Thursday Thoughts

English Lives and Breathes
English, unlike Latin, is not a dead language. The Miriam-Webster dictionary continues to add words to its dictionary. Very recently, in fact, they added the word  tallboy to the dictionary. You know, tallboy as in a 24-oz can of beer. That probably makes a lot of beer drinkers feel very scholarly…..

Lady Kris?
In the midst of the excitement around the release of Downton Abbey, I stumbled across an exciting piece of news. It seems that the real Downton Abbey — Highclere Castle — is being listed on Airbnb. Unfortunately, it will be a one-night-only extravaganza.

According to a CNN story, two lucky guests will experience “an exclusive evening drinking cocktails in the Saloon followed by a traditional dinner with the Earl and Countess of Carnarvon in the State Dining Room, being waited on by Highclere Castle’s own butler,” the site’s listing says. (I doubt the butler will be Carson.) CNN goes on to say that following dinner, there will be coffee served in the Library, after which the lucky two will retire to one of the bedrooms with an ensuite bathroom and outstanding Hampshire countryside views. In order to be eligible to be considered, you must already be registered with Airbnb, have outstanding reviews, and be a Downton Abbey enthusiast. I wonder if one out of three would work?

Team Pear Pickers
Our apple trees didn’t bear fruit this year, but our pear tree delivered a bountiful harvest. Last weekend, I put out a call for help. With the permission of our painter, we used his 17-foot ladder to reach ALMOST to the top of the tree, and got plenty of pears. This year, my picking team included Maggie Faith, Dagny, and their Papa…..

And Speaking of….
Our painter finally completed the painting job yesterday afternoon, and left with his 17-foot ladder. He’s been here for three or so weeks. To the untrained eye, you might not notice the difference in color, but it’s actually quite a nice change. And I’m very pleased with the gray trim. It’s good to be finished, and we are delighted with the way it turned out…..


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