Anglophile tendencies - F&B, Kirkpatrick, Austen, Downton, BBC
My friend says I am a certifiable Anglophile. DH agrees. Am I?
It started with me falling in love with traditional british cabinet hardware. I was looking for rustic looking cabinet pulls and found some super expensive ones in US, reluctantly ordered a sample and found out that they were reselling traditional british iron hardware from Kirkpatrick. Long story short, I ordered it along with other hardware for the home like handles and pulls. To go with the rustic kitchen, I also got a Shaw farmhouse sink which is also english fireclay. After agonizing over paint for the home, we ended up with several Farrow & Ball paints as the matte finish looks the best on our Adobe brick walls.
Meanwhile it is fall, and I am doing my annual re-read of Jane Austen classics. Just downloaded the Pride & Prejudice miniseries with Colin Firth from Amazon to watch over the weekend. DD is suddenly into british children's books, Angelina Ballerina, and is walking around with a british accent. "Mum, may I have a playdate?" As we have no TV thanks to the remodel, I am watching stuff on Netflix and Amazon and have been rewatching Downton Abbey preparing for the Season3 in Jan. I am majorly ticked because several of my friends have already watched it on some UK sites! Also just saw the complete Forsythe Saga. Just brilliant! Galsworthy's characters are superbly cast. Finally my english friend is baking her christmas pudding tomorrow (the fruits and nuts have been soaking in liquor for over a month!) and has invited me to come and cook with her. I confess I love British style plum pudding. And yes I do like tea and bake scones and make really thin sandwiches with cucumber and watercress.
So maybe I am an Anglophile after all.. But isn't this a trend in the soceity! Downton Abbey's phenomenal viewer ratings, despite starting each episode with the dog butt shot, should prove that English things especially historical look is popular culture now.