One of the first portraits of Audrey Hepburn taken after the liberation of Holland, 1946.
"We were in our cellar, where we’d been for weeks. Our area was being liberated practically house to house, and there was lots of shooting and shelling from over the river and constant bombing: explosions going on all night….Once in a while you’d go up and see how much of your house was left, and then you’d go back under again. Then early in the morning all of the sudden there was total silence. Everybody said, my God, now what’s happening? We listened for a while, and strangely enough, I thought I could hear voices and some singing—and I smelt English cigarettes.
We crept upstairs to the front door, opened it very carefully and to our amazement, our house was completely surrounded by English soldiers, all aiming their guns at us. I screamed with happiness, seeing all these cocky figures with dirty bright faces and shouted something in English. The corporal or sergeant walked up to me, and in a very gentle English voice—so different from all the German shouting we’d been used to—said, “We hear you have a German radio station in your house and we’ve come to take it away. We’re sorry to disturb you.” I laughed and said, “Go right on disturbing us.” Then a cheer went up that they’d liberated an English girl. I was the only one for miles.” - Audrey Hepburn
I’ve got 99 problems and my inability to self motivate is causing every single one of them.
- Always post the rules .
- Answer the questions of the person who tagged you and write 11 new ones.
- Tag 11 people and link them.
- Let them know that they are tagged
1. What color is your bedroom?
Current bedroom is a sort of clay beige color that I don’t much like. We’ve talked about repainting it for years, but it’s not at the top of our to-do list. The intent is to make it blue with white trim (Jasperware-style) eventually.
2. Favorite subject in school as a kid?
Social Studies and English
3. Name five things you would most like to own:
1) A castle 2) A 1957 Chevy Bel Air, turquoise and cream 3) More of the porcelain figurines painted by my grandmother that were sold off without our knowledge after her death. I managed to snag one of them that hadn’t been purchased yet, but she had a whole glass case full, and my favorite was the one that looked most like her, and I will never see it again. It was twenty years ago, but it still upsets me. 4) A flintlock musket 5) A serger
4. Biggest pet peeves?
Bad manners, bad grammar, lack of tact/diplomacy, arrogant generalizations about people whose opinions don’t match your own, lack of understanding and sympathy for the past and its people
5. What is an untrue assumption others make about you?
I tend to sit off by myself and appear miserable and unsociable when really I just don’t know how to interact with medium to large-sized groups of people. Somebody come talk to me, please?
6. Have you ever broken a bone?
If my nose or a toe count, then yes. Otherwise, nope.
7. Person who has done the most for you in your life:
My mother, hands down. First runner up, my father. Second runner up would be Professor James Whittenburg.
8. Want kids?
Very much, but that doesn’t appear to be in the cards for me. Not abandoning hope yet, though.
9. Favorite beverage?
After debating whether or not “milkshake” counts as a beverage, I opted for the the safer “rooibus tea.”
10. Favorite soundtrack or cast recording?
Cast Recording: The Scarlet Pimpernel, Encore album
Soundtrack: gosh, too many. Henry V? Gettysburg? Pride & Prejudice? I Capture the Castle? Basically, I can generalize that I like Patrick Doyle, Randy Edelman, and Dario Marianelli, but the list is more expansive than that.
11. Talent you wish you had but don’t?
Being sufficiently assertive so as to seem friendly and confident rather than looking like I’m terrified all the time.
I’ll do part 2—devising my own set of questions—a bit later.
Peter Capaldi with Katy Manning, who played 3th Doctor companion Jo Grant.
Loving the similarities here!
A hoard of 22,000 Roman coins has been unearthed on land near Seaton in East Devon.
The “Seaton Down Hoard” of copper-alloy Roman coins is one of the largest and best preserved 4th Century collections to have ever been found in Britain.
The hoard was declared Treasure at a Devon Coroner’s…
*Deeply regrets not becoming an archaeologist*
In honor of Autumn coming soon, here are some happy dogs that love the fall weather are aren’t afraid to show it. Have a great day everyone.
I wish I wasn’t allergic to oak leaves.
Bramall Hall, a timber framed Tudor era manor house in Stockport, Greater Manchester, England by perseverando
The longing to be in England is very strong today. I’d better go distract myself before I cry.