Written by

Suzie Eisfelder
January 15, 2016

Today’s Friday Photos is brought to you by Blarney Books, Port Fairy. Not that they’re paying me but it does sound more official.

You can see from the photo they take up a whole building with a lovely Norfolk Pine sitting outside giving shade. I could have taken ever so many more photos as Blarney Books is far more than just selling books and as I review my photos I realise they don’t do anything justice.

Blarney Book outside
Blarney Book outside

This photo separates the art from the books…sort of. The day I walked in there Jo was in the throes of preparing to host the opening of an art exhibition that night. The area to the right of this tower is a large, airy room for the artworks and the area to the left with one bookshelf is a rather much larger room with books for sale and more artwork.

So much in this shop. Not just books but also artwork, tables and chairs to sit and read (or escape from the heat) and also a chess set ready and waiting for someone to sit and play.

Book Tower
Book Tower

I’m going backwards here. This photo was taken outside. When you walk up the path you find yourself on a covered front porch with a seat and this Little Free Library helping to prove you don’t always need a lot of books in a library.

Little Free Library
Little Free Library

This poor photo is Moby Dick Horation Hornblower (as corrected by Jo, the owner of Blarney Books). I don’t always agree with artwork made from books but this is so, so clever. The artist has made the words spill out into the water.

Moby Dick
Moby Dick

Jo was very kind and let me put business cards for the Victorian Discworld Klatch in all the Terry Pratchett books as well as suggesting I leave some on her desk. She also tried to enable my addiction to button badges but I resisted as I knew my work would be finishing up a couple of weeks later and if I end up studying full time this year money would be challenging.

  1. It was a pleasure to meet you, Suzie, and to discuss with you the literary merits of both Pratchett and Gaiman! Happy to support your Pratchett Fan Club too! We’ll look forward to seeing you again! (PS: The artwork above was inspired by the Horatio Hornblower series!) Cheers, Jo.

    1. I didn’t want to spend too long discussing as you looked incredibly busy with the opening that night.

      Ah! I didn’t remember Hornblower and didn’t zoom in to check the writing on the card, I made certain to get that card in the photo on purpose. Thanks for the correction!

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