A Hollywood life doesn't guarantee you happiness '“ Cheryl Gibbs

It just goes to show that it doesn't matter how much money you have, everyone has their demons and Hollywood actor Ben Affleck is no exception to that rule.

Thursday, 23rd August 2018, 4:06 pm
Updated Monday, 3rd September 2018, 12:17 pm
Troubled actor Ben Affleck is in rehab for a third time PIC: Shutterstock

This week Ben was driven to this third round of rehab treatment by his ex wife, Hollywood actress Jennifer Garner.

According to gossip site TMZ, Jen begged Ben to seek help once again following a '˜wild week of partying' with a Playboy model after he split from his TV producer girlfriend.

It's so easy to look at these celebrities and think they have it all because money is seemingly no object, but while it's a cliché Ben is testament that money can't buy you happiness and may have the opposite effect.

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Trying to save dosh cost me double!

I'm a bit of a dreamer '“ I don't mind admitting it, it's not a weakness.

I'm one of those people who really does genuinely try and see the best in every situation and always think things aren't quite as a big of a deal as they are.

For example, our garden. 

We bought our bungalow in Clanfield because of the gorgeous views across to the farm and fields.

I remember saying to Matt when we were considering buying it that the garden would take a few small tweaks to get it how we wanted. 

I was a bit annoyed when he told me that it was a much bigger job than I thought.

Well, I hate to say it, but he was right.  Two years on and our garden is still not finished.

That's despite recently enlisting the help of Zao landscaping who have turned what appeared to be a small elevated and overgrown garden into a wide, large and functioning space. 

It's still not where it needs to be which is down to my lack of understanding of what actually goes into transforming something like an entire garden.  

We were in a similar situation with the interior of our bungalow when I was determined that all it would take was a '˜lick of paint'. In fact it required a complete makeover that ended up costing way more than we had predicted. 

Last weekend I was on a mission. I hired a skip and got to work smashing the awful concrete wall and patio area down that Zao is going to replace. 

However, trying to minimise costs and with my attitude of '˜it will be fine' I hired the smallest skip they have. 

An hour into smashing the concrete away and several trips through the garage to the driveway to the skip, I realised that I had grossly underestimated how much rubble there would be.

It took about two hours to fill the skip up to maximum capacity and, despite my cost-cutting efforts, I'm going to now have to hire another skip '“ and a much larger one at that.

This weekend will again be spent trying to get rid of it all.

There is a lesson to be learnt here '“ listen to others. Just occasionally, it may end up saving you face and money! 

It's not all glamour in The Maldives '“ I have to work!

'˜Don't tell me how educated you are, tell me how much you have travelled' '“ is one of my favourite quotes. 

It takes pride of place in our hallway along with a big map of the world.

Matt and I put pins in countries we've visited and it's become a bit of a thing. We book holidays based on the philosophy of '˜can we put a pin in it?' My travel bug has certainly rubbed off on Matt.

I'm off Abu Dhabi, The Maldives and India for work and I can't wait. But I totally forgot how much preparation goes into filming abroad. 

It's been a good couple of years since my last stint and  time is a great  healer '“ I completely blanked it from my memory'¦ One week to go!