The Richard mask

We are going to the most southern point of The Netherlands next week to a rented self-contained cottage for our holiday and we plan on going for outings into Belgium and Germany as well, maybe even drive to Luxemburg for a day. We know the mask rules are stricter in those countries than they are here, so Mr Esther wanted to order a few extra face masks to take with us on holiday. He is a heraldry geek and ordered masks with the coat of arms he had once designed for himself and had registered as his own…

(Yeah, his ‘Corona beard’ is getting long!) He ordered them in three designs but as they came in a set of four, he had a special mask made for me as well. Ever supportive of me and my fangirling, he ordered a mask with the painting my mother had once made for me of The Crucible

Here is the mask in more detail..

Pretty cool, right?

Masks here in The Netherlands so far are only mandatory in public transport, not in other public spaces. Restrictions here aren’t as tight anymore and this week the news came that Covid 19 cases are on the rise again. It won’t surprise me if masks become mandatory here in public indoor spaces like shops and restaurants as well, which means I may be using this mask far more than just our holiday. So, Richard Armitage on my mouth and nose – not a bad way to walk around this summer.

Evil genius & rambling on

So, Richard tweeted this the other day (doing a screen shot in case it gets deleted again)…

… and an evil genius image popped up in my head, I thought it was of a cartoon. Googled it and found it…

Apparently Evil Genius is a video game. Naturally based on the villain of villains, Blofeld from the Bond movies, so it seems…

Maybe Richie has been watching too many Bonds and has been playing a few too many video games during lockdown? Yeah… best to focus on good things (instead of supposed evil geniuses), like Guylty’s RA birthday auction that is coming up in August, see here.

Yesterday felt like the true first day of my holiday, as it was a Monday and I didn’t have to work! Went shopping in the city of Utrecht with mini-me. We figured if the city was too busy, we’d just turn back, but it wasn’t too busy. We started with lunch at a cafΓ© along the canal (totally overpriced for what we got, but the spot was awesome and yes, that’s a paddle boarder on the water)…

There was this little tunnel next to where we ate which looked awesome (but I wouldn’t wanna be caught there after dark)…

Mini-me finally found the ‘mom-jeans’ she wanted (she had tried ordering online but everything she ordered wasn’t right and sent back) and in the evening we even did face masks. Now, I never do face masks, but mini-me loves them, so we bought a few and did them together for a change. I look so happy.

It was lovely bonding time with my daughter. We also had some interesting conversations about boys and men as she told me that apparently she and her friends had been catcalled by 30 something year old men last week and she had told them to shut the eff up, which she would never have dared to do if she’d been on her own. They quickly left them alone but it goes to show that male chauvinism and sexism is nowhere near gone and sadly a new generation of young women has to deal with this as well. Her fave internet joke this week that she shared with me was: “I went to the doctor today to find out if I’m having a baby girl or an abortion.” It’s cruel but I admit to laughing at that one and how sad is that?

In final news, last night I also managed to finish a third Pimpernel fan video set to Nat King Cole singing Smile (last video up on my Scarlet Pimpernel page). Now that is out of my system, time to move on to other things like tidying up the house today. I hate doing that and am procrastinating with this blog post but Mr Esther has now started the tidying, so I feel guilty now and really have to get going… This was a bit of a rambling post, sorry for that.

Smiles of the day

Receiving a lovely letter plus gorgeous notebook from Guylty in the post this morning (thank you again, Guylty!) and eating chocolate sprinkles on toast for lunch…

Reliving Richard Armitage at the Newcastle Film Festival memories, due to a Twitter post from the lovely Christine…

And additional smiles from Ellen…

And last but not least: our front garden was ‘sinking’. If you walked up to our front door you were in danger of breaking your neck because the path was so uneven. So, we had the path and the garden elevated with sand (underneath the path) and extra soil for the garden. Mr Esther had the day off today so he and mini-me bought some extra pots for plants alongside our path. There’s a little tree in the pots and lavender. I love lavender.

Our ‘new’ front garden definitely makes me happy as well. This is a good start to the weekend. πŸ™‚