Beautiful Handmade Statement Necklaces and other Fabulousness from Neena Shilvock - Inspirations and Designs From the Week Gone by
Hello everyone, I hope all of you have had a good week and thank you for coming back to my blog. Since I last wrote, I've turned a whole year older and to mark the ageing process, I had a few days leave from work. This year I had time owing in lieu of working a few Bank Holidays and decided to take the whole week off. We went to London at the end of the week and instead of booking a show or play, just spent time mooching around a couple of London's markets.
First stop, Portobello Road Market where we went into one antique stall after another, spoilt for choice and stopping at strategic intervals for coffee and a bite to eat. Saturday is the busiest day in the market and the crowds did not disappoint - it was difficult at times to walk two abreast without bumping into someone. We couldn't possibly see all the stalls, and didn't even go near the ones selling tourist tat. We were exhausted by 5pm and went straight back to the hotel for a quick nap before the next part of the evening - I told you I was a whole year older!
We went to a little cafe called Jazz After Dark at 10 pm and listened to a Jazz Funk group in this tiny little Soho cafe - and when I say tiny, I mean really, really tiny. The tables are almost joined together and are a foot and a half square, at the very most. We were so close to the neighbouring tables that we participated in each others conversations without thinking twice about it. Everyone was very friendly and the musicians were great, although the music was a bit more modern than we would have preferred. The clocks went forward while we were there, so it was 330 am before we took a taxi ride home to our hotel.
The next morning, we went to Covent Garden and wandered around there until it was time to take the train back home. I found a little stall called Woody and Blue where the owner Haroun Ray makes and embellishes hats, and being the embellishment queen that I am, I fell in love with one of them and had it as a birthday gift from hubby. People watching in Covent Garden on a sunny and warm day was a lot of fun, and for a change to my surprise, I even met a few people I knew, who had obviously had the same idea as us and come out to London for the day.
Of course all good things come to an end, and I had to go back to work on the Monday. I sat down with Shibori ribbon and seed beads and a couple of pairs of earrings evolved over the course of the week.
And that's about as much as I had time for this week. Hubby caught my cold from a couple of weeks ago and of course, he suffered ever so much more than I did. So the week was spent administering cold compresses, hot water bottles, warm toddies, massages and generally pandering to his man flu, the terrible symptoms of which he kept under wraps while we were in London(thankfully), only to have a requirement for extreme pampering in repayment for being allowed to enjoy my birthday outing. Ah well, C'est la vie!
Have a lovely week and I'll catch you next Friday, same time, same place.