Wow time flies by! Seriously, just three weeks ago the Tour de France started and I had little spare time between a project and the last study exams of the year, and now it is suddenly past half of July! Wow! Today a recap of the month of May, tonight a recap of the month June. And what I will write from Thursday on for at least a week…. that is a surprise! But of course I hope you enjoy it and that it will be an inspiration for you! Or that it will bring up nice memories if you recognise it.
So how is it all going and what did I experience or enjoyed the past couple of weeks….
Lets start with the month of May!
In May the little spring holiday had ended so weeks of study lay ahead. But that’s in short the boring part. The nice part is all the things I visited in may!
If you follow my personal account on Instagram: @sophie.vda than you can see those photo’s, or now and then when my account is public. My public blog account on Instagram is @sophie.vda.blog
In May I have been to the following public events:
And of course it was Mothers Day as well! 🙂 And I have been to a dear friend her birthday party and a double family birthday party. Catching up stories about life with some dear friends was also part of the month of May. As soon as the exams and projectperiod of the previous trimester have ended it is catching up time with dear friends haha.
My book review of “Citylights” [EN] / “Licht over de stad” [NL] written by Margreet Maljers
In my view…
Where the first book in the series ‘The Guide – Margreet Maljers‘ left, this sequel starts. It is 1943 and The Netherlands are at war with Germany. In the middle of WWII the story starts. Elja van Lier is now really a young adult and is running a fabrics store in the city of Alkmaar. Her aunts are running a photo shop next to the fabrics store. Her best friend Helmy helps her in the daily routine of being a shop owner. The inhabitants of Alkmaar are having a tough time. In the middle of this WWII lots of people have to buy their food, drinks and basic needs with vouchers. But the vouchers are scarce and as soon as a voucher is valid, it becomes really busy in the fabrics store of Elja. Together with some friends and family she helps refugees and crashed pilots who are wanted by the enemy. Family, love and friendship but also conspiracy. The good versus bad and the incredible kindness of good people that always survives war.
Who would you really trust when a war breaks out? What would you trust? Where do you trust to live then? Those questions I asked myself while I was reading this sequel.
Writing style / spelling
In the book I found only one error, a double printed word. The pace of the writing was at first quick and slowed down towards the middle of the story. A little bit too long slowly for my taste but towards the end it was al quickened up and it made me even wonder how the story would evolve if every year was so descriptive written.
The main character in the story is Elja van Lier. And the other very important characters are her friend Everardus (Evert) Koomen, her aunts Flora & Aline van Henegouwen, the parents and aunts and uncles from Elja and Evert and best friend Helmy and her family are important as well. Together roughly three families and a many other persons. But you discover that in the book otherwise a complete story would already be told.
I hope you like the book too. It is worth to read it! I am not telling about the story too much– never do in my book reviews – you have to read the book yourself and make your own opinion.
The Planet Earth II: Official Extended Trailer from the BBC Earth series and narrated by David Attenborough.
There is one kind genre in series, documentaries, films, photos and so on… I never get tired of! The genres that involve and envelop nature and animals! Especially when the text is written and / or narrated by David Attenborough himself! He is the professor who can explain to anyone how – a special part of – nature works. David Attenborough is has (co)written 42 distinct major works according to his profile on IMDb. When you count every episode…the score today is 137 episodes. Times the length of every episode, you understand you can watch this genre for many many relaxing hours! The music is written by Hans Zimmer and you recognise his style, it really suits ‘Planet Earth’.
The love for animals, the love for nature. And the wonderful lessons of life you learn through these kind of series, documentaries, films and just everything that is captured on camera, in photo or by text. The relaxed feeling while watching an episode. But realising as well that this is nature and in somehow or some way this started on earth and the animals developed, adapted and evolved over time and still do. And we as human being live next to it, together with it or above or under it haha. Miraculous nature, I love it! Read the official description of this trailer too for more information!
Two years ago, in the early days of March, I started with this blog. I love reading and writing since I can read and write. Being creative with poems about animals, people or just things that happen during a normal day. Writing little stories with those poems and writing little stories in diaries. Now and then I thought about writing a book. I specified all the characters to start with, wrote the first half chapter and then…probably…my inspiration was gone or I was distracted in so many other things that can inspire you when you are a teenager. I was back then.
Before this blog I had as a young little girl my own “magazine” written in Word, I think this was during my Elementary School years. During my junior High School years, I had some designed ‘pet pages’ on Neopets and my own ‘Kindertent’ website with a fan page of ‘Harry Potter’ – somewhere until around 2006. And after a few years I started with my own Blogger.com website. This was somewhere during the summer holiday after graduating in 2011. Sadly I have deleted this blog, well I have transferred it to another version I made on Blogger and so on. Two blogs on Blogger and even a Google Sites blog – to have more creative possibilities – later and a little break….and it was March 2015.
During 2014 I was experiencing a bit with WordPress because this was the biggest ‘other blogging option’ left after my previous – not satisfying enough – tries. It took a couple of days before I was satisfied with the layout and thought I had all opportunities maximized in use. And back then when I just entered my early twenties…I started this blog! Two years later I am still in my early twenties though haha.
And maybe you have noticed for this anniversary: an own domain name and a new layout! 🙂 Read on for the whole story about my blogging experience.
I started back then with the ‘Twenty Fourteen’ theme and this header above.
Later on I changed the header into a more photographic one with a butterfly. I love the blue colour of the butterfly and the green differences in the background, not just one color but a bit lively.
During the summer of 2015 when I started with my Facebook Page: Sophie’s Blog, I thought about making my own featured images in a header style to show the category of a blog post. This way every post from then on has a featured image with information that shows to which category the blog post belongs. This is still my method only the header – and therefore also all those featured images by category – has changed.
Simple and minimal became the new thing. Not to bright, to colourful or a bit sloppy. I started experiencing with a black and white header and attached through Photoshop symmetric two flowers bound by a line that marked my blog title and subtitle. Yes, I called my blog ‘Sophie’s Web’ because it was me writing on the web and experiencing what to do with it. Will it become a blog with one single subject? Will it become a personal website?
New layout and an own domain
Here we are! Anno 2017 at the blog anniversary. A new layout and a new own domain! Welcome to the .blog world!
It became a mixture: A blog with all my personal interests. Not a completely single subject – or three what you see often too – blog. Not a specific book blog, film blog, series blog, IT blog, Lifestyle blog, cooking blog, recipes, gadgets and so on….
This became my combination of everything I am interested in and the subtitle of my previous header was already present in my subconscious – only doubting how it all would result.
The way it is nowadays, designed by myself in simply black and white and a touch of a curly blue sign, I feel most content with. I did some research on signs and if some were religious or had other meanings. This one does not have a particular meaning as far as I discovered. But every time when I see it, I see a bit of a music key in it. For example a twisted simplified G-clef. And I love the font too. It has also its little semi curly effects by thick and thin and straight and italic combined. Took a while before I found a font I was satisfied with.
Maybe I seem a bit picky in every aspect that has to do with my blog – such as menus, social buttons, widgets, fonts, headers, colors, sizes and so on… .
Even after two years, I won’t switch to something else than WordPress. I won’t change my whole personal website and blog.
This is who I am as a blogger, and blogging and reading and broaden my knowledge is what I like to do. Together with writing and telling – ya, people who know me personally know I can talk now and then a lot – stories about everything exciting and positive I experience. In such a broad interest because I love many sorts of things in life and I appreciate every big and every small little thing. Do things that let you smile or just enjoy.
I hope I’ll be for someone an inspiration to do joyful things in life. Enjoy the little things as well such as watching a film, reading a book or just watching an episode of a series. Or appreciating a nice photograph or quote or a nice supporting comment. Appreciate it when someone gives you advice, you can probably learn from it. Stay always true to yourself. My blog let’s me smile for already just being there, the space where I can write stuff, gather all my interests an where I can be creative now and then.
I just keep on enjoying the joyful things in life and writing about it.
Thank you for reading this long – personal blogging – story!