Saturday, January 30

I'm staying in a very interesting neighbourhood


the houses are small-to-average sized and it all looks like a neat little nuclear-family zone but now I've been here a few days I'm noticing details like this car and I'm wondering how the rest of the family are going to fit in it and what sort of holiday are they going on.   

Just nearby is Hipster Central - shops selling faux workwear for the cost of a ballgown, hipster barbers where the men in funky spectacles go to have their beards combed and a Wholefoods Market full of groovy folk buying artisan cordial. these shops jostle next to halal butchers and everything-costs-a-pound shops and then the hipster shops stop and there are lots of the sort of greengrocers that burgeon out on the pavement selling the kind of bananas you have to cook and big thick hairy-rooted vegetables that I don't have the confidence to name correctly.

Today I walked east and the whole world was out in the sunshine. After the hairy-rooted vegetable shops came the all-sorts-of-groceries-plus-money-transfer shops and  the population became noticeably muslim; women in hijabs and lots of men out with their sons looking summery in long shirts and white crocheted caps then I walked through an invisible forcefield to a completely different neighbourhood thronging with people coming back from the synagogue, the men looking regal in furry cartwheel hats and shiny coats, women and girls trailing after them in a curious mix of scarves and rainhoods.

Two minutes later I'm in the countryside walking past a huge park to the river where I met a lady with a narrow boat that I am going to live in after Easter.

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  1. Yep, London is interesting like that!
    Narrow boat living, I've always fancied that.... but what is this 'summery' of which you speak, I am baffled.
    Sx

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    1. the West is another country Scarlet xx

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  2. I was going to ask if you're in Brixton...
    I LOVE narrow boats.Will there be cats? Perhaps wearing little sailor hats and flared trousers?

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    1. I'm in Stoke Newington Di, no cats on the narrow boat yet but I might get some just to dress them up as sailors

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  3. It is embarrassing that Austin unleashed the scourge of Whole Foods Market upon the world. Sorry. Perhaps there is a bit of karmic retribution in that Hipsters have overrun Austin?

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    1. who invented the Hipster LX - who can we blame for that?

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  4. Very interesting - sounds combustible. I can't wait to hear about that narrow boat. I remember our little tour very well.

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    1. Yes and I'm hoping she will be brought down to 'our' patch Kim

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  5. "hairy-rooted vegetables" that could scare a vegan into eating meat.
    You are going to live down on the river? Isn't there an old musical about that?

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    1. But the bananas Lisleman ... the bananas they lure the vegan home.
      I shall of course be writing a musical about my river journey

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