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Strolling

MrG and I went out for a nice stroll this afternoon, along the Thames from Wapping and its expensive warehouse apartments to Tower Bridge and St Katherine's Dock. We had fun trying to stick to the Thames in Wapping, including turning down a side street heading down to the river to discover steps leading into it. A bit too much Thames for our liking!

Thames steps

Our reason for heading to St Katherine's Dock was a replica pirate ship was moored there and was free to visit. According to MrG it was featured in Hornblower and the crew would try and sell you onions? - can you tell I wasn't paying much attention and was just along for the ride? Anyway, just as we arrived at the dock the ship was leaving so while we didn't get to poke around the galley and splice the mainbrain (or somesuch pirate speak) we did watch it carefully manoeuvre out of the dock back to the Thames.

Hornblower

 We also discovered The Honesty Shop housed in an old routemaster.

  Honesty bus

There was a little bit of British merino yarn, knitting kits and John Arbon socks (I highly recommend these, I have a couple of pairs, they're toasty and wash well) as well as lots of lovely gifts.

Woolly goodies

We then headed over Tower Bridge to South Bank and the We Make London Christmas market. I picked up some tangy raspberry curd and gooey, delicious Somerset goats cheese and stopped by to see my friend Julie and her Tilly Flop Designs stand. I love Julie's work which has a witty take on knitting jargon and the frustrations that many of us crafty folk face with her "Oh how I'd rather be knitting" tea towels and cards.

Tilly Flop Designs

After a good catch up with Julie I spotted these cards which put a grin on my face. There's something about cats being humiliated in headgear.




Cat in figgy pudding festive hat © Jo Clark designs

I bought a selection from Jo Clark Designs for my friends and family who are also cat people. She's got some great prints, including a sloth, which I would have snapped up if I had wall space for it.

We rounded our outing off with some quality coffee and a chilli hot chocolate infused with ginger and cinnamon as well as chilli for a tasty kick.


Comments

Emily said…
Thanks for your comment Ginger Knits! Great for you to reduce plastic! I'm also involved in a Bristol knitted and crotchet coral reef project. It's being ran by a little independent shop and they are asking people and local community to knit coral or fish for their exhibition in May. Everyone's species will get stitched together to make one big reef!! If you fancy getting involved and putting your creativity to use then please get in touch :)

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