|Home sweet home!!!|
On Saturday, I had an early breakfast while Jo relaxed and then headed off for my annual visit to Russell Books on Fort St. There are a number of stores that I could visit, but this trip I limited myself pretty much to Russell Books. I was smart this time and actually had a list of books that I was interested in and was pretty satisfied to find most of them available. (I'll provide a list after) When I got back to the hotel, Jo was having her brekkie. We relaxed for awhile then headed out for an afternoon tour; went to an open house to check out a $1.3 million home to see what that actually entails. Interesting, but nothing we could ever afford unless Mr. Lotto comes through.. ;).. Then we went to Cadboro Bay, a pretty little area, back to Oak Bay to wander around a bit in the shops, check out where they might have filmed the new TV series starring David Tennant, Gracepoint, and picked up fixings for our dinner and then drove back along the sea front to our hotel for the evening in. (Oh, I also checked out Ivy Books and managed to find one new book that struck my fancy. What a surprise, eh? We had a quite evening in, enjoyed our dinner and relaxed, me reading, Jo catching up on the Internet.
Sunday, after brekkie, we headed downtown to wander through Chintz and Co, one of the most unique stores you'll ever see. It's got a bit of everything, some oddball items, but if you want to outfit a house and can afford it, it's the place to check out. I also took a side trip to Legends Comics and Books and found a couple of graphic novels while Jo was enjoying Chintz. After that, we headed back up island, picked up the dogs and spent a nice evening in our home. Always nice to get away for a couple of days, but it's even better coming home. So there you have the details of our trip, now that we've tried the kennel for the puppies, next time we might take an extra day, more to see that way.
So that was the trip, let's see what books I managed to find -
2. Two Cadfael mysteries by Ellis Peters, The Pilgrim of Hate and The Virgin in the Ice. The Virgin is the 6th mystery and The Pilgrim is 10th. I think I'm missing only one in the series so far, all excellent.
4. Gently Through the Mill by Alan Hunter (1958) - I've mentioned Alan Hunter's books in previous Blogs. He is the author of the Inspector George Gently series. I was introduced to it via the TV series starring Martin Shaw as the erstwhile Inspector. Excellent series and I've been pleased with the first book I've read in the series. This one is the fifth book, which will slide in with the others I have.
6. The Lotus Caves by John Christopher (1969) - John Christopher was born SamYoud and was a British writer who wrote under many different pseudonyms, one of them being John Christopher. I was, once again, looking for a different book, The Death of Grass but this one also sounded interesting.
8. Grave Secret by Charlaine Harris (2009) - The final book in an excellent series by Charlaine Harris. Harris wrote only four books in this series, about Harper Connelly, a young woman who can commune with the dead to ascertain how they died and her step brother Tolliver, as they travel around the South working on mysteries. The first three books were all excellent. I'm looking forward to reading this with trepidation as it will be my last opportunity to share in their stories.
Of course, I didn't buy all SciFi and mysteries. I did get a couple of classics too...
Looking at these two books and knowing I have a number of other Penguin books to read, I'm thinking that for 2015, one of my Individual challenges may be to work through some of these excellent Penguins. I do love the simplicity of their covers.
Legends Comics and Books
I purchased three graphic novels in my short sojourn there. These are the covers...
1. Warren Ellis' Captain Swing and the Electrical Pirates of Cindery Island -
2. Alan Moore and Nemo; Heart of Ice -
3. Greg Rucka and Lazarus -
So there you have it. Sorry for rambling on. All in all, Jo and I had a wonderful, relaxing weekend. We definitely won't be waiting a year for our next trip..