Badminton, bluebells, Biotec and bike riding


Parenting is a little like trying to grab a handful of sand, no matter how hard I try to hold on to it, little by little it escapes through the cracks and crevices making a gentle but determined bid for freedom. Believe me I know with all my heart this is a GOOD thing, the RIGHT thing, the NORMAL thing, but, whilst I can always try and scoop up another and then another handful of sand, never will I have these precious moments with my family again as like the sand shifting beneath my feet, they are growing and changing. So a chance to scoop them up altogether and escape for a weekend was a chance not to miss this Easter holiday. Two extra inset days tagged onto the end of the school break meant we were off to Centre Parcs. Charlie Brook and I have discussed its merits many times and finally, Charlie, we did it! And loved it!

I loved being outdoors and feeling free, able to breathe and appreciate what was around me. The squirrels, geese and wildlife were on our doorstep and being able to doing things together made me full up with happiness. Pouring water out of a jug with holes in it is my analogy for how it can feel when Dan, the children and me are all doing different stuff and rather like the water seeping out of the many holes we too are all heading in different directions. This weekend however was a good solid earthenware jug with just one perfectly pouring spout!


I rode a bike for the first time in… I reckoned 18 years, and loved it. After seeing Dan scoot up a steep hill the competitive side of me foolishly thought “I can do that too!” Hmm, I slithered and tumbled back DOWN the hill much to everyone’s amusement (and I had only been thinking how well I had done in keeping my white tracksuit clean). Whilst Tom did master riding a bike some years ago the reality is he has chosen not to ride since, I hoped that this weekend could be an opportunity to have another go, but the lure of the three wheeled large trike was just too much and off he sped happily.


Archery 2

The staff at Centre Parcs were all outstanding, but I particularly appreciated Aaron who taught us archery. He was perfect in his dealings with Tom and we all agreed that was our best activity. Maddie who shares my competitive streak announced she didn’t love badminton as try as she might the shuttlecock and racquet struggled to connect much! However she loved the waterslides and rapids. I on the other hand found the intimacy of the rapids quite hysterical as most times I ended up completely entwined, in my bikini, with… complete strangers, most amusing! I was so cross that I hadn’t packed my Betula Energy Eva Flip Flops though as paddling through the showers makes me grimace… eeeeuuuuw!


Tom and Joe tackled the Ariel Adventure course with the descent being the 270 metre zip wire, approximately the length of 2 and a half Wembley football pitches. Now that part was no problem, it was the ascent that made Tom’s legs physically tremble. I found it tough when he announced he didn’t like heights and wanted to come down NOW! I can’t say I could blame him, it was high… so very, very high and with wobbling tree stumps suspended on chains that moved with every step he negotiated all I wanted to say was “ok Tom, down you come” yet I knew he could do it and would succeed and be so proud of himself so I gulped back the emotion and commandeered an instructor to support him from the ground and what with all the lovely people he had stopping to cheer him on, his wonderfully supportive brother instructing him on where to step next , oh and the promise of whichever ice cream he wanted, he jolly well did it! So three cheers for Tom (and ice creams all round!)

Dan and I availed ourselves of the Spa (after the stresses of watching my boy struggle it felt deserved!) They offered an Elemis Biotec facial so I decided to add to the already fabulous results I am seeing from the new Biotec cleanser (sold out at the minute but Elemis have lots of other terrific options) and Biotec Skin Energising Day and Night Cream system that launched the other weekend. I chose the lift and firm facial and afterwards my face really felt that it had been worked out, it was incredibly soft too. I was very pleased and am looking forward to the continuing effects of kickstarting and supercharging my skin with Biotec.


A simple way of re-energising came from a wander with Gus through the woods, full of beautiful bluebells as far as the eye could see, it really does supercharge the soul and I don’t know about you but I think the truest beauty comes from the inside.


I hope you are all super good and I will look forward immensely to my shows with you in the next few weeks.

Tuesday 26th Vionic Footwear at 11am. Lovely footwear, ‘fashion without sacrificing comfort’ followed by the fun of the Lunchtime Show at 1pm. Wednesday 27th for lunch again and Kipling at 3pm. Friday 28th at 9am, 11am with Philip Kingsley and 1pm.

Tom’s 15th Birthday is the following week so I shall see you that weekend only with Beauty at 2pm, Yong Kim at 5pm on Saturday 7th and on Sunday 8th at 11am and 2pm with Dyson and Honora at 1pm.

Tom’s birthday on May 4th is eagerly anticipated and he has told us he’s going to be 15 and that’s when he will get a girlfriend……!!!! I was thinking in honour of it (the birthday and not the girlfriend getting!) I could do a competition here on my blog. So… keep your eyes peeled and I will be back with news.

Much love to you,

Claire XXX


  1. Christine April 26, 2016 at 5:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire You all looked you enjoyed yourself. Hope you don’t have black and blue marks after your fall. Guss looks lovely. My husband and myself had golden lab called Sally. She died now we have westie.
    Take care. Christine x

  2. Claire Sutton April 27, 2016 at 11:22 am -  Reply

    Luckily I was unscathed Christine!! Labs are special dogs aren’t they , we certain love our boy ! Lovely to hear from you xx

  3. Julie Atherton April 30, 2016 at 12:31 am -  Reply

    Hi Claire I’m so pleased to read you had a love family break at Centre Parcs. I’m going with my best friend at the weekend.x

  4. Claire sutton May 6, 2016 at 8:21 am -  Reply

    Julie, hope you had a brilliant time….shame we are not both there this weekend the weather is fabulous ! X

  5. Susan May 6, 2016 at 9:35 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire,
    Super blog! I live reading your news! You always have such fun news and lovely ways with words. Just au natural! Hilarious falking off your bike! Oh dear! But how fab of Tom to master the assault course! Go Tom! Hope you all had a fab Easter x

  6. Susan May 6, 2016 at 9:36 pm -  Reply

    PS Gus is gorgeous!!

  7. Claire Sutton May 9, 2016 at 8:00 pm -  Reply

    Oh thanks so so much Susan , more coming shortly! And gus says “Woof”!! Xx

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