Saturday, August 22

Flea Market Saturday: Quirky Old Favorites

While poking around on the internet trying to identify the manor house in a WWII photo of U.S. airmen stationed at Old Buckenham Airfield near Attleborough, Norfolk, I came across a decidedly quirky bookshop in Derbyshire called Scarthin Books.

Besides new and used books for all ages, it offers rare and antique tomes. Its Cafe Philosophique offers food for the mind as well as the body.

Located next to a millpond on The Promenade in Cromford, Scarthin Books claims to be "Britain's most enjoyable Bookshop".

After exploring the site, I heartily agree!

But back to Norfolk...

Holkam Hall, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, England

Holkham Hall was originally built by Thomas William Coke (pronounced "cook"). For more on Sir Thomas and the history of Holkham, see the current Viscount Coke's Welcome.

Heather Carroll of The Duchess of Devonshire's Gossip Guide To The 18th Century (whew! what a mouthful!) also has a lovely piece on Sir Thomas, plus a treasure-trove of other delicious tidbits about the Duchess of D's contemporaries.

Agatha Christie fans will be thrilled to learn a previously
unknown Hercule Poirot tale called The Capture Of Cerberus
has been pieced together from 60-year-old notebooks
discovered at Dame Agatha's home in Devon.

The short story is the first Poirot published in 34 years.
Read it in yesterday's Daily Mail.

While we're on the subject of much-loved characters from books...

Twyla and Lindsey of Two Crazy Crafters are hosting a blog party for that perennial favorite, The Wizard of Oz!

Pop on over and take an enchanting trip down the Yellow Brick Road.

"There's no place like home...
there's no place like home

Have a great weekend!

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1 comment:

Nora Johnson said...

Derbyshire is, like a good many English counties (Cornwall & Devon are others) that abound in quirky customs & traditions. I often used to visit the Peak District (a national park & its most attractive part) very often since it's only 2 hrs from central London. One tradition is well dressing; another relates to the bubonic plague that struck the town of Eyam in the centre of the Peak District in 1665. Eyam went into voluntary isolation.
Almost 350 years later a remembrance service is still held every Plague Sunday (the last Sunday in August ie next Sunday) at Cucklett Delf, Eyam.

All in all, a fascinating (and beautiful) county!

An interesting post - thanks for sharing!

Hope you're having a great weekend too,

xxLola & Nora:)
PS thanks for stopping by; glad you enjoyed the fun!