What a week that was!

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Alison and the girls party in the limo I'm so sorry it's taken me this long to let you know how my birthday celebrations went, but a technical hitch with the camera and rather too many long nights have led me to make many false starts to this blog, but here we go…

Having been expertly coiffured by Lulu's stylist Kevin on last Thursday's Time Bomb show, I'd booked the following day off to begin my somewhat protracted 50th birthday celebrations with friends and family (it wasn't actually till Tuesday!).

Yes, our long-awaited 'Gone to the Dogs' night had arrived.


As I've mentioned, I'd arranged a few surprises for the girls, including a race named especially for us – we even got our photo taken with the winner, balloons and a couple of Tote tickets each. Debbie's other half found out about the sponsored race when he was checking the form to advise us which dog to bet on… it's all so serious, isn't it? You'd think as long as they are a dog of the greyhound variety, could negotiate their way out of a square box and liked hares, they'd be fine : )

The final thing I hadn't breathed a word about was our mode of transport to and from the dog track in Wimbledon. We'd originally booked a minicab to take us but the driver called a couple of days before and said he just couldn't do the trip… not sure quite why, but I fear it may have had something to do with the association of six women, alcohol, gambling, music and at least five hours trapped with us all in a small space!

Alison and the girls - your carriage awaits! So instead I booked one of those ludicrously long cars that have lights, music and champagne inside and a 'WARNING LONG VEHICLE CONTAINING BADLY BEHAVED WOMEN' sign on the outside. Having told them that all I could find at short notice was a Polo and that Sue would have to travel on the parcel shelf, their screams of delight when this monster of a vehicle pulled up were priceless!

I think the photos say it all, but suffice to say we all peaked a little early and I wasn't sure where my camera went once we arrived at the track, and even if I had, I doubt I would've remembered how to to work it! It was a corking night though and one I think we'll all remember. Most repeated quote of the night was yours truly inisisting that I was celebrating my 43rd birthday, inspite of the incredibly large 50 sign around my neck…

Party on…

Talking of which, I did think it was very thoughtful of the motorway maintenance men on the M25 to line my route on Saturday with signs to celebrate my half century (obviously, they WERE NOT speed signs)!! Yet another party beckoned, again to celebrate said passing of age, but this time with friends I've known since I was seven.

Sadly there aren't any photos of the party girl herself, or the rest of us for that matter, as my camera remained hidden until after the event. But we had such a wonderful evening, not only reminiscing about the old days but making some lovely new memories too.

And so to Mother's Day…

For Mother's Day I was treated to a fabulous meal that Lucy had prepared, which was a delicious recipe she'd created from chicken, sausage meat, bacon and stuffing. It was almost like a savoury roulade, and she served it with roast poatoes and vegetables; then a homemade sticky toffee pudding for afters. It was just me and the three children, and with all their lovely gifts, cards and company, to me it was just perfect.

And the treats just kept on coming with my birthday just a day later. My friend Jo came up for the day and took me to lunch, and it was so warm that we actually ate in the garden of the pub, what a treat. She'd made a beautiful photograph album for me which included pictures of pretty much all my family and friends from the last 50 years. The words she wrote were a mixture of memories and reduced me to tears – it's something I'll always treasure. The fact that so many of my friends and family had been involved in gathering the pictures together made it even more special.

Alison's diamond ring I felt very spoilt with all my lovely gifts, and Colin completely surprised me with a seven stone diamond ring which is absolutely stunning. All the children came over for dinner that night and we drank champagne and laughed ourselves silly watching Michael McIntyre at Wembley.

That really should be it, shouldn't it, but this day next week will see me exfoliating, applying face masks, choosing jewellery and probably wearing my dressing gown unless I pull my finger out and buy a dress, because… I'M HAVING A PARTY!!! Lucy has arranged the whole thing for me and as many as my lovely friends from QVC as can make it will be there, along with family and everyone else I've been writing about. I've been promised some surprises on the night, so I promise on THIS occasion I'll make certain I have my camera with me!

Have a lovely weekend, and thank you so much for all my lovely cards again this year, I really appreciate them.

Love Ali xx

28 Comments

  1. Magda Chetty March 19, 2010 at 9:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    It sounds like you had a fab birthday, and why not, you are a great girl, who deserve all the best. And thank you for always sharing it all with us. You and Julia always have great blogs and do take the time to write back to everyone, bless you.
    Great ring, good on you Colin.
    Hope you have a great time, in the party Lucy arranged for you, and take lots of photos, we would love to see them.
    Have as much fun as you can, this will be great one day to look back on and have this great memories, I”ll never forget my 50th, 4 years ago here in Mallorca when all my friends from London came here to surprise me, whenever I feel down, I get out the photos and that just put a smile on my face again.
    I”m coming to London on May 10th for 10days and arrnaged to come to QVC and meet Julia Roberts, and It will be great to meet you too.
    All the best, and lots of love.
    Magda.

  2. alison keenan March 19, 2010 at 11:31 pm -  Reply

    Magda that is great news!!! You must let me know when you plan to invade QVC towers as I’d love to meet you. Never mind my stretch white thingy car that I arranged, your friends from England coming to see you as a surprise must have been awesome. I secretly have a little dream that my brother from Australia will turn up at my party on Friday…. it’s been 5 years since I last saw him. I go through thewhole scenario of what I’d say and how It’d be…I know it’s not going to happen but it makes me smile to think of it. You take good care, and I hope very much to meet you in May. Love Ali xx

  3. Gail March 20, 2010 at 1:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, sounds like you all had a super time and what a way to travel! Great car; I hope you supplied the driver with a set of ear plugs.
    What a wonderful couple of weeks you have had, with the obvious highlight being lovely Lucy cooking for you all on Mothers Day. Well done Lucy xx
    Beautiful family and wonderful friends; how lucky are you? Blessed is the word that springs to mind.
    Well done Colin for such a thoughtful present; a diamond ring, you can’t go wrong with that sort of present (all you guys out there take note). Psst…. between us two Ali, was it an engagement ring or should I mind my own business. Personally, I think it would be very foolish of him to let you slip through his fingers.
    Your upcoming party is going to be fab and you must let us see some pictures. Try to catch Julia Roberts on film if she tries any of those fancy moves again. I remember you commenting on her skimming the floor at Debbie’s party. Good on yer Julia; you go girl.
    Keep partying and have a fantastic time. You are obviousy a girl who knows how to party.
    HAPPY BELATED 50TH BIRTHDAY
    Love Gail xxx

  4. Marg March 20, 2010 at 5:12 pm -  Reply

    First things first,when will you be wearing your ring on QVC? Colin is a quiet one,I bet you were speechless,well mabye not speechless,but it made you take a deep breath before you found your voice,it looks fab. you certainly have a wonderful tangable reminder of your birthday.He must be quite special. You seemed to have a lovely week,what with the beautiful gesture your friend made with the album and the effort made to gather all the pictures together,you must have felt very blessed to have so many people want to please you,I bet it did bring a little smudge to the eye makeup then lots of laughes.It’s amazing how we can con ourselves into believing we are looking good,a few years pass and we are howling with laughter at our daft fashion,just think in ten years time,bus pass time, the laugh will be the black tights and the maternity smocks worn in day glow colours as dresses in 0.10. Well we are all fools to fashion and it stops us getting bored. Your lovely daughter certinly pulled a cracker out of the bag,another party this week,wonderful, she certainly is special,I bet she is a super teacher, she has that lovely giving attitude to life and you are obviously very proud of her.You know the old saying- a son is a son till he gets a wife,but a daughters a daughter all of her life. I think in lots of ways thats true,I have two sons and I am sure, like you I wouldnt change them for anything.I hope you have a wonderful time at the party,please give the camera to someone who is driving,we want photos,
    Best wishes to all the family,
    God Bless

  5. Pam Richardson March 21, 2010 at 12:00 am -  Reply

    Belated birthday wishes Alison, it sounds like you had a ball.I
    was 50 in January and like you my celebrations lasted a week, I think it was even better than my 21st or maybe you just appreciate things more as you get older. Hope your party goes well and you have a great time.

  6. Julie March 21, 2010 at 7:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    You all looked as if you had a good time.Did you receive the card? Hope you have a lovely time at your party this week. Loved the cake-Colin’s very clever. We’re going away for a week over Easter-just to get away from things-although thing’s ok at the moment!!
    Will be in touch soon,
    Take Care
    Julie xx

  7. Julie March 21, 2010 at 7:29 pm -  Reply

    Sorry Ali,not really concentrating while doing this-I’ve one eye watching you on TV-and haven’t got my glasses on-but above is a proper ring-duh!! I know Colin’s good at making cakes so “assumed” it’s a cake-sorry. I know you and Colin will forgive me!!
    Julie xx

  8. Dorothy March 22, 2010 at 5:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    You have been a busy little bee, pleased you had good time you all looked lovely in photo’s. Did you have any winner’s at dogs it a good night but i dont have much luck. the ring colin bought looks gorgeous he has good taste he must have he picked you.
    (YOU ARE ONE LUCKY LADY)after all the party’s you will need a long holiday. Hope you have good weekend ENJOY. I had lovely mothers day laura came over then we went shopping FOR HER so Davy say’s it was laura’s day as well BUT SHE’S WORTH IT.
    LOVE BEST WISHES
    DOROTHY XXXXX

  9. alison keenan March 22, 2010 at 7:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Magda, What a lovely long response, and I remember you telling me about all your friends coming to visit you in mallorca when you were 40. You must have felt very blessed indeed :) I will look forward very much to meeting you in May – I’m sure Jules and I can treat you to lunch :) A have to admit the ring is stunning and was a complete surprise – although he has bought me some gorgous jewellery in the past – the Christmas diamond locket with a picture of my Dad in it was also a showstopper. I have my camera on charge and intend to take as many pics as possible of the party this Friday. I’ve bought my dress – sparkly number – and just got shoes today, and know it will be fun. I feel very blessed to know so many lovely people, and it’ll be a treat to have mum there too. She doesn’t often make it to family gatherings. You take care and safe trip over. Love Ali x

  10. alison keenan March 22, 2010 at 7:42 pm -  Reply

    Clearly I’m going mad Magda, having already replied to you!! Hope you’re having a good – and less addled week – than I am ! Love Ali x

  11. alison keenan March 22, 2010 at 7:49 pm -  Reply

    Gail, lovely to hear from you again, and between you and me, no it wasn’t an engagement ring, but I know it was given with commitment which was lovely and looks beautiful on my hand. Bless him :)I promise to take as many photos as my little camera can handle and if Julia decides to take to the floor – as before – I will get it on film, and it’ll be an Oscar winner! :)I am so looking forward to having so many of my friends and family in the one place and promise to document the evening for you. Take care Gail, and thanks as always for taking the time out to write. Love Ali x

  12. alison keenan March 22, 2010 at 7:54 pm -  Reply

    Marg you’ve made me laugh this evening with your witty writing and a timely reminder of how we all are with fashion faux pas! I think the ’80s were a blinder for me. Floral leggings, Aaron sweater and CAT boots with thick socks over the top!! What was I thinking. thank Heavens the children were too small to comment. Yes, you were right about Colin and the ring. I had NO idea what he was planning to buy me, and has he say, buying jewellery for me is a challenge as I see so much of it at work and love so much of it. It was incredibly quiet in the room when I opened the box, and then my sharp intake of breath as I opened the lid…. perfect :) I have been wearing it over the weekend, and will wear it again on Wednesday night, so you can see it then.

  13. alison keenan March 22, 2010 at 7:58 pm -  Reply

    Marg I hadn’t finished writing that one, but I clearly pressed send! Wanted to thank you for your kind words about Lucy, and yes I agree. I know she’s put a lot of effort into this Friday, and I know that it’ll be perfect. And you’re right she is very generous and giving, and an excellent teacher :)Your advice about giving the camera to someone who is driving, made me laugh out loud, but I don’t want to miss a moment, so will try and keep it just merry :) Have a great week, Love Ali xx

  14. alison keenan March 22, 2010 at 8:02 pm -  Reply

    Pam my 50th was very different to my 21st. I’d been married for six months and it was very much a family affair with even my brother there prior to going out to Australia. My mum and mother in law both made me cakes and i seem to remember my Dad came to lunch the next day, so it was a particularly happy time. This too has been very special, and I think you made a very pertinent point – maybe I appreciate things more now because I am older :) Have a great week, and thanks for writing. Love Ali xx

  15. alison keenan March 22, 2010 at 8:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julie, I did receive your card, and thank you so very much. And i think you may be talking about the cake Colin made me last year? He is doing a surprise one I think for Friday – but the ring he bought me is beautiful. How lovely for you to be going away for Easter. I’d like to plan something for Colin and I – our summer holiday seems a long time ago :) Take care and love to all x x x

  16. alison keenan March 22, 2010 at 8:11 pm -  Reply

    Julie – nothing to forgive!! I didn’t pick the second message up until I’d replied to the first! Take care and have a good week, Love Ali xx

  17. louise March 23, 2010 at 8:57 am -  Reply

    Congratulations, Ali. That’s my next big milestone! A few years to go, yet, though, thank goodness!

  18. Rhona Fenton March 24, 2010 at 11:32 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison a good time had by all by the looks off it :) so glad you had a great time with your Girlfriends there is something to be said to have friends who make you laugh and always have special times together:) now Alison I have kep’t Rebecca away from the picture off the car for my own sake more than anything as she has always wanted to go in a car like it and if I show her this I would not hear the end of it, so saving my own skin here, hope you understand :) now a subject that is so dear to me coming up are you ready? WOW your ring is Beautiful, well done colin for great taste in Jewellery:) I take my hat off to you, my colin is not brave enough to pick out my jewellery oh bless him, he always say’s to be on the safe side you tell me which one and I will get it:) having said that he did sneak away and get my engagement ring the first off me known that we were getting engaged was when the ring was half way down my finger:) and must say great choice:) Ring and man:) so glad you had a great Birthday and made such a fuss off it is nice to made so special, can’t wait to hear how the party went arranged by Lucy? hows the knees?? have a lovely weekend:) love Rhona xx

  19. Janet March 24, 2010 at 5:36 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali
    So glad you had a fabulous 50th birthday, and a lovely Mothers Day, sounds like you’ve had lots of fun.How fab of Colin to buy you a 7 stone diamond ring, you deserve it. My husband has promised me a diamond ring after the awful year I have had,so I am looking forward to that. We visited The Lakes at the weekend, it rained most of thr time, but I didn’t care as I was out and about, i am totally exhausted now but enjoyed every minute of it
    Enjoy you party with all your family and friends,
    Take care, Love Janet x

  20. Marg March 25, 2010 at 4:21 pm -  Reply

    I watched your hands last night during the Lola Rose hour,I was like a cat ready to pounce on a mouse.It paid off got a very good view of the sparkler, Joe thought I was stuck on my knees as I am always fiddeling with the tele,and he tryed to help me up which resulted in the two of us in a tangled heap with the dog joining in,I kept saying ‘I wanted to see Alisons ring you mad man’thank goodness I had a good look before Lochinvar tryed hauling me off my knees,just another evening with the very mature teenagers.
    Well Alison he done you proud,congratulations you dont get many like Colin in a dozen, I know I have a lovely man of my own and I treasure him.
    Hope you take all the good advice about photo’s tomorrow night otherwise you will never be able to show youe face on this blog again.Best wishes for the party,have a wing a ding time.
    Marg.

  21. Gail March 25, 2010 at 5:46 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, I tuned in to last night’s TSV and was so pleased to discover that you were the presenter because I then spent the entire 2 hours trying to get a close up of your new diamond ring. The ring was in shot on numerous occasions, but just when you thought the close up was coming, they zoomed out again (very annoying I must say). Anyway, good news for my now very strained eyes. I tuned in this afternoon to watch the beauty show and once again there you were (you are a busy girl, I’ll have a pint of what you’re on) and, low and behold, whilst showing the DuWop discovery set a wonderful close up of your gorgeous ring appeared on screen. It looks lovely, you’re a very lucky lady. As you yourself said, purr…….fect. It really shines and sparkles; obviously good quality diamonds (learnt that from QVC!!).
    Anyway, have a lovely party (wish I were a fly on the wall) and thank you for always replying (no need); you are a sweetie.
    Have a wonderful time.
    Gail xx

  22. alison keenan March 25, 2010 at 10:07 pm -  Reply

    Rhona when it comes to choosing jewellery the engagement ring has to be one of the hardest I think, so hats off to your Colin for finding something that not only signified his love for you, but that you were more than happy to wear!! :) Yes, Lucy has sorted it all – I gave her a budget and off she went – and I know that she and her friend Mel – along with Colin – have sorted all sorts so will tell all next week! Tell your Rebecca when she as old as I am, she can have a stretch car too… she’ll get bored with waiting :) Have a lovely weekend, and I’ll wait to hear what you think of my party frock next week. Love to all, Ali xx

  23. alison keenan March 25, 2010 at 10:12 pm -  Reply

    Janet, you are an inspiration to us all, and never mind the rain eh, just to be out there and breathing it all in must be just the best feeling for you….. I’m sure the diamond ring your husband gives to you will be fabulous, and so well deserved. I’m just so relieved for both of you that things have worked out so well. Take it easy this weekend, and just relax… you have so much to look forward to – British Summer time being just one :) Love Ali xx

  24. alison keenan March 25, 2010 at 10:17 pm -  Reply

    Marg I am still hooting with laughter having read your message – sounds like another night in the Keenan household…. actually I’ve got to bring you all up to date with the week, before I give you the low down on the party… it’s been an odd one!! So glad you like the ring. The diamonds are a G quality – pretty good eh?? And yes the colour is fab – he clearly knows a good ring when he sees one….!!!! Sounds like you and your Joe know how to have a good time, and long may it last :) Thanks again for writing. Love Ali xx

  25. alison keenan March 25, 2010 at 10:20 pm -  Reply

    Gail, you’re the sweetie – so glad you managed to get a good look at the fab diamonds. I feel very spoiled, and will be wearing it tomorrow at the party. It’s been a funny old week, but I can’t wait to get into my dancing shoes and spend a cracking night with family and friends – just wish you could all come! :) Take good care and I promise I’ll have all the pics for you early next week. Love Ali xx

  26. lesley russell April 13, 2010 at 5:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I have not written to you before but I celebrated my 50th birthday on 16th March & I was in sunny Florida. My husband bought me the holiday for Christmas & birthday. Lovely. Although the weather was a bit dodgy I had a brilliant time & was totally spoiled. My best friend is treating me to a girlie day this Friday (16th) & then I am going on a cruise with my mum in June to celebrate. That will then be the end of my March birthday. Love Lesley xx

  27. Jeannette April 20, 2010 at 11:51 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison, I really enjoy reading your blogs, you are a girl after my own heart and sounds like you know how to have a good time. Belated Happy Birthday. What a lovely ring Colin gave you, it will look stunning on you.
    It is my 50th this year and I just don’t know what to do. I don’t like surprise parties, or so i tell everyone, but if one should happen I won’t complain. I don’t have children but lots of cousins etc. One of my uncles and aunts had 13 kids and a grand aunt had 23, both my parents or one of 6.
    When my lovely husband was 50 he celibrated with a Birthday Month, so I had to be extra nice to him for a whole month. I think he may take me away some where, as one year, he told me he had booked us a long weekend away, but would not tell me any more, except to pack fairly smart clothes and to meet him at the airport, he checked us in and it was not until he gave me my ticket, at the airport did I know we were going to Rome for 4 days. How great was that

  28. Anne September 5, 2010 at 8:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    This is the first time I have been on here,sounds like you had a great 50th.
    Anyway I was watching you on the TV today in the kipling hour, I love your black and white dress can ask where did you get it from?
    kind regards
    Anne

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