Some more photos from new photobook,
A Parade of Shops. This time, a selection of shop windows. Above is Ernest Whiteley & Co in Bridlington, a truly stunning ladies outfitter, comfortable in its time warp. More photos at Modern Mooch.
This is the window of
J.M. Barnardo in Dublin, who claim to be the world’s oldest furrier. Opened in 1812, the founder’s son Dr Thomas John went on to found Barnardo’s charity.
I find this arrangement, from a ladies’ clothes shop in Biggar, very soothing to look at.
Finally, one of the few remaining joke shops,
Tam Shepherd’s. Serving Glasgow’s guisers, partygoers and budding magicians since 1886. Still family run, its windows are always a treat to look at.
A Parade of Shops is available for £8 including UK P+P. See more of what’s inside.
After much swithering, I’ve finished photobook 3:
Little Shops. As the title suggests, it’s a book full of little shops, shopfronts and shop windows – from the historic to the hysterical.
Here’s a sneak peak of what’s inside – Part 1: The classics
John R. Ferguson, Gatehouse of Fleet
C. Antoniou, 248 Gray’s Inn Road, London
J.D. Adam, 29 St David St, Brechin (shopfront now gone)
Ferrier & Mackinnon, 129 High Street, Burntisland
Little Shops is available to pre-order for £8 including postage. It will be published in early May.
Here’s a new photobook called
Chips and Ice Cream. It’s a collection of 60 photos of classic cafes and chippies – a follow-up to Beside the Seaside.
The Ritz, Millport
These photos have been taken over the past 17 years, in cafes around the UK.
Some are legendary and have become tourist attractions in their own right.
The Savoy, Brechin
Others are quiet – out of the way and beautifully peaceful.
Kings Cafe/Queens Cafe, Glasgow (RIP)
Many of them have closed now. Two Glasgow cafes that have been open forever closed while I was editing the book, which makes the ones remaining feel even more precious. Support your local caff!
Copies cost £8 from the
shop. Price includes UK postage.
While we’re on the subject of
islands, here’s Luing, from a visit in 2017.
Luing is one of the Slate Islands, in the same group as
There is a
small car ferry that runs from North Cuan on the mainland to South Cuan on Luing.
It is quite an unusual shape. The crossing takes about 5 minutes.
The island itself is great for walking. We walked from the ferry landing to Cullipool, the main settlement, and visited the
Atlantic Islands Heritage Centre.
It was very picturesque and unspoilt – an easy way to get away from it all.
Following on from
What I did on my summer holidays: Part two – Kerrera
Island 3: Lismore
Lismore is an island in the Inner Hebrides, reachable from Oban.
It is 10 miles long (but fairly thin) and takes some time to explore.
There are beautiful views everywhere.
And a lot of history. The
Lismore Gaelic Heritage Centre tells the story of the island.
Two ferries run to Lismore. The larger car ferry operated by
Caledonian MacBrayne runs from Oban to Achnacroish in the centre of the island. The journey takes around 1 hour. Booking is recommended.
At the north end of the island, a
smaller passenger ferry runs between Point on Lismore, and Port Appin on the mainland. The crossing takes around 10 minutes.
We visited on a hot, clear day and it was spectacular. I look forward to visiting again for a better look.
Following on from
What I did on my summer holidays: Part one – Easdale
Island 2: Kerrera
Kerrera is a small island near Oban. Cars are allowed for residents only.
Kerrera ferry runs from Gallanach, 2 miles from Oban – follow the road round from the main ferry terminal until you get to the slipway.
The MV Carvoria is the
smallest ferry in Calmac’s fleet. The crossing takes around 5 minutes, carries 12 passengers, and does not usually need to be booked.
There isn’t a lot to do on Kerrera apart from walk, but the walks are scenic, and full of wildlife. I was accompanied by a while-tailed sea eagle flying along the shore.
Kerrera Tea Garden and Bunkhouse is a good landmark to aim for (open seasonally), and there is a well-stocked farm shop up the hill from the ferry landing.
What I did on my holidays: Part three – Lismore