Monthly Challenges // February


So, remember this? 

Seeing as my New Years Resolutions are 1. Spoil less time on the Internet. 2. Get more writing done. and 3. Do more things not involving the Internet, I came up this brilliant (haha) idea last night, while fireworks were popping and the sky was changing colour around our house and while 2015 changed to 2016.  I thought: "I'm going to keep monthly challenges to help me actually KEEP these New Years Resolutions." Seeing as many of you said you wanted to spoil less time this year (poor us, we are such helpless creatures) I thought I would share it, and all that. 

I personally don't mind if no-one does this, but I like challenging myself, sooo. Let's see how I (and anyone else who did participate) did for January! The challenge I set for myself was "Only pin pins on Pinterest on Saturdays (and my birthday)" AND I DID IT!!! I did use Pinterest througout the week, but I only pinned and liked pins on Saturdays and my birthday. :-) I'm proud of myself.

The challenge for February is this: Only watch Youtube videos on Saturdays. I will allow myself to put up music, you know, for while I study. But the Messy Mondays and other videos that I follow and so on will only be watched on Saturdays. 

Let's see if I can do this!!! Is anyone joining me with this February challenge?

Those daily things...


That sleepy, dizzy feeling when you wake up from a deep, delicious, deep sleep.
The feeling of putting on your favourite pair of jeans. It always hits home.
Hiding your chin in thick fluffy birthday scarves.
The taste of hot chocolate milk with whipped cream in the evening.
That 'emotional wreck' feeling after finishing a book that made you cry and go 'gahhh.'
That happy bubble I get inside when I'm on my laptop and I hear the message-noise. That normally means Emma's on her laptop too.
The huge, ginormous urge to visit all the filming locations of your favourite movies.
The proud feeling I get every time when I look at my completely-stuffed, colour-coordinated bookshelf.
Reading blog posts from good friends.
Watching old favourite Little House episodes with my siblings, and laughing at everything in it. (In the episode Country Girls we can't stop laughing at Sandy Kennedy's essay about Summer.)
That sweeping, fluttery feeling as Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle finally kiss in their impeccable roles as Elizabeth and Darcy.
The now-my-day-can-really-start feeling after I've tidied up my room in the morning.
That quick urge to write a quick blog post. Like now.
Dreaming about crazy stuff like one day buying a house in Lacock Village (Cranford) and driving to Williamsburg with Emma.
That feeling when you've just finished an entire pizza and your mouth is all warm and salty and guiltily unhealthy.
Writing about quirky characters.
When you get through a chatting session with your best friend and neither of us have Internet problems. Amazing things happen.
Getting sudden, cool story ideas just as soon as you've told yourself to sleep.
That sudden realisation that you should be analysing a poem right now for school... AHEM. AHEM.

What gets said during P&P95


We finished re-watching my beloved Pride and Prejudice (I LOVE IT OKAY IT'S SO SO GOOD), and this time I decided to note down, for you all to see, some of the comical commentary coming from the couch. (Wow, good use of alliteration there, Naomi. Not bad.) (Unfortunately more is said than just the things mentioned in this post - but here are just some of the stuff I can remember from memory.)

Screencaps from this place here.


"They're ruining the crops!"
"Mr Darcy is winning."
"So mean, they're ruining the crops." (Yes, that got said twice. Strong opinions here.)
"So typical that Mr Bingley has the white one and Mr Darcy has the dark one."


"They're a lot of horses in this movie."
"Lizzy really likes horses."
"If I were her, I would stroke them! She just walks past!"
"Yes, she doesn't think they're special."


"Napoleon."
"Why are they wearing Napoleon hats?"
"Mr Bingley wears his hat differently than Mr Darcy."
(My family is really fashionable. A lot of serious fashion critique going on here.)


"This is my favourite scene." (What?!)


(In this scene, the footman tells Lizzy that Mr Bingley is in the drawing room.)
"How does he know that Lizzy wants to see Mr Bingley?"
"Because he's the only nice one."
"Oh yes. He just tells her where the nice one is."
"Maybe his name is Pigeon, too." (If you've seen Sense and Sensibility 95, you should get that.)


"In love."
"Oh LOOK, look. It's the dog."
"The dog Lizzy played with in the garden!"


"What on earth IS so funny about Denny?"
"They really AREN'T poor. Look at all the food!"


"What's so funny about throwing loop rings in a stick?"
"Why are they LAUGHING about that?"
"What a babyish game."


"LADY CATHERINE CAN WALK?!!"
"Wow, she's walking!"
"She's actually quite young."
"SHE'S USING HER FEET."


"He's cycling."


"What's so special about dining nine times at Rosings?"
"Yes, I wouldn't even want to go there. So boring."
"She thinks that's special. NINE times."
"So NOT special."
(We emphasize things in our household. I know.)


"He has three dogs."
"No, two."
"No, I think there were three first."
"No really, come on, there are two."
"Why does he need a candle? It's not THAT dark?"
(I was like, Be QUIET I want to enjoy Darcy being in love and dreamy and cute.)


"She sounds like a chicken."


"Hill is scared."
"Lady Catherine de Bough looks like the child-catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang."
"Yes, she DOES!"


"OH MY GOODNESS. I CAN SEE HIS TEETH."
"He's smiling?!!"
"He's actually smiling WITH HIS TEETH."
"Oh no, now there's the kiss. I'm going." (I did not say this. I said practically none of these things.)
(I love how Mr Bennet is looking at Mr Darcy's big smile in this picture. He can't believe it.)

There you go - that was some of the comical commentary coming from our couch.

Quick new blog look...


Just for your interest, there's a new blog look making it's debut on Wonderland Creek! I know - more pink, more Jane Austen, more Downton Abbey - nothing REALLY new - but anyways, here it is. I'd like your opinions, even if they be negative.

Period Drama Multiple Choice Game #3 - Zee Answers!


Firstly, before I say anything else, I want to say thank you once again for all your lovely comments and birthday messages. I've been overwhelmed by all the kindness and sweetness and FRIENDLINESS going around - seriously, it bought tears to my eyes (and to my nose.) I'd also like to publicly thank Emma for writing the sweetest thing in the world. Words can't express how much I love you, girl. SO THANKS. I really don't deserve the lot of ya. Merci √† tous.

Now, the answers of the Multiple Choice game!

1. In this picture here, what are Matthew and Mary laughing about?
a) Lady Grantham insulted Isobel Crawley and really, it was hilarious beyond measure.
b) Sir Anthony had a mouthful of salt and made a scene about it.
c) Edith Crawley stumbled over her words and made an awkward scene.
d) Thomas accidentally dropped sauce on Robert Crawley's lap.

2. In 'Amazing Grace', what animal is Barbara (Spooner) Wilberforce holding at her wedding?
a) A chicken.
b) A baby elephant painted blue and green. (No, really.)
c) A cat.
d) A rabbit.

3. In 'Lark Rise to Candleford', which of the following is NOT mentioned as one of Dorcas Lane's 'one weaknesses'? (mark the not.)
a) Food
b) Love letters
c) Tea in the garden
d) Cashmere

4. Which of the following ladies had a pink wedding dress?
a) Cosette, Les Miserables 2012
b) Anne Shirley, The Continuing Story
c) Emma Woodhouse, Emma 1996
d) Mary Ingalls, Little House on the Prairie

5. In 'Saving Mr Banks', what colour was Pamela Travers set against having in the movie?
a) Blue
b) Yellow, because it reminded her of the Australian sunshine.
c) White
d) Red

6. In which of the follow Period Drama did the actor Peter Wight (click here for a picture) NOT act in? (Mark the not. :-P)
a) Emma 2009
b) Pride and Prejudice 2005
c) Lark Rise to Candleford
d) Our Zoo

7. At Daisy and William's wedding, what did Lady Grantham say that she had?
a) An inner romantic.
b) A cold.
c) A tear in her eye.
d) She didn't say anything. One doesn't TALK while there's a marriage going on on a deathbed.

8. In 'Horatio Hornblower,' what does Maria (who's Horatio's wife) give to Horatio before he leaves?
a) A scarf.
b) Chocolate.
c) Gloves
d) The news that she's pregnant.

9. In 'Loorna Doone', how does Carver die?
a) He sinks in a mud puddle and doesn't really seem to care about it.
b) He commits suicide by jumping from a cliff.
c) He commits suicide by drowning himself. (We always skip the scene.)
d) He ends in prison. Same as dead, that.

10. In Cinderella (2015), what does the Stepmother wear to the ball?
a) A dark blue dress, silk and diamond-y.
b) A green dress with gold gloves and feathers in her hair.
c) A dark green dress with a striking red collar and long green gloves.
d) A deep purple-and-black dress that shimmers all evil-like.

PLAYER'S SCORES:
Emma Jane: 80
Ruth Elizabeth: 70
Miss Meg: 70
Miss March: 70
asmidgeonofsunshine: 60
Jessica Prescott: 60
Birdie: 60
Melody: 60
Rose: 60
Lucy Amanda: 60
Kristalyn Huber: 50
Erudessa: 40
Rosie McGann: 30
Meredith: 30

Thank you sooo much for playing!

17 birthdays!


0.
Exactly seventeen years ago today, I was born. My parents had their first girl. My brother was a brother for the first time, and more happy to get a biscuit at the hospital than a sister. (It's the truth. There's photo-proof.) I was part of an average-sized family (haha.) Look, seriously, AREN'T I the cutest midget? Squished nose, red face, sweaty hair, empty brain and everything. (And my Winnie-the-Pooh pyjamas are cuuuute. They were really comfortable, although it did itch. But I didn't complain. I've always been a good girl.)

1.
I celebrated my birthday with my brother. Photo's have me nibbling on a lego-man; probably my way of showing appreciation for my present.

2. 
I think I got a doll for this birthday. Lisa, her name was. I had a chocolate cake with edible paper on it. Paper with a picture of Winnie the Pooh and Piglet having a birthday party as well (you know, I was nice enough to let people celebrate Winnie's birthday as well.) I ate the paper. I was ADORABLE beyond measure on my second birthday. Where did my cuteness fly to? You need a picture, so voilà.


3.
On my third birthday, I had just recovered from some sickness, so my cake was a simple white one with some chocolate over it. But duh, there was chocolate, so happy was the day. I wore a pink cardigan, a yellow party-cone-hat (which somehow really suited me at the time) and I smiled for the camera. (The next picture in this post will be one of my third birthday. And the one after that of my forth birthday. By the way.)

4.
This is probably the first birthday I can remember without digging into old pictures. I ate chips and beans and salad and sausage, wore a huge pink paper crown (#embarrassing) and got necklaces. By this time, by the way, I had two younger siblings. Birthdays were getting noisier.

5.
Another year, another chocolate cake. I have such a history of chocolate cake.


6.
On my sixth birthday we had a family over and I had a PARTY. (How sophisticated!) I really loved my sixth birthday - I have good memories of it. I got a lovely red dress with flowers, and THE most gorgeous pink notebook with a ballerina on it and hearts and sparkles. I was obsessed with it, and bragged it around. I had a chocolate cake, and there's photo proof that my little brother was crying because I blew the candles, and not him. :-P (Sorry mate, that's how it works. The birthday girl blows the candles.)

7.
I wore the same red dress on my seventh birthday. That's all I know. (Oh, and my cake had smarties.)

8.
On my eighth birthday we had that family over again. (The mum of the family is my godmother,  and their kids were all roughly the ages of our family's kids, hence their frequent presence in my childhood birthdays.) I had a long paper crown on again (#embarrassing) and my cake was shaped in the shape of an '8' which is just COOL. (The following picture is me at my fourth birthday, not eighth.)


9.
I had that family over again on my ninth birthday, and we ate muffins (I ate them in an agitated manner) and grapes and played 'pass the parcle.' (I hope you got the agitated manner quote. Because I only put that in for the quotes sake.)

10.
Then I was ten. Double digits. Goodness, I felt so old that day, and now I look back and grin at my small-ness. I got pyjamas (really pretty ones, because they were pink, duh) and I got Kirsten and Felicity (American Girl books) collection AND some of the Caroline series in Little House. I must have been reading the whole day, and I must have really liked that a lot.

11.
For my eleventh birthday, we put grape-juice in wineglasses and fooled my dad when he came home. (Of course he didn't really think I was drinking wine; he just pretended to think that, and I thought he really thought it.) By this time, by the way, I had seven siblings, so birthdays were  starting to get NOISY. (The following picture is just a random picture; nothing to do with birthdays. Of snow. Made yesterday.)


12.
I ate croissants, and wore a necklace one of my aunts made for me, but I don't know ANYTHING else. Maybe I'm getting old.

13.
I became A TEENAGER. How cool is that. This birthday was really fun: My grandparents came over, and, as a birthday treat, I tried on my mum's wedding dress and walked around wearing it in the house. (I'd like to do that again, actually; because it was a lot of fun.) (I remember my grandma asking me who the lucky fellow was. Ha. Lucky.) Oh, and I think this was the first birthday in which I watched Pride and Prejudice! The first of maaaany. (I say that as if I'm eighty.)

14.
I know that I watched Pride and Prejudice. :-)


15.
I watched Pride and Prejudice and became REALLY CRAZY. And I wished Emma a happy birthday for the first time ever. I got some clothes, and some Wanda Brunstetter books (about the Amish) which I STILL haven't read because they turned out to be dead boring. It was on this birthday also that I discovered it was National Hugging Day on my birthday. SO let's give hugs.

16.
I posted about my birthday, for the first time. :-P And I had a post written for ME. Which I didn't deserve, because it was too sweet. I sang 'I am Sixteen' (and now I CAN'T), got some new clothes and watched P&P.

17.
Well, so far my day has been wonderful and relaxing and I've been SPOILT. :-) I got some adorable jewellery, books and a scarf. (You want to know which books? Okay then. Fly Away Home by Rachel Heffington, While Mortals Sleep by Jack Cavanaugh, and the Emily Series by L.M.Montgomery with the MOST gorgeous covers. I'm in love.) And of course we're rewatching PrideandPredj (as my dad calls it.) Birthdays are good days; I love 'em. :-)


Olivia, you wanted to see my wall art. Here you go. :-) (I admit I'm rather proud of it. Good old Pinterest. You make my room pretty.)

Period Drama Multiple Choice Game #3

A GAME AGAIN!!!


I love Multiple Choice Games and we all love Period Dramas, so here's the third Period Drama Multiple Choice Game on this blog! The rules are so simple I shouldn't even bother explaining, but I will, just in case one of my readers is younger than three years old. Guess the correct answers, comment them, and wait for next week to see the answers revealed! (Got that? Got it? I know it was complicated, kind of.)

One thing I would like to remind you of, please only select one answer. Not, "Maybe a. Or no, maybe b. I don't know." Just guess one. Thaaaanks.


1. In this picture here, what are Matthew and Mary laughing about?
a) Lady Grantham insulted Isobel Crawley and really, it was hilarious beyond measure.
b) Sir Anthony had a mouthful of salt and made a scene about it.
c) Edith Crawley stumbled over her words and made an awkward scene.
d) Thomas accidentally dropped sauce on Robert Crawley's lap.

2. In 'Amazing Grace', what animal is Barbara (Spooner) Wilberforce holding at her wedding?
a) A chicken.
b) A baby elephant painted blue and green. (No, really.)
c) A cat.
d) A rabbit.


3. In 'Lark Rise to Candleford', which of the following is NOT mentioned as one of Dorcas Lane's 'one weaknesses'? (mark the not.)
a) Food
b) Love letters
c) Tea in the garden
d) Cashmere

4. Which of the following ladies had a pink wedding dress?
a) Cosette, Les Miserables 2012
b) Anne Shirley, The Continuing Story
c) Emma Woodhouse, Emma 1996
d) Mary Ingalls, Little House on the Prairie


5. In 'Saving Mr Banks', what colour was Pamela Travers set against having in the movie?
a) Blue
b) Yellow, because it reminded her of the Australian sunshine.
c) White
d) Red

6. In which of the follow Period Drama did the actor Peter Wight (click here for a picture) NOT act in? (Mark the not. :-P)
a) Emma 2009
b) Pride and Prejudice 2005
c) Lark Rise to Candleford
d) Our Zoo


7. At Daisy and William's wedding (picture above), what did Lady Grantham say that she had?
a) An inner romantic.
b) A cold.
c) A tear in her eye.
d) She didn't say anything. One doesn't TALK while there's a marriage going on on a deathbed.

8. In 'Horatio Hornblower,' what does Maria (who's Horatio's wife) give to Horatio before he leaves?
a) A scarf.
b) Chocolate.
c) Gloves
d) The news that she's pregnant.


9. In 'Loorna Doone', how does Carver die?
a) He sinks in a mud puddle and doesn't really seem to care about it.
b) He commits suicide by jumping from a cliff.
c) He commits suicide by drowning himself. (We always skip the scene.)
d) He ends in prison. Same as dead, that.

10. In Cinderella (2015), what does the Stepmother wear to the ball?
a) A dark blue dress, silk and diamond-y.
b) A green dress with gold gloves and feathers in her hair.
c) A dark green dress with a striking red collar and long green gloves.
d) A deep purple-and-black dress that shimmers all evil-like.


Answers coming next week!
I hope it was fun. :-) Duh.

It's snowing right now.


This morning I woke up with a humble little winter wonderland around me. I'd been waiting to wake up by voices shouting 'hey look it's been snowing' ever since I started listening to Christmas music (i.e. the first of November). Anyway, the humble little winter wonderland is wet and slushy now, with grass peeping through the brown-white snow and with the sky above alternating between snow and rain, but this weather is making me pretty happy all the same. I think it's funny. Like the clouds just can't make up their mind. We've had thick dusty-looking snowflakes today, thin measly ones, snowflakes-kissing-raindrops ones, just rain, and rain-with-a-few-snowflakes-for-decoration ones.

When I woke up and went to the bathroom to put in my contact-lenses, I looked through the big window in our landing upstairs and looked in the calm (it hadn't started raining by that point) and dark garden - with the humble little winter wonderland. It was just gorgeous. It looked like a Shirley Hughes painting, you know, from the Alfie books. Our pond had frozen, the trees were silhouetted against the grey morning sky, and the whole big garden was white. (I love the colour white. Outfits made out of white + pink + black are my favourites. Oh, and navy blue.)


Well, I must be off. Not that I don't want to talk, I just need to go and practice mon Francais and go downstairs to see if there is cake. 

Oh, okay then. I can tell you quickly what I've been up to recently, though. 
1. I redecorated my wall above my desk with Pinterest pictures and Audrey Hepburn quotes. 
2. I went to see Lis Mis live and just wow za. (It was a school production, but it was amazing beyond glory. I'm having thrills. And I once said I would hate Les Mis forever.) 
3. I bought Emma a little birthday present and sent it off. 
4. I ordered the Emily Starr series for my birthday. Their covers are darling + so snapshot-worthy. 
5. I ate two Ferro-Rocher chocolates the other day and just. why. Why do such delicious things even exist. Pizza is like, bad in comparison to Ferro Rocher chocolates. 
6. I REALLY must go now. My brain is screaming at me. "Naomi. You know you're procrastinating."


(I know. Gregory Peck is handsome and Audrey Hepburn is gorgeous. You don't have to say it.)
Oh, my sister just came up and gave me chocolate. DAY MADE.

Our Zoo // Review


Ever since we finished this series called Our Zoo (which was... this Wednesday) me, together with my siblings, have been growling the same thing a few times every day. Why isn't there a season TWO?!!!!!! It pains my SOUL to hear that there won't EVER be another season released of this stinkin fantastic Period Drama series. I am weeping forever; crushed; shattered; doomed; dead. 

(Wow, that got really grave.)

Seriously though. Let me ask you something. WHY ISN'T THERE A SEASON TWO?! I am asking the film-people. WHY. Did the actors insist on stopping? Insist the contrary! Show them who's boss! Did you loose inspiration? Ask your fans! I'll write the script. Did the costume designer die? Find a new one! Did Upton burn down? Of course it didn't. WHY THEN. Wasn't it popular enough? Internet sources insist the contrary thereof - millions are crushed and on their death beds about the end of Our Zoo. Seriously?! You're kidding me? You're just going to keep it with one little series of six episodes? And Frankie so unhappy? And George buying a lion?!! And us not knowing how and what and who and - *splutters helplessly*

You can't just DO that. Wicked child.

(If you stopped because you didn't FEEL like it, I'm afraid I must tell you that I have made up my mind to hate you forever. Apologies in advance. You're welcome.)


JUST LOOK AT THOSE CHARACTERS. I WANT MORE.

*bites lip* *glares*

Okay, I'm done with my rant. I'll calm down, comb my furious hair and wash the angry sweat from my forehead. The review of Our Zoo (poet-and-you-didn't-know-it-alert) may start. There be spoilers, but who cares about SPOILERS. (If you care, kind off avert your eyes from the remainder of this post.)


All right, so "Our Zoo" is a six-episode-long (or should I say, short?) series about the true story of the Mottershead family who move to Chester and, of all the freaking things, decide to start a zoo. As in; buying animals and building 'cages' and all that. But the people in the village, Upton, are dead set against the idea - so they do anything to prevent it, from starting petitions to cutting nets to spreading lies. But in the end, with the help of The Good Ones, they finally get Official Permission and enough money to lend... and then, bam, we hear there isn't a second season and there never will be.

(I'm not going to rant about that again but... seriouuusly.)

The series was such a success in our family. My siblings, many of whom adore animals, loved the fact that it was about 'how Chester zoo started' (one of my siblings went to Chester zoo once, but she said she didn't recognise anything, because duh, this is set in 1930) and I, who doesn't really adore animals, loved the old-fashioned-charm, the adooorable costumes, some of the romances, etc. Different audiences can appreciate this; and I appreciate that in a movie/series. (My dad said it was 'brilliant', and my five-year-old sister loved it. Proof.)


Before I'm going to go through the characters, I'll cover the other aspects of the show.

First, the accents. GAH. I'm suddenly really, really obsessed with the Liverpool accent - and I'll talk in none other. Some of you tell me that if you had a British accent like me, you wouldn't stop talking. Well, I can't stop talking in a Liverpool-ian accent nowadays! It's adorable and I just love it. (Or, should I say, luv it? Yeah, I'll say luv it.) But yes, there are also characters with normal boring British accents, but the Liverpool accents are so precious. (My Granddad was bought up in Liverpool, so I have Liverpool-ian blood. Hashtag proud.)

The music isn't amazing, although the Theme song is nice.

There isn't any content bedroom-scene-nudity-wise, but unfortunately there are swear words sprinkled throughout. Nothing very big, but I have to admit that there was enough to me to think, 'Oh, I'd better mention there's some language, in my review.'


AND THEN THE COSTUMES.

The 30's were just... so glamorous and gorgeous. It might be my favourite time period, actually, fashion-wise. This show really made me fall bam-slap in love the fashion of the 1930 - the shorts, the cuts of the skirts, the gorgeous soft party gowns, the long necklaces, the HATS, and the HAIRSTYLES. My favourite wardrobe probably belonged to Mew, but Lady Catherine's wardrobe was disastrously impeccable, too. And Lizzie and Mew and Frankie's dresses for the auction evening... I'm in love with them.

Basically, watch it for the 30's fashion alone. Amen.


Now I will ramble (Wow, I haven't used that word in eons. Remember when it was so overused on the on this circle of blogs?) about the characters. George Mottershead, leader of the household, pillar of the zoo, decider and perseverer of fulfulling his zooological garden dream deserves to be the first I talk about.

I loved his ridiculously adorable grin (can I get an Amen about that, please? I need an 'I love George Mottershead grin' T-shirt. Just kidding.), I loved it when he left Billy in the bear-cage, I loved it when he told Mew he was proud of her, I loved how he got along so well with June and how he loved her so much, I loved how he loved his wife, I loved how he didn't give up, and I loved how he respected his parents. So yes, a lot of things about him that I loved. :-)

Other things... not so much. I hated the whole plot-that-hinted-he-partly-fell-in-love-with-Lady-Catherine. Those bits drove me crazy, and I'm so glad it ended well. I'm also so glad he acted like a gentleman in London and that he kissed his wife often. (:-P) But what also annoyed me sometimes was his... Robert-Timmins-ish-nature sometimes. If you've seen Lark Rise to Candleford, you know about Robert Timmins - who has his annoying side. George isn't annoying at all, but sometimes he annoyed me. But yeah. He's a good chump in general. Really, he is.


Lizzie!! I LOVE LIZZIE, despite the hiiiighly annoying fact that the movie hinted she had a part-time 'crush' on the Reverend. Luckily that passed quickly. (Why can't couples remain 100% percent faithful 100% of the time please? Thanks.)

Lizzie has THE cutest Liverpool accent in the movie, and I love her hair and her face and her hat. And her piano playing. She's such a brilliant mother, she's such an excellent wife (for the most time) and I love the support she gives her husband and her daughters and her parents-in-law. She really held the family together, she did, and I'd like to be her friend. Loved her!


June! JUNE IS JUST SO ADORABLE. And she's a young writer! I loved how every episode started off with her writing her 'Our Zoo newsletter' - her voice is adorable, and her curls are just... I mean look at her, doesn't she look ridiculously nice? She IS ridiculously nice. She's completely besotted with animals - Mortimer the monkey (mun-keh) is her best friend - and she's complimentary and gorgeous and I loved her. For the first three episodes or so, when most of the characters hadn't yet developed to their best, she was my favourite character.

(Doesn't she look like Shirley Temple but then better?)


Ugh, in the beginning Mew - short for Muriel; not named after the noise of a cat - annoyed me enormously much. My whole family loathed her boyfriend, Alexander, or whatever his name was. We were all jolly happy when Mortimer the monkey ate the lipstick he gave her.

Mew was just so... so DROOPY. Quit feeling sorry for yourself, girl, BE sensible, SERIOUSLY. You're only frikkin' fifteen and you want to go off to New York with an annoying boy. The Zoo was good for her - working was what she needed. I did sympathize with her, though - she's the complete opposite of a tomboy (like me) and I felt her disgust when she had to milk the goat and feed the animals, which was the exact kind of thing she hated. She loved pretty things, and she wanted to be just like Lady Catherine.

By the end of the series, I really liked her - she became so much more sensible, and she found a guy called Archie who's just DA best, and she helps her family by getting a paid job as a typist... I really liked her by the end. She still kind of annoyed me, because of her I'm-so-mature-and-pretty-attitude (which she totally has), but I really loved how she matured as a character. And, I've told you this, but her WARDROBE. So gorgeous.


Despite the fact that her smile is gorgeous and that her wardrobe is even MORE gorgeous, at first I HATED Lady Catherine. I thought, OH NO. A rich blonde single lady who'll drive George away from his wife JUST NO. And I did think that for several episodes, because she often talked to him as if she were flirting, and they smiled way too much at each other and it drove me maddddd.

But then she saw how much George and Lizzie loved each other, and what a wonderful spouse Lizzie is... and by the end, after that little speech she gave at the epic court scene - I loved her. (Still though, not my favourite character at all, considering I only enjoyed her character fully by the very last episode.)


ARCHIE was the best! He was so funny and GOOD and nice and... I really really loved him. He was just what Mew needed, seriously. Such a genuinely nice guy, a support to his (annoying) mum (seriously his mum is THE annoying-est character in the show, I shan't devote another sentance to her)... gack, Archie was the best.

(HIS MUM WASN'T.)
(And neither was that court-man.)
(And I HATED the Reverend. SO MUCH.)
(That is all I'm going to say on the characters I hate. But I really didn't like them at ALL.)


THE GRANDMA. She was grumpy; but hilarious. She disapproved; but yet she stood by and supported. My heart melted a little (a lot) when she and Granddad were cute together (her reaction to him saying that they should kiss - HAHA) - and I loved it when Granddad stood up for her when her cooking was slighted. Love the couple.

She was so annoying sometimes, though, although understandably. Zoo's aren't for everyone, after all. (She seemed to love the bears, though! THEY'RE PREGNANT I CAN TELL. (And she's so proud of the bear cubs, it's hilarious.))

OH AND. She was so quotable. We loved the stuff that came out of her mouth, especially the following line: "Oh Pipe down, we have to listen to you squawking all day; what's the difference?" - We laughed so much; we had to rewatch that bit a few times. SO GOOD.


AND THE GRANDPA. MY FAVOURITE. (I need a hug from him.)

He was so supportive, and KIND and smiling... and he couldn't bear to see anyone say bad things about his wife or his son, and I just love him to bits. His smile is adorable, and he works so hard and he's so excited about the birds... I just love the Grandpa. He and I would be the bestest of friends. (Isn't he the same actor as the pub-man in Lark Rise to Candleford? I really recognise him.)


Frankie!! I loved Frankie from the very start - from her sassy smile to her WARDROBE - Ahhhhh, I forgot all about her wardrobe!!!! It's AMAZING. Really, it IS. It's sassy yet classy; knit-and-wool yet chique and tailored - it's office-y, yet adorable. Gee, I can see why Billy fell for her. She's so beautiful.

(I abosutely loved the way she and Billy met. Billy's SO much fun... oh, let's talk about him right now, shall we? I saved the guy for last.)


Billy improved so much throughout the movie. In the beginning I thought ugh no a girl-crazy man who doesn't know how to spend his money oh no. But then I saw him helping his brother-in-law with the bears, and I saw him bringing home animals and I saw him being so hilarious, trying to sell his silly things. And then his car broke down, and he was so eager and helpful with the penguins. And then HIS SMILE and his stupid comments and silly laugh... I LOVED BILLY.

He and Frankie... GAH. HE AND FRANKIE. They were so adorable. Please, please - anyone who has seen this show, you must comment and talk with me about Billy and Frankie together. We must talk about the dress Billy gave her, and the rose, and when Mew went, "YOU two?" and when they helped the Mottersheads together, and when THEY HUGGED IN THE END.

(Frankie did NOT deserve to loose her job like that. Argh. I need a season two. So badly.)


Basically, I highly recommend this show, although it did have some things that annoyed me a little, as I've mentioned throughout this post. But I loved it to bits - it made me so happy, it made me swoon about the costumes, it made me almost like animals, it made me want to have curls like Mew, it made me SOOO yearn for more.

And George's grin. And BILLY's grin. And BILLY AND FRANKIE. And Archie. And the GRANDDAD.

I really LOVE this show. Here's the trailer, and then watch it and sign the petition for series two. Goodbye.