Friday, February 24, 2012


After hearing a bunch of fuss over the PBS drama Downton Abbey I decided to check it out on Netflix. Despite being a little late to the game I've found myself absolutely loving it. Have you seen it yet?

If you haven't I would strongly recommend it. The first season is available streaming instantly. The characters are wonderfully entertaining, the set gorgeous, the lighting beautiful. The only real bummer is that the first season only had 7 episodes. The second season just wrapped up so I'm hoping it will soon be available on Netflix as well.

Generally speaking I'm pretty drawn to these kind of period pieces. I love to imagine what life would have been like as a woman, or as a woman living with chronic pain, or just a human living in a different time in history. So often I'm frustrated with modern life, discouraged by how disconnected I feel with nature. On the other hand I benefit a great deal from many somewhat modern conveniences like indoor plumbing, air-conditioning, heat and, of course, my medications.

There is, of course, no way to really know what it would have been like any time but now, but I do really enjoy imagining.


  1. I love historical/time period shows, movies, and books. I swear I saw this advertised, and meant to watch it but missed it. I'm going to have to check this out!

  2. I love historical period shows and movies and books too! I often wonder what it would be like to live in those time periods, however, like you, I am rather attached to modern day conveniences like plumbing, heating and A/C, electricity, and medicine. I would like to visit for a day or so and then come home.


  3. I have loved watching this series, which, by the way, you can view episode-by-episode at I am now a Maggie Smith (she playes the Dowager Countess) fan.

    Can't wait for Season III. And especially because I understand Shirley MacLaine is to play Lady Grantham's (American) mother. How much fun will it be to see her tangle with Maggie Smith?