Monday Catch Up #22


This has been a much needed peaceful, respite week following the craziness of my recent work trip and to be honest, I’ve really needed it. For the last few weeks I’ve been really suffering with an as-yet undiagnosed dietary condition (mainly because I haven’t been to the doctor like a man!) but hopefully with my first appointment lined up soon we can begin trying to work through whatever’s going on. So long as they don’t prescribe rest…

Monday to Wednesday I was back at work and just appreciating the simple pleasures of home comfort food and nature, in so far as you can find that in London. It’s never my favourite time when the clocks change because leaving work in the dark and then walking the dog in the park in the dark is not the most fun activity but once I get a headlamp and I can see where to step the running will resume.

Baked potatoes for dinner

toadstools in the woods

the Shard

flooded chinbrook meadows

One of the plus sides about autumn though is feeling that you can justify vegging out in front of the TV and I’ve turned into a huge box-set/series junkie having previously only ever loved movies. My current favourite is The Walking Dead which I’ve been watching ever since it started although as with all of these things I do think they tail off a bit in terms of excitement compared to earlier series but I still can’t quite tear myself away. I managed to catch up with two episodes on Thursday (shh, I do work too you know 😉

I ran a couple of errands quickly in Bromley which had been totally covered in poppies, every tree, lamp post and sign post, it was quite something. Maddie was also desperate not just for a walk but a swim. I know I grew up with Springers but sometimes it’s easy to forget just how crazy they are. She could spend her entire time outside if we let her.

leaves in the park

Poppies in Bromley

Swimming dog

Saturday was just my absolute best day, having made plans with one of my oldest friends to go to Portobello Road Market. Despite having lived in West London – and literally down the road from the market – for 8 years, I could only remember going to the market once.

Anne-Marie and I met in our first year at Lancaster Uni way back in 1998 and have been friends ever since despite spending some of that time on different continents and often in different ends of this country. The beauty of a long-lasting friendship though is that it doesn’t matter if you only see each other once a year, it’s as though you saw each other yesterday.

We had such a blissful day, shopping, visiting lots of jewellery stores as she is setting up her own vintage jewellery business, paid a visit to the Hummingbird Bakery. I honestly can’t believe it’s been so long since I last went to the Market and am planning on dragging Pete there very soon.

Portobello Road Market

Halloween House

On Sunday I had a big DaisychainBaby day as it’s our 7th anniversary of launch on 2nd November. I can’t believe my little online business is still running and going from strength-to-strength every year, I’m so very proud that it’s reached this stage and although I’m still able to give up the day job that’s more to do with all the million and one house projects I need to help finance more than anything else.

DaisychainBaby is 7Pete did manage to drag me away for a walk in the afternoon and we headed to our local woods in between the fog lifting and descending again. All the talk of warmest November day ever certainly wasn’t happening in SE London for sure!

Elmstead Woods

Hope you all had a lovely week X

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  1. Lucy
    November 2, 2015 / 2:51 pm

    Well massive congratulations on your anniversary! That’s bloody awesome 🙂 And how cool your friend is setting up their own business too. The market sounds ace. I’m visiting friends in West London this coming weekend – maybe I should convince them that we should go along and check it out! I hope all goes well at the docs and you see some improvement soon. X

    • Lins
      November 4, 2015 / 3:01 pm

      Oh yes if you get the chance Lucy and you’re not too hungover/rushing round doing other things it’s well worth a visit. Have a super weekend when it arrives, I look forward to reading about Xx

  2. November 3, 2015 / 11:55 am

    Hope you start to feel better soon! I think the change of seasons never helps – maybe shifting things in your diet can help. Or it could be stress – which can produce just about any symptoms you can think of! Take care of yourself x

    • Lins
      November 4, 2015 / 2:57 pm

      Thank you lovely, yes I’m definitely a bit of a SAD sufferer for sure and am hoping that either the doctor or a referral to a dietician can shed some light. It’s been one and off for the last 6 months or so but particularly severe in the past few weeks so whatever it is needs looking at. Sigh. Hopefully will soon be on the road to recovery X

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