It was raining very heavily this morning but by midday, the sun had come out and it had turning into a really beautiful sunny day. This meant that our planned afternoon in Stratford was still on the cards – hurrah!
As I’m sure you know, Stratford is the birthplace of William Shakespeare and a thoroughly lovely town to visit. We started our afternoon off with a spot of lunch in The Golden Bee pub and then headed off to browse the shops and market.
There are quite a lot of charity shops in Stratford and they tend to be full of really high quality stuff. A couple of years ago, I bought a grey silk Banana Republic dress from one, which I ended up wearing to a friend’s wedding. There is a fantastic Oxfam shop that specialises in books, CDs, LPs and DVDs. I saw this lovely book in their Christmas display:
As the title suggests, the book is full of Christmas stories, poems and carols. I thought it would be nice to read a bit here and there over December to get me into the festive mood. It cost a mere £2.99, which is a real bargain for a nicely illustrated hardback book.
I was really lucky to find a book to help me with my latest essay. My local library were unable to help me source a good biography of Lord Byron and I had given up hope of finding one unless it was on the internet. On the literature shelf, I found this one from the 1970s, which is full of colour plates, engravings and black and white photographs:
Hopefully, it will give me a bit more background knowledge of Byron’s life and help with my essay on Don Juan!
I got a record player for my birthday, so I am constantly on the look out for bargain vinyl. I regularly pick up an LP when I visit a charity shops and can often get them for around £1. The three I choose today are a bizarre mixture (as the lovely man on the till pointed out), but I do have pretty eclectic taste! The first one I chose is the wonderful Frank Sinatra singing with Count Basie and his orchestra. This was the most expensive of the three (£4.99) but well worth every penny. I love Sinatra’s voice – I think of it as the aural equivalent of melting chocolate!
The second LP is Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 ‘Choral’. I love listening to classical music whilst I’m reading or drawing and I don’t remember hearing this one before. It was a snip at 99p.
My final choice is admittedly a very strange one, but I loved the cover!
I’m actually listening to it as I write this post and, although it took a bit of getting used to, the music is itself is quite interesting. The harpsichords and oboes make me feel like I am sat in the court of Henry VIII. Even though I wont be playing it everyday, I am glad I bought it; is it is very atmospheric – plus it only cost 99p!
I apologise if you were hoping for lots of pictures of Stratford-upon-Avon but I’ve been so many times before I forget to take any. So here’s a couple I took when I attended an all-night poetry writing workshop in the summer…enjoy!