Thursday, 26 November 2015


Hello everyone! I hope you are all having a wonderful November. I've had a hectic month as I've had health problems and work. I'm glad that we are finally moving into December, which is my favourite month. Aside from health problems, I have had a very quiet month. I haven't been able to go  out quite as much as I would like, but I did spend a lovely day in Manchester at the John Rylands Library Gothic Exhibition. I thought I would share a few photos on here as it really is a beautiful building! My camera unfortunately broke recently, so these were all taken on my phone. I will have to go back with a working camera one day!

The John Rylands Library was opened in 1900, and is now part of the university. The exhibition was mainly literature based, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I took several Gothic literature modules during my undergraduate degree, and it was nice to see several of my favourites on display. The building is truly spectacular, and the perfect setting for the exhibition. I was very good and did not buy anything from the shop at the end of the exhibition. I did write down some details of some of the editions that were on display, as I saw a lovely edition of Angela Carter's The Bloody Chamber. I adored the aesthetic of this building; it is the perfect library setting. I think the John Rylands Library has even surpassed the beautiful Bromley House Library as my favourite library building!

I'm hoping to have more posts planned for December. I've had quite a difficult month, and I'm looking forward to feeling festive and going on a few day trips! I'm visiting the Harry Potter Studio Tour again in a few weeks time and I have my graduation to look forward to. Christmas is my favourite time of the year (some of you may remember my very excited Christmas posts from last year) so I'm hoping things start picking up for me. I would also like to apologise for my lack of activity on here and on Instagram. I've been struggling to find the time to reply to comments or write any posts. I do have several posts planned so I'm hoping to have more time free in December!

I hope you all have all had a wonderful November!


  1. That building is just amazing! Can I move in and live there? I studied a bit of Gothic literature and really enjoyed it!

    I really hope your health improves soon, health problems suck!

    1. I wanted to move in there too! It was wonderful. I adored studying Gothic literature when I was at university, it was so interesting!

      Thank you!

  2. I saw all your pretty pictures of the library on Instagram, and I agree i looks SO impressive. I am sure you have got lots of interesting buildings around visit, which is one of the main things I admire about your country. When I was working and studying in Surrey, I remember being deeply amazed about the huge quantity of historical houses opened to the public. I frequently visited the ones cared by National Trust, and it was kind of an addiction, haha. I always enjoy when you post this type of material, because it is something truly appealing that most bloggers tend to ignore.

    Also, I am sorry to hear you felt poorly on November, I hope everything will run smoothly in December for the festive season. And I´m really looking forward to see all your holiday news!

    1. You would have loved it! It was spectacular. We are really fortunate when it comes to historical buildings. I always love looking at your pictures too though! I'm going to invest in a National Trust membership when I finally pass my driving test! I'm so glad that you enjoy these kind of posts; they're my favourite to write!

      Thank you! I'm hoping I will at least be well enough to enjoy Christmas!

  3. So sorry to hear you've been poorly Claire, now we are moving into mid December I hope you are doing much better and able to enjoy the month.

    What an amazing building; in the New Year I want to get out a bit more and visit some gothic buildings (and Newcastle's Vampire Rabbit!).

    Take care lovely.

    Jane (Breaking the Angel)

    1. Thank you Jane! It's definitely an ongoing and frustrating process, but I have a hospital appointment in the New Year which will hopefully put me on the right track to getting treatment.

      I would love to visit some more gothic buildings too, this one was beautiful. I bought a new camera recently so I would love to go back and get some better pictures.


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