Mr.B @ Studio North & The Canal

I never saw how quickly Mr.B’s tiny feet could move!
He darted towards the exit as soon as I put him down on the floor, never looking back.
He was scampering away from the vet in his fifth gear. You never know how hard a mere 2 kg Chihuahua can pull!  Anyway, Mr.B slowed down to a cruising speed once he thought the danger was over and we pottered along New North Road, the southbound.

Then, we came across a jewellery studio…

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We hardly came this way on foot therefore it had slipped below our radar…

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One of the designers, Chrysanthe, showed me a collection of mainly silver jewellery they created at the premises…

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On the wall, there were coloured architectural drawings…

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Chrysanthe explained to me that her husband who shared the studio as his architectural practice, had participated in Open House London 2013 last weekend and the drawings were a part of the exhibits.

Mr.B had a good nosing around of the shop floor…

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The works exhibited there were distinctly original and innovative.
Highly recommended to pay a visit if you are in & around the area.

After leaving the studio, we turned into Linton Street.
What a beautiful day!

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The sky was criss-crossed with vapour trails…

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Hello, Bilbo barge…

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While Mr.B waited in the carrier by the chair, I chatted to Lorraine…

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Lorraine was just releasing a lemon drizzle sponge from the tin when we dropped in…

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The sponge was cut in half and, she spread ginger preserve very very carefully…

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Then, the other half of the cake was placed on top of it. Tickety-boo!

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Ta-dah, my tea & cake at the canal! Absolutely priceless…

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Once Lorraine finished a meeting with her plumber, we had a good old chitchat in the sun…

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Mr.B nibbled on the cake too. Oh I mustn’t forget to brush his teeth once we’ve got home…

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Tea & Cake @ Regent’s Canal

After satisfying myself with vintage-browsing, I headed home via Regent’s Canal.
The path leading towards the canal was paved with cobbles and the angle was steep…

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The hue of leafage matured and deepened which made the foliage appeared denser and if not slightly doleful.
Even those barges floating on soupy water of the canal looked to be holding their breath.

It was overcast and windless. The canal reflected its surrounding like a mirror…

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Regent’s Canal was constructed in the early 19th Century under the supervision of Prince Regent’s pet architect,
John Nash. It starts from Paddington Basin, flows through Little Venice, Camden Lock, St.Pancras Lock and arrives at City Road Basin, my neighbourhood…

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‘Oh I wish if I could sit down with a cup of tea’, I sighed.
My hand started to ache with the weight of my shopping bag which I stuffed overzealously at M&S, Angel.
Then, a canal boat with a teapot sign on its roof appeared in the distance like a mirage!
Am I daydreaming?…

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It was a barge converted to a floating cafe!
I was less than 10 minutes walk away from home. However the allure of this unusual place was too strong to resist.
Who can forgo an opportunity to have tea at a cute cafe like this?…

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The mistress of the barge was Lorraine, a charming lady with the Land Girl hair do and twinkling blue eyes.
When I asked about cakes on offer, she brought out a cake tin, piping hot from the oven!

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Ahhh, a freshly baked cake! I must have it with my tea.
The cake was concocted from the mixture of banana, plantain, apple, walnuts and caraway seed and it was truly scrumptious. Especially, the plantain, I never tasted it in my life but I am a convert now.

The cafe offers not only tea & cake but also freshly cut sandwich and home-made soup daily between Wednesday to Sunday…

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However, the barge may change its location time to time. Therefore, please check an update on their Facebook page.

Sipping tea from a proper china set and munching on a home-baked cake by the canal…

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Mmmm… Priceless…
A breather like this is so necessary in hectic urban life. Without it, time will just roll by at an alarming pace, leaving one with nothing worthy to recollect at the end of the day.
As I will have to go back to Mr.B’s vet on Thursday in order to sort out the discrepancy caused by their mistake, I may drop by to pay a quick homage to the cafe again.
Any excuse will do to have another cuppa (& possibly a cake) by the canal with ducks and geese…

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

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