Thursday, 24 July 2014

Ask me anything!


Ever wanted to ask me something in particular? Well, here's your chance, girls! Ask me as many questions as you wish and the answers will be arriving in several weeks.
 
Only if your questions are too personal or inappropriate (I'm not thinking any of you will ask anything inappropriate, of course) I have the right to leave it unanswered.
 
I'm looking forward to all your questions and then answering them!

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Tags and a Bucket List

 
Just so you know :-) I do love it.

Ashley's questions:

1. Would you rather be hot or cold?
I'm sorry but I can't answer that question. I hate sweating ferociously, but I hate shivering as well. I always think it's worse to shiver than to sweat, but I'm not very sure. Somewhere in between is fine for me...
Okay, I know I didn't really answer that question.

Random picture describing me

2. Do you name inanimate objects? 

Yes, I do. I've named my laptop Jane, partly after Jane Austen and partly after Emma Jane. I've named my new mp3 player Clotaire- which is a ghastly French boys name (I am not hereby saying that I think my mp3 is ghastly or French... I love my mp3, but somehow I called it Clotaire.) My handbag is called Tessa and my guitar's name is Ginny, short for Virginia. My head-cushion's name is Violeine and I'm considering to call my old camera who always needs new batteries Fanny. After Fanny Thornton. Yes, I think my camera deserves that name.
Call me ridiculous, but I love giving things names.

 
  3. What is your favorite post that you have written?I must admit that I am mighty proud of my Judy Garland Costumes post and *don't be angry!* My Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe Review.

4. What is your favorite show on Netflix?
What's Netflix? Is Pride and Prejudice 1995 on Netflix? If yes, there you go.

5. History or science? English or math?
History (although not if you are talking about the dates) and definitely English. Maths is a subject which I have abominated all my life.

6. What are some things that make you laugh?
 
- Jeeves and (especially!) Wooster
- My dad
- Mr Bennet
- Pictures of myself when I was a toddler
- Emma Woodhouse
- Funny Quotes
- Water pistol fights
- The ridiculous song 'Forty-Seven Ginger Headed Sailors'
- Mr Collins
- Newspaper articles which are plain to see that it's all lies
- My little siblings

7. The funniest joke you have ever heard/told?
Goodness! I don't know! Here's a rather funny one which my dad told me recently:

There was this man who went with this friend to a joke club. He friend went there every evening, but it was the first time he was visiting. In the joke club, what they obviously did was telling each other jokes. They had this big joke book and, because they had heard the jokes so many times, they could shout out a number and everyone would laugh, knowing which joke he or she was talking about.
The visitor wanted to try. 'Three hundred and two!' He shouted.
There was a long silence. The visitor turned to his friend and asked him, 'Was that joke not funny?'
'No,' said his friend, 'It was the way you said it.'
Then, after a while, the visitor decided to try again; 'Nine-hundred and seventy-two!' He shouted.
This time, everyone laughed and laughed and laughed. And laughed.
'Well,' said the visitor to his friend. 'I did say this one the right way, didn't I?'
'No, it's not that,' said his friend, 'We just haven't heard that one before!'

Haha.

8. Favorite sport?
I'm not a sporty person at all, but I quite enjoy playing table tennis, or ping pong, however you call it.

9. Ereaders or physical books?
I like them both, but physical books will always be better. Always and forever.

10. Favorite place to buy books online?
Amazon! It's brilliant.

11. What is your dream job?
You guys probably know this already. An author, of course! But I know that it'll probably stay a dream.

Cryslyn's Questions:

1). What is your dream home?
Something small, cosy and vintage. I don't really mind about the outside, but I'd love the inside to be shabby chic, with pink everywhere and flowers. Like this:



2). Do you have a current occupation? If not, what would you like for your future job to be?
My dream is to become a writer, but, as I said in Ashley's questions, that will probably stay a dream. I'd also really like to be a kindergarten teacher, as I think children are one of the nicest things on earth. This picture proves that:
 

3). Have you grown stronger spiritually in a specific area where you struggled before? How did God help you out of it?
My parents have always helped me to follow God throughout my life, and I feel myself getting closer to Him everyday. As long as I can remember, God has helped me.

4). What is your favourite colour to wear?
Pink and Blue and light, fluttery colours. I also like wearing black, but then with a different colour on top, of course.
 
I've also recently developed a love for that sailor look:

 
 
5). Name a place that you have always wanted to visit?
America, so I could visit this amazing girl and her lovely sister.

6). Can you speak any other language besides that of your own ethnicity?
Yes, I can speak French, besides English (which my Dad speaks) and Dutch (which is my mother tongue.) And I'm also learning German.
7). What is your favourite film?
You all know that. Pride and Prejudice 1995! Forever and always. For more of my favourite films, you can check out of Top Ten Movies post.

8). If you could live in any time period, what would you choose?
I would choose the Vintage time... when girls wore pretty dresses, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers were in the fashion, tapdancing was common, when going to 'the pictures' was cheap and when people all gathered around a tiny television screen. Just after the second World War.

9). Iced or hot coffee?
Neither. Sorry about that.
But thank you for thus giving me the opportunity to put a randomly nice picture here instead! :-)

10). Do you like, dislike, love, or adore my blog?

(sorry, just had to ask that question. :)
I love it. Your photography especially... I think it's amazing!


 
Elizabethany's Tag:
  
Elizabethany tagged me with the Bucket List tag... which is super fun and allows me to write all my dreams. I have too many.
 
The first one, of course, is:
-Publishing a book
-Publishing lots of books and becoming a well known authoress
-Meeting the love of my life and have the most romantic marriage ever

-Making and Designing my own Wedding gown

- Go to a ball

- Sing Vintage songs on stage

- Own a hoop skirt

-Learn how to tapdance

-Own a pair of ballet shoes

-Learn how to do my hair in the Emma bun fast enough so I can wear it every day

-Leave a note in a library book

-Find a note in a library book

-Meet Emma Jane

-Shake Queen Elizabeth's hand

-Learn how to do a Vintage updo in my hair

-Visit Hyde Park (Pemberly) and the Downton Abbey house with my best friend

- Eat Strawberry and Ice Cream under a weeping willow

- Own a lace skirt

- Have a chat with Jennifer Ehle (and of course ask her so much about her time in P&P that she'll go crazy.)

- Visit all the Pride and Prejudice locations

- Have pink frilly curtains around my bed

- Write Lynn Austin an email

- Try the first string numbers that come into my head on the telephone and ask the person picking up if he/she has seen P&P.


- Own a typewriter

- Watch all the Period Dramas I haven't yet seen but want to

- Own Mary Crawley's Red Evening Dinner Dress
- Have one hundred followers

- Be an extra in a movie

- Have my own library

- Catch a brides bouquet

- Design dresses for Period Dramas

- Watch P&P all in one go

- Find a lost child and bring it back to it's mother

- Have my portrait painted

- Send a message in a bottle or find a message in a bottle

- Ride in a hot air balloon (I've stolen a lot of these from Elizabethany, by the way)

- Hear someone compliment me without them knowing I was listening

- Discover something amazing about my family or friends I never knew

- Find a present under my bed and find it is a tulle skirt

 
- Own a pair of beautiful heels

- Meet all my online friends.
 
- Have a Victorian dressing table
 
 - Watch a black and white movie in the cinema
 
- Wear a puffed sleeved nightgown
 
- Act Eliza Doolittle in a musical production of My Fair Lady
 

- Receive lots of comments on this post!!!


This was SO much fun girls! Thanks!
I tag YOU. The rules are, put the picture:

 
On your blog, write at least ten things which are on your bucket list and tag five people. I'm sorry for not tagging five people, it's just that all the people I want to tag seem to have just received loads of them!
 

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Caption Contest #1

This week we are having a caption contest! (I have numbered this in the title, because I might to some more in the future.) The screencap I have used (from the Period Drama 'Lark Rise to Candleford') from the amazing screencap-source blog, which is a must to check out.
 
Rules for the game:
Basically all you have to do is look at the screencap (above, Mary) and think of a funny line or two which suits it. I will choose a winner- the person with the wittiest line! Just comment the line you want to put on the picture, and I'll put it on the picture (if you've won) and put it on my blog for people to giggle over. I hope that was clear! (It probably wasn't, but never mind :)
 
Try hard to be witty!

I hope you are all having a wonderful day and that you'll play this game!
 
 

Monday, 14 July 2014

An aunty observation...

Have you ever noticed that, in many books, the annoying character is the aunt? Either the aunt or the great aunt- very often, very, very often the aunt or great aunt is annoying, bossy and strict. Often, they improve as the end draws near, of course, but have you not noticed that it's always the aunt?
 
Wooster: "My Aunt Agatha is sitting out there just waiting to pounce."
 
Let's take a look at those (great) aunts.
 
Aunt Polly
 
 
In 'Pollyanna', her aunt Polly is exactly suited to my description above. Annoying, bossy and strict. Aunt Polly is unkind and grim on top of that. And hardly ever smiles. I love it so much when Pollyanna tells her she loves her punishments. 'Oh, thank you, Aunt Polly! I love bread and milk!'
But in the end, Aunt Polly softens and becomes a much nicer person. But still, there you go, that was the first aunt.
 
Great-Aunt Josephine
 
 
I think Great-Aunt Josephine in 'Anne of Green Gables' changes rather too quickly. At first she's mean, menacing and threats to break all the golden promises she promised her niece, Diana, and then Anne comes (go, Anne) and she forgets all, becomes a bubbly, delightful thing and takes Diana and Anne on a sightseeing trip. Still, it's another Aunt who's got her less magnificent ways.
 
 
Lady Catherine the Bourgh
 
 
Even Jane Austen did it. We sometimes seem to forget that this is Mr Darcy's aunt. And what an annoying, picky, wacky one she is! This one is so stubborn, mean and proud she never changes. In fact, we see a shot of her, dully in her chair at home- face furious- when somewhere else Darcy and Elizabeth get married agaist her approval. Ha.
 
 
Aunt Shaw
I know her role is rather minor in North and South, but I had to add her. In my opinion, Aunt Shaw is dashingly annoying. I had to add her to my list.
 
 
Aunt Elizabeth
 
If you haven't read (or watched) 'Emily of the New Moon' you won't know how HORRID this aunt is. She's supposed to have a good heart, but seriously, I've read the books about five times and she only does like two good things in her life. She's horrible. When you read the books (and I definitely do recommend them, I love them to pieces) you'll notice you actually want Emily, her niece, to disobey her. She's that horrid and that strict.
'Emily of the New Moon' has many other strict aunts and uncles, including a monstrous great-aunt Nancy, who threatens to put Emily in a great clock if she's naughty... Lucy Maud Montgomery was really into that. But, I must say, isn't it fun to read! Same with all the aunts and uncles in her speldiforious book 'The Blue Castle'. Go, read it.
 
 
Aunt Pittipat
I don't know if you have the same feelings on Aunt Pittipat in Gone With the Wind as I do, but... well, yep I thought she was a dashed nuisance. Always fainting and yelling for those smelling salts of hers.
 
 
Aunt Agatha
This is how Wooster looks when he talks/thinks about her:
This is how Wooster looks when Aunt Agatha speaks to him:
That pretty much explains it, doesn't it?
 
 
I'm sure there are more annoying aunts in films and books, but for now, this is all. Do you know any more?
 

Friday, 11 July 2014

In which I tell you how it all began

 
It must have started somewhere, my complete craze for Period Drama. It did, I tell you. This all had a beginning. If something wouldn't have happened I wouldn't be here now writing a Period-Drama-related post in a Period-Drama-related blog with zillibillions of Period-Drama-related pictures and Period Drama eye candy.

 
 
Here, readers is my story: How it all began.
 
When I was a youngster ('bout eight, seven) the only period drama's I had any knowledge of were Heidi (I re and re-watched that one continuously), The Sound of Music (like every reader, this is needless to say), Mary Poppins and my beloved Little House on the Prairie which I devoured.
 
Since I had no Downton Abbey, Wives and Daughters, Sense and Sensibilty and Pride and Prejudice to rave and fangirl over, I had to be happy with what I had, and I became a Little House on the Prairie addict. I still like 'the Little House on the P.... this is such a long title, from now on I'm going to shorten it, okay?' but I'm not a fan now. Nope. I have far better things to swoon over.


Anyway, I loved those four movies and I didn't even know Pride and Prejudice existed. It's amazing I'm still alive, I know- but I survived. But then one day- I was eleven years old- my mother bought 'Pride and Prejudice 1995' on Amazon on DVD. My mother had seen it before, and whilst a sudden remembrance of how good it had been, she had been tempted to buy it again and had. (Forgive that last sentence- it was horribly phrased.)

And this....
.... Came in the letterbox.

Don't laugh at me as I say the following, please. I fell in love with the movie even before watching it. I fell in love with the cover, the far-too-small pictures at the back which I studied as closely as I could, and the story summarised in such a painfully short and byzantine (a new favourite word of mine- means 'complicated') way at the back.
I loved- adored Elizabeth's face and hairstyle and thought Darcy's cravat was the handsomest men's wear I had ever set eyes on. I loved Elizabeth's high-waist dress and studied the cover endlessly and enthusiastically.

 
 
I admit I was rather disappointed when my mother told me kindly that she and Daddy wanted to see it first, because they didn't remember how suitable it was for children.
 
After every episode they watched I literally plagued and peppered them with unending questions. 'Mother, what does Jane look like?' 'What's Elizabeth like?' 'What's their house like?' 'Who shares bedrooms with who?' 'Who's your favourite girl?' and so on and on. My mother answered them all as well as she could, quite enthusiastically- because she was loving it.

I already "lived" in P&P before watching it. I imagined a story of the Regency Bennet sisters. Don't ask me why, but Jane was the main character (and yes, she wasn't very much like Susannah Harker) and she fell in love with a mysterious man who hid in the garden, behind a bush, whilst her younger sister recited poetry in the parlour. It was a stupid story, but I knew no better.


And then, the following year I watched it. I was so amazed at its goodness. I loved it so much. It was simply perfect in every way. I must admit I didn't understand anything about the Wickham-Darcy-Georgiana and the Darcy-Jane plot line, but I didn't care a mite. Immediately this film was marked as my all-time favourite movie.

Lydia was my favourite character at that point. I loved her giggles and I just thought she was a lovely character... not good of me I know, but I kinda copied her. I still snort a lot, but that's where my snorts began. :-)

I watched Pride and Prejudice on every birthday of mine that followed. (Our family tradition is that the birthday girl/boy may choose a movie to watch). I watched it on my thirteenth and loved it even more because I understood everything. I had, by that time, also read the book, of course. I watched it for my fourteenth birthday, loved it to pieces.


By that time I had, of course, realised Jane Austen had written other books. I had read Sense and Sensibility and I had loved it. My aunt coincidentally gave me a dvd copy of the Emma Thompson version of S&S and I was wild of excitement when I watched because I loved it dearly. Not as much as P&P (that's not really possible, is it?) but almost.

That same year, we received the Elizabeth Gaskell movies from our neighbours. I enjoyed them so much... it was then that I officially became a Period Drama nut. I had also, by that time, watched some Dickens films, Anne of Green Gables, Pollyanna and Downton Abbey had delightfully introduced me to a new series of swoons and dreamy sighs.

I still have a great deal of Period Dramas I feel I must quickly! watch. For example, I haven't watched Little Dorrit, or The Scarlett Pimpernel or Les Miserables. Shocking? I know. But nevertheless, one cannot deny that- despite missing out on quite a few movies- I am  and always will be a Period Drama fan.



I love Period Dramas. They are so inspirational and dreamy and amazing and... I don't know. It's ridiculously fun to spot double actors, choose your favourite dress, quote your favourite lines, pretend you are one of the characters, make up your 'what if' stories and copy the character's poise and hairstyles. Period Dramas are just ridiculously fun.

Absurdly so.

 

Name Game ~ Answers // I'm baaack!

What-ho, what-ho, what-ho my dear blogochumps! I have missed you, and I'm mighty glad to be back. Me and my family had a lovely holiday in the fine lands of England, but it's good to be back home. There really is no place like home, you know.
 
For now, here are the answers to my previous game, but, I promise, there will be a more interesting post soon.
 
#1 Reginald Jeeves
(In Jeeves and Wooster)
 
 
#2 Mrs Elsie Hughes
(In Downton Abbey)
 
 
#3 Mrs Beryl Patmore
(In Downton Abbey)
 
 
#4 Mr George Wickham
(In Pride and Prejudice)
 
 
#5 Colonel Christopher Brandon
(In Sense and Sensibilty)
 
 
#5 The Baroness: Elsa
(In the Sound of Music)
 
 
#6 Mrs Winfred Banks
(In Mary Poppins)
 
 
#7 Mr Charles Bingley
(In Pride and Prejudice)
 
 
#8 The Artful Dodger: Jack
(In Oliver Twist)
 
 
#9 Mr Charlie Carson
(In Downton Abbey)
 
 
#10 Miss Eva Beadle
(in Little House on the Prairie- she's the school-teacher)
 
 
#11 Grandpa Zeb Walton
(From the waltons)
 
 
#12 Miss Octavia Pole
(In Cranford)
 
 
 
#13 Mr Thomas Palmer
(From Sense and Sensibilty)
 
 
#14 Mr Joseph Molesly
(Once again, Downton Abbey)
 
#15 Miss Muriel Stacy
(Anne of Green Gables)
  
 
Miss Laurie, Emma Jane, Ashley, thank you so much for playing and sorry for not scoring your answers. I just haven't got time right now... have to unpack some bags.