Now onto the important stuff, books! I had brought a few books with me for the air flight and to tide me over for most of the trip; some 2012 Challenge books and one or two to finish off 2011. But I also hoped to visit some book stores wherever we might be staying, just to get some different choices from the usual stores I visit while I'm at home. I wasn't disappointed. I also managed to read a few books to finish off 2011 and start 2012, but I'll get those into in my next Blog.
After resting and recouping some of our energy in Tonbridge, we got into our hire car and drove up to spend Xmas and New Year's with Jo's sister and her hubby up in Lincolnshire, near Long Sutton. Jo hadn't seen her sister since their last visit in 2008 so it was a very nice reunion. We also got to meet Rob and Sue's two lovely dogs, Duke, a gentle black Lab, and Bella, a hyper-active, lovely Patterdale terrier. Dogs factored into many of the locations we visited, by the way. In Tonbridge, we were welcomed by Harry, a lovely dog and darn if I can remember what type of dog he is..
Topping and Company. It has branches in Bath and Ely and Jo and I spent a couple of relaxing hours there before visiting the cathedral. The store is on three floors; fiction, mystery, SciFi and such on the ground floor, biographies, history and such on the first floor and a variety of non-fiction on the top floor. While I meandered around checking out books, the ladies told Jo to go up to the first floor and get a pot of complimentary tea and then relax, enjoy her tea and read a book. Basically a perfect way to spend a day for both of us.
We finished off our visit to Worthing with a FA Cup match between Brighton and Wrexham. While the game ended in a disappointing draw for the Brighton fans, Jo and I enjoyed ourselves and came away so very impressed with the new stadium that was built for the Seagulls. After the game we headed back up to Tonbridge to rest and relax a bit before our return to our old homestead, last Thursday. We've been spending the last couple of days getting over our jet lag and enjoying being back home.
All in all, we had a lovely trip to England, spent time with family and friends and saw many lovely sites. We may have to go back again soon.. :0)
Next time I'll try to discuss some of the books I've read this past few weeks, finishing off 2011 and starting off 2012. For now it's time to get my mind back into a 'work' frame of mind.. What was my computer password again??
Keep on reading!