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Have you ever wondered whose responsibility it is to come up with the name for the strong winds and gales that occasionally sweep this country? I can’t say I was too chuffed to hear the name Ali being bandied around last year, and I’m sure that those bearing the name Eric haven’t been too happy either these last few days. That said, I think I found the deep snow in the South West more of a challenge as I’d driven up to Swindon to babysit Honey while Lucy was at a parent’s evening and we all woke up to this!

Honey and I had been planning a shopping trip to buy sparkly shoes, but decided to make snow angels instead – much more fun! This was the first ‘big’ snow that Honey had ever seen, and with her mum’s help had a very good aim when it came to snowballs!


She is such fun to be with, and brings out the child in me – I treasure the memories I am lucky enough to make. The time with all of us together took me back to 1968 when my dad took my brother, sister and me to Richmond Park where we spent an afternoon sledging. We were soaked and frozen but it was worth it, and a cup of boiling hot Bovril when we got home helped hugely. Of course it makes all the difference when you’ve got the right gear on – thanks to my fave Centigrade coat, and my Emu boots! 🙂

How have you been over the last fortnight? Did you see a lot of the snow? I know from reading your comments that some of you are away on holiday, or celebrating a special occasion, so I hope you’re having a wonderful time. 🙂 We’ve had a few reasons of our own to celebrate, and Colin and I were invited to the site of QVC’s old studios in Battersea to join my niece Clare for her 29th birthday. We met up in the centre of the newly refurbed Battersea Power station where there are now an enormous number of fab restaurants. We had a great night, and although it was a little difficult to find a parking space, I’d highly recommend it.

I was back in London the following week for my sister Jenny’s school trip to the British Museum. I decided to travel in by train, and meet them all there, and after a swift bag search where the guard raised an eyebrow at the rather large picnic I was carrying ( I assured him I was sharing it with my sister) he let me through! It’s years since I visited the museum but I managed to find Jenny and the children straight away, and we set off at a rather brisk pace to explore the historic world of all things Egyptian. I still find it difficult to get my head around the fact that most of the artefacts are SO old. The Rosetta Stone – a 2,200year old version of a Berlitz Guide to languages – is just one of the amazing things to see there, along with a 5,000 year old sand dried mummy and sculptures of Ramesses II! I also saw this rather lovely verse written around 1400BC.

It is part of a Harpist’s song and struck a chord with me – literally! There was so much to see we had to time our visit to each room with military precision! I am always in awe of how incredibly well organised my sister is, and how respectful the children are of her. She makes learning fun, and I’m really proud of her. It also reminds me of how incredibly tiring a job teaching is, but she assured me that the mighty feast I’d packed for our lunch gave her the extra energy she needed, bless her. 🙂

I know last time I wrote I mentioned my son Jack was approaching his 26th birthday, so last weekend I made a huge roast lunch which went down very well with those from the family who could make it. It’s been another tough year for my boy and he’s still searching for a job that’s right for him. I’m keeping everything crossed that 2019 will be his year. He’s trying to get healthier though and this year he asked for the Nutri Ninja as his birthday present. I hadn’t realised that the Ninja Ultra Prep Compact 2 in 1 Food and Drink Blender was coming up as a TSV ((808619) so I ordered him the one I have! He was delighted though, and has already made loads of smoothies, but if you’ve never tried one, don’t miss out on our one day only offer today! It’s a really versatile piece of equipment and if you love making soup, you’ll find it very useful for blending too.

Jack didn’t want a traditional birthday cake, so I made him his choice of chocolate brownies in my KitchenAid, and although they were tasty, they lacked that certain something that Gower Cottage manage to include in theirs. Undaunted, I’m going to try again, so if you’ve got a recipe you’d be happy to share I’d be very grateful!

I’m going to stay in the kitchen (metaphorically), as I wanted also to give you a heads up on our Cooks Essential’s Digital Air Fryer that’s a TSV this Thursday (312250) for under £50! I got mine a year or so ago, and I have had so much use out of it. It’s saved me time and money AND cut down on the amount of fat and oil that you cook with. Using hot air and high-speed circulation it’s perfect for meat, fish, bread, even chips! Mine’s a little vintage, so check out the new model and colours at midnight Thursday. There are a number of really special deals coming up over the next couple of week including the essential Decleor Gradual Glow in a Supersize, a Lulu Guinness Valerie Cross-body Bag and a Dyson Supersonic in a Limited Edition presentation case! You can follow me on @alikqvc on Twitter or alikeenan1 on Instagram, and Facebook and I’ll try and keep you up to date with them all!

Colin and I have finally found ourselves a holiday that we’ll be taking at the end of March. I’ll tell you all about it in the next blog, but have to admit to being really pleased when the much travelled Kathy Tayler said it was one of her and her husband Olly’s favourite places to visit! While I dream of the sunshine, I will leave you with these rather lovely photos that hopefully prove spring is on the way even though it can still feel like the deep midwinter!

With this apparently set to be the warmest February on record, I’m in a bit of a quandary as to what to wear? Do I pull out all my summer clothes just yet, or is that a little premature? Either way, it may well be that certain parts of my body that have otherwise been covered are now out there! So, it may well be time to try the Sensilight Mini from Sensica which is Wednesday’s TSV (item no 402445).

Forget heading off to a salon for regular waxing, or expensive laser treatment, you can do this yourself in the privacy of your own home. The Sensilight uses something called RPL – reactive light pulsed technology to generate heat through the hair shaft to the follicle that disables the hair re-growth at the source. It works on facial and body hair and what sets it apart from some others is that it works on pretty much EVERY skin tone. It actually has a built-in skin tone sensor that continuously evaluates the tone and condition of your skin, and if it’s too dark or too tanned, it will be blocked from emitting a flash of light. It’s VERY easy to use, and all that’s required is a little patience as it can take between 3-4 treatments (two weeks apart) before you see the results. With the three interest-free instalments, it’s £33 now and then you have your money back guarantee which gives you ample time to try it!

Keep in touch and watch out for our new voucher campaign that begins this week and can save you up to £35 when you buy your favourite things.

With my love,

Ali xxx

32 Comments

  1. Loraine Plumb February 11, 2019 at 2:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison started writing this before and then it disappeared odd so apologies if you get this twice Les has gone back to work had the money he was owed we have both had colds well his was flu actually terrible cough etc but hopefully on the mend. You look like you had great fun with honey in the snow we had some but around the Basingstoke area the M3 was at a standstill as Gary and his girlfriend found when they headed to London to see the group Bastille they didn’t arrive stayed the night at her brothers in Camberley. Can’t wait to hear where your holiday is something nice to look forward to we have booked Sardinia is for may I think we need it after the terrible start to the year we have also been concerned about Les sister as she was going back for another check up for her mouth cancer she’s had two operations luckily the doctor is happier this time so that was good news I do hope your son has a better 2019 it’s worrying as a parent isn’t it .Clare is doing ok with pregnancy feeling tired but sickness has gone away. Glad you had a nice time with you sister so alike always like seeing your pictures on here I will send you one of Willa on twitter from time to time take care love Loraine xx

    • Alison Keenan February 18, 2019 at 8:18 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Loraine, lovely to hear from you, and thank you for the photograph of Willa on Twitter – I’m glad she enjoyed the snow too 🙂 So sorry to know that you’ve already had a rotten start to the year, although I am relieved for you that Les’s sister is being well looked after and they are happy with her health at present – long may that last. Good to know that Clare’s pregnancy continues well and that the sickness has gone away. I remember feeling so tired, I could have fallen asleep standing up! I am pleased that you have a holiday to look forward to, and I hope you enjoy Sardinia. I have been there once, and did a fair amount of touring of the island in the short time I had there. A very pretty place, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy yourselves. I’m sorry you too have had this heavy cold/flu type bug but glad that you’re out the other side. I came down with it during the launch on Wednesday and have been voiceless and feeling rough throughout my five days off, but definitely on the mend now, so will be back with you Tuesday. Take care and thanks for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  2. Joanna Downey February 11, 2019 at 10:07 pm -  Reply

    Evening Ali, Your blog contains words about, & a photo of, some things I really love & two that I can’t stand – snow & anything to do with the Met Office. A couple of years ago some weather related person said that people felt reassured (reassured???) when they knew the name of the storm that had damaged their home or business, I’m a fairly well balanced person but that glib comment sent me skywards. I do, however, love sparkly shoes, I’m sure Honey will get a pair soon, Helebores – lovely photo & chocolate brownies & I’ll put the recipe I use at the end of this reply. Your trip to the British Museum sounded really interesting & the quote is sublime. The first time I visited was in 1978, as I left & was waiting to cross the road & a delightful man standing next to me told me how lovely I looked in my scarlet jacket & that I should always wear red because it was my colour. A couple of weeks after this I saw his wedding photo in a paper, he was Gerald Grosvenor who would soon become the 6th Duke of Westminster. I’m sorry that your Jack hasn’t found his work niche but when he ‘clicks’ with the right job he will soar like a rocket. A working life is now a hazy memory for me & because Ellie is returning to school part time from this Wednesday I’ll be looking after Etty for two days each week – far more fun than going to work & will keep me active!

    Chocolate Brownies –
    175g unsalted butter, 250g dark chocolate, 250g caster sugar, 3 eggs, 150g plain flour, 150g walnuts or pecans – toasted & chopped, 200g milk chocolate chips or roughly chopped chocolate – I don’t like nuts so have 350g of chocolate… I dust these with a teaspoon of flour as it stops them sinking.
    Heat oven to 180C/fan160C/gas4. Line base of 30cm x 20cm tin with parchment.
    Melt butter & dark chocolate together in bowl over pan of simmering water or in microwave & leave to cool a little. Whisk sugar & eggs together until pale & thick. Mix in butter & chocolate mixture. Sift in the flour & fold into the batter with the nuts & milk chocolate/ all chocolate. Pour into tin & level slightly. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes but I check after 25. the one thing I always do is take it out after 15, put it on top of the hob & carefully bang the tin down once, returning it immediately to the oven. Doing this apparently ensure the correct density! I do most of this in my Kitchenaid as the whisk attachment adds a fantastic amount of volume to the egg mixture. Enjoy, love from Jo x

    • Alison Keenan February 18, 2019 at 8:24 pm -  Reply

      Dear Jo, firstly, thank you so much for the recipe – I will definitely use my Kitchen Aid, and try this out next weekend – infact I am determined to take some to Sam’s birthday party in March! I like you find it extraordinary that folk ‘in the know’ can get away with glib comments that actually a great deal more weight than they could ever imagine. My Helibore continue to flower, and I am visiting Lucy and Honey on Friday, so maybe we will find our sparkly shoes then? I am so glad that you will be able to look after Etty for two days a week – you won’t know yourself! I so wish I’d lived a little nearer Lucy, although my days a rather spread at QVC so I may not have been as helpful as I’d like to have been. It’s great though that I have every Thursday off and only work one Friday, as I I can pop up and stay and get to do bedtime and breakfast too. I bet you will be far more active with a little one around, and I’ll look forward to hearing how you are getting on. I’ll let you know how I get on with the recipe too 🙂 Take care Jo, love Ali x

  3. Vivien Gore February 12, 2019 at 7:17 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali sorry to repeat this blog but l was very late telling you my bad news of last month. As l said we had a terrible January. We lost our older sister Lily she died on the 26th january. It’s been traumatic for us all. She was older than me by 12 months she was 70 last July. She had been in a nursing home for 3 years and suffered a lot of pain. Sorry to put a damper on your year. We are going to miss her terribly she was the oldest of 7. 4 brothers and 3 girls. Now down to 2.
    On a happier note you say your going away in March so are we were celebrating are 50th anniversary on the 22nd March and we are so looking forward to going away to get away from all this gloomy weather. We are going away in November to the Caribbean for two weeks cruise to celebrate my 70th if god spares us. We have been there many times over the years and we are so looking forward to going. I do hope you have a lovely holiday with your Colin make lots of memories and above all else be happy and healthy. Hope to see you on Diamonique tonight l will be watching. Lots of love Viv 😘💔😘

  4. Christine February 12, 2019 at 12:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali I remember we got snowed in the drifts were right over the hedges that was in the late 60s, we had a great time sledging and snow ball fights. I have always used air fryer they are brilliant. We still don’t have moving date to our new house, it is taking forever.
    We are looking forward to get settled.
    Take Care x

    • Alison Keenan February 18, 2019 at 8:28 pm -  Reply

      My dear Viv, I did indeed get your messages on the Diamonique show on the 12th and thank you for them, but I was unaware that you were nursing shuch said news. It sounds as though as a family you have been through so much – just two of you left from a family of seven, but you are strong, and have survived so much, I feel that you will definitely see your fabulous anniversary, and many more years ahead of that too. I’m looking forward to my holiday with Colin, but have a fair few things to sort before then, including my Sam’s 30th birthday! I hope you have some lovely photographs of your sister, and maybe one special one that you can carry with you. Take care, and hold onto those precious memories – when she was well and happy. Sending you my love, Ali xx

    • Alison Keenan February 18, 2019 at 8:32 pm -  Reply

      Dear Christine, I am hoping very much that by the time you get this reply that you will have good news and a moving date! I know how long these things seem to take and it can be really frustrating. fingers crossed! Glad you’re getting good use out of the air fryer, as I am. Ingenious design and so quick. I hope to hear good news from you soon, love Ali xx

  5. Nadine Farrow February 12, 2019 at 1:34 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali! Sounds like you have been busy bee! Pardon the pun. We have enjoyed spending time in the garden with Oban looking at the snowdrops and Helibores. It made au all feel happy and thankful to be lucky enough to see nature’s beauty together. Love Nadine and Oban xxx

    • Alison Keenan February 18, 2019 at 8:39 pm -  Reply

      Hi Nadine, yes I definitely try to keep busy – cram as much into each day as I can. I’m glad you’ve managed to get out and about with Oban and thanks for the pics on Tuesday night. The snowdrops have been so prolific this year haven’t they? I have a few small bunches underneath the magnolia tree that we had to cut down last year. They are everywhere in the countryside around me though. Take care, love Ali xx

  6. Susan February 13, 2019 at 4:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    How are you? You had a great time with your sister and her class. You look so alike. It’s funny Jenny and lucy are both teachers. Absolutely right though, it’s so draining. It’s harder and harder in education and health and you wonder how they’re going to keep recruiting when the pay isn’t great in both sectors and yet so vital. You look at some jobs and think how ca you justify that pay?! I hope jack has a good year. He’s still so young ali. Don’t worry. We all just get by somehow.
    Take care x

    • Alison Keenan February 18, 2019 at 8:45 pm -  Reply

      Dear Susan, you’re not the first to mention that Jenny and I look alike, and I’m certain you won’t be the last, but I’ve got a lovely old school photo that I’m going to put on the blog next time so you can see how we’ve become more alike over the years. You’re right about the condition of our health and education systems… it is a worry, and very little incentive for new blood to join up… pray God that will change. Thank you for your kind words about my Jack. I do worry though.. I guess we always will when it come to our children, but you’re right, we all get by… it’s just harder for some than others. I hope all is well for you, and thank you for keeping in touch love, Ali xxx

  7. Judith Lennon February 13, 2019 at 5:59 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali
    I can’t believe we are half way through February already. I must admit I have been like a hermit as the weather has not encouraged me to venture out . Can’t wait for the brighter days although the evenings are getting lighter. I loved the snow pictures. I have played this game with my two girls but have to admit they had to pull me up or I would still be on the ground. Such laughter it was lovely to hear. Katie is now out of hospital and doing well. She says she feels like a new person! It’s been a long two years getting here but hopefully it is upwards and onwards from now on. I’ve just fed the two girls their weekly tea at Nannas and then it will be home time for them and “Quite time”
    For me. I would not swap it for the world. Hope you are warm and surviving the cold. I bet you are looking forward to your next breK. Take care and love and hugs as always. Judith xx❄️💨🌨

    • Alison Keenan February 18, 2019 at 8:55 pm -  Reply

      Dear Judith, I can’t blame you for being like a hermit, while it’s been as cold as it has. We had some stunning days on Thursday and Friday, and the sun finally broke through around 5pm today, but I have every faith that we will have a mild spring and a hot summer again 🙂 You’re braver than me when it comes to snow angels. I didn’t get down in the snow otherwise I think I would have got stuck there and soaked to the skin! So pleased to hear about Katie and I too hope that it’s onwards and upwards from now on. It sounds as though you’re enjoying your role as Nanna, and that the girls are benefitting too. It’ll be spring before you know it. Stay cosy and warm too, and yes, we are very much looking forward to our next break in the sun! Thanks for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  8. Mary Morphy February 13, 2019 at 11:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, thank you again for sharing all your news and your snow pictures. Here on the east coast in Westgate and surrounding towns WE HAD NOTHING! Totally gutted as every student in our school, and my own 19 year old daughter was desperate for snow. However storm Eric came with avengence and blew us all away for a couple of days..certainly made Olly’s ears flap when we were out!!
    Reading about Jack touched my heart, my own Jack is working part time in a job he hates but he is aware that he is the only one who can change the situation..he’s also on healthy eating regime, bought a rowing machine and jogging to get fitter. He has a plan but doesn’t want to tell me what it is yet!
    I however have a sciatica flare up..a total pain in the arse!! Seriously though very painful and endless in length. I have a Deep Heat roll on..looks a bit like a deodorant roll on and I can really work the ball into the muscle….it does help with the pain but masks the smell of my L’occitane neroli and orchid perfume!!
    Half term for me next week…I have a few cakes to do up to Easter.. saying NO didn’t last long!!
    I have a lovely afternoon tea to look forward to which was a Xmas pressie from my team leader at work..the 3 of us that work in our Alternative Curriculum unit ate going..it’s in Deal and they also do amaxing cocktails so we are going on the train.
    Hope the weather’s good where you are, looking sunny here for a few days. My daughter has an amazing brownie recipe..I will send it via Twitter..I have asked her to dig it out. Lots of love Mary xx

    • Alison Keenan February 18, 2019 at 9:05 pm -  Reply

      NOTHING?! That’s so disappointing for you, although I’m sure your journey to and from anywhere was a great deal easier than those of us who had to drive in the snow.. not nice! Bless Olly for his flappy ears… it could have been a lot worse!
      Thank you for your kind words about my Jack… I’m sorry that your Jack is also struggling with employment. I like the fact he’s doing something really positive with his spare time though – I wish him luck. So sorry to hear about your sciatica flare up. Great that the deep heat roll on works for you – Colin uses empty coca cola cans and leans back into them when he’s driving. He swears it works for him.
      What kind of cakes are you making? As you’ll see Jo has sent me her recipe for chocolate brownies, and I’ll look forward to hearing from you with Chloe’s recipe too. I think I’m way behind you when it comes to cake making! Ooh cocktails in the afternoon – sounds like fun! I hope you had the sunshine at the end of last week, and had a good weekend too. Take care Mary and enjoy the half term, love Ali xxx

  9. Jill Rycroft February 14, 2019 at 11:25 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, Love to hear what you’ve been doing with your family, you certainly seems to have such fun and Honey Bee looks as if she’s really enjoying the snow. Tuesday nights at 8pm is a regular date with you and Diamonique, I ordered a ring recently 4133110 and it was stunning but sadly I had to return it as I have rather large knuckles and needed the next size and I was just wondering if you knew or could persuade the buyers to bring it back into stock, I’m afraid you only have size L available and I’d need an R. Hope you can bring your influence to bear.
    Kind regards – Jill

    • Alison Keenan February 18, 2019 at 10:18 pm -  Reply

      Dear Jill, I have made a note of the number, and will speak to our buyers, but it does seem to be currently out of stock. If it is coming back I will make certain I let you know and will reserve a size R for you! I’m very glad that you enjoy the shows on a Tuesday and I’ll try to give you a wave! It’s lovely too that you enjoy reading the blogs and thanks for taking the time out to comment. I’ll get back to you re the design. Love Ali xx

  10. pam stephens February 17, 2019 at 1:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali another lovely blog although I missed lots of offers last week as we had a a little break up in Scotland we let the coach take the strain and it was wonderful // a lovely crowd of people on our coach and we saw soo much beautiful scenery and thanks to a very good driver we learnt many things we didn’t know //I did mention before that we treated ourselves to the break as we will be celebrating our Diamond anniversary on the 21st March and have already had notification that we shall receive a card from The Queen which is rather nice //// I love the snow but there was none in Scotland it was a week of beautiful Springlike weather so it was lovely to see your pictures you look so good in your Emus and Centigrade and its good to know you enjoyed your visit to London with your sister… when my sons were the same age as your Jack we worried all the time about them with jobs but please don’t worry Ali everything will settle down and he will find something soon // we never stop worrying about them do we ///anyway Ali please take good care of yourself because we all love you …Pam xx

    • Alison Keenan February 18, 2019 at 10:23 pm -  Reply

      Dear Pam, it sounds as though you had a wonderful time in Scotland, and even better that the people you were travelling with were good company and the driver added to the tour too! Many congratulations in advance for your Diamond Wedding anniversary – how fabulous to get a telegram from the Queen! I’m sorry you didn’t see the snow in Scotland, although it may not have been good as you were travelling, but I can assure you if the temparatures plummet, then Centigrade is definitely the outerwear you need! And the Emu boots definitely kept my toes toasty. I really appreciate your kind words about Jack, and you’re right: we never stop worrying about our children, although I trust your positivity and will keep everything crossed. It’s a long road, but there’s never a day I’m not grateful to still be travelling along it. Thank you Pam, with love, Ali xx

  11. Merche Gardiner February 18, 2019 at 3:30 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, lovely to have your blog, I really enjoy hearing of the times you spend with Honey, I imagine she enjoys it as much as you! We have been very lucky in East Anglia, we haven’t seen any snow, in fact it has been quite mild, we were in Felixstowe on Friday as this is only 12 miles from where we live and we had blue sky And sunshine really lovely. I hope Jack soon finds a job, I know that after my son ended up permanently in his electric wheelchair he waited 7 years to actually find a Company that were prepared to go that extra mile and accommodate his needs, it gave him back his self esteem. We are now looking forward to his son’s wedding which it on the 15th of March at Norwich Castle and our first grandchild to get married. Look forward to hearing where your next holiday will take you. Love Merchex

    • Alison Keenan March 4, 2019 at 8:48 pm -  Reply

      Merche, please forgive me for such a late reply – I was doing so well until the end of the month! I remember Felixstowe very well as I used to live in Colchester and then moved to Wivenhoe. Thank you for your kind words about the blog and Jack… it sounds as though your son has had a far more challenging time of it, and I take my hat off to him for persevering all that time. I am so glad that he found himself a job eventually and is happy. Great too for you all to have a family wedding to look forward to and to celebrate – the day before my birthday. Norwich Castle! How fabulous! I hope you have a wonderful time, and will look forward to hearing all about it, love Ali xx

  12. Vivien Gore February 19, 2019 at 5:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali. Sorry to confuse you it sounded like all my brothers and sisters had passed the way l wrote it. I still have 4 brothers and 1 sister still living thank goodness l am the oldest remaining and at times l feel it. Sorry again for the confusion. I do hope you have a lovely celebration for your sons 30th birthday it’s so good to look back on all celebrations in the family. I will be looking out for you if you are on air tonight. Lots of love. Viv xxx

    • Alison Keenan March 4, 2019 at 8:52 pm -  Reply

      Dear Viv, please don’t apologise, I must have misread what you wrote, and I am very relieved to know that you still have five siblings, although I am sorry for your loss. I hope you got your mention on the show, and will be able to watch with Tova tomorrow – 6th MArch. I am sorry it’s taken me so long to respond! Love Ali xx

  13. Tina S February 19, 2019 at 11:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I haven’t written for some time now as I have been without a laptop but hubby bought me a new one for Christmas. I hope you remember me! ( I told you how I lost my mother through breast cancer when I was 12 ).
    Luckily we have managed to escape the snow here in S.Wales. Your pictures of the snow look lovely, but I dread the snow as everything comes to a standstill as soon as a snow flake falls. When I was nursing it snowed on my days off so I had to walk to work in the snow as I couldn’t get my car out. I was then stuck in work for days because I couldn’t get back home again! By the time I did get home again I had burst pipes in my flat!!! Such was the thanks for being dedicated (Lol). Because I grew up outside the main town, which had quite a bit of a hill to get to ,the buses would stop running of course when it started snowing. The main road would be ok as it had to be kept clear for the fire station.
    Have you any more plans for visiting Wales? I think you said you had been to Gower? Of course I’m biased when it comes to our coastline. There are so many beautiful places to see. (I should have a job for the Welsh Tourist Board ).
    Well all the best, Tina S. (S.Wales) x

    • Alison Keenan March 4, 2019 at 8:51 pm -  Reply

      Dear Tina and I do indeed remember you, and particularly the Christmas cards you have sent me over the years. I am relieved for you that you missed the snow especially as the freezing cold and dicey roads have such bad memories for you! I remember driving in snow for the first time and absolutely hated it! Don’t like it much even now, but everywhere did look quite beautiful. As far as visiting Wales is concerned, I think we may well return to Tenby this summer – the beaches were beautiful. Take care, and enjoy the sunshine, love Ali xx

  14. martin forbes February 20, 2019 at 3:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi alison hope your family and granddaughter are getting n iam now enjoying a 2week lazyb holiday from work doing nothing i work for mcdonalds i dont eat the food no more you get fed up eating it all the time

    • Alison Keenan March 4, 2019 at 8:54 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Martin, How are you? I’m guessing you are still off work, so I hope that you’ve enjoyed the fabulous weather that we had?? I’m sure you must get tired of eating burgers when you’re surrounded by them all the time, so I hope you’ve had a few treats and different food while you’ve been off. Love Ali xx

  15. Susan February 21, 2019 at 12:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    You’ve had some nice encouraging words from your army as usual which is lovely 🙂 I know you’ll of course not stop worrying about jack, Sam and lucy but we’re all of the opinion you just keep motoring on and although our lives may not be how we imagined when we were younger you accept your luck and lot and always know things could be worse! I think it’s very hard now when enlmploynent is so competitive and Martin Lewis hit it right when he said it’s about 4 things and the last one is luck. So true. It’s also about money when these days to go through college or uni it’s tens of thousands and of course many just cannot afford it. Jack has a good family though and a good mum so he’ll be ok. Hope little diesel is doing well ali. Look forward to his next photo!xx

    • Alison Keenan March 4, 2019 at 8:59 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Susan, you are so right about the encouraging words from the army. You are all so kind, and it helps me from feeling as though I’m the only person worrying! Luck is something not everyone benefits from, and I know that Jack has had plenty of bad luck, but he is still positive, and is lucky enough not have run up any debts so far. He went to visit Lucy and Honey this weekend, and I know that did them all good! Apologies for the late response – the end of the month just ran away with me! Thanks though for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  16. Pam Curtis February 26, 2019 at 12:34 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali… I have read your amazing book…and, as promised, I have just done a review on Amazon for you. i can honestly say, hand on heart..it was a roller coaster of emotions..I cried….lots!!…as i know you did…I felt elated and happy at your good news..but I can’t believe everything you went through to get the result you wanted and so desperately deserved..I was so thrilled also when you got married…What a lovely guy Colin is…Anyway…off to read another book now…it’s very late.. I shall be reading for quite a while..Night night Ali…sleep tight…xx

    • Alison Keenan March 4, 2019 at 9:01 pm -  Reply

      Dear Pam, you are so kind! Thank you not only for reading it, but taking the time out to let me know what you thought about it here on the blog AND by writing a review. It really means such a lot. So glad that you enjoyed it, and thanks again. Do keep in touch, love Ali xx

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