To Mr. A. on his birthday

In South Korea it’s almost 6 am of August the 23rd but over here in Western Europe it’s still August the 22nd, close to 11 pm. So, I’m still (just) on time to wish Richard Armitage a happy birthday!

I was delighted this morning with this childhood picture the man posted of himself on Instagram

2019-0822 Childhood picture posted on 48th birthday… and these recent images of Richard arriving in South Korea again for filming.

And there’s an extra delight that I have won a small item in Guylty’s auction for Richard’s birthday and that she has been able to transfer € 2300,- as proceeds from the auction to the Shelter charity! I really love the thought of making a donation to a charity as a birthday present so it’s been a delight to be a tiny part of this. (Modified to add: Servetus also has a fundraiser still going on, as I type this, over on her blog! Check it out if you like!)

As for my own personal birthday wish, let me quote a bit of Alexander Pope’s poem called To Mrs MB on her Birthday for him. So, from me to Richard, it’s basically:

To Mr. A. on his birthday:

Oh be thou blest with all that Heav’n can send,
Long Health, long Youth, long Pleasure, and a Friend. […]
With added years if Life bring nothing new,
But, like a Sieve, let ev’ry blessing thro’, […]
Let Joy or Ease, let Affluence or Content,
And the gay Conscience of a life well spent,
Calm ev’ry thought, inspirit ev’ry grace.
Glow in thy heart, and smile upon thy face.
Let day improve on day, and year on year,
Without a Pain, a Trouble, or a Fear! […]

Happy (almost belated) birthday, Richard Armitage!

All grown up!

It’s my son’s 18th birthday today! Officially speaking, he’s all grown up… Here in The Netherlands he may now vote, drive, drink, do his own finances without us having any control, he may get married and get tattoos without his parents’ consent.  It’s a bit surreal that although he’s our child he’s not a kid anymore.

I so remember these days…

… and now it’s this!

Mr Esther and I got old and my son is now all grown. It really does go by so fast…

Audrey’s 90th!

Today would have been Audrey Hepburn’s 90th birthday! She was born on May 4th, 1929 and died of cancer, way too young, at the age of 63 on January 20th, 1993. I was introduced to her via Roman Holiday in my teens (which to date still is pretty much my favourite movie) and have loved her ever since. Yes, I have Audrey memorabilia in my house, although that link doesn’t show the big Roman Holiday poster in my bedroom (with an apron hanging on it), or the calendar I once bought on a visit to Rome in 2010 and can’t bear to throw out, or Audrey Hepburn on a tin card in Breakfast at Tiffany’s, positioned between pictures of my children when they were little.

I will forever regret not trying to get a glimpse of her at a UNICEF event she attended in The Netherlands not too far from where I lived, a year or two before she died. She was a lovely actress and a warm humanitarian, who has touched my heart in many ways.

To celebrate Audrey Hepburn’s 90th birthday, here’s a Roman Holiday fan video to help convince you to see that movie if you haven’t ever done so already…

… and here are some lovely Audrey Hepburn pictures…

… and this link to the Audrey Hepburn Fund, where her sons continue her legacy of helping the less fortunate children in this world.

I have loved her for most of my life and she will live on in my heart forever, I hope. Happy Birthday, dear Audrey!

My greatest gift in life…

… is my family. I was reminded of that again this morning. I received a morning cuddle from Mr Esther, a big hug from my daughter and a very loving cheek kiss from my son for my birthday today. I then drove my daughter to school  and when I got home, Mr Esther (working from home today) surprised me with these…


Purple because it’s my favourite and yellow because it’s nice and light and a good spring colour.  These little gestures just completely warm my heart.

My sister then sent me this picture of when I was about 10 years old and she was 7…


I remember those guinea pigs and I totally loved them! They were named Dennis (the red one) and Joey, after the Dennis the Menace comic book characters…

Another nice little birthday surprise was seeing these on my Instagram feed this morning, from Richard Armitage’s instagram posts here and here. I’d seen these before…

… and these were nice…

… but this one was the real gift…


Anyway, got to go tidy up a bit now. Wednesday is my day off and family is coming over for a coffee in an hour. Later!


My daughter is 15 today! I swear I don’t know where the time has gone.


I always get a little sentimental when I think back to the day she was born. She has come a long way from this picture taken exactly 15 years ago this afternoon, about an hour after she was born…


… and has become a very remarkable young lady whom we love very much! Happy birthday, dearest S!