For the last three days I have not left my rooms except to pick up the mail. I have not listened to news, or watched anything except the Downton Abbey Marathon.
I did sleep a few hours two nights, but otherwise I was immersed in a time long ago, and a place not too far away.
The fact that I have toured Blenheim Palace, and saw the oak tree forest where Elizabeth the First found out that she was to be Queen of England made the program all the more enticing.
I loved the women’s clothing, and would have loved to have some of those dress styles come back into fashion. I think people like to tour great English houses because they not only want to see how the rich lived, but because the houses and grounds were beautiful.
The life that these great families led was sometimes over the top ostentatious and opulent, but the message was that kindness, courtesy, dignity and compassion never could put you wrong.
The British did not seem to be very demonstrative in their affections for grown children, but would kiss their dogs!
The little children were raised by nannies out of sight for the most part.
Sometimes I wished that lifestyle would come back into vogue when I see the manners exhibited in public by American rug rats.
I have seen this series before, but the chance to have an excuse to stay in and watch television for 18 hours a day was just too much of a challenge to pass up.
I have read in the news that the funding for Public Television would be cut but the irony is that since I was watching this family drama unfold, I was diverted from thinking about politics or even watching the news.
There are plenty of commercials now in PBS. I have counted about thirty different foundations, corporations and individual donors listed at the beginning and ending of the news programs. Of course this marathon was a money raising gimmick, and in the past I have donated to Public radio.
Thank goodness for the mute button.
Maybe I wanted to catch the program before it disappears as the threatened cut was instituted by the new administration in a harebrained effort to give money to the rich at the expense of everyone else.
It is also ironic that millions of people the world over made this series so popular that the actor who played the butler was recognized as he biked through China.