Artistic Endeavours

January 8, 2015 § Leave a comment

Do you ever put so much effort into something and then step back and actually feel proud of what you’ve done? I have. And I’m pretty sure we all have at some point. Except that after a period of 24 hours I see everything wrong with it, and suddenly I’m not so proud of it anymore.

This could be with anything… Exams, cooking, writing, photography even dealing with a situation. « Read the rest of this entry »

Quote of the Day

December 31, 2014 § 1 Comment

Theoden: Who am I, Gamling?
Gamling: You are our king, sire.
Theoden: And do you trust your king?
Gamling: Your men, my Lord, will follow you to whatever end.
Theoden: To whatever end…

Algarve: Portugal, December 2014

December 31, 2014 § Leave a comment

This was an impromptu ‘holiday’. My Grandma had recently got very ill, leaving her unable to read and drive so she constantly needed someone with her. Originally my father was going to Portugal where she lives, along with my brother and sister for some mountain biking practise. But somehow all four of us elder children ended up going.

I really didn’t want to go, but after lots of pressure from my family I thought maybe I should go after all, spend some time with my Grandmother and get a little break from the house (although I was still doing housey stuff while I was in Portugal). Primarily consisting of helping my Grandma while everyone else was out, walking her dogs, cooking dinner etc.

I’ve been to Portugal many times, so I spent a lot of my time in the house and on the surrounding land, when I went a couple years ago however we really did a little tour of the Algarve, visited lots of beaches and sites.

My day consisted of a walk to the beach pretty much every morning, playing some tennis, reading, homework, doing some other work- well you get the gist, it was pretty laid back. I did go out a couple of time in the one and a half weeks I was there. And I also turned 20 on the 23rd!

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Above are some various photos, I did write captions however they don’t seem to be showing up since I am writing this post on my iPhone. Sad I know, maybe when I put on my laptop I will edit and put in the captions.

I know it has been months since I wrote up a post, but I’ve been madly busy with college, so much work to deal with! But despite the stress I enjoy it alhamdulillah. I will make an effort to put more posts even I bombard you with art work from my classes.

Aaliyah

Quote of the Day

November 25, 2014 § 1 Comment

‘Indeed the worldly life is about broken remains that are beautified by desires, it is a trap for heedless hearts.’

Poem of the Day

November 22, 2014 § Leave a comment

“Truly in the heart there is a void that can not be removed except with the company of Allah.

And in it there is a sadness that can not be removed except with the happiness of knowing Allah and being true to Him.

And in it there is an emptiness that can not be filled except with love for Him and by turning to Him and always remembering Him.

And if a person were given all of the world and what is in it, it would not fill this emptiness.”

Imam Ibn al-Qayyim

Quote of the Day

November 17, 2014 § Leave a comment

Be not afraid of greatness. Some are born great, some achieve greatness and some have greatness thrust upon ‘em. ~William Shakespeare

Autumn Sun

October 31, 2014 § 1 Comment

It has been a long while since I have gone for a ‘walk’ or even set foot on some ground that isn’t on the way to college. Autumn has to be one of my favourite seasons, if not my favourite. How can I not love the colours?  The leaves blow off the trees like flakes of gold. The birds are migrating, their formations shifting across the sky, the smell of sweet wood burning and the blue skies look like they should be part of summer. The hills are red and purple, a halo of mist surrounding them in the morning.

After a particularly exhausting few weeks it is now half term, but I have a lot to do. Last week Friday, after the last day of college before the half term my family and I drove to the top of the Long Mynd in Shropshire, to catch the last rays of the sun for that day. The landscape was so dramatic at that time, with clear skies at one side and clouds rolling in on the other.

Since my sister is the photographer I told her to take some photos. However when I did get the camera it ran out of battery and my super clever sister decided to run ahead to the car so I couldn’t get the spare batteries from her. Sadly don’t have many photos as it got really overcast.

But I hope you see the beauty in the ones I do have :)

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Sorry that the second one is blurry, but I kind of like it.

Aaliyah

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