Monday Catch-Up #38


I love looking back over the past week and remembering the little things we’ve done and that have made me smile – all too easily forgotten in the crazy rush of day to day life. This week though there hasn’t been much making me smile as most of the week has passed by in a blur of chest infection, fever, body-wracking coughs and never-ending colds. It’s SUCH a long time since I’ve been ill enough to take two days in a row off work, in fact in 13 years I’m not even sure that’s happened before.

So Monday and Tuesday were the proper write-off days and they were spent either huddled in bed or on the sofa, much to Maddie’s delight. She’s been such an angel, sensing in that way that only animals can that things weren’t right.



Finally on Wednesday I managed to drag myself in to work and whether or not it was a sensible decision who really knows. Having something else to think about other than how rubbish I felt though was a good tonic and my colleagues always make me laugh more so than would ever happen if I spent the day by myself. Plus what’s not to love about beautiful blue skies, hot chocolate and new nail polish.

hot chocolate

It’s still so cold but my hyacinth has burst into life in an unruly fashion, it was a gift from the lady who walks Maddie as a get well after my surgery last month and it’s been so exciting waiting to see what colour it would be.


And a little treat from Pete on Friday night. Yes, I love Moomins.


We spent the weekend checking out some local independent shops and indulging in retail therapy – I’ve got one eye on our next big house projects but picked up a candle and gorgeous statement bracelet from One Two Five and grabbed a “Brave” t-shirt from one of my favourite clothing labels Gray by Southwood Stores which I found stocked locally and at Home and Kids. Both shops are fairly new to Blackheath which is just down the road from us. I love discovering and supporting independent boutiques and there seem to be so many of them in SE London, it certainly beats chain store shopping where possible.





A little concession though – on Sunday we popped into Bromley to run some errands and I couldn’t resist this snugliest, softest hoodie in the Fat Face sale. Reduced to £30 and something I’m absolutely going to live in, permanently.


I hope you’ve had a lovely week x

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    • Lins
      March 7, 2016 / 8:17 pm

      Don’t be deceived Alina, I can only manage those plants which pretty much take care of themselves 🙂 X

  1. March 7, 2016 / 3:15 pm

    I love Fat Face and am going to check out their website to see if that hoodie is there – if so I am buying it!! Sounds like a lovely week x

    • Lins
      March 7, 2016 / 8:16 pm

      Ooh me too, the clothes are such good quality and really suit my slightly outdoorsy style X

  2. Lucy
    March 8, 2016 / 12:17 pm

    Oh no so sorry to hear you weren’t well! Excellent work on the shopping front, that candle especially – I love all things citrus based and I can imagine the grapefruit and lime smells amazing.

    I came across a brilliant food blog last week that I thought may be of interest to you too (?). She doesn’t follow a specific diet I don’t think but she categorises her recipes under vegan, dairy free or gluten free where applicable. We’re going to try out some of her recipes next week as most of them look pretty good! X

    • Lins
      March 8, 2016 / 12:49 pm

      THis looks GREAT thank you so much, I’m going to check it out immediately. Definitely in the mood for some more cooking that’s for sure 🙂 X

  3. March 8, 2016 / 12:55 pm

    I love these sorts of posts Lins (I did a similar one on Monday too!), but I’m sorry you’ve been unwell 🙁 It sounds cliche but there really is so much going around at the moment. Those shops in Blackheath look right up my street- so many lovely things there! You’re so near to me, let me know if you ever fancy a coffee any time soon xx

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