Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Summer is ...

Summer is ...

(I was going to write a long post about summer, but I don't have a lot of time now, and I also don't want to wait and write it tomorrow. I'm really a very, very patient person *tries to look like a very patient person*)

So, without further delay, Summer is for me...

- icecream

- swimming a lot

- open windows and a soft wind that makes my light summer curtain dance in the breeze

- perfectly blue sky

- bare feet (I'm so glad I'm homeschooled, you get to go barefoot a lot more!)

- summerdresses

- long evenings

- mornings that come with golden sunshine and the songs of birds

- the windows open while driving a car

- shade is okay now

- it's very silent in the early afternoon

- watermelon

- gorgeous sunsets

- no more jackets, no more sweaters

- everything green and green and green (I live in a green land, which is good, because I like the colour green)

- did I mention ice cream?

- the sea. Okay, pictures of the sea. Because going to the sea in summer is like going to a marketplace that's only open once a year. Everybody is there. Sooo crowded.

- it's warm. Finally. I like warm.

-  strawberries

- green grass that feels like velvet (sometimes grass really feels like velvet, it's true!)

- starry nights

- taking pictures

- the days are longer, no more lights on at six in the evening.

- long walks (only in the forest under the trees, where it's cool)

- sunglasses (I don't wear them, but I always like seeing people with sunglasses because it reminds me of Audrey Hepburn)

- rain is not so bad or dreary anymore

- being verry happy because summer is my favourite season

That list could - and should - go on a little (much) more. But time's almost up, things to do, stuff to remember, and all that. And besides, wouldn't that be a little tedious to read? :)

Just one more thing, I read Fire by Night, by Lynn Austin. Its's so good ... You must read it if you haven't allready. :D


Thursday, June 1, 2017

A Road to Avonlea Post

As you might have already guessed, we are currently watching Road to Avonlea (season four allready ... why, time goes fast). And instead of trying to find words to describe how much I like Road to Avonlea so very very much (it never works, or it sounds really mushy), I'll do a character review. Since I have only watched till season four, things that are yet to happen, will not be mentioned, and eventhough I'll try to keep it spoiler free ... that will probably not happen. Please forgive me. :)

Sara Stanley. She is independent, headstrong, and very romantic. She has a personal sense of right and wrong, so when she does not want to do something, she won't. And when she wants to do something, she will. She likes to give advice and help people, especially when it concerns romance (I told you she was romantic!)

Hetty King. The opinionated and stubborn teacher of the Avonlea school. She likes rules and doing things the old fashioned way, and while she cares a lot about the people around her, does not often tell them, more likely shows them.
At first she wasn't very likeable, but she ''softened'' during the seasons and now she is my favourite character. She even starts writing romantic fiction! Hetty King writing romantic fiction, can you believe it?

Felicity King. Let's just say she was kind of awful when the series began. But when she grows older she becomes more likeble, with still the bossy streak about her. She looks somewhat like Hetty with how she thinks of rules, and how things must be done. This picture is really afwul but I couldn't find one where she was this age AND alone (she is always with someone else on pictures) *awkwardly tried to do a sentence like the one above and kind off failed because the sentence is waaay to long*
I like her now. There is even said I am a bit like her. What?! Well, maybe I am a bit like her. A very little bit. The bossy part, that is.

Felix King. Welcome to trouble. Felix just does things, and then the other thing happens that escalates and Felix is in trouble again. He can't help it, so it seems. But he is very kind, he is honest and where he really likes to tease Felicity and can sometimes go to far (which is funny for us to watch!) he really doesn't mean any harm.

Olivia King-Dale. A very warm, enthousiastic person, at first a little under aunt Hetty's command, but she grows more independent with time, getting to work at the Avonlea newspaper and being very good at it. She can at times be very hilarious. :)

Jasper Dale. He is shy and a tad bit clumsy, but he makes the most beautiful photo's, and he's an inventor.

Gus Pike. He has a funny accent, and he lives in a firehouse. He has humor, but he's a serious person at the same time. He is always in to help, and eventhough it is strange that he used to play his violin all the time, and now that violin hasn't appeard on screen in ages, he is a great person.
Please excuse the hazy picture. Thank you very much. :)

Janet King. Oh, I like her. She is a sweet, considerate person, very warm and loving. Yet she also has her stubbornnes from time to time and I like that about her too (one can't be all perfect, right?).

Alec King. He's a little like Janet, but more pragmatic and ''sensible''. He is a steady person, not against new things, but he very much likes his way of living, being a husband and a father and a farmer.

Cecily King. Sweet, little sister Cecily. She loves her dog, Digger, very much. She puts some effort in trying to stop people from quarreling, but she hasn't been a ''main person'' very much, yet. Maybe that'll come.

A family who's name sounds like ''Peddibone''. I have no idea if they are going to stay for long. The girl is Izzy, she's a tomboy and I like her. The younger boy has a name and I don't remember what it is. The eldest is Arthur, he's a going-to-be-veterinarian (Felix said ''vegetarian''!) and I don't like him very much. He looks ANGRY and he likes Felicity. Their father is the teacher (since Hetty left the school and now he and Hetty write stories!).

That about sums up the characters from Road to Avonlea. There's also Rachel Lynde so here and there, and once Gilbert Blythe showed up! (in a sad episode, but still) Also Muriel Stacey entered the show several times, and Marilla.

Ta-da! That's done (this looks like a long post, but I don't really think it is). If you haven't watched Road to Avonlea yet, you should try starting it! We're watching it online right now, without subtitles (thus the sound of the speakers is a little loud because we can't understand Gus Pike sometimes, or Hetty, but it is manageable :D)

I'll say goodbye for now then!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Four Fictional Characters Tag

Ruth tagged me with the Four Fictional Characters Tag. Thank you, Ruth!

The Rules:

1. Link back to the person who tagged you.
2. List four fictional characters (use pictures if you want! They can be from movies or books) and, if you like, describe what they're like and why you believe you relate to them.
3. Tag a few other blog people.

 Well, I did number one. On to number two!

The characters that I relate to:

Molly Gibson. I am not a lot like her, I do not share her love for bees-nests (if that is the correct way of spelling it), nor her quietness, but as for the rest, I can relate to her.
(She can get angry at subjects I would get angry about too.)

Jane Eyre. Again not very much, only a little that I relate to her. I like her because she is independent. Which I am not so very much, I would be terrified there in that old house.
But she knows how she feels and thinks and believes about certain things, and I do too. I don't know if that makes any sense. :D And she stands up for herself, which I would do too, in certain situations.

Catherine Morland. She has a huge imagination and likes to read books. Basically me. Although I would not read the sort of books she read, but on the other hand, I might, if I had lived in the time she lived.

Maria. Well, first of all, I do not play the guitar, nor do I have short hair, and I don't sing either (at all, even though I wish I could). But there is something about her that I can relate to, her way of looking at life, cheerfull, eager to begin a new life, yet scared at the same time, always doing other things, (singing while she should be at the abbey, reading while I should do my studying).

I am only young and have not had a lot of experience all the above characters have had, but at some points these four are the ones I relate to the most. I would say Catherine is most like me, then Maria, then Molly, and then Jane (very little in common with her).
Well, that was fun!

I haven't been around blogging for these past weeks, but I have been busy with exams. And that was a very busy time.

I really enjoyed doing this! And as for tagging other bloggers, there are probably a lot of bloggers who have allready done this tag, so I'll just tag Everyone Who hasn't done this Tag yet.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Wives and Daughters - A review

This copy. I really want this copy. It's blue, it has sketch-like things on it (dragonflies, especially the dragonflies) and of course the story in it is really worth reading.

So I read Wives and Daughters. Well, technically I am still reading, but since I am nearly finished (sadly) and since I couldn't wait to write about it, I am writing about it now.

Wives and Daughters is about the young Molly Gibson, living in the little English town Hollingford, somewhere around 1830. When her father remarries, a new sister enters her quiet life - the cheerful, amiable Cynthia. Her coming actually changes everything for Molly and the way she lived untill then, because Cynthia is not only different, she also brings trouble. Yet the two girls become friends immediately, and the story follows them growing up.

Why I like it - 

- Molly is a little like me, as I found out. Of course she and I are different, I am much and much less quiet for instance, but I quite recognised some stuff of her in me. I never had that with any book before.
- It's set in the 1800's. Need I say more? It's my favourite era.
- It isn't just a nostalgic book about village life in England, or of two girls growing up, but it is also an ironic critique on mid-Victorian society, eventhough on the surface it appears not to be so.
- It's never boring.
- It is very beautifully written, sometimes slow, but never too slow. There are no endless backstories, or endless nothings going on (just the main character and either what they see or what they think) and the dialogue is interesting and real.
- Coming back to the word 'real', I found all the people in the book where very real. They just became alive in my imagination, and they stay alive. Wich is very important for a book to have, I think.

 I've watched the movie as well, and after reading the book, I think they did a wonderful job in keeping as true to the book as possible (and I must say, they kept very true) and the thing above (there's a name for a collection of photo's like that, only I have no idea what it is ... :\ ) really captures what the movie, and also the book, is like.

Favourite Character -

Molly Gibson. She is sweet, but she also is not afraid to stand up for others, and help them if they need it. She is kind and compassionate, a little bit of a temper here and there, and even though she does not like her stephmother (I do not like Hyacinth either) she still tries to be nice to her.

Favourite Scene - 

Actualy I can't name my favourite scene, also because I haven't completely finished the book yet, and because there are so many scenes I like, but my favourite scenes are most definitely the outside scenes where Molly is happy.

Least favourite Character - 

I have two. Mr Gibson and Mr Preston. Though Hyacinth comes close, I will always go with these two. I know Mr Gibson is Molly's father, and I am sure he loves Molly and is good and all, but I do not like him at all.
As for Mr Preston, though I felt a little sorry for him, he is just too unlikeable.

Least favourite Scene - 

Heehee. Least favourite scenes do not exist.

Well, that was a review. A review of a great, memorable book, just waiting to be read for the second or more time, and I give it five out of five stars.

Have you ever read Wives and Daughters? Or seen the movie?