Thomas Barrow, the scamp. I feel ready to go back and start watching from the beginning. I don't even remember how Matthew and Mary got together. Not that I care much, because they were so very extremely boring. I think I mentioned this last year, but if you need something else to watch RIGHT NOW, and haven't already seen it, go watch 'The Paradise' - it's not on the level of 'Downton', but I liked it. I don't really know what else to say - it's over and it was a great show and I'm pretty bummed it's over, but my aunt gave my mother Season 1 for Christmas this year, and I'm going to go steal it, and stealing is fun, so that makes me very happy indeed.
All things 'Downton' were plentiful online this week of course:
What's next for the 'Downton Abbey' cast.
Lady Edith and Andrew are dating!
Best books to read if you're a 'Downton Abbey' fan.
The finest insults from the Dowager Countess.
Yes, most of you who read my blog have already seen this, but I just re-watched it and I promise you, it will make you feel better. (read this, if you don't believe)
The show might be over, but don't forget that there's an entire line of 'Downton Abbey' tea. And you can also read more about the tea HERE.
News about the real life Highclere Castle's owner.
Michelle Dockery's (Lady Mary) Instagram feed.
Great exit interview with Julian Fellowes.
Do yourself a favor sometime when you have some time to kill, and go look up all of MFAMB's 'Downton' recaps - you will laugh, you will cry, you will choke on whatever is in your mouth. So make sure there's nothing in your mouth.
Cool Book of the Week: 'Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey' by the Countess of Fiona Carnarvon (the current countess) looks soooooo coooooool. Lady Almina was somewhat like Lady Cora, in that she was the daughter of a wealthy industrialist in the Edwardian period, and her dowry served to secure the financial stability of Highclere Castle. During World War I, she opened the castle doors to (upper class) British soldiers, and allowed the castle to be used as a hospital infirmary, much like the storyline in 'Downton Abbey'. Almina's husband, Lord Carnarvon, was a passionate Egyptologist, and was with Howard Carter when he discovered King Tut's tomb, and their travels in Egypt are discussed in the book as well. I'd love to read about the actual peeps living in Highclere during the 'Downton Abbey' time period, and I'm going to check this out asap.
my post on this book, which is fun read (my post) and a great companion piece (the book) to the series. I also wrote about 'Downton Abbey' and Nigel Slater in the same post once, and that was a whoppin' good time. AND if you want to see how bad my food photography used to be, check out this post about treacle tart. And then maybe you too will want to go make a treacle tart. Or maybe not.
WHAT ARE WE ALL GOING TO DO WITH OURSELVES NOW????