Lazy Sunday and Colman in colour

Mr E and mini me were out and about somewhere this afternoon, sitting in the sun at a cafe, sipping ice tea and eating calamari.

Junior played handball today, injured his leg and was resting on the couch, surrounded by cats…

As for me, I was holed up in my room until the end of the afternoon while awaiting the results of my Corona test that I took this morning. Turns out it’s negative and all I have is a bad cold. Such a relief! Now I don’t have to worry about Mr Esther (who has asthma) getting Covid from me.

While lazing away in my bed this Sunday afternoon, I re-watched a little Bridgerton season 2, which I have really enjoyed. Looking at Anthony (Jonathan Bailey) and his lush brown hair and beautiful brown eyes (I LOVE brown eyes) made me think of Ronald Colman (yes, I know, yet again, he’s never far from my thoughts these days…) and I wished so badly that there would be more Ronald Colman in colour pictures and films out there. He had brown eyes and lush brown hair too, although I have never actually seen him with lush brown hair in colour.

Ronald Colman seems to exist almost only in black and white. The few glimpses of him in colour, from late in his career when he was in his fifties and sixties, are already fascinating, but not really clear enough. He only made three colour films and even candids of him are all black and white.

I took some screenshots from his first colour movie, Kismet from 1944, when he was 53 but the quality isn’t great and there’s so much make up messing with the Colman look. However, it is the first glimpse in colour of his warm brown eyes. For most of the movie I don’t really like his look but Colman in that black outfit, salt and pepper hair and with those warm deeply brown eyes is quite something. He should’ve looked like that throughout the whole movie and not just at the end.

His warm brown eyes are also seen in his last two films that he filmed in his mid sixties. His final film from 1957 was called The Story of Mankind (a bit of a weird one where he advocates against the devil at a tribunal to keep humanity alive) and shows some of his brown eyes, but never quite close-up enough…

The sun does shine nicely into his brown eyes in a cameo in the 1956 David Niven version of Around the World in 80 Days but he’s very much in costume there and the moments we see him are over all too soon.

I have searched for other Colman in colour images but there just isn’t much out there. There’s one with his wife Benita, also from the early 1950s, I think.

But mostly I only find colourized pictures of old black and white photos.

Especially the first two photos give a bit of an idea of how heart-stoppingly handsome and charismatic he must have looked in real life / colour. The dark hair and warm brown eyes certainly contributed to that. I wish he’d been able to do far more in colour. A girl can dream on a lazy Sunday afternoon and evening…

The bright side of life

Yesterday evening we were too tired to cook. Turns out that settling into a new job is quite exhausting! I am enjoying it but I am tired. Mr E had to deal with an unexpected challenge at work so didn’t feel like cooking either. So, we picked up some takeaway and the cats were thankful as well…

What is it with cats and paper bags or boxes?

Today I work from home again in my old job (I do that on Tuesdays and Fridays until the end of March) and it’s a good thing too as storm Eunice is heading our way this afternoon. It’s apparently going to be so bad that all trains will stop running after 2 pm and in the city I work in all public transport has already been suspended since 10 am, which means that all the buildings at “my” university are also closed for the day. I am all settled in at my permanent spot at our dining table…

The flowers surrounding me are from my work earlier this week and from Mr E’s work last week (he parked his flowers here after changing the water yesterday).

I don’t have that much work to do today, which feels good. During my meeting with my old boss this morning we also agreed to cancel these weekly meetings we have and just meet when needed (which won’t be much!). So, all that and the weekend almost being here and sitting in a sea of flowers makes me feel quite happy and cosy. Yes, there are also down sides to the day with mini-me having Covid (so far it all remains mild with her, just a little cold and she feels bored) and Junior needing to travel to his hotel for work in a little while before the storm really kicks in. Still, it feels quite easy for me today to look at the bright side of life and maybe I can also spread the joy a little with this song from my all time fave comedy film, Monty Python’s The Life of Brian.

I wish you all a good weekend!

The first day

As of today I have started work in my new job for two days a week. Went in to the office this morning (in these past two years I can count on two hands how often I have been to the office…) and was taken on a tour to three of the four libraries that I will be coordinating. I had such a warm welcome everywhere, they even got me flowers that I have now put in a vase at home.

So far, through meeting the people and speaking about the work, it feels like coming home. I have more people to meet and much more to learn about how things work in the libraries at this university but I am already so excited to be doing this. I already hear of some challenges but that’s fine, I (and we) will figure it out. This has been a very nice start today and I can hardly wait to drop my current job (still doing that for two days a week until April 1st) and focus on my new job full time.

Oh, and it’s Valentine’s Day today. We don’t ever do anything for Valentine’s Day, it holds no significance for us at all, but I did come across this lovely, romantic video that was made for today: Owl Kitty‘s version of Titanic. Take a look, it’s totally worth the one minute viewing time…

Today is a good day. 🙂

Pictures of the day

After two days of feeling completely fatigued and out of it (I now fully understand the meaning of the phrase “bone-tired”!), my energy has returned and I’m feeling like myself again. So, the house has been de-Christmasfied today, with the floor lamp back in the place where the Christmas tree was…

I had barely unpacked a box that came in the mail today when the cat jumped into it…

Listened to Bowie all day and then late this afternoon on Twitter this gorgeous picture of David and Iman was posted by Iman

And Sidney Poitier has been on my mind a lot since I heard the news of his passing last night, aged 94. I think I may re-watch Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner again this evening in his honour. I haven’t seen that movie in years but remember really liking it.

May you rest in peace, dear Sir!

Cosy…

Curled up in my wide armchair with red port wine, wearing my Armitage red wine socks, a cat beside me and an open fire…

This Sunday evening isn’t half bad.