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Around the World in 30 Days!

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Hello,

From where I’m sitting it looks as though I may need a canoe to get into work! Where has all this rain come from? Our back garden is flooded, and the electricity shorted last night right in the middle of Match of the Day! Colin wasn’t happy!

That said, I’m not going to bleat on about the weather in this blog, as I want to thank you all so much for cheering me up with your lovely comments and suggestions about my hair colour. As you probably gathered having seen me on air, I chickened out and am going to stay blonde! The main reason being, it seems as though red hair may require a fair bit of maintenance, and as we’re leaving the UK in just five days time and heading for hopefully sunnier climes, I was more than a little worried about how I’d keep up with it all – so the jury’s still out.

Five days from now and we will be in Singapore! I’m sure some of you will be shocked to the core to know that I haven’t even started laying clothes out ready to pack! What is it about getting older? Years ago if I’d have been lucky enough to be planning for a trip like this, I’d have been working out what to wear months in advance! At least we are only staying in any one place for a week at a time, which means that I can rotate my wardrobe as it were – well that’s the plan at least!

We’ve both chosen what to wear to Clare’s wedding and I’ve suggested to Colin that we keep these outfits in our overhead baggage, just in case our hold luggage goes missing! I don’t think a pair of shorts and flip flops would be quite the right dress code on the big day! Of course the weather will be quite varied depending on which country we’re visiting. Singapore is currently 32 degrees with 82% humidity and showers, while San Francisco is 16 degrees and clear. I must invest in one of the Joules pack away raincoats!

Theatre trip with Jo

It was a good job I had my trusty Centigrade hooded coat on last Thursday when my friend Jo took me to the Theatre Royal Haymarket to see “Frozen”. The woman we overheard talking in the bar,  who believed it was going be the Disney Classic was somewhat disappointed, but for the rest of the audience, this incredible production of Bryony Lavery’s play was riveting.

Not for the faint-hearted though, it’s a raw and intense look inside the mind of a child killer; the effect his actions have on the mother of one of his victims, and the psychologist who has made a special study of him. I wanted to see it mainly because I’m a huge fan of Suranne Jones (Doctor Foster) and also Jason Watkins and Nina Sosanya (Line of Duty).  As a theatrical experience it was mesmeric, disturbing but quite incredible. It’s only signed up for a 12 week run, but if you think it’s something you’d appreciate, I’d highly recommend it.

We’d had a lovely meal out before the play began, but we were quite overwhelmed at the end of the performance, and so we cheered ourselves up with chocolate and The Best of Victoria Wood once we were home. Her monologue about elderly drivers is hysterical, and the sticker bearing the words “I’ve visited the toilets at Longleat” being one of those lines that still makes me howl with laughter…..!

I’m sorry it’s taken me so long to let you know how my check up with the oncologist went. I’d found out a month or so before my appointment that my lovely doctor who’s looked after me for the last seven years, was leaving for a career in medical research.  It would be the last time I would see her.  Not only has she provided me with the best care ever, she’s been a friend too, and so I was more than a little sad to be saying goodbye. I am certain though that in her new role she will bring us ever closer to finding a cure for this dreadful disease.

My blood test was fine, but she did find a lump that I had to have scanned, and that’s why I couldn’t be with you last week for my Diamonique hour. I saw the breast surgeon who’d carried out my mastectomies, and he confirmed that luckily it was nothing sinister. He thought it would be wise though to keep up with the six monthly checks, and will find me a new oncologist a little closer to where I live. A mighty relief as you can imagine, and not just in light of all Colin and I have planned…

Diamonique

Because I’m going to away from the Q for a whole month, I’ve set up a Facebook page (@alisonkeenanqvc) so that I can post photographs and keep in touch with you. I’m reliably informed all you need to do is like the page (how lovely!) and then you’ll see all my updates. I’ll make sure you see photos of the wedding, and all the places we’re visiting so it’ll be like a visual diary. I do hope you’ll join me.

I visited my mum and Joe last week, and they treated me to a lovely lunch at a pub nearby. I had braised ox cheeks;  I know they sound bizarre, but once we’d confirmed they were from the facial area (!)  we ordered them and they were delicious! I was too full to have any pudding, but managed to force down a few hot cross buns in the afternoon : )  It was lovely to see them, and I’ve promised mum we’ll speak on the day of Clare’s wedding so she can have a first-hand account of the ceremony.

Honey

We also spent a very enjoyable evening with Roz and Chris – again in a pub – eating a fabulous meal.  Roz’s birthday is on 7th April and as we wouldn’t be in the country we decided to celebrate early.  The food was fabulous, as was their company, and we promised to meet up again once we’re home. We have Lucy and Honey coming to stay on Thursday and Friday, which will be great as it’s going to be a while until we see them again.

I had such a good time with Honey last week when I looked after her. We painted pictures, did puzzles, read books and laughed a lot. I took my boots off at one point in the day and she told me she loved my socks:  “Thank you Honey. What colour are they?”  “Brown.  Not my favourite colour.” What a hoot. Sam’s back home and feeling 100% better, but he’s going to house-sit for a while and will see us off on Sunday. Jack’s started a new job and works weekends, and although I’ll miss him I saw him last week and of course there’s always FaceTime : )

Kipling Airaz Large Expandable Tote Bag

I know that while I’m away you’ve got all kinds of treats in store with TSVs from Kipling, a fab sandal from Vionic, a six-piece face and body collection from Elemis, and a stunning three-row Diamonique friendship bracelet which is the TSV on Saturday 14th April. I’m very sorry to be missing Diamonique Day, but hopefully my Tuesday evening show will still be there when I return!

Take care of yourself, keep in touch, and don’t forget the new Facebook Page.  It’ll be lovely to share our trip with you there.

With my love,

Ali xx

20 Comments

  1. Liz Holmes April 3, 2018 at 4:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison. Thank you for another wonderful blog as always. It’s great to hear that Jack’s doing well and that all is going well for you too health wise. It’s sad for you to have to say goodbye to the doctor who has looked after you so well with all the problems you have so courageously dealt with through the last few years. It must feel quite a loss to you but it will be good that you will have a new doctor nearer home. Quite a few years ago I had a gynaelogical cancer, which was cured just by surgery. I realise how very fortunate I was that afterwards I only needed checkups without the need for any other treatment. I felt sad when I had to say goodbye to my wonderful consultant and his great team who had looked after me so well during my five years of checkups when they came to an end. I felt as if I was losing good friends so can understand how you must feel.
    Your gorgeous lIttle Honey is such a poppet. She made me laugh with her comment about your socks! Grandchildren bring such joy into our lives.
    I hope you and Colin have a wonderful time on your travels and at the wedding. I look forward to reading all about it. My daughter, son-in-law and two grandsons are on holiday for two weeks in Singapore at the moment, returning home on the 14th April. She says how hot and humid it is there but they’re having a great time. Modern technology makes them seem as if they’re not far away at all! I shall miss seeing you on the screen but look forward to your return. Liz x

  2. pam stephens April 3, 2018 at 6:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison sat up and watched you last evening enjoyed the show thought you looked lovely in the Phase Eight shirt// just to let you know my garden is also flooded and I am desperate to plant all the plants ive ordered over the last few gardening shows// my niece and her family are in San Francisco at the moment and are having a great time I must say I left my heart there some years ago when on holiday so I hope you have a wonderful holiday and all at QVC will miss you so Take Care and come back safe /// by the way your hair looks lovely the colour and the style..////xx

  3. Claire Sutton April 3, 2018 at 7:39 pm -  Reply

    … confirmed they were from the facial area….you crease me up !!!
    Have the best trip away , if you spot a handsome man in Singapore say Hi, it might just be my brother !!
    Loads of love treasure xxxx

  4. Karen B April 3, 2018 at 7:57 pm -  Reply

    Lovely blog as ever Alison. So pleased about your health news, although sad for you to say goodbye to your dr. Sounds like shes moving on to a good role. I volunteer for Cancer Research and hopefully, like you say, one day they will find a cure for this dreadful disease that affects so many, many families. Gorgeous pic of Honey – she looks so much fun with her cheeky face! Bless her. Have a lovely time.

  5. Hilary Patterson April 3, 2018 at 8:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alson just wanted to say glad everything went ok it’s your checkup and also gave a fabulous holiday and enjoy the wedding x

  6. Mandy April 4, 2018 at 12:23 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, gosh!! I can’t believe your holiday/wedding has come around already?! Where does time go? I am so excited for you & think that you will have the time of your life( I feel a song coming on lol :-)) I think it is definitely a good idea to keep your wedding outfits with you on the plane, mind you I am sure you would look good rocking up in shorts & bare feet ha ha. I am so glad to hear your check up went ok & can imagine how sad you are that your oncologist is leaving. These special people play a huge part of our lives & we rely & trust them with our health. I remember after a few of my treatments, the nurse that had been on the end of the phone & looked after me told me she was leaving & I was so distraught. It is good though that you will have someone to see nearer to home &, like me, I know that you have lots of trusted friends & family to keep your spirits high! So glad Sam is doing well & lovely photo of Honey bless her. We have just got back from Aviemore where we spent our Easter break. We did initially go to visit our adopted reindeers in the Cairngorms which was utterly amazing! It was very cold up there with snow but on Easter Sunday the sun shone & the sky was blue so we met one of the reindeer herders & did the rather challenging “hill walk” to the reindeer herd. It was magical & Andrew managed to hand feed his reindeer calf named Dr Seuss. We also managed to catch a glimpse of the new polar bear cub at the Highland Wildlife park which you may have heard about in the news- very exciting! We did also go on the funicular mountain railway which was amazing although we were not prepared for the sight we saw at the top- it was like being at the North Pole 7 the photos are hilarious! Nothing but snow, we couldn’t see anything else but it was a great experience. We did plenty of walking so Fitbit was happy, lovely food & I managed to try & purchase a few new gins so a good time was had by us both! Talking of holidays, will miss watching you but hope you & Colin have a marvellous time , I ‘m not on social media so hope I will be able to have a peep at what you’re up to. Take care of yourselves & enjoy every moment- you certainly deserve it Missus!!

    Love & Hugs

    From Mandy xx

  7. Denise Hales April 4, 2018 at 12:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, thanks for keeping us updated on life with you. I haven’t been in touch recently as a lot of things some good some not so good have been going on in my life but have been keeping up with things. Anyway I’m so glad you’re check up went well but sorry about saying goodbye to the doctor who’s seen you through your journey. I feel upset if I can’t see my own GP so can imagine you’re feelings.
    Honey is growing up so fast and her comments about the socks made me laugh – grandchildren are really a joy.
    I also had to chuckle at the story about the theatre when you went to see Frozen … oops!!
    Well I will just wish you Bon Voyage Alison. I know you will have an amazing time and look forward to hearing all about it and enjoy the wedding – don’t forget tissues!
    Much love
    Denise xx

  8. Merche April 4, 2018 at 2:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, as usual I have thoroughly enjoyed your blog. Please to hear Jack is well on the mend. Love the picture of Honey, she is gorgeous and growing up fast. Glad to hear your check up went well. Safe journey, have a wonderful time, look forward to hearing all about it. Will miss you. Merchexx

  9. Joanna Downey April 4, 2018 at 5:08 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali, Firstly, delighted all is well after your latest check up, I can imagine your concern & it’s good that everything was dealt with quickly. I can also totally understand the different way of preparing for a trip, even one as all-encompassing as this one, I just think we do things differently as we go through life & I never liked having a case cluttering up a room, mainly because I’m clumsy & invariably tripped over it. Still a blonde bombshell then Mrs E, probably just as well so you won’t have to worry about maintaining a new colour, especially in the humidity of Singapore. Have a wonderful adventure. Love from Jo x

  10. Vivien Gore April 4, 2018 at 6:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali hope you have a wonderful holiday when you travel the world. Lucky you. I have a cruise to look forward to in May and can’t wait for that. So sorry to hear about you scare and very relieved that all is well. I’m doing great just waiting for my next stage of reconstruction I’m so pleased with the results so far. I feel like a new woman. Love the photo of Honey with you socks so funny she’s a beautiful little girl and must bring you so much pleasure as l have 3 granddaughter of my own. Enjoy your holiday miss you already lots of love. Viv xxx

  11. Judith Lennon April 5, 2018 at 2:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Glad to hear all your news and particularly your health check. I bet you were one tender hooks though. Have a wonderful trip and fill each day with as much as you can. I know the sun will shine for you as I’ve ordered it! I am like the rest of the country fed up with the wet weather. However, today we have bright blue skies and sunshine. Doesn’t make sense does it? Hopefully now the days will improve. I will look forward to your pictures coming through. Take care lovely lady, sending love and hugs as always. Judith xx

  12. Christine April 5, 2018 at 4:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali good news about your check up. Just enjoy your holiday. What a trip.

    Take Care X

  13. Judy Owen April 5, 2018 at 6:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I’ve watched you for a while doing your Diamonique shows,you are so bubbly and so positive, even through all the negative things that have happened to you and your family.Have a lovely Holliday shall miss you while you are away
    Take care Judy

  14. Mrs Janet Jones April 5, 2018 at 7:01 pm -  Reply

    My Dear Ali this is my second attempt, I think my other reply disappeared into the ether.
    I’m so relieved for you that the lump was harmless, what a roller coaster ride we go on.
    I know exactly how you feel about your oncologist. Mine retired 3 years ago and I don’t mind admitting I cried when I found out. It just felt really scary not having him there anymore as you go through so much with them.
    Glad to here Sam is on the mend and what a lovely happy picture of Honey.
    We are taking Alfie to a dinosaur show this Saturday as he is dinosaur mad. I’m trying to see if we can get him a bit closer to the stage so he can see whats going on. Grandma’s on the case.
    We are off to Malta in May, so I will be asking your advice when you return from your trip of a lifetime.
    I hope you and Colin have a fabulous holiday I’m not on face book but I will definitely be following you on your adventure,
    Take care Ali speak soon, Love Janet

  15. Loraine Plumb April 5, 2018 at 9:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali just a quickie hope your holiday is good glad your news was ok at the hospital so pleased for you very busy at the moment setting prepared for Florida and Willas 2nd birthday I think I mentioned it in the previous blog anyway take care and enjoy yourselves love Loraine x

  16. Betty Smith April 5, 2018 at 10:06 pm -  Reply

    Ahh! Thankyou for the compliment much appreciated . So glad everything went well with your check up know how nerve racking they can be . Mine is in the past now but I could never sit still in the waiting room up and down to the loo and I was always in there when my name was called. I too like the theatre the last time was to see Wallace and Gromit with my son I always get goose bumps when I walkj in don’t know why. Be thinking about you Sunday flying off to those fabulous places. Let me know your favourite if there is one. Hope you have a Fantabadozy time !! X. P.S Glad you’re staying blonde

  17. Ali Carr April 6, 2018 at 7:46 am -  Reply

    Honey’s such a pretty little girl. It’s good news about jack it’s sad your doctor’s leaving tho. Hope u have a Fab holiday & great time at the wedding. Can’t wait 2 c the wedding pictures & c u bk on qvc on the 9th of May x

  18. Sue Radford April 6, 2018 at 12:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,

    Very very pleased to hear about your check-up. Have a fantastic holiday!

    Love Sue Radford xx

  19. Elizabeth keenan April 23, 2018 at 4:01 pm -  Reply

    Hiya Ali
    So glad to hear your good news with your check up, it’s always a worry.
    You will get a nice new Dr to look after you.
    You and Colin have a wonderful holiday.
    Much love
    Elizabeth ?

  20. martin forbes April 24, 2018 at 5:39 pm -  Reply

    hi alison as we say in aberdeen fit like how are you ioam well hope you and family are well how is your granddaughter getting she must be 2 now

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