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.
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!
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!
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