Category: Downton Abbey

It All Started with Downton Abbey

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Over the past 3 or so years I have become a huge fan of present day made (made in the last decade or so) period dramas. Most of my favorites are British Period Dramas.

I was late to jumping on the Downton Abbey bandwagon, I didn’t start watching the show until it was in its 5th series, and I started from the beginning, watching them on DVD. I loved how the 6th series of Downton Abbey has come with a bonus disc with the first episode of a couple more shows.

During the Downton Abbey run, I had also watched Mercy Street, an American Period Drama set during the American Civil War in Alexandria, Virginia. From there I watched Indian Summers, which I honestly am not a huge fan of.

From there I started looking up the actors from Downton Abbey to see what other shows they had done. That led me to, Lark Rise to Candleford, which stars Brendan Coyle (Mr Bates on Downton Abbey) at Robert Timmins, the father of the main Character, Laura Timmins.

About half way through the first series of Lark Rise to Candleford, I got watching other shows, some that weren’t Period dramas, others that were. This past month, I have watched the first 3 series of Poldark, series 4 isn’t out yet….as well as the first episode of Home Fires. I have also watched the entire series of Dr Quinn Medicine Woman in the last year.

Like I had mentioned earlier, with the British Period Dramas, I started watching more because I had found out that at least one of the Actors from Downton Abbey was in the show, or I had been able to watch the first episode and enjoyed it and wanted to continue watching the show.

I had seen the first episode of Poldark from the bonus disc that came with my set of the sixth series of Downton Abbey, and then wanted to see what happened do I ordered all three series of it that are currently out. I watched all three series of Poldark while I had let the rest of the first series as well the second through fourth series of Lark Rise to Candleford sit. When I came back to finish watching Lark Rise to Candleford, I realized that the Actress who plays Verity in Poldark is Minnie in show in series 2 – 4. The Actor who portrays Captain Andrew Blamey in Poldark shows up in the fourth series of Lark Rise to Candleford. I was also surprised to see Samantha Bond (Lady Rosamund Painswick in Downton) in one of the episodes of Lark Rise.

At some point after I finish watching Home Fires, and I take a break from Period Dramas for a bit, I want to give Call the Midwife a try and see if I enjoy it at all.

These shows and others have given me something to watch while I work on my various knitting projects.


50 Random Facts

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I have been doing this blogging thing for a few years. I started this particular blog back in August of 2014, though I have been blogging on some level since 2011. 

I decided that it was time to do a 100 random facts about me post, for you all to get to know me a little bit better. 

  1. I gave up drinking coffee ☕️ in August of 2014
  2. I love the smell of campfires 🔥  (especially at the beach) 
  3. My favorite place to go is the Beach
  4. My favorite Disney character is Winnie the Pooh
  5. My favorite Disney Princess is Merida
  6. My favorite band / music group is Celtic Thunder (the Original 5 + Neil)
  7. My favorite piece of classical music is Rachmoninoff’s Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini variation number 18
  8. My favorite film is Somewhere in Time
  9. My favorite color is royal blue
  10. My top travel destination outside of the United States 🇺🇸 is: Scotland 
  11. The state I want to visit the most that I have not visited yet is: Alaska
  12. I like a good cup of tea ☕️ 
  13. I am left handed
  14. In College I majored in Social Science (my focus area was U.S. History)
  15. In college I minored in Literature 
  16. I spent my first 5 terms of college as an early childhood / elementary education major
  17. I love being outdoors 
  18. I enjoy hiking
  19. I was in band in grades 7 – 10
  20. I did choir in 11th grade, as well as several terms while in College
  21. I went to Florida when I was 13 with my family
  22. I attended a Marine Corps boot camp graduation when I was 15
  23. I went to Hawaii when I was 19 with my family
  24. I went to New York on my own when I was 23
  25. I was still an Infant, the first time I went to Canada 🇨🇦 
  26. I love overcast, cool, rainy days
  27. I enjoy knitting
  28. I enjoy reading books
  29. My favorite TV show has been Grimm
  30. I know how to can (aka preservation food in glass jars for later consumption)
  31. The one dairy item I miss the most now that I have to be dairy free is Cheese. Tillamook Cheese 🧀 is the best. 
  32. I enjoy exploring historical sites
  33. My favorite season is autumn 
  34. I love architecture. 
  35. If I am going out to eat, my top choice is typically a Lebanese or Greek restaurant 
  36. I call the Willamette Valley home 
  37. My favorite author is Robin Jones Gunn
  38. My favorite board game is Scrabble 
  39. My favorite animal is the bottle nose dolphin 🐬 
  40. I enjoy watching Period Dramas (Downton Abbey, Lark Rise to Candleford, Dr Quinn Medicine Woman, etc)
  41. My favorite musical is the Sound of Music
  42. My favorite flower 🌺 is Plumeria 
  43. My favorite fruit is: Cherries 🍒 
  44. Favorite dessert: the gluten free vegan lemon lavender poppyseed cupcakes from my favorite bakery
  45. I got to see The Phantom of the Opera when the traveling show was here in Portland 
  46. I went to Public School for K – 12
  47. I was the first of my friends to get my drivers license 
  48. Of all the yarns I have worked with, the Todd and Duncan Cashmere was my favorite.
  49. I worked at a knitting studio for a few months
  50. I love exploring old ghost towns

It’s Christmas

Merry Christmas!

I have been spending a nice quiet Christmas knitting and watching Downton Abbey. 

Yesterday I had run errands. Beings we had had our family Christmas this past Sunday, I was able to go Christmas shopping for myself. 

Earlier in the month I had ordered the illustrated Cooks Book of Ingredients for myself. I had received a gift card for REI so I went to REI yesterday and picked up an REI Flash 58 pack, as well as a Steripen and a water bottle. 

I had also gone to Joann Fabric and Craft, where I had bought a couple of Christmas Pot Holders, some ribbon and two skeins of Fishermen’s Wool in Natural. I am planning on using it to make a wrap. 

I have also been thinking about my future and where I want to move. I still am torn between Alaska and Colorado. Both places have great outdoor activities and history. I would love to learn how to snowboard and go hiking, among other things like putting all my hand knit winter accessories to good use on a more regular basis. 

Predictions and Hopes for Season 6 of Downton Abbey

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I am super excited for season 6 of Downton Abbey, which should hopefully be coming to the U.S. Early next year. I kind of wanted to do this before it airs in the UK, so that there will hopefully be no spoilers. 

What we know will happen or has happened:

•Carson and Mrs Hughes will get married

•Bates and Anna’s future is still up in the air with the whole death of Mr Green… 

•Edith has Marigold and her parents know Marigold is Edith’s daughter 

•Tom and Sybee leave for Boston

What I would like to see happen:

•Mary get married again to a man who will love George as his own, but has a title/place of his own so he won’t be competition with George for Downton

•Edith will find love again and get married to a man that doesn’t really care that Marigold isn’t his, and will adopt her as his child.

•Daisy will move to the Mason Farm, and take it over and successfully run it.

•Bates and Anna will live a comfortable life, they will take over in Carson and Mrs Hughes roles as head butler and maid and have a family of their own

•Mrs Patmore will still be head cook

•Thomas will be gone (I never liked him anyway)

•Baxter will still be maid to Lady Grantham 

•the other maid and butler will still be maid and butler

•Tony Gillingham is no more 

Excited for the Weekend!

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I am starting this blog earlier in the evening, so I can remember to actually write it tonight.

Beings that I finished season 3 of Downton Abbey last night I am holding off to start season 4 until next week. Especially when I have plans tomorrow night, Saturday, and Sunday night. Beings that I have seasons 1 – 5 on DVD I can watch them at my pace, but it is nice to have something to look forward to when I get home.

Last night I completed the first of two baby blankets I am knitting for my cousin and his wife who are expecting their first baby in June. They are waiting to find out the gender of the baby until the baby is born. I completed the turquoise blanket last night and started the Honey Bee yellow sweater while I was watching the season 3 finale of Downton Abbey (where the Crawley’s were in Scotland!!!!!) I have to say that it has to be my favorite episode so far. That might also have something to do with the fact that I think Scotland is amazing, and really want to travel there.

I know I am kind of Downton obsessed right now, and that will die down after I have watched the 5th season, and then I will be patiently waiting for the 6th season to come to the US.

Tonight I am going to watch Divergent, while working on the second baby blanket for my cousin.

I am super stoked for this weekend, and going hiking. The weather should be gorgeous.

Travel Bug

Hey everyone!

I just wanted to take a moment to check in, especially since I neglected to post yesterday.

Spring has definitely arrived here in the Pacific Northwest. Trees are beginning to bloom, there are daffodils and crocus’ coming up. Spring really has come early this year after what really has been a mild winter. Just watch, by haven written this we will have winter weather until the middle of June.

I have wanted to visit Scotland for years. I just watched the last episode of series 3 of Downton Abbey, where they were in the Scottish Highlands and it has renewed my desire to travel there when I have the opportunity.

It’s late, so I am signing off. I hope you are all having a good week.

Can’t Get Enough Downton Abbey

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I am yet again glad that the work day is over. While I was at work, I was excited to get home so I could watch some more Downton Abbey. I am seriously addicted to that show now. In the beginning of the series I didn’t like Edith in the slightest, but now, I still don’t like her on the account of how malicious she has been to Mary (who is far from my favorite character), but I have a better understanding of why she behaves the way she does. She is the forgotten about middle sister. About the only way she will get attention is if she acts out, and she really has nothing to call hers. When it comes to men, if any man is deemed suitable, and does take interest in her, Mary either tries to steal him for herself or does something to sabotage things for Edith. So Edith in turn works to sabotage Mary. It is a vicious cycle that Edith and Mary are in. While Mary and Sybil are not super close, they are on better terms with each other, and Edith is the sibling who really doesn’t seem to fit, and just needs a way out, to really be free and discover who she is. I was really pulling for her with the one widower who had taken an fancy to her, and was hoping that that would have worked out, but no (at least where I am at now), Mary went and screwed it up for her, because Mary couldn’t stand to see Edith happy, while her own life was falling apart, because of the stupid, self centered choices she had made.

I am super stocked to be getting the Little House books soon as well. I have been wanting to get my own set for a while. I am going to put them away and save them for when I have my own place.

I feel like my post yesterday, for me is the reader’s digest version. I could have written a longer post, but then it would have been more along the lines of a term paper that I had written in college, than a simple blog post, to answer a question. I may one day write the longer post over on my adventures blog, but it isn’t going to happen tonight.

Tonight I want to work on a baby blanket while watching Downton Abbey. I know this post is short, but I just wanted to say hi, and write my post for the night.