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Wednesday, 29 June 2016

The story of Harrold Bartholomeow

If it isn't abundantly obvious, I am obsessed with my cat. Harry (full name: Harrold Bartholomeow) had a bit of a rough start in life, he was handed into my local vet as a tiny stray kitten starving and absolutely full of fleas, he spent three weeks there as they nursed him back to health and tried to find his owners, fortunately for me no one came forward to claim him. 


The first time I met Harry. 
As it happens, my mum and I are friends with the staff at that particular vet, and they told us about this poor little affectionate stray that had been handed into them. It was a bit of a sad time for us as our other cat, Dexter, had recently passed away, but we both instantly fell in love with his little tabby face and cheeky nature that we asked if we could adopt him. The staff at the vets agreed and were so happy that they had found him a home. 

He couldn't leave for a week as he was still not one hundred percent healthy,  but I popped in a few times to see him so he would have at least one recognisable face when we could finally take him home. 

The vets were sad to see him go, and insisted that we take a collection of toys that he had taken a liking to (including one of those giant dog tugging ropes) as well as a bunch of treats and food. They love it whenever we take him in, and he always gets lots of fuss and cuddles from everyone that remembers him when he was a baby. 





Although he has grown out of his cute little kitten face, he has become an adorable cat, that I can't help but show to everyone I meet. He is so loving and has a proper little personality. Would you believe me if I said, whenever I sneeze, he comes running from wherever he is in the house and meows at me - basically my cat says 'bless you!' 

I am so glad that his previous owners neglected him, because it gave me the chance to adopt him, and give him all the love and attention he deserves. He definitely gets spoiled! 

If you are looking to own a cat or any other animal, then look at adopting from local shelters, or vets, and give a home to an animal that may not have had the best start in life.  















I couldn't post this post without showing off my other cat, George. He is really shy, so doesn't always come out for photos, but I love this one!
Do you have any pets? Share your stories and photos about them below, I'd love to know all about your little fur babies.

If you want to see any more photos of Harry, then check out the Instagram hashtag #HarroldBartholomeow

Tuesday, 31 May 2016

TRAVEL || NEW YORK: A CITY WITH A VIEW


The only thing better than seeing the New York Skyline from Liberty Island is being part of it. Ever since I saw Home Alone 2 when I was a kid, I wanted nothing more than to climb to the top of New York and look out onto the enormous buildings and vast blue skies; and let me tell you, it was everything I ever hoped it could be. 

In New York, there are three major buildings that let regular ol' folk climb to the top and look out onto the views of the city:  30 Rock, The Empire State Building, and One World Trade Centre. During my trip I got to visit two out of the three on that list - The Empire and the World Trade Centre. 

THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING
This building was once the tallest building in the world. For over forty years the only thing higher than its spire were the airplanes and clouds, now it is just a mere blip in comparison to those that now tower into the world's skyline. 
The inside is decorated in an Art Deco style, fitting in with what was popular at the time when the building opened, even the staff's uniform is in keeping with the 1930's decor; I felt so out of place in my Doc Martens and skinny jeans, haha. 
Surprisingly the queue was not as long as what I thought it would be, we got there around half 10 and was up on the 102nd floor not even fifteen minutes later. Aside from the views, the elevator ride was one of my favourite parts of The Empire, it takes exactly sixty seconds to get up to the 80th floor! If you are looking for a more traditional lift experience, then there is an old style gated lift that takes you from the main deck on the 86th floor to the observation deck on the 102nd. (Don't worry, there is another lift between the 80th and 86th, so you haven't got to hoof it up the stairs.)

I loved that guests had the option to download a free guided tour app to their phone, it was so much easier than joining a separate queue to pick up an audio guide from the kiosk on the 2nd floor. 

Another brilliant thing is, is that it is open from 8am until 2am, which I will definitely be taking advantage of on my next visit to New York. 

Standing at 1,453 feet, it is easy to imagine that the views from both the 86th and 102nd floors were magnificent. You can see for miles, way past Manhattan and Lady Liberty and towards the horizon; take a look for yourself. 

View of the One World Trade Centre from the Empire State Building. If you look, nearer the top of building, the windows are slightly darker than the rest of the windows, this is because those were the floors in which the plane hit the Twin Towers on Septemeber 11th.





ONE WORLD TRADE CENTRE
Visiting the new world trade centre or, The Freedom Tower as it is also known has to be one of the highlights of my trip. Walking around the memorial where the original two towers once stood is so eerie, it's so strange to think about what used to be there. We booked our tickets in advance to beat the queues, however as there was a security alert earlier in the day, we were forced to queue for almost an hour whilst they dealt with the backlog of people. 

Once you go through security, the queuing area becomes part of the experience. As you are below ground the walls are made of bedrock, and there is a massive screen showing a video made by the construction workers about building the icon. 

Much like the Empire State Building, The Freedom Tower has a wicked fast lift. At speeds of 23 miles per hour, it takes just 60 seconds for the elevator to climb 102 stories (1,776 feet) into the New York skyline. The elevator is lined with wall to ceiling screens, that show a 360-degree view of New York throughout its colourful history. The video starts off in pre-colonial times, and the further you ascend the closer you come to the modern era. 

We went up the tower at sunset, so when the doors opened and was practically blown away when I was met with these spectacular views.





The original site of the Twin Towers from the top of the Freedom Tower.


Have you ever been up the Empire State Building, or the Freedom Tower?

Thursday, 26 May 2016

BOOK REVIEW || The 100 - Kass Morgan (Book one)

Like a lot of other people, I discovered The 100 through the CW's hit show of the same name. I binge watched the first two and a half seasons in about four days, and then had to wait for new episodes each week. Imagine watching thirty-six episodes in a row, and the last one you watch is the one with THAT Lexa scene - I did not know it was coming, I was not ready.

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

What I am watching on Netflix : TV SHOWS

I have to admit that one of my favourite things to do is snuggle up under the dim light of my laptop, and binge-watch TV shows on Netflix. There is no such thing as 'just one more episode' am I right?

Netflix has so much great content, both new and old so I figured I would share a few of my favourites. 


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