No trip to Northumberland would be complete without a visit to Barter Books. One of Europe's largest second-hand book shops, it is housed in the old Victorian railway station in Alnwick. It is the most charming place with an open fire, a model railway running across the top of the bookshelves and a delightful children's room. I love it! I always come away with a lovely selection of books and this visit was no exception. The Podlings have cottoned on to the fact that I rarely say no to books, so they always come away with a few themselves. On this occasion, Lily actually came away with more books than me! Happy to be raising bibliophiles!