Today is the first ‘real’ day of my little stay-at-home holiday (yesterday was a Bank Holiday here in the UK so everyone else had a day off too – which makes it feel a little less like it’s my holiday.) I had not specifically planned to post about it but I’ve had such a brilliant afternoon, I just had to brag about it share it with you all.
It started with a routine dentist appointment. I got the usual tut-tutting around my general lack of flossing, a bit of a clean and polish and that was it for another year. I grant you, nothing really exciting to report. But wait, it gets better.
Next it was a visit to the Oxfam bookshop, one of my favourite things to do. I cannot believe that I lived here for over 6 years and only discovered this little gem about 6 months ago. I have not bought a new book since and my new-found attachment to this trove of glorious treasures has merely fuelled the little voice in my head that suggests that I would never get the same unabashed joy from a Kindle. Today the cunning plan was to drop off a bag of books that I’d read (I am a big fan of recycling the literary love) and have just a quick fossick before grabbing a spot of lunch and seeing a movie.
Well, it was a longer fossick than anticipated and I came out with another half a dozen to add to my bookshelf. But the best bit was a couple that have been on my ‘list to read’ for quite a while. First there’s Leaving the World by Douglas Kennedy – I loved my first read of his, The Big Picture, so much so that I resolved to read more of his stuff (see Book 5. in my 50 Book Challenge). And there was also Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantell, highly recommended by several literary-ily addicted friends and a Man Booker Prize Winner. I left Oxfam feeling like I had discovered the Universe (or at least a small planet).
The rest of my afternoon was spent with teenage babe-in-the-woods, Hanna. I cannot remember the last time I went to the movies on my own (probably over six years ago which was the last time I was single) but it’s such a joyfully selfish and indulgent thing to do. I loved the movie and the girl who plays the lead is just brilliant/stunning.
I emerged from the darkened cinema to a day turned all bright and sunshine-y so I polished off a fab afternoon with a spot of reading at home in the sunshine.
So that was my perfect, perfect Day 1 and I can’t wait to see what Day 2 will bring!
Apart from the dental visit, I'd say it was a wonderful day, too! Getting lost in a bookstore is almost as fun as getting lost in a book.