London, Mexico and marvellous weather!

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I was listening to Sara Cox on Radio 2 the other day, as she read out some weird and wonderful family sayings that her listeners had sent in – possibly familiar to a small group of us, but might make no sense to others! I did recognize ‘Looking like the Wreck of the Hesperus’ as it’s one I use, but I suddenly heard my late Nanny Timm’s voice in my head telling me she’d spotted ‘enough blue to make a Dutchman’s trousers!’. She was of course referring to a break in the clouds on an otherwise overcast day, and it made me wonder what she’d make of 18 degrees (well 64 degrees fahrenheit as she’d know it to be) in February!

Apparently it’s the warmest February since records began, and certainly a stark contrast to the snow we were talking about in the last blog! Thanks so much for all your lovely messages – I really enjoy reading and responding to them and catching up with your news – all your fabulous stories of birthdays, holidays and also your kind words of support for my Jack. I know you’re right, it’s just sometimes a little difficult to see light at the end of the tunnel, and also to support him in the way I’d like to, even though he’s a grown man and no longer lives with me. I’ll let you know how he gets on though.

As promised last time, I’m delighted to tell you that this year for our holiday, Colin and I are heading off to Mexico – the Riviera Maya to be precise – which is along the Caribbean coastline. It was Colin’s daughter Vicky and her fiancée Lewis’ suggestion, who visited there last October and they felt it would be the perfect holiday for her dad and I. The very well-travelled Kathy Tayler said that it was right at the top of her list of places to visit, and along with a couple of other people who’ve been lucky enough to spend time there, the feedback is all positive. We’re about half an hour from Tulum, which boasts the best beach in Mexico, and not much further from the Mayan Ruins, and we’ve been told that Chichen Itza is the place to go, so it’s on my list of things to see. We’re leaving on the 24th March, so less than a month to go!

It was of course less than a month ago when I visited the British Museum with my sister, and as it was half term last week, Lucy brought Honey to stay and we decided to head into London and visit the Natural History Museum this time. Honey was too small to remember that we’d been there before, and she loved it!

Along with a taxi ride and a special treat to have tea and cake in Harrods, it was the perfect day. I’m saving a visit to the Tower of London until she’s older, but I’m certain she will share my love of jewellery as she gets older, so the Crown Jewels are a must.

It’s not just Her Majesty who has a spectacular collection of jewellery; our very own Tova Borgnine has collected many stunning pieces over the years, most of which was gifted to her by her late husband, Ernest Borgnine. I’m delighted to tell you that next week will see Tova here at QVC with three hours on air to showcase her beautiful Diamonique Collection. It’s her first visit this year, and if you’ve never had the chance to watch and listen, then treat yourself. She is just the most charming and engaging company and her designs are amongst some of my favourite. I thought you may like to know that she’s also bringing to us her first ever jewellery travel box.

How pretty is this? So beautifully put together and luxuriously finished, it’s hard to believe it’s £24.96! Also included are these sparkly stud earrings, so you won’t be surprised to know I’ve already ordered mine! I’ll be with Tova on Monday 4th at 6pm when we showcase the first hour of her collection, and then she will be joining me for my regular Tuesday night Diamonique show at 8pm on the 5th March. Do please join us.

It’s going to be a busy week for me with the Dyson AM09 Hot and Cool Quiet Bladeless Tower fan with a timer as our TSV on Sunday (804130), followed by a busy day for the shoe brand that is Moda in Pelle on Monday. I was absolutely delighted when QVC started selling their footwear, and know that you will be equally happy when you see their first ever TSV.

Based on their bestselling line, this super soft leather Arcade Moccasin (176842) will be just £59.96 plus P&P, but with the Easy Pay instalments, just £29.98 for the first payment! They’d normally be £81 so it’s a great saving, and in six different colours, including a gold leather which has been made solely for us, you’ll be able to choose from tan, navy, nude, yellow or white. Luxurious leather, fabulous finishing and a great fit, I hope you’ll feel able to treat yourself!

Other things to watch out for are a five-piece Molton Brown Gift Collection (238307) with the lovely Jemma Forte, and we’re welcoming Amanda Holden who’s back with her BundleBerry range, notably a TSV set of nestable rope baskets that sound intriguing! I’d class both of them as inspirational women and in line with International Women’s day on Friday the 8th, we are dedicating a whole day to celebrate the female of the species, so join us any many more guests who have inspired us over the years.

I was very lucky when Colin took me for a night away to celebrate Valentine’s Day. He’d booked a hotel in London and we enjoyed an evening of pizza and live music. We were staying close to Covent Garden, but decided to head into the City of London on the Friday, and had the most fabulous day sightseeing in the sunshine.

My late grandfather who was an artist loved this part of our capital and he painted this many years ago when there was still a great deal of construction work being carried out on the bridge. I thought you might enjoy sharing my memories.

So as we wave goodbye to February, I’m already looking forward to welcoming in March, not least because my son Sam will be 30 on the 10th and it’s my birthday on the 16th :). I feel some cake-making coming on! Take good care and do keep in touch, and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

With my love,

Ali xx

47 Comments

  1. Pauline Wilson February 28, 2019 at 1:50 pm -  Reply

    Love reading your blogs Ali my hubby and I were in Tulum Mexico a couple of years ago a really lovely place to visit with stunning beaches we also visited the pyramids of Koba another place of interest and not as far away as Chichen Itza and you can also climb to the top with fab views we also went swimming in a sink hole in a cave which was also an experience I’m sure you will both have a fab time and I look forward to your blog on year return. Stay safe and healthy. pauline x

    • Alison Keenan March 4, 2019 at 9:10 pm -  Reply

      HELLO THERE!! Before I begin replying to all your lovely comments, I just wanted to let Tina S, Merche, Viv and Martin that I have finally responded to your lovely comments on last week’s blog! I am very sorry that they’re so late, and I hope that won’t put you off writing again 🙂 Xxxx

    • Alison Keenan March 4, 2019 at 9:11 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Pauline, and so good to hear from you about your visit to Tulum in Mexico. It sounds as though you had a fabulous time, and I have made a note of all the places you visited in the hope that we can do the same. I think I’ll be hard pushed to match Kathy Tayler’s amazing photographs on her blog, but I will try. Thanks again, love Ali xx

  2. Loraine Plumb February 28, 2019 at 2:37 pm -  Reply

    Oh Alison lovely photos again and what a lovely holiday to look forward too you will have a wonderful time I’m sure . Honey looked like she was having a nice time with you and Luçy it’s niçe to take them out for the day Willa has had a cold and then passed it onto Clare she obviously can’t take anything much so was glad when she started to feel better she is showing more this time but keeping well although getting tired looking after another one isn’t easy is it . Not much else to report here Les is still ok at at work but is looking at other jobs should one become available he can’t keep lifting such heavy stuff indefinitely . Wasn’t the weather good let’s hope we get more of the same soon. Happy birthday to you and your son have a nice day love Loraine xx
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    • Alison Keenan March 4, 2019 at 9:14 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Loraine, I’m sorry that little Willa has a cold, and then passed it to Clare! Of course you can’t take anything when you’re pregnant either so they seem to hang around forever… I do hope she feels better soon and less tired. I found the 6th and 7th month the best 🙂 I’m glad Les is still working, but like you I think he should probably look for something that doesn’t involve a lot of lifting. Fingers crossed we get a return to the beautiful weather eh? I’ll let you know how the birthday celebrations go, love Ali xx

  3. Merche Gardiner February 28, 2019 at 3:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,looks like Lucy, Honey and you had a lovely time in London together. Like you I am a Pisces I celebrate my birthday on the 4th, our wedding anniversary on the 9th and our grandson’s wedding on the 15th. Have a great day on the 16th! The holiday sounds wonderful and I’m sure you will both have a fabulous time. Look forward to hearing all about it. Mechex

    • Alison Keenan March 4, 2019 at 9:17 pm -  Reply

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU MERCHE! I’m sorry I’ve missed it, but very much hope you have had a lovely day. Sounds like quite a few more celebrations for you to be looking forward to – definitely your anniversary on the 9th – but the wedding on the 15th sounds spectacular! I will look forward to hearing from you, love Ali xx

  4. Judith Lennon February 28, 2019 at 4:24 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali
    As I sit chatting to you it’s thick fog and drizzle outside! Today I was wearing my thick down coat and yesterday I was sweating with the heat. No two days are the same. So,pleased about your holiday. John and I visited Riverera Maya four years ago and had a fab holiday. Do take plenty of high Ultra Sun and mosquito repellent. I am sure you will have a fabulous time. Loved the photos of the family. The likeness is uncanny. I remembered my mum telling us about a family saying “I didn’t come up on the down train”. I still smile when I hear it. I have been catching up with long overdue chores this last week. Some of them so overdue it was scary. I feel really proud of myself for clearing the list. Katie won her first ice skating competition two weeks ago. We are so proud of her. She deserves it after all her hard work and practice, and bearing in mind her health problems. I forgot to mention on the last blog how alike you and your sister are. Two lovely ladies. I hope you enjoyed your time with her at the museum. Well,I think it’s time to put the kettle on and warm up. Hope you are well and sending love and hugs as always. Judith xx

    • Alison Keenan March 4, 2019 at 9:21 pm -  Reply

      Hello there Judith, and thanks for the pertinent reminder about mosquito spray! I react very badly to bites so will need to spray myself liberally! I’ll also make sure I get my Ultrasun in the bag too 🙂 Great to know that you too had a marvellous time there – I will let you know how I got on once I’m home! So glad you like the photos and you’re right – you can really see the family resemblance in the photo of the three of us. I’ve found a fabulous old photograph of Jenny and I when we were at junior school which I am going to include next time – we looked very different then! I hope you’ve warmed up – although I have to admit to sitting here with my coat on typing this even though the heating is on! I’ve got an early start tomorrow as I’m seeing my mum before my shift at the Q. Take care and thanks for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

    • Alison Keenan March 4, 2019 at 9:27 pm -  Reply

      Oh, I forgot to say very many congratulations to Katie – I’m not surprised you’re feeling proud 🙂 xxx

  5. Tricia Coulsonwood February 28, 2019 at 5:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ally, lovely family photos..I was admiring your fathers painting…What date had it? I noticed it looked very busy with a working dock…A great piece of social history depicted in the painting…I love art and have lots hanging on my cottage walls…
    Most all are scenes from past life..I am not keen on modern art..
    Later this year I am going on a small cruise with my daughter Janette to celebrate our ” big birthdays”…This year, I have booked an outside cabin with a balcony as a surprise for her..
    (She is a naval officer after all !!.), Joking apart its also to celebrate her six year recovery of her diagnosis of ovarian cancer…
    We sail from Portsmouth where she is based in the navy,She lives in Portsmouth so all I have to do is get to her house pre sailing…
    Happy wedding anniversary ,5 th I believe…x
    Loved the photo of you girls following tea at Harrods….
    Love and good wished to everyone…Tricia .x

    • Alison Keenan March 4, 2019 at 9:34 pm -  Reply

      Dear Tricia, So good to hear that you liked the painting. It was actually my grandfather who painted it and sadly it has no date on it… quite unusual for his paintings but you’re right, there was a great deal of work being carried out on the bridge at the time, so I could probably do a little research and find out 🙂 I too have a great deal of art on the walls, but the majority are paintings by my grandpa or dad. Your cruise sounds fab – big birthdays for your both – I hope you enjoy. Gosh is that six years since your daughter was diagnosed? I remember you telling me about it as though it was yesterday. So glad that she has made a full recovery. Portsmouth is pretty close to where my mum lives – I’m heading there tomorrow to help her in the garden before my shift at work. Take care and thanks as always for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  6. Mrs Janet Jones February 28, 2019 at 5:47 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, Love the photo of you, Lucy and Honey you all look so alike. We went to Gran Canaria the first week in February to celebrate my birthday and my sons. I’ve never been away that time of year or to the Canaries . It was lovely to catch up with my son and spend some quality time with him. Then the end of February my amazing grandson was 6, I don,t remember a time with out him.
    We are hoping to go to Singapore and parts of Australia later on in the year, we felt if we didn’t do it now we never would!!
    Works been busy as usual and have enjoyed a bit of time in the garden , up tidying .I’m sure you and Colin will have an amazing time in Mexico look forward to you photos.
    Take care Janet xx

    • Alison Keenan March 4, 2019 at 9:37 pm -  Reply

      Dear Janet, so nice to hear from you and great to know that you and your son had a chance to enjoy a holiday together. What did you think of Grand Canaria? Colin and I had a short break there a few years back and really enjoyed it although the weather wasn’t the best. Definitely a good decision to head out to Australia while you still feel able to cope with the long haul flights. Singapore was fantastic and although I’ve only really visited Sydney and The Highlands in Oz, there is SO much else to see. I’ll take as many pics as possible while in Mexico and post them up once I’m home. Love Ali xx

  7. Linda Binns February 28, 2019 at 6:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, I always enjoy catching up with your newsy blogs. There are many of us I’m sure, who think of you often, even if we don’t keep in touch with you. I know since I’ve retired, I don’t always seem to have the same time to tune in to QVC on the telly quite as often as I would like, but I still enjoy the shows when I do, and am still buying my Decleor and Elemis products and other items after first discovering them over 15 years ago on QVC. Anyway, what has prompted me to send a little message is that I absolutely love your grandfather’s painting. It’s quite breathtaking in it’s beauty. Thanks for sharing. May your health continue to be good and best wishes to your son. Your granddaughter is a little sweetie. Isn’t being a grandparent just the best. Have a fabulous, well deserved holiday. Much love, Linda. xxx

    • Alison Keenan March 4, 2019 at 9:41 pm -  Reply

      Dear Linda thank you so much for taking the time out to comment on my Grandpa’s painting. I know it would make him happy to think you admired it. Quite a lot of his early work was industrial, and then he moved to land and seascapes. Rivers too were a passion of his, and I think I have a fair bit of England captured in water colour or ink and I display as many as I can. I’m glad that you are keeping busy in your retirement and it’s good to know that you still find Decleor and Elemis are products that work for you. Working with Keeley and Fiona is always a joy too! Yes, being a grandparent is just the best – the times I share with Honey are very special to me. Thanks for your best wishes for Jack – I will pass them on. We’ll all be together for Sam’s birthday on Saturday which will be nice. Take care, love Ali xx

  8. Christine February 28, 2019 at 7:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali Happy Birthday To both, it’s my birthday on the 7th March. So when you’re away on holiday, so we will be moving. It has took a long time. You enjoy your birthday.
    Take Care x

    • Alison Keenan March 4, 2019 at 9:43 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Christine, and I wish you a VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Thursday. I hope you enjoy your day and will then be energised for your move! Exciting! Do let me know how you get on, love Ali xx

  9. shirley osborne February 28, 2019 at 8:13 pm -  Reply

    HI Ally. Been to mexico 4 times and it,s such a lovely place to go on holiday.i f you pick a good hotel you will be spoilt rotten as in Mexico you get luxury. My choices of hotel would be secrets or the dreams hotel,Riu palace, or the sennstori. We have stayed at all of them and was not disappointed with any of the hotels. I hope this helps.

    • Alison Keenan March 4, 2019 at 9:45 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Shirley, Wow! That is some recommendation! The hotel we’re staying in looks pretty fab, and Colin’s daughter said she thought it was swish, so we’re very excited 🙂 Not sure which company it’s owned by, but the reviews are 5 star so fingers crossed. Thank you for letting me know, love Ali xx

  10. Joanna Downey February 28, 2019 at 9:46 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali, The past few days have been an absolute treat & I agree that most of us will have compared this winter with the previous one, I only hope the fact that it’s been so mild won’t mean an indifferent summer. I love both your photo of the empty London street & your grandfather’s painting, he was a talented man & that is a very evocative piece of art. It’s so lovely that you can do so many activities with your Honey & the Natural History Museum is always worth a visit. As Colin’s a Londoner trips up to the capital were a regular occurence when the girls were children & they loved the NHM. However, they always rolled their eyes whenever he told them about the time he pressed a large red button & stopped an escalator, he was 7, had been doing lots of ‘hands on’ activities & obviously couldn’t differentiate. Your holiday sounds very exciting & the colours of the Caribbean are stunning, you’ll come back with fabulous photos & an enviable tan. Thank you for modelling the Parso sandals so well, after much dithering I bought the tan option & I love them! As I’ve looked after Etty for the past two days Colin & I are going out tomorrow which should be fun, especially as I do dry January & February, & a G&T will do nicely. Love from Jo x

    • Alison Keenan March 4, 2019 at 9:50 pm -  Reply

      Dear Jo, so glad that you had a chance to enjoy the fabulous weather, and I like you pray that this brief moment of serenity won’t have jeopardised our chances of another hot summer! I’m so glad that you like the photos and Grandpa’s painting… I’ll try to include a few more over the next few months. My Colin is a Watford boy but worked in London for many years. His recommendations are more likely to be hostelries, but we enjoyed our day in the City very much. That’s great that you went for the Parso sandals – they are very comfortable, and I think an easier design to wear with the lower front rather than the ankle covers last time. I’m fingers crossed I come back with a tan, but I will have to remember my mosquito spray too! I react very badly if I’m bitten 🙁 The sea and the sand look fabulous though, and I am very much looking forward to exploring too. I hope you enjoyed your well earned G&T – my latest fad is Rhubarb and Ginger gin with Clementine Tonic – stunning! Cheers Jo, love Ali xx

  11. pam stephens February 28, 2019 at 10:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali lovely blog as usual and love the pics of Honey xx granddaughters are wonderful aren’t they and grandsons of course./// your holiday sounds great I have been to Mexico and its wonderful my eldest granddaughter Hollie and her partner are going in July im sure you will enjoy it… soo pleased you had a good time in London my husband was a London cab driver for over thirty years and so I got to see many places of interest that many people don’t get to see also he picked up many “celebrities ” in his time and used to come home with many tales to tell ???? Looking forward to seeing you with Tova next week and hope you are feeling better as Debbie Flint mentioned you were a little under the weather so takes care Ali love Pam xxx

    • Alison Keenan March 4, 2019 at 9:56 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Pam yes, grandaughters are wonderful and I’m sure your grandsons are too! I’m lucky that I get the opportunity to share Lucy’s time with Honey too, and I’m looking forward to some more adventures over Easter and the summer. I’m so glad that you too enjoyed Mexico – I have yet to hear a bad experience! 🙂 Gosh 30 years as a cabbie – I take my hat off to your husband. I bet he does have some terrific stories to tell too – feel free to share here if you like 🙂 I was sorry to have missed my Diamonique show last week but I had some ghastly tummy bug so Deb very kindly stepped in. So glad to have spent the hour with Tova today though – she is such a delight to work with. I hope all is well with you, and thank you for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  12. Elaine sallis March 1, 2019 at 5:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali I hope you are feeling better. Your forthcoming holiday sounds lovely. Happy birthday mine is on the 6th. Been busy looking after grandchildren Jodie goes back to work in a few weeks so I will then be looking after five. I hope I can cope. Love Elaine x

    • Alison Keenan March 4, 2019 at 9:59 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Elaine, yes feeling much better thank you, although it lingered until Wednesday afternoon! I hope you have a fabulous birthday on Wednesday and will be truly spoilt. I’m glad that you’ve had a chance to be with your grandchildren, although I think you’re very brave to take on five! I remember when I had three of my own and two stepchildren and it was quite a handful… mind you I was in my thirties then!! I’m sure you’ll be brilliant Elaine – you’ll make it work I’m sure, love Ali xx

  13. Hilary Patterson March 1, 2019 at 5:49 pm -  Reply

    Love reading your blogs and seeing the pictures and of Honey how she is growing, It is a good month March for birthdays as my dads was the 2nd and mine is the 3rd March. Happy Birthday for yours on the 16th and for Sam on the 10th, you cannot believe how the years fly by xx

    • Alison Keenan March 11, 2019 at 11:24 pm -  Reply

      Hello there Hilary, and a belated Happy Birthday to you for the 3rd March. We had a great celebration for Sam on the 10th and I’m looking forward to mine this Saturday. So glad you enjoy the blog and the photos, and thank you for keeping in touch. Love Ali xx

    • Alison Keenan March 11, 2019 at 11:27 pm -  Reply

      Sorry Hilary, just wanted to make sure my response to your lovely comment was posted! Very many belated happy returns of the day for the 3rd of March, and thank you for your sweet wishes for the 16th and my birthday! I like you cannot believe how quickly the years have passed. Thank you for keeping in touch, and I hope you continue to do so. With my love, Ali XX

  14. Tina S March 2, 2019 at 12:13 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, Happy St. David’s Day ( what’s left of it! ). I did leave you a reply on your previous blog. It’s been some time since I last spoke to you on your blog. I told you how we had visited The Chelsea Flower Show some years back when your studio’s were still near Chelsea. We left the show early as there were so many people there and wandered down to the bridge and were outside the old studio’s. We sat in the park opposite to where the flower show is held ( the name of which escapes me ). While we sat there we saw Ross Kemp walking past. My husband thought I had lost the plot but it was definitely him. Anyway seeing your photo’s reminded me of our trip to London. We stayed right by Tower Bridge in the Tower Thistle Hotel. There is so much to see just on that stretch of the Thames. We are always saying we should make another trip to London. Hopefully we will soon. Have you any more plans on visiting Wales as I believe you have been to my neck of the woods ? I know I’m biased but there are some stunning coastal places here. It’s a shame we don’t get more weather like the past week or so. It was fantastic to see the blue skies even though it was still quite chilly.
    Hope you are keeping well. All the best, Tina S. (S.Wales ) x
    You must come and see our beautiful daffodils!! Nos Da.

    • Alison Keenan March 11, 2019 at 11:34 pm -  Reply

      Dear Tina, wishing you a very very belated St David’s Day! I did pick up on your last comment and replied although I am embarrassed that it was so late in the day! Fancy seeing Ross Kemp all those years ago… How strange to see people we think we know when in fact we have only seen them on a television screen – I’ve done the same myself. Colin and I really enjoyed touring this side of London. Not a place we have spent much time in before. We have every intention of returning to Tenby in the summer. I could not believe the sandy beaches there and the beautiful isolation. It was stunning. I would love to think we would have an opportunity to see the daffodils, but I’m sure with my working schedule and I will impending holiday that is unlikely this year. Maybe next? Do hope you and yours are well, and as always I thank you so much for keeping in touch. With my love, Ali XX

  15. Christine Cairns March 2, 2019 at 9:57 am -  Reply

    Hello Ali, I’ve just read your blog and am interested to hear you’re going to Mexico. Quite a few years ago my husband and I stayed at Playa del Carmen on the Mayan Riviera. I think it was March when we went too and the weather was fabulous – very hot! The beaches are wonderful there. We went to Chichen Itza – it was a very long journey to get there, but worth the trip. We were able to climb right to the top of the pyramid – quite scary coming back down! Actually, I don’t think people are allowed to climb up it now – don’t think I’d be able to do it these days! Another place I’d recommend you visit is XCaret – a great ecological park with lots of really interesting and spectacular shows/animals/bathing areas – we spent a full day there and could have stayed into the evening to see other entertainments that were scheduled. A couple of years after that we went to the Pacific side of Mexico – we enjoyed it, but actually preferred the Yucatan peninsular. Makes me want to revisit that area. I hope you and Colin have a wonderful holiday and I’m looking forward to reading about your trip on your blog.

    • Alison Keenan March 11, 2019 at 11:44 pm -  Reply

      Dear Christine, I was so excited when I read your comment, to think that we are going to Mexico when the weather will be so fabulous! I love the heat, it warms my bones and makes me feel strong again. I am hoping Colin and I will be able to visit Cheech and IDear Christine, I was so excited when I read your comment, to think that we are going to Mexico when the weather will be so fabulous! I love the heat, it warms my bones and makes me feel strong again. I am hoping Colin and I will be able to visit Chichen Itza, irrespective of the long journey. Thank you also for your recommendation of XCaret – sounds very interesting and spectacular. I’m not sure will be able to get over to the Pacific side of Mexico but I’m assuming that if we enjoy the Caribbean side then a trip to the Pacific side is probably on the cards. I promise I will keep in touch, and thank you for writing to me, with my love, Ali XX

  16. pam stephens March 4, 2019 at 7:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi again Ali just to let you know im watching you with Tova and have ordered the big ruby ring and have given your details to my husband because everytime you present a show I order so its not my fault but I just thought this would be a nice gift to me for my Diamond anniversary ///// only kidding Ali he never has moaned at me for spending if he had we wouldn’t have lasted 60 years but I must say we are not well off but at these prices we can all look The Part/// please thank Tova for me she is a lovely LADY love Pam xxxx

    • Alison Keenan March 11, 2019 at 11:39 pm -  Reply

      My dear Pam, lovely to hear from you and even better to know that you enjoyed sharing my hour with Tova. I can’t begin to tell you how much I look forward to her time with me. She is quite remarkable. I could sit and listen to her stories all day. Her relationship with Earnest is something we could all learn from, although I don’t think I can preach to you! A diamond wedding anniversary! How absolutely fabulous I know I’ll never reach that in my life, but I am delighted for you both. Even happier to know that the jewellery that we can bring to you means you also can get a taste of what it must be like to own the real thing! I can but dream! 🙂 Sending you both my love and thank you for keeping in touch, Ali XX

  17. Linda Finch March 5, 2019 at 11:13 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali ,just giving this another shot hope you receive this message, they have not been doing for the past few blogs,I write to you everytime but they have just stopped getting to you ,its my Harrys birthday on Friday 8 March unbelievable that he will be 16 ,he’s studying very hard at the moment for his exams bless him ,we all keep telling him it will be worth the hard work in the end ,I’m sure that everything will come right for your Jack in the end ,but as you say we never stop worrying about them ,it doesn’t matter how old they are 😕I will look forward to hearing all about your hollibobs ,and I will just say you are looking amazing in your leasure wear tonight ,hope you get this ,love to both of you Linda F xx😊😊

    • Alison Keenan March 12, 2019 at 12:05 am -  Reply

      My dear Linda, may I just say first of all thank you very much indeed for your perseverance in posting his comments. I understand completely your frustration in not having your words posted especially when you have spent a great deal of time writing down your thoughts. Gosh I cannot believe that Harry was 16 on the 8th of March! Time just flies by without us even recognising it. I do hope you’re right about my Jack. He has such a lot to contend with, and much as I try to help him I know I have to stand back and let him make his own way. I’m sure he will get it right in the end…most of us do.. I have to say that leisurewear was just so comfortable. Definitely something I should invest in before my flight to Mexico. Thank you again for your comment, and I do hope you feel able to keep in touch. XX

  18. Mary Morphy March 6, 2019 at 1:46 am -  Reply

    Hello Alison, it’s 1.27am and in the throws of an exceptional hot flush I decided to catch up on the blog..Olly is snoring next to me and I have the window and blinds open so I can feel the breeze on my face!!
    Been a bit quiet here, my life is certainly less hectic now Chloe is happily driving herself everywhere and I am not ashamed to say that I am now using her for the odd taxi service.
    Like you, I really enjoy a London visit as dies Chloe. She was there with friends at the weekend having a champagne experience on the London Eye and a visit up the Shard..her most very favourite place in London. I had a panic attack on the London eye when my twin took me for out 40th..not a great moment.. and I’ve not been up the Shard yet but Chloe has promised a trip in May half term. The tower of London is fab, the jewels are mesmerising. I am taking my best friend for a champagne afternoon tea at the Waldorf on the Easter hols, she’s never done the London thing so she’s really excited..I got a great deal on Wowcher! Cannot wait and it’s right near Covent garden so that’s another bonus. It’s funny that I lived in London until I was 9, our house backed on to Goldsmiths College in New Cross and as much as I love a few days in the old smoke, touring around on the sightseeing bus, it’s always lovely to come home and see the sea.
    I have also booked a cheeky weekend away in May with two lovely ladies I work with…we’re only going about an hour away to a bungalow on a 500 acre sheep farm..with lovely villages in walking distance and lots of pubs to try out!
    Several of my friends have been to Mexico and loved it so I am sure you will enjoy it too..apparently the beaches are beautiful.
    I have to say the hot February messes with my head..I like my seasons to be how they used to be..so her is supposed to be cold..that said John went to Yorkshire on Saturday and had snow..Jack went to Spain on Monday with a friend for a golfing break and is enjoying sunshine and 25degrees…and I’m still having a tropical moment!!!
    Damn these hormones!!
    Much love Mary xx

    • Alison Keenan March 11, 2019 at 11:53 pm -  Reply

      Bless you Mary, I’ve been where you are and no doubt will be there again! God how I hate the menopause… Exacerbated with my medication… But you’d think by now we women would have struggled enough?! Thank you so much for keeping in touch – your comment remise me of my visit to the Tower of London and found yours. I could go round and round and round on that Walkway looking at jewellery. It’s my absolute passion so glad that you and your family and friends are taking advantage of the amazing events that have you can Access when visiting London. Wonderful to know that you lived near New Cross when you were young but still prefer the seaside. I’m loving the idea of your cheeky weekend away in May and I’m certain you and the girls
      you work with will have a wonderful time away in your bungalow. Do you let me know how you get on. I’m completely in agreement with you when it comes to the seasons – so confused with a hot February and now an incredibly cold March! My Jack is also heading off to Spain – Barcelona – for a short break. Golf not included but a little sightseeing I am told. Take care of yourself, and keep in touch. As always its lovely to hear from you, love Ali XX

    • Alison Keenan March 12, 2019 at 12:08 am -  Reply

      Hello Mary, I think I have already responded to your comment, but my computer is not playing ball! Forgive me if I am repeating myself but thank you again for getting in touch. My love to you,
      Ali xx

  19. Vivien Gore March 7, 2019 at 8:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali so glad you got my message. I will be away on the 21st for a week celebrating our anniversary as you know. We are looking forward to getting away for a little time to ourselves. Thank you for your mention. That was kind to let me know you had answered my blog. Bet your looking forward to your holiday with Colin lucky you. Mexico wonderful hope you enjoy yourselves. Your painting from your grandfather is lovely he was very talented. I watched you and Tova on Tuesday night really enjoy watching you both such a pair of beauties you looked wonderful as ever you both are so glamorous. I ordered tova signature on waitlist l love that perfum been waiting for it to come back for ages. I will love and leave you now l will look forward to seeing you in the Q next. Lots of love Viv 💖💖💖

    • Alison Keenan March 11, 2019 at 11:59 pm -  Reply

      Hello there Viv, nice to hear from you, I’m glad you caught that shows with Tova. She is such an Inspiration to me, and I genuinely enjoy our time together. I find it incredible to think that she has created fragrance as well as her beauty and jewellery range. Having spoken to many people who work in the perfume industry, it is not an easy thing to get into, and even more difficult to actually get to award-winning status! I think it speaks volumes about her determination. I hope very much that you have a fabulous time away celebration your anniversary, and I will look forward to hearing from you when you return. With my love, Ali XX

  20. Mandy March 8, 2019 at 12:44 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali! Sorry this is so late- it’s my 3rd attempt- must be gremlins in the works lol. Well…the weather is certainly colder again but am so pleased to see the mornings & evenings are getting lighter hooray! I absolutely LOVE your family saying about a Dutchman’s trousers- I am definitely going to use that if you don’t mind! A lovely way to describe a lovely blue sky. My late Nan always said you should only buy things if you could afford them in cash & would be mortified if she knew I have a credit card! If ever my Mum bought anything she would always ask her “I hope that’s not on the glad & sorry” meaning glad you bought it but sorry you can’t afford it- funny but absolutely true! So pleased to hear about your holiday to Mexico with your Colin- very exciting & am sure you will be grateful to feel the sun on your skin. I am very excited at the moment as will be going to the Lakes on your birthday for a break so hoping to do lots of scenic walking, eating scrumptious meals & enjoying a gin or two! I will be waking up there on my birthday (19th) which is always a treat so I hope you have a smashing time yourself & will make sure I raise a glass to you on Saturday night.
    Have a lovely week & an extra special birthday weekend
    Love & Hugs
    From Mandy xxx

  21. Dee Sedgwick March 8, 2019 at 1:01 pm -  Reply

    Hello lovely Ali, Have just finished reading your amazing book. It’s truly (for me) beyond words. To be able to combine such a plethora of personal emotions during this awful (but, ultimately wonderful) journey – takes someone special. You. For those who, perhaps, only want to read one book in their lifetime, do read this. You prove, in your exceptional writing, that we humans can reach down into the very depths of our being, and come through the other end. You made me laugh; you made me cry – and many of the ‘main’ emotions in between. I saw a wonderful Disney film a year ago called Inside Out and the
    lead character was called Joy. Without being too patronising Ali, that is you. A joy to watch, a joy to listen to and a joy to share with so many others as an (albeit pen-) friend ! Ali, I have tried (desperately, even with the help of Amazon’s IT support team) to send feedback re your book to Amazon. However, I am apparently ineligible as I haven’t yet spent the required £40 to enable me to do this (since buying my Fire tablet from QVC). Pity they can’t include my spending via QVC – which is quite a lot !
    Take care . I have only, in my lifetime so far, ever envied two peope. You are now my third. Your husband, children and the most adorable Honey – and all your wonderful friends are beyond words. Love Dee xx

    • Alison Keenan March 12, 2019 at 12:28 am -  Reply

      My dear Dee, I know it’s late, and I should be in bed, but I can’t sleep and so I come to my blog as I always do because it gives me comfort and a chance to connect. I feel very emotional reading your kind words. Thank you so much for your wonderful comments and for truly understanding what I have tried to articulate through my writing. It’s very difficult to try and ascertain when you write a book what it is people might get from it, but your incredibly kind and insightful comments will hopefully inspire others who find themselves in a similar situation to look at this and read it and find that they are not alone. I will read Inside Out and let you know what I think, and once more thank you Dee. With my love, Ali xx

  22. Dee Sedgwick March 8, 2019 at 2:15 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Ali, I am having a really computer ILLITERATE DAY ! (just seen another person has said her blogs haven’t been getting through?) I initially sent this about an hour ago.
    I wanted you to know that I have just finished your amazing book. You have managed to bring the reader into your , sometimes terrible – but ultimately wonderful – plethora of emotions and experiences, via a magical, storytelling manner. You have now added to a “Joy” list : you are a joy to listen to, a joy to watch and now a joy to read.
    I have desperately tried to send a review to Amazon, from where I purchased the book.
    (I bought the Fire tablet, I read it on, via QVC of course!) Despite trying for three hours yesterday (with the help of the “top” IT Amazon people – even doing a ‘screen share’ with me ! it eventually came up that I was ineligible as I have not spent the required £40 to leave a comment !
    Anyway, back to your book. People, if you only ever choose to read one book in your lifetime, please read this. It is unbelievably sad, happy, inspiring and demonstrates just how a person can trawl the very depths of their being and get back to health and happiness. I only recall ever, in my life so far, being envious of two people. I now have a third – you. You have a lovely husband, devoted children and the most adorable granddaughter in little Honey; she has the most smiley face and is always beaming with happiness. I suspect you contribute a lot to that!. You seem to be two really good little chums!. Take care my lovely (albeit pen-) friend. Love Dee xx

    • Alison Keenan March 12, 2019 at 12:33 am -  Reply

      My dear Dee, I’ve seen your previous comment, and did respond but it’s not just to let you know grateful I am for your consideration, and for your kind and thoughtful comments about the book, it’s your Insightful comments about life generally that mean so much. Thank you for them. Please keep in touch, love Ali xx

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