A very good day to you from the delightful North Somersetshire town of Midsomer Norton, close to the famous city of Bath.
I, Silvester Bawdrip, would like to offer a very warm welcome to my new premises, which open today, October 5th 2019.
As you will see, it is a delightful – if rather compact – Apothecary’s Shop, which specialises in powders, potions and pills as well as other requisites for any personage with an interest in Steampunk.
Here you will find tablets to facilitate time-travel, a salve which gives the power of microscopic sight, bottled light to enhance your brainpower and much more. I have even been persuaded to stock spare gears for mechanical arms.
Naturally, my cures and potions are primarily intended for persons of between five and six inches in height. However my, er, somewhat loftier patrons have asked me to provide some larger bottles which they can use as amulets or pendant charms, particularly as Halloween approaches. Their manufacture is far from easy for a gentleman of my stature, but we have some for sale on the lower ground floor of my establishment, filled with my splendid ingredients, clearly labelled and sealed with silver sealing wax. They can be hung around the neck or on a costume from adjustable leather laces and are highly recommended.
Should you have difficulty finding my establishment, it really couldn’t be easier. Head for the High Street of Midsomer Norton. You will notice the beautiful River Somer flowing beside the pavement. Behind the war memorial is a charming shop called Magpie, which sells various vintage items of clothing and sundry curiosities. Inside this shop, you will find me and my repository of Steampunk powders, enhancers and cures in an attractive glass cabinet. We occupy three storeys of this case and my shop – naturally – is on the top floor.
In the photograph, you will see me attempting to strike up a rapport with one of my esteemed customers – the
delectable charming Lady Olivia Steamington.
(“May I call you Olivia, or Livvy?”
“‘Your Ladyship’ will do perfectly, thank you.”)
Still, being an explorer, she is an excellent customer and has returned today to purchase more of my air-sickness pills, along with a good supply of bottled wind power.
I have to confess, I had some difficulty explaining the situation to my intended, Mistress Ectophemia Fleabane, when she discovered this photography of Lady Steamington in my drawer.
I assured her that keeping photographs of my most valued clients is simply a convenient method of data collection and allows me to optimise my sales potential. However she uttered some rather graphic and unpleasant curses and whacked me in the tenderest of spots with her broomstick. Fortunately I had a highly effective salve to hand, to reduce the swelling and bruising.
Still, enough of my domestic squabbles.
Do come along and visit my humble establishment if you are in the vicinity.
You can also buy my potions and amulets from The Crispin Emporium in Street and from Steampunk-Shrunk stalls that appear from time to time around the UK. (See home page for dates and locations.) There are also a few of the amulets for sale in the SteampunkDollsHouse Etsy store, at this link.