Along with my Cozee Home sheets, Joules Joanna fleece-lined hoodie and my Emu boots, autumn to me means a return to my long walks around the fields and countryside that surround my home. Although we’re on a relatively busy road, if I take a left just about 100 yards from my house I find myself here… This is a pathway that takes me away from the traffic and into fields that during the summer are head high with rapeseed and wheat, and that makes it impossible for me to get through them! As you can see from the little 360 degree film, I’m now surrounded by ploughed furrows and a narrow path that today gave me the opportunity to walk over eight kilometres. I needed it to clear the cobwebs and was blessed with some beautiful autumn sunshine too.
Thank you so much for writing to me about Mum. I can’t begin to tell you how incredibly comforting it is to hear from you, and to learn from your very moving messages that many of you have been where we now are. Mum was moved to a beautiful nursing home in Liss in Hampshire on Monday. We are so lucky to have found this sanctuary, and to know that those who work there are experts in end of life care. Mum’s condition is Rapidly Progressing Dementia and although she still recognises my sister and I, she is not really able to speak to us anymore – just the occasional sentence… She sleeps a great deal, eats and drinks very rarely, but seems content and comfortable, which is all we can ask for. Joe has made the decision to move away to be closer to his son in Norwich, and we very much hope that life will be happier for him there.
There has been a lot of talk and discussion over the last few days about all forms of mental health issues, because this is Mental Health Awareness Week, and what I now understand is that Mum’s condition is something that can affect those who are the same age or younger than me, not just the elderly. It is a cruel disease that takes those we love from us way before they die, which is incredibly hard. Having lost my father 32 years ago with no warning at all, I think it is so important to let those around us to always know they are loved always, and to make the very best of the time you have together.
I intend to do just that this weekend when Lucy, Honey and I head off to Bluestone in Narberth to celebrate Lucy’s birthday. You may remember we all went with Colin this time last year, but sadly because of work he can’t join us this time. There’ll be other opportunities I know, and Honey will be coming to stay with us shortly too, so that’s something else to look forward to. I must admit to being more than a little chuffed to have the opportunity to take this beautiful leather bag from Brampton London with me.
They are really well constructed bags, made in original designs out of burnished leather. The company is set up in East London and their collection includes many designs and sizes – from cross-body to overnight bags in a myriad of different colours. The prices are keen too and you will find whole hour of them on Monday 14th at 5pm on our live channel.
Before that though, we have a two-day Christmas event that carries right the way over this weekend. There’ll be decorative ideas from Alison Cork, fashion brands such as Moda in Pelle (incredible over the knee boots I’ve just HAD to order) and the oh-so-popular MarlaWynne, plus some stunning jewellery in our Premier Tanzanite and Diamond Spectacular shows.
If you’re into nail colour, then I’d highly recommend the Nails Inc Christmas Gift Show with me at 8pm on Monday.
My nails have improved hugely since I started having Shellac manicures, and the great thing about that is I can change the colour of my polish whenever I want, and then revert to the original without damaging it. Look at these beautiful colours and perfect packaging! Plenty more on Monday, and of course, just £1.95 on all beauty purchases through the build up to Christmas.
Oh, one final thing to mention is that I have a new Facebook page under the name AlisonKeenanQVC, which will be dedicated to all things QVC as well as some personal posts. Do have a look out for it and follow/like me if you choose. It’s another great way to keep in touch. I’ve even changed my profile photo so it’s more up to date! What do you think?
I’ll sign off now as I want to make a birthday cake for Lucy – just a small one for the three of us to share – but need to locate the candles too!
With my love,