Thursday, 30 October 2014

The King's Theatre

Last week I went with my Scottish Literature course to see the play 'Sunset Song' which is based on a book with the same that we're reading later this semester. It's a story of a family in the Scottish countryside during World War 1, told mainly from the daughter's perspective. The play wasn't fantastic, but it was still worth seeing and I definitely enjoyed it. I haven't been to the theatre a lot, so it was a nice experience, especially considering how beautiful the actual theatre was! The lighting was really weird so the photos didn't turn out quite as well as I would've liked, but I thought I'd share them with you anyway. I would definitely not mind going there again!

Do you like going to the theatre? What was the last play you saw?

xx Mimmi

Sunday, 26 October 2014

The Life-Saving Backpack

I thought I'd change it up a bit today with a wee fashion-y post, after all of the autumnal and tree-filled posts I've done lately. Studying literature at university means you'll have loads of books (seriously loads), that you'll sometimes have to lug around for a whole day. When I first got here I had a shoulder bag/handbag which did fit all those books but also killed my shoulder, so I decided to invest in a backpack. After a bit of a search I found this lovely one on ASOS and after I had consulted my mum about it (because I cannot take decisions for myself) I finally ordered it. I was a bit worried it would be too small, but turns out it fits much more than I thought! I'm so happy with my investment, and so are my shoulders.

If you're a student, do you have a lot of books to carry around and how do you handle that?

xx Mimmi

Thursday, 23 October 2014

In photos: the Botanic Gardens, part two

As promised, here is part two of my little visit to the Botanic Gardens. This post is from the beautiful outdoor gardens, which were my favourite part of the place (even though the greenhouses are amazing as well). I walked around for about an hour, admiring the stunning gardens in all their autumnal glory, and then spent more than an hour sitting on a park bench in the sun, reading my book. A perfect Sunday afternoon, I'd say. (Also, how cute is that couple in the picture above? I couldn't help sneakily capturing them on camera...)

This cute little squirrel was incredibly social and brave - at least when offered walnuts. A really nice couple gave me some of their walnuts so that I could feed the little thing too. It was such a sweet moment!

I hope you enjoyed this second dump of pictures! :) Tell me - is there a park or a garden near where you live, which you like?

xx Mimmi

Sunday, 19 October 2014

8 blog posts I've enjoyed recently

I've been meaning to write this kind of post for such a long time, but for some reason I haven't got around to it until now. I've had the luck to get mentioned a couple of times in posts like this one, and both times were such happy surprises! I think it's so lovely when bloggers recommend other blogs as it's a wonderful way to spread the love, connect and just make people happy! Plus, it's a perfect opportunity to discover some new blogs, and what day is better for blog reading than a Sunday?

So here are a few of my favourite posts from the last couple of weeks:

Katy's post about The Cake and Bake Show was such a joy to scroll through. I've got a massive sweet tooth and just love food in general, plus I love baking, so it was great to be able to 'visit' the show through Katy's wonderful post. Just look at all those wonderful cakes and pastries! Yum.

Brittany's post on having trouble falling asleep was full of helpful tips. I struggle with not being able to fall asleep quite often, and some of these tips I've tried and can vouch for, while some of them I'm keen to try out. So if you're in the same position, check this brilliant post out!

Annie's article on A Little Opulent about feminism. It explains perfectly why feminism is so important and why it doesn't deserve the bad reputation it sometimes get. Since it's a subject that is close to my heart I was really happy to see this post, and A Little Opulent is an all around excellent online magazine.

Natalie's post about doing things even though you're scared was such an inspiring read. She explains this really great mindset which is about accepting your fears and worries and then just doing things anyway. She explains it much better than me though, so go read!

Jen's list of what not to waste your time on. Basically, this is an incredibly spot-on list of things that life is too short for. Very inspiring!

Rosie's tips on how to tackle those winter blues. I love autumn and winter, but sometimes the dark can be a bit too much even for me. Here are some wonderful suggestions on how to make the most out of the darker time of the year, which made me even more excited for the months to come!

Rachel's photo of some beautiful autumn leaves. I can never stop staring at all the colourful when I'm out and about during this time of the year, and I love how she has managed to capture the changing colours in such a stunning way.

Candy's reflections on the beauty of sunsets is a beautifully written post with gorgeous photos. I had never thought of asking why we find sunsets beautiful before, but I really enjoyed reading Candy's musings on the subject.

I hope any (or all) of these posts spark your interest! What blog posts have you enjoyed recently?

xx Mimmi

Thursday, 16 October 2014

In photos: the Botanic Gardens, part one

I spent most of last weekend at home, nursing a cold and an eye infection, so bySunday I really badly needed to get out of the flat and do something. I walk past the Botanic Gardens on my way to uni most days, but so far I had never had the opportunity to actually visit them, so I decided to finally go there. I am so glad I did, because I fell head over heels in love with them. They are absolutely magical. 

I took quite a large amount of photos, so I've decided to make this into two posts. This one will have photos only from the green houses (although mainly one of them, as the other closed when I had just entered it), and I'm saving my favourite part - the outside gardens - for next time.

How beautiful is that quote? Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this plant-filled post. :)

xx Mimmi

Monday, 13 October 2014

One month in Glasgow & Happy Post #6

Yesterday I had been in Glasgow for one month - one whole month! I can't believe how incredibly quickly the time has gone by. It's been a busy but wonderful month, full of new impressions, new people, and new everythings! I'm so glad I was brave enough to go on this adventure, and I'm simply really happy being here. And what better post to mark this day than an appreciative post, right?

All the pictures in this post are those that I've uploaded to instagram during the month, as I thought they would fit the theme of this post!

Lately, these things have made me happy:

The proper autumnal weather that has come to Glasgow! Even though the mild and sunny September was wonderful, I'm really happy that October has brought the chilly winds and crisp air. I love wearing cosy sweaters, wrapping up with big scarfs (my favourite is a big tartan one that I got from my sister last Christmas), drinking lots of tea (and other hot drinks), and hearing the rain smatter on the windows. Yes, I even like the rain.

All the lovely people I've met so far. One of my biggest fears with moving to another country and starting university was that I wouldn't find any good friends. So far I've met quite a few lovely persons though, so I have a feeling the next few years will be great! (Touch wood....)

Glasgow University becoming the first university in Europe to divest from fossil fuels.  One thing that is very close to my heart is the climate issue, so hearing this news made me really proud to be a student of Glasgow University.

My mum always being there for me, even when I message her ten times in a row because she isn't answering and I'm crying over having caught a cold, or when I'm panicking over writing my first essay. She's always there with her wise and comforting words, and I don't know what I'd do without her!

Getting back into baking. A couple of weeks ago I decided that I missed baking too much and headed off Tesco to get some baking equipment and ingredients. Luckily they had 20% off kitchenware that day, plus I found a 20£ put down to 10£! I think it was simply meant to be. The very same day I made cinnamon rolls, and a few days later I made chocolate chip cookies, which were both very well received! In short, it's lovely to be able to bake again. (Oh and - only the cookies are my own baking - the pancakes I had for brunch at the Hillhead Bookclub one day.)

Hot chocolate! I've never been crazy about hot chocolate, but lately I've really enjoyed changing it up a bit and sometimes having hot chocolate instead of my usual tea or coffee. Indulgent and oh so yummy.

What has made you feel happy, thankful or appreciative lately?

xx Mimmi

Friday, 10 October 2014

A wee Paperchase haul

I've found that being a student is the perfect excuse for buying stationery, which is perfect as there's an amazing Paperchase store on Buchanan Street in Glasgow. I discovered it the very first day I visited the city centre and instantly dragged my mum with me to check it out. Since then I've been there a few more times, and I thought I'd share what I've got from there so far. I bought these things on two different occasions, with a couple of weeks inbetween, so it's not really a 'haul', but oh well.

Going clockwise on the first photo, the two folders with polka dots I got to put various papers in. Then I got two notebooks for taking notes in lectures. I got the all-brown one the first time, and even though it looks rather boring I really like it, for two reasons: one, it's made of recycled paper, and two, it has four "parts" so that I can have one for each subject, plus one extra. The second one with the trees I got the second time, and I'm really glad I did cause I think it's really cute, plus it's nice to have one waiting for when I finish the first one. I also decided to get a notebook to use for the Creative Writing meetings and other writing purposes, and found this really cute one with animals on it. Finally, I got a pack with four blocks of sticky notes, all in different colours and with different motives. Yeah, I do like things with animals on them....

Is someone else a big fan of stationery? What's your favourite place to shop for it?

xx Mimmi

Monday, 6 October 2014

A Day in Edinburgh

When mum and I went to Scotland we flew to Edinburgh, as there are no direct flights from Stockholm to Glasgow. We've been in Edinburgh together before and both love the city, so we decided to have one day there to just explore and have a good time. I was dead tired for most of the day, as I hadn't been able to sleep well the night before (nerves.....), but it was a lovely day anyway.

After we had checked in at the guest house and left our bags, we walked towards the centre and ended up in Old Town.

We started off by having lunch at The Elephant House, which is famous for being the café where J. K. Rowling wrote Harry Potter. I remember being extremely hungry by then, and went for potato salad and smoked salmon, which was delicious.

Having filled our tummies, we continued strolling around in the city. Both mum and I love exploring cities by foot, and that was basically what we did all day. We went from Old Town and the Grassmarket... New Town and Rose Street. We popped into a few stores along Princes Street too, and had some cake and coffee at Patisserie Valerie on Rose Street, which I forgot to photograph (too excited about the cake, I suppose!).

We continued walking and went through Princes Street Gardens, which were really beautiful. Last time I was in Edinburgh was in the middle of winter, so I wasn't really able to fully appreciate how lovely this place is. On top of that it was a warm, almost summer-y day - perfect for strolls in the park.

During the rest of the day I neglected taking photos, but we didn't do much else than walking around anyway. We finished the day with veggie burgers at the Frankenstein pub, which I would definitely recommend!

Writing this post makes me really want to go to Edinburgh again soon. It's barely an hour away with train, so there's no excuse to not go!

Thanks for reading!
Love, Mimmi

Thursday, 2 October 2014

A Walk in Ruchill Park

Last weekend was a really quiet and calm one for me, mostly because I really felt the need to study (I'm still not used to the pace of university studies!). Saturday was particularly quiet, as the only time I left the house was for an afternoon walk. I wanted to get out and get some fresh air and decided to explore the park that is barely five minutes from where I live.

Lately, I've been rubbish at actually bringing my camera around and photographing, so I decided to bring it with me on my afternoon walk. The light was, for the most part, really pretty, and the park turned out to be quite lovely as well.  I especially loved the view you got in some places, with the city below and the hills in the background.

I'm still such an amateur when it comes to photography, but I thought I'd share a few of the ones that I thought turned out rather well.

Do you enjoy photographing? And if so, what's your favourite place for doing so?

Thanks for reading! xx