OK, first things first, what did you think of Downton Abbey? I simply cannot get enough! I will tell you that I do not want the injured and burned man to be the real Patrick, I do not like that character. As for Bates, please do not tell me that he went to London and killed his wife. And Maggie Smith, we need to see more of her. She is such a fantastic actress and her character is a delightful dragon. As the Earl of Grantham said, I think with the end of the war life is indeed entering a new phase. On a side note, if you would like to see what your favorite characters look like in real life check out this link on Paper Mag, you cannot believe some of these photos.
I have always been fascinated with the life of the aristocrats of Edwardian England, a time in which women were rarely educated except with a working knowledge of French and German, playing the piano, and dancing. The goal for an aristocratic woman was an advantageous marriage. The eldest son inherited the family land and wealth and the younger sons either joined the church, purchased a commission in the military or perhaps became lawyers, doctors or engineers. Unlike the French, whose aristocrats never worked and considered it vulgar, the English aristocrats are responsible for advances in farming, and technology to name just a few areas.
Recently an interesting set of diaries went up for auction, they were owned, written and illustrated by Solicitor George Cooper. Mr Cooper was a wealthy county squire who spent the majority of his time painting scenes of his life rather than working.
The diaries written in 1881, 1886, 1891 were recently auctioned for 700 Euros at Chilcotts of Honiton Auction House and show the leisurely life of hunting, shooting, fishing, and dining with friends and family. Each day is documented with a watercolor or a pencil sketch; clearly George Cooper was very talented and obviously wealthy because it seems that little work could actually get done in a day, what with all of the socializing, leisurely pursuits and documenting it in such beautiful detail.
Wouldn’t you just love to discover a beautiful and interesting journal such as this? A little insight into another and different world.
Have you ever found such a treasure trove such as this in your travels? I often purchase old letters and post cards and am always left wanting to know more about the people. I am fascinated by their handwriting, their life, their adventures and everyday life. I have never been lucky enough to find something like this though. I will have to be on the lookout in the future. Dear Di at Yonks have you found such wondrous diaries such as this?
I hope you have a fabulous week ahead. Did your team win the the Super Bowl? Did you enjoy the game? What was your favorite commercial?
Be warm and safe if you are over in Europe dealing with all of the crazy weather.