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David Ing, at large … Sometimes, my mind wanders

2008/09/14 Market in Croydon, dining in Purley

Purley is a suburb south of London.  Since Scott and Greg hosted me at their home, I offered to cook dinner for them.  To go shopping for supplies, Scott accompanied me, and we walked over to the bus stop.

DI_20080913 070006 PurleyDownsRoad bus stop SW

Greg thought the best shopping would be in Croydon.  The bus took a route direct to the city centre, and then drove around some one way streets before dropping us off just north of the Croydon Flyover.

DI_20080913 072718 CroydonFlyover

I waited on the street while Scott stopped in a store to buy a few household supplies.

DI_20080913 072730 CroydonFlyover bus stop

A few blocks north, we came to a fork in the road at the entry to the Surrey Street Market.

DI_20080913 072834 Croydon SurreyStreet market

This market has a history serving the neighbourhood going back centuries.

DI_20080913 073606 Croydon SurreyStreet market fruit

The selection of fruit looked great for the season.

DI_20080913 073738 Croydon SurreyStreet market bananas

We walked north up to Church Street to find the fish market.

DI_20080913 073910 Croydon SurreyStreet ChurchStreet

We asked if sushi-grade fish was available.  The answer was no.  We decided to modify the menu, and picked up some smoked fish instead.

DI_20080913 074858 CroydonAndSurreyFishMarket display

We picked up some pork to make soup.

DI_20080913 080048 Croydon MurraysButcher

Scott bought some greens for salad.

DI_20080913 075836 Croydon SurreyStreet market lettuce

The garden shop had a variety of flowers and plants available.

DI_20080913 080210 Croydon SurreyStreet market flowers

We retraced our steps, and then walked beyond towards South End for the bus stop to return home.  The police had blocked the road, so Greg suggested an alternative route a few blocks west.

DI_20080913 081428 Croydon SouthEnd roadblock

South Bridge Road was a low-rise commercial shopping street.

DI_20080913 081748 Croydon SouthBridgeRoad

The detour eventually led us back to South End.

DI_20080913 082132 Croydon SouthEnd

The Swan And Sugar Loaf  Hotel is a landmark in Croydon, with many bus stops nearby.

DI_20080913 082254 Croydon SwanAndSugarLoaf Hotel

We caught the bus back towards Purley.  We got off the bus and walked by the Riddlesdown Road bridge, with more foliage in the area.

DI_20080913 083758 Purley RiddlesdownRoad bridge

This neighbourhood is suburban, but walkable.

DI_20080913 084012 Purley GrasmereRoad

A few hours later, the ingredients had been transformed into a dinner for seven.

DI_20080913 143352 Grasmere dinner

Friends know that it’s not unusual for me to offer culinary services when I travel.  I’ve been cooking for the family at home less frequently these days.  Dinner for seven isn’t a great effort for me, when there’s normally six people living in our home in Toronto.

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