Columbia Road Market 19
A respite has come, after weeks in which the oppressive cold has filled me with the overwhelming urge to make a hot water bottle and take to my bed at three in the afternoon, I woke before dawn this morning, restless with thoughts and plans. Walking up the road to the market early, I discovered that now the snow is gone the puddle under the railway bridge is back, so I had to wait for a gap in the traffic and sprint under the bridge to avoid getting drenched by a wave of spray from a passing car. The first thing I saw at the market were Daffodils from Lincolnshire and from Cornwall, and although there were only a fraction of the stallholders and as yet no customers, there was a prevailing atmosphere of optimism. “It’s not raining and it’s not cold , no excuses this week!” I heard one stallholder declare in expectation of a healthy day’s trading.
To celebrate this change in the weather, I bought cut flowers, these Narcissi from Tremelethen Farm, St Mary’s in the Scilly Isles, three bunches for £2. Their heavenly scent will fill my small drawing room and remind me that there are warmer climes where Spring is happening already.