As I write the garden is bathed in sunshine , the washing is gently blowing on the line and all is well with the world!
How are you all, more to the point? I’m hoping that this spell of warmth has lifted the spirits and boosted morale as it has done for me. I could have told you the sun would shine this Bank Holiday as it pretty much always does when Tom’s birthday comes around, just as it did 17 years ago when he was born. It’s official I now have a 17 year old!
I was ridiculously excited leading up to the day probably because Tom is always counting down the sleeps and so it ensures a brilliant build up – honestly it’s so refreshing and you end up absorbing his happiness. He was telling all and sundry about his imminent birthday and my phone was pinging daily with his ‘birthday wish list’. Maddie was a trouper sourcing things, wrapping up and squirrelling them away until the morning came – ‘May the 4th be with you’ Star Wars Day… as he calls his birthday!
He has made us laugh so much with his chat, if you’re interested I’m on Twitter @clairesuttonqvc and Instagram is clairesuttontv. I often post bits and bobs about Tom and us all and when I read out all the wonderful messages he had received from so many of you through Twitter and Instagram he was very happy, as was I.
We had the loveliest of weekends celebrating with family and with friends here are some photos including Tom’s burger cake… the most brilliant cake I have ever seen made for him by Becca at Baking Bad and it tasted divine too, all handmade, such a work of art, but eat it we did!
One of the hugest highlights of the birthday had to be… TOM HAD A DRIVING LESSON! I know, I know… and breathe…it’s OK it wasn’t on the road, he will never manage to take his test and drive so this was a truly amazing experience. Let’s face it when your son turns 17, one of the first things he would want to do would be to have a driving lesson…and one of my hardest conversations was telling Tom that because he has Downs Syndrome it wouldn’t happen for him. This was so hard as my normal response is I WILL make that happen, somehow. Well, incredibly it did.
I had been told about Young Driver, a fabulous set-up where young people from 5 to 17 years get behind the wheel and start the process of learning about the car and the road, which is just so clever as surely then by the time they ARE able to learn, they are far more capable, ready and let’s hope sensible on the roads. The most awesome part of this is the inclusive attitude they have for young adults with special needs, HALLELUJAH, in capital letters and underlined in pink…! I was super excited to book Tom in for a birthday Lesson.
Andy was Tom’s instructor at Brent Cross, though they run courses and lessons in multiple places round the UK. He was patient, supportive and kind. Dan, Joe, Maddie and I watched with bated breath as Tom navigated his vauxhall around the course, mastering steering, whilst waving at us (under Andy’s instruction). He even got the biting point – gosh who remembers that when they learnt? Even when he accelerated and zoomed along (for what seemed like an eternity, dramatic panic stricken mother that I am) he was completely safe as Andy had dual controls in the car.
He was proud, I was proud. It was honestly such a moment to treasure and I would so recommend them. In fact Maddie is already asking if she can go along , she will without a doubt be behind a wheel as soon as she is old enough and with Young Driver I reckon she can be better prepared when that time comes. In the meantime I think I had better hide my car keys after Tom’s success on Saturday!
This beautiful weather has brought on my cut flower border no end and I need to get some supports pronto for my new plants to give them a helping hand. I was happy to see I will be on air doing a three- hour show on Monday 14th at 9am with Richard Jackson and loads of our lovely gardening guests. There’s no room left in my bed that’s for sure, it’s somewhat overfilled already but Flower Power will be most needed to ensure the health of my babies! I’m loving checking them daily and noticing the alliums bursting out of their pods and my wisteria drizzling down the wall…it’s all about the small things sometimes isn’t it?
Hydration aplenty as the weather heats up and I’m loving my new water bottles. I fell in love with them in the Morning Show and boom they are part of my everyday life now, along with the Zooki Omega 3 fish oils and Imedeen I have just embarked upon. I’m looking forward to seeing and feeling the results.
I thought as I have been practising for the Moonwalk this Saturday anything for joint health would be much needed. Maddie and I and a group of lovely ladies from my village will be setting off through the night on the 12th, raising much needed funds to continue the fight for Breast Cancer. In fact I’m off out later to decorate my bra…as you do!
My gorgeous friend Amanda who has just completed her treatment for Breast Cancer visited over the Bank Holiday and brought me the most beautiful gift…we both are trying to be kinder to ourselves and trying to appreciate the moment if you know what I mean. So this exquisitely made set of Chakras blew my mind. It’s all about mindfulness and I’m hoping taking a moment to focus on these areas will bring untold peace and calm. Let’s see if I can tune into them…any help gratefully received! ( I know which is which, it’s just connecting to them I could do with help with.) I sent her off with Hairfix to see if her new hair can grow just that little bit quicker into a pixie crop which she will totally rock.
Oh and word is the the Vio-lit Glow Primer from Bareminerals our Beauty Pick of the Month is disappearing swiftly. What with the gently sunkissed faces we have after the weekend it will make your skin even more radiant, but without the tin man too shiny look. And you don’t look purple I hasten to add, just fabulous, a là SJ Froom who has been busily and beautifully showing us at QVC all the how tos – if you’d love it hurry hurry!
Right as I have just paid for our summer holiday (gulp) I’m just going to search the web for the lovely Pia Rossini white long cover-up I spotted on a shoot the other day and the lovely Pia Rossini Big Deal this week is rather tempting, (you know how I love a pom pom) oh and I must check my Ultrasun stocks with all this lovely weather. Hmmmm, I’m quite sure there will be rather more than that hop into my basket after all it is Accessories Month this May.
Happy shopping, happy gardening and happy May everyone.
Lots of love from a happy Claire xxx