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Day Off Dalliances

16 Oct

Having a well deserved day off yesterday, I set off for Nottingham, a trip I have been planning for ages.  I say planning, I assumed it would all work out for the best as I hadn’t actually bothered to find out where anything was.  A quick trip to the Tourist Information Centre helped me on my haphazard quest to find stuff of interest and gave me the best day off I’ve had in ages.SAM_1533Naturally my first stop was to a bookshop but predictably I couldn’t actually remember any of the hundreds of books recommended by your good selves, so left empty handed but still upbeat.  I found myself pottering down a hill to find a big church, it is always impressive to find one that is at the heart of the city centre, tucked in between all the mobile phone shops and bakeries.SAM_1532Nottingham of course is central to many things, most notably Robin Hood and the two football teams of course but it has a charm of its own.  Although it is a busy place, it has a sense of calmness about it, which makes it a great place for sitting and writing, which is what I succeeded in doing in my nine hour wandering.SAM_1538As well as pottering around a couple of churches which were sadly closed that day, I managed to find an independent bookshop where all the money made goes to charity so I had to purchase three books, which was the first time I have purchased a book in England since April 2013. SAM_1631No trip to Nottingham is complete without a trip to The Pit and the Pendulum, a Gothic pub that always makes a pint more refreshing.  I managed to read a little of my latest horror book as well as was befitting such a place.SAM_1627I randomly decided to spurge on a custom made t-shirt from the market, making up the words on the spot.  For a small price and half an hours wait, it shall now become my default top for when I am doing something with you guys in mind.

Notts! 123I have missed out a great wodge of my day as there was way to much to fit into this post, next time I shall tell you all about Nottingham Castle museum which had some wonderful exhibitions.

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64 responses to “Day Off Dalliances

  1. Morgan

    16/10/2014 at 20:26

    Looks like a lovely place, though in my mind I envisioned more Green Forests and Long winding Roads leading to nowhere, rather than brick and morter. There goes my romantical notions! Looks like it was a lovely bookshop, Sadly ours in America hold none of it’s calibur of charm.,But the T-shirt and quirky grin make up for it somehow 🙂

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    • Ste J

      16/10/2014 at 20:35

      There are much more quaint and intimate places than Nottingham, having said that I didn’t explore all that I could and that bit was the city centre which will have been renovated countless times. The bookshop in the photo was a big expensive one, the second hand one I went to later was smaller but I forgot to take photos as there were books around. I am not the most photogenic but that came off better than usual, which is not difficult.

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  2. renxkyoko

    16/10/2014 at 20:49

    Is Nottingham a place in England or part of London? Hmmm… where did we stay in London? I remember it was Nottingham… I was sure it was where this Julia Roberts’ movie was shot.

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    • Ste J

      16/10/2014 at 20:53

      You are thinking of Notting Hill. Nottingham is situated in the Midlands about 200 miles north of London. It is famous for Robin Hood and Wayne manor these days.

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      • renxkyoko

        16/10/2014 at 21:44

        * facepalm* Ugh. You’re right. * runs off *

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  3. colemining

    16/10/2014 at 21:28

    Totes need to check out that pub the next time I’m in the UK!

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    • Ste J

      17/10/2014 at 21:01

      Let me know when you do, I shall join you for a drink or two, it’s also only a minutes walk to the bookshop as well.

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  4. gargoylebruce

    16/10/2014 at 22:09

    That pub does not look to be wheelchair accessible.

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    • Ste J

      17/10/2014 at 21:00

      There are many ramps so everybody can enjoy the ambience of its Gothic nature.

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  5. shadowoperator

    16/10/2014 at 22:30

    Glad you had a great day. Sometimes, it’s just fun to cast around and explore, though it does sound as if some parts were planned ahead. You’re a true free spirit, Ste J!

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    • Ste J

      17/10/2014 at 21:05

      My only plan was go to Nottingham, I was aware of a few things to do but I had no plan of where I would go…it is nice to take things in passing, I knew the pubs would make a good excuse to write but that is my excuse any time I am near a pub.

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  6. Lyn

    16/10/2014 at 22:36

    Sounds like you had a fun day SteJ. One day when I win the lotto, first thing I’m doing is planning a trip to England. But in the meanwhile, I’m looking forward to the post on Nottingham Castle museum. I love old castles and churches. Sadly, we’re a bit short of those here in Oz.

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    • Ste J

      18/10/2014 at 08:33

      We do have an embarrassing wealth of historical riches which I sometimes take for granted because I live here, this post has been a good reminder for me to appreciate what I have. I am surprised no wealthy business man has tried to import one, I believe some guys in America did it last century, had it taken down over here and rebuilt brick by brick over there. That is impressive, if slightly mad.

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  7. Claire 'Word by Word'

    17/10/2014 at 07:17

    Love the t-shirt, what a supportive writer you are, creating and being creative for your followers. And the three books??

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    • Ste J

      18/10/2014 at 10:03

      I am learning to be off the cuff these days which didn’t used to be me but I do like to do things for you guys so what better way than to get a T-shirt telling the world. What an oversight not mentioning the books I picked up, they are The Shipping News – Annie Proulx, which is not my usual fare but I had read a book about the Shipping Forecast another blogger mentioned it so it was like fate. Astonishing the Gods – Ben Okri, as I am still undecided about him after reading In Arcadia and finally and somewhat surprisingly even to me Cormac McCarthy’s The Sunset Limited, I haven’t been impressed with thw two books of his I have read yet the blurb always sounds intriguing and the money was going to charity after all.

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  8. Tom Gething

    17/10/2014 at 18:25

    My dad was born in Hucknall and spent a lot of time in Nottingham before the war. I’ve never been, so it’s fun to do so vicariously. Thanks.

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    • Ste J

      18/10/2014 at 08:29

      I haven’t been to Hucknall in years but it does have loads of buses go there from Nottingham so you should get yourself over for a visit, live that history and sample our brews.

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  9. Letizia

    17/10/2014 at 21:03

    Great shirt!! It’s so much fun to walk around a new city. There’s that wonderful feeling of anonymity and freedom (spoken as if I am usually hounded by fans everywhere I go).

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    • Ste J

      18/10/2014 at 08:28

      I can imagine you trying to avoid the paparazzi who obsess over your every move. It is nice to just wander around and find the hidden nooks and crannies where you can go and have a sit down and reflect before heading into the hustle and bustle. My new top will be with me every time I do something blogger inspired.

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  10. Chelsea Brown

    18/10/2014 at 05:04

    Greetings,
    I have nominated you for The Jenny Mac Blogger Appreciation Award 2014
    Check it out http://thejennymacbookblog.wordpress.com/2014/10/17/the-jenny-mac-blogger-appreciation-award-2014/
    I hope that you will accept.

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    • Ste J

      19/10/2014 at 17:50

      Why thank you! I haven’t done awards for a while now due to time constraints but I am honoured that you would think of me. Apologies for not participating, I shall continue following your blog with much enthusiasm and interest.

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      • Chelsea Brown

        21/10/2014 at 02:55

        You’re welcome and no biggie it was nice to able to nominate such a cool person. 🙂

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  11. Sherri

    18/10/2014 at 14:02

    What a great day out, love this post Ste and I love your tee-shirt! Very interesting to know that Nottingham is a calm place conducive to sitting and writing, who knew? As for the Pit and the Pendulum I would love to have a drink there. Shame about the churches being closed but looking forward to hearing about the castle museum. My kind of place 🙂

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    • Ste J

      19/10/2014 at 17:41

      I should have planned ahead, I had been looking forward to the trip for a week or so but things always got in the way and I knew something would turn up, I wouldn’t mind going again and doing it properly. I am going to wander to a cathedral at some point as well which will have some even more wonderful architecture, I will have to plan that trip better though. The Pit is a great place, there were three of us taking photos at one point, it is well worth a look should you find yourself this way on. A few drinks and the blog posts just flow in my considerable experience.

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      • Sherri

        21/10/2014 at 18:34

        Ahh…that is so often the way, happens to me all the time. But you must go again and yes, make sure to get those pints in so that your wonderful blog posts do indeed flow…the church and the cathedral await you Ste 🙂

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        • Ste J

          21/10/2014 at 19:54

          Encouraging me to drink, I can go with that! I will try not to go into any holy place with the aroma of beer surrounding me though lol.

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          • Sherri

            22/10/2014 at 17:44

            Lol…yes, make sure to plan your trip carefully, I wouldn’t want you to get into trouble…

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  12. Jeff

    18/10/2014 at 21:32

    Pics of secondhand bookshops would be nice to see next time. Was it Bookwise?

    The Pit and the Pendulum looks like the Jekyll and Hyde in Edinburgh (but with wheelchair access).

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    • Ste J

      19/10/2014 at 17:44

      it was Bookwise I stumbled upon, now that Geoff Blore’s in Sherwood has gone, I need to find the other bookshop that the guys owns. I was to into the books to consider photographing it, next time I am that way on I will do so though.

      I just checked some images out for the Jekyll and Hyde, it looks similar, I am happy to frequent at any pub that nods to classic literary works, it certainly is something worth drinking to.

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  13. sakuraandme

    19/10/2014 at 13:43

    Hey, there you are! 🙂 Great to see you and put a face to a little brother. 🙂

    I love the U.K and especially those lovely little bakeries and pubs! I’m really glad you posted photos as I love looking at them! Glad you had a great day. Now, can I please have a cup of tea? 🙂 Hugs Paula xxx

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    • Ste J

      19/10/2014 at 17:47

      A cup of tea, or something stronger? I could get into this photo malarkey, I am not as good at it as many other people but with a bit of practise, I dare say I could take a decent photo. My rictus grin always comes over my face when I have a photo taken but I sacrifice everything for my wonderful readers, you should the tattoo I got on my…well I’ll save that for another day lol. xx

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      • sakuraandme

        20/10/2014 at 08:08

        Hahahaha! I can’t stop laughing at my computer, how weird is that? Lol Actually I’m a bourbon girl from way back. Yet in this day and age it’s kind of frowned upon as if your a bogon. Which I can assure you I am not! I thought I had shown my tattoo on my blog, but I can’t seem to find a post about it, oh well! Lol Hugs xx

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        • Ste J

          20/10/2014 at 19:35

          That is fascinating stuff, I need to travel down your way at some point, my list of places to go is as big as my book list!

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  14. writersideup

    19/10/2014 at 22:06

    I love that you had a day like this. Planned can be good, but unplanned can be, too 🙂 LOVE that pub and I think that’s quite the snazzy t-shirt 😀

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    • Ste J

      20/10/2014 at 19:22

      I picked the colours as well as the words, so I am glad it looks good, I am not known for my fashion sense. Planned would have allowed me to get more in but not planning allows me time to sit and reflect rather than keeping to a schedule and forgetting some of my thoughts.

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      • writersideup

        21/10/2014 at 04:38

        yes, and “planned” wouldn’t have afforded us the wonderful post you put up afterwards—the one I love so much, so this time unplanned worked 😀

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        • Ste J

          21/10/2014 at 19:52

          I shall carry on not planning, or at least doing the least planning possible so I can keep you happy with my words and such.

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  15. thejerseygal®™

    20/10/2014 at 03:55

    Nice t-shirt!

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    • Ste J

      20/10/2014 at 19:10

      Had I taken the time, I would have thought of something much more witty to put it but I am happy with the results.

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      • thejerseygal®™

        20/10/2014 at 19:12

        Doing it for beer money!

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        • Ste J

          20/10/2014 at 19:17

          Haha, I like that one.

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          • thejerseygal®™

            20/10/2014 at 19:21

            Me, too! I think you’d rock that t-shirt!

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            • Ste J

              20/10/2014 at 19:23

              Perhaps if I put a hat in front of me, I would actually get some money as well.

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              • thejerseygal®™

                20/10/2014 at 19:27

                Wear dark sunglasses, too. Wobble your head from side to side, like Stevie Wonder. Carry a walking stick. You might make that beer money and then some!

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                • Ste J

                  20/10/2014 at 19:31

                  I am perhaps not eccentric enough for Nottingham folk, they do have some characters who already occupy the byways.

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              • writersideup

                21/10/2014 at 04:39

                And you’d sort of be like a busker—the new word I learned from Paul (alfredsalmanac) 🙂

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                • Ste J

                  21/10/2014 at 19:56

                  A busker but without the talent, it is a good word, it would also make a good name for a dog, methinks.

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  16. writersideup

    22/10/2014 at 02:16

    I very well may name my next Webkinz Busker 😀 Thanks!

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  17. Elizabeth Melton Parsons

    28/10/2014 at 17:58

    What fun you had. I am so envious. Would love to visit Nottingham. BTW, LOVE the t-shirt. 🙂

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    • Ste J

      28/10/2014 at 20:49

      Off the cuff decisions are great, next time I may get one with my own face on, just for the comedy value. Nottingham is a good mix of old and new, pleasantly busy but not overcrowded. I think you would love it in amongst the wild life and museums.

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  18. RoSy

    29/10/2014 at 13:50

    Sounds like a you had a great day out & about as Robin in the hood.
    LOVE the shirt.
    And – love that you shared a pic of you wearing it rather than just a pic of the shirt.

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    • Ste J

      29/10/2014 at 17:45

      I was debating just taking a photo of it the shirt but chose to subject you all to my face instead. It was a top day and hopefully more days out in the new year.

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  19. LuAnn

    30/10/2014 at 14:55

    Love that you wrote a post about your travels. Since your little neck of the woods is on my list of places to explore, it was lovely to get a glimpse. Great to see a shot of you Ste J sporting your new shirt.

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    • Ste J

      30/10/2014 at 20:14

      I thought it was about time that you saw my face again as it has been almost a year since I last stuck my face on here, I believe. It is good to tantalise you and also encourage you over, I would be honoured to be your guide and to discover new things with you. Having said that I would love to do the same thing over your side of the pond as well.

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      • LuAnn

        31/10/2014 at 02:22

        I do so hope you can find your way over to this side of the pond soon.

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        • Ste J

          02/11/2014 at 18:30

          It would indeed be great. A combined blog post would be awesome as well.

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