It's no secret that I LOVE Period Dramas. I LOVE LOVE LOVE period dramas. One of my TV goals is to watch all the British period dramas of the last 15 years. In fact, I love period dramas so much that my husband and I have Period Drama Wednesdays: every second Wednesday, we spend our evening watching a period drama. It's my favourite day of the week. In fact, I think my husband is unconsciously absorbing period drama manners because he has, on more than one occasion, referred to me as "The Mistress of the House." It makes me GIDDY. However, he's mistaken if he thinks he's the Master of the House; he's the butler at best.
Of the many things to love about period dramas (The dancing! The manners! The manners while dancing! The quick wit and hilarious misunderstandings!), one of my favourite things is the depiction of how mail is delivered. Who doesn't want mail delivered on a silver platter?! I WANT MAIL DELIVERED ON A SILVER PLATTER. How can I make that happen? What if I put an ad for "silver platter mail deliverer" on something like kijiji? That's a completely rational thing to do, right? Only people completely dedicated to the art of delivering mail on silver platters would apply, right?
I also love how houses were known by estate names. I wish houses were still referred to this way. Pride and Prejudice would probably have been less charming if Mr. Bennet's response to Mrs. Bennet's "have you heard that Netherfield Park is let at last?" was something like, "Netherfield Park, is that the house between 67th street and 34th ave? Is that before the McDonalds or after?"
I often think about the estate name I would use to call my house. I've come up with Armitage Place, which is in honour of my favourite period drama leading man. "Did you hear? Armitage Place is hosting a ball!" Doesn't that just sound lovely?! Of course, I can't dance, but we'll just gloss over that for now... what about my other period drama lovers? What period-drama estate name would you call your house? Why did you choose that name? Let me know! To sweeten the pot, I'll send my favourite estate names some silver platter-worthy mail from Armitage Place, c/o the name of your estate house. Oooohh! Well, that makes ME excited.
Here's a little fact for you: I intended to call this blog "Armitage Place" before deciding on its current name. It's such a weird thing to be starting up a blog in 2012. I imagine it's similar to a person switching from a corded phone to a cellphone years after everyone else has switched... you feel behind the times. I had the hardest time trying to find a blog address that was still available. All that was seemingly left were bizarre and random addresses like:
or better yet
On a serious note, if anyone actually takes any of the above blog addresses, please let me know. I think that's worthy of a link!
Where was I? Oh yes, Armitage Place. That's it, I'm single-handedly bringing back the concept of estate house names!
For those of you who haven't had the pleasure of watching North and South and aren't familiar with Richard Armitage, I leave you with this:
However, I absolve myself of any guilt or responsibility if you fall into a time suck in which you watch that clip over and over again....