Sunshine, scenery and… the lost diamond


Croatia was everything it promised and more! We have just arrived home from the most wonderfully relaxing week together where the only task was where we should eat. I feel totally regenerated and renewed and will attempt to desperately hold onto this feeling. Dan and I deduced the time went more slowly because we had little to do. I wonder (take away the necessities of working of course) could we live a more relaxed lifestyle? Is all the other stuff vital or could we lesson it and chill? Mmmmm, the thought is good however the reality, I suspect, is just a pipe dream.

We are usually most unlucky when it comes to the weather when we go away (probably due to the fact the summer holidays are often super hard for us to escape during as Dan is snowed under with making beautiful gardens) so we try and get away when good weather is not so guaranteed, the only thing we can usually guarantee is rain. However this time, aside from a humongous storm on our last day and night, we had wall to wall sunshine which showed off Croatia’s truly beautiful scenery.Croatia scenery

We arrived in Split and after picking up the car, we caught the ferry across to the Island of Brac where we drove up and around the mountains to our beautiful villa in the town of Bol. It was a triumph and the remoteness of the villa suited us really well – there was no need to shush the children when they were overly exuberant in the pool or worry about being overheard as we sorted the inevitable sibling squabbles. I must admit to an apprehensive thought or two before we left, as a 14 year old, a soon to be 13 year old and a just 11 year old without the crutches of various devices and without the ability to befriend anyone, was making me a tad nervous, but they pulled it out of the bag and became lovely, funny children, so proper ‘family time’ was had by time

We hired a boat as Dan was positively salivating at the huge boats which we saw from our villa, one of which you could apparently hire for £200,000 a week (!) and was valued at 65 MILLION.  Wowser… how the other half live, huh? So he was captain for a day on a little hired boat and navigated us around the beautiful tiny beaches that were like hidden treasures. That was a truly relaxing day and luckily none of us were sea sick which makes me think a cruise one day could be on the cards.19th Aug 9 edit

So what of the lost diamond? There was utter devastation and horror as I glanced at my engagement ring on the second day and saw a gaping black hole where my diamond usually lives. I knew it was there earlier as I had carefully Ultrasun-ed the children, taking care not to miss any little bits and would without a doubt have noticed. We had swum in the pool before coming out to eat so the minute we arrived back to the villa Joe dived in and surfaced with the unbelievable words “I’ve got it”. He was holding my sparkling diamond in his fingers, utterly thrilled to be my ‘finder’ and wiped away my happy tears with positively the biggest smile on his face I think I have ever seen… except for mine of course!missing diamond

Talk about luck being with me and my prayers being answered.

So a wonderful holiday, some fabulous family time and a diamond of a son… I’m a very lucky girl indeed.


  1. Alison Keenan August 19, 2015 at 7:20 pm -  Reply

    Oh Claire this is such a lovely blog! The photos are wonderful, and the children have grown so much since I last saw them! Reminded me of a villa holiday I had with mine when Jack was just 9 years old… very special. As for the diamond – OMG! How lucky is that?! Well done Joe 🙂 Hold onto that pipe dream…. one day I am sure you can make it a reality, Love Ali xx

  2. Carole Wilcock August 20, 2015 at 1:00 am -  Reply

    Glad to see you back…you have been missed. Thank goodness your diamond was found. I have admired your engagement ring for a few years and know how very special it is to you. You may be a lucky girl, but we are lucky to welcome you into our homes via TV.

  3. Claire Sutton August 20, 2015 at 10:35 am -  Reply

    Ali, hello My lovely 🙂 Tom is huge isn’t he?!!! The summer has flown – all my thoughts of lazy filled days and having gathers together .. Mind you we had the best gather ever didn’t we !!! Super dooper special wedding !! Lots of love CRUISE CLAIRE XXX

  4. Claire Sutton August 20, 2015 at 10:37 am -  Reply

    Such a lovely thing to say .. I’m very appreciative of your lovely comment – and yes RELIEF .. I said to Dan – oh no it could be an omen you may leave me !!!!!! I’m such a wally ! Love Claire x

  5. Amanda Nason August 22, 2015 at 11:08 am -  Reply

    What a wonderful story! It seems like you all had a fab time. Your family looks lovely, you must be so proud, and how kind of you to share such an obviously happy time with us all.

  6. Claire sutton August 24, 2015 at 9:52 am -  Reply

    Amanda, Thankyou, lovely to hear from you , we sure did have a lovely time, it’s good to have the photos especially on this rainy day, just to remind us!!!
    Love Claire x

  7. janet August 24, 2015 at 1:11 pm -  Reply

    Looking fab on the lunch time show and you look like you’ve lost even more weight – don’t lose any more Claire as it is showing in your face but as per usual I absolutely love your hair it is beautiful

  8. claire sutton August 26, 2015 at 11:52 am -  Reply

    Janet, bless you but no need to worry..i have the weeniest face and as my hair is now off my face i think it shows that even more!!! no more weight loss…too much lovely bread on holiday!!!
    claire x

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