Leather and yarn, a dangerous discovery

The nicer weather is one of the things that encourages me out of the office at lunchtime, the other is of course not bringing lunch from home. I’ve a simple need, which includes food at lunchtime, but that’s probably a whole other post. Although I will say, bringing lunch from home has quite quickly become habit and one that’s easy to do, and obviously much more cost effective.

After having my nails done the other week, I’ve set myself a new promise to get myself out more at lunchtime. There’s plenty of shops to mooch around in Greenwich town centre, and my plan was to head to the bag shop to have a browse and replace a bag I bought from there many years ago, which has sadly now stained. But before I got there, I got distracted. I’m not sure what caught my attention but I soon found myself in Coco Barclay, a shop I don’t think I’ve been in before.

a table of trinkets and more

It’s main purpose is for handmade leather bags and purses, but there’s plenty more. And it was the plenty more that caught my eye. The bags were lovely, but there was so much more. The leather tassel nearly came home with me, and now I know where to go when I need a bag to go with almost any outfit. In fact I think that should be any outfit, as I think if they don’t have what you want, they’d relatively quickly be able to find it and no doubt do exactly what you want.

A basket of glittering bags
something to look at more closely throughout the store

These caught my eye, the multi-coloured one especially. But as I was on my way around the corner to the bag shop I resisted…

fringed leather totes

There were cards too, which is always useful to know for those card emergencies. There is a great card shop in Greenwich, but sometimes having something a little different works well, and these hexies on a card blank are just that. It’s also a great idea, which I’d never thought of before.

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It was they type of shop that had something to see everywhere you looked, especially for me the lover of colour and patterns. Patterned eye mask anyone?

woolen eye masks, the prettiest patterns
A pile of wraps and shawls

Or a pile of wraps or shawls?

And remember that tassel from earlier, there was more. Leather tasselled jewellery. I do like a long necklace, and these were gorgeous.

leather pom pom jewellery

MOH has just asked what I would like for my birthday, I didn’t know - but maybe now I do. I also remember what caught my eye and enticed me in. There was a small sign that said there was wool, so of course I was going in.

just some of the yarn at yarnorama

The small basement was full of wool and shawls, and that’s why this shop was a dangerous discovery. So close to work, and so much loveliness.

Downstairs in yarnorama

But on the plus side, it should get me out of the office more!

PoCoLo

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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