Monday Catch Up #11

One word sums up this week: Paint! I’m the very dictionary definition of an Aquarius and sometimes too independently spirited for my own good which saw me decide after work on Monday that I wanted to start painting our third bedroom. I’ve managed to ignore the grubby pink walls and general mess for a while but having had visitors last weekend it well and truly brought home that it was much in need of a face lift and to further rid the house of memories of its previous owners.

the corner before

So I set to work on Monday night and ended up painting Tuesday night too.

She wants the cake!


On Wednesday we had tickets for Backyard Cinema in Camden which I’d booked months ago but the ******** tube strike put paid to our plans. Yes, we could have battled by plane, train and automobile to get there but I would have spent the entire time worrying about how we’d get home. London is perfect in almost every way but an over-reliance on public transport isn’t always good.

So I painted, again. And half the room is now finished, this post shows a little of what we’ve done so far.


iconic lights

film corner

Thursday was my normal work from home day and finally time for Maddie to be neutered after her endless phantom pregnancy. I took her up to the vets and later in the day my Mum and Step-Dad came down to pick up their dog after their holiday in Italy.


sharing a basket

It was also finally the return of my beloved Pilates classes, my teacher has been on holiday for a while and the classes have moved from Monday to Thursday which actually suits me better as it means I can just go from home rather than lugging all my gear to work. It was great to be back but tough…

pilates is back

I met Pete at the vet after my class to pick up our groggy dog, I’ve never seen her so lacking energy but it was hardly surprising. To add insult to injury she had to sleep in this cone. Woeful! Also spotted this rainbow from our front door on a stormy night over SE London.



Friday I was at home too since pup can’t go out with her normal doggy mates for the next 10 days. This Vax steam mop arrived which I’m (sadly!) very excited to try, I’ve spent too long on my hands and knees cleaning the floors.

Vax steam mop

I’m a big collector of Waitrose recipe cards and made this tomato and tuna linguine with lemon and thyme for dinner – fast, easy and tasty which suits me perfectly!



Saturday was our typical chores day (what is it with weekends?!) We got Maddie a better collar instead of her cone, she still hates it but can at least drink and move around without bashing into everything. We did a bit of shopping in Bromley where I spied a grown up colouring book that I would really love, before realising as I said to someone on Twitter I don’t have time for mindfulness, it’s “get-shit-done-ness”! (Too true).

Maddie collar

mindfulness colouring

I picked loads of blackberries in the garden (whilst admiring my neighbour’s plum tree) and did a bit of experimenting to make a blackberry and ricotta cheesecake. It looked rather garish and we only have a fan oven which can cause havoc with baking but the end result was pretty good.




Whilst the cheesecake was baking, these marigolds and dahlias found a new home in a corner of the patio courtesy of my lovely neighbour who gave them to us and some cheapy pots from Wilkos!


Sunday was all about DaisychainBaby. New stock is arriving daily and if it’s not on the website no-one can buy it so I shut myself away and did some epic website updating. Glad the first batch is done but I definitely like I had square eyes at the end! How cute is this all-in-one though?


Hope you’ve had a lovely week x


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  1. Lucy
    August 10, 2015 / 4:51 pm

    This is mental – I literally just put my post up then headed over here to start my blog reading for the day. I’ve included a quick and tasty pasta dish we had last week too! Ok so I guess it’s not the biggest of coincidences but it did make me smile. That cheesecake looks immense! Hope all the hard work from Sunday pays off. Excited to see the spare room once the painting is complete 🙂 x

    • Lins
      August 10, 2015 / 8:54 pm

      haha I’m sure we’re separated at birth!! I’m popping over now to have a read X

  2. Lucy
    August 12, 2015 / 9:55 am

    Sorry, me again. I just remembered you had the Deliciously Ella book in one of your photos. Would you recommend it? x

    • Lins
      August 12, 2015 / 11:14 pm

      I would, but I have to qualify that – quite a fair bit of the ingredients are hard to find and/or expensive and because I’m more of a day to day food shopper I’ve yet to be organised enough to actually source those things online. But the recipes are tasty and nutritious so it’s worth experimenting, plus for me who is mainly vegetarian (I do eat fish and white meat but very infrequently and no red meat) it’s nice to have a cookbook which I can use all of rather than discarding half of. Oh, and a food processor is an absolute must to make her recipes work! x

  3. August 12, 2015 / 10:42 am

    Oh the cone of shame! Bless her! Sounds like a very productive week 🙂

    Thanks for linking up with #TWTWC xx

    • Lins
      August 12, 2015 / 11:10 pm

      LOL it really is the cone of shame!! Thank you for hosting X

  4. August 12, 2015 / 5:00 pm

    Ah, hope Maddie is back to her normal self. That new cone looks a lot better than the one the vets provide. I have just discovered a blackberry plant at the bottom of our garden, They are delish. I’m off to check the new stock on daisy chain baby 🙂
    Becky xx

    • Lins
      August 12, 2015 / 11:33 pm

      Thanks Becky, she is definitely a bundle of unused energy at the moment but only a few days left and then she can be off the lead once more, hooray! X

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