As the sun came out to say goodbye to my sweet 20’s today, I spent the eve of my 30th birthday wandering around my old neighbourhood (ie: just on the Other Side of the park) and getting all soppy about it.
A mooch around N16 could not be complete without a stroll to Clissold Park with a compulsory coffee and the weekend papers (and a little accompaniment to help my sugar levels, it’s my birthweekend after all).
I lived in 2 flats there and I keep the best memories of those years. The Sylvanian Families shop is still there, next to the newly opened Café Vintage. That was an exciting discovery and I wasn’t going to let it spoil my day, but why on earth wasn’t it there 4 years ago? You can shop whilst feasting on coffee and cake. What’s not to like?
And a few doors down, I found Bennet & Brown, another “new” find I tried not to get upset about. This little shop is full of early to mid-century cabinets, vintage signs and enamel factory lamp shades. (Un?)-luckily, my “bag-for-life” was full of magazines and Saturday papers (god I’m so middle-class –or is it called “alarm-clock-British now?…), otherwise I would have sealed the deal on that 1930’s First Aid wooden box…
What a lovely way to round-up the last 10 years, and as much as I’m looking forward to the next 10, I can’t help but feeling a tad dewy-eyed.
So until I get my comfort cake tomorrow, I’ll cling on to my sweet 20’s for a few more hours.