Pre-Xmas streetscape @ Columbia Road E2

Twilight during December comes too soon, I thought as Bella and I strolled to Hiro + Wolf on Columbia Road.

Where is the hubbub of the Sunday flower market?…

The quietness of the street on weekdays’ afternoon was worlds apart from the Sunday’s hustle and bustle.

Here we are, arriving at 146 Columbia Road…

And in here, we found Hiro+Wolf.

I discovered the brand when I visited Doggie Xmas market and as a result, I commissioned them to make a lead for Bella. After about two weeks of waiting, they emailed me that the lead was ready for collection.

Hiro the Shibainu exchanges greeting with Bella…

Apparently, the lead we were supposed to pick up was mislaid and nowhere to be seen.

The brand’s designer, Amy, calling her partner, who was out for delivery, if she could find it in her van while Bella was treated with a good scratch around her tummy..

Unfortunately, the lead could not be located and Amy apologised us about wasting our time. ‘We will make another one if you don’t mind waiting for another few days.’, she suggested. ‘No problem. Let me know when it’s ready.’, I replied.

It was a shame that I had to go home empty-handed, but Columbia Street was a lovely place, especially around the Christmas time. Therefore, I didn’t mind coming back.

A Christmas tree on Columbia Road…

The shop windows were glowing like colourful lanterns…

Let’s hurry home, Bella. It’s getting rather cold…

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

Bank holiday recap 3

Since Hubbie has cut out caffeine for his migraine detox, we are mainly drinking Rooibos tea with soy milk. At first, he winced (and cried) about the prospect of having to say good-bye to good old milky English tea for foreseeable future. However, once he has got used to a new diet, Rooibos tea has won over him, and he has not missed the old way at all. Even though I still drink odd mocha here and there and always start my day with normal tea, the choice of my hot drink throughout the rest of day has become Rooibos with soy milk. The best thing I have found in this tea with reddish hue is how easily I fall asleep and how well I sleep if I drink it after dinner. Sometimes, I also have pretty wacky dreams which I find fun. Last night’s dream was another crazy one in which Justin Timberlake was a sky-diving instructor and trying to teach me how to jump! I still can’t figure out why I dreamt about him because I am not his fan – I don’t dislike him but I never fancy him either, you know what I mean? Why did he pop in my head? It was so bizarre.

Anyway, our bank holiday Sunday was spent locally. Hubbie’s migraine had disappeared and the weather wasn’t too bad – cloudy but windless. ‘Shall we have late brunch at Ozone?’ The good old restaurant was open despite the bank holiday weekend, therefore, we sauntered along City Road with Bella the sometimes reluctant walker.

Well done to Bella’s short legs. We are here!

Surprisingly, the eatery was not too busy. Any normal Sunday, a queue by their till entrance can stretch out beyond the door during the peak time. After waiting for about 15 minutes, we were ushered to one of the table.

The chefs busy at work….

While Hubbie sipped green juice, I had to have my mocha moment. Sorry!

I had smoked fish cake with poached egg, and Hubbie tucked in their veggie big breakfast….

I would have given 10/10 for the dish if the fish cake was not too salty. The poached egg was a good antidote, but it was not enough. Therefore, I had to score it as 7/10.

For dessert, we ordered our favourite, Lamington!

After brunch, we headed towards east. ‘Do you fancy browsing some magazines?’

Bella having rest on the floor of Artwords Bookshop…

‘Which magazine are you going for, Bella?’

All the sudden, Hubbie declared that he needed to buy tulips. ‘I want to shoot tulips!’ Alrighty, we made a beeline to Columbia Road Market.

Lots of flowers! So beautiful, aren’t they, Bella?

Two for tenner, it was…

I wished if he bought less because the flowers took so much space!

And they had to be left in the vases until they were half-dead. It took a whole week to be in this state…

When will I get my ironing board back?

And Bella was not too concerned…

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

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