Thursday, December 31, 2015

A top ten post to kick things off--welcome to Downton Abbey!

I love being a part of these blog hops, and many times I get to meet all kinds of wonderful new people. When I can combine that with my very favorite thing to blog about, it's a win-win!

Now of course we're all bowing our heads for a moment of silence.
(And a confession: Downton wasn't my most-read blog of the year--that was the bathroom, which is very nice but not nearly as much fun as Maggie Smith. If you want to see it, it's here.)

Anyway, a few years ago I began writing Downton Abbey recaps for fun and because I can't get a whole lot of projects done during the school year because I work 12 hours a day. (All together now: three more years!) Little did I know that they would become as popular as they are. If you need to catch up, you've come to the right place!!

(Disclaimer: Last year didn't start getting exciting until about halfway through, so the first few posts are a little lacking.)

The first episode had Edith (she of the misplaced baby) riding a bike an Molesley dying his hair, which prompts the Lord (the Downton one, not the God one) to remark that he looks Latin all of a sudden.

In the second episode, Mrs. Hughes and Carson have a tiff regarding the placement of the WWI memorial. But it's eventually settled, and there may be a "happily ever after" after all. There's also speculation regarding Marigold's parentage, but good servants never talk. Unless they're Barrow.

Things start to pick up in the third episode, where my imagination runs wild, as did the Dowager when she was whisked away (in a SLEIGH, fercryin' outloud!) by her Russian Prince.

If you read my recap of the fourth episode, you know which guy I'd pick. You'd also know that I don't trust the Russian Prince, mainly because he wears a pinkie ring.

In the fifth episode, the whole Cora and the Slimy Art Dealer story comes to a head when he shows up IN HER ROOM uninvited and has a really cheesy pick-up line and Lord G walks in and they get into a wrestling match. (Lord G and S.A.D., not Cora.) I liked that story line because it involved Cora as an active participant, not just the mom or the wife. *sigh* Which is how all us middle-aged ladies feel, on occasion.

I let my imagination run wild during the sixth episode, when I thought it might be fun for Mrs. Hughes, Mrs. Patmore, and Mr. Carson reenact an episode of Three's Company. Was I feverish?

Other that being obsessed with doors in the seventh episode, I am worried for all the folks who seem to be unaware of what history will show us is happening in Germany. Charles Blake goes to Poland to escape Lady Mary, and Atticus is Jewish.

The final episode is all about love and hats. Mostly because I was in love with the hats.

If you watch DA, what do you love most about it? If you don't watch...well, you don't have to because you can read all about it here at Brandywine Cottage, where we pretend to be British and wear hats and have waaaay too much good china and Royal Doulton figurines and $hit stuff like that. We recap (and add our commentary) every Sunday evening at the end of the episode. In between Sundays, I have a Downton-related post as well. I hope you'll stop by again for more old lady stuff!!


Kathleen George said...

Watched the Christmas episode Sunday night again and honestly I was thinking about your recaps. Looking forward to reading them, especially since it's the last season. I've snorted, laughed and sniffled reading your posts. Love your writing! Kathleen in Az

Jennfer Fenton said...

Love your Downton recaps - we can't wait for the return either! So happy to share this Top 10 with you. Cheers to 2016!
Vicki and Jenn
2 Bees in a Pod

Vanessa said...

How awesome is your post. I love this show and so sad that it will be over this new year. :( All well, I loved your posts for 2015 and wishing you and yours a Happy New Year's.

Patti Estep said...

Can't wait until Sunday. Too bad its the last season. Nice to know another Downton fan. Happy New Year!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

I will be watching Downton on Sundays and reading your recaps....with anticipation!

SheilaG @ Plum Doodles said...

How fun! I am probably one of only 3 people that have never watched DA, but your posts make me want to catch up! :)

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I had so much fun watching and participating in all the Downton Abbey culture. I have finished the last season already and I am sad that it's over...
Thanks for sharing your take and opinions. It is a fun way to share our hobbies, isn't it?

Tina@WhatWeKeep said...

I need a new hat and to practice my Lady Mary accent. Although I probably imitate Mr. Carson the most. Love him! To Downton we go!

Shelley from Roots North and South said...

I have to confess... I've never watched Dowton Abbey. My mom and her friends are huge fans so I think I'm finally going to borrow her DVDs and have a look!

karen@somewhatquirky said...

Well I can't really say what I like best about DA, but my favorite characters are Mr. Bates and his wife, who I am blanking out on right now. Brainless I am. It's really too bad that I like them so much, because they are always unhappy. Perhaps I'm just pulling for the underdog. I have the record button set already for Sunday nights season premiere. And I'll be checking in later for your recap. Happy New Year Kirbs!

Artsy Chicks Rule said...

We LOVE Downton over here!!! :)
So much fun reading about it!


Mary Beth said...

Great posts about the beloved, Downtown! Have an awesome 2016. hugs, mb

Kristin @ My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia said...

Great round up, happy new year!

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