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Fairytales, country music and the brilliant Catastrophe… #LittleLoves

by Clare Mansell
Fairytales, country music and the brilliant Catastrophe… #LittleLoves

This week we’ve been slowly coming out of the fog of the first month with a newborn. I’ve had a couple of decent stretches of sleep, a Christmas shopping trip on my own, and two trips out to coffee, once with everyone and once with just me and Alice. I’ve also managed to buy or order almost all my Christmas presents, so all in all this week has definitely been a good one!



I have really been enjoying rediscovering the Hans Christian Andersen fairytales with Theo. Paragon have produced a beautiful new hardback version of the collection which they sent us. The stories are quite long but seem to hold Theo’s attention well and some of the tales are very appropriate for this time of year particularly the The Snow Queen and The Fir Tree. We’ve been quite busy over the last few weeks, so I nearly opted out of receiving a copy of this book, but I am so glad we now have it as I think it’ll be something we enjoy for many years.


Good TV always seems to come and go in waves and there’s a lot of it about at the moment. During the week when Jim is away I have really been enjoying watching London Spy & Capital and when he’s back at the weekends we have been watching season 11 of Grey’s Anatomy and season 1 of Catastrope. The latter is one of the best comedies I have seen for years and I can’t wait till season 2 is available for us to stream. With both our box sets finished we need to find something new to watch… Any suggestions?


I’ve had a bit of a sort out of my clothes this week, listing maternity clothes on eBay, digging winter clothes out of the loft and buying a few new bits. I bought this “Clare” top from Boden last year, the jeans were from ASOS and the Hudson boots were sent to me by Cloggs… I’ll be doing a post about them in more detail next week.



I haven’t bought any music for ages, but I recently heard the Zac Brown Band on Bob Harris Country on Radio 2 (yes, sorry… I’m a country music fan!) and was an instant convert. Best track on the album is definitely Homegrown. I can’t believe anyone could listen to it and not love it even just a little bit…



There’s not been a lot of making going on round here this week, but on Sunday we will be making a Bulgarian feast with an incredible selection of food which we’ve received (in three separate deliveries) from Expedia for a post I’ll be writing next week. Some of the packages look very familiar and some of it is a little cryptic. It’ll be interesting to see what it all tastes like!

And Lastly…

It’s Friday which means Jim is back for the weekend and we’re a family of 4 for 48 hours! As always I am looking forward to an open fire, a glass of wine and an extra pair of hands at bathtime!

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Claire December 4, 2015 - 4:20 pm

Sounds like a very good week indeed! That book looks beautiful. I want something similar for my daughter but sounds like the stories are a bit long yet for a two year old. I’ve just caught up on catastrophe series 2. Just as good as the first series.

Donna December 4, 2015 - 10:05 pm

Love your outfit – I’m glad I’m not the only one that layers all my tops with camisoles underneath! Our Maltese delivery was just as exciting – I can’t wait to see what you cook up! Have a great weekend lovely x

Nancy December 5, 2015 - 2:03 am

Got to love getting rid of the pregnancy clothes – three kids and I never bought an item – friends seemed to finish their pregnancy and hand them over to me… I never considered wearing them post. You look great Clare – happy, relaxed. I like country too – you must have had a good fill of it when you lived in Alberta. Canada is full of good country singers – George Canyon, Shania Twain etc. Haven’t been watching much Netflix but if you haven’t seen House of Cards – US version with Kevin Spacey then you are missing a great show. Completely addictive.

Esther @ Inside Out & About December 8, 2015 - 9:17 pm

Oh goodness me! I bet you love the weekends with four hands – you must appreciate it so much. I used to love Hans Christian Anderson as a child. So so lovely. There was a film too that I used to love. A Bulgarian feast sounds wonderful! ENJOY! xx

Morgana December 9, 2015 - 7:34 pm

I LOVE Catastrophe, you won’t be disappointed with season 2 when you get it, it’s just as funny as season 1.
Hope you had a lovely weekend as a family of 4! xx


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