Feel the fear, then buy books

Last year this is what my car looked like. BS and I had an accident on a very wet and rainy night, we hit a puddle on a country road which turned out to be much deeper than it looked and we aquaplaned into a tree. Now the car looks all kinds of dramatic but we escaped with a few scrapes and bruises. I was also left with a big old fear of cars, especially being in or driving cars in the rain. Even the sound of rain on our attic roof has been know to keep me awake more nights than I care to remember. I live in Hereford which is pretty rainy county and having just bought a new car I know I need to get over this. Today dawned a grey and rainy day with no particular lectures or tutorials to go to so I decieded to take the plunge and drive to Hay-on-Wye to hunt out a few new architecture books. It doesn't sound like much of a challenge but purposefully choosing to drive in the rain, on winding country roads was a MASSIVE deal for me.I sang myself silly trying to remember all the words to all the songs I could from Once More With Feeling and Dr. Horrible's sing-along-blog in an attempt to keep the scared bit of my brain concentrating on something else. But boy was it worth it!

Look at this stash. Yes that is a stack of yarn on the top. Who could resist. I spent a fortune on these books but they are all hard to find and wonderfully inspiring - particularly the architecture details ones! You can expect to see a lot of the things from within this pile over the next few months.

First I found myself in The Wool and Willow shop I have been meaning to venture the last few times I've been to Hay, but as I am usually with a car full of people that I don't want to subject to my yarn stroking tendencies I haven't made it. This sock yarn is perfect for Christmas presents and I am looking forward to knitting it up at Craft Cwtch.

I got myself a quilt book for my dissertation research, I have been trying to get another book by this author for a while but been unable to get it at a reasonable price in the UK so I jumped on this.
This is the third book by Marilyn French I have. The first two 'The Women's Room' and 'The Bleeding Heart' are fiction books which use the narrative to raise women's issues in a way that I really respond to.

Finally this is a page from the Architects Details book. It is filled with images of buildings and corresponding plans. I love it and my mind is already full of ideas as to what I can do with them! If you are interested you can check out my instagram pics of the day by following me @ratsasbigascats

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