I love Lower Clapton Road because..

<img class="alignright size-thumbnail wp-image-341" style="border: 1px solid black;" src="http://dev.wildandwoollyshop.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/IMG_20140516_144902-150×150.jpg" alt="IMG_20140516_144902" width="150" height="150" srcset="http://www.wildandwoollyshop.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/IMG_20140516_144902-150×150.jpg 150w, http://www.wildandwoollyshop.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/IMG_20140516_144902-170×170.jpg 170w, http://www.wildandwoollyshop.co agile description.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/IMG_20140516_144902-320×320.jpg 320w, http://www.wildandwoollyshop.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/IMG_20140516_144902-540×540.jpg 540w, http://www.wildandwoollyshop.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/IMG_20140516_144902-100×100.jpg 100w” sizes=”(max-width: 150px) 100vw, 150px” />Yes, this title is cheesy, and as someone who hails from the lactose intolerant of eastern Europe, I should really avoid cheese altogether. But sometimes a moment creeps up and you just feel the love. Maybe there’s no need to apologise but an explanation might be helpful: It’s boiling hot, I can’t leave the shop, everyone is walking down the street to the park in their shades and strappy tops and Tolga, the barber from  116A pops in with a fresh green coconut for me from the Caribbean import-export guy at 114a, and well.. what’s not to love?!  Here’s the list so far..

  1. There’s a guy who does handstands on the door step of the house opposite all the time, which is a nice contrast with all the other right-way-up people.
  2. Very good coffee, sometimes featuring rock stars.
  3. Fresh coconuts from the Oliver Light Removal and Shipping Service man at 114 A who lops the tops off with his panga just like the guys the on Tiwi beach when cool coconut milk magically made sore 6 year old sun burnt shoulders stop hurting.
  4. A fanastic wool shop (ok – that’s a bit naughty as it’s my shop so you might say I’m bound to say that  but you’ve got to admit it’s a plus to have a wool shop at all, even if it wasn’t mine – right?)
  5. Palm 2. I’m afraid this little list isn’t nearly big enough to say why Palm 2 is a reason to love Lower Clapton Road. You have to go there to find out. Really.
  6. Rye bread, pickled cucumbers and garlic sausage from the Polski Sklep at 114. Mmmmhhh.
  7. The barbers. The first time I visited the shop with the estate agent, Tolga gave me a cup of turkish tea from his samovar. And since then, he  all the others (never quite sure who’s grooming/being groomed/just fat-chewing/hanging on etc…) have never stopped being helpful, reassuring and encouraging.
  8. Clapton girls coming from home from school, shrieking and giggling about the school-day gossip, and waving at me whilst explaining that that’s “Maya’s mum’s shop!”
  9. ..to follow (just seeing to a customer)

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