Quirky Bee is lucky enough to be located not far from the lovely Midlands town of Warwick - super famous of course for its stunning medieval castle. This weekend was an opportunity to pop over and have a look around town.
The town itself is full of cute little cottages and higgledy piggedly streets, and in amongst them is a bookshop definitely worth hunting out – Duncan Allsop Booksellers. With the bookshelves about as wonky as the building, this place is bulging with a huge selection of books from the 18th century to the 1980’s.
Whilst passing I had no choice but to go in for a browse, and came out with a couple of beautiful brightly covered children’s books. ‘Number Eleven Joy Street’ is a collection of children’s poems from the 1930’s with a vivid blue patterned cover, complete with somebody’s adorable homemade brown paper book jacket. ‘On the Banks of the Amazon’ by W.H. Kingston is a late nineteenth century children’s adventure novel – much more readable than I expected, while just intending to flicking through a few pages, suddenly I found I had to make myself put it down half an hour later! Again beautifully bound, with surprisingly bold blue, green and turquoise swirls. Am sure they’ll also make a great backdrop for some photographs, don’t you agree?
On Saturday Warwick also played host to an eclectic street food market, as part of ‘Warwick Rocks’ Food and Film Festival. We were lucky enough to be able to tuck into Caribbean jerk chicken and a hog roast, and the infamous ‘Inferno Samosa’...
Warwick is full of lots of independent little shops and interesting pubs , which filled out afternoon. ‘The Lazy Cow’ is a fun local pub and hotel, quirky inside and out, which took up a couple of hours.
It got me thinking about the future of little shops such as the booksellers and the local food suppliers, and my shopping habits. With all these large multi-national websites and supermarkets, it’s becoming far too easy to just continue with the one-stop cheapest option, despite our good intentions. (as I’m guiltily remembering me recently uttering the words “Oh I’ll just get it off Amazon” ). But I suppose if we want these independents to still be here in a few years time, we’ve got to actually start using them now; they aren’t going to run off fresh air just waiting to provide a nice little experience for us on a day out. We’ve actually got to regularly part with some cash in them (so I vow to no longer only browse!) and use their facilities. There and then I made a resolution to reduce my trips to the supermarket and get my fresh food from my local markets and shops, and to never again begrudge the extra couple of pounds on the price from a small UK business. Which I’m sure means that I’m going to be eating better food, buying more original gifts, benefiting from all the experience from an expert producer, and overall experiencing a much better, quality, shopping experience.
Anyone else agree?