Monday, 28 July 2014

Two Go Off To Camden Market

Wow this week has been amazing - sooo much has happened. It started with a trip to the hairdresser - having my hair cut by a young girl with the name "Pixie"! Well the name might be a little suspect but her skills with the scissors were not! She decided that having my hair straight would be a good option. It certainly was but I, sadly, cannot seem to recreate the same effect. So I shall head back to have a conversation with her.

Monday night was craft group and it ended up with this bizarre conversation about what you must do if your child gets its head stuck in some railings! This then led to my teddy being used in a demonstration. It was sooo funny. Note knitting needles were also used as railings!

There has been a huge saga to do with the chickens and a house but I'll tell you all about that on another blog. All I will say is that it has taken up a large chunk of the week in various different ways.
Then Saturday came!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Time for Mrs A and myself to take the second of the three trips we had planned this summer. Mr P dropped us off at Leicester train station at 07:45 and Mrs A then announced that the tickets we bought for the train had been upgraded to 1st class by her wonderful hubby. So I am formally saying in front of the whole world thank you sooooooooooooooooooo much Mrs A's hubby it was a wonderful surprise and certainly a very comfortable experience. The aim of the days was to visit Camden Market in London. Mrs A had never been and I had only visited there once before on the hottest day of the year. Well ironically it was probably another day in the highest temperatures that this country ever has!

As we head out of the tube station and walk up the road to the market  we are surrounded by vibrant shops.

I adore the latest fashion going back to vintage clothing just wish my waist line could go back in time too!. I think this picture says what I think.

Aren't these dresses such fun. I do hope more dance halls come back again with this current phase of vintage/retro things being popular. Well they are in the UK.

We eventually make the market after a small diversion into some other shops.

The market is by the side of a canal and also in a very busy shopping area. We arrived at 10:00 and a lot of stalls were still just setting up but it was lovely to arrive then as the temperature was great and not so many people.

These are some of the huts that people have used to have their business inside. I love the way they have decorated them.

Then shock, horror I make a purchase within half an hour - well before Mrs A. This is unheard of and hence the picture. Note new hair do!!!!!!!!!!! Not the same as Pixie did it! Must go into hairdressers for lessons. Anyway back to the shopping I got a dress. The reason for the quick buy was it was in a sale reduced from £60 to £20 from a shop called Braintree. I really like their clothing and had admired other dresses before but didn't want to pay the price - must have some Scottish blood in me somewhere! Good picture of my footballers knees! Basically bad figure but hey ho thats me and I'm stuck with those legs.

I love to visit London to see all the new things, the new fashions that will eventually travel up the M1 north at some stage. It is such a lively buzzing city but I could not live here as what I like also drives me mad after a while and I long for the peace and solitude.

The lady below to the left of the picture made these bags and cats - cute aren't they?

Below you can see part of the canal and some of the stall preparing for lunch. It was only 11:00 but the smells wafting around from these stalls as they prepare all the wonderful vegetables, spices and meat send us into wanting dinner already but we boldly marched on trying to ignore our senses!

It's at this stage that I lead Mrs A astray. I see a shop selling second hand books and off I march her into there only to see some of the books that she collects. Golly rarely do I ever see these books (as I always look out for them when I'm shopping in these type of shops) and to see four of them was amazing. Sorry I do not have a picture but the are made by the company called  Persephone Books. They are beautiful books and I can understand why she collects them.

I took this picture for a lady who comes to the craft group. Mrs S has to have a gluten free diet and I was please to see that there were two stalls catering for people with this special diet. Well done stall holders!

By 12:00 we cannot wait any longer for food the smells are just too much to wait for! So we then head back to the food area and walk twice around all the many many stalls trying to decide what to eat as it felt there was a stall from most regions of the world with wonderful food. After what felt like an agonizing decision as you can only eat lunch once we opt for the Mexican stall. It wasn't the prettiest but they cooked the food as you ordered, so it was individually tailored to what you want.

The market has become very busy and very hot but they did provide us all with sheltered areas to eat.

Should have taken a picture before it was eaten but I guess I was too hungry! We were not disappointed. Now with full bellies we head back into the market. Golly it feels as if I'm back in  Marrakesh Market in Morocco.

Then we came across this rather strange looking shop - Cyberdog. Apparently it is a futuristic fashion, urban clothing, rave, clubwear and accessories seller.

Perhaps this isn't quite Mrs A and my style!

Yes those are real dancers in the background!

By 14:30 the market was crowded, the heat was sweltering and so we decide it is time to leave here and head off to a special shop in Angel. This involved going back onto the underground but it was pleasant to leave the sun rays for a draughty tunnel.

 This was a rather shaky picture as I tried to take it whilst the train was rattling through the tunnels. But I loved the way they have designed this seat for someone who definitely needs to have this seat.

But before I show you where we next went we had to stop and have a frozen FAT free iced yoghurt. Oooh it was delicious and tasted even better when it is sinless!

Frae Yoghurt - wonderful. Sadly they only have stores in London and one in Liverpool. Oh I do hope they make the middle of the country. Restored by this delight we then head to ........................................................................................... Loop.

Loop sells the most divine wool, books and accessories. I collapsed on the sofa upstairs to look at the books. I'm not very good when it gets too hot, I seem to go into melt down and even being in one of the best wool shops in the country I am struggling. But I still managed to purchase a new shawl pattern for some lovely wool that I was given by some friends from New Zealand - thank you Mrs T! Also I got some lovely buttons to add to the cardigan that a friend in Leicester knitted for me - thanks Mrs J! Now hear is Mrs A - in heaven, reaching for heaven?!

She was having such fun choosing some new colours for a new blanket project!

Both of us are now in  melt down and so we head off to the local pub - no not for a pint of beer but a pint of lime soda.

But even with a nice cool drink outside is too hot and so we head for inside. And as we are sitting inside, chilling out literally and discussing our eventful day I notice two ladies sitting by us knitting.

We get talking and discover they too have been to Loop and are on Ravelry.

The lady on the right's name on ravelry is NinaA24 and the lady on the left is Omarsyarn. Omarsyarn designs her own patterns and was teaching us creative new ways of knitting socks. When we told them my name they then informed us of another lady who sells yarns all to do with "murder" - CS Dye! It was such an honour to meet these two lovely ladies and I look forward to reading more about them on ravelry. This felt as if it finished our day off lovely. We then slowly ambled back to the tube station where we read the thought for the day.

Still had plenty of time before the train home and so continued shopping in St Pancras Station

We popped into this chocolate shop - but when I saw that a box of chocolates was £100 decided this was not quite for us!

It is from this station that you can catch a Eurostar to France - I loved looking at the destinations and started dreaming of my French holiday in a months time.

Well final view of the station before we boarded the train. Thanks to our hubbies who let us out on our own for the day. We had a lovely time and the would have hated our day. Thank you.

Monday, 21 July 2014

Night Before Pill

Friday night was a lovely evening. You may remember me talking of the vicarage party well three couples worked sooo hard that we decided as a way of saying thank you to invite them all for a three course meal. Golly it has been ages since I have done a meal like this. Had to think about timings as I always find it hard to do a starter and work out how to have the main meal ready in time without it over cooking, drying out or going cold. But all my preparation and thinking paid off and the meal was ok and I was pleased with the outcome. We had a lovely time together, didn't ever imagine I'd be cooking in temperatures reaching 30 degrees! The next day I had arranged to visit No 3, hubby, baby and dog. They have moved from the home they were renting to a new home in a wonderful place called Pill which is officially in North Somerset but I think many feel that they live in Bristol. Knowing what the M5 can be like on a Saturday during school holidays I made a decision to travel down Friday night after the meal. Having drank 3 espressos during the day I felt as if I could make the journey and stay awake. If you know me I like to be in bed by 11pm and am rubbish at staying awake. I arrived in Pill at 0:15 Saturday. But oh it was soo worth going then.

This is the view from the bedroom window I was sleeping in. It's not the prettiest of views but yet so interesting.

Sorry some of you may be wondering what you are seeing - well that bridge is the M5 going over the River Avon. The river is tidal and was out when I took this picture. The new home is not the most prettiest of homes but very practical and lots of space. As I go downstairs I am greeted with the sight of my grandson playing happily in all his new extra spaced out living room.

He adores balls, he loves to play in them, he loves to throw them, he loves to place them in lots of different hiding places. So glad they are brightly coloured as it makes them easier to find later on! The living room has patio windows leading out into the back garden and he had great fun throwing these balls into the garden! Being a granny am allowed to spoil him so I took him a new toy.

When he first was placed onto the ladybird he thought he had to sit cross legged, but he soon got the hang of how he was supposed to sit.

Having got us all up early Rowan decides it's time for a nap and so my daughter took me and the dog for a walk around the river.

If you look carefully you can see the dog, Poppy, in the grass. This is going to be such a great doggy place, so many lovely walks and so many other people with dogs for her to smell and play with!

Somehow Pill makes you feel as if you are on holiday.

Then we arrived at the village - for some reason I didn't take a picture of it but if you click here you can see some images without me breaking any copyright laws. It has a lovely community feel and I am sooo happy to see my young family living here. I went around with such a buzz. I hadn't realised how important it feels as a mother to know that your children are happy and living somewhere appropriate. Their last home just never excited me, it was very small and damp kept invading them whatever they did and the area didn't have any green spaces. Golly we had such a lovely walk that by the time we got back it was lunch time already! Then we headed into Bristol to see a food and music festival.

 We went into a marque full of JUST sweets! So glad it was sweets and not crisps! Sweets do not bother me but crisps I would die for - well perhaps not quite true!

If you look carefully in the background there is a picture of a castle and it is Alnwick Castle! Can't get away from Northumberland. The sweets are made in Alnwick.

I'm not sure if these sweets are gobstoppers but how would you get one in your mouth?

We did eventually get out of the tent - especially when the sweets were 100g for £1.99!

Now these are more like my type of sweeties - olives yum yum.

The smells were wonderful and we were all glad we had had an early lunch. Just look at all this wonderful meat - Mr P would have been in heaven here.

Sadly after a week of lovely sunshine today it rained - BUT look at the size of that green umbrella - ridiculous!

Us British will have our picnics whatever the weather! Good on them!

So exhausting!

On the waterfront was a display of what must be a new craze. Sorry I cannot remember what they called it but it seems that these men are kept up in the air by a powerful hose pipe!

Back home Poppy was waiting to play!

Play time for granny and Rowan - with another ball! Dinner time and then time to head back to Leicester. But I must show you all a final picture.

Yes I am to become a granny again - whooppee!