What do you do when you have writer's block? Write about it of course! This is not a post about how to deal with writer's block (sorry!) but I wanted to share with you what's going on with me and my blog. Recently I've just been feeling really disenchanted with writing and it's shown in my blog as I have not really been posting on here. I can't really put it into words exactly but I've just seem to have lost the passion I once had for writing likes it's all been drained out of me. 

But that's the funny thing it's not all my creativity that's been sucked out of me just my writing. My passion and creativity when it comes to my art has actually seen a huge spike, so much so that I'm getting more excited and confident about opening an Etsy shop. Watch this space. 

I'm still going to be writing here on In Ella's Element but I'm just going to do it when I feel like it, no rigid schedule. That way I'm hoping I'll fall back in love with writing and my blog will feel more organic and more like me. 

I'm sorry that this post was a pretty short but I wanted to share with you my feelings and plans for this blog. 

Have any of you felt this way? What did you do to make yourself feel better? 

Thanks for reading!

Walking around Prague is like walking in the middle of a Gothic fairy tale. This is probably not an original thought but that doesn't make it any less true. The black spires that overlook the city are foreboding yet beautiful, you expect to see a winged beast fly over head to them with a sleeping princess in it's clutches. The  bells of the astrological clock chime every hour and it's the figure of Death that leads this hourly dance, only adding to the Gothic aesthetic that Prague embodies and embraces. The mysterious romance of the city has woven it's way into my heart, completely enthralling me and has me longing to return, as if I had fallen under a spell.

On our first day my boyfriend and I walked exploring the city and it's famous architecture. The clouds and rain stayed with us most of the morning but only added to the mystery and wonder that has made me fall in love with Prague.

Astrological Clock
Made in 1410 and the oldest working astrological clock in the world. The four figures represent the four aspects of life and society that were hated at the time: vanity, greed, death and lust. It's believed that should the clock not be properly maintained bad luck will fall upon the city. It's a stunning, fascinating piece of architecture and possibly my favourite thing in Prague. 

Charles Bridge 
Charles Bridge is the vein which connects Old Town to Prague Castle, with thousands of people flowing backwards and forwards. You expect to see hose drawn carriages with people in their finery going down it's length because of it's grand appearance and feel. 

Prague Castle
Not a castle in the way we may think of, more like a complex with St. Vitus cathedral in the centre . The castle is and incredible work of architecture and when the light from the setting sun hits it, it's truly breathtaking.

Petrin Tower 
Possibly the ugliest building in Prague (if you ignore the TV tower which is hated by both the locals and myself) but in honesty it's the view that you make the trek up there for. After you've paid and climbed the 300 steps you'll know what I mean.

Prague Zoo 
After our first day of continuous walking we went to Prague Zoo for another day of continuous walking. I'm always worried when I got to a zoo I've never been to. Will it be too small? Will the animals be unhappy? All I can say is after six hours of walking we still manged to miss out a section. Yeah it's HUGE and the animals have lots of space and look well looked after. 

Oh Prague you have firmly left  your mark on me and I know that one day we will be reunited. 

I hope you enjoyed this post. I will be writing a Prague travel tips post soon so keep an eye out for that. Have you been to Prague? What places have left their mark on you? 

Thanks for reading!

Oh Spring how often do I betray you? With my talk of Autumn, cosy nights in, blankets, candles, leaves? Hopefully you still know how much I adore you and how I miss you during the long, cold nights of winter. Surely you must know how I dream of you as I go about in the cold and the frost? How I look outside at the silence of the world and mourn you?

I've always felt an affinity with you, perhaps because I was born in you. You make me feel connected again to the world that I've spent months hiding from. You make me feel life inside of my own body and all around me. The dark clouds in my mind part ways and you bring forth creativity, happiness and peace from inside of me. 

When I see you outside, when I walk, talk, laugh in you warmth spreads through my stomach. When we are parted my heart yearns to be back with you, like one yearns to be reunited with a lover.

 You return me to the child I once so that I run through a field of my favourite flowers, laughing. All thoughts of worry or responsibility are taken from me and you allow me to be free, truly free, if only for a moment.

 Looking up at endless blue with the one I love next to me, I feel my spirit float up and join you. My body joins you in the earth and if I close my eyes and sleep you are still there. 

Thank you for reading. I hope you are all enjoying spring so far!
Hello my lovely readers, I'm starting a new series back on this blog: 'Why You Should Watch..' A series where I talk about films I think you should watch at least once in your life for whatever reason, their message, their acting, their story, etc. The first film I'm going to write about is Grave of the Fireflies.

There are certain films in the world that you have to watch, at least once in your life. Grave of the Fireflies is not just one of those films but is around the top of that list. 

Grave of the Fireflies is a Japanese animated film from Studio Ghibli. It was released in 1988 alongside My Neighbour Totoro and though it wasn't directed by Hayao Miyazaki it doesn't make it any less of a masterpiece. 

The film follows two siblings, Seita and Setsuko who lose their mother and home in the fire bombings of Japan during of WWII. They try to survive through the bombings and malnutrition, SPOILER ALERT: both children die. Although this is shown at the beginning of the film so it's not really a spoiler as it's Seita's spirit who takes you the story.

So why should you watch it? Though the director has said the film isn't an anti-war film I highly doubt anyone who watches this film will agree with war being a good thing. The film shows the despair, destruction, grief and pain caused by war. It displays the horrible side of human nature and how war can bring that side of many people to the surface. 

Grave of the Fireflies doesn't do what you may expect: depicting the allies who are bombing Japan as evil and the Japanese as brave, innocent victims. Instead the film shows individuals, some who are kind (the policeman) and those who are cruel and selfish (the aunt). It also shows the failure of society and how it's exclusion of certain people has horrific outcomes. 

I won't lie to you and say that the film isn't depressing and heartbreaking. I feel myself almost snapping each time I watch it but it's why you should watch it. It's one of those films that shakes you to the core and you aren't the same as you were before you watched it. 

As sad and upsetting as the film is there are brief, glittering moments of happiness between Seita and Setsuko. The love the two characters have for each other is so beautiful, Seita does all he can for Setsuko. Despite all the horrors that are happening all around them and Setseuko being at a difficult age. He never gives up on  her and when he loses her it's truly heartbreaking.


Though the film was released in 1988 Grave of the Fireflies is still a relevant film. Especially with all the wars that are still happening today and the terrible things that happen to Seita and Setsuko are happening to children all over the world.  

I hope you enjoyed reading this post. Have you ever watched Grave of the Fireflies? What films do you think you should watch at least once in your life? 

Thanks for reading!