Downton Abbey Newbie Here
I've been watching Downton Abbey this season (shortest season I've ever heard of for a TV series!). I have a couple of questions for Downton Devotees:
I realize it's mainly a drawing-room drama, but it's set in a stately home.
How come the local hunt never meet there? I realize it's Yorkshire, not Berkshire, but there must be a local hunt ...
A family with 3 daughters and not one horsewoman among them? The guys go stalking and fishing in Scotland; do they never go hunting/riding/shooting at home?
Has anyone else noticed an absence of gardeners, under-gardeners, grooms and stableboys, laundresses, etc., in the servants' hall? No one ever shows up with freshly cut flowers (or fruit or veg) from any of the gardens. Even the young ladies of the house never walk in with armfuls of flowers (maybe that's too Edwardian?).
I tried the series with great expectations the first couple of seasons and was not only disappointed, I was put off by the poor burned soldier and the influenza epidemic. Entertainment that was not. This third season has been OK, but the estate just doesn't seem a fully staffed one. I know the Great War took MANY young men, but they have able-bodied footmen. Why not outside servants? A chauffeur at least?
Just doesn't seem to be a very realistic household, and since they never mention current events I have no idea what year it's supposed to be.
Would love some clarification or empathy. :D