6 In six years in london

lazy sunday


hello friends,

today has been one of those juicy lazy sundays that fill all of me to the brim. it’s been part discovery, part hand-cut chips, with a side order of photography and a sprinkling of book shopping…

It all began with a trip to the newly discovered (by us at least) albion caff in shoreditch (thanks remodelista!) for coffee and a jammy dodger for me, almond croissant for nic. this place is humming with people on the weekend… full to overflowing with people drinking tea from pots covered in hand-knitted tea cosies, sharing a bit of gossip with friends, or having a quiet read of the sunday paper.

Then it was a short wander to the colombia road flower market, where stallholders were pimping their wares – most for a fiver. it was funny listening to their monologue as they interspersed their current deal with muttered comments about wondering if anyone was listening. the market was packed full of people, shuffling along in time with the people in front/behind… some laden with flowers & plants, others (like us) with cameras. one cheeky vendor was charging £1 if anyone wanted to take photos.

As well as the market, there are a ton of quirky little stores, full of people, funky art, and other goodies and we chanced upon an amazing second-hand bookstore in a couple of upstairs rooms. they had an awesome selection of paperbacks, some of which parted me from my cash, and a great view back along the flower market from the windows.

The rest of the afternoon has been spent at our local cafe – this place is very “relaxed wellington cafe” with lazy-sunday-style music (often kiwi), great beer and hand-cut chips. we are both sitting here with laptops; nic up to some geekery or another, and me…

…well, i’m writing to you.

  • Amy
    09/09/2009 at 20:30

    Oh my, that sounds so lovely. Like Saturday Market in Portland, OR but even better. And of course, I’m pretty far from Portland too… My weekend was spent far away from people and one-of-a-kind shops, but it was lovely all the same. =)

  • Jude (top sister)!
    09/09/2009 at 08:28

    Ken Duncan

  • Jude (top sister)!
    09/09/2009 at 08:26

    Take those photos quickly I hear there is a plot afoot in Australia at least to remove photographer’s rights in public places as a famous australian has been finding out Duncan is his surname I forget his first name for now.
    Looks like you’re finding the types of places I’d love to visit.
    have you been to any antiquey type markets?

  • Carol
    08/09/2009 at 10:01

    The Net Buzz clipping made me laugh… so funny :-)

  • Marianne
    07/09/2009 at 00:15

    It sounds perfect! I love the article Nic sent you, hilarious.

  • Emma
    06/09/2009 at 19:46

    It sounds like a perfect day, I would LOVE to go to the Albion Caff followed by the flower market! I’ll have to join you soon Leonie ;0)