|from the pier|
We checked out the local Waterstone's and ended up at yet another Caffe Nero where I ordered hot chocolate. I checked out a shelf of discarded books that I am guessing once belonged to some congenial older lady who had passed way - there were hardcover Georgette Heyers, two Frances Parkinson Keyes, and other historical fiction. I caught sight of an author whose name I had come across several times recently: O Douglas, who was the literary sister of writer John Buchan, best known as the author of The Thirty-Nine Steps. Intrigued, I chose two and approached the staff to ask if I could buy them, assuming they would say to help myself. To my surprise, the woman behind the counter said they weren't for sale and had to stay there (in retrospect, I knew I should have asked the guy but he had moved elsewhere as I approached).
We retrieved our luggage from the Tanes Guest House - I was worried no one would be home and we'd be standing on the doorstep for hours but a sullen and unfriendly man who I suppose was the owner let us in although did not invite us to sit down. We hoisted our luggage back onto the bus (this was our 5th trip so we really got good value out of our all-day pass!) and found our way back to Central Station where a very friendly Arriva staffer escorted us to a waiting room we would not otherwise have known about.
Church count: one
Book count: two