I didn't stray far from home this weekend. M worked both days (and nights) and as it was very hot I didn't fancy going into central London. M's sister was over from Gloucestershire and on Saturday we went up the hill to eat cakes in the new Muswell Hill market and browse the vintage clothing racks there. Then we spent the rest of the sunny afternoon in the grounds of Alexandra Palace, licking lollies and playing in the park. In the evening, after Little R went to bed at 7pm, I cooked spaghetti bolognaise which we ate watching Woody Allen's return-to-form comedy Whatever Works with the brilliant Larry David and Evan Rachel Wood. In bed, I finished reading the gripping Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn and started another psychological thriller The Playdate by Louise Millar.
On Sunday, my sister-in-law, daughter and I made a brief visit to the community market in Harringay then met up with family (on M's side) for a delicious South Indian vegetarian feast of dosas and thalis at the family-run Jai Krishna in Turnpike Lane. If you're ever up in north-east London then I highly recommend this place. We're regulars though the food is a bit too spicy for Little R so we make sure she eats something beforehand and then once there she snacks on poories and poppadoms.
This weekend marked Little R's first weekend as a school student. Yes, my darling little 4 year old daughter started primary school on Monday. Our local primaries are generally excellent so we had no trouble filling in all six choices on the council schools form last year. We were incredibly lucky to get our first choice school. Wow, the beginning of a whole new era for her (and for us). What a milestone!