Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Like the first snowdrops, the first cuckoo of spring (although the green parrots of London squawk all year round) ...

The return of autumn is marked by Downton Abbey and a new series of Lewis. And when my thoughts turn to dahlias, I invariably feel the urge for a Sunday afternoon trip to Columbia Road. Looking back, it seems that nothing changes ...

Yet again, I was tempted by the hydrangeas but held off until the moment when the cry goes up along the road. "Twoferfive. Twoferfive.  Two bunches for £5. Ladies, two bunches for £5."

A sheaf of papery Chinese lanterns and a big bunch of claret-coloured dahlias. Bargain sealed.

Then home to watch Downton, almost embracing autumn ...

The first bottle of whisky should clinch it.

7 comments:

Lucille said...

I once worked on a book with Kay Gallwey who did this London Transport poster of Columbia Market. I have never been, but mean to soon.
http://www.ltmcollection.org/posters/poster/poster.html?_IXMAXHITS_=1&IXinv=1988/10/1&IXsummary=artist/artist&IXartist=Kay%20Gallwey&_IXFIRST_=1&IXenlarge=1062-24

mary said...

I remember that poster, Lucille. It does get very crowded - but it's a nice afternoon out. Cake and vintage china opportunities, too - and a lovely perfume shop!

Sue said...

Very Mrs Miniver. They had bunches of dahlias at the farm shop for £2.

A new series of Lewis you say, that makes me very happy -I thought he was retiring and Hathaway resigning.

mary said...

That beats Columbia Rd prices, even at the end of the day, Sue.
Lewis is out of retirement - Hathaway went on a long walk to Santiago de Compostela, turned round and came back again. And Peaky Blinders is back, though a bit too gory for me - but think you said you liked it?

Sue said...

Oh yes Peaky Blinders, a touch too violent for me too but I like the Brummie setting.

Toffeeapple said...

A new series of Lewis you say? Thank you so much. Have I missed any?

mary said...

Don't think it's on for another couple of weeks, Toffeeapple.