A baby update and great nights out!


Honey Bea headbandWell life has definitely picked up a pace since I last wrote to you, but I have to say what a fulfilled life it is now with baby Honey Bea in it! I am sorry though that I’ve taken a while to write back to you this last fortnight, but am up to date now! I have some lovely photos to share with you, and am delighted to say that Lucy and Simon are brilliant parents, and Honey is very content and putting on weight. She seems to be changing on a daily basis, and Lucy sends me a new photo each day which proves just that.

Sam and I are going to visit again tomorrow, and are very much looking forward to spending time with Lucy and Honey. It’s been over a week since I was there, and changed my first nappy in 22 years! The nappies were so small; they looked more like a pitta bread! Lucy very politely watched me trying to work out which way the tabs stuck down, while Honey patiently let me faff about, so I am hoping I will be a little more adept next time! She is so small though, and her little legs seem really fragile, I just didn’t want to get it wrong!

With Honey Bea collage

Simon has had to return to work after his paternity leave, so its going to be different for Lucy from now on, and I’m hoping I will be able to help where I can. These early days are tough with the lack of sleep and little routine to cling to, but my girly is doing a great job, and I’m really proud of her : )

Lucy and Honey 26.05

Kathy and Alison before the MoonwalkBefore I go any further, I would really like to thank all those of you who sponsored me and the girls for the Moonwalk last Saturday night. It was an incredible event, made all the more special because of your support. Kathy and Ollie came to pick me up before the walk, and Colin said he would collect Kathy and I once we had finished.

We posed for these pictures just before we left, sporting our newly decorated bras – I replaced my prosthesis with snacks as I felt they would be far more useful, and then we had more official photographs once we’d met up with the rest of the team. As you know we’d all been training hard, and Kathy had actually walked 28 miles the previous Sunday, but she and I made a pact that if either one of us felt we couldn’t go on, we would both stop.


As it was we set off at a fairly brisk pace, but because there were 15,000 walkers, all jockeying for position on the pavements, it took us five hours to do just 16 miles! We had just come past Regents Park, when poor Debbie Flint slipped off a kerb and jarred her ankle badly. It wasn’t possible for her to keep up with the others, and Kathy and I made a team decision to stay with her and let the others go on ahead. To be fair, she stoically continued for another two miles, but it was incredibly cold, and we were getting tired, so I called Colin who gallantly came to our rescue. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t disappointed not to have finished what I set out to do, but we were thrilled that Jackie, Abi, Natalie and Danni completed the course in just on eight hours!

After such a challenge you’d have thought we would all have gone for a long lie down in a darkened room, but no, by 6pm that evening, Colin and I joined Jackie and her husband JJ, Claire and Dan, Julia and her Sophie, Miceal, Craig, Sarah Griffiths, Ali Young and Simon for a terrific night out watching Lulu in concert at The Theatre Royal Drury Lane. Thanks to the training, my legs weren’t even aching after our challenge, and apart from one small blister I was unscathed and able to wear a pair of pin high heels with my jeans – result!

With Lulu and Claire Sutton

Lulu was quite simply amazing! Her voice was incredible – not just the range but the power, and her stage presence and backing band were mighty! I’d bought her new album the week before, and loved it. I thought the concert would feature just her new material, but we were spoiled with her previous hits and cover versions of older songs too – all of which worked together to create an incredible almost two hour long show. She may be in her early 60s but she rocks, and my respect and admiration for her is boundless : ) We met her afterwards, and although she must have been shattered she was just as effervescent and bubbly as she always is.

Of course in between all of this, the wedding preparations have been continuing, and I am delighted to tell you that the Order of Service has been proofread not just by me but by the Reverend also, and we are all set and ready to have it printed. It wasn’t an easy decision trying to choose the hymns, but your wonderful suggestions gave us a much clearer idea of what we wanted, and here are our choices.

We will begin with Praise My Soul the King of Heaven, and our second hymn will be Immortal Invisible – I hope you approve! I would like to thank whoever it was that suggested S’alut d’Amour by Elgar – a piece of music I had never heard before, but loved so much, I will be walking into church to it. Colin’s daughter Vicky is writing out the place names, and Colette is constructing the table favours, and next Tuesday Colin and I will be driving to the Ruckley Estate in Shropshire to pick up our table centres which have been designed and created by the lovely Julie Bates and her team at Peony! She has very kindly offered to show us around the estate and give us lunch, so we are both very much looking forward to that treat.

Night out

Hen do

Finally, I thought these photos may make you smile – Colin’s girls and my friend Jo took me out to a fab restaurant/jazz club in town for a bit of a knees up. Rae brought a ‘bag of wrongness’ most of which I can’t really share with you here, but suffice to say we had an absolute hoot! : ) Bedecked in a veil and with my ‘Bride to Be’ sash on, I worked my way through most of the dares on the list they had compiled, and bless the other diners/revellers who were such good sports! Many Mojitos later, Jo and I retired to our hotel room – I only know that as I woke up there – and headed home – just a little jaded – after a splendid evening : ) Roll on the Wedding!!!

It’ll be lovely to hear how you’ve been getting on, and I should have a little more time now to get back to you. Take care, enjoy the week, and keep in touch,

With my love,

Ali xx


  1. Julie May 27, 2015 at 6:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    A lovely blog as usual. Honey looks beautiful and is growing so quickly. I know what you mean about the nappy. I was like that with Lily and even now with the baby as 4 years have gone !! Can you believe the baby is 1 next week??? Has Lucy got a machine which makes the milk for the bottles? I’ve probably not explained that very well but don’t know the name-trust me!! My daughter has one and swears by it. Unfortunately it was not around when Lily was born. It saves so much time especially in the middle of the night or if Lucy’s on her own.
    So pleased the wedding plans are all done all you need now is the big day.
    Hope all is well with the family.
    Will message you soon.
    Take care as always
    Julie xx The girls xxxxx

  2. loraine May 27, 2015 at 7:00 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison lovely photos of you and your grandaughter so sweet everything is coming together nicely for you so pleased for you well les and I are of work next week decorating one wall in our lounge (very exciting ) but needs doing then out for lunches probably meet with our daughter Clare as she runs her nanny business in the day while the children she looks after are at school so may be able to have a bite to eat with us but have to wait to see our son Gary until the weekend anyway looking forward to it .Had our new car vandalised by some louts last week broke the wing mirror I wouldn’t mind but can’t believe it was on our drive and a street light is right there annoying but the police said there were other cars the same make also targeted in ringwood we have bought a fake camera which the police said would be a good idea anyway enjoy your day on Tuesday love Loraine xxx

  3. Jilly May 27, 2015 at 11:29 pm -  Reply

    oh my giddy aunt the piccies of Honey Bea are just beautiful Ali. She looks like a little darling doll and I can imagine how very proud you all are. Lucy looks a treat also and not at all new mummy tired – just delightful.
    Well done on your walk and the Lulu night sounded terrific to finish off the event. Good on you girl. You always make us so proud to know you.
    Your hymns are perfect and your wedding has all the family involved which is so great and will be making it all the more special. It is count down time now and how exciting is that – your cup will be flowing over with happiness and all about time.
    Annie went today for the final marking up with the surgeon ready for the op tomorrow only to get a phone call an hour later to say it was being cancelled. Needless to say we are not too pleased. Apparently they are short of staff in intensive care!! If it was cancelled because of an urgent case for another woman needing breast surgery we would not feel as cross but short of staff is very poor management on behalf of someone pretty high up in the hospital. We will have to see when the next date is given and take it from there but Annie will also give them dates of when she is not free as we have quite a bit going on these next few weeks.
    I will say nighty night as I am going to have another look at Honey Bea before I close hubbie’s iPad down. Enjoy these coming weeks Ali and have a ball love Jilly and Annie xx

  4. Judith Lennon May 28, 2015 at 8:05 am -  Reply

    Hello Ali
    What beautiful pictures of baby Honey, she is a real smasher!!!!
    You are right when you say how quickly they change so enjoy every moment spent with you precious bundle of love. Lucy is so like you – two beautiful ladies. Loved the pictures of your girlie night out. I would loved to have been a fly on the wall!!! It seems all systems go now for the wedding – all very exciting. Well done too for the moonwalk all of you. I liked the idea of your snack store. It made me smile. You really do get on with life and should be very proud of your positive outlook on life. I am feeling much better and am just waiting for my scan next week. Once that is over I know I can relax. Right now I am one happy lady to be recovering. Take care and big hugs from me. Love Judith xxx

  5. Joanna Downey May 28, 2015 at 9:57 am -  Reply

    Good Morning Ali, That was a wonderful message that lasted through two cups of tea and as it’s half term I perused it at leisure. Firstly, you have a beautiful granddaughter who looks so alert in every photo and your pride for your Lucy shines out. You have certainly packed in a vast amount in between shows at the Q and what a variety of events including a “bag of wrongness”… I had a busy weekend with the Chelsea Flower Show on Saturday and Rebecca’s 30th birthday on Sunday, we had Afternoon Tea in a boutique hotel in Cheltenham. I sat opposite my glamorous daughters and felt that tug at my heart when I thought about the speed with which those years (decades!) had passed. The talk was full of Ellie’s wedding plans and Tallulah’s adventures of which she has many; she’s a dare devil and free spirit with an amazing laugh and RED HAIR – the only one on both sides of her family. Watching her go down a slide face first had me crossing my fingers – extreme sports toddler! Last night we went to the theatre in Malvern to see The Importance of being Ernest with David Suchet as Lady B. it was sublime and he was the best I’ve ever seen play the role. Your wedding plans are obviously in full swing and a visit to Ruckley sounds wonderful – will you have chance to go to David Austin roses when you’re up here? He produces beautiful and healthy plants that have never let me down. You have chosen the same wedding hymns that we had and Salut d’amour is the perfect piece to be your arrival music; he wrote it as an engagement present for Caroline and she wrote him a poem in return. I love Elgar and because our school is in Worcestershire I feel we have a connection so often play his music at the start of tutor time – students aren’t as keen but education isn’t just about computers, compound sentences and algebra so we celebrate a local composer and that is that. Love to Alpa – you’re in my thoughts – and to you Ali, Jo x

  6. Heather McMillan May 28, 2015 at 8:57 pm -  Reply

    Wonderful pics of a Beautiful Baby , and a Gorgeous Bride to be , Brian and I met you at Salon Prive in 2013 and you were all Lovely , Debbie’s x2 Kathy , Jack and Yourself , Good Luck on Your Big Day , Tons of Love Heather and Brian xx

  7. Mary Morphy May 28, 2015 at 10:47 pm -  Reply

    Well good evening Alison..or should I say Party Animal..your night out with Colin,s daughters and Jo sounds like a great time was had by all…love the Colin face masks..Brilliant! I admire your stamina and ability to hold your alcohol..my best friend took me out for my birthday..two months late but we got there and after one large glass of wine which she ordered for me while I was in the loo and two diet cokes I felt wretched in the morning and it was a school night!!!
    I am so pleased you all survived the walk relatively unscathed apart from poor Debbie but what a great friendship pact you made and you are all winners. I hope you raised lots of money.
    Honey Bea is gorgeous..she has changed just by looking at the photos you post. I remember that ‘ I need sleep’ feeling..how do we survive on a few snatch hours of sleep,look after a baby and cook, clean etc..women are superheroes! The nappy tale made me smile..my soon to be 18 year old son Jack was teeny tiny..it took me 32 hours of labour and intervention to get him out..it felt like he should have been a whopper but he was only 6lb and my mum had to go and buy prem baby nappies cos his newborn pampers (other brands are available!) had to be done up under his armpits and turned over at the top. The first nappy hubby did remained on the changing mat when he lifted Jack off!!!
    Glad to that hymns have been chosen..I do not know the second one so if its on the video I will him!! Hat has been dusted off! We went to my cousins daughter’s wedding reception on Saturday near Hastings. A 3 1\2 hour round trip but worth it. AaEmma looked stunning and instead of a wedding cake they had ten cakes including Victoria sponge, carrot cake, chocolate salted caramel cake and coffee and walnut cake. They provided boxes so you could take cake home and instead of a sit down meal had an old fashioned pizza van making fresh stone baked pizza for guests. Very querky and brilliant! Chloe and I then had a long trip on Sunday to Worthing for cricket leaving at 7.15am..an early match and a 5 hour round trip. We got home at 9pm then Chloe announced she needed cupcakes for her sleepover the next day…needless to say I had my handmixer on at 7am the next morning!!
    Thankfully we only have a fallen drainpipe and a cracked garden wall from the earthquake on Thursday… I was terrified..Chloe was hysterical, hubby thought he was dreaming and Jack slept through it, just as well as he had his AS media exam the following morning. Very frightening to feel the whole house shake and the noise..I thought of those poor Nepalese people and thanked my lucky stars as to how fortunate we are. Been a busy half term, planted up pots, painted a kitchen wall that couldn’t be done before, re sealed the bath and have tonight made the sponges for a Beach Hut cake for my neighbours mum. I will tweet you the finished cake tomorrow.. Operation decoration tomorrow!!! Have a great week..have you got your wedding shoes yet? Love Mary xx

  8. alison keenan May 29, 2015 at 12:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Julie, and no I cannot believe that Isla is one this year!!!!! Gosh that’s gone fast hasn’t it? Bless you for the heads up on a milk making machine… may have to google it though as not heard of it before. It does sound jolly useful though, although I know Lucy wants to persevere with feeding Honey herself, and then you don’t need sterilisers and all the other paraphernalia! I do hope you will be seeing the girls this half term, and that Lily is still keeping you busy πŸ™‚ Take care and thanks for keeping in touch, love Ali x

  9. alison keenan May 29, 2015 at 12:58 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Loraine, good to hear your news. I do hope your decorating will go well next week – surprising the difference it makes to a room to have new paper/paint up eh? We’re thinking of getting a log burner so will def need to redecorate at least that one wall if we do. Your daughter Clare sounds busy, but I hope you’ll be able to squeeze in lunch with her, and hope also that you’ll get to see your son Gary. I spent Wednesday with my Sam, and it was lovely πŸ™‚ I was sorry to hear about the vandals – I think the fake camera would be a great idea, although I know we had a really reasonable security device for sale at QVC that works externally? Take care, and enjoy your time together, love Ali xxx

  10. alison keenan May 29, 2015 at 1:08 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jilly, so sorry to hear about the cancellation! I’m not surprised Annie is disappointed. So much to reorganise and at such short notice too – it does seem an unusual reason too – although you wouldn’t have wanted the operation to take place without the correct number of nursing staff! Thank you SOOOO much for my lovely card that you made for Colin and I, and I am keeping Lucy’s parcel safe until I see her next Wednesday. Honey just gets more and more beautiful, and is such a sweet tempered little soul. I agree Lucy doesn’t look remotely tired – I know that Simon has been helping hugely, but he went back to work on Tuesday, so I know it will be harder for Lucy from now on. That said, Honey will hopefully stay happy and give her mummy relatively long periods of sleep! I did reply to your comment on the previous blog, but have been having a few issues with posting and so am very late in getting back to you – apologies! You’re right about these next few weeks being exciting! My only panic are wedding shoes! I just can’t seem to find the right ones and I have something specific in mind, but will keep on looking. I do hope the hospital will be able to find Annie an alternative appointment asap – waiting is horrid. I’m hoping to hear today back from my latest biopsies, another thing to tick off my list! You take care, and I will write back to you – thanks so much for the lovely long letter, love Ali xx

  11. alison keenan May 29, 2015 at 1:11 pm -  Reply

    Dear Judith just been writing to Jilly about the waiting game – I know how distracting it can be, but I will be keeping everything crossed for you with your scan. I think if you’re feeling well, that’s a good indicator of how you actually are – if that makes sense πŸ™‚ Yes my night out was hilarious, and a fly on the wall could definitely have told a tale or two!! IT was very sweet of the girls to have put so much effort into organising it. Take care, and keep in touch – let me know how you are. Hope the weekend goes well, love Ali xx

  12. alison keenan May 29, 2015 at 1:22 pm -  Reply

    My dear Jo, I know I’ve mentioned this before, but there really are a remarkable number of likenesses and similarities between us, and the fact that the hymns we’ve chosen are the same just compounds that. Thank you so much for telling me who Elgar wrote it for, as it is such a romantic tale – he is my mother’s favourite classical composer too! Interesting you play music to your students, which I heartily approve of. When I was at junior school we always went into the school hall to the sound of music – classical composers and the names of the piece were on a chalk board, and I still remember most of them πŸ™‚ I am glad you had such a special day with your daughter.. it is a strange thing looking at them all grown up and talking of babies and weddings… my conversations are very much the same with Lucy at present, obviously! You must be very excited about Ellie’s wedding and Tallulah will no doubt share in the limelight too – she sounds quite a character! Little Honey is gorgeous isn’t she, and that photo with the headband is one of my favourites… Awwww such a sweet pea. I saw The Importance of Being Ernest in the ’70’s with Wilfred Hyde Whyte who was incredible. It is such a marvellous play and terribly funny – so glad you enjoyed it, and I know that David Suchet would have been just perfect in the role. I’ll let you know how I get on at Ruckley, and take as many pictures as Julie will allow, and then it’ll be time for a pre-wedding blog!!!! Exciting times. Love to you Jo, Ali xx

  13. alison keenan May 29, 2015 at 1:25 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Heather, and thank you so much for you good wishes. Wasn’t that a lovely day at Salon Prive?! My Jack thoroughly enjoyed himself, and it was so good to be with the girls. Although the rain poured in the morning we were of course treated to the sunshine in the afternoon – a perfect end to the day. I do hope you and Brian are well, and thank you for writing to me, love Ali xx

  14. Sue Radford May 29, 2015 at 4:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,

    The photos of baby Honey are so gorgeous! Grandchildren certainly change your life for the better – enjoy every precious moment. Hope all is going well with your wedding arrangements – not long now – so exciting!! I’ve really enjoyed corresponding with you these last few years. Wishing you good luck for the future lovely lady. Life will continue to get better and better for you, I’m more than sure of that!

    Bye Ali, I will always continue to send positive vibes your way.

    Love Sue Radford xx

  15. Janet Jones May 29, 2015 at 5:57 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali you have been a busy bee. I was exactly like you changing Alfies nappy at first. Alfie has had to have more eye operations, one, two weeks ago another last week and another one next week. The pressure in his eye was far too high, which could cause him to lose his sight. He has to have so many eye drops a day and some of them sting but he is so brave, but naturally has become very clingy with his mummy and daddy so we had them all up last weekend and we are going up to see them tomorrow(can’t wait) We are all praying that these operations have been successful, it has been hard for all of us but especially his mummy and daddy .
    Amidst all this I was invited for an interview for a job and by some miracle I was offered the job in a hospital, I start in about a months time.
    I am due for a checkup with my oncologist this tues and like you Ali it always makes me very nervous.
    With all this going on I have been working in my garden a lot as it helps me relax but oboy I am aching all over especially my back.
    You looked like you had a lot of fun on your hen night and sounds like you have everything organised.
    Jilly I am so sorry to hear Annie’s operation has been postponed I hope she won’t have to wait too long.
    Take care Ali and have fun , speak soon love Janet xx

  16. Tricia coulsonwood May 29, 2015 at 8:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I am thrilled that you are walking down the aisle with Elgar’s salute d amour.. I did mention it to you when you were searching for music that my Keith and I walked together to be married at our local stately home Carlton Towers 15yrs ago. It was a second marriage for the both of us. Elgar is my absolute favourite i adore many of his compositions.. We signed the register to chanson du martin. How absolutely sweet Honey and mummy look on recent updated the photos. She looks very aware of her surroundings. Has she a special little dress for your wedding?. Lots of love to you all on your wedding day. We are all sure to be thinking of you all and love to everyone.Tricia xx

  17. Mary Morphy May 29, 2015 at 10:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali…hasn’t it been freezing today? I have already written a blog response but when I pressed Post Comment it all completely disappeared so goodness knows what happened there and I hope I am not repeating myself should it re-appear at some stage.
    Congratulations to all the QVC team on the N
    Moonwalk and the fundraising..a true team performance and a lesson in support and friendship too.
    So wedding is soo close, i remember having a countdown on my computer, i was working for Barclays back then (made redundant in 2000 after 15 years then joined the school i am at now and now facing the same outcome, wont know if i have a job until Sept 1st!) although I am not familiar with the second hymn i love the first one,but if its on film I will be respectful and hum..hat been dusted off! How lovely to be able to go to the home of Peony..all those beautiful flowers. Are you having fresh or faux..your centrepieces will be stunning. My mum, as I have mentioned is a florist so she got the flowers from her brother who owned a flower shop and made my centre pieces, top table swag and bridesmaids baskets. My aunt made my bouquet in longiforum Lillie’s and lots of trailing green foliage..it was beautiful. We gave three big boxes of flowers to the church florist and she nearly cried..she had never had so many given to her. The church looked spectacular!
    Honey Bea is changing with every photo and Lucy and Simon looked so happy. How do us mums survive and function on so little sleep during those early months..we are super heroes!!
    So half term has been and nearly gone..been busy as usual and made a beach hut cake for my neighbours mum as you saw! I have a rabbit cake and 24 cupcakes to do in a couple of weeks for my friends 6 year old. The cupcakes will be decorated with rabbits with their fluffy tails in the air as if down a burrow!!
    So today we have had very strong winds a torrential rain and a piece of roofing felt from the cabin flew off..it was huge. Fortunately my twin was round who is brilliant at DIY..she got on the cabin roof with me and we battoned down the hatchet!!! The earthquake we had last week…very very frightening and not a pleasant experience
    ..dislodged a drain pipe so my daughter and sister wete then on the kitchen flat roof, having climbed out of her bedroom window to tape it up with black tape until we can afford to teplace it. It matches my kitchen tap that still hasnt been replaced, that has a black stripe of tape on too!!!Feeling the house shake and a thunderous noise was very un- nerving and I cannot imagine how terrified the Nepalese people were with their earthquakes. Nature is so beautiful but so destroying.
    So its Saturday tomorrow and Chloe has cricket at Brooklands which is on the way to Hastings..about 1 hour 20 mins each way then Sunday is an early start as we have a match in Guildford, Surrey…a two hour journey each way plus a bit extra for my regular comfort breaks!!! Jack has his theory driving test on Tuesday so fingers crossed for him. Back to work Monday..for a rest! Hope it’s warmer for the weekend, slanket has been well used already this season.
    Have you bought your wedding shoes yet? Love Mary xx

  18. Mary Morphy May 29, 2015 at 10:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi again..would you believe it, I have just submitted number two blog..number one went AWOL and blog one has appeared..they are both very long!!!!!! Mary xx

  19. Jilly May 30, 2015 at 7:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali – great show last night. I ordered the tooth brushes as I thought they would be very handy. Loved your hair.
    Delighted you like the card. Don’t worry about replying to my letter. You will now be coming to a busy ,busy fabaroo time and finding the right shoes is the most important thing to do. If your feet don’t feel right then you won’t!! And you have to dance the night away!!
    I love the picture of Honey in the headband too. So very sweet.
    It seems a number of ops and appointments were cancelled at the hospital last week as there was ” a crisis” of some sort. Onwards and upwards we will go though.
    Enjoy your time with Lucy and Honey this week and just tell Lucy she is fab not minding you sharing her with all of us – now get shopping and let us know when you have found your feet love Jilly xx

  20. Jilly May 30, 2015 at 7:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alpa just sending a hug and hope everything is not too bad with you. Keep strong my dear love Jilly and Annie xx

  21. Petra May 31, 2015 at 12:49 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison. Have been following your journey into the wonderful world of being a Nanny. It is so amazing when you see your little girl with a little girl of her own (or in my case identical twin granddaughters! !). I know how proud you must be. Honey Bea is beautiful. This time is so precious and they grow so fast. My girlie’s are 10 now. They are coming round with their parents tomorrow for a natter. This week has been busy. As well as finishing my Rads sessions, the Grant of Probate on Mum’s estate came through. So as well as nursing a rather red and spotty Betty (boob), I have started running around organising the sale of her house, a rather confusingly emotional task. Still, it needs to be done. Congratulations on your achievements in the moonwalk. And the wedding sounds wonderful, you must be so excited. Take care. Petra xx

  22. Gwen May 31, 2015 at 9:04 am -  Reply

    Hello Dear Ali,
    Wonderful blog as usual, and yes what a very busy girl you are.Darling little Honey is so gorgeous and I love her little outfits, I’m sure you have had a hand in those, and what fun shopping for her. Congratulations to you and all of the other girls who took part in the Moonwalk and how brilliant that you all had the energy to go and support Lulu, also your naughty night out sounds absolutely brilliant, nothing like a good laugh with wonderful friends is there?

    I am so pleased that your Wedding Plans are all coming together nicely,and I really can’t wait to see photos as I know you are just going to look amazing.

    Take good care o yourself Ali and keep well.

    Love as always,

  23. Mandy Mitchell May 31, 2015 at 10:02 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    First of all I would like to say congratulations on the safe delivery of your beautiful Grand daughter Honey! I didn’t post a reply on your previous blog as I knew you would have loads of lovely messages from well wishers & thought I would lighten your work load( if you weren’t so lovely we wouldn’t all enjoy your blogs so much lol) The photos of you all with Honey are beautiful & they will be so precious to her when she sees the joy on everyones faces when she came into the world…priceless! Well done on your Moonwalk & it was lovely to read about you & your pals supporting each other.Talking of support, loved your bra full of snacks to keep everyone going! What a trooper Colin was coming out to rescue you all.Poor Debs, it reminds me of a London weekend with friends, my lovely hubby turned his ankle over badly on a kerb, which ballooned immediately. He was in real pain but my friends still proceeded to walk us up & down China Town to find the best restaurant(he was not a Happy Chappy) I don’t want to mention the “C” word but I have ordered myself a Christmas pressie(Diamonique of course) I never know what I want at Christmas & had seen the lovely tennis bracelet at the great Event price, so I ordered it in rose gold & told hubby he can put it up for Christmas.(whether that happens or not we will see but I have done a lot of “sneaky orders” lately lol.You looked lovely on your night out & I did giggle imagining what your dares were!I hope you are having a hen night out with your QVC colleagues because I can’t wait to hear what you get up to with Kathy, Debs & especially Jackie &Chloe!!!Just listened to Salut d’Amour for the first time & it is beautiful!How lovely it was written for his fiancee as an engagement pressie.I am over the moon you chose one of my favourite hymns & one of my suggestions “Praise My Soul tge King of Heaven”I will make sure I belt it out on your wedding day to whoever is around me at the time lol! What will your name be when you marry your Colin? Have a lovely week Ali & I will be watching you on Thursday evening at 9pm.
    Love & hugs
    from Mandy xxx

  24. Linda Richards May 31, 2015 at 8:09 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    A fab blog as always. The photo’s are so beautiful, Honey Bea is so cute. You make such a glamorous Grandmother. You picked such lovely hymns for you wedding. I hope that you and the family are all well and looking forward to the big day. I hope the weather will be kind to you all. I am feeling a bit better, as I think I told you before I lost my two dearest and much loved Sister within just four months of one another. I still some times can not believe they are gone, I will close now as I am starting to cry again.
    Love to you and the family.
    Lots of Love Lyn

  25. Linda Richards May 31, 2015 at 8:19 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    A fab blog as always. The photo’s are so beautiful, Honey Bea is so cute. You make such a glamorous Grandmother. You picked such lovely hymns for you wedding. I hope that you and the family are all well and looking forward to the big day. I hope the weather will be kind to you all. I am feeling a bit better, as I think I told you before I lost my two dearest and much loved Sister within just four months of one another. I still some times can not believe they are gone, I will close now as I am starting to cry again. I think you all done so well doing the walk poor Debbie I hope that her foot is ok now. I have been watching you as always on the jewellery show and have enjoyed them very much. Have you decided what jewellery you are going to wear on your wedding day. I wear pearls. That was a long time a go now nearly twenty one years . Keep well and safe.
    Lots Love Lyn xxxxx

  26. Tricia coulsonwood June 1, 2015 at 7:58 am -  Reply

    Hello Ali, when I mentioned months back that we had salute d Amour as our wedding music we had the orchestral version. Since then I love the Nigel Kennedy version and especially Sarah Chang. I love the latest photos of baby Honey B with Lucy and with you, she’s absolutely gorgeous, she’s so like you both. You looked to have had a super time (hen night) that’s what’s needed now for sure..I cannot believe your wedding is nearly upon us, that means that my daughters is only four months away?. We haven’t bought her dress yet?. We are looking next week and taking her bridesmaids with her. ( they don’t agree on anything). It’s got to be a hoot next Thursday with differing opinions. Well I hope you are able to put this on as my message mentioned the stately home that we married in so I think it had to be left off. Lots of love and much happiness to you and Colin and all your family’s and to all
    Tricia x

  27. Rhona Fenton June 1, 2015 at 10:23 am -  Reply

    A BIG CONGTRATULATIONS GIRLS on your amazing walk well done all and I do hope Debbie is doing better she must have been in so much pain poor thing πŸ™ pass on my best to her please Alison?
    Now Miss Alison I am not just saying this but I say it as I see it and in theses new pictures of Honey which are just so cute and beautiful I might add, oh do I see her like her Granny Alison across the eyes have a look back at the first picture of her Alison at the start of this blog right away I saw her looking like you πŸ™‚ love all the pictures and Lucy is looking amazing what is her secret? its all so exciting and so glad everyone I doing well! our little penny is doing better she is now up to 4lb and Emily & Mark are hoping she will be getting home soon, my sister just got to hold her for the first time last week which was so beautiful to see my sister finally getting to hold her little granddaughter at long last, we have not seen her yet as only two were getting in at a time as not sure what if any damage with her being so early, and her wee bleed on her brain, might have to wait till shes older before all will come clear if anything, but she is growing fast and just so perfect, proud Auntie here she is just so beautiful and so cute and I can’t wait to meet her πŸ™‚ back to you love the rest off your pictures a good time had by all on your night out did look a lot of fun! glad you had a good time at Lulu’s concert I think she is even better now as you say she Rock’s, you do know Alison I can’t help myself here it has to be said ha ha what do you expect she is after all Scottish woohoo!! and as pipa said on Air one time us scot’s are made of steel the fact at that time she meant how did we cope with the cold weather we don’t no choice!! Glad to hear all the wedding prep is coming along good choice of music also, hope you will be having a DVD done of your special day because you will be all over the place and not remember it all, all us Brides are the same it is normal as on the day we are all just so starry eyed to be marring the one that we love πŸ™‚ can’t wait to see all the pictures of you & Colin’s beautiful day πŸ™‚ thank you for all the latest pictures and updates on everyone and Lucy I want to know your secret of looking amazing? sending all our love to you & yours from me & mine Rhona xx

  28. Debz June 1, 2015 at 2:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Ali

    Thank you for sharing the pictures of Honey. She is beautiful. Love her little headband. Wonder if Ainzley would wear one??? Maybe not!

    We are all well. Ainzley continues to astound both the vet and us with his resilience and refusal to give up. He’s lost a lot of weight and his heart is beginning to fail but, he’s going to go when he’s ready and not when the vet’s medical journals tell him it’s time!! I do liquidise his food now otherwise he doesn’t eat much – no for the faint hearted I can tell you! Cat food whiffs at the best of times but liquidising it seems to really intensify the fragrance! Not one Yankee Candles will be bringing out any time soon!!

    Neal is still struggling with his job. He is looking for something else but there’s no a lot out there at the moment that pays the salary we need. Ideally he’d like to work for himself but, as we have no money to fall back on whilst he establishes himself, that’s not a possibility at the moment. I try to jolly him along as much as I can but there’s only so much positivity you can muster without it sounding like you’re reading from a self help manual!!

    Your wedding plans are coming on at quite a pace now. Not long until the big day. I bet your day at Peony will be wonderful. Their flowers are so beautiful and how lovely to be having them as your centrepieces.

    Well, I must go as it’s nearly time for another round of tablets for Ainzley. Bless him, most of the time he does his best to take them but some look more like horse pills instead of domestic cat tablets!! Poor soul!

    Love to all in Ali’s Army especially Alpa who we haven’t heard from for a while. Hope all is well with you my lovely.

    Lots of love and licks.

    Debz & Ainzley (=^-^=) XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  29. Jilly June 2, 2015 at 6:10 pm -  Reply

    HI Ali – the table decorations look quite stunning and delighted that you have had a lovely day collecting them. Hope that you have found your shoes now – oh my not long to go….. πŸ™‚ fab, fab and more fabs. So exciting for you all.
    Janet I am delighted that you have a new job to look forward to. Now it is onwards and upwards. So very sorry to hear that darling Alfie has needed more ops. Such a great worry for you and his parents. I should think that you had a lovely weekend with them all – looking after Alfie but also making sure mum and dad were also good. Sure all will be well with your check up but as you say it is a worry when the time is coming up to another one but you will soon be able to put away the doubts until the next time. Really though just thrilled you have a new job – very well done!
    Tricia hope that the wedding dress hunt goes well – take the girls to a wine bar first and then they might agree to what you like. All great fun though and something special to look forward to. It is so lovely hearing about everyone’s weddings.
    Loved reading about rabbit cake on Mary’s blog. Sounds a delight πŸ™‚
    Where are you going on your honeymoon Ali, or do you not know?
    No news for Annie at the moment re a new date for her op – but we don’t expect to hear these next couple of weeks – I shall start nagging after that though. take care and on count down now!!!! Love Jilly XX

  30. alison keenan June 2, 2015 at 9:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Mary, party animal here! πŸ™‚ Lovely to hear from you, and I’m glad you enjoyed the photos – perhaps you should have had a Mohito rather than wine! πŸ™‚ Bit rough to have to work the next day though – I was very glad to be able to head back to bed in the afternoon, but it was a corking time night. Thanks for sharing your memories of your little Jack – very little at 6lbs – and that made me laugh about your hubby changing nappies – at least he tried! I hope you enjoyed the wedding reception near Hastings – We spent a lovely long weekend away with Ros and Chris there last year… fab place to mooch around. A long journey for you though, especially as you had to take Chloe to Worthing the next day! I bet you can’t wait until she’s old enough to drive herself – although that said, like me, you’ll probably miss it when she’s more independent. I hadn’t realised about the earthquake – it sounds worrying! We had one years ago in Shropshire as I was making my way around the supermarket with my Jack in the trolley – thought I’d slipped on something as I veered rather awkwardly around a corner πŸ™‚ Glad all was ok for you though, and I thought your beach hut cake was superb! As far as my wedding shoes are concerned, I have just ordered four different pairs, so fingers crossed!!!! Just a tad stressed about it, and I haven’t even started looking for frillies to go under the dress! Hope you have a great week, and it’s always lovely to hear from you, love Ali xx

  31. alison keenan June 2, 2015 at 9:36 pm -  Reply

    Dear Sue, I too love corresponding with you too, as I do all the bloggers here. When I spoke at the BMI conference last week, I said how incredibly supportive and helpful you have all been in my recovery, and that I would have found things far harder without you. So glad it brings you pleasure too. Thank you for the positive vibes – sending you some in return πŸ™‚ and please do keep in touch – I would hate not to hear from you, love Ali xx

  32. Denise June 2, 2015 at 9:42 pm -  Reply

    Wow how adorable is Honey Bea – just from the photos you want to pinch her little cheeks as you do so with babies! I’m so pleased all is going well with her and the new parents. Well done on the Moon walk you all did so well.
    Life is certainly busy for you right now but in my experience that’s the best way to be. I love hearing about your wedding plans – when is the big day exactly. Talking of weddings I can’t believe that it will be a year on Sunday since my son was married its flown by. It’s lovely thinking back to this week a year ago what we were doing. They will be celebrating with a few days in London. His dad and I are treating them to a meal on the actual Anniversary and before they travel we will celebrate with them By having a meal at a Mexican restaurant as they went to Mexico on honeymoon. Lots of love Denise xx

  33. alison keenan June 2, 2015 at 10:00 pm -  Reply

    Dear Janet, I was so sorry to hear that little Alfie, you, his parents, infact the whole family have been going through it. I will also pray that these operations will have worked, and that all the worry will be over. That said, I was delighted to know that you are starting a new job in a hospital, and I hope that you will be very happy there. I know that you are going to see your oncologist today (Tuesday) and I do hope that things will be OK.. I know it makes you nervous, it does me too, but luckily we both seem to do well each time πŸ™‚ Please let me know how you get on, and I hope that keeping busy in the garden will have helped to alleviate the nerves! Take care, enjoy the week, and I’ll look forward to hearing about Alfie and you too, with love, Ali xx

  34. Alison keenan June 2, 2015 at 10:45 pm -  Reply

    Dear Tricia, after I wrote this blog, I found the notes I made to myself with your name next to the music title! It is such a beautiful piece, and perfect for the day. Elgar is also my mum’s favourite composer so I hope she enjoys it too. Yes Honey is such a sweetheart, and is changing literally each day. I am spending today (Tuesday) with Lucy and Honey and we are hopefully going to shop for dresses for both of them! Exciting times πŸ™‚ Love to you and I hope you enjoy the sunshine at the end of the week, Ali xx

  35. Alison keenan June 3, 2015 at 9:52 pm -  Reply

    Hello again Mary, you have fallen foul of our current Cache problems with the blog! I too wrote a number of responses, and then wrote them again! I think I’m up to speed pretty much with all that you wrote, but in answer to your question my bouquet and the church flowers will all be fresh! Sadly I don’t have any to provide to Maggie who will be working on the arrangements, but your Aunty sounds like a generous and talented soul – must run in the family! As for your sister – incredible! You sound like a couple of stuntmen what with drainpipes, roofing felt, and a whole lot of nails… So glad that was all the damage the earthquake caused! I very much hope your Jack passed his theory test today, and that you had the sunshine? It turned into a beautiful afternoon in Swindon where I was all day with Lucy and Honey – I had such a lovely day. One pair of wedding shoes have turned up but the satin is a little stretched!! πŸ™ Three more to go! Take care and enjoy the sunny weekend we’ve been promised. Love Ali xx

  36. alison keenan June 3, 2015 at 9:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Jilly – good to hear from you, and so glad you for the sonic toothbrushes. I wish I’d got in there and ordered them! They would have perfect to take on the honeymoon – never mind eh? πŸ™‚ You’re right about the shoes, and I think I may eventually be forced to spend a rather large sum of money on them – but they need to be right, as you will realise when you see the dress! I too LOVE the photo of Honey in her headband, it makes me go all silly when I see it πŸ™‚ I do hope that Annie will get her next appointment soon – waiting is so tiresome and its difficult to plan anything. I did say thank you to Lucy when I saw her today, and she thanked you too for the darling little hat!!! We tried to take a photo of her in it, but she was a little bit tired and looked sad, so we’ll save it for another time πŸ™‚ I’ll let you know about my shoes in my next blog – have a lovely weekend, and thanks for keeping in touch. Love Ali xx

  37. alison keenan June 3, 2015 at 9:58 pm -  Reply

    Jilly and Debz – thank you both for thinking of Alpa – she has been on my mind as has Una – seems an inordinately long time since we heard from her too… Do hope all is well. Sending you both love and sunshine, Ali xx

  38. Tricia coulsonwood June 5, 2015 at 3:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, thanks for your good wishes..yes the weather is lovely but I am having to hibernate for a week or so . I was filling my outdoor bird feeder, turned around and missed the step on the path and fell flat on my face, breaking my nose, badly bruising it , plus my knees are black and blue and generally aching everywhere. i can’t believe it , Please everyone else be careful now that the weather has improved and we are getting outdoors more!!.
    Consequently Our trip to pick bridal and bridesmaid dresses never happened. Looking forward to your wedding. Love to all.

  39. Tina S June 5, 2015 at 4:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Your photo’s really put a smile on my face. Little Honey B is absolutely adorable. You certainly have had a hectic couple of weeks. So sorry you didn’t complete the Moonwalk but you did well anyway. It is a subject close to my heart also as I lost my mum to breast cancer when I was just 12 years old. (You have so many followers you probably won’t remember me saying about her.) I miss her so much as you with your Dad. I still feel so proud to be their “little girl” even after all this time!
    So glad you enjoyed Lulu’s concert. Her voice is indeed still as strong as ever unlike a lot of past singers who seem to lose their ability to sing. I think “our” Tom (Jones) is another one whose voice has kept strong despite the years. My eldest sister was a huge Tom Jones fan. She managed to meet him years ago when he was still living in this country. She was visiting London with my other sister when she Knocked on his door and actually went in his house and met him!!!
    Well it won’t be long now for your big day. The hymns you have chosen are very apt. I’m sure you will have a wonderful day. I remember getting so stressed for our wedding. Years later I now see that the most important thing are about the love we have for each other. Life throws us all kinds of trials and tribulations but without love seeing us through some hard times we might not have been here together 30 years down the line.
    I wish you every happiness in your life together as husband and wife.
    Love and best wishes, Tina S.( S. Wales) x

  40. martin forbes June 5, 2015 at 8:14 pm -  Reply

    hi alison how is your granddaughter gettin on what is she 4weeks old not long to your wedding now hope your wedding goes well and your family are well iam not bad iam now on a 1o day holiday from work doing nothing being lazy

  41. martin forbes June 5, 2015 at 8:17 pm -  Reply

    hi alison hope you are well how is your grand daughter getting she must be 4weeks old not hope your family are well i am not bad and rest of family are okay. i am now on 1o day holidatyfrom work doing nothing being lazy

  42. alison keenan June 6, 2015 at 6:18 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Petra, good to hear from you, and to know that in spite of your continuing treatment you are getting on with life, although I am certain it must be a real task emotionally, having to sell your mum’s house.. I do hope you have someone who can help you with packing it all up, and also the paperwork… Exhausting generally, but so much harder when you’re on treatment, and it’s your mum… I am though delighted that you have twin granddaughters to help you through this, and I hope the distraction will bring your respite. With love, Ali xx

  43. alison Keenan June 6, 2015 at 6:21 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Gwen, and thank you for taking the time to write to me. I would love to lay claim to having chosen the little headband that Honey is wearing, but apart from about three dresses and a couple of baby grows, Lucy has shopped til she dropped for gorgeous baby clothes! I like you admire her choice πŸ™‚ Lulu truly was terrific, and it was so good to spend time with my friends from work too! And thank you for your congratulations regarding the Moonwalk – maybe one day I’ll do the whole thing. I very much hope you’re right about my wedding day – getting a bit jittery about the dress, no shoes, and having hot flushes!!! πŸ™ Sure it’ll be alright on the night as they say – and yes, there should be many photographs for you to look through. With love, Ali xx

  44. Alison Keenan June 6, 2015 at 6:26 pm -  Reply

    Dear Mandy, thank you so much for your consideration in delaying your response – I do love replying to you all, but as you say, it does take quite a while to get through all the correspondence! πŸ™‚ Thanks too for your comments re the Moonwalk – it’s all about being a team really, but I surprised myself with how competitive I felt! πŸ™‚ So sorry to hear about your husband – nightmare if folks who are with you aren’t sympathetic! I am delighted that you have purchased the Diamonique Tennis bracelet ahead of time, and I can assure you that the Rose Gold looks quite beautiful. Yes my night out was hysterical – two of the dares were to get a single sock from a young man, and also to get another man to remove his shirt!!! I asked nicely and they agreed πŸ™‚ Great that your choice of hymn was ours also, and please do make sure you’re there in spirit singing along at around 12.35pm on the 26th! My name will be Elsworth – I think I will be known as Ali K from that point forward πŸ™‚ I will be with you next Thursday, and will look forward to seeing you then, love Ali xx

  45. alison Keenan June 6, 2015 at 6:31 pm -  Reply

    Dear Linda, so glad that you enjoyed the blog, and bless you for your compliments.. I am so glad to hear that you are feeling a little better, although I know these last four months or so have been terribly difficult for you. I can’t begin to imagine how heartbreaking it must be to lose both your sisters within this time, and I just hope you have support and plenty of people whom you love around you, so that you can lean on each other and take strength from each other. I am thinking of you, and thank you for your sweet tale of your wedding day.. I will be wearing pearls and Diamonique – I have designed the earrings and necklace myself, and hope to have a set to give away as a prize on the blog.
    Please look after yourself, and do keep in touch, with love, Ali xx

  46. alison keenan June 6, 2015 at 6:35 pm -  Reply

    Dear Tricia, you’ve set me on the trail of Nigel Kennedy and Sarah Chang’s version of Salut D’Amour now! Such a fabulous piece of music – forever in your debt πŸ™‚ I am thrilled that you think Honey Bea looks a little like me! She certainly looks her mum did at that young age, but I don’t think I have any photos of me as a tiny – must ask my mum! So excited for you that your daughter’s wedding is only four months away – those months will fly by believe me! I think a celebratory glass of wine may help the bridesmaids to agree on the dress design, and as far as your daughter is concerned – that’s you and her time πŸ™‚ Thank you for your love and good wishes, I send mine back to you, Ali xx

  47. Alison keenan June 6, 2015 at 7:03 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Rhona, and thanks for your lovely long message! Great to catch up with Emily and Mark and their little Penny… It makes me realise how lucky we are to have had Honey born full term and able to come home within a few days… such a trying and stressful time for you all to have her still in hospital, but I am delighted that your sister finally got to hold her after all this time, and I am certain she will continue to grow and get stronger. Hopefully home before too much longer πŸ™‚ Yup you’re right about Lulu coming from strong stock! Seriously, if she heads up your way for a concert, you MUST go and see her – the album is well worth listening to as well πŸ™‚ Don’t worry about a DVD of the wedding, as I wrote in this blog, my friend Mitch has created a web site which will go up on the day after the wedding, and should have all the photos and video on there… it may well be that a few tweets get out on the day itself too! I will pass on your lovely comments to Lucy about Honey, and to be honest I think her calm and strength come from wanting this baby so much, Simon’s help, and also being far less stressed now that she’s not teaching! Sending you my love, Ali xx

  48. Alison keenan June 6, 2015 at 7:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Debz – how good to hear from you! No, I don’t think Ainzley would really appreciate one of the little headbands – I’m surprised Honey didn’t object, but she’s such a good little soul, she barely makes a murmur πŸ™‚ I’m so pleased to know that Ainzley continues to confound the vet, but you do have my sympathy as I don’t think I could bear to liquidise cat food! As you say, it smells pretty rank anyway! I do hope that Neal will find a job that makes him happy, rather than struggling with something that is unfulfilling.. keeping everything crossed. Not easy for you I know being the one who has to stay positive and enthusiastic, but I’m sure you do a great job of it πŸ™‚ As no doubt you do with dispensing Ainzley’s pills! Take care, and I hope that you’ve enjoyed some sunshine this weekend, love Ali xx

  49. Alison keenan June 6, 2015 at 7:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jilly, I loved your suggestion for Tricia and the bridesmaids! I think it will work a treat πŸ™‚ You’re right about the table centres – they are safely stowed away in their boxes in the spare room, and are absolutely stunning. Feel very fortunate to have been spoiled with such a high class company as Peony! One possible with the shoes, but waiting for delivery of a few more options! I’m sorry has had no news re her new appointment – I do hope they won’t leave her waiting too long. You take care, and keep in touch – as I will, love Ali xx

  50. alison keenan June 6, 2015 at 7:22 pm -  Reply

    Dear Denise, Wow a year tomorrow since your son was married – I find that hard to believe too! It must be lovely to look back over the build up and the actual day itself, and I think it’s really kind of you to treat them to a Mexican meal on their actual anniversary, in memory of their honeymoon – very thoughtful πŸ™‚ You’re right about things being busy this end, but we are pretty well organised, and with Colin away on his stag do, I’ve had a couple of lazy days with Ros and here in the garden. Just looking through the window at a pretty little rabbit who is eating some of the daises πŸ™‚ I hope you’ve had a good weekend, and your son and daughter in law will get to see you before their meal. Love Ali xx

  51. Jilly June 7, 2015 at 4:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali just checking whether you have had any luck with the shoes…. Don’t forget anything costing over Β£100 – no matter how much over you only need to wear it 5 times and it pays for itself- well that is what I have always lived by!!!!
    Sure you and Lucy had a great day dress hunting last week.
    Fab weather here today – as it should be this time of the year. Love Jilly x

  52. Sue Radford June 7, 2015 at 5:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,

    Yes, of course I will continue writing to you. Just thought it would have been easier for you to have one less person to write to. You have so much to keep you occupied now, I just didn’t want to take up your time. That was so nice of you to mention us at the BMI Conference, but it works both ways Ali, as you have been so inspirational, informative and helpful to so many of us bloggers, including me! I too have wondered about Alpa and Una, but thought they may have been keeping in touch with you via Twitter or Facebook – I really hope all is well with them. Just returned from Dubai where we went to celebrate our 40th Wedding Anniversay. We stayed in the Fairmont (just on the outskirts of the Palm). Fantastic hotel and service. It made it all the more enjoyable as my daughter and granddaughter also came with us. My daughter’s partner and my grandson went to Belgium as my grandson was playing in a football tournament there. On our way back from Heathrow we just couldn’t believe it when we pulled in front of the coach they were travelling back in – what unbelievable timing – what’s the odds of that ever happening again! Hope you are enjoying this lovely weather, and more importantly the precious time with your lovely daughter and your cuter than cute gorgeous little Honey!!!

    Love Sue Radford xx

  53. tracy June 9, 2015 at 8:33 pm -  Reply

    hi ali, I never leave comments on anyones blog but I have just watched your Italian jewellery hour and have to say that you looked STUNNING!! I can see how colin fell for you – you are always just yourself – kind and beautiful on the inside as well as the outside (and I would consider myself a good judge of character) you never try and think too much of yourself and be something you are not (unlike, I’m sorry to say, some of your co-presenters). I wish you well in your forthcoming marriage, hoping you will be as happy as I indeed am with my 2nd hubby (20 years this august). please could you tell me if the dress you were wearing this evening is available at qvc. you are an extremely brave lady and I hope you have much to look forward to in the future with your expanding family (lovely baby, by the way) kind regards.

  54. Sue Huskisson June 9, 2015 at 10:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, great blog as usual. Congratulations on your moonwalk achievement and how great of you all to stay with Debbie when she hurt her foot! She must have been very disappointed! You looked as if you had a great time at the Lulu concert- love Lulu- still going strong! Your baby Honey Bea gets more gorgeous with each photo and it’s plain to see how proud you are of her mummy. You are right, my niece Lisa’s baby Charlie isn’t so little now- 16 lbs at the last weigh- in!! He’s being weaned at the moment and seems to love everything she tries him with, even though most things look revolting! Well it won’t be long now until your Big Day, you must be bursting with excitement- lovely hymns by the way. Can’t wait to see your website and share in your happiness. Anyway Ali, all the best and bye for now. Love Sue xx

  55. Jill chalkley June 10, 2015 at 10:49 pm -  Reply

    hi Alison ,I so enjoy reading your blogs. I was wondering when you are getting married, my daughter Lisa is getting married on 21 St June . I like you had breast cancer 7 years ago and did not think I would see my daughter get married , so I am so looking forward to it. Hope that the sunshines for you both .jill x

  56. alison keenan June 11, 2015 at 11:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Jilly, and your question comes at just the right time! No I still don’t have my shoes, although I did leave a note
    stuck to the door so that hopefully the courier who should be bringing me three pairs to try., was meant to be delivering today!
    I actually dreamed that I walked up the aisle in my wellington boots!! Aaargh! Never mind, I like you, enjoyed gorgeous weather today, so that cheered me up no end. Do hope all good with you, and yes, I will definitely take your advice re cost of said shoes!
    Take care, and enjoy the weekend, love Ali xx

  57. alison keenan June 11, 2015 at 11:53 pm -  Reply

    Dear Sue, you are a sweetie! How lovely for you to have spent some time in Dubai, and congratulations on 40 years of married life. Great that you were able to spend this special time with you daughter and grandaughter too! Colin and I only spent a couple of days in Dubai on the Palm, but we loved it too. I’m off to see Lucy and Honey tomorrow, so will no doubt have more photos to show you soon. ENjoy the weekend! Love Ali xx

  58. martin forbes June 14, 2015 at 9:27 am -  Reply

    hope you seen my messages alison

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