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Downton Abbey. Season 3. Sunday Night.



This is just for fun today. 🙂 If you have read my About page, you know I am a big Downton Abbey fan.  So like many other bloggers, I couldn’t resist doing a post on it before season 3 officially begins here in the United States on Sunday night.  I know some of you are fans of the show, too.  Of course the upstairs of the house, filmed at Highclere Castle, is amazing.

Didn’t you just love the giant Christmas tree?

The downstairs, as you probably already know, is filmed on a set – not at

Julia at Hooked on Houses has a great post on Downton Abbey.  Click on the picture below to go to

I really don’t think it is the house that keeps bringing me back to the program, though.  My husband is not a big fan, and he says it is a “glorified soap opera.”  Which it is…and a beautiful one at that! 🙂 That is what keeps bringing me back.

And then there is the beauty of the lifestyle.  Did you know that if you had been in London back in the fall, you could have had a Downton Abbey Tea at Grosvenor House…with scones, bread, cake, and other goodies?

Looks delicious to me!  It is exactly what I would serve if I were hosting a premiere party Sunday night. And this is what I would wear:

Oh, and have you seen this?

Confession time.  When I was a little girl, I would sneak under the Christmas tree to see if I could find out what might be in the wrapped packages.  When I start a novel, I read the last page first.  Yes, I am that girl…the one who cannot wait.  So I have read all the spoilers out there for this season of Downton Abbey, and I know what is going to happen in most of the upcoming episodes.  But I still can’t wait to see them!  If you haven’t read the spoilers and you want to, here is a good site for everything that is going to happen in the first 5 episodes of the upcoming season.  DON’T go there if you dislike spoilers!  (But if you do like them, it is a great site.)

So happy Downton Abbey viewing this weekend!

Will you be watching?

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Arlene @Nanaland - January 7, 2013 - 8:20 am

Love this post Kelly…I am a HUGE Downton Abbey Fan. And like you, I tried to figure out my Christmas gifts and I have been known to read the last page first!! My reasoning was that I want to make sure I am pulling for the right people or I am….
Arlene – Another Downton girl! Yay! And I am glad to know that I am not the only one who tried to peek at gifts. Karen ( and I have decided that we are just people who like to “be prepared.” Don’t you think that is a good way to look at it? 🙂 I think your reason for sneaking a look at the last page of a book is a good one, too!


Patty from Michigan - January 6, 2013 - 7:01 pm

Kelly! It’s Sunday night! Enjoy your Downton Abbey. I have never watched it. I find it hard to get hooked on something I have to watch every week….kids etc. enjoy! Patty

spudtooley - January 6, 2013 - 6:55 pm

good grief. i open the paper this morning; this show is on the front of the parade magazine. i’m sitting here watching nbc nightly news – it’s sunday – and they have a segment on it. 🙂

Mora - January 6, 2013 - 12:11 am

UGH!! I just finished season 1 on Netflix. Now I can’t find season 2. I wished I had started watching before now, I really enjoy the writing and the beautiful scenes, inside and out, like eye candy. Hopefully I can find more episodes to watch. Fingers crossed!

Leslee in TN - January 5, 2013 - 2:15 am

YES!!!! Recording on DVR as well!! Did you happen to see the program on HGTV tonight, “Castles on Camera: Royal”?? First half hour was on Highclere Castle and Downton Abbey… 2nd half hour was on the Spencer castle where Princess Diana grew up, and her brother lives and maintains, and the last few minutes was devoted to a castle that was the residence of the Waldorfs and Astors, Mary Astor, which has now a magnificent hotel, with everything pretty much retained as it was. Awesome program… I really enjoyed it.

Stephanie - January 4, 2013 - 10:47 pm

I was a little late to get in on the action myself. However, whenever I discovered it, I was able to watch the first 2 seasons without having to wait another week for the next episode. Lol. A few weeks ago there was a “Downton Abbey” premiere party that was hosted by our local PBS station. I got to wear an English style hat while sipping hot tea (or cold) and eating different cookies and cakes. Then we got to watch the 1st episode in their theatre. My mom and I really enjoyed it!!

Lynne - January 4, 2013 - 9:21 pm

I was late discovering Downton Abbey, but LOVE it. I love the accents, the time period, the scenery, the history, the clothing! I love it all. I watched all the episodes on my iPad and can’t wait for the new season to start, although I’m spoiled because I liked watching one right after the other so I could know what happened next!

Becca Green - January 4, 2013 - 4:21 pm

I just finished LADY ALMINA AND THE REAL DOWNTON ABBEY. It’s a history of Highclere written by the current Countess. Lady Almina was the basis for Cora’s character. It starts a little slow but then gets so interesting that I couldn’t put it down! Highly recommended for diehard fans, like ME!
Becca – Thank you thank you for the book recommendation! That sounds like a book I would like, and how interesting that the character was the basis for Cora. I know you are looking forward to Sunday night’s program!


cindy - January 3, 2013 - 10:54 pm

Love It! Can’t wait…and thanks for the spoilers…I was a peeker as well!
Cindy – Glad to know there are others of us who like spoilers out there! I can’t wait for Sunday night, too! (I’ve got that beautiful theme song in my head right now.)

missy - January 3, 2013 - 10:17 pm

I. Can’t. Wait, AND I am so proud of myself for not reading any spoilers. I’m usually terrible about that. I guess with a toddler in the house, and tv and reading my only forms of entertainment, well, I can’t afford to read the spoilers. LOL!
Missy – It is too bad we can’t all get together and have a party Sunday night. A toddler in the house does make a difference in your choices of entertainment! I do remember those days…mostly spent watching The Little Mermaid and Rugrats. You enjoy your Sunday night with Downton Abbey, girl – toddler and all!


Garden, Home and Party - January 3, 2013 - 9:19 pm

Oh, Kelly, I knew we were kindred spirits. I always opened (carefully) one end of a package with my name so that I could find a clue. I will go read the spoilers, it will be fun.

I’ve been so excited for the start of this season. My newest daughter in law bought me the Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook. It’s very cute, not sure how many recipes I’ll try but I loved the thought that went into her getting for me…she’s such a sweetie.

Karen – Hallelujah someone is as much of a non-waiter as I am!! What a wonderful gift from your new daughter in law. I looooove reading cookbooks! (Now whether or not I actually cook something from them is another issue altogether.)

the farmer's wife - January 3, 2013 - 7:16 pm

Oh, I luuuv me some Downton Abbey. The first time I had it on, my husband was in and out of the room working in the garage. The next week, he judged me, but he sat next to me on the couch. Now, he is reminding me of when the new season starts. I haven’t clued him in to the fact that it’s a glorified soap opera, so let’s keep that tidbit to ourselves. He is a history buff, so I think he justifies it that way. I, on the other hand, feel no need to justify my decisions–ha!
Julianna – You have done an excellent job training your husband to watch Downton!! A history buff should most certainly love it. I thought all the war scenes last season would have enticed my husband into watching it, but no go.

Lindsay at Life of Splendor - January 3, 2013 - 3:42 pm

Hi Kelly! I hope you all had a very merry Christmas. It looks like you did! I have heard so much about this show, I really think I should watch it!!! I can’t believe you read the last page first and read spoilers!!! Well, I guess I’m always tempted to, but I’m always afraid it will ruin the experience for me. Maybe I should…then I wouldn’t waste so much time on television! I would just know how the story went and do something productive like blogging, haha! Happy New Year 🙂
Lindsay – We did have a great Christmas. I hope your family did too! You definitely need to watch Downton Abbey…just go ahead and plan on making it your Sunday night habit for the next couple of months. (There are only 7 episodes I believe including a 2 hour premiere and a 2 hour finale.) Your productive activities like blogging can just wait on you for that little bit. 🙂 (Your comment made me laugh out loud at that!) Hope your new year has gotten off to a great start.

journey - January 3, 2013 - 12:22 pm

I am a late bloomer – having just found this series. My daughter turned me on to it a couple of months ago and thanks to Netflix, I am chomping at the bits for Sunday’s show!!! How could I have missed it? I am fascinated by the storyline, the characters, the beauty of the home, just everything about this show! And the best part, the hubby tolerates/likes/whatever it too!

I even found the Downton Abbey Cookbook = that I have yet to check out.
Journey – Even though you are a late bloomer, it sounds like you are hooked on it too! I agree that everything about it is just wonderful. Having your husband like it too is great!

Theresa - January 3, 2013 - 11:06 am

We loooove Downton Abbey! I was lucky enough to see several of the new episodes. Thank you for the idea of a “High Tea” to celebrate the new season premiere!
Theresa – You are VERY lucky to have already seen some of the next season’s shows! I am jealous. Yes, High Tea would be a lot of fun for Sunday night. It’s a shame my daughter will already be back at college then. We could have done that as we watched the show. (I don’t think my husband would really appreciate having tea and watching it.)

Lori - January 3, 2013 - 10:10 am

I just said to my husband yesterday “4 more days!!”. He knew exactly what I was talking about. 🙂 Love this show!
Lori – Another fan! You must be a BIG fan if your husband knew exactly what you were talking about. I am counting down the days, too.

Chris Brown - January 3, 2013 - 10:01 am

I’m excited too! My sister and I had inherited a set of antique paper dolls (and lots of dresses for them) from our grandmother. They were probably created back in the early 1900’s when she was young but the style of their clothing was from the early Downton Abbey era. It was always fun to imagine the ladies who wore those kinds of dresses but watching the Downton Abbey series has really brought them to life! It’s amazing that so many millions of us are watching and talking about the same thing!
Chris – Your paper dolls sound wonderful! What a neat thing to have inherited. My mother always liked paper dolls. It truly is amazing that so many of us are caught up in the show – and a show on PBS at that!

Cathy Norrie - January 3, 2013 - 9:13 am

Oh Kelly, I too love Downton Abbey. I have the first 2 seasons on DVD so I can take them with us on our next sailing voyage. When we get back I’ll have to find the 3rd season. I’m quite the opposite of you in this regard I guess! I don’t see it even while it is playing! Oh well… delayed gratification is always good 🙂

Take care
Cath – How in the world can you wait that loooooong? I just am not that good at it! I envy you being able to do that, and I promise not to give away any spoilers.

Paula B. - January 3, 2013 - 8:47 am

I think I’m more excited about Sunday night than I was for Christmas. Ah, Downton, for so many reasons I love you – and many you have listed here. I just know that I need my Downton! Saw that shirt and almost bought it for a Christmas gift… did get the cookbook and a lovely book on the making of the series from my sister-in-law, not sure I’m up to Mrs. Patmore’s level of cooking. My Irish cousin has already had this season at home and while she has been here I warned her not to let anything slip. I would never have wanted to come upon any hidden presents before the day, however sometimes I have to turn to the last few pages of a novel “just to make sure” of a few things. Thanks, as always for the great post.
Paula – That is so funny that you are more excited about DA than Christmas! Lucky you to get the books! I am going to look at Barnes and Noble for the cookbook the next time I am in there, and like you, I doubt I can cook as well as Mrs. Patmore (or Daisy.)

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