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.

Aardvarks back in the saddle, Jazz Brunch and Sale, Forward to the Re-enactment and the autumn12th July 2017

After two weeks away in la belle France the Aardvarks are back and in the saddle, and looking forward to a summer of great stuff. Many, many thanks to the team for making everything run so smoothly in our abscence ( the shop is looking suspiciously clean, neat and tidy and I am starting to wonder if I myself am the source of the mess and disorder).

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Last weekend of Shropshire Hills Art Exhibition, and opening next week of 'The Solstice'17th June 2017

For any-one who has not had the chance to view our contribution to Shropshire Hills Art Week 'Worlds and OtherWorlds', the exhibition will still be on show all weekend. We have exceeded our previous highest sales total, and it has been wonderful to hear the comments of the many hundreds of visitors who have been through.

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And Humour11th June 2017

Yesterday in my round up of things that can help one to cope with uncertaintly, politics and life in general, I left out the most important tool of all: humour. For a wonderful review of our recent election why not spend five minutes reading Anthony Lane's modern day parable:

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Books, Music and Art: The answer to all life's problems10th June 2017

With politics continuing to keep every-one ( not just in Britain) somewhat light-headed at the moment as a result of the sheer pace of events, it is perhaps worth revisiting an old saw of the Aardvark emporium - that at time's of stress or difficulty there is no better relief to be had than through total emersion in books, art and music.

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Mad May Bank Holiday, Shropshire Hills Art Week, Even More Books27th May 2017

Heading into the  Bank Holiday weekend, the first customers have arrived and I have been making some sales ( including a very nice copy of the 'Northern Pomona' to a customer who has over 20 other Pomonas and fruit books). An overcast morning, but I have hopes of better weather to come. We are looking forward to having a full complement of stalls for Monday's Brocante/Flea Market, so if you have never been to one of our markets, this would be a great time to come.

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Catch up, books and forthcoming exhibitions21st May 2017

It seems like an age since Arthur last put paw to computer to complete a blog, and rest assured that it was not a result of his suddenly putting his paws up and taking a break! Things have been more than usually busy here with two successful exhibitions following immediately upon each other, and some massive stock purchasing resulting in several thousand new titles across all categories hitting the shelves.

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Map exhibition opening, Bank Holiday weekend29th April 2017

Today we opened our 6th annual map exhibition and I am again very pleased with the quality of the maps that we have been able to assemble. There are also some very interesting and instructive comparisons, between key map makers work in the neighbouring counties. I have never for example been able to assemble the Blaeu maps of Shropshire, Herefordshire and Radnorshire in the same exhibition, and seeing them together on a single panel has been a great thrill to me.

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Last weekend of Fire and Earth Ceramics exhibit, excitement ahead of 'Maps and Mansions', big house clearance22nd April 2017

This week has been another madly busy one, not helped by the return of my 2017 cold which has now been with me off and on since the start of the year. Lots of people through the shop, café and exhibition ( we have had to put in for an emergency cake order this morning as we had been eaten almost out of house and home). Many very positive comments about 'Fire and Earth' and numerous additional sales. Again massive thanks to Shannon Donovan and Andrew Eastwood who put so much into making this show possible. Two days left to see it so do not delay!

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An incredible 3 years2nd April 2017

Within the next 48 hours we will reach a sad milestone - three years since the death of my friend and business partner Edward Tobin. If I cannot be more exact it is that no-one can really know when Edward passed away. The events of the evening on which I found him are etched on my brain, but the actual event passed unremarked ( even by Edward himself). It was a gentle quiet death of which ( the medical experts say) he would have known nothing at all.

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CDs, Fire + Earth Ceramics exhibition1st April 2017

Not sure if I remembered to mention that we purchased quite a large group of CD's the week before last and these are now all in stock. Lots of fantastic classical CDs at our usual excellent prices.



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