When I was younger and I wasn't stuck up a tree, riding my bike, or playing with the kids down the road, I inevitably had my nose in a book!
I used to love fantasy stories... ones where the main characters were on a quest in some foreign land or kindgom against all types of insurmountable odds and good always triumphed over evil!
Sometimes this did simultaneously involve being up a tree reading, but most of the time it was tucked away in the bookcase corner of my room, lying on the rug beside my bed....
....In my own little corner of the world, traveling in my mind to corners of worlds I'd never see anywhere but in my imagination.
And my 3 favourite books or series were...
- The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe followed by the rest of the Narnia books.
- The Hobbit (followed in grade 6 by The Lord of The Rings).
- The Weirdstone of Brisingamen.
Map of 'The Edge' from the Weirdstone Of Brisingamen
You could track the path of your characters, mull over the courses they should take, and journey in your mind across the ground they must have traversed. Awe inspiring stuff for a kid in a bedroom.
I even had a poster of Middle Earth on my walls for ages, right into my late teenage years, I loved it so much.
Map from The Hobbit via Scribd.
And curiously, now that I'm all grown up (for the most part), I've gotta thing about maps and globes.
Whenever I'm out anywhere and I see a map or a world globe, I HAVE to stop and take a look. Here's the thing though.... I don't like the normal old blue globes so much, the ones I like have that tea-stained, old paper, more black and white kind of look with a tinge of colour..... just like those maps in my favourite books used to be like.
For years I coveted a globe. Everytime I saw one the right colour I drooled over it. But only late last year did I find a beautiful small globe on a wooden stand, perfectly tinged in the right tea stained tones! It cost me $14 at the Sunday Trash and Treasure market here in Ballarat, and I love it. It sits on my bookshelf in the living room, and I admire it often.
A bigger globe would cost the earth (pun intended), and take up lots of space, and my smaller globe fills my 'globe' void just fine for the time being.
But in celebration of maps and globes, here's a few more for fun!
Bathroom wall mural.
A chair covered in maps!
Globes in the corner.
Framed maps and free standing globe.
Framed map well chosen for its colours!
Serious globe collection (getting too crowded up there!)
and nice framed map!
National Geographic Globe.
Priced around $7999.00!
Nice little globe in my colours!
Map plate from Ralph Lauren.
Map in children's room.
Large framed map.
Decorative globes in a basket.
London Underground Cushion Map.
The whole world and the whole wall!
Globes as room dividers!
40's London Map Bowl.
The globe painting reflects the globes on display!
Nice globes against that wall!
If you like blue and green, this room's a great one!
This is the interior of a yacht! They can map
where they're going while they travel!
Whoa.... walls, ceiling, and blind!
A bit too much I think!
Very mod and sleek.
A globe turned into a light fitting.
Love this one! There's a map on the pillow too!
And this one.
A globe and a view!
Another very distinct memory from my primary school days involving maps is a game we used to play.
Our school was lucky enough to have this enormous world map painted onto the concrete in our main play area. It was huge, about two thirds the size of a basketball court. We used to line up in two teams along opposing edges of the map. Each member of each team would be numbered from 1 to 8 (we only had 16 kids in the upper school - about 30 in the whole school altogether!!), and the teacher would call out a number and a country. The first person (the same number from both teams) to run and stand on that country scored a point for their team.
I loved that game.
I was good at geography, and a fast runner, so I got to win at something!
Another great 'map memory'.
gotta thing' for? What is it I'm really drawn to?'
Which leads to: Have you included artwork, furniture, objects, or other decor items that feature this 'thing' within your home?
Because: The things we're drawn to are always the things we love the most, and the ones that make our atmosphere magical to us.
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