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.

Grey Sunday morning, but ice free27th November 2016

Went to bed last night with a hard frost setting in, but remarkably by morning the frost had lifted and although the sky was looking somewhat grey, the temperatures had risen to around 7degrees. Notwithstanding, my first priority when coming in to the bookshop is always to get the woodburner lit and today was one of those magical days when our trusty stove decided to light immediately.

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Barbara Strozzi on Building a Library, nearly at the end of Frankfurt Books, plans for Christmas Fair26th November 2016

As ever a wonderful episode of CD review this morning, including Barbara Strozzi as the subject of 'Building a Library'. The latter can be found on Iplayer and is well worth listening to - or listening to again.

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Winter Event, plans for 201719th November 2016

Today we have a perfect crisp winter's day here in Brampton Bryan - the perfect prospect for our Winter Event that launches our Christmas selling season. There is 10% off books, cards, DVDs, CDs, xmas cards, Simon Drew products, and soft toys! And there is a whopping 20% off our prices for maps, prints and watercolours. I have been buying lots of the latter recently and there are some wonderful presents including original 1950's fashion sketches from £15 (pre-discount price). If you miss the bargains you are going to be sorry.

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Wigmore Abbey, Poobahs, Leonard Cohen12th November 2016

Last week we received our copies of 'Wigmore Abbey: the Treasure of the Mortimers' a new book that explores Wigmore Abbey the house that has been restored and cherished by John and Carol Challis over many years. The book has wonderful photographs by Alex Ramsay, the ridiculously distinguished architectural and landscape photographer.

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Summer sun, Wi-fi in Café, working through Frankfurt books, next year's programme5th November 2016

A cold night last night has produced a magnificent Saturday morning, with bright sunshine and no wind. Not what I was expecting from last night's weather forcast. And if you are looking for somewhere to drive to today, there is no prettier place than Brampton Bryan, home of one of Britain's rarest churches, beautiful walks and if I say so myself a pretty damn fine bookshop/Café. If I add that Swifts have just  delivered fresh bread, and dawn has brought in freshly baked cakes, how could you resist?

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