Monday Catch-Up #50

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What a brilliant week last week was – crazy busy as always but full of laughter, friendship, celebrating and fun. In fact I saw 5 of my closest friends and remembered all over again that no matter how often you see your closest friends, or don’t as is often the case once people move to different places and start families, when you do come back together it’s just as wonderful as it was when you used to see each other weekly and speak all the time on the phone (gasp, in the days pre-internet and social media!) It was also a week full of work, taking one step forward and several steps back with our latest renovation project and more blogging adventures.

Last weekend we were busy prepping the floor of our third bedroom to be replaced and on Monday our local flooring company AJ Rogers turned up to take care of the first step, a tape and latex covering of the existing boards. This levels out the floor and makes it more secure as well as eliminating any last creaks and looks a little bit like this.

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Maddie wasn’t too impressed to have strange people around the house and spent most of the time hiding outdoors…

Maddie

So on Tuesday they were back to lay the flooring, which they did and it looks great. Unfortunately though they felt there was too much damage to the lower part of the wall to fit the skirting so at the moment we’re waiting for a plasterer to come and quote so we can get the work done and then they can finish the job. All the while we have stuff everywhere, including our sofa bed standing on its end in the landing. The house is in chaos, no exaggeration.

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newfloor

In other fun things on Tuesday I paid a visit to the House of Fraser AW interiors press preview and saw so many beautiful things that have now made it on to my wish-list. Too much to choose from! Followed by a little wander down to Oxford Street and a bit of shopping at John Lewis before heading home where this sweet delivery was waiting for me from Oykos, debuting their new yoghurts and encouraging me to put my feet up and relax (slippers from The White Company are heavenly and I’ve been living in them ever since!)

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HouseOfFraser

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Wednesday felt like a winter’s day as I wrapped up back in tights and coats to head to work but had a lovely evening catching up with my bestie. She works for the Press Association and we went to a preview screening of little Indie film “Adult Life Skills” starring Jodie Whittaker at the Soho Screening Rooms which was just brilliant. It won’t get a nationwide release or anything like that but do look it up and go and see it. It’s a kind of comedy/drama and will leave you chuckling away and teary all at the same time. Afterwards we wandered round Soho for a dinner option and came across Imli Street which is a kind of Indian street food restaurant and we sat in the window having a natter and watching the world go by. Of course it all reminded me for the millionth time how much I love London…are you bored of hearing it yet?!

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On Thursday I worked from home, dashing out for my first training run of the week before taking Maddie out and meeting up with one of my dog-walking friends. It was so lovely to enjoy the sunshine after the coldness of Wednesday. After work I headed back to West London and The Conran Shop for a painting class, experimenting with the use of colour via fine art and discussing how to incorporate it into the home. Another fun event which I’ll be blogging about separately but needless to say it was a lot of fun and I decided I want to move into The Conran Shop…

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TheConranShop

TheConranShop

TheConranShop

The very best thing that happened on Thursday though was an email to say that this cake I made last year as part of a blogging challenge in collaboration with Oreo actually WON the competition and I’ve won a cookery course of my choice up to the value of £400. I can hardly believe that anything creative of mine won something but miracles really do happen!

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Friday passed uneventfully but with the added bonus of an early finish at work to make the most of the bank holiday weekend and I came home to get on with some housework so we didn’t have to do any over the weekend itself. We ran some errands in Bromley on Saturday to pick up presents for the friends we saw on Saturday night, then a little bit of chocolate making with some superfood goodies I’ve received from Bioglan (post to follow) before we got ready and went into town for drinks and dinner in Covent Garden to celebrate my friend Dan’s 40th birthday. Some of us ended up at the Tattershall Castle (dodgy nightclub on a boat) after we first visited it for his 26th birthday 14 years ago – somehow it felt appropriate that we found ourselves back there and I eventually made it home at 4.30…

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And on Sunday, tired but not too hungover, I hopped on the train to head up to northwest London to have lunch with two of my girlfriends who had been out on Saturday night too. We’d planned our lunch literally months ago and then it happened that all of us were free on Saturday for the birthday celebrations so it was great to have a reminder of what our weekends used to be like when we were younger and footloose and fancy free. The rest of the day passed in a relaxed state of tiredness and being so thankful that Monday is a Bank Holiday…

Hope you’ve had a lovely week X

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1 Comment

  1. May 30, 2016 / 7:59 am

    wow busy week! I love that retro looking desk! And I love the pic of Maddie out and about it’s gorgeous! I saw your slippers on Instagram they look comfy. It is getting cold in Melbourne and I have been wearing big socks around the house as floorboards do feel cold.

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