Valentine’s Day and what it means to me…


Valentine's Day is a lovely, yet funny old day isn't it? When I was single it seemed like the entire world was in love and I was the only one who wasn't… and now I fall into the old married couple category – the secret admirer is not quite so secret even when he tries to disguise his writing!

I feel a touch sad that the thrill of Valentine's in the past are gone, yet more than a touch relieved that I have a guaranteed Valentine if that makes sense! Though I recall a few years when I was without a card from Dan and felt decidedly miffed!

These days our Valentine evenings are usually spent at home. There is actually something quite weird about sitting in a restaurant alongside a variety of other couples all desperately wanting to people watch whilst working out who's dating, who's happy and who's not, and hoping that you're positively exuding love and happiness even if you've had a huge row. What massive pressure? Perhaps that's why Dan and I stay in!

Valentine's Days gone by…

One year when the whole pressure of life and love was full on I remember us both being scratchy and grumpy with each other, so Dan disappeared to Tesco and bought delicious food whilst I filled the dining room with candles. We both switched our moods and lo and behold a romantic evening ensued.

I remember one year being pregnant and decorating our lounge – Dan arrived with a beautiful meal, which we ate off our laps. It wasn't the most romantic of surroundings but the effort Dan made for me was so lovely. So, it's the 'who' and not the where that makes Valentine's nights special.

This year's plans…

This year, even though I've booked a few days off so that Dan and I could disappear down to Southwold just to be together it doesn't look as though it'll happen. In fact he was trying to pack me off to Mummy's that night! Cheeky boy… that's Dan all over, unaware of days and dates until the last minute. I will head on down to visit my Mummy with the children on the Monday, so that still leaves the Sunday evening!

It's funny I have a friend who goes out of his way NOT to celebrate on the days where he say's you are forced to – he prefers to surprise on others, wonderful! And yes his wife has had THE most divine surprises. However, I for one will never forget her face when on her 30th birthday she opened a…shopping trolley! I wonder what he'll be doing this Valentine's Day.

Do you know Valentine's Day really boils down to reminding ourselves, amidst the chaotic fast pace of life, that YES I love you and I want to be with you. I appreciate all the things you are and do and yes… I still want to ravish you!  

Writing this made me wonder about a lovely lady who wrote on my blog last year. She had been on her own for 10 years and last year red roses and a card arrived at 8am from a gentleman she had known many years. He too was now alone – I wonder if love blossomed? I'd so love to know, and so hope it has.

With love from the ever romantic (even amongst the chaos).

Claire XX


  1. barbara quickfall February 5, 2010 at 7:28 pm -  Reply

    Bless you Claire you are such a lovely person, always cheerful so careing. You always make me smile and feel good. Wishing you a happy Valentines Day. Love to you and your family look forward to your next blog. (love to your lovely mummy)xxxxxx BabsQ

  2. Magda Chetty February 6, 2010 at 9:36 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire
    Happy Valentine day, hope you and Dan have a great evening whatever you do. Yes like you said, it is not about going out to dinner or flowers and all that, it is about showing that you do love and care about each other.
    My husband like most men forget dates, but with hints he always buy me something nice for Valentine day.
    We just got back from our hoilday to Egypt, and it is great to be back in touch with you all at QVC.
    Iwas going to come and see Julia Robert and meet you all on my way back from Egypt, but I got ill nd had to come home early. But as I told Julia, I”LL come over to London end of April early May and would love to meet you all.

  3. Jill Wheeler February 8, 2010 at 7:01 am -  Reply

    Hi Claire. I took am a romantic-sadly my other half is not so much? Hey ho! I can dream! I was a single mum for 12 years,not looking for a relationship,when ‘it’ just happened. So no-one should ever give up hope! The flowers and gifts have trailed off slightly-but I treat myself from QVC;Kipling,Diamonique etc,and tell him they’re from him! Haha! At least I get what I want! Hope you have a great day,whatever you do. Love Jill xx

  4. claire sutton February 8, 2010 at 10:08 am -  Reply

    Oh Magda how lovely to have been in Eygypt, but how horrid to have been ill, i hope all better now? mind you April May is much better here isn’t it, it’s nice to have Julia back after a well earned breather, she works so hard.
    Anyway Magda, it’s Gem week so off to see the buyers I go! Lots of Love, and perhaps some hints to Dan are a good idea ! xxx

  5. claire sutton February 8, 2010 at 10:11 am -  Reply

    Hi Barbara, Thankyou for your lovely message, my poor mummy has gone from one house where the heating packed up to another….Poor poor thing, a slanket or 3 are required, especially as she’s up in Yorkshire…Hope you have a lovely day today,
    With love Claire x

  6. claire sutton February 8, 2010 at 10:15 am -  Reply

    Jill…12 years and then…love, oh how lovely to hear, that’s such a confirmation that it can happen as you say! I think the self purchasing is a very fine idea!!! and should be applauded in fact should be a new law!!! Sometimes it’s just the thought it’s from them that’s enough, and lets face it we get what we want!
    Have a lovely Valentines,
    With love Claire xx

  7. Keith February 8, 2010 at 5:02 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire,
    I always thought you were a true romantic. You always seem to love the thoughtful actions of others, no matter how small.
    I hope you have a delightful and peaceful Valentines. I know that won’t be easy with all the mayhem going around you at the moment. Please take some time for yourself – you deserve it!
    Looking forward to the next time I catch you on QVC!
    Love & hugs,

  8. Mary February 9, 2010 at 6:56 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire. I have been with my husband for 20 years and arried for 14 of them and he has been buying me flowers every fortnight since he started doing the weekly shopping which was when Jack was born so I get other pressies and a lovely meal out. This year we are out on Saturday not Sunday which is Valentines Day as he is out with his mates at a folk gig down the pub! My sister has been on her own for a few years so I always send her a card and flowers from my kids as a token of their love and affection for their aunty. My mum and mother-in-law also get flowers and chocs from us…Valentines Day is not ust for lovers but a good day to say I love you to whoever you want. Have a lovely weekend. Mary

  9. Claire Sutton February 10, 2010 at 5:16 pm -  Reply

    How lovely of you! And may I wish you a lovely Valentine’s Day.
    Lots of love, Claire x

  10. Claire Sutton February 10, 2010 at 5:19 pm -  Reply

    You have a super one there! Well done you! I remember lamenting to Dan that he didn’t buy me flowers and then one day there was a knock on the back door andno one in sight! He was totally and utterly hidden by the biggest Hydrangia that he’d had to dig up from someone’s garden. they didn’t want it so he brought it home to me. We laughed lots, and he scored a fair few brownie points for that. Now if he could just knock on the door and be hidden by a gypsy caravan the brownie points would be permanent!!
    I do think to send flowers to your mum and mother-in-law is such a lovely thought. I know I’ve thought that lots, but always worried they would be a huge disappointment when they turned out to be from me and not some dishy admirer of mummy’s, so I`m afraid the thought has stayed just that….maybe a day either side would be ok?!
    Wishing you a lovely Saturday Valentine’s. I’m off tonight for some romance!
    Lots of love, Claire x

  11. Mary February 17, 2010 at 8:49 am -  Reply

    Hi again Claire hope you are having a good half term week. Remember I said i was decorating my daughters room but it was only a paint job, WRONG! There was a bit of damp in the corner of her room which I thought we were able to paint over but its seems the damp is coming from the old chimney above her room. Needless to say, scaffolding is now up, the chimney is now down and the wall needs to be stripped and re-papered with lining paper before I can paint. Job today is therefor stripping off paper and treating wall ready to be re-papered tomorrow and room to be finished by Friday night as her brother comes home from his skiing trip Saturday and will want his room back! Having sleepless nights about him though as he is on his first skiing trip, he cannot get a signal on his phone and he borrowed his teachers phone to let us know that he arrived safely in Austria but have not heard a thing since! It would be lovely to hear from him, about how his forst skiing leson went etc, but will have to wait until he gets home. Thank goodness the Winter Olympics is on all night and early morning, its the only thing keeping me sane when i can’t sleep. I fancy a go at snowboarding down the mountains, looks great fun if not slightly mad! Lotsa love Mary x

  12. David Morris February 18, 2010 at 9:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire,
    No valentines cards for me i’m afraid (Hark, is that a whole orchestra of violins i hear, lol). Anyway, saw you on valentines day on Leighton Denny looking very glam. (nice legs!!) and then later on Fab at 40 & beyond (shouldn’t someone over 40 have presented that show??). I already have the crystal nail file duo (strong nails & ordinary files leaves lots of snags). I ordered the all seasons nail polish for my sisters birthday in April. (No, its not for me, unless you count the 3rd sunday of the month with an R in it!! Ha! Ha!) just joking – honest. Am currently working on some poem’s for Catherine & Ali K. hope you and Dan had a lovely vakentines day when you got home.
    Take care
    love David xx

  13. Josie February 25, 2010 at 7:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire, I was on Southwold Pier on Valentines Day and I said ‘Hello’ for you. It was extremely cold but lovely! Love Josie x

  14. Keith February 26, 2010 at 1:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire,
    Just wanted to pop back and say that I finally managed to catch you on QVC today and that you were looking stunning as usual! Really appreciate the clear nail polish too. You have got really lovely hands and I think that the natural look makes all the difference. It looks like you take care of them – I guess you have to in your job. I’m sure all the great creams you get from QVC help with that!
    Hope you get time to come back soon and give us an update on your news. =]
    Love, K.

  15. Steven March 9, 2010 at 4:25 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire
    I would imagine you would be stuck at the door on Valentines Day for all of the cards you must have received! I never had your address or you would have got one from me. Don’t tell the rest of the gorgeous ladies on QVC but you are actually my Favourite QVC lady. You have such a wonderful sense of Humour and have such great rapport with so many of your guests along with looking magnificent 9.9 times out of 10.
    Take care and much love
    Steven xxxx

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