10 uplifting and quirky things I found on the internet this week #15

Starlit Woods by Ulla Thynell

A Love Letter to my dog by Leena Henningsen

Empath and spiritual seeker Leena Henningsen’s videos all have a cosy, gentle and inspirational vibe. She moved from the stressful bustle of Hamburg to rural Norway along with her beloved dog Aivy and her partner. In this intimate and moving short film she talks about why she loves her dog. The breathtaking landscapes of Norway in the background.

Daruma Dolls by Jonelle Patrick’s Only In Japan

This post by Jonelle is an enchanting history of Daruma Dolls. Japanese symbols of luck and protection that stand sentry for us during the challenging year of 2020.

Daruma Dolls by Jonelle Patrick's Only In Japan
Firstly you colour in an eye when you make a wish/pray. Then you colour in the other eye once it comes true.

Daruma figures are all about hoping GOOD things will happen, so a more cheerful feature is that they’re weighted, so they can’t be tipped over. Daruma might get knocked down, but he never fails to pop right back up.

Find out more on Jonelle Patrick’s Only in Japan, fantastic blog about all things quirky and Japanese.

Jonathan, aged 184 years old takes his first bath

The oldest living land animal Jonathan the Giant Tortoise has shuffled around in St Helena, Seychelles for the past 184 years. Recently, he got a bath for the first time in his long life.

A celebration of healing and black freedom with Sampa the Great

Sampa the Great AKA Sampa Tembo is a Zambian-Australian artist and musician. Known for her glittering, floral, ultra feminine performances in glam clothes, along with bassy hip-hop and soul. She reminds me of Sade – has the same ultra glam vibe and stage presence.

Are You Being a Friend to Yourself? By Dr Eric Perry

Psychologist and psychotherapist Dr Eric Perry offers amazing advice on his blog on a myriad of subjects. This week he talks about being a friend to yourself.

Are You Being a Friend to Yourself? By Dr Eric Perry

In order to silence the negative talk, it is essential to cultivate a loving relationship with yourself. It takes practice and self-awareness, as well as, the ability to look at yourself from the outside. For example, say you become overwhelmed in crowds and are at a family gathering with a large group. As hard as you try, you are not able to fight the urge to flee. After you leave you are disappointed in yourself and the negative self-talk takes over. If you stop and look at the situation from the point of view of a loving friend your thoughts would be kinder and more accepting. Your friend would point out that you tried your best and not to be so hard on yourself.
You have to have compassion and kindness for yourself. No one is perfect and we all do the best we can with whatever obstacles come our way. Of course, it is important to acknowledge a fault, shortcoming or a mistake, but mentally beating yourself up is not going to help any situation. Give yourself the gift of a lifelong and loyal friendship by being a kind and compassionate friend to yourself.

Read more on Dr Perry’s blog.

Dasha, the baby Pallas cat living in Siberia is released successfully from captivity

Fabricius by Google allows you to learn hieroglyphs and decode them

Welcome to a world of delightful fun and Ancient Egyptian historical discovery. If you’ve always wanted to decipher the mysteries of hieroglyphs, well now you can!

Fabricius by Google allows you to learn hieroglyphs and decode them

Find out more about Fabricius

10 hours of magnificent creatures under the ocean in 4K

No music, no narration, just unbelievable BBC footage of macabre and wondrous animals living in the great deep. Float your worries away for ten hours of cuteness and wonder.

Slavic Mythology by Ulla Thynell

In Slavic mythology, the universe is an oak. On its top branches, resides Perun, god of sky and thunder. At its bottom, in the roots, Veles god of the underworld. The mortal world, in its stump, witnesses the eternal fight among the gods.

Slavic Mythology by Ulla Thynell
Starlit Woods by Ulla Thynell

The Chapel of Panagia Kakaviotissa on Lemnos Island, Greece

The chapel of Panagia Kakaviotissa located in Lemnos island, Greece, was founded in 1,416 A.C. by monks who managed to escape the Ottoman invasion in Agios Efstratios island. Nested inside a rock cavity on the top of Kakavos Mountain at an altitude of 260 meters, the church has no need for a roof. Read more on eMORPHES.

The Chapel of Panagia Kakaviotissa on Lemnos Island, Greece
The Chapel of Panagia Kakaviotissa on Lemnos Island, Greece

A collection of high quality 80’s power ballads on vinyl

I compiled this playlist of cruisy reflective tracks, I hope you enjoy them.

Published by Content Catnip

Content Catnip is a quirky internet wunderkammer written by an Intergalactic Space Māori named Content Catnip. Join me as I meander through the quirky and curious aspects of history, indigenous spirituality, the natural world, animals, art, storytelling, books, philosophy, travel, Māori culture and loads more.

9 thoughts on “10 uplifting and quirky things I found on the internet this week #15

  1. That’s so interesting! As always, BTW. I so can relate to the doggo ‘affair’.
    Being one’s own friend is the most important thing in life. I’ve been trying to be a good one to myself (mixed results, I can be nastier to myself in a way I would never be to someone else) but I’m getting there. But I’m going to reach to this text more. Thanks 👍 x


  2. Thanks so much Googie for stopping by to read this 😘❤ Yes that video with the woman and her dog was so moving! Yeah I feel the same way as you, I think we all are vicious on ourselves and kinder to others. Enough of that I say. Lets give ourselves a hug. So with that imn mind I’m gonna make a hot chocolate and watch something relaxing. Have a good night or day xxx speak soon


  3. Thank you for sharing Fabricius by Google! This is so cool. I have always been interested in Egyptian hieroglyphs, but they have always been so “unreachable”. Now, they feel “accessible” 🙂


    1. You are very welcome Diana, yes it’s so fun to use. I love these online interactive exhibits if I find more I will share them with you. The tomb of King Ramses was also great. I don’t know if you saw that one? If not I will send the link


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