We readers know that books are treasures, but most of us will admit that some volumes are more precious than others, and that's the sort of book I want to share with you today. But first, the background.
For all of our trips to the UK but one, Denis and I have flown into the Manchester Airport. Denis was born and raised in the Manchester area. Family lives there. And... if your trip includes driving up to Scotland, the Manchester Airport makes a lot more sense than one of the ones in London.
On one of our visits, we spent the entire day with our niece Karen, who'd come to stay with us in Arizona more than once. (One of these days, I hope she can come again.) She geared the entire day to us, and in particular to me. I well remember our stroll through Hebden Bridge's High Street, and I think she'd be surprised to know that I remember many of the shops we visited throughout the day. Now... on the first couple of visits to the UK, I was in a fever to Buy Stuff. It couldn't be just any stuff, and I didn't go wild to the point where I was mailing box after box back to Phoenix (or any boxes for that matter), but I just wanted to find special items that meant a lot to me that wouldn't break the bank. You understand, right?
Well, when we spent that lovely, lovely day with Karen, I'd already reached my limit for extras going into the suitcases. I might have been able to shoehorn an earring or two in the luggage, but that was about it. That's when I found a book that I fell instantly in love with. But it was a big three-ring binder of a book, and there's no way I could have fit it into either suitcase without leaving our underwear or some other essential behind. It was with great regret that I didn't buy it.
I'd successfully managed to put the book out of my mind when-- lo and behold-- I received a gift package from Karen, and there it was! She'd gone back and bought it for me, bless her.
I have spent so much time immersed in the pages of this book, and several of the pages even went with me on subsequent trips to the UK where they came in so handy. Town Tours in Britain is one of the greatest treasures on my bookshelves, and I will never willingly part with it. Precious memories of people and places are what need to be added to a book to turn it into a treasure. Would you agree?
Now let me show you the book.
|Here's the front of the book. One of the things that drew me to it was the cover. You may not know this about me, but I love maps. Real maps. Denis can have his GPS.|
|Here it is opened to the title page. Now you can see that it is, indeed, a three-ring binder.|
|Here are two leaflets from the book. They are easy to take out of the binder so you can use them when you're out and about in those locations. In case you're wondering, yes, I did leave the file sizes large so you can take a closer look!|
|Here's the leaflet for Cambridge, where Denis and I spent the day exploring. The front of the leaflet is a walking map... did I tell you that I love maps?|
|The reverse side of the leaflet tells you about the area, some of the places you can visit and some of the things you can see.|
I hope you enjoyed this look at one of the treasures on my bookshelves. I may just have to do this again! Would you like that?