What I did on my summer holidays

I’m back from England! Actually, I’ve been back for just over a week but I’ve been recovering from a long, horrid flight and the crap that appeared when I got to work so I haven’t really been in a blogging mood.

It was a fantastic holiday. I did all the things that I planned to do, saw all the friends that I’d hoped to and ate a truly epic quantity of clotted cream.

I have a serious weakness for a good cream tea and I managed to fit in several 🙂

I’m torn in picking what the highlight of the holiday was. The day when Mum, my sister and I went on the London Eye and had tea at Brown’s hotel was a definite highlight. We had amazing weather so the view from the Eye was terrific and the tea was amazing. Now that we’ve done Brown’s and Claridge’s, Mum and sis suggested that we need to try all the good London hotels during my future trips. So I think we’ll be working our way through the Savoy, the Dorchester, The Lanesborough and the Langham. We may also take in Fornum and Mason.

The Ritz has too many tourists, so we’ll skip that.

Then in a few years we can compare! And maybe try them all again!

The other big highlight was the trip to Hay on Wye. That was with my parents and we spent two days there, managing to cover around half the bookshops. The town was in preparation mode for the festival that started a few days after our visit and also for the Jubilee, so it was a fun experience without the insane crowds that the festival generates.

Most importantly, between Hay and the local secondhand bookshop I came home with a huge treasure trove of books. I’m still in full-0n Hugo reading mode so I can’t make a start on the stack yet, but I’m excited about them. The hardcover Chalet School books are particular treasures because they’re the full text as opposed to the edited/cut versions that appeared in paperback.

The list is behind the cut. It’s long, trust me. I’ll be posting Hugo reads and movies over the next few days.

Hay on Wye

1. The School at the Chalet – Elinor M. Brent-Dyer (hardcover, partial dust jacket, Rose’s Bookshop)
2. The New House at the Chalet School – Elinor M. Brent-Dyer (hardcover with dust jacket, The Children’s Bookshop)
3. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle – Trans. G. N. Garmonsway (Richard Booth)
4. The Whole Man – John Brunner (Richard Booth)
5. Time and Stars – Poul Anderson (Richard Booth)
6. Cat Among the Pigeons – Agatha Christie (Murder and Mayhem)
7. Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austen
8. Autumn Term – Antonia Forest (Rose’s Bookshop)
9. The Naughtiest Girl in the School – Enid Blyton (The Children’s Bookshop)
10. Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury
11. A Murder is Announced – Agatha Christie (hardcover, red binding, Murder and Mayhem)
12. The Naughtiest Girl Again – Enid Blyton (hardcover, blue binding, no dust jacket, The Children’s Bookshop)
13. Phule’s Company – Robert Asprin
14. Darkover Landfall – Marion Zimmer Bradley
15. The Forbidden Tower – Marion Zimmer Bradley
16. The Poems of Wilfred Owen (hardcover, blue binding, no dust jacket, inscription inside dated 1947)

Local secondhand bookshop

17. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe – C. S. Lewis
18. The Little White Horse – Elizabeth Goudge
19. The Island of Adventure – Enid Blyton
20. Goggle Eyes – Anne Fine
21. White Boots – Noel Streatfield

Presents from family

22. The Jesus Wars – John Philip Jenkins
23. Green and Black’s Ultimate Chocolate Recipes – Micah Carr-Hill

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