Stumbling through irrelevant crowds to make their rendezvous

CamdenPassage2Last weekend, after our amazing visit to Present and Correct pumped us up, Tim and I decided to have a bit more of a wander around Angel and Islington.  I really liked what we find.  Really liked it.  I’ve said before that I’m not a big fan of London but everything about this area appealed to me.

We found Camden Passage straight away, and manoeuvred ourselves passed the queue for The Breakfast Club to look in all the little shops along the way.  I dragged Tim into Smug which OMG I loved (and I’ve just discovered their blog as well, which might fill the hole that Domestic Sluttery has left).  Emerging out the other side, we went into Waterstones and performed our usual ritual of commentary around the piles of books.  We then decided we were hungry and The Goodlife Diner was calling.  We had breakfast.  YES!

They were good pancakes.

Not wanting to go home quite yet, we then made our way over to the Regent’s Canal and had a lovely walk down to Kings Cross.

There were lots of people out enjoying the sunshine, cycling or walking down the canal path.  I want to go back and try The Filling Station at some point – I’d seen that online and looks so unusual.  There was a worrying moment (well, worrying for me) when the path we were walking down was closed and we were sent out onto a temporary structure on the water.  It was a bit wibbly – I’m not the most confident near water.

Our ultimate goal was Camley Street Natural Park and we finally dragged ourselves round the corner only to be greeted by this.

Regents canal 5BLOODY CLOSED!  ON A SATURDAY!  Gutted.  Ultimately, it might have been for the best because by this point, we’d walked about 10 miles in the heat.  Ooof.  Slightly grimy and sweaty, we walked over to Kings Cross to get the tube back to Waterloo, noting that bizarrely, the Kings Cross mural has been amended to remove Zooey Deschanel’s beautiful face.  Convenient.

I had to jump in the shower as soon as I got home to wash the yuck off, but this was probably the most enjoyable 10 miles I’ve walked in a long time!

There’s a beauty out there, you just gotta know where

P&C13London is a vast and varied place but I tend to stick to the bits I know – The South Bank, Soho and Covent Garden, every now and again Shepherds Bush and Greenwich.  Unless I’m going to a gig or exhibition, I rarely explore further afield – there needs to be a pretty damn good reason for me to step outside of my London comfort zone.  Which is why for the past few years , I have failed to visit Present and Correct.  There was nothing that required me to be in Islington.

After yet another afternoon spent going through every product on their website, I texted Tim that we had to find a reason to go to the shop.  I think we then both wondered why we needed a reason – why couldn’t the shop be the reason?  And that’s how we found ourselves wading through the thick humidity outside Angel tube station yesterday.

P&C14We had a really great day on the whole, but I’m going to do a separate post about our North London wander – I think Present and Correct deserves its own post.  And if you’re wondering how I can do an entire post about a stationery and ephemera shop, then you clearly don’t know I am the type of person to write over 500 words on a candle megashop.

Everything in the shop was beautiful and set out like art.  Both Tim and I said we wanted to look at every single item of stock so we didn’t miss anything – obviously, this meant we may have come across as a couple of weirdos but I wasn’t going to miss the opportunity to physically see all the items I’d been lusting over online.

We finally decided on our purchases (it was a hard decision, believe me), and had a great chat with the owner who guessed we were the dorks who tweeted him on Friday (admittedly, he didn’t say dorks.  But we are).  He recommended a ephemera fair in Bloomsbury which is now on our list of places to visit, and another cool shop in Camden Passage which we visited afterwards.  And offered us some Tunnocks Tea Cakes which I accepted, as I had only said at work on Friday that I had never had one to the astonishment of my co-workers.  Now I have, all thanks to Present and Correct.

P&C6Just before we left, Tim had a go at the stationery gumball machine and got a rather dashing letterpress number clip with the number 3.  I was jealous as I didn’t have any change on me.  Sadface.

DSC_2090Even the bags are perfect!  And the contents of my bag:-

I bought a rubber stamp with “From the Desk of” (& ink pad), some beautiful Herb Lester city guides, and something else which I can’t show as it’s for Husband’s birthday.  The very cute letterpress timetables were thrown in for free because this shop is AWESOME. But I spent the whole train journey home regretting everything I didn’t buy.

This is my favourite shop in the world.  I’m sorry Co Bigelow, Tatty Devine, Magasin Du Nord – you guys are great but Present and Correct is my new retail BFF.  Now I’m back off to the website to somehow set up a “anything Danish” alert.

Sunshine Award

Back in the good old days when LJ was a thriving community, I used to love doing these kinds of posts – where you get tagged by a friend and there’s a bunch of random questions.  Jaina at Time Well Spent has done a bit of tagging with the Sushine Award, so I thought I’d have a go myself.

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  1. Include the award’s logo in a post or on your blog.
  2. Link to the person who nominated you.
  3. Answer 10 questions about yourself (use these or come up with your own).
  4. Nominate 10 bloggers.
  5. Link your nominees to the post and comment on their blogs, letting them know they have been nominated.

1. Favourite Actor? (Who’s not a household name)

I’m a very fickle person when it comes to actors and tend to like most of them because they’re pretty (see: most of the cast of True Blood), but objectively, I’ll go with Alexis Denisof.  As an Angel fan girl, I saw him transform Wesley’s character into something so dark and unrecognisable – it was truly astounding.  He’s hilarious as Sandy Rivers in How I Met Your Mother, playing the complete opposite of Wesley.  I also saw him in Arthur Miller’s All My Sons in Liverpool a couple of years ago and  wow.  I remember leaving the theatre utterly emotionally broken.  I haven’t see Much Ado About Nothing as yet because it wasn’t showing anywhere near me, but I think Alexis’s star is only going to rise.  I’ve also heard that he might be something important in the Avengers 2 (not being a comic book fan, I have no idea, but someone has told me he is…)

2. Favourite Food?

It’s very boring, but pasta.  I’m obsessed with just chucking pesto over some fusilli at the moment.  Yum.

3. Favourite Non-Alcoholic Drink?

I don’t actually drink alcohol at all, so all of my favourite drinks are non-alcoholic!  I love Shirley Temples – I had my first one in America about 7 years ago and got hooked.  I haven’t been able to make them as tasty as the American ones, but they were still pretty yummy.  I like how the Wiki page for it says “they’re often sold to children” – HA!  I’m also a fan of SodaStream cherry mix.

4. Favorite Animal?

Dogs!  My parents have always had dogs – they started with one before I was born, and I think they’ve had 10 dogs in total over the last thirty years.  At the moment, they have four – Saffy, Mollie, Roman and Skye.  Roman is hilarious – he has such a sense of humour.  Saffy is a bit of a worrier and is obsessed with getting everyone in one place.  Mollie’s nickname is “fun police” – she really doesn’t approve of others having fun without her.  And Skye… well, Skye is a bit precious.

5. Favorite Number?

4.  It’s a long story, but 4 is my family’s lucky number.  There’s a lot in all of our lives that revolve around this number.

6. Favorite Color?

Purple!  I am Marie from Breaking Bad.  Without the kleptomania.

7. My Passion?

Reading.  I’m keeping track of how many books I’ve read this year using Good Reads and I’m averaging about 6 a month.  It doesn’t sound like a lot – I thought I’d have more than that.  I read every lunchtime at work and for about 45 minutes before bed.  I also really taking photos and have done Project 365 for the past four years.

8. Favorite Day of the Week?

I’ve always loved Thursdays.  Everything seems to go right on Thursdays, and we’re only one day away from the weekend.  Yes, technically Friday is closer to the weekend, but there’s always an expectation with a Friday (this is all insane ramblings now).

9. Favorite Flower?

I love gerbera daisies – they’re so happy!  I also love dark purple calla lilies, so dark they’re almost black.  I had them in my wedding bouquet, and I have four tattooed on my foot.  So pretty.

10. Favorite Soundtrack from 2013?

I’m not really a soundtrack person, but I really love Mogwai’s work on Les Revenants, so much so that I’m thinking about buying it.

This is the part where I’m supposed to tag 10 other people, but I was never very good at that back on LJ, so I’ll leave it open.  My blog is still kinda new so I don’t think I could rustle up 10 people anyways!