20:49

Recently I have been watching Netflix’s Our Planet. It has to be some of the most visually attractive footage I have ever seen. Beautifully narrated by David Attenborough and bringing valuable lessons regarding protecting our planet.

Sometimes I forget about the wider planet due to getting caught up in my own worries and troubles, but this series has really brought my life into perspective. There is so much more. There is beauty and wonder in the world if I just open my eyes to see it. There are issues which I cannot even fathom. How little am I in this world so large?

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22:47

Today was a ‘walk in the rain’ kind of day. Albeit I only walked from work to the bus stop, and then from the bus stop to my house, the rain pouring down felt good in a way. It felt like a cleansing of the stress and anxiety that I have been feeling lately. In that short walk I felt the raindrops patter down onto my hair, slowly bead on my forehead and drip down my nose. In nature’s weather extremities my life feels calmer and more at ease. My problems seem lessened and are forgotten about for a brief moment.

As the weather has been miserable lately I have been spending a lot more time indoors compared to a month ago. I have not been able to walk home from work in the sun, nor have I been able to bring myself to leave the comforts of my own room for fear of facing the elements. I know these sound like excuses however I look to change them this month.

My interaction with nature has dropped considerably. I am always plugged in and tuned out. I sit at a desk for long periods of my day. I prefer to look at my phone than at the world. Here’s to the hopeful, little changes and inspiration that come from a walk in the rain.

16:27

It is rare that I will do a day time post but busy evenings call for irregular posting!

Yesterday I had the chance to go on a roadtrip with friends up to Glencoe. We visited Loch Lubnaig, The Green Welly Stop, Loch Tulla viewpoint, Three Sisters and Ballachulish.

There were two visitors to the UK amongst our group, one from Sydney, Australia, and the other from Vancouver, Canada. There were 7 of us altogether and we had a lot of fun exploring these different places and taking in the amazing views. The visitor from Australia had never encountered snow before so we made sure to stop and play in the snow, as well as checking out frozen lakes and skimming stones.

The Highlands are really scenic and beautiful! The snow capped peaks are awe-inspiring and the drives through the landscapes are spectacular!

Loch Lubnaig

Loch Lubnaig

Loch Lubnaig

Loch Lubnaig

Clear waters of Loch Lubnaig

Clear waters of Loch Lubnaig

Loch Lubnaig with snowy peaks in the background

Loch Lubnaig with snowy peaks in the background

Scenic drives!

Scenic drives!

The Green Welly Stop

The Green Welly Stop

Hours of driving totally paid off

Hours of driving totally paid off

Loch Tulla viewpoint

Loch Tulla viewpoint

Stop at the side of the road to take photos

Stop at the side of the road to take photos

One of the Three Sisters

One of the Three Sisters

Another of the Three Sisters

Another of the Three Sisters

Ballachulish

Ballachulish

Frozen lake

Frozen lake

02:33

On Monday I had the opportunity to go on a road trip with a large group of friends. As it was St Andrew’s day the majority of us had the day off so we took the day to travel up north. 12 of us travelled up from Edinburgh to Loch Lubnaig, Rob Roy’s grave, Creag an Turic, and Loch Voil.

It has been a long time sinceĀ I had to wake up and be out of the house so early, and return so late at night, however the beautiful scenery was worth the tiredness. I love getting back to nature and enjoying its wonders. It was a nice break from my university deadline and revision, a comforting hug from Mother Nature herself.

Loch Lubnaig

Loch Lubnaig

View of Loch Voil from Creag an Turic

View of Loch Voil from Creag an Turic

Mirror cabin at Loch Voil

Mirror cabin at Loch Voil