Woke up early and had some nice cheese on toast for breakfast, then headed down the Walworth Road for the wife to visit the opticians. The road is being narrowed and more trees planted, to make it into a Parisian‐style boulevard. I applaud the effort, I just hope they’ve made plans for the inevitable effect on traffic; that street is close to gridlocked at the best of times.
Into Paul’s Discount Shop for a coffee‐maker (a present for the wife; you’ve got to keep surprising them), then a walk back up to Camberwell, stopping at Linetech Computers for some new kit, and then Edwarde’s where I bought myself a shiny new bicycle. Hooray! Back on two wheels in time for Summer.
Openings and closings: the notorious Aristocrats is being refurbished, so may open soon in another guise; the Church Street Hotel still shows no signs of an imminent reopening, although some work is still going on there judging by the sound of an electric saw I heard coming from inside; and in case you haven’t heard, it seems that The Old Dispensary is to close down soon. It’s a nice little building, and would make a fantastic coffee shop/cafe.
The wife had an appointment at Cube to do some retouching on the barnet, so we grabbed a quick lunch from Tadim — some of their lovely lamachun — and ate it in the churchyard with the squirrels, pigeons, blackbirds and magpies, and with the spring sunshine doing its best to warm us. Then the wife headed off to Cube, and I flew home on my new bicycle.