Monday Catch-Up #46

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I don’t know about you but it was COLD last week no? Most mornings on my dash to the station I’ve was bundled up in a snuggly scarf (bonus as I found a beautiful cashmere scarf I’d forgotten I had) and gloves and whilst the mornings have been sunny, pretty much every afternoon has been overcast and drizzly. Where is this Spring we’re so hopeful for?

Work has been occupying my time a lot as I have a new staff member joining soon and getting everything ready is quite time-consuming. It’s exciting though as we continue to grow and expand and my own little team doubles from 1 person reporting to me to 2! Rock ‘n’ roll 😉

Outside of work I’ve managed to fit in a little bit of running and smoothie making. If only this could become a regular pattern, my days feel so much more productive when I make the most of the mornings rather than burrowing deeper under the duvet, phone in hand, catching up with social media.

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Someone on Instagram asked where my running leggings are from and they were from New Look, bought about 6 weeks ago in case you like them too. And the smoothie recipe is taken from Deliciously Ella‘s second book which I absolutely love – the recipes feel more accessible than the first book but still in awe about the portion sizes. We made a lentil bolognese that said it was for 4 and we’ve easily had 8 portions from it and Pete and I really love our food.

Despite the coldness, I’m delighted to see so many signs of new life around us from this Acer in the garden coming back into it’s brilliant maroon leaves to the vibrant pink blossom as I walked Maddie up to the woods.

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Ultimately though it’s been all about hunkering down in front of the log burner once more until we used up all the leftover logs we had. Worth it to feel all snuggly and warm.

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Food making me smile this week (as well as the Lentil Bolognaise and a batch of gluten-free scones) is this gluten-free granola I found at a little Tesco local on my way back to Pilates. Thankfully it doesn’t have too many other nasties in either but is deliciously moreish and I wanted to eat all of it as soon as the bag burst open. I also made a huge risotto using Heck gluten-free chicken sausages (see what I thought of them in an earlier post) and we had a work lunch at Vivat Bacchus on Thursday where I had the chargrilled chicken breast with greek salad and feta dressing. Divine!

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On Friday I had a day off to make the long-week even longer and after a much needed lie-in (mainly because Pete downloaded Netflix onto my ipad and I’m literally obsessed with Peaky Blinders, swapping sleep for catching up!) I headed into Bromley for a little mooch around. Of course, it being payday and me feeling like shopping I didn’t find too much but did pop into The White Company where I could have bought everything. I’ll definitely be treating myself to one of these Seychelles bath creams in the not-too-distant future though. I did pick up some basics from Zara and a hot chocolate from Costa before returning home to walk Maddie on a blustery afternoon.

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Saturday was another full day – running in the morning (and more smoothie making, I’m crazy for my Nutribullet at the moment) and then we made our way to Excel for Grand Designs Live where I’d been invited by The Dream Lodge Group to mark the launch of their newest high-end holiday lodge and my goodness, it was amazing! I won’t say too much here as a separate post will follow but I’m so glad we went. I’ve never been to Grand Designs Live before and it was so much better than the Ideal Home Show (in fact I’d never been to Excel either!) plus the added advantage of masses of parking.

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GrandDesignsLive

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In the afternoon, a few hours labour, chopping back more overgrown brambles. Our neighbours have done such a great job of building this fence and little by little it’s taking shape. Once the fence is finished and we’ve cleared everything on our side I’d really love to develop a hanging vegetable garden all along the fence. There will be about 80 feet of it so we have plenty of space. What you see below was completely impenetrable about 3-4 weeks ago with just a knee-high chain link fence between us so it’s already much improved.

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Sunday we left London far behind and headed off to the Northamptonshire countryside to visit my Mum and go out for lunch with my brother, his partner and our baby niece Florence who is nearly 8 months old. It’s always a perfect break to get out of the big smoke and my Mum lives in a village that doesn’t even have a shop or pub it’s so small, literally the very opposite of where we are. Maddie loves the countryside smells and we had a relaxed pub lunch before an afternoon stroll.

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Hope you’ve had a wonderful week X

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4 Comments

  1. May 2, 2016 / 7:33 pm

    SO many nice things in this post. I love seeing your pooch! So beautiful. You’re mad for the smoothies! Go girl… and enjoy 🙂 Have a great week xx

    • Lins
      May 10, 2016 / 12:14 pm

      Thanks lovely Xx

  2. May 4, 2016 / 2:47 pm

    Looks like a lovely week! I’m so glad it’s warmed up, just a week ago it was so chilly. I love your running outfit – I really like the New Look range too… Also love those cute muddy puppy paws!

    • Lins
      May 10, 2016 / 12:00 pm

      New Look is great for exercise stuff isn’t it? I’m going to be shopping there a lot now we’ve just signed up for a half marathon – eek! X

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