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This morning is spent pottering around in the sunshine with a few other mums, helping the nursery children at Weston Park sow sweet peas and tomatoes.  With the seeds safely covered and placed in the greenhouse, I glance at all their names on the pots and will them to grow.  The aim is for each child to have a tomato plant to take home and sweet peas to pick through out the summer, but given that my last harvest was a special leek I grew in my Gran's vegetable patch aged 7, my gardening skills are a little rusty. 

With a little time to spare before taking Isabelle home, I pop into my new favourite place Nest, to stroke the wools and click the knitting needles.  Nest opened on Weston Park late last year and is the most delightful shop, selling beautiful yarns and craft materials.  As well as knitting groups and a range of courses on offer, they bake awesome cakes, so you can stitch and scoff whilst getting invaluable knitting advice.  It's a brand new hobby for me but seduced by such gorgeous wool, I've made a hat, cardigan and some socks for the baby. Whilst in Nest I meet a sartorially stunning woman swathed in blues and purples, buying buttons for a jumper she's knitted for her great-grandson.  She has turquoise and blue hair and looks magnificent. 

The afternoon involves trying not to buy puppies and a search for stabilisers.  On our way to Evans Cycles we pass a group of friends enjoying a beer in the sunshine outside The Hogshead. Isabelle spies a puppy and after a quick check with the owner, has scooped up the pup and has its tiny head nestling on her shoulder. They make a winsome pair but I'm afraid that anything with bull in the title is not going to make a good pet for a family in a one bedroomed flat.  We say goodbye and go to look for stabilisers. 

We also seek out streamers and clicky things to put on the wheels but alas, no such fripperies in Evans. My best bet for those would be Halfords in Tottenham Hale but an enduring saga with the sales team last summer has put it on my growing blacklist of ShopsNevertogoInto. We don't buy stabilisers either as it turns out you have to know how big the wheels are.  But the staff are friendly and helpful so we will return.

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Tags: Nest, Weston Park, cycles, knitting

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Comment by Adrian Essex on March 25, 2011 at 13:19

Extract from the Two Wheels Good website

Puky (we say “Pooky” by the way ) are a German company and all they do is bikes and sundry other wheeled vehicles for children. They’re not a side-line or an after thought. This is what they do and very well too! They’re not cheap and they’re not toyshop rubbish either. We needed a brand that reflects our passion for the highest quality but aimed at small people. Puky is it.

Comment by CrouchEnd Cupcake on March 25, 2011 at 11:26
Two Wheels Good is a great cycle shop but I don't believe they stock kid's bikes - I only squinted through the window though, so may be wrong.  I need the stabilisers, streamers and clicky things for my daughters bike - I'm quite adept on a bicycle having ditched the stabilisers some years ago.  A few streamers would be nice though...
Comment by Adrian Essex on March 24, 2011 at 23:55
Have you tried Two Wheels Good? They are not on the main road,but served me well for many years when I was a cycle commuter.

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