Thursday, August 18, 2011
We were in Santa Barbara today for Rainer's clinic appointment, and we did all sorts of fun things before and after, including a visit to Chaucer's. Independently owned bookstores are getting pretty rare around here these days. We have a used bookstore here in town, and a Barnes and Noble we sometimes go to in Ventura, but this is the only indy bookstore I know of around here. It's always fun for a visit, although I've never been here sans kids, so have never gotten a chance to really linger and look around.
The aisles are long and narrow. The bookshelves are wooden and very high. There were a ton of people shopping today--it was hard to get a shot without people in it.
The journal section was so appealing.
I loved the looks of this book . . .
. . . and these fancy notecards . . .
. . . and the Miss Read books.
The children's section is large and crowded as well.
I loved the Ragedy Ann stories as a child, did you? I'm still enchanted with the idea of toys having a life of their own, when people are not looking.
I like this cute logo on the back of the bag.
After the bookstore we went to Gelson's. Dieter and I wanted water (we were not prepared with our Klean Kanteens, alas!) and a Lara bar. Gelson's is a fancy grocery store--it's always fun to go in there and look around. Anyway, there are outdoor tables and chairs in front of the grocery store, and as we came out I saw the cutest eldery couple enjoying a meal together at one of them. They were really old--all white haired and frail looking. She was eating a pasta salad. They had a half gallon carton of Arnold Palmer on the table. He was digging into a pint of Haagen Daaz. I absolutely loved the whole scene and would loved to have stared at them a bit longer and take it all in. I love people watching.