Hidden City

On Saturday, we went on a treasure hunt across London with our friends B and M.  These are run by HiddenCity and they text you clues, which you have to solve based on your surroundings and then text back the answers.  This one was called “Mind of the Maker” and it started off in Kings Cross and ended up in Islington (nearly Hackney) at a pub called the Narrowboat.

It was a bit wet (I wore my Seasalt raincoat and my wellies) but definitely worth doing.  We came first for that day (2 hours 9 minutes) – my husband said that we could have done it quicker if we had run everywhere but there really is no way I am running in my wellies.  As it was, it took me ten minutes to get them off.

Afterwards, we went to a tiny restaurant on Upper Street called Rok.  This was utterly delicious and I got rather plastered.

Kings Cross - this used to be a DIVE
Kings Cross – this used to be a DIVE
The canal
The canal
As part of our hunt, we found a frog (just outside Culpepper Gardens).  I know that loads of you live in places where frogs are commonplace but this is EXTREMELY exciting in central London
As part of our hunt, we found a frog (just outside Culpepper Gardens). I know that loads of you live in places where frogs are commonplace but this is EXTREMELY exciting in central London
Dusk at the canal
Dusk at the canal – put your phone away (kids on bikes snatch them round here)
Nighttime!
Nighttime!
Mead was our prize.  It was surprisingly delicious
Mead was our prize. It was surprisingly delicious

Frivolous raincoat shopping

I’ve done a ridiculous thing – I’ve bought another raincoat.  There is absolutely nothing wrong with my purple Berghaus one, except that it is the coat of choice for women in their sixties who are Into Walking.  Which was starting to depress me a bit.  Yes, it is practical.  And I will still wear it.  But I wanted something a bit smarter.

The same as my green mac but this time in red
The same as my green mac but this time in red

Seasalt were doing a 20% offer so this was only £88.  So it’s a bargain really.

Replacement raincoat

Okay, so I have looked and looked and looked for my awesome, bargain, pink Landsend raincoat.  Perhaps it will turn up but probably not.

I have bought this one from Seasalt to replace it.  At the time, it was only available in greengage in my size but Seasalt seem to have got some more stock in – I can’t decide whether I have buyer’s remorse.  Would I have preferred poppy?  Or jewel?  The first would make me stand out more when crossing a zebra crossing but perhaps wouldn’t be very elegant in the evening.  Also, would I look like a jolly Father Christmas in it?  The second looks great in photos but perhaps may not be all that interesting in person.

I like mustard but my children will spill something or put their sticky fingers on it.  Plus I would look like an outsize fisherman in it.

So greengage it is.  Which I do like.  It is bright enough to see me crossing the road, at dusk, in the rain and smart enough to get away with wearing in the evening.

My new raincoat
My new raincoat