Wednesday, January 23, 2013

CBS News Video Report: The Real Downton Abbey

CBS NEWS VIDEO: The Real Downton Abbey

(PLUS: Info about Highclere Castle, and a book about one of the former Countesses) 
The popular PBS series "Downton Abbey" has taken the U.S. by storm and Tom and I have been watching it. Because we missed Season 1 and 2, I (Rob) surprised Tom with them on DVD, so we're watching them and getting the entire story, while watching the current season (3). (BTW- Season 4 is apparently airing now in the U.K. so if you check the website their may be some spoilers).
   DID YOU KNOW?  The 5th Earl that lived there bankrolled the Egyptian excavation that unearthed the tomb of King Tut. Many of the archeological Egyptian artifacts he found still exist in the mansion today.
    Here's a real story behind the castle where the TV show is filmed. Martha Teichner visits Highclere Castle.  For the link to the Television production's website:

Dowton Abbey TV Show Cast
BOOK ABOUT REAL FORMER OWNER: There's a book about the REAL Lady Almina who lived in the castle. 
The Countess of Carnarvon has written a biography of one of her predecessors:  Almina, Countess of Carnarvon, wife of the 5th Earl of Carnarvon.  This book lacks depth but is fairly well written and well researched. On Amazon:

HIGHCLERE CASTLE: Highclere Castle is the home of the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon and also features as Downton Abbey, the hugely successful drama series with over 11 million viewers in the UK and now shown in over 100 countries around the world.
Highclear castle's Monk's Garden
Highclere Castle has been the seat of the Earls of Carnarvon since the late 17th century and today is still a much loved family home. It is one of England’s most spectacular Victorian castles, set amidst 1000 acres of sweeping parkland. Built by Sir Charles Barry at the pinnacle of Victorian England, it is steeped in the history of the famous and well connected.
 1,200 tourists visit the castle a day, even though it's the real home of an Earl and Countess.
For a link to visit the Highclere Castle:

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Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

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We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next