I’ve been doing nothing but relaxing today.
It’s been a Long week. Most of it on my feet that my knee complained about through much of yesterday as it threatened to collapse underneath me and caused my shin and foot to cramp quite regularly. It didn’t hurt though!! so that’s an improvement.
Anyway, even though I was shattered I still couldn’t sleep in much past 8am.
As I stood in the kitchen making my morning cuppa I looked at the garden which is really starting to look more like a jungle as the grass and the weeds take over, interspersed with some lovely flowers that have decided to come back this year, it occurred to me that I really should get some gardening done.
I also need to recouperate and rest the knee.
So I pushed that idea to the back of my head and settled down to watch the new episode of Outlander which is still holding faithfully to the books and looking sumptuous and sexy.
I followed that with yet another viewing of Star Wars: TFA!!
I know, I know, I AM OBSESSED. I just can’t help myself.
This afternoon I have been messing around on the PC.
The usual stuff, Tumblr, FB, Spotify, Youtube.
All the time, at the back of my mind is the knowledge that ‘Under the Ruins of a Walled City’ will be getting an update either tonight or tomorrow afternoon.
I am champing at the bit to find out what is in store now for Hux and Kylo.
Right, time to pick another movie.
This is something I haven’t blogged about for a while.
I successfully put it to the back of my mind so that the wait for season 2 wasn’t too dramatic!!
Unlike a certain film franchise who is just going to tease us between episodes with stand alone movies and bluray releases…….. and breath….. no, I’m not bitter about that at all….
So, season 2 of Outlander is just 2 weeks away.
In season 2, we have gone from the rough and rugged highlands of Scotland.
To the sumptuous extravagance of 1740’s France and it looks like the costume designers have done themselves proud!
Really looking forward to the change in dinamic this season.
That was not easy watching for a Sunday morning!!
Last night saw the finale to the first series of Outlander.
So as I had my morning coffee with the rest of the family in bed, I settled down to watch an hour of the most harrowing TV I think I’ve ever watched.
This is the adaptation of the first book in a series that I started reading nearly 20 years ago.
I’ve waited so long to see it brought to the screen and when I found out it was finally being made into a series I was both excited and scared.
Excited because the books are incredible! The story, the people, the scenery, the descriptions that bring it all to life, Diana Gabaldon really does her research to get it all right.
Scared because I know how the first book ends and it doesn’t end well for the hero of the books, James Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser.
Doubly scared because I didn’t know if the TV series would be able to do the books any justice.
I needn’t have worried.
The series was in good hands with Ron Moore and his wife , Terry Dresbach, who is a big Outlander fan herself, did an amazing job researching and making all the costumes!
Sixteen episodes later and we have been taken through every emotion imaginable.
We have seen Claire, struggling with her concience about abandoning her husband in 1945, we have seen her falling in love with Jamie, ‘we‘ have fallen in love with Jamie!
We learned about the history between Jamie and Jack Randall and we learned to despise ‘Black’ Jack Randall.
This all lead up to the finale.
A finale that has broken quite a big barrier for TV and depicted in quite some detail, the torture, rape and breaking of a man.
These were the scenes from the book that I knew were coming at the end of this first series.
For 15 episodes, I knew in the back of my mind that this was going to happen.
It worried me.
I didn’t know what I was expecting but I knew that if they were going to stay as true as possible to the book, and up to episode 15 they had, then episode 16 was going to be excruciating to watch.
I wasn’t wrong.
Throughout the episode we see Jamie slowly broken, both in body and soul.
Sam Heughan and Tobias Menzies did an astounding job with very difficult material and as difficult as it was to watch, they got it right!
I can now breath a sigh of relief.
The hard bit is over and I can’t wait for series 2 to start airing in the Autumn!!
So that’s it then?
Half way through the first season of Outlander and now we’re having a hiatus.
The americans love to have a hiatus.
How long will this break be?
I may just cry.
They can’t do that to me.
I waited 15 years after my first reading of Outlander (Cross Stitch) to see this brought to the screen.
Never in my wildest dreams did I think they would get it as right as they did and now, just as we are really getting into the swing of things, they’re having a break.
Well, with any luck, in that time a UK TV channel will be smart enough to buy it and air it.
So where have they left us?
‘I’ll thank ye,’ said a cool, level voice, ‘to take your hands off my wife.’
Jamie was crouched in the window frame, a large, brass-handled pistol braced across one forearm.
I know what’s coming in the next episode.
It will be interesting to see how far they take it and what kind of a reception it will get.
This has been the longest few days without a post this year so far, I believe.
Anyway, there’s not been much to tell because not a lot has happened.
Marjorie and Dharma went to school with only one minor hiccup from Dharma who was sick for a day.
Murron has had her first three full days at college and is absolutely loving it!
Ian is still doing a ton of overtime.
Work for me has been busy to say the least.
I finished my shift on Friday knowing I had three days off.
However, Friday and Saturday evenings were both invaded by teenagers who were staying over for a double sleepover for Marjorie’s birthday.
I’m now in the middle of a mass cleanup while she’s in town.
I have however, just stopped to take a breather while the house is quiet.
I took my chance to watch last nights episode of Outlander.
I think I now need a cold shower!!!
It was beautifully done.
Claire and Jamie looked amazing!
Both in and out of the wedding outfits!!!
It has struck me like a ton of bricks how true to the books the show is being.
They have taken Diana Gabalden’s descriptions of people and surroundings and duplicated it without question.
The show is literally as I had pictured it when I first read it. Her descriptions are THAT good!
Usually when you watch something made from a book you’ve read and loved you will always feel that something was missing.
They didn’t get something you had pictured in your head quite right.
So far, I haven’t felt like that at all.
The show has been perfection.
Here’s hoping it continues in the same way and that UK TV bosses get their heads out of their arses and buy it!!
Right, back to the clean up and then a glass of wine and a movie.
Outlander spoilers so please do not read if you don’t want to know anything.
I can’t believe we are already up to episode 6 of Outlander.
It only seems like 5 minutes ago I was waiting for months in anticipation of it starting!
Thankfully, all that waiting has been worth it.
The series so far has been amazing.
I am awestruck at how accurate the characters have been.
My favourite book has quite literally been coming alive.
Now that I am re-reading the second book, I am finding it even more enjoyable now that I can put the faces to the characters.
Last night’s episode was hard to watch.
The entire episode was set around Claire’s meeting with the General of the local Garrison, accompanied by Dougal who was not exactly welcomed warmly.
Things were going well and Claire was offered escort to Inverness which would mean the chance for her to get back to the standing stones at Craig Na Dun and the possibility of getting back to her own time.
All well that is, until the arrival of Captain Jack Randall!!
The Garrison are thrown on alert after an attack and Claire is left alone with Randall who regales her of the story of Jamie’s flogging.
100 lashes, twice in a week!!
We’ve seen the mess Jamie’s back is in in previous epsiodes.
This episode went into the whole sordid story as told by Black Jack Randall.
This is the moment you learn to hate him with a passion, as does Claire.
However, this is also where the books take a crucial turning point.
After managing to leave the Garrison with Dougal on the promise that he hand her over to Fort William for more questioning tomorrow, Dougal comes up with a plan to protect her.
Yes, next weeks episode is going to be very interesting indeed!!
Although I don’t understand the ‘only two episodes left’ statement.
I know they have made 16 episodes for the first season.
Are we going into a hiatus? I know the americans love their hiatus’
However, I find them very frustrating!!!
I still cannot believe this show hasn’t been picked up by a UK channel.
It’s almost as if they are holding off until after the vote for Scottish independence!
Do they think that a reminder of times past will sway the vote to ‘Yes!!’
All I know is that it will be a crying shame if this show doesn’t make it to UK TV.
For a show based in the UK and filmed in the UK it just seems preposterous that it isn’t shown in the UK!
Anyway, it’s going to be a long week before episode 7!
I’ve spent the afternoon with my feet up watching ‘Gladiator’ followed by something a little more light hearted, ‘Leap Year’.
I’m now trying to decide what film I will end my day on with one last glass of wine.
As I ponder over my DVD collection I have come to the sudden realisation that… ok I know I’m at work tomorrow…. but most importantly it means I won’t be able to watch the next episode of Outlander until I get home after 8pm tomorrow evening!!!
James Alexander Malcolm Mackenszie Fraser is going to have to wait a little bit longer this week.
But he’s worth the wait!!
I have just spent the morning catching up with episode two of Outlander.
They are definately getting it right and they are not rushing through the book.
All the characters are coming to life.
Scotland itself will definately be benefitting from the success of this show.
I have just dusted off my old copy of Outlander (Cross Stitch here in the UK)
I have worked out the sections used in the first and second episodes and I will stake a bet now and say that the event most fans of the book are waiting for will be split across 2 episodes.
They will be episodes 4 and 5 if I’m correct!
The next episode will see Claire settling into her new life, reluctantly and a gathering of the clans at Castle Leoch and an oath taking ceremony.
All I can think of though is how physically and mentally pulvarised Jamie will be before the end of the first series.
Think I will need to keep a good stock of tissues handy.
As I sit here with my morning cuppa waiting to go to work, I am flicking through the usual stuff.
Facebook, BBC News, Tumblr…..
In the back of mind I’m thinking…. ‘tonight is Outlander night!!
I can’t wait for morning cuppa tomorrow!!
Then I come across a snippet of news.
Outlander has already been given the go ahead for a second series!!!
Based on the second book in the Diana Gabalden series called ‘Dragonfly in Amber’
I am half way through reading this book again.
It’s going to be hard enough watching the rest of the first series knowing what happens to the two main characters, I don’t know if I can handle book two aswell!
They have a lot of confidence in this show obviously.
I just hope it takes off.
I would love for it to make it through all the books!
Right, off to work.
OK, I succeeded in getting the husband interested in Outlander.
As a Scot himself he was intrigued with how they would be portrayed and I don’t think he was disappointed!
I for one, have just done something I haven’t done in over 5 years!
I’ve grabbed some images.
Oh if only I were still doing the artwork for collector fayres.
I would have given my right arm for a computer package that took grabs like this 10 years ago and now it comes as standard with Windows!!
Oh well, meet James Alexander Malcolm Mackenzie Fraser and Claire Randall, AKA Sam Heughan and Catriona Balfe.
After Reading the books I had a firm picture in my head about what these characters should look like and interact with each other.
If I had any doubts prior to seeing this episode they were blown away as Jamie and Claire quite literally walked off the pages of the book.
I know what lies ahead for Claire and especially Jamie in this first season and my heart is already breaking!
I just hope the rest of the season is as good, if not better than this first episode.