Sunday, 10 February 2013

I am back xx

Hi everyone,

 I must firstly apologise for the long gap since posting last. I have no excuses really, I think life just caught up with me and I needed a break. After moving house in the summer and getting through a summer season at work I felt exhausted.  I have felt so annoyed with myself at times, unable to do all the the things that make me happy. I have not been the domestic goddess I can be! The last four months have been a bit tough too as I had to have my ovaries removed for several reasons, one being the cancer. With the surgery, the new medication and getting bugs and virus's its been a tiring time. The good news is I feel like I am starting to see the back of all that. Although the crappy cancer drugs are always going to have side effects.

There has been some nice things happening here though, I have a new baby boy called "Luigi" who is my gorgeous French bulldog puppy.

He is a marmite dog in my opinion. Some people think they are gorgeous some think them ugly. I think he is so lush with a character I have never seen in other dogs. They are hilarious but incredibly stubborn. Some say they are of low intelligence some say its high. I still cannot decide! All i know is that I am hooked on "Frenchies" now!

The other really brilliant thing we have done is had a log burner fitted in the house. This is huge to us after living in military houses for most of our married life. We have had some horrid fake gas/electric fireplaces and surrounds. So one morning I woke up and decided to smash the fireplace up in our newly decorated living room. Behind a plastic fire suite that was in the property when we bought it we found the bricked up the original fireplace. Within 2 weeks we had our new log burner, it is amazing and it heats the whole house. 

I think it is gorgeous, the room looks finished now. Luigi loves it too.

Something else recently happened which is I am really finding hard to cope with, my daughter has been sent to Afghanistan. Its breaking my heart, she seems too young to be dealing with this crap. I feel totally useless as a parent, our role is to protect our children but I cannot do anything from here. She has been living overseas with the Army for a year now and I have dealt with that fine, yet this is making me an emotional wreck. Miss her so much.

Stay safe xx

Now my va va voom is starting to return, work will begin again with the caravan's and hopefully other pretty things. We just have a few more things to focus on but I feel ready now. Looking forward to taking "Polly Dolly" out on a few trips also. 

Glad to back in blog land.


  1. I'm so glad to see you back Clare. Sounds like life has been tough, but as you're such a fighter things are looking good. I think Luigi is gorgeous & I love your new fire! I'm not someone who prays, but I'm sending positive thoughts to your lovely dd. I'm just so pleased to hear from you, I've missed you! Hugs, Jan

  2. Thanks Jan, it is good to be back. You blogging ladies got me through some hard times. Thanks for your thoughts xx

  3. Lovely to see you back in blogland.Sounds as if you are going through the mill at the mo with your daughter, I wish peace of mind for you and pray she will be okay and return safely to you.
    Your new doggy looks gorgeous to me as does your new living room, hope we get to see more.

  4. Hi Anne, thank you, yes there is more to come my inspiration is starting to return xx

  5. Luigi is lovely!! ;-) You are a strong beautiful lady...and I am so proud of you. You are Simply the best xxx Keep strong ;-) x here if u need x

  6. So lovely to have you back! I'm back too, over my horrid breakdown. Keep strong my lovely, we never stop being Mums. xx

    1. Ali that is spooky, I think we were typing on each others blogs at the same time, lol xx

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  8. How lovely to have you back in Blogland, Clare! I've missed you!
    I agree with Lisa and Jan, you are a fighter and an inspiration to us all. I am not surprised you are worried about your lovely daughter but hopefully she will be back soon, safe and sound.
    My thoughts are with you, take care,
    Sue x

  9. Ooh and I forgot to say Luigi is gorgeous!
    S x

    1. Aww thanks Sue its good to back. I already have some plans for some great vintage ideas. Will be working on them in the next few weeks xx

  10. Welcome back! Sorry to hear of your recent troubles. Wishing you good health, your daughter safety, and lots of smiles from that adorable little Luigi!

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  12. Welcome back. I missed you.
    I am so sorry to hear that you've had such a hard time. I really hope you are feeling and doing much better now.
    Luigi is so cute! I really adore these little doggie's. And your fire-place looks amazing. Overhere all the cats and dogs are also lying in front of our fire-places. So cute.
    And I hope your beautifull daughter will return save back home.....
    Big hugh and kisses! Jolanda.

  13. Great to see you back Clare,your fire place looks so cosy,just the finishing touch your lovely little fella
    XX Manda XX