Monday Catch Up #16

I thought this week would be harder than it was because coming back from holiday is always so depressing, but after just a week away I felt so energised by the blog and my business that it felt very much a case of no time like the present to get stuck into everything once again.

Our dog walker was still on holiday this week so Pete and I were juggling dog duty between us – I’m sure people think we must be crazy to need to be at home part of the day but trust me, you wouldn’t want to leave a highly social, highly energetic dog alone for 10 hours. There wouldn’t be much left to come home to!

Monday was the perfect day for hibernating and managed to catch up with a lot of work in the day job and listened to a very interesting Woman’s Hour with Kim Cattrall. I love that lady!hibernating

I got through a lot of stock listing for DaisychainBaby too earlier in the week, how awesome are these lollipop harems? Definitely one of my favourite bits from our newest brand Boys & Girls.

lollipop harems

This one has definitely been feeling down in the dumps since we came back from holiday, she loved being with us the whole time and walking miles and miles every day. I get that life isn’t so exciting on a day to day basis but she at least cheered up when we had huge rain storms in London on Wednesday – being wet is pretty much her favourite thing.

depressed dog

rain storms

wellibobs to work

Thursday was back to my normal work from home routine, I love having that one day a week when I’m at home as a standard. Vax UK very kindly sent me this Air Stretch vacuum cleaner for a review so I gave it a spin and as much as I loved it, it inadvertently set off one our Nest Protect smoke alarms. In the end I figured out that it was dust rising from the vacuum that got into the smoke alarm, which took me an hour to figure it out whilst all 3 alarms we have in the house went off simultaneously. Rightly or wrongly, they’re very difficult to disable once they get a signal that something isn’t right. vax air stretch

nest protect

Thankfully after all the drama of the afternoon, it was back to Pilates after work which I’ve missed so much. It felt great to be back but oh I knew about it the next day. After Pilates, Pete picked me up and we took the dog for a walk around Chislehurst just in time before it got dark and finished with dinner in the pub where I undid all the day’s exercise.




It’s been such a gorgeous weekend and we spent as much time as we could outdoors – on Saturday we headed to one of our local-ish foodie markets in Brockley, who were celebrating their 4th birthday. We used to live a lot closer but it’s still only a 20 minute drive away and we did a bit of shopping and ate, again.

Brockley Market

Mackerel flatbread from Mike and Ollie

Seasonal squashes

Sunday we were in the garden, making space for a log shed. This will be the first winter in our home with our wood-burning stove and although it’s been lovely and warm the past few days we’re well aware we need to sort some fuel sooner rather than later. There is a half-painted fence (not by us!) just to the right of our patio doors which was covered in ivy so we set about clearing that and giving it two coats of wood stain and now it’s all ready for whenever we get round to finding that wood store.

fence before

guarding the tomato plants

fence after

Hope you’ve had a lovely week X

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  1. Molly
    September 21, 2015 / 12:25 pm

    What a lot of rain at the start of your week! Well done on getting back to Pilates – my favourite class. My smoke alarms are very sensitive, so I don’t think they would cope with the VAX. You’ve done a great job on your fence. Another busy week, I don’t know how you do it all!

    • Lins
      September 22, 2015 / 11:01 am

      Says one busy lady to another 😉 I think I enjoy having action packed weeks although I’m very much looking forward to this weekend – Pete’s away for work and I’m going to VEG OUT with a boxset or two 😉 X

  2. Lucy
    September 21, 2015 / 5:27 pm

    Aren’t holidays great for getting you fired up again?! I’ve said it before but I’m amazed you guys can get so much done – I’d be a zombie if I only got 5 hours sleep! Glad Maddie enjoyed the holiday just as much as you 2 🙂 x

    • Lins
      September 22, 2015 / 10:59 am

      LOL actually it’s my colleague who always made us think twice, he’s a firm believer that it’s your time you’re wasting (not you directly, I mean people in general!) and I’m a big believer that we only get one shot at this life as we know it so we’ve got to go for it. Yay! (ps, you do loads too!) X

  3. September 21, 2015 / 8:08 pm

    I enjoy reading this little updates. Glad you’re feeling energised after the holiday and boo to the vacuum setting the alarms off! not good! xx

    • Lins
      September 22, 2015 / 10:57 am

      Ahh thanks so much! Yes I think I’ll give that as my feedback to both Vax and Nest – who knew dust could set off a smoke alarm?! Xx

  4. Jenna
    September 24, 2015 / 2:57 pm

    It can definitely go either way after coming home from holiday but I’m glad you’ve felt rejuvenated from your break.

    Those harem pants are adorable!

    Thanks for joining the #HappyDaysLinky

    Jenna xx

    • Lins
      September 29, 2015 / 12:03 pm

      It normally always goes the other way so it was nice for a change to feel inspired and not depressed!! Thank you for hosting X

  5. September 25, 2015 / 8:58 pm

    This is a lovely roundup of your week! That is possibly the biggest puddle I have ever seen- love it! You are making me want a dog too! Thank you for sharing in #HappyDaysLinky x

    • Lins
      September 29, 2015 / 12:01 pm

      Haha thanks lovely for hosting. Yes life with a dog is great but very messy and very energy-consuming. If only I could get her to go down at 7pm x

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