Escaping the rainy weather


Alison and Kathy in Windsor“Good heavens, is it ever going to stop raining?!” I overheard these words as I sloshed through a maze of puddles on the Chiswick High Road, while wearing a large plastic bag over my head emblazoned with the words “Enjoy the Ride”! When I say over my head, I could see out and the words were relevant as I’d just been to a Cycle Shop to buy Colin’s birthday presents 🙂 I bought him a bike on eBay and felt that he may benefit from a pair of padded cycle shorts – the saddle on the bike looks INCREDIBLY uncomfortable! 🙂

What a filthy week it’s been, eh? I do feel for all those of you who’ve been trying to keep the little ones occupied during half term week – so much harder when the weather is grotty, but if we are to believe the incredibly enthusiastic weather experts, the weekend will be better! I do hope so, although selfishly Colin and I will be flying out to Nashville on Sunday to enjoy the Country Music Festival in Nashville, where it’s meant to be a lot warmer 🙂

Alison and the magnifying glassI can’t believe the time has come around so quickly, and so we’ve spent the last few weeks seeing family and friends before we go. Last week we met up with Kathy and Ollie in Windsor for an early supper and enjoyed not just a lovely meal but a fabulous sunset and view from the bridge of the river. We also found this rather strange magnifying glass thing, which I couldn’t resist looking through – quite an improvement, Colin thought 🙂

Alison and her mumWe then drove over to Mum’s on Friday and got there in time for lunch, after which mum and I popped into their village and did a little shopping. She had arranged for Jenny and Linda to join us for supper but I had this picture taken just before they arrived – one for the album I think 🙂 We all managed to motor our way through rather a lot of pizza before Colin and I had to head home as I had an early start on Saturday.

Those of you who watched on Saturday evening will have noticed my hair is now much blonder and I have also had it cut. That’s where I spent most of Saturday prior to work, and had my nails done at the same time! I felt completely pampered, but I think sadly this time the cut has taken the last of my curl, so I am going to have to resort to heated rollers again, but it has been fabulous these last two years not needing to bother 🙂

Everyone at work said how much they liked my hair lighter, but I think it’s my tan that really finishes it off perfectly! Those of you who read this blog regularly will know that I am a huge fan of faux tan, and once I have the beginnings of a colour I maintain it with any one of a number of products that we sell at QVC.

I wouldn’t normally pick just one product to mention, but I have been soooo delighted with Elemis’s new addition to their Sunwise Range that I wanted to give you a heads up before you see it on Tuesday 3rd June.

I know many of you already use their Tan Accelerator, but they now have a Total Glow Bronzing Body Lotion and a separate Moisturiser for the face. The Body lotion is incredibly light and has a very soft, almost talcum powder fragrance, which makes a change, and it’s also really easy to apply evenly so no worries about uneven streaks.

Alison and Kimberley from Annalee + HopeAlison and Craig

It’s always difficult, unless you only use it on half the body, to see just how well it works BUT … this picture of me with Kimberley from Annalee + Hope was taken on Saturday evening before I applied it, and then THIS picture was taken prior to Sunday’s Liz Earle TSV launch! I was so pleased because it’s not remotely gingery in colour and the Total Glow Moisturiser for the face can be used night or day without any other products, as it contains all you need to keep your skin hydrated! It means that, although I love to be in the sun, I will now keep Factor 30 on my face and use this to match it to the rest of me! Result! 🙂

Alison's cakesWe had a mad Bank Holiday Monday with a houseful of not just Colin’s children and their partners but also a few friends and relatives. Although Colin’s birthday is today (Friday) everyone else would be working and so I roasted a huge joint of pork and we had pork baps with stuffing and apple sauce … my bikini body is now a thing of the past, and certainly wasn’t helped by a Bake Sale organised by Kathy and her daughter Bex for Wednesday!  🙂  Not a day of work for me, but as Lucy came to see me on Tuesday during her half term, she very kindly made some coffee and walnut cupcakes and I baked a Victoria Sandwich, some black treacle flapjack and Gingerbread, which I took in for Kathy to sell.

Check out Kathy Tayler’s blog to find out what she baked and how well they did, and if you’re interested I can post up my recipes next time. Suffice to say, I’ll be happy to stick to salad for the next few days – even Colin decided he didn’t want a birthday cake this year!!! 🙂

Someone else I’d been meaning to see for a while was an old school friend of mine, Mitchell, who had recently set up his own business designing websites. Although I write this blog, I’d never really thought about creating a website, but having spent an evening talking through it with him, I was intruiged to see what he could create for me … 🙂

It’s been a long time in the making – my fault not his – because I’ve had to dig way back to find old photographs, press, copy and interviews that take me right back to my first job working for Shell International Petroleum … But, if you want to find out a bit more about where it all began for me as a 16-year-old commuting into London every day, then here it is!

We still have a few adjustments to make, and some more video and voice clips to add, but I’d love to know what you think 🙂 Oh, and do make sure you click on each photo and video as they are all interlinked! The man’s a genius – and a great friend 🙂

So I guess that’s all my news for now, but I promise that while I’m away in the good ol’ US of A I will keep in touch and will look forward, as always, to hearing from you 🙂  I promise to reply as soon as I’m able.

Take care and stay well,


Ali xx


  1. Elaine sallis May 30, 2014 at 1:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    What a lovely picture of you and your mum. My mum died when she was only 53 and I was in my early twenties. Although that was 30 years ago I still miss her every day. That is a picture you should treasure. On to happier things. I spent a lovely day at a spa with Jodie last week and had a fabulous Elemis facial and a hot stone massage which was so relaxing. It was a fabulous day and nice to spend time together. On Wednesday Geoff and I went to see the eagles at the lg arena. They were really good and brought back lots of memories of when I was young and dancing the night away to their music. I hope you and Colin have a great time in Nashville pass on my birthday wishes to Colin
    Love Elaine

  2. Susan May 30, 2014 at 5:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    What a great blog as always! I hope you have a lovely time in the USA. As I always think please can I come and work at QVC as you all always seem to be away on multiple fabulous hols! Is Colin singing at the Festival? I love the photos of you and Kathy and you and the glass lol. Windsor is lovely isn’t it. I will look at Kathy’s next blog. Saw the one about Bex and the triathlon. She’s amazing that girl! I hope Lucy is doing well? Look forward to your USA reports. PS you’re already soo dark so don’t think you need any more colour! Enjoy your hols x

  3. loraine plumb May 30, 2014 at 5:30 pm -  Reply

    Hello alison hope you have a lovely time in Nashville I recently went to Malta with my husband we are hoping to go away somewhere again in August a break does you good as usual your blog was nice to read nice photo of you and your mum I unfortunately lost Mine when I was younger also really nice photo of you and Kathy together anyway take care enjoy your holiday love Loraine

  4. maddie Smallman May 31, 2014 at 9:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, great to know you are having a break in Nashville,
    if you get chance, try and catch Colm Kirwan, he comes from Ireland
    but is presently over in america, (Nashville) I used to go to see his father Dominic in shows, (HE WAS D.D.G.) Colm has a very good voice, and I gather doing well in Nashville.
    Hope you both have a fantastic time, and lastly Alison, you are looking good, love the hair, and the tan…
    take care Maddie

  5. Chris Page June 1, 2014 at 11:37 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali
    So Colin is now going to be a MAMIL (Middle Aged Man In Lycra), eh? Just remind him he’s not Sir Bradley Wiggins when he decides to leave you in a cloud of his dust on your cycle rides! I’m now out of hospital after a successful procedure. I’m still rather swollen but not in much pain – thankfully.
    Cheers for the support over the last few months when I got demoralised after the last op was cancelled at the last minute. I know what I had done doesn’t compare to what you’ve been through in the last couple of years, but it has been a worry that is now in the past. I can now get back to being Me again.
    I shall make sure to look out for your new Ultra-Blonde Barnet. Back in my teens – when I still had a full head of thick hair and lived in Coventry – I had a disastrous department store highlight job that looked like I’d been stalked by an incontinent seagull. Well, it was the 1980s – that’s my excuse, and I’m sticking to it!
    Chris xx

  6. mary morphy June 4, 2014 at 6:42 am -  Reply

    very good morning and Yee Ha Ali from a very wet and rainy Wednesday morning in Westgate. I hope that the weather in Nashville is a vast improvement on here and that the sun is warming your faces. Today is a cricket match day but I have so much to do I am secretly hoping that it gets cancelled as I have so much to do and no free evenings this!!
    I too love the blonder look in your hair and certainly compliments your fabulous tan..that should surely be topped up nicely over the next few week. I am using the Decleor gradual glow body lotion to blend the back of my legs which are white ( from sitting in a chair watching cricket)to the lovely brown the fronts of my legs are. Also good for arms too.
    I am so glad the cake sale went well; I read Kathy’s blog. We do them regularly at school as everyone loves cake and they prove to be a good money maker for local charities. We also have a student who is being sponsored to ride in the Paralympics so we raise money that way for him too.
    Well its as busy as ever her in Westgate. Jack has 5 more GCSE exams; his last one is on Friday 13th June and its Maths, someone clearly having a joke there but at least its a calculator paper. He’s been revising more than I thought he would and I am very proud of him as I know he struggles. I hope his hard work pays off. At weekends he caddies at Royal St Georges Golf Club and caddied all weekend for Tim Yeo the Conservative MP who was delighted with him and tipped him nicely; out of his own money I hope and not an expense claim!! He now wants ‘Jack on his bag’ whenever he plays which is a lovely compliment. He is also getting in some cricket which is good too.
    I was in Purley Sunday for Chloe’s cricket…a very posh sports facility with grass tennis courts. It was very cloudy though and tan topping up was minimal!
    So, as you know I had an incident with a toilet seat however to justify standing on it with the lid closed I would just like to say, in my defence, that my toilet is very small and I cant reach the window and upper back wall because the toilet is in front of it and I cant reach with a ladder. I have steam cleaned my toilet tiles many times with my H2O and never had an issue but this time I stood in the centre of the seat to manoeuvre round to the facing wall I shot through it; like being plunged into room 101. Both my feet were trapped; my toes on my left foot were pointing towards my chin and my right foot wedged behind it. I screamed for England and was pulled out by my son who heard my screams even though he had his headphones on playing on the X Box. Thankfully no one was quick witted enough to video or take photos of the incident and I have had enough toilet jokes to last a lifetime. Went to A and E 4am the following morning as pain was intolerable and fortunately my toes are ok..just badly bruised but the doctor I saw dissolved into a giggly hysteria along with my sister who made sure everyone was aware of how I injured myself. Family eh, don’t you just love em!! thankfully bruising gone down and I am now on the mend and ready for a visit to Westfield Shopping centre on Friday; cant wait!
    Have a wonderful holiday. Much love Mary

  7. Jilly June 4, 2014 at 10:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali – another wonerful uplifting blog from you – thank you so much and to have the time before you both went away is just great of you. Love all the piccies and love your new hair and yes please I love baking so would love your cake recipes. Super piccie of you and your mum.
    I have tears in my eyes after dipping into your new website (what a fantastic job your friend has made of it) – it was wonderful to read all about your earlier years which many of us might have known some but not all – for instance I had not known you had worked for Shell – I must ask my friend if it was Shell she worked for many moons ago. To read about your cancer was also very very moving. I have read all your blogs before and as you know dipped into them many times since but just reading it tonight fresh reminds me how brilliant you are.
    I am sure you and Colin will be having the most fabaroo time and I cannot wait to hear all about it – I still remember your last trip and you driving that wonderful open topped car!!! Having bought my hubby a bike for his birthday he did go out and buy special biking shorts with the padded area round the naughty bits and can recommend them!!!!
    Lovely to hear from Tricia and to hear that Jan is doing so well – how life changes in such a short time. Annie’s hair was very curly when she was tiny, then she had it cut (because she did not like the curls) and it went thick and straight and now it is curly again but as it is growing the curls are not quite as wound up – if you see what I mean. Like Jan, Annie looks lovely with short hair but also strange as I was so used to the shoulder length hair she used to have. Also know what you mean about the feet and legs because Annie had that – there are just so many little things that are all to do with the chemo but as each day passes they get better or are less and now I don’t think Annie has any problems with her feet. Very sorry to hear you have had problems though Tricia and hope that you are on the mend very soon.
    It is so lovely to read everyone’s blogging here and to catch up on what each of you are doing.
    Tonight it is rather chilly and wet but still light at 10 o’clock so a bonus somewhere – trying to work out where though!
    Looking forward to your catch up when you return Ali – more memories for the scrapbook to look back on. Love Jilly XX

  8. Cath June 6, 2014 at 3:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Great blog! Just wanted to let you know that dad found out on Monday dad is in remission 🙂
    Catherine x

  9. Sandra Gregory June 9, 2014 at 6:35 pm -  Reply

    Lovely blog Ali. Yes please would love your recipes. Will look at Kathy’s blog shortly . I hope you and Coon have a fab time at Nasville. Beautiful photo of you and your Mum.
    Take care, hsve a safe journey
    Sandra xx

  10. Mrs Janet Jones June 11, 2014 at 10:45 am -  Reply

    Dear Ali hope you are having a fabulous holiday in Nashville with the lovely Colin. Sorry I haven’t been in touch lately, I have been flat out at work and I have been nursing a really bad cold that lasted for about 3 weeks, I think I am a bit run down after my recent stay in hospital. Alfies eye operation to reduce the pressure hasn’t been successful, so we are not sure what will happen next.We had him last weekend all to ourselves I was in heaven what a beautiful precious little boy, priceless.
    We were in Madeira 4 weeks ago,a last minute break. We went on a boat trip and we saw a family of dolphins following the boat something I have always wanted to see. Next on my list swimming with dolphins!!
    Jilly I am so glad all went well with Annie’s operation and your son-in-law is improving because I know how worried you must have been.Alpha I hope there has been some improvement for you, I hope this nice weather has helped you feel a bit better.
    Look forward Ali to your holiday blog when you get back.Enjoy time with Colin. Take care, safe travel love Janet xx

  11. Jilly June 12, 2014 at 10:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali – oh my goodness – looking at your tweetie thingies it looks as if you are having the most fab time – like everyone I cannot wait to hear all about it as we are missing you!!
    Janet I am so very sad to hear that little Alfie’s op has not gone as well as you hoped. What a great worry for you all. Do keep us updated as we really do want to know how he is doing. What a special treat having him all to yourselves for the weekend. The start of many I am sure. It would be wonderful for both you as grandparents but also for his mummy and daddy to have a break. Thank you for thinking of Annie and her husband. I think her hubby has taken a step backwards for the moment but hope it is nothing too serious – like everyone who has had cancer no matter what ache or pain or niggle that comes back one always thinks the nasty has returned somewhere else. How lovely going to Madeira – we loved it when we went a few years ago.
    Alpha I also hope that there is some improvement with you and you are able to enjoy this nice weather and the lighter nights. My lights are on round the garden now and I love passing the windows and seeing them outside.
    I cannot remember how long you are away Ali but enjoy the last however many days left and take care. Love Jilly XX

  12. Alison Keenan June 12, 2014 at 10:38 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Elaine – or perhaps I should say Howdy! As I’m writing to you from La Porte Texas :). It’s been a whirlwind tour so far with fry little internet access, but in a hotel for the next three nights so wanted to reply while I can. So glad you liked the blog and the pic of mum and me… So sorry though to learn you lost your own mum when you were so young…how very sad for her not to have seen your children, but how nice that you and Jodie spend time together regularly and you had your special spa day 🙂 both colin and I were very pleased to hear you’d seen The Eagles, as w would definitely have booked seats had we not have been away 🙂 we have travelled thru at least four states, met many lovely folk and are here for the next three nights with Colin booked to play at various bars which will be fun 🙂 you take care, and do keep in touch. I will have a blog for you as soon as I’m home 🙂 love Ali xxx

  13. Alison Keenan June 13, 2014 at 3:40 pm -  Reply

    Dear Susan, I am glad you enjoyed the photos and the blog, and you ‘re right, I do seem to have a fair amount of holiday, which is easier as I only work three days a week, but feel very lucky indeed as remember the days when one week a year was all I could manage :). I hang early been sunbathing much this break – we’ve been doing a lot of sightseeing and it’s too hot to just sit, and a fair amount of time in the car, but San Diego is our final destination so may succumb to the rays there 🙂 you take care and keep in touch. I’ll be writing in full once I’m hone love Ali xxx

  14. Alison Keenan June 13, 2014 at 3:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Loraine, how lovely that you’ve been to Malta – not a country I’ve ever been lucky enough to visit but I have heard great things about it. I hope you manage a other break in August – any idea where you may go? I’m glad you liked the photos, but sorry to read that you no longer have your mum with you… I hope you have some special memories to hold dear though. Keep in touch and let me know where you’re off to next 🙂 love Ali xx

  15. Alison Keenan June 13, 2014 at 3:46 pm -  Reply

    Dear Maddie it was interesting to read about Colm Kirwan – I think we saw a few posters but didn’t get a chance to see him sadly, I do though remember hearing about Dominic Kirwan around the time I interviewed Daniel O’Donnel – he was a nice chap 🙂 Thanks for the compliments about my hair and tan – each getting light re and darker respectively! Hope you’re enjoying the sunshine at home? Love Ali xx

  16. Alison Keenan June 13, 2014 at 3:54 pm -  Reply

    Chris I was very relieved to hear that you’d finally had your procedure and are out of hospital. Pleased too that you’re feeling pretty comfortable, as if know it can take a long time to feel ‘right again’ :). You keep getting better and then you can enjoy the summer. You did make me laugh with your highlights story from the 80’s incontinent seagulls conjures up a brilliant vision! I remember my first highlights and they left the bleach on so long my hair was like elastic and stretched and snapped when wet! Disaster! So glad that I have a brilliant colourist now 🙂 take good care of yourself and thanks for writing love Ali xx

  17. Alison Keenan June 13, 2014 at 4:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Mary! So sorry I’ve not been able to reply to your lovely long comment but we places we have been staying in heed I the USA have been remote to say the least and my iPad was unable to download the entire blog page til now where we’re in a hotel in Houston Texas and it’s all high speed! 🙂 when you wrote it was wet and rainy but I have been kept up to dat with the glorious weather you’ve all been having since then so I’m hoping the cricket won’t have been a complete washout! How’s the tanning going with the Elemis? I’ve been using the new one on my face and it’s great! I do hope that your Jack does well with his maths GCSE today – he and you must be relieved it’s his last! He sounds such a. good lad to be holding down a job too and is obviously a grafter like his mum – I’m sure he’ll do well in his exams. Enjoy your shopping trip to Westfield and hope you bag some bargains! :). I’ll write in full when we get back, but thinking of you all in The Army, and in truth feeling rather a long way from home… With my love, Ali xxx

  18. Alison Keenan June 13, 2014 at 4:16 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jilly, so glad you enjoyed the blog, and as with Mary and everyone else who has taken time to write, I can only apologise for not being able to reply until now! I will make sure I dig out the recipes once I’m hime and perhaps we should, share a few of our favourites? I have treated myself to the Kitchen Aid so am hoping to do more baking once I’m back 🙂 I will tell my friend Mitchell how much you enjoyed reading the blog and thank you as always for your continued support of me… The blogs I wrote for Breast Cancer Care were a little more detailed, and I find it arrange if I ever read over them to think it as actually me going through the treatment…seems a long time ago thankfully 🙂 So pleased to hear that Annie’s hair is continuing to grow… You’re right though, sadly the curl doesn’t seem to last… Mine is petty much straight now and not as thick. I think I must have missed Tricia’s post about Jan… If her feet are still numb that will be neuropathy due to the chemo… Mine lasted for a year in my fingers and 18 months with my toes.. It does go eventually though 🙂 hope that helps to know Jan 🙂 glad to hear the cycling shorts are a good protector – colin hasn’t tried his on yet, but I’m sure they’ll ease his time in the saddle! 🙂 I will be writing in full once I return, but we’re having. Slovenly time and meeting lots of new faces which is fun. Didn’t get the Mustang this time, which has been fine due to the weather being vey changeable and either too hot or too wet to have had the roof down! Sending you love as always, and thanks as always for writing – great to have a link with home, love Ali xxx

  19. Alison Keenan June 13, 2014 at 4:18 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Catherine, and how wonderful to hear that your dad is remission! Such a relief for you, him and the entire family, and thank you for letting us know here on the blog. You take care and please give my best to your dad, love Ali xx

  20. Alison Keenan June 13, 2014 at 4:20 pm -  Reply

    Dear Sandra, lovely to hear from you and I promise as soon as I’m back I will get the recipes posted for you and everyone else who wanted them – we could swap favourites maybe? Kathy’s blog is always a good read, and she is a brilliant cook I have to say 🙂 I have a copy of the photo for her and I – she has one of us for the 20th anniversary QVC party on her fridge! Love to you, Ali x

  21. Alison Keenan June 13, 2014 at 4:25 pm -  Reply

    Dear Janet, you poor soul it sounds as tho you’ve been thru the wars these last 3 weeks or kore what with work and your heavy cold. I’m hoping that the warmer weather you’re hopefully having now that will have all improved now. I was sorry also to hear that Alfie’s latest operation hasn’t worked as well as hoped, but I am sure that he enjoyed his weekend with you just as much as you enjoyed having him – must have been a nice break for his mum and dad too! 🙂 your holiday to Madeira sounds amazing, especially the dolphins 🙂 That’s another country I’ve never been to but have heard amazing things about… Hopefully one day I’ll get there. You look after yourself and keep in touch, and I will be writing in full once I’m hime for the good ol U S of A 🙂 love Ali xx

  22. Alison Keenan June 13, 2014 at 4:29 pm -  Reply

    Hello again Jilly and I’m glad you’ve been able to link into the Twitter feed – easier to post on there with limited signal, and it’s nice to out the occasional photo up 🙂 The weather back home sounds beautiful and I’m glad you’re enjoying the lighter evenings too. Just hope it will be a good summer right thru July and August too 🙂 I’m not back on air until the 24th June, and still San Diego to visit with Suzi B but I will write in full with photos on my return, love always, Ali xxx

  23. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen watching via sky tv June 15, 2014 at 6:11 pm -  Reply

    have alovely time in nashville usa alison have you been there before i hav ejust returned today sunday from 2 weeks holiday abroad in sunny tenerife hot it was 4o to hot back to work on tuesday what athought 2weeks in tenerigfe doing nothing being lazy eating and drinking not alcohol

  24. Alpa June 17, 2014 at 5:59 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,
    Thank you for another uplifting blog. The photo of you and your lovely Mum is definitely one for the album. I also really like the one with you and the magnifying glass. It sounds like you and Colin are enjoying your time away. Lovely to see your photos and a little of what you have been up to via twitter. You have been missed and look fabulous with blonder hair which compliments your tan beautifully.
    I’m very proud of you for completing the Three Peaks Challenge. I did have a look through your new website. It’s very well set out and it’s so good to read more of your own journey.
    Sorry I’ve not been around much. I’ve not been well although that is no excuse not to write to you all! I’ve been reading though your past blogs when I’ve felt too poorly to sleep. It’s incredible to see how gracefully and courageously you have dealt with all life has flung at you and through it all supported Ali’s Army.
    It’s been lovely to see the sun although I’ve not been able to be out and about in it as much as I would like. My body simply does not cope well with exertion. I do hope that one day all the never ending health and other issues will not seem so never ending!
    Jilly, thank you for always thinking of me. I love that you have lights in your garden… happy days. So sorry to learn that Annie’s hubby has taken a step backwards. I hope he will be ok and that you let us know how he is. Glad you got the book for your Mum. Apart from saying not to overdo things even when she feels ok, I wish there was something I could do to help. Sending my love to you x
    Janet, bless you for thinking of me, especially with all you are going through. I am very sorry that baby Alfie’s op has not gone as hoped. Please let us know how he is when you are able to. Lovely that you had him for the whole weekend. My love to you x
    Liz, I hope you may be feeling a little stronger and your mobility is slowly improving x
    Love to Una, Debz, Elaine, Sue, Helen and all in Ali’s Army x
    Ali, look forward to having you back and hearing of all your adventures.
    Take care,
    Lots of Love, Alpa xxx

  25. Carol S. June 22, 2014 at 10:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi ya sounds like you have had a very busy holiday going from one place to another. You will probably need another holiday to recover when you get home.Look forward to. Reading your next blog and seeing your photo’s.have a safe flight home. Love carol x

  26. alison keenan June 24, 2014 at 10:02 am -  Reply

    Dear Martin, lovely to hear from you as always, and very glad that you too have had the chance to enjoy a holiday – two weeks in Tenerife sounds lovely, and then to come back to sunshine, even better! Take care and I hope work isn’t too tiring, love Ali xx

  27. alison keenan June 24, 2014 at 10:07 am -  Reply

    Alpa, how lovely to hear from you! I am hoping that although you’ve not been able to do much in the sunshine, it’s warmth will work its magic on you and hopefully alleviate some of your symptoms. I am glad though that you continue to read the blog, so that there are many of us in Ali’s Army who constantly think about you and wish you better. 🙂 Thanks for your kind words about the photos – I am hoping to get a print made for mum’s birthday in July – will have to do something elaborate with a dongle and take it to Boots though as my printer isn’t working properly! Only just flew back from the US yesterday, and am just about to leave for QVC when I’ll be on at 3pm, so although it’s been a whirlwind tour, and we have done so much, I am glad to be back 🙂 I will start writing up the holiday in the next few days and post before the end of the week. With love to you, Ali xx

  28. alison keenan June 24, 2014 at 10:09 am -  Reply

    Dear Carol, thanks for thinking of me, and yes we did have a fab time, and saw a great deal of America having visited six states in the last three weeks! Flew home yesterday and into work today, so you’re probably right, I’ll need another break by the end of the week! 🙂 I’ll start writing up my travels over the next few days, and have taken a lot of photographs, so I hope you will enjoy them.Love Ali xx

  29. alison keenan July 6, 2014 at 11:09 pm -  Reply

    Dear Martin, as always, good to hear from you, and yes, inspite of the weather we did have a wonderful trip away. Of course I don’t mind you asking about the children 🙂 Jack continues to do well in his job, and has taken on additional training which is good. Sam is heading of for the third of his Adventure Rehab weeks tomorrow – special courses for those who have lost limbs – and Lucy is just aiming for the end of term! So all good in their world, as I hope it is in yours, love Ali xx

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