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A Crafty Chai in Brixton

Homemade Lemonade

Last week I spent a few days in London town. And you know what this means? REVIEWS!

Upon arriving at Paddington Station, my OH & I headed towards Brixton. My OH, who is Honest Burgeramazing at finding really cool places to eat, had read about Brixton Market. With huge thanks to Google maps, we finally found it. And we weren’t disappointed. After a mooch about, we decided on lunch at Honest Burgers and I’m so glad that we did, as we were not disappointed. I had a fritter burger, which is califlower, sweetcorn, shallots & spices. It was amazing! Veggie burgers can be a bit hit and miss, but this one was bang on. All the burgers come with house chips & rosemary salt and this made my lunch very reasonable at £6.50. Very impressive. My OH ordered the special, which was a beef burger that came with chorizo, jalapenos and all kinds of delicious stuff. My OH said that it was the best burger he’d ever had. The whole place was buzzing & had a really cool vibe. Both my OH & I ordered the homemade lemonade to drink with our lunch, which was served in glass jars which came with stripey paper straws. Fantastic! You Homemade Lemonadeknow how sometimes lemondade can be either really sweet or really sour or completely tasteless? This was nothing like that. It was the perfect blend of deliciousness! And they were served in these super cute jar glasses & my picture got a lot of love on my Instagram feed! If you’re ever in Brixton, or even London, you need to go and have lunch here. It is amazing!

After lunch, we needed to stretch our legs, so we wandered about the market for a while. There are lots of really cool places to visit & I enjoyed looking at all the homemade bits & pieces. By then, we needed a sit down so headed for Federation Coffee. My OH is quite the coffee expert so I had an Americano & he had a flat white. Both were delicious. I always have my coffee black, and this can sometimes mean that the coffee is bitter or really strong. Not this Americano. It was perfect. And, as they were selling brownies, it would’ve been rude not to have one! It was the most delicious chocolatey thing I’ve ever eaten in my life. So much so I couldn’t finish it. For the rest of the day, I was in a chocolate coma. What more can a girl ask for?!

Federation Coffee Brownie

Brixton is well worth a visit. There are so many other really good places to eat & visit. I can’t wait for an excuse to go back and try more!

A Crafty Chai at Wimbledon

Andy Murray at Wimbledon

Fred Perry at WimbledonThis time last week I was at Wimbledon. I have wanted to go to Wimbledon for as long as I can remember but with teaching, it was always going to be tricky. As I knew I wasn’t going to be doing that this year, I entered the public ballot. And got Finals Day tickets! The only downside was that we got tickets for Court No. 1, not Centre Court. But we decided to go anyway.

They were playing the Boys finals and the Invitation Ladies finals on Court Number 1 and we were quite keen to watch them. Well, we were before a certain Mr Murray got himself into the final! We had planned to sit on Murray Mound, but with the torrential rain we’ve been getting, we thought it would be better to play it by ear and decide on the day.

When we arrived we wanted to have a look around. We were about the 10th people in the queue at our gate, but by the time we got in, the mound was already packed – and waterlogged! I didn’t want to just spend the whole day protecting our blanket on the hill so we gave up on that idea. We continued walking around & I bought my Wimbledon towel. I’ve wanted one for ages! By then we needed a cup of tea & we headed to the food village. After that we had another look around, mainly to find some cheaper Pimms, Clare Balding at Wimbledonwhich we found at the Champagne bar. Delicious! On our way there, we spotted the lovely Clare Balding who was doing some recording for 5Live, and I couldn’t resist taking a picture! At least it isn’t like my scary pap of Raymond Blanc, where he’s looking right at me while I take his picture without his permission and he doesn’t seem impressed!

Anyway, after spotting Steve Redgrave, Virginia Wade and John Mcenroe, we headed to our seats on Court no. 1. It was amazing! We had a great view, even though we were quite far back. I was very grateful for being so far back when it rained again later on. People sitting down by the court got completly drenched, as did the people on the hill. After the boys final we went out for lunch & got some pizza and the obligatory strawberries and cream, which were a very respectable £2.50. The veggie options were pretty decent – You could get a veggie pizza or stir-fry in the main food village, and there were plenty of sandwiches, cakes & crisps to munch on. While our court was out of action, they played the match from Centre Court once the roof had closed. But when the rain stopped, they started preparing the court for the boy’s doubles finals. So we went to see if there was any space on the hill. There wasn’t & Court No. 2 was packed too so we decided to head home & hope Andy could it take it to a 5 set match. Sadly this wasn’t to be the case and we heard him become a runner-up while we were stuck in traffic.

Andy Murray at Wimbledon

It was such a fab day & I’m definitely going to enter the public ballot again. The food & drink was much less than I expected and our tickets were really reasonable at £26 each. The whole day was much cheaper than a lot of other major sporting events I’ve been to (I’m talking about you, British Grand Prix!). Wimbledon was positively lovely, despite the rain & a certain Swiss!

Easter Shopping

Mason Ball Jar

What else can you do on a long bank holiday weekend but shop? I wanted to go to Witney as I’ve never been there before, it’s local and I’ve heard lots of good things about it.

Aston Pottery Teapot

On the way we stopped off at Aston Pottery. I follow them on Twitter & I love pottery so we headed there. They have plenty of pottery for you to choose from, as well as other little gifts. We didn’t venture to the cafe this time as we’d not long had brunch but I will be going back soon to try out their tea!

We then headed to Witney & after a mooch about the high street, we found the knitting shop. Unfortunately it was closed but next to it was The Old Pill Factory & they weren’t closed! I think I’ve found my new favourite shop! I really like antique/vintage shops and this one didn’t disappoint. I could have spent all day here. They had loads of vintage bits & pieces for your home and tons of vintage fabrics. I couldn’t leave without a Mason jar & some lovely vintage green buttons. I’d never seen one of the blue Mason jars before, except on Pinterest! I’m so chuffed to have my own. It’s currently on my windowsill until I can find a better home for it.

Mason Ball Jar

It was the perfect start to the weekend. The only downside was my lunch at Hacketts. It was a very bland and tasteless mushroom risotto. None of my party was overwhelmed by theirs either. Easter Sunday lunch at The Flowing Well more than made up for this, however, as it was amazing!

How did you spend your long weekend? Hope you dodged the rain and ate plenty of chocolate! x

Crafty Nana

Nana Oil Painting

As you may have seen from my previous post, I was lucky enough to go to Cirencester last weekend. While walking around, we stumbled onto a fabulous shop called Sorted. It has a wonderful mix of new & vintage; clothes & furniture; art & jewellery. Just my kind of place! There were certainly plenty of things to spend your money on, not many of them cheap as they really are vintage pieces. They range from Victorian to 1960’s but all have clearly been chosen because they will sell well. And at least two of them sold well to me! 

Nana BroochMy paternal Nana died last year & left me a small sum of money. I wanted to buy something specific that would remind me of her & that she would approve of. I spotted the flower brooch first. I think that this would definitely have been something that Nana would’ve worn ‘for best’. I knew I couldn’t leave it in the shop because I got ‘the feeling’. This is the feeling that I get when I’m going to buy something that I hadn’t planned for! It was very reasonable at £50 and not something that you buy everyday. 

Nana Oil PaintingThe second thing that caught my eye was this beautiful floral  oil painting. I’ve never painted with oils, but Nana & Grandad always had very colourful oil paintings in their house. I used to touch them as a child because I was intrigued by the lumps! This was a bit more at £130 and really is vintage. It adds some brightness to my study & makes me smile whenever I look at it.

My purchases definitely reflect the style that my Nana had & I’m very grateful to Sorted as I’ve been looking for something for a while.

An interview with the owners of Sorted can be seen in the February edition of Homes & Antiques magazine.