Monday Catch Up #5

Well it’s definitely been a week of two halves, Pete and I have this thing where we say sometimes you just feel “cloudy” – no real reason, nothing is going wrong but the joie de vivre ups and leaves for a few days. That was definitely me at the start of the week.

Monday was such a miserable day weather wise but I did pop out for a little walk at lunchtime whilst at work. It’s a lovely part of London right by the Thames and I’m guilty of not making the most of lunchbreaks at all. There’s always something quirky going on right on the doorstep.


IMG_20150622_153430Monday was pretty well summed up by the corkscrew breaking in the bottle of wine we tried to open when I got home from Pilates, but there’s very little that stops two adults in need of wine from getting into it and resourceful Pete used pliers to yank out the bit that was stuck fast in the cork, result!

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Tuesday was all about my new shoes, I wore them to work to make myself smile, never underestimate the importance of the little things. And when I got home the fuschia was in full bloom.


IMG_20150624_070408Thankfully by Wednesday I started feeling a bit more normal again and started going through our pictures from our trip to Sri Lanka back in January. I’ve only got as far as blogging about Day One, so I really need to get myself organised and write up the whole trip, there’s so much to tell!


Thursday was my work from home day and what a beautiful day it was too! I took Maddie out for an early run round the park and into the woods and had washing on the line by 8.30. It was one of those days where you feel so appreciative and just standing in the kitchen and looking into the garden I know how lucky we are to have this home.


For dinner I made speedy pea and salmon pesto pasta, a super tasty recipe but I wouldn’t claim it to be brilliantly healthy 😉 Delicious nonetheless so I’ll post the recipe separately.


Friday back to the office and had a nice surprise from the peops at Vitamin Water who’d dropped off a huge stash of water on Thursday after exchanging a couple of tweets with me. My colleagues were very appreciative, it will last us a while.


After work I went for dinner and a long-overdue catch up with my bestie. We’d planned a picnic in Green Park but it wasn’t so warm and instead headed to Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. just off Leicester Square. The food was delicious and the staff so friendly and kind, I hope they manage to survive as it only opened in October but was already very quiet for a Friday night.


IMG_20150627_194152And when I got home, THIS was waiting for me – our lovely new wood burner. You can read about part 1 here and we’re very happy it’s in but have learned a few lessons along the way with this little home project so I’ll share those in a separate post.


Saturday was a rare market day, only my third one this year! It still feels strange having gone from 3-4 markets a month to so far only 3 in the first 6 months of the year but it was definitely the right thing to do to cut back. I spent the day on Abbeville Road in Clapham which is an event I’ve done for the past 4 years and it was another great day’s trading. It was also lovely to catch up with some of my other market trading friends who I don’t see as regularly any more.


Sunday I did a bit of work in the garden first thing, definitely the best weather of the day. I keep trying to capture as many pictures of the house and garden as I can, one day this patio area will hopefully be a new kitchen.


We took Maddie for a lovely long walk and then had pub lunch at The Tiger’s Head in Chislehurst, watching the rain fall down in the garden. Thankfully we were sitting under a massive umbrella but we had the whole garden to ourselves.



Hope you had a lovely week x

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  1. Rachel -The L's Mum
    June 29, 2015 / 8:00 am

    Great week again. I know the feeling of those “cloudy” feelings. Glad your week improved though. Your garden is lovely and that wood burner is to die for. I can imagine you are so happy it is finally in. Enjoy the rest of your week. Definitely write up your sri lanka posts I would love to read all about it. 🙂 x

    • Lins
      June 29, 2015 / 3:35 pm

      Thanks lovely lady, I guess we’re all human and will be up and downy even when there’s nothing obvious to be downy about. Hope you had a lovely weekend X

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