Wimbledon Weekend 1 to 2 July
A lot of marking was done the night before in-order to be able to meet the deadline but that meant I could leave on the Friday with a clear conscience . The train to London from Leeds left on time but was delayed for half an hour at Doncaster because of signal problems between Grantham and Retford.  Arrived London KX at 1.25 and took taxi from station to Blomfield Road, Maida Vale, to have lunch at the Summerhouse.  Met J’s son there.  This restaurant is right by the Canal in Little Venice.  Super spot.  The weather was sunny and warm.  Ideal.   After lunch went to the garden centre just off Warick Avenue.  This area brings back so many memories as it is my old stomping ground with BFF.   Lived just around the corner on Sutherland Avenue.   Drinks at pub on the Canal to watch the start of the Andy Murray match with Nadal.

Next morning (Saturday) dropped off at top of Portobello Road, in search of all things vintage and managed to pick up 3 new Mississippi mud coloured Bakelite bangles and a lovely enamel bracelet. Also found a lovely vintage Barbara Hulanicki purple dress and a very now autumn colours play suit. Super sunny day with lots of stalls right up to the Harrow Road flyover.  Took me back to my days living in London.  See blog
Then to Nottinghill Gate tube station to take Central Line to Bank, out and over London Bridge to Borough Market.  Perhaps a must if you are a foodie but not if you are a fussy veggie like me.  Disappointingly I could only find one veggie stall.
But I had the bit between my teeth now and wanted to go to Beyond Retro a place that I had identified online,  it sells all things vintage, or so that’s what the piece said in Timeout. It’s on Cheshire Street off Brick Lane.  Walked passed lots of vintage shops to find this place and it was a big big disappointment.  If you are into retro then avoid Beyond Retro. Really not worth the bother as it’s a chain (one in Brighton).  This sanitised vintage shop is all categorised and labelled.  This is High Street vintage for the lazy and not for me. Good live music though.  Much better to just mooch up and down Brick Lane itself where there are lots of independent vintage shops and markets. Later in Covent Garden had super bruchetta and berry waffle at Cafe Pasta on Garrick Street. Food and ingredients freshly prepared and service excellent.  Great if you want to make the theatre.

Wimbledon – watched three very good matches.  Girls singles final, gentleman’s invitation doubles final (Pat Cash still has all the patter) and the boys doubles final.  All really good matches.  Very entertaining.

Sitting on the tube headed for Kings Cross and notice a young man with the most pock marked face I have ever seen, I listen to the automated female announcer say for the umpteenth time “this is the Piccadilly Line service to Cockfosters” and I wonder how many people on the train find this amusing (Benny Hill style).  On the train home with some drunken man singing out loud along with his iPod . Oh joy! It’s 11 o’clock and I most definitely don’t wanna rock I want my bed.  At work in the morning.

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