Friday, February 10, 2012

Tea at Downton Abbey

 Are you a Downton Abbey addict too? Who is not enthralled?
 Have you considered the three Downton sisters fit the classic sibling trio parfaitment?
 Eldest daughter, Lady Mary, of whom much is expected, is bossy, a tad arrogant and the most privaledged of the three.
 Middle daughter, Lady Edith is certainly neglected. Her parents have chosen her to look after them when they're old, but Edith has other ideas...ahem
 Youngest daughter, Lady Sybil is wild, free and tempted to cavort with the household Socialist chauffeur, Branston - typically naughty. By the way, did you know the British version of DA is longer? You can watch the original uncut version on Amazon.
 But on to other things like tea in London - I'll be there 3 days in March and much ground must be covered. I'm fond of Tea & Cake/London, though I waited till I got home to order it...silly me.
More than 70 tea salons in mouth-watering photos + vital info. I haven't been to Peggy Porschen's Parlour at 116 Ebury Street, Belgavia SW1. Have you?
 I just finished cover artwork for Peggy's newest book, Boutique Baking, out in the Spring.
A few preparatory doodles.

 My other favorite go-to guide for London is, Shop Image Graphics In London.
 Design has to play a part where you go in London doesn't it?
 Peyton and Byrne never disappoints for ultimate Englishness both visually and taste bud-wise.
 Thank you PBer Karen for sending me a shot of menu art I did for Maison Blanc patisseries.
 Do you long to immerse yourself in Downton Abbeyness? Just hang out in front of Fortnum and Mason's windows. Or better yet go inside and pretend to be a Duchess.
 My fav go-to gouter/snack in London is eaten sitting on a bench not in a fancy tea salon. To-die-for Ottolenghi take-away lemon/passionfruit tarts...sigh
Art by ?
I wish I knew where I shot this picture in London, but very adorbs no?
Bon Weekend PBers!
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Merisi in Vienna said...

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this beautiful post, Carol!

Love all the images, but the shot with your menu art is so utterly delicious, I almost licked the screen.

A wonderful weekend to you and the whole PB Community!

Bill said...

Beautiful cover for the book. Only you could do it justice! (By the way, I also love the mouse and bunny having a party. I've always been partial to mice. Maybe that's why people think I'm strange.)

William Ternay said...

Jolly good post, Carol.
Love all of your painted images.
You've got to be one of the
most talented friends I have.
Have a good weekend.

Jeanette, Mistress of Longears said...

Downton abbey fans can also buy the DVD BEFORE the end of this season and the Christmas-themed episode is the Brit version.
Love you cover art! Just bought the Ottolengi cookbook and must try some dishes soon.

Manda said...

I have a small-but growing- addiction for tea cups. So of course I noticed those in the third to last photo. Exquisite!

Parisbreakfasts said...

For all teacup addicts:

Bergdorf's Vintage Tea Shop

More Bergdorfs Vintage bla bla

Theresa Cheek said...

Totally addicted to Downton Abbey! Great post.

Julie Whitmore Pottery said...

yes, completely consumed with DA.
Now, love your cover art!
I am very inspired to make a Victoria Sponge!

Karen@PasGrande-Chose said...

In the British press the Downton Abbey sisters are known as Snooty, Pouty and Dowdy :))
Love your cover for the Peggy Porschen book.
Looking forward to some tea and cake scoffing when you get to London!

annechung said...

Star crossed love, broken hearts....who can resist another 'Bronte-like drama'. Downton Abbey rocks!

Parisbreakfasts said...

Love it Karen!
should the order perhaps be:
Snooty (mary)
Dowdy (Edith)
Pouty (Sybil)

La Table De Nana said...

This is the second time I have heard of Downtown Abbey..I don' think we get it? is it on netflix maybe?
now I really want to see it..The book jacket and watercolor are beautiful carol..what a fun escapade you will have.

Parisbreakfasts said...


I'm surprised Downton Abbey is not on in Canada?
It originated in the UK/BBC
You can get a look perhaps here at PBS

La Table De Nana said...

It's on Netflix:) I will be trying to start with Season 1 soon:)Thanks!It could be on..we rarely watch TV.. night..movies.. If I am in the kitchen the food Network.. I can't sit in the day..So perhaps we have missed it!

Thank you,,It sounds so good.

Connie said...

Bien sur, I am a Downton Abbey addict! I am so concerned about poor little Daisy. And, Hello, Boutique Baking ~ I'm already making room in my bookcase. Cheers!

Jenny said...

Oh your art is everything lovely and bright. If I ever write a book I would be over the moon for you to be the book cover artist(no fear here, because that's just me words to paper yet). And as for you in Paris and London again, without me as your OPC (official paint carrier) I am in fits that will only be relieved with your trip coverage on your blog (pretty please). And Downton Abbey and being enthralled....wherever "thralled" is I am in it. I and my oldest teenage daughter are like this trio watching DA:

Nikon said...

I love your doodles and the mouse and bunny tea party :)
I have yet to see the TV show, but your selection of photos gives me a good taste of it!
Have a great weekend!

Cris, Artist in Oregon said...

I learn something new almost everytime I come here. I have never heard of Downton Abbey. Now I need to know..:)) and I LOVE your painting and the cover art is great too. Another fun post...

Today's Treasure by Jen said...

Downton is my only appointment TV... I love it. Lady Mary (aka Snooty) was on Letterman last night and really quite lovely. Looking forward to your UK trip in March. Great post as usual Carol. Thanks, ~Jen

Jill @ MadAboutMacarons said...

Congratulations on that amazing cover, Carol. You'e a genius. Maison Blanc menu, too. What can I say? Bowled over.

Jerri-Ann said...

i don't watch TV much either, but I have friends who watch DA faithfully- don't call them when its on! Love the book cover & menu! having Hibiscus & rose hip tea while thawing out from carrying hot water to Goaties as it is mid20s here so their buckets were frozen!

Amy said...

Beautiful artwork, Carol. And I'm crediting you with perhaps curing me - your photos of yummies actually made me remember I have an appetite after being sick for a week. Wonder if chocolate or strawberry cake would be a good first meal?

Sybil said...

Hi Carol! My husband and I will be going to London in September this year. Do you have any tips about getting around in London and outside of London? ie: metro system, bus, walks, anything you think is very British? Also etiquette ... what to do, not to do from your experience. Thanks!