As I write this, the new Downton Abbey movie will open in the United States on Friday, 9/20/2019.
I can’t help but feel a bit wistful. I watched the entire series when it appeared on PBS. I even occasionally delve into favorite episodes on Amazon.
The trials and tribulations of the Crawley family and their staff have been comfortable companions for many years, but it is the house that captivates me.
You see, at the very core of the series (and the film) is the house. The house was the whole reason for anyone to be there at all. It sustained those who lived within it and around it. The care and tending of such an amazing structure was the sole purpose of all.
As a person who lives in a country where homes simply haven’t existed more than 300 years (and I’m padding that because the country itself isn’t that old) I can’t wrap my head around a family home that goes back several hundred years.
I can’t explain it any more than others. There is something about the history, the architecture, the people that captivate and encourage attention.
In the meantime, I’ll ponder yet again the history of Downton and wonder what everyone has been up to. All while imagining taking tea in the garden with the flowers in bloom.
Like I said, wistful thinking. 🙂