*big big smile*
Oh, dear PEOPLE! It's so good to be back! I'm back, I'm back, I'm back! Goodness, aren't I jolly happy. :-) I really missed you. Not just saying that for the 'awww'-y kind of thing, you know, I'm saying because I so stinking mean it. In fact, I started scribbling down notes for this blog-post several days ago, on the bed in the house we rented close to the seaside in Kent. I wanted to chat to Emma and you all so badly at some points. (Not always, of course, because I was very diverted over yonder.)
We had a lovely vacation in England, my family and I. On the one hand, I love holidays away, but on the other hand - being the immensely housey-housey-mouse I am - I also dislike parts of it. But it was really nice, honestly, I promise.We stared at gorgeous picturesque views, met up with my millions of cousins (slight exaggeration. I only have 21. Only. Hah.) and so on. We visited the Marshalsea again and we drove past this divine green landscape which my dad vowed was Box Hill (I know, I squealed too.) Also, guess which song popped up on the radio during our journey? I never squealed so much in my life - It was 'My Father's Favourite' from Sense and Sensibility!!! That was quite an epic Period Drama moment, I can tell you.
Well, well, vacations are nice and all that, folks, but (as Anne Shirley and undoubtedly many others have spoken before me) the best part of it is coming home. And writing a blog post again. I've really missed you. (Goodness me, is the post becoming terribly sentimental? That would be jolly awful.)
By the way, being honest here, I hope you didn't have TOO much fun in my absence. ;-P
And now, to answer all your great questions! Thanks a million bunches and bricks and all that for asking me so many and being interested. It means a bunch and a brick and all that.
|This is me coming home. :-) Or, these are me's. Because they're several girls in the gif, just in case you don't have eyes.|
Jessica Prescott asked...
1. Can you describe your favourite dress--that you own, I mean?
I actually don't own many dresses - I wear skirts far more (although I love dresses - I just own less.) Out of the few dresses I have, I am rather fond of this autumn-y, brown-owlish, English-pattern-y dress I own. I'm not like, CRAZY about it, but I like it. My favourite skirt is one that I bought last month - just black, but in the most fun shape ever, and high-waisted - and I wear it a LOT. :-)
English and Sociology. The former, because it often involves writing, and the latter because it doesn't hurt my brain and because it's actually rather interesting *insert surprised-faced-emoticon.*
THIS QUESTION IS HARD.
My second favourite movie? Hmmm. It's so often different, but normally I put the 2009 Emma version on that place. WHY? Because it's splendid and fresh and colourful and because I'm head-over-heels in love with Johnny Lee Miller's Mr Knightley, that's why. :-P
Oh yes, I've been in Switzerland every year of my life as long as I can look back (I'm quarter Swiss) and I've been to Germany, Holland, Luxemburg and France. I mean, one has to pass France to travel from Belgium (which is where I live) to England (which is where I often go on holidays as I'm half English) and really, when one lives in Europe, when one travels now and then, one can't HELP but ending up in different countries. Europe is a complicated patchwork.
5. This last one is rather complicated. Is there any kind of character whom you have NOT yet written about in a story, but you would like to write about someday? Example: you've never written a story about an orphan, or a hot-tempered person, or a blind man, or whatever, but you wish you could at some point.
I love this questions! Ten points for originality and all that. :-)
Yes, there definitely are. I really want to write a story about an old lady who never had ANY love life vatsoever who looks back and tells her story. I also want to write a story about a messy bachelor and write a love story from the guys perspective. Because they're so few of those (and when there are, they're very ewww-y.)
Blessing Counter asked:
WHERE do you get all those pictures from movies and all that? I mean, how did you get it to look so clear and not blurry like you had stopped a movie midway and then taken a screenshot? :D
I normally find all my pictures on Pinterest and all those kind of things. Here are my boards, if you like. I sometimes screencap my own pictures, when I can't find any on-line (such as was in the case when I had this post a particular scene in Chariots of Fire) and I normally screencap them full-screen so that when I make the picture smaller when I put it on my blog it looks like a very good quality screenshot.
|This is an example. I screencapped it from the Youtube video of the movie 'Sissi' which I really want to watch now. :-) Although it's German. :-P|
Ainsley Reitsma asked...
For a question, what are the names and ages of all your siblings, and can you post more photos of your gorgeous baby sister?!!
I'm afraid concealing alllll that information about my siblings goes beyond my what-I-allow-to-put-on-the-Internet-thing, but I can tell you that we all have Bible names and that the order is: Boy, Girl (me), Girl, Boy, Boy, Boy, Girl, Girl, Boy, Girl. We range from eighteen to three months and I'm super blessed.
And of course I will add one of Susanna's latest snapshots!
|She has a VERY serious politician kind of look and YET she's cute. She's a magician!|
Miss Meg March asked...
A lot of questions! Haha. ;-D
Do you think you could pick an Australian accent if you heard one?
You know, American Accents and Cockney and Scottish accents come easily to me, but I cannot do the Australian one. It's too the same but also not the same... does that make any sense? Nope, I can't do Australian accents - maybe only if I really practised.
I'm rather picky, I know. I don't like action movies (mere shudder at the thought and all that jazz) and I just can't get into Fantasy and Animated and... well, even just Contemporary movies don't really get me. I like different kind of genres, like romantic movies, comedies, musicals and so on, but for me to fully enjoy it, I have to find myself plunged back in time. I'm a huge Period Drama fan. *proud eyes*
What is your opinion of Lord of the Rings/The Hobbit? If you haven't seen or read them, would you consider it?
Oh dear. Now we get to That One Subject Everyone Loathes Me Because. Nope, sorry. I have to be brutal and honest. I do not like those kind of stories. It's like Narnia. It has dwarves and talking horses and weird creatures -- I get kind of crazy reading or watching fantasy. I'm not against it, people, and I understand the fandom, but I'm really not into Tolkien or Narnia and those kind of High-Fantasy things. I once started reading the Hobbit and... didn't get far.
I MIGHT try the books again, MAYBE. If I'm desperate and someone took away my Jane Austen and Little House and Montgomery books. :-/
Do you ever read American comments in an American accent?
Not unless someone writes with 'gonna' and 'yeah' and things like that. I read everything in my own voice. Is that strange?
Which of the March sisters do you think you are most like? (Mine is obvious.)
Beth, of course. I'm very good. I'm very patient. I NEVER quarrle.
I'm the most like Meg March, too. I often get a bit too carried away by vanity and fashion and I often feel myself relating to Meg, being the eldest girl in my family and all that kind of thing.
But I love writing, so I also relate to Jo now and then (although I'm SO not a tomboy.)
What time do you normally get up and go to bed?
I normally wake up at 6:30 to 7 o'clock (I'm one of those people who can't sleep in) and I normally snap out my bed light at around 9:30 (or 10 ish in the holidays (when I do sleep in a taaaad.)
If someone was eager to read Lynn Austin for the first time and asked which one to read first, what would you tell them? (Yes, that someone might be me.) As a matter of fact, we own one Lynn Austin book that I know of called "A Woman's Place". I have never heard it mentioned - have you read it? What did you think of it?
Yes!!! Let us DO that! Let's talk about Lynn Austin. I love all her books (I have read) to bits and named my blog after one of them (not because 'Wonderland Creek' is my all time favourite, but because I love the sound of the name.) My favourite Lynn Austin book, and the one I will recommend till the day I die, is Hidden Places. It's SO GOOOOD.
I really enjoyed 'A Women's Place', although it's not her BEST and it doesn't have a very thick plot like the other books. But it's REALLY good. Read it.
How do you go with adventure/thriller movies?
Not really my thing. Other movies (such as Period Dramas? ;-P) give me more thrills.
Are you afraid of heights? What is your opinion on roller coasters?
I am SUPER AFRAID OF HEIGHTS. In fact, when we were off in England we crossed this bridge and I was so scared. It was beautiful, though, to look down on the ducks and the weeping willow pouring down on the river beneath the bridge, but my heart was beating. Heights do something for me.
And therefore the reason why I've never been on a roller coaster, my friend.
As I do not know of other members in your family blogging, how did you convince your parents to let you have a blog? (Coming from myself, I would love to get one, but none of my family members have one and I am not sure what they would say. :-P)
I remember when I told my parents first that I would like to have my own blog. They knew I liked to look at blogs, because I was already e-mailing Emma at the time and things like that, but they knew NOTHING about blogs (just like me, haha) so they 'investigated' the matter for several weeks, asking friends who did know, about the safety issues and all that. In the beginning they were like, 'Huh? What's THAT?' haha. And then they said I could (I was elated) and, as the natural observer, I did!
I'd love to see you with a blog, Miss Meg March. You should try asking. :-)
Do you like nail polish?
Ohhh, I really want to start 'doing' nail polish, but I haven't really yet, no.
Ohhh. Yummy question. (Well, it's not a question really, it's a command. A nice one.) I love English houses - quaint and ivy-ish and with red bricks, perhaps. Actually though, it's the inside of the house that I find more important. My house of dreams would be filled with books (organised by colour) and it would be artsey and hidey-cosy. I would have a little piano with a shaded lamp on it and, as I said, loads of books.
What are your top 3 favourite hairstyles you've seen?
Ever seen? Pfft! This is hard. I LOVE this one. I don't know how she managed to get it that way because that lady has long hair. I also loved Kate Middleton's up-do here. And, of course, I'm still head-over-heels in love with Sybil Crawley's tumble-down hairstyle. Gorgeousness.
How do you normally fix your hair?
I'm afraid I'm not one of those girls who manages to have their hair looking like a flawless image every day - I like making high messy buns. I think they suit me rather well, I flatter myself. I also like wearing my hair loose with a little hair clip at the side to prevent crazy hair.
Do you play musical instruments? I vaguely remember you saying you played the piano - if so, what grade are you in and do you do exams or for leisure? What's your favourite song to play?
I play the piano, yup. I've been playing it since I was seven. I have no clue what 'grade' I am in - I think seventh? I don't know - it changes from system to system and we have changed from system to system. I just want to play piano for leisure.
I also play the guitar, which I personally prefer because it's easier (y'know, just chords, nothing fancy) and it's so relaxing. Last Thursday I spent a long time playing songs of my Dad's musical of The Bible Story of Joseph he is composing at the moment, which is stinking fun. So those songs are my favourite songs to play at the moment. :-)
Naomi Anderson asked...
If you could invite any 5 people to a tea party who would they be? (They can be real, fictional, dead, alive etc)
I was HOPING someone was going to ask me this. :-) But it's SO HARD TO ANSWER. Because I love sooo many people! First of all, I would invite my best friend, Emma Jane, who I've never met face to face and who I NEED to meet face to face. Then I'd invite Jane Austen, so I can pepper her with endless questions. Then I'd invite the Dowager Countess from Downton Abbey, Bertie Wooster (feeling very pipped amongst all the ladies) and, um, and, Emma Woodhouse. That would be fun. :-)
What is your favourite Bible verse?
"When times are good, be happy; But when times are bad, consider: God has made the one as well as the other."
- Ecclesiastes 7:14
Who would play you in a movie about your life?
This question is impossible! How am I supposed to pick someone out? And who would want to watch a movie of my life? It would just be a person on a laptop or a person behind a book, scene after scene. Very interesting. Ha.
Well, appearance wise, my mother thinks I look a bit like the pop-star Selah Sue (we don't listen to her 'music', we just saw a picture of her in the newspaper and thought she looked a bit like me (not very much at all, though).) But then the Selah-girl isn't an actress. Maybe Alicia Vikander? She doesn't look that much like me, but she might be able to pull it off.
Duh, I don't know. :-P
What colour is your hair?
When I was a little girl I used to be blonde, but now it's dark brown. Not ripe brown, like chocolate, rather tree-bark brown. I like it. Rather frizzy, undecisive half-curly-half-straight.
Do you sometimes wish your hair was a different colour?
No, not really. I sometimes wish it was less frizzy and more neat-curly-ish-like, though. Now and then I would like to go back to the more-blonde me, but really, I love it as it is. (The picture below, people, is me when I was in the turning-dark-blonde phase of my life. About six.)
What's your favourite breakfast food?
Croissants. We sometimes buy them fresh for breakfast, as a rare treat. They're so lovely and golden and flakey and light. And crisp.
Have you ever had a tree-house?
There's one rather big on in our garden at the moment, actually - my brothers made it. I remember making a very big treehut once when I was about ten with a bunch of friends in a forest. It's still there, although hardly visible.
What's your favourite kind of weather?
Rain. Yes, you heard me. I love rainy days. I can write better when it rains, I love snuggling up inside and listening to the raindrops splatter cosily on the window-panes.
Do you ever stop reading a book before you've finished it? If so, what sorts of things make you stop?
Yes, I'm afraid I do. You see, as I have sooo many books I want to read, I feel like I shouldn't waste my time on the boring ones. But on the other hands, I think it's good to actually finish book, although it's not really my taste.
Things such as very LONGness sometimes scare me off. Like, when it's just boring and I don't care and just feverishly want to end the doggonned thing. Happened with Anna Karenina. It wasn't too bad, but it bored me and there was SO much more to go! So I just quit.
Inappropriate stuff make me snap a book abruptly too.
Emily Blakeney asked...
What was the first period drama you saw?
Heidi. The version with Jane Seymour. That one. It was my favourite movie for a long time - together with the Little House movies. I loved it. I was super scared at the Grandfather bits, but it always made me happy and I just loved it. :-)
Who's your favourite author?
Lucy Maud Montgomery, probably, closely followed by Lynn Austin. I looooove Lucy Maud Montgomery. She's my writer idol, if that's a 'thing'. I wish I could write as BEAUTIFULLY as she can, because, seriously, her writing style is so gorgeous. It's like spring and gold and twiney patterns.
If you could be called anything (Cordelia?) what would you like your name to be?
Haha, it wouldn't be Cordelia, that's one thing. It's not my favourite name, *snort* (*goes away mumbling 'Cordelia fiddlesticks'*). I seriously don't know! I love 'Naomi' - it's just MY name, and I can't imagine my face behind a different one. But if I had too... Maybe Rosemary? I have a girlish fondness towards it. Or perhaps Lydia - I love the name Lydia.
Who's your favourite period drama hero?
Mr Knightley, as acted by the handsome Johnny Lee Miller. Did you not know that? I must have mentioned it about one hundred times on my blog. Just kidding. It doesn't hurt to mention it again. :-)
What about your favourite period drama heroine?
I don't have 'a' favourite period drama heroine like I have with a hero, but I normally go with Elizabeth Bennet. Jennifer Ehle's one, naturally. :-P She's not dislikable.
What is your never gets old, complete favourite book?
I don't HAVE that! I have several favourites, but not A favourite. Oh please, my darling, bear with me. This is hard. At the moment though, my current favourite of my several never-get-old, complete-favourite books is 'Daddy-Long-Legs' by Jean Webster. It's such a darling, darling, cosy read - very witty, very fresh, very original, and soooo makes-one-happy-inside-ish. Read it, and all that, people.
There are several books I started and couldn't read, but I don't remember any of them in particular. The last book I read that I really hated was a book I thought looked rather nice called 'Gracie.' If you enjoy rants, read my review on Goodreads here. I'm rather proud of it.
What an interesting question! No-one has ever asked me that (probably because they HEAR my accent, lolan (laughing-out-lout-actually-not)). Well, my accent is a British one, clearly. It's not the-queen-of-England-British, it's kind of Middle-class-British. Not very 'ohhh! That's SO British!'-British. I don't pronounce things clearly at all. I have to repeat things often, it's a nightmare.
If anyone from literature wanted to share an adventure with you who would it be and what would you do?
I think it would be Bertie Wooster. I mean, old sport, just THINK about that. Going on an adventure with Wooster. The things we'd get into! We will steal policeman's helmets together (quite accidentally), we'll accidentally get engaged to soppy people, we'll paint our faces and escape from ships and I know not what! Of course, I would need Jeeves to solve the problems, because Bertie and I together don't even match up to Jeeves' brain. I admit it.
How was your vacation?
It was lovely and relaxing and fuzzy-feelsy, thank you very much for asking, m'dear. A more elaborate answer is up there in the first paragraphs of this post. If you want more. You might not. But then you might. Up to you.
I speak English to my dad, and Dutch to my mum. My siblings and I usually speak Dutch together, but I also like speaking English to them now and then. We actually talk Dunglish. It's awful.
What?! NOW? Like, now? Okay, why not? *straightens up and looks all teacher-like* - Hello is Hallo. Yes is Ja. No is nee. 'I love your blog, Naomi!' is 'Ik hou van je blog, Naomi!' and 'Thanks for answering my questions!' is 'Dankje voor al de antwoorden van mijn vragen!'. Goodness. Writing Dutch in a blog post is actually surprisingly weird. I really SO prefer English - it's so much more sophisticated.
I think I would if I tried, but I haven't, not yet. I have SO many books I need and want to read! It's quite disastrous. More than 100 books on my to-read list, there are.
I like both. I think that if I would have to play one I would choose the Violin because I like playing tunes and Violins are more used for tunes than Violas. But I love how unique and less-known Viola's are - Viola's really have a CHARM. :-)
At the moment it's 'Sobbin Women' from 'Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.' YES people, I have finally seen that! I saw it three weeks ago, with all my siblings! You were right! It's RIDICULOUSLY FUN! It's weird and so not the kind of movie you should take seriously, but it's such jolly fun. My siblings and I laughed the whole way through.
Yaysies! Someone asked this. It's a random picture of Vera and Roland from 'Testament of Youth.' It often makes me 'awww' in delight. My desktop wallpapers are almost always Period Drama pictures. Sometimes I have slideshows.
*If you haven't seen 'Testament of Youth', the following question contains spoilers*
If you could have kept ONE of the three men alive in Testament of Youth...who would it be? Victor, Edward, or Roland? (I know it's an awful question....I'm so sorry.)
Goodness me! Natalie! :-O :-)
That IS an awful question, but I know my answer. I would have kept Edward, her brother. I know, one may be surprised that I didn't go with her fiancé, Roland, but I think I would have kept Edward alive. You see, all the time when Edward was still alive, I felt like Vera could get through - it was horrible, about Roland and Victor being dead, but she still had her brother like she had had her whole life long. I think that if Edward hadn't died, Vera would have received a lot of comfort.
Do you prefer skirts or dresses?
I love both, but I wear skirts more. I think I prefer dresses though, because they often look cuter (although not always.)
By the way, thank you for the very valid excuse for me to add a randomly nice picture of a dress, Natalie. :-) (This picture is from the movie 'Sissi', by the way.)
Do you long to travel?
Nope. I hate travelling. As I mentioned earlier, I am a one-hundred percent house-mouse. I like going to places, like visiting my Grandparents (like we just did) and going to the seaside (like we just did too) but I HATE the travelling part and I have no big wishes so go to all kinds of places just for the sake of seeing that building or that mountain. But I DO want to go to places to see PEOPLE. Like, I'm yearning to travel to America to visit Emma and other blogging friends.
Are there any names you hope to name your children if you get married and have some?
Ohh, I love names. For boys, my favourite name ever is Matthew. I just love it. I am very partial to traditional British names some people call 'boring' such as James and Henry and things like that. You just can't do wrong with them. For girls I like Rose or Rosemary, Eliza, Rebecca and Lydia.
Do you have a favourite Disney princess?
Cinderella. :-) Just because.
Would you call yourself an introvert, extrovert, or ambivert (somewhere in the middle.. :))?
I'm most definitely an ambivert. There are some aspects of introvert-ism I wholly relate to - such as preferring a book to a party, and avoiding large crowds - but there are also things extroverts do I relate to as well - such as not being shy to ask strangers things and enjoying people in general.
Do you have any cousins?
Snort, YES. I most certainly do. On my mum's side, I have five. They're all younger than six. On my dad's side I have sixteen - two of them are older than I, and they're all jolly good sports. I love my cousins. My Grandparents have a right to be proud of their tribe. :-) (They have 26 Grandchildren, my family included, you see.)
What's your favourite place in your town/city/country?
My room? Does that count? Haha. Seriously, I would say our house, pathetic as it may sound to some ears. I'm just HAPPIEST here, okay? I also like some of my favourite clothes shops, though - they're always fun to visit.
Who's your favorite male author? (Dickens?)
No, Dickens is not my absolute favourite, although he's obviously much to be admired and all that jazz. Probably P.G.Wodehouse. I thought perhaps Markus Zusak first, but I've only read one book by him (The Book Thief, of course) so I can't 'judge' him that well. Yes, it's Wodehouse. He's phenomenal. Super funny. Like, it's RIDICULOUS.
I think I've asked you this, but what's your favourite sport to watch? to play (or attempt to play)?
I'm Horribly bad at sports with a capital H. I'm also Horribly scared to answer this question, because Nay, I do not like to watch Sports. I find it dead boring. I attempted to watch tennis with my Granddad last week (he's a fan) but I found myself enjoying the ridiculous facial expressions much more than the actual game. I just don't care a jot about who wins.
I rather enjoy a simple game of table-tennis, though, now and then.
Abby P. asked...
While I was picking strawberries today I saw on a fun facts sign that Belgium has a museum dedicated to strawberries. Have you ever been there? And what other nice museums have you been to?
Really? Belgium HAS that? A strawberry museum? I had no idea. That sounds jolly fun and lucious and... wow. I, the person who would not choose to go to museums, think that strawberry museum sounds rather fun.
I went to a toy museum once, and that was very nice. Endless vintage and old toys in display. It was gorgeous and beautiful.
What colour of clothing does your closet have the most?
I'd say blues and peachy-colours. Surprisingly I have rather fair amount of salmon-coloured articles of clothing. I wonder if Jeeves would approve, but I love the colour. One of my favourite skirts is salmon coloured with sequins. It's most elegant. I wear it on fancy occasions such as Easter.
What type of chocolate do you like: dark, milk, or white?
Milk and white. I'm in the sad, neglected, abused minority. Just kidding, I'm proud to be in the minority. The minority, you see, is always right. ;-P
Coffee or tea?
Tea. Thank you. Coffee is too... coffee-ish.
What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
What style of clothing do you like to draw the most?
Oh, princessy and long and trailery and old-fashioned-y and Period-Drama-y, of course. With trims and frills and furbelows and lace and silk. Those are so much fun to draw.
I also like drawing out outfits I've seen on random strangers that I really liked. Yesterday I saw a girl waiting in a bus station with a darling outfit I have to draw before it slips out of my brain completely - she wore a black dress with a white peter pan collar, and round vintage sunglasses. Adorable look, that was.
Who is the most handsome leading man for classic and modern movies?
Classic - Jimmy Stewart. I think he's MOST handsome.
Modern - Dan Stevens. He has those bewitching shimmery blue eyes and gorgeous facial expressions. I want to see him in every period drama, ever.
What do you like to watch on a rainy day?
One of my favourite Period Dramas, of course. Right now, I feel like watching the 1995 version of Sense and Sensibility, because I haven't seen it in a long time. But then, it's not raining right now - it's sunny and a warm breeze is blowing into my room, with birds whistling in the background.
What is your favourite book to movie adaptation?
Pride and Prejudice 1995. As if you hadn't expected that, m'dear. :-)
Do you have a favourite name (girl and or boy)?
My favourite boys name is Matthew. I just love it. I plan to marry someone called Matthew (Crawley, hahaa.) I don't have a 'one favourite' for girls names, but I love the name Lydia. It's so jolly and pretty.
What's your favourite way to travel (plane, train, car, etc.)?
Car, if I have to. Because it's your own little domain and you don't have to worry about behaving in front of other people.
Beach, mountains, or meadow?
Beaches! I have an exquisite little fondness for the sea. I love pebbles and shells and the feeling of sand between my toes. I love standing at one end of the sea, breathing in the beauty, and imagining what kind of people are doing exactly the same, at the other side.
I only like beaches when they aren't filled with people, though. They can be very crowded and that's a nuisance.
Who are your favourite actor & actress?
Dan Stevens (explained why six questions above) and Julia Sawalha (because she so much ridiculous fun to watch. Admit it, we all secretly love Lydia Bennet.)
The Gibson Girl asked...
Do you enjoy gardening? If so, what do you like to cultivate?
I love flowers and butterflies and garden scents, and my favourite flowers are wisteria and violets (because, you know, they're the most divine and fluttery things on earth), but I have never been extremely fond of gardening because it involves stooping down and ending up with dirt on your hands and knees. But I love the IDEA of gardening. Does that count?
There you go!
I answered your questions! Don't say this post wasn't long, because I've spent hours typing away on it. I enjoyed it a lot, though, and I'm soooo glad to be back again. Ten days is too long. :-)
Have a great day with rain or sun (whatever you like best.)!