -  Reply

    Rhona, it’s great to know you’re making this competition a family affair!! Many thanks to Colin for his guess…. you’ll have to wait until the 9th March now to find out if he’s right! As you say, it’s a good guess though :) Love to you both, Ali xx

  365. alison Keenan March 2, 2015 at 12:47 pm -  Reply

    Competition deadline extended until the 9th March at midday, but thanks in advance to the following for entering : Karen, Kimberlea, Chris, Joanne, Suzanne, Tracey, Samantha, Vicky, Mrs. Rachel Heap, Hilary, Stacy, Alison, Winnie, Christine, Susan Allen, Ruth, Lynda, Valerie, Lucy, Julie, Mary Carol, Lyn, Sally Lea, Joanna, Tom, Jennifer and Hassina. Love Ali xx

  366. alison Keenan March 2, 2015 at 12:57 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Jill, and thanks so much for the heads up on Nicola Jane – I seem to remember hearing about this range when I was last at the Macmillan Centre. It’s lovely to know that you are well and staying positive 20 years down the road – gives me hope :) Take care, love Ali xx

  367. alison Keenan March 2, 2015 at 12:58 pm -  Reply

    Dee, having taken a phone call earlier and let my porridge go cold, I am now salivating over the thought of your blueberry and banana pancake!! Sounds very yummy – especially x 3 as you say! love Ali xx

  368. stacey webb March 2, 2015 at 12:59 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  369. alison Keenan March 2, 2015 at 12:59 pm -  Reply

    Hello Terry and thanks for tuning in last Thursday and for your kind words. All the correct entries will go into the hat, and we’ve extended the deadline now so that we’ll draw a winner on the 9th March at midday :) Be lucky, love Ali xx

  370. alison Keenan March 2, 2015 at 1:01 pm -  Reply

    Dear Kim, great to hear from you, and it’s lovely to be back at work – I’ve missed my friends and colleagues too! Thanks for your guess, and I just wish there were enough earrings for everyone to have as a prize :) Have a good week, love Ali xx

  371. alison Keenan March 2, 2015 at 1:02 pm -  Reply

    hi there Jacqui, and so good to hear from you. Yes, it’s been a bit of a march, but I’ve been so lucky to have the love and support from those around me, and here on the blog, that its made it possible to move on . As you say I’ll keep on putting on my lipstick and smile :) Take care, love Ali xx

  372. alison Keenan March 2, 2015 at 1:03 pm -  Reply

    Linda, it’s all smoke and mirrors! That said, I truly appreciate the sentiment :) Thanks for your guess, and have a great week, love Ali xx

  373. alison Keenan March 2, 2015 at 1:07 pm -  Reply

    Dear Francesca, I’m sorry you’ve had to go down the whole surgical route too, but I am glad that although you have to return occasionally for a ‘top up’ at least it was your own tissue that was used, and it took :) I will pray that you too, will soon have a time where surgery is not on the calendar for the foreseeable future! As you say, we are lucky though and blessed to wake each day and spend time with our family and friends. Love to you, Ali xx

  374. alison Keenan March 2, 2015 at 1:09 pm -  Reply

    My dear Gwen it was a pleasure to write back to you, as I truly appreciate you taking the time to write to me! It wasn’t the easiest of times, but I am definitely feeling brighter and more positive, and looking forward to all the good times ahead :) Being back at work is a bonus too – my new kind of normal… You take care, and do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  375. alison Keenan March 2, 2015 at 1:10 pm -  Reply

    Michele, you are so right! I am on pins with excitement these days about the pending birth. I LOVE the TV series, Call the Midwife, and can be found clucking and cooing like an old mother hen to the little ones on screen – does that make me odd?! :) But as you said, I can’t wait to meet my little grandchild, and have special times with my daughter. Have a great week, love Ali xx

  376. AIMEE SWIFT March 2, 2015 at 1:28 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  377. Dale Arnold March 2, 2015 at 1:33 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  378. Vera Pope March 2, 2015 at 2:02 pm -  Reply

    flipping a pancake

  379. Paula Phillips March 2, 2015 at 2:29 pm -  Reply

    Tossing a pancake.

  380. Christa Hugo March 2, 2015 at 3:17 pm -  Reply

    Tossing a pancake!

  381. Lee Gornall March 2, 2015 at 4:02 pm -  Reply

    Answer: Flipping A Pancake

  382. Susan Newbery March 2, 2015 at 4:58 pm -  Reply

    I believe the answer is tossing a pancake.
    Hi Alison, so lovely to see you back on air, you look so well considering what you have been through. I know how exciting it is about having a Grandchild, mine is now 3 days late, we are all so excited, especially as my Daughter and her partner, didn’t want to know what they were having. We did a baby shower for my Daughter Nichola, one of the games we did, which got people talking to each other was, putting jelly babies in a jar and guessing how many were in there, the closest, got the jar of sweeties, everybody loved that. Have loads of other ideas if you get stuck. Good Luck to you and I send you so much love. Xxxx

  383. Richard Worth March 2, 2015 at 5:00 pm -  Reply

    Answer: Flipping A Pancake

  384. Emma Kerrigan March 2, 2015 at 5:14 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a Pancake

  385. Elliot Dawson March 2, 2015 at 6:17 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  386. Lauren Pilkington March 2, 2015 at 7:06 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  387. steph lovatt March 2, 2015 at 7:29 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  388. Hayley F March 2, 2015 at 7:59 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  389. Georgia Boyle March 2, 2015 at 8:42 pm -  Reply

    Welcome back Alison and keep up the great work! You are doing really well.
    I think it is the sound of a pancake being tossed.

    Love Georgia x

  390. Dianne Parrinder March 3, 2015 at 9:31 am -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  391. Victoria Smith March 3, 2015 at 9:40 am -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  392. Amanda H March 3, 2015 at 9:41 am -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake.

  393. Helen Barton March 3, 2015 at 9:58 am -  Reply

    Someone tossing a pancake :)

  394. Debz March 3, 2015 at 9:59 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali

    What a good idea to give your boob in box a name! I was going to suggest it myself but someone beat me to it! Naming it may make it feel like more like a part of you or like a good friend that comes to visit and always makes you look good!

    I think you’ve made the right decision about delaying your surgery. The right decisions can often be the most difficult as they appear to be going against what you want at the time.

    You will be THE most glamorous granny and THE most beautiful bride of that I have no doubt. I know that part of you will be a little sad that you’re not how you want to be but, in time, I’m sure all will be well. Fill yourself up with the joys of becoming a granny and your wedding and hopefully you’ll hardly notice that it’s Beryl down there!!

    So glad you’re back with us on screen. You look stunning as always.

    Love to you and all in the Army especially my dear Alpa whose strength of character in the face of what she has to deal with is quite something.

    Lots of love and licks
    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=) XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  395. Claire Long March 3, 2015 at 10:26 am -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake.

  396. Em S March 3, 2015 at 10:27 am -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake, I think.

  397. Catherine Bell March 3, 2015 at 10:28 am -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  398. eva trelfa March 3, 2015 at 10:46 am -  Reply

    tossing a pancake :0

  399. Ros Marshall March 3, 2015 at 10:49 am -  Reply

    I think its flipping a pancake x

  400. kathleen hooper March 3, 2015 at 11:08 am -  Reply

    Answer: Flipping A Pancake

  401. Sharon Fordham March 3, 2015 at 11:17 am -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  402. ELISABETH BARNWELL March 3, 2015 at 11:25 am -  Reply

    Flipping a Pancake

  403. Barbara madden March 3, 2015 at 11:42 am -  Reply

    tossing a pancake

  404. CHRISTINE JENNINGS March 3, 2015 at 12:07 pm -  Reply

    Pancakes being tossed

  405. Sarah Lewis March 3, 2015 at 12:31 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  406. kate knight March 3, 2015 at 1:03 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  407. Jean Stewart March 3, 2015 at 1:08 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  408. Carole Paton March 3, 2015 at 1:21 pm -  Reply

    A pancake being tossed

  409. Kerry Locke March 3, 2015 at 1:30 pm -  Reply

    Flipping of a pancake

  410. Leanne Lister March 3, 2015 at 1:40 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  411. michelle thompson March 3, 2015 at 2:21 pm -  Reply

    flipping a pancake

  412. Epip March 3, 2015 at 2:38 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  413. Emma Harris March 3, 2015 at 3:03 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  414. Kevin Bloomfield March 3, 2015 at 3:16 pm -  Reply

    Tossing a pancake

  415. nicola harrison March 3, 2015 at 3:32 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  416. chirag p March 3, 2015 at 3:37 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  417. Julie Feathers March 3, 2015 at 3:50 pm -  Reply

    flipping a pancake

  418. Kelly Hooper March 3, 2015 at 3:52 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  419. claire clarke March 3, 2015 at 4:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi, I think the sound is someone flipping a pancake. It was lovely to see you back on air xx

  420. julie March 3, 2015 at 4:02 pm -  Reply

    flipping a pancake x

  421. Mark Whittaker March 3, 2015 at 4:20 pm -  Reply

    Its the sound of a pancake being flipped – a lot more successfully than mine were

  422. Angela Wilcox March 3, 2015 at 5:15 pm -  Reply

    a pancake being flipped

  423. Marie R March 3, 2015 at 5:18 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  424. carmel pickering March 3, 2015 at 5:30 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  425. Andrew Hindley March 3, 2015 at 5:37 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  426. Helen Allan March 3, 2015 at 5:55 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake.

  427. Alice Baines March 3, 2015 at 5:56 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  428. NATALIE BRADLEY March 3, 2015 at 6:03 pm -  Reply

    flipping a pancake

  429. Carol Wilks March 3, 2015 at 6:04 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  430. steph eddleston March 3, 2015 at 6:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali being watching you this week on QVC .You made me smile to myself so much.There you were rattling away such a pro .Everything just fitting togethger perfectly. you’re just amaziing and an inspiration to all women facing the tough and the difficult stuff we have to face whether its illness marriage difficulties or whatever. Your strength and determination is soooo remarkable and inspires so many of the sisterhood.Its great to have you back.Well done chuck you’re a star.

  431. steph eddleston March 3, 2015 at 6:40 pm -  Reply

    oops forgot
    A pancake being tossed on shrove tuesday.

  432. L BUNNING March 3, 2015 at 6:45 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake.

  433. Janet martins March 3, 2015 at 6:53 pm -  Reply

    Hope you had a happy pancake Tuesday x

  434. Jane Sanderson March 3, 2015 at 6:56 pm -  Reply

    I think the sound is someone tossing a pancake

  435. Steph Meakin March 3, 2015 at 7:04 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake!

  436. Florence Cross March 3, 2015 at 7:11 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  437. Sarah Parker March 3, 2015 at 7:33 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  438. Barbara Handley March 3, 2015 at 7:48 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a Pancake.

  439. mel crumpton March 3, 2015 at 7:57 pm -  Reply

    cooking and tossing a pancake

  440. Hannah SMith March 3, 2015 at 7:58 pm -  Reply

    Definitely a pancake being flipped!

  441. annelouise hall March 3, 2015 at 7:58 pm -  Reply

    flipping a pancake

  442. vicky dunn March 3, 2015 at 7:59 pm -  Reply

    flipping a pancake x

  443. Sharon Weaden March 3, 2015 at 8:05 pm -  Reply

    A pancake being flipped

  444. Rachel b March 3, 2015 at 8:20 pm -  Reply

    a pancake being tossed

  445. Amy Cumpsty March 3, 2015 at 8:48 pm -  Reply

    Tossing a pancake.
    Well done on beating cancer & your return to work.
    Good luck for your Grandchild & the wedding – lots to look forward to!!
    PS Say Hi to Charlie (Brook) from me x

  446. K McGuinness March 3, 2015 at 8:55 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  447. Emma Hawkins March 3, 2015 at 8:57 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  448. teresa jones March 3, 2015 at 9:05 pm -  Reply

    tossing a pancake

  449. JACKIE HARRISON March 3, 2015 at 9:12 pm -  Reply

    FLIPPIN A PANCAKE

  450. Beth March 3, 2015 at 9:18 pm -  Reply

    flipping a pancake

  451. Sara Coyne March 3, 2015 at 9:28 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  452. Melissa Lee March 3, 2015 at 9:34 pm -  Reply

    Pancake flipping

  453. Hayley Mulgrove March 3, 2015 at 9:38 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  454. Kimberley Howes March 3, 2015 at 9:42 pm -  Reply

    Sound of a pancake being flipped

  455. nisha koya March 3, 2015 at 9:44 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  456. Amanda Rose March 3, 2015 at 9:50 pm -  Reply

    Answer: Flipping A Pancake

  457. Debbie Timms March 3, 2015 at 9:56 pm -  Reply

    Pancake tossing! x

  458. Michelle Edmonds March 3, 2015 at 10:01 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  459. Emily Fraser March 3, 2015 at 10:03 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  460. Shelley Jessup March 3, 2015 at 10:10 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake!

  461. Ellen Stafford March 3, 2015 at 10:17 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  462. Hong March 3, 2015 at 10:26 pm -  Reply

    tossing/ flipping a pancake

  463. Beth Bowdler March 3, 2015 at 10:32 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  464. Gilla March 3, 2015 at 10:38 pm -  Reply

    I think it’s the sound of a pancake being tossed / flipped.

  465. Lani Nash March 3, 2015 at 10:40 pm -  Reply

    Tossing a pancake!

  466. sarah mills March 3, 2015 at 10:40 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake is the answer

  467. meena suresh March 3, 2015 at 10:48 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  468. denise s March 3, 2015 at 11:06 pm -  Reply

    Tossing a pancake

  469. Elaine P March 3, 2015 at 11:25 pm -  Reply

    Tossing a pancake

  470. Louise M March 3, 2015 at 11:37 pm -  Reply

    it sounds like flipping a pancake

  471. Jane Middleton March 3, 2015 at 11:39 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  472. Claire B March 3, 2015 at 11:43 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  473. Robert Harrison March 3, 2015 at 11:57 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  474. Petra May March 4, 2015 at 12:09 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison. I believe the answer is tossing a pancake. I have followed your journey from the beginning, and have been quietly admiring of how you have coped with everything. I never thought I would have to face the same type of journey. Unfortunately, 4 weeks ago I was diagnosed with both invasive and DCIS breast cancer. One week later, as we waited for the results of a biopsy, my beautiful mother died totally unexpectedly. She was 83. Last Friday I had a wide local incision and node sampling, and this Thursday we say our final goodbye to mum. It is so true that we should all make the most of everyday as life can be turned upside down in an instant. I am now waiting for the results following surgery and will learn what the treatment plan is. I am determined to beat this. I wish you joy with your forthcoming grandchild and your wedding. God bless.

  475. Jamie Millard March 4, 2015 at 12:17 am -  Reply

    Tossing a pancake.

  476. Pauline W March 4, 2015 at 12:47 am -  Reply

    Hello Alison, Lovely blog again I do enjoy reading your news. You have a great year to look forward to and enjoy with Colin, family and friends.Stay healthy oh and I think the sound is someone tossing a pancake. X

  477. shelley stevenson March 4, 2015 at 12:54 am -  Reply

    The tossing of pancakes

  478. Robyn Logan Clarke March 4, 2015 at 1:21 am -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  479. DonnaLouise Edmonds March 4, 2015 at 1:26 am -  Reply

    Cooking and tossing a pancake x x x

  480. Danielle Frowde March 4, 2015 at 2:06 am -  Reply

    Tossing a Pancake

  481. Alpa March 4, 2015 at 5:49 am -  Reply

    My Dear Ali,

    I couldn’t sleep again and thought I’d write to you. Thank you for an empowering and uplifting blog :) I am thankful you’ve healed well this time and that your Mum and Jenny were able to come to your rescue with the prosthesis. For what it’s worth, I do think you’ve made the best decision possible.

    I’m beyond thrilled at the joyful events you have to look forward to : How incredible to know you will soon hold your first grandchild in your arms. I always think of baby as a girl :) It made me smile when Jo said Lucy’s baby would have a busy Summer, how true :) I went to a baby shower where the hostess had keepsakes of the occasion made up for guests to take away. It was a miniature photo frame; the packaging had ribbon tied around it and an oversized safety pin attached. I don’t think we can attach photos when we write to you as it would be so much easier to show you. If cupcakes appeal to you, do google instagram.com/nataporter which is the instagram page of the founder of net-a-porter. There are photos of cupcakes designed for a baby shower at the start of February, so not to far to look back :) Glad to hear you’ve finalised the wedding invitations and look forward to hearing about your plans. Your mum looks very well and indeed much younger than she is. Lovely to know that she celebrates such a special birthday this year.

    Thank you for posting the link to Bryony’s just giving page. What a mammoth challenge and good to know money is being raised for such a worthwhile cause. I didn’t realise Mount Vernon is where you have been treated. It’s not too far away from where I am.

    No worries about the missing email. Thank you for what you said about the Ombudsman’s case. I had to provide a final response last week which has now been done.

    Jo, congratulations on Ellie’s wedding news. I’m thrilled you have that to look forward to. I love the idea of staying in a luxurious tree house, how fabulous :) x

    Sue, congratulations on your 40th wedding anniversary this year. Definitely a very special celebration :) x

    Tricia, wishing Jan a very happy birthday for the 12th March. So pleased that two years after her diagnosis, you can all celebrate a much better time. Happy days :) Love to you and Jan x

    Ali, take care

    Lots of Love, Alpa xxx

    P.S I think the answer to your seasonal sound competition is cooking and flipping a pancake.

  482. Siobhan Lucy March 4, 2015 at 7:19 am -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  483. Victoria Green March 4, 2015 at 7:49 am -  Reply

    Welcome back, lots of love and luck.
    The sound is tossing a pancake
    Thank you x

  484. sarah March 4, 2015 at 7:50 am -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  485. Heather Jenkinson March 4, 2015 at 7:53 am -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake :)

  486. Carol Bell March 4, 2015 at 8:40 am -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  487. Alison Johnson March 4, 2015 at 8:47 am -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  488. Janet Lewis March 4, 2015 at 9:08 am -  Reply

    The sound of pancake being tosssed

  489. Evie March 4, 2015 at 9:12 am -  Reply

    Tossing a Pancake!

  490. Sue Kirk March 4, 2015 at 9:20 am -  Reply

    Pancake tossing possibly?

  491. Jacqueline Roberts March 4, 2015 at 9:35 am -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  492. Luisa Lauren March 4, 2015 at 10:01 am -  Reply

    Tossing a pancake

  493. sandra ralph March 4, 2015 at 10:57 am -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  494. Christine Constable March 4, 2015 at 11:27 am -  Reply

    Tossing a pancake

  495. Mr James Holyland March 4, 2015 at 12:47 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  496. Veronica Therawati March 4, 2015 at 12:57 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  497. Rebecca JacksonMakin March 4, 2015 at 1:20 pm -  Reply

    Cooking a pancake and flipping it.

  498. Amelia Avossa March 4, 2015 at 1:28 pm -  Reply

    Answer is… Flipping a PANCAKE! :D

  499. elodie ladlow March 4, 2015 at 1:39 pm -  Reply

    flipping a pancake :D

  500. Paul Witney March 4, 2015 at 1:48 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  501. Dawn F March 4, 2015 at 2:31 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake?

  502. Becky John March 4, 2015 at 2:56 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  503. Pat Daly March 4, 2015 at 2:57 pm -  Reply

    Yes Alison your blogs are interesting, without going on too long. I am a big fan.

    Your competition : sounds like pancakes being flipped.

    Pat

  504. Barbara Jane Shaw March 4, 2015 at 3:34 pm -  Reply

    Tossing a Pancake!

  505. Laura W March 4, 2015 at 3:40 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  506. Catherine Gregory March 4, 2015 at 6:30 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  507. carole eaves March 4, 2015 at 7:11 pm -  Reply

    sounds like tossing a pancake….the hair do looks great Ali…it suits you.

  508. Cathryn Bowen March 4, 2015 at 7:32 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  509. Fiona Riddell March 4, 2015 at 7:40 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  510. clair dutton March 4, 2015 at 8:51 pm -  Reply

    flipping a pancake

  511. antonia richardson March 4, 2015 at 10:32 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  512. Alison Keenan March 4, 2015 at 10:34 pm -  Reply

    My dear Petra, I have just been reading through these replies before I head up to bed and found yours…… I am so terribly sorry…. For you to have faced this kind of news, and then just one week later to have lost your mum, is devastating. The surgery you have had to have before your mum’s funeral must have been incredibly difficult, and I will be thinking of you today (Thursday) when you wish her, her final farewell. You are clearly an incredibly strong woman… as your mother no doubt was, and your determination to beat this awful disease to my mind, is half the battle won… I pray your treatment will be short, and that you will be able to see this as the beginning of you getting better. As you know from having read this blog for the last four years, I have been where you are, and am out the other side… this is just a few months out of the rest of your life…Stay strong, and please keep in touch. With my love, Ali xxx

  513. Kate Davis March 4, 2015 at 10:42 pm -  Reply

    Tossing a pancake……..and catching it.

  514. Sue Brett March 4, 2015 at 11:03 pm -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  515. Sonia G March 5, 2015 at 9:44 am -  Reply

    Flipping A Pancake

  516. Alison Keenan March 5, 2015 at 11:33 am -  Reply

    Hello there Carol, Another lovely sunny day, and believe it or not I still have 9 of my roses left!! Your Valentine’s surprise sounds delicious – and quite frankly after 48 years of marriage I think it’s lovely that your husband still celebrates the day with you :) The scan of Lucy’s baby was beautiful, and for me, like you, something I’d never seen before.. Quite emotional, and an incredible thing for her to keep as they filmed it and it’s on DVD – one for the 18th birthday me thinks!! Love to you, Ali x

  517. Alison Keenan March 5, 2015 at 11:39 am -  Reply

    Morning Mary, and apologies for being a little tardy in my reply – as you can see, I have a fair few to get through! :) That said, it’s always lovely to hear from you, and easy to imagine you walking along that beach in the sunshine – definitely needing more face oil and moisturiser though! Your night out with your friends sounds great, and I too hang onto those vouchers, although I’ve given mine to Lucy and Simon to take the children out. Sorry you felt rough in the morning, especially as no alcohol taken, but I think you’re probably over tired! The cheesecake sounds delicious, and I am waiting on your news – everything crossed!!!! :) Great choice of gift for your friend’s 50th – you know me and my diamonique – really looking forward to tonight’s 9pm show! I also struck lucky in the clearance just the other day, when looking for a dress – well worth a trawl through. I’m sure your friend’s daughter will love the shoe pendant – I remember selling it! Hellebore’s are beautiful aren’t they? The pink/peach one Ros and Chris bought me for Christmas is in full bloom and also in a cobalt pot – how funny is that :) Hope you’ve had a good week, and keep in touch – let’s hope March is your lucky month :) Love Ali xx

  518. Alison Keenan March 5, 2015 at 11:42 am -  Reply

    Gosh thanks very much to so many of you for taking the time to take part in the competition – Sam, Christina, Karen, Jane, M Knight, Tammy, Frances, Fozia, Cat Palmer, Emma Nixon, Margaret, Allan, Fill, Lynn, Yvonne, Dorothy, Laura, Jo, Fiona, Tim, Samantha, Jenny, Athena Winchester Shore!, Steve, Norma and Jane. Draw takes place next Monday the 9th, love Ali xx

  519. Alison Keenan March 5, 2015 at 11:44 am -  Reply

    Also, Samantha, Chris, Claire, Jason, Teresa, Christine, Helen, Simon, Dee, Cecelia, NickyB, Michelle H, jane, Claire, Rebecca, Hawkins, Sharon Fox, Lynsey, Rachel and Hayley. All correct entries will go into the draw on Monday. Be Lucky! Love Ali xx

  520. Chris N March 5, 2015 at 11:45 am -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  521. Alison Keenan March 5, 2015 at 11:46 am -  Reply

    Terry thanks for your entry to the competition, and for your kind words.. You know the song Smile… works every time for me :) Love Ali xx

  522. Alison Keenan March 5, 2015 at 11:50 am -  Reply

    Hello there Jan, and thanks for your comments – will have my mum smile too :) It’s been heavy going at times, but we’re both determined, and sometimes being at work and having to be completely focussed, is the saving of me :) Your son certainly excelled for your 80th didn’t he! What a kind and thoughtful way to celebrate. The last time I was in Yorkshire was when I took part in the Three Peaks Challenge – sadly it rained all day, which was such a shame, as the landscape there is some of my favourite. Thanks for your guess, and take care, love Ali xx

  523. Alison Keenan March 5, 2015 at 11:53 am -  Reply

    Sandra, two boxes! Good for you :) I am getting more used to it now, and carry it around in the grey satin bag that housed my Elemis 25th Anniversary bliss capsules :) But I agree, far too many of us now.. let’s keep on praying they find a cure asap. Have a great weekend – it’s going to be warm! Love Ali xx

  524. Alison Keenan March 5, 2015 at 11:56 am -  Reply

    More of you to thank! Julie, Sara, Sandra, Jo, Jan, Christine, Stephanie, Matt Gee, Michelle Goss, Dawn, Susan, Jan, Sheila, Leanne, Linda, Allison, Jo, Keshia and Edith! Love Ali x

  525. Alison Keenan March 5, 2015 at 11:56 am -  Reply

    Caroline, your kind words and good wishes are so very much appreciated. And yes, I am VERY much looking forward to the birth of my first grandchild, and the wedding… moving ever closer each week! Love to you, Ali x

  526. Alison Keenan March 5, 2015 at 11:58 am -  Reply

    Well, we’ve certainly hit on a theme here haven’t we! Thanks to all of you for taking part in the competition, including Aimee, Dale, Vera, Paula, Christa, Lee, Richard, Emma, Elliot, Lauren, Steph, Hayley F, Georgia, Dianne, Victoria and Amanda H! Love Ali xx

  527. Alison Keenan March 5, 2015 at 12:04 pm -  Reply

    Dear Susan, By the time you get this, I am hoping you will have received news of your grandchild’s arrival! Soooo exciting, especially as nobody knows whether it’s a boy or girl, and wonderful to think of you all together as a family :) Thank you so much for your ideas about the baby shower – I have made note of the jelly babies, and will give you a shout if I need any more. I went shopping yesterday and got a few bits and bobs for Lucy’s – feel quite excited! Do let me know what Nichola had, and I hope her labour was short and forgettable! Love to you too, Ali xx

  528. Alison Keenan March 5, 2015 at 12:07 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Debz, and as always, lovely to hear from you, although reading between the lines I’m guessing that things are still difficult for you.. Hang on in there, it will get easier, it always does. We have to get through the lows to appreciate the highs :) I’ve taken your advice re Beryl, and clothed I’m pretty pleased with the results. It’s just getting used to it, which of course I am. I’m sending you a big hug, and am hoping that this weekend – which is meant to be warm and sunny – will be one that you, Neal and Ainzley can enjoy. Love to you, Ali xx

  529. Alison Keenan March 5, 2015 at 12:09 pm -  Reply

    Helen Barton thank you! Thanks also to Claire Long, Em S, Catherine, Eva, Ros, Kathleen, Sharon, Elisabeth, Barbara, Christine, Sarah, Kate, Jean Stewart, Carole, Keryy, Leanne, Michelle, Epip, Emma, Kevin, Nicola, Chirag, Julie, Kelly, Claire and Julie! Love Ali x

  530. Alison Keenan March 5, 2015 at 12:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Steph, good to hear from you, and to have had your company over the week. Thanks for your kind words – I find working very therapeutic, as it’s so full on there is no time to think of other things. It’s saved me in many a crisis – as you mentioned – marriage difficulties, and of course my son Sam when he was critically ill in hospital. I think we’ve all got the reserves just sometimes we have to dig deeper than others :) Love to you and do keep in touch, Ali xx

  531. Alison Keenan March 5, 2015 at 12:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Alpa, I’m sorry you couldn’t sleep, but thanks so much for using your time to write to me – always good to hear from you :) It was thanks to you, and all those others in Ali’s Army who helped me make my decision, and I know it was the only one to make… Thank you for your baby shower ideas – I am compiling a list, and will discuss it with Mel who has been sorting invitation etc. She is expecting her own baby on Monday, so may well be glad of the help! I’m sure Bry has read your comment and will be pleased – it is an incredible undertaking, and for such a good cause… I didn’t realise you lived close to Mount Vernon either! Take care, and I hope you are getting the opportunity to enjoy the sunshine and ‘slightly’ warmer weather! Love to you, Ali xx

  532. Alison Keenan March 5, 2015 at 12:21 pm -  Reply

    Must crack on and check the proof for my wedding invites now, but wanted to thank Siobahn, Victoria, Sarah, Heather, Carol, Alison, Janet, Evie, Sue, Mr. James Holyland!, Veronica, Rebecca, Amelia, Elodie, Paul, Dawn, Becky, Pat, Barbara Jane Shaw, Catherine, Carole, Cathryn, Fiona, Claire and Antonia! Draw takes place on the 9th March and the winner will be announced in my new blog!!! Love Ali xx

  533. Caroline Cowles March 5, 2015 at 1:36 pm -  Reply

    Tossing a pancake! Mine usually just end up on the floor!

  534. Debbie Le Sueur March 5, 2015 at 2:16 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like a pancake being flipped.

  535. wendy gordon March 5, 2015 at 2:46 pm -  Reply

    Tossing a pancake.

  536. Jilly March 5, 2015 at 7:11 pm -  Reply

    Just have to say how absolutely super you look tonight Ali. I happened to turn on to Kim &Co and there you are in my living room looking quite stunning with lovely hair and seeming to be looking younger- just great!! Great also to read everyone’s catch up. We had beetle drive on pancake night and it was such fun.
    Tricia, my Annie is 43 in August and it was just after her birthday three years ago she told us her devastating news. I am sure you will all have a ball this year and don’t spend anytime looking back. Just onwards and upwards is the way to go.
    What a shame your son was poorly on Alfie’s birthday Janet. I always feel it takes so long to get over flu. I am sure little Alfie had a great day even if his daddy was feeling so awful.
    Time is fast approaching when you will be nursing your darling grandchild Ali. You will equally be on tender hooks and counting down until baby arrives. When Annie went into labour she phoned me to ask if I thought she might be…. Then said she thought it best to have some breaky before she phoned the hospital!!! Needless to say she was in labour but the beaky kept her going throughout! Do give Lucy a hug and hope she has finished school now.
    Alpa, my son in law has been to two “fatique” classes and has found them a great help. He has five more to go to. I wonder if any would be on offer for you and might help in anyway.
    Delighted to read Jan was taken on a birthday treat to the Yorkshire Dales That is my neck of the woods even though I don’t live there now.
    Looking forward to seeing more of you now Ali and hearing wedding and baby news. It really did seem such a long time you were away. Love Jilly xx

  537. Hilary Littlefield March 5, 2015 at 8:14 pm -  Reply

    I think the sound is a pancake being tossed. Take care Ali – l always look forward to reading your blog……you truly are an inspiration xx

  538. janice March 5, 2015 at 9:51 pm -  Reply

    Cooking and tossing a pancake

  539. jean chambers March 5, 2015 at 9:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi I think it is tossing a pancake x

  540. james fisher March 5, 2015 at 9:51 pm -  Reply

    tossing a pancake

  541. james fisher March 5, 2015 at 9:51 pm -  Reply

    flipping a pancake

  542. Hayley Graham March 5, 2015 at 9:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison. Could it be Tossing a Pancake and then catching it. Would be Fantastic to win.

  543. Danielle Jade March 5, 2015 at 9:56 pm -  Reply

    I think the seasonal sound is a pancake being tossed.

  544. Tina brooks March 5, 2015 at 9:57 pm -  Reply

    Making and flipping a pancake on shrove Tuesday

  545. elaine parkes March 5, 2015 at 9:57 pm -  Reply

    Think it is pancakes being tossed

  546. Christina Fish March 5, 2015 at 10:00 pm -  Reply

    It sounds like a pancake being flipped in a pan – hope its right. Enjoying your show tonight Alison, welcome back, and by the way you look lovely,as always xxx

  547. Brenda Kerby March 5, 2015 at 10:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison I think it is flipping a pancake.

  548. claire reeve March 5, 2015 at 10:03 pm -  Reply

    I think the sound is sucking up leaves from the garden.

  549. Jasmine Martin March 5, 2015 at 10:53 pm -  Reply

    I think its tossing a pancake x

  550. Lizzie March 6, 2015 at 12:59 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison, I have followed your progress over the last few years as I had breast cancer 19 years ago. I have always worn a prosthesis and it has become a part of my daily routine. (Just be careful near candles, you don’t want to be like Mrs Doubtfire!). My hairdresser was gobsmacked a few months ago when I told him; he has done my hair since before my op and had never known. My only awkward moments have been when leaning over a a freezer in the supermarket and I do have to be careful with necklines as some are now too low.
    You are an inspiration to all BC patients.
    Good luck for your wedding and new grand-child.
    Love and best wishes

  551. Wendy March 6, 2015 at 1:02 pm -  Reply

    Lovely to hear you so upbeat!
    I think it is pancake tossing/cooking

  552. Paula Smith March 6, 2015 at 5:22 pm -  Reply

    I believe the answer to the sound quiz is a sizzling pancake which is then tossed in the air and caught.

  553. Alison Keenan March 6, 2015 at 8:26 pm -  Reply

    My dear Lizzie, how lovely to hear from you, and to know that 19 years on you are well and happy and living a normal life.
    I’m not surprised your hairdresser was astonished when you told him, but if I was wearing a hat I’d take it off to you for
    living your life inspite of this disease. I will definitely take your advice, although the pocket in the bra I wear well fitted and Beryl sits there quite safely. I was thinking about taking the silicone part of it out of the pocket and possibly putting it into a bathing costume I have, but am worried that if it came out while I was swimming in the sea, it could be mistaken for a jellyfish! :) Completely in agreement with the neckline issue though, and many of the dresses I wore on air previously are too low for me now. YOU are the inspiration, and thank you very much for taking the time out to write to me and to give us all hope. Have a great weekend, love Ali xx

  554. Alison Keenan March 6, 2015 at 8:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Jilly, lovely to hear from you and to catch up on all the news, and for you to catch up with the rest of us! Thanks for the
    compliments – my hair is a little easier to style now it’s shorter, and although I loved the true blonde look, it did try my hair quite badly, so I’ve gone back to high and lowlights. Lucy finishes work next Wednesday, and is literally counting the days! I will see her on Mother’s Day and then I’m going up to help her sort the ‘nursery’ on Wednesday before my Dennis Basso launch! so exciting. I have plenty more ideas for the Baby Shower now and so am working on that plus the wedding invite proof which is grand so we will hopefully have them end of next week! :) I agree with you totally about putting the past behind you. I sometimes find it hard not to think of certain dates.. this Monday is 4 years since I began my chemo.. such an uncertain time, and yet look at where I am now.. its never quite as bad as it seems at the time. Love to you, Annie and the family, and thanks for keeping in touch, Ali xx

  555. Mary Morphy March 6, 2015 at 10:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali..heard from GBBO on Tuesday… you won’t be seeing me on the tele..absolutely gutted. had a lovely letter though but getting to the last 48 out of 20,000 isn’t bad is it? Love Mary xx

  556. Mairead Heaney March 7, 2015 at 1:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, it’s the sound of a pancake being tossed xx

  557. Petra May March 7, 2015 at 11:06 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison. Thank you so much for your lovely words and kind thoughts. The funeral for mum went very well and we managed to make it a celebration of her life as well as a farewell. I gave a reading during the service and even made a small impromptu speech at the same time. I know mum would have been proud. After the gathering for family and friends, when everyone had gone, there were 7 of us close family left, all dressed in traditional black, and we realised we hadn’t booked taxis. So we decided to take the bus. We were carrying the last of the bottles of drink and must have looked like some sort of cult to the other passengers. Mum and dad were looking down and laughing I am sure. I took my dressings off yesterday. It was a shock to see how much has been taken, but if it saves my life I can cope with a little disfigurement. I get the results and hopefully learn my treatment plan on the 18th March. Take care of yourself. Petra x

  558. LUCY COOK March 8, 2015 at 4:43 am -  Reply

    Your blogs are always such a great read. You’re an inspirational woman Alison. As for the sound ……… I’m also going with ‘pancake tossing’. :-)

  559. Richard Martins March 8, 2015 at 10:21 am -  Reply

    Pancake tossing :)

  560. Brenda Hughes March 8, 2015 at 10:42 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison is it tossing a pancake. x.

  561. martin forbes March 8, 2015 at 5:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi alison hope you and your family are well when is your daughter due with her baby.
    i have just enjoyed a 2week lazy holiday from work doing nothing back tomorrow monday .what athought look forward to next holiday.

  562. Alpa March 9, 2015 at 11:18 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali,

    It’s so good to have you back :) You look fabulous and your new cut and colour is just perfect. I was glad to use the time to write to you. I didn’t realise quite how many smiley faces I used though! I’m not able to switch off or sleep at night. Sleep dysfunction is part of the illness and the physical effect of lack of sleep has been horrible. On a positive note, it looks like you are well on track for Lucy’s baby shower :) I’m sure Mel will be very glad of the help if her own baby is due today. How lovely for two best friends to have their babies so close together. I’ve not had the chance to enjoy the sunshine, but the brighter days do make a difference.

    Jilly, thanks for your suggestion. I’ve not been to ‘fatigue’ classes but this is something that was looked at when I was referred to classes to ‘manage’ the ME. It is not recognised as a neurological disease here which is why proper medical treatment does not exist. These classes consisted of psychotherapy and graded exercise therapy. I think they also looked at pacing which does not work for me. Patients with neurological symptoms are meant to be excluded. Instead I was referred twice and as this was a distance from where I live, just getting there and back wiped me out! My body never recovered from the damage being forced to exercise caused and left me housebound and bedbound. When I found out the truth, it was too late as the damage had already been done. Fast forward a few years later to the present time; I can not be up and about as normal and I am housebound. I can’t go out as and when I like as my body does not allow it. ME is not fatigue and classes like this would not help in anyway. I say this only from my own experience. I appreciate that you thought of me and I am glad your son-in-law has found them a great help.

    I’m two years younger than Annie and hope you have a ball celebrating her birthday in August, after all you have been through as a family. It was my birthday last week and I was ignored! Not even a message from my family and it was the same for Christmas and New Year. Standing up to people has consequences and I was so weary of being reminded that I don’t matter. I did have beautiful flowers from a friend which made my day :) The only way now is forwards or as you say, ‘onwards and upwards and no looking back’ Love to you and Annie x

    Debz, bless you for thinking of me and your kind words. I don’t feel I have any strength of character at present so thank you for saying that I do! Love to you and Neal and a special cuddle for dear Ainzley x

    Look forward to hearing your news Ali.

    Take care,
    Lots of Love, Alpa xxx

  563. Linda Gregor March 9, 2015 at 12:40 pm -  Reply

    Flipping a pancake

  564. Clare Franks March 10, 2015 at 4:53 pm -  Reply

    I think its Flipping a pancake.

  565. Joanna Downey March 10, 2015 at 5:53 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alpa, Thank you for your lovely comments about Ellie, the wedding is booked for 22nd December and it’s all very exciting. Happy Birthday for last week, I’m so pleased that a thoughtful friend and beautiful flowers made it special. The spite shown by others is obviously very hard to deal with but the problem lies with them NOT you. Today has been lovely in the West Midlands with warm(ish) sunshine and Mediterranean blue skies so let’s pretend it was your birthday today and the Sun shined for you. Love from Jo x

  566. Alpa March 11, 2015 at 4:03 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jo,

    You’re welcome. How very exciting that Ellie’s wedding is booked. Thank you for understanding and for your lovely message. It was a week ago today and I am enjoying my beautiful flowers. I love the idea that as it has been lovely in the West Midlands we pretend it was my birthday today and the Sun shined for me.

    Lots of Love, Alpa xxx

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