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It's been a go go week~Tons of bookwork~I'm a Downton Abbey addict!


Saturday, March 30, 2013

emoticon I'm not much of a T.V. person...well I LOVE Oprah's Super Soul Sundays and Dr. Oz.

Programs I think that add value to my life. But I kept hearing about 'Downton Abbey' from my friends and how SUPERB it was and the beautiful clothing, and the awesome castle that it is filmed in...and well...my curiosity was tweeked. I'm a big lover of period clothing and curious about the days of old...so when HBO had a 'watchathon' for a whole week free...I thought what the heck...I'm chained to my payout bookwork for the consignment gallery so why not.

Admission....new Downton Abbey groupie! emoticon

The storyline is SO compelling and the days of old were not without their dirty little secrets and stolen pleasures...but oh so much more politely!

I love the British accents and I adore...Maggie Smith the matriarch of the family and the BEST little rabble rouser of all time. She has got this DOWN!

I'd say if you have the chance to check this out...do. I've gobbled up Season 1 and 2 and am hoping that the current season...I think it's the current one..season 3 I can still get when the free Watchathon ends tomorrow.

We had plans to meet friends out last night...and honestly although I went...I sat there wondering just WHAT I was missing in the grand old mansion that night.

I'm telling you...it's addictive. I kept thinking about when we went to Ashville N.C. and took the backstage tour of the Vanderbilt mansion...I kept envisioning the staff in those back rooms waiting for the bell to ring to be summoned to the drawing room, or the bedrooms to help dress their masters of the house. Can you imagine that...someone to help you dress? Ringing a bell to pour you your tea? It's all there in Downton Abbey and it IS fascinating!

There are stories within the stories and back stories awash with sibling rivalry, servant oneupsmanship, betrayal, romance, cruelty, and cross caste treachery...this was all concocted by a guy? Sorry guys...but....

He must have had to base the storyline on lots of research and it MUST have been the way it really was in the 1900's. I just can't envision a GUY coming up with all of that detail if it didn't really happen that way and he didn't have detailed history to write those scenes with some of the REALLY juicy stuff.

Maybe I'm short changing the male writer...but the storyline is so intricate I just can't see it all coming together if it didn't really occur. But then..there was the guy who wrote the hit sitcom about the Housewifes on Wisteria Lane...sooooo...maybe these guys have WAY deeper imaginations than the sweet clueless male in abstract life doings that I'm married to. emoticon He's a keeper for sure...but DEEP..he is not! emoticon

Anyhow...if you get a chance to take a peek at this show I really think you'll love it. emoticon

Tomorrow we will be going over to our friends house for a wonderful Easter brunch and I'll be wondering where my little bell is to ring for colored Easter Eggs. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Happy Easter my darling friends...stay AWAY from the peeps...far, far AWAY! emoticon
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GRACEOMALLEY 4/4/2013 6:39PM

    I am another DA addict. Somehow I find it fascinating to look at period pieces and always find that humans seem to have the same sorts of problems through the ages. I rather enjoy seeing how we are different AND the same.

This production is fabulous. The costumes, the sets, the locations, the social issues, the different points of view of the different generations - accurate and thought out. Not sensationalistic, but providing a sense of how we (Western Society) got to today on a number of levels using one small social microcosm as an example.. Those who ignore history are destined to repeat it . . . so we may as well pay some attention to what went before. So much of the financial crises and related business issues seem eerily familiar, doesn't they?

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COOKWITHME65 4/2/2013 4:20PM

    I love Downton Abbey also. Just started this year watching it and I'm hooked. Just learned about the free shows Sunday so I go to watch the first two shows. Hopefully they will do it again or maybe I will get lucky and find the dvds at a yardsale this Summer. Hope things are great with you!

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AWESOMECHELZ 4/1/2013 1:57PM

    I LOVE British humor and accents and stories. If you enjoy the humor, "Keeping up appearances" has silly, British humor and I just love the characters. emoticon AND if you really like "true to life" British shows, please watch "Doc Martin". It is set today - modern times. I just love that show and they are filming the new season this Spring. I watch both shows on Netflix. Now I have two friends who get the British humor and stories which I love. Most of my friends don't get it. Oh well....But we do! emoticon

Love, Chelsea emoticon

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MPARKER67 4/1/2013 10:02AM

    I stayed away from peeps but the coconut m&m's got me. emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 4/1/2013 8:58AM

    I got my husband hooked on DA and we also had a marathon of watching it through Netflix. We both loved it. I also kept thinking of the mansion in Asheville as I watched it. Pretty amazing!

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EJOY-EVELYN 3/31/2013 3:22PM

    I've heard great things about this show, but already have my tv plate dull. May just have to watch some of these favorites when they become available after they go off the air.

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DS9KIE 3/31/2013 9:13AM

    It great to have a tv show you can watch while doing all that paperwork.

Have a great easter.. its easy to stay away those peeps...eeeewwww ....its the chocolate that is hard to stay away from.

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CANDOK1260 3/31/2013 9:12AM

    emoticon for sharing this great blog

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CATHYGETSFIT 3/31/2013 1:04AM

    I LOVE Downtown Abbey!! I reluctantly watched it at first because I'm not really into shows that are suppose to be from that era. I didn't get hooked until the 3rd episode. I'm going through season 2 right now on Hulu.com. Much cheaper to watch television off of the internet than satellite or cable. They don't have season 3 yet so I'm working my way through season 2 very slowly hoping they'll get season 3 soon. lol

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TSISQUAUSDI 3/30/2013 11:54PM

    LOL, just what you needed! Something to get to to sit still for a minute or two! Maggie Smith is a wonderful actress - I love her and Helen Mirin, too! Glad you are doing things you enjoy, my friend!

Have a wonderfully, happy Easter! As my high school French teacher used to say, "Pax c'est une bon ide!" (I know - terrible pun!!)

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VALERIEMAHA 3/30/2013 9:48PM

    I kept hearing so much about DA that I finally checked the series out via Netflix (since I don't *do* TV). Sorry to be a stick-in-the-mud, but to me it feels like a *period* British-style soap opera, superficial and groveling in lots of negative human emotions. To me it's a very sad commentary (but not surprising) on the viewing public that it's so immensely popular.

I do love Maggie Smith though. Loved her and Judi Dench in Marigold Hotel.

On the *funny* side, I'm on the lookout for the 1966 movie Gambit with Shirley MacLaine and Michael Caine. Dang it, Netflix doesn't have it.

Happy Day!
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NATNOEL 3/30/2013 7:41PM

    I'm addicted to D A so is everyone I know, even my husband.
Maggie Smith is a riot !
I just love her.

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SPARKLINGME176 3/30/2013 5:31PM

    I just can't get involved in another tv show.... maybe when I am old & grey! I DO love Maggie Smith....I'm a Harry Potter fan, WAY fan! I've read the books a couple of times, heard the books many times, when to the book costume parties at midnight with my wizard marionette (I call him Dumbuldoor's cousin, still do!) Anyway Maggie is GREAT!

I am staying WAY away from peeps....my favs.! But not from you, HAPPY EASTER! Thanks for the blog! lET'S DO THE BUNNY HOP!

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MS.ELENI 3/30/2013 12:09PM

    I have been to Vanderbilt Mansion more than once.The last time we saw Prince Phillip of England there. He was visiting an art school that is there. Everything is awesome there.I have wanted to see the program but it is on same time as other ones I watch
Happy Easter

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FLGIRL1234 3/30/2013 10:46AM

    I visited the Vanderbilt Mansion last year and I was so completely taken with it. I spent the whole day there not just with the house but walking the grounds too. GORGEOUS. Like you, I love learning and seeing stuff like this from that era. I was fascinated and kept imagining the people living there.

I have the Downton Abbey series dvd set but haven't watched it yet. I am anxious too though.
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LINDA! 3/30/2013 10:40AM

    I have not watched it yet but I also keep hearing how good DA is...I really have to start watching it.

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DR1939 3/30/2013 10:11AM

    As you love DA. be sure to watch Call the Midwife which begins its second season on PBS on Sunday night.

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GOING-STRONG 3/30/2013 9:49AM

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MYTURN11 3/30/2013 9:29AM

    Downton Abbey is one of my favorite shows ~ great acting as well as so many story lines to follow. emoticon

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DESERTDREAMERS 3/30/2013 9:13AM

    I kept hearing about Downton Abbey from my friends, the TV Guide had a write-up on it, amnd all kinds of reviews. I finally started watching it from the first show (I have Xfinity cable on demand) and ... yep ... I was hooked!!

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WENDYSPARKS 3/30/2013 8:48AM

    emoticon m emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Happy Easter!!!

hugs, Wendy

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