The neural network of artists and venues provided a huge sense of community. The image of Walthamstow map, as drawn in the guide, and indeed as portrayed in the E17 Neighbourhood Quilt by Catherine West of Significant Seams, makes it look like a cosy self-sufficient island. These are two beautiful feelings to have when you're on a bicycle: you can easily span it all on a bike, pedal from shore to shore, and trace the neural network of this wonderful brain, this wonderful imagination and creativity we have around us.
The feelings accompanied us as we rode today too. They are important because in the ever-shrinking world distances are ever-increasing, and in our ever-expanding city we need a greater sense of location, our own meaningful centre. Bikes give it to those who use them, and E17 Art Trail gives it to Walthamstow.
We got some cool golden calling cards printed by Matt McKenzie at Paekakariki Press, and admired Kate Hardy's prints which adorn Paekakariki's publications.
After a visit to the Makers' Yard, a fabulous work space in Shernhall Street, we visited Mr Bliss
And after a much-needed coffee-and-cake at Arts and Crusts we wound up at Wadham Lodge where we drank fizz for the Chapel End Arts and Crafts Association
Walthamstow Dad gave us local money, courtesy of the Bank of Walthamstow, to drink to local economy.
Following a re-visit to Inky Cuttlefish, we finally called it a day at Ye Olde Rose & Crown. We tried to pay for drinks with Ten Støwner but found that Pound Sterling still, for now, was the currency of choice.
Till next year, and in the meantime, see you on the road, and the odd dreamy cycle path!