Today, I re-enter everyday living and the dreaded commute. 6am this morning was a bit of a shock and it’s always surprising how difficult it is to slip back into routine after only a week off.
The morning walk to the station wasn’t nearly as scenic as my walks last week!
But I do feel better for the week off and ready to tackle my inbox and my bosses diaries today, so it was worth it!
The plan for this week both at work and home is to get back to it. I have an meeting about the Halloween trail at the allotments on Wednesday and I’m volunteering at the Ealing Half marathon on Sunday morning, so a quiet homey week is on the cards!
In my house, this song is most often referred to as ‘the cutthroat song’. Because that’s what Ma calls it (look I don’t even pretend to understand how her mind works….), I did put it on the music phone for the car journey to Northumberland last week.
This week’s recommendation is geographically tricky for most of the world and for me, most days of the year, but Barter Books is one of my favourite places.There are books and lights and a model train and proper fireplaces and a cake shop.
If that wasn’t enough, you can take the books you don’t want into them and trade them for credit, they then keep the information on a card and you can come back whenever.
It’s in Alnwick in the old railway station building and it feels like a shop that could exist in any decade of the last 50 years, it’s polite and lovely and did I mention full of books.
It’s also the place where the ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’ poster that has spawned a thousand copycats was found.It’s just book heaven, we visit whenever we’re in Amble and if you can, you should go and visit.
Happy Friday! I hope that you’ve had a lovely week, for the first time ever, I’m not looking forward to the weekend because it means that it’s time to head back to London. On the one hand it’ll be lovely to be back in my lovely flat, it’ll be sad to leave, despite the gales of Storm Ali.
Here are this week’s links…
She reported her raped and the town turned on her.
The undersea and the ecstasy: MDMA leaves octopuses loved up. This is fascinating but the idea of loved up octopuses make me ridiculously happy..
The EU couldn’t help May at Salzburg because she’s seeking the impossible
Ultimately the EU cannot give May what she really needs, which is a Brexit model that will simultaneously satisfy the whole Tory party and win support from a majority in the Commons, without inflicting harm on the country. They cannot give her that because it doesn’t exist, never did, never will
Whoops – there go the railways, says Westminster’s answer to Mr Bean
London only has one home on sale for £100,000 or less.
Happy Monday! I’m completely in holiday mode. We’ve had fish and chips, walked by the sea, eaten ice cream at Spurelli’s and today we’re going into Alnwick, so I get to go to Barter Books. Life is very good!There is something about being by the sea.
Other plans for this week are Newcastle for the day, Cragside and generally arsing about.
Also Christina went to Italy and sent me this….