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Love The Little Things, week 36

by Clare Mansell
Love The Little Things, week 36


I am reading the final few pages of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Jane Fowler at the moment. It started very promisingly, but I’ve found the middle of the book drifting a bit and lacking in a motivation to keep me reading. I’ll be pleased when it’s finished and I can move on to Daughter by Jane Shemilt


I went along to the Minerva Theatre in Chichester on Wednesday night for a performance of Pitcairn. It’s a fictional reimaging of the Bounty mutineers setting up a colony on a remote South Pacific island. I’m not sure exactly what I was expecting, but I somehow completely missed the promises of “salty humour and scenes of a sexual nature” in the pre-show blurb.

In the end it delivered that and more, with actors breaking the fourth wall (with sometimes hilarious responses from the audience!) a haka with two dildos for props, guns, wife swapping, girl power, suicide, lust, scantily clad beautiful girls and lots and lots of very smutty jokes. The first half was a bit confusing and I found myself leaning in to try and hear the dialogue (if I was doing that, then I dread to think how the rest of the audience coped) but things picked up in the second half and overall it was a pretty fun performance with some great characters.

16-25 year-olds can get tickets for all Chichester Theatre productions for £8.50, including the nearly sold out production of Guys & Dolls which is on in the Festival Theatre. (My babysitter is going to a performance next week.) Pitcairn will also be going on tour round the UK.


I’ve been listening to Rascal Flats in the car this week and thinking what an awesome song Life Is A Highway is. I played it on the radio when we were living in Canada and was simultaneously excited and disappointed when it got included on the cars soundtrack. We hear it all the time now, but on the other hand our secret favourite song has gone mainstream!


The second birthday cake for Theo in a week! His birthday plans were disrupted last week when we all fell ill (though just about well enough to eat the first cake!) so we are celebrating with a family tea a little later this afternoon. Cake and presents twice in a week is not what we planned, but I think he’ll enjoy it none the less!


…ourselves out walking round Ardingly Antiques Fair. (Tenuous, I know!) You can read all about it and see some photos by scrolling down to my last post. It’s the other side of Sussex to us, so it’s an hour and a half in the car, but so worth it! I am love with my gorgeous green desk I bought there (it’s the surface my book is on in the top pic)

And Lastly… 

We’re off to have tea with Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall at River Cottage on Monday. It was the prize in a competition we won back in December last year. You can read all about it on the blog next week…


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Clarina S September 5, 2014 - 6:34 pm

LOVE the Rascal Flatts!

Nancy September 6, 2014 - 5:34 am

Life is a highway… Just finished Wild by Cheryl Strayed. Fantastic book. Nothing wrong with two birthday cakes especially since only Grandma was brave enough to share the first one.

hannah September 6, 2014 - 7:39 am

Oh my gosh yum that cake!!! And fab use of the word Wore! 😉 Fab little loves, have a great weekend! X

Catherine September 7, 2014 - 6:42 am

What a heat prize to win. I love HFW’s recipes.

Morgana Butwhymummywhy September 8, 2014 - 9:35 am

I cannot remember the last time I went to the theatre! I really must change that and look up what’s on near us.
Love the birthday cake – you cannot beat chocolate cake.
Have a lovely week xx

Mrs H September 9, 2014 - 6:51 pm

I really want chocolate cake now. Theo’s birthday cake looks yummy. I am sure he enjoyed a second birthday cake and more presents. Who wouldn’t. Plus, I love a tenuous link in #littleloves. I’ll have to remember ‘wore ourselves out’ myself. Hugs Mrs H xxxx


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