1st Anniversary

First Anniversary: “Beach and Books” and for me, that’s a pretty perfect way to spend a day. We drove for two and a half hours to the Northumberland town of Alnwick so that we could spend some time at the rather fabulous Barter Books.

I’ve wanted to visit for a number of years but other things always got in the way – university, working during the weekends, having no money, moving back home – but this weekend we made it. Oh my, I’m so glad we did and I can’t wait to go back again.

(I wasn’t sure if photos were allowed so I just sneaked one!)

The bookshop is housed in the old Alnwick Station and it was fascinating seeing so many old and interesting books – especially books from my childhood. I was a bit surprised to see Topsy and Tim books in the glass fronted (read: pricier books) cabinets, we have a lot of those at home so I will have to make sure they don’t get thrown away.

As “paper” is the gift for the first year of marriage, we each bought the other a book. Mine is from 1944 and is called “White Bell Heather”. I bought Andy a Ladybird book about honeybees (he likes bees). We didn’t get them to read as such, rather to keep in our wedding box of special things as a memento of our day.

We lunched at Barter Books and read the little story on the back of the menus about the hidden room that became the buffet. I contemplated the red walls and pondered the possibility of a red painted living room. Maybe this only works with high ceilings? hmm.

Instead of exploring Alnwick further (couldn’t find a parking space, and didn’t have enough money to visit the Castle or the Gardens), we made a spur of the moment decision to go to the beach at Alnmouth. I love the seaside with every fibre of my being and truly wish I could live at the seaside, ahhh I could have stayed there all day.

We pottered along (ok that’s a lie. We tiptoed along the more compacted sand at the water’s edge because we were unprepared for beaching and were wearing jeans and trainers. The car is full of sand. I am instructed that I have to make the car not full of sand at some point in the near future. Oh and Andy stepped on a dead jellyfish which nearly caused a comedy banana skin style moment.)

Anyway we proceeded along the sand, breathing in lungsfull of the sea air and marvelling at the deep blue colour of the water. Collecting little stripy stones, and battered sea glass.

We took soppy daft mushy photos of our feet ;-) and generally just enjoyed being at the seaside and being with each other. Revelling at how un-stressed we felt on the beach compared to being at home!

Then, noticing that Boulmer beach was only three miles away, we thought “Why the hell not!” and nipped up there for a while too.

We were waved at by a man in a helicopter!

and then at half past three (Wedding O’Clock) we giggled a bit and congratulated ourselves on One Whole Year, and took a soppy photograph. Andy is blog-shy (fair enough) but here is me and my “just for the camera” smile:

Ah yes and I forgot to tell you how windy it was.

… and then with one final photograph and gaze out to sea, we started our epically long journey home (damn metrocentre and 50 limits). But goodness me, what a wonderful day. Here’s to hopefully many more ♥

27 thoughts on “1st Anniversary

  1. Aaahhh, what a lovely day! Congratulations!

    That book shop is great – I went when on holiday near Alnwick about 5 years ago..it was September and I think they may have had a real fire in one of the rooms, but I might be making that up.
    Great photos, and look at you – you look so young!!

  2. Happy Anniversary to the both of you. I’ve been married nearly 18 years so feel very old now :-). Looks like the perfect day and perfect way to celebrate. Alnwick was crazy busy when we were there – esp. the gardens (which we didn’t get to visit). Goodness that was just under a month ago – feels like much longer than that :-(.


  3. Wow that bookshop looks amazing!! I wish I had a car so I could take little road trips places – being public transport bound makes it that much harder to make the effort to go anywhere.

    Can’t believe how nice the weather was for you – I’m ridiculously jealous, it SUCKED down in Torquay!

    There’s always a place for photos of people’s feet.

    Happy anniversary.

  4. Congratulations on your first year of marriage – I wish you many more happy years to come xxx

    Barter Books looks fab – I’ve never heard of it. I love browsing around places like that.


    Jill x

  5. Louisa says:

    Aaaah I love Alnwick and Barter Books :-) we went there on our anniversary too!! We aren’t married though, we jut celebrate the anniversary we got together :-)
    Luckily for us, Alnwick is only up the road :-)
    You should come back soon cause they have a lovely yarn shop there :-)

  6. Janice Perkin says:

    glad you had a great day and happy anniversary (we have just celebrated our Ruby!!!) I love Alnmouth – did you see the pretty coloured houses overlooking the sea!

  7. Happy Anniversary….hope you enjoy fun and laughter and much happiness along a road of many more anniversaries and many special moments…..aaaahh…..Barter Books…a wonderful place…you forgot to mention the little train which chugs along above all the books? And the ‘buffet’ ??? – this is new for them…look forward to seeing that next time we visit from Northern Ireland. No 2 son lives a bit up the A1. I just love Alnwick.

  8. Hello there Heather :o)
    Just back from my own jaunt to the sea and wanted to come wish you and Andy a belated First Happy Anniversary. In my humble opinion, you couldn’t have picked a more beautiful love-location either. I adore Barter Books, and Alnmouth beach and Boulmer (fab for beachcombing did you find?). In fact during this exact week in August we are normally up there ourselves, I’m rather missing it this year. Contemplating taking a risk with t’weather and booking taking Connievan there in October.
    Hope all is swinging along nicely with life and stuff and that progress is being made eh?
    Come see us again soon x

  9. Happy anniversary and heres to many more!
    We’ve just come back today from a week’s holiday in the North East and have had happy times at Alnwick, and Alnmouth beach. Another lovely beach is Druridge if you get the chance, or the the one by Bamburgh Castle. Barter Books is one of my favourite places ever! I just wish it were closer (we live in Herfordshire – it’s a bit of a hike!!). Take care. M x

  10. Good anniversary’day !
    This book shop in Alnwin station is wonderfull. I am very pleased to read french words written at the top. They are from a french poet : Charles Baudelaire.
    Mon enfant, ma sœur,
    Songe à la douceur
    D’aller là-bas vivre ensemble !
    Aimer à loisir,
    Aimer et mourir
    Au pays qui te ressemble !
    Les soleils mouillés
    De ces ciels brouillés
    Pour mon esprit ont les charmes
    Si mystérieux
    De tes traîtres yeux,
    Brillant à travers leurs larmes.

    Là, tout n’est qu’ordre et beauté,
    Luxe, calme et volupté.

    Des meubles luisants,
    Polis par les ans,
    Décoreraient notre chambre ;
    Les plus rares fleurs
    Mêlant leurs odeurs
    Aux vagues senteurs de l’ambre,
    Les riches plafonds,
    Les miroirs profonds,
    La splendeur orientale,
    Tout y parlerait
    À l’âme en secret
    Sa douce langue natale.

    Là, tout n’est qu’ordre et beauté,
    Luxe, calme et volupté.

    Vois sur ces canaux
    Dormir ces vaisseaux
    Dont l’humeur est vagabonde ;
    C’est pour assouvir
    Ton moindre désir
    Qu’ils viennent du bout du monde.
    – Les soleils couchants
    Revêtent les champs,
    Les canaux, la ville entière,
    D’hyacinthe et d’or ;
    Le monde s’endort
    Dans une chaude lumière.

    Là, tout n’est qu’ordre et beauté,
    Luxe, calme et volupté.

  11. Happy Anniversary! I got married when I was 23 and now I am 35!!! Heck where has the time gone. And yes I am still married lol. Lovely lovely blog. It warms my heart. xx

  12. Happy Anniversary!! Sounds like a wonderful day. Though I might add you only look 16- is it legal to get married at 16? :) Wishing you many more happy and loving years!

  13. David says:

    Happy belated anniversary. May it be the first of many, many anniversaries, you both really deserve it.

    You should have said you were in the area, we could have put the kettle on for you both! The MetroCentre and A1 roadworks really are horrid.

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