Pastures new

In my last post, I said it was time for a new project – and that was almost a full month ago!

In that time I have moved from the centre of London to where the action really is – South Tottenham.

150 years ago my area looked like this:
(image from excellent local forum Harringay Online)

Quite literally new pastures! I can assure you that things have changed now though – my new area is urban, bustling, vibrant, diverse and I’ve fallen utterly in love with it.

I’m excited to share all of my new discoveries, though I have now to share my time between blogging and several new hobbies, such as “waiting for the boiler repair man to come and fix what the other boiler repair man did wrong” and “taking inexplicable tiles off my bedroom wall” (seriously – if anyone has any idea why there might have been tiles on my bedroom wall, let me know. Best tradesman’s* guess is “they had some spare tiles and didn’t know what to do with them?”).

And oh yeah – I’ll also have to juggle it all with learning a new job.**

The second weekend I was here, having been stuck inside all day waiting for packages and bathroom men and boiler repair men and the like, I finally escaped at 8pm and went for a walk. First stop: Yasar Halim where I bought the most amazing olives and made a mental note to buy all sorts of other lovely things like fresh black eyed beans and mulberry molasses.


Then on to, Hot Nuts. Best name for a shop, right? And it’s a treasure trove. I could barely restrain myself, so I didn’t. I came away with chilli cashews, honey sesame peanuts, yoghurt covered cranberries, roast chickpeas…


And then I came to the Turkish Delight counter. I’ve never liked Turkish Delight much, being more of a savoury food person. But they all looked so pretty, like jewels sitting there. So I ended up with a selection in my bag. After trying them all (in the name of research) I can declare that they are delicious, and that pomegranate and pistachio is the best flavour.

(seriously, look at them sitting there like orphaned puppies, crying “take me home”! Yes I’m aware that the simile falls flat at the point where I stuff them into my uncaring mouth)

Over the coming weeks/months/years I hope to introduce you to more of my new home as I explore, so stay tuned.

Hot Nuts is there to satisfy all of your cravings from 8am-11pm (I KNOW), 7 days a week.

*apologies for the sexist language, but when they send a boiler repairwoman I’ll be sure to let you know.

**No, not that new job, another one – do keep up! Moving house and then having a job interview when you haven’t figured out where all your clothes are yet? Not necessarily recommended.


4 thoughts on “Pastures new

  1. Hi Sarah, Seems like you just love your new surroundings especially with all those tasties. So, I guess you have chosen well because when you move house, you either just love it or just don’t like it but live with it for work reasons.

    Aren’t you working for the council anymore? Just wanted to get in touch with you regarding the environmental dept officials who have suddenly gone awol (emails not responded to).

    Good Luck! with all your endeavors.

    Kind Regards, AJ

  2. Perhaps the person who tiled your bedroom is the same decorator who decided to wallpaper our bathroom, yes over the bath and shower, really. I always wondered if they’d just run out of tiles…now I suspect they used them on another job 😉

    P.S. Welcome to the area! We moved here 2 years ago and love it – Green Lanes in particular is a never ending source of delight.

    • Hi Emma, thanks for commenting! That’s hilarious. My bathroom is pretty “special” too. No wallpaper but a variety of tiles. This place definitely has its quirks!

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