Monday, January 05, 2015

Not Katie and Emma and a little bit about Downton Abbey.

My son Patrick teased me that I only take pictures of Katie and Emma.  And to tell the truth, he is 90% right.  If it's not Katie and's other people.  I like people.  I like their faces.
I do find it takes a trip out of town to get me snapping new and pretty locations.  Food is also fun to shoot.  
So I went thru my photos and found these pictures from 2014.
These are taken with my Nikon.
Tomorrow I will show you my pictures that are not Emma and Katie on Instagram. 

I know Katie is in this picture...but I intentionally went to take pictures of sunflowers and they were sad and droopy.

Kathyb handed this St. Jude medal to me when Emma was in the emergency room in Evanston.  I didn't want to lose it so I pinned it to the roof of my car.

So there you go.  Not a whole lot.
What cha gonna do?


Downton Abbey returned to PBS last night?  I loved it.
A few new characters came to Downton and the actors were familair faces from favorite movies.  Pride and Prejudice/The snooty Miss Bingley and Sense and Sensibility/The greedy terrible Mrs Fanny Ferris Dashwood.
Oh it was great fun!

The Dowager even referenced first line to Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice!!

IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.  ~Jane Austen

"Of course a single pier of a good estate won't be lonely long, if he doesn't want to be."
~Lady Shackelton

"You sound like Mrs. Bennett."

Mosely and his died hair.
Mary and her hat.
Jimmy and the "Lady".
Edith and Marigold.
Isis in nearly every scene.
Mary and Anna.
Mary and Lord Gillingham.
Baxter's confession.
That awful teacher.
Wishy-washy Tom.
The Dowager and Mrs. Crawley.

Oh gosh.  I'm glad it's back.

What was your favorite part?
Your favorite line?

Welcome back Downton Abbey!
You were missed!

Encourage one another,


  1. I'm chuckling a bit because as I started scrolling through the pictures I was a little sad. I am such an Emma/Katie picture fan. Then - sure enough, I did get a little peek! I love your photos. The one of the house reminds me of The Brady Bunch because there was always that image of a house they showed during transitions. It was supposed to be their house, but there's no way that huge living room, huge kitchen, family room, dad's big office, and then upstairs just three bedrooms (and one ridiculously small bathroom for six kids - with no toilet, I think Greg got the attic eventually) would fit in it.

  2. Anonymous11:13 AM

    Donna, your pictures are so beautiful!
    I loved Downton last night! Love the name Marigold! I want the writers to find someone warm and loving for Tom Branson, he deserves it. PBS on Sunday's is the best TV watching all week. MM from MN

    1. Anonymous12:06 PM

      Iris, fun.

  3. I love your photos, and these are superb!

    Ahhh Downton, it's like welcoming back old friends.

    You touched on many of my favorite moments. I love the scenes with Carson and Mrs.Hughes. "Donk" :-) Any scene with the Dowager. I think Cora is looking pretty. Poor Edith.

    I can't stand the teacher and I practically yell at the television when she is on. OK, I do yell. :-)

    Finally, my love for Molesly grows and grows.

  4. "Do people think we're a public house on the Great North Road?"

    "Mosley, you look very Latin, all of a sudden."

    I posted these on Facebook, so I know you've seen them. But I laughed out loud at both!

  5. I laughed out loud at that sunflower picture. I love those cows.

    1. Anonymous3:03 PM

      I love the cows, too. Cow paintings are also a favorite. They just have that placid look in their dreamy eyes...contented cows that they are. ;-) love and prayers, jep

  6. I really do not like the "teacher" character on Downton ... she is just so disturbing (to me). She's brash, outspoken and rude ... I do not see her with Tom. Yes, Sybil was outspoken but she was never brash or rude ... he can do FAR better than this. I agree with Susan about feeling like "old friends" have returned. Enjoyed it and did a DVR so I can watch again. It was quite a good episode but I think Mary needs to look further than Lord Gillingham ... I think her "other opportunity" would make her happier ;-) Linda

  7. I remember some of those photos sans Emma and Katie. I especially loved the lifeguard stand and boat. Sad sunflowers made for a funny photo anyway! I think it's great you take so many of Katie and Emma. I'm guilty, too. I'm taking photos of a new grandson born December 30. He's a big hunk of love...12 lb. 1 oz. and 23 1/2 inches long. Mercy, looks grown, but he's newborn and I love those opportunities. Keep snapping. ;)

    Loved Downton Abbey last night. I'll watch it again to catch the things I missed the first time around.

  8. Anonymous11:32 AM

    I noticed the Jane Austen reference too and it made me laugh out loud. Love the name Marigold and how much Edith obviously loves her. I am so glad they are going to develop that story line. And, of course, the acerbic remarks by The Dowager are always a treat. She was doing her fair share of meddling last night and she was loving every minute of it. My husband and I both groaned when the horrible Fanny Ferris Dashwood appeared, which just proves how good that actress is. It is so wonderful to have my favorite show back on T.V.!

    Debbie Z.

  9. Anonymous11:32 AM

    Did anyone else notice when the servants were talking about Robert & Cora's 34th wedding anniversary and Daisy said if she got married now, what would it be like in 1958? She was able to calculate 1924 + 34 in her head quickly without even thinking about it, but then spent the rest of the episode crying about how stupid she is with numbers. She's smarter than she gives herself credit.

    I loved Cora's reaction to Thomas when he tried to snitch on Baxter. Too bad he got back in her good graces.

    I'm so happy it's back!

    Elizabeth from MI

    1. I absolutely noticed that. My son is great with numbers in his head like that but not so much in the books!!

  10. Aww St. Jude, working hard! Love that one.
    I LOVE The cow pictures! OH my . MOom mooo mooo

  11. Google just ate my long comment. Summary:

    I like sarah. She brings out something in tom that he seems to be longing for.
    I love lord gillingham. But oh, so risqué!
    I don't like edith meddling in the life of her adopted daughter.

    1.'s hard enough negotiating life as an adopted kid without dealing with two moms.

      Donna, i love that black and white cow!!!

  12. Anonymous3:55 PM

    The Mrs. Bennett comment was my favorite but I also loved Mary's "I'm going upstairs to take off my hat." What?? To deal discreetly with hat head? It made me laugh, as did the "Donk". :) So very glad the show is back!

    Mary Z

    P.S. Your pictures are such works of art. Love them.

  13. My dh and I enjoy Downton Abbey. The Dowager Countess is a favorite of mine "No one rides in carriages in the park anymore. That is over." Reminds me of the Grinch mayor of NYC who is ending the carriage rides in Central Park. Your photos are charming; I like the one of the two green tomatoes which is painting like.

  14. Oh, I sure need to catch up on DA. I am a few seasons behind! But I love spoilers, so I will keep checking in.

    Are those Patrick's hands in the cookie making pic at the top? Not sure why, but the dad/grand dad making cookie pictures are always my favorites. But that third rowboat picture is a close second for me. Gorgeous! It would make a great "July" photo for a calendar (wink, wink!)

    And please tell me that the S.F. card means you are coming west again? Puhlease????

    Happy Monday.


  15. I absolutely swoon over that lifeguard tower picture. Perhaps you should set up an Etsy shop and sell some of your photographs? I would certainly be a customer. You beautifully capture people, but you are also phenomenal at capturing the beauty in the other life pleasures.

  16. My favorite line from the season 5 opening episode was delivered by the Dowager Countess ~

    "Principles are like prayers: noble but awkward at dinner parties."

    So true!!

  17. Wonderful pictures Donna. I'm inspired to get a real automatic camera (Nikon coolpix 330) after overall disappointment with iphone photos and seeing my son's girlfriend new one. Big difference!

    I need subtitles on Downton, I swear, even with rewinding the dvr I only pickup about 80% of what is said. The butler who ended up in bed with the visiting guest...only figured out what he had been talking about when she made passes at him at dinner.

    I'm uneasy with Edith's lurking near her daughter's family and couldn't tell from the teaser how she will stay involved with that family. Can anyone remind me how she got her daughter to that family...was Mrs. Hughes involved or anyone else in on the secret, I forget? Always enjoy catching up on Downton reactions here Donna, thank you!

    1. She went with Aunt Rosamund 'to the continent to work on her French'... Switzerland. had the baby, stayed to wean her, left her with a family.. then, Edith went back, against her Aunt's good wisdom, to get the baby and place her with Mr. Drewe, who is the pig farmer on the estate. Edith and Mr. Drewe are the only ones who know that it's her baby [he guessed, having originally been told it was the child of a dear friend of whom the family didn't approve, so she couldn't be raised in the Abbey].... Even his wife doesn't know it's Edith's child.

  18. "I'm going upstairs to take off my hat!" My girls and I laughed at that line. And the one about Mosely going latin ~~ Too funny. I missed most of season 4, so I am excited to get back to Downton.

    Your pictures of the lifeguard stand are lovely, Donna.


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