ITV drama Downton Abbey came to St Mary’s Church yesterday.

Cast and crew of the international hit series were in the churchyard to shoot scenes between 8am and 10am.

The Rev Jan Fielden said the crew had been filming a scene for the Christmas special, featuring butler Charles Carson (Jim Carter) and housekeeper Elsie Hughes (Phyllis Logan). She said: “We met the actors. They were lovely.”

Source: (X) -The Oxford Times 22 July 2014

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Waiting for my lunch order! #summer #lunch #orderingisaluxury


Tomato soup (from a bag) and tomato bocconcini tart:

recipe: Buy a sheet of puff pastry. Unfold on a tray whilst preheating the oven to 200°C. Score the sides about 1,5cm from the edge. Smear the inner rectange with pesto (I used red, because that is what was in the fridge). Slice ripe, sweet tomatoes in thick slices, remove the seeds. Arrange on the puff. Take your bocconcini and squish them or tear apart and arrange around the tomatoes. Season with seasalt flakes and freshly ground black pepper. If you have some fresh basil: use it!
Bake for 20-25 minutes. Put on a rack to cool and crisp up a little. Cut into squares.

verdict: Baardmans loved it so much, he even liked it on my Instagram

Today’s dinner: tomato-bocconcini tart and tomato soup #veggiemonday

  1. carryonlaughingandpainting reblogged this from kouw and added:
    I want that cup and that coffee!
  2. peekaboochelsie said: How does one make a Nutella latte!!!!! I must know :-)!
  3. littlemarieantoinette said: that sounds amazing!
  4. batwings79 said: Make me one?! XD

batwings79 I’m on it! do you have a portable french toast drive?

littlemarieantoinette All I can say is: omnomnom

peekaboochelsie step 1: make a latte, hold the sweetener of your choice, step 2: add a spoonful of nutella, step 3: stir like a mofo, step 4: check for sweetness, add more sugar if necessary, step 5: sit back and enjoy! WARNING: Nutella is quite fatty and thus your latte will be very rich - just like hot chocolate. It may be a bit too overwhelming (it is for me).

carryonlaughingandpainting The travelmug is from Primark, I bought it last year - they have different ones now. I am quite pleased with this one, but the lid can be a little [insert expletive]

Made myself a nutella latte. Because I can. #nutella #latte




It has come to my attention that some of you have never seen what I firmly believe to be the greatest music video of all time: Bonnie Tyler’s Total Eclipse of the Heart. It is the perfect marriage of a galactically bombastic power ballad and a writhing mass of 1980s video clichés, thrown into the path of a wind machine and blasted down a moodily lit corridor into the realm of legend.

In case you’re wondering what the heck they were thinking of when they made it, I remember Bonnie once explaining on TV that it’s about the dreams of a headmaster’s daughter, hence all the boys in (and out of) uniform. In retrospect, the whole shebang is quite fascinatingly female gaze-y, and I’m pretty sure it was a major formative influence on my pubescent imagination.

And yes, there is also a very amusing literal version, but for my money, the original is definitely the most hilarious…

I love this video. Unabashedly. The bombast. THE BOMBAST. Which is no surprise, because it was written and produced by the KING of BOMBAST, Jim Steinman. (The man also responsible for “This Corrosion”, and I still want an Andrew Eldritch cover of “Total Eclipse of the Heart”. Don’t lie, you want that too, you just hadn’t realized it.)

(I also love the literal version of it, which will make me laugh until tears run down my face.)

The best video ever made, except maybe Billy Idol’s ” White Wedding”

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More people have been bumped off in Midsomer County than in Al Capone’s Chicago.


More people have been bumped off in Midsomer County than in Al Capone’s Chicago.

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