Relaxing in Nottingham

Behold, Alan Sillitoe!

Tempting though it is to share relaxing, riverside images of Tavira, I thought I’d indulge in a little tram spotting in Nottingham instead.  Now, I know tram spotting isn’t everybody’s idea of relaxation, but I’m reluctant to let go of time spent with my daughter.  And the wine bar that was our first port of call (That gives a terrible impression, doesn’t it?  But probably the correct one 🙂 ) was conveniently located, right beside the tramlines.

We had already debated the ‘Pitcher and Piano’, a favourite venue, inside that church that you’re looking at, but opted instead for a sunny corner to catch up on life.  I’ve always loved trams and Lisa humoured me, as I bobbed up and down to read the names.  The trams are named after local heroes of past or present.  Robin Hood, of course.  Brian Clough and Rebecca Adlington from the sports world.  Lord Byron and his daughter Ada Lovelace.  D.H. Lawrence and Alan Sillitoe.  All spotted, and more besides.  My one regret, I didn’t see Torvill and Dean!

Nottingham is never short of quirky in any respect, and as we ambled the streets towards home I recorded a few random impressions.  Mosaic seemed to be big news in Sherwood, a very crafty area.

And just for those people who think I exist on cake, we did manage some nourishment, along with the wine.

I had a lovely, relaxing time in Nottingham.  No cooking, no cleaning, wonderful company!  The Sunday morning of my return home, I suggested brunch as a treat on the way into town.  The food was great, but we did wonder why the place was so busy.

It’s Amy’s turn to host the Lens Artists Photo Challenge this week.  I hope she won’t mind my rather frivolous version of Time to Relax.

50 comments

  1. Time with the adult kids is usually nice, mine has just set off back north, hoping he has avoided all the changeover traffic and that there are no jams on the M5 / M42 / M1 – he’s optimistic! Left between heavy showers.

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    1. We did! She’s always a great girl to be around. I’m waiting rather anxiously for a text this morning. She normally answers me swiftly but I haven’t heard for a day or two. James is the opposite- one text per week or if I’m lucky a phone call, but he’s on his way to Berlin right now. 🙂 🙂 Happy weekend!

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  2. I am enjoying the idea of Lisa humouring you as you bobbed up and down to spot the tram names. I am enjoying the idea of tram names too. I am thinking how names might work on our bus system here. Instead of the No. 17 we could try something like take the “Dan Carter” to …… It would be fun.

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    1. Fabulous! And you’ve broken up 🙂 🙂 I don’t know what it’s like down there, Gilly, but we’ve had the most almighty thunderstorms today. Rain hammering, hailstones, crazy lightning! I don’t think we’ll be seeing the pink moon tonight 😦

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  3. An added bonus to have your daughter in a charming place! I miss mine all the time, but I just got a quick 15 hours with her last week in Washington, DC. Our catch-up also included some views of transportation (boats in a harbor) and some wine as well – of course 🙂

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    1. It’s a town with a lot of character (and characters 🙂 ), Lexie. It’s taken a good few years but Lisa has managed to put together a really lovely home- all of it decorated imaginatively by hand. I’m so proud of her. 🙂 🙂

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  4. Nottingham looks like a quirky and charming place. I love how the trams are named after famous people. I’m sure you had a great time sipping wine and chatting with Lisa. Happy weekend, Jo. 🙂

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    1. Probably as relaxed as I get! It always takes her a while to get ready so I hang about reading a book… and yes, the odd sip of wine. 🙂 🙂 Go gently, Cathy! You don’t want to do more damage carrying a pack.

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  5. What a lovely relaxing day and so very special to spend time with your lovely daughter visiting all the best places. How often do you get time together Jo?

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    1. Usually only twice a year, Pauline. Occasionally three times. There is a Steampunk event on at Whitby this weekend and I thought she might have been coming up, but she says not. 😦 😦 They have busy lives and a limited income. We were very happy just pottering in and out of craft shops. 🙂 🙂

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  6. Thank you, Jo for sharing the relaxing and enjoyable time you spent with your daughter. Beautiful photos of this Lovely place. Thank you so much for joining my first theme. 🙂

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  7. Can you be frivolous about relaxing??? It’s a serious business! I love the idea of trams with names: ferries do it all the time so why not? A nice way to honour locals. I love sharing time with you and Lisa. Thanks for taking me along. On the subject of cake, I had a nibble at a friend’s pumpkin cheesecake the other day at the Tilba Teapot. I’ll be back for my own – when I’ve fasted for 3 days. Hugs warmed by a radiator, waiting for the sun.

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    1. I could be tempted by pumpkin cheesecake… though rhubarb is my favourite. 🙂 🙂 I’m not happy with this post. The middle is totally unnecessary. You do this kind of thing so much better with your hotchpotch. A weekend of industry will no doubt warm you up. Not long now! 🙂

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      1. And I’ve got addicted to patience. Sign of inner distress and desire not to dust and polish and reorganise the house. J’s here tomorrow to do all the man-stuff, like spray for ticks and replace nails in the deck and use the leaf blower (which I don’t have the stretch to start.) This time next week I’ll be on my way to Sydney, having had a good cookup and stock up.

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