Last night we were able to return to Downton Abbey with thanks to our local PBS affiliate WYES New Orleans; they put on a free premiere of the first hour of Season Four. Gah! Included in the festivities was a lovely presentation by my friend, Kerri of Vianne's Tea House in Mandeville. She gave an informative talk on tea and how the English elevated it to an art form...seriously, I did not know there are right and left-handed tea cups, nor that there is a proper way to stir (12 o'clock to 6 and then clockwise). And as a treat she brought fresh heart-shaped scones to nosh on and two brews of her custom teas!
It truly was a divine evening! As soon as we walked into the large hall filled with what looked like to be the largest congregation of Cat Ladies, C said "these are your people," and so they were - nothing compares to watching Downton with a live audience, gasping and giggling as one. No real spoilers other than Mrs. Patmore gets an electric mixer! Drama ensues!! I really like the direction all my favorite characters are going in and happily Edith seems to be coming into her own, now out of the shadow of her sisters. I think it's going to be a wonderful season!
And if you're looking for my original Downton Cross Stitch Pattern to stitch as you work your way through the Season Four (or catching up on 1 thru 3), I've produced a few ready-made kits, plus the digital pattern is always available on Etsy or Craftsy.