Saturday, 2 April 2011

Local Colour

I love the ordinariness of Saturday mornings - the lazy start to the day, the gentle waking up to the start of the weekend, the chance to wander round in your pjs, the stark contrast to the buzz and frenzy of the week. I love days when a stroll round town, following a familiar path at a leisurely pace with one or two of my family by my side, avoiding the crowds brings me comfort from its very ordinariness. Spring days when its not quite warm enough to pack a picnic and head for the beach, just a little too early in the year to wander round a country house and marvel at the gardens - days when its best to savour the familiar and enjoy the colour on my doorstep.

Our Saturdays have changed slightly recently, Big Sister has just started a Saturday job and so we find ourselves no longer glancing at the clock watching the day disappear as she languishes in bed till noon, these days she's up and ready and out of here and our family party becomes a party of three.

We follow a well trodden path down into town, noting today the many armfuls of flowers being taken home for well deserved mums tomorrow (even my youngest can't help but smile and notice the many dads looking rather harassed in the shops, surrounded by children desperately seeking the perfect gift).

The spring flowers and tables on the streets lighten my step as you can honestly smell the scent of Spring in the air.

So we wander through The Lanes into the local street market, which these days seems home to nearly as many cupcakes as flea market finds,

still I'm not complaining, it all adds to the fun of it.

It's great to know that if you get too hungry looking through the pile of old books there's an Oreo cupcake with your name on waiting for you on the next table!
The vegetable stall becomes more colourful each week as the choice of produce increases,

We buy a bag of mixed salad leaves from the old tin bath and I stop to admire one of my favourite shops.

This really is a good one, full of vintage inspired items, wonderful household goods and gifts.

A quick walk past the shop where Big Sister walks and try not to press our noses up to the window to get a better peep at her ... onwards towards the Pavillion where we are surprise by yet more stalls and discover a food festival taking place. Oh I wish this blog was in smellorama, the wafts and fragrances were really mouthwatering...

huge vats of curries, handmade chutneys and pickles, cheeses, baklava,

olives (we had some of those),

baker's stalls with piles of rustic bread and patisserie (almond croissants and pain au chocolat for Mother's Day breakfast)

and we couldn't resist, and nor would you, buying some of this delicious ginger beer. It's not, I fear, the kind advocated by Enid Blyton, this is of the alcoholic variety and I'm not sure the Famous Five would have solved nearly as many a mystery under the influence... and as I sit here typing, i am trying really hard not to open a bottle now as it is so darned tasty...

To round it off a very unexpected and lovely treat from Mr Roses - lunch in our favourite - Bill's. A riot of colour and a feast for your tummy and your eyes.

So I guess in many ways not quite the ordinary Saturday morning that we envisaged and full of enough local colour (and ginger beer) to last a weekend or two.



What a lovely post and what a lovely Saturday morning you had ;-)
I am missing UK now ;-(
It looks familiar was it Brighton...?
Happy Mother's Day weekend

Elizabethd said...

What a simply lovely way to spend a Saturday morning.

Lisa said...

Who could ask for more from a Spring Saturday. Just lovely.
Lisa x

{Love, Love, Love} said...

I was down in town a few weeks ago and I too had noticed how many more food stalls there were at that particular market too, especially selling the all too tempting delight that is the cake x

Lyn said...

I have a picture in my head now of the famous five rolling around giggling and drunk and finding everything very funny!
thanks for that!!

OhSoVintage said...

What a wonderful walk! Can I come with you next time?!

Cowboys and Custard Mercantile said...

Mouthwatering in every way. I would love to saunter down those streets and savour the sights and smells..
Sadly Bath is becoming like every other high street and losing the precious pockets of uniqueness it once the Saturday flea market!
Happy Mother's Day Milly.. relish every moment.
Dottie x

dottycookie said...

Oh, that does look glorious! I have to confess though, I can never quite bring myself to eat cupcakes and other lovelies that have been displayed s openly - I know I'm being paranoid but I can't help thinking about how many people have sneezed on them!

bellaboo said...

I've just 'discovered' ginger beer and I love too! A great way to spend a Sat morning.Bill's in Lewes is a favourite breakfast stop for us. :0)

Thimbleanna said...

It looks like a perfect Saturday -- flowers, yummy food, and your family -- who could ask for more? I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!

Ali said...

You're right - this really IS the perfect time of the year. Everything feeling like it's ready to begin.
Your day looked wonderful.

Karen said...

What a lovely day you had. Keep meaning to eat in Bill's as Tom has been there and loves it. I feel an Easter hols trip along the coast on a sunny day will be perfect. Karen X

Anonymous said...

I have just had the most wonderful Saturday morning and I never even left my chair! Thank you for such a beautiful and evocative post.

Pam said...

Thanks for letting us mooch around with you!

Suzie Sews At DOTTY RED said...

ow wee what a post, loving the pics....

Diane said...

That looks fabulous. Brighton is so on my list, Ive never been!xxxx

Helen said...

Gorgeous Saturday morning . . . . that's what life is all about!!
Love Helen x

Isabelle said...

Lovely Spring post! The flowers and...the cakes, Yum!
Isabelle x

Attic Clutter said...

Oh what a fun place to live
wish I lived in a town like this(:) Lots going on ~ hugs,p

Ally Jay said...

It's good to have such lovely memories

Liz said...

Discovered that fab shop "Utility" for myself yesterday. Think I pretty much bought one of everything! Managed to get along to "Igigi" too. Loved it , but a bit too pricey for my liking!

Rubyred said...

Lovely images, so familiar too me now my daughter lives in Brighton! I do love Bills with it's fabulous food and relaxed atmosphere!