Love London? This blog will remind you why.
Welcome in. Sit back, put your feet up and enjoy a little bit of London with Molly and Berts (cup of Rosie and choice of biscuits optional).
Thursday, 29 October 2009
Fancy London on a plate? Katie Adams can give it to you! Her beautiful tableware captures the charm of London's favourite architectural icons. Hand thrown and hand painted by Katie they add an extra thrill to the every day, and bring a little bit of London straight to your table.
To find out more about Katie and her work, go to www.katieadamsceramics.com.
Katie will be taking part in Cockpit Arts' open studios from November 27-29, at Cockpit Arts, Cockpit Yard, Northington St, London, WC1N 2NP.
Monday, 19 October 2009
Saturday, 10 October 2009
Today Molly and Bert visited the Bike Show at Earls Court. We had so much fun! The place was packed with every kind of bike and cycle nut (in the nicest possible way). The mayor's plans for London cycling are very exciting - we got to try out the prototype of the new London Rental Bikes today. Not the most elegant ride, but such a great idea, we can't wait for it to happen. And as for the cycling 'super-highways', all we can say is 'about time'!
We were only there for three hours, but really squeezed our money's worth out of it, trialing all kinds of two wheeled rides from sit-up-and-begs to single gears via full on mountain bikes. We watched all manner of daredevils hopping, spinning and generally wowing us mere mortals with their biking control, and spoke to X number of experts about what's best for a city ride. All in all a top day out for Molly and Berts!
Wednesday, 7 October 2009
Well, the nights are closing in, the rain is hitting the window and the leaves are falling. It's time to cosy up with a lovely cup of tea and preferably some carb and sugar laden treats. If they're dunkable, so much the better!
Personally I'd go for builders tea, made in a pot. Traditionally, first 'scald' the pot by adding boiling water and allowing it to pre-heat the pot (china, porcelain or earthenware) and pouring it out again. Then add good quality tea leaves, one tea spoon per person plus 'one for the pot'. You can use tea bags if you like, but make sure you allow the water to circulate within the pot. Finally top up with freshly boiled water, cover with a tea cosy and allow to brew. When tea reaches preferred strength, pour into bone china cups or mugs and finish with milk and sugar as required. Accompaniments vary from cake and biccies to my own favourite - sultana scones with clotted cream and strawberry jam.
Everyone has their own likes and dislikes when it comes to tea, but it's worth getting it right. Always use boiling hot water, and always pour the tea before the milk. Oh, and enjoy!
For a really nice cuppa, check out our bone china mugs - choose from Cockney Rhymes, Rosie Lee and Love London. Or, if you're feeling rebellious try Sticky Toffee (cockney rhyming slang for coffee)!
For a yummy scone recipe, try Domestic Sluttery Blogsite.
For more about tea and it's history visit www.teaandcoffeemuseum.co.uk, website of the Bramah Museum of Tea and Coffee.
Friday, 2 October 2009
You don't see green grocers like this every day. This shop has been on Goldborne Road for over 70 years, (and so have most of the staff)! It's been run by the Price family for all that time. It's an amazing building and decorated with carved coconuts. These photos were taken at closing up time - it's normally heaving with fruit and veg! I buy my bananas here when nipping down for a Shawarma from Balbaak. Goldborne Road is one of my favourite spots in London, full to bursting with second hand furniture shops, shawarma houses and interesting stuff. Prices is like a window into another time. If you're in the area, buy an apple or some grapes and put your shekels to good use!
Posted by Molly and Berts at Friday, October 02, 2009
Monday, 28 September 2009
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
Though it looks like an abandoned building, I believe this place is for real - discretely making wigs for the entertainment industry and private clients.
It's now the 'last man standing' in the block as the buildings on either side have been torn down to make way for who knows what.
I used to wonder if it was one of the infamous 'front' buildings that covered for MI5 as I never, ever see anyone going in or out, and the whole shop front is so completely covered in thick dust and cobwebs that it looks like something out of a set for a kids' Disney movie.
Either way it's a classic bit of London oddness and tickles my fancy every time I cycle past!
Posted by Molly and Berts at Wednesday, September 23, 2009