17 February 2010
love on the canal
It was the loveliest day today - bright, sunny and, for the first time for what seems like weeks, a few degrees above freezing. My friend and I cycled up to Broadway Market in the morning sunshine for coffee, then across London Fields on to Ridley Road to check out the fabrics at the Dalston Mill. We mooched around the market among the pots and pans, bowls of fruit and veg, hats and dresses and fish. We bought brass buttons, parsley for tabbouleh, fresh eggs and fast food (for her, spicy oxtail and red bean rice) before we turned round and worked out way back home. Just as we reached the path where I turned off, just around the corner from where I saw the Speckled Woods last year, we came across a flight of butterflies on the wall, a love poem and a scattering of flowers.
There is definitely beauty in the city.