All that glitters!


Having finally managed to get around to mowing the lawn for the first time this year, I no longer feel as though I’m looking out onto a meadow! I’ve got the first (in fact, my only) tulips in bloom, although my daffs didn’t do at all well; any suggestions as to why I only have leaves and no flowers this year?!

Actually there’s something else I’m hoping you may be able to help me with – prior to my seeing Richard Jackson – and that is, to identify this rather beautiful tree I bought from a passing nurseryman?


He told us it was a cloudberry, and I even wrote to the delightful Tova Borgnine to tell her as she uses the fragrance from the flowers in her perfume! However, upon realising that it probably needs re-potting, I decided to check out what sort of soil it needed and immediately knew that the images of the Cloudberry trees don’t match mine! Pretty though isn’t it? Any ideas, please jot them down below.

Talking of images, I also wanted to share with you my photos of the most beautiful bluebell wood I visited with Roz while visiting her just the other day. Always reminds me of the fabulous film ‘Ryan’s Daughter’ with Sarah Miles..!

Bluebell wood

Have you been anywhere interesting in the warmer weather? Seen any cowslips at all? I do love them and there used to be masses of them when we lived in Bedfordshire, but very few here in Berkshire!

By the way, many thanks for your lovely comments on the last blog. It’s always great to catch up and find out how you’re getting on. I’ve been doing a fair bit of catching up over this last weekend too, having spent it in the company of my girlfriends from the village I used to live in. You may remember from previous blogs that we try to get away a couple of times a year, as we all now live in different places and would see precious little of each other otherwise.

Our chosen destination this Easter was the beautiful Cotswold village of Clanfield, very close to Bampton where they filmed a fair few episodes of Downtown Abbey. The first time I remember staying here was just on five years ago – three days before I started my first chemotherapy treatment. A lot of water under the bridge since then, and so many changes for the better .

There are some beautiful walks close by and, having eaten my entire body weight in spaghetti bolognese the night before, I felt I would benefit from a bit of exercise! During a break in the rainy showers, I headed out in the sporadic sunshine where I spotted these stunning blooms in a ditch! It was my sister who identified them as marsh marigolds, and they are like giant buttercups – just beautiful.

Marsh marigolds

By the time I got back to the house, the girls had galvanised themselves and so we headed off to explore Witney, where we had a wonderful wander round. It was my turn to cook that night, so I made Jamie Oliver’s prawn, pea and basil risotto. Weighed down by all that rice, we didn’t move far, and so we decided that face painting would be a fun thing to do. Fuelled by a fair few glasses of vino, these were the results of our labours! Great times and great memories.

Face paintFace painting

Being away meant that I missed my regular Diamonique show last Thursday and so, to make up for that, I have a whole three hours this Thursday 14th April.

Dale and I will be with you from 9pm to midnight for the finale of Diamonique Day!

After months and months of preparation, our buyers have brought together the most incredible collection from my favourite jewellery range, including some brand new simulated gemstones. Benitoite is incredibly rare, and boasts the most mesmeric shade of purple.

We have this beautiful asscher-cut ring featuring in our finale, which will be a first! Plus, knowing how popular the halo ring design has been over the last 12 months, we are also introducing a marquise-cut ring for less than £20.

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Well, just feast your eyes on this – our first pave-set faced watch! At under £50 we have four colour options, including a dramatic gunmetal finish that I know you will love. I do hope you’ll be able to take time out to be with us for the end of what I know is going to be a very exciting day.

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I was delighted to be back with Sinead Howard today for a full hour of Philip Kingsley, I know that my hair is currently very healthy and that’s down to their brilliant Body Building shampoo and conditioner. I find it makes my colour last longer too!

Talking of colour, there are a number of options in our Today’s Special Value from Kim Mendleson today and her range Kim & Co. Her soft linen-look cardigan is one that I will definitely be taking with me when I head off with Colin to find the sun. It’ll be our first holiday since our honeymoon last year, and I think I’m ready for a few warm rays.

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So much to look forward to when we return though, not least Honey Beatrice’s first birthday! Here she is enjoying some ‘messy play’ – which she loved, although she wasn’t too keen on the taste of the paint!

HoneyHoney playing


I’m seeing Lucy, Honey and Sam tomorrow before Colin and I leave, so I will also be getting the final details for the cake I’m going to be making. It features Disney’s Ariel from ‘The Little Mermaid’ (as she is Honey’s best friend) and will require a sea themed cake… Hopefully I will get inspired on the coast of the Canary Islands!

Let me know what you enjoyed most about Diamonique Day, won’t you? Oh, and any suggestions as to the name of my tree would be gratefully received. I promise I will have the link to Colin’s beautiful song ‘I Know She’s Mine’ in the next blog – it got to number 20 in the Country Music Chart – very proud!

Have a great week, and I’ll have lots of photos to share with you on my return.

With love, Ali xxxx


  1. Denise longman April 13, 2016 at 3:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Allison have been watching you on shows could you please let me know if the necklace had for your wedding will coming back in stock please

    • Alison Keenan April 22, 2016 at 5:16 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Denise, I am just back from my hols but I think I can reliably inform you that we should have the necklace back when we have a special themed Thursday Diamonique show featuring Wedding Jewellery! Keep checking in on the blog and I will get confirmation as soon as possible. Love Ali x

  2. Pearl Emery April 13, 2016 at 5:02 pm -  Reply

    Fantastic blog as usual Ali.
    Not long now till i do my Tandem Sky Dive,and i am really looking forward to the day,should be great fun methinks.( hopes)
    You are looking really great.
    Take care.
    Love Pearl.xx

    • Alison Keenan April 23, 2016 at 8:38 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Pearl so glad you enjoyed the blog, I should have a new one for you fairly soon with holiday photos. When exactly do you make your tandem skydive? I still think you are incredibly brave, I shall be looking to the skies on that day! You take care, Love Ali xx

  3. Linda Finch April 13, 2016 at 6:46 pm -  Reply

    Oh Alison , the bluebell wood in Ryan’s Daughter pretty racy back in the day, but still a very good film, can’t help but remember it every time I see a bluebell wood .I have no idea what the name of your lovely tree is but it would look lovely in a bigger pot near your door, the pictures of Honey are gorgeous she is growing up very fast my how time flies, I watched a clip of Colin and his band on you tube the other day and I must say very good ! hope you both have a lovely holiday and enjoy the rest. look forward to seeing you on Thursday night much love Linda F p’s, hope the cake works out ok xx

    • Alison Keenan April 23, 2016 at 8:41 pm -  Reply

      Dear Linda, glad someone else saw the film! Yes it was racy, but I didn’t get to see it until I was in my late 20’s so not quite as shocking! Thanks for checking out the name of the tree – I’m beginning to think it may be an elaborately grown privet! It definitely needs to be in a bigger pot though I’m sure, so will look into that on my next day off. So glad you like the photos of Honey.. she is definitely growing up too fast.. I have loved every minute of this first year of her life though. So glad you found Colin’s Sonny Walters Band on YouTube – the song he wrote for me is currently No 15 in the Country Chart! Excellent eh?! I’ll let you know how the cake works out! Love Ali x

  4. Elaine sallis April 13, 2016 at 6:48 pm -  Reply

    Happy birthday to Honey. She is gorgeous. I went to messy play with Molly and Josselin. Josselin ate her body weight of cold baked beans ! Have a lovely break. Elaine x

    • Alison Keenan April 23, 2016 at 8:42 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Elaine I was invited to messy play this Monday with Lucy, but will put in the diary as something to look forward to, although I’m not sure if cold baked beans are involved on the day 🙂 So glad you too are getting the chance to make the most of these early years… they’re priceless. We had a lovely break thanks, and I’ll be posting a new blog very soon. Love me xx

  5. Maureen April 13, 2016 at 7:12 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali. My father in law who was a keen gardener always said if your daffy’s don’t flower they are not planted deep enough. I too visited Clanfield in the late 80’s and ate at that rather beautiful hotel was it called the Clanfield Arms. It was all all nouvelle cuisine and cost a fortune.

    • Alison Keenan April 23, 2016 at 8:44 pm -  Reply

      Oooh Maureen thank you for that tip! It may we be the case because of the roots of the very old magnolia tree they are planted around. Yes we too have eaten at the Clanfield Arms, but only had a light lunch so not too expensive! They had a very impressive collection of gin though which we also sampled – hic! Hope you have a good week, love Ali xx

  6. Lydia April 13, 2016 at 7:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, this is the first time I’ve commented on any of the blogs. I do enjoy watching your diamonique shows & not only for the sparklers. sorry I am no use in the garden I’ve tried many time to keep anything alive & have yet to succeed. Your face painting skills are wonderful, must wine fueled activity tend to be. Aww your granddaughter is beautiful & first birthdays are wonderful for us. I over did both my children’s first birthdays & my dad made a comment “that party was for you not for her/him” but it can’t be helped it’s such a celebration. I love buying diamonique after my mum introduced me & I have also enter the competition to try & win the watch you have pictured. Wish me luck. Anyways I hope you have a wonderful week & I’m waiting patiently for diamonique day starting tonight xx

    • Alison Keenan April 23, 2016 at 8:48 pm -  Reply

      Dear Lydia are very warm welcome to you and the blog! So glad that you enjoy the Diamonique shows and I hope you did well in the competition. More importantly I hope you enjoyed Diamonique Day? I felt awful having to leave the Finale early, but I literally had no voice left! I too thought our face painting skills were pretty good – as you say wine frees the artistic spirit! Colin and I had a wonderful week away, and I’ll be posting a new blog with photos of that shortly. I agree with you, first birthdays are to be savoured, and I never believe you can overdo them! Take care and have a great week, love Ali x

  7. Pauline Wilson April 13, 2016 at 8:46 pm -  Reply

    As usual a lovely blog Ali hope you enjoy your hols it’s a wonderful feeling having the sun on your body especially after the winter months. I celebrated my 60th birthday end of February and my lovely hubby Colin took me on a holiday of my dreams to Sri Lanka and the Maldives in March what a fab time we had but still trying to get my head around the “60” theme. Looking forward to diamonique day and will certainly be tuning in.

    • Alison Keenan April 23, 2016 at 8:50 pm -  Reply

      Dear Pauline I am so glad to hear that you had a lovely 60th birthday treat in March – I have never been to either Sri Lanka or the Maldives, but hope one day I will 🙂 I’m sure you had plenty of sun on your body during your holiday, as I have just done this last week. I find it very healing. I hope you enjoyed Diamonique Day, love Ali xx

  8. Margaret April 14, 2016 at 12:28 am -  Reply

    Why do you not cater for ladies without pieced ears. I can’ find nice clip or screw earrings in modern designs anymore.

    • Alison Keenan April 23, 2016 at 8:57 pm -  Reply

      Hi Margaret, it’s a valid point and I will speak to our Diamonique buyers for you. There are several ranges like Bibi Bijou and also Frank Usher that offer a few options, so perhaps you could have a look on Ali x

  9. Dianne Smith April 14, 2016 at 7:32 am -  Reply

    Happy holidays Alison

  10. Judith Lennon April 14, 2016 at 4:31 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali
    Well you sound as though you had lots of fun with your friends. It’s nice to catch up especially when you can carry on as though it was just yesterday when you saw each other. The blue bells are just gorgeous. We have a stately home not far from us with acres of similar shows of these lovely flowers. It’s amazing how nature can tell them when to flower and even in the most unexpected areas nature shows her beauty. I love the spring. I hope you have a lovely relaxing holiday. Like you I am ready for some sunshine. It always makes me feel so much better. Only for the fact that we have family and young grandchildren here, I could be tempted to move abroad. I suppose it’s nice to dream but doubt that I could actually take the plunge. We are off to Lanzarote in 4 weeks and I’m on countdown!! Love the diamonique and wear mine often. Nobody has questioned it which says a lot about it’s quality.
    Little Honey Is beautiful and I hope she has a lovely birthday when it comes round. Did you ever think before she was born that you would have so much fun together and such happy memories? Well will close for now. Have a super rest and hope you are keeping well. Love and hugs from me. Judith xx

    • Alison Keenan April 23, 2016 at 9:01 pm -  Reply

      Dear Judith lovely to hear from you, and so glad that you also can enjoy the bluebell woods at the moment. You’re right it is amazing how nature can tell them when to flower. How lovely that you are off to Lanzarote and I hope that you have the same fabulous weather that Colin and I had in Gran Canaria. Great also that we share a love of Diamonique and I’m sure you will be taking lots of it with you on your holiday 🙂 in answer to your question about honey, no I couldn’t begin to imagine the joy that she would bring to my life – I love the very bones of her… My relationship with my very elderly grandmother was not particularly close, and the memories I have are few, but I do treasure them. I hope that all is well with you and yours, and thanks as always for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  11. Sheila Phillips April 14, 2016 at 7:06 pm -  Reply

    I think I saw a tree like yours at my local garden centre.when I asked what it was, I was told it was an ordinary conifer tree that had been cut and shaped that way.

    • Alison Keenan April 23, 2016 at 9:02 pm -  Reply

      Jean thanks so much for investigating this for me – I think you may well be right! That or a privet 🙂 Would have taken a while to grow though, and I love the shape of it, so I’m very happy to have it in my garden. Nice to hear from you, Love Ali xx

  12. Joanna Downey April 14, 2016 at 8:27 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali, That was a very horticultural blog with a beautiful photo of bluebells; I love them in a woodland setting but they’re quite a rampant beast in our garden and have smothered my Lily of the valley plants despite my best efforts at crowd control. To answer your questions I would say that your daffodils may have gone blind because the leaves were cut off too soon last year, they could have been planted too close to the surface or that we haven’t had enough sunshine. I couldn’t see the leaves on your tree but I think the man told you it was a Cloudberry because it is has been Cloud Pruned. It looks to me like an Osmanthus or a Box. I love our garden but had to neglect it during the Easter holidays because we had the heating system replaced and the subsequent disruption and mess kept me busy to say the least. We did have time to see Rick Astley at Symphony Hall and he was wonderful. Colin and I love going to the theatre and concerts and he is the only person I’ve heard praise the staff at a venue and get the audience to applaud them; a lovely man with a super voice and humble to boot:) How funny to see both you and Honey with painted faces and lovely to know that she loves Ariel – I do too, it was “on loop” when Rebecca was little and I often sing Part of your World much to the embarrassment/ amusement of my Tutor Group. I’ve just bought a pair of Diamonique and Honora earrings as it’s D Day – what a glorious combination. Have a super holiday, felices fiestas. Love from Jo x

    • Alison Keenan April 23, 2016 at 9:08 pm -  Reply

      Dear Joanna lovely to hear from you, thank you so much for looking into the reason why my daffodils have not flowered. I think it could be any of the above to be honest, and so may well move them from under the tree to somewhere that has more light. Do you know I was thinking a privet or a box for the tree, and I clearly have misunderstood the cloud element of the description! Do you think it needs repotting oh? So glad that you manage to get your garden straight – ours now looks like a meadow again because we have been away. How fab to see Rick Astley, and even nicer that he was a true gent. I went with Miceal to see Funny Girl with Sheridan Smith, and we had a fabulous night – we both knew all the words! 🙂 So glad you enjoyed Diamonique Day, and thank you for your kind wishes – my Colin and I had a lovely break. Take care, love Ali xx

  13. Sue Huskisson April 14, 2016 at 9:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, enjoyed your blog as usual and I’ve just settled down to watch the diamonique finale with you and the gorgeous Dale. I’ve been watching on and off all day but waited for the finale to purchase something. It’s been a fabulous day and we’ve been spoilt for choice.
    I think your tree is called a cloud tree, not cloudberry, and your daffs may have become overcrowded and need splitting to get a good show next year.
    I loved your face painting, it looked great fun. You can’t beat a girly get together can you. A chance to be silly without any men looking embarrassed haha!!
    Honey looked to be having a great time at ” messy play”. Our Charlie went to a cake smash! I’ll leave it to your imagination what he must have looked like—- at least it would be edible!!
    Anyway bye for now Ali and I hope you and Colin have a fantastic holiday!! Love Sue xx

    • Alison Keenan April 23, 2016 at 9:12 pm -  Reply

      Dear Sue apologies for my early-ish departure from the end of the show, I had completely lost my voice! In fact it took me several days to feel right again once we got to Gran Canaria. Bless you for looking into the question about the tree. It seems as though you and Jo are singing from the same hymn sheet! I Will definitely dig my daffy up, split them and replant them somewhere else. Have you ever tried face painting? It was great fun as as you say, nice to be silly without the men being embarrassed – although that’s not stopped us before! 🙂 Loving the sound of Charlie’s cake smash – I’m sure he had a ball. Thanks for writing, and hope to hear from you again, love Ali xx

  14. Mary Morphy April 14, 2016 at 10:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali..many apologies for my slackness in writing I am not really sure where the time has gone! I have so enjoyed reading your adventures and weekends away but it’s been a bit bonkers.
    So my 50th went off with a bang and what a great time I had..I think! Easter Saturday was the big day for me and my identical twin and we had a family breakfast at our usual seafront cafe in the morning and the owner kindly brought out bubbly which was a lovely surprise. We pottered around for the rest of the day and finalised party bits then it was party time. My twin had friends staying with her so they started celebrating early. My daughter started getting ready hours in advance and looked stunning..way beyond her 16 years! Anyhow there is always that doubt that people may not turn up but we had over 80 friends and family and the venue looked great with balloons, twinkly lights and DJ Henry spinning the tunes. I greeted everyone..throwing Bacardi and coke over most of them as I flung my arms around them and danced the night away. Amazingly I only had one glass of Bacardi and coke all just kept refilling itself! By 9pm I was well squiffed however I remained upright all night. Everyone said the party was fantastic which means so much to us. My sister and I were overwhelmed with the generosity of everyone and received an enormous amount of cards and pressies. I had 12 for Easter Sunday dinner so was up the morning after at 8.45am making crumble and chicken curry. I have to say by the end of the day I was exhausted and decided to open my cards and pressies on Easter Monday so I could spend time reading all the cards properly. My wine stocks have been replenished.. 3 bottles of champagne and 13 bottles of prosseco! We were also bought a three course meal at Marco Pierre White’s Kings Road restaurant abd theatre vouchers. As you know my best friend of 32 years bought me my red kitchenaid and my two other besties..known also for 32 years took me to see Priscilla Queen of the Desert at The Marlowe Theatre in Canterbury with a meal beforehand. Duncan James was the oh my!!! Had part 2 of leg op last Thursday and went back to work yesterday and although a bit sore it isn’t too bad. Hubby has his final day at work tomorrow leaving the company after 28 years. He takes over the Alehouse on 2nd May. Scary!!!
    Now the evenings are lighter cricket season has started with traing on Thursday evening except tonight’s was cancelled because of a waterlogged pitch. Matched start Sunday week so it’s getting to my busy part of the year now. My twin is also having an OP at the end of the month to rebuild her snapped Achilles tendon and will be in full leg plaster for three weeks..things are about to get in sanely busier!!! I really hope your throat feels better. Watching you and Dale while typing this..what a great tag team you are. Great entertainment and great products. Take care. Sorry it a bit of a long blog and apologies if you have got bored!! Much love Mary xxx

    • Alison Keenan April 23, 2016 at 9:16 pm -  Reply

      My dear Mary I could never be bored hearing all about your life! I love the fact you take the time out to bring your stories to the blog, and I’m certain I’m not the only one! Brilliant to know that you had such a fabulous birthday and were well and truly spoilt. You so deserve it. 🙂 it’s good that your second operation went well, and you are back up on your feet again, I do so hope your twin will have the same success with her operation at the end of the month. It sounds as though you have a lot on, but I very much hope that the ale house and the change in your future will all be for the good. Glad you enjoyed Diamonique day, I thoroughly enjoyed working with Dale. Much love, Ali xx

  15. Margaret Upton April 14, 2016 at 10:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,
    Just watching the Diamonique show and thoroughly enjoying it.
    Loved the ‘or sharper ears’ one of your best. I was also watching the show where you said ” just look at that ring on ……….’s leg” I cried with laughter and so did the model, may have been Natalie but I’m not sure.
    One of your ex presenters used to have fingers as long as pencils, very distracting when she was doing a jewellery show, I think it was Claudia?
    I really hope your cough eases off for your holiday, if not take plenty of lozengers, lie back and wiggle your toes and enjoy the sunshine.
    Can’t help with the tree although it is very unusual, I haven’t had a garden for over 30 years I really miss being able to sit out on a sunny day, the lawn mowing and weeding not so much!
    Enjoy your holiday and good luck baking the cake for Honey, looking forward to seeing the pictures.


    • Alison Keenan April 23, 2016 at 9:19 pm -  Reply

      Dear Maggie, so glad that we made you laugh on Diamonique Day – you’ve just had me laughing out loud with your comment about fingers as long as pencils – very Victoria Wood – and what a terrible shame she is no longer with us. That will be a pair of shoes impossible to fill….. I did exactly as you suggested, took my lozenges, rested a great deal and definitely enjoyed the sunshine! I am sorry that you missed the joy of a garden, but hope that wherever you live now there is a chance for you to get out and enjoy open spaces occasionally. I will let you know how I get on with Honey’s cake. Thanks for writing, Love Ali xx

  16. Margaret Upton April 15, 2016 at 12:21 pm -  Reply

    P.S. I think the model was Rachel, the girl who does the OPI shows, I knew the face but got the wrong name!

    • Alison Keenan April 23, 2016 at 9:20 pm -  Reply

      … You’re absolutely right Maggie it was indeed Rachel, and she still laughs about it to this day – as do I! xxxx

  17. Sue Dominey April 15, 2016 at 5:00 pm -  Reply

    Honey is looking lovely as always she is growing so fast
    You were saying about seeing new flowers in the warm weather . We have just come back from our honeymoon in sorranto in Italy first time I have been there and just to see the lemons and orange’s growing on the trees in the town was a joy and made you feel summer was on the way . Enjoy your break and happy first birthday to honey .

    • Alison Keenan April 23, 2016 at 9:21 pm -  Reply

      Belated best wishes for you marriage Sue! So glad that you too honeymooned in Italy – it is just the most fabulous place. Great that you had good weather too, and you’re right summer is definitely on the way. We had a great time in Gran Canaria, and I am already planning Honey’s birthday cake! Have a good week, and thanks for writing to me, love Ali x

  18. Loraine Plumb April 19, 2016 at 8:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison just quick message to let you know Clare had the baby on Sunday 17th April all went well just needs to get her energy back now she is lovely her name is Willa Kirsten the second name is after my son in laws mum who died 3 years ago it was her second name she weighed 6lbs6ozs looks just like Clare did when she was born apologies if you get this twice I sent a message before this one but doesn’t seem to have sent as you know I’ve had this problem previously I think it must be me hope your holiday was good and you and the family are OK love Loraine x

    • Alison Keenan April 23, 2016 at 9:23 pm -  Reply

      Loraine thanks so much for letting me know and many many congratulations! What a beautiful name too, and I love the fact that Kirsten is after her dad’s mother… so sorry she’s not still here to enjoy her granddaughter, so glad that you get the chance another twice as much. Colin and I had a lovely holiday thank you, and all the family are well. I will be seeing Lucy and Honey on Tuesday. Take care and give the baby a cuddle for me, and very well done to your daughter Clare. With love, Ali xx

  19. Christine Auchterlonie April 20, 2016 at 11:41 pm -  Reply

    Hope you are feeling better Ali that cough sounded troublesome,but your break away will do you good and the change and rest sounds just want is needed… I enjoyed Miceals blog of your night out together to the theatre and pre show dinner at the Savoy!!! very nice .I always look forward to your blog,the pictures of Honey were lovely she suits red and to think it’s her birthday soon …time passes so quickly… Good luck with the cake.
    The weather here is still a tad chilly but the garden is looking better and I have been doing a bit of decorating ….but thankfully I did have a lovely day out with my friend it was a lovely surprise she took me for a delicious afternoon tea to Bradley Gardens a truly hidden gem and secret garden …I do like a good afternoon tea and a good natter.
    Hope you both enjoy the holiday and look forward to your pictures…stay well and enjoy the sun with love Chris x

    • Alison Keenan April 23, 2016 at 9:27 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Chris, yes the cough was troublesome, and it’s not the best job in the world to be doing when you can’t speak properly! That said Dale made it very easy for me, and was a sweetheart to allow me to head home early. I am feeling much better for my time away, and I’m so glad that you enjoyed the photographs of Honey. I am liking the sound of Bradley Gardens, whereabouts are they? Nothing nicer than catching up with your friends – I’m hoping to see my friend Jo next week, as we have had very little time to talk about anything recently! Thanks for your good luck wishes re Honey’s cake – I’m planning on putting together a montage for Lucy of pics of Honey’s first year 🙂 Yes Miceal l and I had a wonderful night out together, he is great company, and we very much like the same kind of stage show – oh and food too! Hoping to get together again soon. Here’s hoping the weather warms up a tad eh?? Take care and have a good week, love Ali xx

  20. Christine April 22, 2016 at 12:47 pm -  Reply

    Your tree is a cloud tree, because of the way it’s pruned & not its variety. Often conifer, ilex or box are used. Hope this helps

    • Alison Keenan April 25, 2016 at 11:05 pm -  Reply

      It does indeed! And thank you very much for taking the time out to let me know! Have a good week, love Ali x

  21. Loraine Plumb April 23, 2016 at 3:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi again alison I saw that you are back at work looking tanned and relaxed we have seen baby Willa three times already I can see what you mean about being grandparents it’s brilliant she’s had her hearing test and maintained her birth weight which is just as well being so tiny she has a head of black hair just like care did Les said straight away it’s like looking at her again we are of to Italy in 2 weeks time staying in Sorrento so will make a visit to Pompeii and a pretty place called positano can’t wait let’s hope for a reasonable summer here this year take care love Loraine x

    • Alison Keenan April 25, 2016 at 11:07 pm -  Reply

      I just love that name Loraine, and I’m sure she’s a sweetheart – so knew that you’d enjoy being a grandma! Colin and I visited Positano and of Pompeii, and they are both very worth visiting. Take lots of photos though – you won’t believe how much there is to see in Pompeii! Have a good week, love Ali x

  22. Christine April 23, 2016 at 5:39 pm -  Reply

    Happy birthday Honey can’t believe she is one. When I was little we stayed out in the country. We always saw lovely flowers. The mash marigolds and bluebells snowdrops. Can’t believe you saw mash marigolds. Brings back lovely memory’s. Hope you had nice holiday. Take care Christine x

    • Alison Keenan April 25, 2016 at 11:08 pm -  Reply

      I am glad you liked the photos Christine, and that they brought back memories. A bit like seeing cowslips for me, and them reminding me of my Nanny Timms. We had a lovely holiday thank you, and I shall be posting a new blog with photos towards the end of the week, love Ali xx

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