Quick Update: Highclere Castle and Graduation

Since I’ve joined the teacher training program I have completely neglected this blog and every hobby and person in my life but alas I have graduated and am remembering what it’s like to have a life!

June 11th marked 2 years since I moved to the UK and it has absolutely flown by. My mum has been here visiting as she wanted to see me graduate and other than frequenting the charity shops and showing her around we also managed to spend a day at Highclere Castle as she’s a big Downton Abbey fan.

My first impression was that it looks so much smaller than it does on the show; it’s nowhere near the size of somewhere like Chatsworth House. But we really enjoyed seeing the locations both outside and inside used for filming.

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We also enjoyed pretending to be characters ringing for our butler Carson…

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The inside was done up really nicely with photos shot during filming displayed in each corresponding room and there was an abundance of helpful staff answering questions. Unfortunately, they wouldn’t allow photos inside the house which was quite disappointing. But we did enjoy touring through and touching everything that the actors and actresses may have touched like weirdos.

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Being a massive bookworm the library was my favourite room.

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For an extra Β£5 you could see the Egyptian exhibit in the basement which was quite interesting and full of real artifacts as well as replica’s. George Herbert, the 5th Earl of Carnarvon (whose family own Highclere) was an archaeologist and made many finds including that of the legendary tomb of Egyptian ruler Tutankhamun.

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The fact that we’d watched Secrets of Highclere Castle just before we went gave us a good amount of context and allowed us to find the “secret compartment” doors which covertly housed Goerge’s knick-knacks from Egypt for many years without anyone knowing before they were rediscovered. They are the doors which lead from the chandelier sitting room into the smoking room.

After touring through the house we explored the grounds and the “secret garden.”

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Now we’ve been re-watching the series and constantly shouting “I was there!” and “Remember that painting?” and “Oh look there’s the doorbell we touched!”

The next day was also full of excitement as it was my graduation! I wore heels and I didn’t fall although I did have a scraped knee from falling in a hole at Highclere from the day before, in flats.

I wouldn’t have made it through this tough year without that amazing boy by my side.

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Image may contain: 2 people, people smiling, people standing

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I was especially pleased that they gave me Gryffindor colours so that I could pretend I was graduating from Hogwarts… now if only I’d brought my wand.

Now I’m just busy looking for work for September and frantically writing a new novel while I have the time before we head off to Canada for a visit.

Hope yous are all having a fantastic summer!

Cheerio! x

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5 thoughts on “Quick Update: Highclere Castle and Graduation

  1. Congratulations! I’m happy to hear you’re doing so well. The British boyfriend and I plan to visit Highclere later in the year… It looks fabulous!

  2. congrats!! ps. how can I find your other posts here? the more recent ones, there’s only recent posts box below (but if I want to go further) and the distance relationship stuff at the top..

    1. Thank you! It is really confusing on wordpress (not too user friendly). One way is to go to http://www.ldr13.wordpress.com scroll to the very bottom where it says “recent posts” it will show the past 6 or so articles. You can go to the last article and then scroll down to the bottom of the article (before the comments start) and click forwards or backwards to the next post.

      OR if you go to any of the pages (not posts) at http://www.ldr13.wordpress.com just underneath all the page names on the right hand side (above the photo of my book Enchanted Awakening) there is a drop-down menu labelled “additional posts” where you can select LDR posts, Travel, etc,. and it will bring all of the articles up in those categories starting from the most recent πŸ™‚

      Sorry that was so long winded! x

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