Friday Fascinating Facts


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It’s another, “Who Knew?“!



Remembering Isis


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I watched Sunday’s episode last night and was mostly disappointed—not with the plotlines, but the characters and their circumstances. I will bawl if Tom leaves! And poor Isobel (not a typo). She is the sweetest woman, but how can she marry the man she loves with sons like that? And Lady Grantham probably feels like she has her best friend!

I was, however, thrilled with Edith! It’s sad that it took her this long, but I expected her parents to react that way. They were too thrilled at another granddaughter to be disappointed with Edith.

But the worst was Isis! She has been such a fixture on the show. Cora reading in the library, and she is lying comfortably on the floor. Lord Grantham is outside to do his inspection of the grounds and here is Isis, tagging along, sniffing.

I just hope in Sunday’s episode—and episodes in future seasons—still contain her hindquarters with her tail, wagging a mile a minute.

I miss her already!

Mrs. Patmore’s Jolly Holiday


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My task today: name 5 food items I would take on a desert island.

Well, clearly the Crawley Clan would never willingly go to a desert island, so I had to modify the question a bit. Here’s what I came up with: if Mrs. Patmore left on vacation, what 5 items would she leave for Daisy to prepare in her absence?

DISCLAIMER: You know I’m not British (shoot!). I got these from Pinterest. I don’t know what they eat “across the pond,” but from movies and TV I’ve seen and books I’ve read, this is what I think the upper crust would likely dine on…


I will be taking a holiday, which, in my opinion, is well deserved. I’m putting you in charge of the kitchen and have provided you with five of my recipes. Don’t disappoint me.

Mrs. Patmore

If you’re so inclined, click on the links for recipes!


Yorkshire Pudding

Courtesy Food Network

Cucumber Tea Sandwiches


Crepes Suzette


Victoria Sandwich


Eggs en Cocotte



An Ode to Maggie


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I promised myself I wasn’t going to do a post today and instead work a half-done essay for my class. But when I saw today’s Daily Prompt, how could I not do one! Mind you the subject is not Downton related, but has English roots with an English name and a connection to the queen. It’s my sweetheart, Margaret Elizabeth Tharp, who is pictured on the bottom left corner of my main page.


Is it me, or is she smiling?

An Ode to Maggie on this Valentine’s Day

Honey, I am smitten. You provide me with so much joy. I could be having a bad day, a hard time at therapy or in a bad mood, and I do a complete 180 when you get up on my bed and start kissing my face or hands. You have to be right where I am, and become distraught when I’m not home, just moping around.


Note the sliver of little pink tongue!

And how you make me laugh! Whether sprawled on your back, chasing lizards, or begging for sugar snap peas, I love you.




Your turn! Do you have an ode to a not-so-typical love this Valentine’s Day?

Good Job, Daisy!


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I would classify myself as a bit of a nerd. And proud of it! My high school graduation was 14 years ago, but I have continued to take classes online ever since. Actually I’m taking “Twenty Five Women that Changed America” right now.

Back to Downton Abbey. In a previous post I said I didn’t like Miss Bunting. I was actually excited when she left—she was getting too close to Tom, who should be with Mary. I’m sure I’m not the only person who was thrilled. And Lord Grantham was probably about to do a jig!

But poor Daisy. I’m so sorry Miss Bunting can’t be her teacher anymore. I read Below Stairs, which was the inspiration for Downton Abbey. In it, it talked about how servant girls’ education went as far as about the equivalent of our sixth grade.

I know it’s a TV show, but an education is the most precious gift you can give yourself. It’s better than sliced bread. Congratulations, Daisy, on wanting to continue your education with no teacher and despite the footmen’s stupid comments.


Just Wondering…


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I haven’t watched Sunday’s episode yet (aren’t DVRs wonderful?)—I will tonight, but I was just wondering if anyone else notices sparks between Tom and Mary? I would be thrilled!

“Vulgarity Is No Substitute For Wit”


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One of the reasons I like Downton Abbey is because of the writing. It’s very entertaining without needing to rely on crudeness to keep the viewer interested—it assumes that the people watching are more intelligent than that. Which is why I chose the quote above as my response to today’s Daily Prompt.

I know the assignment was to choose one quote and write a post around it, and I did that, but there are so many more I could have picked. So the runners up are:

“I hope you and the smart really people sleep in separate rooms.”- Lady Mary

“No one tells you about raising daughters. You think it will be like Little Women and instead they’re at each others’ throats.”- Cora

“Oh dear, have you swallowed a dictionary?”- Mrs. Patmore

“I’m a woman. I can be as contrary as I wish.”-Violet

Do you have a favorite Downton Abbey quote?

The Crawley Family for Dummies


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I knew I said I would post once or twice a week, but isn’t this my fourth this week? It’s the darn Daily Posts. Why did I subscribe? Just kidding! If you subscribe too, you know today’s prompt was to explain something complicated (boy, Downton sure is; I have no idea how the writers keep it all straight!) and put it layman’s terms. It’s a challenge, but I’m up for it.

I’m going to explain who’s who in the Crawley clan.


First let’s start with the basics. The show follows the Crawley family, who are extremely wealthy and live in 1920s England by now, and their servants. Robert Crawley, the head of the house, is extremely conservative and doesn’t like change. In comparison, his wife Cora is more laid back–almost a “free-spirit” in comparison to her husband.

They had three daughters until their youngest, Sybil, died in childbirth, so now there are two. Mary, the oldest, isn’t afraid to speak her mind. She was married, to Matthew, the heir to the estate, but he died in season three (I think) and they have a son, George. She spent season four basically in a depression, but in season five she is ready for love again. Then there is Edith, who has middle child syndrome. SORRY, SARAH! It always seems to be poor me! I can almost hear her whining, (insert voice of Jan Brady here) “Mary, Mary, Mary!” She had a daughter, Marigold, out of wedlock, with a German guy who was married. He went back to Germany and we don’t know if he will ever be back. I have my doubts. Only her aunt and grandmother know about the baby. Edith sent Marigold to live with another family, but now they won’t let Edith see her daughter.

There are more Crawleys and more plot lines, but those are the show’s main focus.