Fab fragrances and a sense of sunshine


Sitting here while the sun shines brightly through the window, it’s hard to believe the temperatures dropped so low last night that we had a frost! Mind you central heating helps in warming things up I find! 🙂

Thanks so much for all your lovely comments on my last blog. I really enjoy hearing about your lives, and how you would have spent your Christmas when you were a child. It sounds like the good old cardboard Advent calendar was a firm favourite too in the 60s and 70s, but I know if there’d have been a chocolate one available then, I would definitely have coveted it.

Thanks too for your continued support with the book – 41 reviews to date of which I am very proud and also very grateful. I even got a mention in December’s Berkshire Life, which was a lovely surprise! 🙂

Lucy has bought me the Snaffling Pig Company Pork Scratchings Advent Calendar, so I can avail myself of these delights every morning in December and then breathe pork fumes over everyone for the rest of the day! I love pork scratchings almost as much as I love pork crackling. Years ago at a wedding where they had a hog roast I ate two crackling baps, and Colin remarked the following morning that it had been like sleeping next to a roast pork loin!

Far nicer fragrances to conjure will be coming your way this Sunday when we celebrate all that is beauty, with a magnificent Molton Brown TSV! I have to admit to being slightly obsessed with this brand because they are so clever when it comes to blending fragrances. I’d never even heard of oud before I was introduced to their Oud and Gold body wash – wow! The epitome of all that is exotic, moody, warm and sensual – the eau de parfum is fabulous too. It took me to a place mentally I’d never been before, but was certain I’d want to revisit.

Anyway, back to the big TSV, and being the savvy brand Molton Brown are, they’ve put together two options that will include four products: two body washes, a hand wash and a hand cream. All you’ve got to do is choose between the Floral collection or the Fresh. It’s an amazing price at £34.98 (or two Easy Pay instalments of £17.49) and you can purchase it right now!. I know, it’s a heck of a saving, having been reliably informed by Jemma Forte, our gorgeous guest, that were you to buy either of these collections directly from Molton Brown you’d have to pay £74! Bargain! And just think of all those Christmas presents still to buy you could tick off your list.

So to break it down a little, included in the Fresh collection is the Bracing Silverbirch Body Wash (300ml), 300ml Serene Sandalwood and Coco Body Wash (300ml), Refined White Mulberry Hand Wash (300ml), and the Coco and Sandalwood Hand Cream (40ml). If you choose Floral – which is the collection I have sampled – you’ll be treated to Dewy Lily of the Valley Body Wash (300ml), Vanilla and Violet Body Wash (300ml), Heavenly Ginger Lily Hand Wash (300ml), and the Blossoming Honeysuckle and White Tea Hand Cream (40ml). It’s a bit like having the sense of summer all year round.

I completely appreciate how difficult it is to make a choice when you can’t actually experience these fragrances before you buy, but with the extended money back guarantee until 25th January 2019 if you’re gifting, you get to sample these as they should be – in your bathroom, in your shower, in your own home, or maybe away for the night somewhere special.

I’d say, if you like to be pampered with soft and slightly sweet fragrances – a hint of vanilla, magnolia, freesia, violet and the warmer cardamom and ginger – then the Floral is for you. But if you prefer to invigorate your senses with bergamot, vetiver, clary sage, and thyme with maybe a hint of the soothing jasmine then definitely choose the Fresh. You can gift them individually if you prefer and there’s definitely more than one that would suit the guys in there. I’ll be with Jemma at 7pm on Sunday so we can go through it all again for you.

I’m keeping things a little shorter this blog, as I have a lot more news for you in December, so until then, I’ll leave you with the photograph I meant to include last time of a beautifully clear sky at dusk… Certainly haven’t had many of those this week!

Take care, and do keep in touch here where I will always reply, or on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Til next time,
With my love,

Ali xx


  1. Susan November 30, 2018 at 2:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    It’s cold now isn’t it! You’re right! The rain and wind has been awful this week too. Hope the news to come is good. No doubt it will be! Look forward to your December blog. Last blog of the year…again! Enjoy your pork!x

    • Alison Keenan December 11, 2018 at 8:00 pm -  Reply

      Hi Susan, well I very much hope that the weather has improved where you are – we finally saw some sunshine this afternoon! I still can’t believe we’re so close to Christmas – I fell totally unprepared and really glad that Lucy is sorting out the food this year 🙂 Any pork scratchings? Ali xx

  2. martin forbes November 30, 2018 at 6:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi alison hope you are well iam not bad

    • Alison Keenan December 11, 2018 at 8:01 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Martin, I’m fine and glad to know that you are too. Are you having to work over Christmas, or do you have some time off? Love Ali xx

  3. Loraine Plumb November 30, 2018 at 8:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison thank goodness the rain seems to have gone we had no heating the pump needed replacing its thankfully all done now at least we had the gas fire downstairs. The tree is up should be more interesting with Willa this year how nice your bedroom will be all done it’s nice to refresh things isn’t it. I love the Molton brown fragrances especially the spicy ones, Les bought me a box of small different ones last year so got to try a few. Can’t wait to hear your news look forward to your next blog before Xmas best wishes love Loraine xx

    • Alison Keenan December 11, 2018 at 8:03 pm -  Reply

      Well, you’re way ahead me in the Christmas tree stakes Loraine! But I am really sorry to know about the heating pump, and that you thankfully have a gas fire working downstairs. I have to admit to hating the cold, so I would have been very anxious in your situation. It sounds as though you enjoy the same Molton Brown fragrances that I do, so I hope that maybe Les has found a few more that you can enjoy this year too. I will make sure the blog is posted before Christmas so you can keep in touch. Love Ali xx

  4. Karen B December 1, 2018 at 6:39 pm -  Reply

    Great blog as ever Ali. Enjoy your calendar. Cant wait to read your book. Great MB TSV containing two of my absolute favourites – heavenly gingerlily and violet and vanilla. You cant beat a bit of MB in your bathroom. Is the height of luxury when it comes to bathing and i simply love watching Jemma, she is so informative and funny as well. Take care x x

    • Alison Keenan December 11, 2018 at 8:06 pm -  Reply

      Hi Karen, I am very much enjoying the calendar! To be honest this week, I’ve been squirrelling the packets of pork scratchings away and plan to scoff the lot on Friday when my friend Jo comes round! So glad that you loved the new Violet and Vanilla fragrance – I agree you can’t beat a bit of MB in the bathroom, and you’re right, Jemma is just delightful. We hit it off the moment we met each other – exactly the same sense of humour and view of life! You take care too, love Ali x

  5. Joanna Downey December 2, 2018 at 8:10 am -  Reply

    Morning Ali, Stunning photo of the Moon, I love her & like you snap her whenever I can. I’m also very much like you because I’m a huge Molton Brown fan & have been since my mum introduced me to the brand many years ago. Because we have so much ‘stuff’ I now buy more consumable presents for the girls & MB always apppears for birthdays & Christmas. I change my perfumes & body products according to season, Bushukan is fantastic for the autumn & I wear Oudh Accord for December, along with my absolute favourite Framboise Noir from Shay & Blue. i never buy from companies that test on animals & these two are really important to me, I’d rather buy cheap clothes & spend my money on smelling nice! Your comment last blog about me being out of kilter was spot on, having seen my mum endure chemotherapy hoping for a cure i’m finding the idea that my brother in law is about to start it only for palliative reasons almost too much to bear. Add to that the rampant jealousy being shown following the birth of her sister’s baby & I’m at a loss regarding how to handle things at present. Both Colin & I can’t understand why someone who has two beautiful, healthy & happy children can’t be glad that another child has come into our lives. We’re going to Tallulah’s fifth birthday party today so I’ll pin on a smile & be careful what I say &, as the mum in ‘Home Alone’ says, “It’s Christmas, the time of perpetual hope”. Love from Jo x

    • Alison Keenan December 11, 2018 at 8:19 pm -  Reply

      Dear Jo, I’ve read through your comment several times, in the hope that what I write may help in some way.. I have sadly lost several friends – not to cancer, but to the treatment that was prescribed to them in the hope it may cure them, and so I totally understand your despair…. The desire to live is strong, and many will try anything… we are still at the experimental stage with so many treatments so it is purely a personal choice, but watching someone struggle I am sure is desperate…. Possibly the jealousy surrounding the birth of the newest member of your family may be for reasons not yet shared with you… I too would be at a loss, especially as some have to manage their entire lives without children… I very much hope that Tallulah’s birthday celebration will go well, and that your smile will not just remain fixed but will hold some happiness. And it’s not just the mum on Home Alone who has perpetual hope…. we all do Jo… mine for you x
      On a completely different subject…. you’ve got a really interesting slant on fragrance. I’ve never thought of changing it with the seasons, but as soon as you mentioned it, I realise that I probably do! So glad that you too love Oudh Accord. I treated myself and my friend Jo to the Oudh fragranced candles that Rylan presented last week, so I hope she’ll appreciate them as much as I did in the studio. You take care, and keep in touch, love Ali xx

  6. Una December 4, 2018 at 5:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali. Hope you are well. Have managed to catch a couple of your diamonique shows lately, you are looking do well. Loving your hair just now. Really suits you. We’ve had a lovely but very busy few months. Was a struggle to try to come to terms with losing our little friend. He’s a great loss. His parents are doing well, all things considered. They’re going away for Xmas this year, don’t think they can bear being at home.
    We’ve had Graeme’s sister staying for the last 9 weeks. She lives and works abroad and whilst she was home for a visit, she slipped and broke her ankle, very badly. We were near the end of our house renovation, and it was all a bit squished, but we managed and she is due to go back in early January. She very kindly offered to keep Meli for us so we could go away for a few days on our own. Which was very strange! We went up north and had a lovely time.
    Have to dash to collect Meli from her friends house. She was invited for dinner tonight and has been looking forward to it since Friday! She’s doing really well. She’s been measured for her next walker and should be ready soon. No doubt it will be decorated with tinsel and flashing lights for Xmas again lol.
    Oh, and, I no longer answer to Battleaxe. It’s MRS Battleaxe now. We got a special license when we were away, and I said “I do”. Meli is delighted. We are having a party this weekend and we got her a beautiful flower girl dress, so she is very happy with that.
    Much love to you and your family. Honey is growing up so fast. Little treasure. X

    • Alison Keenan December 11, 2018 at 8:26 pm -  Reply

      HOORAY!!!!!!! AND SO MANY CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! Una I am sure I won’t be alone in sending you my heart felt love and best wishes.. to you and Graeme – no-one deserves it more. Fabulous news my lovely 🙂 It sound as though you’ve had a busy time of it looking after your family, and I’m glad to know that some of that kindness was returned and you had the chance to get away and enjoy just being the two of you. I hope that Meli loved her special dinner and that her next walker will be ready for Christmas. The flower girl dress sounds beautiful and I hope very much that the party went well last weekend. Forgive me for my tardy response – a lot going on here – most of it good. You’re right, Honey is just gorgeous and growing up too quickly… she is my treasure. I am very much looking forward to spending Christmas day with all of my children and Honey too! Love to you, Ali xx

  7. Christine December 5, 2018 at 8:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali presents are got,not wrapped,which not very good so got the gift mate bags.
    House is sold.
    So new chapter next year.
    Take Care Ali. X

    • Alison Keenan December 11, 2018 at 8:28 pm -  Reply

      Christine, you will love the Gift Mate – so much easier than wrapping paper. I’m sure everyone will be thrilled with their presents. So glad that your house is sold, and I am certain that your new chapter next year will be a good one 🙂 You take care too, love Ali x

  8. Rebecca Bryant December 6, 2018 at 8:36 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali a very nice blog. Can’t wait to see you December one that you mentioned. The weather is very drab here at present but as long as I am dressed properly for the Elements then I am quite happy no matter what its like. I can’t wait to see my new puppies reaction if we get snow here at all. It isn’t something she will ever have seen or come across before. When we received our first frost this year jshe couldnt make it out and kept licking it off the grass. I dont think my cat Shadow appreciates the snow very much as he constantly flicks his feet whilst walking along in order to get rid of it. Winnie will probably roll about in it. As alot of what she does involves rolling. In fact when its raining she would rather roll and dry herself on the rugs indoors. Rather than let me dry her with a towel. I hope you are all keeping well Alison. Little Honey will make your Christmas so special this year. Spending Christmas with a child is the best Christmas of all. Looking forward to reading you December blog Alison. Take care and keep safe. With love from Rebecca , Shadow and Winnie XXX

    • Alison Keenan December 11, 2018 at 8:42 pm -  Reply

      Dear Rebecca – glad you enjoyed the blog. I will be posting just before Christmas and will look forward to your comments on it. Sounds like you are a woman after my own heart – as long as Im dressed properly, I can cope with anything the weather has to throw at me. Reminds me of my Three Peaks Challenge. I think I went through all the seasons there and was mightily grateful for my ALL WEATHER clothing! I do hope you get some snow and your Winnie enjoys it. I will never forget my lovely cat Crumble trying to leap through the snow so it didn’t make her tummy cold 🙂 I love the photos you send me, and I’m fingers and toes crossed that Winnie won’t eat your Christmas tree! You’re right about spending Christmas with a child being the best Christmas ever. I was lucky enough to spend many years with my own children and although my short term memory is pretty dreadful, I will never forgot that time with them as children as it
      was magical. I look forward to hearing from you, and you take care too, love Ali xx

  9. Susan December 6, 2018 at 5:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi una,
    Congratulations! I am so delighted for you! The best news and I am so glad you are happy and looked after. You’re amazing. It’s also lovely to sometimes hear news and think wow all Hope is not just quite lost! So thank you. Have a lovely Christmas x

  10. Una December 7, 2018 at 9:47 am -  Reply

    Susan. Thank you so much for your very kind words.
    I feel very very lucky to have found this lovely man, who has changed our lives for the better, in every way possible.
    I don’t know if you are aware of our story. But, looking back, I don’t even know how I am still standing sometimes. If I didn’t have Meli, I probably would still be lying in bed in a darkened room. We were just at the very bottom of the line, and for a while it felt like there was no way out. Then Meli got ill, and I made a promise that if she fought to get back to me, I would do anything in my power to make things better for us.
    It’s been a long road, but we took one step at a time, literally, and we eventually got to where we are now.
    I have to say though, I have so many friends who were there for the 2 of us. They have gone above and beyond many times, and I am eternally grateful for everything they did.
    It’s funny though, I actually met Graeme about 20 years ago, and because of our mutual friends, we have always been aware of what’s been happening in each others lives.
    After my marriage broke down, I was adamant it would be Meli and I against the world. Looking back, maybe that was a bit selfish, as Meli loves having a daddy. Graeme is amazing with her, he adores her. We are now very close to him officially being her daddy, as he is in the process of adopting her. Will be nice when we all have the same surname.
    Again, thank you for your good wishes. And yes, life can throw the absolute worst at you, and take everything from you, it can also show the best and worst of humanity and you just have to find the strength from somewhere, often you don’t even know where the strength comes from, but, it can turn around. I know I am so lucky, and not everyone is as lucky as we have been, and it’s just taught me never to take anything or anyone for granted.
    I hope you have a lovely Christmas Susan. Lots of love from Evanses!! Feels weird saying that lol!! Xx

    • Alison Keenan December 11, 2018 at 8:46 pm -  Reply

      Wow Una, that is amazing that Graeme is going to adopt Meli… what a wonderful way to draw a line under you being a complete family! Just wonderful, and your words are inspirational. You have always found strength from somewhere – God knows how – and you have most definitely turned it around. I think you are amazing, and you put very clearly into perspective anything I have every had to contend with or felt sorry for myself over. You’re right. Never take anything or anyone for granted, and never give up. Much love Una, Ali x

    • Debz December 16, 2018 at 12:29 pm -  Reply

      Una, I am so happy for you. I have shed a few tears reading your story over the years and have prayed along the way that some day, somehow, things would get better for you.

      Today, I have shed a few more but, this time, happy tears. I’m beyond happy that you have found happiness at last. Congratulations my lovely. It’s been such a long, hard road for you but now you can see the sunshine again.

      All my love and have a fabulous Christmas!

      Debz XXX

      • Una December 17, 2018 at 6:49 pm -  Reply

        Debz. HELLO. So lovely to hear from you.
        Thank you so much. That means a lot.
        Honestly, there were times I thought the sun would never shine again. Our lives were forever changed by the actions of one despicable person, and have been changed again by the kindest, most patient and caring person I have ever met.
        I still wake up every morning and for the first few seconds, all is well. Then the realisation of losing my beautiful girl kicks in, and it’s literally like taking a bullet. At one time, that feeling never left me, all through the day, no matter what I was doing, it was there. Now, although I feel it every day and the pain will never ever leave me. Now, I wake up, gasp when it hits me, then I feel a hand on my shoulder or a hand grasping my hand, and it feels a bit better.
        Graeme has suffered grief too, and understands.
        Meli got her new walker this afternoon. She’s in her bedroom right now. With a huge bag full of tinsel and fairy lights. We’re not allowed to see it until it’s finished. It’s a “surprise” I can only imagine what it’s going to look like lol.
        Debz, it’s lovely to talk to you again.
        I hope you have a lovely Xmas.
        Much love from all of us. Xx

  11. Elaine Sallis December 8, 2018 at 7:55 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations Una what wonderful news. Sorry Ali I have hijacked your blog again. Elaine x

    • Alison Keenan December 11, 2018 at 8:47 pm -  Reply

      Not at all Elaine, I’m so glad that this network of support works. 🙂 XX

  12. Una December 10, 2018 at 12:37 pm -  Reply

    Elaine. I hope you are well. Thank you so much for that.
    Have a lovely Xmas.
    Lots of love from all of us. X

  13. Joanna Downey December 10, 2018 at 8:42 pm -  Reply

    Many congratualtions Una & I’m delighted that life has become become so much happier for you. Do you still use the expression ‘scroogling’? Love from Jo

  14. Mary Morphy December 11, 2018 at 10:06 pm -  Reply

    I can’t believe you posted this on 30th Nov and we are now half way through Dwcember.. surely it’s not really nearly 2 weeks since I read it!!
    I am thankfully all wrapped up for Christmas with cards, pressies and all wrapping done. I have two special cakes to make for the next two weekends and have taken up a shelf in the freezer with 4 chocolate 9 inch sponges which will form a tall chocolate drip cake plus 50 accompanying vanilla cupcakes. I shall get the cake started tomorrow and make the cupcakes on Friday ready for delivery on Saturday. The second one needs to be gluten free..my first attempt at making a cake with gluten free flour.
    I love Molten Brown also and had bought one of each of The previous TSV with the gift boxes and baubles…what fabulous gifts but I have kept some for mystelf. I also was delighted to receive a £25 off voucher from the promo scheme, I bought a superstar Gatineau defilift eye serum ..a real bargain!!
    School is manic, so much going on we are all exhausted. Keep everything crossed for 29th Dec..hoping to finally complete on the Sale of mum’s bungalow and end the year on a positive. Just a quick one from me as I am knackered!! Much love Mary..Oh and look out for something in the post. Xx

    • Alison Keenan December 18, 2018 at 1:02 pm -  Reply

      My dear Mary, your comment has made me gird my loins, and hopefully have my last blog of the year finished – at least in draft form – by the end of today! I know that the cakes you made for last weekend will have ooh’ed and aah’ed over, and no doubt you’ve put all the Master Bakers to shame again. I will definitely be keeping everything crossed for the sale of your mum’s house on the 29th. What a wonderful way for what I know has been a difficult year for you, to end. Glad you’ve managed to treat yourself to some of the Molten Brown and Gatineau – its the skincare brand I started with on QVC and still use a great many of their serums. I hope you break up from school soon, and can celebrate with a large Baileys! Take good care and thank you so much for my treat! I will very much enjoy it. Love from Ali xxx

  15. Una December 11, 2018 at 10:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Jo.
    Hahaha, do you mean “shoogle’? If so, then, yes. I do, constantly. Also, since we started this renovation, my “expressions” are now legendary. Many of which I cannot repeat on this page lol.
    Thank you for your kind words. For a while there, happy was a bit of an alien word. I am though, very happy and looking forward to Xmas. Final room will be completed by the weekend and we will then clutter it all up again with decorations and a tree.
    Have a great Xmas Jo. Love from all of us xx

  16. pam stephens December 13, 2018 at 2:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali just love your blogs and your shows whatever they are//// I did mention last time I wrote that I had just come out of hospital and to be honest just couldn’t get into the mood for high street shopping which is unusual for me because I love the hustle and bustle but I did what comes naturally to me now I switched on QVC and wow did I have a good time ///// the Molton Brown show was wonderful and I found some lovely Christmas gifts and also a birthday gift for my son his birthday December 13th also got a Bibi Bracelet and Honora gift for Me so I am a happy bunny /// My husband on the other hand is well lets just say he is not in the same frame of mind ??? loving all the beautiful pictures of Honey what a treasure // I have 3 grown up granddaughters and they are the joy in my life and I treasure every moment spent with them and also my lovely grandson who has reached the age of 21 and is just gorgeous// well Ali if I don’t write anymore before Christmas have a wonderful time with all your family Im sure your daughter will do you proud Merry Christmas and a Happy Healthy New Year to you xx

    • Alison Keenan December 18, 2018 at 1:05 pm -  Reply

      Dear Pam, lovely to hear from you, and I do hope that you are now well recovered after your hospital stay. That’s the great thing about QVC – you are able to shop from home, and you don’t miss out on anything! My house was filled with Molten Brown, and I have just finished wrapping up 2/3’s of the presents. Lovely to know that you also have grand daughters and a grandson, and I hope you will get to see them all over Christmas. We’re looking forward very much to spending it with our family too. Thank you for keeping in touch, and for your support. Always lovely to hear from you. I wish you a very happy Christmas, and the same for the new year too. Love Ali xx

  17. Susan December 15, 2018 at 10:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    That’s great Lucy is doing Christmas this year! Exciting now honey is older.
    What a night of dancing on strictly tonight! Did honey watch any? I’m so pleased for Kevin and Stacey. Loved them all for different reasons and I wouldn’t have minded who won! All this business year on year gets annoying though! Of course Ashley was the best really but you know it isn’t strictly the best! It’s a family fun show and we all take to different people. And let’s face it who is going to say to your child no you can’t vote for them coz they’re not the best?! I think it’s quite offensive to say you shouldn’t vote for x y or z. It’s fine to have your opinion but not to expect others to have the same. It’s not life or death after all! Hope you enjoyed the dancing and sparkle! Look forward to your news x

    • Alison Keenan December 18, 2018 at 1:08 pm -  Reply

      Dear Susan, I’m completely in your camp regarding Kevin and Stacey. I so wanted them to win, but felt that maybe Ashely would pip them to the post! Clearly the public vote tipped that one, and I agree the dancing was sublime. I will miss the show, but at least Call the Midwife returns!! 🙂 We’re very much looking forward to Christmas with Lucy, Honey and the boys, and no doubt I’ll have a few photos to post in the New Year blog. I do hope you enjoy the festive period, and thanks for keeping in touch, love Ali x

  18. Debz December 16, 2018 at 12:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Ali

    I’m sorry it’s been a while again but I wanted to finish reading you book and time just ran away with me.

    You book, at times, was a hard read as, although we’ve never met, you still feel like a friend and to read about all you went through was heartbreaking. I’m so glad that our army helped in a small way to help carry you along when times were difficult.

    I laughed, I cried, I marvelled at how brave you were and I thanked Colin and all of your family and friends a thousand times for helping you and loving you even when you didn’t love yourself.

    I remember seeing you on QVC when you were going through your treatment thinking how amazing you were to keep going, not realising the reality of what you were having to endure.

    I’m sure you book will give hope to others and take away some if the fear that goes with this terrible diagnosis.

    Thank you so much for writing it with so much honesty and humour.

    Have a wonderful Christmas Ali.

    Lots of love
    Debz, Harry and Lily. XXX

    • Alison Keenan December 18, 2018 at 1:12 pm -  Reply

      Dear Debz your kind words mean so much… in fact they encompass every reason I wrote the book. I have been incredibly touched by the large number of positive reviews – not just from folk who have been through the same thing, but also those who’ve lost someone and felt that it helped them understand better… I would very much like to think that by being honest, and open, that the understandable fear that is deep seated in all of us when the word ‘cancer’ is uttered can be made be made less. Thank you so much for reading it, and if you felt able to write a review that would mean so much. I hope that this new year will be a good one for you Debz, Neil, Harry and Lily. Thanks too for getting back in touch with us all – it’s lovely to hear from you. Happy Christmas! Love Ali xx

  19. Chris Page December 18, 2018 at 5:07 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali

    Call me weird, but I’d happily sleep next to a pork loin! I’m completely with you on pork scratchings.



  20. Sue Radford December 19, 2018 at 12:16 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,

    Sorry I haven’t written for a while. CONGRATULATIONS! You must be ‘as pleased as punch’ about your book, I can’t wait to read it.

    It was lovely to hear Una’s fantastic news too.

    Love Sue Radford xx

  21. Sue Radford December 19, 2018 at 12:21 am -  Reply

    Hi Una,

    CONGRATULATIONS lovely lady! I’m so very pleased for you and Meli!!

    Love Sue Radford xx

  22. Susan December 19, 2018 at 5:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I agree too. The dancing was amazing and I loved Ashley’s show dance but I just think really why get so worked up about it all with all the terrible sadness going on in the world, especially at this time. I can’t stand that James Jordan and Brendan Cole. Keep things in perspective men! Hope Lucy enjoys Christmas with you all and no doubt you’ll be in the kitchen lending a hand too!! Look forward to the photos. Fab news about una this year too. Happy new year ali xx

  23. Lesley Stewart January 27, 2019 at 7:00 pm -  Reply

    Oh my good God, I have just finished reading your book A New Kind of Normal. I can honestly say I have never, ever been so moved by anyones writing. As we all know someone who has suffered the dreaded “C” it was incredibly brave of you to re live your pain & suffering by letting us try & grasp what sufferers go through (although you had me in stitches laughing too) Thank you. Much Love 💗

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