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Wondrous Words Wednesday

My first word this time, is actually from the title of a review book I have in my reading pile right now. At first I didn’t think about the word as having any specific definition, however something made me check it out and sure enough – another new to me word right in front of me.

Ghost Maven is the first in a series of Young Adult novels featuring Alice Parker, a 16 year old girl who discovers she has the power to slay ghosts.

MAVEN (also mavin)

Is a trusted expert in a particular field, who seeks to pass knowledge on to others. The word maven comes from Hebrew, meaning “one who understands”, based on an accumulation of knowledge.



This word I came across on the pages of ‘The Bookworm’, where the lovely Naida is a fellow crafter and one of my blogging friends.

Crocheted mandalas are having a moment! And it’s no wonder the lovely mandala is in vogue: one evening is often enough to begin and finish something eye-catching. Many crocheters make mandalas as a meditative activity, while others love them simply for the wonderful opportunities they offer for mixing colors and stitch textures. A new take on traditional shapes, like granny squares or hexagons, these attractive crocheted circles are causing a real buzz in the crochet community.


A circular figure representing the universe in Hindu and Buddhist symbolism. In Hinduism and Buddhism, mandalas have a ritual role, representing Buddha or even the universe. The different parts of such a mandala have a symbolic meaning. For instance, the outer circle often symbolizes wisdom in Buddhism.



This next word, I discovered whilst taking part in one of my regular Friday memes, ‘Book Beginnings On Friday’. Maria, blog owner of ‘Queen Of All She Reads‘, posted lines from a book and series she was obviously enjoying greatly and whilst it transpires that this word is in everyday usage in the U.S., here in the UK it simply isn’t the same, so this reference is probably just for the benefit of my English blogging pals?

My Thoughts: I have been glomming on this series since I started it last week and have already finished this book. “Sam” did something in book 9 – which I frankly applauded – that got her in trouble with the Chief and now she’s facing the consequences. She’s also totally in denial about being okay with someone else being in charge – she is a true Type A personality female.


To grab or hold onto something

To focus the attention on or become interested in someone or something

To understand or realize




And finally, this word I discovered during a recent visit to Lacock Abbey in Wiltshire. We stop by the village quite often, as we are National Trust members and it is such a great venue. In fact it is one of the most visited places in the UK by overseas visitors and parts of the Abbey itself have been used as a location in TV and film productions of Wolfman, Pride and Prejudice, Cranford Chronicles, Emma and Harry Potter films.

Lacock Abbey Cloisters Calefactory

This must have been a very popular place with the nuns, as it was the only room they used which had a fire. Another name for it is the calefactory.


Medieval Latin calefactorium, from Latin calefacere to warm

The room or building in a monastery holding its communal fire, kept warm and used as a sitting room.

A warming pan, or similar device used by a priest to warm his hands.




… Is An image for the weekly meme Wondrous Words Wednesdaya weekly meme where we share new (to us) words that we have encountered in our reading. It is hosted by Kathy, over at ‘BermudaOnion’s Weblog’. You can either stop by and leave a link to your own ‘mystery’ words of the week, or just browse the eclectic mix of words that others have discovered, there is always a great selection.

Don’t forget that Kathy and the rest of us, all love to read your comments  as well, so that we can visit and share your words of the week!



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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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  • I remember the Book Maven but never thought to look up the definition of maven! I knew mandalas and glomming but the rest are new to me. I think the use of glomming might be more common in the south.

    • Hi Kathy,

      Glomming is definitely not a word I have ever heard used here in the UK, but as you and the other commenters so far this week are from the US and know of the word, I guess it is more or less uniquely American. I am going to say this very quietly – but I’m not sure that I even like it as a word – Sorry!

      I never thought that there may be a tangible definition behind the word ‘maven’, when Tony first introduced me to his book ‘Ghost Maven’ and I’m still not sure what really made me check it out, but it certainly made for another new to me word to share!

      Thanks for hosting 🙂

    • Hi Mary,

      Some of the rooms adjacent to the calefactory are so dark that visitors aren’t even allowed to view them in the winter months, due to the health and safety risks, so just imagining how cold and dismal they would have been back in 1232, when the first of the Augustinian nuns were veiled, is difficult.

      If the calefactory was the only room with any form of heating, I think I would have been very reluctant to move from there and I’ll bet that the present day actors and crew filming the many productions the abbey plays host to, come armed with legions of heaters and lights!

      I must admit that we have visited Lacock on numerous occasions and have read the same room information signage, without me noticing this unfamiliar word, so I am hoping that in the future, calefactory isn’t going to be forgotten quite so easily!

      Thanks for stopping by, I always appreciate your comments 🙂

  • Like Mary, I’d heard all but the last. It makes perfect sense, though, when you consider its origins.

    Many years ago I had to design a shopping mall as a school project. I named my mall ‘Mandala’ and, as you can imagine, was able to create an interesting logo for the project.

    • Hi Kelly,

      I’m afraid that my Latin is non existent, so I would never have got calefactory if the information board hadn’t been there!

      Mandalas were also new to me, although my nan used to crochet beautiful examples in the finest of cottons. However we only ever used to call them table centres or dressing table mats and from what I remember she always made up her own designs.

      I wonder what made you choose Mandala as the name for your pseudo mall. Was it because of the designs you knew you would be able to create, or did the name come first and the design element was an added bonus?

      Thanks for the thoughtful comments, I appreciate them 🙂

      • Well I’ve definitely slept since then, so I have no memory of why I chose that as the name of my mall. I think I just liked the circular, mystical symbol (which I could design as simply or complex as I liked). I think of the crocheted circles as more of a doily or antimacassar.

        • Do you know, I have referred to the crocheted mandalas my nan used to make as all kinds of things, but that’s because I couldn’t remember the word doily, so thanks for that …. As you can tell, I too have slept many times since then! 🙂 🙂

          Antimacassar I could remember, but I always associate them with rectangular pieces of work, to cover to the backs and arms of chairs, to prevent grease and dirt marks!

          Have a great weekend 🙂

    • Hi Nikki,

      I never was a follower of fashion, so it isn’t a surprise that mandalas are new to me, even though it seems that my nan was making them well ahead of her time. Unless they have officially been around for years and are new being revived as a ‘vintage’ trend!

      If I had had to guess, I would have put ‘maven’ as a word which meant ghostly, or something to do with ghosts. I would never have dreamed it had anything to do with being an expert in a given field – it just doesn’t sound right to me!

      Thanks for visiting this time round. It is good to catch up with you and I hope that life is treating you well 🙂

    • Hi Tracy,

      I keep on threatening to get involved in the adult colouring craze, but I just know I would never have the time. Your reference to a mandala colouring book had me searching and I found a great site where you can actually personalise a colouring book as a gift or simply as a keepsake for yourself … Have you ever seen the adult dot-to-dot books? They are mind blowing!

      I stopped by your blog a couple of days ago, but it must have been after your WWW post, so I am off to check it out now 🙂

  • Great words Yvonne and thanks for linking back to my blog. I think I will make another mandala soon, as crocheting soothes me and I like what mandalas represent.
    I like “calefactory” and on following the link for Lacock village, it looks wonderful! One to add to my bucket list if I ever am lucky enough to visit that part of the world.

    Hope you are doing well and enjoy the weekend. As we honor our veterans in the US today, I am also enjoying the day off from work. It’s much needed after a rough week with everything that is going on here.

    • Hi Naida,

      I always enjoy linking to other blogs whenever possible. I know this may not be the best use of search engine optimisation, but I like to ‘share and share alike’ as the saying goes! I might YouTube a basic mandala pattern and give it a go one day and I also want to try out Tracy’s mandala colouring book.

      Lacock is a beautiful place, although as with just about everywhere else in the world these days, it suffers from the ‘too many cars’ syndrome, which has no doubt spoiled more than one visitors perfect picture moment. It is one of the most visited villages in the country by overseas visitors and it is so easy to see why, at a glance.

      We don’t have a public holiday for remembrance day, as much of the official wreath laying and commemoration ceremonies take place on remembrance Sunday, which is always the first Sunday after November 11th. We do however, always have 2 minutes silence at 11am on November 11th, when the entire country falls silent to honour the fallen.

      Although I live in Frome, Somerset, I work across the County border in Warminster, Wiltshire, which is an army garrison town. This year the folks really wanted a remembrance day focal point, so over 4,000 knitted and crocheted poppies were displayed across the town, with the vast majority decorating the garrison church of St. Lawrence, which was purchased by the people of Warminster in 1575




      Now that’s a crochet project 🙂

        • Hi Naida,

          The display was all the vision of one lady, after seeing last year’s impressive ceramic poppy display at The Tower Of London, so fair play to her and all the many volunteers who knitted and crocheted poppies at their own expense.

          I hope that you are enjoying your weekend 🙂

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