Family, music and glorious sunshine!


Alison and her familyWell, thank you so much for all your lovely messages this last week.  Not only great to catch up on all the news, but exciting to get so many entries into our Graceland draw! All the correct answers (and yes, you were ALL correct!) have gone into the hat and a winner will be announced at the end of this blog.

I was going to add that I'll make sure I protect the mug with half a mile of bubble wrap, but considering it survived baggage control in Nashville, Toronto and then Heathrow, and the luggage hold of two rather large aeroplanes, I reckon it's made of pretty strong stuff πŸ™‚

Isn't it great to be able to plan ahead for barbeques and days out now that we're enjoying such a fabulous summer? First date in the diary after our return was to celebrate several things at once – my step-dad Joe's 80th birthday, my mum's 78th birthday and their 25 years together.

Birthday cakeInitially we were planning to have the 'do' at my house but, as my Aunty Eileen (who is 90) was coming and we have no downstairs loo, we changed the venue to mum's :) I did, however, offer to make a cake to mark the occasion, but then had to decide how to decorate it in a way that would encompass all three events – not easy!

I've been making 'novelty' cakes since my children were little and although they're usually pretty large, I've never invested in dedicated cake tins – instead I use a roasting tin, and bake in two batches πŸ™‚ I decided to theme the cake with interests that both mum and Joe share, and in case you can't make out the photograph, everything was made with icing, and includes produce from their allotment and their cat Murphy, with a heart for their anniversary of course!

It took 12 eggs to make it and over five hours to decorate, but they were both really pleased, and I was thrilled that it tasted good too! πŸ™‚

Lucy and SimonBut the highlight for me was having so many of us together in one place. Two of Joe's children were able to  make it, and also my sister and her two daughters, my cousins, aunt, and my three children too. I thought you may like to see Lucy's new chap, Simon, who is delightful, and got on very well with everyone there… The group photo at the top of the post is actually the last of about 20 that Colin took in quick succession, which shows how useless we all are at pulling the right faces at the right time πŸ™‚

The whole day was such a happy one, the sun shone, the sandwiches were superb and I'm hoping very much that we can arrange another date before the end of the summer.

Alison at the O2The following week was when I got my Christmas present from Colin – a night out at the 02 being entertained by Michael Buble! He'd bought the tickets way ahead of time and they weren't just ordinary tickets, they were eight rows from the stage!!! I was beside myself when I realised, as were the other women in Area A πŸ™‚

The thing about Mr. Buble is that he is an all-round entertainer and has universal appeal. It's not just doe eyed women of a certain age who go there to hear him sing, it's teenagers through to pensioners – and almost half the audience were male. About an hour into the concert he tends to go walkabout, surrounded by huge security guards, and had it not have been for someone's arm pushing down on the top of my Ken Paves (not a euphemism but a hair piece!), I might have even have touched the hem of his jacket!! Nothing could have spoiled the evening for me though, and as I sang my way through all the classic ballads, with Colin's arm around me, I couldn't have been happier πŸ™‚

Colin onstage at AmericanaOf course the final musical event – and for us probably the biggest – was Colin's appearance on stage at Americana – the UK's biggest Country Music Festival. The organiser had actually invited him to play there having heard his album, and how lucky were we with the weather?! It was a scorcher, and I was truly grateful for my cowboy hat, but less so for my boots, which, although beautiful, I had to heave off as the temperatures hit the 90s (I still have the blisters!)

It was the first time Colin had ever fronted a band on stage like this and for the other band members, the first time they'd ever played a gig like it! Well, they were brilliant and, call me biased, but I think they knocked spots off much of the competition πŸ™‚

Colin playing at AmericanaIt was like a mini version of the CMA's in Nashville, and the audience were equally receptive. In fact after they'd played, quite a few came to meet the band and to buy the album, which was very exciting! I think they're guaranteed a place there next year πŸ™‚

I've managed to spend a fair amount of time in the garden over the last week, catching the rays and weeding the patio to within an inch of its life, but also nurturing my lilies! You may not be aware, but all the QVC presenters were given lily bulbs, a pot and compost. The challenge? To grow one of the best new, versatile patio lilies! At the end of this month our efforts will be judged by the Thompson & Morgan team and the winner will have this lily named after them! HOW EXCITING IS THAT?!

Alison's liliesI have been lavishing my 10 bulbs with sunshine and Richard Jackson's Flower Power, and personally think they're pretty impressive – this picture was taken about four days ago, so they're even taller now! It's just a race against time to get the bloomin' things to flower, but with several  more weeks of this glorious weather promised, I think I may be in with a chance.

Well, I think that's all my news for now, but look forward – as always – to hearing from you and hope very much that you are enjoying, and not struggling in, these incredibly warm temperatures. As my mum said, it's not for everyone! πŸ™‚

Before I go, I'm happy to announce that the winner of my Elvis mug is Patricia Cochrane! Glad to hear you enjoy my blog, Patricia, and I'll be in touch soon to get your postal address.

With my love, Ali


  1. Mary Morphy July 16, 2013 at 10:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, great blog. I am however a little frustrated as i have already responded, then tried to post and my tablet froze and it timed out so I lost it all. So here goes for the second time! So, firstly massive congratulations on your Anniversary celebration cake. As a fellow novelty cake and wedding cake maker I fully appreciate how much time and effort this takes and it was well worth all the effort. I too compromise with the cake tins I have, the speciality tins are so expensive. I make a sitting down clown with cake made in a two pint pudding basin and two ramekin pots! I made my wedding cake plus my sisters, my cousins and lots for friends plus the children’s christening cakes and birthdays however, time is not plentyful so for my son’s 16th birthdsy I have asked the lady who made my Lulu Guinness Handbag cake to make my son a Kentucky Fried Chicken party bucket and chips..I have seen one she has made, its phenomenal and Jack’s favourite take-away. Plus the days of me secretly making cakes are long gone and so is the five hours of time needed to make them!
    Congratulations to Colin for what looked to be a footstomping set at the Country Music equivalent of Glastonbury. I take it that cowboy boots are the obligatory equivalent of wellies and everyone wears a stetson and chews grass or tobacco…obviously not whilst singing of course. Fantastic too that Colin will be taking the stage next year. Yeeha!
    I am a closet Michael Buble fan, preferring his up tempo and swing stuff so good to hear he didn’t dissapoint.
    Its been a hectic last few weeks of the school term. Ofsted were in school last week and we are finally out of Special Measures which is great news for teachers and support staff but tinged slightly by the compulsory redundancy for somE teachers and VR for support staff..I think I am OK until they start again..we went through the same thing this time last year so hanging on by my lovely manicured coral orange painted finfernails.
    Summer fayre is Saturday.. my sister Lucy who also works at the school and me are doing a fudge and cake stall. Lucy will be making vast quantities of Calico Cottage fudge bought from QVC and I am making jam tarts, brownies, cherry and coconut loaf cakes, blueberry and lemon loaf cakes, Victoria sponge, choc fudge cake and pineapple upside down cakes, however I am out with friends tomorrow ( out on a school night whoop whiop) and have cricket Thursday and Friday evening with the kids so could be baking all Friday night ready to go to the fsyre on Saturday at 9am. My daughter Chloe is coming to help plus Lucy will be going in the stocks for kids to chuck wet sponges at her so Chloe hss been practising her aim ready to give her aunty a pelting with a rubber torpedo in the garden.I shsll be wearing my They’re Real mascara inxase I gave to take a turn as it doesn’t budge!
    Your lillies look the pictures on other presenter’s blogs yours look the best.
    Finally I was so sorry to hear Beulah had passed away. She will very sadly missed by all but fondly remembered by everyone I an sure.
    Have a lovely week, beach walks have been beautiful. Love Mary

  2. Sue Radford July 17, 2013 at 10:55 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    What a lovely photograph of all your family. Lovely to see Lucy looking so happy with her new partner too. Isn’t this weather great – it’s so nice to see everyone walking around in their summer clothes looking so happy – the sunny weather makes all the difference doesn’t it? I agree though, it isn’t for everyone, as it can be so uncomfortable when you have chores to do or work in it. I must admit though – I LOVE IT!
    Well done to Colin making a success of his first Country Music Festival, and I’m sure there will be lots more. You sound so proud of him and rightly so!! I also love Michael Buble Ali, so can imagine the concert was fantastic!
    I loved your cake and I can imagine your Mum and your Step-Dad were overjoyed with it, and with all the effort you put into making their 25th Wedding Anniversary so special.
    Looking forward to our cruise with all the family, which is in a couple of weeks – so excited!
    Enjoy the rest of this lovely weather.
    Love from Sue Radford xx

  3. Norma Smithson July 17, 2013 at 4:02 pm -  Reply

    You are not going to believe it, but the same thing that happened to Mary has just happened to me, my tablet froze and deleted all that I had typed, so here goes again. What a lovely family gathering, and how lovely to see the pic of Lucy and her new man, she looked so happy. Like Mary I dont bake the big cakes anymore just the small ones for mytwo youngest grandchildren. Absolutely delighted that Colin went down a storm, not surprised, I enjoy everyminute of the CD, how refreshing to hear every word. I would have liked to be there as its only an hour away from us but I was in hospital, but has he will be there next year it will be a definate date in my diary. I know the weathers gorgeous Ali but I dont know if its because we are getting older but Harold and I just cant stand it, it just seems to drain us. Hope things are going as planned for you love, they tell me that it will be a long recovery period for my hand, but we will see watch this space. Have a good week, look after each other. Much love Norma xx

  4. Joanna Downey July 17, 2013 at 8:06 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali, I’m sitting in the garden at 7.30 in the evening; the grass has turned to the colour of straw, there are bees everywhere and it’s 26 degrees..! It’s been seven years since we last had a prolonged spell of weather like this and I love it, I only hope it won’t end as the schools break up as it did in 2006. Love your photos – good looking lot – and the cake is lush. I hope the delicious Mr B appreciated how you dressed up for him, especially the heels. I’ve just finished all Col’s washing from his trip to Norway, this heat is much appreciated as most of his stuff can’t go into a drier and takes an age to dry. He loved Norway and was stunned and quite embarrassed by how civilised the country is compared with us; the inter city trains have free coffee and newspapers for commuters and “family only” carriages complete with soft play areas. He met some super people including a couple from Brooklyn who have given us an open invitation to stay with them “whenever” and just to let them know when we’ll be over – as you do. While he was away I had a mad moment and acquired another honey coloured rabbit, a 12 week old dwarf lop who goes by the name Stan. He’s a dear little thing with big brown eyes and long lashes, as with my other honey bunny he needed a home and I couldn’t walk away. It’s my last day at school tomorrow because I don’t work on Fridays, it still feels as it did when I was a student but I do find the goodbyes difficult and we’ve got 15 leaving this year so there will be lots of lumps in throats. Enjoy the sunshine. Love from Jo x

  5. Susan July 19, 2013 at 2:11 pm -  Reply

    Beautiful family pic Ali and soo happy for Lucy x

  6. Rhona Fenton July 21, 2013 at 2:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison what a beautiful blog as always sounds like everyone had the best time ever πŸ™‚ your cake looks amazing well done you:) and am so happy for Lucy with the news off her new guy I did tell you things would all come into place for her and simon looks a lovely guy and so glad he got on well with you all! glad you enjoyed your concert, wait till I tell my Alison she just goes all over the place at the thought off Michael!! Hope you are enjoying this lovely weather? even Scotland is getting it ha ha! have a lovely weekend love to you and yours from me and mine Rhona xx

  7. alison keenan July 22, 2013 at 3:54 am -  Reply

    Dear Mary, really appreciate you retyping your lovely long response – how frustrating to have lost all that you previously wrote! I am very much hoping that the weekend’s Summer Fayre went well, and that all the wonderful things you baked were appreciated. Thank you for your kind words about my mum’s cake – it’s worth all the effort when people say such nice things πŸ™‚ Such a relief for you to have positive Ofsted results – I know that when my sister spent several years with Special Measures at her school she was desperately stressed. I will keep everything crossed that you will escape the threatened redundancies though – such a worrying time. How did your night out go? I hope it was fun and didn’t leave you too jaded for the cricket/cooking/extracurricular activities πŸ™‚ Bless you for your support re my Lilies – I fear the pending storm may slow down the actual flowering, but Heaven knows they’ve had plenty of sunshine over the last fortnight – hasn’t it been bliss – I so envy you your beach walks. Take care, keep tweeting, and thanks as always for keeping us all in touch with your hectic lifestyle! With love, Ali xx

  8. alison keenan July 22, 2013 at 3:58 am -  Reply

    Hi there Sue, Thank you for your kind words about the photograph – I think it’s one I’ll get printed out rather than just keeping it in the computer! Yes, the sunshine has made such a difference to everyone around here too, although I like you, fully appreciate that for some it has just been far too hot.. I don’t sleep well at the best of times, but I am finding the night time a little warm – hence early start! I will pass on your kind words to Colin re his music,and am glad to know that you are also a Michael Buble fan – such a talent πŸ™‚ Exciting to think that your cruise is only a week or so away… perfectly timed as the weather changes here πŸ™‚ I hope very much that you all have a well deserved break. Take care and lovely to hear from you, Ali xxx

  9. alison keenan July 22, 2013 at 4:03 am -  Reply

    Norma I blame the computer glitches on the heat – I can’t think what else is different or would cause them to misbehave in this way! Thanks to you also though for rewriting your comment, as it was nice to read all your kind words about the cake and Colin’s music. Great that you are still enjoying the album – he’s almost half way through writing tracks for the second one! I was sorry to hear you were in hospital that weekend, but to be honest it was SO hot at the venue, with very little shade, you may have preferred an indoor date to watch the band, especially as both you and Harold are struggling with the heat. I hope that although slow your recovery will be total, and that you will be able to return to your beloved stitching πŸ™‚ Yes, I too think it’s a great picture of Lucy and Simon – nice to see her smile again. Love to you too, Ali xxx

  10. alison keenan July 22, 2013 at 4:09 am -  Reply

    Jo, you are so a woman after my own heart when it comes to the weather! I have absolutely LOVED this sunshine, and in between my hours at work I’ve managed to spend a fair bit of time in the garden, and am delighted with not just the results there, but also my tan πŸ™‚ Hasn’t it been great to dry the washing outside?? I stripped the bed on Friday, and had all the Northern Nights linen dry in under two hours! I am loving the new addition to your family, and think Stan is a brilliant name for him too! We had rabbits years ago, when we were children – Streaker and Thumper. They were sweet things, and you’re right about their eyelashes – would put a camel’s to shame! I hope very much that Thursday wasn’t too sad for you, and that the 15 who left your school made you feel appreciated. I know having read your comments over the last year or so just how much effort you put into your job, and I am certain you will be one of those people who are marked indelibly on their minds for life πŸ™‚ I hope you too enjoy the last bit of this incredible weather. With love, Ali xx

  11. alison keenan July 22, 2013 at 4:10 am -  Reply

    Susan thank you – as I mentioned to Mary – I think it’s one to be printed and framed πŸ™‚ Mum may like a copy too…..and yes, great to see Lucy so happy as well. Love Ali xx

  12. Debz & Ainzley July 23, 2013 at 9:20 am -  Reply

    Hey there Ali!!
    It’s been a while as I have been laptopless (if you know what I mean) so have been unable to catch up on all you holidays and news. I did try to post reply on your last blog but that seems to have disappeared into the ether! Oh well, I’m here now eh?
    Am so glad that you managed to find room on that gorgeous cake for your Mom’s cat! Ainzley would have hated to have been left out so well done you! The cake looked almost too good to eat but I bet folk managed to polish it off!!
    Hasn’t this hot weather been lovely? Not so much the nights mind you! As I’m scared of spiders I only have the windows open a crack as I know that if I open them any wider then they will all pack a bag and have a holiday in our bedroom, only showing themselves when Neal is out or asleep!! We currently have thunder and monsoon like rain here so ALL windows are shut. No room for spiders sheltering from the rain here thank you!! You would think Ainzley would chase them for me but he just watches them run!! He can chase Neal when he has his shorts on (something he has done from a kitten) and scratch his ankles but spiders – nothing doing!!
    Am so glad that you are doing well Ali and your family all seem so nice. Good to see Lucy looking so happy. Glad her new partner fits in so well, but then, I can’t imagine you not making anyone feel right at home.
    Am off now for my morning struggle with Ainzley and his medication!!
    Love to all in Ali’s Army and to you of course Ali!
    Lots of love ans licks

  13. Mary Morphy July 24, 2013 at 6:20 am -  Reply

    Hi again Ali..just a quick response time your question.. how was night out? Well….it didn’t happen! One friend had tonsillitis and the other had both her know laws in hospital so I went to Asda and shopped for the summer fayre..I curtain know how to live the high life! Baked from 7-am Friday to 10pm husband moaning cos oven was off limits to anything other than cake plus no one was allowed to touch anything. But found out today that our stall made the most money despite the shocking weather. You have probably read my tweet re foot..agony today, the day after and crawling around like a baby as was quickly chucked out of a and e once they saw it wasn’t broken with no hint of strapping or crutches… can barely walk and can’t move ii…resembling a football this morning. Fortunately hubby booked day off as we are driving to Surrey for a county cricket march with Chloe so he will drive…now I have to rest! Love maryxx

  14. alison keenan July 25, 2013 at 9:56 pm -  Reply

    Debz, so good to hear from you and Ainzley and I’m delighted that you are no longer laptopless!!! πŸ™‚ My mum has kept the icing model of Murphy so he will be forever immortalized.. Glad Ainzley approved πŸ™‚ Sorry to hear he’s still on medication but I’m hoping it’s nothing new or worrying. I don’t blame you at all about the spiders, although we have to sleep with the windows closed as Colin hates the draughts! It’s been boiling over the last few weeks especially with the hot flushes, but is now a little cooler thankfully. Thank you for your kind words about Lucy – she and Simon are coming over this weekend, so it will be lovely to catch up especially as she’s now more relaxed having broken up from school for the summer. I do hope all is well in your world Debz, and that along with Alpa, Una, Helen and all the others in Ali’s Army you are enjoying the summer. Thank you for getting in touch, it was lovely to hear from you, Love Ali xx

  15. alison keenan July 25, 2013 at 9:59 pm -  Reply

    Oh Mary I am sorry about your foot! It sounds awful. Often a strain/torn muscle is far more painful than a broken bone, so I hope that you are able to use arnica gel or something similar and to rest it as much as possible – although knowing your incredibly busy schedule I doubt it! Hopefully you can rearrange your evening and have a night out with the girls in August πŸ™‚ Take care, and get someone else to do the baking/cooking for a change – although very well done with the results of your bake off sale – what a star! Love to you, me xx

  16. Susan July 28, 2013 at 2:33 pm -  Reply

    Just had to say how amazing is Jill?! Have you read her blog Ali? It’s an amazing read. We all have our stories as we know but my word, she has THE most amazing figure for having gone through all that! Could have been horrific. So glad she is well again. Pilates is great but I do have to say it is a bit annoying the way some presenters say we really all do have space for the machine. I don’t know about you but I know lots of people with postage stamp homes so that’s a bit cheeky I think. It can be genuine for some people! I’m lucky I have a bit more room though. Hope you’ve had a nice weekend, S x

  17. alison keenan July 29, 2013 at 4:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Susan, and yes having just read Jill’s blog I’m in complete agreement! I do remember her being very poorly for quite some time, and it’s such a relief that she worked her way through all of it, to be probably fitter now than she was then! A woman of 28 would be more than happy to have a body like hers πŸ™‚ Have taken note of your comment about space, and maybe it would be useful if we actually gave the measurements of the machine do you think? That way individuals would know whether it would fit or not. Ali x

  18. martin forbes July 29, 2013 at 7:06 pm -  Reply

    hi alsion how are you and your family iam well i read in your blog your daughter has anew boyfriend hope she is happy.did you do xmas in july icant remember

  19. martin forbes July 30, 2013 at 6:15 pm -  Reply

    hi alison hope you and your family are well iam fine you said your daughter had anew boyfriend on your blog hope she is happy

  20. Jilly July 30, 2013 at 8:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali – well didn’t you look fab with your hair down!! I love it up but saw you with it down yesterday and it is also wonderful. Love that spotty red dress in the picture. It looks a “happy dress”. Great to read that you have all been having a super time and I thrilled that Lucy has a new man in her life – he gets the “thumbs up” – if you see what I mean. Lucy being happy will make you feel happy because that is the way it goes. How clever to make and decorate the cake as you have. I have great ideas but something happens between the brain and hand and they don’t always turn out as I would like to think they should. I love baking and have a brilliant huge dark blue Alfa cooker which is similar to an Aga but easier to control.
    Any news on when you start your next round of surgery? August is round the corner or one day away and I think you mentioned it might be July. Just think of the pampering which you will get and will so rightly deserve. Wondering also how Tricia’s daughter is and little Alfie. Hope things are not too stressful for everyone. Funny how we don’t know each other but want to know that all is ok with your bloggers. The internet was not good where we stayed and I missed reading and writing on your blog.
    Update in our household – We had a fantastic couple of weeks in the Lakes and as everywhere the weather was perfect. Never in 30 plus years of going there (we used to live an hour away and would go camping on a Friday night till Sunday) has it ever been so good. We chilled out and did lots of walking but only in the morning and evening as it was too hot for the dogs during the day. Annie had two Decleor spa mornings and I had one and we loved it -facials and lower legs massages. Also Annie had her eyelashes tinted. She was told that she had “very long lashes” which is a hoot when a little while ago she had so few – Revitalash – brilliant! I cannot say it too often. It was the first time in years we took two weeks and it was the best thing for all of us. We shall do the same next time we all go.
    Annie is looking fab with her short hair and she is very brown – not from sitting out but from walking and doing the garden. She is feeling very fit and ran up the stairs the other day two at a time. I know some will say “and…” but when she could hardly walk up without stopping and sitting down this was wonderful to see – I am sure you will understand.
    Looking forward to your next catch up and news from your household Ali – Love Jilly x

  21. Sue Jennings August 2, 2013 at 5:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali…what a great blog you all look so happy and relaxed….Simon looks a nice guy and Its good to see Lucy looking very happy ( that’s all we want for our girls isn’t it ?). I’ve missed your last blog due to manic times here at Chez Jennings it’s been a mad month with Weddings and Parties plus my cousin is over from Australia and we haven’t seen each other in 35 yrs so we are meeting up next weekend which I am looking forward to….I was very sorry to hear Amicas news lets hope this treatment starts to work soon, and the passing of beautiful Buellah ….I am very jealous that you went to see the gorgeous Mr Buble a couple of girls from work went to c him too ..they said he was amazing ……I’ve caught up now with your Nashville trip which sounds out of this world you and the lovely Colin packed so much in didn’t you..well done..and also for Colin’s performance at the festival I bet he rocked
    Take very good care Ali
    Sue Jennings

  22. Sue Jennings August 4, 2013 at 10:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali…this is my 3rd attempt I’m having technical problems too less me type my piece but doesn’t go any further….
    Anyway what a fab blog ..I am so pleased to see Luxy looking so happy….(that’s all we want for our children isn’t it)…..I was sorry to hear the sad news of lovely Beullah and my thoughts are with Amica and her new treatment…. I loved reading all your news about Nashville, you sure covered some ground Ali (good on ya)
    I will keep this one short in case it doesn’t work again
    Take good care
    Much love
    Sue Jennings xx

  23. alison keenan August 4, 2013 at 11:30 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Martin and thank you for your messages. Yes Lucy does indeed have a new boyfriend called Simon and there’s a photo of him in my last blog if you’d like to have a look – it’s great to see her so happy, and he’s a very nice chap – both Colin and I find him very easy company. Yes I did do Christmas in July – three hours of festive lighting, food and gifts – great fun! I got confused and thought we had another six months before the big day, but of course it was only five πŸ™‚ I do hope all is well with you and thank you for keeping in touch, it is always good to hear from you, love Ali xx

  24. alison keenan August 5, 2013 at 1:02 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jilly, so lovely to hear from you and I along with no doubt every other reader of this blog, was delighted to hear that your Lake District holiday was such a success. And how lucky were you with the weather?! πŸ™‚ Summers like these are precious and it must have been such a relief to have all your family around you after what has been such a traumatic year. I can almost visualise Annie with her short hair, long lashes, and suntanned skin – the picture of health… and I can imagine how that makes you feel, having watched her go through all that she did these earlier months. And I SO get what you mean when you say how it made you feel to watch her run up the stairs two at a time… I remember having to spend one night sleeping on the sofa as I just felt too ill to get upstairs… long ago now and far away, as it is now for all of you too. Thank you for your kind words about my hair – Kathy Tayler also said how much she liked me wearing it down. I really need to get it cut, but can’t quite bring myself too just yet but maybe over this next month. Jilly, you have a very good memory for dates as it was indeed the 31st July that I had the first in my series of operations. Unfortunately it has knocked me for six and although I’m on strong painkillers, I’m struggling a little. Of course the good bit is that all the lumpy painful worrying scar tissue has been removed, which means that once the bruising goes down I should be much more comfortable πŸ™‚ I’ve written a new blog with more detail, but thank you as always for keeping in touch and asking after me. Lucy, as always, has been here for me – and the boys also visited on the day of my op – and yes, to see her happy, is all I need to see – you are right πŸ™‚ Take good care and enjoy the rest of our beautiful summer, with my love, Ali xx

  25. martin forbes August 5, 2013 at 6:49 pm -  Reply

    alsion thanks for replying have you done xmas in july before.
    in previous years

  26. Alison Keenan August 6, 2013 at 12:11 am -  Reply

    Sue bless you for making so many attempts to comment and as you’ll see two at least ended up here! :). It sounds altho you are all very busy at the mo and I hope thAt this weekend’s meeting with your Australian cousin will be fun! Yes, colin and I really enjoyed Nashville and has vows to do it again next year πŸ™‚ and you like Jilly are spot on for working out what makes me and all the other mum’s happy… Our children’s happiness, and Lucy is indeed enjoying life busy thought it is, and looking forward to starting a new job I. September. Thank you for your kind words about Beulah … Her funeral was a vey special occasion and one I will always remember…. Her boys were truly brave… You take care and please do keep in touch, with lo e, Ali xxx

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