After forgetting my phone on the way to the city, I had to rely on the good people of Leeds to get me to Duke Studios where I’d eventually stuff my face with warming pumpkin risotto or sweet chocolatey treats. After obviously taking a very wrong turn, I asked a couple if they knew where Sheaf St was. After asking what was going on there, they seemed to be convinced enough to escort me to Veg Out to check it out themselves.
Duke studios, as I found out today, is a cosy, comfy, DIY Leeds favourite which housed this year’s Veg Out christmas market founded by a lovely community of makers – focusing on small business and quality products. I bought a few things – a christmas card for my boyfriend, a few mince pies, a wonderful chocolate tart from That Old Chestnut that (I hate this phrase) didn’t taste vegan. My new found exploration of vegan and vegetarianism was welcomed in this space.
I then wondered around the streets, unaware of time (my phone being my only way of keeping myself inside the constraints of hours). I wondered round The Tetley’s new exhibition The Scientific Method an intriguing exhibition, sorting through the overload of information we consume daily through the internet, the news, through human interaction… I thought about my relationship with information and how I process that information. Where I get it from and how I chose to filter out the rubbish. When my brain couldn’t process anymore, I sauntered through the busy streets, passing by everyone doing their Christmas shopping. I like thinking about who people are buying for, the thought that goes into each gift. I see people picking up books and smiling to themselves, knowing that the person who they’re buying for will understand the connection. The little secret, in the closeness and familiarity of their conversations – that present will fit
It was a lovely “me time” sort of day, a proper Sunday.