Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays!

Just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who has been dropping by to read here over the past year, you all make this blogging thing extra worthwhile! From one of my absolute favourite Christmas movies, let me share this…

… and I am rehashing last year’s Richard Armitage / Colin Firth Christmas greeting again this year, because I like it so much. 🙂

BoE Holiday greeting 2017

Happy after-Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Happy Kwanzaa or anything else you may or may not celebrate! Sending all my love out in the world to you all!


RA Christmas message & Ocean’s 8

Richard Armitage has tweeted his latest Christmas message. In case the tweet disappears at some point, here’s the full text (click on images to enlarge):

My first thought? “Aw, bless, it’s a gospel according to Richard again!” I like to hear from him but this message gave me mixed feelings. It felt preachy to me and seemed vague in areas, it made me want to ask him what he meant exactly in certain passages. Then again, I shouldn’t be surprised, I often get that sense of “what is it you are saying exactly?” when he writes one of these longer messages. Also, I wasn’t too fond of the ‘setting rules’ bit, I’m not a child that needs to be taught how to interact socially. Urging everyone to be good to each other and donating to charities is a beautiful thing, setting rules (often taken as gospel) is quite another. However, as always, I do feel Richard’s good intentions and warmth shining through. He’s a really good guy at heart and I love that. His desperation over the state of the world shines through as well in this message, a desperation I feel as well… in that sense I feel connected to him. I just wish he was a little less preachy about it all. Actually, reading this message makes me feel a little like Richard himself in this The Vicar of Dibley image…

DIbley wedding

… a little exasperated at what the preacher has to say, but still happy enough, and let’s get on with it, shall we? My fave thing I learned from his message this year is that his phone pings every time a donation is made. 🙂

Anyway, moving on: we have a new trailer for Ocean’s 8 with quick glimpses of Richard here and there:

I’m really liking it and for the first time I am really getting curious about the movie now. Such a great cast and I’m talking about the women here! Richard is a lovely added bonus. 🙂 I also like the poster:

Oceans8 poster

I’m starting to look forward to this one: great women and Richard thrown all together into one movie, it should be fun!

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Bring it on!

So, that was Christmas…

Hope that for those who celebrate Christmas was good!

We had lovely Christmas Eve dinner with just the 4 of us at home. On Christmas Day, after being thankful for just a few small gifts…

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… we had a lovely Christmas morning brunch that my husband made…

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… and we even found time to bake Käsekuchen that we wanted to bring for my family the next day…

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Late afternoon and dinner was at my in-laws where we table-grilled, much to the children’s delight! Boxing Day (or Second Christmas Day as it is known here) was spent with my family. We commemorated my dad and my oldest brother who died at age 7 a year before I was born…

IMG_5630 (Medium)… and the Käsekuchen was a great hit with the family (Suzy, I am forever grateful for your delicious recipe)! We used it to celebrate my daughter’s birthday with my family (didn’t do that before as my mom had been away for a few days) and added a half pudding/crumble cake (store bought) to it. My daughter loves to bake Käsekuchen but is the only one who doesn’t like to eat it!

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We ended our Christmas celebrations by lighting sparklers and singing “We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!”, like we do every year!

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It was a lovely Christmas with the families!

Today we are lazing about, but will soon be packing up and heading to our little family cottage (owned by my parents) in the north of The Netherlands for some rest and relaxation! Just the 4 of us, shut away from the world and only venturing out when we feel like it. Bliss…


Looking forward to it and will hopefully then also find a little time to catch up with what’s been going on on other  blogs…


Armitage Christmas goodies!

All sorts of Richard goodies for Christmas!

First there’s the Christmas messages. The message itself…

… and I like that he expresses some personal political opinion which sounds like it is very close to my own to boot! Yesterday evening we watched the The Battle of the Five Armies with the kids and when Thorin was barricading the mountain, not wanting to let any Lake Town refugees in, I exclaimed, “Why, that looks just like Europe and the refugee crisis!” Well, not completely, but I did feel a similarity there. The topic clearly resonates with me too…

And then there’s the Christmas wishes with pictures Richard tweeted…

While that Christmas selfie is fine, the picture that I keep staring at is this one from the upcoming Pilgrimage movie:


Oh yes, I really need to see this movie, just going by the few images that have already been released!

And there are more goodies for Christmas! As I already mentioned, we watched The Battle of the Five Armies last night and my husband and I said yet again how we love the drawings during the end credits. “I wish they had a calendar for 2016 with that!” my husband sighed. So, I took immediate action: got screen grabs of those illustrations and have made a calendar of my own for our own personal use that should arrive later this week! A few of the featured images:

With this one as my favourite, featured for April (a little present to me as my birthday is in April):

Hobbit Thorin

The calendar will be wrapped as a gift under the Christmas tree, something for both my husband and me to enjoy during the coming year!

And then another Christmas goodie just turned up: Richard answering fans’ questions at Audible for the David Copperfield recording. And he mentions the fans’ names too! I know what I would do for my ringtone if I were one of these fans… 😉

It really is beginning to look a lot like Christmas!