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January 2021 ~ Books I Read. πŸ“š ❄️

January has been an enjoyable reading month. A couple of the books were birthday or Christmas gifts, two were inspired by other bloggers reads and one was bought on a whim, purely because of the cover. Though in fact all these book covers are asphetically pleasing in my eyes.

Bookshop Tours Of Britain ~ Louise Boland ( 2020). Whilst our bookshops are sadly closed at the moment, how about browsing through a book that takes the reader on 18 journeys around Britain and its many beautiful independent book stores. This handy guide allows you to plan which parts of the country to visit once lockdown is over, with its indie bookshops in mind. Lots of travel information too and litery snippets. I love this celebration of our indie stores, they really need our support at the moment. A little sad that two lovely book towns that I have visited, Wigtown in Dumfries & Galloway and Sedburgh in Cumbria , weren’t included though. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Wild Life Of The Fox ~ John Lewis – Stemple ( 2020). A slim volume not unlike Adele Brands ‘ The Hidden World Of The Fox’ , packed full of fascinating insights into the life of this mysterious wild creature, who’m we share our countryside and urban landscape with. The author, a prolific nature writer ,starts off by talking about a phone conversation that went on slightly too long, causing him to head out to lock up his chickens that little bit later than usual. Well you can imagine what had happened to the chickens. Yet we can’t help but have a love/hate relationship with the 🦊. And that is explored expertly here. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Winter Holiday ~ Arthur Ransome ( 1931). I haven’t actually read any of the other Swallows & Amazon’s books. I assume they are all set in long warm summers. Winter Holiday though is absolutely perfect for this time of year. The frozen lake and surrounding snowy countryside lends itself perfectly to the children’s Arctic Expedition adventures. I love how the adults don’t bat an eyelid at the youngsters playing out from dawn until dusk and how everyone gets their skates on , igloos are built and ice yachts are commondeered. Delightful. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Before The Coffee Gets Cold ~ Toshikazu Kawaguchi (2015). If you could travel back in time to a crossroads moment in your life , would you want to, if you couldn’t change the outcome? In a quiet cafe in Japan , from a particular seat ,it is possible to do just that. As long as you drink your coffee before it gets cold that is. A moving and magical tale. And there is a sequel that I want to read too. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

What books did you pick up in January? πŸ“š


A wanderers wish list :-D

As 2015 we have no plans to holiday abroad…..I thought I would list a few places here in Blighty, that I would love to spend a few days away at.  Would be lovely!

Rum Doodle.

Described on their website as ‘a little bit of luxury, a little bit of whimsy & a whole lot of fun’ , Rum Doodle is a Windermere guest house with 12 individually furnished rooms and the promise of tea and cake on arrival.Sounds just my cup of tea.

The Duke at Spring Parc.

I love the idea of cozying up by the wood burner in an old showmans wagon. Spring Parc in Cornwall has several  beautiful wagons and cabins.And you can bring your hound on holiday too. πŸ™‚

Spiral staircase at The Midland.

Breathe in the sea air and relax in the classic Art- deco style Midland Hotel overlooking the bay in Morecambe, Lancashire. Vintage glamour on the prom.

Picturesque Portmeirion.

Staying in the magical mediterenean looking resort of Portmeirion on the Snowdonia peninsula would be an amazing experience I feel. The hotels accomodation is dotted around the village as well as in the grande hotel whose rooms feature a floor to celing mirrored suite. Cult tv series ‘The Prisoner’ was filmed here in the 1960s.

Its a tree house. πŸ™‚

Fancy staying in a luxury lodge or treehouse overlooking a lake in Lancashire. Cleveley Mere near Garstang has rowing, fishing, friendly ducks, bikes for hire, firepits and a wellie hut on site. Some lodges are dog friendly too. πŸ™‚

Dungerness Desert!

Well I never realised there was a desert in England! Dungerness is an atmospheric shingle peninsula on the Kent coast that is home to weather boarded cottages, abandoned lighthouses,a boat graveyard, a power station and some of the best seafood going apparently. Some accomodation can be found at Cottages In Kent.

Lovely La Rosa.

Victorian seaside guesthouse in the Yorkshire resort of Whitby, La Rosa with fabulous sea and abbey views. Packed full of quirky curiousities, this friendly and unique b&b is quite a haven for teacups and taxidermy.I know! I have spent a night here before and loved it! Especially enjoyed the breakfast hamper that is delivered to your door in the morning. πŸ™‚

So is there anywhere you fancy staying on my list? Or have you ever stopped anywhere a little quirky and/ or unusual? I’d love to know!