I've had a bit of a thing for peacocks ever since I was first given this beautiful copy of Pride and Prejudice, they are majestic, beautiful and proud but admittedly prone to chasing people over castle lawns for their cheese sandwiches. So Alfie the Albino Porcelain Peacock was always going to be coming home with me - especially given the princely price tag of 20 pence.
On the same charity shop sweep I found this little pocket sized 'Thorough Guide: North Devon and North Cornwall'. My family have some really happy memories of visiting my Aunt and Uncle down in Cornwall during school holidays and for the solar eclipse in August 1999 - one of the most eerie and awe-inspiring experiences I've ever had.
Who should I find hanging out inside but another peacock - albeit a bit flattened - book roadkill. I love picking up old or secondhand books, you never know what fingerprints the previous owners will leave behind be they annotations, inscriptions or a leathery friend.
This little guidebook is full of colourful pull-out maps, walks to take and places to visit - it was published in 1904 and I wonder how many of the places it has mentioned remain relatively unspoilt over a century later.
The adverts at the back of the book made me smile, the whole thing is bursting with history and I was very happy to pay £1 to bring it home!
It has been a quiet weekend here on the edge of the Peaks, plenty of sofa surfing, film watching and friends dropping over. Back to work tomorrow - ding, dong, the lurg is gone. Hope you've all had a wonderful weekend!
Pop along to Her Library Adventures for more adventures in thrifting.