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.

Lest any -one should think that there should be any lowering of the cake quality26th April 2015

Dawn our new cake supremo brought in a fantastic array of fresh cakes this morning. Yesterday although it seemed very quiet, we still managed to get through quite a lot of cake.

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First week without Catherine; Maps Exhibition bonus; Brocante Update25th April 2015

As the first week without the incredible Catherine draws to a close, we are just starting to find our feet, thanks to some incredibly hard work from Hilary and Katy and our other regulars Paul, Holly and Sarah. The transition was never going to be easy, and I marvel afresh at the amount of work that Catherine got through in a day. With the exception of one minor snaffoo which I found out this morning and which was easily corrected, all has gone along relatively smoothly.  The first cakes from Dawn have come in and been consumed, and as I look at the café counter this morning there is a delicious looking Victoria Sandwich, which she brought in a minute ago, just waiting to be broached.

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First days of post-Catherine era; map exhibition;brocante21st April 2015

I was off yesterday recuperating after a busy Sunday ( it amazes me how many people come out to see us on Sunday, which used to be the quietest day of the week), so today was my first day of the post-Catherine Aardvark. It felt very strange driving up and not seeing her 4x4 in the car park, but since people started to come through the door almost immediately, there wasn't a lot of time to dwell.

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Last day for Catherine; great trip to London Bookfair; New Books in Stock17th April 2015

Catherine gave here notice in months ago and at the time it seemed like it wouldn't happen for months. But today the day of her final day has finally arrived, and feelings of joy at the new life she is building in Sussex and blended with sadness that we won't see her here  every morning in the bookery.

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Exhibition; George Butterworth; random culture12th April 2015

A second sculpture sold from our 'Paper Wraps Stone' exhibition, and it was moving to hear the purchasers describe the place they had earmarked for it in their home.

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Sunny Easter Monday; crazy Easter Saturday6th April 2015

Today the sun cut through the haze by about 10am, and since then the bookshop has been bathed in sunshine. Outside on the benches which we dedicated to Edward's memory, families and couples have been sitting and enjoying some of Catherine's cake and tea.

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You heard it here first3rd April 2015

Yesterday I predicted that  Lottie's wonderful sculpture of a mermaid would be one of the first objects to sell from our exhibition 'Paper Wraps Stone' , and perhaps unsurprisingly that is exactly what transpired.

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The exhibition is up; fingers crossed for Saturday!2nd April 2015

And now the "Paper Wraps Stone" exhibition is finally all up.

It is amazing how even a medium sized exhibition like this one takes such an incredibly large amount of work to get into place. It looks amazing, and I am so pleased that we have been able to bring together such a powerful collection of work.

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