Enchanted Evening

After doing some much needed jobs around the house and general shopping yesterday, I was reminded that the new Disney film Enchanted had been released here on DVD on Monday.

What can I say, I’m a sucker for a fairy tale, and this one was clever and funny.  Plus, as a rat fan, there was some very cute rat action early on.

We really enjoyed the film, and recommend it to both children and adults.

You can remind yourself by viewing the trailer here.

The Indy Marathon

Some of you may remember a while ago I mentioned wanting to have an Indiana Jones movie marathon, partly because I have always loved the films, and partly in honour of the new one which I have great hopes for.

Since then thanks to the lovely Elinor, who lent me her DVDs, I have done just that.

Raiders of the Lost Ark: I’d forgotten just how much I actually liked this film. I think I like it more now than I did at the time. I love Karen Allen in this one too.

The Temple of Doom: Yes, Kate Capshaw is funny in this, as is the character of Short Stop, even though this is the darker of the current trilogy it’s still very funny. Favourite bit? The meal at the Maharajah’s Palace! If you don’t know what I’m talking about, go and watch it!

The Last Crusade: My favourite of all time, no question. There is a lot more going on in this film, and I’m not just talking about locations and effects etc. I love the father/son dynamics too. I also still get a thrill when you see the last of the knight brothers at the end of the film. This is the only one I had the privilege of seeing at the cinema when it came out too. Top quality.

Why am I just getting back to this topic now? Well, I fell upon a very cheap deal for the box set at my local supermarket and am now the proud owner of the DVDs. Yay!

What’s your favourite Indy moment?

So, Who Knew I’d be Sword Fighting Today?

Yep, you did read that right.  Of course weekends are my castle days, so I was back into the guiding fray today.  Only today we were joined in the Great Hall by Medieval Realm.

Medieval Realm are a local re-enactment group who are frequently to be found at the castle with medieval encampments, displays and battles.  Today they were advertising their skills to the general public, and showing, amongst other things their sword fighting skills (ask me about the light sabers).

It’s no secret in my family that I’ve always lusted after a broad sword, and have yet to acquire one, so it was to my great delight that I was able to look at and handle the swords that they brought with them today.  Plus, during a quiet moment at the castle they attempted to show me how to handle a sword.  I say attempt, because I am rubbish, but I loved it!

Now, who’s going to buy me my sword?

P.S There’s going to be a Medieval Encampment at Castle Fraser on the 26-27 April, so be there if you want to see them in action!  I’ll try and gets some pictures too if possible.

Belated World Rat Day

Ok, so I know it was yesterday, but I still wanted to mention World Rat Day.

As the proud keeper of 2 current rats, and the former owner of many more over the years I wanted to remind everyone that rats are brilliant pets.

Their tails aren’t cold and slimy, they are warm, furry and frequently used to curl around your wrists whilst riding in your arms.  They’re affectionate, clean (though male rat urine can be a bit smelly if you don’t clean them out enough) clever and rewarding ratty pets.

So don’t delay, give some rats a home from your local shelter.  You won’t regret it.

A Passion for Victorian: G.F. Watts

It was almost a year ago now that I first posted about Watts.  A favourite of mine for some years, he is perhaps slightly lesser known than his contemporaries even though he painted many of the most famous people of his day and is acknowledged as one of the most significant figures of the Victorian art world.

George Frederic Watts (1817-1904) came from humble origins, and apparently was a self-taught artist.  (Wish I was!)  Some of his most famous images are that of his wife Ellen (Dame Ellen Terry, of the well-known acting family) though his marriage was a complete disaster and only lasted a year.

When I attended an exhibition marking the centenary of his death in 2004,  I had seen few of his works, and was so struck by the beauty of them, I have been a fan ever since.

Watts was also a friend of the wonderful photographer Julia Margaret Cameron and her equally talented sisters.  I shall post about her another time.

My favourite: Ellen Terry (aka Choosing) The National Portrait Gallery, London.