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Happy Halloween 2017

The Halloween history

The origin of Halloween is discussed to be Gaelic with the Samhain festival, a Celtic harvest festival or that it was Christianized as Halloween or was a Christian holiday already for ages separate of the Samhain festival.

What is known is that the word ‘Halloween‘ is from Christian origin and dates back to 1745. It means ‘Holy Evening‘ and in Scottish it even means ‘All Hallows’ Eve‘. Which is the evening before ‘All Hallows’ Day’. The word combination ‘All Hallows’ dates back to the Old English era. The word is officially seen in 1556. Two ages before it was evolved to ‘Halloween’. And now Halloween is known for it’s sweets, decorations, costumes and being a scary related theme. A very creative event.

Sources

  • Online Etymology Dictionary
  • The A to Z of Anglicanism (Colin Buchanan), Scarecrow Press, page 8
  • The Oxford English Dictionary (2nd ed.) Oxford: Oxford University Press. 1989. ISBN 0-19-861186-2
  • dsl.ak.uk

Halloween 2017

In the office we had today some lovely Halloween sweets made by a colleague. And I think she is a really good homebaker. She should maybe one day participate in an edition of the Great British Bake Off. Or similar in Germany.

And of course the internet is exploding with lots of created art, schminks, sweets, decorations and so on. I have collected lots of them on my Pinterest board ‘C&E | Halloween‘. I had a full work day, not a day off like some businesses or some countries as The United States. So I just collected some more pins today and tomorrow you’ll discover my Top Five of Today of Halloween pins.

What have you been doing during Halloween?

My Pinterest board to give you some inspiration:

Enjoy the Halloween!

Greetings by Sophie

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Pinterest | Top Five Today | Netflix Series

Are you curious for which series I am currently watching on Netflix?

On Wednesday I write about series. A series review or stuff related to series. To finish a series takes a lot of time, watching a lot of episodes and now and then it is more than others. A series can differ from two episodes in a season to twenty-three episodes in a season. Often a long documentary is split into multiple parts, for example two or three. But it is still a documentary because it is informative and made once without enlarging it every now and then. When a series has four or more episodes, I see it a real series. Not a documentary; independent of the category or subject.

Top Five Today

Hereby the five series I recently watch on Netflix. The posters gathered on my Pinterest.

The most royal series and therefore now one of my favorites. And oh the English accents, for a non-native English speaker / writer.
Year start: 2016 | Seasons: 2 | Categories: Drama, History

A story about a – partly criminal – family living in Birmingham in the 1918’s. Just after the war. Interesting subject and point of view during that decade.
Year start: 2013 | Seasons: 5 | Categories: Crime, Drama

What I like most about the series is that you can rarely predict the happenings, plot twists, change of characters and so on.
Year start: 2009 | Seasons: 8 | Categories: Drama, Fantasy, Horror.

If you have visited once – or plan to visit – one of the biggest in the history of Britain castles … this series is a nice addition of information and views of the territory and areas of the castle.
Year start: 2015 | Seasons: 2 | Categories: Documentary, History

Because of the combination of technology, the graphics and the fantasy futuristic story, I like this series a lot! A nice new Star Trek series. If you have seen none, one, two or even all of the films of Star Trek… this series is for everybody who loves a bit of technology and fantasy. You do not need prior to this series the knowledge of all the films and stuff… you can just start with this series as an independent series.
Year start: 2017 | Seasons: 1 | Category: Science-Fiction

 Which Series do you watch?

Greetings by Sophie

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Pinterest | Top Five Today | Diana Spencer

At Pinterest I collect many inspirations, photographs, quotes and stuff. Divided into over more than one hundred categories in a logical order, I try to keep it simple and organised all I collect.

The choice for the Top Five Today subject: ‘Diana Spencer’

On this day, twenty years ago, Princess Diana the Princess of Wales died in a tragic car accident in Paris, France. The past couple of days I have watched several documentaries about her life. So this is a little tribute blog post. Many people say something about it, about her inspiration for others, about her life, about her happy and unhappiness and about their morning after the dreadful message. At the time she died I was 4,5 years old, being a little girl. So from my personal experience I have not much to say about it. Lots has been said, written, filmed, interviewed and photographed. I can just say: I can imagine a bit the effect of her character of love, empathy and helping others above your own, had upon people all around the world. And showing that if you have a sort of influence, power, position to do great things … than you have the possibility to help others in a great way. If your character allows it. Diana Spencer’s character did. Diana Spencer, the People’s Princess.

In this Pinterest blog post I share five – to me inspiring as a woman growing up – photographs of Diana Spencer.

Top Five Today

All collected photo’s I found on Pinterest can be found in the collection board ‘CELEBRITIES | Diana Spencer’

My Pinterest profile board:

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Pinterest | Top Five Today | Watches – Special Design

At Pinterest I collect many inspirations, photographs, quotes and stuff. Divided into over more than one hundred categories in a logical order, I try to keep it simple and organised all I collect.

Seiko – Quarts Sapphire. The 7N82 version. Productname: SXDG64P1 From Seiko.nl

The choice for the Top Five Today subject: ‘Watches – Special Design’

For my 23rd birthday back in November 2015, I bought a watch from all the money gifts I received. I chose a Seiko quartz watch that is mostly silver and has a golden accents. This is how it looks like:

Lots of people have a sports watch and I would love to have one too for when I am sporting, but my daily and/or classic chic watch is this one.

And when I started with my Pinterest boards, one of the first boards was the board: ‘FASHION | Watches’, shortly just ‘Watches’ . Yes as you see I categorise everything there. Therefore today the top five of watches I like that have a special design and do not always look like a daily watch anymore. My watch would fit in the category of ‘silver’ or ‘golden accents’. So expect something different from the watches you will see below.

What kind of watch do you wear? Or is your favorite?

Additional explanation for the title of my blog post:
Pinterest (the main focus) | Top Five Today (the kind of structure (lists)) | Watches (the board) – Special Design (theme from the board)
And just my five favorites in style with and as close as possible to the theme without particular order.
When a cake is blue but has a ship as well, it is probably more suitable for a nautical theme.

Top Five Today

My pinterest profile board:

Pinterest

Pinterest | Top Five Today | Pâtisserie – Blue

At Pinterest I collect many inspirations, photographs, quotes and stuff. Divided into over more than one hundred categories in a logical order, I try to keep it simple and organised all I collect.

And today is just a day for a piece of cake because it is the birthday of one of my best friends. Yeey! That is the little but valuable inspiration behind my choice of category: Pâtisserie!

I love baking cakes now and then and I find it a real craftmanship how you can decorate cakes from little flowers to big figures.

And today is the first day I introduce – inspired by the famous ‘Top Ten Tuesday -or- Thursday / Top Three Tuesday -or- Thursday’ and other variations. I introduce to you:

Top Five Today

Yes, just fits for every day of the week.

Additional explanation for the title of my blogpost: Pinterest (the main focus) | Top Five Today (the kind of structure (lists)) | Pâtisserie (the board) – Blue (theme from the board)
And just my five favorites in style with and as close as possible to the theme without particular order.
When a cake is blue but has a ship as well, it is probably more suitable for a nautical theme.

My pinterest profile board:

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Win iPhone Case 4/4s from Blossom Books

Winner update!

The tombola was going round ‘n round and suddenly, randomly, a name was picked out of all the competitors…

The blog did not meet all the goals yet at March 1st, 2017. So the drawing had taken place at 23:59 at March 1st, 2017.

The winner is: Miss M. Hassell! Congratulations with winning the iPhone 4/4s case from Blossom Books!

Thank you for sharing through Facebook!

 

Thank you all for participating and see you next time!

 

Greetings by Sophie

 

Hi everyone,

It is a sunday in february and I thought: let’s organise win action!

The only thing you have to do is complete one of those three combinations (done within one minute):
Every extra fully completed combination you do is an extra time your name in the gamble box!
  • Follow Sophie’s Blog by email or WordPress itself & like the win action post & repost (if possible otherwise leave a comment)
  • Follow Sophie’s Blog on Facebook & like the win action post & repost (publicly if possible otherwise mention it in a comment below the post)
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You can win: … An iPhone 4 / 4s Case from ‘Blossom Books’ with the text: “Let’s TALK ABOUT BOOKS”

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Current State Facts (19 february 2017,  22:00 in Rotterdam)
  • 235 WordPress user followers
  • 93 Facebook Page likes
  • 394 Twitter followers
  • 593 Instagram followers
Goal for winning iPhone 4/4s case: growth of 25% of the ‘Current State Facts’
(number above * 1,25 rounded up)
  • = 294 WordPress user followers
  • = 117 Facebook Page likes
  • = 493 Twitter followers
  • = 742 Instagram followers
When is the drawing of the winner?
  • 1st of March 2017, at 22:00 in Rotterdam
  • OR earlier if all the above goals are met

 

Follow … Like … ‘n Share…

 

Greetings by Sophie

 

Again beware: sending in NL (The Netherlands) only!
Why online in The Netherlands? Because I don’t have the budget (yet) to send items to the rest of Europe or the World.
How did I organise this? Well…bought the wrong size of the case because my previous iPhone was a 5C and a buying the 4/4s case version was a misbuy  and I realised later on that 5/5s cases won’t precisely fit a 5C case. I tried that with another case from a friend. So these cases are not used!

 

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Atlas Maior – Belgica Foederata

Today I have visited a small exhibition in the National Library of The Netherlands. Wonderful books are exhibited there, accompanied with information. Nice little lessons about books in The Netherlands.

The ‘Atlas Maior’ is the largest atlas ever made. In Dutch more than 9 volumes, Latin 11 volumes, French 12 volumes, German 10 volumes and Spanish 10 volumes. Written by Joan Blaeu and published in Amsterdam between 1662 and 1672. The atlas has 594 different maps and around 3000 pages.

This is one of the maps, do you recognise some places?

Belgica Foederata (de noordelijke Nederlanden) Atlas Maior, Joan Blaeu, 1662. Copyright Edugis.nl on Pinterest
Belgica Foederata (de noordelijke Nederlanden) Atlas Maior, Joan Blaeu, 1662. Copyright Edugis.nl on Pinterest

The pinterest post:

Soon I will write about my experience of the exhibition and upload some photo’s.

Greetings by Sophie

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Year 2015 and 2016 in Book Statistics

The year 2017 has started and Goodreads has an overview of my book statistics for 2016. I have not posted my 2015 book statistics of Goodreads last year so I combine 2015 and 2016 in this post. Lists makes a comparison more clear. It will not be a list of books (yet) but only a list of statistics.

The list of 2015
  • Books total: 60 books
  • Pages total: 7740 pages
  • Shortest book: 9 pages ‘Een lesje nederigheid’ [NL]  written by Astrid Marijn
  • Longest book: 350 pages ‘Call After Midnight’ written by Tess Gerritsen
  • Average length: 133
  • Most popular:Twilight director’s notebook’ written by Catherine Hardwicke
  • Least popular:Wolters Informatiekunde in je pocket’ written by Albert Lubberink
  • My average rating: 3,7 / 5 stars

Goodreads link to my 2015 overview: My Year 2015 in Books

Short recap of 2015:

In 2015 I started in september with a new study so I had plenty of time in the first months of 2015. And as soon as study started, I started to read books about programming languages too.

Book Reviews I have written in 2015

Chronological from oldest to newest

The list of 2016

Did the 2016 challenge beat the 2015 challenge?

Continue reading “Year 2015 and 2016 in Book Statistics”

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Christmas Eve 2016

Today on the Christmas Eve of 2016

I

WISH

YOU A

LOVING WONDERFUL

AND HAPPILY BEAUTIFUL

MERRY CHRISTMAS – and a good – 2017!

LOVES FROM SOPHIE