Last week I had to take my Mr T to a specialist appointment in Northbridge. I don't venture that way often, it is usually to pay a visit to Tokyo Mart, the Japanese supermarket. I didn't need to buy any Japanese groceries that particular day, but did pick up a pair of red spotty pot holders for a minimal price and I am very happy with that.
Next door is a childrens' shop and I found this reproduction set of Ladybird books. I grew up on these. As the box is shop handled and dog eared, I picked them up for less than half price. The shop featured in 'IN A BIG STORE' is Bentalls in Kingston Upon Thames, Surrey. My family used to go here to make purchases for the home when I was a child, it was a big day out. I had my ears pierced there when I was 13. It is now a shopping centre with all the high street chains in an atrium space. There is still a little bit of Bentalls at one end of the building. I still love a shopping trip to Kingston when I go to England.
Today I partook in a Japanese cooking class at my son's school. It was a fundraising event organised by the Japanese teacher, to raise funds for an upcoming Year 9 trip to Japan. We cooked five delicious dishes, tutored by a Japanese friend of the tutor. I took my camera along, but it was all put onto tables and devoured before I could take any shots. I will be heading back to Tokyo Mart this week to pick up some ingredients for a Japanese cooking storm at home.