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.

Spring Music Event, Website, Graham Arnold, 'The Flower Garden'24th March 2019

Many thanks to Gareth Rees-Roberts for coming back to Aardvark to play a programme of Argentine guitar music yesterday. Thanks also to the record numbers who came and to the hard working Aardvark team ( this was Jenny and Laura's first Aardvark event). My apologies to any-one who had to wait to be served ( at times the queues were long) and to any-one who came and was unable to find a seat. There are further opportunities to hear music at Aardvark on the 20th of April, the 13th of July and the 26th of August. On the 20th of April the Trevor Davies trio will incorporate a fantastic young singer - more details on the website.

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White Crow, London Bookfair etc10th March 2019

Many thanks to all at Borderlines for making our sponsorship of the film 'White Crow' so enjoyable. A full group of Aardvark staff and associates were at the film - which  I think I can safely say the whole audience seemed to really enjoy. Last night's showing at the Courtyard in Hereford was a pre-release preview, but I would urge you to go to see White Crow when it is more widely available. There is another showing as part of Borderlines in Malvern next week.

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Borderlines Begins with a Flourish, London Book Fair, New Aardvarkistas2nd March 2019

Spent last night at the Courtyard for the official opening Gala for this year's Borderlines. The Gala screening of 'Everybody Knows' was packed and it was lovely to hear from Richard and Naomi how well ticket sales are going for this year's festival. The film itself is a tour de force with two wonderful performances at its heart by Javier Bardem and Penelope Cruz. Are there two more watchable actors on the planet working today?

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Rachel Podger, Arcadia Music Programme24th February 2019

Many thanks to the Ludlow Music Society for engaging Rachel Podger to come and play the Cello Suites in a version specially adapted for the Violin. A wonderful evening with an immensely talented and likeable performer. Another highlight of the evening was meeting up with Tom Bowes and Eleanor Alberga and hearing about the extended programme for this year's Arcadia. They are offering a heavily discounted early bird ticket which will include four concerts and an illustrated talk. Fantastic value.

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Eventful week in mostly sunshine23rd February 2019

I have got used  to the first few months of the year being quiet - a chance to catch up on chores unattempted during the other 9 months - but in truth the beginning of the year is never that quiet and last week was no exception. For a start we have been soliciting applications ( deadline now past) for a new part-time person to help us in the café. We received nearly 50 applications - it is amazing the talent and varied life experiences that this area can boast - and last week interviewed a number of candidates. Having said that we would make a decision yesterday we are taking the weekend to think over our choice, because quite frankly it is difficult to make a choice between such able people who have different strengths.

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Books, books and more books9th February 2019

Last week's cold snap made for a quiet week in the shop, which nature loving balance, made this week really busy at times. In between serving customers I bought two medium sized parcels of books, and had many more brought into the shop for me to look at. I have another visit booked for next week and thus my attempt to clear the warehouse of books that I bought earlier has somewhat gone on hold.

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Beautiful Winter Morning, Non-stop phone calls, plans for the year2nd February 2019

Driving into the village this morning I thought again how lucky we are to live and work in such a stunning ( and undiscovered ) area. The snow of a few days ago has completely disappeared and the surrounding hills were shining with reflected sunlight. I would add a photograph, but I have learnt over the years that it is almost impossible to capture the beauty of this Herefordshire landscape. It has an indefinible charm and a character that is utterly different from the mid-Welsh countryside, or the South Shropshire landscape - even though both are only a few miles away.

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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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