Happy on a Monday

Happy Monday! Sorry I’m chipper on a Monday, but we had a marvelous weekend and I’m in a fantastic mood. I wonder how long it will last. On Saturday we explored Shepherd’s Bush, a neighborhood in west London. It was a sunny day and throngs of people were out an about. And the good news, we found two pubs we haven’t been to before.

Sunday was a wonderful and relaxing day. We took Miles to Holland Park to play ball and to explore the rose garden. Later in the day we went for a stroll through Brompton cemetery. Again the weather was lovely and people enjoyed being outside.

I hope all of you had wonderful weekends.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast (lesbianswhowrite.com) with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (iheartlesfic.com), a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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63 Responses to Happy on a Monday

  1. Awww, Miles looks so happy – just like a little puppy romping on the grass :). I’m glad you had such a wonderful weekend. Mine has been fantastic too, and today is Canada’s birthday, so we are still at my parents in Kingston. As you know, Friday was a very successful shopping day for me, and then yesterday we spent the day at my brother’s new house which I hadn’t been to see yet, and they had a really nice lunch for us with an icecream cake for dessert for my birthday (it had chocolate in the middle and little chocolates all over the top YAYYYY). My brother also let me look through a book of birdhouse patterns and pick one for him to make for me, so that there will be lots of birds for me to photograph! Then we went to the casino which turned out to be an awesome choice because Mike and I kept winning all night. Between the two of us, we came out about $1,000 ahead. Wahooooo!!!!! Even my mom (who only makes teeny tiny bets) won $137. We also had dinner at the casino, and they have fantastic food there. Everyone is still asleep this morning, but when they wake up I’m sure we’ll find something fun to do today too (fireworks tonight maybe). Enjoy your Monday TBM :).

  2. adinparadise says:

    How nice that you’re having lovely summer weather, TBM. Looks like Miles had a ball. 😀

    • TBM says:

      Miles loves going to the park to chase a ball. The past two weekends have been delightful and all of us want to be outside to enjoy.

  3. Frank says:

    Two new pubs? Wow … Does that mean you only have less than 10 to go? 😉 Looks like a wonderful weekend. Gotta love the sights and the fact that you remembered the ball for Miles.

    • TBM says:

      He didn’t complain about leaving red ball behind. We can chuck a tennis ball much further and Miles loves to chase it. Sometimes I think I would like to know how many pubs there are in London, but probably best I don’t.

  4. Miles looks zonked from having a happy weekend! We had a great weekend too. Birthday BBQ!

  5. restlessjo says:

    Everything changes with the weather, doesn’t it, TBM? I love the roses. They’re just coming into their own. It was my mum’s favourite flower and she had some beauties in her back garden. 🙂

  6. Yay – I’m happy that you’re happy and I’m just generally happy too! Lovely shots and I especially like that one of Miles flaked out on his cushion 🙂

    • TBM says:

      Miles plays hard, but he also knows how to completely relax. I’m always amazed how such a little dog can take up so much room. And he snores!

  7. There is no reason to apologize for being in a good mood, even on a Monday. And there is no reason to wonder how long it will last, I say nurture that feeling and enjoy it. 🙂 So happy you had a good weekend and have such lovely pictures to show for it.

    I’m happy too, we had an unexpected gift of Spring-like weather to end our June and start our July and it is predicted to last all week long. Highs in the 80’s, lows in the 60’s. When I got out to run this morning it almost felt like an autumn day. Wonderful!

    • TBM says:

      That’s wonderful about the weather. Now that I don’t live in Boston anymore I’m shocked I was able to live with such humidity and I only imagine it’s worse in your area. Autumn-like weather sounds marvelous to me. I skipped my run this am to get a little extra sleep and then took Miles for a long walk in Holland. A perfect start on a Monday. And I’m looking forward to my run this evening since I didn’t go this am. Helps erase the stress from the day. I hope your nice weather continues for a least a few more days. I know I’m early, but happy 4th of July! Enjoy the bbqs and fireworks for me.

  8. seeing new places is always fun 🙂 . i love the rose garden and that big metal frame sculpture and are those gravestones?

    • TBM says:

      I think the sculpture is a toy in the park–at least I saw kids swinging on it. And we walk through Brompton Cemetery several times a week. It’s a lovely area. Dogs are only allowed on the side where they no longer hold burials. On the other side, there’s still room.

  9. fgassette says:

    Love your tour of Shepherds Bush. The houses look like some parts of Pittsburgh, without the many chimney’s on them.


  10. poppytump says:

    Fabulous pictures TBM glad you had a ball .. oops or was Miles 😉
    Really.. looks like a fun week end . A bit of sun and leisure time sets up everyone for a good start to the week 🙂

  11. bocafrau says:

    Great pics. The weather looks lovely. 🙂

    • TBM says:

      It was marvelous weather this weekend. Warm but not too hot. A little cooler today, but I don’t mind since it’s a work day. Hope camp is going well!

  12. lynnsbooks says:

    So glad you had a great weekend. I did too *punches air*! It makes the start of the week so much nicer!
    Lynn 😀
    And, I know I’m freaky but lovely graveyard pic! Plus Miles on a cushion 😀

    • TBM says:

      It is odd that I’m completely used to waking through a graveyard each afternoon. When we first moved here and everyone said that’s where they walk there dog my reaction was, “Really!”

  13. seems you and your family were busy having fun this weekend.. dog too.. 🙂 take care.

  14. Novroz says:

    what a great collection of photos. That cubic thingy looks great.

    Btw, I have checked Shaun, and the pub is called manchester. Not sure if the name is real pub or a made up

    • TBM says:

      I looked on Wikipedia and saw this: The scenes filmed in and around “The Winchester Pub” were shot at The Duke of Albany in Monson Road New Cross, a three-storey Victorian pub popular with supporters of Millwall F.C. which was converted into luxury flats in 2007.

      Not sure if the pub was converted into flats as well. Will have to do more research for you.

  15. That is a “fun day, Monday.” So much places to go and so many adventures along the way. The pub drinks looks like a refreshing treat in between. Wonderful pictures!

    • TBM says:

      I love that you can head out in one direction and not have to plan too much–London has so many wonderful places to see.

  16. Fergiemoto says:

    Great photos, and so glad to read you had a fabulous weekend! Two pubs! Wow – you hit the jackpot! Thanks for taking us on your tour.

  17. Looks like Miles is enjoying the nice weather–good for him!
    Nothing like English roses, honestly….

  18. Vishy says:

    Beautiful pictures, TBM! Loved the pictures of the roses and Miles playing with the ball. I think this is the first time I am seeing Miles’ picture – he looks like a bundle of joy. Looking forward to seeing your cat’s picture sometime. Hope you are having a wonderful start to a new week.

    • Vishy says:

      The title of your post ‘Happy on a Monday’ made me smile 🙂 Have you heard the song by ‘The Bangles’ ‘Manic Monday’? 🙂

    • TBM says:

      I’ve been trying to get a recent picture of Att for you, but each time he’s either sleeping or he walks right up to the camera and all you see is black fuzz. But I am still trying. And Miles is a bundle of joy and energy. We just got back from the park playing fetch and he’s still not tired. I am, he isn’t.

  19. looks like Miles had a great weekend as well. he seems jubilant

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