Gorgeous things, well I think so anyway…


Sign 2Firstly this…

I saw this in my friend's house and sobbed. Instantly, it captured the very essence of what I choose to believe and yesterday as she got in my car and handed me a gift of a wooden block with the very same words on I went again!

SUCH beautiful words and from such a special friend. I wanted to share as I thought it may touch some of you too.

Then this…
Hedgehog cardLovely Paula, who ensures my nails meet the exacting standards of a QVC presenter (well unless I have had to do a touch-up mid manicure!) showed me this on her new diary. Yes she and I both share the need to buy at least three diaries through the year.

Our hope is that when the diary becomes oh so overwhelming (a reflection of the state of our frenetic lives) if we start again, so to speak, we'll be ok and things will seem calmer…it works, momentarily at least!

We have big chats, Paula and I, about lots of things one of which is controlling our mad minds! If that makes me sound loony, then I guess I am!

But learning to control the negativity, quieten down the worrying and turn up the volume switch of good things is something I have tried to do since I first had my Chinese 5 Elements Acupuncture – my miracle treatment is how I feel about it. They're minimal in frequency, but with maximum results for me. I want to ENJOY my life, my family and my work.

This beautiful mesmerising scene…
Woodland sceneI photographed this whilst out dog walking with my sister-in-law. It was peaceful, fresh and sunshine filled. It is the most idyllic area and our voices carried with such clarity, this I know as I lost the boys for a while and when I called them it sounded as though they were right beside me.

My next plan for the picture, and don't tell Dan, is to see if it is good enough quality – I only used my I phone. IF it is I shall have it printed into wallpaper and it will be for the back wall of Dan's office (alias current dumping ground). It'll be FAB, I'm excited at the thought.

Sarah Chapman facial tool…

Gus and the Sarah Chapman massagerI hasten to add that it is neither a facial tool for a dog…nor a chew…which Master Gus was obviously thinking as you can see. I on the other hand have religiously used it twice a day for the last couple of weeks as I shall be with Sarah for a full hour on Thursday 29th November at 1pm.

I've used and reused (always a good sign) her Overnight Facial and enjoyed her SPF Daily Face Cream previously. However, as I hadn't presented a full hour before I wanted to really know, experience and feel her range more thoroughly, particularly as I know she is so popular when she's on The Beauty Channel.

I shall look forward to chatting with her and therefore with you all about its brilliance, though perhaps I should leave the demonstration to the model!

My daughter – just look at that face, Maddie and the dolphins!

Claire's daughter MaddieWe escaped to the sun, sorry let me rephrase that, we went away to Tenerife and it rained every day, how disappointing to actually have to write that. There I got it out – oh so disappointing as you can totally understand.

We were true Brits and still swam in the rain as luckily it wasn't cold, even in the evenings. Actually, although the weather was quite rubbish we had a lovely time all being together.

Interestingly it's actually when you come back and hit the tarmac running that you realise how MAD it all is and how time restricted we really all are.

It was heaven to just have no time issues, no alarm clocks, no careering around, unless you count the water slides. Yes I succumbed though perhaps a bikini was not the ideal choice!

A lovely lady approached me one morning whilst we were away and asked me if I watched QVC as I was a dead ringer for Claire, the presenter…her face was a picture when I said "It's me!!"

We chatted a little, she was so lovely and in fact I had noticed her too as her son also has Downs Syndrome. He was 45 I think she said and when she and her husband retired he too decided to do the same! Thats the life huh?!

I had been 'people watching' them earlier in the week and enjoying seeing them and in turn it had provoked great conversation between Dan and I about Tom, our son with Downs Syndrome, and how his and our future may be. It's funny to think that all we have and are experiencing with Tom, they have been there and done that.

The children made super friends with a lovely Irish family and it was wonderful to see them developing all their social skills, and apparently kissing skills! Maddie was a first crush for one of the boys so a little kiss on the cheek was exchanged, according to Joe who snitched! Ah how sweet? Do you recall your first crush I wonder? Matthew Sailes for me…

We did however, despite the weather, have a lovely relaxing break. Losing my purse which contained ALL my cards, receipts and special things that are irreplaceable certainly meant the calm serene state I had achieved ( well kind of )was swiftly dashed as I was dealt on our return with the inevitable cancelling of bank cards. I was extremely lucky though that nothing had been used – it's a mystery as to where it has disappeared to.

One other gorgeous thing…
My Mummy….Well we know that but remember my Daddy died when he was 40 and she was 39? WELL, there's a new man in her life!! And it's wonderful to see her sparkly and joyful – NOW THAT'S GORGEOUS,

Have a Gorgeous Day,
Claire xxxxx


  1. Kay Salisbury November 26, 2012 at 10:44 pm -  Reply

    Hello Claire-lovely blog again.I think I would keep looking over my shoulder if I had the tree wallpaper—–Blaire witch and all that 🙂 I’m sure your hubby isn’t easily spooked though.A while ago when you had your new pup I told you I wasn’t ready for one-our Sisco had died 20’ish months before-well we bit the bullet and got one 3weeks ago. His name is Ridley and I have spent the last 3 weeks mopping the floor. I hadn’t realised it was such a bad time to get a pup—–wet Summer and floody Autumn/Winter-not swearing honest!!!!He’s cute but I think I’m too old for pups.Roll on a few months when he calms down. He can dig a foot deep hole in 10 seconds!!!!!Was your pup easy? Hope lovely Tom is settling in school.Gypsy lookes so gorgeous in your other blog-absolutely beautiful-well done.Have a good Christmas. Love Kay.XXX

  2. Sarah November 27, 2012 at 12:19 am -  Reply

    Oh Claire what a lovely message. I have had such a disappointing day…spending 3hours travelling between junctions 8-10 on M4 and missing a family get together in Bath. Reading your thoughts hopes and aspirations has helped me to refocus….thanks. Where was your friends gift to you from I would love to get one too. Keep smiling……. Sarah x

  3. Davina Morris November 27, 2012 at 5:42 pm -  Reply

    Hello Claire (Blonde Bombshell),
    Another lovely blog & a picture on twitter!! Glad you all had a lovely time on tenner each. oops, Tenerife!! LOL Despite the poor weather i’m sure it was very relaxing & despite losing your purse. The trees as wallpaper should be quite calming in the office. I think i could do with a facial although mine would probably need a surgeons intervention!!
    Are you still having accupuncture? Wish there was one that stopped hair growth. The message that your friend showed you reminded me a little of the poem my sister showed me for our Mums funeral. I cried when i first read it, still do now. It was called ‘Gods Garden’ http://www.poeticexpressions.co.uk/POEMS/God's%20Garden.html if you want to read it, but it will make you cry, sorry.
    Still catch you on some programmes and you look great. Hope the family is well & your nearly ready for christmas. (bet your not!! LOL)
    Davina xxx

  4. Joanna Downey November 27, 2012 at 10:23 pm -  Reply

    Hello Lovely, Gorgeous is one of my favourite words and it was a treat to read about all your little bits of gorgeousness. I loved the photos of trees, Gus and Maddie. Your idea about wallpaper has got me thinking… The words on your board are beautiful, I know that you a have a faith that sustains you – I don’t but I carry my parents and our first baby in my heart. I have lots of happy, funny memories of my ma and daddy which spark off many “Do you remember when?” conversations with Col, Bex and Ellie. I’ve always believed that it is really important to find positives even when it’s the last thing you want to do and would prefer to give in to negativity. I had an amazing grandmother who talked about the “Magic of ordinary days” and it’s an expression I use quite a lot. I did feel negative and sorry for myself today when I bought new home cards for Ellie; she and David move into their first home next week. They have been so disciplined and saved so much since leaving uni to be able to buy a house but the thought that she’ll no longer call our home her home is difficult to say the least. How awful about your purse, having to deal with the banks is bad enough but it’s losing all those bits we keep in our purses that is hardest to bear. December on Saturday and hopefully a trip to the Christmas Market in Bath with Col, the girls and their boys. If it’s as cold as the weather people are saying it’ll be I’ll be in new Emus and my snuggly Centigrade coat from last year. Love from Jo x

  5. Eileen Archibald November 30, 2012 at 11:28 am -  Reply

    Oh Claire, lovely news about your Mother and her friend I hope they enjoy lots of lovely times together. My friends Mother is 97 and she has a friend and we all say it takes some of the strain off the rest of the family. It just goes to show you are never too old to love – hope for me yet.
    Another friend has a 43 year old Downs son and even though there are difficulties with him they do have a good life. He decided to retire when his Mother did as well. Wishing you and your family a wonderful Christmas and I like the thought of your wallpaper.

  6. Trisha-Ann November 30, 2012 at 11:22 pm -  Reply

    Dear Claire,
    I want to thank you for those lovely words on the block – I have just lost my belowved Mother under extremely difficult circumstances and I am struggling and very low, the words are so lovely and have helped me a little tonight, thank you and God Bless you for making a difference, with love, Trisha-Ann

  7. Trisha-Ann November 30, 2012 at 11:25 pm -  Reply

    Please excuse the typo, it should, of course, read BELOVED

  8. Steven December 2, 2012 at 9:42 am -  Reply

    How unlucky are you rain everyday in Tenerife! I’ve been 3 or 4 times and hardly seen a spot. Losing your cards is a nightmare. Hope you get it all sorted.
    Sounds like you had a lovely time apart from losing your cards etc.
    Take care and keep looking gorgeous!

  9. claire_sutton@qvc.com December 3, 2012 at 7:52 am -  Reply

    Oh Kay, as I was reading your response I laughed as Gus developed a fear….of the floody autumn, winter, and no I’m not swearing either…well not much!! Translated as “oooooh I don’t want to get my paws wet I think I’ll just relieve myself here…” rug, floor etc etc. Honestly, silly pup, so I too had been mopping up so to speak!! How’s it going with Ridley? We’re at the 6 month teenage stage…say no more. Actually it’s Christmas tree up day one – water spray used six times already to stop tree being dragged around the room…ill keep you posted.xx

  10. claire_sutton@qvc.com December 3, 2012 at 7:56 am -  Reply

    Sarah, I am sooooooo sorry that you missed your family gathering, it’s vile isn’t it, but I always end up thanking god that it wasn’t me involved in whatever held me up. Someone once said better to be late in this life than early in the next… I try and recall that, but to have not even got there at all really hurts. Poor you. I’m going to ask where the word block came from and ill come back to you,
    Lots of love , claire xx

  11. claire_sutton@qvc.com December 3, 2012 at 8:00 am -  Reply

    Davina…yes you did…but oh so beautiful and poignant…I HAVEN’T SEEN MY ACUPUNCTURIST, OOOPS caps on! Managing well with all things, today anyway!!! hey how was your special event you mentioned late November? Hope it was fab, and you were happy and confident. Wall paper ordered, my pic was too grainy but found a super similar one, so just need a man to get it pasted and up as stage 2!
    Morning show calling, Carmel and bump and moi,
    Lots of love xxx

  12. Claire_sutton@qvc.com December 7, 2012 at 1:44 pm -  Reply

    Steven, hello to you,
    Cards all sorted and heavily used … Me not anyone else.. Christmas of course!!! May have been better to have NOT reissued them to me till AFTER Christmas.
    Hope all’s well with you?
    Love Claire x

  13. Claire_sutton@qvc.com December 7, 2012 at 1:49 pm -  Reply

    Trisha-ann. I am so so sad for you and send my love, I can’t imagine how you must feel … I’m glad you too liked the words, I think my Daddy is up there and happily looking down at all of us. I know its impossible but time helps… Never do you get over it, but you learn to live without them … Sort of.
    I hope peace comes to you… Love to you
    Claire x

  14. Claire_sutton@qvc.com December 7, 2012 at 1:52 pm -  Reply

    Eileen ,
    Thank you for your reply, and it is super isn’t it about my mummy!!! She’s not even going to be with me on Christmas Day!!!!!!! Sooooo odd but soooo fab,
    I’ll pass your nice wishes on to her!
    Wallpaper arrived and up next week, can’t wait to see it,
    Lots of love , Claire xx

  15. Claire_sutton@qvc.com December 7, 2012 at 2:01 pm -  Reply

    Did you get to Bath with all your lovely lot? I hope so. You’d be pleased with me, tree went up that 1st weekend though I need Dan to do all the extra drapes of lights – every time I do it they fall down!
    I can understand how strange it must be with Ellie going off … how brilliant that they’ve achieved that goal, but a difference ahead for you all the same.
    We had Ali Keenan and her Col over for breakfast last weekend, soooooo nice, that was after our not so fabulous QVC Christmas party…. Ssssh did I say that, the best bit was chatting in the hour long taxi with Ali as we headed over to the city and the hour long cab back to our cars after!
    Well today is an ordinary day, but the sunshine sure is making it magical!!! Plus highlighting my filthy windows!!!! Heh ho… They can wait I have 2 children off school, inset day and 1 hour before I fetch Tom…. Windows… NO WAY!!

  16. Steven December 7, 2012 at 7:35 pm -  Reply

    Ha Ha that made me smile there. Is a credit card not a womans best friend! I got a promotion in my work so I have been very busy lately. Going to get my Christmas shopping finished next week. I’m not a big shopper so hopefully I’ll get id done quick. If its anything like today I’ll be slipping and sliding while I do it
    Have a fab weekend
    Lots of Love
    Steven xxxxx

  17. Davina Morris December 7, 2012 at 9:33 pm -  Reply

    Hello Claire,
    Glad you found some wallpaper to fit what you were hoping for. My special event went very well & better than i could have hoped for. The people who i was nervous about meeting as they didn’t know about my changes were very kind & supportive. One couple walked by me a few times & didn’t recognis eme until we stopped & chatted. The bloke was totally gobsmacked it was me & even 2 hours later was still in a state of shock. I had my glad rags on & heels on both nights. Not sure how i managed to walk to the restaurant & back again in 4inch stilletos but at least i didn’t fall over. I did have some pics taken so will have to send a couple to you so you can see what i ilooked like. I’m glad the diet is slowly working as i look a bit podgy in the pics. the make up isn’t brilliant either but i’m a bit of a perfectionist & like things to look right. Hope your family’s ok & your just about sorted for christmas. I’m on my own this year as Dad is going away but my sister is having me for lunch on 16th as it’s my birthday. (21 again!!)
    Take care
    Davina xx

  18. Trisha-Ann December 7, 2012 at 11:46 pm -  Reply

    Dear Claire, Bless you, thank you so very much for taking the trouble to reply to me, it means a great deal, I too have also lost my Daddy as well – far too young – he was my hero, I tried to nurse my Mother and care for her but it was very difficult, I am glad you understand, but not glad that you have had to experience it too, as you say it is impossible. I cannot find any peace at the moment at all, and feel so alone, but I SO APPRECIATE your reply you are a very lovely kind person and your words are so thoughtful, thank you so much, It is lovely to hear about your Mummy finding a friend, I do hope it all works out, with grateful thanks and love, Trisha-Ann

  19. V Tyson December 10, 2012 at 12:54 am -  Reply

    Today is the anniversary of my mums death 2years ago
    She was 91 and a chest infection got the better of her
    I miss her terribly……and those holes in the sky or even the twinkling stars…….they are definitely our loved ones looking down at us
    I still this evening as I ponder on the past can feel the hand of my mother in my hand….previous moments
    Who and what would we be without our memories?
    Glad to hear your mum has a friend…..we all need someone other than close family it’s the feeling of companionship a friend…brilliant news hope she’s very happy

  20. jeanette December 10, 2012 at 5:48 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire
    firstly i wanted to thank you for the detailed info about hair colour it was brill as so many to choose from but it made it easy with your info. Just got to pluck up the courage to use it now !! It was lovely for you to share the poem about the stars and our loved ones as i lost my mum 8 years ago and miss her terribly as she was a big part of me and my children’s life’s. When i get sad now i think of the stars and our loved ones looking down so it helps-thanks. Your daughter looked like she had a fab time she will cherish those memories and so will you. Gus is looking a very handsome young man- boy retriever/labs do love attention and being cuddled . My retriever is now 8 i got him not long after a difficult time i lost my previous retriever and mum within 10 days of each other and moved also! So he is very special chap who loves cuddles!! Its lovely news about your Mummy and her friend. Wishing you and your family a happy christmas
    love Jeanette x

  21. Kristina Moore December 10, 2012 at 9:00 pm -  Reply

    Hello Claire, yeahhh for your Mum! Brilliant. I hope they make beautiful memories for each other and that you all get to meet up at some point over Christmas and New Year. When someone dies I am convinced the soul continues as one of my heros was Michael Bentine and there was too much life in that body for it not to continue. So I am sure they are all there and that everyone will meet up with who they want to meet up with at the right time. So have courage everyone.
    Merry Christmas to you all and hope 2013 will be brilliant for you.
    Hugs to the adults and children and pats to Gus!
    Tina X0

  22. Susan December 12, 2012 at 6:59 pm -  Reply

    Oh Claire! You have brightened my day! As always!! I am soo pleased to hear your Mum is so happy!! That’s wonderful. Such good news. I am sorry you had a rainy holiday but been there done that bought the Tshirt lol. Not that I get away much more than once every 18mths but rain seems to follow me lol. It is so disheartening but at least it’s a break as you say. Glad you enjoyed it. Horrible about your purse. So sorry. I really hope you are on the road to recovery as it seems a lot of you have come down with illness. Best to get it out of the way before Christmas!!
    See you soon,
    Susan x

  23. Susan December 12, 2012 at 7:04 pm -  Reply

    Hi Trisha-Ann,
    I just want to say I am thinking of you. It is an awful time of year for so many and I think it can often be forgotten. Take your time and listen to your body.
    Much love,
    Susan x

  24. Susan December 12, 2012 at 7:10 pm -  Reply

    Trisha-Ann, just one last thing as I have just read your reply to lovely Claire. You cannot find any peace at the minute. I know that feeling and I know this is not for everyone but I find counselling very useful. Yes you have to be in ‘the right place’ but if you ever are I would recommend it. And don’t be put off if the first person isn’t the right one. Keep trying.
    Take care
    Susan x

  25. Trisha-Ann December 15, 2012 at 11:58 pm -  Reply

    Dear Susan, Thank you so very much for taking the trouble to write to me, it means so very much, I am finding it almost impossible to carry on at present, and finding your kind words means everything, I cannot thank you enough, it is horrendeous and made worse with all the Christmas stuff everywhere, with love and thanks for your kindnss and advice and to Claire too, Trisha-Ann

  26. claire_sutton@qvc.com December 18, 2012 at 11:17 am -  Reply

    Hi Susan,
    You are lovely…A, FOR LOVELY REPLY TO ME AND
    Thank you ever so much. xxxxx

  27. claire_sutton@qvc.com December 18, 2012 at 11:20 am -  Reply

    hope you had a super lovely day yesterday!
    With my love,
    Claire xxx

  28. claire_sutton@qvc.com December 18, 2012 at 11:22 am -  Reply

    Thank you for your reply and although my words have made you and others think of there loved ones who are no longer with us…I know its hard, but I’m glad because they so deserve to be remembered, after all we are what we are because of them.. Memories…xxxxx

  29. Susan December 20, 2012 at 3:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire and Trisha-Ann,
    I hope you are both doing ok. I am sorry I have only just checked blog as I have been a bit under the weather myself! Christmas does come at a bad time when so many bugs are about! I hope you will try something to help you Trisha-Ann. Honestly there are some things that suit you more than others and it is about finding something of benefit to YOU. For me it is counselling when I need it and aromatherapy. Just oils at home as salons are expensive but if you have anyone to treat you to a salon visit make sure you treat yourself. Also listen to your body. If you want to curl up in bed…do it. No-one is going to judge you. And if they do, well maybe you don’t ned to be around them! We are all different.
    Much love to both of you and take care,
    Susan x

  30. Trisha-Ann December 27, 2012 at 11:55 pm -  Reply

    Dear Susan, Thank you so much for caring and taking the trouble to write to me, I am so low and it does make a difference to know someone cares, I am sorry not to have replied sooner but didn’t realize there was a second page, thank you so much and I do hope that you are feeling a little better?
    Thank you to lovely Claire too, as you say it is lovely of Susan to take the trouble to reply to me too, you are both very special people, thank you from the bottom of my very sad heart, Trisha-Ann

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