My Windguard umbrella and a special evening


Windguard Wind Resistant Umbrella By jingo, we couldn't have picked a better time to have brought you the Windguard Umbrella could we?! In fact had Michael Fish been better informed on 15th October 1987, we could all have battened down the hatches!!!

I hope you ordered yours and are now experts in the use of this amazing technology, which not only opens but closes the umbrella at the touch of a button! What I find most useful is being able to open the door of my car without stepping out – I simply press the button to open the umbrella and am then protected from the torrent of raindrops that seem to be constantly hailing down on me. 

May I just issue a word of warning though… do make sure that the person parked next to you is not leaning into their car to stick their parking ticket to the windscreen at the same time that you're opening your umbrella… not a good way to make friends or influence people…

I didn't do too badly at the beginning of the week though when I made lasagne for nine of my son Sam's friends. It was a special evening for them all before my boy went back into hospital for more surgery following the loss of his leg below the knee after a pretty awful motorbike accident.

It's been a long haul getting to this point, but the surgeon who saved his knee has yet again done an amazing job of holding onto that part of his leg. Hopefully this time Sam should be up and walking within three weeks or more and then we can all look forward to a brighter and more positive future for him.

Sam's just glad it's over and done with and his words to me were, "well, once I'm out of this bed, I might be able to ride a bike again,"… only a mum can say, " well that's a blessing…"!

Just to remind you that we have Gold Day this Saturday, and I have so many beautiful pieces of jewellery to treat you too. Some engraved, some textured… all extraordinary, maybe one irresistible?? 

Do call in on the day – it's you that makes it special.

Love Ali x


  1. Denise Copley April 3, 2009 at 2:54 pm -  Reply

    Alison, I’m so sorry to hear about your son I’ve only just read your blog about it, my husband also lost his leg through the knee but it doesn’t stop him doing anything..apart from swimming and he couldn’t do that before anyway. My best wishes to you, Sam and your family.
    Denise xx

  2. alison keenan April 6, 2009 at 7:19 pm -  Reply

    Dear Denise,
    I don’t know how I missed your comment, but please pass on my very best to your husband. I realise having met many other amputees that anything through or above the knee is harder to cope with and so I take my hat off to him for having coped so well. My very best wishes to you too Denise, and thank you for taking the time out, just so very sorry not to have replied sooner.!
    Alis xx

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