Katie had taken a couple of days off work, and had thought of one or two excursions, and the first place she whisked me off to the Astley Book Farm, as the name succinctly suggests this is a farm converted into a massive second-hand book shop.
How well does Katie know me? It was fabulous.
As we were browsing in the Ten Bob Barn, which is the all books for 50p section, a swallow swooped in through the open door, neatly looped to avoid all the shelves and arrived at it's nest which suddenly erupted with chirping chicks demanding whatever tasty morsel had been brought.
This happened several times whilst we were in there, but I never managed to get an action shot unfortunately.
I came away with a modest haul, having been very strict with myself and only spent £10. I bought three kid's books that I'd already read but needed to complete my library, and two adult novels I haven't read but want to. The sixth book I bought I hadn't even known existed until I saw it on the shelf.
I'm reading that one right now, it's the sequel to "Mame" by Patrick Dennis. This one is called "Around the World with Auntie Mame". It's as hilarious as the original, and the heroine Mame spends most of her time dripping in diamonds and gorgeous clothes. The jewellery and costumes are described in such loving detail, and it's a veritable Who's Who of pre-war fashion houses, which is fascinating and lovely to wallow in.
Once again I am plagued with the positive knowledge that Megan Mullally would be amazing in this role, and there is easily enough material for an incredibly lavish mini-series. It's my own fault of course, if I had only pursued my original career plan to take over Hollywood, then I could just commission the damn thing to be made and stop picturing it in my head. Gah!!!