There is rather lovely community online right now called In Colourful Company. Hosted by the lovely Toni, ICC contains a book club, a FitBit group, hosts workshops and generally high-fives creative people who love colour. I’ve been a member of their Facebook group since March and it truly is a lovely, welcoming and inspiring group . It also happens to contain a lot of members who are very clever and have the most beautiful shops and I am in danger of being much more skint as a result of it.
But the crowning glory of In Colourful Company are the colour walks that are hosted around the country a few times a year. People meet up, wear their brightest clothing, explore an area and take many, many pictures. Family members are also welcome to come along and join in the fun and so I brought Betsy and Arthur along for the ride. I was a bit concerned about bringing along the kids, especially Arthur who has a knack of running away, but he soon made a friend with another boy and stuck with him while Betsy was given a very important job of being chief balloon holder.
(photo credit above belongs to Lou from Hello Party who has the most brilliant decorations)
We walked around east London, starting at Liverpool Street Station and moving into Hoxton, onto Brick Lane and finishing with a picnic in Allen Gardens next to Spitalfields City Farm. It’s a small area, but we walked a LOT, weaving in and out of little roads, spotting the brightest street art.
I also gave both kids an old camera so they could take photos too and it really helped them feel part of the group.
Betsy took some really good photos, but I’ll leave those for another day.
The walk had quite an impression on Boo. She absolutely loved hanging out with Erica, one of the walk’s organisers, LOVED being surrounded by so much colour, loved being treated equally and talked to by everyone and told me that she’s going to every colourwalk from now on. Please don’t tell her that there’s one in Disneyland next year, that would blow her mind but we can’t afford it, BUT the next walk is this Sunday in Margate’s Dreamland (which we went to last year and was AMAZING) and it’s hosted by Lucky Dip Club so is essentially all my current favourite things thrown together. We can’t wait to go!