My competition winners are…



I don’t think I’ve laughed quite so much for a while, while reading the responses to my last blog! Glad you liked the film too, and many thanks to Mark – a camera expert at QVC, who was jammed into the back of my rather small car on a humid day with all the windows closed!  It was great that you’d taken the time to write and regale us and each other with some quite frankly bizarre, yet entertaining tales!  As promised I will be announcing the winner in just a few paragraphs!

I am also really grateful to the hundreds of you who took the time to listen to, and guess at my Seasonal Sound. It’s not always easy to record something that isn’t immediately obvious, but I loved some of your inventive suggestions – typing on an old fashioned typewriter, potting the plants, opening a shed door, unwinding a hose, and my favourite – opening and closing the holiday bedroom door!!!! : ) The answer though, as many of you correctly guessed, was me trying to start my lawn mower! Many congratulations to Susan Macdonald, and I hope you enjoy all those lovely Elemis spoilies : )

View from Hengisbury Head

I did actually get the lawn mower going and spent a lovely couple of days in the sun cutting the grass, potting my plants, and weeding my vegetable trug! I even had time to head off to Bournemouth and see my lovely friend Colette who you may remember was my manicurist for years. We hadn’t seen each other since before Christmas, and she took me to a fabulous restaurant right on the water at Hengisbury Head. We ate outdoors and this was the view from the table – magical eh?

Colette and I

View from Hengisbury Head I

Before we get to our second winner, I thought you may like to see this photo of Lucy and I, which was taken at her baby shower just the other week. In spite of the beautiful weather we’d had previously, Sunday was cold and wet, and so our picnic-themed party had to be taken indoors, although Colin bless him, set up table tennis, boule, badminton etc. just in case the sun came out!

Lucy and I at the baby shower p

The great thing about having a group of women organise things is that we are all so efficient! Just look at this spread – suffice to say, all I did was provide the crockery, cutlery, glasses and drinks! Colin stayed just long enough to greet everyone and then left us to our own devices, happy in the knowledge that there should be some food left for him when he got back! We had such a lovely afternoon, and Lucy’s best friend Mel, who had given birth to little Josh just four weeks before left him in my care for most of the afternoon! I was in seventh heaven : )

Food at baby shower

I watched Lucy with our family and friends, and was quite suddenly overcome to think that my little girl will very soon experience all the joy that she brought to me all those years ago… My children tease me when I go into ‘baby’ mode, but nothing can prepare you for that overwhelming feeling of love and protectiveness. I know this is exactly how she will feel when she holds her baby for the first time, and I just thank the Lord that I’m still here to experience and share that joy… I didn’t always believe I’d be that lucky!

In fact I’m not going to write much more, as my next blog will be posted just as soon as I have news of my grandchild – with photos too!!

All that remains for me to do is to let you know that Jason Alakija won the TomTom Satellite Navigational System 60 – drawn at random from all the fabulous entries you so kindly posted. It seems that his previous satnav did him a good turn, so I hope Jason, you will get just as much use and good fortune with this one. Happy driving!!

Please do stay in touch, keep checking the blog and follow me on Twitter @alikqvc – and as soon as I have news I will post it!

Much love to you all,

Ali xxx



  1. Mary lock May 7, 2015 at 10:00 am -  Reply

    I too know how precious a first baby can be. I had to wait 7 years for my daughter and although it was a bad time in my life my baby brought me total joy. She is now a mother of 2 lovely boys and I love being their Granny. You will be delighted when you hold you little grandchild. I wish all of you happiness with the new baby

  2. Jilly May 7, 2015 at 10:01 am -  Reply

    Great competition -more like this please, although I didn’t win this time had fun trying..
    Best wishes to you and the family for the iminent arrival of your grandaughter! what a fantastic year this has been. Good Luck Ally!!

  3. Hilary Schofield May 7, 2015 at 11:50 am -  Reply

    I know exactly how you feel about “baby mode” I am due to be a first time Grandma (due 6 weeks today), and I can’t wait. Looking forward to seeing your 1st pictures of baby.

  4. loraine May 7, 2015 at 2:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi alison nice to see your photos again next ones should be with your grandchild glad you had a nice time with your friend down here In bournemouth my neck of the woods well ringwood really but spend alot of time there as my son lives there .Hope your enjoying the nice weather I have a chest infection at the moment started with losing my voice and earache then the cold came out most of the people I work with have it too so I have antibiotics . Anyway how lovely getting your rings will raise a glass to you both when I’m celebrating my birthday which I think I mentioned previously are you getting married locally and hope you have a lovely honeymoon booked you deserve it love Loraine xx

  5. helen s May 7, 2015 at 4:30 pm -  Reply

    Will write soon to catch up, must dash, off to a concert with my girl

    Love and huge hugs
    Helen s xxx

  6. Janet Jones May 7, 2015 at 5:55 pm -  Reply

    CONGRATULATIONS GRANDMA ALI, I have just seen your twitter feed( I am not on twitter!!) You now have another sweet pea how wonderful. I haven’t stopped smiling since Alfie was born and he’s now 2 !! Enjoy her my friend she will fill a hole in your life you didn’t even know you had. ‘See’ you tonight Grandma lots of love Janet aka Mamar xxx

  7. Elaine sallis May 7, 2015 at 6:38 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations nanny Ali. It’s the best feeling in the world isn’t it.

    Love Elaine

  8. barbara boosie May 7, 2015 at 11:20 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations on the birth of your granddaughter. Just to say that I heard you mention a two colour wedding ring. When I got married 49 years ago last week, as I had a beautiful solitaire on a 18ct gold ring with platinum shoulders, we decided on a white and yellow gold wedding ring which we found and I have loved. A few years ago Charlie Brook designed , I think, but used to wear a two colour band which I bought as an anniversary gift for my husband. I wish you every good wish for your wedding.

  9. helen s May 8, 2015 at 10:48 am -  Reply

    Ooops started writing Ali then it all disappeared. Will try again.
    Hello there Grandma. Its been such a long time since I’ve written and I apologise for that. Its been hectic here as always, sometimes in a good, fun way. Other times, like this week not so nice with my girl having to sit these stupid (sorry if I offend anyone) National Numeracy and Literacy tests in school. Whilst I totally agree with a good education, these tests have no relevance on the children’s school work as the teacher told the class that one of the questions isn’t even in the curriculum. Apart from the tests, my lovely girl has had a fantastic school report for her first year in Comprehensive, proud Mummy (and Daddy) moment.
    How is your new little member of the family? Oh I bet you are over the moon. My Mum said that its a feeling like no other. She said that the love for my sister and I was unbelievable, but the feeling of being a grandparent was something that she could not explain. Talking of my Mum, she has been discharged from the Oncology department for the first time in 18 years (first time for breast cancer and then non Hodgkin’s lymphoma). A tense appointment as she hasn’t been feeling too grand but all the bloods were 100% and I think that she is just emotionally worn out by her health problems over the years.
    I’m feeling rather jaded today. My friend and I took our girlies to a concert last night. My mind still thinks I’m 21, this morning by head and body has reminded me that I’m not. My girlie has gone to school rather tired as we had a very late night, but had to go in for maths revision for YET ANOTHER test next week.
    Right off to face the ironing now. I promise to keep in touch more often as you are always in my thoughts. I’m so happy that your life is being kind to you and are now blessed with a lovely little person.
    Take care lovely lady.
    Luv and hugs as always
    Helen s xxxx

  10. Joanna Downey May 8, 2015 at 11:28 am -  Reply

    Dearest Ali, What lovely news and I send many congratulations to you and your family. I replied to your Elemis and seasonal sound competition blog saying that I am so humbled by your honesty when you share your feelings with us – I think my post got swallowed up in the large number of responses. I felt the same when I read about you being overcome at the thought of Lucy becoming a mother and the unconditional love she will have for her baby. The fizz is in the fridge and will wet the baby’s head this evening. Love from Jo and hugs to Alpa.

  11. Alpa May 8, 2015 at 11:42 am -  Reply

    Dear Nanny Ali,

    Have just seen your twitter news. Congratulations on the safe arrival of your beautiful baby granddaughter 🙂 So pleased that both baby and Lucy are doing well.

    Lots of Love, Alpa xxx

  12. wendy roberts May 8, 2015 at 2:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi there i have never written on here before, but have read a lot of your blogs, when you had breast cancer, never thinking i would have to deal with this cruel thing in my family. My 33 year old daughter has just been diagnosed with it and when we were told i was in a state of shock, goodness knows how our daughter feels. She has said the cancer is not going to define who she is and has an extremely positive attitude. She will be starting her treatment very soon. I watch you on qvc and think how well you look and also very elegant.
    You will love being a grandparent. I have 2 gorgeous granddaughters. I am called nana as i felt it sounded younger! It is totally different being a grandparent to a mum, in some ways it is better as you get all the good bits and then hand them back! All the best to your daughter, and thank you for all your positivety. Wendy.

  13. Susan May 8, 2015 at 5:23 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations nanny!! I see your gorgeous daughter has safely had her little girl!! I’m so pleased for you both. Can’t wait to hear all your news! You are having the best year! Hope Lucy us ok? Lovely photo of you two above. Love Susan x

  14. Denise May 8, 2015 at 9:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, many congratulations on the birth of your precious granddaughter. I look forward to seeing the photos and hearing what she will be called. Been quite a week for new arrivals hasn’t it what with little Princess Charlotte putting in her appearance.
    Love to you all

  15. Mandy Mitchell May 10, 2015 at 10:27 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, Congratulations on the birth of your new Princess(well obviously Lucy was your first Princess!) The photo of you both is lovely & I can’t wait to see you both again with the addition of your Grand daughter.I must say the photo of your indoor picnic for the Baby Shower looked gorgeous, as my late Nan used to say”What a lovely spread you’ve put on lol!If only I was one of your neighbours I might have asked your Colin for a doggy bag ha ha.The photos of Bournmouth were glorious & I’m sure you were sad to leave after having a day of great company & lovely views. A day by the sea is the best tonic ever! So pleased you got your wedding rings, it won’t be long now & how lovely your photos will be with 3 generations of lovely ladies!Does this now mean that your little Grand daughter will be “Princess of Diamonique” seeing as you are the Queen of it?She is going to be one lucky little girl & I have visions of her raiding your Diamonique collection pretending to be a QVC presenter when she’s about 3! Enjoy your new little Grand daughter & I look forward to your next blog with more news & photos.
    Love & hugs
    Mandy xx

  16. Jilly May 10, 2015 at 3:36 pm -  Reply

    Thrilled, thrilled thrilled for your wonderful news Ali – a baby girl – that is fabaroo – congratulations to you all – oh my your life will so change as all us grandmothers will confirm. This is the best time every. Do tell Lucy that Annie and I are thrilled for you all Love and hugs Jilly and Annie XXXX

  17. Kath butcher May 10, 2015 at 4:38 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations Ali on the birth of your granddaughter ,what a treasure she will be to you and yours xxx

  18. Tina S May 10, 2015 at 5:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    Many congratulations on becoming a grandmother. I just saw you on the Skechers show but they didn’t say whether it was a boy or girl, or if they did I missed it. You must be over the moon.
    The food in your photo’s look’s fantastic. What a feast!! I hope mother and baby are doing well. I must say the Duchess of Cambridge looked amazing after having her little bundle of joy. It was hard to believe she had given birth that morning!
    Well after seeing all that food has made me hungry so I’m off to try and find something nice to eat.
    All the best to you all, Tina S (S . Wales)

    • Tina S May 10, 2015 at 6:03 pm -  Reply

      Hi Ali,
      It’s me again. Just saw on your tweet that Lucy gave birth to a little girl. Well done again.
      I wonder what the name will be? Love Tina S x

  19. christine keyworth May 10, 2015 at 8:43 pm -  Reply

    Congratulations on the safe arrival of your granddaughter. Hope she brings you as much joy as my granddaughter brings me.

  20. Mary Morphy May 11, 2015 at 4:49 am -  Reply

    The birds are singing and it’s 4.20am as I start writing full of cold and watery eyed so please excuse the typos! Mug of Horlicks made to help me sleep.
    I have been feeling odd the 6 months or so and been consumed with hot flushes and teary moments. I had a hysterectomy at 38 so have no guide in that department but Blood tests have confirmed that at 49 I am in the menopause and I don’t like it. I am not at all worried about being 50 next year but this news has made me realise that my body is getting old..although I had a facial the other day and she thought I was 35…thank you QVC for giving us gatineau, elemis, Judith Williams, A D skin synergy and Flora Mare..I mix and match depending on what’s on offer and easy pay and stock up at Xmas with the sensational TSV offers. I suppose it is that element of the unknown and not being in control that I don’t like. My hubby certainly doesn’t like the bedroom windows and blinds wide open at night to get maximum cold air in because I am having a power surge..
    I must first say Ali that the baby shower looked define…always everything covered when the ladies do the organising…and from the snippets of kutcehn seen through the lovely plates of deliciousness your kitchen looks amazing. I am so glad it all went well but and that the weather didn’t spoil things too much. Hoping that you do not have too long to wait now until your grandchild arrives…my mum’s face lights up when she sees her grandchildren and my daughter Chloe reminds her so much of herself when she was younger.. Mum had four grandchildren but Chloe is the only girl and was the last one to arrive..a bundle of feisty red headness!! My mum says she is strong willed but I think she is stubborn!! Either way she will need that this week as she is doing her Duke Of Edinburgh silver expedition practise for three days and two nights and it looks like rain!! She played cricket today..yes it’s that time of year.. And we were in posh Tunbridge Wells but she has pulled her hamstring so hoping it heals by Thursday.. Day 1 of expedition.
    My kitchen makeover is almost complete and my new floor was laid Friday. Looks fabulous all I need now is my new tap fitted. It developed a crack Xmas eve and there was water everywhere. I taped up the crack with a very nice shiny black tape that I grabbed from the drawer in the kitchen that has everything in you have one of those? We actually have two and try as I do to sort them out and peel bluetack away from string and sort out the numerous pens, scissors and post it notes inside the drawer is always messy within a few hours. Anyhow the tap was fixed and has an attractive black stripe!! New tap been bought now so hoping a friend will fit it next week.
    Birds still singing, Horlicks drunk so I must try and get some sleep siiting up so I can breath. Have a great week Mary x

  21. Jilly May 11, 2015 at 12:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi again Ali – just wanted to come on again to say we have been thinking of you all yesterday when I saw your darling baby girl was here – just so thrilled beyond.

    Will write more later but also wanted to say to Wendy that my Annie was 40 when she was told she had breast cancer – and with the help of Ali’s blog we were able to move onwards and upwards. It is so awful for you and I really, really know just how you feel. My wonderful hubby hit the floor when I told him. If there are any questions or anything you are not sure of just come back on here and I know we will all help you – because this blog helped me so much and in the end that helped my darling Annie. She goes for her final reconstruction at the end of this month and before you know it your daugher will also be out the other end. The worry for you will never go away but you will get there and be full of support for your daughter. Stay positive and see your daughter telling you things are much better than she first thought.
    Ali just waiting for the piccies – how fab that Lucy has a baby girl and so lovely for Simon’s boys to have a little sister to look after. Love Jilly and Annie XX

  22. Avril May 11, 2015 at 11:17 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,

    Congratulations on the birth of your grand daughter what a sweet names she’s a Honey Bea! Just perfect,enjoy every second Grandma’s are so special. X

  23. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 1:05 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Mary, and thank you for writing to me – you’re right seven years is a very long time to wait for your baby, but I am so glad that her arrival brought you such joy. Holding little Honey Beatrice has made me very happy, and definitely a sense of fulfilment – the circle of life having come round full sweep 🙂 Enjoy your weekend, love Ali x

  24. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 1:07 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Jilly, I’m glad you enjoyed the competition – I definitely enjoyed reading the responses! We’ll see what we can come up with next time 🙂 You will know by now that Honey Beatrice has arrived and she is gorgeous! I hope you enjoy the photos I’ve posted in the blog 🙂 Love Ali x

  25. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 1:08 pm -  Reply

    Oooh how exciting Hilary! I will look forward to hearing what you have! I hope you enjoy the photos in my new blog! Love Ali xx

  26. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 1:10 pm -  Reply

    Hello there Loraine, I do hope the antibiotics have worked and that you are now feeling much better! I have got a nasty cough and a running nose – so tonight’s shows will be fun!!! 🙂 Colin and I spent a lovely afternoon in Ringwood in a guitar shop some years back – a lovely place to live definitely. Yes we’re getting married local to our home, and Colin has booked the honeymoon, but it is a complete surprise – so much to look forward to 🙂 Enjoy your weekend, love Ali xx

  27. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 1:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Helen, how was the concert? Your daughter must be in her mid teens now?! Was she in the concert? Am loving being a grandma 🙂 Ali xxx

  28. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 1:15 pm -  Reply

    My dear Janet, firstly thank you so much for my beautiful card and your good wishes. You are so right – Honey has cheered us no end, and just made everything perfect. Now it feels as though everything is complete – and we still have the wedding to look forward to! Love to you all, and a big hug for Alfie :0 Ali xx

  29. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 1:16 pm -  Reply

    Elaine – it is indeed the best feeling in the world being a grandmother 🙂 Take care, love Ali xx

  30. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 1:18 pm -  Reply

    Barbara many thanks for your congratulations, and I very much hope that you and your husband enjoyed your 49th wedding anniversary last week – next year will be fun for you!
    Your engagement and wedding ring sound lovely, and you’re right Charlie Brook did indeed design a two colour band – I hope your husband still wears his. Enjoy the weekend, love Ali xx

  31. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 1:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi again Helen – Now I have the answers to questions from your first comment ! Which concert was it you went to with your daughter? I know that feeling of thinking you can stay up late and burn the candle at both ends! All well and good if you can lay in bed all morning, but definitely not when you need to get your girlie in for maths revision! That is marvellous news about your mum – 18 years is a very long time to have lived under the cloud of cancer, and so I hope that from this point forward she can relax and build her energy up – you must be very relieved. I’m glad that life is good for you and you’re right, it’s definitely looking up for me too! 🙂 You take care, and please do keep in touch, with love Ali xx

  32. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 1:40 pm -  Reply

    My dear Jo, thank you so much for my beautiful card, that was really kind and thoughtful of you – as you will have seen from my new blog – she’s arrived! And such a pretty little thing too. I am sorry I missed your last post – there were a very large number and altho I do my level best to keep up with them, I clearly missed yours! Thanks though for always taking part and contributing to the blog – it means a lot 🙂 I hope you enjoyed the fizz – we had several glasses on Monday with Simon’s parents, Lucy, Simon and the children 🙂 Love to you, Ali xx

  33. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 1:41 pm -  Reply

    Alpa, thank you so very much for your kind wishes – Lucy and Honey are doing really well and I hope you enjoy the photos I’ve posted in the new blog! Love Ali xx

  34. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 1:45 pm -  Reply

    My dear Wendy, I was so sorry to hear about your daughter… especially when I have been waxing lyrical about my granddaughter’s arrival… A positive attitude will definitely see her through it though, and I am sending my love and a big hug and hope that she will be strong for her treatment. I am guessing that your granddaughters are her children, but know that as a tight family unit, you will support each other. Remember this is the beginning of her getting better, and she will, as I have 🙂 I am guesting at a BMI forum on Breast Cancer next Tuesday, and support is something that will be discussed .. this blog has helped me hugely, and I hope it will do you too. Please keep in touch, with love, Ali xx

  35. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 1:46 pm -  Reply

    Indeed Susan, a little girl! Honey Beatrice, and such a beautiful soul she is too! I hope you enjoy the photos in my new blog, love Ali xx

  36. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 1:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Mandy and thanks for taking the time out to write – I’ll let you into a secret: not only were the girls super efficient at bringing the food, but they were also super efficient at tidying it up and taking the remainder home! Poor Colin was left with nothing! 🙂 I’m in complete agreement with you about a day by the sea – and I do miss Colette too! My wedding ring is being made a tad smaller, but I am sure that jewellery will play a large part in my granddaughter’s life – loving the Princess of Diamonique – and yes, Ill have to get her on air with me as soon as she’s big enough 🙂 I hope you enjoyed the photos in my new blog. Take care, love Ali xx

  37. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 1:58 pm -  Reply

    Jilly, thank you, thank you, thank you! Another girl in the family! And she’s so gorgeous 🙂 My love to you and Annie – the circle of life continues xxxxx Ali

  38. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 1:58 pm -  Reply

    Kath thank you for your kind words – love to you and yours too, Ali xx

  39. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 2:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Tina, we had to keep the name a secret as Lucy’s dad hadn’t seen the baby, but as you will probably know from my new blog she had a daughter!! Honey Beatrice – Honey Bea – delightful eh? You take care, and I hope this grotty weather today will change to sunshine for you very soon, love Ali xx

  40. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 2:06 pm -  Reply

    Dear Christine I am certain she will bring me just as much joy as your granddaughter brings to you 🙂 Take care, love Ali x

  41. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 2:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Mary – I knew we were separated at birth! I also have not one but two ‘man drawers’ complete with string, glue, cocktail sticks, pens, receipts – you name it, it’s in there! That said, I do always find what I’m looking for even if it takes a long time 🙂 I totally understand your feelings about the menopause.. it’s not the easiest time, but hopefully some sage, or HRT will help you. I was slammed into mine with the Tamoxifen, and am still struggling with the hot flushes day and night. Colin also hates sleeping with the windows open, so i am forever flapping the duvet around! Your Chloe sounds a lovely character, and I envy her the hair colour. I wasn’t too sure that Honey wouldn’t have been a redhead as Lucy’s dad was, but she’s much more dark blonde like my boys. I’m glad your kitchen has come together well, especially after you put so much effort into it, and I hope that you get the tap mended asap. Nearly the end of the week, so I hope you enjoy the weekend, and as always thanks for writing to me, love Ali xx

  42. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 2:19 pm -  Reply

    My dear Jilly thank you for writing again and for supporting Wendy.. I am guesting at a BMI Forum on Breast Cancer and one of the questions is about the support I had and still have… this blog is right up there at the top of the list. So glad that you could share with Wendy how helpful it’s been to you and Annie – social networking at its best 🙂 I hope you will have seen the pics of Lucy and Honey by now, and yes you’re right – wonderful for Simon’s boys to have a little sister to love. Enjoy your weekend, love Ali xx

  43. Alison Keenan May 14, 2015 at 2:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi there Avril, and very many thanks for your kind words – I’m already enjoying being a grandma very much – it will no doubt get better and better 🙂 With love, Ali xx

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