A floating market

LONDON – I stumbled upon a write up of a floating bookshop, Word on the Water, while reading a blog post on WordPress many weeks ago. Intrigued, I found them on facebook and decided to track their movements until they were nearby.

It’s essentially a barge that travels around the canals selling books, but they also do some ferocious poetry slams, readings and light accoustic music on their roof stage.

So this past Saturday, they were down the road and I ventured forth to see them as I was interested in seeing something new.

I went aboard and browsed their selection which wasn’t bad. First thing you should know about a barge is that it’s not for tall people, I (5 ft 9″) had to duck a lot. It’s also quite hot inside, now that I think about it.

They had a children’s section on their small barge that was watched over by the cat. Those kids got so excited when they saw the cat! Me, I’m more into dogs. Anyway, I’m currently on the look out for some plays, specifically by Tennyssee Williams. The bookshop owner helped me look for some, but we couldn’t find any.

Turns out, Word on the Water was actually taking part in a floating market called, Mile End Floating Market. It attracted a very hippy crowd, the ‘artsey set’. They also brought their dogs and kids and grandmothers. There was a great vibe, the police rode by on horses and people genuinely seemed to be enjoying the moment.

Lunch (my second for the day… I was only planning on browsing through some books but got tempted by all the smells!) began with corn on the cob. I’ve nevery eaten corn on the cob cooked on a BBQ before, so I was excited to give it a go. It was smothered in salt and butter and the contrast with the natural sweet flavour was delicious. At £2 per cob (a bit steep if you ask me), I tried to let the moment linger.

       

But I didn’t stop there. I saw a lady selling sausages and decided, well, got to try that too. It was massive, and I should have shared it with someone. It took me a while to finish, but was worth it.

    

I couldn’t move much after that, so I sat and did some people watching before I took a walk around and enjoyed seeing how people were turning their barges into ‘market stalls’.

    

    

    

    

    

    

    

    

I’m not sure when the market will be back, but it was definitely worth a visit, if only for the novelty aspect. Can anyone else recommend an interesting market?

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It’s not just the little piggy who goes to the market

LONDON – Last Christmas I spent a few weeks in New York and of all the purchases that I made, it was a random glass jug from Hell’s Kitchen flea market that has become the one thing I cherish the most from my experience abroad. Since then, I’ve become quite keen to explore antique markets locally to see what’s available.

With this in mind, my friend Heather invited me to join her at Spitalfields market in London. On the last Saturday of the month, it’s all about antiques. Take a look at what I found.

I thought this table would be perfect for some outdoor picnics in the back garden.

These chairs really appealed to me. They’re low and have a lot of character. It’s always nice to see that polka dots never go out of fashion.

There was plenty of bric-a-brac for antique lovers.

I’m constantly drawn to mustard yellow, although I still don’t own anything in this colour.

In my flat back home, I have a stack of suitcases too. I thought the bottom one was beautiful. It was going for £60.

See anything that you like here?

Plenty of vintage clothes to go around too.

What would you use these crates for?

You should probably know that the folks at this market are a bit fussy about people taking photographs of their goods. You actually have to ask before you snap away. One man promptly told Heather off. “Don’t just assume you can take photos,” he said sharply…

Did you see anything that you like? Do you want to go to the Spitalfields market too?