Downton Abbey Season 4 Ep 1

The first episode begins as dramatically as the third series ended, its 6 months since the death of Matthew Crawley and downton is in deep mourning; the house is awaken to the sudden departure of O’brian who has upped and left in the middle of the night to go on travels to india with a women she meet when the crawleys visited Scotland (i can’t remember what the womens name was but i think she was a family friend).

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With departures we also have new characters, the childrens nanny, nanny west has moved into downton to look after baby George and little Sybbie, she’s popular with the family but its a different story downstairs. Its interesting to see how even in the 1920’s nannies and governesses (as they used to be) still have a difficult and almost limbo state in the whole household, not quite one of the family but to good for the servants.

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As the story progresses its evident that Mary is struggling to deal with her grief, she is withdrawing from life and time spent with her son. Another new (or reappearing) character is Enda, the maid who was asked to leave for trying it on with Branson, it becomes clear what it is she is back for.

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Things are also moving fast for Edith, she’s making long and elicit trips to London to be with her lover who is contemplating drastic actions to be with Edith and marry her. It seems to be Edith is now the one living the most exciting life and this is demostrated through her wardrobe which is lovely.

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However, life is still as dramatic as ever at Downton, Thomas is still causing trouble up and downstairs and this time has it in for nanny west, by luck (for him) he suggests to Cora that she should keep an eye on nanny west, and is found right when she make nasty remarks to little Sybbie about her parentage and that George is of pure blood. She is fired on the spot and not heard of again.

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Thanks to Branson and other influences, Mary is encouraged to come out of her shell more for the benefit of her son and his inheritance, Downton Abbey and its estates.

New Addition

This is my new addition to my rapidly expanding collection of mannequins.

20131024_124130Her name is Demi and i got her off this wonderful american company called Truly Victorian who make these beautiful miniature mannequins, they aren’t to miniature however that you can’t go into a lot of detail when making your costumes or fashions, and very useful when you’re on a tight budget.¬†I’ve already started planning and drafting.

The Paradise – S2 – Episode 1

Interesting from the word go. Moray has run away to Paris after the wedding was called off, i swear he called it off, but i can’t remember, anyhow she is telling everyone she called it off as she doesn’t love him. Katherine is clearly still in love with him even though she has married another man, Mr Weston (I’m sure its the same guy who played Lord Kildare in The Aristocrats.

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After her fathers death she has called Moray back from Paris, she wants to take control over the paradise, however her husband has other plans.

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Moray and Denise, Still madly in love and with plans that they might marry are focusing on getting The Paradise back on its feet and back into the hands of Moray.

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Yet it seems Katherine has more than just Moray and the Paradise to worry about, when her husband is not with her he is planning behind her back and when he is with her he doesn’t believe her protestations that she has only summoned Moray back for the Paradise, or her reasons for ‘calling off’ the wedding.

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Yet we have some new characters to keep us entertained, like Mr Weston’s 10 year old daughter and her ADORABLE wardrobe and some new staff at the Paradise; a foul mouthed cook with big dreams, a sneaky warehouse worker and a new female shop assistant.

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Of course Clara is still at her old game though i think Moray is none but impressed by her extra friendliness and there will be fireworks when Clara realises she can’t beat Denise.
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I really do love the costumes in this, they seem much better than last year.

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The Paradise – Season Two

I got quite a shock at work while on my break watching telling to discover that The Paradise is back on our tellies, starting from this Sunday gone, i had no idea, or warning (i’m a bit sad, i like to get excited before one of my favourite period dramas comes back on the telly). However the advert looks brilliant, yet it doesn’t seem to mention anything about the budding romance between the main to characters, even Moray’s ex-romance-ex-fiance seems to still be in the picture. however, i may have got it all wrong in my shrieking exciting, thankfully i was alone in the room at the time. Here are some yummy photos of the upcoming series.

 

Far From the Madding Crowd

Strolling through the news i found my most favorite novel is being re-adapted again, i so love this story and Carey Mulligan is playing Bathsheba with the likes of  Matthias Schoenaerts, Tom Sturridge, Michael Sheen and Juno Temple. It will be interesting to know who will be playing who.

It looks like we are going to get a new and interesting take on the country fashions in the 1870’s, while they seem to have put a lot of effort into there sets as well, looking forward to watching this.

Royal Christenings

So his little royal highness Prince George is to be christened this wednesday, in a beautiful replica of the orignal royal christening dress handmade in 1841 by Janet Sutherland, a Scottish coalminers daughter who Queen Victoria comissioned for the birth of her eldest daughter Princess Vicky.

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Its design was based on Queen Victoria’s wedding dress and also had the same honiton lace that Victoria’s veil was made from. The gown went on to be used by 60 royal babies, including;

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Roman Baths, Bath

I also visited the Roman baths while i was in Bath, been there before but its still interesting everytime you go back and you can never get bored of the old thermal baths.

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For some reason there isn’t many photos, i think most of mine were taken at the Fashion museum.