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!
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…
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.
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 : )
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,