I took today off . . . more or less. And Du Maurier and some Guy.


I took today off. Actually, it could be argued I take everyday off since I am currently unemployed. However, I usually spend time here with my laptop, working on blog entries, reading and writing comments,working on the novel, researching, playing with Photoshop, visiting other blogs, and so forth (oddly, a great deal of my activity seems to tie into Richard Armitage. Hmmmmmmm . . .).

This guy has me totally captivated.

However, in spite of my efforts with heat and cold therapy and meds, my shoulder-plus pain was still being a bear. I decided I needed to take a break, rest, catch up on some ZZZZs and make inroads into re-reading that fabulous classic by Daphne du Maurier, Rebecca (Richard would make a fabulous Maxim. See, even with a day off, I don’t really take a day off from Armitage . . .) Sometimes I forget how much I enjoy a particular author’s work and then I re-read one of their books, and all that pleasure floods back over me. Reading–the gift that keeps on giving, again and again.

My current read. If you have never read it, you really, really should. There's a good reason it's a classic. And RA would make such a compelling Maxim.

Daphne du Maurier near her house at Ferryside,...

Daphne du Maurier near her house at Ferryside, Fowey (1931). Русский: Дафна дю Морье у своего дома в Фэррисайд, Фоуи (1931 год). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Young Daphne du Maurier (about 1930) Русский: ...

Young Daphne du Maurier (about 1930) Русский: Портрет Дафны дю Морье в молодости (начало 30-х годов ХХ века) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am happy to report that, at least for now, the pain and knottiness in my muscles, tendons and fascia has abated. I am going to try to take it easy for the next few days. I know it will inevitably return, but I am trying not to rush things. 😉  In the meantime, Guyday Friday fast approaches . . . and Guy is always ever so watchable, even when he’s in the background . . . thank you, Richard Armitage, for the wonderful, irresistible, beautiful, mercurial, noble, snarling, vulnerable creation that is Sir Guy.

Enjoy the Guy beauty with more to come (and yes, that is a quote from Rebecca with the narrator describing Maxim De Winter . . .)  Hope all of you are well!

About fedoralady

I'm an LA native--Lower Alabama, that is. My husband of more than 30 years and I live here on a portion of my family's former farm with two gorgeous calicos and a handsome GSD mix. My background is art education, and over the years I've been a teacher, department store photographer, sales associate and a journalist. My husband, his business partner and I have Pecan Ridge Productions, a video production company, for which I shoot & edit video and stills and manage marketing. I also still write part-time for the local paper. I love movies, music, art, photography and books, and my tastes in all of them are eclectic.

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  1. The Booby and the Beast, I love that episode and Guy’s eye-rolling jealousy in the background. There’s something new every time I watch it. 🙂
    I have never read Rebecca</i). Time to remedy that now with Richard in mind as Maxim de Winter!
    Take care of yourself, Angie.

    • It’s a great ep. Dexter Fletcher is a fav of mine and he’s a hoot as the count. Guy’s jealousy–bless his heart, he does wear his feelings on his sleeves sometimes, doesn’t he??–is quite amusing to watch. Yes, reading Rebecca with Richard in mind makes it all the more an enjoyable experience. 😀 That particular quote made him pop into my head, thinking of Guy and of Richard III.

  2. It’s many years since I read Rebecca so I think now is a good time to do so again – now that you have put the idea of Richard as Maxim into my head!! 🙂 Amazon here I come – AGAIN!!!! 😀

  3. When I saw a shortage of posts in the last 20 hours or so, I was worried all those chesticles pics (and certainly researching for the best examples to post) might have rendered you senseless! Seriously, I am glad you were able to get some rest and that the pain is lessening a bit. I hope you’ll be able to get some more rest and further reduce that pain?

    I hadn’t yet gotten around to reading Rebecca, though as a Hitchcock fan I’ve seen the movie a lot. Adding the book to my library queue!

    I don’t know why those CBeebies caps knock me out so much. Is it because he’s looking directly into the camera (and with such *focus* lol)?

    Poor jealous Guy! But that moment is such a perfect example of what RA does with his characters. It doesn’t matter how far he is from the camera or how many actors are in front of him, or even if all he has to do in a shot is smirk and slouch in the background. He is just so fully committed and *there* in every frame. You put it brilliantly, he is “ever so watchable.”

    • Thank you, yes, right now if I am AWOL it’s because I am not feeling well–although there is the possibility of an attack of the vapours from studying Mr. Armitage’s magnificence. I am a big Hitchcock fan, too. The movie is great, but the book is even better IMHO.

      The Cbeebies just totally entrance on every level. He manages to be sharming, cute, adorable and sexy all rolled into one. *sigh*

      While some actors more or less drop character when the camera is not focused on them, that isn’t so with Richard. And I for one love those slouching smirks of Guy’s. There’s always beautiful scenery if he is somewhere in the shot.

      • Very much looking forward to reading the book then! 🙂

        I’ve tried a number of times to watch the Cbeebies clips on YouTube but I find the storyteller too distracting.

        Exactly! That photo you used for the Tehara Mati quote is one of my favorites (and that quote? Perfect. I so enjoy savoring that crooked grin.).

        • He was made to order for such a role. After initially wiping the drool from my mouth, I finally was able on repeated viewings to actually enjoy the stories Richard was telling and not just the gorgeousness of the man telling them. 😉 I saw that crooked grin quote and said it had to be used with Guy.

  4. I love Rebecca, both the book and the movie version, but if they ever remade the film, RA should definitely play Maxim (that quote from du Maurier suits him to a T!). And I think Daniela Denby-Ashe would be perfect as the 2nd Mrs. de Winter. Angie, I hope the pain continues to ease! Take care of yourself!

  5. In the French edition “Son visage était intéressant, sensible, avec je ne sais quoi de médiéval, …”
    Like you I re-read this beautiful love story and Richard as Maxim de Winter would be wonderful.

  6. I’m glad you’re feeling better. I’ve got to read Rebecca. And yes, keep you’re eye on the man in the background.

  7. Btw, I love what you did with the Cbeebie picture, so cool! Well done! And the last picture…just like a painting!

  8. I hope you’re feeling loads better, Fedoralady! Grizzly Gizzy and a good book (plus some yummy food in your belly) is definately a good way to go about feeling right as rain 🙂
    I remember reading Rebecca as a teen and liking it very much, but, at the same time, being a bit freaed out by it. I think if I re-read it now as an adult, I’d be more aware of the psychological aspects etc.
    There’s another writer that has been on my mind- Iris Murdoch. There was a film made, based on her life, titled Iris, with Judi Dench and Kate Winslet. There’s something about her novels that really moves me!

    • Mrs. Danvers still creeps me out. Poor Mrs. de Winter #2, having to deal with that gorgon. I have never seen the movie Iris or read her books, but I remember seeing an interview with her husband after she passed away. An interesting lady . . . I will have to check them out.

  9. I’m glad to hear that you’re feeling better. Happy Guy Day to you!
    I think Richard could do an excellent job of Maxim de Winter, but going back to the book, there’s not a whole lot of character to work with. On the other hand, that hasn’t stopped Richard from turning in great performances so far.

    • Little is much when Richard plays the role. 😉 Actually, I think the role could be beefed up a bit for Maxim and not take away from the story arc. He’s such a complex and enigmatic character–rather dark and brooding at times–I think Richard could do a wonderful job if he were so inclined.

    • OOOOh! I loved Eastern Promises! Very good script. I am impressed the remake will be written by the same scriptwriter, I take that as a good sign.
      What I also don’t think they need to do is cast some of the people mentioned in the comments–please, not Keira Knightley. Colin’s actually too old now. I laughed at the idea of Gwyneth Paltrow as Mrs. Danvers. Just can’t see that, but then the author was being facetious. 😉 I have only seen the motion picture, not the television adaptations, but I think Richard could do the role just as well as Sir Laurence (if not better) and better than Charles Dance or Jeremy Brett, although I admire both of them as actors. He could bring that extra dimension to the character with all the subtle nuances he does so well.

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