Wednesday, December 31, 2008

A Visit to the Montague Book Mill


A great place to idle the time away...




The Montague Bookmill
is a used bookstore housed in an 1842 gristmill, set
on the banks of the Sawmill River, a few miles north of Amherst and
Northampton, Massachusetts


The Bookmill is only a few miles from our house and yet we don't visit often enough. Yesterday it was sunny and crisp; just the type of day to spend some hours in the cozy mill looking at old books

For $19.95 and with an ancient $15 gift certificate I found, how could I resist? The clerk was kind enough to honor it. WP bought a book on deep sea diving; one of his crazy hobbies!

I perused my new book while munching on a delicious brown rice salad from the Lady Killigrew Cafe. It was partially eaten when I decided to photograph it.

A view of the Sawmill River is available from several windows, though I went outside to take this one.

22 comments:

  1. That's MY kind of place!!

    I love that last photo.

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  2. I can feel the still of the book mill and smell the delicious musty book smell

    I'm coming to visit in 2009 and we're going there!

    that's a promise - and a threat lol

    Happy New Year Lady

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  3. You are?!!!! That's fabulous!!! Now that you've said it, I'm gonna hold you to it!!!

    I'm excited!

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  4. It looks like a wonderful place. How nice to find a gift certificate, too.

    Gina, thank you for your friendship and wonderful words this year. Please keep them coming. You have been one of the very best parts of blogging for me.

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  5. Bobbie, dear lady, likewise. I don't know if you discovered me or I you, but you were one of the first to comment here and from there a friendship has blossomed for which I am genuinely grateful.

    If ever you have the yen to travel to Massachusetts, you are always welcome to stay with us.

    Love & peace, health and happiness,
    Gina

    Kenju: I'm glad you enjoyed my little tour. This spot is one of our little treasures.

    It's been wonderful "meeting" you in the blogosphere. :-)

    Peace, love, health and happiness,
    Gina

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  6. That looks like a wonderful place to spend an afternoon.

    I hope that you, WP and the rest of your families have a Happy New Year, Pagan! I'm glad that I've gotten a chance to know you.

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  7. popping in to wish you and yours a peaceful and wonderful new year...may it be filled with everything you desire, all that you love and hope for...

    I am truly blessed to have you in my life!

    XO

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  8. I think maybe I've been there! (Or is there more than one of this sort of place in New England? It was about ~15 years ago that the then-spouse and I stumbled upon it---just remember I couldn't stay as long as I would have liked *g*)

    In a similar vein (though w/o the flowing water), I can also heartily recommend the Cranbury Bookworm, in Cranbury, NJ.

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  9. Oh, and Happy New Year, Gina!

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  10. What a beguiling looking place! WE would be in a lot of trouble living near this. We used to live (in Winston-Salem, NC - the coolest city in NC) near a bookstore like this, called Brookstown Books, in a great old house, in an old Victorian factory neighborhood, and it was the kind of place to get a coffee or a beer and THEN wander around and look at books... So addictive...

    I like your photos of this place - interesting and just the right hints and viewpoints to make it look delicious. And I love the color they painted it on the outside.

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  11. Sounds like a wonderful way to spend the day! Love your photos! Perfect! Happy New Year!

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  12. I'm glad you had a wonderful day and I wish you many more. Happy New Year, dear Gina.

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  13. happy new year! what a great place.
    i could live in there!!!

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  14. What a wonderful place to spend time. I would love to see it. Also, what absolutely gorgeous pictures of your daughter and daughter in law. They look so much in love and. All of you are blessed to have one another.
    Happy New Year

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  15. What an awesome bookstore. Much nicer than going to a maul.

    Happy new year to you and family!

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  16. If you're in the Northeast, I hope you're staying warm; it's frigid out there!

    And it's a new year. Thank you all so much for your good wishes. I always enter a new year with mixed feelings so I appreciate all of your positive thoughts which help carry me into the unknown. I think it's going to be a very challenging one for us as a country and for me, personally because SG1 is leaving mid-year to launch a new life with her Beloved. I'm letting that reality sink in little by little.

    Minnesota Blue! It's so good to see you back! You've been missed. I haven't checked yet today if you're written a recent post but I sure hope so! Thank you for your congrats on the wedding. It was quite an adventure for for those two. They're very happy.

    Love and peace to you all.

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  17. Yeah, it looks so relaxing.

    Happy New Year to u and ur family. Have fun. :)

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  18. Hi, Dora and welcome! It's exciting to have a visitor from Singapore!
    Happy new year to you, too! I love photo on your blog of the cat napping on the motorcycle. Good capture!

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  19. Gina, you've done a gorgeous job of capturing one of my favorite places - no, two of my favorite places, the Lady K is too cool!

    Your perspectives and composition have gotten so damned good, you're amazing me with every visit!

    Here's to the New Year, and a whole lot more of your beautiful photos and words. :)

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  20. Well, my dear friend, I learned a lot from you! I used to cut the heads off people when I took family pictures, remember? ;-) And your dad, who was a remarkable portrait photographer; another inspiration.

    Happy new year to you, too.

    With much love and admiration,
    Gina

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  21. That's so cool, thx for sharin'

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  22. I'm glad you enjoyed it, Ben. Happy new year! I hope you're staying warm in Belgium.

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