Monday Catch-Up #44

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Last week I felt a little like a social butterfly, dashing here there and everywhere. So much so that by the time the weekend came I remembered that I’m not 20 anymore and felt very sleepy indeed. Not even meandering around all my favourite home shops at Tottenham Court Road could distract me from the feeling of needing a nap and so when I curled up on a sofa in Habitat I came very close to nodding off. Despite the craziness it was another week of many happy moments to look back on.

Haagen-Dazs have launched two new ice cream flavours as a limited edition, sold exclusively by Liberty London and on Monday after work I headed to the launch party to try a little taster. It was one of the busiest events I’ve been to so far as a blogger and it made for great people-watching. One of the ice-cream flavours has been used to create a new recipe, check out what I came up with in this post here.

HaagenDazs

HaagenDazs

Tuesday’s happy moment was coming home from work to find our lovely neighbours have started fencing between our gardens. We have very long but quite narrow gardens, typical of 1930’s houses and at the moment there’s just a low chain link fence that Maddie keeps jumping over plus too many overgrown bushes and brambles for us to even want to do anything with it aside from chop it all back and start again. Fencing will be a slow process but they have the skills which saves us a small fortune on having to pay someone to come and do it for us.

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I’ve got a new favourite Nutribullet recipe on the go at the moment which is definitely not healthy but tastes wonderful and is an easy way to have breakfast on the go. It’s dubbed Rhubarb and Apple crumble and will be up on the blog soon.

Nutribullet

flowers

A lovely evening beckoned as I headed to Stratford for a colour psychology masterclass held at Olive Loves Alfie East in the former Olympic Village, now E20. We discussed the power of colour in interiors and how it reflects our personalities with Karen Haller, a leading expert in the field of applied colour psychology, and Ashlyn Gibson who owns Olive Loves Alfie and is the most amazing stylist.

It was also a joy to meet some of the bloggers I’ve known for a while know in a virtual sense including Molly from Molly and the Princess and we chatted just like old friends.

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colourmasterclass

colourmasterclass

Thursday I worked half day from home and took Maddie up to our local woods before heading to Pilates which I’m back into a weekly swing of after falling out of my groove. I’ve written before about how great it is to have some countryside on our doorstep but being able to walk 10 minutes from our front door and feel a million miles from London is very peaceful.

ElmsteadWoods

A rainy start to Friday didn’t dampen my spirits as I headed to Ham Yard Hotel in Soho for a little crafting session with Hochanda TV before work. There were a number of crafting stations set up in one of the suites demonstrating how easy it can be to learn a new hobby and I found myself doing a quick 5 minute watercolour, my first ever!

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Ham Yard Hotel

Crafting with Hochanda

It’s incredible to see how much Soho has changed. Of course even when I first used to go out there in the early 2000’s it would have been long changed from the 1960’s or even 1980’s but even just in the past few years its changed beyond recognition. I was a Samaritan from 2006 to 2012 and used to head to the Central London branch several times a month and then several times a week in the end as my role changed and I became more involved. I thought I knew every wobbly stone in every pavement on every street in that part of London but it’s incredible how quickly a facelift can totally change an area. Not always for the better – I’m a huge lover of history and am seeing London becoming identikit in front of my eyes which breaks my heart slightly. I know change has to happen and it can be good but nothing beats the stories, the originality, the sense that great things happened. We’ve got enough coffee shops, tall glass buildings and uniformity. Sigh!

Birthday drinks for one of my colleagues rounded off the working week on Friday and although there were only a few of us we managed to do quite a lot of damage and got through a few bottles of Prosecco. And some mini bottles of Swedish snaps. Potent stuff.

And then the weekend. I love weekends. We made our way into London for breakfast at a cafe I’ve been wanting to try for ages called Beyond Bread, which sells only gluten-free goodies. It was amazing to be able to eat a tuna melt toasty and bring home a baguette, chocolate and custard Danish and sultana scone. I won’t say too much more because I want to save it for a separate post but it certainly cured Friday night’s hangover.

After that we had a little meander around all the home shops before heading home where I can’t help but say I did take an afternoon nap. I’m too old for darting around all over the place!

BeyondBread

OliverBonas

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The rest of the weekend was spent pottering at home, baking for my Haagen-Dazs collaboration and general tidying with a bit of binge-TV watching thrown in for good measure. We’re upgrading our Sky subscription to Sky Q on Thursday and had the entire second series of The Returned to get through before it gets wiped. So we’ve been curling up together watching 2 episodes a night since Saturday. It’s a great show and if you don’t mind subtitles then definitely see if you can find it. Although I have no idea where it’s going…

Hope you’ve had a lovely week X

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7 Comments

  1. April 23, 2016 / 11:29 am

    The rhubarb and custard smoothie sound delicious!! The woods seem ideal, it’s nice you can get a bit of country in the city! We’re surrounded by country up here though so much so it’s the norm!! #pocolo

    • Lins
      April 25, 2016 / 4:09 pm

      Thank you so much Karen for stopping by. Yes I feel that as much as I love the city it’s great to be able to get away from it all just a short walk away Xx

  2. April 27, 2016 / 8:52 pm

    Sounds a fab – but busy – week Lins. Loving the idea of a rhubarb and crumble nutribullet and absolutely love that it’s not healthy, I always thought they had to be so I’ll be looking for that recipe 🙂 And yum, Haagen Daz – I was most disappointed to discover their Leicester Square shop had shut on our last visit that way. Thanks for linking up to #PoCoLo – it’s lovely to see you here xx

    • Lins
      April 29, 2016 / 10:35 pm

      Yes I hadn’t realised that either until I googled Haagen-Dazs for the post and saw the shop was shut, what a shame. I’ve spent a lot of time there in the past. Thanks so much for hosting Xx

  3. May 4, 2016 / 2:13 pm

    Gosh, I’m tired just reading your post – no wonder you were wiped out!
    Thanks so much for linking to #PoCoLo

    • Lins
      May 10, 2016 / 12:01 pm

      Haha thank you Morgan, well it keeps us out of trouble if we’re really busy 😉 Thank you for hosting Xx

    • Lins
      May 10, 2016 / 12:01 pm

      Thanks so much Morgan, well it keeps us out of trouble if we’re really busy 😉 X Thank you for hosting

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