Tuesday, November 20, 2012

The Last of London

Oh my oh my, what a strange time we are having! We have just gotten over the sickness and now we are in the throws of preparation for the big family holiday feast!

I am decidedly behind on all bloggy business, but that is life no? First I want to say a big hello and thank you to all the new followers, you are simply lovely.

Next, I will finally finish up with my London photos as these last shots were from one of my favorite outings. Picture heavy and few words to follow.

On Sunday morning before my workshop I went on an adventure with The Lumberjack to Columbia Road Flower Market, and what a wonderful time we had!

The flowers were gorgeous, the hawkers were cheeky, the atmosphere was divine and the air scented with Lilies and roses!

The Lumberjack amongst some knitted bunting of course. The little shops along Columbia Road were somewhat hidden behind the walls of flowers, but once you squeezed yourself inside the treasures were breathtaking. I could have easily spent a fortune on beautiful things and then again on having them shipped home. I limited myself to one teeny tiny keepsake that will always remind me of my time there. I also had the most delicious berry muffin and cup of coffee from a tiny hole in the wall, literally (ok, it was more niche than hole) if you find yourself on Columbia Road on Market day I highly recommend said hole in the wall for breakfast treats.

From Columbia Road we headed off to Brick Lane and perused the street seller's goods. Stopped and had a very nice chat with one of them. The Lumberjack was fiercely negotiating the price of a WWII leather map sack with the gentleman. When they had finally settled on a price the Lumberjack turned to me with his hand out, alas I had spent all my precious monies already which was a shame because it really was a very handsome map sack. The Lumberjack then regaled the seller with stories of his travels and adventures while I reminisced over the old pastille tins just like my grandmother used to have. I can still taste those black current pastilles if I shut my eyes a bit.

Then there was the food. Meringues as big as my head and goodies aplenty.

Then there was this guy! Blaring reggae music and dancing, loved him! I will always think of him as Mr. Spicy!

After that The Lumberjack wanted to hire a bicycle as he was tired of all the walking. What walking I ask you? You have been riding in my pocket the whole time! When he realized his boots couldn't reach the pedals that was the end of it and we hoofed it to Spitalfields Market, where again I could have spent a heap. Still, I did find something nice for my mother.

Oh what a wonderful day! One of my favorites of the trip.

Well that wraps up London for now. Next week the final chapter in my travel saga, Paris! What a wild time that was!

Since the Thanksgiving Holiday is upon us in the States, I wish to say how thankful I am for all of you.

Until next time my friends - be safe, be well.


Kaylovesvintage said...

I miss London..we where at the market every weekend

Sherri B. said...

Oh those flowers are to drool over...But you know my very favorite thing is seeing that the LJ was your traveling companion..Can't wait to hear about Paris!

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving! xo

vintage grey said...

Looks so fun and what gorgeous flowers!! LOve the crocheted garland!! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!! xo Heather

Floss said...

Happy Thanksgiving! That was a lovely final installment of Lola London. A Boris Bike, indeed! I noticed that most 'French' goodies in London were a lot bigger than the real thing here in France. But the giant meringues are true - they really can get as big as your head, here!

Annie Cholewa said...

You've gotta' love London! (And the Lumberjack of course ;) )

Happy Thanksgiving :D

greenrabbitdesigns said...

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!
vivienne x

harmony and rosie said...

Glad you are restored and I love your London photos. Happy Thanksgiving, happy eating! x

the vanilla squirrel said...

...love your little lumberjack and all your adventures....london is so wonderful! happy to be your newest follower! :)

Jennie said...

Your London photos are amazing!!!!
I especially love these market shots.
Happy Thanksgiving Alex!XX

Wendy said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely pictures! Can't wait to see Paris!

andrea creates said...

looks like you had a lot of fun!

Pogsie said...

I'm leaving London after living here for 21 years in the new year and your post really sums up everything I love about this great city. Lovely post. xx

Unknown said...

Such fun. Have a happy Thanksgiving. :)

Colette said...

Gorgeous photos, must get myself over to columbia road, it's been too long. Can't wait to see Paris!

willow and moo said...

I notice Mr Spicy has a fire extinguisher in case he gets TOO HOT! LOL

Naturally Carol said...

I think Mr Lumberjack would have hounded you for one of those nude pink bottomed kewpie dolls to keep him company!

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

It's like a treasure trove! :)

june at noon said...

Sounds pretty wonderful! Not everyone gets a companion like the Lumberjack for traveling, either!

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