Monday Catch Up #26


This weeks words are meditative, restorative, reflective. It’s been a tough week health-wise, unpredictable and frustrating, feeling on top of the world one minute and barely able to get out of bed the next. The consultant I saw on Monday following a referral encouraged me not to worry about it, that as a “young person” there’s no chance anything sinister is wrong, that if I just drink more and move more it will all go away and he’ll see me for the general anaesthetic and endoscopy at the end of January. Pffft.

So this week has been about cosy clothes and colouring gorillas; cuddling up in front of the fireplace even though it hasn’t really been cold enough to justify lighting it.

cosy dog

snug outfits

colouring gorillas

With my last day in the office being Wednesday, it was lovely to spend a couple of extra days at home and catch up with all the things I never get round to during the week. Early morning dog walks, burning soft-smelling oils, catching up with The Affair whilst Maddie snoozed next to me and cooking filling, spicy vegan chilli.

Chinbrook Meadows



Spicy chilli

On Friday I popped back to Forest Hill, the part of London we used to live in before we bought our house. My friend Julianna who runs interiors company Barnaby & Co and I went to the Teapot for cake and drinks and spent time chatting about the challenges of running a small business. It’s so lovely to chat to people in a similar position who really get it. On my way home, a little detour into Bromley where these cosy new boots caught my eye and came home with me.



Penge mural

new boots

My DIY hat reappeared on Saturday and after a frosty dog walk we tackled some projects around the house. Pete hung this print and I painted the windowsill in our second bedroom, the ceiling in the en-suite and also started to paint around the door in our third bedroom which I’ve been putting off for ages.

frosty dog walk

South London print

tackling paint

We headed over the river on Sunday to Primrose Hill for the Christmas market. It’s an event I’ve traded at for years and years but took a break this year and was so grateful when we realised just how miserable the weather was. It was lovely to catch up with some of our market friends before we headed home to hibernate with candles and tasty treats from Konditor & Cook.

Camden Town


Konditor and Cook

Hope you’ve all had a lovely week X

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  1. December 2, 2015 / 9:42 pm

    Oh no, I hope you’re feeling better. It sounds like you’ve had a tough week. I admire your strength to head out for cake and new boots, though. A lady after my own heart 😉 xx

    • Lins
      December 4, 2015 / 9:56 pm

      Oh yes, there’s always time for boots and cake 😉 Xx

  2. December 3, 2015 / 9:39 pm

    Love your new boots! Sorry last week was tough – it’s horrible when you feel like people are fobbing you off. x

    • Lins
      December 4, 2015 / 9:53 pm

      Aw thank you lovely, they’re so cosy! Xx

  3. Lucy
    December 13, 2015 / 5:03 am

    There’s never a need to justify lighting the fire! They’re lush aren’t they, everything feels so much cosier and it looks like Maddie’s enjoying it 🙂 Sorry to read you haven’t been feeling well, great shout on curling up and chilling with a good series and the oils. Oh and that chilli sounds good! X

    • Lins
      December 14, 2015 / 9:12 pm

      Yes I’m fast learning that, the fire will be a fixture all through winter I think even though it’s still so warm. It’s lovely to keep cosy in the living room 🙂 X

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