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.

Vide Grenier day and the weather is fantastic!29th August 2016

The morning of the Vide Grenier dawned, and it was very autumnal and misty, but within half an hour the mist cleared and the sun came out, and the Brampton Bryan countryside shimmered in all its magical beauty. On days like this there truly is no more beautiful place on the planet than this corner of the Shropshire/Radnorshire/Herefordshire border.

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Vide Grenier Excitement, David Evans, Jill Alford Sale, More changes28th August 2016

Lots of calls about the Vide Grenier tomorrow - and quite a few people coming in to thinking that it was on either yesterday or today. Just to confirm the Vide Grenier is Bank Holiday Monday, it starts at 9.00am and the music from the Vintage Jazz Revival will be on in the middle of the day.

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Charity Sale Today, Vide Grenier on Monday27th August 2016

Today is Steve Alford's charity sale in aid of the Air Ambulance at the cottage that he shared with his late wife Jill in Brampton Bryan. My spies tell me that lots of people have already come out to support Steve, so you should head there quickly if you want that special bargain.

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History Weekend (Day 2)21st August 2016

A very successful day yesterday and many thanks to Terry Wardle for giving such an interesting talk on 'England's First Castle'. Today we have two talks by Adrian Durkin on Medieval and Renaissance arms and armour, and Martin Hackett will be on hand to talk about all  the local battle sites (and others beyond).

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History Weekend; H.Art preparations20th August 2016

Opening morning of the HISTORY WEEKEND and people are starting to gather for the first talk by Terry Wardle on England's First Castle. After some heavy rain overnight, the heavens have cleared and  the roads are fine ( due to the last few months dry weather the fields have easily absorbed the extra water).

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The Poetry of Ted Hughes13th August 2016

Putting on a first edition of Ted Hughes 'Moortown' this morning - a long with a group of rather interesting poetry books - made me think about the first of his poems that I read l  'Lupercal'. Containing his trade mark natural references and piercing insights into individual lives, I read it before I had heard of the whole Hughes/Plath story, and the academic industry that it has spawned.

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So pleased with our 'Take Five' Exhibition7th August 2016

This morning when I was putting on the lights in the exhibition I was again knocked out by how strong 'Take Five' is. Sometimes when you are preparing and launching an exhibition you don't  get a chance to really look at the work, and I am particularly pleased to be showing two such strong and contrasting ceramicists as Rob Fountain and Basil Titford.

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Fantastic opening for 'Take Five', wonderful summer sunshine6th August 2016

A fantastic private view/opening for our new exhibition 'Take Five' this morning. The show that was put together by Rob Fountain features ceramics, prints and paintings and is a really successful interplay between 2D and 3D work. Particularly like Basil Titford's Sung Revival inspired sculptural pots.

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