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Miss Dotty’s Weekly Journal- Books and Travel

Weekly JournalHello! Today I wanted to share a few highlights from this past week.



Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs- see my thoughts here.

The Legend of Ellie Quin by Alex Scarrow

The World According to Ellie Quin by Alex Scarrow


Quiet by Susan Cain

Beneath the Neon Sky (Ellie Quin) by Alex Scarrow

(Note- I was first introduced to Alex Scarrow via his book Last Light which is one of my all time favourite books and then I eventually read his Time Riders series for YA and now he has released Ellie Quin. They are very readable hence managing nearly three in three days!)


Number 1 Royal Crescent

Well this week has been half term and it has been lovely. Last Friday I did something very unusual and left school soon after the children. Eek! It felt very naughty but necessary as Mr Dotty and I were travelling down to Bath that evening for a mini break away. We spent a few days in Bath, a few days in Bristol and then a day or so in the Forest of Dean. As always we wished it could be longer but we managed to fit in a lot each day and I would love to know how many miles we walked!

Bath and Bristol Collage

As well as lots of mooching around exploring the respective destinations we also visited the Fashion Museum in Bath which had a wonderful exhibition of Georgian clothing and Number 1 Royal Crescent which had been closed for refurbishment the last time we went. As a History undergraduate I absolutely adored both places and could quite easily have spent much longer devouring the information shared about the periods on display.  Our stay in Bristol was made even better by the gorgeous hotel we stayed in. Once we settled we then did the usual exploration and focused on the Aquarium and At Bristol which we both loved. The Mr is a science geek so he was in his element and I wished I could take my class there as they would love it! An embarrassing moment came in the Planetarium show where, despite the really interesting talk and show, I may have fallen asleep and had to be nudged by Mr Dotty to wake up. Oops! We also visited the ss Great Britain which was a really impressive exhibit and I would recommend to anyone visiting Bristol. The final part of our holiday was spent with Mr Dotty’s nan in her house in the Forest of Dean.


It is a beautiful part of the country and we used the time to catch up, reminisce over family, read and I managed to catch up on some blog reading. We stayed a bit longer than planned due to Mr Dotty’s nan having a fall but have finally arrived back home and to reality! It was a thoroughly fantastic time away from work and to just have time to think, reflect and make decisions.  And also spend quality time with Mr D. And buy books. And buy lovely polka dot scarf. And a notebook. And eat nice food. So yes a fantastic week and I could definitely get used to hotel living!

How was your week? Did you read any good books or visit anywhere new? Please share in the comments below!

Kelly Dotty