Some things are too special not to share


Aloha! Yes, that’s about the only Hawaiian expression I’ve learned, but honestly so much about this beautiful island leaves me without words. This is the third country we’ve visited since I last wrote to you, and I had planned to wait until my return to post a blog about my niece’s’ wedding in Australia and our special trip, but life’s too short and Colin’s having a snooze… 🙂

Our time in Singapore was wonderful, although slightly marred by a back injury which meant I wasn’t that able to walk too far but that didn’t stop us from enjoying the incredible scenery and special places this vast city has to offer. The Botanic Gardens was just one of those places and I reckon they’d been using Richard Jackson’s Flower Power, as the orchid gardens were quite simply breath-taking!

But it’s the marriage between my niece Clare and her fiancé Cale that I wanted to share with you today, and I hope that these photographs will bring to life one of the happiest days I’ve had in years.

Arriving in Sydney a week before the special day gave us plenty of opportunity to spend time with not just my brother Peter and his wife Sarah, but also Clare and Cale, whom we’d never met before, and my nephew James (who lives in England) and his lovely girlfriend Emilia.

Cale is such a lovely young man from a great family, an engineer and project manager and clearly mad about my niece – not surprisingly! Apart from a gap year that he spent in Bath, England, he’s not left Australia before, but the special news is that they arrived in the U.K. today, and are planning to live over here for the next two years!

The wedding took place in the Southern Highlands, two hours’ drive out of Sydney, in a little town called Robertson. It reminded Colin and I of Tasmania and also many of the small American towns we visited when we went to Nashville and North Carolina.

The service was in a tiny church literally in the middle of nowhere, but it was just perfect. I think the only person who didn’t cry was the bride! It took me back to my own wedding to Colin but also back to my brother’s wedding in 1981. He and Sarah will celebrate their anniversary in August.

I could write reams about the service, the reception, the party and the overwhelming feeling of happiness, but I think these pictures will tell the story far better.

Thank you so much for your lovely comments. I’ll try and reply to you on one of the many flights we still have to make and then post them once I’m within reach of the WiFi!

We’re here in Hawaii until Friday, and 11 hours behind you, so tomorrow we visit Pearl Harbour. The weather here is VERY mixed, but we were spoilt with the most amazing sunshine on Monday. It really is as beautiful as I’d always imagined it would be, having watched South Pacific and Blue Hawaii when I was just a girl. I feel so lucky to have had this chance to visit these places and even happier that I can share them with you.

Sending you my love,

Ali xxx

Some holiday snaps..


  1. Karen B April 25, 2018 at 1:17 pm -  Reply

    Wow Alison fantastic pictures. What a lovely time you are having. Your dress is really lovely, it really suits you. What a handsome couple you and Colin are. Enjoy the rest of your trip.

  2. Teresa Karasavvas April 25, 2018 at 1:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison and Colin keep enjoying yourselves and keep making the beautiful memories that you are making together.

    It all looks amazing.

  3. Antoinette Browne April 25, 2018 at 4:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I am so happy you are enjoying your time with the family. The photos are fantastic. I was looking for a holiday destination to celebrate my 50th wedding anniversary. Looking at your photos. I might have to give Hawaii a try. Enjoy the rest of your holiday. Antoinette x

    • Alison Keenan May 8, 2018 at 8:33 am -  Reply

      Antoinette, I would very much recommend it! Just beautiful, and although the weather is a little changeable, the small amount of rain and cloud cover is quite welcome from the hot sun. Happy anniversary in advance of your trip! Love Ali xx

  4. Jo April 25, 2018 at 7:16 pm -  Reply

    Your outfit is lovely Alison, your niece Claire looks very much like you & her wedding dress is stunning. Lovely photos ☺

  5. Elaine Sallis April 25, 2018 at 7:57 pm -  Reply

    What beautiful photos.Glad you are both having a fabulous time, you are such a lovely couple. Elaine x

  6. janet groves April 25, 2018 at 9:10 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali what a beautiful bride and handsome groom.
    You looked lovely too but you always do and so happy, both you and Colin.
    Take care and love to you both.
    Janet Groves

  7. Julie April 25, 2018 at 9:13 pm -  Reply

    Well what can I say but AMAZING! Looks a lovely wedding. Enjoy the rest of your holiday. Cheers xxxx

  8. Theresa April 25, 2018 at 10:27 pm -  Reply

    Sounds like your both having a lovely time visiting some beautiful places x

  9. Loraine Plumb April 26, 2018 at 1:02 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison just reading your blog by the pool in Florida we are having a wonderful time weather is really hot been doing the theme parks but breaking it up with other things which are around glad your having a lovely time pictures are beautiful enjoy the rest of your holiday love Loraine xx

    • Alison Keenan May 8, 2018 at 8:36 am -  Reply

      Hi Loraine, so glad Florida was a great break for you and that you got the chance to look around the theme parks too! So glad you liked the photos – plenty more in the new blog! Love Ali x

  10. Katrina April 26, 2018 at 1:21 am -  Reply

    Hello Alison, I’m so glad you’re having an amazing time. How lovely it will be to have your Neice & Nephew living in the same country, as you, for a while. You never know, whilst here, they may have an addition! ? Enjoy the rest of your well deserved holiday, Ali & Colin. Take lots of care, safe travel. ??

    • Alison Keenan May 8, 2018 at 8:37 am -  Reply

      Kartrina, yes it will be lovely, and we’re already planning a post wedding party for all the family who obviously were unable to get to Australia for the wedding. I hope all is well with you, love ALi xx

  11. Ali Carr April 26, 2018 at 6:53 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali glad your having an amazing time. The photos are beautiful. Your niece looked stunning in her wedding dress & u looked stunning in your floral dress. Missing u can’t wait 2 c u bk on the 8th xx

  12. Christine Auchterlonie April 26, 2018 at 8:55 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali and Colin … What a time you must be having all these beautiful places and lovely weather too. The wedding looked like a memorable day and the bride looked stunning ….lovely memories for you all and to see your brother how much that must have meant to you …it’s such a long journey but I bet worth every minute ….I look forward to seeing more photos when you return to reality ?Iam sure everything will be much the same as when you left and Charlie has been doing a sterling job of holding the fort ?he can be so entertaining…..nothing great to report from here for now just wish the weather would improve ….look forward to your next news…..take care and safe travelling love Chris x

    • Alison Keenan May 8, 2018 at 8:38 am -  Reply

      Dear Chris, it was certainly a long journey but as you say, worth every single minute. We wouldn’t have missed it for the world, and although Colin was more than a little worried about the flights, he’s found it far easier than he thought, so long-haul shouldn’t be too difficult in the future. I’m so glad you’ve had Charlie’s company while I’ve been away, but I’m back tonight, so he can have a rest! Hope all good with you, love Ali xx

  13. Joanna Downey April 26, 2018 at 11:47 am -  Reply

    Hello Ali, So glad you’re having such a fabulous holiday & your photos are, as always, wonderful. Love from Jo x

  14. ADELE T April 26, 2018 at 12:32 pm -  Reply

    Amazing!! So beautiful and thank you for sharing your awesome pictures…Ahhh Bliss XOXO

  15. Vivien Gore April 26, 2018 at 1:03 pm -  Reply

    Ali what a wonderful time you’re having how lucky are you. I’m jealous but not to much lve got mine to look forward to in 4 weeks. Keep enjoying yourselves safe journeys to you both. Lovely photos. Lots of love Viv xx

    • Alison Keenan May 8, 2018 at 8:46 am -  Reply

      Dear Viv, So glad you’ve only got a couple more weeks to wait until your well deserved break. So glad you’ve recovered so well, and I’m sure you’ll have a fabulous time. Love Ali x

  16. Liz Holmes April 26, 2018 at 2:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Alison. Thank you so much for your great blog (as always) and for sharing all the fantastic photos with us. You and Colin are a wonderful couple, and ,your love for each other shines through in the photos. You both look fabulous. You and your niece are so alike in beautiful looks. What a wonderful wedding day full of treasured memories for you all. I hope you have a very enjoyable rest of your holiday and that your back is not too troublesome. My daughter, soninlaw, and grandsons have recently returned from a two week holiday in Singapore. On the last night Of their holiday they treated themselves to a stay in that amazing hotel where you and Colin stayed. When I saw the photos of them in the swimming pool at the very top, it gave illusion that they were going to topple over the edge at a great height! Rather them than me, but they enjoyed the experience! They also visited the breathtaking bontanical gardens and sent us lots of fabulous pics of the many plants and orchids. I look forward to seeing you back on our screens soon. Love Liz x

    • Alison Keenan May 8, 2018 at 8:40 am -  Reply

      Wow Liz! How fantastic for your daughter and her family to have stayed at the Marina Bay Hotel, although having been up to the top and seen the infinity pool there, I don’t think I’d have fancied swimming in it myself! Glad they got to the Botanical Gardens too as they were stunning. I hope that you’ve been enjoying the beautiful weather here too! New blog coming soon, love Ali xx

  17. Toni April 26, 2018 at 3:22 pm -  Reply

    Thank you for sharing the pics, they are fabulous and Hawaii, is on my bucket list, one of these days….

  18. Merche April 26, 2018 at 4:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, love your photos and blog. Your dress was lovely, wish I had a figure like you! I can definitely see the family resemblance in the photo of Peter Clare and yourself. Keep enjoying the holiday and scenery and have a safe journey home. Merchexx

  19. Paula b April 26, 2018 at 6:42 pm -  Reply

    hi Ali. Great pictures. Stand back and take the time to remember every minute as these special times go so quickly. You all look so happy. X

  20. Mandy April 26, 2018 at 8:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali! Soo pleased you are having an amazing time with your Colin & lovely family. I am glad you are enjoying yourself now that you have “escaped” your normal life (you know what I mean- no bills, annoying phone calls, hospital appointments) You are free Ali lol! OMG- your niece could be your daughter!! She is the spitting image of you isn’t she? She is a beautiful bride & you look gorgeous too (of course lol) Thanks for sharing your photos- they are fab & the orchids are breath taking. Enjoy the rest of your special holiday & look forward to seeing you when you are back.
    Sending love & hugs across the miles
    Mandy xx

    • Alison Keenan May 8, 2018 at 8:32 am -  Reply

      Dear Mandy it was very much an ‘escape’ and although I kept in touch with the family, it was very relaxing with the time difference, to be off the radar for a little while 🙂 So glad you liked the photos and I do hope that you are keeping well and feeling positive. Sending love to you too. Ali xx

  21. Ann April 26, 2018 at 9:08 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I am loving your holiday photos, thank you for sharing them with us all. Sorry to hear about the back injury but glad it hasn’t stopped you from enjoying yourselves! I can’t get over just How much your niece looks like you!!
    What a wonderful day the wedding day must have been and in such beautiful surroundings too, Bliss 🙂 xx

  22. Patricia Daly April 27, 2018 at 11:34 am -  Reply

    Wow your so lucky. Beautiful place and special memories made. Patricia

  23. Christine April 27, 2018 at 1:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali the photos are beautiful. You look as if you are having a ball. Safe journey home. X

  24. Jean Fawcett April 27, 2018 at 2:40 pm -  Reply

    Lovely pics from a lovely person who deserves it all after what you went through.

  25. Judith Lennon April 27, 2018 at 3:11 pm -  Reply

    What a wonderful,trip,you are having. You look so happy! The wedding pics look as though everyone is enjoying the day. Your niece looks so much like you. Enjoy the rest of your adventure. You will need another holiday to recover from this one. Take care and lots of love and hugs as always. Judith xx

  26. Sue Radford April 27, 2018 at 9:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,

    Glad you’re having an amazing time. Yes, we can definitely see how much from all the lovely photos. Enjoy the rest of the holiday.

    Love Sue Radford x

  27. Catriona Murray April 27, 2018 at 11:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I’ve never written to you before but I read your blogs every week. I just felt compelled to write this for some reason. The pics of you and your family are really lovely and I hope the happy couple have a wonderful life together. What I think is lovely is the way you have so fully embraced life after your illness. You seem to be enjoying every minute and it’s lovely to see. I think we should all do this but sadly we don’t. Anyway I hope you enjoy the rest of your trip, you look fab by the way. Take care and keep making those memories. God bless. X

    • Alison Keenan May 8, 2018 at 8:30 am -  Reply

      Catriona, thank you so much for making this the first blog you respond to, and I very much hope it won’t be the last. You’ve hit the nail on the head, because that is very much my ethos, to live each day to the full, and I realise I’m extremely lucky to have been able to make a dream come true with this round the world trip. I hope that you also are able to make happy memories and will enjoy this summer . With love, Ali xx

  28. Geraldine Crowley April 28, 2018 at 11:55 am -  Reply

    Hi Alison Your photos looks amazing I was in Singapore in sept what a beautiful place. Your niece is the image of you a beautiful bride and groom. Colin and yourself looked lovely to a cute couple enjoy the rest of your hols . Take care x

  29. Mrs Janet Jones April 30, 2018 at 7:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali , your trip looks amazing especially Hawaii and Singapore. Your niece looks so much like you . Enjoy the rest of your holiday have fun , Love Janet xx

  30. Margaret Sewell May 1, 2018 at 2:38 pm -  Reply

    Wow what a wonderful holiday you are both having. I close my eyes and hope one day that I might have the money to fly around the world, you never know. What a wonderful wedding and I must say you all look fab. Enjoy the rest of the trip, you deserve it! Much love XxX

  31. joyce pate May 2, 2018 at 11:21 am -  Reply

    Glad you enjoyed Hawaii I have visited twice now both on the Island of Ohau we stayed right on Waikiki beach and yes the sunsets are beautiful as is the whole island. Pearl Harbour is amazing so quiet and so sad to see the fuel is still rising from the Arizona the visitors are so respectful of this place and to read the list of all the sailors who lost their lives.

    • Alison Keenan May 8, 2018 at 8:43 am -  Reply

      Dear Joyce both Colin and I found our visit to Pearl Harbour very moving, and to learn the true history of what happened was quite shocking. Somewhere I feel many would benefit from visiting. O’hau was stunning and I think one day I’d love to return. Love Ali X

  32. Elizabeth keenan May 2, 2018 at 3:41 pm -  Reply

    Hiya Ali
    What a wonderful holiday you and Colin are having.
    You are lovely Ali always sharing your holiday pics with us all.
    Your niece Clare was a stunning bride her dress was gorgeous.
    Glad you are having great time you deserve it.
    Much love
    Elizabeth ?

  33. susan bayley May 2, 2018 at 4:38 pm -  Reply

    Pearl Harbour was one of the most emotive places we’ve visited. We’d heard about it so often in history lessons and being there felt surreal. Run with military precision it’s a place not to be missed. Loved Oahu. Happy holidays! Sue Bayley

    • Alison Keenan May 8, 2018 at 8:44 am -  Reply

      I completely agree Susan… I was so grateful to all those of you who recommended we visit it, it would have been such a shame to have missed it. Love Ali xx

  34. Susan Huskisson May 2, 2018 at 5:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali what gorgeous photos, thankyou for sharing! So pleased you’re having a wonderful time you really deserve it after all you’ve been through! Love Sue xx

  35. Sandra Gregory May 5, 2018 at 7:56 pm -  Reply

    Fantastic photos, looks like you and Colin are having a fantastic time. You both look lovely. Xxx

  36. Alison Keenan May 8, 2018 at 8:51 am -  Reply

    Dear Karen B, Teresa, Jo, Elaine, Janet, Julie, Theresa, Ali, Joanna, Adele, Toni, Merche, Paula, Ann, Pagtricia, Christine, Jean, Judith, Sue, Geraldine, Janet, Margaret (keeping everything crossed you will be able to do this one day!), Elizabeth and Susan.

    THANK YOU ALL for such lovely comments about Clare, Cale, the wedding, our family and of course the holiday photos! Suffice to say Colin and I have had a wonderful time, and I’m just sorry I haven’t had an opportunity to answer you all in person, but am feverishly working on getting a new blog published with all the other photos in from the remainder of our trip!

    I’ll be back with you tonight (8th) at 8pm, 10pm and 11pm so I’ll give you a wave then! 🙂

    Speak soon! love Ali x

  37. joyce pate May 8, 2018 at 9:25 am -  Reply

    Last time I visited Oahu we climbed right up and through Diamond Head volcano what a special day that was the view was spectacular you could see all around the Oahu a memory never to be forgoten.

    • Alison Keenan May 10, 2018 at 11:23 am -  Reply

      Hi there Joyce, that’s exactly what Colin and I did. You’re right, the views were spectacular and luckily for us we had the odd rain shower too, to cool us off – it’s quite a climb! I’ll add some photos of the view to the blog so you can remember it 🙂 Love Ali x

  38. Lynn May 10, 2018 at 9:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali looks like you had a fantastic time love all the photos. Hope you enjoyed every minute you deserve it. Look forward to you being back love Lynn x

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