Himself and the kids have been very patient out the front of the bakery as they wait for me to complete my tour…
I watch as other savouries: sausage rolls, pasties and the like are sorted out the back and then make my way to the front counter to buy some goodies to take back with us.
Celia has a surprise for me… a gift box with four raspberry buns and some apricot pies! Wow, talk about “the icing on the cake”! To say I’m delighted with our unexpected gift is an understatement. Fantastic! Thank You so much Celia!!!
I’m also clutching the address of the place where I can buy pie forms to bring back to The Netherlands… this visit has exceeded my expectations on so many levels that it’s made my day.
The only shock has been walking back to the van parked just a short distance down the street and seeing so many gaps where buildings used to be. Before I got into the car I looked around, closed my eyes for a moment and tried to remember what used to be in the gaps, with some I succeed but with others I draw a blank. It’s good to see other businesses here open though… and people, the whole area is busy with people.
No matter what life (or Mother Nature) throws at you, the owners and staff of Sydenham Bakery and all the other local businesses here prove that they are resilient and with support from locals they are willing to pick up the pieces and get back to normal as much as possible.
One thing I’m certain about too… once fortified by a pie and a raspberry bun, you feel like you can take on the world.