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Great Expectations - But Hard Times! (PiP) HBM

Great Expectations - But Hard Times!   (PiP)     HBM
Wigtown is known as Scotland's National Book Town and has many second hand book stores with cafes and restaurants also selling books. An annual book festival is held here. The books in this dispaly were originally real books, but in the PiP from this year they look to have been replaced with carved books. It is a shame to see how the store seems to have deteriorated and has hardly any books in the window display. The store prides itself on being 'the largest in Scotland'. A huge expectation but it seems to have fallen on hard times. I have added a song from a singer whose stage name was 'Charles Dickens', as of course both the books int the title were written by Charles Dickens.

Wigtown is in Wigtownshire, part of the Dumfries and Galloway district of Scotland and is a pleasant place to visit with a central park and very wide main street as well as a variety of small shops.

The link is 'The Way Love Goes' by Charles Dickens

www.youtube.com/watch?v=De0hcdFABa0

Charles Dickens' real name is David Anthony and he toured with the Rolling Stones in 1965. After a brief career as a singer he returned to his original career as a photographer

Smiley Derleth, micritter, Gabi Lombardo, Léopold and 53 other people have particularly liked this photo


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 Ecobird
Ecobird club
DSC08104
6 weeks ago.
 Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly) club
Great information and two superb images from a sleepy part of Dumfries and Galloway,
HBM and a good week
6 weeks ago.
Ecobird club
has replied to Roger (Grisly) club
Thank you very much Roger. It was very quiet that day. I am hoping the lack of books in the window means they have sold a lot of their stock but I am not sure that is the case.

HBM and have a good week
6 weeks ago.
 Günter Klaus
Günter Klaus club
Das wäre echt schade,wenn es das nicht mehr geben täte liebe Carol,es ist doch so ein schöner Anblick,wie man in deinen schönen Aufnahmen sieht :))

Wünsche noch einen schönen Nachmittag,ganz liebe Grüße Güni :))
6 weeks ago.
Ecobird club
has replied to Günter Klaus club
Thank you Guni. I hope the lack of books in the window means they have sold a lot of stock but I guess they have suffered in more ways than one, - covid restrictions would have lost them business as would the trend towards ereaders A shame as there is room for both in this world.
Times are hard though so we may see a resurgence of interest in books

Have a good week
6 weeks ago.
Günter Klaus club
has replied to Ecobird club
Da bin ich bei dir liebe Carol,die Zeiten sind wieder gekommen,wo man alles wieder mehr schätzen sollte,natürlich hat auch Corona dazu etwas beigetragen:))

Wünsche noch einen schönen Tagesausklang,ganz liebe Grüße Güni :))
6 weeks ago.
 Fred Fouarge
Fred Fouarge club
HBM carol
6 weeks ago.
Ecobird club
has replied to Fred Fouarge club
Thank you very much Fred
HBM and a good new week to you
6 weeks ago.
 Dominique 60
Dominique 60 club
cette façade est absolument magnifique carol !!
bonne semaine mon amie .
6 weeks ago.
Ecobird club
has replied to Dominique 60 club
Thank you very much Dominique. I am pleased you like it.
Have a lovely week ahead
6 weeks ago.
 Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen club
beautiful image and an interesting note.
(like the PiP even more carol).
hBM and enjoy the rest of the week.
6 weeks ago.
Ecobird club
has replied to Jaap van 't Veen club
Thank you very much Jaap. Although it has deteriorated somewhat since 2007 I wanted a photo to compare them.
Wigtown also has an impressive town hall, formerly the Wigtown Sheriff Court.

HBM and have a good week
6 weeks ago.
 Nora Caracci
Nora Caracci club
my place !!!
lovely series, HopefulBM & new week !
6 weeks ago.
Ecobird club
has replied to Nora Caracci club
Thank you Nora. I hope they have stock left inside!! If not I am sure you would find what you are looking for in one of the many book shops or in one of the cafes and restaurants that all seem to have books available!!

HBM and have a lovely week
6 weeks ago.
 Jean-Paul
Jean-Paul club
Thank you for this story!
6 weeks ago.
Ecobird club
has replied to Jean-Paul club
Thank you Jean-Paul. You are welcome!

HBM and have a good week
6 weeks ago.
 tiabunna
tiabunna club
Great images and information, Carol. I gather that (here at least) used books currently have almost no value. HBM and have a great week.
6 weeks ago.
Ecobird club
has replied to tiabunna club
Thank you very much George. Sadly you are right, - the majority have little monetary value but to a book lover each find it a little treasure! Even in a dedicated book town I wouldn't imagine there is a lot of money to be made and suspect for many it is more a labour of love than to make a profit. Ereaders. kindle etc have become the norm for many, and I get that you can read at night with no bedside lamp, you don't lose your page and you can carry a bookcase with you in your bag and you can adjust the print size which is good for old or tired eyes. They have their place but there are still a lot of people who love the feel of a real book, as I do. Probably they would be the same ones who like to have a real cd or a real dvd. Guilty as charged!!

HBM and have a good week
6 weeks ago.
 Doug Shepherd
Doug Shepherd club
Very nicely recorded shots of this bookshop Carol. Your title describes the pictures very nicely, unfortunately hard times seem to be the norm just now.

HBM and enjoy the rest of the week, Doug
6 weeks ago.
Ecobird club
has replied to Doug Shepherd club
Thank you very much Doug. Yes that is true. I hope things will improve, but think we are all in for a bit of a bumpy ride!

HBM and have a good week
6 weeks ago.
 Walter 7.8.1956
Walter 7.8.1956 club
HBM Ecobird!
6 weeks ago.
Ecobird club
has replied to Walter 7.8.1956 club
Thank you very much Walter
HBM and have a good week
6 weeks ago.
 TonyF*
TonyF* club
I love independent book stores. Have a good week!
6 weeks ago.
Ecobird club
has replied to TonyF* club
Thank you very much Tony. There are a lot of them here! I could lose myself for hours in bookshops like this

Have a lovely new week
6 weeks ago.
 Herb Riddle
Herb Riddle club
Been here Carol. A long time ago now and not a photo like this to be had. Great shot. Well done.

Cheers and HBM. Herb
6 weeks ago.
Ecobird club
has replied to Herb Riddle club
Thank you very much Herb. I had to keep the shot tight in the main image in particular because of parked cars, but it was very quiet on this latest visit. Even then it was difficult to get a shot of the town hall which is quite an impressive looking building, originally the Sheriff Court, as there are always parked cars.

Have a good week. HBM
6 weeks ago.
 Edna Edenkoben
Edna Edenkoben club
Well, I do hope they'll be able to keep it open. It looks like a lovely and enchanted place! I'm sure you can find some rare and unusual books there.
And the song is so 1960ies :-)

HBM, Carol, and have a great new week!
6 weeks ago.
Ecobird club
has replied to Edna Edenkoben club
Thank you very much Edna. Yes I do too. Hopefully things will pick up again. I could lose hours wandering around bookshops like this.

Charles Dickens, unlike the author wasn't very prolific and soon went back to fashion photography.
Not the best of songs or singers but it had to be done given the Charles Dickens' books I used as my title!!

HBM and have a lovely week
6 weeks ago. Edited 6 weeks ago.
 Ulrich John
Ulrich John club
Thanks for your explanations and the nice picture ! HBM and a good week ahead, Carol !
6 weeks ago.
Ecobird club
has replied to Ulrich John club
Thank you very much Ulrich
HBM and have a good week
6 weeks ago.
 Andy Rodker
Andy Rodker club
A cheerful shot, despite the evidence of 'Hard Times'!! :o)
Music is simple enough and quite cheerful. A good find re the name and I think it's why I remembered it vaguely from a long time ago!
6 weeks ago.
Ecobird club
has replied to Andy Rodker club
Thank you very much Andy. To be honest I didn't remember the song at all or him. As you say it is ok but nothing I would have rushed out to buy. I only used it because his name fitted the title so well! When I found it I couln't resist!

Have a good week
6 weeks ago.
 jyryk58
jyryk58 club
awesome... :-)
6 weeks ago.
Ecobird club
has replied to jyryk58 club
Thank you very much Jyryk. Really appreciated
Have a lovely week
6 weeks ago.
 Xata
Xata club
Libraries killed by kindle… but for me nothing will ever replace a real book.
HBM Carol
6 weeks ago.
Ecobird club
has replied to Xata club
I do tend to agree with you Isabel. There is nothing like holding a real book in your hand. I must admit I do own a kindle and it has it's place, - as you get older or when your eyes are tired being able to change the font size helps and being able to adjust the light so that you can read at night. Also being limited in space i sadly have no room for the hundred of books I would like to keep so I buy the books I really want to keep and buy the cheap or free ones on kindle as well. A compromise, but one I can live with.

HBM and hav a good week Isabel. I hope you are feeling better today
6 weeks ago.
 TOZ
TOZ club
Love the book coloms Carol.
HBM have a good week
TOZ
6 weeks ago.
Ecobird club
has replied to TOZ club
Thank you very much TOZ. They are cool aren't they?

HBM and have a good week
6 weeks ago.
 trester88
trester88 club
Was für ein netter Buchladen! Da kann man gleich die neue Lektüre lesen.
HBM und einen guten Start in die Woche, Carol!
6 weeks ago.
Ecobird club
has replied to trester88 club
Thank you very much Wilhelm. It is nice to see so many independent bookstores in one place.
HBM and have a good week
6 weeks ago.
 Boarischa Krautmo
Boarischa Krautmo club
Didn't know that Charles Dickens was a musician ;-))))))
but a wonderfully designed book shop.
HBM and have a wonderful week!
6 weeks ago.
Ecobird club
has replied to Boarischa Krautmo club
Thank you very much Markus. To be fair he wasn't nearly as prolific or successful as the
original ;-)))) He only had a couple of very minor hits like the one in the link, and a film to his name before returning to photography. He appears to have dated the model Celia Hammond and been friendly with Chrissie Shrimpton and that is all I could find out. I had never heard of him but when I found the pseudonym he used as a singer I couln't resist using him as my link!!

HBM and have a great week
6 weeks ago.
 Armando Taborda
Armando Taborda club
Fabulous the old book shop, compared with the new one. The information you provide is always of great interest, Carol! Thanks for your precious details!
6 weeks ago.
Ecobird club
has replied to Armando Taborda club
Thank you very much Armando. Sad times really and I hope things improve in the long slow haul to recovery following covid. It would be good to see bookshops like this surviving and becoming more popular

Have a good week
6 weeks ago.
 Trudy Tuinstra
Trudy Tuinstra club
HBM, interesting story, enjoy this week
6 weeks ago.
Ecobird club
has replied to Trudy Tuinstra club
Thank you vry much Trudy. Have a good week
6 weeks ago.
 William Sutherland
William Sutherland club
Superb capture! HBM! Stay well!

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6 weeks ago.
Ecobird club
has replied to William Sutherland club
Thank you vey much William. Stay well and enjoy the rest of your week
6 weeks ago.
 Paulo Moreira
Paulo Moreira club
Love it.
HBM Carol.
6 weeks ago.
Ecobird club
has replied to Paulo Moreira club
Thank you very much Paulo.

HBM and have a good week
6 weeks ago.
 * ઇઉ *
* ઇઉ * club
The PiP presents a real sad sight of the same bookstore,
but both photos are wonderful documents of the times.
Thanks for the information, Carol.
For this lovely antiquarian bookstore, let's hope it survives the crises of our time
and flourishes again, if the stock wasn't simply sold almost completely.
Despite everything, I wish you a pleasant week.
6 weeks ago.
Ecobird club
has replied to * ઇઉ * club
Thank you very much * ઇઉ *. I do hope it survives. The next book festival starts on 23rd September so this may give this shop and all the other little independent book stores a boost. You never know, - with the prices of ebooks seemingly rising there may well be a resurgence in the appeal of real books.

Despite hard times I did note the water bowls beneath the seat. Presumably these are for their canine visitors and not the bookworms;-)))

Have a lovely week ahead
6 weeks ago.
 Christa1004
Christa1004 club
The kind of shop I love, also the book pillars, great idea. A very belated HBM, Carol.
6 weeks ago.
Ecobird club
has replied to Christa1004 club
Thank you very much Christa. Me too, - and the book pillars are cool, aren't they? Not real books any more but no doubt the carved ones are more practical!!

HBm and enjoy the rest of your week Christa.
6 weeks ago.
 Ruesterstaude
Ruesterstaude club
Das Lädchen hier sieht aber sehr gepflegt aus. Hoffentlich bleibt es erhalten!
schöne Grüße zur anderen Seite des Kanals!
6 weeks ago.
 Ecobird
Ecobird club
Thank you very much Volker. I do hope so.
Warm wishes from a very wet and stormy England, - but at least it is appreciatively cooler!!
6 weeks ago.
 Annemarie
Annemarie club
Beautiful!
6 weeks ago.
Ecobird club
has replied to Annemarie club
Thank you very much Annemarie. Really appreciated
6 weeks ago.
 Patrick Brandy
Patrick Brandy club
Une belle devanture c'est très beau bonne journée
6 weeks ago.
Ecobird club
has replied to Patrick Brandy club
Thank you very much Patrick. Have a lovely evening
6 weeks ago.
 Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland club
Wonderful photo.
6 weeks ago.
Ecobird club
has replied to Don Sutherland club
Thank you very much Don. Realy appreciated
5 weeks ago.
 Heide
Heide club
I really like these old bookstores and especially your beautiful picture.
We have a crime series "Tatort"(Site of Crime) in which a bookseller acts as a detective.
You see this bookstore in a lot of scenes and I can't get enough of it.

Have still a good week, Carol
6 weeks ago.
Ecobird club
has replied to Heide club
Thank you very much Heide. That sounds like my sort of series, - crime and books!! I have passed my love of books on to my younger daughter. We took her car for service and repair and had hours to wait, - we spent most of it in the bookshop and the rest in the coffee shops with our purchases!
5 weeks ago.
 ©UdoSm
©UdoSm club
A great visual eye-catcher...
6 weeks ago.
Ecobird club
has replied to ©UdoSm club
Thank you very much Udo.
5 weeks ago.
 Gillian Everett
Gillian Everett club
What a brilliant bookshop, so characterful
5 weeks ago.
Ecobird club
has replied to Gillian Everett club
Thank you very much Gillian. A dream for a bookworm like me!!

Have a lovely evening
5 weeks ago.
 Andrea Ertl
Andrea Ertl club
Wie hübsch mit der grünen Tür umrahmt von den Bänken.
5 weeks ago.
Ecobird club
has replied to Andrea Ertl club
Thank you very much Andrea.

Have a lovely week
5 weeks ago.
 Peter_Private_Box
Peter_Private_Box club
Hi Carol
A wonderful and interesting picture, which I like very much!
Unfortunately people don't seem to have books any more. They stroke their phones, and watch the telly.. That seems to occupy their minds!
Best Wishes, a nice weekend, and stay safe!!
Peter
5 weeks ago.
Ecobird club
has replied to Peter_Private_Box club
Thank you very much Peter. We rarely put the televison on but I know what you mean.
For me though there will always be room in my life for books. I have to be more selective now as our flat is quite small but I still love my books!!

Have a lovely week ahead
5 weeks ago.
 Gabi Lombardo
Gabi Lombardo club
It woulb be a town for me who read a lot ( mostly paper books)! I hope this wonderful store will pick up again!!!
4 weeks ago.

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