Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Books can be so much fun!

Books open so much of the world around us!  I know of people who don't have one single book in their homes!  To me, books are friends to be taken from the bookshelf and enjoyed over and over again.

Someone said to me the other day that books are dull and too serious!

I don't agree.  I visited the Rainy Day Bookshop today just to see what the window display would be this week!   Bees and Bee Keeping.   In amongst all the books I could see Pooh Bear, some little "bees", a beautifully knitted Beehive Teacosy, cheeky sunflowers and all sorts of things that make a person smile.

And that's what we need sometimes.  Things to make us smile.

If there's one thing you find at Rainy Day Books it's an ample supply of books surrounded by plenty of smiles.

Have a look at the attached recent Window Displays Page to see some more.

© 2011 Rosemary - an avid bookreader and regular visitor to Rainy Day Books.

Thursday, June 16, 2011


Another busy week here, the recent Wildlife Rescue Centre day was a great success with lots of funds being raised for the local Possum Lady and her centre. The window display of stuffed Australian wildlife looked wonderful, the shop was full of local wildlife artwork and wild artists and plenty of kids (old and young) to pet Mordred the tawny frogmouth. Not an owl but a nightjar, so I can’t use that beautiful term “A parliament of owls”. I learnt this on the day along with more information than I needed about regurgitation, etc.

The window has now changed to a Graham Base book display with posters from Animalia and most of his other children’s titles for sale, but they won’t be there for long. Looking forward to an very early spring display it will be changed to bees and beekeeping as soon as I get the bees trained to sit still and look interesting.

I have added lots of new militaria to the shelves this week and also have received on consignment a very old family Holy Bible. It is a beautiful brass bound with brass catches, 1850s volume. It was published in Melbourne and is in excellent condition.  

Yesterday the shop was abuzz with a “stack of librarians” and we had a very D&M about the state of the reading world and it’s future.

Hope to see you soon at the Best Little Bookshop in the Hills.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Meryll’s latest reads!

Donna Ball
Keys to the castle
Light weight but satisfying romance set in a French chateau, with an English man and an American woman struggling over a complicated inheritance in a crumbling chateau. Written by the author of the Ladybug farm series.
Tony Kevin
Walking the Camino
A special interest of mine, I am fascinated by the Santiago pilgrimages, I will do this walk in another life. This interesting book covers the religious aspects, the solitude, the food and the travel descriptions. Written by an overweight, sedentary, 63 year old, former Australian diplomat.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Mountains of Books!

Used, rare & out-of-print book fair
Ferny Creek in the Yarra Ranges

Melbourne Cup Weekend – October 29 & 30, 2011

Mountains of Books, the annual bookfest organised by second-hand and specialist booksellers from the Yarra Ranges and beyond, will be held on Melbourne Cup weekend, October 29 and 30.

Since Mountains of Books was first held four years ago the book trade has undergone huge changes, with Kindles and Ipads now a large component of the new book market. However the thrill of a secondhand find is not part of the ebook revolution. Because of the paperless reading revolution, regional bookfairs continue to attract crowds of booklovers, enthused by the adventure of chasing an elusive title, reclaiming childhood favourites, or simply picking up holiday reading at a good price – books you don’t have to stop reading when the aircraft starts its descent.

With this in mind, Mountains of Books will continue to champion traditional bookselling by bringing together a dozen knowledgeable and friendly booksellers offering thousands of used and out-of-print titles, including an eclectic range of fiction and non-fiction titles including collectibles in genres such as children’s books, cookery, art, fashion, Australiana, gardening and militaria.

Mountains of Books will held in Ferny Creek, less than an hour east of the CBD, in a picturesque setting opposite Sherbrooke Forest, with ample parking, playground and picnic facilities on site. The tourist meccas of Sassafras and Olinda are a short drive away.

Further information: 
Meryll Williams         Rainy Day Books     03 9762 0862 

In brief:
4th annual used, rare & out-of-print book fair
Saturday October 29           10am – 4pm
Sunday October 30             10am – 4pm
Ferny Creek Recreational Reserve Hall, Cnr Hilton and Clarkmont Roads, Ferny Creek, 3786
(Melways map 75 D1).

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Winter Time in the Dandenongs!

This is the time of the year when a good book can prove its worth many times over.   Shorter days, longer nights.  Frosty mornings, rainy days, and the need to find a favourite chair, enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and get that book down from the bookcase that you've been promising yourself to start reading.  It's a time to relax and make the most of both the weather and the opportunity to expand your list of favourite authors and to venture out into new and fascinating areas of writing.