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Columbia Road Market 8

October 18, 2009
by the gentle author


There was a nip in the air this morning and, as I walked out under a clear Autumn sky, I could see my own breath. At the market, two of the stallholders were dressed as witches, which reminded me that it is nearly Halloween and inspired me to buy  a bunch of Chinese Lanterns (Physalis) to dry. Then I found the plants were on sale and remembered that my grandmother grew them in her garden in Chard. She used to dry them every year and I was captivated by the exoticism of the lanterns displayed in an old copper jug in her hallway.

Apparently Physalis likes sun or partial shade, so I decided to have a go at growing them myself for next year and I bought a plant for £4.


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  1. Susan Lendroth permalink
    October 25, 2009

    I have stayed up far too late in California reading your wonderful blog from Spitalfields, an area of London I have never visited despite several trips to the city. Thank you for sharing the wonder and charm of a vibrant neighborhood.

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