Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Spring Rambles.


May is the month of fluttery pinks and whites, blossom, flowers and strawberries. It is the month of early sunshine and green dry grass and opening windows in the mornings. I love May; I love spring - it makes me feel alive and healthy and happy. May makes me excited for the summer holidays (especially this May!) and May is just... lovely. BUT. (There's always that 'but.') May is also the time for exams. Whiiich ultimately means certain amounts of drama, stress and worry. Last year involved a maths exam, and this year does not, so I'm not as stressed as I was last year, but still - there are certain aspects about May I could do without. I dislike sitting at a desk in a room filled with other students and filling out exam papers that always seem to be slightly harder than I'd imagined. 

Not to worry, though, I'm up to it. I'm ready, I hooope. And I have so many things to look forward to, and such a RIDICULOUS amount of things to be happy about.


We finished Call the Midwife season two several weeks ago and I'm still not over it. I'm still with my head in the adorable romance of Patrick and Shelagh, and that dramatic birth of lil' baby Fred. I've cried so many tears over those episodes, and I'm still kind of broken of them. (Wow, I AM PASSIONATE about this.)

Have you spotted the rose-coloured countdown in the sidebar? Is it not getting EERILY close? I am slightly nervous about the journey, especially since I've never travelled alone before, and I've never gone on the plane before, but I'm sure it'll go well, and Ohhh, Emma and I will have such fun together, and I can't wait to see her in PEEERRRSSOOOON. I think about this every day, and I still can't really grasp it. Only one month to go guys, only one month.


April was lovely. I cut my hair the shortest I'd ever cut it, I wrote a letter to a stranger (and never got a reply, sad face), I watched Season Two of Call the Midwife and played the theme song endlessly on the piano with my sister, it hailed and rained and even snowed (which was ridiculous and weird, but kind of fun), I survived my terrible condition of the Writer's block, I did tolerably well on my studies, THE QUEEN BECAME NINETY AND WE GOT THAT PICTURE OF HER AND THE WINDSOR KIDS AND THAT DOCUMENTARY, and finally, I read Hidden Places. (Among other books, haha.)

About the British Royal family, a minute please. 


Queen Elizabeth is ninety. She is just about my favourite human being in the entire world, and she is ninety and still as fabulous as ever. I watched the documentary that came out on her birthday - and then I watched it again the day after, and GAHHH, I am so proud to be British. It's really good - even if you're not really a die-hard Royalty fan like I am. It's called "The Queen at Ninety - a Family Tribute" - It's on Youtube -, it's narrated by Prince Charles, and the Queen and some other members of the Royal family talk and react to old footage of the Queen and co. Basically, it's the best documentary ever and it's super funny (Harry and William's comments are gold) and also emotional and Young Prince Philip is really handsome. Watch it.



How was your April? 
Did you get excited about the birthday of the Queen?

39 comments:

  1. Oh dear, I seem to have gotten out of the habit of commenting. You probably think I stopped reading your blog but I didn't, I just am terrible at remembering to comment! I just had to come out of hiding because of all this Royal Family excitement! I watched that documentary too, wasn't it just lovely! I wanted to tell you about this exhibition on at Holyrood Palace (the Queen's official residence in Scotland) that my mum got tickets for as a surprise for my birthday. It was an exhibition of the Queen's wardrobe. OH MY GOODNESSS I almost fainted. There were the most beautiful, exquisite dresses that her majesty herself had worn right in front of my eyes, not even behind glass! They were encrusted with glitter and diamonds and I can't even describe to you what it was like. Next to each one was a little bit of information about who made it and what occasion it was for. I thought of you the whole way through, wishing you could see it! You would love it!
    Naomi

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    1. Naomi! I've missed your comments. :-D
      AND I'M SO FREAKING JEALOUS.
      YOU WENT TO THAT EXHIBITION.
      STAHHHP.
      JEALOUS.
      END.

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    2. Haha I'm glad you actually remembered me! I really need to make sure to comment because I love your blog so much :) I'm more of a silent reader though, so know that I am still reading even if I don't comment!
      I WISH YOU COULD SEE IT!
      Good luck for your upcoming exams, I've got mine on at the moment too. I should be studying now but ugh, no thanks. I can't wait until these exams are over because this is the last year I will have to take them!
      Naomi

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  2. Well, I'm afraid May certainly doesn't mean all that for me, but I'm glad it's lovely for you. ;)

    Yes, I was actually going to randomly email you about that - how it's literally only ONE MONTH before you see Emma!! That went by sssooo quickly!!!! Eeeekk! :D :D :D

    Oh, yes the Queen's birthday! I'm not such a royal fan as yourself, but I DO enjoy anything to do with them, when I have time and opportunity. :D On my last holiday, the day we climbed that mountain, my siblings and I went to a coffee shop. As I'm not allowed to drink coffee yet, I just sat people-watching and thinking about those kinds of things (y'know, good for story writing ;D), my brother was reading the newspaper. He put it down and showed me the picture of the Queen and all her grandchildren. I had to stare at it for a good few minutes, to soak all the glorious elegance of it in. I also saw the photo shoot that Kate took of Charlotte (on the news) and they are SO. STINKIN'. CUTE. <3
    Oh, I'll have to watch that documentary sometime. :D

    My April was fantastic! I spent a whole day in the city, I went on holidays to the beach, I had two weeks of school holidays, I READ TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, my cousin had her baby, and so many other things happened. It was splendid. :)

    ~Miss Meg

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    1. Haha, I was thinking that when I wrote it down. "Miss Meg and Evie and those other Australian and New Zeeland-ians won't be able to relate to this." :-P

      I know!! And before I know it, the day is THERE. SQUEEEEE.

      Ohhhh, TELL ME ABOUT TKAM in your next email. Allll about it. That book is gold. :-D

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    2. Teeehee! I understand though! For us it means rugging up warm (but not yet because its still hot! :(

      Squeeeep! Gals we need an email fest ok? Nice long meaty emails- naomi I am so curious about your hair now, you did it?! :D I'm going shorter too but that will be for these emails (Emma you can come too if you want! :D)

      I adore TKAM just.. in one word.. Atticus *clutches chest*

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  3. Lovely post! I adored it. :)
    My April was splendid! And of course I was so excited about the ninetieth birthday of Queen Elizabeth! Can you believe Charlotte is already ONE?! Madness!

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    1. Thank you, Sophia! <3
      Gawsh yes, me too - April and May-so-far have been SUCH good days for us Royal Fans, no? Charlotte IS ONE. MY DARLING PUMPKIN IN ONE. :-D

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  4. Happy May Naomi! You're right, May is lovely. And yes, exams are pretty stressful! I want to read novels and go outside, not watch crash course/cramming videos on economics!
    Haha, when I saw that picture of the castle, I thought you were going to say you were going to visit it, and I got really excited. Have you ever been to a castle, by the way? If you have, I am insanely and completely jealous! ;)
    I did notice the timer on the side! How exciting! If only I could drive a thousand miles or so and meet you there! :P
    I was very happy about the queen's birthday too. I hummed "God Save the Queen" to myself (because I don't know all the words) and thought about her often. I also loved the pictures they put out, but at first they must have been too perfect or something because I thought they were fake, or spoofed! :P I mean, look at how well all those children are standing and behaving! I also heard about how Prince George met Obama in his robe, which I thought was really cute. But most of all, I LOVED princess Charlotte's birthday pictures! Everything is cute and vintage and pastel. :)

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    1. I know. And I want to read loads of books and write loads of stories, NOT stress over Sociology terms and English essays. :-P

      Ha, no, I'm not going to visit that castle. Yes though, I have visited a slightly-ruined castle once - about four years ago. I've seen several from a distance when going to England, too. :-D

      I wore red and blue on the Queen's Birthday, and I raided millions of Queen Elizabeth tumblrs. That's a way to celebrate. :-P Ha, I know. The picture of the queen and the Windsor kids looked almost... fake. Especially with little Mia holding the Queen's handbag and all. I prefer the less fake photographs, like the ones Kate took for Charlotte's birthday, but the official portraits are cool too. They're more ROYAL. :-D

      OHHH YES. AND WHEN GEORGE SHOOK OBAMA'S HAND IN HIS PYJAMAS. Happy day. :-D

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  5. Yes, I saw the countdown! It's so sweet and your excitement is getting contagious ;) Ohhh you're travelling alone on a plane too? So am I, in about a month's time too! But I'm travelling with my sister :) How are you with directions? I'm sorta getting "travel jitters" 'cause no matter what I do, I always seem to get lost :P

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    1. Oh you're travelling too? Good luck. I'm not that good with directions, but I don't think it'll be a trouble because there are always air-flight-people to ask help for. People have told me not to be nervous. (I probably will be, ha!)

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  6. GOOD LUCK with your exams!! I know you'll do great :-) I'm allllllllllllllmost done with mine--I finish on Thursday, and then I GRADUATE, so yeah :-)

    Oh, yes, I got pretty excited about the Queen's birthday, too!! It's awesome that she's 90 and still doing so well! And Kate is gorgeous, and Charlotte is ADORABLE.

    (I actually got a collection of the Queen Mother's letters--you know, Queen Elizabeth's mom--for my birthday! I LOVE the Queen Mother so I can't wait to read them :-) )

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    1. Thanks! I had my first exam today, and it went well! Praying it'll be the same for all the others... :-D Oh, you're GRADUATING! Look at that. :-) Congratulations in advance!

      I love the Queen Mother TOO. And now I want to read those letters. :-D

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    2. You should! She was a fantastic letter-writer--super happy and cheerful and quirky. Actually, she reminds me a bit of you, did you know that? :-)

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    3. Good Luck with graduation! (now I feel old.. and I only graduated 5 months ago!)

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    4. Thank you so much, guys! I'm REALLLY happy to be almost done--although, actually, I'm going back for an M.A. this fall so I guess I'm not technically "done," haha :-)

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  7. *Sigh* This post. And that gif at the beginning! So many delicious spring feels. :)

    ONLY ONE MONTH!!! Goodness! It's going to be here before you know it. I totally understand why you'd be a little nervous to travel. I've NEVER been on a plane in my life, let alone traveled somewhere all by myself. You're brave, Naomi! :) And, oh! I'm just so excited for you and Emma! Three whole weeks together!!! You're going to have an awesome time!

    Aww. That picture of Charlotte is adorable. :)

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    1. Thanks, dear. :-)

      I KNOW. It's going to be here so quickly! I'm brave? I don't FEEL brave. :-/ But I hope I'll be brave enough to survive the journey with some kind of elegance! :-P

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    2. Oh, I'm sure you will! Don't worry. :)

      By the way, I tagged you for the Liebster Award over at my blog. You've probably done that tag before, but if you're interested here's the link: http://marchramblings.blogspot.com/2016/05/so-when-youve-been-tagged.html

      Have a lovely day, my friend!!

      ~Miss March

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  8. Oh--and don't be scared about travelling by plane alone. I did it myself two years ago; and I'd actually never been on a plane before then--but everything was FINE. No problems whatsoever. Just make sure you sit down with your parents before you go and get them to explain the "process" to you and ask any questions you may have. As long as you do that, you'll have no trouble. :-)

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    1. I'll try not to be scared. :-) I did that with some American friends who often travel to America, and they told me EVERYTHING I needed to know. Made me feel better. :-D

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  9. 31 DAYS - 7 HOURS - and 41 minutes. YAYYY!!!

    April was lovely indeed. I randomly cut my hair last night. My mom was like "Julia???????" LOL! I only did some whispys :P I really want bangs though. But, for that, I will have to go get it done somewhere because my mom and older sister are too nervous to cut them. ;) I actually didn't even know the Queen turned 90!! But that is sooo cool! My great grandma is turning 90 this June - we are going to have a HUGE family party. At this moment, I am very mad and disappointed with America. This world is going wacko..

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    1. HA! You randomly cut your hair?? I like you. :-D

      You obviously live under a rock. You didn't know the Queen turned 90???!! :-O :-O Congratulations to your great-Grandma! That's amazing. :-)

      Oh ugh, I know. I suppose you're talking about the American politics? It IS going wacko. (Referring to this orange-faced-ridiculous-hair-person. YOU KNOW - COUGH.)

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    2. Julia, I feel the exact same way :-(

      I'm just SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO MAD right now. I'm not even sure if I believe in democracy any more. I mean, HOW. I've been betrayed by my own people. (Okay, I know that was dramatic, but THE SITUATION CALLS FOR IT.)

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    3. and we Australians look confused and feel slightly concern.. ok not slightly I'm kinda scared for y'all!

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    4. Orange-faced-ridiculous-hair-person is totally the right name for him. It's simply AWFUL! :(

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    5. Naomi -- yes, I really did just randomly cut my hair. LOL! I just took the scissors and was like "yeah, good length." *SNIP* hahaaaaaa... Yeeah, I kinda do live under a rock. ;) I nod in agreement with your description. :P

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    6. And to everyone else, I AM SO GLAD I AM NOT THE ONLY ONE FEELING THIS WAY.

      phew. that felt GOOD to get out. I've met too many people who agree with Mr. Orange-face.

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  10. I too love looking at pictures of the Royal Family! They dress so nicely, and the children are SO cute!

    ~Magda

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  11. Best of luck in your exams, darling Naomi!!

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  12. GOOOOD LUCCCK! *hugs tightly*
    OH a friend of mine is going to belguim this year! I wish I could come! :-)

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  13. I love May as well, and not just because my birthday is in May ;) Lovely pictures to go with this post btw!

    I'm so glad I'm done with school and no longer have to deal with the stress of finals. I wish you all the best on your exams!

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  14. *gasp* -- That first gif -- I WANT TO BE THERE!!! The swiffly curtains and the flowery breezes.....aahhhh.

    I love May tremendously. All the trees are in bloom, and the beautiful pink buds are popping out on the wild apple trees. Everything's fresh and lovely. ;-)

    YIKES -- ONLY THIRTY DAAAAAAAAAAAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    That's basically all I have to say, I guess. I came here to comment thinking I had lots to say, but it appears that's all I've got. ;-P Anyway, I'm glad you April was lovely and I hope May is even better! (And June will be the BESTEST.)

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  15. My April was terribly busy. But I finished my art class, and I think the professor was adequately pleased with my final project, so that's good :) I can't believe the Queen is NINETY! And the pictures of Charlotte are quite adorable.

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  16. Naomi, I know Miss March just tagged you for this, but as you're one of the few bloggers I know, I tagged you too. If you don't want to do it twice, that's fine, but here it is if you want it! http://raesdropofgoldensun.blogspot.com/2016/05/ive-been-tagged.html

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  17. Ahh, this was such a lovely post. I'm home alone tonight and going to eat my dinner soon. I've decided I'm going to watch the Queen Elizabeth documentary as I do so. It sounds SO SWEET! :D

    (Is this the picture you were talking about? http://media.vogue.com/r/pass/2016/04/21/queen-elizabeth-birthday-grandchildren.jpg
    It is SO CUTE!!! Goodness....so much adorable-ness. I want to dress my kids--if I ever have some--like those children. :) I love the sweaters-ahem, jumpers and the little skirts and shoes and socks...so precious!)

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