NEW GRANDBABY PICTURES!
Owen cleans the toilet. What could go wrong?
Grandbaby Bridget is helping with the recycling!
Grand-daughter Kaida's school picture! When did she get that old?
Big sister Kaida and new sister Iolana
At our house we live with two dogs and two cats.
Downton Abbey returns to PBS Sunday night at 9 (check local listings). The new season picks up in 1920.
Some things you didn't know about Downton Abbey
» Michelle Dockery AKA Lady Mary is a jazz singer.
» It costs an average of $1.6 million to produce an episode of Downton Abbey.
» Downton Abbey is really Highclere Castle in Hampshire, England. It's part of a 1,000 acre estate.
» Because there are so many people on set, the crew puts colored masking tape on the floor to show the actors where to stand in each scene.
» The starched, stiff collars on the mens’ costumes can be extremely painful -- they can even draw blood.
» Downton Abbey has won 18 awards -- a Golden Globe for Best Mini-Series Or Television Film and six Primetime Emmy Awards, including one for Outstanding Mini-Series.
» Elizabeth McGovern, AKA Lady Cora, is in the band Sadie & The Hotheads. Michelle Dockery AKA Lady Mary sometimes joins her for gigs.
» Lady Cora could have been played by Gillian Anderson. The actress admitted that she was offered the role of Lady Grantham -- but said no.
» The majority of the food used in the Downton Abbey kitchens is real. Which means that things like lobster get very smelly at the end of a long day of filming.
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» When you see a letter, a magazine or a newspaper in a scene it was been created especially so it looks as authentic as possible -- even down to the handwriting.
» Downton Abbey is in the Guinness Book Of World Records as the only international TV series to receive the highest number of nominations in the history of the Emmy Awards -- with 27 in total.
» Downton Abbey is also listed in the Guinness Book Of World Records for receiving the 'highest critical review ratings for a TV show', beating Mad Men.
» Downton Abbey contains dozens of real antiques -- the mahogany desk and chair in the music room once belonged to Napoleon.
» Traditionally, people stopped using table cloths at dinner in the twenties, but the cast at Downton continue to so they can protect the antique tables.
» Jessica Brown-Findlay, AKA Lady Sybil, decided to try acting after an ankle injury caused her to give up professional ballet dancing.
» It’s so cold in Highclere Castle that in between takes the cast are often seen carrying hot water bottles and wearing puffa jackets.
» Jim Carter, AKA Mr Carson, performs magic tricks in between takes to keep the cast entertained.
» The Earl and Countess of Carnarvon currently live at Highclere Castle and it’s open to the public.