Christmas Flowers at Columbia Road
I spent yesterday morning on the eastern side of London, in Shoreditch and Spitalfields.
I was buying flowers for Christmas at Columbia Road Flower Market.
Both sides of Columbia Road were lined with stalls selling Christmas trees, ilex berries, eucalyptus, pussy willow, holly wreaths and poinsettia.
I started small with some holly.
Then I bought a bunch of mistletoe for £1, from a man who told me it would bring good luck, as long as I didn’t let it touch the ground. He also warned me that witches might be out in the solstice sunshine…
This is not a witch-catching machine. It wraps Christmas trees for easier transportation.
I had no car, so I resisted the temptation to buy a tree, but I still ended up with armfuls of flowers. So can London’s markets compete with India’s? What do you think?
Blades Sharpened, Watches Repaired
I am flying to the UK next month, so I am starting my Christmas shopping in the markets of Bangalore. Friends and family reading this back home, do you have any requests?
Actually I think my Dad might like this stall where tools are sold and sharpened.
Does anyone need a watch repaired? I have been looking for an excuse to shop at the next shop – it’s so small!