Sunday, October 16, 2011

if i had a british accent. . .

. . .i'd never shut up.

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isn't everything happyful about this picture? you see it and HAVE to smile. what does it have anything to do with british accents? nothing. except that i'm infatuated with them (british *including* irish and scottish,) and they make me smile. very wide. i don't shut up anyway, and i put my mastered falsetto accent/s to use often. so the quote almost counts. . .oh, and if you noticed, i changed my header/theme again. earlier this week anna and i ventured into "the shire," a scrumptious, open field behind our house - covered in golden rods and bright orange poison ivy. it's our very own magical place, a tiny bit of the country, even though tops of houses peak through; we ignore them. because it truly is a sacred place, where one enters silently, breathlessly. . .then gives way to frolics and photo-shoots and all manners of sisterly goofiness.

i've decided i'm part hobbit. (notice part. hairy feet and too many meals don't count.) that would explain  the shortness and anna's sudden infatuation with frodo. i think she wants to marry him. o.O and i'm starting to adore him too. it's all her fault. which reminds me - 'into the west' is probably the worlds most gorgeous song. . . .the instrumental version gives me goosebumps and thrills and makes me cry. so does the braveheart theme, 'the love of a princess.' the music store should be getting a visitor soon. . .btw, i'm so glad you enjoyed 'my heart will go on.' :) i really appreciated everyone's comments/suggestions. thank you so much! - film scores are my latest craze, listening and playing them; i can't get enough! any recommendations? 

a sneak peak of the photo-shoot. here you can see a bit of "the shire" in all its painted yellow . 
there is nothing more beautiful then a reenactment by torch and candle light, on an island in the middle of the ohio river, under a blanket of clear, star-filled sky. siiggh. a ferry ride from bank to bank, costumed interpreters, "ghosts" roaming among the ancient walnut grove, carriage's drawn by ponies at full canter; wood smoke, gingerbread and irish sea chanties. only this time i wasn't a spectator. together with a group of good friends, donned in our finest regency garb - we were at blennerhasset island. . .to dance. {click}

just amazing. (yes, i overuse that word.) but it's true. english country dancing in a tiny roped off area of the mansion, boiling to death in our costumes, nervous as groups of tourists flocked in to watch. it was like stepping into a movie. . .as if it were a real, moving, living story - our little story, swept back in time, imagining, experiencing. there aren't words for the thrill of it all. spending that special evening with such wonderful ppls made it all the better. . .eating enormous oatmeal cookies, talking theology until 2:30 AM, waking up to a Southern Ohio country morning, more conversation around the breakfast table. . .then the long drive home, more talking, and way too much chocolate. like yesterday, when mom and i had our little shopping date. what could possibly be better then chocolate, sushi, more chocolate, adventures at a candle warehouse. . .and a coffee brand stating: "coffee, chocolate, men. . . the richer the better." perfection.
celebrating fall. thinking of (and wearing) knee length boots, eating crunchy-delicious Melrose apples, loving my little nick, who is getting so big and obedient, praising the Lord for a new part-time nanny position. and even though i have to fake a british accent. . .smiling{don't worry. . .i'll never shut up anyway. ;) }  


  1. This was an altogether adorable post, Michaela. If I had a British accent, I'd never shut up either... for that matter, if I had a British, Irish, or Scottish accent, I'd never shut up. I can never decide which I like better. British is so very pretty and elegant, while Irish is faerie-like and lilting, and Scottish? Scottish is just amazing. Period. (Plus the bagpipes happen to be one of my favorite instruments -- they add so much depth and emotion to music, don't you think?)

    Okay, I'm done rambling. :)

    Love and Blessings,
    Elizabeth Rose

  2. My child! I do so adore those pics. And all those soundtracks.

    Check out the Somewhere in Time soundtrack. It's soooo gorgeous. Actually, the theme is on my blog. :-P On the film review I have my fave arrangement of it (actually my second favorite)...that I also have the sheet music for. Just sayin'.

    I have decided to send you the link to my fave arrangement of it. :-)I'm sure you'll have it by the time you approve this. :-P

    And Braveheart is just epic all around. Mel Gibson...Scotland...amazing heroic hero...gorgeous soundtrack...tragic/inspiring ending...Scottish accents...CLEARPLAY (hehe)...Yup. The end.

  3. lovely post! Totally agree with you on the accents, although, once started, I rarely shut up when I fake one. :)

  4. I love English accents as well. Sadly, though, I can never seem to speak with any type of accent. I keep trying, though!

    Your reenactment sounds like such fun. Glad you had such a great time!

  5. Wonderful post, Michaela! If you were to stop talking, accent or no, I think you would cease to be yourself. Just saying. :)

    Film Scores!!! Ahhh!!! I'm so glad you have come into an appreciation of them!!! Of course you have already heard Dario Marianelli's beautiful score for Pride and Prejudice, that is one of my all time favorites. The Lord of the Rings soundtracks are fantastic! Definitely check out 'Concerning Hobbits' from Fellowship of the Ring, especially given the Frodo-love. ;) It will make you want to smile and dance. :)
    The Miss Potter soundtrack, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron, (even if you don't listen to the Bryan Adams songs,) Hans Zimmer's score is breathtaking, nothing short of EPIC. The Pearl Harbor score by Hans Zimmer is gorgeous. (Big Zimmer fan here. ;)) I could keep going for a long time, but I'll stop there. ;)

    The pictures from the photo shoot are lovely! I saw [some of?] them on Anna's blog recently. The Shire looks like a great location! :)

  6. Well, Anna's going to fight me for Frodo - I already have him claimed. :) Adorable little fella...those blue eyes are something else.

    Funny you should say you think you're part Hobbit - I literally *just* blogged the same thing the other day :)

    And that first picture makes me smile, for sure (and the second one does too :D)

  7. I personally can't stand Frodo... Just my two cents... :P

  8. What a lovely post, girl! I'm also in total agreement with you on the accents. Love them...although, I really need to work on mine. Thanks for the update on your life! Have a great week! :)

  9. Oh to have a British accent!

    What a loverly post, Michaela. Makes me smile.

    God bless!

  10. I am pretty much 100% British. It's all I've ever know yet I can't talk for myself! Fustrating. Any who I thought Americans were the ones who talked too much?! ;-)

  11. Spending a month in London I heard plenty of British (and whole lot of other)accents. I loved it and how polite everyone was. Sadly, I could barely understand the Irish accent of our cab driver in Dublin, but if I was there longer maybe I would be able to pick it up. I'd love to go back to Dublin. :-)

  12. Hi,
    I've recently discovered your blog and ~LOVE~ it! :)
    I've added you as a link on my brand new blog...:)
    xo, caroline

  13. I do have to say it's quite lovly...*said in a mock british accent* and you should hear Bethany Eric's sister Hadassah do it...She toattly can do it and it sounds like she lives in England!

  14. I just saw your blog at the Homeschool Blog Awards and decided to come check you out. Beautiful Pictures!

    I am your newest follower and would love for you to follow me back, if you want to =-)

  15. I voted for you....



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