Red sky in the morning…


Red sky in the morning, shepherd’s warning – that’s what my nanny used to say and I was always led to believe it was because there was snow on the way. Well, it didn’t snow here, but I know from your lovely comments that many of you have had to pull out your thermals and put on your Cozee Home sheets because of the drop in temperatures. Here’s hoping wherever you are when you’re reading this, you’re warm and well.

Another one of my nanny’s sayings was ‘time stands still for no man’, and she was right on that one too! I can’t believe it’s pretty much a fortnight since I last wrote, and that I’ve had my holiday, been back to work, and am now home for a couple of days again! You know me, I managed to pack a whole lot of things in to my leisure time, including a trip away with Lucy and Honey, a visit to the South Coast with Colin, and a family meal for my Jack’s 25th birthday! But this time has also afforded me an opportunity to do all those jobs around the house I’ve been putting off for ages.

Sorting out my food store cupboard was one of them, and weirdly coincided with a feature on BBC’s The One Show – “What’s the oldest best-before date you have on food in your kitchen?” My baking powder dated 2010 paled into insignificance with a viewer who had a bottle of Ribena from 1999! My cupboard has a great deal more space in it now, and I’ve vowed to finish things before I buy a replacement – well, I’m going to try. I have to say I was really impressed with the Ecoegg Fridge Friend that keeps your food fresher for longer by absorbing the ethylene gas that causes it to go off. They sold out on Tuesday when I was on air with them, but hopefully they’ll be back in stock soon.

I used up my somewhat over-ripe bananas to make Jack’s birthday cake, which amazingly remained in one piece, in spite of sliding off the cake board while in the car! Colin and I met Jack, Jenny and Sam at the restaurant, and enjoyed a lovely lunch and catch up to celebrate his 25 years. We’d clubbed together and bought him a GoPro camera, and spent a fair bit of time suggesting what and where he should film with it. The photos should be interesting! 🙂

Colin and I took a few photos of the coast when we once again visited Durdle Door. Unlike our previous time there with Roz and Chris when the weather was beautiful, it clouded over and was bitterly cold for our hike across the head, but I rather like these moody moments captured on film. I have to praise our outerwear brand Centigrade at this point, and I know I’ve mentioned it before, but I would have frozen in the head wind were it not for my fab feather and down coat with the hood.

There wouldn’t be enough room on the page for me to show you all the photographs I took of Honey though during our little holiday together at the end of mine. Lucy drove us all to Bristol where we had a fabulous day at the Aquarium there. She’d made a huge packed lunch that included ‘cubunger lollies’, mini sausages, sausage rolls, all kinds of sandwiches and gingerbread men too. I managed to break a tooth on a sausage (don’t ask….) but apart from that we had a wonderful visit – the Aquarium was a massive hit. Who knew that piranhas had gold flecks on their scales, frogs are sometimes the same colour as chocolate, or that sea horses can be this big?! I loved it all just as much as Honey, and there was more excitement when we booked into our Novotel Hotel. We got a great deal, and they honestly couldn’t have done more for us all. If you have children, or grandchildren and need to stay anywhere, do try them out.

It felt like a very long time since I’d seen a TV studio, but it was good to get back for two hours of fashion and beauty. Did you manage to order your Grace Chiffon Batwing top? A lovely spring pattern I thought, and would look great with the MarlaWynne TSV I’m launching on 26th February. It’s a pair of flatter fit, straight leg trousers in a cross-dyed denim fabric (169910). Lightweight and a great fit as always with Marla’s designs. She’ll be coming over from New York to spend the day with us, so make sure you catch her shows. Oh, and check out what shoes she’s wearing – they’re always incredible.

They might even be a Marc Fisher design! His collection of shoes is a top seller here at QVC, with fabulous reviews online. The newest design is a laser cut peep toe sandal that I’ll be launching on Wednesday 28th February. As there are currently only six other styles available on our website, I’ve got a sneaky feeling this will sell quickly! Follow me on Twitter @alikqvc and I’ll let you know the price as soon as it’s released.

There’ll be plenty more of your favourite fashion brands this week coming as we have a special event in line with London Fashion Week, and although I’ll be with you on Tuesday it won’t be for Diamonique – instead I’ll be bringing you Isaac Mizrahi Live and Lulu Guinness Accessories. I hope you find something you like on the day.

I wore my Clarks Caddy Belle boots for Colin’s and my trip to Windsor Castle on Valentine’s Day. Although we live only five miles from this, the world’s largest inhabited castle, and of course home to our Majesty the Queen, I’d never been inside it. The State Rooms were just stunning and we spent a lot of time in the Chapel too, where Prince Harry will marry Meghan Markle in May – or ‘Miss Marple’ as I overheard a little girl telling her brother. We actually walked up the aisle to the alter, exactly as they will do, which felt very special. As did I when my man presented me with two dozen red roses, and then took me out for dinner. Lucky girl 🙂

My oncology appointment has been postponed to March, but thanks for your kind words – I will of course let you know how I get on. I hope you enjoy the blog, and if you find the time, it would be lovely to hear from you.

With my love,

Ali xxxx


  1. Judith Lennon February 16, 2018 at 3:00 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali
    Great minds think alike! I too have been busy cleaning out kitchen cupboards. You are not alone with out of date items. I found a jelly from 2010. I know I have done some cleaning since then but obviously not often enough. I can now see the wheat from the chaf as they say. My friends funeral was this week and I can honestly say I have never seen so many people packed into a church. There must have been 300 or so. It was amazing to know how many people loved and respected her like I did. I suppose being a vicars wife also had something to do with attendance. Loved the photos this week. No matter the season you can always capture a beautiful photo. I particularly loved Honey at the acquirium. Sam obviously enjoyed Mums cake by the smile on his face! Well I am now going to have a well earned cuppa and go back to the last cupboard to be tackled. Stay warm and well lovely lady. As always hugs and love Judith xx

    • Alison Keenan February 22, 2018 at 4:56 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Judith, lovely to hear from you, and although I was sorry to know of your friend’s passing and the subsequent funeral, I am glad to know that the service was so well attended which I am sure was a great comfort to all her family. Thank you for your kind words about the photos – I have so many of Honey now, and really do need to sort them into some kind of an album… maybe this summer 🙂 Great to know that I’m not the only one to harbour out of date produce! I think it must be 2010 at least since I last had a jelly in the house, although Honey does love them, so I may have to invest! I hope you managed to sort the rest of your cupboards and were then able to enjoy a well earned rest! Thanks for keeping in touch. Stay warm, and speak soon, love Ali xx

  2. Christine February 16, 2018 at 6:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali We are doing the same cleaning bedroom cupboards 6 bags of clothes. Then my husband going to decorate and new carpets and bedroom furniture looking forward to getting it finished. Hope appointment goes well. Let you know David got his four monthly check up everything ok.
    Any news off your book?

    Take Care X

    • Alison Keenan February 22, 2018 at 4:58 pm -  Reply

      Christine it seems as though our Spring Cleaning days have come early! Six bags of clothes is very good indeed…. trouble with me is I just sort, rearrange and then close the doors. I need to make more room so must have a proper sort out – my sister is already coveting some of my sweaters 🙂 Very glad to know that Davis is doing so well, and I will of course keep in touch with you. Thanks for asking about the book – I am hoping to have news for you as soon as I’m back from Australia! Good news too 🙂 Love from me xx

      • Alison Keenan February 22, 2018 at 4:58 pm -  Reply

        Ooops David I meant! Apologies xx

  3. Christine Auchterlonie February 17, 2018 at 12:00 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali…another great sinopsis of your trips out and about…Looks as if you had a fab day out with Colin and beautiful red roses…I too have been doing a bit of cupboard cleaning it’s amazing what you find … I have had a good old clearance of things out of date from the back of the cupboards in the kitchen and have vowed to myself I will only buy what I need ….now that I’m on my own I will just purchase what I require … see how long that lasts?it is a year ago this weekend since I lost Derek so,it will be a difficult weekend and Simon has to go to Toronto on Saturday on business …so there will just be Fiona and myself and Simons partner Helen we are going to go to one of Derek’s favourite places in the countryside near Allendale and have a coffee and cake in a tea shop we know nearby .I am so pleased you had the chance to go with Lucy and Honey on an overnighter …Simon has arranged a cottage for us all to go to in April with Katy and Jessica I have not been away with the girls since they were little ! they are in the Lakes this week with their Mam as it’s half term.Fiona has signed up for the swims again this year and she is going to be at the coast again this summer teaching the kids to swim and learn about safety at the beach … It won’t be long till your trip to Australia it’s amazing how time flies ..I know you said your appointment has been moved to March…please let us know how you go on…..thanks for the blog and so until next time…take care with love Chris x

    • Alison Keenan February 22, 2018 at 5:01 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Chris, good to hear from you as I’d been thinking of you on Tuesday, and had a feeling it was close to the anniversary of you losing Derek. I am sure that being with Fiona and Helen will make the day pass a little more easily, and I hope that you will find some happy memories to share and bring him close to you. I am loving the sound of the cottage Simon booked for you, and I’m sure that Jessica and Katy are just as excited as you to be going away together. Hats off to your Fiona for signing up again for the swimming courses this summer. She’s doing a great job. Not long until Australia, and we really need to finalise what we are doing and when! Yes my appointment is now two days before my birthday… I’ll let you know how I do. I’ll be thinking of you this weekend and sending you my love, Ali xx

  4. Kim February 17, 2018 at 9:19 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison – great blog, as always! Let me know if you’re coming to Bristol again ….you could have a bed here!!!? Glad you had a good time at the aquarium, take care love Kim xx

    • Alison Keenan February 22, 2018 at 5:02 pm -  Reply

      Hi Kim, that sounds like a plan! Thanks so much for the invite 🙂 I thought Bristol was great and we’ve already planned to re-visit in the summer so I’ll keep in touch. It’s a great city and I know there’s a huge amount to see. Enjoy the weekend, love Ali xx

  5. Joanna Downey February 17, 2018 at 11:31 am -  Reply

    Happy Saturday, You most definitely did pack a lot into your two weeks; it’s lovely to have an assortment of things to do, places to visit & people to see. Your photos are as good as ever & I too like ‘moody’ winter shots, in fact I’ve decided that this year was the one that I would embrace January & February after a lifetime of bemoaning the end of all the magic & sparkle of Christmas. I suppose not having to go to work on dark & dreary days may have something to do with it but really it was because I felt that I was wasting two months just waiting for the brighter days. The aquarium is one of Tallulah’s favourite places so I can imagine how much dear little Honey loved being there. You also went to one of my favourite places – Windsor Castle. The first time I saw her was from the air when were going to New York, it was a stunning morning in early December & the sun made the stonework all rosy, I fell in love at that moment & then did it all over again when we visited the castle the following summer. As we went in there were cabinets filled with gifts Queen Victoria had received for her Golden & Diamond jubilees & in one of them there was a silk Mandarin’s hat, all covered in tiny little men, no bigger than my thumbnail, each one in a different coloured outfit. It was exquisite & even though I don’t covet much I coveted that hat! My past fortnight hasn’t been as exciting as yours, I’ve been to the dentist, had my mammogram plus result within five days & joined the community gardeners at our park. We’re very lucky to have the most beautiful park five minutes walk away from our home, I learned to ride my bike there, as did our girls, it has a wonderful pond full of ducks & geese, a 1930s bandstand, glorious trees & now a community garden. It was one of the things on my retirement list & I was delighted when they said I could join. I’ve also started needle felting, I come from a very artistic family & everyone has a talent except for me – I’ve failed at everything over the years but this is my craft & after making small Christmas decorations for Tallulah, Max & my closest colleagues I decided to create something for Ellie’s baby’s nursery. They have chosen a rabbit theme & I’ve just finished a bunny (well, really it’s a hare but…) I’m so proud of him & really enjoyed stabbing away at my wool & watching it become a figure. Another epic from me, it’s lovely to see you back & your hair’s looking fabulous, darling. Love from Jo x

    • Alison Keenan February 22, 2018 at 5:08 pm -  Reply

      Dear Jo, as always lovely to hear about your world, and all that you cram into each week, and particularly glad to know that you have embraced the winter/spring and are making the most of January and February. I am certain that being retired and having to head out on those cold wet mornings will have depressed you, and if instead you can now get out there with the other community gardeners and enjoy the walk to and from home, it will make all the difference. Interesting to hear about the needle felting. I first heard about it from my friend Julie who has also started a class and has made a sheep and also some tiny acorns! They are beautiful, and she is understandably proud. Wonderful if now you can add your list to those other artistic members of your family 🙂 If ever you decide to visit Windsor Castle again do let me know – maybe we could meet up for a cup of tea! It’s been a beautiful afternoon here, and the sun is just setting which isn’t bad as it’s gone 5pm! Thanks as always for keeping in touch Jo. Take care and enjoy the weekend, love Ali x

  6. Laurie February 17, 2018 at 3:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali lovely to read all your outings-and pics too. Is colin making any music or doing any gigs this year x

    • Alison Keenan February 22, 2018 at 5:10 pm -  Reply

      Hi Laurie, so glad you are enjoying the blog and the photos too. I am seriously thinking about borrowing Colin’s posh camera and trying to take a few more artistic shots of the sky/landscape, although my trusty Iphone does a pretty good job. Colin’s music has been put on hold for a while, but we’re hoping the second album should be forthcoming at the end of this year. Thanks for asking, love Ali x

  7. Josephine Jennings February 18, 2018 at 9:58 am -  Reply

    Hello Ali so happy to see you back. Sorry to read about your tooth. I cleaned my kitchen cupboards leading up to Christmas, but not the kitchen drawers, so that’s a must I am having to really pull at them to get them open.

    • Alison Keenan February 22, 2018 at 5:11 pm -  Reply

      Dear Josephine, great to hear from you and glad to know that you too managed a little bit of sorting just before Christmas. Let’s be honest cupboards are easier than drawers… especially the man drawer! I have an unbelievable amount of rubbish in there and really must sort it. Let’s see who gets it done first 🙂 Thanks for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  8. Richard Dawson February 18, 2018 at 5:16 pm -  Reply

    Great blog as usual Alison

    • Alison Keenan February 22, 2018 at 5:12 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Richard, kind of you to say. I’m glad you enjoy reading them, love Ali xx

  9. Loraine Plumb February 18, 2018 at 8:32 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison lovely photos as usual I’m sure we will bump into you one day down this way you seem to be at places we go quite often like durdle door hopefully we will your definitely one of the nicest people on TV and I don’t know where you get your energy from always here there and everywhere I’m hoping I will find plenty of stamina in Florida we will definitely need it was tiring when we used to go years back when much younger your mind wants to but body doesn’t now .Looking forward to hearing of the trip to australia, etc we visited my auntie a couple of times but didn’t stop of anywhere so it was such a tedious journey but never the less worth it look forward to hearing from you best wishes love Loraine xx

    • Alison Keenan February 26, 2018 at 1:17 pm -  Reply

      Morning Loraine, lovely to hear from you, and of course I’d forgotten how close to the coast you now live! Thank you for your kind words – not feeling too full of stamina this morning though after two late shifts, but a day off today to recharge my batteries before I’m back with you tomorrow evening. We’re still trying to sort our Australian trip – I hadn’t realised that by trying to see other countries, it would be so confusing with the time zones, but I’m sure we’ll get there – although we need to get a wriggle on! I am sure you’ll have a lovely time in Florida – the warm sunshine will be a real tonic too. Take care and thank you for writing to me. Love Ali xx

  10. Christine Auchterlonie February 19, 2018 at 12:13 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali….A great resume of you time off you seem to be able to fit a lot into your day…I too have been cleaning out kitchen cupboards it’s amazing what you find! I’m pleased you have had a lovely time with Lucy and Honey and your little trip away.Simon has booked a cottage in the Lakes for us all to have a break at Easter with Jessica Katy and Fiona and he has booked for Fiona,Jessica and Katy and myself a day away to York next weekend looking forward to it.Fiona has booked her place in the Windermere swim again this year she is also going to help at the seafront in the summer teaching young people to swim ….Simon is away in Toronto on a business trip till Friday …but this weekend has been a year ago since I lost Derek …we have had a day out together to a few places that have happy memories and had our lunch out at a lovely country inn….I have always wanted to visit Windsor castle ! A Valentine’s Day with beautiful roses and a dinner together that’s
    Lovely …. I note that your appointment is now in March please let us know how you get on…not long now either for your trip to Australia wow! That’s fab…how exciting it’s a long journey but it will be worth it and a wedding too…hope to see you soon on the box I’m sitting on my hands just now? hope all is well with you and your family….with love Chris x

    • Alison Keenan February 26, 2018 at 1:41 pm -  Reply

      Hello lovely Chris, I think I’ve received the same message from you twice, but do hope you’re well and not to chilly today? I hope also you enjoyed the Beauty shows and Marla Wynn’s TSV trousers? Perfect fit and she’s great fun to work with 🙂 Stay warm, Love Ali xx

  11. Elaine Sallis February 19, 2018 at 12:33 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali. Lovely blog. My grandchildren love Bristol aquarium. I hope you and Colin are well. I have been thinking about Ali’s army and wondering how people are. Funny how these things come into your head isn’t it. Love Elaine x

    • Alison Keenan February 26, 2018 at 1:42 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Elaine, so glad your grandchildren also enjoy their time at the Aquarium and I’m sure you have too if you’ve gone with them. I looked back over the last few years of blogs and like you find myself constantly wondering. It’s been years since we heard from Alpa, I do hope all is well with her too – And you of course! Enjoy the week and wrap up warm! Love Ali xx

  12. Mandy February 19, 2018 at 7:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali! Hope you are well & not too cold. Brr we have had snow & I certainly do have my Cozee Home bedding on to snuggle down in. Ha ha you have beaten us on finding out of date food- we found a tin dated 2012 last week. Love the photo of you & Jack & I am sure he enjoyed his banana birthday cake. My neighbour once saw me about to throw away a few over ripe bananas & gave me a good telling off & her banana cake recipe lol. So glad she did now. It is nice to see my fellow Piscean enjoying being around water- your photos are gorgeous. Durdle Door looks like my kind of place to blow away the cobwebs & as my Mum would say, put a bit of colour in my cheeks. Love your aquarium photos too- I think we must have been mermaids in a previous life. I am going away this weekend to spend time with my in-laws & God son so will be lovely enjoying good company & lovely food. We have finally booked our summer holiday- we are going to Skiathos-hooray or should I say OPA!! I have been before about 10 years ago & adored it & so think we will have a fabulous time. It is lovely to have something to look forward to isn’t it so no doubt I will be buying some holiday essentials from QVC. I did see you on your Diamonique show Ali & I loved your black & silver top- you looked stunning. I ordered the 1ct 100 facet stud earrings in the gold tone. Very pleased with them & a steal at £15!! Might order another pair for a birthday gift. I seem to have quite a few pairs of Diamonique studs now (I am sure you do too lol) but I struggle to match them up because of the size as I keep them in a small crystal trinket box. Do you have any good tips on how to store them? If you do I would love to hear them to save me time tipping them out & matching them up in pairs ( a bit like playing “snap” with them) Have a great week & I will look forward to watching you this week.
    Love & Hugs
    Mandy xxx

    • Alison Keenan February 26, 2018 at 2:30 pm -  Reply

      Sorry Mandy, my comment to you seems to have hopped to the bottom of the page! LOL A xx

  13. Diane shaw February 21, 2018 at 5:13 pm -  Reply

    Enjoyed reading your blog as always ali love di xx

    • Alison Keenan February 26, 2018 at 1:56 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Di, and good of you to take time to let me know! Have a good week, love Ali x

  14. Linda Finch,, February 21, 2018 at 9:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali ,as promised quick update on John’s hospital appointment, all went well he had to have another x ray when we arrived but all was well, his surgeon was very pleased with everything, the pain that John had been having when he’s been on his walks will get easier he was told,he pushed and pulled his ankle which didn’t cause any discumfort so big ticks all round and a quick hand shake and discharged yeah, but it seems as we must keep on going , me this time, I have suffered with migraine for years but they are getting more frequent, and lasting longer (3 this year so far ) I’m in bed for 2 days when one comes on ,so last week after another one doctor has finally agreed for me to go for a scan hopefully things will get sorted, So glad you had a lovely time with her royal highness Honey Bee ☺will have to close now but lots of love Linda F xxxx?

    • Alison Keenan February 26, 2018 at 2:08 pm -  Reply

      Dear Linda thank you for letting me know about John’s appointment and I’m glad its all good news. That said I was sorry to hear about your migranes, and I hope they can get the scan sorted asap for you. It must be horrid to be laid low and in that much pain – I hope you have something to help in the interim. Let me know how you get on. Yes I love my time with Honey Bee – she is my treasure. You take care and thanks for keeping in touch. Love Ali xxx

  15. Kim February 24, 2018 at 11:11 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali! Unfortunately, due to my disability, and living with elderly parents, my offer of a bec isn’t really practical, but I’d love to ‘accidentally’ bump into you somewhere in Bristol when you come down in the summer! I read your blogs each week, so will be able to keep tabs on when you are coming down. Take care, love Kim x

    • Alison Keenan February 26, 2018 at 2:29 pm -  Reply

      Oh bless you Kim, it was a sweet idea though. I’m pretty certain we’ll be heading back to Bristol in the summer, and hopefully with Colin this time. I’ll try and give you a heads up. I hope your week is going well and that you are avoiding the worst of the weather. My best to your parents and you too, love Ali xx

  16. Alison Keenan February 26, 2018 at 1:55 pm -  Reply

    Dear Mandy, Durdle Door would definitely put colour in your cheeks although I think your lips may be blue because of the freezing temperatures today! Loving your neighbour – the banana police – and glad that something positive came out of it 🙂 Thrilled to know that you’re heading off to Skiathos – definitely OPA! Years since I’ve been there, but I remember it being a fabulous place to visit. The black top I was wearing was Coco Bianco, and I’ve just put an order in for a whole lot of Phase Eight fashion which I’m looking forward to wearing on air. I am glad that you are still keeping up with your Diamonique collection, and I’ve been chuckling to myself reading your description of trying to match all the pairs up – I do exactly the same with a lovely crystal trinket box – so am probably the worst person to advise you! That said, I do have the Lori Grenier jewellery case that doubles as a mirror! There are umpteen pairs of earrings in there, and so not a problem to find those as they hang on a purpose built rack. Maybe a giant pincushion or something that would allow you to sit them securely in pairs? QVC may well have something 🙂 I hope it’s not too chilly where you are and thanks for keeping in touch. Back with you tomorrow evening with Diamonique! Love, Ali xx

  17. Susan February 26, 2018 at 6:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    You girls are all very lucky to one, have good partners, and two, that they buy you lovely flowers! Hope you’re doing well xx

    • Alison Keenan March 1, 2018 at 2:39 pm -  Reply

      Susan, you’re right we are! I do hope someone will treat you, but if not, buy your own! I often do 🙂 Love Ali xx

  18. Mary February 28, 2018 at 3:09 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison, finally found time to get a few words down but we have a snow day, school has been closed today because of the snow and the taxis that bring the students into school cancel the school runs. I now though have time to write a blog. It seems ages since I have written but I have kept up with all your news. You have again been so busy but have shared wonderful times with friends and family. We have just had half term which seem to come and go in the blink of an eye. two of those days were spent in hospitals; Jack and I had a trip to UCHL Tropical Diseases and he is now malaria free. The following day we went with mum in the care home minibus to Canterbury as she had to have a bone scan. we have the results in a couple of weeks.
    My daughter Chloe celebrated her 18th birthday at the end January and I took her to Disneyland Paris the following weekend for her pressie. Apart from being struck down with conjunctivitis the day before we went and looking absolutely frightful, we both had an amazing time. It was exceptionally cold and the hot flushes that normally interrupt my day seemed to have left me for the weekend and I actually felt cold!! Chloe was very emotional and we had lots of tears of joy.
    Jack has returned from Ghana as you know and is now looking for work although he wants to go abroad to volunteer for a year and me and his dad think he needs a job. He has certainly come back from a changed person but to be honest, its not been easy since he has come back for lots of reasons but he is very unsettled at the moment and I certainly am not used to the arguing.
    Mum is becoming a little more accepting of her situation now and has said that she will try and enjoy life ion the residential home. Its been an unimaginably tough few months for her and her best friend, my Godmother, sadly died this week. She had suffered dementia for many years and for the last three years was totally imprisoned in this horrible disease and did not recognise anyone, remaining huddled in a ball and sleeping for most of the day. She was so much more than a Godmother to me and my sisters and although so incredibly sad, its a relief for her.
    So, as I mentioned, we have snow in Westgate which is unheard-of. Everywhere looks beautiful.
    I am off to the doctor now to have a 24 hour blood pressure monitor fitted so I will sign off now. Hope the weather is kind where you are and keep warm. LOve Mary xx

    • Alison Keenan March 1, 2018 at 2:44 pm -  Reply

      Dear Mary, as always it’s good to hear from you, and I hope that on the snow day that you had, you’ve managed to have a little time to rest. So glad that your Jack is now official over his malaria – such a relief for you – but the worry may well have been what set off the conjunctivitis! It could have spoilt your time away with Chloe but I am delighted to know it didn’t. What marvellous memories you and your girly must have made. I do understand how things are with your Jack. I went through much of the same with both my boys, although for different reasons. I started by trying to ‘fix’ everything, but ultimately he has to make his own decisions. I would imagine being ill hasn’t helped him, and the freedom he had while away is now obviously curtailed being at home. All you can do is be there for him… I hope he is less angry these days. It sounds as though you have it raining down on you from all angles. So sorry to hear of your Godmother’s passing. Hard for your mum, but equally difficult, although in a different way, for you. I hope the funeral won’t be too sad… Good luck with your blood pressure monitor. Reading between the lines I think your body needs you to slow down! Stay warm, and keep in touch. Thinking of you, love Ali x

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