It might be shrouded in fog today but my little town is still looking beautiful.
It's battled hard through these tough times and doing great,thanks to some really positive people who live and work here and fight for it. (I'm at the cool hairdresser's this morning - I'm not cool at all but they're lovely - and how fab are these tables!) Now we've got more ace independent shops than you can shake a stick at, including what I think is the best bookshop in the world.
Although I've been hopeless about blogging about it, I've been joining in with Laura's http://circleofpinetrees.com/category/the-year-in-books/ marvellous project #theyearinbooks
I don't get into town as often these days to physically choose a book in the shop, but they do have a great ordering service and I can collect when I pop in. If, rarely, they can't get what I want I came across this ace alternative to Amazon, recommended to me on twitter.
Through Hive Books http://www.hive.co.uk/books/books/01/ you can still get a great discount but also choose to support your local bookshop who get a donation from the sale. What a great idea! And of course your local bookshop pays tax too! I'll be buying all my online books this way. Maybe worth a look?
(Please be aware this is a genuine post about my passion for supporting local shops and businesses. I've not been sponsored to say this x)