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CLAIRE IN THE COUNT Y T IME FOR ROMANCE . . .


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CL AIRE IN THE COUNTY TIME FOR ROMANCE…


As I write this, the Cadbury Cream Eggs are out (new white variety I hasten to add) and the Valentine cards are sneaking into the shops…Easter is on the horizon.


Claire Thayers


Is it me, or is time flying by quicker and quicker every year? I seem to pack the Christmas decorations away and then the daffs are up! The Cheltenham Festival comes and goes (quickly) which is followed by the Jazz Festival, there’s a bit of sun, leaves turn brown and then OMG its Christmas again! I blame our supermarkets as the stores have Christmas ‘stuff’ out before the clocks have even changed! When I was at school, the days dragged and the school holidays always seemed so far away – even the summer holidays seemed to go on and on. At least the sun always shone…but now…


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I feel as though life is speeding up, like someone permanently has their finger on the fast forward button on the remote. I blame technology. I think that it is taking over our lives, rather than being a tool to make life easier for us we just end up doing more and more, we’re finding it harder and harder to switch off!


I work from home – I thought that it would be hard to concentrate, that I would be thinking about putting the washing on rather than putting strategies together, but sadly it’s the reverse – welded to my smartphone it never stops.


A typical day… Wake up, look at the phone before I even get out of bed. Catch up on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linkedin) and typically yawn and replay endless conversations in my head along the lines of ‘The perfect family photo - all looks lovely, but is it really?’; ‘Has that photo been retouched, or have they really lost 5 stone in weight?’; ‘ANOTHER holiday – really, do they ever work?!’ and that’s before I’ve even pulled the duvet back.


Shout out ‘Alexa play Ed Sheeran’ whilst I shower and dress (perfect partner, she never complains!) Coffee on, laptop on, time to run through emails and then suddenly I look at my watch and again realise time has disappeared, it is lunchtime and I haven’t even had time to eat my cereal or walk the dog! (Poor chap is sat on the doorstep with the lead in his mouth!)


Time becomes more and more precious as the weekends go by in an instant. For us singletons, it seems harder and harder to get that work life balance. There never seems enough time to get out


and meet new people and how do we singletons meet anyone whilst working from home? We miss that office banter, we miss the chance to meet new faces – that special someone maybe?


With Valentines day on the horizon, its time to do something positive – to take that leap of faith and log on to face the frightening world of internet dating, use that technology and do something that could change our lives?


Once I finish this article, I am going to do it – I am!


Imagine this time next year, when you see me on social media – I will be living the dream, posting fantastic photos of romantic holidays with my Mr Right - even if they are retouched photos of me in a swim suit, quaffing Moet, always, always, always having fun. You'll be looking at those photos thinking ‘Really?!’


I can but dream... the reality is early nights, hot water bottle for warmth, (and the dog asleep on my feet!) back under that duvet, nibbling on my cream egg, in my pj’s whilst looking at Saga holidays. I'll sip my cocoa safe in the knowledge that money has not been wasted on silly Valentine cards, or furry handcuffs...lucky me. There’s always next year to go online and take the plunge... and that will be around in no time!!


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