Monday Catch Up #18

This week has felt so fun and full of lovely “ordinary” things. I’m so glad I started to keep these little weekly diaries, to feel grateful for all the small captured moments.

Monday dawned ominously as a day-long meeting loomed large in the calendar at work. As it was it ran from 10-3 and was actually quite productive. Best of all, the excuse to head out for dinner afterwards with a couple of my colleagues for a proper gossip. One of them moved to Oxfordshire a couple of months ago and now works remotely so we don’t get the chance to chitchat as much we used to. It was a gorgeous evening and we walked along the river to Zizzi by Blackfriars Bridge for too much pasta and wine. A great way to start the week and when I got home, Pete had returned from his work trip to the US, happy days.

autumn colours

london sunset

the shard at night

Pete played football after work for Tuesday so I took Maddie for a run, my first since before our holiday, and then whipped up a tasty tuna and couscous salad for dinner which actually ended up lasting us most of the week despite the recipe saying it only made two portions. Definitely a future blog post.



Wednesday was the day for my Warrior sweatshirt from Gray by Southwood stores, this is one of the comfiest pieces of clothing I own and I love having a no dress code workplace. The pup was also keeping me a little too entertained.

Warrior sweater



Thursday I popped into Bromley to the post office and library, I’ve missed my library books lately. The lovely Lizzie from Marmalade Pie had suggested a book she thought I might like and luckily it was there. Bromley isn’t the prettiest town in the country but it’s undergoing a big regeneration programme and I love these pretty coloured benches in the square outside the library and theatre.


My successful morning was capped off by a quick visit to a charity shop where I picked up this great outfit, a jigsaw puzzle and this pretty vintage plate, all for the princely sum of £12.50. I do love a good charity shop rummage. It was such a lovely afternoon I took a quick tea break in the garden to enjoy the last of the sunshine.



Friday I wore my ‘new’ outfit to work and took a little stroll along the river at lunchtime, more sunshine, it’s been utterly glorious. And then home, home, home for a bottle of wine. Not the whole one, just a glass 😉





Saturday I spent most of the day painting after taking Maddie out. I’m not always the fastest at getting projects done and after having our logburner fitted 4 months ago, I finally decided it was time to have a go at painting the render on the inside. It was quite a labour intensive process but I made good progress by the end of the day.




Sunday we set off for a walk in Elmstead Woods, I’ve written in the past about how much I love where we live but we really do feel so lucky to have lovely walks within 5 minutes of home whilst being so close to Central London. From there we walked to Sundridge Park for breakfast/brunch at the Lavender House Cafe and sat in the garden with Maddie.

Elmstead Woods

Lavender House Cafe

When we got back I decided it was time to harvest the tomatoes from the garden, I’ve pretty much given up on them – such a funny year with ripe blackberries in June and tomatoes not being ready until October. I think I’ve learned what to do differently next year so it’s not been a total waste.


The last coat went onto the fireplace and now it’s done and of course, as with all of these house projects, I’m left wondering why it took me so long to get around to it. Hopefully it will get it’s first use in the next couple of weeks!


Hope you’ve all had a lovely week x

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    • Lins
      October 5, 2015 / 10:22 am

      I’m thrilled with it, I need more charity shopping in my life! Xx

  1. October 5, 2015 / 12:43 pm

    What a lovely week you’ve had. Reading it I suddenly realised I have no idea what I’ve done in the past week! One of the downsides of motherhood I suppose. My memory’s pants! Maybe I should start writing a post like this…?

  2. October 6, 2015 / 9:01 pm

    What a brilliant charity shop outfit! I am so in love with your woodburner – it looks perfect. I think it’s going to be colder by next week so I’m sure you’ll be lighting it soon. I’m so happy you’re enjoying From a Distance – you’ll have to look out for some of her other books in the library too, they’re all really good. ‘Hens Dancing’ is really funny xx

    • Lins
      October 7, 2015 / 9:38 pm

      It’s so funny, I’m working from home tomorrow and I want to go to both charity shops AND the library!! Must try to resist 😉 Xx

  3. October 7, 2015 / 10:59 pm

    Sounds like a great week. Love your photos – so inspiring. Just fancy a scone now too – he he! It’s such a lovely process to go through, rounding up the little moments. I write a gratitude list, but you’ve inspired me to include more photos too. They are a such a lovely memory keeper. x

    • Lins
      October 9, 2015 / 1:22 pm

      Thanks so much for your lovely words Rosie, it’s very kind! To be honest all I do on my Monday posts is use some of the Instagram pictures I’ve captured throughout the week but I really enjoy having that picture memory too. Thanks for stopping by Xx

  4. Jenna
    October 8, 2015 / 8:55 am

    Ohh yay, I love a good charity shop rummage too, especially when they’re as successful as yours. Well done on snapping up so many bargains! 🙂

    Your fireplace looks awesome, so cosy and welcoming. 🙂


    • Lins
      October 9, 2015 / 1:21 pm

      Thanks Jenna, the problem is I reckon it’s easy to become addicted, soon the townsfolk of Bromley will be saying “there goes that woman again, nicking all the best bargains!” ha! X

  5. Lucy
    October 8, 2015 / 9:52 am

    Although coming home from a holiday is never fun I’ve very much been looking forward to catching up on all your posts that I’ve missed! It looks like a lovely week and I’m so pleased England had some sun too :). It’s great to hear Bromley is getting a boost – I’m from Kent originally and Mum used to take over to Bromley on the train before Bluewater was built (back in the day when Bromley was still Kentish!). Great work in the charity shop, I must admit I’m OK at donating but haven’t rummaged much before – will definitely give it a go! x

    • Lins
      October 9, 2015 / 1:20 pm

      Welcome back sweets! I’m fairly new to charity shop rummaging too but it appears Bromley has quite a lot of good stock now I’ve got more of a varied taste in all things fashion and home. Time to get bargain shopping! X

  6. October 9, 2015 / 7:39 pm

    I really enjoy reading about your weeks, love that outfit! Thanks for sharing in #HappyDaysLinky x

    • Lins
      October 12, 2015 / 9:27 pm

      Thank you Katy, you’re so kind. I’m so grateful for the hosting, it makes me keep track of all those little moments whihc would otherwise just pass by X

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