|'Because our society believes every child should have a random scar|
to brag about on the playground...'
We decided to meet up in Ealing, which is her manor and has a new pub in it. Not sure which of those two facts had more to do with it, but in Ealing we did meet. We followed our usual format of deciding a time and a place, then completely ignoring the agreement and meeting at a slightly different place (the 'health and safety shocker statue', as I like to call it) at a slightly different time (enabling me to, sadly, get sucked into Primarni and purchase items, to be fair, even Primarni can't mess up a square headscarf).
|Nautical but nice. £1 each... can't go wrong. Or could, if|
I put my head near a naked flame.
We went on to Fara (and excellent charity-chain, they even have a specialist vintage store: check out their website) and I found some buys at long last. Not clothes, but retro cook books, which I collect and adore. The first one caught my eye because, in the top corner of the first page there was a little message 'To Caroline, another 18th birthday present, love Nana'. Awwww! And now it was languishing alone on the charity shop bookshelf. I had to rehome it, bless:
|Useful, and loved again. Note my kawaii jim-jams. Warmest things ever!|
|The pink thing is a starter not a drink!|
|Loving the 'highlighter' effect on the chapter headings!|
But, to The Grove. It's a very well thought out pub, with a quirky vintage twist. Although a Greene King, it does have a variety of guest ales and ciders. Here's some photos:
|Guess which handbag's mine? The ladylike one or the pink Hello Kitty...?|
|Eclectic chairs. Me like.|
|They do this in Central Europe for 'al fresco' drinkers (aka smokers).|
It's a nice touch.
|I am a cider drinker...|
|Veggie 'fish and chips' - battered halloumi|
|Nachos. I was over-cautious in my choice, but it was nice nonetheless.|
|We snapped this one because it looks a bit rude!|
|Wall art, it's backlit but the flash negates the effect.|
|Hmm, blurry. Can't think why that should happen after a pint or three...|
They served my drink in a proper dimpled glass as well. Excellent stuff!