Beach scene

A quickie!


Can you help me? Pleeeeeease! I was presented with these five pictures taken by Maddie and Joe from our lovely escape to Aldeburgh, which is one of our most favourite places – “pick a winner Mummy!” they gaily said.

Oooooh a loaded question and to be fair quite tricky, particularly given the quality of their artistic endeavours, coupled with the fact that Maddie is a terrible loser… so I thought I would stay as ‘lovely’ Mummy and give YOU the task of selecting my winner!!

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We had a flying visit to Aldeburgh in Suffolk and enjoyed the wonderful weather that surprised us on Friday – a real treat (and that included the chip butty! Devoured and appreciated and washed down with Adnams Copper House gin and tonic). It’s a place which I always feel is so good for my soul. We marvel at the prices of petite bijoux places in this lovely area and wonder if we will ever realise our dream to own something there ourselves!

It was so lovely to be on air with Richard Jackson this morning, he is a truly lovely man you know. I thought his diary that he has created for QVC was beautiful – word of warning though, it was selling supremely fast. It has stunning photography in it as well as a wealth of jobs for each month in the garden, alongside the diary bit of course.

Actually I could have offered Richard my photographs, particularly as I think his front cover looks rather like my peonies in my garden – here you go Richard, for your 2017 Diary perhaps?!


It made me smile actually, as I had just bought my new diary on Wednesday as I get to a stage where I feel overwhelmed by all the to- ings and fro- ings I have scrawled in my diary and so purchase a new clean fresh one, in the vain hope it will help me feel calmer and more in control!!

I took Tom and a friend swimming, so settled down happily to transfer dates into it whilst I watched them. The important dates went in for 2016 and I was feeling marvellous until I realised much later that I had popped the bag with the new diary in onto the hook, on the door of the ladies loo and … promptly left it there!

Luckily I had gotten round to filling in the contact details and given Dan as my contact, so he was called and deduced his wife must indeed be the owner of the diary. Lucky I had left it at the swimming baths and not sneaked off to some glamorous destination whilst he worked!!

So, my diary will be returned to me this week and hopefully order will resume!

I’m just going to leave you with a picture of my spectacular new lantern that was bought for me by my special friend Ali (Miss Keenan, or should we say Mrs!) I was loving this during my show with Alison Cork when Ali popped on set to say she had ordered it for me!

I was thrilled and even more so when she said it was a present! I popped it immediately in my bathroom/dressing room and added some more of my flameless candles – it’s just perfect.

LanternBathroom Bedroom

Beach sceneAs it is in my bathroom I thought I would share with you my bedroom and bathroom, as they’re finally done now and gives me great pleasure, and helps my tidiness as all my clothes are hidden behind the metallic snake print covered doors. Oh and you’ll spy a wonderful picture that Dan and I love of the very beach that the children were photographing this week!

All it needs is Donna Summer singing and it’s my perfect 70s boudoir!

So back to Maddie’s and Joe’s artistic endeavours – which of the pictures ‘speaks to you’? Let me know would you all!

Much love,

Claire xx


  1. bobbysgirl September 1, 2015 at 7:16 pm -  Reply

    Picture 2 – the close-up of the pebbles look in focus and relaxing to look at.

  2. Jelena September 1, 2015 at 7:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire! They’re all fabby pictures, but the one that grabs me is the slopey sand picture with shadows! :)

  3. Deborah Horner September 1, 2015 at 7:30 pm -  Reply

    I like stone snake best because it is the most evenly balanced of the images. However, they are all nice pictures so maybe a nice montage is the best option!

  4. sue lee September 1, 2015 at 8:19 pm -  Reply

    I like the photo with the sea & the sand with the sillotte of 2 people best. Sue Lee x

  5. Mary Morphy September 1, 2015 at 8:28 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire.. I love the second picture down with the sun shining on half the pebbles. However it was hard to choose and they are all FABULOUS! Mary xx

  6. Norma Fox September 2, 2015 at 11:50 am -  Reply

    All beautiful photographs, but my favourite is the large pebbles. Well thought out, and looks strangely salty!

  7. james fisher September 2, 2015 at 12:00 pm -  Reply

    the third pic of the beach and sea

  8. Claire sutton September 2, 2015 at 1:06 pm -  Reply

    Hi everyone..loving your thoughts and amazing , so many differing choices..and on Twitter too where some of you choose to answer. I shall wait this week and then let you know the over all winner !! And the child too!!! Tho looks like it may be both, we shall see! 2 of mine are safely at school and one is at the cinema…I’m itching to clear out the playroom …..!!!!! Spark soon and keep replying..I love you for it x

  9. Marie Rodgers September 2, 2015 at 1:39 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire I like the sand and sky pic

  10. Gail Giles September 2, 2015 at 2:48 pm -  Reply

    I think picture 2 stunning xxx

  11. Ann Davidson September 2, 2015 at 3:38 pm -  Reply

    For me it has to be the wonderful feather tree. Number 4. All the photos are really good, not easy to choose x

  12. Jacqui Hand September 2, 2015 at 5:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire,
    The picture of the sloping sand with the silhouettes is lovely, but the comment of having them all as a montage is a really good idea and then everyone is happy as all the pictures are great and each picture has captured different moods, for everyone to relate to.
    Love Jacqui XXXX

  13. Fran Whitehead September 2, 2015 at 5:30 pm -  Reply

    Aww Claire very diplomatic. They are very artistic. I would choose the pic with the 2 shadows. Good luck. Fran x

  14. Jenny ruscoe September 2, 2015 at 6:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Clare. All lovely pics, but my fave is third picture xx

  15. Janet Wellman September 2, 2015 at 6:54 pm -  Reply

    I like the last photo of the tide coming in on the stones it could almost be snow and the shadow that looks like the capital letter A that stands for awesome.

  16. Penelope Scott Rowley September 2, 2015 at 8:21 pm -  Reply

    Hello Claire, so nice you enjoyed your little break by the sea and all the photos are lovely, but I liked number three with the gorgeous blue sky – made me think of the song “Bloo-oo Sky ….. “. Well done Maddie and Joe :o) Love Penelope x

  17. Lanie September 2, 2015 at 11:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire, all the photos were lovely, so it’s a difficult pick. However if I was really pushed I would have to go with the third one down with the couples silhouette.
    Hope this helps!
    Best wishes,

  18. CAROL LUTHER September 3, 2015 at 11:53 am -  Reply

    Hi Claire, Love all the Pictures,but my favourite is thel
    large pebbles with the sun shining down.
    Best wishes
    Carol x

  19. Mandy Du Rose September 4, 2015 at 1:24 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire love the pebbles the best but overall they are all lovely pics hard to choose. Aldeburgh is the most special place. We are lucky enough to live about an hour away and I find it the most special place good for the soul as you say. You have inspired me for another long overdue visit this weekend, whatever the weather. Mandy x

  20. Anne Marie Mason September 4, 2015 at 10:46 pm -  Reply

    You lucky, lucky thing, I’m so jealous. Ali seems a fab friend to have! x

  21. Cindy Corrigan September 5, 2015 at 3:19 pm -  Reply

    Picture 4 – it is so quirky with the feather and shows the photographer has a sense of humour.

  22. jennifer cann September 5, 2015 at 4:22 pm -  Reply

    hi clare i couldnt choose between pictures four and five they are all good . good luck on choosing the winner

  23. Anna Nowak September 6, 2015 at 9:52 am -  Reply

    Hi Claire , I love the second picture of the large pebbles . The large white pebble on the right has what looks like , a heart shape on it. love it .As its a place you LOVE, that should be the winner in my eyes. ! Xx.

  24. janice reeves September 6, 2015 at 10:58 am -  Reply

    Hello Claire, All the pictures have been well thought out, but I think picture three has it all, sky and sea and the couple on the beach just looking at how wonderful nature is, and how lucky we are to live in such a place x Janice

  25. Isabel September 6, 2015 at 4:00 pm -  Reply

    Picture 2 is stunning.
    Well done all of you.
    Best wishes
    Isabel x

  26. Margaret September 6, 2015 at 4:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire so hard to choose a winner as they are all good but if i had to choose it would be numbers three and number five and hopefully iv chosen both Maddies and Joes . big hugs
    Margaret x

  27. Helen Revell September 6, 2015 at 6:00 pm -  Reply

    All photos lovely Claire. My favourite is the third one with the couples silhouette. Helen

  28. sue September 7, 2015 at 12:28 am -  Reply

    2 nd pic is the one I like with the large pebbles and the sky

  29. Angela September 7, 2015 at 4:38 pm -  Reply

    I seem to be in the minority, but I really love the last picture with the shadow of the really long legs!!! My next favourite would be the large pebbles – you could sell that one :) x

  30. Julie Ann Roberts September 7, 2015 at 5:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire! They are all lovely but my favourite is the second one on the top line with the pebbles close up xx

  31. Denise Thomson September 7, 2015 at 6:17 pm -  Reply

    Picture 2 has my vote. The contrast in colour and the sharp image of the pebbles really work.

  32. marilyn jones September 8, 2015 at 10:53 am -  Reply

    Picture 2 as it shows a shade contrast and if you were feeling a little under par ,it demonstrates that in nature after the shade there the uplifting natural sunlight.They are all lovely photos well done !

  33. Sarah September 8, 2015 at 10:55 pm -  Reply

    All are good, but picture 2 of the pebbles, had that way of making me come back to it. It chose me!

  34. Gill September 14, 2015 at 1:04 am -  Reply

    Hi Claire, was a difficult choice but I liked the third picture down the best. They are all good though. Just had to tell you I worked in Aldeburgh, many years ago, as a Receptionist at The Wentworth Hotel. I lived in, and like you, love the area! Happy days!Love Gill x

  35. Allison September 14, 2015 at 3:39 pm -  Reply

    Photo number 2 it’s calming and relaxing and reminds me of lovely days spent at the beach as a child :) xxx

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