A Trip to the Isle of Mull – We had a visitor for the week and to make things more interesting we decided to visit the Isle of Mull. I was really excited about Isle of Mull being one of the best places for wildlife watching, although we only saw a bunch of birds and seals, it was still exciting! The island was beautiful and Tobermory charming! And I will have a separate post about the trip soon.
Seeing New Lanark – Another trip we did with our guest was to the New Lanark, the Unesco World Heritage site, and a Brick City which was on the site as well. It was quite a fun day. I enjoyed learning about the history of New Lanark, play with Lego’s and have a walk along the river Clyde and the Falls of Clyde. If you want to read more about New Lanark I wrote about it here.
Beautiful Ring Neck Parakeet – After a week of trying to see wildlife in different locations around Scotland, we finally saw something exciting in a park next to our house! Due to a warmer climate in the Scotland (affected by climate change), a family of Ring Neck Parakeet have moved to the park next to us. They are these beautiful green parrots that look absolutely out of place there. Nevertheless, of the horrid truth of climate change, it is interesting to see how life finds its way.
Seeing Highland Cows Finally – While on our drive I finally got to see the Highland cows. It is quite unbelievable that it took me this long to see them when Scotland should be littered with them.
Guests – It is always lovely to have guests. It is new kind of socialising that I don’t do daily and it is amazing to see people who you see rarely! You get that extra energy after their visit for some time.
Mull Heather Soy Candle – As the weather has been getting colder I’ve been enjoying using candles again. Not often, but it does make a chilly day a lot more comfortable. On my trip to the Isle of Mull, I found this candle in one of the little local shops. I loved the scent, which was natural and gentle, and it is made out of soy. Score!
Print Pattern Book – I love books! Both that I can read and that provides me with inspiration. So I was absolutely thrilled to find this print pattern book in the shop at New Lanark. It is about the history of prints and patterns with beautiful imagery!
Now looking at the points I see that mostly I was excited to see animals and it definitely is one of the most exciting things in life!
How was your week?
I have not been happy with Instagram lately, as most people probably are. It used to be nice to look through the pictures of all the accounts I follow and I could be immersed in it for ages! Now I see the same few accounts over and over, and mostly it is pictures that I’ve already liked. It takes extra effort to go to the other accounts to check what they’ve been posting and I don’t usually have that kind of time! Many might say that I should then just turn on the notifications, however, I find it annoying that I should be checking those pictures when the app says so, instead of when I actually want to check them!
Sorry about the rant, I still enjoy looking through the pictures on Instagram and hope they could change it back! Now enjoy the pics I have been enjoying in July.
What Instagram pictures have you liked last month?
May was full of amazing and exciting Instagram pictures and it was quite difficult to only choose these few here from all the amazing ones. It was also quite funny to see which pictures I was more drawn towards, such as office pics, home decor, illustrations, the beauty of female body and beautifully colourful pics.
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These are the Instagram pics that I liked in April.
What Instagram pics did you like in April?
Most of us like scrolling through the Instagram and finding great pics, but I also like to see what pics others like. So inspired by that I thought I would start sharing some Instagram pics that I liked.
Go and check out these amazing Instagram accounts! You can see their account name above each picture.
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I am absolutely in love with the Cabaret of Planets book, which I received for my birthday. It has been an excellent evening read, as it is interesting but does not make my heart pump with excitement so that I can’t sleep. The illustrations and pictures are lovely and it is so wonderful to read about the diversity of plants. The thousands of years old trees, the weird places where flowers bloom, how people are affected by plants and how they are discovered. This time I was really inspired by one of the illustrations in the book, which was part of illustration series called ‘Plants of the Coast of Coromandel’. The illustrations are stunning, so I just had to share them with you!
These pics I got from the Pinterest board Biodiversity library and I encourage those of you who loved these illustrations to go and check other ones that can be found there!
It is hard not to see Iris Apfel in the media. The bright, colourful old lady with an attitude. I got intrigued when I saw Netflix showing a documentary about her and while watching it I got inspired.
Iris Apfel has the right attitude in life, it is an experiment and the whole point is to be happy. She does not really shun people for the way they get dressed ‘as long as they are happy’, but the fashion in general for everything looking the same. And this is what I have thought for a while now whenever trying to shop for clothes. No matter what shop I go to, I always see the same stuff. How boring!
Iris Apfel sees the world differently. She sees how the designers and the media are moulding what we should be wearing and how we should be behaving, and we listen blindly. She celebrates her wrinkles for the experience and wisdom she has collected them with and she dresses as extravagantly as what makes her happy or suits her mood. It is no wonder that people love her, as she is the image of rebellion against the mainstream media and fashion (which undoubtedly will be taking inspiration from her).
Although, when admiring her no-nonsense attitude and the sense of experimentation with colour and style I do wonder how this irrational shopping for items so many, that do not even fit into her own house, suit into my view of sustainability. They do not, actually. Even when watching the documentary I was thinking of how horrible it is how much she was acquiring and owned. However, she did live in a different time when the problems we are fully aware of now were not a common knowledge. Shunning the mainstream fast-fashion Iris has acquired most of her collection while travelling or from interesting little shops, which has probably been local stores with local production. In addition, she is donating big amounts of her ‘collection’ to museum or curators, which means they are not hitting the landfills.
I would never recommend acquiring such a big collection of items of any kind, however, what I think should be taken from the documentary and Iris herself is the sense of exploration and adventure to your style and to your life. Be happy! Do not let others tell how you should be happy and live life to the full. And what I am saying, do consider the environment while you are doing it! You can find the documentary on Netflix or check more about it from the website.
Pictures are from here and here.
What do you think about Iris Apfel?