On this past Sunday's episode of Downton Abbey, the house was opened up
to the public to raise funds for the hospital. I had to laugh when some
members of the household questioned who would want to pay money to
visit the house?
Who??? Well, I for one would love to take a tour!
As the full fledged Anglophile that I am, I would be happily taking in
the visual banquet of the grand estate. Wouldn't you? So many of
us are so in love with houses and decorating and consider home tours
to be greatly entertaining.
People have always tipped the butler to see the house.
Even Elizabeth Bennet wanted to see what Pemberley
was like inside.
~ Isobel Crawley
Of course, what amazed me about the Downton tour was that so many
of the family knew so little of the history of the grand house they call
their home. The family stumbled over questions such as these:
Who knows about the history of the house?
What about the architect?
Tell us about these people?
By the way ~ that's me I think ;-) Yes, it is. I remember the hours
I spent posting for this portrait. I was itching to get back to the stable!
Lord Grantham thought the idea of touring his estate for money
was crackers, yet he was quite delighted by the little lad who decided to
take his own self guided tour and ended up in Lord Grantham's bedroom.
He referred to the young lad as a philosopher.
Have you ever wondered if any of the Crawley's dogs ever napped
on the sofa? That's Bentley's question.
People are curious about historical homes. At the Mardi Gras party we
attended last Saturday night, there were many members of the Victoria
Historical Preservation. They had all been on the tour of our home back
in April 2013, just one month before we purchased this house. They knew
more about my house than I do!
Victoria, Texas has many grand old homes. You can visit many of
Imagine ~ charging money to have people snoop around our house.
Of course they will happily do so!
I for one would want Mrs Patmore to give me a tour of the Downton
kitchen. I love all the beautiful copper pots and the great table where
the work of rolling out pastry and such is done.
When Mr Mason sent a basket of fresh veggies to Mrs Patmore, she
responds by saying …
I'll make soup and stock and all sorts.
The guests always do end up in the kitchen and that's where we
will end up today. The Ash Tree Cottage kitchen where dinner
will be prepared tonight. See y'all tomorrow.
Big Texas Hugs,
Susan and Bentley