Monday, 12 November 2012
A Tale of Two Cities.
No not the cathedral, but still pretty impressive to my mind. On Wednesday Sue K and I had a jaunty day out. We had a wander round Norwich, fortunately it was just the day for a jaunt as it was a little chilly but very sunny and NO wind or rain. We chose well we thought.
Here at the market is Sue with an encredibly well endowed brain. I have no idea about the provenance of said brain but it also is a pretty impressive edifice!
This paving slab is just one of many interesting memorial slabs to be found in the city.I particularly liked this one as my Grandad was a joiner, and through my dad, my husband has inherited his huge wooden tool box with several box planes like this one.
We spent time in Paperchase...and a few pennies too! We had a cappucino here:
And we were VERY GOOD and didn't have any cake as we were saving ourselves for lunch!
No I wasn't sitting in the cupboard under the stairs though it looks like it. And yes, it is a blurry shot, but you just be thankful for the fact!
Then, much against my will, Sue DRAGGED me into this lovely little shop. It is an independant shop with some fab clothing. Remember Adini? I had a fair few pieces of theirs in the 80's but then they went 'off' a bit. But they had some nice pieces in here. The owner, Richard was such a nice chap, we saw the photos of his family dogs and chatted dogs for a while.
To be honest it was such a lovely old building it would have set anything off to advantage. We oohed and ahhhed all over it!
These lovely one-offs from Poland caught our eyes. Yes, I know, more grey! But they were gorgeous clothes. AND Richard was having a sale! What more can I say? I have a Very Special Family Occasion coming up next month so I was on the look-out for something nice to wear.
I must say in my own defence that I was positively strong-armed into these purchases. Oooops, this purchase. However, Richard was so nice he gave me two lovely shopping bags like these:
And a beautiful scarf which I haven't photographed. If you live near enough, do pop in and have a look yourself, you won't regret it! (Perhaps your wallet will but I take no responsibility for that!)
Then we were off again. We were both so overcome we had to pop into Waterstones for a quiet browse round the books and then we had a nice sit down and a cold drink. STILL no cake! Oh, yes, then we had a quick walk round the Cath Kidson shop and came out feeling a little UNDERwhelmed. Perhaps we are getting all Cathed-out?
Eventually we finished up here:
This is where the old Waterstones used to be. It's a lovely building.
Just a bit awkward to get much of it in shot without including all the passers-by! Anyway, we had booked so we sailed in.
My starter, stuffed zuccini flower oh! The flavours were wonderful!
Sue had stuffed tiny peppers:
Mouthwatering! Then there was vegetarian canneloni for Sue:
And sea-food bucatini for me:
Both of which were sensational. The aromas, the flavours, really brilliant. We had been given mixed reviews about Jamie's in various places, but we were very pleasantly surprised and impressed. Good service, everywhere clean and comfortable, and excellent food. We were so stuffed, I'm afraid we couldn't manage any i dolci! So we never did get our pudden'!
Then we tootled off (sedately, after all that food!) to catch the bus at the Park and Ride, and drove back to Sues in time for a quick drink before I shot off to my melodeon lesson down the road. It really was a quite perfect day. As Sue noted, everyone seemed to be amazingly pleasant to us, we chatted and joked all the way round Norwich and had a terrific jaunt. Don't you just love it when a day goes as well as that? Even without spending money! Thanks for your company Sue it was great fun.
Now I'm afraid I am so fatigued with all this typeing and remembering all that food and spending, that I am going to have to split the post, and tell you about my exciting weekend of musical mayhem next time. I will be quick, honest!