About me


This is me: Claire. Married to Other Half (OH) for 17 years. Graduate linguist. Self-employed translator of French, German, and Spanish into English.Β Mum to 2 gloriously cheeky boys: my handsome, witty 13-year old birth son and my cute, feisty 9-year old adopted son. Never a dull moment in the Permanently Pickled household (an exaggerated double-entendre, no need to report me to Social Services). Predominantly, my blog aims to be an honest account of the trials, tribulations, and euphoric moments of our post-adoption journey….or in other words: a place for me to vent my frustrations and generally have a good ol’ gripe.


23 Responses to “About me”

  1. Nicola March 8, 2012 at 11:45 #

    An excellent mummy who any child is lucky to be loved by!!!! Xx

    • permanentlyinapickle March 8, 2012 at 11:52 #

      Now then Nic, you’re not confusing ‘love’ with ‘toleration’, are you? πŸ˜‰ Seriously, thank you. That’s a lovely thing to say x

  2. Paula (aka fat lass to you OH !!!) March 9, 2012 at 15:39 #

    Claire this is amazing & look forward more honest blogging x x

  3. Hayley March 10, 2012 at 19:08 #

    Well done for taking the time to sit down and write so honestly. Really makes a good reading and I can literally picture him doing these things. Just think how far he’s come because of you living and stable family x

  4. demo4punkt0 March 14, 2012 at 13:05 #

    Hi Claire!
    This is a fantastic blog, it’s really interesting even for someone like me who has nothing at all to do with adoption. Still, highly informative, jaw-dropping, eye-opening and heart-warming…
    I like your writing style. πŸ™‚

    Bon courage!

    Oh, and this is Patrick, the guy from Germany who used to do some work for you some years ago. Cheers!

    • permanentlyinapickle March 14, 2012 at 13:21 #

      Hi Patrick, long time no hear. πŸ™‚ I remember you changed jobs and had a little one, too, right? So great to hear from you. How are you doing? If you ever return to freelancing, get in touch. I mourned your loss, as did a number of my clients. Thank you for taking the time to read and for your lovely comments. Take care x

  5. Magda March 18, 2012 at 14:01 #

    It’s great to find people like you, a proud mom, a hero, who is – beyond any doubt – a very talented linguist. All the best!

  6. Scott Sterling March 31, 2012 at 20:55 #

    This is good stuff! Thanks for “popping ’round mine”, as you say.

    • permanentlyinapickle March 31, 2012 at 20:58 #

      Ditto. Loved that pic. πŸ™‚ Next time, you bring the cookies (as you say) πŸ˜‰

  7. Betty Rubble April 13, 2012 at 14:48 #

    Oh we have so much to chat about! Our daughter (or in my stories referred to as number three) is an adopted child, as I read through your account of “Spain” I recall many trips where insecurity reigned king! Always remember calm rules the day. It will get better I promise! We adopted at three and she is now 8. There are many other issues associated with our daughters genetic make-up that we deal with on a daily basis but as a whole it will continue to improve. πŸ™‚


    • Claire June 16, 2012 at 20:30 #

      …I only went and forgot the ‘calmness’ rule last week. Back on form. Have so many of your posts to catch up on. Sorry for lack of comments.

      • theycallmebetty March 16, 2013 at 19:22 #

        Claire where have you gone? I hope all is well and things are improving? Miss your blogging.

      • permanentlyinapickle March 23, 2013 at 09:38 #

        It’s so lovely to be missed. Thank you. I do need to update. Just been so busy relaunching my business. I will update you all soon. Hope you’re well x

  8. 2katjaskitchen April 17, 2012 at 00:23 #

    Oh my goodness! So glad I found your blog. I have a one-year old and I know it’ll be a while before we consider a second – which may or may not be adopted. I can’t wait to hear about your stories, kids, and things to look forward to as my daughter journeys through her childhood πŸ™‚

    • Claire June 16, 2012 at 20:29 #

      Apologies for not replying to this sooner. Thank you so much for dropping by and reading. Hope you are enjoying motherhood and all its fun, frolics and frustrations πŸ™‚

  9. DomesticatedMomster June 22, 2015 at 19:15 #

    Found you through the Facebook “Once Upon A Blog” Been taking a peek around your blog and like what I have read so far. πŸ™‚

    • Clairey June 22, 2015 at 19:20 #

      Thank you so much. That’s very kind. I’m still mooching around the “Once Upon A Blog” site, I will pop over to “your place” soon.

      • DomesticatedMomster June 22, 2015 at 19:22 #

        Please do πŸ™‚ I also host a LINKY every week if you would like to join πŸ™‚

      • Clairey June 22, 2015 at 21:00 #

        Ooh yes, I will do. I have just had a read of the rules and need to refresh myself on the WordPress platform. I can’t remember how to add badges etc. I’m pretty pap at this techno shiz!

      • DomesticatedMomster June 22, 2015 at 23:16 #

        You just copy the code…go to your post you want to link up and click on the text/html tag at the top of the edit page …scroll down to the end of the post and paste…click back over to visual to make sure it posted then copy your link and come back to the LINKY page and click on the blue button at the bottom…my LINKY is closed now but will reopen on Friday πŸ™‚

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