One of the things I really miss about the north is the most amazing secondhand bookshop! I worked at Barter Books for 7 years and if you’re ever in Northumberland, it really is a must see. It’s situated in the old railway station and the interior is stunning. Mary and Stuart are the couple who own it and Mary really has a great eye for style. So much thought has gone into every last detail and I loved to be involved when Mary was choosing a new paint colour or deciding what a room needed when it was missing something. The shop is also home to the original Keep Calm and Carry On poster; It originally came into the bookshop in a box of books from auction. I only have a couple of photos of the shop in London and here is also a copy of a drawing of the bookshop that I drew for my manager’s wedding present.
Congratulations on your new blog Polly, you have been busy, it all looks wonderful. Barter Books looks fabulous and I’ll make sure I visit when I pop North.x