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Evie
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 1:42 pm    Post subject: Holiday reading 2012  Reply with quote

There is a holiday reading thread, but it has 2011 in the title, so I thought I'd start a new one for this year.  Mainly because I am going on holiday tomorrow and really looking forward to it!  Just five days in Whitby, but can't wait to be by the sea eating fish and chips out of paper.

My Kindle will be travelling with me - and fortuitously, a reissued Phil Rickman that I haven't read has just been downloaded to it (pre-ordered a few weeks back), so that might figure in my reading.  I will also take the next volume of Durrell's Avignon Quintet.  But I have also bought a book recommended recently by a friend which has a Yorkshire connection - it's The Plot by Madeleine Bunting, her account of a plot of land owned by her father (I think), which sounds just my kind of thing.  I had been planning to re-read Possession, as some of that is set in Whitby, but will take my new book instead.

Anyone else going on holiday this Easter?  Anyone heard about or read The Plot?


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Joe McWilliams



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 5:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I am going on holday in two days to Germany and Switzerland (maybe a bit of France) for three weeks. I'm not sure what I'll read while there. I've found on past trips the only books I can afford are paperback 'classics' that tend to be about  half the price of contemporary English language novels in the German shops. I look forward to browsing.

Whitby in April, Evie. What's that like? Can't be too warm.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not going away, but am looking forward to nearly two weeks off work, when I will be spending time with family, tidying up and trying to take things easier than of late.  

I haven't heard of The Plot, but I have heard of Madeleine Bunting.

Whitby is a lovely place with little narrow streets, a lovely unspoilt beach at Sandsend and lots of fish and chips!  Enjoy your holiday, Evie.  And you yours, Joe.



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Evie
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 6:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't been to Whitby since I was a teenager, so am really looking forward to going back.  That section of coast is wonderful.  

Joe, we've been having wonderful weather here, warm and sunny (even in Whitby!) - but it's due to break tomorrow, of course, with rain forecast until Wednesday - typical!  But it's very British to sit on the beach whatever the weather...will have to find a bus shelter or somewhere like that to eat my fish and chips!

Enjoy German and Switzerland, Joe - fabulous places.

Hope you can have a relaxing time at home, Jen - time at home without work is good.


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Caro



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2012 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When people ask what is my very favourite place, Whitby is always the one that comes to mind, at least as a tourist place.  It is small enough to feel you have encountered most of it in a few days, it is beautiful in its setting, it has the fabulous history and mystery associated with the abbey, it has little interesting streets to meander round, and altogether is charming in the extreme, without being too obviously trying.

It even had garden allotments(not really known in NZ, though there are now more community gardens than in other times) for my husband up near the abbey.

I don't think we are doing much for Easter, but yesterday we enjoyed a Sunday drive round our own tourist area and enjoyed a beach walk, a picnic by a historic tractor and mill-site.  Now something we do often at all.  

Cheers, Caro.


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2012 11:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ooh Evie I am so jealous!! I LOVE Whitby its so beautiful there, (and the Fish & Chips from the Magpie are to die for!!  Very Happy) Have you been to Robin Hood Bay just a bit further along the coast? thats really pretty there and if you get there while the tide is out the shore is so pretty, with rock pools. I went there back in October, for a week and we did Whitby, Robin Hood Bay and Scarborough. It was lovely!

I would pack some warm clothes though as all that unseasonably warm and sunny weather has given way to more traditional April weather this week! I think there was even talk of a little snow in places! can you believe it!

I'm not going away at easter this year we only normally go on day trips anyway at this time of year.  I don't read while on holiday which I think I said somewhere else before, I do like to browse in any books shops I find while I am away and normally end up coming home with a number of new books to read, but we tend to pack in so much sight seeing and walking while we are away, there is no time to read, and by the time we get back in the evening we generally are too shattered and fall straight asleep!


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whitby's amazing at any time of year (even if very cold). We have a family tradition of going walking there on New Year's Day, which is normally cold, but beautiful and serene. We once went on a Dracula tour one evening, and they take you round the scenes of the book, some of Bram Stoker's history, etc. It was quite good.

I'm not going on an Easter holiday (though I am going on the newly opened Harry Potter Studio Tour next week!!!), but if plans fall into place I'll be going to Australia in the summer so will need some suitably Aussie reading recommendations!


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 06, 2012 11:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just back from my few days in Whitby...not a good holiday...not Whitby's fault though!  My hotel (which was utterly dreadful, even before the power cut we had as a result of the storm and the sudden heavy snowfall on the moors on Tuesday night) was in the same street as the houses where Mina and Lucy lived in Dracula (which I still haven't read - really don't get the whole vampire thing still - but probably should read it one day).  There was a Dracula walk advertised on my last night, but I didn't go.  I hadn't realised quite how many literary figures spent time in Whitby - apart from Stoker, there was mention of Mrs Gaskell, Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens, the du Mauriers, amongst others.  I read half of The Plot, mentioned in my opening post, which I am absolutely loving.

I am so happy to be home...I think I have been put off holidays for life!  Unless I go with friends, which is always nice, not that I've done it for a few years.  I did have a nice time overall in many ways, but not enough to make it all worthwhile - I so badly needed to get away, but this was just a waste of money at a time when my finances are precarious, so I have learned my lesson there!


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 6:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, dear!  I'm so sorry your holiday wasn't a success.  I was thinking of you and was quite envious.  I've been to Scarborough through work several times and loved it but I've never been to Whitby.
At least you're happy to be home.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 07, 2012 9:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whitby is lovely, don't get me wrong - and I have been thinking about all the positive things since I got back, and there is quite a list.  I think it's only that the hotel was so awful - though I did forget my reading glasses (at least you can get cheap pairs in Superdrug!) and started to feel unwell on the last day, which was the one sunny, beautiful day.  But I am now focusing on the good things - and it was certainly eventful!  :0)



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