This week’s Shepherds Food of the week™* is the remarkable Ovivo. It’s an absolute bargain** at only £14.99 for a bottle of Olive Leaf Extract***. I know what I’ll be filling the fridge up with for the next few weeks.
* Not every week. Barely every year, but I try.
** Actually seems a bit on the pricey side for something that I’ve never seen anyone in an olive producing country actually drink.
*** From their site: “Use with caution if you are allergic to Olive tree pollen as it may cause a seasonal respiratory allergic reaction. This herb may cause mild gastrointestinal irritation, particularly if taken on an empty stomach. Pregnant or breastfeeding women should always consult with their healthcare practitioner before use. Olive Leaf Extract may interfere with some Antibiotics and therefore anyone taking these should consult with their healthcare practitioner before use. “
I love the fact that there is a large sign advertising yoga outside Shepherd Foods.
I keep expecting to trip over somebody cross-legged on the floor, between the slightly stale bread and the lottery scratch cards…
Blackheath is not short of places to buy your favourite tipple. There is the lovely Nicolas of course, pricey and slightly confusing if you know nothing about wine, but very nice nonetheless. And they do a lovely sparkling dry cider (Duché de Longueville Brut) that is much more within the Bugle’s pocket. There is another type of this cider made by the same people that is even better – less sparkling and even drier, but the nearest place to buy it is the greenwashed Sainsbury’s in Greenwich.
The Oddbins opposite Nicolas always looks a bit sad by comparison, but is actually much better for English Ales. They hide them right at the back, near the floor (they obviously want to keep it all for themselves), and I recently found both Summer Lightning and GFB, both made by The Hop Back Brewery, and both delicious. Their website doesn’t tell you what GFB stands for, but I have a fair idea. Previously the only place I’ve found this beer has been at Borough Market, or on draught at a wonderful hidden-away pub in Colliers Wood of all places. The other thing going for Oddbins, is the music. Last time I went in there, they were playing Cesaria Evoria – always a pleasure.
Then there’s Booze Busters. I’m sure I should call it McColls Newsagents or something, but it will always be known as Booze Busters in our house, because of the ugly banner above the shop. This place is ideal for buying a copy of the Daily Mail, and filling your body with High Fructose Corn Syrup, both of which should be avoided at all costs. They do sell cheapish lager though, which can be handy if you’re having people round who haven’t seen the light.
Then Shepherd Foods, which I’ve gone on about too much already (check out the fizzy australian ale though), Hand Made Foods who sell some alcohol, (I’m sure its lovely, but I’m always too scared to even look at the prices). And the wonderfully 1970s CostCutter, whose name should be done for under the Trade Descriptions Act. It’s a strange sort of place, but some of their £8 wines aren’t bad.
Anyway, that’s all I can think of right now. The combination of a grim nightshift tonight, and an extra-special summer cold is making me think I might prepare a hot toddy to keep me going. If you think of anywhere else worthy of a mention, please drop me a comment!
I spend a lot of time staring at these signs in Blackheath. They’re not perfect, but they’re better than wondering if your bus is even running… The strange thing is that, unlike the (incredibly useful) Train Departure Boards Live, there doesn’t seem to be any way of getting live bus info online.
Which is odd, because I saw a vandalised bus shelter the other day, and what looked like a broadband modem hanging out of it. I did a bit of googling, and it seems that the current system (shown above) is known as “Countdown“, and has been running since 1996, before GPS was widely used, and was never designed to handle the 8000 buses currently on the system.
So there is a replacement planned. It is called iBus. Of course it is. How could it be called anything else? It promises all manner of super-duper improvements, use of GPS, automatic audio announcements on the bus for each stop, SMS notifications, but nothing about live bus stop info online! I want to be able to search for the 108 towards Lewisham from outside Shepherd Foods, see that it is 8 minutes away, and hurry out of the house to greet it!
I’ve made some enquiries, asking about online info, and when the system will appear in Blackheath, but so far, no reply. I’ll keep you posted…
Alternatively, if any nice Blackheathens (?) have a window out onto Goffers Road, or Prince of Wales road, and feel like sticking a webcam out of it, we could post a link to it here! Justin.tv seems to be an extremely easy way to broadcast a live webcam with almost no effort.