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Downton Abbey mincemeat pies and teaI really wasn’t going to watch it.  Nope…wasn’t going to.  The horribly sad ending of  Downton Abbey season 3 was more than enough to make me say, “No more.”  But then…my daughter has been watching season 4 already (don’t ask me how…) and I asked her if the new season was worth watching now that you-know-who is gone.  She said, “Most definitely.”  So I had her pick up a package of Mincement Tarts for me at World Market last week, and I will be making a pot of tea in my old teapot to settle in and watch tonight’s American season premiere.  I have never tasted mincemeat but thought it would be something different to try.  What I really wanted were these:

shortbreadworldmarket.com

and this…

Downton Abbey teaworldmarket.com

But those items were sold out. I have heard that they will be back in stock in February if you are looking for them.

There have been soooooo many programs, books, magazine articles, and blog posts written about Highclere Castle that I have been on overload on it. And even beyond that, I think the characters and the part of the house I really like the best are the servants and their quarters.  Here is a cutaway of the layout of the sets to give you a refresher before tonight’s show.

cutaway of the layout of Downton Abbeyi.dailymail.co.uk

The upstairs is filmed in the castle, but the servants quarters are actually filmed in sets built for the show since that area of the castle has been changed from how it looked long ago.  I would not want a kitchen identical to the one in the series, but there are a number of elements of English kitchens that I do love.

Downton Abbey kitchendailymail.co.uk

Like all that copper!

filming Downton in the kitchenparade.com

And the gorgeous cabinets.

Downton Abbey being filmed in the kitchenthetimes.co.uk

Linda Merrill did a fun board to get the look of the Downton kitchen.  Click on the photo, and it will take you to her page where you can find the links for the products on her Pinterest board.

DA Get that look kitchen

chameleon-interiors.blogspot.com

She also did one on the servants quarters that you might enjoy. The bed and cabinet are beautiful, and that bed is the Coleman bed from Pottery Barn (now on sale) that I had planned to use in our sons’ room before we decided to build their beds.

Downton Abbey Servantschameleon-interiors.blogspot.com

The writers at Design*Sponge did a great post on Downton Abbey and featured it as part of their Living In series.  Here is their board.  Again if you click on it, you can find the sources for the products shown (including that wonderful yellow English mixing bowl.)

Living in Downton Abbey from Design Spongedesignsponge.com

And since everyone has jumped on the Downton Abbey marketing bandwagon, it was high time for the paint to come out.  Mylands (who has been around since 1884 and supplied the paint for every James Bond and Harry Potter film)  makes the paint that is used in the servants quarters of Downton.  It is available through their Colours of London collection. Mrs. Patmore’s kitchen is painted with their Amber Grey, and Mr. Carson’s pantry is Empire Grey.

Myland Paintscoloursoflondon.co.uk

I am not sure how well received they have been in the UK since not everyone wants their rooms to look like servants’ quarters. 🙂 I understand that the kitchen does get a new..um..character??

mixer

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I am looking forward to Maggie Smith’s zingers and kind Anna and Daisy.

Daisy in the kitchenmarieclaire.co.uk

Will you be watching, and if so, who is your favorite character? I’m off to brew my tea! 🙂

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Lorrie in Indiana - March 20, 2014 - 11:08 pm

I LOVE Downton Abbey! My husband and I just happened on it one Sunday night after church and was hooked for a season. My daughter bought us season 1&2 for our birthdays last year and season 3 for my birthday this year. I waited until I was recouping from surgery in February to do a DA marathon. I was very sad at the 3rd season ending but will continue watching when the next season is out on DVD. I love all the characters! Each add so much to the show with their individual personalities but my favorite thing about this show is how the servants are treated. They are almost part of the family and included in different occasions. For those of you who have not watched DA you really must, you are missing out on a real treat.
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Oooohhh a marathon! How fun! (Hope your surgery wasn’t serious.) Yes, season 3 was VERY sad. You will like the end of season 4 I think. That is a good point about how the servants are treated. I had not thought of that, and it does really add to the show. Thank you for reading and leaving your comment, Lorrie.
Kelly

elle - January 8, 2014 - 2:54 pm

I too was horrified by the end of season 3. However, in the interim I’ve read and watched many interviews with Julian Fellowes (creator, writer and director of DA) where he explained in great detail what happened. The guy who played Matthew refused to come back for any more seasons. They begged the actor to come back even for a few episodes or even 1 episode in season 4 so they wouldn’t have to kill him at the end of 3 (remember in England each season finale is played on Christmas so all of England had to watch his death on Christmas for Pete’s sake!) – but he refused. Julian did not want to “break them up” as they had a true love story and would not have divorced – so he had no choice but to kill the character. It’s 100% the fault of the actor (which is so ridiculous in my opinion. I’m sure we’ll never hear of him again. Arrogance.) – but I’m not holding it against the show. Loved the episode Sunday night – can’t wait for the next however-many Sundays. It requires tea each week for sure. Shortbread is super-easy to bake. Love, love love the show! Great blog post – I love that kitchen!
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Thank you for all the information, Elle. I had known that Dan Stevens wanted to leave the show, but I did not realize how unreasonable he had been about it. I can’t understand WHY he would want to leave when the show has such a wonderful following and he had such a fabulous role in it. Oh well, I thought Sunday night’s episode was great even without him. 🙂 Looking forward to the coming episodes, too.
Kelly

Kathy - January 7, 2014 - 12:33 pm

Oh yes, yes, yes! I was looking forward to that program. Maggie Smith is a hoot, love her. I love everything Downton Abby. I’ll have to get some of that tea and cookies to go with my viewing. Even my husband likes Downton Abby. Will be looking forward all week for the next show. Thank you so much for sharing this.
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Another lucky person whose husband watches! The tea and cookies definitely add to the enjoyment of watching Downton Abbey, Kathy. (But then I am a MAJOR snacker. 🙂 )
Kelly

Jayne - January 7, 2014 - 11:34 am

Honestly, I have never even heard of the show until this post. After I read it, I saw a couple of friends mention it on Facebook. Now, I am curious and want to see what it is all about.
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Be warned…it is addictive! Thank goodness each season is short. 🙂
Kelly

Susie in MO - January 6, 2014 - 8:55 pm

I just got on the DA bandwagon this year – for anyone who waited like me, you can kind of catch up on the PBS website, check google/bing for DA synopsis links – I feel fairly confident I know what’s going on and thoroughly enjoyed the first episode this season, while on our THIRD day off school!!! Yes – one day for snow, one for buses that couldn’t start, another for snow, and tomorrow for sub-zero temperatures. I’ve rewritten my 2nd semester lesson plans twice, and am ready to get away from the refrigerator (I blame my school district for the last 3 pounds I’ve gained…)
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Thanks for the info on catching up with the series, Susie. I hope those who need it will see your comment here. Third day off from school…VERY jealous! Every single county around us closed school today due to the extreme cold (wind chill of -1 this morning in Georgia) except for ours! Boy the comments from parents really blasted our superint. for his decision. AND I’ve been told that one of our buses broke down for 30 minutes with children on it and no heat, and we had classrooms in our school whose heater did not work. My morning duty of unloading cars was freezing but fun…had a parent offer to get me hot chocolate and another gave me a tube of moisturizer for my hands. (Wasn’t that sweet!) Would you believe it is supposed to be 70 here this weekend? Crazy!
Kelly

Paula B. - January 6, 2014 - 7:28 pm

Oh, don’t tell me you were only a fair weather fan! The season opener did not disappoint, once again Dame Maggie got all the great lines. And, it was wonderful catching up with all the old, familiar faces. And, think of all the plot lines that can open up with heiress Mary, available once again. (More rivalries with Edith, perhaps.)The two hours certainly flew by, can’t wait for next week. I, too, held out from accessing the new season early or from trying to get some scoop from overseas cousins! It was worth the wait.
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Not a fair weather fan…I’d watch faithfully for 3 seasons. It just killed me that my favorite character would no longer be there..hard to imagine it being just as good without you-know-who. Anyway, I thought it was just as good! (Oh ye of little faith, right?) The two hours did fly by quickly! It will be interesting to see what they do with Rose. She can certainly get herself into some trouble, can’t she?!
Kelly

Marianne in Mo. - January 6, 2014 - 6:38 pm

CANNOT BELIEVE I FORGOT IT WAS ON! So, I just set the DVR to record the repeat episode, and to get the rest of this season. Now I just have to hope hubby doesn’t bump me off the DVR!!! Somehow I knew there was something I wanted to watch last night, but I asked hubs if anything was on, and he said “not that you want to watch”!!! Guess he didn’t know I was into DA. Sunday tv around here gets kind of crazy, seems a lot of times, we run out of room on the DVR. Then nothing for most of the other days!
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Oh no! I am glad we didn’t give away any spoilers here. 🙂 I hope your husband doesn’t bump you off too. Perhaps you can convert him to a DA fan? Write it on your calendar for next Sunday night so that you don’t forget again. 🙂
Kelly

Sandy - January 6, 2014 - 1:51 pm

I watched the first episode of DA’s fourth season and was amazes at the number of times I laughed. Great scripts and the women’s coats were very attractive…loved the colors. I’m sure to have shortbreads with tea next Sunday.
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Maggie Smith’s zingers always make me laugh! I did not take note of the coats but will certainly make it a point to notice them next week. Thanks for pointing that out to me so that I will. 🙂
Kelly

Cheri - January 6, 2014 - 12:14 pm

Kelly, this has been by far the best post on Downton Abbey I have read, thanks for sharing the castle layout, so cool. I was definitely watching…couldn’t wait. Not sure who my favorite character is but my least favorite was O’Brien (but she did make things interesting) and we still have Barrow.
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Thank you Cheri! It was a fun post to do research on. (You can find sooooo much on Downton online.) I, too, was glad O’Brien left, and I liked how they fit it into the storyline. Sunday night’s episode certainly showed us that Barrow can do his trouble-making without her, can’t he?! I’m guessing the new nanny will take O’Brien’s place as someone we love to hate. It will be interesting to see!
Kelly

Cathy Norrie - January 6, 2014 - 10:48 am

Hi Kelly,

Oh yes… I am a HUGE Downton Abbey fan… and during our time sailing in New Zealand and on to S. Africa I have met others around the world who are just as mad about it as I.

At one anchorage in Great Barrier Island, New Zealand we invited the couple in the sailboat anchored next to us to come for dinner. We flew our boat banner in honour of their visit so our guests (British) showed up dressed in DA style. After rummaging through what we had onboard we too morphed into characters from the show (amazing what a long flowing scarf and a sunhat can do for a costume!). What fun we had that night! … And the accents were authentic!

My favourite character is Dowager Countess Violet played by Maggie Smith although there are many strong characters on the show.

I have always loved the servant quarters and kitchens of old manor houses and have salivated over many of the details of each kitchen I’ve seen. Lovely to dream about… never to be attained (neither our boat nor our wee 100 year old wooden house will accommodate such kitchens…).

Thanks for this post, Kelly. I watch DA online or on DVD wherever I am in the world!

Talk with you soon
Cath
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I forget about it having a “worldwide” appeal. That is so amazing! And how fun to share your love of the show with others from different countries. I bet your dinner party was so much fun! I am with you on being a Maggie Smith fan. If she ever leaves the show, it will certainly not be good.
I hope you stay warm snuggled up by the fireplace in your home. Loved the photo of your big dog at Christmas on your blog. 🙂
Kelly

Lisa - January 6, 2014 - 9:57 am

Hi Kelly,

I’m a total non-TV watcher, but when everyone kept telling me I HAD TO WATCH this show, I broke down. Oh my goodness, I’m TOTALLY HOOKED. Usually I prefer reading books, but this show is unbelievably good. I was so sad for days about Sybil and Matthew (my favorites), but I’m already enjoying this new season. I love them all, but Anna and Daisy are special ;). This was such a fun post. I’m saving it for later to read when I have more time and I can savor it!
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Lisa, I am with you on not watching much television. Downton is quite different from most anything on, isn’t it?! Anna and Daisy are just wonderfully sweet characters. I am really interested to see what they are going to do with Daisy this year. I am happy you enjoyed the post! (It was fun doing the research for it. )
Kelly

KellyinPA - January 6, 2014 - 9:39 am

Hi Kelly! I was so looking forward to DA last night, what a wonderful change from all that football we’ve been watching lately:) We had gameday snacks but maybe next week I’ll make some shortbread to go with DA, what a great idea:) My husband and I both enjoy watching it, so fun! Thanks for the heads up on the products from World Market, will make a fun Christmas gift for a girlfriend next year, better write that down in my planner now. Enjoy your day!
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Oh yes, Downton is most certainly a big change from football, Kelly! LOL (But I like football snacks anytime. ) You are lucky your husband enjoys the series too. Definitely add the World Market items to your planner, and get then early. They sell out rather quickly. I have a “Christmas next year” list started like you, too.
Kelly

Kathy - January 6, 2014 - 9:14 am

I feel like I might get boo-hissed but…I have not watched DA. I did try last night but I felt way too lost and gave up. However, I do love your blog.
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No boo-hiss from me. It would be very confusing to start watching Sunday night without knowing all the background – sort of like starting in the middle of long novel. I started near the end of the first season and had to go back to the start even then to make sure I understood each character’s history. You need to get your hands on the first 3 seasons (which are much shorter than American television seasons) and start with them. I am glad you enjoy the blog!
Kelly

Arlene@Nanaland - January 6, 2014 - 9:01 am

My husband and I both are addicted to Downton!! Favorite character….I guess it would be Maggie Smith as the Dowager Countess, Violet. She keeps them all in line! Just as a good mother and grandmother should.:) Times are changing at Downton Abbey…hope they are good changes and not bad ones but I have my doubts.
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Arlene, how wonderful that your husband enjoys, too! I loved the tender side of the Dowager Countess in Sunday night’s show. Yes, Downton is changing.
Kelly

Mary From Virginia - January 6, 2014 - 8:40 am

Oh yes, I watched! I saw a couple of friends on Facebook had attended Downtown Abbey parties yesterday! I would have loved to have been there.

Thanks for this fun post. I really enjoyed the references to the Pinterest boards and the PAINT. How fun is that?
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A Downton party would have been great fun, Mary! I am glad you enjoyed the season opener and the post here (pinterest boards and paint included! )
Kelly

Anne Boykin - January 6, 2014 - 5:36 am

Hi Kelly, Can you believe I’ve never watched the show? I’m always reluctant, for some reason, to start watching a series. But I sure have been tempted … maybe I’ll start watching it now that everyone has seen it except me, lol. I hope you enjoy it with your mincemeat and tea!
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Anne, I watch very little television, but this is one show I do enjoy. I hope you will find series one somewhere and begin enjoying it…along with munching on British goodies.
Kelly

Connie - January 6, 2014 - 2:18 am

I hate to admit it…but my daughters and I are addicted to Downton Abbey! I got seasons 1- 3 for Christmas. We enjoyed watching them again over the holidays, this time with the subtitles on. We were surprised at the diction we had missed.

The premiere of season 4 was good tonight, although we really missed Matthew. (We munched on blueberry scones while watching.)
Looking forward to next week…
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Connie, if you watched seasons 1-3 over the holidays, you have REALLY been watching a lot of Downton!! The subtitles would help my husband who has difficulty understanding the characters with their accents. Great idea!
Kelly

Donnamae - January 6, 2014 - 12:36 am

I did watch it…thought it was really good…and I’m hooked all over again! Walkers makes great short bread cookies, and they are readily available if you are interested. Next week I’ll have to make some tea…what a great idea! 😉
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Donnamae, someone gave us Walker’s shortbread for Christmas, and I will have to try it next weekend. I think ours is a raspberry flavor perhaps. It is quite easy to get hooked on the show, isn’t it?
Kelly

Debra - January 5, 2014 - 11:38 pm

How could you not want to tune in? I had to tune in to see how it would develop. Oh Julian, you did not disappoint! So many twits already in just episode one of Season 4. Can’t wait until next Sunday. It was Panera scones that my daughter picked up for us and hot tea as well. We are Downton Addicted!

Debra
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Ohhh Panera scones…so yummy, Debra! You are right that the season opener did not disappoint. We will all be back for another serving of DA next Sunday. 
Kelly

Rose L - January 5, 2014 - 11:36 pm

I could be happy as a pig in a mud puddle during August in that kitchen!! I love the wood stove, the big work table and more. I hope to build a much smaller but similar version of that table this coming summer for my own kitchen, but counter height (to save my back). I have yet to see even one episode of this show because we stream and because I refuse to pay for Netflix or HuluPlus (remember when TV was FREE!) Even so I don’t find the items in the design boards you posted all that different from the things my grandmother used in her farm kitchen and that which I still use in my own farm kitchen today. Sometimes the old ways are still the best ways!
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Rose, I agree with you that many of the old ways are still the best ways. Perhaps that is why the old things are still so attractive to us. The old cabinets and tables are just plain beautiful, and so are the old mixing bowls. We do not have cable television, so I watch it on pbs on Sunday nights….free. (And since it is on pbs, there are no commercial interruptions.) I need to find you a free source for the older seasons so that you will get hooked on it too. 
Kelly

yarlette - January 5, 2014 - 11:20 pm

Just finished watching Downtown Abby and thought it was very good. I was thinking that I wouldn’t watch this season as I was so sad that Matthew was no longer a part of the cast. But so glad I watched tonight. Look forward to the rest of the series.
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I am right there with you, Yarlette…wasn’t going to watch but glad that I did. Quite a few plot lines that look to be interesting for the season.
Kelly

Polly in KS - January 5, 2014 - 10:54 pm

I’m a beginner quilter and at a local quilting shop their block of the month quilt this year is based on Downton Abbey (DA) fabrics. They have two quilts – one in a black/gray/red colorway and the other is more pastel in nature. I first heard about DA from you, but really know nothing about it. I might have to check into it based on this blog, your readers’ comments, the quilts at the quilting shop plus a friend who is an avid DA’er and was able to fill me in more about the program. You all must be onto something good, I’m thinking. Hmmmmmm….
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Quilts? Now that is getting creative with the show’s theme! You SHOULD check it out…great fun! My husband is not a big fan, but my daughter and I do love to watch it (and I only watch 1 or 2 other shows on a regular basis.) Hope you find it entertaining.
Kelly

anita - January 5, 2014 - 10:31 pm

Well my biscuits are done, courtesy of Martha Stewart’s recipe on Instagram! I will be heating the teapot soon and settling into my favorite chair. I have not been watching DA for long so I am not too familiar with the characters. Enjoy your treats!Mincemeats are my favorite.
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Yum, Anita! Biscuits and hot tea sound delicious! If you have not been watching the series for long, you might want to find a site that gives a synopsis of the old episodes to catch up (perhaps at pbs.org?) There are so many characters, it could be confusing. I did enjoy the mincemeat tarts, but hot biscuits sound MUCH better. 
Kelly

Wanda - January 5, 2014 - 10:18 pm

I’m with your daughter! Watched it online weeks ago, but am watching again tonight!
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Good to get a second opinion on it, Wanda! Glad to know that it is good enough to watch all over again when we finish it the first time.
Kelly

Pippa Griffin - January 5, 2014 - 10:16 pm

Kelly, Had done the exact thing you planned – so upset by the last season that I wasn’t going to watch again. But my friends told me to buck up because we all have to watch and then discuss it to the nth degree — who could resist that? The other big draw for me was reading about how fabulous the costumes are with the 20s fashion being simply outstanding.

My favorite character has to be Maggie Smith’s dowager countess! Those zingers of hers are simply priceless and her delivery could not be more perfect. She is such a treasure – in character or as herself!

Our treats for watching the show: Walker’s shortbread and hot cocoa. And some cozy blankets too as it’s darn cold outside!

Happy watching! Love all the sources you shared!!! Hugs,, Pippa
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Oh yes, you HAD to watch! 🙂 And the fashions are quite gorgeous. Such eye candy! Maggie Smith steals the show for sure, though. I had some Walker’s shortbread in the pantry, and if I don’t make my own next week, I will try them with tea for the second episode next week.
It is VERY cold here…wind chill close to zero in the morning. You all stay warm, too.
Kelly

Louvina - January 5, 2014 - 10:15 pm

I must be the ONLY one on the planet that didn’t watch DA!! All my friends love it as well as my daughter— I saw bits and pieces but need to watch it from the beginning– maybe a marathon viewing!! I love all the English countryside, teas and shortbread. I make homemade mincemeat pie — my husband’s favorite I just made this weekend. I even made mincemeat cookies the first time for Christmas. I have nothing to add to this post—but I do hope everyone enjoys it as we speak!! Saw Saving Mr. Banks today with my daughters— I highly recommend it! 🙂
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Louvina, I CANNOT believe you haven’t watched it. I would think you would love it. You do need to watch it from the beginning.

My mincemeat tarts were actually pretty good. We saw Saving Mr. Banks over Christmas, and while it was good (love Tom Hanks!) it was so very sad to me. I was expecting a comedy from the previews, and there was such a deeper and sadder tale to it than I was expecting. I think if I had known that going in, I would have liked it more.
Kelly

Dawn - January 5, 2014 - 9:49 pm

Kelly,

I am not on the band wagon…yet. I haven’t watched any of the episodes. My Mother-in-law has all of the seasons on dvd which I might just have to borrow over Summer break. I always given her Barnes and Noble gift cards for Mother’s day and her birthday and I know she sometimes gets the next seasons dvds using those gift cards. If she buys books she always hands them down to me and then I pass them on to my Mom. The show looks interesting and there is plenty of buzz about it. I do love tea and drink it often. The best shortbread cookies I have ever had I made using a recipe from Martha Stewart years ago. Ina Garten also makes some wonderful shortbread cookies at Valentine’s day that she half dips in chocolate that are pretty good too. Perhaps I’ll bake some cookies tomorrow to take to work with me on Tuesday. We are off tomorrow due to snow and extreme cold. Stay warm!
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I hope you get her dvd’s and watch it. It is really good! Thanks for reminding me of Ina’s recipe, Dawn! I just might have to make them for next weekend. Lucky you being off from school. Our school system is the ONLY one open in the area tomorrow, and the windchill is supposed to be below zero in the morning. My morning car duty will be very interesting!
Kelly

Barbara (WA) - January 5, 2014 - 9:31 pm

I am still mad at the whole show (soap opera), actually, so I won’t be watching. I am presently all involved in Beatrix Potter, again, after receiving a new book about her at Christmas. I’ve zoomed down to Near Sawrey and Hill Top Farm on google maps, so fun! I would love to go there someday.

But for all of you watching DA, I hope you enjoy it along with your British snacks 🙂

BTW, today is our 40th Wedding Anniversary – how about that? My hubby is sick, however, so our celebration is delayed for now.
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I do know how you feel, Barbara, and if my daughter had not told me that it would be good, I too would probably not have watched. I never thought about checking out places in Europe on googlemaps. Duh! What a great idea. I will have to check that out. Happy belated anniversary to you and your husband! 40 years is an accomplishment for which to be proud. I am sorry your husband is sick. Hope is gets well quickly!
Kelly

Laurel Stephens - January 5, 2014 - 9:27 pm

What fun! My daughter will be here in a few minutes to watch the first episode of season four with me. We both adore Maggie Smith! I’d also adore that huge mile-long island in the Downton kitchen. Enjoy your mincemeat and happy watching!
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Hope you and your daughter had a good time watching the first episode! Didn’t you love Maggie Smith in the show last night? The mincemeat was good while I watched DA and sipped my tea. 🙂
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - January 5, 2014 - 9:24 pm

Kelly,
Great post. I was given the tea at Christmas. I’ll have to try some tonight. I wouldn’t miss it. I read enough about Matthew Stevens wanting to move on that I was able to separate the series from reality so while I was sad he left the show, I understood.
Karen
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Hope your tea was good, Karen. I probably should have read about the actor so that I would not be quite as upset about the end of Season 3. The whole thing was just too tragic to me, but I am liking season 4 so far. It looks like it will be interesting to follow the different story lines again this year. I’ve not read any spoilers yet, so that is an improvement for me! LOL
Kelly

cindy hattersley - January 5, 2014 - 9:18 pm

Can’t wait…i would have chosen the shortbread cookies as well…I will just have to tough it out…
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Perhaps I can get or make shortbread for next week’s show. The mincemeat was actually very tasty! (I was surprised.)
Kelly

Brandi D. - January 5, 2014 - 8:59 pm

Oh yes, I’ll be watching! It’s just a few moments away now! My favorites were Sibyl and Matthew, so I nearly decided to stop watching this season. I have a dear friend who saw Season 4 already and said that I absolutely MUST keep watching. I’m sipping a London Fog Tea Latte while I watch.
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Brandi, I felt just like you did about not watching after the end of last season. I hope you liked last night’s show. I thought it was good, and I particularly liked Rose in the episode. Prior to it, I did not really like her at all. Hope you will be watching again next week.
Kelly

Bonnie Bryant - January 5, 2014 - 8:59 pm

I’ll be watching! I often find that, at places like Biltmore House and some of the castles we saw in Great Britain, my favorite areas are indeed the servants’ quarters! Things there are simpler and much more to my taste.
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Mine too, Bonnie. Even Macon’s Hay House can be a bit over the top for my tastes. I hope you enjoyed the season opener last night.
Stay warm in this crazy cold weather (and think of me with my morning car duty in the morning..brr!)
Kelly

Sally - January 5, 2014 - 8:46 pm

I’ll be watching tonight, Kelly — although my snacks will be all-American. I LOVE Maggie Smith. Just watched some reruns this afternoon, and re-heard her comment about the days when she had to parent her kids… 1 solid hour a day! BooHoo. Poor Maggie. Also, love it when she sits down in Matthew’s swivel chair — hysterical. Maggie is a constant. Now… if you want to talk about transformations… I love Mary. She has come a long way baby, and really mellowed, hasn’t she??? As far as the servants, I love Mr. Carson and Mrs. Hughes!!!
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Oh yes…LOVE Maggie Smith! She did have some zingers last night, didn’t she? But it really moved me when she told Mary that she loved her…very not like her to do that I thought. I thought Mrs. Hughes was really wonderful in the premiere too, didn’t you?
Kelly

Katrina - January 5, 2014 - 8:32 pm

Will I be watching…..Oh my goodness…I had to wait until today to take down my Christmas decorations….I knew the excitement of Season 4 would help me not be sooo depressed as Christmas is my favorite time of the whole year!!! YES, YES…I will be watching…I just opened a new bottle of Pinot Grigio and am all settled in! Here’s to Season 4!!!
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That was a good plan, Katrina. I will have to remember that for undecorating the tree for next year. I hope you enjoyed the season premiere. I thought it was a good show last night. Can’t wait to see what happens next week!
Kelly

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