Claire Sutton's Christmas morning

The Christmas Catch-up, and exciting surprises


And breathe and resume normal activities…or not! If January finds you raring to change and improve yourselves, that’s great… me? Well I’m just craving a “plonking on my new sofa” kind of January.

So, how was it? I hope you all enjoyed Christmas, it was most certainly a whirlwind in my house, a lovely social whirlwind… with a footfall of 27 and 10 bed changes a busy old time was had by all. Thank goodness for my previously discussed vacuum fetish as my hand held Dyson and the Animal were well and truly put to use in between each set of my lovely visitors. Dan said we’ve fitted into the festive season what most normal people would do calmly over the year!

Maddie has finished the brilliant and successful Panto run as a dancer in Cinderella and loved every second, she has now decided to tell herself she’s “going to Panto” instead of “going to school” as the return to normality has given her a severe dose of the Back to School January Blues !

However there will be NO January Blues in this family as we had the most wonderful announcement at Christmas that my Mummy and Arnold have decided to marry! I wasn’t at all expecting it and it truly was the loveliest thing to hear.


Maddie is thrilled as she has been asked to be Grannie’s Bridesmaid, though I must share her comment when just prior to asking her she was told “there was something else….” she said afterwards she thought they were going to announce Grannie was pregnant! We roared! (Honestly she does know ALL about the Birds and the Bees! ) So a most fabulous exciting time ahead and with the date set for March we are in wedding mode already. It just goes to show that Love CAN be found even when you had given up all hope and age really doesn’t matter a jot.

Surprises were plentiful this Christmas as my brother Neil had decided to come home from Singapore to see us all and his beautiful children.

Neil has three children who have had to adjust to him living in Australia and now in Singapore. In the summer one of his girls had a routine operation which had devastating consequences as the surgeon, in error, cut into her bowel. She was so very very ill and battled for her life. Thankfully she has made a remarkable recovery and whilst she has the scar as a forever reminder, she is here and we are so very very lucky. Pips went on to  spend her 21st birthday out in Singapore with Neil.


I think all of this made him value his family so much that he wanted to be home with all of us this Christmas (little did he know he would be flying home AGAIN for his mother’s wedding a matter of months later!) I was in on the surprise as my cheeky niece had tweeted me during a show and was waiting for me to read it out live on air… it took a lot to pull myself back to Professional Claire and not just yahoo and sob in equal measures whilst my Yankee Candles show continued! She and I were in cahoots planning his visit, as to when he would arrive and to whom he would come and then how he would actually surprise Mummy… Well we pulled it off, she had no idea that the Father Christmas in my house was in fact her son… and her face was a picture.

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So our Christmas was wonderful, my eldest brother Mark and his family were due to come over on the 28th and Neil and his children along with their other halves all gate crashed (with permission of course) so we managed to capture all the children and grandchildren together.


…a perfect practice for The Wedding of the Year!!!

I must just close by sharing some extra pics of our New Years Eve fancy dress party! We were absolutely hysterical as Dan outshone us all. Here as never before, and never again, it’s… WONDER WOMAN! With… MALEFICENT!

Costume 2

We had Emperor Ming,  my beautiful friend Linds with Flash Gordon, her usually handsome husband.

2nd fancy dress

A duo of Jokers, Captain America and a rather too beautiful/ grown up Catwoman.

Clair Sutton's family

Oh how we laughed… the perfect start to 2016!


  1. Marian Bolton January 6, 2016 at 12:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire
    What a wonderful heart warming blog.
    Congratulations to your Mummy and Arnold and very best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year to you and all your loved ones.
    I always enjoy watching you, you’re such a sweetheart.
    You and your beautiful hair have just inspired me to invest in the Ego heated rollers. How many do you use in your gorgeous mane please? My hair is similar in length and thickness though not quite so fabulous!
    Marian xx

  2. Alison Keenan January 6, 2016 at 2:25 pm -  Reply

    Happy New Year my lovely!!! What great photos and such marvellous news! Congratulations to your mum and Arnold, and as you say just goes to show that even later in life, love comes along and surprises us all :) So glad you had a great Christmas, and I hope to see you very soon, love Ali xx

  3. Susan January 6, 2016 at 6:27 pm -  Reply

    Happy new year Claire! I just have to ask how on earth you have gotten a perfectly groomed stunning home!? It looks to die for! I’m glad you all had a great Christmas and new year. It all looked fun. Congratulations to your mum and Arnold. Lovely news and gives us all hope! I’ll look forward to the wedding pictures! So sorry to hear about your niece’s awful surgery but that’s a relief she is on the mend. How horrendous for you all.
    Happy new year again!
    Susan x

  4. KATHLEEN DONNELLY January 8, 2016 at 8:53 pm -  Reply

    what a lovely blog Claire, lovely to read about all the antics…haha.. Time to chill out now.. although you have the wedding to come… Good luck to all.. and Best wishes.. Kathleen x x

  5. Samantha antoine January 10, 2016 at 2:11 am -  Reply

    Wow I remember when you got that surprise tweet on air about yr brother coming over for Xmas and u was almost in tears. glad u all had a good Xmas.

  6. Claire sutton January 11, 2016 at 5:50 pm -  Reply

    Thanks Samantha,
    It was certainly a lovely treat to have him home .hope all is well for you .
    Claire x

  7. Claire sutton January 11, 2016 at 5:51 pm -  Reply

    Thankyou Kathleen…chill indeed! Who am I trying to kid?!! Still tonight I plan an early night once all the ” other stuff” is done! Nice to hear from you x

  8. Claire sutton January 11, 2016 at 5:53 pm -  Reply

    Oh Susan, Happy New Year and Thankyou very much about my home… How kind…I am a little home bird and do love all my bits around me…
    Yes I shall love sharing and looking forward to that very much.
    Have a lovely week ,
    Claire x

  9. Claire sutton January 11, 2016 at 6:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Marion, Thankyou…A for reading! And B for writing to me! I really enjoyed writing that one, loads to tell as you could see!
    The Ego’ s are great ..I have to say I end up with about 12 rollers in my mane!!
    Hope you get on with them Marion .
    I shall pass your Congratulations on, tho Mummy does read my blogs too, so I’m sure they are appreciative of your wishes already.
    With my love Claire x

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