Birthdays, bedrooms and runaway cars!


After the trials and (ongoing) tribulations of September (last blog!), we seem to have fallen rather swiftly into October and for once I was ready for it – not only did QVC celebrate their 21st birthday, but I had a Birthday Boy too, a small boy turning 12! I say small boy as the new clothes I bought for him still needed huge adjustments  on the wais , surely the hormone surge will not be long away and he’ll turn into his father overnight ….I think it’s beginning, as the answering  back, justifying and indignant stage is well and truly with us!

The birthday boy!Joe the guitar player2The question always posed on a Birthday Morning is “Do you feel any different?”

Always answered with a “Yes, I even look different/older” This time it was answered with “Not really”….Sharp intake of breath….he is growing up for sure! Which was obvious when I was watching him and his pals devouring pizza after school: A – by the amount they eat and B- by the topics of conversation I was hearing snippets of. A month at a boys’ school and…heaven help us!


Flying!We had a fabulous time on Sunday as we all went to Airkix in Milton Keynes. Although it was Joe’s birthday it was in fact a Christmas Voucher that needed using for Joe and Dan to skydive…not out of a plane (my nerves wouldn’t cope!) but in a huge wind tunnel.It was incredible watching the instructor performing amazing tricks and seeing just how difficult it was for the rest of the mere mortals. Dan was hysterical…I ought to rephrase that: watching Dan was hysterical!!

Joe looked like a piece of elastic, the force of the wind was buffeting his weeny limbs all over the shop. I did a running commentary of “Oh my God” and oooo’s and aaaah’s, much to Maddie’s disgust: ” Mummy, stop talking, you talk all the time, it’s so embarrassing “.  I couldn’t contain myself though and was alternating between guffawing and panicking the entire “flight ” which was luckily only one minute in duration.

Joe and the new headboardThe never ending bedroom is still…never ending. My mother has had an extension to her house, my friend has announced a pregnancy and is now preparing for the birth and STILL our bedroom is unfinished!

In April we moved out, so after pretty much six months in the spare room I said ENOUGH and made up my new SuperKing sized bed with my new Magniflex mattress and my new pristine Kelly Hoppen white sheet set I’d been stashing and moved back in!

Oh the decadence… feels just fabulous: I have luxurious carpet beneath my feet, a sensational shower AND all my  “stuff” in bespoke wardrobes.



Bioeffect eye serumOne of which had to become shelves and dressing table in order to display some (yes, only some) of my current QVC beauty. At least I can see what I’m sampling now (currently loving the Bioeffect eye serum, total hydration even at the end of a day. Although Ole Henriksen was marvellous and I’m still dipping in that too, along with Liz Earle’s newly launched Superskin!). My wardrobes are next to be fancied up (covered in snakeskin ) but, the piece de resistance has to be my fabulous headboard wall – I’m so thrilled with it, even though Dan and I had a HUGE row when it was realised he had attached it upside down….say no more but apparently the pleats are meant to be a certain way so the dust doesn’t go in them! Needless to say, my handheld fab Dyson may be working harder than I thought, though he assures me (once he decided to speak to me again!) that it’s easy enough to re-hang it the correct way. Easy? I think perhaps NOT the correct choice of word…



The beautiful new headboard!

The same guy is doing my wardrobes, once he has movement back in his fingers after buttoning all the headboard…bless him, hence my wait goes on!

And so to the runaway car…

Well, I know it sounds sooooo dramatic, but it was awful and the worst thing was the ‘what ifs’ afterwards.


Basically, as we were out walking Gus, popping leaflets through doors about a proposed solar farm ( now that’s a whole other blog) the children suddenly said, “what’s that car?” I turned around to see a Volvo coming across from the other side of the main road. Dan, however, hadn’t turned so the first he knew was when the Volvo and his foot connected.

It turned out the Volvo had a faulty hand break (unfortunately this was already known about) and it had made its way across the road and past about 8 houses to come to rest by Dan’s foot.

No shoes have been worn since – not sensible when you are a landscape gardener, flip-flops are not deemed suitable by Health and Safety.

So, we are working out what to do regarding insurance….

Thank you all so much for your well wishes regarding my battles with Tom…I shall keep you posted! At least if I’m unsuccessful I will have tried my hardest, though I prefer to think positively:-) I’m off to investigate secondary schools again tonight for Maddie, she’s so grown up and telling me she’s waiting for “the feeling”….. I’ve got news for you Madds…me too! Whatever “the feeling” is!

As always I love hearing from you and will always try my best to answer each of you. When I fail dismally, please forgive me and know I have the best intentions!

Much love gorgeous lot,

Claire xxx





  1. Pseu Donym October 9, 2014 at 8:22 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire,

    Thanks for another fantastic, interesting and open blog. It really is great to hear about all your antics away from the studio!

    Hope Dan’s foot is on the mend and he’s back to work soon.

    Hurry back!

    Love, K. x

  2. Mary Morphy October 11, 2014 at 10:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire..I sincerely hope your fight for funding is successful. The changes made to educational Statements and support for parents and students is preposterous. I work as you may remember in a main stream school with students on the Autistic Spectrum and with kids with Behavior, Education and Social difficulties and as staff who strive to do the very bestxwe can and have countless requests refused to assist our students because of red tape and inadequate evidence ( those who make these decisions have no idea) makes us angry. Fight the Fight and I sincerely hope Tom is the winner. much love Mary

  3. Corinne Armstrong October 21, 2014 at 5:52 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire,
    Amused to read your experience at airkix, we both did this last year @ 60/65 years respectively, to my disgust one of my trainers flew up the tube (despite being securely tied I might add), very amusing. But favorite expensive shapers shredded. You’re never too old to try something fun though.

    Love c

  4. claire sutton November 10, 2014 at 11:33 am -  Reply

    oh Corrinne, fantastic, i take my hat off to you, we bought Tom a voucher for christmas, which will be amusing to say the least…i shall triple tie those laces!!!! xx

  5. claire sutton November 10, 2014 at 11:35 am -  Reply

    hello lovely MARY…i am weary, teary and fear my battle will not be a winning one…tho i have finally been contacted by a social worker so will hope that something positive will come from that…if one more person says…i understand….when they evidently do not i shall yell…..loudly…THANKYOU tho for the support xx

  6. claire sutton November 10, 2014 at 11:38 am -  Reply


  7. martin forbes November 23, 2014 at 12:50 pm -  Reply

    hi claire hope you are well iam on aweeks holiday from work 11 days doing nothing being lazy

  8. Brian December 6, 2014 at 10:12 am -  Reply

    Hi Claire, you recently wore a black leather dress live on air (Laura Geller Make up show). My wife has spotted it and wants one! Could you please tell me where you got it from? Many thanks for your help. Brian.

  9. Claire sutton December 19, 2014 at 9:17 am -  Reply

    Hi Brian,
    It was from French Connection last year you could look on line as its a super flattering one , but I have seen a few others around this year in whistles, and again a new French Connection one, M&S also…good luck c x

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