(Mrs. P may not be glamorous, but I think we may be twins, separated at birth. I'll need to ask Beth.)
Last night on Downton Abbey...
(Let me just say that I think that beginning the opening credits with a shot of a dog's butt is ironic.)
The editor of the paper is still chasing Fugly to see if she'll write a column. She's going to London to check it out. Grandmama doesn't like it, but as she puts it "Edith isn't getting any younger." I think maybe Edith has a romantic interest in the guy who wants her to write. They have lunch! He has cute dimples and says she looks pretty! But he's also married. But his wife is in the asylum! But he can't divorce her. I'm thinking she has the worst. luck. ever.
Dame Maggie questions touching scandal by association. I'm not sure what she means by that. As long as Ethel can make that pudding....what's the big deal? But no, Ethel leaves to work near where her son is. 'Bye, Ethel! Don't get mixed up with skeezy guys!
Tom is still a single dad. He agrees with Matthew about the land, and Lord G is pi$$y about it. I can tell he just wants to say "Young whippersnappers!" Matthew need to increase productivity and eliminate waste. The estate manager (Jarvis) uses the word 'malfeasance,' which pretty much rocks. Lord G's idea is to invest in an American chap named "Ponzi." We all know how that turns out.
There's making out between Loosey and Matthew, and I think there may have been some movement downstairs. Matthew and Mary run into each other at the fertility specialist, or whatever they had in the 1920s. Mary had a little "female problem" that she's had fixed, maybe an STD she got from sleeping with the foreign dude, so there will be a baby soon.
Thomas is trying to convince all the Crawley's to come to the Christening, and he has invited his brother to the mansion because he will be the Godfather. He doesn't look anything like Marlon Brando. Mary will be the Godmother. Meanwhile, Dame Maggie points out that (a) Lord doesn't want his only granddaughter to live above a ga-rage, and (b) she is never wrong. So Tom is going to live in the Abbey.
The great-niece Rose has made an appearance. I see some shenanigans in the future. I'm not sure what kind of shenanigans, but shenanigans nevertheless. (Hint: Rose has not been sent to Yorkshire because she was bored in London.) Rose is, in the parlance of 1959, hot-to-trot. With a married man. So, obviously, she had to be rescued. Granny is furious. Rose will be going straight to boring old Scotland as soon as the cricket match is over.
There's all kinds of cricket $hit and it's boring.
Mr. Bates gets out of jail, and is once again wearing his snazzy hat and Anna is overjoyed. She is so teeny next to him that I wonder....never mind. Thomas is none too pleased. Anna calls Thomas "Mister Stick-it-up-his-jumper," which pretty much sums it up. Bates and Anna have a cottage on the estate and it's very cute. I might move in. Especially if Bates lets me wear his hat.
James is a little Twerp. James and Thomas have a heart-to-heart. Miss O'Brien wants to stir the pot, as is her wont, which leads to Thomas putting a lip-lock on James as he sleeps, at which point Alfred bursts in. Mrs. O'Brien tells Alfred to say something about it to Carson, which he does. Carson says he should report Thomas to the cops, but he won't. He thinks Thomas is foul and has been twisted by nature. I think Thomas is just a jacka$$, but this is Mrs. O'Brien's fault. Some day, she will get her comeuppance. Meanwhile, twerpie James has a talk with Carson and is a twerp. Thomas will not get a reference, which means he won't get another job. Because of Mrs. O'Brien. She is going to heck! Thomas does a lot of moping and smoking and crying, and Mrs. Hughes tries to smooth things over. Mr. Bates actually takes Thomas' side. Bates tells Lord G, and he says there's no surprise, that everyone's gaydar had been going off for YEARS! Bates has a plan. Mrs. O'Brien knows there's a ticking time-bomb around, and it may all blow up in her face...and then she'll go to heck. Thomas gets to stay.
Now for the DA-realted activity...
I found a wonderful viney, free-form, heart-shaped wreath (?) Door decor (?) on the ever-amazing Pinterest. (If you haven't met Pinterest, you should.) So I clicked on the "blogg" from which originated, and the link took me to Sweden! (Not literally. I wasn't teleported like they were on Star Trek, even though I used to think that was the coolest thing EVER, and someday Scotty would beam me away from Washington Street and onto the streets of someplace exciting! Like Rochester! My imagination couldn't cross state lines, apparently.)
Well, in considering my Downton challenge for this evening, I thought that a craft using a plant would be appropriate, as we all know the floral accoutrements at Downton are exquisite.
|Google images of the flower show|
|You can find directions for a tablescape like this here.|
And this is how I did it:
I went outside and cut some barely-living honeysuckle vine. I'm sure the Swedish chicks have special Swedish vines, but I have half-dead honeysuckle. Then I put it in water to get the bugs out. PS-it's winter. The bugs are dead.
I wound the vines around, and connected them with some lightweight wire.
I put some metallic sulky thread from one side to the other, like a spiderweb. Then I put a ribbon on it and hung it on the front door.
I have no delusions--this doesn't look like the original at all, but I was going for the vibe, so I think I was pretty successful.