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25th July 2015

Lake, Finsbury Park

The Boating Lake, Finsbury Park

I recently signed up to join the Friends of Finsbury Park. According to their website ( they are:

'…a charity that was formed in 1986 by people who care about Finsbury Park…a small but growing group of ordinary people who live or work in the local area.'

Meeting them for a walk around the park was an opportunity to meet with the park staff and to contribute any views.

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olives, baseball, shiatsu and my (very) small veg patch

11th July 2015

Olives finsbury park

Olives from Organic Shop, Stroud Green Rd, Finsbury Park

I do like an olive and am still, years later, mourning the loss of Woody’s Turkish shop, with it’s huge olive counter, at the top of Stroud Green Road. Sadly Woody's was replaced with Sainsbury’s local, where the olives are pre-packed (Woody's: still on Yelp).

Fortunately, the Organic Fruit & Veg shop, just opposite (196 Stroud Green Road), sell delicious loose olives.

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gillespie park, acupuncture and a nice cup of tea

27th June 2015

Gillespie Park Mosaics

Mosaic at entrance to Gillespie Park on Seven Sister's Road, Finsbury Park

I have been intending to visit Gillespie Park and the London Ecology Centre for a ages, but could never quite figure out where it is.

So it was a pleasant surprise, while walking under the railway bridge on Seven Sister's Road, to glance up and see the mosaics marking the entrance.

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2 for 1 books, a massage, a curry & a good electrician

14th June 2015

2-4-1 Books Mind, Stroud Green Road

Second hand books, Mind Stroud Green Road

2 for 1 books

The Mind shop at the top of Stroud Green Road has a 2 for 1 deal on books.

The cheapest is free, and they have some good titles. I got the Lonely Planet for Turkey and Sri Lanka for £2.50

The offer is ongoing.

I had a fantastic Thai massage at Benjawan, 104 Stroud Green Road…

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a gift, a garden & some dog roses

8th June 2015

China bowls from Stroud Green Road

China Bowls from X-IT, Stroud Green Road

This week we have had some lovely weather in Finsbury Park.

X-it gift shop

Looking for a gift, I bought two small blue and white ceramic bowls at the special price of £4.69 each at X-It (200 Stroud Green Road). I also picked up couple of cards, they have a good range for all occassions.

While out for a walk I noticed a flyer

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First entry: hawthorn blossom in the park

1st June 2015

Hawthorn Tree, Finsbury Park

The first post in My N4 Diary. Here is where you can find what I've been up to in and around Finsbury Park.

blossom in finsbury park

May and June are great times to walk in the park, with everything coming back to life. I really love the variety of trees, and the blossom.

Turkish delight

This week, I also enjoyed a Turkish Meze at Petek (I recommend the vegetarian shared menu), followed by coffee at the Stapleton Tavern (which came in a Mr Man Mug, with a custard cream).

spring in finsbury park

I was going to write about the trees and birds, and everything coming back to life; but (hurray), someone has done it who actually know what they are taking about.

Here is the link: Beginning Afresh a Month in Nature in Finsbury Park.(Harringey online)

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