Arctic conditions and celebrating Jack’s birthday


Paddington station in the snowThank you so much for all those fabulous recipes! I have copied them painstakingly into my recipe book, and intend to make them over the next few weekends 🙂

Since I last wrote, it seems that most of us have been struggling with Arctic conditions and hair-raising journeys to and from work/school/shops! That said, there were certainly a great deal more Gritter Lorries on the roads – I seem to remember that last year they too were caught unawares, and were snowed in at the depots!! 🙂

We had about four inches of snow here in Berkshire, although the roads were clear, and the six tonnes (yes six tonnes!!!) of gravel that Colin had spread over the drive and pathways had suffficient salt in it to stop anything settling for long, so it wasn't too hazardous. To be honest, it wasn't the snow that bothered me, it was the minus five degree temperatures!

One end of the house – including the bedroom and bathroom – was like Ice Station Zebra! It took nerves of steel and determination to get from the bed to the loo in the middle of the night, and if it hadn't have been for my Cozee Homes bed covers that stayed warm, I may have had to think about a potty!!
Seriously if you missed our TSV, these bedsheets and duvet covers in the finest microfleece are incredibly warm. I am a dedicated Northern Nights sleeper, but when given a sample of the Cozee Homes bedding to try, it couldn't have come at a better time! Seriously snuggly… very hard to get up in the morning though… 🙂

But get up I had to, to make it into London to have my roots done… as you do! I decided to go by train as there was another heavy snowfall forcast, and the view from the train as I approached Paddington Station was pretty bleak as you can see above.

Ali and Jack at Ed's dinerThat said, with a lovely head full of highlights, I set off to see my youngest son Jack, who has been working in the City since December, and we had supper at Ed's Diner – just round the corner from his office. His chilli dog looked delicious but I settled for a BLT which was equally filling, and then he came home with me by train and stayed overnight which was lovely 🙂

He's a good lad, and we're hoping very much that this trial period in PR is going to produce a full time job for him – fingers crossed…

Infact Jack's always been a good lad… only time he ever really caused me consternation was by being born two weeks later than predicted! I had been scanned at 38 weeks and told that he weighed between eight and half and nine pounds… two weeks later I looked like the Queen Mary coming into port, and when delivered, Jack weighed 10 pounds, two and half ounces 🙂

Ali's kids when Jack was a babyI used to joke about my size, and the amount of water I was carrying as well as the baby, and as my due date passed I often wondered how I'd cope if my waters broke in a public place. Let's just say it's a bloomin' good job they didn't! Seriously, the amount of water there was, I'd have needed a canoe to get clear of it! 🙂

I am relieved to tell you though that after a 17 hour labour, Jack was delivered via an emergency Cesarean section – not sure I would have been sitting quite so comfortably today if not! I had insisted on an epidural so that I was awake to see him being born – would have been really disappointed to sleep through it! – and I remember the surgeon hauling him out and announcing that I had a "Jack"… he was beautiful, not a mark on him, and such a good baby 🙂

On Saturday he will be 20 years old… seems impossible really… and he will be away with his girlfriend Hanna in Amsterdam to celebrate. They both came to stay this weekend, so that we could give him his presents and cake a little early, and Lucy came and joined us for lunch too. 

It's funny how much of your life you spend saying goodbye to them when they're grown up isn't it? I don't think I'll ever get used to it. I remember so well Jack's first full day at big school… all the other mums had planned lunches out and days for themselves, but I was absolutely bereft. I came home and spent the entire day making Jack a new quilt cover and bed set, crying continually into the sewing machine.

I had so loved his half days when I would pick him up and he'd chat to me over boiled egg and soldiers, and tell me what he'd done at school. I missed that terribly. I think it's because he is my youngest child, and the role I had played up until that point was to change.

Nanny Ali with baby Ethan - aw!They don't need you in quite the same way once they're in full time education, and to me it was just the beginning of them getting their wings in preparation to fly away one day… but as most of my friends say, and I now know to be true, they never go away for long, or even that far… 🙂

Of course, I count myself very lucky to have been reintroduced to my step daughter Becky, and I was with her, her husband Mark, and my grandson Ethan last weekend, to celebrate their little man's first birthday. Thought you might like to see Nanny Ali and Ethan together before he had his chocolate cake! 🙂

Well I guess I'd better sign off now, as my bed beckons, but I hope you enjoy this fabulous fountain we found on a recent trip to Windsor. It was put in place to commemorate the Queen's Golden Jubilee… lovely isn't it?! (see video below)

I hope that wherever you are it's warmer now, with less snow, and a definite feel of spring in the air. I'll be with you at midnight on Tuesday with a fabulous TSV from Tiana B – elegant or what?! Hope you'll join me.

With my love,
Ali xxx



  1. Joanna Downey January 28, 2013 at 1:05 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, You’ve given me a really good laugh with your tale about Jack’s birth, sounds more like a launch, and then a lump in my throat with the memories of letting your baby go… It was lovely to read about him and I wish him all the best for the future. I thought your photos were fabulous and your three look just the same now only taller! I also love, love, love the fact that you call yourself Nanny Ali. Ethan looks a bundle of joy and it’s obviously a pleasure for you to have Becky back in your life. All our snow disappeared over the weekend thanks to the torrential rain that arrived instead of the heavy snow that we had been told to expect; predicting the weather is not an exact science is it ?!? I’m not at work because of an ear infection that has given me a perforated ear drum and as I’m “infinitely infection susceptible” I’m not allowed back in school for a couple of days. I’ve spent the morning looking at possible outfits for my nephew’s wedding – for me not him – but as it’s not until October I’m probably a tad premature. Possible signs of Spring in the garden; tiny clusters of dark red leaves on the crab apple, buds on the camellia and the first of the snowdrops which are my favourites because they are such brave little flowers. Love from Jo x

  2. Mrs Janet Jones January 28, 2013 at 2:24 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, glad to hear you and Jack enjoyed some time together, and Happy Birthday Jack for Saturday. My son’s birthday is the 10th Feb and he will be 23 and very soon to be a daddy himself, where did all the time go and how did that happen!!! My birthday is the 4th Feb so we have always had a joint celebration. So we are off to see his new flat at the weekend and I will either make us all a picnic or we will go out for lunch, depending on how much needs doing in the flat! I love the picture of nanny Ali and Ethan, I think I am going to be Gran, and was told the other day that I didn’t look old enough, needs to go to specsavers lol!!
    I am still waiting to hear from the builder re our bathroom, so no progress there, how are your plans going for house?
    We are trying to decide were to go for our holiday this year. I like the idea of Lake Maggiore, Italy but my husband would like somewhere warmer like Greece or Portugal, so watch this space!!
    Do you have any holidays booked yet?
    Well must write off now am doing some spring cleaning and a bit of decluttering!! Will let you know as soon as the baby is born, speak soon Ali love Janet xx

  3. kevin rogers January 28, 2013 at 6:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, really pleased to hear that you had such a good time with your son recently. These moments are to be enjoyed and cherished as in no time at all they will just be happy memories. I unfortunately know this only too well having been estranged from my 3 children for almost 8 years now, so sad. God bless you Ali and keep smiling and looking fantastic. Kevin.

  4. Julie January 29, 2013 at 10:28 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Loved your blog as usual-and the pics.Hope Jack has a lovely birthday. It’s my big “0” today!! and am waiting as we speak for Rebecca to turn up so we can do abit of retail therapy before a meal tonight. I thought I was babysitting last night but no! people had other plans. My daughter had arranged a pampering party-spoilt again eh?? I also treated myself to my favourite skincare TSV on sunday-Liz Earle!
    Hope all is well-eventually the snow seems to be going but very slowly.
    Julie xx LIly xxxxx

  5. mary morphy January 29, 2013 at 12:01 pm -  Reply

    Good morning Ali, a lovely blog and a fantastic water feature…will you be replicating it in your garden? I hope this finds you well. I have finally fallen foul to winter germs and have bronchitus and acute asthma so am not at work and sitting wrapped up in my leopard print slanket watching QVC hoping the steroids and anitbiotics will work their magic soon. In the meantime my cough has left me with very sore ribs and deemed me virtually incontinent!
    Unusually for us here on the southern tip of kent it snowed all day last Sunday much to the delight of my kids…I walked the dogs in a snow blizzard; phoebe, my sisters bull terrier had the hump as her mummy was skiiing in Corcheval and legged it off the beach and sat at our table in the cafe refusing to move. I had to drag her home leaving skid marks from her paws in the snow. I had, rather foolishly, coloured my hair the night before so by the time I got back to my mum’s house with the dogs my face was streaked with deep plum hair dye..exceedingly attractive! The kids made a snowman but with some creative help from me we made a snow lady who we called her Katy Price..
    I was very touched hearing you speak about Jack. My daughter turned 13 last Saturday and I still remember vividly her birth, and that of my son, also called Jack. I was assured by the midwife that birth memories would be forgotten but alas no..still very fresh in my mind. Jack was a horrific labour..32 hours later and an asthma attack down the line he still hadn’t come out getting stuck..needless to say they got him out very quickly with no time for a c section…pure agony..he had streptocochus B and was in the baby unit for 2 weeks. Chloe was an emergency C section..they didnt realise she was folded up double, bum dowm and head and feet under each boob. But when my waters went with her I remember standing up in my sideward and it was like the flood barrier midwife returned with a mop and bucket!! Its a hard time realising they are growing up. My kids are more independant now and all we seem to be is a free taxi, meal and laundry service! They are both timebombs of teenage hormones and when they both explode it makes life interesting. I am currently reading a fab book called ‘What every parent needs to know about teenagers’..its fabulous. I think all parents should be issued with it upon childbirth to prepare us for what lies ahead.
    I may have mentioned that I was making two parcel birthday cakes, one for Chloe and one for our bridesmaid who had a 30th party on Chloe’s birthday which was Saturday. I will send photos..however had a disaster when I checked the icing ribbon loops I had made. I had put them in the boiler cupboard to properly dry out but when I took out the box they were in they resembled soft mushy royal icing. That meant a quick dash to Hobbyycraft for more icing to get them made again to use the next day. Then, I made the cupcakes that were to surround the cakes on Friday. I had put all my ingredients, eggs, flour, sugar etc in a bowl and grabbed what I thought was vanilla extract from my bottle and spice tray but realised as soon as it poured out of the bottle with great acceleration that I had put in soy sauce!!! I was tempted to cook them and put sweet chilli buttercream on the top; a sort of Mrs Cropley from The Vicar of Dibley recipe!
    Well typing this has left me exhausted.. I am drinking green tea to help revive me but think I will get an extra concentrated benefit if I just suck the bag..
    Hope you have a great week. Oh postman here..looks like my Kilping TSV is here..I got the stripy one. Love Mary xx

  6. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen January 29, 2013 at 6:08 pm -  Reply

    another good blog alison

  7. alison keenan January 29, 2013 at 7:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Jo, and thanks for writing. Sorry to hear that you’re struggling with a perforated ear drum. Ears can be painful things! Hope that it’s improving although it must be nice to have a few days to rest up and not have to go out in the wind and rain. Glad you liked the blog and my new title Nanny Ali 🙂 In my mum’s family it’s always been Nanny, and Becky asked me which I’d prefer bless her. How exciting to have a wedding to go to in October. If you’re a size 10 you’re welcome to have the one I wore to Lucy’s! I was going to put it on e bay, but let me know 🙂 I think we have a few snowdrops in the front garden although they may be crocuses – a bit too early to tell! You take care and get better soon, with love Ali xx

  8. alison keenan January 29, 2013 at 7:59 pm -  Reply

    Dear Janet, I seem to remember you telling me that your son’s birthday was then as he is exactly one year and one month younger than my Sam 🙂 How exciting – new flat and new baby due! 🙂 You must be beside yourself! And I remember the photo you sent to me of yourself, and no you don’t look anywhere near old enough to be a Granny 🙂 Shame you’ve not been able to crack on with the bathroom, but there’ll be plenty to be going on with anyway I think! I hope you and your husband can make your minds up about the holiday – although I like all three destinations! Not easy…. Do let me know when the baby is born 🙂 Take care and love to all, Ali xx

  9. alison keenan January 29, 2013 at 8:05 pm -  Reply

    Dear Kevin thank you so much for your comment although I have to admit it made me very sad… to be estranged from your own children for that long is heartbreaking….Is there no way of sorting things? I do understand some of that despair as Jack left home very suddenly when he was 16 (a row over me not allowing him to keep his moped that he’d come off twice…) and went to live with my ex husband…. He never came home…. I couldn’t even bear to go into his bedroom for months… Although we lived within two miles of each other I hardly saw him and altho when we did speak or spend time together he was always a good boy, it was only occasional. Things have improved over the last year though, and he’s stayed three times already at the new house which is lovely. As you say though, it’s time not memories that we need to cherish… I very much hope that one day things will change for you Kevin. Stay strong, love Ali xx

  10. alison keenan January 29, 2013 at 8:08 pm -  Reply

    Julie HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! I hope that the shopping went well, and that you are as I type, enjoying your birthday meal with Rebecca and how kind of her to have arranged the pampering party spoilie! What a sweet thing to do. Snow’s all gone here, but the wind’s blowing a hoolie! About to set off to QVC for the Tiana B TSV – may be a fight over which colour I want to wear – they’re all lovely 🙂 Take care and thanks as always for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  11. Susan January 30, 2013 at 7:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I really enjoyed your lovely blog. I always do though. I absolutely am so glad the snow is away! It brings so much extra planning to an already busy life for us all. Not to mention the danger on the roads! I’m glad to hear you have escaped safely like me. I saw some nasty falls. I hope Jack and Hanna had/had a lovely time away for his birthday. It’s a lovely photo of you both. And also a lovely one of you and Ethan. It’s wonderful you have a new addition! I hope you and Jack go from strength to strength…and Kevin I am thinking of you and wishing you the same.
    Love Susan x

  12. Sue Jennings January 30, 2013 at 8:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Nanny Ali…Ethan is soooo cute….loved your blog as usual….I’m really glad you had such a fab time with Jack they grow up so ffast don’t they? My baby is 28 in March and is moving into her own home with her partner in the not so distant future..( my husband Brain told her we are having the locks changed when she moves out !!!! Naughty Dad).. So I’m sure our house will feel very strange with just the two of us ! It sounds like you’ve had a rough time with the snow in Berkshire we had it pretty bad on Friday night into Saturday here in Cheshire but it soon turned to slush and had totally disappeared by Monday…today we have had gale force winds which have ripped the roof off the Arnold Clarke Garage close to where I work so the roads were closed for safety reasons ….my driving has truly been put to the test with these weather warnings every day…I don’t think I will be able to drive in the Spring as I won’t know how to in good weather as even my lessons where always in rain or thunderstorms haha … It was lovely to see Amica on the beauty show the other day I do hope she is keeping well… And you were amazing as usual launching the Tiana B TSV last night the dresses are gorgeous …Brian and I are off to New York for s little break at the end of February to celebrate his birthday so u never know I may bump into a few of the guest presenters ….I will be definitely going to the Honora shop fingers crossed that the gorgeous Ralph will be there !!! So my dear Ali I’ve brought up upto date with the happenings in my life at the moment and look forward to speaking to you soon ….Take very good care
    Sending much love
    Sue Jennings

  13. alison keenan February 1, 2013 at 2:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Mary So sorry to hear you’re struggling with bronchitis and asthma, but very much hope that your medication has kicked in and you are now improving. Glad that you enjoyed the blog, and it was great to hear about your birthing experiences – not that I envy you the long labour with your Jack! Worse still that you had asthma, but glad that both your children arrived safely – with the aid of the mop and bucket! 😀 I tell you what, I wish I’d had that book “What every parent needs to know about teenagers”! It isn’t easy, and with relatively large gaps between the children, once one of them was civil, the next one went awol!! I’d love a photo of your cakes, and you have my complete sympathy when it comes to the wrong ingredient scenario! Chilli flakes instead of cinnamon was mine …. Funny though 🙂 Take care and get well soon, with love Ali xxx

  14. alison keenan February 1, 2013 at 2:24 pm -  Reply

    Martin, thank you. Do hope all is good with you, Ali x

  15. alison keenan February 1, 2013 at 2:26 pm -  Reply

    Susan, it was lovely to read that you managed to traverse the snowy roads unscathed! It is a lot easier now the snow’s gone, although my washer bottle has stopped working and I think one of the pipes has split, so I’m having to stop every mile or so and spray the windscreen til I can get the car to a garage! I too was really chuffed with the photo of Ethan and I – Sam took it – and I’m going to get a copy and have it framed. Enjoy your weekend, and thank you for writing to me, love Ali xx

  16. alison keenan February 1, 2013 at 2:29 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Sue, and thanks for getting in touch as always. Your ‘baby’ is just a tad older than my eldest! I am sure it will be a wrench for you not to have her with you and Brian, but it makes it very special when they do come and visit I find 🙂 I would imagine your driving skills are akin to The Stig now, having coped with these dreadful conditions, but I wish dry roads and clear skies for Spring! How exciting for you to have a trip to New York to look forward to. You may well bump into a number of our guests but I know that if Ralph is actually there in the Honora store, he would love to meet you 🙂 Take care and keep in touch, love Ali xx

  17. jenny Longworth February 1, 2013 at 7:40 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Alison,
    It’s always a joy to read your lovely blogs! I’m so pleased and happy that you and Colin have settled into your lovely new home! From your pictures it looks very chic!
    You are looking so well and radiant on QVC! It’s so fabulous to see you smiling on our screens.
    You asked about ‘Empty Nest Syndrome’! Well, I wrote to year in 2010 when my son had started University. I was beside myself and thought that I wouldn’t be able to cope. I cried and cried myself to sleep for weeks. You see; It was just myself and my son, Steven for 19 years and I couldn’t come to terms with us being apart.Two years on and he’s now in the USA for the 3rd year. In-between that time I also lost my mum very suddenly, and that was almost impossible to bear!
    I have finally come to a point in my life ( I’m still single after 17 years)where I have had to accept what has happened and that I can’t change it.
    You have inspired me through all your amazing blogs! Reading your journey through your illness and how you have come through it, has opened my eyes. You are an inspiration to an awful lot of people, lovely lady!
    I know that you have felt the way that I have felt with your children. You are an incredible, supportive and loving mum.
    Thank you once again, Alison
    Lots of love

  18. Claire sutton February 2, 2013 at 1:09 pm -  Reply

    Miss Keenan, possibly a tad emotional as a wee bit overdone it with a girlie gather last night but I’ve a lump in my throat reading .. And mine are still toddlers in comparison. I know though how much you adore and cherish your brood and I learn from you each day about cherishing the moments … Dan is already panic stricken at the thought joe and maddie will in another year be able to walk themselves to school… ” shall we have another one ” he said!!!! Is he mad!! Or just a delicious daddy! All my love sweet and diary date please xx

  19. Chris Page February 2, 2013 at 6:02 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali
    The good news is that I am now driving round in my long-awaited new car. It’s gorgeous, and goes like the proverbial off a shovel! Love the pic of you and little Ethan. You both look so happy. It won’t be long before he grows up like Jack too. One of my biggest regrets is that I’ve never found that special someone to have children with. But at least I have my niece and nephew to spoil – at least until they decide I’m no longer “cool”.
    Chris xx

  20. Rhona Fenton February 4, 2013 at 2:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, sounds like you had a lovely time with Jack on his birthday:) I left birthday wishes for Jack and a message for sam on the end off your last blog before you wrote this one I hope you got them? had a bit off a laugh and a tear in my eye when I read Jack’s birth weight but have to say my older sister had her wee Emily all 10lb 3oz herself, with just gas and air and said it was much better than her first at 9lb! but reading on you are so like me I cried all the way home when putting my two to school and all the mothers would laugh at me as first day back after any school holiday’s I could tell you to the day when the next holiday’s were due:) and as you say your wee Jack’s 20 now and my wee Rebecca 19 and sounds like only 2 day’s between there birthday’s, Rebecca’s new tattoo is amazing Alison, which I wrote about over the page:) hope all goes well for Jack in his job, and can’t get over lovely wee Ethan a year old already, he is so cute:) hope colin has recovered from his gravel, funny thats what my colin was up to a few months ago so he will feel his pain!! and we are getting more snow again today but lucky it’s not coming to anything, just started to see the colour off the grass again!! luv to you all Rhona xx

  21. Debz & Ainzley February 4, 2013 at 4:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Sorry it’s been a while but I was struck down with this horrible flu just after Christmas and am only just getting back to normal.
    I’ve never had children (I can barely look after myself!!) but I do miss Ainzley when he’s kept at the vets for the morning. The house just doesn’t feel the same without him. I always think that pets give a house a soul.
    I hope you get the heating sorted out in your house soon as I know what you mean about daring to get out of bed to go to the loo in the middle of the night. I asked Neal if he would go for me to save me getting out of bed and he pointed out that he does quite a lot for me but that task was impossible!! Bless, he puts up with a lot!!
    Ainzley was very helpful when I had flu as he came in very handy as a hot water bottle albeit a very wriggly one as he doesn’t keep still for more than 5 minutes at a time!!
    Love to all in Ali’s Army. I hope you are all keeping warm in this cold snap. Slankets at the ready eh?!!
    Take care Ali!
    Lots of love and licks
    debz & Ainzley (=^-^=) XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

  22. barbie February 4, 2013 at 10:43 pm -  Reply

    hi saw you have a bandage on your right hand what happened to you??hope your not in too much pain,get well soon. love barbie

  23. BabsQ February 5, 2013 at 11:14 am -  Reply

    HiAli Lovely pics with lots of happy memories.Your children are so sweet and look sooo happy, that pic makes me smile.The picture of you and Ethan is lovely it gives out vibes of happiness and warmth, don’t us grans just love those cuddles. Happy Belated Birthday to Jack.We’ve got icy snow here in the North and bitter cold winds,oh how i wish the weather would warm up.I’m not having much luck with my blogs, this is the second one i’ve written, AGAIN!! It always happens when i’ve written a long one and told you a bit about myself so it looks like i’ll have to keep my blogs short.Love BabQxxxx

  24. alison keenan February 5, 2013 at 2:09 pm -  Reply

    My dear Jenny May, it was really good of you to take the time to write so honestly about your son… I do remember you telling me that your son had gone to University in 2010 because it was the same time that my Sam started too, altho as you know he was only away for two months… 19 years of just you and your son is like forever… and whenever there is a ‘forced’ separation it is so incredibly difficult to get back on track.. especially when for Stephen it signalled the beginning of a new chapter in his life, but for you it was a change you knew you would struggle with. To lose your mum also and now to have Stephen away in the US – these must have been very difficult times for you, but you know, as your son makes a life for himself, maybe it’s time after being single for 17 years to think about a ‘new’kind of life for yourself? One that involves somebody who would be company for you, care for you and cherish you? Be kind to yourself Jenny – you have spent so many years caring for everyone else, perhaps it’s time to think about you 🙂 Please keep in touch, and again, thank you for your honesty. I have felt the way you feel on so many occasions, and the sense of loss sometimes is overwhelming.. Be proud of all that you have achieved and all that Stephen will go on to achieve because you loved him and have provided for him all this time. Take care, love Ali xx

  25. alison keenan February 5, 2013 at 2:12 pm -  Reply

    My sweet and dear friend….. we are so alike 🙂 And no Dan’s not mad, just a delicious daddy!! Spending time with you all is an absolute joy for me…. family time – nothing quite like it – and thank you for giving me the chance to be a part of yours 🙂 Speak soon – diary at the ready! Love always, Ali xx

  26. alison keenan February 5, 2013 at 2:15 pm -  Reply

    Chris GREAT news about the car! Loving the sound of it, and its mighty engine 🙂 I am glad too that the weather has improved sufficiently for you to actually get out there and drive safely! I can’t imagine your neice or nephew ever deciding that you weren’t cool – just keep driving them around in your fancy automobile!! And never say never to finding that special someone…. as Michael Buble sings… “I just haven’t found you yet” 🙂 Love Ali x

  27. alison keenan February 5, 2013 at 2:27 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Rhona – just checked out your comment on the previous blog and have replied! Thank you that was very kind and I’ll pass it on. Crikey your sister deserves a medal – supreme effort bringing little Emily into the world! We are definitely alike though when it comes to the children… It’s that feeling of losing your way, your role in life is no longer as clearly defined, and the future seems slightly less sure… All that said though, you obviously have a great relationship with your children, and it can be as rewarding but in different ways once they’re adults 🙂 I see you wrote to me yesterday and as I haven’t checked out the weather forecast yet, I’m not sure if you will have had the snow by now…?! Hope it was only light flurries 🙂 Take care and have a great week, love Ali xx

  28. alison keenan February 5, 2013 at 2:32 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Debz – lovely to hear from you but sorry that you’ve been so poorly. This blessed flu sounds to have been appalling for so many of you – mercifully I’ve managed to miss it so far, but several of my friends have had it for weeks and can’t shake it off. I’m glad to hear that Ainzley helped to nurse you – although I am sure the wriggling about wasn’t terribly helpful! Your Neal sounds a diamond – I’ve asked the same of Colin before now, but sadly it is the impossible 🙂 I too send love to you and all of Ali’s Army – Magda, Una, Helen, Alpa to name but a few – and thank you as always for keeping in touch. Hopefully will be posting my new blog tomorrow, if my arms allows me to – bandages are very tight so I am having to type with them fully extended – looks ridiculous! xxxx

  29. alison keenan February 5, 2013 at 2:36 pm -  Reply

    Dear Barbie, thanks for your concern, it’s nothing too bad just my lymphodeama playing up! It’s been getting gradually worse and so I have just embarked on a strict massage/binding treatment regime which will take me over the next fortnight. It’s a bit uncomfortable and quite difficult to do the simplest of things like putting mascara on or cleaning your teeth (I’m right handed too). Finding sleeves that are loose and leeping with it on though is a nuisance. Colin is in danger of getting a right hook if I turn over abruptly in the night! 🙂 Hope all good with you, love Ali xxx

  30. jenny Longworth February 10, 2013 at 1:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison!
    Thank you so much for your lovely response to my post! You are a beautiful lady and I admire you so much. I keep reading your reply and it makes me feel so much better!
    Lots of love
    Jenny May XXXx

  31. Judith Lennon February 12, 2013 at 9:02 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali
    Great blog as usual. Happy birthday to Jack. My youngest baby is nearly 40! and I still worry about him. Worrying is what Mums are supposed to do according to my son and daughter!! I can remember the day my son left home for university – I cried all the way home but it was a momentous day in all our lives. The same weekend my daughter flew of to America to by a Nanny for a year. Considering she had never left home for more than a holiday if was pretty brave of her. Anyway some comfort to you to let you know us mums are all the same were are “babies” are concerned. Hope you are keeping warm and enjoying your new home although I did hear you say the other day on air that you had run out of oil for the heating. Poor you – hope you soon warmed up when all was restored! Take care Judith

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