I FINALLY got to watch the xmas special of Downton Abbey recently after being outnumbered this christmas. I did read a lot of people complaining that it was boring, even though the same people complained it was too much during that infamous rape scene. I however did not find it boring, it wasn’t Game Of Thrones exciting but the costumes were really beautiful.
So they have released some picture of the Xmas special, thought that might be a bit early, then realised we only have two weeks, still got more present to get yet.. oh
New stills from the up-coming film A Winter’s Tale with Russell Crowe and Jessica Brown Findlay in it, absolutely love her dress and hat.
There’s going to be a game of cricket, everyone is very excited and the men are all very competitive about it. Downstairs the end is nigh for Thomas, hes rather a broken man at the fought of all hes losing and to add insult to injury, O’Brien convinces Jimmy it would be best if he told the police, god forbid Thomas should attack again! :/.
There’s a new visitor to Downton, lady Rose, or rather the dowager Countess’s house as the young, naive 18 year old will be staying with her auntie.
Anna and Bates meanwhile finally begin to enjoy there marital bliss with there own, rather dingy house, which they soon make up to shape. As a wife, Anna can no longer work at the great house and is replaced by a new maid, yet shes so unimportant we never get to see her. Mr Bates in all his martial bliss doesn’t forget what he has so recently left and can’t help but feel bad for Thomas as he watches him go further down hill, and soon sets himself to task to find out what is really going on.
Edith meanwhile is blossoming in to the perfect journalist and is attracting the attentions of her editor, yet perhaps secretly enjoying these, like the shrewd detective goes on a mission to find out all about his life. Alongside her trampling’s through London, Lady Rose decides she wants to come as well, to create a “surprise” or something along that line for her Mother. Edith isn’t so convinced that she is the sweet and innocent girl she makes herself out to be and is glad when Matthew wishes to come as well on his own business for a bit of support. So they all go happily trotting off to Aunt Rosemond’s and leave Lady Rose to her own devices.
In the meantime Matthew visits a doctor as he is still convinced that he is the reason the they are not conceiving, however, surprising bumps in to Mary there, who admits all her secret excursions to him. Turns out she is the problem and after a small operation should be perfectly fine to conceive, to the great relief of Matthew. However on another, much seedier part of town, Lady Rose is rumbled after leaving her scarf in a cab with a married man in a jazz club by Edith, Matthew and Rosemond. Matthew demands that she return or he will tell all, so Lady Rose leaves as swiftly as she came leaving her lover to his “horrid wife”.
Back at Downton Bates convinces Thomas that they can take down O’Brien together, Thomas stunned that Bates would want to help him discovers help comes from a man who also knows what it is like to be out of control of your life. Thomas tells Bates a secret, and if you have been watching since season One you will instantly remember one particularly terrible thing O’Brien did will her ladyships soap. O’Brien of course horrified, returns and convinces Jimmy that to ring the police would be the wrong thing, however Alfred is listening and decides to take matters into his own hands.
At the all important game of cricket, Robert has convinced Tom to play, only in exchange for agreement in the updating of Downton’s house management and all goes swimmingly on the lovely summers day. Mosley has been boasting all episode of his knowledge of cricket, yet sadly it turns out that that is the end of his experience of cricket as he is a terrible player. Thomas, Matthew and Tom all do very well everything looks to be going perfectly until the police show up. Alfred has rung them and Robert has to save the day, agreeing that Thomas should stay and having a very cavalier attitude to something of a hot topic pre-1960’s. Alfred is convinced in the end, Thomas becomes under butler, Jimmy 1st footman and Bates is back in his position of valet; Tom has confided that he wants to stay at Downton and let his daughter grow up there, to the great delight of the Countess.
It all ended on such a lovely, happy note that i am sure there will be dumps along the Xmas special, i soooooo hope Edith gets it on with the Editor and will get to see little Sybil a bit older. But for the meantime i am just have to content myself with the season three box-set and screen capturing all the lovely costumes.
So… i have neglected my blog shamefully over the last week or two, but i am back on it now after writing my first essays and have several things planned. I have almost finished Arabella and i started Lydia, my 1810’s day dress, inspired by this picture from pinterest.
I am also planning a 1840’s day dress inspired from another picture on pinterest and from my own books…. there’s a bunch more which I’ve forgotten, but it will all be up here anyway. I am also going to try an experiment, i was reading about the daily lives of dressmakers and seamstresses in Victorian England and learnt how hard it was for them.
I had read the book Ruth by Elizabeth Gaskell and in in it Ruth is a dressmaker before she runs off and scandalizes everyone by getting pregnant, (good book, made me laugh to read that some eminent authors of the time burnt the book in disgust lol) but she does describe life as a dressmaker and how hard and drool life was for them. Anyway, i read here on the lovely internet by this lady that women could work up to 20 hours a day and get 10 minutes for breakfast, 15 minutes for lunch and 20 for supper, only if they had got on well or they would have no supper and had to carry on until 4 or 5 in the morning. I though this was epic and made me appreciate my measly 5 and 6 hour shifts sat at my checkout; so i decided that i would try it out. I am on holiday this Monday for a week so after i have walked the dog tomorrow i am going to do an all-day-er and stick it out for 20 hours.
I am going to make my 1840’s dress from above and it will be interesting to see how far i can get, i will be doing it all by hand as well, as that was how Ruth worked and my working class equivalent would have not been able to afford one anyway. I also found out a while ago that my Great Great Grandmother was a dress maker in the early 1860’s when she was about my age so this will bring home just how hard she worked everyday just down the road from where i am now.
ALSO, very shamefully i will add the final episode details of Downton Abbey, which was amazing and so lovely with its very English game of cricket :D.
WOOOH BATES IS FREE, all is good in Downton with justice restored, of course everyone is happy, some of the staff are awkward round Mr Bates, but does he care, hell no, he’s free. As life carries on Alfred asks Ivy out on a date to the cinema, of course not alone as that would be improper and without the written consent of all the staff… Matthew’s still harping on about the management of the house, Tom is on his side but is a little bit scared of Robert, can’t imagine why, its not like they’re interfering with his lifes work or anything.
Edith is still flirting with the idea of writing in the newspaper and Matthew supports her new occupation, of course Robert doesn’t and demands that Matthew stops encouraging her, Edith seems more determined than ever at this slight and goes to meet the Editor. While Back downstairs Jimmy is convinced Mr Carson doesn’t like him and neither does anybody else (he’s obviously just mentioning the men!) and confines his troubles to Thomas who’s more than a willing shoulder to cry on.
But, later on as Alfred, Ivy and the others return from their jaunt to the cinema, Thomas chooses exactly the wrong time to go into Jimmy’s and Alfred’s room and kiss Jimmy on the lips. Sadly he is interrupted by Alfred bashing through the door in his shining armour, sadly he doesn’t need rescuing and Jimmy threatens to beat up a very disheartened Thomas as a very bemused Alfred watches.
As the drama unfolds downstairs Edith gets on jolly well with her editor and accepts his offers but she also causes other mischief when she places an advert for a job for Ethel on the Dowager’s bidding without Mrs Crawley knowing, of course this doesn’t go down very well with Mrs Crawley, yet Ethel might do anything to get away from the taunts and remarks from the villagers.
As the christening for little Sybil approaches, Tom invites his brother who is asked to stay with the family, yet makes an impromptu stop downstairs to the amusement of the staff and Tom’s dismay who quickly sends him upstairs.
Jimmy finally comes to the decision that he should tell Mr Carson what happened with Thomas and if Carson hadn’t read the bible i am sure he would have never heard of such sodomites. Poor Thomas admits to his faults, in the eyes of the law anyway and his job now hangs in the balance.
The christening is a solemn affair and Tom gets his way in the end and has a catholic ceremony, while everyone poses for pictures the tension and sadness is evident and poor Robert is not so convinced about posing with this catholic chap.