Monday Catch Up #8

It feels like the weeks are flying by lately, can’t believe it’s already mid-July.

Last Monday I dashed to Bubble London in my lunchbreak from work. If you haven’t heard of it, Bubble is a trade show for anyone who sells items (clothes, accessories, toys, gifts etc) for children. Held twice a year at the Business Design Centre in Islington, I try to get along if I can to catch up with some of my suppliers for DaisychainBaby. That said the number of brands there which are relevant to me seems to be dwindling so there may be a change of scene to Paris in January for Playtime 😉 I did however spot these lovely goodies, from Piccalilly and Maxomorra respectively.

Piccalilly Rocket Vest

Maxomorra Viking Playsuit

Tuesday I found it so hard to focus at work and kept flicking through this copy of Escapism Magazine – they’re handed out free at London stations and I absolutely love it. It doesn’t do any good though for my flight risk prospects, my passport is always within reach.

We’re also on an economy drive at the moment so I’ve been taking packed lunches, how cute are these perfect sandwich boxes from Lakeland?

Escapism Magazine

Lakeland Sandwich Box

When I got home from work I decided to tackle a little organisation of our understairs cupboard, something I’d been meaning to do for ages but never got around to. The full post is here, but here’s a before and after photo.

Understairs cupboard before

Understairs cupboard after

Wednesday was silly season at work, with some people on holiday and only three of us in I can’t say it was the most productive day. We did have lots of deep and meaningful conversations and this lovely thank you gift from a promotions client landed on my desk. It’s never a bad day when a free pen and chocolate arrives! And at least it was my last day in the office for the week.

Promotional Gift

Thursday was my normal work from home day. I took the bus into Bromley again to do a quick bit of shopping, Thursdays are traditional market today so it’s always more fun and if you go in early in the morning it’s pretty quiet too. I grabbed a load of strawberries from this stall selling amazing fruit and veg and finally got round to joining the library. My first library book in probably at least 15 years.

A mini afternoon break in the garden to read the first chapter and enjoy this delicious red velvet cake, a bargain at 80p. That’s what I mean about a traditional market, no fancy farmers nonsense selling cakes for £5 a slice.

Fruit and Veg stall

Cake and reading in the garden

After I was finished with work for the day, it was time to tackle some gardening. Out with the brambles and in with a new home for my little tomato plants which now aren’t so little. They kept blowing over when they were standalone so it was time to give them more support. Two hours later…

Garden before

Garden after

Friday after work we *somehow* ended up at our local pub, with one of our doggy friends and his dog Bonnie. There’s not much happening in the little part of London that I live in, lots of takeaway shops and it’s a bit rundown, but there is a really awesome pub so it’s hopefully a sign of things to come. We had mussels and chips, Pimms and the pooches and those who eat meat enjoyed freshly cooked Scotch eggs.

Maddie and Bonnie

Trying to steal mussels

Saturday we went for a walk in the park in the morning and met two gorgeous Rottweilers but I think the antics of the night before had taken it out on someone who needed lots of extra sleep


Let sleeping dogs lie

I also discovered a teeny, tiny tomato growing on one of the tomato plants so it’s now time for tomato stalking. Cue nightly slug hunts and egg-shell scattering!

baby tomato

On Sunday we went for a morning walk around Chislehurst, it was a stunning morning and there was blue sky and cornfields as far as the eye could see.

Chislehurst vistas

And then finally home, for some painting. Today’s job was the living room windowsill, check back on Wednesday for my top tips on painting woodwork!

Windowsill painting

A new home for this sweet jug

Hope you’ve all had a lovely week x

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  1. Lucy
    July 21, 2015 / 12:44 pm

    Your dog is adorable! How cute keeping hold of the tennis ball. Our cat sometimes sleeps in a similar position and woe betide the person who’s propping him up should they decide to leave!

    • Lins
      July 21, 2015 / 7:13 pm

      Haha oh yes, I think animals have a way of making you feel entirely guilty should you dare to move! X

  2. July 22, 2015 / 8:19 pm

    It sounds like you have had a very productive week! I need some of your productivity in my house. But at least we have set aside weekends for sorting and decorating now – it’s a start.
    Loving that little Christmas babygro too 😉

    • Lins
      July 27, 2015 / 9:56 am

      Thanks lovely, it doesn’t come naturally that’s for sure but generally I try to pack a lot in. Will be excited to see your painting and decorating progress as you 🙂 X

  3. July 25, 2015 / 7:01 pm

    Eek! New Picalilly and Maxomorra look AMAZING!

    Thanks for linking up to #TWTWC xxx

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