This weekend, we went to Hay on Wye. A long promised trip for the Teen. She had been fascinated by the idea of a Welsh town that specialises in secondhand bookshops. No self professed book lover could resist. It didn’t disappoint.

I think we went into almost every book shop. Some of the shops are on several levels with a labyrinth of small and larger rooms on each floor. They all have one thing in common. Books from floor to ceiling, covering every conceivable wall surface, as well as every conceivable subject. Even more bookcases crammed in the middle, just for good measure.

How we didn’t lose anyone, I’m really not sure. It can be overwhelming. So many books. My tactic was to look for particular books, which is probably why I didn’t come home with anything.

The Teen, on the other hand, came back with a bagful. Including one to learn chinese characters.

She organized her two siblings and they clubbing together for this one. All three of them love languages. Just for fun. Her tactic ensured that they would all be motivated to join in the learning. A cunning move, as she likes to learn with others. Taking the lead and teaching when needs. I’m not sure what this girl will do when she grows up, but it is going to be interesting.

This week, I’ve found them either taking turns with the book at their desks, or stooped over it together at the kitchen table. Copious notes and flashcards being made. I find characters marked into any – ahem – dusty surface. The book has been a hit

One shop, which really caught my interest, was the map shop. I love maps and would have happily whiled away our whole visit wading through all the vintage maps. Some originally for three shillings, that have gone up in price. Others were revised Word War II maps which were fascinating. If they had stocked one in an area I knew well, I’d have happily brought it home. They were beautiful and promised hours of investigation.

Almost to rival the enticing maps, was the man made of maps, sitting in the shop window. I love it. I’ve spent this week, dreaming of making a similar project. Figuring out how to construct. I’m so impressed in the artist’s use of the different parts of the map. I mean, look at the face.

In the meantime, I have been busy making. I’ve finished my English garden blouse at long last. It proved more difficult than I anticipated. Almost lost my motivation. A post to follow on this one. (edited: here it is!

Also I’m making good headway with the Boy’s hoodie. The back is finished and I’m creeping up the front. I’m optimistic that I’ll have this ready for wearing before the cold weather hits. Children’s clothes are a relief to knit compared to those of adults. The visible progress spurs me on to do more and finish it.

Quieter week than last week, which we all needed. Thank goodness. Joining up with Word of the Week. I’m going for the word motivate.

How was your week?


14 thoughts on “Motivate

  • Friday 25 August, 2017 at 8:58 am

    That map man is amazing, such detail. I’d love to visit Hay on Wye it sounds like my kind of place. I hope the girls continue to enjoy learning their Chinese characters. And your blouse is looking lovely.

    • Friday 25 August, 2017 at 12:57 pm

      He is amazing isn’t he? I hope you make it over to Hay on Wye. I suspect you would love it.

  • Friday 25 August, 2017 at 12:52 pm

    I could wander round old book shops all day long. How wonderful that your children enjoy learning so much, your daughter sounds like she would make an excellent teacher. I love your sunflower photo’s we didn’t get round to planting any this year. Have a lovely weekend x

    • Friday 25 August, 2017 at 1:00 pm

      The sunflowers are looking amazing this year. I planted a corridor of them, but a few more self seeded so its more of a corridor and a bit more. The bees are loving them too.

  • Friday 25 August, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    The book shops sound amazing! It sounds like your teen has made good use of the books. How wonderful.
    That blouse is so pretty! #WotW

    • Sunday 27 August, 2017 at 10:57 pm

      Thanks Kim. Yes, she does love her books and is loving making use of this one.

  • Friday 25 August, 2017 at 2:20 pm

    Oh, the map man is brilliant. Tom and I made a lot of papier mache in the past including birds but never a man. Makes me want to get the paper out again.
    So good that the children love books so much, it will stand them in good stead. My eldest Grand daughter is the same and I think the love of reading has helped her to get all A’s and A*’s in her exams, we are all so proud of her.

    • Sunday 27 August, 2017 at 10:59 pm

      Huge congratulations! Wow! Good for her. As for the map man – I agree it makes me want to break out the paper and glue and mke something.

  • Saturday 26 August, 2017 at 10:42 am

    I love Hay on Wye, so many shops that I could spend days in! That map man is amazing, well done to you if you can create a similar project. And I really like the project your children have on the go, fun and educational, and a good idea to all work together on it x Thanks for sharing with #WotW

    • Sunday 27 August, 2017 at 10:59 pm

      I can imagine Hay on Wye is one of your favourites. 😀

  • Saturday 26 August, 2017 at 6:24 pm

    You have reminded me of my love of bookshops. Why have I not been in one in forever :0( That map man is amazing #WotW

    • Sunday 27 August, 2017 at 11:01 pm

      Time to go again. 😀

  • Sunday 27 August, 2017 at 5:53 pm

    It sounds like your daughter may well be a language teacher when she’s older. I too love books and have picked up a number of them today at carboot sales. #WotW

    • Sunday 27 August, 2017 at 11:03 pm

      At the moment, she says that she would never be a teacher, but who knows. I do see her using her languagesin some form.

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