Friday, August 15, 2008

Two days' worth

This is going to sound like "the dog ate my homework..."; I did blog yesterday, but Blogger seems to have completely eaten the post! No draft, no finished post, no Bloglines entry... Weird. It was just about another very lovely I Knit evening, but Yvonne has posted one of the pics I took of her in her unfeasibly quickly completed jacket...

While at I Knit we hatched a Plan. We'd originally intended to take the afternoon, do lunch and go to Borough Market, but I double-booked myself and could only get away at 3. So Yvonne and I met up at 3:30 anyway, did the market (I have a haul of poussins, pomegranate molasses, some extremely fine sweet-pickled gherkins, a couple of things which are presents, some tiny baby peppers (think about 1.5" high), red endives and strawberries). Delicious. It really is a stunning market - it's been a while since I went there, and I only went once and right at the end of the day. When I was living in London, Dalston Market was my nearest one and that was very fine, but Borough is something else...

After the market, Yvonne introduced me to the delights of the shop and tranquility of the refectory of Southwark Cathedral (where that last photo was taken), and some knitting was done.

Then we went on a wander towards Waterloo, taking in the sights of the Golden Hinde, Vinopolis, the Globe (another very nice gift shop), various bits of the South Bank including Tate Modern and the Millennium Bridge, the OXO building, where we looked longingly through the window of Annie Sherburne's shop, which thankfully wasn't open at the time, and on to Gabriel's Wharf, which was fabulous. Near Blackfriars Bridge there were these pillars jutting out of the water - you can't see all the seagulls perched on them in this picture... We wondered briefly what they were for...

and then found the answer: the London, Chatham and Dover Railway bridge...

Increasingly aware of the weight of our shopping and the distance we'd wandered at the end of a hard week, we staggered on through the Southbank Centre, where this colourful crowd was preparing to set off on a Free Tibet cycle ride to the Chinese Embassy near Regent's Park,

and on to Waterloo and the train home.

Thanks, Yvonne, for showing me your patch of London, and I'll definitely be back to many of the places! It really felt like a holiday despite only leaving work an hour early...

1 comment:

Yvonne said...

It was a pleasure - even if my feet hurt!

A quiet evening with my feet up, 6 day sourdough bread. goose rillette and pickles and I feel like a new woman - I might even do some knitting!

We'll have to compare gourmet notes after the weekend!