Photography by Dean Mouhtaropolous/Getty
The gates of Victoria Park in the snow - what a gorgeous picture
After nearly four days staying in watching films and stuffing our faces The Actor and I decided we'd better get out and go for a morning walk. I've loved staying in but we're beginning to feel a bit unhealthy and rather fat - me not him - he never puts on a pound.
After having baths, me blow drying my hair and dressing head to toe in cream cashmere... I'd bought all this knitwear (something my wardrobe was lacking) with winter walks in mind, not that we actually go on many, but it's the thought that counts surely? We finally left the house at... erm 2pm. I pointed out we still had an hour and a half of daylight left...
The Regents Canal
First we went to Broadway Market where we stopped for an espresso then along the canal for a bit to Victoria Park where we had a quick stroll.
The bathing ponds at Victoria Park - I don't think I'll be going in somehow
Then off to Victoria Park village to buy a Birthday card. We never go far without a stop off and The Actor was hungry so we popped into the Empress of India, a lovely place that serves breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. It's owned by the same people as The Prince Arthur, our local that does the best Bloody Mary's, so we thought we'd give theirs a try.
The Empress of India in Lauriston Road
We had a couple of Bloody Mary's - very good but I had to add a bit of celery salt which was in my bag
Then we decided to stay and eat. I like the red leather banquettes.
We shared a fish finger sandwich with tartare sauce, made with breaded fish fillets, not actual fish fingers as we'd first thought but very good and a Welsh rarebit which could have done with a lot more mustard, it definitely wasn't spicy enough.
Then we headed home and of course stopped off again at another pub The Hemingway in Victoria Park Road.
Where we had more Bloody Mary's (had to add more Tabasco) and some mulled cider which was delicious. The mulled cider wasn't my idea but The Actor said tasted like "Christmas in a glass"... any excuse.
It was very Christmassy in there - not that you can see from my photography. I've never understood blue fairy lights. What's wrong with white? Islington and Hackney had blue ones for a few years, they didn't look good and they've gone back to white this year. I think the council must have got a deal on a job lot or something.
The Actor came out of the loo and said I had to check out the urinals! Aren't they brilliant?
Back home for more TV. I've Sky plussed so much I don't know how I'm ever going to catch up!
Have a lovely evening xxx