Lørdag formiddag var satt av til Portobello, men huff for en skuffelse. Vel var det en turistfelle forrige gang jeg besøkte London, men nå ga det helt avsmak. Det er alt for mange mennesker der, så det blir nesten ufremkommelig. Selgerene er - med unntak av noen få - mildt sagt uspiselige, snobbete og sure!!! Så lite vennlighet skal en lete lenge etter blandt engelskmenn. Når sant skal sies er det få engelskmenn igjen i Portobello, dessuten har jeg følelsen av at det meste de selger nå er kopier og nyproduserte ting. For jeg gir det avsmak nå jeg hører selgerne diskuterer alle de tåpelig kundene de har møtt. Jeg fikk lyst til å si dem noen pauli ord jeg også, men holdt for en gangs skyld kjeft!
Lysestakene og brettet er også fra Bermondsey markedet.
Unfortunately I did not make it to the market in Islington on Saturday as the meetings I had lasted too long. The pack their things and leave around 14.00. Next market possibility was Friday morning in Bermondsey. This market used to be a very big one but has shrunk to a quarter of what it was before, mainly because the area that they used now has become new buildings instead. What is still there is nice, prices are good and the sellers are nice.
Saturday I went to Portobello Road, but that was maybe my last visit. It’s too crowded, the dealers are arrogant and unfriendly, talking loudly about all their stupid customers. That certainly turns me off, and at a certain point I really felt an urge to tell them how I felt. However, I managed to keep my big mouth shut for once. Most of the good old dealers seem to be gone, and those who are still there often sell copies and new things.
The only thing I bought there was the basket, but that was from a lady I know from before, actually one of the few English that are still there, many are foreign.
The pictures showing interior from one of the shops at the very beginning of market, down in a basement you find this nice country style shop full of lovely vintage and old items.
The shoe blockers were bought at the market in Bermondsey. The candle sticks, and the tray as well are from this market. I was thinking about using the shoes blockers as hooks on the wall. I just have to find a way to fix them to the wall without putting screws through them, as that would destroy them.
At the garden centre in Kings Road I bought the markers – I will use a piece of chalk and write plants name on them – perhaps I will use them for my herbs that I keep in the kitchen window.
Coming home my husband surprised me with showing me what he had been doing whilst I was away. The furniture I had started to paint before leaving had gotten two cotes of white paint! What a wonderful man, using his time to do things that he really did not have to do – just to surprise me! Can you understand why I love him so much? By clicking on the pictures you will find links to various web sites.