Columbia Road Flower Market (and around)

What better way to spend a sunny Sunday morning in the capital than wandering through the ever lovely Columbia Road Flower Market? Ok, wandering isn’t quite the right term given the hoards but there were still some wonderful sights, sounds and scents to enjoy.

A group of gorgeous tulips – I love the parrot ones best.

Overpriced, trendy shops, there were many. Even taking the hiked-up prices into account, I still can’t understand how the shop owners here can manage opening just one day a week. That’d be the life!

A man with a fox’s head, sitting in a first floor window, doing embroidery. As you do. After all the hustle and bustle it was time to sit down and refuel so my friend and I headed over to the Frizzante restaurant at Hackney City Farm.

I intended to take a photo of our amazing Farmer’s Breakfasts, but by the time I remembered there was just one sorry little tomato stalk left on my plate… I’d never be any good as a food blogger!

Photos are a bit thin on the ground at this point as basically the farm was a concrete yard filled with disappointment. I mean, I know it’s not the countryside or anything but there was hardly anything to see and no information boards to help out the inquisitive youngsters. They badly need some too, judging by this overheard question:

“Dad, do pigs eat pigeons?”

Since exploring the farm took us all of 10 minutes, we decided to walk over to the Geffrye Museum, which is in a rather photogenic set of old alms houses.

Inside visitors can walk through room sets replicating homes through the ages and learn how people lived and used their houses at various times. It’s free and definitely worth popping into if you’re nearby. Outside are lovely tranquil grounds and really sweet walled herb garden with all sorts of culinary, medicinal and household plants.

{all Decorator’s Notebook}

This giant teacup sculpture was outside too… and reminded us it was time to head to the cafe for a cup of tea ourselves before hopping onto the East London Line to head back down South.

Ps: have you noticed my new header and fonts? What do you think?

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