Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Milly & Dottie's Springwatch

February may well be on its way out, but Winter still seems to have us in its grip.  Here at the Emporium we have been sitting, noses pressed against the Stockroom windowsill, eagerly awaiting the first signs of Spring.  On grey days like today they may be hard to find but they are here - we can't fail to notice the gradually lengthening days,  dusk not arriving until 6pm (there's an improvement if ever there was one), the sweetest sound of birdsong in the garden at the end of the day and buried deep in the garden the first signs of Spring shoots bravely emerging from their winter beds.  

We cannot wait!  Desperate to don our wellies and gardening gloves, we have instead filled the Emporium shelves with all manner of Spring like goodies.  Sunshine yellow coffee pots in the Scullery,  nature books, children's books and favourite Spring time reads in the Library, posters in the Dovecote and sewing notions in the Sewing Room.

Keep Warm and Carry On!

Friday, 8 February 2013

And there's more!

We just wanted to quickly let you know that the Library shelves are fair to bursting with newly added books and the 1940s edition of Nancy Mitford's "The Pursuit of Love" has to be a favourite,  Absolutely perfect for Valentine's day, in fact perfect for any day of the year in our eyes!

There's a wonderfully 1930s feel to the Pixies in this Pixy People book,  The beautifully illustrated book of Pixy People and Pixy Village is just charming.

We love all the titles in the King Penguin series but these two would certainly add a touch of Springtime cheer to the bookshelves,  The beautiful decorative board covers are in very good condition considering they were published in 1940s.

If you fancy a touch of 1930s satire and fun and a glimpse into the world of the "Bright Young Things" there is a bundle of three classic Evelyn Waugh classic Penguins too.  Just pick up a Penguin...

Finally here's a short film eschewing the virtues of a Children's Library - we love the ideas of checking for clean hands, the look of concentration on the children's faces whilst doing their homework and the fact that they are encouraged to leave their chosen books on the tables so that the librarian can make a note of their favourite reads.


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Wednesday, 6 February 2013

Love Is In The Air....

Why not visit our Dovecote for a romantic tryst or two?  Whilst outside the temperature is falling, inside the Emporium we have enough vintage love tokens to make the pulse tremble a little! Vintage Valentines and Romantic Words abound. 
Elsewhere in the Emporium are newly added items to  make our hearts flutter.
Why not join us down the Garden Path and have some fun in the Dovecote?
We hope to see you soon.
Milly and Dottie

PS You never know where love may find you... 


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