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!

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Possibly the prettiest geometry?

Life is full of patterns. They’re everywhere you look, don’t believe me?  Then, perhaps you’re not looking hard enough. I mean, take the picture below, what’s the pattern there?

simple shapes, pretty tiles and mirrors in threes

There’s many. The obvious pattern is the tiles, with its pretty pastel triangles that draw your eye along and through creating a pretty geometric pattern.  But there more. The three mirrors, and even how the items are laid out on the worktop.  Stepping back, the wash basins and even the spotlights add a further layer of detail.

rows of basins against geometric tiles

And you’re probably wondering where these fab loos are, well they’re in The Sipping Room in Canary Wharf. That’s where the UK launch of the 4K Outdoor Oven from Everdure by Heston was held, and well, it would have been rude not to check out the loos wouldn’t it? There were certainly more than usual…

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So, I’m guessing that it’s a popular haunt with the Canary Wharf workers, and it’s easy to see why as the bar and terrace are also lovely. I’ve some pictures of those too, but am saving them for another day, and you never know I might make another visit to see if the decor changes to match the season.

the flower doesn't dream of the bee

Quotes on mirrors, seem to be a bit of a thing in City/Canary Wharf bars. Perhaps it’s one following the other, perhaps it’s a thing more widely and I’ve just not picked up on it. But then again the places I visit outside of town, have a completely different vibe so quotes on mirrors probably isn’t their thing. I do like this quote though, on face value, it’s true but there’s also something deeper that each of us should remember, isn’t there?

lanterns, succulents and fluff

There were lots of fabulous touches around the ladies loo - including this fur ‘rug’ or mat for the lantern - and that’s what I was wondering, as in April when it was a bit chilly the fur rugs were in keeping with the season, but in the midst of summer (if and when it arrives) they might look a bit odd.

The sweets though, they’d be welcome come rain or shine. A great addition to the loos!

sweets in the loos - it's a yes from me
a bowl of succulents

There were also two more of my favourite things (I’ve moved on from the sweets). I meant the succulents, how fab is that bowl or saucer of succulents. I’ve a plan for succulents in my garden this year, which involves a picture frame and a visit to the garden centre. There’s much to do in the garden before I can play with that idea though, so that’s a case of watch this space, but don’t watch too closely as it’ll be a little while.

working with the history of the building

The other favourite thing of mine is mixing old with new. Not everything needs to be brand spanking new, sometimes it’s nice to keep a bit of the building’s history, especially in this case when it seems to be helping to hold the building up! I know a sharp corner looks good, but does it have as much character as something like this? I think not!

Industrial, concrete and a hint of spice

Yes, it’s another post about loos! This latest edition of the Loo Series is from a visit to the City last week, when after a successful meeting and an even more successful time sipping G&T in the pub, we headed home via Nandos at One New Change.

So the title of this post could have contained the word cheeky, and I’m sure you’ll all be familiar with the saying, but well it doesn’t as there was nothing cheeky about this stop. It was all about the fuelling. It’s been a while since we’ve been to Nandos, in fact I think it’s more likely that I’ll have been on a office lunchtime celebration expedition, when ordering a whole or half a chicken probably isn’t the done thing. Although…

But anyway with our menu choices chosen, sides deliberated over and realising that water would be just fine as an accompaniment, and opting for the medium chilli sauce to add to the flavour, a trip to check out the loos was called for.

Red, black and grey in the ladies at Nandos at One New Change

I really wasn’t surprised to find the industrial look here, the whole place has a modern, industrial feel. And the concrete sinks and ceiling were a good fit. The red, or the hint of spice, should have been expected - I mean, it was totally on brand.

A closer look at the sinks
tiles around the door
an industrial ceiling too

The artwork too - small in size, mighty in flavour - with its red on red, on red, meant you knew exactly where you where, and what to expect.

a hint of spice as you'd expect

The floor concerned me though. Not the pattern, I was a fan. But I spent a little bit too much time, albeit from a distance, trying to work out if the lighter tiles were patterned with the darker shadow, or if it just needed a really good clean. If I’m honest, I’m really not sure. The more I looked, the more I wondered, but as it was all over, and outside the loos too on the landing, I could be doing them a very big disservice. But maybe I’m not, although I can’t work out why anyone would want such a lived in feeling for their tiles, so who knows?

A geometric - and possibly grubby - floor

So who knows, but I know if they were mine and it was part of the pattern then, well actually they wouldn’t be mine if that was part of the pattern. I think MOH would be constantly cleaning them too, so at least I wouldn’t need too - small mercies, and all that. But if they were ours, and they turned out to be dirt attracters, wouldn’t that be disappointing as there’s absolutely nothing wrong with the pattern or the boldness.

a selfie but still contemplating that floor

As you know it’s becoming tradition to include a shot of myself, in this one though, it seems I’m still contemplating that floor. Thankfully the rest of the space, and the restaurant was as you’d expect, so phew.