Metroland

The end is in sight for my visit-every-Underground-station project – after Saturday’s excursion I only have fifteen stations to do. Fifteen! I can hardly believe it.

So what did I do on my Saturday excursion? I did something I’ve been meaning to do for a while – I headed to the end of the Metropolitan Line, one of the oldest parts of the network, to check out the stations there. These were built before the Green Belt around London was constructed, hence why they are so far out compared to the rest of the stations (Zone 9 no less!). The villages here are actually in Buckinghamshire, and you can hardly believe you’ve just got off the tube, so different is the entire area to busy central London.

First of all, Chalfont & Latimer station (the junction from which you branch off to either Chesham or Amersham) seems to be a housing estate with a main road running past. It was very quiet: this attractive-looking tree and bench seemed the most noteworthy landmark in the place.

Just outside Chalfont & Latimer station

I visited Chesham first. I really liked Chesham – it had a really old villagey feel and I could see the hills on one side. There was a market on when I was there, too.

Chesham
Chesham town centre

I didn’t like Amersham quite so much, as it wasn’t as pretty – I suspect Old Amersham is the ‘pretty’ village, but I didn’t have time to go there. What I did like – in both Chesham and Amersham – was the number of charity shops. I love a good old charity shop rummage: on this occasion I came back with two bags, one from each town. I love them both, especially the leather one, which is basically Proper Vintage.

Tapestry bag
Leather bag
Leather bag

“Leave the heart that now I bear, and give me liberty!”

Liberty prints are everywhere right now. I’m compiling a list of all the beautiful products with gorgeous floral patterns that I’m lusting after: some of them are not what you’d expect!

It all started when I saw the Liberty range for Dr Marten’s. The harsh boot style works surprisingly well with the stunning Liberty prints. I am definitely getting these at some point:

Dr Marten

I also really like these, with the blue and green Strawberry Thief pattern designed by William Morris.

Dr Marten

You can’t just get boots, there are satchels too. I really, want this small one. This is a variation on the Strawberry Thief pattern.

Dr Marten

The Liberty/Nike collaboration is perhaps the most surprising of all. I would love to wear these for the gym.

Nike Liberty Trainers

I can’t decide which of the watches is my favourite, but this one is a strong contender.

Liberty Print Knot Watch

Of all the passport holders I’ve ever encountered, this purple one with the Ianthe print has to be one of the prettiest.

Ianthe Liberty Purple Passport Holder

Last but not least, the iconic Liberty print scarf:

Liberty Tree of Life Print Scarf

Why can’t I just win the lottery?

*Post title quote from The Old Stoic by Emily Brontë