Having just battled with the lavatory seat in the plane – it refusing to stay up, me finding it impossible to sit down – I won! But only temporarily as there wasn’t any toilet paper, so I had to make do with the rather rough paper towels instead! I mention this, because it’s possibly the one and only negative thing I’ve experienced since the plane took off from Gatwick airport and whisked Colin and I away to Mexico!
Once again, thank you so much for all your holiday suggestions on the previous blog – what to do, see and expect. I made copious notes and now totally appreciate why you enjoyed it so much. It seems ages since I last wrote, and indeed since I last saw you, but I was delighted, although not surprised to see, that the weather in England was, as I often predict when I’m chasing the sun across the globe, pretty near perfect! I’m praying that when we get home I won’t have lost my beautiful deJaeger tulips and narcissus to a lack of rain.
Before I share some of the fabulous memories I’ve made and the photos too, I feel it would be rude of me not to also thank you for my birthday wishes and cards. I really appreciated them all. It was still pretty chilly and grey when I celebrated my 59th birthday – when I see it written down, I still can’t quite believe I’m that old! That said, I don’t feel any more grown up! My sister Jenny and her partner Linda spent Friday night with us, which as always was fun, and then Lucy and Honey popped in on Saturday afternoon along with Sam. Jack was in Barcelona but I knew I’d see him before I went away.
I had a lovely afternoon, although it was a little noisy at times with Lucy’s Chihuahua Bear and Sam’s bulldog Diesel! Bear definitely had the upper hand/paw though and it was really quite funny to watch them playing together. Colin and I went out for dinner that night with my friend Jo and fiancé Simon and once home, we managed to stay awake just long enough for an hilarious game of Articulate!
A few days later Roz drove up from Dorset for some belated celebrations. She was feeling a little under the weather though with a cold and so we lit the fire, watched TV and caught up on all our news. It was great to have some quality time together, and although I love her home in Dorset I do miss her living that little bit closer to me.
I drove up to Lucy the following day and having picked Honey up from school, she and I spent the afternoon making shortbread biscuits for Lucy, wrapping her gifts, and decorating her card for Mother’s Day. I hadn’t realised when I booked our holiday that I’d be away on Mother’s Day, but I know from Instagram and Twitter that many of you did something special. I also know since publishing my book ‘A New Kind of Normal’ that many of you were missing your mums very much on the 31st.
The reviews for my book on Amazon have made me realise even more keenly how cancer cuts through our lives, and things are never the same again. It’s also compounded my immense gratitude for being given this second chance to enjoy my life with my own family – mum, my children, stepchildren and grandchildren. Thanks so much for those reviews – 65 five star! And if you’ve bought the book and enjoyed it, it would mean so much if you could maybe add a few lines on Amazon too. ali-k-productions.com will give you more info.
My Mother’s Day treat from Lucy was to take Honey and I to Cadbury World in the West Midlands. Honey is mad about Roald Dahl’s “Willy Wonka” book, and Lucy even made a golden ticket for her to take. I’d last been to Bournville with my three when Lucy was about nine years old, but it was even better than I remembered. I highly recommend it for a day out – for all children and the child in all of us.
I packed on Saturday and then Colin and I flew to Cancun on Sunday morning, arriving mid afternoon Mexican time. We were staying on the Riviera Maya, which is about 90 minutes drive from the airport. After a 10 hour flight it meant even more sitting, but there was so much to see on the way that the time passed really quickly. As you’ll know if you read my previous blog, neither Colin nor I have ever been to Mexico, and I don’t think either of us were expecting the stunning sub-tropical climate or the stunning scenery. The Riviera Maya is part of the Caribbean coastline of Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula. It’s known for its beautiful beaches and well-preserved ruins and is rich with Mayan history. The entire area is covered with mangroves that are dense areas of woodland, and in spite of the heat, they remain very green and lush.
The sun shone from the moment we arrived, and I was very glad that I’d stocked up with Ultrasun before I left. I was particularly impressed with the Face 30 that includes the tan activator and their new Aftersun Tan Booster which helps to naturally build your tan. Have you tried their new Anti Pigmentation Tinted Face 50+? It’s our April Beauty Pick of the month, and although I missed out on it this holiday, I’m definitely going to start using it before we hit the summer at home. I have to praise yet again Decleor’s Gradual Glow, as without it, I would have been as white as the sand when I arrived!
This is the beach and bay we swam in each day, and these are just some of the incredible creatures that we found roaming freely in the grounds of the hotel. The trees were filled with myna birds and yellow-backed oriole and at least twice a day we were treated to a red arrow-type formation of fabulous pelicans flying across the bay! We didn’t need a snorkel to see the beautiful angel and needle fish that swam around us in shoals, and iguanas of all sizes could be seen sunning themselves on the soft white sand and sun-scorched rocks. On our final day we were lucky enough to see this monkey who was particularly partial to apples! 🙂
But we hadn’t come all this way just to sunbathe – Colin and I very much wanted to explore the coastline and find out a little more about the Mayan culture and history, and that’s exactly what we did. Our day at the Mayan Ruins in Tulum was memorable, as was our swim in the cenote there. But the icing on the cake was our day trip to the Hidden Island of Holbox…. it for me was truly a heaven on earth. I’ve got so much more to share with you, and some cracking photos too, but I’ll have to include those in my next blog, which I promise I won’t make you wait too long for. I hope you enjoy what’s been included in this one, and as always your comments are gratefully received!
I’m back with you on Sunday the 7th April at 3pm with MarlaWynne Layers – Melissa Hardy will be spending the hour with me, which is always a pleasure – and then at 5pm with the Laura Geller TSV! It’s a five-piece Sun Catcher collection for £41.40 with P&P and available in 3 Easy Pay instalments. It’s got their amazing Baked Body Frosting included (I gave my last one to Joan Collins who admired it!) along with foundation, mascara, eyeliner and lipgloss. You can buy it now on item number 236797 🙂
Looking ahead to next week, I wanted to make sure you knew about our Diamonique Day on Thursday 11th April. Our buyers have been beavering away to bring together a fabulous collection of all that sparkles, and alongside the classics, we will be showcasing Michelle Mone’s designs, a range of Diamonque in coloured stones, new season styles, statements pieces, and a mix of all the above in the finale from 9pm which I’ll be presenting! I’ll look forward to your company 🙂
Stay warm, enjoy the weekend and do keep in touch.
Love Ali xx