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.

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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Bank Holiday Monday - Vide Grenier hoorah!27th August 2018

So the Bank Holiday Monday  has finally arrived and we have a dry if overcast morning here in Brampton Bryan ( centre of the universe). Still what better way to spend a slightly drab Bank Holiday Monday than at Aardvark Books, the home of fun. We have nearly 30 stalls of bric-a-brac, plants, textiles and much more, live music from Blue Moon Blues from 11am, and free children's craft activities with Annie in the Bookburrow.

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Vide Grenier on Monday, J L Carr Day on 1st September, H.Art opens on the 8th of September25th August 2018

Another very busy week in Aardvark towers getting ready for multiple events over the next few weeks. First up is the Vide Grenier on Monday 27th. As usual it is the every popular mixture of stalls and live music ( this year we are again welcoming Blue Moon Blues Band). Then on Saturday the 1st we are celebrating the extraordinary polymath J L Carr, whose novels, publishing activities and maps are truly an extraordinary and under known story. Best known for his novel 'A Month in Country', Carr wrote many other novels as well as founding the Quince Tree Press.

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Art Books, Angelfest Kingsland, Vide Grenier, Carr Celebration, H.Art18th August 2018

This weekend is a final quiet moment before three very busy weekends in a row. Next weekend is the Bank Holiday weekend with our fantastic Vide Grenier on Bank Holiday Monday ( not to be missed with lots of fantastic bargains). After that the following Saturday is our celebration of author J L Carr ( introduced by author Matthew Engel), and the weekend after that is a double weekend with our  H.Art exhibition Autumn Medley curated  by Drusilla Cole opening on the Saturday, and the Ludlow Food Festival where we are running the festival shop and talk programme on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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