Holiday Ramblings and Reading!

Have just got home from a wonderfully relaxing week away and thought I’d share with you the books I’ve read and a few photos I took along the way!

We started the week with an overnight stay in Oxford.  I’d never been to Oxford before even though it has been on the list for some years and really enjoyed the two days being complete tourists and having a lovely walk around taking in all the marvellous buildings.  Tours for The Bodleian were all booked unfortunately but we had a good look around outside including The Radcliff Camera, The Sheldonian Theatre and of course The Bodleian.  Plus a walk down to the castle taking in the colleges as we went.

Bodleian 1Bodleian 2bod4bod5bod7

Had lunch at The Chequers Inn on The High Street and will add it was one of the best Sunday Roasts I’ve had in a long time!  We stayed at The Buttery right in the heart of Oxford.  It was small but had everything you needed to lay your head down for one night.  Here I was reading The Art of Dying by husband and wife duo Ambrose Parry.

the art of dying

The second gripping historical crime novel set in 19th century Edinburgh, co-written by bestselling author Chris Brookmyre and consultant anaesthetist Dr Marisa Haetzman.  I really enjoyed it and it works fine if you haven’t read the first book The Way Of All Flesh.

Day 2 started with a very generous and tasty breakfast at The Nosebag on St Michael’s Street, then we headed down to The Botanical Gardens followed by a visit to The Weston Library where we viewed The Talking Maps and 3D Thinking exhibitions.


After Oxford we headed across into Herefordshire where we stayed in a utterly gorgeous cottage in a village called Mansell Gamage which was about 20mins north west of Hereford.  It was so peaceful. Wonderful views and walks plus a great Karting track in nearby Weobley. Second book of the week was The Temptation of Gracie by Santa Montefiore.  I’ve had this on my shelf for a year so thought I’d take it with me for a little bit of summer escapism in the sunshine.  It was a sweet holiday read.

cottage          the temp of gracie

We stayed for 4 nights then headed into Wales stopping off at Hay on Wye, which was great because of all the book shops, (though rather over priced I thought) and then a lunch stop in Brecon.  I also finished reading the buddy read I’m taking part in at the moment which was The Woman In The Photograph which I’ve really enjoyed. I can’t say I’ve ever really classed myself as an outright feminists but some of the things in this book made me think that maybe I am just a bit and that personally I think of it as just me being me rather than label it with something.

the woman

We then headed onto South Wales to spend a couple of days with my father-in-law, driving down through the Brecon Beacons which was stunning with little waterfalls running down the hillsides.  Whilst there I carried on reading Stop At Nothing by Tammy Cohen that I’d started a few weeks back.

stop at nothing

All in all we had a great week.  A real recharge of the batteries!!  It is a lovely, peaceful part of the country and I would recommend a visit there.

Hope you’re all having a good summer and getting some great reading in! Now I have a few reviews to write up!

Take care!

Sarah x




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