The Aardvark Blog

The Aardvark Blogger is always busy!

Lots going on with events and visitors to the bookshop. Not to mention plans for next year, markets and fairs, author events, live music and much more. Keep looking in to find out about everything that is happening in the bookshop in the middle of nowhere.

Speeding into 201919th January 2019

I can't believe that it seems only seconds since we were opening presents and drinking mulled wine and already we are nearly 2/3rd of the way through January. The beginning of the year is always a strange time in Aardvarkland (or as I like to call it, Aardvarkia). Whilst from the point of view of customers and sales we are at our lowest time of the year, we are actually very busy sorting out all the things that you need to do to get the year underway.

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Hurrah its a New Year and I for one am glad of it5th January 2019

I think that most people would agree that 2018 was not a fabulous year for the planet or indeed for our particular corner of  it, but at the start of this most unheralded of years I feel myself overcome by feelings of excitement for the year ahead. Yes I am sure that there will be many times when one's instinct will be to pull the duvet over one's head and mutter - in the word's of Beatrix Potter's infamous Mr John Dormouse - 'very snug, very snug'. But  to do so would be an error, because there are always many things to be thankful for, and here are a few that I myself have discovered in the last few days.                 

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End of year thoughts30th December 2018

At this time of year it is traditional to review the year that has gone, and to look forward to the year that is to come. I thought that I would take the opportunity in this end of year blog to talk about some of our highlights (and the odd low light) and to give a few pointers to what we are going to be up to in 2019.

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Thanks for the Christmas Fair, Poetry Breakfast, 201915th December 2018

Many thanks to all our customers who came to Aardvark last Sunday for the Christmas Fair. After a relatively slow start it rapidly became one of our busiest events of the year, and my sincere apologies to any-one who had to wait either to pay at the desk or in the café. We do our best to process transactions quickly, but sometimes it does take a little time. Thank you to to the young team who ran the café with Eleanor and Sarah. They were all simply fantastic. Finally many thanks to Dutch Lewis and his trio. What a treat to have such experienced and talented musicians playing at Aardvark.

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Where does the time go?8th December 2018

I have been accused of being an erratic blogger by my fellow aardvarks and although I have demurred, I realise when looking at the list of blogs that some 6 weeks have gone by since my last missive. I could plead pressure of work and life - but when has it ever been thus. Perhaps the truth is that I have not had quite so much to say. Time spent listening is never wasted.

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A return to normality?27th October 2018

After a period of many months of mad-cap activity we are at last returning to something more approaching normality, and it feels good to be able to concentrate on the simpler process of buying fantastic books and selling them. Last week I made a foray and found a wonderful collection of books on literary subjects - including books on Shakespeare, the Bloomsbury group, German culture and much more.

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Autumn Brocante21st October 2018

Less than two hours until the start of the Aardvark Autumn Brocante and most of the stallholders are hearing and setting up. Should be a great day. Why not come and see!

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Back from Frankfurt, Brocante on Sunday, Winter Event20th October 2018

After another epic 1,500 round trip the Aardvarks are back from the northern wastes of Germany and have an amazing 75 large boxes of art and related books to show for their efforts. Some absolute crackers which are not to be missed.

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Autumn returns29th September 2018

After a somewhat breathless summer and early autumn we now move into a somewhat quieter period here in Aardvark towers. Ahead lies the Frankfurt Bookfair, our October Brocante, Winter Shopping Event and Christmas Fair and beyond that Christmas itself. These weeks are perfect for carrying out some much-needed housekeeping and some sorting through of the many books we bought over the summer and have been unable to process.

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Long time no blog16th September 2018

Looking at my blog list I realise that a month has gone by since my last blog posting. Even by Aardvark standards the last month has been an incredible rush ( with five events in four weeks and a full shop and café almost every day). We have had some great successes over the last month and I would like to take the opportunity to give thanks to those who have helped us.

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