13 May 2007

Christian Aid book sale 2007

Each year, for Christian Aid Week, a week-long booksale is held at St Andrew’s & St George’s Church on George Street in Edinburgh. Since I first found out about the sale around ten years ago, I’ve been going at least once every two years. As well as books, the sale also includes toys, paintings, ephemera, antiques and collectibles, and has a café which usually serves delicious soup.

The large numbers of people attending the first day of the sale meant I spent three hours yesterday being pushed, shoved, bumped into and trampled on, but it was well worth it. My new shopping bags from Ikea and Paperchase came in very handy for all my purchases! Unfortunately, however, due to a technical problem, there was no soup on offer! Also, the weather didn’t match up to the glorious sunshine of some other years.

Here’s what I bought:
St Basil’s Cathedral ornament (for Mum)Carved Chinese scene in glass case
A Pocketful of Proverbs by Joan Walsh Anglund
A Cup of Sun by Joan Walsh Anglund
A Little Book of Old Rhymes by Cicely Mary Barker
The High House, Emma’s Island, Emma in Love by Honor Arundel
The Mystery of the Pantomime Cat by Enid Blyton
The Land of Oz by L Frank Baum (for Paul)
Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards
Life and Works of Charles Rennie Mackintosh by Nathaniel Harris
The Encyclopedia of Watercolour Techniques by Hazel Harrison
The Encyclopedia of Coloured Pencil Techniques by Judy Martin
Unfolding Pictures – Fans in the Royal Collection
Springs of Roman Wisdom (for Mum)
Quellen Oestlicker Weisheit (Springs of Oriental Wisdom)
A Japanese Mirror by Ian Baruma
Travelers’ Tales Guides – Japan
Zen Rock Gardening
The Little Tofu Book by Linda Sonntag
Guide to Nikko Toshogu Shrine (where I was exactly a year ago!)

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