There is an area in North Suffolk called "The Saints". A collection of villages in the middle of no-where among lots of little roads and lanes.................... St James South Elmham, St Margaret South Elmham, St Cross South Elmham, St Micheal South Elmham, All Saints South Elmham, St Peter South Elmham. Plus... Ilketshall St Lawrence, Ilketshall St Margaret, Ilketshall St John and Ilketshall St Andrew!! The first of these has a brilliant second-hand book sale every September in aid of the church.
And for the second time since Colin died I managed to wend my way there with help of map - my phone google-map lady wouldn't talk to me for some reason - and eventually joined the queue. At book sales I always see a bloke that Col used to work with at the County Council and he and his wife were there in the queue just ahead of me again.
They have tables full of boxes of books and boxes under the table too - it's only a small village hall so a bit of a crush of people at 10am when the doors open......but looking through all those boxes is the best fun.
I didn't find many books this year and a couple of those I did buy were books I've had in the past and sold or given away and then regretted - stupid woman! (How many times have I said that!)
Books are priced to sell - 50p paperback and £1 hardbacks and 20p or 50p for children's books so my excursion didn't cost me a fortune.
Before I went out on Saturday I read Elaines post about the children's book by Rosemary Sutcliff The Eagle of the Ninth. I missed so many children's books when I was young so trying to catch up now and when I spotted the 2nd in the Eagle series I thought I'd better grab it to remind me to look out for the first, either from the library or at the other big charity book sale next month.
The Corner That Held Them is something I've read without taking it in so need to re-read sometime. The Christmas Mystery looked interesting. 'How to Store Your Garden Produce' is a book I owned for ages - then it went. The Mary Wesley is one I've not read yet and at the bottom of the pile is one Colin owned until it was worth something on Ziffit. It's by local author the late Roger Deakin - Notes From Walnut Tree Farm and I never did get round to reading it when we owned it.
They always give everyone a bookmark with next years date - I've made a note to myself
As I was heading onward for a few miles to visit a church before going home I enjoyed a egg/mayo/salad roll (they also sell the most scrummy home made cakes) and a mug of coffee for an early lunch. Very nice it was too.
Having a coffee and something to eat at a charity event has become one of my favourite simple treats - after all the years of flasks and pack-ups.