Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A feast for the senses - Weekend Shopping in Bungay!

We took our leave of Needham Market last weekend, for a spot of camping in Bungay....but I have to admit there was an ulterior motive! Not only to enjoy a bit of a break, which necessarily entails hefty consideration of what we will eat (good food is never far from our minds). A case in point being our chicken and chorizo paella doing nicely on the barbie!

But also, to visit Bungay's annual Garden Street Market. It's such a pretty little town and thankfully devoid of the usual cloned high street stores!

Knowing how popular the Street Market is, I was up and about early on Sunday for the quick 10 minute jaunt into the town from our site, to try and beat the crowds!

And what sights, and smells, greeted me!

Plants and flowers of every hue, together with organic veg and herbs, lined the entire length of Earsham Street, which is closed to traffic for the day.

Set against the backdrop of the pretty buildings it makes for a visual feast. There was also plenty of food temptation too - a hog roast was drawing in plenty of trade, as well as Thai food from the local Thai restaurant housed in the pink building you can see above. Yum. Made a mental note to try the thai next time we visit!

By the time I reached the end of Earsham Street things were livening up!

There were vintage garden wares

And a few antiquey items thrown in as well for good measure!

Most of the independent shops were open, and one that I spent a very long time in (!) was No 4, Market Place - it's sort of like a crafter's co-operative with lots of hand made goodies and vintage pieces. Just lovely!

We were even treated to music from this pretty street organ

I made a few purchases along the way - including these pretty seed packets which caught my eye! The excuse being they will make pretty and useful gifts, though I'm not sure I will part with them!

I also stocked up on some more wine crates which will be waxed and pressed into use for growing my salad leaves in throughout summer! I bought a grapefruit mint plant, which has a glorious smell and can be used to make tea, its also suggested that the leaves are good in a fruit salad so I shall definitely be trying that.

And, on my return back to our temporary, but very comfy, 'home' my other half had cooked the most amazing brekkie on the barbie for a well earned Sunday brunch!

It doesn't get much better than that!

Jacqui x
PS. If you want to check out the other street markets held in Bungay, the Antiques Street Market and Christmas Street Market are definitely worth a visit as well. See www.bungay-suffolk.co.uk


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