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A BOOK WARMING: Ross Burnett Bookshop Uralla

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The main street of Uralla as seen from Burnett's cafe

The main street of Uralla as seen from Burnett’s cafe

A cold winters day – we head down towards our AIR in Muswellbrook after over-nighting in chilly Glen Innes. The sun weakly lights the landscape in the highlands of Northern NSW.

Arriving in Uralla we head for the Ross Burnett Bookshop. Whenever we have come through this way this has been an important destination for us. For to peruse the shelves of his second-hand and rare books is a journey of a different kind. Burnett’s ephemera collection is also worth a shuffle through.

We entered the shop and made our way past tall shelves of interesting books to the centre of the building. There surrounded by philosophy, art, Australiana, Literary Criticism, Poetry we some welcoming lounge chairs and a log fire . . .

What else could one need to warm the mind and the body!

Vicky in book Nirvana

Vicky in book Nirvana

To complete the sensorial and intellectual experience we had lunch in Burnett’s adjacent café. Also warmed by a fire, we treated ourselves with the minestrone soup with fresh bread. All this was a far cry from the normal on the road lunch stop: a pie, maybe a Coke and a quick walk down the main street.

Reluctantly we had to return to our journey south. But we will be back when you return Ross. . . !

Doug finds a book ...

Doug finds a book …

 

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Written by Cooper+Spowart

July 2, 2013 at 10:41 pm

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  1. Looks an amazing bookshop. Must put it on my ‘must do’ list next time I am down that way.

    jan ramsay

    August 26, 2013 at 9:47 am


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