Monday Catch Up #24


What a week. A week full of yet more horror in the news that it can make you question absolutely everything and struggle to find meaning in your own day-to-day life. I’ve felt sad, childish frustrated and angry both with myself and the world. Yet as always in the face of such tragedy, love and strength find a way.

My week has been peacefully quiet – a little bit of painting after setting myself this list of jobs I’d love to finish before Christmas. I’ve been focusing on eating more healthily in preparation for a food intolerance test on Saturday as well as trying to enjoy a bit of “me time” even that was just popping out for a quick walk during my lunch break at work.

Southwark Cathedral

Painting the kitchen

Making stifry


sunshine in the park

On Friday after work I took a little walk from London Bridge across the river and up past Liverpool Street to Shoreditch where Barnaby & Co had a little popup as part of Boxpark by the station. Walking in London is one of my very favourite things to do, not only to see the city but because it’s very vibrancy infuses my soul. Nothing makes me feel alive like London.

London at night

Barnaby & Co stock some beautiful interiors pieces and one of these pretty midnight blue vases found its way home with me and is now sitting on a windowsill looking perfect.


vase at home

On Saturday it was a super early start for my appointment with a nutritional therapist back in the Liverpool street part of London. I really had enough earlier in the week of getting nowhere with doctors so decided to book a slot after my colleague recommended her.

I hopped on the train and made the short journey into London Bridge before walking the rest of the way – it’s times like this where I’m even more grateful we were able to buy a house where we did, one of our few requirements was that we didn’t want to be more than 20 minutes away by train and it really pays off when you have to do something very early.

London Bridge in the morning

The appointment was absolutely wonderful, I felt the therapist was really listening to me and went through all the issues I’ve been having lately as well as some more long-standing health concerns. She then tested me for 150 potential intolerances and as expected, it turns out I’m not just intolerant of but allergic to gluten, as well as yeast, oats, rye, cheese (sob!) and many other things.

Pete met me after my appointment and took me for breakfast at Leon, the Kings of food-intoleranty issues, and we had a quick mooch round Spitalfields market before heading home. How adorable are these Christmas jumper mugs at Tiger?

Christmas jumper mugs

The rest of the day was hard and my emotions were running very high. In the grand scheme of things what I’m going through is really nothing but it will take me a little while to adjust to the understanding that I’ll never be able to go out to dinner without meticulously planning it or buy whatever I want in the supermarket. Food has always been such an enjoyment for me and for the short-term at least it’s going to be nothing more than functional as I discover more about what I can and can’t eat.

Sunday was better and we took Maddie for a walk around High Elms Country Park, one of our favourites. A sobering reminder of how precious life is in the form of this bench which was dedicated to a young father from his young children.

In memoriam

We didn’t do much for the rest of the day, a little bit of sorting things around the house. A new home for these pretty copper basket string lights from Urban Outfitters, and on the recommendation of the nutrionist to take some “me time”, she gave me a colouring handout. Oh my goodness it’s so addictive. The idea behind it is to clear your head just for 5 or 10 minutes so that all you’re thinking about is what colour to pick next and it works really well!

Urban Outfitters Copper Lights

Mindfulness Colouring

For dinner, we had a prawn stir fry with broccoli, peppers and brown rice. I’ve already been scouring the free-from sections at the supermarkets and found a gluten and MSG free hoisin sauce which was super tasty.

healthy eating

Hope you’ve all had a lovely week X

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  1. Millie
    November 16, 2015 / 7:07 pm

    I did enjoy discovering you on Twitter. I love finding a new blog. There’s never been a better time to have food allergies – so much choice nowadays!
    Very best wishes, Mx

    • Lins
      November 24, 2015 / 12:02 pm

      Thanks so much Millie for your lovely words Xx

  2. November 19, 2015 / 9:40 pm

    Oh my goodness, Lins! What are you going to eat?! That’s quite some list. I don’t know much about food allergies but I bet google is a tremendous resource for yummy recipes. Hope you’re okay xxx

    • Lins
      November 24, 2015 / 11:47 am

      Thanks so much Rachel, yes now a week in I feel quite adjusted. No matter what the outcome I feel so much better for moving to a gluten free life and am getting stuck in to kitchen activities. A true convert!! Xx

  3. Lucy
    December 1, 2015 / 9:51 pm

    What a week, I’m glad the nutritionist was able to give you some answers! How are you feeling now? I hope you’re able to enjoy your ‘me time’ where you’re able to grab it, I’ve heard so many things about colouring I think I might pull the trigger soon and buy a book. That blue vase is lovely, great choice 🙂 x

    • Lins
      December 4, 2015 / 9:58 pm

      I’d definitely recommend colouring, it really does help clear the mind. Still not feeling great so think there will be quite a journey ahead but ready to tackle it and definitely appreciating eating better Xx

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