The Full Moon and Downton Abbey go so well together! MUSICA
Did we love it? Oh yes! There are many wonderful houses on Downton Abbey; I just love going inside those gorgeous rooms, with the beautiful dishes, fireplaces, paintings, wallpaper, furniture, rugs and cut glass, etched glass, sparkling glass ~ it’s the reason I watch, besides the clothes, the jewelry, the views of England, the history, and the witty repartee ~ but this brick house is my favorite ~ Violet’s (the Dowager Countess’s) is the one I would take if they offered me my choice. Yes, much more than Downton Abbey itself. That’s just too much house for me. ⇢ Home darling. Let’s go home. Pull in, get the suitcases . . . Jeeves dear! Bring the tea!
By the way Violet’s wonderful house is called Byfleet Manor in real life; you can go there, have tea, and even stay there! It’s in Surrey!
One of my other main reasons for loving this show is these two:
That’s how they talk to each other. They don’t even have to talk, they manage to say everything that needs saying just with their facial expressions. Their tongue-in-cheek comments require that I see each episode three times in order to catch everything. Not to mention their clothes. Look at Isobel’s jacket, the buttons! The gloves! Their acting is wonderful but you have to give credit to the storytellers, Julian Fellowes and his team . . . something so cute last night (in the first episode of the 5th season) was the detail that the grandchildren are calling Robert (the Earl of Grantham) “Donk” (Donk, referring to Pin the Tail on the Donkey). It just has to be something they came up with from real life! No one could make that up!
These are the upstairs characters (missing is Lord Gillingham, Mary’s current boyfriend and childhood friend, and others I’m sure) ~
Here are the downstairs characters . . . Alfred has gone off to cooking school, Ivy’s gone and Edna is evil and gone too, but now we have Phyllis Baxter, who is Cora’s lady’s maid and just gave away the secret that Barrow was holding over her head.
I know not all of you are watching, so I won’t stay on this subject further, suffice it to say (about last night): I LOVED sweet Mr. Molesley’s personal make-over to attract Baxter’s interest, despite Robert’s question about him being “Latin.” And doesn’t Thomas Barrow make your skin crawl? I kind of think that if he got together with Miss Bunting (the schoolteacher rabble-rouser) they could join forces and terrorize the neighborhood. I’d be scared, that’s for sure! And I can’t wait to go on the scandalous vacation with Lady Mary and Lord Gillingham, maybe next week? ~ I hope they go somewhere in a darling car, with darling luggage,
and lovely traveling clothes to a Country House Estate with massive gardens in the beautiful English Countryside . . . if you didn’t catch it, they are going to “audition” each other for possible marriage; trying out s-e-x because they are in l-o-v-e, but afraid. It’s 1924. OMG. Oh yes, and Edith. Poor Edith. There’s always something. But last night she made me laugh out loud when she disdainfully said to her sister Mary, “I thought only imbeciles were happy all the time” in her precise English accent which turns the word “imbecile” into a kind of sausage stuffed with cheese.
I know those of you who saw it will have your favorite parts and it’s fun to hash them over ~ (I’m probably wrong about Miss Bunting; but right now I’m old enough to be firmly against change 🙂 despite how good it might be, plus she was really rude to darling Robert), but, get ready for a rapid change of subject, the real reason I’m writing is this, below . . . Because I don’t want another full moon to get by without you having your New Year’s present!
I don’t want us to miss a single one! (Especially those school children who are waiting for their bookmarks!)
Outside in the summer, inside in the winter, from the beach, from the car, from the woods, in your own front yard, you get to make wishes on them all!
A pure sky miracle!
How can that be possible?
So click HERE and you can print it out . . .
And now, it’s back to work for me
I’m working on this little painting
Kind of easy to see who we’re talking about here
Jack likes it . . . he modeled for me . . .
That white spot is my favorite green plaid shawl over the back of my chair . . . and that’s what I’m about to do right now; finish painting it! Then, after Comcast comes and updates our service, we’re going for our walk; 40 degrees and clear today, turkeys pecking around in the yard as we speak. Then I take in my new computer because the Google bar has disappeared! Try living without that for a few days! Those Downton Abbey people were lucky ~ their problems didn’t include lack of Google!
Have a wonderful day girlfriends! Wob you! XOXO