Monday Catch-Up #60

Rowan Tree

This week feels like its passed without being very momentous. Or maybe my normal crazy-busy lifestyle has been replaced by shutting the doors and camping in front of the Olympics for all allowable hours which doesn’t leave much time or energy for anything else and I figure that since it only comes around every 4 years, having a lazy couple of weeks where I don’t do much is fine. We’ve also got my Mum’s one year old Labrador staying with us until September 3rd whilst she’s on holiday with my stepdad and it’s amazing just how much time two young, energetic working dogs and a kitten take up. We may not have children but I’m convinced three animals under three has to equal at least a quarter of a baby, right?!

There have been lots of blue skies and a beautiful sunset as we drove up to my Mum’s to collect the dog on Thursday evening. My local park was so peaceful on Friday morning when I walked her before work and then a gorgeous sunny view over work on a lunch-break.




-Walking the dogs up in Elmstead Woods on Friday evening and paying a visit to The Gnome House in the sunshine.

Elmstead Woods

-The pretty bunting at Hays Galleria near my office on a little hot chocolate break with the city in the background. One of the things I love about social media and blogging is the reminder to just get out there and snap the little moments which I would previously have just ignored or taken for granted.

Hays Galleria

-Baking a gluten-free lemon and poppyseed drizzle cake on Saturday afternoon using a vanilla sponge cake mix from Delicious Alchemy. It turned out so light and fluffy and has been keeping us fuelled all weekend.

Gluten free lemon and poppyseed cake

-This little guy who has taken having two bouncy, boisterous dogs in his face all the time totally in his stride. When they get too much for him he just fights back which is hilarious to watch.


-Completing a 9 mile half-marathon training run on Sunday morning. I found it so tough and we only have 5 weeks to go but it’s done and of course once I finished I was overjoyed. I’m not sure I’ll be able to run the whole way round and will probably do a combination of walking and running but just finishing will be the aim. There was also the advantage of yet another private road, closed to traffic but free to roam for people like me. It really is how the other half live.



-Taking a little time out on Wednesday to go and visit Factory Lux who work out of a van just off Brick Lane. There will be a full post to follow, but basically they started life as industrial lighting salvage specialists and are now the go-to people for commercial bespoke lighting and have recently started a retail arm, allowing clients to visit and put together entirely unique lighting systems. Their van is incredible and I love spending time with inspiring and creative types.


I hope you’ve had a lovely week X

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  1. Lou
    August 15, 2016 / 1:15 pm

    You are busy busy busy and managed the running too! So true about the bunting photos- social media makes us look with a different eye. Such sweet photo of your cat- lovely! Glad to have found your site! #mg

  2. mummyofboygirltwins
    August 15, 2016 / 8:55 pm

    Your new addition is gorgeous!! SO cute 🙂 Been enjoying watching your week on IG stories 🙂 xx

  3. August 21, 2016 / 6:02 am

    Love the gnome house! Your cat is lovely too. Congratulations on the run. Are you training for something bigger? #happydayslinky

  4. August 21, 2016 / 8:37 pm

    ooh factory lux looks fab, and you kitchen is so cute and I love how he stands up to the dogs, good luck with your training and have a fab week x

  5. August 26, 2016 / 8:48 pm

    Your kitty is so adorable! Good luck with your charity run, it sounds like you won’t need it though! Thanks for linking up to #HappyDaysLinky x

    • Lins
      September 2, 2016 / 11:55 am

      Thank you Sian, he’s very handsome but I think going to get away with murder because of it!! X

  6. August 26, 2016 / 9:18 pm

    Ohhh what a cutie!! So many people seem to be getting kittens and puppies recently! Glad you had a fab week. Thanks for sharing in #HappyDaysLinky x

    • Lins
      September 2, 2016 / 11:54 am

      Haha he really is and certainly a handful indeed 😉 Thank you for hosting Xx

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