What a week, a long, long and HOT week! Unlike 95% of the nation I have loved every minute of that heat, it makes a change for me to be actually able to function rather than feeling freezing cold.
It’s been a busy week at work as we had our COO over from the US so things have been a little different. I had to miss my normal Monday night Pilates class but it was such a lovely evening by the time I got home that I decided to start staining our patio furniture. We bought a table and chairs for our previous house because although we were renting then it was the first place we’d had with a garden. 5 years on and the wood is in much need of some TLC so Pete has been diligently sanding everything back and I used a wood stain from Wilkinson’s. What a difference.
Tuesday after work Pete and I went to a concert at the Royal Festival Hall to see a Canadian singer he likes called Ron Sexsmith. I feel like we just shouldn’t be in work at all when the weather is so lovely so took every opportunity to spend as much time outdoors as possible, snapping this lavender in the park in the morning as I walked to the station and then ambling along the river towards our date night. London is always beautiful but in the sunshine it’s just perfect.
Wednesday was definitely the hottest of all the days and so I ended up going home early, partly to avoid inevitable train problems at London Bridge with the “wrong kind of heat” causing meltdown literally, and to get back for the dog who was being walked very early all this week to avoid the hottest parts of the day. We played in the garden and then headed to the park where she found the best way of keeping cool was to stay in the water.
Thursday was one of my favourite days because went to the Oxo Tower for lunch with work. Leaving at midday and getting back at 4pm made for a very unproductive day but the food (and wine!) was just splendid and look at this stunning view from the 8th floor. Needless to say I was good for nothing by the time I got home, apart from Maddie cuddles of course.
Friday thankfully was a relatively peaceful day at work, culminating in a couple of post-work drinks in one of our local pubs. Waiting for the train home I took this photo of the Shard in its early evening glory.
Saturday was long and unexciting – cleaning day! But for the first time in a long time, we didn’t just clean by moving things around the place, we actually started to try and find homes for more of the bits and pieces we’re still unpacking from our move 16 months ago. By the end of the day between us we’d cleaned the whole place from top to bottom and back again: living room, kitchen, dining room. Hallway and landing, two staircases. Three bedrooms, two bathrooms and the office. It’s rare for the house to be so clean and tidy and it won’t last but it looks lovely whilst it does. I even found time to start finishing off the fireplace and managed to sand and prime one coat.
Sunday could not have been more different – whereas Saturday we’d had every window and door open, Sunday morning it started raining about 8am and didn’t stop until midday. We took Maddie off to High Elms for a very soggy walk and it was definitely the quietest I’ve ever seen it. Thankfully though the weather got better as the day went on and in the afternoon my in-laws (Mum, Dad, sister) arrived for a visit. We sat in the garden before heading off for late lunch at The Bull’s Head in Chislehurst. It was our first visit and I absolutely loved it. Which may or may not have had something to do with the awesome decor and delicious puddings…
Hope you’ve all had a lovely week X