broadway market

popped to Broadway market on saturday and was amazed at how busy and vibrant it is there;   i still think that the best food is the street food, but if its not sunny and warm, you definitely need to have a break inside.

i always love the 1930’s tiles of F.Cooke’s original pie and mash cafe – its beautiful interior still intact and kept up to perfection – i love everything about it, the tiles, the benches, the way the napkins were displayed – but as the owner said, people like myself dont eat pie and mash and eels – we all go for the cupcakes and the other delicacies on offer!    its a shame, because places like this ought to remain in areas like this, but they only survive if we go in and support them – so i guess i need to start eating some jellied eels.

we bought some delicious hand smoked salmon by hansen and lydersen  for Max to eat, and the most beautiful decorated cup cakes by violet.    also eclairs by the end of the eclair are so tempting.  these interesting stalls were dotted amongst the various food stalls. sadly the haberdashery shop has gone – its what happens in london, things come and go very quickly.  also, some of the stalls change from week to week.   i  absolutely love donion books with its interesting array of foreign, art, vintage and design books – great for gifts, as there are so many books that i have never seen anywhere before.   of course, there are still lots of practical food shops- fin and flounder – just what every high street needs – with its lovely interior it really draws you in to buy some fish for dinner and a classic butcher – hill and szrok for steaks.

stop for coffee break in Climpson and Sons  and eat some lovely indian street food too –  i always take home a couple of the vegetarian samosas . broadway market has a lot more food stalls for take away food rather than produce.   stella blunt is a cute vintage shop selling furniture and accessories – retro glasses, metal letter stencils, chairs…  so all in all its a good morning out for a saturday and you can bring home lots of good food to cook – a lot of the same stalls from borough market are also at broadway market.

i love the japanese  stationary gifts from Ouka Ueno and the indian tiffin boxes from Kairaasi.  they also sell the stainless steel plate racks that are reminiscent of the victorian wood ones. Att Pyntta have some lovely gifts, throws and home goods.

dont forget to pop into the school yard market, a little extension of broadway market, with more choices of great food and vintage and also netil market, whose ethos is eat work art.

i dont look at all the you tube links that people send me, but you will love this one about street markets – narrated by sid james its a perfect end to get you into the swing of all the street markets around london.

dont forget to pop into the dog & wardrobe – just along the canal, a workshop of retro furniture for sale, including lamps, school chairs and old desks.

 

southwold sea

i love coming to suffolk, even just for a day, and especially if the weather is as lovely as it has been.   the only thing i dislike is the 2 and half plus hours drive to get there.  so what i have been doing is breaking the journey with a stop for a cup of tea in one of the many lovely towns along the route – i pick a different one every time.

southwold is the closest town for amenities to the cottage, so its a good stopping place for lunch and collecting the groceries – its also a perfect place to take a swim to refresh yourself after the long drive.  we were really lucky with the stillest sea i have ever seen, no wind, just heat and sun.

it can be snape maltings – the 1800 buildings originally used for storing barley – that are now a concert hall, shops, eating places all set in a tranquil setting surrounding by reeds.  i particularly love the hepworth sculpture set amonst the reeds it really is a lovely focus point.   there is also a henry moore sculpture;  as well as eating and shopping there is also a bit of art – there is the lettering arts trust with its beautiful carved stones., the beautiful dovecote gallery, there is musical installation by Bill Fontana, and  the snape gallery with works including  maggi hambling     i  have tried all the cafes there and the granary tea shop is the best;  i think that the food hall has cute gifts and pump bakery sells their lovely bread.

often it is woodbridge,  either the cooks shed or wild strawberry cafe.but my favourite is Darsham Nurseries, which I literally pass by – the food is consistently the best.

i have loved doing up the cottage  and now the sheds and discovering all the nearby beaches and villages has been such a pleasure – it makes that drive back into london all worth it!

balenciaga

go and see the balenciaga exhibition at the V & A  – the wonderful lines, the creativity and cut of the clothes are just inspirational.  once you are at the V & A, take a look at the architecture and furniture floor, its so beautiful and overlooked.  you can see where a lot of designers have taken their inspiration from, including comme des garçons.  if you happen to be going to New York you have to visit the exhibition there at the Metropolitan museum – you can see the similarities – art of the in between.  

 

 

small producers

i can’t help but try and support small producers, so whenever i see them pitch up at events, i always give them a try.  i think since i have been doing all these pop up shopping events myself, i have totally appreciated the time and effort put into them.  recently at the greenwich festival, i spotted a few of these quality companies.

kindred + wild, who make small batch apothecary oils and balms; i love the rosemary and thyme, perfect for your handbag and for smoothing your hair once you arrive somewhere and its gone all wild.

cakehole, great cakes, doughnuts and all things naughty. – they also make birthday cakes .

maya njie has a lovely range of perfumes, light and fresh, they are made with natural oils and are a change to the mass produced perfumes on the market.  i  dont like commercial perfumes, and stick to rosewater,  but these are delicate and not overpowering.  i bought nordic cedar, which apparently was her first creation.

suneeta creams are all handmade and natural – i saw them pitched outside the beigel shop on brick lane and bought a turmeric cream for dry patches – its incredibly soothing and moisturising and gave my daughter alice some as she suffers from excema now and again, and she really liked it.  its very good value and the few things that i have tried (cleansing cream and eye gel)  are impressive.

beggars velvet have a wonderful range of gifts incorporating text that are both functional and beautiful;  colourful blocks of soap, boned spoons, beautiful carved wooden kitchen implements, linen aprons and an original piece of jewellery made with vintage coins and other found items – all of a high quality and packaged simply.

i have been doing up my sheds in suffolk, hoping to spend more time creating there – painting, making, reading, thinking – even a few pop up sales….

 

birthday wishes for robert

have i told you lately

Have I told you lately that I love you?
Have I told you there’s no one else above you?
Fill my heart with gladness
Take away all my sadness
Ease my troubles that’s what you do

For the morning sun in all its glory
Greets the day with hope and comfort too
You fill my heart with laughter
And somehow you make it better
Ease my troubles that’s what you do

There’s a love that’s divine
And it’s yours and it’s mine like the sun
And at the end of the day
We should give thanks and pray
To the one, to the one

Have I told you lately that I love you?
Have I told you there’s no one else above you?
Fill my heart with gladness
Take away all my sadness
Ease my troubles that’s what you do

There’s a love that’s divine
And it’s yours and it’s mine like the sun
And at the end of the day
We should give thanks and pray
To the one, to the one

And have I told you lately that I love you?
Have I told you there’s no one else above you?
You fill my heart with gladness
Take away my sadness
Ease my troubles that’s what you do

Take away all my sadness
Fill my life with gladness
Ease my troubles that’s what you do
Take away all my sadness
Fill my life with gladness
Ease my troubles that’s what you do

Van Morrison, but i know he loves the Rod Stewart version

happy birthday and sweet como memories…..