Accidentally jet setting!


Bariquito coffeeLast week I had to travel to Tenerife in very unfortunate family circumstances. My dear mum had slipped breaking her hip and leg and needed an emergency operation. I dropped everything and flew out to be with her. The experience was unpleasant for the whole family to witness but between us we decided it was manageable.

This got me thinking. Things were bad but what ever situation you find yourself in, it could always be worse. Slowly rather than dwelling on negatives we found ourselves being very grateful for everything we do have. My mum has my dad, they've been married almost 50 years and they still adore each other.

It's a good job because post op, mum will be immobile for eight weeks and very reliant on my dad. My folks have even planned changes they want to make in their life and how this would be an opportunity to clear out at home and to improve their Spanish whilst my mum recovers. There's even talk of them becoming fully computer literate and indulging in some social media!

I'm embracing change too – new house, new job, new outlook. I've also decided to treat myself daily when I deserve it, no matter how small the treat is. Whilst visiting the hospital I indulged in a local Bariquito (Canarian speciality coffee with liquor 43) and that was my daily treat. It has to be the prettiest beverage around, just like a model strutting down a catwalk showing off its fashionable layers. Simply delicious.

When the chips are down let's make a pact to always treat ourselves to something that makes us smile everyday, even if it only offers us temporary sunshine. For those few moments it's worth it. Sometimes it's the small things in life that mean the most.

My mum is now back in the UK and her recovery is underway and she's very keen to progress so I have to remind her to literally take 'one step at a time'! Poor mum.

Chloe x


  1. Nicola Rippon March 4, 2013 at 10:13 am -  Reply

    A couple of years back my Mum broke her ankle five days before Christmas (actually on my Dad’s birthday and he hasn’t let her forget it yet!). She had to stay in hospital until they were able to operate to pin it back together. We were convinced Christmas had gone for a burton! Just at the last minute we were able to get her home. What a Christmas it was! Probably the best ever! Well, aside from Mum being laid up with a heavy plaster on her ankle! But to have her home and our best friends with us, was such a treat! And, as worrying as it was, and as hard at it was to begin with, all of us learned a lot! Various housekeeping duties had to be redistributed, and somebody with a plaster on their ankle learned that it was okay for us to do thing differently from her, just as long as it got done!
    Why am I sharing this? Because it was this event that gave my family the same outlook you just described. When things aren’t going to plan, even a simple treat can turn things around!

  2. Jane Duff March 4, 2013 at 10:16 pm -  Reply

    Dear Chloe
    I do hope that your Mum has a speedy eight weeks recovery, and that she is able to enjoy Mothering Sunday in some way. I like your philosophy, I regularly treat myself usually with a purchase from QVC!
    Best wishes to all of your family too.

  3. christine greenough March 5, 2013 at 7:45 pm -  Reply

    Hi Chloe
    well I have watched and bought from QVC for many years and I have probably watched QVC and didn’t realise it was you!
    give my regards to your mother for a speedy recovery
    ….. best wishes
    Christine Greenough (James, Richard and Carole’s mother)

  4. Marie Mckelvie September 19, 2013 at 11:54 pm -  Reply

    Hi hope are mum is feeling better now.the Dog is very cute tend to be like kids I think my friend s dog looks the same but 5 now.all the best marie

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