East London, Pies and Mash, Jellied Eels, Victoria Park and Its Village
There was some debate with the Supervisor about what would be considered “work”. The fairly strict policy of resting one day a week is mostly, i think, in keeping with the idea that the Sabbath requirement is in-built in creation (“Sabbath” meaning one day of rest from work a week – not a specific day of the week), rather than an arbitrary commandment. And because the nature of full-time ministry is that it is relationally intense, rest from that would necessarily mean having little or no social activity with the people one would usually serve…
But a few people from one of my bible study groups really wanted to check out East London, so we headed to G. Kelly Pie and Mash (“Noted Eel and Pie Shop”, 526 Roman Road, Bow, E3 5ES).
Beef and chicken pies with real mash (we watched the giant potato masher in operation in the kitchen) and liquor (parsley sauce) were ordered from the lovely ladies at the counter who called everyone “my luv”. To my surprise, rather liked the cold jellied eel. The fruit crumbles were excellent in a tummy-warming way (because we’re still weathering winter temperatures here, some days) both with ice-cream and custard.
Thus fortified, a pleasant little walk through Victoria Park beckoned, where there was a dramatic practice landing by the air ambulance, and less dramatically, a model on a fashion shoot pretending to eat a cone from an ice-cream van.
Then a spot of grocery shopping at The Deli Downstairs (211 Victoria Park Road, Victoria Park Village)(upstairs, a man was hanging his smalls for all the world to view), before lounging in the semi-sunshine at The Refreshment Room next door.
Espresso beans were Climpson & Sons‘ Climpson Estate blend. We talked about how one of the main messages of the Bible is that God is in control – but this isn’t boring or trite because every book and every event in each book shows us just how sovereign God is in all sorts of events and circumstances. Plus it is a truth that we somehow struggle to remember.
Just over the low whitewashed brick wall was Chase & Sorensen and the lovely sight of clean lines in Scandinavian design.
We wandered back through Victoria Park, past The Pavilion with its cafe, and the boating lake, for a walk along Regent’s Canal and then to our separate homes.