How lucky am I?


Well…. How lucky am I to have you in my life… so very many thanks for your kind caring and supportive words that have genuinely helped not just me but the children too, through this last week or more.

Although quite tough at times to read about the difficult and lonely times so many of you are also going through, it was lovely to be able to write back and hopefully offer you the same support you have given to me. It’s what the blog is all about, and you’re what makes it so special to so many of us.  Thank you.

It was such a relief to feel well enough to be back at work on Tuesday, and even more gratifying to have so many of you with me at 8pm for the regular Diamonique show.

I am keeping my fingers crossed that either Lucy or the boys will buy me the Omega single stone necklace for my birthday! (308862). I’m definitely going to push for more of the champagne coloured stones too – it is one of my all time favourite colours in either the smaller or large stones.

I thought this ring though was absolutely stunning just incase you missed it. (665544) Hard to choose I appreciate, but do you have a favourite colour you’d like to see featured in more designs? Do let me know and I’ll pass it on to our buyers.

Talking of beautiful things, did you hear about the ancient gold jewellery that was found in Staffordshire a few days ago? –

Mark Hambleton and his friend Joe Kania found the three necklaces and a bracelet while they were doing a bit of metal detecting.  Realising they’d dug up something pretty special they had the foresight to take the pieces to the Portable Antiquities Scheme (who knew?!)  It turned out the jewellery dated back to the Iron Age -around 400-250 BC and is thought to be the oldest gold work ever discovered in Britain.

It was quite incredible to see these amazing Torc designs, made from solid gold and almost unmarked in spite of being buried for so many years under the soil. I felt quite inspired when digging the garden earlier today, but my momentary flush of excitement uncovered not gold but a rather grubby old toy car! I don’t think this Corgi Ford Consul would fetch much at auction!

I can’t say I remember that particular model of car, but my first car was a Triumph Herald convertible. She cost £245 and was white with a black vinyl roof. I’d only had her a week or more when my dad came to see us, and I took him out for a spin.

I’ll never be sure whether it was the strange noise every time I changed gear that worried him or the weird wheel wobble, but he said that he’d like to take it to his garage and have it looked over. It turned out that I’d been sold a pup. Rusted at all four points of the chassis, and the steering column in such a bad way that if I’d have hit a bump at 30 mph it would have sheared off!

Dad got my money back and the vehicle trader’s licence suspended, and my mum came with me when I bought my next car which was a Volkswagen Beetle – ERD 537D – and I had her for five fabulous years.  She only had a six volt battery so the lights were always dim, if it was frosty there was ice on the inside of the glass as well as outside, and she sounded like a Singer Sewing Machine when I turned the engine over.  But for all that, I loved her, and was really sorry to see her go, especially as I had to rely on a moped to get me to work for the next year!  Do you remember your first car?  Maybe you still have it? I’d love to know – maybe you too had a VW Beetle.

Of course when it comes to cars there’s no one more switched on than my Sam. He’s always loved anything with an engine and has an unbelievable knowledge of all things from spark plugs to ceramic brakes and now makes his living working for a very successful company, where his job is mapping engines. He recently celebrated his 1st year at his company, hence the cake 🙂   Not exactly my area of expertise, but I believe it enables him to boost the power and fuel economy of most cars.

It’s his birthday on the 10th March, and I find it hard to believe that he will be 28 years old and I remember so clearly the day he was born, and what a dear little toddler he was.

He had his own collection of Hot Wheels cars, and used to run around the shoe shop to see which pair of trainers were the fastest…  Over the years he’s proved to himself, that in spite of all that life has thrown at him, it is possible to be happy and successful, and I’m really proud of him for all that he has achieved. Sam was born just six days before my own birthday, and this year I’ve got the day off!

That said, I’m delighted to be presenting an hour of Joe Brown’s fashion on the 15th March at 7pm. I know many of you have loved the range and it’s a label I wear regularly. Check out item numbers 165813, 165809, and 165818 which I’ve just ordered!

Something I can promise you is that the prices are definitely within range of most wallets, unlike this rather unlikely collection of clothing…. I spotted this while reading a magazine at the hospital, and when I added up the cost of each garment, it came to £8,956!

The good news following my appointment is that my bloods are all stable, no change.  I’m going to take a month’s break from my new meds though as they’re causing problems with joint pain, so there are a couple of other drugs I can try which is good.

Before I go, a date for the diary is March the 26th when I will be launching the Decleor four piece Skin in Bloom TSV.  Not only is the value exceptional, but the collection of products are perfect for the spring.  I’ll have more information on that in my next blog so watch this space!

Well, all that remains for me to do is to send you my love as always, and hope that you have a fabulous weekend.  Colin and I are babysitting Honey, Henry and George while Lucy and Simon have a night away – I promise to take lots of photos!

With my love,

Ali xxxx


  1. marie mugford March 3, 2017 at 3:00 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali what a lovely blog as always. So pleased your bloods are good. My first car over 30 years ago was a white mini with a blue roof it was old and basic but I loved it until it finally died a couple of years later
    i look forward to seeing the pics of Honey next week.
    Marie x
    ps. Good luck with the new meds☺

    • Alison Keenan March 7, 2017 at 11:08 am -  Reply

      Hi there Marie, so glad you liked the blog. Wow a white mini! Funny how they were seen as being fairly basic, but nowadays deemed to be very classy! I had a black mini when Lucy was first born, and I remember how difficult it was to fit the safety straps to hold the carry cot in place! 🙂 Thanks for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  2. Gwen March 3, 2017 at 4:01 pm -  Reply

    Hello Dear Ali,

    First of all I have to thank you for your very lovely words of support to me in your last blog, they really did cheer me and day by day I am feeling a little brighter. I am so very happy for you that your results were good, keep up the good work!!!

    The best car I ever had was a little Black MGB with a sun roof that pushed way back, so that on a sunny summer day and with Sinatra singing to me I was a very happy lady.
    Maybe a bit of a poser as well.

    I have to tell you Ali that you are looking so well and I love your hair style, you are always a joy to watch, and the photos you have included in this blog are lovely.

    Thanks again,

    Love to you and yours,


    • Alison Keenan March 7, 2017 at 11:14 am -  Reply

      Dear Gwen I am so glad to know that you are feeling brighter, and I hope very much that you have the sunshine to cheer you today. I love the sound of your MGB – black and with a sunroof! I think you had every reason to do a little posing, especially when Sinatra was singing too! Thank you for your kind words about the photos – it was lovely going back through all those memories. Hoping for another good hair day when I’m with you this evening! Take care Gwen, and thank you for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  3. Claire Sutton March 3, 2017 at 5:09 pm -  Reply

    Oh I do love your words my lovely:-) and even better that I saw you today…simply lovely … My first car…Fiat Uno, drove it into the central reservation…end of car and never again a white car for me, tho as Dan says there’s not many colours left with all my little moments…that one was a big one but God was smiling down and I was fine..laughing at the thought of you on a Moped! Xxx

    • Alison Keenan March 7, 2017 at 11:18 am -  Reply

      Hello there sweetie! So good to hear from you, and thank heavens the Lord was looking out for you when you were behind the wheel of that Fiat Uno!! So strange my Triumph was white too, and I’ve never owned another white car since! Do you remember the red car that I stepped out into the road and almost under its wheels? And we’d only been drinking tea!!! 🙂 You’d have laughed even louder if you’d have seen the faux fur jacket I used to wear when I rode my moped. I looked like a Yetti 🙂 xxxx

  4. Denise Pilcher March 3, 2017 at 6:43 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Ali-so lovely to hear that you and your children have been so well supported throughout this difficult time – although I am a great believer of what we give we often sow. As you are such a positive lady, who gives comfort to others, I am not at all surprised in the support offered back to you. What a true blessing!
    I had to giggle to myself , as i remembered my first car. It was a brown mini metro. Often a little red light would flash at me and I would often wonder what it was. I found out when i decided to pull up outside the latest “in place to be”. The engine blew up! Everyone seemed to be sat outside enjoying the lovely , balmy evening! I was mortified, but I suppose it was a good way to get noticed!
    I am pleased to hear all is well with your blood results and hope all goes well with the new meds. Have a great March – until next time , much love Denise x

    • Alison Keenan March 7, 2017 at 12:00 pm -  Reply

      Hello there Denise, and thanks so much for your kind words. I feel very privileged to be able to keep in touch with you this way and it’s always good to hear about your life too! Love the story about your brown mini metro! How embarrasing for you! Although at least you were somewhere you could get help, rather than have it happen in the middle of no-where 🙂 I hope you are enjoying the sunshine today love Ali xx

  5. Helen Heywood March 3, 2017 at 7:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, my first car in the early 1980’s was a Mini Clubman. More rust than was safe I think. Good news about your bloods. Enjoy babysitting xx

    • Alison Keenan March 7, 2017 at 12:02 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Helen – a Mini Clubman! Was that the one with a hatch back – well doors at the back I mean? Everything used to rust back then, or the paint faded terribly. I hope you’ve got something nice to drive around in now! Thanks for your good wishes, and yes we had a wonderful weekend with the grandchildren. Love Ali xx

  6. Teresa L March 3, 2017 at 8:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali what a lovely blog this week. Paul and I are so happy that your bloods are ok and hoping the new meds will be just as good and not cause you any more joint pains. Having been suffering with really bad pain in my neck for the last couple of months I can sympathise with you.
    My first car was a white Ford Fiesta with black leather seats and huge wheels and went like a dream and I loved it to bits, her name was Snowie.
    Hope you have a fabulous weekend with the little ones, looking forward to the pictures.
    Hopefully next blog I will be able to report the the conservatory has been finished and that we have been able to order the new furniture to make it complete.
    Take care dear Ali love from Teresa xxx

    • Alison Keenan March 7, 2017 at 12:14 pm -  Reply

      Teresa so good to hear from you, and to know that you’re another driver who chose a white car as her first!! Those Fords could run and run – my mum had an Escort which she drove for years! Sorry that you’ve been having pains in your neck – that’s where mine is bad too – I hope it improves soon. It sounds as though you’re cracking on with the house – I am sure the conservatory will be beautiful! Definitely more photos next blog, and thanks for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  7. Elaine sallis March 3, 2017 at 9:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali have a lovely birthday its mine on Monday. We are going away for a few days. So glad your blood tests were ok. Elaine

    • Alison Keenan March 7, 2017 at 12:15 pm -  Reply

      Belated Happy Birthday to you Elaine! I hope wherever you end up for your few days away, that you will have good weather and enjoy yourself. Thanks for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  8. Mary Morphy March 4, 2017 at 7:13 am -  Reply

    Hi Allison from a very wet and rainy Westgate..I hope the sun is shining where you are..Olly can hear the rain and keeps lifting his head uo from under my lovely Julien Macdonald throw wondering when we are going out. As it’s only 6.30am on Saturday not yet. I cannot seem to train m body to weekend times!!
    I really don’t know where the last two weeks have gone..It’s been very rushed and busy and mum has kept us all on our toes and had a very nasty fall at home last week whilst my sister was in the house with the gas man..All for a legitimate reason you understand..She was very bruised and very lucky she didn’t break her hip..The footstool she fell on suffered a unmendable ( not sure if that’s a proper word but I like it) broken leg!
    My first car was a wolsely with two tone paint and a walnut fascia. It was my cousin’s car and given to us when she bought her mini in 1984.The steering wheel was huge and off centre and the keys used to fall out of the dashboard but the engine still kept going. When this car ceased to work me and my twin bought a vermilion orange mini reg SKT 516S… I had started at the bank and as I had been there 6 month I could get a loan. I had priority driving during class the week as I needed to drive to work and she had priority at the weekend although we played hockey so would be driving around for matches. My grandad though had a beautiful hyacinth blue triumph herald which looked lovely keep new. All the chrome gleamed and he wouldn’t drive it in the rain! When it stopped working he really should have stopped driving as he was well into his 80’s but he sold it to a collector and brought a brown lada!
    I hope you enjoyed Funny Girl..I thought Sheridan Smith was amazing in Moorside which was recently on TV..Loved her in Cilla too…A great actress.
    Thanks for sharing your family photos of Sam.. Delighted he has found a career he enjoys and it good at. A mechanical car person in the family can only be a good thing.
    I just hope my son Jack funds some employment soon..He is getting very low at times and applies for lots of jobs without success which is spiralling whatever confidence he has..It’s a tough old world. I have been thinking if you all and glad to hear your family are coping with your recent news but I am sure the support given to each other is unmeasurable and much wanted.
    So it’s a Decleor Tsv on my birthday..26th March and Mother’s Day..I have already said I am not cooking on that day!! Cannot believe m big 50 party was almost a year ago…And the knee isn’t thanking me for it!!
    Have a lovely time with the grandchildren. Much love Mary xxx

    • Alison Keenan March 8, 2017 at 1:20 pm -  Reply

      Dear Mary I hope the rain has now gone and you have sunshine in West gate. I’m so sorry to hear that your mum has had a fall, and hope that she is recovering nicely. Thank heavens your sister was there with the gasman! Lovely to read about your first car, although it must’ve been a bit of a nightmare to drive I seem to remember they were very large cars. Love the bit about the keys falling out although the engine kept running… The mini seems to be a very popular choice for lots of us and I’m glad that your schedule works so well with your sister. I can’t imagine having worked so well with mine! Lucy and I had a lovely time at the theatre and Sheridan Smith was true to form, and exceptional in the role of funny price. I also loved her as Cilla, in fact I don’t think there’s anything I’ve seen her in where she hasn’t been superb. Difficult to watch her in the C Word though, although she played the part with realism. I’m so sorry to hear about your jack, sounds as though he’s going to the same thing as my job. So difficult to bolster them when they are constantly let down. You want others to see them as you see them and for someone to just give them a chance. We have to stay positive for them, and as I tell my Jack, there’s something for him out there somewhere, we just haven’t found it yet. Your birthday is the day after Claire Sutton’s! And as you say Mother’s day. I do hope that your sister or your children will cook something special for you and that you’ll get a cake too! Hard to believe it was a year ago when you had your mighty celebration – here’s hoping your knee will forgive you in the next 12 months. I will send you my love for your birthday, and as I’m launching the Decleor TSV I’ll make sure I give you a mention 🙂 Take care Mary and thanks as always for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  9. Stephanie March 4, 2017 at 9:47 am -  Reply

    Hi glad all your bloods are good i know from personally experience that although i had 3 lots of surgery that was the easiest bit.
    my son is also going to be 28 on March 10th i cannot believe how old is as it seems like yesterday
    Good luck with the new meds

    • Alison Keenan March 8, 2017 at 1:25 pm -  Reply

      Dear Stephanie, how lovely to think our boys are exactly the same age! You’ll remember it was Red Nose day on the 10th March that year.. the ambulance driver wanted me to wear one, but I rather churlishly refused as I was in labour at the time! I’m sorry that you have obviously been through a difficult time with surgery, and that your medication isn’t suiting too well. I hope that in time you can maybe try something different as I will be doing. Love Ali xx

  10. Merche March 4, 2017 at 12:38 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, so pleased to hear everything went well at the hospital. My first car was a Vauxhall Chevette, which was ok until you got heavy rain, then you got a wet foot! I am celebrating my 70th birthday today with my family and on the 9th John and I will celebrate our 49th wedding anniversary.

    • Alison Keenan March 8, 2017 at 1:27 pm -  Reply

      Belated Birthday wishes to you Merche, and every good wish tomorrow for you and John on your 49th Wedding Anniversary. I hope you have a lovely day. A Vauxhall Chevette! I never drove one of those, but I do remember the wet foot syndrome – I had it in the latter years of driving the Beetle! 🙂 Thanks for writing to me, and I hope you enjoy your celebratory week. Love Ali xx

  11. Debbie March 4, 2017 at 5:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,reading your blogs I very quickly realized your one tiny but tough cookie!,I do hope the new meds give you better relief….I love your family pics,my son will also be 28 in a few months(where did the time go?)…I celebrated my 50th last month but thanks to qvc’s fantastic beauty bargain s I don’t look too bad!! Haha,lots of love,Debbie xx

    • Alison Keenan March 8, 2017 at 1:30 pm -  Reply

      Debbie I’m sure you look amazing, and I’m really pleased you make the best of all the beauty bargains we have at QVC. Don’t miss the Decleor TSV – it has some beautiful products in it..I didn’t have Lucy until I was 25, then 29 for Sam and a month of 33 years old with Jack, so I’m guessing I was quite a lot older than you when you had your son. I hope you are able to spend the day with him and celebrate together. My dad used to have an expression “A tough old bird” – I think that’s how he may have described me too 🙂 Have a great week, love Ali xx

  12. Joanna Downey March 4, 2017 at 8:25 pm -  Reply

    Hello Mrs E, What a treat it is to have another message so soon from you. Reciprocity is one of my favourite words and this blog has oodles of it, I know that I speak for everyone who posts a reply that we count ourselves lucky to have you in our lives too. Your Sam is a super young man who has the same smile he had when he was such a gorgeous little boy. After reading your story of Sam a few months ago he joined my list of heroes, being born six months before our Ellie I can visualise his milestones and I hope he has a great birthday. First car… a mini in cinnabar red with black “go faster” stripes and dogtooth patterned upholstery, he went by the name of Erik and I loved him. I still have Erik’s bucket – bright red and bought by my mum so that he’d always be clean! I’m delighted that you had good results from your latest tests, my brother in law also had a big tick so both have been put in my Happiness jar which fills up throughout the year with good and happy events, sights and thoughts all written on small pieces of paper that get read between Christmas and New Year. I had a good laugh at the photo from the magazine, she looked as though she’d had surgery on her hands and feet, which was probably the reason for the unhappy look on her face, in complete contrast to the photo of Honey who looks full of joie de vivre. Love from Jo x

    • Alison Keenan March 8, 2017 at 1:38 pm -  Reply

      Hello there Mrs D, I am now racking my brains trying to remember which song has the words reciprocity in it.. I think it’s one of those from Chicago, but I’m such a sieve head these days 🙂 A great word though and I’m glad you think it is appropriate for this blog. Bless you for your kind words about Sam – such a relief that things turned out right for him, although as you know, it was one hell of a struggle. Another Mini! It’s lovely to know how many of us that the original car, named it, and loved it! Jo you are an absolute inspiration with your Happiness jar idea. I am going to buy something for Jack and start putting little notes in there, and then when there are a few and he is feeling stronger, I will give it him and explain the idea. I am sure it will help him. thank you 🙂 Glad the photo of the hot fashion made you smile – your comment made me laugh out loud! and yes Honey is always guaranteed to make me smile. Take care Jo, love from Ali xx

  13. Linda March 4, 2017 at 10:01 pm -  Reply

    Lovely blog as always Ali. I am so glad that your bloods are good. I now how you feel about the trouble you are having with your drugs I have been on loads of different drugs over my 25yrs with rheumatoid arthritis. I have had my two hips and one of my knee’s replaced. I am know waiting for a pre op for my other knee and they now tell my that my ankle has deteriorated and they will have to see what they can do about it. I was suppose to be starting new drugs to help with my pain. but it has to be put back until I have my ops, as they have to be out of your system for quite a time before you have any operations. So just one more set back to come to terms with. But as I try to tell myself there is always people that are a lot worse off. Well Ali have a great birthday for you and your son. Look after yourself. Love Linda. xxxxxxxxxxxx

    • Alison Keenan March 8, 2017 at 1:40 pm -  Reply

      Dear Linda, you poor thing having to struggle with rheumatoid arthritis after your hip and knee replacements, and now to be told you have problems with your ankle too. It makes me realise yet again how lucky I am to have just a few niggles to contend with these days. I very much hope they will find suitable pain meds for you once the operation has been carried out. Try and stay positive – easy for me to say I realise – but at least once they have all the information, they can try and formulate a more effective plan for you. Thank you so much for taking the time to write to me and for Sam and my birthday wishes. You look after yourself too, love Ali xx

  14. Joanna Downey March 5, 2017 at 9:19 am -  Reply

    Hello again, The Omega chain necklace is gorgeous, I’ve got the rhodium plated one – love it. Jo x

    • Alison Keenan March 8, 2017 at 1:41 pm -  Reply

      Oh, so glad it arrived Jo! I think I need to send a reminder to Lucy or Sam, as I didn’t include the item number and I’m certain they won’t know what I’m talking about! I wish you health and happiness to wear it! Love Ali xx

  15. Chris Page March 5, 2017 at 3:10 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali

    Ford Fiesta Ghia Automatic in Gunmetal grey, reg no. F456HRO. With one exception, all my Motability cars have been Fiestas. Reliable and easy to drive. And don’t chuck that toy car away – the current fashion amongst some car enthusiasts is for Rat Rods r “sleepers”. They look rusty on the outside, but often have high powered engines. I always thought played-with toy cars had more appeal than pristine, untouched “Shelf Queens”.


    • Alison Keenan March 8, 2017 at 1:44 pm -  Reply

      Dear Chris, A Ford Fiesta Ghia! So glad that it was reliable – all the Fords the children or I have ever driven have done us proud too! I’ll hang onto the car after your advice, although the windscreen and window plastic is now unattached and rattling around inside the car! I agree I think something that is pre-loved is much more appealing than pristine and untouched things. Take care and thanks for writing to me, love Ali xx

  16. Elaine sallis March 5, 2017 at 4:01 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali how lovely to see the picture of Sam. I hope you are feeling better. It’s my birthday tomorrow. I hope you have a lovely birthday Elaine xx

    • Alison Keenan March 8, 2017 at 1:44 pm -  Reply

      Belated Happy Birthday to you Elaine for Monday! I hope you had a lovely day. Many thanks for your birthday wishes to me 🙂 Enjoy the week, love Ali xx

  17. Irene March 6, 2017 at 12:08 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison
    Love reading all your news and pleased that your blood results are stable also good luck with your new medication. .You are such a lovely warm person thanking us all for our kind words and support but I find since I have been writing to you I have found great comfort from what you reply and your kind and wise words of support certainly has helped me through some very tough times lately so thankyou. Weather here on the south coast has been so cold and wet and am so looking forward to the summer. Just been today to my Grandaughters 5th birthday party and felt great joy just watching her opening her presents and having fun with her friends. Honey is growing up so fast and I am sure you also get great joy as well watching her changing so quickly along with your other Grandchildren as I can see by the photos you post on your blog. Pleased you have recovered from the nasty viral infection you had and that you have returned to work. Look forward to your next blog. Love Irene xx

    • Alison Keenan March 8, 2017 at 1:48 pm -  Reply

      My dear Irene, I am so glad that my words have given some comfort at a time when I realise you were struggling… I do hope that little by little you will feel more at peace and able to cope. You have always been so supportive of me it is lovely to be able to give something back. I’m glad that you like I have your granddaughter’s company to bring you joy. It’s good to know you were there with her and the family to watch them all celebrate her fifth birthday. I find it incredible to think that Honey will be two years old in May – I don’t know where those years have gone. I do hope the weather on the south coast has improved – we had a beautiful day yesterday and I walked six miles before heading into work. It always lifts my spirits. Take good care of yourself Irene, and do keep in touch, with my love, Ali xx

  18. martin forbes March 6, 2017 at 9:04 am -  Reply

    hi alison how are you besaring up now i have had anice slow 2weeks holiday l;azy doing nothing just relaxing and chilling back towork tomorrow tuesday never mind 12 weeks to go end of may 2weeks summer hols 1week in september 5 weeks paid holiday something to look forward how are your sons daughter bearing up.your granddaughter is getting taller now is she 2 now she will soon be at nursery

    • Alison Keenan March 8, 2017 at 1:51 pm -  Reply

      Dear Martin, lovely to hear from you and to know that you made the best of your time away from work. It’s lovely not to have to get up at a certain time every day, but to do exactly what you choose to instead. You certainly deserve it. Holidays are sacred! My children are coping very well, and that’s very kind of you to ask. I think once the funeral is over it will be easier to move forwards.. Little Honey is growing up so quickly and her speech is really coming on. We had a lovely weekend looking after her. I hope returning to work wasn’t too tiring for you. Love Ali xx

  19. Christine March 6, 2017 at 7:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali good you are getting there. Our first car was ford cortina had to push it to start it. HA!HA!
    Snap with Sam’s birthday cake my birthday is to morrow. Honey is picking up tricks from Gran how to put make up on. Glad your bloods are good.
    Take care X

    • Alison Keenan March 8, 2017 at 1:53 pm -  Reply

      Dear Christine, sorry I have only just read this, but I hope that you had a very happy birthday yesterday. I’m not sure I’ll be seeing Sam this year on his birthday as I am working, but we will all be together the following Saturday so that will be nice. Yes Honey is getting tips from me and the beauty experts at the Q 🙂 We used to have to push my mum’s Ford Anglia to get it going too. Thanks so much for writing, love Ali xx

  20. Linda Finch,, March 6, 2017 at 9:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali , iam so pleased you have good results about your blood’s and your new drugs work , there is nothing worse than joint pain, ,myself having osteoarthritis (like lots of people )it’s not nice you don’t know what to do to ease the pain sometimes, and the damp weather is worse,but we keep soldiering on .in the next couple of weeks my hubby starts his hospital appointments again ,first one is to get the results from his last scan of his ankle to see how that is progressing, then second is to see a different surgeon to see what they are going to do about his knee ,I think he will have to have a knee replacement because he is in so much pain now ,but the worst think is you have to get to the point of not being able to stand the pain before they will consider an operation .Have a really good time babysitting, we had Harry &Ellie last weekend while Simon &Michelle went to the cinema, but they don’t have to be entertained ,I can’t believe Harry is 14 on the 8 March & Ellie will be 11 on the 18 March the same day as her mum ,so what they tend to do is celebrate Ellies on the day and Michelle the day after. Looking forward to joe Brown’s fashion will be watching as always ,lovely photo of Honey as always she’s such a sweetheart .love to you and Colin as always Linda F xxx

    • Alison Keenan March 13, 2017 at 11:16 am -  Reply

      Hi there Linda, good to hear from you, and I hope that these last few sunny days will have helped your arthritis. The damp weather definitely makes things worse, so roll on the summer! Your poor husband sounds as though he’s having a bad time of it, and I know that knees can be particularly painful. Fingers crossed someone will come up with a solution and soon. I can’t imagine Honey being as grown up as your Ellie, but she is two in May and that in itself is quite incredible. I hope you’ve enjoyed the weekend, and that you found something you liked in the Joe Brown Fashion hour. Love to you and yours, Ali xx

  21. Janet Jones March 7, 2017 at 3:30 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali ,glad to hear your blood results are ok and happy birthday to you and Sam. I had a scare at the end of last year. I had what looked like strange bruising on the side I had my breast cancer. I was seen at the hospital very quickly and my surgeon told me it was a problem with my skin not the cancer returning. I was so nervous I could barely open the buttons on my blouse, I was so scared. it seems to be going now but I will keep a careful watch on it. The fear never leaves but we have to live our lives the best we can which I think you and I do that very well. My beautiful grandson still needs his tonsils removing and has more eye complications and more eye operations. He is the apple of my eye, my darling boy who’s so very brave.
    I am writing this as I am off work with laryngitis at the moment and a rotten virus. it was my back a couple of weeks ago and before that the lurgy . I am itching to get back out into my garden and even work !!!
    Sorry to be a bit miserable . I did have a real treat last month and my husband took me to see Donny Osmond in concert he was superb. I need to get well to see my grandson asap. Take care Ali and I hope all is well with you Alpa love Janet xx

    • Alison Keenan March 13, 2017 at 11:24 am -  Reply

      My dear Janet how lovely to hear from you, although I was sorry to read about your scare last year. I am not remotely surprised that you were worried; as you say the fear never really leaves us, and every blood test or scan, or lump and bump brings back that sick feeling… It’s wonderful that you were seen so quickly though, and having a busy life, and little Alfie I’m sure will be comfort. So sorry he’s still having to cope with the complications and eye operations, but I’m certain there will come a day when they will resolve all his issues.. I do hope so. Sorry that you too got this awful bug that has laid so many of us low at work. My sister still has a cough and that’s four weeks on, so I’m very much hoping that following a little sunshine this weekend, you will be feeling much better. How kind of your husband to take you to see Donny. Colin took me some years back in Brighton, and I loved it. Made me cry though – it was like being 14 all over again. Take care and I do hope you’ve been well enough to see little Alfie. I do hope Alpa is well – it’s been such a long time since we heard from her. Love Ali xx

  22. Gail March 7, 2017 at 8:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi lovely lady, firstly I must say how sorry I am to hear of Stephen’s passing. Very sad for all the loved ones left behind. I always say that grief is the hardest emotion to deal with, the one I dread the most. I must admit that I didn’t realise he was your ex husband, but do remember him on the tele; who could forget that lovely accent, very sad.

    Thrilled that your bloods were okay, great news. Wish you luck if and when you start the new meds. Joint pain is no fun as I, like Linda, know due to RA.

    I had to think what my first car was as so long ago, bu my husband assures me it was a green Renault. I hadn’t had it long when a car knocked me into the oncoming traffic on the Edgware Road. A road usually full of traffic and buses, but thankfully this day road completely clear. I ended up facing the oncoming traffic next to a bus stop. My next car was a brand new red Escort. We travelled to Spain on holiday in it and was having a great time, until one morning all the GB cars in the apartment car park had been ‘keyed’, mine included, boo hoo.

    You mentioned the phrase sold ‘a pup’. I had to look that one up as I’d never heard of that.

    It’s fantastic to see Sam looking so well and happy. I found the video you posted a few months back inspiring, honest and brave. A lovely bit of filming too, so inspiring and thank you to Sam for sharing.

    I must say Denise Pilcher’s comment had me in stitches. The image was hilarious – happy days Denise.

    Honey is adorable and growing so fast, love seeing the photos.

    Wishing you a lovely birthday, keep well and if you don’t mind I’d like to send Karen Jenkins a big hug and tell her that I’m thinking of her.

    Take care xxx

    • Alison Keenan March 13, 2017 at 11:29 am -  Reply

      Hello there Gail, and thank you for your kind words of comfort – grief is a very difficult emotion, although I am very proud of the way my children have coped. Lovely to hear about your first car, although majorly relieved to know that the Edgware road was clear that day. That was my daily route to QVC when we were at Battersea, and it was only ever clear if I finished work at 2am! How rotten to have your beautiful Escort keyed.. no doubt you were upset! I worked with Charlie last night, and he hadn’t heard the expression about being sold a pup either! I think it was one of my dad’s… I’m so glad you took the time out to watch Sam’s video, and thank you for your comments – I will pass them on to him. Thanks also for your kind birthday wishes – I think it’s time I started counting backwards! Bless you for your kind wishes to Karen – I am certain she will see them. I think of her often too. Take care and enjoy the week – please do keep in touch, love Ali xx

  23. barbara michael March 8, 2017 at 8:30 am -  Reply

    Lovely blog Ali glad all is well with you – talking about cars mine was the same as your first car a Triumph Herald convertible in powder blue – mine also shook rattled and rolled but myself and friends thought we were the bee`s knees when we were out in it that was in the late 60`s – those were the days – take carexx

    • Alison Keenan March 13, 2017 at 11:30 am -  Reply

      Oooh powder blue! How lovely! Well at least yours got you from A to B 🙂 Thanks for sharing Barbara, and great to hear from you on the blog. Love Ali xx

  24. Karen Jenkins March 8, 2017 at 11:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, the lovely little Honey made my day again, she is certainly a little beauty !
    Good to hear Sam is enjoying his work, 2 of my 3 boys are motors mad, cars, cars and more cars and one of them is also a motorbike mechanic…..engines galore at our house and bits of them everywhere too ! Even Hallie knows more about cars and bikes than me haha.
    So glad everything is ok with you, such a relief, long may it continue. My next scan is due on the 22nd so hoping all will be stable, you never know they may find a cure very soon, there is always hope.
    Thank you Gail for sending me a big hug, I really appreciate it, so nice to know people remember and genuinely care. I can’t believe how people I haven’t even met can be far more caring and concerned, especially you Ali, than certain members of my close family, and It really does mean a lot to me so thank you for writing as you do, you are an amazing lady with an amazing family of bloggers who all bring me comfort with your kind words.
    My husband has told me he would buy me the diamonique angel wing earrings so I am off to order them now Ali , your card is on the way……..
    Look forward to your next update, keep smiling, my love Karen x

    • Alison Keenan March 19, 2017 at 7:22 pm -  Reply

      Hello there Karen, so good to hear from you, and to catch up on your world and little Hallie. I will keep everything crossed for the 22nd, and as you say, they may well find a cure for this rotten disease, sooner rather than later. So glad though that you are being so well monitored and cared for. Have you had a chance to wear your pendant yet? How lovely that your husband will be buying you the earrings – you’ll look lovely in them. I was so pleased to receive your beautiful card, and even happier that you’d put the photographs in there so I can now put a face to the name – oh and Hallie of course too! 🙂 It’s a shame Gail, Jo and all the others who are wishing you well can’t see them, but suffice to say, you do look fabulous and are obviously looking after yourself well. Your positive strength shines through. Take care, and thank you for keeping in touch. Love Ali xx

  25. Judith Lennon March 9, 2017 at 9:36 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali

    So glad to hear your bloods came back OK. A big relief for you I’m sure. My first car was a maroon Fiat127. By the time it came to say goodbye to it there were more holes than metal! I loved it and it got me round for shopping and ferrying two little ones for some years. The little car you found was obviously well loved by somebody. I wonder where they are now? The photo of Sam is just like my son who is part owner with his dad in our garage. Always happy to have his head under a bonnet of a car or solving some electrical problem and up to his eyes in oil! As a small child he dismantled an old washing machine waiting for scrap collection. The garage floor was covered in wire, screws and bits of metal. He was sat in the middle of it all with a huge smile on his face. Honey was having fun wasn’t she with the makeup. My girls love using my makeup which I now have to hide as I would continually be replacing it. Happy days. My husband was celebrating a big birthday today and we have had a lovely day celebrating. The family came down for a .Chinese meal and we are going out on Saturday to a local restaurant. I made him a 70 for his cake and the children helped in blow out his candles. I just managed to get the cake mixed whilst he was at work when my faithful Kenwood went up in smoke. What a smell and had to open every window to get rid of the fumes. Didn’t want to have to explain why!!! A great excuse now for a new one from QVC I’ve had my eye on for sometime but couldn’t justify the need. Let’s hope it might be on easy pay. Well Ali I’ll say cheerio for now. Hugs and love as always Judith xx

    • Alison Keenan March 19, 2017 at 7:30 pm -  Reply

      Dear Judith, lovely to hear from you, and I remember there was always a problem with rust on the Fiats. I did like them though, although I never owned one. Your boy sounds just like my Sam, and how nice for him to be able to work with his dad! Sam’s just won an award for the company he works for, so we are all very proud. Belated happy birthday to your husband, and I hope you had a lovely meal in the Chinese restaurant together. Sorry to hear your Kenwood finally gave up the ghost, but well done for ordering a new one. I still have my old Kenwood, but tend to use the Kitchen Aid for most things now. I do hope you had the sunshine earlier in the week, and I will look forward to hearing from you next blog! I love that picture of Honey too… but then I love them all 🙂 lots of love Ali xx

  26. Elizabeth Keenan March 10, 2017 at 4:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali lovely blog as usual, glad you are doing ok and blood all fine, good luck with the new meds.
    Happy Birthday to Sam today, he is so lovely and doing fine now, and Happy Birthday to you as well Ali have a nice birthday when It comes.
    Nice pic of Honey as well she is a real wee girlie.
    Our first car was a duck egg blue Renault 4 with the funny gear change, when I was driving it one day it stopped in the middle of the road, along came knight in shining armour, he said (hen can you take the brake off so I can push it) the brake had seized on and would not budge, had to walk away and leave it till husband came in from his work, they days roads were quiet could not do that now haha.
    take care
    Much Love
    Elizabeth X

    • Alison Keenan March 19, 2017 at 7:39 pm -  Reply

      Dear Elizabeth, thank you for your birthday wishes, and yes, very pleased that my results were good – fingers crossed that whatever new meds I’m given will work without the side effects! I remember the Renault 4, and I love the idea of a duck egg blue colour. That said, the fact it let you down so badly was a shame. Thank heavens it wasn’t nowadays and on the M25! Glad you liked the pic of Honey – more to come in my next blog. Take care and have a good week, love Ali xx

  27. Sue Radford March 10, 2017 at 5:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,

    I was 8 months pregnant when I passed my test 36years ago. I’ll never forget the look on the Instructor’s face as he walked towards me lol! That’s when I had my first car – a tiny blue Fiat 500 with a sunroof. I loved that car! One thing I remember vividly while owning it – a husband of a friend of mine was in a panic to get to work as his car had broken down, so I offered to lend him mine for the day. Bearing in mind he was 6’2″, what a funny sight it was to see him driving up the road with his head practically poking out of the sunroof – I cried laughing. Even after all those years I still have a giggle at that moment lol.

    So glad to see Sam looking so happy. Honey is so cute, what a joy she must be to you.

    Take care,

    Love Sue Radford xx

    • Alison Keenan March 19, 2017 at 7:45 pm -  Reply

      Crikey Sue! I bet the Instructor was scrabbling around in the boot for rubber gloves and string! So glad you passed, and the little Fiat 500 sounds delightful. You made me laugh with your story, and it reminded me of a delightful blonde designer I used to work with who was 6feet tall and she had one of these cars. Her head virtually came out of the sunroof too! I hope you’ve had a lovely weekend, and will have something nice planned for the week ahead. Thanks for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  28. Pauline wilson March 10, 2017 at 7:59 pm -  Reply

    Ali loved reading your blog as always and feel that I know you personally even though I don’t but I have the Omega necklace in the yellow gold purchased a couple of weeks ago and I love it and have had numerous comments looks so real. My first car was a Bedford viva van in red and my then new hubby (we have been now married for 43 years in August) painted the bumpers in yellow and we were referred to as the two noddys lol

    • Alison Keenan March 19, 2017 at 8:09 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Pauline, thank you for your kind words. So glad that you enjoy reading and being part of the blog. It’s a little bit of a window onto the world and it’s great to catch up, compare notes, and when needed, support each other. You have to be the only blogger though who had a van as your first car! I love the idea of a red van though – even more noticeable with the yellow bumpers! Lucy bought the Omega necklace for my birthday and I think its beautiful – so glad you have one too. Love Ali xx

  29. Sue Huskisson March 10, 2017 at 9:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali I’m so pleased that your bloods were good and all the best with your new meds.
    We’ve been away from home for the last two weeks house and animal sitting for my friend and her husband while they were in New York. They have an adorable dog named Rosie and a lovely cat named Cleopatra who acts like a queen and walks like a model!
    I had a birthday last Saturday, the 4th. It was odd not spending it at home but enjoyable just the same.
    I love the photo of Honey doing her makeup, she’s a proper little lady and doesn’t seem to have been a baby for long!
    We’ve not seen our Charlie for a few weeks and I’ve really missed him. His mum face-timed me on my birthday and he sang to me which was lovely but nothing beats having a cuddle does it?
    I’ll say bye for now Ali and wish you a very Happy Birthday when it comes. Love Sue xx

    • Alison Keenan March 19, 2017 at 8:39 pm -  Reply

      Dear Sue, belated birthday wishes to you and altho you weren’t at home I’m so glad Charlie’s mum faced-timed you on your birthday, and I very much hope it won’t be too long before you can have a cuddle with your little man. Thank you for your birthday wishes – I hope to have a blog posted early in the week with some photos – I was completely spoilt! Take care, love Ali xx

  30. Theresa Risby March 13, 2017 at 1:09 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali.
    I love reading your blogs. My first car was a red and white Hillman Super Minx. It was handed down to me by my late dad who had bought himself a new avenger. It was already an old car but it was in great condition as it had been washed and polished very lovingly by dad every week. I had it for several years and loved it.
    Back then cars were built to last.
    Take care. Theresa X

    • Alison Keenan March 19, 2017 at 8:41 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Theresa, thanks so much for your comment and I’m really glad that you enjoy reading the blogs. I remember the Hillmans but not the super Minx! That was kind of your dad. My dad had a Ford Corsair I think it was called! And a Zephyr? It had a bench seat at the front and we used to cram onto it sometimes – no seat belts!! I hope you have a good week, love Ali xx

  31. Ruth letts March 13, 2017 at 6:08 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    My first car 30 years ago was a ‘Rossi red’ Ford Fiesta. C665 TEH. Consequently called Teh c. (Tessie). I bought her from New as my grandmother has passed away and left me a little money. Those were the days when the number plate changed on August the 1st. She was my pride and joy, thank you Grandma. She was delivered the 31st of July, I sat in her waiting for the midnight chimes on the radio so that I could drive her as soon as it was legal on the 1st. I was so excited. The next day was my first drive in rush hour traffic, I thought I was the bees knees, I even bought a red suit to wear so I was totally colour co ordinated with her. I jumped in her that morning and she would not start, I had to go get my neighbour. I felt so foolish, it needed a thing called a choke pulled out to fire it up, something I knew nothing about as cars were always warmed up when they picked you up for a lesson so I didn’t even know such a thing existed. I had Tessie for years until I eventually got a company car. Strangely I have never given any car since a name.

    • Alison Keenan March 19, 2017 at 8:46 pm -  Reply

      Dear Ruth, I can almost feel the excitement! How kind of your grandma, and what a beautiful little car – brilliant that you waited up until midnight on the day itself so you could drive her. And the nod to co-ordinated fashion to match Tessie’s paintwork! I remember those blooming chokes! You had to be really careful with some of them… the worst was my old mini, and the spark plugs on that weren’t up to much either! I had a Nissan Cherry I called Poppet and then a very very old Porsche some years back that I called Kitty… I haven’t named a car since then either, and have never had a brand new car or a company car, but I have ALWAYS loved driving. Thanks so much for writing to me with your memories – great to share them here. I do hope you’ll be able to keep in touch, love Ali xx

  32. Nat Cleeter March 13, 2017 at 9:10 am -  Reply

    Hi ali glad your bloods are good wish you well on your new meds. My first car was a company car a little white ford fiesta and I loved it.

    • Alison Keenan March 19, 2017 at 8:47 pm -  Reply

      Loving the Ford fiesta’s Nat! And a white one – even better that the company paid for is 🙂 Enjoy the week, and thanks for joining in here on the blog! Love Ali x

  33. tina meftah March 13, 2017 at 3:58 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali, I do love reading your blogs and I hope your new meds are better suited to your needs. I did chuckle at the old consul car as my stepdad Joe had one, it was black with red sofa style seats and when me and my siblings (5 of us) were still at school (feels like a hundred years ago now lol) he used to drop us off and pick us up in it depending on his shifts at work, we were grateful but incredibly embarrassed as all our friends’ parents had nice snazzy cars and ours was old, all the seats torn etc… he had that car for so many years (more than 20) until one day it gave up!

    Nice new hairstyle Ali very va va voom
    all the best
    Tina xxx

    • Alison Keenan March 19, 2017 at 8:49 pm -  Reply

      Dear Tina, so glad that you enjoy reading the blogs – I very much enjoy writing and responding to them. Colin’s uncle Ted had a Ford consul too, and I think that ran and ran too. Funny how when we’re children we are ashamed of things like that.. My Lucy wouldn’t ever let me listen to Radio 2 when I picked her up from school… it had to be Radio 1! Glad you like the hair style – depends on who’s styling it so each day is a little different! Take care Love Ali xx

  34. Christine March 15, 2017 at 5:41 pm -  Reply

    Ali I hope you have lovely birthday to morrow. You deserve it
    God bless x

  35. Ali carr March 28, 2017 at 10:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali glad u had a lovely birthday. I love watching your shows. I love seeingthe pictures of honey she’s such a cutie x x

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