Sitting under Sir Isaac Newton’s apple tree - yes, THAT one - at Woolsthorpe Manor :)
Dan Stevens as drug trafficker Kenny Kristo in “A Walk Among the Tombstones”
-Empire Magazine Sep 2014
Oooh will there be an interview/article to go with this too I wonder….?
Call me slow, but I realized something very important just now. I was rewatching the first episodes of Downton Abbey for “Honourable” and I got stuck with Isobel’s and Mathew’s first visit to the Abbey.
Here Isobel mentioned that she studied Nursing during the Boer War. Now this it it just struck me. She really must have been a singularly extraordinary woman for her time. I mean, not only was she already married at that time, but also a mother to a young boy. For her to have studied Nursing, she must have left home and family.
I know that many of you always portray her as a very hands-on and involved mother in your stories, but now I come to think that she couldn’t have been. She’s good, I give you that, but even she can’t devide herself into loving wife who’s always there for her husband, caring full-time mother and excellent nursing student despite her already advanced age.
Not to mention the fact that Reginald Crawley probably held a similar position as Dr Clarkson during WWI, meaning commander of a hospital full of wounded soldiers.
Poor Mathew! It must have been a very lonely time in his childhood … and it would explain his sense of duty during WWI perfectly, seeing both parents in uniform and doing their bit for the war effort.
But again, kudos to Isobel for being such a strong, modern, and courageous woman. I admire her more and more the deeper I delve into her character. She’s a true heroine for feminism … more so than Lady Sybil with her ambitions to vote … that’s another thing I’m sad about: the one who was most interested into voting is the only one who will never get to vote.
Ok, enough rambling, but I’m just in awe of those amazing female characters created by Julian Fellows and brought to life by all those talented actresses.
That never occurred to me before - go Isobel!! It certainly does cast a different light on Matthew’s youth, though by 1900-02 he’d have been a teenager - therefore even more likely to take in that idea of duty, perhaps, as he’s growing into a more self-sufficient man himself. And taking that example of strength and independence from both parents. What an interesting insight.
A few holiday photos from our cruise on the Queen Victoria, up to Norway and the Fjords :)
What I expected to do:
What my parents think I do:
What I actually do:
When people expect me to have an orderly classroom:
When my boss actually sees me having it together:
When a child finally listens:
Getting asked questions you’d rather not answer:
Ahahaha oh how true, every one!!
Stamford Military Hospital (1917-1919) recreated in Dunham Massey. The hospital was run by Lady Stamford who lived at Dunham Massey, Sister Catherine Bennett and Lady Jane Grey, the countess’ daughter who left school at 17 to train as a nurse and work in the hospital.
This was a super place to visit. There were a couple of people acting as nurses/patients who didn’t interact with visitors but just drifted around fluffing pillows etc, quite eery almost but very effective at giving one more glimpse of what it would have been like. Really effective. Plus the house and gardens were beautiful and it was absolutely lovely to spend a day with misscrawfords
before she disappears to the other end of the country! :D :D
Dan Stevens - Night at the Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb trailer (x)
The Great British Bake Off will have its youngest and oldest contestants this year. The fifth series of the culinary TV hit airs on BBC1 next month, with judges Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood.
YOU GUYS YOU GUYS IT’S BACK
dawseyadams orangeshipper theproblematicpetticoat
thebarefootflapper should also be made aware of this.
I didn’t understand how brilliant this show was until I tried it once, then it sucked me straight in. Excellent stuff.
Lancelot (Dan Stevens, left) and Larry Daley (Ben Stiller) plan the next move to save the magic in a scene from the motion picture “Night at the Museum 3: Secret of the Tomb.”(Photo: Kerry Brown 20th Century Fox) (x)
Well helloooo this is nice to come home to!