There's always one thing guaranteed to brighten up any miserable January weekend, and that's a early Sunday morning visit to Columbia Road Flower Market in East London.
It's a combination of the hip and edgy vibe, the beautiful blooms, bustling streets and friendly, chirpy vendors that make it the perfect pleasurable place to hang out. If you are not so much interested in flowers, that's okay, as the road is lined with eateries, craft and vintage wear shops and boutiques selling homewares, antiques, furniture and art.
My next door neighbour, Sarah, had never been before which is a lovely thing for me because it's great introducing exciting finds to people and watching their faces light up as they absorb the experience of such vibrant surroundings.
We arrived just before 9am, perfect for us as Sarah's 8 week old baby boy came along too so it gave us time to peruse the stalls before the mad rush that normally starts at about 10am. The added bonus is of course the baby cuddles and the multiple opportunities to sit drinking coffee and watch the world go by as Evan had his feed. Given how hectic Columbia Road tends to be, it's pretty child friendly as there's lots of trendy couples with young children in this upcoming and creative area of London.
Reaching a major birthday milestone this year doesn't seem to be a hindrance for me in terms of still being able to attract the opposite sex, even if they are 20 years older than me. One cheeky stall holder (an East End boy who's moved out to Essex) called out to me - "Hey blondie, are you taken?", to which I replied "It depends on what you are offering".
That come back line got both Sarah and I a free bunch of tulips!
I'll leave you with some photos of my purchases.