Dumyat pt 5 // Scotland

So after the beautiful shot from last time, it’s all downhill from here (literally, we started heading back down. I know, I know, I’m so funny).

As I mentioned in the last part of these posts, the sun had started to set so basically the sky was doing beautiful things like this while we walked down.

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And then that quickly turned into this…

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I decided to do a slideshow because I couldn’t for the life of me decide which sunset pictures I liked best. Let me know which is your favorite. I would be quite interested to know.

And there concludes the Dumyat expedition. It only lasted a few hours and yet I got so many pictures and memories from it. Go do something in nature.

Also sorry that this post is late. It’s been rough. I can’t guarantee that there will two posts every week for the rest of the year. I’ve been slacking on my reading.

 

 

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(60)The Smell of Other People’s Houses // Bookish Blurb

The Smell of Other Peoples Houses by Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock

This is a teen book following the lives of a group of teenagers in Alaska mostly set in the 70s. It follows them throughout roughly a year as they struggle with what life throws at them.

This is a very short book and I read it all in one sitting but it is a rather powerful book.
Although this is technically a teen book I don’t think it is just for a teen audience. It deals with deep and complex issues of belonging and family as well as just describing what it is like to be part of a poor community where violence is prominent Continue reading “(60)The Smell of Other People’s Houses // Bookish Blurb”

(59) The Thirteenth Tale // Bookish Blurb

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Vida Winter has never told people the truth about her past but now she’s dying and has decided to tell Margaret Lea, an amateur biographer with secrets of her own. Slowly, as her body falls apart, she reveals her past and tells a story of madness, ghosts, and red haired twins. Continue reading “(59) The Thirteenth Tale // Bookish Blurb”

Dumyat pt.2 // Scotland

And here continues our adventure up the hill. Make sure to check out Part One to see pictures of bluebells.

After we hopped over the fence we were soon greeted by these ruins.

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And right next to them was this interesting tree with Kayla (the person I was going with) found fascinating. I think she said it was a magical tree where fairies would live or something. It was a funky tree.

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And here we are on the hill above the ruins.

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I quite like this picture. I’m not even really sure why.

I felt the need to document someone’s sad adventure.

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And the perpetrators.

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I mean, what’s a walk in Scotland if there aren’t some sheep.

And I think this is where we will leave part two. Come back for part three where we reach the top of the hill and the gorgeous view there.

 

 

 

(58)Snow Flower and the Secret Fan // Bookish Blurb

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

This is a historical fiction book set back in nineteenth century China. Our story follows the life of Lily. Her feet get bound, she gets married and has children, but the most important thing that happens to her is that she is chosen to have a laotong, a same, another girl who will be her best friend throughout her entire life. It is this friendship we follow as they write to each other using the secret nu shu language that only women write.

This is not necessarily a gripping book but it is a beautiful and interesting book. It does a very good job of explaining the customs and reasons why things happen the way they do. A lot of what this book does is just explain every day life for Lily. Yes, big events happen but mostly it is about what her life is like and how she and Snow Flower continue to communicate (or not).

I’m not really sure what else to say about this book. It is very peaceful despite the terrible things that happen and I definitely felt like I was surrounded by a different culture without feeling confused or overwhelmed by it.

I enjoyed this book and I would recommend it. Yes, it is technically an adult book and some of the situations are not something I would want children to read about but this is not necessarily an adult book more of just a mature book. I did really enjoy learning about nu shu and all the ways women were able to try and reach out of the boxes they were put in and ultimately the power they sometimes did have despite what the men around them might have wanted.

If you want to read a book about women, friendship, and China then I would say give this book a try.

Also apparently they made this into a movie which actually seems very different from the book.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan on Amazon

#58 of 2017

Dumyat pt.1 // Scotland

CIMG5143xDid you ever read books growing up where they mentioned fields of bluebells? I never really thought that they were real until I went to Scotland and saw fields of bluebells in the spring.

If you’ve read my other scotland walk posts, you may remember that there was a hill/mountain behind the building where I lived. In the spring (after all the snow had melted and the bluebells were out) one of my flatmates and I went up Dumyat. She had already been up it before which I was grateful of because there is no clear path and I probably would have gotten lost without her. Continue reading “Dumyat pt.1 // Scotland”

(57) A Spool of Blue Thread // Bookish Blurb

A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

Like many of the books I read, I forget where I got the recommendation for this one. This book basically follows one family throughout a long period of time, occasionally jumping between characters or generations. Continue reading “(57) A Spool of Blue Thread // Bookish Blurb”

Yet Another Walk // Scotland

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I have no idea what this building used to be or why it was still on the campus.

And one more walk that I went on while I was in Scotland. I hope you’ve enjoyed all the photos recently.

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In my wandering around I realized that there was a bee farm on campus. Hence why there were so many bees.

CIMG5097xCIMG5117xI hope you enjoyed these pictures. Sorry this post isn’t quite as nice as sometimes. It seems as though I am running out of posts to post so I might have to start scaling back to only one post a week. I’ll try to keep doing two for the rest of the year but we’ll see how that goes.