What was I up to in January

Unlike the usual belief of January being gloomy and depressing mine has been anything but. January, for me, has been busy with planning the year ahead, reflecting on the previous year and sobering from the holiday festivities. I wrote several posts about my goals, how to make goals that stick and how to make your own diary for the year 2017. Following my own tips, I have created a several step plan for this year how to achieve my goals. Starting with getting a membership card to a yoga studio, which I have been loving!

DIY Diary 2017 - byLiiL

Although full of work and thinking, I have not been as busy as in December so I’ve had the time to enjoy my Christmas presents, some culture this month and reflect on my favourite books from 2016 while planning on my extensive book list for this year.

Favourite books of 2016 - byLiiL

Sustainability has been firmly on my mind and I have shared with you the Bee’s Wrap sheets as well as the sustainable form of vegetable marking. Now I am off to research more sustainable topics and plan new content for the blog. It will be exciting!!

Happy Favourites of the Week - Full of Culture - byLiiL

How was you January?

With love,

Lii

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Happy Favourites of the Week – Full of Culture

Sharmanka Kinetik theatre – My friend took me to Kinetik theatre, here in Glasgow, for my birthday. I didn’t really know what to expect and so I waited for it to start, in excitement. I would call this closer to art rather than theatre, although, I understand where the reference to theatre comes from. Moving objects with funny, sad and informational stories to back them up. Something different that I will definitely remember.

Happy Favourites of the Week - Full of Culture - byLiiL

Fossil Fuel Divestment – A very interesting read into the topic of sustainability. I had never heard of divestment before and felt a sparkle of hope for the human kind after reading this!

Alphonse Mucha in Quest of Beauty – I like visiting museums and checking out different exhibitions and this was no different, except that I liked it much more than I was expecting. There is something in this poster making lithography art that made me quiver with happiness. So I bought the exhibition book to scroll through whenever I am in the need for happiness from those pictures.

Happy Favourites of the Week - Full of Culture - byLiiL

How to solve your bra problems – These tips are excellent for before you are buying a new bra or just to understand how it is supposed to sit.

La La Land – I like musicals and I enjoyed this as well. It left me feeling happy and singing the main song from the musical, which I adored! To top that, we went to see this movie in the Grosvenor cinema theatre, where I hadn’t been before, and I enjoyed it more than the regular Cineworld experience!

Happy Favourites of the Week - Full of Culture - byLiiL

Yoga card – On the quest to achieve my goals for 2017 I finally bought a monthly card to go to my favourite yoga studio and loved the first few classes that I have done. Here’s to a yogafull year!

Surprise parcel – I received a surprise parcel with a present from my best friend. We see each other so rarely and this parcel just made my whole week. She sent me my favourite sweets (I had such a craving for such sweets just at the time I must have telepathically communicated this to her) which I devoured instantly and some beautiful jewellery!

 

What were your happy moments this past week?

With love,

Lii

Scottish Highlands

What to see and do.

There still some summer left so some tips about Scottish Highlands as a holiday destination are somewhat relevant. I spent one long weekend travelling around this majestic scenery and now have the hankering to go back. It is not one of the warmest places to have your holiday and do not count on too much shopping (except if you are looking for Scottish goods such as whisky, woollen items or other memorabilia). The highlands, as a holiday, are for your sole. The scenery is so beautiful and serene it makes your mind forget about all your daily life troubles. There are several castles and other historic places, gorgeous nature and if you are lucky some wildlife to be spotted as well.

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Loch Ness

If you don’t know anything about Scotland, well you have heard about the Loch Ness monster and the lake. The lake is massive and very deep, however, it is still only a lake. I crossed it over my bucket list with little enthusiasm. What I did like about the lake, was the drive around it (it takes few hours). There were many things to see such as the Urquhart castle and the falls of Foyer. My favourite part, however, was the drive on the hills where we saw a large flock of deer having their evening meal next to the road. In the pictures, you can only see a couple of them, but there were at least a dozen and probably more.

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Urquhart castle

There is a lot of history related to this castle, which I am sure is interesting but I won’t go into it here. It is a ruined castle that looks onto the loch ness. It is very well hidden by the bushes around it and if you want to see and explore it properly you need to pay to get in. Or you can do the same as we did (and a dozen other tourists) take pictures through the holes you find in the bushes.

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Falls of Foyer

Well, these were beautiful! The only downside is that you have to walk down a hill for a while before you locate it and then, of course, the rise back up.

Standing Stones

This was definitely one of my favourite tourist attractions. It is a stone ‘arrangement’ dating back to the bronze era. I love the mystery behind the stones, why they are there, what was their function. We very often can go and see something from the middle ages, but from the bronze age it is a rare treat!

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Culloden Battlefield

This is the last site of Jacobite rising battlefield. I mean it is only a field, but there is a visitor centre with a lot of information about this time in the history. In addition, to really clean and nice bathrooms and good ice cream.

Cairngorms national park

On our way home we drove through this national park and it was beautiful! I wish we weren’t on a such a tight schedule, as I would have loved to stop somewhere along the road just to take it all in. This is a place where you can see some wildlife. We saw guise, hawks and rabbits (potentially you can see an eagle or even wildcats).

Dolphin spotting point

Apparently, this is the best place to spot dolphins in the wild in the whole isle (correct me if I am wrong). This spot is located on the Black Isle, next to a place called the Fortrose. You drive to a Rosemarkie bay which has a good parking spot to leave your car at. It is a freezing spot with all the ocean water running in, but that’s probably why it is a good spot to spot dolphins. We saw several of them jump! So exciting! There is a boat that can take you on the waters to see it happen, or you can just look from the beach. Beware of all the other people with their camera’s who are also looking for the dolphins.

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Hiking

This is the favourite sport of people who visit the highlands and why not. There are several Munros to climb, including Ben Nevis (the highest moor in Scotland), with gorgeous scenery to look at and with good trails. If this is of interest to you then I recommend checking walk highlands.

 

Have you ever been to Scottish Highlands?

With love,

Lii