Sunday, 22 April 2012

Sundays, books and pudding...

Today was one of those quiet Sundays, the kind where all seems well with the world, everyone seems happy and content, and the sun was shining...well, at intervals, but it was just enough to lift our spirits into thinking that summer is on it's way! We had a little preview of summer a few weeks ago, but the last week has seen scattered showers and nippy cardigan days! As hubby's been working long hours over the last month, we thought a day spent exploring lovely Cambridgeshire was just what a day like today demanded...quality family time! Our travels took us to the quaint little village of Boxworth, one we've frequented before as the 'Golden Ball Inn' offers some of the most scrumptious English pub grub in the area.

Some springtime cheer to welcome visitors...

Sunday roast, followed by...



And for the kidlets ice-cream, of course...

Oh dear...not pleased with the mummy paparazzi...

After lunch, we spotted one of my favourite landmarks in Boxworth...

Yes, an old red telephone kiosk! The red telephone box, designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott, is a familiar sight on the streets of the United Kingdom. Sadly, they are in decline, and some have been sold on to be used as decoration in gardens. Some have even been converted into shower cubicles I'm told! This one, is by far my favourite 'conversion'! The residents of Boxworth have turned it into a book exchange, where people can borrow books in exchange for ones they've read and no longer need. It's based on an honesty system, where you can borrow and return books on your own accord. I think it is absolutely charming!

I suppose this idea appeals to me, as I absolutely adore books, and by books I mean paper, bound by a spine and printed with ink! I know I'm probably stuck in a time warp of ignorance towards developing technology, but the idea of a Kindle replacing 'real books', just saddens me! I cannot imagine a world without the smell of book stores, where the quiet invites you to travel to places unknown, knowledge to unearth, experiences to be had! Libraries have always filled me with a sense of comfort, a little corner of the universe where one can escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, and where, by the mere turning of a page go on a journey to faraway places.

So, needless to say, this girl was truly happy to find this little red nook of page preservation! Long may it bring joy to the villagers of Boxworth!

Hope your weekend has been a restful, playful one!

Blessings, Tania♥


  1. Looks like you had a lovely day! The red telephone box, turned into a book exchange place, is so very unique and fun!

    1. Thanks Becky! A lovely day indeed! Hope all is well with you. Thanks for stopping by! Tania ♥

  2. Dearest Tania,
    Oh, what a special day you and your family have tucked under your belt! A day full of things you love..your family, an outing to a charming little village, mouthwatering sweet treats and the fun of finding that darling and creative little RED phone booth (book exchange:)! Wow...What a day, my friend!
    Thank you, my sweet new friend, for your dear comments on my new blog! They mean so very much!
    I hope you have a wonderful new week!
    Carolynn..."Chenille Cottage"

    1. Hi Carolynn! Yes, we had a beautiful day indeed. So blessed! Oh, I do really enjoy your blog. It oozes warmth and loveliness! Be blessed! Tania♥

  3. What a great idea for the phone box, great post!

    1. Thank you! And thanks for stopping by and saying 'hi'! Tania ♥

  4. Hello sweet Tania! I enjoyed your lovely post so much! The Golden Ball Inn looks like a wonderful place and the food looks yummy! I am so glad you and your dear ones enjoyed a fun outing! The flowers are so pretty and the sunshine looks lovely! I love the telephone booth and am sorry to hear there are so few left! I love that they made this one into a book exchange! What a fantastic idea!!! I agree completely with you about the kindles! I LOVE books, real paper books and nothing can replace them! You expressed the joys of a bookstore beautifully! Much love, Paula xoxo

    1. Hi Paula! Oh, I do love to read your comments! You are always so full of lovely gentleness and kindness. I am truly blessed to get to know you. My dad always says to me: 'Just be a sweetheart.' You are just that! Much love, Tania ♥

  5. Beautiful Tania! Thank you! I feel the very same way about your comments! You are full of loveliness, gentleness and kindness in all that you do! You inspire, encourage and bless me so very much! I am blessed to get to know you! I am so thankful the Lord brought us together! I love what your dad says to you. You are a sweetheart!!!! Much love to you darling girl! xoxo~Paula.... I forgot to say how beautiful your children are! They are a precious gift from God!


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