Sunshine, cenotes, and sparkling seas…

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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

47 Comments

  1. Sarah Prescott April 5, 2019 at 12:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali I have enjoyed all your photos of your hols, what hotel were your staying at we are going in august and would love to know how to do the holbox trip, lively to see you back on qvc on Sunday xxx

    • Susan Newbery April 5, 2019 at 8:23 pm -  Reply

      Dear Ali, what Beautiful photos of your Holiday. My Daughter went to Mexico a few years ago. She said that was the best Holiday she ever had. Which Hotel did you go to? I am absolutely pashinate about the wild life so it looks an ideal place for a Holiday. I really would appreciate info where the resort was. Thank you my lovely.

      • Alison Keenan April 8, 2019 at 11:59 pm -  Reply

        Hi there Susan, your daughter is not along in saying that Mexico was the best holiday she’d had – many folk said the same to us before we went, and now we can our names to theirs! You would I am certain, truly appreciate all the wildlife in this part of the world, and the resort we stayed in was Riviera Maya – 20 minutes out of Tulum. Just beautiful. The hotel was part of the Sirenis Group – very well run and beautifully appointed. Enjoy! Love Ali xx

    • Alison Keenan April 8, 2019 at 11:56 pm -  Reply

      HELLO! I just wanted to get in here first and thank Julie, Merche, Karen B, Chris Page, Tina S and Una for your lovely comments. I have – somewhat belatedly – replied to you from the last blog, so please do check back for them. I’m sorry I had virtually no internet while I was away or I would have replied sooner! Thanks again though love Ali xx

    • Alison Keenan April 8, 2019 at 11:57 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Sarah, so glad you enjoyed the photos. You can find details of the Holbox Tour on the Tui website and the hotel we stayed in was part of the Sirenis Group. Hope you enjoyed the show on Sunday, love Ali xx

    • Alison Keenan April 14, 2019 at 6:50 pm -  Reply

      Dear Sarah, the hotel was the Sirenis, and there are many advisors there who can book you onto the Holbox trip – I’d definitely recommend it! Love Ali x

  2. Eileen April 5, 2019 at 12:34 pm -  Reply

    Great pictures Ali glad u had a gd time love Mexico we were the Pacific Ocean side but still beautiful, will be watching Sunday to see yr tan as well X 🙋🏻

    • Alison Keenan April 9, 2019 at 12:01 am -  Reply

      Dear Eileen, I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. I am interested to know what the Pacific side of Mexico was like. Years ago I visited Antigua and both sides of island were completely different. I think the white sand and torquoise sea would always be a pull for me – I just wish the tan lasted as long as the memories! Love Ali x

  3. Loraine Plumb April 5, 2019 at 3:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi alison nice to have you back so pleased you had a lovely time in Mexico we must try it sometime been long haul quite a few times but seem to stick to closer places mostly can’t believe it’s almost a year since we all went to Florida . Willa is three on 17 th April so all getting together for that Les sister and brother in law are coming down for Easter so that will be nice she’s had it rough in the past I think I told you she had mouth cancer a while back and still having it checked regularly. Les and I are of to Sardinia in a month so looking forward to that just got new passports just incase we go out without a deal with all the Brexit chaos what a nightmare it all is .Clare is doing well she’s six months now been getting a pain in her groin but apparently it’s common she may have to have a bump belt which helps keep the weight supported she said she’s felt totally different this time and much bigger than with Willa she does yoga but can’t run like she did before right up until she was seven months . Gary’s wedding plans are going ok things starting to take shape now . Looks like your birthday was nice at least you managed to all be together I will look forward to seeing more of your photos next time love Loraine xx

    • Alison Keenan April 9, 2019 at 12:06 am -  Reply

      Dear Loraine, Lovely to hear from you, and hard to believe that Willa is three on the 17th April! Where did those years go. Honey will be four at the beginning of May, and yet I remember the day she was born as though it was yesterday…. I’m glad you will be seeing Les’s sister and husband over Easter. I know she’s had a hard time of it, so I’m hoping it’s easier now. Fab that you and Les are off to Sardinia – have you been there before? I’m sure Clare will be Ok – I remember having that groin pain with my Jack – it’s only temporary, and the bump belts are brilliant! It may well just be fluid not baby, but either way I’m sure she’ll be fine as this is her second. Glad that Gary’s wedding plans are coming together – great to have something to look forward to. My birthday was fun, and I will have more photos for you very soon. Love Alixx

  4. Susan April 5, 2019 at 5:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    I’m so pleased you had such a lovely holiday! It looked stunning and luxurious alright! What a trip. It must be in the air with Claire going last year, Debbie this year and now you! I just have to say though, maybe in London the weather was ok but honestly, it’s been like winter with us!!! I’ll have to move! Look forward to seeing you again x

    • Alison Keenan April 9, 2019 at 12:08 am -  Reply

      Hi Susan, Yes we felt very blessed with the weather and the resort. We’re not usually that lucky with the weather, although the sun invariably shines in the UK while we’re away. That said, it was absolutely FREEZING when we landed at Gatwick at 9am! Been pretty gloomy ever since, although my sister who is in the Lake District is enjoying wall to wall sunshine! Love to you, Ali xx

  5. Susan April 5, 2019 at 5:28 pm -  Reply

    Oh also Ali, it’s so true how cancer cuts through lives. In the same way every illness and disability does. You missed a tragically sad diy sos this week where a father of 3 including a severely disabled son, lost his own wife and ended up in a wheelchair himself. Honestly doesn’t bear thinking about x

    • Alison Keenan April 9, 2019 at 12:12 am -  Reply

      Dear Susan, I’ve watched quite a few of these TV shows and they are incredibly moving and upsetting. It give you a very clear picture of what some folk have to contend with, and to me is always a leveller…. whatever we think we have to cope with, there are always those who are really struggling… Thank heavens there are so many good and kind hearted people who want to make a difference and by doing so, make others lives better. Love Ali xx

  6. Karen April 5, 2019 at 5:46 pm -  Reply

    Hello Alison glad you had a lovely time. And I had your book for Xmas and it was very thought provoking and brave of you to write it. I would love to write down all the emotions and feelings you go through when we lost our dear daughter. At the moment it is still too painful. You are so very brave
    Love your blogs too.love Karen x

    • Alison Keenan April 9, 2019 at 12:15 am -  Reply

      My dear Karen…. I still find it difficult to comprehend how you have managed to cope with your loss, and as I think I said to you before, I could face anything if it was my own struggle, but having almost lost my son, I don’t know where I’d find the courage to cope with what you have… You are brave – incredibly so – and one day when you feel ready, maybe you will can tell your story and help others who have had to face the same. Take care, with my love, Ali xx

  7. Joanna Downey April 5, 2019 at 5:47 pm -  Reply

    Welcome home Ali, What an event filled blog & a wonderful holiday story. I can’t begin to compete as all I’ve done recently is cut the lawns & look after Etty for my two days each week, I’m looking forward to the school holiday just as much as I did during all those years in front of a class..! We did see Rumours of Fleetwood Mac at Malvern – a fantastic cover band & have booked tickets for the jazz festival in Cheltenham to see the sublime Mr Stigers. i look forward to Mexico part 2. Love from Jo x

    • Alison Keenan April 9, 2019 at 12:20 am -  Reply

      Hi there Jo, lovely to hear from you, and I’m thinking that your two days a week with Etty are pretty full on! Sometimes being with those who have boundless energy makes us realise how ours at times is depleted! I hope you enjoy your downtime during the school holidays 🙂 Delighted that you managed to see Rumours of Fleetwood Mac, and delighted and dare I say slightly envious that you are seeing the sublime Mr Stigers again! Do say hello to him for me! I think should check out the jazz festival! Might be right up my street. Mexico No 2 in the offing. Love Ali xx

  8. Merche Gardiner April 5, 2019 at 7:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, welcome back, love the photo’s, glad you both had a great holiday. Merchex

    • Alison Keenan April 9, 2019 at 12:21 am -  Reply

      Hi Merche, and apologies for not responding sooner to your previous comment. I have done so, and please do check back for it 🙂 It was indeed a great holiday and I’m glad you enjoyed the photos. More to come! Love Ali x

  9. Maddie April 5, 2019 at 7:55 pm -  Reply

    I hope you have your thermals on Alison, as we have reverted back to winter, and snow again. So pleased you have had a good holiday.

    • Alison Keenan April 9, 2019 at 12:23 am -  Reply

      Crikey Maddie, I could have done with my thermals on Thursday when we landed at Gatwick! It was freezing. At least I managed to convince Colin to change out of his shorts and into his jeans before we landed ! It was a lovely break thank you 🙂 Love Ali xx

  10. pam stephens April 5, 2019 at 8:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali lovely to have you back and to see your lovely pictures Mexico is a beautiful country we went many years ago and loved it ..looking forward to seeing you back on Diamonique and Marla Wynne we will all be envious of your tan love Pam xxx

    • Alison Keenan April 9, 2019 at 12:25 am -  Reply

      Hello there Pam. Interesting to know that you visited Mexico some years back. I wonder if it will have changed that much? I know that it’s only recently become a more popular place for British tourists to visit, but it’s still relatively undeveloped. Back with Diamonique today, and I hope you caught the Marla Wynne show – fab shirt I was given to wear! Love Ali xx

  11. Antoinette Browne April 5, 2019 at 8:22 pm -  Reply

    Hello Alison, lovely blog always. So happy for you both
    You look fabulous what ever your doing keep doing it. God bless you.
    Best wishes
    Antoinette x

    • Alison Keenan April 9, 2019 at 12:26 am -  Reply

      DearAntoinette – what a beautiful name! Thank you for your kind, positive words. I will indeed keep on keeping on 🙂 Love Ali xx

  12. Christine April 6, 2019 at 9:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali Glad you had lovely holiday it looks lovely place.
    Well we have move house over a week ago all went well, till our dog run away it was nightmare, we got him eventually , think it was because it was strange place.
    We are catching up with family and friends. Never move again. HA HA.

    Take Care x

    • Alison Keenan April 9, 2019 at 12:27 am -  Reply

      Hi Christine, lovey to hear from you, and yes it was a very beautiful part of the world. So very sorry to hear about your stressful time! I know that cats can sometimes go on walkabout when they move, but I’ve not heard about a dog running away. How worrying for you. So glad he came back. Definitely stay put if you can! Love Ali xx

  13. Jacqueline parker April 7, 2019 at 4:14 pm -  Reply

    Hello alison , I’m the lady who spoke to you at the airport 😊 was lovely speaking to you , and yes holbox island was an amazing place highly recommended 😍 mexico was truly an amazing place will definitely be going back 👍🏼😊

    • Alison Keenan April 14, 2019 at 7:00 pm -  Reply

      Hi Jackie, my reply to you is a little further down this page, so I hope you found it? I did give you all a shout out on the Tuesday which I hope you heard. x

  14. Vivien Gore April 7, 2019 at 11:23 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali welcome home we missed you. Looks like you had a lovely time in Mexico. You do take some lovely photos. Glad you are back home though bet you feel the cold after the hat in Mexico. Had a lovely time in Jersey for our anniversary but we were glad to get home again. We look forward to some peace and quiet for a little while br our next holiday. It’s quit tiring all these celebrations lucky us lol. We look forward to some more lovely pics from you. Lots of love Viv xxx

    • Alison Keenan April 9, 2019 at 12:36 am -  Reply

      Thanks Viv, you are kind. I loved your photos on Facebook and it looks as though you had a lovely time, although I appreciate the comfortable feeling of being home again.. I have to be honest and say that with the exception of returning from Australia to England in January of 2003, this was the most extreme temperature change I’ve ever experienced! 30 degrees to just three! Horrid! I hope you both get the chance to relax after Jersey and thank you for taking the time out to get in touch. Love Ali xx

  15. Jill April 8, 2019 at 12:33 pm -  Reply

    Wow Alison I saw you on Sunday back at Q after your Mexican holiday and you look amazing, that is some sun tan. I’m glad you had a great time and I’, looking forward to the last instalment and more photos.

    • Alison Keenan April 14, 2019 at 6:52 pm -  Reply

      Hi Jill, it was good to be back and lovely to see my friends again. New blog coming this week with more photos! Hope all is well with you? Love Ali xx

  16. Judith Lennon April 8, 2019 at 2:06 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali
    Welcome home! You seemed to have an amazing holiday. Can’t wait for some of the photos to come. I love seeing all the animals that approach warm climates. I know when we stayed at Riveria Mayo a regular visitor to our sun bed was a large lizard. He wasn’t a bit frightened and scooted off into the bushes. The scenery around there is breathtaking and I loved seeing the Pelicans flying over the beach. We also encountered a crocodile/aligator watching us in the dense marshy land. A little to near for my liking! Honey is growing up so fast. I can’t believe in the change in her in just a few weeks. She obviously loves her cooking like you do. I’ve just taken a break from my sewing machine to chat to you and noticed by the clock it’s well turned lunch time. Will see what I can find to eat so will say buy for now. Love and hugs as always. Judith xx

    • Alison Keenan April 22, 2019 at 8:03 pm -  Reply

      Dear Judith, SO sorry I missed this whilst responding to the other comments, but thanks so much for writing to me. How lovely that you too have been to the same area, and that’s funny to hear about the giant lizard on the sun bed. They love the sun almost as much as I do. It sounds as though you may have been at the same hotel if the Pelicans flew over the bay in formation! I’m glad we didn’t see the crocodile or alligator though – think that might have been a bridge too far for me! You’re right about the photos of Honey… to be fair the jam tart making was last autumn – the biscuits just last month. She is changing though, and her speech is way advanced for her age. She’ll be four at the beginning of next month… where have the years gone? Take care, and thanks again for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  17. martin forbes April 8, 2019 at 6:46 pm -  Reply

    hi alison hope you and family are well iam not bad

    • Alison Keenan April 14, 2019 at 6:56 pm -  Reply

      Hi Martin, good to hear from you. I hope you enjoyed your time off work, and aren’t too busy now that the school holidays are here! Love Ali x

  18. Alison Keenan April 9, 2019 at 12:32 am -  Reply

    Hi there Jackie! It was lovely to speak with you and your daughter Francesca, and I will definitely give a wave to your mum Denise tonight on my Diamonique show! We were so lucky to have being staying at such a wonderful resort, and I’m really glad you had the chance to enjoy Holbox Island too! We are planning to return next Spring. I hope you weren’t too chilly when we landed at Gatwick! Love Ali xx

  19. Karen B April 9, 2019 at 10:17 am -  Reply

    Welcome back Ali. Fantastic photos. Glad you had a lovely time. I must say i watched you presenting the Laura Geller show on Sunday and you looked fabulous – well rested and about 10 years younger! Lovely to see you back xx

    • Alison Keenan April 14, 2019 at 6:57 pm -  Reply

      Oooh! Thanks for the compliment! I have to thank Natalie from Makeup Junkies who did my makeup on Sunday – but yes I did indeed feel well rested 🙂 Lovely to be back! Ali xx

  20. janet jones April 9, 2019 at 12:42 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali, your holiday to Mexico looks amazing it’s not somewhere I ever thought to visit, but you have definitely changed my mind. How long did you go for.
    I had another procedure for the removal of polyps yesterday so am off work for a few day to recover. As ever it’s the waiting for the results that’s the hardest part. They might take me off tamoxifen as this could be part of the problem. Our big trip has been put on hold as the insurance won’t cover me until I get the results, so it’s going to be a close run thing.But my priority is my health, so please God my results will be good.
    You are such a busy bee Ali i wish I had half of your energy.
    Look forward to seeing more photos of your holiday, speak soon , love Janet xx

    • Alison Keenan April 14, 2019 at 6:59 pm -  Reply

      Dear Janet, I’m so sorry to know that you’re going through this stressful time – especially as you should have been away on your big holiday! I am certain if they feel it’s the Tamoxifen causing the problem, they will find another drug that may suit you better. It’s sad that there are all these side effects but we have to stick with it as it’s our best chance I guess. I’ll be sending a prayer up for you. Keep in touch, and please do let me know how you are. Love Ali xx

  21. Una April 10, 2019 at 2:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali. You look like you had a blast. Holiday photos are stunning. What a lovely place.
    Honey looks so grown up. It’s amazing how much they charge in just a very short time.
    Thank you for your lovely words. We are just thrilled we were able to bring this little guy home. At first we considered fostering, but I think it would have been too much for Meli. She’s said Goodbye to too many people in her little life. It would have been unfair to let her get used to someone, expect her to share us, and her home, then have to let them go. We never thought in a million years, we would be considered, but someone must have seen something half decent in us, and thought we might be ok people.
    Adam has been with us for a couple of weeks now. He’s settled in so well. He’s such a character, very funny. I caught Meli teaching him to write his name. It really got to me. A few years ago, we had to teach her to write her name, AGAIN. We have had so much fun already. I’m under no illusions that it’s all going to be like this all the time, but for now, I’ll take it lol.
    We all have a cold just now, last night we were all curled up on the sofa watching your diamonique show. Meli pointed at the TV and said ” Adam, that’s our friend Alison, she’s just been on holiday” he was sitting nodding his wee head like he knew it all. It was so cute.
    Meli is loving having a little brother. She is so patient with him. He’s going to have a few issues, but I think with Meli helping him, we will be able to get through.
    Don’t get me wrong, she has her moments, but I quite like her just now lol. I am seeing so much of her mummy in her. She was a very patient person and had such empathy. It’s lovely seeing the different levels of her character even at this age.
    Graeme is loving the new dynamic in the house. He is so excited for Saturday. They’re having a “boys day out” both going to the barbers then swimming and lunch. I think he’s secretly been a little jealous of our girls days out lol.
    I still pinch myself at least once a day, that my life has come full circle. After all the tragedy and hurt and sadness, the house is full of laughter. I have no hesitation in saying, that my beautiful girl is up there and watching over us, and sent this little boy to us.
    They are both having a snooze just now, curled up either end of the daybed, I think I am happier than I have been in many years.
    I have to wake them soon though, aaargghhh, the bedlam will commence. Adam is helping Meli walk without her walker. They’ve both landed up in a heap more than once, and the giggling is infectious. I was so worried they would hurt each other, but I just let them get on with it now, they both seem to know what they are doing!!uch love from all of us Ali. We’ll see you on your next diamonique show.
    Una. X

    • Alison Keenan April 22, 2019 at 7:54 pm -  Reply

      My dear Una, how wonderful to read this response to my comment, and to know more about Adam, and how well he is settling in to his life with you all. I have no doubt either that your lovely girly is watching you, sending you her love (and Adam) and is with you in Meli… that way she is with you always. Your story will resonate with many I am sure, and serves so beautifully to remind us all that with hope, strength and love, you can come full circle. You have had to contend with so much more than most folk do in an entire lifetime, and I can’t tell you how happy it makes me to read about your life now. And this is just the beginning of the rest of your life. It’s as I said ALL those years ago, Love is all you need. Take care Una, and I’ll give you and Meli a wave on Tuesday. With my love, Ali xx

  22. Tina S April 12, 2019 at 12:34 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    So glad you enjoyed your holiday. It looks stunning from our photo’s. We have had some nice sunny days here even though it is still quite chilly which I don’t mind as long as I’m wrapped up for it. I’m not very good in the heat ( being of a certain age !!) . Last year when we had that heat wave I was not at my best at all. I also couldn’t go out far because I couldn’t drive for a month as I was being investigated after having what was thought of as a mini stroke! I’m glad to say I’m ok now apart from having to take certain medication for the rest of my life. I know it could have been a lot worse but when you are used to driving and being independent it takes some getting used to. Thank goodness we had our bus passes or it would have cost a fortune getting to appointments. I hadn’t caught a bus for years either so what with that and the heat I was in a right pickle!!
    Anyway , hope you are rested after your hols. We’ll be sticking to holidaying in this country from now on.
    All the best, Tina S. (S. Wales ). x

    • Alison Keenan April 22, 2019 at 7:57 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Tina, and apologies for the lateness of my reply! I was rushing to get the new blog out there, and didn’t get round to these last two comments! I’ m sorry to know that you’d been through such a tough time health wise, but am very relieved to know that things have now improved. And yes, bus passes are priceless – I’ve heard so many people say the same! I’m glad you’ve been enjoying the warmer weather – this Easter weekend was stunning – shame I was indoors for most of Sunday, but I’ve managed to get the lawn mowed and my pots sorted. I’ll need to move the tulips out and new potted plants in next time 🙂 Take care, and thank you for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

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