Wednesday, 24 May 2017

Things I HATE About Nature

Did the title shock you as much as my last 'hate' post haha?! Indeed I adore all (well, almost) things wildlife and nature and would more than content to live out the rest of my life in a little log cabin in the middle of nowhere with only the birds and trees to talk to. Actually, I need that. Who can make it happen?
However, there are the odd things related to my Goddess, Mother Nature, that do get me down in the dumps or a little irked at times...

Sporadic Weather
Weather reports, pft! What are they? Why do we even bother trying to predict it anymore as it's never right. Even if it is, our town's weather changes hourly meaning it could start out a beautiful sunny morning, perfect for hanging the washing on the line but next minute it's snowing and the washing has icicles!
It makes getting dressed a little awkward too when you expect torrential rain but are greeted by a heat wave while you sweat yourself to death walking home from work in a massive waterproof coat and scarf.

Cold Causing Colds
Ah I know it's technically another weather related thing but I just can't handle Winter. It makes me less happy, I always get ill and it plays havoc with my asthma.

Sneaky blighters that just randomly stick their leg out to trip you up, is what they are! 'Enjoying your little stroll? A bit too much I walk home with this red raw stinging ankle!'

Bully Birds
This one upsets me daily and quite effects me. The amount of times strangers passing by have gawped at me as I stand shouting at a group of gulls swooping on a Heron or try to shoo Jackdaws away from a Starling nest is unbelievable...but I can't just stand by and watch, so people will just have to stare!
The worst is when there is the whole massive river with more than enough room for everyone, but Sally Seagull decides that Susan Seagull is in the exact spot she wants so proceeds to dive on Sally and try to rip her wing off! I'd love to know what she'd do if her cat pooped in her garden or her husband park in the wrong space! Goodness me!

Hay Fever/Allergies
For those who don't suffer from these, you are truly blessed! Haha Itchy eyes, runny nose, bad head and way more. They kind of take away the fun of enjoying the sun when he actually decides to put his hat on.

Flies in My Eyes
I swear I'm sure my eyeballs are some exotic delicacy to harvest flies and green flies. No matter how hard I try to evade them, one will always succeed to momentarily blind me and make me stick my finger in my eye and question anyone within view, 'Did I get it?? Is it gone??'. Blurgh!

Not Being Loved By All Creatures Great & Small
The majority of wildlife I come into contact with seems to appreciate my company almost as much as I do theirs. But there's always one who wants nothing to do with me :(

Aragog's Children
What purpose do they even serve?! If there is a God I want to know why spiders were invented and what their meaning of life is. They just cause bother half the dog is even petrified of them.

Overpopulation & Industrialism Destroying it
I suppose this isn't nature's fault and would be more at home on this 'HATE' list, it is related though so is going here.
Overpopulation, as in people are living longer, others having more children and younger meaning there is a greater world population than ever causing more and more of our gorgeous natural world to be destroyed in the name of housing and all that jazz.
One day kids will grow up and only know a forest from a movie, a lake from a school book. We need to put restrictions on human breeding - ala China's two-child-policy - helping reduce not just damage to our natural world but helping to combat the poverty and stuff thousands of children already live in.

Fluttering Demons
I can't believe I almost forgot some of my worst fears of all - not just naturewise - if you read my recent 'facts about me' post, you will know that this to refers to Butterflies and Moths and I do not wish to discuss those monsters futher!
(Thanks for giving my brain a nudge, Aimee!)

So yep, I think that's it! Fellow planet lovers, tree huggers, and bird whisperers tell me in the comments one thing that you dislike about our favorite thing! Anything at all. 
Thanks for reading :) 

Monday, 22 May 2017


On Sunday (yesterday), Underland to Wonderland hit 1000 posts. Wellll. It technically hit a while ago but I deleted a couple old posts a few months back and so now there are officially 1000 posts in my little time capsule, online diary, thingy-m-bob blog. Crazy.

I'm not a one for making a fuss when I hit a certain amount of page views or when I reach a blogiversary, but I thought 1000 posts was pretty cool and wanted to write a quick post to commemorate it.

5 facts about Underland to Wonderland:
As of today, this blog is 5 years, 5 months, 25 days old.
The original blog name was a mouthful! - 'Once Upon A Time, They Lived Happily Ever After'.
I have changed the layout majorly no less than 10 times.
Everything layout, graphics etc wise has always been (& always will be) 100% done by me.
This is my 3rd blog and the first one to stick and make it over 2 years.

5 Most popular posts of all time:

5 reasons I love my blog:
So many memories! Almost every day out, trip away and holiday from 2012 to present day is documented here.
It has kept me company and given me purpose from being unemployed, employed, down, happy and every time in-between.
Cliche, but I have actually made a couple friends over the years. One or two of which are now (I hope) life long, very good friends.
I can work on it no matter the time, day, month, weather. It's a 365 day hobby that constantly develops multiple skills.
It was organically born and has stayed true to it's original purpose. I make 0 money from it and am not bothered about growth, DA and all that rubbish.

5 Fave Series I've run, Past and Present:

5 Hopes for the future:
To continue documenting important moments and special days as a permanent time capsule.
Start incorporating a few more of my older style posts.
Try to find time each week to comment on more of my friend's blogs.
Eventually (after hoping and trying for the past 2 years) reach 1000 bloglovin' followers.
Get paid minimum wage for every hour I put into working on it ;) Just kidding. Be nice though eh?

5 Best trips/experiences/places I have documented:
Exploring Edinburgh  (Multiple trips to different museums and tourist attractions)

It's been nice to sit for a few many hours and look through my own posts to reminisce so to say. Some people reach 1000 posts within a year, some might not reach it until 10 years in, but 5.5 years in and I'm here. In 2011/2012 I posted as and when I liked but then a couple years in I started posting 3 days a week and finally, in 2014, my 4 day a week schedule came into effect and I have very rarely (if ever) missed a post on a Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Sunday since.
I love my little blog and hope to carry it on for many years to come. Here's to another 1000 posts :)

Sunday, 21 May 2017

Weekly Wondering // Week 20

Happy Sunday all!
For the explanation of what is going on here, please do 
click here and have a quick read.

Other than that, in short, I am answering 7 of these 365 thought provoking questions each week until I complete the year. I already did this in 2013 and am revisiting them to compare my answers.

What's the difference between settling for things and accepting the way things are?
Settling is just compromising with yourself over what you really want. Accepting is knowing that that is it. There is nothing more can be done, therefore nothing to settle on. Right?

How many of your friends would you trust with your life?
None!! My parents only.

What's your definition of heaven?
Somewhere I could be completely at peace. No neighbours for one haha! An abundance of wildlife, nature and the colour green with preferably minimal industrialism. Actually, you know Narnia after the winter ended? Just like that! Please.

What is your most prized possession?
Baker. Though as he's a living thing he technically isn't a possession. Probably some of my Disney things like park tickets and rare DVDs that would be hard to replace. I adore and cherish all of my Disney collection - from soft toys to books and everything in between - but some things can be replaced if anything were to happen to them, whereas others really can't.

How would you describe yourself in one sentence?
Hmm. I'm a quiet, very unconfrontational, lone wolf who adores magical worlds, is most at home surrounded by animals and the natural world and tries to do the best I can to help those who need me.

What stands between you and happiness?
Other people. Really, the 'proper' answer here should be 'nothing' but when you are socially anxious and live near not so nice people, people is the answer :P

What makes a person beautiful?
Pureness, kindness, modesty, the will to serve others, sweetness toward animals, and originality. Being yourself in both personality and appearance is important.

Make sure to look back on this same post from 2013 here, and see the differences in my answers! (I completed writing this before checking back to my old answers by the way). You can also see the series in whole from last time here and of course last week's Weekly Wondering here.

Friday, 19 May 2017

Disneyland Paris 2016 // Day 4, Part 1

We're getting there! The penultimate day of our trip, and our last day with Kerri and Kris! Mam and I had another fun something booked for early evening so we only had until about 4 in the parks this day. Thankfully we'd fitted in the majority of everything we'd hoped to do earlier in the week, which gave us time to have a relaxing stroll down Main Street during extra magical hours, taking photos of all the beautiful places that aren't so easy to photograph when there are more people bustling about! Oh and I think we popped in a few boutiques for a nosey too.
It seems that after that my photos became rather sporadic and missed a couple chunks of what we got up to but as far as I remember / can tell we headed to my second favorite land in search of Adventure ;)

Pirates are something I have been fascinated in for many years. I can remember choosing a pirate book at a school book fair, moving on to being obsesssssed with the first Pirates of the Caribbean movie at the age of 13 when it was released and then of course, during my first adult trip to DLP in 2010, falling in love with what remains one of my all time favourite rides ever, Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland Paris. I was so excited to get to share it with Kris and Kerri :)
Snaking around the caves and Skull Rock is always a relaxing break from pushing past the crowds of Main Street too and it made a change being with someone who takes just as many photos as me haha!
For some reason I missed out a part between Kerri and Kris riding Indiana Jones and all of the Pirate adventures, but that'll be in part 2 now!

Check out the rest of my DLP 2016 posts below!
Christmas Decor
Day 1, Part 1
Day 1, Part 2
What I Bought
Sequoia Lodge Hotel Review 
Day 2, Part 1
Day 2, Part 2
Bistrot Chez Rémy Review
Day 3, Part 1
Day 3, Part 2 
Day 3, Part 3
Character Meet & Greets

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

25 Random Facts About Me

It's been a little while since I did an 'easy', personal, facts about me post. I thought what with having passed the 5 year blogiversary mark back in November and having a few new readers that it'd be cool to share some things people might not know about me...especially if we don't talk via social media etc.
Oh, and when I say easy - haha! I mean the opposite. You have no idea how long it took me to put this basic list together. I'd lovvve to hear from you with either links to your own fact posts or if you can relate to any of my facts - so let me know in the comments below :)

If you didn't know by now...I'm a Hufflepuff! My letter DID come too.

I am super into ancestry and heritage. I've traced my male lines on both sides back to around the early/mid 1700s by myself. I've come to a bit of a standstill as being a borderer makes finding records difficult and Scottish records are pretty hard to come by online so need to visit the archives.

An ethnicity DNA test is also something I would really, really like to do.

The physical traits I struggle with most are my wonky teeth and my very thin, fine hair.

Despite having flown every year from age 2 - 14, again at 19 & 24 and jumping out of a plane for my charity Skydive at 22, I am poop scared of planes and will never, ever step foot on an aircraft again.

I adore real wood furniture and 85% of the furniture in our house is beautiful dark woods. #NoToPaintingWood #BeGoneAnnieSlone haha

My musical taste could probably not be any more eclectic than it is! Of course, I love Disney movie soundtracks and classical scores but I am also a big hip hop fan and if you've seen my chest tattoo you'll realize Jimmy Eat World is one of my favorite bands. I like a lot of music! Sadly I don't listen to as much as I did as a teen.

At the time of writing this, my Disney movie collection stands at 248 DVDs. All 55 of the Classic Animated Canon, all 17 of the Pixar collection, 160 live action and the others miscellaneous. 

Baker, my dog, really truly is my best friend ever.

My worst nightmare of a job would be anything in an office setting. Or obviously talking in front of more than 1 person.

According to Jake, I am a 'bum head' (I asked him for a fact about me). We have been together 5 years and 9 months...somehow. haha

I never went to uni and I am 100% chuffed with that decision. Don't let anyone tell you further education is the only way forward.

Broccoli and cucumber are two of my all-time favorite foods. I would probably live off them if I could. Bit of tomato sauce to dip them in too! Yum!

Baker, Bunny, Nike, Mousen, Bear, Travis, Pepsi, Halo, Shady, Patch and Snowdrop are the names of all the furry pets I have had in my life.

I have a whole list of phobias. I guess you could say I'm a big scardey cat. They include:
[Crowds - for me busy high streets, shopping centers/ shops in general, concerts/shows that are not seated and very busy seated ones]
[Open Spaces - for me this is anywhere where there isn't something I can put my back wide open waters/sea or a large outdoor area where I cannot easily get to the edge]
[Spiders - one of the most common phobias that I assume a vast percentage of people have]
 Lepidopterophobia / Mottephobia 
[ Butterflies and Moths. I don't understand how anyone can find them beautiful and they are one of the only bad things about Summer.]
[Technically holes. If you have this I'm sure you'll know what I mean. Even the word makes my whole skin crawl as it makes me think about it. There was an image that did the rounds on facebook a couple years ago that showed a particular plant photoshopped (unbeknownst to most) onto a body part that made it look like a horrible impression or wound which made me look into this fear more]
That was a big list...

I collect DVDs and Books (Disney and non-Disney) , as well as smaller collections of Disney soft toys, special Disney pins and other random stuff.

People say I'm a prude, but I just do not want to know about/discuss etc inappropriate, indecent or promiscuous subjects.

If I had no responsibilities, family or home, but did have better health, doing a long trek similar to the Appalachian Trail would be an absolute dream. Being able to do it with Baker would be even better but you know, health and safety risks etc.

I prefer Halloween to Christmas. Actually, I really don't like Christmas at all, to be honest.

It has now been over 5 years and 5 months since I have drunk any alcohol at all. I don't plan to ever again either. :)

I really like trains. Like old trains - Steam trains etc. [See here]

As a child I was a Brownie. I quit not long after Burns night when the other girls made fun of me for not eating haggis. Years later I re-joined that world as a young leader for the rainbows! I would love to be involved in it again but kids these days are not my favorite people.

I'm definitely a morning person. With working at 6am every morning I'm used to getting up early and now I'm not a fan of being up any later than 9.30pm.

My favorite colours are green and yellow!

Anthropomorphism. Do you know what that is? I didn't either until recently. However, I have personified inanimate objects and animals since I was a child and still do. It's so bad that if there are two chocolate bunnies left, for example, I have to take both as I can leave one to be lonely.
As a kid I would tuck all my soft toys in and kiss them at bedtime each night. As well as so much more.

 There we have it! Just a few facts about me. I hope you learnt something about me, let me know if you share any traits, found anything weird or had a laugh at all lol! Thanks for reading!

Just a quick edit to this post to shout out the wonderful Dee (whose blog I have loved for a long time) as she actually tagged me in the 20 Things You Didn't Know About Me tag on her blog last week (last week from the day this goes up)! It's such great timing, as a lot of you probably know I pre-write and schedule my posts a couple weeks to a couple months ahead of time. This time it means I'm actually able to participate - well, somewhat - in a tag without being months behind haha.
Make sure to pop over and read Dee's post and give her a follow, she is one of the loveliest bloggers out there.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Baker's Fun at Ford

Back in April, when the weather was starting to improve (and before we had that weird, sporadic snowy time), our friend Laura came up to stay at ours for a few days. It's always fun when Laura comes to visit as Baker loves her but he also loves cars...!
We were super lucky and thankful that while she was here, she took us all out to one of our favorite play spots - Ford. We don't get to venture far anymore what with me not having a car these days and although all of the towns 3 beaches are well within walking distance for us, they aren't an option for us now with how nervous B-man is and how disrespectful some owners can be!

Long story short, here are a handful of photos I took of little man having a wail of a time swimming and running about in the ford at Ford!

Apologies for my no-make up, over exposed face and Baker's derp on the 3rd to last photo haha.
You can tell, I'm sure, that once he's in he's like a duck. He adores swimming and even after getting dried twice, he still wanted to go back in haha. His sad face in the photo of him wrapped in the towel isn't because he was told off or anything but because we were leaving. We had such a great time, without too much stress from other dogs/owners and B-man was so jiggered he fell asleep in the car home.
One downside did come to light the next again day though when Mr-Constantly-Wagging-Tail had a limp, hanging tail :( I was really concerned so like any responsible dog owner I Googled it. Apparently it's not very common but the most usual explanation is over exertion which of course made sense. After about 3-4 lazy days I was happy to be greeted one morning by a waggy tail!! You never know how much you miss something until it isn't there ;)