364/365 today I had a grand day out

Today I went out for a spot of shopping with my lovely husband, Martin.
We ended up in Leamington Spa Old Town and found the new location for Action 21, a charity organisation that we have visited before.

“Action 21’s Re-Useful Centre saves over 100 tonnes of donated items from landfill each year by selling second hand furniture, bikes, TVs, stereos, digiboxes , kitchenware and appliances, clothes, DVDs and books. Our projects aim to help reduce the environmental impact of the Leamington and Warwick communities and raise awareness of the benefits of sustainable living.”

The new premises are more central but a lot smaller than before. However, I found a little wooden money box in the shape of a beach hut which goes with my shower curtain.
I also picked up six paperbacks for £2.00 which was a great result.

The books are:

The Wild Girl and Fair Exchange, both by Michele Roberts.  I read and enjoyed some of her other books for a feminist literature module at Uni.

Girl with a Pearl Earring and The Virgin Blue, both by Tracy Chevalier

Mildred Pierce by James M Cain, who also wrote Double Indemnity and The Postman Always Rings Twice. Love a bit of film noir, high hopes for this book.

Angels and Insects by A S Byatt

Across the road and under the railway arches we found a vintage store which specialises in industrial items. I spotted an aircraft door and some rows of seating, fabulous light fittings from a factory and some wooden shelving from a cheese factory. Weird and wonderful. So many ideas!!

wpid-20150110_145400.jpgIt wouldn’t be a day out without cake, so we found a little coffee shop and sampled the home made goodies. Mismatched china, vintage-y tables and chairs and fabulous carrot cake! All the food is vegetarian or vegan, the cake was gluten free they said and honestly it was one of the nicest slices I have ever eaten. I would go back and if you ever find yourself in the old town, the Coffee Box is worth a visit.



Tomorrow I am meeting my friend for lunch and then going to the cinema to see ‘Into the Woods’. *Spoiler alert* for tomorrow’s blog post. 🙂
Tomorrow will also be 365/365- a whole year gone by. I will be looking back next week at some of the highlights (and lowlights)- hankies at the ready…
Thank you Hannah for the lovely card and message xxx



About downmyfront

Interested in cooking and eating, books, theatre, crafts, thrift and upcycling.
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