columbia road

if you go to columbia road flower market before 9am, its lovely and quiet and you can stroll down the market really looking at the plants and flowers;  my poor flower boxes on my window sills looked so sad when i got home from spain, so needed to replant.  i bought the last of this season’s peonies – got to be my favourite flower. i also bought my first xmas presents from jessie chorley –  i hate that rush in december!  she has great stocking filler ideas – can’t believe that i am talking about xmas presents at the beginning of september.  jess also does great workshops that get your imagination going – i love that she recycles everything and makes such beautiful simple things.


kings cross natural pool

cannot believe the changes to kings cross, each month that i visit there are more and more buildings going up and events happening.  last night robert and i went to investigate the new pond club – a temporary art installation that you can swim in!  its open in the day and i am pondering whether i am daring enough to brave the cold!  you can climb up to the nearby viewing point and take a peak!  there is also the wonderful skip garden – a portable garden that uses the available land between the building sites and cranes of kings cross -it produces fruit and vegetables that are used in the skip kitchen cafe – definitely on my list of things to do.  there are so many new restaurants around granary square,  caravan, the greek larder, the grain store and the newly opened dishoom.  couldn’t believe the queue in the pouring rain for dishoom. we ate one course at the grain store, which has a very strange menu, very vegetable based, but to be honest it felt like an airport or department store restaurant, nothing very special.

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courses for further education

its that time of year when you start to think about what courses to do – but if you leave it too late, they will be full.  i just tried to sign back onto my morning life class at the working mens college and its already got a wait list – fortunately there is an afternoon session, but Janet Unwin is so popular, you find that all her sessions get filled quickly – there are some students who have been attending her classes for over 30 years!  now i know why they are so brilliant – it does take lots of practice and believe me, you definitely get better.  i have gone one term a year for the last 4 years and my drawings have definitely improved – if only i could find the time to do all the 3 terms a year…….

i have also re- signed onto my piano class at city lit – a friend recommended it to me -i have now done 3 years, and it definitely pushes you to practice – partly because you are forced to keep up with the other students in your class and the fact that you have paid for 10 classes also encourages you not to waste the money.  surprisingly its very affordable and just goes to show what a brilliant education system we have in place for adults of any age to pursue any course that they may to participate in – i look at the courses on offer at city lit and am overwhelmed, it is an amazing college.


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cycles fireworks and madonnas

so in less than one week we have had cycles, madonnas and fireworks in our streets of vejer – it truly is a festive and active town;  the last nights of vejer ended with the final of the flamenco dancers, a procession through the streets with the statue of the madonna and a midnight finale of fireworks, which we watched from our roof terrace.   the next morning the fair with its bumper cars and popcorn stands were gone and the barriers for la vuelta – spain’s biggest cycle event – were erected.  robert found us a good spot to watch the tens of cyclists arriving into town for that days last stage – at the top of the steep winding hill – which meant that they were a little bit more spaced out and at a speed that we could actually see them.  i never thought that i would ever be so excited seeing so many fit men in lycra!