Welcome to the newest member of our family!

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Not only has May been a month of birthdays for us, but also a month in which we welcomed our newest member to the family… but more on that later!

I can’t believe it’s almost a month since we returned from our trip, and it feels as though our feet haven’t touched the floor since. Although I got all the washing done I didn’t finish my unpacking until Jenny and Linda came to stay, and Jenny very kindly helped me. There always seems so much more to put away doesn’t there?

Frozen cake

Before that we had Honey’s third birthday, and I was truly grateful to have my KitchenAid on hand to make the cake, as I was struggling a tad with jet lag, and everything was taking me twice as long! The theme for the party was ‘Frozen’ a la Disney mode, and so the cake decoration was fairly straightforward – I only had to use my imagination when creating Olaf! Lucy had found ‘Elsa’ and ‘Anna’ figures to stand with Olaf on my flat iced cake, and had also discovered that Elsa was now living in Swindon, and was more than happy to come and sing at Honey’s party!

Unusually for the UK, the first Bank Holiday in May was – as you know – blisteringly hot, and so it was a little difficult to recreate the frozen wastes of Arandelle, but Colin performed a miracle with his snow machine, and made the magic happen! Honey and her friends were amazed, and the grown-ups loved it too – not a dry eye in the house! Both Sam and Jack were able to come over too, and it was so good to see them all together as it’s not very easy to organize that often.

Of course my time with Honey was shared that day, but I had her all to myself when she came for a sleepover last weekend. Again the weather was kind and so we spent most of the day outdoors: we fed the birds, watered the plants, were creative with Playdoh, ate ice cream and just chilled. Her body armour in the photo wasn’t because we were expecting birds of prey to the table, it was just that she’d been riding her bike! She’s growing up so fast, and is really chatty (I wonder who she gets that from?). She can even write her own name now – such a great little companion, and an absolute treasure to me.

May has been a busy month at work as well, and I really enjoyed my shows with Antthony Hankins founder of Antthony Designs, SJ Froom of Bareminerals and a whole plethora of foodie guests, when I got to eat my entire body weight in all kinds of fab food including Forman’s Smoked Salmon, for our regular feature Eat, Taste and Love. Along with Dale and Andi Peters, I think our kitchen hours are great, and was so glad that you too thought our Vitamix Today’s Special Value was a winner. That beetroot and basil soup was incredible!

I’ve got another TSV coming up next week from Cook’s Essentials. It’s a three litre microwave pressure cooker, and before you shake your head, remembering all too clearly the cumbersome, unreliable and very noisy pressure cookers of the past – this IS different. It’s easy to use, easy to clean, completely safe, and comes in some really great colours too! Simon Brown and I will be cooking some tasty nutritious meals super quick on Wednesday at midnight.

Night sky

I did want to thank you for your lovely holiday anecdotes, and for letting me know what you’ve managed to cram into these warm and wonderfully sunny days. I managed to get down to Dorset to see Roz and Chris for a couple of days which was lovely, and we sat and watched the sun go down and then warmed ourselves by the fire pit until it got too dark to see! It’s amazing how the smoke always follows you round, no matter where you sit! I smelt like a bonfire that night, but it was well worth it. : )

I hope I managed to answer all your comments this month, and was sorry to hear from those of you who haven’t been well, or have been struggling to care for someone who’s poorly. It’s never easy and I know how worrying it can be. As a family we too have had a difficult time since my mum’s partner of thirty years, Joe, was diagnosed with colon cancer. He had an operation a few weeks back to remove the tumour, and I’m relieved to say it was successful so he is now home from hospital and on the road to recovery. Considering he’s 85, we were all concerned that the surgery might be difficult for him, but he did really well. My mum’s now doing an incredible job of caring for him (she’s 82!) with help from my sister Jenny, and me, when I can get down to see them. I’ve finally changed my car, following more problems with my back, so I will be able to take them both to the seaside once Joe’s strong enough, and that’s something for us all to look forward to : )

Something else I’ve been looking forward to doing is sharing these beautiful photos with you. Welcome to the newest member our family, Diesel! He is an Old English Bulldog and belongs to my son Sam. The first few pictures are before he was able to come home to Sam, but he’s now firmly settled in with my boy, and getting used to his new life. He’s even got his own Instagram page – diesel.the.oeb – with probably more followers than I have! : )

I’ll be back with you this Sunday when I have Frank Usher Accessories, Grace fashion collection and the Ultrasun professional suncare range. I look forward as always, to your company then.

Take care, with my love,

Ali xx

42 Comments

  1. Loraine Plumb May 31, 2018 at 5:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali glad you liked the photo of Willa on twitter I’m not very good at it yet but getting there so pleased you had a chance to spend time with honey she looks so big now the cake was lovely you are so clever I’m no good at cakes I would rather cook a dinner and away from the kitchen I can crochet fancy mats etc so I suppose that’s something .Hope your enjoying the better weather at least I’ve managed to keep my tan from Florida which is a first .Les and I are wondering what Clare and Gary have planned for our birthdays and 40 year anniversary I know our sister and brother in law are staying here but I think a few surprises are planned if I remember it’s your anniversary on my birthday isn’t it . I liked the top you were wearing when you were on air with Judith Williams was it a QVC one ? Oh well time to start this tea hope your back gets better soon take care love Loraine xx

    • Alison Keenan June 12, 2018 at 4:22 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Loraine Yes it was lovely to be able to put a face to the name, and your whole family looks such a happy bunch. I’m excited for you to know what Claire and Gary have planned for your birthdays and 40 year anniversary. It’ll be nice to have your brother-in-law and your sister staying and I’m sure they’ll be plenty of surprises. Yes you are right our anniversary is on the 26th of June, which is your birthday I seem to remember! I hope you have a fabulous day. The top I was wearing when I was on with Judith Williams Was indeed one from QVC – it is H by Halston, and I think it was the coral option. Lovely to catch up on all your news, and apologies for the lateness of this reply – my computer hasn’t been playing ball, and I lost about five responses! Take care, Love Ali xx

  2. Marie May 31, 2018 at 5:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali Wonderful blog as ever. Honey is lovely you are so lucky to have her and the puppy is just adorable. I hope everything continues to go well for you and your family.
    Marie x

    • Alison Keenan June 4, 2018 at 8:42 pm -  Reply

      Oh I loved seeing little Willa Loraine! She’s such a cutie. Very glad that you enjoyed the pics of Honey too! I’m sure your dinners are far superior to my cakes! A lot more involved too. I used to crochet too – squares to make blankets for the Red Cross 🙂 Well done for keeping your tan – it’s been so lovely having the sun out here hasn’t it! I’m excited for you at the prospect of your birthdays and 40th Anniversary celebrations – I’m sure that Clare and Gary have something spectacular planned. Yes my anniversary is on the 26th June too! The top I was wearing with Judith was from H by Halston. Lovely colour wasn’t it. Thanks for keeping in touch, and I look forward to hearing from you again. Love Ali xx

    • Alison Keenan June 4, 2018 at 8:48 pm -  Reply

      Dear Marie, I think it’s probably the other way around – I am so lucky to have Honey in my life – although I love the sentiment, and she is incredibly affectionate with me, telling me she loves me which is delightful. Glad you like Diesel too! I’ve only met him once but he’s growing on me 🙂 I hope all is well with you and yours.

    • Alison Keenan June 12, 2018 at 4:25 pm -  Reply

      Hi Marie, so glad you enjoyed the blog! Honey is a treasure, and you’re right we are very lucky to have her in our lives. Diesel is truly cute, and although quite a handful for Sam, he’s doing a brilliant job with him. I hope all is well with you and yours too. Love ALi xx

  3. Mrs Janet Jones May 31, 2018 at 7:41 pm -  Reply

    Dear Ali,I have been back a week since my trip to Malta. Thank you for your tips. We went to Gozo for the day and had lunch in Xlendi right next to the beautiful clear water. We also visited Medina and the capital Valletta. It was a lovely trip and we haven’t had a week off work since last September , so we were ready for a break.
    I love the picture of you and Honey she’s so cute dressed up as Elsa, sounds like she had a lovely 3rd birthday.
    I’m glad to hear Joe is okay and on the road to recovery, a very worrying time for your mum. I’m sure they will appreciate a trip to the seaside when Joe’s up to it.
    My son and grandson are coming up this weekend, I haven’t seen them for a few weeks, so I can’t wait, I need to go food shopping tomorrow !! Alfie is counting how many sleeps until he comes to see me I don’t know who’s more excited him or me lol.
    What a lovely picture of Sam’s dog he looks so serious.
    Like you Ali I have done all my washing, but there’s still a pile of ironing to do, but its been too sticky and I’m still getting the horrid hot flushes from the tamoxifen. But the main thing is I’m still here, so as the saying goes, keep taking the tablets, and I definitely will.
    Take care Ali, enjoy your family , speak soon, love Janet xx

    • QVC Copywriters June 13, 2018 at 11:25 am -  Reply

      Dear Janet I’m so glad you enjoyed your trip to Malta, and especially Gozo. Xlendi was definitely my place of choice for a special lunch and I’m glad you got to sit next to the water. Medina is excellent as is Valletta. . Great that you found the tips useful and I’m glad you enjoyed your time away from work. I’m glad you enjoyed the blog too and the photographs of Honey and yes Joe is definitely on the mend, although it has been a very worrying time for mum. I went to visit them yesterday and they were both in good form, and so it will be great for us all to have some quality time together.

      So glad that you will have time with your son and grandson this weekend – Lucy came to see me last weekend for the day and Honey asked her if she was staying or going to see her friend Mel so that nanny and she could have another sleepover! Love her! So sorry you also are still struggling with the hot flushes… They are a nightmare, but as you say, we are still here and that’s what’s important. You take care, and thank you for keeping in touch, love Ali XX

  4. Elaine sallis May 31, 2018 at 7:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali. Lovely photos so glad Honey had a great day. The cake looked lovely. I hope Joe is continuing to improve. Geoff had his other hip replaced two weeks ago and is improving daily. Our new arrival Sebastian is gorgeous but I am biased. His sisters adore him. Love the dog. They are such good company. Hope you and Colin are well . Elaine x

    • Alison Keenan June 12, 2018 at 4:30 pm -  Reply

      Hi there Elaine, so glad you enjoyed the blog, and thank you the cake worked well for me, and tasted pretty good too! Yes great news about Joe and all the cancer was completely removed so he is recovering very well. I’m so pleased to hear that Geoff also is on the mend. He won’t know himself with his two new hips! How wonderful to have you on your arrival Sebastian. Such a gorgeous name and I’m sure he will be spoiled by his sisters. Colin and I are well, and it’s always good to hear from you Elaine, love Ali x

    • QVC Copywriters June 13, 2018 at 11:26 am -  Reply

      Hi Elaine, good to hear from you, and I’m glad you enjoyed the blog. Great to know that Geoff has had his other hip replaced – he won’t know himself in a couple weeks time – he will feel so much better! Joe continues to improve and it was wonderful to know that all the cancer was removed. What a lovely name – Sebastian – I’m sure his sisters will love him, as you will do too! I think Diesel is a bit of a handful as he’s so little, but Sam’s doing well and we saw them both at the weekend 🙂 take care, thank you for keeping in touch, love Ali xx

  5. Merche June 1, 2018 at 11:28 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali, I do so look forward to your blogs, love the cake you made for Honey, it doesn’t seem long since she was born, how the years have flown by, she looks so sweet in her dress with Elsa.
    I’m sure Diesel will be a great companion for Sam and that they will spend many happy times together. Love Merchex

    • QVC Copywriters June 13, 2018 at 11:26 am -  Reply

      Dear Merche, it seems as though Princess Elsa is a very popular choice for children’s parties at the moment, and it was a great excuse for all the little girls to dress up as royalty.You’re right though I can’t believe it’s three years since Honey was born and this is the third birthday cake that I’ve made for her! I hope all is well in your life, and thank you for your comment, love Ali xx

  6. Joanna Downey June 1, 2018 at 4:32 pm -  Reply

    Happy Friday Ali, It’s also scorching hot with stunning blue skies – so much for the forecast of ‘Danger to life’ weather predictions I read two days ago! May is one of my favourite months &, like you it’s also one of our birthday months. Honey looked wonderful, as did your cake, & a sleepover at Nanny Ali’s is obviously a delight for both of you. My maternal grandmother was the guiding light in my life, I loved staying with her & she always turned the ordinary into magical; I was the fourth of eight grandchildren & we definitely had a thread that linked us. She was a keen gardener & would have loved the Chelsea Flower Show; for the past two years I’ve gone with my sister but this year was difficult because of her husband’s illness, fortunately she was able to come with me & we had a wonderful day, even better because it was the first of the RHS member’s days so much less busy & everything/everyone was perky. My highlights were our local nursery getting a gold medal plus the President’s award & seeing Floella Benjamin. I wish Joe a speedy & thorough recovery, we have a family history of this insidious disease & awareness, as with so many others, is the key. Disel is LUSH & I want one just like him, not sure what Sox would think though, what a fab pair he & your Sam will make. We’ve got Ellie, Dave & their exquisite Etty coming over for supper so I’m off to get everything organised, I’ve always been eco-conscious but have decided that I’m going to reduce our single use plastic to an absolute minimum, using anything that can’t be recycled to put in the bottom of the pots I use for bedding plants. Over the years I’ve acquired several great kitchen gadgets from the Q & it’s time to use them weekly rather than just occasionally. My Kitchenaid & Ninja are used most days but the yogurt maker & orange juicer are now in action & I’m reading up on making my own ice cream. Better for all, especially the planet, & a good use of retirement time. Lovely to see you looking so well & golden. Love from Jo x

    • QVC Copywriters June 13, 2018 at 11:27 am -  Reply

      Dear jo, I have to be honest and say that I haven’t heard of the danger to life weather predictions! May has been an absolute corker, and I’m so glad that you have enjoyed the weather. Bless you for your sweet words about Honey, and for giving us an insight into your relationship with your grandmother. There is so much about Honey that reminds me of Lucy when she was young, and I am very blessed to be able to see as much of her ask do. I didn’t see anywhere near that much of my own grandparents when I was growing up, and it is something I regret. I’m so glad that you were able to go to the Chelsea flower show with your sister in spite of her husbands illness, and great that the weather was kind as well. Gosh, you make me ashamed when I hear about all your recycling. I really do need to make more of an effort, although my KitchenAid and Ninja are very much part of my daily kitchen routine. I had a go at making my own ice cream with the Vitamix I borrowed, and that was fab! So glad you’re enjoying your retirement and I hope the weather stays fine for you. Thanks as always for staying in touch, love Ali xx

  7. Judith Lennon June 1, 2018 at 4:33 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali
    I’m sat down with a cup,of tea trying to keep my eyes open! It’s been a difficult three days here as I’ve had John in hospital for his secondop and now have him home. We have two weeks to get hopefully the results we need. Needless to say travelling to and from the hospital is so tiring hence my tiredness. However I’m hoping tonight I will sleep like a log. What a lovely party Honey had. Every little girls dream. I love the photos of her and she is growing up so quickly. Sorry to hear the news of your mums partner. It must be very difficult for her. I am sure your family will rally round her. What a gorgeous puppy. I could pick him up and cuddle him for hours. Hope Sam gets years of fun and pleasure from his joining the family. Holidays do come and go quickly but hopefully you and Colin can look forward to many more. Speak soon and send love and hugs as always. Judith xx

    • QVC Copywriters June 13, 2018 at 11:26 am -  Reply

      Dear Judith, I am sorry to know that you’ve been so tired, and then having to make so many journeys to and from hospital. I hope that John is recovering well, although I fully appreciate the hard work needed when caring for somebody at home. I went to see mum and Joe on Monday, and mum was very tired. Good news though that they got rid of all the cancer with Joe’s operation, and my sister has been great in helping when I can’t be there. It’s all a bit full on for Sam with Diesel, but he is so cute! Please keep in touch and let me know how John’s getting on. Love Ali xx

  8. Caroline Barnes June 2, 2018 at 12:08 am -  Reply

    Hope Joe and your mum are doing well, and that you are still managing to have happy times. I love Diesel. I have an OEB called Alfie he came to me as a badly abused rescue of only 4 months old and 1yr later he is doing amazing and is my shadow. Even thought in October 17 he put me in hospital for 5 weeks after he slid on wet grass and his head hit my knee with such force that I needed a plate, screws and bone graft to put my knee back together again. 7 months on I’m still on crutches and learning how to walk again with intense physio. Inspite all of this I love him just as much.

    • alison keenan June 14, 2018 at 9:59 pm -  Reply

      Dear Caroline, great to hear such a positive story about Alfie. How lucky for him that you rescued him. although I was very sorry to hear about your knee injury! Crikey you wouldn’t think it possible really would you?! I do hope you’re not in too much pain and that you are healing and coping with the physio. Bless you for your positivity. Love Ali xx

  9. Kim June 2, 2018 at 11:15 am -  Reply

    Hi Ali; that cake looks amazing, well done! You amaze me how you manage to cram so much into your life, but you are a true inspiration to those of us, like me, who tend to be just a little too fond of the old procrastination .. mind you, QVC has to take some responsibility for that!! (Quite a lot, actually!). Take care xx

    • QVC Copywriters June 15, 2018 at 8:33 am -  Reply

      Hi there Kim, thank you for your lovely comment – I do try and cram as much as I can do into each day – you never know what’s around the corner! I hope life is good for you, Love Ali xx

  10. Susan Huskisson June 2, 2018 at 11:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, fantastic blog as usual. Your little Honey looked to be having a great time at her birthday party. I bet her little face was a picture with the snow and the real life Elsa coming to see her on her special day! Little ones never cease to amaze us with their imaginations do they?
    We had our Charlie for the day last Wednesday and he really amazed me. We were playing with my Charlie bears when he looked at me with such a sad little face and said ” Auntie Sue I really want a baby sister but mummy won’t grow one for me” He then amazed me even further when he asked if I could grow one for him ( I’m 66!!!)! I said I think that ship’s sailed Charlie! My hubby nearly choked on his tea!
    How gorgeous is Sam’s little puppy? He looks full of mischief and I’m sure he’ll provide your family with lots of fun!
    I’ll say bye for now Ali and look forward to seeing you on air and to your next blog. Love Sue xx
    PS any news on your book yet?

  11. Christine June 3, 2018 at 2:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali hope you are well. Sorry to hear about you mums partner. I had blockage in the bowel, rushed into hospital thank god was not cancer. Great what they can do. Little puppy is beautiful, we have a westie. Sorry to ask is there any word about your book?

    Take care X

  12. Christine June 3, 2018 at 6:46 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali can’t believe Honey three. The new addition is beautiful.
    Take care X

  13. Josephine Lynne Jennings June 4, 2018 at 4:57 pm -  Reply

    Hello Ali so happy to see you looking so happy and healthy.

    • QVC Copywriters June 15, 2018 at 8:37 am -  Reply

      Josephine, thank you very much indeed. I do hope all is well in your life also, and that you are happy and healthy. Love Ali xx

  14. Alison Keenan June 4, 2018 at 8:39 pm -  Reply

    Firstly, before I answer all these lovely comments, thank you so much for all your support on Twitter over the last week – much appreciated! And a quick shout out for MARY MORPHY! Mary I’m so sorry I missed your lovely long comment at the end of last week’s blog. I have answered it now, and you’ll find it at the end of the other comments. Thank you! Love Ali xx

  15. Ross Anderson June 4, 2018 at 11:27 pm -  Reply

    I really hope everyone is on the mend now, fingers crossed. My Kitchenaid was amazing this weekend for the Liz Earle well-being Victoria sponge we made my mother in law yesterday. I’ve only used it for the best Yorkshire puddings so far!
    I’ve now decided on a Dyson fan much to my husband’s delight ?.
    Must admit we love our cooks essentials electric pressure cooker ( can you tell we are Qvc regulars?). Diesel is absolutely gorgeous, just don’t tell my 2 sausages I said that. Honey looks exactly like you when you are face to face, the apple certainly doesn’t fall far from the tree. Take care x

    • QVC Copywriters June 15, 2018 at 8:38 am -  Reply

      Dear Ross, lovely to hear from you, and delighted that you also get great use from your KitchenAid. I’m certain you will find you use the Dyson fan even more so. I really enjoy working with the practical products as well as any hours in the kitchen. Yes Diesel is dinky, but I promise I won’t tell your two sausage dogs you said that! It means the world to me that you think honey looks like me… She looks very like her own mum when she was the same age. Hope all is well with you, love Ali xx

  16. Alison Keenan June 5, 2018 at 12:55 pm -  Reply

    Hi there! Thanks so much for all these lovely comments – I will answer each of you, but I just wanted to mention to MARY MORPHY – Mary, I did reply to you on the last blog, but having spent ages typing it all out one handed (don’t ask!) it didn’t post! I will try again I promise, love Ali xx

  17. Christine Auchterlonie June 5, 2018 at 8:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali ….a busy time as usual for you with Honey’s birthday she looks so grown up how time flies ! A new member of your family what a lovely pup ? i love dogs I’ve always had a dog until a couple of years ago and decided when Derek’s health wasn’t so good not to get another pup …Fiona has a dog that I look after for her on occasions…I will have him this weekend as she is At Windermere for the swim hope the weather is ok for her….it’s been like winter here in the North East when everyone else was enjoying beautiful sunshine ☀️ Fiona and her friends she met at Lake Garda and me and my friend spent the day in Durham on Saturday was a enjoyable day until the heavens opened we were soaked ?which cramps your style had to get a taxi to the station.Hope your Mams partner continues to improve one never knows what’s round the corner! Hope you and Colin are both well and enjoying the weather that you have had recently.Fiona and Jessica are going swimming with the seals soon up around Seahouses Katy didn’t want to go so Fiona has booked them on a kayak adventure in a few weeks time …rather them than me I must say ?I’m watching you at the moment with Diamonique some lovely pieces …I like your Tuesday evening show and try to watch most weeks….I hope you are keeping well and enjoying your new ? take care till next time with love Chris x

  18. Christine Auchterlonie June 5, 2018 at 9:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali well I’m trying again don’t know what happened but my first try didn’t post…you always have loads of news ….Can’t believe Honey is three! How time flies looks as if she had a great day…and a new addition to the family he’s a beauty….I love dogs and have always had one but decided in the last few years when Derek was not so mobile decided not to get another but I do miss a dog….but Fiona has one and I sometimes have him for her….like this weekend because she is at Windermere for the swim …hope the weather holds for her. The weather here in the north east has been like winter recently fog mist and quite cold…so you have been lucky with the weather in the south…hope you Mams partner continued to improve…we never know what’s round the corner…Hope you and Colin are well and getting back to normal after your fab holiday.Fiona is taking Jessica swimming with the seal up in Northumberland ..Katy didn’t fancy that so Fiona is going to take her on a kayak adventure day….best of luck with that …I was in Durham for the day on Saturday with my friend and Fiona and her friends that she met in lake Garda had a lovely day until the heavens opened and we were soaked…had to get a taxi to the station ☔️Love your Tuesday night show and try to watch most weeks so many lovely pieces …have to sit on my hands…but do treat myself now and again…. well Ali look forward to hearing from you soon …take care till then with love Chris x

  19. lynn tervit June 6, 2018 at 8:50 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, love the stories and beautiful photos, Honey is so like you, she is absolutely gorgeous. Did she like her cake, I bet she loved it. You are a star Alison, I just adore watching you on QVC and this is the first time I have written to you. I have admired you for many years and I feel as if you are a friend because you are so open with everyone. I will certainly be checking our Diesels instagram page, he is lovely I think Jill Franks would offer to doggie sit if Sam needed her. take care beautiful Alison, and keep up your wonderful work. We all love you Ali and give my love to Colin and your beloved family . lots of love Lynn xxxx

    • QVC Copywriters June 15, 2018 at 8:38 am -  Reply

      Dear Lynn, what a huge compliment to have you write to me as the first time you’ve ever posted a comment. Your words are very much appreciated and I really enjoy sharing my life and my family with everyone here on the blog. It’s like a big family really, and I always enjoy catching up with everybody else’s news too. Your granddaughter Tia sounds delightful. And what a beautiful name! So glad you are enjoying being a grandmother as much as I am – such precious times we spend together. You’re right about Jill Franks, I’m pretty sure she would offer to adopt diesel if he was available! Your little dog Sophie sounds very sweet – like having children really. It’s lovely to get to know you, and I’m very glad to know this will not be the last time you write to me. Looking forward to hearing from you again. Love Ali xx

  20. lynn tervit June 7, 2018 at 8:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali, this is the first message I have ever sent anyone, so forgive me if it sounds daft. I watch you on qvc and feel as if you are a personal friend of mine, Thank you for sharing your beautifiul photos and life with us. Honey is absolutely gorgeous, she looks very like you. I have a granddaughter Tia, she is 4 next month, she is like a breath of fresh air, I love being a gran just like you. I must tell you how beautiful and well you are looking. Every time I see you on tv, you look younger. a very stunning , kind and generous lady. oh my goodness, Diesel, I would give anything for a cuddle off him, his instagram is hilarious, does Honey love him?. my wee shar-pei Sophie is my other love in life. anyway Ali, thanks for reading this, the first of many messages to you. Take care and keep all of your loyal fans smiling every time we see you . lots of love to you, Colin, Honey and all your lovely family. thanks Ali xxxx

  21. Karen Jenkins June 7, 2018 at 11:40 pm -  Reply

    At long last hello again Ali, so sorry I have been away for so long I have had a bit of a set back and a rough few months. Loving all your photos, Honey is like a mini you and I bet great company now she is growing into a proper little lady, what a little cutie. I adore the new puppy, a special little friend for Honey, they will probably grow to be best friends. I hope all is good with you regarding your health and that you are feeling really well Ali. Unfortunately my health suffered a bit of a blow after Christmas, much to my disappointment, things just went downhill for a while. I had stopped the oral chemo in October as it made me too ill, had a scan in December and all was stable so that was good news then in February, just before my 60th birthday, my surgeon arranged scans and told me he had to have a discussion with my oncologist. while waiting to see her I got out of bed one morning went to stand and the pain in my pelvis was so bad I almost fainted. I went straight to A&E where I had scans, tests etc and was admitted immediately. Anyway to cut a long story short, the following day I was transferred to my cancer care hospital, Velindre, where I was told that the cancer my surgeon removed from my spine had now come back in the soft tissue, not bone, and was pressing on my spinal cord again. We were all devastated as a family as I seemed to be holding my own and plodding along nicely and this had come out of the blue. I was kept flat in bed and had 5 radiotherapy sessions, steroids, painkillers etc over a week or so but all I wanted to do was get home to celebrate my 60th birthday. This I did manage to do just 2 days before my family arranged a party at home where I got to see several family members I hadn’t seen for quite a while, it was absolutely wonderful ! So at this moment in time I am having chemo through a picc line, until August, I wear a cold cap but losing my hair on top so I am looking more like a monk everyday, my eyelashes have deserted me and my eyebrows are on their way out, I have gained weight because of steroids and am so tired, such is my life ! I am feeling rather deflated to say the least and absolutely hate everything about me so I thought I would share my thoughts with you and fellow qvc fans just to try and off load if you don’t mind. It does help to talk to someone who actually knows what I am going through, as you do Ali. Generally I am still keeping as strong as possible, especially for Hallie my granddaughter, she keeps me going as you know Ali, I don’t feel sorry for myself and try not to moan but it has got a little bit harder now that my identity is changing, I am losing myself. Anyway so sorry to go on and on, enough about me, I just wanted you to know why I haven’t been in touch for so long, it is so good to catch up with your blogs and to read all about your life & family again, as always refreshing and uplifting. Thank you Ali, it is good to be back and apologies again for going on a bit……no a lot, hope all fellow bloggers are well too, wishing you all good health always, Love Karen. xx

    • QVC Copywriters June 15, 2018 at 8:39 am -  Reply

      My dear Karen, I’m so sorry I haven’t replied to you sooner especially after reading your sad news… I totally understand your feelings of devastation, especially after you have been so positive and holding your own for so long. Hearing about your treatment, and the chemo takes me back to a time when I also felt as you do now. It is difficult I understand completely, but if this is your best chance, then I know you will find the strength to get through it. Cancer strips you of so much, but don’t let it take away your hope and your joy in your family especially Hallie. It’s so hard seeing those we love struggle, and I think you have every reason to feel downhearted and low, but I am here whenever you want to offload, and I know everyone who reads this blog and makes it the support network it is, will be joining me in sending you all our love and positive thoughts. Hold onto all the happy times you spend with your family, relive those memories and I know you will make many more over the coming months. I hope so very much that you will gain strength over the coming weeks, and that you will feel able to keep in touch. Much love and a big hug to you Karen xxxxx Ali

  22. Susan June 8, 2018 at 6:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali,
    How are you? I just love your new puppy! Well sam’s. It’ll be such lovely company for him! He’s gorgeous. I love his wrinkles!! How are your brood doing anyway? Lucy will be on the wind down soon. She’ll be glad after a hard year. I’m sure she missed you when you were away.
    What an amazing holiday to have though. It was a once in a lifetime! I enjoy reading about other people’s hols. It’s annoying when you hear oh it seems like ages ago now though! What some people would give to have one a year!
    I hope your health issues are ok at the minute. You’re very good in supporting your bloggers many issues too. I wonder how alpa and Helen are?
    Enjoy your weekend ali.
    Susan x

  23. Elizabeth Keenan June 11, 2018 at 4:12 pm -  Reply

    Hiya Ali
    Lovely blog as always.
    Honey’s cake was beautiful three years old cannot believe that Ali does not seem that long since she was born. Good news your Mums partner Joe is doing well.
    Puppy is gorgeous.
    Take care
    Much love
    Elizabeth ?

  24. Joanna Downey June 12, 2018 at 9:33 am -  Reply

    Dear Karen, I hope that you get to see this, I was so sorry to read your news – it puts all our little worries into perspective. I wouldn’t dream of writing platitudes because I haven’t experienced first hand what you’re going through but I saw the effect this disease had on my mum & is now having on my brother in law so i will write the following. You are not losing yourself because the very essence of you is always there, if there is one thing you could do regarding your appearance that could give you a boost please do it – for my mum it was ‘regaining’ her eyebrows & never apologise for “going on a bit”. Ali has the biggest heart & the rest of us will absorb your worries & give support in different ways from those who are closest to you & obviously being affected by your illness. I am totally humbled by your honesty. Love from Jo (Thanks, Ali for letting me hijack your blog again.)

  25. Linda Finch,, June 12, 2018 at 9:57 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ali ,I can’t believe Honey is 3 already my how time really does fly, it won’t be long before she’s at proper school and then that’s when all the stories start all about her little friends and what they have been up to,I used to love reading all the stories my granddaughter Ellie would write when she first started at school, one I remember very well is , ( teacher) what did you do this weekend (Ellie ) I stayed at Nannan and had dog sandwiches for tea, it’s a good job her teacher new she ment corned beef ??.Hope Sam is enjoying his puppy it will be so good for him to be able to take him out for walks and have the unconditional love that they give .??.So glad your Mum’s partner is on the mend ,I think anyone at that age are amazing how they recover from oparations ,they seem to take it in their stride .we are going away with the caravan to Cambridge just for a few days John has a thing about cathedral ‘s we keep ticking them of his bucket list ,so this one will be Ely,will let you know how we get on ,hopefully the weather men will be right in saying we are going to have 3 months of lovely sunshine ,fingers crossed, looking forward to your next blog love to you both Linda F xxxx

  26. Karen Jenkins June 13, 2018 at 10:46 pm -  Reply

    Dearest Joanne Downey, thank you so much for your kind & caring words they have genuinely touched me and comforted me no end. You are a lovely person and I am truly grateful for you being there. Thank you again from the bottom of my heart. Xx

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