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From Jessica Fellowes to Afternoon Tea, Downton Abbey is All Around Us

S6 Cast photo
The Official Season 6 Photo

By the time leaves begin to change, the lazy days of summer are long behind us. Schedules are packed with activities, and for Lord D and I, that has meant much Downton. To begin with Season 6 launched in the UK (I promise no spoilers).  Next, I gave a Downton Afternoon Tea talk recently(and have more planned). Also, my virtual friend Jessica Fellowes was in town. If you have a chance to see her speak, do not deny yourself the opportunity. Finally, now that Thanksgiving is upon us Christmas is not far away. Yes, it is busy times.

The English don’t celebrate Thanksgiving as one day, but while here we traditionally turkey, gravy, and pumpkin pie (follow the links for those recipes), I thought I would share Jamie Kennedy’s recipe for Roast and Confit of Duck, a wonderful dish Lord D and I enjoyed at What’s Cooking Bracebridge. It’s very Downton.

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Tea Tuesday: At Downton There was Always Room for Jiggly Jelly

Tea under the cherry blossoms
Cherry Blossom tea tablescape  from Stone Gable

I am still patiently waiting for Spring to take a firm hold.  We did have a thunder storm last night, but apparently are expecting snow on the weekend. In some parts of the world it is the bloom of the cherry blossom which signals the arrival of Spring.  I have fond memories of the Cherry Blossom Festival in Vancouver, organized by Linda Poole, a dear friend of mine.  If you are blessed by cherry blossoms do take time to enjoy them; why not enjoy tea under a cherry tree, or set some blossoms on your table. Every moment is precious, particularly when you lose someone who has touched your life.  Our prayers are with April’s  family and close friends. She was feisty spirit who lost her fight with pancreatic cancer this past week.

As you may know, Tea Tuesday is a weekly tradition I started last year, dishing about Downton Abbey, featuring a new “Downton” era recipe. Check out my Online Guide to Afternoon Tea, helpful in understanding traditions and recipes to help you host your own tea party with family and friends.

As we look forward to warmer days today’s dish is Jiggly Strawberry Jelly, great for Garden Parties, also known as “tea outside.”

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Downton Downtime Books Served with Apple Raisin Crumble Pie

Wentworth Hall harbours plenty of secrets


New legions of fans around the world are being introduced to Downton Abbey on a daily basis in a number of ways. Initially broadcast on television, you can now buy the DVDS, catch episodes on Netflix and download your favorite episodes from iTunes. Great fun for new fans but once the two seasons have been viewed, they join the queue with the rest of us for the long wait until Season 3 debuts. We yearn for more romance and glamour of lives lived upstairs and down in grand aristocratic houses in the first two decades of the 20th century. Continue reading Downton Downtime Books Served with Apple Raisin Crumble Pie

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