New year, new blog!


Dales' beautyHere we go: a new blog, a new month, and yup another New Year. 

2014 has snuck up and sidled on in, hasn't it? Almost like an uninvited guest! It's welcomed by so very many of us and I've heard lots of phrases like: "It' ll be great to close the door on 2013" and "can't wait to see the back of 2013".

I think for many of us, the inevitable reflection on the past year is hard and somehow things seem so highlighted on that last day of the year.

Did you achieve anything in 2013? Will you achieve anything in 2014? What will actually be in store? Plus, of course, the inevitable "oh my goodness me…ANOTHER year of my life has GONE!!"

How did you feel when you heard those chimes and the kissing and chinking of bubbly filled glasses ensued? Did you put yourself to bed early, refusing to allow the new year such importance in your life? Or did you celebrate with a positive mind set?

Another dales' beautyWe had our New Year celebrations with special friends of ours, which is a regular occurrence, however this year it was picturesque idyllic Yorkshire that we escaped to.

Our family cottage, in North Yorkshire, is a place where my heart is firmly rooted and is totally a home-from-home. It's been our family bolt hole for 40 years and reconnects me with my Northern roots every time… a slight northern twang returns the moment we arrive!

We laughed lots and walked loads, I have NOW bought walking boots (yes I know horse and bolted springs to mind)! My wellies coped admirably, but my calf muscles did not!

This year we decided to dress eachother up from the vast array of charity shops, with our long suffering children in tow! Responsible for another's 'look', we set about trying to find the worst possible outfits for each other!

You've guessed it, the kids decided that Daddy just had to become… Mummy! There was so much laughter as they insisted on blindfolding us and doing the big reveal… not quite the kind of reveal Dan chose to do (honestly put a man in a dress and…).

I think the charity shops were mystified when we returned our bags of clothes the following day! Still, having a lot of fun and helping charities too always works in my book!

As we started The Ingleton Waterfall Walk on New Year's Day it was already torrentially raining and the "we must be mad " comments had been bandied around – alongside a fair few hurrumphs from Tom and Harry (our friends' eldest, a 13 year old). 

Family picI'm sure you can imagine the indignation as we were, of course, separating them from their technology …!! That said, the children all coped so well with the walk, all five hours of it.

I was rather relieved that the mobile service was poor up there so I missed the call from my well meaning Mother telling me there are at least two deaths a year at the waterfalls… yikes!

Day two was another five hour hike in the glorious sun… and wind! The light that day was amazing and I managed to capture a little of the beauty of the Dales – as you can see in the photo at the top.

When we reached the Cross the family shot was taken as proof we did it, I am in there under that hair, honestly!! Boy oh boy Chaz Dean you
WENare my saviour, you and my trusty Tangle Teaser! Oh, and guess what?

The man himself will be back on your screens with me on Sunday 19th Jan at 4pm explaining the magnificence of his incredible WEN hair Care system – I'm a huuuuuuuge fan. 

I'll tell you what else I found a joy that week, and that is our current Beauty Pick of the Month - the Radiance Mask from Gatineau.

I was bare-faced and au naturel mostly but I layered this beautiful mask on like Billio. I actually felt younger and more vital – yes, of course, that's cos I actually moved my bottom and had fresh air (lots of it)!

But seriously, I highly recommend, it can slot so simply alongside any range you're using. 

Somewhat out of sequence, having just told you Gatineau Beauty Pick of the Month - 203674about New Year, but I thought you may like to see a few choice Christmas pics from our lovely celebrations.






Joe as spacemanWe managed to have lovely family time and, in between my times on air with you, we had lots of fun. I love this one of Joe in his new quilt cover… genius isn't it?







Maddie looks such a little girl here, full of love for the new dolly she had asked Father Christmas for, and then Mrs Fashionista with her new clothes!

Maddy's dolly Maddy's outfit








Talking of fashionista! Tom asked Father Christmas for cool clothes?! I think he achieved his wish! Not to mention aftershave! Big boy… though still my little youngster as he suddenly started to do a puppet show with 'Woody'. He loves an audience… not sure who he gets that from!

Fashionable Tom

  Puppet show








The HobbitWe managed to get into London and saw both 'Barmy Britain', the Horrible Histories show – which was just incredible – and 'The Hobbit' at the IMAX Waterloo… still recovering!

So all in all a smashing Christmas and New Year. Resolutions for this year… do you know I'm not really sure making any big decisions is what I shall do?

Though LLBG is a motto to hold:

LAUGH LOTS & BE GRATEFUL (a good plan I think).

As always I love to hear back from you and really look forward to chatting with you all.

With my love and hopes for you all to enjoy a splendid and healthy New Year,
Claire xxx


  1. Valerie January 10, 2014 at 11:04 am -  Reply

    Thank you Claire it does a lonely 73 year old widow a power of good to hear you enjoying your family long may your joy continue

  2. Gwen Tugwell January 11, 2014 at 10:30 am -  Reply

    Hello Gorgeous Girl,
    Happy New Year to you and your wonderful family, so lovely to hear from you again, so pleased that your Christmas and New Year were so brilliant, as was mine, very spoilt by my loved ones, and really worth all the hard work and effort which goes to making things so very special for everyone. Very good to see you presenting your shows with your happy little face.
    Take good care of yourself and yours and look forward to your next blog.
    Love Gwen.

  3. Linda January 11, 2014 at 10:32 pm -  Reply

    HI Claire, Happy New Year to you and your lovely family,gosh how Tom has grown into a lovely young man, Joe looking all snuggly and Maddie looking has beautiful has her mummy. Been quite a 2013 for me Claire, my mummy passed away in August, and coming out of the hospital after an exhausting four days I slipped and broke my wrist. My children’s dad also passed away very suddenly early 2013, so all in all quite a year. But onwards and upwards Claire each day brings us something new have to look forward to this year now. Xxxxxxxx

  4. Claire Sutton January 13, 2014 at 8:01 am -  Reply

    Valerie, you are such a sweetheart, Thankyou so so much,I really appreciate your words,
    Lots of my love ,
    Claire x

  5. Claire Sutton January 13, 2014 at 2:54 pm -  Reply

    Gwen, brilliant that you too had such a nice time over the bah humbug for us !!!!
    Settling into nicely to January too, just wondering when snow will hit and the mayhem will start….!
    Till then,
    Lots of love ! Claire xx

  6. Claire Sutton January 13, 2014 at 2:57 pm -  Reply

    What an amazing positive closure to your reply to me and that really is something to try and hold on to as tough as things must be for you….I am so so saddened to hear what you have had to deal with and hope you have support and that your memories really can help to lift you in low times…
    As you say Linda…Onwards and Upwards!!!
    With much love ,
    Claire xx

  7. Mrs Anita Belding January 13, 2014 at 8:21 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire
    I love your blogs Claire, hearing about your lovely family all the highs and the lows. How quickly they are growing up. How lucky to have a place in the Dales to go to , a place I have never visited it looks lovely. Glad you all had a happy and healthy Christmas, and a Happy New Year to you and the family. See you on air lovely lady x x

  8. Denise January 14, 2014 at 9:29 pm -  Reply

    Hello Claire,
    Your Christmas and New Year sound such fun and speaking as a mum of a grown up son how I miss those family Christmas times so cherish them while you can. Tom certainly does look “cool” in his new clothes – he looks a real darling and growing up so fast.
    2013 was a good year for me in many ways.One of my highlights that I achieved was to visit Italy – a dream come true. We went to Florence and Pisa – wow I was blown away by the place and we intend going back this year on a bit of a road trip to explore even more places. Then in November a very dear friend of mine was taken ill and underwent emergency surgery which has been such a worry but thankfully I found out today she is now home. We have many outings together so a New Year of trips to look forward to. Oh yes and how could I forget my dear son gets married this year so eek time for us all to lose the Christmas weight ( and a bit more) and shop for wedding clothes.
    Then Hubby and me celebrate 30 years of marriage this year so I think we plan to return to Paris where we honeymooned for that.
    All in all a very eventful,positive and EXPENSIVE (!!) year ahead. Happy New Year Claire.
    Denise xx

  9. Annette Aither January 14, 2014 at 9:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire, I love the colour of your hair and I understand that you do your own. Could you let me know the colour you use and the brand please! I have highlighted hair at the moment but feel its time to go all the way!!
    I love your positive attitude to life x

  10. Claire Sutton January 15, 2014 at 10:08 am -  Reply

    Anita, I can highly recommend the beautiful Yorkshire dales! it rejuvenated me when ever I’m there not to mention the friendliness of everyone.
    So lovely hearing from you,
    Take care and speak soon,
    Love Claire x

  11. Claire Sutton January 15, 2014 at 10:14 am -  Reply

    Denise, Wow what a trip, Ann Dawson is a huge fan of Italy and I too would love to go and explore…the children at the moment would thank us more for a typical make friends by the pool type holiday….soon though we shall start the holidays that can educate as well as make friends!!! I am envious…I do hope your friend makes a steady and full recovery Denise, illness seems to lurk and changes peoples lives in an instant doesn’t it?
    Weddings AND Wedding anniversaries….a BIG year ahead for sure! how exciting ! I shall await to hear all!!
    Much love ,
    Claire x

  12. Claire Sutton January 15, 2014 at 10:16 am -  Reply

    I do indeed do my own, I just can’t handle the time it takes, not to mention the cost!! So a box of Recital it is, let me check the colour and confirm back. I’m a brunette really/greys!!! It’s lightest ash blonde, but I bet there’s a code..
    I shall be back to let u know xx

  13. susan January 16, 2014 at 5:49 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire, happy new year! I’m glad you gad a lovely Xmas. We did too. Not so new year but there we go. I just wanted to say how lovely Tom looks in his cool clothes! He is handsome. As are your other two lovelies. I’m hoping as everyone is that the year is good but you never know what’s round the corner so each day as it comes. Lots of love x

  14. Alison Keenan January 17, 2014 at 11:26 am -  Reply

    Loved reading this as we had so little time to chat when we saw each other after New year! I can’t believe how tall Tom now is and how grown up he looks. Last time I saw him was in the summer for Dan’s birthday..amazing the difference six months makes. Maddie is soooooo her mummy’s girl, and I chuckled out loud at the photo of joe under his new quilt. I hope you won’t mind if I adopt your excellent New Year’s Resolution… Laugh lots and be grateful… I certainly have so much to be grateful for – not least to have you in my life 🙂 Happy new year sweetie, lots of love, Ali xx

  15. Claire sutton January 22, 2014 at 9:31 am -  Reply

    Susan, Thankyou so much for your reply, you should see toms bedroom! he lays out ALL his outfits, not just for the following day but the entire week!!! I keep telling him that’s what your wardrobe is for!!!!
    I hope things are ok Susan,
    Sending my love,
    Claire x

  16. Claire sutton January 22, 2014 at 9:33 am -  Reply

    Hey there my beauty,
    It was such a luverly thing to see your post!! I miss you:-( trying to suss this overflowing diary of mine to come and see you or you to me…I’ll be back, till then, love you loads and kisses to you xxxx

  17. January 27, 2014 at 10:32 am -  Reply

    Annette, hope you’ll see this …. colour is … Loreal excellence creme by recital . Colour 01 x

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