If you've popped by the blog this week you'll have noticed it was a little like being in a library, nothing much happening in the way of action but subtly whispered conversations and pages turning softly in the background. Other than a long overdue trip to Birmingham to visit my oldest friend for 3 days, all has been pretty quiet at House Clutter! But what a 3 days . . . . It's mad to be able to say I have been friends with Alison, a.k.a Wonderland for 20 years, makes us both feel better to say we met aged 5 though!
It all kicked off with a pair of Converse. Now Converse are brilliant, and my footwear of choice. But bedding in my still-new pair from last Christmas (had to wear out the pair I already had first!) on a day I knew I'd be doing lots of charging around catching buses, trains and trundling a suitcase through busy Birmingham while shopping, wasn't the best choice I've ever made. Luckily no blisters but I was hobbling toward the end of the day.
One of the first places we went was Waterstones. There are two in Birmingham, one of many, many floors (more books!!) but another with all the wow factor. Gorgeous, gorgeous store where we spent a good 40 minutes coveting special editions of our favourite classics, chatting to an author on a book tour and searching for the biography section (it was at the front of the shop. Zero points for observation). Not that we knew who said author was but he was friendly and chatty enough when he stopped us that we had to stealthily check out his name - Barry Mahoney - so we could Google him over lunch. Turns out Barry is a travel writer born and bred in Lincolnshire who now lives in the Canaries, had we known he was from Lincolnshire there would have been a whole other source of conversation with it being our home county.
Bella Italia for lunch - can't beat 2 for 1 on main courses when you're girls on a budget - which was really tasty, but had to take a snap of Ali's dessert; half baked cookie yumminess with ice cream on top.
Rounded off the day with more shopping and almost getting caught up in some racially motivated brawling, but more on purchases in another post!
Hope you're all well! What have you been up to this week?