Armitage, August and a sense of wonder

TI2_075Richard Armitage as Claude Monet in episode 2 of The Impressionists. Source:


I haven’t had the harmonic convergence of money, incentive, the right society, and opportunity to do this since … hmmm, it might be 2005. But August used to be the month of my life for adventures — for going somewhere I’d never been and looking around. Flanders, Burgundy, Geneva, Alsace, the German part of the Baltic, East Frisia, Saxony … I have some great memories. It’s not going to happen this month, though.

I had enough guilt-free sleep last night and woke up sort of recognizing myself again. I’m hoping for a great day in the writing department. I’m feeling adventurous and found myself looking at the cap above — Monet looking at this astounding thing — the train, the station — and thinking, wow, adventures are possible.

The second thing I always wonder in this scene is how much of Richard Armitage went into this moment of Monet. I always felt (and have said before) that the picture below was as much Armitage as it was Thorin:


HobbitAUJ-324Thorin Oakenshield (Richard Armitage) reacts to the reappearance of Gandalf in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Source:


Hope Mr. Armitage is seeing something new and wondrous, wherever he is.

Today I want to recover a little wonder myself. Time for some more adventures, at least in my mind — my favorite place to be. Be back soon!

~ by Servetus on August 11, 2013.

10 Responses to “Armitage, August and a sense of wonder”

  1. Good morning my friend. I’m here in Chicago. No matter how you look at it, the eyes have it.


  2. Reporting in from sister’s house in SLC…..I hope you have a ‘wonder-full’ day and write lots of juicy tidbits for us to chew on! Like hearing that sound of a little smile in your voice this morning.


  3. Yes,your mind is wonderful place to be, I imagine 🙂


  4. Hope you*ve had a wonderful, inspiring day! Thanks for the Monet and Thorin caps – he is amazing – they are both armazing!


  5. If he is anywhere in the US, I’m sure every day is ripe with opportunities for Mr. Armitage “to wonder”. Even after 3 years of living here in London – I still wonder what the strange images on the knobs of washer / dryer and oven / stove appliances are meant to mean? 😉

    Of course, Mr. A also has the thrilling adventure of transforming the Village apt into a home sweet home away from the other home. 😉


  6. What a wonderful post, Servetus. You really sound more lighthearted today, which is great indeed. I too would be perfectly well with some wonders today !! 😀 Oh ja, the first picture is one of my favourite’s of Richard, as he (or Monet?) seems so full of wonder and pure excitement. His eyes are glued to the grandeur of the building and he seems all lost in the view and the overpowering feelings that burst within him. Your question about how much of Richard Armitage went in this scene is a striking one, as it is one of the moments in „The Impressionists“ that affected me especially and his expression thrilled me and went right „through“ me.
    Thanks for writing this down: „Adventures in my mind“, this also is one of my favourite places to be! This feels good. I used to travel a lot and now it sometimes can be quite overwhelming to remember where all over I had been and what all I’ve seen and experienced during this trips. This is often a most satisfying pleasure (yet time consuming) and I can revel in all this thoughts and memories unendingly. Sad to say I’m not an avid writer as you are.
    The last weeks it was sometimes really tiring, as a lot of people repeatedly kept on asking, where I’m going to travel to, since my big summer break started at the end of July (as you know ALL Germans love to travel and it is expected when one has two or three days off, that one travels abroad!!!). But, most of all I’m drained from another strenuous work-year and all-important I need time without any plans and fixed dates which is per se a pure luxery. Nonetheless yesterday I spontaneously booked a flight to London and it turned out to be the 22nd Aug. (!) which was the only halfway affordable date to fly. (Oops, now this turned out to be a quite long comment). 😉
    Enjoy the rest of this Sunday with your thoughts, your writings, and a couple of wonders in your neck of the woods… .


    • A “staycation” can be really great. I don’t know that I’ve really appreciated the travel I’ve done as much as I could just because I’ve been so focused on ‘seeing everything’.


  7. Beautiful post. I hope you’re discovering wonder and joy. xoxoxo


  8. I hope you have many more days like this. (((HUGS)))


  9. Thanks for all these kind comments!


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