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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Quote Country Diary Of Edwardian Lady, Downton Abbey, Dunoon Cornwall Mug Austenprose

A quote from a favorite book..The Country Diary Of An Edwardian Lady by Edith Holden, 1906 written and illustrated with water colours in Gowan Bank, Olton Warwickshire (not far from my husband's birthplace)

Sharp frost and thick fog in the early morning. The fog cleared off about 9:30 A.M. and the sun shone brightly. Went for a country walk. Every tree and bush was outlined in silver tracery against the sky; some of the dead grasses and seed-vessels growing by the roadside were especially beautiful, every detail of them sparkling with frost crystals in the sunshine.  I saw great flocks of rooks and starlings, down on the fields, and a pair of beautiful bullfinches in a hawthorne bush. The gorse was in blossom, till within a week or two ago, but the sharp frosts of the past week have nipped off the bloom. The mild winter has brought out the witch hazel catkins, wonderfully early, the small green flowers are fully expanded on some of the catkins, and the pretty little red stars of the female flowers are appearing. The green leaves are out on the woodbine too making little spots of green among the undergrowth.

Bocastle, Cornwall

For Downton Abbey fans, episode 3 airs tonight on PBS in the USA. I found 2 blog posts of interest you may find helpful.
published an article about the intricacies of the correct way to address the aristocracy which is really well done at this link:

or (my title) 
Why In The World They're Called So Many Things..Wish They's Make Up Their Minds!

So enjoy the rest of your weekend...we are about to leave for church.
To quote the Dowager Countess Grantham, you might say,
"What's a weekend?"...

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