Project 24 – #2 & #3
So, on my travels to Suffolk, Mum and I had three things definitely factored into the itinerary – aside from seeing her sister, of course. Firstly was the spectacular (and spectacularly cheap) hot chocolate at the Essex Rose in Dedham – a three-mug jugful for £2! – second was meeting up with lovely Elaine of Random Jottings, more on that tomorrow, and last was… Castle Books in Colchester. Back in 2001 we had a family holiday in Felixstowe, and popped over to Colchester. Castle Books was where my AA Milne liking developed into an obsession, as they had quite a few of his books, quite cheaply. And I’ve had fond memories of it ever since.
It didn’t disappoint – a wonderful stock, very reasonable prices, and enough temptation to tip me halfway through February on my Project 24 restrictions… that’s right, I bought two. On any other day I’d have happily bought ten, so I do count it as *something* of a success… no?
And second is a beautiful book called More Talk of Jane Austen by Shelia Kaye-Smith and GB Stern. I’ve flicked through Talking of Jane Austen once or twice, though I don’t own it – the books look like a lovely mix – informal chat about Jane Austen from the mouths of those with know-how. Indulgent without being unscholarly – think this’ll be one to curl up with soon.
So, there we have it! Numbers 2 and 3 in my Project 24. I also bought a little book about EF Benson in Castle Books, but that was a gift for Elaine – who, in turn, gave me a book – which you’ll be hearing more about tomorrow…