Finally Holiday time

I have been missing a lot the last few months as I have just been running on empty two years of Covoid has been a lot. SO I have been counting down and now tomorrow Amanda and I finally get to have a long trip away we had a weekend away with family but this is our first break for over two years we had a couple of other plans curtailed due to lockdowns and restrictions over last year or so. So tomorrow we head north a last-minute change of destination we are going to Northumberland a place close to my heart as twenty-odd years ago I lived there for a couple of Years so when our plans change at the last minute a couple of weeks ago we opted for Northumberland. I even brought a guidebook as we look to do some new things this time we went a few years ago but this time we aim to do new things barring another day in Alnwick my old home town and home to the largest second-hand book shops in the Uk.  Barter books a shop that open when I lived there and had gone from the old waiting room of the station in Alnwick to the whole building over the years. This place was maybe the acorn of what I have become as a reader it was one of the first places I chanced on my reading experiences trying then unknown to me writers things like the Beats and some of my first translated writers. This was an age before the internet so a new writer was unknown to me as a reader no quick google search. A gem of a place. So a visit there it always feels like a rejuvenating experience. I have a pile of books with me and will be taking the laptop so may write a post or two if not I will be back and hit the ground running and reviewing in a little over a week. Has covid and the restriction hit your blogging or meant you can’t have a holiday? As we now face the world opening up again a=what are your plans moving forward

11 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. TravellinPenguin (Pam)
    Sep 25, 2021 @ 22:45:13

    Tasmania closed their borders to rest of country and the world so life pretty normal here but can’t get back into state easily if we leave it without 2 weeks quarantine, if at all. The state will open again maybe before Christmas as vaccination rate goes up to target.


  2. Lisa Hill
    Sep 25, 2021 @ 23:39:58

    Your trip sounds like a literary pilgrimage, I reckon they should put up a blue plaque for you: “Stu from Winston’s Dad, home of translated literature, became a reader here!”


  3. kimbofo
    Sep 26, 2021 @ 04:45:16

    Enjoy your trip, Stu. The bookshop sounds like a real treat!

    No hols for me… I live in a covid-free place (Western Australia) but our borders are shut, both internal and external, so that means I can’t go anywhere, not even to visit family in Melbourne. (I am double-vaxxed.)

    I’m hoping to take a week off work soon though and plan on staying home to read books! And I might do a day trip to Rottnest island as the ferry terminal is just a 10-min walk away. The sea crossing only takes 30 mins.


  4. kaggsysbookishramblings
    Sep 26, 2021 @ 14:54:14

    Oh, have a lovely trip Stu – I’m so jealous of you heading north and hitting Barter Books! I am going nowhere right now, but am happy that our children have visited!


  5. Liz Dexter
    Sep 26, 2021 @ 16:42:17

    How wonderful – I’ve not been to Barter Books yet but it’s firmly on my list. Have a super break!

    I haven’t been more than 10 miles from home since March 2020 – we don’t have a car and I haven’t felt safe on long public transport journeys. Trying to get more out and about now but it’s hard – hoping to visit family by the sea relatively soon, though.


  6. BookerTalk
    Sep 27, 2021 @ 21:06:48

    Hope you have a wonderful time Stu – you really deserve some down time after the stresses of the last 18 months or so. I loved the story of how you got introduced to new writers – the internet is fabulous but I do miss the spontaneity of the old days where you just picked up a book because it sounded interesting rather than because you’d heard all about it via Twitter etc


  7. Jane
    Sep 29, 2021 @ 16:06:55

    Have a wonderful time – I had a trip to Northumberland a few years ago and Barter Books! Like you we haven’t been anywhere for 2 years and it’s beginning to grind. . .


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