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Love the little things, week 29

by Clare Mansell
Love the little things, week 29

Today I’m linking up with Morgana for Loving The Little Things. It’s a great way to round up the weeks events and I try and join in whenever I’m organised enough with photos. So here’s what I’ve been up to this week… 



This week I watched the scaffolding come down on our house after four and a half months. Although we’ve been able to see the new look, I couldn’t believe how different it actually looked without metal poles all over it. There is still work to do (mostly by us!) but we have at last been able to move into our new bedrooms. I will post some more photos of the outside next week when the scaffolding is finally removed from the lawn!


This week I finished reading The Fault in Our Stars. I was reading the final pages whilst sitting in the salon getting my hair cut and desperately trying not to cry! My next book is Mollie Hunter’s A Stranger Came Ashore. It’s a children’s book about kelpies, one of this term’s university modules involves illustration and graphic work for a book on folklore, so my husband recommended I read it.


Sitting waiting outside Covers in Chichester earlier today to view wooden flooring. I have decided to take back the 38 boxes of the stuff we bought on Saturday. #verytoleranthusband

I have been rediscovering my summer clothes this week as we unpack, however my favourite combination this summer is still my lovely green Dorothy Perkins skirt and red Saltwater Sandals.


Last week I was recruited by Ipsos Mori to keep a radio diary. After 20 years working in radio where careers and made and broken by the results it has been rather fun to be on the other side of it. I’ve mostly been listening to Radio 2… I do love a bit of Jeremy Vine!


One of my absolute favourite meals, Delia's Lobster Risotto using up the last tin of Baxters Lobster Bisque that my neighbour in Scotland got me while she was working there (at a very cheap price!)

Delia’s lobster risotto is my favourite meal ever and it is ludicrously easy to make from store cupboard ingredients. I play around with the ingredients a bit leaving out the cream and adding frozen peas or sweetcorn. The base of the dish is Baxter’s Lobster Bisque which costs about £1.69 a tin. My nextdoor neighbour in Scotland used to work for Baxters and before we moved south she bought me a load of heavily discounted tins (about 20p each!) This week, I finally used the last one… Now I’ll have to go back to buying them at full price!

And lastly

I’ve really been getting into using Instagram recently and I’d love it if you could follow me. It’s often the first place I get a chance to share things like pictures of our house or the quilts I am making. You can find me at @maybushstudio


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Morgana Butwhymummywhy July 18, 2014 - 7:46 pm

Your house looks idyllic and is that a little studio I spy?
I love the colour of your skirt with the red saltwaters so bright and summery. I really must get myself a pair, I can just never decide on which colour to go with!
Have a lovely weekend xx

andthenthefunbegan July 18, 2014 - 8:36 pm

What a beautiful house. Your lobster bisque is intriguing me – I’ve never really tried lobster but I love crab and langoustines, etc. so I’m sure I’d love it… Have a great weekend. #LittleLoves

Clare Mansell July 19, 2014 - 3:23 pm

If you like the flavour of shellfish you would love it! 🙂

lifeasourlittlefamily July 18, 2014 - 9:05 pm

Your house looks lovely, love the colour

Clarina S July 18, 2014 - 10:06 pm

The house is looking gorgeous! So exciting!

Cat Williams July 19, 2014 - 12:06 am

Claire I love you house. How pretty? I am so jealous.


Jenny Ripatti-Taylor July 19, 2014 - 1:21 am

Your house looks so stunning. I look forward to seeing room tours!! I bet you are so excited to get the scaffolding away now. Love the green skirt and shoes. Beautiful. Perfect for summer. I love a long skirt. I will check you out on instagram. I am obsessed with instagram and I like to think of it as my mini blog. @letstalkmommy Love your #littleloves this week.

JC Cross-Jones July 19, 2014 - 7:23 am

Love your red shoes! They must add a lovely bright pop to your outfit!

Nancy July 19, 2014 - 10:49 am

I think this is the best idea ever – it really isn’t the big stuff that makes us happy – it is an accumulation of little stuff. So for me – I love the fact that for 3 weekends we have had sun. I love swimming in a somewhat cold Canadian lake. I love the fact that my girls all have summer jobs. I love wearing dresses in the summer. I love the fawn I saw with her mother on my way to work yesterday.

A Little Londoner July 19, 2014 - 2:17 pm

Your house is amazing,wow!!! I didn’t know you could get saltwater sandals for adults!Love them xx

Catherine July 20, 2014 - 6:07 am

All that work and mess has paid off. The house is looking amazing and I cannot wait to see more photos.

Mrs H July 20, 2014 - 9:12 pm

Your house is stunning. I now have major house envy!! I’ve followed you on instagram so that I can be nosy and see more pics of that gorgeous house! I also LOVE those red Saltwater Sandals. Bright colours in this sunny weather just make me smile! Hugs Mrs H xxxx

bunnypudding July 21, 2014 - 8:55 am

Wow that lobster risotto looks amazing! You’ve been such a busy bee so you obviously deserve something so tasty. I must give that a try 🙂


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