Claire Foy as Queen Elizabeth in The Crown

Thoughts on The Crown, Season 2

Much as I enjoy The Crown, I have to be honest with myself and accept that I just won’t have time to recap season 2. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t have thoughts about it, both good and bad. And they are… Royal Yacht Britannia looks pretty awesome. I can see why the royal family was sad to give it up. It now resides outside … Continue reading Thoughts on The Crown, Season 2

The Miniaturist, Part I: Dollhouse of the Damned

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for us costume drama lovers! After something of a drought (Howard’s End being the notable exception), we got an avalanche of offerings. Christmas Day is traditionally given over to the feel-goods. The shows that aren’t going to make you think too hard, because let’s be honest: you’re stuffed, you’ve most likely drunk a bit more than is … Continue reading The Miniaturist, Part I: Dollhouse of the Damned

Cranberry Cake and Christmas Trees

Around about mid-October (not coincidentally: around the time I last updated the blog), we upped stakes and moved to lovely East Lothian. The move has been…an adventure, to put it euphemistically, but we’re now settled in enough for me to get really excited for the holidays. I love Christmastime. Especially over here, because Britain gets really into Christmas. Our town had a whole big ‘Christmas … Continue reading Cranberry Cake and Christmas Trees