New Year shenanigans, kitchen update and more…


Oh goodness gracious, the month is almost away! Where oh where does it go? Although with the return to school and activities and tea dates time has flown by. I tell you the social life of my three completely overshadows mine… come to think of it what social life?!

Having had a husband who has careered down all the mountains in Switzerland this week and left us fending for ourselves (and yes I did forget to put the bins out), the house remained spick and span, the bed made and aside from a few yells in the morning as we repeatedly failed at our morning routine to get out of this house and off to school punctually and calmly (top tips gratefully received please oh wise ones) we have made it through, and hopefully an intact husband will arrive and normal life, whatever that may be, will resume.

Fear of injuries

The fear of injury for him, nay death if I am completely honest as I am dramatic and spend time 'what-ifing much to Dans disgust was somewhat explainable and allowable this time as my poor, poor, poor, poor mummy has broken her leg and ankle and as you may remember 'twas two years ago that she broke both ankles.

Before you cast aspersions and question her glorious nature NO she wasn't tipsy and NO she doesn't have weak bones, she's just sadly terrifically unfortunate, and will be utterly mortified that I have told you, so nice speedy get well wishes may soften the blow.

We did laugh though as when I told the children Tom looked horrified, he was so worried for her and asked if it had fallen off? Out of the mouth of babes, you can't beat it.

So, number one priority is news from the fracture clinic and number two is a safe return of handsome yet no doubt shattered husband, who as you know will wish to sleep and recover.

Fat chance as I'm leaving early for work and I said he had to unpack his ski gear on day one and not week four like last year. He'll be positively adored by three small ones who have counted the hours till they have him back… so a peaceful few days ahead, not!

New Year shenanigans…

Just to shatter the handsome bit re Dan (Ali Young in particular if you're reading!), have a peek at our New Year themed gathering this year – come dressed as your Mum or Dad.

Claire and her friends on New Year's eveDan and ClaireDan and RussDan, Claire's husband

Well Ken Paves you were our hero as Dan transformed into my mummy and I was her when she was about 36 we reckoned, complete with her dress and her cape.

Claire as CherWe did laugh and as you can see the spirit of the theme was fully entered into, as it was last year when we did 'come as an 80s pop star' – Cher! Just in case you weren't getting it and yes, it's moi – we were hysterical that night as George Michael, Adam Ant, Bonnie Tyler and Kate Bush joined Cher and Lionel Richie on the karaoke!

This year was a tad more civilised as we tucked into Audrey's delightful meal and Anne's tart, Anne being Russ's mother. What is it about boys, give them a chance to don a pair of tights and they're off!

Kitchen update….

So much for a kitchen and chandelier for Christmas. Well I had part of it and it seems tomorrow I'll have handles. Bending down to open every single one every single time is a nightmare. Which actually was how getting to this stage actually was and the words "It was the DUST your honour" would've been the headline in the paper as afore mentioned handsome was found in mysterious circumstances. Handsome may be a dubious title having seen the transformation into his mother-in-law!

But oh, time and Oreks and Dysons mean the pre-Christmas chaos has softened in my memory and the faith is still with me. Plus I've found a lovely fabric for my windows which always makes me happy – I do love my soft furnishings.

Dan and TomSo soon a completion shot for you, in the meantime just to restore Dan to his rightful title of 'gorgeous' I leave you with a picture I was given yesterday from three years ago. My friend forgot she had it – two of my boys. Aaaaaah, made my heart sing.

Lots of my love and I look forward to chatting back to you all, and may this year be happy, safe and healthy for all of you and your loved ones.

Claire xxxxx


  1. David Morris January 24, 2012 at 5:18 pm -  Reply

    Oh dear Claire, your poor mummy. hope she gets well soon. Glad you seemed to have a fab new year party. Don’t you look the ‘sexpot’ in your cleavagey purple dress & cape. (see my later comments on your last blog). Can’t wait to see the complete house and i’m sure you will not only be ecstatic but also mightily relieved its all over. that reminds you mentioning Bonnnie Tyler, once got a bonnie tyler satnav. It was rubbish, kept telling me to turn around & every now and then it would fall apart!!! LOL
    take care & my best wishes to your mum for a quick recovery.
    Not so cheeky this time, David xxx

  2. Susan January 24, 2012 at 5:58 pm -  Reply

    Hi Claire,
    David’s comments have left me laughing and speechless again! My my! What fab funny photos of your NYE party though…looks like you all had a brilliant time! And oh my goodness how gorgeous are your Dan and Tom!? So so fair hair. I hope your Mum’s leg heal’s ok. Nasty injury. I’m in awe of you looking after 3 little ones on your own and working! Was Dan away with buddies?
    Chat soon,
    Susan x

  3. kay salisbury January 24, 2012 at 6:10 pm -  Reply

    Happy New Year, Claire-love the photos.Have you seen the Lemony(!!!!) Snicket film? The one with wonderful Meryl Streep-well-I am always doing the “what ifs ?” and I always think of the film where she is in the house perched precariously over the cliff-but she was proved correct in the end. My husband used to go skiing every year and leave me with our 3 children—-grumpy-mummy was nowhere near to how I used to react—esp when he returned home after an exhausting half term ‘holiday’-joke!!!!!with a broken collar bone once—I could hardly look at him—–but the children used to act as though he was the conquering hero—-used to drive me MAD!!!!!!Anyway-that is now a long time ago. Your poor mum-I cannot imagine the pain—bless her.Hope she is much better soon. Thank you for a lovely blog and enjoy the year and keep smiling as you are a delight to watch these dark and dull winter days.
    Love Kay.XXX

  4. martin forbes bucksburn aberdeen January 24, 2012 at 6:11 pm -  Reply

    ggod blog claire.hope you are well

  5. Steven January 24, 2012 at 6:56 pm -  Reply

    Sorry to hear about your Mum Claire. Hope she gets better soon. Sounds like you have had a hectic start to the year. Lucky Dan being away in Swuitzerland though sounds amazing. You’ll be glad when he is back though.
    Hope your Mum has a quick recovery. I’m off to cheer on the Eagles. Ms Roberts blog will tell you what I’m on about for that one
    Take care xxx

  6. Joanna Downey January 24, 2012 at 9:55 pm -  Reply

    Hello Claire and a big “Get well soon” to your unfortunate mummy. I know how tidy a home can be when the man isn’t in it; my Mr Wonderful goes away climbing/treking on a regular basis and everywhere looks ready for the magazine photo shoot then he returns… I agree that bags have to be unpacked on day of return and everything put away, I can’t see why little piles of foreign money, creased clothes (not worn on trip) and the all essential medical bag have to line the stairs and I try very hard NOT to nag on the first night back! It’s been a few years since I had to chivvy children out the door and I didn’t like the day to start with me constantly moaning at them so I tried to get as much done the night before. I also put the hall clock 10 minutes fast fooling me into thinking I hadn’t got much time but actually giving me back 10 minutes, it was a suggestion from my father who said it always worked for him, I miss being a mummy to small people but I don’t miss the school run. Yipee kitchen completion in sight, how wonderful, is that part of it in your photos? I thought they looked very funny, especially Dan and the bearded lady in red and did Dan say that he was “a lady” because he looked very Little Britain in his wig. Belated Happy New Year to you and yours. Love from Jo x

  7. Claire Sutton January 25, 2012 at 11:26 am -  Reply

    Oh how I love, and laugh at your replies you lovelies! David, you have surpassed yourself!! And are making Susan laugh too, always a good thing I feel.
    If you think I looked ok in the purple frock…you should’ve seen my mummy in it back in the day…wit woo I tell you!! Love Cx

  8. Claire Sutton January 25, 2012 at 11:35 am -  Reply

    Hi Kay,
    Gosh I so get the hero style response which yes can be v v maddening, I laughed as it reminded me of me…and funnily enough over dinner last night I did do my ‘I am a little resentful’ conversation, as I think I was harbouring it!!!
    All said with an ‘I know you deserve it , but…’ type of feel!! Felt better for it, what I REALLY want though is a sunshine trip to plan for.
    See you on screen tomorrow, xx

  9. Claire Sutton January 25, 2012 at 11:44 am -  Reply

    You always get it Jo and have obviously much the same situations at yours. Anne Dawson’s husband is a climbey kind of one too, no doubt you’d have stories to tell!
    Three guesses if the bags fully dealt with…and although the washing machine was loaded I was cross having spent sometime arranging on the airer, trying to lessen the tumble usage, to find Dan gaily wacking on the tumble when it was his turn!! Cheeky man.
    I really will do the clock thing, as mine is currently slow..not clever , my car clock is set 5 fast, but yes the kitchen clock I will alter TODAY, and I am so trying with the night before preparation.
    Actually the kitchen in shot is not mine, we were at our friends house, so it’s her new kitchen.
    Speak soon, c x

  10. Claire Sutton January 25, 2012 at 11:46 am -  Reply

    Martin, hello to you, and Steven I shall check Miss Robert’s blog out, I’m guessing it’s footie speak!!
    C x

  11. Steven January 27, 2012 at 7:29 pm -  Reply

    Yes I’m afraid it was footie talk Claire. Just caught one of your shows this evening. The Tiana one. Looking great as always. I sound like Martin now!

  12. David Morris January 28, 2012 at 10:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi again Claire. Saw you on Friday in that purpley Tiana B dress. You model so well you should have sashayed down the catwalk in it. Don’t want to speak out of turn, but i’m sure you have lost weight as you looked very slim in that dress!! Not sure about the boots personally but then were’nt really looking at them (just this gorgeous blonde)!! Take care & see you soon.
    Not so cheeky David again…….Is there a doctor in the house???
    p.s. Nails still not as long as before!!(you know what i mean)

  13. Gail January 29, 2012 at 9:00 pm -  Reply

    Absolutely loved reading your blog Claire x
    So sorry to hear about your mum. The ankles are such a vulnerable, very much overlooked/taken for granted part of the body and I can imagine the pain she must have been in. I hope she is comfortable now xx
    Love all the photos, especially the one of Tom and Dan. Your Tom is SCRUMPTIOUS, absolutely adorable. That picture is definitely one for the wall.
    Take care, Gail x

  14. claire_sutton January 31, 2012 at 12:31 pm -  Reply

    Gail, Thank you ever so much and yes Mummy is doing well, half way there now to look positively, though I recall a long slog to “pain free” last time…but thank you for thinking of her.
    I totally am putting Tom and Dan on the wall, it’s one of the ones that’ll always be “the best” along with Tom softly kissing his new born sister whilst Joe proudly looked on…….aaaaaah, and now look at them, nearly 11,9 and 7 !
    Have a super day, x

  15. claire_sutton January 31, 2012 at 12:39 pm -  Reply

    Thanking you! Slim…you flatterer, I think it depends so on what we wear, but thank you none the less. The boots are fantastic I’ll have you know, though not with the dress I agree, was a change of frock 5 mins before the show.
    On the subject of nails, I cant cope when mine grow too long, so my advice is neat and clean and tidy!!
    Off to pop on some pyjamas for a new night wear show Rosie Cheeks…….x

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