It has been a while since I posted anything substantial hasn't it? I've been incredibly busy recently, with university, projects and taking care of the puppy. Bree still has two weeks before her next set of injections, and after she has had those she is finally allowed to leave the house. I am very much looking forward to being able to take her to different places (and being able to leave the house for a long period of time).
I have always dreamed of having my own personal library with a spiral staircase, with shelves so high that you can only access the books near the top by climbing a ladder. As a child, I was completely infatuated with the library in Disney's Beauty and the Beast. When I reached the age of six and discovered C.S Lewis, I decided I would also like a library that you could only enter by walking through a wardrobe. At the age of twenty one, I would still very much like to have both of these things.
Bromley House Library is situated in the centre of Nottingham, nestled amongst the tall, imposing buildings of the city. It truly is a sanctuary in such an urban environment. It was founded in 1816, and is home to over forty thousand books. It also features a relaxing little walled garden. I had been planning on visiting for quite some time, and went along to an open day a few months ago. Most of these photographs are in black and white as my camera was being temperamental, and turning everything yellow (I adjusted the white balance and it made almost no difference). However, I think adding a black and white filter only enhances the beauty of the library. I couldn't quite capture how beautiful and serene the library is, but I did my best.
The range of older texts was astounding. I felt very privileged to be allowed to view them. My particular favourite was the photo shown above, a truly spectacular edition of Ovid's Metamorphoses. It took quite a long time for me to pull myself away and let other people take a look!
I am actually posting this in reverse; we walked through the walled garden on entry as rain was forecast and we wanted to make the most of the sunshine. However, I couldn't resist posting the photographs of the library and of the books first.
If I had been blindfolded and taken into the garden, I would have rejected all claims of being in the city centre. It is delightfully tranquil. I was unfortunately unable to take many photographs in the garden as there were too many people walking around. It is the perfect place to curl up with a book in the sunshine.
I absolutely recommend attending an open day and visiting the library for yourself, as it is difficult to capture on camera. I would love to be able to afford to join (it costs £90 per year). I also firmly believe that more libraries should have spiral staircases!
Have you been anywhere interesting lately?