Monday Catch-Up #93

Or and Wonder Sundridge Park

I love the run up to the last Bank Holiday weekend before Christmas. Summer is still here but daily life is generally quiet. A chance to catch breath, plan and relax  before autumn descends. We don’t go away in summer since we’re not tied to school holidays. Instead we enjoy glasses of wine in the garden, dog walks, doors and windows flung open. August hasn’t been beautiful but it looks like one last sunny hurrah is upon us. It smells like autumn in the mornings but the days are warm and full of sunshine. Let’s celebrate!

A New Interiors Destination

Just up the road lies a little patch of London called Sundridge Park. It has a village-y feel with a few independent shops and some very expensive houses. Recently, Or & Wonder has opened. Driving past after dinner on Friday night, I made a note to pop in on Saturday and it’s SO beautiful. I took lots of pictures and chatted to owner Lucinda so a full blog post will be coming. I love supporting small independents and it’s safe to say this is my new favourite local destination.

Or and Wonder Sundridge Park

Spontaneous Dinner Out

There’s nothing better on a Friday night than someone else making dinner. The Bull’s Head Hotel in Chislehurst is a gorgeously styled hotel with a couple of restaurants and bars. The perfect destination for an interiors lover. We drove over, ate too much food, drank G&T and played 80’s songs in the car on the way home. Pretty much a perfect Friday evening.

The Bull Hotel Chislehurst

Pottering In The Garden

A few months ago, we stripped out 80 years of jungle and put a new fence in with our neighbours. Since then, we’ve done virtually nothing. it’s all a bit sparse but keeping on top of bramble tendrils is almost a full time job. The tomato plant that we thought was a weed is now enormous. It’s grown entirely by itself, we didn’t even plant it. Here’s a shot glass for scale. The tomatoes are starting to peep through but I hope they turn red.

Tomato Plant

And then I discovered crazy caterpillars eating all the leaves on our roses. At least, I thought they are caterpillars. Apparently according to good old Google these are sawfly larvae, that rise into an ‘S’ shape when disturbed. So I’m afraid the bug spray has been deployed.

My Sunday Photo Garden Bugs

Tennis Ball Treasure

Maddie has an incredible ability to plunge head first into the longest grass and emerge triumphant with an abandoned tennis ball. It’s her version of winning the lottery. On Saturday morning’s walk to our local park she added to her tally.

Maddie's Tennis Ball

Blogging Adventures

You know you’re old when the prospect of demoing new home appliances gets you hot under the collar. A breakfast briefing of the new Shark Cordless Vacuum at the uber-stylish ME hotel did just that. Cleaning is not my strong point, I make no secret of that. But perhaps the trick is the right equipment. And this is a pretty sexy cordless device.

It’s also always fun to detour on my way to work and the Savoy looked particularly pretty, even with the immoveable white van. I do love London.

Shark Clean Cordless Vacuum

The Savoy

And of course no Bank Holiday would be complete without some social adventures. By the time this post goes live, I’ll be in full-on recovery mode after a long overdue Sunday night catch-up with one of my best friends and very best drinking buddy, Adam. We met in 2002 and have been friends ever since. He recently became a Dad for the second time so we haven’t been out since 2016. Let the fun times roll.

I hope the week ahead heralds some fun plans for you all. Remember to appreciate every little moment X


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  1. mackenzieglanville
    September 2, 2017 / 11:04 am

    oh those caterpillars look creepy, I am not sure I am a caterpillar fan, yet I like butterflies. That store looks fab look forward to the blog post on it even though I can’t shop there, unless he has one in Melbourne? #mg

    • Lins
      September 4, 2017 / 9:24 pm

      Normally I am a caterpillar fan if I just one creeping along but when there are a whole tribe of them, definitely not! Thank you for hosting lovely X

  2. September 3, 2017 / 4:22 pm

    I haven’t seen those sawfly caterpillars before, there were loads! I really like the look of Or & Wonder, I’m going to start paying attention to them and maybe pop in the next time I’m up that way.

    • Lins
      September 4, 2017 / 9:35 pm

      Me neither! When I saw just one I thought it was cute but then I saw all of them and thought otherwise! Thank you for stopping by X

  3. September 5, 2017 / 1:17 am

    Those caterpillars are very, well, umm, crawly! They are actually gorgeous! What color! That pup is pretty darned cute too! #mg xoxo

    • Lins
      September 7, 2017 / 8:34 pm

      I loved them until I saw there were so many, then I had other ideas 🙂 X

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