Weekly Photo Challenge: Dinner Time at Cafe Mango

Cafe Mango, Thai and Indian Restaurant Fort William, Highlands, Scotland.
The main course at Cafe Mango, Thai and Indian Restaurant Fort William, Highlands, Scotland. Taken August 2015.

For this week’s photo challenge, Dinnertime, I decided to share these pictures of the delightful Cafe Mango in Fort William.  If you’re climbing Ben Nevis, this Thai and Indian restaurant is well worth a visit.  It was the best restaurant we ate at on the West side of the Highlands, everything was simply delicious and the staff were friendly and made us feel very welcome even though it was 9pm, and we were the last customers (because we had just climbed Ben Nevis – everyone seems to eat early in the Highlands)!

Cafe Mango, Thai and Indian Restaurant Fort William, Highlands, Scotland.
Some of the stunning decoration inside Cafe Mango, Thai and Indian Restaurant Fort William, Highlands, Scotland. Taken August 2015.
Cafe Mango, Thai and Indian Restaurant Fort William, Highlands, Scotland.
A shot of the rest of the restaurant (I used the bannister near the top as the horizon line) including the beautiful emboidered elephants backdrop, in Cafe Mango, Thai and Indian Restaurant Fort William, Highlands, Scotland.
Cafe Mango, Thai and Indian Restaurant Fort William, Highlands, Scotland.
Fort William at night: The outside of Cafe Mango, Thai and Indian Restaurant Fort William, Highlands, Scotland.

Weekly Photography Challenge: Future

This weeks photo theme was “Future” – a challenge to represent the potential of things to come. My choice might seem strange for this week’s photography challenge, but it represents the future for me because I want to travel more and see more of the Ancient and Classical world (being an archaeology graduate and all). Here’s mine:

The Roman Forum, Rome, Italy
Part of the Roman Forum in Rome, Italy.  Taken in September 2014.

This also gives me an opportunity to mention the full quote that the tagline of my blog came from: “The past is history, and the future, a mystery, but today… is a gift.  That is why it is called the present.”  From Grand Master Oogway, in the film Kung-Fu Panda.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Snapshots: The White Rabbit

Oh WOW this photo challenge was hard! I decided to do a photo story called The White Rabbit.  I hope you like the story and theme.  It’s only 250 words long (because the photos really tell the story) and it’s told with photos and in the captions. The photo challenge was Snapshots.

IMG_20150402_112303
She opened the gate, waiting for me, luring me into her trap, my White Rabbit.
distant staring pose1
Was she seeking something, or trying to show me? I was helpless but to follow.
stream tree bridge2
Off the path I strayed; I lost her, lost my way, lost myself. Chasing an image.
IMG_20150402_195624
I arrived at a wall, a boundary, a junction.  This was a place between worlds, between realities.  I wondered for a moment why I had given chase.
on top of the wall
There! The White Rabbit; was she leading me? Teasing me? Luring me? I pursued her through the ruined doorway, and everything changed.
long corridor
Nothing made sense here; games were being played.  Now I was hopelessly lost in her maze, wondering whether she knew where to find herself.
stairs
Deeply embroiled, I searched for an exit from this surreal game.
IMG_20150402_195155
I emerged into the land of portals, unsure which would return me to where I belonged. Could I ever truly belong, now I’d seen what lay on the periphery of my precarious existence?
mysterious big wall
The white rabbit watched me leave, mocking my departure. I wondered if it was lonely to only exist through the looking glass, between worlds, with no reality to call her own.
white hair elven in nature
As I escaped, running down the rabbit hole, she appeared again before me. Had I ever left her domain? With a sense of growing horror, I knew in the pit of my stomach that I was hers now. I had belonged to her from the moment I’d seen her. She never stopped running away. Not even in death could I ever escape from the eternal, endless, surreal maze of the White Rabbit.

Note on the story:

The theme of this story is Alice Through the Looking Glass, but only with the chasing a white rabbit motif.  I wanted the White Rabbit to be a girl, with ambiguity as to whether she’s chasing herself or whether the narrator is chasing her, like in the beginning stages of a relationship.  I wanted to combine a narrative of Alice with the bizarre surrealism of a Kafkaesque landscape that I found on a walk when I went to the Scottish Borders last year.  It is Border Country in a lot of different ways, the interchange between England and Scotland.  I wanted this to be ambiguous and open ended, to give it a sense of mystery and open interpretation.

I would appreciate any feedback as I don’t usually share my creative writing on here, although the words were really just to tie the pictures together to explain why I arranged them like this.

PS The pictures are of myself but for the purposes of the story, the person in the pictures is not the narrator telling the story.

Weekly Photography Challenge: Harmony

(and second Liebster award in a week)
This was another tricky photo challenge, because I’m a perfectionist and wanted the picture to be truly harmonious, and I see imperfections in every photo I take.  I guess that’s where I’m at with photography. Here’s where I found the challenge: Harmony
I decided this picture of Jack Frost’s handiwork was the only thing that would fit the bill – the harmony of nature in frost patterns always looks visually striking to me:

Frost pattern ice Jack Frost
Frost patterns on the car windscreen taken with mobile phone (as no camera to hand).
frost patterns
A few seconds later, none of this beautiful frost existed, as I had to remove it to drive the car.

I’ve also been nominated for a second Liebster by someone who I nominated.  I’m not sure that’s quite within the rules (lol) but it was very thoughtful, so I thought I’d go along with it anyway because someone did something nice and it would be mean not to pay it forward to other people.

So thank you very much for thinking of me Maricela at The Purple Realm 🙂

Here’s my answers to the questions:

Favorite color? Yellow!
Sneakers or heels? Depends on the event, but usually sneakers (trainers).
Anything you are currently obsessing over? Photography for definite!
Favorite TV show? Xena Warrior Princess.  Strong female lead (in every sense of the word), solves her own problems, solves other people’s, witty, great fight choreography… Can’t wait for the new series.
What old school song takes you down memory lane? Therapy?’s “Screamager” just reminds me of the beginning of my current relationship.

Dessert you can’t live without? Bananas. I eat them at least once a day.
Have you ever been to a concert and if so, who was it? So many concerts. Mostly metal bands and hard rock bands because they’re the best. I’ve written about them all here although I haven’t got round to writing about all of the ones I went to last year yet.
Coffee or tea? Tea.
Limeade or lemonade? Lemonade.
What’s your favorite candle smell? That one that they always call “the sea” or “ocean” or something like that – although it really smells like aftershave because the sea usually smells like fish lol.

And my nominations:
The Stylish Starlet
Lushious Blog
Following the Golden Quill
I already nominated 5 people last week so I’m going to keep it short this time.

Your Questions are:
1. What’s your usual fitness routine?
2. How many mascaras do you own?
3. What is your favourite foundation at the moment?
4. What do you like the most about blogging?
5. What is your favourite weather and why?

I look forward to reading your answers!

Weekly Photo Challenge: Seasons: Spring

In direct contrast to Autumn, Spring as an emotion is a feeling of growth, of change, of refreshment, when I look on the whole world with new eyes.  Everything is growing, and the detritus of the old world is consumed by rebirth:

DSCF4248.JPG
Lichen on a rock, Fort William, Scotland.

From the Weekly Photo Challenge found here: Seasons I decided this picture best represented Spring as a reflection of the inner landscape.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Seasons (Autumn)

This week’s photo challenge is to do with seasons; seasons as a reflection of your inner landscape.  I am thinking I’d like to do one for each season, but today I feel Autumn.
Being born in November, I guess I’m more prone to feeling Autumn than most people – the feeling that summer is over and winter is coming, and all you can do is watch as the temperature goes down and the wildlife runs for cover from the blizzards.  I think this picture sums it up, as the rabbit stares out at the dwindling stalks of grass:

autumn bunny
Fifer, Taken in October 2015.  Taken with Sigma 18-250mm lens.

Here’s where I found the weekly photo challenge: Seasons