Where in the world have I been? The music begins in grand orchestra fashion, the master and his yellow lab meandering down the stone gravel pathway…….opening credits showing a petal dropping onto the table from the roses in the flower arrangement, a maid dusting the opulent chandelier, and a beautiful table setting in the grand dining room. What, you don’t live like that either? I’ve heard all the talk, the hoopla and energy surrounding this wonderful PBS, set in the UK show, but have only finished watching Season 2. I know, I’m way behind! Actually, I thought it was Down-town Abbey for the longest. I know….ridiculous! I’m a slow starter sometimes, but I’ll catch up, just wait! So, are you watching too? It’s such a delightful show, I find myself wanting to talk in a British accent and clip my words and say funny, oh so stodgy sayings. What a beautiful display of cinematography in this show. My roommate, Rhonda, borrowed the DVD for Season One and we quickly devoured it and can’t wait to see the rest. I heard that you can watch the shows for free on Simply June, so I’ve been piling up on my bed, earphones on and just finished Season 2 and beginning Season 3, so no spoilers for me please. They really know how to keep you hanging at the end of every show, don’t they? As soon as I get through Season 3 which no doubt will be before the week is out, I’ve started recording Season 4, so that I can get completely up to date. (via Masterpiece Theater) Highclere Castle, location for Downton Abbey From the website: Creator and Oscar-winning screenwriter Julian Fellowes introduces the setting for the story, Downton Abbey, in his script: “The sun is rising behind Downton Abbey, a great and splendid house in a great and splendid park. So secure does it appear, that it seems as if the way of life it represents will last for another thousand years. It won’t.” Indeed, on the cusp of the end of an entire way of life, the house, portrayed by Highclere Castle, transcends location and becomes a character — and one of the biggest stars — in Downton Abbey. Wow, what a place this is, right? Who could imagine living in a castle like this? Not me, but what fun it is to go inside the halls of Downton Abbey and see all the drama going on. We were hooked from the first episode! Inside the Highclere Castle What an amazing ostentatious place! I know we are going to thoroughly enjoy the rest of the seasons, so please don’t tell me what happens! I want it all to unfold as we watch it. All images from pbs.org/masterpiece. So, tell me, do you watch Downton Abbey too? Who are your favorite characters and who do you love to hate? Of course, they want us to dislike the villains, right? O’Brien and Thomas are at the top of the list for those you want to see get what’s coming to them. I’m cheering for Bates and Anna and really am happy that Mary and Matthew FINALLY got married. That was a such tease, those two! Nope, don’t tell me any more! I want to watch the rest myself. A few observations:
- Poor Edith, overshadowed by both her prettier sisters.
- Grannie is a total crackup. Her lines are priceless.
- That whole upstairs/downstairs thing is just so old world.
- Thomas is such a brat.
- Yay for Sybil marrying the chauffeur.
- Mary is a little rebel.
- My how the world has changed in the last 100 years.
- Bravo, bravo!
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