My day is made

This is my workplace right now…

Yes, about half an hour ago my coveted prize from the Richard Armitage Birthday auctions arrived: my very own John Thornton shrine. I’m beyond thrilled! It’s a grey day here today, so I figured a bit of candlelight while at work wouldn’t be amiss.

Later this afternoon I may try fiddling with that cravat a bit. I think I’ll be keeping him close to me here on our dinner table (my ‘office’) for a while, it really is lovely company while I work. I will also need to hoard a stash of small candles to keep the light shining during the coming darker autumn and winter months. I always have a bit of the winter blues so this will be a lovely little pick-me-up.

Mr Esther and I are both impressed with the craftsmanship on this as neither of us would have that dedication or the insight and ability to craft such a pretty and delicate little thing. Thank you so very much for this beautiful creation, Guylty, and the lovely little extra goodies you added! This little package has really made my day.

Perfect day

Last night I went to bed with a big smile on my face, it had been a perfect day and made me think of this song as I fell asleep…

Mr Esther and I slept in quite long yesterday morning after having a late night, meaning we had a nice relaxed start to the day. Mr Esther junior had to go to work from 3pm (internship at a hotel) and mini-me had a party to go to in the evening but our day was wide open and we didn’t want to do anything useful around the house. It was quickly decided that the four of us would go out for a lunch outside on the beach, close to where junior works. We had missed junior on our holiday and doing lunch with him like that, as a family, felt like a holiday in itself. That was a perfect day moment and lunch was good too!

After lunch, junior went to work. Mr Esther and I wanted to walk on the beach and mini-me wanted to walk into town on her own. So, we split up, arranged a time to meet up again and off we went. When it was hot these past two weeks or so, the beach here had been extremely crowded according to the news, but yesterday it was about 20 Celsius (high 60s Fahrenheit), with some rain in the morning and early afternoon and very windy.

There were quite a few people around but it wasn’t crowded, which made the distance keeping easy. Mr Esther is growing his beard and hair in quarantine and it felt weird to him to feel his beard and hair flapping around in the wind, which was funny to see.

We walked on the beach for about an hour, reminiscing on when we had first walked and kissed on that same beach as a new couple. It turned the afternoon into an unexpected romantic beach walk, which was another perfect day moment.

We met up with mini-me again for drinks and then walked to where junior works to say hi. Another perfect day moment, to see him being professional and an awesome employee at the health center part of the hotel.

We drove home where mini-me got ready for her party. She had arranged that I drop her and her friend off and that her friend’s mother would pick the girls up again at midnight. That meant that Mr Esther and I also had an evening to ourselves! We reserved a spot in a restaurant we hadn’t been to before in our home town and biked there so that we could also partake of some wine. Parking our bikes against a bridge made for a typical Dutch image…

The restaurant turned out to be great. Very few people present, good distancing of tables and ample ventilation. We took our time with a 3 course meal, I only took a picture of the dessert…

… but all of it had been delicious. We were stuffed by the end but it had been worth it. Yes, a romantic dinner at a restaurant was another perfect day moment.

Then last night just before I finally went to sleep I also caught the LOROS and Richard Armitage thank you messages for the auction fund raising…

That was another little moment right there.

So yes, yesterday was pretty perfect! Today on the other hand, I need to do a huge load of laundry folding… I guess not all days can be perfect.

After all these years…

… I finally won one of Guylty’s pocket shrines in this year’s Richard Armitage birthday auction! I’ve been admiring her shrines for years, I have seen some up close and personal from a few fans I have met over the years, but I have never managed to win one.

I didn’t want just any shrine, I preferably wanted one with any of my fave Richard Armitage characters, i.e. John Thornton, John Porter, John Proctor, Harry Kennedy, I could have done Adam Price as well, he’s so cute, or a Thorin or Astrov one, and even would have accepted a Daniel Miller. I can’t tell you how stoked I am that in the end I now actually won a John Thornton shrine! The bonus is that it also contains a candle holder (I love candles). John Thornton is my gateway drug to Richard Armitage from when I first saw North & South 14 years ago and I still think it’s one of the absolute best things Richard has ever done. Now I’ll have him in a shrine too. So, this is what I will be receiving…

Oh man, my heart rate went way past healthy when the last minutes of the auction started. I was the highest bidder on this item from almost the beginning and it surprised me that it still remained within my price range during the whole auction. Usually I am quite quickly outbid on shrines and I turn to lovely other items instead (and this year’s auction had some really lovely other items!), but this year was different and the item remained affordable for me. During the last minute I raised my bid a little higher than I had originally planned beforehand (I could almost taste victory, so couldn’t let it pass) and it paid off and I won! Mr. Esther looked on in amazement and is extra pleased for me because I won a John Thornton item. He knows how much I love John Thornton. I’m sorry the other last minute bidder was not successful but I am also very happy for myself.

So, I win a shrine and it benefits the LOROS charity in Leicester in celebration of Richard Armitage’s birthday. Best of all worlds, I’d say. 🙂

#2020RABirthdayAuctions Now OPEN

Take a gander at all the lovely Richard Armitage fan items that are being auctioned for charity, it may be one of the best line ups of fan items yet. The proceeds will all go to the Leicester Hospice Charity LOROS. Happy ogling and bidding!

Guylty Pleasure

It’s time to get the party started!

Five days from now will be Richard’s 49th birthday. And before the milestone birthday happens next year, let’s send him off with a big bang into his 50th year. What better than a big donation to charity that reflects our appreciation of this masterful actor, lovely guy and handsome man? In his words: “I think of the potential that your collective generosity could provide for those who have much less than I do.” The birthday auctions 2020 will do just that: they combine our efforts into a collective donation that will benefit LOROS, a hospice care provider in the Leicester area, which is close to Richard’s heart. I am confident that this is not only a very worthy cause – but also a gift that will find Richard’s approval. And even if it only reaches as far as our small group of…

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#2020RABirthdayAuctions – Spotlight on the Makers

Guytly’s yearly Richard Armitage fundraiser auction is drawing nigh. Here’s a sneak peak at a few hand-crafted items. I know I’m already coveting at least three of them… 🙂

Guylty Pleasure

The RA birthday auctions have always been kindly supported by fellow fans with creations of their own. In the past we have seen anything from jewelry, to plushies, to trinket boxes etc. This year’s fundraiser has attracted more hand-crafted donations than ever, and I am absolutely delighted to offer those wonderful and truly unique pieces of fan art and fan memorabilia in the upcoming auctions. Out of 40 auctions in total this year, we have 18 items that can be classed as hand-made, crafted, or original. That is almost half of all lots available – amazing!

It is very difficult to put a price on hand-crafted items – which is to say that they are really *priceless*. There is a lot of thought, time and skill in hand-made items. They are, essentially, a big compliment to the actor whom we all adore – spending precious time and creative energy on…

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