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!

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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!

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

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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…

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

Birthday smiles for Colin Firth

Today is Colin Firth’s 58th birthday, and I’m celebrating with these…

First off, Colin’s wife Livia recently posted a selfie on her Instagram stories of her, a friend and Colin on a boat in Venice during this year’s Venice Film Festival and I took a quick screenshot…

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Secondly, I recently came across this following image of Colin in a ‘Pusheen’ suit. It’s apparently been around for a while and is a photoshopped image that was originally an image in Colin’s movie Gambit. I don’t know who made this, but I love it (and I have a sneaking suspicion he’d love it too if he knew about this)!

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And finally, today I was alerted to a Colin Firth fan video that really made me smile wide because, yes, it really shows how I too love Colin. So, I’m sharing it here in celebration…

And a video celebrating Colin’s smile, which really can’t be celebrated enough…

Happy Birthday, Colin Firth!! Thank you for sharing your talent with the world, I’m so very happy I get to appreciate you so very much. I wish you many many happy returns! 🙂

Happy Birthday, Richard Armitage!

Thanks for these recent gems on your social media accounts…

Thanks for the time you gave us, and the warmth and grace, at the Newcastle International Film Festival last spring in what, in hindsight, must have been a very painful time in light of your mother being so ill…

Thank you for the lovely little role in Ocean’s Eight, you were delectable!

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Thank you for these…

and these…

… and I’m looking forward to your upcoming work!

Thank you also for this…

More donations to LOROS are forthcoming, with thanks also to Guylty’s birthday auction. ❤️Wishing you all the very best for the new year and may your mum’s memory always be a happy and warm one.