Thankfulness And A Little Downton Abbey

Happy Thanksgiving my lovelies, I hope you’re having a wonderful, relaxing, and family and friends-filled holiday!!! Today I’m celebrating with a Downton Abbey marathon, which kind of feels like I’m having Thanksgiving at Downton itself (which is a delightful prospect truth be told)! I can only too easily imagine the sumptuous feast Mrs. Patmore and Daisy could prepare…

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But wondrous feasts and impeccable manners aside, there really is so much that I’m thankful for in my life: my family and friends, my characters, their stories, and new exciting and terrifying new prospects on the horizon, just to name a few. But right now I want to say how incredibly thankful I am for each and every one of you. You my lovelies — whether you be old friends or new or even first-time readers — you make my life rich and absolutely wonderful. Your support, friendship, banter, and your own incredible blogs mean the world to me and I am just so thankful for all of you and for all the love and support I receive here at Moonstonemaiden! Thank you so much, you all rock something fierce! (And I’ll make sure to save you a piece of Mrs. Patmore’s delightful pecan pie!) ❤

Happiest of holidays,

— Tara


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Downton Abbey Meets Beauty and the Beast!

Ok my lovelies, I’m trying not to hyperventilate right now but I just read online that Dan Stevens (Matthew from Downton Abbey) is in talks to play the Beast in the new Disney live-action Beauty and the Beast starring opposite Emma Watson!!!!!

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Admittedly, I’ve never thought of Dan for this role but that’s mostly because I’ve been preoccupied with the notion that Chris Hemsworth was perfect for it, but I would so love to see this happen! I was less than thrilled when it looked like Ryan Gosling was going to star as my favorite Disney guy, (just no) and Hemsworth was always a longshot considering he’s already in another fairytale franchise (as the Huntsman from Snow White and the Huntsman), so PLEASE let’s see my favorite Downton guy play my favorite Disney Prince! How awesome would that be?!!!

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What do you guys think, would Dan make a good Beast or are you in the enemy camp of Ryan Gosling? Or are you still dreaming of the fantasy of Chris Hemsworth or another man of your choice? Let me know! 😀

*(Urgent update my lovelies: IT’S OFFICIAL, HE’S BEEN CAST!!!)

So Harry Potter, Aslan, Aragorn, and I…

Yesterday’s Daily Prompt caught my attention my lovelies and even though I’m a day late, I just had to write up a post for it! You get to spend a day inside your favorite movie. Tell us which one it is — and what happens to you while you’re there. See what I mean, it’s just too good to pass up! But deciding on just one movie is pure craziness — I mean right?! — so I have a few (and one TV series that still totally counts) that I’d like to spend a lifetime day in.

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So in no particular order, here are my top picks:

1) Harry Potter (the whole series because again, picking just one would amount to unimaginable craziness) — Stepping into this series (movie or book) I would instantly make sure that I became the fourth bestie of the Dream Team, maybe I could be Harry’s long lost cousin from America (I think it could work). I’d get my own wand, learn a few spells, explore Hogwarts to my heart’s content (which will take a lot longer than one day but that’s beside the point), and hug all of my favorite characters. I’m looking at you Sirius Black. Then I’d have a serious (lol) heart to heart with Snape, tell the Weasleys how much I love them, and ask McGonagall how she became such a bada**!

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2) Narnia (The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe/ Prince Caspian) — I’d hug Aslan. Nuff said.

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3) The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit — Why yes I am combining all of those movies together, how nice of you to notice! Ok, first of all I’d go and give Samwise a hug, because really he freaking deserves it (and wow I just realized I plan on hugging ALOT of people…). Next stop is Rohan (where I like to think Faramir and Eowyn are living) for a nice chat and to check if Eomer needs a Queen because I am completely available and qualified for that role in life. Really. Queen Tara has a nice ring to it don’t you think? And after stopping in Gondor to visit Aragorn and Arwen I’d go back in time and chill with Gandalf, wink beckoningly at Thorin, and subtly maneuver Tauriel out of the equation because if Kili has a thing for tall women I am pretty much perfect for him.

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And finally…

4) Downton Abbey — I would warn Matthew not to get in that freaking car!!! And tell them to take Sybil to the hospital ASAP!!! I’d slap Strallan for being an idiot, go dancing with Rose, and then I’d take tea in the library with the Dowager, the Countess, Isobel, and the Crawley sisters, thank you Carson.

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What about you my lovelies? What movies would you step into and what would you do? Let me know!

The Best Of Romance: Love, Passion, And Desire

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Happy Valentine’s Day my lovelies!!! I hope you are all having a great day, whether it’s spent with a significant other, friends, family, or solo! And solo means you get the entire box of chocolates to yourself guilt-free, and you don’t have to shave, so really…ENJOY IT 😀 Smile at the dopey love-struck goobers milling around you in a love-drunk daze, or at the dopey love-struck goober next to you (who’s staring at you so ardently he/she’s beginning to drool a little bit, which means he/she’s pretty secure in the knowledge that lingerie is in the near future), and know that Moonstonemaiden loves you just the way you are (Bridget Jones Reference!) and you are my favorite valentine ❤

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From Me to You with love my lovelies!

I’m rather fond of the Valentine’s Day post from last year — probably because it’s a list of my favorite literary men! — but I think this year’s is pretty freaking awesome too 😉  I had so many idea’s for Valentine’s themed posts and I couldn’t quite decide which way I wanted to go, so I figured…what’s better than a collection of romantic-themed mini lists?! Nothing I tell you…NOTHING!!! Except a pile of love letters from Richard Armitage and other devastatingly handsome men, telling me of their undying love and devotion to me…but I digress.

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…Yours Forever –RA

Moonstonemaiden’s Collection of Romantic Mini-Lists!

Top Love Songs For My Characters:

1) Hero: Enrigue Iglesias, Never Alone: Barlow Girls — Rosalie and Jackson (The Butterfly Garden WIP)

2) Near To You: A Fine Frenzy — Freyton and Alaina (Battle-scarred WIP)

3) Beautiful Disaster: Kelly Clarkson, Almost Lover: A Fine Frenzy, Spanish Eyes: Backstreet Boys — Calahada and Mytheous (Believe)

4) You’ll Be In My Heart: Phil Collins — Ravenna and Varrick (Ashes WIP)

5) Just A Kiss: Lady Antebellum — Kalisada and Mordred (Prophecy WIP)


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Top Five Romantic Disney Ballads:

1) Now I’ve Seen The Light: Tangled

2) Love: Robin Hood

3) Tale As Old As Time: Beauty and the Beast

4) Once Upon A Dream: Sleeping Beauty

5) A Whole New World: Aladdin

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* Swoon *

Top Five Romantic Movie Moments

1) Smithy regain his memory for the second time: Random Harvest

2) Tristan and Isolde (Entire Movie!)

3) Christian Forgives Satine, Satine Saves Christian: Moulin Rouge

4) All the Lyla and Louis moments: August Rush

5) The Bridge in the Rain scene: Sliding Doors



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Come What May!

Top Fictional Relationships:

1) Katniss and Peeta: The Hunger Games

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2) Muller and Chime: The Charmed Sphere

3) Ally and Nawat: The Trickester Series

4) Daine and Numair: The Wild Mage Series

5) Gemma and Kartik: The Gemma Doyle Trilogy

6) Clary and Jace: The Mortal Instruments Series

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7) Mia and Michael: The Princess Diaries Series

8) Claire and Jamie: The Outlander Series

9) Sorcha and Red: The Daughter of the Forest

10) Liadan and Bran: Son of the Shadows

So there we have it, my Valentine’s Day romantic mini-lists! I hope you guys enjoy and let me know what you think! What songs do you’re characters share, and what romantic movie or couple tops your list?

And here’s some extra Valentine’s cards…just because I thought they were awesome (and they’re Downton themed)!

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Why yes Branson!

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A Handsome Stranger At Downton Abbey

 *Warning: this post may contain a spoiler or two regarding Edith and the fourth season of Downton Abbey, if you haven’t finished the season, read this post later!*

Hello my lovelies, I hope you had a delightful weekend! Mine was spent re-watching the first three seasons of Downton Abbey since I devoured the entire fourth season last weekend (a real post about that later!) and I was feeling nostalgic and a little bit sad about some of my favorite characters. I miss Matthew and Sybil, terribly…sigh. And while I was reveling in the joy of the early pre-death seasons, and reviewing my thoughts on the happenings of the fourth season, I came to a realization…a sudden idea gripped me most fervently and hasn’t let me go since…Edith needs herself a man, but not just any man…

She needs Richard Armitage!

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He made the four hours of North and South well worth while!

Most of you may know Richard from The Hobbit films, where he plays the sexy dwarf prince/king Thorin Oakenshield, but those lucky amongst you know him from BBC’s miniseries North and South, BBC’s Robin Hood, and BBC’s The Vicar of Dibley. Are you sensing a theme here? I know he’s busy breaking into American films and fame, but really, at this point, being on Downton Abbey is the fastest way of becoming famous over here! We love those characters and the actors who play them and I think Richard would make a stunning(ly attractive) addition to the all-star cast. And for those of you who are unfamiliar with the SEXINESS that is Mr. Armitage, go to youtube now and type in his name or any of the shows I listed above and just wait for your mouth to start watering and your heart to start palpitating. Or better yet, just watch this video and see what I mean.

It’s kind of shameless, but I’m okay with that 😀 And I freely admit that near the end of the video, I find myself thinking “Bite that glove Gisborne, bite it!”

But back to business, Edith, she kind of deserves him really, after putting up with her horrid love life for four consecutive seasons. I mean really besides the five or six one-episode disastrous flirtations, she’s really only had two serious love interests: Strallan and Gregson, while both her sisters have met and married their one true loves. The first, Strallan — the man I rooted for for three seasons — ditched her at the altar, the bastard, and the second, Gregson, literally disappeared after going to Germany in an effort to become a citizen so that he could divorce his lunatic wife and marry Edith, and hasn’t been seen since. So really, there seems to be a spot open for a new love interest until they decide what to do with Gregson. And considering Branson and Matthew (her sisters’ husbands) are just flat out amazing, I think it’s high time Edith was properly romanced by someone the audience can swoon over as well, and who better than Richard?! He’s gorgeous, he’s intense, bossy, arrogant, aloof, and just so damn perfect for this role! He’d definitely give Edith a romance to remember (not to mention the audience) and if they want to bring Gregson back, they can and then she’d have to chose between the two, maybe he’ll appear on her and Richard’s wedding day…right before they say I do


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“Hello there Lord Armitage!”


Can you tell I’ve been fantasizing about this just a little?

I’m just saying it’s an idea.

What do y’all think, do you like Richard Armitage? What’s your favorite film of his? Would you mind if he visited Downton Abbey, or is there another actor you want to see in the Abbey? Let me know!

Sexy Dwarves and Shadowhunters!

Hello again my lovelies, I told you I’d post a “real” post later today and TADA: here it is! It’s been almost a whole year since we’ve chatted and I sat here wondering what my first post back should be about and I came to the conclusion that in true Moonstonemaiden fashion, a good list is in order. Y’all know how much I love a good list! (And for those of you who are new to the blog, let me let you in on a little secret…I LOVE lists!) So here’s a quick little list of things that I love and will probably blog about again later on this year — I’m so excited 😀

1) The Desolation of Smaug released in December 2013 and I have officially fallen in love with the sexy dwarf Fili! His romance with the She-Elf Tauriel made me go all teary-eyed and added the perfect dash of romance to what I thought was an awesome adventure flick.

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2) I discovered the awesomeness that is Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments series and have since fallen completely in love with Jace and his sexy Shadowhunter self! I admit, I saw the movie before I started the series and I love the film, but the books have completely stolen my heart! I nearly fell out of my seat when the plot twist struck in the movie and needless to say, I promptly bought the books. Sadly, I have to wait until May to read the final novel…

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3) 2013 was a year of reconnection for me. From family to close friends that I haven’t spoken to for years (for whatever reason) I am pleased to say that I gave things another try, and so far I’m thrilled with the results 😀

4) After seven years with my old, faithful laptop, I am pleased to announce that I have finally gotten a new computer and cannot wait to fill it with hundreds of stories, novels, pictures, songs, and everything that makes me who I am!

5) I discovered the song Let It Go sung by the incredible Idina Menzel from Disney’s Frozen and it had become my new theme song in life! I still haven’t seen the movie yet, but I will — and I’ll probably know the entire song by heart by the time I go to the theaters lol 😀

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So what about you guys, any things you love and can’t wait to blog about? Any new books, movies, or songs that you’ve fallen in love with? Let me know! 😀



Blogging Awards And Yummy Cookies!

Hello my lovelies! I hope you had wonderful weekends, I know I did, I spent all of Saturday watching Season 3 of Downton and OH MY GOODNESS! But I can’t give anything away now because not all of the season hasn’t been aired on PBS yet and I don’t want to spoil anything for anyone. But when that last episode airs, prepare yourselves for some serious Downton Abbey blogging time!

But for today, I want to catch up on some wonderful blogging awards, so without further ado…here we go!

The completely amazing Jamie at Through Two Blue Eyes nominated me for the Shine On Award! For those of you who haven’t visited her blog yet what are you waiting for?! GO NOW! From Sherlock, to Star Wars, to the Avengers, to real life issues, this blog has it all!


The Shine On Award Rules:

1. Link back to the blogger who nominated you.

2. Post the badge on your blog.

3. Answer the questions posed to you.

4. Nominate five bloggers who shine a little light in your day and be sure to notify them.

5. Issue some questions you’d like them to answer

What’s your favorite comedy movie or TV show that you’ve seen?

This is a hard one, I LOVE comedy and really it all depends on my mood that day as to which one I love most. Hmmm…I think I’m going to say Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows. I love this movie simply because it is hilarious and watching it with my best friend usually ends up making that day great. We quote this movie ALL THE TIME,  and she (my bestie) is the Watson to my Holmes!

The Avengers or the X-Men and why?

Mean question, very mean question! I love both of them but if I had to pick just one I’d probably say X-Men. I’ve been in love with Wolverine since I was ten I think, and over-all I enjoy the X-Men movies more than I did the one Avenger movie. But to be fair, I like some of the Avengers and their own movies more than I like X-Men. I know, it’s confusing. But I love Iron Man and Thor in their own movies!

What is one of your favorite carnival rides?

I haven’t been to a carnival in years but I like any ride that doesn’t take me too high into the air (except the swings, I love the swings!) or flips me upside down.  To be honest, I mostly just like to walk around with my friends and family and gossip and all.

Who do you like more in films, the heroes or the villains? Why?

Heroes I think. I love having someone to root for, but it really just depends on the movie. Sometimes I go for the anti-hero (the Phantom, Damon from The Vampire Diaries) but it really just depends on what the story is.

Is there something that comes with the territory of blogging that you struggle with–is it hard for you to write your posts, schedule them, come up with the post ideas, ect?

At times I struggle with making myself write a post. I just get into moods where I don’t want to write anything, and I feel like I can’t get what I want to say to come across the right way.

Favorite ice cream.

New York Super Fudge Chunk by Ben and Jerry’s!

If you could meet your blogging friends, who would you like to meet and where and how would you like to meet them?

I’d like to meet all of my blogging buddies, all of the people I talk to regularly and have come to count as friends! I think a lovely dinner at a fantastically yummy Chinese food resturant would be a great place to meet everyone 😀

And for the Shine On award I’d like to nominate a few of the bloggers who make my slice of the blogosphere a happier place to visit:

Sass & Balderdash

youthful yogini worried writer

Lit and Scribbles with Jae

Mystic Cooking

Justine Dee — Writer in Play

And my questions to you are:

  1. Do you have a favorite book series? What is it?
  2. What is the funniest movie quote you’ve come across?
  3. If you could karaoke one song perfectly, what song would you chose?
  4. Dogs or cats?
  5. What is the one household chore you loath the most?

And secondly:

I was also nominated for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award by the incredibly talented Justine Dee from Justine Dee  — Writer in Play! There’s always something fabulous to read on her blog, especially if you love Celtic and Arthurian lore! And right now she’s going a jewelry giveaway, so go check her out!


The Rules:

  1. Display the award logo on your blog.
  2. Link back to the person who nominated you.
  3. State 7 things about yourself.
  4. Nominate 15 bloggers for this award and link to them.
  5. Notify those bloggers of the nomination and the award’s requirements

7 things about me:

1) I adore the novel Alice in Wonderland and pretty much anything Wonderland related. One of my favorite Alice spin-offs is the Looking Glass War Series by Frank Beddor.

2)  The sound of bag-pipes immediately makes me smile, calms me down, and makes me feel safe.

3) Having grown up attending Highland Games and reenacting Scottish history, I have a deep appreciation for men in kilts. Seriously, there is nothing sexier than a man who can pull off a kilt!

4) I love PBS. I’m a bit of a PBS junkie, I love all the travel shows, operas, plays, British shows, and the new Shakespeare shows.

5) Elephants, wolves, and tigers are some of my favorite animals.

6) I was an editor for my High School literary magazine my senior year.

7) I started reading the Princess Diaries Series by Meg Cabot when I was in middle school and still read them (all the time) nowadays. They’re some of the funniest books I’ve ever read and Mia is one of my all-time favorite characters.

My nominees for this award are some of my favorite bloggers, they’re people who always make me smile and think every time I read a new post. You guys are awesome!

The Other Side Of Ugly


Vampire Maman

Sass & Balderdash

Lit and Scribbles with Jae

Mystic Cooking


Through Two Blue Eyes

witches can be right

Winter Owls


Thank you guys for my lovely lovely awards, seriously, they mean the world to me! And to show my gratitude (and because I’d been thinking of making them for days now) I’ve made us all some yummy Oatmeal Chocolate-Chip Cookies! Yay 😀

Cookies for everyone!

Cookies for everyone!
And isn’t my plate adorable!

Dig in everyone, there’s plenty for all!

Downton Abbey, Les Miserables, And Happy Memories

Hello my lovelies, I hope you’re all having a wonderful Tuesday. Today’s been peaceful and quiet but I’m looking forward to tomorrow when my bestie and I high-tail it over to the store so I can grab the third season of my new favorite TV show Downton Abbey on DVD. Oh I sense another Downton marathon coming my way this weekend! *Happy sigh* I was going to be the good girl and wait until the entire season had played out on PBS before buying it but my mom said she couldn’t wait until March to see all that was going on this season. She has no patience for things like this, and in all honesty I don’t either. I’d rather watch something when I want to then have to worry about remembering to sit down at a specific time each week. But anyway, now I don’t have to feel guilty zooming through the entire season in two days nor do I have to suffer through the next month waiting to see how things turn out! 😀

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This past weekend was filled with packing for me for our upcoming move. I don’t know about you guys but I absolutely loathe packing, it takes forever and I’m just not good at it. I’m more of a un-packer and a room decorator. I like to tinker and spend time putting things in their place and making a room look pretty and inviting but I have no skill in consolidating a lifetime’s worth of items into cardboard boxes. I’m a bit of a pack-rat and that comes back to bite me in the rear when it comes time to move. Though there are a few perks of sorting through all my old stuff. Every now and then I come across things that are so jam-packed with memories I can’t help but sit back and bask in the remembering. Sunday I found such a keepsake, a book my mother gave me when she told me I would soon have a little brother.

This book helped me learn how to be a big sister!

It’s cute as all get out and it means the world to me. It’s about a little girl who takes care of her doll, Baby Dear, alongside her mother who is caring for the girl’s new baby sister. All in all it glorifies the awesomeness of being a big sister and I know it made me feel very helpful and even more excited than I already was when my little brother arrived. It’s a book I will treasure my whole life and finding it once again just made me smile and remember how thankful I am to be a big sister.

Isn’t it adorable!

And speaking of memories, I forgot to tell you guy’s about seeing Les Miserables! The bestie, Mom, and I went three weeks ago and finally saw it and it was AWESOME! I was surprised my Mom agreed to go and was excited as she was considering her reluctance to watch new musicals since the whole RENT debacle. But I pestered her about it long enough and as soon as she saw the first preview she started to get excited, and by the time we went to the theaters, all three of us were chomping at the bit to see the glory that is Les Mis. And it didn’t disappoint…much. The first hour was amazing, it made all of us weep (loudly) and that’s saying something because for years I was convinced by best friend was part cyborg or something because she NEVER cries at anything. I find it unnatural, but then I cry at the drop of a hat, so I guess we make a good contrast.

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So there the three of us were near sobbing at the woes of gentle Fantine and finding ourselves surprised by Russell Crowe’s excellent portrayal of Javert (I wasn’t sure he could pull it off but he did!) when I started to notice something was amuck. I won’t give away any spoilers just in case y’all have yet to see it, but to suffice it to say, if you’re a fan of Eponine (she’s my favorite Les Mis character)…prepare yourself. Not that Samantha Barks does a bad portrayal or anything, she doesn’t; she’s actually my favorite Eponine ever and starred in the wonderful 25th Anniversary Concert Edition, which I highly recommend you guys watch. But the writers did some creative work on the younger cast that my bestie and I did not appreciate and this included some changes to Eponine’s story. And I’m sorry movie-makers, but the songs go in a specific order for a reason, when you mix them up it loses some of the effect. But other than that, the movie was fantastic. I can’t wait to buy it when it comes out, but I will still love the concert version for showing what I think is the better story…in a sense.

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So what about y’all are there any TV shows you’re in love with at the moment, maybe Downton Abbey? What about precious keepsakes, are there things that bring back happy memories? And what about Les Miserables, did you guys like it; what was your favorite song and who’s your favorite character? (On My Own & Eponine!)

A Little Visit To Downton Abbey

Hello my lovelies, I hope you’ve enjoyed the poetry the last few days! In case you missed it, the First Letter in the Unsigned Letters series was posted yesterday, and if you have any questions as to what exactly the whole deal is about, just click here. 😀

This is going to be a rather short post (as I need to start packing in order to go visit family this weekend) but I didn’t want to leave you without a happy Friday post to get y’all by until I get back on Monday! So I had to think for a moment, what makes me happy? And it took all of a nanosecond for the high-pitched voice inside my head to start shrieking: DOWNTON ABBEY…DOWNTON ABBEY MAKES ME HAPPY! So there we have it. Now since this has to be a “short” blog, I won’t gush too much (I’ll save that for another post), I’ll merely say this: I LOVE DOWNTON ABBEY!

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Just hearing the Theme song makes me feel all happy and serene! That’s sad, but true 😀 What about y’all, are you Downton fans? Who’s your favorite character and what has been your favorite part so far? If you’ve seen all of season three, please don’t give anything away that happens after the third episode, they haven’t aired here yet! Thanks!

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