Feeling Festive

I’ve always loved Christmas.

The last few years have been devoted to giving my small son the most magical Christmas memories. Not showering with gifts but filling every magical moment spare with memories that will last us (if not him) a lifetime. From visiting friends and family, attending the town centre light switch-ons, spotting sparkly ice sculptures on a trail, a visit to a volunteer-run railway and being amazed at an awe-inspiring castle. This year has been packed, already! Phew. 

I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. – Charles Dickens

But this year….

This year, we also included a special day out for me. 

We included a trip to one of my most favourite places in the world. 

Barter Books!

With a book for every genre, and an impressive converted train station to walk around, I reckon this place could convert anyone into becoming a book lover.

Me at Barter Books
Barter Books – Tree – Image by KL Caley
Barter Books – Roof – Image by KL Caley
Barter Books – Train – Image by KL Caley
My Alnwick Haul

After such a magical time, I don’t think I’ve ever felt more festive.

Or more thankful to have gotten to spend this time with my wonderful little family.

The most joyful sight of the day, watching these two cuties sitting in the Book Lorry reading together.

Book Lorry – Image by KL Caley

Hope you are all having a wonderful December!

KL ❤


19 thoughts on “Feeling Festive

  1. Barter Books looks wonderful… WANT!
    You’re doing well keeping your spirits up. I’m feeling very down, and I realised it’s because with every Christmas card I write I miss my two heroes who didnt make it through the year. Not that I didn’t expect them to be here.. I told myself in January they probably wouldn’t see this Christmas, just because of their age. Roscoe and Neville- the Geordie guinea pigs. ❤ ❤
    I'll be over it next year…

    1. Oh I’m so sorry to hear that, Jemima. We lost our big boy (rough collie) not last January but the one before so we really felt it last Christmas. It does get easier but then every now and again we’ll come across a little ornament or a painting that looks just like him and you get that little squeeze in your heart again for a moment. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and sending virtual hugs to cheer you up a little along the way. KL ❤

  2. I love Barter Books and we visit whenever we are in the North East. I always like to buy a really old book, by someone I’ve never heard of, about an obscure subject. (My last acquisition was a Select Library of Biography – Eminent Philanthropists Patriots &c. 1886)!

    1. Oh wow! That’s a brilliant idea, Peter. It’s such a magical place. We used to go up once a year but haven’t made it for a few years now between one reason and another (covid/lockdowns not helping of course), so it was wonderful to make it this year. KL ❤

    1. It’s truly a beautiful place. No one hurries you along (well except the husband), so you can browse at your leisure and the setting is just stunning. It’s the first time I’ve been at Christmas and it was even more magical all festively dressed. KL ❤

  3. Hi, KL, I’m sorry this didn’t reach me. I’ve had that experience a few times. I love your post. It is very festive, and Barter Books looks like a fun place to visit. I will add your link this week and again next week with a note. I’m so sorry! 🙂

    1. Aww no worries at all, Marsha. I was going to leave a separate comment too but time seemed to fly past. My nemesis at the moment is the spam bin, unfortunately, a few genuine comments seem to end up in there. Take Care. KL ❤

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