Oh my goodness me, I have ‘possibly’ seen the light… after being with Dan for 22 years and with the running joke in the family being “Claire thinks the outside is the space from the front door to the car!”
I think by Jove, she’s got it, she’s only gone and got it!
Though let’s be steady here, and also explain what on earth I am talking about!
I’m getting a bed!
Not one to sleep in but one to plant in, a more stylised cottage garden, with an abundance of cut flowers as my brief (do you think there is such a thing!) I’m going to have to tend it I guess, though that will come later! For now, it’s all about the design and planning. I have loved, and I mean loved, researching and selecting the plants I would like for my bed.
Although according to Dan, half will be discarded as their habits will preclude them from use in my bed. I can’t have anyone with a lazy habit in my bed… oh no!!! Rigorous, and showy… that’s what I’m after!!! And perennials of course who are reliable and solid.
Then of course varying heights and tones of purples and splashes of pinks will be needed to create the swathe and elegance I’m hoping for.
I can’t wait as I love bringing flowers into the house from the garden and aside from Alliums which I would be throttled for picking, Verbena which sheds and Hellebores whose bowing heads dip shyly at the dining table there’s not a lot of vase action currently going on.
I will keep you posted on how it’s going…
There’s been lots of Skechers shows on QVC recently and just adding proof of their brilliance, here is my lovely friend Charlotte who along with Barb and Donna did the Moonwalk in their Skechers.
With over 150 miles clocked up in training during which Charlotte went through two different trainers from another brand which resulted in terrible blisters and tendonitis. She then switched to Skechers to complete the training plus the 30 miles on the actual night and in her words “I LOVE THEM”. Well done to you girlies and to all of you who walked the walk that night.
We had a cheeky little escape up to Yorkshire in between my shifts at QVC during half term, a lovely opportunity to get us all outside, together and off the ever present screens!
Here’s my ever changing trio.
A lovely photo taken at Bolton Abbey, which is always breathtakingly beautiful and offers so much regardless of the season. I’m simply ignoring Tom’s bunny ears above Maddie’s head by the way, cheeky boy! Talking of cheeky, Tom is taking Maddie’s protection in the sun very seriously as you can see here!!
We had as ever, the loveliest time doing lots, including a spot of trout fishing, although I’m not sure any of us are made to be fishermen. Dan was smiling in this photo but we all struggled with the realities of fishing…
We did have some super weather the other week and for our snatched visit to Yorkshire but having been asked by lots of guests this week about my ‘tan’ I thought I would share… Decleor‘s gradual glow and Tan Luxe drops are gently helping lets just say!
I rifled through Ruth Langsford’s Fashion Edit and found Helene Berman’s beautiful soft pink long line coat… It’s gorgeous and I WANT it!!
There is so much going on here with Dan’s Birthday and Maddie’s 13th this month so lots of lovely celebrations ahead. Not so lovely were the PIP forms filled in for Tom. Painful to go through I have to say, however there’s the excitement of his Prom to prepare for… I know! Unfortunately we are in the midst of the end of year exams for Joe and Maddie, not Joe’s favourite time! Oh, and success for Maddie as she was selected for Pantomine again… thrilled for her but less so for me!!! Chaperone duties loom again.
Right off to the hairdresser’s I must go and I will as always look forward to catching up with how you all are on here.
I shall ‘see’ you this month on air on the 12th and 13th, 20th, 21st, 23rd, 26th and 27th and don’t forget I’m on Twitter @clairesuttonqvc if you fancy a chat and to keep up with things.
Lots of love,