That previous post about my Noro skirt seems like a hundred years ago. Since then, I have spent a very hectic and surreal month in the demonstration theatre at the Ideal Home Show. So much fun, very hard work, and lots of lovely people. Here is my Ideal Home family (thanks for the pic Laura).
In some ways the time flew by, but in other ways it was nice to be a bit more moved in and settled compared to the shorter shows. I got to know the suppliers really well, and very much enjoyed my early morning trips to Turnham Green to visit the wonderful guys at Andreas Veg, Covent Garden Fishmonger and Macken's the Butcher. I think it will be quite some time before I feel like making another smoked mussel tart (I'm estimating that we did about 20 in total), but there were plenty of other tasty things to experience every day. mmm chocolate mousse...
I briefly went home for about a week and a half, during which time I slept a great deal, then it was back on the train and down to London again for a month's work on preparations for the Taste Festivals 2009. I'm starting to get very excited about it all, and can't wait to be back in Edinburgh for the first show opening at the end of May. Truly the best way to celebrate the start of Summer, hopefully without the wellies this year. (PS can you spot me in one of the promo shots for the London show??)
So I'm trying to make an effort to explore London a little while I'm here with time to spare. I'm warming to the place I think, but it's so easy to spend loads of money... must try harder to stick to the parks and avoid the shops! Yesterday I went to the Real Food Festival with MiMi and Simon, snacking my way round all the stalls and looking at lots of delicious produce. Plenty of cakes, plenty of chocolate, plenty of chilli sauces. Oh, and some rather rude-looking lime daiquiri sorbets, hmm.
...and a spaghetti tree!
I'm a big fan of London's markets, so this morning I was up early to go to Spittalfields. It was somewhat different to what I had imagined, but not at all in a bad way. Lots of beautiful clothes and accessories, and some very tempting food stalls too. I had a hot and spicy west indian wrap stuffed full with colourful salads and sprouting shoots, but somehow managed to resist the baked goods on the stall next door.
I treated myself to an early birthday present too - a bright orange felt jacket from Italy. I think I'll have to wait a litle while before it gets cold enough to wear it but it's fab. And yes, I am still a bit too in love with my over the top shades I also bought this week. I really must make some effort to remedy that I've-just-spent-a-month-indoors complexion. I'm off to the park for a spot of alfresco knitting...