I haven’t forgotten you honestly!


Colin's romantic mashI just don't seem to have had any time this last week to bring you up to speed with THE MOVE! Infact after delivery of the boxes, I lost the laptop for a few days!! 🙂

Well, my little cottage now looks a great deal less like home as all the photos and paintings and special things have been taken down and parcelled up by yours truly, Colin and my friend Ros, who very kindly came and spent the day with us to help out.

I had a bit of a wrangle with the removal company about getting the boxes delivered in time for Ros's arrival, but having assured me that they would let me know once they were loaded up, I found out purely by chance that the delivery lorry was at my home while I was on a train to London! Luckily for me my landlord was in the vicinity, so he went along and let the chap leave them all in the sitting room – I needed crampons and climbing boots to get through the front door!

Ironically the reason for my journey to London was to do a piece on BBC Radio London all about moving house! The presenter Jo Good – who is a friend of Pipa's – called me on the Monday and so in the freezing cold I headed off to Broadcasting House.

Do you know, I'd forgotten how much I enjoy radio, and Jo was delightful. She's just taken over Danny Baker's afternoon show and I have to admit to completely losing it on air while discussing the virtues of a lemon! Very funny. The following morning it was back to work, and it was BITTER outside. If it hadn't have been for Maroon 5 I'd have never made it in! I have lost my ice scraper, and used their CD album to scrape the windows and screen 🙂

I got up very early and hadn't had time for breakfast – I actually felt hungry enough to have eaten my gloves! It was very slow on the roads that morning because of freezing fog, and I found myself at one point, sat next to a man in an Audi A3, dressed for the Arctic! He had a hat, scarf, skiiing jacket, earmuffs and huge gloves on ! Maybe he had no heating!

It was still pretty cold when I got back home last night, but Colin was waiting for me and had made this delicious meal of chicken parcels with stilton and parma ham – delicious. The heart-shaped mashed potato made it for me though 🙂

Well I'm going to have to rush off as I am with Nicky Gerwitz for our Gift and Give Day! I hope that your week has gone well, and that you will let me know how you are. Actually moving on the 18th, and then in to work for the Clarisonic's launch – if I don't get packed away that is!

Take care and have a great weekend, love Ali xx


  1. Susan December 14, 2012 at 5:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Aw how sweet is Colin! As if we didn’t know already!!! I think he’s great. He must be a great cook? Heart shaped mash and chicken parcels. Delish! Not your predictable stuff there!! I hope your move goes ok. It will be lovely to be together at last. I am sure you are looking forward to it. How are your brood by the way? All getting on well? Lucy will be glad to be finished school next week I’m sure!
    Chat soon,
    Susan x

  2. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen December 14, 2012 at 5:43 pm -  Reply

    hope your move goes well alison.just a family dinner for you on xmas day . myself mum dae and aunt anne at my place on xmas day

  3. Julie December 14, 2012 at 7:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Good luck for the move on 18th (my last day in work-not rubbing it in!!)
    Was ill last week afterall so another visit to GP next week.
    Went to Lily’s concert this week-would she sing? – no!! and Nanna had to rescue her as she worked herself up so much-was sick!!
    Loved the Clogau show
    Take care, speak soon
    Have a lovely Christmas and New Year
    Julie xx Lily xxxxxx

  4. Marg December 15, 2012 at 1:36 am -  Reply

    I dont think you’ll have much time to sit and read Ali, so let me wish you an event free move to your new home, remember dont look back, everything worth keeping is still with you.
    I hope you settle in enough to have a very happy Christmas and a very peaceful New Year.
    I hope all the ALI’S ARMY ladies a very Happy Festive Season,and hope everyone is well.
    Make sure SANTA finds your stocking and fills it with lots of goodies as well as all the good wishes that are coming to you from all the friends you have made ON QVC,lots of Christmas good wishes to the family,
    Keep on the way you are going, your looking great,
    Kindest Regards,

  5. peggy pig December 15, 2012 at 11:22 am -  Reply

    How romantic of him to make you such a lovely dinner. Its the little things that count. I consider myself lucky in that department too. Very Best wishes

  6. Joanna Downey December 15, 2012 at 12:40 pm -  Reply

    Seasons Greetings Ali, I love Maroon 5 and pleased to hear that they are useful as well as talented, I’m sure that Mr Levine would approve! I also love your potato heart; your Colin is a gorgeous man. I got up incredibly early today because my Colin thought it would be “interesting” to go to deepest, darkest Gloucestershire to watch the Severn Bore. It was extremely muddy and the rain was falling at 45 degrees, however, we met some lovely and very hardy folk and then came home via Cheltenham. The visit to that elegant town was so that I could buy chocolate covered cherries to accompany the brownie cake we have for pudding on Christmas Eve, which sounds ridiculous but I wasn’t going to pay p&p on an item that costs £4.95. I have always preferred Christmas Eve to Christmas Day and celebrate it the way my mums family, who were Polish, did with a Star Supper. The cake is my addition from a recipe I found years ago and the girls have asked for it every Christmas. I hope the move goes smoothly and that the weather is kind. Love from Jo – if I don’t get another opportunity before Christmas I wish you a very Merry Christmas and look forward to your wonderful company in 2013.

  7. Chris Page December 15, 2012 at 6:19 pm -  Reply

    Heart-shaped mash? Definitely true love!
    Mum used to drown mine in gravy, until I told her not to.

  8. Mrs Janet Jones December 15, 2012 at 6:44 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali how lovely of Colin to make you such a romantic meal after a hard days work. I bet you will be glad when the move is over and you can settle into your new home. Homes always look a bit untidy over Christmas, so just drape some tinsel over all the boxes, put your tree up and no one will notice !!!
    I know what you mean about problems with cars. I was up early the other day and the ice was thick. I had driven for a couple of minutes and the accelerator stuck I think it froze, it was so scary as I changed gears to slow down the engine was screaming, so I pulled over and had to wait for a while eventually the car did stop making that awful noise, but it certainly put the wind up me!!We have just finished putting the tree up(it was quite wet as we had left it in the garden) and the house looks very Christmassy, we have even put a small one in the porch with lovely soft twinkling lights which will greet my son and his girlfriend, as my husband has gone to collect them from the station, and we are all going out for Christmas lunch tomorrow.
    Next time you blog you will be in your new home, another chapter in your life. I have sent you a card to QVC so hopefully you will receive it in the next couple of days.
    Take good care Ali, try not to get too stressed! In case you don’t blog before Christmas, I wish you and your family a very merry Christmas, speak soon love Janet xx

  9. Lorraine December 16, 2012 at 2:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    So pleased that your move is now going to plan. Colin sounds such a lovely guy and how nice to have someone to look after you when you arrive home.
    Have a wonderful christmas and all the best for 2013. You are my inspiration x

  10. Edna Munro December 16, 2012 at 6:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi,Ali,Missed replying to your last blog.Hope you all had a good time at Aunt Eileen’s birthday bash.And glad to see that the move is now all sorted.Hopefully you will be fully installed for Christmas,even though you may not be sorted.We moved here from Skye nearly 4 years ago and believe it or not,we still have things in boxes!I did dispose of many things,but still have too much for my cupboard space in this house!Downsizing is not an easy thing to do.LOVED the heart shaped mash.What a romantic gem!!!!Hope you all have a super Christmas and New Year and that this is the start of good times in your life with the past 2 years firmly behind you.Take care,Love Ednax

  11. Elaine sallis December 16, 2012 at 8:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Hope the move goes well. Your Colin is a real romantic isn’t he? Have been looking after Molly today and she was all smiles. She is absolutely gorgeous. Not tha I am biased you understand.
    Love Elaine

  12. Sue Radford December 16, 2012 at 11:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    No need to apologise! How you manage to write the blog and reply to us all when you’re so busy is unbelievable!!
    Good luck with your house move. I hope you’ll be very happy in your new home with Colin – so exciting! That was so sweet – having your dinner ready for you and the heart shaped mashed potato made me smile – how thoughtful was that?
    Love from Sue Radford xx

  13. mary morphy December 17, 2012 at 7:01 am -  Reply

    Good morning Ali, having just watched a Lulu G repeat at 5am this Monday morning and hearing your comment about Christmas parcels in boxes and that you were moving in 5 days leads be to believe that you may be moving NOW or have already done so…Hope everything arrives and all your boxes are accounted for..here’s to a few days of chaos!! Anyhow the breaking news is that I am the proud owner of a Lulu G!!! Not a bag unfortunately as I went to CostCo at Thurrock last weekend to buy my Xmas meat and goodies etc with my husbands cousin as I have done for a few years now but, after necessity shopping we had a look round the retail park (would have been rude not too since we were there) and went into TK Maxx..I love a good rummage in that store! Where is this leading, I hear you ask? Well, whilst rummaging in the bag department I came across a black leather snakeskin effect Kipling bag (another great passion of mine) which quite frankly had my name on it and had to be purchased, especially as the RRP was £185 and I bought it for £65.99..would have been even more rude not to have bought it..so I did. So, not quite enough left in the pot for a Lulu bag BUT I have bought the red coin purse with the platform shoe on the front..what a fabulous compromise!
    Oh and please thank Colin for the heart mash idea..what a lovely romantic gesture. I dished up toad in the hole to my kids this week with a heart shape portion of mash rather than the usual dollop and they thought I had been at the Christmas Baileys already!!
    Had our dept Christmas party on Thursday so noithing too raucas as most had to go to work Friday but we all did ‘secret santa’..not really a secrtet as we had worked out who was buying for who..I got the Girls Aloud CD ‘TEN’ and its been playing very loudly in my car since..a great listen and one to open up the vocal chords if you no what I mean despite my ‘pitching issues’.
    Last week of school this week so countdown started already to FRiday. Have a smooth move..hope you got my xmas card. Love Mary xxx

  14. Trish December 17, 2012 at 9:46 am -  Reply

    Goodness you were up early!

  15. Gail December 17, 2012 at 7:45 pm -  Reply

    Haven’t forgotten about you either Ali xx I’ve been reading all your blogs religiously and have been thrilled that life is being so kind to you. I’m also so excited for yourself and Colin re the move. How you have the energy to fit everything in I don’t know, especially with Christmas just around the corner. I will definitely be thinking of you on Tuesday (tomorrow) and hope everything goes smoothly; how exciting x You are looking so well; long may it be so. How are the children? Are you still staying North of the River Ali. I often look out for you at the Shopping Centres because I know you’re not a million miles from me but, sadly, haven’t bumped into you yet! As for being ready for Christmas, I’m never ready. I try to be on the ball every year but I never am; I’m usually still wrapping presents on Christmas Eve. Thank goodness for that marvellous Elemis TSV. I love QVC but, like Mary, I also love TK Maxx. I do a lot of my shopping there and I’m not too far from a Home Sense either, which is great. Hope you all have a lovely Christmas, in your new home, and may it bring you nothing but happiness.
    Lots of love, Gail xxxxxxxxxx

  16. patricia gardiner December 17, 2012 at 9:38 pm -  Reply

    hi. alli just wanted to wish you and yours a very happy xmas and a fab new year ,and to be truly content and happy in your new home,and to say what a joy you are to watch, you are looking stunning your hair is so classy with your up do realy suits you.i dont suppose you will have time to read this but it feels nice to send you the very best wishes for 2013 god bless and lots of luck for the future ,love and best wishes trishxx.

  17. Liz, Lancashire December 17, 2012 at 10:01 pm -  Reply

    Wishing everyone on here a peaceful, happy and healthy Christmas and 2013. Thanks for putting your stories on here – always something amusing.
    Hope the move goes smoothly, Ali, and just decorate the boxes. It will be fine!!!
    I am having a spinal nerve block injection on Friday in the hope that will ease my back pain a bit. Worse bit is I have to be at the hospital for 7.45am so leaving home an hour earlier. At least we’ll miss rush hour….
    Went to Budapest last weekend – via Bratislava. All due to a fire closing Budapest airport. We then had the joys of a 4+ hour coach trip through the countryside. It was bleak and flat! Made the most of our Saturday in Budapest and saw tons and did lots. Saw The Nutcracker ballet at the state opera house on Sunday before a smooth journey home. Great trip though!!!
    Season’s Greetings, one and all.
    Liz x

  18. Gill, Nottingham December 18, 2012 at 12:33 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,that meal looked beautiful! Well done to Colin, he really sounds like a lovely man.
    Today is your moving day, so I hope that all goes well with no dramas. I wish you good luck, health and every happiness in your new home.
    Very Happy Christmas to you and all of your loved ones…. and Ali’s Army!
    Love from Gill xx

  19. angela white December 20, 2012 at 12:57 pm -  Reply

    hi ali, you alright!? hope your move has gone as well as it should and your in your new home i wish you every happiness in your new home and hope you have a lovely christmas and a happy healthy new year! take care and love to you and your family to all of ali”s army merry christmas and a happy healthy new year! see you in 2013 x

  20. Paul December 21, 2012 at 8:16 am -  Reply

    Just found your blog. Nice to hear you’ve been back on the radio. I used to listen to your Radio Shrooshire show as a kid. I even entered the competitions! It’ll probably make you blush but it was listening to you that got me into radio. Best part of 20 years on and I am working for BBC network radio.
    Hope you have a very Merry Christmas.

  21. Nicky December 23, 2012 at 10:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, just watching you on the Perricone hour and thinking what an inspiration to women you are … You have managed to move house, get the Christmas thing organised, do quite a lot of shifts on air and you don’t look a bit worn out; in fact you look gorgeous. I really like how you have started to wear your hair up, it really suits you. Please tell me how to create that look … did you put it into a ponytail first or just use grips or combes? Or did you use the Ken Paves scrunchie or clip in style a do? Thank you for your cheery upbeat presenting and I wish you and your family a wonderful 2013 in your new home, Nicky xx

  22. alison keenan December 26, 2012 at 2:07 pm -  Reply

    hi there Susan, Yes Colin is a pretty good cook – I’m hoping we’re going to get more chance for him to try out his skills in the new kitchen!! Children all well, and yes a mighty sigh of relief from Lucy at the end of term 🙂 Hope all good with you, love Ali xx

  23. alison keenan December 26, 2012 at 2:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Martin, and I am pleased to tell you that the move went well – we didn’t lose anything, and only a few breakages, so all good. I hope that you, mum , dad and Aunt Anne enjoyed Christmas at yours this year, love Alix x

  24. alison keenan December 26, 2012 at 2:09 pm -  Reply

    Julie I hope that by the time you read this, you’ll be well rested having had the last 10 days at home! I hope too that whatever the bug was that you had has gone and that Lily recovered in time for Christmas. You take care, and speak soon, love Ali xx

  25. alison keenan December 26, 2012 at 2:10 pm -  Reply

    Marg, lovely to hear from you and thanks for your Christmas wishes! I am writing this while I wait for Colin and his brood to arrive – house pretty much in order, and loads of food and drink in place, so it will be fun 🙂 I do hope that you and yours will have had a wonderful Christmas, and here’s a happy New Year! Love ali xx

  26. alison keenan December 26, 2012 at 2:11 pm -  Reply

    You’re right Peggy – it’s the little things that take the most thought – I’m glad life is good for you too, love Ali xx

  27. alison keenan December 26, 2012 at 2:14 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jo, I love the idea of a Star Supper! My dear friend – also called Jo – does presents and a special meal on christmas Eve too as her husband is German, and they always have one of those fabulous Gingerbread houses! Brownie cake with chocolate covered cherries sounds amazing though, and I hope it was enjoyed by all, and that you will have had a wonderful Christmas. Thank you for keeping in touch, and for your lovely cards – sending you my love and every good wish for a truly happy and healthy 2013 xxx Ali

  28. alison keenan December 26, 2012 at 2:15 pm -  Reply

    Chris, you’re right, always best not to over gravy the mash!! 🙂 Hope you had a happy Christmas! love ali x

  29. alison keenan December 26, 2012 at 2:17 pm -  Reply

    Dear Janet, lovely to hear from you and thanks also for your Christmas and housewarming card and the letter. I didn’t get round to writing my cards until the very last moment, and so I doubt anyone received them in time! Apologies :/ Yes, there are still quite a few boxes, but I think we’ve managed to clear most of them, and have only been here a week! Your house sounds beautiful, and I very much hope that your son, his girlfriend, you and your husband all enjoyed your special Christmas Day – this time next year you’ll have a grandchild with you! Exciting! Sending you my love, and will be in touch again soon, love Ali xx

  30. alison keenan December 26, 2012 at 2:18 pm -  Reply

    Lorraine, I consider myself very lucky – and best of all so does he! 🙂 I hope that 2013 will bring you all that you wish for – stay strong and happy, love Ali xx

  31. alison keenan December 26, 2012 at 2:21 pm -  Reply

    Edna I bet it was a wrench to leave Skye – I remember seeing it on a recent Grand Designs, and it looked amazing. I hope where you are living now tho feels like home – and never mind the boxes! I have more storage space than I can fill, which is a lovely feeling! 🙂 The last two years have been put in a different ‘box’ – one I am happy to stow away forever. Wishing you and yours a truly happy 2013, with love, Ali xx

  32. alison keenan December 26, 2012 at 2:22 pm -  Reply

    Elaine, Molly sounds like a treasure 🙂 I am so pleased that you are spending so much time with her too, and hope that included Christmas! Move all done and dusted, and feeling very much at home. Happy New Year to you and yours, love Ali xx

  33. alison keenan December 26, 2012 at 2:23 pm -  Reply

    Dear Sue, thank you so much for the beautiful housewarming card and Christmas cards too… I hope so much that you and your family enjoyed Christmas together – although I know there will be a tinge of sadness for those who aren’t there with you… HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL! And may 2013 bring you all that you wish for, love Ali xx

  34. alison keenan December 26, 2012 at 2:26 pm -  Reply

    Mary by the time you read this, you will have had almost a week at home! I hope very much that all your shopping and present buying was appreciated, and that you whole family had a good time together. I hope too you’ve been allowed a few glasses of the Christmas Baileys! Great news on the Lulu Guiness front – the purse sounds lovely, and Girls Aloud would make a good alternative here to Michael Buble’s Christmas – which has been on incessantly! Thank you very much for your Christmas card and for the photo! – Soooo good to put a face to the name. Sending you my love and best wishes for a truly happy 2013. Ali xx

  35. alison keenan December 26, 2012 at 2:27 pm -  Reply

    Trish, just couldn’t sleep! Pre-move nerves, Sam not too well, work, presents!!! EEEEK! But, since then I have managed at least 6 hours in one hit without a hot flush which has been terrific 🙂 I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, love ali xx

  36. alison keenan December 26, 2012 at 2:29 pm -  Reply

    Gail, how lovely to hear from you 🙂 You sound like me – I was nowhere near ready, even though I’d done the lion’s share of Christmas present buying months ago, there’s always a few gifts I forget – oh, and the children’s stockings take ages! I have actually moved further South – quite close to Windsor – which makes the journey into work sooooo much easier 🙂 I hope you had a fabulous and restful Christmas and look forward to hearing from you in the New Year, love Ali xx

  37. alison keenan December 26, 2012 at 2:31 pm -  Reply

    Trish, thanks so much for your kind words – I am really chuffed to be able to get my hair up, and have been praising Ken Paves yet again for making it look so much better! I hope very much that you and yours had a wonderful Christmas, and every good wish for 2013, with love Ali xx

  38. alison keenan December 26, 2012 at 2:33 pm -  Reply

    Liz I was sorry to read that your back has been giving you pain, and hope that the injection you were given on Friday will have alleviated it sufficiently for you to enjoy Christmas with your folks…Budapest sounded amazing, and I remember seeing the Nutcracker Ballet when I was 7 years old – with my Grandparents and family – on the South Bank in London – incredible! You take care, and please do keep in touch.. I am sending you my love and hope very much that 2013 will be a good year for you. Ali xx

  39. alison keenan December 26, 2012 at 2:34 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Gill, yes Colin is a lovely man, and we’ve had a really good Christmas inspite of all the stresses prior to the day itself! It stayed dry on the moving day, and as you will see from my other blog, all was well. I do hope you enjoyed your christmas, and every good wish for 2013. With love, Ali x

  40. alison keenan December 26, 2012 at 2:36 pm -  Reply

    Angela Y’am Awright! Pretty well settled in the new house, with so much cupboard space we have a home for everything! A few teething problems with heating, hot water etc, but all solveable 🙂 You take care too, and I hope you will have all had a fabulous Christmas. With love, Ali xx Happy New Year too!

  41. alison keenan December 26, 2012 at 2:37 pm -  Reply

    Paul that has made me blush – I am DELIGHTED to think I inspired you sufficiently to pursue Radio as a career! Clearly you’re cut out for it, as to still be working there 20 years on is amazing 🙂 I hope you have a very merry Christmas, and every success in 2013, Ali x

  42. alison keenan December 26, 2012 at 2:40 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Nicky, and thank you for all your lovely comments 🙂 I have to admit to feeling absolutely shattered when I came into work on the 23rd, but I love working with Kara, and as soon as I’m with everyone, it puts a spring in my step! I tend to scoop my hair up with combs all around the bottom, and then put the Ken Paves clip in style a do! I am thrilled with it, as my hair was just at that middle stage where I couldn’t do a thing with it – I hope you’ll be able to do the same thing with yours 🙂 I hope also that you will have had a very happy Christmas, and am sending you every good wish for 2013, love Ali xx

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