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Valentine’s, walks and sparkling Diamonique!

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Honey on the stairsSitting as I am at the moment I can see a beautiful full moon!  It was ever present on my journey back from Lucy’s tonight, and if I’d not been driving, I would have taken a photograph as it was huge! I checked out the symbolism of a full moon, and apparently it is the opportunity to start anew and refresh your dreams and desires.

I know that for some, this month is going to be harder than  others, and with that in mind I wanted to mention Debz who’s companion of 19 years ‘Ainzley’ passed in January.  I realise how much her stories meant to us all, from the responses she has had on the blog, and I hope that each day gets a little easier for you Debz.  I also hope that Jilly and Annie, Alpa, Una, Liz and Sue are all well… we miss you.

Honey asleep

I’ve spent the day with Honey, as Lucy and Simon were to have been attending a funeral, but Lucy has been poorly with a sickness bug, so I came to look after Honey and her mum! Honey is nearly 10 months old, and ate her lunch beautifully, and so having made sure Lucy was comfortable, we went out for a long walk – well I walked, and Honey slept!  We played and sang once we were home, and after she’d demolished another mummy made dinner, Dad took over and I headed home.  She is on the verge of walking, and the picture (above left) is her attempting the stair gate! Lucy and Simon are going to need eyes in the back of their heads!!!

Colin and I seem to be working opposite ends of the day at present, but it’s all in a good cause.  I’m excited to tell you that his second Sonny Walters album is due for release very soon, and he has written some great original tracks. There’s more depth to many of the stories, and I felt particularly blessed when he played a special song he had written for me “I Know She’s Mine”. It made me cry the first time I heard it, and I’d love to share it with you, so once it’s completed, I’ll post it up for you.

Chandelier at hotelColin and I on Valentine's night

Because we’ve been like ships that pass in the night, and also because I was due to be working on Valentine’s Day this year, Colin very kindly organised a night out for us on Friday 12th February, and having instructed me to pack an overnight bag, he got back from the studios around 4pm and drove us into London. Hard to believe it’s been two years since he proposed to me on Valentine’s Day, at the Grand Hotel in Brighton!

Well this year he had booked us into a lovely hotel in Victoria – how’s this for a chandelier! (pictured above right), From there we took a taxi to The Wellesley on the edge of Hyde Park Corner. They play jazz there on Friday nights, and we had dinner reservations too – a seven course taster menu which was incredible!  There was the option to have a different wine with each course, but as I was wearing a very tight dress and incredibly high heels, I didn’t feel that was an option for me…!

Meal on Valentine's night

The inevitable visit to the ladies room would take some negotiating around the number of tables in this dimly lit room, and I didn’t want to let myself down! : ) A musical trio provided our entertainment for the night – piano, double bass and a female vocalist – and they were amazing!  It couldn’t have been more romantic, and we had a wonderful time.

Berkshire walk

Berkshire walkI had a couple of days off after that, but he was back to the studio, so I put on my walking shoes and headed out. Having lived in Berkshire for the last three years, I am getting a little more familiar with all the bridleways and country lanes, and I had a wonderful 12.18km walk in the sunshine on Monday last week.  The trouble I’d been having with my right knee has been almost eliminated thanks to a terrific physio at the Drummond Clinic, and what with my Aeropilates I’m getting stronger each week.

Windsor Park views

Windsor Park views

Actually my friend Jo was so inspired by my renewed energy and flexibility that she also bought an Aeropilates and is getting on famously with it!  She’s had several knee operations but has found this to be excellent.  A very familiar landmark in Berkshire is of course Windsor Castle, and Colin and I set off up the Long Walk through the Great Park last Sunday.  We took these photos at the opposite end to the Castle, right up by an amazing Copper statue of King George 3rd sitting astride his horse.  Although it was a very grey day, it was incredibly mild, and we managed a good 10km before getting back to the car.

Diamonique 2.2ct tw Simulated Champagne East West Ring - 665544

Diamonique 0.4ct tw Cross Over Ring - 666154

 

Having enjoyed quite a few days away from work, I will of course be back at 9pm tonight for an hour of Diamonique.  I’m also very excited to tell you that we are working on some changes to the show’s format, involving new designs, new cuts, topical events, and a special pick from me each week! If you want to be ahead of the game, keep in touch with me on Twitter @alikqvc as well, as I’m often able to let you know about special offers in advance! Talking of which, this stunning East West Champagne coloured Diamonique ring (above top) is going to be in the show tonight (I’ve already ordered mine!) and there is a beautiful openwork twist ring too (above)!

Diamonique 39ct tw Mother of Pearl Dress Watch  - 634593

Diamonique 0.1ct Enchanted Earclimber Earrings - 663992

Along with a stunning dress watch (above top) and a truly original pair of the ever-popular earclimbers (above) we are planning to preview as much as we can prior to the Diamonique TSV with Dale at midnight tonight. Let me know if there’s anything YOU’D like to see on a Thursday, and I’ll do my level best to get it!  I’m at the Q on Saturday and Sunday too, and am very much looking forward to working with Mally again – it’s been far too long – see what’s coming up from her this weekend!

Thanks so much for your lovely comments this last week or so – it’s been great to catch up, and I hope you’ll have a few moments for me this week too : ) ! I promise as always, I’ll write back.

Take care, with my love,

Ali xx

52 Comments

  1. Loraine February 25, 2016 at 1:37 pm -  Reply

    Sorry Alison have written to you on previous blog had problems sending first message so I sent another one and now there are two almost the same sorry love Loraine x

    • Alison Keenan February 27, 2016 at 4:31 pm -  Reply

      Loraine, thank you for giving it a second go! I will check back and reply to you. Have a great weekend, love Ali xx

  2. Nadine Farrow February 25, 2016 at 9:49 pm -  Reply

    Loved the regular Thursday show, beautiful items as always. The butterfly made me think how fun a bee pendant would be! Excuse the pun! Xxxx

    • Alison Keenan February 29, 2016 at 8:11 pm -  Reply

      Nadine! Loving your suggestion! May well speak to our buyers about it. Thank you Love Ali xx

  3. Margaret Upton February 26, 2016 at 2:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    Lovely photos of Honey, very cute but doesn’t time fly!
    You do pack a lot into your life, I feel ashamed! I bought a Pilates Machine (I think it was called the Premier) a lot of years ago, sadly I don’t use it as the only room big enough to use it in is the living room, my husband is always in his armchair, when he does pop out I need to clean the room!
    Shouldn’t grumble at least I can pop out for a walk or meet my daughter for a chat and a glass of wine.
    I think the way to go is a Yoga DVD which I could use on my little TV in the bedroom!
    Your evening out looked wonderful, really looking forward to hearing the special song.

    Love
    Maggie
    xx

    • Alison Keenan February 29, 2016 at 10:45 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Maggie, and yes you’re right the time does indeed fly by! We have little James christening in a few weeks and he is four months old now :) I’m glad you have your daughter living nearby and you spend time with her. It’s great now that I can see Lucy and Honey usually once a week, and the boys as they work, about once a month. To be honest if I didn’t have a spare bedroom, the sitting room would be the only place for my Aeropilates too! Glad you have the Yoga Dvd tho, and I always find housework brings me out in a sweat :) Take care, and thanks for writing, love Ali xx

  4. Joanna Downey February 26, 2016 at 4:41 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali and happy Friday, It was a treat to see you had posted another blog so soon and lovely to read about all your busy activities. Honey is a very advanced little girl; I’m very impressed with the fact that she’s not yet 10 months and is on the verge of walking, she’ll be joining you on your many kilometre treks before you know it. The moon was stunning this week and the skies here were incredibly clear with diamond stars. On Wednesday evening we went to see The Sixteen perform at Worcester Cathedral which was the perfect setting for this wonderful choir and their singing was sublime. Worcester is one of my favourite places, I shop there regularly and there are plenty of places to eat; we had a meal in an Italian restaurant before the concert – no wine as I’m still on the waggon until the end of the month – but totally delicious food and outstanding service. That is a super photo of the chandelier and Colin looks rightly proud to have you on his arm, I look forward to hearing his new songs, what a talented man your husband is Mrs E. After a week of dry weather, and no recent frosts, I decided today to cut the lawns for the first time this year and I’m delighted with how good everywhere looks, a little effort and great reward. Obviously the mild Winter has meant all the plants and bulbs I would normally expect to see in bud have now sung their song and are coming to an end but the signs of Spring are clear to see. We’re babysitting tomorrow night because it’s Ant’s birthday so I’m off to make brownies for him as the homemade part of his gift. However, I’ll sign off by adding my good wishes to yours for the absentee bloggers; I wrote to Debz after she told us about Ainzley, I know how she feels and trust that time works her magic. Love to you, Jo x

    • Alison Keenan February 29, 2016 at 10:50 pm -  Reply

      My dear Jo, lovely as always to hear from you, and to hear about your special night out. The choir in the Cathedral sounded wonderful. I don’t think I’ve ever been to Worcester, but am glad you have a favourite place to shop. I have to admit to loving the fact we are pretty close to Windsor as the restaurants and shops there are great. I do wish I’d sorted out our back lawn, as the grass now looks like a meadow, but it’s very wet still, and the mower is too heavy so just churns the grass up. Like you, a great many of my bulbs are up and the magnolia is out, but now we have that incredibly cold snap on the cards for the end of March, I fear it will burn the buds! I hope you enjoyed your babysitting night, and the brownies were well received? I have heard from Jilly and am relieved to tell you that all is well, but she has been without a computer of any sort. Hopfully on line soon! Take care, and as soon as I have the song to share with you I will – and yes Mr. E is a talent :) With love, Ali xx

  5. Elaine sallis s February 26, 2016 at 6:51 pm -  Reply

    Ali, I hope Lucy is feeling better. Honey is gorgeous. Colin is such a romantic. You are such a lovely couple. I too wonder how some of the original members of Ali’s army are it would be lovely to hear from them. love Elaine

    • Alison Keenan February 29, 2016 at 10:52 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Elaine, and yes thank you, Lucy is grand now as is Honey and simon too. Mercifully neither of them caught the bug! I feel very spoiled that Colin enjoys arranging surprises, and am hoping to come up with something special for him around Easter time. Yes, I too would love to hear from some of the original Army, so let’s hope they’re reading this! Take care and have a good week, Love Ali xx

  6. Sue Dominey February 26, 2016 at 6:56 pm -  Reply

    Honey is growing fast and she is lovely . But you are right you will need your running shoes as well as another pair of eyes , but it’s fun enjoy it .

    • Alison Keenan February 29, 2016 at 10:53 pm -  Reply

      Sue, Honey is such a sweetie. She makes a really strange little sound like a dog growling, and say Hiya too! I’ll let you know as soon as she’s on the move for real :) Have a good week, love Ali xx

  7. Ellen Dawson February 26, 2016 at 7:27 pm -  Reply

    Great blog i really look forward to reading it so glad you are keeping so well I have a friend who is going through chemoptherapy at the moment i speak to her every day and help out with prepairing meals for her and her husband but i just dont know what else i can do

    • Alison Keenan February 29, 2016 at 10:54 pm -  Reply

      My dear Ellen, you sound as though you are doing everything your friend could possibly need or want, and I am certain she will be very glad of you in her life. My friends, family, the support here on the blog – all of it got me through the really dark days, and please wish your friend all the very best from me. Remember this is the start of her getting better. Stay strong, and keep in touch, love Ali xx

  8. Sue Radford February 27, 2016 at 12:50 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,

    Oh, I was really sorry to hear about Ainzley. Debz’s cleverly written tales about him always made me smile. He was such a little character, and I can imagine how sad Debz must be to have lost him. Even though I don’t write regularly these days, I often think about you Ali, and all the other lovely ladies you’ve mentioned. I hope life is being good to all of you. Little Honey is so cute and growing so fast isn’t she? It’s lovely to read how much you’re enjoying married life and being a doting grandmother.

    Take care Ali.

    Love Sue Radford xx

    • Alison Keenan February 29, 2016 at 10:56 pm -  Reply

      Dear sue, I hope that all is well in your life too, and that your reason for not writing so often is that you have plenty to keep your life happy and interesting. I feel very blessed, and although I know we have a cold snap coming at the end of March, Colin and I are thinking about taking a warm break in May. Our honeymoon seems a very long time ago! So glad you enjoyed the blog, and yes, let’s hope that Debz is feeling stronger each day. With love Ali xx

  9. Gwen February 27, 2016 at 11:10 am -  Reply

    Hello Dear Ali, once again a really lovely blog, I do so love to read all of your news and especially to see the up dates on your gorgeous little granddaughter, she is a real treasure and I couldn’t help but notice how long her eye lashes are, they will be a real asset when she is experimenting with your make up!! What a very busy life you lead Ali, and it all sounds so amazing I really am so pleased for you it couldn’t happen a nicer lady in my opinion, and aren’t you doing well with the walking and aeropilates, keep up the good work as it is really paying off and you look lovely.

    Once again thank you for all the news, keep well and happy.

    Lots of love,

    Gwen.
    XXXX

    • Alison Keenan February 29, 2016 at 10:59 pm -  Reply

      Dear Gwen, thank you so much for taking the time out to write, and for your sweet comments. I showed Mally the photograph of Honey’s eyelashes just the other day, and she couldn’t get over them. As you say, she’ll be in my makeup bag no doubt when she’s older :) I have to say that life never seems to slow down, although my body is definitely slower these days, but I believe the walking and the exercise all help. I hope you have a good week, and have been able to enjoy the sunshine. With love, Ali xx

  10. Judith Lennon February 27, 2016 at 6:05 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali
    Little Honey brings a smile to my face every time I see photos of her. She is beautiful. She reminds me of my youngest grand daughter who also has mischief written all over her face. Enjoy her Ali. What a lovely night you had in London. Colin is one special man. It also means so much when you both lead such busy lives that the time you spend together is special. I loved hearing about your walks but don’t think I could manage walking as far as you can. Well done. I was able to get out into my garden yesterday do some much needed tidying up. Although it was chilly I was well wrapped up. The sun came out and my husband and I managed a coffee break sitting on the patio! Better days are on the way. The garden looks much better and loved again. I am also chuffed to think that I managed to do something I love and didn’t get too tired. I now realise when to stop and taking mini breaks stops me getting out of breath. A great achievement I feel as you may remember I was told not to do anything too long strenuous. I’m hoping the weather will last over the weekend as I’m keen now to carry on. Will sign off for now but as always send love and hugs. Judith xx

    • Alison Keenan February 29, 2016 at 11:02 pm -  Reply

      Dear Judith, that is indeed great news! Your garden sounds beautiful, and what a joy to be able to get out there and work on it. I think that taking a rest when you need is definitely the way forward, and enables you to get a lot more done! I have a lot to sort, and a squirrel has got into some of my pots and eaten the bulbs, but I have tulips on the way and hyacinths too plus a two beautiful hellebores in full bloom. I hope the weather stayed fine for you over the weekend? It was beautiful here today, and I went for a short walk before Roz arrived and Emily with baby James. A full day and a happy one. Take car, love Ali xx

  11. Belinda February 28, 2016 at 2:08 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali I wanted to say you looked lovely when you did the Mally show loved the dress where can you get it from? I’ve searched qvc no luck thanks

    • Alison Keenan February 29, 2016 at 11:04 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Belinda, so glad you enjoyed the Mally show. To be honest, the dress is one I’ve had for at least three years, and I seem to remember it is a Nina Leonard dress. I don’t believe it is still in stock , although they do have other dresses in that lovely coral colour! I always try and co-ordinate with Mally when she’s on – working with her is a hoot! Take care and have a good week, love Ali xx

  12. Loraine February 29, 2016 at 1:51 pm -  Reply

    Thank you Alison for recommending perricone mascara and yes looking forward to our granddaughter arriving I think I accidentally put him instead of her I really need to read back over what I’ve written apologies take care Loraine x

    • Alison Keenan March 1, 2016 at 7:02 pm -  Reply

      Loraine, you’re very welcome – I really do rate this one, so would be very interested to hear how you get on with it. And please don’t apologise for not reading things back – I sometimes try and dictate my responses, but have so many misrepresentations of what I have said, it would be a caution to press POST! Here’s to your granddaughters imminent arrival. Love Ali xx

  13. Christine Auchterlonie February 29, 2016 at 11:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali…thanks for sharing your news …. Hope Lucy is feeling better and little Honey looking so content in her buggy… I see you have been doing a lot of walking I do like to get out and about but me like you have problems with sore knees … I think they call it ageism!!! Although I did go to Newcastle on Saturday with Fiona to Marco’s for lunch … Very nice … And then into the town for some retail therapy… Quite dangerous… We did manage to purchase one or two things !!! What a lovely evening you have had in London with Colin I do love London and I do like jazz we have promised to go to Ronnie Scott’s the next time we visit… But there is so much to do in London and always so much to choose from.The weather here is still very cold so hence I haven’t been too far of late but the daffodils and crocuses are out in the garden so hopefully by Easter the weather will have warmed up. Just to say QVC have had some very nice items on air recently needless to say a few purchases have been made .. Including the Mally today’s special value …. Looking forward to trying it all … She’s so entertaining….Looking forward to “I know she’s mine” so till next time take care best wishes to you both …Chris x

    • Alison Keenan March 1, 2016 at 7:06 pm -  Reply

      My dear Chris, lovely as always to hear from you, and glad to hear of your shopping spree not just in Newcastle with Fiona, but also with me and Mally! I too thoroughly enjoy my time with her, and the hours fly by! That TSV was particularly well thought out, and I hope you have good use from it. Colin is working on the film to go with the song which is to be released this Friday, so it may well be in my next blog. Any earlier and I will tweet it! Knowing you’re there, you will hopefully be able to link in. Nice that you also like jazz – Ronnie Scotts is a definite next time you’re down from Newcastle. The one and only time I went there was in 1978 and I stayed up til 4am and drove home as the sun rose… great memories. Love Ali xx

  14. Sue Huskisson March 1, 2016 at 3:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali. Well I finally mastered Twitter. Thanks so much for your tip about sending photos. I was so pleased you liked the photo of Charlie’s christening.
    You do lead a busy life, it makes me tired just reading about it!! I really should make an effort to walk more. Living here in Derbyshire I have no excuse not to, as we are only 10 minutes from the Peak District. It’s just a case of getting motivated I suppose.
    Honey looked as if she enjoyed her “walk” with grandma anyway. She seems such a contented baby.
    Your Valentine’s surprise looked wonderful, the food very artistically presented. You have a very thoughtful husband in Colin!
    My kitchen installation has been put back until next week now so it won’t be done for my birthday on the 4th! I was a bit disappointed but it will be done eventually. These things are sent to try us as they say!
    Anyway bye for now Ali. Looking forward to your next blog. Love Sue xx

    • Alison Keenan March 6, 2016 at 6:48 pm -  Reply

      Well done Sue! So glad you managed to crack the Twitter photo code! And thank you for sending me the photo of Charlie’s christening – they all looked so happy. How was your birthday? I do hope you were spoilt. :) Lucy was at Derby University, and so we did get a little bit of time exploring in the area. The Peak District is stunning – I am sure once the weather gets better you’ll feel more motivated! I had a full day with Honey on Tuesday this week too, and I’ve just spent this afternoon with her, Lucy, Sam and Jack for Mother’s day :) I hope the kitchen installation goes well this week, and you’re pleased with the result. Thanks for writing to me – new blog soon with a cracking competition in it too! Love Ali xx

  15. Denise March 1, 2016 at 7:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, I too apologise for being AWOL but I have read your blogs. Where we live we often have problems with our broadband connections which is very frustrating and also I’ve had a lot going on – good things that is. The photos of Honey are adorable she is growing up quickly. I’m so pleased you and Colin got to share a pre Valentines together and I love your dress you look stunning. I missed your Diamonique show on Thursday but was interested to see the watch above as I have a very similar one given to me by my husbands Grandmother that she wanted me to have and when I wear it I always get compliments so I’m sure people who buy this one will get the same.
    As I said it’s been a busy time recently with my son and daughter in law both celebrating Birthdays. I took my daughter in law to London for the day where we were lucky enough to go to the V&A to see the shoe exhibition. It was of special interest to her as she worked for Clarkes for many years. Then at the last minute we booked to see Wicked which we thoroughly enjoyed. I had seen it about 6 years ago but it is a good show so was nice to visit it again. I also had an overnight stay in Leeds along with seeing the Strictly tour. It really was an amazing show. Mel Giedroyc was compering this year and she did a fabulous job. The next morning I was thrilled to bump into her in the city centre and stood chatting with her! As we were doing so another lady came along who she introduced me to called Kim who worked on the production team. Being a big Strictly fan I was beside myself!
    Looking forward tomseeingbypu on screen soon.
    Take care
    Love Denise x

  16. Denise March 1, 2016 at 7:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, I too apologise for being AWOL but I have read your blogs. Where we live we often have problems with our broadband connections which is very frustrating and also I’ve had a lot going on – good things that is. The photos of Honey are adorable she is growing up quickly. I’m so pleased you and Colin got to share a pre Valentines together and I love your dress you look stunning. I missed your Diamonique show on Thursday but was interested to see the watch above as I have a very similar one given to me by my husbands Grandmother that she wanted me to have and when I wear it I always get compliments so I’m sure people who buy this one will get the same.
    As I said it’s been a busy time recently with my son and daughter in law both celebrating Birthdays. I took my daughter in law to London for the day where we were lucky enough to go to the V&A to see the shoe exhibition. It was of special interest to her as she worked for Clarkes for many years. Then at the last minute we booked to see Wicked which we thoroughly enjoyed. I had seen it about 6 years ago but it is a good show so was nice to visit it again. I also had an overnight stay in Leeds along with seeing the Strictly tour. It really was an amazing show. Mel Giedroyc was compering this year and she did a fabulous job. The next morning I was thrilled to bump into her in the city centre and stood chatting with her! As we were doing so another lady came along who she introduced me to called Kim who worked on the production team. Being a big Strictly fan I was beside myself!
    Looking forward to seeing you on screen soon.
    Take care
    Love Denise x

    • Alison Keenan March 6, 2016 at 6:53 pm -  Reply

      Ooh Denise! Hobnobbing with celebrities! I envy you – I think Sue is excellent in Bakeoff, and I’m sure she was great on Strictly too. I always look forward so much to the new series in the autumn like you – but I don’t want to wish summer away! I wouldn’t be half surprised if she didn’t turn up as a contestant one year! I envy you the V & A exhibition – I saw a marvellous jewellery exhibition there with Lucy one year.. incredible how far back the designs went. So glad you enjoy the blogs and thanks as always for keeping in touch. Lovely story about your grandma’s watch – our Diamonique watch sold very well, and I agree with you – it is beautiful, and very different! Take care, love Ali x

  17. Patricia Daly March 3, 2016 at 9:02 am -  Reply

    Hy ALison
    My granddaughter was born on May 6th as is yours. My Celine will be 18 teen this May
    and her delivery nurse said my daughter will be ten on May 6th so every time my
    Celine has her birthday and gets a year older we think of that nurses daughters age also,
    And believe me I couldn’t ask for a more precious granddaughter. I hope this was’nt a useless comment
    Pat

    • Alison Keenan March 6, 2016 at 6:57 pm -  Reply

      Hi Patricia how lovely that your Celine and my Honey share the same birthday! I can’t believe that Honey is literally 10 months old today! She is changing so much each week, and definitely going to be talking early I think. That’s a lovely story about the nurse who delivered Celine… so glad that you also have a really close relationship with her. I really appreciate your comment, and thank you for taking the time to write to me :) Love Ali xx

  18. Mary Morphy March 3, 2016 at 10:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali. I hope you managed to read my last blog reply although it was probably written and posted later than i anticipated..life got in the way. What a lovely man you have, how romantic to take you away and see a show..perfect. i live looking at your photos..or maybe i am just nosey! Loved the chandelier but wouldnt fancy cleaning it..reminds me of a classic Fools and Horses episode! So not much to report except that i have part two of my leg surgery on 7th April..hopefully. Having a lot of pain as a result of the first bit at the end of the day but hoping its all part of the healing process. Also hubby hands his notice in at work tomorrow..he takes over the Bake and Alehouse mucro pub on 1st May..we have secured a ten year lease and are now waiting for his DBS cheque and licensing certificate to arrive. Very scary times..being self employed brings its own set of worries but he is very excited. It is a big change for all of us as he wont be around in the evenings, and Saturday will be all day opening. Sunday is lunchtime opening only so we can still have our 6pm Sunday roast as we always have done. I will co timye to work full time in the school and i am hoping to go down to 4 days next year if they will allow me to as i am finding 5 days a week very demanding as i also take care of mum and i find myself constantly chasing my tail!! Mind you having read your blog you are one busy lady. I loved your Mally look. I ordered the TSV and used it to do my face when i went out with one of my best friends on Tuesday (out on a school night!). She thought i had had a chemical peel..she couldnt believe how smooth and radiant my skin looked!! I love it! Lotsa love Mary. Xx ps typed on my phone so please forgive any dodgy spellings!

    • Alison Keenan March 6, 2016 at 7:03 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Mary, I will check back on the previous blog as I didn’t see your comment to be honest. Love you go to hear all your news although I was sorry that you are still struggling with pain in your leg. I’m sure that the second part of the surgery on 7 April will be easier for you. If you’re still struggling by next week, then I suggest you go back to the hospital.. sometimes things need to be checked out ? Wow! So the Bake and Alehouse opens on the 1st May. Big changes in your life I fully appreciate, but it sounds as though your husband is very much looking forward to it. I’m sorry you can’t reduce your days just now, but hopefully as you say next year will be easier. You pack so much into your life Mary, but I’m glad that every now and then you treat yourself. I too have had some nice compliments particularly about the eye make up from the TSV. You take care – hope everyone enjoyed their roast today but that YOU got a chance to sit back and let them take care of you as it’s Mother’s day! Take care, and keep in touch, love Ali xx

  19. Alison Keenan March 6, 2016 at 7:09 pm -  Reply

    Psst Mary…. Just checked back and found your comment, so am glad that the op went well, and do keep in touch, so I know you’re healing well! Ali xx

  20. Alison Keenan March 6, 2016 at 7:11 pm -  Reply

    Dear Debz, I just looked back over last weeks blog and wanted to thank you for you response.. I hadn’t seen it previously, but have just replied.. So lovely that all your friends here also took the time to write to you. I know how long the days seem at the moment, but I hope it will ease in time. Love Ali xx

  21. Tricia coulsonwood March 7, 2016 at 4:42 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali, lovely to catch up with you and your lovely family events…I love to see your updates on you and baby Honey…she is so gorgeous..So many milestones in so short a time.
    Hope this winter is going well for everyone..my deepest wishes go out to Debz and her family..So sad…
    This morning I was in tears as I have followed Victoria Darbyshire and her journey through her surgery and chemotherapy..It was her sixth this time and it brought such memories of you and my daughters journey through chemotherapy.I noticed Victoria wore a scull cap!.My daughter was unable to take up the opportunity because of being on duel chemo ..I felt in my heart that I preferred her to lose all her hair as I felt in that way the chemo was working to the very roots of her skin and then expelled , just one of the many possibly strange ideas one gets when feeling vulnerable. We hope Victoria has a complete recovery..If only the whole of the public knew of your amazing story and the support you give to those undergoing treatment and to us or to whoever in the family is being treated..I for one cannot thank you enough…love to you and all your family and love to all..Patricia x

    • Alison Keenan March 9, 2016 at 3:56 pm -  Reply

      My dear Patricia, I am not surprised that Victoria Derbyshire’s brave diary has brought back memories of your dear daughter, and all that went with her treatment. The cold cap is something I was offered, but I chose not to take it as I can’t bear the cold. Ironically it is the chapter of my book I’ve just finished writing about. I can’t thank you enough for your kind words of appreciation. For all that you say I have given you, you have given back to me in the way of love and support. I hope that what I’m writing will help others who maybe have yet to go through it and take away the mystery, which in turn may take away some of the fear. I am so glad that your dear daughter is doing well, and thank you again for your kindness. With love Ali xx

  22. TINA S March 7, 2016 at 11:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Enjoyed your blog, great to see your travels and romantic break. How can that Colin wrote that song for you. I’m having problems posting comments at present . I don’t know why . So will keep it short. Loved the diamonique designs. I’m waiting for a ring to come. It’s a pink asscher cut trilogy ring. Can’t wait. I’m hoping it will arrive tomorrow as I’m meeting the girls for a meal tomorrow evening.
    Hope you are keeping well.
    All the best Tina S (S.Wales)x

    • TINA S March 7, 2016 at 11:23 pm -  Reply

      Sorry about second sentence! It should have read, how lovely, Colin wrote that song for you.Am using my new “tablet” with auto spell!. Tina x

      • Alison Keenan March 9, 2016 at 4:00 pm -  Reply

        Tina you have my complete sympathy! Autospell is crazy sometimes – I am always VERY when I dictate a reply as it has a mind of its own!! I do hope your ring arrived and the meal last night was fun :) Thanks for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  23. Dorothy Hollingsworth March 11, 2016 at 12:10 am -  Reply

    Hi ali, I don’t know if you remember my messages on you diamonique show a few weeks ago, I bought the rise coloured watch and I was looking for earings , necklace & bracelet well I gave bought them fro your diamonique range they are beautiful. I also bought a dress from Ronnie Nicole in lace in latte colour it is beautiful, bought shoes and bag so I’m ready now for my son’s forthcoming wedding on July 8th.Can’t wait I’m glad your keeping well and honey is growing up fast.Lice dorothy X

  24. Dorothy Hollingsworth March 11, 2016 at 12:11 am -  Reply

    Hi ali, I don’t know if you remember my messages on you diamonique show a few weeks ago, I bought the rise coloured watch and I was looking for earings , necklace & bracelet well I gave bought them fro your diamonique range they are beautiful. I also bought a dress from Ronnie Nicole in lace in latte colour it is beautiful, bought shoes and bag so I’m ready now for my son’s forthcoming wedding on July 8th.Can’t wait I’m glad your keeping well and honey is growing up fast.Love dorothy X

    • Alison Keenan March 13, 2016 at 8:26 am -  Reply

      Hi there Dorothy, I do indeed remember your message the week before last and am thrilled that you have managed to get your entire outfit from the QVC! The Diamonique Rose gold jewellery is as you say, quite beautiful, and with the Ronni Nicole lace dress you will look perfect I’m sure. How nice to know you’re all suited and booted well ahead of time! I have to dress up today for my niece’s son’s christening before haring into work! I hope you’ve had a good weekend, and thanks for writing. Love Ali xx

  25. Sue Jennings March 11, 2016 at 9:43 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Ali…..sorry it has taken me so long to update you but the weeks since my diagnosis have been a whirlwind to say the least. I had my WLI/SNB 4th Feb and results showed no cancer in lymph nodes so I didn’t have chemo. Today was my 3rd radiotherapy early days but only a sting so far. My hormone therapy is Anastrazole I’m 2 weeks in and so far only side effect is a dry mouth . I have been given Aqua Max cream to use day and night for my boob and my last radiotherapy is 31st March. I’ve caught up on your blogs which are brilliant as always …take great care Ali

    Sending much love

    Sue J

    • Alison Keenan March 19, 2016 at 2:33 pm -  Reply

      My dear Sue, thank you so much for bringing me up to date, and well done for coping with all that you are having to deal with. I am so relieved to know that you won’t need chemotherapy, and that the radiotherapy isn’t causing you too much grief. I had a rash that appeared but not until the third week, and it disappeared pretty soon after with the help of some cream. Do take care of yourself, and thanks again for keeping in touch. Love Ali xx

  26. martin forbes March 12, 2016 at 9:24 am -  Reply

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

    • Alison Keenan March 19, 2016 at 2:33 pm -  Reply

      Glad to hear it Martin! Hopefully you’re looking forward to the Spring! love Ali x

  27. Jilly March 12, 2016 at 9:40 am -  Reply

    Here is wishing you Ali and everyone of you here a very happy weekend. It is Jilly back after what feels a life time. I have masses of catching up to do and cannot believe how much Honey has grown in these past months – she looks so beautiful and a darling . Ummm I would just want to hug her all the time!!! How I have missed this extended communication with friends I feel I know so well. What has happened here is quite simply I blew our computer up by leaving a memory stick in it. Yes, the damage it did was beyond repair and our son in law stepped it to say he would build a new one. This was super of him but took far longer than we could imagine and we felt we could not nag to see where it was. It brought home how much we need technical things in our life. We had no addresses as they are all on the computer and we felt lost. Me more so than my hubby as he has an iPad but this did not have our contacts on it. The good news is we are back up and running and the better news is I now have an iPad.
    Huge news is Annie and her family have moved to the Lake District and they all Love it beyond. We will be joining at some stage but for the moment my hubby is there quite often as back up support. Annie had her final reconstruction and is delighted and had a check up very quickly at the new hospital so was pleased with that. Her hubby has had another all clear scan and that is excellent news for them all. So onwards and upwards from here.
    On reading your blog Ali it feels like yesterday when you told us you had both got engaged – where has that time gone???? I am just thrilled your night was so good and the walks so lovely.
    Now I am getting a cuppa and going to sit and try and catch up but send big hugs to you all – I had not forgotten you and wondered how everyone was . I hope that I can manage to send this so fingers crossed . Love to you all Jilly ( and Annie) xx

    • Alison Keenan March 19, 2016 at 2:37 pm -  Reply

      My dear Jilly – Welcome Back! :) So good to know that all is well with you, Annie and the family and great news about the Lake District. Such a beautiful part of the country, and wonderful to bring a child up there. I am so pleased for Annie, knowing that her reconstruction went so well. I must have made such a difference to her. Great also that her husband is getting stronger too. I agree, it seems hardly any time since Colin and I got engaged, and yet now we are just three months away from our first anniversary! You take care, and so glad you are back in the fold so to speak :) Love Ali xx

  28. joanne July 22, 2016 at 9:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi ali I really do enjoy seeing you on QVC and love the products Ido buy some but the reason that I am writing to you I that I have lost my fight to live and have only a few week or days left as I have terminal cancer and am now at hospital I have been allowed home one last time hence the email so take care and you carry on your fight Ali also tell Ali young she I brilliant on her skin care advice lots of love joanne .a real good QVC listener xxx.

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