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Countertop Review

This time last year I was packing up our house to prepare for our down-to-the-studs renovation in our kitchen, family room, and master bath as well as the addition of a screened porch. The family room wasn't originally part of the plan, but that's a post for another time. The kitchen was where I really had to plan and scheme, and, yes even fret, to stay in our footprint and budget and to get the function and look I wanted. I love a challenge like this, though, so despite some occasional frustration with my client (aka me! ), I enjoyed the process. A key "want" of mine was honed marble countertops. There are dozens--maybe hundreds--of blog posts, articles, and showroom sites that compare various types of countertop materials and their pros and cons. I read most of them and took notes from a lot of them in the months leading up to our start date. One of the most helpful things was visiting a sweet friend's kitchen, where I was able to ask questions about cleaning, a

What, what is a weekend?

Terribly sorry I haven't posted this past week.  

You see, Lady Town and Country, er, I mean Town and Country Mom came rather late to the party at Downton Abbey, and she used all her usual writing time soaking up the brilliant Masterpiece Classic!  Really, waiting until September for the next episodes seems impossible!  Thank heaven for Netflix!

This wonderful clip features one of my favorite lines from the series.  No one but Maggie Smith could play Lady Dowager Violet Crawley. 

Actress Maggie Smith as Violet in front of Highclere Castle in Downton Abbey

No one.

The three Crawley daughters in front of Highclere Castle in Downton Abbey

And, what will become of the beautiful and cunning sisters, Syblil, Mary, and Edith?

Two of the Crawley women have a conversation on a couch in Downton Abbey

I think Elizabeth McGovern is delightful as Lady Cora Crawley, and Lady Cora handles her mother-in-law with true Yankee ingenuity.

Once I finished watching the seventh episode, I went straight to the PBS website where I found this interesting interview with the series creator  Julian Fellowes.

So, tell me, are you a Downton Abbey fan?

And, if you are, please tell me how you are getting your Brit fix between now and September!


  1. Ahhh, did you just love that????? It is on my wish list!!!! It just takes me away! I have missed you, but you have a legitimate reason!
    Alexandra and I snuggle under a well worn cashmere blanket watching period pieces whenever she comes home. LOVE THEM!!!!

  2. I was obsessed with Downton Abbey - what a fabulous show!! But I found the ending very frustrating!! They are filming this month - hopefully all goes well so that there are no delays for the next installments! I've seen the PBS segment as well - have you read Snobs?

  3. Love it. Just trying to wait. Impatiently.

  4. L.O.V.E. it....can't wait....I hope someone has an answer!!!

  5. Maybe I can snuggle up and watch IF this weather doesn't get any better! I'll have to look this up - never heard of it!

  6. Loved it! Watched 39 Steps (2008 British remake) on Masterpiece Theatre this past Sunday and the new Upstairs Downstairs will be starting this coming Sunday with Jean Marsh!

  7. I adore Downton Abbey! I cannot wait until Season 2!!!

  8. I came late to Downton also but caught it during the remainder of its original airing here. Just last Saturday my cousin and I were telling her daughter about it and how she needed to catch it on netflix. We were so funny trying to communicate our fave moments without giving it away to the newbie - we were finishing each other's sentences with a lot of "ohs" and "I know"...too funny. Lots of good stuff should be in next season, some weddings perhaps????

  9. Hmm...right up my alley. I can get it on Netflix? The whole season?
    Following you.

  10. Loved it and am eagerly awaiting Julian Fellows next series. By the way, are you familiar with Monarch of the Glen? Julian is a regular character in the is an old show but just as much fun to will want to go to Scotland after this one :)

    Jeanne xx


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