Saturday, 28 May 2011

Aladdin's cave...and a blast of sea Ayr !





May 19th

A trip to an Aladdin’s cave of books…the Bluebell Bookshop in Penrith…a treasure trove of books and lovely notebooks and all sorts of stuff including a retro space hopper that I was very tempted by, but I knew I couldn’t take on the plane. There was a wonderful selection of children’s books from picture books through to teens…ahh, if only all book shops could be like this. They even bake their own bread IN THE SHOP, and make a wicked shortbread IN THE SHOP, and amazing fresh coffee IN THE SHOP…and have bean bags and sofas to lounge on and browse books IN THE SHOP.

    


But it was only a flying visit, as I was back on the train to Glasgow for one night stop over before heading off to Ayr.

May 20th

Isle of Arran from Troon

Stevie drove me to Ayr to meet Jean Inness and Dorothea, library managers of the John Pollock centre. Again, another little centre dedicated to getting books out to schools and children. I met children from local schools. Some had battled through the strong sea winds to get to the centre.



Dorothea had made a 3D poster of Sky Hawk by cutting out posters and building up layers with sticky foam between each layer.


Then it was on to Glasgow airport for my journey back down south. It was a whirlwind trip…the highlights being the school visits and sharing stories and experiences with children…oh…and seeing the osprey, of course!





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