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Loughborough UniversityNormal blogging service will resume at some stage. Probably when I start doing things again (believe me, I’m going to blog the shit out of my Miami trip).

I get a week off work for Easter, and it was mainly spent watching American Crime Story, eating Hotel Chocolat sale eggs, and window shopping for holiday clothes. A trip to Loughborough University followed for some work fun, and whilst they had a very pretty building or two, I don’t think I’ll be rushing back to visit the town any time soon. Although I did discover the Costa Mint Choc Chip Cooler there, which is AMAZING and I plan to drink a lot of over the summer.

One bit of excitement over the Easter break was winning a prize in a Present and Correct competition.  P&C is one of the best shops in London (I am surely due another visit there) and whilst my win was mainly down to being on Twitter at the right time, I was still a bit giddy.  I never win anything!

My prize?  A beautiful set of Dutch stamps from 1967.  I have genuinely no idea what to do with them, but I love them!  How cute is that hedgehog?!?

P&C prize

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.