What glorious weather we have been having! — Over the weekend I took the opportunity of indulging in the guilty pleasure of gardening (how dull and middle aged is that?) as we knock the back garden into shape for summer. The 99p shop and Crusons offered a good range of materials for planting and developing the garden, supplemented by a trip to B&Q on the Old Kent Road.
On Sunday we went to the Hogarth exhibition at the Tate which (going into pretentious chin stroking art mode here) offered the perfect complement to the Canaletto in England exhibition that we had previously seen at the Dulwich Picture Gallery.
On the way home we had the pleasure of stopping at the Riverside Youngs pub in the new St Georges development in Vauxhall, SW8. Our lunch (two main courses, one bottle of wine) came to £53 (including ‘optional’ 12.5% service charge) which caused a sharp intake of breath as it is significantly more than what we pay for two two‐course meals and wine in Mozzarella e Pomodores, Safa or the New Dewanian in SE5. After that we swiftly took the 436 back to Camberwell for drinks in the glorious garden of the Sun and Doves or the ‘Sex and Drugs’ as it is sometimes called in our house.
Nothing much happening in the news Camberwell‐wise. Vaguely connected to the area is the news that Somerfield’s PR company had difficulties distinguishing between Christmas and Easter -Store gets egg on its face over Christ’s Easter ‘birth’ — which to my cynical mind is actually better for Somerfield as this way they get far more press attention than if they had released the correct version.