8 Reasons why Home is the Best Place


To my opinion, 'home' is simply the best place in the world. We should realise this and not think that the grass is greener on the other side! I've been away on holiday quite a lot this summer, and, although I really enjoyed that, I've really realised how good 'home' is. Because, seriously, the best parts of this summer have been the days I spent at home.
 
 
All your belongings are close by. That book you haven't read for a long time. It's at home, tucked away in a bookcase. That blouse you felt like wearing - it's close by. Your favourite mug is in the cupboard, your dvd's are near. You just have all your things together, ready for you to take. When away on vacation you often (or I do, in the least!) feel like 'your' things, don't you?
 
All those familiar noises. Ah, that's what I really love about home. My door that creaks terribly whenever someone opens it. The way the attic staircase thumps when my brothers keep on running over it. The way my dad puts on music to wake everybody up in the morning. The way I hear my little sister snore. Just priceless.
 
All those familiar smells. Dad with his morning coffee. The rabbit-hutch-smell in the garden. The smell of  'our' washing powder. That makes home.
 
All those familiar sights. Ah, every window in our home has their own good sights and views. We know them so well, and, (even though ours aren't at all that pretty) we never tire of them.  
 
With your family. In most cases, 'home' is associated with 'family'. And, as we all know perfectly well, our families are the best people in the world (or one of the best, anyway:). Even though our siblings and our parents or children have their things, family stays the best forever.
 
That good old schedule. Almost every home has their own routines and schedules. Things like 'TV at seven o'clock' and 'Singing on Sundays'... things which, for us, seem absolutely NORMAL. But it's that good old schedule which is what we will remember our whole lives.
 
Your own bed is the best of all. Sleeping in a holiday home on some other sort of mattress is never the same. For me, my bed is one of my favourite places in the world... it's just, my bed. Yeah, I can't go into more depth than that. :P
 
You belong at home. And of course, one of the best things about 'home' is that you belong there. You don't belong in some sort of holiday home, or in... whatever... you belong at home. Home, sweet, home. The best place in the world.
 
 

20 movies I am burning to see

Ha. Ha. Ha. I know I'm not the only one who's laughing. People who know me well, know that I have this amazingly loo-oo-oong to-see list and that I am constantly adding movies and rarely ticking them off. I definitely have more than twenty- definitely- but here are the twenty I am MOST yearning to see. Either I've heard about them from lots of people, either it's because of my darling Emma, or either it's because I accidentally stumbled across it and I thought it looked like something I would really enjoy.
 
Movies are in no particular order. The first ten, however, I am yearning to see more than the last ten. But for the rest it's in no particular order.
 
 
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Road to Avonlea
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I have seen the first episode of the first series only, and I'm officially hooked. This series looks/is so, so, so charming and I can't wait to see LOTS more of it! The story of the lovely, feisty-headed Sara is just so me-ish. Such a happy, pretty, sweet and funny movie which goes on and on. And the costumes... are priceless.
 
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Little Dorrit
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Oh dear, everyone in the blogging world seems to scream at me: WATCH LITTLE DORRIT. In a nice, way of course. This movie has been recommended to me by so many people and I really feel I'm missing something out! It seems a little too dark to be an absolute favourite of mine, but I'm sure that I would really, really enjoy it.
 
 
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Meet me at St. Louis
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This musical is definitely close on the top of my list. I HAVE to see this movie. I'm a big fan of all the songs but I've never seen the film. The screencaps I've seen make me faint! The dresses, scenery, interior designs and hair-styles are SO scrumptious! I believe this would be Judy Garland in my favourite role. I only have to get hold of the dvd! Argh.
 
 
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Young Queen Victoria
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Heehee, I'm imagining all your abhorred faces. Because aye, I have not even seen the splendiforious 'Young Queen Victoria'. I'm in love with it already though, and I know that when I'll see it (which will be very soon, I hope) it will be one of my favourite movies. The costumes, the elaborate-ness! Isn't it nice to have something like that to look forward to? There's a bright side to everything. :-)
 
 
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Miss Potter
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Again, this is one of those movies everyone seems to be talking about. The story about the sweet Beatrix Potter... her life as a writer, and her sad love story. As you can see, I've heard so much about it that I know what it's all about. That's how it works with me. I read reviews, listen to soundtracks, study the costumes before actually watching everything.
 
 
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Daniel Deronda
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Squeep. YES. I have not watched this. *Long sigh* This movie has gorgeous costumes, Hugh Bonnerville and Romola Garai, one of my favourite actresses. Why have I not seen this? Everyone says I have to. I should spend some money on dvd's, don't you think, instead of waiting to meet someone who I can borrow it from?
 
 
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The Scarlet Pimpernel
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This is the worst shock yet for the blogging world. I know hardly anything about the popular 'Scarlet Pimpernel' apart from that it has lots of cool quotable phrases (sink me, everyone knows that m-dear!) and that I would like it. Or so everyone tells me. Actually, I don't think I would be so crazy about this movie as lots of other people are, but I know I would love it.
 
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Lark Rise to Candleford (Season 2-4)
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Don't worry dears, I have seen the whole entire first season and I'm a Lark Rise fan already. You can imagine how badly I want to see the other seasons!
 
 
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The Paradise
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I would love this movie/series. It looks so elegant and sparkly and fun. I mean, it's about a huge, dashing shop, so it must be very elegant indeed. I've heard it resembles Lark Rise to Candleford, so I just know, without further research that this is something for me. I WANT TO SEE IT SO BAD.
 
 
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Easter Parade
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This is like 'Meet me at St.Louis', because I know quite a few of the songs in it off by heart but haven't seen it. But I'm even worse of here than I was with Meet me, because I don't really know what the story is about. But it's a classic, and it has dear Judy Garland and dear Fred Astaire. I've got to see this quickly.
 

 
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The Inheritance
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 Someone once told me that I 'would really love this movie' and that it was 'extremely sweet'. Well, that was enough to make me want to see it, isn't it? 'The Inheritance' was written by 'Louisa May Aclott', who wrote 'Little Women'. I don't really know much about the story, but I know it's appropriate and sweet and that I would love it.
 
 
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The House of Eliott
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I discovered about these series (I know, series again) at Elegance of Fashion, where I read it was about two sisters starting up their fashion business. I mean, how epic and cool is that! And it's set during the Roaring Twenties- I love that time period. Long story short, I look forward to devouring this series!
 
 
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Christy
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It's my dear friend Emma who told me about this one! Thank you darling, I owe you a great part of my to-see list. Heehee. This series seems so charming! I don't know very much about it, but I know enough to make me want to see it. Firstly, it's about a school-teacher, and I love school-teacher-stories. Secondly, Christy's dresses are beautiful (especially the blue one in the picture up there). And thirdly, it looks like something I would really enjoy.
 
 
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Somewhere in Time
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My goodness, this must be, by the look of it, the most romantic, most sensational movie ever. Perhaps a little too mushy, even, but I'd love it. I'm such a hopeless romantic, so this would suit me. And doesn't Jane Seymour look stunning in that beautiful outfit! And he (don't even know their names, you know) is so handsome.
 
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State Fair
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Again, I know and I love the songs of this sweet-darling-looking musical. My main reason for wanting to see this, though, is because of Marge's costumes. Her wardrobe is probably one of my favourite wardrobes in the world. And I haven't seen the movie. That's just weird, ay?
 
 
 
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Bleak House
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This is another of those miniseries everyone talks about and I know nothing of. I think it sounds a bit dreary, but it does look like something I would really enjoy. I just feel so left out, not having watched this! It really is appalling! (Heehee, don't mind me:)


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Saving Mr Banks
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I love Mary Poppins and I love Emma Thompson, so I know I'd really love 'Saving Mr Banks'. Especially ever since I read a review of it at 'Yet another Period Drama blog', I've been burning to see it! It sounds so witty and charming!


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Mansfield Park
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This is the only Jane Austen novel I have not seen a TV adaption of, and- being a Jane Austen fan- I feel I should, and quickly! I don't know about which version, though. I know it won't be the one with Billie Pyper, because she wears her hair down and does not look like Fanny should at all. I've heard the adaption with Francie O'Connor is not the best, but it has Johnny Lee Miller. And the old version (see above picture) looks very sweet. In any case, I would like to see one version very soon!



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Roman Holiday
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I don't know why, but I had to add at least one black-and-white movie in this post. Just to show you, I have lots of those on my to-see list too. Roman Holiday is one of those! This movie is so famous and stars the fashionable Audrey Hepburn! I don't really know what the storyline's about, but it really looks so stinkin' good.


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The Parent Trap
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This is one of the movies I stumbled across on my own. It's a Disney movie starring Hayley Mills and Hayley Mills. Haha, yes, she acts twins, who got separated by birth because their parents divorced. They switch places and think of tricks to get the family together again. I just think it sounds so charming and that I'd so enjoy it. I don't know about it's appropriateness, though- does anyone here?


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Others
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I can't just stop with twenty, because I want to prove that I have lots more. 'Dr Quinn Medicine Woman' and 'Horiato Hornblower' and 'East of Eden', for example- I'm burning to see those, so I can finally 'really' understand what Emma keeps on talking about. 'Mr Selfrige series', 'Little Women (older adaption)', 'So dear to my heart', 'the Andy Hardy movies', 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers', and loads more. It's a nightmare. :D


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But...
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There's a bright side to everything, of course! I have all these movies to look forward to! Looking forward to something is always half of the fun, isn't it? And Looking forward to something never has disappointments.
But yeah, I really have to see some of these soon. Each at it's own time, of course. :-)
 
 
 
Which one, do you think, I should watch the most quickly?
Are you shocked at my long list? :-)


 

Smile Game ~ Answers!


Bonus question: This screencap comes from the musical Mary Poppins
 
 
 Thanks for playing, those who did! You all did very well! Here you have the answers...
 
#1
 
Period Drama: Pride and Prejudice 2005 (the first time I added this movie in one of my games!)
Character: Elizabeth Bennet (not)
Actor/Actress: Keira Knightley


#2
 
Period Drama: Anne of Green Gables
Character: Anne Shirley
Actor/Actress: Megan Fellowes
 

#3
 
Period Drama: Gone with the Wind
Character: Melanie Wilkes
Actor/Actress: Olivia de Havilland
 
#4
 
Period Drama: Wives and Daughters
Character: Molly Gibson
Actor/Actress: Justine Waddell
 
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Period Drama: Sense and Sensibility 2008
Character: Marianne Dashwood
Actor/Actress: Charity Wakefield
 
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Period Drama: Singin' in the Rain
Character: Don Lockwood
Actor/Actress: Gene Kelly
 
 
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Period Drama: Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Character: Millie
Actor/Actress: Jane Powell (has any one of you noticed how much she looks like Kate Winslet?!)
 
 
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HIS SMILE!!!
 
Period Drama: Pride and Prejudice 1995
Character: Mr Darcy
Actor/Actress: Colin Firth
 
 
 
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Period Drama: Little House on the Prairie
Character: Caroline Ingalls/ Ma
Actor/Actress: Karen Grassle
 
 
#10
 
Period Drama: Downton Abbey
Character: Daisy Mason
Actor/Actress: Sophie McShera

 
Players Scores:
Emma: 220
Evie: 180
Sara (Lewis): 110
Sara: 60
 

(#3) Dear Diary...


Dear Diary,
 
Today my mamma and I went to visit the Hales, a pecksy-wecksy family from down South. I must say, I'm rather appalled at the state of their home and living. I could sum up millions of things, but, to start with, they did not have a piano. Imagine, Diary - if you can imagine, for I doubt that you can - to have a life without a piano! I know I could not live without a piano. I am a very musical young lady, with outstanding talent - people say so, you know - and life without a piano seems to me horrendous, appalling and absolutely miserable. That, I suppose, proves that I'm extremely musical, does it not?
 
Anyhow, I was quite appalled to see they didn't own a piano. I told them so, but their faces remained listless and uninterested. Oh dear me! I was quite appalled.
 
Their parlour is about half the size of our hall! Imagine living in such a cramped way, day after day! Oh, that coincidentally rhymed! I am quite giddy. I'm always giddy when I accidently rhyme.
 
Margaret Hale, the daughter of the family is such a stick-in-the-mud! She hardly spoke a civil word and did not know anything about Paris and the latest fashions. She was insipid and dull, whilst I was cheerful and bubbly. She has it after her mother, who is pretty much the same, only even worse. My poor mother tried hard to converse with her, and I could feel her agony when Mrs Hale just kept silent. How do they manage to be so uncivilized! I am quite appalled!
 
And the biscuits they offered us, diary, the biscuits. From far off they looked rather pleasant, and I was gingerly looking forward to a little afternoon treat. But, diary, as the plateau with the biscuits neared my poor nose, I could smell that they were badly cooked and smelled as if they were rather out of date! I refused as politely as I could, gesturing lady-likely with my hands. I do not mean to be impertinent, but the biscuits looked positively horrible from nearby. I was quite appalled!
 
But of course, I am determined to remain civil and treat the Hales like neighbours, just as a civilized lady such as myself should do.
 
Yours truly,
Fanny Thornton
 
 
Is their any particular Period Drama/Literature person you'd like me (Naomi, not Fanny:) to write a 'dear diary' entry from?

Smile Game

Bonus question: What movie does this screen-cap come from?
 
We haven't had a game for ages here at Wonderland Creek! Here I am with a Smile Game! Guess which Period Drama person, which actor and with Period Drama the smile *belongs* to. I hope you all play, of course. :-P
 
Ten points will be given for every right answer and ten extra points if you answer the Bonus Question correctly! A grand total of 110 points can be won! Now, let the fun begin.
 
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Answers next week!

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