A touch of copper

For my birthday, back in May (where did the time go?) we headed into a relatively new restaurant in Blackheath, Copper & Ink for a great meal, and a great evening. The restaurant describes itself as “a modern British restaurant with influences from classic French and Scandinavian cuisine” and is a collaboration between local and ethical suppliers and businesses.

We opted for the five course tasting menu, as it sounded great and was reasonably priced. The main course was delivered by the Chef Patron and former MasterChef finalist, Tony Rodd who is one of the driving forces behind the restaurant, along with Becky and Rob. At the time I shared a picture or two on my social channels of the food, and of the bookcase which had proper cookery books in it, which was slap bang on show in the restaurant. The only other time I’ve seen cookery books in a kitchen is at River Cottage, so they’re in good company.

mid century modern furniture at Copper & Ink in Blackheath South East London
AS USUAL, NO FOOD PHOTOS ONLY EMPTY PLATES

AS USUAL, NO FOOD PHOTOS ONLY EMPTY PLATES

As well as the bookcase, the decor was pretty fab too with a mid-century modern vibe. The crockery had a rustic, earthenware feel and so of course I was interested to see how the theme played out in the loos. You knew that was coming right?

A modern sink and a copper bin

It could have gone either way really, couldn’t it? But thankfully they’ve taken a stylish approach and there were hints of copper throughout. Phew.

Plain doesn't mean devoid of style

But simple doesn’t mean dull, though there’s hints of the rustic in the flooring choice, but I’m sure it’s also very practical and easy to clean, as well as looking good. There was more copper in the mirrors on the walls, which I’ve come to realise is a style I’m a fan of.

A copper mirror hung by rope

They remind me of the beautiful mirrors by Daniel Heath, which are a fancier version. And my gold top looks right at home there too doesn’t it - I’m not sure how I manage to coordinate myself so regularly with the loos, maybe it’s my super power, who knows?

We’ll be heading back again, the menu is seasonal, and we’re keen to try more of what’s on offer. If you’re local to Blackheath in South London, then Copper & Ink is definitely worth a visit.

Community spirit on show in Delacourt Road

Bravo, to the businesses of Delacourt Road in Blackheath who've added some floral cheer and community spirit to the small parade of shops with their Gardening Group Project. I walk down this road, with its small parade of shops each day but as I've had a few days off I've not been up and down the road so much, so it was a lovely surprise to be greeted by the floral adornments as I popped to the local shops earlier today.

Wondering why the garage had left some tyres out I took a closer look.

TYRES AS A PLANTER OUTSIDE THE GARAGE

TYRES AS A PLANTER OUTSIDE THE GARAGE

The card reads: MHA Gardening Group Project for Delaware Road, please respect and enjoy.

And a little further along there was more, a pair of legs relaxing in a garden chair outside the MHA Trust charity shop, who I suspect are behind this, I'm sure.

TAKING IT EASY OUTSIDE THE MHA CHARITY SHOP

TAKING IT EASY OUTSIDE THE MHA CHARITY SHOP

Outside the taxi office, a storage crate or chest.

A STORAGE BOX OUTSIDE THE TAXI OFFICE

A STORAGE BOX OUTSIDE THE TAXI OFFICE

Outside each of the shops was an item that reflected the nature of their business, the baby shop had a basket which wouldn't look out of place in a nursery, perhaps without the flowers.

A BASKET OUTSIDE THE BABY SHOP as part of the Delacourt Road Gardening Group Project in Blackheath South London

And outside the Natural Health Clinic, what else? A torso.

AND OF COURSE, A TORSO OUTSIDE THE WELLBEING CENTRE

AND OF COURSE, A TORSO OUTSIDE THE WELLBEING CENTRE

On the corner of the road, the newsagents and corner shop were also taking part, using a wooden crate for their display.

A FLORAL CRATE OUTSIDE THE NEWSAGENTS as part of the Delacourt Road Gardening Group Project in Blackheath South London

Walking back along the road later I spotted one I missed the first time round, and one that uses a tyre, that's been on the fence for a while (I've no idea why either) inventively. 

A DECORATIVE TYRE as part of the Delacourt Road Gardening Group Project in Blackheath South London

Sometimes the most unexpected, but simple things can really bring a smile to your face can't they?  Let's hope these little arrangements of community spirit and cheer are respected, I'm pretty certain they'll be enjoyed.

PoCoLo

An old-fashioned card shop

Just around the corner from me, by the busy bus stops there's an unassuming shop that sells greeting cards and gifts.  Many people I'm sure probably don't notice it and it's only in the past year or so that I've been in there myself, but it's a real gem and in it you'll be able to find a card for whatever occasion you want, I'm sure.

The window display is traditional but when I learnt the lady that runs the shop was ninety - she proudly told me - and that she's run this shop for the past forty years, that's not surprising. There are cards for every occasion and a lot of them, and if you can't find what you're after you're soon pointed in the right direction and provided with a vast array from those on display and from more stored in prettily covered storage boxes. 

For me it's like being a kid in a sweet shop.  Or perhaps that should be a paper fiend in a treasure trove!

These notebooks were cute and reasonably priced too at just 55p each and one may just have made it's way into my purchases.

Inside it's pretty traditional too, but that's reassuring I think. It's not a busy shop - sadly - but today when I visited in search of a wedding card there were a couple of other people in the shop, all equally enjoying the delights inside.

There are modern ranges of cards too, and so many styles to choose from.

But apart from its old-fashionedness and its beautiful cards what else sets it apart is its paper bags. They're proper paper bags which if you're anything like me will use again either for making cards of my own or for storing craft supplies.

And I found the card I was after, and at £1.65 it was a bargain too - and that's another reason to love this old-fashioned card shop.

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