And there’s that lovely fellow, Richard









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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. Richard’s just so unbelievable, isn’t he? We couldn’t have invented such a seemingly ideal man, could we? Oh, he’s not perfect, but would anyone in her right mind want a perfect man anyway? But to have all the qualities he “seems” to have…….the mind boggles.:)

    • @ Kathryn, even giving free rein to our fantasies and tailoring our dreams, no, we could not have invented someone like Richard. He is far too human for us to have played Pygmalion. and brought a “perfect” creation to life. That humanity draws us in and claims us, even as we wonder at his qualities. If I had a son, I would want him to see someone like Richard as a role model,

      • Hi Leigh. I would really like my son to watch Richard’s appearance at the press conference for “The Hobbit” (because Matthew is actually as eagerly awaiting the movie as we all are!) and also Richard’s performance in “Strike Back” – Matthew (5 months older than Richard) is also a pacificist and I’m sure he would have done exactly as Richard did with that script if he were an actor – firstly, dismiss it out of hand as just another “boys with guns” film but then have another, more detailed look at it if told it was much more than that! Matthew is also the senstive type and tries to see the good in most people and things, just like Richard. Because they are of an age and are both intelligent and great readers, they both loved Tolkien’s books and devoured “The Hobbit” and the LO.T.R books avidly. But Matthew refuses to look at any of Richard’s work. I think it’s his way of rebelling! I should never have told him that I think Richard is gorgeous and sexy – obviously not the thing to say to one’s 41 year-old son who usually just smiles and teases me about actors I think are cute!!

        But I know he did look at “The Hobbit” trailer which I emailed to him – he said it looked good but he didn’t want to look at the production vvioes ’cause he wants to be surprised when he sees the movie

        • That’s one reason why I keep my interest (addiction, obsession) a secret from most friends and family. I’ve learned that (1) they don’t want to know and (2) they’re embarrrassed to learn that a woman they have put in the “grannie” box still has such thoughts and feelings. I think we will all be surprised by TH, whether we’ve seen the vlogs or not, and I doubt that your Matthew is an exception. He sounds like a wonderful person, even if he is disinclined share your interest in RA.

          • You are soooo right, Leigh. My ex-husband is intelligent and articulate but that didn’t work out too well!

            And thank you for what you said about Matthew – he is a nice guy but has been known to “dig his heels in” occasionally! As Matthew said once when he was still at University getting his first degree, “You expected to have a rebel for a son, didn’t you? Well, my way of rebelling is to dress like a “preppie”, as you call it, and not like some down-and-out!!”

            Yes, I should never had said that Richard is sexy – I should have remembered that “boys” in particular don’t like to think that their mothers ever had sex, even to conceive them!

            Well, to give Matthew credit, he does know that he can borrow my DVDs anytime..He even said that with a grin when I asked him if he’d watched the replay of “Strike Back” on television recently. (He hadn’t – well, that’s what he told me – you never know)

            Ah well, I seem to be a slow learner more often than not lately!!! πŸ™‚

            • It’s not that you’re a “slow learner”, Kathryn; It’s just that hope tends to triumph over experience more often.

              • Thank you, Leigh – you’re so sweet.

                Oh lordie – here it’s 2.17am again and I’m still on the computer!.

                ‘night, ‘night, ladies πŸ™‚

          • Yes, we get pigeonholed, don’t we, as we get older . . . a respectable woman of a certain age should surely not be feeling so frisky. Blame it all on Mr. Armitage. Kathryngaul, I am glad you are feeling well enough to be back at the keyboard. And I agree, your Matthew sounds like a terrific fellow. πŸ˜€

            • I remember when that terrible myth started, that women reach their sexual peak at 30. In a world where many men seem to be looking for Barbie and the media push that concept, women just stop taliking about it, but “peak” — hah! The curve just keeps rising. Even after the change (whether naturally occurring or the result of surgery), our pituitaries produce enough goodies to keep everything working, even if we need a little help now and then. Yes, our innards still twitch and warm and … But we are not Barbie; we are more subtle, more demanding, and more giving than that.

              • Have you seen “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger?” Anthony Hopkins plays a man horrified at growing old who is determined to turn back the clock. He dumps his wife of many years, starts getting his teeth whitened and going to tanning salons and ends up marrying an “actress” who pays the bills by working as an escort. Young hot blonde, his own personal Barbie. Who is dumb as a box of rocks, spends extravagantly and fools around on him. But she looks good on his arm. Not surprisingly, it all goes awry. He finds himself wanting to reunite with his ex-wife, someone who understands him, but she’s moved on to a relationship with someone who appears to be her soulmate. Alfie didn’t know what he had when he had it. Hooray for the non-Barbies of all ages (although I did dearly love to play with my Barbies, I never aspired to grow up and become one).

              • I haven’t seen the movie, but I’ve seen the phenomenon in real life often enough. Here’s to the non-Barbies and to the men who recognize a woman’s mind for the erogenous zone it is.

              • Yay, Angie, you watched “Tall Dark Stranger”! πŸ˜€ What did you think? Me and my friend thought it was much better than Midnight in Paris. Do you agree?

  2. Just watched “The Hobbit” press conference yet again……he’s so magnificent …..his looks, his voice, his sincerity…….I’m just gobsmacked once again and words fail me. (“Thank the Lord”, did i hear you say? πŸ˜‰

        • Hi Judit. Sorry – I went off to watch “Downton Abbey” and then got caught up on another movie!

          Thanks for your concern. I’m still hopeful that the higher dosage will help eventually. I don’t go for a new blood test for another few weeks yet and then need to visit the doctor after she has received the results to hear if it’s all been sorted out. πŸ™‚

          • I hope the medication and dosage turn out to be right for you this time. Sending healing thoughts and best wishes…

          • Which season of Downton are you watching, Kathryn? Loved season 1-2, haven’t watched season 3 yet though. Don’t know whether there’ll be a season 4? Wouldn’t Richard be great in Downton? πŸ™‚
            Like Leigh, I also hope that your doctor has got the dosage right for you.

            • We’ve only just started series 2 of “Downton Abbey” for some reason. Maybe because it’s on a commercial channel???

              The series we get from the BBC and ITV are usually shown on ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation like the BBC) immediately after they finish in Britain (eg. the 8 episodes of “Spooks” series 9 were shown in the UK and then the first episode of series 9 was shown here.

  3. My favorite…the real thing…Richard! You’re so right about him Kathryn. His physical package it wonderful but it’s what gets to us is those traits he has that come from inside. His sincerity, kindness, shyness, his work ethic, humor, etc, those are what makes him so sexy, and special ;0

  4. Hi Laurie. I wish Richard had some of my son’s confidence in his own work! Matthew has just returned from another 10 days working in Geneva and was told there that he would to be offered 3 or 4 jobs if he indicated that he would give them some serious thought, so he’s very fortunate to get such good feedback so often.

    I jokingly said to Matthew yesterday that he should take a skiiing holiday in NZ shortly and go to “The Hobbit” set to meet Richard! I mentioned how Richard is a very keen skier and had said if he had a million, he’d buy a chalet in the French Alps and loan it out to family and friends! Matthew said (with a huge grin) that it wouldn’t be completely unheard of for him to meet Richard one day through WIPO anyway!!!! WIPO is the World Intellectual Property Organization and is where he was working in Geneva – he works for the Australian IPO now. Apparently, actors, producers and directors get invited to some of the international Intellectual Property conferences in Geneva.

  5. Matthew was only joking, of course! As he says, “until they show me the contract, Mum, these jobs don’t exist to me”.

    So I replied, “Instead of “show me the money”, it’s really a case of “show me the contract”?”

    “Exactly!” son said, “I know how much money (and the great conditions) that go with each job!!”

    I so pleased for him but also sad that he and his little family will be away from Australia from 3 to 4 years _ I’ve gotten used to being able to see my 2 little darlings on a regular basis. Thank the Lord for Skype!!! πŸ™‚

    Getting back to Richard – I think he’s sexy mostly because of…..hmmm…. firstly, his brain (I love intelligent, articulate men), then that’s followed closely by his delicious voice πŸ˜‰

    • Re. “Getting back to Richard – I think he’s sexy mostly because of…..hmmm…. firstly, his brain (I love intelligent, articulate men) …” I’m right with you on that one. However, I have learned that, like other masculine attributes, it’s what he does with it that counts.

      • I only find intelligent guys sexy. πŸ™‚ It doesn’t matter how good a guy looks if he’s got nothing going on between the ears then that’s it for me. Yes, and of course Leigh is right, what they do with their intellect(s?) is of utmost importance too. πŸ™‚

          • OK, ladies – I’m awake again – I think!

            Oh but I did ramble on – it’s obvious I should not have refrained from commenting so often lately…. because my need to communicate just exploded out of me yesterday!!! πŸ™‚

            Thank you all for your nice words – what would i do without you? πŸ™‚

  6. He was sublime in that press conference. He was so quiet and yet when he spoke, it was like everyone stopped to listen. I imagine he must possess something that commands attention from others. I am so sure he must have an aura that draws people to him. He may be a great actor but ultimately it is the man that I believe him to be that attracts me more than anything. He seems intelligent, funny, humble and really generous with people. There is a kindness to him that comes out in interviews and the likes that makes me love him.

    • Well said, Gracie.

      I’ve admired Richard’s work for many years as you may know but it’s only since last year, when I found these blogs, that I found what I’ve waited for all these years – other people who appreciate his talent and hard work and his persistence

      I’m so grateful that I decided to Google Richard’s name eventually – now I can get up-to-date information almost anytime I sign in and…. all those great fanvids!! I just can’t wait to turn on the computer each day, even if I don’t feel too wonderful – the sight and sound of the man brings a smile to my face no matter what. πŸ™‚

      I think I appreciate watching the interviews as much as the actual performances – as we’ve all been saying, we feel we get a glimpse of a genuinely nice person.

  7. Hi Ladies – I’ve just remembered what I was going to say yesterday about Richard’s shyness and seeming need to fade into the background sometimes – before I got completed side-tracked! πŸ™‚

    Thinking about this post and the one about the Powhiri ceremony, I have a theory. I know what it’s like to be very shy and wanting to disappear, and what it’s like to have little or no self-confidence.

    Most people, teachers and parents, probably don’t mean to be critical when they tell children that they could do better. But to a unconfident child who already feels he or she “just isn’t good enough”, hearing “you could do better”, just reinforces his/her self-doubt. It’s probably meant as “you have the potential to do well” but it simply sounds like “you’ve disappointed me yet again”!!!

    I certainly never knew my mother thought I was any good at anything even though I was almost 42 when she died! And yet one of my sisters told me recently that Mum was proud of my intelligence! WHAT?

    It’s also taken me all my life to understand that my teachers were probably asking me to push myself harder because I was capable of doing something special with my life. But it’s a bit late to know that now.

    I’m betting this same thing happened to Richard – it might be that Miss Pat was able to say “you could do better” in a way that meant something to him. But maybe every other time he heard it, he reacted the way I did and felt even less sure of himself???

    Oh, how I wish I could put my arms around him and say, “You are a great actor and a wonderful person – believe in yourself and take pride in what you’ve achieved. You have a gift “.

    Ooops – hope I didn’t sound too maudlin πŸ™‚ I just feel for him.

    • My therapist says what matters most is not what people say to us, but how we “decode” their words. If a person has “negative thinking patterns” she or he will be likely to interpret even positive words in a negative sort of way. That’s how “you could do better” will be decoded as “I’m not good enough” in their minds even though the person who said it to them probably meant it as an encouragement! And no, you didn’t sound maudlin! πŸ™‚

      • I’ll second your reply, Judit, and add a bit . Those “negative thinking patterns” are learned, and experience is a bitter teacher. If a child is consistently belittled by adults and bullied, the child is wounded by their actions as well as their words. It takes a lot of work to overcome that.

        • Thank you, Leigh, for your understanding – it sure does! I basically went from feeling my mother didn’t think I was good enough to a control freak of a husband who thought the same and was more than happy to tell me so over and over again! It will be 30 years in August since I left my ex-husband and I still occasionally recall some of the things he said 40 years ago!. As I always say, one’s physical scars and bruises heal much quicker than one’s scars and bruises from emotional and intellectual abuse.

          I’m not suggesting for one minute that Richard has a background like mine – I’m merely saying that, once a person has that “I’m not good enough” mindset, it can hang around for decades, even with therapy!

          Sorry for leading the conversation in this direction – let’s talk about something beautiful – Richard Armitage πŸ™‚ Does everyone else play his interviews on YouTube over and over just to see the twinkle in his eyes occasionally? Just love it! πŸ™‚

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