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Home Life Project – April 2018

by Clare Mansell

I need to start this blog post with an apology, for the first time ever, I completely forgot it was Home Life Project weekend until late on Saturday night, which means I didn’t send out the email reminder on Friday. In truth the Easter holidays have been a complete whirlwind and not of the good kind. A whirlwind of toddler tantrums, juggling work and household chores and rainy days. The kind of whirlwind (or should that be whirlpool?) where you can barely keep you head above water.

Jim was only home for 24 hours this week which meant for all except Sunday I barely surfaced to think, but hurray for Sunday when there was someone else to share the load and as you’ll see, I even managed to squeeze in a plumbing job for him while he was home just so he didn’t miss out on too much of the domestic load.

This Home Life Project was my first one with my new camera and after 6 months of wading through with a combination of less than suitable loan cameras, I finally felt like I was back in the room.

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pet friendly flooring choices

How we chose our pet friendly flooring

by Clare Mansell

Ten years ago when we visited an animal rehoming centre in Canada, I vividly remember filling out a form which asked if you had considered all of the potential implications of having a dog. Of course, a bit like when you have children, back then we thought we knew it all, but we were in no way aware of all the many small ways that dog ownership would change our lives over the next decade.

Six years later and back in the UK, we found ourselves trying to choose flooring for the downstairs of our house, flooring that suited both us and the dogs. Because yes, dog friendly flooring is an actual thing, not because you are trying to make the flooring comfortable for the dogs, but because we we wanted a surface that would survive the daily wear and tear of claws and mud.

I did a lot of googling at the time trying to find the right answer and four years later it seems like a good opportunity to revisit our decision making…

pet friendly flooring choices

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Me & Mine – March

Me & Mine – March

by Clare Mansell

This is our second attempt at a March photo for Me & Mine, we were running out of places to take photos indoors and in the rain and cold, but while I was filling the kettle I looked outside, saw the very start of some yellow buds emerging and said “let’s take it at the end of the week, the forsythia will be out by then” and it was!

This winter seems to have dragged on forever and I am really ready to embrace any signs of spring I can find, a little sunshine and warmth would be even better next month please!

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