Blogging has been sparse on this here page since the “Tour de Mio” back in June. But here I am, right where I have been all summer and fall. I am in the process of FINALLY doing the repainting in the house that I have been yapping about for a year so at some point, I will have a show and tell. In the beginning, I was waiting until summer so that I could have the windows open and the paint smell airing out while I was painting. Well, for the first summer ever, we had our air conditioning on all but one or two nights. It was the hottest, most humid summer I ever remember. Then fall came and I was finally outside almost all the time enjoying the beautiful weather. Now there are no more excuses but it is too cool to have the windows open so I should have just done it to begin with. Oh well……
I have been doing a few fun things which is the reason for my blog visit this morning.
Several weeks ago, I had the pleasure of viewing the Downton Abbey exhibit at the Historical Museum in South Bend, IN. It was very interesting. It is not a huge display but brought up all kinds of fun memories of different episodes of the show which I am really going to miss watching on Sunday evenings this winter.
I have posted the front of the brochure so that you have the phone number and the length of time that the display will be there if you are wanting to take advantage of the opportunity to see it for yourself.
The clothing is displayed on mannequins in front of a full length backdrop of the scene in which the characters wore the clothes. It was very well done. The clothing looked so different in person as far as the fabrics used and the detail that you could see.
This is from a scene with Lady Mary and her maid, Anna.
We really enjoyed the display with the bells on it. You were able to ring the bells from the back of the display. Do you see how each bell is mounted to hang at a different angle? This gave each bell a different tone when it was rung. That way they would know who was ringing!
And here we are at Highclere Castle! The Backdrop is so real looking and you can move the life size character cutouts around to pose with them.
There is a small gift shop at the Museum that is completely stocked with all things “Downton”: jewelry, hats, books on the series, tea cups, tea towels, tea, ornaments, etc.
My treat for myself was this Downton Abbey tea towel that I will probably use to line a bread basket with and this tin of Mrs. Patmore’s Pudding Tea.
In the same week a different group of six of us went to Frankenmuth, MI to put ourselves in the Holiday Spirit. I have never seen a store as crowded as Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland and I am use to lots of tourists and lots of crowds.
We allowed ourselves one hour. Several of the girls went with a list of things they were hoping to find. We have decided we will make a return trip in the off season during the week and hopefully be able to get a real good look around. ☺
Our trip was a one day affair. That is a lot in one day as it is a 4 hour drive from my home here in Shipshewana. We then headed into the downtown area to see the shops there, have some lunch, and do some Christmas shopping. The day before our trip, it was in the seventies. On Saturday, November 19, it was in the thirties and snowing. We were all in climate shock. Here we all are before lunch:
Small but CUTE group that held all age groups and we had such fun together.
We saved the local coffee shop for the final stop before we headed back to the van for the journey home.
Look at that line! As you can see, the door is open and it is all the way outside. We actually found a place to set our packages down and sit a spell. It was so nice to sit and warm up before we headed back to the car.
Great times and memories!
And now back to that painting…..