February 2017

Hello! I am doing 12 photos on the 12th of each month (I’m only about an hour late this month…). It’s called 12 on 12, and I am doing it with Sesame Ellis & Co. Photographing Happiness. I am trying some new old things like trying to learn how to write a blog again, trying to learn how to do photography… We were supposed to have a theme, and the theme was “perspective” but I kind of forgot to do the theme and just took photos.

I am currently studying abroad in England, so I take any opportunity I can to visit the villages around where I live. I am only here for a short amount of time and I am determined to experience as much of this country as I can!

Early this month, I went to Bristol with my friend Betta to find the place where she was going to work for two weeks. She told me about Bag of Nails which is a cat pub! Of course we had to visit!Right after we left the pub, we saw a cat at the window of a bookstore. It was a day full of cats!

Then I finally decided to take my big camera out on walks with me. I’m glad I did! It’s nice to have some pretty photos once in a while. I used my friend Jonny as a subject to help me get back into photography again. Thanks Jonny! 

And then it snowed over the weekend! It was only a little bit, and it made this Canadian miss home a lot, but that little bit was a whole lot of magic. Even the birds were excited! I’m sure I’ll learn how to write better eventually. Thanks for visiting!

Madison - February 13, 2017 - 3:41 am

These are so beautiful.
That snowy owl is definitely happy to have that snow! ^_^ And where did the penguins come from?!

Happy New Year

I know I am four days late in saying, “Happy New Year!” but here it is.

It is good to be home! I spent the last two days of 2016 having fun in the cold. Went to the Rockies during the winter for the first time ever and I loved it.

I am going to enjoy the last few days in Canada ice skating and having fun, not worrying about writing my essay, because that is just unfair! Have a great year, folks!

Giving Up and Moving Forward

It has been a long time (nearly a year) since I made my last blog post. The main reason for this was that because I allowed sadness to take over my life and I gave up on things I loved to do. The first thing to go was photography. I felt my life was no longer worthy for documentation or sharing.

I have a new perspective now. It took a very long time, finally putting all my trust in God, incredibly understanding family and friends, and numerous walks in the countryside for me to find my new perspective. So, hopefully, there will be more regular posts now. Although I am out of practice, so I can’t make any promises.

I am back in England now; back to studying. This year is different because I realized that I only have two years left and I want to spend it exploring more of England! I left my big fancy camera at home in Canada, so I will only be posting iPhone photos now.

I am going to try to spend more time visiting little villages and taking walks in the countryside.img_4837img_4704img_4765I started these trips to spend time with nature in the summer, and now it is Autumn, and it is incredibly beautiful. img_3403img_3407img_3409img_3497The fireworks display for bonfire night last night was a lot of fun. What a great time with good friends.  img_3451I once was very unhappy to be back in England. It was only until last weekend when I finally started being myself again, and now I am feeling great again. God has given me a beautiful, incredible, painful, wonderful, and magical adventure, and I am truly thankful for all of it. Rough edges, smooth sides and all.

EJ - November 7, 2016 - 5:30 pm

Welcome back, Ameel!! Post more pics, I miss them 🙂 and the countryside looks amazing for a walk.

Amelia - November 8, 2016 - 11:39 am

Thanks EJ. Will do!

Christmas Feelings

I am grateful for Christmas! Check out what Kelli is grateful for.

This is my first time experiencing Christmas in England. I love all the Christmas Markets they have here! The first one I went to was the one in Gloucester.2015-11-19 Choir in Gloucester05It was so cute. I also like the one in Cheltenham.20151205-IMG_2892The Christmas Market in Bath is MASSIVE. There were sooooooooo many stalls. We waited for the train…20151203-IMG_285720151203-IMG_2858When we arrived, we were greeted by a beautiful sky and the sun. I felt like I haven’t seen the sun in days!20151203-IMG_2864Bath is beautiful.20151203-IMG_287720151203-IMG_287520151203-IMG_2884Yesterday was the first time I have ever been on the performing side of the orchestra. It was such a beautiful experience. I love being part of the choir even though I am still self conscious about my own voice, and, oddly enough, I don’t like to hear myself sing. My favourite part of last night was when we performed “Welcome the Star” and all the voices (tiny and big) sang together with all the instruments going all out. It was extraordinary. This is a photo I took during rehearsal.2015-12-05 Choir ConcerI feel so grateful for all the adventures I’ve had, and that I also get to share these adventures with the new friends I have made. This experience has been an incredible one, and one that I will never forget. I am so happy I chose to go back to school, and that I chose to do it abroad.

Everyday

So many adventures. I have been taking a photo a day and adding a quote next to each photo and posting them on Steller (my user is dailymeel if you use the app and want to see the quotes), but I think I will make the blog kind of like a diary.

13.11.2015. The chill in the air reminds me of home.

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14.11.2015. I went on my first long run since I got here. 7km. It’s small compared to what I usually do when I was training, but at least it’s better than nothing.Tivoli Street

15.11.2015. The vintage fair is so much fun, and I loved the look everyone wore!IMG_2611bw

16.11.2015. Uni is just a ten minutes walk away. I have never felt so little stress about getting to class on time!IMG_2617

17.11.2015. The blackout meant that our work on the computers were put to a stop, so Betta and I went to a coffee shop and got coffee and hot chocolate in our bellies and ideas down on paper.IMG_2628

18.11.2015. My ideas didn’t stop flowing and kept coming out until three in the morning.IMG_2644

19.11.2015. Daniel and I wandered around Gloucester a bit and we sang with the choir at Gloucester Cathedral and it was such a magical experience to sing in such a grand place. I feel so lucky and so grateful for this opportunity.IMG_2653

20.11.2015. Today was a day of essay writing. What a relief when it was time to tuck in.2015-11-20 Bed Time03Good night.