With cookies like these, who needs enemies?


It’s only a week and a half until Honey’s second birthday, and I’m really struggling to remember where the last two years have gone! With Easter behind us and the May Bank Holiday to look forward to (even though I’ll be working) it’s time Colin and I booked our summer break!

We’ve decided on the island of Gozo but plan to spend a few days in Malta first. It’s not a country either of us have visited before, but mum had a holiday some 20 years or so ago there, and said it was beautiful. Do let me know if you’ve been, and if you can recommend restaurants or places to visit? We’d really appreciate it.

Thanks so much for all your lovely comments on the last blog, and for all the marvellous tweets you sent to Charlie and I during the Diamonique Day Finale last Wednesday. It was a busy but fun three hours, and in case you missed it, this is when I rather unkindly denied Charlie the chance of a snack…

I have of course felt more than a little remorseful since then, so I made it up to him by providing him with some homemade snacks. As you can see, he has now forgiven me…

I love my job  Actually if you weren’t able to be with us I’m delighted to say that I will be showing you the 9ct gold solitaire ring and earrings this Tuesday at 8pm in my regular show. As always great prices but not a huge amount of stock!

I made the most of my Easter break, and had a lovely couple of days with Lucy and Honey. We had lunch in a local pub, where they served the most delicious cheese on toast – Honey’s food of choice! As you can see she loves cheese almost as much as she loves olives!

We’ve got a day planned at Legoland later this week, although the weather looks a tad grey, but Lucy’s bringing waterproofs and wellingtons, and Honey will provide the sunshine. I have fond memories that are still surprisingly razor sharp, of taking my three to Legoland when Lucy would only have been about eight years old. It poured with rain that day, but the children had a ball, and I am sure Honey will enjoy it just as much.

We had a real mix of weather over the Easter weekend when we drove down to see Roz and Chris in Dorset. It had been a while since we were last there, and it’s always a treat to escape to the heart of the countryside where we enjoy being spoiled rotten by them with fab food and good times together.

Talking of which, this pheasant was desperate to join us for tea and cake on Saturday afternoon!

Roz had celebrated her birthday just the week before, and as the weather was so glorious, she and Chris had walked from Studland Bay around the coastline and back again, in the bright sunshine. She knows how much I love the sea, and so on Sunday we set off to do the same. It was incredibly warm when we arrived, but the clouds blew in, and it was pretty parky for a while along the cliff tops! That said, it was so worth it to see Harry’s Rocks and even the Isle of Wight when the clouds lifted.

Roz and Chris have very kindly set up a year’s subscription to Coast Magazine for me for my birthday, and it’s an absolute eye opener to see how many stunning beaches and cliff walks there are around the UK. I think Colin and I may well be exploring further!

I don’t tend to venture too far when I’m on my regular walks, but my oncologist has told me that exercise is really good to help with the bone discomfort from my meds. I do have my AeroPilates that I use regularly, but I love getting out in the fresh air. I saw these beautiful tanzanite coloured bluebells while I was out in the fields, and wondered why they looked so different to the ones I have growing in my garden. Apparently it’s because my strain of bluebells (the pale ones) are from Holland, whereas the vibrant blue are native to the UK. Interesting!

Something else in a very attractive shade of blue is this beautiful Radley handbag – my TSV for Saturday 29th April. The other four colours are black, neutral, summer red and tan, and not only does it have a great shape but the quality and finishing on the soft leather is exquisite!

Just the right size to fit everything you need, and I particularly like the handles that allow you to wear it over the shoulder without a shoulder strap. At under £135 for a designer bag it’s an excellent price, considering it would normally retail for £199! I hope you can join me on Saturday when you will see it in more detail.

I did a bit of shopping with my mum on Friday last week, when we both went in search of new breast prostheses. Poor mum had been struggling with one that was far too heavy and not the right size, but we managed to rectify that, and also found a new version of my old boob ‘Beryl’! We celebrated our successful trip with a toasted chicken and bacon sandwich and some delicious coffee. Thanks Mum 

I’ll sign off now as I need to get my washing in – it’s just started to rain! Do drop me a line when you get a moment, and I will always get back to you. Enjoy the Bank Holiday wherever you are, and whoever you are with, and thanks as always for supporting this blog and me.

With my love,
Ali xxx


  1. Mandy April 25, 2017 at 12:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, what a lovely blog! Thanks for your lovely reply a few weeks ago. The good news is I am back at work now (taking it easy & doing it gradually) & loving the banter with my colleagues again- you don’t realise how much you miss a good giggle with people. Talking about giggle- “Biscuit Gate” was hilarious with Charlie! I remember when we were teenagers, my husband, then boyfriend would do that so that his brother couldn’t eat left over food. I’m sure Charlie enjoyed his hearts though lol. I do so share your love of being in the great outdoors- there is nothing in the world that makes me feel as free, relaxed & calm (apart from being on a boat trip around the Greek Islands but it’s not as accessible lol) Malta is somewhere I have considered & so I look forward to your pics when you return. Have you been to the Isle of Wight? I’m going for the first time in the summer & can’t wait. I’m looking forward to my first holiday with hair again lol & looking & feeling normal. We are staying in a cottage & I am looking forward to having peace & quiet & will definitely visit the ladies at Liz Earle- my favourite brand. If you have been Ali, would appreciate some tips on where to visit etc.(I might leave a message for Charlie to see if he would do a blog on the Isle of Wight, hope he won’t think I’m cheeky) I enjoyed Diamonique day & bought myself a few treats that have arrived today- the Diamonique Disc Friendship bracelet in rose gold & the stunning front to back circle earrings. They are always much nicer when you get them home & I love the fasten on the earrings- I’m purposely wearing things I wouldn’t have worn with long hair- because I can lol. Thanks for keeping me entertained & having a great influence on me- my confidence is growing daily & I have started to live again rather than exist ( you know what I mean Ali) Have a lovely week Lovely & hopefully the weather will improve again soon (we had a snow storm last night- very odd when you have cherry blossom AND snow?!)
    Love & Hugs
    Mandy xxx

    • Alison Keenan May 2, 2017 at 10:09 am -  Reply

      My dear Mandy your lovely reponse has made me smile this morning and it is so good to hear that you are growing so much in confidence and finding it easier to ‘live’ rather than just exist. It seems a long road ahead when you are first told, but you’ve been through the worst and as you know from my life, it genuinely does get easier. We sound very alike, and I’d be right there with you on that boat trip around the Greek Islands – stunning! I will definitely be posting photographs of our holiday in Malta, I will let you know what Gozo is like. To be honest I have only been to the Isle of Wight once, when I was nine years old. We stayed in a resort called Sandown, and we went to Alum Bay. Great idea to get to the Liz Earle store while you’re there – I know the girls are lovely. Charlie is definitely your man tho’ when it comes to information on the Isle of Wight, as he lived there for so many years. I think it’d be a great idea if you suggest he writes a blog on it. So glad that you enjoyed our Diamonique finale, as it’s something both Charlie and I are hoping to get the chance to do again. Not the biscuits you understand! 🙂 Take care and I very much hope you have the sunshine this morning – it’s finally arrived here! See you tonight at 8pm, love Ali x

  2. janet groves April 25, 2017 at 12:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    always enjoy reading your blogs.
    I just had to mention that I thought the rock was called Old Harry?

    Love Janet Groves

    • Alison Keenan May 2, 2017 at 10:11 am -  Reply

      Hi there Janet, I think you are correct! It is indeed Old Harry and not Harry’s Rocks!! I will ask my editor to change it. Thank you, and I’m glad you enjoy the blog, love Ali x

  3. Loraine Plumb April 25, 2017 at 2:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi alison hope honey has a great birthday next week Les and 8 have been to Malta stayed in quara found it a bit to quiet we went to sliema which was busier our son and his girlfriend stayed there and liked it we also went to Valetta some nice buildings etc we were thinking of going this year again but have decided on gran canaria early June hope your feeling ok love Loraine x

    • Alison Keenan May 2, 2017 at 10:13 am -  Reply

      Dear Loraine, thanks so much for your heads up on places to visit in Malta. My mum also mentioned Sliema so we will definitely try to get there during our two day stay before heading to Gozo. I do hope you enjoy Gran Canaria! Colin and I were there in April last year and it was beautiful. Do let me know how you get on. Love Alixx

  4. Una April 25, 2017 at 8:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Just enjoying your diamonique show. You’re looking lovely young lady.
    Can’t believe Honey will soon be 2. How did that happen?!?!?!?
    Just a quick one for now. Don’t know if you caught my comments on your previous blog, but i am so excited. We just çollected my beautiful eternity ring this afternoon. It really just needed a good old clean, as it’s been sitting in a safe for about 12 years. I am just delighted with it, it’s so simple, and very classic.
    Oooh gorgeous pear cut earrings on screen right now. I actually have a few pieces of diamonique. My very first purchase from QVC was a pair of diamonique earrings, bought in the second EVER diamonique show. I wear them every day and they are still as perfect and beautiful as the day i received them. I actually bought them ,as i was given a pair of 1 carat diamond earrings for a birthday, ending in a 0, but ive always been too scared to wear them.
    Meli is sitting pointing out all the jewellery she would like!! She is going to cost me a fortune as she gets older!!!!
    Lots of love as always.
    Una xx

    • Alison Keenan May 2, 2017 at 10:20 am -  Reply

      My dear Una, I have just read your comment to Sue, and realised that I had completely forgotten to mention the eternity band Graeme has for you with the black diamonds in it! It does sound stunning, and so original. I can imagine how happy it will make you to wear this, and how proud Graeme will be. How funny that you too bought Diamonique earrings as your first purchase from QVC. I also have the real thing from Colin, but I don’t tend to wear them that often either – although I do if we are going out 🙂 Lucy already has her eye on a number of my things, and I know exactly what I shall give to her and Honey. Hope you all enjoyed the Bank Holiday, and that life is good. Thanks so much for keeping in touch with The Army, love Ali xx

  5. Dot Pate April 26, 2017 at 11:28 am -  Reply

    When do you ever stop? Lovely to see you enjoying life, if only I could keep up with you Alison.

    • Alison Keenan May 2, 2017 at 10:21 am -  Reply

      Dot, I could do with a tad more sleep, but life is for living, and I feel so blessed to be well enough to crack on with it. I hope that life is good for you too, and thanks so much for writing here on the blog, love Ali xx

  6. Mandy Gosling April 26, 2017 at 6:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali can I just say I thoroughly enjoyed diamonique day I bought the tsv and the ring and necklace to match . I watched the finale with yourself and Charlie I have never laughed soooo much I think you both should do a monthly show together thankyou for such a great day and evening. …Mandy Xx

    • Alison Keenan May 2, 2017 at 10:22 am -  Reply

      Dear Mandy, I’m so glad to know that you enjoyed our special day. It takes the buyers such a long time to put all the shows together and I personally thought is was one of the best in terms of variety and designs. Charlie and I are still tittering about the biscuits… will have to think of something else to eat next time! Enjoy the sunshine, and thank you for writing to me, love Ali xx

  7. Susie April 26, 2017 at 6:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,I love reading your posts you always put a smile on my face.Little Honey is absolutely gorgeous you must be so proud of her.I am taking tamoxifen for my breast cancer ,I have another five years on it and like you I have a lot of pain in my joints especially my hips ,we just have to get on with it,sometimes it gets me down.Take care Ali .

    • Alison Keenan May 2, 2017 at 10:25 am -  Reply

      My dear Susie, I am so sorry you are struggling with joint pain on the Tamoxifen. I struggled far more with the memory loss and hot flushes on that particular drub, but if you have pain in just one place, always best to check it out with the GP or your oncologist. They may well be able to change your meds to an alternative? I understand it makes you feel low, and I’d recommend you call either Breast Cancer Care’s support line or Macmillan. They are incredibly kind and understanding. You take care too, and please keep in touch. You can always write to me here and I’ll write back 🙂 Love Ali xx

  8. heather hutchinson April 26, 2017 at 6:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison,we went to malta a couple of years ago we stayed at Qwauro its a beautiful place very barron we took a boat to Gozo and it was like the blue lagoon it was fantastic you will love it if we go back there again we are going to stay in Gozo it was like Acapulco the young lads and lasses diving of the rocks oo I wish I was coming with you enjoy xx
    p.s sorry about the spelling.

    • Alison Keenan May 2, 2017 at 10:27 am -  Reply

      Dear Heather thanks so much for your recommendation. I am making a list of all the recommended place, and Qwauro is on it! so glad you loved Gozo – I am very excited at the prospect of swimming in the sea again – it’s been far too long! Don’t think I’ll be diving off any rocks though! I’ll leave that to Colin 🙂 Look after yourself, and thanks for keeping in touch, love Ali x

  9. Christine April 26, 2017 at 6:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali can’t believe Honey is two already. I did write on your blog last time, but computer playing up. The bluebells reminds me of when I was young stayed in the country the bluebells and primroses and snowdrops you hardly see them very much now because of insecticides. That pheasant is beautiful, we have pheasant in our garden but is ornament. HA! HA!
    When is your book out?
    Take Care X

    • Alison Keenan May 2, 2017 at 10:29 am -  Reply

      Hi there Christine, we have also had Gremlins in the system, and my Ipad hasn’t ben allowing me to access my mail or send tweets! So glad you liked the photos on the blog, and that the bluebells brought back memories for you. Cowslips are the flowers that always remind me of my Nanny Timms. I am lucky enough to have a few growing in my garden this year which is lovely. I think an ornamental pheasant is probably the better choice! Bless you for asking about my book…. I may have some exciting news in the next few months, and will definitely keep you posted. Enjoy your week, love Ali xx

  10. Denise Pilcher April 26, 2017 at 7:22 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Ali, what beautiful , happy photos of Honey! Gosh, two-how fast time flies!
    Well, Im back to school after the school holidays and the children are just about adjusting to a new term . We have a school trip planned this week, where after walking to a park, we will be den making and visiting the animals. They are so excited but not too kean on the walking bit! Hopefully this bizarre weather will be kind to us- fingers crossed.
    How lovely for you and Colin to meet up with your friendsin Dorset- what a great coastline. We are going to Bridlington on the bank holiday and love to walk over to Sewerby. Just lovely.
    I hope you have a great bank holiday- until next time , much love Denise x

    • Alison Keenan May 2, 2017 at 11:01 am -  Reply

      Dear Denise, So glad you enjoyed the photos I posted – I’ll have more next time following her birthday party! We have yet to make the cake! You made me laugh about the school trip – always the same with children not enjoying walking anywhere – I was exactly the same. Now I love walking and feel disappointed if I don’t get the chance to get out each day. I have a funny feeling I have been to Bridlington some years back when my Aunty Edna and Uncle Ian lived near there. I could be wrong though as my memory isn’t all it used to be. Enjoy the walk over Sewerby – that’s another one for my list! I hope you enjoyed the Bank Holiday, although it’s a shame the weather wasn’t as lovely as it is today. love Ali xx

  11. Julie April 26, 2017 at 7:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    A lovely informative blog as usual. I did like your clip with Charlie-he looked so disappointed when you stole the biscuit from him, his face was a picture.
    I like your Mum have been to Malta but many moons ago. I even got engaged there!! We are going away this year to Croatia again-you really have to visit this country as it is one of the best ( if not the best) we have visited. We went last year and two days after arriving home booked to go again this year-which is a first for us.
    Honey looked gorgeous in the photo. I have to agree with her I think cheese on toast is “lush”!! Wasn’t Welsh Rarebit by any chance???
    My favourite bags are Radley-I have five at the moment but can never have enough.
    If you visit places this year don’t forget Wales-I’m not biased you understand (much!!!)
    Hope all is well with you.

    Speak soon

    Julie x The Girls xxxxxxx

    • Alison Keenan May 2, 2017 at 10:57 am -  Reply

      Hi there Julie, lovely to hear from you and to know that you will be visiting Croatia again this year. It’s somewhere I have promised myself we will visit one day, as having looked at the photos my Jack took some years back it looked stunning. Honey’s cheese on toast was just that – I think Welsh rarebit may be a tad spicy for her just yet! I hope you liked the Radley TSV – lucky you having five already! We may well visit Wales this year – not been since my three peaks challenge! Take care and thanks for being in touch on the blog, love Ali x

  12. Teresa L April 26, 2017 at 8:17 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, lovely blog as always, like you can’t believe two years have gone since Honey was born. She is still as gorgeous as ever, you have such fun with her. Have a great time at legoland.
    Well at long last the conservatory is finished and we have the new furniture in, just waiting for one more chair. We are just loving it sitting in the sunshine watching the birds on the feeders and having fun in the bird bath.
    Like you we had some nice walks along the Dorset coast during the Easter break sometimes I have to stop and pinch myself that I live in such a beautiful part of the Country, we also had some walks’ in the New Forest, spotting ponies and donkeys we even saw a new baby which we were able to stroke.
    We had some sad news at the weekend Paul’s bother has just been told he has cancer and needs to go on a course of radiotherapy, he was very down on Sunday, but we have told him he must keep positive. Paul spoke again tonight and he seemed to be a lot brighter as we say there is always HOPE and it can be beaten.
    Hope your back is feeling much better now? mine is always better when I can get out in the fresh air and have long walks as long as I take it slowly.
    Well dear Ali I think that’s all my news for the moment, hope you have a good Bank Holiday hope we will catch you on the Q over the weekend.
    Love Teresa xx

    • Alison Keenan May 2, 2017 at 11:04 am -  Reply

      My dear Teresa I was so sorry to read about Paul’s brother. I understand how terribly worrying and distressing it must be for all of you to hear such news, and particularly hard for his brother to be facing treatment. My oncologist has always maintained though that radiotherapy is THE best way of beating cancer and it is a treatment that has worked for many. As you say there is ALWAYS hope and I pray you can all hang onto that. Please keep in touch and let me know how he is getting on. So glad your conservatory is finished – I bet it looks fabulous! You are in just the right place for some lovely walks, and I am so glad that after all those years waiting to move, you are now enjoying the life you always dreamed of. Thanks for keeping in touch with me, and I will see you tonight at 7 and 8pm for Diamonique. Love Ali xx

  13. Susan Huskisson April 26, 2017 at 9:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, fantastic blog as usual. Thanks for sharing cookiegate with us again! I laughed out loud on the night and it was no less funny seeing it again. Charlie’s face was a picture, he looked like an unloved little boy!
    How adorable is your little Honey, can’t believe she’s nearly two! I felt the same when our little Charlie was two in January. We had a couple of days with him last week and he’s so comical! Like you say about Honey he brings sunshine to a rainy day.
    Your break in Dorset looked wonderful. I bet the walk along the cliffs was bracing and blew a few cobwebs off!
    Glad you had a successful shopping trip with your mum and managed to find a new ” Beryl”. Your continuing good humour always amazes me and is very inspirational to women who find themselves in the same position.
    I love the look of the Radley bag. I’m lucky enough to have a Radley outlet shop near me and often have a look in to see what they have. It’s a great brand.
    We have lots of bluebells in our garden, the dark blue variety. We didn’t put them there but they arrive faithfully every year at this time. Our house was built on a bluebell field back in the forties and we think they are a result of that. I really love them and look forward to seeing them every Spring.
    I’ll say bye for now Ali. I’ll tweet you a latest photo of our Charlie xx

    • Alison Keenan May 2, 2017 at 11:09 am -  Reply

      My dear Sue it would have been rude not to share Cookiegate again! I must admit I laugh every time I watch it – can’t really call it work 🙂 Hard to believe that YOUR Charlie is two already – the years just fly by. Thank you for your kind words about the blog – I’ve always tried to look on the bright side, and my mum brought us up to crack on with things rather than letting them get us down. It was good advice and has stood us both in good stead, but it cheers me to think it may help other women who face the same things we have. It seems as though the Radley bags are a very popular choice – I have to say the quality of the leather was extraordinary. I love your story about the bluebells, and to know that your old home was actually built on a bluebell field – no wonder you have such affinity with these beautiful flowers. I hope you enjoy the week and the sunshine! Love Ali xx

  14. Joanna Downey April 26, 2017 at 9:25 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali, Before writing anything else I have to say how much I loved your line: “Honey will provide the sunshine”, what a gorgeous way to write about your gorgeous girl. I share your thoughts about time passing quickly; my sister always quotes John Lennon “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans” but with the exception of Christmas & holidays I don’t plan much these days I just do stuff. However, your holiday plans sound exciting, Colin’s parents often went to Gozo as does a boy in my tutor group, I love the Med so will be interested to read your comments. I can’t believe how cold it’s been lately & it looks looks as though a wedding has taken place in our garden because the blossom from our silver leaved pear & cherry trees has been torn from them by the windy weather we’ve had today & it’s lying several inches deep as far as I can see. I was interested to see your Diamonique show last week when you were showing a five stone ring, I have the rhodium version, it’s my favourite ring & for some odd reason everyone thinks the stones are from nature. Love the bluebells & the Radley bag, my big weakness along with Molton Brown, & I can always find a reason for a new bag. I didn’t know about the reason for the colour difference but the English ones are stunning. I’m a running widow this weekend as Colin’s got races in the Lake District & Ellie’s a biking widow as her Dave’s doing a 200 mile bikeathon… So the two of us are going to an 80s evening. I don’t know what to cobble together as an outfit, it was my favourite decade & I did the whole Laura Ashley/Princess Diana look but don’t think that would be suitable so I may wear a jumpsuit & big hair. Off to find some suitably big & blingy earrings singing Duran Duran. Love from Jo x

    • Alison Keenan May 2, 2017 at 11:14 am -  Reply

      Hi there Jo, lovely to hear from you and to read your comment and catch up with all your news. Yes the five stone ring has proved to be very popular and I am certain if we presented it set in 9ct gold it would look lovely. We’ve booked our flights and our hotels now, and will be in Malta for two days before taking the ferry to Gozo. We are staying in two different places and definitely hiring a car – it will be fun, and lovely to get away. I’ve missed my spring spoiley this year! I hope your 80’s night with Ellie was a riot – I think I probably still have clothes from the 80’s in my wardrobe! I never throw anything away 🙂 You sound like me with your love of Molton brown. The Oud and Gold is my current fave along with Tabacco which I bought for Colin but use it myself. I’ll be with you tonight at 7pm and 8pm, so will give you a wave. Thanks for always keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  15. Maureen olsen April 27, 2017 at 12:53 am -  Reply

    I have that bag it is fantastic!
    Which pub sells the gorgeous cheese on toast as I think you live in my vicinity. As a veggie I find it hard sourcing good foodie pubs!

    • Alison Keenan May 2, 2017 at 11:15 am -  Reply

      Hi Maureen, so glad you liked the bag – which colour do you own? The pub was The Red Lion in Cricklade. The food was great and they have a number of veggie alternatives. Enjoy! Ali x

  16. Mary Morphy April 27, 2017 at 5:53 am -  Reply

    Good morning Ali..It’s 5.40zam and it’s the time of year when if you live near seagulls the sound of them in the early morning is your alarm! I loved reading your blog..Hope Lego land went well and that you escaped the rain. What a mixed bag of weather in Westgate too..It’s been bitterly cold the last few days with a bracing wind from the north but the first week of the Easter holidays was beautiful. I love the school holidays as i can walk on the beach every morning and Olly loves the beach…He goes in the water quite enthusiastically, usually after my sister’s dog Erik and he loves eating sand..Yuk. the beach ban starts on 1st May so we are off the beach by 10am but allowed back on after 6pm.
    I have a wedding in Poole in Dorset in the summer. My best friends son is getting hitched and i am making the wedding cake as a gift. I made his younger brothers 5 years ago. They are having a travel theme so are having stacked suitcases. I am going with mutual friends as John has the pub but it will be fabulous. I needed a coral bag to go with my outfit and got one in a outlet retail shop which was perfect. £199 down to £55. Bargain!!
    Easter was fab..We had everyone to me and played Dog Breed Bingo which the two Grandma’s loved and managed to do well then after they went home we were up in the cabin playing darts. I have decided to paint the cabin in a pale safe green with cream window and door frames and cream roof apex. I have had to prime it first so i spent 5 hours last Sunday painting and it now resembles an igloo!!!
    Cricket season is upon us and outdoor training has begun but Chloe has sustained a hip injury from her D of E practice expedition and is on rest until we know more. We are hoping it’s not the same injury she had two years ago when she was out for the whole season. Jack has found part time work in a local convenience store but will continue to look for full time work but its a start and can go on his CV. Sun is out it seems ..A good morning. Have a great day. Much love Mary xxx

    • Alison Keenan May 4, 2017 at 11:57 am -  Reply

      My dear Mary , gosh you are an early bird, but as you say it’s birds of the seagull variety that wake you! The robins are the loudest in our garden, and it’s difficult to tell how many we have as they all look the same 🙂 Poole is a beautiful place, and I’m sure you’ll have a fabulous time, and the bride and groom will no doubt be thrilled with the cake . Please do tweet me a picture! I am heading up to Lucy’s once I finish writing here and Lucy and I are going to make a Paw Patrol cake for Honey. It’s her favourite TV series. so glad you had a good time at Easter – was John working? That’s the thing about running a business which engages folk most evenings, but I’m glad he’s busy and its doing well. We desperately need to redecorate our sitting room as the log burner has made the paint look a tad sooty, but we seem to be really short of time at the moment, trying to cram everything in. I admire your work ethic and determination to get things done. I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed that Chloe’s injury sorts itself, and that Jack enjoys his job. My Jack is still with Halfords but hopes to move branches so he’s closer to home. I hope the sunshine stayed with you – another grey day here but mercifully a tad warmer. Must fly, but lovely to keep in touch, lots of love, Ali xx

  17. Teresa Karasavvas April 27, 2017 at 8:58 am -  Reply

    Hello I loved the “biscuit prank” even if Charlie didn’t – very funny!
    My first ever holiday abroad was to Malta and a day trip to Gozo. You will love it. Cannot recommend any restaurants though as it was well over 30 years ago! I stayed in Mellieha Bay and it was lovely. Fond memories. Honey is growing up fast and she is a beautiful little girl. Enjoy her company whilst she is so young before you know it she will be 20! Take care. Teresa

    • Alison Keenan May 4, 2017 at 11:59 am -  Reply

      Hi there Teresa, so glad you enjoyed Biscuitgate 🙂 You’re right Charlie’s face was a picture! Thanks so much for your recommendation – I’m even more excited now to be going. We will definitely check out Mellieha Bay and hope to see all of the island as we plan to hire a car. Thanks also for your sweet words about Honey. She brings me such joy and I know how lucky I am to have time to spend with her. Enjoy the weekend, and I hope the sun shines for you, love Ali xx

  18. theresa April 27, 2017 at 11:13 am -  Reply

    Morning Aii, time does fly by and as you said it wont be long before Honey is two at the end of this month, my granddauhhter will be thirteen in may and I still remember the day she was born and she often talks about some of the things we did our memory making all of which is precious to us. If yoi plan on visiting Malta ask Cordilia (model on QVC) she has a place out there. Look forward to your next blog till then take care x

    • Alison Keenan May 4, 2017 at 12:02 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Theresa, lovely to hear from you and to share your memories of the day your grandaughter was born. Memory is such a precious thing, and although I struggle with certain parts of my life I also hold a very clear memory of the day Honey was born. I am lucky enough to have masses of photographs of her little life too, and I am writing down special phrases and keeping video diaries as well so I will never forget and she can enjoy them as she grows also. It’s actually our lovely Cordelia who I’ve been speaking to and she has been incredibly helpful with suggestions of places to stay and to visit. Lovely to keep in touch and I hope to hear from you again on the blog, love Ali xx

  19. Gwen April 27, 2017 at 11:54 am -  Reply

    Hello Dear Ali,

    Sorry that I have’nt been in touch recently but my dear old lap top gave up the ghost, and the new one has had a few teething problems, but I think all is nearly O.K. I love the clip with you and Charlie, well done! I really don’t think he could believe that you actually did that to him.

    Dear little Honey, it really does’nt seem two years since you so proudy announced her arrival into the world, and like you she stays as lovely as ever.

    I have had many holidays in Malta. and I have to say it is a wonderful little island, the people are so friendly and welcoming, it has been a while since I’ve been back but I can
    thoroughly recommend the fish in any restaurant you visit, and of course rabbit is the national dish which again is truly lovely. Gozo also is very pretty, much greener than the mainland, I am sure you will find it all very beautiful.

    Take care of yourself and stay well Ali,

    Best wishes,


    • Alison Keenan May 4, 2017 at 12:05 pm -  Reply

      Dear Gwen, thanks so much for taking the time to write to me about your holidays in Malta. I feel we’ve definitely made the right choice in booking our holiday there and on Gozo, and I hadn’t realised that rabbit was the local dish! It will take something pretty special though to take away my only rather grim memory of a rabbit pie my mum made! Not her fault as it was cooked perfectly, I just didn’t like the flavour! I’m glad you enjoyed the clip of Charlie and I – he’s a very dear friend, and has always looked out for me over the years. I hope that we’ll get the chance to be on air together again soon. Enjoy your week and take care too, love Ali xx

  20. Judith Lennon April 27, 2017 at 6:27 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali
    I look forward each time to each new blog from you. You make it all sound as though we could be with you and lots of interesting things you get up to! I love my diamonique and it gets better and better as each year passes. All the new things coming through are really lovely. Over 20 years of watching QVC I have quite a collection and it’s Still growing.
    I love the latest photo of you and Honey. What a happy little girl she is. Two, where has that gone? My youngest granddaughter will be 4 in September and it feels like yesterday since my son delivered her On his own in a hurry….
    She told her mummy the other day that lots of nannas and grandad’s are very very old but my nanna and grandad are very very young!!!!! What a compliment. I won’t forget that. I love the Radley bag. My husband bought me one 20years or so ago and it’s been a really good workhorse. Must say it’s seen better days but don’t think I will be getting this one. Who knows if I hint loud enough it may just land at my door. Well Ali will close for now. Hope your back keeps improving and you are well. I have recovered fully from my fall a few weeks ago so all good with me and mine. Take care and love and hugs Judith xx

    • Alison Keenan May 4, 2017 at 12:09 pm -  Reply

      Dear Judith, so glad to hear that you have recovered from your fall, and are feeling well again. That is such a great compliment from your granddaughter too! You must write these things down so you never forget 🙂 I don’t recall you telling me about her delivery though – well done to your son! I don’t think I’d know what to do although I’ve given birth to three of my own! 🙂 Wow 20 years of shopping with us and buying the Diamonique range. I agree with you wholeheartedly – each Tuesday night I am surprised and delighted with the new designs and the fact the prices stay low. I have a meeting soon with the buyers looking at the next six months or so which I which will be fun! Glad you’re still adding to your collection as I’m adding to mine! The Radley bag sounds good too – I hope your hints paid off 🙂 Take care and enjoy the rest of the week – I’m off to make Honey’s birthday cake with Lucy. Love Ali xx

  21. Chris Page April 28, 2017 at 7:09 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, seeing The Needles brings back memories of sailing around the IoW several years ago with The Jubilee Sailing Trust, on a honking great Tall Ship! I was on the bowsprit (the bit that sticks out of the front of the ship, with sails attached), with the wind in my face on a sunny day. We’d sailed over from Bruges, en route to our home port at Southampton. Honey looks so like you and Lucy – enjoy it before she grows up to be a teenage tearaway… 😉

    Love, Chris xx

    • Alison Keenan May 4, 2017 at 12:11 pm -  Reply

      Wow Chris that sounds amazing! I’ve only ever taken the ferry to Cowes on the IOW, but I used to work years ago with the Jubilee Sailing Trust in Brightlingsea! A lovely little company. You make the ship sound fabulous and I bet that voyage to Bruge was fun too. My two days yachting on my honeymoon was dreamy – I’d love to do that again. Thanks for your sage advice about Honey – I remember the change in my own children, so will definitely make the best of the time we now have. Love Ali xx

  22. Christine Auchterlonie April 29, 2017 at 12:02 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali…. Just to say I hope everything is well with you… I have to say you looked well when you and Charlie were on with the Diamonique show and the biscuit epIsode …I thought it was hilarious I was sitting here in the lounge laughing away… Great entertainment…It doesn’t seem long ago since you were telling us that Honey had been born! And now she’s nearly two …how time goes by … My two granddaughters are 15 and 12 both going on 21 and so grown up … Frightening!!! You always seem to have lots of news for us… I don’t really have much to report this time …apart from the weather here in the North East has been bitterly cold and quite windy hence the garden is looking a bit forlorn but the long weekend is coming so hopefully I will be able to get out and sort a few things out…..Going with Fiona tomorrow night to see a swing band at a local theatre and maybe a bite to eat ! Just watching the launch of the Radley TSV very nice… You can never have enough bags…. I hope you have a nice weekend whatever you are doing … Take care of yourself and stay well until next time …love Chris x

    • Alison Keenan May 4, 2017 at 12:15 pm -  Reply

      Hello there Chris, I’m glad we made you laugh with the biscuit episode. It still makes me chuckle when I think of Charlie’s face 🙂 I have friends whose children are now 15 and 12 and you’re right they seem to cross that line from being children to being adults remarkably quickly! It sounds as though you’ve been having much the same weather that we have, and I’ve had to resort to having the heating on during the day more than once it felt so cold! I hope it improved enough for you to get out over the weekend and have a go at the garden? How were the swing band? It sounds as though you and I have the same taste in music 🙂 I’m glad your daughter is taking care of you and I hope that you have some sunshine soon. Look after yourself, and thank you for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  23. Sue Pbillips April 29, 2017 at 11:50 am -  Reply

    Hello Ali. When I was young (56 now) I spent a lot of time on Malta and Gozo with my Mum and Dad they are the most beautiful islands and have given me the most beautiful memories, I hope they do the same for you and Colin.

    • Alison Keenan May 4, 2017 at 12:16 pm -  Reply

      Cripes Sue, I’m older than you!! Thrilled to hear about Malta and Gozo and I’m very much hoping that Colin and I can also make some memories there. There’s nothing nicer than looking back and remembering times with your parents. We didn’t travel abroad when I was young, but I do remember family holidays in Wales and Bognor! Happy days. Enjoy the week, love Ali xx

  24. Vivien Gore April 29, 2017 at 12:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali been to Malta a few times loved it there you have to go to Valletta we took a pony and trap ride around the cobbled streets it was great. While there try and go the Mosta Dome it’s a beautiful church with shell from the war still in the church were it landed during the war. We really enjoyed it. Anyway hope you have great birthday with Honey she’s a lovely child with a lovely nanny. Bye for now. Love Vivien xxx

    • Alison Keenan May 4, 2017 at 12:19 pm -  Reply

      Dear Vivien thanks so much for the recommendation! It sounds as though Colin and I are going to be spoilt for choice in Malta. Mum mentioned Valletta too but we will certainly seek out the Mosta Dome. I remember a Cathedral in Brugges that had shell from the war in it too… amazing history. Thanks for the sweet words about Honey – I’ll have more photos for you next time. Love Ali xx

  25. Susan May 1, 2017 at 10:19 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, how funny are the photos of honey! So cute. I love her expressions. Glad you got away to see your friend again. Looked like a lovely trip. And now you have a nice Malta trip to look forward to too. Very nice! Hope the team are all well after the last few months x

    • Alison Keenan May 4, 2017 at 12:20 pm -  Reply

      Susan, she is such a cutie! She makes me roar, and I took a photo of her wearing my glasses that I will have to put on the blog next time – it’ll definitely make you smile. Yes I feel very blessed to get the chance to shift about as much as I do and to have so many lovely folk and family to visit! The team are all well, and I hope that you and yours are too. Take care and thanks for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  26. Anne Lewis May 1, 2017 at 9:18 pm -  Reply

    Went to Malta with my sister and our late Dad in 2010. He liked it so much in the Sept that we booked and went that Christmas as well. We had a lovely hotel. You must take a look at the posh hotel in Valetta with a piano player in the foyer. We went in to use the ladies while we waited for the complementary minibus that took us back to the hotel. I think you will have a lovely time but don’t forget the Ultrasun!

    • Alison Keenan May 4, 2017 at 12:22 pm -  Reply

      Oooh Anne, I am loving the sound of the posh hotel with the piano! I think we’ll have to give that a visit. Reminds me of the Brighton Grand Hotel where Colin proposed to me 🙂 I will definitely be taking my Ultrasun and am currently building up my tan with Decleor’s Gradual Glow! Thanks for writing to me, love ALi x

  27. Denise May 1, 2017 at 9:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, great to catch up on your news. It’s hard to believe that little Honey is almost 2 – where did that time go? She’s a gorgeous little girl I hope she has a wonderful Birthday. My grandson is now 4 months old and just a joy. Like you we treasure spending time with him. My hubby has an afternoon off midweek and we usually have baby then and love to take him out.
    I’m sure you will love Malta and Gozo. We spent 2 enjoyable family holidays there about 20 years ago so we love it. We were based in Qawra but we hired a car as being a small island it’s easy to get around. Mdina is worth a visit as is Valetta. There is so much history to see its fabulous. On one of our hols we went to Valletta for the day on the local buses. They used to have our old buses so you took pot luck on how old and rickety your bus would be! I remember our journey back being rather bumpy we felt like we’d been on a fair ride but we look back on it with fond memories. I think maybe it’s time we did a return visit sometime.
    We have just booked a short break ourselves. We are going to Italy at the start of next month. We are going to be based in Pisa but intend visiting Florence,Livorno and a few other places. I’m really looking forward to it. We have been to Florence before so it will be lovely to return.
    Take care
    Love Denise xx

    • Alison Keenan May 4, 2017 at 12:25 pm -  Reply

      Dear Denise, thanks very much for taking the time out to recommend some sights in Malta. Am I right in guessing Modena is where the Balsamic Vinegar comes from? Qawara has been mentioned a couple of time as has Valetta so we will definitely use the bus to get to those places. We only have two days booked there and the rest of the time in Gozo but as the ferry is only 20 mins across we may well visit again. You will LOVE Livorno and as you’ve already been to Florence, it will be for you, as it was for me, wonderful to return. I’m so glad you are enjoying your time with your grandson… it’s like having your own all over again isn’t it 🙂 Take care of each other and keep in touch, love Ali xx

  28. Joanna Downey May 2, 2017 at 9:24 pm -  Reply

    Evening Ali, With the exception of a good old-fashioned letter your blog is the only way I can communicate as I made the decision not to do any social media because of working in a high school. So this is to say how lovely you looked tonight, the gentle colour of your dress really suited you & the style was elegantly simple or simply elegant! Have a lovely week & many happy returns to the birthday girl. Love from Jo x

    • Alison Keenan May 4, 2017 at 12:27 pm -  Reply

      Jo you are a sweetheart. The dress is one of my favourites from the Yong Kim range and I have it in Coral also. Long gone are the days of strappy tops and plunging necklines – I much prefer sleeves and more coverage… elegance is what I was aiming at, so thank you for such a confidence booster. I will pass on your good wishes to Honey and as always, it’s great to keep in touch. Have a good week, love Ali xx

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