And so this week finishes with the longest day of the year which in true British summer style feels more like autumn, we are going to get a summer aren’t we?! *crosses fingers hopefully*
Monday saw my normal post-work Pilates class, something which I really look forward to and love now. I’ve managed to get back into the running swing of things so it’s good to have something different added to the mix and this week we were trying out new moves and ball work. Seriously, I have so little co-ordination it’s hilarious but hopefully this will help me develop. And how lovely are these two pooches I caught patiently waiting outside a cafe in Sundridge Park as I made my way to the lesson?
I also found out that the new HIBS100 rankings had been published and my humble little old blog had jumped up to no.59. Rankings are as rankings do, but I enjoy writing so much it’s lovely to have those added little encouragements along the way. Of course what goes up must come down too ho hum!
Tuesday was a little bit of a different day as I paid a visit to a primary school not too far from where I live, in Lee. At work lately I’ve been getting involved in a programme called Safe and Secure Online where professionals who have our certifications in cyber security can volunteer to go into schools and teach kids about protecting themselves from cyber bullying and so on.
The purpose of my schools visit was to see one of the companies we partner with do their version of the presentation. It was totally eye-opening to me, I’ve not set foot inside a school since 1998 so whilst I was re-assured to see the gym equipment was still the same (and still drove the very Devil’s fear into me!) it was amazing to see how kids have changed, both in their behaviour and physicality. The oldest age group I saw was Year 6 but you’d never know it from looking at them. It was fascinating though and I’m loving the day job lately.
On my way home I stopped at a local florist to get some new flowers, a rosemary bush and added them to these lovely tomato plants a neighbour kindly gave me.
Wednesday was a non-event, feeling tired and just not in the mood for anything. But my fuschia in the garden finally had an open bud which cheered me up and we did have the most epic dinner known to man – good old cheese on toast. And you know what? It tasted bloody great, mature Cheddar and Lea & Perrins wins every time.
Thursday was house day. What a morning, waking up late irritable from the day before but thought I was ok because it was my work from home day. Just before 8am (still in my pyjamas) the door bell went and it was two builders who’d come to start bashing away at the fireplace preparing to fit a wood burning stove. I knew they were coming, just not that early.
The next 3 hours were banging, digging, drilling whilst I tried to get some work done upstairs plus stop every idiot from trying to nick stuff that was lying on the drive. At some point there was one guy on the roof and one guy in the living room trying to get the lining down the chimney and it felt like the entire house was shaking. On a positive note, the horrible old gas fire is gone and the space dug out back to its original 1930s brickwork. The downside is that all the rubble has been left on the driveway and we’re really not sure what the end job will look like or when it’s going to happen!
Friday after work I met up with a friend for drinks and dinner, it was a gorgeous afternoon so I walked from our office at London Bridge along the South Bank to Waterloo. We caught up over a large glass of wine in The Cabin at the top of Waterloo station before heading round the corner to Cubana for cocktails and Cuban food. We caught the tail end of Happy Hour so needless to say it was a little bit messy but look at all the smarties we got with the bill.
Somehow on Saturday I managed to drag myself out of bed to take the dog for a run, my first one since Wednesday. We did a couple of laps of the park and then off into the woods and I think it helped to clear my fuzzy head. In the evening we headed to Hyde Park to see Blur which I’d been looking forward to for ages but in typical summer fashion it pissed down as we walked from home to the station and so we arrived absolutely soaked.
Nothing that a drink and a plate of chips didn’t sort though and we made our way towards the stage. They were amazing but Bon Jovi two years ago remains my favourite so far. At least the weather stayed dry in the end and we had a great night.
Sunday I headed back into town for the first of this season’s kidswear tradeshows for DaisychainBaby, going to Dot to Dot London at The Vinyl Factory in Soho. This is a much smaller event than some of the bigger shows but it’s really focused on design-led independent businesses and it was lovely to catch up with my existing suppliers as well as chat to potential new ones.
Afterwards I popped quickly to all the home shops on Tottenham Court Road and had a quick look round West Elm…these candles smell amazing, a little shopping spree may be in order when some of the bigger home bills get out of the way (if that ever happens)
Pete stayed in to wait for a delivery of the last piece of furniture for our office room, this little storage cupboard. It’s perfect for the space and means all we need to do is hang a few bits on the wall and we’re done! Finally, the first room is nearly there.
Hope you’ve all had a lovely week x
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