Bradford – Sunday 9th July 2017

After leaving Swansea on the Sunday, I met Peter at Bristol Parkway where we headed off to Bradford for the start of our holiday in Yorkshire. We weren’t sure what to expect of Bradford, but it was the perfect base for the areas we wanted to visit (including the Brontë Parsonage at Haworth and Oakworth Station which featured in the 1970s adaptation of The Railway Children) and we were pleasantly surprised with the city.

The Waterstones here is in the Wool Exchange – a stunning gothic-style building, completed in 1867. 

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Isn’t it wonderful?!

I took loads of pictures at Haworth and Oakworth, but I will resist posting them all! 

Here are three – the first is the parsonage where Charlotte, Branwell, Emily and Anne lived with their father. 

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The second relates to a project to recreate the missing manuscript of Wuthering Heights – each visitor who chooses to participate gets to write one line from the book – mine, from chapter 18, reads ” ‘Come, come!’ I repeated. ‘I’ll tie the ribbon. Now, let…” – and to keep the pencil used.  Eventually the book will be bound and displayed at the museum.

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The final one shows Oakworth Station.  Daddy!  My daddy…!

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Still reading Spectacles by Sue Perkins and also listening to an audio version of The Lewis Man by Peter May in the car. This is the second book in the Lewis Trilogy – we really enjoyed the first. 

Swansea – Friday 7th July 2017

I had a weekend away in Swansea meeting up with friends from different parts of the country and had mentioned my quest to one of them who told me that the Waterstones here was a cinema between 1914 and 1977.  Waterstones restored the building around 2007 and a great job they did of it too.  I would like to visit this one again some time and visit the coffee shop there!

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I didn’t buy anything, but one of my friends bought this Sherlock Holmes card game which we played a couple of times that evening.  It was good, and I’m sure it’ll be even better next time when we play it by the correct rules…!

I started reading Spectacles by Sue Perkins on the train to Swansea.  It was a good read – lovely and chatty as you’d expect from Sue.  I hope she writes more.

Newport, Gwent – Sunday 2nd July 2017

We went to Newport in Gwent specifically to climb the transporter bridge!  Last September we walked across the one in Middlesbrough (as recommended by Stuart Maconie in his book Pies and Prejudice) so thought we’d try this one nearer to home and it seemed the perfect opportunity to visit another Waterstones!  I don’t actually like heights, so wasn’t sure if I’d manage, but was determined to try.

The Waterstones is in a beautiful building.  According to the member of staff on duty this branch used to be an Ottakar’s book shop.  It has a gorgeous dragon mural behind the cash desk from those days. It’s not a very big store but has a really nice feel about it.  I have contacted the store and they told me that the dragon was done by Chris Burke.

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As for the bridge climb…

I managed it!  It was pretty scary as the platform is not filled in like the one in Middlesbrough  I was quite proud of myself at the end!

Still reading the same books as the previous day’s trip to Southampton. 

 

Southampton Above Bar – Saturday 1st July 2017

There are two branches of Waterstones in Southampton a mere five minutes apart.   This store is much smaller than the one at West Quay.  Although we went in to take some photos we didn’t spend much time here. 

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Southampton West Quay – Saturday 1st July 2017

Southampton has two branches of Waterstones – this one is in the new(ish) shopping complex West Quay.  There are two entrances to this store.  One is from inside the shopping centre.  The other is from outside and that side of the store has lovely glass walls which let in loads of light.

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Overlooking Castle Way

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The outside of the rear of the store overlooks an old section of town wall in Castle Way.

I finished The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot today and started Please Look After Mother by Shin Kyong-Sook which was chosen for my Book Club.

Gloucester – Sunday 25th June 2017

Next up is Gloucester.   We were heading to the Gloucester Quays (somewhere we had not been before) and so made the short walk to Gloucester city centre. As it was Sunday we didn’t have long as 4pm was approaching so we didn’t spend a lot of time here.

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Still reading The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot and also The House at Pooh Corner by A A Milne

 

 

 

 

Liverpool – Saturday 17th June 2017

We went to Liverpool with friends to see Hans Zimmer in concert (if you haven’t heard of him, you definitely know his film scores) on a beautiful June weekend.  

If you haven’t been to Liverpool before, then cast aside any preconceptions – the city is amazing.  It’s a fantastic mix of old and new architecture – modern glass buildings sit quite happily side-by-side with buildings over 200 years old.  If you like a bar then you need to visit the Philharmonic Dining Rooms.

Waterstones, which resembles a ship at the rear of the building, sits in the heart of the Liverpool One retail centre…

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I really liked this branch.  Unfortunately I didn’t have as much time in there as I’d have liked.  I will just have to go back!

Still reading The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot.