I just love it when two (or more) of my interests come together in a single package!
In this specific instance, it was the combination of secret agent "Bond. James Bond", and heraldry, into something comfortably wearable.
It was my running across an advertisement for The London Sock Exchange, which has created a line of 007 socks. Most of them were okay, but not all that interesting to me. Until ... they showed a set of two pairs of socks related to the book and movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service with (1) the arms of Sir Thomas Bond, Bt., and (2) the arms of de Bleuchamp to which 007's arch-enemy Ernst Stavro Blofeld was trying to establish a claim.
And I have written about both of these coats of arms before on this blog: The Bond arms back in 2009 (http://blog.appletonstudios.com/2009/03/non-sufficit-orbis.html) and again in 2015 (http://blog.appletonstudios.com/2015/03/two-of-my-favorite-things-in-one.html), and the de Bleuchamp arms in 2009 (http://blog.appletonstudios.com/2009/03/blofeld-ernst-stavro-blofeld.html).
So, as a heraldry enthusiast, and a James Bond enthusiast (why, yes, I do own all of the Fleming 007 books and all of the movies -- even the "non-canonical" ones like the David Niven-Peter Sellers Casino Royale and Never Say Never Again -- on CD or Blu-Ray. Why do you ask?), well, you can see that I pretty much had to buy these socks as an early Christmas present to myself.
And they arrived from England just a few days ago, as you can see below, sitting atop the 007 tissue paper they came wrapped in.
Now all I have to do is wait for an appropriate time or event to wear them!
Merry Christmas to me!