Sunday, 16 October 2011

The Book Barge


Two things to intrigue me in Saltaire on Friday... the old car I showed yesterday and this narrowboat.  The ice-cream boat has disappeared from its mooring on the canal.  I suppose the weather is getting a bit too autumnal for anyone to want ice-cream.  Last winter it remained moored there but was vandalised, so perhaps they have decided not to risk that this winter.  Anyway, in its place was The Book Barge, doing exactly what that suggests - selling books.  And - isn't Google marvellous? - I have found out all about it here.  If you read their blog here you'll discover they had quite an adventure on the way to Saltaire.  Unfortunately I didn't have time to hang round in Saltaire on Friday to chat to them - but if the barge stays around for a few days, I'll see what I can do.  Meantime, we can enjoy the thought of people doing innovative things on boats - hooray! - and also make the most of the lovely autumn colours in Roberts Park, all golden in the evening sunshine.

11 comments:

  1. What a novel idea! I do hope you get to chat to the owners sometime, before they pull up anchor and move further upriver. Your photograph is so lovely, but yours ALWAYS are!!!

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  2. Looks like they're headed my way - just in time for me to be somewhere else!
    Interesting idea though.

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  3. Very impressive project. Let's hope it catches on.

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  4. Hi Jenny, thanks for this fascinating post; a novel (no pun intended!) idea indeed - I genuinely wish them well in the venture. Despite the modern technological trends, I am confident there is still a large number of prospective clients who enjoy curling up with a good book.

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  5. How I wish we had one on these! We're down to representatives of the national chains who only stock what sells in New York and LA. I guess that's why we end up shopping for books in outdoor stores, and Amazon. OBTW,what a witty blogger this floating bookshop owner is! Jim

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  6. A great idea on many points: the boat lives again, books are brought to people, no speed here to read or to move.. I hope you'll be able to talk with those people!

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  7. Wonderful idea and what a lifestyle!

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  8. I love that boat:) I changed my blog name, so you can find me on http://coloured-bubbles.blogspot.com/ . A beautiful Monday!

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  9. I've never heard of anything like this! How very cool! :)

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  10. Another fascinating story from and about about Saltaire, Jenny.

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  11. This is such a unique feature to have in your village. I always admire when someone comes up with really cool innovative ideas like this! ~Lili

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