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May 2016

Chia seed loving 

Currently stuck behind a desk planning a dance recital for work and I have this with me as one of my snacks! Water with chia seeds added to it. I’m loving it! Added protein and I don’t know if it’s a mind over matter thing but I don’t have cravings as much as I usually do at this time! Winning! 👌🏽💦



Local Beauties 7

So to start! I actually went on the same walk last night with my boyfriend but it was to dark to get any pretty photos! However even in the dark this place was stunning. So tonight I went back with my sister and friend to get the full impact of the area! It was around sunset time so it was really pretty and peaceful ☀️🍄

We also stumbled across this little fairy area! Well – that’s what we are calling it! There was a tiny wooden table and chairs with pennies on it which we added too. There was also paper notes held down by 2 little white rocks and a wooden door, so magically! The notes were all so positive and lovely, I adore this sort of thing!! Hope you enjoy my photos of them 😊 has anyone else every stumbled across something quite like this?
Smeaton Lake Woods, East Linton – Scotland. 

Monday again…


This speaks to me on so many levels right now. My past pain can’t dictate my future happiness 💜 #mondaythinking 

Auschwitz 2010…

In 2010 I had the honour, I use this word as I feel the highest of respect should be shown to places like this, of visiting Auschwitz through a programme in my school where 2 of us were chosen to not only fly to Poland to visit the concentration camp, but also got the chance to attend numerous seminars and conferences on the holocaust. This isn’t my usual, happy travel experience so for that reason I completely understand if you stop reading here. But I feel like I should share. 

Firstly I was start with Auschwitz. My first honest thought when entering the areas was my shock at how large and never ending the area is. You hear how many people were brutally taken to the camp, and many others like it, during the war. But hearing a number and seeing the scale of the number is 2 totally different things. I do not wish for this to be an upsetting post. So I will share some of the photos I took for my school at the time of the camp and leave my thoughts on the camp. If you can, get yourself to Auschwitz. It’s a very emotional place to go however I believe we must learn from our history. We must respect and mourn the thousands of souls who took their last breathes their, fighting for their freedom. The place, for lack of a better word, is magical. I had goosebumps the entire trip. The tour was spilt into 2 sections: one where they use to work which is now a museum  which has belongings, such as the shoes and glasses of those was passed through, displayed here. Another reason why I believe it is important to go, some of the items are starting to disintegrate due to not being correctly stored in the past. The second part was where they use to live. One thing that I will share is throughout our tour of the massive camp (I really can’t get this across enough – thinking of the size and how in the war the camp was full constantly has me in shivers right now) we didn’t hear any animals. None, no birds, bugs or wildlife in the deep forest at all. At the end of the tour we were at the end of the train track coming into the camp, where we had a Rabbi say a pray before lighting candles to leave on the track. When we had done this a whole swarm of birds flew over us. Call it what you want but that’s some sort of magical to me.
Secondly I am going to write about Kitty Heart. Meeting this little elderly lady you would think she was just another cheery granny! You would never imagine that herself alongside her family were taken to Auschwitz  with her and her mother surviving the camp (not without the scars though – physical and mental). This woman is incredible. She still has the tattoo of her number the Natzis put on her arm and refused to have cut off, such as her mother did when they got to England. She spoke in one of our seminars, nothing above a level that was more suitable for a 2 person conversation at a table, not a room filled with over 100 people. Each of us heard every single word she said however. She spoke of the importance of remembering the war and everything that happened, all the awful badness, in order to stop it from happening again. She’s such a fighter. I applaud her. I think that’s why I’m writing this. Kitty shared her story so we can share it in the future, to stop history repeating itself.
She wrote a book called “Returning To Auchwitz” which I found on amazon. If you are interested, I recommend this read. It’s a first hand perspective on the life inside a concentration camp and she doesn’t hold back!!! What’s even more interesting though, is her life after the war and her struggles to be accepted and to fit back in. This is scary as we can see this now with refuges running to countries for aid, just like Kitty did. I would love to know her views on what’s happening today. However, I digress. I don’t want to spoil anything but I will share that Kitty finds marriage and has children of whom she writes about with such love. It’s amazing to see how someone can go through all that she has and come out on the other end.
Never forget.
If you have been before I would love to know how you experienced Auschwitz.  I also have over 200 photos of our trip which I can share if you are interested to see. Each one has a story behind it, so for that reason I didn’t want to add far to many and let them get lost in translation. 

Tattoo…

So yesterday I went to Musselburgh for an interview and ended up getting this tattoo!

Wanderlust – A strong desire to travel ✨🚀


Excuse the dirty foot! This was taken not long after I got it done! 

Local Beauties 6

Tonight my friend and I went for a walk in the misty rain at one of the local harbours. Got some pretty pictures from our Thursday night adventure – despite the rain! 

Dunbar Harbour, East Lothian – Scotland 🌊

Puppy loving…

Is your dog so a part of your life that they are like children to you? Siblings for your human babies and little drops off heaven that dad promised he wouldn’t ever allow on the couch but who naps their every night with him? That’s our Bonnie and Clyde. 

We have 2 gorgeous Lhasa apso! Our girl Bonnie who is about 3 now, has creamy with a few gingery patches and Clyde who’s a year younger and is black all over with lots of stunning light brown patches espically when the suns out.

Last night poor wee Clyde was so ill and couldn’t stop being sick. My mum and I were actually lying on the floor of the hall with him trying to make him feel better! It would look ridiculous to anyone who wasn’t a dog person but to us, it was heartbreaking! 

And Bonnie, she runs when anyone’s ill😂 we found her downstairs hiding in my dads boots, I wish I had got a photo! 

So this is a little appreciation post for our family dogs! And there’s also a picture of how Bonnie slept on my chest last night after she was spooked by Clyde being sick! 


These are just photos off my phone, I’ll need to find more of the better ones we have of them! 

Goals..

I love this and just had to share 👌🏽🚀🍾✨

Book Review: Dark Places

I have just finished reading Dark Places by Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl. She is just such an incredible writer!

Libby Day was just seven years old when her older brother massacred her family while she hid in a cupboard. Her evidence helped put him away. Ever since then she has been drifting, surviving for over 20 years on the proceeds of the ‘Libby Day fund’. But now the money is running out and Libby is desperate. When she is offered $500 to do a guest appearance, she feels she has to accept. But this is no ordinary gathering. The Kill Club is a group of true-crime obsessives who share information on notorious murders, and they think her brother Ben is innocent.

Ben was a social misfit, ground down by the small-town farming community in which he lived. But he did have a girlfriend – a brooding heavy metal fan called Diondra. Through her, Ben became involved with drugs and the dark arts. When the town suddenly turned against him, his thoughts turned black. But was he capable of murder? Libby must delve into her family’s past to uncover the truth – no matter how painful…

What I really like about this book is each chapter is narrated from someones perspective in the present to another perspective in the past. I really enjoy this when I’m reading as it keeps the story moving and allows a better insight to the characters and whats happened.

Dark places, without giving anything away, was truly a page turner! I love the main character Libby. When reading it I truly felt for her and the predicament she was facing trying to determine what really happened the night her family were brutally murdered. Gillian Flynn has you thinking you know whats going on and then swipes the rug from under your feet! You feel Libby’s confusion and want her to keep fighting to figure out whats happened. She recognises everything thats wrong with her, identifies and uses these traits with other characters to connect with them. She also has a pretty mild stealing issue, which at one point actually had me laughing! And the twist at the end, I completely did not see coming. And thats all I shall say as I would feel awful if I ruined that for anyone!

dplaces

After reading it, I am now away to download the movie and see if it lives up to expectations! I am also going to find more of her books to read as I love her style and the way she manages her huge twists!

 

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