An Outing – Salts Mill

I’ve always wanted to go to Salt’s Mill but have never found an opportunity to go, despite having been to Saltaire fairly often. A couple of weeks ago, TTB & I took a trip on the train with Lucy and her little people for my first visit there. It was the last day of half term for her kids and I needed to go a bit further afield than my usual walks around town and the park. I have to push myself to go out of my comfort zone with TTB or else I’ll never do it. I need to get used to feeding and changing him in public and dealing with him if he cries and whatnot (we were out longer than 1 nap you see).

Salts Mill is huge and contains three wonderful shops. The first shop is art supplies and books, the third is homewares and the second, oh the SECOND is the most wonderful bookshop you can imagine. There were so many things I wanted. I spent thousands of pounds in my head. I think I’ve mentioned before how much I adore illustrated children’s books (particularly those which I had as a child) and this shop has them in spades. It has all the really beautiful versions of the books, as well as less common books that you wouldn’t really see in Waterstones. I’ve been trying to remember the ones I saw and liked the most and adding them to my “Tiny Tin Bird” Amazon wishlist. Most of all I loved the Christmas books. As a child (and it still exists) we had a box of Christmas books that were only brought  down from the loft in December and they were so special to us. I have always looked forward to carrying that tradition on for my own children and so I bought the very first book for TTB while I was there. (I have bought some copies of the ones from my childhood but that was before TTB was around so it feels different.) I bought this gorgeous copy of The Twelve Days of Christmas and did a little happy jig in my head. I’m not buying anything else though because I think my sisters have Plans.

I fed TTB on the long bench behind the Children’s books section which was mostly successful but he was so excited by all the massive windows that he practically turned himself inside out trying to look at them while feeding. (ow). He’s so sweet, but crazy about windows – I think it’s the light. He likes mirrors too.

After a snack in the diner we headed down to the park. The weather was glorious, just how I always want Autumn to be. The sky was blue and the sun was shining. There was no wind and the sun had warmth to it. There hadn’t been any rain, so the leaves were all crisp on the ground and nothing was mushy.

Playing in the park (and rocking a pram back and forth to convince baby that he DOES want to sleep) is hungry work so we bought pasties from the bakery to eat on the steps of the nearby church before getting the train home again. I’m glad that I had a go on the train with these guys as it meant I was well practised enough to go to Leeds on my own some days later. Progress!

11 thoughts on “An Outing – Salts Mill

  1. What what a beautiful day. I love it when the light is like that. It’s a little similar today, in my neck of the woods. I think it was a good idea to go on a day trip with other people first to get your confidence up. Can’t wait to hear about Leeds, I love it there. Need to arrange another trip up as soon as possible, maybe to coincide with the sales so I can buy lots of cool clothes from the boutique type shops they have there!

  2. What what a beautiful day. I love it when the light is like that. It\’s a little similar today, in my neck of the woods. I think it was a good idea to go on a day trip with other people first to get your confidence up. Can\’t wait to hear about Leeds, I love it there. Need to arrange another trip up as soon as possible, maybe to coincide with the sales so I can buy lots of cool clothes from the boutique type shops they have there!

  3. Hi heather, it’s 10pm Sunday night here in Australia and I just thought I would check in before going to bed, lovely to see such a beautiful post from you. XxBrenda

  4. Well done Heather! Another ‘new mum adventure’ to be ticked off on your done list! I remember the sense of achievement that each of these outings had and I also remember how scary they were! You’re lucky you have Lucy who is such an experienced mum to help you through these early days…. Looking forward to hearing about your next milestone. ♥

  5. Looks like a lovely place, well done for venturing further afield. I love the idea of your Christmas book box, I had a similar sort of idea for my kids, and we would always read ’twas the Night before Christmas’ on Christmas Eve (a tradition from my childhood). Magic memories!

  6. We always pay Salts Mill a visit whenever we’re back in Crosshills from Switzerland. I can spend the whole afternoon in the book shop alone and also always have a look in the many vintage shops on the same street.Food at the café is very nice and I love looking at all the house/cooking items they have on the last floor. Looking forward to having a wander there at Christmas :-)

  7. Is the Early Music Shop there too?
    I’d like to take a trip up, but it’s quite out of the way from my parents’ place in Cheshire. Could be tempted…

  8. Well done for getting out and about.

    Salts Mill looks like the kind of place I would like to visit. An historical building and contains a book shop, what is there not to like? :-)

  9. Do you have any ‘feeding’ tops? I found them really useful when I started going out with my daughter, as you are still so covered up that many people don’t even realise you’re feeding! I personally love the secret panel ones most for that reason :-) I have some cheap basic ones in black and white from Matalan (white now looks tired, but black still nice to leave the house in) and Frugi does some lovely tops and dresses too! I know you’ve probably got all that covered, but thought it may be worth mentioning just in case :-) the first few times are the most nerve wracking, good to have someone confident with you and ‘on your side’ (like i imagine Lucy to be) but to be honest the only comments I ever received have been positive! X

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