Reading and books 

This article was brought to mind by a recent trip to the local Waterstones. A recent book by a series I enjoy reading had just come out but it was a monster in a hardcover and weighed a ton but after reading the first chapter I had decided upon it. Though I wasn’t going to buy it in actual form as it would be a bit cumbersome to commute with or read in bed so I brought out trusty Amazon. After having a search for it I discovered it £10 cheaper and with the ability to change the paper colour from stark white to cream and enlarge the font so no eye strain. It was easy to guess what option I went for while in there I found a crime novel at £3 instead of £8 so got that too. In total I spent £13 instead of £28 a big difference and easier to carry and store in digital format. It dawned on me that Waterstones had become the new version of a library for me I go in see what’s new read the first chapter or two if I enjoy buy it on Amazon and its less bother than libraries are these days with a bigger stock of books and coffee options. When I grew up I used the library loads my gran was a librarian and they were oasis of calm and peace my favourite places but these days they are noisy don’t have a big enough stock and have become multimedia centres with no coffee option either myself I wish we still had the libraries of old Dublin has in trinity library. While on a trip to the states many years back I encountered barnes and nobles similar to Waterstones but on a grander scale with coffee and open till 11pm complete heaven I do wish they were over here. This isn’t to say I will never buy another actual book as that would be a lie I still have loads of actual books I just like the options that you have these days. Kindle and Amazon have opened new avenues to people for reading if dyslexic and you need bigger fonts better spacing the give that if you need audio due to poor vision it’s there also so you can’t say it’s killing actual books just widening the market. I do hope people like my older parent continue to buy actual books keeping the bookshops open as they have become the libraries as I said earlier. If you read folks please feel free to give feedback on my thoughts and article. 

Stay well and happy Blessings 


End of Fringe 

Well folks from Mon till about two hours ago I have mostly been doing the Edinburgh Fringe shows maximising at least four to five shows each day 🙂 

Most have been worth it but there was at least two I thought good grief never again and why. 

The Good 

John Bishop, Stephen K Amos, Dara O’Brien, Wunderbards slapstick, Ed Byrne, Sean Kelly, Juliette Burton, Foil Arms and Hogg, Jason Byrne, George Egg Diy Chef. 

The rest were fairly decent and it was a enjoyable and busy week I can recommend to anyone but yes you will spend as much money as if you were to go on holiday but with less of the stress with passports, immigration airports trains and planes so there are some great pluses. 

Thankfully I foresaw that I would need to two days off after a week of fringing so not back to work till Wednesday for this helper elf. In my opinion great way to start the week gently 🙂 

Stay well and keep happy till my next update 

Blessings From Harp xx

Time off begins 

Hi all waves from Harp 🙂 I am very happy to say the above as this helper elf has been getting so tired. Now off to the end of the month *big smiles*

Plans so far to not have to get up before 10am at the earliest. Some shopping in Glasgow as Edinburgh is a touch claustrophobic for shopping at present. To eat a enjoyable cooked and healthy breakfast. To participate in some of the shows in the Edinburgh Fringe festival and to simply enjoy being a tourist or person of leisure in my own city 🙂 This forthcoming weekend sees two Kink events on and I will be able to go to them both and recover on Monday time off rocks. 

As for weather I’m not going to get that great as big sis heck I will be lucky if it doesn’t rain the only thing that changes in Scotland is you get warm rain and not cold rain. 

Plan to get more coloring and reading done in my time off and recharge my nearly flat battery not from main work but from helping out everywhere else. 

Hope everyone stays well and happy if you wish to chat do drop me line 🙂 

Kindest Regards and Best Wishes 

Harp xx 

Holidays/part 1: a (stinky) train to Paris after a rock and roll AirBnB start

Here we are! We are flying to Olbia in Sardinia early tomorrow morning! Up to now it has been a bit agitated. Indeed, for the first time in my life I decided to rent a flat using AirBnB. Lot of my colleagues used it and had good experiences. So I rented a flat in Olbia. I received a confirmation and paid for the flat. A bit more than one week before the day of my arrival I messaged and called the owner. First she told me the flat would be available only on the 11 (I rented it as from the 8) them that she would never have accepted any reservation through Airbnb. I had to call Airbnb and to fight. Finally I was helped by a nice woman called Irina. In the meantime I talked to the owner and understood she rented the flat using another platform. She set up her airbnb account using the automatic confirmation option but never checked her account. She finally cancelled the renta. Irina found another flat and Airbnb accepted to pay for part of the difference (50%) in the price. I called the new owner… and finally was told that she would have no reservation, while she answered my initial message and sent me an invitation I confirmed. After sending all the evidences, contacting Airbnb again (this time the helper elf was called Bruno), things are solved. Once again, an owner with several flats all on various platforms, who would have make a confusion between the dates. So last week has been quite agitated between this and the fact that I had to finish some files at work, evaluate a bunch of people (annual evaluation process. Did it this afternoon as I forget it before. Naughty me. Just on time!). We are now on the train to Paris (we’ll spend the night in tan hotel close to the airport as the flight is very early)… and the odour… there is a stinky person around, who visibly sweated a lot. Takes some time to get used…) and a guy on one of the seats around … wears no shoes. Considering the color of the sole of his get, I would say he barely wears shoes… arffff. Crossing fingers for things to be fine as from now! I need quiet and relaxing holidays!

Just a bit of a grumble 

Last weekend after being tempted strongly by the flyers for health and wellbeing fairs down in Leeds and Yorkshire I was thrilled to see one on FB that was going to be held in Edinburgh Hanover street to be exact. 

The day didn’t exactly start that well running late overslept so couldn’t have usual Ostara breakfast but eventually got bus into town centre found venue. Little did I know I was in for a disappointment as unlike the ones down south this one was only one hall even it was free I expected more so going in to explore I left my doubts at the door. Passing a tarot person then onto a crystal angel person who seemed determined to flog me one despite having a pentagram on as usual. Approaching the final desk I had a brief hope this one might actually be better as it had a crystal wheel on the table. Unfortunately I was wrong noting a piece of interesting bloodstone I went to the stall owner oh is that bloodstone knowing full well it was to have her go oh I thought I stuck the tigers eye there yes you guessed it she couldn’t tell her stones apart. I ended up giving her advice on bloodstone and sardonyx water which rebalances the body to the comment of oh I must try this with my teenage daughter. By this point thoroughly disheartened I left as I knew more about the crystals than they did it shouldn’t work that way 😦 my own fault really for expecting it to be like the one down south. Luckily the afternoon was saved by a great meal in the city restaurant. Maybe at somepoint a decent sized health and wellbeing fair will come up this end of the country. As oddly you can become a licensed and accredited Crystal therapist with courses in Glasgow so we cannot all be cynics up here in Scotland. 

Till next time 🙂 

Kind Regards and Best wishes

Harp xx