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Me. And why life is beautiful and not all about weddings!

This is a rare blog post about me – Claire – the owner of the mind and typing fingers behind English Wedding Blog! Written in November 2011 with some edits November 2013. Hello!

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As the blog is growing so quickly at the moment I thought I’d introduce myself to new readers, and update all my old friends on how my life has been turned upside down and plonked firmly back on its feet over the last year.

The incredible photos telling my story are by my good friend and source of endless creative inspiration – Chris Hanley Photography. Before we start… both Chris and I believe wedding bloggers shouldn’t take themselves too seriously. Ahem…

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I’m a part-time wedding blogger, and part-time wedding calligrapher, as you may know. I started English Wedding Blog back in November 2009 at 6am on a quiet calligraphy day! The blog has grown massively (37,000 of you read it each month) with the support of the great friends I’ve made along the way – I’ve been privileged to meet with some inspiring and wonderful brides and grooms, as well as wedding suppliers and other bloggers, along the way.

English Wedding Blog’s strength comes from my passion for creativity in weddings. As an artist and calligrapher I’m always thrilled to see artistic wedding photography, imaginative stationery or bridal jewellery design, or any new ideas or creative approaches to wedding design.

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Of course, I also love the romance: I love what marriage means to the couples who appear on English Wedding Blog. I love the glances caught on camera, the smiles, the atmosphere which can really shine through a set of wedding images and grab my heart and imagination all at once.

There’s another important message here too: that weddings aren’t the be-all and end-all of life. There is so much more out there – and while my days and working life revolve happily around the wedding industry, I can escape into a world which is full of beauty and inspiration without a veil in sight. I think it’s important not to get caught up in the whirlwind which weddings, blogs and magazines can create – and I don’t just mean for me!

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The two sides of my personality, the creative and the romantic, inspired this photo shoot. But it’s much more than that: I’ve had an interesting few years and living here on the coast means more than I can explain in words (but the pictures do it for me!)…

In October 2010 my Grandma passed away. She was a very special person, a true inspiration and meant the world to me. Then in May 2011 I came back home to the west coast of Cumbria where I’d spent my childhood.

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Being here has given me back the life I loved as a girl. I have fallen in love with the place I will always call home: the quiet countryside and beautiful coastline to one side, the dramatic mountains and beauty of the English Lake District to the other side. I came here to escape and I’ve found my true home – peaceful, dramatic and as inspiring as it gets.

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As Chris and Claire Hanley arrived at my apartment, Chris described Seascale perfectly: “Talk about rural!” he exclaimed (as he fell out of his car, in shock I think!*) – but he loved the beach, the scenery and the fact that my local chemist’s is the best place to buy vegetables.

The idyllic environment set the perfect scene for our shoot: English Wedding Blog meets English Coast. Chris is one of the very best wedding photographers in the UK, and I’m very proud to have had Chris’s support for English Wedding Blog from day one.

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I write for a living – in every sense of the word. But I can’t put into words how much I love this place, or why it’s such an inspiration to me. Chris Hanley just ‘got it’ though – and his breathtaking photography of the dramatic seascapes and awe-inspiring skies are what my new life is all about.

Here I can be myself again, I can walk on my beach, I can write… I could almost fly. Isn’t it beautiful?

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seascale photo shoot (17)Ever seen the film Serendipity? It’s made me believe I can fall in love again – and who knows what the future might bring. If you haven’t seen it, you should. Believe, and the rest will happen as it should, one day.
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With huge thanks to Chris Hanley Photography. Chris is a master of his craft, a creative mind, and an inspiration to so many of the wedding photographers I’ve spoken to since starting English Wedding Blog. I would recommend Chris as a wedding photographer in a heartbeat, and to anyone from my closest friends to a passing member of the royal family. He’s that good.

*that was for the blonde joke! x

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Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at www.byMoonandTide.com. Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.

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59 COMMENTS
  • Bernadette Chapman
    7 years ago

    you gorgeous, gorgeous lady πŸ™‚ loving your photos xxxxxxx

    • Claire Gould
      7 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Thank you Bernadette, that’s so lovely and generous of you. xxx

  • Adam Johnson
    7 years ago

    Life happens in chapters. What these words and these signature-Hanley-images convey is a sense of real happiness and contentment and I wish you lots more of both in this, your latest chapter. It takes guts to let people into your life, and what you’ve done here is done just that in quite an inspirational way. No sob story, just positive, inspiring words combined with Chris’ very recognisable imagery. It’s funny, but I truly believe that one of the best things you can do to succeed in this industry is ignore the industry itself. It’s so noisy!! And these images are peaceful and serene. A reminder of what’s important. Good luck Claire – you’re super!

    • Claire Gould
      7 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Oh, thank you Adam. A heartfelt comment and with words of wisdom – you share that knack with Chris, and with Cat as well. As for no sob story… crying a bit now I must admit, such lovely comments. Bless you. Thank you.
      And yes – ignoring the industry is another of your thoughts which will stay with me and keep me thinking for weeks and months to come. Your words always do.
      Thank you for making me think and for being so kind.
      Claire x

      • Adam Johnson
        7 years ago

        πŸ™‚ I would count Cat and Chris as two of the best people I’ve met in weddingland. And you as one of the best people I’ve never (unfortunately) met. We’ll need to rectify that one of these days! Especially as we clearly share an obsession for Christmas!!

  • Jonny Draper
    7 years ago

    I’m so glad you’ve found somewhere that is making you so happy Claire – the pictures really do tell a story, you look completely serene, relaxed and comfortable with where you are. Good on you πŸ™‚

    And you look BANGING too!!! Good work Mr Hanley!

    x

    • Claire Gould
      7 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Thank you Jonny – and for interrupting the tears with a big laugh here. You’re a star. Lots of love, Claire x

      • Jonny Draper
        7 years ago

        As my sisters say – “It’s not been a good day if you’ve not had a cry”

        x

  • Julie Boyd
    7 years ago

    Gorgeous photos well done Chris.
    Claire you are doing great. Onward and upward. This time next year we could be millionaires! It was you that said that, wasn’t it? Big hugs xxx

    • Claire Gould
      7 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Julie thank you ever so much. I’ve given up on the millions… life’s riches are right here on my beach. So long as I have pebbles, waves’ edges and just enough spendy-buttons, I think I can be happy.
      You’re fantastic. Thank you xxx

      • Julie Boyd
        7 years ago

        I’m so pleased for you, you look great x I’ll look forward to your box of pebbles, not sure if Tesco will take them though. Never mind, as long as you’re happy, I’m happy. I bet these wonderflul photo have made Grandma smile too. xxx
        p.s Well done Chris fantastic photos as always x

  • Hannah Webster
    7 years ago

    Looking good, lady! Hurray for finding a happy place. I love Seascale. Took my doggie there once for a run around and he loved it too. Next time I’m in the area I’ll have to pop in for a cuppa and a good natter πŸ™‚ x

    • Claire Gould
      7 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Hannah you’ll be welcome any time, it would be great to see you again. And hurray indeed, it’s just perfect here. Absolutely bloody perfect. πŸ™‚
      Love, Claire xxx

  • Zakiya Gayle
    7 years ago

    You look great Claire!! You and Chris did an awesome job! xx

    • Claire Gould
      7 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Thank you Zaki, for the lovely comment and for your own inspiration right here on English Wedding Blog. You were right: confidence makes us feel beautiful, and happiness makes us shine. Oh, and speedlights. Chris did indeed do an incredible job, he’s a special guy, a massive talent and a great friend – and that’s what life’s all about too.
      Claire xxx

  • Alison Hudspeth
    7 years ago

    Fabulous photos of an amazing sister – am so proud of how you’ve picked yourself up since moving back to Cumbria, and know that the next year will be so much better for you. It’s the tough times that make us grow as people and become stronger, and I think these photos show the hope and happiness that you’ll get from living in Seascale πŸ™‚
    Al xx

    • Claire Gould
      7 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Thank you little sis – and off I go crying again. Fresh starts, from today. We’ll have a good year this time.
      Happy tears, good memories and big smiles and hugs. See you in a few weeks and speak later. Love you lots.
      xxxxx

      • Alison Hudspeth
        7 years ago

        Now I’m crying! Ha ha what are we like?! See you soon xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  • Laura Soothill
    7 years ago

    What a lovely personal post – written from the heart as always.
    It’s lovely to have a small insight into the person behind the blog and wish you lots of happy and exciting thinsg for 2013. And excellent job by Chris too, lovely shots that capture the beauty of the area.
    Laura xx

    • Claire Gould
      7 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Laura, thank you. I’m going to live 2013 with a smile and a positive attitude, and try to say yes, go places and have new adventures.
      I hope you and everyone else have a good 2013 – let’s turn an “unlucky” year upside down and make it special.
      Claire xx

  • Claire, well done. It’s not easy to be open, especially when you know alot of people will actually read your story! It shows guts, determination and confidence. You might not feel that sometimes, but unfortunately, these things grow from such huge life events. I look at grief in two ways (and by ‘grief’, it can be from your relationship ending aswell by the way); You can wallow. And drown in sadness.. Or you can use them to spur you on, realise what is important in your life and concentrate on what matters. I am positive, that by hearing how wonderful your Grandmother was, she would be so proud to think you had used such an awful experience push you on and better your life. The rural place you now live seems to be the perfect place. Nothing like countryside, wildlife and fresh air to help put things in perspective! When i’m struggling, I just think how much I want to make my mum proud, & knowing that she would be is the best feeling & encouragement in the world. Sending you lots of love, and hugs xx Penny

    • Claire Gould
      7 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Penny, thank you.
      You remind me of a song I’ve had playing over and over this week: Thunder Road.
      “You can hide underneath the covers and study your pain,
      Make crosses from your lovers and throw roses in the rain
      You can waste your summers praying in vain
      For a savior to rise from these streets…”

      You’re so right – Grandma would never have let me wallow. She’d have sat with me and helped me tear strips off my ex in brilliant conversation, looked after me and set me on a new path. She was strong and independent – and now I am too.

      Your comment about making your mum proud says it all. It’s not about what you do, but about facing things, doing the best you can and snatching every moment of happiness you can find. I’m sure your mum would be proud if she read your comment as well.

      On a lighter note, I still haven’t found your calligraphy pen holder – I know it’s been a couple of years but I’ll never forget! Must be here somewhere xxx

      • I’m listening to that song now πŸ™‚ Great uplifting song!
        You might appreciate the below link, I subscribed a couple of years ago and get them in my inbox daily. Some are a bit cheesy, but every so often you get an absolute cracker, and it really makes you stop and think. Helps me anyway!
        http://positive-thoughts.typepad.com/positive-thoughts/

        Haha, I love that you still remember about those pens! Im still keen to learn, but still haven’t given it as much time as I want to! Maybe thats my 2013 mission! xx

        • Claire Gould
          7 years ago
          AUTHOR

          Thank you Penny – it’s a lovely inspiring site. Clicked! And also – so lovely to talk to you again. I know we chat every now and then, but I really love it when we do. You’re a lovely person, kind and inspiring.
          Take care,
          Claire xxx

          • I think exactly the same thing when I chat to you!! Have a lovely weekend, get some of these empowering photos framed and up in your new home!! πŸ˜‰ xxx

  • Geoff Reardon
    7 years ago

    A lovely blog post. Nice to get a glimpse of the lovely lady behind The English Wedding blog πŸ™‚
    Really really sorry to hear your news but I’m sure you’ve come out the other end wiser and stronger.
    Your new home and surroundings look like bliss!
    I’ve never met you, only conversed through email, facebook and been on the receiving end of your selfless, heart-warming and generous comments and emails. I ‘just know’ that you are kind, warm-hearted…and…clearly gorgeous (breathtaking images CH) and that’s enough for me in my book to say that you are wonderful πŸ™‚
    Keep doing what you are doing, because it’s brilliant. All the very best for your new and no doubt fantastic future.
    Geoff x

    • Claire Gould
      7 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Thank you Geoff,
      You are in my mind the gentleman of the wedding industry – always kind, always a thoughtful word to make me smile. It is bliss here, it truly is. And seeing it through Chris’s eyes and camera just affirms that in my mind. I’m home. I’m happier, stronger and wiser yes.
      And English Wedding Blog can move on, and up, and stay in happy places this year.
      You’re a diamond – thank you lovely man.
      Claire x

  • Maryanne
    7 years ago

    A lovely post and gorgeous photos – its nice to meet you properly (sort of πŸ™‚ ) You’ve always been very generous with your advise and comments and I really hope you have a wonderful year. M x

    • Claire Gould
      7 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Maryanne thank you for stopping by to comment (and hello!) – I hope to get to know you more in 2013 – your comments are always lovely and lead me to interesting posts and places on your site.
      I hope we both – all! – have a wonderful year.
      Claire x

  • Bee Crawley
    7 years ago

    What an inspiring post Claire! I remember reading aaaages ago that you had a dream to live in the countryside and even though it’s happened in some really pants circumstances, you’ve got there πŸ™‚ The life that you’ve set up, and the incredible job you do with English wedding makes me full of admiration for you! xx

    • Claire Gould
      7 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Wow Bee, that must have been a year or so ago I think – and yes, my dream did come true. I look at my cats sometimes and remember telling them one day we’d have our little home in the countryside – usually I’d be crying into their fur at home! And we’re here. It’s not quite how I thought it would be – but being single is better than being in the relationship I was trapped in back then.
      You’re a sweetheart – thank you for such kind words. Makes me realise my dream came true – that’s no bad thing is it. πŸ™‚
      Claire xx

  • Fiona Campbell
    7 years ago

    Loved this! I did some training with Chris a few years ago and he is indeed a lovely lovely man and a genius photographer. And these are some of my favourite pictures that he has done. Clearly a great combination of characters! And it’s so nice to see you turn your marvellous hand to something other than weddings, Claire. So sorry to hear about the boyfriend. You are very brave. I think if someone did that to me I would have to give up weddings forever, I would be too heartbroken by it all. Never be cynical – as you know from your work love is as perennial as grass. For every unfaithful man there must be at least 10 loyal ones! xxx

    • Claire Gould
      7 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Thank you Fiona – I didn’t know you and Chris knew each other – yes he really is one of the best.
      You’re very kind to say that about these pictures being favourites… but just wait for tomorrow afternoon if you haven’t already seen his Chanticleer photo. It’s breathtaking.
      Looking back, I don’t know how I managed to see my old relationship as a positive thing – there was certainly no romance. When it ended I felt not heartbroken so much as just broken.
      I’m a tough cookie though – and seeing couples in love on my blog every day keeps me believing in love and happiness, wherever it might come from.
      Love the grass thing – so true. Smiling at the huge lawn behind my apartment now… there’s plenty of love out there. I’ll find mine one day πŸ™‚
      Thank you for being so lovely.
      Claire x

  • Amy
    7 years ago

    Thank you for sharing this personal post Clare. You live in a very beautiful place – but where is everyone else? Was it super early in the morning? I’m sorry you’ve had such an unfortunate year, your Grandma sounds amazing and your ex-boyfriend does not. It’s great to read that you are looking forwards to the future and PS loving the new blonde locks! Amy x

    • Claire Gould
      7 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Hello Amy,
      Thank you – the vast emptiness of this beach is what makes it so special. Our shoot was from 11am until 2ish – and there were a handful of people on the beach, no more. It’s a gorgeous, quiet, magical place. I love it for being hidden away. It’s safe and feels like home.
      My Grandma really was amazing. Thank you – she might not be here but she’s keeping me strong and always will.
      Claire xx

  • Joanne - Vintage Twee
    7 years ago

    Oh this is a beautiful post Claire! For a start you look AMAZING and second of all, I am so happy to see you on your feet again. Us ladies are stronger than we sometimes give ourselves credit for! We can take these sad situations and turn them completely around in time. I hope you have your wall planner up in your new place – Fiori is ready to get the 2013 ones out soon! As always photography by Chris is stunning and how lovely of him to do the shoot. You have done so well – and I want to come and see you soon! xxx

    • Claire Gould
      7 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Hello Jo! You’re too kind my darling girl πŸ™‚ And yes, we’re incredibly strong when we have to be – I learned some of that from you though, I hope you know.
      I was a little nervous before the shoot and then remembered how you enjoyed yours – visions of you crawling across our table! Guess it’s the crappy things in life which make us strong, and you & me know that too well. I think you’re ahead of me on the road to recovery and I know from facebook you’re also looking STUNNING these days!
      Get yourself up here, and bring Fiori. It would be brilliant to see you both! I’ll get some gin in.
      Claire xxx

  • Amanda Brady
    7 years ago

    Inspiring and beautiful – both the words and the photos. How often we take the “stiff upper lip” approach to life and battle on without letting people know who we really are, especially when we are so upbeat and excited about our client’s weddings. You’ve made me stop for a moment and think…a rarity in this manic life we live….oh, and made me determined to watch Serendipity again (it’s been months since I last saw it!). Serendipity may be the film, but serenity is the feeling I am left with after reading your post. As my dear Granny used to say…”onwards and upwards dear”.

    • Claire Gould
      7 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Amanda thank you. Yes – my stiff upper lip became frozen in place for years. I’m glad it’s gone. I can laugh and cry now, and without being afraid to get hurt. Life just has to be lived.
      The images Chris took do have a beautiful serenity to them. I still have a few hidden behind the scenes, gorgeous seascapes / beachscapes? which I have plans to use with my calligraphy soon. I hope I can do them justice.
      Your Granny knew her stuff. I think deep down inside we’re all inspired by and as strong as our Grandmas. Onwards and upwards most definitely. Thank you.
      Claire xxx

  • Pat
    7 years ago

    What a girl. Despite the year you’ve had, you’ve been, and remain, an amazing and supportive friend. You’re strong and caring and brilliant and you’ve got a generous soul. I’m sorry that you’re so far away, but so happy that you’re back where you belong and that life is blessing you. You look amazing; so much at one with the place. Nobody deserves it more. With lots and lots of love. Xxxx

    • Claire Gould
      7 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Thank you Pat for being so kind and such a lovely friend to me. I know I owe you an email – it’s on the way soon I promise. The cats looked so at home in your email the other day!
      As for being a good friend – look at everyone here. This is how I know how to be a friend. This is what makes me strong – knowing you’re all there. It’s so touching, to know there will always be someone I can talk to, and someone who’ll inspire me and help.
      Feeling the love.
      Have a good end to your week Pat, and I will catch up with you this weekend my lovely.
      Claire xxx

  • Simon Biffen
    7 years ago

    Beautiful post Claire. Stunning images which really capture your personality perfectly, well done Chris. Thank you for sharing with us. You are a inspirational role model and have such a wealth of positivity in you. πŸ™‚

    • Claire Gould
      7 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Simon thank you, that’s so kind.
      It’s funny – the words for this post were inspired by Chris’s images; Chris’s images inspired by my love of being here and feeling at home – which also inspired the words… circles within circles.
      I do feel positive, and when things get me down I will come back to these images of my beach and my independence – because that’s what they are – and feel strong again.
      Claire x

  • Hannah
    7 years ago

    What a beautiful and inspiring post Claire! I’m so happy you’ve found such peace and tranquility in your life now and I hope it continues for ever more. Your Gran would be so proud of how well you are living your life for you.
    x

    • Claire Gould
      7 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Oh Han, thank you.
      I know the peace and tranquility is there now – if I lose it, it’s on my beach. In a pebble, on a rock, under a wave. I know how to find it when I need to now.
      We never did manage to meet up, did we… and I’ve disappeared up the coast even further away now. But I have got my freedom back and I hope our paths will cross sometime next year. In the meantime thank you for such a warm and kind comment. It means a lot to me πŸ™‚
      Smiling through tears again πŸ™‚
      Claire xx

  • Martin & Janice Roberts
    7 years ago

    Great to see you looking so good Claire! After the year you’ve had, its lovely to know you are happy and loving life on the peaceful Cumbrian coast. We are so proud of you!
    Janice and Martin xx

    • Claire Gould
      7 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Thank you Janice & Martin! Oh how lovely to see you here too!!!
      It’s good to be home.
      Can’t wait to see you at Christmas.
      Love that you’ve commented on my blog! Look everyone – my auntie and uncle. They’re amazing πŸ™‚
      Claire xx

  • Rosie Cutbill
    7 years ago

    Very special! …..I love the last black and white…..good luck and keep writing!

  • Beautiful photos and a really inspiring post.
    Nicky xx

    • Claire Gould
      7 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Thank you Nicky,
      The comments are making this for me now – I’ve been in tears on and off for almost 24 hours and counting! Claire xxxx

  • Chris
    7 years ago

    Firstly my apologies for lateness of adding to all these wonderfully positive comments. We’ve been ensconced further down the coast at Barmouth shooting family beach portraits. To all reading this post, the comments and the photography, I have to tell you, the impact of serenity & wilderness, mixed with that invigorating intake of ozone infused seabreeze, is just the stuff of french cinematographers. For the creatives amongst us, its like being unleashed onto a chasm of canvas with an incredulous urge to express to an audience, the magnitude in beauty this place has. Be aware, it takes a while to get there. The seaview breaking onto the horizon through cumbrian forestation is devishly deceptive. What seems a short distance is in fact miles, before that relief of journeys end is rewarded with aforementioned chemistry of views, ozone & sense of being.
    So now to my friend, Claire. I love her sense of normalness. Completeley unaffected by her standing in the industry. Her blog is totally about what she considers is relevent to her readership. No luvvie shite, no pretentious bollocks, no cowtailing, no me me me, just straight forward Hey look at this, like it ? Then there is reasoned debate, actual thoughtful, insightful journalism and a good dollop of northerness. As a person, Claire has a gentleness that nutures a creative spirit and thorough understanding of right here, right now. Her last 12 months have been assaulted with death and dishonesty. History would have us suggest sainthood, martyrdom & crusade. I would say unjustness on a woman who should be loved, valued and cherished. I’m a big beleiver in fate. Study the gate picture, notice as she passes through the gate into the vista of seascale her world turns into colour splashed with monochrome. Her new story is in the images, look past the prettiness, look at the subliminal messages formatting the next year of her life.
    I wish my friend nothing but happiness. She’s in a new life in an old familiar place. I wanted to show you how beautiful she is in that place.
    Thanks for all the generous comments about Claires images. More gratifying for me, is the power of photography creating so much love and positivity to our heroine. Dear readers, one more time, applause please for Ms Claire Gould.

    PS: just for Claire, forget moondance, The tide is high by Blondie πŸ™‚ Great analargy hey ? πŸ˜‰ X

    • Claire Gould
      7 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Oh Chris, thank you.

      What can I say to this.
      I’m sure you know that made me cry buckets.
      Reading it again – I’m lost for words and not even going to try to respond this time.
      Thank you Chris.
      xxx

  • Belinda Mccarthy
    7 years ago

    I’m late to this one – apologies, blame a small child and a moving house to-do list! Thank you for sharing, Claire, and for the lovely images. Sometimes, being without someone, for whatever reason, is more of an uplifting and beautiful journey than being with them. It may not feel like it at the time, but give it a year, you’ll look back and feel infinitely stronger, wiser and happier than you can have imagined.

    Be happy, my lovely xxx

    • Claire Gould
      7 years ago
      AUTHOR

      Thank you Belinda – and that’s one thing I am 100% certain of – I’m certainly not looking back. Leaving him behind – even though I had no control over the way it happened – has set me free.
      Thank you for your lovely words and thoughts. Good luck with the move!
      Lots of love,
      Claire xx

  • Darren Athersmith
    7 years ago

    Well I can’t write like you Claire or take photo’s like Chris (although I’ll keep trying) but I’ve enjoyed this story in both the words and beautiful pictures.
    Welcome back to Cumbria and best wishes for a happy life here πŸ™‚
    Darren.

  • Julie Dawson
    7 years ago

    HI Claire, just catching up on your gorgeous post. What a fabulous way to finish the year and start a new one. I love your hair!!!!! We have met up and you are the most inspiring person, one of the few that I would genuinely call inspiring and insightful. You have been so brilliantly helpful and supportive of me since I started like a fish out of water in this industry.
    I am loving the place you live, suits you and your lovely personality right down to the ground.If I had to sum up what Chris has captured I would say he has truly captured your essence! What you are all about and what you portray. As soon as we met you promote a calm, beautiful presence. I would love to catch up with again. x
    I have to say the images are amazing, I have to work with Chris at some point soon. I would love to have his images on my website.
    Take care honey and bask in the lovely comments and I hope you feel treasured. xxx

  • Jill
    7 years ago

    Wow, what beautiful photos, beautiful words and a beautiful place! Amazing. Sounds like the move back here really made a difference and I can understand why. Enjoy every minute of being there! πŸ™‚ x

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