Monday Catch Up #41

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This week I was unceremoniously described as demob happy at work but that’s hardly surprising – it’s not often that you get to enjoy two four-day weeks back to back so I felt full of energy and bubbliness (if that’s even a word).

We’re still looking after my Mum’s dog so it’s been a change to morning routines, up earlier so that she can have a little walk before I head off to work and then she sleeps all day whilst Maddie goes off with her walker and runs one million miles. After another long day at our house on Monday and Tuesday, the electrician finally finished all the needed updates to our ageing electrics and it felt great to get things back in some sort of order and know that our first house project for 2016 is done.

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It’s been a week of lovely food and booze starting with lunch at The Chop House at Butler’s Wharf as one of our colleagues said goodbye for pastures new and then a trip out to Epping on Friday to catch up with my in-laws as my brother-in-law celebrated his 40th birthday on Wednesday. We had lunch at Wildwood which does amongst other things an incredible super food salad and we certainly got the best of the weather over a very hit-and-miss weekend. I’m loving this dress I bought a couple of months ago at the moment too, wearing it for lunch on both Monday and Friday.

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Good Friday dawned beautifully sunny and knowing that was my chance to get out into the garden I grabbed it with both hands and repotted the pansies we bought last Sunday at Columbia Road. The garden is completely unloved during winter even though lots of people say that’s the best time to start preparing it for spring and summer but I don’t venture further than the fire when it’s cold.pansies beforeandafter

After gardening, walking the dog and then heading out to see family, it was home time on Friday for a crash out in front of the TV and a cuppa with some delicious Hotel Chocolat Salted Caramel Puddles courtesy of my lovely hubby. Honestly, I actually think I’m sick of chocolate by now, maybe.

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Hotel Chocolat Salted Caramel Puddles

On Saturday we were up early for a trip to the Ideal Home Show in Kensington having been invited by sofa and recliner manufacturer Ekornes. Unfathomably I’d never been to the show before and my goodness, I could have easily spent a week there with all there was to see! We had breakfast at The Ivy Kensington Brasserie which is coming up in tomorrow’s post as it was wonderfully dreamy, before driving over and parking outside our old flat in Kensington and walking to the exhibition centre.

TheIvyKensingtonBrasserie

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Ekornes

I won’t say too much here about everything we had as a separate post will follow but we came away with some great ideas about things we could do to the house, especially outside making it well worth a visit. The journey home was interesting, Pete wanted to detour via a sports shop to pick up some weights so we plugged the postcode into the Satnav and the route couldn’t have been more through Central London if it tried. We ended up sitting in a fair bit of traffic outside Harrods in Knightsbridge and then again circling past Westminster Abbey. It’s not every day that you drive past some of the most famous landmarks so every time we got stuck I got my phone out.

Westminster Abbey

Sunday was a lovely relaxed day at home, catching up on some overdue blogging posts. I’ve found myself in a bad habit of not planning ahead well enough so getting home from work and having to write something that’s already late for the next day. I sat down, made a long list of all the collaborations I needed to write posts for and got to work. I still pinch myself at the little opportunities that come my way and feel so grateful for everything the blog has bought me – meeting new brands, making new friends and trying new things. I now actually have some posts scheduled in advance which will make the next couple of weeks much easier and here’s a little peep at some of the lovely items to be featured.

Graham and Brown

Pen Heaven

Cloudberry Living

Cloudberry Living

Hope you’ve had a lovely week X

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4 Comments

  1. March 28, 2016 / 8:32 pm

    Eeek a 4 day weekend! Been fab hasn’t it? You’ve been up to so much! Looking forward to your new posts 🙂 Jess xx

    • Lins
      March 29, 2016 / 9:49 pm

      I can never get enough of extra days off work that are paid for, it feels like such a little bonus Xx

  2. March 28, 2016 / 9:59 pm

    I love the Ideal Home Show but don’t get a chance to go now that we have the children. I’m hoping I’ll start going again when they’re older. Love your dress and envious that you got to do gardening! x

    • Lins
      March 29, 2016 / 9:50 pm

      I’m already debating whether I could justify going back before it closes, so much to see still! I’m glad I did the gardening when I had the chance, what a miserable weekend it’s been otherwise X

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