Friday, January 1, 2016

The Downton Way

Happy New Year!  Are you ready for this season's Downton Abbey?!    This is the final season so I really want to stay on top of it.  Do you have a favorite character?

Highclere Castle
Highclere Castle

Staircase at Highclere Castle
It's beautiful staircase


Downton Abbey actors
Isn't it fun to see them dressed in today's fashions.  The hair and makeup transform them.

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I don't see how much of an actor they are until I see how they are in real life.  Then you can see how they really become the character when filming.   He's a little handy, isn't he!

Downton's Bates2
Bates, all serious as usual.

Downton's Bates
Yes, this is a very young Bates.  Does he remind you of someone?

George Clooney
Maybe just a little like George Clooney in his younger days.  It's the hair and eyebrows, I think.

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Isn't Edith pretty with her makeup on and a very different hairstyle.

Mrs. Patmore
Mrs. Patmore has revealed that she can't cook!

Mr. Carson and his real life wife Imelda Staunton (Professor Umbridge)
Mr. Carson and real life wife Imelda Staunton (Professor Umbridge from Harry Potter).

Mrs. Huges
Mrs. Hughes as on the show and in real life

Maggie Smith
The Dowager (Maggie Smith as a young woman)

Thomas smiling!
Thomas smiling!

In keeping with the English manners, we all need a refresher on English Cream Tea Etiquette with Jane Malyon.  Great video here:

We are still having lots of Spring blooms here.  I don't remember having azaleas and roses blooming at the very beginning of the year.  The grumpy gardener says this will mean no blooms in the real Spring.  It would be nice to cut some and bring them in but I didn't want to damage them since they are so confused already.

I finally got all of the Christmas decorations put away and the house feels bare to me.  Do you eat  pork and blackeyed peas for New Year's?  Do you hide a dime in the peas?  Do you eat greens as well?  Of course you need a little cornbread too.



azaleas collage



  1. I cannot wait! I have never watched a whole season and only started watching last season! I have to hope the grumpy gardner is wrong! I have a few roses and lots of wild violets (they are not weeds to me) and we had to mow the grass! Happy New Year to you and yours!

  2. Thank you princess! You are going to be hooked but you might want to watch a lot of the previous seasons and then you will really appreciate it. Happy New Year to you, Princess!

  3. Jan,
    Bring it on!!!
    "Mr. Ed" and I have been watching the past episodes and are so~o`o ready for yet, another Season of Downton!!!
    Your home is lovely as ever, dear friend!!!
    May your week ahead be wonderful in every way!!!

    1. Thank you Pat! Wasn't it a great show tonight! I get excited just hearing the music come on.