Monday Catch Up #19

This week, I learned a new word. A Danish word, “Hygge”, which apparently means a state of cosiness, of wrapping up in the colder months and appreciating the small things that come along with the seasons changing when it gets so cold in Scandinavia they enjoy staying in.

It’s been a funny old week – I’ve been on a detox this week which is something I like to do every few months just to get back on an even keel. Lots of herbal tea and eating vegetables. Monday found me home earlier than expected because I accidentally left the key in the back door which meant the lady who comes to walk to Maddie couldn’t get in. Thankfully it was fairly quiet at work so I came home at lunchtime and took her out for a rainy walk before settling down to work from home.

pukka tea

herbal tea at work

colours in the park

I love working from our home office, it might be tiny (I still don’t know how it could be classed as a bedroom!) but it’s so cosy and my favourite Muji candle blocked out the dull afternoon.

Muji Hinoki Wood

Tuesday was all about yellow, I love this tree in the park that’s changing colour so gradually it looks as though it’s been dip-dyed. I was given a lovely yellow flower by a guy in our communal kitchen (he’s flamboyant!) who believes that the most important thing you can do at work is to fill your office with flowers. What a lovely thought! After work it was another rainy dog walk and then making one of our absolute favourite dinners, a huge sweet potato, chickpea and spinach curry. Perfect autumnal warmer.

changing colours

flowers at work

rainy walk


Wednesday felt so stormy, some thing had definitely angered the Gods (check out that sky!) I dug out my favourite throw which we bought from Avoca in Dublin a few years ago and keeps me cosy in the living room for TV marathons. I’m currently working my way through Season 1 of Mad Men, although got sidetracked by Dr Foster – what a freaky programme that was!

stormy skies

Avoca throw

the ever-changing tree

Thursday the sun returned and this one had a great time taking on a stick about 10 times her size. For dinner, I made Deliciously Ella sweet potatoes and a three lentil, tomato and feta cheese salad. I’ve set myself an unofficial challenge to try and cook from scratch 2-3 times a week because I’m so fed up of the thought of all the rubbish that goes into processed things. Little changes can make a huge difference.

park life


sweet potatoes and lentil salad

Friday I was in the office all by myself, a combination of people away on business and working from home. It’s my Mum’s birthday on Monday and we’ll see her in a few weeks so I ordered these beautiful flowers from Bloom & Wild, they arrived on Saturday and she was so delighted with them. It’s my first order so I’ll definitely be back.

Bloom and Wild

I was heading out on Friday to meet my friend Anna for dinner and drinks and thought it was very deserving of a new nail colour, how well does it go with my tights?! We headed to Le Pain Quotidien at Waterloo and had some great food and shared a bottle of wine. I really, really love the food there, it’s so wholesome and if you want to stick to eating healthily you can. My dessert let me down but it was so worth it.

new nails


Saturday was a dull, cleaning day. I hate giving over almost an entire day to cleaning but we just don’t have the inclination to start cleaning, by the time we’re home from work, have walked the dog and had dinner it’s often nearly 9pm. So we should really try a little and often approach but we don’t. The pain was made slightly less as I’ve been trying out one of the new Vax hoovers for a review which will follow soon. I did get slightly excited at the thought that Pete could use our existing hoover and I could use the Vax and we could clean different parts of the house…definitely in need of getting out more!

Thankfully date night was lined up and we hopped on the train to the New Wimbledon Theatre to see Priscilla Queen of the Desert. I just love this show and saw it twice when it was on in the West End a few years ago. Although I clearly don’t love Jason Donovan as much as the woman who shouted “I LOVE YA JASEY BABES” in the second half…It was just as good as I remembered it with all the great songs and costumes and that wonderful feel-good message.

New Wimbledon Theatre


Sunday we were up early for a walk in High Elms Country Park. It was a beautiful morning but our journey home took a traumatic turn for me. We were driving along quite a busy road back into Bromley and I saw a mummy duck and her ducklings wandering along the pavement, looking like they were trying to cross the road. I told Pete and we turned round so I could stop the traffic and get them across (this is something I’ve done a couple of times before in my animal whispering ways). I was so devastated by the time we were able to get back because although Mummy and her ducklings had disappeared, three were dead on the road 🙁 It was just the saddest scene you could imagine and left me in pieces for the rest of the morning.

High Elms Country Park

Thankfully Maddie knows just how to cheer me up, I took this picture of her with my phone and absolutely love it. And there’s the small matter of this amazing hot chocolate which I bought from Whittard having coveted it on Laura’s (Have Kids Can Travel) Instagram feed. I haven’t tried it yet but how can you go wrong with Rocky Road Hot Chocolate?


Hot Chocolate

Hope you’ve all had a lovely week x

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  1. Molly
    October 12, 2015 / 8:18 am

    That is so sad about the baby ducks – awwh ;(
    Hope you have a good week ahead x

    • Lins
      October 12, 2015 / 9:22 pm

      Isn’t it? I was even welling-up telling the guys at work about it, soppy sod that I am. You have a lovely week too X

  2. October 12, 2015 / 10:54 am

    Oh those poor, poor ducks. I find it difficult to move on when I see things like that. I read the article about Hygge too … I’m most definitely a fan – I think my whole lends itself to autumn cosiness 🙂 Hope you have a lovely week ahead x

    • Lins
      October 12, 2015 / 9:20 pm

      Ha Rachel yes I think you are the original queen of autumn loving. I hope you have a super week too X

  3. October 12, 2015 / 12:31 pm

    Oh the baby ducklings! I’m not massively a pet person but give me a farm animal or one in the wild, or even more so a baby version of either, and I’m mush. But the rest of your week sounded good. I really should start writing round-ups like these. Mainly because I can barely ever remember what I did yesterday, so it would be a good permanent memory for me! (Love those sweet potatoes by the way)

    • Lins
      October 12, 2015 / 9:20 pm

      Oh Katie please do, honestly it really makes me appreciate the little moments and to stop and just capture things rather than rushing about life. I’d love to read it X

  4. There's always Time for tea
    October 12, 2015 / 1:38 pm

    Poor Baby Ducks! The size of the stick compared to your dog made me chuckle! I am in love with that blanket! xx

    • Lins
      October 12, 2015 / 9:19 pm

      Haha yes Maddie definitely thinks she can take on the world for sure! X

  5. October 12, 2015 / 2:19 pm

    I love all the Autumn colours. How sad about the ducklings – we’ve keep seeing dead hedgehogs on our walk to school and it’s been really upsetting. Two hoovers…now that is dedication! Keeping one upstairs is a great idea though – I hate lugging mine up the stairs and don;t use it up there as often as I should! x

    • Lins
      October 12, 2015 / 9:18 pm

      I think I get irrationally sad when it comes to animals! Yes I have to say having two hoovers has been a godsend, I hate cleaning at the best of times but it definitely helps X

  6. October 14, 2015 / 8:51 pm

    You are fast becoming one of my favourite bloggers, I really enjoy seeing what you get up to. Your photos are always fab! Thanks for sharing in #HappyDaysLinky x

    • Lins
      October 16, 2015 / 12:45 pm

      Thanks so much Katy, that’s really kind of you to say. Blogging is definitely therapy!! Xx

  7. Lucy
    October 26, 2015 / 1:43 pm

    Oh no that is heartbreaking about the ducklings, how can people not stop to let them pass? I’m definitely going to adopt the word ‘hygge’, thank you for introducing me to it! I get so fed up and miserable in the months where the journeys to and from work are both in darkness and I’m stuck at my desk for the few hours of daylight, I must make more of an effort this year to enjoy wrapping up, being cosy and savouring the extra treats that will come round soon enough (for me that’s mulled wine and my yearly bottle of port!). Gah sorry for rambling, looks like you had lots of lovely moments in the week too :). I look forward to reading more about how you get on with the cooking, both dishes above look yummy x

    • Lins
      October 26, 2015 / 3:02 pm

      I’m totally with you, I’m normally such a moaner for these 6 months until the clocks change again that I’m sure Pete gets fed up of hearing it! X

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