La Gloire de Mon Père

 

My Father’s Glory is lovely film of growing up in lovely rural France. It was one of those films that you just stumble across, not expecting much, it was even in French with subtitles but wow what a surprise! The film progresses at a leisurely pace and gently carries you along with it. Seen from the point of view of the young boy it immerses you in a world of discovery, youthful fable and simple faith.

If you revel in the joys of boyhood then this film is for you. You will share in the joy and the pain of youth in its most pure form. I heartily recommend it!

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The Return Of The King by J.R.R. Tolkien

My Original hard back cover.

My Original hard back cover.

Let me just say, right from the start, that though I have just finished reading this book it is not the first time I have finished reading it. It is not the fifth, tenth or fifteenth time I have finished reading it; truly I have lost count. More than forty years have passed since I first finished this book. I’ve been married, had kids, moved home more than ten times and this book, with its two companions, have been with me all that time.

It is a bit of an understatement to say I love this book. Even now there is a profound feeling of joy and sadness as Sam sighs; “Well I’m back!” I am one of those fortunate people that can allow themselves to carried along the story and forget that I know it off-by-heart. I find plenty of new books to read but it is so lovely to return to these old favorites.

Ok so there may be some people out there that don’t know what The Return of the King is all about, well.. It is the third part of the Lord of the Rings. It deals, very dramatically with the events set up in the Fellowship of the Ring and the Two Towers. Overall The Lord of the Rings is a fairy tale of the highest order. It is the granddaddy of the whole fantasy genre.

If you want to explore the story there is, of course, Peter Jackson’s film, but if you really want the story read the book.

The cover of the digital copy that saves my aching arms.

The cover of the digital copy that saves my aching arms.

Friday Night Movie: Always (1989)

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This movie is not one of the greats but it does make you think. You watch Pete make his bad calls and take his foolhardy risks with growing annoyance but as the film progresses you find yourself asking, what would I do? Any film that makes you think is worth watching.

It is also a firmly held belief of mine that if any character can annoy you as much as Richard Dreyfuss’ character does then the actor must be doing a damn fine job. Based upon that criterion Dreyfuss should have won an Oscar!

The film is not as bad as some critics would have you believe I enjoyed it and at some time I am sure I will watch it again.

A A Milne

 

A. A. Milne and Christopher Robin A. A. Milne and Christopher Robin Milne - playing with a toy teddy bear.  CRM, son of A. A. Milne, basis of the character Christopher Robin in A. A. Milne's Winnie-the-Pooh:: 21  August 1920 – 20 April 1996. AAM, English author: 18 January 1882 – 31 January 1956.  (Photo by Culture Club/Getty Images)

A. A. Milne and Christopher Robin A. A. Milne and Christopher Robin Milne – playing with a toy teddy bear. CRM, son of A. A. Milne, basis of the character Christopher Robin in A. A. Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh:: 21 August 1920 – 20 April 1996. AAM, English author: 18 January 1882 – 31 January 1956. (Photo by Culture Club/Getty Images)

Yesterday was the Birthday of the author who gave us Winnie The Pooh. I know I’m late but Pooh is so important I could not just forget him altogether. So happy 134th birthday to A. A. Milne and thanks so much for all the joy Pooh has given me.

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Friday Night Movie: Forever Young

The film stars Mel Gibson, Elijah Wood and Jamie Lee Curtis. The story line of a test pilot who volunteers to be put into suspended animation for a year, demands a great degree of suspension of disbelief. Of itself the idea of waking from a fifty-year sleep is an intriguing proposition and for me makes the film even more enjoyable. The romance element tugs at my heart-strings and is also very enjoyable. There is a “Hollywood” right at the end of the film that has no reason to be there but thankfully the credits are starting to roll so you can ignore it.
Overall, despite the fact that Mel Gibson plays Mel Gibson and Elijah Wood is indeed a bit wooden, this is a delightful film and lovely addition to my collection.

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Winter Holiday By Arthur Ransome

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I have just finished reading this one yet again. It has almost become a tradition to read this charming book over my own winter holiday. I have lost track of the number of times I have read it but it never grows old. Every time I open the book I meet Dick and Dorothea a fresh.
There is no spy story (yuck), no robbery and no intrigue beyond that conjured by youthful imagination. The adventures task your mind as much as those of the participants.  The story is set in the Lake District which is as evocative in the winter as it is in the summer. It is the setting that draws me back to this story time and again. Set in a world now long gone, it is a joyous fantasy that I love to immerse myself in. Such innocent joy should be a pleasure to us all.
The two illustrations are the covers of my copies. The top book has given many years hard service since I bought it in the 70’s, the second is the cover of my digital copy which I find a lot easier to hold, and read, when I’m reading in bed!

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Golden Years Golden Days

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Golden years like golden days are magical passed in the company of the one you love and who loves you too.

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The variety of colours like life’s mature tapestry enrich each passing moment.

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The future like the distance may be lost in the gathering mist but there is beauty in the shrouding mystery.

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The road ahead may be hard to see but the bright, powerful, warm and comforting light of love invites and entices you onward.

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