Strawberry tea at Downton Abbey
How will we ever wait for Season 3 of Downton Abbey after last night's finale? That is the big question. At least there was resolution to the Lady Mary-Mathew question.
Did you know all this intense interest in English country houses was ignited in 1974 with the Roy Strong exhibit at the Victoria and Albert museum? Before that most grand houses were neglected and left to the demolition ball - hundreds of them.
There has been a great flurry of activity leading up to yesterday's finale...
Ralph Lauren has embraced DA without reservation.
Frankly I can do without Ralph Lauren's interpretation of valet Mr. Bates outfit easily...
On the other hand these paperdolls by illustrator Kyle Hilton are simply adorable. You can download them at New York Magazine.
Also adorable is the BBC's parodie of 'Down Town Abbey'
For total immersion sans PBS/Netflix get your paws on The World of Downton Abbey.
It's really quite terrific and second best to the best escape around(DA) other than eating gelato...
Did you know before big houses installed the bell-board system (in the 1820s) 'footmen had to sit on hard chairs within earshot of the family' waiting for the call to attend. Horrors. The World of Downton Abbey is full of useful trivia like that. Plus how DA came in to existance at all.
*Spoiler alert. I'm certainly glad we have Lady Mary's wedding to look forward to after so much war, devastation and several funerals. We're overdue.
I like this advice DA author Julien Fellowes said his father once gave him:
“If you have the misfortune to be born into a generation which must earn its living, you might as well do something amusing.”