Happy Snow Day!

View from my bedroom window

Few sights are as glorious as a blanket of snow. Alright, 3cm isn’t exactly a blanket, but it was enough to make me happy this morning as I flung open my curtains to look at the lovely, crisp snow — before it turns into a vile grey slush later.

I took my camera out and took a few snaps from my window and on the way to Denmark Hill; if any other Flickr-using readers did the same, can they please tag their photos “se5 snow” so we can see them all together?

I hereby declare today to be Snow Day, the funnest day in the history of Springfield Camberwell!

Author: Peter

Long-time resident of Camberwell, author of this blog since July 2004.

111 thoughts on “Happy Snow Day!”

  1. 20-something inch Phillips flat screen telly.

    Car is a banged up Polo as I’m learning to drive. Once I’ve passed we’ll go back to an Audi.

    Bosch fridge/freezer containing fruit, veg and dairy from Abel and Cole. Meat from GG Sparkes, pickles and chutneys wot I make myself. No wine anymore as my wife is pregnant and there’s no point letting it sit in the fridge to taunt me.

    New question: what newspaper(s) do you read on a Saturday?

  2. Newspaper: i get The Independent. i used to read the guardian until it sold out it’s principles over the iraq war. does that make me left wing?

  3. The Saturday Guardian is good. The books section is very good. The mag is colourful. I will come out as a Guardian reader.

    When the Guardian was still a broadsheet it was much easier to hide behind when you were squirming with hypocrisy and guilt.

    For years I bought the Sun until that current daft bat became editor.

    The question is, though, which Saturday paper do you buy?

    We are such goody-two-shoes here, it’s good there is the occasional two-Jags amongst us. Diversity!

  4. His Lordship buys The Observer for the Sport and Review sections. I have no need of the Jobs and Money sections, nor any interest in current events. I also buy The Racing Post, for obvious reasons.

  5. I don’t buy any newspaper, although I might take a peek at the free Guardian that always seem to hang around the staff canteen at work…

  6. Hmm, maybe I’m not a stereotypical Camberwellian, though I have lived here for 12 years in the same house. Does that count??

    My main tv is a large plasma with surround sound, used mostly by my partner to watch soaps and me to watch the cricket and comedies (if you’re English, they might be the same thing, I guess!)

    I only buy one paper each week and its the Saturday Guardian.

    I drive a ten year old BMW which has only 55,000 miles on the clock. Have been thinking of getting rid of it for several years as I hardly use it but then how would I get my shopping home each Saturday??

    And I have a bike but don’t ride it much as I use the bus when I need to go into work — which is fortunately only about twice a week as I work from home the rest.

    Oh, and in my food fridge there’s probably veges, yoghurt, cheese, smoothies, coffee and not much else. Need to go shopping.

    In my beer fridge (yes, like a true Aussie, I have a separate fridge for beer and wine) there’s not a lot of beer but a couple of bottles of sparkling Aussie red wine.

  7. TV: 32″ LCD for watching Buffy.

    Transport: Bus only but but I’m interested in buying a moped so that I can get back and forth to work in Chelsea in less than an hour and a quarter. Is anyone interested in selling a bike suitable for a beginner? Also, does anyone have any recommendations about where to take the CBT day course? I was given a negative review of a place in Vauxhall.

    Fridge: Multiple half-full pots of basil pesto and hummus which are used for smearing on to carbohydrates before consumption.

  8. I read the Guardian or the Indie on Saturdays. I think the Indie is generally better (more features that I actually want to read, actual opinions), but I really like the Guardian Guide. It’s actually difficult to get through the week without Charlie Brooker’s Screen Burn.

    Like the Observer on a Sunday though.

    Mark — what’s kicking of at the liesure centre? Just went down there and they couldn’t tell us anything.

  9. I don’t buy a paper- I’m too tight. I read the Guardian and the Sun online. I also read Metro, London Lite and The London Paper most days. Again pretty frugal.

  10. Try to read the Guradian weekend and Observer. Look at others often but never have time to make assessment of content so stay with above and don’t read them properly either. Get constantly irritated by vast quantity of pointless printertainment in supplements. Even a lot of BBC brodacast news gets to me like that now though Newsertainment.

    ‘Leisure Centre’: Apparently detailed announcement about due mid February. Recently, following the Community Council meeting last week, a lot of vexed speculation about its future has been raised. Again. This has been the situation for a VERY long time and really must draw to a close. Progress is essential.

  11. A long time ago, I read the Sun. “For the football.” Nowadays I read the Independent; used to be the Guardian & Observer at weekends, until they lost their principles over Iraq. Now just the Indie.

    I’d rather eat my own arm than read any of the London freesheets.

    @eusebiovic: I had you down as a Morning Star reader.

  12. I am a Guardian or Observer reader, sometimes a Times reader. We usually buy the weekend versions of these papers but I often find you end up spending hours reading all the sections and magazines and feel none the wiser…
    I always feel more satisfied going for a nice long walk or going to the Peckham Farmers’ Market for some soil-laden veg from that lovely lady from Kent.

  13. That’s why the old Sun was good — it was a quick digest of popular culture. You then didn’t have to watch all the TV programmes and other pop pap to keep in the know. It also laughed at itself and was secretly quite intelligent. Then Rebekah Wade from the News of the World got hold of it and made it paedophile-obsessed and “campaigning”. It used to be used in schools to teach economical writing, a friend of mine told me.

  14. Newspaper: Observer/Guardian/Indy like everyone eklse (!) when I can be bothered to go out of the house to get one (rarely!) multiple blogs/news sites otherwise.

    I used to like a scan of the nasties to get a fix of scandal — but can’t even bring myself to do that these days …

    Re CBT: I did mine with Metropolis in Vauxhall many years ago and they were perfectly good. Though do not, for any reason at all, give them any money for any other good or service as they are uniformly arrogant @&^*%$£‘s

  15. Thanks Dick. Interesingly arrogance was the reason cited in the other bad review I got of them. Perhaps I’ll steer clear (boom boom).

  16. Peter/Everyone — Although I have a strong socialist conscience I’m far too young to have been a reader of The Morning Star!!! — I just happen to think that we had the free market capitalism in the time of the Victorian era and the abuse and uncontrolled side effects of that system led to a Socialist Era where people were actually encouraged to make an effort to be slightly more cerebral and make an effort for each other for the greater good — then that fell apart in the 70’s amongst the worst recession ever and the abuse of the more generous concessions of that particular system — So all that is happening now is that the clock is being turned back to replicate the mass capitalism of the Victorian era — It’s almost as if it’s been decided “Well Socialism failed so we might as well go back to how things were before” — I don’t agree with this, I happen to think that as a nation we should learn from the best elements of socialism and capitalism and make the effort to form a new ideology from what we have learnt — this would be the truly progressive path to walk down — Sadly I don’t think this is going to happen any time in the near future because Britain is in the back pocket of the United States economy — They say jump we say how high — Special Relationship indeed, it’s no more special than the appalling contempt the U.S Government have had for Central and South America,Africa and The Middle East ever since WW2 ended…

  17. My flick account is screwy right now, but my SE5 snow pictures are in an album on my blog, http://bluedotcreations.typepad.com.

    TV: 18″ colour something or other.

    Car: I’m American, no chance I’m getting behind the wheel in London. Rely on buses, trains and what my dad calls “the ankle express”.

    Fridge: Lots of veg, milk, cheeses, yogurt, coffee, maple syrup (yes, all organic), a bottle of champagne, and the ingredients to make a cheesecake for a friend’s birthday on Thursday.

    Newspaper: Used to be The Guardian but the typos kept me from enjoying it (I was a proofreader in my past life) so I now read news online.

  18. oh okay then

    TV: don’t have one (yes, really)

    Car: don’t have one, can’t drive, bike everywhere because I’m too skint and impatient to take public transport

    Fridge: would be empty as I’d be happy to live on porridge (with honey) but my boyfriend gets to the market on his lunch break — mostly vegetables, sausages and leftover stews — nothing organic

    Newspaper: Guardian, but mostly read online

  19. Oh i read the Guardian too. I think at least one of us should be a Mail reader?

    Next question — where do you get the majority of your grocery shopping? (answer honestly now!!)

    I go to Sainsburys on Dog Kennel Hill with occasional forays to Somerfield in Camberwell, local shops and Peckham farmers Marker/Borough Market.

  20. Has Lidl been given the flick, Dagmar? Must confess to doing a Sunday afternoon dash to Sainsbury’s and fighting for the last bunch of basil. Love Peckham Farmers’ Market for bread and the Kent lady’s veg. I do try to buy some veg from Cruson’s and the Olive Shop, too.

  21. Butterfly Walk Somerfield maybe once every three months to stock up on basics; Spar to fill in gaps for basics between; meat from my top quality butcher in Farringdon, veg from grocer in Farringdon, occasional pitstops at markets.

  22. Mrs Patio does a weekly shop at DKH Sainsbury’s for groceries and mountains of nappies etc. Weekly organic veg and dairy box from Abel and Cole. Top-ups from Basic on Denmark Hill, Somerfields, Cruson, Sophocles. Emergency supplies (ie, booze) from Camberwell Stores.

  23. Most things from abel and cole. Meat from Mr Sparkes in East Dulwich. Miscellaneous stuff from Sainsbury’s. Most other things from SMBS.

  24. I walk to Lidl, Lulu, cycle to Aldi and drive to Dog Kennel Sainsbury’s. I think smart folks use Abel & Cole because it’s not that expensive for something that’s good.

    The manager of the Somerfield is a nice chap called Mr Maple. He has the air of a downtrodden supermarket manager from the Simpsons. Soon I will ask him about the future of his shop.

  25. @eusebiovic:

    You might enjoy the book called “100 ways America is screwing up the world” then. No offence to American readers — its about your government and big corporations, not “ordinary citizens”.

    I shop at Sainsburys DKH for most stuff, and occasionally go to Borough Market.

    Another question: does anyone have any pets? I saw on this morning’s tv that some employers now give compassionate leave for pet owners, say if their animals get sick or die.

    I have two “just over a year old” kittens. Not that I want them to die, of course.

  26. Abel & Cole for most veg, eggs & fruit. They used to do unimpeachable bacon but it went down hill and watery. DKH Sainsbury’s until recently for many things but for years have done Lidl for ham & cured meats, tinned toms, olive oil, butter, multi vitamins, cod liver oil, peanuts and other snacks. These bits of their produce are all excellent quality and VERY inexpensive. Gherkins particularly good although they are hardly a staple.

    Recently Occado for weekly stuff cereals bread milk. That butchers in East Dulwich for meat & birds.

    Coop on Camberwell New Road used to have a good range of wines but about two years ago the range reduced. Still do good fair trade and organic but supply’s patchy. Hence Oddbins Dulwich for wine. They are friendly, knowledgeable and I know them now.

    I have one of the best travelled wardrobes, clothes John Lewis, TK Maxx or outlet stores in Newcastle or Edinburgh or in Portugal when we visit parents / in laws. Weirdly it seems easier and cheaper to shop like this than doing so in central London. I don’t think there’s anything local for me or family on clothing.

    I / we would rather do all this here in Camberwell.

    Pets. Not exactly. Sea Monkeys. And no one seems to know what they are. I’m not even sure if they’ve hatched. I have a feeling sea monkeys are invisible. Like emperor’s clothes. My girlfriend says they are called sea monkeys (they appear to ‘live’ in water from the tap) because they are furry and eat bananas. Rather like the ‘magic beans’ we have, er, not growing, on our window ledge.

  27. Pets: Mrs Dotcom insisted last year that we acquire 2 cats; Terry and Flo. About 8 months old. Terry is a deliquent teenager. Flo likes lying down.

    Groceries: Riverford organic delivery for veg. Local organic co-op run by a neighbour for 6 monthly deliveries of muesli/olive oil/rice etc. In the last 10 seconds Mrs Dotcom has announced that she is about to go to Sainsburys on DKH for staples. East Dulwich butcher for meat. We now rarely go to Peckham Farmer’s Market cos of Riverford/East Dulwich butcher/own breadmaker etc which is a shame because their coffee stall is good. We still have about 40 (literally) herring in the freezer having bought 50 for £5 at the end of the market in about December. It can be a vg place to get late bargains.

    Clothes: fave shop in London is the Paul Smith sale shop in Mayfair!

  28. I was considering getting deliveries from Abel and Cole but am worried about being around for when it is delivered — can you book a time at weekends or after work?

    I don’t have any pets — i would love a dog having grown up on a farm and always had a large amount of dogs around but i don’t think it’s fair to keep a dog as a pet unless you are going to have a large amount of space for it to run around in and be there for it — dogs get very lonely if you leave them shut up in the house all day.

  29. Abel & Cole deliver fridays in Camberwell, you can ask them to leave it somewhere (with neighbours?) I can’t divulge where they leave our box as someone may pilfer my swede or brocolli (all I seem to be getting at the mo — not that that’s necessarily a bad thing).

    Pets — we inherited a cat from our wicked vendor who left it behind to starve (really, there was a 6 week period where the poor thing had to beg from neighbours). She’s lovely and we spoil her.

    We are a no car, two bike household (much quicker than bus to work) — but i’ll happily admit that I’m a fair weather cyclist.

    Papers — i read the independent and times online — does anyone else think the indie has got far too doom and gloom recently. I look at the covers of it some days and think, “Oh well, we might as well give up then”. Also get Guardian on Sats and Indie or Observer on sundays (depending if they have their music monthly).

    Telly — I’ve no idea what it is, we’ve got one and we watch it far too much but it’s definiately not new.

    Fridge — inherited from vendor, is a now fashionable mustard colour and full of veg, homemade wime (my sister is an organic hippy treehugger who lives in a field), and sausages.

  30. Riverford leave our veg hidden in the front garden — spoke at length to them about safety/security etc and they insisted that they’d never had a single item nicked in several years of delivery …

  31. Of course they haven’t. There’s no market for stolen organic veg because all of the value is in the brand.

    If you were only concerned with cost you could buy the ingredients of a £10 box on East Street for less than £2.

  32. The implication people unscrupulous enough to thieve veg out of your yard wouldn’t care about pesticides and carbon defecits.

  33. So many people in Camberwell seem to buy from Abel and Cole.

    Maybe there’s a business opportunity for some enterprising person to open up an organic food shop in our area.

    Seems to be plenty of shops going spare in Butterfly Walk.

  34. There is a new organic shop on Bellenden road on Saturdays selling bread, veg, cakes etc (maybe that’s too far for Camberwellians). I get my organic veggies delivered from Farmaround and have been a customer for over 10 years so wouldn’t want to switch to Abel & Cole, although I’ve heard they’re v. good. A&C also distribute through local schools and give them a percentage, which is a brilliant marketing move. The good thing about Farmaround is that they sell lots of other goods, such as 5L cans of olive oil, which are competitively priced compared to Sainsbury’s and you don’t have to lug ’em home. The downside of organic deliveries is that your dosh doesn’t get spent in said fab local shop in Bellenden etc…

  35. Yes please.

    My wish list of shops besides organic shop for Butterfly Walk =

    1. Independent bookshop with coffee attached a’la borders (but not borders)

    2. Italian deli selling salamis etc.

    3. Cute boutique shop for buying presents for your mother in law and/or clothes shop for emergency going out tops (like Joy on the top of Coldharbour Lane)

    4. Organic Spa (okay maybe I’m going a bit over top here or maybe I just had a genuis idea and I can quit my job evicting naughty neighbours and earn squillions)

    None of the above if it means the 99p shop going.

  36. I’d like a Borders, a Starbucks and a Costa, a Sainsbury’s and an M&S food. Oh yeah and an All Bar One or Bar Ha Ha, Pizza Express or ASK Pizza, Wagamama’s or Japanese Canteen and a Tony and Guy.

  37. So basically, Alan, you’d like Camberwell to be Clapham/Highgate/Muswell Hill/Richmond/any one of the 1,000 other identikit high streets that create the wonderful homogeneity of 21st century Britain?

  38. It’s all about a butcher. Cruson and the Olive Shop do decent veg. There are delis that do alright stuff — if not amazing East Dulwich Deli style places (Metro Market and Chave De Douro). I seriously think there is a niche for a butcher. I for one would be a regular.

  39. During my lurking, I’ve heard a regular cry from this blog for a decent butchers in Camberwell. I’m not a big meat eater, and when I do tend to buy at the supermarket (Somerfields largely, but I’m fickle) or Peckham Farmer’s Market, but I’m curious… What’s up with Kennedys?

  40. Without financial constraints I’d definitely choose Highgate village over Selborne Village.

    Unfortunately their relative merits are clearly reflected in the price of property.

  41. Kennedy’s does sausage and bacon but you can’t get cuts of meat from there — indeed anything other than porky products I don’t think!

  42. Yes, Kennedy’s is fine if you want any basic variation of swine flesh, but beyond that it’s extremely limited.

    A butcher would be among my top choices for the area; here in Farringdon, where I work, we have the excellent Meat City, where the extremely knowledgeable Nigel sells a variety of top-grade meats, sourced from a farm which isn’t Organic, but where the animals are properly reared without intensive farming techniques or chemicals used in the feed or the use of antibiotics.

    Delicious, and competitively priced. I almost bought some rabbit today, but decided to wait for the weekend.

  43. Tomorrow I’m off to Netto in Peckham and will report back unless I get made into pies. I’m glad that Kennedy’s, a Camberwell institution long before the influx of organic cyclists, Africans, etc. is an old-fashioned pork butcher like the one in The Elephant and the Bad Baby.

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