Honey Pot Spring Clean

The arrival of a car-full of books, plus the promise of several boxes and bags of books from people who have been “having a clear out” equalled OV + OVW spending much of Friday sorting out the garage. OV being a lover of non-fiction, he concentrated on these, leaving OVW to reinstate the children’s section in the ‘canary coloured caravan’ (complete with bird in cage and picture from Wind in the Willows) and make a start on the fiction section. However, early on there was what I can only term a serious ‘beetroot incident’ in the outdoor store. This sent OVW off at a tangent sorting out the mess (and beetroot, once defrosted and left at an oblique angle DOES make a mess, believe me!) and left OV to his own devices.
Allowed free range of the books, OV managed to select and box about 1000 which he then loaded into our long-suffering car ready for the trip to the local Book Barn. This took place towards the end of the beautiful sunny afternoon, amidst ominous creaks and groans from the complaining suspension/shock absorbers/potential big bill at the garage! The ‘speed bumps’ on the lane leading to the barn were the last straw so far as OVW’s nerves were concerned. Finding the barn locked was not a great experience… but a few pleasant words with staff at the NT ticket office magicked up a lovely guy called Matthew, who managed to find another way in to the barn and then unbolted the door. A couple of people who were hoping to look at the books offered their help and our load was soon transferred. Asked if we wanted to browse the books we declined as graciously as we could and instead walked in the gardens.
Honey Pot opened this morning to the ooohs and ahhhs of folk who were surprised at how much space we had created…. until the next-door neighbour appeared with a wheelbarrow full of books with which to fill up the gaps!
Another breathtakingly exciting day down here in Somerset.
Time for a curry now 🙂

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About apthomas

I love books, reading, writing, baking, chocolate, painting, sewing, people and fairtrade - not necessarily in that order. I am a lazy gardener - who loves the garden, and a lazy housewife who likes the place to be warm and welcoming. I live in beautiful Somerset. I am enslaved by Sherpa-the-cat. Saturday mornings find me 'playing shop' in the Honey Pot - a second hand bookshop, run from my garage, where along with the books you'll find fun, friendship and refreshments - all in a good cause.
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