Family pic

I’m back!



I’m back,  and with letters after my name… well my ankle at least! ATFL,CFL,PTFL… who would have thought the little old ankle had so much going on inside of it, but then again when you consider the job it does… it becomes clear its a very important little thing, I for one shall be respecting it a whole lot more in future.

Just to quickly get you up to speed, the initials are of ligaments and with a full rupture of one and damage to others along with an achilles strain I have heard on a number of occasions the phrase “you would have been so much better off breaking it…”

The good news is, I behaved and did what I was told (what a rarity) so it has begun to recover well hence being allowed back to work… at last. Lots of physiotherapy ahead to regain mobility and strength, both of which are missing entirely and completely vital in order to prevent further injury. It  seems a return to netball will be someway off, if at all. And whilst I was never lucky enough to have a perfect pointe in my professional dancing career, lets just say a kipper in a ballet shoe springs to mind… boo hoo…

Claire Sutton

Whilst many of you may think crikey she’s been off gallivanting on a rather long holiday as its been six weeks, six long weeks… yes it has been  broken up with some R&R with a few days escape to Suffolk and then a week in Turkey.


It was totally liberating leaving the house as for four weeks aside from a couple of little escorted trips out for coffee I had been stir crazy home alone… It was an altogether different visit than the norm as just a hobble to the beach was all I could manage so our visit to Aldeborough felt sedate and gentle but as ever wonderful to be there and a change of four walls was good for the soul.


Turkey was also very relaxed  and luckily the hotel was lovely so the only moves required were from the sunbed to the pool to cool down as the temperatures were mid 30’s from morning to night.

Foam party

We met friends who had already spent a week there and so the children had a wonderful time together. Tom as always made friends and ended up behind one of the bars serving drinks as the bar staff took a shine to him!

Tom at bar

Luckily his job was the soft drinks and not the cocktails! He looked very at home there and a little “work experience” in hospitality will not go amiss. Funnily enough even though he is such a grown up young man in so many ways he is so untainted by what he should be or be doing, his delight was evident (as you can see  in the picture) when the kids club came round dressed as Kung Fu Panda characters and he loved joining in with all the games.

Kung Fu Panda

I am definitely returning to your screens a little fuller than before after six weeks of doing nothing and an “all inclusive” week in Turkey thrown in! Hopefully it will disappear soon once I can build up to a walk with Gus once again, I miss my walks with my gorgeous boy.

Palm trees

I was approached by a lovely viewer holidaying with her family, I missed getting a picture with her which was a shame but spotted her by the pool with an Elemis beach bag! We chatted about our mutual love of our beauty at QVC and of course discussed the virtues of Ultrasun (Abby would have been proud).

Family pic

What with such high temperatures I did an extra application over and above the once a day resulting in no burning, or rashes, though I forgot the children are all getting much bigger and so I could have done with a third one as I was a little panicky that we may run out! I used Swimcap every day from Philip Kingsley and am sure it helped with the condition of my hair, along with the shampoo and conditioner for silver hair (again good to neutralise the brassy tones).

So hopefully I will look OK when you see me and not a frazzled overcooked version!

I am back on Tuesday 16th but with the job of Guest Auditions, it’s so important to make sure our guests are as knowledgable about their products as they can be, so it will be a full on return! Wednesday and then Friday I will be on air with you all so I really hope you can give me a wave so to speak!

It will be on at 12pm with Quacker and the Lunchtime Show at 1pm on the 17th

The Morning Show on Friday, 10am is Molton Brown and then Skechers at 12. I shall certainly be looking at all the styles with fresh eyes as the heels will be a long time off I’ve been told!

On the 22nd, l shall be with lovely Evey with Join at 11am and The Lunchtime Show at 1pm

And on the 23rd, The Lunchtime Show at 1pm, Adesso at 2pm and at 4pm Home Selection.

I’m hoping to be okay standing, but forgive me if for a while I am “sitting down on the job”.

I cannot wait and am super excited. Don’t forget to shout hello to me!

Lots of love as ever, Claire xxxxxx


  1. Loraine Plumb August 16, 2016 at 1:58 pm -  Reply

    So glad you had a good time and your ankle is better I wrote to you on your last blog about my ankle injury a few years ago it’s horrible I know but I didn’t have the treatment so I’m getting problems now silly me anyway you look radiant with your lovely family my husband and I are of to Italy next Friday can’t wait we have a little granddaughter 4 months old now so have a lot to be grateful for our daughter Clare and her husband are moving back here to ringwood in the next few weeks after selling there house so will see alot more of the baby our son is only in Bournemouth so that’s all of us together. Will be so nice to see your smiley face back on qvc missed seeing you take it easy though love Loraine x

  2. Christine August 16, 2016 at 2:19 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire you look as if your are enjoying yourself. I wrote last blog I have scatica getting there. I going on holiday so hope it gets better. Good you are better.
    Take care x

  3. Lanie August 16, 2016 at 2:25 pm -  Reply

    Welcome back Claire! It’s been a long six weeks without you so can only imagine how interminable it must have been for you.
    Lovely to hear tales of your family travels. What gorgeous family you look.
    Take things steady, we’ve missed you.
    Best wishes, Lanie xx

  4. julie bryan August 16, 2016 at 2:29 pm -  Reply

    Look like you’ve had a lovely time with your beautiful family Claire. Take it easy!!

  5. Denise August 16, 2016 at 9:18 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire, it looks like you’ve had a lovely time in Turkey. Do treasure those family holidays – I’m sure you do. I’m glad your ankle is on the mend and we can see you back on screen this week. Welcome back.
    Best wishes
    Denise x

  6. shirley osborne August 18, 2016 at 9:24 am -  Reply

    Hi claire you and your family looked like you were having alot of fun.I think you are a very pretty lady and do not look your age and after having 3 children as well have got a great figure .How do you keep yourself in such great shape ? My son is austic and very hard work sometimes he,s 22 soon but very demanding with food etc and i am your age going through the menopause but keep active but still find it difficult to lose a few pounds as i am getting older . take care you look amazing x

  7. Claire Sutton August 19, 2016 at 6:49 am -  Reply

    Thankyou very much Denise, it felt most peculiar on Tuesday when I arrived – but normal again in a matter of moments ! I’m on a go slow around the building so hope I’m not late to air!!
    Take care ,
    Claire x

  8. Claire Sutton August 19, 2016 at 6:50 am -  Reply

    Thanks Julie, trying to!! ( tough job!) Claire x

  9. Claire Sutton August 19, 2016 at 6:52 am -  Reply

    Hi Lainie, Thankyou, I’m glad you enjoyed it. home and back to the normal is always tough , at least the sun was out on our return.. Not today perhaps as much :-( but grateful for the sun so far! )
    Take Care yourself,
    Love Claire x

  10. Claire Sutton August 19, 2016 at 6:54 am -  Reply

    Christine, I so hope the Sciatica has improved . Dan is suffering too with it at the moment , it’s so painful – gosh let’s hope swimming or something on holiday will just shift something a little and it will ease … Hope so – fingers crossed xxxx

  11. Claire Sutton August 19, 2016 at 6:57 am -  Reply

    Lorraine, ooooo Italy ! That’s on our wish list to visit . Hope you have a super time .. And Ringwood- I know very well but my god daughter was there, they’ve moved up to Verwood , my first boyfriend was from Christchurch, so I love the place . I am glad Clare is moving near, what fun you will all have :-)
    Lots of love – Claire x

  12. Claire Sutton August 19, 2016 at 6:58 am -  Reply

    Ps Lorraine… Poor you re ankle.. And I’m hoping I shall get stronger with mine- I’m doing all my excercises like a good girl! X

  13. Judy Rackham August 19, 2016 at 1:27 pm -  Reply

    So glad your recovery is going ok but be warned – my husband did the same thing last year, rushed back, aggravated the injury and spent another month with his feet up. I might have thought it was deliberate but for his frustration and boredom!!

  14. Steven August 20, 2016 at 10:01 am -  Reply

    Great to see you back Claireand I am glad you are on the mend x

  15. kathy bowmaster August 20, 2016 at 10:49 am -  Reply

    Hi Claire pleased you are recovering well. I can relate to the “cabin fever” as am currently non weight bearing due to a fractured ankle. I have some impressive metalwork apparently. Keep up the good work with the physio, hopefully I wont be far behind you!

  16. Claire Sutton August 20, 2016 at 11:40 am -  Reply

    Hi Judy, after working and driving this week I was shocked at how much more it hurt – but physio today and she’s pleased with recovery so far- tendinitis concern in Achilles so lots more excercises !! It’s weird though as I’m arriving home and then putting my feet up like lady muck !! Poor Dan !!! Hope your husbands gets fully better ( for your sake too!!!!) x

  17. Gill August 21, 2016 at 1:28 am -  Reply

    Lovely to see you back on air this week, you have been missed with your bubbly personality. Hope the ankle is improving and you are resting it! I see you visit Aldeburgh regularly. It is a lovely place and I used to work in The Wentworth Hotel there as a Receptionist. A few years ago now! Lovely pics of you and the family, I can’t believe how much they have all grown, I can remember when you were pregnant with Maddie. She looks so much like you too. Hope the ankle improves and look forward to seeing you again soon on tv. Xx

  18. Susan August 21, 2016 at 10:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire, so lovely to hear you are back! Your holiday photos are gorgeous. All of you look stunning. Glad you managed ok on hol. Sure it was hard walking in the airport. How did you get seen so quickly with the Physio by the way? Or did you have to go private? I know I’ve had to go private as lists are so long! Enjoy your being back x

  19. Claire Sutton August 22, 2016 at 9:52 am -  Reply

    Thanks!!! Xx

  20. Claire Sutton August 22, 2016 at 9:54 am -  Reply

    Oh crikey … You poor thing – really hope in roads are made quickly .. Poor you.. Physio and excercises – we must knuckle down and be religious about them.. Keep me posted xx

  21. Claire Sutton August 22, 2016 at 9:57 am -  Reply

    Gill, hello and yes we absolutely love Aldeburgh .. Always ! We’ve stayed in lots of different places now over the years and luckily can just about be accommodated in some of the hotels family rooms on the days we just can’t bear to leave!!! Went worth is super my parents in law favour it for their visits .. Lovely to hear from you xx

  22. Claire Sutton August 22, 2016 at 10:00 am -  Reply

    Hi Susan , yes privately – I’ve been very luckily to be able to be seen so swiftly on my ankle journey – it does help so . It’s annoying now that I can walk minus a limp I’m in great danger of doing too much or being on it too much .. Like yesterday I was walking my father in law carefully around the car show .. Home to ice packs and elevation and … Pain killers!!!! Lovely to hear from you – I’ll see you on Qvc later !! Xx

  23. Jane Bloomberg August 25, 2016 at 9:56 am -  Reply

    Hi Claire I was looking at your blog as always and thought I recognise that hotel the Baia Lara, we where there in June it was just fab I m sure you had the most wonderful time as we did, it was the white shell at the white party that your sat in brought it all back to me . Nice to see you back on screen , you bring sunshine into any room on dull day thank you xx

  24. Claire Sutton September 1, 2016 at 7:39 pm -  Reply

    Yes Jane, it is indeed the same Baia Lara- we had a fabulous time, loved all the parties they did , what a lot of organisation to do then .fancy you being there too, albeit a bit before us!! Lovely holidays and memories xx

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