So where do you take a complete Bookworm for her 13th birthday?
Does this sign give you a clue?
Of course - we took Dot (and the rest of the Lockets) to the wonderful town of Hay on Wye just over the border into Wales.
Hay is internationally famous for being crammed full of second hand bookshops - I think there are at least 30 - and so it was the obvious place to take Dot to spend her birthday money.
Although our cottage in the Cotswolds was relatively close to Hay it still took us 2 hours in torrential rain and partially flooded roads to get there but fortunately the rain dried up as we arrived in the town so there was nothing to interrupt our shopping spree!
Mr Locket and the littlest Lockets went off on their own adventures leaving Dot and I to play in all the bookshops :o)
and we had fun! Dot bought 14 new books (to add to the 9 she had already been given for her birthday!) including classic children's literature like the Little Princess and Heidi, two different editions of Hans Christian Andersen's fairytales, some Georgette Heyer regency romances and Daphne Du Maurier's Jamaica Inn along with Jane Austen's Emma and a recent biography of the author - among others!!!
So, seeing as Dot has inherited her love of books from me and Mr Locket, the next question must surely be: did I buy lots of books?
Did I buy one book?
So what did I buy in this town full of bookshops????
Sock wool of course!