Monday Catch Up #48


Yesterday, half way up a ladder, carrying out the very thrilling task of staining the wooden frame around the back door, it occurred to me that we’re only in May and this has already been the best year of my life so far. I hope that nothing catastrophic happens for the remainder of 2016 *touches wood* but I’ve honestly never been so incredibly happy. And I know that’s the truth when even carrying out the most mundane of tasks leaves a big smile on my face. So after a challenging 2014 on a personal level and last year feeling difficult on the work front, it’s a relief to finally feel so positive.

So probably the most exciting and challenging that happened last week was that three of my colleagues and I signed up to run the Richmond Half Marathon on behalf of the NSPCC. The race takes place on Sunday 18th September and you read more about it here. Each Friday I’ll be doing a fitness themed post with how my training prep is going and hopefully that will inspire me to keep up the momentum. I ran on Saturday morning, only a mile and a half but it’s a start and I can’t wait to get back into regular fitness habits.


The weather has been SO up and down this week, from beautifully sunny when I popped out on Monday lunchtime to rainy to cold. I spent an hour in the garage at the bottom of the garden when I got home from work, making space for Pete’s gym stuff to move in whilst we get the floor replaced in one of the spare bedrooms and it was pouring so hard. I had the garage door open, and the patio door back into the house was open too but Maddie insisted on spending the entire time out in the rain…go figure!



There’s been a lot of gluten-free cake eating this week, first from Borough Market on Thursday where I popped to in my lunchbreak and bought a white chocolate and raspberry brownie, and then again at the Primrose Hill Festival where we bough a salted caramel brownie. As you can see, my half marathon preparation is going splendidly…we were out for lunch on Saturday at J.Sheekey with a friend of Pete’s for his friend’s birthday and ate out again on Sunday when we sought out the Against The Grain festival at Camden Market. Too many yummy things!




It’s not all unhealthy ways though, I’ve been trying out this fantastic water bottle that Black & Blum provided and getting so much more water when there’s flavour to it, I think I might try strawberry and kiwi next. And Teapigs sent over this incredible box of Matcha goodies so I can try out the 14 day #MatchaChallenge, I’m intrigued to see if I notice the often-spoken about health benefits.



On the home improvement front, I’ve been carrying on with a little patio makeover, moving our Acer tree from the top of the garden down onto the patio and finding a home for these pretty solar lanterns which were kindly sent to us by Clas Ohlson. They’re perfect for the garden and give off the loveliest glow at night-time. Look out for the chance to win £50 to spend at Clas Ohlson on Tuesday and a little update on our patio makeover so far on Wednesday.



Hope you’ve had a wonderful week X

My colleagues & I are running the Richmond Half Marathon in Richmond for the NSPCC. PUR-LEASE donate a penny or two #kisses

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  1. mummyofboygirltwins
    May 16, 2016 / 8:07 pm

    Really glad to hear you’re so happy this year and I can tell from your posts and photographs that you are enjoying life at the moment! Yay! The patio looks lovely and really colourful. Jess xx

  2. May 16, 2016 / 8:21 pm

    Lovely post – I’m so happy to hear that the year has been good for you so far. Good luck with the training! You can do it! I’m doing the Matcha challenge too, although I’m definitely finding it to be an acquired taste…

    • Lins
      May 24, 2016 / 9:00 am

      I have ground to a halt, I need to get back on it!! Xx

  3. May 19, 2016 / 12:05 pm

    Your Monday posts always make me happy. That London photo is gorgeous, I love being down by the Thames x

    • Lins
      May 24, 2016 / 8:38 am

      Bless, thank you so much that means everything Xxx

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