Back to Blighty after scorching Turkey!


Ali and Colin on their boat tripHello there! Back to Blighty, a slightly more ginger shade than when I left!

Turkey was a great country to visit, but by jingo was it hot!!!! We didn't realise just how warm it would be until we landed, but the Captain's dulcit tones informing us that the weather in Dalaman was "hot and dry" brought about a crackle of excitement on the plane from all of us rain weary folk!

Having just had a hot flush on the plane, I was more than a little alarmed to find that the few steps from the plane to the terminal bus caused me to start perspiring in the same unladylike fashion!

However, when we arrived at our hotel the Manager explained that the temperature had risen that day by 10 degrees making it 46 degrees rather than 36! And that's the way it stayed pretty much all week – a few degrees cooler at night, but apparently the hottest June in Turkey for 10 years πŸ™‚ It made me think of the old adage 'Be careful what you wish for'!!

The view from the terrace of the hotelAll that said, Turkey is a beautiful country; the people are friendly, the food is fabulous and there's plenty to see and do. Our hotel was pretty small, but set up on the hillside with a 1.5km walk to the sea. The view from the restaurant terrace shows the little resort of Olu Deniz, and we decided to explore it on our first day, and spend some time on the beach.

It was a lovely walk, and as we passed the pretty little Mosque it burst into life with a single voice chanting a prayer. This happened several times during the day and night, and all other music had to be turned off at those times – not that you could have heard it as the prayers were very loud. We never did find out if it was recorded or if there was some chap actually chanting, but either way it was rather nice.

Ali on the beachThe beach – when we got to it was very stony (a bit like Brighton but hot!) and had a deep shelf into the torquoise water, which was lovely and cold. Of course our walk down had been easy, but the return journey was a tad more testing – the final hike up the hotel driveway pretty steep – and so a dip in the pool was required before heading to our thankfully air conditioned room πŸ™‚

That night hot winds blew through the resort, and reminded me of a holiday I had in Tunisia in 1978 – the Scirrocco winds came in from the desert, making everything hot to the touch – really odd! All was still and sunny by the next morning, and we decided to stay by the pool for the day, and plan a few excursions.

The Blue LagoonAny visitor to Turkey is always recommended to visit the markets and the local town of Fethiye has a huge covered market every Tuesday. We headed there a few days later on the Dolmas (local bus service) and spent the first hour completely absorbed in the food market.

I have never seen so many beautiful fruits, vegetables, cheeses and spices all meticulously laid out in brightly coloured displays. We bought ripe figs that melted in your mouth, and watched the locals bartering over prices for their wares – it was fascinating.

The main part of the market though is taken up with clothing and bags – all copies of very famous names – and of course there's jewellery too! Large canvas sheets cover the entire area to protect you from the sun, but they also block out any breeze, and sadly after about 10 minutes we had to go and find somewhere to sit and drink water in the shade! We did brave it several times though and got some bargains before clambering back onto the Dolmas and heading for our hotel.

The rocks around the Blue BaysI found that my poor old arm didn't like the heat at all, and swelled up alarmingly, and that having a hot flush while walking around in the mid 40s was pretty exhausting, so we decided that our next adventure would be a boat trip with plenty of sea breezes.

The great thing about this part of Turkey is that you're spoilt for choice when it comes to boat trips and they're really well priced. Anything from Β£10 for a full day which includes a barbeque lunch with food they cook onboard!

There are natural mud baths, hot springs, Turtle Beach – where you can feed the turtles, The Blue Bays and the Lycian Tombs which are engraved with incredible scenes from Ancient Turkish history. We decided on The Blue Bays as neither of us felt we'd do particularly well if we had to walk anywhere in the midday heat, and it was the perfect choice πŸ™‚

Our lovely little boatThe little boat (that you can see here) took to us three stunning bays where we were able to swim in the incredible clear and cold water and sunbathe on the deck of the boat while the sea breezes cooled us. There were around 30 other people on board and we all got on famously. Lunch was barbequed on the boat by the son of the boat owner and we all ate at tables set up in the main part of the boat – we were spoilt for choice!

I have to say the food in Turkey was delicious – similar in some ways to Greek fare – and just as beautifully presented. Staying with the barbeque theme, Colin and I had also spent a fabulous night in an open air restaurant in Kaya. We had our own seating area complete with cushions, carpet and curtains, and having chosen the meat we would like to cook, a barbeque was brought to us, along with our food and we made our own meal!! It was fun and quite romantic too as the skies darkened, the candles danced and Turkish guitar music played…

The tasty spread on board the boatIt was incredible how quickly the week went by, but we did manage to cram in a day at the Blue Lagoon which was just around the coast from our resort. Very still and very beautiful, and very funny when I tried to sunbathe on my front and found that I need to shove a rolled up towel below my chest otherwise I looked like someone trying to balance on a couple of basket balls!!! After that, I tanned my back by standing in the cool water and reading my book πŸ™‚

We got back home in the wee small hours of the morning, and were rewarded with enough sunshine to dry one line of clothes before the heavens opened and I had to lug in my dark wash!!!

Ali swimming in the Blue BaysI feel so much better these days and find it hard to believe that this time last year I was having chemo once a week, had no hair, fingernails, eyelashes or brows, and felt and looked grotty…

I know I'm lucky and just wanted to say a wee thank you to ALL of you who have 'held my ha nd' and kept me going through the harder times, and who continue to bolster me up when I have a wobbly moment….

I'll be back with you on Sunday at 7pm (which incidentally is a day like no other on QVC so DON'T miss it!) and am so glad to be able to put this last year truly behind me. I look forward to hearing how your weeks have been and if you've had the chance to go away anywhere at all, but in the meantime I send you my love as always, Ali xxx


  1. Mrs Mavis Taylor June 25, 2012 at 5:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali I am so pleased that you have had a good holiday in Turkey it has brought back happy memories for me.I first went to Turkey about 27 years age with my husband we went to the same place that you went to and we went back every year for 25 years.Every time we come home we said that we would go somewhere else next year but every year we went back to Turkey and we would have a great time.We went to Kaya and had food then it was carpets on the field and tables and chairs with the sheep in the next field over the years it has got better but we always had a great time.
    Sadly I will not be going back as my husband is no longer with us but I have great great memories.I think you will be going back their as you have enjoyed it so much and their is so much more to see.
    Take care look forward to seeing you back on the box.
    Love Mavis.

  2. Julie June 25, 2012 at 7:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Glad you enjoyed your holiday. The photo’s as usual are fantastic. I told you Turkey would be hot-or hoot as I previously wrote(may have been a hoot too!!!!)
    Glad you’re feeling so much better and yes you can definitely put last year behind you.
    Wales was not as nice-or did you guess?? to make matters worse Rebecca was carrying Lily and slipped on the very wet grass-they both fell and landed on their heads-I kid you not. They were both screaming-Rebecca mostly as she thought she had hurt Lily and felt guilt!!
    As you know my favourite time of year-Wimbledon!! so will be glued to the tv over the next two weeks-esp next Sunday night.
    Hope the family are well and will be in touch
    Julie xxx Lily xxxxxxx

  3. SUE RADFORD June 25, 2012 at 7:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Lovely blog as usual – you described it so well that I felt I was there too LOL! You packed in so much in such a short time. I’m so pleased that you feel so much better – the sun has a magical effect doesn’t it? I don’t like that feeling of sweatiness either, but isn’t it funny you look back on your holiday a few weeks after returning home and forget how hot it was and wish you were back there in the blazing sunshine! Those hot flushes on top of all that heat doesn’t help – I’m sorry to say that I’m 58 and still experience them – during my hot and very humid holiday I sometimes thought I was going to melt away LOL!! IN MY NEXT LIFE I WANT TO COME BACK AS A MAN! LOL!!!! Hope you’ll enjoy your time at the new studio. I know you’ve had a very difficult time, but Ali I can assure you, you never ever looked “grotty”. As the saying goes “A picture paints a 1000 words” – the look on your face in the photographs says it all “I’ve got through the most difficult and challenging journey and now its time to get on and enjoy life as much as possible” – wonderful.
    Take care Ali,
    Love Sue Radford xx

  4. Liz, Morecambe June 25, 2012 at 9:00 pm -  Reply

    Welcome home, Ali!!
    Delighted to hear you had a fab holiday and it has recharged your batteries (in spite of the incredible heat). The photo of you in ati sun hat is gorgeous – very glam.
    My other half and I had a lovely week in Mallorca where it was certainly hot but nowhere near your temperatures. We did nothing this time apart from having a day out with Magda and her hubby. I think I can speak for all of us when I say we had a really fun day. We looked around a posh harbour and then went back in to Palma to a restaurant Magda and hubby frequent which does excellent steaks. Our respective partners are so similar it’s unbelievable – they even had their steak cooked the same way and had just vanilla ice cream for dessert! Hoping to go back sometime in September to the hotel in Palma and then seeing Magda and Eric again. It feels like we’ve known each other for years and I can’t believe we were only brought together through your blog and terrible illness.
    I know what you mean about your arm not liking the heat – mine doesn’t either and the heat is apparently known to make lymphoedema worse. I wear my sleeve for flying and on holiday if the weather is cool but otherwise I’m afraid I’m a naughty girl and don’t wear it in the sun as it’s just far too hot and uncomfortable…
    Hope all goes well on Sunday. I’m afraid I’ll miss your return as I’m at my sister’s in London for her birthday and then Mum and I are going to see the summer exhibition at Buckingham Palace which features some of the Queen’s best diamonds. Hoping for lots of sparkle and twinkle. I was in Scotland near St Andrews last week for a few days with my parents and sister and the family she works for as a nanny (more like a housekeeper now though as kids are away at uni etc). One of the ‘kids’ was graduating and we were invited along. We stayed in a cottage for 4 nights and had a really lovely time. Fortunately the sun shone on graduation day and the following day when we had a drive around some of the coastal villages in the area. I had never been before but was very impressed.
    Signing off now. Love and hugs as always,
    Liz x

  5. Jackie Cowie June 25, 2012 at 9:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison , sounds like you had a great holiday , I got back from Olu Deniz a week ago , we were mybe there at the same time.. and what a super time we had , very hot with an earth quake thrown in ….. like you we headed to the water to cool down… So pleased to hear you are feeling so much better ,hope to see you back on our tv screen soon ,

  6. Pam June 26, 2012 at 1:21 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    It’s late/early,couldn’t sleep, so thought I’d check out the blogs and there’s your lovely photos with you so looking so healthy and happy.I’m thrilled.So glad you both had a great holiday,it clearly has done the trick!Also glad the Speedos were avoided ha ha!
    Well with England losing and a another week of rain forecast from wednesday I think the travel agent will be my first port of call tomorrow/today!
    Much love to you all,
    {think I’ll try cocoa now!}
    Pam xx

  7. Margaret Upton June 26, 2012 at 9:21 am -  Reply

    Your holiday sounds wonderful, we came back from Turkey on the 16th June when it was just begining to get very hot, we stayed in Calis which is very near to where you were and used the local Dolmus buses too.
    Wonderful to hear you are feeling so much better and looking forward to seeing you back on air.

  8. Lillian Rhodes June 26, 2012 at 10:59 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    So glad you enjoyed Turkey. I have been visiting there for 20 years and love the country and its people, in fact so much I married a Turk last year after being together for 9 years. I was also in the area at the same time but sailing round the coastline for 2 weeks on a gulet and luckily we were out at sea when the earthquake hit so felt nothing. I am now looking forward to returning in September to spend time with my husband at the end of the season. Glad to see you looking so well and heres to seeing you on air soon. Ann xx

  9. Elaine sallis June 26, 2012 at 1:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    What a lovely blog, never been to Turkey but you took me there! What a lovely photo of you in the sun hat. So glad you can finally put the last year behind you . It is great to hear that you are feeling so much better. Will be great to see you back on July 1st
    Love Elaine x

  10. Kay Salisbury June 26, 2012 at 6:22 pm -  Reply

    What a lovely holiday Ali.My brother owns an apartment in Turkey—Bodrum(?)-think I might phone him soom:-) You really sound back to ‘normal’ now and it’s lovely to ‘hear’ it in your writing. You look fabulous in the photos with a fantastic figure and true happiness shining from your face-lovely.Looking forward to seeing you back on QVC and thank you for thanking us-your healthy glow is more than enough thanks.God bless and take care. Love K.XXX

  11. Steven June 26, 2012 at 9:26 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like you had a fab holiday Ali and the pics are great. I’m jealous lol. All the best for your return on Sunday to the ‘new’ QVC
    Lots of love

  12. Joanna Downey June 26, 2012 at 10:33 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, you’ve done it again; last time you sold Australia to me now it’s Turkey, you really should write descriptions for holiday companies or Tourist boards because you bring each place to life beautifully. Hot flushes in those temperatures sound awful, mine have no pattern driving me mad with up to 20 a day and then allowing me a couple of months off. They are the common sort (GP speak) that start on my breastbone and then work their way over my shoulders and down the back of my legs to my ankles… It doesn’t matter where I am I just have to get cool and I must look possessed as I pull off jackets and cardigans to the sound of snapping stitches. I’m delighted that you can put this last year behind you and can say that you feel so much better, your drive and positive attitude are truly outstanding. Sunday 1st sounds fantastic and I’ll be watching. Love from Jo x

  13. mary morphy June 27, 2012 at 6:44 am -  Reply

    Good morning Ali, wonderful to hear that you are feeling amazingly well and your account of Turkey and the beautiful pictures brought back lovely memories of my holiday to Turkey 2 years ago. Me, my two children and my sister stayed in a villa called Lemon Tree in Hisaronu; just over the other side of the mountains from Olu Deniz, and couldn’t have had a more wonderful the country, 10 mins walk from Hisaronu and with our own private pool and gardens. We arrived in the early hours to our villa and were woken after onlky a few hours of sleep by a cockerill in the farm opposite and followed every hour by the loud mucis from the mosque in the town. We got used to this after a few days and embraced the culture! The people were friendly and intrigued by my daughters red hair which she was not impressed with! We mainky spent time around the pool, playing various games; lilo volley ball, crocodile racing (on inflatable crocodiles) and lilo jumping however this did not happen without injury; I flipped over on my lilo whilst catching a very difficult ball and bashed my foot on the pool steps. The rest of the family had erupted in giggles by the tine I came to the surface, gulping like a fish, revealing that I was in terrible pain. I was waiving my foot at them only to show that my little toe on my right foot was at right angles to the rest of my beautifully painted turqoise toes….they thought this was hysterical, not quite the reaction that I had anticipated for a broken digit AND they said I had lost the point. Completely unfair! Thank goodness I had my birkis with me as my toe went a rather lovely shade of blue, green and purple so I could at least limp around in comfort. We had a fantastic boat trip around the bays..we got on our boat at Olu Deniz; I don’t do boats at the best of times but it was a lovely day and the turqoise sea looked jewell like and inviting. It was, however 40+ degrees but we sat on the top deck waiting for the boat to leave…Admittedly, the sea was a bit swirly in-shore but I felt fine..Jack however suffered and even before we left the beach he was hurling over the side in a carrier bag, not ab great start and I though this was going to be a very long day. So we went downstairs, undercover and set was much smoother thank goodness and once we had our first stop and a dip in a secluded bay, he felt better and a brilliant day was had by all, swimming in lagoons and cold water springs and the kids on the water slide that went through the boat from top to bottom, splashing out onto the sea. I am so glad we remained below deck; after an 8 hour trip there were some very badly burned passengers from the top deck. Did you have balloon bread…utterly light and delicious and a favourite of my daughters. Well hope the tan is still looking good and it looks like you have brought the sun back, if only for a few days. I have a wedding in Birmingham on Saturday, my sister’s best friend is getting married so fully expecting ‘disco hip’ Sunday especially dancing the night away in my black rockport ‘Sacha’ shoes, bought from QVC of course .infact I am head to toe in QVC purchases so flying the flag! Have a lovely week. lotsa love Mary xx

  14. pauline June 27, 2012 at 8:44 am -  Reply

    So pleased you’re feeling much better you certainly deserve it, you’ve brought back so many happy meories with your blog from Turkey my late husband and I had several happy hols there before I lost him 19 years ago when I was only 39 and thought my world had ended obviously not its times like that and what you’ve had to go through which I feel make us stronger so I just wanted to wish you continued good health and hapiness and I can’t wait to see you back on our screens, much love to you and yours xxxxxpauline

  15. Patricia Kurton June 27, 2012 at 2:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, Lovely to read your Blog with a wonderful account of your week in Turkey.A well deserved holiday for you I think. Good to see you looking so well in the photos and as you said, this time a year ago. Well Alison that is all behind you now and you have a wonderful future to look forward to.The weather here in Croatia has also been about 10 degrees above normal with temperatures in the high 30’s. With me it is an age thing as I can’t function really well in that sort of heat. I remember holidaying in the North of Cyprus which as you will know is also Turkish. It was so cheap and as you mentioned the food was gorgeous. Really looking forward to seeing you back on air on Sunday with a lovely tan. Once again, great to see you looking so well.
    Take Care, Luv Anne x

  16. Debz & Ainzley June 27, 2012 at 4:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Ali
    Blimey that sounded like quite a holiday. I feel like I can almost feel the sun on my back as I type this in a very overcast West Midlands!!
    Can I just say that the picture of you in that straw hat, smiling like you hadn’t a care in the world, did bring a (happy)tear to my eye. Like you said in your blog, this time last year you were having your chemo and feeling so lost. I bet you never thought that a year on you’d be sitting in the sun with Colin and feeling happy again? What a difference 12 months can make eh?
    Ainzley’s heart reading showed a slight thickening of the other wall of his heart but the vet isn’t too concerned about that at this stage. His liver readings however have gone up again so it’s no more Felix pouches for him just the special biscuits now. He’s not too happy with that arrangement as you can imagine and I have having quite a battle of wills with him at the moment!! One thing he is good about is taking his many pills. I used to crush them and put them in his wet food but I can’t do that any more so it’s a rather unceremonious “down the hatch” approach now!!
    No holiday for us again this year but maybe a few days out. We have put Ainzley in a cattery a couple of times when we’ve been away and lets just say his stays have not been without incident!! One involved calling a vet out as Ainzley wouldn’t eat or take his tablets. Good job I love him as he hasn’t got many fans!!
    Anyway, off to wrestle a water tablet down him now! Take care Ali. I am so looking forward to seeing you back on the TV on Sunday.
    To everyone in Ali’s Army I hope you are all well or as well as you can be. Alpa, please let us know how you got on my lovely. Thinking of you.
    Lots of love and licks

  17. Norma Smithson June 27, 2012 at 5:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali Wonderful blog, holiday firms should use it as it certainly as made me interested in Turkey, although I would certainly have to visit when it was much cooler. You and Colin sound as if you have had the perfect away time together and after last year, you both certainly deserve it. I am sure like all the members of Ali’s Army can’t wait to see you back on our screens and I will certainly be watching out for you. At the moment my husband is waiting for an operation on his back, so no holidays planned as we need to wait to see how he gets on with his recuperation, so maybe a visit to Turkey later on would be good. Thanks for brightening my day reading what youv’e been doing your strength and spirit is an example to us all lol Norma

  18. Maggie Platt June 27, 2012 at 8:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,your holiday sounds woonderful,great news that you will be back on our screens on Sunday.Don’t know if you will remember but i told you i was doing the London Moonwalk in may,my friend had to drop out as she was diagnosed with breast cancer,all her surgery has gone well and she is waiting to have recontructions in Oct.
    I completed the 26.2 mile moonwalk,but tripped at mile 10 and did last 16 miles in a sling,found out after i had a fractured elbow!!!.Just wondered if anyone at QVC had ever thought about doing the walk,it is the most inspiring event i have ever attended done it twice now and will be back next year.I know QVC already do their bit for BC but Alison if ever you need inspiration or feel a bit low google it.
    I am really looking forward to seeing you on Sunday,but not looking forward to spending all my money, sounds like it will be an amazing day.
    Keep safe
    Maggie P

  19. Magda Chetty June 27, 2012 at 9:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    So glad you had a fab time in Turkey, I know what you mean about the heat. This year is been far too hot here, last week most days been 38 which is too hot for June, we have been told it has not been that hot in June for 25 years.
    Iam always exhausted from the hot flushes, and spend most of the day in doors with the air condition on, and wish for a bit of the English weather to come here.
    Iam so happy that you will be back to QVC, I will be watching, you look happy and a well, which is great, let us forget about last year and hope from now on, it is only happy days.
    Like Liz said, it was so good to see her again and we did have a great day together, and can”t wait to see them both again in September.
    Stay well, lots of love.

  20. LindaRichards June 27, 2012 at 9:53 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali so glad to hear from you again.I love to hear all your news and that you are feeling good. Ive not had a very good few weeks lately. We nearly lost my elderst sister, but thanks to the great work at our local hospital she has pulled through but is still in hospital but making a slow recovery. I do not go on my holidays until September America again only different part this time,going to see Gracelands, New Orleans and some other places. I shall be watching you on Sunday. Look after yourself.God Bless. Love from Linda.

  21. Karen White June 28, 2012 at 10:35 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I had my first holiday to Turkey last year was not looking forward to it as my hubby booked it without consulting me or the children. when we got there it was amazing and we all really enjoyed it so much so that we booked this years holiday back there the day after we came home. Reading your blog took me right back there i am so glad you enjoyed your holiday.this is my first time talking to you i have been reading your blogs you have made me smile and cry on occasions and i am pleased you are now on the mend take care Karen

  22. Marg June 29, 2012 at 2:24 am -  Reply

    Hello ALI, Gosh your looking good, I think of all the lovely pictures you have posted the one above in your straw hat at a very chic angle is my favourite, it has captured a very happy lady enjoying the weather and the company, it has captured you to a tee.
    I hope your arm has settled down again, I have been told it takes a long time to get this under control, but patience is something we all have to practice at some time in our lives.
    I have had a rocky year, not personally but with my husband and son, OH was diagnosed diabetic last year and we are having trouble with an old sports toe injury,we cannot get it to behave, but the shock came when my son who takes his DAd to his appointments asked the doc an innocent question,it obviously rang bells and when he was tested we found he too has diabetes but not definate which A or B, this was a thunderbolt out of the blue and we are still getting things sorted, but life revolves round all the tests for each of them and the dietary changes we all have had to make,well life doesnt give us guarentees. We try to live life as usual with a few modifications.
    I hope SAM s still enjoying S africa, my son has been a couple of times when he had been to Botswana, he spent a few days on the way home on safari looking for the rhino,the scarce one, I never remember whether its the black or white, but he loved it.
    I hope to see you on Sunday, take it easy and enjoy your new 2nd home,
    Kindest Regards,
    Wishing all the ALI’S ARMY ladies a pleasant summer, hope you are all well,Alpha, Gail,Debs &AINSLEY take care,

  23. kath butcher June 29, 2012 at 12:11 pm -  Reply

    hi ali, so glad you are feeling better i am sure your wek in turkey has done you the world of goog.i returned last night from altinkum and have had a lovely holiday even though it was too hot for me personally.didnt get to visit the apollo temple with my grandson as it was too hot for him to be walking about .wll looking forward to seeing your lovely smilig face back with us on qvc …

  24. Rhona Fenton June 29, 2012 at 4:56 pm -  Reply

    Alison & Colin what can I say the pictures say it all:) first off all you look amazing and your man’s not that bad either:) what an amazing place it looks, so glad you both had a fantastic time:) after the year you have had both off you as colin would have went through the mill also with worry, it is soooo good to see you both Happy and well and enjoying what looked a fantastic holiday:) and can I just add the bit about the food, I would never get my Colin away from that and cheese well don’t get me started him and cheese:) I remember years ago at one off Suzi’s party’s at QVC, I was in the Jewellery he was in the food as Suzi had all this amazing American food there, what can I say Colin was gone:) can’t wait to see you back on the 1st:) I like many others will be tuned into see you:) thank you for sharing your lovely holiday pic’s well worth the wait:)enjoy your weekend, keep well and love to you both Rhona xx

  25. Marie June 29, 2012 at 6:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Ali,
    Wow you are looking knockout I’m not sure if you remember but a while ago I let you know on your blog how my son had missed the presenter with the lovely legs boy was he right. So so happy you are finding incredible strength to recover from you illness and greetings from sunny however flooded Belfast!

  26. Judith Lennon June 30, 2012 at 4:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    I haven’t written to you before as quite honestly I didn’t know what to say to you, but have been following all your progress good and bad since you first became poorly. What a time you have had. I don’t think i know a more positive person than you and you should be proud of yourself for your strength and courage. I have lost count of the people who have been “willing you well” and that is the reason I decided to add my name to the list! I hope that now after your lovely holiday you are feeling refreshed and look forward to seeing you back on our screens. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.
    love Judithx

  27. alison keenan June 30, 2012 at 5:30 pm -  Reply

    Dear Mavis, how lovely to read of your ‘Turkish’ memories made all the more poignant as your husband is no longer with you, but wonderful that you have 25 years of fabulous times to look back on. It was interesting to read that you went to Kaya too, but all those years ago when there were just fields surrounding the restaurant. We would definitely go back there again if we re-visit Turkey. I do hope that you have family and friends around you to keep you company and that maybe there’s another place you can holiday in, and make some new memories – With love, Ali xxx

  28. alison keenan June 30, 2012 at 5:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Julie and Lily – yes it was hot and we did on occasions have a hoot!! Making our shadows dance in the moonlight after a couple of Mohitos was one such moment πŸ™‚ Sorry to hear about Rebecca’s fall, but hope very much that she and Lily suffered nothing more than a scare! Hope too that you’re enjoying Wimbledon – at least the weather’s done us proud so far eh? I’ll look forward though to ‘seeing’ you on Sunday πŸ™‚ Take care and thanks for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  29. alison keenan June 30, 2012 at 5:36 pm -  Reply

    Dear Sue, Lovely to hear from you, and thanks as always for your encouragement and kind words. It was a great holiday thank you, and I am definitely missing the sunshine – although Thursday was pretty warm here, but I was at work getting ready for Sunday! I hope life is good for you and that you will have had a good weekend. Take care and keep in touch, love Ali xx

  30. alison keenan June 30, 2012 at 5:46 pm -  Reply

    Hello Liz, great to hear that you had such a good time with Madga and Eric, and even better to know that you will be returning to spend even more time together! Interesting too that your husbands are like minded souls – it does help! Then a trip to St. Andrews – you have been busy πŸ™‚ I love the fact that you get out there and crack on, and am delighted that you had good weather and a chance to see the sights. I will be thinking of you at Buckingham Palace and may well have to pay the summer exhibition a visit as you know Diamonds are my favourite gemstones, and the Queen’s collection of them is pretty impressive! Take care Liz, and stay in touch, love Ali xx

  31. alison keenan June 30, 2012 at 5:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jackie, Glad you had a good time in Olu Deniz too – in spite of the earthquake! – which we didn’t even know had happened until our third day there! Could do with a touch more warmth here although the sunshine and strrong winds are drying my washing well πŸ™‚ Back to work tomorrow for our Super Sunday, and then on the schedule as normal from Tuesday… happy days πŸ™‚ Take care and thanks for writing, love Ali xx

  32. alison keenan June 30, 2012 at 5:52 pm -  Reply

    Oooh crikey Pam you sound like me not sleeping! I hope that the cocoa worked, and that you’ve also managed to book a nice break away! I would recommend Turkey, but possibly a little TOO hot at present – even Speedos would have been too much clothing for that climate! πŸ™‚ Yes, feeling much better and looking forward very much to my return to work. ‘See’ you soon, love Ali xx

  33. alison keenan June 30, 2012 at 5:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Maggie, sounds like a whole tribe of us headed to Turkey, and I’m glad you had a good holiday there too. You came home the day after we arrived! That was the day of the hot winds – i’ll bet you’re relieved you missed them πŸ™‚ I think we drove through Calis on the Dolmus a couple of times, and it may have been closer to Kaya than we were. I hope you’ve had a good weekend, and will enjoy our Super Sunday. Take care, love Ali xx

  34. alison keenan June 30, 2012 at 5:59 pm -  Reply

    Oh Lillian how romantic!! Very Shirley Valentine πŸ™‚ It must be difficult spending time apart, but I’m sure it’ll be wonderful when you get back there in September. Our boat trip guide had also married a Turkish chap, but had upped sticks and moved over to live permanently in Fethiye. Take care and enjoy what’s left of our summer won’t you and thanks for writing, love Ali xx

  35. alison keenan June 30, 2012 at 6:01 pm -  Reply

    Elaine, thank you! Yes, the hat was actually Colin’s but I felt my nose burning, so had to borrow it. I have a very similar picture of Lucy when she was about 8 wearing a hat and it always makes me smile. I shall look out for you on Sunday πŸ™‚ Take care, and thanks for writing, love Ali xx

  36. alison keenan June 30, 2012 at 6:03 pm -  Reply

    Kay I would highly recommend you ring your brother and get yourself out to Bodrum to catch a few rays and enjoy the Turkish hospitality! Thank you for your kind words and yes I think the sunshine did me a power of good and I’m hoping the tan lasts a little longer – may have to top it up with Beau Bronz!! Lovely to hear from you and I hope that you enjoy our Super Sunday. Love Ali xx

  37. alison keenan June 30, 2012 at 6:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Steven, Thanks for your kind words and for taking the time to write. Yes it was a fun holiday and just the tonic before returning to work, rested and a little tanned πŸ™‚ I hope you may have a nice break planned for later in the year. Love Ali xx

  38. alison keenan June 30, 2012 at 6:09 pm -  Reply

    Bless you Jo, and I hope that maybe in the not too distant future you might find yourself enjoy all that is Turkey – with possibly slightly cooler temperatures! πŸ™‚ Yes the hot flushes were pretty dreadful in the mid 40s temperature, but mine start on my face and head and then just follow on down – horrid! I have to have the floor staff at QVC on hand with a large electric fan incase I have one while I’m on air! Not nice as you will know. I hope that you may be due for some respite from them soon! Yes Sunday should be fantastic, and I will be ‘watching’ you too πŸ™‚ Thanks for writing, love Ali xx

  39. alison keenan June 30, 2012 at 6:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Mary, and thanks as always for your thoroughly entertaining comment – sorry to hear about your toe, but glad that you too enjoyed the boat trip – poor Jack! I was a tad worried I too might be a bit sicky, but it was all grand with just a slight bit of choppiness to the water as we got to the final bay. As I write this you are no doubt gyrating away and bringing about that worrisome ailment ‘disco hip’ as you so eloquently describe it! I hope the wedding is a great success and you have a thoroughly enjoyable time, but can then relax and join me on Sunday.. it’ll be well worth it, I can assure you :0 Take care, and good to hear from you, love Ali xxx

  40. alison keenan June 30, 2012 at 7:09 pm -  Reply

    Pauline I think you are incredibly brave and can completely understand your devastation when you lost your husband all those years ago…. and so young… I am very glad though that the blog brought back some of your precious memories and they made you happy. And you’re right about times like that making you stronger and helping you to cherish what you had or still have… Take care and do keep in touch. Thank you for writing, with love Ali xx

  41. alison keenan June 30, 2012 at 7:16 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Anne, Thanks for writing, and I very much hope you enjoyed Croatia – a country I have heard so many good things about, but have yet to visit. Low 30s sounds perfect to me, and without the humidity you feel less tired I always think. My dad’s last holiday was to Northern Cyprus, and he came back a fabulous colour – not much chance of topping up the tan here, so I may be reaching for the ‘faux’ before much longer πŸ™‚ Hope you enjoy Sunday ‘see’ you there πŸ™‚ love Ali xx

  42. alison keenan June 30, 2012 at 7:22 pm -  Reply

    My dear Debz you are right – I couldn’t think further than the end of the week this time last year, but am really grateful to be feeling so much better and am looking forward to cracking on with life and work again πŸ™‚ I am glad that Ainzley’s results were good, and even more relieved for you that the tablets he does have to take aren’t a battle for you to administer! I used to have to wrap Willows in a towel to get her to swallow anything! I hope Ainzley gets used to the dry food soon and that you will all have had a good weekend. Oh, and I heard from Alpa who saw a neurologist on the 8th June and has been referred for more tests. She’s coping well and sends you and all Ali’s Army her love…and from me too! Take care, Ali xxx

  43. alison keenan June 30, 2012 at 7:25 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Norma and thanks for writing. I’m sorry to hear about your husband’s back and hope that you don’t have to wait too much longer for his operation and that his recuperation will be swift and not uncomfortable. Maybe by the time we get to September it will all be behind you and you could take a late trip to Turkey as it should be cooler then. My niece in Australia has just taken on a job as a travel journalist interestingly, so it’ll be good to read about the countries she recommends too!! Take care, and have a good week, love Ali xx

  44. alison keenan June 30, 2012 at 7:29 pm -  Reply

    Dear Maggie, Oh you poor thing – not just your friend’s wretched diagnosis but your fractured elbow! I am in awe of the fact you continued on your Moonwalk with your arm in a sling and completed the entire 26.2 miles… an incredible feat. I have to be honest and say I now very little about this event except for the bra wearing and will definitely Google it and have a think for next year πŸ™‚ I will look forward to ‘seeing’ you too on Sunday, and hope you enjoy the day. Take care and rest your elbow!! Love Ali xx

  45. alison keenan June 30, 2012 at 7:32 pm -  Reply

    So Magda the temperatures in Spain have been higher than usual too! You’re right about the hot flushes – although when I was so hot I don’t think I truly knew when I was having them!! I really wouldn’t wish the British summer on you though my friend – although we have had some lovely bright spells today and a strong wind so my bed linen dried beautifully on the line πŸ™‚ I am glad that you too are feeling well, and as you say let’s forget about last year and hope for happy times ahead. With my love, Ali xx

  46. alison keenan June 30, 2012 at 7:35 pm -  Reply

    Dear Linda, I am so sorry to hear about your eldest sister and send you and her my very best wishes for a full recovery… how very frightening for you all. It’s probably a good thing that you are not travelling until September as you can visit your sister and help her get strong again. I would LOVE to go to New Orleans and hope that you enjoy your time there and at Gracelands… I too am a fan of Elvis πŸ™‚ Take care and thank you for writing, love Ali xx

  47. alison keenan June 30, 2012 at 7:42 pm -  Reply

    My dear Marg, lovely to hear from you and thank you very much for your kind words and compliments πŸ™‚ The hat was actually Colin’s but very welcome in the heat of the day! I’m so sorry to hear about your husband and your son both being diagnosed with diabetes. I am not surprised you were shocked and do feel for you having to address the obvious dietary issues and also for the obvious ongoing worries and concerns. You sound like a close knit family though, and can no doubt gain strength from each other. Yes Sam is very much enjoying South Africa and is talking about staying out there for the rest of the year although he will be home to visit in August which I am very much looking forward to πŸ™‚ I hope that you are well Marg – stay strong – your family are lucky to have you πŸ™‚ Lots of love, Ali xx

  48. alison keenan June 30, 2012 at 7:44 pm -  Reply

    Kath I had to look Altinkum up to find out exactly where it was, and it sounds as though you too had to cope with the unseasonally hot weather in Turkey too! πŸ™‚ It’s a shame you didn’t get to visit the Apollo temple, but maybe another time and either later or earlier in the year when it’s cooler. Take care and thank you for writing, love Ali xx

  49. alison keenan June 30, 2012 at 7:50 pm -  Reply

    Rhona you are funny πŸ˜€ Loving your tales of your Colin and his cheese fetish!! Certainly spoilt for choice when it comes to cheese in Turkey and all of them delicious so I’m not surprised you had trouble tearing him away. It was all those delicious cakes soaked in honey that my Colin loved, but he exercised self control for the most part! πŸ™‚ So glad you enjoyed the pictures and I too am looking forward to being back on air this weekend – should be one heck of a day for us all!! Take care and love to you and yours, Ali xx

  50. Cindy corrigan June 30, 2012 at 9:47 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Ali, what a little peach you are!
    Love Cindy xx

  51. Pam July 1, 2012 at 7:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    And she’s back! Looking great girl!! It’s hard to believe what you ‘ve been through and I think I can hear cheering- no it’s not for the football- it’s Ali’s Army at seeing you back where you belong!!
    Seriously though ,well done, your family, friends and Colin must be overwhelmed tonight at seeing how well you look now …and very proud.
    Much love to you all as usual,
    Pam xx
    p.s. Great tan!!

  52. Eileen P. July 1, 2012 at 9:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, Welcome back to QVC, you looked stunning tonight. Glad you had a good holiday, it looks a beautiful area judging from the photographs. The open air restaurant sounds fabulous and a lovely memory to look back on in the years to come. I had the operation on my wrist/hand three weeks this coming Tuesday. I now have a full plater cast on for the next six weeks, so its due to come of middle of August all being well. Make sure not to overdo things and get plenty of rest.
    Take care, love Eileen P.

  53. Mrs Janet Jones July 2, 2012 at 11:52 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali, so glad you had a good holiday in Turkey, and you looked absolutely fantastic last night on your return to our screens. I have just got back from Lake Garda, which was a beautiful holiday, eating our meals right next to the lake everyday. Temperatures there
    were much hotter than expected reaching 38 possibly 40 when we went to see the opera Aida , which was wonderful a once in a lifetime experience.
    I do sympathise with the hot flushes, I felt I had a permanent one on holiday, and seemed to be constantly changing my clothes because of the sweats! So I think my next holiday will be Iceland though no doubt I would probably get hot flushes there lol !!. A strange thing happened at Verona airport coming back. I was wearing my sleeve and going through security I was asked if I had broken my arm, I said no I was wearing it because of breast cancer, I don’t think they understood so I was taken to one side and they put some device over both my arms and checked it through a machine then said I was okay to go, I was getting worried as it was touch and go whether or not we got the plane as the check-in machines had broken. We did get on the plane by the skin of our teeth, with a huge sigh of relief! I would definitely go back again or try Lake Maggiore next time as you suggested. All in all a lovely 30th wedding anniversary holiday.
    I have my mammogram next week and will be seeing my oncologist and surgeon so that is very much on my mind at the moment so keep everything crossed for me!!
    Take it easy Ali speak soon love Janet xx

  54. alison keenan July 2, 2012 at 8:23 pm -  Reply

    Marie, how very kind of you to remind me of your son’s gratefully received compliment!! πŸ™‚ It felt grand to be back last night, and once I’d worked out which camera was which all was well!!! πŸ™‚ I hope that the floods have subsided and the sun is still shining in Belfast πŸ™‚ Thanks for writing, and love and good health to you too, Ali xx

  55. alison keenan July 2, 2012 at 8:34 pm -  Reply

    Dear Karen, I’m delighted you’ve taken the plunge and made this the first time you write to me, and wonderful that it’s with yet another memory of a great holiday in Turkey. I’m so glad it worked out though, especially as you say your husband booked it without talking to you or the children!!!! but hey, you clearly had the best of times to have booked another holiday there so soon after you got home! I hope you ALL enjoy it just as much this year. Turkey certainly worked its magic on me and I do feel a great deal better. It would be lovely if you let me know how this years sojourn goes πŸ™‚ Have Fun! Ali xx

  56. alison keenan July 2, 2012 at 8:37 pm -  Reply

    Judith it means a great deal to add your name to my list of ‘friends’ who have all written and made such a difference to my recovery. I am feeling refreshed and am looking forward to being back on the regular schedule at work πŸ™‚ Thank you for your thoughts and prayers, love ali xx

  57. alison keenan July 2, 2012 at 8:38 pm -  Reply

    Cindy – thank you!!! What a lovely thing to say πŸ™‚ Have a good week, love Ali xx

  58. alison keenan July 2, 2012 at 8:41 pm -  Reply

    Pam thank you – I did have some lovely texts from Colin, Lucy and several others following my hours yesterday, and your comments are just as gratefully received! Glad you like the tan – it will need topping up with faux pretty soon, but it always makes me feel healthier when I have a golden glow! πŸ˜€ Have a great week, and thanks again for writing, love Ali xx

  59. alison keenan July 2, 2012 at 8:43 pm -  Reply

    Oooooh Eileen that sounds sore! How on earth are you managing to typ with your arm in plaster?! I do hope it’s not too painful. So glad you liked the blog, and yes the open air restaurant was fabulous – I think we may well return to that part of the world one day. I do hope that you too are finding it possible to rest and aren’t doing too much! Take care and thank you for writing to me, love Ali xx

  60. Mrs Dorothy Hollingsworth July 2, 2012 at 9:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, glad you had a good holiday,the pictures you posted are fantastic,looks like a lovely place.It will be good to see you back on qvc.
    Take care of yourself.
    Love dorothy XX

  61. angela white July 3, 2012 at 11:28 am -  Reply

    hi ali you alright! great to see you back you look stunning girl!! glad you had a fab holiday and are well rested i felt as though i was with you on holiday the way you desccribed it! i hope your family are well i have my mamagram 19th july i cant remember if i told you checkup was ok (menopausal dwarf again lol!) well the kitchen extension is done except old part of kitchen looks tatty now so thats next! my partner has packed in smoking! hooraah! no patches or owt like that he had a bad cough and cold and one morning couldnt breathe and its scared the s**t out of him! its been 4weeks this week and im so proud of him! take care ali and love to you and all of ali”s army xx

  62. Babs lincsxxx July 3, 2012 at 2:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali I wrote a blog on Sunday evening when i arrived home from my birthday celebrations but it did’nt get sent, why i do not know but rather upsetting as i had gone into great detail telling you all about Damons, what it is like and what food they serve.I enjoyed reading your blog about your great holiday in Turkey, it sounded and by your photos is beautiful,my sister had been back from there about 2 weeks prior to you going and said it was awful weather, cold and dull so you got it too hot but better than too cold.I watched you on Sunday during your 8o’clock show and WOW WOW you looked FAB. You really are looking well and beautiful, loved your dress and shoes.Take care love to you, Colin and all your family Babs Lincs xxxxx

  63. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen July 3, 2012 at 5:54 pm -  Reply

    hi alison .hope your holiday went well.
    how are you i am not bad

  64. edna munro July 3, 2012 at 8:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,Great pictures and fab weather.Unfortunately for me ,the sun took against me from the age 20 ish,so getting a beautiful tan like yours is out of the question for me!You look amazing in your bikini and as a women,delighted to see you wearing one after a double mastectomy!Great courage and belief in yourself,but I am sure that is what helped you through all the bad moments of the past 12 months.Keep up the good work.

  65. Louise July 4, 2012 at 11:25 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Great to see you back and – don’t take this as a negative remark – but you haven’t looked so well and pretty in ages. I love your hair. I’m strawberry blonde and it can fade very easily and become dull, so I have to be extra vigilant re it’s condition. I’m considering getting some highlights, just to add a bit of colour and brightness.
    Mum and I were involved in a car crash recently – this delivery van pulled out of a junction right in front of us – and I was off work for a week; after the first day, I was bored rigid, so I bet you always feel more positive and fulfilled when you’re working.
    Will QVC be doing a tsv hairdryer do you know? I want a quality one and mine has packed up. I’m using the philip kingsley elasticizer right now, so we’ll see if that has any effect. I’ve only used it twice and, as yet, I haven’t noticed any positive difference. What exactly is it supposed to do, Ali, and have you used it? If so, what results did you experience? I’m currently contemplating getting the alpha h liquid gold; is it used instead of your usual moisturiser? I have been using Judith Williams for many months now, and her range is fabulously lush and effective. And one product I wouldn’t be without is the Emma Hardie moringa balm, an extremely versatile product. Add another range to my ‘must have’ list: SBC. One tip for the arnica gel: putting some on the forehead really does help combat headaches. Propolis gel is brilliant for infected skin/eczema and daily collagen gel for the face.
    We could spend till the cows come home couldn’t we? But, seriously, I think when you find products which work, you have to stick with them and you don’t mind paying for them. I honestly believe that no product can turn back time, but we can certainly make the ageing process a little more bearable.
    I’m pleased you enjoyed your well deserved holiday, but it’s always good to be back in your own bed, isn’t it?
    Take care.

  66. Lynn Hind July 5, 2012 at 2:27 am -  Reply

    hi ali soo glad you and colin had a great time ..very much deserved, youve been very very brave and your light just shines! so glad to see you back again on the tele ..dont over do it and get over tired and enjoy and gain strength from all ‘your girls’ who have hoped and prayed for you
    Lynn xx

  67. Mollie Vann July 6, 2012 at 10:49 pm -  Reply

    Hello Alison, So glad to hear that you enjoyed your Turkish holiday,we moved out here 5 years ago and lived in Fethiye until movng to Uzumlu up in the hills very recently.Your holiday certainly looks to have done you good,so pleased you are once again back on QVC.I never miss a TSV and get all my purchases sent to my daughter in law who then forwards them on to me.My next parcel due is an Indigo Moon sweater,a Print Fusion dress,Yankee Candles and Kiplings TSV.
    I,m glad you enjoyed the Tuesday market you would like the smaller one on Fridays,its a farmers market,organic produce,homemade butter and preserves etc. Take Care Mollie x

  68. alison keenan July 9, 2012 at 3:41 pm -  Reply

    Dear Janet, I am so glad to hear that you had a wonderful anniversary trip to the Italian Lakes and even happier to hear that you wil try to get back and visit Lake Maggiore next time. It seems as though the temperatures EVERYWHERE but here are exceptional – Iceland no doubt would be tempting with the hot flushes πŸ™‚ I will be keeping everything crossed for your mammogram and visit to the oncologist and surgeon this week – please let me know how you get on. Very strange the business with your sleeve…. no-one was remotely interested in mine!! πŸ™‚ You take care, and thanks for writing, love Ali x

  69. alison keenan July 9, 2012 at 3:42 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Dorothy – so glad you liked the photos and yes Turkey was a fabulous place to visit. Its good to be back at work though. Hope all is well with you, love Ali xx

  70. alison keenan July 9, 2012 at 3:44 pm -  Reply

    Hello Angela – Y’awright?! so glad you enjoyed the blog and congratulations to your partner for giving up smoking!! Not the easiest thing to do I know, but tell him well done from me πŸ™‚ Good luck for the 19th July – I’m sure you’ll be fine, and then you can crack on with the other part of your kitchen so it looks as good as the new bit! Take care, and love to you too, Ali xx

  71. alison keenan July 9, 2012 at 3:46 pm -  Reply

    Oh Babs, I am sorry your original comment wasn’t posted but glad to hear that you had a good time at Damons. Perhaps when you have a little more time you could write and tell me all about it. Your poor sister – so sorry she missed the good weather in Turkey – here’s hoping it improves here soon! Thank you for your kind and complimentary comments – it was great to be back at work πŸ™‚ Love to you and yours, Ali xxx

  72. alison keenan July 9, 2012 at 3:48 pm -  Reply

    Hello Martin, Yes thank you the holiday was a great success, although it seems a long time ago now. I hope you are well and have maybe a short break planned? Take care, Ali xx

  73. alison keenan July 9, 2012 at 3:49 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Edna, I am glad that you enjoyed the blog and the photos – it took a bit of courage to get out there in the bikini, but after I’d done it once it was easier πŸ™‚ “It is what it is” is my adage…. and I’m feeling a lot better these days, so not as difficult to put it behind me now. I do hope all is good with you, love Ali xx

  74. alison keenan July 9, 2012 at 4:03 pm -  Reply

    Louise, I am hugely flattered by your comments and certainly don’t take them as being negative at all πŸ™‚ I am glad that you and your mum are OK after the accident, and that you are back at work – you’re right, it certainly defines your direction and purpose in life I find. I’m not sure about QVC doing a hairdryer as a TSV, but the Smart Ego On the Go hairdryer is currently on offer at Β£54.84 and very lightweight and easy to use. Yes I do use Philip Kingsley’s Elasticizer and I find it makes my hair less frizzy and the curls are better defined. It also makes my hair shine more I think πŸ™‚ I have to be honest and say I haven’t used Emma Hardie’s moringa balm, but I know MANY of you love it. Thanks for the tip for Arnica gel – I will pass that on! So glad that you enjoy shopping with us, and that you’ve found so many reliable products, and yes, although my holiday was grand it WAS good to be back in my own bed. Take care too, love Ali xx

  75. alison keenan July 9, 2012 at 4:04 pm -  Reply

    Lynn, I will be eternally grateful to you and all the other girls who have constantly hoped and prayed for me… it has made all the difference to my recovery. I do hope all is well with you too, love ali x

  76. alison keenan July 9, 2012 at 4:06 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Mollie – lovely to hear from you and somewhat envious of you living in Turkey so close to Fethiye! Yes, the holiday did indeed do me good, and I’d love to return and then maybe visit the farmers Market on the Friday – sounds really interesting. I hope your parcel arrives soon, and that perhaps you could send us back some sunshine in exchange πŸ™‚ Stay well, love Ali xx

  77. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen July 11, 2012 at 6:40 pm -  Reply

    hi alison i had anice lazy 2weeks holiday in tenerife in june.

  78. Diana Bliss August 25, 2012 at 11:43 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    I don’t know how I missed the fact that your absence from QVC was not “for other work” or even to write your memoirs, but an enforced one due to your illness.
    I am so pleased that you have come through it all with grace and humour and looking a million dollars. I wish you continued good health and am very happy to see you back on our screens.
    Best wishes,
    Diana Bliss

  79. Maria Woodall October 15, 2012 at 9:28 pm -  Reply

    Wish you all the best with your health . Just reading your blog and you ahve been staying at our most favourite holiday resort ever . We had our honeymoon there x

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