Monday Link List: 070

This print is absolutely beautiful - I wish it was still available!
 Abbey Karson's all black outfits, like this one, are my style goals at the moment.
This beautiful art from Mia Charro 
One day I'll leave the city and live in a cabin in the woods
 I'm a big fan of this quote and really enjoyed the associated post from Juniper Woodbury - I was definitely a bit anti-feminist when I was young and I'm always interested in other people who felt the same way and how that changed.

 I love this cityscape from Pascal Campion
This gorgeous magpie tattoo by my favourite lady @shirleypettigrewtattoos
I'm just a little bit obsessed with this quote at the moment - it's something I'm really trying to focus on so I made this for myself using Canva. This version is A4 proportions but it fits pretty well for my phone lock screen too.

JK Rowling's tweet about the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone coming out gave me all the feels - I might even start rereading it tonight.

Emmy's story about accidentally locking her dog in the car is terrifying but her reaction was commendable - Scallywag getting locked in and overheating in a car is one of my worst nightmares.

Chantilly posted about teaching herself to turn off.

Buzzfeed shared a massive list of tweets that will make feminists laugh.

Charlotte shared some reasons she will unfollow your blog.

And it is a little bit late but I thought it was still worth sharing Rosie's ways to celebrate the summer solstice.

Visiting Stonehenge

Do you ever look at a photo and it suddenly hits you how much has changed since you took it? These photos were taken on a holiday I took at around this time last year and it feels like my whole world is different now. From the outside it may seem the same; same flat, same job, same dog but at the same time, everything is different. My five-year relationship ended, I made new friendships and rekindled old ones, I learnt how to live and be alone, and I'm not that same person who took these photos only twelve months ago. In fact, I can barely recognise her. 

It feels like a strange irony that I'm writing about changes in life when my photos are of Stonehenge - a monument that seems almost eternal. These stones have stood in place for thousands of years, weathered generations of humanity while I've only lived another year, a tiny blip in the larger picture of both the world and my life. It's a timely reminder that although things have changed I've somehow survived it all; solid and strong in my own way. 
Anyway - let's get on with what I had planned to talk about. Stonehenge is somewhere I've always wanted to visit. I've always been fascinated with prehistory and the monuments that have endured since that time. Finally seeing it in person was everything I could have hoped for. The distances these stones travelled and the organisation and effort involved in erecting them is absolutely incredible.

For those who aren't history buffs here's a little background. Stonehenge is in Wiltshire and is part of a complex of prehistoric monuments in the area, which includes several hundred burial mounds, The site around 1500 years to complete, with different aspects of the monument being built at different stages. It started with a circular bank and ditch enclosure around 360 feet in diameter around 3100 BCE or 5100 years ago and it looks like the site was in use until the Iron Age (between 1200 BCE and 1 BCE). That amount of time is just mind boggling. 

We'll never know exactly what the spiritual or religious significance of the site is but it is surrounded by burial mounds and shows evidence of use at different points of the year. It still has ritual surrounding it today, in fact as it is the summer solstice the site was opened up to the public this morning. It's one of the only times you can get up close to the stones, the rest of the time they keep you a distance away so that they can protect the integrity of the stones.  

It's an amazing place that I am so happy to have seen. Editing these photos and writing this post has been a little bittersweet but it's also making me excited for all the other places I can visit and learn more about. Time moves and things change but some things will stay the same - like my awkward photo face...
Alice xo

Monday Link List: 069

Well it's been a while again. I'm sure I'll do some sort of explanatory post soon but for now I just want to jump straight back in to it. I can believe this is my first Monday Link List since November 2014.
Pretty Confused Monday Link List The Secret Garden was one of my favourite books growing up (and does anyone else remember the movie from 1993?) I would love to get a copy of it with this cover from Karl James Mountford.
 This bedroom looks so cosy and comforting. I'm on a total fairy lights kick in my house at the moment.
 This wee guy makes me heart feel light, such a cutie!
I need this mug from Anthropologie in my life.
 This outfit from @caminimm is basically my clothing goals for the summer - it's too warm for anything fancier right now.

An oldie but still good - I love Buzzfeed's advice on making your rental into a home.

I found this article on getting consent before photographing people in public spaces really interesting and made me think about how I use my camera when I'm in a busy area or at an event.

The changes made to these album covers and ads to make them fit modesty laws are fascinating.

I'm totally obsessed with Sarah Graley's 'Our Super Adventure' and Dami Lee's 'As Per Usual' comics at the moment.

I really love these ideas of things to write in a therapeutic journal - the page also has a good explanation of the difference between a journal and a therapeutic journal. I was writing one for most of the last year and I'm really disappointed at myself for falling out of the habit.

Father's day was yesterday and I know that can be a difficult time of year for people for a variety of reasons. this article about letting yourself feel the hurt or anger of it might help anyone who has found it particularly tough,