Last week Christmas shopping really kicked off with three local markets pretty much back-to-back. The first sale took place in Clyde Road, where there was a good mix of ceramics, plants, homewares and toys on offer plus free coffee and cake. This was followed by a weekend craft sale at the Pavilion, and then the Muswell Hill Creatives market in St James's Square. My visit to this last market was curtailed when my burglar alarm went off and I only had a chance to buy one thing before reluctantly tearing myself away. But it seemed very busy and it was lovely to have live music from a brass band.