Ali's new kitchenThank you so much for all your lovely comments from my last blog, and I can only apologise that I’ve not had the opportunity or broadband connection to get back to you until today! It’s been a bit of a roller coaster ride to get to this point, and began with the removal guys not arriving until 10.40am, and being one man down! Always sounds a little WW2 drama to me, but of course it just means one less pair of hands!

My friend Jo had spent all of Saturday packing boxes with me, and we were both astonished at how much I had crammed into the little cottage over the last two years! I didn’t discover anything I'd lost, and STILL haven’t opened the boxes of books that were in the shed there, as they’ve been transported directly into the shed here! At least we’ve chosen somewhere larger than we were living in, so there’s plenty of room for everything.

Ali's Christmas treeI worked in the kitchen until 2am while Colin tried to find the Allen Key for the bed (!) and so as you can see that’s looking pretty straight, but we have no heating in half the house, no hot water in the en suite and a shower that leaks in the other bathroom! I’ve had to hone my strip washing skills that I learned whilst at Girl Guide Camp!

The plumber is coming over today while I attend our long awaited Presenter Xmas Lunch, and so I am hoping for good things on my return! But as far as Christmas goes generally I’m somewhat behind… I did order my Christmas meats from QVC and they’ve come, I have Heston’s Orange Pudding in the cupboard, and we bought a tree yesterday and stood it up in the sitting room amongst the boxes. We thought it would appreciate the arctic conditions..!

I bought and wrapped probably two thirds of my presents, and stowed those away in my car along with wrapping paper and cards, but we have Colin’s family lunch tomorrow and then the boys arrive on Sunday afternoon, so it's going to be a rush to get food and the remainder of the presents – oh, and finish unpacking!! Still can’t find the charger for my electric toothbrush – bad breath and no shower or bath – I wonder who will choose to sit next to ME today?!  

Alison's cottageBut, in spite of all of this, the house already feels like home, and it's nice to have his and hers ends of the wardrobe again… I thought though you might like to see a picture of what has been my home for the last two years – the place I have possibly been at my most vulnerable, and yet at my happiest…

Once the lorries were loaded, Colin left before me so that I could check through the rooms and lock up. As all the furniture had been mine I only had the kitchen and under stairs cupboards to look in, but it was there I found it, tucked away behind the shelf, the first fleece hat I bought to wear in bed when I had no hair… I’ve given my wigs away, and packed the scarves up but I’d forgotten this… Funny how a piece of material could bring back such powerful memories. I wasn’t crying because I was sad – well maybe a little bit – but more with relief that I was leaving the cottage because I chose to, not because I‘d been too poorly to stay.

And I’m moving forwards, with my man, and putting the past firmly behind me. Thank you for helping me to do just that, with your regular comments and letters – they mean so much. I promise I will reply to you as soon as I’m able – we will be ‘connected’ on Christmas Eve – but in the meantime, I would like to wish you the happiest of times over this next week, and pray that we will all remain well and happy throughout 2013.

With my love as always, Ali xxx


  1. Susan December 21, 2012 at 2:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    That is such a lovely blog to end the year with. I am so pleased you are already feeling at home in the new house. It will be wonderful to have you and Colin under one roof and I am sure you will have many happy years ahead. I hope you have a lovely Christmas in whatever state the house is in lol. Just most important that you are altogether. And who cares if presents go walkies as again you’re all together! I hope 2013 is kind. Look forward to your first 2013 blog. Take care,
    Susan x

  2. Mrs Janet Jones December 21, 2012 at 2:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, so glad you are now in your new home for Christmas, I love your kitchen it looks fab! Enjoy your new home with Colin and enjoy Christmas with your family around you.
    I hope you received my cards I posted to QVC.
    I want to wish all of Ali’s Army a Healthy and Happy Christmas and New Year,and I send my very best wishes to Amica.
    Take care of yourself Ali, speak soon love Janet xx

  3. Michele December 21, 2012 at 2:23 pm -  Reply

    Dear Alison,
    I have been following your ups and downs on the QVC blogs for months now and just wanted to say how pleased I am that you are now healthy, happy and obviously looking forward to the future in your new home. You always come across as a genuinely lovely person and I wish you and your family every happiness for Christmas and the New Years to come.

  4. Chris Page December 21, 2012 at 2:42 pm -  Reply

    You’re a tough little lady. Apart from the skill of the medical staff, it was your inner strength that was the most important factor in your recovery. You could’ve given in, but you didn’t. Be proud of winning your most important battle, and enjoy that lovely new house of yours.
    Happy Christmas to you, Colin and your family xx

  5. Sue Radford December 21, 2012 at 2:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Really glad you’ve moved into your lovely new house. I really like your homely new kitchen. I loved the photo of your little cottage too!
    I sent some cards, which I hope you received, and the picture on the Christmas one is what I thought your new house would look like, but it’s more like the one you’re leaving behind.
    You were meant to find that hat Ali, it is a reminder (and I think a good one), that you’ve come through such a terrible ordeal, and have triumphed!!! I remember when my Mum was in hospital during her last days, I was leaving the hospital after visiting her and the path leading to my car had at least twelve white feathers spread evenly along it, and when my Dad passed away feathers seemed to appear from everywhere – it definitely meant something special to me.
    I really hope you’ll be very happy in your lovely new home.
    Have a great Christmas!
    Love Sue Radford xx

  6. liz power December 21, 2012 at 2:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    You seem much more organised than me! I completed on 28th November and still not straight! Had a bit of a hassle with the movers and finally got the keys at 3pm with the painter and decorator due the following morning at 8am. Slowly decorating through my very large Victorian house – must be mad as on my own now and don’t really need 3 bedrooms and full basement! Sympathise with the non functioning showers, etc – booked an oven cleaning company to come in only to find the oven had been dead for several years under all the muck I should think!
    Hope Colin has now got your bed sorted, you will be looking forward to getting into it each night, moving is so draining – emotionally and financially!
    Have a lovely Christmas and so glad you are looking so well and back to your usual vibrant self!
    Lots of love
    Liz X

  7. Joanna Downey December 21, 2012 at 3:19 pm -  Reply

    Merry Christmas Ali, Bittersweet, humorous and complete with a photo of what looks to be a rather nice kitchen this was a lovely blog. Your regular comments to us mean so much and I was delighted to read that you’re moving forward with Colin and that the past is where it belongs. Happy Holidays! Love from Jo x

  8. kathleen butcher December 21, 2012 at 4:44 pm -  Reply

    bless you ali, you truly deserve a healthy and happy future,hope you settle into your new home quickly.all that is left to say at this point is happy christmas and a very healthy new year kath xxx

  9. Elaine sallis December 21, 2012 at 5:19 pm -  Reply

    Ali. What a lovely blog. I had tears in my eyes reading it. I hope you have a wonderful Christmas and that 2013 is a happy healthy year for you Colin and your lovely family.
    Elaine xxxxx

  10. bev young December 21, 2012 at 5:54 pm -  Reply

    Wishing you every happiness and Much love xxx
    Hope your move will bring you everything you wish for xxx
    Love and hugs Bev

  11. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen December 21, 2012 at 6:55 pm -  Reply

    hope you are enjoying yourb move to your new house.hope you got my xmas card.merry xmas and happy 2013

  12. Babs Quickfall December 21, 2012 at 7:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, Lovely blog as always. Great you have finally got moved, moving home is never easy, so stressful but you are there now and everything will all be sorted and you will have a lovely Christmas.I once moved at Christmas time and wished i had’nt bothered but all was fine in the end. Your cottage looks lovely but your new home looks very nice, lovely kitchen. I’ve enjoyed reading all your blogs, i’ve laughed and cryed, now i always smile, now you are well and looking great.Sometimes i cry but it is happy tears for you. I wish you and Colin lots of happiness and joy in your new home, you deserve it. Happy Christmas to you Colin and all your family also to your friend Jo, such a good friend, they are rare. Love Babs xxxxxx

  13. Julie December 21, 2012 at 7:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    A lovely and touching blog as usual.Glad the move went ahead after months of worry for you.
    Well who was brave enough to sit next you?? (only joking)
    Hope you and your family have a lovely Christmas and healthy New Year.
    Will be in touch in the new year as have to have further hospital tests.
    As always take care and my family send their love and special hugs from Lily.
    Speak soon
    Julie x Lily xxxxxx

  14. Rhona Fenton December 21, 2012 at 7:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, you and me both behind with the christmas, but looks like we are getting back on track like yourself, while you and colin were moving we were back at the hospital that day as Rebecca went through more surgery, but she’s coming on fantastic and getting excited for the holiday’s as are we all:) my colin came off on holiday today so it really is starting to look a lot like christmas, theres a song there:) glad all went well with the move:) and we would like to take this time to wish you and colin all the very best in your new home:) and to wish you both and all the family a very merry christmas and all the very best for 2013 and will talk again soon, but for now merry christmas to all and to all a good night!! lot’s off love Rhona, colin & Rebecca xx

  15. Denise December 21, 2012 at 8:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, that was a lovely poignant blog for the end of the year. Brought a tear to my eye. I’m pleased that you are in your new home and that it will prove to be a happy chapter in your life. I’m very envious as mine is in a rather sorry state and in need of some TLC but hoping it will be rectified in the New Year.
    Well all I want to say is to thank you for sharing your life with us in the blog and to wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
    Sending much love

  16. Marg December 21, 2012 at 11:57 pm -  Reply

    Best wishes for a wonderful Christmas in your new home I hope it brings you nothing but happiness, I will raise glass to you and Colin at midnight on new years, and say to you ‘lang may yer lum reek’, which means may you always have a warm comfortable home, you likely knew that but just in case.
    Well Ali its been an up and down old year but we are all here to bring in the new, so Happy New Year when it comes,

  17. mary morphy December 22, 2012 at 4:54 am -  Reply

    Ali, thanks for the update, hope you are now sweet smelling and no longer have furry teeth. Your update brought a tear ro my eye but it all
    worked out in the end. Love your kitchen…..happy Xmas to you and your family, your first one in your new home. Love Mary. X

  18. Linda Marshall December 22, 2012 at 12:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Just to wish you and Colin a very happy Christmas and a wonderful new year in your new home.
    love Linda xx

  19. Pearl Emery December 22, 2012 at 12:58 pm -  Reply

    Ali,What a lovely blog,like Elaine above i to had tears in my eyes,i hope you have a lovely Christmas,and a Happy Healthy peaceful and prosperous New Year.
    This time last year Bill and i were in the midst of packing boxes as we were moving on the 6th of January from Crawley West Sussex,to Dorset,and i can’t believe where this year has gone.
    Wishing you Colin and all your family a Very Merry Christmas,
    love Pearl

  20. christine keyworth December 23, 2012 at 4:55 pm -  Reply

    Ali may i wish you good luck in your new home with colin and hope you have many years of happines and good health together.Wishing you all a merry christmas and all the best for the new year. Christine xxx

  21. janice reeves December 23, 2012 at 5:38 pm -  Reply

    Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and New Year, always enjoy your blogs, you throughly deserve a happy life, take carexxxx

  22. maggie shankster December 23, 2012 at 7:40 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,i really wish you and your family a very happy christmas
    and a healthy new year.glad you have moved at last and i hope it will be a happy one,you have been through so much,and now the future will be bright.MERRY CHRISTMAS

  23. chantille December 23, 2012 at 11:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, just wanted to say how well you look. Just watched you with the Perricone TSV, of course I had to order it! First came across your blog and commented when you had just started to take time off from QVC. So glad you have come out the other end and everything seems to be going onwards and upwards. Such an exciting time – new home with Colin. He sounds amazing! Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for 2013 to you both and your family.

  24. Doreen Addison December 23, 2012 at 11:58 pm -  Reply

    Alison, I hope you will have a wonderful Christmas in you new home and I hope that 2013 will be a fresh start for you in every way. Here’s to a bright future!
    I must ask you about something. I have been missing Suzi B from QVC. I loved her jewellery and have lots of her pieces What has happened to her? I know you were friendly with her. I would be so interested to know what she is doing now.
    Kind regards, Doreen

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  26. mary morphy December 24, 2012 at 7:34 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison and Happy Xmas Eve..saw you on tv at midnight…love your ‘up do’. Already sent a message but it’s got lost…so just a brief one now as I have a Xmas Eve schedule..meat to cook, walk mum’s dog, haircut, visit my aunt and then go to the cinama with my sisters and all the kids to see Nativity 2 then home to a large glass of Baileys. Anyhow, Happy Christmas to you and all your family and to all of Ali’s Army.A very difficult year for you but with the love and support of your family and friends you made it through the tunnel and came out in sunshine. Here’s to a fabulous 2013 for you all. Lotsa love Mary xxx

  27. Norma Smithson December 28, 2012 at 8:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali
    Christmas is over and I’m sure you all had a wonderful time, but just to say I wish you, Colin and of course your very special family, health, happiness and a very successful 2013.
    Speak soon but till then
    My very fondest love
    Norma xx

  28. Sue Jennings December 30, 2012 at 10:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali ..Sory I’m late with my Christmas wishes to you but. For some reson I can’t get my replies processed so I’m trying for the third time now hope I’m successful this time..Love the cottage it’s almost how I imagined. It to be…hope ur settling in your new home…I’m sure you had mixed feelings leaving the cottage as I’m sure it was your sanctuary at some points during this past year…you have come so far my dear Ali and may you continue to do so in 2013 and beyond…..I’m enjoying my driving and it was great to take myself off to M and S before and after Christmas the only thing is I’m spending more money now I can get around by myself ha ha ! My husband says he is having a tracking device fitted as he knows I will never be in 🙂 and he says he is cutting all his bank cards up !! Anyway I want to wish you and Colin all the very best for 2013 and every happiness in your new home xx sending much love xx
    Sue Jennings

  29. Denise Gardner December 31, 2012 at 7:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi alison, thank you for your letter im in the process of writing back to are a amazing lady.Hope 2013 brings you lots of happiness and good health, takecare my friend lots of love denise xx

  30. Pauline Johnson January 1, 2013 at 12:24 pm -  Reply

    Hope you are now all sorted in your new HOME not house,look forward to seeing you tonight on the tsv .
    Love Pauline

  31. Susan January 1, 2013 at 4:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I just wanted to say a very Happy New Year to you and your lovely family! Boy do I hope this year is kinder to you. And of course Amica. Both are inspirations to us all. I hope you had a lovely Christmas. We were full to the rafter for 10 days but it was lovely. Didn’t catch ANY telly though lol. Well it’s good to be busy and happy isn’t it! All back to normal today. It’s a lovely bright day on the whole so what a nice way to start. I couldn’t help but think of the awful events that have happened this year, as well as the good obvioulsy. But my mind veered to those parents who have lost their children in the US shooting and various other events. My new years resolution is simply to be happy. Can’t ask for more than that!
    You have a healthy 2013 and will look forward to watching you soon,
    Susan x

  32. alison keenan January 1, 2013 at 5:10 pm -  Reply

    Susan thank you for reading the blog and taking the time to comment. We had a lovely Christmas, and the house has been pretty much full of friends and family since we arrived! I hope very much that you had a good Christmas and that 2013 will your best yet, love Ali x

  33. alison keenan January 1, 2013 at 5:13 pm -  Reply

    Dear Janet, I too am relieved to finally be here after all the delays, and the kitchen is where we’ve spent most of the time since we moved in! Not just because it’s one of the warmest rooms, but it’s lovely to have everyone sitting around while I’m doing the cooking 🙂 I did indeed receive your cards and letters, and belatedly replied to you on the previous blog on Boxing Day! I hope you had a wonderful time with your son, his girlfriend and your man.. Here’s to a happy healthy 2013, love ali xxx

  34. alison keenan January 1, 2013 at 5:14 pm -  Reply

    Michelle thanks so much for your kind and complimentary comments! We had a good Christmas, and are all hoping that 2013 will be a healthy and happy one – I wish the same for you and yours too, love Ali xx

  35. alison keenan January 1, 2013 at 5:16 pm -  Reply

    Chris your words made me smile… and I thank you for them… It has most definitely been very much a roller coaster ride, but I’m praying that all the positivity will have paid off, and the battle will remain won! We are indeed enjoying the house, and only have five more boxes to unpack – plus my grandpa’s paintings! Love to you and yours, Ali xx

  36. alison keenan January 1, 2013 at 5:19 pm -  Reply

    My dear Sue I did indeed receive your lovely cards, and replied on the previous blog somewhat tardily! Thank you! I hope that your Christmas was a happy one, although reading about the white feathers and the memories of your mum and dad, I am sure there were times when you missed them very much…. I do so hope 2013 will be a better year for you, and please do keep in touch. I will be writing again shortly with some pics of the house, and we did indeed have a busy and happy Christmas, love Ali xx

  37. alison keenan January 1, 2013 at 5:22 pm -  Reply

    Liz the only reason I appear more organised, is because I have endless cupboard and storage space here!! Your house sounds gorgeous, and I am sure you will make it look even more beautiful once you’ve finished the decorating! I do hope the oven cleaners discovered the oven was dead BEFORE they cleaned it! I think it’s going to take a little more than a lick of paint to put this house to rights, but we have great plans for it, so fingers crossed! Christmas was happy but busy, and I’m back into work again tonight, so will wish you a Very Happy New Year, love Ali xx

  38. alison keenan January 1, 2013 at 5:25 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jo, Thank you for continuing to keep in touch with me, and for reading the blogs…. Hopefully I shall have another one written and ready for you by the end of the week! We’ve had a busy but happy Christmas filled with family and friends, and although there’s a lot to be done in the new house, it already feels like home. I hope your Christmas and New Year were also happy for you and your family, love ali xx

  39. alison keenan January 1, 2013 at 5:26 pm -  Reply

    Dear Kath, Thank you! I hope that you too had a very happy Christmas, and that 2013 will bring good things to your life. Here’s to a healthy New Year, with love, Ali xx

  40. alison keenan January 1, 2013 at 5:27 pm -  Reply

    Elaine, thank you so much for taking the time not just to read the blog, but also to comment. I very much hope that 2013 is a healthy and happy year for you too, with love Ali xx

  41. alison keenan January 1, 2013 at 5:28 pm -  Reply

    Bev Happy New Year to you, and I very much hope that you had a good Christmas too! Thank you for writing to me, and I hope you will be able to keep in touch, love Ali xx

  42. alison keenan January 1, 2013 at 5:29 pm -  Reply

    Dear Martin, I did indeed receive your card and thank you for it. I replied to my last blog on Boxing Day, so apologies for the delay! I hope that you all enjoyed Christmas at your house, and a very happy New Year to you, love Ali xx

  43. alison keenan January 1, 2013 at 5:35 pm -  Reply

    Dear Babs, you have my sympathy moving at Christmas time, but I was glad to read that you, like I, got it all sorted in the end! I was very lucky that Jo came to the rescue, and I have to thank Ros too, as she had been with me on the Wednesday and packed the dining room! It means a lot to me that you enjoy reading the blogs, and I hope they will continue to bring you pleasure in 2013. I love writing them but the best bit is reading all your comments 🙂 I hope you had a good Christmas this year, and will have a happy and healthy 2013 – I guess it’s what we all hope for 🙂 With love, Ali xx

  44. alison keenan January 1, 2013 at 5:52 pm -  Reply

    Dear Julie, I have to say that the stresses and worry prior to moving all seem a long way back, and the house is pretty much straight now! I am sorry you’re having to have further tests, but it’s good that once they’re done it elimiates the worry? I do hope so, as I know you’ve been going through it this last year. Special hugs back to Lily and your family too, and do keep me in touch with your progress, love Ali xx

  45. alison keenan January 1, 2013 at 5:54 pm -  Reply

    Rhona I was so pleased to hear that Rebecca is now recovering and will have been well enough to enjoy Christmas with you all. We are getting settled altho a few teething problems with heating, hot water and leaks, but….. it feels very much like home 🙂 Happy New Year to you and Colin, and I look forward to hearing more from you soon, love Ali xx

  46. alison keenan January 1, 2013 at 5:57 pm -  Reply

    Oooh Denise, I think you and I are in the same boat! This house definitely needs some TLC, and Colin and I are hoping to make some pretty big changes to it in the future. I hope that you had a good Christmas and will have a very happy and healthy New year. Thank you for taking the time out to write to me, and for sharing your life too! Take care, love Ali xx

  47. alison keenan January 1, 2013 at 6:00 pm -  Reply

    Marg, bless you, but I had no idea what ‘lang may yer lum reek’…. I would have assumed something rather different to the actual and generous meaning of a warm and comfortable home!! 🙂 It certainly has been a bit of a rollercoaster over the last few years, but hopefully the road will be a tad straighter from now on. I wish it all the best things for you and yours too Marg, love Ali xx

  48. alison keenan January 1, 2013 at 6:01 pm -  Reply

    Mary, thanks to Colin’s perseverance we now have a hot shower, and I did indeed find my toothbrush charger, so all is well and fragrant! I’m glad you enjoyed the blog, and really appreciate you keeping in touch. I know I’m not the only one who thoroughly enjoys hearing about your life and family, and thank you for sharing! Happy New Year to you and yours, love Ali xx

  49. alison keenan January 1, 2013 at 6:02 pm -  Reply

    And a very Happy New Year to you too Linda, may it bring you all you wish for, love Ali xx

  50. alison keenan January 1, 2013 at 6:03 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Pearl, and thank you for taking the time to write to me. Gosh nearly a year since you moved to Dorset – such a beautiful place! I do hope you’ve been happy there this last 11 months, and that the new year will bring you and Bill all the very best, love Ali xx

  51. alison keenan January 1, 2013 at 6:04 pm -  Reply

    Christine, thank you! That is the plan, and both Colin and I wish you every happiness in 2013 too, love Ali xx

  52. alison keenan January 1, 2013 at 6:05 pm -  Reply

    Dear Janice, thank you for reading the blog and taking the time to comment. I hope that you had a very happy Christmas and will enjoy 2013. With love, Ali xx

  53. alison keenan January 1, 2013 at 6:06 pm -  Reply

    Dear Maggie, I have to say as I listened to Big Ben chiming in the New Year at midnight, I thought that very same thing… and I wish it for you too… that the future will be bright, healthy and happy. Almost all unpacked in the house, and will be writing another blog with some more pics too! Thank you for writing, Love Ali xx

  54. alison keenan January 1, 2013 at 6:09 pm -  Reply

    Chantille, I very much hope you will have the same kind of results with Perricone as I have had – do let me know! I’m glad that you have continued to read the blogs over the last year or so, and thank you for taking the time out to write. Things are looking positive and the house move is as you say, exciting! Happy New Year to you and your family – may it bring you all you wish for, love Ali xx

  55. Jill Foster January 1, 2013 at 10:31 pm -  Reply

    Wishing you and your lovely family a happy and healthy 2013 Ali and delighted to at last have time to read how you had got on with the move. The new kitchen looks wonderful and I am sure it has been a great Christmas time for you all. We have had a much better Christmas than I could have thought possible a few months ago. My daughter had her second chemo the week before Christmas and felt very well and more rested this time. However, at dinner Christmas day I thought her arm (with the line in) looked a little fatter than usual (she has very thin arms!) but thought I would mention in later. I forgot to mention it but to cut a long story short it was the start of a blood clot which was all sorted with a quickish trip to the hospital and wonderful chemo nurses there – the daily injections will also help this not happening again. The wig bought ages ago looks fantastic and my daughter has had people comment on how nice her hair looks!!!! (they just don’t know it is not real) the ones who do know thought first of all she had just had her hair done and could not understand how this could be possible when she had told them that she was not to have anything further done with her hair – so it was worth all the money and looks just like her own. Number 3 is next week and they will all move back in with us as it makes life so much easier for all of us – daughter so she can rest when necessary and us so that we can actually see how she is doing without having to phone all the time. It is onwards and upwards and going forward not back as I am sure you will be doing in your new home. Sad to leave the cottage but you have your memories (good and sad) and what a wonderful future you both have. Before I go I must say how fab you have been looking before the run up to the Christmas time – you are the inspiration once again and a breath of fresh air!!
    Love Jilly xxxxx

  56. kay salisbury January 1, 2013 at 11:18 pm -  Reply

    God bless you Ali in your new home-i’ve not been in touch for a while but am always keen to check to see how you are getting on. Every blessing and happiness for the year ahead. You have made it—well done. Lv Kay. X

  57. alison keenan January 2, 2013 at 7:47 pm -  Reply

    Dear Jilly, so good to hear from you and to know that inspite of your understandable fear re your daughter, the problem was solved and she is once again doing well. I LOVE reading your positive reports, and am so pleased that as a family you are pulling together and giving support when it’s most needed. That is great news about the wig – so much easier when the transition is as smooth as that, and your daughter is completely comfortable with it… perfect! I’m glad that they are all to move back in with you so that you can keep a watchful eye out and do what we mums like to do best – care for our children…. I am sure that your daughter is dealing with this as well as she is because of your constant support and love… it makes all the difference 🙂 Thank you for your kind words – I am making the best of a Ken Paves updo clip in thing that allows me to put my hair up the way I used to… all good. Happy New Year Jilly to you, your daughter and all the family. Keep moving forwards, and you will leave the worst of this behind you. Love Ali xx

  58. alison keenan January 2, 2013 at 7:49 pm -  Reply

    Kay it doesn’t matter how often you get in touch, it’s the fact that you do! I very much hope that you too will have a happy and healthy 2013, and thank you for taking the time…. as you say, I’ve made it… this far! Onwards and upwards 🙂 Love Ali xx

  59. Jill Foster January 3, 2013 at 12:49 pm -  Reply

    Thank you for your kind reply Ali – how lovely you are. I will update as we go along on how things are here but love reading what you and your family have been up to (as I am sure we all like to) and how you will be getting on in your new home.
    Take care and enjoy the “finding spaces for boxes” period which you may be in now.
    Love Jilly xxx

  60. Debz & Ainzley January 3, 2013 at 3:26 pm -  Reply

    Hey there Ali!!
    Happy New year to you and everyone in Ali’s Army. Let’s hope 2013 is a good one for us all!
    Hope you’re all unpacked and settled by the time you read this. Moving during Christmas time is crazy but I think everyone should do it at least once just to make all the other house moves they have feel easier!!
    Neal has “kitchen envy” after seeing the picture of yours. He is quite a keen cook and our kitchen is so small that if you turn round quickly you bang your head on the fridge!! We hope to move again one day into a house with a decent size kitchen so he can create more marvellous meals!!
    Have been watching you on QVC over Christmas and you look stunning, really well and healthy. Long may it continue. I am so glad that you made it through the darkness and into the light and are building a new life with the wonderful Colin.
    Ainzley is asleep beside me snoring quietly which usually means there’s a fur ball on the way. Lucky me eh??!!
    Take care Ali and all in Ali’s Army.
    Lots of love and licks

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