Saturday, July 8, 2017

Scotland the Beautiful

Being obsessed with castles, fairytales and beautiful landscapes, I couldn't be more fortunate to be able to visit Scotland. Sadly, I only had three days in Edinburgh but it was worth every second of it.

The journey started from Leeds - took the train to Edinburgh, explored the old and new town. Hiked up to Arthur's Seat, which I didn't realise I was going to do so I wasn't prepared at all. Wasn't wearing proper attire and definitely not proper shoes. My feet cursed me for the rest of my UK trip but the hike up was worth that pain. It was absolutely magical to see the city from the top with the clouds floating around us.

On one of the days we rented a car and drove to Stonehaven which was a couple of hours away to visit Dunnottar Castle. It is a ruined medieval fortress that has some great history behind it. It's located on rocky cliffs. Luckily we had a bright sunny day, that made the views spectacular of the vibrant blue seas, the sounds of waves hitting the rocks and me sitting on the hills taking it all in.

If anyone ever visits Scotland, I highly recommend visiting Stonehaven. After spending a couple of hours at the castle we drove to the Bay fish and Chips to have well, fish and chips. I'm not even a fan of fried fish but this was the best I had. Sadly, the trip to Stonehaven was just a day but I'll be back one day, that's for sure.

I'm including some of my favorite pictures of Scotland, I hope you enjoy them as much as I did being there.


Tuesday, January 24, 2017

House Renovation: Part One - Living Room

For the longest time, I've wanted to renovate my house but something or the other always came up. The main concern obviously was finances. I am very fortunate to live in a big house, but with that comes the cost of everything going up exponentially. I stalled the renovation process for years till the house started to feel unliveable to me. 

The walls started chipping, seepages were apparent, the carpets worn out, the flooring nonexistent. Frankly, it was embarrassing hosting guests. (You'll understand in pictures below.)

Now keep in mind, the house is huge, so there was no way I could fix the whole house in one go. I decided to fix the rooms that were in most use - my bedroom, living room and kitchen. I'll blog about the bedroom and kitchen in another post.

My house was built in the 60's by my grandfather and subsequently passed on to me. This house has some of the greatest memories for me, so leaving it will never be an option. 

I was sitting with a good friend of mine, discussing how I want to renovate and have some spare cash lying in my account but I was hesitant to move forward as I had NO idea where I would have to begin. Especially considering, I don't speak the local language Urdu fluently, and that would be a huge obstacle in my way. The good friend that he is, took it upon himself to help me out. He said, "No, Fatima, you HAVE to renovate...I'll help you out!!" Boy, did he help out, he did everything and made what I envisioned come alive!




The whole room still isn't complete. I have to buy bits and pieces such as lamps and vases to make it more homey. I couldn't put everything together because I had to leave Pakistan.. but it's a process, eventually I will. I'll keep you guys posted. What was most important was to renovate, and I think it looks a million times better.

The whole process was time consuming because everything had to be repaired.. this wasn't just a case of refurbishment it was re-doing everything.

I hope you guys like this post.. let me know if you would like to see more house renovations in the future! 


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