Weekend Link Love

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[Photo by Denys Nevozhai]

It’s been a weekend of highs and lows. Or rather, highs and one low. The high points being finally fitting the shelves in the dining room, tidying the house from top to bottom, having some lovely visitors and watching ‘How To Be Single’ on Saturday night (Rebel Wilson is amazing, as always). The low being my laptop deciding to give up on me after 3 years of loyal service. I’m taking it to the Genius Bar this week, so hopefully they can resuscitate it. You can’t have everything in life, can you? And when you have a clean house, some lovely new shelves and a pile of freshly baked toffee apple muffins to contend with, you can count the weekend a good one. 

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[Photo by Brooke Lark]

Hey there! Hope you are having a wonderful weekend, as always. I have spent the weekend relaxing at the spa like the luxury bitch that I am, and I came home to a tidy house with fresh sheet on the bed – so basically I’m living the dream. It’s been a busy week – but isn’t it always? I’m full of the joys of autumn today – the trees along our street are a plethora of beautiful colours, I’ve just eaten a leftover pumpkin muffin and I have my snuggliest pyjamas on. If every day could be a little like today, I would be a very happy woman. 

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[Photo by Luca Bravo]

What a beautiful day it is today! I hope it is similarly sunny where you are, and that you are able to make the most of all this autumn-ness. After I type this up, I’m heading to Lotherton Hall with some friends to go apple picking, before coming home and cooking up a giant roast dinner. It’s my first time trying to roast beef properly, so wish me luck! I’ve also prepped some pastry ready for us to make an apple pie with the literal fruits of our labour, so excuse me whilst we all don our flannel shirts and step into a glorious autumn catalogue scene. It’s been a busy couple of weeks for me, but something about the autumn just makes me happier than ever. Maybe it’s the crunch of leaves underfoot or being able to wear snuggly jumpers or maybe it’s just that things are going really well right now. I know that is rather sickening to read, and I apologise. I think it’s just that the sun shining in through the window really puts me in a good mood and it’s hard not to share that. I hope you all have a wonderful Sunday! 

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[Photo by Anthony DELANOIX

Hey pals, I hope you have all had lovely weekends! On Friday night, I was out celebrating my friend Tom’s birthday at MOJO, complete with gin cocktails and cheesy chips on the way home. I always say I’m not going to stay out, and then get swept up in the excitement – especially when it’s somebody’s birthday. It is one of my favourite things to mix all of my friends together and see what happens, and so I always imagine everyone else loves it, too – it’s fun to meet the people who love the people you love, isn’t it? 

Whilst the weekend was off to a rock ‘n’ roll start, the rest has actually been very sedate – which is basically the best balance of a weekend. Paul was away in London for our friend Gillian’s birthday so I had the house all to myself. I ate baked camembert, read a whole load of books and took a bath in the afternoon. Afternoon baths are way better than evening baths, for some reason. It was delightful and I’m feeling ready to take on the next week! 

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[Photo by Benny Jackson]

I feel like I can chart the busy-ness of my life against the organisation (or lack thereof) of this blog. All my good intentions are thrown out of the window when things get hectic, as they have been over the past few weeks. My laundry pile is overflowing and my fridge is pretty much empty, but my heart is so, so full. How could it be otherwise? We have watched two of our friends get married this weekend, and today we sent Ellie off to University. She was very chill about it. I was not (but only after we left – I can be cool). The weekend before we cooked dinner on Friday night, drinking whisky and chatting well into the early hours, and then threw a mini party complete an all-American feast and toasting marshmallows over our new fire pit. We’re in the dying days of summer, now. But I’m ready for autumn. For that back to school feeling. I’m ready to get organised again. 

 

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I am taking a lax attitude to my ‘to do’ list these days. Somehow our autumn has become full without us even trying, with almost every weekend booked up with something fun to do. I am not usually very good with that; I get worried about all the ‘home’ stuff that I need to get done and that I’ll be tired at work and the house will end up a mess. Except, that is not the life stuff. The life stuff is late September barbecues and picking pumpkins and visiting friends and hosting dinners. That’s the real life stuff. Also, I’m just as anxious when I have less social commitments because I feel like I’m wasting time and also I *still* have a to do list as long as my arm. So basically, all I have learnt is that I am an anxious person. Wine helps. And so does the company of wonderful people. We spent the weekend at my aunt’s house, which is messy (soz Michelle) but so full of love. I feel it for days after I leave, and I hope one day my house feels the same. With cuddle chairs you can immediately climb into, red wine for days, and shaggy dogs that fall asleep on your lap. And the best people. They are key in all this. I hope you have had a similarly relaxing weekend. 

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[Photo by Charlotte Coneybeer

Hey pals! How’s your weekend been? This has been the first time in months that we’ve had a simple, pottering sort of weekend. I’ve had a little bit of work to do, but it’s been interspersed with reading, baking and blogging, which is basically my favourite way to spend the time. Paul’s gone around the house and put up some prints so the whole place looks a whole lot more like home, now. And Tuna… well, she’s found a new sunbathing spot, and managed to vomit all over my yellow armchair which was unpleasant for everyone (except her, she has no respect for interior design). I’m feeling ready for the week ahead, and the last Bank Holiday weekend before Christmas! I am both dreading and looking forward to autumn – I have so many lovely plans, but I feel like we never really got a summer and it would be nice to have a little bit more sunshine before the downhill slide into winter, don’t you think? Either way, let’s make the most of it! 

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[Photo by Jason Briscoe

Today, I am horribly hungover, but my heart is so very full. We had our work’s big summer party yesterday, which meant rooftop cocktails, steak & chips, some rather ridiculous dancing, funny photo booth moments and staying up way past my bedtime. I am very lucky to work with a whole bunch of people I actually like (which seems to be a surprisingly rare occurrence in the world) so it was a whole lot of fun. We also had some of my best pals – Amy and Alex – staying this weekend, and it always makes me happy to flex my hosting muscles. Sometimes I think my dream might be to run a B&B so I can constantly be setting out bedrooms with fresh flowers & clean sheets, before cooking up giant breakfasts for everyone. Then I remember that I hate to work weekends. The rest of my plans for the day involve the Gilmore Girls, a curry (home-made for the first time in weeks), and maybe some more naps. Life is good. I hope it is for you, too. 

 

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Hey friends! How’s your weekend going? I got a haircut, read most of Polo and gloried in the new floor that Paul and his brother very kindly laid downstairs yesterday. It looks great and means I no longer have to wear shoes in the house all the time, which is a winner. We’re busy bees getting the house ready for our very first overnight guests who are arriving on Friday. Cross your fingers that we get everything ship-shape by then, will you? Other than that, I don’t have very much exciting news (other than the new book blog – you saw that, right?). DIY is my life now. 

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[Photo by Anders Jildén]

Hey friends! Hope you’re having a happy, sunny Sunday. We’re blitzing the DIY this weekend – we’ve got friends visiting in two weeks and the house is in no fit state so it’s all hands on deck until then. By all hands, I mean me and Paul. We could do with some more hands, to be honest. The kitchen is still not done, but I’m hoping that by Wednesday I’ll at last be able to cook something. Anything. A boiled egg would be nice right about now. Eating out every night sounds fun at first, but it’s actually sort of a bummer. Other than that I’ve been busy working on a new book blog – I hope to have it up and running by tomorrow but we’ll see. There’s still a lot to do. It’s all work and no play right now, and we know where that leads. Actually, I lie. We went to see Ghostbusters on Wednesday night with some friends, and it was better than I even expected. For me, it’s totally better than the original. Awesome women saving the world whilst wearing world-saving-appropriate jumpsuits? I’m so down for that. Every time. God bless all who made that movie for us – it was exactly what I needed to see. How has your week been? 

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