by Susanne "Dowager Duchess is #1" Dietze
My friends across the pond are enjoying another season of Downton Abbey (as are some of my American friends, thanks to the internet). The British television series about the fictional Crawley family (the Earl of Grantham, his wife and daughters) and their servants in the early decades of the 20th century is an international hit...and quite addicting. While I'm very, very curious about my friends Bates, Edith, Tom (stay away from that pushy schoolteacher, Tom!), and the rest of the upstairs/downstairs gang, I've held out from peeking online to see episodes.
Still questioning the wisdom of this. I could have answers!
But I wouldn't necessarily be able to speak about them, which is half the fun.
|It's already available for preorder on Amazon! Look how big the babies are now!
Meanwhile, I have my Downton Abbey possessions to comfort me (yes, this is a sad joke).
Last year I scored for Christmas. Mom gave my daughter and me D.A. necklaces that are super fancy. Here's my daughter's necklace. (You can buy them on Amazon, Macy's, The PBS Store, or even on the R.M.S. Titanic--they're everywhere!).
|$25 can make you look like a million bucks! Now...let's have a ball so we can wear them.
I was also given Downton wine last year (according to the label, it was chosen by butler Carson). I photographed it next to Downton Abbey wrapping paper, which I found at World Market right after Christmas (they also sold D.A. china, white with little gold and black flourishes).
|Ooh la la! I'm just like the Crawleys!
Christmas dessert was taken care of, too, since I was given a D.A. plum pudding. It was dense, sweet, and chock full of raisins.
|Of course we set it on fire! If you look closely, you can see the blue flames.
And this year my friend gave me some D.A. tea. It's delicious!
|Yum! Other flavors are available, too, but this is mine!
Scouring Amazon, I found new goodies for this year. Behold, a cd of Lord Grantham's favorite Christmas tunes! Elizabeth McGovern (Cora) sings! The classical pieces look fabulous. Of course, this isn't the first D.A. cd. There's a soundtrack out, too. (I've heard it, and it's great.)
|Want it under your Christmas tree? Click here.
Speaking of Carson, he's written a book on staff management. It'll be out Nov. 25.
|If you're having problems with your footmen, click here.
Last but not least--because I could go on forever, trust me--is the official board game. This is something I may have to buy so I can play with my local D.A.-fan friends, and haul in a suitcase to next year's ACFW for some cutthroat competition with a few Inkies.
|Oh mercy. Guess what I want for Christmas.
|It looks a bit like Clue, but the directions describe tasks to complete.
Who's with me?