Monday Catch-Up #61

London Eye

So I’m writing this post having just finished watching the very last events of Rio 2016 and I already can’t wait for the Paralympics to start. Quite what I’ll do when it’s all over is anyone’s guess, perhaps go back to normal life! The week passed has been fun and busy with work, still looking after my Mum’s dog (and still as chaos as ever with her, Boo & Maddie) as well as trying to fit in training runs for the half marathon. I can’t wait for our holiday to Cornwall in 3 weeks time but so much to do beforehand. Last week was full of lots of little joys.

Reclaiming My Lunchbreak

On Monday I hopped on the tube and headed two stops to Waterloo enjoying a sunny stroll along the river. It was very busy with school holidays and people making the most of warm weather but certainly much better than an hour at my desk. And were it not for a meeting I had in the afternoon, I definitely would have been tempted with a cocktail…

South Bank

Wednesday’s destination was Exmouth Market which is a lovely street a short walk from Angel tube station filled with independent shops and so many cafes and restaurants. Again, it was a beautiful day and lunchtime so no surprise very busy and if I’d had a little longer I’d definitely have stayed for a bite to eat. As it was I browsed in pretty plant and giftware store Botanique and did some shopping for one of my godson’s birthdays at Space EC1. I’d love to go back and explore more at the weekend so it’s added to the list.

Botanique Exmouth Market

Botanique Exmouth Market

New Eats

Trying out the new Ed’s Diner in Bromley for dinner on Monday night. A new restaurant terrace has recently opened on the edge of the shopping centre with Ed’s, Giraffe, Wagamama, Byron and Proper Pie and we try to support local amenities wherever we can. It was very quiet but had a great meal and service, for me it’s so refreshing to find a place to eat that has a really extensive gluten-free menu rather than saying a gluten-free burger is one wrapped in lettuce which is always so disappointing. The music was also really awesome.

Eds Diner Bromley

Blogging Fun

Checking out a new product line from Old El Paso at a mini pop-up cantina on the South Bank on Thursday evening, meeting some lovely bloggers and finding geese on the beach in London!

River Thames

Old El PAso Pop Up

Cinema Dates

Date night at the cinema on Wednesday where we saw quirky indie film ‘Wiener Dog’. It’s hilariously dark and a little bit sad but well worth a watch if you like the opposite of big blockbusters. The cinema at Greenwich has a really cute cafe called The Galley where we always stock up on drinks and treats before the film and it’s so cosy in there, like a comfortable living room.

Greenwich Picturehouse

Cool Cafes

A meeting at the Business Design Centre in Islington on Tuesday where I had tea with the lovely St Piece design who I’ll be featuring on the blog. I’ve been to the centre so many times for tradeshows and had no idea that this rather awesome cafe was tucked away at the top – interiors lovers paradise with all that copper and marble.

Business Design Centre Islington

Home Life

A low key weekend which was needed after such a busy week. I feel so lucky that spending time with Pete has always been and will always be my favourite way to spend time and I love our weekends even if we don’t do anything exciting. I gave the stove a new coat of heat resistant paint ahead of the autumn (be prepared!) and tried desperately to get some cleaning done and keep on top of all the new animal fur now we have 3 of them. Labradors shed SO MUCH HAIR. Much more than Maddie who has so much more to shed!




Making gluten-free fishfinger sandwiches via a recipe from the Hemsley & Hemsley book, we have so many cookbooks now so I’m really determined to make the most of them.



Completing a 10 mile half marathon training run on Sunday morning. It’s hard to imagine that just a few weeks ago I struggled to run 4.5 miles to meet Pete at Chislehurst to walk the dog and this morning I’d have given my right arm for that run instead of 10 miles. There is plenty of house eye-candy along the way though.



Last but by no means least, watching this little one grow and learn is just the best, even if I do still love him most when he’s all sleepy.

ginger kitten

ginger kitten

I hope you’ve had a lovely week X

My colleagues & I are running the Richmond Half Marathon in Richmond for the NSPCC. PUR-LEASE donate a penny or two #kisses

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  1. August 23, 2016 / 11:04 pm

    Oh your cat is just gorgeous – and ginger too! LOVE! You have had such a busy week, you seem to get everywhere and I envy your London life x

    • Lins
      September 2, 2016 / 11:57 am

      Thank you lovely, I must confess I do have a weakness for ginger cats that’s for sure 🙂 We definitely make the most of London as much as we can and have the energy for, but a lot of it does come down to not having children, we definitely wouldn’t be able to do it otherwise. So since they’re not an option for us, we live life to the full in other ways 🙂 Xx

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