Any of you that know Alison well know that things haven't always been plain sailing between us.
But I have to tell you that over the last couple of years I could not have been more proud of her.
She had her setbacks and we cried together a bit and then she went back to making her plans.
And talking of plans, most of what has happened here today was planned by Alison a couple of months ago.
I'll tell you why...because whenever we discussed her funeral, I said I'd put her on a skip, or chuck her off the channel ferry, or feed her to the cats.
So she thought she'd better make sure she got a proper send-off. I hope she approves as she looks down at us as she takes a break from hoovering her little corner of heaven.
I'll miss you Alison. Goodbye.