Well..just catching up on your blog Freda...our new favorite destination is the Elbin Library At West Liberty University. A dear friend of mine is head librarian and she gave us a personal tour of the rare book room today...including a “tour” of a 15th century copy of a dutch book of hours.....still my beating heart! I could hardly believe we were in the presence of such a treasure. And we can go back anytime we want to and just sit in this room and enjoy the rare books...we have to bring our own gloves..:-) new fantastic experience! Art supply stores, libraries, museums, art galleries..who needs stores????...oh, well there is the Oxfam thrift store near you..that does seems to be a treasure house..
That sounds really special. We are spoilt for choice!
That's better than a sweet shop any day. Will give my favourite destination some thought, but the coloured papers section of Paperchase was a favourite and Cornellisens and I used to love going to the original Habitat when I first set up home.
I love Paperchase and miss Habitat and have only seen Cornellisens online..
I have different favourite destinations in different places - in Buxton we go to a second hand bookshop called Scriveners, in Castle Douglas it is the Craft Shop and the Homewares store- both independant and like old fashioned treasure troves, in Manchester it has to be the Whitworth Galleries and the Artists Book Fair and in Sheffield - John Lewis and Waterstones. When we used to visit Shrewsbury we would stop off in Tarporley and I would head off to the little health food shop then the local flower shop - in fact in every place I go I probably have some favourite place I have discovered and love for different reasons and head there first. Where would I choose if I had to go to just one place - phew that would be far too hard to even think about - I love them all - I must be a natural browser!
What a selection. I studied in Manchester and liked the Whitworth but have not seen it since its makeover. I have had favourite flower shops over the years.
right now I'm looking forward to the yarn store I'm going to on Sat. Just a small place, but packed with every color, every kind of yarn. so much more fun than a big box store. on the rare opportunity I'm in Portland, Oregon... there's a button store I could spend hours in. oh...and when I visit family in Poughkeepsie, NY...I have to go to Val Kil...Eleanor Roosevelt's home, just to soak up the atmosphere.
Yarn and fabric stores are a treat and I must look up Eleanor Roosevelt's home online Carhy. I loved Karen Blixen's home in Denmark.
So difficult to choose a favorite: mountain and water locations for their stunning vistas, including the National Parks (USA) and the nearby Chesapeake Bay. Visiting UK since I grew up there, Other places: museums, bookstores, fabric stores, wool shops, art stores, hardware stores, pen shops....better stop now.
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