It's with great sadness that we have had to pull out of the offer on our prospective premises.
The terms were agreed back in November and since then it's been frustrating waiting for things to move forward. Once they finally did, there were a few issues with the lease that we attempted to resolve, unfortunately these could not be rectified by both parties and so we took the decision to focus our attention on other avenues.
We could have moved in next week and struggled by for the entire full-term of the lease but this would have put the business in jeopardy and my family through a very tough time. The idea of The Big Comfy Bookshop is to involve the community giving them a place to meet, get involved in clubs, have a relaxing comfy environment and to showcase the wonderful talents of the local people be it musicians, poets, crafters or cake-makers. Moving forward into the premises would have made some of this not possible and put a great strain on some and we're dedicated to creating a place for the community to grow, and to create longevity.
Although this is a sad day, we have already found several other properties that may suit the business and hopefully something will happen sooner rather than later.
In the meantime we have decided to go out into the community by getting involved in local fairs. On April 1st, we will be selling books at the Easter Family Fun Day at The Pavillion in Stockingford. We will be attending as many fairs as we can get to, not just to sell our books (you can still buy from the website www.thebigcomfybookshop.co.uk) but to meet the people of this town.
One other positive is the feedback we have had from crafters wishing to sell through the shop. Many fantastic artists and small businesses will have their designs for sale in the shop, from handbags and scarves, to earrings and necklaces, to paintings and quilts, AND MORE! You can sell through the shop too if you like and you are local (Warwickshire/South Leicestershire). Even though we're not open, we will be promoting all these great people through this blog and on our Facebook and Twitter accounts.
We hope to come back with some good news soon regarding opening as it's why I quit my job in the first place. The Big Comfy Bookshop is 100% Full Time!
After finishing Pride and Prejudice on the Aldiko e-reader I decided to just read one book at a time, that book being The Hunger Games, however, once I was sat with my son fast asleep on me I only had my phone with me so I decided to read the only other book that was already on the e-reader, that of White Fang. Those that read the blog will know I fell in love with Call of the Wild by Jack London so I was really excited to start reading.
I was not impressed. From the start I couldn't connect with any of the characters (I know, they are animals, but they each have their own personality, something that shone in Call of the Wild). I really couldn't care less about any of the wolves, the people or, as was described so well in Call of the Wild, the landscape.
It was written as a mirror image companion piece for Call of the Wild, with that book going from the safe, mundane, tame environment of a house, through to gradually being pulled to the wild. White Fang reversed this with the vicious wolf going from the wild, through to ownership, through to a house pet. There were a few good moments in, my favourite being the snivelling dog-napper Beaty Smith and his fighting dogs, but for the majority is was a chore to read.
It's given a pretty harsh 5 cushions.
I've started The Great Gatsby now on the Aldiko and I'm half way through.