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Harvest festival

Back from holiday and the fridge was bare. No fresh food in the flat. A trip to the farmers market was in order. Despite the pouring rain we bundled up our cotton carrier bags and puddle jumped round the corner to Islington Farmers Market.

Bounty
For £14.50 we got

1 bag of spuds
1 bag of carrots
1 bunch of radishes
1 aubergine
2 butternut squash
3 huge corn on the cob
1 enormous gnarly celeriac which looks like something from an old Star Trek episode
1 bag of pears
2 bags of apples - Egremont russet and Royal Gala
1 bag of red onions
1 bunch of beetroot
3 pak choi
3 little gem lettuces
2 bunches of spinach
1 fennel

and....

... COB NUTS!!!


Having missed these last year I've forgtton what to do with them. Watch this space...

A bargain. Also treated ourselves to 2 cheesy twists and some Hoxton Rye bread. All of which have disappeared.

I noticed the plant man had some cheery cyclamen and some pale blue pansies which would look rather fetching on my back windowsill, more colourful than the bolted radish plants which are currently trailing like the red week from War of the Worlds. After a swift cuppa I headed back to the market, bought said plants. Plant man was suffering from a nasty cold and trying to garner sympathy as he was getting none from the women working on his stall. Poor thing, a severe case of man flu.

On the knitting front I need to decide what I'm going to make Alex's mum for her birthday. She cheekily demanded a sweater last time I saw her. That's not going to happen before Christmas so she's going to have to settle for either, some fingerless gloves so she can do her art without frostbite or some slippers. The slippers, mainly because I want to make this pattern which I bought befpre we went to holiday. They only downside with these is I'm not sure how much yarn they'll use. I see some Ravelry research coming up...

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