I feel I know you all so much better these days and really value the way we share our lives and news. Thanks too for all the donations to my Just Giving page – I'm 25% of the way towards my target already – YAY!
What with work, promoting The Fashion Show, partying (there have been several) and getting ready for Sam's imminent return home, I've been a busy girl – but it's all good.
Actually, it's only just over a month before the The Fashion Show's big 'fitting' day, when I will get to see, and be measured for each of the four outfits I'm going to be modelling on the day… makes me nervous just writing it down!
On an occasion like that you really need to feel TOTALLY confident, and it was still early days for me, with no hair, lashes or brows of my own… That said, the sight of all my lovely friends and family there did the trick and I felt safe, and looking back at the photos on the night, you wouldn't really have known…
My scarves are now in a box under my bed, and my wigs safely packed away, but I hope you won't mind me mentioning someone who also helped me enormously when I first came back to work, and that was Ken Paves.
My hair had only just begun to grow and as I didn't want to wear a scarf on air, wigs were my only option.Y ou may remember the short red haired wig that Ken gave to me, because I virtually lived in it!
Although it's manmade, it felt like real hair, and unlike a couple of the other acrylic wigs I had, it didn't make my head itch.
It was lightweight too, and a doddle to wash, so happy days! I did own a fabulous real hair wig, which had been custom made to fit, and looked stunning on – I wore it when I went with Lulu to see Kylie Minogue in concert – but it was pretty difficult to look after…
A great deal of time and patience needed to keep it looking good, and honestly, when you're feeling fed up, and looking like a belisha beacon, you can't be faffed!!! (It was also VERY expensive, but a present to me from QVC which was lovely).
I did once brave a hair salon, and a wig shop at the Cancer Centre, but I just felt awkward and self conscious… so much nicer to have it arrive by post and then you can try it on in the privacy of your own home. Of course Ken's wigs work just as well when you have got hair, as you will know having seen the likes of Kathy, Ali Young, Claire, Julia et al literally TRANSFORMED when on air in them
I actually had my own hair cut for the second time last week, and felt truly glamorous as I set off with Debbie Greenwood to join Catherine Huntley for her 40th birthday Riverboat party – we had a ball!
I didn't get any pics of Catherine as she was being the 'hostess with the mostess' (and she looked amazing), but I hope you like this one of lovely Deb and I Equally enjoyable, and involving water but in a different way, was my friend Sue's birthday.
My 'village' girlfriends and I all got together for some beauty treatments and then a spell in the hot tub (see picture at top) – good times!!! BUT, the best bit about this week is that my boy Sam has come home from South Africa…
I have missed him so much – we all have – and it's not been an easy time for him, but he looks so well now and is so happy to be home, that nothing else matters.
I should have some photos for you next week, and good news re the house hunting, so stay well, stay happy, and enjoy the warm weather while it lasts.
With my love, Ali xxxx