Saturday, 19 March 2016

Inkling Explorations And Letters

It's been ages since I last did an Inkling Explorations posts! But now I return with vigour:)


The theme this month is a scene involving a letter, package or post office in a film.

I have chosen a scene from The Young Victoria (one of my favourite scenes from the movie, actually).

Most of Victoria's and Albert's courtship consisted of them writing to each other, and there is this great scene that really underlines what that was like.

When a bell rings, indicating the arrival of the mail, we see Albert jumping up, leaving whatever he was doing behind, as he dashes through the entire house to see if any mail has arrived for him.

When he is told that there is indeed a letter for him, he quickly snags it up and rushes out to read it.

I just think it's such a cute scene, perfectly illustrating how it must have been to impatiently wait for letters from your love.

For more lovely scenes including letters, be sure to check out the rest of the links here.

Thursday, 10 March 2016

My Winter Projects - Status

Back in December I wrote this very ambitious post about all the things I had planned for winter.
And now winter is officially over, it is time to look back at what I actually achieved.

As I know myself quite well, I knew from the start that there was no way I was gonna finish all the projects, and I was right about that.

But let's have a look at how I did with the different projects:

I consider the results of this project a stellar example of just how much I can do when I put my mind to it.
My biscuit-baking-craze back in December was very successful, here's a peak of the results of 3 days work.

Gingerbread and 2 kinds of Shortbread

As some of you were interested in the recipe for the Shortbread here it is:

120 g sugar (and a little extra for decoration)
200 g butter
300 g flour

Start by mixing the butter and sugar until soft and then add the flour. Stir it or knead it until you get a smooth paste and then roll it out in a quadrant that's 1 cm thick. Cut the dough into fingers and chill it in the fridge for about 20 minutes.
Lastly, bake them in the oven for 15-20 minutes at 180 C until golden brown.

They are some of the easiest cookies to make, and so delicious!!

Another success! I had a lot of free time in December so I got to read quite a bit. I also started the 12 Months Classic Challenge and so far it's coming along splendidly. I managed to finish Jane Eyre in January (very proud of myself) and Romeo & Juliet is in progress.


I admit I didn't do as many of those as expected, but I did a few.

I like to document it when I finish one:)

No, I still cannot sew! I did get as far as reading the manual to my mother's sewing machine and trying to thread it and everything. But I was out of luck, for I could simply not get it to actually work (and when my mother couldn't either we put it away and haven't looked at it since).

Watching Period Dramas
I know it should be impossible, but I wasn't really in the mood for period dramas in the winter months. So I watched all the classic Disney movies instead.


When I planned writing more I had hoped to actually start on one of all my story ideas.
That didn't happen, but that doesn't mean I've been idle. I've written more blog posts this winter than ever before, and I did spend most of February writing posts to my 1940's Week, which was a great success, so I consider this project a success as well.


Drawing and Embroidering
No, I didn't do any of those. They'll have to be added to my spring projects;)

That was the status. To accomplish 4 out of 8 is quite satisfactory to me:)

Have you had a busy winter?

Monday, 7 March 2016

Period Drama Challenge Tag - February

The second month of the Period Drama Challenge has already passed - how quickly time flies at the moment...
Well, here's my answers to the monthly tag.


1. What period dramas did you view in February?

I watched Jane Eyre, O Brother Where Art Thou and season 2 of Agent Carter.

2. What is your favorite period drama musical?

Ooh that's tough! Now I come to think of it most of my favourite musicals are also period dramas.
But the one that immediately comes to mind is Les Miserables.

3. If you could order up an adaptation of your favorite classic book, what would it be and who would star?

For a long time I have wanted a new adaption of Mansfield Park that stays true to the book, but also really gets the characters.
I haven't really thought about casting though.

4. If you could be a famous royal from history, who would you be and why?

I have never really wished to be royal, but if I should choose I think I'd want to be Queen Victoria.
She had quite a bit of freedom (being the queen and all) could make important decisions and she got to marry the man she loved. Also, I would love to live in palaces and I just adore the time period.

5. What period dramas are you looking forward to viewing in March 2016?

Again, I haven't made an exact list, but I've dubbed March and April official period drama watching and reviewing months, so I'm looking forward to rewatch some old favourites as well as some new ones.

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